Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

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Happy Independence Day!

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4th+july Happy Independence Day!
All the women who are independent, throw your hands up at me!

Happy Independence Day, dolls! I hope that you are enjoying a fun and relaxing holiday. If you’re just chilling at home and looking for something festive to do, might I suggest that you try out this 4th of July Splatter Manicure I spotted on Clumps of Mascara?

4th+of+july+splatter+manicure Happy Independence Day!

Have a great one! See you back here tomorrow!

Peep My Polish: OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise

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OPI+Austin tatious+Turquoise Peep My Polish: OPI Austin tatious Turquoise

Peep my polish. It’s OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise from the Texas Collection. This photo was taken on Sunday, as the polish was drying. Craziest thing is that it’s now Friday and my mani looks EXACTLY the same. Not a chip, smudge or imperfection in sight – which is extremely rare for me. I’m kind of rough on my nails and I do dishes like it’s my J-O-B, so I’m lucky if a manicure survives two days without a ding.

I did this manicure myself, so I’m feeling pretty proud of my paint job. I think the recipe is why it’s held up so well. Here’s are the deets:

1) Apply Zoya Get Even Ridge Filling Base Coat.
2) Apply Zoya Anchor Base Coat.
3) Apply two or three coats of OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise – it goes on very sheer, so layer to achieve desired opacity.
4) Apply Zoya Armor Top Coat. You’re supposed to re-apply every two days for “for extended color wear” – but to be honest, I didn’t and my manicure still looks perfect.

What shade are you currently rocking? I’m always looking for my next nail polish color – so share in the comments section below!

Nude Attitude: Zoya Touch Collection

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Zoya Touch nude nail polish launch RGB Nude Attitude: Zoya Touch Collection

I’m a buff nail buff, for many reasons. First, like a pair of nude pumps, nude nails elongate and slims the fingers. And if you’re prone to chips, they’re less obvious than if you’re wearing a more pigmented polish. But one issue I have with most nudes is their transparency. It irks me to no end when I have to paint on layer after layer to achieve an opaque finish. Usually, the finished product ends up looking thick, if you know what I mean. Or all of those layers take eons to dry which increases, tenfold, the probability of me smudging my polish.

Either this is a common dilemma or my friends at Zoya somehow read my mind – because they just launched a collection of full-coverage nude polishes designed to coordinate with every skin tone based on yellow, red or blue undertones and kissed with a hint of metallic to make them ultra wearable.

The Touch Collection includes:

zoya+touch Nude Attitude: Zoya Touch Collection

Minka – latte beige cream with a metallic kiss
Shay – desert rose sand beige cream with a metallic kiss
Pandora – mauve beige cream with a metallic kiss (I’m wearing a Pandora pedi right this sec)

 

Like Zoya’s other 300 shades, the Touch Collection polishes are also formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor free, and vegan-friendly.

The polishes can be purchased separately for $8 or as a trio for $24 at zoya.com.

*Samples were provided by the brand for review.

Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle

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 Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle

This pic is proof that pretty polish needn’t break the bank. My co-worker, Alyssa, is sporting Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle ($3.50). Above is two coats of the polish and below is Diamond Dazzle paired with OPI’s Black Shatter.

milani+diamond+dazzle+with+opi+black+shatter Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle

Kardashian Kollection for OPI?

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A few days ago, Kim Kardashian tweeted:

“Were shooting our ad campaign today 4 our new GLAM line of nail polish for Nicole by OPI. You guys are gonna faint when u see our new polish”

kim kardashian red nails leopard print trend 040611 1 Kardashian Kollection for OPI? By we, I’m assuming Kim is referring to her partners in krime: Khloe and Kourtney.

No release date has been set for the Kardashian nail collection, but I’m excited. OPI is one of my favorite polish brands, and they never cease to impress me. I mean, I initially scoffed at the The One Less Lonely Girl (Justin Bieber) collection  – but immediately changed my (pun intended) tune once I saw the shades in person and tested them out (I’m sporting a “Baby” Blue pedicure right now).

So tell me, will you be keeping an eye out for the Kardashian polishes?

Peep My Polish: Ginger + Liz Swagger

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ginger+%252B+liz+swagger+nail+polish Peep My Polish: Ginger + Liz Swagger
This week, I’m rocking Swagger by Ginger + Liz, a “soft, sexy metallic with rose gold undertones.”

swagger+nail+polish+ginger+%252B+liz Peep My Polish: Ginger + Liz Swagger

The formula is pigmented as all get-out, so it only took two coats to achieve this gilded gorge-osity. And it’s so hot, every time I peep my own polish, this starts playing in my head:

No one on the corner have swagger like us
Swagger like us, swagger swagger like us…

 

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

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sally+hansen+salon+effects+real+nail+polish+strips Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips If you’ve perused the beauty aisle at your local drugstore, you’ve likely spied the new Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips from Sally Hansen. As a big fan of their Nail Art Pens that launched a few years back, I expected to love these. But after trying them, I have to admit that my feelings were a lukewarm like.

Like a moth to a flame, I’m inexplicably drawn to anything leopard print – so it’s a no-brainer that I chose to outfit my nails in the Kitty, Kitty style. Following the instructions, I affixed the stickers to each nail and became very frustrated with the fit. It was a Goldilocks kind of situation – the strips were either too narrow or too wide for my nail bed. And when I tried to stretch the sticker for a perfect fit (the directions suggests doing this), the sticker ripped several times.

 Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

Peep my polish. The finished results look pretty damn impressive in the photo. But close up, it’s actually kind of messy…Cher Horowitz might characterize my mani as a “full-on Monet.” On some of my fingers, parts of my nail are clearly visible. And on others, the design overlaps my cuticle and the skin on the sides of my nails. Granted, I don’t think anyone will be scrutinizing my hands with a critical eye. But, to me, it doesn’t matter if others notice the minor imperfections…what matters most is that I do.

 Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

My friend, Alyssa, had a better experience than me (see above), though she did have some of the same complaints – namely that the strips don’t apply as smoothly as she had hoped. However, she praised the product’s staying power. Her mani lasted for about a week and might have worn longer, had it not been for an unfortunate run-in with an errant Ped Egg. 

Maybe I’m too much of a perfectionist or perhaps my application technique could use some practice. Bottom line: when it comes to my manicure, it better be wow-worthy. Otherwise, I’d rather sport nekkid nails.

If you’re looking for a quick, DIY alternative to the Minx mani, the Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips are a decent bet. I’d recommend the High-Fashion Designs (Wild Child, Kitty Kitty, Fly With Me, Girl Flower, Misbehaved, Laced Up, Booty Camp and Collide-o-Scope, Cut it Out, Check it Out , Skinny Jeans) and High-Shine Metallics (Frock Star, Bling it On, Glitz Bitz, Raise a Glass, Blue Ice) over the Shiny Neons (Cry Baby, It Girl, Violet Night, Teal With It, Groove, Electric Shock, Squeezed!, Red-y for Trouble) because I’ve heard the neons really exaggerate nail imperfections and the result doesn’t look as – pun intended – polished.

But at $10 a box, I’d rather spend two more bucks and indulge in a professional manicure at my local nail salon.

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