Great Deal Alert! butter LONDON + Nordstrom Anniversar​y Sale

butter LONDON Backstage Basics
butter LONDON Backstage Basics

In celebration of Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale, butter LONDON introduces the limited edition, Backstage Basics ($39, $78 value).

Known from New York to London as the lacquer of choice at Fashion week, butter LONDON has compiled these nail essentials, delivering everything that’s needed for catwalk-ready style:

  • ·         Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat
  • ·         Hardwear P.D. Quick Top Coat
  • ·         Powder Room Nail Lacquer Remover
  • ·         Nail Lacquer in Thames (blue-green with a hint of gold)
  • ·         Nail Lacquer of your choosing

This is a great set for those who have never tried butter LONDON polishes or products.  Two polishes would normally be $30 ($15 each) so it’s like you get the remaining 3 products for $9!  These polishes are very high quality and are 3-Free (products are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP).  Awesome!

Available at: Nordstrom and Norstrom.com.

Cool Summer Nail Looks

I change my nail polish a lot and try to always have something on my nails.  I find it’s an inexpensive way to put my personality into my look!

Here are some ideas for fun summer nails:

Nail It With essence

Well-manicured nails are sure to become your signature this season!  The newest nail products and accessories from essence offer excitement and versatility for the budding fashionista who craves new looks and trends.  With the addition of new nudes, brilliantly innovative nail art and a top coat to seal the deal, the possibilities are endless!

What I think — these products by essence are great affordable nail art.  I especially like the combo of the nude polish with the decoration kit — really cute.  It takes a little practice to make the gemstones and glitter look perfect, but it’s worth it.  The top coat is very stick, so make sure you have lots of time to let it dry.

Available at Ulta Stores nationwide and Ulta.com.

In The Mood

In the Mood Color Changing Nail Polish ($8.00 USD) — Welcome to the fun whimsical world of mood changing nail polish.  Don’t worry – you’re not crazy, but your nail polish, on the other hand may be described as …..unstable.   Finally, a nail polish that will reflect your inner hysteria.  Amuse yourself by guessing what shade your nail polish will be at any given moment.

The new metallic shades from left to right are The Blues, Loved and Envious.

What I think:  These change to body temperature.  So when you are outside in the heat, they will be the lighter color and when you are cooler they will be the darker shade.  If you are hot and wash your hands in cold water, you might get darker tips, which is really cool!  I think these are very fun!

You can purchase these at www.themoodpolish.com.

China Glaze Sunsational

Make waves this summer with the new China Glaze® Sunsational collection.  This fun palette of six brighter-than-bright crèmes and six juicy jelly polishes create a bold pop or sheer hint of color that are sure to see you through every highlight of your summer.

Mix and match these hot hues and different finishes from China Glaze® Sunsational for a vivid and bold expression on your tips and toes:

Sun of A Peach: Popping peachy crème

Neon & On & On: Flirtatious pink crème

Bottoms Up: Passionate bubblegum pink-purple crème

That’s Shore Bright: Playful purple crème

Too Yacht to Handle: Teasing teal crème

Highlight of My Summer: Mellow mint green crème

Shell-O: Juicy coral-pink jelly

Heat Index: Enticing pink jelly

You Drive Me Coconuts: Panic-causing purple jelly

Are You Jelly?: Vivacious purple jelly

Isle See You Later:  Marine blue jelly

Keepin’ It Teal: Totally Turned Up turquoise jelly

What I think:  These are super fun summer colors!  I love creams, but I think I would have to say my favorites are the jellies, especially Are You Jelly?, Isle See You Later and Keepin’ it Teal!

These are available at salons and beauty supply stores including Ulta and http://www.ulta.com.

Enjoy your fun nails!

Manicure Tips and Tools From Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen has released some cool tools that will help you achieve a flawless manicure!

A natural nail should be shaped to mirror the shape of your cuticle.  This is the natural shape the nail grows and will keep the structure of the nail intact.  Breaking, cracking or splitting happens when the nail shape is altered. Always file in one direction; Never saw back and forth on the nail as this will shred the very delicate keratin layers of the nail, causing chipping and nail peeling!

Sally Hansen Ahead of the Curve 2 Step Sapphire File

Sally Hansen Ahead of the Curve 2 Step Sapphire File ($4.49 USD). This double-sided nail file features a two-part smooth and shape system with medium grit on one side and fine grit one the other. Start with the medium grit to adjust nail length and shape then follow with the fine-grit outer curve for a perfectly smooth finish.

Sally Hansen Nail Shaper Nail Boards

Sally Hansen Nail Shaper Nail Boards ($1.29 USD) — The ideal filing surfaces for nails not too hard, not too soft.

Sally Hansen No More Ridges Nail Shaper & Buffer

Sally Hansen No More Ridges Nail Shaper & Buffer ($1.49)- Shape, smooth, buff and shine nails with this professional salon smoothing block.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

As the ultimate color authority, Sally Hansen has always been at the cutting edge of nail innovation. First, Sally Hansen introduced the first-ever polish to deliver five steps of a professional manicure with the Complete Salon Manicure collection ( $7.99 USD each). Now the nail care leader is upping the ante with two additional benefits—gel-like shine and chip-resistance—for the ultimate 7-in-1 formula.

New pastels are dusty(I Lilac You), urban (Gray-T Escape) and not your standard pink or lavender(Pink a Card) for a more wearable and less traditional spin.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you. Learn more at www.sallyhansen.com

Enjoy!

Pamper Your Hands and Feet With LCN Nail Care

In the summer, hands and feet are on display.  I try to keep my nails polish — but sometimes I forget to take care of the skin around them.

LCN has some great mani-pedi products to prepare your skin for summer exposure.

LCN Urea Chapped Skin Cream

LCN Urea Chapped Skin Cream ($17.90 USD) — Urea 40 % Chapped Skin Cream containing 40 % urea reduces callusses with the help of fruit acids particularly fast and effectively without leaving an oily film and is supported by calming panthenol and nourishing bees wax and anti-inflammatory sage.

Aside from its main ingredient urea, the cream also contains a special carbohydrate complex and hyaluronic acid which is why it is optimally suited for daily use for stressed and chapped skin.
LCN Bamboo Cuticle Pen
LCN Bamboo Cuticle Pen ($15.90 USD) — Apply this moisturizing gel to the nail and cuticle daily to achieve strong healthy nails. Containing bamboo extract and shea butter, this is the ultimate natural health treatment for maintaining your cuticles, a key part of healthy, beautiful nails.
LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery
LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery ($11.90 USD) — This innovative top class multi  function polish combines 7 properties in one: Base Coat / Top Coat / Wet Look / Quick Dry /  Super Hardener / Ridgefiller / Whitener Especially for sensitive, thin and brittle nails, this LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery strengthens the nail plate and evens out surface irregularities. Like a protective shield, this viscous polish settles on top of the stressed nail and offers a means of recovery for the nail. Nails are shiny and firm and due to the whitener function brightened.Ideal to use as base coat to avoid yellowing of the nail caused by colour polishes as well as ensuring longer durability. Its ridge filling function ensures an even nail structure.For a perfect Wet Look Finish this super fast drying LCN 7in1 Wonder Nail Recovery can be used as a Top Coat sealant.
Enjoy!

imPRESS Press On Manicure by Broadway Nails

I was lucky to received a set of Broadway Nails imPress Press-On Manicure complimentary to review from Influenster (www.influenster.com to sign up for their sample program).

What are these nails you ask?  Here are the details:

Introducing imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you’re done. There’s no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPress is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPress, your nails will always be your best accessory.

imPress Press-On Manicure

What I think:  These nails are so much fun to apply and wear!  I first took them all out of the cute packaging and found the correct sizes for my nails,  I then removed the plastic over the adhesive and applied them, pinky nails first and ending with my thumbs.  They looked really pretty on!

imPress Press-On Manicure Hottie

I loved these so much, I went out and bought the pattern “Hottie” for my daughter.  Her hands are smaller than mine, but she found the right sizes for her nails as well!

I think these are perfect for a special night out.  They lasted a couple of days on me and one day on my daughter.

You can learn more about these at www.impressmanicure.com, and use their fun app that lets you try on the different shades of nails.

Enjoy! 

 

Nicole by OPI Introduces Texture Coat

Nicole by OPI announces the launch of Texture Coat, a line of graffiti-style nail art products inspired by OPI’s bestselling Shatter. Available in six chic shades – Gold, Silver, Red, White, Turquoise and Black – Texture Coat offers a simple way to create unique, unpredictable patterns on nails with a quick, at-home application.

“Fans of Nicole by OPI are fun, fashion-forward women who love experimenting with trends and using nail lacquer as a form of self-expression,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Texture Coat offers an easy way to create your own completely customized nail art. Whether you choose pastels, darks, glitters, shimmers, or sheers to pair with Texture Coat, the endless options will accessorize every look.”

To use this product, start with Base Coat Plus, followed by two coats of any Nicole by OPI nail lacquer. Let the lacquer dry completely before applying Texture Coat. Complete the manicure with Top Coat Plus for a high-shine finish.

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde.  Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality, with products featuring the Perfect Stroke brush for streak-free, even coverage. Texture Coat will be available July 2011 for $7.99 each at ULTA, Target, Meijer, Harmon, Wegmans, Sears, and H-E-B. Texture Coat will be available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Loblaw.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover (8 for $4.99 and 16 for $9.99)  — Bye-bye polish removers that are harsh on the nails and harsh on the nose. Hello fresh, healthy nails and an incredibly delicious scent. LA FRESH delivers this revolutionary good-for-nails polish remover that quickly cleans & conditions all 10 nails with just one pad. Helps moisturize with Aloe, Glycerin and Vitamin E. Helps strengthen nails with natural Rosemary and Horsetail Extract. And best of all, helps deliver an unbelievably fresh experience with natural Tuscan orange aromatherapy. Free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, acetone, acetate, dyes, PEGs, artificial fragrances & animal byproducts. Try it to believe it.

What I think:  Convenient and great smelling, these wipes are easy to use and so nice to have around. One wipe removes polish from all 10 nails, except for when I used a crackle coat over my base polish. Then it took two wipes, but that’s because it was a lot of polish to remove.

Learn more and purchase at http://lafreshgroup.com.  Pick some up, they are a must to have around!