It’s Back! Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick & Nail Color in ‘Gash’ — But Hurry!


Urban Decay Gash lipstick nail polish

This oldie but goodie is back again, for a super limited time — and with a matching nail polish! This is Gash, the iconic, old-school lipstick shade that Urban Decay retired long ago — but when we UD junkies get restless — they sometimes give into our cravings and re-release it again for a hot second or two. We’re also graced with a hot nail color too, in Gash! Let’s take a closer look…

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Gash

The Gash Revolution Lipstick formula is far from the days of 90’s version Gash (in texture and packaging), but not color. It’s so much more hydrating, long-wearing, and purely pigmented in my opinion. Revolution Lipstick is one of my favorite lipstick formulas of all time, and ever since they released the new formulation a few years ago — I’ve collected my fair share of shades. I highly recommend!  [Read more…]

Win It! A Very Special Salon Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Nail Polish Collection Giveaway — 20 Winners!


Salon Perfect St Pattys giveaway

Have I got a surprise for YOU! Salon Perfect has put together an extremely special, limited-edition giveaway for Beauty Junkies Unite readers, and you have a chance to win! Not only is this giveaway for six nail polish shades that are perfect for creating your St. Patrick’s Day nail art—but includes four of Salon Perfect’s core shades that you can only purchase at Walmart—but there are two very special edition, custom-blended glitter toppers that you CANNOT BUY ANYWHERE!

Only 100 of these special edition, custom-blended glitter toppers were created for giveaways, and 20 Beauty Junkies Unite readers will be the very lucky recipients of a set. Sound like fun? Well, read on!

special edition glitters

The top coat glitters are called Sham-Rock Your Socks Off, and Luck of the Irish. Check out the swatches below!  [Read more…]

The Many Shades of Grey: Beauty


the many shades of grey

Admittedly, I’m not a Fifty Shades of Grey book or movie kind of girl. I got about 100 pages into the book and was bored out of my skull, but if you love it or you’re going to see the film this weekend—I promise, absolutely no judgement! There are over 100 million other people who absolutely loved it. I just wasn’t one of them! However, I am a HUGE fan of so many other shades of grey…beauty products, that is. These are just a few hues that are incredibly gorgeous and flattering for anyone. Find your favorite shade(s) of grey with these amazing beauty picks!

clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals Grey eyeshadow palette

Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greys 

It really doesn’t get any easier than this wardrobe of wearable, everyday (and night) eyeshadows from Clinique. An excellent collection of pigmented matte and pearl shades, in an effortlessly blendable formula. $36, sephora.com  [Read more…]

The Perfect Nail Polish for February Babies (And Amethyst Lovers Alike)


pixi amethyst amore swatch

My birthday is around the corner, and I guess you could say I’m every bit as true of a Pisces as I can be. I’m sensitive, creative, loyal, quite the daydreamer, and very intuitive. Purple is, and always has been my favorite color, and I’ve amassed a nice amethyst collection in my lifetime (since it’s the birthstone for February). But the one thing I haven’t had—is an amethyst nail polish! Finally, here it is…  [Read more…]

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches


KB Shimmer Mena are from MarsalaLast month, we found out that Marsala was Pantone’s pick for Color of the Year for 2015. I was able to pick out a few shades of lipstick that match the Marsala theme, but I haven’t picked out any nail polishes yet. Well, KBShimmer is saving me the trouble—because they just released a very special shiny holographic polish, that takes on all of those rosy brown characteristics that Marsala fans are loving right now!

Meet: Men are from Mars-ala…kbshimmer marsala nail polish

image: KBShimmer.com

How perfect is this?!? This is my very first item from KBShimmer (I know, right?), and I’m already hooked. I know so many nail polish fanatics have told me in the past that KBShimmer is where it’s at for originality, performance, pretty holos, and shimmers, so I’m happy that I’m finally onboard.  [Read more…]

Nails Inc. for Victoria Beckham Collection / Judo Red and Bamboo White Review, Photos, Swatches


NailsInc

New for spring from Nails Inc., they’ve collaborated with Victoria Beckham for two limited edition shades of polish with Japanese elements, inspired by the SS/15 Victoria, Victoria Beckham Collection. Two shades is all it takes when they’re this perfect! Let me show you what I mean…

nails inc for vvb victoria beckham nail polish collection

There’s Bamboo White (STUNNING!), and Judo Red (GORGEOUS!). Both polishes are enclosed in generously thick and weighty Venetian glass bottles. On the side of each bottle, you can see the corresponding shade through a glass window. I love the matte finish of the bottles, it gives the exterior a hint of the sophistication of what’s to come. Bamboo White (bone white cream with a hint of pink) is housed in the matte black bottle, while Judo Red (vibrant tomato red) is housed in the matte white bottle.  [Read more…]

Fun & Healthy Holiday Nails with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Color


loreal colour riche nail color glow renewal

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and festive nails!

I have a secret to confess. I’m absolutely terrible at nail art! I try, and I try—and I can’t seem to mimic all of those cool designs I spy on Pinterest and Instagram. You guys keep me inspired and on my toes! In a rare event for me though, I just tried something that I liked.

One of the reasons I don’t have my nail tech give me holiday nail art, is because I don’t want them to be the typical red/green/gold combos I see so much of around here. Sadly, I don’t want Santa or Rudolph on my nails either. Lest you think I’m being all bah humbug about it—I’ve relegated our fave characters to our silly ugly Christmas sweaters and wrapping paper! (Our ugly sweaters this year deserve an entire post devoted solely to them, but I’m afraid we’ll wind up on Awkward Family Photos. That’s another story!)

But…what about blue & white snowflakes with a neutral base shade? So I gave it a shot.

loreal nail color

Left to right: Midnight Fireworks, After Hours, Hit the Slopes, Julianne’s Nude

With one of the best mass-brand nail polish shades I can find affordably and easily, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Color has given me a few options to work with for this idea. Even if it didn’t turn out 100% perfect, there’s still time for me to practice and get it right! And it also gives you time to riff off of the idea and come up with your own variation.  [Read more…]

Holiday Gifting 2014: Indie Brands


indie brand holiday gifts

I’m sure your holiday shopping is in full swing by now, and if not—it will be very soon! Are you stumped on gift ideas for someone special because you don’t want to give something that’s unoriginal, or something that can be found at every retailer in town? I’ve got some great gift ideas for you, and they’re all from indie brands—almost guaranteeing that you won’t be gifting them a dupe they’ll want to return!

I’ve searched for some unique items, and these are a few I fell absolutely in love with. Check out my picks from these indie specialty brands!

gnarly whale hair products

Hair Products from The Gnarly Whale

All of the products from The Gnarly Whale are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and they smell delicious! This husband and wife team creates unique haircare and bath products with minimal ingredients for low-impact on the earth, yet still yield full efficacy. 10% of their sales each month are donated to earth and marine-friendly charities, like the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

My fave pick is this awesome haircare gift trio with their signature shampoo, detangler, and beach wave spray in their Thai Coconut fragrance. Just $20 will score you this substantial gift, and you can select your product fragrance from a list of 13, or opt for the unscented versions. Once you see the list of available scents though, I have a feeling you’ll go for a fragrance! Coconut Lime VerbenaCoconut Milk & Peaches, or Bubblegum anyone? $20, thegnarlywhale.com

strawn soaps

Olive Oil Bath Soaps from An Ancient Art Handmade Soap Company

My amazing hairstylist turned me on to the soap bars from this tiny artisanal shop out of Strawn, Texas. She gifted me a bar of their handmade Red Wine soap, and I immediately ordered more! I love supporting this small business, they have over 30 scents available in their handmade olive oil soap formula that I’m obsessed with! You’ve got to look at the list of soap fragrance varieties they offer. I’m also a fan of their Vitality Cuticle Cream, and their lip balms. I’ve got the banana lip balm on my desk (which I use very often), and due to its high shea butter and olive oil content, my lips feel like buttah! Soaps—$6.50 each ($6 each for 3 or more—mix & match), strawnsoap.com   [Read more…]

Celebrate Pixi Beauty’s 15th Birthday with Crystal Champagne (Nails, That Is! )


pixi beauty almond glow crystal champagne

Looking for a gorgeous way to add twinkle to your nails that’s still office appropriate, yet can take you from day to night? Look no further’s than Pixi Beauty’s brand new rose-gold champagne glitter shade—Crystal Champagne. We’re popping bottles over it, especially considering that this limited edition shade is an ode to Pixi by Petra’s 15th birthday. I don’t need a holiday to celebrate with glitter, but hey! If there’s a birthday around (especially Pixi’s), I’m all for it. Glitter it up, I say!

pixi beauty crystal champagne

Crystal Champagne — small to medium gold and rose gold glitter flecks

pixi beauty crystal champagne swatch

In the Crystal Champagne swatch above, that is a single coat over my natural nails, folks  You know how some glitter shades make you struggle and dab them on? I had not a single issue with this little baby, which made me so very happy. You know what else makes me happy? Another neutral shade that is still glam—like Almond Glow. Whether you pair Almond Glow with Crystal Champagne, or wear it alone, the choice is totally yours—but you can’t go wrong either way. Also, what a great holiday color this will make without looking too Christmas-y. [Read more…]