This sugared-textured trend is going CRAZY right now! Do you own any of these types of polish? Typically, you don’t use any base coat (and noooo top coat or it will ruin the effect), and you get a sugary, matte-texture finish with a ton of twinkle. For summer, Nicole by OPI is staggering their release of the new Gumdrops Collection to certain retailers over the next few months. So let’s check ’em out!
Candy is Dandy, I Lilac Gumdrops, Blue-Berry Sweet on You
Cinna-Man of My Dreams, My Cherry Amour, A-Nise Treat
These shades are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth, explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Co-Founder & Artistic Director. By combining groundbreaking texture technology with some of the hottest trends including matte and shimmer finishes, Nicole by OPI has created a new line of lacquers for cutting-edge manicures. Worn without top coat, Gumdrops lacquers dry to a textured matte finish to give nails a “sugar” coated appearance.
My love affair with Jouer didn’t take long to develop. From the very first time I was introduced to the line, my immediate thoughts were—elegant, timeless, and affordable. I haven’t been let down since! Each collection that has launched since my first impressions have incredibly remained all of the above. I kind of think of Jouer Cosmetics as an unsung hero, too. You may not hear about them as much as other prestige brands, often Jouer remains in a league of its own.
Many of Jouer’s products connect for easy portability.
The founder and creator, Christina Zilber is totally hands-on with Jouer. After meeting her in-person, I can see her chic and classic touches all over this line! Aside from being a feminine and undeniably pretty collection, it’s also very practical. You don’t need to have pro makeup artist skills to blend her products’ pigments to perfection. Plus—most of the components connect so you can take your favorite Jouer pieces with you, and you don’t have to dig in your bag for them one by one. Can you tell I’m a Jouer Girl by now? Let’s check out the new collection! [Read more…]
I hope this makes you laugh, but as I was unboxing the new China Glaze Sunsational Collection to prep it for swatching, my husband looked over and said he really liked the colors. Obviously, he just knows TOO MUCH about beauty in this house, because he commented a second time—hours later, when I was editing the photos. “Ooh, I really like that collection!”
I kid you not.
So this collection is already Mr. Beauty Junkies approved! But will it be Beauty Junkies reader approved? I’ll have to let you decide on that for yourself—but I’m happy to be able to bring you these 12 new shades.
China Glaze Sunsational Collection
Sunsational is like two collections in one. Six of the shades are jellies, and six of the shades are cremes. With that in mind, I’ve broken them down into two sections in the swatches, so you can see what shades are of which category. If you’re not a jelly fan, I urge you to steer clear of those shades in the store, because looks can be deceiving in the bottles. There were a few that I couldn’t even decipher from a creme until application—please keep that in mind and double check if you’ve picked a jelly or creme before purchase. [Read more…]
I always get super excited when I see a new mascara from COVERGIRL, because I’ve typically had really good luck with them. In the past, I was such a mascara snob! It was always a prestige brand for me—you name all the $30 & up ones, and I’ve tried them! But I’m so pleased that in the last few years, mass brands have stepped up the mascara game. When a new mascara comes out from my fave mass brands, it is my personal mission to put it to the test.
The newest display at my CVS features a slew of new COVERGIRL “flame” themed products. One being this little ditty right here—Flamed Out Mascara. Flamed Out promises up to three times the volume versus bare lashes, and the ability to reach every last lash. It also promises that the formula sets quickly, and that it resists smudges and smears. [Read more…]
Whether they’re in skincare, or haircare—oils get such a bad rap! You might be afraid of them, but guess what? Don’t be! Oil actually cuts oil. And when it comes to haircare, they really can offer superior results; smoothing, conditioning, improving hair’s overall condition by pampering damaged strands, and leaving behind beautiful shine. They actually can help regulate natural oil levels where needed. Provided you use the right product for your hair type—the finish can be weightless! Check out these hair products with great oils, for healthy results.
This shampoo and conditioner duo is incredibly affordable, and contains a triple oil complex. Argan, white grape, and marula oils gently clean and condition the hair without weighing it down. I absolutely love the conditioner, because it has golden shimmer in it that makes my hair look really lustrous. A great choice if smoothness and shine is your goal. $5.99 each, ulta.com and drugstores [Read more…]
Now THIS is a summer collection! These new bright hues from ZOYA are going to be great mani/pedi shades for the warmer weather. A few of the shades almost strike me as neons, especially if you layer a white polish underneath them beforehand.
ZOYA Stunning Collection for Summer 2013
It’s unbelievable to me how ZOYA can keep their polish quality so consistent. You guys, I honestly can’t remember the last time I was disappointed in the flow or coverage of a ZOYA shade. I swear—I’m not on their payroll! But I’ve hardly ever had an unfavorable thing to say about their polishes. The coverage, flow, and consistency here with the Stunning Collection for summer is no exception. Yes, I recommend the entire collection!
This collection is comprised of cremes—but you’ll notice a little bit of a satiny shimmer in the bottles, this shimmer doesn’t really translate for me on my nails; with the exception of Thandie (orange), and Micky (pink-coral). My fave shade here? You should know I picked the bright pink, Yana! I’m not predictable or anything, right?
Here’s the shade breakdown, with two coats for each swatch. [Read more…]
The quickest beauty trick in the book to banish dull looking skin in an instant, is to use an illuminating product as the finishing touch to your foundation application. You don’t have to be a pro to use this pro trick! It’s super easy with these fast glow-getters.
Available in six shades, Hourglass’ new complexion product is a great fit for all skin tones. These diffuse light while adding dimension for a lit-from-within look. Ambient Lighting Powder is almost like having your own personal lighting crew following you around! My fave is Radiant Light, a golden beige tone. $45, sephora.com [Read more…]
Living in Southern California, I’m always saddened when I see the news reports about our local beaches being closed because of poor water quality, several days out of the year. A simple rain storm can trigger a beach closing, due to the urban run off that makes its way to our precious waters. Some of the most popular, beautiful beaches here receive F ratings due to a high level of bacterial pollution. Sadly, this isn’t just happening here, it’s happening all over the world.
Saturday, June 8th is World Oceans Day, bringing awareness to conservation efforts worldwide. If the world’s oceans are generating most of the oxygen we breathe, regulates our climate, and helps feed us—we have to take better care of it! Join H2O Plus this year to support the active restoration and preservation efforts. 10% of the sales of their limited edition Restore Our Water Planet Shower Gel will benefit EarthEcho International, founded by the famous Cousteau family, whose mission is to restore and protect our water planet.
With antioxidant-rich watercress extract, Icelandic moss, moisturizing Vitamin E and aloe vera, this refreshing body wash imparts a clean oceanside fragrance on the skin. $10, h2oplus.com