Things have been a bit crazy lately with all the travel for my “real” job, so May slipped through my fingers before I could find the time to write up a favorites post. And considering I’m about to depart on yet another trip (an actual vacation this time) for the next two trips, I won’t have time to do a June favorites before July rolls around. The solution here? A really late May favorites and an early June favorites all rolled in to one. Woop, woop!
Being on the go for the past few months has meant that my makeup routine has been trimmed down. I don’t feel the need to overload my carry-on with excess palettes or break the TSA 3-1-1 rule with multiple liquid foundations.
And when I have been home, I’ve been prepping for vacation with sunless tanner, bright polish and burn-free skin. And now that I’ve rambled for long enough, let’s get to the main event … my current beauty faves.
Nail polish is one of my favorite indulgences as a beauty blogger/general person who likes fun, pretty things. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to change and a quick way to improve your look … not to mention your mood.
I know a lot of people prefer the bright, neon Summer polishes, but I’m keen to the rich colors and eye-catching glitters of the Winter holidays. So if you’re more of a Summer girl in need of some Winter inspiration, I’ve rounded up seven of my favorite Winter nail polishes. One for each day of the week!
Third times the charm, and since this is the third gift guide of the season, this one must be lucky. First skin care, then makeup and now nail polish. From a cult-classic top coat to heavy-duty remover pads, I’ve got you covered. Give this nail polish gift guide a peruse and remember to get yourself two items for every one item you buy your loved ones.
I love Fall and I love nail polish, so I’m extremely excited to share this gorgeous fall nail polish collection with you! When the kind folks at PRITI NYC reached out to see if I’d be interested in testing out their Autumn in Chile collection, I obviously could not resist. The only tough thing about that decision was trying to be patient while I waited for the polishes to arrive.
The four shades – Hadspen Blue (blue), Dublin Bay (orangey-red), Polish Spirit (purple) and Nodding Lilac (lilacy-grey) – are gorgeous and perfect for Fall while be versatile enough for the other seasons as well. I did need to use three-four coats depending on the color, which is a coat or two more than I normally prefer, but other than that, I have nothing but positive remarks for these polishes. They were long-lasting and vibrant. Plus, good news for those of you who are conscious of their polish’s ingredients: PRITINYC polishes are 5 Free & Vegan, completely non-toxic, and are free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.
Without further ado – the colors:
And now if you excuse me, I’m going to continue casually holding a mini pumpkin as I run all of my errands.
Hi there, you lovelies. Just stopping by for a very quick update on my simple-yet-fun Halloween manicure. I went for black nails except for my ring finger, which is a lovely pumpkin orange. Believe it or not, I actually got the idea from my waitress at The Cheesecake Factory this weekend. Inspiration comes at the most unexpected times …
The colors I used were Pumpkin Queen and Night Fright from Sally Hansen. The perfect colors (and names) for an easy-as-pie Halloween manicure.
Do you have a Halloween manicure planned for this Friday?
To say I’m excited for Fall is an understatement. I wore my first sweater on an 80 degree day in September and my riding boots before it dropped below 60. What can I say? I’m a basic white girl and Fall is just my favorite.
And another favorite? Nail polish. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know I change my nail polish often. Why stare at one color of nail polish all week when you could stare at multiple?! So the first order of business once the weather chilled was to whip out some of my current favorite Fall nail polishes.
Believe it or not, I haven’t purchased any new nail polishes this season. Ok, that was a blatant lie, I realized as I wrote the sentence. But, I only purchased one new polish, so that’s a win as far as I’m concerned. The new shade I nabbed was L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in Glossed & Found and I’m wearing it on my nails as I type. It is such a beautiful, deep purple shade and I feel like a BAMF while wearing it.
Looking at these photos again makes me want to paint each nail a separate shade so I can stare at them all day long. I wouldn’t look like a crazy person at all … And if you do paint your nails a new Fall color, make sure to keep these tips and tricks in mind.
I wasn’t having a very good day on Sunday. I was a bit blue and nothing seemed to pull me out of my funk … until I hit the grocery store. While I love grocery shopping (weird, I know), it wasn’t the groceries that cheered me up.
After crossing all the food items off of my list, I made a slight detour to the beauty aisle. Woops. After deciding against yet another lippy (I’ve gone crazy in that department lately), a beautiful shade of nail polish caught my eye. Tangerine Crush from L’Oreal. This isn’t a new color, but I couldn’t help but drop it in my shopping cart. It’s the perfect blend of pink with a touch of orange. I don’t eat a lot of tangerines, but I think this color is closer to grapefruit. But that’s not really that important.
I think it’s safe to say that this is going to be my go-to polish for Summer 2014. It’s just so beautiful, cheery and I love it! Not too pink, not too orange. Not too pale and not too neon. Just perfect!
What shade of polish are you loving for the Summer?
It’s no secret that we’re nail polish addicts here on BX. If you need any proof, just check out some of our most recent posts here, here, here and here. And, it’s no secret that we’ve been loving SpaRitual recently; it’s popped up in our Pantone nail polish post and a recent NOTD. We love SpaRitual so much, in fact, that we wanted to make sure that one of our lovely readers got a chance to own one their Spring 2014 collection – Explore. This six-polish collection is so vibrant and beautiful – perfect for the warmer Spring months. Check out the six vibrant colors below and then make sure to enter for your chance to win (giveaway widget at end of post)!The giveaway is open until 10PM EST on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
I have something a little bit different for you beauties today. I’m blogging about my top 5 drugstore beauty products on Project-Swatch
While I love high-end makeup products like any respectable beauty blogger, I don’t always like emptying my wallet at the registers. Thankfully, I’ve found a bunch of drugstore beauty products that I like just as much, if not more, than the high-end alternatives. You can read all about my top 5 in my Project Swatch guest post.
What are some of your favorite drugstore beauty products?
It’s opening day for OPI, as the nail polish behemoth throws out the first pitch with a limited-edition collection inspired by Major League Baseball.
The new OPI MLB Collection features seven nail polishes in shades of blue, red, orange and white, so fans can show their team spirit on their fingertips as they take them out to the ballgame. Here’s a sneak peak at the new polishes that will hit stores and salons in April for $9 a pop.