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I’m so excited to share with all of you this gorgeous upcoming collection for Zoya’s Fall 2017 Release.  The Zoya Sophisticates collection includes a palette of smoldering nudes, wine reds and shadowy hues in pearl, metallic and cream nail polish finishes for show-stopping looks that are on-trend for the Fall season.

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This gorgeous collection of shades will be available on August 1, 2017 at ZOYA.COM and will retail for $10 each (US).  Each polish has Zoya’s 10 Free Formula that is formulated without Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide and Lead.

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Check out the color selection as well as swatches for each shade as provided by Zoya.  I can’t wait to get my hands on these gorgeous beauties.  I have my eyes on Beth for sure, it’s definitely a “Honey” color.  If I pick any up – I’ll be sure to share any nail looks I create here.

Mckenna (ZP904): a refined pearl in soft almond.

Beth (ZP905): a soft, sandy, rose gold metallic.

Presley (ZP906): a smokey, mauve taupe cream.

Joni (ZP907): a deep, dusty plum cream

Hera (ZP908): a muted, red mauve cream.

Padma (ZP909): a deep, vermillion red cream.

Yvonne (ZP910): a rich, bordeaux red cream.

Mona (ZP911): a deep, burgundy plum cream.

Elaine (ZP912): a dark, umber brown cream.

Hadley (ZP913): a smokey, midnight blue cream.

Tabitha (ZP914): a refined pearl in a deep hunter green.

Gal (ZP915): a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic.

 

Put August 1st on your calendar and be sure to head on over to ZOYA.COM to pick out your favorites.

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Do you have your eyes on any particular shade?  If so, comment below and let me know what’s your favorite from this collection.

 

 

 


Disclaimer:  Nothing to disclose.  This information was provided to me for media relations purposes.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Photos were provided to me via Zoya’s PR.

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I’m not usually a last minute shopper, like at all, but find my self shopping later and later near Holiday season to get gifts for family.  It’s not that I’m a last minute shopper per say, but more so that time just gets the best of me sometimes.  This year I’m quite thankful that I am just about done with my Holiday Shopping – I just need to pick up some last minute boxes of candy, but I know that many are still on the hunt for that perfect gift.  I have a few gifts I would love to share with all of you, from a wide range of products that you could pick up as a last minute buy.  Whether you have a fitness addict, a beauty lover or anyone in between, any of these gifts no matter the size would surely put a smile on someone’s face this holiday season.  This Holiday Gift Guide is especially fun for the last minute gifts but can be someone for anyone.

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The KITLIFE Planner for 2017 is by far one of the best KITLIFE planners to date and I have had three of them prior.  Kit Life stands fro Keeping It Together and it’s a planner that offers just that.  For the working mom or stay at home mom, anyone who feels the need to keep organized by writing things down and a list maker – the KITLife Planner is for them.  When it comes to holiday gift giving – I love giving away planners because they help ring in the new year on a new foot.  KITLIFE has been a favorite of mine now for a while but they have since made quite a few changes.  I’ll have a full review and walk through coming soon.  If you enjoyed the original planner but wanted something more, I think you’ll love this one.  It’s gorgeous, bright and bold and feels so luxe and helps me with my planning.

You can purchase the KITLIFE Planner for 2017 at: http://kitlife.net/  The planners start at: $58.00 and as of today 12/21/16 the KIT Team is offering a 15% off discount of your purchase of a new planner and more.

**a full review of this planner will be coming here to Honeygirlsworld.com soon – so stay tuned.

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Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm or Garden-In-A-Can are great gifts to get for anyone that loves to grow their own fruits and vegetables.  It’s especially great gifts for those who live in an apartment and don’t have access to growing their own produce outside.  Since Spring follows the winter season, why not give someone a headstart on growing their own products.  Back to the Roots is passionate about “Undoing Food” and creating sustainable, delicious products to help kids and families reconnect with their food and how it’s grown.  Whether in the kitchen or in the classroom (or both), Back to the Roots’ organic Mushroom Farms, aquaponic Water Garden fish tanks and Organic Garden-In-A-Can goodies can be found at Whole Foods or other select retailers and make wonderful gifts.

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Back to the Roots offers a variety of Gift Sets this holiday season and I love that they make great gifts not only for family members and friends but teachers, administrators and others to help encourage learning about sustainable living.  Since my family and I absolutely love tending to our own garden, growing vegetables and fruits, flowers and more – gifts like these really resonate with us and my sons absolutely love the fact that these are perfect presents for their teachers this year to add to their classroom garden.

You can purchase Back to the Roots sets at: https://backtotheroots.com/collections/all or at your local Whole Foods or Home Depot stores.

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Everyone uses hand soap and Method has wonderful limited edition packaging and scents for the holiday season.  I especially love picking up these kinds of products for teachers and school staff since they make such great gifts.  The Method Holiday Hand Wash Collection is perfect and offers seasonal scents that are sure to please and sleigh your favorite teacher.  With Frosted Fir and Vanilla Chai wrapped in a fun + festive forest design which absolutely evokes snow-dusted evergreens and bright baubles with sparkling stars.  I love them.  These make great gifts to put into a gift bag and gift to your co-worker or friends too.  Like I said before – everyone uses hand soaps and these are just great.

Retailing for about $3.99 each – these fun soaps can be purchased at: http://methodhome.com/product-category/holiday-collection-2016/ or at your local retailers that carry that brand like Target.

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For the fitness lover, how about a myCharge Power Gear Sport Wearables Charging Case.  This awesome little case comes in two different colors – pink (pictured) or gray and is perfect for anyone who uses a Fitbit or other fitness wearable.  You can keep your wearable charged day and night by simply plugging in your wearable charging cord into the USB port and place your wearable (Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc.) in the charging case.  The charging case will protect your fitness tracker while providing a place to store interchangeable fashion bands.  I use the case to also store my headphones / earbuds and mini fitness tracker for safe keeping.

Retail – $29.99 and available at: https://mycharge.com/collections/other/products/powergear-sport

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Give a gift and Change a life.  World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that is dedicated to working with children, families and communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  In working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God, World Vision offers a gorgeous Gift Catalog where you can purchase handcrafted gifts or choose to donate where proceeds to go help children and families in need.

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This beautiful bracelet is handcrafted and made of Mango Wood.  It’s gorgeously beaded and handmade in Indonesia.  One creative community on the island of Java makes these unique bracelets to help provide a sustainable income and care for their children.  The artisan group is led by a mother who pours her heart into her craft.

Retailing for $45 and made with love and creativity.  This gift and many more can be purchased with donation from: https://donate.worldvision.org/ways-to-give/gift-catalog

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I LOVE Tea and I think it’s a great gift to give to anyone for the holiday season.  Pique Tea has been one of my faves over the last couple of months and I definitely think it would make a fabulous gift for anyone, especially a tea drinker.  Pique Tea is Tea Crystals that dissolve in hot or cold water.  They are sugar-free and free of calories and are organic and free from artificial flavors and preservatives.  The teas offer 2x the antioxidants of leading tea bags and are sourced from top 5% of tea leaves.  These are my favorites for on the go because there are no messy tea bags, just drop the crystals in your water or liquid, stir and you’re good to go.

 Pique Tea Crystals retail for $7.99 for a set of 14 sachets/packets and can be purchased at: https://www.piquetea.com/

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Keysocks are something I think would make great gifts for the lady or girl in your life.  These socks are the ultimate solution for keeping your feet comfortable without showing that you are wearing socks.  They come in a variety of colors and are perfect for the business lady or the casual one.  Keysocks are knee high no-show socks that never slip, and keep feet blister free and legs comfortably warm in any shoe, any time.

Retailing for $10 + these socks are a definite must have, especially during the cold winter months.  You can learn more about them or purchase them at: http://www.keysocks.com/

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Pedi Pamper is another great find for the holiday gift giving season because they are great for treating your feet during the colder months.  Pedi Pamper is a 7 Day Foot Peeling Mask that offers a pain free solution to dry callused feet.  This product is absolutely easy to use and you can purchase it via their Amazon site.  I love products like these for Holiday Gift Giving because they make great additions to a “Spa or Pampering Gift Bag”, simply tuck it into a basket or gift bag with other items like lotion, bath bombs and even a gorgeous toe nail polish and your gift is good to go.

Pedi Pamper is a spa experience at home and is fast, easy and comfortable to use.  No matter if your feet have calluses or are as hard as leather, this exfoliating foot peel will give you baby feet in just a week.  There is no scrubbing, no agony and the mask incorporates cream acids which promote effective peeling of dead cells – simply apply the mask and let it do it’s work.  This really makes a great addition to any spa gift set you are putting together for a loved one.

Purchase your Pedi Pamper at: http://amzn.to/2h4QlIj – Retailing for $14.95 for 1 pack or $25.50 for 2 pack.

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The eRase e60 by Emjoi ($79.95) is a fabulous gift for the beauty lover.  This top selling corded, dual speed epilator by Emjoi absolutely outshines competitors offering quick and effective removal of unwanted hair from the body and face with minimal discomfort.  It’s one of my favorite tools and I think it would make a fabulous gift.  The eRase e60 is highly effective with its 60 tweezer action discs that are arranged in skin-tautening dual opposing heads that removes hair from the root (as short as 0.3 mm), leaving the skin smooth for up to 6 weeks.

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The Erase Glide Technology enables the user to glide the unit back and forth, or in a circular motion over the skin to remove hair in seconds, while also being gentle enough to remove individual facial hair on the chin or upper lip.  The eRase e60 also comes with a sensitive attachment for the epilator head, resulting in a product designed to be mild enough to remove hair where the user is most sensitive, including underarms, while still remaining easy to use and reliable.  I love that the eRase is able to remove most hair on the first past, which is perfect for my sensitive skin to help reduce skin irritation.  There are limited edition patterns and colors available and this unit is something I wish I could get for a gift under my tree.

You can purchase the eRase by Emjoi for $79.95 at:  https://emjoi.com/AP-14EB/emjoi-erase-e60

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Nail Lacquers make great holiday gifts and awesome stocking stuffers too.  These gorgeous polishes from SpaRitual are becoming some of my favorites because they allow me to use Glitter for my holiday festivities without the hassle of taking them all off.  The SpaRitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat makes a fabulous gift and I highly suggest it for anyone who loves painting their nails with glitter but hates the removal process.

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Of course, I had to include a gorgeous glittery polish from SpaRitual because it just absolutely screams holiday and will have your nails sparkling to ring in the New Years.  I suggest choosing out a fun glitter polish and the Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat and your gift giving to your favorite nail polish lover is complete.  These will make great gifts and who doesn’t love a fun nail polish to ring in the new year.

SpaRitual Glitter Polishes retail for $12.00 and the SpaRitual Peel-Off Basecoat retails for $17.00 and each can be purchased at: http://www.sparitual.com/

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While not a traditional gift, I think anything that allows you to filter your water would make an awesome present for anyone this holiday season.  ZeroWater offers a variety of products for your filtration needs.  The 10 Cup Ready-Pour pitcher is the first in its class that comes with a sealed lid and reservoir, making it possible to pour water that has already been filtered without spilling water that’s still filtering.

The ZeroWater Silver Tumbler or Blue Tumbler has an Ion Exchange Filter so you can have pure-tasting water anywhere you go.  The ZeroWater Tumbler combines the top performing filtration technology with a sleek, convenient design.  You get great taste out of your tap water whether you are at home, at work or even at the gym or on the go.

The ZeroWater 10 Cup Ready-Pour Pitcher retails for $32.99 and the ZeroWater Silver Tumbler retails for $14.99.  Each of these as well as the replacement filters can be purchased at: https://www.zerowater.com or select retails like: Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s and Amazon.com

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Get a fun gift for the Tomboy in your life or just get your Camo Fix.  TomboX’s new collection offers either blue or green in their bralettes, iconic briefs, trunks and boxer briefs.  These selections feature their signature, silky black band for comfort and their cute and stylish camo design.  These are fun to support the troops or to just add a little fun to any wardrobe.  I love buying these because they are sweet and cute without being too revealing so they make great gifts.  Also TomboyX bottoms come in sizes XS to 4XL and their bralettes XS to 3XL so giving it to that girlfriend, sister or anyone else whether they are tomboy or not will be giving them a comfortable gift that will make them feel confident – no matter the size.

The pieces shown as well as many others retail in prices ranging from $18.00 to $35.00 and can be purchased at: http://www.tomboyx.com

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When it comes to last minute gifts, stocking stuffers tend to make that list as well since they don’t necessarily require much wrapping and are quick to get.  StickerBeans make great gifts for the little boys and girls in your life (teens and even adults included) and are so fun.  Available in two-inch, five-inch and two-feet sizes ranging in prices from $3.50 to $55.00 – StickerBeans are definitely fun.  Bling is all the rave now a days and Entrepreneurs Dana Runyon and Kim Spadaccini have created an easy way to add glitter and glitz to everything from cell phone cases to laptops, tablets and notebooks, lockers and so much more.  What I love about StickerBeans is that the designs are so fun and include a huge array of different types from emojis to cupcakes and even pizza.  For the boys there are fun sports designs and a plethora of glitzy to choose from.  Some of the designs include:  Sports StickerBeans – Basketball and Socker, Nail Polish, Unicorn, hearts and rainbows.

You can purchase StickerBeans at: http://www.StickerBeans.com

If you’re looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping, be sure to check out the following links for my guides and inspiration:  (this list will be updated periodically as new guides become available)

Holiday Gift Shopping – Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2016

Holiday Gift Guide – Skin Care and Body Care {Honey’s Favorite Things} 2016

Holiday Gift Guide – Hair Care {Honey’s Favorite Things}

Holiday Gift Guide – For The Children in Your Life {Honey’s Favorite Things} 2016

Holiday Gift Guide – For the Men in Your Life {Honey’s Favorite Things} 2016

Holiday Gift Guide – For The Beauty Lover {Honey’s Favorite Things} 2016

Holiday Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Anyone on Your Shopping List {Honey’s Favorite Things} 2016

2015 Holiday Gift Guide for the Skin Care Lover

The Holidays is probably my favorite time of year and when it comes to Christmas gifts, I love shopping for family and friends.  Any of these gifts would make a great selection for anyone this holiday season – even you, if you’re planning to treat yourself.  Are you a last minute holiday shopper?  If so, what things do you look to buy when you are on the hunt for a present at the last minute.

Happy Holidays!

Signature Honey


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Beauty trends are something that are constantly changing and evolving and sometimes – we even throwback to fun trends and ideas from our past that are timeless.  When it comes to trends, I absolutely love trying the new ones when they make their way to the spotlight and test them for myself to see what the hype is all about.  One that has made its way to different beauty outlets and brands is the “spray on nail polish” trend.  Using a polish in a spray can (similar to spray paint), the concept is to spray the nail polish onto your nails for a quick and easy manicure.  I was immediately taken by this concept – being a mother and knowing that waiting for a coat of polish to dry is literally like watching paint do the same, so I definitely thought it was cool.  There are several brands out there that offer similar products, so when Spray Perfect sent over a few for me to try, I was excited to give it a go.

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Spray Perfect retails for $19.99 (an additional shipping & processing fee of $4.95).  The website states they are having a special “Double Offer” which gives you a choice of 2 colors + 1 Base/Top Coat.  If you purchase outside of their “Double Offer” then they are regularly priced for $19.99 each.  Spray Perfect offers 7 shades – Racy Red, Sexy Silver, Naked Nude, Party Pink, Passion Purple, Whimsical White and Black Beauty.  I received Sexy Silver and Naked Nude as the colors to try out.

Note:  For my Hawaii readers – Spray Perfect’s website states they can only offer Continental US shipping only.  Since we are used to these types of situations, it’s probably because of the flammable shipping.  

Sleek packaging reminiscent of a spray can, the concept is simple and easy to grasp and use.  Using the product is also quite simple and I really like the ease of use.  It’s as easy as using a base coat to apply to the nails, then spraying your polish color of choice and topping with the top coat (which happens to be the base coat too).  Spray Perfect says they offer the world’s fastest manicure that dries in under a minute.  It’s new technology offers color that only adheres to nails and washes easily from your skin.  You get quick, complete coverage on your nails & only your nails.  With a little rubbing to remove the excess polish from your skin, you are going to save money and stop going to the salon for a mani that’s quick and easy.

So let’s chit chat a bit about the process.  The first time I used the products, doing so was really easy and the directions were easy to follow.  I painted my nails with the base coat / top coat and allowed them to dry.  It states on the bottle not to “blow on your nails” to help them dry but let them dry naturally.  That was easy to follow.  Once the base coat dries, spray your nails the desired color.

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Spraying my nails was quite easy.  The nozzle was easy to press and the bottle is small enough to still offer you good control using both your left and right hand regardless of whichever is the dominant one.  I was quite impressed with the overall feel with the product while I used it.  I opted to spray my nails with two coats to make sure the color was bold enough for me to see.  Immediately after spraying my left hand, I realized that the color really does stick well to the parts where I painted with base coat and it started to lightly flake off or rub off on the other parts of my fingers.  But, after one coat and then spraying the second coat, I could tell that the colors were not the same as the swatch on the bottles.  Each color – the Naked Nude & Sexy Silver were different in shade than the swatch portrayed on the bottle as well as the swatches on the website page.

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The silver really reminded me of a spray paint type of texture and applied unevenly – whether with one or two coats.  I tried it with three coats, but it didn’t seem to fix the issue so I assumed it was just the formulation of the color.  The nude one seemed to apply much more evenly, though, each one definitely had a rough or matte like (like spray paint) texture on the nails before I applied the Top Coat.  Once the Top coat was applied, it seemed to leave an even texture with a glossy finish.  You could still see any patchy places that the paint did not apply well, but it wasn’t bad.

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After spraying the two coats of each color, I let it dry a few minutes and then painted with the top coat.  I didn’t clean up my fingers from the over spray till after the top coat dried completely.  The total process from base coat, to two coats of color and the top coat took about 15 minutes.  But, I liked that each of the polishes and base/top coat dried fairly quickly.  Once it dried, about two minutes each layer, I moved onto the next layer and once the top coat dried – about 2 minutes after painting the last nail with the top coat, my nails seemed like they were dried well and I could be on my way if I wanted to.

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Washing off and removing the over spray on my fingers was really easy.  I simply washed my hands and with a little rubbing (literally), I was able to get off the over spray and my manicure was good to go.  Any place on my nails that did not have the base and top coat were left clean.  The entire process, while there were some extra steps than a traditional manicure, went by fairly easy.

Now – let’s talk about the longevity of the manicure.  I wash dishes several times a day and I’m pretty brutal on my hands.  I actually liked the fact that they didn’t chip in the first 24 hours like many nail polishes can do, depending on the top coat.  But, it did chip on me by the end of the 2nd day – not dramatically, but I noticed it.  I don’t think anyone would have really noticed it unless I showed them, but I noticed it when it did chip.

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Besides washing off the excess polish and over spray, I didn’t really need to do much clean up.  I didn’t go through and clean up any edges of the polish so you could see how much of it was covered and how much was removed.  Taking off the nail polish to change colors was easy!  It removed with my basic nail polish remover without any issues.  Acetone remover or non-acetone, it didn’t matter, both removed them easily and without any issues.

Oh – one note I forgot to add… it smells like a nail polish and spray paint blend, so this is something you definitely want to do in a well ventilated area.  I also suggest protecting your furnishings because the over spray can definitely stain other things.

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Overall – I think the concept is definitely fun.  It’s convenient and while the process is lengthy, I really loved the drying time on the top coat and the polish.  Right after putting the top coat on and it drying, I was able to wash dishes and fold clothes without any smudging – it was completely dry.  Because of this, I think this would be a nice option for a night out or something where you could devote 15 minutes to a nice manicure but have it ready to go for a night out.  It’s costly however, if you don’t get the deal – then you are looking at spending $20 for a spray on polish which requires the base/top coat to get the job done.  Like with all things, I think it really is up to the user and it could be something fun and useful for anyone that likes this kind of stuff.  The concept is cool and definitely interesting.  Would I buy it or purchase another color?  Hmmm… I think I would if it shipped to Hawaii or if I was able to get the Double deal.  It’s definitely something fun for a sleepover or a night out where you need a nice manicure that sets in a short amount of time.  I think that it’s fun to check out, but I would only do so with a good deal, otherwise, it’s something I would pass on.  It’s a bit pricey for just one bottle on its own.

You can check out Spray Perfect for yourself and see if it’s something you may want to check out.  Head on over to their website here: http://www.buysprayperfect.com/

Have you heard of Spray Perfect before?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If not, have you seen this spray on nail polish trend?

Signature Honey

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Let’s face it… as a mom I’m constantly on the go and have such a busy schedule that some of my favorite beauty routines are always put on hold.  While I love to paint my nails or get pretty manicures, sometimes I find I just don’t have the time.  For a few years now, I have found some products that I enjoy using on those days I want pretty nails but just don’t have the time.   A fast and easy manicure is just minutes away with imPRESS Press-On Manicure.  They include everything from soft hues to bold glitter tips and on-trend accent nails that have an ultra-gel shine that doesn’t fade and offering you a manicure for any occasion, moment or mood.  Who has time for a salon anyway?  I haven’t stepped foot in one in years and find that I can always get a great nail design easily and in minutes.

Perfect Nails for the Busy Mom - imPRESS Press-On Manicure

Now – my natural nails are quite long and for the most part, they are kept that way, so I found that the two sets that I was sent from imPRESS for a bit too small for me.  But, that doesn’t mean they don’t work.  These press ons require no dry time and have an UltraHold technology that helps to keep the nails on until you are ready to remove.  “That’s the claim from imPRESS.”  I find that after using this brand for a few years that they can definitely last a few days with washing dishes if you lightly buff your nail bed or wipe your nails down with alcohol so that the adhesive sticks for a longer period than by applying it straight to your nail without prepping.

Perfect Nails for the Busy Mom - imPRESS Press-On Manicure

The nails are easy – they simply peel off with no damage to your natural nails, which is a huge plus for me.  Each nail has a backing that you simply remove and then press the nail directly onto your real nails.  Each set retails for about $7.99 and you can find them at your local Walgreens or imPRESSmanicure.com.

Application:  After selecting the correct size for your nail/finger, you will remove the backing of each nail and press firmly onto your nail bed.  Remember to cleanse your nail well prior to applying.  For the first 1/2 an hour you want to repeat pressing on your nails.  This is key because I have found that if you don’t do this – the nails can start to lift within the first day and by pressing down on the nail for the first 1/2 hour you get a longer wear time.  Wait at least one hour before cutting or filing your nails as well as exposing your nails to water.

Removal:  Removing is easy – simply peel off the sides or apply polish remover around the edges.  If you decide to apply polish remover, wait a minute and then peel off.

Perfect Nails for the Busy Mom - imPRESS Press-On Manicure

Above is a photo of a different imPRESS manicure design I had that fits me perfectly.  Each design or set of nails you get comes with 24-30 nails in different sizes so you can fit them to your natural nails.  There are a plethora of designs and shapes so you will have a nail design for any need.
Like I mentioned previously, I have used these for a couple of years now and I love that they come in so many different options for you to use.  They are super easy to apply and while they may not last a long time, they surely are great solutions for a last minute manicure or something fast for that night out on the town.  They are affordable and easy to use and I love that there are so many fun designs.  These are not only perfect for busy moms, but great for weddings, prom or that special occasion where a gorgeous mani is needed.

Have you tried any of these before?   What are your thoughts if you have?

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Disclaimer:  The product(s) mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this product and affiliate links are posted throughout.


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Argan Oil is such an important part of my skin care regimen.  Used with my coconut oil, Argan Oil helps to keep my skin hydrated and soft.  I have used many types of Argan Oil products in the past and continue to have my favorite brands but I’m always excited and happy to try new brands and Jaowying Beauty is no exception.  Recently I have been using the Jaowying Beauty Organic Argan Oil in my beauty routine.  This product is multi-purpose in that it can be used for the hair, face, skin and nails.  I have been using this product daily to help moisturize my face and my cuticles and have been enjoying it quite a bit.

Jaowying Beauty Organic Argan Oil for Hair, Face, Skin & Nails

Jaowying Beauty Argan Oil comes in a 4 fl.oz bottle with a dropper which makes it easy to use and dispense.  Retailing for just $19.95 you receive a lot of product for the price point and I love that this Argan Oil is not diluted as it is 100% pure and organic.  Bottled in the United States, Jaowying Beauty Argan Oil is cruelty free and certified organic using virgin cold-pressed argan oil (Argania Spinosa).

This oil is colored the same as other oils I have used.  It looks amber in color and has the normal argan oil scent.  It is free of artificial fragrances and while I’m not a fan of the scent of argan oil, I find that this one is not strong which makes it tolerable for me to use.  Since I have sensitive and dry skin, I use this oil to hydrate and moisturize my skin and love how my skin feels the next day.  My face is left soft, glowing and moisturized.  I have used this product in my hair and on my scalp and it also moisturizes well like other argan oils I have tried before.

I’m impressed with the size of the bottle for the price.  You can’t beat the price with this particular product because a 4 oz bottle will literally last me a few months, versus a month with the standard argan oil size you can purchase.  My husband also uses this product after he shaves and while we don’t use it to massage often, we do pull it out when we want to get a nice deep tissue massage.  One of my favorite treatments of argan oil is pimples or acne treatment.  I don’t get breakouts often but when I do they can definitely take charge of my face and argan oil along side my coconut oil help to treat the acne, heal and moisturize the areas so that those pesky pimples are not around for long.

This particular brand of oil absorbs very quickly, which I love.  I don’t have to worry about waiting for it to soak into my skin during the day if I decide I want to moisturize with oil.  While they say it is fragrance free, I can still smell the argan scent, but I’m sensitive to smell.  I’m really enjoying this product and I definitely think I’ll continue to use it in my skin care routine.

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From four leaf clovers to large pots of gold… Saint Patrick’s Day has been filled with fun for all – not just the Irish.  While I believe that a persons’ luck comes from hard work, I also believe in good luck as well… and you can still find me searching for a four leaf clover or wondering if there really is a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow.   In years past I have celebrated with fun makeup looks and bold bright greens but this year, I wanted it to be something anyone could wear… a look that was simple to recreate but still offers a statement.  Today I bring to you my St. Patrick’s Day makeup and nails, in collaboration with the beauties from The Beauty Blogger Collab.  Be sure to stop by and check out all the pretty looks these ladies have created and show them some love too.

I filmed a tutorial for my eye look which you can find here, or check out the video embedded below.  The steps are easy and I’m using a mixture of drugstore and high end product to create it.

St. Patrick's Day makeup

A full list of products is posted below!  Remember to use the products you have on hand that are similar in shade or adapt the look and taper it for you specifically.

  • Brows – Jordana FabuBrow Eye Brow Pencil in 05 Soft Brown and set with NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel
  • Face – Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream
  • Eye Shadow Primer – Milani Eye Shadow Primer
  • Eye Shadows – Milani Bella Eyes Bella Caffe (transition), Milani Bella Eyes Bella Taupe (crease shade), L’Oreal Infalliable Shadow Amber Rush (lid shade), Colour Pop Shameless (lower lash line and outer v / outer crease), Milani Bella Eyes Bella Emerald (outer v / outer crease)
  • Eye liner – Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal (waterline/tightline), Kat Von D Tattoo Eye liner in Trooper (winged liner), Smashbox 3D Always Sharp liner in Billionaire (upper lash line used above the black winged liner for a pop of color)
  • Lashes – Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara (upper and lower lashes), Ardell Demi Whispies 120, KISS Aloe Black Glue
  • Blush – Milani Rose Petal Blush in Warm Petals (limited edition)
  • Highlight – Mirabella Mineral Highlighting Powder in Swirling Pearl (applied on the cheeks, forehead, cupids bow, etc.)
  • Lips – Jordana Rock n Rose Easy Liner lip liner and Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick in Matte Bare 01

St. Patrick's Day Makeup

Now,  wasn’t about to leave out my nail loving friends.  We all know I’m a bit nail art challenged, so I went with what I know.  To create this simple nail look, I used China Glaze Rare & Radiant which is a Color Shift / duo chrome type of polish that goes between green and gold with a slight blue hue.  I topped that polish off with ILNP’s Supernova flakies polish to add to the crazy green and gold effect.  If you are a bit nail art challenged as I am, I think something simple like that will work.  It kind of reminds me of Mardi Gras. lol

St. Patrick's Day inspired nails

I hope you guys enjoyed my inspired makeup and nail look for St. Patty’s Day.  I wanted both to be easy to create for anyone and you can’t go wrong with something that takes a few minutes to complete.  Don’t forget to stop by my video and check out the tutorial for the makeup look if you haven’t already – you can find that here.  Stop by my Instagram and keep up with me there for new photos, posted daily and be sure to say hi on Twitter and Facebook too.

beauty blogger collab

For more inspired makeup and nails – be sure to check out the links to the lovely ladies below and see what kind of awesome they have waiting for you too.

 


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I am a flakie nail polish addict and I absolutely love the effect they give any and all nail polishes.  I had been swooning and drooling over some from ILNP, and finally took the plunge and picked two up that I knew I would love.  After playing with them for a few days over different nail polish colors and sandwiching them between other shades, I finally found a mani look that has been absolutely fabulous.  It looks like Confetti on my nails… I love it.  So here are my nails of the week… so sparkly!

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis
taken in natural light

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis are layered and topped with KB Shimmers Prism Break for an extra cool effect of holo goodness.  These polishes work so well on their own offering a cool chrome flakie look but with the added holo topper, they look pretty darn awesome.

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis
taken in natural light

I hope I can provide swatches of each polish separately in the coming weeks because ILNP now has these polishes back in stock and I definitely suggest scooping some up.  If you love flakies and enjoy the look of crushed colors on your nails, I think anything from the Ultra Chrome Flakie line will make a great addition to your nail polish collection.  If you are looking to add a little holographic goodness to your favorite nail polish that doesn’t have that, then definitely check out the KB Shimmer Top Coat in Prism Break.

ILNP Supernova and Metropolis
taken in direct sunlight

Like I said before, I’ll have more coming your way to share soon.  I am just diggin’ on these nails – they remind me of cellophane and confetti all wrapped up on my nails.  Talk about nail porn! 😀

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Disclaimer – All products discussed were purchased by me.

Winter in Hawaii this year has been pretty interesting and offering a cold front that Hawaii islanders are not quite used to.  With weather at it’s all time coldest… we’ve been experiencing low 50s most evenings and during the day we don’t get above 75 degrees.  I know for my buds on the East Coast or Canada, this is nothing, but considering we have warmth here year long, this has been quite interesting on my body and my skin.  That’s one of the reasons why I’m so excited to be bringing to you another post along with my girlfriends from The Beauty Council.  Each of us live all over the United States and some from other parts of the World, so it’s interesting to see what our winter beauty staples and favorites are for this year.

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Winter does both positive and negative things to my skin but who’s really counting, right? lol I have super sensitive skin and it really forces me to concentrate my winter beauty products around moisturizing and keeping my skin supple.  As most know about me already, I have severe Eczema and it takes a lot from me to keep it all at bay.  While I love makeup – my essential staples for Winter… are all skin care type products.

Winter Staples

My entire beauty regime now revolves around Coconut Oil.  About two years ago (maybe a little longer), I decided I would eliminate foundation from my beauty routine and focus on trying to keep my skin flare ups and sensitivities controlled.  The creams that my Dermatologist gave me were honestly… quite horrible.  My dad reminded me how important coconut oil was and my husband and I did a lot of research.  It is now an essential part of my skin care from my overall skin, face, lips and even hair.  I even do oil pulling and consume coconut oil to help me with my overall health.  So – you will see that it is mentioned consistently.  I make many of my own masks, lip scrubs, body scrubs and moisturizer… but wanted to include products I know I pull for quite frequently during the winter.  These are my Quint-essentials.

winter hair care staples

Besides Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil are important in my hair care.  Having very curly and long hair means that I need to pamper my tresses as much as possible, especially since I am pretty brutal on them already.  While I am not really selective when it comes to Argan Oil, I do love Josie Maran, Voila Ve and BebeLush.  I purchase from these brands consistently.  Macadamia Hair and Moroccan Oil, DermOrganic and Briogeo also offer some of my favorite hair care products which I use consistently and most recently, Dove’s Pure Care Dry Oil line.

Facial Winter staples

Again – Coconut Oil is essential.  See the large bottle in my photo… I buy those in the double pack from Costco because we use it for many things… one bottle for beauty, one for kitchen and consumption.  I use this as a daily/nightly moisturizer for my body but most importantly my face.  Mixed with Argan Oil I use Coconut oil to remove my makeup as well as to moisturize.  While I do also have an Facial Oil Cleanser, I find that by using the coconut oil it will remove all of my makeup thoroughly without drying out my face.  I also apply Vitamin E from moisture cream from The Body Shop.  I apply this as a heavy moisturizer, but do not use it daily and when needed to protect my skin if I have an eczema flare up – Cheryl Lee MD’s True Lipids Relieve & Protect Ointment.  This skin protectant is my absolute favorite and I recommend it to anyone who has eczema.  When I need a little exfoliating… I will either make my own Honey, Coconut Oil and Sugar scrub (I will do a post on that later) or I’ll use any one of my favorite Freeman Beauty Masks.  Freeman Beauty masks are not only affordable, but they have different types which offer you a wide range of pampering at your finger tips.

Winter Lip Staples

My lips get very chapped and dry during the winter months and to keep them looking luscious I make sure they are consistently hydrated and moisturized.  EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip spheres are my favorite for on the go moisturizing.  My favorite flavor is Passion Fruit which is a limited edition scent that only releases a few times a year, I love the flavor and of course, the sphere is purple which is my favorite color.  I have a recipe for a lip scrub that I love to use as well, which includes coconut oil, honey and sugar to exfoliate my lips and keep them soft and supple.  On days when my eczema has a flare up I use Cheryl Lee MD Skin Protectant and each night before bed I apply one of my favorite lip butters from The Body Shop to keep my lips soft and moisturized through the night.

Body Winter Staples

Overall, anything and everything I use in my skin offers a variety of benefits as well as a lot of moisture.  Besides Coconut Oil, Argan Oil and Vitamin E, I also love lathering The Body Shop’s Body butter over my skin, especially in the evening to keep my skin well moisturized.

Like I mentioned previously, while I love makeup – taking care of my skin is very important during the winter months and skin care products are my number one winter beauty staples.  I would love to know what Winter staples make your must have list.  Leave a comment below and tell me what important beauty essentials make your staple list.  Don’t forget to visit some of the lovely ladies linked below and show them some love… see what kind of winter beauty staples they selected.

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“Because Sparkle is NEVER Optional!”™ – Honey

I am addicted to glitter and sparkle.  Don’t get me wrong, I am the biggest tomboy you would have ever encountered, but there is something about a sprinkle of glitter that makes you feel like you can conquer the World.  I know you agree, lol.  Glitter flows through my veins and you can find it in a variety of things through out my beauty arsenal – including my nail polish stash.  Today I bring to you gorgeous nail polishes by Alter Ego Nail Polish, an Indie brand.

Alter Ego Nail Polishes

Alter Ego offers glittery and sparkly nail polishes for any taste.  Ranging in shades and affordable for your pocket book, these gorgeous goodies are favorites of celebrity manicurists and nail junkies because they only require one coat for complete coverage and dry to a semi-matte finish.  These polishes are long lasting and I love that they give my nails a stronger feel.  The shades are formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free, Vegan and never tested on animals.  This cruelty free brand has certainly stolen my nail polish lovin’ heart.

Alter Ego Plumber
Alter Ego Plumber, two coats – no top coat
Alter Ego Plumber
Alter Ego Plumber with Top Coat. Accent Nail is Alter Ego Vintner

Plumber is a gorgeous blue hued lavender with fuchsia and purple glitter.  Vintner is a gorgeous glitter with a blend of hex and circle glitters.  Colors include purple, green, pink and a soft purple hued mixture.

Alter Ego - Rows Her Boat
Alter Ego – Rows Her Boat with 2 coats, no top coat.
Alter Ego - Rows Her Boat
Alter Ego’s Row Her Boat in two coats with top coat

Row Her Boat is probably my favorite out of the four.  We all know I love Purple and Teal and this one has gold in it… hello, major crush.  This gorgeous shade has little gold sparkle in it that gives it a really nice effect whether with or without top coat.

Alter Ego Well Read
Alter Ego Well Read, two coats – no top coat.
Alter Ego Well Read
Alter Ego Well Read, two coats with top coat

Well Read is a pink toned red with micro silver shimmer.  While this is not a shade I would gravitate to on my own, I really enjoyed using this shade and thought it was gorgeous.  I definitely think this shade looks better with a top coat, but to each his own.

These gorgeous polishes can be found on Gloss48 and are sold in duos for $14.00 (currently on sale – retail $17.00).  Pick the colors you want and have some fun with the finish of each one or add your top coat to give it that polished off look.  I will admit that I never used a polish with this type of finish or texture before, but I really like how strong my nails felt with the lacquer on.  My nails felt like I had a layer of gel coat and they were quite strong.  I have my eyes on a few more shades and can’t wait to order them.

Have you tried or heard of Alter Ego Nail Enamels before?  What is your favorite Indie Nail polish brand?

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Products mentioned in this post were sent to me for consideration and review.  I was not paid to provide this post and all opinions are my own.

It’s absolutely no secret that I have a crush on Flakey top coats and glitters and if there is one thing I love about flakies, it’s that I can use different base coats to create various looks.  Today I decided I would go with a black base and use different flake toppers to create a “fall leaves” inspired nail look.  Here is the result for my nails of the day.

Autumn inspired nails

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To create this nail look I used Sinful Color’s Black on Black as the base shade.  Then I took turns topping each nail with the three flakey polishes I had… starting with Zoya’s Opal, then ELF’s Fairy and lastly Maybelline Color Show’s Diamond in the Rough.  To complete the look I topped my nails off with Ciate’s Speed Dry Top Coat.

autumn nail polish

Autumn Inspired Nails

What are your favorite flakey polishes?  Are there any brands or specific colors that you like and are interested in?  Let me know in the comments below, I would love to check them out.

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It’s been quite a few months now since I first started using Eu Natural’s Biotin Supplement.  Check out my initial thoughts on the product here.  Most know that while my hair never has difficulty growing (it grows much faster than most peoples’ do), because I can color my hair often and after having three children (all of which were challenging pregnancies), my hair is not as strong as it used to be and shedding is a daily occurrence.  I already take a daily vitamin supplement for my body but I never mind trying products that could result beneficial for my hair.

Eu Natural Biotin 5000 MCG

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Eu Natural offers a Biotin Supplement that is 5000 MCG.  This supplement can be used for hair, skin and nails – which is always a benefit since I’m all about glowing skin.  This product provides pure, pharmaceutical grade Biotin that helps to support the cellular energy production.  Retailing for $24.99 (120 day supply) and currently on sale for $19.95 you receive a great deal for an affordable price tag.  What I love the most is that these capsules are not big at all and very easy to swallow.  There are no funky scents or tastes when you swallow the pill and I didn’t notice any upset stomach.  What I love the best is that this is a product that is great for your skin, nails and your hair, not just specifically your hair which is a huge plus.

Eu Natural Biotin 5000 MCGI have been taking this supplement now for several months and while my hair hasn’t experienced major growth, I do notice that my hair shaft seems stronger and my fall out/shedding is not nearly as bad as before.  One of the biggest positives is that my skin loves it and my nails have been much stronger because of it.

biotin for hair

A little note… I cut my hair and my nails pretty often.  To keep my hair from split ends I try to cut my hair every two to three months and usually 2 to 4 inches at a time.  My hair grows pretty fast, it always has so I didn’t notice additional growth.  My nails however, while they have always grown out pretty quickly and have been pretty strong for the most part, I notice that they seem much stronger and ripping and tearing of my nails hasn’t occurred as often.  I also noticed the ridges I would have in my nail bed are not as prominent as before.  While I can attest that to a change in my nail care… I think it also has to do with the supplement.

Biotin-Label

Like with any supplement, I always suggest that you check with your physician first to see if you can take such.  I have always been a bit worried about Biotin supplements in the past because I took one once that cause me to grow hair “everywhere” and it was not pretty.  It also caused my skin to freak out and break out.  I was surprised that nothing like that happened and after taking this along with other supplements, my skin loves it.  Overall, it is something I will continue to use (I already purchased my 3rd bottle) and I enjoy the benefits it has given me.

Have you tried a Biotin supplement before?  What were your results from taking it?  Did you benefit from taking the supplement?

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Oh my gosh… I can’t believe it’s Friday already.  Today I have a short post for all of you… my nails for the weekend.  I have been eyeing my Wet n Wild Disturbia now for a few weeks and wanted to create something with Sally Hansen’s Gilty Party.  I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to incorporate the two.  After seeing some of my blogger girlies post their nail stamping I thought it was finally time for me to blow the dust off my stamping kit and have some fun.  So, here are my nails of the week.

nail design

For this nail look I am using Wet n Wild’s Disturbia as my base.  Gilty Party from Sally Hansen was used as the stamping shade.  And I’m using my Konad m63 plate to create the stamping design.  For my top coat I am using Ciate’s Speed Dry Top Coat.  As you can see I’m a bit out of practice as it has been probably a year or two since I pulled out my plates and kit, but I’m glad I did because I forgot how fun it really is.

Hope you are all having a fabulous Friday and sending you lots of hugs for a wonderful weekend.

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Fall is upon us and Halloween just a few short weeks away.  While Halloween is not my #1 absolute favorite holiday, (it’s top 5) it is definitely exciting for me because it means dressing up, fun costumes and that the Holiday Season is soon approaching.  With the spooktacular day on its way I look forward to doing Halloween inspired makeup and while I’m not skilled in nail art – I do enjoy decorating my nails with fun colors and glitter for the season.  In combination with a few of my girlies from The Beauty Council, I bring to you my Halloween Nail Art inspired by Pumpkins, Fall leaves and Halloween.

The Beauty Council

I love simplicity and since I am not blessed with artistic drawing skills on a small canvas (i.e. my nails), I decided I would go with what I knew.  I pulled out my favorite colors for the season, a black striping nail polish and a nail art fimo (which I originally spelled “femo” and my spell check kept saying it was wrong. lol) pumpkin that I had in my collection and worked on my nail design.  Overall, I loved the colors and I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

Halloween Gradient Nails

I started with a base shade, using China Glaze’s Cruisin as my base color.  Then I took OPI’s I Knead Sour-Dough on a sponge and dabbed the shade onto the ends/tips of my nails.  I take my time in doing this and then once I apply the brown shade, I add the orange (Cruisin) to my sponge and apply together to blend the colors.

My Accent Nail: For the nail art I used Kiss Brush On Nail Art in black to create my tree, Kiss Brush On Nail Art in Neon Green to add a few Green leaves on the tree and then dabbed Sinful Colors Splatter Spell glitters on parts of the branches.

To finish up the look I added Sinful Colors Splatter Spell Glitters over each of the other nails concentrating the glitter towards the tips of my nails and finished with my Ciate Speed Dry Top Coat.  Easy and peezy – pudding and pumpkin pie. lol

Halloween Gradient Nails

I hope you enjoy this simple design and if you recreate it, I would love to see it.  Since I’m kind of nail art challenged, I think this is easy to create, festive and definitely cute.  Don’t forget to check out the other lovelies in the Beauty Council and their creations – links below 😀

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