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Nail COLORS of the moment: O.P.I’s Skyfall collection

19 Nov


Inspired by the latest installment of 007, James Bond, O.P.I gives us their latest fall/winter collection: Skyfall

Twelve shades are available from glistening GoldenEye to seductive jet black so picking a color will not be easy but there will definitely be a shade for every occasion this season!

  • To achieve the same look as actress Bérénice Marlohe in Skyfall (assuming you have long nails) use Skyfall on top and GoldenEye on the underside, or let me know your two shaded combination!

Currently available at ULTA, Smart Style, Regis Hairstylists, and select salons.

For more visit opi.com


Nails inspired by my baby boy ✓ August To-Do List

15 Aug

August T0-Do List

Task: Paint my nails in the color of my baby boys play mat (fun childlike colors for him to look at, just because)

A fun lovable “to-do” inspired by my baby boys play mat, pictured to the left with the chosen nail polishes.

Using a teal (Making Waves) by Sonia Kashuk, an icy blue (name unknown) by Collection 2000, an elephant grey (Groovy Grey) by GOSH, a coral (Tart Deco) by essie, and a deep orange (Bright Orange) by Max Factor I went to work while my baby slept.

The next morning his little face perked up at the sight of my nails and the color painted on however his playfulness could also have been the result of his good nights sleep, milk intake, or being my Little Buddha baby – frankly his happy gurgles could have absolutely nothing to do with me! But it’s nice to think I might have had something to do with it 🙂
Click here to see my August To-Do List

Ticked off so far: Paint My Nails A Neon Hue

Spoiled Neon “Tip Your Waitress” by Wet n Wild

15 Aug

Tip Your Waitress

August To-Do List

 I am getting my August to-do list ticked off and this is one to-do list that is not causing stress, in fact it is making me feel light on my feet and has me more than excited!

 Task: Paint my nails a neon hue

The only hard thing about this “to-do” was finding the neon shade I wanted! I decided to test out a brand I had never tried before so went to my local CVS and spotted Spoiled by Wet n Wild, exclusive to the store.

There were several neon hues and I settled on SO11 called Tip Your Waitress, a bright pink that part reminds me of my childhood Barbie and partly of a hot summer vacation!

Tip Your Waitress

  • One of the best neon hues I have ever worn and I have tested out a few including neon yellows, oranges and greens.
  • Fantastic for both finger nails and toe nails.
  • BARGAIN PRICE, $1.99!! 
  • I am actually still in shock over the $1.99 price tag, never have I found such good quality nail polish for such an amazing bargain price! This is definitely one brand I will be buying more of!

SPOILED by Wet n Wild

Exclusive to CVS stores across America, 72 shades are currently available. All colors are toluene, phthalate and form-aldehyde free. Follow @wetnwildbeauty or follow CVS Stores @CVS_Extra

Which will you wear this month?

To see more of my August To-Do List click here

Nail Color Of The Moment: A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find

15 Jul

A zesty red orange, hot for the summer!

A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find, from the Hong Kong Collection



$5.11 on amazon.com

Hand Cream Moisturizing Celebrities

13 Jul

Hand and Nail Therapy

  Wonder how Hollywood celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker keep their hands and nails perfectly nourished?

Mystery solved: Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker ™ Hand and Nail Therapy cream.


Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker ™ Hand and Nail Therapy cream was discovered during the seventies after horse owners realized the ingredients that they were applying to their horses hoofs were also making their own hands become softer. Quick and sometimes unbelievable results were seen with vital nutrients which protect and nourish skin and nails found in the hand cream.

For those of you that think that this might just be another beauty myth let me assure you it is not! I have test a lot of hand creams and never been this satisfied so quickly:

After having tested the Hand and Nail Therapy I could see the difference in my skin after just two weeks, my hands were much less dry and my nails looked healthier. This is one hand cream I will continue to purchase!

  • My skin went from extremely dry and hard to soft and nourished.
  • Almost immediately my nails began feeling stronger, the cream over time protects them against everyday damage.
  • The texture is non-greasy meaning once you have applied the cream to your hands you do not have to worry about touching your iPhone, laptops, etc and leaving fingerprints!
  • There is not a strong fragrance from Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker ™ Hand cream which personally I love as there is nothing worse for me than having my hands smell too strong, especially with an infant who loves sucking on my fingers!
  • The 6oz bottle, available online for $3.49, is a fantastic size for both keeping at home, in the car, or in your handbag and will keep your hands moisturized for months.

A cream that works… that celebrity beauties love… and that we can afford! Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker ™ Hand and Nail Therapy


August “To Do” List

12 Jul

We all have “to do” lists but this summer why not give yourself a list with tasks under “beauty”, “me time”, and “indulgences” – make August 2012 a fabulous month about you!

My August To Do List

(don’t forget to share your lists with me, maybe I’ll add some of your “tasks” onto my list below!)

  • Paint my nails a neon hue
  • Get a pedicure
  • Get either a shellac or gel manicure
  • Buy a new shade of lipstick
  • Take my mum out for a picnic
  • Get a facial, either professional or by my mum
  • Have a movie day and/or night
  • Get my dad to take me out shopping!
  • Play soccer with my brother or learn a new sport
  • Throw a party for no apparent reason but have a theme!
  • Paint my nails in the color of my baby boys play mat (fun childlike colors for him to look at, just because)
  • Take fun family photos with my baby boy (with props!)
  • Learn a new play/learning activity to do with my baby boy who turns 6 months in August!!
  • Give my great-aunt a hand massage/facial with me as a girly pampering day
  • Watch trash TV
  • Make and apply a homemade beauty mask

I’ll be crossing the above tasks off as I complete them as well as adding photos of some so keep checking back for updates! Have a fabulous summer Good Girls and Boys!!

2012 nails: imPRESS Press-on Manicure

6 Jan

imPRESS Space Cadet Press-on Manicure set received complimentary to test through Influenster's VoxBox program

This year make your beauty routine easier, save time and money with imPRESS Press-on Manicure sets by Broadway Nails.

I recently received the D090 Space Cadet pattern (a black and white leopard print with glitter) to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program and am so glad as not only do they save time when making nails look salon ready at home, they also:

  • last up to a week, often longer (meaning more time spent on other things rather than your nails)
  • do not smudge whilst drying and do not chip when dry (resulting in a more salon ready look)
  • are easily applied, via a stick on process (able to apply these yourself at home in minutes)
  • make nails look smooth, shiny and clean around the edges so no more messy applications (get the salon look yourself in the comfort of your home for much less money)
  • due to the press on application there are no fumes (making the imPRESS Press-on Manicure set perfect for pregnant women or those sensitive to strong smells)

Easy To Apply

Each set comes with 24 nail covers so you have plenty of spares just in-case you want to restart.

  1. Find the correct size nail cover for each of your nails (tab on imPRESS nails is always lined with cuticle) and line them up in finger order.
  2. Cleanse your natural nail bed with the prep pad enclosed.
  3. Peel off tab on imPRESS nail and firmly press onto your natural nails. Apply pressure for a few seconds and you are done!*

*I have naturally long nails and did not want to cut/file them too short so after applying the imPRESS Press-on Manicure set I simply filed my natural nails down to the long length of nails found in the imPRESS set. A bonus was this made my natural nails all the same length!

Easy To Remove

  1. Apply nail polish remover to the edges of each nail, wait for one minute and gently peel off the imPRESS set starting from the sides.

Watch the imPRESS video on easy application here


always be ready to go, just like Nicole Scherzinger the face & hands in the imPRESS commercials!

Currently imPRESS Press-on Manicure by Broadway Nails comes in 36 colors and patterns including:

  • bright bold colors












  • traditional classic shades
  • animal prints












  • sparkle and glitter designs
  • pop and art inspired designs



Change your nails as often or as little as you like with imPRESS and always be runway ready!

imPRESS Press-on Manicure by Broadway Nails retails for $5.99 (block colors) $7.99 (patterns) at several major retailers including CVS, Rite Aid, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart, Duane Reade and more.

For more retailers, coupons, news and to check out all the imPRESS colors and patterns visit www.imPressManicure.com or follow them @BWayNails

Like them on FaceBook or check out their YouTube videos

You can even test out the colors and patterns on imPRESS’s virtual app here

Which colors/patterns will be you be trying out this year?

New Years Eve Nails by Minx

23 Dec

Beyoncé w/ Minx Gold Hologram nails

Rihanna w/ Minx Pink & Gold Moon nails


Minx nails launched in 2008 and ever since the response has been more than positive with celebrities and fashion designers around the world.

A-list beauties spotted with Minx nails include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Kim Kardashian.

British legendary designer Vivienne Westwood and New York designer Stacey Clark both featured Minx nails during their Spring/Summer 2012 shows this past season.

Minx is a solid nail coating, applied through a process using heat and pressure. Minx is fantastic for expectant mothers and anyone sensitive to the usual nail polish fumes found in salons as no liquid/vapors are found with Minx. The solid nail coating is basically shrink wrapped to your nail making it both safe and quick.

“Minx is ideal for runway shows because you do not have to worry about smudging or drying the models’ nails, and with hair and makeup all working at once, that’s a huge benefit,” – Danielle Corbin Jaime, NailTaxiNYC owner.


©BeckyMaynes Vivienne Westwood backstage S/S 2012

Vivienne Westwood presented her S/S 2012 collection and using Minx nails completed the colorful theme of the collection. UK nail stylist Marian Newman met with Vivienne Westwood and her team ahead of the show to decide on the Minx nail look. Minx nails can fit into any style, whether you want high fashion or fun design so finding your look is easy with Minx nails.

“Together, we looked at a variety of Minx colors and designs that I felt matched (Westwood’s) theme, and Andreas (Vivienne’s husband) picked out the Minx that was the best fit.” The standard Minx designs of Flowers, Turquoise Chrome, Japanese Blossom, Oil Slick, Shell and Black were used with application partly on the nail and partly on the finger to look as if a child has been playing dress up.

©Meeno Lady Gaga











Minx will make a fabulous addition to your New Years Eve look this season as the application instantly looks party ready and with hundreds of designs to choose from you will have plenty of options, making your beauty style unique!

Some great choices this season can be seen below:

Minx for Lisa Logan: Golden Scales

Minx for Marian Newman: Hot Degrade

Minx for Marian Newman: Illumination

About Minx

Minx creators Dawn Lynch-Goodwin and Janice Jordan launched Minx nails in 2008. As well as creating styles for fashion designers shows they also work on new designs for customers throughout the year.

The idea for Minx came about in 2006 when Janice was searching for a way to protect her nails, with the help of good friend Dawn they soon realized the need for nail coating to protect as well as make beauties look fabulous without chipping.

Today Minx is in over 40 countries and on the hands/feet of countless celebrities across the globe.

“Minx allows you to be playful with different looks and personalities for different occasions” – Dawn Lynch-Goodwin.

There are thousands of salons and spas that offer Minx in the U.S, find your nearest Minx stylist by visiting the salon locator or follow Minx @MinxNailsDotCom

DIY Manicures by the Stylish Housewife

7 Dec

Contemporary Christmas

 With a season of parties and holiday festivities surrounding us this month you may want to pay extra attention to your nails, though with such busy schedules during December it can be difficult to get that extra time to treat yourself. Which is why pampering yourself at home could be the answer and thanks to the Stylish Housewife DIY manicures just became a little easier…

  Here we highlight three manicures the Stylish Housewife gives us step-by-step instructions on how to achieve.

Manicure Must-Haves

  • Sally Hansen miracle cure or essie’s “Feed Me” for the base coat
  • OPI top coat
  • Nail Brush
  • Cuticle Cutters
  • Nail Clippers
  • OPI rapid dry spray
  • Nail file
  • Nail polish remover, the Stylish Housewife recommends Butter London’s nail lacquer remover
  • essie corrector pen, must-have for nail stamp manicures

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS, this manicure is fabulous for the Christmas season when you want festivity but not a too obvious design.

  1. Remove nail polish before showering, then use a nail brush to scrub nails so cuticles are clean and soft. Push the cuticles back with the cutters and then pull them back to cut them.
  2. Cut nails with a slight point to them and file into shape.
  3. Paint on base coat.
  4. Paint on two coats of base color, waiting a few minutes between coats to ensure coats have dried. For the above manicure essie “sew psyched” shade has been used. Start in the middle of your nail with the first stroke and then do the sides. DO NOT paint the cuticle area!
  5. Follow with OPI top coat.
  6. Spray on OPI’s rapid dry spray.
  7. To achieve the nail art images shown in dusky gold you need the Konad Nail Art Stamping Kit and you are set!

More Info

California Love




CALIFORNIA LOVE, a simple manicure with just enough shine for the holidays!

  1. Follow steps one to three as above.
  2. Using essie’s “French Affair” on all nails except the ring finger and Revlon’s “Silver Dollar” on my ring finger nail this is an easy manicure to achieve.
  3. Use the Konad Stamp Kit to paint on the palm tree and then paint on a fast dry top coat for a shiny quick finish.

More Info

Party Time Mani


PARTY TIME MANI, when you need a quick manicure for a night out this versatile design could not be better. Use any color on the base you desire but the one shown here is fantastic for a fresh party look.

  1. Follow steps one to three as above.
  2. Using two layers of Cult Nails “Devious Nature” as the base color and one layer of Wet N Wild “Party of Five Glitters” over the top get a quick party look with minimal fuss!
  3. Follow with OPI top coat.
  4. Spray on OPI’s rapid dry spray.

More Info

It really is that simple to achieve fabulous manicures at home without the salon price!

For more DIY manicure ideas visit the Stylish Housewife’s blog or let me know your favorite manicure design ideas… SFparmie@gmail.com

Beauty & Fashion Products Supporting Cancer Research

19 Oct

"I Pink I Can" FingerPaints available at Sally Beauty, $4.99

jane iredale Phoenix Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator, $24

October is the month of Awareness and one worthy cause gaining support is BCA.

Breast Cancer Awareness raises both funds and the profile on cancer organizations worldwide.

This month step up and raise your support further, go beyond wearing the pink ribbon and support the brands raising funds and awareness for cancer organizations.

A few of those brands supporting the cause are:

Sally Beauty, FingerPaints Nail Color

As a proud sponsor of Cancer Support Community, Sally Beauty have not only made a generous donation of $65,000 to the cause but also continues to raise awareness throughout the year. As part of the CSC mission, Sally Beauty helps to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Nail polish is a simple way to brighten up your finger nails and draw attention to a cause you support, for $4.99 choose one of two colors available at Sally Beauty – “I Pink I Can” or “I Am A Survivor” and get those nails dressed up!

A fantastic affordable gift idea that can be found at your nearest Sally Beauty store: www.SallyBeauty.com

jane iredale, “Phoenix” Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator

A limited edition version of the popular Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator is now available called “Phoenix” for $24, just like cancer survivors the Phoenix bird is resilient and that is the message jane iredale wants to support by donating $2 from each sale to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

The limited version comes in a subtle pink shade and just like the original exfoliates and restores moisture to your lips. Made with organic brown sugar, the “Phoenix” will leave your lips renewed, soft and subtly pink!

To find your nearest stockist check online at: www.janeiredale.com

Philosophy, Shower for the Cure

Philosophy donate to Women’s Cancer Research Funds throughout the year and with the three-in-one Shower for the Cure’s pink ribbon shower gel they help take the stress out of our day.

Shower for the Cure’s pink ribbon shower gel can be used as a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath. An all-in-one creamy formula for $20 available now at various beauty stores nationwide including: Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom as well as online at www.philosophy.com

How will you be supporting the cause this month?

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