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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


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

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!

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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.

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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

Hand Moisturizer for ALL Seasons!

15 Sep


When I was younger beauty routines were not such a routine, ah the days which by the way were not that long ago 🙂 Well one thing I did not have to worry about was moisturizing my hands on a daily basis. Now-a-days it seems I need to moisturize my hands at least three times a day, perhaps it is because I actually do house work now! Hmmmm another reason to have my mom move in with me!!

So since I have started washing dishes, doing laundry and cleaning the house I have tried and tested out many many hand moisturizers – manual work and soft hands do not go together unless you moisturize.

The one hand moisturizer I will and do always recommend is Sephora by O.P.I Restorative Hand Moisturizer.

  • Non oily so you do not get those awful newspaper/magazine fingerprint stains.
  • Yet ultra moisturizing and smooth, the formula sinks into your skin giving you soft hands for hours. I apply this maybe once or twice a day.
  • A squeeze, the amount of a small pea, is enough to moisturize your hands and nails.
  • The almond and shea butter smell is subtle and not overpowering at all, unlike many other creams I have tried.
  • After a week you can definitely see the difference in your skin, they feel smoother and are more hydrated despite the washing up that has been done!

Sephora recommend the Restorative Hand Moisturizer for overworked dry skin and I can vouch that it works extremely well.

Active Ingredients

  • Almond, Avocado, Cocoa, and Shea Butter – these provide hydration for the skin and work together to build up a barrier to prevent dehydration against the seasonal elements.
  • Vitamin C – a antioxidant combating free radicals and cellular damage.
  • Lecithin – helps nourish and maintain cell integrity.

Available from Sephora stores nationwide and online in two sized bottles:

  • 1.7 oz  priced at $10
  • 4 oz priced at $18

Have you tried this hand moisturizer? What do you think? Leave me a comment below and let me know…

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