Book Salon and Spa Appointments with MyTime App

Time is a priceless commodity these days. When you're trying to squeeze in some me time, it can seem almost impossible. I recently had the opportunity to try a new scheduling app called MyTime that you can book salon and spa (and many other services) directly from your phone or Read more

#ShopCrueltyFree Leaping Bunny Twitter Party Dec 18 at 1pm EST

Please allow this sweet sleeping baby bunny to convince you to join the #ShopCrueltyFree Twitter Party we're hosting on December 18, 2014 at 1pm EST with Leaping Bunny. We want to promote cruelty free shopping this holiday season and we have some great Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free beauty Read more

Hard Candy and Eylure Giveaway

Want to look pretty darn awesome for those Holiday photos? For that party where you want everyone in the room to notice you? You're in luck because we're giving away a Hard Candy Smokey Eye Collection and Eylure Party Lashes in Twinkle. (You are going to look SO amazing!) Let's get Read more

Best Products for Curly Hair

Looking to embrace your natural curls? I've been on the hunt to find the best products for curly hair since forever. Below are some amazing curly hair products that I recently had the chance to test out: One of my favorite curly hair product lines is called The Gold System, which was developed by Oprah Read more

TULA Probiotic Skin Care

I love products; I love opening that new package, inhaling that "new product smell", putting it on my face or body and waiting impatiently to see the results offered! So I was very excited to receive a package of TULA products. It included the Purifying Face Cleanser, Hydrating Day Read more

Nail Care

Stars and Stripes Nail Art How To



It doesn’t necessarily need to be the 4th of July to show your patriotic side. Show off your stars and stripes with these easy nail art how to’s from editorial manicurist, Jin Soon Choi.

JINsoon Patriotic Nails - Get the look! #nailart

Look 1 Stars and Stripes 

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Butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Review

butter LONDON Cheeky Chops and Primrose Hill Picnic #review

This may be a form of OCD, but I feel disheveled and incomplete when my nails aren’t painted. They don’t even need to be done well, they just need to be painted… and the brighter the better. As far as manicures go, I almost always bring my own polish to the salon. That way, I can bring the color home and touch up/change my own polish to freshen things up after a week or so! I’m all about extending the life of beauty treatments because let’s be real, who has time to sit in the chair every week?

Since I bring my own polish to the salon, I’m constantly buying new polish. There are a few things that make me gravitate toward a polish … the shape of the bottle, the handle (when they are too small I drop it!), and the color! From there, the applicator becomes the final test. No one likes a nail polish brush that’s too small! Somehow, after years of trying almost every polish under the sun, I am somehow JUST trying butter LONDONnail lacquer ($15) for the first time. I’ve been seeing the butter LONDON display at Ulta for years and I’ve noticed the bottle in magazines, but this was admittedly my first time trying the brand. Read more

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Indie Find: Urban Nectar Nail Polish

While manicures started off as a way for Ellie Hock to bond during her mother’s brain cancer treatments, little did she realize these pampering moments would lead to creating her own nail polish line.

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Dubbed Urban Nectar, the line consists of nail polishes focusing around honeybee type collections: Worker Bee, Forager Bee, Country Bee, City Bee and Bee Hopeful, and all the colors that surround. What do bees have to do with polish, you ask? Ellie was moved by her family crest that features a honeybee with the meaning “Sweeter after difficulties.” After her mother’s death, she was moved to try her hand at beekeeping and experienced success. The nail polishes, symbols of the time they spent at the salons together, were the final bridge to honoring her mother’s memory. Read more

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Need for Speed: New Quick Drying Nail Polishes

Today’s modern polishes promise to dry faster than a speeding bullet, but which ones actually save the day?

Tom-Cruise

Top manicurists have known about pro top coats for years – those specially formulated clear coats that left lacquer intact for an extended wear manicure. Compatible with nearly every brand, topcoats like INM and Seche Vite give shiny, rock hard results.  Now, there are number of launches for those that like to do their nails at home and mimic a faster drying salon service. Each has a different strength. Let’s check a few of them out, shall we?  Read more

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Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish Kit Swatches & Video



Urban Decay’s foray into nail polish starts with Naked, and features a mix of six shades (Naked, Sidecar, Toasted, Smog, Hustle, Creep) in a cream, shimmers and glitters. How do they match up to the palettes?

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ncLA Nail Wraps Review

NCLA NAIL WRAPS REVIEW

I absolutely love the idea of nail wraps, (or stickers as some like to call them), but I haven’t had much success with them in the past. Determined to get it right this time around, I tried the new special edition ncLA nail wraps that were just released from Cult Beauty. ncLA collaborated with some top Hollywood nail artists and fashion designers to release some limited edition (and totally fierce) nail wraps. Forget nail art, these wraps are like murals for your fingers. I tried the special edition nail wraps designed by jewelry and accessory designer Melody Ehsani and they are Rihanna-level fierce. With nail art I usually play it safe, but I couldn’t resist the geometric black and white design.  Read more

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Shape-Shifters: Exploring Nail Shape Trend Possibilities



Usually when you head to the salon you know one thing for sure – you’re going to get into great shape. Nail shape, that is.

STILETTOS

There is something about a professional taking you by the hands and providing great care and cleanup without the need to be ambidextrous. Also, a fresh pair of eyes on your hands might lead you to see you could use a little refresher in areas like shape, color or product.  Read more

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Nicole by OPI Introduces Modern Family Nail Polish Collection

Modern Family has to be one of the best written TV series currently on air. The characters are hilarious and the situations they get in are equally as entertaining. I love that each episode has a lesson or some small heart-tugging moment among all the laughs. Nicole by OPI  launched 14 new nail lacquers inspired by the award-winning comedy.

The nail line features shades ranging from more nude colors that would appeal to Julie Bowen’s no-nonsense Claire, to a sparkly violet shade meant to represent Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) more flamboyant look.

“Modern Family is not only one of the funniest shows on television, it features a great ensemble cast of rich characters that inspired a range of shades, from pastel hues like sea foam green and periwinkle to brighter colors of cobalt and red-violet,” says Suzy Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “From studious Alex to bombshell Gloria, to classic (and neurotic) Claire, to flirty Haley, there are shades to represent each of these uniquely fabulous women – and everyone else in the blended family.”

The shade names are so cute and clever!  Read more

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Love is Blind: Valentine’s Day Braille Nail Tutorial

Spring colors, glitter and a secret crystal love note – what more could a girl want?

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and it’s time to start making reservations, ordering flowers for delivery and getting that perfect outfit. What the what? Your paramour failed to do any of this for you last year? You know what they say – Love is blind. Or at least it needs to be. If you want a discreet reminder to keep your cool during any disappointments this holiday, try my Braille Nail. The tactile texture reads “I Love You” when felt up.

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Impala Nail Polish Palmeira Tropical 701 Review

Working as a nail tech for several years, I have worked with many  brands of nail polishes. With that being said, I know how tricky it can be  sometimes to apply lighter shades of polish because of streaking or even just having a difficult time applying the color evenly. Sometimes that could be the brand of the nail polish or just the shade that you happen to be using. However working with Impala’s Palmeira Tropical nail color 701 (a beautiful shade of teal) which happens to be a lighter shade and not to mention great spring time color for your a mani or pedi, painted on fabulously.

This stunning  shade never streaked nor did I have to apply several coats just to even out the color. I achieved evenly colorful painted nails by just applying 2 coats. Impala claims that the polish is fast drying and they were right! Read more

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