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Essie Fall 2013 Collection

It’s fall fashion made for your nails – Essie’s fall 2013 collection has got it all for you this season. Her latest collection is a mix of glossy shades and metallic dual shades.

Essie For The Twill of It

For the Twill of it is my favorite shade from the collection. I thought I should start with my favorite first this time. It’s a metallic dual tone of magenta and gun-metal. I love the way it reflects in the light, changing from one shade to the other. At times you can even get a glimpse of a greenish metallic tone as well.

Essie Vested Interest

Vested Interest is some what of a murky green color. It reminds me of floral – you know that green cube at the bottom of a flower bouquet vase. It’s also slightly reminiscent of OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques with a little bit of olive mixed in.

Essie The Lace is On

The Lace is On – a lovely metallic magenta shade. It goes on smooth and evenly. I noticed that the metallic shades were easier to apply that the glossy polishes.

Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

Cashmere Bathrobe is one of the darker shades in the fall collection. It has a glossy finish with a faint metallic shimmer. It’s like a darker version of Vested Interest.

essie.com $8 ea.

(Photo courtesy of essie)

opi san franciso collection

Well I suppose cold weather is creeping up on us again -_-

I get excited about fall fashion, but not about the temperature dropping. Oh Summer, why must you leave us so quickly! As the days get shorter, some beauty brands are well into their fall product launches. My nail salon has stocked up its fall collection and this week I decided to try OPI Keeping Suzy at Bay from their San Francisco collection.

Keeping Suzy at Bay is a glossy deep ink blue – it’s like a pen exploded on my nails! I wasn’t ready to rock a dark burgundy yet – just like we don’t wear white after labor day, I don’t wear burgundy shades before it!  This blue works for an end-of-summer-look because even though it’s a dark color, it still has a pop of brightness. It reminds me of a beautiful summertime night sky. Great color, can’t wait to try more from this whopping 15-shade collection.

OPI San Francisco Keeping Suzy at Bay

OPI Keeping Suzy at Bay Swatch

OPI.com $9 ea

(Photo courtesy of OPI)

Rene Furterer LISSEA Leave-in FLuid, best leave-in, cure for dry hair, best hair cream

Like any other beauty obsessed girl, I was starting to get bored with my medium brown hair so I decided to go ombré. Natural dark brown fading into a perfect caramel blonde – I’m in love! Mila Kunis was my inspiration.

I’ve been highlight free for three years, but I just couldn’t resist. My hair needed an update; however, I hate nothing more than dry, porous, brittle hair!

The Challenge: Maintaining healthy hair during the summer

The Solution: René Furterer LISSEA leave-in smoothing fluid

Not only did I highlight my hair, but it’s summer time! That means: long days at the beach are reeking havoc on my hair. The harsh sun and salt water are no good! I promised myself I would make it a point to use a hydrating hair mask every other week. But I knew I needed something daily, that’s when I came across René Furterer LISSEA leave-in smoothing fluid.

I use it after I’ve detangled my hair with Matrix Total Results Break Fix Leave-In Elixir. Two pumps and I’m ready to go. Occasionally I’ll use some before I go to bed while I’m moisturizing my face. If you want soft hair, you have to keep it moisturized just like you do with your skin.

This smoothing fluid has natural Alkekenge extract that instantly smooths hair by forming a film around the hair shaft. The Avocado oil nourishes and moisturizes, leaving hair smooth, shiny, and soft. It’s a thick cream that melts right into your strands. The scent is a blend of Bergamot, Ginger, Cardamom, Jasmine, Tea, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, and Musk. I’m a total fan!

René Furterer LISSEA leave-in smoothing fluid 4.2Oz $30 in salons or on Beauty.com

(Photo courtesy of René Furterer)

Essie-Naughty-Nautical summer collection

This year’s summer collection from essie is a mix of creamy and shimmery shades. It’s nautical inspiration transcends through the color choices and adorable polish names. I’m loving almost all of these shades – the green shade; however, it a miss for me! Sorry essie!

essie full steam ahead

Full Steam Ahead is a pearlescent punch lilac and it’s my absolute favorite shade from this collection. I typically go for pinks over purples, but this shade takes the crown. It is so lush, but yet so muted. You can totally get away with is shade at the office, but it’s still fun and not boring.

essie sunday funday

Sunday Funday – the name says it all! It’s a tangerine coral crush with a slight shimmer. Perfect for summer fun filled weekends.

essie the more the merrier

The More the Merrier – my least favorite color in the collection. It’s a juicy lime green creamy shade. It would look pretty as an accent color when paired with Sunday Funday or Naughty Nautical; but solo, I think it looks to harsh. I’m not a huge fan of the name either. It makes me think of Christmas and winter, the total opposite of summer.

essie the girls are out

The Girls Are Out is a fun fuchsia peony sparkle polish. It’s a strong magenta color that kind of reminds me of Super Bossa Nova, just a bit less glossy.

essie rock the boat

Rock the Boat is a shimmering french blue. I neither love it nor hate it. It look like last year’s Bikini so Teeny with a powdery finish.

essie summer 2013 collection $8 ea.

(photo courtesy of essie)

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

The new MAC Summer 2013 Collection is sexy and sultry. Temperature Rising features tons of glitter and gilded tones. My favorite has to be the blush and bronzer, the colors look so good!

MAC Blush and Bronzer

MAC Powder Blush $23.00 & MAC Pro Longwear Bronzer $30.00 (Limited Edition)

MAC Ripe for Love MAC Bronzer Sun Dipped

  • MAC Powder Blush in Ripe for Love – Mid-tone peach (Satin)
  • MAC Pro Longwear Bronzer in Sun Dipped – Dirty red tone

MAC Temperature Rising Lipstick

MAC Lipstick $16.50 (Limited Edition)

Altered Beige – Creamy yellow beige (Lustre)

MAC Altered Beige

Sheer Seduction – Super dazzle bronze (Dazzle)

MAC Sheer Seduction

MAC Temperature Rising Lipglass

MAC Lipglass $16.50 (Limited Edition)

Soft Serenade – Mid-tone neutral pink with pearl

MAC Soft Serenade

Rhythm – Vivid magenta violet with pearl

MAC Rhthym

Under-dressed – Bronze plum with multidimensional pearls

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MAC Tropical Nail Polish

MAC Nail Lacquer $18.00 (Limited Edition)

Tropical – Super glitter bronze (Frost)

MAC Tropical Nail Polish

MAC Summer 2013 Collection

*Photos courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

Matrix Total Results Break Fix

I’m so in love! I’ve been using Matrix Total Results Break Fix Leave-In Elixir for a few months now and I can’t say anything bad about it. I like to use it as a detangler. I apply it right after I towel dry my hair and then comb it through. It keeps my hair manageable and strong, so my strands don’t break while I’m detangling my hair. It’s a lightweight gel like liquid that melts right in and smells tropically fresh – like a fruity summertime cocktail! matrix better never ever discontinue this product – I’m hooked!

Matrix Total Results Break Fix Leave-In Elixir 16.5 oz around $16 at salons nationwide

Simple Sugars Rose Body Scrub

Simple Sugars recently sent over a package of goodies for me to try, and boy am I glad they did! I received the Rose Body Scrub and the Green Tea Facial Scrub – both smell amazing!

It was hard to choose a favorite, but I really enjoyed the Rose Body Scrub the most. It smells like sweet roses and is the prettiest shade of blush. Simple Sugar products contain natural sugar and oils that help smooth rough skin. This scrub left my skin baby soft after my shower.

The Green Tea Facial scrub was also very nice. It smells so fresh – just like a shot of wheatgrass juice! Since it’s oil based, I would only recommend it for those with dry skin. It was too oily for my face so I used it as a body scrub and it worked perfectly.

I’m so happy I got to try Simple Sugars; the company’s creator and founder, Lani Lazzari was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and since then Simple Sugars has increased it’s retail presence and will (hopefully) soon be offered in more stores across the country.

Simple Sugars Green Tea Facial Scrub

Rose Body Scrub  5 oz. $11.95 & 8 oz. $16.95
Green Tea Facial Scrub 5 oz. $16.95

*Photo Courtesy of Simple Sugars

FHI Heat Styling Iron

Style your hair with ease with FHI Heat! Their 1″ Black Diamond Digital Hand Touch Ceramic Professional Hair Styling Iron lets you create effortless curls and waves or use it for a sleek straight look. It quickly heats up as soon as you pick it up and it’s easy color coded temperature display lets you know it’s ready for use with just a glance.

Temps by Hair Type:
Coarse, Thick Hair – Red Zone 410°F – 450°F (210°C – 232°C)
Wavy, Curly & Permed Hair – Blue Zone 356°F – 392°F (180°C – 200°C)
Fine or Normal Hair – Green Zone 266°F – 338°F (130°C – 170°C)

With a simple twist of the wrist, I was able to get gorgeous curly ends with straight roots. It glided smoothly through my hair with even heat throughout. It took my about 30 minutes to style my hair and during that time the iron stayed consistent and evenly heated – no creases and no hot spots. I also loved the heat resistant mat and carrying case that came with it.

Retail:$214

FHI Heat EPS Styling Iron

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Essie Avenue Maintain

Here’s another swatch from the new Essie Spring 2013 collection. Essie Avenue Maintain is a bold high-shine blue. It’s inspired by Avenue Montaigne in Paris – which is also where Chanel’s latest boutique is located and the inspiration behind their limited edition eyeshadow palette. 

This shade is slightly darker than Essie Bikini So Teeny – see that swatch here. I also think it would be the perfect something blue pedicure for all those brides walking down the aisle this year!

Essie Avenue Maintain Swatch

Essie Madison Ave-Hue

Inspired by her travels from around the world, Essie’s spring 2013 collection features a combination of soft pastels and lively colors. Madison Ave-Hue s a beautiful bold pink with the slightest shimmer that only you will notice. It reminds me of pink tulips blossoming in the spring.

The other colors in this collection are also lovely. I can’t wait to swatch Hip-Anema and  Go-Ginza!

Essie Madison Ave-Hue Swatch

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