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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I’ve searched high and low for the best beauty gifts! Here are my top picks! I’ll take one of each please!

VS Valentine

 Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Box $85

As always, Victoria’s Secret is your best bet when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts. This gift box includes; Bombshell 3.4 oz. fragrance, mini fragrance, body lotion, body mist, and body wash all wrapped up in this gorgeous box. This year Victoria’s Secret has over 40 plus beauty gifts to choose from starting at only $15.

Philosophy Hearts and Kisses

Philosophy My Heart to Yours Gift Set $24

This set is sure to make her heart sing! This V-Day git set features Philosophy’s Sweet Citrus Vanilla Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, Body Lotion and High-Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine. But how cute is this box though?

Too Faced Valentine

Too Faced Plump, Gloss, and Glow $42

Achieve the perfect Valentine’s Day look with this Kit from Too Faced. Set includes – Deluxe-size Better Than Sex Mascara, Lip Injection Color Bomb! Never Enough Nude, and Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow.

Tory Burch Valentine's Lipstick Case

Tory Burch Printed Heart Lipstick Case $55

This adorable Tory Burch lipstick case is from her new Printed Heart collection. It’s the perfect gift paired with a Tory Burch lipstick or with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Valentine.

Prada Candy Valentine

Prada Candy Gift Set $88

Prada + Candy + Heart Shaped Box = V-Day Gift Gold! This gift set includes a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum and 2.5 oz Body Lotion. She’s sure to love it!

Perlier Valentine Gift

Perlier Wild Flower Bath & Body Set $49.50

Prepare for a romantic night with this pamper-perfect gift set from Perlier. Set includes Wild Flower Foaming Cream Bath, Wild Flower Scented Body Water Spray, and pink shower pouf.

Juicy at heart cosmetic bag

Juicy At Heart Cosmetic Bag $48

Inspired by the Hippy Love generation, this lil’ bag from Juicy Couture is ready to get filled with beauty love. Pair it with a Juicy Couture mini fragrance set, or toss in some V-Day beauty treats she’ll love. Try YSL Love And Lacquer Reds Set or BareMinerals Beauty in Bloom Set.

*Photos courtesy of VS Beauty, Prada, Juicy Couture, Perlier, Philosophy, Tory Burch, and Too Faced.

Mariah Carey Holiday OPI

“All I want for Christmas is you baby!” This song has been on repeat inside my head as I blogged and swatched this collection! Unlike the first Mariah Carey Sand collection, I am a huge fan of this new one. This time, OPI decided to add glitter to the sand effect to make it pop! Of course the only thing missing from the original Mariah Carey OPI collection, was glitter. Mariah is Glitter! So it was only fitting to incorporate it into this new holiday collection.

OPI It’s Frosty Outside

It’s Frosty Outside is my favorite polish from the collection. It’s a frosted silver shade that leaves a crushed diamond effect on your nails. It has the sand texture of course, but the added flecks of glitter powers over the matte effect. It looks stunning! I did pack on three coats to get it to high sparkle capacity!

OPI Kiss Me At Midnight

Kiss Me at Midnight is also another favorite of mine. It’s a frosted ice blue that sparkles like icicles. It also has a gorgeous glitter effect that illuminates the ice blue base color. Because the base color was darker than the silver in It’s Frosty Outside, I only needed two coats on this one!

OPI Emotions

Emotions is described as a coal black sparkle. It lacks the sparkle effect compared to the other swatches and really only showcases the sand effect. It’s definitely a different take on the standard black polish, but nothing too spectacular here. I also used two coats.

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Mariah Carey Holiday by OPI

*Photos courtesy of OPI

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)

shark week

Soooo it’s Shark Week and America has gone shark crazy! It’s been an absolute frenzy of sharks on TV and on the web!  I’ve caught a few episodes myself so I thought I’d join in on the fun with a shark week inspired post! Inspired by seaside beauty – Chanetecaille Save the Sharks Palette features three eye shadows and a blush shade. Each shade is embossed with a cute little shark fin with a fun name to match!

save the sharks palette

  • Great White – an all over white sandy beige
  • Grey Reef – a glistening sandy grey
  • Black Tip – a deep ocean blue
  • Sea Anemone – a golden coral

5% of proceeds from the Save the Sharks Palette will be donated to the BLOOM Association to ban unregulated shark fin trade. Available at chanetecaille.com and nordstrom.com $83 (Photo courtesy of Discovery and Chanetecaille)

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)

Deborah Lippmann, Essie, Nicole

I know I’ve been posting a lot of nail polish reviews lately, but I just couldn’t end the week with out sharing my Easter nail art manicure

Deborah Lippmann’s Staccato polish in Rockin’ Robin is a must for Easter this year. The black glitter within the mint nail polish makes your nails look just like robin eggs – I’m really loving this effect!

I had to add a little bling to my ring fingers so I chose Essie Bond Over Whomever, from their Spring 2013 collection, as the base color.  This Essie lacquer is a lovely pastel but yet vibrant lilac color.

Then my manicurist (I’m gonna start calling her my nail artist!) used pink, teal, and yellow nail art polish to make the lines and zigzags. She then sealed it with a layer of Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle. The result – a gorgeous little glitter egg!

My list of favorite manicures just keeps getting bigger! Happy Easter!!

Easter Robin Egg Manicure

Essie Glitter Easter Egg Nail Art Manicure

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What better way to show your sweetheart how much you love them than with a gift of beauty. This year a whole bunch of brands launched Valentine’s love inspired gifts ranging from eye shadow palettes to fragrance sets. Here are my top picks:

 Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Set $110

Currently one of the most popular fragrances, this is sure to put a smile on her face! Features notes of bergamot, tea, freesia, jasmine, orange blossom, orchid, rose and patchouli. Set includes: Flowerbomb Bomblicious Body Crème (1.3 oz.), Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz.), Flowerbomb Bomblicious Shower Gel (1.7 oz.).

 

Smashbox Love Me

Smashbox Love Me Eye Shadow Palette – Admire Me $34

Smashbox got it right with this palette. First of all – it’s just so pretty to look at! The neutral colors blend together so effortlessly and these eyeshadow glide on so smoothly and evenly.

Lancome Blush in Love

Lancome Blush in Love – Pommettes d’Amour $49

This dual sculpting blush add the perfect touch of color for the ultimate romantic makeup look. It’s designed to work well with all skin colors – Coral Effect adds a pop of bright color and Urban Ballet helps soften it so it looks radiant and natural.

Lipstick Queen Look of Love

Lipstick Queen Look of Love $39.75

This set offer a sheer tint of color for lips and cheeks. Use them separately or blend them together for a customize look.  Set includes: Saint Pinky Nude Lipstick, a romantic natural pink shade (.12 oz.), Oxymoron Honest Politician Lip Gloss, a natural shade (.28 oz.), Butterfly Ball Lipstick in Smitten, a sheer shade with a hint of turquoise – that make teeth appear whiter (.134 oz.).

Philosophy X and O

Philosophy X’s and O’s Valentine’s Day Gift Set $24

The perfect gift box filled with Valentine’s Day inspired goodies. The set includes: Vanilla Cream Topping Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (4 oz.), Vanilla Cream Topping Body Lotion (2 oz.), Cherry On Top High Gloss High Flavor Lip Shine (.5 oz.)

A little something for him:

Gucci Guilty

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Gift Set $88

The man in you life deserves some V-Day gift giving love too – it’s not all about the ladies you know! But in all honesty, this gift pleases both. Top notes of invigorating Italian lemon and mandarin orange alongside crushed green leaves, fresh lavender and a defiant punch of pink pepper. The set includes: Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette (3 oz.), Gucci GuiltyDeodorant Stick (2.5 oz.),  Gucci Guilty On The Go Spray (.25 oz.).

(Photos courtesy of Viktor & Rolf, Smashbox, Lancome, Lipstick Queen, Gucci, Philosophy)

Black on black manicure

I went out last weekend and I wanted a sexy manicure to match my LBD. I had recently seen a pic posted by Kim K. on Instagram of a black on black manicure. I liked the idea of back on black matte – but I wasn’t so thrilled about the french tip design.

I picked out China Glaze Black Diamond – a gunmetal black and paired it with a matte effect top coat. My manicurist created designs using black and silver nail art polish. I am in LOVE – I have not stopped looking at my nails. My nails look soo fierce – like a manicure Beyoncé would choose!

Black on Black nail design

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