“Orange you glad it’s summer?”

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OPI Nail Laquer in “Cajun Shrimp” can be purchased at Target for $8.69

I’m glad summer is finally here, just wish it wasn’t so hot here in the Midwest!  Speaking of hot, the new “hot” color for nails this summer are shades of orange.  Whether it’s a reddish-orange like the OPI Nail Lacquer in “Cajun Shrimp” or Defy and Inspire in “Spoiler Alert” pictured below. This is more of a tangerine color that reminds me of one of those push up popsicles, doesn’t it? Friends, you’re now ready to hit your local farmer’s market or a hot summer night on the town with one of these great shades.

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Defy and Inspire Nail Lacquer in “Spoiler Alert” can be purchased at Target for $7.49

You can always add a little shimmer on top like my nail tech at Stem Hair and Body Salon did with a clear silver shimmer gel polish. Some of my favs are OPI Nail Lacquer in “Happy Anniversary Sparkle” which can be purchased online for $8.69 or Revlon“Stunner” Nail Polish for $4.78 on their website.  So whether you want to add a vibrant sizzling orange pop of paint or a pastel tangerine to your hands and feet, you will be pool ready this summer!

-“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

 

 

 

“Whose eyeliner is it anyway?”

My friends, I have been on the search for the perfect eyeliner for years. Specifically, one that has a great pigmented color, is waterproof and lasts all day without running. It has been a ongoing journey until I finally discovered a few brands I absolutely love and think you will too!

The first one that I purchased was Thrive Causemetics “Infinity Waterproof Eyeliner” in the shade “Lauren” which is a black matte color.  It’s the first shade on my arm pictured above. I purchased this on their website for $22 and it comes with a cute makeup bag and built in sharpener.  It states it’s waterproof and smudge proof but after a long 8 or 9 hours of wearing the product it did smudge a little. I did not have to reapply during the day which is good news! I do love this company because all their products are cruelty free, vegan and toxic free. Their mission is “Beauty with a Purpose” for every product that is purchased one is donated to a woman in need “in order to thrive,”  I will continue to purchase from this company… so go check them out!

The second eyeliner that I highly recommend is Chanel “Stylo Yeux Waterproof” long lasting eyeliner for $33. I purchased the shade “Black Shimmer,” it is the second shade on my arm above. The price may seem a little steep but I feel like it’s worth it. This eyeliner is amazing! “Stylo Yeux  Waterproof” is smudge and waterproof and lives up to its product description.  It goes on smooth and lasts all day long!  It comes in 16 shades with a built in sharpener. If you want a soft and subtle eyeliner that doesn’t give you that harsh look this is the liner for you!

My third favorite eyeliner I purchased was Maybelline “Line Works Liquid” eyeliner in the shade black for $5.97 at Walmart . This is the third shade on my arm in the picture above.  I love this eyeliner as well. It’s affordable and stays on all day.  If I know I am going to be outside for awhile or have a long work day ahead  this is my go to liner. This liner is not for the faint of heart. It gives you more of a dramatic appearance and is great to use for a cat eye look. It has a flexible tip that gives you great control and is waterproof.  If you’re on a tight budget I would highly recommend this liner!

-“Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.”-Ellen Degeneres

 

Fresh paint with a pop of pink!!!

What girl doesn’t feel pretty in pink?  The latest trend in nails is a pop of pastel shade this summer. Colors trending this season are bright pinks such as the CND Shellac Polish polish shade in “Rose Bud” shown above applied by my friend Jade Brown at Stem Hair and Body Salon and Essie pale pink shade in “Ballet Slippers”  worn by Princess Meghan Markle on her wedding day!

I recently popped into my local Target store and found some great pink shades at affordable prices that will achieve the same summer mani and pedi look. Here are some of my favorites: Defy and Inspire Polish in “Made” for $7.49 and Essie Pale Pink Polishes “Hi Maintenance” and “Muchi Muchi” for $8.99 each. If darker pink is your preference than you will love Essie Polish in “Cascade Cool” and ” Mod Square” for $8.99 available at Target.  Now go get some fresh paint with a pop of pink!!!

“Shower the world with pink and glitter.” -Tori Amos