Must Haves: Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum

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Jessie’s Girl Satin Finish Nail Color in Sea Glass

I’m back with another sponsored review of a Valentia product. This time, I was given a bottle of the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum, which is supposed to increase elasticity by increasing the circulation in your skin. The Valentia line of beauty products are fascinating to me because while each product has an individual role, all of the ones I’ve tried so far also moisturize,  minimizes fine lines, and brightens skin tone.

Unlike the Royal Rose Hydrating Serum, a product that has a few perks that take time to present themselves (although the ability to give moisturizer staying power was immediate), the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum’s benefits showed up almost immediately. This is another night time serum and what I noticed was a difference in tone by the second day. I noticed a difference in the appearance, a glow or a freshness – like I had given it a good scrub by the fourth day. One of the ingredients in the serum is Lactic Acid which is an exfoliant that speeds up skin cell turnover.

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The other ingredients are: Seaweed which helps skin’s absorption of oxygen, Licorice to even out skin tone, Gotu Kola for skin firmness, and Argan oil which reduces water loss and helps with skin elasticity. When  I noticed that the Clearlift Revitalizing Serum contains Argan oil — something I use often with my moisturizer and hair care products for additional moisture — I stopped using the Royal Rose Hydrating Serum and my Argan oil In order to properly review the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum. My skin still felt hydrated without the extra Argan oil and hydrating serum, and the Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum appears to give it a buffed smoothness.

My thoughts — I like the Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum. I’m anxious to see if consistent use will produce firmer, plumper skin, but it provided me with buffed skin and enough hydration to bypass an additional source of moisture.

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Is The Spray On Nail Polish Worth The Splurge? — Enterspree

I don’t often reblog, but I had to give props to a fellow beauty blogger, Chanele Edwards at Enterspree for this review of Nails Inc. Paint Can nail polish. I wrote a blog post in December when I first heard about it praising the innovation but hypothesizing the pitfalls of a product that wasn’t available in the U.S. then. Chanelle commented that she had never heard of the product until reading my post, but found a can for half the price in the U.K., where she lives. I begged her to review it – she did. So today, I am posting her review of the product. Please read her post it’s very informative and definitely watch the video. I had no idea she is so beautiful!

A spray on nail polish? How revolutionary! Nails Inc London have released the world’s first ever spray on nail polish and the internet has been going crazy. It was very difficult to get my hands on one, but I managed to grab the last one in stock at Selfridges London for a discounted price of […]

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Denver Bronco Super Bowl 50 Celebration Style

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I thought I would produce a quick little post at 1:30 in the morning to gloat. The Denver Broncos have won Super Bowl 50 and now it’s time to celebrate by putting away our game day apparel and put on some celebratory blue and orange (and gold for the golden anniversary) clothing and rocking those Bronco nails and makeup a little bit longer. While blue and orange can be a difficult color combination to pull off, it can also be mesmerizing when done correctly.

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I live in Denver so we’ll be wearing blue and orange for the foreseeable future, and I would encourage all Bronco fans to stretch it out as long as possible. Again, congratulations to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on another Super Bowl win and for showing the doubters why this team has been one of the top teams in the NFL for decades.

Denver Bronco Super Bowl 50 Celebration Style

 

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Nails Inc. Paint Can – Wow or Waste?

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Nails Inc. Paint Can nail polish in Hoxton Market.

One of my favorite nail brands, Nails Inc., has come up with yet another beauty innovation – spray on nail polish. This cutting edge brand has created Paint Can and promises that it is the fastest manicure around boasting a 20-second dry time. It’s awfully cute in a graffiti artist kind of way. It is called Nails Inc. Paint Can it comes in two colors, Shoreditch Lane (silver) and Hoxton Market (pink) and with such adorably British names, it’s important to note that this product is not yet available for sale in the US (March 2016) and it has sold out in the UK. At this point, only US beauty insiders (editors) have been able to test the product. Allure’s Jenna Rosenstein was lucky enough to get a hold of the product and her review includes an informative tutorial as well as tips on how to use the product.

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Allure’s beauty writer Jenna Rosenstein’s finished manicure with Shoreditch Lane.

Nails Inc. has already started a waitlist for the US launch date and without trying the product my feeling is; at $17 a pop, it’s expensive and wasteful. The online tutorials show more product on the hands and surrounding areas than on the nails and the 20-second drying time doesn’t include the drying time for the top and base coats. Neither color, in my opinion, is flattering to my skin tone, or even in colors that I would wear independently.Then there is the issue of the product being inhaled and washed down the sink. However, I can see its use and entertainment value for nail art. (I am already visualizing how this can be utilized).  So unless I find myself with a product sample – and I won’t –  I will just have to wait until March like everybody else to see if this is indeed an innovation or a waste of money.

 

Feature Image courtesy of: Nails Inc.

Nails Inc. Paint Can Spray Nail Polish Waitlist.

 

 

Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day With Incoco Nail Polish Appliqué: Part 2 – Pot Of Gold

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Incoco St. Patrick’s Nail Polish Appliqué in Pot Of Gold.

As promised, here is the swatch of Incoco’s St. Patrick’s themed nail polish appliqué in Pot Of Gold. It is a mound of fine and chunky gold glitter with a few green specks sprinkled throughout. The green glitter also picks up shades of teal, light blue, pink, and silver, lavender, depending on how the light catches it.

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These were not as easy to apply as Happy Go Lucky most likely because there is a lot more chunky glitter. Even after several top coats of Pink Armor, it still had a rugged edge the next day. This also chipped right away because I didn’t immediately apply the top coat after application. Hey, there were some serious BBQ ribs calling my name and I had to answer. I assumed that because Incoco’s are concentrated nail strips with a base and top coat they would be more durable. Regardless, they last longer than any manicure I have ever had with traditional polish.

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This appliqué might work as a heavy-duty top coat because you can see through it. As a matter of fact, I just might do that. However, it is dense enough to stand alone. This is a glitzy glamorous manicure and I would wear this if I were going somewhere special, without a doubt. Again, if you want to try these appliqués, you can only get them from Walgreens. Next up, Green With Envy.

 

 

Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day With Incoco Nail Polish Appliqué: Part 1 – Happy Go Lucky

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Incoco St. Patrick’s Nail Appliqués in Happy Go Lucky.

Walgreens is a dangerous place, especially if you are a product junkie. I stumbled across the Incoco St. Patrick’s Nail Polish Appliqués and I figured I would go ahead and try them since my Amazon wish list is full of it. They were $4.99 for 12 strips so I bought three designs with the intention of swatching one a day until St. Paddy’s day. That’s the plan.

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The one I am wearing, Happy Go Lucky, is stunning and I received a lot of attention. It is a festive blend of multi-toned green stripes sitting pretty on a bed of golden glitter. I loved it so much I really didn’t want to take it off to try the other appliqués. The designs I chose were not overtly Saint Patrick’s themed and can be worn all year-long.

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I have used Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips before and I like them, but I love the Incoco version. From an aesthetic perspective, Incoco’s designs are more appealing, more sophisticated and they seemed — fresher, if that makes sense to anyone. They are a perfect fit for my small fingers so I only had to trim away the excess product at the free edge. They adhered well, but not so well I couldn’t adjust the strip if misplaced.

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The Sally Hansen manicures lasted longer, but that may have something to do with using a sticky base before applying the strips. The problem with applying a sticky base coat before applying the lacquer strips is that it is harder to correct if misplaced. The Incoco chipped on one nail by day two, but that was all the chipping until I removed several days later.

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Incoco St. Patrick’s Nail Polish Appliqués in Pot Of Gold, Happy Go Lucky, and Green With Envy.

My Instagram pictures do the rich, golden hues of thes Walgreens exclusives more justice than the photos here so please visit me there where there are exclusive photos on my Instagram page, including a celebrity selfie, my first one. Also, please follow me and I will follow you back. Tune in for tomorrow’s Incoco St. Patrick’s manicure featuring Pot Of Gold.

 

 

Valentines Nails Featuring Miss Grey

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Valentines Day nail art using a negative space technique.

I had the most difficult time getting this Valentines nail art off the ground. Unfortunately, I live in an environment where my time isn’t respected, so accomplishing my goals is a battle, and the solution is not pretty. Can you tell I am less than happy? No, I did not have a happy V-Day.

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Freehand negative space nail art using Sally Hansen Cinna-Snap, L’Oréal Miss Grey, Pink Armor, and IMN fast dry top coat. The mini hearts were purchased from Dollarnailart.com

First of all, the many brilliant ideas I had for my Valentines nail art failed during the testing phase. The first idea was to capitalize on the 50 Shades of Grey hysteria, (which I think is absolutely ridiculous) and literally come up with as many shades of grey as possible. I wanted to create a ombre effect then put some random metallic hearts on the nails. The problem? Most of my greys are dark making an ombre effect difficult  because I have no lighter shades. I would have had to make shades in varying degrees of grey and time was of the essence. The second was lots of ties, which didn’t translate well enough for me.

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At 1 a.m., Valentines Day, I finally got my inspiration based on nail art I found on Pinterest by Happily Ever Rose. Seriously, check out her Instagram page. I decided to do my Valentines nail art based on L’Oreal’s Dark Shades of Grey collection using Miss Grey.

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My nail art inspiration. Gorgeous negative space nail art with gold embellishments.

My picture-taking leaves much to be desired, but I am working on it. Hopefully, you enjoyed my very late, and very first nail art post. Happy belated Valentines Day!

News From The Beautiverse Jan. 14-Jan.20

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Window display of SJP shoe collection. Image:@sjpcollection

 

I’m late. Not a good start, I know. I got caught up in how to make the site function better and I missed my Wednesday deadline. The option was; forget about it this week or post it late. I choose to finish it and post it late. I have a problem with finishing things so I am happy with myself.

This week’s News From The Beautiverse features; Sarah Jessica Parker, Tyra Banks, Rhianna, fragrant nail polish remover, and more…

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Victoria, Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc. Inspired Nail Art

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Nail art inspired by Nails Inc., VVB nail polish duo: Judo Red and Bamboo White. Nail art by Chalkboard Nails.

 

I was working on a completely unrelated post when during a moment of procrastination, I came across the Victoria, Victoria Beckham x NAILS INC. polish line on Chalkboard Nails. The limited edition lacquer line was inspired by the Victoria, Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2015 RTW collection, and Sarah Waite created the nail art based on Designer Fabien Baron bottle design. There is a great deal of inspiration happening by way of Victoria Beckham. Listen, if my man looked like hers, I could inspire all of this greatness too.

 

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I was so impressed by the packaging that I stopped what I was working on to do a quick post on what I would consider the nail polish collaboration of the year. I know it’s early, but I have a good feeling about this.

The bottle, much like the fashion collection, has a Japanese aesthetic. The polish is encased in Venetian glass with a frosted black or white matte finish and the polish color can only be seen from the side.  From what I can tell, the Judo Red resembles a burnt orange, and the Bamboo White is along the lines of bone with a drop of peachy rose tint. It’s simple, sleek, and chic, making it a coveted collection item. The $25 price tag seems steep, but next to some other high-end nail polishes it’s probably worth it.

If you are the type of person who is provoked to buy based on packaging, you are in big trouble. I want to be seen using this polish.

 

 

 

 

 

March Lacquer Legion Submission

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So this months lacquer legion theme was luck, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m sure, but it could be anything that symbolizes ‘luck traditional and otherwise.

Lucky for me I had the sense to start early and create two manicures because the second one was I did the night before the challenge was a disaster.

I’m a little seriously bummed because I haven’t been able to dedicate the kind if time and attention I want to my site due to my health and work sucking up all of my mental and physical energy. Adding to my frustration is when i do find a minute during the day to post or edit a faulty mobile WordPress application won’t show previews. I don’t have to discuss the lack of working rain cells at the end if the day to any of you I am sure.

In order to soothe my frustration, I have been practicing nail art more and I think I will start posting more articles on that topic. It has been a great stress reliever and I don’t need the same kind of brain cells that I do when writing and researching articles.

If you want to see more nail art posts let me know and to see what others have submitted for the March challenge use #LLlucky in any social media platform.

Personally, I would love to see what kind if talent my followers have so participate in the lacquer legion challenges.