Makeup Wars: Fall Manicure

Hey girl hey! Fall is in full swing (even in humid Florida) and I am all kinds of excited about it. The changing of seasons means I get to expose Elle to random happenings like pumpkin patches and it also means I can pull out my favorite Fall-inspired nail polishes. This Makeup Wars, the girls and I decided to showcase our favorite Fall manicures. I am far from a nail artist so I kept it simple and used one of my favorite polishes out this season.

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Say hello to the gorgeous Lamestain from Cult Nails’ All Access collection. I purchased all of the polishes from this collection but I adooooore this one the most.

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It’s a stunning polish, right? It’s a gorgeous and rich burgundy jelly that DOESN’T look black on the nails. It is everything I could have ever wanted in Fall nail polish. To add a bit of sparkle, I added Essie’s As Gold As It Gets on top.

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And since I’m as untraditional as they come, I am also loving butter LONDON’s Royal Navy as a Fall mani.

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I did a horrible silver glitter nail design on top but Royal Navy is the best navy nail polish everrrrr.

Check out the polishes the Makeup Wars girls picked as their favorite Fall manicures…

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 105

Beautifully Disney nail polishes

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

EauMG – reviews a perfume of “highs and lows”. Aftelier Oud Luban is a natural perfume that lacks middle notes.

Gouldylox Reviews – This foundation rivals anything at Sephora.

My Beauty Bunny – Cleansers, and toners, and masks, oh my! Win them and a whole lot more in our HUGE Andalou Naturals Giveaway!

Nouveau Cheap – The newest ChapStick lip balm feels like a million bucks on the lips, but does it deliver on its promise of “8 hours of moisture”?

Prime Beauty – turns to SENNA Cosmetics Fall 2013 Neo-Copper Collection for her quintessential fall makeup look with warm metallic tones of bronze and copper.

Phyrra – Before you buy another makeup brush, you need to see Phyrra’s review on the Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes from Beautylish!

we heart this – Vintage lovers and modern fashionistas agree, the MAC Retro Matte Lipsticks offers the best of both worlds. We’ve got swatches of all eight lipsticks – check them out!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Find your perfect red with Jouer’s new fall collection, Perfect Red!

Chalkboard Nails – tries on the Contrary Polish No Place Like Home collection, a perfect fall palette of shimmer-packed nail polishes.

Clumps of Mascara – Disney lovers, brace yourself for this one. Disney has launched a chic and sophisticated makeup line for big kids. Beautifully Disney is simply amazing!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – Natalie of Another Perfume Blog shares her thoughts and impressions of Estee Lauder Modern Muse EDP (“Estee Lauder’s first major perfume launch since 2003”) and the brand’s perfume legacy.

 

Question of the Week:

Name your top three go-to makeup brushes.

B says, “I need a good powder brush, a kabuki and a fluffy eye shadow brush. I’m pretty low maintenance in the brush department.”

What are your faves?

 

See you next week!

OPI San Francisco collection, part II

I’m back with the rest of the gorgeous nail polishes from OPI’s San Francisco nail polish collection. The first half of the collection is here. The second half is full of gorgeous pinks and reds. See…

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Goooorgeous!

OPI First Date at the Golden Gate

First Date at the Golden Gate is a really pretty ruby. It wouldn’t be an OPI collection without a stunning red.

OPI In the Cable Car-Pool Lane

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is lovely. Nothing says fall like a rich and creamy burgundy. This one is flawless. I applied 2 coats of it and I probably should have applied a third.

OPI I Knead Sour-Dough

I Knead Sour-Dough is a Grandma-y shade with glam. It’s a nice rosy brown with a gorgeous hot pink shimmer. I didn’t expect to like this so much but wow. It’s very unexpected.

OPI Embarca-Dare Ya!

Embarca-Dare Ya! is a shimmery magenta. It isn’t anything special but that doesn’t make it any less pretty.

OPI Lost on Lombard

Lost on Lombard is a seasonly appropriate garnet.

OPI It’s All San Andreas’s Fault

It’s All San Andreas’s Fault is a mauve. It’s one of OPI’s Liquid Sands and I think it’s one of the best Liquid Sands in terms of quality. I’m not a fan of the shade but it’s certainly “interesting”.

OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!

Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! is indeed one long and annoying name. Ha! But other than that, it’s a rich and bright blue. This Liquid Sand requires very thin strokes but I have a heavy hand and applying thin strokes are never easy for me.

OPI Alcatraz…Rocks

Alcatraz…Rocks is a blue-ish gray Liquid Sands that doesn’t look as “sandy” as the other Liquid Sands in this collection.

The entire collection…

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This collection is currently available anywhere OPI products are sold. You can snag ‘em for about $9 a bottle.

Which one are you lovin’?

Beautifully Disney – The Makeup Line of ALL Makeup Lines

I love me some Disney. I mean really love is an understatement. Big kids know what I’m talking about. There’s something special about Disney parks, characters and movies. I didn’t think I could fall in love with Disney any more until they launched a makeup line called Beautifully Disney.

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Um, yes. This is indeed a real thing and a few months ago I had the pleasure of attending a press event that caught me up to speed about the brand. First of all… “WOW!!! Is this real life?” It is. And I am so happy to be in this life where Disney has an awesome and affordable makeup line. And by awesome, I mean that the quality is definitely up to par. Yes, yes, I love my Disney but I also love keepin’ it real. I was just wishing on a star that the products would be amazing, spectacular and that they would leave me in awe. And guess what? They did.

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From the packaging, the names of the palettes, polishes and lipsticks, the brand nailed it. It is everything that a Disney and beauty lover would want. If you’re thinking that the brand doesn’t look “kiddy” that’s because it isn’t intended for kids. Beautifully Disney is a line is for the older Disney lover, the Disney admirer who may have forgotten her lipstick at home and the beauty aficionado who loves Disney and wants an memento that she can use on a regular basis.

The dark and rich jewel toned packaging looks and feels sophisticated. The color choices of the lip glosses, nail polishes and eye shadows are mature, yet trendy and can be fitting for the college-aged girl to the hip Grandma who loves Disney as much as her grandkids love Disney.

The lippies…

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I didn’t anticipate liking these as much as I did. I thought they’d be watery, contain a ton of fragrance and have wimpy colors. Wrong! These fragrance-free lip glosses are moisturizing and pigmented. They last relatively long for a gloss and I’ve spotted a purple, baby pink, shimmery plum, coral and silver gloss. I am LOVING the shade options!

The nail polishes…

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Ohhhh, the polishes…they’re wonderful! Cremes dominate the scene but I love that there are a few glitters and shimmer polishes. You’ve got your staple colors like reds and pinks but for us adventurous nail polish lovers, there’s a baby blue, teal and mustard.

Eye shadow palettes…

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The eye shadows are stunning. Housed in graphically attractive heavy duty cardboard palettes. Most of the shades have a bit of shimmer but the shimmer is very forgiving and subtle.

Priced between $9-$40, the high-end line is more than impressive. New collections are launching every 3 months and I even got an insider tip that Beautifully Disney will be launching a mascara soon. *squeals* If you don’t think you’ll be in Orlando and at Downtown Disney to pick these sweet goodies up, you can snag ‘em online.

Gotta love that Disney magic!

*Disclosure: These products came in a gift basket that was gifted to me at a Disney press event.

The Affordable Skin care Gadget Called Spa Sonic

My little sister is jumping in to help me feature some pretty awesome skincare, cosmetics and nail polishes. You’ll be seeing her around her quite a bit! Courtney received this Spa Sonic Skin care system for review and she can’t stop bragging about it. 

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About 2 months ago I went to the Néu Lotus Spa at the Renaissance Sea World. I had a 45 -minute facial and a 30-minute massage. During my facial the esthetician used a Clarisonic Mia 2 on my face. I immediately fell in love with the brush and was ready to buy one ASAP. That was until I looked at the price. I don’t know about you all, but I just graduated college and working part-time so I don’t really have $150.00 to just spend on a facial brush.

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The great thing about the Spa Sonic Skin Care System is that it is only $59.99 and you can get it at Target.com. The brush comes in three pretty colors including lavender, pink and white. The package comes with 2 facial brushes, a large body brush, a facial buffer, and a pumice stone to get rid of those rough spots on your elbows, knees, and heels. It also comes with 4 double A batteries so you don’t have to buy any once you make your purchase.

And now for  the most important question…how well does it work? I am pleasantly surprised! This brush works pretty darn well. It is definitely a 3.5 out of 5. I’ve been using for when I first wake up in the morning. After all, that’s when the skin is at its cleanest, right? I’ve looked at my brush and would see dirt and was glad that it managed to get it all off. I was a little upset that the brush bristles weren’t as hard, but I think that is a personal preference.

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I think this brush is perfect for people who aren’t ready to make the big purchase for the Clarsonic. It does a great job at getting your skin clean. The downside is that it is battery operated. Who really wants to deal with buying batteries to wash your face? It’s not ideal but that’s  the small price you pay for a pretty awesome brush. I think that the Spa Sonic Skin Care System is beyond perfect for younger kids who are going through puberty. It will teach them great skin care techniques while helping remove the dirt and oil.

What do you think? Would you guys purchase the Spa Sonic Skin Care System?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 104

OPI Dining Al Frisco

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Clumps of Mascara – As if you needed any other reason to love Tarte, I have so graciously given you 5 Reasons Why Tarte Rocks. Tell your wallet “I’m sorry”.

EauMG – A name like “Hedonist” is a lot to live up to when you’re selling to card carrying pleasure-seekers, but EauMG thinks that Viktoria Minya Hedonist perfume lives up to its name! Rum, peaches, white florals and vanilla tobacco…indulgent.

Gouldylox Reviews – Looking for the perfect red? I’ve picked my favorites from pricey stores to drugstores. Which is your favorite?

My Beauty Bunny – has partnered with Wantable for a fantastic giveaway worth close to $600! Click here to enter to win a Stella McCartney Noemi Jungle Print Tote filled with cruelty free makeup from Au Naturale, Lavera, Brazen and more!

Nouveau Cheap – Nail polish that comes in little “vintage perfume bottles” and smells of red wine and Italian leather? Yes and yes. Come check out my review of four of the new Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Lacquers.

Pink Sith – is all aglow because of her new favorite facial scrub and cleanser from Suki.

Prime Beauty – Can an *ahem* older woman still give off a hip vibe? This old lady can with the Urban Decay Shattered Face Case! Take a look.

Phyrra – shares the best ways to organize your beauty stash! You’ll be surprised by some of the options!

we heart this – discovers a $3 eye liner that rivals brands 6 times its price. Click to see who makes it!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber reviews and swatches one of Urban Decay’s gift sets for the holidays, the Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil collection.

Chalkboard Nails – Big Brother is watching you in this eye pattern nail art inspired by George Orwell’s 1984.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Clumps of Mascara – Annelise of Aunie Sauce is such an amazingly wonderful spirit. We first met when she emailed me about her struggle with trichotillomania and I’ve been following her journey through life, love, beauty, fashion and fitness ever since.

Question of the Week:

What are some of your favorite hand creams for
the fall and winter months?

B says, “L’Occitane has great hand lotions. And they aren’t super fragranced either! “

Do you have any hand lotions that you love?

 

See you next week!

Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort

A dream is a wish your heart makes…
When you’re at a Disney spaaaaa….

Okay, I’ve totally remixed the song but for good reason. There really isn’t anything like an experience at a Disney spa. I had the opportunity to visit one last month and I am still singing praises. I grew up going to the Walt Disney World Parks but there’s another side to Disney that I had yet to uncover; it’s the serene, relaxing, indulging side of Disney. It’s the side that says “Let them go to the parks. You stay here and get pampered. You need it. You deserve it.”

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Photo Source: wdwnews.com

And it’s true. Because I did need it. This spa experience will forever be etched in my mind because it was not only my first Disney spa trip but it was my first one after giving birth. There really isn’t any better reason to visit a spa, am I right?

First things first, Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. There is also one at The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The one at Saratoga Springs Resort is nestled nicely near the resort’s majestic pool. Upon entering, you’re greeted with sweet spa trinkets, cosmetics from the Beautifully Disney spa line. After checking in your hostess leads you up the steps and to a tray of drink options. Senses plays well…on all of your senses. It starts with the sense of taste. After enjoying a few sweet sips of fresh fruit juice, you head over to the locker room and then the Relaxation Room.

Senses Relaxation Room

The Relaxation Room was one of my favorite experiences because it felt as if I was transported into a quiet oasis where nothing mattered. Platters of spa muffins and spa water (water infused with basil and cucumbers) greeted me. I sipped on the water, closed my eyes and propped my feet up on one of the lounge chairs. I didn’t ever want to move. My name was called and I made my way to the massage room where my EXCELLENT masseuse asked me questions about any problematic areas. After the consultation he left to allow me to get comfortable and once he came back he had me take 2 deep breaths from the lavender oil on palms of his hands. The 50-minute swedish massage was more than great. It ended far too quickly and I didn’t want to get up.

After exiting the room, my masseuse had a post-massage jelly and cup of water for me. He led me to the mani and pedi room where I had my hands and feet rubbed to perfection. My wonderful manicurist gave me Mickey Mouse ears on my nails (you know…because I’m 5-years old at heart) and I was sent out into the world a changed woman.

The Senses really taps into…your senses. From the relaxing and melodic tunes, the various tastes that are being presented to you, the gentle touches of the professional spa staff; it was truly a thorough experience. But of course, this is what you expect of Disney. And as always, they never disappoint.

If you find yourself in the Walt Disney World area and in the need of some pampering, do yourself a favor and make a reservation at Senses. It’s the next best thing to hugging the Mouse.

 

*Disclosure: I was a part of  a press trip where I received free treatments. I wasn’t paid to write this post but would you really have to pay me to talk about the awesomeness of Disney? Yeah…no.

OPI San Francisco collection, part I

I feel like such a big girl. I am finally caught up on reviewing summery nail polish collections and can now start cranking out Fall collections. Wee! I love when OPI does these location-themed collections. I always feel like I know a city a little better without actually going. Which probably sounds crazy but whatev. I received this collection for review and here’s the first 6 of ‘em.

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And I’m in love with them all. Or most of ‘em at least.

OPI OPI  Peace & Love & OPI polish

Peace & Love & OPI is a gorgeous sage and eggplant duochrome. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this polish. Duochromes are everywhere these days so I tried so hard not to be impressed but man, this baby just shines.

OPI Keepin' Suzi At Bay

Keepin’ Suzi At Bay is a rich and creamy bright blue. OPI describes it as a navy blue but I find it to be more of a cobalt blue.

OPI Incognito in Saulsalito

Incognito in Saulsalito is a dark blue that almost looks black at a quick glance. There’s nothing special to it but I love a good vampy and dark blue for the cooler months.

OPI Haven't The Foggiest

Haven’t The Foggiest is a foil-y and shimmery silver. Nothing out of the ordinary but somehow it fits in the collection.

OPI Dining Al Frisco

Dining Al Frisco is a gorgeous blue with sweet silvery undertones. I’m not sure how unique this is but I love it anyway.

OPI A-Piers To Be Tan

A-Piers To Be Tan is a chocolate-ly tan that I’m on the fence about. I never know how I feel about colors like this. Sometimes I like how they look and other times I’m like “Ewww!”

 

OVERALL: I applied 3 coats of each polish and didn’t have problems with any of them. Peace & Love & OPI really only needed 2 coats but I figured a third wouldn’t hurt. Stay tuned for my review of the next 6 of these babies.