Sula Beauty Paint & Peel Polish

Can’t wait to try Paint & Peel from Sula Beauty, the non-toxic nail polish that stays on beautifully until you peel it away. It’s formaldehyde free and touted ‘green’ because you use fewer chemicals since you don’t need remover to take it off.

Sula Paint & Peel $9

Barbie Dolled up Nails Digital Nail Printer

I was just browsing Facebook looking through the ho-hum of my friend’s Thursday nights when I stumbled across this little gem of a post:

My daughter gave me a manicure with her Barbie nail printer that she got for her birthday. She’s doing a spa evening with facials and manicures… followed by pizza and cake and popcorn. This printer will be the hit of the party.

Rrrr, the record just skipped off the turntable. Barbie Nail Printer? This is too good to be true. A quick Google search later and I’m just falling more and more in love with this amazing little gem. Here’s the skinny; you can choose from the machine’s pre-loaded designs and pictures (like the leaves or a Barbie silhouette) or you can UPLOAD photos of your own and use them for a totally customizable manicure that looks like and lasts like a real manicure too.

Reviews are mixed on but one thing’s for sure, it’s $200 so you better be sure that design-based manicures are your thing before you order.

Barbie Dolled up Nails Digital Nail Printer

**UPDATE** Toys R Us has the best pricing $149.00

Estée Lauder Extravagant Pearl Nail Lacquer Sneak Preview

Remember last month when Estée Lauder provided the makeup genus for Derek Lam’s spring 2011 show at NYFW? (You can see the post HERE.) The nail color used in the show is now a part of Lauder’s 2010 Extravagant Holiday collection (out in late October/ early November).

I’ll review the full color collection in the coming weeks, but for now I’ll show you the nail color because it’s such a fun one. Here it is on a model at the show.

Here it is on me.

A swatch of Extravagant Pearl Nail Lacquer.

So here’s why it’s perfect for fall; it’s lightly textured with bits of glimmer which gives it a rich, multi-dimensional look and it’s a pearly neutral – almost a rose gold which looks great with both the neutrals and vibrant plums that are so hot for fall.

Look for the Extravagant collection to hit counters in the next few weeks, you can pre-order this nail color (and the rest of the limited edition collection) right HERE.

essie Polish in jazz

Cheerier than the usual ‘greige’ shade that’s been so hot is this light chocolate milk colored polish by essie called jazz. It’s a perfect fall color because it isn’t cheery and candy-coated like the shades of pink we wear all summer, but it isn’t too dark like the shades of merlot our toes sport all winter long.  Although I do love the way a deeper shade looks on my fingers, I usually go for a lighter one that looks less obvious when the inevitable wear-off occurs.

essie polish in jazz
A little closer

It’s not a part of their fall collection (which you can check out HERE) but it’s still in theme with the whole lavender, chocolate brown, taupe, and berry shades that seem to be the thing right now.

I found mine at Ulta, but you can get yours online at right HERE

Nordstrom Anniversary 2010 Beauty Exclusives

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Only second to Christmas in my book is Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale where new stuff comes in at big time discounts and all of the beauty brands offer value sets and exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else. You can shop the sale online and in-store from now until August 2, so let’s check out the specials that matter most; cosmetics.

Estee Lauder 

Their super popular Pure Gloss collection is introducing 4 limited-edition shades just for this sale. Creative Director Tom Pecheux whipped up his favorite colors for the season, the ones he uses most in his personal kit for fashion shows and photo shoots. ($18)

Lauder is also having a free gift with purchases over $29.50, it’s a 7-piece set valued at $100.


Everyone loves a Chanel shadow quad. I might have to get these shades of matte and shimmery wet/dry shadows because I love the flair they gave to otherwise neutral shades. ($65)


This ‘Ready-to-Wear’ Palette packs a lot of color into such a small space.  It includes 4 shadows, 2 lip glosses, 1 blush, a 3 tone bronzer, and 3 mini applicators in wearable shades to flatter most skin tones.

Deborah Lippmann

Looks like nail color goes from summer subtle to glittery glam this fall. Lippmann’s All That Jazz set includes the new, fun shades Razzle Dazzle, Some Enchanted Evening, and Lady Sings the Blues. ($40)

Bobbi Brown

This ‘Must Haves’ collection will be a hit with Bobbi Brown lovers because it’s so quintessential Bobbi. The set includes a 5 piece shadow palette with a dual ended brush, full sized Everything mascara, Ultrafine Eyeliner Brush (love), full sized Caviar gel liner, full sized Brownie lip color, and a Pink Blossom lip gloss. All told the set is valued at $150, but it’s a steal at $75.

Trish McEvoy

Add a little petite planner to your Trish planner collection. Her ‘Naturally Irresistible Collection’ includes a petite page for the mini planner with their new Warming Brightening Quad, 4 new shadow shades, black eye pencil, and Nude Shimmer gloss. ($95)

Laura Mercier

I might have to get Mercier’s Portable Beauty Collection just for the bag. They included their most popular shades into a split-pans for cheeks and eyes giving you 2 eye and 2 cheek colors. You also get a dual ended gloss, Long Lash mascara and dual-ended brush.

Every beauty line is offering something, these are just a few. You’ll find a complete listing of beauty exclusives and gift with purchases HERE

Stumble It!

What is Shellac??

Shellac. It’s the hot new nail treatment everyone has been buzzing about. It has single handedly sent women back into salons and spas to get their nails and toes polished in shiny shades that will stay perfect for 2 weeks.

At first glance, the polishes look like any other, here’s what the display looks like with the available Shellac colors.

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A little bit closer, the polishes and the bottles colors are pretty much identical.

Shellac is a polish hybrid that’s applied like a polish but stays on like a gel does. A CND nail professional will apply the polish to your nails and set it under a UV lamp for a few minutes. Once your hand is removed from the lamp, there is zero dry time. Your polish is set for the full two weeks without the risk of dulling, smudging, or chipping.

So it totally ruins your nails to remove it right? No way. After the two weeks, your nail professional will put little pads soaked with a solution over each nail for 10 minutes and  just wipe the color away. No drilling or filing needed so your nails stay strong and pristine. 

Here’s the manicure day one with the color in Strawberry Smoothie.

Here’s another shot of the color exactly one week later.

And after 2 weeks. You can see the color grow out a little at the cuticle but the color is still super shiny and there isn’t any chipping.

It’s sandal season, so who doesn’t want a perfect mirror-finish pedicure on your toes for two weeks? Shellac is pretty amazing, give it a try and let me know what you think. 

In Denver, I see Stacy Highland, but you can locate a salon near you that offers Shellac HERE.