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Thursday, December 5, 2013

2014 Pantone Color of the Year-Radiant Orchid

Pantone, today announced Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.



So I went through my stash to see what I have that falls into the Radiant Orchid family. Here are a few: 

Top Row L to R: Essie Splash of Grenadine, Barielle High Marks Purple, 2nd Row L to R: China Glaze Electra Magenta, Zoya Mason
Top Row L to R: NYX Purple, Sally Hansen Cherry, Cherry, Bang, Bang 2nd Row L to R: China Glaxe Get Outta My Space, Orly Pink Pixel

Top Row L to R: Orly Beautiful Diaster, Wet n Wild Through the Grapevine
2nd Row L to R: Sinful Colors Fig, Essie Big Spender


Are you as excited as I am about this color choice? A close second to my love of Blue nail polishes, pink and purple are next in line. So I look forward to the shades of Radiant Orchid next year.  What are some of your favorite shades that fall into the Radiant Orchid color family?

About Pantone and the Pantone Color Institute
Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Pantone products have encouraged colorful exploration and expressions of creativity from inspiration to implementation for more than 50 years. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions. Pantone furthers its commitment to providing professionals with a greater understanding of color and to help them utilize color more effectively. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on FacebookTwitter,Pinterest and Instagram and the Pantone Blog.

Grace, Peace, and Blessings.






Tuesday, November 26, 2013

NOTD: My new Favorite Purple!

Today, I'm sharing another mono-chromatic manicure.  Today's theme is purple. I recently found a purple I had been wanting for ages.  During a trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond, I found it...Color Club's Disco Dress had been on my wish list since I saw it  posted on someone's blog. This color is absolutely, drop dead, GORGEOUS!!! It doesn't lean red and it doesn't lean blue...IMO, it is the perfect royal purple. 

For this manicure, I used Color Club Disco Dress (Index, Pinkie, & Thumb), Jordana Purple Punch (Middle), and Sinful Colors Purple Gleam (Ring).

Color Club Disco Dress is the most gorgeous purple. The formulation is almost a one-coater. It dries matte. The one draw-back is the strong smell. As with all nail polishes, be sure to be in a well ventilated area when  polishing your nails.  This Jordana Purple Punch is a pretty shimmer, that leans pinky-purple.  The third polish used is one of the new Sinful Colors Crystal Crushes in Purple Gleam.  I was slow to join the texture bandwagon, but now I love them and am trying to get most of them. Purple Gleam has a pink micro glitter.  The texture is not as pronounced or textured as OPI Liquid Sand or Zoya Pixie Dust. But still a good one and should be a part of all collector's stash.

Here is Disco Dress with a top coat. This is one of those manicures, I admired throughout the day.  With all the polishes I own I really don't have a dupe to this polish. I really need to get a backup bottle.  I also need to see what collection this was a part of. I would love to see other shades in this formulation.

I purchased the Sinful Colors Crystal Crushes at Rite Aid ($2.99) Jordana at Kmart ($1.99), and Color Club from Bed, Bath & Beyond ($4.79)

Grace, Peace, and Blessings.




* FTC: These products were bought with my own money. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Monday, November 25, 2013

NOTD: Mono-Chromatic, Multi-Textured Manicure...Gold Finger

I've never really been big on a lot of nail art but I do love a mono-chromatic, multi-textured manicure.  It gives the the look of nail art without having to have the artistic abilities...LOL!  I think this will make for a great holiday manicure.

I was inspired by one of the shades from the China Glaze 2013 Holiglaze Holiday Collection. One of the shades I purchased was China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, a gorgeous cool yellow gold foil.  

Once I decided on using Mingle with Kringle for my next manicure, it was easy to decide on the rest. Today's manicure includes, China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, OPI Honey Ryder, Orly Luxe, and Sally Hansen Glitter Gun. These four shades are all in the same color family but have different finishes.

I also love that it almost gives the mannequin hand look but with that extra bling. 
L to R: CG Mingle with Kringle, Orly Luxe w/ SH Glitter Gun, OPI Honey Ryder


While I may not wear any of these polishes as part of a full manicure, this manicure makes it easy to wear these gorgeous shade.


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I really love this look. What are some of your easier nail art look?  Have you decided on your holiday manicures yet?


Grace, Peace, and Blessings.




* FTC: These products were bought with my own money. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Friday, November 15, 2013

'Tis the Season for Healthier Lips with ChapStick...

The colder months are upon us, yes even here in Florida; we've gone from running the air conditioner to running the heater. And the Winter gift-giving holidays are within weeks. ChapStick, the brand that has been around for over 100 years, has provided some great stocking stuffer possibilities as well as some fun gifts for friends, teachers, and co-workers. 
This holiday season, ChapStick has released some limited edition Holiday Tins. Each tin holds three full-sized ChapSticks. Some, three of the classic flavors (strawberry, cherry and spearmint) and others the candy cane seasonal flavor. And to make finding these tins even more fun, ChapStick has released these tins to various locations...Target, Walgreens and Walmart.  Each having their own exclusive tins.
Walmart Exclusives

Target Exclusives

Walgreen Exclusive
These are all great for gifting. ChapStick has really grown up. I remember my first experience with ChapStick. I will always remember that little black and white tube, the original ChapStick.
In addition to the tins above, exclusive to Target, are the ChapStick Collector's Edition Ornament Tins. These adorable round tins each contain 3 of the candy cane tubes (my favorite!) With the little ribbon, they also make great hanging ornaments.


Each of these tins retail for approximately $4.99. And it you are wanting just a single tube, they are retailing between $1-2.  We also need to remember, ChapStick isn't just for the colder months.  I use it year-round to keep my lips moisturized. One of my favorite uses, is as a "primer" when I wear matte lipsticks.  So the next time you are in Walmart, Target or Walgreens, pick up a few for those last minute stocking stuffers.  

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

 Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* These products were provided by the representing PR firm. These however are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.

Friday, November 1, 2013

I'm wearing Gray for Diabetes Awareness...

October well known as Breast Cancer Awareness month and receives tremendous support and although I've been blessed enough not to have had any of my immediate family or friends impacted, I, also show my support. But November is Diabetes Awareness Month and this hits very close to home.

It is estimated that Diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages, that’s 8.3 % of the U.S. Population. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, new cases of blindness among adults, non-traumatic amputations, a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. (U.S. Dept of HHS)

Chances are you or someone you love will be or has been touched by this disease, but it does not have to be a death sentence. November is American Diabetes Month. So to honor the memory of my Father, and to support my dear friends affected by Diabetes, I ask that you to support the American Diabetes Associate Raise Your Hand to Stop Diabetes Campaign.

Are you concerned about your risk or the risk of a loved-one?  The American Diabetes Association's website has tons of information including a risk test.  If you are concerned please visit, www.diabetes.org and if you want to take the quick online risk test, Click Here.

One way I am showing my support, in lieu of a gray ribbon, is to wear gray nail polish. Today's manicure consists of Orly Decoded, and accented with Nina Pro Shooting Star, and FingerPaints Colorful Collage.





Won't you please join me and show your support for Diabetes Awareness.  Also, if you haven't already, visit the American Diabetes Associate website and take the risk test...It free and painless and could save a life.

Grace, Peace, and Blessings.

* FTC: These products were bought with my own money. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

*NEW*: A “Modern” Take on Classic Color!

Nicole by OPI Introduces Five NEW Modern Family Shades for the Holidays   

Nicole by OPI announces new limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers! Featuring five shimmering shades – classic blue, rich scarlet, royal purple, holographic glitter and multi-dimensional gold – these holiday-inspired hues offer a range of color that can be used to create on-trend, seasonal nail looks.
“These festive lacquers make it easy to get into the holiday spirit!” declares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With rich jewel tones and glitter, Modern Family Holiday shades add classic color and sparkle to winter weather fashion, turning manicures into bejeweled accessories for special holiday occasions.”
The new Modern Family Holiday nail lacquers from Nicole by OPI include:

Late Blu-mer
Vintage blue jeans that have stood the test of time.


Spark the Conversation
This holographic glitter coat is the talk of the town.


Who Red My Journal???
This scandalous scarlet is private property!


You're My Treasure
This three-dimensional gold has riches beyond my wildest dreams.
Aren't Families Grape?
A dramatic royal purple worthy of any sibling rivalry.

Limited edition Modern Family Holiday nail lacquer will be available November 2013 for $7.99 each at select CVS locations nationwide. For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!
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About Nicole by OPI:
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers.

Grace, Peace, & Blessings. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

1K Instagram Followers...Time for a Giveaway!!!

I'm always very appreciative and humbled by every milestone I reach on any of my social media venues. This morning I awoke to an Instagram milestone I never thought possible, 1K Followers.  I have a few other giveaways planned for the near future, but I had to do something to say "Thank You" for this point in my lG existence.  So what to do? Yesterday I posted on Instagram the Limited Edition Revlon Nail Appliqués By Marchesa.  
So I decided to go pick up a few to offer as an "IG Thank You Giveaway".  They're excellent for those special holiday occasions that are fast approaching.  And what makes this giveaway even sweeter is that because there is no spill risk, I can open this to my international followers...YIPPEE!!
3 Sets of the Revlon By Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliques

Crown Jewels
Royal Burgundy
24K Brocade

If you're interesting in participating, please head over to my Instagram account to find the rules.  CLICK HERE.

I can also be found online at InstagramPinterestTwitter and Facebook.


Grace, Peace, and Blessings.



* FTC: These products were bought with my own money. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS: OPI Pink of Heart 2013 Duo plus 1

For the month of October, I try to show my support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing pink nail polish throughout the month.  I've done this for the past few years.  This year is no different.  I've been very blessed that none of my immediate friends and family have been impacted by breast cancer. But that doesn't mean I don't help in the fight. Earlier this week, as I was posting about Breast Cancer Awareness, I e-met one of my Twitter followers.  As as fate would have it, she was scheduled to start a new round of chemotherapy on October 1st,  So I decided to dedicated my 2013 BCA manicures to "lovenailpolish3".  I'm praying her strength and healing. 
For my first manicure, I was determined to find and use the OPI 2013 Pink of Hearts duo. Fortunately, I found it at my local Ulta ($15.95 USD). This year the OPI BCA collection was made up of OPI Pink-Ing of You, a baby pink jelly and OPI More Than A Glimmer.  This collection also comes with BCA Pink Ribbon nail stickers and stick on gems. While these two polishes would have been enough, I just felt the need for another color, so I pulled from my stash a favorite pink from 2012-OPI If You Moust, You Moust (2013 Minnie Mouse Collection)
L to R: Pink-In of You, More Than A Glitter, If You Moust, You Moust
For my first BCA manicure, I layered More Than a Glitter over Pink-Ing of You as my accent nails.  For the remaining fingers, If You Moust, You Moust.  

This is one of those manicures, that I really enjoyed.  I admired it throughout the day. I need to layer this glitter bomb with other color combinations.

Here is a close up bottle shot. There is blue, pink, gold, white green, and silver multi-sized glitters.  I can certainly think of other color combinations.
More Than A Glitter
Well I won't promise a new manicure every day of October  but I will by sporting pink polish throughout the year.  How will you be showing your support for Breast Cancer Awareness? What are some of your favorite pinks?  If you are wearing Pink Manicures and is on Instagram, please be sure to use the following hashtags. #BreastCancerAwareness #PolishUsPink #BCAmani2013

Also, and MOST important, please don't forget to do your monthly Self Breast Exams.

Grace, Peace, and Blessingd.


* FTC: These products were bought with my own money. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

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