NEW!! NICKI MINAJ INSPIRED POLISHES FOR OPI…

Yes!!! Nicki Minaj has now infiltrated nails, out in January 2012, OPI is launching the NICKI MINAJ line, the colors are featured on the OPI.COM website where you are able to virtually try them on.

 

 

 

 

It appears to consist of three possible cream bases named, PINK FRIDAY, (which is pink) DID IT ON EM (which is an electric green, almost neon) and FLY(which is a gorgeous blue-green)

There are also three more beautiful shades, named, SUPER BASS SHATTER(a magenta, purple shatter) SAVE ME (looks like a glitter melody of pinks, blues and white and some silver) and METALLIC 4 LIFE(a navy blue shimmer maybe even frosty color with specks of silver or baby blue glitter)

see pics below

 

 

I’m excited for these colors to come out soon then I can obtain them all and swatch them out for you guys…more to come soon

~Jilian

 

HOW TO: MAKE A MANI LAST…

You ever give yourself a manicure for the week then notice the polish lifting or worse chipping? Well, I’ve got some neat tips on how to prolong the length of your weekly manicure…

1. It’s totally not necessary to soak your nails, nails can actually absorb a lot of water, which changes their shape, when the water later evaporates, the shape changes back.  This stresses the nail polish making it prone to chipping.

2. Use acetone not non-acetone based nail polish removers.  I’ve seen the non-acetone removers and they all promote enriched with vitamin E or some nutrient, these are nice in theory, but leave a oily residue on your nail plate, preventing a proper polish adhesion.

3. Dry your nails in an ice water bath to speed up drying time of both the surface and underlayers of polish.  Repeat this at least three times or as long as you can tolerate it.

4. I find applying a topcoat once daily helps as well.

5. If all else fails and you chip some or one nail, dab a finger in nail polish remover and smooth it over the area to blur the edges. Dot a bit of polish onto the spot, then apply topcoat over the entire nail.

I hope this helps guys and stay tuned for more tips…

*EVERYDAY/WORK EASY MAKEUP LOOK & $10.00 CVS Gift card Giveaway – CLOSED NOW. Winner will be annouced shortly!

So, this is my idea of an everyday work appropriate makeup look, it’s easy and you only need a few products, which are very inexpensive.  Forget the common stereotype that “high-end” makeup is the best, I can assure you, IT’S NOT! I know personally, I happen to own brands like: MAC, SMASHBOX, LAURA MERCIER ( to name a few) and the palette I reach for everyday is my WET N’ WILD VANITY palette,  that cost me $4.99 at CVS, so there…….
apply a color that’s closest to your skin tone to the center of your eyelid…
using a standard eyeshadow brush or an applicator brush that’s already included in most palettes…
using the same brush apply your darker color on the outer part of your eyelid with a patting motion, (this makes blending easier)
this is what you’re trying to achieve, notice how the outer “V” of my eye is darker? that’s what you want…
you’ll then want to use a blending brush to soften the harsh line caused by the intensity of the deeper color, the trick is to swirl the brush clockwise onto the outer “v” portion of your eye and softly diffuse that color…
remember when you blend, you may notice the intensity of the color will fade substantially, that’s ok, you can always re-apply more, but its best to add pigment gradually…
now go back with your eyeshadow brush and fill in your inner eye that you left open connecting the center lid color to the frosty beige or white color, this adds life to your eyes and a little goes a long way…
apply your favorite eyeliner…(gel,liquid or pencil)
curl your lashes and apply 2-3 coats of your favorite mascara…
after you’ve applied your foundation and concealed “those” areas, swipe a pinky sheer blush…
a peach lipstick and a drop of clear gloss in the center of the look gives just a subtle wash of color…
and your done, this is my 5 minute fab and ready to go look, I hope you enjoyed this step by step and remember to have fun with this, more looks to come -Jilian
micro sherbert lipstick, maybelline falsies mascara, elf super glossy lip shine in pink kiss, wet n’wild vanity palette, wet n’wild brow kit in #963 ash brown and mac lipliner in chestnut
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Back to School makeup tips for your tween.

Back to school…already? Time flies! In the next week or so, parents will be worrying about whether their kids have the correct number of pencils, a 5-subject notebook, and a sturdy book bag.  But…your kids will be too focused on their new back to school look. They’ll get a haircut,
make sure they have the first back to school outfit ironed and laid out. Some of our young girls AKA tweens will even attempt their first  makeup application and go overboard. But that’s okay:

I think its important to let our girls experiment with makeup. This way is even better because your supervising the whole process. Trust me, no one’s running out of the house with fire engine red lipstick snuck into her backpack. Think of this as one of many(many, many) trust exercises with your tween. She’ll appreciate the suggestion and even show you her final look…..

That’s the whole reason for this post…..I’m going to teach you (the parent) a few different looks that are tween tested and approved for your kids first day back to school….

So here’s what we did, I started out by first using a moisturizer with an spf, which is vital for all skin types young or mature…..I then applied a sheer wash of a pink blush to the eyelid, before you ask, yes, I said blush, it’s ok to use on the eyelid as well as the cheeks.  A sheer wash is just the product, in this case the eyelid color in a small amount and instead of tapping it on, you merely swipe it on as if your painting from left to right, you only want the eyelid to have most color, but if you want this color to be darker, you can apply this about 2-3 times.

I then applied one single coat of a clear mascara, which they sell everywhere, but if you want to be savvy, use vaseline, just not too much or your “tween” will look like she’s got a case of conjunctivitis, you can apply this with a q-tip or even your finger tip by having her look upwards and coating her lashes with the mascara or vaseline.

For a pop of sparkle, I used a white eyeliner onto the tear duct, it’s just the portion of the eye where your tears come out first, that’s a good reference point so that she can remember NOT to go inside the eye, keep the color on the outside.

I then gave her a baby pink lipgloss to match her eyes (this was a coincidence, this is not required)

I hope you enjoyed this small lesson on how to teach your girls that less is more, and I hope you found it helpful.  Please remember to have lots of fun with this look and experiment with colors.  Please enjoy and stay tuned for lots more looks. – Jilian