Summer to Fall Nail Colors 2012

We are in between Summer and Fall trends, some fall popping up and some summer refusing to fade.

In So. Fla it is a bit “anything goes” with colors {bright is always in}.

These are my current nail color picks. Koliary and Mermaids Dream are great for getting in the last bit of summer. Storm Bird and Bad Romance are great first “Fall feel” shades. Mercury Twilight and Good as Gold are favorite metallics for any time of year.



 {Nars Thakoon Koliary}

{Layla Mercury Twilight Holo}

{DL Mermaids Dream}

{Essie Good as Gold}

{DL Bad Romance}

{Nars Storm Bird}

Which one’s your favorite ladies?

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NewBeauty TestTube ::: Summer 2012 Edition

Many of you know I’m a raving fan of NewBeauty’s TestTube. After my Spring products post here, so many of you told me you decided to subscribe. If this is your first time receiving it, I cannot wait to hear your thoughts.

Lets unveil it!

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face off ::: bb cream vs foundation {Dior}

Perfect glowing skin is important. You shouldn’t have to layer on gobs of foundation and powder to have it either! It starts with taking care of your skin; besides hydration, good cleansers, exfoliation, SPF, and the occasional facial…

…your face make up/foundation can make or break your complexion.

I’ve used DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup for the past 3 years. Once I found something that creates dewy unblemished skin that stays on and doesn’t get oily I was hooked. I also swear it makes your skin better over time.

Recently we can’t seem to get away from the hype around these new BB Creams though. They claim to improve your skin, offer high levels of SPF, and perfect your complexion. I recently received a few samples and became more intrigued. Could I replace my foundation with a bb cream? Does it need replacing? Dior released one recently, so I knew I had to try it.

Here’s my comparison.

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Beauty Basics ::: Perfect Summer Glow

I heard you liked my first beauty post, so this week I am on to the next important beauty topic. {sorry to any men reading this blog, recipes are here to stay…promise!}

Maintaining a great tan + glow without ruining your skin, getting wrinkles, and potentially even skin cancer. Ten years ago I would have handed you a bottle of baby oil or Australian Gold “no SPF” tanning lotion and sent you to the beach.

With a few scares of skin cancer in my family and many years of sun overexposure from growing up on the beach in Florida, I’ve retired that mentality and adapted to a “mostly fake bake” lifestyle. {We have a pool at our apartment and yes I still lay out “sometimes”}

If done right, this approach shouldn’t send you out with that Jersey Shore orange shade and it will be just enough  color to make you feel healthy and bronzed.

1. EXFOLIATE – I believe any product works here as long as you do actually exfoliate and the product is not oil based. I recently purchased this one:

Bliss Super Slough Scrub

2. TAN – I love love love  St. Tropez. It is rich  enough for a real tan, but dark enough so it is not at all orange. Be careful with your hands though. I use a pumice stone to scrub the mousse off my hands after, but gloves might be a good idea. 

St. Tropez Tanning {Exfoliator, Tanning Mousse, Lotion, hand mit}

AT home: This set above covers it “All in One” and is only $25 dollars more than the tanning mousse itself, might be worth it but I have not tried the set. 
Professional: In LA I used to go to Mind Body Manhattan for Chocolate Sun for spray tans. All organic and a tan great color, they customize it for you and it smells great. In Miami, I have been to Forever Tan. It works, but I prefer the St. Tropez at home method for the true tan color. 
3. BRONZE – It doesn’t stop there. Using a good bronzer will help you with the glow side of the tan and will accentuate your now tanned body. 
Use CHANEL Soleil Tan Sheer Illuminating Fluid mixed with foundation, the Guerlain bronzing compact, and then for a super glow factor use the NARS The Multiple in Copacabana and South Beach. 

CHANEL Soleil Tan Sheer Illuminating Fluid

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in #03

Copacabana (white highlighter, brightens)


South beach (pinkish bronze highlighter, bring out the tan)

4. EXTEND – I am a lotion FREAK so this is an obvious one for me. Right now I like Eucerin, but any drug store lotion with SPF will do. You’ve already spent your beauty bank for the month on the above products above right?

Eucerin Everyday protection SPF 15 

 So, what’s your go-to tanning product?
Have you tried any of these before?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

::: keelymarie :::

I confess, I’m a product junkie ::: musthave beauty products

Before cooking or travel ever came into my life I was, and still am, a bona fide product junkie.

My beauty mantra:

∞ Do whatever it takes to take care of your skin (you can’t go back in time) and get facials as often as you can afford
∞ Flawless, but naturally glossy looking skin, is the only way to go
∞ Don’t leave the house without mascara, but that’s really all you MUST wear (and maybe a good lip gloss
∞ Bare eyes and bright lips are the way to go, at least now

I might try everything under the sun once {thanks Birch Box and NewBeauty Test Tube}, but I keep coming back to a certain few products. So here they are, my musthaves, that I repeatedly buy and live by.

Phytomer Oligopur Purifying Face Wash

Strivectin as a Night time Face lotion

Avene Thermal Spring Water spray

Dior Foundation in Sand

Sephora Pro Foundation Airbrush

Use this for the foundation above and your life will change

Guerlain hydrating bronzer 03

Nars blush in Deep Throat

Blush - NARS - Deep Throat

Natural/Nude LIP: Chanel Mythic number 69

One of my girlfriends introduced me to this color, and I can only ever find it at the Heathrow airport. I was there 2 weeks ago and couldn’t find it- help! Is this color discontinued?

Glossy Stain: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture 11 Rouge Gouache

Glossy, lasts like a stain, feels like a creamy lipstick, not sticky, almost too many colors to pick from

Perfect Red: Tom Ford in Cherry Lush

Costs a pretty penny, but the most luxurious feeling lipstick out there

Pink: Nars Schiap

My best friend introduced me to this color and I can’t get enough. So amazingly bright!

The Summer Season: NARS Schiap Lipstick

Best Colored Gloss: Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Sheer Candy in 06 Luscious Cherry

Mascara: Panthera Ultraflesh and Maybelline Falsies

(Top lashes: one coat Maybelline Falsies then one coat Panthera , Bottom Lashes: One coat Panthera)
Ultraflesh Panthera Mascara Black
Black Volum' Express the Falsies Mascara

Current Shadow Obsession: NAKED 2 Pallette Urban Decay

Plenty of options, both matte and sparkly. Normally when I buy palettes I completely forget to use them, something about too many colors that I don’t need. This one I’ve used every day since I got it, day and night.

Makeup Stash! » Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

What are your musthave beauty products?

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