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Blake

Blake

SKIN TYPE: Combination / Mature


HAIR TYPE: Shoulder Length, Oily, Straight


HAIR COLOR: Colored Reddish Brown.


COMPLEXION TYPE: Fair with pink undertones. Prefers a cool color pallet.


EYE COLOR: Blue


BEAUTY ADDICTIONS: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Suave Shampoo Mango Mandarin scent, ABBA’s Nourishing Conditioner – Leave-In Hair Moisturizer, Carmex 


 

Today I'm reviewing Hot Designs Nail Art Pens Basic Beauty. This kit has six colors: Flame Red, Kelly Green, Star White, Hot Pink, Royal blue, and Midnight Black. Each polish color has two dispensing tips, one end has the standard polish brush, and at the other end is a fine tip for detail. The kit has step by step instructions to help with designs, a list of suggestions on how to avoid problems, and pins that are used to unclog the fine tip if necessary.

Now that I have both kits (Basic Beauty and Glitz & Glam) I've got 12 colors to work with! More Colors = More Fun! Since you're only limited by your imagination I decided to expand mine and checked out YouTube and the web for ideas on designs and application techniques. Wow is all I have to say - I found a multitude of ideas. There was a lot to look at!!! 

Hot Designs Nail Art Pens Basic Beauty certified fabulous glitz and glam polish

I started with a clear base coat and added the designs, being careful to let the polish dry between steps, then finished off with a clear top coat. (You can speed things up by using your hair dryer!)

If you've never used Hot Designs Nail Art Pens you'll need to read the instructions. In my case it took several attempts before I was able to make a design. I needed to get a feel of how hard/much to squeeze the bottle to get the desired amount of polish. I also needed to get a feel of the angle I wanted the fine tip at to allow me to make my design.

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White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold

This product is a definite – “don’t leave home without it!”


white sands liquid texture spray certified fabulous hair care styleI recently had my hair style totally changed - out with the old and in with the new. The new cut along with White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold has made my morning hair routine so quick and easy.

I blow dry my hair, spritz the roots with the White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold, scrunch all over, then run a comb through everything. The results are amazing! My hair (which is very fine) has super volume, is soft, and has a healthy shine. When I’m in the mood - I get out the curling iron and put in a few curls, just for fun!

The added bonus - is that White Sands Liquid Texture Extreme Styling Spray Firm Hold works astonishingly well during the summer’s humid days. The team at White Sands should be proud to have such a delightful product in their hair care line.

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You're only limited by your imagination when working with Hot Designs Nail Art Pens.  The kit I have has six colors: Sparkling Silver, Paradise Pink, Crushed Berry, Hot Orange, Purple Pizzazz, and Lemon Yellow. Each polish color has two dispensing tips, one end has the standard polish brush, the other end has a fine tip for detail. The kit has step by step instructions to help with designs, a list of suggestions on how to avoid problems, and pins that are used to unclog the fine tip if necessary.

hot designs nail art kit certified fabulous

After reading the instructions I elected to practice before using the Nail Art Pens on my nails. In my case it took several attempts before I was able to make a design. I needed to get a feel of how hard/much to squeeze the bottle to get the desired amount of polish. I also needed to get a feel of the angle I wanted the fine tip at to allow me to make my design. Once I was comfortable with the Nail Art Pens the fun began! I followed the easy step by step instructions and was amazed at the results.

Imagination is the key to success as you build your designs. Placement of designs  and color choices can take your nails from ordinary to astonishing. I watched tutorials on YouTube and checked out web images for ideas on designs. When I was painting with Hot Designs Nail Art Pens I realized that no two designs needed to look the same. By using the same pattern and alternating with different colors I was able to produce designs that looked coordinated not duplicated. I started out with my base coat dry. When working with the Nail Art Pens it's necessary to allow the polish time to dry -  and yes, I use my hair dryer to speed things up! I applied a top coat to finish off the look. Hot Designs Nail Art Pens were fun to use and the outcome was awesome!

Remember to take time to enjoy life!

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Mineral Fusion started business in 2007. They offer a wide variety of cosmetics and body care products, all of which are made in the USA. One of the many things that makes Mineral Fusion stand out is their alliance with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. I like buying items from a company that “makes a difference” in our world.

I tried the following colors of Mineral Fusion nail polish: Radiant Amber, Mossy Bank, Cascade, Gold Rush, and Galaxy. The colors were all great and I had no chipping!

Mineral Fusion Polishes 11.10.13 Certified Fabulous

What was truly remarkable was that Radiant Amber. I have a pink hue in my skin tone so I don’t usually wear an orange based nail color. This color actually looked good on me and I was able to achieve total coverage in just one coat. I used a top coat and this polish lasted a week with no wear and no chips.

The Mossy Bank is a rich and deep green. This color will work well with both fall and winter looks. This color showed a bit of wear on the tips after a week, but for such a dark color that’s to be expected.

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I just tried the Backstage Collection from Nails Inc. London and I’m impressed. This collection has three colors: Abby Road, Stratford, and Porchester Square. These are full size bottles – unlike the sample size bottles that you’d find in most collections.

The Backstage Collection Nails incPorchester Square is a neutral color. I applied two coats of polish over my base coat; however you can get coverage with one coat. The polish is nice and shiny but I still applied a top coat for protection. The polish lasted a week with no chips, just normal wear.

Stratford is a mirror metallic polish with a chameleon shimmer. The color changes from gold to pinks to greens when you move your fingers or hand. I applied two coats of polish over my base coat along with a top coat for extra protection. You could probably get total coverage with one coat, as the polish is on the thicker side. The polish lasted a week with normal wear on the tips but no chips.

Abbey Road is a silver polish with a holographic effect. This color required two coats to achieve total coverage. The holographic effect became more prominent after I applied my top coat. The polish lasted well over a week with no wear or chips. I just love a polish that holds up like this one did!

The Backstage Collection is a great assortment of colors and special effects. If you’re in a rush and can’t take the time to apply two coats of color you can use either Stratford or Porchester Square for a quick one coat cover. If you have the time for two coats than try Abbey Road – this polish is so long lasting!

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Your Cuticles are extremely important to the healthy growth of your nails. The cuticle covers the base of your nail where the growth is generated. That being said, it’s very important that the growth area under your cuticles stays healthy.  

 1) Practice gently pushing your cuticles back:

Don’t push too hard as you want to avoid injury or irritation to your nail growth area. Some people use a wooden orange stick. I use a soft emery board that was designed to buff the nail. I gently push back on my cuticles once a week when I do my manicure.  

 2) Keep your cuticles soft:

The cuticle is just skin. If your cuticles appear dry or cracked, they need to be moisturized. Any lotion you would use on your hands you can use on your cuticles. Just add a dab of your favorite lotion to your cuticle area and gently massage in. When I wash dishes I wear gloves. The gloves keep my hands / cuticles away from the dehydrating agent in the dish detergent. If you use nail polish remover make sure that its acetone free. The acetone is a drying agent that can wreak havoc with your cuticles. 

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Primavera Hand & Nail Cream is the secret to keeping your cuticles soft. When I wrote the blog on how 04192013 Primavera Hand and Nail Cream Certified Fabulousto improve the appearance of cuticles, I mentioned the need to keep your cuticles hydrated. Primavera Hand & Nail Cream does a fantastic job keeping my cuticles looking their best.  I keep a tube on my night stand and use it every evening. I dab a bit of cream on each cuticle and just gently massage in. This cream works wonders.

The essential Ginger and Lime oils leave your hands feeling energized and refreshed. The scent is just delightful! The Jojoba oil works well as a moisturizer to help soften cuticles. Primavera is 100% natural with no animal testing. 

I liked that the cream absorbes quickly and there's no greasy feeling. The overall results are fantastic! 

Remember take time to enjoy life!

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COOLA has developed an extraordinary delightful and natural hand lotion bar. I tried the GrapefruitPeppermint all natural shea butter Hand Lotion Bar and fell in love. This is my first time working with a hand lotion bar and I found the experience therapeutically enriching.

 

COOLA Grapefruit Peppermint Hand Lotion Bar has become a “must have”. During the winter 04112013 Certified Fabulous Coola Grapefruit Peppermint Hand Lotion Barmonths my knuckles become very dry and cracked. COOLA has designed this Hand Lotion Bar to help hydrate your hands, and they have succeeded in their endeavor. My knuckles were so cracked it actually hurt to bend my fingers. The first time I used this product the results were visible. The hand lotion bar actually appeared to be erasing the dry lines and cracks. I worked the product into my knuckles every evening for a few weeks and the cracks literally disappeared. The warmth from my knuckles turned the ingredients into a deeply moisturizing and soothing balm that healed the cracks. After applying the Hand Lotion Bar to my knuckles and rubbing it in, the palms of my hands also benefited, they too felt wonderfully soft.

 

 COOLA developed this product using all natural ingredients. The Hand Lotion Bar is designed so you use only the amount necessary, there’s no waste. COOLA packaged this product so it’s perfect when you’re traveling.

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Orly Nail Lacquer comes in a stunning pink that they’ve named Preamp. I’m not sure where they got the name… but the color is absolutely gorgeous.  

 

I applied a base coat, 2 coats of color, and followed up with a top coat. The lacquer went on smoothly with no streaking. The end result was totally amazing. 

03162013 Orly Nail Lacquer Preamp Certified Fabulous Bottle

Preamp is like a chameleon, as it takes on different color aspects with every movement. The pink is infused with golden flecks that shimmer and shine. There are times when the lacquer has a purple-bluish hue that looks extraordinary. This color is truly astounding.

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Kiss Me - I’ve just exfoliated……. I tried an exfoliating lip scrub by Philosophy called Kiss Me and it’s remarkable. This was my first experience with any exfoliating lip product and I’m so glad that it was with Kiss Me. This product is easy to use and the results are fantastic. The sugar crystals are gentle and effective in the removal of unwanted dead lip skin. I applied a dab of Kiss Me on my finger tips and massaged it in a circular motion on both my lower and upper lips. After the sugar crystals dissolved I gently washed my lips with a warm cloth. The results were stunning!! My lips did indeed appear softer and felt smoother.

But wait – there’s more!!

Philosophy has also created Kiss Me Tonight which is described as an “intense lip therapy”. I used Kiss me Tonight in combination with the Kiss Me exfoliator. The fragrance of Kiss Me Tonight is truly delightful. I have a problem with dry cracked lips so I use Kiss Me Tonight in both the morning and evenings. Kiss Me Tonight works well keeping my lips looking good and feeling great.

The combination of Kiss Me and Kiss Me Tonight provides wonderful a “spa” treatment for your lips.

Remember take time to enjoy life!

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