Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cool Summer Mint

I'm seeing lots of coral this summer, but what's really catching my eye is mint green—sometimes just the pure, crystal pastel shade, others a bit deeper with a touch of jade mixed in. I'm not sure if it's everywhere or just on my radar. Here are my super hot picks for this cool summer color!

essie Fashion Playground from the 2014 Hide and Go Chic Collection

Kate Spade Cabana Tile in blue/green. It's so last summer, but this print is still plentiful on Ebay; choose from totes, wallets and even iPhone and iPad cases.

Mossimo Maxi Dress:  Mint against black makes a stunning contrast in this reasonably priced dress from Target.

The sensible FitFlop gets an elegant upgrade with this limited edition guest designer print from Keiko Nishiyama. It's the Keiko Shuv Thong Sandal in Pistachio. $124.95 at

Nordstrom always seems to have the best selection of scarves, and I never pay full price.  This Silhouette Scarf in Summer Green by Vince Camuto is on clearance right now for $25.49

I'm liking Marc Jacob's stuff better now that he's offering more options that don't have his name and logo splashed all over them. This is the Gamma Ray Computer Commuter bag in the shade Dusty Jade Green Multi. $79.06 is the currrent clearance price on

Lilly Pulitzer Ross Halter Dress (top) and for your little one, Little Delia Shift Dress. Shade name Ring The Bellboy. Nobody knows summer prints like Lilly—I love the crispness of this! $198 for Mom, $78 for daughter, at

Mint and lavender are a perfect match in this Dooney & Bourke Tulip Tote in the shade name Violet.  $215.42 is the current clearance price at


Sunday, February 9, 2014

OPI Push and Shove—the Mirror Mani

A true mirror finish is the holy grail of chrome metallic nail shades. I found this one in OPI's Gwen Stefani collection. I was skeptical at first—in the bottle the color looks a bit muddy, not mirror-like at all. But the SA at my local Boston Beauty Supply assured me that once applied, the shade would dry to a dazzlingly bright silver. She was not kidding! I'm in love with this product!

The Bargain Caviar Mani

I wouldn't go out of my way for a caviar mani. Yes, they're fun and pretty, but the kits tend to be expensive ($19 for CIATE at Sephora,) messy and time-consuming. Plus, the microbeads fall off in patches—sort of the caviar mani version of chipping.
For a quick and easy alternative I went for this set of press-ons from Dollar Tree. I liked the emerald and gold color scheme. And the application? Done in less than a minute. For one dollar you can't go wrong. The brand is called So EZ Nail Art by Style Essentials.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sweet Accessories for Valentine's Day

Nothing's too pink or too red for Valentine's Day!  Here are some sweet accessories:

Capelli of New York Floral Print Scarf
$18 at

Cherry Harvest Necklace

Sterling Silver Red Jade Dangle Earrings

Juicy at Heart Cosmetic Bag
DVP iPhone 5 Case in Free Hearts Red
Capelli of New York Phone Wristlet in Red

Sweet Handbags for Valentine's Day

Pink and red clothing for Valentine's Day? Maybe not, but pink and red accessories? Yes, please! Here are my picks for handbags:

Coach Bleecker Cooper Satchel in Peach Rose
$298 at

Hobo 'Darcy' Leather Crossbody Bag in Crimson

Charles Street Mini Audrey in Strawberry Froyo
$328 at

Sophia Leather Mod Crossbody in Cashmere Rose
$128 at

Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Sally Hansen Rent the Runway Nail Polish Strips

SH' newest limited edition collection is heavy on the florals and includes some hot picks for winter and some more delicate and springlike. My pick of the litter is Full Plume.


From left, the patterns are:

Don't Be Koi: Japanese-inspired whimsical, red and black on white. If you like fish print manis it's your lucky day!
Hide and Peek: Standard-issue transparent black lace. This one could be jazzed up if worn over vibrant stripes for a stained-glass effect.

Fl-roar-al: Red and purple flowers and a black leopard print against a white background. A little confusing—too much going on here.

Ruffled Feathers: Black feather print on a medium blue background. Looks more floral than feather-y to me, but still very pretty.

Full Plume: Black peacock print on emerald background. Like for the holidays.

Empress-ive: Delicate blue floral on white. Very sweet for spring.

Ama-zen: Black bonsai floral/leaf on non-metallic gold background. Another like for the holidays.

On the Prowl: Black zebra print on a gold glitter background. This is a good choice for a ten-year-old, in fact my niece would say it's purrrr-fect.  But as animal prints go I prefer Brattlesnake which is part of the regular collection (link).

See below for closeups.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Great Lash Mascara is in Bloom!

It's summer—time for Maybelline's annual limited edition colored shades of Great Lash mascara. When I say these mascaras are colored, I don't just mean subtle hints of color, I mean vibrant and full-on color to make your eyes pop!

Last year when I posted about these shades (Link) there were four colors available: royal blue, green, teal and purple. This year, Maybelline has upped the ante by adding two more shades to the collection: a hot pink and a soft berry/burgundy.

The shade names, which have changed since last year, are:

  • I See Blue
  • Teal Appeal
  • Green With Envy
  • Wink of Pink
  • Vision of Violet
  • So Very Berry