UA-26222132-1 Libby's Pink Vanity: November 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Del Sol's Christmas Polish: Tinsel Toes

Posted by Libby's Pink Vanity at 11/29/2011 05:35:00 PM 1 comments
This just in...Holiday Del Sol polish!!!
'Tinsel Toes!' I love it! I visited clients that have businesses out at the airport and this is where there is a Del Sol store. Since I found a Halloween polish and I blogged about it here, I stopped in to see if they had any Christmas polishes.

OK, the novelty is neat but I like the colors a lot. The fun of this brand is to show people that haven't seen it. Kind of like magic!

'Tinsel Toes' is a softened gold that is slightly sparkly and understated. It is not an 'in your face' flashy gold. These photos were taken in the shade.

Now watch it change...

A little more red....
Getting darker and redder...
And here it is a magical golden red. However, it comes off a bit like a salmon color on the nails. It's not so noticeable in real life. However, you can see how it makes my fingers look like the infamous 'lobster fingers' where the contrast between nail color and flesh tone collide.

I was surprised, and I don't know why, that this wasn't more opaque. I have on 2 coats and I just finished there because I knew it would take many more to get it opaque.

So, Del Sol's 'Tinsel Toes' is a more subtle sparkle, and after flashy glitter manis and polishes, it is nice to wear something more demure.

Share with me your thoughts on 'Tinsel Toes.'

Monday, November 28, 2011

Is Bigger Better For Glitter? What If I Said Flaky Glitter?

Posted by Libby's Pink Vanity at 11/28/2011 05:48:00 PM 0 comments
I just have to face the facts. I'm going to wake up and it is going to be Jan 2, time to start a new year and new business contracts. That means Christmas and New Year's Eve will have flown by me and I'll be sitting here with a lot of Holiday polishes I never got to swatch. So, I better get busy!

Realizing this situation, I dug around the to-be-swatched drawer in the vanity. I was all set to pick out my favorite one and get crackin'. My first choice was China Glaze's 'Snow Globe' from their 2011 winter collection. In staying with the comparison theme, I dug some more and found Cosmetic Arts no-name flaky that is now 'Super Size Me Flaky'.


'Snow Globe' is the perfect name for this polish. You'll find a mix of holo micro-glitter along with a bit of holo hex glitter.

Sparkle-dazzle holiday. Yes, it does, indeed, look like a snow globe...

I picked this photo because it reminded me of the kid that got double-dog dared to lick a metal pole. You know, from 'A Christmas Story.' I can only guess that the little people in this snow globe are playing hide-and-seek.' But they must really suck at it.

Done digressing...
Cosmetic Arts is missing the fun by not naming their polishes. But, they are giving me some fun. When I first laid eyes on this one, I really did yell out 'Oh, shit!' I couldn't grab this polish fast enough when I found it at Ross'...

I don't think I have another polish that has flakes this size. Thus, 'Super Size Me Flaky.'

There was nothing that could suffice to showcase these topcoats other than a rich creme. I picked out 'Velvet Box' from China Glaze's current holiday collection. And, I think this one did the job...

On my thumb, middle and pinky finger, you see 'Super Size Me Flaky.' That leaves 'Snow Globe' for the index and ring finger. Now tell me, if you had 4 seconds to pause at a red light, wouldn't you stare at these?


Good grief, those flakes are on steroids. And I was flat out thrilled that this polish applied in a very well-behaved manner. 'Snow Globe' was thick and it wanted to bunch up at the tip of the nail. After patience with laying it down and going back over it before it dried, it fell into that scattered look.

I'm gong to play favorites all over this post...


I'm not a fast-food girl; I gave it up 9 years ago. But this is one time I have no regrets at all to ask for a Super Size.

Opinions? Envys? Revulsions?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Guest Blogger Aleya Bamdad: Nutrition For Your Nails

Posted by Libby's Pink Vanity at 11/27/2011 03:42:00 PM 0 comments
I have, for you today, a guest blogger and writer, Aleya Bamdad. She asked if she could share a piece on health for our nails. I told her it was right up my alley and I thought you, my faithful readers, would enjoy.

Vitamins That Help You Grow Healthy Nails

Giving yourself a weekly manicure, wearing gloves while doing dishes and applying moisturizer are all good ways to take care of your nails. However more important than any of these is the nutrients that you put into your body that make you strong and beautiful from the inside out. Here is a list of vitamins that you should incorporate into your diet to see results.

Vitamin B Complex- When we refer to vitamin B complex we are referring to the entire range of vitamin Bs there are available on the market. This vitamin is very effective in helping you grow healthier, stronger and longer nails so that you will spend more time enjoy them and less time filing away at chipped areas. Taking a dose of B complex helps your body to fight infections so that you have a lesser chance of getting infected by a fungus and an easier time healing form one should you get it.
You can get a good dose of vitamin B by eating lean meats, fish, peppers, spinach and kidney beans.

Biotin- A form of vitamin B which is taken by a lot of people to prevent hair loss, Biotin is also a good friend to your nails. When taken regularly it makes your nails thicker so that they are less brittle and less likely to break.
Biotin is found in foods such as nuts, carrots, eggs and berries.


Calcium- One of the most important supplements that every woman should incorporate into her body after the age of twenty five. Calcium helps not only to strengthen your nails but to help maintain healthy bones as well. If you’re a coffee drinker, try to keep it down to two cups a day because coffee is known to eat away at the calcium in your body.
Calcium is found in cheese, milk and yogurt.

 Vitamin C- Commonly known as a supplement that fights colds, vitamin C isn’t given enough credit for its other attributes. Packed full of antioxidants, vitamin C builds collagen which you need to grow strong, healthy nails.
You can find loads of vitamin C in oranges, strawberries, papayas, dark leafy greens and broccoli.

Vitamin D- Not only is vitamin D good for your skin it’s also good for your nails because it helps you to absorb calcium. While you will get a little bit of it from the sun you should make sure to take vitamins as well because it’s not safe to get too much sun.
Foods rich in vitamin D include fish, milk, orange juice and bran.
Vitamin E – Just as popular as vitamin C, vitamin E is known to have many wonderful qualities that work to improve our beauty regiment. As far as nails go, it helps to make them stronger and grow longer faster.
You can get a healthy dose of vitamin E by eating foods such as nuts, spinach, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.

No matter how healthy of a diet you maintain you will never get enough of the vitamins that your body needs to stay healthy. To look and feel your best and have gorgeous nails it’s always important to remember to take your vitamins every day. Good luck and stay beautiful.

This post was written by Aleya who writes the beauty blog for Hair Design Institute which is a Florida beauty college and Long Island Beauty School which has a series of beauty schools in New York

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