Juicy-Nails First Giveaway

If you want to venture into some (well, OK…it’s LOTS!) nail art, Juicy-Nails has THE giveaway for you.  This is her first giveaway, but by no means, is Juicy a beginner.  Check out her nail blog and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s a picture of the haul that she has in store for the winner…
And this sweetheart is making this giveaway open for international folks as well.  (She’s cool like that!)  Click here, check out her blog and sign up for her giveaway.

Fragrance Descriptions of B&BW Men’s Collection

There is a question/comment on my previous post on the new Men’s Signature Collection at Bath & Body Works. I got these descriptions off the B&BW websiteThis gives you an idea at how complex these fragrances are.  Explaining them would be like giving you a synopsis of what the show Lost was about.

Our Noir fragrance is a bold, exotic blend of black cardamom and white musk.

  • Top fragrance notes: Crisp Bergamot, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Coriander
  • Mid fragrance notes: Fresh Lavender, Cardamom, Orange Flower
  • Base fragrance notes: White Vanilla, Amber Wood, Vetiver, White Musk

Our Oak fragrance is a warm, woodsy blend of red oak, cedarwood & musk.

Top fragrance notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Crisp Aldehydes, Juniper, Clary Sage
Mid fragrance notes: Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Geranium, Orange Flower, Lavender
Base fragrance notes: Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Coffee, Musk 

Our Ocean fragrance is a refreshing blend of cypress, vetiver and yuzu.

  • Top fragrance notes: Bergamot, Armoise, Yuzu Zest, Elemi, Watermelon
  • Mid fragrance notes: Lavendin, Cypress, Nutmeg
  • Base fragrance notes : Orris, Olibanum, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Vettiver

Our Citron fragrance is a citrus blend of white woods & lemon zest.

Top fragrance notes: Crisp Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit, Fresh Sage, Lemon Zest
Mid fragrance notes: Lavender, Coriander, Hedione, Waterlily
Base fragrance notes: Brisk Woods, Oud-wood, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Cool Musk

I hope these descriptions help where I failed to be able to explain these.  As you can see, they are so complex that is is hard to describe.  And, it is the lead-end phrase that hooks you to these smells.

Bath and Body Works Haul

The new men’s signature collection was released on May 27 at BBW.  Usually they will have baby samples you can get to try out before the full size release.  Just a quick smell of these and I knew I’d love them.  Got them into the shower and invited hubby to try them out.  I was actually surprised when he asked about getting some.  He’s been into his Axe brands for some time.
BBW also has the new stuff at a good deal and I was hoping this would be the same with the men’s collection.  Actually, they are having a buy 3 get 3 free on all signature collections.  Whoopee!  I was in!  And, I had a coupon for a free body product from the signature collection.  Now I had 4 free. :)

All of these fragrances come in a body wash, body deodorant and a cologne.  I got the Oak body deodorant as the lone wolf, but I’m sure I’ll be back to get its body wash mate soon.

I cannot even begin to explain the fragrances.  They are masculine and sexy and I love them all.  Favorite is probably Noir.  Hubby said it was his too.  We are a good, clean couple.

Do you think you’ll go check these out?  And, how about wearing guy’s fragrances or body products?  Yes or no?

NOTD ~ Finger Paints Add and Abstract

This is the polish I did this morning.  This is Finger Paints ‘Add and Abstract.’  I alternate colors and intensities each time I change out my polish.  Last time was a fiery red, this time, a tranquil, deep blue. 

                               Both of these are outside but with an overcast sky.
                                                Not good for Memorial Weekend. :(

                                          I have 2 Seche Clear coats on.
                                        

                               Top one is in sunny window light.  I’m seeing streaks and VNL.
Bottom thumb photo is outside, sunny.  I wanted to catch the shimmer.  This is without a top coat. 

Even though my cuticles are dry, they are looking much more ‘normal’ than when I was chewing the heck out of them.  Yesterday I did a lot of driving for my work.  I struggled with not biting the hell out of them.  I do with there was a way to carry cuticle oil or butter with me.  But in the Florida heat and a closed car, not a good combination for most cosmetics. :(  I did have some hand lotion and I actually used up the rest of the tube which, has been in my car for some time.  I think that’s my best bet is a tube of hand lotion.  Any recommendations?

What is your ‘go-to’ summer hand and nail product? 

PS…don’t forget my giveaway.  It’s going to end in approximately 48 hours!

Emerald Sparkled’s Konad Giveaway

I just discovered this nail blog and what a discovery.  It’s Deniz from Emerald Sparkled.  She is hosting a super contest and I just had to share (knowing that I’d reduce my odds for winning but, eh, you’re my friends!).  Jump over here and see what Konad goodies she’s offering.  Oh, and she’s looking for the craziest, wackiest nail art too.  Something you wouldn’t wear out for others to admire (or see ;) ).

Good luck!

NOTD and Toes Too

I made doubly sure that I didn’t pick out a sheer this time.  When all other polishes fail, choose RED!  Vampy, steamy HOT RED!

Here are the shades I picked.  A red for the fingers; Sally Hansen’s Lacquer Shine in Dazzling.  And the toes got Nina’s Pro in Velvet Seas.  No sheers…yeeeaaaa!

Out in brilliant sunlight!  It’s casting more of an orange hue here than it is in real life.  It’s actually a burgundy red with a shine.  I have on 1 BS, 2 coats of Seche Clear, 2 coats of color, 1 coat of Seche Clear and Seche Vite as the finishing top coat.  Now, ultra shiny.

Back indoors, in a sunny window.  This shows a bit truer but, that orange-y-ness, wha???

Toes, outside, in the evening sun.  This is Nina’s Pro Velvet Seas.  A color that looks like dusty green metal in the bottle but polishes to a green that is a smooth velvet.  The bit of shimmer it has is silvery green.  I have on a BC, 1 coat of Seche Clear, 2 color coats and 1 top coat of Seche Clear.  This bottle was on clearance at Sally’s Beauty.  I believe it came from a collection that was out last fall or winter.  I know I have a couple of other velvets from that collection.  They are lush.

If you haven’t checked out my post just previous to this one, run!  Go look!  It’s a giveaway!

Revealing the 50 Followers Giveaway

After alluding to a giveaway, I wanted to give you the specs on mine.  Libby’s Pink Vanity is closing in on having 50 followers.  It’s quite an honor to know that there are folks out there that want to share their passion of nails and makeup and all that girly stuff with me.  This is so much fun to enter into a community that is sharing and fun and very supportive.  So, with all that in mind, I share with you the celebration of 50 Followers Giveaway!!

I’ve decide that each giveaway that I do (yes! there will be MORE!) will have a theme.  That makes it a bit more interesting to collect items for a giveaway.  And, since Libby and myself love PINK, that is the theme for this drawing. 
I find it a joy to shop at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  And I picked up these 3 cuties today.  The little makeup bag will hold smaller makeup items, makeup brushes, liners, gloss, etc.  This one is by allegro.  And then there is the Rimmel lip line.  This is from the Exaggerate line and, the color is EastEnd Snob.  The nail polish had to be the cutest pink I could find.  Color Club had a display and this oh, so pink polish was a part of it.  This one is called She’s So Glam.
But wait….there’s more!!!

There’s Indulgent Vanilla Sugar body wash and lotion by Body Image. There’s Avon’s Magix cashmere finish liquid foundation in Nude.  A little mini pink polish, with no name, from Forever 21.  Milani’s dot.com polish.  Milani’s 3D Holographic Hi-Res polish.  A Forever 21 love & beauty polish named Olive.  A little pot of natural, homemade tea tree lip balm (I didn’t make it myself, purchased from maker at a craft fair)…notice the pink container.  There’s an Ulta blush called  Adore.  An Avon My Lip Miracle lipstick named Totally Twig.  And another Avon product, this time mascara.  It’s Extreme Volume in Brown/Black.
But it seems I left out a description of one item.  Hmmm…can you see it in the group picture?  Well, let me have Libby present it to you:

She’s such a good sport. Yet, oh so prissy. :D  Now, on to the rules. 
1) Be a follower and not just to win the stash.  Leave me a comment on this post with your name and contact email address.  (1 entry)
2) Post the giveaway on your blog and make sure I’m on your blogroll.  Post here with the site address.  (worth another entry)
3) Giveaway is open to anyone in North America and you will need to contact me within 3 days when I email you about winning.  (Please share with me, fellow bloggers, how you are able to ship liquid cosmetics out of the country.  I’m told that they are considered hazardous chemicals and not allowed on planes.  The shipping store said that the items would be confiscated.  Help!)  Hopefully, I’ll learn how to get around this for future giveaways.
4) The giveaway drawing will end on Monday, May 31, at 11:00 PM EST. Once the entries are verified, I will contact the winner.

All the items I have shown are brand new.  I may add some other surprises in before the package ships out, just because free surprises are so much FUN!

Thanks, again, for joining me.