4th of July Stars and Stripes Nail Art by Jin Soon Choi

Stars and Stripes

Just in time for the holiday weekend, Jin Soon Choi, founder of the infamous JINsoon line, has shared 2 nail art looks to get your nails in tip-top, patriotic shape for the 4th of July.

The looks feature her signature shades and if you haven’t tried her line yet, you’re missing out. She has collaborated with Revlon and MAC in the past and went on to create her own line with unique shades that have a great formula. She absolutely kills it with blues. If you haven’t visited her site yet, make sure to stop by and look at her nail art tutorials. My favorite is the V-Shape tutorial. She creates looks that are gorgeous yet seem completely approachable.

Keep reading to find out how to create these two looks.

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How to Achieve Bone Health and Strength

If you have weak or brittle bones, then you may be the victim of fractures, strains or sprains in your ankles. It’s more common than you might think, in fact; osteoporosis affects about 44 million people living in the United States and is the cause of about 2 million bone fractures annually. If you suffer from severe pain in your ankles due to injury then you may want to consider surgery as an option. If your injuries tend to be minor and not overly painful then there are many things you can do to increase your overall bone strength. Here is a guide to get you started.

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New! MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

In addition to the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations release, MAC is also launching a new, revamped nail polish formula named MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer. The new formula is toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free and also contains conditioning vitamins E, C and B5 to help straighten nails. Outside of the formula, we’ll be seeing a different, flatter brush for better application.

The new Studio Nail Lacquer comes in 4 different finishes: cream, frost, pearl and glitter… yay for glitter! In addition to the MAC Nails Transformations top coats, this new release also brings us a new gel-like top coat named Overlacquer and a new gel-like base coat named Underlacque. New, revamped versions of faves like Nocturnelle are great but I’m looking forward to test driving these base and top coats.

Here’s a peek at some of the shades:

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New! NARS Nail Polish

NARS Nail Polish

Also out with a new nail polish formula is the NARS Nail Polish line up. The formula has been revamped and there’s a new brush as well as 19 new shades now part of their nail lineup. The revamped collection now features 43 shades, including 24 fan favorites like Orgasm for a full range of looks.

Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

The collection also include the NARS Base and Top Coats for the complete NARS lacquer experience. Shades include:
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New! MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

Ladies, MAC means business. They are stepping up their nail game. First, they revamped their nail polish formula (more on that soon) and now they are launching the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations collection; shade transforming top coats you can apply over any nail polish to give your nails a twist.

Fusing her unique background as a former forensic scientist with a striking and innovative design sense, Marian Newman brings her modern aesthetic to a collaboration with M·A·C, featuring a collection of nail lacquers and topcoats designed to give nails a stylish twist. Six glowing topcoats in Texturize, Shadow, Blue, Pink, Green and Gold will transform the look of your lacquers into totally new shades.

Shades include:
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Laura Mercier & ReVive Friends & Family Sale!

Laura Mercier Friends & Family Sale

I’ve been trying to impose a strict moratorium on beauty purchases lately but there have been a few slip ups, now there’s going to be another one… Starting today, you can get 20% off your purchase on LauraMercier.com and take $50 off of a $250 purchase on RéVive Skincare. We are big Laura Mercier fans here and new converts to ReVive, hello Gel Cleanser!

Laura Mercier:
· Enjoy 20% Off & free standard shipping on any $75 purchase on LauraMercier.com. Wed., 6/25-Fri., 6/27. While supplies last. No offer code needed.

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RéVive Skincare:
· Enjoy $50 off your $250 purchase. Plus, also select 2 deluxe samples and enjoy free shipping. 6/25-6/27. No offer code needed.

The sale ends Friday, June 27th so act quickly! Are you hauling anything? Let me know in the comments.

New! Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment

Just when I was thinking Fresh should come out with a new Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, something new and different for summer, they drop this on us… their new Fresh Sugar Tulip shade.

This new shade was tested during the L’Wrenn Scott and Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 runway shows. Fresh co-founder Alina Roytberg was inspired by the streets of New York City, where 60,000 tulips are planted along Park Avenue every spring. That particular year, the tulips were a bright, vibrant pink and Fresh Tulip was born. The color is buildable, like other Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments, to give you a sheer bubblegum pout or rich full-on fuchsia.

This is exactly the kind of shade I have been waiting for Fresh to make. It joins other shades in the Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment lineup: Petal, Honey, Coral, Rose, Passion, Cherry, Berry and Plum. To me, this is the kind of product I just buy, I don’t need to try it. I have all the other shades so I know the product well, I just want that new color.

The new Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment is currently available at Sephora online and in stores retailing for $22.50. Note to self: add Tulip to shopping list… check.

Robert Leonard Salon & Day Spa in Seattle

Inside the Robert Leonard Salon in Seattle
Inside the Robert Leonard Salon in Seattle

The relationship that we have with our hair stylist is one of the most important ones we have. The good hair they help us achieve gives us confidence, it picks us up and makes us feel good. Does it not? Good hair is a powerful thing! I’ve been without my trusted stylist for a little while now and my hair has had some ups and downs. Since I moved closer to the heart of Seattle, I’ve been looking for a new salon to call home and I finally think I found it. I was recently invited to visit the Robert Leonard Salon & Day Spa in downtown Seattle to see what they are all about. Since my hair was still in recovery from the damage done by another well known local chain, it was definitely an invitation my hair was ready to accept.

For those of you in Seattle, the Robert Leonard Salon is located on 6th Avenue between Lenora and Virginia. If you’re familiar with the Westin Hotel, it is right around the corner from the hotel. Founded over 30 years ago by Robert Salmons and his partner,  the salon is home to over 20 stylists and colorists that offer a complete range of haircare services, including extensions. From what I gathered from my stylist during my visit, the salon also offers stylists the opportunity to continue to learn with education offered along the way, most recently from Oribe.

Keep reading for a look inside the salon, more about my experience at the salon and a giveaway!

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Birchbox’s Modern Mermaid Limited Edition Box

Birchbox Limited Edition Modern Mermaid Box

Birchbox’s limited edition Modern Mermaid box is all about summer and I’m currently in love with it, the gorgeous blue tones have me feeling all aquatic up in here. What better inspiration for summer than the mythical beauty of a mermaid?

For $44.00, the sea goddess inspired limited edition box includes:

  • RUFFIAN Endless Summer Nail Polish Trio
  • Vasanti Kajal Eye Pencil
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Mascara Topcoat
  • Coola SPF Lip Lux
  • Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Spray
  • Atelier Cedrat Enivrant
  • Stephanie Johnson Mermaid Mirror

This box includes some great summer staples, like the Anastasia topcoat and the sea salt spray. The Anastasia topcoat  makes any mascara, including your favorite mascara, waterproof so you can get in the water and not worry about your lashes. Plus the sea salt spray is great for beachy waves for this time of year.