Monday, August 1st, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing | 2 Comments
Concluding the first ever Meilily gel manicure photo and swatch series, which tracks one gel manicure over three weeks, this finale explains how to remove a gel manicure, at home, by yourself. It’s not pretty, folks, but it can be done!
The Meilily Guide to Removing Gel Polish at Home
They say you need to go to a salon to remove your gel manicure and, while it is true that there are special products for removing gel polish currently only available to salons, where salon removal consists of wrapping, soaking, and sliding the gel off, removal can also be done, perhaps less gracefully, at home.
Meilily Gel Manicure Removal DIY How-To:
1) Find the loose edges around the gel polish on each nail - By week 2 or 3 you should start to see a lot of nail growth and possibly a few loose edges on the gel polish. Identify the areas around the edge of the polish on each nail that you may be able to loosen. —› › Continue reading
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Swatches | Comments Off
Bite Beauty is a new Sephora-exclusive product line that immediately turned my head, in part because of the elegant simplicity of the textured grey packaging with glossy red lettering, but also because of the alluring range of shades and textures – all just for lips. Also, the fact that Bite Beauty lip products contain food-grade ingredients and the resveratrol equivalent of five glasses of red wine is kinda cool too.
To try out the Bite Beauty line, I picked up a Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil in Honey Berry, because it looked gorgeously mauve-nude swiped on my hand and because it reminded me of my beloved Nars Velvet Matte Pencil formula. How did it stack up?
More on Bite Beauty High Pigment Matte Pencil, Photos & Swatches… —› › Continue reading
Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | Comments Off
Wondering how a Shellac gel manicure looks by week 3? Well, so far so good, with one random chip from earlier, some nail growth, and still a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Week 3 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!
In general, my gel manicure still looks great a full three weeks later – —› › Continue reading
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 | Fashion, Featured Looks, Shoes | Comments Off
Meilily Featured ShopStyle Look: Sophisticated (and Playful) Two-tone Neutrals!
Looking for a way to stay chic without going bright or pastel? Look no further: Get inspired by this sophisticated and playful take on two-tone neutrals for Spring & Summer.
Platform sandals? Check! Sleeveless dress? Check! Straw satchel? Check!
This chic look centers around an up-to-date beige sleeveless dress by Hoss Intropia, a Spanish brand that I have recently gotten into. Add on playful accessories like an Alexander McQueen knuckle ring clutch in Buff, paired with two-tone Elizabeth & James heels, and you’re well on your way to fabulous!
Check out more of the items from this set:
Clockwise from top center:
- 3.1 Phillip Lim Floating Peplum Top with Wrap Belt – Gorgeous shimmery fabric
- Proenza Schouler Shorts – Celebrate Oktoberfest early, Hm?
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Product Picks, Swatches | 2 Comments
Given how much I “heart” Priti Soy Nail Polish Remover, I’m rather surprised that is has taken me this long to try Priti Nail Polish, a non-toxic, 3 Free nail polish developed to be safe for children and expectant moms.
As part of my very first Priti Nail Polish haul, I picked up an intriguing neutral shade called Sweet Sultan, described as a “matted gray rose” on the Priti website. Sweet Sultan by Priti NYC has since become one of my favorite nail polish shades ever, a really great work-to-play neutral polish. It’s even up there with my favorite Paul & Joe Beaute Nail Enamel in 05 Teacup.
Tons More Photos & Swatches of Priti Nail Polish in Sweet Sultan…
The first photo above shows Sweet Sultan applied in 1-2 coats: —› › Continue reading
Monday, April 11th, 2011 | Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks, Skincare, Swatches | 1 Comment
Started out a doubter, but now I’m a lover…
When I received a few products from the new Benefit Cosmetics b.Right! skincare line in my mailbox, I didn’t actually expect to be that impressed, since makeup, in my opinion, has always been Benefit’s strongest suit.
Well, I was wrong to doubt Benefit’s ability to bring it with b.Right! I am absolutely loving the two Benefit b.Right! cleansers that I’ve tried, the Refined Finish Facial Polish and the Foamingly Clean Facial Wash. They make me feel more girly and more… clean.
The thing I love the most about the new Benefit b.Right! Radiant Skincare line is the fragrance: a fresh, pretty, and well-groomed bright floral that has just enough sparkle to make it interesting and modern. I want to say the scent is “perky,” —› › Continue reading
Sunday, March 27th, 2011 | Contests, Free Stuff, Makeup, Photos, Skincare | 22 Comments
[The winner is.... Kayleigh! Congratulations!]
To celebrate Spring and to thank our readers, Meilily is giving away a set of Spring Bronzing Essentials with products from Josie Maran & Clarins! Enter to win this week until April 1 – we’ll post the winner here!
Thursday, March 10th, 2011 | Beauty and Awareness, Makeup, Photos, Swatches | Comments Off
If you’re looking to brighten up your color palette for Spring and you haven’t yet checked out mineral cosmetics brand Alima Pure, I am certain you will enjoy this peek at their new Limited Edition Rainforest Collection set. (For soft romantic shades, be sure to check out the Alima Pure Fairy Tale collection.)
The new Alima Pure Spring 2011 Rainforest Collection includes four finely milled mineral eye shadows inspired by the “jewels of the earth,” the rainforest. (Shown above clockwise from top left: Kapok, Macaw, Bromeliad, Jaguar).
More Photos & Swatches of the Rainforest Collection Mineral Eyeshadows… —› › Continue reading
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 | Fashion, Photos, Style Picks | 4 Comments
Bringing you yet another Under $100 haul… this time from indie clothing sensation, ModCloth.com! For my first-ever ModCloth purchase, I managed to pick up some pretty fantastic items, if I may say so myself, all for under $100.
Total cost = —› › Continue reading
Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 1 Comment
So far so good, with only one chip and a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Day 5 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!
*If you missed it, you can view photos and swatches from Day 1 of my Shellac manicure here, with details on the gel manicure process and where to get it done! As you may have heard, gel nail polish is supposed to last without chipping between two to three weeks if done right. Is that true? Find out here!
Day 5 Shellac Manicure Results & Photos…
I was still very happy with my gel manicure, even on Day 5! The shine and gloss lasted impeccably without any dulling, and my nails looked freshly manicured. Amazing! The only chip to report by Day 5 actually happened on Day 2 of this gel manicure- How embarrassing!
I swear my Day 2 chip resulted from a fluke nail-caught-in-teeth accident that I cannot explain. —› › Continue reading
Friday, February 4th, 2011 | Jewelry, Photos, Style Picks | 2 Comments
Way back in March I finally ordered my very first Melissa Joy Manning jewelry piece, though I had been drooling over her jewelry for quite some time. Luckily I had the perfect excuse to shop, since Melissa Joy Manning was giving 100% of Sales of the Moonstone Ring to Red Cross Haiti relief efforts.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 5 Comments
Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting CND Shellac Gel Nail Polish Manicure!
If you’re like me and can’t help but mess up a manicure before even leaving the salon chair – painted nails a scraggly mess by day two – then you’re in luck! There is a revolutionary new nail polish, gel nail polish, that is rapidly rising in popularity. It is a cross between a regular polish and gel nails set with UV light. This gel polish is painted onto natural nails just like regular polish, but cured under UV light layer by layer.
I recently tested out this new gel manicure and came away with my fingernails transformed into glossy, shiny gems of polished goodness, an effect that lasted two whole weeks!
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