ThisThatBeauty Previews: Ella+Mila Nail Polish

Ella Mila Nail Polish

I love a good feel-good branding story and Ella+Mila is nothing if not that.  The brand is named after and  inspired by the twin daughters,   Ella and Mila,  of one of the founders. Ella+Mila is a 5 free (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor,)  vegan, Peta certified brand of nail polish, release [...]

NARS Reformulates Nail Polish and Launches New Shades and Brush

NARS Nail Polish Stylized Group Shot

What’s your favorite thing about nail polish? When you’ve tried as many brands, in as many formulations and as many shades as I have, you start to look for more than just a great long lasting finish and shine. You start to look for other elements to stand out. I found one such thing in [...]

ThisThatBeauty Reviews: Scotch Naturals Nail Polish

Scotch Naturals Love Potion Collection

I have tried hundreds of nail polishes from dozens of brands and this is the first time I’ve come across a water based nail polish. Scotch Naturals Premium Nail Lacquers  are 100% free of all phthalates, parabens, solvents (ethyl acetate and butyl acetate), nitrocellulose, acetone, and heavy metals. The water-based formula is said to condition [...]

ThisThatBeauty Previews: Mischo Beauty Luxury Nail Lacquer

Mischo Beauty Backstage Beauty

Spring cannot come fast enough for me, but not for the reasons you might think. I like the cold but I hate wearing gloves and covering up my manicure, especially when polishes like those from Mischo Beauty Luxury Nail Lacquer Collections are waiting to be shown off. Mischo Beauty Luxury Nail Lacquers are formulated without formaldehyde, [...]

Mani of the week: JINsoon Jasper

Jin Soon Jasper bottle

For this week’s manicure, my nails plunged right into fall with this deep ruby red shade.  JINsoon Jasper is a part of the collaboration with Tibi, this color is almost like jewelry for your nails. Strong shimmer abounds in this color but it is still chic enough to wear during the day, as the sparkle [...]

Mani Of The Week: Illamasqua Jo’mina

Illamasqua Jo Mina

For this week’s manicure I selected one of my favorite nail polish shades in my entire collection; it’s an oxymoron to say ‘pastel neon,’ but this is exactly how I would describe Illamasqua’s Jo’mina. The formula is superb and goes on smooth and opaque with just two coats. The color almost glows on your nails [...]

Mani of the Week: Essie Butler Please

Essie Butler Please

After seeing this color all over Instagram and on the tips of countless beauty bloggers, I finally had to pick up a bottle; Essie’s Butler Please lived up to all the hype. The formula is classic Essie – opaque and creamy.  Two coats gives the finish shown in the picture.  What I love most about [...]

Mani of the Week: Sally Hansen Made in Jade

Mani of the week - Sally Hansen

When looking at my nail polish collection, I definitely have an affinity for certain shades.  And it is clear that my teal/green/mint affinity is growing rapidly.  I was not wowed by Sally Hansen Made in Jade when I saw it in the drugstore, but thank goodness I took a chance – it is simply stunning. Sally [...]

Mani of the week: Sally Hansen Greige Gardens

Sally hansen greige gardens

We are still smack dab in the midst of spring (though it feels like we are moving at fast forward towards summer, but I digress), so I am still loving a pale neutral, reminiscent of typical spring pastels.  Pale enough for the warmer months, but also the perfect seasonal transition shade that will carry you [...]

Mani of the Week: Deborah Lippmann Modern Love

Deborah Lippman Modern Love

The neutral nail was seen over and over again on fashion runways for Spring 2013.  It is a look not devoid of color but rather one that showed  a nail color as close to skin tone as possible.  This Deborah Lippmann color is  the perfect nude shade for my skin tone – strong enough to [...]