Favorite Products of the Month!

PAI Shau Biphasic Infusion

Rejuvenating Concentrate for Hair

Milani Baked Powder Blush – Luminoso (05)

Living Proof
Restore Instant Repair Lotion (Prevent/Mend Split ends)

Urban Decay Cosmetics Matte Revolution

Lipstick in Stark Naked

H2O Plus Eye Oasis Instant Hydrating Stick

Hair Bungee

Nars Velvet Shadow Stick

in Sukhothai – shimmering peacock

Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips

Deborah  Lippmann Nail Polish – LIKE DREAMERS DO
pale bisque

Cock Grease No X Pomade (for a wet hair look)

Accord Oud Eau de Parfum by BYREDO

Christophe Robin – Cleansing Purifying Scrub

with Sea Salt for the Scalp

SuperDuper – App For Finding Comparable Drugstore Nail Polish Colors to Luxury Brands!

Finger Nail Painting An Ancient Art!

Click here for a slideshow on:  What Your Nails Say About your Health (WebMD)

  • Fingernail painting emerged in India more than 5,000 years ago.  People used henna ink for nail decoration.

Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool.


Henna – Mehndi on the hand


  • Traces of nail polish mixtures appeared around 3,000 B.C. in China.  They included beeswax, gelatin, egg whites, and tree gum.

  • Nail polish color in Ancient Egypt and China represented social class.  Cleopatra supposedly wore dark red, while women of the lower classes wore paler shades.  Chinese royalty wore in 600 B.C. gold and silver tones.


  • Revlon‘s first product was nail polish (1932).  The formulation was reportedly made to resemble the highly gloss shades of car of the 1920’s and 1930’s.


  • The French Manicure first appeared on runaways in 1970’s.

More Articles by CT Esthetic:

Henna Hair Tint & Body Art: A History & A How To!

Ethnicity and Skin Care: A Guide – Asian Skin Care Edition!

The Art of Body Painting!


Nail Looks Inspired by St. Patricks Day!

Holiday Nail Ideas!


Fair Isle Snowflake Tutorial


Click here for a video how-to!

POLISH USED: konad sp “green” konad sp “red” guppy “#27 white” sally hansen manicure pen small silver beeds dotting tool


Maryam Maquillage © 2012. http://www.maryammaquillage.com Sinful Colors Nail Enamel in Easy Going (Base Color) Sinful Colors Nail Art in Lagoon–comes with a fine brush (tip & stars) Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Techno (glitter polish used over tip) Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Silver (stars & dots) Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Black (stars & dots) L’Oréal nail art dotting tool Duri Rejuvacote Nail Growth System Base/Top Coat





Diamonds, Pearls, Gold, Silver and Caviar — Oh My! Luxurious Beauty Products Are They Really Worth It?

Azature Black Diamond Nail Polish

The black diamond king, Azature launches this Black Diamond polish that contains one real black diamond and is packaged in a Talk about “dripping in diamonds,” a limited edition nail polish by celebrity and royalty jewelry designer AZATURE is being touted as the most expensive nail polish in the world. The price tag? $250,000. And with good reason—each bottle contains 267 carats worth of black diamonds (a specialty of the jeweler). Of course, not too many are willing to spend that amount of money on nail polish (diamond lovers or not), which is why the brand has also created a “lower-end” version of the nail polish for the price of $25. The color is the brand’s signature black and offers a glittery sheen that resembles the sparkle of diamonds, but contains only one real black diamond per bottle.

Exciting New Dimension in Nail Polish!

Ciaté is introducing the Caviar Manicure a 3D Nail Polish Kit that is available at Sephora:  http://www.sephora.com/.

Dotted style: The caviar manicure by Ciate — created by sticking tiny beads to polish — is the latest extreme nails trend taking ladies by storm.

My Beauty Diary - Pearl Powder Mask (10 Sheets)

My Beauty Diary Pearl Powder Mask

Whitens nourishes and revitalizes skin. It is ideal for all skin types, especially dull and damaged skin.  Creates translucent and whitened skin: Super fine pearl powder contains various amino acid and microelements which permeate into skin, performing watery and white skin. Mulberry peel essence hydrates skin.  Revitalizes and nourishes skin: Vitamin B and seaweed complex revitalize and nourish skin while licorice and citrus ingredients condition and nourish skin.   Amazing Nanospheres Technology: Structured with plenty of tiny holes, it enhances absorption of nourishment, leaving skin moisturized.

*Would not recommend for anyone with a seaweed/seafood/shellfish allergy.

Pevonia Botanica Timeless Myoxy Caviar Repair Cream

Pevonia Botanica

Timeless Myoxy Caviar Repair Cream

An opulent tri-phase homogenised cream, Time Repair is enriched with Caviar, Pearl and Escutox, which are all abundant in potent actives. Its silky texture is easily absorbed, leaving skin with a healthy, youthful glow. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Caviar Extract tightens, firms, and lifts. Pearl Powder adds a luminous, healthy glow. Vitamin A smooths dry skin, improves elasticity, and thickens the epidermis. Excellent for mature or dry skin.

*I would not recommend using Caviar or Pearl products if you have a seafood/shellfish allergy.

LaRocca Skincare Daily Hydrating Moisturizer with SPF 15

Restore your skins suppleness with this delightfully lightweight moisturizer from LaRocca. 24K colloidal gold* and other firming ingredients work to boost cell turnover for a younger-looking complexion. Jojoba seed oil, squalane and apricot kernel oil deliver luscious hydration, moisture and healing action.

*I have tried this product.  It didn’t seem to do anything special for my skin. My worry is that it may cause inflammatory reactions like contact dermatitis.

Here is an article from The New York Times on Gold in Skin Care

Silver Powder

Mario Badescu Silver Powder

For excessive, stubborn blackheads, this oil absorbent powder will help to unclog congested pores. Prevents blackheads and promotes a healthier complexion.   Silver and most silver compounds have an oligodynamic effect and are toxic for bacteria, algae, and fungi. The oligodynamic effect is typical for heavy metals, but, among the elements that have this effect, silver is the least toxic for humans. The antibacterial action of silver is dependent on the silver ion the ability of the biologically active silver ion (Ag+) to irreversibly damage key enzyme systems in the cell membranes of pathogens.

*Colloidal silver preparations (CSP) are antibacterial and can help acne, but there are better acne solutions out there.  Retinol, Benzoyl Peroxide, or Salicylic acid for example.  CSP should not be taken orally, silver can accumulate in the body!




Beauty Geek: How to create ‘Doctor Who’ nail art

Okay, Okay……. I admit it I’m a huge Dr. Who fan!  And just to prove it I found an awesome Dr. Who Nail Tutorial!

Via EW PopStyle

The-Silence.jpgImage Credit: Kayleigh O’Connor

Keep reading to get  step-by-step instructions for creating O’Connor’s Doctor Who-themed manicure.

O’Connor’s past pop culture-inspired nail art includes everything from the Harry Potter sorting hat to the crystal meth cooked up by Walt on Breaking Bad, but she created this look based on the Silence aliens because they “have been [some] of the creepiest Doctor Who villains yet.”

Scroll down to see O’Connor’s by-the-numbers instructions for creating a simpler version of the Silence mani seen above.

Tutorial-The-Silence.jpgImage Credit: Kayleigh O’Connor

What you’ll need:

  • 4 shades of nail polish (black, brown, white and cream)
  • a thin paintbrush or toothpick
  • a nail file

On your thumb:
1. File your thumbnail into a rounded edge, paint it with the cream color and wait for it to dry.
2. Using the brush that comes with the nail polish, use the brown shade to paint two curved slashes on either side of the tip of the nail.
3. Use the same brown polish to paint two circles for the eyes. You can use a thinner paintbrush, a large ‘dotting tool’ or a toothpick if you want to be more precise. Wait for the polish to dry.
4. Paint two smaller, black circles inside the brown circles.
5. Using the same brown shade, paint four vertical lines to create the mouth. It’s best to use a thin paintbrush or a toothpick for this step as it is delicate work.

On your ring finger:
6. Use the white shade to paint your whole nail and wait for it to dry.
7. Switch to the black shade and paint a small triangle in the center of the tip of the nail to create the knot of the tie.
8. To finish the tie, paint a line from the middle of the triangle straight down (towards your cuticle) to the bottom of the nail.
9. Starting from the middle of the tie, paint a diagonal line to the upper corner of the nail and fill in to create one side of the suit.
10. Repeat step 9 on the other side. (It should now it should look like your nail is wearing a suit and tie.)

Finishing touches:
“Your thumb and ring finger should match up to create the full villain,” says O’Connor. “I painted the rest of my nails black, but any color would look cute. Once your nails are completely dry, apply a clear top coat to help keep the design from chipping.”

Check out more of Kayleigh O’Connor’s cool nail art on Tumblr.


The Silence is a fictional “religious order or movement” led by an alien race of the same name in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who.  The Silence, their existence is a secret because anyone who sees them immediately forgets about them after looking away, but retains suggestions made to them by the Silence. This allows them to have a pervasive influence across human history while being difficult to locate or resist.



Organic Skin Care Finds!


Via  Goop (Gwyneth Paltrow’s Great blog)

Butter London

Butter London makes a line of “3 Free” polishes which are free from formaldehyde, toluene, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)—three ingredients found in most nail lacquers. They mix great colors including this great sparkly purple in honor of the upcoming royal wedding, a sparkly purple, “No More Waity, Katie.”

No More Waity, Katie, $14

Tea with a Queen, $14

Sprout Wellness

I just heard about this small, Brooklyn-based company that is only 1 year old and got so excited about what they do. Everything owner and founder Adina makes is completely natural and is made up of ingredients that you can find at the supermarket (or rather, the organic green market). It’s the way it should be, made once a week in small batches, using glass jars and supporting local, sustainable farms.

Just to prove how home-made these products are, here’s a recipe Sprout gave us for their Sugar Body Scrub that you can make at home:

  • 1 cup organic demerara sugar (or any other coarse sugar will work)
  • 1-2 tsp organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 tsp organic shredded coconut

Mix shredded coconut and sugar in a small bowl, stir until blended. Heat coconut oil in a small pot just until melted. Pour coconut oil over sugar and shredded coconut, you’ll notice it liquefies some of the sugar. With a fork or spoon, stir oil into the sugar mixture. It will start to spread. Continue until the sugar is all one consistency.

To use: Apply a small amount to areas you want to exfoliate and moisturize.

Kjaer Weiss

This line of all-natural, organic makeup comes wrapped in bright red boxes, with sleek, refillable makeup cases inside. I love the fact that your makeup compact stays with you forever, and that you can refill with your cream blush, lip tint or eye shadow whenever you run out of your color of choice. Available on Space NK.

Eye Shadow, $44

Lip Tint, $48

Crème Blush, $54

Bentley Organic

At home, we’ve recently made the change to organic hand sanitizer, which we always have in the car for the trip back from school and from play dates. It’s a British company, but they have good distribution in the United States.

Hand Sanitizer, $6.68

Dr. Bronner’s

An all-around good soap for the shower, Dr. Bronner’s has been around since the 70’s and is organic and Fair Trade. The claim is that the Pure Castile Liquid soaps can be used even as shampoo, and as toothpaste (!) but I stop at body soap for the shower. The lavender is great for a relaxing end of day bath.

Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap, $15.75

Tammy Fender

My friend Julia got a Tammy Fender facial at her Skin Care Center and she has been raving about their products ever since. Tammy’s extensive line is not only about healing the skin, but also about relaxation and inner healing. All of her all-natural products have both a physical and emotional aspect.


Patyka is a French brand that has two product lines—Absolis (body washes, facial cleansers and creams), and Biokaliftin (anti-wrinkle serums and the like)—that are pretty intense. Just look at their website; each and every product has an extensive list of all of the natural active ingredients and the wonders they do for your skin. And to top it off, the packaging is gorgeous.


These oils and creams are made from natural ingredients that are sustainably sourced. Their Body Scrub is made with a combination of ingredients made especially to energize you after a long, stressful day. They also have an all-new line of creams and serums harvested from the Amazonian rainforest that is supposed to be pretty magnificent.

Day Cream, £45.60;

Night Cream £67.20;

Bath Oil, £45.96

Body Scrub, £35.74

Prtty Peaushun

Tracy Anderson told me about this stuff, which is the new miracle cream. Developed by a Hollywood makeup artist, Bethany Karlyn, this cream makes the skin glow and brings out muscle tone—making it a great one for parties and public appearances.

Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion, $36


Olivella is a huge line of olive oil-based products including creams, cleansers, shower gels, soaps, etc. The products are all allergen and scent-free and because they’re olive oil based, they’re full of vitamins A & E which are great for the skin. The cleansing wipes are especially handy for a quick wash at the beginning or end of the day.

Olivella Daily Facial Cleansing Wipes, $7


Lots of companies send face oil samples my way, and this one is one of the few that passes the test. Made of natural essentials and plant oils, it’s for the face and body, smells great, makes skin soft and yields a nice glow. The UK website has great tutorials on how exactly to apply it in the morning and then at night.

Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating serum, $79

Tata Harper

Our friends at Organic Avenue introduced us to Colombian-born Tata Harper’s line of completely natural and organic products. Her products seem to be the biggest hit these days in the beauty world and it’s no wonder, she sounds like a genius! She develops products at her farm in Vermont where she produces her lotions, oils, essences and moisturizers in small batches.

Hydrating Floral Essence, $65

Madara (ecocosmetics)

Madara is another line of eco and organic products developed by a woman who, unable to find exactly what she wanted, made it herself. Now her line includes shampoos, moisturizers, bath soaps, cellulite reducers, facial moisturizers and even a line for organic baby care.

Moisturizing Cream, $38.95

kō denmark

Henriette Holst has kept things simple with her line of natural body washes and moisturizers. They’re based on two key ingredients—neroli and jasmine—which have a wonderful scent.

Body wash, $34


What Olympians packed for London!

via shine.yahoo.com

Hope Solo – Soccer

Age 30; Richland, Washington (USA)

Photo Credit: Simple

Says the U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper: “First and foremost, my motto is ‘Look good, feel good, play good.’ When I go to London, I want to feel my best in every way-whether it’s in my uniform or off the field. Millions of viewers will be watching the games, so I want to look my best. I’ll absolutely need sunblock, and I love Cotz 40 SPF. I’ll also bring rosebud salve for lip balm.”


Age 32; Los Angeles (USA)

“I’m constantly doing my nails. At home in L.A., I’m in at the nail salon every week, but when we go overseas I become my own nail person; it’s hilarious. I’ll bring some clippers, nail polish remover, and nail polish. I use Essie and OPI. I don’t know what color I’m going to wear for the Olympics, but I’m thinking I’m gong to go with gold. Maybe gold and hot pink-switch it up a little bit. I’ll definitely wear gold nail polish for the final though.”

Tweezerman Satin Etched Zebra Stainless Steel Clipper Set, Essie Nail Polish in Lights and Golden Nuggets

Photo Credit: Tweezerman; Marko MacPherson

“My ideal bag to travel with? A purple crocodile tote.” 

Nancy Gonzalez bag

Photo Credit: Marko MacPherson


Age 23; Houston, Texas (USA)


“I use a lot of CoverGirl concealer and lip gloss.”
Photo Credit: Cover Girl

Gorgeous Nails With Studs Look!

Via 10 Blank Canvases

Peppermint & Studs

My latest mani was quite a simple but effective one. I have been a little under the weather recently so haven’t really felt like doing anything too intricate so I have been playing around with my shipment of studs I received the other day from Ebay.

I went with a base colour of Rimmel London Peppermint and then superglued (114 ½ – I just counted!) studs to my nails. I used a stanley knife to cut some of them in half to make sure there was an even spread on my nails. Finally I topped with a layer of Seche Vite to make sure then stayed on!

Left Hand
Right Hand
Rimmel London – Peppermint
Close up of studs
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