I was recently sent some sample polishes from the company Perfect Formula.This was the first time I was introduced to this company so as usual, I went and dug up some background information on the product before testing. Shari Gottesman is the Perfect Formula creator and prior to creating this line she worked in her family business for over 15 years, creating nail care and lacquer products for some of the biggest cosmetics companies in the world.

pf

This week I decided to try out Sizzle and it truly is The Perfect Neon Color.

untitled

What is it: Take cover in color. Formulated to give nails a protective coat which temporarily adds strength, this nail lacquer also adds a gorgeous pop of shiny, vibrant color to your nails. Who is it for: This versatile formula may be used on natural or artificial nails. Why is it different: Formulated with Instant Strength Technology, the polish temporarily helps add strength and thickness to the nails. The custom-designed brush, along with the perfectly pigmented color, ensures a smooth, even application on the nails every time.

Sizzle technically is Matte but I put a top coat on because I loved the way this color looked shiny. It is the perfect summer Pink.

n1

n2

I’m in love.

This formula is really pigmented and with two coats my nails were colored to perfection.

What do you think? I have another Neon color I will be testing out at the end of the week.

To check out their products visit their website or QVC.

This past Monday was my 29th Birthday!!!!

party

Typically on your Birthday you receive presents but while reflecting on what an amazing year I’ve had (blogging wise) I decided to give back to all of my readers. YOU all are the reason why I continue to post & why Pearls & Paris has had so many new opportunities come its way.

So – I’m hosting a NYX Cosmetics Giveaway!!!

nyx

This is Part 1 of a 2 part Giveaway. So make sure to FOLLOW me to stay up to date.

So… what’s up for grabs???

nyx

1. NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation in Light Medium (INF05)

2. NYX BB Beauty Balm in Golden (BBCR03)

3. NYX Mineral Stick Foundation in Light Medium (MSF04)

4. NYX Butter Lip Balm in Brownie (BLB08)

The Rules

1. To be entered in this Giveaway, you have to be a US resident.

2. To be entered in this Giveaway, you must be following my blog.

3. For additional entries follow Pearls & Paris on

Twitter: @pearlsNparis_xo and Instagram: pearls_and_paris

4. To be entered in this Giveaway, you must comment below letting me know what sites you follow Pearls & Paris on so I can double-check your entries before announcing the winner.

This Giveaway is ending on August 14th at 11:59pm.

GOOD LUCK xo

With 4th of July weekend approaching, I got some NAILspiration

from L’Oréal & the colors of our beautiful flag.

usa

L’Oréal Paris Miss Denim Colour Riche Nail Collection

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Nail Miss Denim Collection Shot

[ From Left to Right ]

Skinny Jeans, Blue My Mind, Jean & Tonic, Vintage Rose, Distressed Turquoise & Indigo Classique

Denim is the ultimate American classic but in 2014, it’s bigger and hotter than ever! Inspired by colored denim, now you can unzip jean couture in a bottle with the latest limited-edition collection from L’Oréal Paris. These unique, denim-ized texture finish nail shades are inspired by bright-colored denim to dress up your 4th of July look. Dressing down is the new dressing up and the fashionistas will be rocking their denim like never before.

The Miss Denim Collection is available for individual purchase at drugstores nationwide until supplies last. (so HURRY up to your local drugstore to pick some up before they are gone!)

I got my hands on 2 of these shades & I am so impressed. Normally – I am not a fan of textured polish but these are really different. They have no shimmer which is a huge plus and they glide on for an easy application. They dry pretty quickly and do not require a top coat BUT I always add a top coat & that did not take away from the textured look at all.

Check out my looks:

Nails1

Nails2

Nails3

Nails4

Nails5

So – what do you think about these shades & the collection in general?  Are you a fan of textured polishes? I have already decided that I absolutely need to get my hands on the Vintage Rose!

Beginner’s Guide to Bronzing, Highlighting & Contouring

Here’s a quick video by Beauty Expert, Nur, from HSN to show you the theory behind Bronzing, Highlighting & Contouring as well as how & where to apply them.

As she first stated – these tricks can be a blessing or curse. It is all about how they are applied since they should ultimately enhance your features & add dimension.

 1. Use Contouring to create shadows.

Done right – this can give the illusion of a slimmer face/nose & it will emphasize the cheekbones.

2. Highlight what you want to lift.

This can brighten your eyes & lift areas around your mouth & brow bone. I also love using a cream highlighter on my collar bones.

3. Bronze for a sun kissed look.

I personally prefer bronzer with a hint of shimmer but even a matte bronzer can liven up your skin. Just be careful to choose the right shade & not to apply too much.

Yesterday was an exciting day for me.

It was my BRIDAL SHOWER!!! 🙂

My sister was down for the weekend so we took the time to go get mani & pedis with our mom for the big day. Since I was wearing a white dress I wanted a color that would pop against not only my dress but tan skin. When I came across Essie’s “Boom Boom Room” I knew it was the one. This is a total Barbie Pink & I love it sooo much, I will be picking up a bottle to keep at home.

Essie – Boom Boom Room

untitled