Beauty pick: Caption nail polish goes beyond gel

Caption Nail Polish - Turn it up

Caption Nail Polish – Turn it up

When you live a fast paced life, you want beauty products that are not only simple and easy to apply but are also efficient. Gel manicures have been so popular over the past few years for such reasons. The idea of not having to worry about chipped color after just  two days is something that continues to appeal to the on-the-go, modern woman who enjoys looking polished (pun intended) without having to go back to the nail salon every week.

Pure bright red. Ready for a fiesta.

Pure bright red. Ready for a fiesta.

When we discovered Caption Nail Polish’s gorgeous colors and their mission to “revolutionize the modern manicure,” we were intrigued. Armed with a kit including a bottle of base coat, core color and top coat, we couldn’t wait to see how the brand’s multi-patented LAC Q3 technology stacked up to regular polish as well as gel polish.

Why we love it:

1. Caption offers some of the most gorgeous and rich colors we’ve seen this summer. The reds are hot and the blues are electric. You’re making a bold statement before even factoring in your wardrobe and makeup.

2. The polish brushes are full and give great precision. The ease of getting a full and even coat on your nails with just three swipes (center, left and then right) actually makes painting your nails a fun rather than tedious experience.

Caption Nail Polish Base Coat, Core Color and Top Coat

Caption Nail Polish Base Coat, Core Color and Top Coat

3. Caption’s LAC Q3 technology dries 3 times faster than regular polish. Our dry time was about 10 minutes. There was an extra 5 minutes in front of a fan just to be safe but all was well after.

4. Getting off gel manicure is an exhausting process. It not only takes time but the removal process itself seems to strip and weaken the nail bed and enamel. Caption polishes come off easily and quickly with your regular acetone remover.

Caption Nail Polish Base Coat

Caption Nail Polish Base Coat

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Caption Nail Polish Top Coat

 

Room for improvement:

Caption  can definitely compete with the best polishes out there. It’s certainly a healthier alternative to gel as you don’t feel like you’re putting your enamel through the wringer. What would be great is an even longer wear time. Although we didn’t experience a chip until about the 4th day, it would have been nice to go even longer. That being said, with the beautiful colors the brand offers, you’ll probably be switching things up every few days anyway.

Build your own 4 bottle Caption Kit here.

Girl about town: Mercedes Benz brings together music, fashion and art

Blogger, Wemi Opakunle attends Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour In Los Angeles.

Blogger, Wemi Opakunle attends Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour In Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)

How do you launch two compact luxury vehicles designed to appeal to a new generation? How about bringing together all things currently relevant in music, art and fashion. Mercedes Benz took over Hollywood this week with its Evolution Tour –a multi-city music tour showcasing the brand’s GLA and CLA models.

 A view of a Mercedes-Benz on display at the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

A view of a Mercedes-Benz on display at the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

The tour kicked off in NYC and made its way to LA. Next up are Chicago, Atlanta and Austin. The LA event featured a warm-up set by DJ Ruckus who got the crowd up and dancing to old school tunes and new hits alike. The pre-party was the perfect setup for a headlining performance by Bastille, who did not disappoint.

Musician Dan Smith of Bastille performs onstage during the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Musician Dan Smith of Bastille performs onstage during the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Fans of the band not only got to experience their top hits but a surprisingly well done cover of TLC’s No Scrubs. Rounding out the evening were art activations by Gregory Siff and Zio Ziegler as well as a curated Style Factory.

Musicians Kyle J Simmons, Dan Smith, Chris "Woody" Wood, and Will Farquarson of Bastille perform onstage during the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Musicians Kyle J Simmons, Dan Smith, Chris “Woody” Wood, and Will Farquarson of Bastille perform onstage during the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Actress Dania Ramirez attends the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Actress Dania Ramirez attends the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

TV personality Giuliana Rancic attends the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

TV personality Giuliana Rancic attends the Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour on August 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Blogger, Wemi Opakunle attends Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour In Los Angeles with guest.

Blogger, Wemi Opakunle attends Mercedes-Benz 2015 Evolution Tour In Los Angeles with guest. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)

 

Accessory pick: Meet the silver fox that’s setting the summer ablaze

Before Sunset |  Reflections of the beautiful city of Los Angeles through the lens of Goêt.

Before Sunset | Reflections of the beautiful city of Los Angeles through the lens of Goêt.

Every summer, there’s one piece of accessory that sets our hearts aflutter. When we met Rumba Time’s SoHo Denim Watch, we thought it couldn’t get any better. Affordable and chic, it was destined to be our go-to watch of the summer. Well, it looks like this season is one that just keeps giving.

After Sunset |  Reflections of the beautiful city of Los Angeles through the lens of Goêt.

After Sunset | Reflections of the beautiful city of Los Angeles through the lens of Goêt.

Our latest obsession is the “Cat Eyes” sunglasses from the brand Goêt and we’re officially nicknaming this piece the “Silver Fox”. Effortlessly melding a retro look (gorgeous cat-eye shape that was famous in the 50s & 60s) with a modern sensibility, this piece fits seamlessly in every fashionista’s chic closet. From dressing it down with a distressed denim jacket to glamming it up with an all white look paired with bright red lips, the possibilities are endless.

Goêt Cat Eyes Silver Sunglasses | Front View

Goêt Cat Eyes Silver Sunglasses | Front View

Goêt Cat Eyes Silver Sunglasses | Side View

Goêt Cat Eyes Silver Sunglasses | Side View

“Cat Eyes” (made in Italy) currently retails for $165.00. Get your fix here.

Girl About Town: Diamonds and Desserts with Simon G. Jewelry

Attending Diamonds and Desserts Event 2015.

Attending Diamonds and Desserts Event 2015.

Who: Simon G. Jewelry + Robbins Brothers’ Diamonds and Desserts event is something we look forward to every year. This year not only included gorgeous engagement and fashion pieces; we also enjoyed some delicious hors d’oeuvres accompanied by the cutest mini cupcakes and dessert assortments we’ve seen this year. Let’s not forget the mini-mani bar. There’s nothing worse than a chipped mani ruining a gorgeous diamond moment.

What: Celebrating wedding season, Blogger and former E! Senior Fashion Editor, Jennifer Chen welcomed other bloggers and bling lovers to experience Simon G.’s latest collection.

Where: Robbins Brothers, Glendale.

Simon G. Engagement Ring.

Simon G. Engagement Ring.

When: July 13th, 2015

Notable: We loved the silent auction, we also loved the raffle giveaways but what we loved most is that this event supports Dress for Success. Guests were urged to bring along gently used purses to donate to the charity.

Lights, camera, red carpet : The best of Cannes 2015

Lupita Nyong'o worked the crowds and apparently mother nature in a gorgeous jade Gucci chiffon gown.

Lupita Nyong’o worked the crowds and apparently mother nature in a gorgeous jade Gucci chiffon gown.

The way we decide that summer is officially here is when Hollywood descends on the sleepy little town of Cannes located in the gorgeous French Riviera. Gigantic movie posters go up and so does the red carpet. By the time the stars hit the famous festival steps at the Palais des festivals et des congrès de Cannes, it is officially show time.

Charlize Theron looked every inch the movie star and statuesque blond in canary yellow Dior.

Charlize Theron looked every inch the movie star and statuesque blond in canary yellow Dior.

This year, Boulevard de la Croisette hosted many familiar faces including the always gorgeous and elegant Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek as well as newer faces like Lupita Nyong’o, Rooney Mara and Zoe Kravitz.

From photo calls to the actual film premieres, we’ve put together a list of our favorite looks from this year’s festival for your viewing pleasure. Share your thoughts on your top fashion moments below.

Cate Blanchett in a dramatic Giles gown at the Carol premiere.

Cate Blanchett in a dramatic Giles gown at the Carol premiere.

Nikki Reed looked glamorous in a textured blue gown.

Nikki Reed looked glamorous in a textured blue gown.

Naomi Watts in Elie Saab Couture.

Naomi Watts in Elie Saab Couture.

Chanel Iman in Donna Karan Atelier.

Chanel Iman in Donna Karan Atelier.

Salma Hayek in a gorgeous purple Gucci gown with plunging neckline.

Salma Hayek in a gorgeous purple Gucci gown with plunging neckline.

Rachel Weisz in a teal Prada gown.

Rachel Weisz in a teal Prada gown.

Zoe Kravitz attended the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in a sheer white Valentino gown.

Zoe Kravitz attended the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in a sheer white Valentino gown.

Model, Adriana Lima in a black velvet midi dress.

Model, Adriana Lima in a black velvet midi dress.

Rooney Mara in a flowing white halter gown.

Rooney Mara in a flowing white halter gown.

Sienna Miller was anything but simple in this champagne colored Calvin Klein Collection dress.

Sienna Miller was anything but simple in this champagne colored Calvin Klein Collection dress.

Rachel Weisz looked radiant in white at The Lobster premiere.

Rachel Weisz looked radiant in white at The Lobster premiere.

Miranda Kerr rocked a plunging neckline and thigh high slit in pink Emmanuel Ungaro.

Miranda Kerr rocked a plunging neckline and thigh high slit in pink Emmanuel Ungaro.

 Julianne Moore rocked a custom velour and leather Givenchy gown to the premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road

Julianne Moore rocked a custom velour and leather Givenchy gown to the premiere of Mad Max: Fury Road.

Eva Longoria went for a plunging metallic number at the Global Gift Gala.

Eva Longoria went for a plunging metallic number at the Global Gift Gala.

 Emma Stone attended the premiere of Irrational Man in Dior couture.

Emma Stone attended the premiere of Irrational Man in Dior couture.

Juilianne Moore opted for some drama in a feathered and beaded Armani Privé gown.

Juilianne Moore opted for some drama in a feathered and beaded Armani Privé gown.

Doutzen Kroes in a white cut-out Atelier Versace gown.

Doutzen Kroes in a white cut-out Atelier Versace gown.

Eva Longoria showed off some skin in her Gabriela Cadena dress with sheer side panels.

Eva Longoria showed off some skin in her Gabriela Cadena dress with sheer side panels.

Emma Stone went for frills and lace while sporting Oscar de la Renta at the photocall for Irrational Man.

Emma Stone went for frills and lace while sporting Oscar de la Renta at the photocall for Irrational Man.

Diane Kruger was pure glamour in a Prada halter gown

Diane Kruger was pure glamour in a Prada halter gown

Doutzen Kroes in an understated black and white number.

Doutzen Kroes in an understated black and white number.

Andie Macdowell in a beaded orange gown with plunging neckline.

Andie Macdowell in a beaded orange gown with plunging neckline.

If it ain't broke...Adriana Lima was the queen of white this year.

Adriana Lima was the queen of white this year.

Cate Blanchett attended the premiere of Sicario in Armani Privé.

Cate Blanchett attended the premiere of Sicario in Armani Privé.

Rachel Weisz in a sexy Narciso Rodriguez jumpsuit at the photocall for The Lobster.

Rachel Weisz in a sexy Narciso Rodriguez jumpsuit at the photocall for The Lobster.

2015 Met Gala: Who was on trend and on point on fashion’s biggest night?

Rihanna goes for detail and volume in a yellow gown by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei.

Rihanna goes for detail and volume in a yellow gown by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei.

Fashion’s biggest night arrived to much fanfare again this evening. Stars from the music, fashion, television and movie realms fetted New York’s famous  Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The theme for this year? “China: Through the Looking Glass.” Every year, many stars adhere to the rules while others eschew them completely. This year was no different. Our thoughts on the topic are “why show up to a costume party dressed as yourself?” It’s no fun at all!

It's all in the details. Rihanna is on point and on trend.

It’s all in the details. Rihanna was on point and on trend.

That being said, we’re focusing on the most interesting, intriguing and fun looks from tonight’s gala. These gals not only came to have fun but they were right on trend. Here are their interesting takes on how Chinese aesthetics have influenced western fashion.

Amal Clooney in a red custom Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano corset top and tiered skirt.

Amal Clooney in a red custom Maison Margiela Artisanal by John Galliano corset top and tiered skirt.

Sarah Jessica Parker steals the show again this year in another elaborate Philip Treacy hat.

Sarah Jessica Parker stole the show again this year in another elaborate Philip Treacy hat.

Zendaya in a short and fun Fausto Puglisi  number, complete with detailed train.

Zendaya in a short and fun Fausto Puglisi number, complete with detailed train.

Solange Knowles attends the 2015 Met Gala  in Giles Deacon.

Solange Knowles in Giles Deacon.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen also play with volume and texture. We even love Ashley's top knot.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen also played with volume and texture in their Galliano looks. We even love Ashley’s half up top knot.

Lizzy Caplan in a one-shouldered Donna Karan Atelier gown

Lizzy Caplan in a one-shouldered Donna Karan Atelier gown.

Lady Gaga is used to elaborate clothing. The singer looked relatively tame in this black and white look.

Lady Gaga is used to elaborate pieces of couture. The singer looked relatively tame in this black and white look.

Kerry Washington let her skirt do the talking in this pink number.

Kerry Washington let her skirt do the talking in this pink Prada number.

Kate Mara looked elegant in this white dress with a high collar, plunging neckline and floral embellished skirt.

Kate Mara looked elegant in this white dress with a high collar, plunging neckline and floral embellished skirt.

Kate Hudson was golden in Michael Kors.

Kate Hudson was golden in Michael Kors.

Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger.

Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger.

Karen Elson was deserving of her crown in Dolce and Gabbana.

Karen Elson was deserving of her crown in Dolce and Gabbana.

Jessica Hart stunned in a high neck Valentino gown.

Jessica Hart stunned in a high neck Valentino gown.

Is she the new Mother of Dragons? (GOT fans understand). Jennifer Lopez left little to the imagination in a Versace dress with a dragon embellishment.

Is she the new Mother of Dragons? (GOT fans understand). Jennifer Lopez left little to the imagination in a Versace dress with a dragon embellishment.

Georgia May Jagger looked lovely in an embellished Gucci robe.

Georgia May Jagger looked lovely in an embellished Gucci robe.

Bee Shaffer stunned in gorgeous Alexander McQueen.

Bee Shaffer (Anna Wintour’s daughter) stunned in gorgeous Alexander McQueen.

Anne Hathaway took a risk that paid off in custom Ralph Lauren with a hood.

Anne Hathaway took a risk that paid off in custom gold Ralph Lauren with a hood.

RumbaTime’s SoHo Denim Watch – The must-have accessory for spring

Wemi in RumbaTime's SoHo Denim Watch in Red.

Wemi in RumbaTime’s SoHo Denim watch in red. Photo credit: Peter Opakunle.

Every season, there’s that one item that catches the fashion lover’s eye –that one staple that you’re convinced you’ll be wearing over and over again until the poor thing falls apart. This season, that honor goes to the uber chic and fashionable RumbaTime SoHo Denim watch. Like its predecessors, this elegant number is named after the New York City locale that inspired its design.

The SoHo Denim Watch is perfect when paired with a bold print. Above, it perfectly accessorizes an H&M retro v-neck dress and wool hat.

The SoHo Denim watch is perfect when paired with a bold print. Above, it perfectly accessorizes an H&M retro v-neck dress and wool hat. Photo credit: Peter Opakunle.

Denim is huge this season, which makes the launch of the SoHo perfect for stylish trendsetters around the globe. Depending on your style and mood, you can go retro in the light wash color, modern in the indigo color or showstop in red. Each color can be easily styled for a casual day out or sexy night out.

Spring and summer are the perfect times to go bold in gorgeous color. The SoHo adds some extra sizzle to this lightweight tangerine sweater and striped pants from Zara.

Spring and summer are the perfect times to go bold in gorgeous color. The SoHo adds some extra sizzle to this lightweight tangerine sweater and striped pants from Zara. Photo credit: Peter Opakunle.

My red number was a wardrobe staple during my recent trip to Spain.  From shopping trips along the Gran Via in Madrid to the gorgeous beaches of Valencia and people watching on La Rambla in Barcelona, the red SoHo Denim watch fit yet stood out with every outfit.

Spring and summer are also great times to sport your favorite white looks. The red SoHo adds a chic and colorful touch to this textured white dress from Zara.

Spring and summer are also great times to sport your favorite white looks. The red SoHo adds a chic and colorful touch to this textured white dress from Zara. Photo credit: Peter Opakunle.

The best thing about SoHo? Its super affordable price. At $50 a piece, there’s absolutely no reason not to snatch up all three colors (my mom already did). Get yours here.

A great piece always provides great inspiration for one's entire look. The red lipstick above (Wet n Wild Stoplight Red) was inspired by the gorgeous straps of the SoHo.

A great piece always provides great inspiration for one’s entire look. The red lipstick above (Wet n Wild Stoplight Red) was inspired by the gorgeous straps of the SoHo. Photo credit: Peter Opakunle.

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