Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Kari Cares - Breast Cancer Awareness

Hi ho, kittens!  Here is my pink manicure for breast cancer awareness.  For this mani, I used two Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes from the limited edition fall 2011 line, *Ballet Rouges and *Courtesan.
I used two coats of Ballet Rouges on all but my ring finger and two coats of Courtesan for my ring finger accent nail.  As these are Complete Salon Manicure polishes, I did not use top or base coat.  I was quite happy with the opacity of these polishes after two coats and, as I've stated ad nauseum, I adore the CSM wide flat brushes.  For me, they make application so much quicker and easier than typical more rounded brushes.  Though, as I've also stated in previous blog entries, I am not a huge fan of pink as a general rule, I thought that these two pinks were quite lovely.  For this important cause, I was more than happy to "think pink."  

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

*Disclosure: Where indicated by an asterisk, the product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for review. Please click my disclosure tab for further information.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Press Release - China Glaze Holiday 2011 Collection


Spend the Holiday season with glittering, shimmering, ravishing color in the Let it Snow Collection from China Glaze
Los Angeles, CA – (October 2011): Spend the holidays in style with the new Let It Snow collection from China Glaze! Introducing 12 festive shades sure to get anyone in the holiday sprit this season. Specifically created with the wintery season in mind, Let It Snow will have even the biggest Grinch feeling jolly all winter long. Not only a must-have for a holiday manicure and pedicure, Let It Snow is available in 12 seasonal inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts. China Glaze Let It Snow collection will be available at fine salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide!

Shades include:
·        Poinsettia – Ruby red crème inspired by the traditional holiday plant.
·        Ring In The Red – No Holiday season would be exact without this glittering red polish for holiday gatherings.
·        Winter Berry – Creamy, cranberry-red perfect for sipping hot cocoa by the fire.
·        Velvet Bow – Rich red crème color inspired by your favorite red wine.
·        Glittering Garland – A dazzling glittery green to match the holiday greens of pine trees, garland, and mistletoe.
·        Holly-Day – Looking for a bold color without the glitz? Holly-Day is a rich hunter green without the sparkle.
·        Champagne Bubbles – Sophisticated gold metallic with a golden shimmer.
·        Twinkle Lights – A mix of glittery shades to emblemize twinkling tree lights.
·        Snow Globe – Frosty white polish with flecks of snowy color.
·        Icicle – Smooth silver shimmer with a hint of flash and ice.
·        Tinsel Town – Bold silver, metallic glitter and the perfect match for sparkling night on the town.
·        Blue Year’s Eve – Ring in the New Year with this lustrous, shimmering blue.

The Let It Snow Collection is available in a 12 piece counter display, 24 Piece Lil’ Stuffers Display and a 36 Piece Polish Rack. Gift sets include:

·        Belle Of The Ball: Champagne Bubbles and Tinsel Town with a Festive Ornament.
·        Seasonal Sparkles: Poinsettia, Twinkle Lights and Holly-Day.
·        Meet Me Under the Mistletoe: Ring In The Red, Velvet Bow and Glittering Garland with Lip Lacquer.
·        Santa’s Little Helpers: Ring In The Red, Holly-Day, Twinkle Lights and Velvet Bow.
·        Let It Snow: Blue Year’s Eve and Snow Globe with a Mini Snow Globe.
·        Holiday Spirits: Icicle, Champagne Bubbles and Glittering Garland with a Pewter Bottle Stopper.
·        Berry Sweet: Velvet Bow and Ring In The Red with a Holiday Berry Moisturizing Lotion.
·        Baby It’s Cold Outside: Icicle, Blue Year’s Eve and Poinsettia with Fingerless Gloves.
·        Deck The Halls: Glittering Garland and Champagne Bubbles with Limited Edition Holiday Berry Cuticle Oil.
·        Winter Ice: Blue Year’s Eve, Tinsel Town, Icicle and Snow Globe with a Snowflake Charm Necklace.
·        Holly Bear-y: Holly-Day and Winter Berry with “Holly Bear” Plush.
·        Carry Me Away For The Holidays: Tinsel Town, Poinsettia, Velvet Bow and Icicle with a Manicure Carrying Case with Nail File.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter:

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women. Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner...Chapter 2

Yay!  I was fortunate enough to win another giveaway a few days ago.  This time, it was over at Madness and Polish Collide.  I won Holly's Halloween Giveaway and I was super psyched because I not only got polish but some amazing Bath and Body Works goodies and some tasty treats, all three things that I love and adore.  Well, take a peek for yourself:  
I'm crazy for B&BW anti bacs and I'm really excited to have five new fall scents, not to mention all the rest of the wonderful goodies.  I just had to share my happy news with all of you.  Times have been rough around here, for quite a while now, but winning this prize is part of what I hope will be a new long-term trend of positive happenings for me and my family.   I hope that good things come to all of you, too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Press Release - Tuff Scent News

Tuff Scent Joins Tracy Paul & Company’s LA Preview
Reno, Nevada (October 4th, 2011) –Tuff Scent will be joining hosts Petra Flannery, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis and Emma Stone for Tracy Paul & Company’s LA Preview. Founder, Lisa Anrbrister will be hitting the posh L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills next week to showcase the scented sensation. She’ll be providing manis, pedis and samples of Tuff Scent’s most popular colors.

The line which is becoming a fast favorite of celebrities from Vanessa Hudgens to Britney Spears and has recently been featured in People Style Watch is available to purchase at the company website and can also be found at

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Freecycle...I *Heart* Thee!

Okay, this is me REALLY excited!  I was recently introduced to the most fabulous, green, pay-it-forward-inducing organization called Freecycle.  In a nutshell, Freecycle is a website that allows folks to help each other by offering items for FREE to members of their community and also allows folks to request items that they want and/or need.  EVERYTHING on Freecycle is, as the name suggests, absolutely FREE.  Amazing concept, right?  Inspired by success stories I'd read about, I decided to put up a listing requesting new and/or used unwanted nail polishes.  The following is what I received from an awesome lady named Beth who was kind enough to respond to my listing:  
As a true hippie at heart, I love that this not only allows folks to recycle unwanted/unused items, but gives said items a whole new life by sharing them with others who will love and appreciate them.  I must admit, I'm a total packrat.  When I get into a mood to purge (which, alas, isn't nearly often enough), I always donate whatever I can to a goodwill of some kind.  However, this concept works for me just as well, perhaps even better, because you are able to help someone fulfill a very specific wish or need and know for sure that your items are going directly to someone who will make good use of them.  I can't wait to start offering my goodies to folks who will enjoy them.  To check out this awesome site, click HERE and see for yourselves how good it feels to have a wish granted or help someone else in your very own neighborhood!
P.S. If you, by any chance, see this post, Beth, I thank you again for making my first Freecycle experience a wonderful one!