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Monday, December 31, 2012

Barielle - Wanna Samba?

Today I'd like to share my thoughts on Barielle's *Wanna Samba? from the Carnival Fiesta collection.  The following pic shows two coats, shot outdoors on a sunny day.
To my eye, Wanna Samba? is a shimmery duochrome, reading greenish-grey in some light and pinky-purple in others.  It is unique to my collection and really pretty.  It applied quite easily, with a rather thin formula, and was opaque in two coats.  The only flaw to this polish was that it chipped VERY easily.  It looked great, as pictured above, on the day of application but after showering the very next day, HUGE chips of polish had come off on most nails.  I was really disappointed.  I did not apply top coat which, of course, would have extended the wear but I did use base and found that compared to other polished I've used without top coating, this chipped far easier than most.  A bummer, for sure.  It's a really pretty color and next time, I will top coat it, for sure.

*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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

China Glaze - Running in Circles

I'm going to get right to the point.  I...LOVE...THIS...COLOR!  I was really excited to swatch China Glaze's *Running in Circles from the Cirque du Soleil collection.  As you probably know if you're a frequent reader of this blog, it is rare that I meet a blue or green polish that I do not love.  Well, this one, most definitely, did NOT disappoint.  I know that some folks are not into tootsie pics and I do apologize if you're one of them but I knew even before swatching that this beautiful holiday green would be one I'd want to wear for a while so I used it on my toes.  If you don't mind my foot, here's the pic!

Running in Circles is a gorgeous kelly green glitter.  It dried super-smooth and packs a shine that just won't quit.  I stuck my foot right up on the dashboard of my car to get this shot on a sunny day.  Two coats provided perfect coverage.  I really cannot say enough about this fabulous color.  Knowing the way I am with polished toes, this color will probably be with me into the start of the new year.  Ho-ho-whoa!  LOVE it!

*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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Barielle One Day Sale - December 6th Only!

Just wanted to share the hot scoop that Barielle is having a one day sale for today, Thursday, December 6, only.  They are offering 30% off storewide PLUS free shipping!  Be sure to head on over to Barielle to get in on this awesome sale.  Hurry, hurry!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

China Glaze - It's a Trap-eze!

Today, I'd like to share one of the polishes from China Glaze's "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" collection.  This one is called *It's a Trap-eze!  Each of the following pics features two coats over one coat of base.
Shot outdoors, in sun.

Shot outdoors, in shade.

Shot indoors.

To my eye, It's a Trap-eze can probably best described as multi-colored glitter in varying sizes embedded in a sheer, milky white base.  I had a bit of trouble applying it.  I found that the glitter applied unevenly and often hung off the edges of my nails.  It also dried rather bumpy, as one would probably expect from such a chunky glitter.  However, my husband really liked this one on me and with a top coat, it wasn't rough-feeling, just bumpy.  It is definitely unique in my collection and if you're a fan of chunky glitters, it would certainly be worth a try.

Be sure to check back for more colors in this collection to be featured soon!

*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.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection - Part 4

Finally, the last three shades in the Zoya Ornate collection, *Logan, *Ziv and *Blaze.  I decided to combine these into one mani as they just SCREAMED "Christmas" to me and it's never too soon to get into the holiday spirit.  First up, the pics.
From thumb to pinky: two coats each of Logan, Ziv, Logan, Blaze and Ziv, shot indoors.

From thumb to pinky: two coats each of Logan, Ziv, Logan, Blaze and Ziv, shot outdoors, in sun.

From thumb to pinky: two coats each of Logan, Ziv, Logan, Blaze and Ziv, shot outdoors, in shade.

Logan is a gorgeous forest green foil and I LOVE this polish.  It went on smooth as silk and had the most beautiful finish.  Definitely a winner.

Ziv is a gold foil.  I'm not a huge fan of gold polishes as a general rule but this one applied really easily and looked great in two coats.  It did, however, chip within a day.  

Last up, Blaze, a unique deep red that had semi-holo glitter.  I say semi-holo because, to my eye, it almost looked almost like the glitter was sandwiched between two coats of a dark red jelly.  Definitely unlike any color I've tried.

Each of these three colors is lovely and perfect for Christmas time but my favorite of the three is Logan.  

*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.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection - Part Three

Today I'd like to share the third polish in Zoya's Ornate collection, *Electra.  Electra is a holo bar glitter, the first bar glitter I've tried.  Let me get right to the pics.
From thumb to pinky: Two coats of Electra, one coat over Zoya Logan, one coat over Zoya Blaze, one coat over Zoya Ziv and one coat over Zoya Storm, shot indoors.

From thumb to pinky: Two coats of Electra, one coat over Zoya Logan, one coat over Zoya Blaze, one coat over Zoya Ziv and one coat over Zoya Storm, shot outdoors.

I've got to be honest, I really didn't care for this polish.  It looked really pretty in the bottle but it was awkward to apply.  The bar glitter hung off the edges of my nails and I'm just not a fan of how it looked.  It did, however, dry nice and smooth which was a pleasant surprise.  

So, yeah, apparently I'm not a bar glitter fan.  But, if you are, I'd say that the formula on this one was fairly nice.

*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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Press Release - China Glaze and Ardell "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" Collections

China Glaze® and Ardell® Introduce Exclusive Collections Inspired by
Paramount Pictures’ new 3D Film, “Cirque du Soleil™:  Worlds Away”

LOS ANGELES (November 15, 2012)China Glaze® and Ardell® announced today their partnership with Paramount Pictures to offer exclusive collections of nail polishes and eyelashes inspired by the upcoming 3D film, “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” in theaters December 21st

From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and writer/director Andrew Adamson invite you on an all new 3D adventure: “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.”  A young couple who is separated must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil® to find each other as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim and dance with the performers.

The new China Glaze® and Ardell® Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” inspired nail polish and eyelash collections will bring to life the wonderfully exotic artistry that is presented throughout the film. The China Glaze® nail polish collection combines rich crèmes, soft shimmers and bold glitters to create 12 limited edition shades including:
·         Whirled Away – Black and white collage glitter
·         It’s a Trap-eze – White cream base with multi glitter
·         Escaping Reality – Neon raspberry pink
·         Surreal Appeal – Rich coral crème
·         Def Defying – Lime green crème
·         Running in Circles – Cilantro green shimmer
·         Hanging in the Balance – Cerulean blue crème
·         Water You Waiting For – Shimmering blue green purple
·         Creative Fantasy – Grape neon
·         Bend Over Backwards – Pepper red shimmer
·         Igniting Love – Hot tamale red crème
·         Get Carried Away – Multi-sized black and red collage glitter with black crème


The “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” inspired collection from Ardell® consists of six attention-grabbing lash styles ranging from more natural styles to feathers and jewel embellished lash strips:
·         Imagine
·         Inspire
·         Surreal
·         Fantasy
·         Mystical
·         Daring

Both collections will be supported by a consumer and beauty trade marketing campaign which includes a billboard in Times Square, print ads, retail displays, a sweepstakes offer and social media efforts.

To coincide with the 3D release of “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” in theatres December 21, 2012, the China Glaze® and Ardell® film-inspired collections will be available the first week of December 2012 at salons and specialty beauty retailers nationwide, including Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA stores. Individual nail polish shades will retail for $7; eyelash styles will retail for $6.

China Glaze® and Ardell® are divisions of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For 42 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 Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation 
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection - Part Two

Today I'd like to share the second of six colors in Zoya's Ornate collection for 2012.  It is called *Aurora and I used a base and two coats of Aurora for the following pics.
Shot outdoors on a cloudy day

Shot indoors under bright artificial light

Shot indoors under different lighting

Aurora is a true beauty.  Like Storm (which I reviewed HERE), Aurora is chock full of holo glitter.  It applied smoothly and easily.  As was the case with Storm (and pretty much all the holo glitters I've tried), it reads completely differently under bright light than it does in shade or a darker setting.  What was even more interesting to me is how Aurora looks like a deep grape in a darker environment and is more plum under brighter lighting.  Very cool and I've got to say, I find it fascinating to uncover the layers and dimensions to polishes like this as the lighting changes.  So far, Zoya is two for two with this collection.  I love these shades and can't wait to try out the remaining four.  Please check back for my reviews.

You can purchase Aurora as well as the rest of the Zoya line of polishes at zoya.com.

*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.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection - Part One

Meow, kittens!  First off, I am SO sorry for the delay in getting this collection swatched and reviewed for you.  It has been a rather crazy few months for me and I spent six weeks in New York while these little lovelies languished here at my apartment in Florida.  I returned to FL accompanied by my mother on her nine day vacation and time got away from me so, yeah, without further ado, I proudly present the first of six colors in the amazing Zoya Ornate Collection, *Storm.  For the following pics, I used a base coat and two coats of Storm.
Shot indoors, under a lamp

Shot outdoors, out of direct sun

Shot in my car, under direct sun

This color, as has always been my experience with Zoya, applied like a dream.  It dried smooth to the touch,  a definite plus.  I'm going to be honest, I applied this color pretty much directly under a light bulb, so the holo effect blew me away, just a glorious rainbow.  However, when I left that direct light, the polish tended to read more like an ordinary silver glitter.  This tends to be the case with most holo glitters but it did bum me out slightly since it started out with a *bang*.  The first picture reflects my original impression, the second the "meh" silver glitter-y look (actually, that's a bit unfair.  It was still a lot prettier than many traditional silver glitters I've tried.)  But in my car, with the bright sunlight streaming in my window, it was back, the amazing holo I loved so much.  This color also has some amazing staying power.  I swatched on Wednesday and took the third pic yesterday, Friday, and there was not one chip.  (Of course, now that I said that...)  This is all without top coat, too.

Overall, this color is AMAZING under artificial light or in direct sun and is still awfully pretty, though less impressive, indoors or in shade.  VERY glad to have it in my collection!

Stay tuned, the remaining five shades in this collection will be featured in upcoming posts.  Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

*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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Press Release - China Glaze Holiday Joy 2012


MAKE YOUR MANI MERRY AND BRIGHT

China Glaze® Debuts 12 Glittering, Shimmering, Ravishing Colours for Holiday 2012

The holiday season: it is truly the most wonderful time of the year – for nails!  From gorgeous glitters to rich crèmes, ‘tis the season to add sparkle and shine to any manicure and pedicure.  Celebrate the season in colour with the new China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection!

Bringing tidings of good cheer, the China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection features 12 merry crèmes, glitters and shimmers including:
·         Glistening Snow – Fine diamond-like silver glitter
·         Champagne Kisses – Bubbly rose gold glitter
·         Angel Wings – Delicate gold dust glitter
·         Winter Holly – Gold-flecked dazzling green glitter
·         Glitter All The Way – Exciting multi-color glitter
·         Pizzazz – Twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend
·         Blue Bells Ring – Icy blue shimmer
·         Pure Joy – Fiery red glitter with gold particles
·         Red Satin – Silky blue-based red crème
·         With Love – Classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones
·         Merry Berry – Rich berry red crème
·         Cranberry Splash – Ruby red shimmer


The China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection also features 13 seasonally-inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts.  Gift sets include:

·         Ho Ho Ho: Merry Berry, Cranberry Splash, Red Satin, With Love, Pure Joy with First & Last base/top coat. MSRP $35.00
·         Holiday Charms: Mini bottles of Merry Berry, Red Satin, Winter Holly and Glitter All The Way. MSRP $16.00
·         Puttin’ On The Glitz: Cranberry Splash, With Love and Pizzazz. MSRP $14.00
·         Keepin’ Cozy: Merry Berry, Glistening Snow and Cranberry Splash with fingerless gloves. MSRP $21.00
·         Let It Glow: Champagne Kisses, Red Satin and Winter Holly with a pine scented candle. MSRP $21.00
·         Brrr…It’s Chilly: With Love, Angel Wings, Pure Joy and a mini snow globe. MSRP $21.00
·         Wings of Wonder: Blue Bells Ring, Champagne Kisses and Cranberry Splash with an angel key chain. MSRP $21.00
·         Santa Paws: Red Satin and Pure Joy with your very own plush puppy – “Joy”. MSRP $14.00
·         Trimmin’ The Tree: With Love and Glistening Snow with a festive snowflake-embellished ornament. MSRP $14.00
·         Cheers!: Angel Wings and Glistening Snow with a frosted shot glass. MSRP $14.00
·         Jingle All The Way: Pizzazz and Merry Berry with an adjustable Jingle Bell ring. MSRP $14.00
·         Makin’ Memories: Red Satin and Winter Holly with a “JOY” picture frame. MSRP $14.00
·         Stocking Stuffers: Pure Joy and Champagne Kisses with a mini stocking. MSRP $14.00

The China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection will be available in November 2012 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.  The collection will be available in 24- and 36-piece counter displays, a 36-piece rack and 36-piece prepack.

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, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For 42 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 Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com

Monday, October 29, 2012

Dr.'s REMEDY BCA Shades 2012

Meow, kittens!  Today I'd like to share the three Dr's REMEDY Breast Cancer Awareness shades for 2012.  They are *PURITY Pink, *NURTURE Nude Pink and *HOPEFUL Hot Pink.  For information about these shades you can check out their press release HERE.  First up, the pics:
PURITY Pink, three coats, shot indoors.

PURITY Pink, three coats, shot outdoors.

NURTURE Nude Pink, two coats, shot indoors.

NURTURE Nude Pink, two coats, shot outdoors.

HOPEFUL Hot Pink, two coats, shot indoors.

HOPEFUL Hot Pink, two coats, shot outdoors.

NURTURE Nude Pink is a very pale pink.  As I stated, I used three coats to get the color shown above.  The quality of this polish, as is the case with all the Dr.'s REMEDY polishes I've tried, was quite nice.  However, I'm not particularly a fan of nudes so this wasn't my taste.  Of course, different strokes for different folks.

PURITY Pink is a bit more pigmented and has a bit of pretty shimmer.  I definitely preferred this to NURTURE.  Again, nice easy application with a smooth workable formula.

Last up, by far my favorite of the three, HOPEFUL Hot Pink.  This vibrant pink cream is much more my style.  Great formula, richly pigmented and just a fun look.  

When purchased during the month of October, Dr.'s REMEDY will donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of these three shades to Living Beyond Breast Cancer so please, if these strike your fancy, hurry and purchase them asap so that your purchase can help a great cause.

Dr.'s REMEDY products may be purchased online at www.remedynails.com or by calling 1-877-323-NAIL.  If you wish, you may like their facebook page by clicking HERE and follow them on Twitter by clicking HERE.

*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.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Press Release - DR.'s Remedy BCA 2012

DR.'s REMEDY® PUTS PINK IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS OCTOBER
Get Gorgeous Tips and Give Back During BCA 2012
Pink is the go-to hue this fall as beauty brands tap into every gradation of the standout shade in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Dr.'s REMEDY® leads the way in the fight for the cause by teaming up with Living Beyond Breast Cancer, whose mission is to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.
The good-for-you ingredients and lack of toxins in Dr.'s REMEDY® Enriched Nail Polish offers a safer, healthier option for nail care, giving you peace of mind. And, during the month of October,
Dr.'s REMEDY® is tickled pink to donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of three pink shades to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, an organization who ensures that women who are newly diagnosed, in treatment, beyond treatment, at high risk or living with metastatic disease are well cared for by providing educational resources and support services relevant to their age at and stage of diagnosis.
Made with organic ingredients, vitamins, wheat protein, tea tree oil, lavender, and garlic bulb extract, Dr.'s REMEDY® 100% Paraben free, vegan nail polish is the #1 podiatrist recommended brand. So, polish your nails with pride and show your support in the hopes for a better battle with breast cancer with Dr.'s REMEDY® Enriched Nail Polish, the healthier nail polish choice, in three inspiring shades:
HOPEFUL Hot Pink: A Hello Kitty-meets bubble gum shade
NURTURE Nude Pink: A damsel-in-distress, barely there beautiful
PURITY Pink: A ballet slipper, sheer hue

Dr.'s REMEDY® Enriched Nail Polish is available for $17 online at www.remedynails.com or by calling 1-877-323-NAIL.

About Dr.'s REMEDY®
Dr.'s REMEDY® is a line of doctor-inspired cosmetics that is dedicated to using clean, hypo-allergenic ingredients. The brainchild of two New York-based podiatrists, Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel, Dr.'s REMEDY® proves quintessentially-perfect for any person looking to better the condition of her skin and nails. Their Enriched Nail Polish is the first-ever nail polish on the market created by doctors and approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Made with organic ingredients, vitamins, wheat protein, tea tree oil, lavender, and garlic bulb extract, Dr.'s REMEDY® vegan nail polish is the #1 podiatrist recommended brand. Dr.'s REMEDY® is sold online at www.remedynails.com or by calling 1-877-323-NAIL.
About Living Beyond Breast Cancer
For twenty years, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has been empowering women to live as long as possible with the best quality of life regardless of educational background, social support or financial means. Founded in 1991, LBBC has been committed to providing national educational programs and services that include a website, lbbc.org; a toll-free Survivors' Helpline, (888) 753-LBBC (5222); national conferences; free teleconferences; networking programs; quarterly newsletters; publications for medically underserved women; healthcare-provider trainings; recordings and the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Barielle Facebook Contest

Check out the following info from Barielle:

Barielle is hosting a Facebook Sweepstakes starting today.
Ten random winners will be selected for a prize package worth over $100.00.
The prize package includes: 
Any two of our 5 pack Nail Polish collections
One piece of Barielle’s Nail Strengthener Cream (full size)
One piece of Nail Rebuilding Protein Base Coat
One piece of Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender Top Coat 

Be sure to click HERE to like their page, check out the details and enter! 


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Press Release - Azature Launches Most Expensive Nail Polish in the World



AZATURE Redefines Luxury by Launching a Black Diamond Nail Polish
Most Expensive Nail Polish in the World

July 2012, New York City – To the one-percenters, listen up because AZATURE is shaking up the fine-jewelry world with the launch of AZATURE Nail Polish. Toted as the most expensive nail polish in the world, AZATURE Nail Polish is the latest offering from the black diamond king.  This celebrity and royalty designer is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “dripping in diamonds” by introducing this ultra-luxe product to the beauty market.

Retailing for $250,000, the exclusive AZATURE Nail Polish contains 267 carats of black diamonds, assuring that the woman who wears it really is the chicest of them all.  Limited to just one bottle, it also makes it a one-of-a-kind, limited edition item from the world of AZATURE.

For those that can’t afford the $250,000 price tag, Azature created polish that will contain a real black diamond and retail for $25.  Packaged in a .5 oz / 15 mL diamond shaped bottle, the nail polish is offered in AZATURE signature black and coats on with a glittery sheen that resembles the sparkle of an AZATURE diamond. 

“The black diamond is the ultimate fine jewel. Its combination of beauty, mystery, and sophistication makes it a timeless luxury. One day I thought, ‘why not showcase this style on nails?’ So I developed a Black Diamond Nail Polish with the same attention and quality as my jewelry, in order to preserve the elegance of the black diamond. I am thrilled to offer this new twist on fine-jewelry!”

The lower-priced nail polish will be available to consumers at Fred Segal beginning August 2012.

About AZATURE
Azature honors his family history by creating superbly-crafted jewelry with fine attention to detail. His twist on uber-luxury sustains the AZATURE commitment to excellence, updating it with a modern sensibility while still keeping it outrageously chic.  All AZATURE black diamond pieces are crafted from hand-selected jewels with each showing an uncompromising commitment to quality, creativity and personal attention.  AZATURE can be found in Dover Street Market – London, Harvey Nichols – Saudia Arabia, Roseark – West Hollywood and globally through the AZATURE white glove atelier service.  www.azature.com

See, even us 99ers get some love, right? ;)

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color - Part Two

Happy August, kittens!  Today I'd like to share the remainder of the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color Collection. I swatched and reviewed three colors in a previous post which you can view HERE.  Now I'd like to share the other five colors, *Polar Purple, *Kinetic Copper, *Golden Conduct, *Graphite Gravity and *Silver Elements.  Here are some pics for you:
From thumb to pinky, two coats each of Polar Purple, Kinetic Copper, Golden Conduct, Graphite Gravity and Silver Elements, shot indoors.  

From thumb to pinky, two coats each of Polar Purple, Kinetic Copper, Golden Conduct, Graphite Gravity and Silver Elements, shot outdoors.  

I really enjoy these polishes!  My nail art skills are limited, to say the least, and these great magnetic polishes allow even humble me to create a beautiful and funky look with little effort.  The sparkle of Golden Conduct and Silver Elements, visible in the bottle, translated beautifully to the nail and the other three, while not sparkly, are still quite lovely.  My husband looooves the look of these polishes and was so impressed!

If you have tried these polishes, do share your thoughts, I'd always love to hear them.

xoxo,
K

*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, July 30, 2012

Sally Hansen - #GetMagnetic Contest Info

Check out this fun contest from Sally Hansen:

FOLLOW THESE BASIC STEPS TO BE ENTERED INTO THE #GETMAGNETIC CONTEST:
1
Register your name, e-mail and username on Sally Hansen's Facebook App: https://apps.facebook.com/sallyhansen/
2
Visit the Instagram app, snap a photo of your nail art and include #GetMagnetic into the caption
3
Show the "Love!" for your favorite nail art photos on the Facebook App: https://apps.facebook.com/sallyhansen/

The contest ends on 9/17 and the grand prize is $1000! 

Good luck if you decide to enter!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Barielle Dazzling Diamonds Collection - Swatches and Review

Today I'd like to share another Barielle Collection called *Dazzling Diamonds.  This collection is comprised of five fun glitters.  Feast your eyes:
From thumb to pinky, two coats each of Cherry Blossom Sparkler, Ebony Rainbow, Purple Hearts, Pink Diamond and Stardust, shot indoors.  

From thumb to pinky, two coats each of Cherry Blossom Sparkler, Ebony Rainbow, Purple Hearts, Pink Diamond and Stardust, shot outdoors.  

Barielle's website describes Cherry Blossom Sparkler as a "red glitter" but really, it's much more than that.  It has a red jelly base which makes it quite wearable alone as well as layered, though I would probably go with at least one more coat than the two I used if I were to wear it that way.  It was quite surprising and I liked it a lot more than I expected to.  Ebony Rainbow is described as a "dark multi glitter".  It is comprised of tiny glitter in a rainbow of colors and it quite pretty.  Purple Hearts is described as a "purple glitter" but it's so much more than that.  It consists of multi-colored small glitter but also large purple glitter pieces.  It's quite fun!  Pink Diamond is a pink glitter in a clear base.  All of these glitters, with the exception of Cherry Blossom Sparkler, are in a clear base and therefore perfect for layering.  Last up is Stardust, a holo glitter.  It is not all that unique but still very nice in its own right.  

Here are some shots of the glitters layered over Barielle's Summer Fun Collection, which I reviewed in my previous post.
From thumb to pinky, one coat of Cherry Blossom Sparkler over two coats of Berry Go Round, one coat of Ebony Rainbow over two coats of Mint Ice Cream Cone, one coat of Purple Hearts over two coats of Ocean Breeze, one coat of Pink Diamond over two coats of Pink Flip-Flops and one coat of Stardust over two coats of Peach Popsicle (renamed Peach Pop on Barielle website), shot indoors.

From thumb to pinky, one coat of Cherry Blossom Sparkler over two coats of Berry Go Round, one coat of Ebony Rainbow over two coats of Mint Ice Cream Cone, one coat of Purple Hearts over two coats of Ocean Breeze, one coat of Pink Diamond over two coats of Pink Flip-Flops and one coat of Stardust over two coats of Peach Popsicle (renamed Peach Pop on Barielle website), shot outdoors.

I really like these polishes layered and wouldn't wear any of them alone with the possible exception of Cherry Blossom Sparkler.   However, as top coats, they are a lot of fun!


xoxo,
K

*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.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Barielle Summer Fun Collection - Swatches and Review

Today I'd like to share Barielle's *Summer Fun Collection. It is comprised of five cream shades just perfect for the dog days of summer. Please enjoy some pics:
From thumb to pinky, two coats each of Berry Go Round, Mint Ice Cream Cone, Ocean Breeze, Pink Flip-Flops and Peach Popsicle, shot indoors. 

From thumb to pinky, two coats each of Berry Go Round, Mint Ice Cream Cone, Ocean Breeze, Pink Flip-Flops and Peach Popsicle, shot outdoors. 

I love this collection! Each shade had a great formula and was opaque in two coats.  Berry Go Round is one of the nicest corals I've seen in a while.  Mint Ice Cream Cone was a bit of a surprise as I did not expect such a light mint green to be opaque in two coats but it was, yay.  Ocean Breeze, unsurprisingly my favorite in the collection, is a great slightly smoky sky blue.  Pink Flip-Flops, a pale bubblegum pink, like Mint Ice Cream Cone, surprised me in a delightful way.  Last, but not least, the lovely Peach Popsicle is one of the rare peaches that I actually like on my cool skin tone.  Overall, this collection is a winner for me!

If you would like to purchase these shades, click HERE to visit Barielle's website.  It appears that they have changed the name of Peach Popsicle to Peach Pop so please be aware of that if you choose to look for it. 

Stay tuned.  I will have another Barielle collection, Dazzling Diamonds, coming up very soon!

xoxo,
K

*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.