Sunday, February 26, 2012

Barielle - Blackened Bleu

I am so so SO excited to share with you the GORGEOUS *Barielle Blackened Bleu.  I would describe this as a black cream with electric blue glitter and honestly, I am crazy in love with this color.  For your viewing pleasure:
Indoors, with flash

Outdoors (on a cloudy day, *tear*)

The formula on this one was a dream, thin and so easy to work with, and the color is a knockout.  Two coats provided perfect coverage.  As I've stated MANY times before, I am absolutely a blue girl, through and through, and the blue sparkle in this one is fabulous.  This color is so unique, dried quickly with a baby smooth and shiny finish (these pics are without top coat) and, as if you couldn't tell, I L-O-V-E 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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Press Release - Introducing New Smooth and Perfect Color + Care From Sally Hansen


THINK: Let your nails breathe

WHAT IT IS: Creamy color and porcelain-smooth perfection in one beautiful polish. The latest trend to hit your fingertips. Nearly naked, barely-there color with plenty of shine. The ultimate in understated elegance, sheer shades and healthy even shine work for every occasion. That’s why Sally Hansen created a chic collection of nude nail polishes that marries the two, Smooth and Perfect Color + Care, the ultimate fusion of perfecting polish and beautifying care.

Designed to hide ridges and imperfections, the uniquely breathable formula promotes stronger, healthier looking nails with a patented technology that allows for up to 20% more oxygen to reach the nail. The result? Ridges and imperfections are virtually erased and nails are left looking smooth, shiny and porcelain perfect.

THE SHADES: Fog, Linen, Dune, Satin, Whisper, Air, Sea, Sorbet


WHERE TO FIND THEM: Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.

Here's a peek at a few of the colors:




Can you say perfect shades for spring and Easter manis?  

Press Release - Gem Crush Nail Color from Sally Hansen


THINK: High impact bling.

WHAT IT IS: Vibrant, full-color glitter polish. Always at the forefront of nail innovation, Sally Hansen presents the latest in statement-making manicures—the new Gem Crush™ Nail Color. Unlike other sparkle formulas, Gem Crush™ Nail Color delivers full-coverage, high-intensity glitter for a brilliant, multi-dimensional manicure that simply glimmers. Available in eight daring shades, each color brings a major dose of glitz and glamour to your nails.

The Sally Hansen Gem Crush™ Nail Color is easy to apply. Start with Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat then follow with two coats of Gem Crush™ Nail Color for a dazzling, edgy finish. Finish with a layer of Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat to seal and protect your ultra-glam sparkle color.

AVAILABLE SHADES: Lady Luck, Be-Jeweled, Glitz Gal, Cha-Ching!, Big Money, Razzle Dazzler, Bling-Tastic, and Showgirl Chic

WHAT THEY COST: Gem Crush™ Nail Color $6.95. Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat, $4.50 each.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.

Here's a peek at a few of the colors:

Razzle Dazzler

Big Money

Can you guess which one I'm most excited about?  

Press Release - Sally Hansen Spring Salon Effects


THINK: High fashion on your fingertips.

WHAT THEY ARE: 24 new shades inspired by the hottest spring trends. Your go-to for instant glam, Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips are now available in twenty-four new vibrant, fashionable colors and patterns. Forget a professional manicure – Sally Hansen makes it easy and affordable to get intricate, chic designs at home: Just peel, apply, file, and go.

These runway-ready shades are all you need to make your nails the perfect springtime accessory, for style that lasts up to ten days. Each Salon Effect Real Nail Polish Strips kit includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, mini file/ buffer and instructions for convenient at-home application. Go bold with solid shades, or switch it up with funky patterns, from snakeskin-inspired prints to trendy tweed. Apply these no dry-time hues for notice-me nails that will go with your favorite spring styles. All Nail Polish Strips are DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde-free and come off easily with nail polish remover.

New Shades: Sweet Tart-an, Love Letter, Tri-bal it On, Mod About You, Spring Fever, Aflorable, Stripe-tease, Animal Instinct, Tweed-le Dee, Tie-Dye For, Brattlesnake, Queen of the Jungle, Hear Me Roar, Tattoo Much, I Love Lacey, Lust-rous, Wishful Pink-ing, I Dare You, Haute + Naughty, Metal Head, Plum-met, Bluscious, Debu-taunt, Tu Tu Much.


WHERE TO FIND THEM: Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.

Press Release - Introducing the Salon Manicure Nail Treatment Collection from Sally Hansen


THINK: Treat your nails like a pro.

WHAT IT IS: Three essentials for a salon perfect manicure at home. From long hours at the office to a jam-packed social schedule, there’s rarely time for a trip to the salon, but flawless nails are an everyday essential. With the new Salon Manicure Nail Treatment Collection from Sally Hansen, salon perfect nails are attainable at home. The unique salon manicure collection features cuticle balm, base coat and top coat, salon tested formulas guaranteed to deliver a salons style manicure in three easy steps—simply prep, perfect and protect.

The Salon Manicure Collection includes:

  • Cuticle Eraser + Balm: A flawless salon finish starts with smooth, soft cuticles. This ultra-moisturizing balm removes dry cuticles and preps nails for perfection in one easy step.
  • Smooth & Strong Base Coat: Create the foundation for a long-lasting salon manicure with this fortifying basecoat. Nails are left instantly stronger and up to 90% smoother.
  • Ultra-Wear top coat: After applying you favorite Sally Hansen nail polish, lock in color and protect your perfect results for up to 10 days with this pro-finish top coat.

WHAT THEY COST: Smooth & Strong Base Coat & Ultra-Wear Top Coat $7.99, Cuticle Eraser + Balm $7.99

WHERE TO FIND THEM: These products are available in the Sally Hansen section at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Barielle: Falling Star

I recently received three polishes from the folks at Barielle to review for you. Today I will feature *Falling Star which I would describe as a medium blue cream with copper colored glitter. Here are some pics for you:
the bottle

outdoor shot

I used a base coat of Avon Nail Expert Nutri-Boost Nutri-Plus and two coats of Falling Star. The formula was a little thick and therefore a bit challenging to work with. I was a little bit disappointed that the glitter is not as pronounced as it appeared in the bottle. Don't get me wrong, it is a lovely and very unique color. I had just hoped that the copper color would be a bit more *POW*, in your face, in contrast with the blue. However, I do like it a lot. The finish is nice and smooth, not gritty like so many glitter polishes are, and that's a big plus, in my book.

As always, comments, thoughts and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated.

*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, February 11, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects: Cross My Heart

The folks at Sally Hansen were kind enough to send me some of their new Valentine's Day designed Salon Effects strips to review for you.  I received three patterns in all: *Are You Single?, *How Romantic and *Cross My Heart.  Here are some pics for you:
Are You Single? and How Romantic

Cross My Heart

As you can see, I decided to try Cross My Heart.  I often use "xoxo" as a closing in my letters, e-mails and, as you might have noticed, this blog, so this pattern definitely spoke to me.  This was my second experience with Salon Effects and I found them a little bit easier to apply the second time around, though it was still a bit of a challenge.  The toughest part for me is lining them up exactly right on the nail and trimming the excess, if necessary.  It would probably be advisable to trim the strips before applying them but I've never been one to do things the easy way.  I love this pattern and would definitely wear it again, at any time of the year.  I think it is adorable for Valentine's Day but not SO holiday-oriented that you couldn't wear these year round.  

These strips are part of a Limited Edition collection so be sure to pick yours up asap.  I've seen this collection at both CVS and Walgreens.  They would definitely be a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day or just celebrate YOU!

*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, February 4, 2012

Press Release - DR.'S REMEDY VALENTINES DAY 2012

Reds to Rock Your World

Romance rising: that's what February 14th is all about, indeed. This Valentine's Day, we dare you to take the shade of love to a whole new level, compliments of Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish. How to choose the hue de you? The sky's the limit (in terms of red); just reach for one of these red-hot tints to entice and ignite your inner flame. Your tips and toes will thank you, no doubt.

This Valentine's Day Delight collection of Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish red shades includes:

REVIVE Ruby Red: A shimmer-infused, Wizard of Oz-inspired shade of crimson
RESOLUTION Red Glitter: A red-meets-copper spin that's sequin-look-alike laden with high-shine and sparkle
RESCUE Red: A classic fire engine red

Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish is available for $17 online at

Dr.'s REMEDY is a line of doctor-inspired cosmetics that is dedicated to using clean, hypoallergenic ingredients. The brain-child 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. Dr.'s REMEDY is sold exclusively at or by calling 877-323-NAIL. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Press Release - Tuff Scent Grammy Scoop and Price Change

Tuff Scent Heading Back to The Grammy’s
Reno, Nevada (January 31st, 2012) – Tuff Scent will once again join KIIS FM and 98.7 at their annual Grammy gifting lounge. On February 10th, artists and celebs will stop by LA Live to pick up their favorite shade and scent to compliment their Grammy night ensemble.
You don’t have to be a celeb to get your hands on a bottle; Tuff Scent has lowered their price to $10, a move made to align themselves with brands such as OPI and Essie without compromising the quality.
Tuff Scent is available to order now at and