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.