Mar 30, 2011

NOTD - From A to Z-urich

Hey Ladies!

Today I have a color that I'm sure you've all seen 100 times. But I decided to finally wear it so you are stuck seeing it one more time... that is assuming you haven't closed your web-browser on us yet! LOL! This is OPI's From A to Z-urich from the Swiss Collection (Fall 2010). From A to Z-urich is a rose red creme. Application was perfect! Super yummy smooth creme! Could have almost been done with just 1 coat. I used 2 coats just because. I love this red tone because it isn't... umm.... how do you call it.... "cheap!" LOL! I hate those reds that seem like the ones that come in those cheap dollar store makeup kits. 


Well, that is all for this post. I have a migraine right now and can't function any further!

Happy Polishing!

Mar 25, 2011

Orly's Precious Collection (Spring 2011) - Swatch & Review

Hey Ladies!

I've got a review for you today! Mari and I were soooooo excited when we found out we would be receiving these polishes to review. We were at work when the package arrived so I had my mother open it and tell us what was inside. Her reaction was hilarious: "There is a dark polish in here... A light green.... OMG This is a loud pink!" LOL!

I present to you a few colors from Orly's Precious Collection for Spring 2011.


Ancient Jade - This is like a minty jade creme. So yummy! It took 2 coats for full coverage. Some other bloggers have complained that the formula was a little thick but I didn't experience that at all. This swatch is without base coat and without topcoat.


Royal Velvet - This is a really dark purple with blue flash. As always, blue flash makes this polish difficult to photograph. The blue flash is so vibrant. It's hard to see the purple base. But trust me... It's there! Application was a little tricky for this one. The formula was a little thinner so it took 3 coats to get full coverage. Fortunately, the formula was easy to work with.


Fancy Fuchsia - This is a "holy moly" super bright fuchsia pink creme. Reminds me of a neon (has that vibrant color without the matte type of finish). Another yummy creme. Application was great. One coat was almost enough but just a little short. So I applied 2 coats for full and complete coverage.

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What do you gals think?

Happy Polishing!

These polishes were sent to us for review. Please read our disclosure policy (here).

Mar 24, 2011

Zoya in my Snow Globe

I love nothing more than to take Snow Globe from China Glaze and to throw it over a pretty pastel.  I've tried it over darks and it's just not the same.  Look at it in the bottle!  It's just the cutest shade of everything fairyesque and shimmery.  Adorable.  It looks absolutely great over any shade of pastel you guys have.  This is no exception.  I used two coats of Zoya's Marley, a super light lavender with even lighter lavender microshimmer and I topped the whole thing with a coat of Snow Globe.  Sooooooooo cute, no?  Just makes me think of pastel skittles with a coat of snow globe for Easter?  I just might!



Happy Polishing!

Mar 23, 2011

China Glaze Summer 2011 - Island Escape

ESCAPE THIS SUMMER WITH HIGH SHINE AND BRIGHT SHIMMER

China Glaze Introduces Six Sizzling Shimmers and Cremes

Los Angeles, CA: Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure. Colors in the collection include:

·        Papaya Punch: Crème based vivid orange.
·        108 Degrees: Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.
·        Senorita Bonita: Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.
·        Blue Iguana: Bold and daring sparkly blue.
·        Cha Cha Cha: Vivacious shimmer green.
·        Electric Pineapple: High intensity crème based lime green.

Escape this summer to a far away place with China Glaze. Vacation in color!

The China Glaze Island Escape collection will be available as open stock colors, 6 piece box collection, 6 piece counter display, 12 piece counter display and 36 piece rack.

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: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

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: www.aiibeauty.com.

Mar 22, 2011

Pink and Yellow Crackle Combo

I bring you gals my Crackle combo.  I just happen to like pink and yellow... pink and mint green being my first choice but this is just the two colors I decided to use.  I'm sure that with crackles polishes popping up everywhere we're sure to get plenty of color combos to keep us entertained for some time to come.  I used Lemon Fizz by China Glaze as the base, two coats, and one thick coat of their Crackle pink, named Broken Hearted.  Cute, no?


Happy Polishing!

Mar 21, 2011

Zoya BOGO Sale!

image002 Zoya ModMattes Collection for Summer 2011 Swatches, Photos & Review


Do you have an account** on Zoya.com? If you answered yes, a very special offer is waiting for you!

A BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Offer*on the new Zoya summer collections, 12:01 EST 3/21/2011 – 11:59 EST 3/25/2011 only.

As an ADDED BONUS for taking part in the exclusive account holders only BOGO Offer*, standard shipping will be only $2! (Order more than $55 and shipping will be free!)

You can BOGO* any colors from Zoya’s ModMattes, Summertime and Sunshine collections! With 15 new colors to choose from you are bound to find plenty of BOGO offer* options to love!

Please see the ZOYA blog for complete details.

*Offer open only to those with active accounts** on Zoya.com, artofbeauty.com, Qtica.com and qticasmartspa.com as of 3/20/2011 at 5 PM ST. Offer open to consumers, Online promotion only. Continental US ONLY. BOGO Offer* is good on Open stock .5oz Polish ONLY from Summer 2011 collections. (Zoya Summertime, Sunshine and ModMatte) BOGO Offer good for up to 7 polishes. BOGO Offer* code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Code expires on 3/25/2011 at 11:59PM EST. Standard ground shipping is $2.00 and FREE for orders over $55. Upgraded shipping not available for this promotion. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 4 weeks for shipping and processing. Please allow 2-6 weeks for delivery.

**Qualifying accounts are those with a valid username (email) and password that has been created and used in the last 3 years account must be made by 3/20/2011 at 5PM EST to qualify for the BOGO Offer. No purchase necessary to start an account. Customers are responsible for maintaining active accounts. If username or password have been lost we (Art of Beauty, Inc.) are not responsible for restoring accounts or giving out any account information.

Zoya - ModMattes LE (Summer 2011)


Zoya Nail Polish presents three new mattes for summer 2011.
modmattes LE

all of the color - none of the shine!

Zoya is the new color of fashion... The ZOYA color experts have done it again! Introducing three new LIMITED EDITION (LE), exclusive modmattes LE* shades for summer 2011...



The incredible Zoya modmattes LE* shade collection has been expanded with three new LIMITED EDITION beauties. Get all of the color, none of shine with modmattes LE*, Zoya’s exclusive blend resulting in utterly wearable and truly stylish matte nail polish.

Zoya Nail Polishes are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya modmattes LE* as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com

As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women. 

modmattes LE*  by Zoya, available March 21, 2011
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available at www.zoya.com

Zoya - Sunshine and Summertime (Summer 2011)

Zoya Nail Polish presents two new collections with six new metallics and six new creams for summer 2011.
Sunshine and Summertime
...everything should be this good!



Summer 2011 color so perfect that it could only come from the nail polish experts at Zoya... Zoya is the New Color of Fashion!


ZOYA SUNSHINE COLLECTION

 Reva (ZP546) - A cool toned strawberry red with glowing golden metallic sparkle. A very rich and luxurious looking gilded red.
Kimmy (ZP547) - Gleaming metallic candy apple red brightened by gold sparkle. Not your usual red shimmer- this one has a fiery attitude.
Apple (ZP548) - Luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. A dimensional green that's clean and bright.
Tanzy (ZP549) - Light, bright tangerine orange with yellow gold metallic sparkle. A sunny orange that's easy to wear year-round.
Rica (ZP550) - Warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle. An alternative to flat corals for when you want to shine.
Faye (ZP551) - A bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with right gold sparkle. A unique gilded shade that will work in any season.

ZOYA SUMMERTIME COLLECTION

Sooki (ZP552) - Bright, clean, crisp cool cherry red cream with a subtle jelly finish. For an irresistible, attention-grabbing red nail.
Tamsen (ZP553) - Medium warm brick red with strong orange tones with an opaque cream finish. A special red that is both enticing and mysterious
Areej (ZP554) - Pink with an opaque cream finish. A pink for when you want a bold pop of color but not something neon-bright.
Kieko (ZP555) - Warm, red toned dusty light purple with berry tones with an opaque cream finish. A nice alternative to pure pink or berry, especially flattering on warm skin tones.
Mira (ZP556) - Blue toned medium purple with dusty lavender tones and an opaque cream finish. For a muted yet colorful purple that isn't too dark.
Breezi (ZP557) - Soft, dusty, medium cerulean blue with an opaque cream finish. A super chic  high-fashion denim look for nails.

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers  by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya Sunshine and Summertime as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com

As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women. 

Sunshine and Summertime by Zoya, available March 21, 2011
Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)
Available at www.zoya.com

Mar 18, 2011

China Glaze's Shower Together (for the millionth time)

Like this NEEDS an introduction.  Really?  Seriously?  Of course not!  This has been seen and seen again.  Done and redone.  But why not?  It's BEAUTIFUL!  Of course I'm talking about the lovely Shower Together, by China Glaze.  Gorgeous cerulean - not quite a jelly but also not an opaque creamy application - of pretty.  Don't you agree?  If you guys don't have this in your stash, get it.  Regardless of being co-bloggers and constantly swapping from our collection, Lissi and I each have our own bottle of this one.  *grin*


Happy Polishing!

Mar 17, 2011

Smokin' Hot Flowers!

Hey!

Today I have for you my favorite color from Essie's Winter 2010 collection. I present to you Smokin' Hot. Essie describes this as a "stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame." I don't know about it burning hotter than a flame though... Smokin' Hot is a yummy purple-gray creme. It leans more towards purple in certain lighting. Application was yummy. Perfect. Flawless. 2 coats for full coverage. 


I then decided to add a little something to it. I used Emotion by China Glaze from the Romantique Collection (Spring 2009). These are great for stamping! Emotion is a metallic warm pink. The color of the bottle in the picture is a little off. But like I've said before: Bottles lie! The color on the nail is accurate. I stamped the flower from the BornPretty plate M71. 


I'm assuming you've all heard of the BornPretty plates by now. If you haven't then I invite you to step out from under the rock and check out the BornPrettyStore (here). They have amazing stuff. Get 10% off until March 31, 2011 with our promo code: NAA10K31. We've also been reviewing their stamping plate sets so check that out as well. You can see all the stamps we've used so far here.

Happy Polishing!

Mar 16, 2011

St. Paddy's Day Mani

My version of a St. Patrick's Day manicure.  Didn't want anything too festive, but I think this is just enough.  Cute, no?  Two coats of OPI's Jade is the New Black and I stamped the swirly pattern from Konad's M51 plate using 2030 by China GlazeJade is the New Black is such a nice shade of green.  Jelly finish too.  Super shiny.
 


Happy Polishing!

Mar 15, 2011

I had to get this blue...

Hey Ladies!

Goodbyes make me feel blue! Have I mentioned how much long distance relationships suck? LOL! Well, they do! The boyfriend was here this weekend for my birthday. I love having him around. But like all good things, it had to come to an end. But I guess that is good for you guys because I can pay attention to the blog again. LOL!

Today I have a blue combination for you! This is OPI's Yoga-Ta Get This Blue from their India Spring 2008 collection. It is a beautiful blue that doesn't do what your typical dark blue polishes do... which is be so dark that its practically black! You can actually tell that this polish is blue. I've seen similar blues like this. However, this one stands out for me because of its blue/aqua shimmer. So vivid and vibrant. The application was great. 2 coats for full coverage. Cleanup was a little tricky. It took me just a little longer to clean since its such a dark color. 

I then decided to add 1 coat of Nfu-Oh's 52. This color looks blue/green in the bottle but its actually a sheer purple base with tons of blue/green flakes. Bottles lie! LOL! You don't see the purple as soon as you layer it over something else though. I applied this only to my ring fingers.


I know everyone dies for Nfu-Oh's 51... but I've always been in love with 52. I'm a sucker for blue!

Check back with us soon! We got some great Nail Mail so I'll be posting swatches up (hopefully this week since I'm on spring break).

Happy Polishing! 

Mar 11, 2011

Merry Birthday To Me At Midnight!

Hey Ladies!

This will be a short post because... Today is my birthday! I'm 26 years young! So I figured I'd share an awesome polish on such an awesome day! Well... it's an awesome day for me at least. LOL! I present to you one of the loves of my life in the polish world... OPI's beautiful Merry Midnight!


Merry Midnight is a GORGEOUS reddish-purple jellyish polish with blue and purple shimmer and red flakes. *drools* I could wear this EVERYDAY of my life if I had 20 bottles of this stuff! It's a little on the sheer side so I applied 3-4 coats (I can't remember exactly right now). I think it was 4. Application was super yummy. Perfect. I have no complaints about this polish AT ALL. As a matter of fact, seeing my pictures makes me want to go home and wear this again...

I have to give credit for this to Lissa from Lissa's Nails! I posted about this polish a while back. I wanted it and didn't know where to find it. She replied and found me a bottle. She is awesome! I am forever grateful. This was a major lemming fulfilled! THANK YOU!

Happy Polishing!

Mar 10, 2011

Having an affair with Misa...

It's no secret I love Misa polishes.  It's good stuff.  I had taken a bottle from Lissi of a beautiful shade of eggplant but I didn't want to steal her thunder.  I'm sure she'll be posting soon.  In turn, I bring you this.  Fatal Affair by Misa.  Another gorgeous shade of eggplant that I just cant get to photograph well.  It's super dark and inky eggplant, although it photographs as really dark navy.  The reason why is because the eggplant shade is covered with blue microshimmer.  It's beautiful.  You can see the shade best in the picture of the bottle itself.  See?  Two coats.  Misa NEVER disappoints.



Happy Polishing!

Mar 9, 2011

Swatch - Orly's Pink Chocolate

Hey Ladies!

I must warn you that today's swatch is... meh! I don't know if I like it or hate it yet. I'm talking about Orly's Pink Chocolate. Love the name though! Then again who doesn't love chocolate... I got this color because I saw it swatched on another blog. Their swatch made this color look gorgeous. The pink was dark yet vibrant. Imagine my surprise when I open the box of polishes I ordered and I saw this... My bottle is so much more dull. It doesn't have that same vibrant pink color. It doesn't look like the same color at all! It's not hideous but it's just soooooooooo safe. This is a color my mother would wear if she ever felt like wearing something adventurous (in her eyes). Maybe the swatch I saw was... off... a bit...

Pink Chocolate is a creme medium pink with a hint of brown in it. You can get full coverage with just 1 coat. I only did 2 coats on 2 nails because I did a sloppy job applying it. The other 2 nails were done with 1 coat. I'm not going to tell you which is which. There is no need if you can't tell the difference. LOL! Application was great. The formula is great. The color is the only thing that isn't great for me. But that is just my personal taste. This swatch was done with no base coat and no top coat.


Happy Polishing!

Mar 8, 2011

Capped Misa's Money

Once we received the China Glaze Anchors Away collection (which you can see our swatches here), I really wanted White Caps.  I just think it was a nice shade where you can perk up a manicure a day or two after you've first applied it.  I don't however want to put it on everything, but on occasion, why not?  I plan on doing the same thing with some of their crackles.  *wink* 

So this is what I decided to do.  I took two coats of Dirty, Sexy Money by Misa... the exact color of dollar bill green, and threw on a coat of White Caps by China Glaze.  Here's the outcome:



Happy Polishing!

Mar 7, 2011

Sephora by OPI: Havana Dreams

I totally stole this from Lissi when she got it.  We were talking while she was on Sephora's website and I was planning the actual theft while she added to her cart.  LOL  I didn't even let her smell the bottle, practically.  It arrived, she brought them over and I snatched it.  *grins*  And for good reason.  Look how cute!  Havana Dreams by Sephora by OPI.  I gotta admit though, it could have used another coat.  I've heard some people apply up to 4 coats of this beauty but I tried my best with 2 good ones.  I have toddlers.  Seche Vite can only do so much for my allotted downtown.  Regardless, it's pretty, right?  As usual, Nailtiques as my base coat and Seche Vite as the topper. 



Happy Polishing!

Mar 4, 2011

Swatch - Sephora by OPI's Just A Fairy-Tail

Hey!

I've got an awesome swatch for you guys today! This is Sephora by OPI's Just A Fairy-Tail from the Mermaid in the Shade collection. Did I mention that its freaking awesome? ...Well, it is! Just A Fairy-Tail is a silver blue base with silver and baby blue shimmer. The formula was great but a little sheer. It took 4 coats for full coverage (but totally worth it). This is the first Sephora by OPI polish I've ever used and I was more than happy with it! It is sooooo bright in the sunlight. Kinda like when the sun reflects off a mirror. Almost blinding!

This swatch was done without basecoat and without topcoat.


Happy Polishing!

Mar 3, 2011

BornPrettyStore Stamping Plate Review

Hey Ladies!

I have something fun for you today! I was contacted by Jessica from BornPrettyStore about reviewing some of their products. I was able to select an item and I picked a set of their stamping plates (here).

Their quality is amazing! The images aren't too deep or too thin. So you don't have to worry about the image smudging from too much paint or not lifting up because its already dry. The edge of the plates don't feel rough. I know some people complain about plates that are rough around the edges and cut. These don't! They do come with a very thin clear protective sheet over the plate. You almost can't even tell its there. So don't try to stamp without removing it first.

Most importantly, you can't beat this awesome price! 12 plates for $12.63... That is an amazing deal! We all know how expensive plates can be. It also includes a little stamper and a scraper. The only downside is that shipping can take a little while since they are located in China. But these stamps are definitely worth the wait!

This set provides a great range of images. Great variety. You are bound to find things you like. They have flowers, animals, swirls, bows, hearts, stars, butterflies, etc. They also have another set of plates that includes the very popular Hello Kitty stamp! The only thing their plates do not include are full nail stamps.

It's hard to photograph the plates since the reflection is difficult to avoid. You can see great images of the plates on their website (here).

I've decide that this will be a continuing review. I want to show you guys images from each plate but it would take me forever to sit down and do that. I'd be stamping all day. Unfortunately, my school schedule won't let me do that. So here is the deal. I will be showing you guys over time my favorite 4 images from each plate until I have covered all the plates. If you have any requests, feel free to let me know and I'll include those as well.

So here goes my first two sets:

These are stamps from plate m28.


These are stamps from plate m04.


In case you are wondering, I stamped using Konad's Special Polish in White.

So what do you ladies think? Who own these already? Thoughts? Favorites?

Don't forget that you can get 10% off any purchase at BornPrettyStore.com with our code: NAA10k31

These products were sent to me for review. Please read our disclosure policy (here).

Mar 1, 2011

Swatch - OPI's My Private Jet

Yes ladies... My Private Jet... HOLO! *angels singing*

I never thought I would have this polish in my collection. Most of us already know the controversy regarding this color. If not, here is a brief recap: The original My Private Jet was a holographic. OPI discontinued the color but then brought it back... but they never made it like the original and that is why there are 3 or 4 versions of My Private Jet rolling around the earth.

The Lacquerista had a giveaway a while back for the original/holo version of My Private Jet. Of course I entered the giveaway right away! I seriously never thought I would win. So many other people had entered too. What were the odds... but then I got an email telling me I won. I was like a kid on Christmas morning! Imagine me when it actually arrived in the mail. My poor mailman... I stalked him for days waiting for it to arrive. Thank you Lacquerista!

My Private Jet is a jelly-like smokey black full of holographic glitter. It's like a rainbow over a black sky. (How awesome would that be in real like? Yeah, I'm a little twisted.) The only downside to this amazing polish is how sheer it is. It took 4 coats for full coverage. Other bloggers have suggested putting a black base coat first and then My Private Jet over it so you don't waste so much of it. I haven't tried that yet. This swatch was done without a base coat and without a top coat. I think this is one of those colors that you have to see in person to truly appreciate how awesome it is. You can see the holo in my pictures but I still think that it doesn't fully capture how amazing it is.


On a side note, Blogger has been driving us crazy! Has anyone else had problems scheduling posts? That option hasn't been very reliable for us lately. Posts have been appearing out of schedule or not appearing at all. I had a post prepared and scheduled for yesterday morning and it never appeared!

Anyways... Happy Polishing!