Thursday, October 30, 2014

I Love Nail Polish: Black Orchid

purchased by me

Part of the Fall 2014 collection from ILNP, Black Orchid is a deep, vampy burgundy with a gorgeous linear holographic finish.  It's opaque in two effortless coats, and there aren't enough words for how much I love this polish.  Black Orchid is even beautiful when the holo isn't flashing!

Indoors with flash:


Indoors without flash:



If you like your burgundies blackened and with holo, don't wait, get over to the ILNP website and grab Black Orchid before it's gone!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Enter The Zoya Color Laboratory!

press release




Go Mad For Zoya & WIN*!
Are you "MAD" for Zoya?! Now's your chance to bring the color of your dreams to life! Step inside our virtual color labooooooratory (muahahaha) to experiment with color and finishes to "mix" your very own shade. The Zoya color animator offers various pieces and parts (finishes, opacity and hues) to play with - feel free to use the description section to elaborate on your masterpiece. Give your creation a name, submit it, and there's a chance we will bring it to life!

NOW - Thursday, October 31st (10:00am ET) Piece together your creation for a chance to have it custom created just for you! The highest voted shade will win, so don’t forget to share your creation with your friends and family after it's been submitted!

How It Works:
  1. Go CRAZY! (You know we are) Create a custom shade using the Zoya Polish Animator
  2. Name your creation and describe any additional elements you would add to the polish.
  3. Submit (and don't forget to share!) your custom shade for a chance to bring it to life! Have more than one color you’re mad about? Create as many as you'd like!
  4. One winner will be selected on October 31, 2014 at 9am EST
*Terms and Conditions
Purchase not necessary to enter. Valid Art of Beauty account required in order to participate. Enter NOW through 10/31/14 (9:00am ET).
 One winner will be selected and contacted by 5pm ET 10/31/14. Please allow up to two weeks for production of custom shades. Winning shades will be created based on Zoya's Creative Director's interpretation of the description and cannot be returned, exchanged or duplicated at a later date.
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My color is Aqua Aether, and it's meant to represent the mysterious liquid you see in steampunk guns and devices!  It's a blue-green jelly and I'd love it if you voted for it!  Click here for all the submissions so far!

Zoya Winter/Holiday 2014: Wishes

press samples

For the Winter/Holiday season this year, Zoya brings us six gorgeous polishes--two shimmers, one crème, and three Ultra Pixie Dust textured polishes.  Swatches and reviews after the jump!



Friday, October 24, 2014

And the winner is...

Nine entrants, none of whom got the date of the 1,000th post, so everyone got one entry.

1. rosarita
2. Le Manda Fancy Pants
3. Brianna Shelton
4. Jessi Buehler
5. jenjenrebecca
6. GirlyGirl
7. Juris Girlie
8. Ruth
9. Kitrona

Off to Random.org to get a number...


And congratulations to Le Manda Fancy Pants!  Get me your mailing address within 48 hours, please, and I'll get your goodies to you on Monday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

LeChat Pop of Vogue collection

purchased by me



Post Number One Thousand!  Woo!  The giveaway ends today, so you have until midnight EDT to enter. :)

I think we all deserve some fireworks, provided by LeChat.   Five of the six polishes in the Pop of Vogue collection are glitters in a clear base.  All six are shown in one coat over a base color.

Black Tie Affair is black, white and silver holographic glitter.


Golden Bliss is various shapes and sizes of gold glitter.


Neontopia is neon green, blue, orange and yellow glitter in different sizes.


Titanium is various shapes and sizes of silver glitter.


Violet Vixen is multiple sizes of purple and silver holographic glitter.


The odd duck in this collection is Style Envy, a green jelly base filled with blue and green glitter.


You can find the Pop of Vogue mini set at TransDesign or buy the full-size individual polishes at Head2Toe Beauty.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Stickers in Hallowscene

purchased by me


Oh, Sally, I r disappoint. :-(  I was so excited when I saw the adorable pattern that I grabbed these up and paid full price.  Then when I put them on, I discovered they are not the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, but stickers.  YUK!  I have a hate-hate relationship with stickers.  They are too thick, they either peel too easily and come off my hands at unexpected moments or stick too hard and take bits of my nail with them when I remove them, and no matter what I do, I can't get them to lie smoothly.


Why couldn't these have been polish strips?  *sob*  They're glow in the dark, too!

If you can make stickers work for you, Hallowscene is a limited edition pattern available at drugstores nationwide.  I got mine at Walgreens.