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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Ipsy bag

purchased by me



My October bag, unlike my September bag, had two products that I will use, and sadly, three that just don't do it for me.

I've already reviewed On A Gilt Trip, and my only quibble with this full-size nail polish is that other folks got full sized Cirque Color polishes (a significant price difference).

The sample-size Ayres Patagonia Body Butter is very nice, moisturizing without being greasy and completely scent-free, which makes it a great option for work.

The epicé facial exfoliant is gentle, but the scent is all high-pitched florals and comes across as hairspray to my nose.

The ModelCo mascara is a complete wash, and I was blessed by genetics with long, full, dark lashes, so this went to a co-worker.

The noyah all-natural lipstick sample in Deeply in Mauve was a pretty color and a decent texture, but it smelled like a 1980s drugstore lipstick.  Ugh!  I could not get it off my face fast enough!

The bag itself seems as very cheap and disposable to me.

I'm giving it until the end of the year and if the bags don't improve, I'm canceling my subscription,

Monday, October 20, 2014

Zoya Holiday/Winter 14: Wishes

press release





Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into  stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!






·ZP766 - NORI: Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.
·ZP767 - THEA: Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.
·ZP768 - IMOGEN: Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!
·ZP769 - PRIM: Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.
·ZP770 - HAVEN: True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.
· ZP771 - WILLA: Full-coverage, onyx black cream.



* Zoya Magical PixieDust is textured, matte and sparkling. No base coat and top coat required.

PRE-ORDER STARTS 10/20/14!

SHIPPING DATE 11/01/14.
$10 (US)  - PixieDust Colors

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
$(US) Standard Colors
Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Free Matte Velvet top coat from Zoya!

press release

Now through Wednesday, get a free Matte Velvet top coat from Zoya!  Reader Meaghan Bihun posted a comment about this on my post about the rest of the collection (spoiler: Meaghan loves it!)


Try The Matte Trend FREE!


Love matte nail polish? Now you can give any of your favorite Zoya Nail Polish shades a matte-makeover! The Zoya Matte Top Coat  is just what you've been waiting for - the flawless, quick-drying, MatteVelvet formula adds a fresh, updated look to any of your favorite shades for the fall season. Experiment with a variety of colors and finishes for endless color possibilities! Get your own matte top coat FREE* with any nail polish purchase.

How? Read below for details.


NOW - 10/22/14 (11:59pm ET) Get a FREE Matte Top Coat
with any nail polish purchase (excludes nail polish treatments).


Use Code: TOPM
How it Works:
1. Add at least one nail polish shade & any additional items you wish to purchase to cart.

2. Enter code TOPM into the coupon code field and press "Apply Code". Matte Top Coat will automatically be applied to your order.

3. Complete check out, review and submit order.
Please noteBase polish must be completely dry prior to applying matte top coat to avoid any gaps or separation of polish.

*Terms and Conditions
Available while supplies last. Valid online only at www.zoya.com through 10/22/14, 11:59pm EST. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or promotions. Shipping & Handling fees apply. Continental US only. Excludes Zoya Nail Treatments and Color Spoons. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, web related issues or any errors associated with declined credit cards. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Code must be entered at time of purchase. One code per account - code cannot be reinstated for canceled orders. Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing if volume warrants it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nicole by OPI On A Gilt Trip and the final giveaway prize reveal!

purchased by me

My October Ipsy bag arrived on Tuesday, and while it was good enough that I'll at least keep the subscription through November, there was one item that really caught my eye.

On A Gilt Trip is a soft yellow gold, and while it looks like a foil in the bottle, it dries to a satin matte finish.  The formula is superb--smooth, well-behaved, opaque in two coats and quick-drying.  It's a lovely choice for subdued holiday bling.


Once I'd tried it, I loved On A Gilt Trip for itself, but when I saw it for the first time, all I could think of was how it would be the perfect backdrop for the other purchase I was excited about.

A little background here--I have MS.  It's in remission and under control, but if I don't hold things tightly, my fingers spasm and send stuff flying.  Forks, polish brushes, dotting tools, pens, you name it.  So nail art is never going to be my best skill, but I love it.  This week, I found a product that gives me a PERFECT leopard mani every time.


This is Spot Sign by KB Shimmer, and Christy has made at least one dream come true for me.  Spot Sign has black micro-glitter, black hexes, holographic sparkle and leopard spot-shaped black glitter in a clear base.  It absolutely requires fishing and dabbing because of the spot shapes, but look at the result and tell me it isn't worth it!  It also dries a bit 3-dimensional, but two coats of Seche Vite fixed that.

If you want your own bottle of spots, you can get one at KB Shimmer for $8.75, or enter my giveaway and win one!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LeChat's Mermaid Treasures collection

purchased by me

LeChat's Mermaid Treasures collection is six shimmer polishes with glitter.  The formula is reminiscent of the Deborah Lippmann mermaid polishes, but the colors are more vivid.


Heart of Gold is a bronzy shimmer with iridescent glitter.  Two effortless coats and I was done.


(Majestic Wonders and Pearl Rose need to be re-swatched thanks to a computer hiccup)

Precious Coral is a pinkish-copper shimmer with iridescent glitter.  It was opaque in two easy coats.


Royal Crystal is a lilac shimmer with iridescent glitter.  This wasn't quite opaque in two coats, but there's so much shimmer you can't tell!


Sea Trinket is a medium coral with iridescent glitter, also opaque in two smooth coats.


You can find the Mermaid Treasures mini set at TransDesign or buy the full-size individual polishes at Head2Toe Beauty.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LeChat Rustic Retreat collection

purchased by me

New from LeChat right now is the Rustic Retreat collection, six gorgeous fall crèmes, five of which are one-coat-wonders!


All swatches except for Tranquility are one coat, and the slightly thin spots were not visible at conversational distance.  The formula across the board was smooth and very easy to work with.

Down to Earth is a dark sage green.


Hazelwood is a cool-toned brown.


Maroonscape is a rich burgundy.


Tranquility is a grey-toned light green, and needed two coats.


Wild Berry is a vivid but somehow also dusty orchid.


You can find the Rustic Retreat mini set at TransDesign, buy the full-size individual polishes at Head2Toe Beauty, or enter my giveaway to win a mini set!