Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Press Release: Zoya Lovely for Spring 2013

Zoya Lovely

Beauty is a lovely state of mind
Lovely, just LOVELY!
Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other....

Piaf (ZP652) - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
GeiGei (ZP651) - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Julie (ZP650) - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Blu (ZP653) - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
Neely (ZP655) - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13).
Jacqueline (ZP654) - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

Shipping January 01, 2013

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Zoya Lovely $8 (US)
Follow the Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments Blog and stay tuned on Twitter (@Zoyanailpolish) and Facebook for release date updates.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Snow Bunny

Getting ready for the trip is still kicking my butt, complicated by the fact that my shower broke and all I have is a bathtub and no easy way to wash my hair, so I'm depending on the Sally Hansen polish strips for my manicures these days!  Snow Bunny is a white pearl background with snowflakes or poinsettias in red.  It was part of the 2011 Holiday collection, but I found them for $3 at Big Lots, and just saw them for $3 at Five Below.

I don't think I'm going to have time for another post, so happy holidays to everyone--see you in 2013!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The blog sale I didn't have

Unfortunately, the pictures of all the nail polish and manicure sets are on my mom's camera, but I've got one picture of the completed gift bags.  Thanks to donations from Amelia, Cedric Diggory, Phil and Tara, I managed to take 21 bags, each filled with a set of manicure tools and 3-4 nail polishes, to Good Neighbors! I think I'll do this again next year. :)

Thank you, my friends!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My first holiday mani and a blog break

First, the good stuff--my first holiday mani this year.  I started with two coats of Zoya Veruschka, then free-handed French tips with KBShimmer Candy Cane Crush and did a full coat of CCC on my ring fingers.  Veruschka is one of my favorite Zoyas, although it seems to be gone from their site. :(  It's a deep emerald matte, and I just adore it for its ease of use, velvety finish, color and quick dry time.  Candy Cane Crush is an adorable combination of large, medium and small white and red hex glitters, plus small green glitters.  It is also scented with peppermint and vanilla, and this is definitely going to be one of my holiday favorites from now on!

Next, the not fun stuff.  I am stressed out of my mind right now.  Work is crazy, plus I'm trying to get ready to close up the house for ten days and pack for the cruise my family is taking over Christmas.  I'd be more excited if I weren't so freaked out by everything that needs to be done and hasn't been done!  So I am taking a break from five posts a week until I get back from the cruise.  I will take pictures of my holiday manis and post them sporadically.

I would like to thank everyone who has followed along with me through 2012--it's been a rollercoaster of a year, but knowing that people read my little blog has helped a lot through some of the down times.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors: Coveted

I have saved the best for last--the final polish from the Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors collection is Coveted, a deep emerald green jelly with green flakies and green micro-glitter.  The formula was exquisite, and it reached bottle color in two coats.  All swatches are two coats with no top coat.

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

If your idea of a holiday green is a color full of fire and flash, then you need to grab Coveted ASAP!  It's available on the Cult Nails website for $10.00 plus shipping.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors: Flushed

The fourth polish from Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors collection is Flushed, a chameleon that looks like a creamy dark purple in low light, and a vivid aniline purple with fuchsia shimmer in brighter light.  Like all Cult Nails polishes I've tried, the formula was neither too thick nor too thin, and Flushed hit bottle color in just two coats, shown here with no top coat.

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

Whether you like your purples bright and shimmery or dark and mysterious, Flushed can be the one for you. It, along with the rest of the Behind Closed Doors Collection, is available on the Cult Nails website for $10.00 plus shipping

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors: Bitten

My third polish from the Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors collection is Bitten, a gorgeous berry red jelly stuffed full of fuchsia mini-flakes.  It was opaque in two easy coats, with no dragging, pooling or bald spots.  All swatches are two coats with no top coat.

Indoors with flash:
(more color-accurate)

Indoors without flash:
(less color-accurate but shows off the flakies)

Bitten is a gorgeous take on a holiday red!  It and the rest of the Behind Closed Doors collection are available on the Cult Nails website for $10.00 plus shipping.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors: Afterglow

The second polish I have from the Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors collection is Afterglow, a chestnut brown shimmer with sparkly matching particles.  Perfect formula, gorgeous color, all swatches are three coats with no top coat.

Indoors without flash:
(color is accurate here)

Indoors with flash:
(color is too orange in this pic, but the sparklies show up better)

Afterglow is a real beauty, especially if you love red-toned browns.  The entire collection is gorgeous, and they are available on the Cult Nails website for $10.00 plus shipping.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cult Nails Convert Packs!

Cult Nails convert packs are the ideal way to introduce yourself to the Cult, or get a friend the perfect gift!  These convert packs save 15% off the retail price and are offered for $24.00 each.  Each pack consists of a base color, an enhancing layering polish, and our Wicked Fast speed dry top coat.  Available for a limited time only! No substitutions please...  Join the Cult today!


Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors: Disciplined

The first polish I have from the Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors collection is Disciplined, a gorgeous grey with blue-violet shimmer.  It was a bit on the thin side, but without dragging, streaking, pooling or bald spots.  All swatches are three coats without top coat.

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

This entire collection is gorgeous, and Disciplined is no exception.  It's available on the Cult Nails website for $10.00 plus shipping, and if you saw yesterday's post, you know Maria uses cotton balls for packing, as well as wrapping up the polishes!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Butter London Holiday Glitter Trio Set 2

 The Butter London Holiday Glitter Trio Set 2 consists of three sparkly polishes in purple, green and copper.  Not your traditional holiday colors, but extremely pretty!

Reviews and more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Butter London Shag

Be still my heart--a reddish copper foil with micro-glitter that's opaque and shiny in two effortless coats?  Yes, please!  That's Shag from Butter London, no more need be said (except that all swatches are two coats without top coat).

In the sun:

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

Shag is available on Butter London's website and in some brick and mortar stores.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Butter London Scouse

Butter London describes Scouse as "sheer royal blue and indigo duochrome" but aside from a very tiny hint in the bottle, I don't see anything other than royal blue.  I'm fine with that, because I adore royal blue nail polish, and this one is glittery, shiny, easy to work with and reaches bottle color in three coats--what's not to love?  All swatches are three coats without top coat.

In the sun:

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

If you're looking for a duochrome, this one probably isn't it.  I'll keep it because I love the color and it's a quick way to brighten my nails.  Butter London polishes are available on their website and in some brick and mortar stores.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Butter London Bluey

Bluey doesn't know whether it's a black or blue!  It's a blackened blue jelly with bright blue micro-glitter and the formula is okay, but it was so very thin that it took four coats to be almost opaque and I think I could have done with five. :(  All swatches are four coats with no top coat.

Indoors without flash:

Indoors with flash:

In the sun:

Because of the lack of opacity, I'll either let Bluey go or try it layered over black.  It's part of Butter London's core line and available on their website and in some brick and mortar stores like Ulta and Nordstrom.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Butter London Fishwife

Fishwife is a pale, silvered sage linear holographic polish.  It hit bottle color in three coats, and the formula was surprisingly easy for a holo--smooth, no dragging, no bald spots, slightly thin but not awful, shiny without top coat, drying quickly and really really holographic, even in indoor light (although it's best in sunshine, of course!)

In the sun:

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

Fishwife is US only, but I'm not sure where it's being sold other than the Butter London website, where it's $14 plus shipping.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Orly on HauteLook

Right now, and they have color-changing polishes I haven't seen before!  Click here (that's my referral link).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dino Palmieri grand opening

Monday was quite horrible at work.  It's always bad when the boss is out of town, but it was really bad on Monday.  When I got home and sat down at my computer to check my e-mail, my mood went to the stratosphere immediately, because of an invitation from the lovely Erin at Zoya.  On Tuesday night, Zoya and  One were sponsoring a grand opening of a new Dino Palmieri salon at Eton Square in Woodmere, Ohio.

After work on Tuesday, which was thankfully less awful than Monday, I ran home, fed the dogs and headed out to Woodmere.  I laughed when I downloaded the directions, because Google Maps optimistically assured me that it took only 24 minutes to get from my house to Eton Square, travelling on Route 8 N and 271 N.  Hahahahaha.  Both are main arteries that fill up in both directions, and rush hour basically lasts from about 4 to about 7.  I allowed about 50 minutes, and got there about five minutes late.  When I arrived, I was greeted by Jayne from One, and then introduced to a woman from the salon whose name I forgot (I'm so sorry!) and then introduced to Jamie, who took my coat, got me a bottle of water (my choice, there was a full bar on offer) and then took me back to the blow-dry bar.

I hadn't heard of a blow-dry bar and had no idea that experiencing one was on the menu, but I loved, loved, loved it!  Dino Palmieri has massaging chairs at the shampoo bowls, and Jamie was charming and very good at his work.  I had a lovely shampoo and conditioning sitting in the massaging chair, and then Jamie and I talked the whole time he did my blowout.  We chatted about tech toys (he just got his first tablet) and hair products (I got in a plug for Skindecent's conditioner) and he praised my haircut, so I told him the story of how Amber and I met when I asked her to chop off 15 inches of my hair.


(that's Michelle of All Lacquered Up taking the pic)

Afterwards, there was a goodie bag so heavy I felt as if I was leaning to the left, a lovely spread of nibbles including little kabobs that were basically caprese salad on a stick, which I will have to do myself and a chance to meet other area bloggers and lots of wonderful Zoya folks.  I had the chance to tell Erin how she improved my Monday; got to meet Sarah, who is in charge of Zoya's Facebook presence; Rebecca, who comes up with the phenomenal Zoya colors; Michael; Leo and Zoya herself.  I was so excited by the chance to talk to all of these amazing folks that I totally forgot until I got home that Valerie Mayen from Season 8 of Project Runway was there somewhere and that there was a drawing for a huge goodie bag worth $1,500!  Absolutely worth it, though, to meet everyone and have such a wonderful experience.  My only down moment came when I had to leave early to come home and give Mouse his arthritis pill, but doggie health takes precedence over feeling like a princess.

If you'd like to see all of the pictures taken by the pro photographer, they are here:!i=2229353155&k=7wzTVxV

Thank you again to One, Dino Palmieri and Zoya for an amazing evening!

More pictures after the jump!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Zoya Dream Boxes--sale & free shipping!

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Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers!

And just a little tease of what's to come:

My Butter London haul!

Scouse, Fishwife, Shambolic, Jack the Lad, Bluey, Shag, and  Scuppered.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Color Club Port-folio

The only color I wanted from the In True Fashion collection was Port-folio, and it really was a dream come true.  The formula is flawless, opaque in two coats, shiny before top coat, neither too thick nor too thin and very easy to work with.  Plus, the color!  Deep purple shimmer with a strong lime green flash.  Let's just say I'm in love and move on to the pictures!  All swatches are two coats without top coat.

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

Color Club polishes are available at etailers and some brick and mortar stores.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blue Cross candy shop scented nail polish set

When I saw G's post about the light-up bottles of nail polish from Blue Cross, I squeaked like a happy otter and made a resolution to grab at least one for myself.  Sadly, by the time I made it to a Rite Aid, the display was empty of everything but the conventional glitters.  All was not lost, however, because next to the sadly picked-over display was a display of pretty little scented mini polishes, 5 for $5.99!  I grabbed the one that was almost entirely milky jellies with glitter, and I'm really pleased that I did.

Here's the whole set:

Cute as a bunch of buttons, aren't they?
From left to right, blueberry swirl, chocolate cupcake, lollipop, strawberry and vanilla frosting

Indoors with flash, in the same order:

Indoors without flash, in the same order:

 In the sun, in the same order:

All swatches are three coats, which were needed to cover a few bald spots.

blueberry swirl is a milky turquoise jelly with multicolored diamond-shaped glitter.  The scent is just a generic sweet scent, not particularly strong and fairly unoffensive.  

chocolate cupcake is a milky lavender jelly with multicolored, irregularly shaped glitter.  This has the same generic sweet smell, which is a bummer if you're looking for chocolate-scented nails, but good for me because I can't stand artificial chocolate scents.

lollipop is a milky bubble-gum pink jelly with multicolored, irregularly shaped glitter with the same sweet scent.

strawberry is a milky neon pink with multicolored, irregular shapes.  This one smells like strawberry candy, with both sweet and tart berry notes.  This was the first one where I thought the scent really matched the name, and I love it.

vanilla frosting is a clear jelly with super-fine silver holographic micro-glitter.  The holo is really strong, and the scent smells exactly like buttercream frosting.  I adore this one!

One coat of vanilla frosting over Sensationail Purple Orchid, in the sun:

If you can find these at a Rite Aid, this is a cute set, and the polishes were perfectly well-behaved--no dripping, no pooling, only a bit of glitter-pushing needed (and none with vanilla frosting).  You can get this for yourself or as a gift, and the price is right.  Oh, and it's made in the USA, too! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sensationail At Home Gel Polish kit

I got the full kit, with LED light, base & top coat, nail prep, cleanser and lint-free pads when it was on sale at CVS for $45.  I split the cost with Mom, and did her nails in the color that came with the kit, Rose Chiffon.  For myself, I bought a second color when they were on sale at Walgreens and I had a coupon, so the polish was $9 instead of $13.  I picked Purple Orchid, which is a greyed indigo.  It's similar to China Glaze First Class Ticket, although slightly more grey.  My application the first time left much to be desired, so please forgive the lumps and missing spots.  All swatches are one coat of the base/top coat, two coats of polish and another coat of base/top coat.

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

Thanks to a typical spell of NEO November weather, I wore this polish for a week before seeing it in the sun and realizing that it has blue and pink micro-glitter!

In the sun:

So far, there is no discernable wear, and I love the color and the way the gel polish makes my nails feel thicker and stronger.  Mom loves the way her nails feel too, but she's not crazy about the pink and she wouldn't let me take pictures of her manicure because she doesn't want anyone to see her hands.  I'm about to try a regular glitter polish over the gel polish to see if I can change up the look.  I saw that Siobhan of The Nail Phile did that once, but her blog is gone, so I can't look and see if she used cured polish or the kind that doesn't require curing.

I will update this post with my opinion of the removal process when I do it.

Anyway, if you have a drugstore or Sensationail coupon and don't have severe polish OCD, I can recommend this system.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

China Glaze Holiday Joy Collection: Blue Bells Ring and Winter Holly

The last two polishes of the Holiday Joy collection are Blue Bells Ring, a royal blue foil, and Winter Holly, a hunter green and gold glitter.  Both applied well, were opaque in two coats, and are good but not at all unique.

Blue Bells Ring
Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

In the sun:

Winter Holly, like most glitters, is matte without top coat.  The first pic is without top coat, the others have one coat of Zoya Armor.  The addition of the gold glitter does make the polish shift from a hunter green to more of a yellow green depending on the lighting.

Indoors with flash (no top coat):

Indoors with flash:

Indoors without flash:

 In the sun:

*sigh*  I'm still disappointed that the company that brought us Safari, Bohemian Chrome and other lovely collections gave us a 3/4 boring and dupe-able holiday collection.

The Holiday Joy collection is available now at etailers and brick and mortar stores.