Monday, April 29, 2013

Zoya Summer Pixie Dust swatches and review!

Press Samples


And the final Zoya Summer selection is the Pixie Dust, infused with magic and wonder!  I saved the best for last,that's if you're not over texture yet. 


Let's look at these beauties!


First up is Zoya Miranda, a rose textured matte with lots of sparkle! Here it is shown with three coats.



Stevie, a matte violet purple sparkle.Here it is shown with three coats!


And this is Solange, a gold metal foil sparkle.This one is touted by Zoya to be infused with an "exclusive gold pigment". I believe it! It took three coats for full coverage.


this one is Beatrix,a tangerine metal matte with sparkle! It took three coats for coverage!



this is Destiny. It really impresses me for some reason. I love the sparkle in it. It takes three coats for full coverage, and delights with it's red coral hue. I noticed as the first coat went on,there appeared to be some holographic sparkle going on,so I think that is why this one seems a little different than the others.It's not visible once dry though.


And lastly it's Liberty. Liberty is described by Zoya as blue. I wouldn't say it is just blue. There is some cobalt blue,and at times when I stare down at my nails, it appears to have some green running through it. So I would actually call it a teal blue. It's also got that matte sparkle going on for it.


I loved all of these. I can't play favorites with any of them. They are all so gorgeous. The finish on these is amazing.These are all meant to be worn without top coat. Although I am sure you can apply top coat if you want.  I love that they dry so quickly,sparkle like crazy,and are fairly easy to remove. I would say that they are a whole lot easier to remove than the OPI Liquid Sand lacquers. I only apply a saturated cotton ball to the nail,wait a couple of moments,and the Zoya Pixie Dust comes off without any agitation to the nail area.


These lacquers are available on zoya.com for $9.


Products in this post were provided for review by a media representative for the company. All opinions are my own. 






Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hand Perfection Giveaway Winner!

I am happy to announce the winner of the Hand Perfection Giveaway!


The winner is Lisa at  LisaLovesMakeup87 .

Congratulations,Lisa!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wowza! 500 Followers! Thank you! (takes a bow)




Sometime during the early hours of the morning, I hit 500 GFC followers! Woohoo! Thank you to all of you!

April 30th is also my 2nd Blog Anniversary,so having 500 followers makes me very proud. I am not usually one to toot my own horn,so to speak,however, this will be call for celebration in the form of a GIVEAWAY! Wahoo!





Thank you for following my blog ladies and gentlemen!

Helen Sirot Hand Perfection review and giveaway!

Press Sample

I am running a little late on this review,so let me just get my thoughts out now on this product.

This will be a brief review.

I have had the opportunity to sample the day cream,night cream,and cuticle treatment that were provided for review by the media representive for Helen Sirot.

Number 1)

The night cream is so amazing! Yes,I would buy it. I would buy this cream to use in the daytime.It is thin,light,easy to apply,and goes a very long way.

Number 2)

The cuticle treatment: I actually loved this cuticle pen. The delivery method is great. You press down the metallic end of the pen,and it dispenses the cuticle oil at the sponge end. The cuticle oil goes on very easily,and my cuticles are nice and moisturized. You can actually see the oil coming out of the sponge,so I know I didn't get something,that I am not sure wether there is anything there.I tried a cuticle pen from another brand, and although I could barely feel it,you couldn't tell there was much of anything coming out of it.


Number 3)

 The day cream is not something I would purchase. I apologize.This is my honest opinion,and I will tell you why I would not purchase it,although there are many scientific studies that say drugstore creams are just as good for your skin as any  high-end cream you can buy at a department store. I, on the other hand,do prefer a high-end cream called Caudalie. I am sure some of you have heard of it.

I would not buy the day cream,because simply,it is greasy. I don't like putting something thick on my hands like that and having to go to alot of trouble to rub it all over my hands. I have hands that are a "certain age" and I don't need a cream that is hard to apply.Okay,now I sound bitchy, but I don't mean to. This cream has only one advantage that I can give in it's favor.It has SPF protection,which is something that is incredibly important when purchasing a hand cream. Daily exposure to the sun and UV rays makes this an absolute necessity,in my opinion.


In short,I give the night treatment and cuticle treatment both a big thumbs up,however,the day cream did not work for me.


And with all that in mind you still have a couple more days to enter the Hand Perfection Giveaway



The Hand Perfection brand

Nourishing Day Cream with SPF 15 (SRP $14.99)

Rejuvenating Night Cream (SRP $14.99)

Nail and Cuticle Treatment (SRP $9.99)

Combo pack which contains the Nourishing Day Cream and Rejuvenating Night Cream (SRP $24.99)

Introductory Promotion Pack with the Nourishing Day Cream and Rejuvenating Night Cream plus a FREE Nail and Cuticle Treatment Pen
SRP $24.99 (limited edition through March 2013).

Hand Perfection will be available in January 2013 at CVS, Walgreens, Albertsons, Duane Reade, Harmon and other fine stores across the country.  Please visit us at www.handperfection.com and on Facebook@HandPerfection.





Products reviewed in this post were provided by a media representative for the company.All opinions are my own.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Zoya Irresistible swatches and review!

Press Sample


Wow! I can't believe how fast this day has gone by! And I have another review for you! These are the Zoya Irresistible metallic nail lacquers! You may also purchase these during the Zoya Earth Day 2013 Promotion.

Let's get on to the swatches!


First up is Kerry, a gorgeous yellow gold foil! Kerry was very easy to work with.She went on sheerly at first and I used three coats for full coverage. Kerry has these tiny microfoil metallic flakes.When they come together on the nail, I am reminded of those gold bullion bars that are housed in the Federal Reserve,lol! It is a rich color indeed!


Next is Amy, and she is a red orange foil! Amy went on sheerly at first,and covered in three coats.


Tinsley! I see her as Amy's baby sister. She is a rose gold foil. Tinsley was easy to apply,and covered in three coats as well as the rest.


Bobbi. A magenta pink foil. Bobbi applied sheerly as well,and covered in three coats.


Hazel. A blue-green foil with silver flakes. This one went on easily and covered in three coats too.


Finally we have Rikki, a green fern foil. This one took three coats for coverage and applied very easily as well.

Overall, the metallic foils in this collection are probably my favorite of Zoya's Summer 2013 offering. These are all so rich looking,especially Kerry, Amy,and Bobbi. If you are going for a more toned down metallic flavor I would go with Tinsley, Hazel, or Bobbi. In my opinion they are all a win!



Product in this post was provided for swatching and review. All opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy for further information.


Zoya Stunning swatches and review!

First of all I want to preface this post by saying thank you to those of you who sent me positive energy and prayers the other night, in reference to this post . So thank you, dear readers.

     Press Samples                                                                      

The first new Zoya collection I have for review for today is the Stunning Set set. This is a set of bright and cheerful cream formula lacquers.So as most of you are probably aware, Zoya is having their Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange until the 26th of this month,and the nail colors in this set are included in the exchange.



First up is Zoya Thandie


Thandie is an orange coral cream. I had a little streaking with application,but the coverage was opaque after three coats..

Second is Zoya Micky


Zoya Micky is another bright cream. It is a corally pink. I had no issues with application,it covered in three coats.



And this is Rocky, a serene blue cream that covered very easily in three coats. I liked this one so much I wore it as a full mani for several days.


Here is Yana, described as a geranium pink cream. This one covered easily in three coats also.


And Josie. I love the name. It reminds me of "Josie and the Pussycats." This is supposed to be a grass green cream,however it didn't quite photograph like that for me. Again, this one covered very easily in three coats.



Finally there is Darcy. A bright and sunny yellow cream. I had so much trouble with application with this one. I must have swatched it two or three times before I realized it might need the help of some thinner.

The formula was very thick and goopy,so yes,after I applied a couple drops of thinner,it became much easier to work with. It was still streaky though,and did cover in three coats.I may have used four for this photo. Not a very flattering color on me.It is a bright and cheerful shade of yellow though. Something I would probably return to use for nail art.

In conclusion, the Stunning shades are very bright and very well pigmented.
My favorites in this group are Rocky,Yana, and Micky. I do think the others are pretty too, I just find myself drawn more to the pinks and blue in this set.


Which shades do you like?




The Zoya Stunning nail polish was provided for review and my honest opinion. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Hi peeps...

Just wanted to do a little update post here,since I haven't been feeling well for the past couple of weeks.

I have a guest post on the way,and would like to ask my readers if you care to do a guest post. I would certainly appreciate it as I have not been feeling well enough to do my nails or even blog.

Just thought I would put that out there.

So,please send a little positive thoughts,energy,and prayer my way,if you have it in your heart to do so.

I thank you kindly,and don't forget to enter the Hand Perfection Giveway , as it will end on the 27th of this month.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Announcing the 2013 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange*














Hooray for Earth Day! Once again, Zoya is helping you do a little spring cleaning with the return of the Earth Day Zoya Nail Polish Exchange* for 2013. Clean out your nail polish wardrobe and get rid of old nail polish that may not be BIG5FREE (Free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP and Camphor) and exchange it for a greener alternative - long lasting, award winning, healthy Zoya Nail Polish bottles!

Now's the perfect time to make the switch to an eco-chic beauty routine! From April 19, 2013 - April 26, 2013 (11:59PM EST), exchange your old, unwanted nail color for toxin-free ZOYA Nail Polish for only $4 per bottle plus shipping and handling fees. Rest assured - ZOYA will properly dispose of your old polish. 
Here's all you need to do!
1.  Go to 
www.zoya.com and pick out the polishes you would like (excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades) and add them to your cart. You must select at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish (Salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles.)

2. Apply the code (copy and paste for best results): 
ZOYAEARTH2013
3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish).

4. SUBMIT your order!
Then Zoya will ship out your NEW polish! HOORAY! This is how your order should look like... 





Once you get your order 
Here's where the exchanging* happens...
1.     Ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish.
2.     Include a copy of your order. 
To clarify the exchange: You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. You can also donate. If you decide you don't want to do either, it's ok "Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish" we will still love you and will send the Zoya polishes... we'll just send you on a guilt trip for a while :)


Ship Your Old Nail Polish To:
Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA
Once we receive your polish, we do the rest! It’s that simple!
IMPORTANT!
The bottles you send in cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes (but they can be any other brand). We are using the honor code here folks! We want to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish! We send you the polish first then you send your old polish back to us! If you do choose to send us your old polish we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines. This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!
*Offer valid online at www.zoya.com only. Offer expires on 4/26/2012 at 11:59PM EST. Continental US ONLY. Not valid with any other codes, coupons or promotions. Shipping and handling fees apply. Consumer accounts must exchange a minimum of 6 polishes with a 24 bottle maximum. Salon accounts must exchange at least 12 with a maximum of 48 bottles. Polish can be from any brand EXCEPT Zoya, Qtica or Nocti and can be exchanged for in-stock .5oz Zoya Nail Polish. Excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. Zoya Exchange code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or errors associated with declined credit cards. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 6 weeks for shipping and processing. Art of Beauty, Inc. reserves the right to remove any polish that is out of stock from your order. You will not be charged for this polish. Backordered polish is not included in this promotion.

________________CONNECT WITH ZOYA: Make sure to tagTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest posts with @ZoyaNailPolish and hashtag posts with #ZoyaNailPolish and#ZoyaEarthDay. Website, Blog and YouTube links can be shared on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/zoyanailpolish).

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

China Glaze: Gets Down to the Nitty Gritty



GETTING DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY

China Glaze® Introduces Texture: the Newest Technology in Nail Lacquer











Polish Nerdvana!

aka what I got from Ariel of Lacquer: The Best Medicine and Heather of Miss Mani Monster!

These two gorgeous young women hosted their very first giveaway recently. I was fortunate enough to be the winner.


When I got home yesterday,there was this huge box at the post office,and I opened as soon as I opened the door! Oh my!

Lookee what we have here! Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Antique Bronze,Opi Chicago Champagne Toast, Funky Fingers Mood Ring,Essie Sew Psyched, Mac Pigments in purple,green and gold. In the back is Santee Baby Yellow,NYC Skyline Blue, Wet n' Wild Megalast in Candy-licious Rose bonbon, NYC Chelsea,NYC Lincoln Center,Funky Fingers My Pretty Pink, and Funky Fingers Evanora's Envy.

Oh and the two nail art wheels and fun striping tape!

There is also a really nice Coach keychain which I did not include in the photo.

I am going to be doing some nail art!

So, I wanted to go ahead and give a shout out to Heather and Ariel . I hope you will go visit their blogs.

Oh,also they are having another giveaway, so if you like their blog, you might want to enter. Here is the link to their April Giveaway

Nail It Magazine Features Zoya Nail Polish online



Why They Love Zoya…

“As if the gorgeous shades and lovely shape of the lacquer bottles weren’t enough for us to go gaga overZoya nail polishes, this nail polish brand was the pioneer of the “3 Free” effort.

Three-free means that three ingredients are absent from the nail polish formula: toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Zoya was free of toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin since its inception in the 1990's. It then went on to remove DBP from its formulation in 2002. What’s more, in 2007, Zoya became camphor-free as well. 



In 2006, after feeling the heat from health groups and shoppers, a handful of brands, including OPI and Essie, removed the “toxic trio” from their formulas, and many companies, such as Butter London and Sally Hansen, followed suit.

But unlike those brands, Zoya embraced the “3 Free” ideology from its inception, a decade before there was a concerted public awareness campaign!”
LINK: http://www.nailitmag.com/nail-designs/zoya-3-free-nail-polish/why-we-love-zoya
In fact, Zoya Nail Polish remains committed to providing a healthier choice in beauty with a formula that is also free of formaldehyde resin and camphor, making each and every long-wearing, beautiful shade Big5Free.
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CONNECT WITH ZOYA: To alert our social media department of your Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest posts make sure to tag us @ZoyaNailPolishand hashtag posts with #ZoyaNailPolish and #ZoyaBig5Free. Website, Blog and YouTube links can be shared on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/zoyanailpolish).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Hard Candy swatches and review!

The polishes in this post were provided for review.

Okay,so! I have swatched and reviewed a few of the polishes in separate posts,however,I wanted to just get right to it,and give you my thoughts on the ones in this post.


Everyone loves bottle shots,right? I mean who couldn't love staring at this melange of glitter in a clear base? 


Here it is on the nail wheel! A close up so you can see all the happy stuff going on! I think it is aptly named "Party Central". I swatched this over three coats of Sally Hansen Black Diamond. All of the glitters in this post will be over SHBD.

Now,Party Central is shown here with two coats. There was a bit of dabbing necessary to get the glitter placement on the nail,as the glitters kept wanting to swim off their own way.

Next up:

Fun n' Festive


Looks very nice in the bottle right? I looove the way it looks in the bottle!


And here it is on the nail wheel! Lots of teeny green and a few teeny gold glitters,along with some large golden hex glitters. I used three coats for this one,and it also required some dabbing for glitter placement.


Now, here are the seven glitters I swatched all over SHBD. Fun n' Festive is the second from the left. You can hardly see it. I am thinking maybe it should be swatched over something else,like gold or green.

The third one I have for you today is Hard Candy Masquerade,third from the left on the wheel,swatched over black again. Two coats,and there was dabbing again to get the glitters to behave on the nail.

The glitters appeared copper to me in the bottle,but this polish actually has a clear base with small black glitters and large red hex glitters. I was kind of disappointed with it,because the black glitters were sparse,and when I applied it over the nail, I knew it would have to be swatched over black. The black glitters in Masquerade would look sloppy swatched over any other color but black,and since I don't really like black nail polish,this one is lost on me. It kind of too reminds me of that China Glaze glitter from the Cirque du Soleil collection, called "Whirled Away." They may even be very similar if not dupes.

Oh,and here's the bottle shot!

Next is Fireworks.






Fireworks. Two coats  with more dabbing for glitter placement,although the glitter in this one has a bit more going on for it. It's all a mix of small red and navy glitter, nice long red bar glitters,and some really great red hex glitters!

The next three glitters in this post are my favorites,and here is why.


The first in my favorites of these seven, is called So So Sequin. You cannot tell from this bottle shot,there is a whole lot of holo glitter in there.



So So Sequin, on the left. It took two coats for full coverage over black. You can wear it alone and still get full coverage.




So So Sequin is a generous base of silver microglitter and large blue hex glitters.At least that is what you see in the bottle. In the above shot you can see it's holo glitter.


The second one  above is Glamour Girl.




Glamour Girl is the second one swatched above. Two coats over black.Full coverage glitter and can stand alone. I love the pink microglitter base with large red hex glitters.


Finally the last glitter in this bunch:

Party Lights




Party Lights has a silvery glitter base, with aqua green and periwinkle glitters. The above shot is a macro,as most of the nail shots,since I feel it shows the glitter in the best light. This one was also swatched with two coats over black,although it will also cover in two coats alone.


And that is my review of the Hard Candy glitters that were provided to me for review. The provision of these nail polishes for my use,did not affect my opinion whatsoever.

Aside from that, how do you like the new Hard Candy lacquers? Do these glitters leave you feeling giddy, like they do me?


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Mermaid Effect...

                                                         Press Sample


2 Coats of Mermaid Magic layered over Crush on Caribbean


Hello there,and Happy Tuesday to you!

Today's post is a swatch of the something called Mermaid Magic from the new Hard Candy line.




The above photo is  three coats of the glitter by itself,because I wanted you to see how many coats you will need if you decide to wear it alone. I feel it could probably use a fourth coat,but three will do.

Mermaid Magic is one of the new glitters by Hard Candy, a group of nine lacquers called the Glitteratzi line. This particular glitter comes with medium sized aqua-colored glitter and large lavender square glitter in a clear base.



And here is a close up of the glitter. It is as close as I could get as my camera seemed to be spazing over all the glitter.



I hope you're having a good week.TTFN :-)




Product in this post was provided for my honest sampling and review.Please see my disclosure policy for more information.



Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Caribbean Corollary...

                                                                                                                                               I bought this

Hello again,dearies ;-)

Today's nail post will be blue.Yes that's right blue. I am not sure why I gravitated towards blue today,however,it is what it is. And with this being Autism Awareness Month,it fits right in with raising consciousness for a cause.



From Hard Candy's newly released line of nail colours, we begin this week with Crush on Caribbean, an aqua blue foil from the Crushed Chromes collection. This one went on with a sheer aqua blue base. A second coat revealed a golden shimmer. Two coats were all that was needed for full coverage,and the formula was really very nice, as most of the Hard Candy lacquers I've tried so far.

Have you found these at your local WalMart yet?






Friday, April 5, 2013

The New Professional Nail Polish Neutral from Zoya!



“Work Appropriate” nail polish doesn’t have to be boring.

Get to work with the best neutral nail polish: Zoya Godiva
We all know that “work appropriate” fashion and beauty office guidelines vary greatly from company to company depending on the business at hand. And fingernails are often viewed as best covered in clear nail polish, just buffed or a worn in classic French Manicure to error on the side of humdrum and boring but safe in some environments...

Zoya PixieDustTM in Godiva solves this common workplace dilemma with a neutral nail polish color option that is modern, soft and stylish and works as well in the classroom, boardroom and courtroom as it does at a red-carpet movie premieres.

Here’s why... the textured, matte nude nail polish Godiva is beautifully buildable from semi-sheer as a single coat to full-coverage in just two coats, depending on your personal color intensity preference. No matter what, the look is always that of impeccably groomed and modest with just enough sparkle to keep things feminine (and a dare we say a bit sexy too - work it girl!).

The unexpected and huge bonus to Zoya’s PixieDustTM Godiva formulation is that the color dries quickly, requires no base or top coats and is long wearing - which saves precious time for busy professional women (and Mom’s) who always want and need to look their best in a variety of professional situations.

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INSIDER PRO MANICURE TIP: If you would like to customize Godiva to perfectly match your skin tone, it’s easy. Simply add a drop or two of another Zoya PixieDustTM color, usually Chyna, as desired to the bottle and blend by gently stirring the two shades together. Wearing the color as a semi-sheer single coat also allows your natural skin tone to show through for subtle “naked nail” look that works beautifully with any light or dark skin pigmentation.

See the “Zoya How to apply Zoya PixieDustTM Video” for more great beauty tips and tricks to use when applying Zoya PixieDustTM.


Photo credit: Zoya Nail Polish

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Papaya Hypothesis

                                                                                                                                         I purchased this.




Pinch of Papaya from the New Hard Candy Line. Two coats. 

The first coat is a sheer pink.After the second coat it turns opaque with all of these fluffy golden and copper foily microglitters.Gorgeous! A pink/copper duochrome.