Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Essie's Judith Ripka Collection & Lots of Reminders!

Above & Below: Put A Ripka Ring On It is a shade that Essie does best: pale pink. Perfect application, 3 thin coats.

Above & Below: Queen of Hearts applied very nicely in 2 coats. This is a vivid red shade and it appears to be almost a coral red.

Above & Below: Heart My JR Jewels is a dark brown shade with a hint of red. This one applied a little thinner than the others and is shown in 3 coats.
I have lots of reminders and notes that I wanted to mention today, so let's do that first. Niki at the fabulous MagicxMaid blog came up with a very fun idea to have a Blogger Holiday Gift Exchange. She's got it organized very well and if you click here, you can check out all of the details and sign up. The sign up deadline is September 14. I am extremely excited about participating in this! Thanks so much Niki, for planning this out so well.

Here are the winners from the Fall Frenzy contest:

***Kitty from Kitty Luvs Color blog won the Color Club Dark Romance mini set***

***Sarah C. from California won the Barielle/All Lacquered Up collection. Sarah doesn't have a blog to share with you, but she is very happy and excited about her win!***

***Nina from Nina's Obsessions blog won the Color Club Wild at Heart collection***

Coupon/Code Reminders & Updates: Don't forget about the Quirius/QRS $3.00 coupon available on any orders through 9/7/09. I still have a few more QRS polishes to post about and I'm placing another order today so I can take advantage of the coupon before it expires! They have a Fall collection coming out soon, so I'm anxious to see what that looks like. Victoria Nail Supply continues to offer my readers a free item with any purchase. This month you have your choice of 3 items: Color Club's Loosen Up Cuticle Softener, Color Club's Vivid Color Intensifying Top Coat, or 3 pair of OPI toe separators. Just mention 'Body & Soul' in the comments section of your order and also which item you'd like to have. Offer expires 9/30/09. Details about both of these coupons/codes can be found over in the right hand column.

Now to the Judith Ripka collection...Essie recently released this set of 3 shades which are infused with Diamond Dust. The collection is called Essie Loves Diamonds by Judith Ripka. These polishes retail for $15.00 (hey, diamonds are expensive!), although I didn't notice anything 'special' about them. I was a little disappointed that the diamond dust wasn't very noticeable, as I thought they may have a little glitter in them. I caught a flash of glitter or shimmer during the application of the two darker shades, but these look like cremes for the most part. The shades are nice, but again, nothing spectacular. The application was perfection, so I am pleased with that aspect. These polishes come with the chance to win a precious gemstone, including a diamond, a sapphire, or an emerald, by entering the UPC code at the Essie or Judith Ripka website. I haven't checked mine yet, but I'll let you know if I win!


  1. Congratulations to all the winners! :) Looks like I will have to buy the collections myself :D

    And to Essie...these are not my colors, so at least I can save my money somewhere :)

  2. congratz to all the winners,and such pretty girly colours

  3. Congrats to the winners and boohoo to the rest of us. We'll just have to buy all the things you gave away! I'm terrible aren't I! The Essie polishes looks gorgeous on you. Lovely colors and nice and shiny. So pretty. I don't see any diamond dust. Maybe the diamond dust just makes a stronger wearing polish? Hope you win a diamond!

  4. Thanks Mary! I'm super happy! I don't think the Essie's are anything to original so I won't feel like I've missed out by not getting them.

  5. Congratulations to your contest winners!
    I'm so on the fence about the Judith Ripka Collection! I was hoping for more shimmer and shine, like you said, but they fall flat for me. They look very lovely on your digits though!!! And I'll cross mine that you wine some diamonds/jewels! LOL

  6. i am in luuuurve with queen of hearts <3

    great swatches miss mary!

  7. Mary, you do lovely swatches. Now this is weird to me, but that coral red is my favorite of all of these - haha! I'm so picky about corals. This one is gorgeous! That pink looks lovely on you though, I have to say. I'm kind of eh about the brown. That's what is so shocking to me. You know I love browns. Haha!
    Thank you for mentioning the exchange!
    And HUGE CONGRATS to the lucky winners! Very exciting.

  8. Grats to all the winners!

    I like all the Essies, but especially the pink one! hope you win a gem :D

  9. Congrats to all the winners! I like all the Essies,but they're not shimmery enough for me.I also wanted to say that I like your shorter nails.I still have about 6 posts left before I unveil my "stubbies" :/

  10. I'm not a cremes fan but I like Queen of Hearts. Looks pretty!

  11. Congrats to the contest winners!

    My feelings towards cremes have changed along with my increased supply of rhinestones. As long as I get sparkle somehow, I am pleased. All three colors look classic and have a nice shine. Queen of Hearts is particularly pretty. I love the name too.

  12. Im so excited to get my Barielles. Ive never won anything, it means so much to me! And thanks for all the other congratulations!!!
    Thank you thank you thank you!!! Sarah C.

  13. AllYouDesire~it's always nice to see something so you can decide if you really like it or not. These were ok, the application was wonderful, but the colors, just so-so.

    Skye~I rally thought the pale pink was so pretty and girly!

    Lucy~I know, I thought they'd have a little shimmer, but I just don't see it. I still haven't checked to see if I won :)

    Kitty~I'm glad I could save you some money--ha-ha!

    Judy~I'm not disappointed in them, but was hoping for a little more, I guess. I hope I win an emerald!

    Kellie~I liked that one too, I think it was the hint of coral that did it for me.

    Nicole~you're like me and I love browns, but not so much this one. I love red corals and don't think I have too many of them. And the pink was so lady-like :)

    Kae~I hope I win a gem too! The pink was so delicate, I don't wear shades like that often, but I do like this one.

    Pinkginger~I'll await the unveiling of your nubbins! Mine were just getting on my nerves, so off they went. They grow quickly though.

    Phyrra~thank you, it's a really nice shade of red, but the coral in it makes it that much nicer.

    Diana~you can always top them off with some sparkly polish too. But it would have been nice if the diamond dust provided some sparkle.

    Csarah718~we're all happy that you won! It makes me happy that you're so excited! I hope you love tham, it's a fantastic collection.

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