Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nicole by OPI Texture Coat Press Release

Create Instant Nail Art!

Nicole by OPI Introduces Texture Coat

Nicole by OPI announces the launch of Texture Coat, a line of graffiti-style nail art products inspired by OPI’s bestselling Shatter. Available in six chic shades – Gold, Silver, Red, White, Turquoise and Black – Texture Coat offers a simple way to create unique, unpredictable patterns on nails with a quick, at-home application.

“Fans of Nicole by OPI are fun, fashion-forward women who love experimenting with trends and using nail lacquer as a form of self-expression,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Texture Coat offers an easy way to create your own completely customized nail art. Whether you choose pastels, darks, glitters, shimmers, or sheers to pair with Texture Coat, the endless options will accessorize every look.”

To use this product, start with Base Coat Plus, followed by two coats of any Nicole by OPI nail lacquer. Let the lacquer dry completely before applying Texture Coat. Complete the manicure with Top Coat Plus for a high-shine finish.

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality, with products featuring the Perfect Stroke brush for streak-free, even coverage. Texture Coat will be available July 2011 for $7.99 each at ULTA, Target, Meijer, Harmon, Wegmans, Sears, and H-E-B. Texture Coat will be available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Loblaw.For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reviva Labs Cleansing Gel

For many years I used a foaming face wash with exfoliating beads or granular particles, thinking that the more foam and scrub action it had, the cleaner my skin would be. I really hadn't given much thought to the fact that those elements could possibly be too harsh for my skin. After going through two bottles of Reviva Labs Organic Cleansing Milk, I found out that I don't need foam or exfoliating beads for a clean, fresh face. I also love the fact the Reviva's products are all natural and cruelty free.

I recently ran out of the Cleansing Milk, and I've been using another Reviva face wash, their gentle, soothing Cleansing Gel for Sensitive Skin. This product is a liquid gel-type formula that doesn't lather up much at all, but still manages to give my face an effective cleanse. It has a very light fragrance that's barely noticeable and it rinses clean easily. This cleanser is more moisturizing than others I've used, to the point that my skin feels soft enough to go without moisturizer. However, I do still use moisturizer simply because I want to do everything I can to ward off the aging process!

This product comes in a 4 oz. bottle that retails for $8.00. I use a fairly small amount--a little more than a teaspoon-size dollop in the palm of my hand. The ingredients are:

Purified water, cocamide betaine, glycerin, lanolin sterol, cocoa butter, aloe vera gel, polysorbate 20 (lauric acid), ethyl cellulose, allantoin, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, orange flower extract, caramel.

My skin is not particularly sensitive, but this cleanser easily removes all of my make up without any trace left on a cotton ball soaked with toner used after cleansing. I also like the fact that it's filled with moisturizing ingredients to help in my never-ending battle to fight the signs of aging on my face.

*Product featured was furnished by the manufacturer for review.

OPI Grand Slam! England Press Release

OPI Unveils Three New Shades from
Serena Williams’ Glam Slam! Series

OPI joins tennis superstar Serena Williams in announcing the latest three lacquers in the Glam Slam! collection. To celebrate the world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, Glam Slam! England features two duo-packs filled with sparkle.

The first Lacquer set includes Your Royal Shine-ness, a metallic silver shade, paired with Servin’ Up Sparkle, a shimmer-packed silver glitter. The second Lacquer set also features Servin’ Up Sparkle, along with Grape…Set…Match, a metallic purple.

“England’s premier tennis tournament warrants colors with extra glitz and glamour,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The next big trend in nails is making lacquer look 3-dimensional by adding different micas and glitters, turning fingertips into jewelry. With two bold metallics and a sparkling glitter, these colors are fit for royalty.”

“For stand-out nails, I love experimenting with different glitter shades,” explains Serena Williams. “The new Glam Slam! England lacquers can be worn alone for a bright pop of color, or layered with Servin’ Up Sparkle to create a textured effect.”

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collection contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Glam Slam! England will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

OPI Nice Stems! Press Release

Summer Pinks in Bloom!

Nice Stems! by OPI Revamps Nails with Vibrant Pink Hues for Summer 2011

Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems! by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia. Nice Stems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.

“These vibrant, feminine hues complement 60’s ladylike fashions, 70’s glam looks, and bold color-blocking, which are the season’s staples,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Nice Stems! collection also offers an interesting contrast and feminine accent to the punk and biker looks on the runways.”

Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:

Play the Peonies We’d put our money on this lovely soft-pink.

Come to Poppy Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.

Be a Dahlia Won’t You? Give the gift of fabulous fuchsia—to yourself!

I Lily Love You Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.

“Using different micas and glitters can give lacquer a 3-dimensional look,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “I Lily Love You is a glitter coat that can be layered over any of the other three shades to add a bright sparkle; or, it can be worn on its own for a subtle tint of pink with strands of glitter.”

The Nice Stems! Nail Lacquers by OPI contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Sally Hansen Hard as Nails: Rockin' Hard

Sally Hansen recently released a new Hard as Nails display with 24 shades, and at only $1.99 each (0.45 fl. oz.), I knew I had to pick some of them up. You can view the entire display on Nouveau Cheap, which is a blog that always does a great job enabling me to buy more products!

Rockin' Hard is a mauve/pink creme with hidden shimmer and while some might consider to be a "Granny" color, I think the hidden shimmer redeems it nicely. I thought with a name like Rockin' Hard, how can it be a "Granny" color? Unless they're referring to a rocking chair. Hmm...I still like it though! I used two coats and had no trouble with the formula or application.

Here are the shades I picked up from the new display. Ice Queen and Rock Candy will likely work best as layering polishes, and On the Rocks is a lilac crushed foil glitter shade.

What do you think of Rockin' Hard? If you've seen this display, let us know if you picked any shades up for yourself!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Zoya Touch Collection Available for Pre-Order

2011 limited edition, full coverage nude nail colors
TOUCH soft sensual sexy
Zoya Nail Polish presents 3 new, full coverage nude nail polish shades designed to coordinate with a variety of skin tones ranging from light to dark. Each softly kissed with a bit of metallic to make them ultra wearable.

Zoya TOUCH Collection
Minka (ZP561) - latte beige cream with a metallic kiss
Shay (ZP562) - desert rose sand beige cream with a metallic kiss
Pandora (ZP563) - mauve beige cream with a metallic kiss

Zoya is the new color of fashion...
The Zoya TOUCH collection was designed to recreate the custom looks developed for and inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week.

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya TOUCH as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at http://www.zoya.com/. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.

TOUCH by Zoya
PRE-ORDER May 25 - May 31, 2011
shipping JUNE 1, 2011

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl. oz. bottle (US)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Collections: China Glaze, Color Club, Jessica

Here are some new collections that you may or may not already be aware of! China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals (July release), Color Club Fractured (should be released any day now!), and Jessica Carte Blanche Summer 2011 (available now).

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Palladio Herbal Lip Gloss

Palladio Herbal Lip Gloss is a "new to me" product" and one that I'm very pleased with. These glosses come in 28 shades including clear, and retail for $4.50 on Palladio's site. They're also available at Sally Beauty for $4.49. From Palladio:

True to color and extremely moisturizing, these unique glosses are a must-have for makeup aficionados. Enriched with five beneficial herbs (Ginseng, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Chamomile and Aloe Vera) and fortified with anti-oxidant Vitamins A, C, D and E, this wide variety of high-fashion colors will keep lips slick, not greasy.

Clearly Coral Herbal Lip Gloss is a pink/coral shade that's filled with tiny gold shimmer The shimmer is very smooth and not annoying! I say that because some of my glosses with glitter in them are almost gritty in feeling. This gold glitter adds a delicate glistening appearance that looks nice on its own, or adds a touch of glitz and glamour over a darker lip product. This product contains .24 fl. oz. and has a sponge tip applicator. It's on the sheer side, but packs plenty of pigment to wear alone.

I love this shade, and I think it's perfect for the summer months. The glitter or shimmer--I'm not sure what the proper term is when describing a lip gloss--is so fine, but it's quite abundant. I have some lip glosses that have glitter/shimmer in them that is too overpowering for my taste, but this one is perfect.

This gloss reminds me of a MAC Lipglass as far as the pigmentation goes, but they're not at all sticky like the MAC product. This particular shade has no scent or flavor, and they wear like an average lip gloss, meaning that you'll need to re-apply it several times during the day to maintain the color.

I checked out some of the other shades during my last visit to Sally Beauty, and the range of colors is fantastic. I saw several that looked very MAC-like in color, and I picked up Pink Pearl because it has the gold flecks also. I'm going to have to go back and take some of my Lipglasses so I can compare the shades!

My verdict on this product is that it's a win all the way around. They're very reasonably priced, they have a nice texture, a variety of shades to choose from, and my lips feel soft and moisturized long after the color is gone. Clearly Coral is a gorgeous shade that works well for me on casual days as well as days when I want a more polished look.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think of them? If you have, let me know what some of your favorite shades are!

*Product featured was furnished by the manufacturer.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday Follower Freebie: Rapture Edition!

I had this scheduled in Blogger to go up yesterday, but I think zombies have invaded my computer, because it didn't work! One follower will win both mini sets of Revlon's Bloom With Captivating Color collection. If you'd like to enter, just leave your eMail in the comments below. Entries will be accepted until Monday morning, and the winner will be announced in my Come Monday weekly newsletter...that is, if we're all still here on Monday :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Zoya Promo Offer! Caitlin & Dove Free With Any Purchase!

Special Promotional Offer*!

Try the Zoya "French Twist" manicure created by Haven Spa for the Joy Cioci presentation at NYFW! For a limited time with any** purchase (excluding Zoya Color Spoons) on Zoya.com you get Zoya Nail Polish in Caitlin and Zoya Nail Polish in Dove for free!! Just enter the code ZB52 when you check out! These trend setting spring colors are MUST have in any collection! This offer is only good until Monday May 23 (11:59PM EST)! Act now and try the "twist" everyone is talking about!

*Online only, cannot be combined with any other offer , promotion or coupon. US ONLY. Promotion ends Monday May 23 at 11:59 PM EST. Offer good for 1(one) open stock .5 oz bottle of Zoya Caitlin and 1(one) .5oz bottle Zoya Dove with the purchase of any NON-SPOON item on Zoya.com. Art of Beauty Inc. will not honor promotions that are submitted after promotion has ended - No exceptions. No exchanges. Worst case scenario please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Comments, videos and pictures posted about this Zoya Nail Polish Exchange outside of Zoya.com or zoyanailpolish.blogger.com are not representative of the opinions of Zoya Nail Polish, Art of Beauty, Inc., Qtica and Qtica Smart Spa and we do not confirm the accuracy of any postings. Customers are responsible for maintaining active accounts. If username or password have been lost we (Art of Beauty, Inc.) are not responsible for restoring accounts or giving out any account information. S/H not included.
**offer excludes Zoya Color Spoons.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Nicole by OPI Sea How Far You Go-A Target Exclusive

Sea How Far You Go is one of twelve shades in the Nicole by OPI Spring 2011 Collection called Something About Spring. This collection is available exclusively at Target stores. I have a weakness for olive green shades and for shades that have a foggy or muted look to them, so I picked this one up. The Nicole line recently updated their brush as you can see by the label, and I'll talk more about that below.

A little off-topic...what's blooming today? The Astilbe plants are all starting to bloom, and if you're looking for a perennial that is virtually pest free, easy to grow, and adds color from May until October, these are a perfect choice for you. They come in a variety of colors, and are among the hardiest plants I have. That's your gardening tip for the day!

Sea How Far You Go has an interesting finish--in lower lighting it has a finish that I've not seen before, but I couldn't get a decent photograph of it without some lighting. It's almost a muted foil with shimmer, but it retains a glossy finish. Once it gets in slightly brighter lighting, the finish becomes almost foil-like.

These photos were taken under cloudy skies, and the gold that's infused into this olive shade becomes the dominant color. Indoors and under lower lighting, it appears more of an olive shade. This is not a duo chrome by any means, but it does exhibit some subtle color shifting.

The only crackle I picked up from Sally Hansen was Antiqued Gold, so I thought I'd see how it looked like over a somewhat similar shade. I used one coat over Sea How Far You Go, and the result is a little strange! The Sally Hansen didn't crackle a lot, and because the shades are similar, it gives more of a textured look than a crackle look.

Here's a look at the old Nicole brush and the new Nicole brush. I found the new one a bit difficult to work with, but once I get used to it, that may not be the case. The stem design has gone to a flatter, more rectangular one, and the brush itself is denser, wider, and shorter.

I used 3 coats of Sea How Far You Go, and I think part of the reason I kept seeing bald areas even after the second coat was due to the brush...or to my lack of knowing how to use it properly! Otherwise, the shade and finish of this shade is pretty unique, especially if you like olive tones. Have you tried the new brush yet? What did you think? It reminds me of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Finish brushes, which I didn't like at first. But once I got used to them, they work fine.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cult Nails A Day At The Races & Coupon Code!

Cult Nails has come out with another beautiful collection called A Day At The Races! Mine arrived yesterday, and while I haven't had an opportunity to use them yet, I wanted to share some photos with you and pass along a $5.00 off $50.00 coupon code. Enter the code POLISHME at check out to receive the discount, and this code expires on Saturday, May 21.

The collection contains 5 shades and includes two glitters, two cremes with delicate shimmer, and one creme. They're all gorgeous, but Captivated is captivating indeed! The lighting in the photo below is a little dark, but look at Captivated glow!

Cult Nails also carries glass nail files in addition to their polishes. The lovely Maria had a special offer when this latest collection was offered for pre-sale, so I received the file with my order.

I can't wait to use these shades, because I have purchased all of her shades to date and the formula is excellent. The polishes retail for $10.00 each, and the files retail for $12.00 each. Have you tried Cult Nails yet?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In the News: OPI's Suzi Weiss-Fischmann to judge Miss USA!

This is fun and interesting! I wonder what shade she'll be wearing?!!

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann will be a Miss USA Pageant judge on the live telecast scheduled for Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner of Miss USA will go on to compete in the Miss Universe competition on September 12, 2011, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

*Source: OPI Products Inc.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

e.l.f. Mineral Booster

Target had a display of e.l.f. mineral make up a month or two ago, and because I'm always looking for something to give me a flawless finish, I picked up the Booster Face Translucent Mineral Finishing Powder. This kit contains 1 booster powder (0.17 oz./4.8 g.) and a blending brush. This kit was priced at a reasonable $4.99, so I thought if it didn't work out, I wasn't out too much money. I have never used e.l.f. products other than their eye lash curler, which is the best I've ever used. I also recently ordered some brushes, primarily to get some more concealer brushes for cuticle clean-up, but that ordering process and their customer service have greatly disappointed me. But, I'll save that review and ordeal for another day!

The blending brush is not dense enough to get a good application of the powder, so I use a kabuki brush for my application. The e.l.f. brush does a good job of picking up plenty of product though, and because the bristles are not densely packed, it works very well on some of my more pigmented blushes. This allows me to place these blushes more evenly without getting too much color on. I personally like to buff and blend mineral products, and I feel that a kabuki works better for me with these types of products.

The color I chose is called "sheer", and while the packaging says translucent, this does have more color to it than I thought it would. My plan was to use this over my foundation, but I've been wearing it alone and am very happy with the outcome. It adds enough color to even out my skin tone, but it has a light coverage that feels very natural.

The brush is average when if comes the softness factor, but as I mentioned, the bristles are not dense enough to do a decent job of blending.

You can click on the ingredients to read them better, and they are 100% natural with no parabens, preservatives, or chemical dyes.

This is a nice little kit for the price, and even though I can't use the brush for the purpose intended, it is useful for other applications. The finishing powder itself works well alone, and I'm sure it would do a good job over foundation also. I recently started wearing liquid foundation for the first time, but I find with the warmer temperatures and some sun/tan on my face, I'm reverting back to just using a powder foundation. MAC msfn is what I've used for quite a while, but I'll definitely be using the e.l.f. product quite a bit during the summer months. I like the "barely there" natural look that it gives, the light feel, and the oil control it provides, giving my skin a dewy look. It's nice to find a product at this price that doesn't look too powdery or cakey, but still controls the oil.

Never having used their color cosmetics before, if you have any recommendations for other e.l.f. products you like, I'd love to hear about them!

Friday, May 13, 2011

OPI/Cointreau Promo Polishes!

With Blogger being all kinds of crazy, I'm going to hold off posting some other things that took me more time to put together, lest they disappear as several posts already have. In the meantime, check out this promo partnership between OPI and Cointreau. Now this is my kind of gift with purchase--an OPI nail polish with the purchase of a bottle of Cointreau! The shades don't appear to be all that exceptional (although photos can be deceiving), but if you enjoy collecting limited edition polishes or enjoy drinking Cointreau, here's the deal:

Cointreau Global Travel Retail has teamed up with professional nail care specialist OPI Products in a special promotion for global travel retail. For every 1-litre bottle of Cointreau purchased in one of 15 key travel retail locations, the customer will receive an OPI nail lacquer in a Cointreau-inspired shade as an exclusive gwp.

The OPI Cointreau shades include Have You No Self-Cointreau? (a bright pink), Cointreau-versial Chocolate (a rich brown), Sweet Sips At My Fingertips (a pale pink), and Orange You A Seductress (a vivid tangerine).

The partnership was unveiled first in April at Auckland International Airport. Over the coming months the Cointreau nail lacquers will also be found at Paris Charles de Gaulle, Munich, Mumbai, New Delhi, New York JFK, Newark, Orlando, Dallas, Houston, and San Juan Airports. They will also be on board Condor Ferries between England and France and in selected border stores in Ontario and Quebec at the U.S. border. Frankfort and Moscow airports will participate in the Cointreau OPI Cocktail Collection promotion later in the year.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Chanel Black Pearl vs. Revlon Black With Envy

Today I have a comparison between Chanel Black Pearl and Revlon Black With Envy to share with you. These are much closer than I thought they would be, but they do have their differences.

The top photo is Chanel, the bottom photo Revlon. I used two coats and both were photographed under partly sunny skies.

The photo below shows a side-by side of both shades. The differences I noticed the most: the Chanel leans slightly more green, while the Revlon lean more grey, and the Chanel has a more metallic/chrome finish, while the Revlon is a straight shimmer.

The cotton ball after removal reveals a different perspective, but still shows the differences.

These two fools were outside with me while I was taking the photos. If they look tired, it's because we had a thunderstorm last night, which means they were up half of the night being babies! Gizmo (above) is so ugly, that I find him cute...with his bugged out eyes and snaggle tooth. Gus (below) was never afraid of storms, but he has learned this new behavior from Gizmo, so they both crawl into my lap now. Naturally, I have to get up with them so they don't wake everyone else up, so I'm rather tired myself! Greta's not afraid of storms, so she's off running and playing, while these two await a nap :)

Both the Chanel and Revlon applied well using two coats, and as you can see, we would notice a difference, but I don't think too many other people would. Both shades are a similar grey/charcoal color with a subtle green tone, and both have the brighter green/teal micro shimmer. The Chanel has a slightly pearl-type finish, whereas the Revlon is a straight shimmer. Truth be told, I prefer the finish of the Revlon, but the actual color of the Chanel. If I were buying it solely for the color, I'd likely skip the Chanel price tag and go for the Revlon. But I love my Chanel's, so I'm fine with having purchased Black Pearl.