Saturday, January 24, 2015

Santa Sack Reveal and Giveaway

Good evening dear readers! I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday night! The day has run away with me, and I really wanted to get this post up right away since the package arrived late. I received a Santa Sack, a mystery bag of indie polishes, that was coordinated by Wonder Beauty Products. Each sack held on average 4 full size nail polishes based upon their individual retail values from the contributing indie polish brands, and each bag was guaranteed to be worth a minimum of $40 retail. Let's check out my bag!

How cute is this! My bag looked so smooshed when I emptied it so I had to plump it up with a scarf for this photo. Each polish was wrapped and just ready for me to dig in!

My bag contained 4 full size polishes, a mini polish, a mini candy cane, and two chocolate kisses that survived long enough for this photo to be taken. Let's check out the colours a little more!

Colores de Carol
Caramel Swirl

Yum! I've never tried this brand before, and I look forward to testing it out!

Crazy Sister Polish
Sugar Plum Princess
Pink Sugar scent

This is another new to me brand, and I can't wait to test it out!

Ellagee
Sky High Heels

I have a couple Ellagee polishes, and I love this shade!

Smitten Polish
Jack Frost

Smitten Polish makes some awesome microglitters, and I am thrilled to add this one to my collection!

Above the Curve
Jingle Bell Rock

Holo with glitters? Yes, please! I look forward to wearing this one as well!

Here is a complete list of all the Indie Nail Polish brands that participated in the Santa Sack:
Above the Curve, Alchemy Lacquers, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, Colores de Carol, Delush Polish, Dollish Polish, Ellagee, Jindie Nails, Love, Angeline, LynBDesigns, Makeup Monsters, Model City Polish, NailNation3000, Philly Loves Lacquer, Reverie Nail Lacquer, Sea Lore Polish, Sincerely Polish, Smitten Polish, Spellbound Nails, SuperChic Lacquer, Sweet Heart Polish, Wicked Nails

Other Trinkets and Surprises contributed by:
Spectraflair4U, Crazy Sister Polish, Wonder Beauty Products and more!

Now you can win your own Santa Sack! It's never too early for Christmas, right? Please keep in mine that each sack is random so the winner's sack is likely to be different from mine!

This giveaway is open Internationally to participants age 18 and over! Please check out the widget below to enter! Good luck!










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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Born Pretty Store Floral Water Decals

Press Sample

Good evening, dear readers. I hope this post finds you well, and you have been having a wonderful week! I feel like this week has flown by so quickly! For tonight's post, I wanted to share a look I created using water decals from Born Pretty Store. I love water decals because they are so fast and easy to use. They definitely are fun for creating different nail art looks! Let's do this!

Each sheet comes with 24 separate floral decals. The ruler along the left side is in cm for the numbered ticks.

I used Literary Lacquers Carrots Carrots and The Mad Ones with these decals to create this look.
These water decals were very easy to apply. I first cut out the decals that I wanted to use and soaked them for about 20 seconds in water. This allowed the decals to float away slightly from the cardboard backing. I then dipped my nails in water and used tweezers to place the decals on my nails. While it isn't entirely necessary to wet your nails first, it helps with placement of the decals. If you place the decals on a dry nail, the decal is fixed in the location it first touches the nail and gets wrinkled if not torn if you try to move it. Having wet nails lets you slide the decal into position easily. I then soaked up the water by placing a papertowel along the side of my nails and very gently patting over the decal. 

I really like the colour of these particular decals, and they are going to be perfect for spring! These particular decals can be purchased by visiting here


You can save 10% off regularly-priced items from Born Pretty Store by using promo code QWL91. There are lots of fun things on the site, so be sure to check them out for all your nail art needs!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!


Disclaimer:  The products reviewed above were provided to me for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts stated are entirely my own and are based on my use of said products.  I love receiving feedback from my readers, and any comments left here are the express opinions and/or property of the individual authors.  Therefore, I, the author of this site, cannot be held responsible for the opinions held by others.  I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

KBShimmer: Men Are From Mars-ala Swatch and Review

Press Sample

Good afternoon, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well, and you have been having a wonderful week thus far! I am FINALLY feeling well enough to get back to blogging consistently, and I am so happy about that! It feels like forever since I've posted, so let me stop wasting time here, and let's do this!

For your viewing pleasure, I have KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala on the blog today. The 2015 Pantone colour of the year is Marsala, an earthy red-brown shade. Christy developed this shade for those that want to sport the colour of the year on their nails, and it is quite a lovely colour! Marsala is the type of colour I would wear on my face: blushes and lip products in particular, and I was curious how I would feel about it on my nails. Let's check out some photos!
I have to say, I am really digging this colour! I enjoy wearing brown and red polishes, and this shade is the perfect go-between for when you want a colour that is a little more neutral but still have a touch of brightness. I'm definitely going to be wearing this shade quite a bit this year!

The formula of Men Are From Mars-ala is really nice: not too thick or thin, and the application was really smooth. I used two easy coats for these swatch photos.

I am so glad to see Men Are From Mars-ala on the KBShimmer line-up, and I naturally have to comment about the name. Christy always has such fun names for her polishes, and Men Are From Mars-ala is awesome!

You can purchase Men Are From Mars-ala and other polishes and products by KBShimmer at the website here. Be sure to follow KBShimmer on Facebook here and Instagram here for shop announcements and previews on future collections!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!



Disclaimer:  The products reviewed above were provided to me for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts stated are entirely my own and are based on my use of said products.  I love receiving feedback from my readers, and any comments left here are the express opinions and/or property of the individual commentors. I reserve the right to remove any comments that I find to be harmful, unnecessary, or not constructive for other readers.





Monday, January 12, 2015

Press Release: China Glaze Road Trip for Spring 2015

Good morning, dear readers, and happy Monday! I have been fighting a really nasty cold all year so far, and every time I think I am getting better, I have a relapse. I decided to do absolutely nothing last week so I could focus on getting well. At this point, I'm confident I am on the mend so I can resume blogging! Yay! Let's start off with this press release from China Glaze featuring their Road Trip collection for Spring 2015. I actually saw this collection in person last summer at Cosmoprof North America, but it was top secret and I couldn't take any photos to share at the time. I've been so excited about this collection in particular since I first saw it, and I am beyond thrilled that is is currently available! I'm crazy about the bright colours for the season, especially that lime and coral! Let's do this!


ARE YOU READY FOR THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME?

Join China Glaze® for the ultimate adventure in colour
#ChinaGlazeRoadTrip

For those with wanderlust, there is nothing better than hitting the open road and chasing the dreams that lie ahead.  This Spring China Glaze® celebrates the free spirit who lives for adventure and creates her own experiences with the new Road Trip nail lacquer collection.  The 12 new shades are inspired by the vibrant hues of a setting sun as it dips below the horizon.  Warm pinks, yellows and reds give way to the cool blue tones of the evening sky.  The China Glaze® Road Trip collection offers so many ways to take your adventure on the road and pave your own path.

Pack your bags with 12 new colours including:


·       Trip of a Lime Time: Lime green crème

·       My Way or the Highway: Bright turquoise crème

·       License & Registration Pls: Marine blue crème

·       Boho Blues: Soft indigo crème

·       Dashboard Dreamer: Powder blue shimmer

·       Wanderlust: Powder purple shimmer

·       Pack Lightly: Powder peach shimmer

·       More the Explore: Soft coral crème

·       Pinking Out the Window: Salmon crème

·       I Brake for Colour: Bright red-pink crème

·       Pop the Trunk: Bright orange crème

·       Sun’s Up, Top Down: Bright yellow shimmer

Put the top down and hit the open road with China Glaze® Road Trip, available now at fine beauty supply stores nationwide including Ulta and Sally Beauty.  It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime. 

For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Press Release: Awesome Zoya Promo to Start the New Year!


NEW YEAR, NEW HUE


A New Year means new colors to discover & fresh looks to try. Start 2015 on an extra colorful note with your choice of 3 Zoya Nail Polish shades free PLUS a mini trio (0.25oz) of three (3) exclusive mystery colors*! We don’t want to spoil the surprise BUT we can tell you that the mystery shades were selected by Creative Director, Rebecca Isa, as perfect transitional shades and have never been available for purchase previously. That's not all... for this promotion only, we're opening up shipping to our friends in Canada** as well!
Get ANY 3 Zoya Nail Polish shades
PLUS 3 Mystery Colors FREE***!

Just pay promotional shipping & processing charge of $15 (USD)

BONUS
: Buy an additional $25 of product to get FREE Standard Ground Shipping on your entire order. 
Use Code: NYNH

Offer valid 1/7/15 – 1/14/15 (11:59pm EST)

*Mystery shades have never been available for retail sales and will not be available for individual (open stock) purchase. The three shades will be available exclusively in mini (0.25oz) sizes as part of the mystery gift only.

**International processing fee applies for orders outside of the US. International fee includes pre-payment of all duties and miscellaneous fees. Certain dollar amount and weight restrictions may apply. Any orders shipped to Alaska or Hawaii may incur additional freight charges. Customer will be notified of charges prior to order shipment. International shipping available to consumer accounts only.

***Terms & Conditions
Shipping & Processing fee of $15 applies. Valid online at
www.zoya.com 1/7/15 – 1/14/15 (11:59pm EST). Excludes Zoya Nail Treatments and Delight and Satins Collections. US and Canada only. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or gift with purchase items. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, declined credit cards or web related issues. Limit one code per order. Code must be entered at the time of purchase – code cannot be reinstated on canceled orders. Orders will begin shipping at the completion of the promotional period - Please allow up to 5 weeks for processing if volume warrants it.

BIG5FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Press Release: Zoya Delight Collection

ZOYA DELIGHT

Get ready for mouth-watering spring delights from Zoya! Inspired by the soft and airy colors of the season, Zoya Delight serves up three cheerful creams and three turquoise flash metallics for an updated, flirty way to wear pastels! All in the full-coverage, long-wearing, Big5Free* formula Zoya Nail Polish is famous for.

·    ZP772/Rayne: Dewy, spring blue with an energizing turquoise metallic flash.
·    ZP773/Lillian: Faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish.
·    ZP774/Tiana: Palette-cleansing ‘pistachio gelato’ green in a glossy cream finish.
·    ZP775/Daisy: Refreshing ‘lemon merengue’ yellow with a turquoise metallic flash.
·    ZP776/Leslie: Soft spring lavender with a turquoise metallic flash.
·    ZP777/Eden: Classic spring flower pink in a glossy cream finish.


**BIG5FREE: Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

AVAILABLE 02/02/15!

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
$9 (US)

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Farewell 2014, Welcome 2015!

Good afternoon, dear readers, and Happy New Year! It's been so quiet on the blog front the past couple of weeks as I have taken some much needed time off to spend lots of quality time with my family. I'm eager to get back into the swing of things now that the new year has begun, and I wanted to start this this year out with a post that reflects on the past year as well as look towards the future. Let's start with one of the events that was a major catalyst for my blog in 2014!

Cosmoprof North America 2014
2014 started out slowly for me on the blog front as I moved to another state and had to get settled in at my new home. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to attend Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas in July, and it propelled my blog forward this past year. I had the pleasure of meeting up with several amazing people, and it was wonderful to put faces and voices to brands I was only briefly acquainted with prior to the trip. This post is a compilation of the brands I encountered that showcased at CPNA.

Out of the Darkness Fundraiser
I like to give back by supporting charities and fundraisers, and this past year, I decided to use my blog to help spread the word for an important cause. I partnered up with some of the most kind-hearted indie brands, and they donated one of a kind polishes that I could raffle off to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Called the Lacquer for Life campaign, we were able to raise $1740 for my local walk. I was blown away by the generosity of the indies that participated and those that donated to the raffle, and this campaign is what I am most proud of from 2014. I don't think I can thank you all enough for making this a possibility.
The walk itself was an intense experience for me, and I was honored to represent the nail polish community for this noble cause.

Favorite Products from 2014
I had the pleasure of trying out new products that were released in 2014, and these are the ones that I am still using often!

I use a lot of cuticle oil, and I cannot get enough of them from DIFFERENT dimension! Missi releases seasonal scents that are delicious. White Truffle Raspberry is my current favorite!

Winter is so hard for my skin, and this scrub has definitely helped to keep my hands soft. I also use it on occasion on my elbows and knees when they need a little extra attention. I am currently obsessed with the Apple Cider Donuts scent!

Ok, ok, technically NailVinyls opened up late 2013, but I was introduced to them in 2014, and they have taken the nail art community by storm. They certainly make nail art easy. Several brands have popped up over the year- either as a new addition to a product lineup or a new brand entirely, but I have always had the most success when using the original nail vinyls from NailVinyls.com.

Indie subscription boxes became very popular in 2014, and there were so many to choose from! The Sweet Addictions box sold by Cupcake Polish was my favorite from last year. Every box contained a gorgeous Cupcake Polish that was exclusive to the box plus two other indie brands. It gave you the opportunity to try out other brands if you haven't done so before, and the $30 price point made it more affordable than others on the market.

Nail Art from 2014
I was determined to do more nail art this past year, and while I definitely have a lot of room to grow, I've had a lot of trying! These are some of the looks I created this year.














Hello 2015!
It's a brand new year, and I am looking forward to seeing where I go from here! I'm currently in the process of buying my first house with my husband (YIKES!), so the start to 2015 may be a little slow as we hopefully finish signing all our paperwork and move later this month. Thankfully this move will be local so it hopefully won't be slow too long on my end! 

I look forward to working with some of my favorite brands in the new year in addition to trying out new-to-me brands! I definitely plan to continue working on my nail art skills and look forward to sharing with you the looks I create in addition to many swatches. Keep your eyes peeled for some fabulous new products as well this year! I have helped test out a few things in 2014, and they should be hitting the market and available for purchase soon!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day, and I wish you all a wonderful start to a new year! XO!