31 October 2012

Halloween Skittles... Leave Your Link

See the polishes I used here:  2012 Halloween polishes ♥ OPI, China Glaze and Orly
Pin ItHappy Halloween!  I did not really get into Halloween this year, for some reason I just wasn't feeling it.  But that doesn't mean I don't love looking at other people's Halloween mani's!  Leave me a link to yours in the comments so I can check them out!
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30 October 2012

Coming Soon: China Glaze Holiday Joy

China Glaze Holiday Joy
Pin ItChina Glaze’s Holiday Joy collection is a true holiday collection - red and green, gold and silver, a gorgeous shimmer blue and two to-die-for glitters!
    • Glistening Snow – Fine diamond-like silver glitter
    • Champagne Kisses – Bubbly rose gold glitter
    • Angel Wings – Delicate gold dust glitter
    • Winter Holly – Gold-flecked dazzling green glitter
    • Glitter All The Way – Exciting multi-color glitter
    • Pizzazz – Twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend
    • Blue Bells Ring – Icy blue shimmer
    • Pure Joy – Fiery red glitter with gold particles
    • Red Satin – Silky blue-based red crème
    • With Love – Classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones
    • Merry Berry – Rich berry red crème
    • Cranberry Splash – Ruby red shimmer
The China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection also features 13 seasonally-inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts. Gift sets include:
Ho Ho Ho: Merry Berry, CranberrySplash, Red Satin, With Love, Pure Joy with First & Last base/top coat 

Holiday Charms: Mini bottles of MerryBerry, Red Satin, Winter Holly and Glitter All The Way

Puttin’ On The Glitz:Cranberry Splash, With Love and Pizzazz

Keepin’ Cozy: Merry Berry, Glistening Snow and Cranberry Splash with fingerless gloves
Let It Glow: Champagne Kisses, Red Satin and Winter Holly with a pine scented candle 
Brrr…It’s Chilly: With Love, Angel Wings, Pure Joy and a mini snow globe 
Wings of Wonder: Blue Bells Ring, Champagne Kisses and Cranberry Splash with an angel key chain. 
Santa Paws: Red Satin and Pure Joy with your very own plush puppy – “Joy”
Trimmin’ The Tree: With Love and Glistening Snow with a festive snowflake-embellished ornament
Cheers!: Angel Wings and Glistening Snow with a frosted shot glass
Jingle All The Way: Pizzazz and Merry Berrywith an adjustable Jingle Bell ring
Stocking Stuffers: Pure Joy and Champagne Kisses with a mini stocking

The China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection will be available in November 2012 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

Aren't the gift sets too cute?  I can't wait to see which ones they have at Sally's!  I really want the one with the fingerless gloves!  And the one with the candle too!

UPDATE:  A few of the sets are already on Sally's website... naturally not the two I want!

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Coming Soon: Mariah Carey for OPI (featuring Liquid Sand)

OPI for Mariah Carey featuring Liquid Sand

Pin ItI may not be in love with the idea of a Mariah Carey collection, but I am in love with these Liquid Sand polishes!  They look so fun, even though I don't know if the texture will literally drive me crazy and end up with me picking it off my nails.  There will be four Studio (regular) shades and four Liquid Sand lacquers.

One thing to note:  it seems in 2013 OPI’s retail price will increase from $8.50 to $9.00.
OPI A Butterfly Moment
A Butterfly Moment frosty tan nude
OPI Sprung
Sprung - shimmery copper
OPI Pink Yet Lavender
Pink Yet Lavender - pink glitter with lavender shimmer 
OPI Anti-bleak
Anti-bleak - deep, creamy purple

OPI Get Your Number
Get Your Number - matte blue with sparkles
OPI The Impossible
The Impossible - This matte fuchsia with star confetti 
OPI Stay the Night
Stay the Night -matte black with red glints
OPI Can't Let Go
Can’t Let Go - matte purple with dazzling sparkle

Mariah Carey by OPI nail lacquers will be available beginning January 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
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29 October 2012

Coming Soon: OPI Euro Centrale

OPI Euro (512x1024)

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Can you believe we are seeing SPRING 2013 previews ALREADY?  Crazy!  We haven’t even gotten past Halloween!  

This collection has a wide variety of colors - definitely something for everyone!
One thing to note:  it seems in 2013 OPI’s retail price will increase from $8.50 to $9.00.
Blue and violet are dancing partners in this glittery combo.
NLE72_OPIEursoEuroOPI…Eurso Euro
This deep blue cream is very continental.
NLE73SuzisHungaryAGAIN!Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!
Thank goodness there are zero calories in this warm and yummy pink!
NLE74_YourSuchaBudapestYou’re Such a BudaPest
If I let you borrow this periwinkle-purple, will you go away?
NLE75_CantFindMyCzechbookCan’t Find My Czechbook
I hope you take credit, because I must have this aqua!
NLE76_MyPaprikaIsHotterThanYoursMy Paprika is Hotter than Yours!
Get the extinguisher...this fiery red is sizzling!
NLE77_HansOffMyKielbasaHands Off My Kielbasa!
Get your own...this bronzy tan is all mine!
NLE78_Oy-AnotherPolishJokeOY–Another Polish Joke!
So this shimmery-gold walks into a bar...
NLE79_AWomansPragueativeA Woman’s Prague-ative
I’m changing this shimmery copper for...never mind!
NLE80_VanttoBiteMyNeckVant to Bite My Neck?
You know you want to...wear this deep eggplant.
NLE81_ISawUSawWeSawWarsawI Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw
Be seen in this deep midnight blue.
NLE82_MyVampireIsBuffMy Vampire is Buff
Creamy, pale and nude...just how I like my vampires.

Euro Centrale by OPI will be available February 6, 2013
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Makeup Wars - Battle of the BB Creams (with Skin79 Swatches and Comparisons)

Makeup Wars - Battle of the BB Creams - Skin 79 Swatches

Pin ItIt’s time for another Makeup Wars post!  I haven’t done one in a long time, so I am super excited to be taking part in this one!  And it’s on my favorite topic (besides nail polish) - BB Creams!  (If you want to know a little bit on the origin of BB Creams, check out my post here.)

I have been using BB Creams for almost two years now, and for those entire two years I have been loyal to one BB Cream - Skin79 VIP Gold Super Plus.  I have flirted with others in the past, most notably 3LAB BB Perfect SPF 40/PA+++ but I always come back to Skin79 VIP Gold Super Plus.  So when the website WishTrend offered to send me other Skin79 BB Cream samples, I happily agreed!


First, let me tell you exactly why I love Skin79 VIP Gold Super Plus.  I have dry skin that is very neutral - not cool, not warm, true neutral.  You would think that would make it even easier for me to find foundations that are right for my skin tone, but unfortunately that is not true!  My Skin79 is perfect for me.  When first applied, it looks slightly grey but after 60 seconds it looks perfectly natural.  It is very thick and creamy and my dry skin drinks it right up.  It has very good coverage and I usually don’t even need concealer. 

With that said, let’s look at the BB Creams that were sent to me!  I received four, three which were new to me.  Here are their descriptions from the Skin79 website:
  • Snail Nutrition Cream - Containing 45% of the Korean Snail Secretion Filtrate, supplying sleek and lustrous texture to the skin, preventing skin damage, and keeps skin moist and healthy by forming a moist protection layer (um, gross?)
  • VIP Gold Super Plus - Ingredients with an abundance of nutrition keep skin resilient and moist and its whitening and wrinkle fighting properties helps maintain clear and resilient skin, while giving the skin a natural and bright look
  • Hot Pink Super Plus -  Moisture based triple function BB cream takes care of the base as well as color makeup and allows the skin to look bright and natural without greasiness or feeling tight
  • Super Plus Triple Function - Upgraded Sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection SPF50. Strengthens skin NMF and maintain balanced skin condition. Osmopur-N and Vital-V Complex soothe and protect skin from various harmful environments to make a moisturized, healthy skin

Of the four BB Creams, VIP Gold Super Plus and Super Plus Triple Function are the most similar in color and texture, but VIP Gold Super Plus is still creamier.  The Hot Pink Super Plus is too dry and too yellow for me, and the Snail Nutrition smells horrible.  (Snail secretion?  Eww.)

I am glad that I had the chance to try other Skin79 BB Creams - but I still love my VIP Gold Super Plus!  You can find it on Amazon here.

Update - Ingredients for VIP Gold Super Plus:
Water, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Palmitate, Talc, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Arbutin, Ethylhexyl Salcylate, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Tocopherylacetate, Adenosine, Ubiquinone, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Tocopherylacetate, Adenosine, Ubiquinone, Hydrogenated Lechithin, Citrus Unshiu Fruit Oil, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Madecassoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Caviar Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Cornus Officinalis Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Schizandra Chinensis Fruit Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trihydroxystearin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Stearate, Methicone, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Gold, Triclosan, BHT, Phytic Acid, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Iron Oxides

Check out all the other BB Cream posts below!  I spy another Skin79 post!

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