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Press Release! ZOYA Island Fun & Paradise Sun collections

Just in time for Summer 2015, here come two amazing looking collections from Zoya. Due to be released May 5th, Island Fun will feature 6 cremes, and Paradise Sun will feature 6 metallics. Read on!

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Introducing two new Zoya Nail Polish collections for Summer 2015, Island Fun & Paradise Sun. All in the Big5Free* formula Zoya is famous for.

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ISLAND FUN (creams)
Ready for an island vacation, these playful creams embody a tropical getaway! They are strong in color to balance the brilliance of the summer sun, with a flawless cream formula.

Jace (ZP796) – Modern tropical green in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. A green that is more muted than lime and surprisingly wearable!
Cecilia (ZP797) – Classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Talia (ZP798) – True turquoise in full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Serenity (ZP799) – Summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer!
Nana (ZP800) – Deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
Demetria (ZP801) – A vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.
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PARADISE SUN (metallics)
Fully saturated with a gorgeous micronized metallic sheen, these shimmering beauties are much like sunshine sparkling on water. Meant to be used as an independent color, these shades feature a full-coverage, densely pigmented formula.

Genesis (ZP790) – Crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish. Designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!
Selene (ZP791) – True teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper
layers of ocean water.
Oceane (ZP792) – True turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters.
Isa (ZP793) – Deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers.
Mae (ZP794) – Warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.
Aphrodite (ZP795) – Vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life.

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AVAILABLE 05/05/15!

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MORE BIG NEWS…
image007Watch LIVE as Zoya Nail Polish debuts the NEW Summer 2015 Collections – Island Fun & Paradise Sun on Periscope!

Join us on Friday May 1st at 12:30pm EST to meet the collection and talk with Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa, on how the new shades blend with summer cosmetic and fashion trends. If you don’t have a Periscope account already, don’t forget to get it set up now!

Broadcast Time: 12:30pm EST
Follow Zoya on Periscope: @ZoyaNailPolish

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Some oceany new blues from Madam Glam!

You won’t be singing the “Summertime Blues” with these three new shades from Madam Glam. Each one will get your heart singing and ready for the beach days ahead. All three are different textures and all equally fun. Great formulas all around. Let’s take a look!

Here are some perfect summertime shades that remind me of the clear ocean shades of my beloved Emerald Coast on the Florida Panhandle! If you love beachy, mermaid shades and textures, these are for you! From left: Ibiza, Disco Ball and Diva.

Here are some perfect summertime shades that remind me of the clear ocean shades of my beloved Emerald Coast on the Florida Panhandle! If you love beachy, mermaid shades and textures, these are for you! From left: Ibiza, Disco Ball and Diva.

We will start off with Ibiza. Don’t you love that name?! Sounds so classy. I had to shoot this on a cloudy day and really wanted you to see how the shimmer comes out. But April here in the Ozarks changes like nobody’s business. Oh well!

Ibiza is described as: "Sky Blue. Is this the perfect shade for a long vacation? We think so. Shimmery with a hint of green and simply gorgeous! Very subtle shimmers. One to two coats for full opacity." I used two smooth coats, slightly thicker than the cremes but nicely self leveling. This has more of a green cast than most "sky blues" but definitely summery!

Ibiza is described as: “Sky Blue. Is this the perfect shade for a long vacation? We think so. Shimmery with a hint of green and simply gorgeous! Very subtle shimmers. One to two coats for full opacity.” I used two smooth coats, slightly thicker than the cremes but nicely self leveling. This has more of a green cast than most “sky blues” but definitely summery!

Next is Disco Ball. And she is ready to partaaay! This one is loaded and super easy to apply.

Disco Ball is described as: "Blue Glitters You are fun and playful? These blue glitters will make you dance whenever you wear them. The perfect pop of sparkle! Blue glitters in a transparent base. One coat for an even coverage." I used one easy, no-fishing coat over black and white. I love the larger blue glitters because they are smooth, yet have some dimension.

Disco Ball is described as: “Blue Glitters
You are fun and playful? These blue glitters will make you dance whenever you wear them. The perfect pop of sparkle! Blue glitters in a transparent base. One coat for an even coverage.” I used one easy, no-fishing coat over black and white. I love the larger blue glitters because they are smooth, yet have some dimension.

And the last one, because you know you’re not a “Diva” unless you’re fashionably late, Diva!

Diva is described as: "A glittery blue Blend in with the sea and the sky! Blues and greens put in glitter, make this nail polish a one of a kind item, that you cannot resist! Two thin coats for full opacity." I used two thin coats and it dries slightly textured. I added a clear top coat. She's a Diva, but she's a beauty!

Diva is described as: “A glittery blue
Blend in with the sea and the sky! Blues and greens put in glitter, make this nail polish a one of a kind item, that you cannot resist! Two thin coats for full opacity.” I used two thin coats and it dries slightly textured. I added a clear top coat. She’s a Diva, but she’s a beauty!

That is the conclusion of the huge swatchfest from the Madam Glam summer 2015 shades. Love them all and you can get your hands on them now at Madam Glam!

Madam Glam offers a ton in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Metallics, and nail treatments. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, eye makeup, blushes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully and carefully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $40. Check the web site often for special offers.

Madam Glam is located here: http://madamglam.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madamglam
On Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Madam_Glam
On Instagram: @madam_glam or http://instagram.com/madam_glam

Link to Miss Holly Berries Blog

*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

Three gorgeous new cremes from Madam Glam

Some of the many things I love about indie polish companies is their constant vision for thinking outside the box, pushing their own limits and constantly adding to their inventory of wonderful shades and finishes. Madam Glam is one of those companies that continue to bring it all to the table. Today I’ll be sharing some super glossy cremes. All perfect for the office or a beach party! Let’s see what we have!

From Left, Falling For You, Underground Queen and Rose Pethal. All three amazing formulas on these cremes.

From Left, Falling For You, Underground Queen and Rose Pethal. All three amazing formulas on these cremes.

First up is fast becoming one of my favorite shade types for spring and summer. Even without a tan, it makes you seem like you have one! Here is Falling For You. I think of this one as a bleached neon type of shade. Either way, it works for me.

Falling For You is described as: "Soft Baby Pink. It's like the beginning of a romance : soft, simple, amazing! The perfect pink for every romantic out there." I reached full opacity in two smooth coats, super glossy! It's quite bright without being a true neon, so no flat finishes here!

Falling For You is described as: “Soft Baby Pink. It’s like the beginning of a romance : soft, simple, amazing! The perfect pink for every romantic out there.” I reached full opacity in two smooth coats, super glossy! It’s quite bright without being a true neon, so no flat finishes here!

Another glossy pale peachy pink is Rose Pethal. Very neutral as far as nudes go and I think it would work on many skin tones.

Rose Pethal is described as: "Soft Pink Romantic yet playful, this light Pink is a must have for everyday occasion. So simple and so stylish!" I reached full opacity in this smooth applying creme in two coats. Super glossy as well!

Rose Pethal is described as: “Soft Pink
Romantic yet playful, this light Pink is a must have for everyday occasion. So simple and so stylish!” I reached full opacity in this smooth applying creme in two coats. Super glossy as well!

And last for this post is a rich grey that is super glossy and a dream to apply. Underground Queen is a perfect grey on its own or as a moody base for nail art.

Underground Queen is described as: "Gunmetal Grey You always think outside the box? Then this shade is perfect for any season and occasion. Sophistication to another level!" As with the other two cremes I shared in this post, this applied totally opaque in two coats and dries super glossy!

Underground Queen is described as: “Gunmetal Grey
You always think outside the box? Then this shade is perfect for any season and occasion. Sophistication to another level!” As with the other two cremes I shared in this post, this applied totally opaque in two coats and dries super glossy!

In conclusion, I love all three of these cremes. No surprise there! 🙂 All of these are available now in Madam Glam‘s store.

Madam Glam offers a ton in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Metallics, and nail treatments. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, eye makeup, blushes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully and carefully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $40. Check the web site often for special offers.

Madam Glam is located here: http://madamglam.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madamglam
On Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Madam_Glam
On Instagram: @madam_glam or http://instagram.com/madam_glam

Link to Miss Holly Berries Blog

*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

More new shades for Summer 2015 from Madam Glam

Aaaannnddd we have three more beauties from our friends at Madam Glam. I’ve been featuring their newest additions to the MG family for Summer 2015. I continue to be blown away. Did I already mention that these polishes are quite long wearing? That’s a great plus for you gals that don’t change polish as often as I do! Let’s get this Party started!

Three more beauties. From left, are; Rock Star, a pink holo glitter in a clear base. Amazing over any shade! Party nights is a golden glitter in a clear base, perfect to glitz up your daytime mani. And Candy Coat. This sweet purple creme will make you drool!

Three more beauties. From left, are; Rock Star, a pink holo glitter in a clear base. Amazing over any shade! Party nights is a golden glitter in a clear base, perfect to glitz up your daytime mani. And Candy Coat. This sweet purple creme will make you drool!

Here is one of my faves. Rock Star is a pink holographic topper that so feminine and amazing over any color.

Here is one light coat of this pink holo glitter called Rock Star over Chocolate Dream by Madam Glam! Love this combo. Rock Star is described as, "Holographic Glitters. Wear it by itself or on top of a color. No matter how you choose to rock it, it will definitely make its presence noticed! Formula is Holographic glitters in a transparent base. One coat for an even coverage."

Here is one light coat of this pink holo glitter called Rock Star over Chocolate Dream by Madam Glam! Love this combo. Rock Star is described as, “Holographic Glitters.
Wear it by itself or on top of a color. No matter how you choose to rock it, it will definitely make its presence noticed! Formula is Holographic glitters in a transparent base. One coat for an even coverage.”

Candy Coat blew me away! In a sweet way. 😉

Be still my beating heart! Candy Coat is a dream! A big, shiny, purple coated dream! 2 coats.

Be still my beating heart! Candy Coat is a dream! A big, shiny, purple coated dream! 2 coats.

Party Nights and summer go together like tiki lights and beach bonfires! Super smooth micro glitter topper.

Party Nights! This micro gold glitter top in a clear base is perfect as a glitter topper, used as a glitter gradient over a color (as seen here over Candy Coat), or 3-4 coats for full coverage. Very smooth!

Party Nights! This micro gold glitter top in a clear base is perfect as a glitter topper, used as a glitter gradient over a color (as seen here over Candy Coat), or 3-4 coats for full coverage. Very smooth!

I still have more coming so stay tuned. It’s always such a joy working with Elsa and the Madam Glam team. Seriously superb customer service and a plethora of other products to amaze you!

Oh, side note: I apologize for not “presentin'” with more nail art, gems etc., on my recent manis. I’m just trying to get these colors out to you for your shopping pleasure. I’m sure you’d prefer to see the products in all their glory than see my feeble attempts at art. LOL But seriously, I’ve been uuber busy of late helping my hubby finalize liquidation of his folk’s estate (his mom passed away in December). It’s been grueling work and I thank the Lord my nails have stayed strong with all the cleaning, sorting, packing, etc. When life gets back to somewhat normal, I’ll be blinging it out again. 😉

Madam Glam offers a ton in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Metallics, and nail treatments. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, eye makeup, blushes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully and carefully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $40. Check the web site often for special offers.

Madam Glam is located here: http://madamglam.com
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madamglam
On Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/Madam_Glam
On Instagram: @madam_glam or http://instagram.com/madam_glam

Link to Miss Holly Berries Blog

*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

Press Release from CND…New XPRESS5™ Top Coat System

Press Release!

CND® SHELLAC® BRAND INTRODUCES ITS FASTEST SYSTEM YET
FEATURING NEW XPRESS5™ TOP COAT & CND® LED LAMP

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most desirable of them all? CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color.
CND, the visionaries behind CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color, reveal the next generation of this revolutionary 8-patent system with the NEW CND® SHELLAC® Brand XPRESSS5™ Top Coat and CND® LED Lamp for faster-than-ever service time and high-performance wear. With a wide spectrum of radiant, prismatic colors, CND® SHELLAC® brand continues to elevate the standard in professional nail color.

Application in half the time, removal in just 5 minutes! This is no fairytale; this is CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color.

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“At CND, we are always looking for opportunities to elevate the consumer experience while serving the professional nail community with the latest and greatest in technology and innovation,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The advanced CND® SHELLAC® brand system provides 14+ days of high-performance wear and crystal shine, while significantly decreasing service and removal time so you can get your clients in-and-out of the salon for more appointments and increased revenue per day!”

Since the company’s inception in 1979, CND has remained consistently science-based, grounded in the performance of its products. Time and again, CND’s R&D resources have proven their worth, delivering new levels of effectiveness.
“We have spent the last 4 years in CND’s state-of-the-art laboratory developing our patent-pending 3C Technology™ for a Complete Chromatic Cure™ via the CND® LED Lamp and 2.5 years developing XPRESSS5™ Top Coat to help CND® Nourishing Remover penetrate faster for a significant decrease in removal time,” says Dr. Dave Valia, Vice President of Research & Development for CND. “The re-launch of this revolutionary system with added benefits and evolved features further solidifies our technical leadership and reaffirms CND’s commitment to advancing the state of the industry.”

TOP 5 REASONS WHY THE ADVANCED CND® SHELLAC® BRAND SYSTEM IS THE ONLY CHOICE FOR NAIL COLOR:
1. Effortless, glide-on application
2. 14+ days of high-performance wear
3. Stunning crystal shine
4. Incredible 5-minute removal
5. No nail damage

CND® LED LAMP FEATURES:
· Cures all 5 fingers (or toes) in half the time (as compared to CND® UV Lamp)
· Uses optic mirrors to target UV exposure to the nail area only
· Patent-pending design with pre-set timers for each service step
· Lightweight, ergonomic design with guides for proper hand/foot placement
· Only lamp designed to completely and evenly cure CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and BRISA® Gel
NEW CND® SHELLAC® Brand XPRESSS5™ Top Coat ($15.95 per .25 fl oz bottle; $24.95 per .5 fl oz bottle) and CND® LED Lamp ($299.00) are available worldwide May 2015. CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color is now available in 83+ fashion-inspired colors ($15.95 per 0.25 fl oz. bottle), or layer to create your own! Visit cnd.com to find a distributor or for more information on CND® SHELLAC® Brand Pro Certification.
For videos, how-tos and to see why the CND® SHELLAC® brand is no fairytale, visit www.cnd.com.

About CND
Founded in 1979 and based in San Diego, California, CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty – including CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color. Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education and customer support. CND is an industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care in personal beauty and fashion.

It’s here! Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange 2015!

04/20/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ZOYA EARTH DAY NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE 2015 – STARTS TUESDAY – APRIL 21, 2015!

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With over 300 shades rooted in a healthy philosophy, it’s no surprise that Zoya is committed to helping you green your beauty routine! That’s why each year we give you the opportunity to exchange any old nail polish bottles that you may have laying around your house collecting dust, or that are not BIG5FREE* formulas, for brand new toxin-free** Zoya Nail Polish shades. You can rest assured that your unwanted polishes will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Helping the earth is easy… all you have to do to get started is pick out your NEW Zoya colors at zoya.com, follow the instructions below and checkout. Let us do the rest!

How the ZOYA EARTH DAY NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE works…

1. Visit www.zoya.com and add a minimum of 6 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Minimum 12, maximum 48 for professional accounts.

2. Apply Code: EARTHLUV and a 50% credit will be added to your exchange order – free shipping included!

3. Complete checkout and you’re all set! If you need further instructions (including info for our professional program) on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.
The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish – we assume you’re going to do the right thing! Many people donate the polish to a local cause instead, which we fully support. If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.

USE CODE: EARTHLUV
Offer valid 4/21/15 – 4/28/15 (11:59pm EST)

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

Confessions of a nail polish addict tag!

Well, it had to come out eventually! First off thanks to my sweet, fellow beauty blogger/YouTube celebrity and polish addict, Zenorah at Zenorah.com and Zenorah on YouTube. She’s my tagger! I enjoy sharing little nuggets of my boring life. These are always fun to do and to read. So here we go!

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Confessions of a nail polish addict Questions:

1. What colour are you wearing right now?
A bright pink called Hotter Than You Pink by OPI.

2. What nail product can’t you live without?
Well if we aren’t talking about color, I’d have to say a good quick-dry topcoat.

3. What is your favorite nail brand?
Too many to number!

4. What shape nail do you wear?
I’m definitely a squoval. Easy to maintain, is the most natural looking for my finger and nail bed shape, and I. Too clumsy to pull off pointed!

5. What’s your go-to Red, Pink & Neutral Nail Polish?
That’s a tough one. I’d have to say that for a mainstream red it would have to be Sookie by Zoya. For the pink, I am going to have to say any baby pink works for me. For neutrals, I love latte shades as well as the new Zoya Naturel line.

6. Short or Long Nails?
Long of course. But not so long that I can’t do housework, mow the yard or or plant flowers!
7. What Nail Polish colors are on your nail wish list?
A Neon holo periwinkle or a Caribbean blue green.

8. When do you paint your nails, morning, afternoon or evening?
Mostly morning to afternoon when the lighting is best since I am usually swatching. I don’t like to paint them at night because I inevitably end up jacking up my mani by morning.

9. What’s your top nail tip you swear by?
Oil dem cuticles! I always apply cuticle oil with a micro slanted flat brush around my cuticles. Then I oil them at night before bed. Dry cuticles are just, unhealthy!

10. What nail polish do you regret buying?
I hate buying a drug store polish, get it home, only to find out it’s a color I already have but the cosmetic company duped it and slapped on a new name. This infuriates me!

11. Neon or Pastel?
Both. Yup, both!

12. What’s your favorite color right now, you wear all the time? I change all the time! But right now, I’m loving all the neon blues and greens.

Well, that’s all I can confess to at the moment. I’m just glad one of the questions was about how many bottles I own. That would be just going too far. 😉

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