Yay! We’ve all been anxiously awaiting the next collection from Zoya. This set of six transitional shades will be available for pre-order on 12/28/15. Experience color serenity with this muted and tranquil palette of transitional nail neutrals. I will be having swatches for you this coming week, so in the meantime let’s take a peek!
• Cala – ZP823: A soft nude with a kiss of warmth that will flatter most skin tones.
• April – ZP824: A light, rosy toned neutral that is a modern take on blush.
• Eastyn – ZP825: A subtle grayed grape that is more interesting than mauve and gives a modern alternative that is ever so wearable.
• Misty – ZP827: An easy to wear taupe that is an updated version of gray with just a touch of green to make it daring.
• Ireland – ZP826: A uniquely wearable green that is muted enough to make it subtle yet still interesting. This green is well-balanced between blue & yellow so it’s flattering on all skin tones.
• Lake – ZP828: A softened blue that gives the effect of serene water with just a hint of vibrancy to preserve its luminosity.
Here is April!
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER on ZOYA.COM 12/28/15
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I am so happy to be back on track posting my reviews. It’s been a whirlwind fall and now it is winter already. Where has the time gone?! Christmas Eve is already tomorrow and the baking and preparations have begun. But I had to break from the chaos and carols to show you these cute glitter topper lacquers from indie polish Glitter Lambs. I have four Christmas glitters plus two new party polishes! Let’s take a peek.
And two glorious glitter toppers!
Jamie’s store on Etsy is taking a little Winter’s nap while she and her family enjoy Christmas, but you can also visit her store at http://www.glitterlambs.com!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
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Well, I truly am still recovering a bit from being sick most of December…after moving to our new house mid-November. But neither post office confusion, rain, nor snow (no snow here, it’s to be 75 degrees today in Central Texas) nor dead of night shall keep me from posting nail polish! Today I’m sharing with you the last box of the 2015 Decades Collection, 2010s. What a great way to finish out the collection. Reminder, starting with January, the new collection will be called The Adventure Collection. I’m ready for the trek! But for now, here are the swatches.
Conclusion: SquareHue never disappoints. Each of this month’s bottles delivers great formulas, fabulous finishes and of course, portions of your purchase goes to a great cause…fighting Human Trafficking. I’m really jazzed for 2016! You can subscribe to the full 3-bottle collection delivered monthly, or a 2-box version. AND, you may now order previous collections/boxes.
Come back January, 2016 for my first SH post on the brand new collection, The Adventure Collection. Each month your loved one will receive a special set of 3 nail polish colors curated to keep them at the forefront of fashion. The first SquareHue box Hike: Banff ships the first week in January and then they’ll be set for the entire 2016 year, receiving one set at the beginning of each month! Use Code: 12Month20 and receive 20% off the entire year’s collection! And remember, you may now order previous collections so you don’t have to miss out.
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First, I’d like to tell you all Merry Christmas and happy holidays! It’s been a busy time for us here at the Duncan household. We just moved in to our new house a week before Thanksgiving, had holiday company, then poor little ole me, been sick ever since. Good news is, I’m getting better and I managed somehow to decorate for Christmas. My strength is returning just in time!
Allow me to show you the Deborah Lippmann Undressed Collection LE (available now). I did a full review in October of the Undressed Collection and I can’t emphasize enough that these six perfect little bottles of naked nail nirvana are LE (Limited Edition). You’ll definitely want to get your hands on this cute gift pack for your polish loving friend, and get one for yourself while you are at it! SRP only $34 (a $72 value) Available online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com, and at Barney’s New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide while supplies last. BONUSif you act now, purchase the Undressed Set at Deborahlippmann.com and receive a FREE ($12 value) Smooth Operator 4-way nail buffer. Shape, smooth, buff, shine—this multi-tasking buffer lays the groundwork for a perfect manicure and is also a tool for a quick fix for high-shine on the go without nail color. The extra gentle, micro fiber material is easy on the nails. Use the numbered sides of Smooth Operator as follows: 1. Gently shape nail tip. 2. Gently buff ridges on top of nail. 3. Smooth nail surface before applying base coat. 4. Buff to high-shine when you don’t want to wear nail polish. Do not buff to high-shine if you intend to paint your nails.
I’d also like to share this fabulous trio that is, “Dependable. Gentle. Trustworthy.”! It’s the Deborah Lippmann Treat Me Right gift set (LE). Also available in same places as stated above, this SRP is $24 (a $36 value). More on that following the Undressed collection. So let’s revisit this adorable naked creme ensemble. Create the perfect canvas with this limited-edition set. These three must-have, best-selling treatments in fashion sizes give any at-home manicure a salon-professional look. Fashion sizes are 8 ml ea.
Here is a recap of swatches!
The set is described as: “The perfect nude nail is at your fingertips…in six all new elegant shades. Our set of 6 full coverage fashion shades flatter any skin tone, creating a graceful, polished (no pun intended) look. From work to weekend, looking natural has never been so glam.” DL also states, “…Contrary to the nudes of the past, there is no one-shade fits all proposition; Deborah expertly developed each color to flatter any skin tone for a graceful, polished look.”
I can tell you, All About That Base (is 7-free) not only acts as a corrector and concealer (great for yellowed nails), it provides an amazing base to keep your painted nails looking their tip-top best longer. The Cuticle Oil is a necessity for all well-groomed fingertips and the Addicted to Speed Super Quick-Drying Top Coat provides a high shine option while protecting your mani from smears, smudges and scratches. Everything you need at home for a salon-pro look.
I still hold the same Conclusion! I love the shades and finish of this set. I found a slight difference in the formulas. Although all are fully pigmented and each shade took 2 coats, I found the darker 3 polishes formulas to be better than the paler 3. I don’t think it’s my imagination as I’ve swatched many collections and sometimes because of the shade, it’s just going to HAVE to be different in application due to pigments. The first three shades, Flesh For Fantasy, Totally Nude and Born This Way were thicker and took a bit more finesse to apply without streaks on first coat, let fully dry then apply second. Second coats self levels and dried fully opaque and glossy. The last three (darker shades), Bare It All, Natural Woman and Skin Deep, were thinner (not thin) and struck a perfect balance of opacity and smooth application. Glossy on finish and great to apply. I had no trouble with the brushes in these petites, as they are full size brushes. Favorite shades were Bare It All and Skin Deep.
I was thrilled when I found out I would be reviewing these six glorious shades from the Cirque Colors LE Icon Duos for Nordstrom’s Pop-In Opening Ceremony. This is my first chance to review for Cirque and looking forward to even more swatches and reviews for Cirque creator, Annie Pham. The three duo sets include 1 holographic and 1 creme polish.
Factoid: I’ve had this ready for a few days but the dreaded Thanksgiving “tummy bug” hit me like a brick and sent me to bed for a couple of days. But I’m back running on all cylinders and ready to blog once again!
Let’s take a look! I’ll start with the Oporto and Storm King Icon Duo.
Next up is a gorgeous duo containing Selvedge and Tangerine Dream.
• Launches Tuesday, Nov 24 exclusively at Nordstrom.com and 6 Nordstrom stores:
1. Downtown Seattle
2. Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA)
3. Michigan Avenue (Chicago, IL)
4. San Francisco Centre
5. Tyson’s Corner Center (McLean, VA)
6. NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX)
• These sets are limited edition and will be available from Nov 24, 2015 – • Jan 3, 2016 (when the pop-in ends)
• Each set includes 1 holographic and 1 creme (3 sets total)
• Price: $22 (valued at $26)
Here is the rundown:
Nordstrom’s latest monthly pop-in celebrates the world of Opening Ceremony – the iconic NYC-based fashion company launched in 2002 by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. This event culls the best of the brand’s style for both men and women, including unique holiday gifts from up-and-coming designers and artisans. Inspired by OC’s pre-spring color palette, we’re proud to introduce to you our limited edition ICON DUOS – 3 exclusive gift sets each containing 1 creme and 1 holographic nail lacquer.
The Icon Duos retail for $22 each. Available from Nov 25, 2015 to Jan 3, 2016 exclusively at Nordstrom.com and the following retail locations:
• Downtown Seattle
500 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101 * Ph 206.628.2111
• Michigan Avenue
55 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 * Ph 312.464.1515
• San Francisco Centre
865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 * Ph 415.243.8500
• Tyson’s Corner Center
8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102 * Ph 703.761.1121
• NorthPark Center
8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225 * Ph 214.231.3900
Curated by Olivia Kim — Nordstrom’s wave-chasing, Prada-wearing, tattoo-collecting Director of Creative Projects — Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops showcasing independent designers online at Nordstrom.com and select retail locations.
If you get a chance to score any or all of these Cirque Color Icon Duos through Nordstrom.com or at the Pop-ins, do not hesitate! They are all amazing. My faves of the cremes were El Capitan because of it’s super pigmented color, and Selvedge for it’s moody deep blue that’s so rich and elegant. Of the three fab holos, my fave of the bunch was Oporto. Sexy. That’s all I can say!
*These products were sent to me at no charge by Cirque Colors Nail Lacquer for review. All opinions are my own.
Here’s a great little stocking stuffer for your polish lovin’ loved ones! Loxa Beauty sent me this kit to try out. What a cool little gift idea! The CND Vinylux Rouge Red Stocking Stuffer Kit is available now at LoxaBeauty.com.
A perfect mani needs a perfect prep. ScrubFresh is a great beginning.
On sale $19.98 ($27 value)
CND ScrubFresh is your first step to creating the perfect manicure. ScrubFresh cleanses your nail bed of natural oils and other debris to give your nail polish the staying power it needs for a long-lasting mani. HOW TO USE:
• Before applying nail polish, saturate a plastic-backed pad with ScrubFresh and scrub the entire nail plate using firm pressure, concentrating on the cuticle area and sidewalls
• For best results, prep one hand and apply product before proceeding to the next hand
• Always use before applying base coat
Conclusion: Bright red creme polish, CHECK. Weekly Top Coat for week-long extended wear, CHECK. ScrubFresh for a great foundation to any mani, CHECK!
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.
Week Long Wear (Really!)
• Fast-Drying, Two-Step Application
• Increased Durability with Natural Light
• Over 90 Fashion Shades
VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is a breakthrough polish that endures a week of fashion perfection…without a base coat! Exposure to natural light activates the patent-pending ProLight Technology™ to deliver week-long wear. While ordinary polishes break down over time, VINYLUX® Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable!
While supplies last! Because for $15, this cute Morgan Taylor mini set won’t last long at Loxa Beauty. I have the Gifted With Style pack along with two more (full size) bottles perfectly suited for your holiday manis. (A Little Naughty and All Wrapped Up)
I have to disclose, I swatched these a couple of weeks ago. Right before we had to put the brakes on all things polish so we could move to our new house. So I know you’ll forgive me for this short break. Ugh, break is a bad word around here. I broke off two nails, well, not broke off totally. I chipped a couple in the midst of our move and had to file my nails down to a workable, packable, moveable length! lol They are already growing back.
Even though these little pixies were petit bottles, I’ve never had any issues with application. The brushes are great, bottles don’t tip and the formulas are perfect. They are also available in full size for $8.50 ea. And for a limited time, take advantage of the Loxa Beauty BOGO sale!
Here are the first two in the set. The shades just inspire creativity. I know, I’m no awesome nail artist. But for what it’s worth, why not try when you have these fab formulas?! Ruby Two Shoes and Gifted in Plantinum.
And for a more smouldering look, here are I’m So Hot and Tinsel My Fancy.
Morgan Taylor A Little Naughty is part of the 2015 Holiday Collection. A Little Naughty is an eggplant creme. The collection comprises six new shades that are reminiscent of the festive period, from sultry red crème to a silver shimmer.
Morgan Taylor All Wrapped Up is part of the 2015 Holiday Collection. All Wrapped Up is a purple shimmer. The collection comprises six new shades that are reminiscent of the festive period, from sultry red crème to a silver shimmer.
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Morgan Taylor, The premiere, most exclusive nail lacquers developed by professionals for you. Smooth, even, long-lasting color with a gorgeous professional finish.
• Superior shine
• Extra-long wear
• Smooth, flowing formulation
• Ergonomically designed bottle, cap and brush for total control and easy application.
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