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Nail Polish You And Your Man Can Enjoy

 Nail Polish You And Your Man Can Enjoy
For years, I have been blaming Mr. Spoiled Pretty for my raggedy looking nails. I’m too scatterbrained and busy to schedule regular manicures. And whenever I pull out the polish stockpile, Graham makes this face that translates to, “If you care about my brain cells, you’ll put away the polish.”

Most times Graham makes this face, I begrudgingly return the polishes to their hideaway beneath the bathroom sink…not because I’m really concerned about his brain cells (he’s really smart, so he has some to spare). Really, it’s so that I don’t have to hear him yammer on about the caustic smell of the fumes – and how women do such ridiculous things in the name of beauty.

Well, I’m tickled (perfect) pink to report that Sula Beauty has answered my nail polish prayers.

Sula’s collection of non-toxic Nail Colours don’t smell like traditional polishes. In fact, they don’t really smell like anything at all – unless you place the bottle under your nose and take a whiff. And even then, the scent is barely noticeable. Another treat – the polishes are specially designed to be worn with whimsy. The water-based formula can be peeled off in one clean sweep – no harsh polish remover required; which means no funny faces or lip from Mr. Spoiled Pretty when it comes time to take it off. For longer wear, simply apply a protective clear top and base coat.

 Nail Polish You And Your Man Can EnjoySula Nail Colour is available in Perfect Pink, Crimson Red, Champagne Coral and Modern Mauve.

I’m crossing my manicured fingers that Sula adds more colors to the collection.

Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!

 Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!
You didn’t think that this week would end without a giveaway, did you? Tsk, tsk…you should know better than that. My main thrill in life is a giveaway. It gives me a sense of control in a world full of chaos.

So this week, Spoiled Pretty has joined forces with Sally Hansen for a fashion-forward, trend-setting giveaway. Two winners will receive Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Fall 2008 Color Collection, an anthology of 10 stylish shades that compliment Reese’s nature-inspired Fall 2008 collection.

 Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!According to Tracy Reese, customers “aren’t afraid to be noticed.” I think the same can be said of the women who wear this nail polish collection, which marks the fifth collaboration between the designer and Sally Hansen. The colors are luxurious and rich, yet understated and refined.

Shades include: Raven’s Wing* (black with silver glitter), Moonstone (silver pearl metallic), Quartz Chameleon (pinky-nude with shimmer), Divinity* (pale toffee with shimmer), The Good Earth* (deep dark chocolate with shimmer), Cruel Heart (scarlet with shimmer), Alchemy* (dark grape with shimmer), Torrid Bloom* (deep fuchsia crème), Night Lily (plummy crème) and Stormy Blue (smoky silver/blue metallic).

The Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer Fall 2008 Collection (only $6 each!) is available at drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide. Though I know you’re tempted to run out right now and buy up every single shade, why not try your luck first and enter the giveaway?

 Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Sally Hansen/Tracy Reese Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, November 27th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, November 28th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

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Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

 Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Dont Know Jacques!
I haven’t been in a nail salon since June of 2007, so when Deidre, a fellow Philadelphia blogger, and I made plans to finally get together for some beauty-related fun, I had a brilliant idea. We would go get our nails did. So last night after work, I met Deidre on the corner of 17th and Locust and took her to City Nails, a nail salon I’ve passed by for the past three years but have never stepped inside.

Once we took off our coats, the nail technicians directed us to to pick our colors. So we walked over to the wall o’ polishes, a veritable playground of polishes.

opi you+don%27t+know+jacques Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Dont Know Jacques!Determined to take my own advice and rock the “greige” nail look that Glamour says is all the rage, I spun the displays looking for OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques!. I got a little anxious when I couldn’t locate a bottle of the dirty taupe lacquer. Then Deidre tapped me on the shoulder and excited exclaimed that she’d found her fave. I turned around to see her holding the polish I had been searching for. Right then and there, I knew Deidre and I were gonna get along fine. Almost immediately, I found a second bottle of You Don’t Know Jacques! – so we took our seats to begin our tandem, identical manicures.

Fast forward 15 minutes later…we couldn’t stop stealing glances at each other’s hands, marveling at how the sooty chocolate shade flattered both of our skin tones. And a half hour later, while talking beauty shop at a nearby Starbucks, we carefully clutched our coffee cups – as not to destroy the perfect handiwork of City Nails. Check out Deidre’s nails to appreciate how You Don’t Know Jacques! compliments different complexions.

If you are a regular reader of Spoiled Pretty, you know that while I love me some beauty products, I don’t use superlatives very often. So when I say that You Don’t Know Jacques! is the the most magnificent nail color I have ever worn, you know I’m not just high on nail polish fumes. It is so gorgeous that it has taken me twice as long to finish this review, because I keep getting distracted…hypnotized by my delishiously dark mani.

You Don’t Know Jacques!, the star of OPI’s La Collection de France, is soon to join my own private stock because I cannot LIVE without this shade in my lifestyle.

You. Must. Go. Buy. This. Polish. There’s really nothing more to say. If this review doesn’t convince you to drop everything and go invest $8 in the most stunning nail shade eva – well, you don’t know jack.

Eve Gives Obama The Thumb Up

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You thought you were too cool with your Obama t-shirt and car magnet. But you can do better than that. Yes you can. Just follow Eve and Solange Knowles’ lead…rock Barack on your nails.

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Minx has a few more ways to get political with your mani/pedi…

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Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesn’t Like Sending Customers Home Empty-Handed

jin+soon Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa doesn’t like to send customers home empty-handed. During the month of November – visit one of the spa’s three NYC locations, choose one the following NARS Nail Polish shades for your mani or pedi…and you’ll go home with a full-sized bottle in that shade!

Participating shades include:

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Arabesque

bohemia Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Bohemia

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Candy Darling

dovima Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Dovima

Edelweiss Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Edelweiss

gimme+shelter Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Gimme Shelter

jungle+red Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Jungle Red

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M Butterfly

saratoga Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Saratoga

Schiap Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa Doesnt Like Sending Customers Home Empty Handed
Schiap

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Temptation

This promotion is available at all three NYC Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spa locations.

Phillies Fan Wears Pride On Her Nails!

Phillies+Nails Phillies Fan Wears Pride On Her Nails!
My BFF Kristen is a self-proclaimed “gung ho Phillies Phan.” So to celebrate their trip to the World Series, she’s wearing her pride on her nails. Go Phils!

Credits:

Kristen, hand model
Raine, nail artiste
Shannon, photog extraordinare (watch out, Annie Leibowitz)

Scotch Brite Idea For Your Manicure

nail+saver Scotch Brite Idea For Your Manicure
Beauty products don’t have to be impractical. Take, for instance, Scotch-Brite’s new Ultra NailSaver Scrub Sponge. It’s ergonomically shaped and is tough on dirty dishes, yet gentle on your manicure. And, to further appeal to its target audience, the NailSaver Scrub Sponge is available in a handful of cute colors.

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Visit the Scotch-Brite website and download a coupon for $1 off.

Artemis Woman Nail Catcher Will Protect Your Corneas, But Seriously Jack Up Your Toes

nail+catcher Artemis Woman Nail Catcher Will Protect Your Corneas, But Seriously Jack Up Your Toes
When I was in high school, I had one of the most frightening experiences of my life. I was at home getting ready for the Harvest Moon, a semi-formal dance. And as I was clipping my toenails, in preparation for a fresh coat of polish, one of the clippings flew and landed in my eye. Yes, in my EYE. The sharp edges scratched my eyeball and I was beyond hysterical. Oh, and did I mention that my parents hadn’t arrived home yet? And my sister was only 6…so what could she do? I was DYING! It took me, like, 5 minutes (which felt like an eternity) to remove the nail from my eyeball. And for days, I was convinced that my cornea had suffered permanent damage. Obviously, I’m fine now. But truth be told, I still flinch and squint my eyes every time I clip my nails.

So when I recently received an email announcing the new Artemis Woman Nail Catcher, a “precision toenail nail-clipping device that collects freshly clipped nails inside a plastic chamber and stores them until they are removed,” I got very excited. So I contacted the PR person and requested a sample so that I could test it for the blog.

Does it deliver? Well, the tool does clip nails. And it does collect the clippings and store them until you empty the storage chamber. But I think that Artemis and I have different definitions of the word precision…because my left big toe, the unfortunate guinea pig, is sporting an odd, asymmetrical shape – rather than the typical rounded shape I was going for. The more I tried to correct the contour, the more jacked it looked.

Bottom line: I’d rather revert back to my squint-and-flinch routine than walk around with embarrassingly shaped nails.

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