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China Glaze Nail Collections: Spring & Summer 2008

All winter, I wore dark and neutral nail colors. That is, when I actually had the time to do my nails. Now that Spring has sprung, I’m excited to switch things up. As I pack away my winter clothes and start rotating warm-weather fashions into my wardrobe, I’m excited to also dress my nails in something more vibrant. Bring on the brights, I say. And for Spring and Summer 2008, China Glaze has answered the call. So without further ado, I bring you China Glaze’s latest offerings…

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OMG: Spring 2008

omg display4 China Glaze Nail Collections: Spring & Summer 2008Stylish and techno-savvy ladies will surely want to put their fingers on OMG, a collection of holographic nail shades with just enough sparkle to create the ultimate frenzy. OMG features twelve micro-particle, holographic nail lacquer shades with names inspired by the age of text messaging. The OMG collection includes:

DVG – Holographic Teal
LOL – Holographic Purple
BFF – Holographic Pinkish Purple
IDK – Holographic Lavender
2Nite – Holographic Periwinkle Blue
OMG – Holographic Silver
QT – Holographic Rose Pink
TMI – Holographic Coral
TTYL – Holographic Pale Peach
FYI – Holographic Taupe
GR8 – Holographic Gold
L8R G8R – Holographic Pale Gold/Green

ecollection China Glaze Nail Collections: Spring & Summer 2008
Ecollection: Spring 2008

ecollection displ2 China Glaze Nail Collections: Spring & Summer 2008Ecollection is a set of six eco-friendly shades inspired by the sun, clouds, trees, water, sand, and earth. Designed to preserve the beauty of our world’s colors, the collection proves that going green is always fashionable. The Ecollection includes:

Unplugged – Metallic Bark
Hybrid – Shimmering Sand
Shower Together – Sky Blue
Tree Hugger – Fresh Cut Grass
Recycle – Rain Cloud Gray
Solar Power – Sunshine Yellow

ink China Glaze Nail Collections: Spring & Summer 2008
INK: Summer 2008

ink displ4 China Glaze Nail Collections: Spring & Summer 2008Tattoo art has moved out of back alley parlors onto the couture collections of fashion’s top designers with INK, a new collection of brilliant neons for brilliant self-expression. The collection consists of six vivid shades, black nail art lacquer with a fine tip brush, nail decals and rhinestones, and a limited-edition bottle of their Orange Cuticle Oil. The INK collection includes:

Blue Sparrow – Neon Blue with Glitter
Flying Dragon – Neon Purple w/ Pink and Blue Glitter
Rose Among Thorns – Neon Fuchsia
Sacred Heart – Neon Red
Japanese Koi – Neon Coral
Celtic Sun – Neon Yellow

Here’s a real-life look at a sampling of the collections.

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Top row (l to r): Flying Dragon, GR8
Middle row (l to r): L8R G8R, Japanese Koi, Recycle
Bottom row (l to r): QT, Blue Sparrow, TMI, Shower Together

Spoiled Pretty’s Picks: Blue Sparrow and Flying Dragon are ab fab, but be warned that the addition of glitter to the formula results in a matte finish. So if you’re looking for a lacquered look, add a top coat. I like Seche Vite because it speeds drying time while adding shine. I also give the holographic shades two enthusiastic thumbs up – particularly GR8, QT, and L8R G8R (don’t be afraid of the green…it’s gorge). And be sure to snatch up Recycle. Gray is the hottest new nail color, however there aren’t too many on the market. This mid-tone gray looks chic on both pale and dark digits.

Lady Gray

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Ebony and ivory
Mixed together in perfect harmony
Side by side on my eyelids, fingers, toenails
Why don’t we?

I’m not going to say anything silly like “such and such is the new black”…because, really, we hear enough of that nonsense every season. There are so many makeup trends right now that even a beauty buff, like me, can’t keep up. But I will tell you that one craze I’m digging is the color gray.

Unlike brown or beige, this basic is anything but boring. It’s neutral, with an edge – yet very versatile. Which cloudy colors am I crushing on?

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Essie’s Great Expectations (from the Spring 2008 ‘In The Mood’ color collection) is the lightest, softest, sheerest gray with a subtle hint of glimmer. It goes on creamy and lasts for-evah.

MAC Eye Shadow in Alum is a mid-tone blue grey with soft blue pearl (Satin). A few weeks ago, while browsing at Bloomingdale’s, I was eyeing up this shade for about 10 minutes – when a MAC makeup artist offered to dust some on my lids. A few minutes later, I had the sexiest (but somehow effortless-looking) smoky eye!

Boys In The Bottle Giveaway!

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Do you ever wish you were the type of girl who has men wrapped around her little finger? Well, that can be you. You can have them wrapped around every finger, in fact – with Boys In The Bottle.

Boys In the Bottle is a trendy line of 36 nail polishes with adorable names like Adam’s Apple, Blue Gene, Mad Maxwell, and Gigolo (my fave) – what does that say about me? Anyway…

Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Boys In The Bottle for your favorite thing and mine – a GIVEAWAY!

BITB hat Boys In The Bottle Giveaway!*First prize is 10 shades of polish (winner chooses preferred colors) plus a Boys In The Bottle hat

*Second prize is 5 shades of polish (winner chooses preferred colors) plus a Boys In The Bottle hat

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com and include your full name. The subject line should read “Boys In The Bottle Giveaway.”

The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, February 17th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, February 18th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

Haute Pink But A Hot Mess

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A couple of days before leaving for Fashion Week, I realized I hadn’t given any thought to my nails. With all my last-minute running around, I didn’t have time to fit in a salon appointment. But then again, I certainly couldn’t show up to the fashion event of the season with tore-up looking nails.

Considering that my chosen outfits were mostly black, grays, and other neutrals – I wanted a nail color that would really pop. I wanted so badly to paint them with I’m Indi-a Mood for Love or ElePhantastic Pink, from OPI’s India Collection; but those polishes don’t hit stores until February 6th, so I had to improvise.

jan+24+003 Haute Pink But A Hot MessMilani Pink Pop satisfied my urge for bold, bubblegum colored nails – but this polish does have some major problems. Pink Pop goes on smoothly, yet – for some unknown reason – it dries to a semi-matte finish. But after two coats of the Milani, plus one coat of Seche Vite, my nails looked like pink patent-leather perfection.

Unfortunately, after 3 days, this polish starts chipping like nobody’s business. I suppose one could ward off the cracks by applying a clear top coat every few days. But I’m too lazy and scatterbrained for that.

Milani polishes cost around $3.50, so I suppose I can’t be too picky. I will use this polish again, because the color is just so darned fabulous. But if you’re at the drugstore and you pick up a bottle of Milani – be mindful that, in this case, you get what you pay for.

She Wore Blue Satin

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When I heard that Chanel’s Blue Satin was the most coveted nail color for Spring 2008, I couldn’t run to the store quick enough, wrap my digits around a bottle, and bring it home with me. Normally, I would balk at paying $19 for nail polish. But when every magazine and website is promising it’s going to change my life, what’s a beauty junkie to do?

Blue Satin goes on smoothly, and the pigment is remarkably rich – so you only need one coat. In very bright light, the polish vacillates between sparkling sapphire and inky indigo. But most of the time, it just looks black. And not even a shimmery obsidian, either…just flat, matte black.

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All I’ve read is rave reviews about this color…so I really wanted to buy into the buzz. Regrettably, I cannot. I expected the shade to pop more against my skin tone, which it didn’t in the slightest – and I’m convinced that it’s much more complimentary to paler complexions.

I’m going out on a limb – and you can take this review with a grain of salt – but I don’t think this lacquer lives up to the hype. In my humble opinion, the propaganda is outta control…some ebay sellers are charging $45 for a single bottle!

If Blue Satin cost half of its actual price, it might get more of an endorsement. But for my money, I’d rather buy three bottles of Essie, OPI, China Glaze, or Creative Nail Design.

I’ve got the blues.

Are You The Winner Of The Plexi Pop Giveaway?

plexipink Are You The Winner Of The Plexi Pop Giveaway?Are you the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Plexi Pop Giveaway? You are if your name is Erin Mifflin.

Erin will receive CND’s Spring 2008 collection, Plexi Pop, before the polishes are available in stores; the collection will hit shelves in March.

Thanks to all of you who entered. Stay tuned, though – because our next giveaway is mere hours away.

Spoiled Pretty don’t mess around.

Spoiled Pretty’s CND Spring 2008 Giveaway

Plexi Pop, the Spring 2008 color collection from Creative Nail Design, was inspired by colorful Lucite designs from modernist 60’s interiors. Bold in the bottle, while subtle on the nail – this collection includes:

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Top Row: Retro White (bright white opaque crème), Turquoise Tint (aqua opalescent sheer), Nail Gloss (translucent medium pink sheer)
Bottom Row: Clearly Pink (translucent light pink sheer), Translucent Tangerine (coral shimmer sheer), Plexi Pink (vibrant pink opalescent sheer)

These shades debuted on runways during Spring 2008 Fashion Week in New York and London – including Badgley Mischka, BCBG, Carmen Marc Valvo, DKNY, L.A.M.B., Peter Som, and Rachel Roy.

You could wait until March, when the collection will be available in salons and beauty stores. Or you could enter the Spoiled Pretty’s Plexi Pop Giveaway (say that three time fast!) and win all six shades now!

To enter:
*Name one of my ‘Holy Grail’ nail products I included on the Spoiled Prettiest: Best of Beauty 2007 list. Here’s a hint: I wrote the review on New Year’s Eve.
*Send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – and make sure to include the product name, your full name, and email address.

The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, January 20th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, January 21st, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

Obey Your Body

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Thanks to a tip from the Beauty Blogging Junkie, I took a trip to a kiosk at the Montgomery Mall, outside of Philadelphia. This stand sells Obey Your Body, a complete line of skin care and spa products that are made in Israel using original Dead Sea minerals, water, and mud.

If you’re in the Philly area, I highly recommend that you pay this kiosk a visit. But don’t plan on drive-buy (your visit will take 10-15 minutes) – because the salesman is all about showmanship. He’s going to do demonstrations, tell jokes, and enlighten you about the healing powers of the Dead Sea. The routine almost takes on a magic show-esque quality. But trust me, it’s all worth it…because when you get the products home and try them for yourself, that’s when the real magic happens.

camera+12.11+160 Obey Your BodyMy mom, sister, and I all purchased The Ultimate Nail Care Kit, which contains a nail file, buffer, cuticle oil, and hand & body lotion. But the standout of the bunch is the nail buffer – which is unlike any other I have ever used. In the time that it usually takes for me to locate my bottle of clear polish, I buffed my way to super-shiny nails.

camera+12.11+180 Obey Your BodyI took some before and after photos (left) – and while impressive, my digital camera could not accurately capture how reflective my nails look. Unfortunately, it can only be appreciated in person.

Don’t live anywhere near Philadelphia? No problem. You can still Obey Your Body by visiting the website.

OPI’s Holiday In Hollywood

For Holiday 2007, OPI takes you to the place where glamorous begins and fabulous never ends – Hollywood! With twelve stunning Nail Lacquers (Glamour Reds and Dazzling Darks & Neutrals), Holiday in Hollywood makes you the star this season!

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From the photo, above, you can see that my lovely nails are ready for the red carpet. What are they wearing, you ask? Hollywood Blonde, a pale gold shimmer.

To see the nail color on another skin tone, check out my friend Michelle’s product pic at All Lacquered Up.

The Holiday In Hollywood collection is available at Ulta stores and Ulta.com.

Can’t Help It

I’ve been singing Fergie’s new song, Clumsy, for two days straight. It’s so infectious – I can’t get it out of my brain. The equally addictive video is below. Dean and Dan Caten (of Dsquared) make an appearance, as do some well-placed MAC products. Apparently, the new Viva Glam spokeswoman doesn’t waste any time assuming her duties.

And how fantabulous is the inky nail situation she’s got going on?

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