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Barielle Fall 2009: Nails Get All Lacquered Up

For fall 2009, Shades by Barielle and celebrity manicurist Elle extended a hand to guest collaborator (and Spoiled Pretty pal) Michelle Mismas, founder of the top nail beauty blog, All Lacquered Up.

The new collection – aptly named All Lacquered Up – takes trend-making to a new level, offering unexpected color combinations, glitter particle and pearl shimmer effects, and a healthy 3-free formulation.

Black polish gets injected with a shot of colorful shimmer, with Lava Rock – a black and red pearl swirl, and Blackened Bleu – a black polish with sapphire sparkle. Blue and green polishes come in brand new hues, with Falling Star (left) – a marine blue with gold glitter particles, and Polished Princess – a safari green with copper shimmer. Drop-dead reds include Glammed Out Garnet – a ruby-on-ruby sparkle, and Pin Up – a tomato red shimmer. Grey gets glam, with Out-Grey-Geous – a silver shimmer, U-Concrete-Me – a steely gray, Slate of Affairs – a worn denim, Putt-E-On-Me – a classic clay. The ultimate coffee indulgence is Make it a Latte – a chocolate cream with golden highlights. Purple gets even prettier with Get Mauve-ing – a muted mauve.

Michelle Mismas said, “We wanted to infuse the collection with what we saw at Fashion Week: a retro tomato red lip at Tibi; the luxe browns, mauves and steel blues of Reem Acra; the recurring palettes of chic grays from designers like Badgley Mischka.” Celebrity manicurist Elle added, “For this collection, we were excited to collaborate with Michelle on reinventing colors and textures to come up with something totally new for nails—this collection boasts unique twists on colors and combinations that are truly firsts for the industry.”

The polishes are $8 per bottle. And, as always, Barielle has a buy 2 get 1 free promotion. For color swatches, visit All Lacquered Up.

Zoya Truth and Dare Nail Polish Giveaway!

You know how Oprah gives away her favorite things? Well, of course you do – unless you’ve been living under a boulder. Anyway, this week, I’m giving away one of my favorite things…the Stamps ladies’ favorite things, actually (my maiden name is Stamps, by the by).

My sister, Lauren, is a huge fan of Zoya’s Color Lock System Kit. And as I write this, Mama Spoiled Pretty is sporting Zoya’s Renee on her tips and I’m rocking Paz on my toes. So without further ado, I present this week’s contest, sponsored by Zoya.

Three winners will receive Zoya’s Truth and Dare Collections.

Truth Collection (above): classic, bright and straightforward
Penny – copper gold metallic
Kalmia – rose copper metallic
Salma – scarlet red metallic
Isla – venetian red metallic
Anaka – fuchsia metallic glimmer
Drew – mauve rose metallic

Dare Collection: edgy, dark and mysterious
Vanessa – blue red cream
Ciara – burgundy plum cream
Demi – purple mauve cream
Pinta – inky violet cream
Envy – gleaming Jade green
Ibiza – gleaming Sapphire blue (with a little shimmer too)

To enter the giveaway, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Zoya Truth and Dare Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, August 16th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, August 17th, 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. residents.

Good luck!

YSL Fall 2009

YSL Fall 2009 Beauty Collection: Inspired by the YSL Fall RTW Fashion collection of exquisite tailoring with sumptuous textures, a flawless complexion is offset by magnetic pearl grey eyes and intense plum lips.

* Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation
* Touche Éclat Radiant Touch in Luminous Radiance
* Palette Y Collector Palette for the Complexion (limited edition)
* Crème de Blush Cream Blush in Powdery Rose (limited edition)

* Ombres 5 Lumières 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in Midnight
* Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Sublime Grey

* Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Exquisite Plum

* La Laque Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Stormy Grey

Dashing Diva Gelife Manicure

As a beauty blogger, it’s somewhat embarrassing to admit that my nails are usually a tore up mess. I love the look of freshly manicured nails, but there’s just too much maintenance to keep them looking that way. And I’m a klutz, so I always seem to be breaking or chipping up the manicurist’s handiwork mere hours after she’s completed her masterpiece. Then I end up staring at a jacked up manicure for the next two weeks, silently cursing my inability to make my manicure last.

Which is why I am currently obsessed with Dashing Diva Gelife, a revolutionary new nail service that gives unbeatable gloss and helps maintain the health of the natural nail underneath. Gelife is a super-thin coat of gel painted, just like nail polish, over the natural nail. The gel is then cured under a UV light after each application, which immediately sets the formula. So once you’re done, you’re done. None of this sitting under a dryer for 15 minutes/ blowing on your nails just to be safe/ scared to touch anything for an hour after you leave the salon type of nonsense. And get this…it’s chip-resistant up to two weeks!

I wish my camera could accurately capture the mirror shine of my nails. The photo above just doesn’t do them justice.

Gelife launched with three options: clear, cool pink and warm pink (I chose the cool). The only caveat I have is that the current color options go on very sheer. So when you get any gunk underneath your nail, you can see it and it kinda detracts from the gorgeousness of your nails. But the solution is pretty simple…I’ve just been using my Sephora Brand Nail Scoop Cleaner a little more often to keep my manicure looking so fresh and so clean clean.

I’m really excited for September, when Gelife will be available in the following shades:

Left to right: Darkest Burgundy, Deep Red, Taupe Brown

Left to right: Beige, Hot Pink, Coral Orange

For Dashing Diva nail spa locations and hours, visit

Gelife price list:
Gelife Natural Manicure – $45
Gelife Natural Pedicure – $60
Gelife French Manicure – $60
Gelife French Tip Extension – $70

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Khloe Kardashian

Have you seen my beauty Q&A with Khloe Kardashian? It’s must-see TV, though my opinion might be a bit biased. The exclusive interview with Khloe Kardashian and her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, features their must-have products, makeup techniques and beauty secrets!

If you’ve already seen the interview and are fiending for more Dash dish, consider this a companion piece…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Khloe Kardashian

1) She believes that being a prankster helps her hone her acting skills.

2) The Keeping Up With The Kardashians episode that makes her cringe is when she participated in an acting class.

3) Khloe’s fashion icons are Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Bekham and Rihanna. “I love that one day she’s a schoolgirl and the next day she’s a dominatrix,” Khloe says of Rihanna. “I can appreciate that because I have multiple personalities

4) If she could only wear one designer for the rest of her life, it would be Alexander Wang.

5) “When it comes to my nails, I just always do crazy. I recently went to Africa and all of the kids were totally fascinated by my nails, which were really long with silver glitter tips and rhinestones on my ring fingers in the shape of a K.”

6) Khloe hardly ever wears false lashes because her natural lashes are forever long. “She just doesn’t need them,” Mario told me. I was up close and personal, and I can attest to the fact that Khloe won the genetic lottery when it comes to her lashes. They are ridiculously lush.

7) After seeing Khloe in certain photographs, people swear that Khloe has had her lips done – which isn’t true. It’s just that her natural lip color is the same as her skin…so when her lips are all done up, it makes them really pop.

8) Khloe is contemplating having the inside of her wrist inked with the word “Bunny,” written in her mother’s handwriting. Since she was little, Bunny has been her mom’s pet name for her – and the new tattoo would be a compliment to this one she got last year.

9) Khloe says she would never get a name tattooed on her body, with the exception of her family. “Honey, even husbands come and go,” she joked.

10) Since watching the video, my inbox has been inundated with emails asking what lipstick/gloss Khloe was wearing in the video. Here’s the recipe: First, Mario lined her lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Spice. Then he mixed Josie Maran Finger Paints and MAC Lipstick in Myth, and filled in her lips. Finally, he topped it all off with NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight.

Want more Kardashians deets? Be sure to check out my interviews with Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic!

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