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Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap Happy

essie blanc and snap happy Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap Happy

Lately, I’ve been enamored with Essie. Mr. Spoiled Pretty and Westley gave me a gift card to a local nail salon for Mother’s Day – and every time I get my nails did, I find myself gravitating to the Essie shades. Not only are the shades super gorge, but they apply like a dream and they look fresh to def for a good 10 days (and I’m super rough on my hands). On my toes, we’re talking a good month.

Essie Blanc and Snap Happy Nail Polish Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap HappyHere are two of my most recent Essie manis: Blanc (a snowy white) and Snap Happy (a cheerful red orange)

What are your favorite Essie shades? I’m looking for inspiration for my next mani/pedi – so leave your suggestions in the comments section.

Polished: L’Oreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

loreal new money crazy for chic Polished: LOreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

L’oreal Paris recently re-designed all of their packaging, and their Colour Riche nail polishes now come in sleek rectangular bottles.

I picked up two colors: New Money (a bright, light green) and Crazy for Chic (a clear, vibrant raspberry pink). I was eager to see how long these polishes would last, since they are advertised for 10-day wear.

watermelon nails Polished: LOreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

I applied two coats of each color, going for a summertime watermelon-inspired manicure. I proceeded to beat up my manicures as I always do: washing dishes, typing way too much, and cooking.

I am happy to report that my watermelon nails lasted for 8 days without chipping! These polishes have serious staying power, and they are a great choice for summertime manicures and pedicures with longevity.

CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio-last

CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio last1 CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio lastI’m very fickle about my fingernails. Before I paint my nails or get them professionally did, I spend a inordinate amount of time pondering my polish options. I consider the season, recent trends, my wardrobe that week and anywhere special I might go. But despite all of this planning, I’m usually over my polish choice before it even dries.

Not so this week. I’m currently rocking CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio-last, and I’m as smitten with it as when I bought the bottle this weekend. For the last few weeks, I’d wanted to wear a cool purple cream nail polish. I assumed that I had one in my nail polish arsenal – but if you can believe it, I couldn’t find anything close among my 300+ bottles. All of my purples were too dark, pastel or shimmery. It seemed silly (not to mention excessive) to buy a new bottle of polish on a whim when I already own so many, so I abandoned my pursuit. But as fate would have it, just as I purged purple polish from my brain, my dream shade found me at Walmart.

On Sunday, while shopping for boring household items, I walked through the cosmetics section on my way to the register and spied CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine in Vio-last in my peripheral vision. It’s exactly what I had been looking for: the right shade at the right price. Plus it has a built-in base coat, boasts great coverage (one coat completely covers, though I painted on two as directed) and dries to a really nice shine that negates the need for a topcoat. I painted my nails on Sunday and they’re still shining (bright like a diamond, in the immortal words of Rihanna) today. Another benefit is that—if you don’t abuse your hands—you can make it 5 to 7 days without a chip.

CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio last spoiled pretty1 CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio last

Excuse the sloppy application. My son was having a hissy-fit while I was painting my nails
because he wanted to “play action figures” with me – hence the rush job.

Vio-last is my second CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss (I also have Peaches and Cream, below, which I wore last month), but it won’t be my last. There are 45 gorgeous shades and I’m already eying up Ever Reddy, Mint Mojito and Out of the Blue.

CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in peaches and cream spoiled pretty CoverGirl Outlast Brilliant Shine Nail Gloss in Vio last

Feeling Gray: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly

essie chinchilly nail polish Feeling Gray: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly I’m a gray nail polish kind of girl. Gray is what I naturally gravitate to when I’m at the nail salon or in the store shopping for new colors. It’s neutral and edgy all at the same time. Anyway, for the past four years, my favorite gray nail polish has been OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques! – a dark greige (combo of gray and brown). And I didn’t think any gray lacquer could get more love from me, until my mom (of all people) introduced me to Essie’s Chinchilly.

Mama Spoiled Pretty, who usually rocks bright and metallic manicures, tried Chinchilly on a whim and has been obsessed ever since. She wears it quite often, and when she does, I always notice her nails and tell her how nice they look. So this weekend, while spending the day at my parents’ house, I decided to try Chinchilly for myself. In the bottle, it looks like a lighter version of my OPI fave. But on my nails, the gray leans a little lavender – which gives it a more feminine feel. It also looks amazeballs with a sparkly topcoat.

spoiled pretty essie chinchilly nail polish Feeling Gray: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly

The shade is universally flattering, which I don’t often say (because most of the time, it’s not true). Honestly, I’ve seen this color on tons of women and it looks great on everyone. I can’t believe it took me this long to get acquainted.

I love Jacques, but Chinchilly is what I’ll reach for – from now on – when I’m feeling gray.

OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

opi mariah carey1 OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish CollectionThis month, OPI launches eight new limited edition shades inspired and hand-selected by multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist Mariah Carey. These shades include four new OPI Liquid Sand™ lacquers featuring groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle.

“OPI is extremely excited to work with Mariah,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She’s very passionate about beauty and her nails in particular. Her music, which includes 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, served as a wonderful inspiration for glamorous, sultry, vibrant colors.

“To pay homage to her iconic status, we wanted to launch her collection with something completely new and exciting. OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar.”

Mariah Carey by OPI includes four Studio Shades – ranging from pink glitter to rich plum crème – and four Stage Shades – each featuring the new textured finish. Studio Shades include:

OPI Mariah Carey A Butterfly Moment OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

A Butterfly Moment (This sophisticated and frosty tan nude has us all a-flutter)

OPI Mariah Carey Sprung OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

Sprung (Fall hopelessly in love with this shimmery copper)

OPI Mariah Carey Pink Yet Lavender OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

Pink Yet Lavender (This pink glitter with lavender shimmer has superstar shine!)

OPI Mariah Carey Anti Bleak OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

Anti-bleak (This deep, creamy purple will lift your spirits)

Stage Shades include: Stay the Night (Make it last in this matte black with red glints), Get Your Number (Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call), Can’t Let Go (Hold onto this matte purple with dazzling sparkle), and The Impossible (This matte fuchsia with star confetti will never give up). OPI Liquid Sand lacquers should always be worn without top coat.

OPI Mariah Carey Stay the Night OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

Stay the Night (Make it last in this matte black with red glints)

OPI Mariah Carey Get Your Number OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

Get Your Number (Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call)

OPI Mariah Carey Cant Let Go OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

Can’t Let Go (Hold onto this matte purple with dazzling sparkle)

OPI Mariah Carey The Impossible OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

The Impossible (This matte fuchsia with star confetti will never give up)

This collection is available beginning January 2013 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

Get Three Bottles of Zoya Nail Polish for FREE!

zoya nail polish Get Three Bottles of Zoya Nail Polish for FREE!A New Year calls for new color!

Zoya Nail Polish wants you to shine in 2013 by rocking your unique style – on your nails! Pick any 3 Zoya Professional Lacquer shades to instantly update your nail polish wardrobe for the New Year!

Offer is valid Monday, January 7th (10AM EST) through 11:59pm EST January 13th only. Pick 3 bottles of Zoya Nail Polish for FREE…just pay shipping & processing charges of $10.

Want more?…
Receive free shipping with any Zoya or Qtica purchase of $25 or more!

To redeem:

  • Add at least (3) Zoya Nail Polish shades to your shopping cart, along with any additional items you wish to purchase.
  • Enter code ZOYA2013 into the coupon code field in cart and press “Apply Code.”
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Promotion Excludes Zoya Nail Treatments, Gilty Pleasures and Spring 2013 Lovely & Pixie Dust collection colors.

Terms and Conditions:
Shipping & Processing Fee of $10 applies. Valid online at http://www.zoya.com 10 AM EST, 01/07/13 through 11:59pm EST, 01/13/2013. Continental US only. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or promotions. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or errors associated with declined credit cards. Code must be entered at the time of purchase. Please allow up to 4 weeks for shipping if volume warrants it. Limit 1 promotional order per account.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: The New Black Candy Cane Scented Nail Polish Set

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: BaubleBar + essie Collection

BaubleBar + essie 21 Holiday Gift Guide 2012: BaubleBar + essie CollectionBaubleBar.com has joined forces with essie to create the perfect winter treat. Through this unique partnership, BaubleBar has designed a limited edition set of bracelets inspired by the essie Winter 2012 Collection, leading lady. Shoppers can build their own matching gift sets, which include three BaubleBar bracelets and one bottle of essie nail polish,
retailing for $50 per set.

BaubleBar + essie 1 1024x671 Holiday Gift Guide 2012: BaubleBar + essie CollectionEach signature BaubleBar bracelet is designed to match the essie shades of the season and comes with a full size bottle of the corresponding color. You can then select two additional bracelets from a suite of products to complete your personalized set. And each four-piece set arrives complete with a luxe pouch, making it the perfect package for gifting, whether you’re
stuffing someone’s stocking or looking for a personal pick-me-up.

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012!

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolish

The at-home alternative to a salon mainstay: the gel manicure. Professional, high-shine, no dry time and long-wear—these are the qualities that have made millions of women gel manicure converts. But as any gel manicure devotee can attest, these perks are also what make the manicures so expensive—and time-consuming.

That’s why the innovators at Sally Hansen are taking the manicurist out of the equation and putting professional results at your fingertips with the new Salon InstaGel Strips™ and Salon GelPolish™, two unique systems that equip you with everything you need to replicate a state-of-the-art gel manicure. Delivering mirror shine, no dry time and indestructible, chip-free wear for up to 14 days, each easy-to-apply system makes you your own manicurist at a fraction of the price. With Sally Hansen, you can effortlessly get the salon manicure you covet without leaving home—or breaking the bank.

Salon InstaGel Strips™

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips Kit1 1024x851 Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolishSpeed up your gel manicure and get the same lasting results with the Salon InstaGel Strips™, a breakthrough, easy-to-use innovation exclusive to Sally Hansen featuring UV-cured real nail polish appliqués. The two-step gel manicure is quick and simple: Just cleanse nails and apply the nail polish strips, then apply the gel top coat. Cure nails under the Mini LED light, swipe nails with the cleaning pad, and voila—maximum shine and wear. Available in 16 solid colors and 8 designs and infused with nourishing Vitamin E, the easy-apply strips come off fuss-free with Acetone polish remover. The Starter Kit features everything you need for a complete Salon InstaGel Strips™ manicure, including:

  • 16 V-cured real nail polish appliqués (8 size choices for the perfect fit)
  • Quick-Cure gel top coat
  • Mini LED Light
  • Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad

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Disney Cinderella Collection by Sephora

disney cinderella collection by sephora Disney Cinderella Collection by Sephora

This fall, experience Cinderella in a whole new light with the Disney Cinderella Collection by Sephora, a collection that will sweep you off your glass slippered feet. Magically transform any beauty routine with color cosmetics, fragrances and accessories inspired by the 1950 Disney classic animated film Cinderella. The collection offers women a fresh perspective on this beloved story and encourages them to tell the tale of their inner princess by featuring shades derived from the film’s rich color palette.

 

disney cinderella collection by sephora storylook eyeshadow palette Disney Cinderella Collection by SephoraStorylook Eyeshadow Palette Volume 1 Cinderella Edition, $55
Embark on a magical journey everyday with this luxurious eyeshadow palette complete with twenty different shadows, each inspired by original shades from the fabled movie. Create a variety of enchanting looks with these silky smooth highly pigmented shades that are easy to apply, blend and layer. (more…)

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