Feeling Gray: Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly

essie chinchilly nail polish 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

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.

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Vaseline Intense Rescue Lotion Comes In Handy

spoiled pretty baking cookies

This past weekend, I embarked one of my favorite winter activities. I channeled my inner Betty Crocker by baking some delicious oatmeal and walnut chocolate chip cookies with my son, Westley.

Spoiled Pretty - baking cookies with Westy

I’ve never made cookies with him, so I wasn’t expecting to make such a mess.  But to be fair, any activity with a 2-year-old boy is going to get your hands dirty.

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Anyway, between the measuring, mixing and sectioning the dough on the baking sheet, we must have washed our hands at least six or seven times.  But, afterwards, my hands were no worse for wear – because right before I rewarded my tummy with a tasty treat, I treated my hands to a generous helping of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion is proven to relieve dry skin after just one application, so it was the first thing I reached for after the cookies went into the oven. It also helps to heal dry skin in three days, so slathering it on regularly has imparted softness that rivals my toddler’s.

vaseline intensive rescure repairing moisture

Stratys-3, a multi-layer moisturizing complex, infuses and suspends moisture across multiple layers of the skin. Simply put, Vaseline Intensive Rescue instantly boosts moisture levels by 300% and delivers 24 hours of hydration because it doesn’t just sit on top of skin. It sinks in and delivers much-needed moisture to the top, the core and deep down…without leaving a greasy residue.

Vaseline Intensive Rescue comes in three variants:

Want to try Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion for yourself?

Share your favorite winter activity in the comments for a chance to win a 10 oz. sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion and a 7.5 oz. jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. FIVE lucky Spoiled Pretty readers will each win the above Vaseline products so that they can enjoy your favorite winter activity without worrying about dry skin. To enter, leave a comment below. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends on Tuesday, January 22 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winners then.

Bonne chance!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Vaseline, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousel

Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousel

I just spied this at Ideeli and I think I’m going to get it. Maybe two, actually.

I have pretty good organization system for my makeup arsenal. But to be quite honest, the products that I use often are scattered all over the place. Plus, this purchase would help me stick to my New Years resolutions.

The Nifty Home Cosmetic Carousel holds cosmetics and accessories, with a space-saving design takes up very little of your precious counter space. It’s originally $29.99 but Ideeli has it on sale for $19.99. It’s available in six colors: black, white, silver, cream, rose and pink (seen above).

Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

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OPI Partners with Mariah Carey for New Nail Polish Collection

opi mariah careyThis 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
A Butterfly Moment (This sophisticated and frosty tan nude has us all a-flutter)
OPI Mariah Carey - Sprung
Sprung (Fall hopelessly in love with this shimmery copper)
OPI Mariah Carey - Pink Yet Lavender
Pink Yet Lavender (This pink glitter with lavender shimmer has superstar shine!)
OPI Mariah Carey - Anti Bleak
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
Stay the Night (Make it last in this matte black with red glints)
OPI Mariah Carey - Get Your Number
Get Your Number (Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call)
OPI Mariah Carey - Cant Let Go
Can’t Let Go (Hold onto this matte purple with dazzling sparkle)
OPI Mariah Carey - The Impossible
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.

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