Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Press Release: Duri Tip-Toes to the Altar!

Take a Walk Down the Aisle with Duri Cosmetics' A Perfect Match Collection! 

Whether in the spotlight as the Bride, on the sidelines as a member of the Wedding Party or just a well-manicured guest—planning the perfect 20 (mani & pedi) is a beauty must that should top every bride's checklist.  From BRIDESMAID-inspired bachelorette parties and themed bridal showers to the exchange of rings,  tossing (and catching) of the bouquet and the most picture-perfect honeymoon – it's a hands-on experience.   Selecting the right shade and shape is as much a personal choice as picking out the perfect gown!  Duri Cosmetics offers a host of options to meet any Bridezilla's exacting standards—from classic french and creamy pearls to brilliant brights that nail the special day.
"We are seeing more and more brides go from a natural nail for her walk down the aisle to a dramatic pop of color to accent her reception change out dress," says Faina Ritz, creator of Duri Cosmetics and the visionaire behind Duri's A Perfect Match Collection"Brides can start with a light shade like Wedding Vows ( pretty pale pink) and then apply a coat of a deeper color like Runaway Bride (cranberry red) after the wedding for a whole new look at the reception!"
As for bridesmaid manicures, Ritz suggests going outside the box and avoid matching color choices.  If the bridesmaids are wearing a neutral color dress, they don't have to wear a neutral polish.   Allow the look to "pop" with a richer color polish such as Happily Ever After (bright classic pink) and vice versa for bright color gowns (pale them down with a pale).
For bachelorette parties, Ritz suggests going a little crazy with fun, loud hues like Bachelorette Party(a fun orangy-red) and Girl Power (shimmery magenta) - perfect shades for the ultimate girls' night out.   
Whether a warm weather event or winter wedding – once the band starts to play, those stilettos will come off, so don't forget the lower 10.  Use a bright, but classic shade like Every Day Is A Valentine (sheer red) to give your toes a little kick!  And for the classic bride, remix the French Pedicure with Lily Of The Valley (sophisticated light pink)
A Perfect Match collection includes 12 vow inspired hues…
I Do - a shimmery white for french manicure; Wedding Vows- a pretty pale pink;Bridal Bellsa clear, glossy bright pinkLily Of The Valley- a sophisticated light pink;Daddy's Girla sheer baby pink; Champagne bubblesa shimmery pearl; Hawaiian Honeymoon- a tropical peachy pink; Bachelorette Partya fun orangy-red; Happily Ever After- a bright classic pink; Girl Power- shimmery magenta; Every Day Is A Valentine- sheer red; Runaway Bridea cranberry red.

And for the perfect Bridal Party gift, mix 'n match three hues to create a collection of polishes for bridesmaids to remember the big day by (i.e. chose colors that match the wedding theme from the dresses down to the flowers).
All Duri nail products are completely safe, environmentally-friendly and free from DBP, TOLUENE and FORMALDEHYDE.

Make Duri Cosmetics your editorials' perfect match! All Duri Cosmetics products are available nationwide at salons, spas and specialty stores, as well as online atwww.duri.com. Individual bottles retail for only $5 each and Custom Gift Sets retail for $15.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Joe Fresh Twilight

Oh man. I think I had this as a lemming - forever! I originally saw it on Liz's blog and immediately fell in love. Flakies in a black jelly base? Yes please! So, now that I have it, let's have a closer look.
Joe Fresh Twilight has rough, unevenly shaped flakies that shift strongly from green to coppery orange to gold. The base is a pretty opaque black jelly - I thought originally I might layer it over Joe Fresh Moss, but you couldn't even see Moss beneath it so I thought I would show you how it looks on its own - here I've got two layers. The shift is indeed strong but for some reason I've had a time trying to capture it on camera, and I just don't know why. You'll see mostly green in my photos and maybe just a smidge of the coppery orange/gold shift. I've tried to photograph this three times with no luck capturing the shift!
Enough moaning, here's my photos.

I really love the textured look of the uneven flakies in this. I think you can see the color shift in the bottle best, in my photos. So, are you lusting after Twilight now?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sally Hansen Black Tie

Another beauty from the Diamond Strength line! They give us flakies, and now there's a duochrome. Actually, Sally Hansen Black Tie is a multichrome - purple, pink, turquoise, and charcoal. I tried so hard to capture all the colors in this beauty but I don't think I've succeeded, it's much more obvious in person than it is in my swatches, but you can definitely see a purplish-pink shift to turquoise, and you might can see the charcoal a bit.
I've used two coats here, this is a pretty pigmented polish. It seems to hold up pretty well too, I've actually worn this twice since I got it and the first time I wore it for four days before I got antsy and took it off. No chipping, just a nail polish nut getting bored. I have three photos in low light, and one in bright sunlight so that you can see the shimmer really well!

Clicky click to enlarge these, please. Isn't that a beauty? I'm so in love with it. There are some real gems in this Diamond Strength line!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Year of the Dragon by Pure Ice

So the Year of the Dragon pairing by Pure Ice is a gold metallic nail polish and a bright, crisp red crackle polish topper. I had never, for whatever reason, thought to pair these two together and I have to say, I just love the result.
The gold metallic polish is a very warm gold, almost has that "old gold" feel. I adore it - surprising for me, I don't usually care for gold, but this one is right up my alley. It reminds me a bit of Misa Ghetto Fabulous. I only needed two coats for this - I probably could have done one, it was really well pigmented.

I decided to use the red crackle, Show Stopper, in a diagonal pattern. This is a fun change up for me, I really like the look of it done in this direction. I had a mishap with my ring finger and the door, so I had to go over that spot again - forgive me if it looks a bit lumpy, but that's my fault and not the fault of the crackle. Like many crackle polishes, this dries to a matte finish. I added glossy top coat to all of my fingers but my pinkie, because I wanted to show you guys the texture of the matte - I actually like that contrast against the metallic of the gold. Pretty neat!

I know that many of us are burnt out on crackle, but when I wore this I got a TON of compliments on it, and I myself really loved the look of it. The combination of color and texture to me was really pretty and I haven't worn crackle in so long, I think I just enjoyed it. What do you guys think of this?

Disclaimer: Product(s) in this post provided in return for an honest review.

Quick Update -

Hi everyone - I just wanted you to know, I've been unable to update my blog roll for about a week now. I've heard from other ladies who use Blogger that they're having the same problem. It allows me to add a link, but when I hit the save button, it just sits there - never actually saves. So I've got several new blogs I'm following that I wanted to add to my blogroll - but until this issue is resolved, I can't do it! Very frustrating.

Press Release: Paint The Sky Blue by Pure Ice

"Baby I painted the sky blue, my greatest creation was you!"

Hiphop Royalty Jay-Z and Beyonce's new baby girl Blue Ivy has the most amazingFairy God Mother... Oprah!

Want to know what it feels like to have to world at your finger tips? Maybe a little bit like this!

Get into Oprah's Circle with Pure Ice Crackle & Ice Duo 
Strike A Pose

I really like the look of this combo! I wonder if this will be as cool as the Year of the Dragon one, what do you guys think?

Disclaimer: All images and info provided by the company.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Zoya Fleck Effects

In conjunction with the True collection for spring, Zoya released a mini collection of three polish toppers: flakies ahoy! I love flakies. They're probably my favorite finish, after jellies. They can really spice up a creme polish.
With that in mind, I picked out three Zoya cremes that I thought might be good "backdrops" for the Fleck Effect collection.
So first up, we have Chloe, which is a lightly tinted pink jelly base shot through with flakies. The predominant color is the gold to orange flakie, but there are also sparse bits of blue to green flakies - changes it up a bit and makes things interesting! These flakies are not uniform in size and shape at all. One thing I did notice is that these are really well distributed. I only needed one coat for a good amount of flakies. I used Chloe over the top of Zoya Petra, from the fall 2011 collection. I've included a photo of how this looks matte as well, since I love mattified flakies!

I've decided to pair the next two together. Both Maisie and Opal are flakies that shift strongly from green to blue. The difference between the two is the tinted base - Maisie is in a translucent aqua jelly base, and Opal is in a translucent lime green jelly base. I used Maisie over Zoya Cynthia, which is from the fall 2011 collection, and I put Opal over Bevin for a completely different, very soft result. I've included photos of both mattified, as well!

I think with all three of these, you'd have to use a white or very light colored polish to notice the color of the tinting, because they're very translucent. I loved all three pairings that I chose, though - I think these are all really pretty combinations. All of these have quite a strong shift that was easy to capture on camera, as you can see.

Disclaimer: Products in this post provided in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Zoya True Collection

Tonight I have Zoya's spring 2012 collection, True, to show you guys! I think I like this as much as I liked Smoke and Mirrors from fall. Tomorrow I have the coordinating mini collection, Fleck Effect.
A quick word about the formula, because these are all uniformly great - I needed only two coats for each polish. That's a good consistency with six different polishes! Also, for the record, I don't use top coat unless otherwise stated in my swatches, so these are all glossy on their own.
Okay, let's get this going with Bevin. Do I have to tell you how much I love this? I knew I was going to love it from the first swatch I saw of it and my opinion hasn't changed. It's perfection. It's in the mint family, but darker, dustier and a tad more blue than many mints. Gorgeous. Perfect for spring, I think!

Cho is the first of two neutral shades in this collection. Cho is the warmer of the two, it's a tad more yellow and warm and it has a fine shimmer that's barely noticeable on the nail. You can see it if you click to enlarge my photos but it mostly serves to add depth to this polish. It's very pretty. I think this doesn't suit my skintone as much as the other neutral, though.

Farah is the other neutral, and it's darker, cooler and a tad more brown/grey than Cho. It doesn't have a subtle shimmer, either. This one is much more suited to my skintone, I think.

The last three of the spring collection are straight out shimmers, so I have two shots of each. This first shimmer is Lotus, and it's one of two purples in the True collection. This one is cooler, lighter, more blue toned and dusty than Tru. The shimmer is a metallic, electric purple. Gorgeous! Might want to click to enlarge these to see the shimmer better.

Next up is Skylar. When I first saw this, I thought the shimmer in it was straight silver, but it's not - it's silver, gold, pink, and turquoise. I tried to capture all the colors but nope, no such luck. The base color of Skylar is a gorgeous dusty slate blue.

The last color I have to show you is Tru, which is deeper and brighter than Lotus. It's also more red toned. The shimmer in Tru is metallic red and gold.

I am so in love with these! I don't guess I need to say that. The shimmers are awesome, Bevin is totally a me color. Farah is the perfect "nude" shade for me. I like Cho as well, but I think it'd be better suited on someone with a different skintone than me. What do you guys think of this collection?
As I mentioned, tomorrow I have a bunch of swatches of the Fleck Effect Collection!

Disclaimer: Product(s) in this post were provided in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nicole by OPI Iceberg Lotus

Nicole by OPI (NOPI) Iceberg Lotus is...stunning. Seriously. It's an electric turquoise shimmer duochrome. 
I have to go ahead and warn you, this is much more vivid and amazing in person. I tried so hard to capture the awesome, but you know, sometimes it just can't be done! I think I was able to capture a bit of the purple duochrome though - if you click to enlarge these photos you'll see it a bit better. This was a bit thin, because the shimmer is suspended in a jelly base, so I used three coats here. 
I know my application is less than stellar because the brush, which is different than my other NOPI bottles, is a short, stumpy paddle type brush. I could not get it to cooperate and it caused some balding and I had difficulty controlling the polish with it. It's a case of madly in love with the polish, hate the brush!

I'll deal with that brush because seriously, there just aren't enough words to describe my drool induced state. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Misa Forbidden Lust

Here's one from the "oldie but goodie" file. Misa Forbidden Lust is from their fall 2008 collection, Poisoned Passion. I have A Sin Worth Committing, now I just need to pick up Toxic Seduction, and I'll be happy. 
So, Forbidden Lust is a strongly red toned purple (almost metallic) shimmer and boy, is it hot. It's hard to capture though, I think the pictures I have here are pretty close but I think it glows a bit more electric on the nails than it's coming through on camera. 
Formula is awesome - I can't think of a time I've ever had a problem with Misa polishes, and honestly, this brand lasts the longest on my nails. Plus, I'm a sucker for packaging - these are some of my very favorite bottles. I just used two coats here.

Oh gosh, that's so hot. And I tell you, it's more rich in person! 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Nostalgic Nail Lacquer: Into the Labyrinth Collection

Okay, another treat today you guys! I think y'all will like this as much as the Bizarre Teenage Love Triangle collection.
Erin of The Sugar Cube also has a collection for her shop, Nostalgic Nail Lacquer, called Into The Labyrinth. This collection is a set of layering polishes! Well, you guys know how much I love to layer, so I had a lot of fun with these. I should go ahead and warn you, there are a lot of photos here.
Into the Labyrinth is a set of three color changing topcoats.
Let's go ahead and break it down! You'll want to click to enlarge all of these to really see the changes.
First of all, I'm showing you Chilly Down. This one goes from blue to purple. I swatched this over Sonia Kashuk Taunting Teal. The top coat actually looks like a shimmer on your nail, and the color change is really cool to look at!

Next I have Magic Dance. This goes from purple to pink to gold. Straight on it looks kind of purpley-pink, but if you tilt your nails in any direction you get one heck of a shift! I swatched this over China Glaze Naughty and Nice.

Last and certainly not least is Underground. I've swatched this over OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow. This one is really neat, it goes from yellow-gold, to teal-blue, to green. Straight on it looks light greenish gold.

I had SO much fun with these, wiggling my fingers around like a madwoman. You get lots of sparkle in bright sunlight, but wow the shift of colors in lower light is fantastic. What do you think of these? Obviously, I love to layer so these are really fun for me.

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