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06/01/2012

The sun has nothing on you this summer!  Rival its brightness and heat with China Glaze Summer 2012 collection, Summer Neons.  Featuring 12 new sizzling shades perfect for surf, sand and nightlife, the all new hot hues in China Glaze Summer Neons include:

  • Pink Plumeria - Light pink with gold shimmer
  • Under the Boardwalk - Fluorescent raspberry
  • Splish Splash - Bright sky blue shimmer
  • Love’s A Beach - Sizzling hot pink
  • Hang-Ten Toes - Bubblegum neon with iridescent purple shimmer
  • Beach Cruise-r - Glimmering fuchsia grape
  • Orange You Hot? - Bright orange with attention-grabbing gold glimmer
  • Surfin’ For Boys - Glistening bright coral
  • Flirty Tankini - Shimmery strawberry smoothie pink
  • Ride the Waves - Dark ocean blue
  • I’m With the Lifeguard - Glimmering lime green
  • Sun-Kissed - Hot highlighter yellow 

China Glaze Summer Neons will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in June 2012Suggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $7.00 (USD) per bottle.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit chinaglaze.com.


This collection is so bright and fun, and makes me wish I was lounging poolside right about now. I’m most interested about how the formula for these shades turn out. In my experience, neons typically require several coats, and many have a matte finish.

Which shades are you excited for from this collection? Surfin’ For Boys, Ride the Waves, and Sun-Kissed are calling my name!

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05/31/2012

Color: Stance (Illamasqua)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is from Illamasqua’s spring/summer 2012 Human Fundamentalism collection, which is all about “becoming who you are and not who you’re told to be.” I think that is such a strong motto to live by, and this bright, zany mauve is so perfect to represent it! 
Stance is super saturated and highly pigmented with a creme finish. Each layer goes on fairly thin and very smooth, which has always been my experience with Illamasqua nail polish. This shade reminds me of Dream On (Sinful Colors), although the finish for Stance is glossy, whereas Dream On is somewhat matte. I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.
This color is “fearlessly fresh, bold and vibrant,” and great for the summertime (especially for your toes!). If you’re looking to make a statement, this may be the Stance for you! ;)
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Illamasqua.

Color: Stance (Illamasqua)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This shade is from Illamasqua’s spring/summer 2012 Human Fundamentalism collection, which is all about “becoming who you are and not who you’re told to be.” I think that is such a strong motto to live by, and this bright, zany mauve is so perfect to represent it! 

Stance is super saturated and highly pigmented with a creme finish. Each layer goes on fairly thin and very smooth, which has always been my experience with Illamasqua nail polish. This shade reminds me of Dream On (Sinful Colors), although the finish for Stance is glossy, whereas Dream On is somewhat matte. I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.

This color is “fearlessly fresh, bold and vibrant,” and great for the summertime (especially for your toes!). If you’re looking to make a statement, this may be the Stance for you! ;)

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Illamasqua.

05/30/2012

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Collection: Vintage Minnie Mouse (OPI)
Retail Price: $8.50 (USD)

I am so excited to review OPI’s summer 2012 Vintage Minnie Mouse collection. I think I’ve waited my whole life for this! It’s a tiny little collection, but it really packs a punch. It fits right in with the bold, vibrant colors that are trending this summer, and it’s also a collection you’ll want to come back to every year for Valentine’s Day, too!


The Color of Minnie: This saturated red frost speaks for itself; it absolutely resembles the shade of red most commonly associated with Minnie Mouse. I am such a fan of how this looks on my nails (in fact, I wore this nail polish to my graduation last week!). Application was really easy. Here, I am wearing two coats of nail polish, but this shade is actually so pigmented, you might even be able to get away with one coat!

If You Moust You Moust: When I first saw this shade, I thought it was a dupe for Pink Friday (OPI), but it isn’t at all! It’s a bright fuchsia with a creme finish (whereas Pink Friday is simply a light pink creme). I was pleasantly surprised with the formula because it was slightly on the thin side, but actually applies very smooth and opaque. I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.

I’m All Ears: This is my absolute favorite shade from this collection! It is a magenta shimmer with jelly-like qualities. I’m All Ears is super saturated, but due to its jelly-ness, I thought I’d need to layer it on to get any action. Not true! This shade was opaque in an easy two coats!

Nothin’ Mousie ‘bout It: I was most excited to try out this confetti/glitter polish, but I’m sad to say my experience with it wasn’t that great. The formula is sort of thick, it dries sort of bumpy, and you’re lucky if you can even manage one heart per nail. I almost wish the hearts weren’t in this polish because the light pink glitter is so pretty on its own. In any case, I’ve layered two coats of Nothin’ Mousie ‘bout It over I’m All Ears (middle finger), If You Moust You Moust (ring finger), and The Color of Minnie (pinky finger), and I used a toothpick to fish out hearts for these swatches. I think this combination looks great with the saturated red and pink, but I don’t really like it over If You Moust You Moust because the color of the confetti hearts too closely resembles the color of the creme nail polish. Overall, this confetti/glitter polish is cute in concept, but it ended up being a pain! Nonetheless, I know I’ll put up with it whenever Valentine’s Day rolls around!


For the most part, this collection lived up to my expectations. My favorite thing is that even though it’s such a tiny collection, every kind of awesomeness a nail polish can provide is in it: there’s a frost, a creme, a shimmer, and a glitter/confetti. I love the names for each shade, too! And regardless of the fact that Nothin’ Mousie ‘bout It is a bit of a high-maintenance nail polish diva, I would still recommend buying it because I think it’s unique (especially compared with the kinds of glitters OPI typically releases).

This limited edition collection will be available beginning June 2012.

Disclosure: Product samples provided by OPI.

05/29/2012

Set sail this summer with a colour and bronzing collection designed to drop anchor in the most sophisticated Port of Call. Decked out in stylishly sailor-striped packaging, a fabulous flotilla of cosmetics make up this collection. M·A·C invites you to experience the jauntiest, yacht-iest collection of the season!

M·A·C Hey, Sailor! includes the following nail lacquers:

  • Vestral White - Creamy white (creme)
  • Touch of Red - Bright yellow red (creme)

M·A·C Hey, Sailor!will be available starting May 24, 2012 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.comSuggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $16.00 (USD) per bottle.


If this collection doesn’t get you into a summery mood, I don’t know what will. What are your must-haves? Touch of Red looks like something I’ll need to check out, if only to determine what “yellow red” means! And how adorable is the packaging? ♥

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05/28/2012

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Collection: Reel Sexy (M·A·C)
Retail Price: $15.00 (USD)

I find this collection surprising and unique. At first glance, I felt the colors fit more with fall, but now that I’ve swatched all three shades, I realize that they’re much too saturated to be in a fall collection. They’re bright instead of burnished, and sort of lack the “bruised” quality I attribute to fall collections. That’s the best way I can put it!

These are the first M·A·C nail polishes I’ve ever swatched/reviewed. Get excited! :D


Vivid Effect: This shade is described as a vivid orange coral with a creme finish. Typically, coral is flattering on the majority of people, so I think it’s a popular shade during the spring/summer season; however, the touch of orange in Vivid Effect makes it stand apart from other coral shades. It’s simultaneously fiery and sweet, and sort of reminds me of a grapefruit! Vivid Effect is my favorite out of this collection. It goes on so smoothly that it’s practically effortless to apply, and I love that each coat is thin yet highly pigmented. Here, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.

Screening Room: This shade is a bright mid-tone teal with a creme finish. Although it’s not my favorite shade out of this collection, I have to say that Screening Room is definitely the most interesting, although that may have to do with my definition of teal. I generally imagine teal to be a little more blue than it is in my photos, so I was pleasantly surprised to find an intriguing bit of green or emerald mixing things up. The teal looks sort of dark to me, but that green really brightens things up. Unfortunately, as far as application goes, I wasn’t so pleased. The formula is much thicker than Vivid Effect, and it made application sort of tricky/lumpy! It’s nothing I couldn’t manage, though. I achieved bottle color in two coats.

In the Dark…Purple: This shade is a vivid violet with a creme finish. I expected to like In the Dark…Purple most because I love purples/plums (basically, any color you can find in a bruise!), but like I already said, Vivid Effect surprised me more! Still, In the Dark…Purple is a good color, but sadly, I don’t find it as unique as the other two shades in this collection. In fact, it reminds me of Pretty as a Portrait (Finger Paints), though I think M·A·C managed to create a slightly brighter, more saturated purple hue. In any case, the formula for this shade is fairly easy to work with. It’s slightly thicker than Vivid Effect, but application is still very easy. Once again, I needed two coats to achieve full opacity.


This collection boasts bold, opulent hues that are perfect for setting the mood in your spring/summer looks. I would definitely say Vivid Effect and Screening Room are worth buying because they are fairly unique, but if you already own a purple similar to In the Dark…Purple, I’d say you could pass on that one.

Overall, I’m pleased with this stunning collection (and with my first experience with M·A·C nail polish!). The color story is cohesive and different from a lot of what I’m seeing this season, so I appreciate that M·A·C is thinking outside of the box. Reel Sexy is a reel winner! ;) 

Disclosure: Product samples provided by M·A·C.

OPI launches Vintage Minnie Mouse, including four limited edition nail lacquers, for summer. Created in honor of Disney’s beloved character, the colors encapsulate Minnie Mouse’s irresistible charm in playful, pretty shades of pink and red.  
 “OPI is so excited to collaborate with Disney and draw inspiration from one of the world’s most popular characters,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “This collection brings together the expertise of OPI and the iconic style of Minnie Mouse to inspire the distinct palette of vibrant, feminine shades for summer Nails will pop against summer skin in these classic, saturated hues – holding their own alongside the bold prints of the season.”
The line features a pink crème lacquer, one frosted red shade, a shimmery fuchsia, and a heart glitter confetti:
Nothin’ Mousie ‘bout It - Don’t squeak it – SHOUT IT! This confetti light pink is tops! 
I’m All Ears - Tell me how much you love this magenta shimmer. 
If You Moust You Moust - You gotta pink what you gotta pink.
The Color of Minnie - You had this little mouse at “red.”
As with all OPI nail lacquers, Vintage Minnie Mouse by OPI contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning June 2012. Suggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $8.50 (USD) per bottle. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit opi.com.
I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this collection! All the colors are so adorable and very Minnie. If I had to pick a favorite just from looking at the press release, it’s definitely I’m All Ears. How much do you love this collection?

OPI launches Vintage Minnie Mouse, including four limited edition nail lacquers, for summer. Created in honor of Disney’s beloved character, the colors encapsulate Minnie Mouse’s irresistible charm in playful, pretty shades of pink and red. 

 OPI is so excited to collaborate with Disney and draw inspiration from one of the world’s most popular characters,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “This collection brings together the expertise of OPI and the iconic style of Minnie Mouse to inspire the distinct palette of vibrant, feminine shades for summer Nails will pop against summer skin in these classic, saturated hues – holding their own alongside the bold prints of the season.”

The line features a pink crème lacquer, one frosted red shade, a shimmery fuchsia, and a heart glitter confetti:

  • Nothin’ Mousie ‘bout It - Don’t squeak it – SHOUT IT! This confetti light pink is tops! 
  • I’m All Ears - Tell me how much you love this magenta shimmer. 
  • If You Moust You Moust - You gotta pink what you gotta pink.
  • The Color of Minnie - You had this little mouse at “red.”

As with all OPI nail lacquers, Vintage Minnie Mouse by OPI contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition promotion will be available beginning June 2012Suggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $8.50 (USD) per bottle. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit opi.com.


I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this collection! All the colors are so adorable and very Minnie. If I had to pick a favorite just from looking at the press release, it’s definitely I’m All Ears. How much do you love this collection?

OPI announces the launch of six limited edition nail lacquers and a new Shatter, inspired by Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man.  With an all-star cast including Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, this highly-anticipated series reboot opens in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012. 

 OPI is so excited to work with Sony Pictures in welcoming Spider-Man back on the big screen,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “This film explores a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy that’s going to be both dark and sexy. The colors created for this promotion capture the movie’s exciting atmosphere, with standout shades like the deep shimmering blue Into the Night and the metallic golden green Just Spotted the Lizard.”

The film villain’s reptilian look can be replicated with a high-fashion twist by using the new deep green shimmer Shatter coat.  Shatter the Scales is inspired by graffiti art and works when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Shatter the Scales from matte to glossy in seconds.

The line features six nail lacquers in addition to Shatter the Scales, ranging from white, coral and pink to mood-setting hues of blue, nickel and yellow-green:

  • Your Web or Mine? - The perfect pink for sticky situations.
  • Into the Night - This perfect midnight blue was made for prowling.
  • Call Me Gwen-ever - Girlfriend, be sure to pick up when this urgent coral calls.
  • Just Spotted the Lizard - Be seen in this reptilian yellow-green.
  • My Boyfriend Scales Walls - Climb new heights with this cityscape white.
  • Number One Nemesis - Show your metal in this sparkling nickel. 

As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition promotion will be available beginning May 2012Suggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $8.50 (USD) per bottle. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit opi.com.


I love that OPI created nail polishes so perfectly inspired by Spider-Man! I hope the movie ends up being as cohesive as this collection.

The duochrome in Just Spotted the Lizard is making eyes at me, and Number One Nemesis also looks awesome. And I just know I’ll have to see what this brand new green shatter is all about! Are there any shades you know you’ll be picking up?

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Rebel in New York, Saint Germain in Seoul, Morange in Paris, Russian Red in Dubai — the must-have lip shades that M·A·C fans around the world reach for, and fall in love with, over and over again. Colours so globally gorgeous we worked them into 3-piece collections of go-every where Lipstick, Lipglass and Nail Lacquer trios in 7 classic palettes that are perfectly coordinated and regionally inspired. Wherever you are, tip and lip the scale in your fashion favour.

M·A·C Fashion Sets includes the following nail lacquers:

  • Rebel - Mid-tone cream plum (creme)
  • Snob - Light neutral pink (creme)
  • Myth - Light neutral nude (creme)
  • Spice - Mid-tone neutral nude (creme)
  • Chestnut - Rich chocolate brown (creme)
  • Girl About Town - Bright blue fuchsia (creme)
  • Russian Red - Mid-tone neutral red (creme)

M·A·C Fashion Sets will be available starting May 3, 2012 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.com. Suggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $16.00 (USD) per bottle.


I love the concept for this collection. These shades are work-safe, yet bold enough to make you stand out, too. They’re also perfect for the matching lip/nail color trend. And best of all, you’ll feel completely connected with other fashion lovers around the world when you wear any of these colors!

Which shades are your favorites? Snob, Girl About Town, Russian Red and Rebel are the ones I know I must find a way to get on my tips and toes!

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RSVP now for a private screening starring an iconic model as big as anyone who’s ever graced the screen:  Kristen McMenamy, photographed and filmed by Miles Aldridge.  What is she watching as she laughs, cries and sits mesmerized in a surreal cinema?  Obviously, it’s REEL SEXY.  Miss McMenamy’s bright, bold and brilliant look features a colour collection of 3 enigmatic nail lacquers:

  • Vivid Effect - Vivid orange coral (creme)
  • In the Dark…Purple - Vivid violet (creme)
  • Screening Room - Bright mid-tone teal (creme)

M·A·C Reel Sexy will be available starting April 5, 2012 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and maccosmetics.com. Suggested retail price for the nail lacquer is $15.00 (USD) per bottle.


These all look stunning! I love how saturated and rich they are. They’re sure to be ideal for making a bold statement as you transition from your springtime pastels into your summertime brights! Which shades are your favorites?

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05/20/2012

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Collection: Blooming with Color - Brights (Salon Perfect)
Retail Price: $2.98 (USD)

Salon Perfect is helping us bring some color into spring this year with 14 new shades in their limited edition Blooming with Color collection. If you need to ease yourself into the warmer weather, then you might enjoy the sweet pastels in the first half of this collection; if you’re completely over winter, the saturated brights in the second half of this collection are perfect for you!

Since there are so many shades in this collection, I will only review the Blooming with Color brights in this post; you may find the pastels in my previous post.

Salon Perfect’s Blooming with Color collection is available in Walmart stores starting May 2012.


Spicy Tomato: This shade definitely reminds me of the color of tomatoes. It has a creme finish, although I think it’s sort of jelly-ish too because it ends up looking kinda juicy, if that makes sense! The formula for Spicy Tomato is my favorite out of this entire collection (probably because I love jelly polishes). It’s practically effortless to apply, and the long Salon Perfect brushes make creating a clean manicure so easy. I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.

Tangy Tangerine: When I put this bottle next to Spicy Tomato, the difference is so subtle! But on my nails, the difference is definitely more obvious, as you can tell from the side-by-side swatches in this entry. Tangy Tangerine is technically a creme, but it has the same jelly-like qualities of Spicy Tomato. Once again, I really like the formula, application was great, and it was opaque in two easy coats. 

Sour Apples: I really like Sour Apples, but that’s a given because I’m generally a fan of green nail polishes. Salon Perfect describes this shade as a “true blue-green,” but it reminds me more of mint green than apple green. In any case, it’s definitely the alter-ego of Blue Mint (Salon Perfect). The formula for Sour Apples is a little thinner than most of the other shades in this collection, though. I needed three coats to achieve bottle color.

Blue Raspberry: This shade is a “vivid azure” with a creme finish. It’s one of the colors that always reminds me of sunny days and lazy weekends, so I think it’s a perfect addition to this collection. Moreover, I think the blue nail polish trend is catching on, so I’m sure many people will be pawing at this shade. The formula for Blue Raspberry is a little on the thick side (the consistency reminds me of China Glaze cremes), but surprisingly, that didn’t cause any problems during application. I needed two coats of nail polish to achieve full opacity.

Plum Sorbet: First of all, I don’t understand the name for this shade; it’s way too bright and light to be a plum! Anyway, from afar, Plum Sorbet looks like a magenta creme, but up close, you’ll notice it has some very subtle shimmer throughout. It is similar in color to Pretty as a Portrait (Finger Paints), but the shimmer makes Plum Sorbet unique. Within a collection of mostly cremes, this shade certainly stands out, but its formula is like an added bonus. I’ve basically needed two coats of nail polish to achieve bottle color for all my Salon Perfect swatches in this collection, but Plum Sorbet is a one-coater! Color me very pleasantly surprised!

Berry Pink: This shade is a saturated, highly pigmented hot pink with barely-there shimmer. It’s another one of those fun, girly colors that reminds me of summertime, and I think it’s perfect for your tips and your toes! I think the shimmery shades might have a significantly different formula because just like with Plum Sorbet, I only needed one coat of Berry Pink for full opacity. Berry nice! ;)

Bubblegum: I know I’ve said this a lot, but this is yet another shade that is accurately named; but I really mean it when I say it about this color. When I was a kid, any time my dad drove me anywhere, it meant I got a piece of the bubblegum he used to always keep in his jacket pocket. Considering I immediately thought of that memory when I saw this shade, I’d say the name is a total match! Salon Perfect, however, describes this shimmery creme as a honeysuckle pink. Perhaps that’s fitting, but honestly, honeysuckles only ever make me think of yellow! (Maybe I have Bath & Body Works to thank for that, lol.) Interestingly, I didn’t expect to like this color for some reason, but I’m glad it ended up being the dark horse for me because now that I’ve swatched it, I just love how it looks on my nails! The formula for this shade is also slightly thick like the other two shimmery shades in this collection, but due to the lightness of the pink, I ended up needing two coats of nail polish instead of the one I needed for Plum Sorbet and Berry Pink.


Now that I’ve swatched and reviewed both halves of this collection, I can say with conviction that the brights are my favorite. The pastels are interesting shades, but not enough of them actually qualify as pastel in my eyes, and the brights are just so much more cohesive as a group.

Despite my personal preference for the brights over the pastels, I think this collection is great. The variety of colors makes it appealing to just about everyone, and overall, I think these are excellent nail polishes for a really inexpensive price. If you liked any of the nail polishes you saw in part one or part two of my review for this collection, I think it’s definitely work purchasing them for yourself or a friend (or both!).

Check out my previous post for part one of this review, where I swatch the Blooming with Color pastels!

Disclosure: Product samples provided by Salon Perfect.

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