Review & Swatches: essie ‘Leading Lady’ Collection for Winter 2012


essie proves a girl can have it all with the new Leading Lady Collection for winter 2012! You deserve the best of everything, so let these noble nail shades accessorize your winter looks. Take a closer look at the collection…

Where’s My Chauffeur?, Butler Please, Snap Happy

She’s Pampered, Leading Lady, Beyond Cozy

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Review & Swatches: essie RepStyle Collection


Magnetic attraction….

New from essie, you’ll find their first ever magnetic polish collection in stores this month! These magnetic polishes are embedded with micro-iron spheres, which come to life by using the special included magnet that leaves a snake-like pattern on the nails. Once known for more demure, sheer shades, essie is now one of the brands I look to for more fashion-forward polish hues. Ready to take a closer look at the RepStyle Collection?

Sssssexy, Snake It Up, Lil’ Boa Peep

Crocadilly, Snake Rattle & Roll, RepStyle

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Review & Swatches: L’Oréal Paris Limited-Edition ‘Diamonds’ Collection


Prepping for festive holidays? Don’t miss this new collection from L’Oréal Paris, the Diamonds Collection! Comprised of an array of sparkling eye, lip, and nail colors—you’ll be good to glow. Ready to check it out? Let’s go!

L’Oréal Paris Limited-Edition Diamonds Collection

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Review: Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips Gel Manicure Starter Kit


Gel nail manicures are gaining in popularity, due to their instantly dry, long-wearing high-gloss finish. For a long time, gels were mostly considered an in-salon service, since it takes several coats of different products that have to be cured under a special UV lamp. Not only is it time-consuming, but both the products and the lamp aren’t exactly cheap. So unless you had a manicurist’s license, you weren’t getting your hands on a gel system.

My, my, my…how the times have changed!

Sally Hansen just released a fool-proof way to get a salon-inspired gel manicure, with their new Salon Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit. Everything you need to complete a set of gel nails at-home is at your fingertips! If you’re capable of applying a nail sticker and a single layer of top coat, you can use the Salon Insta-Gel Strips system.

What’s inside:

  • 1 mini LED lamp with automatic timer
  • gel top coat
  • 16 gel polish strips
  • 2 nail cleanser pads
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Review & Swatches: Shades from the Laura Mercier ‘Art Deco Muse’ Collection for Holiday 2012


Inspired by the decorative architecture, style and mood of the Art Deco period in Paris in the mid-1920’s, most notably the beautiful paintings of the artist Tamara de Lempicka

I haven’t had any Laura Mercier fun since June, back when I posted a few pieces from the fall Cinema Noir collection. That was SO long ago! Far too long to be without the lovely LM, so here are a few key pieces from the holiday collection for 2012…

Art Deco Muse is comprised of gilded metallics, complemented by spectacular reds. Think striking, ornate hues; not the traditional (and let’s face it—sometimes not-so-original) holiday reds and golds. It can either be done very well, or done very poorly or tacky…and Laura Mercier did it perfectly in my humble opinion! While I don’t have all of the pieces, I’d love to show you the rest—let’s go! [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: L’Oréal Paris Project Runway “Electric Fantasie” Collection Colour Riche Nail Colors


If you haven’t spied the L’Oréal Paris Project Runway “Electric Fantasie” Collection in your drugstores yet—hunt it down! My local CVS recently put it out, but I’ve heard of stores having it way back in September…so hop to it! There’s a phenomenal range of eyeshadow quads, blushes, lip colors, nail appliques (the new Colour Riche Nail Lingerie!), and limited edition Colour Riche nail polishes. I’m still making my way through the colorful collection, but wanted to share the Colour Riche Nail Colors with you, because there are several not to be missed!

Colour Riche Nail Colors from the Project Runway “Electric Fantasie” Collection

My past experiences with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Color have been very favorable. While I haven’t had these shades in my possession long enough to test wear, I can tell you that over the summer I wore a few of the Colour Riche shades without incident. With a base coat and top coat, I can get by three to four days before truly obvious signs of wear set in—and for me it’s nothing short of a miracle. I’ve stretched the wear to five days, but in all honesty, that’s when I call it quits with almost any nail polish (unless it’s a gel) out of personal preference.

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The COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Challenge: Part 2


Did it stay brilliant?

Remember last week when I told you I was taking the COVERGIRL 7 day Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss challenge? Well, time is up! It’s time to see how my nails held up during a week of typing, errands, and housework.

Just to recap…

Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss is a new nail polish collection from COVERGIRL that promises up to 7 days of glossy color, without the use of a top coat. It’s an ambitious claim, because I always have to use top coat—or my nails don’t stand a chance against chipping and dulling signs of wear within a day or two of application. The first 15 shades were launched last week at select retailers, with an additional 30 shades on the way in January 2013. Since they have great opacity and dry quickly, these are ideal for nail art and quick polish changes!

Results…

Applying Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss is a breeze—the formula is neither too thick or thin, and two coats give high-impact color and coverage. I decided to wear a base coat for the challenge, but you can probably skip the top coat like COVERGIRL promises. Especially since I still had a somewhat glossy finish after a week of beating my nails up around the house! The real signs of wear and tear were more evident on day 4—which given the circumstances of not using a top coat is still very impressive. A little chipping became more evident on day 5, and it increased a little more over the last two days of the challenge.

While my nails didn’t escape completely unscathed, some nails survived better than others after seven days. I think this is a great formula for a mass brand, and I can’t believe that I could really skip the top coat. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t get away with this with a few other polish brands I own.

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Swatches…

Price & Availability…

About $5.49 each; select drugstores and mass retailers on November 1st (15 shades), nationwide in January 2013 (30 additional shades).

The COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Challenge: Part 1


Never one to stray away from a challenge—I just accepted COVERGIRL’s challenge to wear their new Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss for seven days straight, to see if it holds up to its bold promises. I know there are a lot of nail polishes out there that promise long wear, but here’s a point of difference for the newest innovation from COVERGIRL; they promise its formula will stay shiny for up to seven days. That means—no top coat necessary, but up to a week of wear!

I’ve just applied the nail color for my challenge, so we’ll see how well it fares next week—but here’s what I can tell you so far! The 15 shades I’ve tried are perfectly pigmented, and give great coverage in just two coats. (REALLY!) This formula dries very quickly, with an immediately glossy finish. The easy-to-apply formula leveled evenly and was streak-free too, so I’m extremely happy with it so far.

In select stores now, you’ll find 15 shades available of the new Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss, with an additional 30 shades on the way in January 2013.

Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss benefits…

  • Up to 7 days of wear-resistant glossy color
  • Smooth finish and even color from a formula that needs no top coat
  • 45 stay-brilliant shades; from sheers & pastels, to deep tones
  • Premium-looking thick glass bottle, with removable square top
  • Quick-drying formula
  • Great for nail art

Vio-last

Day 1

See you next week for part two—we’ll see how the staying power and brilliant shine holds up after 7 days of wear!

For the latest from COVERGIRL, visit facebook.com/covergirl.

Swatches…

Price & Availability…

About $5.49 each; select drugstores and mass retailers on November 1st (15 shades), nationwide in January 2013 (30 additional shades).