September 30, 2010

Zoya Spoons. Find Your Perfect Red Giveaway! Ends 10/15. (Closed)

Zoya sent me 6 of their new Spoons and the corresponding polishes. Andi, Ruby, Nidhi, Carmen, LC & Jade. This is a lovely promo set they put together to spread the word about the Spoons, all about finding your perfect red.
Most of you have heard about these by now but just in case you missed it somehow, here's their video explaining all about them.



I love this idea and I'm already a huge fan of Zoya polishes. If I could only wear one polish for the rest of time, it would be Zoya Gaia! Zoya Edyta from their fall line is a new top five favorite too!


The Spoons are a fantastic idea! I still need the perfect gold for example. It's not a color family that often goes with my skin tone. These would be a great way to try them out with no loss of my precious and tiny income. The Spoons combined with Zoya's under-appreciated Intensity Scale, make Zoya a true leader in the world of online polish buying! The Intensity Scale rates the polishes from 1-5 in sheerness. 1=sheer & 5=opaque. I've found it to be very accurate. No more surprises when you try that gorgeous in the bottle polish only to find out that it's super sheer!

I'm not a big red polish fan. I'm also not a collector like many of you. I keep my polish collection fairly small and free of dupes. I used these spoons to see if I needed or wanted any of the six colors that Zoya sent and it turns out that I don't. The shade I found most appealing (Nidhi) ended up not working with my skintone. Lucky for you ladies, this means that I'm passing on the lovely set to one of my lovely readers!

One reader from anywhere in the world will receive a spoon and bottle of unused polish in each of these colors.
  • Andi--Bold medium blue-toned red with a touch of barely-perceptible silver shimmer. Intensity 5.
  • Ruby--Bright cool-toned true ruby red with frosty, silvery shimmer. Intensity 4.
  • Nidhi--Rich red sparkling metallic. Intensity 5.
  • Carmen--Bright, clean medium true red in a glossy creme finish. Intensity 4.
  • LC--Bright, creamy saturated coral-red with a shiny creme finish. Intensity 5.
  • Jade--Bright red glitter in a translucent crimson red base. Intensity 3.
RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.

  • This giveaway is open to followers worldwide!
  • This giveaway starts today, September 30th, and will end Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 11:59PM Central Standard Time.
  • We'll select the winner with random.org's random number generator and notify the winner by email on Saturday, October 16th.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org.
HOW TO ENTER:
Everyone has the opportunity to earn up to two entries per person. You only need to fill out the form once. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.
  • Mandatory Entry. Leave your name and email in the form below. That's all that is required for this one!
  • Become a follower or tell me if you are already following. (optional)

Zoya sent me these products to review. This in no way influences my opinion. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

Thanks for reading!
April

EDIT There were 266 entries and Random.org chose #56 Gina from Prim and Polished!

September 29, 2010

Quirius Starry Night & Some Rhinestones

I have no idea why this is called Starry Night, as it's a dark purple creme! My camera hates purples & this polish is much less blue than the photos. It dries darker than the bottle color and has the same finish as Quirius Caribbean Turquoise without a topcoat. It's shown here with topcoat.
I've never used any sort of 3d nail art before and I obviously had no plan with this manicure! I just randomly threw these on. Not something I would do again but I learned how to place them properly the next time I want to use them.

Thanks for reading!
April

September 28, 2010

Weekly Giveaway Roundup



I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
 MAKEUP & SKINCARE

CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
MISCELLANEOUS
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April 

September 26, 2010

Dexter Season 1 Nails

Dexter is one of my favorite shows and the new season starts tonight! Anyone who watched season 1 will recognize this quite hideous skittle manicure that was featured very prominently. Now I'm going to change my nails because this color combo is just not fit for going out in public in the real world. It was fun though!
Thanks for reading!
April

September 25, 2010

Quirius Caribbean Turquoise

 This is 2 coats of Quirius Caribbean Turquoise without a topcoat. It's a weird polish but I decided to keep it in my stash even though I don't normally like turquoise on my nails. for some inexplicable reason. This polish has a plasticy finish that I think is interesting.
Below I've used a topcoat on my ring and pinky fingers which gives it a normal creme finish and somehow makes it seem like a brighter turquoise too.

Only a few more days to enter my giveaway! Thanks for reading!
April

September 23, 2010

Pure Ice French Kiss


This is an amazing polish especially for it's low price of $1.99! Gorgeous super pigmented royal blue creme! Amazingly nice formula and almost a one-coater!! That's a lot of exclamation points but Pure Ice French Kiss is worth it.

Thanks for reading!
April

September 22, 2010

Winner!

I had 320 entries and random.org chose #91 Annie from Nailstah! Congratulations Annie and thanks to everyone who entered!

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a gorgeous 2011 Nikki McClure Calendar from Buy Olympia! Open worldwide!


I'll be announcing a new giveaway very soon. It might have something to do with some sort of silverware, hint, hint!

Thanks for reading!
April

September 21, 2010

Nubar Reef Green


This is 3 coats of Nubar Reef Green. It's a frosty lime green that leans a little blue. Nice formula but not very flattering on me.



Thanks for reading!
April

September 20, 2010

Weekly Giveaway Roundup


I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
  • RikRak Studio is giving away a $75 Tanis Alexis Laird GC! Gorgeous stuff ladies! Ends 9/24.
  • I'm giving away a gorgeous 2011 Nikki McClure Calendar from Buy Olympia! Ends 9/28.
MISCELLANEOUS
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

September 19, 2010

Talk Like A Pirate Day Nails


Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day! I love Pirates!
I used one coat of Pure Ice French Kiss (an amazing polish that I'll review soon!) with one coat of Barry M Silver Sea. One coat of Sinful Secret Admirer (another amazing polish!) topped with China Glaze Matte Magic for the Jolly Roger pirate flag. I used my beloved smARTNails sticker stencil & China Glaze Millennium for the skull and crossbones.


Thanks for reading!
April

September 17, 2010

PeaceKeeper Eco-Easy Vegan Nail Polish Remover


PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Eco-Easy Nail Polish Remover is radically different from acetone based removers! I tried it with several different polishes and it works very well overall. It does take about 5-15 seconds longer for each nail but the benefits out way that bit of extra time.

From their website:

PeaceKeeper® Eco-Easy™ Nail Polish Remover made from natural fermented sugars and scented with rosemary and spearmint.
  • No Nasty Anything™
  • No Nasty Odor
  • Completely VEGAN!
  • No GMOs
  • Biodegradable
  • Moisturizing Oil of Spearmint
  • No Synthetic Oils or Petrochemicals
  • Farmer Grown Ingredients
  • Works on the TOUGHEST nail polish!
This delicious smelling nail polish remover contains moisturizing oil of spearmint which enriches the nail and cuticles. Imagine, five simple ingredients that when combined together create a natural and perfect solution to removing nail polish.
The days of alcohol, acetone, and FD&C coloring are over with this revolutionary formulation.

I normally remove my polish with Beauty Secrets Acetone with wheat protein & vitamin e. I tear up cotton balls into nail size pieces, soak them in remover and place one on each nail for about 30 seconds. I used the same method with the PeaceKeeper. The PeaceKeeper did leave behind more polish but it was very easy to finish the job with a little rubbing.

The differences in feel and smell are huge! PeaceKeeper smells very minty & refreshing as opposed to the typical yuck of acetone based removers. PeaceKeeper contains glycerin and I think this gives the remover a slippery feel. It took me a bit to get used to but I noticed that my hands felt moisturized after removal! They always feel dry when I use my regular remover.

Ashley also tried the PeaceKeeper and says she is a convert. She has been trying very hard lately to use more eco friendly products so she likes their commitment to organic farming. This remover is more expensive ($10 for 4 fl. oz.) but people who are committed to making more responsible product choices shouldn't mind the cost too much.

I wouldn't recommend this product for tough glitter removal or for clean up (I keep a bottle of straight acetone around for those anyway) but it's great for everyday use. I think it's a nice option for anyone concerned about their consumer habits or about frequent acetone use.

PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is an "All Benefit" Company.

From their website:

What does an All-Benefit Company do?
  • Donates all of profits (after taxes, debt repayment, financing costs, reasonable working capital reserves) to charity and generates those profits responsibly.
  • Demonstrates a clear and explicit commitment to achieving best practices in all aspects of corporate responsibility.
  • Provides products and services that do no harm.
  • Distributes profits to 501c3 non-profit organizations which are non-violent, non-partisan, and non-denominational.
  • Demonstrates compelling business models that have the potential to successfully address market needs and multiply the company’s impact.

If any of this sounds good to you, check out the rest of PeaceKeeper's products.

You can see my review of their Nail Polish Grateful here.

Disclosure: I was provided a product sample by American Apparel. This in no way affects my opinions of the product. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.

Thanks for reading!
April

September 16, 2010

Peacekeeper Cause-Metics Grateful Polish


I contacted Peackeeper Cause-Metics because I haven't seen any reviews of their polish line and they sent me Grateful to try out. It's a metallic rosy purple with a nice formula. This is 3 coats.
Peacekeeper goes into great detail about all of their ingredients! From their website:
PeaceKeeper Nail Paints are made without Toluene, Formaldehyde, Acetone, Phthalates, Parabens, or FD&C/Lake Coloring in our products. And, PeaceKeeper does absolutely NO ANIMAL TESTING!

Since nature does not make a “real” fire-engine red, you will not find reds of those tones in our line. Fire-engine reds are made with FD&C coloring and are synthetic. PeaceKeeper uses minerals from the earth for coloring like Mica, Titanium Oxide and Ultramarines. We do however use Carmine (a pigment derived from carminic acid from the scales of certain insects) in Paint Me Stunning so if you are a vegan stay away from this colors. ALL of our other nail colors are VEGAN !

But here’s the truth…Our polishes are still made with copolymers, which the Environmental Working Group describe as being “Moderate” in terms of their safety rankings (Safe, Moderate, Hazardous). What they say is that copolymers can suppress the immune system and can be irritating to the skin. We'd like to take them out of our nail paint but they make up the base of the polish - so if you are going to wear our nail polishes you should be aware of this. Right now, these polishes are as clean as we know how to get them. But please call or e-mail us at ingredients@iamapeacekeeper.com if you have any ideas on how to improve the ingredients in our nail paints. We love wise input!


No green-washing here ladies! They don't have a huge range of colors but that is explained by the fact that they only use minerals for pigments. Their current selection can be found here.
Peacekeeper Cause-Metics seems like a wise choice for environmentally & socially conscious consumers.
PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is the first cosmetics company to give donations to women’s urgent human rights issues. We focus on women who live at the base of the pyramid on a dollar or two a day or women living in exploitation or servitude.
I have lots more to say about this intriguing company, but I'll save it for tomorrow's post when I'll review their Polish Remover.

Disclosure: I was provided a product sample by American Apparel. This in no way affects my opinions of the product. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.

Thanks for reading!
April

September 15, 2010

Franken Fail, Paintball, Goofy Will & Nail Art!



Will & I played paintball last weekend and it was super fun! I've never been before but I can't wait to go again. I got the prettiest bruise ever on my thigh and Will shot me in the hand. The hand shot was hard enough to blast off some of my nail polish!

I didn't have enough time to completely redo my nails before we went out that night, so I used my smARTnails sticker stencils and China Glaze Ruby Pumps to hide the damage. Someday soon I'll have to use this sticker stencil for making comic book style word bubbles. POW! The base color is my first attempt at frankening a dupe for RBL 360 which is a dusty teal. This one is way too bright!

This next picture is just ridiculous! I was half asleep when we left for paintball and didn't check Will's outfit like I normally do. Believe me it's necessary! We stopped at QuikTrip for gas, I looked up and saw this coming towards the car. That's one of my wife beaters!! Geez Will. You can see more funny Will in this post.


Thanks for reading!
April

September 13, 2010

Weekly Giveaway Roundup


I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
  • Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away Tifa Drinking Chocolate! 5 winners!! This stuff sounds so good! Ends 9/15.
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
  • Fave Crafts is giving away on OTTLite Task Lamp! Ends 9/17.
  • I'm giving away a 2011 Nikki McClure Calendar! Ends 9/28.
MISCELLANEOUS
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

Nikki McClure Calendar from Buy Olympia Giveaway!! Ends 9/28.


Buy Olympia is one of my favorite online shops! I've been using them for years to buy unique presents for my friends and family and myself. Here's how Buy Olympia describes their product range.

We're what they call a "specialty retailer" with thoughtful, intentionally designed goods that span the gamut from simple to sublime.

You'll find a variety of goods; from unique apparel and inspired books to artisan soap and 100% recycled paper goods. You'll find planners to organize your life and bags to carry them around with.

From Nikki McClure's amazing paper-cuts to Sarah Utter's Reading Is Sexy, we've got artists working in a diverse collection of mediums.

I fell in love with this shirt and Will got it for me a couple of years ago. You can still purchase one for yourself here. They have a great selection of nice shirts from different artists!


My sister has one of Ryan Berkely's amazing animal prints at her house. This one is my favorite!


Check out Buy Olympia's amazing books! I got this hilarious one as a present.


This beauty was a present for Ashley last year. It's from a series of spectacular kids books by Robin Mitchell & Judith Steedman.


Sarah Utter is one of my two favorite featured artists from this site. I adore these two images which can be found on several different items.


Nikki McClure is my other favorite! I got one of her calendars and some other pretties for Ashley a couple of years ago. Ashley sent me these pictures of the Nikki McClure's on her wall.


Now Buy Olympia is offering a Nikki McClure 2011 Calendar to one of my lucky readers! Open worldwide! Here are a few months from this stunner.


RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.
  • This giveaway is open to followers worldwide!
  • This giveaway starts today, September 13th, and will end Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 11:59PM Central Time.
  • We'll select the winner with random.org's random number generator and notify the winner by email on Wednesday, September 29th.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org.
HOW TO ENTER:
Everyone has the opportunity to earn up to two entries per person. You only need to fill out the form once. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.
  • Mandatory Entry. Leave your name and email in the form below. That's all that is required for this one!
  • Become a follower or tell me if you are already following. (optional)

I did not receive any compensation for this giveaway in the form of product or payment of any kind. I just love you all and wanted to share my love for this great company! I love to share! Thanks to Buy Olympia for sending the prize to the winner of the giveaway!

Thanks for reading!
April

September 12, 2010

Golden Rose 134


This is 3 coats of Golden Rose 134. It's a lovely silvery blue foil with a nice formula.

I'll be announcing another international giveaway tomorrow! Yay!

Thanks for reading!
April

September 10, 2010

L.A. Girl Amethyst


I love purple shimmers and L.A. Girl Amethyst is no exception! Slightly reddish purple jelly loaded with turquoise and hot pink shimmer. 3 coats.


Thanks for reading!
April

September 8, 2010

Claire's Mood Peaceful Confident


This is 3 coats of Claire's Mood Peaceful Confident. These are so cool! I took tons of pictures and this was the only one that came close to the real color. It's a super bright sea green except for the tips which are more turquoise. These are super fun for longer nails especially since you can see the color changes almost all of the time. They change with heat so the tips are cooler and therefore a different color. I would love to try some of the other colors from this series. This one is not really for me, but such a great idea!

Thanks for reading!
April

September 6, 2010

Weekly Giveaway Roundup


I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
MAKEUP & SKIN CARE
  • Nouveau Cheap is giving away a set of Palladio Shadow & Liner Herbal Crayons! Hurry! Ends tonight!
  • Flip Out Mama is giving away 5 mineral eyeshadows from Overall Beauty! Ends 9/13.
  • Babbling Brooke is giving away Revlon Fantasy Lengths Eyelashes! 2 winners! Ends 9/13.
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
MISCELLANEOUS
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

September 5, 2010

Franken I Won From Black Nail Polish & Lip Gloss


This beauty is a franken that I won from Andrea of Black Nail Polish and Lip Gloss. Drop dead gorgeous aqua jelly loaded with pink & turquoise flakies! Andrea doesn't have an exact recipe for this one but she does remember that the flakies are from Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure and Nfu-oh 50 with random pigment for the aqua base. Check out Andrea's cosmetic line, Evil Shades!


Thanks for reading!
April

Reader Apreciation Giveaway! Ends 9/21 (Closed)


Still having tons of fun with the blog so it's time for another giveaway! Everything is brand new. Some are items I've won but can't use or don't need since I already have something similar. Some items were purchased just for this giveaway. Open internationally!

One lucky winner from anywhere in the world will receive:
  • Sally Hansen Celeb City
  • NYC Lincoln Center
  • Finger Paints Up & Coming Artist
  • NYC Charming Rose Creme
  • Milani Starry Pink
  • Essie Buy Me a Cameo
  • BB Couture Painted Lady
  • NYC Taxi Yellow Creme
  • Nina Ultra Pro Salsa
  • American Apparel Passport Blue
  • China Glaze Midnight Ride
  • Toma Chromicolor
  • Wet n Wild Hallucinate
The star of this giveaway is definitely the Toma Chromicolor! Here are a couple of old pictures. It is an amazing one coat wonder, that dries in less than in a minute! If you have to do your nails and leave the house immediately, this is your polish! This Toma has no dupes that I've seen and dries to a gorgeous purple chrome.


I used my bottle more recently for my first ruffian. My application is much better now than in the old pictures and, as you can see, an almost brushstroke free chrome finish can be achieved if you're careful!


RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.
  • This giveaway is open to followers worldwide!
  • This giveaway starts today, September 5th, and will end Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 11:59PM Central Time.
  • We'll select the winner with random.org's random number generator and notify the winner by email on Wednesday, September 22nd.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org.
HOW TO ENTER:
Everyone has the opportunity to earn up to two entries per person. You only need to fill out the form once. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.
  • Mandatory Entry. Leave your name and email in the form below. That's all that is required for this one!
  • Become a follower or tell me if you are already following. (optional)


I did not receive any compensation for this giveaway in the form of product or payment of any kind. I just love you all and wanted to share! I love to share!

Thanks for reading!
April