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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NEW::: OPI Launches the Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

Edgy Elegance

OPI embraces runway trends with the Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012. Drawing inspiration from Berlin, an exciting new fashion hub that blends classic looks with the avant-garde, the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of vibrant color, urban-chic neutrals, and reds in variations from light to dark.

“Designers showcased rich colors and striking textures for fall,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “The Germany Collection beautifully complements these looks, with standout shades in various hues of red and burgundy – the season’s ‘new black.’ Sapphire, black olive and lime yellow are married with creamy neutrals in honey, taupe and nude rose.”

“The overall feel of the Germany Collection is elegance with an edge,” adds Suzi. “The varied palette of colors adds another accent to the list of special touches – think beadwork, paneling, fur and embroidery – that walked the runways during New York Fashion Week. Wearing these shades on fingers and toes is a great way to accessorize a range of looks for the season.”

Germany by OPI includes the following shades:


Don’t Pretzel My Buttons
A haute honey-beige that can always make you smile.

My Very First Knockwurst
…and what a magical rosy-nude rendezvous it was!

Berlin There Done That
A traveling taupe that’s seen it all. (Yep, that too).

Don’t Talk Bach to Me
There’s nothing mellow about this sassy lime-yellow!

Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!
A bodacious black-olive? We say “Ja! Ja! Ja!”

Unfor-greta-bly Blue
Everyone’s favorite Fräulein loves this über shiny blue.


Every Month is Oktoberfest
Prost! Here’s to the prettiest plum in the Biergarten.

Suzi & the 7 Düsseldorfs
The most beautiful bright purple of all.

Deutsch You Want Me Baby?
A self-assured shade of shimmering red-orange.

Danke-Shiny Red
You “Bitte” try on this ravishing ruby before it’s too late!

German-icure by OPI
The best burgundy shimmer in the business.

Schnapps Out of It!
Shake off the blues with a shot of fall’s must-have mauve!


Germany Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
Germany by OPI will be available August 8, 2012, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($9.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
            For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

SERIES: Bottle Spam - Orly - Pt 2

I recently started a new series in which I am posting bottle spam of my polish collection.  I started with Orly. So here is part 2 of my Orly collection. Again, I hope to post as part of the series, the majority of my collection (by brand).  If you see a polish that you would like to see swatched, leave it in a comment and I will try to get to as soon as possible.

I have long since loved the Orly brand of polish. From the bottle, the brush, the formula, the selection and the brush handle, I love the Orly brand.
L - R: Blue Collar, Snowcone, Sapphire Silk, Shockwave

 L - R:  La Playa, Star of Bombay, Royal Navy

 L - R: Lunar Eclipse, It's About Blue, Sweet Peacock, Stone Cold

 L - R: Luxe, Rage, Glitz, Coffee Break

 L - R: Goth, Androgynie, Rock Solid, Decoded

 L - R: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Wandering Vine, Le Chateau, Green with Envy, Gumdrop

 L - R: Scarlet, Terracotta, Merlot Mist

 L - R: Bus Stop Crimson, Moonlit Madness, Rock It

 L - R: Spazmatic, Can't Be Tamed, Mermaid Tale

L - R: Sashay My Way, Be Brave, Bubbly Bombshell

What's your favorite Orly polish?



Review:
·Bottle: 18 mL – 0.6 Fl Oz (20% more than the average polish)
·Brush: Standard narrow brush
·Price: Reg. $5.99 but can be often found on sale at Sally, and other e-tailers.
·Availability: Ulta, CVS, and Sally Beauty are some of the major retailers that carry Orly

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.





* FTC: These products were bought with my own monies. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by and of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Beauty Blogazon Weekly Roundup - 7/27/2012

  • Pinked Polish: Wanna see a fabulous Glitter Gradient look no further!!!!
  • Makeup Chronicles:Take advantage of some great deals that ULTA has on Chi Irons, Philosophy, and Bare Minerals...oh and you can save 20% on your entire order!
  • Baking Beauty:Does Maybelline's SuperStay Stain gloss really last 10 hours? Click to find out!
  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista shares some great lines from Sally Hansen that will make your nails and your wallet happy!
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.: PREVIEW: Dickinson's Witch Hazel Skin Care Line
  • adore-a-polish: A neat little trick to get more out of your next bath bomb purchase.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura talks about another one of her favorite products on Taupe-tastic Tuesdays. Cargo Yukon is the definition of taupe.
  • GlitterPukee: Glitterpukee reviews one of the more interestingly named hair care brands. The sexually charged name of LAID hair care uses Phero-attract technology to keep you on the top of your game and seem more attractive to men. Six pheronomes are at work but..does it work?
  • Midnight Manicures Join Midnight Manicures as Jeanie brings you the latest collections and products through the Tweezerman Ambassador program!
  • A Little Polish: Stephanie shows off her Thirst Quenching Pink Lemonade inspried Mani, a great way to cool off this summer!
  • Beauty Product Review: Getting tired of having a messy looking Makeup/skincare area? Clean it up with some beauty do-it-yourself tricks and beautify your beauty counter!
  • A Frugal Beauty: A Frugal Beauty shows you just how BOLD the I *heart* matte palette from Wet N Wild can be in her The Bold and Beautiful Series: The Bold Look
  • Sincerely Stephanie: Wanting to get your hands on Clarins 230 but don't want to pay the price? Check out Darling Diva Polish Ringer instead!
  • Très Beau Glamour: Did you know that Piña Coladas are great way to obtain beautiful skin? Nay Denise shares a new beauty secret of hers that will give your complexion a glow, give you a boost of energy and deliver a ton of hydration.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Want a sneak peak of Color Club's upcoming collections? Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom has a preview from Cosmoprof North America 2012!
  • Beauty Info Zone: Here's a chance to win two of the great products from Reviva Labs - Light Skin Peel and Seaweed Soap. Learn all about them and enter to win if you are in the US.
  • Mani Curiously: Dom tries to go On Safari with China Glaze's newest collection with these beautiful swatches and review!
  • Spontaneous Chick: If you're looking for a fuller pout check out my Jane Iredale review to see if her plumper is right for you.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has finally found the perfect must-have nude lipstick! True Love from Susan Thompson Cosmetics is gorgeous with a remarkable formula, and it's Cruelty Free.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Miss L from Beauty by Miss L has reached to 1000+ followers on her blog and to celebrate that she did a small "Thank you giveaway" to all her lovely old & new followers.
  • Beauty Binge: Beauty Binge Highlights her Top 5 Drugstore Skincare Buys!
  • Beauty Professor: The Beauty Professor tries Illamasqua's Skin Base Foundation...will it pass the test?
  • The Glossy Pages: A Beautiful World, Changemakers in Beauty | Meet Joshua Onysko, Founder of Pangea Organics
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: So grateful to have been chosen to receive the Influenster's Summer Beauty Voxbox. Check out what I got!
  • Captivating Claws: Captivating Claws has some gorgeous polishes from Enkelini to share with you.. plus a sweet GIVEAWAY!
  • Lacquered Lover: Lacquered Lover had the chance to check out Layla's ENTIRE new line of polishes including Hologram, Magnetic, Soft Touch and a Christmas Collection!
  • Lisa's Nail Obsession: I love the new Robin's Egg Nail Design. You will to...come and see it!
  • Gorgeousskin: Loving Giorgio Armani's Rusted Gold #25. See it in action here on my FOTD!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado: Cling wrap isn't just for the kitchen. Try this cute cling wrap manicure with my step by step tutorial.
  • Geniabeme Beauty Blog: Gradient nails are so pretty and easy! Take a look at Genia's pink and blue graident nails!
Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

Friday, July 27, 2012

REVIEW: Maybelline Great Lash Limited Edition Color Mascaras

As I have said previously, I love Maybelline mascaras.  They are one of my favorites, even over higher-end, department store mascaras.  Also, if you have followed my blog or any other social media venue, it is no secret that purple and blue are my two favorite colors. So it goes without saying that when I saw the latest display of Maybelline color mascaras at my local Walgreens, that I jumped at the purple and blue.   
I have been looking for a vibrant blue and purple eye liner as well as a mascara for ages.  So have I found the mascara I have been looking for? Let's See...

As you see the brush is the standard Great Lash brush. The colors on the brushes are vibrant enough, but how about on the lashes?


I started with 2 coats of Pop of Purple. And although not the same vibrancy as on the display, you can see the purple.  But I wanted more...

So I decided to try it with a white lash primer.  Thinking of the same that I do with polishing my nails a bright neon, I use a white under coat.  So here is Pop of Purple with Lash Primer (Sephora Perfecting Lash Primer).  A little more color, but this is with indoor lighting. So let's try it with the intense lighting of an OTT light...

Bamm!!! Pop of Purple with Lash Primer under Ott Light. I see the purple, but still not at the intensity level as advertised on the display.

Next was Blink of Blue. Much like the Pop of Purple, you can see the color but still not as vibrant of the display because I don't know about you, but I don't walk around with an overhead OTT Light...LOL!


I tried the same primer trick. So here is Blink of Blue layered over my Sephora Perfecting Lash Primer.
  

Lastly, here is Blink of Blue under my OTT Light...BAMM!!!


So what is my opinion of these latest mascaras?  While I was really excited about seeing the colored mascaras, I would love to see these colors more vibrant and with one of the other Maybelline mascara products, like Falsies.  Great Lash, when compared to some of the more recent Maybelline products, just does not give me what I want in a mascara. I am going to try layering these with some of my favorite mascaras to see if I get the look I am aiming for and a look closer to the display. 

Have you spotted these latest Maybelline Limited Edition Color Mascaras yet? If so which colors did you jump on?  I think I will get the teal since my town's NFL Team's (Jacksonville Jaguar) colors are teal and black.
BTW: Please excuse the tired eyes. I was so tired but really wanted to get this post done ASAP. LOL!

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.





* FTC: These products were bought with my own monies. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by and of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Caboodles Celebrates 200,000 Facebook Fans



CHICAGO [July 2012] – There’s lots to celebrate for Caboodles this year. The cosmetic organizer brand is in its 25th year as a household name in cosmetic organization. The Caboodles Facebook page is approaching a very important milestone too—the fan count is approaching a staggering 200,000.

When the milestone is major, the celebration must be too! The fan page has been buzzing with hints about a big surprise in store and it’s finally time to stop being coy and spill the beans! Caboodles is celebrating reaching 200k with its biggest giveaway ever. Once the count hits 200k, the giveaway entry form will be accessible for the fans to enter. What makes this giveaway such a big deal? Past giveaways have had 2, 3, or even 10 winners. But this giveaway has 25 lucky winners. Each winner gets a prize pack of Caboodles goodies to get organized and chic. The prize pack includes:
        • Classic On-the-Go-Girl case in fuchsia pearl
        • Caboodles t-shirt
        • Caboodles beach tote in pink
        • Caboodles flashdrive
        • Ooh La La petite train case
        • Curve Appeal wristlet
        • Bitsy Bag evening bag
        • Ready to Go Valet makeup bag

But that’s not all! You don’t think they’d give away empty Caboodles for such a momentous occasion do you? Each prize pack will also include some awesome beauty products inside, thanks to giveaway sponsors Ardell, China Glaze, TanTowel, and Senna Cosmetics. Winners will be able to bronze it up, polish those nails, gloss those lips, and bat their lashes in style – all as a thank you for being a Caboodles fan.




  
About Caboodles:
With an extensive line of Grande Train Cases, Specialty Cases, ‘IT’ Bags and Crystal Clear trays, Caboodles has been creating fun, playful cosmetic organizational products designed to fit every style and need since 1987.  The brand offers over 70 products ranging in prices from $5 to $40 and is sold at national mass and specialty retailers.

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PREVIEW: Dickinson's Witch Hazel Skin Care Line

There are certain brands that just ring nostalgic...brands like Ivory Soap, Vaseline, Palmers, Johnson & Johnson, Palmolive, and Jergens are just a few.  I can't remember a time as a child (a loooong time ago), that most of these products weren't in my house.  I recently saw a commercial advertising a new product line from one of those brands from long ago...Dickinson's Witch Hazel! Some brands, for me, just based on my experiences with that brand, I will jump at the opportunity to try new products from that brand.  Dickinson's Witch Hazel was what I used as my toner for years...I don't know why I stopped using it. Probably the marketing of other brands that enticed me.  
Anyway, I saw this commercial and saw that Dickinson's has introduced several new products in their skin care line: Gentle Skin Cleanser Lotion, Pore Perfecting Toner, Foaming Facial Wash, Oil Controlling Astringent, Oil Controlling Towelettes.


As someone with combination-oily skin, I am always on the hunt for products that will help control my oil levels. No one wants to walk around looking like an oil slick throughout the day.  So while on a recent trip to Walgreens, I spotted the new Dickinson's Witch Hazel product line and I picked up the Foaming Facial Wash.


Dickinson's Promise:

This foaming facial wash delivers clean without complication. It uses the power of witch hazel to gently remove dirt and impurities from even the most sensitive, reactive complexions while controlling excess oil daily. Its non-drying, non-irritating formula contains mild yet effective ingredients that maintain balance even when used with most treatment regimens.


  • All skin types
  • 100% all natural, No harsh chemicals
  • No soaps, fragrances, oil, dyes, parabens, sulfates or reasons to worry  
  • Dissolves excess oil
  • Clears pores
  • Rinses Clean
  • Maintain balance
  • No animal testing

  • The next product I picked up was the Oil Controlling Astringent.  
    Dickinson's Promise:


    This oil controlling astringent maintains a shine-free complexion throughout the day. Its 100% natural witch hazel formula, infused with refreshing witch hazel flower extract, gently removes excess oil, dirt and bacteria helping to prevent blemishes without dryness or irritation - for beautifully clear and healthy looking skin everyday.



  • 100% all natural,  No harsh chemicals
  • No fragrances, oils, dyes parabens, sulfates or reasons to worry
  • Fights blemishes
  • Cleans deep
  • Will not overdry
  • Eliminates shine
  • Dermatologist recommended
  • Maintain balance
  • No animal testing


  • My initial experience:


    As this Dickinson's Foaming Facial Cleanser does not claim to remove make-up, I first used a facial wipe (Aveeno Ultra Calming) to remove my make-up.  I then used the  Dickinson's Foaming Facial Cleanser with my Clarisonic. I did not experience a ton of foam but it did lather.  The cleanser did not leave my face feeling tight or drawn.  I intentionally waited after rinsing to see if I experienced that tightness. We are all familiar with that too tight feeling we have gotten from some cleanser.  I followed up with the Oil Control Astringent.  It wasn't harsh nor did it sting.  I followed up with my eye cream and moisturizer and was set for the evening.  So after my first use of these two products, I am happy with the result and I will be adding them to my skin care regimen and hope for the best.  I still need to see how the "oil controlling" works.


    Have you tried any of the Dickinson's Witch Hazel facial products, if so which ones?  Also, what are some of your favorite beauty/cosmetic brands from your childhood?

    Grace, Peace, & Blessings.





    * FTC: These products were bought with my own monies. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by and of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    UPDATED: SERIES: Bottle Spam - Sinful Colors

    Last week I started a series on bottle spam and the first brand I posted was Orly - part 1. Part 2 was scheduled for this week, but since Walgreens has Sinful Colors on sale this week for $0.99 each, I decided to pre-empt the part 2 of my Orly collection and post my entire Sinful Colors collection.  I hope this will help you in picking more Sinful Colors polishes to add to your collection while they are still on sale.

    I realize that the Sinful Colors website has been "under construction" for several months, but I have started seeing movement with the brand; so I hope to see the website up and running soon.

    L - R: Green Ocean, I Miss You, Nail Junkie, Hottie, Call You Later

    L - R: Daddy's Girl, Let's Talk, Amethyst, Purple Diamond

    L - R: Let Me Go, Dancing Nails, Fig, Dream On

    L - R: Daredevil, Forget Now, Boom Boom, Fusion Neon, Cream Pink

    L - R: Timbleberry, Hazard, Cloud 9, Big Dabby

    L - R: Let's Meet, Pullover, Winterberry, Black on Black

    L - R: Gorgeous, Kissy, San Francisco, Show Me The Way

    L - R: Olympia, Happy Ending, Rise & Shine, Mint Apple

    L - R: See You Soon, Hot Spot, Ciao Bella!, Blue By You

    L - R: Aqua, Love Nails, All Mighty, Midnight Blue

    L - R: Cinderella, Why Not, Zeus, Neptune, Rain Storm

    What's your favorite Sinful Colors polish?  With the Walgreens sale this week, which shades are you planning to add to your collection?

    UPDATE:

    It's just Monday, and I have already added 8 more to my stash. I don't plan to add any more, maybe...

    L - R: Slate, Lavender, Clementine, Vacation Time

    L - R: Outrages, Star Fish, Pink Forever, You Just Wait
    Review:
    ·Bottle: 15 mL – 0.5 Fl oz
    ·Brush: Standard narrow brush
    ·Price: Reg. $1.99 but is often on sale at Walgreens for $0.99.
    ·Availability: Walgreens, Target, Walmart, some local Beauty Supply Stores, and some online retailers

    NOTE: I'll return with Part 2 of my Orly Bottle Spam next week.

    Grace, Peace, & Blessings.





    * FTC: These products were bought with my own monies. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by and of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.
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