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Deborah lippmann fall 2015 collection review

Deborah lippmann fall 2015 collection review 0

"This fall, Deborah Lippmann encourages you to stand up, to speak out, to ROAR. With four brand new nail lacquers, this collection evokes feminine strength and echoes the united voice of women everywhere.  Inspired by the rebirth of female empowerment (equal rights, equal opportunity and female solidarity) and iconic leaders like Grace Jones, Madonna, and Cher, Deborah specifically designed these show-stopping shades to represent that power with color.  From the discerning She Wolf and the boardroom dominating Miss Independent, to the brick red that demands Respect and glittery bronze that Can't Be Tamed, this collection is for the bold woman who has something to say and won't stop until she's heard.

Embrace your strong and expressive side with these new full coverage shades previewed at the Badgley Mischka A/W 2015 Runway show" according to the press release. 

The four shades that comprise the Deborah Lippmann Fall 2015 Roar Collection include:

Respect: a burnt crimson red creme  A 1 Coat Wonder! Incredibly pigmented. [brick red creme]

Miss Independent: an eggplant purple creme. [berry wine creme]

Can't Be Tamed: a yellow gold glitter in a sheer mocha brown base.  Also has hints of holographic glitter particles scattered throughout. [holographic honey gold]

She Wolf: a creamy taupe with slight lavender undertones.  Incredibly pigmented.  Had excellent coverage in even a single coat. [taupe creme]

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

I absolutely Love this collection.  Yet again Deborah hit the ball out of the park.  I think all 4 colors are winners and are shades customers would definitely request.  

The pigmentation and formula on all four colors was excellent.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever with any of them.  If anything I was surprised at how incredibly well saturated in pigment they were.  Very smooth and creamy, and super easy to paint and work with.

My personal favorites include She Wolf and Can't Be Tamed

This collection is limited edition and is available now.  The suggested retail price is $18 each, with Can't Be Tamed retailing at $20. The bottles are .5 fl oz 15 mL.

They're available online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/ , and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora stores nationwide. 

OPI Infinite shine summer 2015 review

OPI Infinite shine summer 2015 review 0

"Twelve new Infinite Shine Gel Effect Lacquer System shades inspired by laid- back summer lifestyle.  The all new Infinite Shine Summer 2015 Collection from OPI delivers 10 days of high-definition, gel-like shine that lasts until you take it odd.  As the world's number one salon brand, OPI brings to life the easy pinks, sunny yellows, and breezy blues of a day at the beach, the hot orange and juicy plums of an outdoor sunset, and the metallic gold and silver sparkle-perfect for catching some summer rays while making your own. 

The easy three step Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System makes it possible to get high-volume, glossy gel effects from a formula that you apply and remove like a lacquer, no light curing or soaking required.  For rich color and brilliant, long lasting shine, simply Prime, to prep nails to uniquely grip color and help prevent staining.  Then Lacquer for bold, high-impact color.  Finally Gloss with the high-sheen top coat.  The top coat's exclusive oligomer formula cures to a high-shine hard film in natural light, and comes off easily with nail lacquer remover.  These summer must-have hues are a unique new addition to the 36 OPI Infinite Shine existing shades" according to the press release. 

the new Infinite Shine shades for Summer 2015 include:

Your're Blushing Again: a soft dusty light rose pink creme. [this bashful pink has chic-y style]

Patience Pays Off: a pale pink creme with light lilac undertones. [I canNot wait to get ahead of this nude pink!]

Silver on Ice: a silver chrome. [chill out with nails shimmering with cool silver]

Follow Your Bliss: a bubble gum pink. [I'm in hot pursuit of this dashing, joyful pink]

Lavendurable: a light lilac creme. [ my love for this sweet lilac will last forever]

Purpletual Emotion: a royal purple creme. [getting in touch with this expressive eggplant]

The Sun Never Sets: a bright cantaloupe melon creme. [the afterglow of a tangerine sunset]

Wild Blue Yonder: a bold marine blue creme. [soar into this untamed sky blue]

To Be Continued: a light periwinkle blue creme. [this perwinkle blue just keeps on shining]

S-ageless Beauty: a pale mint green creme. [you are so wise to choose this light sage]

Bee Mine Forever: a butter yellow creme. [I'm devoted to this sweet as-honey yellow creme]

Enter the Golden Era: a light butterscotch gold metallic. [this pearly gold ushers in the Age of Glam]  

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light)

I must say OPI is usually on the forefront when it comes to technology, but when it comes to their version of a gel-like nail lacquer I must say I'm slightly disappointed.  🙁

Most other brands already on the market offering a similar product do so without needing a Base Coat.  Also, most other gel-like polishes on the market dry in half of the time of a regular polish manicure, 8 minutes as opposed to 15.  This system makes no claims with regards to a possible faster drying time.  

Instead, the product boasts itself on lasting for 10 days, but I personally don't test polishes for their lasting wearability.  There are so many different factors involved that can cause a polish to chip, so when I write my blog reviews I mainly do so discussing the formula, the color itself, and any issues I might have experienced while using it.   

As for the colors themselves, I think this is a very pretty collection, and is definitely wearable.  These are shades clients would request repeatedly. 

I found the formula to be good across the board.  I didn't experience any issues.  The polishes painted on smoothly and evenly, just like a conventional nail polish does.  

My personal favorite shades from the collection include: S-ageless Beauty, The Sun Never Sets, and Purpletual Emotion.

The OPI Infinite Shine Lacquers retail for $12.50 per .5 fl oz 15 mL bottle.

For more information on OPI, check them out online: http://www.opi.com/

and for professional Nail Techs: http://pro.opi.com/ 

CHANEL- Les Beiges Collection Summer 2015

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Today I am excited to share with you all a new classic and timeless collection from CHANEL. Introducing Les Beige Collection for Summer 2015; four sumptuous new creamy shades that complement virtually ever skin tone. 

CHANEL's Les Beige Collection includes:

Beige Rose 655: a carnation pink creme.  Not a beige color at all really, but still very pretty nevertheless.

Beige Pur 659: a creamy beige nude with slight peach undertones.  It's very sophisticated looking.

Precious Beige 661: a creamy beige with rose pink undertones, and the finest pearl shimmer that glimmers in the light.  I'm obsessed with this shade.  It's very unique, especially due to the pearl effect.  I also find it very elegant. 

Lovely Beige 663: a creamy mocha mauve with rose undertones.  Perfect for those with a darker skin tone.  

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light).

You can't ever go wrong with a collection of nudes in my opinion, and I like the fact that CHANEL threw in Beige Rose, which is honestly a pale pink.  Like I mentioned earlier, these are all classic and timeless shades that clients will request again and again.  

They each painted on smoothly and evenly, giving me zero issues, including no brush strokes. Sometimes, nudes or flesh tone polishes can lean on the sheer side, so I was very pleased to see how highly pigmented these colors were, and how they didn't come out sheer at all. 🙂

My personal favorite color from this collection if I had to pick just one, is: Precious Beige

Les Beige Collection from CHANEL is available now, and retails for $27 per 13ml (0.4 fl oz) bottle.

For more information on CHANEL, or to purchase online- http://www.chanel.com/

 

CHANEL Nail Colour Fall 2015 Review

CHANEL Nail Colour Fall 2015 Review 0

Hey guys,

I hope your all having a wonderful week thus far  I know I sure am. 

I am so beyond excited, thrilled, privileged, honored, and overjoyed to say the least to present to you all the latest collection of nail polish from none other than CHANEL- what in my opinion is literally the "Holy Grail" of nail polishes. 

"Discover a rich tapesty of shades inspired by beautiful fall foliage.  Earthy neutrals dress eyes in natural splendor, while copper tones and deep reds blaze on the lips.  An ideal complement to autumnal colour, a new manicure range helps prep and perfect any nail look," according to the official press release.  

the CHANEL Fall 2015 Nail Colour collection includes the following three shades:

Chataigne (669): a semi-sweet dark chocolate creme.

Vert Obscur (679): a deep dark forest green jelly with slight teal undertones.  I am obsessed with the jelly formula.  It almost has some translucency to it.  The color builds up beautifully in just two coats too.  Also happens to be my personal favorite of the three! 

Ecorce Sanguine (671): a red apple creme with a very faint fine shimmer running through it.  Also has slight blue undertones.  

(All swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light). 

I am very pleased with this latest collection from CHANEL. I think the colors are all very pretty and highly wearable.  These are shades I know for sure my clients will be asking me for time and time again.  

I found the formula to be absolutely divine.  The colors were all incredibly richly pigmented, and painted on smoothly and effortlessly, with absolutely zero brushstrokes. Don't get me started on the jelly formula of Vert Obscur.  I don't have any other polishes in my immense arsenal that even come close.  Not only is the color very unique, but that jelly formula I just absolutely Love and can''t get enough of.

The bottles fit perfectly in the palm of your hand and are so easy to work with.  The paint brush is phenomenal, allowing you to paint perfectly and with tremendous ease.  And the neck of the bottle is relatively thin, and in my opinion, wipes off any and all access paint from the brush, so each and every time you have the perfect amount of product to work with.    

I highly recommend all three shades, but if you have to pick just one, my personal favorite would have to be Vert Obscur.

The CHANEL Fall 2015 Nail Colour collection is out and available now for a limited time and retails for $27 per 0.4 fl oz (13 ml) bottle.

For more information on CHANEL or to purchase online, check them out here: http://www.chanel.com/ 

 

Introducing OPI Nail Envy- Strength in Color

Introducing OPI Nail Envy- Strength in Color 0

 

IDEA: Strengthening treatment plus coveted color in one
 
WHAT IT IS: The fortifying power of OPI’s Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener is now combined with softly tinted color in four gorgeous OPI shades. The trusted formula you love—from the world’s number one salon brand, OPI—has added delicate, subtle color for the very first time. Infused with hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium, the new Nail Envy “Strength in Color” delivers maximum strengthening aid to transform weak, brittle, damaged nails into stronger, longer, harder nails shining with bold, true-to-bottle color.
 
Inspired by of-the-moment creamsicle hued and pink quartz spring runway looks, this first-of-its-kind collection includes classic OPI favorite shades like Hawaiian Orchid, Samoan Sand, and Bubble Bath, plus a Nail Envy-only exclusive offeringPink to Envy. Simply apply this innovative two-in-one nail strengthener plus color lacquer directly onto nails to add some much needed muscle to your manicure" according to the official press release. 
 
Nail Envy Strength in Color comes in the following four shades:
 
Pink to Envy: the sheerest pink-tinged wash.  To me this is virtually clear.  It primarily gives a healthy subtle glow to your nail if you will. [a Nail Envy exclusive shade in sheer light pink]
 
Bubble Bath: a semi-sheer light pink ballet slipper. [a sweet candy pink]
 
Hawaiian Orchid: a creamy deepened rose mauve creme. [a tropical pink with hints of light purple]
 
Samoan Sand: a creamy beige toned nude.  one of my most favorite shades of all time.  I am so happy OPI decided to include this color in their Nail Envy line up. 🙂 [a warm beige-pink]
 
(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural sunlight). 
 
Bravo to OPI for continuously finding technological innovations to help preserve and protect client's natural nails.  I know we are all sort of in this gel frenzy, but lets not get to carried away.  Even with proper application and removal, over time, gel manicures can take a toll on our clients nails, and going back to a conventional nail polish for a bit isn't always a bad idea.  For OPI to take some of their most notable shades and infuse them with vitamins and minerals to help the nail be its healthiest is so wonderful in my eyes.
 
I found the formulas to be very easy to work with on all of the shades.  I didn't experience any issues whatsoever.  They painted on smoothly and evenly.  
 
I will be keeping these fabulous new nail strengtheners permanently in my nail kit, and highly suggest you do the same for your clients.
 
The OPI Nail Envy "Strength in Color" shades will retail for $17.95 per 0.5 fl oz (15 ml) bottle.
 
For more information on OPI, check them out here: http://opi.com/
Morgan Taylor Chrome Collection Review

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"Morgan Taylor launches Chrome Collection 2015. Lust- worthy, bold gilded nails are just two steps away.  Bring bright metallic colors to life this summer with Morgan Taylor's Chrome Collection.  Featuring a silver chrome base and six new, eye- catching color washes, nails will be layered with luminous, unmatched style.   Whether you keep it simple yet stunning with one color, or layer and build custom colors, your nails will be the perfect accessory this season.

The Collection includes:

- Chrome Base: base coat

- Sunset Yellow: yellow

- Amber Rush: orange

- Cherry: hot red-pink

- Royal: purple

- UltraMarine: teal

- Ivy: green

The Chrome Collection from Morgan Taylor will be available for a limited time beginning July 2015.  The suggested retail price for the lacquer is $8.50 each and $14.95 for the 4 piece mini pack." according to the press release.

Featured here in this review is the 4 Piece Mini Pack.  What I really enjoy about the mini pack is you don't have to invest in an entire set to try out a popular new trend.

There are so many ways you can use these Chrome polishes, you're only limited by your own imagination and creativity.  

For swatch sake, I have painted two coats of each color over the silver base.  The silver base allows the almost translucent sheer pigmented colors to truly pop, and painted on smoothly and evenly, without any streaks.  

The formulas on all the pigmented shades are incredibly forgiving and are very easy to work with.  I don't care how advanced your nail art skills might be, even a complete beginner could create amazing works of art! 

Also worth mentioning is how fast the colors dry.  I was under the impression I would have to wait a long time in between colors or coats, but you don't.  These babies dry super quick! 

If you are looking to try out this new pop metallic trend, and don't want to invest in an entire line, I highly suggest picking up this mini pack!

For more info on Morgan Taylor, check them out online here: http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/ 

OPI ColorPaints Review

OPI ColorPaints Review 0

Hey guys,

I hope your all having a wonderful week.  I am super excited to share with you the latest release from OPI, they're innovative ColorPaints collection, comprised of 8 blendable nail lacquers.  

"ColorPaints' innovative, breakthrough formula allows you to create luminous nail designs in vivid, translucent color.  Try layering, blending, or marbling to create a unique look every time you see it" according to ad.

The ColorPaints are super easy to use and are incredibly fun.  Apply a single thin coat of the Silver Canvas, and then use any of the 8 shades to make endless works of art.  Literally I could play around with this stuff for days on end, which I have, and could continue to do so easily, but unfortunately I have to get back to my clients and testing out other products.  

The eight colors that comprise the ColorPaints collection include-

Silver Canvas: a metallic silver used as a base for your art work.

Primary Yellow: a sheer lemon yellow.

Pen & Pink: a bold sheer watermelon pink.

Magenta Muse: a fun sheer fuchsia.

Purple Perspective: a rich sheer grape purple.

Indigo Motif: a deep sheer navy blue.

Turquoise Aesthetic: a sheer turquoise teal blue.

Landscape Artist: a sheer grassy green.

*Chromatic Orange: please note this shade is not featured in the review!*

(all swatches shown here are two coats of color, painted over Silver Canvas as base).

I found the formula to be really easy to work with.  There was no streaking whatsoever, everything painted on smoothly and evenly.  Even Silver Canvas, used as a base, painted on so smoothly and evenly, which I was quite surprised, expecting it to be like most foily silvers, and be a streaky mess.   

The possibilities of what you can create are absolutely endless, limited by your own creativity and imagination.  

ColorPaints by OPI are available now in stores, and I highly suggest you pick some up and have a go with it yourself.  I promise you'll be thanking me.

For more information on OPI, check them out here: http://www.opi.com/

 

KB Shimmer Glitter in Bloom

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Hey guys,  I hope you've all had a great week!

I'm really excited to introduce famed indie polish brand KBShimmer.  KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by a husband and wife team, now how lovely is that?!  Their polishes are all completely unique, and not what you typically find out store shelves.    

"KBShimmer unveils SS 2015 collection. Say goodbye to winter's dark hues, embrace sunny skies and open toe shoes with KBShimmer's Spring Summer 2015 collection!  

There's nothing better than the first signs of Spring and all the joy that it brings! Our Spring 2015 collection is inspired by sun-kissed days and lush gardens blooming, the Easter season, and Pantone's 2015 spring color , Aquamarine, says KBShimmer owner Christy Rose.  What better way to celebrate that Spring has sprung then with creamy pastels, metallic glitters, and a touch of sparkle and shine?" according to the press release.

The KBShimmer SS 2015 collection is comprised of 12 colors, however I have 3 of  them to share with you, and two sneak peeks at upcoming Summer shades:

Blue-d Lines: blue holographic color.  Incredibly dense.  One of the Best holographic polishes I have ever come across!!! I am personally wearing it on my toes as I type 😉 . (Spring collection)

Sweet Egg-scape: a pale pink with multi-colored shapes and sized glitters... blue stars, red squares, magenta triangles, white hexagons, etc.  I was very surprised and pleased with how easily it removed. (Spring collection)

Meow or Never: a milky white grey with multi-sized glitters in white, cornflower blue, lavender, and purple.  This also removed very easily, especially for a glitter. (Spring collection)

A sneak peek at upcoming Summer shades... 

Rum Me the  Right Way: neon yellow creme.  No white base coat needed, which is amazing and very unique from my experience. (Summer collection) Retails for $7.50.

Dust in the Bottle: fine silver holographic shimmer in a clear base.  I personally would't recommend this shade by itself, use it instead as a top coat to add dimension and magic sparkle. (Summer collection)

(all swatches shown here are two coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light.)

This was my first experience with KBShimmer polishes, and I must say I am rather impressed.  I think the quality of the polishes was excellent.  They were all very highly pigmented, which is a huge plus in my book.  The glitters removed easily, the neon didn't require a white base coat to make it truly pop, and the holographic was truly holographic.

I would definitely recommend picking up some KBShimmer polishes for yourself and giving them a try.

KBShimmer polishes are 3 free, and retail for $8.75, *unless stated otherwise*

For more information on KBShimmer, or to purchase, check them out online: https://www.kbshimmer.com/

 

Morgan Taylor- Ooh La La Collection Spring Summer 2015 Review

Morgan Taylor- Ooh La La Collection Spring Summer 2015 Review 0

"Romantic and Classic Parisian Spring/ Summer Shades.  This spring, get inspired by the chic and sophisticated style of Paris with the Ooh La La Spring/Summer 2015 collection from Morgan Taylor, which features four NEW soft , whimsical shades.  From a teal creme to warm pinks and a multicolor glitter, each shade delivers a classic, yet on-trend finish for any look this season.

"I'm always inspired by Paris- from its romantic essence, iconic art and architecture to its fashion trends" said CEO and founder Danny Haile.  For this collection, we developed a color palette around this theme using soft to lavish shades filled with vintage charm," according to the press release.

The Ooh La La Collection includes:

Amour Color Please: a hot fuchsia pink creme with a purple shimmer.  Very highly pigmented.  I had full coverage in a single coat.

Escar-go ti France: white, pink, magenta, baby blue, holographic silver various sized round glitters in a clear base.  Was easy to remove, which is a huge plus.

Postcards from Paris: a light mint green creme.  A one coat wonder.

Cancan we Dance: almost neon flamingo pink creme with purple shimmer.  So gorgeous in person.  Was also highly pigmented and provided full coverage in a single coat. 

 (all swatches shown here are 2 coats, and are taken outdoors in natural light). 

Overall I am really impressed with this collection.  I like that its small, only four shades, but I think Morgan Taylor chose wisely.  I really love the glitter, Escar-go to France, its pretty unique as well in my opinion.  Also worth mentioning is how easily it removed.  I also really like the purple shimmer that runs through two of the shades- Cancan we Dance? & Amour Color Please; it adds dimension and depth.  The formulas overall were fantastic.  I found almost all of the shades to be very highly pigmented.  They all painted on smoothly and evenly.

The Ooh La La collection will be available for a limited time beginning in May 2015.  They retail for $8.50 each.

For more info on Morgan Taylor, check them out online: http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/

Morgan Taylor Cinderella Collection Review

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"Find your happily ever after this spring with the Cinderella 2015 collection from Morgan Taylor. In celebration of Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action film Cinderella, this collection features six magical individual colors, duo sets and NEW Morgan Taylor MINI’s, bound to capture any prince.

“We were thrilled to be part of this amazing project,” said namesakes Morgan Haile and Taylor Daniel. “For this collection, we wanted to create an array of colors that highlight iconic moments and characters from this beloved fairy tale story, Cinderella. From the fanciful glitters to striking bright pink, each shade is soaring with personality to fall in line with the movie.”

With the Cinderella 2015 collection from Morgan Taylor, anyone can find a winning, beautiful color to add a magical touch for your spring style," according to the press release.

The Cinderella Collection include:

Watch Your Step, Sister!: a hot pink neon coral creme.

Party at the Palace: a turquoise blue with gold shimmer.

Ella of a Girl: a bubblegum pink creme.

Best Ball Gown Ever: a magical shimmering cornflower blue.  I am obsessed with this shade.  I find it to be super unique to what's out on the market, and it's absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend it. 

My Carriage Awaits: a peachy coral creme.

If the Slipper Fits: an icy blue iridescent glitter.  Was nicely pigmented and didn't require 3 coats; it covered fully and well in only 2.

 (all swatches shown here are 2 coats).

 Overall I think Morgan Taylor did an excellent job of curating a collection that embodies the classic fairy tale.  There is honestly something in this collection for everyone.  Some of the colors are highly unique, like Best Ball Gown Ever & If the Slipper Fits, but some are also just okay, like Ella of a Girl.  

 My personal favorites include: If the Slipper Fits, Party at the Palace, & Best Ball Gown Ever.

Disney’s live-action movie, Cinderella, will be opening in theaters on March 13, 2015. The Cinderella 2015 collection from  Morgan Taylor is available for a limited time at select salons nationwide and at  www.morgantaylorlacquer.com. The suggested retail price for the lacquer is $8.50 each. The duo packs and 4piece mini  pack $14.95 each.

For more information on Morgan Taylor, check them out online: http://www.morgantaylorlacquer.com/

Zoya Delight Spring 2015 Collection Review

Zoya Delight Spring 2015 Collection Review 0

Hey guys, I hope you are all doing well.

I am very excited to share the latest collection with you from Zoya: Delight for Spring 2015. This collection is comprised of 6 happy and fun spring shades, 3 of which have a blue shimmer running though them, and 3 cremes.  

"TASTE THE COLOR!

Beautiful color awaits you… The NEW Zoya Delight Collection samples are now available. This is your chance to enjoy an updated, flirty way to wear pastels all season long! All in the long-wearing, full-coverage, Big 5 Free* formula Zoya Nail Polish is famous for" according to the company.

The Delight Spring 2015 collection includes:

Lillian: a light aqua blue creme. [faded aquamarine]

Eden: a bright magenta creme. [classic spring flower pink]

Daisy: a pastel lemon yellow with blue shimmer running through it. [refreshing lemon meringue yellow metallic with turquoise metallic flash]

Tiana: a pastel mint green creme. [pistachio gelato green]

Leslie: a light lavender with iridescent blue shimmer running through it. [soft spring lavender metallic with turquoise flash]

Rayne: a bright icy blue with iridescent blue shimmer running through it. [dewy, spring blue metallic with turquoise metallic flash]

(all swatches shown here are two coats and are photographed outdoors in natural light.)

Overall I really enjoyed this collection.  I think the colors are perfect as spring approaches and the weather warms up.  I really enjoyed the blue iridescent shimmer that runs through three of the shades, I found it unique and pretty.  As far as the formulas are concerned, they were all great, and provided very easy, clean, and smooth application.  

My personal favorites include: Tiana, Leslie, & Daisy

The Delight collection is available now, and retails for $9 each, or $54 for the entire collection. 

For more information on Zoya, or to purchase, check them out online: http://www.zoya.com/

Deborah Lippmann Whisper Collection- Spring 2015 review

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"Shhh… this Spring, find serenity with Deborah Lippmann’s new Whisper collection, featuring sheer, light colors that are clean and understated, yet modern and refined. As easy to apply as they are to wear, all four shades float over the nails with a soft and effortless elegance. Always inspired by the fashion and beauty around her, it was backstage at Honor’s S/S 2014 show, where Deborah became captivated by the quiet, yet dramatic effects of the light cascading through the models chiffon fabrics as they exited backstage. A moment – calm and peaceful amongst the chaos. Like a soft whisper.

Explore your softer side with these tranquil shades: Like Dreamers Do, a sheer pale bisque previewed at the Badgley Mischka, Theory and Donna Karan S/S 2015 runway shows, A Fine Romance, a sheer pearly champagne, Misty Morning, a sheer blue-grey, and Chantilly Lace, a sheer iridescent pink" according to the press release. 

The Whisper collection includes:

A Fine Romance: a pale nude with a fine golden iridescent shimmer.

Misty Morning: a super pale powder baby blue with grey undertones. 

Chantilly Lace: a super pale powder pink with iridescent shimmer.

Like Dreamers Do: a light toasted almond with subtle gray undertones.

(all swatches shown here are two coats).

This collection to me serves as a nice respite from all the highly saturated and dark shades we've been wearing for fall/winter.  Keep in mind this entire four piece collection is SHEER, so if you are not a fan of sheer polishes with visible nail line showing, consider yourself warned, this collection might not be for you.

I typically am not a fan of sheer polishes, but I find these shades in particular to breathe a breath of fresh air.  The undertones or iridescent shimmer gives them dimension and subtle texture, something not present in other brand's sheer polishes.

Considering the fact that the shades are all sheer, I did not have any problems with application.  I found each shade painted on smoothly and evenly in two coats; being very well pigmented for sheer shades.  I have seen other bloggers using three coats, but I don't find it necessary.  This collection is intended to be very light, airy, and ethereal.  

My personal favorites in this collection are A Fine Romance & Chantilly Lace

Each shade retails for $18, and can be purchased online at www.deborahlippmann.com and at
Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.

For more information on Deborah Lippmann, check them out here: http://www.deborahlippmann.com/

Fifty Shades of Grey by OPI

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"The Fifty Shades of Grey book series is one of the greatest publishing sensations of all time, with more than 100 million copies sold to date.  Fans have fallen in love with the characters and are eager to see them translated onscreen," explains Suzi Weiss- Fischmann, OPI Co-founder & brand ambassador.  "The collection captures the mood, feelings and emotions of this film with assorted hues of gray, ranging from glittering and gleaming silvers to cool gray cremes to dark charcoal.  The collection also features a rich red creme to represent passion."

"Color is so much more than something to  admire.  The colors we choose to wear represent our personalities, our moods, our feelings," continues Weiss-Fischmann.  "The collection bottles the film's passion, luxury, and power in six beautiful nail lacquers ideal for expressing sensuality through beauty," according to the press release.

This limited edition OPI collection includes the following shades:

Romantically Involved: a deep burnt red creme.  [I'm in a deep relationship with this luscious creme red]

My Silk Tie: a metallic chrome silver.   I was very pleased with how smoothly this applied.  Also, there were zero brush strokes, which are usually apparent in metallic polish colors of this nature. [This silky, gleaming silver has got me all tied up]

Cement the Deal: a light dove gray. The lightest shade of gray in this collection. [I'd sign anything to get my hands on this stony, cool gray]

Embrace the Gray: a true elephant gray. A medium shade of gray in this collection. [Let this chic, moody gray creme become one with you]

Dark Side of the Mood: a dark graphite gray.  The darkest shades of gray in the collection.  [This brooding, stormy charcoal is dangerously gorgeous]

Shine for Me: a metallic silver with small blue glitter flecks in it. [This shimmering silver with subtle blue sparkle really turns me on!]

(all swatches shown are 2 coats; with photos taken outside in natural light to depict the colors accurately).

I really enjoyed this collection.  Fist of all, I was a fan of the book series when it first came out.  Secondly,  I don't think one can ever have too many shades to gray in their polish arsenal.  I thought I owned a lot of grays, but when I compared them to this collection, they leaned more towards the greige (gray/beige) category.  

Being a fan of the books myself I think OPI did an excellent job of curating a color palette that truly symbolizes the book franchise.  It goes without saying the collection can't be made of only gray colors, so I really like the fact OPI played around with dimension and texture, throwing in a metallic and glitter to the mix.  

The formula on each was great,  providing a smooth and easy application in two coats.  My personal favorites include: Cement the Deal, and Embrace the Gray.

As I mentioned before, this collection is limited edition, and wont be around for long.  Each lacquer retails for $9.50, and  is available now at professional salons, ULTA, and other fine retailers.

For more information on OPI, check out their website: http://www.opi.com/

And for those who can't wait till Valentine's Day for the Fifty Shades film, enjoy the trailer in the meantime:

 

 

Rescue Beauty Lounge x Refinery 29 Review

Rescue Beauty Lounge x Refinery 29 Review 0

Happy Friday Everyone!

It is very rare that I ever get as excited as I am to review this collection, a passion collaborative effort between Rescue Beauty Lounge and beauty lifestyle website Refinery 29.  In a society where we are inundated with collaborations, XYZ for Target, This person for Kohls, That person for H&M, even Oprah has beverages at Starbucks, this project is different.  I truly feel the passion and labor of love that went behind the making of this collection and the hues that comprise it.  Ji Baek, owner and creative genius behind Rescue Beauty, worked tirelessly with each of the 7 departments that make up Refinery 29, going back and fourth, with Pinterest mood boards, trying to perfect each and every color.  What's the result? An awesome and highly unique 7 hued collection.

According to Ji, "

"Introducing our first ever collaboration outside of the ReBeL community bubble.
We paired up with the ever-clever, witty folks behind my daily obsession –Refinery29. I like to think I’ve earned a doctorate on making people’s dream colors come true. My dissertation was the past two The Bloggers’ collections as well as The Fan Collection. I even had a slightly mean-girlish thought: For real, I mean, what do you non-lacquer heads know (except maybe the beauty department) about nail polish? I thought I was going to sail away with this collaboration. But of course, I should’ve known, that dark shadow “karma” took a huge bite out of my *ss because I jinxed myself with my smugness and judgments.
The moment our union commenced, the seven Refinery29 teams submitted their dream color inspirational boards. My head spun! I’ve never mixed so many colors IN MY LIFE!"

 The Rescue Beauty x Refinery 29 Collection includes:

Sunny Skies (Wellness): a bright aqua creme with teal undertones.

"R29 wellness helps women to live their best, most energetic and healthful lives. We chose a vibrant seafoam green because we felt it evokes health, excitement, and serenity.”-Refinery29 Health and Wellness Team

Elvis in the Cloud (Tech): a metallic coppery bronze.  Seems to have slight duo chrome properties; the color tends to shift with the light's reflection.  

“The copper surfaced as a significant base color for our team, due to its theoretical consistency with our technical backgrounds and mindsets: its historical significance as an electrical conductor.”- Refinery29 Tech Team

Galaxy Glue (Creative): a pearly teal blue.  A very unique color.  Has almost a subtle beige/brown shimmer running through it in certain light.

“At any given moment, the way you're seeing metallic or opalescent is changing. Depending on the angle you're looking at it, the way the light is hitting it, what the reflective surface it is picking up, you never experience the colors the same way twice.” –Refinery29 Creative Team

Pretty Gritty (Beauty): a medium purple with gold shimmer. Almost a One Coat Wonder.  Incredibly pigmented.

"Right now we're drawn to moody shades of purple (sorry radiant orchid, but we like our purple a bit more roughed up) warmed up with golden, bronzy undertones.” –Refinery29 Beauty Team

Bubblegum Punk (News): a magical iridescent diamond shimmer in a clear base.  Slightly on the sheer side, with some visible nail line showing through.  I never in a million years thought I would like this color, let alone become obsessed with it.  At first glance I thought it looked like Christmas winter glitter, but boy was I wrong.  This color is so stunning in person.  After taking all the swatch pictures, I immediately painted my nails this color, and its the shade I am donning as I pen this review.

“Our team truly values its spunk and pizzazz, and for that we loved the idea of color with glitz and glamour. Our nails need to feel right at home at the Lady Gaga concert AND in line for the latest iPhone.” -Refinery29 News Team

Better Than Boyfriend Jeans (Shopping): a very pale light blue with gray undertones.  I was very surprised and impressed with the formula of this shade.  In my experience, light blues are very difficult to work with, being sheer, extremely patchy and requiring three coats.  Not this! 

"An effortless ode to everyone’s favorite clothing item: the jean. ‘Boyfriend Blue’ is a color that feels fresh, relaxed, and energetic all at once. No one’s closet is complete without a pair, or two, or ten.” -Refinery29 Shopping Team

All About Yves (Fashion): a cobalt blue jelly.  Very eye catching and fashion forward.

"Not girly, but not tomboyish either, it's got that magical "It" quality that'll look good on a purse, on a coat, and on your fingertips.”-Refinery29 Fashion Team

(all swatches shown here are two coats, taken outdoors in natural sunlight). 

Overall I am very impressed with this collaborative collection.  I am a hugely passionate about nail polish and color, it's what initially got me interested in nails in the first place.  But with so many major corporate brands introducing countless collections year round, that all sort of resemble each other after a while, this collection serves as a well deserved respite. 

For me, reading the back story behind creating each color is as magical as the colors themselves.  You see and can feel the hard work that went into making it.  I have heard from multiple sources that in creating new polish collections, major nail brands simply consult with a laboratory that gives them a color sheet of pre-made colors to select from.  There is zero creativity or input involved in the process.

This to me is what truly sets Rescue Beauty apart.  Every color Ji introduces to the line is formulated and re-formulated many times over until the color is just right;  a true labor of love, and its well reflected in the brand and its unique shades.

All Rescue Beauty polishes are 5 free.  As far as the formulas are concerned, each of the colors I found to be well pigmented, and painted on smoothly and effortlessly in two coats.  My personal favorites include: Bubblegum Punk, Galaxy Glue, and Better Than Boyfriend Jeans.

The Rescue Beauty Lounge x Refinery 29 Collection is available now and retails for $20 each for .4 fl oz, and is available for purchase exclusively on their website: http://www.rescuebeauty.com/  

Also, make sure to check out this amazing post http://blog.rescuebeauty.com/rbl/r29-rescue-beauty-lounge/ to read full details on the collaborative efforts that went into concocting each color in this collection!!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Introducing “Sparkle”- Orly Holiday 2014 Collection

Introducing “Sparkle”- Orly Holiday 2014 Collection 0

"This holiday indulge in all things that sparkle and shine. Crank up the volume on color with Sparkle, the new holiday 2014 collection from ORLY. Sparkle offers a palette of metallics, glitters and exploding sequins in festive shades of silver and gold mixed with avant-garde hues of pink and teal. With six shades to choose from, Sparkle delivers a double dose of glitter, adorning finger tips for every holiday occasion.

The six lacquers in the Sparkle Collection include:

Mirrorball: Silver Micro Holo Glitter
Tinsel: Christmas Tree Bar Glitter
Bling: Gold Micro Holo Glitter
Explosion of Fun: Hot Pink Shimmer
Steal the Spotlight: Teal and Pink Glitter
Glitterbomb: Multi Colored Glitter

All Orly Nail Lacquers including the Sparkle Collection are formulated without DBP, Toluene and all traces of Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.

The Sparkle Collection will be available starting November 2014 for $8.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at orlybeauty.com, Sally Beauty, Ulta and other purveyors of beauty throughout the U.S. and in over 100 countries worldwide."- from the official press release.