2.27.2010

Barielle June Bug

Shades by Barielle June Bug is another from the Wildflower collection, and this is one of the colors that are to pay homage to women close to Barielle who are still battling or have lost their fight to ovarian cancer.  They describe the color as "teal with fuchsia glitter" but they forgot to mention the green shimmer (which photographed more blue than green) and the grey tint!

I really felt like this was more of a slate grey (think hex color #778899 for the nerds) and while inside I really didn't see the glitter, but it's there.  There's also this really awesome green shimmer, kind of like in the Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie but not as bright.  I used Seche Natural for my base and Seche Vite as my top coat and two coats of June Bug.  I was a little confused with the formula because it appears to be VERY thick, but after wiping the edge of the brush on the bottle, the polish was super thin on my nail for the first coat, and was fully opaque after the second coat.

Definitely a good color to wear to the office because of the hidden glitter and shimmer that you can't see across the room, but will entertain you during the day.  Now for sun (!) pictures!


A little shade

Some indirect sun

Mmm sun!

And a bit of a blur to show the shimmer

Barielle retails for $8/bottle.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

2.25.2010

Essie Icons of Color

Got this email in about some new Essie ^_^





You can always click on the image to see it bigger, in case you miss the bottom line about free shipping on orders of $40 or more (enter code: FREESHIP40).  

Essie can be purchased on their website [official website] or etailers like Head2ToeBeauty [official website] or TransDesign [official website]

Rescue Beauty Lounge Sale!

48 HOUR SALE!
It's an ultimate set!  7 Fabu nail polishes for only $50 (retail for $126).  These polishes are going to be discontinued.


Snatch them up now for a huge discount before it's too late.  When they're gone...they're gone.  All sales are final. No returns. No exchanges. No substitutes.
7 nail polishes on sale

I love the formula on RBL but I only have one polish... Scrangie, and it was totally worth the cost.  ^__^  Rescue Beauty Lounge has both their website [official website] and their Facebook Fan Page [Facebook].

2.24.2010

China Glaze B-Girlz

Tomorrow, an American film actor and artist will be at my campus for a presentation.  I actually met him today when he came to do a talk show for us, but tomorrow I have to be with the entire school for this presentation.  I was looking for a color that would pop, especially since I'll probably be wearing lots of black (can't stand out on days like tomorrow when you're running up on stage, in the catwalks, etc), but wasn't going to get me yelled at ^_^


I finally decided to grab China Glaze B-Girlz which was from the Kicks Collection.  This was one of my untries since I seem to have a LOT of pinks lately, and after my application, I do think I need to do some color comparisons when I FINALLY GET SOME SUN.  I had a bit of a love/hate with this polish.  The first coat was very watery and coverage was spotty, making me wonder if this was a neon but coat two was pooling into a few of my cuticles (I went a bit thicker coat for 2)  but overall this is an awesome pink shimmer polish - almost a hot pink with very light purple shimmery dust in it that I only saw when I nearly stuck my finger in my eye.  I used Seche Natural for my base and my bottle of Seche Vite which got a healthy dose of Seche Restore last night.  


ONE DAY LATER EDIT


omg!  Sun!  I ran home to snap these pictures for you - real pictures!


One in the sun




And two pretties in the shade.


China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

2.23.2010

Barielle Daring Dahlia

I am so sick of the "No Sun" that has been inflicted upon me since I started my blog.  Rawr.  Then I find out today that the special lamps I bought for my light box takes a different light bulb than the pricey ones I bought.  /headdesk.

So unfortunately I have some regular olde web camera pictures tonight but WOW this color was a surprise to me!

Barielle Daring Dahlia is from their Spring 2010 Polish Collection "Wildflower" and they describe it as "a deep fuchsia with a hint of silver metallic."  I personally did not see the silver, but I'm also under daylight lamps (6500K), and not the sun.  I used Seche Natural for my base coat and only 2 thin coats of polish.  The application was VERY smooth which was quite delightful - but it dried like a neon - matte.


Maybe it's the matte that throws off a silver metallic?  Either way, I couldn't leave it alone like that, so I put on a coat of Seche Vite and BAM.

Jelly goodness. /loves  Gotta say, for being my first Barielle, I am VERY pleased with the color, and application.

Barielle retails for $8/bottle.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

2.22.2010

Barielle Wildflower

I received a package today that I am certain the UPS man wanted to destroy.  He almost succeeded too but thankfully bubble wrap saved the day!


(L to R: A Bouquet for Ana, June Bug, Blossom, Daring Dahlia, Snap Dragon and Myrza's Meadow)


Shades by Barielle introduces their Spring 2010 Polish Collection: Wildflower.  Please enjoy the following press release.


For spring 2010, get rooted in style with six new nail polish hues from Shades by Barielle.  The Wildflower Collection blooms with floral-themed colors and Barielle's signature healthy "3-free" formulation.  Lending a helping hand to root out ovarian cancer, 100% of proceeds from three shades from the collection will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund when purchased at http://www.ocrf.org.


Giving nails the ultimate in flower power, the collection includes Blossom - an opaque peach; Snapdragon - a metallic sea foam green and Daring Dahlia - a deep fuchsia with a hint of silver metallic.


Three additional colors pay homage to women close to Barielle who are still battling or have lost their fight to ovarian cancer including, A Bouquet for Ava - a cool Caribbean blue; June Bug - a teal with fuchsia glitter and Myrza's Meadow - a light lime green with silver glitter.


Celebrity Manicurist Elle says "It means so much to develop a collection that hits so close to home with women affected by ovarian cancer.  Having my best friend pass away from the disease, I feel honored to be part of something that gives back.  These colors are bold and take unusual twists with color and dimension.  Wear them to compliment this fashion season's bright color palette or wear them with understated nudes and whites in your wardrobe to make their own statement."


Formulated to provide nails with safe, healthy and long-lasting glossy color coverage, Shades by Barielle is free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl-phthalate.  Women can also safely use Barielle products throughout pregnancy.


***100% of the proceeds from A Bouquet of Ava, June Bug and Myrza's Meadow purchased at http://www.ocrf.org will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund***


Barielle retails for $8/bottle.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

2.21.2010

Seche Giveaway! [Winner]

Thank you to the 56 lovely followers who all took a chance at winning my Seche Giveaway! To make it simple and easy, you were each assigned a number by the way you comments (first person was #1, etc).


Then I went to my rusty trusty Random Numberizer located at http://ma.tt/tools/random-number/ and asked for a number between 1 and 56 and I got this:


YAY #43 Alisa http://www.blogger.com/profile/11874807045211360203


I've sent you an email from krystal[at]polishgalore.com  so I can get your mailing information. If for some reason, I haven't received a reply by next Monday at midnight:01 GMT, I will redraw for another winner.


Thanks again and I'll be holding my 300 followers giveaway if/when I get there!

China Glaze Lavender Lingo

While on a small spree at Head2ToeBeauty, I finally decided to get China Glaze Lavender Lingo from the Patent Leather II collection, now discontinued.  This is a creme, and was a bit streaky - it took 3 thick coats to get it opaque.  I'm also pretty confused on the color - this doesn't look lavender to me.  I'm sorry for the icky pictures - it's been pouring like mad here.  This is the first time in three years that we haven't had a drought for the month of February, please bring on the sun!


Now to the pictures!  First up "sun" which is actually loads of clouds with rain.




Then a few "shade" which was still just lots of clouds and rain.


And finally one with a flash which was the most true to life color - this is such a pinkie color!


China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

2.15.2010

China Glaze Poolside

Please enjoy the official press release from China Glaze on their Summer 2010 Collection - Poolside!

Lounging poolside, sipping on a drink and reading the latest magazine…makes you think of Summer doesn’t it? The only thing missing is that perfect manicure and pedicure! Dip into the summer with some of the brightest and most amazing neons from the China Glaze Poolside collection! Perfect for fingers, and especially the toes, nothing says Summer of 2010 like a couple coats of bright polish! The 6 colors in the Poolside collection include:

* Pool Party: Neon Pink
* Flip Flop Fantasy: Neon Coral
* Sun Worshipper: Neon Orange
* Yellow Polka Dot Bikini: Neon Yellow
* Kiwi Cool-Ada: Neon Green
* Towel Boy Toy: Neon Blue

    As for most neons, these tend to finish drying on the matte side…But no fear, getting that gorgeous shine is only a top coat away! Try China Glaze Patent Leather Top Coat. Once you get a look at your China Glaze neon nails glimmering underwater and in the sun, you’re never going to want to take these polishes off!

    China Glaze Poolside launches April 1, 2010, for international and domestic. 

    *Please note that like most neon polishes, the first layer will look extremely opaque and thin. You will need to build up to desired coverage and always remember to let each layer dry completely before applying the next. This will help prevent streaks and missing patches of color on the nail bed.

    China Glaze [official website] can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty [official website], Sally's Beauty Supply [official website] as well asTransDesign [official website].

    2.14.2010

    Seche Giveaway!

    So B from Seche Vite and I have been having a friendly war of the colors.  She is a fan of the corals but I've been trying to get her to jump out into the crazy colors.  She actually wore Grape Pop from the Up & Away China Glaze collection, so I told her if she wore Shower Together (a blue), I'd have a Seche giveaway.  Well, she used Flying High instead, and she put it on her toes instead of her tips, but it's good enough for me ^___^  Please also check out Seche's Twitter [official Twitter] and become a follower!




    [1] You must be a follower of my blog.
    [2] You must leave a comment on this blog entry and make sure to include your email address!

    Simple, huh? I'll draw one winner Monday February 22 at midnight:01 GMT. (That's 6 p.m. on Sunday February 21 for people in the central time zone like me!) International users are welcome - I can ship anywhere that the United States Post Office ships to.


    * One new bottle of Seche Crystal Clear Base Coat (sadly my Sally's doesn't have the new label design yet, but the bottle will be brand new)
    * One new bottle of Seche Vite (sadly my Sally's doesn't have the new label design yet, but the bottle will be brand new)
    * One 1.0 fl oz of Seche Erase <- now discontinued!
    Bona fortuna!

    2.05.2010

    CND Limited Edition (Spring 2010)

    CND, a company that has reinvented their nail polish, sent out this release on their 3 new manicure looks - please click the picture to read it better.  These will be made available in either March or April 2010.


    CND is available for $9 per colour, and $11 per effect and you can find locations to buy hereTransDesign and Head2ToeBeauty has the colours for $4.50 and effects for $5.50.

    Essie Art of Spring Collection

     I've seen some good swatching reviews of this collection, specifically Lilacism.  You can always click on the image to see it bigger, in case you miss the bottom line about free shipping on orders of $40 or more (enter code: FREESHIP40).  


    Essie can be purchased on their website [official website] or etailers like Head2ToeBeauty [official website] or TransDesign [official website]

    2.03.2010

    I'm still alive!

    I haven't forgotten about my pretties just yet!  For some silly reason, we're stuck in winter.  Now for South Texas, where I live, this is WEIRD.  I don't understand this whole rain, fog, cold thing.  I had on a LOVELY blue yesterday from the China Glaze OMG! collection but with NO SUN, I couldn't capture the amazing color on camera.  :(


    Also I started the new job, and until I get myself an air card and my laptop packed up, I'm sitting all day, without real Internet (I have my iPhone!) and that makes me a sad panda.  I'll get to it though, I promise!


    And finally I need to pick up some lamps and a cheapo table so I can set up my light box that arrived 2 (?) weeks ago from Hong Kong.  I also need to iron the backdrop since it was squished into the cube at arrival.  


    Great things are coming!  I know of one summer collection I'm getting to advance review, one really awesome line that is sending me some nifty polishes for review, and I think I have my hand in for a second summer collection, but I'm not 100% on that one yet - more emails need to be exchanged I think.  Ooh, and with that, I think I know what I'm going to paint my nails today.  If only I had sun!
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