7.31.2012

Caboodles Wants 200k!


It's a little weird to me that I'm older than Caboodles (not by much!) but I definitely remember my first one... it was purple and sparkly (hello), and I loved that thing until the day it broke.  Well, Caboodles is still around and looking to have their biggest giveaway ever!  Please enjoy the following 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. 

Cosmoprof North America 2012 Post Show Release

I still have lots to show you from Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas (which is why I've been posting 4+ times a day!), but I wanted to include the Post Show Release.  I was really proud to be a part of this year's show as a media blogger again.  I feel like I had a swift kick in the blogging pants to get back into the swing of things and also I was honored to speak on Social Media.  I was told that we received great conference feedback, and that is the best compliment ever.  Please enjoy the following press release.



COSMOPROF NORTH AMERICA 2012
POST SHOW RELEASE
 
Las Vegas, NV (July 25, 2012) –  Celebrating 10 years in Las Vegas, Cosmoprof North America continues to exemplify the energy and creativity that drive the beauty industry. This year’s show boasted the highest attendance and participation, which proves that the beauty industry is resilient and poised for expansion in the upcoming year.  Cosmoprof North America prides itself on uniting attendees and exhibitors, acting as the ultimate platform for networking, sharing new and upcoming products and cultivating new business relationships.  Encompassing all sectors of the industry under one venue, Cosmoprof North America remains the single most important forum for the beauty industry in the United States.  
The event, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from July 22 – 24, featured 856 exhibiting companies to a sold out show floor along with over 25,000 attendees representing a 9% increase to the year before that included importers, distributors, manufactures, and global beauty leaders all under one roof. As in past years, CPNA attracted many new and innovative brands in addition to industry leaders such as AHAVA, CONAIR, CND, Essie / L’Oreal Professional, Moroccan Oil, OPI Nail, Orly, RUSK, Schwarzkopf, and Zotos International.

The International Buyer Program, sponsored by UNIPRO, the Italian Association of Cosmetic Industries, once again united buyers and sellers around the world with the resources, contacts, and data to build business partnerships. Beauty and cosmetic companies showcased their products and were offered the opportunity to have pre-scheduled appointments with a group of selected importers and distributors. Overall 300 meetings were held between international buyers involving more than 150 exhibiting companies and 88 qualified international buyers. The international buyers were invited from Argentina, Canada, Chili, Honduras and Mexico; the US Commercial Service was also present at the event with buyers from Bulgaria, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Canada, Ecuador and New Zealand.

Through strong collaborations with countries seeking to expand their beauty trade presence, CPNA dedicated special sections on the show floor to distinct International Country Pavilions. Country Pavilions allow small and medium-sized companies from within select markets to participate in CPNA with the objective of obtaining direct “face time” with distributors and retailers to secure distribution in the U.S. Featured countries and regions at the 2012 show included Brazil, China, Columbia, Italy, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Discover Beauty, an exclusive initiative of CPNA, assists emerging brands in finding the appropriate retail market, while highlighting new trends. The one-on-one meetings with prominent retailers like BeautySage.com, C.O. Bigelow, Duane Reade, Henri Bendel, HSN, Nordstrom, Skins 6|2 and Zappos aim to give Discover Beauty brands critiques and feedback. The program returned this year with 15 brands competing for the prestigious Discover Beauty Award. With voting done by specialty retailers and editors from top beauty sites, these brands were judged on creativity, innovation and market readiness. The 2012 Discover Beauty Award winner is Layla Cosmetics from Italy, which was announced at the Discover Beauty party at MIX in THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Fusing together the latest technology and Italian fashion influence, Layla Cosmetics has been creating trend setting and cutting edge nail products from Milan for over 70 years.

Earlier this year, CPNA unveiled its first-ever Discover Beauty partnership with BeautySage.com, the new e-commerce site founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen. BeautySage.com will host an exclusive Discover Beauty pop-up store that will feature three Discover Beauty brands from this year’s lineup. These brands, which were announced also announced at the Discover Beauty party include, Marula – The Leakey Collection, Recipe for men and Fairiche.

CPNA also introduced another new initiative this year as a part of the Discover Beauty program called, SPOTLIGHTS. This new exhibit space offered smaller companies that excel on creativity, but seek economic solutions, the opportunity to showcase their products at CPNA. With 19 brands in the program, SPOTLIGHTS featured small artisan labels that are a prime fit for high-end retail stores, boutiques, salons and spas, and was all abuzz with activity throughout the three days of the show.

Top trade publications from across the globe joined leading beauty industry professionals at the show to seek out the newest emerging trends. CPNA also saw a higher presence of online media with over 100 bloggers reporting live from the show. In addition, Beaut-E Zone, which featured editors from Bellasugar.com, DailyMakeover.com, TotalBeauty.com and YouBeauty.com / BeautySage.com was a huge success. These leading online beauty editors were able to meet with exhibitors in Discover Beauty and report trends they discovered and show happenings on their respective sites; combined they have a total reach of over 30+ million readers.

Prior to the show, CPNA announced that five talented students from the Penrose Academy in Scottsdale, AZ would participate in CPNA’s second annual Trendscout program. While given unrestricted access to the show floor, the CPNA Trendscouts met with exhibitors to find new product launches and discover the latest trends. They reported their findings via Twitter and Facebook posts, which were displayed in real-time at the main entrance of the show floor, helping attendees identify the current trends at the show. CPNA will issue a Trend Report, which will be based on the scouts findings later this month.

Staying connected during the show was easier than ever this year. Attendees and exhibitors could “check in” via Foursquare and view show specials as well as download the new CPNA Smartphone App, which helped attendees find their favorite exhibitors and other companies. Guests could also scan the new CPNA QR Code that featured exclusive show promotions and tips from CPNA show organizers.

Every year CPNA brings industry leaders to the forefront to share innovative ideas and experiences that will help the beauty industry better understand the dynamics and market trends, current and future. Special education seminars were filled to capacity with more than 500 attendees in total. Business and industry leaders from multiple sectors of the industry participated in round-table discussions and panels to share their knowledge and insights.

CPNA Hosts PBA Beauty Week
In addition to all that CPNA offers, the event also hosts PBA Beauty Week from the Professional Beauty Association. PBA Beauty Week features the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), PBA Symposium, and BEACON. All three events featured a record number of attendees.

The NAHAs in particular, which are the professional hair care industry’s single most important awards event of the year, were hosted by famed entertainment journalist and star of E! Network’s E! News and Fashion Police, Giuliana Rancic. In addition to hosting the show, Rancic also received the Professional Beauty Association’s Beautiful Humanitarian Award for her work with the charities Dress for Success, Bright Pink, Operation Smile, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago, and the Children’s Miracle Networks. This year’s show was attended by a record number of more than 3,000 guests and was also seen worldwide via live online steaming broadcast by an additional 40,000.  Dimitrios Tsioumas of the Mizu Salon in New York City took home NAHA’s top prize, Hairstylist of the Year, as well as the Contemporary Classic honor. To see the winners, visit probeauty.org/naha.

Cosmoprof North America 2013 will take place July 14 – 16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information on exhibiting or attending, please visit cosmoprofnorthamerica.com or call 800-557-3356.

JulieG Julie's Fave

After getting my Shellac off, I decided to pull out JulieG's Julie's Fave, a melon pink creme that is neither too bubble gum or Barbie pink and doesn't go off into the neons either.  It's a very pretty shade for the office or just for a night out.  I used a base coat of Poshe, 2 coats of polish, and a top of nubar Diamont.  The formula was nice on this polish - not too runny, not too thick.


Here in the summer sun, the color almost pulls neon, but I promise you it's not.  I think it goes well with many skin tones, mine included!


Meanwhile in the shade, you can see how this color just lays beautiful, no streaks or anything.  I wasn't able to get a good picture indoors with the flash - too much caffeine in my system or something because I was not able to stay still.


A great staple add to your collection if you're looking for a nice melon creme.


You can purchase JulieG in Rite Aid stores across the US or shop online at Jesse's Girl Cosmetics which ships worldwide!  JulieG sells for $3.99 for a 0.35 fl oz (10 mL) 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.

Studio One, Portland, Maine

As you can see above (and I mentioned earlier!) I got engaged on 19 June 2012.  It was short and sweet - he took me to the restaurant where we had our first date, pulled out the box, asked me to marry him.  :]  We were traveling to Maine, his home state, at the end of June, and I really wanted to get a Shellac manicure for the week long trip that would end with his family reunion.

I originally was going to a place near my town to have it done, but due to family circumstances, I had to cancel and pray for a place in Maine to get Shellac done.  I checked the CND Salon Locator and found Studio One, in Old Port, Portland, Maine.  It was about a 30 minute drive from where we were staying, so I convinced the fiance to go and we could check out some cool architecture.

I decided not to make an appointment and instead to just "walk in" and see what kind of service I could get. To my delight, they had an opening in 45 minutes, so we headed downstairs to Anthony's to eat (which was amazing, by the way).

The salon itself is very open and inviting while still maintaining a professional vibe.  The magazines available are current (which you don't really think about but when you're at an appointment early, it makes a difference!), and they offered me a water, but I declined since I had just eaten lunch.

Now, I cannot for the life of me find the business card from my manicurist, so I do apologize that I am not mentioning her by name.  

Studio One offers other gel services too, such as Young Nails, but I was pleased to see that for the Shellac services, all the CND products were being used.  Mixing and matching products can result in flawed results for the client.

Because I had just recently had a manicure, I didn't need my nails trimmed or shaped, and I chose to put on Hollywood, a pretty red, with a top coat of Mother of Pearl, a light holographic scattered glitter, much like China Glaze Fairy Dust.

I ended up spilling that I was a nail blogger, so my manicurist did not explain the entire process to me but I really loved that she had it down to an art on her side.  She would have one hand in the UV lamp while the other was being polished, and then she would move the lamp over for me so I didn't have to twist my wrists or cross my arms to get to the lamp.  It was a relaxing hour that ended with a soft hand scrub with a CND spa scrub.

The ONLY complaint that I have was that at the end of my Shellac manicure, instead of using 99% isopropyl alcohol to remove the "sticky layer" that sits on top of the nail after the top coat has cured, she used pure acetone.  I literally drew my hands back in horror and said "What is that" after smelling acetone, and she assured me that she did this with all her Shellac manicures.  

This is not what CND has said to use.  CND has explicitly said that only 99% isopropyl alcohol should be used to remove the "sticky layer."  Acetone is used to break down Shellac through the microtunnels that is created by the Shellac coats.  Needless to say, I allowed her to wipe my nails with the acetone, and as a result, my nails felt rubbery until the day I removed said Shellac.  She also did not apply Solar Oil after my manicure, but I asked for some anyway, and she provided it from her desk.  (I was not offered a mini bottle to take home.)

I paid $30 for my Shellac services on 26 June.

Freshly Shellac-ed!
Other than the "rubbery" feeling, I was very pleased with my Shellac manicure from this location and if I was in the area again, I'd come back.  I would, however, stop her from using acetone this time on my finished nails.

I removed my Shellac on my own on 10 July 2012 without any issues.  CND does not recommend for the client to remove her Shellac on her own to maintain the integrity of the nail.  
Shellac - 10 days later! 
I had zero lifting, splitting, tip wear, or any other problems after my 14 days... I just wanted a nail polish change.  :]

Edit: I had the original dates wrong. I wore this polish for 14 days, not just 10.

Shellac Day 14
Left Hand - Day 14
Right Hand - Day 14

7.30.2012

China Glaze: On Safari!

When I first saw the leaked pictures of China Glaze On Safari! back in the spring of 2012, I could barely believe it.  First, I was shocked that they were leaked (which now they are tightly holding onto press pictures), and secondly, I saw some BEAUTIFUL glitters!  Well lovelies, I have all 12 of these polishes on my desk right now, and let me tell you, they aren't lion about how pretty they are (har har, I made a funny!).  No seriously, they really are awesome.  Please enjoy the following press release (all images courtesy of AII).




UNTAMED COLOUR AWAITS YOU 
China Glaze® Introduces 12 New Crèmes and Glitters for Fall 2012 


Los Angeles, CA – (May 2012): China Glaze® nail lacquer invites you to take an exotic expedition with its Fall 2012 collection, On Safari. Be captivated by the earthy tones, rich plums and celestial sparkles that make up this adventurous assortment of polishes. 


The China Glaze® On Safari features 10 rich crèmes and two glitters including: 


Kalahari Kiss
Light sand brown

I’m Not Lion
Glistening gold and multi-color glitter

Call of the Wild
Beautiful chocolate brown-dark cherry blend

Adventure Red-y
Vivid red

Desert Sun
Delicious caramel

I Herd That
Brilliant copper glitter

Man Hunt
Bold cobalt blue

Exotic Encounters
Lush green crème with blue undertones

Elephant Walk
Cool graphite grey

Jungle Queen
Smoky violet

Purr-fect Plum
Bold burgundy

Prey Tell
Daringly dark red


On Safari is also available in


6-piece “Native” Collection: Man Hunt, Exotic Encounters, Elephant Walk, Jungle Queen, Purr-fect Plum and Prey Tell 


6-piece “Tourist” Collection: Kalahari Kiss, I’m Not Lion, Call of the Wild, Adventure Red-y, Desert Sun and I Herd That


12-piece counter display The China Glaze® On Safari collection will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in July 2012. Individual polishes retail for $7 MSRP; the 6-piece sets retail for $42 MSRP. 


China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. 


For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze 


China Glaze is a division of American International Industries. 


About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women. Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

Gelish: An Experience

At the end of May, I went in for my routine manicure.  Despite being able to paint my own nails (and normally, do a decent job of it!), I'm horrible at keeping my cuticles healthy and my nail shape consistent.  For that, I go to a manicurist/nail technician in my home town.  She has been doing nails for over 20 years, I went to school with her kids, she's a super sweet woman, and oddly enough, she lives just down the street from me.  During this visit, she asked me if I wanted to try Gelish, free of charge, in addition to my normal natural manicure.  I was slightly hesitant because I am fond of another company's product, but I figured for blogging reasons, it would be good to try Gelish.

Unfortunately for both of us, we ended up doing a lot of talking during my manicure, and ended up putting a few too many coats of polish on.  It was supposed to be one coat of base coat, 3 coats of Sheek White (for opacity) and then a top coat.  I think we got at least 2 coats of top coat on there and maybe an extra coat of Sheek White on at least one hand.  We were also distracted by another salon employee who was gabbing with us at the same time.  Originally, my manicurist wanted to just do French white tips but I am not a French kind of girl, and convinced her to go with the entire nail.  I figured I could really test the way polish applies over Gelish and maybe get to wear some awesome neons in the process!

You may be able to tell a bit on my pinkie finger, that some of the gel got on my cuticle area.  Once wet, it caused the gel to lift from the nail, but not enough to catch anything under it.  I also had this problem on my index finger where some gel got on the side cuticle.  To avoid this, make sure that before you cure the nails under the UV lamp, you wipe away any gel that has gotten onto the cuticles or else it will harden and potentially risk staying power of the manicure.

As soon as I got home, I started playing with colors.  I found that my holographic polishes refused to adhere to the glossy top of the Gelish manicure, and glitter, while fun, did not want to come off the nail with non-acetone polish remover.  You cannot use acetone polish remover or else risk removing the Gelish itself.

I ended up settling for OPI DS Extravagance which I picked up in Ulta one day as a lucky find.

By Day 5, I was getting quite bored of my manicure but wasn't quite ready to take it off yet.  As you can see, the white has slightly yellowed, and you can see the failed attempts of my glitter removal from Day 1 on the middle finger.

By Day 13, I still had pretty decent coverage - no real lifting and no tip wear, so I decided to go all out and finally wear my bottle of Floam by Nail Venturous, knowing that when it was time to remove this matte glitter, everything must go.

Just one day later, I was ready to get this off.  I felt like I had done my two weeks, and yes, Gelish had lived up to my standard of gel polish.  Now time for removal.

My manicurist had NOT told me how to remove Gelish, probably thinking I'd come in to have the gels removed by her.  Instead, I took a cotton ball, soaked it in acetone, placed it on my nail, wrapped my finger in foil, and waited 5 minutes.  When I pulled the foil off, most of the Floam had been removed but none of the Gelish.

I rewrapped with a new cotton ball and foil and this time waited 15 minutes.  When I pulled off the foil, I had most of the Gelish off, and I used an orange stick to scrape off the rest.

One down, 9 to go?

I let this nail soak for 30 minutes and when I pulled off my foil, I had all this flaky white mess to deal with.

In total, it took me four hours to remove my Gelish, and my nails felt like trash.  What did I do wrong?!

Well, you are supposed to lightly file the tops of your nails to "break the seal" with Gelish.  In not "breaking the seal", my Gelish couldn't get the acetone down into its layers to break apart the gel.  This small tip was something that led to much frustration and broken orange sticks.  

Ladies (and gentlemen!) if you are going to get a gel manicure, regardless of brand, ask your manicurist/nail technician what the proper removal process is!  Some brands, such as Gelish, require a "breaking of the seal" to remove!

Lesson learned!

Will I try Gelish again?  Currently no, only because I have another brand that I prefer, and a local salon that carries it.  I do like all the colors that Gelish offers, but I do not have the need for a gel manicure, since I change my polish so often.  The good thing about gel polish for me, is that it allows my nails to be protected as I grow them out.  

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

Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Introduces ME Collection

When I first heard of Dermelect Cosmeceuticals in July 2010 (wow 2 years ago!), I was slightly sad that they didn't offer nail polish colors, only treatments.  Well, now they do!  Please enjoy the following press release that came across my inbox.  I absolutely love the concept of the bottles and the colors are pretty neat too! (All images courtesy of Deremelect)




Coming to you June 1, 2012 is the launch of the ME Collection of Colored Anti-Aging Nail Lacquers from Dermelect Cosmeceuticals.

The six lacquers are the brand’s foray into the colored nail polish category, providing a 2-in-1 range of bright, beautiful crème shades coupled with a manicure extending formula. Infused with ProSina, a pure protein peptide extracted from New Zealand’s sheep’s wool, the lacquers deliver a fast-drying, high gloss shine while providing an unequaled level of strength for stubborn nails to grow longer and more resistant to chipping, peeling and splitting.

Recently, Hilary Swank wore the Persuasive peach hue to the Met Ball.

The ‘Cure’ in your ‘Mani’ is at your fingertips with the 1st peptide-infused color treatments for fragile, weak nails.  Aptly named ME, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals formulated and designed a 2-in-1 range of bright, beautiful crème shades coupled with a remarkable manicure extending formula. Infused with ProSina, a pure protein peptide extracted from New Zealand sheep’s wool, the lacquers deliver a fast drying, high gloss shine while providing an unequaled level of strength for stubborn nails to grow longer and more resistant to chipping, peeling and splitting.

In its debut collection, the ME range includes six lacquers with eye-catching hues ranging from the brand’s signature red to a rich lilac, creamy sky blue and color of the year, tangerine.

HOW IT WORKS
The first coat instantly bonds to the nail, while the second fuses with the base coat to create a flexible web of color that resists chipping and improves brittleness (patent-pending technology). The ME colors combine fast drying, high shine, and a healthy ‘green’ dose of vitamins, peptides, and moisture, offering a colorful solution to the contemporary woman’s beauty concern—aging hands and nails. For best results, two coats are recommended.

BENEFITS

·    Strengthens weak, brittle nails
·    Restores nail flexibility
·    Helps nails resist chipping and splitting
·    Provides long-lasting, high shine and bold color
·    Water and detergent resistant
·    Protects against UV rays
·    DBP, Toulene, Formaldehyde, and cruelty FREE (no animal testing)



KEY INGREDIENT
ProSina Protein Peptide

COLOR NAMES
Persuasive (luscious peach)                                          #1070
Provocative (fabulously fresh fuchsia)                       #1071
Above It (breathtaking sky blue)                                  #1072
Head Turner (brilliant orange crème)                         #1073
Luxurious (rich, confident lilac)                                     #1074
Power Trip (burst of red w/pink undertone)               #1075

LAUNCH DATE
June 1, 2012 (future color collections to follow).
                      
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
SRP: $14.00 (0.4 fl. oz. bottle)
Available on www.dermelect.com and C.O. Bigelow in NYC

ABOUT DERMELECT
Dermelect Cosmeceuticals is a forerunner when it comes to targeted, multi-tasking cosmeceutical skincare. Backed by its board of advisors and formulated with the most effective and sought out ingredients, Dermelect provides a refreshingly realistic beauty philosophy as it seeks to simplify skincare for the average educated consumer. 

Gelish Fall & Winter 2012

Image Courtesy of Hand & Nail Harmony website

Let's talk about Gelish Soak-Off Gel Polish.  Soon (like in the next week, I hope) I'll let you in on my personal Gelish experience, but today I wanted to share with you on what Gelish has coming up in the following months.  You may have seen the ads of their new Magneto (magnetic) line of gel polishes, cured under LED or UV light, but I didn't photograph those.  To me, magnetic is so last year, despite the fact that many polish companies are just now coming around with their own line.

Gelish is a professional line of soak off gel polish that comes in an array of colors (and glitters), are cured in 30 seconds under LED lamps/2 minutes under UV lamps, stay on the nail for three weeks without chipping or peeling, and soak off completely in 15 minutes.

There are over 100 different colors and this fall and winter, they are adding some more.

The fall 2012 line is called House of Gelish, and features dark vampy cremes.  From left to right, Cashmere Kind of Gal (light grey), Cocktail Party Drama (dark purple), Backstage Beauty (red), My Favorite Accessory (medium blue), A Runway For The Money (black) and Fashion Week Chic (dark grey).

Next is The Shadows Collection, coming out in November 2012.  These are more of a metallic looking finish and from left to right include The Dark Side (emerald green), Angel in Disguise (dark silver), Welcome to the Masquerade (old gold), Inner Vixen (vampy burgundy), Is It An Illusion? (royal blue) and The Perfect Silhouette (dark purple).

To lighten the mood this winter, the Holiday Collection is full of pretty glitters!  From left to right are Holiday Party Blues (royal blue glitter), Little Miss Sparkle (snow white/silver glitter), Danny's Little Helpers (brilliant yellow gold glitter), The Naughty List (dark brown/bronze glitter), All Tied Up (scarlet red glitter) and Just What I Wanted (hunter green glitter).


Gelish has just jump started their PR department, so expect to see more information coming from them soon.  They do have a Facebook page where you can like them, but no Twitter at press time that I am aware of.

To find a salon near you that carries Gelish products, the Gelish website has a Salon Locator.  For the professional, you may learn more about Distribution Information by emailing sales@nailharmony.com . For Education Information, please email education@nailharmony.com

7.29.2012

NCLA Fall & Holiday 2012

Photo courtesy of NCLA Facebook Page


While wandering Cosmoprof North America on Day 1, I came across the booth for NCLA (hooray!), and I was hoping to finally get to meet the creator in person after talking to her via Twitter & Instagram for months.  I was shocked that she was as young as she is and so successful (and beautiful!) and frankly, some of her new polishes are to die for.  I was able to get a sneak peak of what she has coming out this fall and holiday 2012.


For fall, NCLA is coming out with the "Going Out in LA" collection - 4 colors that are all about the nightlife in the city.  Granted, my only experiences in LA have been at the airport, but I promise you, that will change one day.  I have too much love (and friends!) that are in that area, and way too much that I want to see before I go old and grey in this world.  (Haha, like I'll allow myself to go grey.  That's what hair dye is for!)


From left to right we have the stunning Call Me for the After Party, a metallic blue; Rock Solid, a charcoal polish with silver glitter; Without Me There is No VIP!, a burgundy metallic with slight rainbow holo glitter and Dirty Martini, an olive green/yellow.  Unfortunately, I do not have the release date for these polishes just yet but will keep you updated.


NCLA also has many different nail wraps to choose from (which yes, I suck at applying, but I watched the NCLA girls put on tons of wraps on men and women alike without a bubbling edge or ragged tear, so it's just me) and this year they will be coming out with two limited edition "lace themed" wraps.
On the left is I Am Your Muse, a red with black lace print and Roomservice: Stilettos & Champagne, a silver with black netting lace.


Finally we have the 2 holiday sets coming out this winter.  These gift boxes will contain 2 bottles of pre-existing colors (as shown on the left and right) and a limited edition NEW color (in the middle).


The Glitz contains the new limited edition High Above The City Lights, which contains shards of rose gold glitter.


Meanwhile The Ritz includes the new limited edition Let's Pop Bottles, Pink Champagne! a metallic rose.  Pricing on these holiday gift sets was not available, nor was their release date.  At press time, the two limited edition polishes will ONLY be available as part of the holiday gift sets, and will not be sold on their own.


There will also be 3 more nail wraps for Fall/Winter 2012 but I did not have permission to share those at press time.  They do not appear to be limited edition.

7.27.2012

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2012


I love Jesse's Girl Cosmetics.  There is something really special about a company that is all about bringing quality cosmetics at a great price.  I love the high pigmented, easy applied, long wearing, unique nail polishes but did you know that they also have lipglosses, liquid lipstick, eyeshadows, eye dusts, and more?  Oh yes.


Coming up in the following year are new lipglosses- as you can see below!  Also, instead of a normal doe foot applicator, these come with a mini brush (like MAC Lipglass) for easier application.



Oh, those glowing things on the end?  Yeah, it's their new "Glowstick" lipgloss.
Jesse's Girl is also planning 12 new lipsticks but they were not available for showing at Cosmoprof.


Also coming up is a new eye palette.
The price on that thing?  $4.99.  Yep.  They will also be coming up with 6 combos of three eyeshadows (think Smashbox Photo Op trios).


I was really excited about this last item coming out.  I didn't get a photo of the prototype but it's a waterproof eyeliner in an airless canister that clicks when it's closed.  No more uncapped eyeliner being smooshed in your purse anymore!  Best part?  It's a SUPER fine pen-like tip from Japan which can go from super fine to thick without any issues.  No crazy liquid, no chalkiness...  what was amazing was as soon as I applied it, it was dry.


YouTube guru and nail polish creator, JulieG was there with her current line.  My lips are zipped on what's coming up new in the world of JulieG, but let me just say it's COOL.  I did get to take a picture with her and let me tell you, this woman is seriously amazingly sweet.  (Special thanks to Polarbelle for the picture!)


That's all for today!  Make sure you keep watching for more amazing things from Jesse's Girl in your Rite Aid next month.  Hint: It has to do with Jesse's Girl nail polish, something "glam"orous, and yours truly's nails!

CND Shellac Giveaway

I am officially back home in Texas (even went to work today), and while I'm sorting through the twenty pounds of press material I have in suitcase, I have something pretty awesome to share with you from NailPolishCanada.  Please note that this giveaway is not affiliate with CND or PolishGalore, and is open to everyone in the US and Canada.





WIN SHELLAC FOR LIFE ($1266 value) 
NAILPOLISHCANADA.COM TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE

“To be fair, it’s actually only a 25 year supply, so we can only hope the winner dies early to keep me an honest woman” - Nikki Smith, VP of Glitter, Nail Polish Canada.

CND Shellac is a cross between nail polish and gel which is cured under a UV lamp and lasts up to 14 days without chipping.

Chipped nails are an important issue that affect lives in many ways. “We’ve invented substantial research and the reason women slap or bite in a catfight is fear of chipping their nails. Hopefully, together, we can build a world where a woman can throw a punch at the bitch who kissed her boyfriend without worrying about chips” said Ms. Smith

The prize will go to whomever can show that their life will be most impacted by winning Shellac for life.
Be it better, or worse.

Maybe it stops your polish addiction long enough that you can save money, go to school, become a doctor, go to Africa and start saving lives. Did we say that this contest saves lives? Now we did.

Or maybe you’re just looking for a little understanding, “My husband will finally understand that other people take polish as seriously as me...” - Sarah P.”

Or perhaps the result won’t be as positive, “I’ll probably spend all my time painting my nails, not go to work, get fired, now I’m homeless, damn you NPC.” - Beth C”

If you or a loved one is still stuck in a world of chips, smudges and wasting countless hours re-doing nails we urge you to take a stand.


Grand prize will go to the best description of how winning a lifetime supply of Shellac will change their life.
Winner selected August 7, 2012.

Prize Details & Entry
Grand Prize (Value $1266): 33 Bottles of CND Shellac + 36 Watt UV Lamp + 5 Topcoat + 5 Basecoat + Scrub Fresh.

How much Shellac do I need to last 25 years?
1300 (weeks in 25 years) / 2 (weeks application lasts) / 20 (applications per bottle) = 33 bottles of Shellac color

Open to Canadian and United States residents only.
See full rules on entry page.

For further info please contact rachael@nailpolishcanada.com

Trademark Disclaimer: This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with Creative Nail Design Inc. Product names and other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 
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