Katie Cazorla Color Flash Instant Gel Nail

In February, I told you about Katie Cazorla, owner of The Painted Nail salon in California, and how she had created a new system called the Color Flash. What I didn't know at the time was that Katie was rebranding as well under her own name and officially closed The Painted Nail to work solely on this new endeavor! 

The Color Flash Instant Gel Nail Color launched last night at midnight CDT on Shop NBC (Channel 73 on DirecTV) and is airing again several times today. I fell asleep last night during the first airing but was able to record it so I can watch Katie because she's one hilarious lady.
Myself, Katie and Judy from BeautyJudy at Cosmoprof North America 2012.

Color Flash - think salon quality but at home. Think gel but only one step. Think instant removal but no acetone. Mind blown yet?

Image from ShopNBC

Here are the two different lamps. The smaller LED POD is perfect for travel and charges via USB - perfect for the on the go woman like Katie.  Because it's LED, the cure time is 60 seconds. The LED POD sells for $39.50 at ShopNBC.

Image from ShopNBC

The larger LED lamp is only available as part of the ShopNBC Color Flash Nine-Piece system. Normal price for the nine-piece system is $108 but today they are having a special 17% off for $89.27.  This includes the LED Lamp (with 12V 0.5A AC adapter), three colors (Perfect Nude, Bordeaux and Classic Red - 0.28 oz each), a buffing block, a nail file, a metal cuticle pusher, "Gone in a Flash Remover Gel" (2.11 oz) and three removal wrap packs (10 wraps in each pack).

Currently, the colors are only available on the ShopNBC website. She has 6 duo sets (0.28 oz each) for $28.00. Unlike gel, Katie's system is an all in one bottle. No base coat, no top coat.  Prep your nail, add one coat of color, cure for 60 seconds (the light automatically shuts off after 60 seconds), then add a second coat and cure for 30 seconds (you'll have to manually time that one out). Then you're done! No sticky layer to remove, no wait time.

Katie says this will last 10-14 days but if you want to change out, removal is easy. Gentle break the seal using the nail buffer, apply her "Gone In A Flash" remover gel to each nail and cover with the foil wraps. Let sit for 5 minutes and the color will flake off. Use an orange stick to remove any left overs.

Please note that all links in this posting are straight from ShopNBC. I was not paid to post the links, nor are they affiliate so I will not receive any kind of compensation if you click on them.  The pricing is special for today, and I do not know how long it will be available.  I believe Katie is planning to eventually sell the product on her website along with other products, but that has not been confirmed yet.

If you're looking for salon quality without having to go to the salon, I would take the chance and invest in this kit. Katie is very dedicated on only putting out quality product that is practical in today's world and market.  Congratulations Katie!

LVX Spring 2013

So I know that Spring is quickly fading into Summer (well, depending on where you live) but I still have some fantastic press releases to share about collections that are currently available. This one is from LVX - a brand that I proudly support and stand behind.  Enjoy.

LVX nail lacquer announces the release of their fourth debut collection. 

Chicago (February 2013): With immense anticipation of an “emerald” release in nail lacquer, LVX debuts the stunning gemstone for Spring 2013. Emerald, named Color of the Year for 2013 by Pantone, is this season’s it color. LVX’s adaptation of this amazing color is vivacious and will intensify any outfit. The luxury vegan brand continues to stun us with their distinct and bold seasonal palettes. 

The top shades that will define the Spring 2013 season will include: 

Striking emerald green 

Indigo Bleu 
Ultimate navy blue 

Golden citrus

Timeless white

Audacious blue

Soft and daring lilac

Effective Spring 2013, LVX will debut a new and updated bottle. The new sleek design will display the colors more vividly. The overall size and shape has not changed, however due to the thicker glass, the new fill capacity will be 15ml.

The long lasting, chip resistant and non-streak formula is free of harsh and toxic chemicals. LVX products are VEGAN and formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor. LVX is a no compromise nail lacquer that has superior formulation, is socially responsible and eco friendly. LVX nail lacquer is cruelty free. 

All products are produced in the U.S.A. The new collection will be available March 1st 2013 on www.shoplvx.com.

Nail Candy "Love Letter"

If you've been reading PolishGalore for awhile, you know how bad I am at nail art, or more specifically nail pens. So when Nail Candy asked if I wanted to review their Love Letter collection, I did it more so I could see if the pens were going to be easier to work with than the others I've tried.

Nail Candy says they are unique because the polish is salon quality, and unlike others I've seen - has two ways to apply.  The first is their patented Micro-Tip and the second is a normal nail polish brush in case you want to use the color as a base. They are attached with a small ring and come with a cleaning pin for the micro-tip.

The colors don't have actual names but this collection had a white with hot pink, and a red with a Barbie pink. Unfortunately, this collection is no longer available on their website.

So the Micro-Tip is small - about the thickness of a business card.

Meanwhile the brush is a normal nail polish brush.

I decided to use the red/pink combo to draw a bit.
The trick is to squeeze the bottle instead of trying to push down on the pin tip. You can see that it drew very thin lines when needed (even if my hands are a little shaky. If you're into nail art, this is a pretty easy and simple way to get the look you want to achieve.

Nail Candy [Website | Facebook | Twitter] can be purchased on their website for $10 for 2 colors.

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

Minx and Beauty Collection

Have you heard of the Beauty Collection before?

They have paired up with Minx nail decals for their grand opening of the Corona Del Mar Plaza location - the brackets on the nail decals are metallic and a part of the Beauty Collection logo.

Beauty Collection Expands with New Store in Southern California 
Calling all Californian beauty junkies— Newport Beach Location Opens in April!

This April, Beauty Collection, Southern California's premier retailer of prestige beauty products, will open of its fourth location. 

The Beauty Collection boutiques have long been beauty hotspots for Californians, making products available for every person, regardless of budget or skin type. Newport Beach will be no exception: With extensively trained staff, makeup artists, stylists, and aestheticians, expect nothing but a wide variety of brands, makeup tips and superior spa treatments. 

The new store will be located at: 
Corona Del Mar Plaza
932 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 

Beauty Collection began as a family business more than 20 years ago, and has since evolved into one of the top prestige beauty retailers in the world, selling more than 200 brands. Focus on product selection as well as exceptional customer service distinguishes Beauty Collection from other retailers. It invests heavily in training its beauty consultants to ensure they can deliver on customer expectations and on the company's brand promise: "Curators in the Art of Beautiful."

For more information on Beauty Collection and to shop online, visit beautycollection.com. To connect with Beauty Collection - Facebook: BCCurator | Twitter: BeautyCurator | Pinterest: BCCurator | Instagram: BeautyCurator.

Digital Nails - Brand Overview

Earlier this month, I was wandering Etsy and found a new shop that I'm now obsessed with. Now, it's partly because her labels are ridiculously cute, she's a fellow Texan, and her polishes are fantastic.  Her name is Raphaelle and the shop is called Digital Nails.

Here's a little more about her:

Digital Nails was founded in January of 2012 in Austin TX, after spending months creating custom polishes for myself and friends. I really got into nail polish a few years prior, and was extremely frustrated that a lot of the polishes I loved the most were either discontinued or perpetually sold out. Having a background in art & a passion for learning, I ordered some supplies and spent all of my free time creating what I couldn't purchase, eventually leading to creating brand new polishes that were expressions or literal translations of things that I love. I wanted to translate the geek cultures that I most identified with into a physical thing that I could wear, expressing my enthusiasm in a way that I could share with others. My experience as an artist taught me that it's not about throwing a bunch of pretty glitters together in a bottle, It's about expressing emotion through the use of color and light. - Raphaelle Yax

Her polishes range in the $10-$13 price except for the cuticle oil which was only $5.50.

The polishes come in 15 ml bottles (same as China Glaze) and are big 3 free.

Plus, how awesome is it that she packs her boxes with crinkle cut paper?  (And the Yay, glitter! on the package cracks me up.)

Do go to her shop and look around. I'm already planning my second purchase!

Digital Nails [Facebook | Twitter] is sold exclusively on Etsy

2013 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange

The rumors are true! Zoya Nail Polish will be having another "Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange" where you can send in your old, unwanted polish and receive brand new Zoya at half price. Please read below for instructions.

Hooray for Earth Day! Once again, Zoya is helping you do a little spring cleaning with the return of the Earth Day Zoya Nail Polish Exchange* for 2013. Clean out your nail polish wardrobe and get rid of old nail polish that may not be BIG5FREE (Free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP and Camphor) and exchange it for a greener alternative - long lasting, award winning, healthy Zoya Nail Polish bottles! 

Now's the perfect time to make the switch to an eco-chic beauty routine! From April 19, 2013 - April 26, 2013 (11:59PM EST), exchange your old, unwanted nail color for toxin-free ZOYA Nail Polish for only $4 per bottle plus shipping and handling fees. Rest assured - ZOYA will properly dispose of your old polish. 

Here's all you need to do! 

1. Go to www.zoya.com and pick out the polishes you would like (excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades) and add them to your cart. You must select at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish (Salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles.) 
2. Apply the code (copy and paste for best results): ZOYAEARTH2013 
3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish). 
4. SUBMIT your order!

Then Zoya will ship out your NEW polish! HOORAY! This is how your order should look like...

Once you get your order 
Here's where the exchanging* happens... 

1. Ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish. 
2. Include a copy of your order. To clarify the exchange: You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. You can also donate. If you decide you don't want to do either, it's ok "Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish" we will still love you and will send the Zoya polishes... we'll just send you on a guilt trip for a while :) 

Ship Your Old Nail Polish To: 
Art of Beauty, Inc. c/o Polish Exchange 
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D 
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA 

Once we receive your polish, we do the rest! It’s that simple! 

The bottles you send in cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes (but they can be any other brand). We are using the honor code here folks! We want to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish! We send you the polish first then you send your old polish back to us! If you do choose to send us your old polish we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines. This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait! 

*Offer valid online at www.zoya.com only. Offer expires on 4/26/2012 at 11:59PM EST. Continental US ONLY. Not valid with any other codes, coupons or promotions. Shipping and handling fees apply. Consumer accounts must exchange a minimum of 6 polishes with a 24 bottle maximum. Salon accounts must exchange at least 12 with a maximum of 48 bottles. Polish can be from any brand EXCEPT Zoya, Qtica or Nocti and can be exchanged for in-stock .5oz Zoya Nail Polish. Excludes all Zoya PixieDust™ Collection shades. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. Zoya Exchange code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or errors associated with declined credit cards. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 6 weeks for shipping and processing. Art of Beauty, Inc. reserves the right to remove any polish that is out of stock from your order. You will not be charged for this polish. Backordered polish is not included in this promotion. 

CONNECT WITH ZOYA: Make sure to tagTwitter, Instagram and Pinterest posts with @ZoyaNailPolish and hashtag posts with #ZoyaNailPolish and #ZoyaEarthDay. Website, Blog and YouTube links can be shared on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/zoyanailpolish).

Mario Lopez Named NAHA 2013 Host & PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Honoree

Let's just say I will NOT miss NAHA this year.

­Mario Lopez to Host the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) and Receive the PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award

NAHA 2013 Awards Ceremony | July 14, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Phoenix, AZ (March 15, 2013) - The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), producer of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), is proud to announce renowned actor, author, entertainment journalist, producer and father Mario Lopez as the host of the 2013 NAHA Awards Ceremony.

In addition, Lopez will receive the 2013 PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award during the Ceremony for his work with a variety of charitable initiatives. Lopez works to raise awareness and funds for many causes that support the positive and healthy development of children and young adults. A champion of many causes, Lopez's work as an Alumni Ambassador of Fitness with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and as part of the organization's BE GREAT campaign, has continually helped bring to light the major issues affecting today's young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition to his work with BGCA, Lopez is a passionate supporter of other organizations, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Community Youth Athletic Center of Chula Vista, Jameson's Army, and Padres Contra el Cancer.

"It is my honor to be able to host the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards, and I am very humbled to receive the Professional Beauty Association's Beautiful Humanitarian Award. Beauty professionals help others to look and feel their best, and I applaud their work and talents," states Lopez.  

A man of many trades, Lopez is passionate about staying active and engaged with his fans and followers. He is the host of the nationally syndicated daily show EXTRA. Concurrently, Lopez continues his hosting duties on Fox's hit music series The X Factor. He is also the host of the soon to be nationwide Clear Channel radio show "On with Mario Lopez."  Not only does Lopez have a proclivity for the entertainment industry, he is also an avid sports fan. He has taken his love for sports, specifically boxing, to the next level as a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing, and recently produced a documentary based on the sport.

Lopez is a New York Times bestselling author for his healthy eating guide Extra Lean. In May 2011, he released the follow up to Extra Lean entitled Extra Lean Family. This new book features recipes and tips that are beneficial to the entire family. Additionally, Lopez penned Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness, a bestselling fitness book that offers readers a look into his impressive workout regime, and Mud Tacos, a vibrant children's book he co-authored with his sister Marissa. As a follow up to Mud Tacos, Lopez released Mario & Baby Gia, a children's book he wrote for his daughter, Gia.
As the professional beauty industry's top honor, a NAHA is the pinnacle award to win, and the NAHA Awards Ceremony is the event of the year. Lopez, who is a part of most every red carpet, mega-event in the entertainment industry and has co-hosted such events as the Miss America pageant, will no doubt lend his experience, charm and wit to this year's event.  

The NAHA 2013 finalists will be released on April 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EST via facebook.com/pbabeautyweek. For complete NAHA coverage, including finalists photos when announced, please visit probeauty.org/naha.  The 2013 NAHA Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The event can also be seen live via streaming video at www.modernsalon.com.

NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America's largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, educational, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association and is hosted by Cosmoprof North America. For more information, please visit probeauty.org/beautyweek / facebook.com/pbabeautyweek

PBA Events
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is a leading producer of industry trade events and competitions. Our renowned events are a catalyst for forging industry relations and advancing beauty careers. Along with our Signature Events, PBA provides our members with Education, Government Advocacy, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit probeauty.org for more information.

The Nail Collection - Premier Box

Photo Courtesy of The Nail Collection 

I first wrote about The Nail Collection in my Nail Polish Monthly Subscription posting. For $30, they will send you a mix of 4 polishes by OPI, China Glaze, essie, and ORLY. (shipping is included for USA only).  If you live in the UK, Canada or Australia, you pay an additional shipping charge.

I received a press box from their launch and was pleased to see that all 4 bottles were indeed, current collections.  I received essie "in the cab-ana" and "under where?" from their resort collection, OPI "Can't Find my Czech Book" from the Euro Centrale collection, and China Glaze "Mimosa's Before Mani's" from the Avant Garden collection.  All bottles were full sized, individually wrapped in bubble wrap and sealed tightly.  The box had shredded crinkle paper for padding and included a note card with a handwritten note from Ana, the owner.

If I were to buy these products from my local Walgreens, Sally Beauty and Ulta, it would cost $8 for each essie, $6 for China Glaze and $8.50 for OPI for a grand total of $30.50 and that doesn't include shipping.

If you don't have access to an online e-tailer like Head2Toe Beauty or TransDesign or the ability to buy from a local beauty supply store, this seems to be the way to go.  It is my understanding from other bloggers that The Nail Collection has not partnered with any brands at this point, and is instead buying polishes at wholesale prices.

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

ORLY MegaPixel FX Collection

Please enjoy the following press release. 

MegaPixel FX
ORLY’s Spring 2013 Special FX Collection 

Slip on some sparkle this spring with six new shades of pixelated perfection from the MegaPixel FX Collection. ORLY’s innovative 3D formula provides millions of glitter pixels for a multi-dimensional finish. Just two quick drying layers create a long-lasting, hi-res manicure. 

Pro Tip: MegaPixel FX can be worn two ways 
For a 3D, textured finish, do not apply topcoat 
To smooth out the texture, apply 1-2 coats of topcoat for a glossy shine 

The six lacquers in the MegaPixel FX Collection include: 
Silver Pixel: Silver 3D Glitter Nail Lacquer with a Pixelated Finish 
Rose Pixel: Rose 3D Glitter Nail Lacquer with a Pixelated Finish 
Pink Pixel: Pink 3D Glitter Nail Lacquer with a Pixelated Finish 
Aqua Pixel: Aqua 3D Glitter Nail Lacquer with a Pixelated Finish 
Plum Pixel: Plum 3D Glitter Nail Lacquer with a Pixelated Finish 
Black Pixel: Black 3D Glitter Nail Lacquer with a Pixelated Finish 

All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the MegaPixel FX Collection are free of DBP, Toluene and all traces of Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin. 

The MegaPixel FX Collection will be available starting March 2013 for $10 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. Visit us online at www.orlybeauty.com

ORLY and founder Jeff Pink draw inspiration from the strength and natural beauty of women. By creating innovative tools and superior nail products ORLY provides the medium to produce quality manicures, allowing consumers and salon professionals to express their most colorful desires. From the conception of timeless nail looks, such as the Original French Manicure®, to cutting-edge nail color, treatments, textures and design, ORLY meets the style needs of women in over 100 countries, with the finest and safest ingredients.

CND Shellac Spring

I REALLY wish that this powder blue was available when I got married - I would have had my nails done with it, no question.  (For the record, I wore nubar purple aster.)


December 2012 – CND Shellac™, the Original Power Polish™, is set to celebrate spring with five new power pastel shades, available March 2013 in salons worldwide. CND Shellac is the Original Power Polish system that goes on like polish, wears like gel and comes off in minutes with no nail damage.

“Drift off on a cloud of confections with the new CND Shellac Sweet Dreams Collection,”says CND Co-founder Jan Arnold. “The new pastel colors can be worn on their own or layered to create a reverie of never ending dreams.”

Indulge in a world of delectable sweets and indulgent treats with
CND’s NEW Sweet Dreams Collection:

Grapefruit Sparkle
Cake Pop
Lilac Longing
Azure Wish

Discover the new CND Shellac Sweet Dreams Collection at a salon near you by visiting www.cnd.com. CND Shellac is a professional salon service product available in 65 markets globally. Manicure prices typically range from $25-$45 and pedicures from $40-$60 depending on location.

Since launching in 2010, CND Shellac has transformed salon service manicures and pedicures, delivering 14-day flawless wear and mirror shine with zero dry-time, no chipping and no nail damage. CND Shellac comes off safely in minutes with convenient, hygienic CND Shellac Remover Wraps that precisely target the nail to limit skin exposure to acetone. With CND Shellac Nourishing Remover, which recently launched in fall 2012, removal time has been reduced by 20 per cent, making the process only eight minutes.

About CND
Founded in 1979 and based in Vista, CA, CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty. Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education, and customer support. CND is an industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care in personal beauty and fashion.

CPNA to Host CEO Round Table

More Cosmoprof news!


Las Vegas, NV (March 26, 2013) - The professional distribution channel focusing on the salon sector is once again showing signs of growth. According to PBA, the professional haircare industry shipments in 2012 grew by 2.2% (through June 2012). Opportunities are ripe for innovative brands to develop distribution and make a dent in the marketplace. This panel will feature key decision makers from independent professional salon brands who will share insights on how they were able to build their distribution platforms and how they compete in the marketplace with large multi-national brands with large advertising and promotional arsenals. How will the professional market place compete and ultimately survive?

The PBA CEO Round Table will be held at Cosmoprof North America on Sunday, July 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Moderated by John Heffner, President and General Manager of OPI Cosmetics, Heffner brings his expertise and insight as the former President and CEO of Creative Nail Design and 2010 CPNA round table panelist.

John Maly | Mirabella Beauty | Founder – After graduating from Indiana University, John Maly worked for Deloitte Touche in Chicago.  He then started his own consulting business for salons before his family asked him to go West to run its newly acquired distributorship.  John was the President of Maly's - West, building this distributorship from $2 MM to $200 MM until 2007 when they sold to L'Oreal.  Since that time, John has been running Mirabella - Mineral Makeup with Personality, currently distributed in more than 1500 doors (salons) throughout the US and 8 countries.

Steve Goddard | Pravana International | Founder – Steve Goddard is a 30-year veteran of the beauty industry. He’s held executive positions with Redken, Wella, Sebastian, Rusk, and Revlon. With an impressive resume, he’s returned to his creative marketing roots to launch Pravana, a company dedicated to the development of Naturceutical hair care and color products for professional salons and spas, currently distributed in more than 30,000 salons across the U.S. and 16 countries.

Jeff Orrell | Neuma Beauty | Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing - For over 25 years, Jeffery Orrell has established a proven record of success within the professional beauty industry.  After beginning his career in 1988, Orrell quickly developed a reputation for improving the retail business of the salons he serviced.  Throughout his years of professional experience, Orrell worked as a Distributor Account Executive for AVEDA before co-founding  and being named Vice President of Pureology until its sale to L’Oreal.  Now he helms Neuma Beauty, a high performing and professional lifestyle hair care line currently distributed in 2000 salons and spas across the country.
Cosmoprof North America will take place July 14 - 16, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.  Stay tuned for regular CPNA show updates, and for more information, visit cosmoprofnorthamerica.com, Facebook.com/cosmoprofnorthamerica and Pinterest.com/cosmoprofna/

Urban Decay Glinda & Theodora Palettes

Last weekend I went to see Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful and I was impressed. Well, except for the fact that every time that Theodora talked, all I heard was Meg from Family Guy and I'd giggle and apparently that's super inappropriate.  Now these palettes came out in January (oh wow) but I have yet to pick them up and I normally pick up EVERY SINGLE palette that Urban Decay comes out with.  Please enjoy the following release.

Urban Decay launches two insanely gorgeous limited-edition palettes that tie in with the live-action film release of Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful, in theaters March 8, 2013. The film precedes L. Frank Baum’s beloved book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and tells the backstory of the wizard and the witches. Inspired by the movie’s enduring theme of good witch vs. bad witch (and the good witch/bad witch dichotomy in all of us), we created two collectible palettes loaded with beautiful, never-before-seen shades you’ll want to own. The Glinda Palette and The Theodora Palette will enable fans to recreate makeup looks from the film step by step.

We spent HOURS obsessively staring at images from the film (and not just the ones featuring its hot male lead, James Franco) to carefully craft the perfect mix of shades for these palettes. Get Michelle Williams’ ethereal, spellbinding look from Oz The Great and Powerful with The Glinda Palette or copy Mila Kunis’ captivating, edgy onscreen look with The Theodora Palette.

Our Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows was so huge, it sold out in a matter of hours—and we’re ecstatic to collaborate with Disney again on Oz The Great and Powerful. Directed by Sam Raimi (the man behind the original Spider-Man trilogy), this spring powerhouse is a visual feast, filled with stunning cinematography, richly hued sets and gorgeous costumes. With all of that to inspire us—not to mention the bewitchingly beautifully Michelle Williams and the wickedly cool Mila Kunis—how could we go wrong?

Each palette comes in a sleek tin adorned with gorgeous Oz The Great and Powerful-inspired artwork, with “Urban Decay” and the name of the film in foil lettering. The Glinda Palette features a dreamy, celestial design awash in a sheer backdrop of pink, gold and peach, while The Theodora Palette features a moody, colorful skyscape flanked by Rorschach-like patterns. Both versions incorporate our Build Your Own Palette format for total versatility. When you finish the original shades (or whenever you get the urge to experiment), just pop them out and pop your favorite UD shadows into the cool collectible tin.

Both palettes have six pans and EIGHT ALL-NEW and exclusive Eyeshadows. Confused? We’ve included two “duo-shades” in each palette that are split in half, with a different color on each side of the pan. Of course, every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Everything you need to recreate Michelle Williams’ look from the film, including a card with step-by-step instructions.
TORNADO – vibrant deep purple shimmer
AURA – 2 shades in 1: iridescent white with blue shift/iridescent white with red shift
MAGIC – pinkish purple with a golden shimmer
ILLUSION – pale peach satin
OZ – 2 shades in 1: gold with gold glitter/silver with silver glitter
SOUTH – warm pale gray shimmer with silver micro-glitter
Also includes Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Glinda (light sheer nude) and a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in a deep eggplant hue.

Everything you need to recreate Mila Kunis’ look from the film, including a card with step-by-step instructions.
BROKEN – pale cream satin
BEWARE – warm brown matte
BEWITCH – dark charcoal brown satin
WEST – deep metallic brown shimmer
SPELL – 2 shades in 1: black satin with green and gold shimmer/gold metallic with tonal glitter
JEALOUS – 2 shades in 1: pale green pearl/dark green pearl
Also includes Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora (bright red cream) and a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in black.

The Glinda Palette and The Theodora Palette (SRP $49) are available from Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at Sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.

About Urban Decay:
Urban Decay is beauty with an edge. It is feminine, dangerous and fun...appealing to anyone who relishes her individuality and dares to express it. From brazen shade names and an insane range of colors to innovative
(and ultra long-lasting) products, Urban Decay has been revolutionizing the beauty industry for over 15 years. With an endless array of high-performance products that includes unique eye makeup, performance foundations, primers, and setting sprays that give makeup serious staying power, Urban Decay has always found new ways to shake up the prestige beauty world and excite beauty junkies and makeup artists alike.

About the film:
Disney’s fantastical adventure Oz The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot— fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.

Oz The Great and Powerful is produced by Joe Roth and written by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire (credit not final). Grant Curtis, Philip Steuer and Palak Patel are serving as executive producers. Oz The Great and Powerful opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.

JulieG is on Groupon!

It's true! If you missed out on the JulieG Gumdops pre-sale or you don't live near a Rite Aid, Groupon has an amazing deal for you.  All 6 polishes are now available for $12.99 + $2.99 shipping.  If your purchase is over $15, then shipping is free.

I have my own Groupon Affiliate Link here. Using this link will earn me $10 in Groupon Bucks (to be spent on Groupon) if you purchase something over $10 within 72 hours of you signing up for Groupon.

If you'd rather purchase JulieG Gumdops without my affiliate link here is the page for that.

Either way, you can't go wrong with this price!  Speaking of, the price was strictly set by Groupon - Jesse's Girl had no control over how much Groupon was going to price this collection.

Sation Miss Antoinette Collection

Sation is hard for me to find as it is a salon professional brand but I do love what they are putting out!

Miss Antoinette Looks for Love in a Bottle
Miss Professional Nail (Miss) has announced the launch of its Spring 2013 Campaign, Miss Antoinette. The collection is a shining salute to eloquent French beauty and Marie Antoinette’s glorious run as Queen of France.

After a recent visit to Versailles, Miss’ Creative Director Staci Dao was inspired to develop a theme that spun a modern twist on lacquer and love. She created a color collection that reflects an exquisite Parisian color palette that would have been icing on the cake for the legendary empress.

The collection offers a royally fun twist on Marie Antoinette’s flair for beauty and beaus. Her loyal subjects were forever fixated on her extravagant wardrobe, indulgent rituals and notorious love life. Oh, how times have changed. Women still get dolled up for potential matches, yet we’ve traded private love letters for public “likes,” and traditional courtship has been eclipsed by cell phones, e-mails and turbo-texting (a triple trauma to the nails!). Dao says, “Nothing beats old-fashioned face-to-face time; beauty and sparks of attraction are still what make us click with someone.”

Miss Antoinette serves up an amorous array of polished petits fours:
Love is in the Heir: Your hands will be on cloud nine with this glistening powder blue
Of Corset I’ll Call You: This romantic lavender-rose shade is off-the-hooks
Love at First Byte: A peachy, flesh-tone nude that leaves a lasting mega-memory
Dating the Duke: A dreamy, creamy cyan to channel your inner duchess
Delete Your Junk Male: Select this e-lectric cerise red to refine your style and suitors
Guillotine Grape: A warm, wicked aubergine that will turn heads – permanently

Let your joie de vivre shine through with a grand, gorgeous mani! The line is available to like, love and lacquer you up in salons and beauty supply stores now.

All Miss products are free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde.
Miss is an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company.

The Business of Change Session at CPNA 2013

Las Vegas, NV (February 12, 2013) – The beauty and fashion industry is forever changing and forever reinventing itself. We all have said at one point or another when seeing a new product, “Oh, I remember I used to have a product like this a few years ago!” Predicting trends may not be easy, but it is important to look back at the past to see what inspires reinvention of older concepts or ingredients, for example today’s bb creams, mineral makeup and the nail art craze. While reinvention is based on updating beloved product concepts, one factor to consider when developing new beauty products (or a new brand) is the shift in the cultural and economic climate. What will the face of the future consumer look like, and what are their expectations in terms of beauty product performance and presentation?

Moderated by Jeff Falk, Editor-In-Chief of GCI Magazine, the “The Business of Change: Reinventing Past Beauty Hits Into Tomorrow’s Trends” session will be held at Cosmoprof North America on Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ben Bennett | HATCHBEAUTY | Founder and Creative Director – 
Ben Bennett is recognized throughout the beauty industry for his ability to anticipate and set trends. Bennett will present part of his 2013-2014 highly sought after trend report focusing on the influence of technology on today’s younger consumers. The reinvention of classic product concepts, forgotten delivery mechanisms and iconic brands in the health and beauty space has been heavily influenced by social media and new technology, introducing the “old” to a new generation.

Ron Robinson | BeautyStat.com | Founder РRon Robinson is the founder and CEO of BeautyStat.com, an online beauty community and social media agency that reaches more than 20 million consumers. He is a veteran product development executive who has worked for such leading beauty companies such as Est̩e Lauder, Clinique, L'Oreal, Avon and Revlon. At BeautyStat.com, Robinson works with beauty brands and agencies to help them reach influential beauty consumers. Using his insights and experience he will present new product development trends from an ingredient, delivery and claims perspective.

Jonathan Ford | Pearlfisher | Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer - Twenty years ago, Jonathan Ford co-founded Pearlfisher, one of today's world class brand design agencies with studios in New York and London. Pearlfisher creates award winning and agenda setting design for iconic brands like Starbucks, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Absolut, as well as creating some of the most exciting challenger brands of the future, including nude skincare, Help Remedies and Green & Black's. Ford will present "The Future of the Beauty Consumer" discussing macro-trends on how the beauty consumer is evolving and what the definition of beauty will be in the future. He will also explore how these shifts will impact product categories and consumption patterns.
Cosmoprof North America will take place July 14 - 16, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.  Stay tuned for regular CPNA show updates, and for more information, visit cosmoprofnorthamerica.com and Facebook.com/cosmoprofnorthamerica