Isn’t she looooovely? Isn’t she woooooooonderful? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Ladies, gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to the newest color to be released by Chanel for the holidays, her name is Malice and she’s a rich shimmery burgundy red. The collection itself is stunning by the way, trust me on this, and for those of you who can’t wait much longer to get their paws on it I have wonderful news as the Éclat du Soir de Chanel Collection is going to be for sale at the end of this month!
O.P.I. just revealed a VERY special treat that they have in store for all of us this Holiday season! In celebration of James Bond’s Golden Anniversary they are releasing their first-ever 18 carat gold leaf top coat “The Man with the Golden Gun”. It will be released to accompany their 007 collection which I have blogged about right here.
Inspired by the world of 007, this stunning top coat contains real 18 carat gold and comes packaged in a special limited edition collectible gold bottle – the ultimate holiday gift as the whole James Bond themed collection will be available this October.
MAN, isn’t that bottle stunning? Just for that I’d buy it, woohoo bottle porn ;) Just a little warning though, because this contains real gold the price for this will be $30,-
Sadly, as it is not out right now I’ve not had the chance to swatch this myself yet. However I do know of a similar polish that IS out already that is made by a good friend of mine called Lori. Only she used 22 carat gold flakes and it’s gorgeous over all kinds of polish colors, especially blues and purples I think. She is selling them via her page, They are 14 ml/.5 oz. bottles for $16.00 (NaN€) (NaN€). Shipping is $3 for US, $5 for international, which is pretty much the same amount of polish as O.P.I., only cheaper AND a higher carat. And most importantly, hers looks like this:
Delicious isn’t it? Besides this she also sells color changing pigment topcoats which are gorgeous as well! Certainly take a look at her page if you like what you see here. Alas she’s currently not selling Spectraflair but she will be selling it again in the near future no doubt!
So, if you can’t wait for Mr Bond and his golden gun I suggest you take a peak at her page and shoot her a message, and before you know it you will be rocking real gold on your nails!
I just found a picture of a cute new set by O.P.I. that turned out to be a set of mini’s they have released recently in the theme of the Day of the Dead!
The Day of the dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on October 30th, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
The usually beautifully decorated sugar skulls are the theme of this mini pack and I could not be more excited! I’ve always been fascinated by those.
Okay, on to the picture:
The So So Skullicious Mini Pack contains:
4 Limited Edition Halloween Nail Lacquer Minis (3.75 mL – 1/8 Fl. Oz.)+ 1 sheet of Colorful nail Decals.
The colors are:
- Hi Pumpkin! - This jack-o-lantern orange is sweet on you
- A-Rose from the Dead - This hot pink is the life of the party
- Mourning Glory - A black so shiny, it will lift your spirits
- Candlelight - Be all aglow in this flame yellow
I myself LOVE these and I’m usually not a big fan of mini’s. What are your thoughts about them?
I didn’t think I would do it, honestly I don’t care much about Easter nail art. All the Easter eggs, bunnies and crosses in pastel shades usually do not do it for me but when my mom asked me if I wasn’t going to do any Easter themed nails I took it as a bit of a challenge to find something I like that does have a bit of an Easter feel to it.
So I came up with these:
Excuse the dry cuticles, I’m working on those, believe me! I know what’s causing them too, you see, I’m just too stubborn or actually too impatient to stop using Acetone free remover, so every time I take off my polish I dry out my cuticles a tad more and I have to use my OPI Avoplex things again to get them a bit more presentable again… A never ending cycle really. You know how it goes I’m sure…
Anyway what I used for this mani is the following:
Orly Nailtrition – The basecoat
China Glaze‘s For Audrey – The base color
Konad‘s Wine Red stamping polish for the dots as I couldn’t find my brown.
A Sponge Bob Stamping plate for the dots (Click here to go to the Ebay page to buy it):
And of course a royal coat of Seche Vite to protect it all and after that I was done. That’s all there is to it really and it makes for a cute, really wearable Easter manicure.
Wow, it’s only just February and there have already popped up a few pictures of the Halloween 2012 collection that China Glaze will be bringing out!
I of course can’t help but share these little gems with you. No word on when exactly they will be up for sale and I haven’t found any swatches of it yet, but as soon as I know more you’ll of course hear it here first.
There are 6 colors in this collection, from the vibrant almost neon Roguish Red, to the murky yet shimmery Cast a spell I have a feeling this collection will not disappoint.
I’m not really into glitter so if they will bring out separate packs I will probably not buy the one that has Glitter Goblin, but who knows it might be one that steals my heart the most when I see it swatched or at least in person.
Being a big fan of blue toned purple I will probably try to hunt Bizarre Blurple down though. Plus that I have to admit that Immortal is intriguing me as well, will it have glitter or possibly holographic shimmers or flakies? Will it possibly be a dupe for Illamasqua’s Raindrops? As for Make a Spectacle… I have a feeling we’ve all seen this one before, who doesn’t remember Snow Globe from last years Let it Snow collection? I’m all for recycling, but not in the polish world. There are still so many colors and finishes out there, please come up with something new instead of bringing back the same thing under a different name please.
I admit I am not wowed by this one yet, but who knows, maybe after seeing a few swatches and bigger pictures I might feel differently. Product pictures like this usually don’t do much for me anyway, so I’m not surprised by feeling this way about this collection right now.
What do you think of this first brief look? And are there any colors that are calling your name already?
This is my current festive manicure, what do you ladies (and possible gentlemen) think of it?
It’s a layer of Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong as a base. Over that I have OPI’s An Affair in Red Square with a little layer of Beyu’s 209 over it for some extra depth. I’ve stamped an all over image with white Konad stamping polish on top of it for some holiday cheer. It’s an image from the BIG SdP K plate. One of the many Dashica Beauty Shop plates that I have. Over that I’ve dabbed some foil glue in the spots where I wanted my rhinestones to be and after putting those on I’ve used Seche Vite topcoat to seal it all. If you have not tried Seche Vite I seriously urge you to try it. It is the best topcoat I’ve tried. It dries gorgeously shiny and fast. And it keeps my manicure going for at least a week if applied correctly.
What do you think? I rarely wear red on my nails so it takes some getting used to for me and I might just switch when it’s Christmas, to something else and more sophisticated like Chanel Graphite. But for now it’s certainly helping me get in the holiday spirit!
Are you wearing any special holiday manicures this year?
Dutch cosmetics brand TEEEZ has recently come out with a wonderful new collection called Boudoir Secrets. And I just have to tell you about it
because not only is this new collection is decorated with a gorgeous print that has gems and cameo jewelry ll over the packaging of the 4 different products. But it also a reminder of the abundance 18th century queen of France Marie Antoinette must have lived in, a rebellious diva who had a passion for the pleasures in life. I love that, the opulence of that time and the sultry style of this collection make a gorgeous combination that I just have to share with you all.
The Boudoir Secrets collection consists of a Bold Eyeliner Pencil, French Kiss Lip Gelée, Boudoir Mascara and of course Couture Nail Lacquer. Renewed formulas, seductive colors and unique packaging make this collection to a serious must have for a sensual and elegant look this holiday season.
Now I wouldn’t have a nail blog if I didn’t want to share the lovely set of 8 new polish colors with you. This set of nail lacquers has 4 rich colors and 4 lovely more muted pastels as you can see on the picture below:
The Couture Nail Lacquers one by one:
- First in the set is Femme Fatale 09, which seems to be a re-release that first was a bit more red but has now morphed into a creamy pink color.
- After that we have Smooth 08 which is not to be confused with the holo lacquer they have called Smooth 01! This seems to be a pink colored cream.
- Outta control 07 is my favorite color of them all, and I’m sure you can guess why, yep it’s a lovely violet cream.
- Icy 02 is a semi transparent lacquer with ultra fine pearl particles. It makes the surface of your nails very smooth, leaving a soft layer like Gel Nails, for an elegant finish.
- Rebel 12 is a gorgeous coral that is sure to look beautiful on your nails during these cool winter days where you need a bit of warmth in your color palette.
- Gutsy 05 can only be described as a rich salmon pink cream that is just a bit darker than a nude but certainly looks to be a nice neutral color to wear.
- Cool 04 is a very soft light baby blue, a color that not everyone can rock but if you can I’m sure it will quickly become one of your favorites.
- And last but not least Free 06, a nice khaki color that is right in between an army green and a grey.
All of these powerful pastels have been directly translated from the latest catwalk trends. And with this new collection Teeez is also introducing an unique formulation: the lacquers leave a thick but smooth layer on the nails, which almost like a Gel Nail effect. They apply thick but are said to be quick drying and will last up to 5 days without chipping! I will of course test this out as soon as I get my hands on one of these.
The polishes are Big 3 Free (free from hazardous ingredients dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde) by they way and have a thick flat brush.
Another wonderful bit of info is that they are fragrance free: therefore suitable for people with a sensitive skin. And one last bit of info but to me one of the most important things is that they have not been tested on animals.
If you want to find out more about this particular brand just visit their website at http://www.teeez.eu, you can also use the site look up if there’s a store that sells Teeez near you!
Are you interested in this new collection or will you be skipping this one? If so, why?