Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part II

‘ellllooooo. We’re back with part II of the gorgeous China Glaze Holiday Joy collection. If you missed it, check out part I here. This half of the collection has quite a few surprises. And you know what the means…glittahhhhh!!!

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Champagne Kisses is a bubbly rose gold glitter with a teeny bit of holographic shimmer. I didn’t expect this to be so glitterific, but it is. At the same time, it wasn’t too bad to remove which is great!

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With Love is a classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones. It’s squishy and pretty red. Nothing too strikingly unique though.

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Glitter All The Way is a multi-color glitter. It’s like Mardi Gras on the nails!

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Glistening Snow is the perfect name for this fine diamond-like silver glitter. It’s like the silver-y version of champagne kisses. It’s opaque and looks stunning on the nails. It’s a bit of a top coat hog so I had to apply a good 2 coats of top coat just to get some serious shine.

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Cranberry Splash is a ruby red shimmer and while thats’s China Glaze’s fancy definition of it, really it’s just more of a regular ole’ burgundy to me.

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Pizazz is a twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend and it’s beautiiiiful. I mean, yeah…we’ve see beautiful glitters like this one but there’s something special about Pizazz.

The collection altogether:

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Shouts out to China Glaze for giving us plenty of sparkle, glitter and shimmer in this collection! I think these are beautiful shades that are definitely holiday-appropriate.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com.

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, part I

Dang. How is it already the holiday season? Yes. My mind is indeed blown. I’m not complaining though. I am a huge lover of Christmas-EVERYTHING. And I know that’s not everyone’s shtick but I am will totally be that old lady that wears knitted Christmas sweaters. Without shame. Yep. What better way to ring in the season than with some pretty polishes? China Glaze is giving us a ton of beautiful options to bedazzle those nails. Here’s part I of the Holiday Joy collection.

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Excited yet?

Pure Joy

Pure Joy is a fiery red glitter with gold particles and it fooled me at first glance because I totally thought that it was a holographic. But nope, it’s a pretty and shimmery nail polish. I applied 3 coats here so it will wear well by itself but it’s also thin enough to be a layering polish.

Winter Holly

Winter Holly is a gold-flecked dazzling green glitter and it is goooorgeous. I can’t wait to create some looks with this baby. It has a similar finish to Pure Joy and while subtle, the gold holographic shimmer does a great job at coming through the green. I also spy some purple shimmer in this polish as well.

Red Satin

Red Satin is nothing fancy as it is just a silky blue-based red creme. Most brands always toss in a red nail polish in their holiday collections and this one is no different from all of the others.

Blue Bells Ring

Blue Bells Ring is an icy blue shimmer and I love everything about how this polish looks on my nails. It does have some drawbacks though. For one, it stains the nails so a sturdy base coat is a definite when rocking this baby. Also, for whatever reason this polish “smelled” differently than all of the others. As in worse. I’m not sure if the formula is different but it reminded me a lot of how polishes smelled before they were Big 3 Free. I actually had to tie a scarf around my nose to apply this polish. Still though. It’s such a beaut. I don’t think I’ll be wearing it often though because I tend to stay away from polishes that stain my nails. Getting them back to normal just isn’t worth the trouble for me.

Merry Berry

Merry Berry is a luscious rich berry red creme. It isn’t the most exotic polish I’ve seen from China Glaze but it has a great fit in this collection.

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Angel Wings also fooled me because I so thought this baby was a holographic just from looking at its bottle. China Glaze describes this as a delicate gold dust glitter and it’s a beautiful golden crusted nail polish. The microglitter makes for easier removal and while it goes opaque with 3 coats, it does well with layering with 1 coat.

This collection is currently in stores like Sally Beauty Supply and online at e-tailers like TransDesign.com. Stay tuned for part II of this collection! See any that you like so far?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Skyfall collection for Holiday 2012, part II

I’m back with round II of the gorgeous Skyfall collection. The first 6 were the red, orange and purple kids of the bunch. This time I’m showcasing the darker shades and the shades with texture. Woot!

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GoldenEye is a glorious gold and it is by far one of the most beautiful golds I have ever seen. And that says a lot since I’m not a fan of gold nail polishes. The richness of this gold comes from the mini gold flakes in the polish. It’s stunning. If you don’t get any other polish, THIS is the one you have to get.

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MoonRaker is a metallic grey and I scoffed at it when I first saw it but it’s not bad for a grey polish. Application is tricky as it can be on the streaky side but if you’re into chrome polishes like this, I think you’ll like this one.

 

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The Living Daylights is a multi-hue sparkle and really it’s just a bunch of color hexagon-shaped glitter bits. I don’t have any glitter polishes like this so it’s a welcome addition to my collection. All glitter lovers should own a glittah like this.

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Live & Let Die is described as a jet black but the it’s obviously so much more than that. I would describe this baby as a darkened hunter green with with subtle gold shimmer. It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but it absolutely gorgeous on the nails.

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The World Is Not Enough is a rosy silver. It has subtle hot pink shimmer and I was all set to dismiss this one but it’s actually a really pretty polish. I still had a visible nail line after 2 coats so to achieve full opacity, you’ll have to push it up to 3 coats.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a misty-green pewter. It has the same shimmer as The World Is Not Enough and it’s just as sheer.

Must Haves
-GoldenEye: Because you’ll regret it if you DON’T get it.
-The Living Daylights: Especially if you don’t own a glitter like this.

The entire collection alllll together.

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Pretty dope bunch, uh?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Skyfall collection for Holiday 2012, part I

Soooo, OPI recently launched a James Bond holiday collection. Bond 007 officially turned 50 this year and so what better way to celebrate than with a collection? I’m pretty lame for not knowing much about the flicks but when I told Esposo about this collection, he got all interested. Mind you, my husband has NEVER been interested about any of my beauty stuffs so that says a lot. Anywho, the most recent Bond movie, Skyfall, came out on November 9th and so this collection has come at the perfect time. It’s a huge collection of 12 polishes so I’m breaking ‘em up in 2 posts.

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Ready?

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Skyfall is described as a magnificent maroon and I can dig it. I love dusty burgundy shades like these. It’s not terribly unique but it is ideal for fall and makes a great base for topping off with glitter.

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Casino Royale is a pretty plum and ZOMG, I am in love with this baby. I’m struggling to think of any dupes for this one so um, yeah…if you don’t get any other shades in this collection, this is definitely one that I’d consider.

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You Only Live Twice is a rich high-shimmer magenta that we’ve seen before. It’s perfect and pretty and has enough shimmer to appeal to the glitter junkies of the world.

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Die Another Day is a hot and lively red. OPI is good at always including reds in their collection. This one is just okay to me. I do like how there is a bit of orange to it though.

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Tomorrow Never Dies is an intense purple but really it’s much more than that. And my camera can hardly capture its epic-ness. It shifts from a blueberry blue to a bright purple and back with the blink of an eye. It’s stunning.

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The Spy Who Loved Me is another red that looks a lot like You Only Live Twice. The main difference between the two? TSWLM has more red in it than orange.

Must Have
-Skyfall: Especially if you need a really nice maroon in your stash.
-Casino Royale: Because just look at the bottle. ‘Nuff said, right?
-Tomorrow Never Dies: If you’re a nail polish lover, it’s unlikely that you have one THIS captivating.

Not bad for the first 6, uh? Stay tuned for the other 6. This collection is currently available at Ulta and JC Penny Salons.

Pretty Polishes: More Essence Colour & Go polishes

I’m back with more Essence polishes to show off. Since their epic packaging revamp, trying to find these polishes in Ulta stores has been virtually impossible. In fact, when I went looking for them, I only saw TWO of them available. Of course you can still purchase them online but *sigh* who prefers online shopping over actually getting a product without having to pay for shipping? Okay, don’t answer that. Ordering online isn’t always that bad. But still. I hope that Ulta stores everywhere stock up and stay stocked up on these polishes. In the meantime, here are 4 that I snagged.

These will keep me quiet for now but I’ve got like 5 more Essence polishes on my WANT list.

Grey-t To Be Here is a pale grey with subtle pink iridescent shimmer. And by subtle, I mean you can barely see it. But when your nails hit the light, POW, there it is. I really really like this polish. I haven’t seen anything like it before.

Off To Miami is a coral with a dose of tangerine. I spent so many years being anti-coral nail polish which is crazy because I find polishes like this so pretty now. And compliments nail polish lovers of all hues.

Break Through is a rich and vibrant violet. When I first saw it in Ulta, I was all like “Meh”. But I picked it up anyway and after polishing my nails, I fell in love with this creme. It is gooooorgeous.

Fame Fatel is just your typical rich blood red polish. Yep, there are trillions of red polishes and this one isn’t all that unique but it’s still pretty.

As much as I love the larger nail polish wand in the new Essence bottles, some of them are a bit on the wonky side. You can trim them using cuticle scissors but it’s still annoying. I also found the formula of some of these to be on the thicker side. Also annoying. But hey, for $1.99, there isn’t much complaining I’m going to do about these polishes.

They are available at Ulta stores at Ulta.com.

Have you managed to grab any of these polishes yet?

CVS Beauty challenge + win a $50 gift card to CVS!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m always sending out tweets about random drugstore discounts and sales. I’m in a drugstore at least twice a week and have called myself a drugstore paparazzi. Yep, camera and all. I’m usually hittin’ up CVS simply because there’s like 3 between my job and work and being a member of their BeautyClub has crazy perks. You get rewards just for buying the things that you were going to purchase anyway. After you’ve purchased up to $50 worth of beauty goodies, CVS will print out a $5 ExtraBuck at the end of your receipt. It’s THAT easy.

I had the mission of seeing if I could go to CVS and spend $50 on beauty goodies inspired by this past season’s New York Fashion Week. Well, y’all know how I am when it comes to beauty challenges….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

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Creamy pink nails were a big highlight throughout NYFW. Also a big highlight are Maybelline’s new Color Show nail polishes. I managed to snag Born With It for less than $4.

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We also saw a ton of gorgeous nail art hitin’ the runways. I’m not the type to sit and do some serious nail art (I’m too lazy, y’all) but what I will do is use those awesome Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips. And while they are time-consuming, I’ve found that applying a strip on just one nail can sometimes do the trick. This design is called Simply D-Vine. Get it? Vine? :razz:

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Red lips was another trend and you’ll never see me complain about this one as I ADORE red lipstick. Especially Revlon’s red lippies. I got True Red for $9.49. But wait…it was buy 1, get one 50% off so I grabbed the beautiful Wild Orchid too.

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Move over super loud blush. Bare faces were hot this past season and I couldn’t be happier. I love the natural look of bare skin or skin with just a touch of powder. Something subtle like Physician Formula’s Multi-Colored blush.

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Pretty and super volumized lashes were a big hit. And they’re a big hit with me too. But here’s the thing…no mascara could really give me the look I was looking for I purchased some Ardell Lashes ($4.79) and applied ‘em. Uh. Or at least tried. I still feel some kinda way about false lashes but at least these didn’t irritate my eyes like crazy. Stay tuned for a review of ‘em!

My grand total in attempts to re-create the trends? $43.79 before taxes.

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Not bad, uh? Best of all, because I used my trusty CVS card, this $24 will go towards my $50 which will result in a $5 coupon. Hollaaaa! I recently got the CVS Look Book for this season and woooowsers….

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…keep your eyes peeled for these awesome new products hitting stands soon.

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I can’t WAIT to snag those Salma Hayek polishes. I love everything I’ve tried in that line so I’m sure the polishes will be a hit. If you aren’t a member of the CVS BeautyClub, hop to it, girlfriend. You don’t know what you’re missing out on!

In honor of the awesomeness that is the CVS BeautyClub, I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky follower. Good luck, ducks!

 

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Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to make the above purchases but I was not paid to write this post. I decided on the products that were purchased and simply wanted to share with y’all how awesome CVS’ BeautyClub is.

Cult Nails Cult Fairy Tale collection

Chiiiiile, I can not believe I am just now showcasing this collection. I had to go to the Cult Nails website to see if the polishes were still available. And yep, some of them are. *wipes brow* Nothing sucks more than showcasing beautiful beauty baubles that folx can’t buy. It’s worth crying over. I’m not even kidding. The Cult Fairy Tale collection came out this Summer and it features 4 shades and gorgeous shredded flake-y top coat.

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Pretty stuffs, uh?

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Evil Queen is candy apple red, baby. It’s a creamy red that’s a shade down from from fire truck red. It’s applies to perfection.

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Feelin’ Froggy makes 1 of 2 Cult Nails greens that I’m in love with. The other is Deal With It from Coco’s Untamed collection. According to Cult Nails Feelin’ Froggy is a muted kelly green crème whose true beauty was revealed by the kiss of a bright green shimmer. Fantastic description, uh? 2-3 coats will give it a nice opaque finish but if you apply 1 coat, you can easily make a jelly sandwich. WIN!

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Princess is no longer available but it’s a pale blue with subtle pink/gold/green shimmer. The shimmer is indeed very subtle but it’s sweet and very dainty.

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Charming is such an interesting shade. It’s a medium violet purple with pink and blue shimmer it’s like a shimmer jelly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a shade like this before.

And then there’s Happy Ending that I layered over a few of the polishes.

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It’s a freaking awesome jagged glitter and I’m shocked that it’s still available. *squeals* I may need to get back ups of this one.

I applied 2 coats of each polish and like all Cult Nails polishes, they applied beautifully. This brand can do no wrong in my eyes. Maria is consistently coming out with products that don’t look like every other shade out on the market. Gotta love that! You can still order a few of these polishes here but hurry as they are all limited edition.

Giveaway! butter LONDON goodies + a sweet Friends & Family deal.

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Um, do I really have anything else to say about this? Not really. I’m too busy trying to decide what butter LONDON polishes I should add to my stash. My obsession of this brand knows no ends so I’m prettyyyy sure I’ll find something. Oh! And the polish Black Knight? You pretty much need that one in your life. I’m not even kidding. The deal starts tonight at midnight tonight so keep your eyes peeled and  get your shop on here.

If you’re already scouting out what polishes you want and ALSO want to press your luck, boyyyyy do I have one heck of a giveaway for the butter LONDON lovers. In honor of bL’s Friends and Family deal, I’ve got an awesome easy-to-enter giveaway for my U.S. readers. Here’s what you’ll have a chance of winning…

-Lips & Tips gift set
-Holiday Lippy Trio gift set
-Holiday Lacquer Trio gift set
-Tops and Tails set

That’s over $140 in butter LONDON goodies! Just enter the Rafflecopter and be eligible to win. Giveaway closes Wednesday, November 7th. Good luuuuuck!

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