Tuesday, April 23, 2013

China Glaze Texture Collection

   Please enjoy the following press release from China Glaze for their upcoming Summer 2013 Texture collection.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Color Club Eternal Beauty

   I have one last polish from the Color Club Halo Hues collection to show you today.  At least for now.  I'm sure I'll pick up more in the future.  I really am a sucker for a good holo polish.

   Eternal Beauty is a medium purple linear holo.  Once again, the holo flame is very strong.  Formula and application were both really good.  I had no streaking or cuticle drag.  I used 3 coats in the bellow photos, but I probably would have been fine with just 2.  My base coat was Nail Tek Foundation II and I did not use a top coat.  

Direct Sun

Indoor Natural Light

Indoor with Flash

Kitchen Lighting

   Purple and holo, of course I'm in love.  I have several other similar shades of purple holo, but this is definitely the strongest.  
   All three of the Halo Hues colors I bought dry very quickly.  This comes in handy if you don't like using a top coat over holo polishes since some top coats can dull the holo effect.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Zoya Earth Day Promo 2013

   It's back!  The Zoya Earth Day promo that is.  Please read the following press release for all the details.

 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):

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.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Color Club Over the Moon

   I have another Color Club Halo Hue polish for you today.  

   Over the Moon is a medium-light blue linear holo.  Again the holo flame is very strong.  The formula was good, but the application was a bit streaky, especially the first coat.  I also had a small amount of cuticle drag with this one.  Everything evened out by the third coat, which is what you see in the pictures below.  I used Nail Tek Foundation II as my base coat and no top coat.  I would possibly recommend an aqua base for Over the Moon if you have one.  

Direct Sun

Indoor Natural Light

Indoor with Flash

Kitchen Light

   This is a lovely shade of blue, though not the most unique for a holo.  I'm glad I picked it up at my beauty supply just for how holo the polish looks inside. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Color Club Cosmic Fate

   Happy Tax Day everyone!  I hope you all have nice refunds coming your way.  Who's planning a polish splurge with theirs?  I might have ordered a few things recently with some of mine....
   Today I have one of the new Color Club Halo Hues to show you.   I recently purchased 3 of the shades at a local beauty supply shop.  They cost a little more, retail is $10 most places, but I think they're worth it.  First up is Cosmic Fate.

   Cosmic Fate is an orange/copper linear holo.  The holo is very strong, just look at the bottle.  The formula is good and application is smooth even without a special aqua basecoat.  I used Nail Tek Foundation II for my base coat.  The first coat of polish was a little streaky, but it evened out well.  I used 3 coats for complete coverage and did not use a top coat.

Direct Sun
LOOK at that rainbow flame!

Indoor Natural Light
Not as exciting here, but still a pretty color.

Indoor with flash

Kitchen Lighting

   As you can see, the holo flame comes out with any light source shining on the polish.  I love that you can see the rainbow in all lighting, not just in direct sunlight.  The color reminds me of a new penny.  If you like holos I highly recommend picking this one up.  Like I said earlier, I picked these up at an independent beauty supply near me.  If you don't have one near you that sells Color Club, you can find these online at several etailers including Head2Toe, the official Color Club site, or even Ebay.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The New Office Neutral from Zoya

   How many of you have a job where you can only wear certain polish colors or styles?  Luckily I can wear pretty much whatever polish I want, but I know that a lot of people can't.  For those of you who have a "work appropriate" color code, Zoya is here to help.  Please enjoy the following release:

The New Professional Nail Polish Neutral from Zoya!

“Work Appropriate” nail polish doesn’t have to be boring.

Get to work with the best neutral nail polish: Zoya Godiva
We all know that “work appropriate” fashion and beauty office guidelines vary greatly from company to company depending on the business at hand. And fingernails are often viewed as best covered in clear nail polish, just buffed or a worn in classic French Manicure to error on the side of humdrum and boring but safe in some environments... 

Zoya PixieDustTM in Godiva solves this common workplace dilemma with a neutral nail polish color option that is modern, soft and stylish and works as well in the classroom, boardroom and courtroom as it does at a red-carpet movie premieres. 

Here’s why... the textured, matte nude nail polish Godiva is beautifully buildable from semi-sheer as a single coat to full-coverage in just two coats, depending on your personal color intensity preference. No matter what, the look is always that of impeccably groomed and modest with just enough sparkle to keep things feminine (and a dare we say a bit sexy too - work it girl!). 

The unexpected and huge bonus to Zoya’s PixieDustTM Godiva formulation is that the color dries quickly, requires no base or top coats and is long wearing - which saves precious time for busy professional women (and Mom’s) who always want and need to look their best in a variety of professional situations.

INSIDER PRO MANICURE TIP: If you would like to customize Godiva to perfectly match your skin tone, it’s easy. Simply add a drop or two of another Zoya PixieDustTM color, usually Chyna, as desired to the bottle and blend by gently stirring the two shades together. Wearing the color as a semi-sheer single coat also allows your natural skin tone to show through for subtle “naked nail” look that works beautifully with any light or dark skin pigmentation.

See the “Zoya How to apply Zoya PixieDustTM Video” for more great beauty tips and tricks to use when applying Zoya PixieDustTM. 

Credit Info
Zoya PixieDustTM Nail Polish in Godiva
$9 ea (US)

Photo credit: Zoya Nail Polish

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Color Club Wild Cactus

   During my last beauty supply trip, not only did I find the new Color Club Kaleidoscope collection, but also the new Fiesta collection for Spring '13.  The Fiesta collection is already up on the Cosmetic Group website, so I know this is a Spring collection.

   Wild Cactus is an emerald green creme.  If you haven't heard yet, Emerald is the Pantone color of the year, so we will be seeing lots of it this year.  Application was good and the formula was decent, just a little thick.  I didn't have any issues with the slight thickness.  In fact I think it helped application.  I used 2 coats for full coverage over Nail Tek Foundation II base and did not use a top coat.  

Direct Sun

Indoor Natural Light

Indoor with Flash

   Wild Cactus is very bright in the sun.  Not neon bright, just vibrant.  With this shade of green I would not be surprised to see some staining, so you might want to wear extra base coat just in case.
   In case you're wondering, Wild Cactus is several shades darker than Abyss.  Here is a side by side bottle comparison of the two.

   Abyss is on the left and Wild Cactus is on the right.  The difference is more noticeable in person I promise, but you can still see they are not dupes.  You can also see that Abyss is bluer than Wild Cactus.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Color Club Abyss

   I've noticed that my local beauty supply tends to get new collections in early.  Which is sometimes very dangerous for me.  But also pretty fun.  Especially when I find polishes and collections out that I haven't even heard about yet.  Like the Color Club Kaleidoscope collection.  I'm not sure if this is a Spring or Summer collection, but a couple of the colors looked pretty.  I only grabbed one- Abyss.

   Abyss is a medium teal creme that leans very green.  I don't think these photos are completely color accurate, but they should give you a general idea.  This is one of those shades that just don't want to play nice with my camera.
   Formula and application were great on this polish.  This could potentially be a 1 coat polish, but I used 2 to cover some minor streaks and baldish spots.  I think those spots and streaks were more from my nails and application than the polish itself.  If you look closely though, you will be able to see any ridges you have in your nails.  My base coat was Nail Tek Foundation II and I did not use a top coat.

Direct Sun

Indoor Natural Light

Indoor with Flash

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Facebook Page

Hi everyone.  Just a quick non April Fools update for you.  I finally started a Facebook page for the blog.  Please feel free to check it out and like the page for updates and other random posts and pictures.  You can find the page here:


Thanks!  Hope you're all having a good day!

Introducing Zoya Grassy Nail

   Welcome to April everyone.  I think the month starting on a Monday is the biggest joke possible.  But please enjoy the following press release from Zoya about their new innovation in textured nails:

polished & frosted title image brushes by Obsidian Dawn