One of a beauty addict’s worst accidents is a nail polish spill. And not just a nail polish spill, but the crushing death of not only your favourite polish, but also the white/taupe/beige carpet or rug it fell on.



A Google search quickly leads you to a tip sheet including the following points

  1. Upon discovering any nail polish stains on your carpet, wet the stain with cold water.
  2. Spray 15-20 pumps of hair spray, followed by three to five small splashes of rubbing alcohol. This is the best approach when you’re wondering how to remove nail polish from carpet.
  3. Using a small scrub brush, scrub the nail polish stain directly for about a minute. While you’re scrubbing, keep pouring clean, cold water onto the stain throughout the process.
  4. Repeat this process until the nail polish stain is no longer visible.


I tried the above but didn’t quite get the results I was looking for. So I added non-acetone nail polish remover. And blotted. And blotted some more using clean paper towels… Still not quite removing the hot pink mess on my carpet. That’s how I landed upon the following tricks guaranteed to remove your polish mess! 

Here is what you will need: 

  • OxyClean or similar non-bleach stain remover 
  • Hot water
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover 
  • Hair spray
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels 
  • Brush or old toothbrush 



  1. Blot the polish spill to remove any wet polish, using clean cloth or paper towel each time so as not to spread the mess. Do not rub!
  2. Apply some nail polish remover on the spill, and blot, never rubbing. Blot using clean paper towel each time, otherwise you will transfer polish onto clean areas.
  3. Mix a scoop of OxyClean into about 2-4 cups hot water, preferably in a bucket. 
  4. Apply this OxyClean mixture, using a sponge, on the stain. Rub this in, but only one small polish-stained area at a time. (This prevents spreading the coloured foam this creates, and prevents your spreading the stain.)
  5. Spray a good dose of hairspray onto the stain.
  6. Blot and repeat blotting the small area you just worked on. 
  7. You can also scrub the small stain using a brush/toothbrush to work the stain remover in, but blot between scrubbing to prevent foam/coloured water from spreading the stain.
  8. Your polish stain should start to fade to a different colour–in my case, it became orange.
  9. Now pour some non-acetone polish remover on the small area you are working… Blot. You will see polish transferring onto your paper towel.
  10. Continue blotting, using a fresh piece of paper towel each time. 
  11. Scrub using OxyClean mixture again. Spray hairspray. Blot again. 
  12. Apply polish remover and blot again. 
  13. This does take some scrubbing but your stain will start to fade, until it is no longer visible. The key is to blot. A LOT.
  14. Once you are happy with the result, blot using clean towels or paper towel to absorb as much of the fluid as possible. 
  15. Et voila!

Here was my result after scrubbing once with the OxyClean mixture:



A little better:



Until finally, the stain was gone: 



I am pretty confident that if I was able to remove this hot pink (with shimmer!) polish, my tricks will help you clean your light-coloured carpet with some help and elbow-grease. :)

Let me know if this method worked for you! Good luck!

NAIL THE NUDE LOOK

WITH THE NEW SOFT SHADES COLLECTION BY OPI

 

THINK: Soft sheer shades and coveted nude mattes

WHAT THEY ARE: Lacquers, gels, and limited edition nail art kits in must-have neutrals. The number one salon brand, OPI, is celebrating the lighter side of nail color. With signature high-fashion colors and iconic shade names, OPI has been a go-to for salon professionals for 30 years. Now, to bring the richly pigmented formulas you love to the season’s hottest nude matte nail trend, OPI introduces the new SoftShades Collection. This of-the-moment collection of blushes, nudes, and matte shades delivers rich, true-to-bottle color with just a few coats, even in the lightest hues.

So be inspired to reinvent the French Manicure with new pink and white limited edition shades, create sophisticated nail art with exclusive Swarovski crystal kits, or create the ultimate bridal look in romantic springtime sheers. And for those who love a SoftShades manicure and want it to last, OPI also features these new understated shades in their gel formula.

 

The SoftShades collection includes:

  • SoftShades Nail Lacquers ($9.50 retail, $4.75 salon): These six pastel hues are the perfect way to lighten up your spring style. Available in sheer white Chiffon My Mind, pink and white flecked with white daisy decal Petal Soft, pink-toned beige Put it in Neutral, light beige Act Your Beige!, pearlescent silver This Silver’s Mine!, and iridescent glitter Make Light of the Situation.

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WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons.

  • SoftShades GelColors ($14.95 salon): Get gel durability and opaque color with eight long-lasting pale shades. Available in the same in-demand SoftShade lacquer colors Chiffon My Mind, Petal Soft, Put it in Neutral, Act Your Beige!, This Silver’s Mine!, and Make Light of the Situation, I Couldn’t Bare Less! and Love is in the Bare.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, Salons and select professional salons

 

  • SoftShades Mini 4-Pack ($13.95 retail, $7.50 salon): This essential, limited edition kit offers mini-sized nail lacquers in four sheer romantic hues. Includes shades: Act Your Beige!, Put it in Neutral, This Silver’s Mine!, and Make Light of the Situation.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com, Macy’s, Macys.com and select professional salons

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  • The Look of Crystal Kit ($24.95 retail, $12.50 salon): OPI is putting glittering nail art at your fingertips with crystals from Swarovski. With real Swarovski crystals, nail glue, and a trio of luxe shades you’ll be able to create shimmering graphic looks. Included shades: Chiffon My Mind, Black Onyx, and This Silver’s Mine! *Also available in matching gel colors.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

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  • The Nude Pink & White Kit ($16.95 retail, $9.00 salon): With two full-sized, limited-edition matte shades, this kit offers the ultimate in understated color. Included shades: I Couldn’t Bare Less! and Love is in the Bare. *Also available in matching gel colors.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

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For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit http://www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to Facebook to become a fan!

NAIL COLOR INNOVATION

MAKE A PLAYDATE WITH COLOR WITH

NEW COLOR PAINTS BLENDABLE NAIL LACQUER BY OPI

OPI Color PaintsIDEA: Translucent colors to layer and blend for endless nail art looks

WHAT THEY ARE: A new line of blendable nail lacquers that let you create your own color masterpieces. This spring, the leading color experts at OPI have created a new way to get creative with nail art. The world’s number one salon brand introduces Color Paints Blendable Nail Lacquer, a line of ultra-luminous nail lacquers that let you layer and mix colors to create one-of-a-kind looks. Featuring semi-translucent, buildable lacquers, the collection invites you to let your imagination run wild. The unique silver base illuminates each subsequent layer with striking vivid color. Stripe, swoosh, or swirl on layers of eye-catching color to create your own signature style. With nine new shades, OPI Color Paints Blendable Nail Lacquer makes each nail a paintable mini canvas of creativity.

Color Paints Blendable Nail Lacquer offers nine new shades, including:

Silver CanvasSilver Canvas
A clean-slate silver to illuminate your masterpiece.

Primarily YellowPrimarily Yellow
Paint some sunshine with this glowing yellow.

Chromatic OrangeChromatic Orange
This freshly squeezed orange is awash with color.

Pen & PinkPen & Pink
I’m irresistibly drawn to this rosy pink.

Magenta MuseMagenta Muse
This sultry red-violet is truly inspiring.

Purple PerspectivePurple Perspective
The depth of this purple is mesmerizing.

Indigo MotifIndigo Motif
I have designs on this deep, midnight blue.

Turquoise AestheticTurquoise Aesthetic
Beauty is in the eye of this deep aqua.

Landscape ArtistLandscape Artist
The lush, verdant green of wide-open vistas.

WHAT THEY COST: $4.75 salon, $9.50 retail ($5.95 CAN salon, $11.50 CAN retail)

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Explore these shades from May 2015 at ULTA, ULTA.com, and select professional salons.

To learn more about OPI visit www.OPI.com.

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kiehl’s & The Canadian Wildlife federation

partner to support Canada’s Puffins

February 2015, Montreal, Canada – Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate 100% of net profits of the Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, an organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat through learning, awareness and research. The product will be available in all of Kiehl’s Canadian locations, as well as on kiehls.ca, as of April 7th, 2015.
(And if you hurry in to stores, you may be able to score an “adoption kit” with a cute puffin plushy and adoption certificate!)

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Maintaining Kiehl’s longstanding support of the environment, sales from the Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado will be used by Kiehl’s to symbolically adopt 300 puffins as part of the CWF Adopt a Species program. The Canadian Wildlife Federation will use the Kiehl’s adoption funds to support research projects to help better understand threats facing Canada’s at-risk seabirds and ensure their habitat is conserved through the CWF Endangered Species program. The program helps threatened and at-risk species through ground-breaking research projects and engaging education programs. Through “Kiehl’s Gives” initiatives to date, the brand has raised over $2,000,000 for environmental issues worldwide.

“Maintaining Kiehl’s longstanding mission of giving back to the community in support of environmental initiatives, we are delighted to be partnering with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to help conserve Canada’s natural environments, providing assistance to wildlife in need,” said Kristin Armstrong, Vice-President General-Manager, Kiehl’s Canada.

The unique label of the Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado features a work of art from the renowned Canadian artist Robert Bateman called “Bright Day – Atlantic Puffins”. Famous for his environmental paintings, Bateman’s art reflects his commitment to ecology and conservation.

KIEHL’S CREAMY EYE TREATMENT WITH AVOCADO

An eye cream providing a richer, creamier texture

Responding to customer requests and needs, Kiehl’s Since 1851 proudly introduced Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado in 2009 and it quickly became a Kiehl’s customers’ favourite.

This thick, creamy preparation helps keep the delicate skin around the eye area well hydrated. The fatty acids naturally found in Avocado Oil are superbly rich and act as effective moisturizers. Additionally, they provide a natural and gentle source of Vitamin A. Contains a high level of Shea Butter, known as a skin conditioning agent.

There is a unique two-part structure of the cream for dual hydration. Upon immediate application, the cream feels buttery to the skin. Gently blending the preparation on the skin will burst a barrier so that water is then released for maximum moisturization. This cream feels soothing to the skin and offers a most refreshing sensation. The texture also allows the cream to hold its place in the delicate under-eye area so it absorbs well and will not migrate into the eyes.

This colorant and fragrance-free treatment has been Ophthalmologist tested to be safe and gentle for use around the eye area. Additionally, this eye cream can be worn day or night. It also performs well under eye makeup.

Key Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Vitamins A & E, Shea Butter, Sodium PCA and Beta-Carotene.

Key Formula Attributes: A thick, creamy, superbly moisturizing treatment for the delicate eye area.

Retail Price: $57 (28ml)

The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is available at Kiehl’s stores and www.kiehls.ca, as of April 7, 2015.

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KIEHL’S SINCE 1851

Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Its unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and advanced through the generations. In addition to Kiehl’s freestanding stores nationwide, Kiehl’s products are available at www.kiehls.ca. Please join Kiehl’s Canada on Twitter @KiehlsCanada and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KiehlsCanada

CANADIAN WIDLIFE FEDERATION

Named one of Canada’s top 25 charities by the Financial Post, the Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca

ROBERT BATEMAN

Robert Bateman’s realistic painting style, featuring wildlife in its habitat, encourages the viewer to closely observe the natural world. Besides being one of Canada’s best-known artists, he is a naturalist, recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s “heroes of conservation”. He is a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes.

OPI to Release New Limited-Edition Nail Lacquers
Inspired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features’
Movie Fifty Shades of Grey

OPI announced today the launch of six new limited-edition nail lacquers inspired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the worldwide bestselling book by E L James. Available in January 2015, the collection includes five gray nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue. Fifty Shades of Grey arrives in theaters on Valentine’s Day weekend of 2015.

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“The Fifty Shades of Grey book series is one of the greatest publishing sensations of all time, with more than 100 million copies sold to date. Fans have fallen in love with the characters and are eager to see them translated onscreen,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “The collection captures the mood, feelings and emotions of this film with assorted hues of gray, ranging from glittering and gleaming silvers to cool gray
crèmes to dark charcoal. The collection also features a rich crème red to represent passion.

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“Color is so much more than something to admire. The colors we choose to wear represent our personalities, our moods, our feelings,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “The collection bottles the film’s passion, luxury and power in six beautiful nail lacquers ideal for expressing sensuality through beauty.”

The OPI collection includes the following shades:

OPI-fifty-shades-of-grey-my-silk-tieMy Silk Tie
This silky, gleaming silver has got me all tied up.

OPI-fifty-shades-of-grey-romantically-involvedRomantically Involved
I’m in a deep relationship with this luscious crème red.

OPI-fifty-shades-of-grey-dark-side-of-the-moodDark Side of the Mood
This brooding, stormy charcoal is dangerously gorgeous.

OPI-fifty-shades-of-grey-shine-for-meShine for Me
This shimmering silver with subtle blue sparkle really turns me on!

OPI-fifty-shades-of-grey-cement-the-dealCement the Deal
I’d sign anything to get my hands on this stony, cool gray.

OPI-fifty-shades-of-grey-embrace-the-gray-639x267Embrace the Gray
Let this chic, moody gray crème become one with you.

Each nail lacquer shade features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. The collection will be available beginning January 2015 for a limited time only. Nail lacquers will retail for $11.50 CAN each at Professional Salons and Spas across Canada.

OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, mass outlet or other unauthorized source. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit http://www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to Facebook to become a fan!

ABOUT FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies —making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever. Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Enjoy the official trailer!

After years of research and development, Dior Science is proud to introduce the latest breakthrough addition to the luxurious L’Or de Vie skincare collection: Dior La Cure. La Cure features exclusive technology derived from the Chateau d’Yquem Marcs, a strong, natural fertilizer composed of grape seeds and grape skin. The Yquem Marcs Extract found in La Cure works to both amplify the power of longevity and youth within the skin cells as well as gradually restore cellular fertility and collagen production. As a result of using La Cure, skin cells become more productive and fertile, resulting in an overall more youthful, radiant complexion.

 

The Story of The Yquem Marcs

The Yquem Marcs are a strong, natural fertilizer composed of the grape seeds and grape skin that remain after the grapes are pressed at the unparalleled Chateau d’Yquem vineyard in Bordeaux, France.
The best, most effective Marcs are obtained only after three full grape pressings, when the grape juice is completely removed an’Yquem discovered that these marcs have unsurpassed natural fertilizing power and began spreading them on the young Yquem vines each season to help restore the soil’s fertility and initiate the vineyard’s new life cycle.
Dior Science has studied the secrets of the Yquem vine for over 30 years and first became interested in the incredible fertilizing power of the Yquem Marcs several years ago, when they began researching and developing a new kind of technology that would allow them to transfer these incredible regenerative powers to the skin. The technology was finalized in 2013, which was coincidentally an exceptional year for the Yquem vine, thanks to ideal climate conditions, allowing for the first production of La Cure. At this point, there is only a possibility that Dior will develop a new vintage of La Cure as they must first wait for the Marcs to meet expectations in 2014 and the current climate conditions are satisfying but could change at any moment. As a result, the next vintage of La Cure could be 2014 or many years from now.

 

A Breakthrough New Extraction Process

In order to extract the Marcs’ entire molecular structure, Dior Science created a patented flash extraction technology that takes only 15 to 30 minutes and combines multiple new state-of-the-art technologies including micro-grinding, which helps to obtain smaller parts of the Marcs, micro-waves, which helps activate molecules and facilitate the extraction and micro-filtration, which helps obtain the absolute purest possible form of the Marcs extract.

Enriched with pure Yquem sap essence and Yquem Marc Extract, La Cure offers skin the greatest concentration of active ingredients (over 40 percent) ever developed by Dior and is designed to be used for three months as a boost in the daily L’Or de Vie skincare regimen. Just three months of using La Cure provides up to six months of benefits. La Cure is sold as a set of three separate, sealed vials to protect the product’s efficacy during use. When one vial is finished at the end of the month, the next vial should be opened.

 

The History of Chateau d’Yquem

Chateau d’Yquem is considered by many to be Bordeaux’s single greatest wine and is the only wine in France to hold the Premier Cru Superieur (Great First Growth) designation. Chateau d’Yquem’s uncompromising pursuit of quality is a standard that has been meticulously maintained throughout the estate’s history. Built in the 16th and partly the 17th centuries by the Sauvage d’Yquem family, it was transformed into a highly efficient business by Josephine d’Yquem in the late 18th century. In 1999, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group acquired -classes all other Sauternes. One of the major contributing factors to the wine’s complexity is the unique set of climatic and geological conditions that combine notoriously severe with only one glass of wine produced per vine.

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The Legacy of L’Or de Vie

Each L’Or de Vie product features a concentrated extract derived directly from the Yquem vine. The L’Or de Vie formula features a unique association of 11 molecules chosen for their unparalleled an’Yquem.

Namely, the Sauvignon vine, which is the rarest of the two as it represents only 20% of the Yquem terroir. A six-month maturation period of the selected vine shoots is needed to achieve the highest concentration of antioxidant and regenerating molecules, and it is only after a 17-step purification process, that the formula is ready. The L’Or de Vie formula acts on more than 200 genes in the skin via an anti-aging molecule , which has the power to neutralize the action of aging factors at the DNA level. In addition, the L’Or de Vie formula is the most powerful anti-oxidant on the market today, shielding the skin from free radicals.

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L’Or de Vie La Cure

suggested retail: $2,200.00

Holt Renfrew exclusive – launching December 2014

Bloor Street, Toronto & Vancouver Main only

 

OPI Launches Trend on Ten and Sheer to the
Top!, Two New Gift Sets for Holiday 2014

OPI announces two new gift sets for holiday – Trend on Ten, featuring ten bestselling mini nail lacquers, and Sheer to the Top!, featuring two full-size top coats and a new glitter hue ideal for layering. Trend on Ten includes an assortment of topselling colors, ranging from soft pink, white and silver to heavily-pigmented red, coral and burgundy. Sheer to the Top! contains Top Coat, Matte Top Coat, and So Elegant – a glitter nail lacquer studded with black and chrome particles.

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“These two sets are the perfect stocking stuffers for lacquer lovers,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador. “Trend on Ten offers the year’s hottest shades, affording consumers the opportunity to test a variety of colors. This kit is ideal for women who enjoy experimenting with new hues, or who change their lacquer often.
“With Sheer to the Top!, you can add the perfect finishing touch to your manicure,” Weiss-Fischmann continues. “Top Coat provides a high-gloss, protective shine, while Matte Top Coat gives lacquer a velvety finish. So Elegant is a new, limited edition glitter with chunky black and silver sparkles that can be worn alone or over any OPI hue. As the name suggests, this shade lends a chic, glamorous element to nails.”

Trend on Ten includes the following lacquers in mini size: Haven’t the Foggiest, Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-y, Princesses Rule!, Toucan Do It If You Try, Cajun Shrimp, Big Apple Red, Malaga Wine and Lincoln Park After Dark.

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Trend on Ten and Sheer to the Top! nail lacquers and top coats each feature OPI’s signature ProWide™ Brush for effortless application. Both sets will be available October 2014, at Professional Salons and Spas for $34.50 CAN, and Sheer to the Top! retails for $27.00 CAN.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and Instagram and become a Facebook fan!

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