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America’s Funniest Family!

Nicole by OPI and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Announce Collaboration with
Hit ABC Comedy Modern Family

Nicole by OPI, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, launches 14 new nail lacquers inspired by ABC’s award-winning comedy, Modern Family. The nail line features shades created to capture the show’s colourful personalities, from a classic taupe named after family patriarch Jay, to a sparkly pink hue fitting for toddler Lily.

“Modern Family is not only one of the funniest shows on television, it features a great ensemble cast of rich characters that inspired a range of shades, from pastel hues like sea foam green and periwinkle to brighter colors of cobalt and red-violet,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “From studious Alex to bombshell Gloria, to classic (and neurotic) Claire, to flirty Haley, there are shades to represent each of these uniquely fabulous women – and everyone else in the blended family.

“The Nicole consumer embraces the same spirit of diversity and individuality that’s apparent on the show,” explains Weiss-Fischmann. “The colors inspired by Modern Family offer a perfect way to express that spirit!”

Modern Family is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and licensed through Fox Consumer Products. Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products added, “Modern Family is a series that has a massive following. In partnering with Nicole by OPI, we’re not only able to reach our show’s large fan base, but deliver a product that captures the trend-forward elements and unique characteristics of the series.”

The Modern Family Collection includes:

NIF01 Am I Making Myself Claire

Am I Making Myself Claire? Make no mistake…I’m liking this lilac.

NIF02 I Do De-Claire

I Do De-Claire! Let me just say how frosty cool this soft rose is!

NIF03 She's Lily Something

She’s Lily Something Pink, sparkly stars…so Daddies’ Little Girl-y!

NIF04 A Like-Haley Story...

A Like-Haley Story… Typical teenagers (and their moms!) will love this not-so-typical fuchsia.

NIF05 My Jay or the Highway

My Jay or the Highway! This trendy taupe is inflexibly cool. Period.

NIF06 Stand by Your Manny

Stand by Your Manny Be loyal to this periwinkle blue.

NIF07 Alex by the Books

Alex by the Books Look smart in this seafoam green.

NIF08 Haley Good Lookin'...

Haley Good Lookin’… She’s cookin’ up plans for this pink super-glitter.

NIF09 Basking in Gloria

Basking in Gloria This red-violet is the color of passion.

NIF10 Luke of the Draw

Luke of the Draw Chances are you’ll love this gunmetal glitter.

NIF11 A Phil's ParadiseA Phil’s Paradise No fooling…this pewter is the real deal.

NIF12 Candid Cameron

Candid Cameron Call this teal just like you see it…gorgeous!

NIF13 Back in My Gloria Days...

Back in My Gloria Days… This voluptuous violet has still got it goin’ on!

NIF14 What's the Mitch-uation

What’s the Mitch-uation? This cobalt blue demands an update.

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. Modern Family lacquers will be available for a limited time beginning January 2013 for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.

For more information on this stunning collection, visit NicolebyOPI.com, follow them on twitter, and become a Facebook fan!

I am loving this collection and cannot wait to try especially: Luke of the Draw, My Jay or the Highway! or Am I Making Myself Claire?

And now the best part!!!!! Nicole by OPI is giving YOU a chance to enter to win this ENTIRE Modern Family collection!

How? Head on over to my Facebook page and enter the contest! Or enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here!

(Contest open to Canadian residents only. Contest runs until February 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm ET. All entries will be verified.)

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I recently had the pleasure of sharing my very first Naild’ It polishes with you, and today I bring you a couple more from her recent Holiday 2012 collection!

First up, a fun and gorgeous polish, Light Show, described as a  lavender “jelly base with neon lights and black wire/bulb bases.” And once I read that description, it totally reminded me of Christmas lights! I could even imagine the black “bulb bases,” lol. The base colour is a faint grey-lilac, with tiny holographic particles that are visible in direct light. And the neon and bright glitters! Love!!

Here are two coats over base coat, topped with a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat:

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Look at this slightly blurry pic to see the holographic shimmer that I mentioned:

NaildIt_LightShowSee them dance against the neon glitter pieces? I love the complexity of this polish!

 

Up next I have Snow Queen, an aptly-named polish that could almost have been part of a Disney Princess movie. Naild’ It describes it as a “white shimmer base with fierce blue eyes and black crows.”  I really see a bright, shimmery silver base polish, perfect for winter and totally reminding me of a Snow Queen.

Here are two coats with base and top coat:

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Snow Queen could totally be layered over base colour if you wanted to brighten its effects, but I love the silver sheen the two coats provided here…

Naild’ It polishes are available on  Etsy, as well as from Llarowe, Overall Beauty, and MeiMei’s Signatures.

Don’t forget to follow Naild’ It on Facebook for the latest previews!
What do you think? Do you like one better?

~xo

 

 

 

(Products provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

BLOSSOM INTO SPRING WITH CHINA GLAZE®

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China Glaze® Nail Lacquer Invites You to Visit the Avant Garden

Los Angeles (January 2012) – Spring is here and China Glaze is blossoming with vibrant color with its new collection, Avant Garden. The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze path, passing a babbling brook of light and bright blues, take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the flowers of soft pink and white.  Let the Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring.

The Avant Garden shades include:

CG_UCR_AvantGarden_6PC_BloomingBrights_HRBudding Romance: moss green
Sunday Funday: bright blue
Fancy Pants: indigo with pink and purple shimmer
Snap My Dragon: bright red with pink shimmer
Passion for Petals: bright salmon-pink
Mimosas Before Manis: coral with a light wash of shimmer

 

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Life is Rosy: blushed mauve
Pink-ie Promise: iridescent baby pink
Tart-y for the Party: light lavender creme
Fade Into Hue: periwinkle creme
Keep Calm, Paint On: sea foam green
Dandy Lyin’ Around: shimmery vanilla icing

Avant Garden is also available in:

  • 6 Piece Collection of “Blooming Brights”
  • 6 Piece Collection of “Pastel Petals”
  • 12 Piece 3D Counter Display
  • 36 Piece Rack

Avant Garden will be available March 2013. Individual shades retail for $7; 6-piece collections retail for $42.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook, Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest.

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

 

Moroccanoil® Hydrating Shampoo & Moroccanoil® Hydrating Conditioner

MO---Hydrating-Shampoo&Conditioner.Jan2013.hiresMoroccanoil®, the innovator and global leader in luxury, professional oil-infused hair products, introduces new Moroccanoil® Hydrating Shampoo and Moroccanoil® Hydrating Conditioner – specially designed to help prevent dryness and dehydration, maintain hair’s elasticity, and keep strands looking healthy, smooth and shiny.

Moroccanoil® Hydrating Shampoo and Moroccanoil® Hydrating Conditioner infuse hair with antioxidant argan oil and replenishing nutrients. Used daily on hair, both formulas are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Red Algae, to help combat free radicals, retain moisture and leave hair more manageable and easier to style. They are colour-safe and free of sulfates, phosphates and parabens.
Perfect for all hair types, Moroccanoil® Hydrating Shampoo and Moroccanoil® Hydrating Conditioner:

  • Restores elasticity, smoothness and manageability
  • Moisturizes and protect hair’s cuticle against dryness
  • Vitamin-rich formula combats against free radicals and retains hair’s natural moisture balance

For Best Results:

  • Massage Moroccanoil® Hydrating Shampoo through wet hair and scalp to create a lather. Rinse well and repeat if necessary.
  • Gently squeeze excess water from hair and apply a small about of the Moroccanoil® Hydrating Conditioner to the hair, starting from the roots and moving down to the ends. Leave in for 1-2 minutes and rinse well.

Moroccanoil® Hydrating Shampoo / 250ml / MSRP: $20.60
Moroccanoil® Hydrating Conditioner / 250ml / MSRP: $21.60

Moroccanoil® Volumizing Mousse For Beautiful, Voluminous Hair

MO---Volumizing-MousseMoroccanoil®, the brand that revolutionized the hair care industry with luxurious, argan oil-infused products, has introduced their answer to flat, limp hair with Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse.Previewed and launched on the runways of New York Fashion Week—where top stylists including Peter Gray, Orlando Pita and Moroccanoil Artistic Director, Antonio Corral Calero, created head-turning looks for the Spring/Summer 2013 designer collections—the newest addition to the full Moroccanoil® line of hair products combines high performance and ease of use.

New Moroccanoil® Volumizing Mousse transforms limp, lifeless locks into full-bodied, natural-looking styles with lift and movement that lasts. At Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Cushnie Et Ochs, Alexandre Herchcovitch and Catherine Malandrino, the season’s freshest looks took center stage alongside the hottest hairstyles created with this innovative formula.

Specially designed for fine to medium textured hair, Moroccanoil® Volumizing Mousse gives a boost of body, leaving hair soft, shiny and manageable. Its weightless formula provides flexible control without any sticky residue, flaking or buildup.

Moroccanoil® Volumizing Mousse features a weightless, flexible polymer which provides instant volume, maximum lift and a special “memory factor” for hair that holds its shape and styles that last longer. Infused with argan oil, it provides shine, manageability and extra hydration for fuller, more voluminous hair. Moroccanoil® Volumizing Mousse is enriched with added conditioners, which leave hair looking and feeling healthy, silky, shiny and static-free.

How to Style

Apply to wet hair, blow dry and style with a Moroccanoil® Ionic Ceramic Round Brush, starting at the roots, to create extra lift and volume.

Perfect for fine hair, Moroccanoil® Volumizing Mousse:

  • Creates body, lift and fullness
  • Adds movement and volume
  • Provides a flexible hold
  • Unique ‘memory factor’ remembers style structure

Moroccanoil® Volumizing Mousse/ 250ml/ MSRP: $28.00

MOROCCANOIL®

Moroccanoil® offers innovative, easy-to-use, performance-driven formulas that dramatically transform all hair types resulting in beautiful, healthy, natural-looking hair. As the pioneer of an all-new oil treatment hair care category, Moroccanoil® has quickly become a runaway hit among fashion and beauty insiders and has generated a devoted following among top stylists and their A-list celebrity clients. Launched six years ago, Moroccanoil® products are now available in 40 countries around the globe. Famed for their weightless, residue-free quality, Moroccanoil’s extensive line of luxury hair care products addresses the needs of all hair types and features a proprietary advanced blend of the finest ingredients to deliver optimal performance and dramatic results.

Moroccanoil® products are available at fine salons and spas. For more information, visit http://www.moroccanoil.com, Twitter, and Facebook.

Happy weekend!

Today I have a wonderful charitable trio of polishes for you… polishes that are not only gorgeous enough to purchase, but 50% of proceeds benefit each of these polishes’ charities. All three polishes have a scattered holographic base – just beautiful!

First up is Ultimate Service, a pistachio-colour holo polish that leans slightly gold/yellow, and supports Disabled Veterans. I love how very different this colour is! I see a beautiful pistachio shade, the scattered holo is stunning. I’m not usually a big fan of green polish but I love this colour.

Here are two coats with base and top coat:

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Isn’t this spectacular??? I think this was my very favourite of the three!!

 

Next up is Give Hope, a deep pink holographic polish with pink holographic glitters. 50% of proceeds will go towards National Breast Cancer Research Society.

Here are two coats with base and top coat. I love how easily Give Hope applied, and look at that shine!!

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Now look at Give Hope in the sun:

NaildIt_GiveHopeSunGive Hope is a beautiful, girly pink polish… isn’t it? And what a wonderful cause.

And the third polish, Make Your Wish, a blue holo polish that’s described as shifting between blue, green and yellow;  you can see the slight turquoise tone in the photo below. Make Your Wish proceeds benefit the Make A Wish Foundation! It contains dark blue and holo glitters, as well as holographic moons, stars and large circles. A complex glitter-filled gem!!

Here are two coats with base and top coat in the shade. Unfortunately I don’t think I was able to catch any stars here but you can see all the other cool glitter shapes 🙂

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And here is a pic of it in the sun, showing the incredible holo and complexity of all the glitters:

NaildIt_MakeYourWishSunSpec-tac-ular!!!

Knowing that many indies are small businesses, it warms my heart when these incredibly talented people choose to donate their time and profits to charities. It is incredible generous of them to do, and it helps us, the buyers, feel a little better about our purchase. 🙂

Naild” It polishes are available on their Etsy shop (which is currently closed though), as well as from Llarowe, Overall Beauty, and MeiMei’s Signatures.

Don’t forget to follow Naild’ It on Facebook for the latest previews!

~xo

 

 

(Products provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

The upcoming OPI Euro Centrale collection for spring and summer 2013 is one I’ve been waiting for.  Described in the press release (see it here) as “celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s twelve new nail lacquers offer a mixture of glamorous metallic hues; playful bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and creamy blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine.” And glamorous and perfect they are!! I adore the huge variety of this collection, spanning the colour spectrum from light to dark and from creme to metallic to glitter.

First up, Vant to Bite My Neck?, a deep aubergine… vampy, the way I like my dark polish, with amped-up shine in a dreamy creme base. This could almost be a one-coater. It’s a perfect consistency, applying evenly and drying in great time. What did I say? Dreamy!!

OPI_Euro_VantToBiteThat is two coats over OPI’s base coat. I cannot wait to wear Vant to Bite again; it is such a versatile colour. I am a little surprised that this was included in a spring/summer collection, but all the more reason to love it! A year-round purple. (And I’ve really been into purples lately!)

As stunning as Vant to Bite My Neck? was, my most sought-after polish from this collection was actually My Vampire is Buff. On the other end of the spectrum from vamps are my other favourite polish colours: nudes and whites. And guess what My Vampire is Buff is? A near-white nude opaque creme! Aptly named, this polish’s name made me chuckle as I applied it. It kind of looks like a sallow, ghostly vampire’s skin…. lol.

This one needed some patience to apply… like many opaque polishes this close to white, I applied it generously on the first coat, and thankfully it leveled nicely. Here it is with two coats over base:

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In some of the pictures I had seen, this polish looked almost white, so I have tried very carefully to capture its authentic colour in daylight (all my direct-sun pictures looked far too white). Isn’t it gorgeous?

You don’t have to wait much longer! The Euro Centrale by OPI will be available February 6, 2013, at Professional Salons and spas. For more information, visit www.opi.com, follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

What do you think of these two very different shades?

~xo

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

One of the polishes that I tried talking myself out of for weeks was Sonnetarium’s Snowfall. I kept thinking, I don’t need another glitter topper… just walk away.

Then I saw this glorious photo from Chelsea of The Nail Network, and all my thoughts changed to “!!!!!!!!!!!!” That gorgeous nude base!!! (Which reminds me. Why don’t I have Zoya Kennedy yet?)
It really looked like snowfall. I HAD to have it!

But as with all indie polishes you have to “have now,” Snowfall had a long list of fans. And like the much-sought-after Birkin, it was darn near impossible to get!! It seemed like forever, but after some waiting, it arrived!

Snowfall is a clear polish with tiny irridescent and multi-size white hex glitters. The irridescent pieces flash orange, pink, blue in different light. My favourite look with Snowfall is inspired by The Nail Network and is over a white, light or nude colour.

I used a base of an old(er) favourite of mine, OPI’s Canberra’t Without You, a gorgeous nude sheer polish. This poor polish has not received favourable reviews, and I can kind of understand why…. in the bottle, it’s a delicate, gorgeous nude with tiny specks of silver glinting throughout. When you apply the polish, most of those specks don’t make it to the nail. However, I still love this polish and use it often. I’ve just learned to apply it generously to diminish streaking…

Here is OPI’s Canberra’t Without You with two generous coats:

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It’s pretty, isn’t it?

And here it is, topped with Snowfall:

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Snowfall is still available from Sonnetarium’s online shop, and are 3-free. Sonnetarium offers both 9mL and 15ml sizes, and just restocked the shop!! Don’t forget to follow Sonnetarium on Facebook for the latest news!

So…what do you think?

~xo

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