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I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a beautiful winter/holiday collection of polishes from Sonnetarium. The collection is made up of five holiday-themed and -named polishes in beautiful wintry colours.

The first part of this review can be found here, and today I bring you two more polishes from this collection.

Sugarplum is a beautiful, warm-toned purple with pink shimmer and holographic purple glitter. What a perfect name for this polish!!

I layered Sugarplum over China Glaze’s Creative Fantasy, a gorgeous bright purple jelly from their Cirque du Soleil collection:

Sonnetarium_SugarplumIsn’t it perfect? Creative Fantasy leans a bit cooler than Sugarplum, and I love that you can see the coolness at different angles, such as on my index finger. The coverage on this polish was amazing… I could easily have worn two coats alone.

 

The next polish is Lenten Rose, a clear base with very light pink, white, and iridescent glitters. This is one of those special polishes that you simply fall in love with; a perfect topper for almost any colour. I layered it over my favourite creme from the China Glaze Cirque collection, Surreal Appeal. Just have a look at this:

CG_SurrealAppealIs that not a spectacular pink-salmon colour? I know what I’ll be wearing this summer!!

And look at how incredible Lenten Rose looks with Surreal Appeal:

Sonnetarium_LentenRosePerfection! Lenten Rose is such a delicate and feminine polish… I love its subtlety! I can’t wait to wear it with more base colours… I think it will look amazing over summery brights!

Both of these beauties are 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!

The China Glaze Cirque collection polishes are still available at salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook, Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest.

~xo

 

 

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

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NEW PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum

Thankfully I have been lucky enough to enjoy lashes that, with some good mascara, looked long and full. However, lately I’ve noticed that they are not always as full as they used to be, so I was thrilled to give the new PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum.

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According to Elizabeth Arden, this revolutionary new treatment clinically proven to make lashes and brows appear longer, fuller and healthier in as little as two weeks*. The newest addition to the PREVAGE® family, it treats lash and brow breakage and brittleness due to aging, lack of nutrients and vitamins, and environmental assaults.

This new addition to the Prevage product line-up is supposed to treat lash and brow breakage and brittleness, which was music to my ears (and eyes).  When I wear difficult-to-remove mascaras or liners, I notice the price I pay to wear them: I lose lashes and let’s face it, as we get older, these babies just don’t grow back as fast!

The instructions are to:

Apply once daily at bedtime to clean eye area. Using the applicator, apply one stroke of PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum to the base of upper and lower lashes, from the inner to outer corner. Follow the same directions for brows, covering the entire eyebrow area. Continue using 3 – 4 times per week to maintain the desired look and condition of lashes and brows.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard of extreme lash growth with other similar lash serums, and though I love long lashes, I was a little nervous. I didn’t want crazy furry lashes!

Nevertheless, I was excited and started using this product before Christmas, about the middle of December. To be honest, I forgot to apply it a few nights (when I was tired lol)… It was really easy to use — you apply it like a liquid liner along the lash line. The product is clear, and applies slightly wet, drying quickly.

I didn’t notice much improvement the first couple of weeks, but in the last week or so, I’ve noticed slightly longer lashes and a touch more fullness. It is especially noticeable when I wear mascara – they look much longer and fuller then, and I know it’s not just the mascara as they are the same products I’ve been using for months. (In case you’re wondering, I currently use L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara and Benefit they’re Real! mascara. 🙂 )

I’m curious to see how this growth will hold up as I reduce the use of the serum from daily to a few times a week. Overall, I was quite impressed with the results, especially given the minimal effort required.

Here is some more information from Elizabeth Arden:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum supports and enhances the look of lashes and brows at all three stages of their life cycle and provides key ingredients and conditioners to help maintain healthy-looking lashes and brows. The serum also helps shield upper and lower lashes and brows from future environmental assaults.

Developed in partnership with the world-renowned Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is clinically proven and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. The safe and easy-to-use formula is fragrance and colourant free and is suitable for contact lens wearers.

Key Ingredients:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is powered by an exclusive triple peptide complex and blend of Pro-Vitamin B5 and antioxidants. Innovative ingredients and benefits include:

  • Triple Lipopeptide ComplexTM – supports lashes natural life cycle so lashes and brows appear lush, healthy and revitalized.
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Pro-Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) – this vitamin blend fortifies, protects and revitalizes eye lashes for a healthy appearance.
  • Panthenol – conditions lashes and promotes lash flexibility and durability.
  • Vitamins A, C, E, ProVitamin B5 and Botanical Extracts – Help minimize breakage as lash conditioners fortify to help protect, revitalize and recover from environmental, chemical and physical damage.

Results*:

* Based on a clinical study of 30 women over 2 and 4 weeks.

The formula is proven to work on upper lashes, lower lashes and improve the look of sparse or thinning brows. With continued use, PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum improves the healthy look of lashes and brows.

  • 100% of women in a clinical study showed a visible improvement in the look of their lashes in just 2 weeks.
  • In just 4 weeks, women in a clinical study showed up to a 40% improvement in the appearance of length, thickness and density of lashes.

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum features a fine tip applicator wand and is housed in a chic carrying pouch for easy storage and travel.

Price:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum 4ml $115.00

Availability:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is now available at Shoppers Drug Mart and The Bay, Sears, London Drugs, and Pharma Plus Ltd.

OPI Celebrates Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful with Limited Edition Nail Lacquers, Including NEW Liquid Sand™ Hue

 

OPI announces the launch of six limited edition nail lacquers and a new Liquid Sand™ shade, inspired by Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful.  With an all-star cast that includes James Franco and Michelle Williams, this highly-anticipated film opens in theaters on March 8, 2013.

“OPI is very excited to take this fantastical journey with Disney,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Inspired by the magic of Oz The Great and Powerful, this SoftShades collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold and silvery iridescent confetti – Lights of Emerald City, When Monkeys Fly! and Which is Witch? – to soft neutrals in white, beige and pink – Don’t Burst My Bubble, Glints of Glinda and I Theodora You.

“The new Liquid Sand nail lacquer – What Wizardry is This? – features OPI’s groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.  “This rich taupe hue was designed for James Franco’s character, the great Wizard of Oz, and is sure to make a bold statement this spring.”

With a mix of soft crème and warm glitter shades, the line is ideal for layering to create rich, complex looks. In addition to the Liquid Sand nail lacquer in What Wizardry is This?, the promotion includes:

NLT56_P_LightsofEmeraldCityLights of Emerald City – White confetti adds city girl flair and style to nails.

NLT57_P_DontBurstMyBubbleDon’t Burst My Bubble – Don’t wake me…I’m dreaming about puffy clouds of white.

NLT58_P_WhenMonkeysFlyWhen Monkeys Fly! – I’m simply bananas for this gold confetti.

NLT59_P_GlintsofGlindaGlints of Glinda – Only a good witch could turn beige from meek to chic.

NLT60_P_WhichisWitchWhich is Witch? – Is this silver glitter with iridescent sparkle or the other way around?

NLT61_P_ITheodoraYouI Theodora You – This adorable, sheer pink is bewitching on you.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, the shades inspired by Oz The Great and Powerful contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition promotion will be available beginning March 2013 at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 CAN suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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

ABOUT OPI

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

ABOUT Oz The Great and Powerful

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Philip Steuer and Josh Donen are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.

 

Happy Sunday!

Today I have you for you a few gorgeous La Femme polishes, another untried brand for me. These polishes were stunning, especially the holos. They are spectacular!

I’ve been on a bit of a purple kick lately, so here is beautiful Delicada, described as a delicate lilac linear holographic. It is so pretty and delicate, indeed.

Two coats over basecoat in natural daylight:

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I love the shine!!

And two coats with flash:

LaFemme_DelicadaFlash

Look at that holo sparkle! This polish is subdued with a gorgeous hint of lilac, but the light makes it come alive with brilliance!

 

Another neutral beauty is La Femme Natural, a spectacular silver linear holographic. What I loved about this polish was that although it looks very silver in the bottle, it’s actually quite subtle, and not an in-your-face silver.

Here are two coats over basecoat in the sun. I think this is my favourite of the holos!!

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And here it is with flash. Flash brings out the silver of this beauty:

 

 

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The third polish I have for you today is Valiosa, described as a mint green linear holographic, though I would describe it as more of a pistachio polish. It is a light green with a warm undercurrent…

Two coats over basecoat, in full sun:

LaFemme_Valiosa

 

The final holographic La Femme polish I have for you is Preciosa, described as a Robin’s egg blue linear holographic, a perfect description of this icy cool-blue hue.

Here it is with 2 coats, no topcoat. You can see a hint of the linear holographic even without direct light:

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And check out the intense holo in a photo with flash:

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Which do you like best?

La Femme’s line of holographic beauties are available from Llarowe. Don’t forget to follow La Femme and Llarowe on Facebook!

~xo

 

 

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

By now you probably know how I feel about my jelly polishes… especially jelly sandwiches! My last one even became my best post to date (check it out)!

For today’s post I used one of the new Selena Gomez for Nicole by OPI collection, Confetti Fun, a perfect rainbow glitterbomb, sandwiched between a base of Aphrodite Lacquers Fluerier, a pink jelly glitter, topped with my very favourite, OPI’s Funny Bunny!

NOPI Confetti Fun seems to be a near-dupe for OPI’s Rainbow Connection: it’s a rainbow-hued glitter with small and medium-sized pieces; however, what sets it apart from Rainbow Connection is its micro glitter and higher density of glitter. (Unfortunately I don’t have Rainbow to do a comparison post). I LOVE Confetti Fun and it is just perfect for jelly sandwiches!

Aphrodite Lacquers’ Fluerir was previously reviewed here and here, and Funny Bunny here and here.

Here are the bottles:

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And here is the final result. (I had really filed my nails down to nubbins…)

NOPI_ConfettiFun_OPI_FunnyBunny

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. Selena Gomez lacquers are available now for $7.99 each at retailers including select Target, Walmart, CVS, K-mart, Rite Aid, ULTA, Sears, Meijer, Fred Meyer, Kroger and H-E-B locations. In Canada, this line will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.
For more information, visit NicolebyOPI, follow on Twitter and become a Facebook fan!
OPI polishes are available at Professional Salons and spas. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
Find Aphrodite Lacquers on Aphrodite’s Etsy shop! And don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Aphrodite news!

 

So do you like these jelly sandwiches as much as me? 🙂

~xo

 

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