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Nail Polish Canada (almost) the best e-tailer in Canada

NailPolishCanada.com is close to being named the best e-commerce company in Canada as part of Canada Post’s E-Commerce Awards and needs your help!

NailPolishCanada.com was selected as a finalist for best e-tailers in Canada by a panel of judges including executives at Facebook and Google (So yes Dad, nail polish is a “thing”!).

As for who will be crowned the Consumer Champion it now comes down to a vote

“It’s been thrilling to work with so many great customers and bloggers over the past few years. So thank you all for building NailPolishCanada.com into a company worthy of such an honor. Sam even teared up a little bit as he wrote this sentence pretending to be me.” – Nikki, VP Glitter.

To encourage everybody to show their support and vote, NailPolishCanada.com is offering up to $2000 in prizes!

How it works

Vote for NPC

  • You can vote every day. Voting runs from August 28th to September 20th 12:00PM.
  • You must record your vote to enter & win at Nail Polish Canada’s vote page here.

Voting & prizes are open to Canadian and U.S. residents.

Daily Draw

There is a daily thank you draw for everybody who voted that day for awesome prizes!

Bonus: If Nail Polish Canada Wins the Vote

This is the kicker, if NailPolishCanada.com wins Consumer Champion, then we’re having a huge giveaway with two winners!
Grand Prize #1: 24 bottles of Enchanted Nail Polish

Grand Prize #2: $1000 shopping spree at Nail Polish Canada

Both prizes are awarded separately and every day you voted for us as Consumer Champion is one entry to win.

Prizes are only open to Canadian and U.S. residents. See http://www.nailpolishcanada.com/vote for full details.

I wanted to bring you a quick post today… I am back after my mini-beach vacation and am not only surprised, but extremely impressed that my beach-themed manicure lasted! Spending most of my time in the water and with all that sun, sand and heat, I was sure I’d have to reapply… I even brought a selection of polishes to choose from! (Not to mention top coat, base coat… files…)

Without even giving it much thought, I knew I wanted to use my favourite bisque shade, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff as a base (as I have for my other recent gradients here and here). Instinctively I reached for the beautiful creme blue shade Rocky from Zoya’s Stunning Collection for Summer 2013. Rocky is a gorgeous, highly wearable sky-blue shade; bright but without being in-your-face, and it looked amazing with MVIB! (Have I told you that blue is my favourite colour?)

Please excuse the iPhone quality picture, but I literally applied this mani once I had finished packing and was getting ready to head to the airport. Being slightly tight on time, I cheated a little and actually applied some Rocky to the tips straight from the brush, then sponged on the gradient for the blended, gradient effect:

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Imagine how great it felt to see my nails and be transported to heaven on earth:

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What do you think of my beach mani?

 

Get Zoya directly from Zoya if you’re in the US, and get OPI’s My Vampire is Buff from Professional Salons and spas, or get both Zoya and OPI from Nail Polish Canada. Don’t forget to follow Zoya on Facebook and on Twitter for the latest and get more information on OPI from www.opi.com, or follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

~xo

 

 

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

BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP and Elizabeth Arden announce
the launch of BCBGMAXAZRIA bon genre

BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP has partnered with Elizabeth Arden to launch a new fragrance, BCBGMAXAZRIA bon genre, a seductive scent with an alluring air of mystery and a kick of attitude for today’s confident, sophisticated woman.

The third and final fragrance of the BCBGMAXAZRIA Fragrance Collection, BCBGMAXAZRIA bon genre adds a glamorous edge and rounds out the portfolio with a fragrance for the ingénue in every woman. Created on the heels of the successful 2012 launch of the feminine and decidedly pretty, BCBGMAXAZRIA bon chic and the playful signature BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance in 2011, bon genre completes the dynamic BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance collection.

“I set out to create fragrances that would have meaning for the many facets of the BCBGMAXAZRIA woman,” said Lubov Azria, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP’s Chief Creative Officer. “As the third and final piece of the Fragrance Collection, BCBGMAXAZRIA bon genre is an exploration of her darker more mysterious side and brings an effortlessly cool sensibility – with attitude – to the collection.” BCBGMAXAZRIA is committed to creating sensuous and sophisticated fragrances that make women feel confident and beautiful, designed to embrace individuality and transform the mood of the wearer. With a steadfast attention to quality and development, the BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance collection fits seamlessly into the lifestyle of the dynamic woman.

Always on the forefront of fashion, BCBGMAXAZRIA is the premier lifestyle collection for the dynamic woman. Fusing creativity, accessibility, desirability and wearability, BCBGMAXAZRIA occupies a unique position in the American fashion marketplace, offering sophisticated, confident designs that take consumers from work to the weekend in style.

THE FRAGRANCE

A seductive scent with an alluring air of mystery – bold notes of Lychee, Red Berries, Bergamot and Black Pepper ORPUR®, result in a kick of attitude and a vivacious fashion energy.

TOP NOTES: Lychee, red berries, bergamot, black pepper ORPUR®
MID NOTES: Jasmine noir, tuberose, tiger lily, cardamom
BASE NOTES: Australian sandalwood, golden amber, black vanilla, patchouli

THE PACKAGING

The opulent purple fragrance bottle mirrors the shape of the signature BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance collection style, designed to resemble hourglass curves with the brand’s iconic butterfly logo that has transformed into a blooming flower on the cap.

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THE COLLECTION

BCBGMAXAZRIA bon genre, Eau de Parfum 50 ml $64.00
BCBGMAXAZRIA bon genre, Eau de Parfum 100 ml $86.00

All prices are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices.

AVAILABILITY

BCBGMAXAZRIA bon genre will be available at Sephora September 2013.

For more information, head to Elizabeth Arden on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest!

Yesterday I showed you a couple of the new Colour Clash polishes, released for fall 2013 from Butter LONDON. Today I bring you a cute skittle mani featuring three of their bright colours!

You’ve already seen the beautiful crisp Cotton Buds, and look how gorgeous it looks with Pimms and Silly Billy!!

 

ButterLONDON_ColourClash-skittlesPimms is a term for a “gin-based tradition at its finest,” and is desribed as being a “refreshing beverage that is almost as popular as English tea.” A gorgeous opaque, sun‑flower yellow cream shade, Pimms is a crelly (cream jelly) polish that applies easily and dries to a gorgeous shine. On my middle finger I blended it lightly with Cotton Buds to lighten and brighten it, and on my ring finger: 2 coats alone.

Silly Billy is an opaque bright orange orange crème, and is a term for a popular clown “at fairs in Britain, and a fab nickname for anyone named William.” Another crelly-type polish, this was another dream to apply! I used two coats on my ring finger above on its own, and as you can see, it dried to a high finish.

I am totally obsessed with the Colour Clash collection and… consider me converted! I am in love with Butter LONDON lacquers.

The Colour Clash Collection is now available where Butter LONDON lacquers are sold. For more information, check out their website or follow on Facebook!

~xo

 

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

A surprising twist for a fall launch, Butter LONDON has launched the Colour Clash collection for Fall 2013, consisting of five bright shades and a gorgeous, opaque white. You may have expected these to be summer shades, but Butter LONDON dared to live on the edge, fully expecting them to be paired with the muted shades of fall!

Today I have for you two of my favourites of this collection – let’s start with the crisp, clean beauty of Cotton Buds! A pure, opaque white creme, Cotton Buds was a dream to apply and wear. If you love white polish (I adore white polish!), you know what a pain it can sometimes be to apply, including streaking. Cotton Buds was incredible; applying with buttery, creamy ease, and drying to a super high shine. I think I wore Cotton Buds for five days before finally changing it, but all I had in that time to indicate wear was a tiny chip on one nail. Talk about endurance!

And here is the gorgeous shade at two coats:

ButterLondon_CottonBudsLook at that amazing shine!

 

Changing gears to a bright hot pink, described as a nearly-neon pink cream, Cake Hole is a beauty. Venturing into coral territory, Cake Hole is hot, hot, hot and just as dreamy to apply as Cotton Buds. It has a slight jelly consistency, making it a touch less opaque than Cotton Buds, yet it applies evenly and dries quickly. I had to use top coat to bring out the shine in Cake Hole as it did not dry to quite the high shine as the above polish. Here it is at two easy coats with top coat:

ButterLondon_CakeHoleThis was my first experience with Butter LONDON’s lacquers, and now I finally realize what the fuss is about. The lacquers are incredible from application to finish to wear! Even after days of wear, the polish held up and refused to fade. I noticed the longevity when removing the polish – it is definitely built for endurance. The Colour Clash Collection is now available where Butter LONDON lacquers are sold. For more information, check out their website or follow on Facebook!~xo

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

For Fall/Winter 2013, OPI launched a West Coast-inspired collection, San Francisco by OPI. The collection features a palette ranging from sky and sea-colored hues of blues and gray to reds, burgundies and browns inspired by some of the city’s most iconic elements – Chinatown, the Golden Gate bridge and the Embarcadero.

Today I bring you four of these beauties: two cremes, a duochrome and one of the three new Liquid Sands!

First up, Lost on Lombard is a garnet creme – I would consider it a chili red. It is gorgeous and is sure to become a new twist on the classic red! I used two coats for the pictures below, and the formula was dreamy! It was non-staining and dried to a high shine!

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It looks a touch lighter in the sun:

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The second creme I have for you is Incognito in Sausalito, a near-black blue. Similar in formula to Lost on Lombard, it flowed easily and was almost a one-coater! It’s right up my alley – hello, vampy shade!

OPI_SF_IncognitoinSausalito2And in the sun:

OPI_SF_IncognitoinSausalitoThese two cremes have quickly risen to become favourites, and I cannot wait to wear them in the fall!

Now for a twist from OPI, one of the two duochromes in this collection: Peace & Love & OPI, a grey-based polish described as a sage and eggplant holographic. I was pleasantly surprised by the duochrome effect and the consistency. Most polishes like this are quite sheer so I layered it over Lost on Lombard; however, it was opaque on its own! Look at the amazing effect in the shade:

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In the sun it sparkles with a subtle hint of the purple flash:

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And last but not least, one of the standouts for me, a new Liquid Sand shade called Alcatraz… Rocks, a steely purplish shade with multi-hued sparkles in the sun that just dance, and dance, and dance in the light! This is a complex, gorgeous, GORGEOUS polish, and no words will describe its true beauty!! I used two coats for the photos below:

OPI_SF_AlcatrazRockssunI love a good macro shot so look at this beauty – look at the multi-coloured sparkles on my pinky:

OPI_SF_AlcatrazRocksmacro(click to enlarge)

And finally, Alcatraz… Rocks with top coat looks INSANE! The top coat draws out the multi-chromatic shimmer, making it blindingly sparkly! I am totally obsessed with this polish!!

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This collection just launched at Professional Salons and Spas, so run (don’t walk) and get your favourites, because I predict this will sell out! I will be running out to get a few more… 🙂

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

Which ones are your favourites?

~xo

 

 

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

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