Category Archives: Press Releases & Promo Pics

Quick Look: Essie Cashmere Matte Collection Swatches, Bottle Shots & Press Release

Essie Cashmere Matte CollectionLast week, I came home to some surprise nail mail with the Essie Cashmere Matte Collection!

The Essie Cashmere Matte Collection has a satin-like texture that’s smooth, matte, and really cool.

But what made me sit up and take note was that I wasn’t expecting them to have shimmer. At first, I thought it was my camera’s flash reflecting off the glass of the bottles, but it wasn’t.

Some of these polishes have a beautiful subtle shimmer in the bottle.

In this post, you’ll see swatches, bottle shots, and the official press release. As usual, when I wear them as full manicures, I’ll be sure to review some in-depth on here.

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OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection Press Release

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey CollectionThis evening, I have the OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection Press Release!

There are six nail polishes in the OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection, which launches in January 2015. (I feel like all of them are good staples to have because you can easily combine them with other colours. There’s nothing too crazy.)

You’d probably expect that with a name like “Fifty Shades of Grey”, this collection would be all greys, but one is red.

I’ve never read the novel by E.L. James. Have you?

Truth be told, I have no desire to read it, either. (No offence to those who really love the book. We all have different tastes, and that’s just not the type of book that I’m drawn to.)

Actually, I usually gravitate toward books that make me laugh out loud because while there are plenty of hilarious writers out there, making someone laugh out loud just by your writing and not by clever verbal delivery or funny facial expressions is pretty challenging. It’s a talent that I really admire.

Recently, I picked up “Yes Please” by Amy Poehler, which I’m really excited to dive into. (You may remember that I posted a photo on Instagram and mentioned how I redeemed a bunch of my Shoppers Optimum Points, and one of the things I got was that book.)

I’ve read a few pages of Yes Please so far, and she already had me laughing so hard because the preface is so sarcastic! :) (Any other Amy Poehler fans out there?)

But enough about what I’m currently reading! Let’s get on with the nail polish already, right? ;)

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Zoya Cyber Monday Promotion

On Friday, I got a very mysterious e-mail from Zoya alluding to their Zoya Cyber Monday deal. I decided to share it with you in case you decide to partake in the deal that’s open to U.S. residents.

Below is the official press release sent to me by Zoya:

On Cyber Monday 12/01/14 (12:01 am – 11:59 pm EST), Zoya captures that special feeling with THE ZOYA CYBERMONDAY MYSTERY *. This special mystery grouping of items, from your friends at Zoya Nail Polish, is just $15 (plus FREE SHIPPING). We can’t tell you what it is except to say that when you see it your will say “Wow, that was one heck of a deal!” - Zoya guarantees it.

Zoya Cyber Monday 2014

All we can say is that it is a bag and box in a box – we promise you won’t get any socks and we won’t send you a fox (no matter what he says)!

Purchasing Information:
$15 (US) includes free shipping.

Exclusively on Zoya.com
Want to shake the box and figure out what it is? Contents of the Zoya Cyber Monday Mystery will be revealed on Tuesday (12/02/14). Or you can wait until it arrives (if you can stand the anticipation).

**Terms & Conditions
Valid online at www.zoya.com 12/01/14 (12:01am EST) – 12/01/14 (11:59pm EST). US Only. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or promotions. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, web related issues or any errors associated with declined credit cards. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Code must be entered at time of purchase. One code per account – code cannot be reinstated for canceled orders.

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Zoya Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deal

Although I’m Canadian, my blog has a lot of American readers. So when I heard about the Zoya Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deal valid for U.S. residents, I had to share! (Wish I could participate in this!)

Zoya Black Friday 2014 Cyber Monday

Below is the official press release sent to me by PR:

ZOYA DREAM DEAL: Just add a bow and they’re ready to go!

Special Black Friday – Cyber Monday Only*!
Gift-giving has never been easier! Zoya Nail Polish Dream Boxes have everything you need for a stress-free holiday season. Just add a bow and they’re ready to go! Choose from 9 specially curated trio sets, pre-packaged in a white luxury gift box – or customize your own. All Dream Boxes include FREE Standard Ground Shipping and a decorative silver bow for just $20! Offer available exclusively on zoya.com.

$20 – Pre-packaged Dream Box Trios: Free shipping & bow included!
$20 – Build Your Own Dream Box: Free shipping & bow included!

*Terms & Conditions
Valid online at www.zoya.com 11/28/14 (12:01am EST) – 12/1/14 (11:59pm EST) or while supplies last. US Only. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or promotions. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, web related issues or any errors associated with declined credit cards. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Code must be entered at time of purchase. One code per account – code cannot be reinstated for canceled orders.

Are you planning to (or have you already done some) Black Friday shopping? The only thing I’m really hoping to score a deal on are Hunter boots, but even if they don’t go on sale, I’ll still buy them.

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The Body Shop’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday & Giving Tuesday Deals

The Body Shop Black Friday 2014 Cyber Monday DealsAre you going to be doing any Black Friday shopping this year?

Back in the day, I had an American boyfriend. (He was raised in the United States, but came to Canada for university. We met at our first full-time jobs as writers.)

One year, we went down to New Hampshire to visit his parents.

It was my first time celebrating American Thanksgiving. His mom cooked a huge feast and decorated the place so well, even Martha Stewart would approve!

As a Canadian, it was really exciting to partake in the frenzy of Black Friday shopping at midnight.

We went to the mall, and it was packed, even though we got there a little before the witching hour. And once the shops opened, everywhere you looked, there was a swarm of people in the Black Friday beehive!

I hit up Coach, Banana Republic, and a few other places. It was far too easy to go nuts, but I had set aside a budget for this shopping extravaganza, and I made sure not to spend more. (Always practice responsible shopping. No item, no matter how coveted, is worth getting into debt over.)

Since then, I haven’t made a trip south of the border for American Black Friday shopping, but over the years, I’ve noticed that the Black Friday Fever is spreading to Canada. :) We’re getting more sales here than years ago, so now instead of heading south in search of a good deal, you can support the local economy.

In this post, I share with you The Body Shop’s Canadian Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday Deals!

In another post, I’ll show you some of The Body Shop’s holiday offerings because they have a lot of options this year, and they’re all full of amazing products!

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Quick Look: Nicole by OPI 2015 Collection Swatches, Photos & Press Release

Nicole by OPI 2015 CollectionWhen I attended the Nicole by OPI Blogger Dinner back in October, PR gifted me with the entire 11-bottle Nicole by OPI 2015 Collection!

The recap post on that event will be coming just as soon as I get some free time after work! (Phew, my schedule continues to be as busy as a bumble bee in herringbone! I’m also gradually replying to comments that my lovely readers have left on the blog.)

Today, I’d like to show you some bottles shots and quick swatches of all the shades in the Nicole by OPI 2015 Collection, which will be available in stores beginning January 2015!

Also included is the official press release, so you can read about the inspiration behind the collection.

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Quick Look: OPI Infinite Shine Swatches, Photos & Press Release

OPI Infinite Shine SwatchesGel nail polish is pretty popular these days, and maybe you’ll find it surprising, but I’ve never tried any of them! (Have you?)

Now, OPI has come out with their own version – OPI Infinite Shine, and what sets it apart from many others is that it doesn’t require an LED light to cure the polish, and you can just use regular nail-polish remover instead of having to ‘soak off’ the manicure when you’re ready to take it off.

Like a regular gel nail polish, it’s supposed to last for up to 10 days, and it comes in tons of different colours – 30!

When I went to the OPI Hawaii Collection Media Launch, PR was generous to provide me with the nail board of all 30 exciting OPI Infinite Shine shades, as well as the OPI Infinite Shine Primer, OPI Infinite Shine Gloss, and a colourful lacquer, OPI Infinite Shine No Stopping Me Now.

Check out this post to see everything closer, but especially the beautiful swatches. There are so many gorgeous colours, and my top picks are To the Finish Lime!, Withstands the Test of Thyme, and To Infinity & Blue-yond!

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