Category Archives: Press Releases & Promo Pics

Essie Resort 2016 Collection Swatches

Essie Resort 2016 Collection Swatches

From the bustling markets filled with savoury spices, beautiful silks, and artisan jewelry, the Essie Resort 2016 Collection officially launching on March 29th, 2016 takes inspiration from India!

The Essie Resort 2016 Collection features four happy colours from a silky sari pink and meditative mint lime to an energetic Goa blue and spicy marigold apricot.

Travel to an exotic destination with the stroke of your nail-polish brush!

In this post, I’ve included quick swatches of all the colours in the Essie Resort 2016 Collection, as well as bottle shots. Additionally, to give you more insight, I’ve included the colour story via the official press release and the editor’s note from Rebecca Minkoff, Essie’s Global Colour Designer.

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CND Vinylux Flirtation Collection Swatches

CND Vinylux Flirtation Collection Swatches

Beautiful manicures are as easy as a wink with the CND Vinylux Flirtation Collection!

With a come-hither finger and a suave  sashay, circle your calendar because the CND Vinylux Flirtation Collection launches worldwide in March 2016!

Wear your heart on your sleeve and your nails!

There are eight bat-your-eyelashes colours ranging from demure diva and princess pink to bold blue and you-need-it yellow.

Some of the colours are also available in the CND Shellac formulation. (You can find the details near the bottom of the page in the section where I included the official press release.)

In this post, there are quick swatches (without a top coat) of all eight CND Vinylux Flirtation Collection hues, as well as bottle shots to whet your appetite.

Overall, I found the formulation to be good. Date Night, Aqua-intance, Skin Tease, Be Demure, and Honey Darlin’ covered well with two medium coats. (The others really needed the third coat to even out streaks.)

I particularly enjoyed the cremes in this collection, especially Date Night, Aqua-intance, and Honey Darlin’.

When I wear some of these as full manicures, I’ll publish a separate post with my usual in-depth reviews that include multiple swatches in natural and artificial lighting, so you can get a better idea of what to expect.

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Essie Spring 2016 Collection Swatches

Essie Spring 2016 Collection Swatches

Officially launching on February 16, 2016, the Essie Spring 2016 Collection is full of beautiful colours that may take your mind off Old Man Winter!

In today’s post, you’ll find my quick-and-dirty swatches (i.e. no base or top coat) of all six colours and snapshots of the bottles.

I used two coats of each colour, and I was impressed with the pigmentation on every single one of these. Yes, even the palest shade was fully opaque!

The formula on all of these is smooth and easy to glide onto your nails. It’s one of Essie’s better creme formulas.

Stay tuned because I plan to wear some of the colours in the Essie Spring 2016 Collection as full manicures. After I do, you can expect to see my usual in-depth reviews with multiple swatch photos of each colour in different lighting conditions.

(Those are my favourite types of posts to prepare because I enjoy showing you all the nuances of a polish, how it wears, if it stains, etc. But I realize that many of you enjoy seeing the full collection in a snapshot, so this post is especially for those who have requested it.)

Now it’s time to whet your nail-polish appetite! 😉

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Loris Azzaro Couture Spring/Summer 2016 Collection & Maybelline New York in Paris

Azzaro Couture Spring Summer 2016 Fashion Show Maybelline New York

The Loris Azzaro Couture Spring/Summer 2016 Collection was unveiled at the Paris Couture Fashion Show a few days ago.

Bridging the sensitive with the strong, Loris Azzaro’s collection incorporated a flow of soft, deconstructed floral prints and bold geometric designs for a kaleidoscopic effect.

To complement the fashion-forward designs, Gato, Maybelline New York‘s makeup artist based in Spain created looks on the models that captured soft, feminine charm with a futuristic edge via silver eyeliner.

Loris Azzaro Couture SS16 Paris Couture Fashion Week Maybelline 4

Get the look with these Maybelline makeup products that Gato used on the models:

  • Dream Velvet Foundation – make the complexion look its best
  • Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – brighten eyes, reduce shadows & conceal blemishes
  • Master Contour – sculpt the facial contours
  • Master Blush in Pink Amber (available in Europe only) – create a flush below the apples of the cheeks
  • The Blushed Nudes Palette – Pinkish-bronze shade (bottom left in the palette) on the eyes
  • Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24Hr Cream Gel Shadow in Silver Strike – thickly line eyes
  • Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara – two coats on lashes
  • Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer – polish brows lightly
  • Baby Lips in Quenched – prime lips
  • Color Sensational in Born With It – create soft flush on lips

Check out the rest of this post for photos of the inspirational Loris Azzaro designs on the runway, as well as some beauty shots to give you a taste of spring!

All images used in this blog post were provided to me by PR. Credit for images: Maybelline New York for all photos. (I put together the collage image at the top of the post.)

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OPI New Orleans Collection

OPI New Orleans Collection

With frigid winter winds so biting that you’re almost tempted to sink your chattering teeth into a habanero pepper for heat, the OPI New Orleans Collection is a welcomed nail vacation with warm vibes!

Officially scheduled for a February 2016 launch, the spring collection embraces fun colours that are a pleasant reminder of warm weather on the way.

There are 12 limited-edition colours in the OPI New Orleans Collection, and I’ll give you a guess as to which one my eyes darted to. Yup – the green called I’m Sooo Swamped!

The other hues that caught my attention in their colourful net were the blue creme (Rich Girls & Po-Boys), periwinkle shimmer (Show Us Your Tips!), and peach creme (Got Myself into a Jam-balaya).

Which ones have you pining for spring?

I was so inspired by the playful colours that I created the below image. Just seeing them all lined up makes me think of warmer days! :)

New Orleans Collection by OPI

Check out the rest of this post for the press release and images of each nail polish!

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4 Free Zoya Nail Polishes (January 6-13, 2016)

Zoya Nail Polish

If you’re a big fan of Zoya nail polish like I am, then take advantage of this new 2016 promotion to Get Any 4 Zoya Nail Polishes FREE when you use the coupon code “4YOU” on the Zoya website starting tomorrow, January 6 until January 13 at 11:59 pm EST!

It’s valid for Canadian and Continental United States orders only, and it excludes pre-packed items, the Naked Manicure, Zoya Treatments, and the Whispers Collection shades.

Although the polishes are free, you still have to pay shipping, but it’s a good deal, as the shipping fee is $15 USD. International processing fees apply for orders outside of the United States, but when I ordered from them a while ago, I remember those fees being minimal.

This post features just a few of the many beautiful Zoya nail polishes in my collection.

If you’d like to read detailed reviews on specific Zoya nail-polish shades and see more swatches, click the above link.

P.S. In-depth reviews and swatches of some shades from the Zoya Whispers Collection are coming to the blog soon, so stay tuned!

Zoya NailPolish

Zoya Nail Polishes

Disclosure: There are no affiliate links in this blog post. I am sharing this coupon code in case you would like to enjoy this wonderful promotion. I do not receive any commission or monetary benefits by promoting this. Some of the Zoya nail polishes in the above pictures were provided to me by PR, and some were purchased by me.


Zoya Whispers Collection

Zoya Whispers Collection

Rose Quartz (warm rose) and Serenity (cool tranquil blue) are the two shades crowned as the Pantone Colour of the Year 2016, and two colours, April and Lake, from the Zoya Whispers Collection fit in nicely.

The Zoya Whispers Collection is available to be pre-ordered from the official website on December 28, 2015, which means that, in the New Year, you can sport tips that tie into the latest trend like a beautiful bow.

These muted shades express a quiet quality that still makes a statement. Think of them like having a zen feel – absolutely calming and easy-to-wear!

Despite the delicate light pink and blue trend, I think you can already guess which colour my eye zeroed in on right away. Yup – the green, which is called Ireland! 😉

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