Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shades by Barielle Summer 2009 Sugar Rush Collection

Eek! I am so excited about the new Shades by Barielle Sugar Rush collection for Summer 2009! This collection is aptly named because when I look at these colors they really do make me think of candy. The new Sugar Rush Collection has six pretty candy colored hues to satisfy your mani-pedi cravings with on-trend, fashionable nail color. I am so glad to see that companies like Barielle are taking risks and releasing fun and bright colors like this! This collection will definitely satisfy non-traditional polish consumers. 

Shades by Barielle Cotton Candy:

Barielle Cotton Candy is a medium toned pink with a subtle magenta shimmer. This color really reminds me of Zoya Barbie. This is the only one in the bunch that needed three coats. 

Shades by Barielle Swizzle Stix:

Barielle Swizzle Stix is hands down my favorite in this collection. It is a robin's egg blue that is slightly more vibrant than the real thing. I love love love this color!

Shades by Barielle Grape Escape:

Barielle Grape Escape is a gorgeous purple creme. I don't have many purple cremes so this is a welcome addition to my stash. Grape Escape reminds me of Sally Hansen Night Hydrangea (Spring 2009) minus the shimmer. Purple shades that actually look purple in all lights are hard to come by, so this is a must for you purple lovers. 

Shades by Barielle Lemondrops:

Barielle Lemondrops is a vibrant yellow creme. There is nothing muted about it but it really isn't neon either. This color looks so good, I want to eat it! That is because it reminds me of my favorite candy - yellow Sprees! The only thing this manicure is missing is some smiley faces a la Rihanna style. 

Shades by Barielle Sweet Addiction:

Barielle Sweet Addiction is a minty green creme that reminds me of chewing gum. Another fabulous color!

Shades by Barielle Decadence:

Barielle Decadence is a shimmery blue/green/turquoise color. This color is so gorgeous! It really glows.

Application of all colors in this collection was fabulous. Some of them were a little on the thick side but none were problematic. All of the colors were extremely pigmented. The only one that I thought could have used three coats was Cotton Candy. The others were totally opaque with two coats. Most were opaque on even the first coat. Again, I applaud Barielle for this fabulous collection! Each color is unique and wonderful. 

The Shades by Barielle Sugar Rush collection for Summer 2009 is available now at The nail polishes retail for $8.00 each. But right now they are offering free shipping for orders over $50 and if you buy 2 colors you get the 3rd one free! I'd buy these soon because I don't know how long the promo will last. 

Monday, February 23, 2009

New Colors from Nicole by OPI

This is the first of a few posts featuring new colors from Nicole by OPI. It has been a really long time since I have featured Nicole by OPI on my blog; probably because these polishes are not available at the online discount beauty supply stores that I frequently order from. These new colors from Nicole by OPI are available at select Target, Wal-Mart, and other retailers and are definitely worth hunting down. The application is perfect and I absolutely love the brushes. They are much better, in my opinion, than the regular OPI pro-wide brush. Application on all of these was really dreamy.

Nicole by OPI Do Good...Feel Good:

Perfect opaque light pink creme. This swatch is three coats. I love how non-streaky and non-chalky this one is. It dries super glossy. A lot of nail polishes that are similar in color to this are problematic when it comes to the application. This one was perfect!

Nicole by OPI Play Fair:

Gorgeous lavender shimmer. This swatch is three coats. It looks fine with two coats but I prefer the more opaque look of three coats. The shimmer in this color has a wonderful iridescent quaility.

Nicole by OPI Love Your Life over Play Fair:

More cute hearts! I love these pink hearts suspended in iridescent glitter. These hearts were much easier to fish out of the bottle than the Maybelline hearts because the bottle opening is much larger. I did not even need to use a toothpick, the brush worked just fine.

Nicole by OPI No Limits:

Super dark, blackened blue. Very similar to Lippmann Devil in a Blue Dress. This color is more opaque and only takes two coats to achieve bottle color. 

Nicole by OPI Dream Maker:

Sheer pink that is loaded with iridescent micro glitter. This color is great worn alone (this swatch is three coats) and would also make an excellent topping for another color, like a deep pink. 

Nicole by OPI Keep It Real:

Two photos of this color to show you the wonderful metallic finish it has indoors and then the amazing shimmery glow it has outdoors in the sun. This red really reminds me of the holidays! I can't wait to do a pedi with this color. This swatch is two coats. 

I will be featuring more fabulous new colors from Nicole by OPI soon. Check your local Target and Wal-Mart stores for these new colors! They are all all available now.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

And the Winner Is...

...mom2anutball! I've contacted her by email to let her know that she has won the bottle of Maybelline Sweet Valentine. Thanks to everyone who entered! I'll have another giveaway soon. 

Friday, February 20, 2009

Quickie Giveaway!

When I posted my Valentine's Day NOTD, I got a lot of comments and e-mails from readers, mostly international, bummed that they could not find the heart nail polish.

So today I am doing a super quick giveaway of one bottle of Maybelline Sweet Valentine:

maybelline sweet valentine

Enter by leaving a comment on this post with your e-mail address. If you don't leave me your e-mail address then I can't contact you to let you know you are the winner (duh). Open to all readers US and International. Winner to be announced sometime Sunday. So you have until sometime Sunday, until whenever I decide to pick a winner, to enter. How official of me. Good luck! 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Zoya Deal for Twitter Followers

New Zoya Tweet Buy - With any purchase at or get 3 FREE Zoya Hot Lips (Limo, Trendy, Smoochie). Code: MB3. Today only.

Make sure you follow Zoya on Twitter so that you don't miss out on any more great deals!
You can follow me on Twitter too :)

China Glaze Summer Days

Just a quickie note to let you know that China Glaze Summer Days is now available at Transdesign! The polishes are only $2.60 each or $15.60 for the 6 pack. You can check out my swatches again here. What are you getting??

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Match Made in Heaven

This year for Valentine's Day, Seche and China Glaze released an adorable gift set called "A Match Made in Heaven":

The set contains:
Seche Clear crystal clear base coat
Seche Vite fast dry top coat (the best top coat ever)
Nail decals:

I did a really cute Valentine's Day manicure with these decals but I can't seem to find the pictures anywhere. Decals are much easier to use than those pesky heart nail polishes.

China Glaze nail polish in Innocence:

china glaze innocence

China Glaze Innocence is my new go-to sheer pink. This sheer, almost jellyish light pink is one of the few I have ever used that looks OK with two coats. This swatch is three coats, but it is more than wearable at two coats if you are in a hurry. For a sheer pink it is exceptionally non streaky. 

This limited edition set is available for a limited time in select salons and spas.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Zoya just posted this to Twitter:

Zoya Tweet Buy: Valid until 1 PM (EST) - Pick any 3 shades, add to cart, use code MBFW, get the polish free (you pay shipping)

HURRY you only have about 20 minutes left!

p.s. make sure to follow Zoya on Twitter so you don't miss out on future deals!
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Dashing Diva Nail Polish

Sorry that I missed posting yesterday! It was President's Day and my boyfriend had the day off.

Today I have two really fun polishes from Dashing Diva to share with you. These are by far some of the coolest metallic nail polishes I have ever used! They are both made of different sized flecks of glitter, from small pieces to huge pieces. They start out sheer at one coat but with two to three coats they are pretty much opaque. I layered Silver Lining over black on one of my fingers to show you the different sized flecks of glitter. Even with the chunky sized glitter these are still relatively smooth on the nail. They also dry super fast and wear like iron.  I wore Golden Opportunity for 4 days with little to no tip wear and no chipping. Dashing Diva released these colors for Holiday 2008 but I think you can really wear them year round, especially since metallics are really in right now. I love wearing gold in the summer when I have a tan!

Dashing Diva Golden Opportunity:

This is one of the most perfect shades of gold that I own. It compliments my skin tone perfectly! The flecks of glitter really give this a unique look.

Dashing Diva Silver Lining:

Like I mentioned earlier, I layered this over black on one finger just to show you the different sized flakey glitter. No I am not making a fashion statement! Click on the pictures to enlarge them, this will really help to show the cool texture these polishes have.

Both nail colors are available online at Dashing Diva and retail for $8.00.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

I am usually not into nail art, decals, etc., but for holidays I definitely like to do a themed manicure. So for this Valentine's Day, I used L'Oreal Satin Starlit topped with Maybelline Deeply In Love. You'll have to excuse the quality of these pictures. We've been having rain and clouds and so I had to take these indoors by a window. 

These little hearts were a real pain to fish out of the bottle! Scrangie just posted though that you can use a toothpick or orange wood stick to fish them out and then place them on your nails. I wish I would have thought of that! It would have made my Valentine's Day manicure much easier. Did any of you do a themed manicure for today?

I hope that all of you have a lovely day and weekend!

Friday, February 13, 2009

China Glaze Summer Days for Summer 2009

They are here! THE summer collection of the year - China Glaze Summer Days. These polishes are spectacularly beautiful. This is only collection that I have seen in a while where all of the colors are truly must haves. On to the swatches! Oh, one small disclaimer before these swatches. I have yet to see any photographs of these polishes that accurately capture the amazing FIRE that these babies put out. My photographs are no exception. While they are color accurate, you just will not understand how truly amazing they are until you try them. The shimmer and fire from the glass fleck like glitter is just amazing. Now, on to the swatches, really!

China Glaze Raspberry Festival:

china glaze raspberry festival

Raspberry Fields is a pinkish red with magenta and silver glitter. It really does not remind me of raspberries, which incidentally are my favorite fruit. But who really cares about the name when it is this gorgeous?

China Glaze Watermelon Rind:

china glaze watermelon rind

Watermelon Rind has a green/teal base with silver, green and blue glitter. This is freaking stunning. 

China Glaze Cherry Pie:

china glaze cherry pie

Cherry Pie is a slightly orange toned red with magenta and silver glitter. This shade reminds me of candy for some reason.

China Glaze Grape Juice:

china glaze grape juice

Grape Juice is a purple with silver and purple glitter. The glitter in this one has a very iridescent feel outside in the sun. It certainly is juicy! This is tied with Watermelon Rind for my favorite shade in the collection. 

China Glaze Strawberry Fields:

china glaze strawberry fields

Strawberry Fields is a deep pink with gold shimmer. This one is particularly glossy looking!

China Glaze Orange Marmalade:

china glaze orange marmalade
Last but not least, Orange Marmalade. You guys know how I feel about orange nail polish. I think it is really pretty but just not on me. It just does nothing for my skin tone! But this shade is still super gorgeous. Orange with gold and orange shimmer. If you are an orange lover, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Wow! Aren't these amazingly gorgeous? They are all so juicy looking. Like I said earlier though, the brilliance of fire of these in real life is so much more amazing than my pictures. Application was top notch, smooth, and quick drying. All swatches were three coats. Two coats is nice but three coats make these look spectacular!

China Glaze Summer Days for Summer 2009 officially launches in March but sometimes the etailers get these early, so keep your eyes peeled! These will *fly* off of the shelves.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

News on Sparitual's Spring 2009 Cherish Collection

Bottle pictures from SpaRitual's Spring 2009 collection dubbed Cherish.
From Left to Right: Delight (aqua blue creme), Treasure (bright orange shimmer), Love (bright pink creme), Adore (light pink shimmer), Marvel (lavender pink shimmer) and Revere (orange and gold shimmer).

From these pictures, the only ones I feel are *must haves* for me are Delight and Marvel, which I already have. The oranges look gorgeous but unfortunately they usually don't work for my skin tone. I think it is the pink undertones that I have on my hands and fingers that just clash. 

For those of you that might have missed the post, I swatched Delight and Marvel for you the other day. Here is a link to the swatches.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009

It's that time again! Time for another fabulous collaboration between designer Tracy Reese and Sally Hansen. These nail polishes in the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009 collection are so hot! I love each and every one of them. They are super pigmented and a joy to apply. Enough babble, on to the swatches!

Sally Hansen Azalea:

sally hansen azalea salon nail polish

Azalea is a gorgeous pink creme. This swatch is two coats. For me, this is definitely a fabulous summer pedicure color.

Sally Hansen Forsythia:

sally hansen forsythia nail polish

Forsythia is a yellow shimmer. This is so pretty! There is something very oddball about this color but I am so in love with it. It reminds me of lemons. This is one of those colors that I want to eat! I don't know how well this color suits my skin tone, but it is so cool that I don't care. I will totally wear this all summer long!

Sally Hansen Nasturtium:

sally hansen salon nasturtium nail polish

Nasturtium is a fabulous orange creme. I have heard this color called coral. I don't think there is anything coral about it personally. It is orange. I don't really think this color suits me but I still think it is really pretty. I'll also say that most oranges are a streaky hot mess to apply but this one applied perfectly, like butter.

Sally Hansen Honeydew:

sally hansen honeydew nail polish

Honeydew is a green/teal shimmer. It is nice to finally see that nail polish companies are recognizing the need for some funkier colors in their seasonal collections. I personally love to wear anything blue or green. So this is right up my alley! This color is 100 times prettier in person than in this picture.

Sally Hansen Night Hydrangea:

sally hansen night hydrangea

Night Hydrangea is another color that is 100 times prettier in person. This is the perfect purple shimmer. I don't mind blackened shades. I actually quite like them. But sometimes you just want a purple that looks purple. This is it! The purple that looks purple in all lighting situations.

Sally Hansen Tassel:

sally hansen salon tassel nail polish

Tassel is a metallic gold. This was the only one of the bunch that required three coats. I love that Tracy threw a metallic in the mix for spring. It is fun and unexpected!

There is one more color in this collection - Beet Stain. I have no idea where it is... It's very similar to OPI Miami Beet and Zoya Moxie.

Did you guys notice my short nails in these pictures? I broke the corner off of my index finger so they got filed down. In the winter it is so hard to keep them in good shape! The air is just so dry. Oh well, they have been growing like weeds lately.

Back to the nail polish banter now. Like I said, application on all of these colors was superb. Tassel was the only three coater of the bunch. The others were perfectly opaque with two coats. My only complaint, if you can even call it that, is about the brushes. There is nothing wrong with them per se, but they are a bit long in my opinion. It is really just a matter of my personal preference. My preference is for a shorter brush. I just find it easier to control the polish with a shorter brush. Other than that, these babies are perfect!

The Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2009 collection is set to hit stores late February/early March. Distribution of these special collections is notoriously bad; so keep your eyes WIDE OPEN for them and snatch them up as soon as you see them! They'll be gone before you know it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Love Social Bookmarking!

I promise that I won't bore you with non nail polish related posts too often, but this is important stuff! I don't know if you guys have noticed or not, but see the new "Tell A Friend" button at the bottom of my posts?

Well today I want to tell you about it. When you move your mouse pointer over the button, a little menu will pop up like so:

This little button is a one stop shop for all of you that use Delicious, DiggStumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, etc. This allows you to quickly add e-polishblog to your Delicious bookmarks, Stumble it, Digg it, share a post with your Twitter friends, and more, all without having to copy and paste URL's. 

Are there any readers out there that use this stuff? If you do, I'd love a Digg or a Stumble (hint hint wink wink). I am curious to know how many readers are familiar with and use these services. If you do, let me know! 

More from BB Couture for Nails

Today I have more from BB Couture for Nails to share with you. I have one brand new shade, one that is new to me, two that you've seen here before but I tried to get better pictures of and a few old favorites.

First, the brand new shade, BB Couture for Nails Midnight Desire:

bb couture for nails midnight desire
Super dark blue/purple shimmer. This is one of those shades that looks nearly black indoors but then outdoors it is super gorgeous. At first I thought this might be dupeish to Chanel Vendetta but it is not. This is more noticeably blue than Vendetta, which is way more purple. I would have done a comparison swatch if I thought it was warranted, but it isn't. I am wearing Midnight Desire right now and I absolutely love it! I never get tired of shades like this. Midnight desire is extremely opaque with one coat but I used two for good measure.

Next, the shade that is new to me, BB Couture for Nails Dragon's Breath:

bb couture for nails dragons breath

Purple/plum jelly with glitter. LOVE this color! This swatch is three coats. I love jelly based glitters like this because they have amazing depth. I love how the glitter looks almost like it is trapped deep under the layers of polish, almost like it is suspended in jello or something. Am I making sense at all?

Finally, the shades you have seen here before but that I tried to get better pictures of.

BB Couture for Nails Sea of Cortez:

bb couture for nails sea of cortez

BB Couture for Nails Frosty Meadow:

bb couture for nails frosty meadow

I tried to get better pictures of these jelly based stunners. Hopefully it worked! For you girls out there that appreciate the funkier colors, both of these are *must* haves. I think these blue an green shades are absolutely perfect. Just stunning.

Since we are on the subject of BB Couture for Nails, I thought I'd also show you a few of my old favorites.

BB Couture for Nails Poison Ivy:

bb couture for nails poison ivy

BB Couture for Nails Maleficent Magenta:

BB Couture for Nails nail polishes can be purchased at Overall Beauty. Also, if there are any shades that you see on my blog but that you can't find at Overall Beauty, you can also contact BB Couture for Nails directly via phone or email (info on their website) and they will sell them to you directly.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Orly Prepster Collection for Spring 2009

This Spring Orly introduces the Prepster Collection, a range of six new shades that put a fashion forward twist on traditional style with modern shades of pink, lavender and khaki brown. Today I have three nail polishes from the collection to share with you. But before I do that, I have to let you in on a little secret about me. I love anything and everything preppy! You might not have guessed that with all of the crazy nail polish that I like to wear. But I love me some Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Stephen Bonanno, J. Crew, and Vineyard Vines. So it is no surprise that I am all over the newest collection from Orly! Now on to the swatches.

Orly Tennis Anyone?:

orly tennis anyone

Off white, nude creme. Even though this was a three coater, it is a great shade because it is an easier and more flattering way to wear a white polish. This shade is warm and not stark like so many other whites in my collection. Winner! Plus I love to play tennis, so just the name is enough for me.

Orly Polo Princess:

orly polo princess

Bright pastel pink creme. I found the application on this one to be a bit troublesome due to the streakiness factor but I like the color enough to make up for it. This is a three to four coater. This is one of those colors that looks good enough to eat. Do you know what I mean? It reminds me of ice cream.

Orly Cashmere Cardigan:

orly cashmere cardigan

Iris blue creme. Loving the name on this one too! The color is fabulous, the picture speaks for itself. 

The other colors in the Orly Prepster collection sound fabulous too:

Prim & Proper - lavender shimmer
OMG - fuchsia pink creme
Country Club Khaki - taupe creme

I wish I had them to share with you but sadly I don't. 

Even though one of these colors was a bit of a pain, overall I am always impressed with nail polishes from Orly. Application is usually top notch. I also love the rubberized gripper cap. Guess who else has a rubberized cap? SpaRitual! Coincidence? I think not. Did you guys know that Orly and SpaRitual are made by the same company? I just figured that one out. No wonder I like Orly.

The Orly Prepster collection is not slated to hit stores until April but I am already hearing stories of these popping up early in beauty supply stores, so keep your eyes open. Plus the etailers have also been known to get collections in early. So hopefully you'll be able to find these soon!

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Superstar Nail Lacquer Rising Star Collection

Just a quick post to let all of you know that the new colors from Superstar Nail Lacquer, including Rising Star Razzberry, are available for purchase now on their website. Here is a direct link. Remember, they have a 5 for $35 promo going on right now! I don't know how long it is going to last. Otherwise the polishes retail for $8.50 each.

Hope everyone has an ab fab weekend :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Colors from Sephora by OPI

I was just on Sephora's website and I noticed some bright new colors in the Sephora by OPI line up:

What do you guys think? What looks good to you? I like the looks of IM Beauty, Hi Def and I'm Wired.  I'll have to see them in person though. I have a hard time just judging them by the online swatches. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Colors from Superstar Nail Lacquer!

This spring Superstar Nail Lacquer is introducing their Rising Star collection which has six hot new colors. Today I have two of them to share with you. 

Superstar Nail Lacquer Rising Star Razzberry:

This is a super HOT, like whoa bam! in your face bright pink with small holographic glitter. This color was too hot for my camera! It really did not pick up the holographic effect that the glitter has, but you can see where it is. This would make a great pedicure color. This color dries on the matte side so make sure to use a super shiny top coat like Seche Vite with it.

Superstar Nail Lacquer Orangeu An A-Listher:

Bright coral toned orange with an iridescent sheen. Another super hot, bright color. This is one of the few orange colors that I think works for my skin tone. The iridescent sheen really softens the bright color and makes it more wearable. Another hot pedicure color but I would wear this on my tips too!

The formula of these is top notch! Smooth like butter. They also dry super fast! My pinky finger was nearly dry by the time I got to my index finger. I was actually shocked by how quickly these dry. 

You can the rest of Super Star Nail Lacquer's Rising Star collection at The polishes retail for $8.50 each but right now they have a 5 for $35 promo going on with promo code 5for35. 

If you are contemplating an order and would like to see more swatches, check out my archives by clicking the Superstar Nail Lacquer tag at the bottom of this post to see the other colors I have posted. Scrangie and Vampy Varnish have also swatched colors from this line on their blogs too, so check 'em out. It should not be hard to come up with 5 polishes that you want to take advantage of their 5 for $35 promo right now.