Saturday, June 30, 2012

Butter LONDON Launches at Henri Bendel on July 2nd


Starting Monday, July 2nd, Henri Bendel will carry Butter LONDON polishes! Please enjoy this announcement from http://www.henribendel.com:
By transforming catwalk trends to custom nail colour palettes, Butter London has developed a passionate following and become the cult phenomenon of the nail industry. They are fast becoming famous for high fashion, non-toxic nail lacquers and revolutionary waterless nail services. Formulated without the use of harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP or Parabens. Find them starting Monday, July 2 at our Fifth Avenue store.

712 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street.
Call 212.904.7961 for details.
Butter LONDON swatches!
Where to Find Butter London Nail Polish in New York City

PS - can you name these six Butter polishes?
PPS - I spent waaay to much time creating this image but I'm really happy with it!!!

Manicube: 15 Minute Manicures at Your Office

In the city where McDonald's delivers (not joking), now you also don't need to leave your office to get a lunch time manicure! Here's your "why didn't I think of that" moment of the day:
"If you dread running beauty errands on lunch breaks and weekends, you are in for a treat. Manicube liaises with your office to come to YOU to provide manicures desk-side or in a conference room. Our manicures are quick without compromising quality so you stay professionally polished. And because we all want to extend a helping hand to women less fortunate than ourselves, for every manicure we give, we contribute $1 to help fund microloans for women in the developing world via our non-profit partner, Kiva."
A basic manicure is only $15 and you can choose from polishes by Chanel, Deborah Lippmann, Essie, and OPI (Chanel costs $3 more). Head over to http://www.manicube.com and see if your company participates.

Monday, June 25, 2012

5 Summery Tangerine Tango Nail Polishes

Pantone's Color of the Year Tangerine Tango has taken the fashion and beauty world by storm. This firey red-orange hue is fantastic for summer manicures and pedicures and has made my top 5 summer nail polish trends list for the second year in a row! While I try not to buy colors that are similar, I adore this color and actually have 5 (!) polishes that are Tangerine Tango-y:

CND Poppyfield (review here)


Essie Olé Caliente (review here)


OPI OPI on Collins Ave


Orly Haute Red (review here) - this color is more red than the others, but I've included it because it's a warm red.


Sephora by OPI Already Famous

Sephora by OPI Already Famous

Comparisons! OPI On Collins Ave is a touch more orange than Olé Caliente.



Olé Caliente is creamier and more coral than Haute Red. The difference is subtle but if you saw this in person there's no way these colors could pass for dupes.


CND Poppyfield and OPI OPI on Collins Ave are so close my eyes could not tell the difference - I'd call them dupes! Both have excellent formulas.


Some other great polishes that could fill your Tangerine Tango craving are Chanel Holiday, NARS Lal Mirchi, OPI A Roll in the Hague, the Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year collection, and Sonia Kashuk Tango Mango.

Were you Tangerine Tango crazy before we were calling red-orange Tangerine Tango? What is your favorite Tangerine Tango-toned polish?


Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Street Fair Cosmetics Summer 2012 Schedule


Last summer, I randomly stumbled on a discount nail polish/miscellaneous beauty product vendor at a street fair in Manhattan. Many polishes are $1 (Maybelline, Milani, Jordana) and Essie polishes are $3.99 or 3/$10. Sweet!

Here is Street Fair Cosmetics schedule as posted on their Facebook page:

  • Saturday, June 30th
    • 6th Ave between 42nd and 57th St
    • 6th Ave between Waverly and Houston
  • Sunday, July 1st
    • Lexington Ave between 42nd and 57th St
  • Saturday, July 7th
    • Broadway between Houston and Grand
    • 6th Ave between 14th and 23rd St
  • Sunday, July 8th
    • Madison Ave between 42nd and 57th St
  • Saturday, July 14th
    • Broadway between 47th and 57th St
    • 4th Ave between 9th and 14th St
  • Sunday, July 15th
    • Lexington Ave between 23rd and 34th St
  • Saturday, July 21st
    • Broadway between 35th and 39th St
    • Broadway between 47th and 57th St
  • Sunday, July 22nd
    • 8th Ave between 14th and 23rd St
  • Saturday, July 28th
    • 6th Ave between 42nd and 57th St
    • Greenwich Ave between 6th and 7th Ave
  • Sunday, July 29th
    • Madison Ave between 42nd and 57th St
  • Sunday, August 5th
    • Lexington Ave between 42nd and 57th St

Be sure to check their Facebook page for updates and more specific locations!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CIRQUE Nail Polish at Artists and Fleas


Last weekend I took a trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to visit CIRQUE's nail polish booth at Artists and Fleas


It was great to meet creator Annie and talk about nail polish and city life. She's so lovely and from speaking with her, I could really tell how much heart she put into designing her nail polish line.

 
CIRQUE nail polishes on display and creator Annie

 
Annie layered Trousseau over black thanks to Rie's suggestion!

 

 

The 'bonus' colors - not available online! Lots of great top coats!

I picked up two polishes... any guesses which ones?

If you didn't get a chance to visit CIRQUE at Artists and Fleas, Annie also has a booth at the Hester Street Fair (Hester and Essex). Here are the upcoming dates you can check out CIRQUE polishes in person at the Hester Street Fair:
  • June 23, 30
  • July 7, 21
  • August 4, 18
  • September 8
  • October 13, 27

CIRQUE polishes are 'big 3 free' and can be purchased online: http://www.cirquecolors.com/. Yes, they can be shipped internationally!

Check out CIRQUE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cirquecolors

Sunday, June 17, 2012

nailsgirls London Teal #4 and a Trip to the Beach


Long Beach, NY

The Atlantic Ocean off Long Island doesn't have the crystal clear vivid aquamarine hue of the Caribbean Sea. It actually would be very rare to catch a glimpse of your hands in the water, let alone your toes! The ocean churns against the beach and the color of the water is a murky blackened blue/green. But I spent my childhood summers swimming in the north Atlantic and that murky tone is what makes the ocean here unique in it's own way.

Getting to Long Beach from the city is easy - from Penn Station, take the LIRR to the Long Beach station (about 50 minutes) and walk about ten minutes until you reach the boardwalk.

How would you like to have one of these places right on the beach?!

Teal #4 by nailgirls London is a dusty greenish blue that reminds me of the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island. I LOVE this color! This was my first experience trying a nailgirls polish, and I am quite pleased. Teal #4 was almost a one-coater with a thick consistency that wasn't difficult to work with.


I wore Teal #4 for (3) days with my current favorite base coat/top coat combo (Butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat) and did not experience any chipping. Tip wear was minimal - actually, less than many other polishes I've worn for just as long. This shade is a great summer pick that you can wear well into the fall. Wouldn't Teal #4 look great with an all black outfit?

From the nailgirls website: "nailgirls London was created by two sisters, Jo and Lynda-Louise Burrell, as a reaction to the nasty, toxic, nail wrecking polishes and spas currently saturating the beauty market. Our colours are a superior formula, free from any harmful chemicals. (toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor) They are not tested on animals, are vegan friendly and the packaging is recyclable." Nailgirls polishes can be purchased online  http://shop.nailgirlslondon.co.uk/ or in their London spa.

I hope you had a lovely weekend :)

Those clouds look weird... time to go!

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

CIRQUE Dark Horse Collection Part 2 - Debris, Ophelia, and Trousseau


(Click here for an introduction and Part 1)
Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. The debut collection, Dark Horse, is a 12-color arrangement that is diverse in its hues and finishes -- similar to the creative energy that abounds New York.
In Part 1, several of you commented on CIRQUE's impressive and professional bottle art. I completely agree and love the sleek simplicity of the solitary "C" logo (the name of the polish is on the bottom). Choosing to place the logo over the corner of the bottle is quite brilliant. Sure it's what's on the inside that counts, but with many independent nail polish brands emerging, creating a professional yet edgy design is a great decision for a new nail polish brand.

*Attention New Yorkers! CIRQUE will be at Brooklyn's Artists & Fleas (a weekly artist, designer, and vintage market) this Saturday, June 16th between 10AM and 7PM. Annie announced on the CIRQUE Facebook page that there will be colors offered that are not available on the website. Yippee!!!

Debris

Silver and black "debris" shapes - some hexagonal and some angular - float in a potion of fine holo shimmer. Much like the celestial shaped glitter polishes in my life (suns, moons, stars...), the large particles in Debris were tricky to fish out. I used (2) coats and dabbed some extra on to fill in some empty patches. Debris is the kind of polish every girl should have in her arsenal - adding a coat or two is a great way to spice up a few-days-old manicure!


The red: CND Poppyfield / The blue: Color Club... it had no name tag... Edie, perhaps?

Trousseau

Trousseau is a bright yellow-gold glitter composed of teeny gold shimmer (do I spy some silver in there, too?) and larger hexagonal glitter pieces. Trousseau covers evenly (no patchiness) and is thin so it would look amazing layered. Grabbing some of those larger pieces is tricky but not impossible. I used (3) thick coats. Isn't this textured look amazing?



Ophelia

Ophelia is an icy cool periwinkle glitter composed of tiny shimmers and large hexagonal pieces - there is a greater amount of large pieces than in Trousseau. The texture of Ophelia reminds me of ice under a microscope! Up close and under bright light, you can see that the shimmer particles are actually not monochromatic but flash pink and silver. Ophelia covers evenly and is thin - I used (4) coats below and can still see my nail in places. But I think Ophelia's true strength is going to be in creating amazing layering and glitter gradient manicures!


From your comments, I could tell you are as excited as I am about French Roast and Tibetan Nights! Here is a close up of the nail swatches of these two polishes. Just look at all the colors in French Roast! I love how the sandwiched bar glitter in Tibetan Nights looks like electric sparks :)


Click here for swatches of Never Nude, Fascination Street, and Epoch.

CIRQUE polishes are 'big 3 free' and can be purchased online: http://www.cirquecolors.com/. Yes, they can be shipped internationally!

Additionally, Annie has a booth at the Hester Street Fair (Hester and Essex) - how awesome is that! I'm going to go visit and hope you get a chance to stop by too!

Here are the upcoming dates you can check out CIRQUE polishes in person at the Hester Street Fair:
  • June 23, 30
  • July 7, 21
  • August 4, 18
  • September 8
  • October 13, 27
Check out Cirque on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cirquecolors

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Select Nail Polish on Sale at Ricky's

NYC friends - have you been to Ricky's in the past week? If you haven't, you might want to stop by - especially if you can walk to one on your lunch break (store locator)!

Here is the nail polish I saw on sale - please keep in mind that each store may have a different selection ;)

  • Mattese Elite - select colors are on sale for $0.99. I can recall there is a bright yellow, a white, the Paradoxal dupe, and a Russian Navy dupe (called Russian Mafia - LOL!). There were about a half-dozen or so colors on sale, availability most likely varies by store.
  • OPI - "Shatter" polishes are on sale for $3.99
  • Dr.'s Remedy - it seemed that the entire line was marked down for $3.99

Online, the Mattese Elite polishes are on sale for $3.00 (usually $5.99) with select colors for $0.99. This would be a great chance to pick up the chunky gold holo glitter Je T'Aime!

Monday, June 11, 2012

CIRQUE Dark Horse Collection Part 1 - Never Nude, Fascination Street, and Epoch


After a great response to the introductory post, I'm so excited to share some swatches of CIRQUE polishes from the Dark Horse collection with you!
Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York. The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. The debut collection, Dark Horse, is a 12-color arrangement that is diverse in its hues and finishes -- similar to the creative energy that abounds New York.

Never Nude

Never Nude is a golden nude holo that looks more amazing on the nails than it does in the bottle. It has a bit of dazzling glow to it and the holo is visible inside. I only needed (2) coats. Love!


Never Nude photographed in the light box


Never Nude photographed in natural lighting

Any polish that's an Arrested Development quote is an immediate win in my book. "Never Nude" is a reference which I'm not even going to attempt to explain... wouldn't an Arrested Development collection be amazing? There are so many possibilities, but I'm looking for something that says "Daddy likes leather" ;)

If you're a nude holo fan, don't wait for Never Nude to escape you.


Fascination Street

I am in love with this grape jelly hue of purple! While the holo isn't an intense as Never Nude, there is still a magical "something else" inside Fascination Street that makes it glow. The finish has a syrupy quality that seemed thin after the first coat (not at all runny), but still needed only (2) to be opaque.



Fascination Street photographed inside light box


Fascination Street photographed in natural lighting

Here's that "something special"!


Epoch

Epoch is so pigmented it doesn't need to be swatched over black. This polish is quite special -  the brilliant teal hue reminds me of Sally Hansen Spectrum but unlike Spectrum (or any of the HD polishes), Epoch provides complete coverage in (2) coats. Epoch is a duochrome that shifts from bright teal to a blackened purple.


Epoch photographed in the light box


Epoch photographed in the light box


Epoch photographed in the light box

Here is an underwater photograph to better show the duochrome:



All three polishes applied evenly with brushes that spread out nicely and weren't runny or too thick. I have three more colors from the Dark Horse collection to share with you! If you simply can't wait, head over to Nails and Noms for some more CIRQUE goodness :)

CIRQUE polishes are 'big 3 free' and can be purchased online: http://www.cirquecolors.com/. Yes, they can be shipped internationally!

Additionally, Annie has a booth at the Hester Street Fair (Hester and Essex) - how awesome is that! I'm going to go visit and hope you get a chance to stop by too!

Here are the upcoming dates you can check out Cirque polishes in person at the Hester Street Fair:
  • June 23, 30
  • July 7, 21
  • August 4, 18
  • September 8
  • October 13, 27

Check out Cirque on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cirquecolors

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Introducing CIRQUE Nail Polish - Made in NYC!


I'm so thrilled to share with you a new nail polish line called Cirque! Not only are the colors stunning, unique, and big 3 free, these polishes are designed and created in New York City :) With two holos, a duochrome, and glitters great for layering, Cirque's debut collection Dark Horse truly has something for everyone.
Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York.  The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum.  Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials.  The debut collection, Dark Horse, is a 12-color arrangement that is diverse in its hues and finishes -- similar to the creative energy that abounds New York.
 


Cirque polishes can be purchased online: http://www.cirquecolors.com/.

Additionally, Annie has a booth at the Hester Street Fair (Hester and Essex) - how awesome is that! I'm going to go visit and hope you get a chance to stop by too!

Here are the upcoming dates you can check out Cirque polishes in person at the Hester Street Fair:
  • June 23, 30
  • July 7, 21
  • August 4, 18
  • September 8
  • October 13, 27

Check out Cirque on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cirquecolors

I received several polishes to review and can't wait to share them with you! What colors catch your eye?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Top 5 Summer 2012 Nail Polish Trends


Summer 2012 is here! Whether you're working, taking classes, or have a break, I hope you have something fun to look forward to and a few new polishes to wear :) Summer is a great time to take some risks on your nails - I dare you to try a color you haven't tried before (toes count!)

I chose five nail polish looks that are fantastic for the summer and are also really hot right now. For each summer nail polish trend, I'll share my look and a link for you to see some others. PS - I can hardly believe that it's been a whole year since I posted my first Top 5 round up :)

*New this year! I've created a Summer 2012 Nail Polish Trends board on Pinterest :) See you there!

#5 Electric Turquoise
Even if you'll be behind a desk most of the summer (points to self), wearing the color of a bright blue swimming pool or the Caribbean Sea on your nails - toes or fingers - can transport you far, far away.

Essence Lets Get Lost
Essence Let's Get Lost

BYS Blue Bang (You've Got Nail)
China Glaze Aquadelic (Bull City Beauty)
Claire's Marine Blue (Nails Beautiqued)
Deborah Lippmann On the Beach (Nails Made Simple)
Dior St. Tropez (Une Ruxi à Paris)
Finger Paints Blue Raspberry Truffle (Rachel Marie's Nails)
H&M Nail Him (Love, Varnish, Chocolate and More...)
Lancôme Aquamarine (Fashion Polish)
NARS Koliary (Scrangie)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily (Mara in Polishland)

#4 Chevrons
Using Scotch tape is a simple tool you can use to create straight lines and awesome patterns. There are lots of great designs, but the Chevron pattern in particular has really caught on. 

OPI Charged Up Cherry and Sally Hansen Celeb City

Chalkboard Nails
Concrete and Nail Polish - IKAT Chevron Tutorial
It's Because I Think Too Much
Lucy's Stash
Nailasaurus - Tutorial (guest post on Makeup and Beauty Blog)
Nailside

#3 Tangerine Tango
Tangerine Tango is the Pantone Color of the Year and while you may not be able to/want to rock this color on your lips or pants, nail polish is a more wearable way to incorporate it. Last year, this bright orange-red hue was actually my #1 summer nail polish pick and now that we know it better as Tangerine Tango, it's still going strong!

Essie Olé Caliente

Chanel Holiday (Ommorphia Beauty Bar)
NARS Lal Mirchi (Pshiiit)
OPI A Roll in the Hague (Doing My Nails)
Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year (My Nail Graffiti)
Sonia Kashuk Tango Mango (Polish Insomniac)

#2 Sophisticated Skittles
Can't decide which polish to wear? Why not wear them all! Wearing a different color on each nail can look tres chic if you pick polishes in the same color range. Or, shake up the traditional accent nail look by painting   some of your nails one color and the others a contrasting color in any combination. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination here - and the best part? This is one way to get creative with your manicures without needing to learn any new nail art tricks ;)

#1 Sponge Gradient
Did you ever think it would be possible to achieve an airbrush-like gradient on your nails at home? All you need is a sponge, a little patience, and some clean up and you're ready to create endless combinations of stunning gradients!


Light green: OCC Wasabi/Dark Green: China Glaze Gaga For Green

Here are some of my favorite gradient creations and tutorials - remember, practice makes perfect :)

Chalkboard Nails
Swatchaholic

See you over on Pinterest!

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.