Monday, April 29, 2013

Finger Paints Sparkle Topcoat 2012

Finger Paints Sparkle Topcoat (1 coat) over 2 coats Fall-ing For You

Yesterday I showed you Fall-in For you, so I decided to add a layer of an intense iridescent bar glitter with some finer glitter pieces. I think this would have worked better with a creme finish, so my apologies for the not-so-great combination. I know people either love or hate bar glitter, but I tend to love it. If you can still find this and love bar glitter, pick it up ASAP. Oh, and I found the glitter density to be great with 1 coat and great consistency.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Finger Paints Fall 2012 Fall of Surprises Collection: Fall-ing For You

Finger Paints Fall-ing For You (2 coats)

Having a house really eats up your weekend time! We spent most of yesterday doing yard work and putting in new shrubs and flowers which is really exciting (and exhausting). I hope your week went well. I ended up getting 6 polishes for the Zoya exchange (Hazel, Rikki, Piaf, Kimber, Rory, and Marina). Did you get any? 

I know, I know, this polish is from a Fall 2012 collection, but I got it on clearance so I had to pick it up. Fall-ing for you is a teal metallic polish with a bit of a frost finish. Don't worry, I don't find this to be crazy frosty or anything, but be wary of brushstrokes. The formula was pretty much perfect since it was a little thick and extremely pigmented. I didn't think I'd like this one as much as I do. If you can find this in the clearance section of your Sally's, I'd recommend it. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Zoya Earth Day Exchange is Back!

Announcing the 2013 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange*

Hooray for Earth Day! Once again, Zoya is helping you do a little spring cleaning with the return of the Earth Day Zoya Nail Polish Exchange* for 2013. Clean out your nail polish wardrobe and get rid of old nail polish that may not be BIG5FREE (Free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP and Camphor) and exchange it for a greener alternative - long lasting, award winning, healthy Zoya Nail Polish bottles!

Now's the perfect time to make the switch to an eco-chic beauty routine! From April 19, 2013 - April 26, 2013 (11:59pm EST), exchange your old, unwanted nail color for toxin-free ZOYA Nail Polish for only $4 per bottle plus shipping and handling fees. Rest assured - ZOYA will properly dispose of your old polish. 

Here's all you need to do!
  1. Go to and pick out the polishes you would like (excludes ALL Zoya PixieDustTM Collection shades) and add them to your cart. You must select at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish (Salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles.)
  2. Apply the code: ZOYAEARTH2013
  3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish).
  4. SUBMIT your order!

Once you get your order 
Here's where the exchanging* happens...
  1. Ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish.
  2. Include a copy of your order. 
To clarify the exchange: You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. You can also donate. If you decide you don't want to do either, it's ok "Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish" we will still love you and will send the Zoya polishes... we'll just send you on a guilt trip for a while :)

Ship Your Old Nail Polish To: 
Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA

Once we receive your polish we do the rest! It’s that simple! 

The bottles you send in cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes (but they can be any other brand). We are using the honor code here folks! We want to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish! We send you the polish first then you send your old polish back to us! If you do choose to send us your old polish we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines. This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!
*Offer valid online at only. Offer expires on 4/26/2013 at 11:59PM EST. Continental US ONLY. Excludes ALL Zoya PixieDust Collection shades. Not valid with any other codes, coupons or promotions. Shipping and handling fees apply. Consumer accounts must exchange a minimum of 6 polishes with a 24 bottle maximum. Salon accounts must exchange at least 12 with a maximum of 48 bottles. Polish can be from any brand EXCEPT Zoya, Qtica or Nocti and can be exchanged for in-stock .5oz Zoya Nail Polish. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. Zoya Exchange code is unique and non-transferable. One code per account. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or errors associated with declined credit cards. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 6 weeks for shipping and processing. Art of Beauty, Inc. reserves the right to remove any polish that is out of stock from your order. You will not be charged for this polish. Backordered polish is not included in this promotion.

*This information was provided by the Zoya blog*

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Nails Inc. Sprinkles Collection: Sugar House Lane

Nails Inc. Sugar House Lane (2+ coats)

Happy Saturday! I hope your week went well. I got to go to a few little towns around North Carolina that had some cute antique shops. 

I got this Nails Inc. polish during the Sephora JC Penny sale a few months ago and I was happy to make this addition to my collection. These polishes do remind me of the new Hard Candy polishes that are popping up at Walmarts for only $4, so I'm not really sure these Nails Inc. polishes are worth it anymore. Sugar House Lane is a taupe nude base with black and white glitter throughout. I used two coats for the most part, but the glitter tends to stay near the base of my nail, so I added a little extra glitter to the ends of a few nails if it was necessary. Other than that, the formula was perfect for this glitter polish. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pure Ice Nail Color in Viva Las Vegas

Pure Ice Viva Las Vegas (3 coats)

*This polish was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site* 

I know, it's been awhile. Yesterday was my birthday and I spent it relaxing with my husband. To be honest, I haven't been feeling well lately, and I am just starting to get around now. Of course I'll be back to blogging, but if it takes me a few days, please bear with me. I have such great readers. 

I was given Viva Las Vegas from Pure Ice for review, and it's a neutral taupe with a strong golden shimmer. You know me and shimmer, so I just loved how this one looked. It's definitely work appropriate, but with a twist. The price is always on point at only $1.99 exclusively to Walmart stores. The formula was fine, but still needed 3 coats for full coverage. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

*This polish was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site* 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Illamasqua Nail Color: Radium

Illamasqua Radium (3 coats)

I hope your week is off to a great start. Mine wasn't so great, but that's ok. My family is still in town which has been really nice (and I've had some great food to eat). 

Radium is the other Illamasqua polish I bought for 50% from the Sephora in JC Penny. It's a bright lime green with lots of shimmer. While I like it, I don't think it's my favorite from the brand. It will definitely make you stand out though. The formula was slightly thick, but still needed 3 coats for full coverage. Is it worth the full price? Probably not, but for $7 (I think) it was definitely worth it. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Illamasqua Nail Lacquer: Bacterium

Illamasqua Bacterium (3 coats)

Sorry again for the lack of posts, but things haven't been great here lately. I'll try my best to get back into blogging. 

I bought Illamasqua Bacterium at the Sephora in my local JC Penny where they had a few polishes for 50% off. Score! Bacterium is a really interesting color. It's a dark taupe/brown color with a strong blue/silver flash.   The formula was a bit runny and sheer, but it built up with 3 coats. I love this one, partly because I'm a microbiologist. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I'll Be Back as Soon as I Can

Hi guys, I just wanted to tell you sorry for the delay in writing the blog. Some personal things came up and my uncle passed away which made for a really sad weekend. I hope to get back to the blog as soon as I can. Thanks, and I hope things are better on your end.