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CND Shellac Limited Edition Holiday - Tinsel Toast

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By beautopia · October 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Recently, in addition to the six new Shellac Fall shades that are being released, CND has also released a duo of limited edition Holiday glitter Shellac shades; Ruby Ritz and Tinsel Toast. Above you see two cured coats of Tinsel Toast, and then again Tinsel Toast covered with a design in Black Pool. The two shades are both gorgeous and contain extremely fine glitter that couldn't be recreated even with the finest of craft glitters, so I feel like it's worth having. Plus it's a lot easier to deal with that applying loose glitter because there are less steps. You also don't have to worry that you missed coating an area with topcoat and risk removing it along with the tacky layer. I also think it looks awesome with other shades of Shellac. 

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Zoya Ornate Collection

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By beautopia · October 17, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


The Zoya entry into the Winter 2012 arena is basically amazing. I'm pretty much limiting myself to purchasing only polishes that cannot be passed up, since I've been using Shellac so much and all my clients are pretty much doing Shellac at this point. I need to purge at least 50% of my enormous stash as it is, so I really don't need non-essential polishes at this point. Ornate, or at least most of it, qualifies as essential for me. I offer several season-specific shades of China Glaze, OPI and Zoya at the salon, and by far the most used is Zoya which honestly surprised me. I love Zoya and everything, but I assumed people would go for the more recognizable brands, and since Zoya is for the most part only available online and in some salons it's pretty crazy. 

Anyway, I passed up all but one of the new OPI Skyfall polishes, and considering I'm a huge 007 fan, OPI Holiday collection fan, and Adele fan (I may go back and get Skyfall since she sings the theme song), that's a huge deal. I also don't feel as psyched about the promos I've seen for China Glaze's holiday offering, so Zoya was the only must-buy holiday collection for me. Weird. 

On to the swatches and reviews!!!

Bond, James Bond or An Early New Year's Manicure Idea

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By beautopia · October 19, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


I took another page out of Wah-Nails' book and did a tuxedo this week. I have been trying to branch out into freehand nail art since I'm not exactly great at painting miniatures like the likes of The Daily Nail or The Lacquer Files... I've been attempting to practice and hone my skills so that one day I might be, so I've been trying to re-create other designs I've seen done so I at least have a baseline to work off of. Today you're seeing China Glaze Cheers To You from the Holiday 2010 collection on all fingers except ring fingers. The more I wear this silver the more I love it. It's the most metallic silver foil I own, and I own a few. The pieces are so finely milled and the coverage is so perfect. It's almost like a chrome.

On the ring fingers I tried to recreate the tuxedo design from Wah-Nails. I think I did alright for my first try. I used Wet n Wild Black Magic for the base then with Migi Nail Art Pens in black and white I applied the design. It was pretty easy, but it was late and I was tired so it's not the most smooth or steady looking thing ever. I'll have to try again another time. I think this would be absolutely perfect for New Years but on the thumb I would add something champagne related or confetti or perhaps "2011." We'll see what I do, I need to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas first, lol.

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China Glaze Holiday 2010 - 'Tis the Season to be Naughty AND Nice - Swatches

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By beautopia · October 15, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


The China Glaze Holiday collection for 2010 is available online now at transdesign.com for $2.99 each and at head2toebeauty.com for $2.99 also. It should start to be available at Sally Beauty later in the year, but I'm not sure at what price. I imagine around $6 as usual.

The "Tis the Season to be Naughty AND Nice" collection is a whopping 16-piece collection consisting of a lot of the Christmas-y shades you'd expect, and a few you wouldn't, in a wide range of finishes. There are only a couple "predictable" shades in the whole collection, which is awesome. My overall impression of this collection is that this is typical China Glaze overachieving; a solid grouping of shades that makes you say "this couldn't get any better" then gives you even more. We all know I'm a big China Glaze fan, and collections like this are why I love them so much. Among other things I find that no one does glitter like China Glaze, and there are a couple great ones in this lot.

I've put all 16 shades in one post so you can have them all together in one place for comparison and shopping purposes. Below I'll show you each shade in one to two photos then give you a quick review; hope you enjoy!

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Philosophy Year-End Sale!

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By beautopia · December 31, 2009 · 0 Comments ·


Get up to 50% off some great items at Philosophy.com

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Whoa! Holiday Surprise from @LovePhilosophy!

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By beautopia · December 22, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

If you read Beautopia regularly, you'll know something of my love for Philosophy, especially their 3-in-1 line. I've got several holy grail products from this brand and I'm practicing what I'm preaching, folks, because I'm giving a few 3-in-1s as gifts this holiday. The bad news is that unfortunately, I find myself fresh out of "Oops, I Crapped My Pants Adult Diapers" when I need them most. This lovely surprise just knocked on my door from the lovely wizard behind the curtain over at Philosophy's twitter page. I feel the need for a shower even though I had one not six hours ago (with Philosophy Egg Nog 3-in-1!) This was a beyond generous and serendipitous gift and I'm sort of still reeling. I'll be sure to review this 3-in-1 later, but for now, let me assure you it smells divine. Thanks, Philosophy!!

More Last-Minute Beauty Sales and Free Shipping by Christmas

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By beautopia · December 22, 2009 · 0 Comments ·



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The Best Last-Minute Beauty Deals including Lippmann, YSL, NARS, Philosophy and more

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By beautopia · December 18, 2009 · 0 Comments ·


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Hello, Do Want! - Kat Von D Deluxe Uber Gift Set

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By beautopia · December 17, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Kat Von D Deluxe Uber Gift Set $425 ($544 value)

This set includes:

- An autographed photo of Kat Von D
- Lightening Sheer Lip Gloss in Party Animal, Fierce Red, Strutter, Rocker, Bam
- Painted Love Lipstick in A-Go-Go, Lolita, Underage Red, Misfit, Homegirl
- Autograph Eyeliner in Brass Knuckles, Romantico, Call Girl, Immortal Love, Love Metal 
- Rock n Roll Eyeshadow Duos in Confessional, King Cobra, Moonshine, Grunge, Motorhead
- True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig
- Black and White Angeleno case designed by KVD

While the price break is significant, it's sort of a bummer that it's still over $400 when companies like Tarte are doing sets with similar retail values and pricing them at $60 or so. However, one shouldn't sniff at a price break of over $100 if one is looking to buy those items anyway. I will not be buying this. FIrst of all because I couldn't care less about an autographed photo of KVD, and while the train case is cute, I doubt I'd use it. That still leaves a crap-ton of makeup, but still, I can't justify it. It's certainly fun to look at though!

Will you be buying Ms. Von D's Uber Gift Set?

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China Glaze - Emerald Sparkle and Golden Enchantment

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By beautopia · December 16, 2009 · 0 Comments ·


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China Glaze Emerald Sparkle and Golden Enchantment
Available at Transdesign, 8ty8beauty, and some Sally Beauty and Ulta

This was last year's Christmas manicure, and the year before that was China Glaze Ruby Pumps with Fairy Dust. I want to try something new this year but it wouldn't be Christmas without Emerald Sparkle. I did two coats of ES, with one coat of Golden Enchantment on top.

Emerald Sparkle is a deep green jelly base with bright true green glitter. Quite simply put, it's the green Ruby Pumps. Chances are that you already know that. I did two moderately thick coats only because I planned on layering something over it. In a situation where i'm using Emerald Sparkle alone, I'd use three.

Golden Enchantment is a clear base with golden and holographic microglitter. It's often considered the "gold China Glaze Fairy Dust" but in my opinion the glitter in Fairy Dust is a bit bigger. I'd personally compare this with China Glaze Wireless topcoat, only gold.

The overall effect is similar to a Christmas tree glittering with festive multi-colored lights. Obviously perfect for the holidays. I still have to figure out my Christmas manicure. What will yours be?




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