San Francisco by OPI brings street chic style with West Coast flair to nails and toes for Fall/Winter 2013. This new collection features a palette ranging from sky and sea-colored hues of blues and gray to reds, burgundies and browns inspired by some of the city’s most iconic elements – Chinatown, the Golden Gate bridge and the Embarcadero.
I was able to review some of the collection! All images are shown with two coats.
Embarca-Dare Ya! is a creamy magenta.
Haven’t the Foggiest is a gorgeous metallic silver.
A-Piers to Be Tan is a brown creme finish. I’m not that fond of brown polish, but that’s okay because this next one is….
In the Cable Car-Pool Lane is a rich burgundy, and one of my favourites in this collection.
I Knead Sour-Dough is a pearly brown.
Incognito in Sausalito is an incredibly deep blue that is almost black.
What do you think of the collection? In addition to the above shades, there are also three new Liquid Sand™ nail lacquers in earthy hues of taupe, blue and gray: It’s All San Andreas’s Fault, Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! and Alcatraz…Rocks. Liquid Sand lacquers dry to a textured, matte finish, infused with reflective sparkle.
Take a look at the full collection below, but hurry! This collection is almost ready to leave stores.
The holidays can be a time filled with well meant but ultimately meaningless gifts. It’s nice, then, when you are able to combine giving someone a gift that you know they’ll love and also does a bit of good.
Enter the Happy Hearts Fund. This fund helps to rebuild schools after natural disasters. So far, they’ve rebuilt 70 schools in 14 different countries. Clinique has released some products to support this cause.
My favourite is the Clinique Happy Heart perfume. It has lovely citrus top notes of mandarin and yellow primrose. $10 from each purchase will be donated to the Happy Hearts Fund…and it makes a great last minute gift! Click here to see all of the Clinique Happy Heartgifts.
2. White Musk Smoky Rose Perfume ($24)
This is daring and mysterious musk fragrance, this seductive eau de parfum features an intoxicating blend of cruelty-free musk with notes of black smoky rose and tobacco flower.
It’s Monday! Chase away those Monday blues with a bright, fun polish to kick-start your week!
The Corrupted Neon collection by Ciate ($25) is a set of four vibrant colours that glow under a blacklight. The colours are Tropicana orange, Foam Party blue, Megaphone yellow and Shout Out pink.
This is Foam Party with two coats. I think that three coats would be best for this polish. I really liked the subtle glitter.
Your kit comes with a paint pot polish, neon glitter and a black light topcoat. A word of warning- the glitter has no stopper when you open it. It is pure glitter, and everything will be glitter-fied. So be careful when opening!
After you’ve painted on two or three coats, sprinkle the glitter over your nails while still wet. When the nails are dry, paint with the blacklight topcoat. Now all you need is a blacklight and you’re set!
Ciate has generously given me some kits to giveaway. If you’d like to win one, enter below!
Philosophy endeared themselves to me early on with their, “Falling in Love” perfume. It’s one of my favourites. I also quite like their Purity skin cleanser- so I especially like this!
Philosophy has an awesome new campaign for the holidays, and want you to get involved! Send sweet wishes to your family and friends, and philosophy will gift you a free 30mlbottle of the award-winning purity made simple skin cleanser. From November 11th to December 8th you can enter by going to www.philosophy-wishes.com. As more wishes are sent, the number of lights on the holiday tree hosting on the website will increase to show love spreading all over the world! Isn’t that sweet? On December 9th, those who sent sweet wishes will receive an email with a coupon to pick up their free gift at select philosophy Hudson’s Bay counters across Canada from December 9th to 19th. Better hurry! Although the tree will continue to be filled with twinkling lights, only the first 2000sweet wishes are eligible for the purity gift. Send your wishes here www.philosophy-wishes.com.To sweeten the deal even further, philosophy is giving one lucky reader a bliss filled prize pack! One lucky winner will get: The giveaway package will include the following products:
I have a mild (okay, not so mild) obsession with my nails, so I cheerfully accepted an invitation to an evening of avocado beauty treatments and manicures!
The event was organized by Miss.AvaCado from Avocados from Mexico at the beautiful Tips Nail Bar. This was my first time at the new location of Tips, and I loved it! I especially like the hand drawn picture frames all around the wall. There was a yummy selection of avocado snacks to be had.
The evening got started with an avocado hand mask. To get the full benefit of the hand mask, we weren’t allowed to use our hands for 20 minutes (a fact they revealed after we were all avocado-d up 😉 ) I never realized how addicted I am to my phone!
While our hands got glam under the avocado mask, we chatted about avocados.
Avocados are nutrient-dense and contain highly coveted unsaturated oils that can penetrate deep skin tissue. This makes them easily absorbent and superior moisturizing. Avocados make a great face mask and you can even use them as a hair mask! (1 avocado, 1 egg yolk & 1/2 a teaspoon of olive oil. Easy peasy!)
After the 20 minutes were up, my skin felt smoother and looked a bit brighter. Then it was manicure time! I choose a CND VINYLUX™ Weekly Polish in Bloodline.
I loved it! So shiny and it lasted just under a week. I enjoyed the event and had fun meeting beauty bloggers!
Why not whip up your own Avocado Hand Treatment? This takes 5 minutes to make and is enough for one person.
1/4 fully ripened avocado from Mexico
1 egg white*
2 tablespoon rolled oats
1 tablespoon lemon juice
In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Add egg white, oats and lemon juice.
Massage into hands; leave mixture on for 20 minutes (don’t balefully stare at your untouchable phone- watch an episode of Say Yes to the Dress!)
Rinse off and enjoy your smooth hands!