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Preview Ciate’s Holiday Gift Sets & Win The Emerald Collection

Hello nail lacquer lovers, Nelly here to help you to celebrate the gift-giving season. Thanks to My Life on and off the Guest List, I get to share Ciaté’s amazing nail lacquer and innovative nail art gift sets for the upcoming holiday season that you will clamoring for. The coveted nail brand features nail lacquers that are intensely pigmented with sought after designer-inspired manicures (their Caviar is still an industry favorite), original polishes, and standout textures and treatments that will transform your nails into the ultimate statement accessory. Their holiday offerings sees old favorites return and new amazing innovations, one of which a lucky reader of The Nail Polish exchange will win. Check out some of them below:

Ciaté Mini Mani Month – $58.00
 

Selling out in record numbers last year, this holiday favorite returns due to popular demand. Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. This set contains: Paint Pots Nail Polish in Snow Globe, Boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar Plum, Fit For A Queen, Candy Floss, Amazing Gracie, Pepperminty, Encore!, Starlet, Chinchilla, Members Only, Play Date, Ivory Queen, Main Stage, Pillow Fight, Tweed and Tails, Caviar Luxe in Metallic Pearls Smoulder (silver), Metallic Pearls Lustre (gold), Caviar Pearls in Cupids Arrow, Midnight in Manhattan, Glitter in Twinkle Toes, Sequins in Dallas Dolly and a Funnel.

Ciaté Tree Trinkets – $30.00
 

Deck your tree with this festive set of six mini glitter polishes floating inside bow-decorated ornaments. Wear each high-gloss shade alone or layered over your favorite color. Your tree will wow friends and family when dressed with these festive gifts. This set contains: 6 Mini Nail Pots in Yule Rules, All Aglow, Candy Cane, Humbug, Wrap Star!, Tinsel Town, 6 holiday ornaments and 6 holiday gift tags

Ciaté Nail Lab – $65.00

Want the ultimate at-home nail studio? Just like a makeup artist has her case, a nail care fan should have a studio. This is the ultimate at-home setup for creating hundreds of custom nail looks. Create and master pro nail styles, including a dotting tool, ombre sponge, and striping brush, plus Ciaté founder Charlotte Knight’s favorite glitter recipes and nail-look show cards to inspire and help you create your own signature Ciaté look. Crown your creation by giving it a name with the enclosed name tags – perfect for creating a special gift. This set contains: 6 Nail Pots in Mistress, Rain Coat, Amazing Gracie, Power Dressing, Pillow Fight, and Ferris Wheel, 7 Recipe cards, 7 Get The Look cards, 8 Suspension Top Coats, Glitter Pots in Splash, Tease, Bombshell, Flitter Pots in Prism, Stiletto, Galactic, Sparkle Pots in Nightfall, Ignite, Crowd Surf, Shimmer Pots in Pout, Day Dream, Pirouette, 2 Empty Mixing Paint Pots, 1 Petri dish, 1 Funnel, 2 Mini test tubes, Name tags, 6 Silver shaker balls, 1 Mini file, 2 Nail buffers, 1 Paint brush, 1 Stripper brush, 1 Dotter and 1 Scoop.

Ciaté Caviar Manicure Luxe in Gleam, Lustre and Smoulder – $25.00

The kit features a salon quality Paint Pot in rich metallic tones—the perfect foundation for the Luxe look. Luxe metal pearls are heavier than the classic caviar pearls, giving this look a more substantial finish. Add Gleam pearls for a blush rose gold color. Smoulder imparts a gleaming platinum look. And Lustre gleams with a classic gold full of glamour and sophistication. This set contains: Caviar Luxe Pearls, Paint Pots Nail Polish, Mini funnel, and Tray.

Ciaté Feathered Manicure in What A Hoot, All A Flutter and Ruffle My Feathers – $25.00

A complete nail kit featuring natural feathers (yes real features) for a stunningly intricate nail art look. This vampy fashion statement gives a extraordinarily fashionable look – the ultimate way to wear feathers this season. This set contains: Speed Coat Pro, Mini Paint Pot, Nail scissors, 2 Nail file blocks, and 40 feathers.

Ciaté Velvet Manicure – $25.00 

Created by Charlotte Knight, Ciaté’s Creative Director, whilst experimenting with luxurious textures and finishes. The finished effect of this red velvet manicure is unlike any other, giving an indulgent velvety coat for a truly divine manicure. This set contains: Paint Pot in Boudoir, Crushed Velvet Powder, Clear Plastic Tray, and Little Black Brush.

Ciaté Emerald Collection – $30.00 – WIN THIS SET

Enjoy 2013’s Color of the Year in Ciaté’s popular textures – Sequin, Velvet and Caviar. This collection comes with a full size Ditch the Heels Paint Pot, which is accompanied by a Velvet Shaker in Chauffeur, a pot of Sequins in Penthouse, and an extra special Emerald Caviar blend in Ball Gown. A funnel, little black brush and mini tray are all included to keep your mani tidy. As previously stated, one of you will win this wonderful, multi-textured set. Want to know how? Just follow the rafflecopter details below:

Thanks to My Life on and off the Guest List for sharing these amazing Ciate Holiday Gift Sets with us and for helping with this giveaway.

Color Coordination | Illamasqua Nails and ICU Eyewear Sunnies

There’s a huge trend going on right now which has everyone matching their nails to more than just their outfits. These days, you can rock nails that match your handbags, shoes makeup, or accessories. Since sunnies are one of the must-have accessories for summer, why not have them match your nail color? Think of the fun you can have. Illamasqua, a brand known for celebrating personality and individuality, and ICU Eyewear has several incredible colors that coordinate and compliment each other perfectly. Both brands have an amazing variety of colors, some of which are featured below – so many choices, it’s difficult to choose a favorite.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Alarm
ICU Crystal w/Wavy Temples Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Gamma
ICU Crystal w/Metal Temples Gold

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Harem
ICU Crystal Pink/Black

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Prism
ICU Crystal w/Outsides Spray

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Purity
ICU Black with Metallic Temples Pumpkin

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Superstition
ICU Modern Classic Red

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Swinger
ICU Retro Speckles Brown

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Venous
ICU Crystal Green

Luckily you don’t have to choose. Because ICU Eyewear is so affordable, you can mix and match several of the eyewear styles to your Illamasqua nail varnishes. With eyewear styles retailing for only $21.95, you can switch up your look all season long. 

Birchbox + Color Club Create Exclusive Nail Art Kit!

At Birchbox, the beauty discovery commerce experts, nail art is more than just a trend – it’s a must-have accessory that’s here to stay! The nail art obsession flourished in 2012 and will continue strong through 2013; to kick off the New Year, Birchbox has teamed up with Color Club to create a kit of nail art essentials that is sure to please nail artisans.

From striper brushes and dotting pens to beautiful gold leaf, Birchbox is giving you everything you’d need to create a super fun mani. The kit also features three of Birchbox’s favorite designs that you can recreate yourself – Edgy Black Pyramids, Classic Polka Dots, and Gold Foil Gradient

 Want to know what’s in this fun nail art kit? See below for contents Birchbox + Color Club’s exclusive kit:

-Nail Art Duo Pens in White and Black 
-Mini French Tip Polish 
-Mini Look Book Polish 
-Gold Flakes 
-Sealer

Want to learn more about this awesome kit? Visit www.birchbox.com/the-haute-box/birchbox-nail-art-kit for foolproof tutorials and more information!

Be a True Blue Beauty with Illamasqua’s New Blue Nail Varnishes

For nail color, the fall season is all about being blue. Shades of blue adorn the talons of stylemakers and trendsetters on city streets everywhere. Illamasqua will keep you a true blue beauty with the two editions to their beloved Illamasqua Nail Varnish Collection – Noble (cornflower blue) and Cameo (turquoise blue).

Illamasqua’s Director of Product Development, David Horne specifically mixed these two complimentary hues to compliment Illamasqua’s range of over 50 bold shades of chip resistant, long wearing nail varnishes. Illamasqua US Nail Ambassador, Fleury Rose suggests pairing the two colors together. Check out the tutorial video below

“It’s fun to play with the two shades together; I would recommend a modern french manicure or using Noble as an accent nail while painting the rest of the hand in Cameo. Blue nails just add the perfect pop of color! Featuring Illamasqua’s highly pigmented formulation both varnishes are true to color with just two coats, which is often hard to find in a blue varnish.” – Fleury Rose, Illamasqua US Nail Art Ambassador.

Noble and Cameo to be sold exclusively at Sephora, Sephora inside JCP and online at www.sephora.com from October 4, 2012 and retails for $14.00.

Celebrate Life with Avon’s Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Crusade Products

Can you believe Avon has been helping to raise awareness and find a cure for Breast Cancer for 20 years? It’s true! Avon launched its Breast Cancer Crusade in 1992, a program that helps raise funds and awareness with sales of pink ribbon products. This year Avon presents some wonderful fundraising products available

The above Breast Cancer Ribbons Scarf is 100% poly and measures 36″X36″ and retails for $10.00 with 100% of net profits or $8.06 being donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

The Breast Cancer Crusade Watch is a cool and sporty way to support the cause. Available in two sizes, the oversized quartz watch features gunmetal plating and a black silicone strap. The striking black face has a magenta ribbon and magenta hands. 100% of net proceeds will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade ($14.00 for the Small size, $13.90 for the Large size).

The above Breast Cancer Crusade Pin (which retails for $3.00) is made from Silvertone with rhinestones with 100% of the net profits or $2.16 being donated and the Breast Cancer Crusade Tennis Bracelet (retail $5.00) is made from Silvertone with light rose crystals and pink enamel-look ribbon motif and measures 7″ L with 1″ extender. 100% of the profits ($3.64) will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

The above Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel in Pink Power is actually currently sold out but you can purchase the Speed Dry+ Nail Enamel in Ballerina (see below) at the same price of $2.99. For every bottle sold, Avon will donate $1 to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

To purchase these and other Avon Foundation fundraising products go to www.AvonFoundation.org.

Red Carpet Manicure’s Guide to Patriotic Drag Art Nails

Hey All, Nelly here with a trend I’m excited to try this holiday. The newest and hottest nail polish trend out now is Drag Art and in celebration of The July 4th holiday (and the fact that I will be doing this trend myself), I present Red Carpet Manicure’s Guide to Patriotic Drag Art Nails. You may remember me writing a few times about the awesomeness of Red Carpet Manicure, the first at-home LED gel system. Danielle Candido, a Red Carpet Manicure’s Nail Technician has presented a step by step guide to achieve the Patriotic drag nails look for the 4th of July.

Photo Courtesy of http://nailartgallery.nailsmag.com/fcnails/photo/211940/red-white-and-blue-drag/user

To begin, you need the colors

The above three colors are: Red Carpet Reddy, White Hot and Drop Dead Gorgeous

  1.  Paint the whole nail with Red Carpet Reddy 
  2. Before curing the second coat of color, take a striping brush and lay down a stripe of Drop Dead Gorgeous. Do not cure this layer. 
  3. Clean the brush and lay down a stripe of White Hot either right next to the first stripe or even down the center of the first stripe. Do not cure this layer. 
  4. Clean the brush. 
  5. Next, with the thin edge of the flattened striping brush, pull the tip of the brush through all the lines in a pre-determined pattern and cure. 
  6. Apply a thin coat of Brilliance Top Coat. Cure and wipe with Purify 

And that is it. You can drag the lines horizontal, vertical or diagonal – whatever your heart desires. Happy July 4th.

Salon Perfect is Blooming with Nail Color this Spring

You may know the brand Salon Perfect as makers of amazing collections of lash and brow products but did you know they also make Nail lacquers? That’s right, Salon Perfect introduces the Limited Edition Blooming with Color, a collection of brilliant bright and soft pastel colors for Spring 2012. There’s nothing like a fresh manicure with a bright, energetic polish to perk you up or a soft romantic pastel. It features 14 rich crème shades sure to put a spring in your step.

The rich crème shades include:
Perfectly Peach – Delicate peach
Lemon Zing – Sunny yellow
Kiwi Lime – Vibrant green
Blue Mint – Cheerful mint
Berry Blue – Classic periwinkle
Purple Sorbet – Dark lilac
Lavender Icing – Soft lilac
Spicy Tomato – Juicy red
Tangy Tangerine – Tart orange
Sour Apples – True blue-green
Blue Raspberry – Vivid azure
Plum Sorbet – Magenta with purple shimmer
Berry Pink – Bold flamingo pink
Bubblegum – Honeysuckle pink

Check out my colorblock mani using Kiwi Lime and Sour Apples below – already got compliments today on it

Salon Perfect’s limited edition polish collection is available next month at approximately 1,700 Walmart locations nationwide for just $2.98 each! Celebrate spring with a bountiful array of Salon Perfect® Blooming with Color nail polishes!

Christina Aguilera Rocks Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

Christina Aguilera wowed everyone with her new sultry and sleek new look on the latest episode of The Voice. Adding a bit of rocker sparkle to her new look was her Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in “Lust-rous”. Christina has gone through a complete transformation from wild to smoldering and her glam nails make her look even more amazing.

Christina’s manicurist, Farah Songhorian, explains that the “Lust-rous” pattern “compliments the dress and adds some sparkle and glam to the nail”. Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips offer DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde Free, no dry-time nail looks for style that lasts up to ten days.

This easy and affordable at-home nail technology puts bold color, high- shine, and intricate design at your fingertips – just peel, apply, file, and go. Grab these and other designs for only $9.00 at Duane Reade, Drugstore.com and other mass retailers.