ZOYA TRANSITIONAL COLLECTION: Naturel Deux (2) - Official Press Release & Photos

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Inspired by the desire to expand the popular neutral palette of the Zoya NATUREL collection, six (6) NEW, full-coverage creams in deeper hues were born.


Perfect as every day go-to colors, the Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) collection bridges the transitional gap between late summer/early fall 2014 with three, rich brown family shades and three plum based beauties. All in the long-wearing, BIG5FREE formula Zoya is known for! 



ZOYA NATUREL DEUX (2) - 2014
ZP742 – Spencer: Camel Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP743 – Chanelle: Toasted Almond, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP744 – Emilia: Dark Chocolate, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP745 – Marnie: Deep Warm Plum, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP746 – Aubrey: Medium Mauve Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP747 – Madeline: Muted Rose, Full Coverage Formula.





COLLECTION PRE-ORDER 
STARTS JULY 21, 2014


ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY 
COLOR OF FASHION!

$9 (US) 
Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas. 

*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.
Art of Beauty 
(makers of Zoya)

Anyone interested in this collection? I can't wait to review it for you all. Let me know if you're excited and if you'll be purchasing anything from Naturel Deux.

xo!

Live Chat w/ Celeb Hairstylist to Lady Gaga, Connie Britton, Mariah Carey, and more


STYLIST TO THE STARS HOSTS LIVE VIDEO CHAT JULY 9, 2014 AT 6PM 
 


Have you wondered what it’s like to work alongside today’s biggest celebrities?  Or do you need inside tips and tricks from one of the best hairstylists in the industry?  Today is your lucky day.
JULY 9, 2014 – Stylist to the stars and founder of Hair Room Service, Michael Dueñas, has partnered with Wizeo to bring his knowledge of the industry, share secrets, and offer tips in a live video chat on July 9, 2014 at 6pm.  Anyone can join in on the fun, all while supporting a great cause.  With just a small contribution to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society you can be a part of the group video chat and one lucky fan will even win a one-on-one! 
With a growing list of celebrity clients including Lady Gaga, Connie Britton, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, and Lea Michele, Michael is sure to be able to answer some of your burning hair questions.  Since becoming a hair stylist, Michael Dueñas has been on the fast track. Not only does he have an impressive list of celebrity clients, but since moving to New York to focus his energy on editorial and fashion, Michael has been able to work alongside Orlando Pita on shows for Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, and Victoria’s Secret. Michael has also keyed shows for Betsey Johnson, Trina Turk, Nicole Miller, Charlotte Ronson and many others. Whether Michael is on set for cover shoots or backstage working on Beyoncés music videos his demeanor never changes. He has a gifted ability to maintain creative focus while under pressure.
To sign up and ask your questions, visit Michael Dueñas on Wizeo here. 
About Hair Room Service - HAIR ROOM SERVICE by Michael Dueñas is recognized as one the most luxurious beauty amenities for in-room salon appointments throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles.  HAIR ROOM SERVICE is more than just hair.  Top celebrity artists deliver beautiful haircuts, blowouts, makeup, nail applications and personalized styling—all within the privacy and comfort of your home, hotel room, or office.  Whether pressed for time before a red-carpet event or simply treating yourself to an afternoon of luxury, HAIR ROOM SERVICE combines the highlights of a five-star salon without even having to find a taxi.  Whatever your needs, the celebrity artists of HAIR ROOM SERVICE will ensure that you walk out of your door nothing less than flawless.  For more information and to book an appointment, visit www.hairroomservice.com.
About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Zoya Summer 2014 Magical PixieDust Review/Swatches


Today I have the Zoya Magical PixieDust for Summer 2014.
They come in three beautiful colors and I was so very excited to receive them and try them out. When the press release came out they were described as a new PixieDust formulation, amped up with spectacular sparkle creating the most magical, Zoya PixieDust ever!

First up is Arlo, she's a violet amethyst magical pixie.
Arlo was very easy to work with, the application was smooth and I actually found that these polishes were actually easier than the previous pixie dusts. I love the chunky glitters and this is a stunning pink violet. It's a gorgeous summer color but can also be worn in the fall and winter. I used two coats for full coverage. 
Love it!

Bar is a nude topaz magical pixie.
I love this one as well. It's a beautiful nude and has chunks of green and gold glitter. The formula was smooth and I used two coats as well.

Ginni is a pink tourmaline magical pixie.
Ginni is a beautiful pink that was completely opaque in two coats and had nice chunks of sparkle in it. I love that my nails looked blinged out and sparkly. I really like the reformulated version of the pixie dusts. I think that they look so much better and are much smoother and easier to apply. 



Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post! 

I will be having a giveaway in a couple of weeks! My birthday is in July and I want to do something special for my subscribers so stay tuned!

Let me know if you plan to pick up anything from this collection! 

Have a lovely weekend!

Beauty & love!


--- Press samples provided for an honest review. (All opinions are honest and my own.) ---





Zoya - Tickled Summer 2014 Collection Review/Swatches


Hi all,
Today I have the Zoya Tickled Collection for Summer 2014! These colors are simply beautiful! I used two coats for each swatch and they were very easy to apply. The formula is creamy and glides on like butter.

First up is Kitridge it is described as a Carnation Pink cream and it fits! It's such a beautiful color for the summer because the light makes it so nice and bright.

Ling is AH-MAZING. I'm usually not drawn to blues but this blue is gorgeous. If I could create a beach somewhere, this is the color I would use for the water. I'm in love with Ling.

Rocha is a red cream and it's gorgeous in the light. I'm in love with the formula of this entire collection.

Rooney is described as a Hollywood Pink cream and I love it. Pink is my favorite color and I think it looks great on any skin tone. 

Tilda is a green cream and it's great for a nice pop of color. I'm going to be wearing this one a lot this summer.

Wendy is a tickle pink cream and it reminds me of a salmon color. I love this one so much and I know I'll be using it a lot as well. 

All in all, I really enjoyed the color scheme of the Tickled Collection. Zoya never fails me. I'm so happy with these colors and the formula. I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone wanting to add some new pretties to their stash.

What do you guys think? Will you be buying any of the polishes in this collection? Let me know below!

Love & Beauty,
Erica

--- Press samples provided for an honest review. (All opinions are honest and my own.) ---




Zoya - Bubbly Summer 2014 Collection Review/Swatches


Hi all,
Today I have review/swatches for the Zoya Bubbly Collection for Summer 2014. I'm so excited about these polishes because they are amazing. They are shimmery with a lot of sparkle and have a jelly texture. Application was very easy for these polishes and I used three coats because they are very sheer but build-able.

First up is Alma and she's a peachy metallic beauty. It's full of shimmer and sparkle.

Binx is a purple orchid metallic and it's my favorite from this collection. I love the glitter particles.

Harper is a pink metallic and it's full of sparkle.

Jesy is a coral orange metallic and it's a beauty.

Muse is a beautiful mermaid blue metallic and it's another favorite of mine. It's absolutely gorgeous!

Last but definitely not least is Stassi. A gorgeous jade green metallic with a ton of pizzazz.

The Zoya Bubbly Collection is a knock out of the park! I know many people will love this set. The polishes look great on their own or can even be used to add a beautiful metallic sparkle to the Tickled collection (or any other polishes of your choice!) Will you be buying any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

Love & Beauty,
Erica

--- Press samples provided for an honest review. (All opinions are honest and my own.) ---







OPI Releases Six New Neon Nail Lacquers w/ Base Coat - Official Press Release/Photos

      OPI Releases Six New Neon Nail Lacquers with
Accompanying White Base Coat to Boost Bright Color

OPI Adds Its First Full-Size Neon Shades to Permanent Collection


OPI announces the launch of six new neon nail lacquers, the brand’s first full-size neon shades, along with Put a Coat On! – a special white base coat that instantly boosts neon color. Neons by OPI arrives just in time for summer, with electric hues in shades of lemon-lime, tangerine, hot pink, coral, lime and purple. 
 “With hands and feet constantly on display during warmer months, wearing nail lacquer is a must,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP.  “I am a big fan of bright colors for summer, and Neons by OPIdelivers a bold look that pairs perfectly with sun-kissed skin. To really make the neon shades pop, I recommend using Put a Coat On!, a new white base coat developed to be worn with bright lacquer hues to further enhance color.
“These six shades are the first full-size neons OPI has ever released,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.  “With large demand for new bright lacquers, this collection is a welcome addition to OPI’s permanent line.”
Neons by OPI includes:

Life Gave Me Lemons
This citrusy lemon-lime hits the spot every time!


You are So Outta Lime!
Here comes trouble and she’s wearing this outspoken lime green!


Juice Bar Hopping
This tangerine cream makes me jump for joy!


Hotter than You Pink
Just when you think pink can’t get any hotter, there’s this!


Push & Pur-Pull
This forceful purple has got me coming and going!


Down to the Core-al
The beauty of this brilliant coral goes beyond skin deep.


Put a Coat On!
Amp up any bright shade with this color-boosting base coat.


Neons by OPI will also be available in GelColor, marking the launch of OPI’s first neon gel shades. GelColor is a professional salon service that offers a high-shine, 100% gel finish that lasts for weeks with a 30 second LED cure.
 “If you’re planning a summer vacation, try a GelColor manicure or pedicure,” said Weiss-Fischmann.  “Not only will your neon nails look fabulous, they’ll remain chip-free and flawless while you’re having fun in the sun.”
Neons by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor (for professionals only) formulas beginning May 2014. Nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application and will retail for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN)  at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com.  GelColor is an in-salon, professional service only. Prices depend on the salon and range from $28 - $38 for a manicure and $35 - $45 for a pedicure.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram@OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
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ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names,OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.








Launched 5.1.14 | Face, Hair, and Body Soap | Badrick's Skincare

Summer Grooming Tip:
"Summertime can leave you sweaty, dirty and let's face it, a little smelly.  Our Lock Stock and Barrel Bar seeks to combat these issues.  The bar can be used on face, hair and body ensuring that it won't strip your body of essential oils leaving you dry and flaky. Combine that with our signature scent and you'll be positioned to seize the day or night and if need be, shower more than once a day."   Matthew Dank, Cofounder, Badrick's Skincare Inc.


BADRICK’S LOCK STOCK AND BARREL BAR
Infused with natural oils, this all-in-one soap will cleanse hair, face, and body


Soaps and body bars have been around forever, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t change with the times.  Badrick’s Lock Stock and Barrel Bar is an all-in-one product and cure for a refreshing shower or bath experience.  Each bar is infused with light fragrance of Tobacco & Vanilla, natural moisturizers like Shea Butter, Trichilia Emetica Seed Oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil. Badrick’s Lock Stock and Barrel Bar will leave you feeling clean and nourished, without film or build up that still makes you feel dirty.

Beneficial Ingredients: 
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) – Shea butter has been used for centuries for its skin protectant properties. It not only protects the skin but also nourishes it with its naturally occurring Vitamins A, D, and E.  The Shea Butter will leave the skin soft and supple.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia leaf oil) – Tea Tree oil combats against bacteria and helps in fighting acne, cold sores, and heals wounds.  It is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral.   Due to Tea Tree oils ability to keep germs from spreading it is often used in wintertime cold formations.
Sweet Almond Oil(Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) – 100% Pure Sweet Almond Oil is a natural oil perfect for nourishing and reviving any skin type. It is ideal for the entire body and is known to restore hair and skin health over time.  Not only does it contain calming and anti-inflammatory properties, but it moisturizes and nourishes hair.  Almond Oil is absorbed and won’t clog pores, promoting clear, soft, healthy skin.
Trichilia Emetica Seed Oil (Cape Mahogany) – Oil from the seeds of the trichilia tree forms a solid butter that is an anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory.  It offers great skin permeation and leaves skin cool and hydrated. 
How to Use:
In shower, massage in circular motion on damp skin andrinse.  When using as a shampoo, wet hair and rub on scalp till it suds. Rinse hair until there is no residue from the bar.  Enjoy the cooling effect.
Badrick’s Lock Stock and Barrel Bar (4 oz, $12.95) can be found on shelves and virtual aisles of select retail locations throughout the country starting in May 1, 2014. For additional information or to purchase, visit badricks.com.  You can also stay up to date on all things #BADRICKS by connecting on facebook.com/Badricksinc, twitter.com/badricksinc, or instagram.com/badrick


2014 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange

Announcing the 2014 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange


Give the earth a helping hand by joining the healthy nail polish movement! Since its inception, ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish, releasing the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available each season. With Zoya Nail Polish, you don't have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a glamorous one. God worry-free with a formula that is BIG5FREE**

Now you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one gorgeous Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! To help kick start your "color cleanse", the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014. Not only is Zoya making it easy to swap out old, unwanted color for the world's healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market, we will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner!

This offer is only good for 1 week - so hurry - Don't Wait! Valid 4/21/14 - 4/28/14 (11:59pm EST)

PLEASE VISIT THE ZOYA BLOG FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS! Or visit zoya.com

Zoya Nail Polish color shown: Zoya Ling: 2014 Summer Color! $9 - Available now for Pre-Order on zoya.com.


Zoya - Magical Pixie for Summer 2014 - Official Press Release/Photos

Zoya Magical Pixie Summer 2014

Believe in it...

New Summer 2014 Zoya Magical Pixie
  • Bar: Nude Topaz Magical Pixie
  • Ginni: Pink Tourmaline Magical Pixie
  • Arlo: Violet Amethyst Magical Pixie 



Who will be picking up these fab shades? I'm excited to try these out as well! Let me know in the comments below!

Love and beauty!

Erica

Zoya - Tickled & Bubbly for Summer 2014 - Official Press Release

Tickled & Bubbly

Feel good color! 
Laugh, giggle, chuckle and smile! Welcome to a happy Summer season of long-wearing, feel good BIG5FREE* nail color by Zoya featuring two new collections destined to bring out your inner Glee!

Get ready Zoya lovers! The new Summer 2014 Collection is coming very soon and it's Tickled & Bubbly!


Zoya Tickled:
No wall-flowers here... Six pigment packed, full coverage cream shades to glide onto your nails. Be ready to stand out in the crowd - the eyes of the world will swoon over these beauties.
  • Ling: True Blue Cream
  • Tilda: Mantis Green Cream
  • Rooney: Hollywood Pink Cream
  • Kitridge: Carnation Pink Cream
  • Wendy: Tickle Pink Cream
  • Rocha: Folly Red Cream

Zoya Bubbly:
Six dazzling hues loaded with shimmering holographic glitter particles. This is color made to dance in the light and deliver great color well into the night! Buildable formula - great for layering.
  • Muse: Mermaid Blue Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Stassi: Jade Green Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Harper: Mexican Pink Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Binx: Purple Orchid Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Jesy: Coral Orange Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Alma: Golden Peach Metallic, Holographic Glitter


Available for pre-order on April 15, 2014. Product expected to begin shipping in early May.

Who is excited for these upcoming collections? I know I am! I can't wait to get swatches up for you all! Let me know if you'll be picking up anything from these collections. 

Love and beauty!

Erica


Zoya - Awaken & Monet Review/Swatches




I fell in love with the Zoya Awaken Collection for Spring 2014. All the colors are so beautiful and go on like butter. Today I have some swatches and a review for you. 


First up is Cole. It is a peach creme and it went on like butter. I love this color and it was very easy to apply and work with. I got full coverage with two coats and I didn't use a top coat.




Here is Cole with Monet on as a top coat. Monet is a holographic glitter and it's beautiful on  top all of these colors.




Dot is a pink creme and I only used two thin coats and had full coverage. I adore this color! Pink is my favorite color and I will be using this one a lot this Spring. The formula was very smooth and I used no top coat. 




Here is Dot with Monet:


It's so pretty!!! Ahh! I'm in love!

Moving on, haha! Here I have Hudson, which is a purple shimmer metallic and it is absolutely gorgeous. It looks so beautiful in the sunlight. I only used two coats for full coverage and no top coat. I love it.




Here is Hudson with Monet:



Next up is Dillon, which ironically is the name of my daughter, except hers is spelled Dylan. When I found out about this Spring collection I was very excited because of this color which comes in her name and because of another polish...I'll let you know which one later but, I was pregnant at the time I received the press release and the other polish was going to be my other baby's name. It was a sign. Anyway, rant over, haha. Dillon is a green mint which has shimmer and is metallic. It went on like butter as they all did and I had full coverage in two coats. It's a very nice Spring color and reminds me of Easter for some reason. I don't know why. Dillon is another favorite of mine. :)




Here is Dillon paired up with Monet:



Here is Brooklyn, it is a white gold shimmer metallic and the other polish I was talking about. I named my baby, Brooke Lynn Monroe and I thought it was interesting that this collection had the names of two of my children. It puts a smile on my face every time I think about it. This color is very easy to apply and I had full coverage in two coats. It



Here is Brooklyn with Monet: 



And last but definitely not least is Rebel. It is a blue shimmer metallic and it reminds me of the beach on a summer day. It's very shiny and such a gorgeous color on any skin tone. It was easy to apply and I only used two coats and no top coat for an opaque finish.



Here is Rebel paired up with Monet:


All in all, I think Zoya knocked it out of the ball park with this collection. It's very Spring-y and gorgeous. I have no complaints about any of the colors. 

Have any of you purchased or plan to purchase this collection or any of the colors? What are your thoughts on it? Favorites? 

Thanks for reading and I hope to be updating more frequently. I just had my baby on February 28th through an emergency cesarean and then my wound re-opened two weeks after. I've been trying to recover and take care of my children. It has been a journey but I would do it all over again if I had to because I love my kids. My baby was in NICU during our stay at the hospital because she couldn't breathe on her own and her sugar was low. All I wanted was for her to be okay. She's doing so much better now and I'm so happy about it. 

I hope everyone has a lovely week!

Love & beauty!

Erica

--- Press samples provided for an honest review. (All opinions are honest and my own.) ---