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Looks Like Ombre Is the New Black: The Demi Lovato In Love 5-Piece Ombre Nail Set From The New Black

Published in: Nails, The New Black

The New Black Demi Lovato Holiday Nail Polish Collection

The Demi Lovato In Love 5-Piece Set by The New Black ($22), one of two new holiday nail polish sets from The New Black

Hmm… Methinks The New Black is on to something with their ombre nail sets.

The one I’m wearing today is called In Love. It’s one of two new The New Black sets en route to Ulta stores next month in a collaboration with pop singer/former Disney child star Demi Lovato (but they’re both available online now).

The New Black Demi Lovato Nail Polish

The five bottles are minis…

I know next to nothing about Demi, but of her music, I’ve liked the stuff I’ve heard on the radio. That song of hers, Heart Attack, always seems to be playing whenever I’m in the car.

It’s catchy stuff! I’ve cranked it up more than once to sing along to the chorus.

Apparently, Demi also likes nail polish (and, really, what girl doesn’t?).

So, what’s The New Black? Well, it’s an up-and-coming nail polish line out of Santa Monica, California. Their products, which aren’t tested on animals, are vegan-friendly and toluene-, formaldehyde-, camphor- and DBP-free.

Cali represent! :)

The sets ($22 each) are basically little nail polish collections, each one with five nail polish minis in coordinating shades.

The idea? To wear all of the colors at once, one shade per nail, to create sort of like an ombre-ish effect across your fingers and/or toes.

The New Black Demi Lovato Nail Polish: In Love Set

From the left: Dark purple pearl, purple foil, medium purple pearl, light purple pearl and loose rhinestones

They’re like nail art paint by numbers, LOL! Which is great for me, because they take all the guesswork out of figuring out what colors to wear together. There’s even a handy (get it??) picture on the side of the box to make it really easy.

Sorry…bad pun, I know.

The New Black Demi Lovato Nail Polish

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Glitz, Glitter and Glam Steal the Spotlight in the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection

Published in: Collections, Nails, OPI

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Collection

The new 18-piece OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection

You don’t have to admit to watching Glitter, Mariah Carey’s cinematic tour de force, to love the new OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection, but an appreciation for sparkly stuff certainly helps.

The new limited edition collection glistens with glitter, and gobs of it. Fifteen of the 18 bottles blaze brighter than the twinkle in Mimi’s eye when she’s in the spotlight, as giant stage fans whip her hair into full-on diva mode, and she does that thing where she sings along to the high notes with her hands.

You know what I’m talking about. :)

Yeah, I’ll come clean. I saw Glitter in the theater…ON OPENING DAY! And yes, I’ve seen Mariah in concert (I even wore jeans that were frayed at the waistline, coupled with a crocheted crop top, BAM!), and I own most of her CDs. Even the hard-to-find remixes.

Team Mimi, y’all! — is all I have to say.

So yeah, I’m a Mariah fan, and I hummed Dreamlover when I heard about the new collection (available now at professional salons, Pure Beauty stores and Ulta, and coming soon online, for $9 a bottle, or $10.95 CAD).

The rich reds, golds and burgundies in the release made me feel plenty of Emotions as I swatched them in my bathroom today…

And because we’re talking about Mimi, of course there’s a healthy dose of glitz and glitter here, which the gals/guys who like to sparkle should welcome with Open Arms.

If, rather, you prefer textured polishes, you might find the six Liquid Sand shades Irresistible.

Take a peek down below, and let me know which of these is your number one. I’m wearing two coats of each.

OPI All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI)

All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI), a maroon

OPI Cute Little Vixen

Cute Little Vixen, a deep reddish violet

OPI In My Santa Suit

In My Santa Suit, a pearly red

OPI Warm Me Up

Warm Me Up, a dark brown-gray with pearl

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two

Sleigh Ride For Two, a dark chocolate burgundy with pearl

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At the China Glaze Monster’s Ball, the Ghouls Will Glitter and Glow

Published in: China Glaze, Nails

You're invited to a glitter-ific Monster's Ball

Come one, come all! Wraiths, vamps, ghouls and guys — everyone’s invited to the China Glaze Monster’s Ball.

Contrary to popular belief, the road to a rollickin’ Halloween isn’t paved with candy corn and Mini Snickers (although that would be hella awesome). It’s paved with glitter — and lots of it! — because the contractor was China Glaze. :)

Monster’s Ball, the brand’s new limited edition Halloween collection, is a monster mash of glitter. Of the six new shades ($7.50 each), four of them sport sparkle in spades.

And that’s not all, ghouls and guys. There’s also a midnight-black textured polish and, for those who aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, a shade that glows in the dark.

In each of the swatches below, I’m wearing two terrifying coats…

China Glaze Monsters Ball Bat My Eyes

Bat My Eyes

China Glaze Monsters Ball Boo-gie-Down Swatch

Boo-gie Down

China Glaze Monsters Ball Fang-tastic Swatch


China Glaze Monsters Ball Howl You Doin' Swatch

Howl You Doin’

China Glaze Monsters Ball Bump in the Night Swatch

Bump in the Night

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What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

Published in: Just For Fun, Nails

Guerlain La Laque Couleur in 861 Sulfurous

Two coats of 861 Sulfurous

I’m still wearing La Laque Couleur in 861 Sulfurous ($23), which is from Guerlain’s new holiday collection. I think I may have heard my nails sighing in relief after I painted them, LOL! I’ve been neglecting them for so long, and they needed some attention.

How about you? What are you wearing on your nails today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



Unsung Makeup Heroes: Chanel 505 Particuliere Le Vernis Nail Colour

Published in: Chanel, Guest Post, Nails, Unsung Heroes

Chanel Particuliere 505 Le Vernis Nail Colour

Sabrina of The Beauty Look BookAbout the Author
The following guest post was written by Sabrina of You can also find Sabrina on Twitter, Instagram, Bloglovin and on her new lifestyle blog

Chanel Particuliere 505 Le Vernis Nail Colour ($27 for 13 ml/.04 fl oz) is a classic taupe putty grey cream. Former Creative Director of Makeup Peter Philips designed the color for the spring 2010 collection (read about how he chose the name in his interview with the LA Times here), and years later it’s still a classic, universally flattering staple.

I love it for its no-fuss polished look. Particuliere is an office appropriate neutral with a little bit of edge to prevent it from looking boring. It applies smoothly with just one coat; two coats give fully opaque coverage.

It’s one of those go-with-everything shades, and whenever I can’t decide what to wear on my nails, I end up going with either taupe Chanel Particuliere, or another classic, deep red Dragon.

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