Oh Snap! — new collection from SinfulColors

Thought I’d seen all the new polishes from SinfulColors, but this morning at Walgreens I saw a new set called Oh Snap!.

SC Oh Snap display

Photo via SinfulColors Professional Facebook page

Left to right, the colors are:

  • No Filter (new)
  • Retro Rosie (new)
  • Rose Dust (repromote from last spring)
  • Antique Your Interest (new)
  • Purple Haze (new)
  • Plum Luck (new)
  • Ink Positive (new)
  • Clear Top Coat

As you can see, the seven polishes lean cool, except for the bright yellow Antique Your Interest, and most are in the pink or magenta family.  I love pink-purples and that’s AOK with me!

Here’s a company photo of Ink Positive:

SC Oh Snap Ink Positive

And I reviewed and loved Rose Dust earlier this year.  It’s a lavender pink with silver shimmer.

Rose Dust

I didn’t buy any of the Oh Snap! polishes but plan to go back and get a few.  All but the bright yellow are calling my name, and since tomorrow is the last day for the Walgreens 99-cent sale on SinfulColors, why not?  Remember, in these sales that specifically say “All SinfulColors polishes 99 cents,” even the new ones should ring up at that price.  A Walgreens member card (free) may be required.

Shop your stash

No news today, no swatches.  Hopefully tomorrow my new Satin trio from Zoya will be arriving and I’m excited to see those in person.

Nope, today I want to talk about one’s stash and saving money.  Take from this what you will.

At the beginning of every season I want new makeup, new nail polish, new clothes, and new accessories.  This is intensified every January 1st when I also want a new face, a new body, and a new head of hair!  Like the saying goes, if wishes were fishes the sea would be full.  I don’t have the money to buy everything I see, and that’s OK.

What can you do when you see a dozen new fall makeup/polish collections or palettes and you want them all?  I’ve got a few tips.

Number one, try to be patient.  Stop and mentally take a deep breath and wait for a bit if possible.  Many’s the time I’ve seen a preview of a new big nail polish collection and I think I want them all.  Months later when they actually come out and I see them in person, maybe they don’t look as good as I thought or I already own dupes.  It’s the purpose of a company’s marketing or PR department to whip up enthusiasm.

Secondly, and the title of this post, shop your stash.  That means go through what you already own and I mean go through it all — what’s stored in your bathroom, your bedroom vanity table, your purse, your other purse, your other other purse, your travel bag, and your personal desk drawer at work.  Do you already have fifteen shades of coral lipstick, and if so, do you really need another?  Since you bought and never really liked Company XYZ’s first four palettes, what makes you think you want their fifth one?  Really think about what you love and what you got suckered into buying just because it was a trend or a fad.

While you’re going through your stash, get real when it comes to “clean and fresh.”  Is there a stick concealer that’s dried up yet you can’t throw it away because you remember how perfect it was?  When it comes to personal products that have dried up or gone bad, believe me, they’re dead and they ain’t comin’ back.  Anything liquid or creamy such as foundation, mascara, lotion, moisturizer, lip gloss, and nail polish can separate, discolor, or spoil. Do yourself a favor and say bye-bye.

You may find it useful to rotate your stash and store a big chunk of it away for part of the year.  I do this, partly because of limited display space and partly because I like to be generally seasonal with things.  Not saying this is the right way to do it or the only way to do it, just what I enjoy.  I have peppermint body lotion that I like to use in the winter but not in the summer, I prefer brown nail polishes in the fall, and so on.  Sometimes when you get things out every few months it’s like having something brand new without spending more money.

Another idea is to keep a tote or container with samples or minis you’ve received, plus items that are almost used up (that nearly empty eye cream, the bottle of nail polish that only has one manicure left in it).  Next time you take a trip, pack a handful of those, use them, and then throw them away before coming home.  Kind of hard to dig something out of the garbage when it’s a thousand miles away.

I’d love to know what tips you all have when it comes to organizing your stash or keeping the “new stuff cravings” at bay.  Some say to write the date on everything you open but I’m not quite that OCD…. yet.

Let’s Chunky Dunk some more

A few weeks ago I saw a four-piece set of chubby lip crayons from Nyx Cosmetics at the local Ulta.  Since I really liked the one Chunky Dunk Nyx lip crayon I’ve tried, Rum Punch, and have become enamored of lip crayons in general, I was tempted.  But I put it back and decided to think about it.

Nyx chunky set

I searched out swatches and decided that yes, worth buying.  The full name of the set is Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie 4 Piece Collection XOXO and it’s $14.99 in-store and online, and you can use Ulta’s coupons on it since Nyx is not a prestige brand.  With each Nyx lip crayon now having an SRP of about $6.50, a set of four full-sized ones for$14.99 works out to $3.75 each.  I was able to use a 20% off coupon which brought the price down to a fantastic $3.00 each.

The set has a good color variety; it’s not all pinks or all reds.  There’s a pink, a red, a nude/beige, and a warm brown.  All the Chunky Dunk crayons are named after drinks and these are:

  • Pink Bikini
  • Cherry Smash
  • Hibiscus Tea Punch
  • Caramel Martini

Nyx chunky set2

Nyx chunky set3

In some lights Caramel Martini looks purplish but it really isn’t.

As I’ve mentioned before, I love that these twist up and don’t require sharpening.  Trying to sharpen soft makeup crayons can bring me to tears.  Can you say, “What a mess, what a waste!”???

Here are some quick swatches on my inner arm, under indirect outdoor light and then with the flash.

Nyx chunky swatch outd

Nyx chunky swatch flash

In the second swatch picture, the two darker colors appear to settle into the fine lines, but I don’t see that at all on my lips which are much darker/redder than my very pale inner arm skin.

On my lips these feel very light and moisturizing, not dry at all, with no scent or taste.  These are basically gloss crayons and are not heavy opaque lipsticks.  They’re for when you want a sheer wash of color that’s not drying.  Can’t wait to wear Caramel Martini with some fall sweaters!

Matte Rouge — new collection from Color Club

Well, this is intriguing — an all-matte seven-polish set from Color Club called Matte Rouge.

You’d guess from the name that all the shades are red or reddish, wouldn’t you?  Here’s a pic of the bottles from Color Club’s web site, where each one costs $8.50.

CC Matte Rouge

I find the official photos at CC’s site to be less than accurate when it comes to the real color of the polish.  For what I suspect is a better look, check out this Instagram picture from Ink361.  Whoa.  Much more vibrant!  I know lighting can vary, and so on, but this shot is IMO better for gauging the colors.

If you’re interested, this set is out now, and Head2ToeBeauty has it for $3.50 per polish.  I’ve ordered from H2TB in the past and been very pleased, no affiliation.

It’s back! The 99¢ sale on SinfulColors at Walgreens

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by SinfulColors for review.

Yep, we’ve had several of these sales in the last month or so and I love it!  Today, Sunday 8/30 through Saturday 9/5/15, SinfulColors nail polishes are on sale at Walgreens for half price — a budget-lovin’ 99 cents instead of the still-extremely-reasonable $1.99.

As far as I know, all SC polishes are included but participation may vary; I can’t say for sure.  Some of the displays may be picked over but try your luck.

Here are some re-run photos of SinfulColors polishes I’ve tried lately and really liked:

Casablanca Ice Blue Blackboard outd2

This is the sheer Ice Blue.  It’s shown over silver on the left, over black in the middle (my fave!), and several coats alone on the right.

Summer S-cool

Summer S-cool, a pretty teal blue creme

Rebel Rose outd

Rebel Rose, a kicky purple-pink shimmer

SC Pink Break flash

Pink Break, a demi-matte or satin

Keira Blu

Keira Blu, a dreamy bright blue shimmer

Island Coral

Island Coral, a true coral creme

Cherry Blossom flash

Cherry Blossom, a silvery pink fleck/shimmer that’s become one of my favorite pinks of the year.

Disclosure:  These polishes were supplied by SinfulColors for review.

Healthier is Happier — Zoya nail polish exchange

AND IT’S NOT EVEN EARTH DAY!!

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The official word, for immediate release:

ZOYA NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE
…because healthier is happier!

NOW THRU 9/12/15

Trade in your brands for the smart choice today!  Not only was Zoya Nail Polish the pioneer of the BIG3FREE and the BIG5FREE movement, we’re technically 8-Free since our formulas have never included ethyl tosylamide, xylene, or parabens.  As the trusted brand among professionals and women who want cutting edge color with the safest formula available,  we want to give you the opportunity to trade in your unwanted brands for a healthier alternative – especially since many of you are concerned about the current formulas that you are using.  Let’s make it the standard that #HealthierIsHappier!

* DETAILS HERE…
http://www.zoya.com/content/category/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Exchange-Healthier-is-Happier.html

Please use hashtag… #HealthierisHappier

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Going to that web site, we see….

How The Exchange Works

1. Add a minimum of 6 bottles of polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Please Note: Naked Manicure & Zoya Treatments are excluded.

2. Apply Code: HAPPY and a 50% credit will be deducted from your exchange order – free shipping included!

3. Complete checkout and you’re all set! If you need further instructions on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.
The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish – we assume you’re going to do the right thing! If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.

USE CODE: HAPPY
Offer valid 8/28/15 – 9/12/15 (11:59pm EST)

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Half off and free shipping — what’s not to love???  But just you watch, someone will complain about something, perhaps that the Naked Manicure items are not included.  Note that the new Focus & Flair colors are not excluded, so go for ’em!

NEW Satin trio from Zoya!

Wow, this totally hit me out of the blue!

Zoya satin trio

Official news release:

Get a taste of NYFW delivered straight to your doorstep!  For a limited time, you can get the never-before-sold Satins Trio FREE with any purchase of $25.  This trio of fall-perfect shades was created exclusively for Rolando Santana’s runway show during NYFW AW15 and includes Dagmara (Teal), Antoinette (Purple) & Constance (Green)  – all featuring a chic satin finish.  Love the satin look?  Spend over $30 and you’ll get the Zoya Satin Seal Top Coat FREE!

Please Note: NYFW Satin Trio will not be available for individual purchase. Limited quantities available – only available while supplies last. USE CODE: NYFWT
NOW – 8/31/15 (11:59pm EST) OR While Supplies Last

How it Works:

1. Visit http://www.zoya.com and add at least $25 of product to your shopping cart.

2. Enter Code NYFWT into the coupon code field in cart and press “Apply Code” (The NYFW Satins Trio will be applied automatically).

3. Complete check-out, review and submit order.

Terms & Conditions: Valid online only at http://www.zoya.com through 8/31/15 (11:59pm EST) OR while supplies last. NYFW Satins Trio shades will NOT be available for individual purchase in the future. Continental US and Canada ONLY. Not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or gift with purchase items. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, declined credit cards or web related issues. Code must be entered at the time of purchase – code cannot be reinstated on canceled orders.

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I had wondered — then forgot — about these three shades.  We first saw them shown this past spring at New York Fashion Week, remember?  I liked most of this spring’s Naturel Satins Collection but thought these darker shades looked yummy.

As always, read all the fine print for such tidbits as the code to use, where it ships (and where it won’t), dates, and so forth.  You can’t combine coupons/codes.  You can’t cancel your order and then hope to use the code again some other time.  Be a savvy shopper.

This savvy shopper is finally going to buy some of the Naked Manicure polishes, because you have to spend $25 on something to get the free NYFW Satins, right?  And note that if you spend over $30 you also get the Satin Seal Top Coat FREE.  Oh yeah.  I plan to get the Pink Perfector, the Lavender Perfector, and the Naked Base Coat, ’cause those are the ones I’ve had my eye on for weeks.

You certainly don’t have to buy Naked Manicure items.  Perhaps now’s the time to get some of the new Focus and Flair colors.  And hey, maybe you want all this free-with-purchase stuff but can’t quite spend $30.  I hear ya.  Go in with a friend, a sister, a mom, a daughter, a co-worker.

If you want to see swatches of the NYFW Satin trio, look here at blogger Dull Like Glitter.  But this blogger says Dagmara is the light dusty purple and Antoinette is the dark teal blue.  Zoya says the names/colors listed in their promo are correct.

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