Urban Decay Launches It’s Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set! [Press Release]

Smoky doesn’t always mean black…deep, dynamic jewel tones, shimmering pewters, and chocolate neutrals all create super-sexy eyes. This quintessential set includes all these shades, plus our award-winning black, in experimental, travel-friendly sizes. If you’re thinking of toying with a sultry look, our creamy, vibrant, waterproof pencils are the perfect partners in crime.

Urban Decay launches the Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set, the perfect pairing for our popular Smoked Palette. Forget everything you thought you knew about creating super-sexy eyes—this set takes smoky WAY beyond basic black. From shimmering pewters and deep, dynamic jewel tones to chocolate neutrals and our award-winning black, we’ve got your every smoky eye need covered. You get six pencils in all—including two limited-edition shades we’ve brought back by popular demand, and two sick new shades you won’t find anywhere else! Each one packs the amazing staying power and unbeatable glide of our 24/7 Eye Pencils into a travel-friendly format. Perfect for gift-giving, this set comes in a clear outer box to showcase the insane color range inside.

Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set includes these eye-defining shades:

  • Demolition – matte darkest chocolate brown
  • Empire** – matte dark eggplant purple
  • Mainline* – matte peacock blue
  • Smog** – metallic warm brown copper
  • Uzi** – metallic gunmetal grey w/silver micro-glitter
  • Zero – award-winning, best-selling zealous black

* – brand new

** – Only available in sets

Available: Smoked 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil set (SRP $38) is available 9/27 at Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay. com

Note: This is LIMITED EDITION, so get it while you can!

China Glaze announces New Bohemian, their long-awaited Specialty Collection! | Press Release


~J.R.R. Tolkein

China Glaze® Introduces Six Radiant Luster Chromes for Fall 2012

Los Angeles, CA – (June 2012): Say the word “Bohemian” and most people automatically think bell-bottoms and fringed vests.  Today’s Bohemian look is refined, feminine and carefree, epitomized by fashion icon Nicole Richie’s modern Bohemian look.  China Glaze® gives the free-spirited look a fresh, trendy spin with its latest specialty collection, New BohemianChina Glaze® New Bohemian will leave you mesmerized as the color shifts and moves across the nail, traveling with the light.  The chrome-like finish radiates with high shine and intense color, captivating your senses with every twist and turn.

Push the boundaries of color and fashion with the unconventional collection of six lustrous shades including:

  •  Unpredictable | Multidimensional gorgeous green
  • Rare & Radiant | Extraordinarily rich gold
  • Swanky Silk | Brilliant beige with peach undertones
  • No Plain Jane | Lavish lavender-pink
  • Want My Bawdy | Sexy sapphire blue
  • Deviantly Daring | Adventurously bold peacock teal

The China Glaze® New Bohemian collection will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in August 2012.  Individual polishes retail for $6.99 MSRP.

 China Glaze is Big Three Free, meaning it is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. You can get China Glaze at Ulta, Sally’s, and salons. For more information, visit http://www.chinaglaze.com.
I cannot WAIT. First, it’s called bohemian. Second, they name dropped my Style Idol Number 2: Nicole Richie (the first being Audrey Hepburn, and we all know they have a polish called For Audrey.), and it’s a way to introduce me to duochromes with an open mind. They got me listening by including Nicole Richie in the press release. I don’t usually like duochrome polishes, but the color combinations with this collection seem to be different than the usual “oh, I’m purple, surprise! Now I’m pink!” duochromes. For the record, the polish I own that I absolutely detest? China Glaze Rainbow. Wore it once and it turned me off of any duochrome.
Everyone save up and keep an eye out! This collection is going to fly off of shelves! I’m saving up now!
Britni Rose

Essie Borrowed & Blue NOTD– Swatch, Review, Photos

basecoat, two coats, top coat

First off, this is not what’s on my nails now. Why? Because it was a fail. Essie hates me. However, this is one of the prettiest colors I’ve ever seen. Essie Borrowed & Blue is a light, pastel, eggshell blue creme. I’ve been looking at extremely light colors like China Glaze Bahamian Escape and OPI What’s With The Cattitude? I went to Ulta to pick up some of the Shrek collection and missed it by one. day. So, I was wondering aimlessly, mourning the loss of the perfect spring pastel blue, when I spotted the Essie Borrowed & Blue display. There were some pinks and whites, and THIS. This beautiful, pastel bottle of perfection. I ran home and rubbed China Glaze’s GR8 out of existance and put this on.

And that’s about where the awesome stopped. The formula SUCKED. It was so patchy and goopy, even for a thin, even coat. After two coats it became opaque, but it took almost 45 minutes to dry– with a coat of Seche Vite! Then I had to rush around and find my work pants, and totally messed up my pinky nail. So I took it off and tried reapplying with out a basecoat, and guess what? One coat, completely opaque, dried with no issues completely in 10 minutes. (Click on the picture above and compare ring finger to pinky). Now, I had the same exact issue with Nice Is Nice, so I’m going to try that color again with no basecoat. That seems to be the trick.

Final Verdict: Excellent color, opacity, and dry time– with no basecoat. If you use a basecoat, you get a gloopy, messy ick on your nails. (Compare ring finger to pinky)


OPI Oh So Glam is a sheer white with gold iridescence. It’s super pretty, but it takes quite some coats in order to build it up to semi-opaqueness. It’s not a crazy white, it’s super subtle, great for office wear.

OPI Rising Star is a gorgeous copper. It’s almost an EXACT dupe of Revlon’s Limited Edition Copper Gleam. The only difference is Rising Star has sparse gold glitter in it, which you can see really well in this picture.

Revlon Jelly is the strangest color. This picture makes it look like a hot pink, which it is. But it’s also a crazy hot red. And maybe even orange. It’s a mix of all three. It definitely a warm hot pink, either way. My mom got this from a work meeting, so I got it for “free.” I haven’t put this on my nails yet, I’m waiting for summer, but when I’ll do I’ll still post it as a review sample.

Revlon Vintage is–in the bottle– one of my favorite colors. The perfect red-violet cranberry, burgundy, type color. On the nail it’s slightly darker than the bottle color. I didn’t like it on nail as much as I did in the bottle. I still love its name, and all Revlon colors are FANTASTIC for Konad.

Sally Hansen Cafe Au Lait was added to my collection while I was in search of the perfect nude, “mannequin hands,” color. This is super close, but my skin tone underneath it makes it look just the slightest bit peachy, as you can see here. It’s super close to my match.

Sephora Dragee is a super sheer pink, it’s french manicure pink. It’s nothing special. Just a little wash of color.

Sinful Colors Why Not is a super light blue. Not robin egg blue, like OPI’s What’s With The Cattitude. This is BLUE. It’s aqua. It’s gorgeous. This picture is true to color. It’s crazy opaque too. One of my favorite polishes ever. It’s so BOLD. Love. Love. Love. I’m going to do a polish change to this one tonight.

Ulta Professional  Angel Baby is an opaque white creme. It’s just a white I decided to pick up. I already have Sinful Colors Snow Me White, which is identical in pure white-ness. However, Snow Me White applies WAY better than Ultas white. That, and Angel Baby like, never, ever dries. I had so many dings, dents and fingerprints, that I never photographed it. Go buy Sinful Color Snow Me White, it’s better, and cheaper!

Ulta Professional Femme Fatale is a dark plum shimmer. It’s pretty, great pigmentation, completely opaque in two coats, applied well. looks super pretty under white crackle.

Ulta Lotsa Luxe is a gold metallic. It’s a pale gold. I wore this in my OPI Black Crackle NOTD, two posts ago. It looks FANTASTIC under Black Shatter, and it was beautiful. However, on its own, on me, it’s completely unflattering, old, and gross. However, if someone with a darker skin tone or hell, even a tan, were to wear this, it would pop and look phenomenal. I’m way too pale for this color. It makes everything worse. I will keep it and love it for Konading and crackle polishes.

Wet N Wild Hannah Pinktana is from their super cute, amazing collection where everything is named after a TV show. I own Teal Of Fortune (Blue and gold glitter), Ebony Hates Chris (black creme), Gray’s Anatomy (silver, purple, grey, green, and blue duochrome), Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire, and Hannah Pinktana. This is a gorgeous purple base — not pink as the name suggests — with packed glitter with holographic prisms thrown in there too. It’s truly gorgeous, but I haven’t had the honor of wearing it yet. I hope I can assume it’ll be just as amazing as Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire, which applied amazing for such a dense glitter. Removal is a pain of course, but it’s all totally worth it.

Zoya Carrie Ann is a medium red shimmer. It’s pretty, it’s my first Zoya, but I really don’t like reds. BUT THEY WERE ON CLEARANCE. Application is great, completely opaque in two coats.

Zoya Kristi is a medium red creme, it’s basically the color of a tomato. It’s pretty, but as I stated above, I’m not a red lover. Application is great, opaque in it’s tomatoey goodness in just two coats, nice and glossy.

Well, that’s is for this haul… until next time, enjoy!


Visited an Ulta, spent some money, here’s the results. 😉

First up! China Glaze Crackle Glaze Lightning Bolt! I finally found the Crackle Glazes, it only took like 6 sold out stores. Now… I’m sort of disapointed in this, in a wierd way. It’s everything I expected it to be, but it just doesn’t wow me in person… I put it on my mom over China Glaze Dorothy Who, and it’s just not fantastic. Maybe some day I’ll love it. Just not now.

China Glaze Peace On Earth: This is from the Christmas collection. It’s a super duper pretty olive base with super gold glimmer. It is absolutely STUNNING in person. And if you slap a matte top coat over it… OH EM GEE. Here’s an example. I did a glossy tip, and WOW. I’m growing my nails out so I can do this on myself.

Amazing right?! Love Essie Matte About You. Alright. Let’s move on.

China Glaze Sea Spray Ahhh, I love this color. From the latest Anchors Away collection. I picked this one up first instead of First Mate, Starboard, Pelican Gray, Hey Sailor, or Life Preserver, (I have a bit of a thing for cremes) because of it’s spring color. I’ll grab some of the others more towards summer. This is a GORGEOUS, amazing slate blue. It’s very close to gray, but has just enough blue in it to make it pop. It’s actually just the slightest bit darker in person. It applied kinda gloopy, but I was rushing, and I don’t think my basecoat was completely ready. I did thicker coats than usual, and I’m going to give this wonderful little guy a second chance. And even if it ends up bad again, the color is way too good to give it up. It’s super opaque in just two coats. A must have.

L.A. Colors Color Craze Blue Lagoon is a midnight blue base with just a subtle silver shimmer. I bought this because this is my moms favorite color. I already have Revlon Midnight Affair, which is the same, with the exception of blue micro glitter instead of silver. So… it’s an extra bottle I don’t really need, but this is a good polish, extremely opaque, but not too thick. And at the price tag of a whopping $1, you can’t really beat it. (This was picked up at Family Dollar, not Ulta. ;))

L.A. Colors Color Craze Tropical Storm is a charcoal gray chrome silvery shimmer-y polish. Super pretty. Suuuuuper pretty. It’s wicked opaque, perfect formula, and only ONE DOLLAR. I have nothing bad to say about it. I don’t have an exact dupe for this. I have Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, which is similar in color, but has actual silver glitter in it, not shimmer, and the base is ever so slightly darker.

Another Family Dollar find, L’Oreal Bijou Facets in B. Innocent. This polish is the strangest thing ever. It’s like an angelic sheer white with an ice blue duochrome and these teeeeny tiny blue bar glitters, I think. It’s so difficult to understand. It kind of reminds me of a snocone, or fiberglass or something. I can’t put my finger on it. It’s amazing for layering, or a slight hint of color, but it could never be opaque.

DOLLAR STORES ARE THE WORLDS BEST INVENTION. I found Maybelline Colorama Laser Light Top Coats in Blazes of Crystal. It’s a clear base loaded with multicolor reflective flakes. Sound familiar? Sound a little bit like nubar 2010? Well, you’d be right. They’re so so similar. But, while nubar 2010 has auburn, yellow, and green flashes, BoC has blue, pink, purple, as well as a red-ish, yellow, and green flash. But they look very similar on the nail.

Maybelline Blazes of Crystal, see the rainbow flakes? It reminds me of that children's book, The Rainbow Fish.

nubar 2010, see? Different.

nubar 2010. Well, let just throw these up next to each other. You can see how different they seem to be. I swear, nubar is a flake polish! It’s absolutely amazing for layering over black, and for a subtle edginess, just by itself. This will be amazing over black for Halloween and over gold or silver for Christmas.

DUM DA DA DUM! I present OPI Black Shatter! It’s everything it’s cracked up to be! I don’t have many words for this, so I’m going to just post pictures. (*Note, apply this baby thick and diagonally, and you have magic on your nails.)

Over ChG Fairy Dust and WnW Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire

Over ChG Peace On Earth and Ruby Pumps

Dorothy Who

Sea Spray and Femme Fatale

Rising Star

Over Sea Spray, Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire, Fairy Dust, Peace On Earth, and Ruby Pumps.

Over Dorothy Who, Ulta Lotsa Luxe, and SC Forget Now.

OKAY. That’s it for Part I of this uber-mega-haul. Tomorrow (hopefully) I will upload the rest. I’ve been so distracted today, this post took me 7 hours! Yeah, exactly. =) See you here tomorrow! Don’t forget to subscribe and comment! I always like your feedback!

NOTD: Lotsa Luxe finding OPI Black Shatter

I found it! It took me a good month to locate the elusive OPI  Black Shatter. I picked it up in a haul I’ll post later. This is one coat of Black Shatter over three coats of Ulta Professional Lotsa Luxe. I’ve found that applying Black Shatter in diagonal or sideways patterns makes it look more striking.