Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 Collection

The Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 Collection Polishes

The Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 Collection has been in regular nail rotation around Product Girl headquarters lately. While I was away, it sat quietly on my desk just waiting for someone to play with it for the first few weeks. First I noticed a shade missing from the bunch, then another one went missing and before I knew it, the whole collection had disappeared… and with good reason, it is gorgeous. You gals know I love a good creme polish and this whole collection is the embodiment of creme summer hotness in six bottles.

I really love Zoya’s approach to releasing new collections. They usually release 2-part collections, one with cremes and another with metallic or shimmers, whatever is on trend for the coming season. Normally I’m “meh” about metallic shades so I have come to count on Zoya for my creme fix and they delivered once again with Stunning. This collection is a favorite of mine for this season because all six shades are perfect for summer but I can see myself wearing most of these shades throughout the year in one way or another.

As I was trying on this collection, I became inspired to do something I never, ever, ever do… attempt to create some nail art (keep reading to see the look I created). These shades lend themselves so well to this. Darcy, the yellow in this collection, is not a shade I would typically wear on its own but I can see it becoming a staple in my new-found effort to be a nail artiste. ;)

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Coming Back to Life

You’ve probably noticed Product Girl hasn’t been updated in a really, really, really long time. Well, that’s going to change soon but in the meantime, I want to tell you a little bit of what has been going on with me and why I stayed away.

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Mani Monday: Sheswai Lacquer in Dig It

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Even though I’m not Irish, I got into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit this weekend and painted my nails in green. I went with Sheswai Dig It. After seeing Kelly show off this gorgeous green, I had to have it. I am not a big fan of green in general but this one is so deep and rich that I had to add it to the nail vault.

This was my first Sheswai purchase but it will not be my last, I was really impressed with this formula. The color flowed on to the nail nicely and had the perfect consistency to it. The color leveled out nicely, even when my pursuit of the perfect manicure required that I tend to some nicks here and there. And you can see it is still not perfect, but it is getting better. Most importantly, the coverage I had in a single coat was even, practically full and didn’t streak whatsoever. This is what is convincing me to try more Sheswai shades.

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It Cosmetics Hello Beautiful Kit on QVC

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Tomorrow on QVC, IT Cosmetics is launching their new Hello Beautiful 5-piece kit as a Today’s Special Value. For just under $60 (and also 3 EasyPay payments available), you can scoop up this kit and be on your way to looking beautiful yourself. Not that you already aren’t! :)

The inspiration behind this collection stems from the belief that you deserve to say Hello Beautiful to yourself every day, and you should really feel it and believe it. From your most beautiful skin, to a pretty flush of color to your lips and cheeks, to lashes for miles, this exclusive collection includes two brand new launches as well as three bestselling hero products designed to truly give you the power to look and feel your most beautiful, and your most naturally pretty self, every day.

Here is what is part of this set:

  • Celebration Foundation – this anti-aging full coverage powder foundation has become my new go-to foundation for everyday wear and it wears super well. It gives me all day coverage and does not leave my skin looking dull or super matte, it gives me a nice natural finish.
  • Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush – this brush is the perfect companion to this powder foundation. It is super soft but very effective at helping you buff on your foundation. This brush will become a staple in your makeup bag.
  • Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara in Black – this mascara gives lashes great separation without clumping and the tip is fantastic for helping you give your lashes a little more definition or building up your ends, which always seems to be my problem.
  • Tightline Full Lash Length Primer in Black – this primer is exclusive to QVC until September and launches with this set. If you love the way the tightline technique makes your lashes look fuller and more defined, take this shortcut and save yourself some time! Mimic the effect with this primer by starting as close to the lashline as possible,
  • Vitality Flush Color Stain Stick – another new launch and product exclusive to QVC until September  in Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink. On cheeks it will give you a nice flush of color as well as a soft dewy glow. On the lips, it glides on and wears like a lip balm but gives you long lasting color that is your lips but better.

I’ve been playing with this set for the last week and I’ve come to realize that all of the five pieces in this set will now take up permanent residence in my makeup bag. Together, they are the perfect pieces to help you achieve an easy and naturally gorgeous look in no time. I’ve never been that girl that does her makeup at home before work each day, I’m the one you see at stop lights putting on her mascara and lipstick. Each one of these pieces has helped me pull my daily look together in just a matter of minutes and it’s a look that is effortless yet pulled together and naturally beautiful.

The set comes in five color choices: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich – and is also available on auto-delivery. Tune into QVC today and watch Jamie Kern Lima break it down! It’s going to be your best decision all day.

Mani Monday: Jin Soon Blue Iris

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From the moment I first saw glimpses of Jin Soon’s Blue Iris, I knew I had to have it. I ordered it from Space NK (where the a La Mode collection is exclusive) and shortly after receiving it, I ordered the rest of the collection. I was completely smitten…and I don’t even like blues that much! From that moment on, I was in a panic to get my hands on as much Jin Soon goodness as I could.

Blue Iris is stunning in the bottle where are all of its cobalt goodness is concentrated. When I started applying it, I worried that it was too good to be true as it seemed a little streaky. By the time I applied my second coat and followed it up with my new Jin Soon top coat, my fears went away. The formula is reminiscent of a jelly without the sheer coverage. This shade is simply stunning in person; vivid and jewel-like. This blue has made me re-think my whole blue philosophy.

The whole a La Mode collection is beautiful and when paired together, forget about it…it’s game over. Like I said, I went in for Blue Iris and came away with the whole collection. This was my first Jin Soon purchase but definitely not the last.

So, what’s on your nails this week?

New! NARS Satin Lip Pencils

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In a perfect world, every single lip product worth its salt would come in a chubby pencil. Wouldn’t that be great? You could fit more lip color in your makeup bag! NARS is helping make my dream one step closer to reality with its new Satin Lip Pencils.

These new pencils are rich in pigment and give lips a rich and creamy finish in 13 new shades:

  • Het Loo – cognac
  • Floralis – light apricot
  • Isola Bella – peach beige
  • Lodhi – vibrant coral
  • Biscayne Park – pink guava
  • Rikugien – rose pink
  • Golshan – spiced wine
  • Majella – garnet
  • Luxembourg – vivid watermelon
  • Hyde Park – cardinal red
  • Palais Royal – sangria
  • Yu – shocking pink
  • Jardin Des Plantes – fuchsia (exclusive to boutiques)

I am already drooling over these and can’t wait to get them into my hot, little hands. These new Satin Lip Pencils launch March 7th on narscosmetics.com  but in the meantime, check out the Pinterest boards for a little lip inspiration.

What shade are you coveting?

Mani Monday: Essie Madison Ave-hue

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I’ve been making an effort lately, a full face of make up every day and changing up my nails every couple of days. You would think this would be easy for a beauty blogger but sometimes, you just want to go au natural. Since I’ve worn 4 different shades of nail polish during the last week, it is safe to say that this is not one of those times. :)

This week my pick was Essie’s Madison Ave-hue, from their new spring collection. I’ll admit that Essie has bored me to tears with their recent collections but they are taking a new direction now and it started with the long overdue addition of magnetic shades and nail strips. While I scooped up both releases, actual shades from a seasonal collection left me wanting more until now. I couldn’t resist this bright pink with micro glitter!

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Shopping, Spiegel Style

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I have been thinking a lot about my personal style lately. I open my closet and think about how I am in dire need of a wardrobe revamp. Since one of my resolutions for 2013 is also to take better care of myself (good progress there, 20lbs. down so far), one of the rewards I’m planning is a mini shopping spree when I hit 50lbs. down on the scale.

While I was doing a little browser shopping the other night, I ran across this old Spiegel catalog image. The logo instantly brought back memories of flipping through my mother’s catalogs and making shopping lists for orders I would never place. It was like playing dress up catalog style. It was fun imagining what my closet would look like packed with clothes from the pages in those catalogs.

I love how everything old is coming back again; Spiegel, Vidal Sassoon shampoo and now the old Herbal Essences packaging. What’s next? I nominate Maybelline Kissing Potions! ;)

Valentine's Day Hair Inspiration?

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Need some ideas for your hair for tomorrow night? There’s no quicker way to add lustre to an outfit than with a main of glossy locks, Argos have come up with the eight on-trend ideas below to get your ‘do looking fabulous fast. If you try something you like, why not give a present to yourself and invest in your tresses? Argos has a hotter-than-hot range of Babyliss hair stylers and handy hair straighteners to help you get the look you love for the whole of 2013. After all, good hair is not just for date night!

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Making Hair a Priority

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While I’m pretty confident in my makeup and skincare game, my hair game is faltering a little bit. This year, as one of my beauty resolutions, I decided to give my hair the attention it so rightly deserves. I can style my hair adequately for a special occasion but it is not quite what I would like it to be. I want body and lots of lovely free flowing waves framing my face. This girl needs to enlist help to make that happen. To that end, I’ve been making more of an effort to get out of my usual everyday routine.

Aside from my beloved BaByliss hair dryer (T3 who?), two tools have helped me inch my way to hair bliss: the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Triple Barrel Waver and the CHI 1″ Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron. Both of these and other beauty products are available at Beauty Stop Online. I would usually pin my bangs back into a faux pompadour and put the rest of my hair into a ponytail. It’s super quick and easy in the morning when I’m dragging and usually running behind but I’ve been taking the time to dry my hair lately and actually do something with it. Shocking!

The waver is a great fake out for me, I get all the waves and body of a mane full of curls without spending all that tedious time wrapping strands around the barrel of a curling iron. It’s the perfect compliment to a flat iron. Then of course the flat iron smoothes everything out for when all I want is perfectly straight hair. A little flick or the wrist and I can also give my hair a little curl with it. This may be old news to you but being hair styling challenged, it’s opened my mind to a whole new realm of possibilities.

So how about you? Are you styling challenged or a seasoned pro? What are your favorite tools? Tell me all about it in the comments.