New Release: Chanel — Rouge Coco Lip Blush (Summer 2018)

Rouge Coco Lip Blush: Le Vernis

Along with some new shades of Rouge Coco lip products and Poudre Lumière highlighters, Chanel’s new summer collection includes six new shades of Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, two of which are added to the core collection.

I love seeing vampy creams released in the summer!

Bleu Trompeur (624)

Exquisite Pink (626)
limited edition

Brun Contraste (618)
limited edition

Prune Dramatique (628)

Violet Piquant (622)
limited edition

Rose Néon (596)
limited edition

Happy Shopping!

[Images via chanel.com]

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China Glaze Summer 2018 collection, Shades of Paradise

New Release: China Glaze — Paradise (Summer 2018)

Collection: China Glaze 2018 Summer, Shades of Paradise

China Glaze’s Summer 2018 collection, Shades of Paradise, consists of twelve new shades of nail lacquer.

From China Glaze:

This summer, get some color. No tanning necessary. Just dip your tips in these sea-blue shimmers and bask in the pinky-purple warmth of these tropical sunset crèmes.

Here they are…is it just me, or are China Glaze’s new descriptions sounding rather a lot like those of a competing brand?

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Zoya Summer 2018 collection, Sunshine

New Release: Zoya — Sunshine (Summer 2018)

Collection: Zoya 2018 Summer, Sunshine

Zoya has released their Summer 2018 collection, Sunshine.

There’s also a code for free shipping on the new collection:

It’s official, Summer is right around the corner and our newest assortment has finally arrived! Already have your eye on a few shades? We’ll cover the shipping on any Sunshine order!

Use Code: SUMMER
Now – Sunday 5/6 (11:59pm ET)

Here are the twelve new polishes!

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fivezero's perfume tray, May 2018

Perfume Diary: May 2018

The idea of a perfume tray is one that I’ve partially subscribed to over the years, but recently, I haven’t really kept one. The fact remains that light (and heat) will ruin perfume, so I almost always prefer keeping perfumes in their original boxes. It makes it easier to organize them and move them, as well.

The main drawbacks of this, of course, are that I don’t get to enjoy the bottle designs and that it makes it annoying to actually use my perfume! Having to remove a perfume from its box and then replace it every time I want a spritz gets tiresome.

Elizabeth Taylor at her dressing table
Elizabeth Taylor at her dressing table (1948).
Image: elle.com

If you have a minimalist’s perfume wardrobe, then it’s a simple thing to display perfumes on your vanity, even by a window—you’ll likely go through the perfume fast enough that light and heat degradation aren’t a problem. My perfume collection is a larger one, so this doesn’t work well for me. I honestly do not recall the last time I finished a bottle of perfume! (Well, it was probably when I dropped a bottle of Clinique Happy about sixteen or seventeen years ago… Does it count if I gave bottles away?)

white perfume tray
Image: inrichting-huis.com

But I did use to keep a perfume tray out for the sake of convenience, and it displayed some of my most-worn scents. Sadly, after several years of sitting in indirect sunlight, the top notes have turned in my bottles of Burberry Brit EDT, Tracy by Ellen Tracy, Clinique Happy, and Calvin Klein Truth—at least the scents are fine once I get past the first couple of minutes of soured top notes. Britney Spears Fantasy fared well, but I think it’s because the bottle is semi-opaque. (You can tell I wasn’t keen on using more expensive or discontinued scents as guinea pigs!) Overall, my first attempt at a perfume tray didn’t work as well as I would have liked.Read More »

Essie Wedding by Reem Acra collection 2018, Gel Couture

New Release: Essie — Wedding by Reem Acra, Gel Couture (Spring 2018)

 

Collection: Essie 2018 Spring, Wedding by Reem Acra (Gel Couture)

Essie has released their new spring bridal collection in the Gel Couture line, Wedding by Reem Acra. It consists of six new shades of “soft floral and tart, bright fruits for summer”. The collection is a collaboration with fashion designer Reem Acra, whose inspiration for the shades was a royal affair—undoubtedly the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, in particular!

Essie Wedding by Reem Acra collection, Gel Couture, Summer 2017

From Essie:

enter into the magical wedding world where each shade is crafted to evoke a feeling of love. from getting intricate with the preparation to sharing this special day with your forever familyeverything is perfection. spending precious moments with your handmade of honor before the long awaited moments to mrs. is something you will always cherish. as you indulge in this royal experience your picture perfect wedding will leave you feeling like you’re golden.

Here are the new shades:
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Sally Hansen, the woman herself. Via sallyhansen.com

Sally Hansen: A Life Revealed

 

I’ve long wondered about the mysterious woman named Sally Hansen whose name is used by ubiquitous drugstore nail polish brand. I’d assumed the company had been started by a Sally Hansen, but there was never any information about her online, even on Sally Hansen’s official site. There were even tidbits online mentioning that such a person never existed.

Now, I can only assume that the good folks over at Sally Hansen were just as curious as I was, because “[i]n 2014, a team of investigative journalists was hired to uncover the truth. And after months of failed leads…her story is finally ready to tell.” (sallyhansen.com)

Late last year, Sally Hansen updated us all with the story.

The mysterious first lady of drugstore nail polish is revealed to be Sally Genevieve Hansen (née Finney) of Kansas, born to a couple who also happened to own a small cosmetics company.

As a young woman, she moved to Hollywood, where she worked as an actress and a dancer, and wrote a column for the Los Angeles Times on the side. Later, she moved back to Kansas and helped her family to expand their company. This success led to additional cosmetics work with a department store, S. H. Kress & Co., and eventually Hansen moved to New York City, where started her own eponymous beauty company in 1946. The famous “Hard As Nails” line was one of her company’s first trademarks. She sold Sally Hansen Inc. in 1962, and sadly, passed away a year later.

You can read more about her here:

 

I love learning bits of nail polish history!

Happy reading!

[Image: sallyhansen.com]

Julep collection, May 2018 Golden Hour

New Release: Julep — May 2018 “Golden Hour”

Collection: Julep 2018 May “Golden Hour”

Julep’s May 2018 collection consists of four new and four repromoted shades of bright nail color, plus three new shades of Skip the Brush Crème-to-Powder Blush Sticks in Rose Gold, Pearl Glow, and the first matte shade, Muted Mauve (6 g for $24 / $19.20 Maven):

Julep Skip the Brush Crème-to-Powder Blush Sticks in Rose Gold, Pearl Glow, Muted Mauve (May 2018)

This month’s Nail Color shades are mostly brights in creme and shimmer finishes. Afton (described as a “modern camel creme” when it was released in last winter’s QVC box), April, and Sam are repromotes.

From Julep:

Go for contrast and full saturation with polish shades that sing of fruity drinks, blooming flowers, and life in full color. These punchy brights are sure to bring a smile.

Here are the eight polishes for May:

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