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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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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Julep April 2018 nail color collection

New Release: Julep — April 2018 “Sweet Escape”

Collection: Julep 2018 April “Sweet Escape”

Julep’s April 2018 collection consists of four new and four repromoted shades of bright nail color, plus eight new shades of a reformulated lip sheer: Way Butter Hydrating Lip (3.2 g for $20 / $16 Maven).

Finally, I am digging some of these new shades! I have skipped my Maven boxes for the last few months because I haven’t been Julep’s new releases—apart from two polishes I just ordered, I’ve been Julep-free for a while. This month changes that!

From Julep:

Think cotton candy, mint ice cream, and confetti cake. The bright colors are half the fun. These new polish shades are the stuff of sugar-sweet dreams with shimmery and iridescent finishes as the icing on top.

This month’s collection is a little different in that it’s half repromotes! Granted, two of the repromoted shades, Maureen and Samma, were released in a 2017 QVC holiday set, so they weren’t really available to regular Julep Maven subscribers until now.

Here are the eight polishes for April:

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Zoya 2018 collections Thrive, Bridal Bliss

New Releases: Zoya — Thrive & Bridal Bliss (Spring 2018)

Collection: Zoya 2018 Spring, Thrive & Bridal Bliss

Zoya has released their Spring 2018 collections, Thrive (6 new nail colors) and Bridal Bliss (1 new and 11 repromoted nail colors, 4 new and 2 repromoted lipstick colors).

Here are the new polishes!
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Julep March 2018 Matter of Time collection

New Release: Julep — March 2018 “Matter of Time”

Collection: Julep 2018 March “Matter of Time”

Julep’s March 2018 collection consists of eight new shades of matte nail color and two new skincare products in stick form: Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA (15 g for $36 / $28.80 Maven) and You Got This Pressed Serum Daily Moisturizer (17 g for $36 / $28.80 Maven).

Julep is doing a great job of saving me money, with all the nail colors this month being matte! Eek—not my favorite nail polish effect. I shall be skipping yet another month.

Admittedly, the stick skincare looks a bit interesting, but I kind of feel like I’d rather try the Korean versions, first. Also, I am trying to get through my massive skincare backlog, so I am not really buying any skincare at the moment.

One other quick note: Julep released a Mystery Box (Express Yourself) last month, which included two polishes: Dora (Exotic Magenta Iridescent Shimmer), which I already have, and a new color, Ximena (Pink Sugar Iridescent). I’d probably have gone for it if Dora had been a second new color, instead.

Includes two better-than-candy nail colors
with a fluttering heart cosmetic bag + more beauty surprises.

Look for some extra glimmer. There’s a chance you’ll win
a Tiffany & Co. necklace in your mystery box.

Anyway, here are the eight new polishes for March:

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