Swatches: Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection (Part I)

Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection (Creams)

Release Date: January 2013
Price: $7.99
Availability: Target, ULTA, Drugstores

Company’s Description

Nicole by OPI announces the launch of 14 new nail lacquers inspired by actress and singer Selena Gomez. The line features shades designed to capture Selena’s sweet yet spunky personality, from soft pink and peach hues to bright glitter and confetti lacquers.

“Selena is an ideal partner for Nicole by OPI. Millions of fans love her for the same reasons we do; she’s smart, talented, funny – and has an incredible sense of style,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She has that classic ‘girl-next-door’ appeal, but she’s also edgy and fun – just like the Nicole consumer.

“Selena is not only a chart-topping singer and actress, she’s also a clothing designer and an active philanthropist,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Like women around the globe, Selena has many interests and passions; this collection, with its diverse range of hues, offers a perfect match for every occasion!”

Here is a look at Nicole by OPI’s Selena Gomez nail polishes! There are 14 total colors in this collection. This post is Part I, where the following colors are shown:

  • Selena: This fresh, young peach will make your heart sing.
  • Hit the Lights: This not-so-mellow yellow has got stage presence.
  • Love Song: Fall head-over-heels for this true purple.
  • Naturally: Who wouldn’t want this pure pink dream?
  • Spring Break: The perfect hot pink for the perfect hot vacation!
  • Pretty in Plum: This picture-perfect purple is a genuine beauty.
  • Scarlett: This shimmery red-violet is leading lady lovely.

To see the other seven (7) polishes in this collection, please see Part II.

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Estee Lauder Pretty Naughty Collection – Spring 2013

Release Date: February 2013
Availability: Nordstrom, Macy’s

Here is a sneak peek into Estee Lauder’s upcoming Pretty Naughty collection for Spring 2013. Keep reading for color descriptions and images!

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Swatches: Pixi Nail Polishes in Amazing Amethyst, Classy Cocoa, Evening Emerald

Pixi Nail Polishes in Amazing Amethyst, Classy Cocoa, Evening Emerald

Availability: Target, Dermstore, Pixi Beauty
Price: $8.00 each

Company’s Description

Full spectrum of nail shades that withstand wear and tear while providing saturated colour with a high gloss finish. Formulated for high definition, rich colour whether it’s a natural French manicure, a sultry bright red or even a fashion forward purple! Super smooth application with a chip-resistant finish and built-in UV protection to prevent polish discolouration.

Pixi has released three (3) new nail polish shades for the holiday 2012 season: Amazing Amethyst, Classy Cocoa, and Evening Emerald. Keep reading for images and swatches of these shades!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 1

Today’s prize is the Pixi Essentials Kit, which contains the company’s Flawless & Poreless Primer, Eye Bright Primer, Fairly Light Solo eye shadow in No. 2 Champagne Glow, and Endless Silky Eye Pen in No. 1 BlackNoir. The kit also comes with a bronze clutch.

To be eligible to win Day 1′s prize, go to this link and follow the instructions.

Good luck!

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LORAC PRO Palette Review, Photos, Swatches


Availability: ULTA, Sephora
Price: $42.00

Company’s Description

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette is packed with eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the red carpet. LORAC’S velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes, just like a pro. With 16 shadows to contour, line, define, and create any look you desire, you have everything you need for your eyes and brows in one sleek palette!

This review is for LORAC’s new PRO Palette, which includes 16 eye shadow shades (8 shimmery and 8 matte) and a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

It is finally time for a giveaway! I know I have been promising this for months, so I’m happy to now bring you 12 days of beauty prizes.

You can start entering today, via the widget below. There are multiple ways to enter–the more ways you choose, the greater the chance you have of winning.

I will start choosing winners on December 7, 2012. Each day, until December 19, I will choose one winner from the pool of entries. You don’t have to enter each of the 12 days: once you’ve submitted your entries, you are in the pool of possible winners and are eligible to win the prizes each day (though you can’t win twice).

For each of the 12 days, I will put up a post showing that day’s prize.

Please note that for some of the days, only YouTube subscribers or blog readers who leave comments will be eligible as winners. So if you want to be eligible for those days, make sure to subscribe to Allura’s YouTube channel and/or comment on any of the posts from November or December.

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments.

Good luck!

This giveaway is open to all states and countries, except where prohibited. If you are under the age of majority for your country, you must get parental permission to release your mailing address should you be chosen as the winner. By entering this giveaway, you agree to have your first name and last initial published on the blog if you win.

This giveaway ends on December 19, 2012. The winners will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond.

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Review & Swatches: NARS Cream Blush in “Enchanted”

NARS Cream Blush in Enchanted

Availability: NARS
Price: $28.00

Company’s Description

A moisture-rich cream blush formula that provides smooth, silky color for naturally luminous skin. The velvety texture delivers long-lasting color and blends easily natural-looking color.

This review is for NARS’ Enchanted Cream Blush, which the company describes as a soft peach with gold sparkle.

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