Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Official Press Release: China Glaze Prismatic Collection

Array your nails in a myriad of color this spring with China Glaze® limited edition Prismatic nail polish collection! Inspired by the colors formed by the refraction of light through a prism, Prismatic by China Glaze® combines glitter and holographic particles to create the ultimate eye-catching, 3-dimensional manicure.

Bursting with color and dimension, Prismatic shades include: 

Ray-Diant: Greenish-gold shimmer filled with specks of silver, pink, green, orange and blue.  

Polarized: Silver metallic sheen sprinkled with yellow, pink, orange and green glitters  

Liquid Crystal: Bright blue holographic with purple tint dusted with silver, gold, green, pink and orange.  

Prism: Grape purple holographic gleams with pink shimmer and glitters with pieces of pink, blue, green, orange, silver and gold.  

Full Spectrum: Baby pink bursts into holographic magenta to party with silver, gold, blue, pink and green particles.  

Optical Illusion: Aqua green glimmers with a hint of purple filled with pink, yellow, silver, orange and green flecks.
    China Glaze® Prismatic will be available April 2012. Individual shades retail for $8 (US).

    (Hat tip to The Nail Files for first piquing my interest in this collection!)

    I don't know about you, ladies... but this collection already has me salivating. I know Kayla Shevonne already has a preview up of the swatches until I snag my collection. What you do all think?

    First Julep Maven Box!

    This is my VERY first post as a Julep Maven and I'm rather excited about it! As you may recall, I signed up last month to become a Maven for a penny. Since then, I have received my first box in the mail. It included two nail polishes and cuticle oil in roll-on form, which was perfect since I have begun to make a concerted effort to improve my care of them. Hopefully, you have noticed in my pictures!

    You can still sign up to be a Julep Maven for the month of March and only pay $.01 using the code MARCHINTRO here. (Full disclosure: That link is to my referral page and I get a point if you sign up. If you are uncomfortable with that, you can sign up at Julep.com)

    This was the February American Beauty Box, which featured Glenn (named for 2012 Best Actress nominee, Glenn Close) and Oscar, who needs no introduction.

    First up is Glenn, a GORGEOUS rich, metallic berry shade. Though it is not remotely reminiscent of the movie Ms. Close was nominated for, Albert Nobbs, it does remind me of her turn as Cruella de Vil in the 1996 live action version of 101 Dalmatians. I had nightmares from that for weeks as a terrified six-year-old. But this shade was a total dream. The application was smooth and opaque in two coats, as you can see above. 

    My mom has yet to see this color, but I can guarantee she'll be stealing it as soon as she discovers the bottle. And when my grandmother comes back to Jersey from snowbirding in Florida, I can't imagine she won't do the same, as well. That's the beauty of this color. It's incredibly versatile and wearable for women of all ages. I won't disclose Mom and Nana's ages, though. *wink*

    Now Oscar is definitely up my alley, rather than Mom and Nana, but that's because I'm all for the glitz and glam of glitter! In fact, before I decided on "Eat your heart out, Kate... you too, Pippa" as the tagline for Princess Polish, I was toying around with the phrase "So glamorous, she cries glitter."

    While I'm sure I could get Oscar to fully cover my nails with enough coats, I wanted to use the pair in my box as a duo. So I threw on a coat of Oscar and had a glammed up look. I could totally see myself rocking this for a party!

    So that is the February Maven box... and I can't wait for the March box from Maven. Though, I might have to switch to the It Girl box. A holo top coat is SO hard to resist!

    Read Across America Week: Rainbow Fish Nails

    Hope you all are enjoying the new look of the blog! It took a lot of toying around with Photoshop, but I think I'm really happy with it.

    For Read Across America Week (last week), I wanted to do a manicure inspired by one of my favorite books as a child: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister!

    Instead of painting the actual fish, I wanted to draw inspiration from its beautiful scales. So I picked up Rimmel Marine Blue, Funky Fingers Baby Baby Baby, OPI DS Elegance, Zoya Indigo, and Sally Hansen Purple Potion... and got to work.

    This was the end result and I wore it the entire weekend! It was time consuming, but relatively easy. I used a dotting tool to create a scale-like effect. I thought that using tips on four fingers and full coverage on the ring finger would add a nice accent to it. Unfortunately, it has been raining here for a week. But I managed to get the slightest hint of sunlight on Saturday.

    And here are close up shots of the ring fingers. I blurred the last one so you could see all of the sparkly goodness in macro!

     If you want to try out the scale effect with your own polishes and color combos, please post them to the Princess Polish Facebook page! I would LOVE to see how yours turned out!

    Until tomorrow!
    Princess P