Zoya Fire & Ice Collection

Zoya Fire & Ice Collection

For winter, Zoya has six new metallic shades: Tiffany (soft champagne sparkling metallic), Gloria (pink champagne sparkling metallic), Crystal (frosty blue sparkling metallic), Lisa (celebration red sparkling metallic), Sarah (possibly the prettiest sparkling red metallic ever!), and Valerie (deep purple baby in a sparkling metallic). You can purchase all six together for $40 or individual shades for $7 a pop. Not sure about a shade? Consider Zoya spoons, which cost $0.50 each, but the cost will be refunded in the form of a coupon that you can use on your next order.

First and foremost, there is NO DUPE of MAC’s Bad Fairy. I’ve included swatch comparisons just to be absolutely clear about it, but Bad Fairy has a strong duochrome, while Zoya’s collection is more about a sparkling, metallic finish. Tiffany is incredibly peach in comparison, as well as lighter. Gloria has a very similar composition, but because it lacks the duochrome finish of Bad Fairy, it looks different on the nail; it is also less pink, more orange-red. I think the shade should stand on its own, rather than as a comparison to Bad Fairy.

Crystal and Valerie are my personal favorites out of the six; I think both shades are standouts. The way Zoya did a foil base with foil glitter flecks is fun, but I love that it’s a blue base with green-gold layered on top. I love duochrome polishes, and I don’t have anything like Valerie, so that makes it a winner in my book.

The formula was even, smooth, and not too thick or thin. Everything applied with ease, and I didn’t have any trouble removing them. The glittery shades like Crystal may leave some glittery bits on your fingers, but it’s not at all like removing a large particle glitter polish. I used two coats on all six shades, but Lisa, Sarah, and Valerie were quite pigmented in just one. I found to get a smooth, even distribution of shimmer/glitter, two coats were optimal.

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NARS Vintage Nail Polish for Fall 2010

NARS Vintage Polish

NARS Vintage Nail Polish for Fall 2010

Introducing the NARS Vintage Nail Polish Collection! Five shades, resurrected by popular demand, with NARS’ signature longwearing formula. Imparting an initial high gloss luster that is water and detergent resistant, these vintage polishes are being brought out from the archives for a limited time. With classic cinema as their common theme, below are the shades (with original launch dates), their descriptions and the movies that inspired them.

  • Mash (1996) Army green infused with gold
  • King Kong (1996) Copper brown infused with gold
  • Midnight Express (1996) Deep navy
  • Zulu (1996) Forest green
  • Full Metal Jacket (1998) Gunmetal grey

Availability: October 1st at narscosmetics.com, all shades are limited edition and retail for $16 each.

Breast Cancer Awareness with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony

Laura Mercier Sequin Eyeshadow
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Breast Cancer Awareness with Polo Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony

This October marks the 10th anniversary of Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Foundation, and the brand has collaborated with 100 bloggers who snapped shots of themselves wearing the Pink Pony polo. The Pink Pony effort is a global, year-round effort and doesn’t just focus on breast cancer but other types of cancer as well. Pink Pony is a unique effort, as their mission is to provide cancer care to the medically undeserved communities and provide treatment at earlier, more curable stages. The Pink Pony Fund supports programs for cancer screening, early diagnosis, treatment, research and patient navigation.

If you’re shopping Ralph Lauren, they’re giving customers 25% off while they donate 10% with code RLGIVE2010. Additionally, there is a charity auction that runs from October 1st through the 21st with 10% of the net proceeds benefiting the Pink Pony Fund.

The information and facts below are from Susan G. Komen for a Cure.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer knows few boundaries. It is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers today. All women are at risk; and, although rare, men can also develop the deadly disease. Breast cancer is complex and unpredictable. We aren’t sure what causes breast cancer, so, we can’t say for sure how to prevent. We do know that early detection saves lives.

  • An estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. in 2009. An estimated 40,170 women will die. In addition to invasive breast cancer, 62,280 new cases of in situ breast cancer are expected to occur among women in 2009.
  • An estimated 1,910 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and an estimated 440 will die in 2009.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cancer among American women and second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths.
  • More than two million women currently living in the U.S. have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.
  • About 85% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer DO NOT have a family history.
  • Breast cancer in men is rare, but it does happen.

Early Detection & Treatment

  • Early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer. When breast cancer is diagnosed at its earliest stages, the five-year survival rate is over 95 percent.
  • Mammograms are the best and most widely available breast cancer screening tool. They can detect about 85 percent of all breast cancers.
  • At age 40, women should get an annual mammogram.
  • Know how your breasts look and feel and report changes to your health care provider
  • Make healthy living choices; maintain a healthy weight, add exercise into your routine and limit alcohol intake.

Learn more about Breast Self-Awareness and how to do a breast self-exam over at Susan G. Komen For a Cure.

Win MAC Sweet Ever After Pro Longwear Lipcreme!

Win MAC Sweet Ever After Pro Longwear Lipcreme!

One (1) lucky winner will receive MAC Sweet Ever After Longwear Lipcreme from MAC’s new lipstick line! (Retail value $16.50!)

Congratulations to Heather K.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by October 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Two Ways to Win

You can do one, the other, or both to maximize your chances of winning…

1.) Leave a comment on this blog post tell me where you’d wear Sweet Ever After to!

2.) Follow me on Twitter & tweet the following: Follow @temptalia & RT to win MAC Sweet Ever After Lipcreme! Info + one more way to win: http://budurl.com/seacreme