Sunday, April 20, 2014

Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is Baaaack!


One of my favorite promotions is back! The Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish exchange was announced last week and I am so excited that Zoya is doing it again. I love being able to stock up on new Zoya shades and disposing of my unwanted polish in an environmentally safe way. I love Zoya polishes and can't really go wrong with any of them. The PixieDusts are especially awesome and I highly recommend them.  Check out the rules below and happy shopping!

Announcing the 2014 Zoya Nail Polish Exchange*
Give the earth a helping hand by joining the healthy nail polish movement! Since its inception, ZOYA has been the pioneer of toxin-free nail polish, releasing the most beautiful colors in the healthiest formula available each season. With Zoya Nail Polish, you don’t have to compromise a healthier lifestyle for a glamorous one… go worry-free with a formula that is free of nasty chemicals like Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Camphor.

Now you can join smart, eco-chic women who are changing their world, one gorgeous Zoya Nail Polish bottle at a time! To help kick start your “color cleanse”, the Zoya Earth Day Nail Polish Exchange is BACK for 2014. Not only is ZOYA making it easy to swap out old, unwanted color for the world’s healthiest and longest wearing natural nail polish formula on the market, we will dispose of your old shades in an eco-friendly manner! This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!

Valid 4/21/14 - 4/28/14 (11:59pm EST)

What is the Zoya Nail Polish Exchange?
From April 21, 2014 - April 28, 2014 (11:59pm EST) exchange your old nail color for BIG5FREE** Zoya Nail Polish for either $4.50 ea. on regular Zoya shades OR $5 ea.for PixieDust™ and special effect toppers - and let us properly dispose of your unwanted bottles Shipping and handling fees apply. Excludes ALL Summer 2014 Collection shades (Tickled & Bubbly and Summer Magical PixieDust).
Don't forget to share your NEW colors on FacebookTwitter and Instagram with us (@ZoyaNailPolish) using #ZoyaEarthDay!

USE CODE: ZDAY2014

How it works:
  1. Visit www.zoya.com and add at least 6 bottles and no more than 24 bottles of polish to your cart (salon accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles). Excludes ALL Summer 2014 Collection shades (Tickled, Bubbly & Summer Magical PixieDust).
  2. Apply the code: ZDAY2014
  3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect a 50% discount (we use these funds to properly dispose of the old nail polish). For an example of how your order should look, see example below.
  4. Complete check-out, review and submit order.
  5. Zoya will ship out your NEW polishes right away. The exchange runs on the honor system, which means offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. See full exchange details below...
The Exchange
  1. Once you get your order - ship back the equivalent number of bottles you received to the return address below (ie. If you ordered 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes). Please check with your carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish.
            Ship Your Old Nail Polish To:
             Art of Beauty, Inc.
             c/o Polish Exchange
             5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
             Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA
  1. Include a copy of your invoice/order.
  2. Once we receive your polish we do the rest - It’s that simple!
IMPORTANT!You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. The bottles you send in should be from any other brand – they cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes. We are using the honor code to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish as quickly as possible! First, we send out your new polishes – Then, you send your old polish back to us when it’s convenient for you OR you may donate the polish to a local cause. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. If you do choose to send us your old polish, we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines. 

*Offer valid online at www.zoya.com only. Offer expires on 4/28/2014 at 11:59PM EST. Continental US ONLY. Excludes ALL Summer 2014 Collection Shades – Tickled, Bubbly & Summer Magical PixieDust. Not valid with any other codes, coupons or promotions. Shipping and handling fees apply. Consumer accounts must exchange a minimum of 6 polishes with a 24 bottle maximum. Salon accounts must exchange at least 12 with a maximum of 48 bottles. Polish can be from any brand EXCEPT Zoya, Qtica or Nocti and can be exchanged for in-stock .5oz Zoya Nail Polish shades only. Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. One code per account. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors or any errors outside of our control. Please allow standard time for processing and shipping, however if volume is higher than expected please allow up to 6 weeks for shipping and processing. Art of Beauty, Inc. reserves the right to remove any polish that is out of stock from your order. You will not be charged for this polish. Backordered polish is not included in this promotion.

**Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments are completely free of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Camphor.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Born Pretty Holo #12


Happy hump day, everyone. Today I have a really gorgeous holo polish to show you from Born Pretty. I feel like most polish lovers are in two camps - either they love, love holos or they just think they're OK. I, for one, am a huge holo fan. Linear holos are my favorite but a nice scattered holo can be really pretty, too. When Born Pretty contacted me and asked me if I wanted to review a couple of their products, I did not hesitate to put a holo polish on the list.

This is their Holo Polish #12, which is dark green linear holo. Sadly it does not have a better name than #12 but it's still a gorgeous polish. As you can see in the daylight shots below, Holo #12 is a very strong linear holo. In the shade it looks like a dark, murky green but in the sun, all of the rainbows come out.

Born Pretty Dark Green Holo
shade

Born Pretty Dark Green Holo
shade


Born Pretty Dark Green Holo
sunlight

Born Pretty Dark Green Holo
sunlight

Born Pretty Dark Green Holo
sunlight

Born Pretty Dark Green Holo
sunlight

I had no issues with the formula and I used two medium coats for the swatches above. I did not use a special base or anything and didn't have any problems with patchiness. No top coat shown more out of laziness than anything else. I usually use top coat on my holos and have never noticed a dulling effect. The only downside to this polish is that it comes in very small bottles. I'd say they are about the size of the Cover Girl minis. Each bottle contains 4ml of product. Compare that with your average China Glaze which has 14ml. The Born Pretty holos retail for $12.88, which I think it a little high for the amount of product you get. I have seen them on sale before though for about half price. At that price I would be much more likely to purchase.

If you like this shade, the item ID is 6410 or you can find it here. Overall I am quite impressed with this shade. I'd probably wait for a sale but I definitely would not mind picking up a few more of their holo shades.

Born Pretty has been kind enough to offer readers of The Painted Ninja a 10% discount. Just use the code below and shop away. :)


Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by the Born Pretty Store. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Friday, April 4, 2014

OPI Baby Please Come Home


Hi, everyone. Man I've been so terrible about posting lately. It's just so hard to come home after work at night and find the enthusiasm to get on the computer again. Not to mention that my computer has been super slow lately. Anyway, those are just lame excuses that you don't want to hear. Let's get to the polish.

This is OPI Baby Please Come Home from last year's Mariah Carey Holiday collection. Baby Please Come Home is a cool toned lavender that leans a bit pink. It has a Liquid Sand finish, meaning it's textured and meant to be worn without a top coat. If found it to be nicely pigmented and only required 2 coats, as shown below.

OPI Baby Please Come Home

OPI Baby Please Come Home

OPI Baby Please Come Home 

I like this one. I don't have anything quite like it in my collection and I like that it's a very cool toned purple. Of course I love the bling-y glitter and the Liquid Sand formula is very nice. As you can see, I bought I have a mini bottle of this as part of a little 3-pack. I would consider getting a full size bottle though. I don't see the texture trend dying anytime soon and I am still a fan.

Thanks for hanging in there and I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

China Glaze Wish On a Starfish


Morning, all! Wow I just had a helluva time posting this after trying to figure out Flickr's new interface. I have to say that, right now, I am not a fan. Hopefully I'll get used to it. So today I have a new spring polish for you. China Glaze Wish On a Starfish is from their recent Sea Goddess collection. Sea Goddess is a fun collection of textured polishes with a glitter finish. Wish On A Starfish was the one I was most excited about in the collection. I mean, look at that gold shimma! I was lucky to snag this during Sally Beauty's BOGO sale recently. As you can see below, the shimmer is very prominent and I love it. Pigmentation was good and I needed 2 coats for the swatches below.

China Glaze Wish On a Starfish

China Glaze Wish On a Starfish

China Glaze Wish On a Starfish

China Glaze Wish On a Starfish

I hate when shimmer in the bottle doesn't translate to the nail but luckily the shimmer in this shines through. I love how girly and glittery it is. I have a lot of textured polishes but none really like this.

Hope you guys liked this one. What other spring shades are on your must have list?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stashed (16): butter LONDON


Hello and happy Sunday, everyone. I've been having super chill weekend. I really love when I don't have much to do. Of course I should be getting stuff ready for next week's blog posting but oh well. Just a quick Stashed post today. I've been on a low-buy lately which has been going well. I think the key is really just not to go places where I know there will be pretty polishes to buy. But week Ulta was having a one day sale on some butter LONDON's and I had to pop in. I almost walked away with nothing but I've been wanting Trustafariain for a while now and decided to pick up Lady Muck with it. If you are looking for butter LONDON, they are also having a 50% sale on select polishes right now that ends later today. There are some nice polishes for sale, but I am resisting. :)

Hope you're all having a fantastic weekend. I am off to see Divergent later today. Have you guys seen it yet?