Rave: Holiday Cosmetics Guide

The holiday season is upon us, which we on the fourth floor take as an opportunity to sparkle shamelessly. Not that we really need any help with that but these festive holiday cosmetics certainly don’t hurt. Here are a few of the beauty goodies we definitely wouldn’t return come Boxing Day! 

MAC Cosmetics – Guilty Passions Collection

We don’t feel guilty about loving these muted holiday colours.

These mini kits for lips and eyes are a must-have for the Yuletide season. The warm, versatile shades are great for daytime and can transition easily for an evening of holiday cheer. Plus, how could we not be tempted by these these adorable little boxes? They would make a great gift (not that we’d blame you if you kept them for yourself.)

OPI James Bond Collection

“Do you like wild things, Mr. Bond?”

This season you can have all the drama and colour of James Bond literally at your fingertips. Channel your inner bond girl with any of the 12 shades (all named after Bond movies!) and top it all off with the 18-karat gold-flecked top coat that comes in a shiny gold bottle, called The Man With the Golden Gun.

Urban Decay Holiday 2012

The Dangerous Palette

If you feel like going a little bolder with your eye colour, Urban Decay’s holiday collection offers a smack of colour that will make you stand out at all your festive parties. You can try pairing any of their seasonal palettes with their colourful Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide On eye pencils for a look that will have you in high demand under the mistletoe.

Chanel Eclats du Soir

If ever in doubt, Chanel is ALWAYS an appropriate gift! Just as pretty in the signature black packaging as it is when applied, a nail polish or lipstick from their limited edition holiday collection definitely beats a tired old Starbucks gift card. The new nailpolish, Malice, is a standout piece.

Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse

Just looking at the shiny reds, shimmering bronzes and glimmering golds of the Laura Mercier Art Deco Muse collection puts us in a festive mood. The holidays call for tradition; we suggest a classic red lip, dark eyeliner and shimmery lid as a toast to the season.

These are just a few of the many pieces that would have us smiling were we to receive them (hint, hint!). We’ve been very good this year…

City Living: Pinky’s Nails

Like a good hairdresser, once we find a good nail salon we
remain loyalists… until someone new moved into our `hood and disturbed the
order of the beauty world. Introducing
Pinky`s Nails, the
self-proclaimed first professional nail art studio in Toronto. 

Open now for just over a month, Pinky’s Nails is not only wreaking havoc on our wallets (because we’re always there) but is also causing debates over which designs to get. Conveniently located around the corner from our office, Pinky’s Nails calls 688
Richmond St. W home, and have been making a buzz with their creations à la this:
MTV’s Nicole Holness and her feminine 3D nail art.
Or all of these:

And this one too:
For the cat lovers on the fourth floor (*cough cough*
@badalie, @andeline, @bigail).
No pedicures here. They do one thing and one thing well:
nail art. Pinky’s first caught our attention when they offered up manicure
specials for their July promo, but the fun designs and endless choices have kept us as customers. And in the rare, rare occassion you don’t see something that tickles your fancy, you can email them your inspiration and they can whip up a one-of-a-kind work for your digits.

Prices for their nail art (read as masterpieces) start at $30, and go up from there depending on the adornments and studding you choose. Pricing is done per nail, so feel free to go wild or just have a few standouts on your hands, like an entirely studded nail which rings up at $12.  
Wondering how the heck they get such detailed works on your
tips? Check out this  video for the Heartbreak Karaoke nails from Worn Fashion Journal.

If you are a devout Shellac-er, Pinky’s will be carrying gel polishes come fall. In the mean time, you can choose from their vast polish collection with familiar favourites like OPI and Essie.

In more beauty news, Pinky’s has got their paws on OPI`s new Black
Spotted polish. Similar to Shatter, but way cooler, it`s a black top coat that
gives a water marbling effect. Why is this awesome? OPI Black Spotted is
part of the Spiderman collection, which was exclusively released to French
Sephora. You
read that right
– the polish won’t even get a US release, let alone a
Canadian one. Which is why single bottles are going as high as $60 on eBay– cray!

Covet it. Now. 

Looking for an appointment? Give ‘em a ring at 647-787-9521.
Pinky’s Nails is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. most nights. 
Ya, they are pretty cool! 

Fashion-able: Haute Holiday Nails

When we’re getting ready for holiday parties, it’s all in the details. We love our manis and having a nicely groomed set of nails can add a little extra to any holiday look. Here are some of our favourites:

Minx it up

Minx nails are a great addition to any nail routine. Even throwing in one nail with a creative pattern can make everything – disco. Below are some of our faves: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, Winter wonderland, Dashing through the snow and Lighting the menorah.

Peek-a-boo Lace
If you’re feeling crafty, a great DIY is lace nails. Eye-catching and elegant, we’re excited to try this look out before our next party. Our friends at Sweetspot posted a handy how-to, and video tutorial, on how to create this look at home.

Sparkle, sparkle
When in doubt, go for some standout sparkle. Either worn on their own or over a base colour, a great sparkle polish will add a little shine to any ensemble. Easy to apply, but beware, hard to remove – go to the pros for a polish change.
OPI’s Getting’ Miss Piggy With It over OPI’s Meep-meep-meep.
Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow with China Glaze Hi-Tek.
Joe Fresh’s Gunmetal.
Silver, gold and copper are our go-to shades. Metallic nail polishes look great as a solid or if you’re more creatively-inclined, as a half-moon addition to a matte colour.

OPI’s Rinse Charming.
Deborah Lippmann’s Theme and Filthy Rick by Quo by Orly.
What are some of your holiday mani favourites? Show us some twitpics! @rockitpromo

Rave: Deep, dark nail polish

As you may remember from our earlier post on nail art, we love experimenting with different nail colours and designs, especially in the summer. Those bright, funky colours, intricate designs, patterns – we can’t resist. 

But sometimes you need a break from all the neon brights, and crave something a little more glam, vamp and chic. We started to wonder if we could find shades that will transition us from summer to autumn.

With all the variety we found below, we’re happy to report it’s an absolute possibility. If you see us out and about, you’ll definitely see us rocking one of these bold colours on our fingers and toes. 

If you’re a bit nervous about expressing your dark side, ease your way in with this pretty, electric blue (Aruba Blue) from Essie. You can get it at Shopper’s Drug Mart for around $12, making it an easy dabble in the dark arts. Geri Halliwell was seen with a similar colour earlier this summer while in Monaco. 

We liked the idea of a deep, purplish-blue, so we tried out O.P.I’s Light My Sapphire. It retails for about $10 at Trade Secrets. For all of you who want to emulate Kristen Stewart’s rocker-chic glam, this is the colour for you. 


We’re also loving burgundy for a dark summer colour. M.A.C.’s Vintage Vamp Nail Lacquer is sleek, sultry and Kim Kardashian-esque for events or a night out with family and friends. C’mon, you know you wanna look like Kim just a little bit, sometimes.

On a hot summer Saturday night, there’s no doubt that some of us will be as bold as Emma Roberts and go for pure, rich black. China Glaze is an office favourite, and we especially like China Glaze’s Liquid Leather, which can be found at select Trade Secrets for less than $10.

So there you have it. You don’t need to stick with bubble gum pink just because it’s August. Try one of these hot, deep shades now, all the way into autumn.

Fashion-able: Nail Art

We ladies on the fourth floor have a bit of an office-wide obsession with nail polish. Many lunchtime conversations are dominated by talk of our new favourite shades or nail art. Needless to say, we are thrilled to see articles on nail trends popping up in Toronto Life and T Magazine

We could wax rhapsodic about our current favourite colour (it’s Deborah Lippmann’s Yellow Brick Road, in case you were wondering), but instead we thought we’d share some nail designs we’ve been itching to try out this summer.

Are you sick of the royal wedding yet? We aren’t. Especially after seeing Paige’s incredible Duchess Catherine-inspired manicure. The blue polish is OPI‘s Dating a Royal and the crystals are by Swarovski. The best part? This was a DIY home manicure. So impressive!

This rainbow-hued, glitter manicure by Naomi Yasuda would be perfect as birthday party nails. It’s an aggressive and complicated design, but could be re-created at home with a few fun glitter nail polishes (such as these or these). Glitter polish is nice worn on it’s own, or as a sheer layer over a complementary colour. 

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For those of us not blessed with a steady hand, Konad nail stamps are probably the easiest way to create nail art at home. The stamps take a little practice to apply properly, but once you get the hang of it, you open yourself up to a world of exciting nail designs. In Toronto, you can buy Konad products at Wow Wow Nails

Finally, this ladybug manicure from London-based manicurist Emma is so adorable, but may be a bit complicated for the amateur nail artist. If your inner child is screaming for ladybug or watermelon-inspired tips, then get thee to Tips Nail Bar, where their talented staff can paint any design you can dream up. 

Get painting!