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SpaRitual Kaleidoscope Collection Swatches, Review & Comparisons

By on April 28, 2010
in SpaRitual, Summer 2010 with 21 Comments
sparitual kaleidoscope collection nail polish bottles SpaRitual is unleashing a rainbow of color on us with their upcoming release, the Kaleidoscope Collection.  A set of twelve hot shades that include everything from bright white to neon pink and dark purple in a range of finishes.

As much as I’ve been digging the blue, green and yellow pastels that have come out recently I’m really happy to see a collection that is pastel-free.  This entire collection is filled with bold hues which seems a bit unusual for SpaRitual. They tend to mix more conservative, serene colors with their unique creations but this collection is anything but safe.

I have six of the twelve shades to show you so check them out after the jump!

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SpaRitual Believe Giveaway Winner

By on April 1, 2010
in SpaRitual with 3 Comments


Congrats to Michelle L, the winner of ALU’s SpaRitual Believe Giveaway. Michelle has won a set of the Believe Collection nail polishes and a bottle of Multi-Tasker & Topcoat in One. Michelle’s comment was selected at random thanks to


What nail polish color best expresses who Michelle is? Why?
I’d have to say blue or green or any combination of the 2. Colors that are usually calm & serene for the most part, but with shades that can kick it up a notch & surprise the heck out of you, dancing a bit on the wild side. LOL!

A girl after my own heart! Enjoy the polishes Michelle!

Thanks to everyone who entered. I enjoyed reading all your responses. I have some creative and unique Fanatics. Love you all!

Special thanks for SpaRitual for providing such a fun giveaway.  Make sure you enter the What Do You Believe? Sweepstakes happening on YouTube for another chance to win some SpaRitual goodies including $500 in SpaRitual products.

SpaRitual Believe Sweepstakes – What Do You Believe?

By on March 24, 2010
in Giveaway, SpaRitual

sparitual believe collection spring 2010 yes i can swatch

Fun news Fanatics! To celebrate the launch of their Spring Believe collection, SpaRitual is holding a sweepstakes to find out what you believe. It’s an interactive contest where fellow nail polish fanatics create videos to answer the question, “What Do You Believe?”

The full details and rules regarding entry are posted at but the jist is:

*Create a video that expresses what you believe
*Join/Login to YouTube
*Post your video as a response at
*Email to notify the sponsor that you have entered the sweepstakes. Include your real name, age and birthday, mailing address, email address, and name of YouTube account holder.

What can you win?? Well there are multiple prizes. Including…

*The first six people to enter the sweepstakes by uploading their video or recording their video response will each win one of the six nail lacquers in the SpaRitual Believe Spring 2010 Collection and Multi-Tasker Base & Topcoat in One.

*A weekly winner will be selected from entries submitted from Wednesday through Tuesday at 11:59pm PDT and will receive the SpaRitual Believe Collection and Multi-Tasker Base & Topcoat in One.

*One final grand prize winner will be selected on April 21. The grand prize winner will receive $500 worth of SpaRitual Products including the new Believe Spring 2010 collection.

And that’s not all….

ALU SpaRitual Believe Collection Giveaway

That’s right Fanatics, ALU is holding a giveaway as well. SpaRitual has graciously offered to send a set of the Believe Collection and Multi-Tasker & Topcoat in One to one of you!!  How cool is that??  So those of you who are video shy still have a chance to win right here.  What do you need to do?

It’s simple.  Leave a comment on this post answering…

“What nail polish color best expresses who you are? Why?”

You MUST include your email address on the comment form in order to win! Emails will not be published.

You have from now until Wednesday March 31st at 11:59PM EDT to answer.  Good luck!!

Get The Look – Lauren Conrad’s Spring Green Nails

By on December 1, 2009
in Celebrity, Green, SpaRitual with 16 Comments
lauren-conrad-lo-bosworth-teal-nails-jenna-hipp A few weeks back, Fanatic Amelia contacted me asking about the nail polish Lauren “LC” Conrad was wearing at an event.  I couldn’t help but notice the bright teal tone popping against  her outfit and had to know for myself what color it was.  I certainly had some guesses in regards to similar shades but I love putting my sleuthing hat on to track down a color.

Thanks to Lauren’s makeup artist, Amy Nadine, I found out that my fave Celebrity Green Manicurist, Jenna Hipp, was responsible for her standout manicure.  Jenna tended to Lauren’s digits for a Seventeen Magazine cover shoot and used a brand new shade that’s launching this Spring.  Check it out along with backstage shots from Jenna, after the jump!

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SpaRitual Mind.Body.Spirit Matte Nail Polish Swatches & Review

By on September 29, 2009
in Black, Matte, Purple, SpaRitual with 19 Comments
Just when I thought I was having all my matte needs met, along comes the Mind.Body.Spirit collection from SpaRitual. I have been longing for the purple from this set ever since I first spotted it on the SpaRitual rep at Cosmoprof in Vegas. It’s a big ball of fabulous. The collection includes:

Put your Mind at ease with matte champagne

Give your Body an edgy boost with matte black

Let your Spirit soar to new levels with matte purple

Check them out after the jump!

As we’ve discussed in the past, matte polishes are not long lasting. They’re like the temporary tattoo of nails. Lotion, water, base and top coat will all affect its wear and finish.

In spite of those issues, I think SpaRitual got it right with this collection. The formula is very smooth and easy to work with. Those of you that have feared the unforgiving nature of matte polishes will have better luck with these. The consistency isn’t as thick as other polishes giving you the ability to even it out.

Added Bonus: the dark colors don’t stain when worn sans base coat. Score!

Mind is honestly not my cup of tea. On my hands this shimmery pinkish nude makes my nails look dead. I thought I was looking at a corpse’s hand. The yellow base in my hand’s skin tone just didn’t play well with the hue. However, if you’ve been wanting to try matte but are disappointed by the lack of light colored options, this is definitely a work safe version.
Body surprised me because it isn’t an empty, lifeless black. It dries to a more satin finish that reminds me of BBQ briquettes. Comparing it to Orly Matte Vinyl, I can’t tell them apart except for the formula differences. I feel Body applies better.
Spirit is a total love at first sight situation. I couldn’t wait to wear it this past weekend, it’s just so gorgeous. The finish is somewhat unique in that Spirit falls somewhere between Mind and Body in that it isn’t a shimmer yet it isn’t totally flat. There’s a graininess to it that prevents it from falling flat.

The SpaRitual Mind.Body.Spirit Collection will be available starting October 2009 for $10/each at salons and spas such as Spa Halekulani, Canyon Ranch, and the Mandarin Oriental or online at and

Who’s loving the SpaRitual matte polishes? Who prefers to just use a matte top coat? Will a certain color of matte polish cause you to give in? Have you been looking for a light version like Mind? Share with the group!

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