Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Emerald & Ash Nail Oil, Hourglass Nebula, Dark Matter, and a FLASH GIVEAWAY!!!

Longest post title ever? Mayhaps but it's for a good reason. You see, Emerald & Ash is launching a new collection tomorrow and, in addition to the new pretties, there are a few being discontinued. Alllllso, I will be reviewing the E&A nail oils in this post and Ashley and Nate offered up some gift cards so that people could try out their stuff. So, do you see where I am going with this now? What better time to have a flash giveaway then right before the launch of a new collection?! My blogger pack hasn't arrived yet (pesky border) so I will include some links to other reviews of the new stuff and I'm going to show you two of the beauties being discontinued. Hopefully this will give you a pretty good idea of what you want to snag tomorrow.

First, the nail oil review. I'm going to put out a disclaimer right now and say that if you are looking for a balanced review of this stuff, you'll have to look elsewhere. I literally do not have a bad word to say about the Emerald & Ash nail oil. Not only is the blend unique and fast absorbing, the scents are plentiful and there are very, very few that I don't like. I've tried so many of them, in blends and alone, that I've created a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. Hopefully my notes will be helpful in deciding which scents to try.

* I was sent three 4ml bottles to try - Kulu Bay, Cinnamon/Blueberry, and Caramel/Apple Orchard. All three are great but Cinnamon/Blueberry is FREAKING AMAZING!!! *

Here's a note about the nail oils directly from Emerald & Ash:

Our nail oils are hand blended and mixed to order. None of our oils sit with scents premixed into them. We use a unique blend of oils that include Fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil, tea tree oil, vitamin A oil and vitamin E oil.
 
We created a nail oil that we love and want to use. We wanted something that was fast absorbing, moisturizing and that didn't leave a greasy feeling behind. It's a cuticle oil that can be used as often as needed, while also using it frequently to help get your nails and cuticles into better shape.
 
We offer 85 scents in both essential oils and fragrance oils. Those 85 scents can also be blended into an even larger selection of scents. Along with that we offer unscented, sellers choice where we choose the scent and a scent of the month that is offered at a discounted price.


Safe to say, I love these oils. I have bottles spread everywhere - in the car, my purse, bedside table, at work, etc. - and use them several times a day because I am a serial cuticle picker. My cuticles aren't just dry, they are damaged. Pretty horrible for a nail blogger, right? You would think that swatching multiple polishes in one sitting would make my cuticles worse but, because I apply some E&A oil after removing each polish, my cuticles generally look BETTER after a swatch-a-thon. Do your hands a favour and grab some now!! My favourite way to purchase is the 4ml three-pack because then I can try three different scents for minimal cost. You can't beat $6.50 for 12ml of oil!!

Now, on to the two polishes being discontinued. Both are from the Hubble collection and both are unique and lovely. I used two coats of polish for both Hourglass Nebula and Dark Matter. I love all of the polishes in the Hubble collection and these two are no exception.



Finally, the giveaway. This is truly a FLASH giveaway. The new collection launches at 9am Mountain time, tomorrow, Thursday, July 10th, 2014 and I am leaving the Rafflecopter open until 8am Mountain time, which gives me one hour to verify entries and get the winners' information to Ashley & Nate. Good luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Links to the Life in Color collection reviews:

Land of Ten Thousand Polishes | Part 1 | Part 2 |
Polished Pathology | Part 1 | Part 2 |
Boom Shaka Lacquer
 
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36 comments:

  1. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! I would try the Ginger scent.

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  2. It's a toss-up between Cucumber Wasabi Cilantro Tomato Leaf Coriander. A lot of them sound so tempting though. Thank you for the chance to give them a try! ;)

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  3. Apple orchard, definitely. But all the scents look amazing too, like bacon? So weird but totally cool too!

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  4. I'd try Apple Orchard and Clovebud. Or Fresh Ginger and Fresh Peach. Or Lemongrass and Lavender. Oh! Or Lemongrass and Rosemary. Definitely Lavender and Rosemary. Peppermint and Clovebud! Oooooh! Gourmet Dark Chocolate and Chai Tea!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope you get the blogger pack soon so I can see pretty swatches!

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  6. I love, love, LOVE E&A cuticle oil. I would like to try a mix of ginger and honeysuckle.

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  7. Thanks for the chance at a giveaway! I love rose or lemongrass scents, and I love E&A cuticle oil!

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  8. I won an E&A in glitter scent. It's nice, not too perfumey, I would try an ocean or spring scent if I get another.

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    1. like ocean mist or seaside cotton

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  9. I'm in love with e&a oils and I would love to try Fresh Outdoors mixed with Seaside Cotton!

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  10. I'm dying to try Monkey Farts! (Things I Never Thought I'd Say For 500, Alex!)

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  11. The nail oil I REALLY want to try now is Fresh Outdoors, Ginger, or Ocean Mist. As per usual, I can never pick just one. I love them ALL hehe <3

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  12. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I would love to try almond mixed with fresh raspberry!

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  13. Sorry if this posted twice!! Thanks doll!! I want to try winter garden, rain barrel, and harvest moon. I also want to mix blood orange and gourmet dark chocolate together.

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  14. Thank You For A Chance To Win In Your Awesome Giveaway! Cucumber Melon Please !

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  15. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I love blood orange and would like to try Cucumber Melon because it is my favorite all time scent!

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  16. My favorite of the ones I tried is a blend of fresh raspberry and lime. It's so crisp and bright.

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  17. Chai tea and vanilla bean!

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  18. I would go for the clean sents. Maybe the leather just cause..leather..XD

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  19. Australian Bamboo Grass sounds amazing and I wanna try Rain Barrel and Fresh Outdoors too!

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  20. Chocolate and fresh raspberry!

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  21. Breezes and sunshine sounds good!

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  22. I would definitely need to try Carmel/Apple Orchard! That sounds blissful.

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  23. Pumpkin apple butter or Vanilla champagne. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Of the e&a scents I've tried, Coconut Lime Verbana is probably my favorite so far. However, the cinnamon and blueberry sounds amazing!

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  25. I can't wait to try glitter! I'm looking for something with subtle jasmine and that seems like the perfect one.

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    1. I have glitter. It is, indeed, a beautiful scent. The straight up jasmine is nice, too. I'm using it at the moment. :)

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  26. Pumpkin Apple Butter. HNNNGGGG. I have it right now. And I want to eat my fingers.

    That was disturbing I'm sorry :P

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  27. E&A oils are my favorite!! I want them all. I'm thinking absinthe + clove. I probably need to request that now. :)

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  28. I love the sound of chai plus chesnut and brown sugar.

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  29. Root beer and Vanilla sounds lovely, in addition to the legendary Smores combo.

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  30. I'm so excited for the new collection, it has such a range of colors! And I love your swatches, your photography skills are amazing!

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  31. Deeeeeefinitely Winter Garden. Yyeeessss.

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  32. (Sorry if this posts twice but it appears my first comment was sent to space...)

    I cannot pick just one. There are too many options! But on the top of my list of scents to try are Dreamsicle, Peach/Raspberry, Mojito, Papaya Guava Mango, and Rootbeer/Vanilla Bean.

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  33. Thank you to you and Emerald & Ash for the giveaway! I'd blend Apple Orchard and Blackberry Bling Bling.

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