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Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | 85 comments

Giveaway 2: Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson

The fragrance is as friendly as it is spicy, like a sweet sparkle of magical romance. 

Jessica Simpson is back in more ways than one.  The freshly-engaged-on-the-heels-of-Nick-Lachey’s-engagement tale is one to wag tongues, but with all of her foibles, she manages to put out a highly marketable line of shoes, purses and fragrances every year. 

Last year I featured Fancy Love , a very captivating scent that received rave reviews.  This year I’m thrilled to be able to offer Jessica’s latest in the line called Fancy Nights as a giveaway. 

This fragrance is again housed in the familiar round bottle that was designed after an antique perfume rumored to be kept on Ms. Simpson’s dresser.  While the top remains gold, the glass is emerald to reflect the darker, more serious scent.  The breakdown is as follows:

Top Notes: Bergamot, Papyrus

Heart: Indonesian Patchouli, Bulgarian Red Rose, Night Blooming Jasmine

Base: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Peru Balsam, Exotic Amber, Oak Moss, Vanilla Absolute, Cedar Wood

If you follow fragrance house rock stars, this is another collaboration with perfumer Steve DeMercado. 

Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson was initially released over the summer, which surprises me because it is certainly appropriate for fall.  It is a beautifully packaged scent that will be enjoyed by you or perfect to gift this Christmas. 

This giveaway ends Tuesday, December 7th Pacific Time 11:59pm.
You must check back on the site to see if you have been selected as we have had difficulty contacting people.

3.4 oz. Eau de Parfum Spray, $59.00 Retail Value

How to Enter:

1. Place a comment in the section here saying why you would like a bottle of this fragrance.  Make sure you use a legit email address when you comment.

* For a Bonus Entry:

2. Follow Solessence on Twitter and post comment: I want Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson & @solessence RT

3. Join the Facebook Page to keep updated on upcoming beauty news & giveaways. Post comment: I want Fancy Nights by Jessica Simpson & solessence

You can leave individual comments here that you did both of these actions too.

That will total 3 entries for the person doing all actions.

3. Check back on the site to see if you have been selected and make a notification in the comments.

Good Luck!

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Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Coty Inc. Formally Announces OPI Deal

Coty Inc. has been busy lately, snapping up Philosophy, Dr. Scheller Cosmetics AG; partnering with Lady Gaga, Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli on fragrances and creating creative alliances in their global color division.  Someone was verrrry good this year (and possibly in business school)!  As has been rumored for some time now, Coty has acquired OPI in a rumored nearly $1billion dollar deal. 

OPI, the brand found in every saleable nook and cranny possible, is meant to stay a “pro line” according to Coty.  OPI is without a doubt the easiest lacquer to apply and most well known brand in the market.  It hasn’t been salon only for years though, so it will be interesting to see the changes that may occur.  The buyout takes over the entire company, including Axxium, Will Suzi be out on the streets?  Doubtful.  Someone stil needs to name all of those collections. 

Read on for the official press release:

Coty Adds OPI Nail Lacquers and Nicole by OPI to Its Growing Color Portfolio

NEW YORK, November 29, 2010 — Coty Inc., a leading global beauty company, and OPI Products Inc., a leader in professional nail salon products, today announced that Coty has entered into an agreement to acquire OPI.

The acquisition will enhance Coty’s color cosmetic portfolio, through the addition of over 200 fashion forward colors of OPI Nail Lacquer’s chip-resistant formula, which has been an international success. 

“We view the acquisition of OPI as complementary to Coty and a natural extension of our strategy to offer a unique portfolio of brands that produce some of the best known consumer products around the world,” said Bernd Beetz, CEO, Coty Inc. “OPI is both dynamic and high quality and has earned its place as a leading provider to professional nail care salons. This acquisition will allow Coty to expand our presence in the nail care category via an important new channel of distribution: professional salons, and importantly will offer an even greater selection of products and choice to consumers.”

“We are very excited about having OPI join the Coty family. OPI has gained a place in consumer’s minds in the US and internationally,” said Renato Semerari, President, Coty Beauty. “It is one of THE fashion brands in Nail Color for salons and that is a very unique position to be in. OPI’s success is the result of a very focused and high quality effort by the OPI team over the past decades. We are very excited to join forces with such a talented team to strengthen OPI even further in the future.”

“It’s time for a new era at OPI, and together with Coty we can begin this new journey,” said George Schaeffer, President and CEO of OPI Products Inc. “For almost 30 years, we have built a solid foundation of innovation and excellence. We are confident that by joining Coty, this legacy will continue and be strengthened. We are all excited about the next phase of opportunity for OPI.  Our management team will continue on with the company and OPI’s business strategy will remain focused on the salon professional.”  

“OPI has a reputation for creating fashion-forward products that make women feel beautiful and Coty is a well-established trend setter in the beauty industry,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, the Executive VP & Artistic Director of OPI Products, Inc. “Together we will continue to push the envelope in beauty, color and trends.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is also subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Moelis & Company served as financial advisor to Coty in connection with the transaction. Lazard Freres & Co. LLC acted as financial advisor to OPI. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal advisor to Coty in the transaction. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal advisor to OPI.

About Coty Inc.
Coty was created in Paris in 1904 by Francois Coty who is credited with founding the modern fragrance industry.

Today, Coty Inc. is a recognized leader in global beauty with annual net sales of nearly $4 billion. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, innovation and creativity, Coty Inc. has developed an unrivaled portfolio of notable brands and delivers its innovative products to consumers in 90 markets worldwide.

The Coty Prestige brand portfolio is distributed in prestige and ultra-prestige stores and includes Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Chloé, Chopard, Davidoff, Jennifer Lopez, Jil Sander, JOOP!, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, L.A.M.B. fragrance by Gwen Stefani, La Voce by Renee Fleming , Lancaster, Marc Jacobs, Nikos, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Wolfgang Joop.

The Coty Beauty brand portfolio is more widely distributed and includes adidas, ASTOR, Baby Phat, Beyoncé Knowles, Celine Dion, Chupa Chups, David and Victoria Beckham, Esprit, Exclamation, Faith Hill, GUESS, Halle Berry, Jovan, Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, La Cross, Lady Gaga, Miss Sporty, Nautica, N.Y.C. New York Color, Pierre Cardin1 , Playboy, Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Stetson, Tim McGraw, and Tonino Lamborghini.

Coty and Puig Fashion and Beauty S.A. have a strategic partnership for the distribution of the perfume lines of Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, Prada, Paco Rabanne, and Antonio Banderas in the United States and Canada.

For additional information about Coty Inc., please visit

(1) Not available in North America

About OPI Products Inc.
OPI Products Inc., one of the world’s leaders in professional nail care since 1981, has revolutionized the beauty industry by combining leading-edge innovation with trendsetting, fashion-forward colors. Under the leadership of OPI President & CEO George Schaeffer and Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, beautifully manicured nails are now seen as the essential fashion accessory.

Preferred by salon professionals and favored by red-carpet celebrities, OPI Nail Lacquer is currently available in 200+ shades. OPI Nail Lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature a patented Lacquer bottle, ergonomic cap, and ProWide® Brush designed for flawless application.

In addition to Nail Lacquer, OPI also offers an entire range of state-of-the-art quality products for hands, feet, and nails – with more than 30 Patents for the company’s innovative product ideas.

OPI has had a number of successful partnerships, including CW Network, DELL, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Kristi Yamaguchi, Serena Williams, Sony Pictures Screen Gems, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Walt Disney Pictures, and Warner Home Video.

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Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | 24 comments

Giveaway: The Magic of Myrrh – Talika Nail Regenerating Serum

Congrats to MIN who was randomly selected to receive one tube of Talika Nail Serum. Min has a problem with splitting nails – this will be perfect.  Please contact me within 48 hours at solessencenews @ to arrange shipment.  Thank you to Talika for this giveaway.

This sexy blue cylinder of serum sports the power of Myrrh oil, long known to nourish nail beds.  The viscous, honey-like consistency is channeled through a foam tip for easy application and avoids waste.  Perfect for travel, this myrrh serum adds a thick protection.  Work in and around nail and cuticles; the thick formulation assures protection during the day.  100% plant oils smell divine.

On the Go:   Talika Nail Regenerating Serum : Ideal for heavy duty repair on fragile, peeling and/or slow growing nails

Quick! Name an oil that gained popular recognition from history going back to biblical times.  Three Wise Men were on a trek to visit the newborn Jesus, and what did they bring as welcoming gifts?  Gold, Frankincense and…(drumroll) Myrrh.

If you aren’t familiar with Myrrh, it is a beautiful gold resin valued for fragrance and medicinal qualities.  Check out the many properties for why it has been used to treat topical conditions:

  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent

Myrrh  is also believed to stimulate blood circulation. For these reasons it held a value similar to gold. It is also for these reasons that it is an optimal ingredient to use on nails. When combined into an oil, a thick, viscous quality provides a good coating of protection for cuticles and nail beds.  This protection helps prevent peeling layers.  Blood flow is stimulated which encourages a healthy matrix, in turn increasing nail growth.  And in my opinion, you can’t beat the scent.

Interested in trying a little myrrh therapy? You’ll have best results if applied daily, especially with winter coming on.

Talika is a French brand sold worldwide through their website and beauty stockists.

YOU can be the lucky recipient of one (1) Talika Nail Regenerating Serum ($37USD retail value).  To qualify:

  1. Tell me in the comments here why your hands need this product

Bonus On Twitter: tweet this phrase: RT @solessence if you need @talika Nail serum!  (photo of hands is desirable but optional)

Bonus On Facebook:  Post to the fanpage and tell us why you need to have Talika Nail Serum!

Good luck! Winner will b e announced Monday, December 6, 2010.

Product sent for promotional consideration.  I liked it so much I wrote about it.

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2010 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Black Friday – Neiman Marcus, NYX, Sephora & more

Here are a few deals going down for Black Friday –  I’m out bright and early so I won’t be able to give a running tally this year.  I’ve also included a few finds for nail pros at the end.  Enjoy!

Neiman Marcus – IN STORE ONLY


WHAT: Spend $100.00 or more between 9am and 2pm on Friday November 26th and receive a $50.00 gift card.

WHEN: Friday November 26th, 2010
9:00am to 2:00pm

WHERE: All Neiman Marcus Locations

WHAT ELSE: Some exclusions may apply; see you sales associate for details. $50.00 gift card must be used toward your next purchase between Friday November 26th, and Sunday December 5th. Offer valid in Neiman Marcus stores only.



The ever popular 50% off sale starts on Thanksgiving


Sephora – Free Tote

Offer is available in Sephora stores and online on November 26, 2010. Offer not available in Sephora inside JCPenney. Enter code MYHAUL in the promotion code box during checkout to receive your free Sephora “Haul-iday” Tote (10.5″H x 15.75″W x 6.5″D) with any online merchandise order of $25 USD or more. To redeem in stores, bring a print out of the email or landing page to redeem with any merchandise purchase of $25 USD or more. This offer is exclusive to Sephora Beauty Insider members. One offer per client. No returns or exchanges. Not available on previous purchases, or with purchase of eGift certificates and gift cards. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Sephora reserves the right to rescind or change this offer at its sole discretion at any time. Offer valid while supplies last.


Eve Pearl makeup  55% off Emmy winning makeup artist line

Sigma Makeup
This makeup brush and accessory line is already offering strong specials, plus you can get free worldwide shipping on Black Friday


Eileen Fisher

$25 off through Dec 5, additional 10% off sale merchandise 11/26-29, free standard shipping through 12/26


Kodak12am EST 11/26-11:59am 11/28
Save $100 off Kodak Easyshare Z915 camera and $60 off Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video

For Nail Pros:


The more you spend, the more you save! $25 off all orders over $15. $50 off all orders over $300. $75 off all orders over $50. To Save $25 use code BlackFriday25. To Save $50 use code BlackFriday50. To Save $75 use code BlackFriday75. Sale runs 11/24-11/29/10

Free Shipping on all orders over $150. FREE shipping only applies to standard/ground shipping. It excludes product displays and otherwise noted bulky items. No code necessary, simply select free shipping option at checkout on qualifying orders. Not valid on past purchases. Not exchangeable for cash or credit towards other products. Only valid in the continental USA.


Contact CND for 20% off l&p products. Licensed professionals only.


Friday & Saturday, two day sale.  Friday from 6am to 2pm get additional 15% off.

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Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Pantene Gets Tangled in Beautiful Lengths Campaign

Disney’s “Tangled” is the modernization of the story of Rapunzel, and what a tale her 70 feet of hair tell! Pantene has partnered with Disney to spread awareness of the Beautiful Lengths program that creates free wigs for people who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.

The saying is hair is the crowning glory, right? Get involved in a project that makes others feel like royalty when they could really use a boost.  Your part is growing enough hair to donate.  Don’t worry – you don’t need 70 feet.  It takes six ponytails of hair at least 8″ long to make one wig, and wig construction takes about six months.  Why not pledge this process with 5 of your friends?  It will be fun to realize at the end of the journey that you’ve donated enough for one full wig!

Is the thought of getting your hair donation ready still a bit overwhelming? Pantene’s celeb stylist Danilo gives a step by step so that you can confidently grow your hair long, strong, and Beautiful Lengths ready:

  • DO use a conditioner after every wash to help keep hair moisturized and protected against damage.
  • DON’T use a brush on wet hair when you step out of the shower; once hair is washed and conditioned, use a comb with smooth, wide-set teeth to gently detangle hair, working from tip to root.
  • DO use a spray, leave-in conditioner for extra protection when using heated hair appliances.
  • DON’T attempt to blow-dry soaking wet hair immediately; to expedite your blow-out process and help prevent thermal damage, towel-wrap your hair for 10-15 minutes and remove excess water before using a blow-dryer.
  • DO look for new technology in your drying and styling tools to help minimize damage.
  • DO use a root-lifter spray to achieve volume; avoid excessive teasing of hair, as it can uplift cuticles, making them fragile and susceptible to breakage.
  • DON’T overbrush hair; despite the common myth that 100 strokes a day are good for hair, this can lead to breakage. Regular, gentle brushing promotes hair health and natural oil distribution.
  • DO use deep-conditioning treatments once a week, or as often as needed, to help minimize split ends and keep hair in top condition.
  • DON’T wait more than eight weeks to get hair trimmed; regular salon visits are essential in keeping hair healthy and beautiful.

I’d also add that taking Biotin and/or pregnancy vitamins helps tremendously.  Keep in mind that hair growth tends to slow a bit during winter, so don’t get frustrated.

For more details on how the process works, visit Pantene’s site

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