Saturday, November 22, 2014

KBShimmer Valentine Trio Swatch and Review Plus Nail Art

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How's this for late! I've just discovered these swatches...of the last Valentine collection from KBShimmer that I never posted. Ugh. Well, in my defense, 2014 was a very difficult and busy year for me. I imagine you've all seen these lovely shades, but I'm going to show you what I did with them anyway. Hope you like. And just keep in mind these are old swatches with my old camera. If you are thinking of making a KBShimmer purchase, I'll take this moment to remind you of some awesome deals they have going on right now, including a free LE shade Holly Back Girl with a $70 purchase. Check out their latest collection swatches here.
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 I've shown KBShimmer U Rock My Heart over a gradient of Turbulence and I'd Rather Be With Blue.
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 Here's Turbulence and I'd Rather Be With Blue gradient, they are both satin matte finish and super gorgeous. Truly sorry, these beauties are no longer available.
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KBShimmer U Rock My Heart - Neon pink glitters in hex and star shapes almost glow, while black hearts, hexes, stars and shreds add a edgy look to this top coat. How awesome is this polish?
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 No troubles applying this glitter top coat, no fishing needed for the different glitters. And that pinky finger, the hearts in a row like that, that happened naturally - I promise.
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 KBShimmer Turbulence, I'd Rather Be With Blue, U Rock My Heart
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 KBShimmer U Rock My Heart, Falling For Hue, Whole Lava Lovin
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 KBShimmer Whole Lava Lovin - a cherry red linear holo. Absolutely lovely. This is 2 coats, no top coat.
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 Gave it a glitter french tip! Definitely liked the way this looked!
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KBShimmer Falling For Hue - a white base with metallic red , pink and fuchsia hex glitters in various sizes. I think this is 2 coats (sorry, I did it a long time ago!) but it might be three. This in my opinion is a perfect polish. I truly love it <3

These shades are $8.75 available at www.HarlowandCo.org and www.KBShimmer.com
All the best, 
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Salon Perfect Nail It! Holiday Exclusive Swatch and Review

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I've got a fun post for you today. A collaboration between two big names in the nail world! Salon Perfect created three exclusive, not available in stores, Holiday shades. Those three exclusive shades plus three complementary shades (part of the core collection available in Walmart now) are being given away through Nov 30 on nailitmag.com Read on for my thoughts and swatches on these.

http://nailitmag.com/perfect-holiday/


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 Salon Perfect Champagne Toast - micro gold holo glitter top coat. This is one coat over Salon Perfect Carbon Copy.  Forgive me, I've never used the infamous China Glaze Fairy Dust, but this to me seems like the gold version. It is super pretty, with no formula issues at all. I did actually leave the very tops of carbon copy uncovered on purpose so you could see how Champagne Toast changed it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Wonder Woman Nail Art

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I finally got a chance to play with some of the pretties from OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 collection. I used Rollin' In Cashmere, I Carol About You, What's Your Point-settia?, Unfrost My Heart for this simple design. 
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OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Nailart
 Can you see why I called it Wonder Woman nail art? That wasn't at all my intention, I just chose shades that jumped out at me...and as soon as it was done I thought to myself, this is very Wonder Woman-y! 
Oh and I must alert you - since switching to my new camera..photo quality is awesome, but you may need to click the photo to see it in its true beauty :D

Monday, November 10, 2014

R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Collection Swatch and Review

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No small talk for me today, I'm jumping right into the introduction for today's post. A Rescue Beauty Lounge first! A collaboration outside of the RBL community! With non other than Refinery29! Each of seven R29 teams (News, Shopping, Health and Wellness, Fashion, Beauty, Tech
and Creative) created their dream color inspiration board and Ji went to work mixing! Can you guess which team came up with which shade? Read  about it in Ji Baek's blog post:
http://blog.rescuebeauty.com/rbl/r29-rescue-beauty-lounge/  and see the beautiful Refinery29 story: refinery29.com

Let's see the results!

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 R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Better Than Boyfriend Jeans - This cream jelly applies smoothly, a perfect open marriage of a faded blue that turns a tad gray at the end.
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 This is a shade I could have dreamed up. I adore this muted greyish light blue. The formula is a jelly, it will need building up for opacity. I used 4 coats here, which all applied perfectly with excellent self leveling and high gloss shine.
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 R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Bubblegum Punk - sheer, with an innocent silver white shimmer base that glints with a sparkling of blues, pinks, greens and a dash of gold giving an iridescent-rainbow-hued cellophane appearance.
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 One coat layered over Better Than Boyfriend Jeans. Loving this combo!
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 One coat, you can see this is a sheer polish with an excellent formula. It goes just where you want it to. I know many don't like polish that shows the nail line but I don't have a problem with it!
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 This shade has a stunning complexity even with only one coat.
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 This is two coats. An amazing shade for sure. You'll probably need 3 coats for full opacity.
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 R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Pretty Gritty - dusty, mauve-esque medium purple with various sizes of gold shimmers.
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 I have not been a big purple polish lover of late. And yet...this shade...is a stand out favorite for me. A must have in my opinion, if not just for the fact that this is ONE COAT, but it's just gorgeous!
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 R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Elvis In The Cloud - PERFECT copper, not too yellow, not too gold, not too pink, and not too red
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 Such an interesting shade! Good in 2 coats but I have 3 here for good measure. Slight brush strokes visible if not careful. Love the uniqueness of this.
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 R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Sunny Skies - balance of blue (often associated with depth and stability), green (it symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility) and a dash of yellow (The color of sunshine. A vibrant seafoam green.
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 This shade makes me think of the deep tropical waters of my honeymoon and it did actually lift my spirits wearing it. An excellent formula, opaque in 2 coats. *Note this initially left a stain on my nails which required extra remover soaked cotton balls and more effort than usual but the stains then did come off.
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Here I have one coat Bubblegum Punk on index and middle fingers and one coat Galaxy Glue on ring and pinky, over Sunny Skies.
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 R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge Galaxy Glue - nothing like actual glue, but you can see the galaxy in here. There is a depth of sage and blue and you can catch the micas that shimmer and twirl in the light. In bright light, you can see the turquoise-bright apex, which becomes darker with a brown tinge as you move your hands.
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 Three coats here with brush stokes if you are not careful with application. I wasn't able to capture the change in colors in this polish, for me they were on the subtle side. Nonetheless, a beautiful shade.
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 R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge All About Yves - a slightly darker kissing cousin to our wildly popular (and sold out) IKB: 2012, a cream jelly, pigments on steroids.
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 This blue is stunning and a dream to apply! Two careful coats is enough but I have 3 thin coats here.
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Take a look at the other talented blogger swatches:


Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes are exclusively available at www.rescuebeauty.com  
 $20 per bottle.
All the best,
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Gloss48 Floss Gloss feature - Nail Art + Giveaway

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Happy weekend!! I've got a brand to share with you today that has long been on my "must try" list! When Gloss48 asked me to work with them I jumped at the chance to try Floss Gloss!
Floss Gloss on Gloss48 starts Wednesday, November 5th at 11am and runs through Wednesday, November 12th at 11am.
Gloss48
  • Gloss48 launches new, indie beauty daily. They are the go-to source to discover the best, latest, most amazing brands that aren't available at Sephora and the department stores. They carefully curate (and try!) all of the products on the site to make sure they are offering up a daily dose of amazingness.
  • For the first seven days that products are on the site, they offer a promotional discount - so that you can try new products without breaking the bank. After the launch week, you can still shop an amazing collection of indie beauty at full price.
  • New members get $10 off of their first order of $30+.
Floss Gloss
  • Floss Gloss was founded in 2009 in San Francisco by Aretha Sack and Janine Lee who formed the nail crew Floss Gloss after many sleepless nights of painting and polish mixing, rap bumping and girl-time talking.  Deemed Floss Gloss for nails that ‘Flossed and Glossed like a Boss’.
  • Gloss48 will be featuring the entire Floss Gloss Fall Collection - a 14 color set - for $90 (reg $112) here:
  • Gloss48 will also be featuring Floss Gloss trios for $20 (reg $24): 

  • And duos for $14 (reg $16):
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Floss Gloss Wet with Floss Gloss Dimepiece circular gradient
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Floss Gloss Wet - the original Floss Gloss color, an electric turquoise creme. This shade is just WOW. Not my favorite formula, it took three coats to cover up patchy spots and it's not very self leveling. You'll need a top coat for sure. But after top coat everything smooths out and you are left with this gorgeous color pop.
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Floss Gloss Dimepiece - holographic silver glitter. I used the brush from the bottle (oh how I adore the bottles!) to dab on Dimepiece. Fairly easy to achieve this look and I really couldn't stop staring at my nails while this was on!
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Floss Gloss Gansta Boo - classic red. Excellent creme/jelly formula, opaque in 2 coats, dries to a high gloss finish.
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Floss Gloss Honey - holographic bronze glitter. I dabbed this down the center of the nail using the brush from the bottle and created a gradient effect out the sides.
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Love how these paired up.
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Floss Gloss Blood, Suede and Tears - a blood orange brown with a jelly/creme finish. I needed 3 coats for opacity, good formula.
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Floss Gloss Stun - holographic gold glitter. A stunner for sure! So easy to create this look! I wanted to revisit the glitter middle gradient I did back in Feb. and this glitter is perfect for it. Again, I just dabbed it on using the brush from the bottle.
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Floss Gloss Mrs. Tony Montana - a cool opaque white creme Donatella - bronze crème with rose-gold micro-shimmer  95% Angel - periwinkle creme
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I started this watermarble with Mrs. Tony Montana which is super pigmented, like white out, and is opaque in 2 coats. Then I watermarbled with 95% Angel, Donatella and a clear top coat (to allow the white base to show).
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I intentionally wanted each nail to have a different pattern. I kept seeing in my mind a fab dress from the 60's here. Oh and did you notice the middle nail...looks a bit well...double watermarbled? That's because I dipped that finger in twice by mistake! Talk about being distracted, right? Anyway, I didn't dislike it enough to do it over. lol
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I'm quite pleased with how all of these turned out and thrilled with Floss Gloss! Looking forward to adding to my collection!

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All the best, 
Victoria 
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