Friday, December 19, 2014

KBShimmer Men Are From Marsala Swatch and Review Pantone Color of the Year 2015

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I'm sure you've all caught the buzz on the chosen color of the year from Pantone! Well, so has KBShimmer with Men Are From Mars-ala releasing Jan. 1, 2015! 
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 Celebrate the New Year and Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year with KBShimmer! “Men are from Mars-ala” is an earthy, red-brown shade that will make a fresh new addition to any neutral nail palette. Worn outdoors or in bright light, Men are from Mars-ala features a linear holographic and when indoors, this shade is rich and warm – just like a glass of Marsala wine should be!
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 This unique shade initially didn't excite me. But I've grown to love it. It looks quite different in different lighting, at times more red than brown, sometimes taking on an orange-ish hue. It photographed too red for me so I did do some altering of the color in the editing phase trying to get it as true to life as I could.
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 This is 2 easy coats (perfect formula) and no top coat.
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 What are your thoughts on the Pantone shade? And do you think KBShimmer did a great job creating Men Are From Mars-ala to match it?
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Men Are From Mars-ala will be available Jan 1, 2015 for $8.75 available internationally at www.HarlowandCo.org and www.KBShimmer.com
All the best, 
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Live Love Polish UNT Lost In Paradise Snowflake Winter Sunset Nail Art

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Hi everyone! Remember I showed you two UNT shades in my last two posts (Lost in Paradise and Sand Castle)?  Well, I created this Winter Sunset Snowflake Nail Art design with Lost in Paradise and 8 KBShimmer cremes. I'm thrilled how this turned out. I knew I wanted to create a Winter Nail Art scene with this UNT shade Lost In Paradise from Live Love Polish. Yes, this one is going to be picture heavy, I just found it that pretty, had a hard time deleting any pics!
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UNT Lost in Paradise (reviewed here) served as my base color. Two-three coats then top coat with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Live Love Polish UNT Lost In Paradise Swatch and Review

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Hello all! My last post I introduced you to a brand that I'd never tried before and today I have another UNT shade Lost In Paradise from Live Love Polish. Besides finding this new brand, I'm excited to share with you the Live Love Polish shop because they carry some of my favorite brands, a few that are hard to get your hands on in the U.S., free shipping over $20 to U.S., plus shipping internationally too! I hope they do well and continue to add more brands to their shop. 
So here's the second shade I picked!
 UNT Lost in Paradise is blue jelly base packed with small and micro holo glitters.
 This polish dried to a light texture feel. It can be worn easily this way or top coated for amazing shine, which I'll show you in the last photo.
 I have on 2 coats with a 3rd swipe in some spots.

Here it is with top coat. I prefer it this way. Super pretty! Keep your eye on my next post, I've used this polish for nail art that I'm in love with! 

UNT Lost In Paradise is available at livelovepolish.com for $8.00
All the best, 
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Live Love Polish: UNT Sand Castle Swatch Watermarble Nail Art

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Hello! I have a beautiful glitter shade by a new to me brand, UNT, based in Asia. At this time Live Love Polish is the only stockist in the U.S. to carry UNT, and yes, they ship internationally! I have this watermarbled glitter goodness on my nails right now and believe me I don't want to take it off!

 UNT Sand Castle is a delicate mix of different size pink hex glitter, small white glitter and silver micro glitters.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Press Release

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Happy weekend everyone! I'm still re-cooperating from our holiday travel but in the mantime I wanted to share a rare press release with you. I must confess, I have not read the book (have you?) but I AM excited for these shades! 
 
 OPI to Release New Limited-Edition Nail Lacquers Inspired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ Movie Fifty Shades of Grey

OPI announced today the launch of six new limited-edition nail lacquers inspired by Universal Pictures and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades of Grey, the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the worldwide bestselling book by E L James. Available in January 2015, the collection includes five gray nail lacquers in varying shades and textures, along with one rich red hue. Fifty Shades of Grey arrives in theaters on Valentine’s Day weekend of 2015.
“The Fifty Shades of Grey book series is one of the greatest publishing sensations of all time, with more than 100 million copies sold to date. Fans have fallen in love with the characters and are eager to see them translated onscreen,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador.  “The collection captures the mood, feelings and emotions of this film with assorted hues of gray, ranging from glittering and gleaming silvers to cool gray crèmes to dark charcoal. The collection also features a rich crème red to represent passion.
“Color is so much more than something to admire. The colors we choose to wear represent our personalities, our moods, our feelings,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “The collection bottles the film’s passion, luxury and power in six beautiful nail lacquers ideal for expressing sensuality through beauty.”
The OPI collection includes the following shades:

My Silk Tie
This silky, gleaming silver has got me all tied up.
Romantically Involved
I’m in a deep relationship with this luscious crème red.

Dark Side of the Mood
This brooding, stormy charcoal is dangerously gorgeous.

Shine for Me
This shimmering silver with subtle blue sparkle really turns me on!

Cement the Deal
I’d sign anything to get my hands on this stony, cool gray.

Embrace the Gray
Let this chic, moody gray crème become one with you.

Each nail lacquer shade features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. The collection will be available beginning January 2015 for a limited time only. Nail lacquers will retail for $9.50 ($11.50 CAN) each at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, Dillard’s, Regis, ULTA and ulta.com.
    OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, mass outlet or other unauthorized source. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram   @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to Facebook to become a fan!


ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

ABOUT FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon.  Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies —making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. 

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.
  
Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, author of the books.  The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.   www.fiftyshadesmovie.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Q-tips Holiday Glam Herringbone Gradient Nail Art

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I've partnered with Q-tips today to create my Thanksgiving holiday nails! I'm excited to share with you how I used Q-tips Precision Tips to create my Q-tips Holiday Glam manicure! It's easy to make a Holiday Look with Q-tips Precision tips. I actually use them all the time for mani clean ups.
Q-tips® Precision Tips™
• The ultimate beauty tool, with tapered ends specially designed for precise application and touch-ups for nails, eyes, lips and more – perfect for achieve the ultimate holiday makeup look.
• Gentle and soft to use on delicate areas of the face, including around the eyes
• Made with 100% pure cotton for soft and gentle use
• “Q” stands for quality
• Affordable alternative to expensive makeup brushes
• Offers a clean and fresh application every time
• Flexible stick
• Light and portable for beauty on-the-go
• Convenient
• Disposable
 Here's the design I made for Thanksgiving using Q-tips Precision Tips!
 I started with 2 coats of the incredibly lovely A England Encore Margot, a silver icy blue holo. It's more amazing in real life, the photos don't show off the holo very well!
 I always use Q-tips Precision Tips to help clean up messy manicures! They just work really nicely for me. I was thrilled to be asked to contribute a design to the Q-tips Holiday Glam looks! Find plenty more designs on their Instagram page.
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 I used the Herringbone design from Vinyl Quickies to help create this. And then I used a sponge to dab on a gradient of A England Virgin Queen and Queen of Scots, from the new Elizabeth and Mary collection, both stunning!
 You see how it creates a mess!
 I prefer Q-tips Precision Tips dipped in polish remover for this kind of cleanup because, well, it's precise! You can get in close to clean, without ruining your work.
For the ring finger nail, I used the "leftover" pieces of vinyl and placed them individually to make the reverse gradient. After cleanup, top coat and done.

I really love how these turned out! Even my hubby said they were one of his all time faves! 
Visit Q-tips instagram for tons of inspiration and Holiday Glam looks!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating! I'm so thankful to have been able to fly back to NY to spend it with my family! 
All the best,
Victoria

Disclosure: This article is sponsored by Q-tips.

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.