Sunday, February 7, 2016

Powder Perfect Insomnia - January Trio Nail Art

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 Hope you're having a lovely weekend! I'm so happy to show you this trio, named by the fans in the Powder Perfect Coterie - the Facebook fan group. I was thrilled to be asked to blog for this brand, it's my first experience with Powder Perfect!
"Lying in your bed in the middle of the night, you are wide awake. You try desperately to sleep, but you can't help thinking of someone special, someone who is close, but at the same time, so very far away."
I decided from the start to create a nail art look using all three of these, that would be simple, and try to show the loveliness of each shade at the same time.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paint All The Nails Presents Pantone Color of the Year with Dior Bluette 301 and Dior Lilac 491

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Hi! I'm showing you a manicure I created at the last minute to join up with the ladies from Paint All The Nails group I'm in. I'm so glad to be able to participate this month in their once a month theme/link up. They are all so talented! And moreover I get to debut the two new Dior shades from the Spring 2016 Glowing Gardens collection! So much yay! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection 2016 - Nail Art: Opposites Attract

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Hello all!! I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted nails! I'm super excited to bring Manicurator back with this fabulous Winter collection from KBShimmer! Life got topsy-turvy for me and I needed to take care of myself and my boys for these months. A few changes in the routine to keep us on our toes, right? I've moved back to NYC, met my first nephew (my brother and sister in law's first baby!) and recently met my second nephew (my sister and brother in law's first) who gave us a scare by coming out too early. We are all ok now and adjusting to the changes! As I age, I learn that change is the only constant and how you handle the change is sometimes the only thing you can control.

I appreciate all who stuck around to see if I'd be back! And everyone who posted or messaged me sweet support I'm truly grateful!

Now, onto this stunning collection :) As I looked at these beauties I kept wanting to pair them up..and I got this idea to pair up the opposite months, you know as in the "opposites attract" rule! So you will be seeing nail art combining opposite months of the zodiac:
KBShimmer Birthstone Collection 2016
Jan (garnet) - July (Ruby)
Feb (amethyst) - Aug (Peridot)
March (Aquamarine ) - Sept (Sapphire)
April (Diamond) - Oct (Pink Tourmaline)
May (Emerald) - Nov (Citrine)
June (Black Pearl) - Dec (Blue Topaz)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Where has Manicurator been?

Hi everyone,

Perhaps you've noticed another prolonged absence of mine? It's hard for me to even write this...but I know I have so many posts I owe..ones that I've already swatched and photo'd months ago even, and many beauties waiting patiently. It is with heavy heart that I say I've been going through a tremendous amount of turmoil on the home front. I'm now in the middle of selling our much adored home (yes, the one we bought and I moved across the country for only a short year ago!). Prepping a house for sale and a move takes so much energy! Add to that the reasons why and it's a recipe for heartache. As soon as it sells I'll be heading back East to NY so that at least is a positive, though I hate change, and I truly came to like it out here in the PNW and wished with all my might to give my kids more stability than how it's all unfolding.

I hope you will all stick with me. I have a bunch I need to post as soon as I can eek out the time...and plan to jump right back into blogging once I'm settled on the East coast again.

Much love to you all. Heartfelt thanks to all who have been there for me online and in person through this chapter in my life. If there is one thing I've's that you never know the struggles behind someone's smile (or frown, or just generally distracted face ha)..and to give kindness whenever possible. It is always possible.

Love, Victoria

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Summer Vacation with U by Kotex Ultra Thin Pads 3D Capture Core & Xpress DRI - FREE SAMPLES

Hey all! A non nails post this tonight sponsored by U by Kotex. Many of you know that I'm away from home for most of the summer! Well, I'm back in what will always be my true home N.Y.C.'s challenging because most of my stuff is back in Washington. Having a period accident and ruining a fave outfit or fave undies while traveling with a limited amount of clothes would be extra bad! So I stay prepared with these which both have 3D Capture Core* plus Xpress DRI*
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Friday, August 14, 2015

China Glaze Fall 2015 The Great Outdoors Press Release

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The Colour Adventure Continues with China Glaze® Fall Collection
Deadlines to meet. Trains to catch. Speeding cars. Loud sirens. In the hustle and bustle of today’s fast paced world, it is easy to lose sight of the true beauty that surrounds us. It can be a challenge to slow down and appreciate the wondrous world all around. This fall, China Glaze® encourages you to do just that with its The Great Outdoors collection. Continuing on its 2015 Colour Adventure, China Glaze® explores the vast tones and textures of the wilderness. These 12 new nature-inspired shades inspire you to ground yourself, even if for just a moment, and appreciate the treasures of the great outdoors that shimmer, sparkle and wow.

Unplug and reconnect with nature with The Great Outdoors shades:

S’More Fun: Adventurous lemon lime crème
Gone Glamping: Gold to green duo chrome
Take a Hike: Rich mossy green crème  
Let’s Dew It: Multi dimensional blue gray glitter
Sleeping Under the Stars: Dark blue with stardust shimmer 
Pondering: Deep amethyst duo chrome
Check Out the Silver Fox: Metallic gunmetal gray
Change Your Altitude: Pebble greige crème 
Wood You Wanna?: Rich brown burgundy metallic
My Lodge or Yours?: Natural mauve crème
Cabin Fever: Pink to copper dup chrome
Free Bear Hugs: Deep black red crème 
In addition to open stock colours, China Glaze®The Great Outdoors also includes two kits, the Wood You Wanna? 6-piece set and Happy Campers 6-piece Micro Mini Kit.
 China Glaze® is also offering a nail design kit, On the Hunt Camo Mani Design Kit, which includes three shades from the collection and a black Stripe Rite liner to create a camouflage nail design to make sure your nails do anything but blend in to the background.

China Glaze® The Great Outdoors will be available in August 2015 at Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply, as well as fine salons.  MSRP $7.50 for individual shades. 

For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dior Vernis Tie Dye Collection Summer 2015 - Top Coat, Sunkissed 239, Sunwashed 319

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Ah Summer and DIOR, a combination I'm never disappointed with! Thrilled to show you these sun-drenched shades and how I used Dior Top Coat Tie Dye in two different ways. I am also giving my thoughts on the (Limited Edition red) Creme Abricot Nail Cream and Dior Abricot Top Coat.

Zoya Paradise Sun Summer 2015 Herringbone Nail Art

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Hello! My previous post was the creme half of the Zoya Summer 2015 shades and now I'll show you the stunning shimmers! I love being able to use an entire collection in a nail design! You get to see what is available from the release and how they look together. I've also discovered lots of color combos that you would not normally put together but they look amazing once you do!