Thursday, October 30, 2014

Zoya Ultra Pixedust Arianna, Noir, Oswin Fall 2014 Swatch and Review

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Hope you are having a great day! If not, maybe a chance to win this gorgeous Fall 2014 Zoya Ultra Pixiedust Trio of Oswin, Noir and Arianna will cheer you up. Just enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post for your chance to win the set courtesy of Zoya! 
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 Zoya Arianna a blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with Mega Hex particles.
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All swatches here are 2 coats, with excellent formula. Great coverage and the polish goes exactly where you want it to. Like other bloggers have stated in their reviews, Arianna and Noir seem to not dry down to the same exact finish as Oswin. I allowed plenty of time in between coats and made absolutely sure the second coat was dry before taking photos.
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 Zoya Noir a deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles.
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Love this shade! A perfect mix between the base color and the glitters.
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 Zoya Oswin a cool leaning true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles.
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This one just screams holiday party to me!
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Aren't these so rich and perfect for the season?

Zoya Ultra Pixiedust are $10 and are available at zoya.com
All the best, 
Victoria 
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Picture Polish Honeymoon by Manicurator

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I can hardly believe the day has come to share with you what has been a dream for me to see come to fruition. Introducing the shade I created for piCture pOlish!! Inspired by the beautiful Caribbean location and the pure bliss I felt during that week, I bring you - Honeymoon

Saturday, October 25, 2014

KBShimmer Mixed Peelings, You're So Selfish and Tribal, Lines, Zig Zag Nail Vinyls Nail Art

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Of course we are in the midst of Autumn shades and Holiday/Winter previews and I promise those are on the way, but I need to show you this look I created with KBShimmer Mixed Peelings, You're So Shelfish and KBShimmer Nail Vinyls.

Friday, October 24, 2014

KBShimmer Periwinkle in Time, Radiant Orchid and Thick and Thin Chevron Nail Vinyl Nail Art

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Hello! Bringing you another nail vinyl nail art look with two shades from KBShimmer Summer 2014 and their nail vinyls! I have to confess, I made this back in Summer, before my move! I definitely underestimated how time consuming and exhausting moving would be! Slowly getting back on track but will still be squeezing in some older posts too.

KBShimmer Radiant Orchid - pink toned purple has fuchsia and mauve undertones. KBShimmer Periwinkle In Time - Inspired by blue hydrangea and periwinkle flowers, this soft cool blue has a purple undertone, making it the most perfect periwinkle color.  Accented by silver holo and violet holo circle glitters and holo glitters in teal, violet, marine blue and silver and a micro holo shimmer.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Glam Polish Welcome to Storybrooke Collection Swatch and Review

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Hello lovelies! 
Today I have swatches of 6 of the Nine Vampy new shades inspired by the Hit TV Series Once Upon a Time from Aussie Indie maker Glam Polish. Let me tell you...it took me forever to narrow down which photos to use because these polishes are all so pretty I wanted to use every photo! Each one has an amazing formula, full coverage with two coats for all of them. Let's see!
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Glam Polish Second Star to the Right - Indigo Holo with red/violet/blue glass flecks.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Glassware by Mont Bleu Glass File Giveaway

Hi there! Starting this week off right with a wonderful giveaway sponsored by none other than the folks at Mont Bleu who make my absolute favorite Czech glass nail files. I did a review for them you can see here, and in fact they are the only files I use now! So I'm thrilled to be able to offer you this giveaway open worldwide!!

Here's what you can win, set of three:

Enter via the rafflecopter if you've always wanted to try these, or if you already have and know they are the best! GOOD LUCK!

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

KBShimmer Mint-al Vacation, Waves and Scallops Nail Vinyl Nail Art

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Happy weekend! Hope yours is off to a good start. I have a sweet Summery easy nail art look today. Yeah, I said Summery. I know it's Fall. But I created this in Summer and wasn't able to post during the move. So here you go!! Hopefully you can still be in the mood or it's still beach weather where you live :)

 This is my first photo taken using my new Canon EOS! I'll be getting a new lighting set up in my new home so the photos will be a work in progress but I'm so excited about it!

You can see Mint-al Vacation in the center of the 3rd row of this stunning KBShimmer Summer 2014 collection. 
Mint-al Vacation- This light aqua seafoam has two personalities.  In low light, is has a beautiful white shimmer, but in the sun or bright light, you can see a holographic rainbow of color.
 Find the Nail Vinyls I used for this easy look here: wavy lines nail vinyl decals and scalloped lines nail vinyl decals
 It's super simple to use the nail vinyls as a sticker rather than decals that you then pull off. The only trick is to apply them on dry nails, snip (I used a small craft scissor) off the part that hangs off your nail and DONE. Here's how it looks before top coating. Each nail vinyl sheet includes 110 pieces. These lines are intended to hang over for easy removal, but they can be trimmed and used as a sticker.

 The final look with KBShimmer Clearly on top as a top coat. *Note - I was knee deep in moving when I applied the first 2 coats of Mint-al Vacation. It lasted extraordinarily well but it wasn't until 6 or so days later when I got a chance to add the nail vinyls so I added another coat of polish. That's why you might notice some difference at the cuticle line from the original swatch photo.
Have you used nail vinyls in this way before? Do you like how it looks?

Nail vinyl sheets are $5.00, nail polish $8.75 and will be available at www.HarlowandCo.org and www.KBShimmer.com
 
All the best, 
Victoria 
 
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Monday, October 6, 2014

The Heir Chronicles - The Enchanters Nail Art Tutorial and Giveaway

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HELLO!!
Hi dear readers how have you all been? As you are probably aware, I spent the summer preparing to move, which included clearing out and selling our house in NY, and moving to Washington state. Wow! So.Much.Work. I'm thrilled to say we are just about settled in our new home, with my very own room for nail polish and blogging, and I'm back to blogging, starting off with a post I'm super excited about. I've been asked to create a manicure to coincide with a book launch. Could I love any two things more? Nail art and books? Make sure you enter to win the giveaway at the end of the post!

Here's the lowdown! 
The fifth and final book, The Sorcerer Heir, in the young adult series The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima will be released this month. In honor of that, an exciting blog tour has been going on...with book inspired nail art by some very talented ladies for each book! I have nail art inspired by the 4th book, The Enchanters.
Here's my The Enchanter inspired nail art. Keep reading for the details how I created it and a chance to win all five of the books in this series!
Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

The Heir Chronicles series will keep readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.


The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from beloved (and lovingly reviled) characters.

Series order:
The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir
The Dragon Heir
The Enchanter Heir
The Sorcerer Heir

ABOUT THE SORCERER HEIR
The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments. Readers will be glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

WEEK 1:  THE WARRIORS September 14 – September 20
WEEK 2: THE WIZARDS September 21 –  September 27
WEEK 3: THE SEERS September 28 – October 4
WEEK 4:  THE ENCHANTERS October 5 – October 11
WEEK 5:  THE SORCERERS October 12 – October 18


The Enchanter Heir with OPI (from left to right) Girls Love Ponies, Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm?, Skating On Thin Ice-Land, Viking In A Vinter Vonderland and China Glaze Friends Forever, Right?, Givers Theme, History Of The World


 This manicure started with a base of 2 coats of China Glaze Friends Forever, Right?
 Once the base color was dry I painted on a make up sponge: China Glaze Friends Forever, Right?, China Glaze History of the World and OPI Viking In A Vinter Vonderland from tip inward. Making sure to keep the center lined up I dabbed on these three colors in a rough circular pattern. I wanted a framed gradient but one that was not perfectly round. You will need to reapply the polishes to the sponge and dab repeatedly until you get the look you are happy with.
 You can see this requires a bit of cleanup, or you can place tape or or use the glue method to protect your skin.
 For cleanup I used Precision Q Tips dipped in acetone.
 I liked this look so much I almost left it like this!
 For the final step I used a plastic lid and put drops of OPI Girls Love Ponies, Skating On Thin Ice-Land and Do You Have This In Stock-Holm? and China Glaze Givers Theme, then thinned them out with drops of acetone mixed in. I wanted to capture that smoky ethereal look from the book's cover illustration! It was easy using a thin nail art brush to place brush stokes of nail polish where some had more pigment and some were thinned out to create this look.

 I also used OPI Do You Have This In Stock-Holm? to create a small piece of the handle of the sword. I used the end of a paper clip to dig in gently to expose the lighter shade underneath to mimic the scroll work in the handle. Lastly, don't forget your fast dry top coat. I used Seche Vite.
 What do you think? I love how these turned out and think they match the book cover well!! I've already started reading the first book of the series and am super excited to give away a full set to one of my lucky readers. Enter via the Rafflecopter! (U.S. residents only, apologies to the international readers!)

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All the best, 
Victoria 
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