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

Press release

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

Press sample
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

Press sample
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!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Zoya Island Fun Summer 2015 Reverse Stamp Floral Nail Art

Press sample
Hi everyone! Eek it's already August and I haven't a single post yet! Well, this one has been done for a long time, in my folder waiting patiently but as you may know if you follow my Instagram that I've been in NYC visiting with family for the last 3 weeks so it's more of a challenge to get online and blog. 
The Fall Zoyas are ON THEIR WAY so I knew I had to show these while it was still summer, am I right? 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NUK Pacifier Coupon

Sponsored post by Lunchbox

Hey Mammas, Grandmas, Aunts, Sisters, Friends and everyone else I left out! Is there a baby in your life or one on the way? I know when my twins were babies I tried so so many different pacifier brands with many of them not working at all for my little ones. Do you know what features to look for in a pacifier? I remember when we got a winner and the fit was right, the soothing it offered the baby(ies) and therefore the exhausted parents was priceless! 
For the first time in 55 years, NUK® is changing all nipples to now feature the most advanced nipple that naturally fits baby’s mouth for healthy oral development! 
The NUK pacifier features and benefits: 
  • True orthodontic shape nipple – naturally fits in baby’s mouth
  • Integrated channels – less palate pressure
  • Scoop nipple cavity – maximizes tongue movement
  • Same heart-shaped shield – prevents irritation
  • Thin neck – less jaw pressure
  • Made in the USA
  • BPA free

  • I'm pleased to be able to offer this non-nail related offer and coupon to my readers who may be interested! Sincerely hope it's helpful!
    Download a coupon for $1 off NUK pacifiers at Walmart when you take the Pacifier ABC’s Quiz. Just click the image or any of the links within post.

    OPI Venice Collection Fall 2015 Press Release

    Press release
     THINK: Romantic color inspired by Baroque period decadence
    WHAT THEY ARE: All new lacquers and gels that pay homage to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The leading nail professional and color experts at OPI have created a collection this Fall/Winter 2015 that captures the essence of one of Europe’s most romantic ancient capitals. A city of opulent pleasures, lavish artwork, and breathtaking Baroque architecture, for centuries Venice has inspired artists and composers to create works of timeless beauty. The world’s number one salon brand has created its own tribute to the famed “Queen of the Adriatic” with the all new Venice Collection. Featuring 15 new lacquer shades with matching GelColor to evoke the sumptuous elegance and grandiose splendor of the floating city, the OPI Venice Collection brings the alluring spirit of Venice to life anywhere.
    OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann explains, “Dreaming of Venice calls to mind people- watching in the piazza, sipping champagne in a gondola, or enjoying a gelato in an outdoor café as you stroll and float through this extraordinary city. So we created a collection of romantic reds, decadent blues, striking corals, dreamy pastels, elegant nudes, dramatic darks, and luxurious metallics that celebrate this vision of over-the-top indulgence.” This bold and elegant collection will introduce 12 new shades to the permanent OPI color family, and three limited edition offerings to ignite and renew your passion for color with a touch of Italian seduction. 


    The Complete Venice Collection Includes:
    • Venice by OPI Nail Lacquers ($4.75 salon, $9.50 retail) ($5.95 CAN salon, $11.50 CAN retail):  
      Enjoy 15 shades
      of on-trend color that puts Venice at your fingertips. Available as part of the permanent OPI color offerings in lush melon A Great Opera-tunity, persimmon crème It’s a Piazza Cake, shimmery copper Worth a Pretty Penne, coffee cream Tiramisu for Two, ravishing red Amore at the Grand Canal, red shimmer Gimme a Lido Kiss, opaque crème Be There in a Prosecco, pale gray I Cannoli Wear OPI, icy-sweet Gelato on My Mind, pastel lilac Purple Palazzo Pants, bold eggplant O Suzi Mio, luscious black My Gondola or Yours?. Catch these three LIMITED EDITION shades of bold aquamarine Venice the Party?, glittering gold Baroque...But Still Shopping, and deep navy St. Mark’s the Spot

    • Venice by OPI GelColors (salon price $15.99): Enjoy the same 15 Venice Collection lacquer colors in long wearing, durable OPI GelColor: A Great Opera-tunity, It’s a Piazza Cake, Worth a Pretty Penne, Tiramisu for Two, Amore at the Grand Canal, Gimme a Lido Kiss, Be There in a Prosecco, I Cannoli Wear OPI, Gelato on My Mind, Purple Palazzo Pants, O Suzi Mio, My Gondola or Yours?, and the LIMITED EDITION shades of Venice the Party?, Baroque...But Still Shopping, and St. Mark’s the Spot

      WHERE TO FIND THEM: Discover the collection beginning August 2015 at Ulta, and professional salons. 

      As the number one salon brand worldwide, 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 formulas, 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 more than 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWideTM Brush for the ultimate application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items including OPI GelColor, which is available in more than 150 shades that match the iconic OPI colors that are known and loved, nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics. OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, or mass outlet, or other unauthorized source. To learn more about OPI visit