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 Scotts, 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.

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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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.