Monday, June 30, 2014

OPI Sheer Tints Summer Gradient for The Lacquer Legion On Holiday

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Hi everyone!! I'm kind of giddy about today's manicure. I just adore sheers that are jelly formulas and allow you to build color or layer for new shades. So when these came out I had too many ideas swimming in my head for what to make with them, so naturally I stalled. LOL I knew I wanted to show off how they combine with each other and then I just saw a sunset in them and this mani was born! It's been sitting in my photo library for some time waiting patiently to get published but when I saw the Lacquer Legion (LL) theme for this month - On Holiday - I knew they had to be even more patient and wait for today. It's my first time contributing to the wonderful LL monthly nail art challenge. 
Sheer Tints and blue acrylic paint for the palm trees. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Zoya Summer 2014 Tickled Watermarble Nail Art

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Hello lovely readers!! I managed to find time to make a design I haven't done in ages! But I knew the moment I saw this fun and vibrant Summer collection from Zoya that I wanted to watermarble with them. I think it turned out great! What do you think? 

 Zoya Tickled collection from left to right: Wendy, Tilda, Rocha, Ling, Kitridge, Rooney

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

KBShimmer Early Summer 2014 Holo Nail Art

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Hello all!! You probably already know that KBShimmer has just released their second Summer collection! WOO HOO! I don't know about you, but I can't get enough KBShimmer. Not to tease...but I haven't gotten a chance to swatch the newest ones yet as we are right in the middle of selling our house. Here's where you can find them: KBShimmer Summer in addition to new nail vinyls which I can't wait to try!
In the meantime I wanted to show you the design I came up with to show off all of the holos from the Early Summer collection (still available). One of the many things I love about KBShimmer is you rarely need to stress that your shade is going to sell out or be discontinued. They always have stock and allow plenty of time before they discontinue a shade. So if you haven't picked up any on your wishlist you can when you are ready. 
 I wanted to show off each holo shade, there are 6 shades from the Early Summer collection. I don't think I'd normally put these all in the same mani..but I'm pleased with how it turned out.
 Here's the look without top coat. I started with two coats of the black holo: Stark Raven Mad once that was dry I used striping tape to block off my designs and added second holo shade. All 6 polishes have an excellent formula and beautiful linear holo. I found the silver, Pt Young Thing to have the strongest holo effect. The next photo is with KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat. You might be able to see a slight diminishing of the holo effect as some top coats do that, but not much. Keep in mind, these photos are shot with an indoor daylight bulb which doesn't show off a linear holo the way an actual sunny day does.
Thumb: In Bare Form, Index: Big Tan On Campus, Middle: Run! It's The Coppers, Ring: Pt Young Thing, Pinky: Goldie Rocks

What do you think? Which is calling your name? 

KBShimmer holos are $8.75 available now at and
All the best, 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Glam Polish Exotic Illusions Series June Trio Swatch and Review

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Hello! Hope you are all well and happy today! We finally listed my house for sale and I'm as busy as ever! Hopefully I'll keep polishing and posting as long as my camera/polish isn't packed and I have internet! :D Let's take a look at this month's Exotic Illusions Trio from Glam Polish!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy Of A #KDrama Swatch and Review

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Hello beautiful nail polish lovers! The day is here! Another Rescue Beauty Lounge collection unveiling. I'm so honored to be included in this short list of bloggers as I've been a true fan of RBL since the moment I discovered them. This collection arrived when I was literally knee deep in house cleaning, fixing and de-cluttering preparing for my upcoming move. What a challenge this has been. But I did it! woot woot! And now...LET'S SEE! 
(All swatches are with Rescue Beauty Lounge Base Coat and Top Coat)
 Rescue Beauty Lounge Anatomy Of A #Kdrama

Monday, June 16, 2014

Total Beauty Shops Battle of the Bloggers: Summer Spotlight + GIVEAWAY

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Hi everyone!! I was super excited to be asked to participate in this fun contest through Total Beauty Shops. The rules were to create a Summer inspired look using the three gorgeous shades from Butter London Brilliant Bronze collection. We were allowed one other shade for our nail art. 

I chose to create a beach towel! What's more summer than going to the sea/ocean?

 Torch Nail Lacquer - Opaque, bright coral with a gold shimmer, Poole Nail Lacquer - Opaque, deep aqua creme, Marbs Nail Lacquer - Opaque, gold shimmer
With my favorite Summer wristlet!
What do you think? 

And here's the fun part! There's a GIVEAWAY for you with two ways to win! 
Prizing includes Butter LONDON's Brilliant Bronze Trio Gift Set, the Summer Prep Collection by and other beauty prods values at over $250 each
First way to WIN: Like your favorite (uh...mine! hehe No, like your favorite..I mean mine :P) nail look in the Battle of the Bloggers: Summer Spotlight gallery on Total Beauty Shops HERE:
The "battle" ends Sunday June 29 @12am ET
Good luck winning and have fun voting :)
All the best, 
*Product(s) provided

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer Review - Freehand Nail Art

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I've got a thing for texture! Especially the micro glitter ones and find them very suitable for nail art. When I saw this post from my friend Leslie at work/play/polish I knew I had to recreate one day. My stripes are most definitely inspired by hers! I received 4 of the 6 Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer to review and I love them so much I ran out to purchase 2 more :) Before I show you what I created...did you catch my last post? Sally Hansen is sponsoring their second annual I Heart Nail Art contest, plus I have a giveaway! Are you going to enter?


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Liquid Mani Contest plus GIVEAWAY

I'm so thrilled to be able to announce Sally Hansen's second annual I heart Nail Art contest! Each month Sally Hansen will post a new nail art challenge for your chance to win $500 and a trip to NYC to compete in the Grande Finale and a chance to win $2,000! Sounds great right? This month's theme is "liquid mani" - looks inspired by textures and colors that are metallic, chunky glitters, all things textures/liquid. 

Enter HERE!!

Today I have the look that I was inspired to make using the amazing Sally Hansen Nail Party in a Box kit that was sent to me. Read through to the end for your chance to WIN this same box from Sally Hansen which includes:

I Heart Nail Art Neon in Intense Iris
I Heart Nail Art Striper in Red
I Heart Nail Art Pen in White
I Heart Nail Art Pen in Neon Pink
Triple Shine Nail Color in Scale Up
Color Frenzy Nail Color in Candy Drops
Color Foil Nail Color in Purple Alloy
Insta Dri Nail Color in Petal Pusher
I Heart Nail Art Studs Kit


 Packaged very securely in this neat box, you have a large variety of full sized products to get creating with! I was impressed with all of it, and very much looking forward to trying out the studs that come with this kit.

 I used all 6 of the paints (white base - not included) to create a splatter mani. I brainstormed what could I create that fits the theme of liquid mani and utilizes textures. I chose it to represent paint/liquid splattered...with different textures because it just seemed to fit into the theme perfectly.
 Triple Shine Nail Color in Scale Up, Insta Dri Nail Color in Petal Pusher, I Heart Nail Art Neon in Intense Iris, I Heart Nail Art Striper in Red, Color Frenzy Nail Color in Candy Drops and Color Foil Nail Color in Purple Alloy
 I really liked how these colors all looked together and always like a good splatter :P 

Hope you decide to enter the contest!! And hope you enter the giveaway for this nail art kit sponsored by Sally Hansen! 

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 Color Block Nail Art

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It's that time again! Another sprinkling of Zoya's Magical PixieDust! This time with a new formulation. I'm going to get right to it cause I'm that excited :)
 Zoya Bar, Ginni, Arlo

Monday, June 2, 2014

KBShimmer Early Summer 2014 Textures - Freehand Nail Art

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Hi! A few days ago I showed you the three new gorgeous creams from KBShimmer's Early Summer collection and today I'm showing off the three new textured glitters. These three were easy to work with and have a unique matte glitter texture when dry. Read through to the end to see them top coated too!

 KBShimmer She Twerks Out, Too Pop To Handle, Partners in Lime
 I was struck with how well these three coordinated with each despite being such drastically different shades. I just thought they looked amazing together so I knew I had to use them all in one look. I wanted to create a design that showed off each color and gave some visual interest. Didn't have a plan and used the brush from the bottle to paint on these different sections. Each shade is two coats.