Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dior Vernis Limited Edition Manicure Transat, Voyage Transatlantique Yacht 210, Captain 750 & Sailor 700 Swatch and Review plus Comparisons

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Big things are happening in the world of Dior Vernis! For starters, superstar manicurist Anatole Rainey has recently been appointed as Dior's International Nail Designer. He has a degree in art history and I love that he has been quoted as saying that painting nails is "... about the creation of an art image." Source: crfashionbook.com I believe this means that Dior is entering into the nail art game and I'm sure excited for it. We've seen them play with embellishments with the Sparkling Powders and Jewel Manicure crystal pearls in 2013. Today's Transat Collection includes nail art stickers and I know there is a Nail Artistry Box launching in Europe very soon (not sure if a U.S. release will follow). 
Adding to the excitement is the release of a new Gel Effect formula in 24 shades (To the best of my knowledge, nine of those shades are reformulations of current shades, 15 brand new shades!). I'll be reviewing the new formula/shades very soon! Anatole was quoted in style.com: “The relaunch of the Dior Vernis polish is exciting because I love color, shine, and shading. It has the finish of a gel, and the adhering power of techno polymer glass technology, “[This new formula] really grabs onto the nail.” Can't wait to tell you all my thoughts on it :) 
OK now onto today's collection inspired by Transatlanic travel and the always classic nautical theme. Each shade comes boxed with a set of (clear) nail stickers with white stripes and a white CD logo, and a mini nail file to file off the extra sticker once applied to nail. 
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 Dior Yacht 210, Sailor 700 and Captain 750

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Monthly Nail Subscription Box Review

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Did you know that I don't subscribe to ANY beauty boxes? Not one. And there are so many to choose from. What always stops me is that although I like to be surprised...I don't want to waste money on something I might not like or already have. When it comes to nail polish, there is a very good chance I already have it.The main reason I love this box, is because YOU can choose which polishes you want in your box. You have the ability to pick from brand new Essie and OPI collections, an Indie and create your own. Something for everyone!
When The Monthly Nail contacted me to ask me to review their new sub box I thought, ok sure. I'm happy to recommend this one without hesitation! They are dedicated to customer satisfaction and have responded to any and every question I had in a timely manner! 
There are 3 different price point boxes you can sign up for which include free shipping, and you can skip or cancel at any time. 
Basic
$15.99/mo
Reg. $23 - Two Full Size Bottles
Create your own colors
Choose from any indie in the shop
20% off the shop
Cancel anytime
FREE SHIPPING
(does not include salon brand polish)
Premium
$19.99/mo
Reg. $32 – Three Full Size Bottles
Choose 1 OPI or Essie color
Create your own colors
Choose from any indie in the shop
20% off shop
Cancel anytime
FREE SHIPPING
 Luxury
$23.99/mo
Reg. $41 – Four Full Size Bottles
Choose 2 OPI or Essie colors
Create your own colors
Choose from any indie in the shop
20% off the shop
Cancel anytime
FREE SHIPPING
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 Your box arrives like a sweetly wrapped gift.
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The other side of the card details what is in the box.
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 I received four full sized bottles and two minis for the purpose of showing you guys. They aren't exactly what you would receive (they don't send minis!!). Read through the different levels of box and feel free to ask questions if you aren't sure how it works.
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 Eugene Malibu Precious Pink, White Sandbox, Bananarama
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 I was eager to try the Indie brand they produce as I'd never heard of it or obviously tried before. The above photo shows two coats of each of the Eugene Malibu brand (OPI 4 in the Morning on ring finger). The Indie brand all had good formulas and no issues.
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 In the above and below photos I added a third coat to Precious Pink and Bananarama. I was also curious to see how White Sandbox and Bananarama layered so I added 1 coat of each on either half of my OPI nail.
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It's all mismatched, I know, but I'm liking the final outcome and very happy with this box.

What do you think? Interested in trying it out? If you do, would you please put "manicurator" in the notes section of your order? I do receive affiliate credits and would very much appreciate it! 

Subscriptions available now at three different price points on themonthlynail.com

All the best, 
Victoria 
*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fragments.com Fine Jewelry Review

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A different type of post coming up. I've recently been introduced to a fine jewelry site, fragments.com. They contacted me to give my opinions and uh..now I'm lusting after so many pieces! 

I've always had a soft spot for jewels and anything that sparkles. I'm guessing many of you do too! I'm focusing my thoughts on the "rings" offerings they carry simply because of the obvious, my site is all about nails and what better way to accentuate and bring attention to your mani than a fine piece of jewelry, right?

They have everything from delicate to quirky to statement pieces, ranging in price from $65 to $19,500. The website is easy to navigate and you can shop by designer, type of jewelry, type of metal, stone type, price range and more. 

So do you wanna see my wish list? 

Delicate rose gold infinity ring  $310

Rose gold ruby pave lips Perfect for any beauty lover/blogger! $755

Diamond love ring Perfect mother's day gift. hint hint. $820

Rose de France surrounded by white sapphires  $925

24K gold opal ring  LOVE this one of a kind opal ring. $3,500

Tanzanite and diamond pillow ring  Perfection $3,565

Round vitrine in 18K rose gold and white diamonds This cocktail ring is to die for. $5,435

Rose cut blue sapphire wave design Perhaps too big for me but gah, I want it. I've never seen anything like it. $7,000

Brightly colored flowers surround a glowing opal Complete dream piece, but I can picture it with matching floral nails for sure! $13,800

So if you are in the mood for jewelry shopping, check out this shop, I'd love to hear if you treat yourself. Are you a fan of any of the ones I picked out?
All the best, 
Victoria

Glam Polish The Bunny Trail Collection (Limited Edition) Swatch and Review

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Hope your weekend is going well! I have a lovely Spring collection to show you today from Glam Polish, these are available for pre-order now, more sale info at the end of the post. 
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Glam Polish The Hangover Trio (Limited Edition) Swatch and Review

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I have a gorgeous trio by Glam Polish to show you today. These are available for pre-order today! More ordering details will be included at the end of the post. The formula was the same for all three of these! Excellent. Swatches are all one coat layered over Nicole by OPI This Blue is so You! from the new shades for 2014 collection, which is a lovely navy creme. All swatches have top coat.
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 My favorite of the trio: Glam Polish There's a Jungle Cat in the Bathroom

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Lacquer Cabinet by Nailtini: March by Coy Makeup - Lucky Four Leaf Clover and Stripes Nail Art

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Did you wonder what I had on my nails for St. Patrick's Day yesterday? :P Well, I knew I needed to show off Nailtini's monthly limited-edition lacquer collection for March, curated by Sarah Coy of coymakeup.com so I decided to do an untraditional St Patrick's mani. Read more about The Lacquer Cabinet and see last months shades/nail art here.  I can't wait to show you what I've mixed up for my month!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

KBShimmer Spring 2014 Creams Collection Swatch and Review

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Hello! Here's part two of KBShimmer's Spring 2014 collection! The line consists of 16 new shades. Here's the press release if you want to see them all in one place. I'm breaking up my posts into the glitters and holos (8 shades) and the creams (8 shades). Check out the glitters here. All swatches done with KBShimmer Basic Training Base Coat and Clearly on Top Quick Dry Top Coat, (unless otherwise noted).
 
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

KBShimmer Spring 2014 Glitter and Holo Collection Swatch and Review

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Spring is in full bloom in nail polish world! I couldn't be happier! I'll be showing you the first post for KBShimmer's Spring line which consists of 16 new shades. Here's the press release if you want to see them all in one place. I'm breaking up my posts into the glitters and holos (8 shades) and the creams (8 shades). Immediately following that I'll show you one of my favorite nail art designs in a long time done with the creams. All swatches done with KBShimmer Basic Training Base Coat and Clearly on Top  Quick Dry Top Coat.
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 KBShimmer Belle Of The Mall- This coral toned pink polish is a fun color to brighten your day. This jelly like polish is loaded with holographic silver hexes in various sizes and is stunner in the sun. Best layered in three coats, or worn over a coordinating cream. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Glitter Nail Polish Removal Tutorial

Hi friends!! I got a request a week or so ago to show my technique for removing glitter polish. It's really easy so I decided to give you a look into my method for removing stubborn glitter. After I reviewed Zoya Magical Pixie Dust, I went ahead and took photos of my process. :)

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The supplies: glitter polish, cotton ball, Zoya Remove+

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wonder Beauty Products Superchic Lacquer The Gaslighted Collection Swatch and Review

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Hi everyone! Another stunning spring collection for you today! Check out Wonder Beauty Products Superchic Lacquer The Gaslighted Collection! Gorgeous shades packed with shimmer! "Gaslighted is when someone intentionally does things to make you think you are going crazy and you ultimately start doubting yourself"
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SuperChic Lacquer The Gaslighted Collection

Press Release: KBShimmer Spring 2014

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I have exciting news for you today! KBShimmer Spring is on the way!

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 Full swatches coming soon! 

KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of 16 new colors to their 3-Free polish line. Owner Christy Rose says “Spring has inspired the KBShimmer staff to create two collections filled with fun, vibrant color. For the first time, we will also be offering cream polishes. These polishes pair wonderfully with many existing KBShimmer polishes, but are also wonderful alone.”
The Spring 2014 Glitter Collection includes one glitter top coat, one sparkling jellies, four glitter creally polishes, and two holographic polishes. “Spring is such a fun time, with flowers in bloom, warmer weather, and Easter. Though the snow is still around for many, we were inspired this spring by the thoughts of warmer weather, and the many different flowers that come with it. Easter also played a part, with us borrowing many of the tones and colors you find in Easter candy” says Rose. 

The Spring 2014 Cream Collection offers 8 polishes in opaque, cream finishes. Rose states “We are very excited to offer up polishes in cream finishes. Not only can each of the 8 new colors be worn alone, those creams are ideal for layering. We use creams not only for glitter top coats, but for under creally and jelly polishes too.” Both collections are set for release March 14, 2014  at KBShimmer.com. Polishes in the Glitter Collection will retail for $8.75 per 15 ml bottle, while polishes in the Cream Collection will retail for $7.50 per 15 ml bottle. 


The Glitters & Holos - For quick dry time and smooth feel, follow with KBShimmer Clearly On Top. 

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Full Bloom Ahead- This white based polish is loaded with small, medium and large hex glitters in fuchsia, navy, teal, gold and orange; colors reminiscent of those floral tones that signal spring is near. Best in 3 Coats.
Belle Of The Mall- This coral toned pink polish is a fun color to brighten your day. This jelly like polish is loaded with holographic silver hexes in various sizes and is stunner in the sun. Best layered in three coats, or worn over a coordinating cream.
Rush Flower Traffic- A metallic glitter top coat with fuchsia, gold, green, sapphire, and aqua glitters in hex and dot glitters fill this polish. Ideal as 1 coat over our Chick Me Out or Honeydew List creams, this topper can be worn over so many colors!
Daisy About You- A pale green creally, this spring polish features neon green hex glitters swimming among purple and lavender hexes and a scattering of lavender daisy glitters. Best in 3 Coats. 


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Laugh Myself Lily- A muted jade creally with holographic hexes in gold, pink, sliver, lavender and blue. Pink and light aqua dots complete this muted polish. To allow the glitters to shine this polish more sheer and is best layered in three coats.
Quick and Flirty- Every girl needs a good violet colored polish in their collection, and what better than one that comes with a rainbow! This linear holographic offers full coverage in 2 coats, add a third for a deep lilac color.
Make My Gray – A pale shade of gray sets off glitters in turquoise, gunmetal, pale aqua and coral. Wear alone in 3 coats, or layer this over a grey like My Life’s Porpoise for a unique spring manicure.
Prism Break- This linear holo top coat was designed to bring maximum rainbow bling, while still allowing the color below to shine. One light coat over any cream will turn your color into a holographic lover’s dream. 

The Creams – Ideal for wearing alone, under glitter polish, or for nail art. For quick dry time, follow with KBShimmer Clearly On Top. 

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Life Rose On – This is my perfect pink, bright cheery, and it covers in 1-2 coats. This vivid cerise polish has blue undertones, making it wearable for many skin tones. Pair this with your favorite glitter topper or use in stamping for a girly manicure.
Chick Me Out- This bright yellow cream is the ideal shade to welcome warmer weather. Full coverage in two coats, I love this under Rush Flower Traffic.
Honeydew List- Just like ripe honeydew, this dusty pastel green is perfect for spring or summer. This is the ideal color to wear under Rush Flower Traffic, or pair with Ice Queen for a sparkly spring manicure. Full coverage in just 2 coats.
A Touch Of Glass- This light aqua mint cream reminds me of tumbled sea glass. A pastel green with blue undertones, this color is covers in 2-3 coats. 
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Sky Jinks- I love those days, the ones when there is not a cloud in site, and the sky is the most stunning shade of bright blue. This medium blue cream with a hint of dustiness, reminds me of those perfect days. Sky Kinks covers in 1 coat with careful application and is perfect in two.
Pansy-Monium- This pansy purple cream offers full coverage in just two coats. With a slight red undertone, this purple will look great even on warm skin tones.
My Life’s Porpoise- No matter if you spell it gray or grey, this pale shade is a neutral that is fun to wear alone, or under bright toppers like U Rock My Heart. This creamy shade covers fully in two coats.
Eclipse- Black is a fashion staple, not only in clothes, but on your nails! This is a true black cream, covering in 1-2 coats. 

KBShimmer products can be found at Http://www.KBShimmer.com. For sales outside of the US visit http://www.HarlowandCo.org.
KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose. KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application. KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products. 

I am so so excited to see KBShimmer creams!! And I currently have Laugh Myself Lily on my nails. I just couldn't take it off after swatching! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Manicurator Turns TWO!! China Glaze City Fourish Spring 2014 Giveaway

Hello lovely readers!! 
Today is two years since my very first post! Time sure has flown! I've worked so hard on this labor of love. I've had so much fun (and a good amount of stress!) I've made amazing friends. I've amassed a gigantic collection of nail polish which truly makes me happy. I love love seeing those pretty colorful bottles! I wanted to plan a mega huge giveaway to thank you all for being here. I wasn't able to make it as big as I had hoped as my husband has been out of work for many months now and we are counting every penny these days :( But the good news is: China Glaze is being so so generous and offering the full collection of 12 of the brand new Spring 2014 City Flourish collection to help me celebrate! 

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Open to U.S. residents. Big thanks to China Glaze for providing this to manicurator readers :D Best of luck in the giveaway!! xo 

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Nicole by OPI Roughles Spring 2014 Collection Swatch and Review

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Texture is all the rage isn't it?! I never thought I'd be a fan of nails that feel roughed up, but I sure do like it. I'm particularly fond of texture in SPRING colors :D Let's take a look! 

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Nicole by OPI Roughles 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Zoya Awaken and Monet Spring 2014 Swatch and Review Plus Freehand Groovy Nail Art

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Ah Spring is in full force in the nail world! I'm loving it. My favorite season for nails. Lots of pastels with pops of color :) Today I have the brand new Zoya Awaken collection plus the extra Monet glitter top coat to show you.
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 A semi quick freehand design using the entire Awaken collection. Read after the break, my thoughts and swatches of each shade.