Monday, December 23, 2013

Frosty the Snowman Nails

Hi everyone! This is a design inspired by a post by thatleanne  I saw her design and just had to try it myself. I used China Glaze's Sea Spray for the base and China Glaze's Snow Globe for the glitter, and then for the white I used China Glaze's Snow, for the black I used Color Secret's Little Black Book, for the green I used Essie's Pretty Edgy and the orange I used Sally Hansen's Sun Kissed. I am slowly but surely getting better at this  nail art thing.



Hope you enjoy!!! Head over to thaleanne's blog to see how to do this, step by step. If I can do it, so can you! 

As always, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog (and to comment, I love comments). It means a lot to me! I hope you have a fantastic holiday, whatever holiday you celebrate! 

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rudolph Nails!


I am so excited to share these festive nails with you! I saw a bunch of similar designs online and on Instagram and I just had to try them! I don't do a lot of nail art but I am really happy with how these came out! 

I used the following colors: China Glaze Ruby Deer, a White Striper, China Glaze Snow, Zoya Chantel, Nuber Toasted Marshmallow, China Glaze Dance Baby, Color Secrets Little Black Book, and Essie Little Brown Dress






  


So what do you think? I am really excited about them! Please let me know if you've done any cool holiday nails.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Update and Holiday Gifts For the Nail Polish Freak in Your Life


Hi all! Sorry I have not been updating. I don't really have an excuse but I am back and I wanted to share some holiday gift ideas for the nail polish lover in your lives. Here are a few things that I think any nail polish fan (hoarder?) would enjoy, and honestly, some of these items are on my personal wishlist!  Let me know what you want for Christmas and what you plan to give to your nail polish loving friends! 



First up is The Twenty-Two from Sephora. This is a 22 piece set of mini bottles of Sephora's Formula X Nail polish!  It's got a fantastic mix of finishes and colors and any nail polish lover would appreciate receiving this. I'd love to unwrap this set on Christmas Day! This set is $55 at Sephora.












Next up is the Best of Both Worlds Pop Rock Mini DuetThis can also be found at Sephora and it retails for only $19. This would be the perfect gift for a friend or co-worker. The two mini lacquers are the famous Happy Birthday multicolored glitter and She Bop creme pink. It also comes with the adorable glitter bag shown in the picture.  The bag measures: 4”(W) x 1 3/4"(D) x 3”(H). So not only will you be giving two awesome quality nail polishes but a bag that can be used for a multitude of things. Perfect stocking stuffer and a great price point! 



Have a friend who is too busy to take the time to do daily manicures? How about treating her to an at home gel manicure kit like Sensationail? I own this kit and I absolutely love it. The polishes are affordable (around $11.99) and easy to find at stores like CVS. Whenever I have a particularly busy time at work, or take a vacation, I use my Sensational kit and know I will be good to go for at least two weeks. The starter kit comes in you choice of three colors, Scarlet Red, Pink  Chiffon, or Raspberry Wine  and comes complete with an LED light and all of the tools you need to create a long lasting, professional manicure at home. You can take a look at my past posts concerning Sensationail here. The kit can be found at places like Walmart and CVS and usually runs about $50. Be sure to check Sensationail's website for coupons! 


Nail care items make amazing stocking stuffers. Here are a few of my favorites that would be perfect to stuff in a stocking. For cuticle care I recommend Badger Balm Cuticle Care. It's made with wholesome, natural ingredients like Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemongrass.  This retails around $5.99. Next up is CND Solar Oil. I use Solar Oil during each and every manicure and it keeps my cuticles healthy while smelling amazing (like sweet almond oil). This is a must have manicure product in my book. You can get it at CVS, Sally Beauty Supply or even amazon.com. You all know about Seche Vite topcoat (you better!) and if you're planning to give the gift of lacquer this Christmas you should consider throwing in a bottle of this wonderful, fast drying, top coat! I buy mine on amazon, for like $5 with free shipping! Last, but not least, is Josie Maran Hand Cream. I love The Vanilla Apricot hand cream from Josie, it smells so natural and pretty! Like all of her products, her hand cream is made with  Moroccan Argan Oil, which is really a fantastic product. You can get her products at Sephora, or QVC. QVC has amazing deals, like this set, which includes three different 1 ounce tubes of hand cream for $28. This is a great set to give or break up into multiple stocking stuffers. (Photos courtesy of badgerbalm.com, amazon.com, and QVC.com). 

What will you be giving this Christmas? What do you hope to receive!? I want to hear from you, I miss you all. As always, thanks for reading. :)



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Zoya: Rocky


Hello beautiful people. It's been a while. So sorry! I have no good excuse to give you, I have just been busy with work. I am loving this job, it's challenging and rewarding. So sometimes I don't have time to post on here. I apologize. 

Today I would like to show you Rocky by Zoya. This is a really beautiful robin's egg blue. No, it's not really a fall color, but I don't follow those rules and this one is too gorgeous not to share.

I used two coats for the opacity in the photos. You can see some bald spots, because I wasn't too careful with my application. I think you'd do best with three coats of this one. Other than that the formula is beautiful and the finish is super shiny. Love it!








What do you think of this one? 

What are your favorite polishes for fall. I want to hear it! Sound off in the comments! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you're all doing well!


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Zoya: Louise

Hi all! Today I have a really nice fall color to share with you. I received this for review from Zoya. This is Louise. My grandmother's name was Louise so  that makes me smile!

This is a really shiny brown creme color. Like semi sweet chocolate. I love it! It's a really nice fall color and can look really chic! The formula was lovely. I used two coats for opacity and this glided on perfectly with no issues. 









Pretty right? I know browns aren't everyone's cup of tea (hahaha get it, tea is brown) but I really do like this one! What do you think of Louise

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jessica: Standing Ovation & Prima Donna


Hello beautiful readers. Today I have two colors that were sent to me from Jessica Cosmetics.

First up is Standing Ovation. Which is a peridot green frost color. I think the color is really pretty, and would be nice for winter, but I do not love the finish. This is extremely frosty and, as you can see from my photos, every brush stroke shows. If it didn't show the streaks it would be just beautiful. I used two coats for full opacity. 



Next up is Prima Donna which is a really pretty royal purple frost/shimmer.  This one is slightly less frosty than Standing Ovation but still what I could consider a frost. I had less of an issue with streaks than I did with Standing Ovation.

I really love the color of this one. It's got such a pretty shimmer too. When applying just use some extra care and you can avoid a real streaky mess. This is two coats and fully opaque.



Overall these are really pretty colors but I am not a fan of the finish of Standing Ovation. What do you think of these? Do you have any tips for avoiding brush strokes on a frost?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sinful Shine: Blue Suede Shoes and Nouveau Purple


Hello beauties! So sorry I have been slacking with the posting lately. I have been super busy. But here I am with TWO polishes to show you. The first, I bought, the second, was sent to me for review, both are from Sinful Colors' Sinful Shine line.

So first up is Blue Suede Shoes. I got this at Walgreens for around $3.99 (if I remember right, maybe $2.99). This is a really pretty dusty blue color with a creme finish. I love the look of this one, and I think it's quite nice for fall even though it's not a jewel tone like most fall colors tend to be. 

The formula is thick and went on opaque in just two coats. I had no issues with application and these really do have a nice shine to them, as the name suggests. I did find that this color in particular wore for several days without chipping which is not always the case with most nail polish so I was impressed with that aspect for sure.




  

Next up is one of the shades the company sent me for review. This is Nouveau Purple and it's a rich, blackened royal purple creme. My photos are pulling it a bit blue, that always happens and I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to correct that, so just know that that color is a true royal purple, blue toned but not blue.

Formula was consistent with the formula of Blue Suede Shoe in that it was thick, but not too thick, and applied with no trouble. Opaque in just two coats this dark color was easy to apply and dried with a really beautiful high shine. Thumbs up! 





So, if you've seen Sinful Shine polishes in the drugstore and haven't tried them yet, pick one up! I think they're a great "bang for your buck" polish. I have always been a fan of Sinful Colors and this expansion of the line is a welcome addition to the polishes with a true drugstore price point. These days, drugstore prices are skyrocketing and polish is just as expensive as salon brands, I appreciate that Sinful is making efforts to keep cost down while still providing a high quality product in relevant colors and finishes. Kudos Sinful! 

Have you tried this line? What are your favorites?


You can interact with the brand here:
Twitter:  @SinfulColors_NP
Facebook:       Sinfulcolors Professional

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Throwback! Essie: Lollipop


Throwback! Today I am taking you back in time a few years to show you one of my favorite polish purchases from the beginning of my nail polish obsession. This is the perfect candy apple red and I took it out in honor of the beginning of Fair Season here in Connecticut, because it reminds me of those oh-so-sweet treats. This is Essie's Lollipop and there simply isn't another red as perfect as she is. I am sure you've seen this color a million times before but I had to dust her off and show her some love because she's really pure perfection in my eyes. 

Lollipop is a sheer, jelly, candy apply red with no shimmer. The shine on this polish is magnificent. I used three coats for the opacity shown and, while it is a jelly finish, it does get fairly opaque. I am a huge fan of the way this one just pops! 



  


Do you love this one as much as I do? What's your favorite candy apple red?


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

L.A. Girl: Turntable (Disco Brites)


Hello there everybody! Today I want to share a nail polish I bought several years ago at some random beauty supply store. This is L.A. Girl's Turntable, which is part of their Disco Brites collection. The premise behind that collection is that the colors glow under a black light. Well, it's not 1998, and I don't have a black light handy so I cannot tell you if that is the case, but what I can tell you is that this polish rocks, and so do the other polishes I have tried from the collection. 

Turntable is a bright turquoise creme with a super high shine finish, that's what I love about this polish, the finish is just perfect. I used two coats for full opacity and even though my bottle is several years old and well loved, this thing went on like butter. Just lovely. 




I have found L.A. Girl polishes at several no name beauty supply stores in my area. You can also purchase them online (for like $4) from places like cherryculture.com. I am a big fan of this line, for the price the quality is just perfect. 

What L.A. Girl polishes have you tried? Any recommendations on ones I need in my life?

P.S. now I have the sudden urge to take a walk down memory lane, head to Spencer Gifts, and purchase a black light. LOL ;-)




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