Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nails, Lips, and Lashes by One Direction

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Today, I have something a little different to share with you. Not only do I have nail polish, but I also have lip gloss and mascara! I received Makeup by One Direction kits! I'm not normally a makeup blogger, but I wanted to share these with you since they are all part of the same collection and it might be a fun change for the blog. Are you a One Direction fan? I think they call themselves Directioners. I don't listen to their music, but maybe I should. The make up is from the brand Markwins, which also brings us other brands like Wet n Wild and Physicians Formula. Here is what it all looks like. 

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Post Black Friday Spa Day with Teadora

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had a great one and will have another tomorrow! I'm excited though, Thanksgiving just makes me happy. Did any of you go Black Friday or Grey Thursday shopping? I went out with my husband this morning to pick up a few things, but well after the large and crazy crowds were gone. After shopping though, I felt like I needed a spa day, even though it wasn't as hectic as it could have been. 

I have a fun and luxurious body product to share with you today that would do just the trick. One of the most annoying things about cold weather is dry skin. I hate it when my hands get dry, and I'm pretty sure it is against nail blogging rules to have dry hands. Obviously I moisturize to prevent that, but I also like to exfoliate. Teadora Body Polish was sent to me for review and that is what I have to share with you today! Though, it is technically a body polish, I use it for my hands as well. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Work Wear Wednesday: Jelly Stamping

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I am back today with another installment of Work Wear Wednesdays! This week I don't have a pictorial tutorial for you (sorry), but it is really simple. I have jelly sandwich stamping to share today! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Philly Loves Lacquer

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I am so excited to share some Philly Loves Lacquer with you today! I have been wanting to try this brand for a while now, and I am so glad I was able to swatch these! Philly Loves Lacquer is releasing their Seeing Isn't Believing Collection on November 28th, and I have the five that will exclusively be sold on Philly Loves Lacquer's website.

There are 11 other polishes in this collection: 7 for Ella Ann Cosmetics, 3 for Lacquer Chic Shop, and 1 super secret one for the Indie Gift Box. The Philly Loves Lacquer exclusive set is comprised of 5 polishes: 3 linear holos, 1 sparkly glitter crelly, and 1 dense micro-glitter topper.

  • Field-Dressed a Cat - a bright hot pink linear holo with a darker pink flash 
  • Denny's: An American Institution - a sunny yellow shimmery base with red crystal micro-glitter and a very subtle holo 
  • Shots of Brown Liquor - a chocolatey brown linear holo with gold micro shimmer and a gold flash 
  • Christmas at the Pound - a reddish-brown linear holo with a red/green shift and red/green micro-shimmer 
  • When I Wake Up, I'm Getting a CAT Scan! - a dense micro-glitter topper filled with a rainbow of metallic and holo micro-glitter. 

This part of the collection will be sold exclusively through Philly Loves Lacquer and will be available on November 28th for $9 each, as part of my Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale. On December 2nd, they will go back up to $12 each.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Plaid Sweater Weather Nails

I'm back! I feel really bad that my blogging has been so intermittent lately. With moving, and my nails being destroyed because of it, I have had a bit of a difficult time getting back into it. I really wanted to participate in a group challenge though. There is a facebook group for nail polish lovers in the Pacific NW, and the theme for the challenge is sweater weather! I wanted to do a plaid look for it, so I created one using OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, LAMB, 4 in the Morning and Incognito in Sausalito. The first three are from Gwen Stefani Collections and I love her! Love Angel Music Baby is one of my favorite gold colors now. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Smokey Mountain Southern Fancies Body Whip

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Today I have something fun to share with you! Kim, from Smokey Mountain Lacquer sent me some body whip from her body products brand, Southern Fancies, in the scent buttercream! I love body whip! It is so versatile. I used this on my hands, legs, arms, and the rest of my body.


Monday, November 17, 2014

My Picks from the Orly Baked Collection

Hello! I am sorry for my absence the last few days, my husband and I just moved, and that has been challenging to say the least. I am glad that most of our stuff is moved in now and we just have to clean up our old place. I am actually sitting on the floor in our (mostly) empty apartment writing this. My nails have suffered from  the move, but luckily I have some photos stored up to share for just such an occasion! I don't know why I haven't shared these yet, but these are my four favorite picks from the Orly Baked Collection that released this summer. I loved this collection and used these in nail art several times (Neon Week, Richter Scale, Violet Stones). Today I have swatches and reviews of these colors for you!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lucky 13 Lacquer

I have another new to me indie brand to share a swatch and review with you today! I am really excited about this one because it is based really close to home for me! She is only about a half hour away. This brand is Lucky 13 Lacquer, how fitting that I post this on the 13th! I swear that wasn't intentional. I scooped up two really awesome and unique colors in her recent sale, but I wish I bought more. She has a really unique line and I love it! I picked up I'd Tell Him to Go to Hell and Stick Them with the Pointy End. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Work Wear Wednesdays: Tan and Black Polka Dots Tutorial

In this week's installment of Work Wear Wednesdays, I have a dotticure tutorial to share with you! I really love the combination of black and tan and wanted to use them in this week's look. It is a dotticure with a bow accent nail. I hope you like it!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Half Moons with Russian Navy and Spectrespecs

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A while ago I reviewed Above the Curve Nail Lacquer's Harry Potter Inspired Collection (Part I and Part II). In that collection was Spectrespecs! I have that today in a simple nail art design along with a classic: OPI Russian Navy. I decided to just do a simple half moon mani design over Russian Navy because I thought the dark color would really make Spectrespecs shine!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

NYC Crystal Couture NY Princess

NYC came out with a great collection called the Crystal Couture Collection. Today I have NY Princess from that collection! It is a gorgeous purple jelly packed with glitter! I feel like mainstream brands haven't done many jelly polishes, so I was excited to see one and that it was well done. I used three coats for the photos below.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Cirque XX

I have a beautiful polish to share with you today! I have never tried Cirque before, but have been wanting to for a really long time! When I saw that Ipsy had Cirque on the list of samples that were to be an option in the monthly subscription, I really hoped to get it! Unfortunately, I didn't get it, but I found someone willing to trade a product for it! More information about Ipsy is at the end of the post. The Cirque came in a mini bottle, and not a full size, but it didn't disappoint. I layered one coat over Sinful Colors Black on Black and added a top coat.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

China Glaze All Aboard Collection Part III

I have an unexpected part III installment of the China Glaze All Aboard Collection! I have One Track Mind and Mind the Gap up for swatch and review. If you missed the others I reviewed you can click Part I and Part II. One Track Mind is a deep blue and Mind the Gap is an interesting bown leaning gold.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Work Wear Wednesday: Negative Space Tutorial

Guess what day it is?! It is again Work Wear Wednesday! Today I have a fun and really simple manicure to share with you. I really like playing with negative space in manis and I decided to do a simple intro to negative space for those of you who haven't tried it or maybe haven't tried it because you have stained nails (I have a solution for that!). I hope you like it! Tutorial is at the end of the post.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day!

Today is Election Day in the United States! I am a strong advocate for voting and I think that every person who is eligible needs to exercise their right and civic duty. Voting is something that people in the U.S. take for granted, and that needs to change. I created a nail art look that will hopefully remind some of you to head out to the polls or official drop sites to make sure your vote counts before 8pm tonight! I dropped off my ballot at an official drop site last night. In Oregon we have vote by mail and it is too late to mail it, so please google your nearest official drop site in your county!

On to the nails! I started with a base color of Color Club Mamba and then added the stripes with stripping paint. I then let everything dry and taped off the lower section and painted the upper section with China Glaze One Track Mind (to be reviewed very soon). I added top coat and waited for that to dry then I painted little stars and top coated again. On my ring finger I just painted Mamba and carefully added the letters with paint from the stripper.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

China Glaze Five Rules

Today I have swatches and review of China Glaze Five Rules to share! Five Rules comes from The Giver Collection which was released in conjunction with the movie. I didn't get a chance to pick these up when they came out and my store was barren when I finally went in to get them. I was only able to find Five Rules, but it was one of the ones I really wanted, so I am glad I found it. I'm not sure if it is really a grey, off white, or tan, it is kind of a mixture of all three. Nevertheless it is a beautiful neutral color. 


Nail Art: What I Wore for Halloween

I have a very simple look to share today. I wore this for Halloween yesterday! I wanted to do nail art, but I wanted it to be very simple, because I have been really busy in the last few days. I started with  base color of Sinful Colors Starry Night and then painted some pumpkins on my ring and thumb fingers. This was inspired by a video I saw from Christabell Nails on YouTube.  


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