Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Years Eve Nail Art

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Happy New Years Eve! I didn't forget about Work Wear Wednesday, but I wanted to do something more fun. Therefore, Work Wear Wednesday will be back next week! Today, I have a fun and kind of random New Years Eve mani. I feel like I am never any good at NYE manis, but I thought I would try anyway. I always want to put too much glitter and shine, but end up with a mess. This year, I tried to keep it simple.


KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

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I have an exciting new color from KBShimmer for you today! Men Are From Mars-ala is a color based on the new Pantone color of the year, Marsala! It is an earthy toned wine red, which is a sharp turn from last year's radiant orchid. I never really liked radiant orchid all that much anyway. This earthy tone is beautiful. Some say that it reminds them of tones straight out of the 70s-80s fashion trends. KBShimmer always brings us beautiful shades and amazing formulas, so I was really excited to try this color!

Image Courtesy of KBShimmer


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! All you need to do is comment in this post before 11:59pm (pacific time) on December 31st!

At first, I wasn't sure if I should share these because I am still expecting one to arrive. I ordered Comet in the Sky online because I cannot find it in stores anywhere! Regardless, I am anxious to share these with you! I've had them for a while now and have already worn them a few times. I have First Class Desires and Christmas Gone Plaid on the blog today! First Class Desires is a deep eggplant with gold shimmer and Christmas Gone Plaid is a beautiful darker green creme. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Palate Polish Nori Swatch and Review

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Palate Polish is a new to me indie which is actually local for me! We are both in Portland, OR, so I was lucky enough to be able to pick this up from Ainsley in person. This is the first indie brand I know of in Portland, of course, there are others nearby but not as close. Palate Polish bases all of her polish names off of food, which is very Portland! We are sort of obsessed with food here. Nori is the one that I received for review. It is a really nice green which has more of a crelly texture.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Nail Art: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread

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I created some festive Christmas nail art to correspond with my post about Old Factory candles in the Happy Holidays Collection, and I wanted to share more photos and details about them!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Old Factory Candles and Matching Nail Art (Givaway!)

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Many of you probably don't know this about me, but I love candles. I really enjoy the lovely scents and the flame gives a beautiful ambiance to the room. I really feel like they help me relax and feel at home! I had the opportunity to try out Old Factory Candles in the Happy Holidays Trio: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread. I have corresponding nail art to tie it all in!

Soft Landings Towels for Nail Polish Removal

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Today, I have a new to me product to share with you! Soft Landings reached out to me to see if I would like to try out these new towels to remove polish, and the biggest upside to them is that there is no lint! Are you kidding me? I hate lint, it ruins manis and is ridiculously difficult to pick out once it finds its way into your polish, and it always does. I was very happy to try these out. They sent me a sample pack of smaller squares to use for my nails. They say that you can remove polish from ten nails with one towel. I used it on ten and this is what it looked like:


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Work Wear Wednesdays: Holiday Edition Tutorial

Late night post, but it is still Wednesday for me! I have been really worn thin with all the holiday activities! I love it all, but it just takes it out of me. I still have a ton of things I want to do this Christmas season, and I hope I can get to them all. One of which is to show you more holiday nail designs! Today's Work Wear Wednesdays post is a holiday design and a little more advanced than I have shown, but I think all of you should give it a go!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Born Pretty Store Plate 04 Review: Peacocks!

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I have a review of the Born Pretty Store stamping plate 04 to share with you today. This plate has peacocks on it! I think peacocks are so cool, I was really excited about this plate. When I lived abroad, I used to love going and reading in a courtyard that had white peacocks. They were the strangest but most elegant birds I had seen. I wanted to kind of do a little ode to them here with the background being blue and green, but the actual bird be in white.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Revlon Parfumerie: Italian Leather and Espresso

Man, do I have some apologizing to do! I have been so bad about blogging lately! Our internet went out after a storm recently, but it still took me a few days to get motivated to get a post finished! So sorry about that. The holidays are a killer for getting anything other than holiday things done. 

Today I have two colors from the Revlon Parfumerie line. These polishes are scented polishes with colors that are supposed to correspond with the scent. I have Espresso and Italian Leather to review and share swatches today. I have older reviews of Autumn Spice and Pink Pineapple, you can follow the links to see what I thought about those.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Work Wear Wednesdays: How to Wear Dark Colors

Are you a fan of dark colors on your nails like me? I have a problem with wearing dark colors all the time, and that translates to nail polish as well. For me, dark colors make me feel more powerful and confident, not goth or emo. I especially love dark colors on my nails when they are short. I thought, what is an easy way to wear dark colors to work? This is what I have to share with you today. This Work Wear Wednesday, I don't have a tutorial for you, but only because it is so simple to do. 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gabriel Cosmetics ColorBLOCKade Collection

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Gabriel Cosmetics sent me the full Color BLOCKade collection to swatch and review. I was enthusiastic about trying it out, as I have not had the opportunity to try Gabriel before.These polishes are 5 free and the brand is cruelty free, vegan, gluten free, and NPA certified natural. There are five colors in this collection: Petrol Blue, Holiday Red, Golden Yellow, Raspberry, and Cashmere. All of the photos below were taken without top coat.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Work Wear Wednesdays: Inspired by The Nail Boss

Today, I have another installment of Work Wear Wednesdays! This week, I have something inspired by an artist I love. Have you ever heard of the Nail Boss? If not, you need to check him out on Instagram! He has 148K followers for a good reason. He does some really amazing work and he doesn't use polish! I think he is using acrylic, but what he does it way more advanced than my nail vocabulary. Just go check him out, I promise, you will love him. I spotted an image on his account a long time ago and I can't get it out of my head, so I attempted to re-create it for Work Wear Wednesdays. It has just the right amount of neutral and glitter!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Born Pretty Store Water Decal Review

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Today I have a sort of value added mani! Those were words I never thought I would string together. I upgraded the mani I posted yesterday and added some water decals! The Born Pretty Store also sent me some beautiful rose decals to review, so I have those to share with you today. These cost $2.86 a set and are pretty simple to use. I really like the addition of them to take any mani to the next level.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate 05 Review and Nail Art

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I hope you all had a wonderful, long weekend! I enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner on three separate occasions this weekend, so I have much to be thankful for. Today, I am thankful for nail stamping! I have a fun and easy design using the Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate 05. I have been loving the fact that they are releasing new plates pretty regularly now. They are really affordable and come in a lot of different designs. This one in particular is called the Egypt Style plate and is only $1.99! Plus, you can get 10% off with my code: HANDX31.


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