Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Born Pretty Store Stampers and Stamping Polish Review

Today I have two different stampers and stamping polish to share with you, all of which is from the Born Pretty Store. I got the dual double sided stamper, plastic black stamper with scraper, and stamping polish in color #18. Below is a design I stamped with the black stamper and OPI LAMB and Casino Royale.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

OPI Venice Collection

I'm a little late in sharing this, but today I have part of OPI's fall collection on the blog today! This year's collection was inspired by Venice. I've never been, so those of you who have should let me know if this captures the feel of the city. At first glance not a lot of the colors really look like fall at all. I didn't get them all, but I have most of the collection here. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cirque Colors Icon Duos for Nordstrom Opening Ceremony Pop-In

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Today I have three gift sets from Cirque Colors to share with you! The three gift sets are available through Nordstrom for their Icon Duos Opening Ceremony Pop-In and are available now through January 3rd. I have blogged about the Nordstrom Pop-ins before, but as a recap, these are only available for a limited time through specific Nordstrom locations (listed at the end) or online at Nordstrom.com. These three sets retail for $22 each and are a perfect small gift for a polish lover! Each set comes with one creme and one holographic, which makes them perfect for nail art.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Essie French Tips

For some reason, recently I had a hankering for a matte/metallic combo. I wasn't sure if I ever shared Essie Wrap Me Up which was part of the Cashmere Mattes collection, so I decided to use that and paired it with Essie Penny Talk. Penny Talk is a really shiny metallic polish. I wanted to do a think french manicure, so I did it free hand and left the finish as is and didn't use a top coat.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Press Release: KBShimmer Presents Its “Toys For Tots” Charity Polish

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Press Release: KBShimmer Launches Winter/Holiday Collection

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KBShimmer Launches Winter/Holiday Collection

KBShimmer announces its Winter/Holiday 2015 Collection, a line of seasonally inspired polishes. Launching November 2, 2015, KBShimmer’s Winter/Holiday Collection features 14 NEW polishes that will have you sparkling and shining throughout the entire holiday season! “The holiday season is the perfect time to fully embrace the bling,” says KBShimmer owner Christy Rose. “Our 2015 Winter/Holiday collection takes the rich colors and textures associated with this time of the year to a whole new level of glam!”

Monday, November 2, 2015

KBShimmer Hexy Bikini

KBShimmer Hexy Bikini has been on my list for a while and now I have it! It is a beautiful glitter bomb, and I definitely need more glitter bombs in my life. It is generally silver toned, but has a ton of color in it as well. Most of the glitter is multisized and hex shaped.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Northern Star Ghoulish Fancy

If you saw my post yesterday, you'll know that I had these water slide decals on for that design. I decided I wanted to recycle my accent nails for at least another day because these water slides are just too cute! I decided to paint the other nails with Northern Star Ghoulish Fancy! I love Northern Star and I wanted to try another of her new polishes. Turns out she has new bottles too. Ghoulish Fancy is a teal blue with some blue shimmer.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

HPB Presents: Halloween Nail Art!

HPB is a group of Hobby Polish Bloggers on Facebook. We decided to team up and do themed manis this month. I have a fun Halloween looks to share. Since it is Halloween, I have a scary movie to go watch, so this will be a quick post. I wanted to share this design with you before the night was over though!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Chanel Taboo

Today I have a special polish to share with you! I have been wanting this polish for ages and I finally made the decision to purchase it! It was a big deal because it felt so exorbitant for a nail polish. It is Chanel Taboo. I have seen swatches and have even tried it out a few times at the counter, and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Unfortunately is it pricey at $27 per bottle. I just couldn't justify the price in my mind, but I just bit the bullet and decided I had to have it.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Fall Chevron Nail Art

I admittedly haven't done much nail art lately, at least not as much as I am used to doing. I decided to change that! I have a fun and easy nail art look today using all fall colors! I have some recent finds along with some old favorites incorporated into this design.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Born Pretty Store Faux Marble Studs

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Hello! I hope you've had a good Monday. Mondays are rough, I don't know what it is about getting back to work after a weekend, but it can be challenging. To help counter a case of the Mondays, I have some nail studs from the Born Pretty Store to share with you today. 

These nail studs are sort of an imitation of marble print but are made of plastic and contain four different colors and three different shapes in each color. 


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wet n Wild Fall 2015 Collection

Happy Fall! I love the fall season and I love the colors and the smells and tastes that come along with the season. Today I have another fall collection to share! Wet n Wild recently released their fall 2015 collection named "Here's to the Wild Ones", kind of a mouthful, but this collection is full of gorgeous jewel tones that are perfect for fall and beyond. I was so excited to get my hands on all of these! I had to go to four different stores to find them all, which speaks to their popularity, but after a while started to feel like a quest.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cirque Colors Vice Collection Nail Art

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I really love fall, but I wanted to get at least one more crazy neon look out for the summer, so here it is! I don't think I've even done that much neon this summer. Some of you may have noticed I haven't been really active at all this summer. Thanks for bearing with me, I have just had a really busy work schedule for so long, once things lightened up a bit, I kind of checked out. I do want to be more engaged in the blog, but sometimes I float in and out of it. 

Anyway, I used the entire Cirque Colors Vice Collection which I reviewed earlier this summer, and I'll tell you, I wore the heck out of these colors! I love them all so much. Neon is definitely my favorite for summer. For this look, I used one of my favorite techniques which includes smearing plastic wrap over blobs of color. It sounds so child-like, but I seriously love the technique. It creates such a misty looking mix of colors.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

OPI Midnight in Moscow and Essie Hors D'oeuvres

I was lucky enough to find two polishes on sale that I have been wanting to try for some time. They are Essie Hors D'oeuvres and OPI Midnight in Moscow. I thought MIM was one of those hard to find polishes that people had only heard about but have never seen, but I got mine for half price at Sally's Beauty, so that was lucky. I thought these two colors together created a fun and sort of glitzy fall or winter look. MIM is a really vampy dark burgundy that is lightened nicely by Hors D'oeuvres. 


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Finger Paints Once In A Wild Collection Swatch and Review (Partial)

Finger Paints is out with a new fall collection that includes three core shades and three limited edition shades. I have two of the limited editions and one core shade to share with you today. This collection is pretty representative of what I think of when I think of fall, it has some of the dark brooding colors along with the rich tones of autumn leaves.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Cirque Colors Warby Collection Nordstrom Exclusive

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Cirque Colors released a new collection that is exclusive to Nordstrom. This is the Warby Parker Pop-in Collection. You can only buy these at select pop-in locations or online. This is limited edition, so if you want anything, be sure to order it right away. I hesitated on the last pop-in and I still regret it!

The Warby Parker Pop-in is available from August 7th- September 6th, more information will be at the end of this post.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nail Art Dotticure Blues

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I received Sinful Colors Ocean Side from Influenster Voxbox along with some other exciting goodies. I decided to do a little nail art with this one. Ocean Side is a middle tone blue creme and I thought it would go really well with Orly Color Blast Crazy Old Maurice from the Beauty and the Beast collection. I love Beauty and the Beast!

I've been a little rusty on nail art because I just haven't had time, so I thought this could be a good ease back into it. I just did an asymmetrical dot pattern with alternating colors using Crazy Old Maurice as my accent color.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pretty & Polished Ice Ice Lady and Maleficium

I have never tried Pretty & Polished, but I have been admiring the brand for quite a while. It is an indie brand that I have seen on LiveLovePolish.com and have finally purchased some for myself! I purchased Ice Ice Lady and Maleficium. I saw Maleficium on Manna's Mani's blog and I knew I had to have it! They are both glitter packed crellies (mix between a jelly and a creme) and have great coverage.


Monday, July 20, 2015

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours and Sparitual Barefoot Swatch and Review

I love these two colors so much together! I can't help from starting this post with that statement. I have Sparitual Barefoot and OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours up today. These two are just pretty together. I'm going to abbreviate OPI from now on as MPHTY. MPHTY is a really pretty paprika color. It really is exactly like the container color, I love it! Barefoot is a sandy cream color with small glitters that lean toward reds and yellows. 


Friday, July 17, 2015

Born Pretty Store Starry Night Nail Wraps Review

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Happy Friday to you all! I hope you are excited for the weekend, I know I am! I have some pretty nail wraps from the Born Pretty Store to share with you today! These nail wraps are an imitation of the painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh which I have always loved. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Cirque Colors Vice Collection Swatch and Review

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Cirque Colors has come out with another fabulous collection and I have it to share with you today! The Vice Collection consists of five neon cremes and one holographic top coat. These are so perfect for summer and perfect for my annual Neon Week later this month! I love Cirque Colors and I am so excited to share these.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

OPI Top Ten Part II

Happy Sunday to you all. Hope you had a great Fourth of July! I've spent the weekend celebrating and catching up on some much needed sleep. Today I have the second installment of my OPI Top Ten Collection post. This post has the darker of the shades: Big Apple Red, I'm Not Really a Waitress, You Don't Know Jacques!, Vampsterdam, and Lincoln Park After Dark. These are all really classic shades and I am excited to share them with you. Some have been old favorites and some are new to me.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review of Stamping Plate Qgirl-032

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Today I have a Born Pretty Store review to share with you! I received the Qgirl-032 stamping plate for review. It has a little bit of a tribal motif along with a dragon and geometric pattern. I chose to try out the geometric pattern here. I used a base color of Morgan Taylor Scene Queen and Sinful Colors Black on Black for stamping. 


Saturday, June 20, 2015

OPI Top Ten Part 1

A while ago OPI came out with a set of mini polishes that consisted of their top ten classic shades. I have used a few here and there, but realized I never shared them with you all. How thoughtless of me! I decided to swatch all ten and share my thoughts with you. Today I have part one which consists of the first box which contains the lighter shades: Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-y, Kiss Me On My Tulips, and Red Lights  Ahead...Where?. On all of my accent nails I have one of my favorites OPI LAMB. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Work Wear Wednesday: Island Girl Style

It is late on a Wednesday, but today I have another installment of Work Wear Wednesday! I apologize for being absent for so long. I think it is fatigue from working long hours for months, but I hope to be more consistent in the future! This week I decided to switch things up a bit and add an almost neon color. I used an unnamed Island Girl, OPI L.A.M.B., Wet n Wild Matte Top Coat, and Maybelline Bold Gold for stamping and Born Pretty Store Plate BP-19.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Early Summer Leaf Gradient

Hello all! Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, so I wanted to create a nail design that reflected the early summer months! I started with three China Glaze colors: Five Rules, Flip Flop Fantasy, and Grass is Lime Greener. I also used plate BP19 from the Born Pretty Store and Pure Ice Superstar. I decided to create a gradient with the China Glaze polishes and stamped over that with a leaf design in white. This was one of those looks that kind of evolved as I created it.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Wet N Wild A Latte Love

I have a simple swatch to share with you today. I went to my local Rite Aid recently and picked up Wet n Wild A Latte Love from the most recent display. I kind of wish I had picked up all of the colors because they all seemed very light and springy. I am not really sure how I would describe A Latte Love. It seems like it should be a tan, but it kind of edges on purple or pink. I'll let you decide.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cirque Colors Juicy Collection Review

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I love Cirque Colors polish, I was thrilled to be contacted by the company to provide a review for you all. My first encounter was with their glitter topper XX, which I adore! I was so impressed with the impact of the glitter and loved how classy it looked over black. The collection I have to share with you today is the Juicy Collection. The Juicy Collection is an all holographic summer collection, and you know how I feel about holos! There are six in the collection, so be prepared for lots of photos below.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Nail Art Inspired by a Tumbler

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I have a fun spring look for you today! I recently picked up a new tumbler for water from Target for a great deal. I haven't seen it there since, but I found some others online that I also love here, here and here. I love it, it instantly reminded me of nail art, so of course I had to create a design for this.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Nail Art Inspired by Sushi Dinner

So, this design wasn't really inspired by the sushi dinner itself, but by the mugs we got for our tea. I thought the design was really cute, and as we were eating, I realized I have a stamp for that. The scale is a little off, but I think it turned out nice.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Work Wear Wednesday: Pastel Polka Dots

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I have another installment of Work Wear Wednesday up today! I wanted to do something really simple because I just haven't had any energy to do anything intricate lately, and who doesn't love a simple dotticure? After I did one a while back, I had another WWW post with a tan and black dotticure and since then, I noticed a lot of questions about how I actually do it. I thought it was a pretty simple process and I have a little tutorial at the bottom of the post. 


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Nail Art Spring Gradient

I hope you all have had a great week! Sorry for my extended hiatus, I came down with something pretty serious last week and it kept me down for quite a while. I even left my nails naked! I am still getting over it, but the fever is gone at least. I really hate being sick.

The nails I have to share with you have been sitting in my to blog file since before Easter! I created a springy gradient with three colors from a mini set of Nails Inc polishes. I used Sloane Street, Princess Gate, and Bruton Lane.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Work Wear Wednesdays: Pastel Chevron Tutorial

I finally have a proper Work Wear Wednesday post again! This week is Spring themed and could work for Easter designs too. I used three pastel shades from Sally Hansen and some Nail Vinyls in chevron shapes. I really liked how light and pretty this turned out. This may not be suitable for all work environments, but I think it could work for most office places.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Polished Bookworms: Nail Art Inspired by Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have a confession. I didn't read the book for book club this month. The Polished Bookworms read Gone Girl this month, but I actually read it ages ago, so I didn't feel the need to re-read it. I'm rebellious, I know. I thought it was a really great and twisted book. Gillian Flynn is really good at writing really suspenseful, twisted, thrillers. If you like that kind of thing, you need to read her books! I decided to do a mani inspired by broken glass. I don't remember if broken glass was ever in the book, but that is what I think of when I think of this book.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Butter LONDON Wallis

For a long time I have wanted to add butter LONDON Wallis to my collection, but for one reason or another, I just never picked it up! Thanks to Ulta's recent sale, I picked it up for $9! I am so happy I did. Wallis is an olive toned color with flashes of gold. It is really difficult to explain, and the pictures don't do it justice, but take a look.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dark Purple Nail Art

I love purple and I decided to create a really simple purple nail art design that anyone can easily accomplish. I used a base coat of black and topped that with Sinful Colors Stardust and added a purple chevron in OPI I Carol About You.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One More Saint Patrick's Day Nail Art Design

I feel like lately my nail world has been on the back burner to my real world, which had put my posting behind. I have a design I had on my nails for St Patricks Day that I didn't get the chance to share with you all. I did another watermarble, but I did it on all my nails.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Three Nail Art Designs for St. Patrick's Day

I love Saint Patrick's Day! It is such a fun holiday to celebrate, so I decided to share three St. Patty's designs with you. I have a water marble, a gradient and a skittle mani, so hopefully you like at least one and can try it for yourself!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Work Wear Wednesday: Simple Stripes

Hello! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! It's hump day again, and I actually have a Work Wear Wednesday post to share with you! I didn't have time to do a picture tutorial, but I will share step by step instructions. I used Sally Hansen Licorice and Mint Sorbet to achieve this look. I really love neutral colors with pastels, and even though Licorice is a really dark neutral, I think it helps make Mint Sorbet pop.

Monday, March 9, 2015

OPI A-Piers To Be Tan

I hope you all are recovering from day light savings time stealing an hour of sleep! I hate day light saving, but I really love fall back! Today, I have one of those ugly-pretty colors to share with you! I can't recall when I picked this color up, but it was definitely on sale. I always hesitate buying the colors that are kind of ugly but could be pretty, but I took the plunge here. I was really glad I did, because it surprised me a little. The color reminds me of a saddle or something very cowboy. In some light it also just looks caramel. Either way, it is a really interesting color.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Firecracker Lacquer Review

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Firecracker Lacquer is a new to me indie brand that I am excited to share with you! I am always excited to share new indie brands and when Firecracker Lacquer asked me to swatch for her, I jumped at the chance. Today I have The Void, Polar Berry, and Crawlin' Queen to share with you. She also sent me some studs and rhinestones to play with, so I added those to the swatches!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

KBShimmer Spring 2015 Collection (Partial)

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KBShimmer is back on the blog with three from the new Spring 2015 Collection! I have Thistle Be The Day, I'm So Sweet Pea, and Wind Swarm. These are so pretty and perfect for the spring season, I can't wait to share them with you! Two are glitter jellies and one is a linear holographic creme!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Polished Bookworms: Nail Art Inspired by Maze Runner by James Dashner

Last month in The Polished Bookworms, we read Big Little Lies which I loved. Maze Runner was our book this month. The theme was a young adult book and at times, I had a difficult time even taking this book seriously. In the end I think it is an entertaining read, but I think I will skip the rest of the series. I thought it was an interesting concept, but it read more like a downgraded Hunger Games. For my nail design based on the book, I did a gradient of China Glaze Black Diamond and Foie Gras and stamped over it with Agro.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

OPI Glitters from the Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Collection

This post has been a  LONG time coming! I have been wanting to share the glitter since I posted First Class Desires and Christmas Gone Plaid. I had my eyes on Comet in the Sky, but couldn't find these glitters anywhere. I literally went to a ton of stores several times. I finally caved and bought Comet in the Sky online and the next day was told that they were all at TJ Maxx on sale! I knew I was going to love Comet in the Sky, so I figured it couldn't hurt to have two bottles. So, today along with Comet in the Sky, I have Snow Globetrotter and So Elegant. All of these are glitter toppers in a clear base.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Northern Star Polish Marsala!

It is no secret that Northern Star Polish is one of my favorite indie brands. Today I have Marsala! Marsala is the Pantone Color of the Year and a beautiful maroon with a brown undertone. In some light it looks like it has a blue shimmer.

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