Morgan Taylor nail polish - a new lacquer in town

Thursday, May 30, 2013

There's a new polish in town - Morgan Taylor Lacquer.

A wonderful friend sent me four of these polishes and I am excited to share them with you.

"Inspired by luminous pearls, raw gems, semi-precious stones, glimmering silvers and radiant gold all drawn from the earth. The exclusive Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer is infused with rare and precious elements.
All pigments are saturated, pure and finely milled for luminous metallics, never before seen shimmers, decadent crèmes, stunning sheers and more glistening glitters.
The payoff—smooth, even, long-lasting color with a gorgeous professional finish.
In our commitment to the professional and as a worldwide leader in the nail industry we recognize the importance of a globally compliant nail lacquer that is free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP." Morgan Taylor website.

The formulas varied on each polish.

Let's jump right in to the swatches.

Bright Side - is an eggplant purple. It has a rubbery finish. It did need three coats to even the coverage as it was a bit streaky on the first couple of coats.

Morgan Taylor - Bright Side
Morgan Taylor - Bright Side

Jadore My Mani - is a glitter infused wine purple with lots of pink tones. The small glitter swims in a matching base. This is three coats. I probably could have gotten away with two but I wanted complete covereage.

Morgan Taylor - Jadore My Mani
Morgan Taylor - Jadore My Mani
Rhythm and Blues - is a shimmery blue with silver tones to it. It is a metallic polish. It is a little on the thick side but it actually applied well. I love this smoky blue shade.

Morgan Taylor - Rhythm and Blues
Morgan Taylor - Rhythm and Blues
Something to Blog About - is a shimmery deep purple shade with tones of gray. It has a hint of duochrome to it. This is three coats. This shade is amazing and the photos don't quite capture the true spirit of the polish.

Morgan Taylor - Something to Blog About
Morgan Taylor - Something to Blog About


Morgan Taylor polishes can be purchased at Nail Tech Supply for $4.25. They are also available at CosmoProf for those who have a cosmetology license.

Rainbow Honey FAB Summer Set swatches and review

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rainbow Honey has done it again. Their newest collection - The FAB Summer collection is stunning. Three fabulous shades that are perfect for fun in the sun. I received this collection to review and share with you.

"Exclusive to Fab, the Fab Summer Set is as refreshing as a cold sip of freshly squeezed lemonade. This set of three includes a dazzling array of shimmering polishes: kelly green, deep coral, and a sparkly lacquer that glitters with holographic flecks. Paint yourself in a beautiful new light." - Fab

Rainbow Honey listened when their customers spoke. The formula is wonderful on these polishes and the shimmer and shine is gorgeous!
 
Tenda is a bright kelly green lacquer with golden shimmer. This is two coats.

Rainbow Honey Tenda
Rainbow Honey Tenda

Costa del sol is a shimmery lacquer full of iridescent and holographic glitters ready to add some sun and sparkle to your manicure. This is one coat over Schrammi.

Rainbow Honey Costa Del Sol
Rainbow Honey Costa Del Sol

Schrammi is a deep coral lacquer with golden shimmer. This is two coats. It is the favorite of the collection for me. I love this deep coral shade. This is two coats.


Rainbow Honey Schrammi
Rainbow Honey Schrammi

The FAB Summer Set is now available through fab.com for a limited time only. Each set contains 3 full size 15ml nail lacquers designed exclusively for FAB by Rainbow Honey. $25. While supplies last. For more information visit http://fab.com/designer/rainbow-honey/

These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Nail Venturous Floam - Salon Perfect Kaboom comparison

Monday, May 27, 2013

The new Salon Perfection Neon Collision has some people wondering how close Kaboom is to Floam. And if that sentence made sense to you then you, like me, spend way too much time with polish. But then we knew that already...

So I am comparing Nail Venturous Floam to Salon Perfect Kaboom for you.

Let's just jump right to the photos.

Here is a bottle shot of both. You can see that Kaboom looks slightly more green than Floam.

Floam compared to Kaboom
Floam compared to Kaboom
You can tell the difference on the nail. But the difference is not that great. Floam is slightly bluer than Kaboom. Both polishes are shown over Sinful Colors Unicorn. I used two coats of each.

Floam compared to Kaboom
Floam compared to Kaboom

Floam compared to Kaboom
Floam compared to Kaboom
What do you think? The difference is slight except for the price. The price for Kaboom is $3.98 at Walmart. I found Nail Venturous on wanelo.com for $14.99.

Salon Perfect was provided to me for an honest review. Nail Venturous was a gift.


Salon Perfect Neon Collision for Summer 2013 review and swatches

I have some amazing neon, matte polishes to share with you today. Introducing Salon Perfect® Neon Collision for Summer 2013.

Salon Perfect was gracious enough to provide me with three polishes from their new collection.
When you mash up two of this summer’s hottest nail trends: neons and matte glitters you get an energizing burst of color from the new Salon Perfect® Neon Collision nail polish collection!  

Salon Perfect® floats neon matte fine glitter in a clear base to create this “can’t-not-look” collection of six eye-catching shades that offer complete coverage in 2-3 coats. Or give nails a blast of nail art by using any Salon Perfect® Neon Collision shade as a one-coat layering polish or use it by itself to get that textured look. 
 
The Salon Perfect® Neon Collision collection includes:
  • Bang – Orange and yellow collision
  • Kaboom – Turquoise and yellow collision
  • Exploded – Reddish orange and yellow collision
  • Jolt – Yellow and orange collision
  • Shocked – Hot pink and turquoise collision
  • Zapped – Yellow and turquoise collision
The formula on these polish was easy to work with. The matte glitters applied evenly and laid flat against the nail. The dry time was pretty decent. I like the look - especially layered over another polish. Let's take a look. I have layered these swatches over various colors and used them alone. The only thing I don't like about using glitters alone is that I can't get a clean line around the edges.
 
Bang – is an orange and yellow collision. There are a few glitters of a pinkish color that simply adds to the overall look. On the index finger I layered it over Zoya Purity; the middle finger is over Sinful Colors Unicorn; the ring finger is layered over Venique Orange Strap Wedges; and the pinky is three coats of Bang by itself.

Salon Perfect - Bang
Salon Perfect - Bang
 Kaboom – is a turquoise and yellow collision. I like this color a lot. Especially on the middle finger. On the index finger I layered it over Zoya Purity; the middle finger is over Venique Give a Girl a Heel Breaker; the ring finger is layered over Sinful Colors Unicorn; and the pinky is three coats of Kaboom by itself.





Salon Perfect - Kaboom
Salon Perfect - Kaboom
Exploded – is a reddish orange and yellow collision. There are a few glitters of a pinkish color that simply adds to the overall look. This is similar to Bang but has more of a rosy look to it. The pink is more predominant. On the index finger I layered it over Zoya Purity; the middle finger is over Sinful Colors Unicorn; the ring finger is layered over Venique Orange Strap Wedges; and the pinky is three coats of Exploded by itself.

Salon Perfect Exploded
Salon Perfect Exploded
 Salon Perfect® Neon Collision will launch in June exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide as part of a limited edition promotional display. Individual shades will retail for $3.98.

From lashes and brow products to nail color and beauty tools, Salon Perfect® has the products needed to get effortlessly gorgeous looks at affordable prices. View the complete Salon Perfect® collection at www.salonperfect.com.    

These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Floral french tips nail art

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. The grills are smoking and the parties are endless as family get togethers and graduation celebrations commence.

I have spent the majority of the weekend in the yard. But I do have a quick mani to show you.

Traditional french tips with floral nail art.
Traditional french tips with floral nail art.


Traditional white french tips with floral accents are the spring look I was going for. I used Zoya Purity for the white tips. It has great opacity and the finish is perfect for a canvas for nail art.

Then I used acrylic paint to create some simple flowers and add dots. Acrylic paints are wonderful for nail art. They have a great consistency and a drop or two stays workable for the entire manicure. If it does manage to dry out a bit you can mix a drop of water in the paint.

Glitter Gal 2013 Limited Edition Holographic Polish giveaway!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Glitter Gal has released two limited edition holographic polishes. I posted swatches which you can see here.

I have decided to host a giveaway for two lucky winners to win a Glitter Gal polish!

One will win Transfusion and one reader will win Hot Chilli! What a super chance to win one of these amazing polishes!



The Giveaway will end at midnight on  June 4.  The giveaway is open internationally but check your country's regulations on polish. I am not responsible if the polish arrives damaged or is lost in transit.

To enter simply use the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Girly Bits - Emerald City Lights

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I have an exciting shimmer top coat for you today. Girly Bits Emerald City Lights is from her amazing "Spring it on me" collection. Emerald is the color of the year. I positively love shimmer top coats. It's like having an unlimited supply of colors in your polish stash. The shimmer changes depending on the base color you use.

I used Zoya Song for a base color. Song is a gorgeous navy blue color. Something about deep blues and greens has always drawn me like a magnet. The combination of emerald and bold navy shades remind me of oceans and the tranquility of the deep waters.

Look what happens to this navy polish when I use Emerald City Lights. It transforms into an even deeper emerald shade. The shimmer adds an amazing depth and dimension to the total look.

Girly Bits Emerald City Lights over Zoya Song
Girly Bits Emerald City Lights over Zoya Song

Girly Bits Emerald City Lights over Zoya Song
Girly Bits Emerald City Lights over Zoya Song

Girly Bits Emerald City Lights over Zoya Song
Girly Bits Emerald City Lights over Zoya Song
The shimmer was difficult to capture and the color even more difficult.

Emerald City Lights is available on the Girly Bits online shop at http://girlybits.bigcartel.com/


Glitter Gal 2013 red holographics

Monday, May 20, 2013

Glitter Gal has released two new limited edition holographic polishes. The holographic shifts are multicolored prisms. The formula on Glitter Gal polishes is phenomenal. Two coats provides an opaque and shimmery holographic surface.

Glitter Gal is owned by two lovely women - Kerry and Anna. They use non traditional color pigments to create a unique color line inspired by the spirit of Australia. Their polishes have been a success and are highly sought after. These are limited edition polishes so if you want them make sure not to wait very long. But if you watch this page I am going to have both of these up as a giveaway! So stay tuned!

Let's move on to the swatches. They are similar but each has a nuance of its own.


Transfusion - Purple-bourdeaux base with multicolor holo sparkle. The sun decided to come out for this swatch. Look at all that holographic sparkle in the gorgeous plum base color.

Glitter Gal Transfusion
Glitter Gal Transfusion


Hot Chili - Chili-pepper-red base with multicolor holo sparkle. It's a little redder than Transfusion with just as much holographic sparkle.

Glitter Gal Hot Chilli
Glitter Gal Hot Chilli


These Glitter Gal polishes come in 10ml bottles. Glitter Gal polishes are 3-Free and Cruelty-free!

I ordered these polishes from BeautyPopShop. Make sure to check out her shop for some amazing indie polishes and cosmetics.

China Glaze Textures swatches and review

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Textures are the current trend and China Glaze has introduced their line of textured polish. I received these polishes from China Glaze to share with you. 


These Texture polishes can add an element of dimension to your nails. Texture dries matte, but if you want a glossy finish you can add a top coat. It has a finish similar to that of a sugared rim of a luscious cocktail. 

The formula was great. Two coats provided complete opacity and the polishes dried fairly quickly. The texture wasn't too rough. It didn't snag on material or in my hair. It may sound strange but it was a smooth bumpy finish.

The swatches below are with two coats of Texture. Let's jump right in!

In The Rough — light lime-green with textured grit

China Glaze Textures - In The Rough
China Glaze Textures - In The Rough

Itty, Bitty & Gritty — melon with textured grit

China Glaze Textures - Itty, Bitty & Gritty
China Glaze Textures - Itty, Bitty & Gritty

Of Coarse! — bright blue with textured grit

China Glaze Textures - Of Coarse!
China Glaze Textures - Of Coarse!

Unrefined — bright pink with textured grit


Bump & Grind — hot pinkish-red with textured grit

China Glaze Textures - Bump & Grind
China Glaze Textures - Bump & Grind

Toe-tally Textured — tangerine-orange with textured grit

China Glaze Textures - Toe-tally textured
China Glaze Textures - Toe-tally textured
 
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

These polishes were  provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Illamasqua Paranormal - Ouija

Transmit your acceptance of the paranormal by wearing these otherworldly Nail Varnishes. These 3 new shades and Top Coat not only offer a vivid burst of color in the normal world, but also glow under UV black light, revealing an alternative, paranormal effect unknown to the naked eye.
  • Omen Paranormal bright green
  • Ouija Paranormal bright pink
  • Séance Paranormal bright violet

Paranormal UV Nail Varnish (Limited Edition)

I snagged all three of these polishes. I have only had time to swatch one of them for you as Spring had sprung here. Yard work and flowers have been requiring more of my time. But it was a good test for this amazing polish. This mani survived two days of digging in the dirt and planting 50 or more flowers and eight trees.

 
Dotted nail art using Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija
Dotted nail art using Illamasqua Paranormal Ouija

I used two coats of Illamasqua Ouija for the base color and dotted Omen and Seance on in a scattered manner. The Seance really didn't show well though. Ouija is a phenomenal pink with amazing foil flaked shimmer.

The formula on these is amazing. Wonderful even application and a quick dry time. I didn't use the Paranormal UV top coat though. 

This polish was purchased by me. All opinions are my own. 

Barielle Giveaway - Three winners!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Barielle has been oh so generous and provided some amazing prizes for you to enter to win. I use Barielle quite often for nail art and it is a wonderful brand.

"A Unique Approach to Nail Care, Hand Care And Foot Care

Over 30 years ago, Barielle introduced "Nail Strengthener Cream" as the first nail care product of its kind. Originally formulated to condition the hooves of million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses, this legendary skin care product helps nails grow healthier and stronger while resisting splits, peels and breaks. Its effectiveness launched Barielle as a nail and skin care company with unique products and approaches to treating, protecting and maintaining nails. Barielle has since evolved into one of the leading prestige nail care, hand care and foot care brands sold in the world, known for our cracked feet treatments and the best moisturizers for dry skin." - Barielle website.



Let's move on to the prizes. There will be three winners. One grand prize will will receive the following:
  • Summer Brights Collection 
  • Professional Hand Cream
  • Total Foot Care Cream
  • No Chip Speed Dry
  • Nail Strengthening Cream and
  • Nail Rebuilding Protein
One winner will receive the Summer Fun Collection.

One winner will receive the Brushes of Color Collection.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway from Barielle that has 11 winners! It ends May 31. 

The Giveaway will end at midnight on  May 31.  The giveaway is open internationally but check your countries regulations on polish. I am not responsible if the polish arrives damaged or is lost in transit.

To enter simply use the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Day Seven of the Seven Days of Floral Nail Art Tutorials - Glitter flowers

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The time has flown by. It's Day Seven of the Seven Days of Floral Nail Art Tutorials. Today is glitter flowers. Simple flowers with a fun touch of a holographic micro glitter.

I started out with Illamasqua Poke. It's  a gorgeous shimmery deep purple polish. My mani was several days old before I added the flowers. Nail art is a great way to spruce up a manicure.

Glittery floral nail art using Illamasqua Poke
Glittery floral nail art using Illamasqua Poke


Then I used a lighter shade of purple acrylic paint to create flower petals and a dark blue for the flower centers. These flowers are super easy to create.



Then I used Nicole OPI Make A Comet-Ment holographic micro glitter over the purple petals. It adds a flashy flair to the look.

Have you used nail art to spruce up your current mani? What's your favorite method?

See Day One - Lilies
See Day Two - Easy Daisies
See Day Three - Roses 
See Day Four - Flowers on vines 
See Day Five - Dotted Flowers
See Day Six  - Floral garden

Day Six of the Seven Days of Floral Nail Art Tutorials - Spring Garden

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Well, The Seven Days of Floral Nail Art Tutorials are almost over. I have had so much fun doing this.

Today is a fun Spring Garden. I wish the photos would show better but these are so shiny it was hard to capture.

I used OPI Wing it for a base color. Oh My Goodness. This color is positively amazing. Two coats gave me great coverage. The shimmer and shine are completely stunning.

OPI Wing It
OPI Wing It




Then I applied some stems and leaves with green acrylic paint.


I used purple and blue acrylic paint to start adding some of the flowers. I used a combination of flower techniques in this "garden."


Dotted flowers with yellow paint add to the look.



Lighter blue details on the blue flowers and white or yellow flower centers complete the design. It is so bright and cheery!

Fun Spring Nail Art
Fun Spring Nail Art

 What are you wearing on your nails? Do you use acrylic paint to create inspiring nail art looks?

Day Five of the Seven Days of Floral Nail Art Tutorials - Dots

Monday, May 13, 2013

I have had fun with the Seven Days of Nail Art tutorials. Just a couple more days to go. For this one I did a simple dotted nail art floral design.

I started out with a base color of Sheswai Ladylike from the 2013 Summer Collection. I love this dusty rose shade. It can easily be a one-coater!

The design is truly a simple creation. Use a dotting tool and create several circles of petals. This will be the main petals of your design. I used acrylic paint.


Use a smaller dotting tool and dot white dots on the inside part of the blue dots.


And with an even smaller dotting tool create an inner ring of smaller petals with the blue paint.


I used a bright yellow dot in the center of each flower.


Then I added some green leaves and some random dots to finish the look off. Flowers are so forgiving as nail art. So don't be afraid to go for it!

Dotted Flower Nail Art
And don't forget to check out Sheswai lacquers. They have a wonderful formula. You can get them at BeautyPopShop.com.

See Day One - Lilies
See Day Two - Easy Daisies
See Day Three - Roses 
See Day Four - Flowers on vines

The Sheswai polish used above was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Day Four of the Seven Days of Floral Nail Art Tutorials

Sunday, May 12, 2013

First thing I have to say is Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing Moms out there! Being a parent is hard, but rewarding work.

As I sit writing this I can smell the bacon and sausage coming from the kitchen. My husband is making his famous breakfast for me. It is going to be the start to a wonderful day. But I am off on a totally different topic now.

Day Four of the Seven Days of Floral Nail Tutorials is a fun, yet classy vine design with purple flowers.


Floral Nail Art
Floral Nail Art
I used Sabrina Sato Ballet as my base color. It's a wonderful shimmery off-white polish that has strong gold tones.

Then I used black acrylic paint and drew a "half circle" of vines on my nails.

I probably added a little too much detail to the vines as you can't see all of them when I am finished.


Then with green acrylic paint I added leaves to the vine.


I used purple acrylic paint and added purple petaled flowers to the design.


Then with white paint I added centers to the flowers.


After the white centers I added some pale yellow to the centers because I didn't like the way the white was so - well white.

Floral Nail Art
Floral Nail Art

There you have it. A wonderful fun and Spring manicure.

Would you wear this? What color flowers would you want?

See Day One - Lilies
See Day Two - Easy Daisies
See Day Three - Roses


Day Three of the Seven Day of Floral Tutorials - Everything is coming up roses!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's day three of the Seven Day of Floral Tutorials and I hope you are enjoying it. I know I am. Today everything is coming up roses!

These sweet roses have a few steps but are actually quite easy and the color possibilities are endless.

Blue rose nail art
Blue rose nail art

I started off with a base color of Zoya Blu. This soft pastel blue makes a perfect canvas for nail art.

Then I used a MASH Nail Art Brush and added irregular shaped blue circles with medium blue acrylic paint.


Using a darker blue acrylic paint partially outline the circles. Make sure not to outline the entire circle. Then go inside the line and add a few rounded lines. You are now started to add the detail and definition to the roses.


Use a lighter blue (or add white to your blue paint) and add even more definition to the roses by adding curved lines of the lighter blue paint.


With an even lighter blue add some curved lines to the centers of your roses.


Use a green paint to add the leaves. With leaves you just used a shorter nail art brush and push down on the nail, pull down, and lift up. Practice on a piece of paper if you want to first.

Add a top coat to seal your nail art and add the shine. There you have it. Gorgeous nail art that really wasn't that hard.

Blue rose nail art
Blue rose nail art
See Day One - Lilies
See Day Two - Easy Daisies


I hope you are enjoying this series. If there is anything else I can share feel free to let me know.
 

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