Tape and holographic polish create gorgeous geometric glam

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


I love holographic nail polish. It is glorious to see in the sunshine, although I haven't seen much of the sun this week. But in the hopes that it would peek its yellow rays out to say "hello," I put on a holo nail polish.

Dance Legend has some of the most amazing holographic polishes out there. I only have a few of them, and I love each and every one of them. For this mani, I wanted something a little beyond just holographic. But not too complicated as I just didn't have the time to invest in nail art. So I created a simple tape mani.

For the base coat I used Barielle Blue Capri. Then I used nail art tape in horizontal and vertical placement. After that, I simply applied Dance Legend Optical Illusion and removed the tape - Instant nail art! 

Holographic geometric nail art using nail art tape
Holographic geometric nail art using nail art tape
Holographic geometric nail art using nail art tape
Holographic geometric nail art using nail art tape
If you love nail art, but don't feel you have the time - try the nail art tape as a template. You will love it!

Some polish in this post were previously provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Giveaway - Colors by Llarowe - Courage, Brains, Heart.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I love giveaways - both entering and hosting. So I am going to give away a new bottle of Colors by Llarowe Courage, Brains, Heart. I received one to review and I purchased the A Box, Indied, which also had one in it. So one of you lovely readers is going to receive it!


This polish was only available in the A Box, Indied April subscription box. So it is definitely hard to get.

This giveaway is open to international entries and entrants must be 18 years or older (or have parental consent. The giveaway ends at midnight on May 10, 2014.

Good luck! You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Pond nail art that's... well... a pond!

Nothing to disclose


I recently started using the "pond" method for some nail art. Pond nail art is when you use jelly polishes and layer art between the layers - several layers. It is similar to a jelly sandwich. Previous to this mani, I just painted flowers between the layers.

This one is a bit different. I decided to create an actual pond "pond" mani. It's complete with Koi fish, lily pads and a couple of lilies! I really enjoyed creating it and love the way it turned out.

Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
I used a murky green jelly polish (Liquidus Peridot) for the base color. Then I used acrylic paint for the Koi fish. I added another layer of jelly polish, and then painted a lily pad. I repeated the process a few times with the jelly polish and lily pads. Then I used acrylic paint and created the lilies and buds on top of the last coat of jelly polish. I love the depth of this. It really does appear that the fish are below murky water.

Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
Pond nail art - complete with Koi and lilies
What would you create using this nail art method?

This polish was previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Lacquer Legion: Glam - subtle swirls and dots

Monday, April 28, 2014



I'm so excited to be participating in the Lacquer Legion challenge this month. These challenges are arranged by Chalkboard Nails, Rebecca Likes Nails, The Nailasaurus and Work/Play/Polish. This is my first month to participate in this fun event.

This month the theme is GLAM. Anyone can participate. Just like The Lacquer Legion on Facebook and make sure to hashtag your social media posts with #LLGlam. The themes are different each month.


To me, "Glam" is class and style. Dark and rich colors with sparkle accents come to mind. So that is exactly what I used.

I started off with a base color of Elevation Polish Ubsubnur. It's a glorious navy blue with a subtle shimmer. Then I topped it off with curved lines and a few dots of OPI This Gown Needs a Crown. It's a shimmery silver.







If you want to see more GLAM, just search the hashtag #LLGlam in social media.

Glitter Gal Spring 2014 Collection - Nuddy Nude and Good On Ya swatches

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Glitter Gal, Australia is releasing some great Spring Colors in their Blooming Babes Collection. This collection will launch on May 1, 2014. I have two of the cream colors to share with you.

Glitter Gal creates polishes that are pleasing to the eye and soothing to the nail. They have an amazing formula and a proven track record.

Let's take a look at these gorgeous creams.

Good On Ya is a pastel minty green that leans toward a yellow. While it is a pastel, it is also a vivid shade of green. It's perfect for those summer days. I used three light coats of polish for these swatches. Two coats were good, but a little streaky. The third coat evened it out nicely.

Glitter Gal Good On Ya
Glitter Gal Good On Ya

Glitter Gal Good On Ya
Glitter Gal Good On Ya

Glitter Gal Good On Ya
Glitter Gal Good On Ya

Nuddy Nude is a natural nude shade. It reminds me of my coffee when I add lots of cream. It's warm and classy. Like Good On Ya, I used three coats of polish to ensure it was streak-free.

Glitter Gal Nuddy Nude

Glitter Gal Nuddy Nude
Glitter Gal Nuddy Nude

Glitter Gal Nuddy Nude
Glitter Gal Nuddy Nude
 
These shades are great for the warm Spring weather. I probably could have gotten away with two coats if I had applied a thicker coat. My favorite of the two is Good On Ya. I love the simple attitude the color gives off. There are a total of five polishes in this collection - two more creams, a holographic polish, and a top coat. 

Glitter Gal polishes are 5-free, vegan and cruelty-free.

You can purchase these May 1, 2014 on the Glitter Gal site for $9.95. You can also order from the official Glitter Gal e-tailers.

Follow Glitter Gal on Facebook to receive updates on new releases.  

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

Abstract doodle nail art

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Who doesn't remember doodling on a note pad when they were younger? Heck, I still doodle during conference calls and meetings. Random lines, shapes and colors are so much fun. And since there is no set pattern, you never know how it is going to turn out. 

That's exactly what I did for this nail art. I started out with a white base color. I used Milani's White on the Spot. Then with acrylic paint (You can use nail polish too.) I drew random designs on my nails. I outlined those with different colors and repeated this process until I thought it was where I wanted it to be. I just kind of let my paint brush go where it wanted - no set design.

I love the way it turned out. It's bright and fun.

I topped it off with a top coat to seal in the design. 

Doodle Nail Art
Doodle Nail Art
Doodle Nail Art
Doodle Nail Art
Would you try this type of nail art? The possibilities are endless!

The Milani polish was previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Glisten and Glow Nail and Cuticle Balm, and Cuticle Oil review

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Having a nice, well-groomed manicure doesn't come with simply applying a nice nail polish. Having nice, moisturized cuticles enhances the overall look. It also keeps your hands and nails healthier. I am always on the hunt for cuticle oil and balm. I like something with a light fresh scent and that doesn't seem overly greasy. 

I received Glisten and Glow's Nail and Cuticle Balm, and Cuticle Oil to review. I love the fresh scent and the light, yet intensive, moisturizing abilities.

Let's start with the Nail and Cuticle Balm. I received the Sangria White Peach scent. This light scent is fruity and scrumptious. It isn't overpowering, but is fresh and tropical. I am in love with the scent. I love using this on my cuticles and nails. It isn't greasy, yet coats and protects my cuticles and leaves them looking healthy. 

Glisten & Glow Nail and Cuticle Balm
Glisten & Glow Nail and Cuticle Balm
As a nail polish blogger, the constant use of acetone can leave my cuticles dry and rough. Finding a product I like the scent of and that works well has been an issue for me. This is positively the best balm I have used. I apply it after lunch, and between swatches. It allows me to have a moisturized cuticle area without having the shine oils can leave behind (and that I hate to see in my photos). It comes in a .50 oz size. It can be purchased  on the Glisten and Glow website for $9.50.

I love the fact that is has all natural ingredients. This balm contains: shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, beeswax, sweet almond oil, castor oil, argan oil, vitamin e oil, acai berry botanical extract, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, tea tree oil and fragrances.

Now let's move on to the Glisten & Glow Glis-tics Cuticle Oil. I received the scent Summer Sorbet.  It comes in 22 different scents, so there is sure to be something there for everyone. Personally, I adore the Summer Sorbet. It's a light tropical scent that definitely is reminiscent of sorbet. But I will definitely be trying some other scents. This comes in adorable blue bottle with a rollerball. This makes application a breeze! No more dousing in oil and hoping you don't leave oily prints around. This is my nightly cuticle oil now. This gives it a chance to pamper my cuticles. It also allows me to fall asleep with the light tropical scent. This .37 oz product can be purchased for $10.50. The hardest thing about this is narrowing down your purchase to one scent. So, I say just buy several! I know I will be purchasing some.

Glis-tics Cuticle Oil
Glis-tics Cuticle Oil
Make sure to follow Glisten & Glow on Facebook to keep up with new releases and specials. Visit GlistenandGlow.com to see what other amazing products are there. 

These products were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Beauty Box 5 - April 2014 - reveal

Monday, April 21, 2014


I always look forward to getting the Beauty Box 5 Subscription Box and I am so excited to share the April 2014 box with you today. I love everything in it!
Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that delivers a sample box of all things beauty. For a small monthly fee you'll receive 4 – 5 samples of a variety of makeup, skin care, fragrances and everything in between! Best of all, these samples are delivered right to your door with beauty tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your samples.

You can subscribe via different plans: a monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription. 

You can sign up for whichever plan you want and all plans receive a box on a monthly basis. A month to month subscription is $12. But if you subscribe for three months it's only $10 per month! If you signup for a quarterly or annual subscription, your cost per box will be less. With a quarterly subscription you'll save $6 ($30 instead of $36). With an annual subscription you'll save $45 ($99 instead of $144).
Let's take a look at this Shades of Beauty themed box.

The card in this box reads... 
"We know you're busy, but your beauty routine doesn't need to move at breakneck speed! This month we're focused on looks that call for a little leisurely layering, so enjoy your mornings and take more time for yourself - Rome wasn't built in a day and a breezy spring look is totally worth an extra minute or two." 
This box is full of wonderful products.

 
First up is a sassy eyeshadow palette from BH Cosmetics. This California Collection is perfect for those outdoor excursions or those mysterious nighty rendezvous. The soft gold of Malibu and the demure bronze shade of San Francisco are perfect for a smoldering neutral look. Add the deep purple of Hollywood for a deep, revved up, sultry look. It retails for $18.95.



You have to keep those lips looking inviting. Nicka K New York Hydro Lipstick is sure to keep your pucker impeccable. I received Concerto, which is a gorgeous, shimmery sandy coral/rose. Its stay power will get you through your morning coffee and your midday snacks. It retails for $4.99.



Keeping a fresh look also means we need to care for our skin. These Blum Naturals All Purpose Cleansing Wipes are infused with aloe vera and are in a wonderful container that is perfect for purse, backpack or glove box. They work amazingly well to remove eye makeup. The scent is a light citrus. They are hypo-allergenic, paraben-free, and aren't tested on animals. They retail for $2.49 for 30 wipes.


Many of us like to get the jump on spring and kick winter to the curb. Jergens Natural Glow - 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer will help with that. It will provide a subtle tan that's streak-free. It's easy to apply and has a fresh clean scent. 


For the perfect pout, you need to define those smoochable lips. Bonne Bell Lip Definer will provide a precise lip line and helps to keep lipstick from feathering. Simply outline your lips and fill in with lipstick or gloss to get a natural look on that sensational smile. This retails for $3.95.




The Shades of Beauty theme is great. I love all of these products and the value of the box far surpasses the $10 a month cost. I love getting samples and full-size products are always a bonus. Where I live shopping is limited so I never get to try some of these products. Beauty Box Five allows me the opportunity to try products I would never be able to sample before receiving this subscription box.

The April box was on target for me and I will use all of the products on a regular basis. If you want to purchase a full size product you can visit Beauty Box 5 Brand page to get information.

The products in this post were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to differences in computer monitors the colors you see may be slightly different from the actual color.

Frankly, frankening is fantastic fun

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Frankening... have you tried it? It's a matter of mixing polishes to see what you can create. I came up with one that I positively love and one that I am just okay with.

I took some empty polish bottles (I don't buy bottles, I just use ones I already have.) and started pouring different colors into it. With my first one, I used blue and red polish, and then added some holographic sparkle. I liked it but I wanted it a little darker. So I added a couple more drops of a darker blue, and then a little more red. I could never recreate it, as I didn't keep up with what I was adding. It has a gorgeous scattered holographic shimmer.

Let's take a look at the sparkly purple one. It even has a blue shimmer to it!


Holographic Purple Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Purple Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Purple Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Purple Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Purple Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Purple Frankened Nail Polish
Now let's take a look at another one. I mixed blue, green, yellow nail polish and then I added both silver and gold holographic particles. I like it. But I don't love it. It just seems sort of blah. But then again, I am not a huge green polish fan. Some of them I love though.


Holographic Green Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Green Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Green Frankened Nail Polish
Holographic Green Frankened Nail Polish
Have you ever Frankened polish? Are you going to try? You really should! It's fun and it's a great way to use some of those polishes that you are just sort of "meh" over.

If you franken, I would love to see your creations! Share on my Facebook wall!

Zoya Summer 2014 Tickled and Bubblly Collection - Press Release

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Zoya is releasing a new Summer 2014 Collection - Tickled and Bubbly. I can't wait to try these luscious colors! It's available May 15.






Floral pond nail art with China Glaze

I love finding nail art techniques that I can use over and over again. For instance, I recently tried "pond" nail art and I love it. Pond nail art is when you use jelly nail polishes and layer a design between the coats of polishes.

This technique provides a multi-dimensional look that is completely stunning. China Glaze Isle See You Later is a gorgeous blue jelly polish that works perfectly for this floral pond nail art look. I am not going to do a tutorial as Jacki from Adventures in Acetone has an amazing tutorial on this technique. 

I used acrylic paint for the flowers. I layered the polish and the flowers four times. I love the way it gives my mani a three-dimensional appearance. Let's take a look!

Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Floral pond nail art with China Glaze
Make sure to try this technique if you want a different, three-dimensional mani.

This polish was previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Venique 'Nothing But String,' 'Shocking Peep Toes' swatches, review

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Press Sample

I have two really fun polishes to share with you today. I have tried Venique polishes before and have yet to be disappointed. The colors are rich and vibrant.
"Women use their hands to do...everything! So when a woman is asked what she desires in a nail polish, her answer inevitably includes beautiful, intense, long-lasting color; exceptional wear; brilliant shine; and shades and finishes guaranteed to boost confidence and attract attention.

Venique gives her all of that and more." - Venique website.


Let's take a look at the polishes I have for you.

First up is Shocking Peep Toes. It is a gorgeous deep blurple. It's got qualities of both blue and purple. The finish is gorgeous, smooth and glossy. I could get lost in this color. This is two coats with a top coat. I am going to show you photos in different lighting. It definitely shows up blue in some lighting and purple in others - although it is predominately purple. My camera really wants it to be more blue than it is.


Venique Shocking Peep Toes
Venique Shocking Peep Toes
This is the most color accurate swatch. Look at that gorgeous purple!


Venique Shocking Peep Toes
Venique Shocking Peep Toes

Nothing But String is a gorgeous, shimmery top coat. It is loaded with iridescent strips that display a rainbow of colors. It applied super easy and there was no fighting with the strips. They rest flat against the nail. This is one light coat of Nothing But String over Shocking Peep Toes.


Venique Nothing But String
Venique Nothing But String
Venique Nothing But String
Venique Nothing But String
Venique Nothing But String
Venique Nothing But String
Venique is a brand that every polish aficionado should have in their stash. Make sure to follow them on Facebook for new releases. Check out their website for more amazing colors.

Venique can be purchased at CosmoProf or check your salon for availability. 

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


Peacock feather nail art tutorial

Monday, April 14, 2014

I have a fun, shimmery and elegant tutorial for you today - Peacock feathers! I knew I wanted to sport Peacock feathers on my nails so I went searching for ideas. I found several and kind of combined them. The one that really inspired me was from the Nails Magazine Pinterest page.

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art
Let me show you how I did it. I don't think all the steps are needed. But I will show you all of them.

Here are the polishes I used.


Start off with a base color of Orly Sweet Peacock or another metallic blue.


Then make the center part of the feather. I used Milani Signature Gold.



I used Zoya Meg to outline the gold in a light metallic green.



Then I outlined that with Milani Black Swift.



Then I painted "wisps" of the feathers with Milani Black Swift. This is just the start of the feathery part.


Then I added more wisps using Milani White and Orly Mysterious Curse.


Then I added a light blue oval in the center of the gold using Orly Snowcone.



Then I added a dot of dark blue in the bottom of the light blue oval using Orly Royal Navy. I topped it off with a top coat of HK Girl. It didn't smear the design at all!



Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art


Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art

Peacock feather nail art
Peacock feather nail art

I really like the way they turned out. If I had to change anything I would make the wisps longer I think.


A couple of these products were previously sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

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