Denver Broncos nail art

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hy husband and I are going to Denver for the weekend. We will be going to the Denver Broncos game tomorrow. We are going to have an amazing time and to celebrate that I tried to create some Denver Broncos art on my nails.

Denver Broncos Nail Art
Denver Broncos Nail Art


I used China Glaze "Frostbite" and "Orange You Hot?" to create this nail art.

For the most part it was an easy manicure - until I tried to paint the Bronco's emblem on my nail. That wasn't easy! I think I pulled it off though. As long as no one gets extremely close it should work.

Now I need to finish packing for a fun weekend!


365 Days of Color Hand Cream review - Orange Sorbet

Friday, December 28, 2012

Orange Sorbet brings many memories to mind. Sitting on the porch on a warm summer's day with iced tea and a Orange Cream Popsicle. When I opened this scrumptious smelling jar of 365 Days of Color Hand Cream review those memories came flooding to the surface.

This hand cream smells amazing. The fragrance is not overpowering yet is identical to the Orange Sorbet I remember. I handed the jar to my husband to smell and it was all I could do to keep him from licking it.

365 Days of Color Hand Cream - Orange Sorbet
365 Days of Color Hand Cream - Orange Sorbet

When I tried hand cream I realized how it applied like silk. It's whipped and light. . You may find it a slight bit greasy if you use too much. It only takes a small dab of it to moisturize your hands - and it quickly soaks in to your skin and leaves your hands silky smooth. I am going to keep using this as it is great for my abused hands. Wyoming's cold and dry weather is hard on my skin. Finding something that works and smells so amazing is hard. So this is going to be a staple of my hand care regimen.

365 Days of Color Hand Cream - Orange Sorbet
365 Days of Color Hand Cream - Orange Sorbet
The ingredients are: Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Tapioca Powder, Grapefruit Seed Oil, and Fragrance Oil.

365 Days of Color makes hand creams, cuticle oil and nail polish. The hand creams are $5 for a 2 oz jar or $8 for a 4 oz jar. The hand cream comes in a ton of different scents such as: pumpkin vanilla, orange grove, cream cheese frosting, jasmine and more. I'm definitely going to be picking up a few more scents! You can find the complete line of hand creams and other products on her website at www.365daysofcolorpolishes.com. You should also follow her on her Facebook page to keep up with new scents and polishes.

This product was sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

Barielle Vintage Wines swatches

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Barielle Wine collection has some amazing shades of purple, burgundy and wine polishes.

I have several Barielle polishes and I love the formula of the polish. This collection is steeped with deep color and shine. A fast dry time is an added plus.

Barielle polishes are  “3-free” philosophy on formulation: absolutely none of Barielle’s products contain Formaldehyde, Toluene or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

Let's move on to the swatches. 

Mystery Woman - is a deep amethyst shade with shimmer and shine. I am in love with this color. Two coats provided complete coverage.

Barielle Mystery Woman
Barielle Mystery Woman
Black Rose - is a deep, almost black, burgundy shade. It is a very vampy cream polish.

Barielle Black Rose
Barielle Black Rose
Friday Nite Party - is a remarkable plum shade. It is a gorgeous cream polish. Two coats were adequate but I would recommend three coats for complete coverage.

Barielle Friday Nite Party
Barielle Friday Nite Party
Hidden Hideaway - is a luscious deep purple with tons of shimmer and shine. Two coats provided wonderful coverage. I think this is probably my favorite of the collection.

Barielle Hidden Hideaway
Barielle Hidden Hideaway
Remember Me - is a deep eggplant shade. It is a wonderful cream shade. Two coat of this polish provided complete coverage.

Barielle Remember Me
Barielle Remember Me
Barielle is one of my favorite brands. These polishes can be purchased at barielle.com for $8 per bottle.

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


Sally Hansen Salon Gel polish review

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I have often wondered how the gel polish works. But since I change my polish practically every day I never got the chance to try it. I received a starter kit of the Sally Hansen Salon Gel polish to share with you.

I have to admit I was a bit nervous about trying this. But with instructions in hand I set out to find out how this polish applied. The polish was a pleasant surprise. It wasn't difficult to apply and I love the shade I tried. "Wine Not" is a gorgeous berry/wine shade. It has a gorgeous shimmer it and is a classy color. One lesson learned though is to definitely wrap the tips of your nails with the polish. I didn't do that and the edge of my nails are very obvious. But wrapping the tips will help with that.


Sally Hansen Salon Gel polish - Wine Not
Sally Hansen Salon Gel polish - Wine Not


From the SallyHansen.com website.

"Professional salon results at home have never been so easy. Saving you time and money. Up to 10 salon gel manicures at home & up to 2 week wear.
· Salon tested
· Safe
· No dry time & nails feel protected
· Easy removal

The LED lamp will cure (set) your manicure to a solid, high-gloss finish with zero dry time."



The starter kit contains the following:


· 1 LED Lamp
· 1 Gel Base Coat
· 1 Gel Nail Color
· 1 Gel Top Coat
· 10 Nail Cleanser Pads
· Acetone Remover
· Cuticle Stick
· File & Buffer
· Instruction sheet

The kit costs $70. But after the initial purchase of the kit you will only have to purchase additional colors of polish, the base or the top coat.

I started off by cleaning my nails with the nail cleanser wipes. That provides a good clean working surface on your nails.


Then I applied a thin coat of the base coat. I put my nails in the LED lamp for 30 seconds to cure the base coat. Timing is simple - put your fingertips in the slot on the light and turn it on. It automatically shuts off after 30 seconds. After you have cured the four fingers then cure your thumb in the light.


Then I applied a thin coat of the color Wine Not. Make sure to apply thin coats or the cure won't set correctly and bubbles can appear. Make sure to use the cuticle stick to remove any polish that gets on your skin before you cure though.

I then applied a second thin coat and repeated the process.

Apply a thin layer of the top coat and cure in the light again.

I am definitely pleased with the results. Removal was a breeze compared to what I had heard about gel polishes. Simply use the foil method and leave the foil on for about 15 minutes.

Now you may be asking how I am going to test the wear length of this polish as I change my polish frequently. It's simple! A dear friend is going to try it and leave the polish on to test the wear. I will have another blog post when she reports her results back to me.

This kit was provided to me for and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Merry Christmas - Poinsettia and gold mani

Monday, December 24, 2012

I just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I hope everyone who celebrates the holiday is surrounded by family and friends.

This is going to be a short post as I will be spending today and tomorrow with my family.

I decided to do a quick Poinsettia nail art mani. I used Zoya Ziv, Rehka and Meg. I simply swiped on a few connecting lines with Rekha for the flower, dotted Ziv in the center and a couple of leaves with Meg. Then I added a few dots of Rekha. Honestly I think my Poinsettia looks more like a star.

Poinsettia nail art
Poinsettia nail art

Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Maya Cosmetics was my hero and made custom polish for me and a few friends. I thought I was going to have to wait to swatch this until after Christmas. But the recipients have about as much patience as I do and opened their presents before the holiday.

When I contacted the wonderful Kat from Maya Cosmetics I wasn't sure what I wanted. About the only help I gave her was telling her to make it purple. She concocted a splendid purple polish with a subtle holo. I positively love the shade of this polish. It is a almost a true lilac color.

Application was easy and the formula is great. Two coats provided phenomenal coverage. Dry time was pretty quick.

Let's move on to the swatches.

Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics
Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics

Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics
Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics

Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics
Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics

Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics
Custom polish from Maya Cosmetics
Anyone interested in a custom order can contact Kat at info@maya-cosmetics.com to discuss options.

In the meantime make sure you visit her shop at http://www.maya-cosmetics.com/

Also follow her on Facebook to get information and stay current on her new lines and amazing creations,

Sephora X swatches and spam

Friday, December 21, 2012

While shopping for some friends I picked up some presents for me too. I snagged two of the Sephora X polishes - Privileged and Deranged.

These polishes have a great formula. Wonderful shades and lots of shimmer and shine. I only needed two coats for these. The dry time was pretty quick also.

It's swatch time. . .

Deranged - is a deep purple with shimmers of blue. It's very vampy and the shimmer is amazing. It was extremely hard to capture with the camera though. It's much more purple than it looks in the first photo.

Sephora X - Deranged
Sephora X - Deranged

Sephora X - Deranged
Sephora X - Deranged

 Privileged - is a deep and shimmery red shade. It reminds me of the color of a garnet.

Sephora X - Privileged
Sephora X - Privileged

Sephora X polishes are available at Sephora.com for $9.50 each.


Let it snow! Snowflake nail art

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I watched millions of fluffy white snowflakes swirl their way down to the ground last night. They formed about a nine inch soft thick blanket across the ground.

From my view inside a nice warm house they looked gorgeous so I decided to recreate a snowflake inspired manicure. I saw this lovely nail art that Pinked Polish sported on her nails and I decided I had to do the same concept.

Snowflake Nail Art
Snowflake Nail Art


I used a coat of Zoya Purity for the base color and then topped it off with Essie Tennis Corset. That created the soft, glistening canvas I wanted to capture.

Then I used Color Club Halo Hues "Blue Angel" and a nail art brush to create different size snowflakes on my nails. I was amazed how well the blue holographic polish showed against the white background.

I have to say I love the final look of this nail art. What I didn't love was that white fluffy stuff creating a three-foot drift in my driveway. I also don't love how the cold dry weather is making my hands dry and chapped. But I have an amazing hand cream to share with you soon. I can't wait to try it.

Zoya to launch Spring 'Lovely' collection

Zoya does it again with a "Lovely" collection for Spring. I can't wait to see these lovelies in person! I bet they will be Lovely, just LOVELY!
 
Beauty is a lovely state of mind



Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other....

Zoya Lovely – spRING 2013



Piaf  - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
GeiGei  - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi).
Julie - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi).
Blu  - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
Neely - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som).
Jacqueline  - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som)
 
Shipping January 01, 2013
 
Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Zoya Lovely $8 (US)

Follow the Zoya Nail Polish and Treatments Blog and stay tuned on Twitter (@Zoyanailpolish) and Facebook for release date updates.

Jessica nail polish spam and swatches

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I recently purchased some Jessica nail polish and... wait... I really didn't buy anything for me this time of year. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone.

I have four wonderful shades to share with you tonight.

These polishes have a great formula. A couple of them could actually be one-coat polishes! The colors are wonderful and the shine is amazing. I do wish the dry time were a little faster. But it wasn't painfully slow - it took a little longer than others to dry.

Let's move on to the swatches.

Cinnamon Kiss - is a wonderful, deep, shimmery garnet shade.  This is one of my favorites. This is two coats but I think I could have easily gotten away with one coat.

Jessica - Cinnamon Kiss nail polish
Jessica - Cinnamon Kiss nail polish

Dangerously Dark - is a rich vampy wine shade. If you like deep purple shades this one is definitely for you.

Jessica - Dangerously Dark nail polish
Jessica - Dangerously Dark nail polish

Gingersnap - is hands down my favorite of these.  It is a deep bronze shade that has hints of a lovely rosy pink and brown shades.

Jessica - Gingersnap nail polish
Jessica - Gingersnap nail polish

Jessica - Gingersnap nail polish
Jessica - Gingersnap nail polish

Iridescent Eye - is a rich gold shade that shifts to an azure blue. It has lots of shimmer to it.

Jessica - Iridescent Eye nail polish
Jessica - Iridescent Eye nail polish
I purchased these Jessica nail polishes at NinjaPolish.com for $6 each. Jessica is definitely a polish to add to your collection.



Santa Claus scene nail art

Friday, December 14, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town! He knows when you've been sleeping... He knows when you're awake...

And I was awake last night and unable to sleep. So I decided to try some nail art.

I am pretty pleased that I was able to create this Santa scene. I really didn't think I would be able to do it. But with plenty of time and determination I actually think I pulled it off.

I didn't make a tutorial for this nail art. But I am am sure you can recreate this with a nail art brush and plenty of patience.

Santa Claus - Christmas snail art
Santa Claus - Christmas snail art
The base color is Zoya Skylar. I used a variety of other brands and colors for the art.

I actually think the Santa art came out pretty well. And the rest was easy in comparison - diagonal lines for the trees; squares for the presents; and a curved line for the candy cane.


Holiday Gift Giving Guide

Wednesday, December 12, 2012



There are only a few shopping days left. If you still have gifts to purchase you may be at a loss for ideas. Here are a few great ideas for you to consider. There are also some options for gift certificates. If you can't ship it - email it! The first part of this post has some ideas that are readily available. Check out the second half of this post to find unique gifts!

Sally Hansen has the at-home alternative to a salon mainstay: the gel manicure.
With Sally Hansen, you can effortlessly get the salon manicure you covet without leaving home—or breaking the bank.


Salon InstaGel Strips™ - Starter Kit $29.99

Salon Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit
The Starter Kit features everything you need for a complete Salon InstaGel Strips™ manicure, including:• 16 V-cured real nail polish appliqués (8 size choices for the perfect fit)
• Quick-Cure gel top coat
• Mini LED Light
• Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad










Salon GelPolish™ - Starter Kit $69.99
<p>Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit</p>
The Starter Kit features everything you need for up to 10 manicures, from prep to application to removal:
• Cleanser Pads
• Base Coat
• Color (choice of three shades)
• Top Coat
• Remover
• LED Light
• Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad




Zoya Dream Boxes - $24

Three amazing polishes in an attractive box. Build your own or pick one of the pre made Dream Boxes. Quality polish for any of the ladies in your life. Find it at Zoya.com



Dream Box Make Your Own Banner

Don't have time for the shipping? Not exactly sure what they want? Send a gift certificate!
Want something a little more unique? Check out the sites below!

There are many options for you to look at when you want to let them pick their perfect gift.

Ninjapolish.com has many unique polishes. You can even find their own brand of Ninja Polish on their site. You are certain to find the unique gift or choose a handy gift certificate.






LlaroweAnother handy online shop to visit is Llarowe.com. Llarowe is home to over 26 international and independent brands. Choose from polishes from around the world. Not sure what to buy? Grab a gift certificate.




Beautypopshop.com strives to create effective, attractive makeup and nail polish storage and displays unlike anything else out there! Inspired by a serious lack of options for makeup lovers looking for stylish storage, they like to live by the mantra--if you can't find it, design it! There isn't time to get one made in time for the holiday. But you can give a gift certificate! Let her pick the best option for makeup and polish storage.






Click here to start your amazing beauty shopping delightful time!OverallBeauty.com offers Overall Beauty Minerals, Magic Lash, plus more than six nail polish brands, organic/natural skincare, bath & body products, hair care. Again, gift certificate options are available!


I hope you find the perfect gift for that special person. Even if that person is you!

I wish there were time to list all of my favorite places to shop. Unfortunately I think I would run out of time and room. Happy shopping!


Not even a mouse - Mouse nail art

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Not a creature was stirring - not even a mouse...

I have some cute little critters to share with you today. These little Christmas mice are popping up everywhere. I intentionally made them facing different directions so it would look like they were peeking.

I used Zoya nail polishes for these little guys. I like Zoya for nail art - and it helps that I have plenty of them so I usually have all the colors I need.

If I had to change one thing about these mice it would be to make their eyes a little lower on their face. But I am still pretty pleased with how they came out.


Christmas mice nail art
Christmas mice nail art

Christmas mice nail art
Christmas mice nail art
Step one - Apply your base color. I used Zoya Richelle. Then I used a nail art brush and applied the gray polish for the outline. (I used a mixture of Zoya Purity and Kelly.)


Step two - fill in the outline with the gray.


Step three, four and five - I used a dotting tool and Zoya Raven for the eyes. Then I dotted Zoya Shelby for the nose and the pink in the ear. I also used a nail art brush and applied the whiskers.


Step six - I used Zoya Eliza and a nail art brush to make the red in the hat.


Step 7 - I dotted on the pom pom with Zoya Purity and striped on the fur line of the hat.

A nice top coat seals the design and smooths it out. There you have it... Cute little critters!

Holiday gift nail art

I love nail art of all kinds. It's fun, festive and different. So I decided to do a tape mani and make a holiday gift.

I started with a base coat. Then I applied Nicole OPI OMB to all my nails except my ring finger nail. On my ring finger I applied Nicole OPI Make a Comet-ment. I positively love that shade. It is a silver holographic polish that applies opaque in two coats.

Then I used two strips of nail striping tape on my ring finger nail. I applied NOPI OMB over the tape and removed the tape quickly. Now there is a perfect cross "ribbon" on my nail. Then I used a dotting tool and a nail art brush to complete the bow. It's a pretty simple mani that looks like you spent a lot of time on it.



Holiday gift nail art
Holiday gift nail art



Holiday gift nail art
Holiday gift nail art

Barielle Carnival Fiesta swatches

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Barielle has released a new collection called Carnival Fiesta. There are five vibrant, shimmery colors in this collection.

Barielle polishes are  “3-free” philosophy on formulation: absolutely none of Barielle’s products contain Formaldehyde, Toluene or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

These polishes applied wonderfully. A quick dry time was an added plus. Even better is the high gloss shine. The formula is amazing. Rich colors with loads of shimmer and shine. I didn't use a top coat on these swatches. These polishes are beautiful.

Let's move on to the swatches.


Holiday Madness - is a wonderful metallic olive green with tones of gold and lots of shimmer. This is two coats.

Barielle Holiday Madness
Barielle Holiday Madness
Jillian's Jammin' - is a vibrant /blue green with shimmers of purple. It is on the sheer side. This is three coats. I am completely in love with this color. It reminds me of the colors of a peacock.


Barielle Jillian's Jammin'
Barielle Jillian's Jammin'
I had a hard time capturing the purple hues in this polish so I took a close up. You can catch the purple here.

Barielle Jillian's Jammin'
Barielle Jillian's Jammin'
Lindsay's Dancin' - is a bright and classy red with tons of shimmer. This is two coats.

Barielle Lindsay's Dancin'
Barielle Lindsay's Dancin'
Rio's Rockin' Bands - is a glorious shimmery purple. For anyone that loves purple this is a phenomenal color. This is two coats.

Barielle Rio's Rockin' Bands
Barielle Rio's Rockin' Bands
Wanna Samba - is a wonderful grey with light purple that shifts with the light. I had to take the photo in high light to show you the color shift. It is a wonderful polish with duochrome properties. This is two coats.

Barielle Wanna Samba
Barielle Wanna Samba
 Barielle polishes can be purchased at Barielle.com for $8.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review and the opinions given are my own.
 

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