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China Glaze Twinkle Collection Holiday 2014

China Glaze Twinkle Collection Holiday 2014

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It’s raining here on an off and I love it. We definitely need the rain because of the severe drought here in California, but sadly the showers don’t last very long. This seems to be ideal cozy weather, but I just want to get outside and jump in puddles. Remember how much fun that was when you were a kid? This morning I was rushing because I woke up late, and I had a doctor’s appointment at 9 am. My appointment went well, but as I had mentioned, I still have a long way to go but I am hopeful since I am moving in the right direction. So for today’s post, I have the China Glaze Twinkle Collection for Holiday 2014. Let me show you the 12 shades that make up the collection, and I’ll let you know what I think at the end.

China Glaze Tip Your Hat 1China Glaze Tip Your Hat 2China Glaze Tip Your Hat

China Glaze Out Like A Light 1China Glaze Out Like A Light 2China Glaze Out Like A Light

China Glaze No Peeking! 1China Glaze No Peeking! 2China Glaze No Peeking!

China Glaze Define Good... 1China Glaze Define Good... 2China Glaze Define Good…

China Glaze December to Remember 1China Glaze December to Remember 2China Glaze December to Remember

China Glaze I'd Melt For You 1China Glaze I'd Melt For You 2China Glaze I’d Melt For You

China Glaze De-light 1China Glaze De-light 2China Glaze De-light

China Glaze Dancing And Prancing 1China Glaze Dancing And Prancing 2China Glaze Dancing And Prancing

China Glaze Chillin' With My Snow-mies 1China Glaze Chillin' With My Snow-mies 2China Glaze Chillin’ With My Snow-mies

China Glaze Meet Me Under The Stars 1China Glaze Meet Me Under The Stars 2China Glaze Meet Me Under The Stars

China Glaze Feeling Twinkly 1China Glaze Feeling Twinkly 2China Glaze Feeling Twinkly

China Glaze Pine-ing for Glitter 1China Glaze Pine-ing for Glitter 2China Glaze Pine-ing for Glitter

This collection is the epitome of holiday in my eyes. All of these colors are perfect for the holiday season, but they aren’t terribly unique. I really like the glitters in this collection because they are just so sparkly. Shades like December to Remember are very interesting especially because it changes so much depending on the lighting and angle. These are all very pretty, but you probably already have something similar in your stash. I don’t really have anything negative to say about this collection overall, but it also didn’t wow me. What about you? What do you think about this collection? I’d love to hear what you think, so let me know in the comment below. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

OPI Designer Series Polished Quartz Fall 2014

OPI Designer Series Polished Quartz Fall 2014

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I was expecting it to be much hotter than it is today, so I’m kind of happy about that. Since I don’t have AC, whenever it gets crazy hot it gets hard to swatch. You may have seen the crazy pile of polishes that I had to swatch, but I’m glad to share that I have swatched about 35 of them so far. All of them have been so ridiculously gorgeous that I barely even noticed the crazy amount of polishes I went through. I think I may be the only one who is super happy about summer being almost over. I am pretty happy that this summer hasn’t been completely unbearable, but I know that suddenly the weather will take a huge dump on my head and get insanely hot. For today’s post, I have two insanely sparkly polishes that don’t exactly scream fall, but they are ridiculously flashy and bright. I always look forward to the DS releases, so let’s take a look at the OPI Designer Series Polished Quartz duo for fall 2014.

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Was I lying about how gorgeous these two are? Since the polishes are in a jelly-type base, they are pretty sheer so I applied 3 coats for my swatches. I played around with them a bit since swatching them and they look amazing layered over other colors so the possibilities are endless. I have an extra set of these babies so make sure to check back for my next awesome giveaway. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend and if you’re in the US, I hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Thanks for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.

P.S. I have added a lot of items to my blog sale so make sure you check it out.

Stamping Saturdays #34

Stamping Saturdays #34

Hey, how is your Saturday going? I’m enjoying my day so far even though I woke up early and did some cleaning around the house. I ended up going out to dinner with my bro, sil and baby peanut. He is such a cutie pie and is growing so fast! He was a very good boy as usual and played with his crayon the entire time.

babyvIsn’t he just a delicious little cutie pie? So besides cute babies, I do have a mani to show you today for Stamping Saturdays. Are you ready?

Kiara Sky Ms Behaved 1Kiara Sky Ms Behaved 2I started off with two deliciously creamy coats of Kiara Sky Ms Behaved which is a smoky greyed out purple. The formula was fantastic which has been my experience with Kiara Sky as a whole.

Max Factor Fantasy Fire 1Max Factor Fantasy Fire 2In order to make this polish really shine, I applied one coat of Max Factor Fantasy Fire. Gorgeous, right?

Konad M79 1Konad M79 2I then stamped this image from Konad M79 which reminds me of wrapping paper, but I just really like how it looks. I went pretty simple this week, and I really ended up liking this. What do you think?

So, I have tons of swatching to do this weekend and I hope I get through it all before my nails fall off or something. I’ve already swatched the China Glaze Fall Collection so now I am trying to decide between The Giver Collection or the Holiday Collection. It’s so hard to decide because they are all so pretty!! Anyway, thanks for stopping by today–I’ll be picking a winner soon so expect that announcement in the next hour or so. So excited! Talk to you soon.

 

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Sation Shock Me Twice Pink

Sation Shock Me Twice Pink

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Hi. I’m still here even though I’m ready to murder someone because of the heat. In fact, it feels like even my hair is sweating. However, I should not be complaining because there are a bunch of demonic wildfires here in Southern California so I just want to say I hope that the people affected are able to recover. I also want to thank all the brave firefighters who are working to contain the fires. This is something that we see every summer but it never gets less tragic and scary.

I wasn’t planning on painting my nails today, but I just randomly picked up Sation Shock Me Twice Pink because it’s one of the most electric pinks that I own. My camera pretty much took a million dumps when I tried to get a color accurate picture. Just imagine the polish being darker and more neon…then multiply it by 5 million. I love this polish!

Sation Shock Me Twice Pink 1Sation Shock Me Twice Pink 2Because it’s a neon and a jelly, it took 4 coats to get full opacity. Unfortunately, 100 degree weather doesn’t cooperate with any nail polish so I got tons of bubbles even though I waited 10 minutes between coats. Poo! Incidentally, I haven’t heard a peep from Sation since they put out their fall collection so I hope they’re still in business because I love their polishes!

I am super glad that tomorrow is Friday! I just started a new job so of course my first weekend is going to be lovely. I know that in the past I talked a lot about my other job, but I won’t continue that trend. Ultimately, I think I was way too stressed out and rehashing my job woes only made the situation worse. I hope you’re all doing well and that you’re staying cool if you’re in one of the hot zones. Thanks for the visit and stay cool!

KBShimmer Summer 2014 Collection

KBShimmer Summer 2014 Collection

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Guess what? The heat is on again!

Not in a good way either because it’s supposed to be back in the upper 90’s here this week. I live in a city that is about 10 minutes away from the beach so I’m not happy about this. I’m just going to focus on the fact that Summer brings juicy collections and today I have one of them for you: the KBShimmer Summer 2014 Collection!! Holy frijoles, I can’t tell you how excited I am about this WHOLE COLLECTION which is a rare. This collection contains 12 polishes: 3 cremes, 3 textures and 6 holos.

The Creams:
Let’s Not Coral– A pink leaning coral cream.
Low and Be Bold – A bright near ultramarine blue polish.
Right As Reign – A deep indigo purple polish.

The Textures:
Partners In Lime – A textured polish with lime, aqua, and gold holographic glitters.
She Twerks Out – A bold aqua polish, featuring teal, lime, and violet holographic glitters.
Too Pop To Handle – A purple toned fuchsia color, with violet, magenta and aqua holographic glitters.

The Holos:
Pt Young Thing – A platinum silver linear holographic polish.
In Bare Form – A near nude holographic polish.
Big Tan On Campus – A light tan-ish brown holographic polish.
Run! It’s The Coppers! – A metallic copper linear holographic polish.
Goldie Rocks – A shimmery gold holographic polish.
Stark Raven Mad – A deep charcoal linear holographic polish.

Here is a picture of all of them together:

KBShimmer2Gorgeous, right? Well, now I have 6 of these shades to share with you. I apologize in advance for making you want to spend money, ok?

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These two creme shades were perfection. I am so happy that KBShimmer is continuing to put out luscious cremes because they really are amazing. These don’t even need a top coat because they are crazy shiny on their own. I applied two coats of each polish and the formula was smooth, self-leveling and just juicy. LOVE!

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Polishgasm achieved. You don’t understand how much I love these two textures. The jelly base on these two polishes is electric and the coverage is amazing. You can get away with one coat if you want a sheer-like glitter application or you can use two coats if you want a full coverage look like my swatches show above. Partners In Lime is probably my favorite polish this year and that’s saying a lot considering the amount of polishes that pass through my hands. And because someone always asks about textured polish and top coating it, I decided to top coat Partners In Lime.

KBShimmer Partners In Lime Glossy 1KBShimmer Partners In Lime Glossy 2Gorgeous! If you want to top coat these texture polishes, just be aware that they suck up top coat. I applied 1 coat of Seche, 1 coat of Gelous and finally 1 coat of Seche to get this glassy look. To be honest, I prefer to wear textures without top coat. I didn’t find these too crazy gritty but you can definitely feel the texture.

Now, for the 2 holo polishes, I have two sets of pictures because my usual lighting just doesn’t show off linear holo polishes very well. I was also struggling with an overcast day today so I had to improvise.

KBShimmer Run! It's The Coppers! 1KBShimmer Run! It's The Coppers! 2KBShimmer Run! It’s The Coppers!

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The formula on these two holos was great. Stark Raven Mad could almost be a 1 coater! Run! It’s The Coopers needs a little more work because I had to apply 3 thin coats, but I don’t mind since it’s so beautiful. I am not tired of holos yet (can one get tired of holos, really??) so I was super excited to try these out.

You may think I’m a little over the top in my love for these polishes and the brand in general, but you know that when I find something that I love, I want to share it with all of you. In the same vein, I will always tell you when I think something sucks–oh, yes I will! So, now that you’ve seen part of this collection, will you be picking any of these up? The official release date of this collection is 5/23 so you have time to see swatches and reviews before you make up your mind. Don’t forget to follow KBShimmer on their various social media pages to stay up to date.

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Hey, I hope that you had a great weekend and that you’re tolerating Monday…cause we all know how I feel about Mondays. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.

P.S. Go enter my giveaway! 😉

Zoya Magical Pixie Collection

Zoya Magical Pixie Collection

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One of the sucky parts about having to be at work at 5 am is that I never want to stay up past 8 or 9 pm which means that I miss all of my favorite shows. A few minutes ago, I finished watching last night’s episodes of The Following and The Blacklist. HOLY CRAPOLA!!! Tom’s true identity coming out shocked the hell out of me and then Claire is alive?! I nearly shit myself and now I have to wait a whole week to see what other information we get. Ughhh!!!! I’m so impatient. I’m currently watching Resurrection which is a new show that I’m liking–as if I needed more shows to add to my list. Anyway…today I have the Zoya Magical Pixie Collection to share with you so I hope you won’t groan because I’m sure you’ve seen a billion swatches of these already. I wasn’t planning on purchasing these because they looked like CHUNK city.

chunkNo, not that Chunk. Still, they appeared to be so chunky and thick that I figured I would hate them. Ultimately, I decided to give them a try and figured that they would be perfect for today’s Textured Tuesday which is organized by the lovely Amy from The Fancy Side. Let me share my swatches with you and then I’ll let you know what I really thought…

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Soooo…I didn’t hate these. In fact, I think they are quite lovely. If you’re looking for the pretty and fine Pixie Dust finish, move along because they are really chunky and do feel considerably rougher than the Pixie Dusts. While the glitter is chunkier, I found the formula rather easy to control and the glitter does lay flat. Overall, I like these, but I must prefer the finer Pixie Dust formula. I used OPI’s Glitter Off Base Coat (review coming soon) so removal was a breeze, but I can imagine that these are a nightmare to remove on their own. You may also notice the new nail shape here! I’m still getting used to it and I think I filed them down a little too short, but I think that once I get a little more length going, I will really like the new shape.

I did put these up on my blog sale along with a crapton of other stuff so make sure that you stop by to check everything out…especially because I reduced the prices on so many things. Click here for my blog sale page. While you’re here, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a mini set of the OPI Sheer Tints! The giveaway is open for a few more days so go enter now! Thanks a bunch for continuing to visit despite the sporadic posting. I hope you’re all doing well, and I will talk to you soon!

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OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection 2013 – Minis Giveaway

OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection 2013 – Minis Giveaway

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Hi there! On this sucky Monday, I thought I’d share something fun…a new giveaway! Before I get into the prizes, I decided to share swatches of all 18 polishes from the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday Collection in one place since I had broken them up into two separate posts.

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OPI In My Santa Suit 1OPI In My Santa Suit

OPI Cute Little Vixen 1OPI Cute Little Vixen

OPI Sleigh Ride For Two 1OPI Sleigh Ride For Two

OPI Visions Of Love 1OPI Visions Of Love

OPI Warm Me Up 1OPI Warm Me Up

OPI Underneath The Mistletoe 1OPI Underneath The Mistletoe

OPI I Snow You Love Me over Underneath The Mistletoe 1OPI I Snow You Love Me over Underneath The Mistletoe

OPI All The Sparkly And Gold 1OPI All The Sparkly And Gold

OPI My Favorite Ornament 1OPI My Favorite Ornament

OPI Wonderous Star 1OPI Wonderous Star

OPI Ski Slope Sweetie 1OPI Ski Slope Sweetie

OPI Kiss Me At Midnight 1OPI Kiss Me At Midnight

OPI Emotions 1OPI Emotions

OPI Baby Please Come Home 1OPI Baby Please Come Home

OPI Silent Stars Go By 1OPI Silent Stars Go By

OPI Make Him Mine 1OPI Make Him Mine

OPI It's Frosty Outside 1OPI It’s Frosty Outside

Fun times! Now, for the prizes:

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To enter, just use the rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open internationally! Two winners will be chosen at random.

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Thanks for your support and good luck!

 

Essie Bridal Collection For 2013

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Wedding? Barf. I’ve got to admit that I am a sort of wedding hater. I mean, if a friend or loved one is getting married, of course I’m happy for them and I will happily go to their wedding celebration, but personally, I just think they are a big waste of time and money. Now, don’t get your bridal panties in a bunch if you disagree with me; this is just my personal opinion and I am not telling you that YOUR wedding is a waste of time/money. Just wanted to clear that up. If it were me, I would rather go on a crazy and amazing vacation or put that money towards buying a home or something more practical, but that’s just the part of me that hates planning parties and such. Anyway, this past weekend I went to a wedding and the bride looked gorgeous and I’m sure it was worth all the stress and money that they spent to get that day to be as perfect as possible. Since I was thinking about weddings, I decided to pick up the new Essie Bridal Collection for 2013 even though the colors aren’t exactly the kind that make my heart skip a beat. Before I show you some swatches, I couldn’t get this song out of my head while I swatched them:

 

I don’t know about you, but I think Muriel’s Wedding is one of the funniest and saddest movies I’ve ever seen. I’ve been a Toni Colette fan ever since this movie came out. I also couldn’t believe that Rachel Griffiths played Rhonda in this movie! Not only is the acting superb, but the ABBA music is killer. Yes, I am an ABBA-maniac.

 

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No Baggage Please is the color that screams “bridal” to me the most. It’s such a light and delicate color with a beautiful faint shimmer that unfortunately was captured in my pictures. Being that it is such a light color, I did have to apply 4 coats for full coverage so be forewarned. The formula is definitely a little streaky, but it does build up nicely. I do like delicate colors such as this, but they definitely have a time and a place. This is not a color that I would ever swoon.

 

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Next up is Meet Me At The Altar which is No Baggage Please’s flirtier cousin. This polish also has a faint shimmer that isn’t showing up in my pictures. The formula was also a bit streaky, but I got away with 3 coats on this one. For lilac lovers, I think this is a very conservative choice.

 

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My Better Half screams bridesmaid to me. I’ve been seeing so many of these bright pink polishes lately, but I don’t really get tired of them. It has a glowing quality to it, and I’m glad to report that the formula as nice and pigmented so I only needed two coats.

 

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Last but not least, here is Using My Maiden Name. I think that this one is my favorite of the bunch and not just because I am a purple fanatic. I just love the beautiful shimmer in this polish and the formula was really great.

What do you think about the Essie Bridal Collection For 2013? I like these colors and they certainly are wedding appropriate, but they aren’t all colors that I would say I’m excited about. Since I’m not anticipating getting much use out of these colors, I will be putting them up in my blog sale so check that out if you’re interested. Do you have a favorite from this collection? Thanks so much for visiting today and catching up with me. Talk to you soon!

 

Blogger Spotlight: Tina From Light Of The Moon Nails

Hello friends! Today I have another lovely lady participating in my Blogger Spotlight series: Tina from Light Of The Moon Nails. I hope you enjoy reading about the fun mani she planned for us.

 

The moment I saw Nails Inc. Noho, their leather finish, I knew it would be mine….MINE.  I am bonkers for textured polish…matte…liquid sand…concrete.  You name it, I love it.  So when Cynthia asked me to guest post, I knew that I would do something with this edgy, cool and awesome polish.  But what to do with it?  Why not include one of the (many) polishes that I purchased from Cynthia’s blog sale?   And pay homage to Cynthia’s mani that she did with the same polish. So here goes.

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I started with Orly Surreal Satin.  I absolutely LOVE this polish.  Love the coral color….love the finish….love the way it seems to glow from within.  Good luck finding this polish.  It was originally released in 1997.  I think that makes it an antique in the polish world, don’t you?

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Next I sponged Ninja Polish The Midas Touch.  This clear polish is filled with actual gold leaf flakes, but unlike a lot of the other gold flake polish out there, is half the price.  You can purchase this polish HERE They also have a silver leaf polish too, if you’re more attracted to silver.

 

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Next I did a half moon with Nails Inc. Noho.  I used hole reinforcers for the half moons, but I think next time I will try to freehand them.  I have such a hard time eyeing where the moons should start, especially on my pinky.

 

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I decided it needed a bit more, so I added some gold heart crystals to a couple of tips.  Look at that awesome finish on Noho.  It has just enough texture, not to much, not too little, and really does remind me of a black leather couch (tee hee).

 

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Finally, because of the crystals, I decided to find out what would happen if I added a top coat.  I used one THIN coat of  OPI Top Coat.  The texture was still there!  Don’t use Seche Vite though.  No texture if you use one of the thicker top coats.  I do, however, like this polish better without a top coat.  One more pic and then Im done.  Thanks again Cynthia!

 

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I’ve been keeping an eye on Nails Inc. Noho so maybe now I will take the plunge and get it! Make sure that you head over there to Tina’s blog to show her some nail lovers support. Click here for her blog.  She is a challenge champ!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you are interested in being featured in a blogger spotlight, don’t hesitate to contact me. Talk to you later!