Wednesday, May 27, 2015

China Glaze Desert Escape | Summer 2015



After being blown away by this summer's Electric Nights neon collection, I'm pleased to present China Glaze's second summer collection, Desert Escape. A specialty collection, these particular shades will not be as widely available as other standard China Glaze polishes (more details at the bottom of the post).  But prepare yourselves -- I didn't expect to love this as much as I did!
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What's She Dune?
Is this *the* nude nail polish for me or what?  Just amazing formula, color, everything.  Delightful!
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Don't Mesa With My Heart
I know I have a billion and one pinks, but Don't Mesa With My Heart actually stole my heart.  There's just a dash of purple undertone in this fabulous creme to keep this from being a dead on dupe to China Glaze Dance Baby.  Two coats -- and that shine!
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Don't Desert Me
I'm not crazy about semi metallic, half hearted duochromes and while the base tone of Don't Desert Me (ugh, that song is stuck in my head now) is a pretty fuchsia, this one just isn't for me.  Great formula though and another shiny two coater.
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Rain Dance the Night Away
Who else goes gaga for these bright aquas during the summer?  While I have a bunch of those polishes, there's something uniquely blue and bright about Rain Dance the Night Away that keeps me from getting bored of this.  Plus, the name!  How adorable!  Two coats and no staining!
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Meet Me in the Mirage
I'm not the hugest fan of metallics (see above rant), but there's something very delicate about this rose gold shimmer foil.  I have a feeling I'll pass this along to my best friend who adores shades like this since the color and formula is spot on.
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The Heat is On
Hello, gorgeous!  A tomato red jelly that after two coats leaves no cuticle pooling or visible nail line?  Yes, please!  I am a sucker for all polishes red but this one -- wow.  Again, between the formula and the color and the shine who could resist?
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The Desert Escape Collection will be available June 1 on LockAndMane.com.  Sally Beauty will only sell select nail art kits and not the individual shades; Ulta will not be carrying this collection.



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday | Mattify


Good morning!

As today's TT prompt is to mattify, I wanted to do something a bit more than just matte coat a creme I have (because let's be real here, you know I wasn't going to do nail art).  I decided I'd ride the nude trend right now and start with a base of China Glaze How is She Dune? from the Desert Escape Collection (swatches on the blog soon - and you're going to love them!).  Perhaps my new favorite nude creme, I then layered the flakie of all flakies, Essie Shine of the Times over it.  Unfortunately, my pictures do not do the combination justice.  The fiery orange and gold flakies absolutely had this mani alight!  I then topped it off with Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love.  I have a bunch of matte tops coats and since I don't use them much, I just grabbed whichever one was handiest.

Here's the matte final version.  I altered the hand pose so you can really see the flakies in action.





And in case you wanted to see this pre-mattification, here it is.  Not a huge difference, but it figured I'd show you nonetheless.



Which version do you like best?  Let me know in the comments!

For more matte manis, be sure to check out my Twinsies' post by clicking their links below.



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish



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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sally Hansen Spring/Summer 2015 Selections


Sorry for the unexpected blogging absence since last Tuesday.  Things have been a lit hectic on my end.  I was working insane hours the week before and then was on my feet at a 3 day work event through Sunday.  Then on Monday, I had excruciating pain running through my neck and back.  Since I was at my boyfriend's, I spent hours looking for a doctor that could see me.  To make a three day story short, I ended up going to three doctors, discovering I've torn a ligament in my neck and will need physical therapy over the summer.  Fun times.

Anyway, since I wasn't home (I couldn't really drive or use a computer), blogging and swatching took a week-ish hiatus.  So with my apologies, I thought I'd show you two polishes I picked up from Sally Hansen recently.  Can't wait to hear your thoughts!
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Cherries to my Aries
When I first saw the Beachside Astrologer display, I got very excited.  While I don't believe in the horoscope other than loosely identifying as a Gemini (multiple personalities?  Please!  The more the merrier), I love the look and idea behind this.  However, while I skipped on the yellowy polish for my star sign, I was captured by the bright cherry red jelly with the intense fine shimmer.  Cherries to my Aries is such a me color: classic red with a glorious glow from the shimmer.  The shimmer is so fine, the glow does give this red a bit of a metallic look but it's fairly unique shade.  Three thin coats for this beauty.
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Grass is Greener
From an unnamed Spring/Summer display, I was really taken by this delicate yet bright muted teal green.  I'm not a fan of teals typically so it surprised me how I kept coming back to this lovely botanical shade.  Wearing it was a dream and I couldn't stop thinking how chic I looked in this Lilly Pulitzer-esque green!  Application was perfection in two coats.  The downside?  Staining -- my cuticles and fingertips were grossly green when I took this off.  I can bear to part with this polish so I'll have to wear it over Yellow Stopper so I can just peel it off when I'm done.
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I'm pretty sure both of these shades are limited edition so if you like them and happen to come across them, I'd recommend picking them up.  And if you're following me on Instagram, you'll also find lots of tips on how to remove staining (as I'm currently suffering through a disastrous Pop-arazzi polish staining saga).  



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday | Mug Inspired


Perhaps one of the more random TT prompts, today we are tasked to post a mani inspired by our favorite mug or cup.  While I'm a huge coffee and tea drinker, I'm not particular about the mugs out of which I drink.  So I took inspiration out of the fact that (1) I wanted to wear my new OPI Chiffon My Mind and (2) that I have a mug that's nearly 22 years old that I still use and went to town.

OPI Chiffon My Mind for the latest soft shades collection is a magnificent white crelly with the most remarkable shimmer.  While my macro captures the shimmer, what it doesn't and unfortunately couldn't, was the shimmer shift from blue to purple, although you can make out some of the shift from the bottle in my second photo.  For a better shot of the shift, be sure to head to Instagram where I posted a much better bottle shot the day I bought this OPI.  This was opaque in three coats but I recommend allowing a bit of dry time in between coats to avoid balding and pulling.




Isn't she just a beaute?

And here's my inspiration: a mug I was given by my grandmother when I was about 7 when I got my dog, a Bichon Frise.  While Cotton (that's what my 7-year old self named my family dog growing up) wasn't quite as pouffy as the mug depicts Bichons, she was a fluffy white dog and absolutely beautiful -- similar to the OPI.  Even though Cotton passed away when I was 19, I still have and adore this ridiculous mug.  Kinda worse for wear but still in my cabinet every morning.


For more mug and cup inspired manis (yeah, never thought I'd say that), be sure to check out my Twinsies' links below!



Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas



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Monday, May 18, 2015

KBShimmer Summer 2015 | The Neons


Since Maybelline's Bleached Neons debuted last summer, dusty pastel neons have become quite in vogue.  KBShimmer did a brilliant job creating more colors for this palette perfect for spring/summer.  Here are four pastel neons from the Summer 2015 collection

Take a look!
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Lei It Again
A Barbie doll neon, this neon pink is soft and bright at the same time.  A bit chalky in application, this is opaque in three coats.  
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Sarong Place Sarong Time
A medium purple neon, the dustiness gives Sarong Place Sarong Time an edgy look for the ultimate summer pedicure.  Two coats here.
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Bahama Drama
A coral neon, Bahama Drama is just summer personified.  Love how this is perfectly balanced between orange and pink.  Great formula and only needs two coats.

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In Yacht Water
Aqua blue pastel neons really rock my world and In Yacht Water is no exception. Perfect color, perfect formula, perfect for summer.  And no staining!
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You can purchase the KBShimmer Summer 2015 Collection by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more from this collection this week!



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