Monday, July 28, 2014

ModCloth Nail Klub Inspirational Mani


I was recently asked by ModCloth to partake in their Nail Klub to use one of their dresses as inspiration for a nail art manicure.  While I'm not any sort of nail art extraordinaire, I do love me some fashion and felt it would be a fun challenge to come up with something that reflected one of the many girly designs sold at ModCloth.

I was immediately drawn to the Poetry in the Plaza Dress, which you can view below:



A black and white pencil dress, the red belt accent really gave this '50s secretary look an extra dose of Joan Holloway that I always love in a dress.  

Here's my take at an inspiration mani:


More abstract than literal, I used KBShimmer Stark Raven Mad for the black creme, OPI Red My Fortune Cookie, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, a Salon Perfect black nail art liner, and Orly Au Champagne topped with Maybelline Clearly Spotted.

While I'm still working my way through the basics of nail art, I hope I didn't disappoint ModCloth too much!  



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sinful Colors Curry Up


Hello, lovelies!

I'm not back from DC just yet but I had a spare minute (my first time in front of a computer, actually, since I've been here) to type up a quick post.  Having blogging withdrawal so bear with me as I get my sealegs back to speed.

Sinful Colors Curry Up is not a color I would normally find myself drawn to.  A yellow-toned bright chartreuse, what won me over was the holographic microshimmer magnificently ribboning the creamy base.  The holo shimmer didn't really shower up in my photos but you can see what a glossy sheen it gave to the finish of this polish.

This was two coats.



I believe that Curry Up is a limited edition polish so if you're interested in these unique shades, I'd definitely keep an eye out.  

Coming back next week and can't wait to share with you all the new goodies I have!



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Monday, July 7, 2014

Sally Hansen Color Foil Collection


Chromes are all the rage this summer and Sally Hansen has released the best chrome collection I have ever tried.  Each applied perfectly with no streaks and dried to a perfect foiled finish.  I didn't use either a base coat or top coat for any of these swatches and look how reflective they are!  All were two coats.
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Sterling Silver
This is *the* silver chrome to own if you are going to own only one.  It looked like molten silver on my nails and reflected like crazy.  I used it as a base for Salon Perfect Twinkle, Twinkle and it really made the glitter glow!
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Leaden Lilac
Another polish that debuted earlier on this blog (see here), Leaden Lilac is a blue leaning/cornflower lilac foil chrome.  Great color!
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Purple Alloy
Is there any surprise that this may be my favorite?  A pink toned purple chrome, I love how rich this shade looks.  Super pretty and chic.
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Titanium Flush
The flashiest of the chromes, Titanium Flush is a bright pink chrome.   Still the same delicious finish although a bit too glitzy for me personally.
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Cobalt Chrome
This may be the only real miss for me.  Cobalt Chrome is really not cobalt at all.  A bright aqua, this was a bit streakier in finish than the others.  This would probably look best on someone with a tan.  Very summery, but not quite me.
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If you have a weakness for fabulous chromes then I would run as fast as you can to your local pharmacy and/or Target and pick these up.  Sally Hansen has not disappointed here!



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Monday Morning Update


Good morning, ladies.

To start off the week, I have a few updates I'd like to share:

As I type this, I am in Washington, DC, prepping for my month-long summer program that I am directing.  I won't really have time to swatch and blog consistently while I'm here, but I have tried to prep as many posts in advance as possible.  That being said, I was in a mad dash the few weeks prior to leaving for DC and wasn't able to swatch the next three Twinsie Tuesday posts in time.  I will be back on track once I'm back at the end of July.
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I was also lucky enough to receive a few guest posts to sprinkle in the mix.  So expect some fantastic manis to grace this blog while I'm away.  If you're interested in guest posting, please feel free to shoot me an email (address on sidebar)!
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I totally forgot to announce the winner of my birthday giveaway that ended a few weeks back.  A huge congratulations to Kim P. who already responded to my email and should have already received her winning package.  Thank you to everyone who entered -- I loved reading about everyone's favorite birthdays!  Look forward to another giveaway on my return to New York!
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I think that's it for now!  Thank you for your patience while I'm away!



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Friday, July 4, 2014

Salon Perfect for July 4!


Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans!

I was sent a bunch of Salon Perfect polishes for the Fourth of July but I unfortunately couldn't open a bunch of the bottles (I used hot water, towels, and my teeth to no avail).  Here are the three I was able to swatch right in time for the fireworks.
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Wild Blue Yonder
A sky blue creme, Wild Blue Yonder has a subtle silver shimmer that makes this polish a standout.  The formula was a bit draggy, but with two to three coats, you've got yourself a delicious manicure.
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Twinkle Twinkle

While not a huge silver and gold polish, layering Twinkle Twinkle over Sally Hansen Sterling Silver really wowed me.  The silver microglitter absolutely popped over the silver chrome.  This was only one coat.
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Boom Boom Boom
To end with a patriotic bang, I have Boom Boom Boom.  A red, white, and blue matte glitter, I love how striking it looked over Studio M. Hydrangea Kiss, a cornflower blurple I received from Chelsea for my birthday (thanks, girly!  I got sooo many compliments on it already).  BBB isn't the easiest to work with, so I recommend applying the first coat normally and then dabbing the areas that aren't adequately covered.  Soft and understated, but perfectly celebratory.
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Salon Perfect nail polishes are available at Walmart now.



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

KBShimmer Late Summer Collection 2014



One of my favorite indie brands has hit it with part two of its fantastic 24 piece summer collection.  Here are my picks for the Late Summer Collection of 2014.  Take a look!
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Peak My Interest
A warm toned coral jelly, what makes Peak My Interest pique my interest (get it?  Yeah, yeah, not good, but how could I not?) is the white triangle glitter pieces punctuating the lilac and blue hex glitter.  One of the most unique glitter polishes I've ever encountered, this was opaque in 3 coats.
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Periwinkle in Time
I wanted to love Periwinkle in Time because the cornflower blue/lilac creme base is just delicious to look at it.  However, the mix of white, blue, mint, and purple circle and hex glitter just makes the polish look somewhat bumpy and unfinished.  Not my cup of tea, however, it must be said that this applied fabulously  in 3 coats.
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Red, White, & Blue-tiful
I never thought I would swoon over a shaped glitter, but wow, am I in love with Red, White, & Blue-tiful.  The metallic patriotic star glitters glow in a clear jelly base of red, white, and blue microglitter and holographic shimmer.  I had to dab this over white to place the glitters but it's completely worth it.  I love, love, love this!
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Radiant Orchid
KBShimmer has won my heart simply by the way it produces creme polishes.  Radiant Orchid is no exception and in two coats was buttery and glossy on my fingertips.  I'm intrigued at their take at Pantone's Color of the Year in that with a little bit of mauve undertones, Radiant Orchid (the polish) can seamlessly move into autumn.  While part of the summer collection, I'm going to hold off wearing this pretty purple shade until the fall.
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Mint-al
I'm a fan of anything mint colored so I fell in love with Mint-al just holding the bottle.  A shimmery seafoam green, Mint-al glows that much more with its linear holographic quality.  It's hard to see some of the holo-y goodness with amidst the silvery shimmer, but I'm not terribly upset since this polish is amazing.  Because this formula can be slightly dragging, I'd recommend 3 thin coats, waiting some time between each coat.
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You're So Shellfish
If you like neons, you'll love You're So Shellfish.  Touted as almost neon, I'd disagree and say this is where searing orange-leaning coral neons begin.  The formula was astoundingly fantastic and glowed radioactively in two perfect, buttery coats.  I actually wore this beauty the weekend of my birthday and loved every minute of it.
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You can purchase these polishes and the entire Summer 2014 Collection by clicking here.
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