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6/26/12

China Glaze On Safari Fall 2012 Preview!







UNTAMED COLOUR AWAITS YOU

China Glaze® Introduces 12 New Crèmes and Glitters for Fall 2012

Los AngelesCA – (June 2012):  China Glaze® nail lacquer invites you to take an exotic expedition with its Fall 2012 collection, On Safari.  Be captivated by the earthy tones, rich plums and celestial sparkles that make up this adventurous assortment of polishes.

The China Glaze® On Safari features 10 rich crèmes and two glitters including:

·         Kalahari Kiss: Light sand brown
·         I’m Not Lion: Glistening gold and multi-color glitter
·         Call of the Wild: Beautiful chocolate brown-dark cherry blend
·         Adventure Red-y: Vivid red
·         Desert Sun: Delicious caramel
·         I Herd That: Brilliant copper glitter
·         Man Hunt: Bold cobalt blue
·         Exotic Encounters: Lush green crème with blue undertones
·         Elephant Walk: Cool graphite grey
·         Jungle Queen: Smoky violet
·         Purr-fect Plum: Bold burgundy
·         Prey Tell: Daringly dark red

On Safari is also available in:
·         6-piece “Native” Collection: Man Hunt, Exotic Encounters, Elephant Walk, Jungle Queen, Purr-fect Plum and Prey Tell
·         6-piece “Tourist” Collection: Kalahari Kiss, I’m Not Lion, Call of the Wild, Adventure Red-y, Desert Sun and I Herd That
·         12-piece counter display
I'm Not Lion
Call of the Wild
Adventure Red-y
Desert Sun
I Herd That
Man Hunt
Exotic Encounters
Elephant Walk

Jungle Queen
Purr-fect Plum
Prey Tell






The China Glaze® On Safari collection will be available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide in July 2012.  Individual polishes retail for $7 MSRP; the 6-piece sets retail for $42 MSRP.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

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6/25/12

KBShimmer Ring Master

Gooood morning!

I'll be babysitting my niece all this week so I'm not sure I'll get to post very often. Maybe if I get out of it one day, but I'm basically babysitting for seven hours a day!

Anyway, I thought I would show you what I'm wearing on my nails today! This is my second KBShimmer nail polish and it probably won't be my last.

Out of the two that I purchased, Ring Master is my favorite. It has a really pretty glow to it that I'm just in love with!


KBShimmer Ring Master is a red, white, gold, and black glitter in a red jelly base. This is packed with  red microglitter, so pretty! It was super easy to get all the different shapes of glitter onto the nail but it did need to be built up to opacity. I used three coats in these pictures. For top coat I used Seche Vite (which I, again, do not recommend but its all I have right now). 


As you can see, Seche shrunk the polish, making it look like I have tip wear. I need a new topcoat.



6/23/12

KBShimmer The Square

Yesterday I woke up to two packages waiting for me and I already knew what they were...my KBShimmer orders! I say orders because I originally bought only one polish when she opened shop Monday but then I decided to go back (a few minutes later, lol) and buy one more. 

I'm glad I did because that one was The Square! The other polish I bought was Ring Master but that will come later in another post. 

These are my first indie polishes, I have been holding off buying indie polishes because so many are so highly priced ($15 a polish doesn't work for me, ever) but these are reasonably priced and are gorgeous!


KBShimmer The Square is multicolored square glitter in a purple jelly base. The glitters range from gold, white, green, but mostly blue. It also has blue micro glitter, I wish it was more packed with this microglitter! The jelly base is like a purple with red undertones. Not my favorite purple but somehow it works! This is 2 coats with one coat of Seche Vite top coat (which I don't recommend, it shrinks this polish, as you can see).

You can buy her polishes on her new website Kbshimmer.com, if you're an international buyer you can find her polishes on Harlow & Co

P.S. Are you guys liking the new larger pictures?

6/21/12

Abstract Paisley


Gooood morning!

When I started this manicure I expected it to come out looking like distinguished paisley print but of course, that didn't happen. I think I like this better though, it was much more fun to just do random abstract than to "follow the rules" of paisley print!

For reference I used this picture, I didn't follow the colors but it was very helpful for the shapes.

I originally carried the print to the ring finger but the completed look was overwhelming so I took it away and just left a coat of polish instead. 


For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the base. Then, taking my nail art brush, I started created the different shapes of the paisley/abstract print. I used smaller lines or some nails and thicker lines for others. The dots were all created with the a dotting tool. I used the following four colors for this entire manicure: Wet N Wild Black Creme (black), Wet N Wild French White Creme (white), Zoya Wednesday (turquoise-ish), and Essence Bloom-A-Loom (purple).

The middle finger is my favorite. Which one is yours?

6/19/12

Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers

Hello lovely readers!

Today's post is a pretty exciting one (for me at least)! I have not only gotten my first Deborah Lippmann but I am showing you a nail polish that I have wanted for a very, very long time. I snatched this baby up at a blog sale for only nine bucks! Not too shabby (do people say that?).


Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers is a red hexagonal and round glitter in a black jelly base. I used 3 thin coats here. This is incredibly dense in glitter, it wasn't hard to get the glitter onto the nail. I finished off with a coat of Seche.

This is truly stunning! I have heard great things about DL's polishes but I have never experienced it for myself and I am so happy that I did. This is now one of my favorites in my stash, I have nothing else like it!

6/17/12

Feeling Citrus-y

Happy Father's Day!

I really didn't have any type of inspiration for this manicure except for the colors. I wanted to use colors that I don't normally use or don't normally use together. I always feel like I stick to blacks, whites, and blues too much!

I went to my stash and picked out these three colors and immediately had this idea! I like to incorporate different textures in my designs and different lines too. I absolutely love the scalloped edges mixed in with the straight edges!

I could only get one good picture of this manicure before the sun was gone. :(


For this manicure I used Zoya Creamy as the bright yellow base. Then, using the brush that came with the polish, I created the section of Zoya Rica. Afterwards I took my nail art brush and Zoya Arizona (my favorite polish at the moment) and I created the same type of "section" but I made it larger and coming from the opposite direction. The scalloped edge was created using a dotting tool. All I did was dot half of the polka dots on the edge. 

This manicure reminds me how much I love Zoya Creamy, my bottle is more than half way done...I'm thinking it's time for a new one?

6/15/12

Glitter Bomb

So maybe this isn't a "glitter bomb" since it's really only one glitter but it's close enough anyway.

Today's manicure is this layering experiment I did with some of the nail polishes I have never worn. I  have so many untrieds and this seemed like a quick way to get to some of them!

For some reason my camera decided not to pick up on all the colors in these pictures but for the most part, you can get the idea.

(enlarged to show details)

I started off with two coats of Essence Style Me Holo. Which really looks more like this in person.


Then I added one coat of the lovely Pure Ice Heartbreaker. Again, the colors weren't really picked up, but the green is more prominent in real life. You can see it a little in the pinky.


I added Revlon Blue Mosaic to the mix. I have never worn this before today and I don't really care for it. It's pretty but it will be going in my blog sale.


Lastly, I added two coats of this snowman nail polish I bought at Walgreens. This is just the icing on the cake!


I enlarged the picture so you can see just how pretty this glitter bomb turned out! I love all the different colors and shapes of glitter in there.

J'adore!

6/12/12

Delicate Leaves

Good morning loves!

The other day I was watching Robin Moses' videos and there was one particular design that I just loved, loved, loved. The next day, I went right to work! I got out all my colors, my nail art brush, and some seche and attempted this design by Robin Moses.

While watching the tutorial on Youtube, I was like "oh, this looks easy, it'll take like ten minutes." I was wrong. I went from several different colors to just two, three if you count the sponging.


For this manicure I used white as a base. Then I took a sponge and Revlon Waterfall (gorgeous blue by the way!) and I sponged it on either side of some nails and just one side of others. Using my nail art brush I created leaves with Zoya Bevin and a black cream. I used Robin's tutorial to guide me on drawing the leaves.

I guess you could say this was an inspired look since it is so different than the original design. If you plan on trying this look and you have shorter nails like me, I would recommend using fewer colors than she used.

6/9/12

My First Blog Sale! Everything $4 or Less.


Hello, hello!

Today I don't have a design to show you but I do have a blog sale for you guys!

I rearranged my stash but I have a ton that I'm purging and some that I am selling.

Nothing in my blog sale is over $4.00! I even have some polishes listed for free, just pay shipping!

I honestly just need to get rid of some of my backups and all the polishes I don't ever wear or have only worn once.

Please read all instructions and descriptions carefully and email me if you are interested in anything.

To get to the blog sale, click HERE or you can click on the "$4 Blog Sale" tab at the top of the page!

photo credit: misshijabi.com

6/7/12

Faded Gradient

Good morning!

Today's post is going to be short since Grey's Anatomy is about to come on. I don't think anyone knows how obsessed I am with this show, and with Dr. Shepherd! But we won't get into that...

So today's manicure was actually a mistake. I meant to do a gradient with the word "j'adore" written across in cursive but I accidentally started with my index finger and realized it's a five letter word...not four. Long story short "j'adore" turned into "jade" and then finally into "fade".

I guess this turned out for the best because I like this design better than my original thinking.


For this manicure I used white as the base. I then sponged on Zoya Shelby (lightest pink), and Zoya Reagan after that. I drew the letters using a nail art brush and black. Make sure you have steady hands for this! I finished off with a topcoat.

Now I'm going to run across the room and get the remote because Grey's Anatomy starts in literally two minutes!

6/6/12

All Plaid Out

Good morning readers!

Today I'm showing you a design that was inspired from Rebecca Likes Nails. A couple weeks ago she posted this plaid design and I just fell in love with it. I fell hard! I hardly comment on blogs anymore now a days (I know, horrible :( ) but I do read all the blogs I am following through Google Reader. But I took the time to leave a comment and tell her how much I love it!

If that doesn't show how much I love this design, I don't what does...


For this manicure I used Zoya Farah as the base. Using a nail art brush I create stripes, in a random pattern, with Rimmel Peppermint (minty green), Zoya Shelby, Orly Easel Come, Easel Go! (silver), and Zoya Arizona. I used Rimmel Peppermint for the ring finger.  

This is actually the second attempt at this manicure. I first did this manicure with a patchwork design on the ring finger but I thought it was a little over the top so I went back and changed it to a plain color. 

I used the same exact colors for this ringer as I did for the plaid. I did the standard patchwork technique (you can do this with or without tape) and then I took my nail art brush and added nude inserts with Zoya Farah.


Which version do you prefer? Solid accent or patchwork accent?

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