Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pahlish Happy Holo-ween Collection

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today we have a little break from nail art because I wanted to post the Pahlish Happy Holo-ween Collection since the last restock will be tomorrow night at 7 pm central time. This is a collection of beautiful holos and they have the cutest ghostie bottles ever!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CYNA Halloween Challenge: Pumpkin Faces

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! Today's Challenge Your Nail Art prompt is Pumpkin Faces. I really tried to hand paint some, but they just looked super wonky, so I opted to use some of my much loved Bundle Monster pumpkin designs (plate BM-224 and BM-H06). I have realized this October that I really need to get some new Halloween plates because I tend to use the same ones over and over (although these are great ones). For this mani, I started off with a base of OPI Toucan Do It If You Try. On my middle two fingers, I stamped on some pumpkins using Mundo de Unas Black. On my other fingers, I put on a coat of my absolute favorite Halloween polish ever, CrowsToes VooDoo. I loved how classically Halloween this mani was.




Don't forget to check out what the other fab ladies have done for today's prompt. Also check them out on Instagram with #challengeyournailart


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CYNA Halloween Challenge: Classic Orange and Black

*Press Samples Used in Post*

Hi everyone! Today starts another Challenge Your Nail Art mini-challenge and today's theme is Classic Orange and Black for Halloween. I kept in theme for this mani...sort of...with a little purple thrown in the mix! :) Earlier this month, Stef over at Fairly Charming did this amazing creepy eyeball mani, and I've been dying to try it out. She has been killing it with the Halloween manis this year, and I've pretty much wanted to recreate all of them! Mine did not come out nearly as amazing as hers since my hand is never too steady with dotting, but it still looks pretty cool. It looks more like a bunch of dots than eyeballs, but yeah...oh well.

I started off with a base of Zoya Willa, from the new Wishes Collection that I will be reviewing soon. It is a great black creme! Utilizing a range of different sized dotting tools, I then I used white (OPI Angel With a Lead Foot) to make the base of my eyeballs. Then I used 2 different shades of orange (OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-go and OPI A Roll in the Hague) and purple (OPI Funky Dunkey) to make the colored part of my eyeballs. Finally, I finished them off with teeny dots of Zoya Willa to make the pupils. Like I said...they really ended up looking like Halloween-y dots, but still looked pretty overall.




Here are the rest of the prompts for the challenge!


So do I get credit since I used black and two different oranges if I threw the purple in? #rulebreaker Be sure to check out what the other ladies have in store for today's challenge! You can also see their work on Instagram using #challengeyournailart. Thanks for looking everyone!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Fun with New KBShimmer Winter Nail Vinyls

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have some more nail art, but it is quite a departure from the Halloween manis that are abundant right now (I will have more of those starting tomorrow!). Along with the beautiful polishes and new cuticle oil scents, KBShimmer will be launching some Winter/Holiday themed nail vinyls with their new collection that is releasing on November 1st. I have two fun looks to share with you today that I was so sad to take off, but I figured people would look at me funny if I had Christmas nails for Halloween. :)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hobby Polish Bloggers October Halloween Mani Link-Up

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! Today I taking part in the first Hobby Polish Bloggers Monthly Mani Link-Up and this month's theme is Halloween! Hobby Polish Bloggers is a Facebook group that I'm involved in whose members are nail bloggers that blog for fun. It is a great group of gals that share blogging tips, discussions, and generally support for our fellow bloggers. This is a new monthly link-up that we are doing, so be sure to check out what all of the other ladies have done for their Halloween manis in the link-up at the end of this post. And if you are on Instagram, you can see their work under #HPBHalloween.

For my Halloween mani, I decided to FINALLY do a tutorial that I've been meaning to try for ages because it is too cute! If you have followed my blog for any time at all, you will know that I adore the nail art looks that The Nailasaurus comes up with and I'm often looking to her nail art for inspiration. Today I decided to copy her Halloween Patchwork nails. It's actually a quite simple design, but requires a bit of patience for the dry time because you have to make sure that each layer of "patches" is dry before you move on to the next. I started off with my orange base (OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-go) and after it dried I used straight Nail Vinyls to make the green (OPI You are So Outta Lime!) and then purple (Illamasqua Jo'Mina) patches. Then I used black acrylic paint and a fine nail art brush to paint on the stitching. I thought it turned out so cute! Also, I did my ring finger in honor of one of my other all-time favorite nail bloggers, Chloe's Nails, who I first saw doing patchwork manis back when I first started getting into nail polish.




So what do you think of this look? I know it's been done a lot, but I really love it! Be sure to check out what these lovely ladies have created! Thanks for looking everyone!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Swatch and Review (Partial)

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! I'm super excited to show you the KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection today! This collection consists of 11 new shades and 5 returning fan favorites for the holidays. There are also 4 new cuticle oil scents and new winter themed nail vinyls. Today I have 10 of the new polishes and 2 of the returning favorites to share with you. These polishes will be releasing on November 1 on KBShimmer's website.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

KBShimmer 2014 Toys For Tots Charity Polish: Pine-ing for Yule (Press Release and Swatches)

*Press Release, Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have a very special polish to share with you that KBShimmer has created for their annual charity event to raise money for Toys for Tots. First I will share the official press release with you and then I have a full swatch and review! (I figured I would just combine the two so all of the info would be in one place!)

Press Release: 
KBSHIMMER ‘TOYS FOR TOTS’ CHARITY POLISH SET FOR RELEASE IN NOVEMBER 
Four dollars from each bottle of ‘Pine-ing For Yule’ will be used to buy toys for children. 


KBShimmer is excited to announce that the 3rd edition of their annual charity polish, Pine-ing For Yule, will go on sale November 1st, 2014. Owner Christy Rose says, “We here at KBShimmer are very fortunate, and we want to pay forward that good fortune by helping our local community. Creating a special Christmas themed charity polish is something I look forward to each year, and this year’s polish is a new favorite.”

All over the world, the evergreen, triangle shaped pine tree has become a symbol of the holiday season. This year, KBShimmer pays homage to the Christmas tree with the 2014 charity polish, Pine-ing For Yule. Holographic evergreen triangle ‘trees’ swim among red mini star ‘tree toppers,’ and holographic glitters in red and sliver light up this Christmas polish with their rainbow sparkle.

“As a mother, I know how important Christmas is for a child, and therefore choosing Toys For Tots as our charity was a perfect fit. This is the third year that we have donated to our local Toys For Tots group, a tradition I hope is in place for years to come” Rose said. From November 1st through December 15th, four dollars from the sale of each bottle of Pine-ing For Yule sold on
http://www.KBShimmer.com will be donated to the Terre Haute (the KBShimmer headquarters) chapter of Toys for Tots. Each bottle retails for $8.75.

Last year, KBShimmer raised about three thousand dollars to help ensure that every child had something to open during the holidays. Do some good this holiday season and get a fun polish for yourself (or buy a few extra as stocking stuffers or gifts).
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KBShimmer Pine-ing for Yule is a clear based glitter topper filled with red holo stars and green holo triangles accented by smaller red and silver holo glitters. For this mani, I used 1 dabbed coat of Pine-ing for Yule over a white base (OPI Angel With a Lead Foot). The larger glitters came out nicely on the brush and spread easily. I did do a bit of glitter placement with my brush as I was going, but not too much. I would recommend 2 coats of topcoat to smooth out the glitters (like KBShimmer Clearly On Top). I think this is such an adorable polish for the holiday season with it's "trees" and stars (the cutest use of triangle glitter that I've seen thus far). Also, you are supporting a fantastic cause with your purchase, so it's a win-win!



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For more information about Toys For Tots visit http://www.toysfortots.org. KBShimmer products can be found at http://www.KBShimmer.com. For sales outside of the US visit http://www.HarlowandCo.org.

KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose. KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application. KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products.

So what do you think about this glitter topper? Is your brain ready for Christmas manis yet? LOL...I know it is a shock to my system that we are getting so close! Thanks for looking everyone!