Friday, December 19, 2014

CYNA 12 Day of Christmas: Glitter

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! Per usual, I'm behind on a challenge. I actually have skipped a few days, but I DID do the Glitter prompt for Challenge Your Nail Art's 12 Days of Christmas Challenge on the right day and everything, it's just taken me this long to actually post it. For this mani, I started off with a base of Darling Diva Polish's The Arcanist. Next, I used one of my favorite Christmas glitters ever, Darling Diva Polish A Christmas Story. Finally, I finished the mani off with some gold stamping using China Glaze 2030 and a design from the MoYou-London Fashionista plate 07. I don't think this is necessarily a holiday design, but with the color combination that I used I felt like it looked like really elegant Christmas wrapping paper or something. Definitely not my straightest stamping job, but it wasn't that noticeable in real life.  I actually wore this for a few days and I got tons of compliments on it.

I will add the InLinkz for the other ladies that completed this challenge soon! Thanks for looking everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

November Sweet Addictions Box Review

*Purchased by me*

Hi everyone! Today I have November's Sweet Addictions Box to share with you. The theme of this box is Gemstones, so each polish is inspired by a gorgeous jewel. This box was released in November, but there are still some available in Cupcake Polish's shop, so be sure to grab one while you still can!

Monday, December 15, 2014

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas Challenge: Ornaments

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! For today's Challenge Your Nail Art prompt, the theme was Christmas Ornaments. I decided to pull out a design that I adore from the Bundle Monster's holiday set, BM-H03. This plate has a gorgeous design of some antique looking ornaments. I started off with a base of Pahlish Emerald Cedars and then stamped the design using Darling Diva Polish Diamond. For the accent nails, I used Girly Bits A Twinkle in Time (from December's A Box, Indied). All of these polishes are so pretty and I just loved the way they all came together in this mani!

Be sure to check out what the other ladies have come up with for today! Thanks for looking everyone!

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous new holo to show you from KBShimmer in Pantone's new Color of the Year for 2015, Marsala. Marsala has caused a great deal of chatter in the nail community and it seems like a lot of people aren't that pleased with it after the vibrant colors of the past few years (Tangerine Tango (2012), Emerald (2013), Radiant Orchid (2014)), but I think it will be a nice neutral-ish color for fashion. I didn't know if I would like a nail polish in the Marsala range, but KBShimmer certainly changed my mind about that.

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala is a red-brown linear holo. The formula is really nice and creamy with a beautiful holo flame. This is 2 easy coats of Men are from Mars-ala. This shade is really flattering on my skintone (and I think it would look nice on many skintones) and it's so rich and lovely. It sort of reminds of me of a darker terra cotta. If you were on the fence about Marsala, I really think that KBShimmer makes a convincing argument for its beauty with this polish.

Men are from Mars-ala will be releasing on on 1/1/15. KBShimmer products are available from their website as well as from Harlow & Co. (Canada) for international customers.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new collections and to see swatches of all of their polishes. 

What do you think about Marsala? I know there are a lot of opinions about it right now, but I think I'm definitely going to be more open-minded to it after seeing this polish. Thanks for looking everyone!

Friday, December 12, 2014

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas Challenge: 12 Drummers Drumming

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! I'm like...a day behind at LIFE this week but I DID do the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge prompt from Challenge Your Nail Art yesterday, and it is actually inspired by the song the 12 Days of Christmas. We actually had a thread where we were all discussing what day we were going to represent with our mani and the poor drummers needed a little love, so I decided to take them on. I knew there was absolutely no way I was actually going to do 12 of ANYTHING on my nails, so I just did the number 12 with some holly berries/leaves and then a few drums and drumsticks. Not my best work for sure, but you get the idea (I was so tired when I did this). The gorgeous base I used for this design is Pahlish Sinister Puddle from their limited edition Doctor Who Collection (which is being restocked for the last time tonight).

PS: Don't mind my creative use of watermark to try to cover up my knife wound! Stupid paring knife is stupid. I didn't figure you guys wanted to see all it was the best I could do! :)

Here are some more pics of Pahlish Sinister Puddle. It's a gorgeous smoky taupe with red shimmer and silver flakes. Formula is perfect and it is fully opaque in 2 coats (or 3 thin coats). Pahlish made me love taupes, and this is just one example of why. Such a unique and beautiful polish!

Pahlish is available from Pahlish's Big Cartel ShopBe sure to follow Pahlish on Facebook and on their blog for details about restocks (they are Fridays at 7 pm CST) and new polishes. Pahlish is also available from LlaroweRainbow Connection, and Edgy Polish

Be sure to check out what everyone else did for the challenge! There were some fab manis for this theme! Thanks for looking everyone!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Indigo Bananas Swatch Spam

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! I've got some fabulous Indigo Bananas polishes to share with you today! I'm always so impressed with how creator Andrea works with different pigments/flakes/glitters and such to really take them to a whole new level in her polishes (and often in ways I've never seen them used). Here I've got a variety of polishes from her recent releases to share with you, so let's get on to pics!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CYNA 12 Day of Christmas Challenge: Blue and White

*Nothing to Disclose*

Hi everyone! For today's Challenge Your Nail Art prompt, we had to use icy blue and white colors, so the mani possibilities were endless. I recently picked up my first Fair Maiden Polishes during their Black Friday sale, and I grabbed Sleigh Bells in the Snow, a stunning white shimmer polish. I knew I wanted to use it as my base and I really wanted to highlight it instead of cover it up, so I went with a blue waterfall mani (inspired by the Nailasaurus). I used Zoya Blue, Zoya Prim, and Orly Snowcone to make the waterfall art. I thought this had a very frozen,icicle feel to it. And gah, Fair Maiden Polish Sleigh Bells in the Snow is just wonderful! There are blue shimmery bits in there a some scattered holo that adds a ton of depth and sparkle. I must say I'm impressed so far with this brand! I have several more that I picked up that I will be reviewing soon.

Be sure to check out what the other ladies have for today's Blue and White Challenge! Thanks for looking everyone!