Monday, October 5, 2015

KBShimmer Boho Floral Water Slide Decals

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Sorry for my lack of posts lately. I've been under the weather and there was a death in our family so I'm a bit behind. I'm going to try my best to catch up this week though, so bear with me!

 Today, I have a look to share with you that I actually wore on my recent vacation! Also, I took pics on my vacation and my lighting wasn't the best, so please excuse that. KBShimmer recently added a variety of water slide decals to their website and I received a few of them to try. I'm going to be wearing them over the next few weeks and I'll share them with you as I wear them. Because they are so much fun, I definitely don't want to rush through them, so I'm going to break them up into several posts.

Today's look uses the Boho Floral Water Slide Decals. These are full-nail decals that require a white base to apply them over. This is VERY important, because there are portions of these decals that are almost translucent, so if you apply them over a colored background the colors won't be as vibrant and the overall look will be washed out. I started out with a base of KBShimmer Eyes White Open and let it dry completely before moving on with my mani.

Next, I cut out my decals and got them ready to apply to my nails. There are 10 decals in the pack and they are plenty big enough, length and widthwise, for longer/wider nails than mine. It helps to trim them a bit to get them close your actual nail size before applying them. I applied them one at a time by soaking them in water and then sliding them off of their paper backing with my Rainbow Finish Point Tip Tweezers (which I stupidly forgot to take a photo of in action, I will do that with my next set of decals).

Clean-up was really easy with my clean-up brush and acetone as the acetone melts the edges of the decal away and you can get a clean line almost as easily as with nail polish. I also use that technique to get rid of any extra overhang and seal the tips. Once I was done with clean-up, I topped the whole mani with KBShimmer Clearly On Top to seal the whole mani. Doing all ten nails is definitely a more time-consuming process than painting your nails, but it's a fun thing to do once in a while for such a cool final result. Alternately, I love to use full nail decals as accents (which I might do with some of my other picks) and it adds a pop of fun without taking as much time as doing all 10.

Overall I really adore the Boho Floral decals because they are very eclectic and I love that they have different designs but come together for a very cohesive look. They also have a fall vibe without being a typical fall print. If you are on the look-out for a really neat full-manicure set of decals, these are definitely some you should check out.

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. Thanks for looking everyone!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Smitten Polish Charity Polishes for October 2015

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Tonight, I have 3 new Smitten Polish charity polishes that are launching tonight at 11 PM CST along with her brand new What a Punny Autumn Collection. I have more details after the jump about these polishes and what organizations they will benefit. All of these charity polishes will only be available during the month of October, so get your hands on them while you can!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Smitten Polish What a Punny Autumn Collection

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Smitten Polish's What a Punny Autumn Collection to share with you! This collection consists of two glittery holos and two glittery jellies in yummy fall shades all with super cheesy punny names (some of my favorite nail polish names are puns, so I love this theme!). These will be releasing tomorrow (September 30th) at 11 PM CST along with some charity polishes that I will be posting about tomorrow.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pretty & Polished Fall Glitters

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have 8 brand new polishes to share with you from Pretty & Polished's Fall Glitters Collection. This collection is a classic Pretty & Polished Collection full of glitter and flakies in gorgeous fall shades The Fall 2015 Collection launches on October 1 in  Pretty & Polished's shop along with new Halloween shades!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Negative Space All the Nails!

*Some items in this post were press samples*

Hi everyone! It's time for the monthly Paint All the Nails link-up and this time were are doing Negative Space nails! Ok, I'm going to admit...when I first saw that everyone wanted to do Negative Space nails, I was less than excited. My nails are disgustingly stained and I'm always jealous of all of the pretty negative space looks that I see around and I want to know HOW they keep their nails so nice and wear so much polish all the time. I've only done one negative space look before and I remember that I somehow got my nails looking alright then (not great), but now I feel like it's impossible. I decided I soldier on and hopefully I wouldn't be too embarrassed by my yellow nails.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Indie Inlinkz: Favorite Fall Color

*Some Press Samples Included*

Hi everyone! Today I'm doing a link-up with the ladies of Indie Inlinkz, a group of lovely bloggers who do a monthly link-up featuring indie polishes. For this month's prompt, we are exploring our favorite fall color! It's no secret that I'm an orange lover (yes that's me...sitting in the corner by myself), and I've amassed quite a collection of orange indies that are perfect for fall. Whether it be more burnt oranges or bright Halloween oranges, I don't discriminate. I have way more fabulous oranges than this in my collection (MANY that are more summer appropriate), but I picked out 8 great ones to share today that I think are fall appropriate. I'm sure I probably left out some that I love, but this is all my brain could come up with in the wee hours of the morning when I was putting this post together (just being real). These photos were taken anytime from last week to over a year and a half ago, so they are all over the place when it comes to poses, lighting, etc.. so just bear with me! Also I few of them are no longer available, so I apologize for that, but I just had to share them because they are favorites of mine!

Great Lakes Lacquer Friends Collection, Part 2

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have Great Lakes Lacquer's The Friends Collection, Part 2 to share with you! Once again, Mariah has paid homage to her fabulous friends with these gorgeous polishes! I was cracking up laughing when I saw the descriptions for these polishes because I pretty much knew who almost all of these friends were right off the bat! The Friends Collection, Part 2 will launch in the Great Lakes Lacquer shop on September 27th at 3 PM EST, along with the October LEs that I showed you on Monday.