Friday, March 27, 2015

Birthday Streamers featuring KBShimmer Oh Splat!

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! It's my birthday! I decided that I would go full-on cheesy birthday this year for my mani (since I'm just a mere child of 31). I recently (FINALLY) acquired a classic KBShimmer, Oh Splat! As soon as it arrived I knew I would wear it for my birthday because it was perfectly festive for the occasion. For my birthday mani, I started off with 3 coats of Oh Splat! (perfect crelly formula, per KBShimmer's usual standards). Then I used a fine brush and painted on the "streamers" using acrylic paints (inspired by The Nailasaurus' Waterfall Method, just a little more messy). I thought it turned out super cute and it was easy peasy! I never managed to post my birthday mani last year, so I made sure to plan a little better this time around.

Alright, I'm off to eat cake all day...thanks for looking everyone! <3

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Smitten Polish St. Patrick's Day Duo

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today have two gorgeous greens from Smitten Polish! Noelie is always making the most fabulous greens (one of my favorite polish colors) and these are no exception. For St. Patrick's Day she has released one linear holo and one shimmery matte (a newer finish that she is doing is completely FAB!). Both of these are available now in Smitten Polish's shop.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Born Pretty Store Vintage Damask Stamping Plate Review

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! I recently received a new stamping plate to review from Born Pretty Store and it's part of their new line which now includes some XL stamping plates. This is actually the second XL plate that I've reviewed (see the first one here) and I adore this one too. This plate is the Vintage Damask BP-L007 stamping plate. The images on this plate are gorgeous! They were large enough for my nails (length and width-wise) and had a good variety of images that could be used for tons of nail art looks. The plates were etched well and the images stamped crisply. There are actually 25 different images on this plate and the only downside is that all of the images aren't full nail images, but the smaller individual designs would look nice in combination with the other stamps to create cute, cohesive skittle manis.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights Nail Art

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! I showed you the ridiculously bright and gorgeous China Glaze Electric Nights Collection yesterday, and I couldn't resist doing some nail art with them pretty much immediately. For this mani, I started off with a white base (KBShimmer Eyes White Open) and then randomly sponged on these neon cremes from the Electric Nights Collection with pieces of a make-up sponge: Glow With the Flow (pink), Red-y to Rave (red-orange), Home Sweet House Music (orange), Daisy Know My Name? (yellow), Treble Maker (green), DJ Blue My Mind (blue), and PLUR-ple (purple). To finish it off, I stamped over the whole thing using Mundo de Unas Black and Bundle Monster plate BM-604. This was such a fun mani and I really didn't want to take it off. I need to get my mind back into spring-mode because these colors are making me long for summer!

As I said yesterday, China Glaze's Electric Nights should be available in April in stores that carry China Glaze (I get mine from Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply locally). You can also order them online from Head2Toe Beauty now if you want to get them a bit early like I did. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights Collection

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! Today I have China Glaze's Electric Nights Collection for Summer 2015 to share with you! This is a 12 piece collection that contains 9 neon/bright cremes and 3 neon glitter toppers. These pretties will officially be hitting stores in April, but I picked mine up online from Head2Toe Beauty.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pretty & Polished Spring Release Swatches (Partial)

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Pretty & Polished is having two releases tomorrow and I have a few from each one to share with you! The first release is their Spring 2015 Collection which will have seven brand new springy shades and I'll be showing you two of these today. The second release is called Humble Beginnings and it is a re-release of six of Pretty & Polished's beloved discontinued shades and I also have three of those to share with you today. Both of these collections will be launching tomorrow on Pretty & Polished's website.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

L'Oreal Masked Affair

*Purchased by Me*

Hi everyone! I promise I have some new collection things coming this week, but I took a brief swatching break due to a break in one of my nails. I'm going to commence swatching new things tonight, so I'm hoping to have a new collection preview for you tomorrow!

For's yet another L'Oreal Masked Affair post! About a month or so ago there were a slew of posts about this polish so I held off on mine, but I hope I haven't waited too long! It seemed like, at the time, that L'Oreal didn't have very good distribution of this particular collection, so I hope by now it has made its way to your local shops and you have been able to snag it if you were on the hunt. If you do happen to see it and you are even a little unsure about it, pick it up! It doesn't look like much in the bottle, but on the nail it really packs a punch!

L'Oreal Masked Affair is a grey/lilac tinged silver holo with scattered holo flake pieces. I've heard all sorts of horror stories about the formula, but it applied really well for me (it seems to be hit or miss). This is the sort of holo formula that is quick drying, so I found it best to work quickly and sort of float the polish on over the nail without applying a lot of pressure. Using this method from the start, I didn't have any issues with pulling or dragging. Light touch is key! I used 3 light coats for this mani. When I first heard about it, I thought "another silver holo...yeah...THAT'S what I need", but it isn't your typical silver holo. The slight lilac lean of it and its ability to really pull out the entire spectrum of the rainbow make it really special as well as the addition of the holo flake bits which give it some sparkle.