Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lauren B Beauty Nail Couture

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture is a collection of everything you need for a salon, quality, do-it-yourself manicure. The release touts 2 weeks without chipping or fading (with the brand's gel-like topcoat not provided). I didn't give it the wear test but a few swatches below. Plus aren't those bottles beautiful?
The colors are inspired by the city of Los Angeles. They also only require just one coat. What girl doesn't love a one coat polish? Above is Nude No. 4. As you can see from the first photo there seemed to be some orange pigment in the bottle that wasn't mixing, but it didn't affect the color on the nail.

This is Polo Lounge Punch, a great name and a one coater as well. The formulas were smooth and easy to work with. I think they'd also stamp wonderfully. 

All of the polishes are eco-and vegan-friendly, contain no harsh chemicals and are proudly crafted in the U.S. Each polish retails for $18 and can be purchased on Lauren B Beauty's website. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cinderelli, Cinderelli

I have not seen the much anticipated remake of Disney's classic, Cinderella. From the previews, it looks like something awesome kids and adults alike will enjoy. My Sugar Bubbles 012 plate has been just sitting and waiting for such an occasion.
The base is Lavish Polish Mr. & Mrs. Berry. A white crelly with large and small blue and pink circle glitter. Inspired and a favorite addition to my collection!
I then stamped the crowns (ahem upside down, oops!) from SB 020 with Color Club Over the Moon. Added a gem to my accent nail and created a Cinderella stamping decal for my middle finger.
I totally swear, I didn't even try to create a Mickey Mouse head on my pointer finger and didn't notice it until this morning. Are you excited for the release of the movie?

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Salon Perfect Plumeria

Finally, that famous Colorado sunshine has found its way back from the pits of the earth. Of course it didn't feel the need to show up when I used Salon Perfect Plumeria, a holo glitter raspberry jelly polish.

I didn't want to scrub the glitter off, I could tell it was a little on the rough side so I decided to use China Glaze Ahoy! as an undie, two coats to be exact. I used two coats of Plumeria and then accented with Sinful Snow Me White roses from MM 07 and used a gradient LeadLight technique with Loreal jelly polishes.
When I did catch this girl in the sun it was swerve the car worthy.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Black & White & Glitter All Over

Whenever I make my standard pilgrimage to Ulta, I always love digging through all of Essence's products. With a low price point, new products and trendy offerings, they are a great buy. Plus the little bottles of polish that usually run anywhere from $1.99-$3.99 don't break the bank either.

One of my most recent additions was Laser Show, part of the effect polka dot offerings. I used two coats and the base had a nice coverage. It appears much more sheer in the bottle.
I then stamped random combinations of Sinful Black on Black and Snow Me White from MoYou Fairytale plate 06.
Do you have any of their polishes in your stash?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Barielle Gentle Breeze Collection for Spring 2015

First off, a Colorado winter disclaimer. I live in an alpine desert. My lips, cuticles and heels fall off of my body about 10 1/2 months of the year. It's ridiculously dry so sorry for oogly cuticles, I do the best I can bathing in lotion and chapstick. Now onto something that will brighten your day - Barielle's 2015 Spring Collection.

Barielle's Gentle Breeze Collection for Spring 2015 reflects the soft, gentle, eclectic hues of this most welcome and delightful season. 

Gray Sky - a rich creamy, glacier gray. It has a hint of shimmer to it but I wasn't able to capture

Heaven Sent - a soft, creamy aquamarine 

Pink Parasol - a creamy strawberry ice

Champagne Bubbles - a creamy tangerine

Under the Sea - a rich, sea scuba blue shimmer

All swatches were two coats with a topcoat. Barielle polishes are 5-free and retail for $8 a bottle or in a 5-pack for $25 and can be purchased on their website. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sinful Colors Flirt with Hearts Collection

Hard to believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you ladies spotted any of Sinful Colors Flirt with Hearts polishes in stores? Here are four from the collection.

With a mix of classic reds and pinks, trendy teal, plus a brand-new, exclusive, limited-edition heart-shaped glitter, Love Sprinkles, you're sure to find you nail polish soulmate. 

 Pinky Glitter - Bright Pink with a splash of sparkle. This is very pretty and reminds me a bit of OPI Teeange Dream. Nice and smooth with topcoat.

 Dazzling Red - Clear glitter with red small and large hex glitters

GoGo Girl is a red crelly. I then topped it with one coat of the exclusive Love Sprinkles.

All swatches were no basecoat, two coats with topcoat. Available in Walgreens, Rite Aid and other retailers for $1.99.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Barielle 90 Second Facial Line Eraser

Barielle has just developed new product called “Line Eraser.” It is a 90 second wrinkle reducer that is meant to correct the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is contained within a cosmetic syringe type applicator.

While I often concentrate on all things polish and nails, I am a 30-year old (eeek I didn't say that) and am more aware of products that can help reduce the appearance of my newborn wrinkles and such. I'm extremely expressive and have the little chasms on my forehead.
First off the packaging is brilliant. It comes in a syringe which definitely gives this feel of non-invasive botox. Remove the cap and lock then push some of the product out directly onto the skin. I was surprised to see it was a foundation colored liquid.

It does say you can use with or without foundation. I decided to use it underneath my foundation. I did immediately feel my skin tighten around the areas I patted it in. I'm not sure if it worked as much on my large forehead wrinkle as I had hoped, but once again, a non-evasive product. It was nice to have an extra layer of coverage and could definitely be used as a concealer if none is lying around. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Love Angeline Members Only

The best thing about a three day weekend? A four day week! I'm a lucky girl to get days like MLK and Presidents' Day. It's been awhile since I've done some decals. I picked up Love Angeline's Members Only months and months ago. The black, pinks, whites, circles and squares made me so happy.

Staring at it, I wanted the right base color so you could see all the different colors in this topper. I decided gray was the ticket. Two coats of Color Club Wild Orchid and then strategically placed the glitters. I'm still new to fishing for, and dabbing large glitters on. It's a full-time job people!
Accent nails were naked and stamped with m71 flower design and Black on Black. I then dropped miss little Marie from Lady and the Tramp decals from ob40 on top. I can also see this polish with some bows and polka dots. Let me know if you have other ideas!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Glitter Butter & Jelly Sandwich

I saw the BEST tutorial on Facebook and can't for the life of me find the original post. Some brilliant nail maven slathered on some silver glitterness and then used jellies randomly over the top. I had wanted to create this for New Year's but was traveling and didn't have time. Random side note, I always want to add an "h" when spelling sandwich. Don't we all have one of those words? Just sayin'.
I started with one coat of China Glaze I'd Melt for You so the Glitter wasn't a total bitch to remove (it ended up being this mani's demise because it peeled off full nail in the shower):(. Then one thick coat of Nina Ultra Pro Silver Slipper.
I then randomly used Loreal jellies on top of the Nina silver glitter and stamped from SB21 with Sinful Black on Black.
These rocked and looked like decals! Of course the sun didn't come out for three days so I wasn't able to capture the sparkle - boohoo. Have you done anything like this?