Friday, January 31, 2014

Skittlette: New Milani High Speed Fast Dry 2014 Colors!

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Hello, readers! TGIF right? Milani just released 25 new nail polishes for 2014 and I've got the first set to show you today! I'm going to split them up into a few posts so you don't get too overwhelmed. Today's post is on the three new High Speed Fast Dry Colors!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Elevation Polish Haleakala Nail Art!

Good morning, readers! I have a simple mani to share with you that I wore over the weekend! The latest collection by Elevation Polish is The Heights Of Hawaii and this gorgeous purple/wine holo, called Haleakala, is part of it. It was definitely my favorite of the collection so I am very glad I was able to get it with my order this month! This is crazy holo, look at these lightbox photos showing it off! The lightbox usually diffuses the light too much for holo to show up.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Red Dog Designs: The Angels Have The Phone Box Swatches!

Hello, readers! I have a fun polish from the new Red Dog Designs Who's 50th Anniversary Collection! Have you seen them yet? 13 Doctor Who themed polishes, and they are awesome!! I only own this one so far, since I LOVE textured polishes AND The Weeping Angels. Such a great combination!

The Angels Have The Phone Box: Various sized hex glitters, in shades of blue, grey, black, and silver, sprinkled with micro holo glitter, in a light grey base. This is a textured finish polish.
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Press Release: Brazil by OPI for Spring/Summer 2014

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Good morning, readers! OPI has announced a new collection for Spring/Summer 2014! Below is the press release, I am loving these!

Carnaval of Color! 

OPI Launches Brazil Collection For Spring/Summer 2014
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Nicole by OPI 2014 Swatches!

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Good morning, readers! I meant to get this post up on Sunday, but we had a busy and fun family day so I had to push it back to today. Nicole by OPI just released 15 new core colors for 2014! These will be sticking around, unlike the limited edition collections I've been showing you lately. Lots of fabulous colors for nail art, and I've already shown you one nail art look I created using some of these.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

The Lacquer Legion, Reinvention: Steam Punk Nail Art!

Hello, readers! Have you heard of The Lacquer Legion? It's a monthly nail art challenge to connect the nail polish community and I am so excited I was able to find the time to join in for this month's theme! You can go check out The Lacquer Legion on Facebook for some more info. This month's theme was "Reinvention" and it took me a bit to decide what to do for that. It was so broad that it was troubling me but as soon as I asked the hubby, he told me Steampunk would be great because a big part of it is taking things and reinventing them.

I was really excited because I haven't done steampunk nails before and I had to figure out what aspect I wanted to bring to the nail art. Gears and clockwork are what I instantly thought of, as well as those neat blimp-looking air ships. I decided to go with a sketch of an "airship" for my accent nail and various gears on the other nails.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Swatch Saturday: Gwen Stefani by OPI Collection!

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Good afternoon, readers! As promised yesterday, here is a full swatch post of the Gwen Stefani by OPI Collection! If you missed it, I highly recommend checking out yesterday's nail art post. I used 4 of these gorgeous polishes and I love how it turned out. Super funky and fun!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Nail Art: Gwen Stefani by OPI Skittlette!

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Good morning, readers! You voted on my Facebook page, so today's post is a fun nail art skittlette look that I created using 4 of the new Gwen Stefani by OPI Collection! I'll have a full swatch post up for you tomorrow, so this is like a sneak peek on the colors! 

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

GOT Polish Challenge, Blue: Zoya Song and OPI Last Friday Night!

Good morning, readers! I have a quick post for you today. It's time for this week's Golden Oldies Thursdays challenge. The theme was blue so I grabbed two of my older blues that don't get the love they deserve.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OPI My Current Crush Swatches

Good morning, readers! I have a new OPI Liquid Sand favorite to share with you today, and ironically enough it's called My Current Crush! It was sold in a duo pack at Ulta with Natural Nail Base Coat and I fell in love with the color! My friend, Gina, sent me the duo in a swap recently and I wore it immediately! So so so pretty.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dior Day! Half Moon Mani: Dior Bouquet and Dior Perlé!

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Good evening, readers! This is a late post for me, but a group of friends decided that we should all wear Dior polish today and blog it together. I ordered 2 of the new Diors and I was so happy to see they were out for delivery today! So once they came in the mail, I had to start my mani much later in the day. But I made it!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Stripes With New Nicole by OPI 2014 Colors!

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Hello, readers! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen me post a photo of the new Nicole by OPI nail lacquers for 2014! They arrived on Friday and this weekend I wore a fun stripe manicure using 4 of the new colors! I'm going to try and get a full swatch post of the 15 new colors for you by this weekend. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek at 4!

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Swatch Saturday: Dove Chocolate and Nicole by OPI Discover Your Dark Side Sweepstakes!

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Good morning, readers! Do you remember my post 2 weeks ago about Dove Chocolate and Nicole by OPI Pairing up together for an awesome sweepstakes? Nail polish AND chocolate? YES PLEASE! Today I have the two chocolate inspired polishes to show you! Dove also sent some amazing chocolate for me and I have been eating them while polishing my nails, yum!!

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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Monochrome, Day 5: Sideways Waterfall Nail Art!

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Good morning, readers! It's a cold day here in my area of Florida, so I thought a holo would brighten it up a bit! I really wanted to wear Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster this week (especially after Debbie from The Crumpet labeled it her favorite polish for the year!), but also didn't want to cover it up too much. I decided to go with a "sideways waterfall" design, hoping it would give just a little added fun to an incredible base color without covering it all up.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

GOT Polish + The Digit-al Dozen DOES Monochrome, Day 4: Purple Zigzag Reciprocal Gradient!

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Good morning, readers!  I have a triple post for today: this week's GOT Polish Challenge, Digit-al Dozen Monochrome Day 4, and another review for Sticky Nails stencils! Are you ready? Did you see yesterday's post with a different Sticky Nails guide? Go check it out!

Today's mani was challenging for me. First, I knew I had to keep the polishes in the same color family. Second, I had to pick colors that were older than a year in my stash. Lastly, I wanted to show another shape of tape guide from Sticky Nails. So I ended up with zigzag stripes and a reciprocal gradient with Zoya Monica and Milani Violet Dash. I did a reciprocal gradient back during Tape Week with The Digit-al Dozen, and I loved it so much I wanted to try again. Globe & Nail has an awesome tutorial so check that out if you want to know where I got the idea and how to do it yourself!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Swatch and Review: SoFlaJo Goldstone!

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Good afternoon, readers!! I have a surprise second posting for today. SoFlaJo just released a trio of polishes for Valentine's Day, The Just Love Her Collection, and I have one to show you! This is very LE, there are only a couple dozen made, so I wanted to post as soon as I could to give you a chance to grab one before it was sold out.

Goldstone is a red-toned brown jelly polish packed with gorgeous gold shimmer. I'm showing 3 thin coats with no top coat for these photos. It applied easily, but you have to build it up because of it's sheer jelly nature. Just gorgeous!
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The Digit-al Dozen DOES Monochrome, Day 3: Blue Gradient and Textured Chevrons!

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Good morning, readers! Are you enjoying Monochrome Week with The Digit-al Dozen? I've feeling very meh this week but am trying. AND I broke a nail! AHH! It was SO low, I had to cut and file the others down so the rest of the week will be mega shorties :(

Today's post is a fun review of a new product for me: Sticky Nails nail design stencils. You all know I'm a big fan of using striping tape to make fun nail art designs and these are BETTER than striping tape! They are shaped and make for really fun designs without needing artistic skill.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Monochrome, Day 2: Golden Stamping.

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Good morning, readers! It's Day 2 of Monochrome Week with The Digit-al Dozen! For today's manicure, I went with a "golden" color scheme. The golden shimmer from the antique-ish OPI What Wizardry Is This? paired so nicely with Nicole by OPI Carrie'd Away, I knew I had to wear them together somehow. 

I was also able to try out one of the images from the Messy Mansion MM18 plate finally!
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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Loves You Giveaway!

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As promised, here is the BIG announcement from The Digit-al Dozen!!

We are holding a massive giveaway! As a huge thank you hug from all of us for your support, we have a ton of prize packs available to win!! 
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The Digit-al Dozen DOES Monochrome, Day 1: Turquoise Skittlette!

Good morning, readers! It's that time of the month again-- Digit-al Dozen nail art week!! Haha, did you think I meant something else? Anyway, the theme this week is "Monochrome" so each day all of the colors used in the mani will be from one color family. Today's post is a turquoise skittlette-- it's my favorite color family so of course I had to do it the first day!

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Press Release: Zoya Magical Pixie Collection!

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Happy Monday! I have a really exciting collection from Zoya to announce! You know how much I love textured polishes, and these Pixie Dusts are gorgeous! So excited!

New Nail Polish Collection for Spring 2014: Zoya Magical Pixie

Believe in it...
Zoya Magical Pixie - a new PixieDust formulation, amped up with spectacular sparkle creating the most magical, Zoya PixieDust ever! Three new never before imagined textured, holographic beauties for spring 2014 

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Swatch Saturday: Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection

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Good morning, readers! I have an exciting Swatch Saturday post for you today. Carrie Underwood paired up with Nicole by OPI for 14 gorgeous new polishes and I have all of them to show you today! If you missed it, go check out my post on the Press Release. There are 2 textures, 2 glitters, a pale jelly, a couple vampy shimmers, and tons of gorgeous and girly cremes! 
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

GOT Challenge: Pink!

Good morning, readers! I've decided to participate in a new challenge each week from The Crumpet! You can see more info on Debbie's post. Basically, each Thursday we will post a "Golden Oldie" polish that's at least a year old. We want to give some love to our older polishes that sometimes get stuck in a drawer after their initial welcome into the stash. I think it's a fun idea because I tend to weed out polishes that sit for that long without being used.
This week's prompt is Pink, so I grabbed Hare Atolla!
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Nail Art Fail: Crochet Copycat

Hello, readers! Not every nail art idea turns out how I wanted. That's life, right? But I tried so hard on these yesterday that I felt like they deserved a post anyway.

I recently saw this picture from Rebecca Likes Nails on instagram of a square she had crocheted and I told her it would make awesome nail art! So, I tried, and failed, to make it cool nail art.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Abominable Snowman Nail Art!

Good morning, readers! It has been forever since I've done a proper Tutorial Tuesday post. Sorry about that! The holidays are crazy around here and with Hailey off of school, there wasn't time to do extra posts like that.

But, I'm back and trying to get into the groove! Since it's pretty much FREEZING all over right now, it seemed like a great idea to do a Yeti/Abominable Snowman tutorial! This design was my VERY FIRST post with The Digit-al Dozen last December and it's still one of my favorites!

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Press Release: New Nicole by OPI for 2014!

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Nicole by OPI has 15 new core colors for 2014! Below is the press release. These look promising!

New Year, New Color!

Nicole by OPI Launches New Nail Lacquers for 2014

Nicole by OPI announces 15 new nail lacquers for 2014, featuring a range of shades from dark blue and cool mint to bright sorbet hues, as well as metallic shimmers and creamy nudes.  These highly-pigmented lacquers offer nail fans a unique, varied color palette ideal for coordinating with the latest fashion trends.
“Maintaining manicures is an important goal to have on the New Year’s resolution list!  Perfectly painted nails are one of the best accessories any fashionista can have,” explains Suzi Weiss-FischmannNicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “It’s easy to add this finishing touch to any look with so many stylish shimmers and vivid tones. With a wide array of options, wearers can truly express their personality through these shades, whether they change up hues often or mix and match to create fun nail designs.”

The new lacquers for 2014 include:

Be Awesome
A rainbow of light that takes your breath away.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Mommy's NOTD: Gradient with OPI Mariah Carey Pure!

Good afternoon, readers! Today's post is about what I'm currently wearing on my nails! Last week, I saw that Ulta had some awesome OPI on clearance about 1/2 off, and OPI Mariah Carey Pure was one that I grabbed! I have wanted it since it came out, but couldn't afford the $30 price tag. It was marked down to $14.99 and I was able to use a $3.50 off coupon! SCORE!!

I decided to layer it over a gradient base of 2 Barry M Gelly polishes: Greenberry and Blueberry!
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Press Release: Zoya Awaken Collection!

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Good morning, readers! I have great news on this rainy Monday morning: Zoya is releasing a gorgeous new Spring collection soon! Below is the press release, I am SO looking forward to them. Dillion, Rebel, and Hudson are screaming my name already! There is no release date yet, but I'll update this post when I get word on when you are able to purchase them!

New Nail Polish Collection for Spring 2014: Zoya Awaken

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

GRAB BAGS and Blog Sale Updated!

Just a quick post to let you all know that I've updated my blog sale tab! AND I have Mystery Grab Bags available as well!!

Edit: All grab bags are spoken for at this time.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Press Release: Dove Chocolate and Nicole by OPI Sweepstakes!

Hey readers!! Nicole by OPI has paired up with Dove Chocolate for a new Facebook Sweepstakes! You can enter once per day, below is the info. Is there anything better than chocolate and nail polish?

25,000 winners to receive DOVE® Dark Chocolate-inspired nail lacquer kit

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Violet and Teal Half Moon Mani!

Good morning, readers! This is my first official nail art post of 2014! If you follow me on instagram, you would have seen my awesome nail mail package of 9 Barry M Gelly polishes! I've only tried one so far (in this mani) but I love it and feel like I'll need more!

After wanting to match my new cell phone case that the hubby bought me for Christmas (teal and violet), I set out on google to find some inspiration. This is loosely inspired by this mani from The Nailasaurus, but I added some pretty Moyou London Princess Plate 14 heart stamps as well!
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Press Release: Gwen Stefani by OPI Collection News!

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OPI and Gwen Stefani have partnered up for a new nail polish collection! Below is the press release, I can't wait to share these with you!

OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon

Gwen Stefani to Launch Limited Edition Nail Lacquers, Featuring Breakthrough Finishes

                OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.
Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”

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