5.04.2015

And away we go!


Nothing To Disclose

If you've been following me on social media, you've realized that I'm having a baby today! It's crazy how fast time goes but today's the day! I had the hardest time picking out my nails but I went with the above Chaos And Crocodiles "City in the Clouds" from the Once Upon A Unicorn collection and ORLY "Mirrorball" as an accent. I was really happy with both polishes - I used a base coat of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish on all nails and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. I hope that it just lasts while I'm in the hospital!

I'm hoping that while I play with my new baby squish, I'll also get a little more blogging in. Things are a-changing at my household from the new addition to job changes for me which will maybe give way to a little more blogging time. I'm still debating on Cosmoprof North America this year which is in early July - there are a few pieces to that puzzle that haven't been solved & tonight's not the time to do it.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram - that's probably where my first photos of Russell Joseph will end up. And have a fantastic week!

4.25.2015

4.22.2015

Bella il Fiore Mani & More Accessory Kit & Giveaway!

Press Sample 

Have you heard of Bella il Fiore yet? This company was brand new to me, but it really caught my eye with their Mani & More Accessory Kits. Bella's manicure accessory kits contain all the essentials for maintaining beautiful, well groomed nails at home or on the go. The snap case is perfect for dropping in my purse and I don't have to worry about it accidentally opening.


As shown above, each kit contains a cuticle pusher, tweezers, nail file, cuticle snippers, scissors and nail clippers. 


Inside the lavender case that I received, you can see the pretty purple paisley pattern inside. I was excited to add this to my purse because my last mani-case is really worn down and comes apart (it was a free one). The tools are sharp but not so sharp you're going to hurt yourself. It's also really nice to have the added tweezers!

And now, let's give away the silver case seen above! Check out the pattern from the inside:
It's a lovely mint paisley! Giveaway starts today and lasts for one week (ending at midnight April 29th.) Open internationally to those 18+! Please allow the Rafflecopter widget to load in full.

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4.21.2015

NCLA Iridescent Dreams


I was pretty happy with NCLA started coming out with holographic polishes. You know how much I love my holos! I've been trying to work on my stash by posting more polishes that I've purchased, and this was one of them! Today I have Iridescent Dreams, a plum holographic. I used a base coat of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. The formula was a little thin, but 2 coats did leave me opaque.


I took this first photo in my light box. You can see that the holographic properties are more scattered, meaning you get a slight cascade of rainbow versus linear where you'd see a straight line of holo. That's fine - I like all holos, but I was a little surprised by it at first.


You can really see the scatter in the sunlight. Again, not a bad thing, but not my favorite kind of holo. They all have their place!


Finally one photo in the shade, because like just about every holo ever, there is a duller side and that's when you have no sun. Boo hiss. It's still a pretty light purple/plum shade though!


NCLA [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Tumblr] [Pinterest] [Instagram] is available on the website for $16.00 to $18.00 a bottle and in a variety of stores. The HOLOS line sells for $18.00.

4.20.2015

China Glaze Glow With The Flow

Press Sample

Is it summer yet? Well, with the China Glaze Summer 2015 Electric Nights neon collection, you might think so! China Glaze is known for neons, so this year it was interesting to see how they would reinvent themselves again! This time, all their neons glow under black light! Now, I don't have a black light to share with you but trust me on this.

Today I have Glow With The Flow, an ultra bright baby pink. Now, neons and cameras never get along, so please bare with me. I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Digital Nails Ain't Nobody Got Time For That. On my ring and pointer finger, I did one thin coat of KBShimmer Eyes White Open to see if the color would pop better. The formula on this polish was a bit on the thin side, runny if you didn't wipe your brush properly and I was a mess in application. I definitely needed careful cleanup but I also hadn't painted my nails in a little while.

This photo was taken in my light box. Can you tell which had the white base and which didn't? I feel like I can tell a little bit but not enough to really make that much of a difference in this lighting.

I was able to capture a little bit of sun! Out here, the color took more of a Barbie pink neon but again, not much difference in a white base or not. I haven't decided if I want to use a white base under the rest of the polishes or not - I hate having visible nail line but I also hate using more coats of polish if I don't have to.

Meanwhile here in the shade, I feel like the white base made all the difference. Torn, eh? Or is it just me?

This photo was taken in indirect light under my porch. I feel again that the white does make a difference but I also don't feel like the color is as neon as I'd love it to me.

Finally indirect light indoors and this is where the white base made all the difference to me. Since I spend the majority of my time indoors, I feel like a white base is the only way to wear these neons. Do you agree?

China Glaze [Website] [Facebook] [Twittercan be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe BeautySally's Beauty Supply as well as TransDesign.

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