4.22.2016

Illamasqua Speckle


Happy Friday! Today I felt like pulling an oldie - dusty if you will. This is Illamasqua Speckle, a lilac jelly with various sized black glitter. I was OBSESSED with this type of polish when it first came out in 2013 and bought every color. And then like a true addict, it's sat on my shelf just looking pretty. ^_^

I used a base of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 thin coats of polish and finished with KBShimmer Clearly On Top. This polish was a little thin for me on the first coat, and while the second one was better, I felt like I needed a third coat to finish it off. The black glitter can get a little buried by the polish but it's still a great look on the nails.


I ended up wearing this as a full manicure to work. It's one of the more bold looks I've tried at work since I normally end up wearing just cremes or the occasional holo.

Did you ever buy any of these? Sadly, Sephora was the only place here in the USA that you could buy Illamasqua, but they have been removed from Sephora's line up. Now, you can purchase Illamasqua directly from their website with only a $7.50 shipping fee (which from England, is pretty fantastic). This polish has been discontinued.

Illamasqua [website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] is available through their website for around $18 a bottle.

4.20.2016

KBShimmer Pools Paradise

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Do you like crellies? I have a love/hate with them but today I'm pretty happy. From the Spring 2016 KBShimmer collection this is Pools Paradise, a green leaning aqua with pops of neon pink, periwinkle and aqua glitters.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 thin coats of polish and finished with KBShimmer Clearly On Top. I inverted my bottle for 30 minutes prior to polishing to help the glitters come closer to the brush. It's how I use all my crellies from KBShimmer.

So I have been a fan of this whole teal/green base color for awhile now and the glitters really help to make the polish more interesting. The neon pink gets a little lost but it's still there and still pretty.

KBShimmer [website] can be purchased through their website for those in the United States and through Harlow and Co for international sales. Prices range from $5.50 to $9.25. Connect with KBShimmer through their social media networks: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

4.18.2016

Morgan Taylor Wish Upon A Starboard

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Happy Monday! After a ridiculously busy month, I'm trying to wind down and get back to showing you more of the things I love - polish! Especially stay tuned to my Instagram this weekend, because I will be attending the Best Lil' Nail Show Texas! Today, I wanted to wear a red polish that just screams hello to you, and I felt that Morgan Taylor Wish Upon A Starboard definitely does just that!

I used a base of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Love, Angelina "Topped With Love." This blazing cherry creme polish was almost a little squishy on the first coat while still being nearly completely opaque. I opted for a second coat just to even things out. The humidity is RIDICULOUS here in Texas right now, so I had to be careful as the polish was wanting to smear on the second coat but a careful hand and cranking down the a/c and I was good to go. This is also my first time to use this top coat - one I've heard so much about but hadn't used before. Results were good - it's very thin but doesn't smear and dried quickly.

Commanding presence I must say! This limited edition polish is a part of the "A Very Nauti-cal Girl" 2016 summer drop-in collection available this May. You can purchase the full sized lacquer for around $9 or there will be a 4-piece mini pack as well. I'm really excited to use this color again for the 4th of July - I work on a Naval Base now and I already have great ideas going for my manicure because you HAVE to have a great manicure for the holidays!

Morgan Taylor [Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube] is available at CosmoProf for $8.50 a bottle. Online, non-professionals can purchase Morgan Taylor at Loxa Beauty.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

3.17.2016

Polish My Life 1950s Mint 'Fridge

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day! How do you celebrate today? I don't necessarily do anything special but I try to at least wear green. Polish My Life 1950s Mint 'Fridge is a perfect mint green creme to end this 7 Days of St. Patrick's.

I used a base of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow H K Girl top coat. I had hoped this would have been plenty opaque in 2 coats but I really needed the 3rd. What I love about this polish is that it has this teeny tiny silver shimmer added in that you don't see while wearing but it just adds to the shine of this polish. This is from the All Things Vintage collection that I picked up last year. If I recall correctly, you are supposed to double up on base coat to ensure none of these polishes stain because of the heavy creme pigment but I didn't have any issues with just my normal Duri Rejuvacote (one coat).

I LOVE this color. I wish my parents were still around so I could ask them if they knew anyone with this color of fridge because it screams the 50s to me. I can definitely see myself wearing this more and I'm seriously considering it for my pedicure. It's just bright and happy. Fair warning, this polish is currently sold out.

Polish My Life is available on their website. Follow the conversation on Facebook & Instagram.

3.16.2016

Zoya Tiana

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Today in my series of greens I have Zoya Tiana from the Delight collection. This is a nice pastel mint green creme that reminds me of Easter.

I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor, 2 coats of polish and finished with Zoya Armor. I don't have as quick of drying time with Armor, so be sure to make sure and let all layers dry before moving around. I don't recommend using a different base or top coat with Zoya as their formulas all work in harmony with each other. Every time I've tried to wear a Zoya manicure with a different base or top coat, I get shrinkage, lifting or just general messy stuff going on.


This is definitely a lighter green with no staining thankfully. It isn't really yellow based but more of a straight mint which I like with my skin color. I did have a little bit of clean up necessary but it worked well.

Zoya [Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube] can be purchased on their website for $10/bottle.