Morgan Taylor The Last Petal

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Well I don't know about you, but my Facebook News Feed is FILLED with comment after comment about HOW GOOD the new live action Beauty and the Beast is. Last month, an Alamo Drafthouse opened in a nearby city, and since it's pretty much the best theater ever, I rounded up some friends and we're having a Friends Night Out tomorrow to go see the movie in 3D.

Now, I've had a rough week (I was due in October but we lost the child on Tuesday due to placenta accreta) so I really needed a pick me up and this beauty has been sitting on my desk for a bit and I knew it would be perfect. If you hadn't heard, Beauty and The Beast teamed up with Gelish and Morgan Taylor for a special collection that collaborates with the movie. The Morgan Taylor side is a 3 creme, 3 shimmer collection with a special overlay coat in a pink/gold patina that doubles as easy nail art. However for today, I chose to go simply with The Last Petal, a wine colored shimmer.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. I could have easily used one coat of polish because this is a highly pigmented lacquer, but I went with two just to be safe. My nails are still very thin and short during this recovery from acrylics in December but I think by this time next month, they may be all better and I can start growing them out again. Although I must say, it is SO much easier to type with nubby nails. Love live the nubs!

This color practically glows on its own. It does tend to lean a little more purple in person but I am not complaining because I love wine purple. While not totally unique, I think it flatters all people. I'm also super impressed with the opacity of the polish and hope to make it a few days with this nicely on my nails.

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.

China Glaze Warm Wishes

This past winter, China Glaze came out with the Seas and Greetings collection - a different take on the typical reds and greens holiday collection. The motivation was the warm winters in California where China Glaze is located. I was mixed on it because while I definitely wear polishes all year long, I feel like I was longing for my typical reds and greens during December so this collection just sat at my desk.

Today, however, I felt like wearing something bright and cheery. I'm on a bowling league (and I'm terrible) but there's something about painted nails that just make me feel happy. I pulled out Warm Wishes, a watermelon creme. I used a base of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. The formula on this polish was a bit runny so I had to wipe my brush an extra time to catch the lacquer from the top of the brush. With careful thin coats, I didn't flood my cuticles and had little clean up required.

Also, my nails are STILL trashed from my acrylic experience. I hope that within the next 4 weeks, it will all be grown out and I can start growing my nails out again. Right now, I'm have to cut them off as soon as the distal (also called the free) edge appears because it's so paper thin. Additionally, I now have a hard "bump" on my left thumb which may be injury to the nail where the acrylic was drilled down. Regardless, I miss my sturdy nails and can't wait to see them again soon.

I do love that China Glaze has a lot of "staple" colors in their collections - things that go well with anyone but are also good starting points for nail art. I tend to wear straight cremes to work with the occasional shimmer and keep my holos and glitter to the weekends, so I find this polish a good one to have in my stash. I'm still working to move all my polishes into my guest room and now I have guests coming in May so I need to get myself moving! Overall, I do enjoy this color - as I mentioned before, thin coats and extra wiping of the brush and you'll have no issues.

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

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

The Color Box: March 2017 "Blue"

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Happy March! I cannot believe how fast this year is going. I will be headed to NYC soon for PolishCon NYC and hope to see some old friends and make new ones as well! Today I am happy to bring you The Color Box: March 2017 "Blue". This is a color-coordinated collaboration box that was started by Manna's Manis & More, xoxo, Jen, Amanda Loves Polish and the first indie brand to sign on was Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.

This is a quarterly collaboration box between 5 brands and 5 bloggers who create 5 different polishes in the same color theme. The color theme for each box is voted by members of The Color Box group on Facebook.

I was so honored to be asked - granted, I fill out the collaboration sign up form last year but in the 7 years that I've been blogging, I have never been asked to collaborate with a brand before. I was paired up with Super Moon Lacquer - a fellow Texan. I told her that I was looking for a dark navy with holo and copper to remind me of the night drives home with my family after seeing extended family and seeing either the orange street lights or the oil field flares in the sky as we drove the three hour drive home. And thus, Texas Treasures was born!

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, and two coats of polish. I could have easily gotten away with one, but I went two thin coats just in case. I topped it with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

Texas Treasures with flash

Texas Treasures in direct sun

Texas Treasures in indirect light

Texas Treasures in a light box
The rest of the polishes are equally amazing. For all, I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, two coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat.

Sakura Skies by Baroness X and xoxo, Jen
A bright summer sky blue base packed with pink to peach to gold shifting glass fleck with a dusting of holo.

Manna's Mystical Masterpiece by Tonic Nail Polish and Manna's Manis & More
This cobalt blue duochrome shifts to purple with a fine linear holographic finish.

Blue A Fuse by Blush Lacquers and Bruised Up Dollie
A deep blue base with blue micro flakes, holo flakes, holo and a hint of black shreds.

Niagara Sunrise by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and Imperfectly Painted
A faded denim with copper fine and medium shimmers and gold microflakes.

The Color Box will be available for pre-order starting March 10-17th. Twenty (20) boxes will also be available for purchase at the Indie Shop event in Atlanta, GA on March 11th. The price is $45 (plus shipping) and it does ship internationally! You can purchase through their website and also check out their Instagram for future boxes.

And because they are amazing, there is also a giveaway below!

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Save this spring with Groupon Coupons!

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(This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.)

Y'all know how much I love Groupon. I wrote a post a few years ago about how I used a Groupon to get a massage locally and a few times I've mentioned how you can get JulieG by Jesse's Girl Cosmetics polishes at a really awesome deal price through Groupon. But did you know that in addition to having amazing deals for over 500 cities and 28 countries around the world, Groupon also has a whole section dedicated to coupons?

Groupon Coupons, which frankly is fun to say, has over 75,000 coupons to over 11,000 stores.  I was actually surprised to see coupons from Sephora, Ulta and even Macy's - this isn't just random dot com URLs that you've never heard of before! Doesn't matter if you're searching for the best gel polish deal out there or if you're looking to buy a new TV, Groupon Coupons has you covered. I really like that you can even check out what stores and sites are having free shipping!

The thing that really grabbed me about Groupon Coupons is that you don't have to do anything special to qualify for the coupon codes - you don't even have to log into Groupon! Only reason I found that out was because (oops) my Groupon account had been deactivated at some point in the past. However, Groupon has a great live chat service and I was able to get my account reactivated in under 8 minutes.

Additionally, the free iPhone app makes it easy for me to lie in bed and check out deals in case I'm not at my desktop. I especially enjoy being able to pull it out when I'm in another town and want to try a new place for dinner or check out a local spa. The website and the app are seamless together which is always a plus.

This spring, make a point to check out Groupon Coupons during your next purchase. Join the social conversation by liking Groupon on Facebook and following their Twitter.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.  For more information, please read this post.

Colors by Llarowe Summer Skies

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It's cold in South Texas (below 40!) which is really rare so I wanted an icy blue to wear today! I decided to grab Colors by Llarowe Summer Skies which was the Polish of the Month for May 2016. This is a icy blue that is both holographic and has pink shimmer. 

I used a base coat of Cult Nails Get It On, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. The polish went on well and the brush is nice and fluffy which I love. 

This photo was in my light box. Despite being under artificial light, you can still see a bit of the holo peeking through.

I also was able to grab a photo in the sun and that's where the scattered holo really comes out to play. It's a pretty intense blue so possibly double up on your base coat. I had only a slight blue tint to my nails - not smurf like - when removing.

Colors by Llarowe are available through the Llarowe website and range in price from $5 to $12. You can also like it on Facebook, follow on Pinterest, and follow on Instagram.

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