ILNP Citrus Punch

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If you've ever looked at my spreadsheet, you know that I have a LOT of ILNP polishes. I love them so much, from the beautiful packaging, the wide brush and then THE HOLO! Sometimes it's hard to capture on camera but in the sun? Oh man, the ILNP polishes are a showstopper.

Today I have Citrus Punch from the Summer 2017 collection. This is a crisp coral holographic polish with micro-flakes that almost put off a golden shimmer in the right light. I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow top coat.

I was a little nervous at the first coat because it appeared sheer but I should have know better because the second thin coat made the polish perfectly opaque.

Look how happy this polish is! The holographic sparkle totally came out to dominate but on my index finger, you can see that golden shimmer. 

I'm on the fence about this polish on its own. I don't know if I love it against my skin tone but I think it would be really pretty as a base for some black stamping. I got a clear jelly stamper at Indie Expo Canada that I want to try.

You can purchase ILNP on Amazon or their website. For more on the ILNP brand, be sure to following their various social media platforms: Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Ever After Blue Hawaiian

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Today I have Ever After Blue Hawaiian from the Flake It Up Jelly collection. This is a listed as a bold ocean blue jelly with color shifting flakes. I'm absolutely obsessed with this polish. For years, I drank nothing but Blue Hawaiian drinks at the bar, so this was so for me.

I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote and only 2 coats of polish before topping with Glisten & Glow top coat. I was so happy to see that this blue was fully opaque in 2 coats and I mean, just LOOK at all those flakes!

You can just barely see any VNL on this polish which is great for me because I hate seeing my bare nails. I have started using a tinted base coat when I know a polish is sheer but because I was swatching this live on Instagram, I wanted to see how it did on its own.

This is a great color to wear on its own and I'm pretty excited to try it over other colors as well. Removal was no issue - didn't need to tug or scrape off the polish at all.

This polish is currently available in a 13.5 ml bottle for $10.50.

Ever After may be purchased on their website. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and their Facebook Group.

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

Ever After Tequila Sunrise

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Have you been keeping up with indies? It's so awesome to me that what started with Lynnderella and Cult Nails has EXPLODED into hundreds of shops. What started as a bunch of girls getting together for dinner and talking nails has turned into conventions across the country and even some in Europe and Australia! It's been so fascinating to watch over the past 8 years.

One of the brands that has come on the scene and made an impact in my world is Ever After. I first met Rachel and Miranda in Las Vegas during a Colors and Cocktails party - one of the first organized exhibition meetings which has now spawned The Polish Convention. Ever After has their nail line created by Rachel and an accompanying body products line created by Miranda which has also expanded into soy wax melts.

Earlier this month, Ever After released their Flake it Up Jellies collection. This is a 5 piece collection packed with flakes in a jelly suspension base. They can be built up to be worn alone or placed over another color for a new look. Today I'm using Tequila Sunrise.

I started my manicure with a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I was super impressed that this polish only needed 2 coats to be truly opaque on its own.

Look how pretty this is! This is listed as a vibrant neon watermelon jelly with color shifting flakes. I think it definitely hits the watermelon jelly but not sure if I'd call this completely neon. The flakes inside are a mix of magenta and golden shreds ranging in a variety of sizes.

This polish is currently available in a 13.5 ml bottle for $10.50.

Ever After may be purchased on their website. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and their Facebook Group.

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

PolishCon Chicago

Am I going to see you next month in Chicago? On the fence about coming out? Well read below!

After a successful event in New York, The Polish Convention, an event celebrating and exclusively featuring indie nail polish brands, is returning to its hometown of Chicago, IL. This bi-annual event hosted by Ever After Polish and Great Lakes Lacquer takes place September 23rd at Navy Pier, Festival Hall in Chicago, IL. Navy Pier, Festival Hall is the largest venue for Polish Con to date, and will be filled with over 30 local and international vendors helping attendees celebrate their love for nail polish and nail polish accessories through shopping, live demos, tutorial tables, and meet and greets with their favorite brand owners and creators.

KBShimmer owner Christy Rose says, “We are thrilled to be returning to Polish Con for our third time. The new venue at Chicago's iconic Navy Pier is such (a) beautiful location! This new and larger locale will allow attendees a more pleasurable shopping experience and the makers more opportunity to connect with fans. KBShimmer is honored to be among so many quality Indie Polish brands and cannot wait to announce our unbelievable show specials and introduce our new mini collection celebrating one of America’s best cities, Chicago!”

Some of the over 30 brands that will be in attendance this year, along with the event organizers, are KBShimmer, Glisten & Glow, Cupcake Polish, Different Dimension, and Girly Bits. For nail artists, bloggers, and indie polish lovers in the Chicago area this is the perfect opportunity to meet the creators behind your favorite indie brands, socialize with other nail enthusiasts in the community, and learn new nail art techniques through live demos and tutorials. Shop the latest trendy nail polishes including chrome, holographic, unicorn and mermaid flakes, thermal, glitter and many more unique colors and styles from the wide array of vendors. You will also find nail and hand care items and nail art tools.

Jill Rehm-Craine, owner of Glisten & Glow says “Building interpersonal relationships with old and new indie polish fanatics is the highlight of the event for us! Polish Con showcases indie polish from all over the globe in one place for one day- what an incredible experience. Attendees getting to see in person polishes they have loved online, friendships being formed, and squeals of delight when showing off their manicures are my favorite sights and sounds of the day! We are excited to showcase new Chicago themed collections and offer fabulous deals on award winning products. It's an experience of a lifetime! Near, far wherever you are Polish Con - Chicago is the must go to Nail Polish event of the season!"

"Polish Con is one of my favorite events of the year- it's a chance to connect with our customer base, preview all of the new polishes and offer amazing show specials. There are few opportunities to meet up with a large group of people who share the same passion and Polish Con is just that. Seeing online friends meet in person for the first time, seeing young women passionate about this industry, and seeing the joy on everyone's faces throughout the day is what makes these events so rewarding for me as a vendor," Says Cupcake Polish owner Sara Casey.

Missi Barry, the owner of Different Dimension says, "I love the tutorial tables and demo tables where attendees get to learn many new nail art techniques demonstrated live and then have the ability to try the techniques themselves! You can learn how to do nail polish gradients, watermarble, free hand nail art, apply nail vinyls, make nail decals, and even learn how to stamp like a pro! Polish Con is not only a shopping event, but a learning experience. Such a unique and memorable event for all nail polish lovers."

Three time vendor and owner of Girly Bits, Pam Heil, says, "We look forward to chatting with customers and friends and reconnecting with those we have had the pleasure of meeting at previous events. We are giddy with anticipation of being surrounded by polish and polish fanatics like ourselves. I can't wait to share our newest releases and exclusive show specials. Polish Con is the perfect opportunity to try out new brands we've had our eyes on as well. This year, we are excited to share an exclusive ‘After Polish Con Coupon’ created in collaboration with other vendors for all Polish Con attendees."

The Polish Con tickets for the September 23rd event at Chicago’s Navy Pier, Festival Hall are on sale now through September 22nd, 2017 at The event is open to the general public from 3pm Central until 6pm Central and tickets include a Polish Con shopping bag and event brochure with vendor discounts and an after show exclusive coupon. Early access tickets are also available.

Navy Pier, Festival Hall is located at 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

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The above two photos are courtesy of xoxoJen

Indie Spotlight with Nail It!


So if you're following me on social media, you may have seen that I started a new, twice a month feature with Nail It online! I was super stoked and really enjoyed watching people from literally all over the world join in and "heart" what I was doing on Instagram Live.

Not to mention...
WHAT? 1,024 of y'all tuned in to watch me jabber for 30 minutes and paint my nails. That's awesome, amazing and humbling all at the same time.

So who did I feature this time? There was a mix of polishes that had been provided to me by the company and ones I bought on my own. I wanted to make sure everything mentioned was able to be purchased RIGHT NOW so that people wouldn't try and go to the websites mentioned and be disappointed. What do you think? Would you like to see something that maybe hasn't been released yet? Or something that may not be in stock right now? IDK, I'm still playing it all out.

And then today...

Woo!  Each time I have an Indie Spotlight, I'll have an accompanying blog post on Nail It with full manicures. Additionally, I'll take some time to write more on here in my usual fashion. 

I'm so stoked for this opportunity and really hope this feature grows. Right now, the next Indie Spotlight will be held on Saturday, September 2nd which is Labor Day weekend but I hope you check it out!

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

Cosmoprof North America 2017

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Cosmoprof North America was a BLAST! On top of seeing some of my favorite bloggers, I also got to meet with some of my favorite brands, as well as meet some new ones! It's always a pleasure to head out to Las Vegas for a few days to see all things beauty.

This year was bigger than ever. In all, 36,787 attendees,(up 9 % from 2016) engaged with a record breaking 1,278 exhibitors (up 9% from  2016), representing 45 countries.  The show floor space covered 293,306 sqf (27,249 sqm) of space with an increase of of 4% compared to the previous year. 

In addition to the now standard DISCOVER BEAUTY and DISCOVER BEAUTY SPOTLIGHTS, there was also a nice showing from TONES OF BEAUTY (multi-cultural beauty brands) and a much larger DISCOVER GREEN (organic beauty) and the popular DISCOVER SCENT (perfume brands). Brand new to this year's show was DISCOVER GREEN LEAF where organic brands met with key specialty retailers and chain spas and DISCOVER BEAUTY PRO where select companies met with key national distributors like ULTA and SalonCentric.

Also expanded this year was the Boutique area where attendees could create their own beauty box (which I did) and they were able to raise over $18,426 for the PBA Foundation (up 30% from 2016!). Also the Glamour Me section allowed attendees to try products first hand, although I didn't try one this year. In 2016, I had a manicure done with ORLY Breathable, if you remember.

Here's a few more highlights of things I saw and definitely be on the look out as I slowly make my way through reviewing everything!
The European market for ORLY has been increasingly asking for smaller sized "mini" bottles of polish due to the limited space that some salons, spas, and even consumers have available to them. ORLY seized the opportunity to cater to that market with their new mini bottles.

China Glaze had a sneak peek for bloggers including the Halloween 2017 collection called "Happily NEVER After". I'm eternally cackling at names like "Do You, Boo!" and "Sin-derella".

Color Club had tons of new items that I was just drooling over. I can't find them in stores but was told to just buy off their website. It may be worth it with the In The Mood pastel collection. It's a body heat activated color changing lacquer that's also available in gel and HELLO look at those bottles!

Oddly, I've been following Color Clutch since 2014 when they did a giveaway with NCLA, but this year I got to actually meet the creator, Katharine and I was there when she was awarded a Trendsetter Award! More to come on this brand, including a review soon!

I met Daily Concepts at Cosmoprof years ago and after trying their exfoliating gloves, I fell in love with the line. As a beauty blogger, I get bombarded with TONS of products but I was absolutely OBSESSED with this green line of products and have bought them over and over not just for me but my husband is obsessed with the back scrubber! The line of baby sponges just launched (the fish at the bottom) and I got one for the youngest member of our family to play with soon.

Le Chat is back with an all new look for their Date to Wear line. The new packaging is much more visual and this line of mood polish is again, up my alley! What is it about mood polish that makes me happy? What's old is new again!

The other major thing at Cosmoprof this year were dip powder systems. Did you know that LeChat Nails started with gelee - a powder gel nail system? You can use this product as a powder gel, a dipping powder or mix with acrylic! And these glow powders are SO bright. It's only available for professionals BUT LeChat just launched a brand new e-commerce site for professionals AND consumers!

I also got to meet with Morgan and Taylor of Gelish & Morgan Taylor. Sadly, the bulk of the items are embargoed until a later date but I did get to take a photo of their massive dip powder system which is great for retail or just you know... my bedroom...

One of my last stand outs was ella + mila who were in Discover Beauty. I have always been attracted to the clean lines of this brand but now they have released lip colors as well! Some matte, some glossy - but all pigmented. More to come on that soon.

This was just a handful of the brands I got to sit down with and chat about their lines. I literally have a bag here at my desk with more information, products and samples to try. Be sure to stay tuned for #MakeupMonday where I'll be featuring some unique finds from the show!