Morgan Taylor Diamonds Are My BFF

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Yesterday was an amazing day at work and in live so I'm using Morgan Taylor Diamonds Are My BFF, a silver glitter polish in a clear base because it's like a party.

Morgan Taylor Batting My Lashes

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When I saw this brown creme in the Forever Fabulous collection, I was a little thrown. Then when I read the name of Batting My Lashes, it all made sense. For years, I only wore brown mascara myself for my brown hair.

Morgan Taylor Some Like It Red

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The finale of the Forever Fabulous collection for me is Some Like It Red, a red glitter in various shapes with some silver glitter in a slightly red tinted base. I wasn't sure if this was a glitter topper or a stand alone so I wore it both ways.


Morgan Taylor Blue-Eyed Beauty

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After wearing that last nude creme from Morgan Taylor, I needed a lift! Today I have Blue-Eyed Beauty, a rocking periwinkle blue creme.


Morgan Taylor The Camera Loves Me

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Getting into the end of the Forever Fabulous collection from Morgan Taylor and today I have The Camera Loves Me, a dark red/purple creme. This polish was really vampy!

Morgan Taylor She's a Natural

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I know that over the past few years, nude polishes have been all the rage. Today's post is for Morgan Taylor She's a Natural, a nude creme from the Forever Fabulous collection.

Morgan Taylor Wrapped in Satin

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In swatching this collection, I want to really pick up some of Marilyn's movies. Today I pulled out Wrapped in Satin, a light blue polish with a slight silver shimmer.

Morgan Taylor I Prefer Millionaires

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I haven't seen a lot of Marilyn's movies but I did watch a few with my Mom. Today's color looks JUST like something that my Mom would have worn. Today I pulled out I Prefer Millionaires, a plum metallic.

Morgan Taylor Wish Upon a Starlet

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I love it when I pull out a polish and it looks like it's GLOWING. That's how I felt with Morgan Taylor Wish Upon a Starlet from the Forever Fabulous collection. This crimson red has all this glowing gold shimmer in it that just makes me happy.

Morgan Taylor A Kiss From Marilyn

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I have been obsessed with reds lately so when I saw Morgan Taylor's A Kiss From Marilyn, I was so excited. However, would this hold up as being an amazing red creme? Check it out.

Morgan Taylor Ice or No Dice

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When I get to see embargoed collections at Cosmoprof, normally I am not allowed to take pictures or write notes about the products. Unfortunately, that means that 6 months later, when the products are released, I don't remember all the little things about it. However, I did remember that Ice or No Dice from today's post was a really pretty gold metallic which is perfect for my upcoming holiday season.

Morgan Taylor Hollywood's Sweetheart


This summer while I was at Cosmoprof North America, Morgan and Taylor showed me this newest collaboration, one that they are super stoked about. The winter collection this year is called Forever Fabulous and it is all in honor of Marilyn Monroe. Morgan Taylor actually licensed this collection with the Monroe estate and I think they've done well by her. First up today is Hollywood's Sweetheart, a pinkish nude creme.

China Glaze Pret-A-Potion

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Woo it's time! While my oldest is a tad old for Trick or Treating and my youngest is too young, it still means I'm going to eat all the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups I can find. Let's share the final shade of the Paint It Black collection with Pret-A-Potion. This is a black microglitter in a clear base, best worn as a topper.

China Glaze Night And Slay

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Happy Halloween! Today I decided to use the Paint It Black China Glaze shade called Night and Slay. This is a glitter bomb filled with holographic and rainbow reflective glitter in a clear base. Who doesn't love an explosion of glitter?

China Glaze Ash & Burn

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Next up in the Paint It Black Halloween collection of China Glaze is Ash & Burn, this crazy mix of black and orange glitters in a black base. This reminds me a lot of Smoke & Ashes from the Capitol Colours/Hunger Games collection that came out back in 2012. While the bottle didn't wow me, I was really impressed with the outcome.

China Glaze Maliboo-Boo

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After the successful reboot of OMG!, I was really excited to see China Glaze pull out a holographic black for the Paint It Black collection. Maliboo-Boo doesn't look like a huge party in the bottle but just wait until this baby hits the light.

China Glaze Wicked Liquid

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The second shade in the Paint It Black collection that I grabbed for was Wicked Liquid, a dark golden green shimmer that almost looks like a metallic. Aptly named!


China Glaze Shadies & Gentlemen

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This summer when I got to see the preview of China Glaze's Halloween Collection called "Paint It Black", I was most stoked for this beautiful matte black called Shadies and Gentlemen. It looked just like an untouched chalkboard and I was obsessed.

ILNP Fully Loaded

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Call me a glutton for punishment but I decided I need another flakie to wear this week. When ILNP came out with flakies, I wasn't thrilled only because I hate layering polish. And yet here I am today with ILNP Fully Loaded, a green to violet iridescent flakie.


Glam Polish Secrets In The Sand

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It's been about six weeks since I last put on nail polish. After I found my nail polish spreadsheet had been deleted, I've been in a funk and not wanted to even get to my polish. However, I'm trying to find my passion and love again especially with the holidays and all the parties. Speaking of, I went to my first formal event in nearly 15 years and needed something to punch up my dress.

Ciate London forbidden fruit

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The finale in the Ciate London Gelology collection is forbidden fruit, a color shifting oil sick of red and green. I thought I was just bored with this color combination but I ended up actually wearing this as a full manicure to work!

China Glaze Disco Ball Drop

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When I first saw China Glaze Disco Ball Drop from the Glam Finale collection, I was hoping that this was more than just a glitter bomb in a bottle. However, as soon as I opened the bottle, I found out that this was just multiple sizes of rainbow reflective and silver glitters in a clear base so I decided to layer it over my existing China Glaze New Year, New Boo manicure.

China Glaze New Year, New Boo

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I love vampy blues on nubbins so I was stoked to try out China Glaze New Year, New Boo from the Glam Finale collection. This is a super dark midnight blue with just a hint of shimmer to make it dance in the light.

Jamberry Envy

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When I originally saw Jamberry Envy, I thought "Nope, not my color" so it's been sitting on my desk for awhile. However, now that I'm rebuilding my entire polish spreadsheet from scratch and don't want to waste time putting in polishes that I'm giving away, I've really been working hard to go through my stash and see what I'm keeping and what I'm not.

Different Dimension Bean There, Done That

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I've been to Chicago three times now and I have yet to go to the Bean, which is actually called Cloud Gate (keep that for trivia night!). Mostly because the times I've been in Chicago, I've been busy during the day and only had free time at night. Eventually I'm sure that I'll get over there at take my iconic picture but for now I just have Different Dimension Bean There, Done That, a limited edition polish from PolishCon Chicago 2016.

Ciate London after dark

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Oil slick in a bottle. That's how I'd describe the last two Ciate London polishes I received. They always look amazing in the bottle but sometimes don't translate to the nail without a colored base coat, so I was interested to see how these did. Today I have after dark, a color shifting purple to blue polish.

Native War Paints Crisp Red Apples

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Well I ended up snagging a corner of my index nail on my left hand and decided to go for the deep chop. I love having shorties when it comes to fall anyway! Granted, it doesn't feel like fall here but I pulled out my Native War Paints Crisp Red Apples to try and get some fall in my life!

Morgan Taylor Curls and Pearls

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I've been wanting something soft for my nails because I'm pretending like fall will be here soon. In reality, Texas doesn't get much of a fall but I can still have pretty nails! Today I grabbed Morgan Taylor Curls and Pearls from the Royal Temptations collection. This is a soft pink creme.

Skinn by Dimitri James Hand Restore

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As I've been mentioning, I'm going through a Purge, but it's not just limited to my nail polish. After my parents passed away, I realized that I was hoarding four generations of items in my house and therefore, I've been working to get down to a more manageable lifestyle. While clearing out my living room, I came across this bottle from Skinn Cosmetics by Dimitri James called Hand Restore.


Ciate London paradise lost

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I have fallen for the rose gold hype. I bought a bunch of rose gold earrings this summer, rose gold sunglasses, a rose gold tumbler for my drinks and now Ciate London has a rose gold shade in their SS18 Gelology collection called paradise lost.

ella + mila yacht club

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A couple of weeks ago, ella + mila posted on this beautiful blue creme on their Instagram and I realized "Hey, I own that!" While at Cosmoprof North America this year, the owners (who are super sweet and amazing) told me to grab a color and this is the one that my eyes darted to. Here is yacht club, a gorgeous blue-grey from the Elite collection.


Top Shelf Lacquer Take Me Drunk, I'm Home

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Reaching into my PolishCon Chicago 2016 box again and this time I pulled out Top Shelf Lacquer Take Me Drunk, I'm Home. This was literally a last minute "Omg, I need this" polish that I purchased as the event was closing and then it sat in my box. Typical Krystal. This polish is from the Fun Bar Quotes - Mega Shifts collection. The base is purple jelly and has shimmer shifts from aqua blue to purple to red.

Jamberry Most Wanted

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I have another Jamberry lacquer today - this one is called Most Wanted and it's a melon creme. I really have enjoyed the wide brushes on these lacquers.

Great Lakes Lacquer Love at Loyola

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PolishCon will be happening later next month and I'm having FOMO so today I grabbed Great Lakes Lacquer Love at Loyola from the Chicago 2016 PolishCon. This was a VIP bag exclusive that was a berry polish with purple shimmer.

China Glaze Sparkle On

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When I first saw China Glaze Sparkle On, I was stoked because it's such a pretty red glitter! However, when I opened it up, I was pretty sad. For starters, the formula was thick like glue. I ended up putting TONS of thinner in it to try and make it easier to use. Also, while it is a red glitter in a red tinted base, it just didn't look like it was going to work well for me.

China Glaze Santa's Side Chick

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Last week, I realized that somehow my master spreadsheet of nail polish was deleted. I think it had to do with the account that I used on Google Sheets but the end result is that I have a spreadsheet from 2015 and nothing newer. However, this has also made me really want to get through my purge. I'm working hard to push out nail polish and figure out what I really want to keep. Today I'm using China Glaze Santa's Side Chick from the Glam Finale collection.


China Glaze Slay Bells Ring

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I'm not sure why I've been reaching for greys lately, but today is another by China Glaze. This is from the Glam Finale collection and it's called Slay Bells Ring. It's a gunmetal grey with some shimmer properties.


Tonic Curio

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What is it about Tonic polish that makes me want EVERY SINGLE BOTTLE. Uh, maybe all the amazing pigments inside? Today I have Curio, part of the Unicorn Pee collection. New to unicorn pee? It's a special pigment that flashes from red to green depending on the lighting and angle.


Ever After The Windy City

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I don't know where this year has gone and I'm trying to prioritize things in my little nail world so I grabbed a polish at random to try and today is Ever After The Windy City that was a limited edition at PolishCon Chicago 2016.


Jamberry Clean Slate

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Prior to the foreclosure announcement of Jamberry in late June, a friend reached out about trying Jamberry Lacquer. We've been friends for over a decade and she knew about my blog and just wanted me to try the polish to see what I thought. Today I have Clean Slate, a grey with blue undertones.


Sally Hansen Ocean Daze

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This week has flown by and today I have my final Sally Hansen Miracle Gel from the Summer Solstice collection called Ocean Daze. This is listed as a "marital-minded mint creme" but is definitely more blue mint than green mint. 

Sally Hansen Sea Gals

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I have another Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Summer Solstice polish today! This is Sea Gals, a shimmery aqua blue. Mermaids are totally in again so this is a great pedicure shade for the lazy days of summer that are left!


Sally Hansen Golden Glow

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Happy August! Cosmoprof was amazing, and I have so many awesome things to show you but first, let's get into the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Summer Solstice collection. Today I have Golden Glow, a metallic gold with rose gold qualities.


Morgan Taylor Diamonds In The Sky

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I'm at Cosmoprof North America right now but before I left I got a package that contained the rest of the Platinum series from Morgan Taylor and since I was home during the day with sunlight, I figured I'd definitely test these out! First up is Diamonds In The Sky which is an icy blue holo.


Glam Roll-Ups Smoochi

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I'm packing my bags and heading to Cosmoprof North America! I look forward to this show every year and while things have definitely changed in the beauty world over the past 8 years, my friendships have only gotten stronger and I really am excited to head out. One of the things I always struggle with though is how to pack my nail polish that I want to take! Well, Glam Roll-Ups reached out at the PERFECT time! Check out the Smoochi!


Ola Mana Moisturizer

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I'm all about finding new ways to love my skin so when Ola Hawaiian Skin Care reached out, I jumped on board. The brand is an entire Tropical Apothecary with bath & body products, hair care, a wellness line and an "after sun" care line. The Hawaiian Skin Care line contains 5 products starting with a mask, cleanser, toner and then adding a serum to the moisturizer but today I just have the Mana Moisturizer to review.

Biorè Citrus Crush Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

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It's been years since I've tried a Biorè strip - I remember the satisfaction of peeling the strip off and seeing all the unclogged pores. And by years I mean close to 20. Biorè has been a staple in the pore strip game and now as kids are getting ready to go back to school, Biorè is there to help them free their pores.

Carbon Coco Natural Teeth Whitening

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I'm obsessed with my teeth. As a child of the 90s, I went through braces like most of my peers however, I didn't keep them on long enough and so now I have a couple of permanent retainers in my mouth. The other thing I'm obsessed with is whiter teeth. In my mid 20s, I had dental trays made specifically for whitening at my dentist office and I would buy the whitener from them every few months in an effort to whiten. I've also used many over the counter products like strips and toothpastes in the past. One thing I hadn't tried yet but have been interested in was activated charcoal so when Carbon Coco reached out, I was stoked.

Dip Into Pretty Girls Night Out

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Have you checked out Dip Into Pretty yet? I've been pretty impressed with their line - it's a great starter line for someone who's just getting into polish. Today I pulled out my final color that was sent called Girls Night Out.


Morgan Taylor Don't Break My Corazon

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I got a random package last week and when I opened it, it was a FALL 2018 COLLECTION Y'ALL. I am so not ready for this. I'm working on getting those done quickly on Instagram so that you can see them but today, I decided to grab another fall beauty from the Morgan Taylor Fall 2017 "Matadora" collection called Don't Break My Corazon