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

Girly Bits No Such Thing as a Polish Problem

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I cannot believe this is the last week of June already! This time next month, I'll be getting ready to attend my 8th Cosmoprof North America conference and I'm so excited. I do miss not having an indie event like we have for the past several years which is where I got to meet Pam from Girly Bits the first time! Today I have a retired shade of hers from 2014 that I picked up called No Such Thing as a Purple Problem.

Morgan Taylor Who Nose Rudolph?

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I had a really important meeting earlier this month and I decided I needed a power polish to get through it, so I grabbed this beautiful red creme from Morgan Taylor called Who Nose Rudolph? from their Wrapped in Glamour Holiday 2016 collection. 

China Glaze As Good As It Glitz

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Happy Thursday! Today I have another China Glaze polish from the Glam Finale (Winter 2017) called As Good As It Glitz. I thought this was going to be like Toast It Up - all pearl like and watery but I was actually rather surprised!

ILNP Versailles

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There are a few brands that I'm very loyal to and today is one of them. I've bought almost every single ILNP polish that has ever come out and I'm only missing 17 from their entire line up of 383 polishes. There's just something magical about this line and I'm a huge fan. Today I'm trying out ILNP Versailles from the Spring 2017 collection.

Dip Into Pretty City Lights

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I used to be really into rainbow holographic glitter but it really needs a good base color underneath in order for it to work the way I want. Dip Into Pretty City Lights definitely has that gorgeous rainbow glitter but it's all in a clear base.

Glisten & Glow Saddle Shoes & Sock Hops

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I've been on my forever quest to find the perfect grey - did Glisten & Glow Saddle Shoes & Sock Hops meet my needs?

Tonic Windy City

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It's throw back time! This beautiful Tonic polish is called Windy City and it's from PolishCon Chicago 2016. I spent quite a bit of money on the first PolishCon especially when it came to the limited edition polishes that were put out. This one caught my eye at the last minute and I pulled the trigger.

Fancy Gloss Electric Violet

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This past February, I participated in a Nail Polish Exchange through redditgifts, and I was participant #318. This was my first time participating and I had a pretty awesome time! One of the gifts I got was this awesome indie from Fancy Gloss called Electric Violet. This is a purple based polish with turquoise shimmer.

China Glaze Toast It Up

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I have some exciting news coming soon and it requires a clean desk for me so I'm going through some more polishes that are sitting around, waiting to be worn and written about. Today is one that has been here for over 6 months, partially because I've been giving it the side eye. This is China Glaze Toast It Up from the Glam Finale collection.

Glisten & Glow Doo-Wop & Drive-Ins

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Rabbit rabbit - Happy June! I cannot believe we're nearly on the back end of 2018 but here we are! I've been watching lots of Hoarders on TV and it's been motivating me to get my polish moving again. I was doing so good at the end of May and then realized I have to keep it going! Today I pulled out a Glisten & Glow polish called Doo-Wop & Drive-Ins.

BLUSH Lacquers Frosted Foliage

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Another beauty that I got during PolishCon Chicago 2017 was from BLUSH Lacquers and is called Frosted Foliage. This was part of the Beauties Fall Collaboration Collection that was released in October 2017 and it was just so unique to me. This is a grey jelly base with a strong red/orange-gold-green shifting shimmer, a linear holo and red-orange-gold shifting flakes. You can see from the bottle above that it looks very orange originally!

KBShimmer High-rise To The Occasion

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The KBShimmer Blogger Collections have definitely been fun to watch over the years, and this past Fall 2017, one especially caught my eye! Created with Michelle from Ehmkay Nails, High-rise To The Occasion starts with light grey crelly base has rainbow flakies and violet shimmer. The shimmer makes the polish almost looks lilac in low light which makes me super happy.

Tonic Oops 2 Fall 2017

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When I went to PolishCon Chicago 2017, one of my favorite booths was the Tonic Booth. While I was blowing up my credit card, I randomly decided to grab some of the Oops! polishes that were on a shelf. These were one-offs that creator Lindsey found in a box before PolishCon and decided to sell at the convention. Today I have Oops 2, Fall 2017. This is a green based multi-chrome base with intense pink to orange to green shifting shimmer, scattered holographic glitter and multichrome flakes.

Cupcake Polish Berry Good Looking & Plant Parenthood

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Today should be #MakeupMonday but I can't find the item I was going to post, so instead, I'm posting two polishes that are in my purge pile. While I really love Cupcake Polish, its creator Sara, and the holo goodness that she delivers, these two were my naughty faders. Sara is aware of the issues with both of these polishes and if you are the original purchaser, she was offering replacements. 

illyrian Charming

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After my run of Morgan Taylor polishes this week, I decided that I needed to go through the three boxes (yes, boxes) of polish that's been sitting around my desk for the past year. As I keep mentioning, I'm trying to do a massive purge and get serious about what I'm keeping so that I can finally get my display shelves made and my collection on the wall instead of in random boxes and well, all over the place. Today, I have a new to me indie brand called illyrian, which has been around since 2014 and the owner is in Houston, Texas which is only 4 hours away from me! The pink polish above is called Charming and it's a nude pink base with lots of rainbow scattered holo bits and some iridescent flakes.

Morgan Taylor Liquid Bling

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The final Morgan Taylor Platinum polishes that I have to share is Liquid Bling, which was also my favorite one when I first saw it. I have a thing for silver holographic polishes and own way too many of them. However, as with the other polishes I've gotten in this collection, the scattered holo isn't nearly as strong as I'd like.

Morgan Taylor Holo Lover!

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I forgot just how much I love wearing nail polish... I had a plastic box with about a dozen colors in high school and college and I did get acrylic nails twice ever (once for my senior prom & once for a scholarship pageant) but that was about it. It wasn't until summer 2011 that I fell in love with holographic polishes and well, now my collection has exploded. Today I'm showing off another mainstream holographic from Morgan Taylor's Platinum collection.

Morgan Taylor It's Lit!

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Last summer when Morgan Taylor announced they were going to launch a new collection called Platinum, I was stoked. It's been awhile since we've seen holos in the mainstream world but I knew they would come back in some form eventually. Today I have It's Lit! a purple/lilac with scattered holographic particles.

Hair Removal Made Easy with Silk'n!

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It's time for some #MakeupMonday (on a Thursday)! Hair removal has always been an evolving thing in the USA whether you're dare to bare or au naturel. Over the past 20 years, I've changed up my routine in many ways and now Silk'n is here to show me the next in my goals for #InfinitySmooth.

Road to PolishCon: Week 8

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Did you get your tickets for PolishCon NYC yet? I have some serious FOMO going on as I'm not able to make it this year but at least I can celebrate with the Road to PolishCon polishes! This week the guest makers on Poetry Cowgirl and Great Lakes Polish.

Sassy Cats Lacquer A Fantasmic Blur

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Welcome back my loves! It's been a crazy month but the Road to PolishCon is back with more brands that will be out at PolishCon NYC happening in June. Today I have Week 5's contribution from Sassy Cats Lacquer called A Fantasmic Blur. 

PolishCon NYC 2018

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The Polish Convention Returns To New York
Polish Con to be held June 16th, 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, NY

After a successful fall show in Chicago, The Polish Convention is returning this spring to New York. This bi-annual event hosted by Ever After Polish takes place June 16th, 2018 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY. Polish Con will be filled with over 20 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. Polish Con is a great way to bring nail polish loving like-minded souls in one place to meet the brands they love and the friends they know through social media.” Says event organizer Miranda Kraft.

KBShimmer owner Christy Rose says Polish Con is one of the best opportunities for our brand to interact directly with fans. It is such a joy to see the happiness that attendees have seeing their favorite brands’ products in person. It is an event I look forward to each spring and fall. The wide array of brands, nail polish and hand care items we see make this a not to be missed event for nail polish fans.” We thoroughly enjoy Polish Con on so many levels. It's a great way to meet our customers and other polish makers in person and build friendships. It's also a fabulous opportunity for me as a polish addict to make purchases in person from the many amazing brands, and save on shipping!!” says Pam Heil, owner of the Canadian brand Girly Bits Cosmetics.

Some of the over 20 brands that will be in attendance this year along with the event organizers are KBShimmer, Glisten and Glow, Different Dimension, Takko Lacquer, Bee’s Knees Lacquer, and Girly Bits. For nail artists, bloggers and indie polish lovers in the New York 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. Taryn from Anchor & Heart Lacquer says Polish Con means so much to our growing corner of the beauty industry because it reinforces the unique ability we have to connect with our customers on a personal level!”

“It’s an experience of a lifetime, sharing the passion of nail polish with fellow fanatics and meeting fans and customers! Amazing interpersonal relationships with everyone involved are born at Polish Con! Best of all seeing all of the beautiful polishes in person!” says Jill Rehm-Craine, owner of Glisten & Glow. Natalie Rose of Noodles Nail Polish says Polish Con is an amazing opportunity to meet our customers and bond over a passion and love of indie nail polish.”

Tickets for the June 16th Polish Con event in White Plains, NY go on sale April 7th, 2018 at EventBrite.com. Search for Polish Con or use the link below. The event is open to the general public from 4pm EDT until 6pm EDT and tickets include a polish con shopping bag and event brochure. VIP and early access tickets are also available.

Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601

Polish Con Quick Facts:

Date: June 16th, 2018
Location: Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Tickets On Sale: April 7th, 2018 8pm EDT
Event Time: 2pm EDT – 6pm EDT, depending on ticket level

Ticket Levels & Prices:
  • VIP Plus $125.00 includes VIP Bag, T-shirt, brochure and an extra hour of shopping time (2pm Admittance)
  • VIP $75.00 includes VIP coupon book to be redeemed at vendors tables, brochure, and an extra hour of shopping time. (2pm Admittance)
  • Early Admission $30.00 includes shopping bag brochure and an extra hour shopping time (3pm Admittance)
  • General Admission $15.00 includes shopping bag and a brochure (4pm Admittance)
  • Children 12 and up $5.00
  • Children 11 and under Free

Combo tickets include 1 VIP ticket and 1 General Admission ticket $90
Combo tickets for VIP Plus are not currently available as a bundle but can be purchased by ordering one VIP and one General Admission

Brands Attending:
Anchor & Heart Lacquer
Bee’s Knees Lacquer
Bohemian Polish
Contrary Polish
Different Dimension
Dollish Polish 
Ever After Polish
Flirtin’ Cosmetics
Girly Bits
Glisten & Glow
Great Lakes Lacquer
Kathleen & Co
LE Polish
Lollipop Posse
Noodles Nail Polish
Pepper Pot Polish
Poetry Cowgirl
Rise & Shine
Sassy Cats
Supernatural Lacquer
Turtle Tootsie

Turtle Tootsie Polish This Night Is Made For Polish

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Welcome to Week 4 of the Road To PolishCon series! If you remember from Week 2, the makers who will be at PolishCon NYC Spring 2018 have come together to create special polishes leading up to the convention in June. These polishes are only available for one week, so don't delay in purchasing!

Contrary Polish Honeycomb at Night

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Ever see a polish and you just need it immediately? That was me when I saw Contrary Polish Honeycomb at Night at PolishCon Chicago 2017. This light blue polish filled with microglitter in shades of light gold, sand and caramel also has a hint of scattered holo although it's only visible in full sunlight and not under normal desk lights or in indirect sun.

Dip Into Pretty Roses are Red

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I have another Dip Into Pretty polish for you today! This is Roses are Red and it's a highly pigmented red creme.

Different Dimension Reflection

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Happy Wednesday! Today I pulled out Different Dimension Reflection from a box of polish by my desk. This is a bright berry polish that has color shifting pigment which looks gold in the bottle and comes out red to purple on the nail. This polish is from the Someday We'll All Be Memories Too collection.

Dip Into Pretty Dip Into Pink

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Hello dear friends! I cannot believe we are already in March - where did the first two months go? I was doing really well with pre-planning posts and then time just got away from me, and so did my polish. I have boxes all over my living room and all over my desk so I'm determined to get it handled, especially with my in-laws coming at the end of the month!

LifeDNA Skincare

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Back in December, a new skincare called LifeDNA reached out to me about their line that recently launched. I was interested because since I've hit 30 a few years ago, my skin has been a complete mystery to me. I thought I had oily skin but my skin is actually quite dry, needs to be exfoliated often and I "most likely" have rosacea. Yes, that was the diagnosis from a dermatologist. (And yes, I'm looking for a second opinion.)

Road to PolishCon Spring 2018: Week 2

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Howdy friends! If you've been following The Polish Convention on Facebook, you'll know that the next Spring Edition is coming up quickly! The location has been moved to New York but as always, it's going to be an amazing time in the name of all things polish!

China Glaze Big Hair & Bubbly

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Woo hoo! Another week is done and over with. Although I love my work, it's nice to hit Friday and be ready to relax. Do you have any big plans this weekend?

Girly Bits Dibs!

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I've always been a fan of Girly Bits Cosmetics ever since that the creator, Pam, lives in the same named city that I do - except she's in Canada! I bought one of her polishes, Cosmic Ocean, back in 2013 when all the bottles had a handplaced gem on them. Those were the days!

Morgan Taylor Me, Myself-ie and I

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Happy Valentine's Day! I don't really celebrate this holiday much... the only one I remember is 2007 because my oldest was only 4 days old at the time and I was just so in love with my little guy. Past that, this is really just another day for me and maybe I'll get some Reeses Peanut Butter Hearts (my favorite!).

Pretty & Polished Weather The Storm

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Last month, I donated 20 pounds of nail polish to my local cosmetology school and it was a great feeling to both clear out my shelves and provide product to students. The teacher was overwhelmed - she thought I was just bringing a couple and had a makeup train ready to put them in so when I brought in two big bags, she didn't know what to do. I plan on making another donation soon so I'm going through all the random places I have polish here at the house and getting things ready for either permanent placement in my home or being donated somewhere.

Morgan Taylor Put A Wing On It

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In my day job with the Navy, I end up interacting with some really amazing people - one of them being the editor of our local newspaper. He has a great dry wit and there was a time where we were talking about something that he said "What is happening" in a really dry sarcastic way and it really stuck with me. Well today is a "What is happening" with the polish that I decided to pull out of a box that's been sitting next to my desk.

Contrary Polish The Boulevard

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So for now, I think I'm going to be showcasing 2 indies and 2 mainstream polishes a week. I think that's a pretty decent balance as I'm going through my Purge and just my collection in general. It also helps keep me motivated because I have so many pros and cons when it comes to indies and when it comes to mainstreams. Mondays are still currently a toss up. I have #MakeupMonday or sometimes I just want to throw in another polish or nail treatment... What are your thoughts on that?

LVX Coquillage

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I feel like I'm finally getting back into the groove of blogging. Granted, I'm doing a lot of it during the night hours when I should be sleeping but hey, who needs sleep?

Fair Maiden Shadow of Your Heart

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I cannot believe it's already February and just next week is Valentine's Day. It also means that my oldest is about to turn 11 - he was originally due on Valentine's but decided to come a little early. To get ready for the day of love, I grabbed an indie from my box and realized I haven't featured this brand on my blog yet!

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask

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Where has January gone?! It's been a stressful month and I'm determined to take "me time" and stop for a moment. Today, I decided to do that with a MegPhythm Gentle Steam Eye Mask.