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

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.