Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sinful Colors - Hottie

Over the weekend, I finally got my polish collection organized in my helmer and photos uploaded onto Snupps  and I decided to work through all my polishes and blog them. With any luck, that will help my hypothetical "no-buy" (yes, yes, I know that's a dirty word!) 
So, let's take a trip through my helmer and starting with the top drawer, which is over-the-counter polishes, I have the lovely Sinful Colors Hottie, which is a blue jelly glitter. The glitter is just gorgeous and you can pick up blue, purple and a slight hint of green in the light. 
I used Hottie by itself, with a starter of two thin coats, then sponged the glitter on to get better coverage, then applied another thin coat, and topped it off with Poshe topcoat. 
The first photo is in my lightbox, and the second is in direct sunlight. 
You can see that even with the glitter sponged on and another coat of the polish, it's still rather sheer in direct sunlight. But honestly, it wouldn't stop me from recommending it for blue glitter lovers. 
The formula for this polish is wonderful; the brush is just the right size and fans out nicely, the polish applies evenly and no need for fishing for glitter, and it dries reasonably well. Seeing as how it's a glitter polish, it was a little topcoat hungry, but two coats of Poshe smoothed it out nicely. 
I'll have another Sinful Colors polish for you next time. This brand was one of the first ones that led to my polish addiction. While I've turned into a hard-core indie lover, this brand will always have a place in my polish addicted heart. You can find this line at various locations such as Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Wal-Mart. 
Cheers til next time! :-) xoxo

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hearts - The Crafty Nail Link Up

Two posts in one week?!? Say WHAAAA?? :-)

Here is my contribution to the NailLinkup from the awesome Crafty Nail - HEARTS!
I used Ruby White Tips Mildred, a stunning blue-purple shifty base with blue and green micro glitter (with a few mini round blue glitters) and another RWT, not yet released polish called Socially Unacceptable, a stunning metallic silver. I stamped with Socially Unacceptable and Cheeky plate #15
I also used Simply Peel from the makers of Bliss Kiss nail oil when I stamped to help with clean up, You can check out more info and my review along with a video of Simply Peel here.  

I was so happy how this turned out! 
Don't forget to check out the other amazing bloggers who contributed to this awesome nail art inspiration! 
Cheers til next time! xoxo

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Simply Peel - Simply Awesome!

New Release!
OMG I have such an exciting new product to show you today! **Please be advised, there is a LATEX ALLERGY alert for this product** (sorry latex-intolerant peeps!) 

I was so excited to be given a sample of NailCareHQ's new creation of Simply Peel to use and review, which is designed to be a multi-purpose product. Simply Peel is designed to be used as a skin barrier with your regular cuticle remover, with nail art, and can also be used as a peel-off base coat for nail polish. 

Ana, who we know as the face behind the nail life changing Bliss Kiss Nail Oil, has been working tirelessly on this product for a while, and this is her own recipe.

Oh yeah, by the way, it's sparkly :-) Say whaaaa?!? Glitter in your latex barrier?!? Why yes please, and thank you!
Here is a gradient I did with Simply Peel - you can see it in action in the video below. 

Here are the instructions which accompanied the product sample:

Allergy Alert: Do not use if you have a latex allergy.

Simple Peel(TM) Directions with Cuticle Remover
  1. Apply a thin layer around your nail plate starting with pinkie finger. Ana likes to start at the midpoint of the cuticle line and pull to one side, then repeat on the other side.
  2. Continue to remaining 4 fingers. If you get some on your nail plate, use and orange wood stick to remove before it dries. 
  3. Immediately rinse the brush in water before sealing the bottle
  4. Allow to dry 90 to 120 second until you sparkle (Yes kids, you read that correctly...until you SPARKLE!)
  5. Apply cuticle remover to nail plate following the manufacturers directions. The cuticle remove will turn Simply Peel white again, but does not penetrate your skin.
  6. Gently slide your remover tool across the nail plate to loosen the cuticle cells. Do not apply downward pressure with your tool.
  7. Continue with the other 4 fingers
  8. Wash off cuticle remover
  9. Rub edge of Simply Peel with your finger and peel. 
Tips For Use With Nail Art
  • Apply a thin layer around your nail plate to every other finger. Latex sticks to itself
  • Use non-latex sponges for gradients
  • Simply Peel can also be used as a peel-off base that lasts about 10 hours. It doesn't make it through the shower. 
  • If your brush gets gunked up, cleanse it with a sticker remover like Goo Gone. 
I did a video for you, so you can see it in action. 

Simply Peel is available in a 15ml bottle for $11.99 on NailCareHQ, available today, February 14th. 
Happy Valentine's Day to our nails!!!!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Fresh Start Morning Vitality Fusion

I'm totally behind on blogging for my Influenster! Yikes!
 I received a coupon for bag of Fresh Start Morning Vitality Fusion smoothie mix, which has blend has mango, nectarine, sweet potato and carrot. The coupon was for a 35oz bag from Wal-Mart, and normally the bag runs around $8-$9. Currently, that bag has made approximately 6 smoothies. 
 I was a little skeptical at first, mostly because I have a terrible sweet tooth and like my smoothies typically with fruit and non-fat yogurt. But I was very pleasantly surprised at the flavor and balance of fruit and veggies in this mix, and I will probably purchase it in the future. The directions for making a smoothie with this product are:
Mix in blender,
  1. cup of Fusion mix
     1. cup of water (can use juice if preferred)

      Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. 

This is a great smoothie mix, it doesn't taste bitter or plain - it has really nice flavor, and the fruits and veggies mix well. 
You can see how I make my smoothies here, I like to use orange juice and add a little bit of whey isolate protein. 

This was definitely a great product to test. 
I received these products complementary from Influenster for testing purposes 
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Cheers til next time! xoxo

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Nail Art Ideas Linkup

I love nail art challenges, but I'm so bad at finishing them! After searching around the other day for challenge, I came upon one from The Crafty Nail that looked like fun, without the pressure of sticking to a challenge - my kinda link up!
Here is the inspiration for ideas for this link up
The Crafty Nail
And here is my interpretation of this week's idea - hot pink courtesy of KB Shimmer's 2014 limited edition anniversary trio. I used all three of their polishes, Beach Please (hot pink) Shore Thing ("aqua-mint cream with blue-green undertones") and Hexy Bikini (EPIC holo glitter) 
I used Beach Please and Shore Thing on my first and ring fingers to make water-marble decals from Betty's Beauty Bombs (tutorial found here),  and straight nail vinyls from on my pinkie and thumb. I had a few smudges in the water-marble decals, as this was my first go at them, but overall I'm really happy with them, it's a great technique. 
My pinkie has a base of Beach Please with Shore Thing on top, and the opposite on my thumb. I LOVE how Shore Thing brings out the purple leanings in Beach Please, it shifts it just a little, without compromising the color entirely. 

And HELLOOOOO sexy Hexy! I mean seriously, how awesome is that glitter??!? Two coats, my polish loving friends, TWO coats - regular coats too, not some heavy handed shove-all-the-glitter-on-there brushing. If you love glitter, and frankly if you don't...well, let's not go's a must have. 
All three of these polishes can be found on their website, Their polish formula is just fabulous, easy to apply, dries well and quickly, and their brushes are wonderful. 

Don't forget to check out the other blogs in the link up!
Cheers til next time xoxo

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Nail Polish Blogger Connection Link Up

One of the lovely ladies in the Facebook group The Nail Polish Blogger Connection Link Up had a wonderful idea to link up our blogs and share some of our favorite posts and write a little about ourselves. 
If you've come across my blog from that link up, Welcome and Thank you! You should definitely check out the other blogs in our link up, we've got some amazing and talented bloggers in our group. It's been so wonderful being apart of such a classy group, I've learned so much! 

One of my first nail art challenges in December 2012

This was one of my first blogger review posts/photos from January 2013

 I have a little about me already written, which you can find here, but I've answered a few questions that we use in our group, to help get to know our members. 

  What is the focus of your blog? (Nail art, stamping, swatching, blended, etc.)

My main focus is on nail art, polish reviews and swatches. Occasionally I include some other product reviews that I've received from Influenster, but for the most part it's all about the nail polish :-)

  What other blogs were/are inspirational to you?

There are several blogs that have really inspired me to blog more and better. The Crumpet is foremost the most influential blog that inspired me, especially when I was just getting started; she has a great style, and I have always admired her swatches, as well as her content. She's not afraid to write her mind, and her honesty is definitely something to be commended and admired.
Nail art from late 2013
 Accio Lacquer, Swatch and LearnLacquer or Leave Her! Be Happy and Buy Polish, and The Mercurial Magpie have also been some of the amazing blogs that have and continue to inspire me. Their photos especially keep me working for better images. 

 What is your polish Holy Grail?

I have two, Poshe and HK Girl top coat, because they dry so quickly and Poshe especially helps to dry the layers of polish, so I'm good to go in about 5 minutes - it doesn't dry the polish completely in 5 minutes, but it's dry to the touch. 
One of my more recent swatches from 2014

Share a link or two to a couple of posts that you're especially proud of

My journey has been really slow, but I'm really proud of how far I've come, and blogging has been a great hobby for my passion of nail polish and nail art. 
Don't forget to check out the other amazing blogs in our link up!