Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bundle Monster - 20 Piece Nail Art Design Tools: Review and Nail Art

Hello, all! I've got a review of a very popular Bundle Monster brush set to share with you all today! When you first start getting serious about nail art, one of the most exciting purchases is your first set of nail art brushes! My first set of nail art brushes seriously opened up my nail art world. Until brushes, I had been using striping tape or fumbling my way through using toothpicks...and while there is nothing wrong with using those tools, they are definitely limiting. 

The first brush set I owned actually looked very similar to the Bundle Monster brush set shown here, though the one I purchased was a super cheap version that took the long boat from China to get here. I remember spending a good amount of time comparing the two sets online, but since I was just starting out and already spending too much on nail polish, I settled on the cheaper set of brushes over the pricier Bundle Monster set. So, my review today has my experience with that original set in mind; basically, I wanted to see if the BM set was worth the price tag. 

Barielle - Jetsetter Fall Collection: Swatches, Review & Nail Art

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Hello, all! I've got another great collection from Barielle to share with you today! I'm really excited about some of the shades in this collection and think the colors as a whole look wonderful together. Let me know what you think about this as a fall collection - I personnally quite like it! If you missed it, I posted Barielle's other Fall collection, the Me Couture collection, a few weeks back and was so in love with that one. I'm excited that they've got two great fall collections to choose from!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

31 Day Challenge, Day 11 - Floral: Abstract Flower Nail Art

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Hello, all! I'm FINALLY getting back into doing some posts for the 31 Day Challenge! Aren't you excited? ;) The next theme in the challenge is 'floral' so naturally, I'm excited about it. Surprisingly, I haven't done much nail art in the past few weeks (aside from the occasional swatching nail art), so it felt good to sit down and work on tonight's look...and, as I'm sure most of you know by now, floral is my favorite thing to paint so it was just an all around nice mani to do :)

KBShimmer - Winter 2014: Swatches, Review & Nail Art

Hello, all! I have another set of exciting polishes to share with you today! KBShimmer will be releasing their STUNNING Winter collection this Saturday, November 1st, and I've got swatches of 9 of the 17 polishes from this collection to share today! I've also managed to do a few nail art looks to go along with these, so fair warning, this is a VERY picture heavy post...but I think it's worth it!

While some of them are very much "winter" shades, there are a few that will easily work for you year round. And be sure to read through to the end of the post to see all the great promotions that KBShimmer is offering with the release of this collection :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Digital Dozen - Spooky Days Giveaway!

Hello Beautiful Readers!! Happy Monday! The Digit-al Dozen has something extra special in the works this week. We are doing a just for fun week of spooky Halloween manicures and guess what... we have a Giveaway for you guys too!! Two lucky winners will be bringing home some new pretties to add to their collection!
Prize 1 is the entire Different Dimension Spooky Spooky Collection!
Prize 2 will be winners choice of any 2 polishes from The Nail Junkie shop!
A huge thanks to Different Dimension and The Nail Junkie for joining us in bringing some sparkle to your Halloween!

Both prizes will be open to international readers! (as long as your country allows polish to be shipped. You know if yours has restrictions, if it does please have another place your prize can be sent to) Giveaway will run until 12:00am (EST) November 4th Winners will have 72 hours to respond or another name will be chosen. Just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below and Good Luck! 

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The Digital Dozen does Spooky Days - Day 1: Shimmer Polish Bella, Vampire Fang Nail Art

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Hello, all! Yes, you read that title correctly - The Digital Dozen is doing an extra week this month by partaking in a special week of extra spooky nail art! With Halloween on Friday, it felt fitting to have a week of fun themed looks to share with you all.

I've been wanting use Shimmer Polish's Bella in a fall themed mani for ages and when I finally got a chance to swatch this beauty, it practically begged for some fantastic nail art to compliment it ;)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KBShimmer - Portion of the Fall 2014 Collection: Swatches & Nail Art

Hello, all! Today I have swatches of 3 polishes from the KBShimmer Fall 2014 collection! I'm hoping to have the new Winter collection to share with you in the next day or two, so stay tuned for that. The 3 shades I have to share today are a good cross section of the polishes KBShimmer has to offer. There is a holo, a creme and a crelly and all of these boast phenomenal formulas. I also took a little bit of time to do a few nail art looks to go along with two of the shades, so lets take a look! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Shimmer Polish - Melissa: Swatches & Nail Art

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Hello, all! Today I have a Shimmer Polish shade and some simple nail art to share with you! I chose to use Melissa today because the mix of purple, fuchsia and gold glitters just felt so 'fall' to me.

Like other Shimmer Polishes, this is more of a glitter topper, though in a few thin coats, you could definitely build up opacity. This has a clear base and is packed full of red, pink, purple and silver micro glitters..and because that wasn't pretty enough ;) there are also some larger gold glitter mixed in. I love the added gold. It just makes this polish for me!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bonita Colors - Colorful Palette, The Artist Collection: Swatches, Review & Nail Art

Hello, all! I have a fun fall collection to share today. Bonita Colors has released their Colorful Palette, The Artists collection and I'm really impressed with the shades and overall look of this collection. The love the inspiration behind each polish and it makes the historian and art lover in me squeal in delight. This 8 polish collection is comprised of 4 polishes that dry to an almost creme finish, whereas the other half dries to a satin finish and shows much more shimmer.

Let's take a look at the swatches (and nail art!) and you can decide how you like them! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Beauty Buffs - Animal Print: Leopard Print Nail Art

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Hello, all! I'm finally able to get back into posting with the lovely lovely ladies of The Beauty Buffs! This week our theme is 'animal print' and I was pretty much out of ideas for what to do today. I recently did an animal inspired look for the 31 Day Challenge 2.0 so the prospect of doing another look was intimidating to me.

I was tempted to attempt something complicated for today, but I've had this weird desire lately to do a simple leopard print mani. I'm a huge fan of keeping animal print looks as close to real as possible and since it's fall here in the states (though in Southern California it's still pretending to be summer...hmph!), it felt right to use the classic leopard print shades - tan, brown, black.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Barielle Me Couture Fall 2014 - Swatches, Review & Nail Art

Hello, all! I've got swatches of the latest Barielle Fall collection, Me Couture, to share with you today! I'm basically smitten with this collection. I love every single shade and think it's one of my favorite fall collections this year. But I'll quit gushing for a moment and let you take a look and see what you think ;) 

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Digital Dozen does Floral - Day 5: Dabbed Flower Nail Art

Squeee! I am so freaking stoked that I made it through Digital Dozen week ON TIME! This hasn't happened in ages and I'm hoping this will be a trend in the future :) I think today's mani is definitely my favorite of the week and I'm excited to be finishing off the week with something I really like. Today's looks is roughly inspired by this pin :) 

This look isn't overtly 'floral' but I think it's still reasonable to call it floral. Right? Regardless, this is Day 5 of Floral week and I love this mani. I apologize in advance for the especially long post - I couldn't narrow down my photos very well! And read through to the end of the post to see the video of how I created this look!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Digital Dozen does Floral - Day 4: Vintage Fabric Nail Art

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Happy, Thursday! I both can't believe it's already Thursday and I can't believe that it's only Thursday...does that happen to anyone else? Today we're moving right along with the Digital Dozen floral week, and today marks Day 4! Guys, look at me! I'm staying on track to finish the week on time! I'm so excited!!

Today I went with yet another Pinterest found floral print. I maybe have to rename that site to "floral-interest"...or something much catchier that I'm not clever enough to think up ;)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Digital Dozen does Floral - Day 3: Abstract & Simple Floral Nail Art

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Hello, all! It's day 3 of the Digital Dozen does Floral week and while I'm not really in love with anything that I've done this week, I'm really proud of myself for keeping up with the week so far!

For today's look, I wanted to do something simple and I came across this image that I see regularly while browsing Pinterest...yes, this is also Pinterest inspired week ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hugs for Emily - Houndstooth and Abstract Floral Nail Art

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Hello all! Today is a very special post for a very special lady. Emily over at Very Emily has been going through some tough times lately and myself and a few other bloggers/friends want to show her just how special she is to us by each recreating one of her manicures.

Those of you in the nail polish world probably know Emily for her stunning swatches, nail art and photography. But if you've ever interacted with her, even briefly, you also know her kindness, humor and all around awesomeness. I'm lucky enough to have gotten to know Emily well in the last few months, and if anyone deserves an outpouring of love like this, it's Emily <3

For my mani, I decided to recreate one of my favorite manis by Emily (and maybe one of my favorites ever!). She did this amazing houndstooth look with Cath Kidson inspired flowers over them and as soon as I saw them I was obsessed. OBSESSED.

The Digital Dozen does Floral - Day 2: Pinterest Wallpaper Floral Nail Art

Hello all! Day 2 of the Digital Dozen does Floral week is upon us, and I've done a simple wallpaper inspired by one I spotted on Pinterest for the day! This is another mani that I had done before hand and I'm still unsure about my feelings toward it. I'll let you decide!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Digital Dozen does Floral - Day 1: William Morris Larkspur Inspired Print

Hello, all! Are you ready for the best week of the month to begin?? We're kicking off floral week over on The Digital Dozen and as I'm sure you can imagine, I'm quite excited about the prospect of an entire week of floral fact, I may have chosen this month's theme ;) I'm beyond excited to see all the amazingness that is going to be created by these ladies this week!

Friday, October 10, 2014

31 Day Challenge, Day 10 - Animal: Elephant Landscape Nail Art

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Hello, all! Ugh, I've had a rough week full of no motivation for nail art or nail polish. I really struggled with today's "animal" theme. I'm the type of person that can't move forward with something until I've finished my other task first, so even though I had plenty of things to get done, I was hung up on the animal theme! This 31 Day Challenge may be the death of me ;)

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Hunt - Mani Monday: Fall Aztec Nail Art Tutorial

Hello, all! I'm finally getting back into doing Mani Monday posts over on The Hunt's blog and I'm super excited for today's mani! Head on over to the hunt's page to check out my how-to for this look and let me know what you think!

Happy Polishing :)  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Floral Fixation - Nail Art & Tutorial

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Hello all! So I have a super quick post to share with you today. I've been in a bit of a nail art slump lately and haven't really been in love with much of what I've been doing lately. Perhaps because it wasn't a floral look? ;) Even though I should have been doing a mani for the 31 Day Challenge 2.0, I chose to spend the evening doing nail art just for me. I even got inspired and did a video tutorial on it!

Live Love Polish - UNT Nail Lacquer: The Katy Party - Swatches & Review

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Hello, all! I've got some new polishes from the Live Love Polish shop to share with you today from a brand called UNT. Until recently, these polishes weren't sold by US distributors but Live Love Polish now has them! They're really popular in parts of Europe and Asia and so far I quite like the brand. I've got a set of 3 glitter crellies that were originally apart of the "Katy Party" collection to share today. I always appreciate seeing unique glitter shades from bigger brands so let's take a look!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Renaissance Cosmetics - Fall 2014 Swatches & Review

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Hello, all! I am absolutely in love with the collection I have to share with you all today! Meghan from Renaissance Cosmetics has released a new set of Fall shades and they are beyond stunning.

The first part of the collection is a set of lovely shimmers, and the second half is a set of knock out micro glitters! Every single one of these polishes is worth owning and all of them have phenomenal formula. If you can't wait to get your hands on these, read through to the end of my post for a coupon code - but don't wait because these are selling out quick!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ALIQUID Lacquer - Puppy Love LE Charity Polish: Swatches & Nail Art

Hello, all! I've got a very special polish to share with you all today! In honor of "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, Alison from ALIQUID Lacquer is releasing a limited edition charity polish called Puppy Love. It will be available through the month of October and a portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to the ASPCA! 

Alison's dog Trudy, and adorable pitbull who graces the ALIQUID polish labels, was a rescue dog and Alison wants to give a little back in honor of her. As my dog Fonzi (aka, the love of my life!) is a shelter rescue, this cause is near and dear to my heart as well and I think it's a great charity to support :)