Category Archives: Nail Polish

The Blues: Frostbite and Xanadu

This winter has been so hard on my nails. They are constantly breaking and feel so incredibly brittle even though I am taking vitamins daily. With that being said, because my nails are so short right now I’ve fallen back in love with China Glaze’s Frostbite. I love it because no matter how short your nails are this color will always look good. Although it is my favorite, I wanted to add a little something to it. I picked up this Deborah Lippmann polish in Xanadu a few months ago but I hadn’t used it yet. It’s a lot of glitter so I decided to use it just for an accent nail. Check out the swatches below:

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Xanadu reminds me of Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream but it doesn’t have quite as much texture. I love it nonetheless, but I don’t know if I want to use it for my entire manicure. What do you guys think? What nail polishes have you all been wearing this winter? I’ve seen some pretty awesome Spring collections from China Glaze, Color Club, and Zoya so I am looking forward to wearing bright colors again! Are there any particular collections you guys would like for me to swatch? If so, just let me know!

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. Talk to you soon! xx

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10 Nail Blogs You Need To Know About

Lately, I have been obsessing over nail art, and in the process of looking up various swatches and tutorials online I’ve stumbled upon a few nail blogs that I am absolutely in love with…and because I love you guys (gals) so much, I thought I’d share them with you today. Check them out below:

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http://www.alllpolished.blogspot.com

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http://oflifeandlacquer.com

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http://www.coloresdecarol.com

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http://lacquertude.com

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http://pshiiit.com

Superchic Lacquer Coming Unblued

http://www.fashionpolish.com

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http://www.nailescapades.com

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http://www.peachypolish.com

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http://workplaypolish.com

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http://www.refinedandpolished.com

I hope you all enjoyed this post and actually check these bloggers out…They are amazing!!

*All photos are from the nail blogs listed in this post*

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Deborah Lippmann – Blue Orchid

Hey dolls!!! Today, I have some swatches of one of my favorite colors at the moment from Deborah Lippmann’s Spring collection. When Sephora was having their 20% off friends and family promotion a little while ago, I took advantage and bought this beauty. Everyone knows Deborah Lippmann is expensive, but no one can deny the quality of her nail lacquers:

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Blue Orchid is a creamy pastel blue with grey undertones, but is probably a tiny bit more blue in person. I love it! You could actually get away with wearing just one coat, but I did two in these photos to make sure the color was even. You guys know I love my blue polishes and this is no exception. There is actually one other color I want from this collection, Flowers in Her Hair, but it seems as if I’m going to have to go on a bit of a search for it.

If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to check out Deborah Lippmann’s Summer collection here.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I promise I will talk to you soon!! xx

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China Glaze: City of Flourish Collection

Hola!!!!!!! Today I have four colors from China Glaze’s new City of Flourish collection. Sally’s Beauty Supply had a sale on all their China Glaze polishes, buy one get one free, and you know I hopped all over that. I purchased four of the twelve colors available in this collection:

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Thistle Do Nicely (3 Coats/No Top Coat)

Thistle Do Nicely is a peachy/pink neon color. It’s probably my favorite color in the entire collection because it is super bright! Reminds me of China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy.

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At Vase Value (3 Coats/No Top Coat)

At Vase Value is a gorgeous cream mint color. It’s very similar to China Glaze’s Re-Fresh Mint, but Re-Fresh Mint has more of a white undertone.

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Spring In My Step (3 Coats/No Top Coat)

Spring in my Step is the kind of nude I like to wear. It’s actually a little more pink in person and I love it!

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Peonies & Park Ave. (2 Coats/No Top Coat)

Peonies & Park Ave. is a traditional creamy pink. Not as bright as I thought it was going to be based on the swatches I had seen. I def could have left this one in the store…It’s not a bad color at all. I just feel like I have seen this pink many times before.

Overall, I like the colors I chose. One thing that I will tell you is that the formula on all of these polishes is STREAKY!! A lot of the colors required 3 coats for full opacity so keep that in mind when you are deciding whether or not to purchase. Be sure to check and see if Sally’s is still having a sale on this brand. If not, you can always purchase these on Head 2 Toe Beauty

I hope everyone is having a great week! xx

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Ulta Made Me Do It…

Every time I turn around Ulta is having a sale of some sort. 20% off, buy one/get one half off, $5.00 off your purchase, etc. Not to mention the fact that you can gain so many points and get money off your purchases as well.  Needless to say that I used this opportunity to pick up a few Sally Hansen nail polishes that were on my wish list:

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Blue My Mind (Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure)

Blue My Mind is absolutely gorgeous!!! It reminds me of China Glaze’s Frostbite, which is probably why it caught my eye. I am a sucker for blue nail polishes and this is no exception. The formula is amazing and the color payoff is wonderful. But that price! It retails for about $8, which is kind of expensive for a drugstore nail polish, but I think its well worth it.

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Dive In (Sally Hansen Triple Shine)

Dive In is much more subtle than I was expecting, but its a beautiful color nonetheless. The first coat was a bit thin and streaky, but I only needed two coats to achieve the look in the photo above. Sally Hansen has a lot of vibrant colors in this particular line so if you are in need of a super pigmented color, check it out!

Are you a fan of Sally Hansen nail polishes? Is there any particular line that you like? I looking forward to trying more colors!! I hope you all are enjoying your week!! xx

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Revlon Parfumerie: African Tea Rose

Revlon’s new Parfumerie nail polishes are adorable!! While I am not wild about this particular color (looks better here than it does in natural lighting), I have to say that the formulas and scents of these polishes are on point. Check out the swatches below:

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And how cute is this bottle?! Not to mention that my nails literally smelled like roses (not the stinky ones either). for an entire day. This is going to sound weird, but I could not stop smelling my nails when I was wearing this color…I love the scent! The thing is though, it smells like regular nail polish up until your nails dry. So don’t go smelling these in the drugstore…Lol

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If you’d like to try these nail polishes out, they are actually on sale at Ulta right now for buy one, get one 50% off. They have a wide range of colors that I’m sure will fit your taste, and they retail for $5.99 each. Have any of you gals tried this nail polish yet? If so, what did you think? Lately, I’ve been trying to get more into drugstore nail polishes since they are a lot more affordable.

Side Note: Is your week dragging as slowly as mine!? I am so ready for this holiday weekend! Talk to you all soon! xx

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Oh.Em.Gee! – Julie G Nail Polishes

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I have heard so much about Julie G’s nail polish on Youtube. When a few of them caught my eye in Rite Aid the other day I thought I would give them a go. I tried to pick out colors that were practically sold out (that’s usually a good indication that the polish is the goods). As you all know blues and pinks are my go-to colors so I chose one blue (Cabana Boy), one pink (Oh Em Gee!), and a wild card (Kickin’ It):

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Kickin’ It (Flash)

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Kickin’ It (No Flash)

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Oh Em Gee! (Flash)

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Oh Em Gee! (No Flash)

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Cabana Boy (Flash)

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Cabana Boy (No Flash)

I have to say that I am impressed. I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but I have been pleasantly surprised by each of these colors. Kickin’ It is gorge, obvi, but I needed three coats in order to get the color you all see in the photos above. Same thing happened with Oh Em Gee!, two coats just wasn’t enough. Outside of that though I have no complaints. Oh Em Gee! looks far better and brighter in person. Cabana Boy was absolute perfection. I could have gotten away with one coat, but I applied two. Also, it could definitely pass as a duplicate of Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue, which is sometimes hard to find.

These polishes retail for $3.99 each with the exception of Oh Em Gee! which I bought on sale for $1.99. Have you guys tried Julie G polishes before? I am definitely looking forward to trying out more colors.

I hope you all have an amazing week. Smooches! xx

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Glitter Wasted: Zoya’s Dream and Mosheen

So I ordered some polishes from Zoya when they were having their awesome promotions a few weeks ago. Dream and Mosheen from their Zenith collection had been on my wish list since they first came out so I had to cop them. Dream is a gorgeous dark blue jelly polish with holographic glitter. BANGIN’…Mosheen is an ice blue glitter top coat with turquoise bar glitters. It definitely can’t be worn alone but is very pretty over Dream if you can handle that much glitter on one nail. Check out the swatches below:

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Zoya’s Dream (Zenith Collection)

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Zoya’s Dream with Mosheen as the top coat (Zenith Collection)

Glitter nails are always on trend for the holidays so I figured that this was a good nail polish selection with New Year’s right around the corner…

Did you guys catch any of Zoya’s promotions? Do you own any of these colors? If so, how do you like them? Zoya also just came out with their Natural Collection, which you can check out here. Talk to you all soon! xx

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Fall Favorites

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These are a few of my favorites things…

Michael Kors Selena Satchel: I bought this bag during the Bloomingdale’s family and friends discount sale, and I have been wearing it every since. I love that it is structured and can stand alone no matter how you pack your items into it. I also love the gold hardware since I have been wearing gold a lot lately.

Alice and Olivia Starbucks Mug/Lipton Green Teas: Who doesn’t want to drink their tea out of an adorable cup?! I purchased this cup at Starbucks not too long ago and I am so in love with it. I am also addicted to these Lipton green teas, which I have been drinking out of my mug. I drink green tea EVERY SINGLE DAY now! Every since I went to Teavana and tasted their amazing tea blends, I had to find something comparable. Red Goji Raspberry (Wegmans) and Purple Acai Blueberry (Wegmans/Walmart) are my favorites.

Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Body Mist: This body mist is so light and fresh. I smelled the perfume and instantly fell in love, but I didn’t want to pay $55 for it. So I bought the smaller size to see how it worked with my body chemistry. Now I carry it in my bag and spray it whenever I feel  the urge to…Go smell it when you have some free time…

Favorite Nail Polishes at the Moment: Orly’s Pretty Ugly, Zoya’s Raven, and Formula X’s Zing. The clear nail polish is my new base coat…Rejuvacote is a nail strengthener that I had heard a lot of great things about. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I definitely like the results. Even though my nails still have the tendency to break, its only a chip here and there. They are much stronger than they have been.

The Art of War for Writers and Bird by Bird: I’ve had these books forever, but I have recently been rereading them to get some literary inspiration. I am working on developing a book idea I have and these books are helping me quite a bit. One thing I have learned from them is that you must write every day and at the same time every day. It’s also helpful if you to pretend that there is an imaginary gun to your head so that you don’t get up before you’re supposed to (only other writers/inspiring writings will understand that). LOL…Anne Lamott talks a lot about how you must quiet all the distractions (internally and externally) so that you can get to magic…the writing! I know this all sounds crazy, but I am learning that writing has to become a habit. I’m still working on that…

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Gwen Stefani Collabs with OPI

So I have been stalking beauty blogs for weeks now, trying to find out what the Gwen Stefani OPI collection is going to look like. Well, as you can see, I found it!

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From left to right:

  1. I Sing In Color (Glossy)
  2. Over and Over A-Gwen (Glossy)
  3. Hey Baby (Glossy)
  4. Love Angel Music Baby (Satin)
  5. Push And Shove (Unknown)
  6. In True Stefani Fashion (Glitter Top Coat)
  7. 4 In The Morning (Satin)

Because I have always been a fan of Gwen Stefani’s music as well as her fashion line (L.A.M.B.), I cannot wait to get my hands on this collection. The colors choices really do seem to represent Stefani, and I am especially excited to try 4 In The Morning (black nail polish is one of my favs right now).  I couldn’t find many details on the 5th color, Push and Shove, so I guess we will have to wait until the collection is released before we can get a real sense of what the color is going to look like. If you are curious to see swatches of the rest of these colors, you can google it. I found a few swatches online, and I think you all will be pleased. This collection is scheduled to be released in January 2014.

What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to this collaboration?

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