5/30/14

NEW! OPI Neons For Summer (Nail Polish Pictures & Review)

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OPI has release their very first collection of full sized Neons! Take a peek:


First, check out their new basecoat, Put A Coat On It. This white creme base will make your neons POP! This is 2 layers:

Down To The Core-al- a bright coral with shimmer (2 layers on top of 2 layers of Put A Coat On It):

You Are So Outta Lime!- soft, yet bright lime green (3 layers with no base coat):

Hotter Than You Pink- a neon pink with a violet shimmer (3 layers with no base coat):

Push & Pur-pull- a jelly-like, bright grape polish (3 layers with no base coat):

Juice Bar Hopping- a creamy bold tangerine (3 layers shown with no base coat):

Life Gave Me Lemons- a lemon-lime cream (3 layers shown with no base coat):


The formulas on each of these were superb, especially since neons are notorious for being difficult to work with. I wore "Life Gave Me Lemons" for 3 days ( a lifetime in nail polish hoarder world) and had no chipping or signs of wear at all! 
Some things to note about the white base coat- try to do as little layers as possible. You don't want to end up with multiple layers of white AND multiple layers of neon as this could make you more chip & peeling-prone. You also have to take care when going over the white base with your color, because you don't necessarily want the white poking through at the edges at all.

Which OPI Neons will you be rocking this Summer??!

Some parting info from OPI:

Neons by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor (for professionals only) formulas beginning May 2014. Nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application and will retail for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN)  at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.comGelColor is an in-salon, professional service only. Prices depend on the salon and range from $28 - $38 for a manicure and $35 - $45 for a pedicure.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!



5/27/14

Twinsie Tuesday



Hello friends!

I don't have a Twinise Tuesday post ready for today, but please stop by and visit the other ladies to see their "Follower Requested Mani"!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra
 
 

5/19/14

NEW! KBShimmer Summer Nail Polish Collection! (Pictures & Review)

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Hello friends! I'm back today to share  pictures of some of KBShimmer's newest upcoming Summer colors!

In Bare Form- Nude holographic...need I say more? This is the polish of my dreams! (3 layers shown here):

Run! It's The Coppers!- A metallic, holographic copper. Super stunning! (3 layers):

Big Tan On Campus- a tan holographic polish (3 layers):

Stark Raven Mad- a deep, charcoal holographic polish (OMG <3) (3 layers):

Let's Not Coral- pinky coral cream (2 layers shown):

Right As Reign- deep indigo cream-jelly polish (3 layers):

And here's a peek at the bottles shots for the other 6 polishes in the collection (from KBShimmer's press release):
Low & Be Bold

Partner's In Lime (textured)

She Twerks Out

Too Pop To Handle

PT Young Thing

Goldie Rocks

Final Thoughts: I completely love KBShimmer, and this collection is no disappointment. Holo's, glitters, creams, and textures--there is truly something for everyone!  Set for release on May 23rd, each textured or holographic polish will retail for $8.75 per 15 ml bottle, while the creams will retail for just $7.50 per 15 ml bottle. These will be available to purchase from www.kbshimmer.com!

Which ones are your favs?


5/8/14

NEW! Duri Cosmetics Hot Tamale Collection (Nail Polish Pictures & Review)

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Check out Duri's Hot Tamale collection!

Queso Blanco-pure white with pearl finish. This polish is s bit on the sheer side (4 layers shown here):

Margarita- lemon lime shimmer (3 layers shown here):

Salsa Verde- bright neon green (3 layers):

Chili Pepper- a shiny, shimmery red (2 layers shown):

Habanero- neon orange (2 layers):

Senorita Caliente- hot neon pink (2 layrers):

This is such a fun collection! My favorites were Chili Pepper (that shimmer, wow!) and Senorita Caliente (eye-seering in real life!).  You can buy Duri polish from their site, www.duri.com!

Thanks for stopping by!


5/6/14

Twinsie Tuesday: Nail Appliques

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Hi friends! Today's Twinsie Tuesday theme is "Nail Appliques". Of course, I had to show you some from my favorite nail applique brand of all time, Incoco!

Incoco's nail appliques (made with real polish) are super easy to apply, and once they are on, the wear time is amazing! 

These ones were part of their Valentine's collection:

And here's some of their Winter designs:


I highly suggest trying Incoco if you are looking for a long wearing manicure!  (You can click here to go to their site!).

Be sure to pop by the other Twinsies to see what they are wearing today!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra
 
 

5/5/14

NEW! Karora Cosmetics Self Tanning "Skinwear" Collection Review!

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Do you use self tanner?  If you are hesitant about doing it yourself, or if you've had a bad experience in the past, you should consider trying out the brand Karora! 

Here's a little info about them:

ABOUT KARORA:  
Hailing from the emerald isle,  KARORA has arrived on the beauty scene to woo and wow you! KARORA skinwear collection is suitable for any occasion, it benefits the skin and smells divine. Bask in gorgeous, golden radiance with our skin-perfecting glow-getters that transform from the everyday to beautifully bronzed .(-Press Release)



Because the Express Bronzing Mousse has a nice foamy texture, it's so easy to apply and blend into your skin. Here is one pump on the Velour Mitt:

 The really cool part is that you can customize your tan. Here are the steps I followed:

  • 1st- be sure you exfoliate your body to ensure you don't have any super dry areas that will collect extra product.
  • 2nd- Apply your Bronzing Mousse. I did about one pump for each arm and I'd say 3 for each leg. One for my chest and a few for my back (you will need a little help reaching there!) and stomach. You can see a little color as you apply it, which is meant to be used as a guide- you tell where you've missed. 
  • 3rd- How tan do you want to be? You wash off the Bronzing Mousse depending on how dark you want to be. I waited an hour and then showered mine off which gives a nice amount of color, but not CRAZY dark. You can wait up to 3 hours if you want to develop a deeper tan.
  • 4th- For my face, I used their CC Cream and it was very natural looking. It comes out a white/gray color, and then as soon as you apply it, it turns to a nice, natural bronze color.

Some things you should know-
  • There is little to no "tan" smell. Anyone who has used self tanner in the past will know what I am talking about when I say some self tanners smell...not so nice. This one was very lightly scented and not foul at all.
  • The tan fades naturally and evenly. I experienced no patchiness or weird faded leftovers as my tan wore away. I stayed tan for about 3 days before it started to fade. You can maintain your tan by doing another application as needed. Also, be sure to keep your skin moisturized to maximize your tan's longevity!
 Karora has this quick, helpful video too:

How does it look? Here's my before (left) and after (right). This was after wearing the Bronzing Mousse for 1 hour. I'm going to try bumping it up now that I know how easy Karora is to use!


Final thoughts- I love, love, love these products! I felt I had a really natural result, and that I could easily customize my level of "tan-ness" depending on my mood. The smell factor is huge to me, and this one is very nice. I also loved the texture of the Bronzing Mousse, and I loved the Velour Application Mitt!

When I first read about Karora, I was thinking that since this brand hails from Ireland, the land of my very pale ancestors, that they would "get" how to make us super pasty folks look tan naturally, and I'm happy to say I was right ;-)

Karora's website has some really great tips as well- check them out here!

Here's the breakdown of their products:

MEET THE KARORA SKINWEAR COLLECTION:

KARORA EXPRESS BRONZING MOUSSE   (150ML) (RRP$40.00)
SUPREME BRONZETTE:  Exotic colour in just 1 hour with moisture boosting botanicals
Get bronzed brilliance in a flash with this effortless velvety mousse which dries in seconds and develops in just 1 hour. A rapid release of rich exotic colour is infused with skin caring botanicals to deliver a faux tan with true staying power that fades incredibly evenly. This is a new breed of mousse that makes the art of self-tanning quicker than ever before while you decide your shade of bronze. The easy apply, 1 hour express turnaround time will see you red-carpet ready with a golden hue post-rinse. Take the 3 hour option for a natural looking and glamorous dark bronze, easily credited to a week of pool side lounging.

KARORA CC CREAM 100ml - FOR FACE AND BODY  (RRP$35.00)
SKIN SENSATION:  A colour correcting, skin perfecting multi-tasking miracle cream
Become a skin sensation with this multi-tasking  beauty wonder that delivers unrivalled radiance, coverage and complexion perfection.   A veil of natural colour blurs away imperfections while skin loving botanicals nourish and hydrate to improve texture and tone.   Signature ingredients : blended with skin tone correcting botanicals of green tea leaf extract,  jojoba seed oil, argan oil and acai berry to rejuvenate the skin.

KARORA INSTANT TAN 100ml – WATER RESISTANT (RRP$25.00)
GLOW GLAMSTER :  Fuss free flawless colour with superb coverage that washes off
Not ready for commitment?  Get faux fabulous from head to toe with this instant colour camouflage that resists water and remains perfectly in place even if the pace heats up.    Glimmer on the dance floor than wash away before breakfast!   This Glow Glamster is loaded with skin caring botanicals that nourish and smooth.    Signature ingredients :  packed with  super natural botanicals of grape seed oil, horse chestnut extract, sweet almond and macadamia oil to keep skin nourished, protected and smooth. 

KARORA TINTED SELF TAN MIST (200ML + 100ML) (RRP$40.00/ RRP$28.00)
RADIANT GODDESS : Super natural golden glow with skin conditioners for long lasting colour
Release your radiant goddess with a colour match made in heaven.  A guiding golden tint gives instant glow gratification and develops into a glorious honey dipped tan.   Botanical extracts lock in moisture guaranteeing complexion perfection and long lasting colour that fades incredibly evenly.     Signature ingredients : a botanical cocktail of aloe, acai berry,  argan and coconut oil instantly ups skin radiance while an aromatic citrus melon twist ensures you smell as good as your skin looks.

KARORA TINTED SELF TAN MIST  DARK (100ML) (RRP$30.00)
BRONZED BOMBSHELL : Deep dark bronze glow with skin conditioners for long lasting colour
Flash the flesh with some spot light stealing colour.  A guiding golden tint gives instant glow gratification and develops into a dark Brazilian bronze glow that fades incredibly evenly.   Botanical extracts lock in moisture guaranteeing complexion perfection and long lasting colour that fades incredibly evenly.  Signature ingredients : a botanical cocktail of aloe, acai berry,  argan and coconut oil instantly ups skin radiance while an aromatic citrus melon twist ensures you smell as good as your skin looks.

KARORA GRADUAL TAN   (150ML) ) (RRP$25.00)
GOLDEN GIRL:  Subtle sun kissed colour with intense hydration for face and body
Get glowing with a daily dose of natural colour and a burst of hydration.   This moisture rich lotion replenishes and conditions the face and body with botanical boosting hydrators while turning it gloriously golden.    Layer it up for a richer honey-dipped colour.   Signature ingredients: fused with a fine tuned blend of jojoba, coconut oil, rosemary leaf extract, vitamin E  and essential oil of argan to soften, sooth and condition the skin.  With an aromatic top note of fresh orange oil for a blossoming skin scent.

ABOUT KARORA:  
Hailing from the emerald isle,  KARORA has arrived on the beauty scene to woo and wow you! KARORA skinwear collection is suitable for any occasion, it benefits the skin and smells divine. Bask in gorgeous, golden radiance with our skin-perfecting glow-getters that transform from the everyday to beautifully bronzed.

Launching at ULTA stores on 10th March, stockists in North America and Canada already include the prestigious 5th avenue New York department store Henri Bendel, New York’s oldest Pharmacy and celebrity beauty destination, CO Bigelow and Canada’s largest home shopping network, The Shopping Channel.  The brand is available in Dubai and  Moscow and is stocked exclusively in London’s landmark pharmacy & beauty emporium to her majesty the Queen John Bell & Croyden, and available nationwide through the LloydsPharmacy network in UK and Ireland. 

www.twitter.com/karoracosmetics

Do you self tan? What do you think about Karora?  
Thanks for stopping by!



5/1/14

New! Misa Sunny Side Up ~Spring 2014 Nail Polish Collection (Pictures/Review)

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Misa Cosmetics has a new Spring nail polish collection out right now- check out "Sunny Side Up"!






Silly Daffodils- a warm mustard yellow cream (2 layers of polish shown here):

Blue Jade Vine- a gorgeous turquoise cream! (2 layers):

Loveliest Of The Lilacs- a purple cream; this one is a bit more warm in "real life". This formula was a little thinner, so I used 3 layers of polish:

Cherry Blossom Awesome- My favorite name and flower reference from this collection ;)  Cheery bright pink cream (2 layers):

Chrysanthemum- cool toned pink with subtle shimmer (3 layers used here):

Dusty Magnolia- delicious, milky nude cream. I cannot get enough nude polish, and this one is very neutral in tone, making it perfect for many different skin tones. (2 layers):

And here's a quick nail art design I did (using tape to create the "v's" (Silly Daffodils & Blue Jade Vine):

These polishes retail for $7.50 each and can be purchased from Misa's website!  Will you be picking any of these up?

Thanks for stopping by!