Monday, October 20, 2014

The last manicures of summer

Yep, it is finally getting cooler here in Southern California. By cooler, I mean it is finally in the 80's and 70's, LOL!

So this week, I'll be showing you my favorite colors and manicures from the summer. Bye bye hot temps and hello cool weather.

Here are two KBShimmer manicures that I wore several times this summer!

Here I paired the more recent KBShimmer "You're So Shellfish"  and "Sweet Waves" with "A Touch Of Glass" which is from Spring 2014.

"Sweet Waves", is "white, periwinkle and mint hex glitters swim among yellow and coral glitters in several sizes.  These glitters just pop against so many colors, from black to purples, pinks, and oranges". 

The glitter is the perfect link between the two colors.  Both of the cremes applied well, and the glitter applied well too, in two coats.   I topped this manicure with my usual two coats of top coat, and this manicure lasted me all week. :)

This is KBShimmer "Periwinkle In Time", "Inspired by blue hydrangea and periwinkle flowers, this soft cool blue has a purple undertone, making it the most perfect periwinkle color.  Accented by silver holo and violet holo circle glitters and holo glitters in teal, violet, marine blue and silver and a micro holo shimmer, this light blurple polish is sure to please.".

I am in love with this polish! I wasn't sure about it since it has a pastel base, but once I put it on, I was in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! 

I think I may have to buy some back-up bottles, LOL!

Keep It Sweet!

*Product sent by PR for review. 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mash-Up: Bar fight, with Spencer!

Yep, I'm BACK!   I've got my new camera and a new nail shape and I am back in business!

It's not exactly FALL here in Southern California, today will be a whopping 108 degrees. So since Mother Nature is stuck in the are my nails, LOL!  Today I combined a gorgeous creme from Zoya with a gorgeous Pixie Dust from Zoya.

I combined Zoya "Spencer" with Zoya "Bar".

I applied two coats of "Spencer" to the nails, and on the accent finger I applied one coat of "Spencer", and then one coat of "Bar".   After the manicure dried I applied my usual two coats of top coat to the entire manicure, and then topped the accent nail with one coat using a matte top coat.  I like the added texture the matte top coat adds to the Magical PixieDust polish.

"Spencer" is a rich camel cream from the Naturel Deux Collection for Spring 2014. I applied well in two coats and dried in the normal dry time.

"Bar" is a magical pixiedust in a glittery nude topaz from the Magical PixieDust Summer Collection for 2014. It applies best over another color in one coat. Applying a similarly matched base color before applying the pixiedust, not only allows for easier removal, but it requires less coats for opacity.

I love how well thee two color go together, as if they were made for one another.

Tomorrow, I will post my review of the two full collections, but I simply had to show you, my combo first.

Keep It Sweet!

*Product provided by PR for review. 
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Friday, September 12, 2014

August Beauty Box 5:Radiant and Remarkable

This box had a lot of goodies in it, perfect for anyone wanting to retain their end of summer glow. :)

BB5 for August 2014

Let's start with the nail polish...of course!

I couldn't find anything about the nail polish online, but the brand is Style Essential Nail Polish. I received the classic black and white glitter top coat.  The glitters were matte,and had a nice matte finish to them, which really gave my manicure a toned down but fun vibe. :)  It applied well in one coat, but I applied two coats.

The base color I used is OPI  "You're So Vain-illa"  (from the Coco-Cola Collection)

Unfortunately, it did cause bubbles in my manicure, but because I used it over a nude color I didn't really notice the bubbles, too much :)

Nancoco Lip Gloss  -  I was hoping to get this lip gloss in a wearable color, but as you can see I received a bubblegum pink color...not for me!  Darn, another one bites the dust :(

Pur-lisse Pur protect SPF 30 sunscreen - This came just in time, because I used it for my trip second to Las Vegas. This was light and easy to apply, and was super wearable under makeup. PERFECT!

La Fresh Travel Lite Oil-Free Makeup Remover Wipes - Yep, these went to Las Vegas too. I love makeup remover wipes. They are in my vanity at home, by my bed, in my gym bag and they are used all the time! I used these in Las Vegas for those late nights when I came back to the hotel and was too tired to wash my face. I know, I now, you should ALWAYS wash your face at night, but some nights end with you and your makeup face passed out in the bed FULLY CLOTHED! With these wipes, I just grabbed one or two and wiped away the night, no fuss!

Novex Brazilian Keratin - I love a good hair treatment, and this is no exception. I haven't used it yet, but t says that  I should apply this post-shampoo and leave it in for 20-25 min. I can do that! :)

Overall, this box isn't bad! I know that the makeup items are always a gamble with darker skin tone, so I'll let those pass, but everything else looks, and was great! Thanks!

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If you like what you've seen and you want a BB5 box of your own, go to

Keep It Sweet!

*Product provided by PR for review.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OPI Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Eighth Annual Pink of Hearts Promotion

OPI announces the launch of its eighth annual limited edition Pink of Hearts promotion, a duo pack featuring a new pink confetti glitter hue The Power of Pink alongside the classic light pink crème shade Mod About You. Pink of Hearts 2014 will also include a pink glitter nail file with pink-ribbon charm. 

This duo pack is designed to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. In 2014, OPI will donate $25,000 to Susan G. Komen® in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). OPI will also donate $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada.

 “OPI is proud to support Susan G. Komen and Rethink Breast Cancer with the eighth annual Pink of Hearts promotion,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “OPI’s breast cancer awareness campaign embodies our mission to empower women through color. The Power of Pink is a unique new shade that really celebrates the individual. This pink glitter gives nails a fun, playful look that represents the joyful feeling that comes when embracing life.”

Pink of Hearts 2014 includes two shades sold in one pack – the soft pink Mod About You and the glittery The Power of Pink. This sparkly lacquer features a sheer pink base packed with both micro and macro confetti in light and dark pink hues. The Power of Pink can be worn either alone or layered on top of Mod About You as an accent. Each bottle features a special pink ribbon cap wrap in support of breast cancer awareness. Pink of Hearts 2014 also offers a pink glitter nail file with pink-ribbon charm to keep nails perfectly shaped. 

Mod About You and The Power of Pink feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Pink of Hearts 2014 will be available September and October 2014 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands,, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and for $16.95 ($21.50 CAN) suggested retail.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Neon Tips by OPI

Hello and Happy Monday!

Today I have some cute neon tips did using OPI's neon polishes released earlier this summer, and some nail decal tips from the Born Pretty Store!

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When I first saw all of these great colors, I couldn't decide which color I wanted to I wore them ALL! :)

Left to Right: OPI "Push & Pur-Pull", "Life Gave Me Lemons", "Juice Bar Hopping", "Hotter than You Pink", "You are So Outta Lime",  and "Down to the Core-al"

To get these colors to really pop, you have to use the base color, "Put a Coat On". It's your basic white, but not as "bright white" as most white polishes.  :)

I used two coats of the base color, and then I applied two coats of the neon nail colors using the guides. Theses are the same guides I used in my review post, HERE.

I used some of the same colors, but in a different order on my left hand.

This manicure was easy to apply and fun to wear.  The neon's dried amazingly fast, and they really POP with the white base color.  The guides were much easier to use the second time around. I guess practice does make perfect :)

Did you get the OPI Neon's? Which is your favorite color?

Keep It Sweet!

*Product provided by PR for review. 

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