Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pure Ice: Vinyl Remix Review

Pure Ice has released a line of crackles, yeah, I know, you think they are the usual crackle top coats, but these are different, they are "tinted" crackles that change the color of the base nail color.

This is how it works! First apply the base coat...

I applied 2 coats of "Platinum Magic" base coat, so I had no bald spots.  Then I swiped on, in an "x" pattern, the crackle top coat, just to see what the big deal was about...

Wow! This is cool! Oh yeah, I can get behind this. The crackle itself is black, but it tinted the base color pink...sweet! I decided for the other fingers I was going to play around with my "brush stroke" work. 

It dries matte like most crackles, so I had to add some clear top coat to add some shine.  :)  There are some great posts about this same collection, where bloggers have combined colors or used different patterns, Frazzle and Anipolish, Liquid Jelly and Colores de Carol are just a  few. :)

I've heard these have been spotted at Walmart. I honestly hate buying polish from Walmart, half the time the polishes have all be opened and "swatched" on" god knows" whose fingers (I hoped they used their fingers) etc. 

But hopefully theses are wrapped up in cute little pairs, like they were when they were sent to me. So you know they are perfect and ready for purchase! 

Overall , these crackles bring something new to the "crackle table", I think you shouldn't pass them up!

*Product provided by PR.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Candy Coated Tips 2nd Anniversary Winner!!!!

Wow! There were 1,058 entries for my anniversary giveaway, what a turn out!

Thank You to everyone who entered and follow me on a regular and even semi-regular basis :)

Okay the winner was entry #1016 Sandra
The winner is supposed to show on the bottom via rafflecopter, but since  it is my first time using it, I wanted to type her name in bright oink letter above...just in case! Congrats to Sandra!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Friday, May 25, 2012

OPI "Atomic Orange" with Finger Paints "Motley"

Yep! Motley is back! I swear I think it was the best flakie top coat ever invented. It looks great over everything, and this bright orange is no exception!

OPI "Atomic Orange" topped with 2 coats of Finger Paints "Motley".

I used 2 coats of "Atomic Orange" and then topped it with 2 coast of "Motley". I recently received "Atomic Orange" in a swap as an extra, and it was on my wish list, so I was super excited to see it in the package! I love swappers, they are so nice!!!

Atomic Orange is from the OPI Brights Collection, Fall 2006. A lovely red based bright orange creme, perfect for those bright summer months! :)

Finger Paints "Motley", well what can I say about Motley, it's awesome, it is a flakie top coat with blue and purple flakes.  Check out the manicure in the shade...

Love it!!!

Happy Friday! Keep It Sweet!

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

I've been a bad blogger....

I have been so busy preparing for my summer trip and working (at my real job, LOL) that my blog posting has suffered.   This week I've been super bad, Forgive me?  Okay, enough of that sappy crap, LOL! I'll be back to my usual post Tuesday! :)


Thank you to everyone who entered my 2nd Anniversary Giveaway, I will announce the winner on Monday, Memorial Day! Yippee!!!!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Barielle's BFF

Sign-up to be Barielle’s BFF and automatically be entered for the chance to win Barielle’s Nail Strengthener Cream (full size) and a Barielle Base Coat, Top Coat & 3 Shades Colors of your choice – a retail value up to $74.50. Multiple winners will be chosen.

Started: May 21, 2012 @ 03:00 pm (EDT)

Ends: June 30, 2012 @ 07:00 am (EDT)

Check out their Facebook page for more details. 

*Info. provided by PR.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

China Glaze "Don't Be A Square"

Hello there! I had a super busy weekend, but of course I found time to keep up with the sun, and sport some of my favorite holographic colors from the China Glaze Kaleidoscope Collection 2009.

Today I have "Don't Be A Square" from China Glaze's best Collection, Kaleidoscope Collection, well at least it's the best in my opinion.

China Glaze
"Don't Be A Square"
 3 coats, with top coat.

"Don't Be A Square" is a beautiful soft rose pink holographic polish with just a hint of peachy undertones.

Because these older colors are thinner, they need 3 coats, unless you use another color as a base, but trust me...3 coats and it is well worth it!!!!!

This polish applies super easy and once I topped it with Nubar "Diamont" top coat and Seche Vite, I was good for 3 or 4 days :)

Oh yeah, I love summer time.... and I love holographic polishes in the summer sun even more...woo hoo!!!!

Keep It Sweet!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

NOPI: NEW! Kardashian Kolor Pretty Petites Mini Nail Lacquers

Nicole by OPI Introduces NEW Kardashian Kolor Pretty Petites Mini Nail Lacquers
Nicole by OPI announces the launch of Kardashian Kolor Pretty Petites, two mini packs each offering four bestselling Kardashian Kolor nail lacquers. The first set Celeb-bities features shiny, sparkly shades in feminine pink and red hues. The second set Sophisti-cuties provides an earth-toned palette of green, brown and gray glitters and crèmes.

 “Pretty Petites offer the best of the Kardashian Kolor lacquers in a mini size that’s perfect for gifting or using on-the-go,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director.  “Whether you like to change your nail lacquer often or want to experiment with an ombré look, these two mini packs offer variety of color at a great price.”

The Celeb-bities mini pack includes:
All Kendall-ed Up
Powder your nose and get some pink on those toes! 
Kim-pletely in Love
Finally! The pink of her dreams has arrived.
Sealed with a Kris
Handle with care: This klassy red is top-of-the-line!

Wear Something Spar-Kylie
Glitter-ly the prettiest pink ever!

The Sophisti-cuties mini pack includes:
My Empire...My Rules
This take-charge taupe is always on-trend.
Follow Me on Glitter
A glittery deep gray that always has something to say!
Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam
A deep dark emerald worth falling for.
Hard-Kourt Fashionista
This delicious deep brown is the chicest hue in town!

 “The four shades in the Celeb-bities pack lend bright pops of color and glitter to any look,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Meanwhile, the four Sophisti-cuties lacquers give nails a classic but edgy feel, thanks to hot neutral hues like taupe, gray and chocolate brown.”

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. Pretty Petites will be available July 2012 for $10 each at Duane Reade, H-E-Butt, Fred Meyer, Meijer, Rite Aid, Sears and ULTA. In Canada, each set will be available for $15 at Katz Group, Loblaw, Shoppers Drug Mart, select Sears locations, and Walmart Canada.

For more information, visit Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan

*Info provided by PR.

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Zoya "Jo"

Today I have a quick manicure for ya. I wore this over the weekend while attending my niece's softball tournament, it was not her team colors, but it was still pretty! LOL!  :)

Zoya "Jo"
2 coats, with Zoya Armor top coat, and then a final coat with Seche Vite.

Zoya "Jo" is described as a delicate and serene looking medium periwinkle blue with subtle silver and blue toned shimmer. This calming , flattering blue is like stress relief therapy on your nails!".

I couldn't have said it better my self! LOL! I tried to take pics with me holding a softball, but they are way too big and my fingers were totally lost in the pic, so I decide to grab a tennis ball from a cute little pooch that was nearby...don't worry I gave it back! LOL!

Short and sweet! This color is from Zoya's Twist Collection in 2009 and  applied perfectly in 2 coats, no issues. :) I rarely have any application issues with Zoya colors as their formula is really, really good and easy to work with.

Happy Friday and remember, Keep It Sweet!

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Duality Cosmetics: Nail Pak, as seen on "Shark Tank".

"Nail Pak is a complete nail care system in one convenient patented package. the top half contains an on-trend, 3-free nail polish lacquer, the bottom half houses 40 user-friendly, pre-soaked polish remover pads and a mini removable nail file is strategically placed in between.  the Nail Pak is the answer to nail care at home or on the go."

Here's how it works:

On top is – .60oz of high quality 3 FREE nail polish, chip resistant, long lasting and salon strength.
At the bottom are – A seal topped off with a nail file; 40 pre-soaked pads with fresh scent non-acetone remover.
To change or fix your mani/pedi simply:
  1. Unscrew the nail polish on top from the bottom container
  2. Locate tab with raised bumps on seal
  3. Grasp seal w/thumbnail and finger and pull firmly
  4. File away any chips with provided nail file
  5. Remove pads for use to remove old nail polish
  6. Create or mend your look with new polish!
  7. Don’t forget to replace seal
  8. Gently push down until it resets in the cup
There are 3 cute collections with individual polish names, named after real names like "Amelia", "Ellen", and "Jennifer". In addition she has a line of base coats, top coats and treatments, to make sure you nails are healthy, conditioned and well hydrated! 

Stay connected with them thru Facebook , Pinterest,  and Twitter

Check out their site Duality Cosmetics for all their colors and collections, each Nail Pak is $20, and I think they make perfect gifts or party favors. :)

*Info. provided by PR.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

OPI: NEW! Pure Lacquer Nail Apps

OPI Announces NEW! Pure Lacquer Nail Apps

            OPI launches Pure Lacquer Nail Apps for instantaneous manicures and pedicures created using precut nail strips made of 100% real nail lacquer – providing a high-gloss finish, long-lasting wear and zero dry time. Offered in both cream and shimmer finishes, Nail Apps are available in 14 different styles – ranging in design from edgy snake print and fishnet to feminine gold lace and floral.

 “Nail art has become increasingly popular, with both consumers and trained professionals,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director. “Pure Lacquer Nail Apps provide the perfect way to get a one-of-a-kind look that simply cannot be replicated by hand. Each nail strip is made of 100% real nail lacquer for a flawless final look with easy application.”

Combining base and color in one convenient product, Nail Apps adhere to nails in seconds and can be stretched for a perfect fit. Each pack contains 16 strips to ensure perfect sizing for all finger and toe nails. For best results, this product should not be finished with top coat. Simply remove with an acetone polish remover like OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover before trying a new design.

“To make Nail Apps last even longer, upgrade your service by having your manicurist cure the nail strips with a GelColor Top Coat. With this addition, Nail Apps will last up to two weeks,” explains Weiss-Fischmann. “If you chose at-home application, place each Nail App carefully, trimming where necessary. Top coat is not recommended. Within minutes, your nails will be uniquely designed like never before!”

Pure Lacquer Nail Apps are available this month at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for the suggested retail price of $11.95.

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

*Info provided by PR

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Nubar "Jeans Collection"

Hello, today I have one of my favorite little collections. It is not my favorite because it is all holographic colors, nor because it is named after me (yeah, right), it is my favorite because it is BLUE!!!!

This collection was released by Nubar in the Fall of 2011, right after Chanel released their 3 colors in their own Jeans Collection. Well ,since there is a big $$ difference between Chanel ($24 per bottle) and Nubar ($20 for the entire collection), it should come as no surprise why I snagged this set IMMEDIATELY!!!

Left to Right, 2 coats each: "Boyfriend Jeans", "Faded Jeans", and "Dark Wash Jeans", all with top coat. All except 1 applied very well, and had a very gel like consistency. The lighter blue "Faded Jeans" I had to apply thicker than the other too, because as with most light blues, you can get some bald spots. But, the thicker coats worked out well :)

So... I'm sure you are wondering how these compare to the Chanel colors, check out this comparison on Cafe Makeup.  Looking at her swatches, I think they are definitely close enough to justify picking up the Nubar's and leaving the Chanel's behind :) Don't get me wrong I love Chanel, but my love for blues, does not "out trump" my wallet...know what I'm sayin!

You can still grab these beauty's, all 3 for $20, at NUBAR online....winner, winner chicken dinner!

Keep It sweet!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

1 more week,...... enter my Candy Coated Tips 2nd Anniversary GIVEAWAY!

Enter HERE
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China Glaze "Sneaker Head" and OPI "Servin' Up Sparkle"

Hello there, today I have a cute little diddy featuring China Glaze "Sneaker Head".  I recently acquired Sneaker Head in a swap, it is a bright fun strawberry red creme that came from the China Glaze Kicks Collection, Summer 2009.

Perfect for summer, but was a bit thin after 2 coats :( (I still had VNL), so I topped it with a glitter, and that made me feel happy again.:)

2 coats of China Glaze "Sneaker Head" topped with 1 coat of OPI "Servin' Up Sparkle".

This color is nothing unique, but topped with the OPI, it definitely stand out in a crowd! The OPI is from the OPI Serena Williams Grand Slam England Set released last Summer in 2011.

Still... since I know I have some other colors that are similar, I'll ditch the China Glaze...but the name is so darn cute!

Since it is now Spring and Summer is around the corner, it's time to break out your brights, glitters and holographic polish!!! Woo Hoo for warm and sunny weather!

Keep It Sweet!

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