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Autumn Flowers with the Nubar FALLing in Love Collection

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Hey there. I have some Fall nail art today using a few shades from the Fall/Winter 2014 FALLing in Love Collection from Nubar. I first got to see this set at Cosmoprof North America. I love visiting the Nubar booth because they have so many other goodies besides nail polish…like over 50 varieties of non-fade nail gems!

So I didn’t have a big game plan for this design. I loved how the warm red (Love American Style), mustard yellow (First Date) and deep teal (Lush) looked all lined up together. They reminded me of mums. I started with a base of Nubar InstaChic, a super soft pink from the Nubar Social Butterfly Collection. I wish my base had been a bit more taupe, but I love this color on it’s own. It’s very opaque, but not chalky looking.

Nubar FALLing in Love Collection

Super Black Lacquers 2014 Summer Collection Nail Art

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Before I get too deep into Fall polish-land, I have one last summer collection to share, Super Black Lacquers (SBL) Summer 2014. This collection is seriously amazing! I’ve been so remiss in posting about it. On three separate occasions, I swatched these beauties. And each time, I hated my photos. The polishes are so incredibly vibrant and yet my pics were dull and weird (especially the orange). Color correcting only washed the color out more and made my hands look like aliens!  Each time I would get disgusted and give up. Some will say, “Show us the pics anyway!” But that wouldn’t be fair to Natalie, who took such care to create such intense colors.

Well they’ve been taunting me from the swatch pile long enough! So last weekend I decided to use them to create some nail art. The camera doesn’t seem to freak out as much when it has multiple contrasting colors in the frame. But my colors still aren’t perfect, so be sure to check them out on the SBL website because those pics are much more accurate.

Super Black Lacquer Summer 2014

The set includes four loud cremes, two bold glitters and one not-so-flashy, but still complementary glitter. They are all really fun and intense. The orange (Flash Bastard) is crazy bright and the yellow, with it’s translucent black glitters, and green, with purple glitters, are so creative! The inset shot (below) was taken under black light.

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GLAM Polish Welcome to Storybrooke Collection Swatches and Review


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Hi guys. Today I have a preview for you. The GLAM Polish Welcome to Storybrooke Collection will be available for purchase tonight (if you’re in the US) at www.glampolish.com.au. This beautiful, nine-piece release includes vampy holos inspired by the ABC TV show, Once Upon a Time. The series is set in the fictional town of Storybrooke, whose residents are characters from fairy tales who’ve been transported to “real life”. I’ve never seen the show…but I’m intrigued! I have six of the nine polishes to show you and every single one is gorgeous.

Desperate Souls  is a deep purple holo. You can’t see the green shimmer in my swatch, but it’s there. Very pretty. This one is practically a one-coater, but I used two here.

GLAM Polish Desperate Souls

Red-Handed is a pinky-red holo with a strong shimmer. My swatch is two coats. Stunning.

GLAM Polish Red-Handed

Into The Deep is a medium sky blue. This one has the least holo effect of the six I’m showing you, but it’s still pretty blingy.

Breast Cancer Research is Key…but Awareness is Important Too

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. From pink nail polish to pink Cuisinart mixers, there are lots of ways to participate in the cause. Breast cancer statistics are truly sobering. In the U.S. alone, 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and a woman dies of breast cancer every 15 minutes. Worldwide, a woman is diagnosed every 19 seconds! Research dollars are paramount as we continue our quest for the cure. I encourage you to donate to charities which specifically support advancing our understanding of the disease through dedicated research. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) are both highly rated, research-focused charities.

Not everyone has the resources to donate. But I assure you that awareness is important too. It’s been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more. And when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%. I implore you to perform routine breast self-examinations and get routine checkups and mammograms. Learn ways to increase your chances of early detection here.

So proudly sport that pink polish and use your pink products…and share the importance of early detection to the women (and men) you love!

My daughter and I are “thinking pink” this weekend with our matching Ballerina Pink Tieks! Tieks, makers of my fave shoes on the planet, has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to help educate women about early prevention and support all those affected by this disease.

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Our manis are cause-worthy too. I’m sporting Mod About You and The Power of Pink from the OPI Pink of Hearts 2014 Duo and Adda is wearing P.S. I Love You and Fight Like a Lady from the Morgan Taylor Fight Like a Lady Trio. Both OPI and Morgan Taylor are donating a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer research and awareness.

WIN an iPad Mini! JulieG Mardis Gras Collection Nail Art + Massive Jesse’s Girl Giveaway!

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Yay! A giveaway! Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics is hosting a ginormous giveaway and asked if I would help get the word out. Now some may say I’m a bit biased, but I love Jesse’s Girl products from the liquid eyeliner (a must have and now it comes in brown!) to the JulieG nail polish line. Jesse’s Girl is giving away a ton of prizes including an Apple iPad Mini and 10 prize packs valued at over $100 each! Before we get to the giveaway, I want to share some crazy nails I created using the JulieG Mardis Gras Collection. This set includes six blingy, mega-glitters that give you a textured, jewel encrusted look without topcoat, or a super glittery finish with topcoat.

JulieG Mardis Gras Collection

To get this look, I took a small nail art brush and dabbed on each of the six colors in a random pattern. It took two passes to get everything opaque. I didn’t worry about creating a gradient between shades, nor was I going for crisp lines. You could say this was sort of an experiment. But I LOVE how it came out! It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. I wore this out to run errands (on only one hand…LOL) and got stopped everywhere I went! The polishes in this collection are available now at the Jesse’s Girl website for $3.99 each. But through October 18th, you can get all six for only $13.99 via Groupon! (WOW)

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Now to the important part…the giveaway! This contest is open to residents of USA, Canada, Mexico and surrounding territories. Enter via Rafflecopter at the end of this post before 22 October 2014. One big winner will get an iPad Mini ($299 retail value) and 10 runners-up will get a prize pack worth over $100 retail. There are lots of ways to enter. Do the first three entries to unlock more ways to win. Terms and conditions are at the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget. Good luck!

Zoya Fall Flowers with Entice and Noir Ultra PixieDust

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Hello! I have some quick nail art from this past weekend to show you. The Zoya Entice Collection (press release here) includes six beautiful Fall cremes. And the new Zoya Ultra PixieDusts (press release here) offer some unprecedented bling. I decided to combine the two into a single, easy look. Watch for swatches of the Ignite Collection soon, which includes the six shimmery sisters to the Entice polishes.

Zoya Entice Collection with Ultra PixieDust Noir

How amazing do these polishes look together?! The base of my nail art from pinky to thumb is Zoya Veronica, Nyssa, Noir, Ryan, and Nyssa (thumb…not shown in pic below). See the video here for tips on applying Noir, an Ultra PixieDust.

Polished by KPT Paris & Me Collection Swatches and Review

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Guess what? Polished by KPT is back! How exciting is that?! After a brief break to relocate, Katherine has come out swinging with a beautiful new collection for Fall called Paris & Me. This collection just went on sale last week. See details at the end of this post, plus a chance to win it all! This bunch has KPT’s beloved thermals, plus blingy glitters and rainbowy holos. Let’s take a look.

I’ll start with my absolute fave. Rouge-Lette in Love is a linear holographic. I can’t decide if the color is cool or warm. It’s a rusty red shade, but the holo makes it lean a cool pink…that’s because it’s filled with opal and purple microshimmers. Very pretty and a great formula. This is two coats.

Polished by KPT Rouge-lette in Love

Midnight Lust is an opalescent white when warm and a deep royal blue when cool. It’s filled with a delicate shimmer. The thermal transition is really incredible and is especially fun if you have a longer free-edge as the tips stay blue! I used three coats.