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OPI What’s Your Point-settia and Simple Holiday Chevron


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Today I’m sporting my favorite holiday red of 2014. What’s Your Point-settia from the Gwen Stefani for OPI 2014 Holiday Collection is a beautiful red cream…not too cool and not too warm. The formula is perfect. I got smooth, complete coverage in two easy coats. I love red polish in the winter, don’t you?

OPI What's Your Point-settia?

I didn’t want to complicate the mani too much, so I added a single chevron accent nail using two other colors from the same collection: Rollin’ in Cashmere (gold) and Unfrost my Heart (silver).

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 Collection Nail Art

The Lacquer Legion: YUMMY…Orange Leaf, my favorite!

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Hi guys. It’s time for Lacquer Legion! This month’s theme is YUMMY. I had a bunch of ideas and originally thought I’d do something really complex, like realistic sushi. But then I decided to simply created the one thing I think is yummier than all the rest. A little over a year ago, the frozen yogurt chain, Orange Leaf, came to town. Ever since, my family has been obsessed. Like seriously obsessed. In fact, it’s nearly freezing here today and I still contemplated stopping by on my way home from work. Does anyone else get on these kicks where you crave the same thing over and over?

Lacquer Legion YUMMY: Orange Leaf Nail Art

I always get the same thing, pineapple dairy-free yogurt topped with Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips and nuts (don’t judge me)! When I told Sarah (Chalkboard Nails) about my fave Orange Leaf combo, she replied, “Ew…your order is gross.” What? She’s crazy. It makes perfect sense to me. [Orange Leaf image below]

Orange Leaf

This look was really easy. I used all Zoya polishes: Arizona (orange), Tilda (green) and a mix of Darcy and Purity for the pineapple yogurt yellow. This nail is actually textured in real life. I polished one even coat first. Then I mixed the polish until is was stringy. I used a small brush to stroke on the swirls. The color turned out perfect! I freehanded the Orange Leaf logo with white acrylic paint. Without sounding too much like a commercial, you can find Orange Leaf franchises across the US.

Lacquer Legion YUMMY: Orange Leaf Nail Art

I try to look at every single Lacquer Legion mani on the interwebs. Make sure to use the #LLYummy hashtag so we can find you. Check out the Lacquer Legion Facebook where we’ll feature some of our faves at the end of the day.

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More on The Lacquer Legion: The Lacquer Legion, conceived by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails (work/play/polishThe Nailasaurus, and Rebecca Likes Nails are admins), releases a new nail art prompt every month. Join the fun by posting your mani on the designated day using the assigned hashtag. There’s no commitment…participate as much or as little as you’d like. Get involved in the community and show your stuff! Everyone is welcome! Follow The Lacquer Legion on Facebook for upcoming prompts and info.

Disclosure: Most products used in this post were provided by Zoya for my consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Polished by KPT Cosmic XOdus I Collection Swatches and Review


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Hey there! Today is launch day for another great Polished by KPT collection. The Cosmic XOdus I Collection includes 10 science and space-themed shades in glitter, duochrome and thermal finishes. You can get your hands on these at 12pm PST today (yes, that’s very soon) at the Polished by KPT shop. More details at the end of this post. So let’s get straight to the swatches! I’ll say this once up front. The formula was excellent across the board. For all swatches, I used three coats for full coverage…but the glitters would be awesome as one-coat toppers too!

Glitters

Nalani is my fave of the glitters, and actually my fave of the entire collection! The jelly base is filled with green, blue, purple and holo silver glitters. Honestly, it’s one of the most amazing polishes I’ve seen in a while. It’s crazy stunning.  This is three coats.

Polished by KPT Nalani

Bleeding Stars is a clear-based glitter. The name is perfect. The glitters are red, copper, silver and holo. It’s super sparkly in person.

“I Survived Black Friday 2014″ Collaboration from Glisten & Glow, DIFFERENT dimension, Cupcake Polish and NailVinyls

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Hi guys. I have some exciting stuff to share today…it’s a LIMITED EDITION, Black Friday-themed box with exclusive releases by Glisten & Glow, DIFFERENT dimension, Cupcake Polish and NailVinyls. I got to meet each one of these gals this past summer (see this post) at Cosmoprof NA. Such a fun bunch of gals and a cool idea for a collaboration! The box includes three exclusive holographic polishes and a set of holo nail decals. It will be available one week from today (Friday, 28 November 2014) at 12:01am EST and 1pm EST. Store links are listed at the end of this post. Let’s get to the polish!

Glisten & Glow First in Line! is a strong, deep purple holo. The formula was really nice and covered easily in two coats. Check out that rainbowiness!

Glisten & Glow First in Line

Using the NailVinyl holographic nail decals, I created a shoe-themed pattern on my middle and ring fingers. The decals are super simple to apply. If you wait until your polish is completely dry, then you have the option to re-position them, if needed. My nails are quite curved from side to side, so I placed them on wet topcoat to keep the edges down. When finished, seal them with your favorite topcoat. I used G&G HK Girl.

Glisten & Glow First in Line and NailVinyls Nail Decals

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey guys! I’m back with another Winter release. The complete KBShimmer 2014 Winter Collection includes 11 new polishes and five re-releases, in addition to four new cuticle oils and holiday-themed nail vinyls.  In this post, I’ll be showing you swatches of 10 of the 11 new shades (GAH! I just went to post and realized I forgot one!) KBShimmer always impresses me. I love everything Christy does and she is such a class act. So let’s get started.

Turnip the Beet is my favorite. Wow. It’s a rich berry shade with magenta, purple and red holo glitters. The result is a textured, sparkly explosion. My ring finger has one coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top topcoat…so you can see it shiny…which is also awesome! The formula is on the thick side, but it applied easily and covered in two coats.

KBShimmer Turnip the Beet

Fallen Angle is a bright blue jelly with holo blue triangles, silver and blue hexes, and sparkly micro glitters. The blue color is really vibrant and the triangles are a neat addition. It applied easily, even with all that glitter. I ended up using three coats, but you could easily stop at two.

Morgan Taylor Fall 2014 Enchantment Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey there. Wow! A Saturday post. I have another Fall Collection to share, the 2014 Morgan Taylor Enchantment Collection. (I first talked about the collection here and you can read the original press release here.) Morgan Taylor is such a classy line. From the shape of the bottle to the colors to the advertising. This is actually the second time I’ve swatched this collection. When I swatched it the first time (well over a month ago), I hated my pictures. (It happens to all of us.) My hubs thought I was blind and crazy, but I insisted on doing them over.  The good news is it gave me a chance to fall in love with these shades all over again. All of the polishes in this set have a magical-themed name and are surprisingly understated (which I love). All swatches were finished with Morgan Taylor Need for Speed Topcoat.

Morgan Taylor Enchantment Collection

As usual, I’ll start with my favorite. I’m the Good Witch is officially described as a pink pewter glitter. I’m not sure where the pewter comes in, but I love it just the same. There’s a lot going on here. Like many Morgan Taylor glitters, it’s a complex mix of colors that come together to create a delicate shade. I used three thin coats.

Morgan Taylor I'm the Good Witch

Next up is Who-dini? a soft, dusty periwinkle creme. Morgan Taylor calls it “grey blue”. I love that it’s not traditional Fall. The gray undertone makes it wintery and not springy. This is two coats.

Morgan Taylor Who Dini?

OPI Frozen Cherry Blossoms Nail Art

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Hey there! It’s been swatchfest 2014 at WPP (I have a huge backlog of collections to get to you next week!) and I needed some nail art in my life. I was curious about how to use a fan brush. I have one…I’ve just never used it. So I came upon this video by Robin Moses. She’s so amazing with acrylic paint! She used a fan brush to put a wash of color over a white base. As I watched her finish her pink and red cherry blossom design, I got the idea to do a similar look with frosty whites and blues instead. And so this “frozen” version was born. I love how this turned out. Yet I’m bummed that my pics don’t show it very well. All of the OPI polishes I used have a shimmery sheen to them. The light reflecting off my nails obscured the design in many of my photos. There’s actually quite a bit of detail. Anyway, you’ll just have to trust me!

Frozen Blossom Nail Art