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GIVEAWAY: Win the entire Pure Ice 2014 Holiday/Winter Collection!

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Hello there! It still feels strange to be blogging again after my two week (unplanned) break while my camera was being repaired. The blog has been such a constant in my life for the last few years that it felt funny to be without it. Good news though…I have a giveaway right out of the gate! Read to the end of this post to enter to win the entire Pure Ice 2014 Holiday/Winter Collection. The six shades in this collection all have a clear base filled with a really dense golden shimmer (except one that has a silver shimmer). Each is complemented with a different mix of small hex and round glitters.  I decided to create something Christmas-y for the holidays. I used three of the six colors to make this shimmery candy cane look that’s really golden and blingy in person.

Pure Ice Holiday Nail Art

I decided to swatch these on a wheel so you could really see the contents of each polish. The swatches in the first pic are without undies. And in the second pic, I swatched them over black. See how dense the shimmer is!? While you probably couldn’t build these to opaque, the shimmer is enough that you could wear them alone (even if your nails are stained). Over undies, they really transform the color of the base. There are tons of color combos that would work.

Pure Ice Holiday Swatches

1 – Bling on the Holidays
2 – Pure Icicles
3 – Gold Peppermints
4 – Feelin Ornamental
5 – Santa Merry Me
6 – Winter Blues

Pure Ice Holiday Swatches

To create the candy cane nails, I started with two coats of Pure Ice Superstar!, a stark white. I used nail vinyls to tape off the stripes and polished generously with Santa Merry Me. Since the glittery stripes were fairly thick, it was easy to use a striper brush to paint Pure Icicles over the remaining white stripes while still keeping my lines fairly crisp. For the holly nails, I started with two coats of Pure Ice Starry Night, a kelly green with a slight shimmer, followed by two coats of Feelin Ornamental. Two coats of topcoat smoothed everything out.

Pure Ice Holiday Nail Art

These are great glitters that would be pretty and appropriate year-round. And so affordable too! The Pure Ice 2014 Holiday/Winter Collection can be found at Walmart stores nationwide and at for $1.96 each. Follow Pure Ice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news and promotions.


Pure Ice is giving one lucky winner the entire collection! This giveaway is short and sweet. It will end at midnight EST on Christmas Eve (24 December) so enter quick. Giveaway is open to US residents. Enter via Rafflecopter below. See the Terms & Conditions for the full rules. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Products used in this post were provided by Pure Ice for my consideration. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.


GLAM Polish Limited Edition Mid-Winters Dream Collection Swatches and Review

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Hi guys! I’m back! I’ve not been posting the last two and half weeks as I slugged through some major color issues with my DSLR. It was so maddening! I could hardly bring myself to get online. Anyone else felt like that before? I finally broke down and sent the camera in for repair. I just got it back last night. A good sensor cleaning and a factory reset seem to have solved the mystery problem. I also got a new lens…it’s my early Christmas present. I’m still learning how to shoot with it, so please bear with me as I figure out the aperture and lighting I should use. It just feels good to be back in business!

What a better collection to reboot the blog than the GLAM Polish Limited Edition Mid-Winters Dream Collection. GLAM polish founder, Rachel, has been so patient with me through this whole camera debacle (so thank you, Rachel!) This collection’s nine icy winter-inspired shades are available now. As soon as I opened the package, my daughter declared this was her fave Winter collection yet. The pastel palette includes holo shimmer and microglitter finishes, as well as three polishes featuring 12K white gold leaf! I’ve used GLAM Polish’s new topcoat, Magic Shine Top Coat, on all swatches.

Holo Microglitters

I’ll start with my favorites, three beautiful, dense holo microglitters in clear bases. All build to absolute full coverage in just two coats. Due to the heavy mica pigment used, these polishes tend to separate, but they’re like new with a good shake. These are also great without topcoat – they have a slightly textured finish.

GLAM Polish Midwinters Dream Holo Microglitters

First up is Below Zero, a stunning, icy blue. It’s so clean looking. I love how it looks in this pic.

GLAM Polish Below Zero

Whirlwind is a pretty, medium lilac purple.

GLAM Polish Whirlwind

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.


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!


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.