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China Glaze All Aboard Collection Swatches and Review: Part 2 – Loco-Motive

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Hey there. Today I have swatches of the second half of the China Glaze Fall 2014 All Aboard Collection (see original press release here). This 6-piece set, called “Loco-Motive“, includes the six punchier shades and the lone glitter. I reviewed the first half, “All Aboard”, in this post. It’s hard to say which six I like better. I like them both for different reasons!


First up is One Track Minda beautiful bright navy blue. I love navy polish and I love cremes…so this was a winner from the start! Isn’t it gorgeous? Application was perfect, practically a one coater.

China Glaze One Track Mind

Next is Stop That Train! It’s a rich, rusty orange shimmer…perfect for Fall. It looks much redder in the press photos, so I was surprised. It’s not that unique, but it’s still stunning. I used two coats.

China Glaze Stop That Train

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China Glaze All Aboard Collection Swatches and Review: Part 1 – All Aboard

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Hi guys. This week I’m going to try my best to catch up on blog stuff. You’ve probably picked up by now that I’m the world’s sloooooowest swatcher. Sometimes I would retake a set of photos two or three times before I was satisfied. That’s craziness! So I’ve been experimenting with my photos to come up with something I can do more quickly. I’ve decided that the less I see of my hand in the shot…the less skin tone I have to obsess over! I still don’t have it quite right, but I’m getting there. :) #bloggerproblemz

Today I have swatches of the first half of the China Glaze Fall 2014 All Aboard Collection (see original press release here). This 6-piece set, called “All Aboard“, includes the deeper, more neutral shades of the collection. The second set, called “Loco-Motive“, includes the brighter colors and the collection’s sole glitter. I’ll cover those in a separate post (UPDATE: See those here). Seeing this collection previewed at Cosmoprof North America really got me in the mood for Fall! Let’s get started.

China Glaze All Aboard 6-piece SetI’ll start with my fave. What are You A-Freight Of? is a dark chocolate brown creme that leans a bit plum. Application was easy and you could almost get away with just one coat. I used two here. Flawless.

China Glaze What Are You A-Freight Of?

Swatches and Review: Pre-Fall ’14 Nailbox Trendbox Curated by Chalkboard Nails!

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Hello all! Sorry for the silence on the blog this week. Something came up that took over my life for a few days. But I’m back and hope to catch up in the coming week. Today I have the second Trendbox from Nailbox to share with you. Trendbox is a seasonal subscription box that includes high-end, full-sized polishes in the season’s hottest colors…hand-selected by a top nail blogger or trendsetter. The latest box was curated by none other than the talented Sarah of Chalkboard Nails. I was so excited when she asked me to review it and even more excited when I opened up the box! [nailbox image]

Chalkboard Nails Pre-Fall 2014 Trendbox by

Sarah chose four shades and a matte topcoat. And together, this set perfectly transitions you from Summer to Fall (L-R above): NCLA Santa Monica Shore Thing, LVX Cashmere, Orly Hot Tropics, Priti Chrysanthos, and Essie Matte About You. The box also includes a bonus item: a set of NCLA Aly En Vogue nail stickers.

First up is Priti Chrysanthos. Gah. I squealed when I opened the box. I LOVE this gold. If you look closely, you can see there’s a hint of silver foil mixed in. It makes the polish not too yellow (which I prefer). This is my very first Priti and the formula and application were excellent.

Priti Chrysanthos

Orly Hot Tropics is the bright polish of the bunch. It’s a true fuchsia with a beautiful, dense golden shimmer – a great combination. I used three coats for full coverage.

Orly Hot Tropics

Good Grief! Simple Charlie Brown Nail Art with OPI

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Happy Labor Day to my friends in the US. I hope you enjoy your day off. I’ll be spending today at the local Renaissance Festival. It’s not my first choice…but I’m taking one for the team! Today I’m sporting some easy nail art (thanks to nail art vinyls) using the OPI Limited Edition Peanuts Halloween Collection. (See original press release here.)

OPI Limited Edition Peanuts Collection (Halloween 2014)

So I didn’t have high hopes for this set. I’m not a fan of yellow…and clear-based glitters with itty-bitty black pieces remind me of spiders. But I was pleasantly impressed. Yellow polishes are notoriously poor polishers, but Good Grief was surprisingly smooth and covered in two coats. I used small chevron minis from Nail Vinyls (get them here) and Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? to create Charlie Brown’s iconic shirt. The other nails are topped with To Be or Not To Beagle, a mix of glitters including hexes in light and royal blue, pastel yellow, pastel pink, pastel orange and red, all in a clear base. It also includes a smattering of small hexes, round microglitters and bars in black. I must admit, I like the look over the yellow!

ALS Awareness…I’ve Been Challenged!

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It finally happened…I knew it would. Last week, Sarah of Chalkboard Nails was nominated by OPI to take the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge (see their challenge video to her here). And yesterday, she nominated me. It’s so amazing to watch this campaign travel the globe! And even more exciting to see the nail world taking part. Like Sarah, I’m a big, fat chicken (sorry, girl…you said it first). So in lieu of dumping a bucket of ice water on my head, I’m making a $100 donation to In honor of the ALS Association, I painted my nails a classic red, OPI Red. This is a personal favorite polish and a great match to the ALS logo.

OPI Red Swatch

I encourage you to learn about ALS and the Association here and consider a donation to this great cause. Almost everyone I know has been challenged already (a good problem to have)!!! I’m going to nominate my Cosmoprof North America partners in crime: Krystal of Polish Galore, Judy of Beauty Judy and Melissa of The Daily Nail.

ALS Association

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“Have it All” Nail Party with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Fall Best Sellers + Giveaway


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Hi guys! This past weekend, my very best friend of over 30 years was in town. I rarely get to see her. Given my nail polish obsession, a mani party seemed like the natural way to celebrate…so a few girlfriends and I spent a low-key Sunday afternoon getting in the Fall mood using the season’s best selling shades from Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure (CSM). Keep reading to learn how you can “Have it All” with CSM, see a few party pics, and enter to win a $100 Target gift card!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

I’ve been a big fan of Sally Hansen’s CSM polishes for a long time. I’m a licensed nail tech and can vouch for CSM’s salon-quality results with no fuss. The line truly let’s you “Have it All” in a single bottle which boasts seven benefits: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color, Top Coat, Chip Resistance, and Gel Shine. Super easy! Plus, the wide, curved brush helps even an inexperienced polisher get a perfect curve at the cuticle. I called a few girlfriends, put together some easy food and drinks (I’m especially proud of my Sally Hansen carrot cupcakes!), assembled a few nail art goodies and picked up CSM’s best selling Fall polishes.

Have it All with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

We ate, primped, polished, and laughed. So fun! As I was getting ready for the party, I realized that I already had three bottles of Pat on the Black!  (It’s an all-time favorite. See how shiny it is here?!) Back to the Fuchsia, Shell We Dance, Commander in Chic, Mermaid’s Tail, Red My Lips and Golden Rule were some of my friend’s favorites. I’m completely infatuated with Commander in Chic – in fact, I’m wearing it again today.

Have it All with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

Have it All with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure

The Lacquer Legion: Weird Science…Staphylococcus aureus

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Hey all! It’s Lacquer Legion day and I’m getting this post up under the wire. The theme is Weird Science and boy did I struggle! And guess what? The theme was MY idea! (I obviously didn’t think this through ahead of time. LOL) Anyway, I was trolling for ideas and suddenly was inspired by microscopic images. As soon as I saw Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, I had visions of nail art! (Quite likely the first time in the history of the world that’s happened!)

Lacquer Legion Weird Science

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is frequently found in the human respiratory tract and on the skin. The presence of this bad boy doesn’t always equal infection, however it can lead to some serious issues…such as the dreaded MSRA, which is a methicillin (antibiotic) resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pic below is magnified 20,000 times under a scanning electron micrograph. Who knew something so bad could be so pretty? I love a green/purple color combo…and I realize this is sounding completely ridiculous! [image source]