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China Glaze Holiday 2014 Twinkle Collection Swatches, Review and GIVEAWAY!

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China Glaze Twinkle Collection Giveaway

It’s hump day. For once, this week is actually going by fast. Today I have swatches of the brand new China Glaze Holiday 2014 Twinkle Collection! You saw a sneak peek in my Cosmoprof North America polish post here.  This release includes 11 polishes and one wintry special effects top coat. And the best part? China Glaze is generously giving five WPP readers the ENTIRE collection! Stick around to the end of the post to find out how to enter!

I’m going to start with my surprise favorite. Meet Me Under the Stars is loaded with fine holographic glitters in a black jelly base. There was a touch of visible nail line after two coats, so I went with a third. I love this one. It has that galaxy-in-a-bottle look to it.

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Tip Your Hat is a classic, shiny red creme, that leans on the deeper side in some light. It’s such a pretty red and the formula is perfect. My swatch is two coats.

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Feeling Twinkly is another favorite of mine. It’s a medium blue ultra-fine glitter in a clear base. It’s practically opaque (and super sparkly) in three coats and would also make a great topper (I’d love to try it over black!). Isn’t it stunning?

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I’d Melt For You is a silver chrome/metallic. There are a few of these on the market already and like the others, any imperfections on the nail will be magnified. If you haven’t picked up a silvery chrome yet, I’d Melt For You has a nice formula. I used two coats.

The Lacquer Legion: AFTER DARK…Halloween Circles

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Hi guys. It’s October’s Lacquer Legion and the prompt is AFTER DARK. I had so much trouble with this one. It seems like every single Halloween-themed nail art has been done before…plus I shy away from horror and frankly anything I wouldn’t let my daughter wear! I started “doodling” some dotted circles on a Post It note with some orange and black polishes. Then I had the idea to make the center of each one a different Halloween icon – and so this nail art was born. These are about as tame as it gets for Halloween…but I really like how they turned out. The theme is subtle. In fact, you probably wouldn’t even notice it if you weren’t looking for it.

The Lacquer Legion: AFTER DARK Halloween Nail Art

My base polishes are the two shades in the Morgan Taylor Halloween CollectionThe set includes Little Black Dress (a great black!) and a crazy bright orange called Orange Crush. I used a fine art brush to create the jack-o-lanterns, skulls, spiders and bats and teeny dotting tools to make the dots.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!