Saturday, 30 March 2013

Snapping Dragons before Mimosas

Press Sample Purchased by Me

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Make sure you enter the Spring Beauty Essentials Giveaway! ;)

If you are celebrating Easter this weekend I hope that you are having a wonderful chocolate filled weekend. Since it's starting to warm up there is nothing better than yellow and flowers! I love yellow polish during the spring, and florals are classic this time of year.


I started off with NYC Lexington Yellow which is quite possibly my favourite yellow for the price. I have gone through 3/4 of my bottle and will need to pick up a new bottle soon. Then I pulled out the 3 pinky reds from the Avant Garden Blooming Brights Collection and went to work on the rest of the mani.


I used China Glaze Passion for Petals and China Glaze Snap My Dragon to create the flowers on my ring nail and thumb. I used my smallest nail art brush and a quick flicking motion to create all the petals. On my middle nail I used China Glaze Manis Before Mimosas to create the gradient.


These are so fun and bright for spring. Perfect for an Easter weekend! What are on your nails this weekend? I hope you are all having a good one!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

A Broken Skittlette

Press Sample Purchased by Me

Afternoon loves!

Today I have the first nails that I have done since I broke my ankle. Everything is crazy tiring so I wanted something quick that was going to look great to last for a few days. I ended up doing one of my favourite looks, a skittlette!


I grabbed NCLA AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree because I'm loving pastels for spring and used that as my inspiration. I rifled through my stamping plates and found MASH-47 and this broken pattern seemed rather fitting for this manicure.


I used Milani White On The Spot and Wet n Wild Black Creme for my stamped nails. I have really been lemming Nicole by OPI Luke of the Draw from all the swatches I have seen out there. Unfortunately every time I went to buy it it was sold out! Luckily when I was rifling through my helmer I found Milani Gray Tux which seems to be pretty close to my lemming! It has satisfied me for now!



I really like skittlette looks and this was my first time putting two rhinestones on my nails like that. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did, so you will see this style of nails from me again soon.


I think that I thought with a broken ankle I would have time to do my nails, but honestly I am struggling huge with even painting my nails once a week. Also my nails are breaking like crazy as they sometimes bang against my crutches and I have super nubs with no free edge. My swatch pile is building up, but at the moment I won't be able to catch up anytime soon. So I'm going to be a little more sporadic with my posting until I am able to walk again. I hope you all understand!

Love you all!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Born Pretty Store Sweet Color #009

Press Sample

Evening Folks!

Today I have a quick swatch of a pretty turquoise polish to share with you from Born Pretty Store.


I thought from the website this would be slightly more mint, but I really am loving this colour! I'm a sucker for anything blue or green and this colour is so hip for spring!


This was 2 easy coats of Born Pretty Store Sweet Color #009 which can be found here for $6.14 with free shipping worldwide! Also you can use my 10% off code SA7X31 for even more great savings. The bottle is 12mL and I love the gold cap. Just those extra touches that make a pretty bottle of polish :)


Do you like this colour? Hope you're having a great Saturday evening!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Spring Beauty Essentials Giveaway




Afternoon Everyone! Since it is almost the weekend what better way to kick off a Thursday than with an amazing giveaway! I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to create an absolutely awesome giveaway for all of you! Myself and 22 other fabulous ladies have come together to throw a Spring Beauty Essentials Giveaway. There is nail polish, lip gloss, eyeshadow, basically lots of amazing beauty themed prizes! You should check out all the bloggers participating, they are all very talented ladies!

What is my prize you ask? Drumroll please...

One Brand New In Box bottle of Deborabh Lippmann Mermaid's Dream!

*A Collage of all Prizes is later in the post*

Rules:

  • Giveaway is open from March 21st to April 4th at 12:00am EST
  • Open to US residents only
  • 23 Winners, 1 prize per winner, 23 bloggers participating
  • Must be 18 years of age or have a legal guardians permission
Participants
Forms of Entry
Prize
SugarpillLumi
LVX Cerulean
Covergirl Prize Pack
Sephora+Pantone Universe Precious Metals Shadow Palette
Benefit POREfessional
4 Urban Outfitters polishes
Mac Eyeshadows
Wet n Wild prize pack of palettes and lipsticks
Darling Girl Cosmetics Cute De Grace Set
indie eyeshadow, nail art, makeup brush, small mua palette, UD santa tanita
Revolution Organics Freedom Gloss in Truth
Benefit eyeshadow
$20.00 Voucher to Llarowe
Sally Hansen Salon Effects 2 colors of Sally Hansen Xtreme wear Sally Hansen Xtreme wear Hard as Nails
3 polishes from CG Glitz Bitz 'n Glitter Colletion
$25.00 Etsy Gift Certificate
Dior Vernis Lime
BL All Hail the Queen, A-England Lady of the Lake, SH Gem Crush Big Money
$25 Gift Card to OverAll Beauty
Nail art supplies (foils, studs, decals, glitter) and 1-2 polishes
Lush Products
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream
Stila Lip Glaze Set (3 pcs) + Pashmina-style shawl (teal)
Milani Texture Collection

And here are all the prizes!

Remember the more ways you enter the better your chances of winning are! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Matte is the New Black! Redefine Colour with New OPI Matte Top Coat


Hey everyone! 
I'm really excited to share this press release from OPI with you today. OPI is releasing their own Matte Top Coat! I love matte polish looks, but I get discouraged from using my current matte top coat because   often matte looks chip much more quickly. OPI's top coat looks like it will provide a sealing protection, designed not to chip! OPI has posted a number of ideas on their Facebook page which you can see here. Now let's check out the press release!

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Matte is the New Black!

Redefine Color with New OPI Matte Top Coat

OPI Matte Top Coat instantly transforms glossy nail lacquer to a matte finish when applied over any OPI hue.  Matte Top Coat provides sealing protection, without shine and protects nails from chipping, making manicures last longer.  With a matte, transparent finish, Matte Top Coat is designed to leave nails velvety smooth and creates a touchable texture for an edgy appearance.   
“A matte finish can be worn over any OPI nail lacquer shade and should be applied after the base coat and primary coats of color to give nails a unique look,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder VP & Artistic Director. “Using Matte Top Coat to transform any shade in your collection makes it a more versatile and budget-friendly way to embrace the matte trend. Give your favorite lacquers an update with a new finish without altering the color.”
Matte Top Coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. This product includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
OPI Matte Top Coat will be available April 2013, at Professional Salons and Spas across Canada for $10.95 CAN suggested retail. 
            For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics. 

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I'm excited to see what this is like! What do you think? 


Nude 'n Rainbows

Purchased by Me

Hey Everyone!

How are you all doing today? It's still been snowing here, which is terrible for me as my landlord has not come by to remove the snow yet and I'm having a hell of a time getting in and out of my house with my crutches. Needless to say I am unimpressed. He'll be getting another call from me soon lol.


I've got another from the vault post to share with you. I did these when I wanted something quick and dirty but wanted it to have a little bit of flair as well. I pulled out OPI Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh and painted all my nails with 2 easy coats.



Then I took out my Art Club Stripers Brites Set and used all 7 of those stripers to create my rainbow on my ring and thumb as accent nails! It was bright and fun enough to cheer me up out of the dreary winter weather. I know it said it yesterday, but please can the snow melt and spring come! Also so I don't have to be terrified of leaving my house and slipping on more ice... lol



Is the weather still dreary where you are? Do you use fun colours on your nails to cheer yourself up when it is so crappy out?

Hope you guys are having a good day!

BRING NEW MEANING TO LIVING IN COLOR WITH CHINA GLAZE® APP FOR iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®


BRING NEW MEANING TO LIVING IN COLOR WITH CHINA GLAZE® APP FOR iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®
Leading nail polish brand launches new app on the App Store

Los Angeles (March 19, 2013) – Swatch it, watch it, match it! China Glaze® brings the world of nail color to life with the launch of the NEW China Glaze® App for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®. The free app offers multiple features perfect for every nail polish enthusiast, and utilizes the latest cutting edge technology to transport users into China Glaze®’s colorful universe.

The new China Glaze® App offers a first of its kind “Match A Color” feature, where users can truly “Live In Colour” from the palm of their hands. “Match A Color” was created with the latest technology to allow users to take a photo of anything they desire with their iPhone®, iPad ® or iPod® touch and then browse through multiple options, from exact shade matches to related textures from the brand’s expansive treasury of over 300 colors.  This must-have feature allows nail polish enthusiasts to find polish-spiration anywhere at anytime.  That hot pink bag you were eyeing? Yep, there’s a China Glaze® polish for that.


In “Try It On,” users will find themselves in a China Glaze® fitting room, where they can select shades from the China Glaze® closet to try on customizable virtual nails. Users can determine which shade looks best on them by adjusting the nail length and skin tone to match their own hand, and save desired shades to the device’s camera roll for easy reference.

Sharing is caring, and in the colorful world of China Glaze®, “What’s Haute” is the place to see what’s hot. Connect here with the brand to see real-time updates of new collections, nail trends and “how-to” video feeds from the official China Glaze® YouTube Channel.  All features on the China Glaze® App allows users to share their favorite shades with their social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Did you say your friend really liked the shade Re-Fresh Mint you were wearing yesterday? Send the color straight to her Facebook page, or @her on Instagram.

Nail professionals, the China Glaze® app has something for you, as well. Salons and nail pros can register for product updates and to be listed in the Salon Locator feature, currently in development for future updates. Also in the works are features to expand the China Glaze® app into a true community, including Discussion Boards, Wish Lists and more.  

The China Glaze® App is available for free download from the App Store on iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® touch or at www.AppStore.com.   

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (facebook.com/chinaglazeofficial), Twitter (@chinaglaze), Instagram (@chinaglazeofficial) and Pinterest (@chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For 42 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

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