Thursday, October 30, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Selections

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Collection selections.  I swear I didn't do that on purpose.  Maybe...

Today I have some of KBShimmer's Winter collection to show you.  I can't believe it's that time again.  It feels like 2014 just started!

On to the swatches!

First up is Let's Sleigh Together.  This polish has a pale/light gray crelly base that borders on being white with blue, mint, and green glitter as well as some smaller holo glitter pieces.  This applied easily.  No complaints.  This is 3 coats.

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This post is picture heavy, so check out more after the jump!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Revlon Enthrall

Hi everyone!  Today is just a quick post because I am dead tired.  Thesis writing is definitely getting the best of me.

I bought Revlon Enthrall at Big Lots for only $1.50.  They really do have some nice polish selections right now.  Enthrall is a blackened swamp green shimmer with micro flakies in it.  If you zoom in on my photos, you can see them.  I really do love this color.  It went on perfectly.

This is 2 coats.

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Revlon-Brilliant-Strength-Enthrall


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Girly Bits Howl at the Moon

Hi everyone!  Today I have a polish from Girly Bits called Howl at the Moon.  I think I bought this one almost 2 years ago and I'm just wearing it.  I seem to say that a lot on this blog.  The amount of untrieds I have is ridiculous.  It's probably the size of some people's collections.

Anyways, Howl at the Moon is gorgeous.  It's a blackened blurple (purple/blue) jelly with several sizes of gold hex glitter.  It looks great alone and builds up in 3 coats, or you can layer it.  I chose to layer it over black.  Either way, it looks great.  I'm thinking next time I'll try it over a blurple.  Maybe OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm.  Application on this was nice.  I didn't have to fish for glitter and that's always a plus!

This is 2 coats over black.

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Howl at the Moon can be purchased at GirlyBitsCosmetics.com.  Pam's is really sweet and her customer service is great.  (I posted about a minor issue with a polish and she contacted me without me even emailing her to resolve any issues I had!)  Also be sure to check out the Girly Bits Facebook page for more info on current collections and places to purchase.

Monday, October 27, 2014

KBShimmer Fall 2014 Selections

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Hi everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and your Monday hasn't been too bad.  Today I have a few selection from KBShimmer's Fall 2014 collection to show you, so lets get on to the review!

First up I have Hugs & Wishes.  This is a gorgeous lavender cream with a bit of gray and blue mixed in for good measure.  It applied nicely.  No complaints here.  This is 3 coats.  You can get away with 2 if you apply it just right.

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KBShimmer-Hugs-and-Wishes-Fall-2014


Next is Kiss and Spell.  This is a Halloween themed glitter topper with green, black, orange, and purple glitters of different sizes and shapes (stars and hex).  For this swatch I layered it over Hugs & Wishes.  I think it would look great over white or a lime green as well.  This applied well.  I had no trouble getting glitter on the brush at all, which can sometimes be an issue with toppers.  This is one coat over Hugs & Wishes.

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KBShimmer-Kiss-and-Spell-Fall-2014


Last, but definitely not least is the stunning A Raisin to Live.  This is absolutely gorgeous.  The base is a very deep purple/raisin jelly and it's filled with tons of holographic glitters that range in size from micro to normal size.  Love, love, LOVE!  No application problems here.  This is 2 easy coats.

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KBShimmer-A-Raisin-to-Live-Fall-2014



These can be purchased from KBShimmer.com and retail for $7.50-$8.75.  Be sure to check out the KBShimmer Facebook for updates and news on new collections and check back here for swatches of the new Winter 2014 collection!

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**These items where sent by PR for my honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

HPB October Halloween Mani Link-Up

Halloween is fast approaching, so what better way to get in the spirit than with Halloween themed manis!  The Hobby Polish Bloggers Facebook group is starting up their first of  monthly link-ups with a Halloween theme which is perfect.  The HPB is a group of polish bloggers on Facebook that talk about nail polish blogging.  It's a place to ask questions, find support, etc about blogging about polish as a hobby.

Now as I've said before, I'm not much of a nail artist.  I love looking at it, but most times I'm just not patient enough for something really complicated unless I'm in the mood, so today I did what I can only describe as spooky eyes in the dark.  I saw this on Pinterest, but of course there was no source.

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To do these, all you need is black and white polish, two different sized dotting tools or a bobby pin and a toothpick, and topcoat!

Step 1: Apply a base coat and black polish (and quick dry top coat if you're impatient like me).

Step 2: After everything is dry, use your largest dotting tool (or bobby pin) to make a pair of white dots on each nail.  You can put them all in the same position on each nail, or have them vary.  It's up to you.

Step 3: Wait for the white dots to dry.

Step 4: Use the smaller dotting tool or toothpick to make black dots on top of the white dots.  You can place the black dots wherever you'd like in the white to have the "eyes" looking up, to the side, etc.

Step 5: Let it the black dots dry and apply topcoat.  Be careful when applying topcoat.  It may smear your nail art a bit.  Some top coats are better than others for this.  I actually like Barielle Manicure extender for this.  I've heard more established nail artists rave for HK Girl topcoat as well.  (If you have any other recommendations, please leave a comment!)

Be sure to check out these other Halloween themed manis!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zoya Ultra PixieDust for Fall 2014

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Hi everyone!  Today I have the Fall 2014 Ultra PixieDusts from Zoya.  These Ultra PixieDusts are not only textured, but have tons of glitter, both large hex glitter and micro.

On to the swatches!

First up is Oswin.  Oswin is a red.  It has a red jelly base and red glitter.  This is the only one that truly dried down completely matte and I really loved this one.  It's my favorite of all three.  Application was great.  No complaints there.  This is 2 coats.


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With topcoat.

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Arianna is a more blue toned red than Oswin, leaning almost berry.  It has a jelly base with matching colored glitter.  Arianna didn't dry down completely matte like Oswin.  I was a bit disappointed about this, but it's still a lovely color.  It applied nicely.  This is 2 coats.

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zoya-ultra-pixiedust-arianna


With topcoat.

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zoya-ultra-pixiedust-arianna-topcoat


Noir is the darkest color in this collection.  The jelly base is a dark purple/berry color.  The glitter seems to have two slightly different colors going on.  One more berry, while the other is more of a reddish color.  Like Arianna, this didn't dry completely down to a total matte finish.  Noir applied well, so no complaints.  This is 2 coats.

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With topcoat.

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The Fall 2014 Ultra PixieDusts are currently available from Zoya.com for $10 USD

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Essie Fall in Line

I have a late post today of Essie Fall in Line from their fall collection Dress to Kilt.  (A few weeks ago I posted The Perfect Cover Up from the same collection)

Fall in Line is a gorgeous grayed out sage green with hints of blue.  Essie calls it a jade.  The point is, it's gorgeous!  From the bottle I was just so so about it, but once I had it on, I really fell in love with it.

The formula one this is nice.  No complaints at all.

This is 2 coats.

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