Saturday, December 26, 2015

Zoya Whispers Collection

Press Release.  Experience color serenity with this muted and tranquil palette of transitional nail neutrals.


·      Cala - ZP823: A soft nude with a kiss of warmth that will flatter most skin tones.
·      April - ZP824: A light, rosy toned neutral that is a modern take on blush.
·      Eastyn - ZP825: A subtle grayed grape that is more interesting than mauve and gives a modern alternative that is ever so wearable.
·      Misty - ZP827: An easy to wear taupe that is an updated version of gray with just a touch of green to make it daring.
·         Ireland - ZP826: A uniquely wearable green that is muted enough to make it subtle yet still interesting. This green is well balanced between blue & yellow so it’s flattering on all skin tones.
·         Lake - ZP828: A softened blue that gives the effect of serene water with just a hint of vibrancy to preserve its luminosity.

$9 (US)
Available in top salons, spas and on

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

OPI Hello Kitty

OPI Hello Kitty Collection

She’s a global symbol of friendship and fun. She made cuteness a culture in Japan and a fashion imperative everywhere. Hello Kitty® is a pop icon with fans ranging from four to forever, and she is OPI’s newest muse.

Hello Kitty by OPI celebrates all things happy, cute, colorful and sweet with 12 limited-edition nail lacquers and matching GelColor shades. "Hello Kitty generates happiness in a way that really resonates here at OPI, because we are seeking to do the same thing with color as our medium," says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador

"We wanted to infuse this collection with all the charm and playfulness of its namesake," adds Weiss-Fischmann, "Together with their names, these lacquers capture Hello Kitty’s world to perfection, and of course, many of the colors also echo runway trends we’ve seen for 2016.   Think delicious pinks, punchy primaries, pearly white and licorice black."

Indeed, OPI and Hello Kitty enthusiasts will face a candy store dilemma – which to choose from among Hello Kitty by OPI sweet and glittering pinks, bright reds, shimmering white shades, and more, for a limited time:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pretty Woman, Nude Collection

Press sample.  Nude crèmes are an important staple in a polishaholics life.  They're a greatpalette cleanser, provide a perfect base for nail art, and offer a sophisticated look for your business/professional functions.  Pretty Woman Nude Collection has a new line of nude crèmes that offer a shade for every skin tone.  This collection consists of eight shades. 
Pretty Woman Nude Collection swatch
Pretty Woman Nude Collection

Friday, December 4, 2015

Nail Art: Holly Leaves

My first Christmas nails of the year!  I really wanted my first Christmas mani to use a base of KB Shimmer Holly Back Girl.  This polish is from KB Shimmer's Christmas 2014 line.  I'm not a big fan of crellies but there were three in the 2014 line that I love, including Holly Back Girl. 

Last year, I wore it by itself a couple times and didn't really do nail art with it.  I admired Wondrously Polished Holly Leaves mani last year and decided now was a good time to recreate it.

christmas nails tutorial

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Misa Cosmetics, Back to Basics Fall 2015

Press sample.  It's December but I'm not finished with fall polishes!  Today, I have Misa Cosmetics Back to Basics Fall 2015 collection.  This collection consists of six basic crème shades great for fall/winter or anytime. 
Misa fall 2015
Misa Back to Basics Fall 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Nail art: dotticure

Press sample.  The first nail art I ever attempted was a dotticure.  I didn't have any special tools whatsoever.  I told my husband what I wanted to do and he dug around in his toolbox and gave me some nail punches that actually worked.  But, now that I know what I'm doing, I appreciate professional tools as they make nail art much, much easier.  Born Pretty Store provided me with a dotting/marble tool.  It is 100% better than nail punches from a toolbox.

born pretty store item 21724

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

B Polished, The Happy Holodays Collection

Press sample.  Thanksgiving was awesome but I'm happy to be back and blogging!  My first post back from the holiday is the super awesome B Polished, The Happy Holodays Collection.  This collection consists of six incredibly vibrant and sparkly shades that put me in the Christmas mood!  They're all so fabulous, I'm not sure which one to start with!

B Polished The Happy Holodays Collection swatch
B Polished, The Happy Holodays Collection

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lone Star Lacquer, The Cozy Collection

Press Sample.  It's getting colder outside; there's frost on the windows, hot coffee brewing, and I've lit my holiday candles!  I'm all about comfy cozy in the fall/winter months, it's what makes the holidays pleasant.  Lone Star Lacquer has released a line of polishes to get you snuggly with The Cozy Collection.
Lone Star Lacquer comfy cozy swatches
Lonestar Lacquer Comfy Cozy Collection

Monday, November 23, 2015

M Polish, You Are My Symphony

Today, I have a charity nail polish to share with you.  M Polish, You Are My Symphony is a gorgeous burgundy with scattered holographic finish.  I used it below, stamped on my middle and ring, and on it's own on my index and pinky.

M Polish You Are My Symphony swatch
M Polish, You Are My Symphony

Friday, November 20, 2015

Turtle Tootsie, A Hatchlings First Christmas, Christmas/Holiday 2015

Press Sample.  Turtle Tootsie is a newer indie that is doing up Christmas right!  Turtle Tootsie's Holiday collection is entitled "A Hatchlings First Christmas."  Isn't that cute?!  This collection consists of three linear holographic, three gold holographic glitters, two holographic glitter toppers, and a traditional metallic silver.
Turtle Tootsie A Hatchlings First Christmas swatch
Turtle Tootsie, A Hatchlings First Christmas

Saturday, November 14, 2015

M Polish Winter 2015

Press sample.  M Polish Winter 2015 consists of six shades we come to expect from this awesome stamping polish line.  Three jewel toned, scattered holographic stamping polishes and three holographic and reflective metallics.  There's a lot to tell you about these stamping polishes.  Let's just start with the pictures and then we'll discuss the stamping properties.  Boom:
m polish winter 2015 swatches

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

MidWest Lacquer, For The Love Of Grayskull

Press Sample.  MidWest Lacquer is a great indie brand to try if you haven't already.  My daughter asks to have her nails painted with MidWest Lacquer Popple frequently.  So, I was really excited to try another collection.  This collection is, For The Love Of Grayskull, and is comprised of six glittery shades.

Midwest Lacquers For The Love Of Grayskull swatches
Midwest Lacquers, For The Love Of Grayskull

Friday, November 6, 2015

Essie, Virgin Snow, Winter 2015

Affiliate links are included in this post.

The Essie Virgin Snow Collection for Winter 2015 seemed like shades I would be interested in, so I made sure to buy the set.  The collection is comprised of pastels, reds, and a couple shimmery polishes.  Take a look at the pics and I'll tell you if I'm happy with my purchase or not!

Essie Virgin Snow swatches
Essie Virgin Snow Winter 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Spotlight: Madam Glam Nail Polishes

Press sample.  Madam Glam is a new to me brand that I was excited to try.  They have such a great mix of shades to choose from and I chose five that jumped out to me the most.
madam glam

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Nail Art: Peacock Water Decal

I love peacocks and I love water decals.  So, I was pretty excited to review the peacock water decals from Born Pretty Store.

born pretty store item #21589
Born Pretty Store Item #21589

I love this design.  It looks just like peacock feathers.  I paired these water decals with DD Nail Lacquer, Cry To The Moon, which is part of their Fall 2015 line.  You can see my review of the collection hereAs far as the quality, these are on par with other water decals I have reviewed: great quality and easy to use.

This item #21589 can be purchased at Born Pretty StoreUse code EPJX31 for 10% off your order.

And, don't forget about the giveaway I have going on.  You can enter for a chance to win the China Glaze Cheers Holiday collection here.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

China Glaze, Cheers, Holiday 2015

Press sample/affiliate links.  I am excited!  Why, you ask?  I am excited for the China Glaze Cheers collection, plus I'm excited I'm giving away a Cheers collection to one of you that was given to me by HB Beauty Bar!  Let's talk about why this collection excites me, check out the pretties, then enter the giveaway.
china glaze cheers holiday
China Glaze Cheers Holiday

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ginger and Liz, Such A Lady

Last week, my kids and I were miserable and sick.  So, what did I do?  Online shop.  My online shopping spree took me to the Ginger and Liz site and one polish jumped out at me. 

Such A Lady: a rose gold foil with magenta and holographic micro glitters.  Ooooohhhh ahhhhhh.
ginger and liz such a lady
Such A Lady

Such A Lady macro

I love the rose gold trend right now and I'm really happy with this polish.  The application and formula is great. It's the pretty I was on the hunt for.

Ginger and Liz, Such A Lady can be purchased at Ginger and Liz.

Anyone else loving the rose gold trend?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spotlight: Morgan Taylor

Provided for review.  I'm a little ashamed to admit I've never used Morgan Taylor polishes before.  I live in a small town, and I've never actually seen them anywhere.  When I was offered the chance to review a random sample of shades, I was more than thrilled.  First the pretty pictures, then my thoughts.

If Looks Could Thrill: purple foil.  Two coats, no top coat.
morgan taylor if looks could thrill
If Looks Could Thrill

Fire Cracker: red cream.  Two coats, no top coat.
morgan taylor fire cracker
Fire Cracker

Sweater Weather: blue toned, dark grey cream.  Two coats, no top coat.
morgan taylor sweater weather
Sweater Weather

Water Baby: baby blue cream.  Three coats, no top coat.
morgan taylor water baby
Water Baby

La Dolce Vita: baby pink cream.  Three coats, no top coat.
morgan taylor la doce vita
La Dolce Vita

Mint Chocolate Chip: mint cream.  Two coats, no top coat.  Shown with Stick with It base coat and Need for Speed top coat. 
morgan taylor mint chocolate chip

As you can see, the colors are pretty.  The formulas were fantastic.  I find that pastel shades are usually awesome or horrible, there's no in between.  The pastel Morgan Taylor shades have an awesome formula.  They are not chalky, apply great, and self level.  The darker shades are fantastic as well.

I wore Mint Chocolate Chip with the Stick with It base coat and Need for Speed top coat.  It lasted four days without chips and wear but I had to take it off on the fourth day to work on other projects.  I feel like that mani would've lasted a few more days had I left it on. 

Now that I've used these, Morgan Taylor will definitely be a brand I will keep my eye on.  Do you like Morgan Taylor shades?  Which ones are your favorites? 

Morgan Taylor (website) can be purchased in JC Penny salons and Loxa Beauty.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Nail Art: Fall Foliage Water Decals

Provided for review.  I love all things trees and leaves during fall.  My days are filled with pumpkin flavored everything, Halloween shows, and open windows.  It is fall!  I'll spare you the Yo Gabba Gabba fall song and show you something more interesting.  Fall water decals! 

born pretty 20319
Born Pretty Store Item #20319
This is item #20319 from Born Pretty Store (Direct link).  I placed these water decals over a white base and I love how these turned out.  Water decals are easy to use, once you've become familiarized with them.  They are more aesthetically pleasing than nail wraps.  And, they leave you feeling like you added a special something to make it your own.  I love these.  Are you a water decal fan?

Use code EPJX31 to receive 10% off your purchase.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Zoya MatteVelvet Winter/Holiday 2015

Press samples/Affiliate links.  Zoya brought back the MatteVelvet's for 2015.  This is a beautiful line of shades with Zoya's signature MatteVelvet fleck finish.  I loved the 2014 MatteVelvet's so much, I have backups of my favorites, and they are my most used polishes in my collection.  Let's take a look at the 2015 line.
Zoya MatteVelvet Winter/Holiday 2015
Zoya MatteVelvet Winter/Holiday 2015

Aspen (ZP814) - a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.  This is gorgeous and I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would.  Three coats, no top coat.
Zoya Aspen

Aspen macro
Sue (ZP815) - a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.  This is my favorite.  The color is so gorgeous!  Three coats, no top coat.
Zoya Sue

Sue macro
Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.  Last year, the red was Posh.  Every time I used it, I thought to myself, "I wish this was a tad brighter."  This is definitely a brighter red than we saw last year.  Three coats, no top coat.
Zoya Amal

Amal macro
Iris (ZP817) - a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.   The fleck effect gets lost in this one. This formula is a tad trickier than the others.  Two coats, no top coat.  In hindsight, I should've used three coats. 
Zoya Iris

Iris macro
Yves (ZP818) - a deep sapphire that's midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.  The fleck also gets lost in this one.  The formula on this one was thinner than the others and also tricky.  This requires a careful application and a good base coat because this is a stainer.  Three coats, no top coat.
Zoya Yves

Yves macro

Honor (ZP819) - a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.  This is also a stainer.  Three coats, no top coat.
Zoya Honor

Honor macro

I love the Zoya MatteVelvet line so I'm excited it was brought back this year.  Aspen, Sue and Amal are my favorites.  And, I can't stress this enough, I LOVE SUE!  Love it.  I found Iris and Yves kind of hard to work with.  Maybe I was going to fast?  It's possible. 

A few of these shades seem fairly close to some from last year and I'm working on a separate comparison post.

Tips: don't overwork the polish, use as little brush strokes as possible, let each layer completely dry before applying the next.

These shades can be purchased directly from Zoya or at ULTA Beauty.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Bonita, Forget Me Not Collection, Winter 2015

The Bonita Forget Me Not Collection is incredible.  I haven't bought drugstore polish in awhile, but when I saw a picture of this collection, I ran out and bought a set.  Then, I went back and bought a second set for a friend. 

bonita forget me not collection
Bonita Forget Me Not Collection

Golden Girl: a gold holographic micro glitter.  This is such a thick, in a good way, micro glitter, that you can get it opaque without a base color.  I used three coats below.  It does not dry very textured.  It was smooth after one coat of topcoat.

Bonita Golden Girl
Golden Girl

Golden Girl macro

Tinman's Brew: silver/cool blue heavy shimmer, with scattered holographic effect, and silver reflective shards.  Opaque in three coats. 
Bonita Tinman's Brew
Tinman's Brew

Tinman's Brew macro

You're my Lobster: a cherry red jelly with medium and small red glitters.  Opaque in three coats.
Bonita You're my Lobster
You're my Lobster

You're my Lobster macro

Do the Flamingo: a raspberry scattered holo.  I love, love, love this.  Opaque in two coats. 
Bonita Do the Flamingo
Do the Flamingo

Do the Flamingo

Mo' Money: an evergreen, heavy shimmer.  Opaque in two coats.  This looks like a green satin Christmas ribbon.  Wear a base coat, as this has the potential to stain.
Bonita Mo' Money

Mo' Money macro

Forget me Not:  indigo with blue to purple shifting shimmers.  Three coats.
Bonita Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not macro

What a fabulous collection!  Such amazing glitters and shimmers in this collection.  These are available at Rite Aid and retail at $1.49.  At the time I bought these, they were also buy one get one half off.

This is the first time I've ever used this brand.  Have they always been this awesome? 

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