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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Movember Manicure

Hello everyone. It has been a long absence but I have a fun manicure to share with you. I was sent some adorable mustache charms from KKcenterHk which were perfect for the fun Movember theme that so many guys take part in each November.

I'm in love with these charms! They have great color, shape and are super strong. Each charm is slightly arched, which allowed it to lay pretty flat on my nails, which was a nice change from nail charms I've reviewed before. I wanted to keep this manicure simple so the mustache would get all the attention. I used my favorite gold from Orly, Glitz & Glamour along with Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

What do you think? What colors would you have paired with the mustache? Do you think this manicure is too plain?

Product Information Website: KKCenterHKCharms: N.NAIL Studs Lovely Gold Beard 8mm X 3mm Nail Art
Price: $4.50 for five pieces

*product provided for review*

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Two Tone Hearts and a House

Oooo what a busy month July has turned out to be. My boyfriend and I bought a house! It is our first home and we are beyond excited. I had no idea how involved and confusing housing buying was. So between all the craziness this blog has taken a backseat, again. *sad face* We are three weeks away from moving in, and already have our apartment half way packed. So I promise to do my best in painting my nails and keeping everyone updated about the house.

Now, to the nails. My nails have actually been unpainted for the last three days. It feels good to finally make them pretty again. However, I was lacking a little inspiration so I copycat-ed my nail design from Polish You Pretty.

Fun and easy, with a little vintage feel. I love it!

Polish Information  LVX: Cerulean
Color Club: In Bloom
Julep: Debra
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July to everyone! I have a fun American flag nail design to share with you.

I thought this design would be easy, but the red and white stripes gave me some trouble and they aren't as straight as I had hoped. Maybe it's a waving American flag? ;)

I'm gonna leave you with this awesome +Pepsi display I saw at the store. Nothing says America better than an awesome Pepsi product display!

Have a fun and safe 4th everyone!

Polish Information  Kleancolor: Cobalt (09) 
Kleancolor: Red (08)
Sinful Colors: Snow Me White
Wet n Wild: The Star of the Show
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Monday, July 1, 2013

A Flower Kind of Day

Hello all! I've been so in love with doing flower nail art lately. I think its the hot weather, it's been in the 100's here, and the overall happy thoughts summer brings. So here is a cute flower manicure I wore over the weekend.

Taa-da! Happy flowers and tiny polka dots. I got lots of compliments on this manicure, which always makes me feel great. I also switched up the polka dots with smaller ones, I usually do bigger dots, and I really like the outcome.

Polish Information  Orly: Gumdrop
Sinful Colors: Snow Me White
Sinful Colors: Cotton Candy
Pure Ice: Gossip!
Color Club: Twiggie
Princessa Nail Color: #7618
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Graceful Blue Bird Nail Art Decoration

Today I have a manicure to share with you inspired by the pretty blue bird nail art decoration sent to me by KKCenterHK. I'm also going to lump this manicure in with the untried challenge I'm slowly tackling.

Here are the pretty nail art decorations I chose to review. I love them. The detail is perfect and are exactly like they are pictured on the website.
Oval Graceful Blue Bird Nail Art Decoration
Top and Bottom of Oval Graceful Blue Bird Nail Art Decoration

Up close picture of Oval Graceful Blue Bird Nail Art Decoration

Taking the nail art out of the package and observing the white paper backing, I thought these decorations might be self adhesive. Scratching a little at the back I pulled off some of the bird pattern of one, and quickly discovered they are not self adhesive. Luckily the small scratch was hidden by my white base polish.

I knew right away I wanted to use this nail decoration for my accent nail. I looked over my blues and thought the gorgeous Cerulean by LVX would be a perfect pairing! Cerulean just happened to be an untried, and qualified as a "cool" color, which made this manicure a double win for me. To jazz it up a little I used stripping tape along with my go to Snow Me White from Sinful Colors to do stripes with Cerulean. I really like the way this came out.

From above I LOVE the nail art decoration. But from the side, this manicure makes me sad. Its such a huge oval bubble on my nail that I played with it constantly, until I just popped it off. As pretty as these oval nail decorations are, for me they are just too big to be used in my nail art. However, I plan on keeping these adorable nail decorations and applying them to something else. (I'm just not sure what)

What do you think of this manicure? Do you think these blue bird nail decorations are too big? Is there such a thing as too big when it comes to nail art? Do you own any LVX polishes?

Product Information Website: KKCenterHKGlitter: Blue Sea Oval Graceful Blue Bird Nail Art Decoration
Price: $4.00 for two pieces

*product provided for review*
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Winners Announced!

Thank you so much to all who entered the giveaway! It was fun and I hope to do another giveaway soon. The winners are listed below and will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Thank you again!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Circle Glitter from KKCenterHK

A few weeks back I was very excited to receive an email from KKCenterHK. They asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. I of course said yes and could not wait for the items to arrive to do my first real review.

I picked KKCenterHK's pretty sky blue circle glitter. This glitter is made of plastic and is cut into 2.55mm circles. The light blue colors is vibrant and reflects light beautifully. The jar holds hundreds of these beautiful circle glitters pieces.

Of course I wanted to use my new glitter on my nails so this is the nail design I came up with.

Starting with white nail polish I then added the circle glitter to my nails in a simple polka dot pattern. Then painted pretty blue flowers as accents to the the circle glitter. 

The glitter from KKCenterHK is vibrant, easy to use and exactly what was pictured on their website. KKCenterHK is overseas but was able to ship the items quickly. The glitter was well packaged, so it arrived safely. The only thing I would change about this glitter is that I wish it was a little smaller. My nails are on the smaller side and I think with smaller glitter I would be able to do a more detailed designs with the circle glitter. Any girl with wider or longer nails should have no problem with this size of this glitter.

Product Information Website: KKCenterHKGlitter: Light Blue Sky Circle Glitter
Price: $8.00

*product provided for review*
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Flowers Following The Beauty Department Tutorial

Hello all! I hope all of you have entered my giveaway. If not make sure you do, you still have time to enter.

I stumbled on to The Beauty Department and really liked their nail tutorial, so I gave it a shot. This was my end result:

Did you see the tutorial and give it a shot? If so I'd love to see your results.
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Friday, June 7, 2013

Untried Polish Challenge

A while back I stumbled upon a neat polish challenge while day dreaming on Pinterest. I quickly pinned it knowing it would be the perfect thing to kick start me into using the many untried polishes in my stash. I present to you the Untried Polish Challenge from Jonochi at Just Add Polish.

I started with "Three Colors". Not sure why I picked to do that one first but these are the three untried colors I used.

Big Yellow Taxi by Ciaté is from their Advent Calendar that I ordered in November of 2012. Spring from Too Cute-icle was a polish I won from a banner contest that the creator, Jess, held on her Facebook page. And In Bloom from Color Club is a lucky find from Ross. The white isn't an untried, but is Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

Three untried polishes used and an adorable design to show them off. I'm so glad I found this challenge! And on to the next one!

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thank yous and a Giveaway

Some of my readers might remember my not so great review of my experience with +Nail Art Society. I was extremely frustrated and let down with my experience.  With that said, I cancelled my subscription and vented here on the blog. To my surprise I was contacted by Tia, the founder of Nail Art Society. Tia had stumbled upon my review on my blog and apologized about what happened and wanted to take steps in trying to better my opinion of her company. I was incredibly moved by Tia's gestures and welcomed her attempts to repair my thoughts about Nail Art Society. To my surprise Tia really out did herself by sending me a large box of goodies along with a very sweet hand written letter. Of course a nail addict receiving a box full of nail supplies is exciting, but what was truly exciting was the letter Tia took the time to write to me. I was so touched and want to thank you again Tia.

Because Tia was so generous, and sent so many neat nail art supplies, I wanted to share some with my readers. So I am excited to be having my first giveaway! There will be three winner! All three winners will win one, six piece Nail Art Society kit!

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Sorry giveaway is only open to US residence. Giveaway will run from June 6th to June 20th. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to win their prize or another name will be drawn. Thank you Tia and everyone from Nail Art Society!

Nail Art Society Nail Art Society - Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Cotton Candy Yum Yum

Just a quick post to show everyone I'm still alive and painting my nails. Things have been busy around here but I hope to play some catch up and not neglect the blog. Stay tuned!

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Friday, May 10, 2013


I'm very excited to share with you a nail art kit I ordered off This amazing little kit had a long journey from Korea, but it was totally worth the wait!
Photo Credit: eBay
The brand is called The Face Shop. They are based in Korea and have a large nail polish line. However you can't buy from their site if you live in the United States like I do. No need to worry or be sad. This is where and +eBay come in handy. 

I loved this kit just from the few pictures I saw online and had to have it. This awesome little kit allows you to create the plaid print seen on the box using the three nail polishes pictured below:

 Included on the back are step by step picture instructions:

Photo Credit: Amazon
Exciting right? So adorable, and here are my results:

This kit really delivers! It's easy to use and gives fantastic results. I practiced the design on paper before starting and would suggest layering this print over a white base polish to really make these colors pop. The white polish used as accents to the design is not included in the kit.

What does everyone think? Is this a must own product? Would you wait three weeks for this like I did?

Polish Information Brand: The Face Shop
Colors: RD301, YL702 and Bl602
Price: $9.99
Where to Buy: Amazon or eBay
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Julep - Clara

I have a beautiful color to share with you today. It's from Julep's May Maven box.

Clara is is a beautiful soft peach creme. Easy to apply and completely opaque in just two coats.

I really liked Clara much more than I thought I would. So soft and delicate. A perfect color for Spring! I see me wearing this often and would look adorable on my toes.

Polish Information Brand: Julep
Color: Clara
Price: $14.00
Price as A Julep Maven: $11.20
Sign Up to Become a Maven: Here
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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Julep May Maven Box

I love at the beginning of each month I know a sweet little surprise is waiting for me in my mail box. I always check out what +Julep Maven will be sending for the month and if I want to change my maven style, but I'm always pleasantly surprised by the little extras. This months packaging was stunning. So chic and elegant looking. I wish all packages looked as lovely as my maven boxes do.


This is my what was in my It Girl Maven box. With pretty tissue paper and burgundy paper filler, this box felt extra special. Plus some adorable flower hair clips.

Coco, a beautiful and rich oxblood creme. Clara, a delicate peach creme and Paris a show stopping holographic glitter topper.

This months box has such a luxe feel to it and is definitely my favorite box so far. I can not wait to swatch these for you!

Maven Sign Up: Join Here
First Box Free with Coupon Code: FREEBOX
Price Per Month: $19.99
Styles Change, and So Can You: Try a new style, send your box to a friend or skip the month (and the bill)
Cancellation Fees?: Nope!
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Then and Now Nail Art

A few weeks back I saw some really neat posts pop up about fellow nail bloggers sharing their "Then and Now" nail art. Such a simple idea, yet really shows yourself, and other people, how far you have come with your nail art and photography. So I searched through some of my old nail art pictures and found a manicure I thought would be perfect for this then and now theme.

Below is a manicure, that at the time, I thought was one of my best. I had just started nail art and branching out with different designs. With fun blue and white stripes and beautiful flowers, how could people not love this? Wow, was I a silly girl.

Check out those amazing photography skills I possessed back then. ;) The even crazier thing is that I posted this on my tumblr on September 17th, 2011 and wondered why no one re-posted it. Baha hahahaha!


So much better! Amazing what good lighting, angles and focus can do! I can hardly believe I used the same Orly Gumdrop polish for both manicures. Sometimes when I do my nails I feel like I'm not going to be as good as the more popular nail art bloggers. However seeing this, I feel like I have come a long way, and look forward to seeing my skills grow even more.

Sinful Colors: Snow Me White
Julep: Mackenzie
Princessa Nail Color: Unnamed Dark Green
Pure Ice: Gossip!
Sinful Colors: Cotton Candy

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Gray and Pink Flowers

Happy May everyone. Spring has hit California and I created this manicure to embrace the warm weather and pretty flowers.

Okay so maybe this manicure looks a little more like squishy starfish than flowers, but overall its a fun and happy manicure. My goal for May is to try to do more nail art that and really improve and steady my hand with nail art.

POLISH INFORMATION Sinful Colors: Jungle Trail
Sinful Colors: Seaweed
Sinful Colors: Snow Me White
O.P.I.: Feelin' Hot-Hot-Hot!
Color Club: She's So Glam
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Friday, April 26, 2013

OPI's over Julep's Simone

Here is a super quick manicure I did using one of my many untried in my collection.

I used the very pretty by OPI and layered it over the delicate Simone by +Julep. I liked this pairing since Simone, which I reviewed here, is subtle enough to allow the glitter to pop and still be feminine with it's slight opalescent shimmer.

Have a great one and thanks for stopping by!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bling it on Denim & Studs from Nails Inc

This catwalk inspired collection features a limited edition denim effect polish with unique denim effect cap and a selection of gold and silver star stud embellishments. The set also includes nail glue and cuticle stick for easy application.

Denim effect polish is a beautiful textured indigo shade that applies glossy and dries down to a classic denim effect finish. The Denim & Studs collection is a fresh take on textured nails and is the simplest way to update your look.  Worn on its own, the polish has a chic minimalistic feel, but for those wanting to make an impact, the collection is packed with mini silver and gold stud stars that will personalize the look. Denim effect polish dries very quickly giving you fashion forward nails in an instant.

I love that Nails Inc is always looking for new things for your nails. From feathers, leather and even rocks. Never settling on just paint and always looking forward. You can buy this kit from the Nails Inc website for £19. This kit isn't on the Sephora yet, but am sure it will turn up shortly for around $25.

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