Floral Nail Art Designs with Target Beauty

I feel all crazy talking about Springtime because it has been all rainy here in Central Florida. I really shouldn’t complain because at least we’re not dealing with winter weather like some of y’all folx up north. Snow in March? That’s just a cruel joke, Mother Nature. Yucky weather or not, we can still get our groove on with beauty spring looks on our nails. This sponsored post comes from Target via Glam Media and it’s all about trying out some beautiful floral nail art designs. You know, something like this…

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Super cute, right? Now y’all know how I feel about nail art. I usually turn away from it because I’m not all that coordinated and let’s be honest, I just find nail art to be far too time consuming. But after checking out this design from Chalkboard Nails and seeing her tutorial, I figured I could give it a shot. Not too shabby, uh? I used this gorgeous Sonia Kashuk polish in. You’re familiar with Sonia K, aren’t you? She does everything beautifully – from brushes to liners, lippies and polishes too.

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I also picked up this Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy polish in Galactic.

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How precious are this? I’ve been into the flakey nail polish trend for quite some time and I just loooove that Revlon has given us a 2-in-1. It’s the perfect daytime to nighttime polish for gals like me who really aren’t into spending a ton of time doing funky stuff to their nails.

Are you into nail art or not so much? Surely these flowery nails will inspire you just a bit, uh?

It’s Time for Springtime.

Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

 

Cult Nails 2-Year Anniversary Special Release

How is Cult Nails already 2 years old? I felt like I JUST met Maria yesterday and was talking to her about her “baby” of a nail polish brand. I mean, Cult Nails never felt like just indie nail polish brand. Maria handled business  like a champ and to me the brand felt high-end and professional right out of the box. I couldn’t be more proud of her and the Cult Nails team.

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To celebrate their 2 year anniversary Cult Nails released a special collection of 3 darling polishes. I was shocked that I remembered to pre-order them in enough time. Yaaaay!

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Tempest is a pure white, high gloss. Maria tried her hardest to do a 1-coat white nail polish and I think she nailed it. THis is ONE coat of this baby and I’ve got a nice opaque finish. You’ll likely want to apply a second coat for good measure but um, wow…when have you ever seen a 1-coat white that wasn’t insanely streaky?

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Fetish is a wax look finish black polish. Basically it’s a matte polish. And I love it. It was so unexpected. Usually you see matte polishes when the rest of the world has considered them to be a “trend”. The formula for this one is a bit more on the plastic-y side of mattes. It is soft but isn’t completely shine-free. I used 2 coats for this one.

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Blaze is a perfect blend of glowing gold and copper glitter. It’s a nice opaque glitter. I’m not sure I’m in love with it completely because it looks a bit strange on my complexion but it certainly is a pretty polish to look at. I used 2 coats for this one too.

Price: $12/piece
Availability: You can scoop them up from CultNails.com.
Limited Edition?: No.
Do I recommend ‘em?: Well, yeah. You’ll never see me NOT recommend a Cult Nails polish though. I’m just that obsessed with the brand.

I am slowly building my collection of CN polishes…

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Yep!

Whatcha think? Find anything special about those 3 polishes? And dude, give me a round of applause. I managed to find enough time to polish my nails. That’s something I haven’t doen in over 6 weeks (pre-Baby Clumps days). Whooooa! :cool:

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks in Oranges and Reds

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Giiiiiirl, Milani has some new lipsticks and I am swooning! Their lippies have gone through quite the makeover. From the packaging to the formula, everything about these new lipsticks is spectacular. I’m going to be reviewing all of the color families but first up are the ever so sexy oranges and reds…

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Best Red is a true red matte and although that’s Milani’s description, it didn’t appear to be TOO matte for me. I’m not complaining though. It’s stunning and is definitely one of my favorites in the bunch.

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Cherry Crave is a red pearl metallic that has a gorgeous amount of shimmer. It definitely has the most shimmer than any of the other lipsticks.

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High Voltage is a red orange vinyl and colors like these don’t compliment me best but it’s pretty nonetheless.

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Orange Gina is an orange bronze-y pearl. The finish is frosty and I’m not a fan but the shade is a bit off-putting on me too.

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Red Label is a bright red cream is a fantastic red. It is my absolute favorite because it’s blue-toned and just woooonderful. I also found it to be the most moisturizing.

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Ruby Valentine is a deeper red vinyl. It’s my second favorite red in this collection

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Sweet Nectar is an orange cream and I wish this orange loved me as much as I love it. But naw. It’s just not that flattering on my skin. But whatever. I’m going to rock it anyway with a lipliner. Watch!

I’m sure some of the reds look similar but nope, they are all very different be it the finish, addition of subtle shimmer or blue or orange tuned hinges.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $5.49/ea
Availability: Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart, etc.
Favorites in collection: Cherry Crave, Ruby Valentine and Red Vinyl 
 

Yes Milani. Yes! I love everything about these lipsticks. Of course I didn’t expect every shade to look phenomenal on me but I was impressed with the finishes and longevity of the lippies. Of course the price point is fantastic too. Stay tuned for more features of Milani’s Color Statement Lipsticks.

China Glaze Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013 – part I

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Spring has sprung, darlings! And China Glaze has me all in the spirit with their beautiful Avant Garden collection. China Glaze does Spring collections beautifully so I expected great things from this one. And the good news is – they didn’t disappoint. I received this collection to review so check out part I of the Avant Garden collection.

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Pink-ie Promise is an iridescent baby pink and she’s got a cute name, but there really isn’t anything too spectacular about this pink.

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Keep Calm, Paint On is a sea foam green. I can’t get enough of this shade. China Glaze has given us beautifully sea foam greens before but this one is some kind of special. And the name is awesome too.

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Dandy Lyin’ Around is a shimmery vanilla icing and ZOMG, I love this one. It’s a simple color really but these are the kind of shades I go for when I want a lil’ somethin’ that’s not too over the top. You’ll need a good 3 coats for this one.

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Tart-y for the Party is a lavender creme with a nice and smooth finish. Nothing fancy.

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Life Is Rosy is a blushed mauve and as Grandmotherly as this polish is, I absolutely adore it. Seriously. It’s one of my favorites in this bunch.

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Fade Into Hue is a periwinkle creme that applied beautifully.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $7/bottle but you can find them cheaper on e-tailers.
Availability: Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Keep Calm, Paint On and Life Is Rosy
 

Not a bad Spring collection so far, uh? Stay tuned for part II!

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara

I can’t even remember the last time I tried out a mascara from L’Oreal. It’s been monthssss. They don’t seem to be big on releasing as many mascaras as some of the other brands. Which I guess is okay. Better a few big hitters than a ton of sorry mascaras, ya know? This mascara came in a CVS Beauty Bag that I got for review.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $7 or so at drugstores including Walmart.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara has a lash-hugging brush with 200 bristles and a shape that simulates the eyelid to capture and precisely define every lash, even the smallest ones. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an intense make-up result. The brush grips and lengthens the look of each lash for extraordinary lash extension effect–no lash is left behind. Its liquid extension formula coats and lengthens lashes from root to tip for shocking length and intensity.” (source)

The Truth: I’ll never complain about this wand. It is awesooooome.

What I Loved About It: Yeah, the wand. It is perfect for separating super wonky lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s not the best mascara for if you want super volumized lashes.

Overall: Hi L’Oreal! So nice to tango with you again. It’s been so long, darling. First, let’s talk about the one aspect of this mascara that I’m obsessed with – the wand.

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Those little comb bristles literally comb the lashes to perfection. I’ve got cranky wonky lashes that neeeeever go in the same direction. This wands helps my lashes straighten up and act right with ease. I’ve always loved mascara wands like these. Because even though they don’t provide insane volume, they still make my lashes stand out. A wand like this gives them definition. Especially if you have puny lashes.

Formula-wise, this stuff was a bit on the thick side. It had a bit of a matte finish which is neither good nor bad. Okay wait, I lied. One of the downfalls to matte finishes is that they tend to smudge and smear a bit. Especially in high-moisture situations. I’m pretty sure they have a waterproof version of this mascara and I’d roll with that one over this one. I experienced a bit of flaking and I think that can be attributed to the formula. Your best bet with applying this mascara is to apply 1 coat, wait a few seconds and then apply the second coat. The sooner the first coat dries, the greater the chance you have of some flakin’.

Otherwise, I’m a fan of this mascara. Two coats is all you’ll need and it should last throughout the day. Don’t expect a ton of volume but if you’re looking for definition and a mascara to straighten out those lashes, this is your gal.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! I’m impressed. Granted, you really can’t go wrong when you have a mascara wand like this, but still…it is definitely a mascara worth trying if you’re in the market for a new one.

 

Are you a lover of mascara wands like this?


Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish set.

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a pretty mani for you with the new Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish set. I’ve
also got a little how-to on how I did my nails to share with you.

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Left Column, top to bottom: Sidecar, Smog, Creep. Right Column, top to bottom: Naked, Toasted, Hustle.

Before I applied the nail polish, I pushed back the cuticles. Then I wiped the nail base clean with nail polish remover to remove any oils that that might be on my nail bed. I used Cult Nails Get it On Base Coat so that my polish would apply smoothly. I applied two coats of Urban Decay Smog, which is a gorgeous copper with red undertones and gold shimmer.

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After Smog was completely dry, I decided I wanted to add a little something extra, so I took a makeup sponge and dabbed a bit of Urban Decay Sidecar onto the sponge, and then dabbed that ½ of the way up my nail. I waited a bit, and then did that ¼ of the way up my nail. This created a glitter gradient effect. I did angle my sponge a bit, into an upside down V shape, just to do something different with the Sidecar. I finished off my nails with HK Girl Glisten n’ Glow Super Shiny Fast Drying top Coat. I love this top coat for making my glitter polishes smooth and keeping things shiny!

 

Phyrra is an award winning beauty blogger, social artist, standard poodle lover and Pinterest addict. Find her at www.Phyrra.net. You can also find her on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Products purchased by Phyrra. All opinions are her own.

Veganize Your Lippies with Too Faced’s Newest La Creme Lipsticks

So remember that time I showcased those amazing and vegan Too Faced La Creme lipsticks? Welllll, the geniuses at TF have given us 4 more shades and I couldn’t be happier.

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Because you can never have too many lipsticks. And anyone who tells you otherwise ain’t a friend. I’m just sayin’.

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Say ‘ello to the new lovelies. I surprisingly love every single one. I’m a bit of Picky Patty when it comes to lip colors but I seriously don’t have any compliments about any of these. This is just a quick feature of these babies since I’ve reviewed them before.

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(L-R)
Bumbleberry, Loganberry, So Berry Sexy, Teddy Berry

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Bumbleberry is a darkened pink that has a nice work appropriate touch to it. It’s the kind of lipstick that you can wear comfortably by itself but then apply a lipliner for some added WOW-ness.

 

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Loganberry is a highly pigmented magenta that rocks my world. This is MY kind of pink. It doesn’t require anything else. She is dynamic on her on. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

 

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So Berry Sexy is a rich blue-toned rose that I find that will likely compliment anyone who wears it. It’s my second favorite of the bunch.

 

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Teddy Berry could have been a grandma shade but no, somehow it works. It’s the perfect lippy to wear when you want something without having to look TOO made up.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $21/ea
Availability: TooFaced.com
Do I recommend: Absolutely. I love everything about the La Creme lipsticks. The packaging is darling, they are super moisturizing and they seem to last quite some time on the lips. The color selection is great and I think these 4 are a great addition to the bunch.

Rock on, Too Faced! You done well. :cool:

OPI Mariah Carey collection

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Yes y’all! Mimi herself has partnered up with OPI to release her very own nail polish collection. I’m wondering why this is just now happening. She should have had her own collection years ago, uh? I adore Mariah Carey. Moreso the old skool Sweet sweet fantasy baby Mariah than anything else. And don’t even get me started on the albums Music Box and the Emancipation of Mimi. Yasssss. This collection is also where we see the revolutionary Liquid Sand formula polishes. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about them but honey, I’m lovin’ them.

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A Butterfly Moment is a frosty tan nude and it’s not what I would have put in a Mariah Carey collection. It has a bit of a Grandma feel to it. It’s definitely work appropriate and would probably look dynamic when used it nail art but by herself, meh…I’m not feelin’ it too much.

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Pink Yet Lavender is a pink glitter with lavender shimmer. She’s loaded with hex bits and holographic glitter. Nothing too unique but it’s a nice layering glitter. I’m not sure I get the name though. Am I being slow or does it not make much sense?

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Anti-Bleak isn’t terribly unique but I love this deep creamy purple. It has such a nice richness to it and while it takes 2 coats to reach full opacity, it looks stunning nonetheless. And of course I love that it’s a creme.

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The Impossible is a matte fuchsia with star confetti. This is one of the Liquid Sand polishes and whooooa – I love it. It dries to a sandy matte finish. It has a nice textured look and feel to it but the crazy thing is, removal is super easy. It’s as easy to remove as a regular polish – not a glitter. As much as I love The Impossible, I hated that I couldn’t get enough stars on the nails. Womp.

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Get Your Number is a matte blue with sparkles and I think this is my favorite Liquid Sand polish. It looks amaziiiiing. I don’t even want to see how this looks with a top coat. It looks so spectacular by itself.

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 Stay The Night is a matte black with red glints. And don’t even ask me what a glint is because I certainly don’t know. Ha! I couldn’t get this one to look as sandy as the others. I waited a good 5 minutes for it to dry, but it still had a bit of a glossy effect to it. Maybe I got a dud? I’m not sure but I still dig the red sparkles.

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Sprung is a shimmery copper. This is another unexpected shade for me. It just doesn’t scream Mimi. It’s pretty enough but it’s just okay…

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Can’t Let You Go is a matte purple with dazzling sparkle is woooow, this is another one of my favorites. It actually looks a bit more of a blue violet in real life but it is wonderful. And I don’t think I’d love it as much if it weren’t for the Liquid Sand effect.

I used about 2 coats of polish for polish here and I didn’t have any serious application issues. The Liquid Sand polishes apply beautifully and there aren’t you tricks that you need to know prior to applying them. They are so great and I am loving this trend. I’m sure we’ll see more of these from OPI and other brands. And I am definitely okay with that.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Ulta, JC Penny Salon and anywhere OPI is sold
Favorites in collection: Anti-Bleak, Get Your Number, Can’t Let You Go

Any Mariah Carey fans in the house? What do you think about this collection?