New Polishes From Hard Candy!

So this week I’m going to be cranking out a toooon of nail polish posts. I’m behind on putting some thangs out and wanted to hop to it before the seasons change. About a month or so ago, Hard Candy released several new polishes. And not like 10 or 20. I’m talking like…50. It was a huge new collection and these polishes were landing in Walmart stores nationwide. Beauty bloggers were going crazy because these polishes were just…stunning. And there were so many different shades and formulas. Not just creams and shimmers but holographics and glitters. ZOMG is right. I finally spotted a few of ‘em and between those and the ones I was sent for review, I am so in love with Hard Candy right now.

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Beautiful, aren’t they? There are so many more that I want to scoop up. I am nowhere near done with my haul of HC polishes. But these will keep me satisfied for a good…week or so. :cool:

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Little Bo Pink is a shimmery hot pink. It’s so pretty! And there is something crazy unique about it. It reminds me of sparkling ocean water. Except pink water. Crazy description, I know but I am totally drawn to this pink. And I am NEVER drawn to pink nail polishes. Or the color pink in general.

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Black Tie Optional is a white and black glitter with specs of hexagon glitter bits. Yep, it’s cool. I’ve seen a ton of indie brands release a polish like this but I haven’t seen many of the bigger brands pull this off. It’s an awesome top coat and can spruce up any polish.

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Crush on Gold is a warm gold foil. It’s not super spectacular but if you dig foils, you’ll like this one. I loved how smooth the formula was. It was nice and smooth at only 2 coats.

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Tinsel Town is a purple and gold glitter meshed with turquoise glitter. It’s pretty much New Orleans in a bottle. I layered it over Crush on Gold for some extra bling!

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Gummy Green looks like mint chocolate chip ice cream on the nails, uh? The black and white specs stand out beautifully against the mint base.

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Cotton Candy Pink is a baby pink with purple and silver glitter and teeny hexagon specs. I think I love this one more than Gummy Green

This is my first time trying Hard Candy nail polishes in a loooong time and I was impressed. The quality of these were spectacular. I applied 2 coats for each polish (except for the last 2. I used 3 coats for those babies) and formulas were all nice and smooth. Go Hard Candy!

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $4/bottle
Availability: Walmart and Walmart.com
Worth the price?: Absolutely!

 

Have you gotten any of these Hard Candy polishes yet? They are flying off of shelves like you wouldn’t believe…

OPI Euro Centrale Collection for Spring/Summer 2013 – Part II

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I’m back with part II of this OPI’s gorgeous Euro Centrale collection. If you missed it, check out the other 6 here. Let’s wrap things up with these babies…

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Vant To Bite My Neck? is a deep eggplant that isn’t all that unique as far as purples go. It’s a nice creme that applied with ease and had an opaque finish with only 2 coats.

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Oy-Another Polish Joke is a shimmery gold that works well alone but it would probably look better layered on top of another shade. The funny thing is, I didn’t even think to layer it. Ha!!

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My Vampire Is Buff is a creamy buttercream. It’s stunning to look at. It’s a nice and clean shade.

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Hands Off My Kielbasa! is a bronze-y tan and without the shimmer, I would totally label this shade as a Grandma color. It’s just okay in my book. I like how it looks on my nails but there isn’t really anything special about it.

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I Saw..U Saw..We Saw…Warsaw has the longest (and most annoying) nail polish name I have ever seen. It’s a pretty midnight blue but I much prefer the richness in OPI…Eurso Eurso. ISUSWSU is a tad bit more smokier.

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A Woman’s Prague-ative is a shimmery copper. It’s brighter in real life and it’s just a stunning little addition to the collection.

The entire crew…

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The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Anywhere OPI polishes are sold – Ulta, JC Penny salons, etc.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: OPI…Eurso Eurso, My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours, My Vampire Is Buff
 

I don’t think it’s OPI’s most stellar collection but there are definitely some winners in here. I love the different finishes and I love that there isn’t a red in this collection. Yas! OPI loves their reds so it’s refreshing to see a collection that doesn’t have one.

What do you think? See any beauties in this collection?

SensatioNail Color Gel Polish Review + giveaway!

Welp. It’s official. I am definitely on the gel nail train. It took a minute, uh? But honestly – as someone who adores nail polishes, it’s reallllly hard to get me to try a product that means I DON’T have to change my nail polish for a few weeks. It’s practically torture. I thought I’d always have time to polish my nails daily. Or at least every other day.

And then I had a bebe. And as darling as she is, my girl could care less about my desire to polish my nails daily. No new mom (or insanely busy mom) has time for such shenanigans. And that’s when I knew it was the ideal time to try gel nails.

Say hello to the SensatioNail Starter Kit.

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Priced at $50, this kit contains everything you’ll need to do several gel nail manicures at your own crib. I’ve reviewed a gel nail kit before, but after using it on my sister. This time around, I am the guinea pig and having applied, rocked and removed this manicure – I’ve got somethin’ to say…

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Color me impressed! Yes, seriously. After 2 weeks, I had little to no chipping.  But first, let’s talk about the details and application of this stuff.

Starting Kit includes:

Gel Cleanser
Gel Primer
Gel Base & Top Coat
Color Gel Polish (additional nail polishes only $9)
Pro 3060 LED Lamp
Wood Manicure Stick
Lint-free Wipes
Double-sided Nail Buffer

How to apply (information from press release)

  • Prepare: Apply our exclusive Gel Primer to clean, dry nails. Then apply Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds
  • Laquer Up: Sweep on your  favorite shade of SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish – Cure for 60 seconds
  • Protect: Seal in color with Gel Base & Top Coat – Cure for 30 seconds — Wipe nails with Gel Cleanser – you’re done!

* SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish can be removed by soaking in 100% pure acetone

Application is really very easy. Formula-wise the polishes were nice and thin and I didn’t have any issues with bubbling. The key is to use thin coats. I struggled with this because I’ve always been one to apply relatively large coats of polish. The thinner the coat, the better. The good news is, even if you apply thicker coats, it won’t affect the longevity of the polish. Will the tips look a bit heavier? Well, yeah…but no one can really notice that from a distance. Also, be prepared to spend a good hour on the initial application.

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Le wear is very impressive. I didn’t get ANY chips the entire 2 weeks I had the polish on. As with all nail polishes, I’m sure this will vary from person to person. Some of us are harsher  on our nails than others and so the nail polishes wear differently. But overall, I thought the wear was exceptionally better than most gel nail systems.

My nails immediately after application…

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See how thick the gel looks? The gel on my pinky is especially coated on. It ended up chipping soon after and I’m pretty sure it was due to my packing it on. So yah – definitely user error.

Removal  took forever but that was to be expected. Luckily, SensatioNail has a nice removal kit that helps aid in that. I found that regular acetone and a ton of patience did well enough for me. It took a good hour for me to completely remove all traces of the gel nails. I didn’t notice any damage on my natural nails either.

Variety & availabilty: I’ve spotted at the set at both Target and Walmart and many of the polishes are sold there individually too. Score! I was thisclose to picking up Blue Yonder, a fabulous navy blue polish. The price for the kit is around $50 with the polishes between $9-$10. This is a HUGE deal for those who regularly do gel nails at a salon.

Nails 2 weeks after application…

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So yah! I am veryyyy happy that I gave these a whirl. SensatioNail’s gel nail system seems to be one of the more popular ones and I see why.

I’m giving away a set!! The Rafflecopter will take a few seconds to load but when it does, enter for a chance to win a starter kit and 2 additional polishes.

Any gel nail lovers in the house?

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OPI Euro Centrale Collection for Spring/Summer 2013 – Part I

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This collection is a ginormous one so I’m splitting it up in 2 parts. The Euro Centrale collection is celebrating the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania. I’m happy to see that it doesn’t include a bunch of boring shades. They aren’t all unique but most of them have some kind of spark to ‘em.

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OPI…Eurso Eurso is a gorgeous cobalt creme. I will never own enough beautiful blues like this. I should have done another coat but if you’re good enough you can get away with 2 coats.

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You’re Such A Budapest is a soft lavender with subtle shimmer. It is super streaky so you’ll definitely want to apply at least 3 good coats for this one. It’s definitely a typical Spring color.

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Can’t Find my Czechbook is an aqua blue but of course my camera has it showing up as something differently. I can never photograph aqua shades well enough.

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My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours is a super bright orange that almost looks like it has a bit coral in it. My camera has gone wonky again but I absolutely love this polish. It is my favorite of bunch.

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Suzi’s Hungary Again is a warm pink with shimmer. It isn’t terribly unique but it’s fun and girly.

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Polka.com is a blue and violet glitter. There are some large hex bits in there. I’ve got it layered over OPI…Eurso Eurso. I dig it but of course you’ll have to work to get those hex pieces to spread evenly across your nails.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Anywhere OPI polishes are sold – Ulta, JC Penny salons, etc.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: OPI…Eurso Eurso, My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours
 

Any beauty babes from Hungary, Poland and Romania? How are you feelin’ about this collection? Stay tuned for part 2!

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:

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!