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Cinapro Girls Best Friend Professional Nail Art gems

I am loving these Cinapro Nail Art gems! The set I used today is called “Girls Best Friend”. This gem set has a great range of sizes and shapes from teeny tiny to medium. Perfect for those of us with narrow nail beds or when you want to go all out! This set is all clear/crystal colored gems.

Girls Best Friend by Cinapro Professional Nail Art gems are easy to work with. Shown here over "Through The Fire" by Deborah Lippmann.

Girls Best Friend by Cinapro Professional Nail Art gems are easy to work with. Shown here over “Through The Fire” by Deborah Lippmann.

When you need that little extra somethin’ for an elegant mani, Cinapro carried by Loxa Beauty is just the ticket!

Through The Fire by Deborah Lippmann is a perfect shimmery red for nail art gems!

Through The Fire by Deborah Lippmann is a perfect shimmery red for nail art gems!

Check out Cinapro Girls Best Friend Nail Art gems!

The Girls Best Friend collection of nail gems contains 10 styles/sizes of clear diamond shaded gems with application stick.

The Girls Best Friend collection of nail gems contains 10 styles/sizes of clear diamond shaded gems with application stick.

The Girl’s Best Friend Kit contains 10 different shapes and sizes of crystal rhinestones so you can create unique, fun nail art designs.

A few examples up close.

A few examples up close.

– See more at: http://www.loxabeauty.com/nails/nail-art-effects/cina-pro-girls-best-friend-kit#sthash.KGQIhK21.dpuf

TIP: I used to just apply a thin layer of clear top coat, one nail at a time, just before applying nail gems. The problem I personally had was, well, indecision! Therefore I sometimes ended up with already dried topcoat. If too thick or too wet, I ended up with a dent of clear topcoat you could see around the edges of my gems! No bueno for closeup photos. So I tried dabbing a dot of topcoat just before applying each gem. Voila! I did this with this set and even after a full day of housecleaning I didn’t lose one gem. This worked for me, and is just a suggestion 😉

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* These products were sent to me free of charge for review. All opinions are my own.

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No Tricks, Just Treats! Zoya Press Release!

    Zoya PRESS RELEASE!

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Zoya Winter/Holiday 2014 Collection is here!

Zoya says, “Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust* formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!” And I believe it! Seriously, this assortment reminds me of wrapping papers with it’s silvery blue, sparkly PixieDusts*, visions of sugar plums and winter’s night black.

The Wishes Collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! From left, Thea, Haven, Imogen, Willa, Nori and Prim.

The Wishes Collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! From left, Thea, Haven, Imogen, Willa, Nori and Prim.

I love how Zoya designed these six polishes to compliment each other so well, and I can’t wait to get my juices flowing. But for starters, I’ll keep it simple so you can see the collection now.

First we have silky Haven. So plumy and rich. I used two coats here, no top coat.

Haven with Thea as an accent. Made for each other!

Haven with Thea as an accent. Made for each other!

Thea, like Haven’s gorgeous sister! Two coats.

In love with Magical PixieDust* Thea. I paired her with Haven for this mani.

In love with Magical PixieDust* Thea. I paired her with Haven for this mani.

On the left is Haven, described by Zoya as True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance. On the right, Zoya describes THEA as a deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.

On the left is Haven, described by Zoya as True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance. On the right, Zoya describes THEA as a deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.

Here we have delicate Prim. Even her name is mild-mannered! Two coats, no top coat.

Prim is gorgeous and stand on her own. A tad tricky to avoid some brush marks, but that's the way it is with some shimmery pearls.

Prim is gorgeous and stand on her own. A tad tricky to avoid some brush marks, but that’s the way it is with some shimmery pearls.

Nori, reminds me so much of sparkly gift wrap I love for Christmas. Two coats, no top coat.

I LOVE this Magical PixieDust* Nori. I really didn't care for it paired with Prim so I didn't use her for an accent.

I LOVE this Magical PixieDust* Nori. I really didn’t care for it paired with Prim so I didn’t use her for an accent.

On the left is Prim, described by Zoya as Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application. On the Right is Nori, described by Zoya as Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.

On the left is Prim, described by Zoya as Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application. On the Right is Nori, described by Zoya as Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.

Willa is dark and glossy, perfect! Two coats, no top coat here.

Willa. A PERFECT glossy, patent leather looking black. Application of both coats were perfect and it looks amazing with Magical PixieDust* Imogen!

Willa. A PERFECT glossy, patent leather looking black. Application of both coats were perfect and it looks amazing with Magical PixieDust* Imogen!

Imogen is such a sexy blingy black. Be still my heart! Two coats, no top coat.

Imogen is indeed a Magical PixieDust*! On the accent nail is glossy Willa.

Imogen is indeed a Magical PixieDust*! On the accent nail is glossy Willa.

On the left is Willa, described by Zoya as Full-coverage, onyx black cream. On the right is Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!

On the left is Willa, described by Zoya as Full-coverage, onyx black cream. On the right is Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!

So have you ordered your Wishes yet? I was surprised not to see some sort of red and/or green in this year’s collection, but maybe something is coming. I don’t know but you can be sure if it drops down the chimney, it will land on my fingers! On a scale of 1-10, I’d rate this collection 9 out of 10. I love the Magical PixieDusts* best out of the collection, and of the standards included Haven has my vote. By the way, drying time on all of these were speedy. I like that around the holidays don’t you?!

* Zoya Magical PixieDust is textured, matte and sparkling. No base coat and top coat required. Order now! Available through Zoya.com and Ulta Stores.

Wow, Wishes  do come true!!

Wow, Wishes do come true!!

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!

$9 (US) Standard Colors and $10 (US) PixieDust Colors

Press sample. These products were provided to me for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Liebster Award nomination, thanks Janelle!

I was nominated by Polishmesnazzy at http://polishmesnazzy.com. Thanks Suga! What a fun way to get to know our fellow bloggers and followers!
liebster-award

If you play along, Here are the rules:

• You must link back to the person who nominated you.

• Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award who have less than 1000 followers.

• Answer a list of 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.

• Set a list of 11 questions for the people you nominate to answer.

• Inform them that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.

Now, here are the 11 questions I was given:

1. What is your birth order, and do you behave like a typical oldest/middle/youngest/only?
A: I am the second of only two, my older brother and me. LOL, since we are old and decrepid, who knows but he acts way younger and I’m more responsible even though I don’t act my age either!

2. If a tourist were to visit your town, what advice would you give him on what he should see or do?
A: I would advise him to keep driving…nothing to see here! LOL Population, 465.

3. What is one thing on your bucket list?
A: Trip to Fiji or Bora Bora (then stay there!)

4. What has been your favorite vacation ever?
A: 9 days in Maui in 2002. Do you see a trend here? This is why we bought a beach condo in Florida, even though we don’t get to go but a couple of times a year, but we rent it out to vacationers.

5. Where is one place that you would love to visit?
A: Portugal, where my dad’s family originate.

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Dramaniacs. Yes, I made that word up! LOL People who thrive on drama, self-imposed or inflicted. Ugh, nobody has time for that.

7. What is your guilty pleasure?
A: As much coffee as I can consume in one day. 😉

8. What is your favorite mode of transportation?
A: Boogie board or boat, anything that floats on water.

9. How are you different from how you were 10 years ago?
A: Fatter, wiser and closer to retirement! LOL

10.  What is your favorite season/time of year?
A: Spring through early fall. I don’t do winter even though I have to endure it here in SW Missouri.

11.  Do you recycle?
A: Yes, every time I eat 😉 Just kidding…somewhat. You could say I do a lot of “repurposing”.

Here are my nominees! Disclaimer, if you don’t know 11 bloggers your instagram friends could do this on their feed!)

Kathleen at http://www.daysies.me

Kirby at http://www.themercurialmagpie.com

Holly at http://misshollyberries.com

Anca at http://darkntwistynails.blogspot.com/

Sarah Lynn at http://www.tunaynamahal.com/

Jessica at http://www.swatchface.com

http://instagram.com/blessed_granmama?modal=true

Susan at http://instagram.com/susan_meadows

Jamie at http://instagram.com/glitterlambs

Christie at http://instagram.com/betrue76

Jaime at http://www.thepolishedbutterfly.blogspot.com/

Here are their questions:
1. How did you get into blogging/instagramming?
2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
3. If money was no object, to what good cause would you contribute?
4. Do you see yourself as a Jack Sparrow, Debbie Downer or Captain Stubing from the Love Boat (if you’re too young to remember who that is, you’ll have to improvise)?
5. Cat person, dog person, horse person, animals in general, or you prefer to live your life dander-free and lonely? LOL
6. Favorite breakfast: coffee only, banana on the way out the door, the whole shabang, or cereal and juice?
7. Fave places to visit…Ocean, mountains, desert, metropolis?
8. Mac or PC?
9. TV shows you can’t live without, whether you binge watch on Netflix or DVR.
10. If you could redo anything from age 25 on back, what would you choose?
11. Fave candles?

Press Release: Zoya “Wishes” Collection for Winter/Holiday 2014

Official Zoya Wishes Collection Press Release

Wow, Wishes  do come true!!

Wow, Wishes do come true!!

You know the holidays are around the corner when Zoya brings out their winter collections! These are vibrant, pigmented and amazing looking! The Zoya Wishes Collection for Winter Holiday 2014 is now available for pre-ordering as of today, October 20.

From left: Magical Pixie Dusts in Nori, Thea and Imogen. And complimenting shades in Prim, Haven and Willa.

From left: Magical Pixie Dusts in Nori, Thea and Imogen. And complimenting shades in Prim, Haven and Willa.

Below is the official press release sent to me by Zoya:

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!

ZP766 – NORI: Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.

ZP767 – THEA: Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.

ZP768 – IMOGEN: Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!

ZP769 – PRIM: Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.

ZP770 – HAVEN: True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.

ZP771 – WILLA: Full-coverage, onyx black cream.

What a beautiful set. Preorders start today!

What a beautiful set. Preorders start today!

* Zoya Magical PixieDust is textured, matte and sparkling. No base coat and top coat required.

PRE-ORDER STARTS 10/20/14 !TODAY!
SHIPPING DATE 11/01/14.

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!

$9 (US) Standard Colors
$10 (US) PixieDust Colors

Wishes ships November 1!

Wishes ships November 1!

Available in top salons, Ulta stores, spas and on zoya.com.

Soothing Autumn orange tones by Cult Cosmetics

Orange you glad it’s Autumn?! Ok, that was cheesy but sometimes I can’t help myself 😉 The coolest thing is this new shimmery topcoat, Troubadour, by Cult Cosmetics is stunning over drop dead gorgeous over every one of these polishes.

From pale to peachy, these shades are fall ready.

From pale to peachy, these shades are fall ready.

Here are the little miracle makers!

Troubadour on the top, and from left, Hollywood Hills, Avalon and La Cita.

Troubadour on the top, and from left, Hollywood Hills, Avalon and La Cita.

By the way, La Cita is pretty much a 2-coater as is Avalon. Pale Hollywood Hills is sheer so plan on three coats for full coverage. You can pick up these babies and many others at CultCosmetics.com.

Cult lacquers are premium, 5-FREE, Vegan, cruelty-free single coat polishes and makeup products. None of their polishes are animal tested and they are made in California, USA.

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These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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Fright Night Collection from Nvr Enuff Polish…BOOyah!

Today I have a super fun collection from Nvr Enuff Polish, Fright Night. There are four fun shades in this set and you can order any or all this Saturday, Oct. 18! These indie polishes are created by Northern California owners Lynnae and Alix. I’m telling you judging by these 5-free and consistent formulas, you will love this set inspired by cult classic thriller chiller flicks.

You can get your mitts on these beauties in full size this Saturday, Oct. 18. Valley of the Dolls, The Shining, Donnie Darko and Requiem for a Dream.

You can get your mitts on these beauties in full size this Saturday, Oct. 18. Valley of the Dolls, The Shining, Donnie Darko and Requiem for a Dream.

First up is a pretty pink. Don’t let this stunner fool you, at first blush you’ll think, “awe, what a sweet pink” but in the Valley of the Dolls, not all is what it seems! And this doll is pigmented and sparkly, two coats.

Valley of the Dolls isn't as shy as she looks. She likes to sparkle, just to please you!

Valley of the Dolls isn’t as shy as she looks. She likes to sparkle, just to please you!

Valley Of The Dolls - a dusty rose cream holo with micro rose glitters.

Valley Of The Dolls – a dusty rose cream holo with micro rose glitters.

Next is Donnie Darko. Cool thing about DD is that it glows in the dark. How cool is that??!

Donnie Darko glows a gorgeous blue in the dark. Expose to a light for a minute and get your glow on!

Donnie Darko glows a gorgeous blue in the dark. Expose to a light for a minute and get your glow on!

Here is Donnie Darko in the Dark!

How fun is this Donnie Darko? Perfect to wear to the spook house this Halloween!

How fun is this Donnie Darko? Perfect to wear to the spook house this Halloween!

Donnie Darko - a ghostly blue crelly with multi flakes and micro rainbow glitters - also GITD! (Two generous coatsor three thin coats for opaqueness) I only needed two!

Donnie Darko – a ghostly blue crelly with multi flakes and micro rainbow glitters – also GITD! (Two generous coatsor three thin coats for opaqueness) I only needed two!

Okay, this one, Requiem for a Dream had me at hello. Blue and moody, but sparkly at the same time. Sort of a dual personality wouldn’t you say? Great formula, fantastico!

Requiem for a Dream is dreamy!

Requiem for a Dream is dreamy!

Requiem For A Dream - a darker blue jelly with blue and gold flakes, light and medium blue glitters and micro rainbow glitters (two coats to reach opaqueness).

Requiem For A Dream – a darker blue jelly with blue and gold flakes, light and medium blue glitters and micro rainbow glitters (two coats to reach opaqueness).

I love ALL of these, but I must say this one must be my fave because I love the movie, The Shining! The Shining is such a pretty, blood red sparkler. Who can resist this Fright Night fave? “…Here’s Johnny!”

REDRUM, LOL, ;-) I love the depth of this red, even if the glitters weren't there, the shade makes my heart skip a beat.

REDRUM, LOL, 😉 I love the depth of this red, even if the glitters weren’t there, the shade makes my heart skip a beat.

The Shining - a blood red jelly filled with light and dark red glitters and red holo dust (two coats for opaqueness).

The Shining – a blood red jelly filled with light and dark red glitters and red holo dust (two coats for opaqueness).

Shop here! These are minis, which I usually prefer to pass on swatching this size, but I was fiercely intrigued by their descriptions and even though these samplers were so petite, I had no trouble with application this time ’round. You can order full size bottles however this Saturday, Oct. 18th!
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These products were supplied to me for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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