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My Top 20 Faves for 2014…because I couldn’t decide on less :-)

Well, call it what you will, I swatched so many fabulous polishes this past year, I found it immensely challenging to decide! Coming up with 10 faves, not even doable for me. Even 20 was tough and I wanted to include so many more. But I HAD to narrow it down and I have to say, this was a job! But I’ll just post the 20, same pics I posted a couple of hours ago in Instagram. Because after all, it IS New Years Eve! No, I’m not going anywhere. Too cold and too many dodgy drivers out there. Enjoy!

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Polish brands included were:

Chloe & Bella
Zoya
OPI
Renaissance
Glitter Lambs
CND Vinylux
Cult Cosmetics
Essie
Emerald & Ash
Madam Glam
Finger Lickin’ Lacquer
Pahlish
ILNP
wHet
Shimmer
Venique
Spell Polish
Loxa

*Some polishes were sent to me for review, but not all. All work is my own as are my opinions.

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Quick OOOH & AHHH moment with some L’Oreal polishes!

Well, looks like I’m on a blog posting roll today. What else can you do when it’s so cold outside? LOL Last week I picked up a couple of L’Oreal polishes from the LE Sparkling Soirée by Colour Riche Collection for Winter 2014. I was immediately drawn to Pink Party Dress and Bring the Rubies. So, here ya go!

Pink Party Dress is an easy pink glitter in a clear base...stunning over red!

Pink Party Dress is an easy pink glitter in a clear base…stunning over red!

Bring the Rubies is a perfectly shimmery ruby red. The formula is PERFECT! Two coats.

Bring the Rubies is a perfectly shimmery ruby red. The formula is PERFECT! Two coats.

The formulas are amazing and I love them to the moon and back! Now I want the rest of the collection 😉 How about you, did you pick these up?

*These polishes were purchased by me and I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Drink With Me & Bronze Me Baby by Madam Glam, delicious!

I have two of six polishes sent to me from Madam Glam to share with you today. Drink With Me and Bronze Me Baby. I’ll be following up with the last four in a very near future post! But first, let me help you drool over these beauties!

Bronze Me Baby and Drink With Me. Both perfect formulas! I love the textured glitzyness of Bronze Me Baby yet easy to remove formula. Drink With Me is what all shimmery cremes should be!

Bronze Me Baby and Drink With Me. Both perfect formulas! I love the textured glitzyness of Bronze Me Baby yet easy to remove formula. Drink With Me is what all shimmery cremes should be!

Drink With Me by Madam Glam is the quintessential deep deep burgundy wine. It’s almost like having a Cabernet with a slight sexy shimmer on your nails.

Here is two thin easy coats, taken in my sunroom. The subtle shimmer allows the wine to shine, and glints of light play within.

Here is two thin easy coats, taken in my sunroom. The subtle shimmer allows the wine to shine, and glints of light play within.

Drink With Me is a Purple plum. It is described as: "This deep plum color will make a great fall manicure. Holding that glass of red wine has never looked this classy! Very subtle shimmers. One to two coats for full opacity. Very smooth to apply." Sooo Glossy!

Drink With Me is a Purple plum. It is described as: “This deep plum color will make a great fall manicure. Holding that glass of red wine has never looked this classy! Very subtle shimmers. One to two coats for full opacity. Very smooth to apply.” Sooo Glossy!

Here is Drink With Me in full sunshine. Isn't it glorious?

Here is Drink With Me in full sunshine. Isn’t it glorious?

Application is as near to pigmented perfection as it comes. The formula is what I like to see in all cremes and shimmers like this. It stays buttery smooth and wet for the duration that you apply it to each fingernail. It never drags or get ahead of itself. It doesn’t pool or goop up on you. It’s patient and kind! Lol yet it dries fairly quickly to such a glossy finish, you’ll wonder if you already applied a gloss topcoat and slept through it!

Bronze Me Baby is another huge win. This formula…wow! Love love love it!

Bronze Me Baby is so femme yet has that edgey texture we all love. And EASY to remove!

Bronze Me Baby is so femme yet has that edgey texture we all love. And EASY to remove!

Bronze Me Baby is a glittery golden pink. It is described as: "A fusion between gold and pink, topped with shiny glitter. What more can you ask from a nail polish?" This reminds me of rose gold. I love the texture on this. Very much like the original Pixie Dusts by Zoya.

Bronze Me Baby is a glittery golden pink. It is described as: “A fusion between gold and pink, topped with shiny glitter. What more can you ask from a nail polish?”
This reminds me of rose gold. I love the texture on this. Very much like the original Pixie Dusts by Zoya.

Totally in love with this delicate rose gold texture. It's not snaggy and such an easy quick mani, two this coats!

Totally in love with this delicate rose gold texture. It’s not snaggy and such an easy quick mani, two this coats!

I can’t wait to show you the rest. I’m trying desperately to stay caught up with all my swatching. With about a dozen polishes waiting in the wings and even more winging their way through the postal service presently, I say to winter, “Bring it on!” My nails and my camera are ready 😉 Footnote: I hit my pointer finger nail on a grocery cart today…no, I didn’t swear but I wanted to! I broke the tip off the nail of my model hand, so, looks like I’ll be shortening those nails a bit so they all match. So my next swatches my nails will be more “working length” but oh well, they grow fast thank goodness!

I need to also mention, Madam Glam not only updated their bottle designs, great brushes I might say. But the boxes that hold up to three polishes are super sturdy and well packaged. Great touch and attention to detail. I love that!

Madam Glam offers a myriad of shades in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Golds. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size .5 oz beautifully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $30.

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

Press Release! Zoya Naturel Satins

Intro

ZOYA NATUREL SATINS Available 1/15/15!

Such satiny goodness here!

Such satiny goodness here!

I’m pretty excited about these six satiny neutrals. How about you?

The next generation of Zoya Naturel is almost here! Introducing, Zoya Naturel Satins, a collection of six new, neutral nail polish colors in an ultra-wearable, low-sheen, chic satin finish. A hybrid between matte and glossy polishes, the new Zoya Satin* formula provides opaque coverage and is longer lasting than traditional matte shades. The flawlessly smooth finish hides imperfections and creates a luxurious, satin finish nail look.

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*Zoya Satin is not intended to be worn with a top coat. For best results: Prep nail with Zoya Remove Plus Nail Polish Remover, apply base coat and finish with 2 thin coats of any Zoya Satin Nail Polish.
AVAILABLE 01/15/15!

Naturel Satins Sampler

Naturel Satins Sampler

· ZP782/Leah: Lavender tinged taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP779/Rowan: Creamy suede taupe, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP781/Sage: Mossy sage green, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP778/Tove: Misty slate grey, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP780/Brittany: Rose mauve cream, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.
· ZP783/Ana: Light toasted almond, exclusive Zoya Satin* finish.

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
$9 (US), Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

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WANT MORE?
COMING SOON
Zoya Satin Seal Topcoat!
Turn any color into an elegant Satin finish beauty with just one coat!

Perfect blue for a year that’s new, Morgan Taylor blings in 2015!

These aren’t your mama’s blues! They are vampy, sultry and ready to set off the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. So popular in fact is the trio that it’s currently sold out but you can still find two of these beauties on Loxa Beauty individually…New Year, New Blue and Snow Place Like Home. These polishes were made for bringing the new year.

Accented with Snow Place Like Home over white with sapphire gems (from Cinapro) on the ring finger, New Year, New Blue is a gorgeous shimmery indigo jelly/creme. I'm not sure if that is how you describe it, but it applies like a dream!

Accented with Snow Place Like Home over white with sapphire gems (from Cinapro) on the ring finger, New Year, New Blue is a gorgeous shimmery indigo jelly/creme. I’m not sure if that is how you describe it, but it applies like a dream!

All the formulas were great. The New Year, New Blue is highly pigmented, you could get by with one coat, I usually do two. I applied Snow Place Like Home on my accent nail over white. But you’re free to experiment. This sugary topcoat is gorgeous over just about anything.

You'll love this set for bringing in the New Year! Bringing in the Season is easy with these chilly blues and snowy glitter. From left, Midnight Rendezvous, Snow Place Like Home and New Year, New Blue!

You’ll love this set for bringing in the New Year! Bringing in the Season is easy with these chilly blues and snowy glitter. From left, Midnight Rendezvous, Snow Place Like Home and New Year, New Blue!

Sorry, Midnight Rendezvous is not currently available, but I’ll show it to you anyway!

Midnight Rendezvous is full of iridescent and holographic micro glitters in a deep indigo jelly base. Full coverage in two smooth coats. Not currently available on Loxa but check back again!

Midnight Rendezvous is full of iridescent and holographic micro glitters in a deep indigo jelly base. Full coverage in two smooth coats. Not currently available on Loxa but check back again!

What are your New Year’s plans? Staying in, eating pizza and watching the ball drop? Or are you planning to brave the roads and party hardy? Leave me a comment…I’m dying to know! Happy New Year all you lovely people! I pray 2015 is amazing for you!

New Year, New Blue

Snow Place Like Home

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

Open Fields by ILNP, it’s a stunning mean green flaky

I’m kinda sad. Sad that I only have three fabulous flakies from I Love Nail Polish left to swatch for you! But take heart, you’ll surely be swatching your own after you have seen all the amazing swatches from my fellow bloggers. All the Ultra Chrome Flakies from ILNP are available now and every single one of the 13 are beyond my expectation. Easy on, easy off, eye-catching flakies expertly crafted and elegantly bottled, these polishes are a must-have in your collection. So here we have Open Fields. A brilliant green too gorgeous for words!

It's like these two were meant for each other! What a pretty pair.

It’s like these two were meant for each other! What a pretty pair.

Open Fields is described as: "Open Fields is a wonderfully fresh nail polish that primarily shifts through a vibrant grass green, golden yellow, and cool blue. You might even catch other colors depending on the lighting!"

Open Fields is described as: “Open Fields is a wonderfully fresh nail polish that primarily shifts through a vibrant grass green, golden yellow, and cool blue. You might even catch other colors depending on the lighting!”

Open Fields is perfect over purples (well, any base) but I chose to use Kings & Queens from ILNP because I'm a sucker for holos. Plus Open Fields with purple reminds me of Mardi Gras colors: green, gold and purple!

Open Fields is perfect over purples (well, any base) but I chose to use Kings & Queens from ILNP because I’m a sucker for holos. Plus Open Fields with purple reminds me of Mardi Gras colors: green, gold and purple!

I HAVE to show you a macro shot, because well, it’s just too cool! 😉

Here's Open Fields over Kings & Queens from I Love Nail Polish close up!

Here’s Open Fields over Kings & Queens from I Love Nail Polish close up!

I have two left for you to see. Neon Rosebud and Metropolis. I can’t wait to show them to you! How about you? Have you placed your order yet? I know there are a lot of flakies from indie polish makers out there and I’ve tried a few, so far all fabulous. If you wondered about these from ILNP, I guarantee you will love them. They glide on like butter and sparkle like crazy. Please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

In case you wondered, here is info on ILNP 3-Free and cruelty free products!

“What is your vegan / cruelty free policy?
ILNP absolutely does not test our products on animals nor do we purchase materials from suppliers that do. We make a conscious effort to avoid purchasing animal/insect derived materials like carmine and guanine/pearl, etc. as there are plenty of synthetic alternatives that perform the same or even better.

Are your nail polishes 3-Free?
Yes! All ILNP nail polishes are 3 free! They DO NOT contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate.

What does 3-Free mean?
3-Free means that our nail polishes do not contain Toluene, Formaldehyde, or Dibutyl Phthalate. These 3 ingredients were previously used in most nail polish formulations until recent studies found them to be potentially harmful or irritable to humans. While these chemicals aren’t illegal to use in nail polish (although California law requires special labeling if used), most large brands have already moved to 3-Free formulas at the urge of educated consumers as well as organizations that campaign for safe cosmetics.”

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China Glaze Bringing in the Season trio gift set at Loxa Beauty

We decorate our trees, hearth, house, and everything else. Why not our nails?! China Glaze to the rescue. Loxa Beauty has all your China Glaze holiday kits now! This holiday season China Glaze introduces a palette that allows you to reflect on the season and celebrate colour, with glitters and shades to melt for. The spirit of the season is captured by sparkles in the night, soft glowing lights and visions of the new year.

Bringing in the Season Kit Includes: No Peeking! – 0.5 oz., Dancing & Prancing – 0.5 oz. and Define Good – 0.5 oz. AND includes a purple FREE Holiday Pouchett.

This is a gorgeous combination from China Glaze. Not to mention this complimentary and very handy cosmetic travel bag. From left, Deck The Halls, Dancing & Prancing and Define Good...

This is a gorgeous combination from China Glaze. Not to mention this complimentary and very handy cosmetic travel bag. From left, Deck The Halls, Dancing & Prancing and Define Good…

China Glaze always assembles such cute gift ensembles like Bringing in the Season. Get yours today at Loxabeauty.com while supplies last.

China Glaze always assembles such cute gift ensembles like Bringing in the Season. Get yours today at Loxabeauty.com while supplies last.

I loved every one of these formulas and the glitter is gorgeous on either of these shimmers. Having a neat little kit like this is great for travel and all three bottles fit in the bonus pouch.

Deck The Halls has a delicate shimmer in this smoky orchid lacquer. Accented here with one coat Dancing & Prancing. A nice mix of glitters in a clear base.

Deck The Halls has a delicate shimmer in this smoky orchid lacquer. Accented here with one coat Dancing & Prancing. A nice mix of glitters in a clear base.

Define Good is a rich, slightly metallic rich red. Here I accented my mani using a glitter gradient of Dancing & Prancing.

Define Good is a rich, slightly metallic rich red. Here I accented my mani using a glitter gradient of Dancing & Prancing.

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