Just a quick post here in case you’ve been shopping at Rue21 boutique stores in your local mall and missed these hidden gems! This spring I picked up a few more polishes, usually found near the checkout counter at Rue21 shops. If you are concentrating on apparel shopping at Rue21, open your eyes and look a little closer. I’ve been picking up these little treasures (well, actually they are full size) for a couple of years now. Like this summery neon fuscia shade, simply named 069. For the life of me I can’t figure out why most shades are nameless in the different bottle shapes found there. No matter. I love the formulas, price 2/$5 and the shades available.
I also picked up this cute little dreamcatcher ring at Rue. These come in gold, copper and silver.
Oh yeah, ONE COATER HERE! I mean, wow! I have more to share, but right now I’m kind of busy packing for our move this summer! I’m giving preference to my indie and mainstream blogger samples and have some coming up waiting for my attention. But since I already had this beauty swatched, I didn’t want to forget I had it! Check out your Rue21 for more hidden treasures!
Good morning to you on this fine Memorial Day 2015! The sun is teasing us, in and out, in and out. After days and days of clouds and rain, I’ll take what I can get! I’m just thankful for the week we spent on our beach vacay where the sun shined bright and warm every day. We are busy packing up the house and doing a bit of paint and touchups around here. But neither rain, or moving or a little stress can keep me from my mission of bringing you a bit of lacquer inspiration. So this is just a quick post to share with you a bright little mani I came up with this weekend.
I used two China Glaze shades from the 2015 Electric Nights collection. Here I used the brilliant neon orangey red, Red-Y to Rave and the neon grapey purple, Violet Vibes. I got them from a 3-pack I purchased from my Instagram girl, “nailpolishaddictsale“. She has lots of cool inventory so check her out!
Basically, I started with a single layer (which you can’t see here) of Glow With the Flow from the collection. Then dropping little dots of both of the other colors onto the nail and while wet, I drag a super fine brush across and marbling around the two until the colors run into each other. Be careful not to blend too much. You WANT to tell one shade from the other. Then top off when dry with a clear topcoat of your choice.
Have you tried this with any of the CG Electric Vibes? I’d love to see!
*These polishes were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.
Morgan Taylor has nailed the sophisticated shades of French fashion with the new collection, Ooh LaLa. Oh the glitter, the glam! You’ll be on-trend and on-point wearing these four shades in any combination. They beg for nail art, from beginner to advanced, this palette will bring out the artist in you! Let’s take a look.
Now, I took over four years of French in school, and now that I’m “mature”, I’ve lost a lot of my French conversational linguistics…badly! But every now and then, I’ll hear a word or phrase and some of it comes floating back to my lips. But I won’t torture you. It’s a good thing you don’t have to hear me! Anyway, let’s begin with the most perfect formula! They are all good, but this petite beauté had me oohing and ahhing! Amour Color Please is perfect.
Escar-Go To France is a sugary treat of multi pastels of complimentary colors to the whole collection. The added holographic silver sets it off perfectly. I love it over every shade in the set but over black, c’est magnifique!
Next up is Postcards From Paris. This very pigmented Tiffany creme just reminds me of springtime in Paris. I have a few shades like this, but this one is a much fresher shade.
And to finish off this quartette of fanciful and classy bunch, is Cancan We Dance? She’s a bit more of a free spirit this one! How can she help it? 😉 Her iridescent blue flash, look like the petite coats of a dance girl.
Bottom line: I loved the inspiration of this collection. It’s always easier to me when a collection has a common theme. But just as important is the fact that the formulas and unique shades have to grab me. These really did!
So grab your passport, your poodle and your pearls and hop on to Loxa Beauty and order yours today. You’re going to love them!
These are available here for $8.50 ea. To make you really shout, “Ooh LaLa”, here is a discount code for you while you’re putting things in your shopping cart at Loxa!
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Today I will share with you the second part of Zoya’s Summer 2015 Collections, Island Fun. The only thing that would have made this swatch day better would have been to be on an actual island! I will say right now, I LOVED every formula, very consistent and buttery smooth application. Let get on with the show!
First up is Nana. Not sure how “islandy” that name is, but the color sure is a summertime winner.
Jace was the biggest surprise in the lot. I saw the shade and thought, hmmm, not sure if this will work with my skin tone. But yeah. It totally works for me!
Demetria…you know you HAVE to have a hotter than pepper shade for summertime!
I immediately fell in love with Talia. I see this as an “anytime of year shade.”
Serenity is one of those luscious purples that beg to be worn.
And finally, Cecilia. You’ll be singing, “…I’m begging you please to come home…” when you lay eyes on her! (song reference) 😉
ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
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I literally just got home from a week’s vacation at the beach and had the best nail mail waiting for me! In fact, if we had left for Florida just a couple days later I’d have had these to take with me to swatch at the beach. How fitting that would have been! But either way, my anticipation to test Zoya’s sun-loving shades did not disappoint. Today I’ll be sharing the first half of 12 new summertime shades, Paradise Sun.
I’ll start with the paleface of the bunch, Genesis. She’s a delicate and beautiful white with that diamond dust finish that makes it “not your mother’s white polish”! This was the only formula that was slightly difficult in that it was thick and a bit gloopy. But the second coat corrected it’s sins. 😉
Next up is Mae. She really reminds me of petals of a Bougainvillea vine. Simply divine and tropical!
Next up is Selene. She didn’t stain in case you’re wondering but I only wore her long enough to swatch. If you’re worried, just wear a good base coat like Zoya Anchor.
Here’s that sexy vixen, Aphrodite!
Oceane is a must-have summer color. Like Selene, it’s a mermaidy, oceany shade that makes you want to run out to the ocean and jump right in.
Isa is a juicy metallic purple leaning blue. Deep and mysterious.
Bottom line: I loved all the formulas of the colors, but white Genesis left me a bit frustrated by comparison. I think this is a common issue with white like this with pearl finishes. So I’ll give it a pass. Because after you get it on and dry, the looks is so fresh and delicate, you’ll end up loving it. I literally had NO cleanup with any of the 6 shades because the combination of the formulas and superb brush made application effortless (no cleanup needed on Genesis but overall application was a bit of a pain for me personally). Colors? Amazing! Finishes are nothing new but still it’s a great ensemble of summery shades to fire up your fingers and toes.
PARADISE SUN (metallics)
Fully saturated with a gorgeous micronized metallic sheen, these shimmering beauties are much like sunshine sparkling on water. Meant to be used as an independent color, these shades feature a full-coverage, densely pigmented formula.
Tomorrow I’ll be posting my review on the Island Fun collection. You’re gonna melt when you see these!
ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
$9 (US) These are available now!
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I’m back with the 1940s collection from SquareHue for May 2015! Again, and please forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but SH polishes are notoriously buttery formulas. On each of these polishes this month I painted two coats. The formulas are easy to paint, and very self leveling. Let’s take a look!
I repeat, I LOVE the square bottles. Storing these collections is a breeze and the labels on the backs are brilliant!
First swatch is Sorcerer’s Hat. What a glorious, non-staining blue shimmer!
Salute to War Hero!
Ahh, Mambo! Get your towering fruit hats on girls! Time to do the Mambo. 😉
Come back in June for my next SH post on the 06.15 collection, 1950s. They ship out on the 1st of the month!
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