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Hidden treasures at Rue21

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'm loving these Truely Yours polishes by Rue21! This Neon fuscia (069) has a golden flash and really sets it apart.

I’m loving these Truely Yours polishes by Rue21! This Neon fuscia (069) has a golden flash and really sets it apart.

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!

Check out their site at rue21.com today!

*This polish and jewelry was purchased by me, and I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.

Summery dry marble with China Glaze Electric Nights

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 know, I should have photographed a mini tutorial, but it's SO been done before! I promise the next one I will.

I know, I should have photographed a mini tutorial, but it’s SO been done before! I promise the next one I will.

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.

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Morgan Taylor Ooh LaLa collection is trรจs jolie!

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.

Bonjour mes amies! Presenting the Ohh LaLa collection of Morgan Taylor. Four gorgeous lacquers inspired by all thing fab, French and flirty! From left: Amour Color Please, Escar-Go To France, Postacards From Paris and Cancan We Dance?

Bonjour mes amies! Presenting the Ohh LaLa collection of Morgan Taylor. Four gorgeous lacquers inspired by all thing fab, French and flirty! From left: Amour Color Please, Escar-Go To France, Postacards From Paris and Cancan We Dance?

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 beautรฉ had me oohing and ahhing! Amour Color Please is perfect.

Amour Color Please is a bright berry fuscia creme with a whisper of blue flash. This is one coat, that's all you need! Perfect formula, very pigmented. Accented here with a bit of French whimsy and on the pinky, the glitter topper in the quad called Escar-Go To France.

Amour Color Please is a bright berry fuscia creme with a whisper of blue flash. This is one coat, that’s all you need! Perfect formula, very pigmented. Accented here with a bit of French whimsy and on the pinky, the glitter topper in the quad called Escar-Go To France.

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!

Escar-Go To France is the perfectly complimentary glitter topper to the collection. The clear base is filled with multi-sized rounds and hexes from medium to small in pastels of tiffany blue, rosey pink, white, and holographic silver. One thin coat over any shade and super easy to remove, no glitter nightmares here!

Escar-Go To France is the perfectly complimentary glitter topper to the collection. The clear base is filled with multi-sized rounds and hexes from medium to small in pastels of tiffany blue, rosey pink, white, and holographic silver. One thin coat over any shade and super easy to remove, no glitter nightmares here!

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.

Postcards From Paris is a gorgeous Tiffany turquoise creme. I used two coats and although it's very pigmented, the first coat was every so slightly streaky. But the second coat makes it just right. On the accent nail is the glitter topper, Escar-Go to France over black.

Postcards From Paris is a gorgeous Tiffany turquoise creme. I used two coats and although it’s very pigmented, the first coat was every so slightly streaky. But the second coat makes it just right. On the accent nail is the glitter topper, Escar-Go to France over black.

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Her iridescent blue flash, look like the petite coats of a dance girl.

Cancan We Dance? is an elegant blushing coral creme, with the same hint of blue flash as Amour Color Please. The formula is a bit thinner and did require two coats.

Cancan We Dance? is an elegant blushing coral creme, with the same hint of blue flash as Amour Color Please. The formula is a bit thinner and did require two coats.

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

Zoya Island Fun – Pt. 2 of 2 Summer 2015 Collections

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!

Island Fun is gorgeous set of summery cremes. From Top then clockwise: Nana, Serenity, Talia, Demetria and Cecilia. Formulas couldn't get any better!

Island Fun is gorgeous set of summery cremes. From Top then clockwise: Nana, Serenity, Talia, Demetria and Cecilia. Formulas couldn’t get any better!

First up is Nana. Not sure how “islandy” that name is, but the color sure is a summertime winner.

Nana is described as, "a deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula." What a fabulous summertime shade! 2 coats, slightly on the thin side but smooth.

Nana is described as, “a deep summer fuchsia in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.” What a fabulous summertime shade! 2 coats, slightly on the thin side but smooth.

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!

Jace is described as, "a modern tropical green in a full coverage formula. A green that is more muted than lime and surprisingly wearable!" I have no other green like this. It's very, hmm, botanical! Love this one! Two coats.

Jace is described as, “a modern tropical green in a full coverage formula. A green that is more muted than lime and surprisingly wearable!” I have no other green like this. It’s very, hmm, botanical! Love this one! Two coats.

Demetria…you know you HAVE to have a hotter than pepper shade for summertime!

Demetria is described as, "a vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula." this reminds me of red chili peppers!  Beautiful formula, two coats.

Demetria is described as, “a vibrant poppy red in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.” this reminds me of red chili peppers! Beautiful formula, two coats.

I immediately fell in love with Talia. I see this as an “anytime of year shade.”

Talia is described as, "a true turquoise in a full coverage, densely pigmented cream formula." I love all these but this one captured my heart! So different from other turquoises in my collection. I'd recommend a base coat as she might stain.

Talia is described as, “a true turquoise in a full coverage, densely pigmented cream formula.” I love all these but this one captured my heart! So different than other turquoises in my collection. I’d recommend a base coat as she might stain.

Serenity is one of those luscious purples that beg to be worn.

Serenity is described as, "a summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer." Slightly thicker formula, just as easy to apply and glossy!

Serenity is described as, “a summer purple in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula. Reminiscent of beautiful blooming irises, a harbinger of summer.” Slightly thicker formula, just as easy to apply and glossy!

And finally, Cecilia. You’ll be singing, “…I’m begging you please to come home…” when you lay eyes on her! (song reference) ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cecilia is described as, "a classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula." She's a beauty! "...you're breakin' my heart, you're shakin my confidense daily..." Sorry! When I hear this name I start singing the Cecilia song by Simon & Garfunkel!

Cecilia is described as, “a classic teal in a full coverage and densely pigmented cream formula.” She’s a beauty! “…you’re breakin’ my heart, you’re shakin my confidense daily…” Sorry! When I hear this name I start singing the Cecilia song by Simon & Garfunkel!

ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
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* Press samples. These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

Zoya Paradise Sun – Pt. 1 of 2 Summer 2015 Collections

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.

Paradise Sun from top and clockwise: Mae, Selene, Aphrodite, Oceane, Isa and Genisis. It's a coincidence that I should get back from my beach vacation and have these waiting for me to swatch! I'd have love to have them with me, but it would be hard to choose which color to wear every day.

Paradise Sun from top and clockwise: Mae, Selene, Aphrodite, Oceane, Isa and Genisis. It’s a coincidence that I should get back from my beach vacation and have these waiting for me to swatch! I’d have love to have them with me, but it would be hard to choose which color to wear every day.

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Genesis is described as, "a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish - designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!" This formula from the Paradise Sun collection is thicker than the rest. Therefore it was my problem child in the bunch but the outcome is worth the extra effort. This took two coats to level out and it dried twice as slow as the rest. Still, who doesn't like a glitzy white in the summer?

Genesis is described as, “a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish – designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust!” This formula from the Paradise Sun collection is thicker than the rest. Therefore it was my problem child in the bunch but the outcome is worth the extra effort. This took two coats to level out and it dried twice as slow as the rest. Still, who doesn’t like a glitzy white in the summer?

Next up is Mae. She really reminds me of petals of a Bougainvillea vine. Simply divine and tropical!

Mae is described as, "a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers." As with the other colors of this collection, Isa went on smooth as silk and is a 1-2 coater!

Mae is described as, “a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers.” As with the other colors of this collection, Isa went on smooth as silk and is a 1-2 coater!

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.

Selene is described as, "a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water." Very mermaidy don't you think? Love this formula. I really wish Genesis had the same formula as the colors in Paradise Sun.

Selene is described as, “a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish. A unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water.” Very mermaidy don’t you think? Love this formula. I really wish Genesis had the same formula as the colors in Paradise Sun.

Here’s that sexy vixen, Aphrodite!

Aphrodite is described as, "a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!" Great formula, smooth as butter to apply and nearly a 1-coater.

Aphrodite is described as, “a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. Think of fresh and juicy tropical fruit!” Great formula, smooth as butter to apply and nearly a 1-coater.

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.

Oceane is described as, "a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!" Perfect in every way! This is one coat and you might need two, but I was quite pleased with one. Oh this color and finish. I just got back from the beach then I put this on and I'm ready to return!

Oceane is described as, “a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters!” Perfect in every way! This is one coat and you might need two, but I was quite pleased with one. Oh this color and finish. I just got back from the beach then I put this on and I’m ready to return!

Isa is a juicy metallic purple leaning blue. Deep and mysterious.

Isa is described as, "a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!" Amazing formula and like butta to apply! One coat here but you might need two depending on your technique and nails.

Isa is described as, “a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers!” Amazing formula and like butta to apply! One coat here but you might need two depending on your technique and nails.

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!

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

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

Born Pretty Store silver shell studs

These are sure to be a hit for all you nautical/beach loving nailistas! The Mini Hollow-out Shell Nail Studs Charming 3D Nail Art Decoration Super easy to apply, just dab one in a tiny bit of clear nail polish and apply to nail. Add a clear topcoat to protect the gem.

I am loving these delicate silver shell nail gems from the Born Pretty Store. It's perfect that they have a gentle curve on the underside that allows then to sit flatter on the nail.

I am loving these delicate silver shell nail gems from the Born Pretty Store. It’s perfect that they have a gentle curve on the underside that allows then to sit flatter on the nail.

Born Pretty 3D nail charms silver shells, come in 10 piece packs. I lucked out and received 12!  Item number 17228_2

Born Pretty 3D nail charms silver shells, come in 10 piece packs. I lucked out and received 12! Item number 17228_2

Remember to use my discount code! On a side note, if you live in the US, or actually anyplace far from the original location of the store, allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery as your items come from Hong Kong/Singapore. Shipping is always FREE Worldwide, payment is via Paypal, Visa and MC. Check this store out for all your nail art, accessory needs including items like jewelry, polishes, cosmetics, contact lenses, phone accessories, manicure equipment and more.

*Item was sent to me for my honest review.

SquareHue visits the 1940 in the 05.15 collection

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!

So much to love here. The 1940 collection for 5.15 brings us to the era around WWII. From Left: shimmery Sorcerer's Hat 1940; high gloss creme in War Hero 1945; and Mambo 1948, a high gloss creme.

So much to love here. The 1940 collection for 5.15 brings us to the era around WWII. From Left: shimmery Sorcerer’s Hat 1940; high gloss creme in War Hero 1945; and Mambo 1948, a high gloss creme.

I repeat, I LOVE the square bottles. Storing these collections is a breeze and the labels on the backs are brilliant!

What a colorful way to celebrate a turbulent time in our history!

What a colorful way to celebrate a turbulent time in our history!

First swatch is Sorcerer’s Hat. What a glorious, non-staining blue shimmer!

Sorcerer's Hat in honor of that little mouse that wears many hats, namely his master's hat!

Sorcerer’s Hat in honor of that little mouse that wears many hats, namely his master’s hat!

Salute to War Hero!

War Hero is a warm, vibrant mustard yellow creme that is so glossy. 2 coats here.

War Hero is a warm, vibrant mustard yellow creme that is so glossy. 2 coats here.

Ahh, Mambo! Get your towering fruit hats on girls! Time to do the Mambo. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mambo is a feisty chili red creme that is the perfect buttery formula. 2 coats.

Mambo is a fiesty chili red creme that is the most perfect buttery formula. 2 coats.

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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**This collection was sent to me for review purposes and all opinions are my own.

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