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Virago Varnish celebrates 1st Anniversary with this tremendous trio!

Happy Anniversary to Virago Varnish! And they are celebrating 1 year by releasing, and available now, a trio of gorgeous holographic polishes. All retail for $11 ea. Along with these three beauties, I got in on the Facebook Group Custom Polish so keep reading!

Virago is celebrating their Anniversary with a stunning 3-piece (or buy individually) collection. From Left: Gala, Jubilee and Triumph. Holo beauty at it's best!

Virago is celebrating their Anniversary with a stunning 3-piece (or buy individually) collection. From Left: Gala, Jubilee and Triumph. Holo beauty at it’s best!

First up is Gala from the Anniversary collection. This is my kind of blue!

Gala: In celebration of their first year in business, Virago is releasing this beautiful blue holographic polish. Finish: Shine Opacity: Opaque in 3 coats, I only needed 2!

Gala: In celebration of their first year in business, Virago is releasing this beautiful blue holographic polish.
Finish: Shine
Opacity: Opaque in 3 coats, I only needed 2!

Next is Jubilee. I have to admit, I love them all but I can’t get enough of this one.

Jubilee: In celebration of their first year in business, Virago is releasing this beautiful pink holographic polish. Finish: Shine Opacity: Opaque in 3 coats, I only need 2 of this perfect buttery formula. And wow it's glossy!

Jubilee: In celebration of their first year in business, Virago is releasing this beautiful pink holographic polish.
Finish: Shine
Opacity: Opaque in 3 coats, I only need 2 of this perfect buttery formula. And wow it’s glossy!

And the last of the Anniversary set is Triumph! Wow, this one messed with my camera so much. Every photo looked different!

Triumph: this is a beautiful blue/green duo chrome holographic polish. Finish: Shine Opacity: Opaque in 3 coats, I only needed 2 and this formula was slightly thicker than it's sisters.

Triumph: this is a beautiful blue/green duo chrome holographic polish.
Finish: Shine
Opacity: Opaque in 3 coats, I only needed 2 and this formula was slightly thicker than it’s sisters.

I’m proud to be a part of the Virago Varnish Facebook Group Virago Squad! And being able to grab this Custom Adrienne made for us is super special! I’m not sure if this will become a part of the core line, so get it while you can. I HIGHLY recommend you become a part of the group if you aren’t already. This indie polish maker is one of THE best out there and the group is full of fine folks. DO NOT join just to get this polish, it’s just not kosher. In fact, it would be tacky. Just sayin’! They are $11 ea.

The Virago Group custom polish is a stunning glossy holo purple. Fabulous formula just like the Anniversary set!

The Virago Group custom polish is a stunning glossy holo purple. Fabulous formula just like the Anniversary set!

I am super pleased with every one of these. No surprise there. I haven’t tried a polish from this fine indie maker that I didn’t love. Fabulous job Adrienne!

*FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $50! Use code 50FREESHIP

“5-Free Product” – Does not contain camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde resins.

Find Virago here!

http://www.viragovarnish.com
http://instagram.com/viragovarnish

https://www.facebook.com/viragovarnish

*These products (Anniversary set) were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own. The Group custom was a personal purchase.

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Zoya press release, Healthier is Happier! Now – 9/12/15

We all know how awesome Zoya is for it’s BIG3FREE and the BIG5FREE polishes. And every April we all get to exchange old polishes for great discounts on their fabulous products. Now you can take advantage and not wait! Do you have some nasty old polishes to make room for really great polishes? Here is your chance. Read on!

Zoya Exchange

ZOYA NAIL POLISH EXCHANGE
…because healthier is happier!

NOW THRU 9/12/15

Trade in your brands for the smart choice today! Not only was Zoya Nail Polish the pioneer of the BIG3FREE and the BIG5FREE movement, we’re technically 8-Free since our formulas have never included ethyl tosylamide, xylene or parabens. As the trusted brand among professionals and women who want cutting edge color with the safest formula available, we want to give you the opportunity to trade in your unwanted brands for a healthier alternative – especially since many of you are concerned about the current formulas that you are using. Let’s make it the standard that #HealthierIsHappier!

* DETAILS HERE…
http://www.zoya.com/content/category/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Exchange-Healthier-is-Happier.html

Please use hashtag… #HealthierisHappier

Pt. 1 ILNP Fall 2015 Collection, thus it begins!

Fresh off the block, not even on the site yet but Barbra from ILNP has already started showcasing some of her Fall 2015 collection on social media. To wet your appetite, today I’ll start off with three of the 17 polishes. They include, Multichromes, Ultra Chrome flakies, Holographics, and mega shiny glitter bombs. I want to emphasize that this indie polish company has been around a long while, has excellent customer service, and fabulous products you can trust. They will be available for Pre-Order on September 4th. Let’s get started!

Greatness is a stunning addition to ILNP’s line of Multichromes. Note: I do not have the detailed descriptions on these polishes as they haven’t been written yet! So, I’ll just wing it the best I can for now.

Greatness is what a multichrome should be. Super glossy, opaque and not streaky. It's one of my faves!

Greatness is what a multichrome should be. Super glossy, opaque and not streaky. It’s one of my faves!


Greatness is a multichrome and wow, the formula is amazing! More opaque than a lot of multichromes or duochromes I've used. 2-3 coats but I reached full opacity in 2! It's a rich satiny bronze that shifts to gold and ruby and copper. Maybe even some green indoors!

Greatness is a multichrome and wow, the formula is amazing! More opaque than a lot of multichromes or duochromes I’ve used. 2-3 coats but I reached full opacity in 2! It’s a rich satiny bronze that shifts to gold and ruby and copper. Maybe even some green indoors!

Overnight Bag is the perfect shade and finish for Fall!

Overnight Bag is Fall!

Overnight Bag is Fall!


Overnight Bag is a glossy plum raisin with holographic particles thrown in. I know, the bottle throws a bit of an eggplant hue, but it leans more to the berry side of the spectrum.

Overnight Bag is a glossy plum raisin with holographic particles thrown in. I know, the bottle throws a bit of an eggplant hue, but it leans more to the berry side of the spectrum.

Next we have Glory. The gorgeous Ultra Chrome Flakies just keep coming and each one is drool-worthy. It’s a perfect shiny compliment for any fall shade.

Here is the Ultra Chrome Flaky, Glory, over Overnight Bag, plus a clear topcoat. I did NOT want to take this combo off!

Here is the Ultra Chrome Flaky, Glory, over Overnight Bag, plus a clear topcoat. I did NOT want to take this combo off!

Here is Glory mattified!

Glory Ultra Chrome Flaky over Overnight Bag then mattified! It just screams Autumn!

Glory Ultra Chrome Flaky over Overnight Bag then mattified! It just screams Autumn!


Glory, a new Ultra Chrome Flaky! Since I'm very early in putting these out here, I don't have full detailed descriptions of the Fall 2015 collection. So I shall do my best! Once these are listed on ILNP.com, you can get their details then. Glory is a 'glorious' new Ultra Chrome Flaky polish in a clear base. From my observation, the UCFs shift from bronze, to gold, to magenta and even to green.

Glory, a new Ultra Chrome Flaky! Since I’m very early in putting these out here, I don’t have full detailed descriptions of the Fall 2015 collection. So I shall do my best! Once these are listed on ILNP.com, you can get their details then. Glory is a ‘glorious’ new Ultra Chrome Flaky polish in a clear base. From my observation, the UCFs shift from bronze, to gold, to magenta and even to green.

I have 14 more to share so stay tuned and remember, you can pre order the ILNP Fall 2015 collection on Sept. 4th from ILNP.COM!

#ILNPGlory
#ILNPOvernightBag
#ILNPGreatness

Here are a few fabulous facts for your shopping pleasure.

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.”

I LOVE NAIL POLISH Social links:

https://www.facebook.com/ilnpbrand
http://instagram.com/ilnpbrand
https://twitter.com/ilnpbrand
https://www.youtube.com/user/ilnpbrand

*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.

ILNP Shoreline from the Summer 2015 Collection

I’m down to the wire with my last couple of swatches from the indie polish maker, ILNP Summer 2015 collection! I’m sorry I had to drag this out. The Summer release from ILNP was quite huge and I have been in the middle of a move this summer. And now the Fall Collection is rearing its gorgeous head so I have GOT TO get with it! Anyway, today I’m sharing a gorgeous metallic flake polish, opaque in two coats stunner called Shoreline by ILNP. Let’s take a look.

Shore line gave me fits trying to photograph her as I see her in real life. She is a beachy pale aqua and all I can say is, she changes! I used two coats. Here is how ILNP describes her. "Shoreline is definitely a statement polish! Loaded with silver flakes and magical holographic sparkle, this delicate pale aqua shade is as exciting as they come! Look closely and you may even notice a bit of pink shimmer! Indoors and outdoors, Shoreline is pure magic."

Shore line gave me fits trying to photograph her as I see her in real life. She is a beachy pale aqua and all I can say is, she changes! I used two coats. Here is how ILNP describes her. “Shoreline is definitely a statement polish!
Loaded with silver flakes and magical holographic sparkle, this delicate pale aqua shade is as exciting as they come! Look closely and you may even notice a bit of pink shimmer! Indoors and outdoors, Shoreline is pure magic.”

I think this could definitely be a crossover shade/finish in that it will be a frosty polish for mid-winter as well! It sells for $10 at ILNP here. ILNP! Here is a macro!

I reached full opacity in 2 coats, added a topcoat but it shines on it's own. Look at those shards! Wow!

I reached full opacity in 2 coats, added a topcoat but it shines on its own. Look at those shards! Wow!

Purchase Shoreline today here for $10!Order here

Coming up from ILNP I’ll be swatching and reviewing the last two…finally! Money Bin and Pink Mimosa. Then be on the lookout for my swatches of Barbra’s upcoming Fall Collection. Sneak peeks are popping up on her Facebook and Instagram pages and I’m fully stalking my mailman! LOL

Here are a few fabulous facts for your shopping pleasure.

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.”

I LOVE NAIL POLISH Social links:

https://www.facebook.com/ilnpbrand
http://instagram.com/ilnpbrand
https://twitter.com/ilnpbrand
https://www.youtube.com/user/ilnpbrand

#ilnpshoreline

*These products were sent to me for my honest review at no cost. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.

Zoya press release, Name a New Zoya Color!

Name a new zoya banner

Have you ever dreamed of naming a Zoya Color? This is your big chance to join in on the color naming fun… Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa has created 3 gorgeous, new colors for Redbook and the magazine is running a naming contest for them in the September 15 Issue (page 60).

• Creamy Cherry Red
• Metallic Plum
• Sheer Sparkly Gold

As you may know, Zoya names all of our colors after women – so submit your Mom or Bestie or Idol or even your own name to maybe become the next new Zoya!

ENTRY FORM: http://redbook.hearstmobile.com/sweepstakes/31602
CONTEST RULES: http://www.redbookmag.com/sweepstakes/rules/a39228/september-2015-contest-official-rules-5-beauty-tricks-i-just-learned-zoya-contest/

name new zoya trio

After the winning names are selected by the Redbook team, the colors will be available through December on Zoya.com as a full size (0.5 oz) trio – $27 (US).

And as individual colors in salons and ULTA stores – $9 ea. (US).

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Update: CND® Shellac Power Polish Nourishing Remover, Rescue RXX™ & more

It has been awhile since I reviewed one of my favorite polish removers, CND® Shellac Power Polish Nourishing Remover. I am still using it and I have to say, it’s still my go-to remover when I am in swatchfest mode. Especially with glitters and ornery polishes. That can be anything from 4-12 polishes in one day for my blog! You see, nail bloggers put their nails, hands and cuticles through a lot. Not so much just wearing the polish, no biggie. But removing, washing, re-applying, etc., takes its toll on our very valuable digits. For this you need plenty of TLC including cuticle balms, oils, soaks, nail treatments and good quality removers, top and vase coats. Tools of the trade as it were!

So today I just want to remind my readers that I’m still in love with CND’s remover, and add to that a wonderful daily treatment (not a lacquer), CND® RESCUERXX™ Daily Keratin Treatment. And for the weekly polish system, the VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is a two-part weekly polish system that includes a self-adhering Color Coat which eliminates the need for a Top Coat and an innovative new Top Coat utilizing ProLight Technology™.

"CND Shellac Power Polish Nourishing Remover removes Shellac Polish up to 20% faster than pure acetone whilst softening and moisturising the nails and the skin. A pleasant English Cucumber fragrance elevates the removal process by disguising chemical odors."

“CND Shellac Power Polish Nourishing Remover removes Shellac Polish up to 20% faster than pure acetone whilst softening and moisturising the nails and the skin. A pleasant English Cucumber fragrance elevates the removal process by disguising chemical odors.”

I have loved my “in-between” swatchathons because I get to pamper my nails and cuticles with oils and healing treatments. I have a bevy of beauty products not only because I tend to not pamper myself enough, but it’s just downright essential. CND® RESCUERXX™ Daily Keratin Treatment is a multi-nourishing and healing fix.

Weakened or damaged nails? CND to the rescue! The global leader in professional nail care and maker of CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color brings you the next revolution in nail repair with CND® RESCUERXX™ Daily Keratin Treatment.  CND® Vinylux Weekly Top Coat for the Weekly polish system is a part of a breakthrough system for fashion perfection...without a base coat! While ordinary polishes break down over time, Vinylux Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable! Use only with Vinylux Weekly Polish. Vinylux Weekly Top Coat becomes more durable with exposure to natural light, dries quickly, and provides week-long wear. (0.5 oz.)

Weakened or damaged nails? CND to the rescue! The global leader in professional nail care and maker of CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color brings you the next revolution in nail repair with CND® RESCUERXX™ Daily Keratin Treatment.
CND® Vinylux Weekly Top Coat for the Weekly polish system is a part of a breakthrough system for fashion perfection…without a base coat! While ordinary polishes break down over time, Vinylux Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable! Use only with Vinylux Weekly Polish.
Vinylux Weekly Top Coat becomes more durable with exposure to natural light, dries quickly, and provides week-long wear.
(0.5 oz.)

According to CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold, (quote from CND.com news release) “At CND, we are all about maintaining the health of the natural nail,”. “We’re excited to introduce this highly effective new treatment with jojoba oil and keratin proteins. These proteins bond to the natural nail to strengthen while restoring moisture. With continued use, RESCUERXX™ dramatically reduces peeling and white spots for healthier, more beautiful nails!” Read more here!

Things to remember:
• There are approximately 160 applications per .5 oz. bottle.
• RESCUERXX™ with jojoba and sweet almond oil, deposits keratin to weakened, damaged nails to help restore strength and moisture.
• Before applying, we recommend you shake the bottle well. For best results, apply to bare natural nails twice daily, massaging into the entire nail, nail edge and cuticle. Use up to four weeks for optimal results.
• Do you use Solaroil™ by CND? Awesome! I do too. SOLAROIL™ is a maintenance product designed to keep nails healthy and maintain suppleness. RESCUERXX™ is for damaged, weakened nails that require treatment. Think of SOLAROIL™ as a daily conditioner and RESCUERXX™ as a deep treatment hair mask.

About CND
Founded in 1979 and based in Vista, CA, CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty – including CND SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color. Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education and customer support. CND is an industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care in personal beauty and fashion.

**These products were provided to me by RPR Marketing at no charge. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.

I’m giddy for Indigo Bananas Fall ’15 Holos

I’m super excited to present my first swatches and review for Indigo Bananas! I have three of the seven new Holo 2015 collection, available today, Aug. 19. Go order now 🙂 Here is a little background first on the founder, Andrea.

Los Angeles based handmade indie nail polish brand Indigo Bananas was founded by Andrea in 2013. She is a trained biologist with prestigious backgrounds such as UCLA and Princeton! In a word, Andrea truly IS the brain behind the science of Indigo Bananas. She may be a science chick, but holy cow, she’s got this lacquer thing nailed down. Oh, and IB also sells cuticle balms. Brilliant!

Without further ado, here are the three beauties I have to show you today.

I have three of the seven Fall holos for 2015 available for order now! From left, Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.), Synonym Bun, and Rhythm & Booze.

I have three of the seven Fall holos for 2015 available for order now! From left, Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.), Synonym Bun, and Rhythm & Booze.

First up is Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.).
IB describes Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.) as, “This is a Polish of Unusual Quality (P.O.U.Q.), a red of unusual shine, a color you were pretty sure didn’t exist…until it launched itself at your nails. Top coat optional.

**Slightly brighter flame with most top coats** Multiple thinner coats tend to give stronger and deeper holographic effects.”

Base color: magenta / dark fuschia
Finish: linear holographic
Roughness: smooth
# coats: two medium, two-three thin
Top Coat: optional, a bit more holo flash with top coat
Staining: should not stain – base coat recommended
Size: 15ml or 8ml (pulldown menu options)
Vegan & cruelty free: yes
3-Free (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free): yes

Polish of Unusual Quality (R.O.U.Q.) Two coats, no flash here, no topcoat but wowza is she shiny!

Polish of Unusual Qualty (R.O.U.Q.) Two coats, no flash here, no topcoat but wowza is she shiny!


2 coats of R.O.U.Q. taken with a flash. You can see she doesn't need a topcoat, you could, but not really needed.

2 coats of R.O.U.Q. taken with a flash. You can see she doesn’t need a topcoat, you could, but not really needed.

Next is Synonym Bun. She’s a rare beauty because the color takes on a fiery glow when topcoat is added. Either way, you’ll love this fall femme fatale. I have shots here of with and without topcoat, with and without flash.

IB describes Synonym Bun as, “Synonym Bun – say what? a synonym pun? Delicious! Warm reddish brown linear holo with a strong flame. Two coats is opaque, but three for a stronger holo and deeper color is recommended.”

**Important notes**:
* Top coat changes the tone and holographic effect of this polish, to a deeper and more reddish-brown color and a glowy/toned down holographic effect. There is a good holographic effect with and without top coat. It’s a polish with two effects! 🙂
* This polish did not stain my nails, nor have the component pigments, however it contains colorants that have the possibility of staining, so one coat of base coat is recommended for wear longer than a day.

Base color: deep red-brown
Finish: linear holographic
Roughness: smooth
# coats: two medium, two-three thin
Top Coat: optional, see notes above
Staining: should not stain – base coat recommended
Size: 15ml or 8ml (pulldown menu options)
Vegan & cruelty free: yes
3-Free (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free): yes

Synonym Bun is all kinds of spicey shine, no matter how you wear her.

Synonym Bun is all kinds of spicey shine, no matter how you wear her.


2 coats of Synonym Bun without topcoat, just as stunning and super shiny, less red shimmer.

2 coats of Synonym Bun without topcoat, just as stunning and super shiny, less red shimmer.

2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, no flash, but wow, she's a blushing brown beauty!

2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, no flash, but wow, she’s a blushing brown beauty!


2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, shot with flash. Sexy brown with fiery flashes. Wow!

2 coats of Synonym Bun with topcoat, shot with flash. Sexy brown with fiery flashes. Wow!

And third, a sexy purple holo, perfect for fall in every way, Rhythm & Booze.

IB describes Rhythm & Booze as, “a purple (warm leaning) linear holographic with a bright blue flame. Two coats for coverage, but three coats gives a stronger holographic flame and deeper color. Top coat optional. Multiple thinner coats tend to give stronger and deeper holographic effects.”

Base color: purple, warm leaning
Finish: linear holographic
Roughness: smooth
# coats: two medium, two-three thin
Top Coat: optional
Staining: should not stain – base coat recommended
Size: 15ml or 8ml (pulldown menu options)
Vegan & cruelty free: yes
3-Free (formaldehyde, toluene, DBP free): yes

2 smooth coats of Rhythm & Booze, all that shine will make you sing!

2 smooth coats of Rhythm & Booze, all that shine will make you sing!


Here is a shot of Rhythm & Booze with flash. Look at that holo sparkle!

Here is a shot of Rhythm & Booze with flash. Look at that holo sparkle!

Overall, even though I don’t have the other four polishes from this collection, I can absolutely guarantee you these all have identical downright perfect formulas. All perfectly opaque in two coats. Application couldn’t get any better, and I had virtually NO CLEANUP to my cuticle areas. None! It glides on like silk and dries quickly, but plenty of time to get the job done. This is how holo is done girls! I highly recommend this collection and I can’t wait to try more of Indigo Bananas lacquers. Now here are the fun facts, links and more. Get yours ordered today, and while you’re at it, see what other cool stuff you can pick up where you’ve got your cart loaded!

The Indigo Bananas Fall ’15 collection was released TODAY at noon Eastern at the Indigo Bananas website and retail for $12 for full size polishes (15ml) and $7.25 for the minis (8 ml). The other polishes in the collection are: Shrieking Teals, Volcanic Corruption, Olive Time & Space and Indigo Montoya.

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

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