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Star Power collection by Deborah Lippmann rocks!

This collection stuns with flashes of chrome and scintillating shimmer, saturated plums and powdery rose.

Star Power collection. What a gorgeous collection for Fall 2017 from Deborah Lippmann! Colors, perfect, formulas, perfect, names, perfect! From left: Wow, Purple Haze, Sweet Emotion, Venus in Furs, Waking Up in Vegas (Online Exclusive) and Black Magic Woman (Sephora Exclusive).

Make a stunning statement with chic, bold hues and eye-catching accents with Deborah Lippmann’s fall collection, Star Power. Six new shades with the innovative dual-patented 7-free Gel Lab Pro formula, amazing brush and rich colors. Fabulous Darling!

Wow from the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Fall 2017 collection, Star Power is described as a full coverage silver chrome and this metallic is smooth, 2 coats here! I’ve taken quite a shine to it! 😉

Black Magic Woman from the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Fall 2017 collection, Star Power is described as full coverage charcoal holographic shimmer, and it’s beyond perfect!

Venus in Furs from the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Fall 2017 collection, Star Power is described as a full coverage berry wine, two coats here! Juicy!

Purple Haze from the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Fall 2017 collection, Star Power is described as a full coverage true purple, it’s kinda smokey and mysterious in two coats here! Love this one!

Sweet Emotion (can you hear the song?!), from the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Fall 2017 collection, Star Power is described as a full coverage dusty rose, 2 coats.

Waking Up in Vegas from the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Fall 2017 collection, Star Power is described as a full coverage almond creme. It’s on the thick side, so I needed to do two coats to even it out. Awesome shade though!

SRP $20ea and available to order now at Deborahlippmann.com as well as Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide. Black Magic Woman is a Sephora Exclusive. Waking Up in Vegas is an online Exclusive.

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Zoya Sophisticates, second set swatches and review!

I know I said I would post this before now since I already posted the first six shades from this awesome collection, Sophisticates from Zoya for fall 2017, but life happens!

To make a long and painful story short, I was in a car accident and was hit by a hit and run driver. My beautiful car is still in the shop, I feel better. Just suffered from soreness. The longer story is in my Instagram feed if you’d like to check it out, with photos! Then although we got tons of rain here in Central Texas from Hurricane Harvey over a 4-day period, we made it through the storm and today is the first day the sun has come out up here at least. The Texas Gulf Coast however still needs a lot of help and support, and will for the coming months.

Enough of that, let’s get to the Swatches!

Yvonne can be best described as a rich, bordeaux red cream.
Color Family – Red Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool Her she is in two coats! A perfect fall red.

Gorgeous green Yvonne looks amazing with Gal! It can be best described as a rich, bordeaux red cream.
Color Family – Red Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool Two coats!

Hadley can be best described a smokey, midnight blue cream.
Color Family – Blue Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool What an amazing blue for this time of year!

Mona can be best described a deep, burgundy plum cream.
Color Family – Plum, Purple Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool. Two perfect coats!

Elaine can be best described a dark, umber brown cream.
Color Family – Brown Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Warm This is deep chocolate, yum! Two coats here!

Gal can be best described a smokey, iridescent, Peridot gold metallic.
Color Family – Gold Finish – Metallic Intensity – 4 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Warm It took me three coats but it’s amazing! I love it with green!

So hard to pick a favorite from these last six of the Zoya Sophisticates collection! I’m leaning toward Mona and Hadley. But I love them all and the formulas of course and great as expected.

The 12 may be purchased alone ($10 ea), or in 2 sets of six ($60/set)

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**BIG10FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

* These polishes were sent to me at no cost for review purposes. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated.

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3 Beauties from the Indigo Bananas – A Delos Holiday collection

Recently I got to try three of the Winter 2016 A Delos Holiday collection by Indigo Bananas. I want to jump right in here and say the formulas are perfect! So easy to apply, base coat recommended and top coat optional, they are shiny!

NOTE: I was going to get this posed over the weekend, but Saturday morning my son and I hit by a hit and run driver, we were coming out of a stop sign intersection in a residential area, and the cross traffic was empty, except…a guy came barreling down and I didn’t see him, and he hit me at a full 30 mph! We are ok, I’m still a bit sore but nothing broken, but my car 😥 The guy that ran into me took off, so there’s that. Anyway, thank God for insurance as he is nowhere to be found, yet. So I am back on my feet, onward and forward!

Here are these gorgeous polishes! ~Winter 2016 Collection~ A Delos Holiday…A tribute to Westworld, one of many worlds for your many holidays. Open the door and see what’s behind – a million little perfect pieces. A collection of novel multichromes, holographic and with holographic flakies~Oh, and they come in two sizes, 8 and 15 ml.

Great Beasts Once Roamed This World from the Indigo Bananas Winter 2016 A Delos Holiday collection is described as, “Great Beasts Once Roamed This World” is a vibrant color shifting multichrome nail polish, with a linear holographic effect as well as holographic flakies. A million little sparkly pieces, a million different colors.” And, Base color: orange-red/orange/gold
Finish: strong multichrome, linear holographic, holographic flakies
Roughness: smooth
# coats: two” She’s hot and she’s gorgeous! Two thin coats here with topcoat. Note: she will stain over acrylic or soak off gel base, so I recommend a base coat protector for that, is not supposed to stain natural nail.

Master of Your Reality from the Winter 2016 A Delos Holiday by Indigo Bananas (currently unavailable, contact them to find out), is a multichrome holographic color shifting 2-coater, smooth as butter! It shifts from deep purple/deep blue/medium teal with gorgeous silver holo flakies!

Two thin smooth coats of “These Violet Delights Have Violet Ends” by Indigo Bananas from the Winter 2016 A Delos Holiday, is described as, “a vibrant, very strongly color shifting multichrome nail polish, with a linear holographic effect as well as holographic flakies. A million little sparkly pieces, a million different colors.” And “Multiple thinner coats tend to give stronger and deeper holographic effects compared to a single thicker coat.
Base color: dark fuchsia/violet, shifts gold
Finish: strong multichrome, linear holographic, holographic flakies
Roughness: smooth”.

Thank you so much Andrea for entrusting me with your beautiful lacquers! Readers, did I mention Andrea is a super sweetheart?! Other shades from this collection currently available are: Center of the Maze, This World Belongs to Us, The Beauty in This World, What Dreams May Come, They Became Music and Where The Mountains Meet the Sea. Check them out!

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New Zoya Fall collection 2017 Sophisticates, first Six!

Today I get to share with you the first six of the 12 bottle collection from Zoya, Sophisticates! I’ll be posting the rest of the collection this weekend. I can say for the first six, all the formulas are fabulous and I did them all in two coats, although some of them you could get by with one. Let’s get to it right away. Because Fall is in the air, almost, and it’s time to add some amazing shades to your collection.

Here is 2 coats of Presley and it can be best described as a smokey, mauve taupe cream
Color Family – Nude, Mauve Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool

Padma can be best described as a deep, vermillion red cream. 2 Coats.
Color Family – Red, Mauve Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool

McKenna can be best described as a refined pearl in a soft almond. Two coats here.
Color Family – Nude Finish – Pearl Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Warm

Joni can be best described as a deep, dusty plum cream. 2 coats!
Color Family – Nude, Plum Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool

Hera can be best described as a muted, red mauve cream. I used two coats but could be done in one.
Color Family – Red, Mauve Finish – Cream Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Cool

Beth can be best described as a soft, sandy, champagne metallic. I used two coats.
Color Family – Nude Finish – Metallic Intensity – 5 ( 1 = Sheer – 5 = Opaque ) Tone – Warm

My favorites of the first six of the Sophisticates collection are Hera and Padma, and I’m loving the shimmery pale Beth. Have you ordered any, or all? They are $10 ea and you can order now!

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**BIG10FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

* These polishes were sent to me at no cost for review purposes. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated.

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Born Pretty Store swatches to share!

I have received a few items from the Born Pretty Store, and since they were arriving separately in my mailbox, I wanted to wait until they all arrived and post them all together. So I have quite a selection of items for nail art so grab a coffee and have a seat. Here we go!

I’ll start with the best…and work down 😉 Yeah, some were what I call “close” but no cigar. At least not for me. I think my favorite item from this menagerie was the Cat Eye Gel polish. It came with a special magnet that you hold over the polish before its cured, creating a mesmerizing cat eye effect. Now I want it in every color! I give this one 5 stars because the magnet was easy to use, the gel had a good strong amount of magnetics to create a stunning look. Color is BP-08 Jade Cat Eye.

Here is Born Pretty Professional UV & LED Soak Off Color Coat gel polish, Cat Eye in the color Jade. 2 coats.

And to follow-up, here is the same Cat Eye Gel BP-08 Jade with a BP gel holo flakes top coat #03 on top! Love this!

BP gel topper 03 over Jade cat eye gel, BP-08.

You know I absolutely love flakies and powder pigments. They are so transforming and really perk up a mani. First, here some holo flakies in BP 39677, a silver holo.

BP 39677 holo flakies are easy to work with. Can be used over regular polish, mixed into a sheer color, topped with water base top coat or used with gel polish.

And a great silver flakies powder, not to be confused with the super fine metallic chrome pigments, but a bit chunkier. These can be used loose, or burnished in (rubbed into a waterbase top coat or gel no wipe top coat) You’re only limited by your imagination. Go chunky and sparse or rub in a lot! BP silver flakies powder BP 39745.

Her is another pretty gel top coat with holo flakies in color #BP 01 over a rusty red!

This one gets an A for what it could have been. The gradient from red to purple/pink is gorgeous! Nail Foil papers are not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, and I have to admit I’ve worked with better. This one gave me a run for my money and would NOT rub in smoothly, but rather created more of a burnished metallic look. Still pretty, but I have hope for a more fluid look. BP nail foil redpink 38895.

BP nail foil redpink 38895 over a burgundy nail polish.

I had such high hopes for this nail art stamping plate. (BP stamping plate L015) You know of love cats, and this one definitely needs more practice, or maybe the etched images are not etched deep enough. I tried several different polishes that I KNOW have worked great in the past with other plates. Nope, none of them worked right and only gave me partial stamped images. I seriously wanted to sling this plate across the room! LOL But I mushed on. Finally I decided to try a black gel polish and that worked but looked somewhat blurry. But hey. I’m not here to sing the praises of every product I test. This one, cute but I’d give it’s performance 2 stars out of 5. That makes me sad. I’m not finished with it yet. I’ll keep trying because hey, it’s full of cats! LOL

BP stamping plate L015.

BP Kitty stamping plate L015

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A new zesty box from SquareHue “Flamenco” for August ’17

The SquareHue Dance Collection for August 2017 is called Flamenco! This spicy trio is gorgeous! Top left is Jaleo, bottom left is Toque and on the right is Palmas.

I may not be the most coordinated dancer on the block…oh what am I thinking?! I can’t dance much at all anymore. LOL But I’ve always loved watching the Flamenco! And with the richness and sensual bravado that Flamenco provides, this month’s SquareHue Dance Collection box, “Flamenco” will not disappoint. Three rich shades and a seriously beautiful transition into early fall.

Palmas from the SquareHue Flamenco collection is a gorgeous olive-green pearlescent matte all by itself in one coat! But I am showing it here with a gloss top coat and it’s gorgeous that way too and really brings out the sparkle within. Paired with Jaleo is amazing!

Jaleo from the SquareHue Flamenco box. Beautiful deep red burgundy in a high gloss, 2 coat creme! Application couldn’t get any easier!

Toque from the SquareHue Flamenco box for August 2017 is a neutral, light terra-cotta high gloss creme. 2 coats here!

I can’t wait for the September box! And what do you think? This has been an amazing year of colors!

Next month SH September box is called Belly Dance! Go to the web site at Squarehue.com and subscribe!

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