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Deep jewel tone gel polishes from Sparkle & Co!

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE all the bright and airy shades of Spring and Summer, but after those long seasons (especially here in Texas) I find a special excitement over being able to wear some deep, vampy nail shades! Today’s post featuring more gel polishes by Sparkle & Co includes four jewel toned cremes you’re sure to want to include in your collection. All these bottles are full size, 15 ml bottles and swatches include Base Coat and No Wipe Top Coat gel polishes by Sparkle & Co. Let’s take a look!

Today I'm reviewing four more sassy deep jewel tone gel polishes from Sparkle & Co, from OceansofBeauty.com! From left, #017 (Dark Purple), #032 (Brown/Maroon), #19 (Raspberry), and #020 (Deepest Blue).

Today I’m reviewing four more sassy deep jewel tone gel polishes from Sparkle & Co, from OceansofBeauty.com! From left, #017 (Dark Purple), #032 (Brown/Maroon), #19 (Raspberry), and #020 (Deepest Blue).

First up and two versions just for grins and giggles, #032!

#032/Brown/Maroon gel polish by Sparkle & Co at OceansofBeauty.com is an extremely popular shade with shoppers there! It's so perfect for Fall/Winter months and I love the deep raisin maroon shade. 2 Coats cured with base and top coats cured.

#032/Brown/Maroon gel polish by Sparkle & Co at OceansofBeauty.com is an extremely popular shade with shoppers there! It’s so perfect for Fall/Winter months and I love the deep raisin maroon shade. 2 Coats cured with base and top coats cured.

Just for fun, here is Sparkle & Co's #032 in full sun with their Matte top coat on one finger, normal shiny, and their amazing Holo Pure pigment powder, all available now!

Just for fun, here is Sparkle & Co’s #032 in full sun with their Matte top coat on one finger, normal shiny, and their amazing Holo Pure pigment powder, all available now!

And the following three for today (more coming, don’t worry!) #017, #019 and #020.

And a cool royal Dark purple gel polish is #017 by Sparkle & Co at OceansofBeauty.com. 3 coats cured with base and top coats, also available at OceansofBeauty.com.

And a cool royal Dark purple gel polish is #017 by Sparkle & Co at OceansofBeauty.com. 3 coats cured with base and top coats, also available at OceansofBeauty.com.

Here is 3 coats of #019/Raspberry! Now this is 3 coats, and tested on my natural nail doesn't provide a deeper shade for me. But I am loving it this way! You May notice on the web store that the shade on the acrylic swatch stick is a good deal deeper, and all I can say is on a plastic nail stick must afford a deeper shade and I don't know how many coats was applied there.

Here is 3 coats of #019/Raspberry! Now this is 3 coats, and tested on my natural nail doesn’t provide a deeper shade for me. But I am loving it this way! You May notice on the web store that the shade on the acrylic swatch stick is a good deal deeper, and all I can say is on a plastic nail stick must afford a deeper shade and I don’t know how many coats was applied there.

#020/Deepest Blue from the gel polish line by Sparkle & Co of OceansofBeauty.com. I love this Royal blue, and although the formula leans semi jelly-like, I still only needed two coats cured. This deep blue is perfect! 2 Coats!

#020/Deepest Blue from the gel polish line by Sparkle & Co of OceansofBeauty.com. I love this Royal blue, and although the formula leans semi jelly-like, I still only needed two coats cured. This deep blue is perfect! 2 Coats!

CONCLUSION: Same as last Sparkle & Co post 😉 Superb application, color choice and long wearing gel polishes! Go to OceansofBeauty.com today to get yours!

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*These products were supplied to me for review purposes. I was not paid and all opinions are my own. Disclaimer: Differences in color depth, tone or opacity may slightly differ from some of those on the featured store’s web site and sometimes images are using acrylic swatch sticks. All swatches here are done on my long natural nails. Shades are as closely matched as possible between what you see on your computer or device (RGB) and real life. We make every possible attempt to represent the manufacturer’s colors appear as closely as seen in real life.

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Deborah Lippmann Life’s a Beach duo makes a splash!

Right up my alley, or maybe I should say beach path. I love the beach, the sand, the glorious shades of water and the wild life on top and below. Today I get to share with you a perfect pair of polishes from Deborah Lippmann, Life’s a Beach. And that packaging! Can you just?! Call me cray, but I’m keeping these cuties inside the package when I’m not painting with them. Brilliant DL!

Brave the waves with The Tide Is High, an aquatic blue crème and Break 4 Love, a bubblegum pink crème. I lean more toward Break 4 Love as a coral creme. $17/set. 2 bottles at 8mL each

Brave the waves with The Tide Is High, an aquatic blue crème and
Break 4 Love, a bubblegum pink crème. I lean more toward Break 4 Love as a coral creme. $17/set.
2 bottles at 8mL each

I found both polishes apply great, on the thick side due to their high pigmentation. Both cremes are glossy as heck. For this mani I chose to do a “coral in the water” look. 😉

Break 4 Love is a soft coral pink creme (2-coater) very pigmented and glossy. The Tide is High is an aquatic blue creme. I was immediately inspired to beach up my look with some coral art over this sea-worthy blue. What a perfectly sundrenched pair!

Break 4 Love is a soft coral pink creme (2-coater) very pigmented and glossy. The Tide is High is an aquatic blue creme. I was immediately inspired to beach up my look with some coral art over this sea-worthy blue. What a perfectly sundrenched pair!

I also received for review three nail treatments. I love that Hard Rock is ready to rock as a base and top coat. And it’s nail strengthening. Something we all need when spending so much time in the sun and water.

• Hard Rock base and top coat nail strengthening nail treatment. A rock solid choice to strengthen and protect, this protein-rich treatment encourages healthy nail growth. It's especially beneficial for weak nails or post gel and artificial nail removal. Apply a thin layer over bare nails, or use as a base or top coat. For best results of nail strengthening, apply a thin layer the next day and every day until you change your nail polish. .5 Fl. Oz. 15 mL  • Addicted to Speed top coat super quick-drying. You’re out the door—in a flash. This high-shine top coat dries fast so you can go about your business without a smear, smudge or scratch. Apply a thin layer over nail color. .5 Fl. Oz. 15 mL • Turn Back Time anti-aging base coat. Just like skin, our nails age. This innovative treatment puts the process in reverse. Light diffusing micronized diamond core powder reduces the appearance of yellowing and staining to restore a youthful luster. Use as a base coat before color, or wear alone for a brilliant bare finish. .5 Fl. Oz. 15 mL All three are $20ea.

• Hard Rock base and top coat nail strengthening nail treatment. A rock solid choice to strengthen and protect, this protein-rich treatment encourages healthy nail growth. It’s especially beneficial for weak nails or post gel and artificial nail removal. Apply a thin layer over bare nails, or use as a base or top coat. For best results of nail strengthening, apply a thin layer the next day and every day until you change your nail polish.
.5 Fl. Oz. 15 mL
• Addicted to Speed top coat super quick-drying. You’re out the door—in a flash. This high-shine top coat dries fast so you can go about your business without a smear, smudge or scratch. Apply a thin layer over nail color. .5 Fl. Oz. 15 mL
• Turn Back Time anti-aging base coat. Just like skin, our nails age. This innovative treatment puts the process in reverse. Light diffusing micronized diamond core powder reduces the appearance of yellowing and staining to restore a youthful luster. Use as a base coat before color, or wear alone for a brilliant bare finish. .5 Fl. Oz. 15 mL All three are $20ea.

Addicted to Speed Quick Drying Top Coat is amazing! I mean rock hard in two minutes.

Turn Back Time, a super base coat and I’ll report back later if I see anti-aging results. I’m sure it is with all those healthy ingredients!

Conclusion: All products are amazing as expected. Love the Life’s a Beach shades and Addicted to Speed is FAST!

7 Free Formula. Contains no toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor or DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate). No animal testing.

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Deborah Lippmann gift sets are perfect last-minute choices

First, I’d like to tell you all Merry Christmas and happy holidays! It’s been a busy time for us here at the Duncan household. We just moved in to our new house a week before Thanksgiving, had holiday company, then poor little ole me, been sick ever since. Good news is, I’m getting better and I managed somehow to decorate for Christmas. My strength is returning just in time!

Allow me to show you the Deborah Lippmann Undressed Collection LE (available now). I did a full review in October of the Undressed Collection and I can’t emphasize enough that these six perfect little bottles of naked nail nirvana are LE (Limited Edition). You’ll definitely want to get your hands on this cute gift pack for your polish loving friend, and get one for yourself while you are at it! SRP only $34 (a $72 value) Available online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com, and at Barney’s New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide while supplies last. BONUS if you act now, purchase the Undressed Set at Deborahlippmann.com and receive a FREE ($12 value) Smooth Operator 4-way nail buffer. Shape, smooth, buff, shine—this multi-tasking buffer lays the groundwork for a perfect manicure and is also a tool for a quick fix for high-shine on the go without nail color. The extra gentle, micro fiber material is easy on the nails. Use the numbered sides of Smooth Operator as follows: 1. Gently shape nail tip. 2. Gently buff ridges on top of nail. 3. Smooth nail surface before applying base coat. 4. Buff to high-shine when you don’t want to wear nail polish. Do not buff to high-shine if you intend to paint your nails.

I love the festive and elegant packaging. This Undressed gift set includes: Flesh For Fantasy, Totally Nude, Born This Way, Bare It All, Natural Woman and Skin Deep.

I love the festive and elegant packaing. This Undressed gift set includes: Flesh For Fantasy, Totally Nude, Born This Way, Bare It All, Natural Woman and Skin Deep.


The Deborah Lippmann Undressed collection: from left: Flesh For Fantasy, Totally Nude, Born This Way, Bare It All, Natural Woman and Skin Deep.

The Deborah Lippmann Undressed collection: from left: Flesh For Fantasy, Totally Nude, Born This Way, Bare It All, Natural Woman and Skin Deep.

I’d also like to share this fabulous trio that is, “Dependable. Gentle. Trustworthy.”! It’s the Deborah Lippmann Treat Me Right gift set (LE). Also available in same places as stated above, this SRP is $24 (a $36 value). More on that following the Undressed collection. So let’s revisit this adorable naked creme ensemble. Create the perfect canvas with this limited-edition set. These three must-have, best-selling treatments in fashion sizes give any at-home manicure a salon-professional look. Fashion sizes are 8 ml ea.

Here is a recap of swatches!

Flesh For Fantasy is described as alabaster nude. Naturally, it's gorgeous on any skin tone but I am loving it for my neutral pale skin tone!

Flesh For Fantasy is described as alabaster nude. Naturally, it’s gorgeous on any skin tone but I am loving it for my neutral pale skin tone!


Totally Nude is described as fair pink nude. Just a blush of pink.

Totally Nude is described as fair pink nude. Just a blush of pink.


Born This Way is described as peach nude. Soft and smooth as a baby's behind!

Born This Way is described as peach nude. Soft and smooth as a baby’s behind!


Bare It All is described as mauve nude. It's really quite "mauvelous"!

Bare It All is described as mauve nude. It’s really quite “mauvelous”!


Natural Woman is described as almond nude. It's toasted to perfection!

Natural Woman is described as almond nude. It’s toasted to perfection!


Skin Deep is described as sable nude. A statement shade for we who are palefaces, and simply perfect for gorgeous darker skinned beauties.

Skin Deep is described as sable nude. A statement shade for we who are palefaces, and simply perfect for gorgeous darker skinned beauties.

The set is described as: “The perfect nude nail is at your fingertips…in six all new elegant shades. Our set of 6 full coverage fashion shades flatter any skin tone, creating a graceful, polished (no pun intended) look. From work to weekend, looking natural has never been so glam.” DL also states, “…Contrary to the nudes of the past, there is no one-shade fits all proposition; Deborah expertly developed each color to flatter any skin tone for a graceful, polished look.”

The Treat Me Right gift set includes 3 fashion size bottles for your nail treatments. They include from left: All About That Base CC Base Coat, Cuticle Oil and Addicted to Speed Super Quick-Drying Top Coat.

The Treat Me Right gift set includes 3 fashion size bottles for your nail treatments. They include from left: All About That Base CC Base Coat, Cuticle Oil and Addicted to Speed Super Quick-Drying Top Coat.

I can tell you, All About That Base (is 7-free) not only acts as a corrector and concealer (great for yellowed nails), it provides an amazing base to keep your painted nails looking their tip-top best longer. The Cuticle Oil is a necessity for all well-groomed fingertips and the Addicted to Speed Super Quick-Drying Top Coat provides a high shine option while protecting your mani from smears, smudges and scratches. Everything you need at home for a salon-pro look.

I still hold the same Conclusion! I love the shades and finish of this set. I found a slight difference in the formulas. Although all are fully pigmented and each shade took 2 coats, I found the darker 3 polishes formulas to be better than the paler 3. I don’t think it’s my imagination as I’ve swatched many collections and sometimes because of the shade, it’s just going to HAVE to be different in application due to pigments. The first three shades, Flesh For Fantasy, Totally Nude and Born This Way were thicker and took a bit more finesse to apply without streaks on first coat, let fully dry then apply second. Second coats self levels and dried fully opaque and glossy. The last three (darker shades), Bare It All, Natural Woman and Skin Deep, were thinner (not thin) and struck a perfect balance of opacity and smooth application. Glossy on finish and great to apply. I had no trouble with the brushes in these petites, as they are full size brushes. Favorite shades were Bare It All and Skin Deep.

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Deborah Lippmann “All About That Base” has got you covered!

I am thrilled to be working with Lippmann, Enterprises…a dream come true! Today I will be featuring a fairly new nail treatment from Deborah Lippmann called “All About That Base”. The CC Base Coat corrects and conceals. But there’s more!

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE CC Base Coat Correct and Conceal Base Coat. MSRP $20.00 .5 Fl. Oz. 15mL

ALL ABOUT THAT BASE
CC Base Coat
Correct and Conceal Base Coat. MSRP $20.00
.5 Fl. Oz. 15mL

Here is the manufacturer’s description: “Correct and Conceal Base Coat. Multi-tasking CC formula provides 10 nail treatment benefits and immediate nail perfecting coverage in one! Special hydrating complex with Pathenol helps moisturize, strengthen and protect the look of nails while treatment correctors help conceal imperfections, brighten, prime and fill ridges for a smooth, matte, flawless finish with improved wear.” The Perfect Manicure video.

One coat over my naked nails provides a smooth protective barrier to neutralize nail color and a healthy base for nail color. May also be worn alone for a nude matte look.

One coat over my naked nails provides a smooth protective barrier to neutralize nail color and a healthy base for nail color. May also be worn alone for a nude matte look.

Conclusion: I love that in a pinch, I could actually just use this as a protective nude matte mani. It’s medium thick formula means it’s self-leveling when applied on one thin coat. After little practice on a couple of nails, I figured out I was applying too thick. Apply on clean dry nails. I highly recommend this base coat. MSRP $20, it may be higher than you normally pay for a base coat, but if you like to extend, I mean REALLY extend your manicure, even if just for a vacation, this is the way to go. Polish clings to this little wonder. And who couldn’t use the strengthening properties within?

Come back later and this coming week. I’ve got some more Deborah Lippmann goodies to show you!

You can order All About That Base directly from DL’s website.

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Philly Loves Lacquer’s AMAZING Duo!

I 95 Quick Dry Topcoat & Penndot Sticky Basecoat

I 95 Quick Dry Topcoat & Penndot Sticky Basecoat

Philly Loves Lacquer will be releasing something amazing in June! I-95 Quick Dry Top Coat and Penndot Sticky Base Coat. I’ve had the chance to play with these gems and I can tell you truthfully, I’m in love!

I rarely get a chance to wear any lacquers more than a day or two and recently I went on vacation for a week. I had the chance to wear some polishes for several days while taking a short break from swatching. I packed these babies with me and used them with every manicure. I even kept one polish on for nearly 5 days, of course using both the base and the top coats.

Awesome twosome!

Awesome twosome!

The base coat dries nearly as quick as the top coat. Yet it gives you plenty of time to smooth on the perfect formula. I have a feeling I am going to use this little treasure up quickly because I love it! It’s smooth and obviously helped my polish adhere well. I spent the whole vacation hunting in the sand for seashells, always covered in seawater!

With one mani that I wore 4 days with both the base and top coats, I had minimal tip wear and no chips. The top coat dries amazingly fast, as fast as many mainstream brands. What I like about this is NO SHRINKAGE! Take that George Costanza! 😉 It’s glossy and the formula is spot on. Whether you layer it over glitter or smooth polish, it’s up for the challenge.

Remember indie polish lovers, the brand new Summer Down the Shore Collection, Philly Loves Lacquer will be released tomorrow, June 1st! It’s a gorgeous set of beachy lacquers. Read my review http://wp.me/p43rnr-zA from a couple of weeks ago and check out the swatches. Believe me, you WANT these!

Plus these new base and top coats will soon be released, early June. So be watching Esther’s site for that. Here are the links below:

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