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ILNP Spring Collection 2016 is here!

Now that Spring is fully on deck, our nail lacquer lovers are seeking all things shiny and new. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Spring than freshly painted nails. One of my fave indie nail brands, ILNP has two 2016 polish collection you’ll crave. A couple of weeks ago I posted my review on the ILNP Spring Jellies and today I’ll present the Spring Collection. These babies all scream for the sun (which is why I shot most of the photos in the sun!). Let’s take a look!

Available NOW for $72/set or $10ea, except for the one on top left, Mayfield (an Ultra Chrome Flaky!) From top left and down: Mayfield, Daisy Jane, Deja Vu, Apricot Cream, Bulletproof Symphony, Skyscraper and Rolling Hills.

Available NOW for $72/set or $10ea, except for the one on top left, Mayfield (an Ultra Chrome Flaky!) From top left and down: Mayfield, Daisy Jane, Deja Vu, Apricot Cream, Bulletproof Symphony, Skyscraper and Rolling Hills.

Let’s start with a somewhat nude but fully holographic stunner, Apricot Cream.

I just had to photograph most of these in the sun to show you the glorious sparkle! Apricot Cream is described as, "a deliciously unique nail polish with a milky rich finish. Perfectly accented with gold micro-flakes and uniformly fine holographic pigments, this tasty shade is the sophisticated dessert that your nails have been waiting for! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I needed only 2 coats. $10.00

I just had to photograph most of these in the sun to show you the glorious sparkle! Apricot Cream is described as, “a deliciously unique nail polish with a milky rich finish. Perfectly accented with gold micro-flakes and uniformly fine holographic pigments, this tasty shade is the sophisticated dessert that your nails have been waiting for! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I needed only 2 coats. $10.00

Deja Vu is an intense linear holo, the best kind!

Deja Vu is described as, "a beautifully refined linear holographic polish with a sophisticated wisteria violet hue that’s absolutely perfect for the season. Soft, subtle, and complemented with a precise amount of holographic pigment, Deja Vu will surely have you looking twice! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I applied only 2 coats! $10.00

Deja Vu is described as, “a beautifully refined linear holographic polish with a sophisticated wisteria violet hue that’s absolutely perfect for the season. Soft, subtle, and complemented with a precise amount of holographic pigment, Deja Vu will surely have you looking twice! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I applied only 2 coats! $10.00

Rolling Hills, ahh, you can almost smell the dew on fresh-cut grass!

Rolling Hills is described as, "a refreshing, iced mint Ultra Metallic polish laced with an array of holographic micro flakes! Pay close attention and you'll notice a subtle hint blue-to-teal, color traveling shimmer for a finish that’s to die for Rolling Hills is part of ILNP's Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I used two coats. $10.00

Rolling Hills is described as, “a refreshing, iced mint Ultra Metallic polish laced with an array of holographic micro flakes! Pay close attention and you’ll notice a subtle hint blue-to-teal, color traveling shimmer for a finish that’s to die for Rolling Hills is part of ILNP’s Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I used two coats. $10.00

Sweet, petite and oh so feminine, Daisy Jane!

Daisy Jane is described as, "a dainty and soft baby pink polish with the perfect holographic sparkle! Daisy Jane’s holographic micro-flakes provide a wonderfully scattered holographic twinkle without compromising its delicate pink hue. Contrasted with a subtle amount of gold flakes and red shimmer, Daisy Jane is a perfect balance of delicate and breathtaking! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I used 3 coats. $10.00

Daisy Jane is described as, “a dainty and soft baby pink polish with the perfect holographic sparkle! Daisy Jane’s holographic micro-flakes provide a wonderfully scattered holographic twinkle without compromising its delicate pink hue. Contrasted with a subtle amount of gold flakes and red shimmer, Daisy Jane is a perfect balance of delicate and breathtaking! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I used 3 coats. $10.00

Major sparkle and long wearing Bulletproof Symphony.

Bulletproof Symphony is described as, "a super unique medium periwinkle Ultra Metallic polish loaded with silver flakes and an arsenal of holographic magic! Look even closer and you'll catch an extra vivid red sparkle that gives this wonderful polish a seriously gorgeous twist! Bulletproof Symphony is part of ILNP's Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I got it opaque in 2 coats. $10.00

Bulletproof Symphony is described as, “a super unique medium periwinkle Ultra Metallic polish loaded with silver flakes and an arsenal of holographic magic! Look even closer and you’ll catch an extra vivid red sparkle that gives this wonderful polish a seriously gorgeous twist! Bulletproof Symphony is part of ILNP’s Ultra Metallics™ class of incredibly vivid metallic finish nail polishes; specifically formulated with various ultra-thin metallic flakes for a blinding sparkle with an undeniably rich finish and super-easy removal! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I got it opaque in 2 coats. $10.00

Drop dead gorgeous over any nail color or alone, Mayfield.

My sun photo was too intense to show you the gorgeous flakies the way I wanted. So this is in shade. Mayfield is described as, "a stunning combination of color-shifting Ultra Chrome Flakies. Mayfield features a gorgeous array of colors including purple, pink, green, gold, orange and turquoise! Use Mayfield as a topper over your favorite nail polish or brush on a few layers for full coverage. ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are fully opaque and can be worn alone or over any color without affecting the intense color shifting properties. Full coverage in 3 - 4 coats." $12.50

My sun photo was too intense to show you the gorgeous flakies the way I wanted. So this is in shade. Mayfield is described as, “a stunning combination of color-shifting Ultra Chrome Flakies. Mayfield features a gorgeous array of colors including purple, pink, green, gold, orange and turquoise! Use Mayfield as a topper over your favorite nail polish or brush on a few layers for full coverage. ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies are fully opaque and can be worn alone or over any color without affecting the intense color shifting properties. Full coverage in 3 – 4 coats.” $12.50

Yes, big cities enjoy spring too! Here is Skyscraper.

Skyscraper is described as, "an amazingly tasty light periwinkle Ultra Holo with an insane finish! Step out into the sun and watch how this luxurious stunner sparkles like it's stuffed with diamonds! Skyscraper is part of ILNP's new "Ultra Holo" class of super intense holographic nail polishes; specifically formulated for maximum, in-your-face holographic sparkle! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!" I only needed two coats. $10.00

Skyscraper is described as, “an amazingly tasty light periwinkle Ultra Holo with an insane finish! Step out into the sun and watch how this luxurious stunner sparkles like it’s stuffed with diamonds! Skyscraper is part of ILNP’s new “Ultra Holo” class of super intense holographic nail polishes; specifically formulated for maximum, in-your-face holographic sparkle! Fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats!” I only needed two coats. $10.00

Conclusion: Not to sound like a broken record. But I don’t know any more words I can say but this collection is a dream. From formula, to application, great wear and gorgeous shades and sparkle, ILNP Spring Collection is drop dead gorgeous!

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Neptune’s Bubbles mani inspired by Cult Cosmetics lacquers!

I was thinking about the cool clear ocean this morning, naturally while I was looking for some nail art inspo. I pulled out a few faves from my Cult Cosmetics collection and BOOM! A bubble mani featuring some cool blues. One of the quickest ways to take your mani from “meh” to “Oh My! is with nail dotting tools. Say hello to my undersea mani I call, Neptune’s Bubbles! Not that Neptune has anything to do with our ocean. But the blues, it’s all about blue! Did you know?…”Neptune’s atmosphere is made up of hydrogen, helium and methane. The methane in Neptune’s upper atmosphere absorbs the red light from the sun but reflects the blue light from the Sun back into space. This is why Neptune appears blue.” It’s a gassy planet, but hey, it’s blue!

I'm pretty stoked about how my seaside mani turned out. I called it, "Neptune's Bubbles"! Over each nail I used the iridescent flaky topper called Hollywood Forever. Pinky nail is dark and shimmery House of Blues, middle finger is a creme, Catalina and pointer finger I used The Roxy. The accent nail (my inspo for Neptune's Bubbles) I used all four with a dotting tool.

I’m pretty stoked about how my seaside mani turned out. I called it, “Neptune’s Bubbles”! Over each nail I used the iridescent flaky topper called Hollywood Forever. Pinky nail is dark and shimmery House of Blues, middle finger is a creme, Catalina and pointer finger I used The Roxy. The accent nail (my inspo for Neptune’s Bubbles) I used all four with a dotting tool.

Here are the polishes used in today’s mani.

The Cult Cosmetics polishes I used for this fun maritime mani are, from top left: Hollywood Hills, House of Blues, Catalina and The Roxy.

The Cult Cosmetics polishes I used for this fun maritime mani are, from top left: Hollywood Hills, House of Blues, Catalina and The Roxy.

House of Blues, sorry, no link to this beauty. I couldn’t find it on the web site so it may be discontinued. If you do find it let me know! It’s a gorgeous cobalt blue shimmer, and a one coater. Just like the two cremes here, each only require one coat and super glossy.

Catalina, described as, “Catalina is like a vacation to your favorite island. On a warm day, feel free to wear this bright and dreamy blue – and nothing else!”

The Roxy, described as, “The Roxy is the new language of LA sass! This vibrant, feminine hue can take your mani from gentle to intense, depending on your mood. Name inspired on the renamed venue in Sunset blvd . Name inspired by the legendary nightclub on the Sunset strip. Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Ramones, RHCP and Gwen Stefani are some of the amazing musicians who played at The Roxy.”

Hollywood Forever, described as, “Hollywood Forever is a light-shattering polish for next-dimension nails. Its opalescent glow and shining shades go on like magic over any base color.”

Gee, now I’m thinking of some other color combos for this cute look. How about you, have you tried a bubble dotted mani? By the way, these are available now for $12.50 ea, and Cult Cosmetics also carry polish kits, nail art tools and more!

Cult Cosmetics lacquers are premium, 5-FREE, Vegan, cruelty-free single coat polishes and makeup products. None of their polishes are animal tested and they are made in California, USA.

https://www.cultcosmetics.com
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**These products were sent to me for review and all opinions are my own.

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This mani is Shamrockin’ using shades from Cult Cosmetics!

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a bit ‘o the Irish feel than with a Shamrockin’ mani?! Now, I have to admit, I don’t have a drop of Irish in me. Not that I know of. But most of us have grown up celebrating the day anyway. I did some simple nail art using a dotting tool for some rudimentary shamrocks. I used a fine lining brush for the rainbow and added a few dots of gold to complete the look. No blarney, I did it in 15 minutes! Let’s take a look.

The mani at the end of the rainbow! Here is a cute nail art idea for you for your St. Patrick's Day mani. I used 2 coats of that pale minty green Venice Beach, 2 coats of Palos Verde and the gold accents I used the gold micro glitter bomb polish (not a glitter topper, a polish, called Whiskey A Go Go by Cult Cosmetics.

The mani at the end of the rainbow! Here is a cute nail art idea for you for your St. Patrick’s Day mani. I used 2 coats of that pale minty green Venice Beach, 2 coats of Palos Verde and the gold accents I used the gold micro glitter bomb polish (not a glitter topper, a polish, called Whiskey A Go Go by Cult Cosmetics.

Here are the main polishes used for this look.

The polishes I used for my shamrock mani are, from left: Palos Verde, Venice Beach and Whisky A Go Go.

The polishes I used for my shamrock mani are, from left: Palos Verde, Venice Beach and Whisky A Go Go.

You can used your own imagination for your rainbow and pot ‘o gold! I used all Cult shades for this one. How about you? Do you celebrate, drink green beer or go to the parades? If not, at least you could sit in comfort on March 17th and create a fun look in no time! You can order all these shades and a ton more at Cult Cosmetics today! Links below so you can go shop now, and it won’t take a whole bag of gold either!

Cult Cosmetics lacquers are premium, 5-FREE, Vegan, cruelty-free single coat polishes and makeup products. None of their polishes are animal tested and they are made in California, USA.

https://www.cultcosmetics.com
Instagram (@cultcosmetics)
https://www.facebook.com/cultcosmetics
http://magazine.cultcosmetics.com

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

#cultlovenails

CND Vinylux for Game Day. Are you ready for some football…manis that is?

Allow me to “kick off” with a little back story! When I was in high school…like eons ago, I was a loyal “WHS Husky”. Our school mascot was a fierce canine as was our football team, and our colors were black and orange. Yeah, can you hear me yawning? Don’t get me wrong. I adored my alma mater, our mascot, our fabulous campus and MOST of my teachers. 😉 But honestly, our school colors were the colors of Halloween! But, going to football and basketball games were always proud and memorable events. We donned our school colors, wrapped fuzzy black and orange angora thread around our steady boyfriend’s class ring and spent countless nights shouting “Go Huskies” ’till we were hoarse. By the way, I personally do not have a preference this year since my own home pro team didn’t qualify…again! 😉 Have I painted a proper picture for you?

Speaking of painting, it’s a great time to be a pro football fan and you’re going to want to paint your nails with your team’s colors or even attempt some nail art. Man, I wish we were more adventurous with our manis back then! We are literally just around the corner from the Big Game! Time to grab some polishes representing your favorite team, whether they’re from Seattle or New England.

Whether you're rooting for New England (colors on the left are "Hollywood" and "Midnight Swim") or Seattle (colors on the right are Lush Tropics and Indigo Frock) you'll find the perfect combination of shades with CND Vinylux Weekly Polishes from Loxa Beauty. www.shoploxa.com

Whether you’re rooting for New England (colors on the left are “Hollywood” and “Midnight Swim”) or Seattle (colors on the right are Lush Tropics and Indigo Frock) you’ll find the perfect combination of shades with CND Vinylux Weekly Polishes from Loxa Beauty. http://www.shoploxa.com

Score one for New England with a super simple mani!

Your New England inspired mani can be as simple as this one using striping and dots, and a little star. I used Hollywood and Midnight Swim. For the accent finger I used a shimmery pigskin brown topped laced with some white striping tape.

Your New England inspired mani can be as simple as this one using striping and dots, and a little star. I used Hollywood and Midnight Swim. For the accent finger I used a shimmery pigskin brown topped laced with some white striping tape.

Seattle touches down at the goal post with a fun dotticure.

For my Seattle look I used Lush Tropics and Indigo Frock. I used a white striper polish for the goal post and the same brown shimmer for the tiny football!

For my Seattle look I used Lush Tropics and Indigo Frock. I used a white striper polish for the goal post and the same brown shimmer for the tiny football!

Aren’t these colors fun? Let me digress a bit before sending you off to the big game. You know when you begin those last four years of secondary education, you rarely have a choice just because might have a distaste for the school’s colors. I’m just glad we got to wear black graduation robes instead of bright orange! Potential college recruits do have a little more variety in their futures. Whether your future grad gown is pomegranate or puce, you do tend to identify with your alliances by the colors they embrace. When you become a pro football fan, it’s no different. How you identify with your team may be even more intense. By this time you don’t care what your home team’s colors are. You might paint your face, wear frighteningly unattractive headgear, and now you find yourself freezing your buns off barbecuing from the back of your SUV in a parking lot! See? Now our allegiance has REALLY matured! LOL

As always, CND polishes are quick drying and easy to apply. Brushes are super nice. I used two coats of each shade. Here are the polishes from CND Vinylux that might score big in your playbook. Be sure to check the links below! Oh, here is another huge SCORE for you! Your DISCOUNT CODE is $5 off of $25 or more! Code: 8FU9JG

These shades would be great for New England

http://www.loxabeauty.com/nails/cnd-vinylux-hollywood
http://www.loxabeauty.com/nails/cnd-vinylux-midnight-swim

These shades would be great for Seattle

http://www.loxabeauty.com/nails/cnd-vinylux-indigo-frock
http://www.loxabeauty.com/nails/cnd-vinylux-lush-tropics

Don’t forget the Weekly Topcoat to set it and forget it!
http://www.loxabeauty.com/cnd-vinylux-weekly-top-coat

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

My Top 20 Faves for 2014…because I couldn’t decide on less :-)

Well, call it what you will, I swatched so many fabulous polishes this past year, I found it immensely challenging to decide! Coming up with 10 faves, not even doable for me. Even 20 was tough and I wanted to include so many more. But I HAD to narrow it down and I have to say, this was a job! But I’ll just post the 20, same pics I posted a couple of hours ago in Instagram. Because after all, it IS New Years Eve! No, I’m not going anywhere. Too cold and too many dodgy drivers out there. Enjoy!

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Polish brands included were:

Chloe & Bella
Zoya
OPI
Renaissance
Glitter Lambs
CND Vinylux
Cult Cosmetics
Essie
Emerald & Ash
Madam Glam
Finger Lickin’ Lacquer
Pahlish
ILNP
wHet
Shimmer
Venique
Spell Polish
Loxa

*Some polishes were sent to me for review, but not all. All work is my own as are my opinions.

Thank you Nail It! Magazine and Salon Perfect

I had all but forgotten that I’d entered the Nail It! Magazine giveaway in the fall. There were 200 winners drawn to receive this 6-bottle Holiday set and I was one of them, so thanks a million! I am LOVING these holiday shades and toppers by Salon Perfect and I just had to share a quick holiday mani using them.

Love my prize from Nail It! magazine! For this cute Christmas mani I used He's With Me, Sugar Cube, Glam Glitter, Christmas Cookie and Champagne Toast.

Love my prize from Nail It! magazine! For this cute Christmas mani I used He’s With Me, Sugar Cube, Glam Glitter, Christmas Cookie and Champagne Toast.

The Salon Perfect polish set also included a clear base glitter topper called Snowed In, full of multi sized white glitters and micro silver glitter.

From top: Sugar Cube (white creme), left/Champagne Toast (gold glitter in clear base, Right center, He's With Me (shimmery smooth perfect red jelly base with red microglitter, very much like China Glaze Ruby Pumps), bottom left to right, Christmas Cookie (red, green and white matte glitters in clear base, Glam Glitter (red and green glitters in clear base with micro silver glitters, and Snowed In (clear base topper with multi sized white glitters and micro silver glitters.).

From top: Sugar Cube (white creme), left/Champagne Toast (gold glitter in clear base, Right center, He’s With Me (shimmery smooth perfect red jelly base with red microglitter, very much like China Glaze Ruby Pumps), bottom left to right, Christmas Cookie (red, green and white matte glitters in clear base, Glam Glitter (red and green glitters in clear base with micro silver glitters, and Snowed In (clear base topper with multi sized white glitters and micro silver glitters.).

So, thank you again to Nail It! Magazine for the wonderful Christmas surprise!

Find Nail It! Magazine here!

Find Salon Perfect here!

* These polishes were won in a giveaway by Nail It!, and I was not required to post a review. All opinions are my own.

Nail art gems, when you want to bling it up a notch

You know, there are times when a girl has just got to add a little something to her mani. That’s why I love the convenience of nail art gems and addons. They take a pretty but plain manicure to pretty amazing in minutes. Today I wanted to share with you a cute collection of gems I received from Born Pretty store.

Pretty iridescent hearts for a mani with heart!

Pretty iridescent hearts for a mani with heart!

My method of application is pretty straight forward. For multiple small to medium gems, I first add a coat of topcoat then add on the pieces. I will have already determined where they should go. For singles as you see on the other fingers, I simply apply a dot of the clearcoat where the gem will go and using a pair of nail art tweezers apply the gem. Polish used for this pretty pink mani is called “My Heart Keeps Skipping” by Spell Polish, a wonderful indie brand you should check out! Heather’s polishes are amazing!

These nail art gems in two sizes of iridescent hearts are perfect for any romantic mani.

These nail art gems in two sizes of iridescent hearts are perfect for any romantic mani.

You can pick these cute gems up at Born Pretty store here. http://www.bornprettystore.com/mini-shiny-heart-rhinestone-acrylic-nail-decoration-1box-p-15805.html

Visit Born Pretty to see all the other cool stuff!

Born Pretty is located in Singapore so if you are ordering from outside the region, your order will take at least a month to arrive. So if you are shopping for gifts, do keep that in mind. You can receive a 10% discount in your order by using this code below…

www.bornprettystore.com use LDX31 for 10% off your order!

http://www.bornprettystore.com use LDX31 for 10% off your order!

This product was sent to me for my honest review.

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