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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!

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*This product was provided to me by Lippmann, Enterprises via PR group Siren Public Relations, Inc. All opinions are my own.

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CND Vinylux Fall 2015 Contradictions, pt. 2

Continuing my feature of these eight fabulous shades for fall 2015, Contradictions is a fun transitional set. Today I’ll be sharing two more polishes, Grommet and Rouge Rite.

Rouge Rite is one of those essential reds, not a bright red, but a moody, juicy red.

Rouge Rite is a gorgeous red creme that applies like a dream, completely opaque in two smooth coats. It was a fabulous base for this plastic wrap nail art using Grommet.

Rouge Rite is a gorgeous red creme that applies like a dream, completely opaque in two smooth coats. It was a fabulous base for this plastic wrap nail art using Grommet.


Rouge Rite is a seductive, cool, deep red creme.

Rouge Rite is a seductive, cool, deep red creme.

Grommet is a one-coat gun-metal full of shine and silver shimmer. I found it was a great choice teaming up with Rouge Rite for a plastic wrap nail art look.

Grommet is a one-coater gun metal gray, and a fabulous matchup with Rouge Rite.

Grommet is a one-coater gun-metal gray, and a fabulous matchup with Rouge Rite.


Grommet is a deep pewter with micro flecks of gun metal glitter.

Grommet is a deep pewter with micro flecks of gun metal glitter.

Stay tuned, I’ve got four more to go!

CND says, "Turn up the contrast with the new Fall 2015 Contradictions collection from CND. Textures and tones collide for an unexpected elegance: leather and lace, street and chic, metal and pearl." Image from CND; From left: Safety Pin, Naked Naivete, Tartan Punk, Rouge Rite, Couture Covet, Peacock Plume, Poison Plum and Grommet.

CND says, “Turn up the contrast with the new Fall 2015 Contradictions collection from CND. Textures and tones collide for an unexpected elegance: leather and lace, street and chic, metal and pearl.” Image from CND; From left: Safety Pin, Naked Naivete, Tartan Punk, Rouge Rite, Couture Covet, Peacock Plume, Poison Plum and Grommet.

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About CND
Founded in 1979 and based in San Diego, California, 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.

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VINYLUX® Weekly Polish is a breakthrough polish that endures a week of fashion perfection…without a base coat! Exposure to natural light activates the patent-pending ProLight Technology™ to deliver week-long wear. While ordinary polishes break down over time, VINYLUX® Weekly Polish actually becomes more durable!

**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.

More Madam Glam polishes in all their glory!

It’s springtime and new polishes are bloomin’ everywhere you look. Today I have four more beauties from Madam Glam. No, not pastels this time but some very “Earth Day” type shades and finishes I think you’d love to add to your collection (Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22nd. Let’s get started!

I love everything about these next four Madam Glad polishes. Great formulas all around. From left, are: Sandy Beach, a golden slightly textured 1-2 coater. Perfect application. Aquamarine, a smooth applying 3-coat jelly. Great shade on anyone. Chocolate Dream, a creamy chocolate that looks like melted chocolate. And Royal Green, a gorgeous shimmer that dries to a satiny finish and looks lovely either like that or with a top coat to bring out even more of the shimmer.

I love everything about these next four Madam Glad polishes. Great formulas all around. From left, are: Sandy Beach, a golden slightly textured 1-2 coater. Perfect application. Aquamarine, a smooth applying 3-coat jelly. Great shade on anyone. Chocolate Dream, a creamy chocolate that looks like melted chocolate. And Royal Green, a gorgeous shimmer that dries to a satiny finish and looks lovely either like that or with a top coat to bring out even more of the shimmer.

I really think all four of these could be combined somehow in very cool Earth Day designs. I would try it but I’m swamped with keeping up with yard work (yes, I’m protecting my nails) and getting my in-law’s place ready for an estate sale! Gotta love spring! lol

I’ll start off with a perfect example of the H2o shade, Aquamarine!

The perfect cerulean blue. Aquamarine is like looking into the ocean. Whether you use this jelly as a jelly sandwich or take it to full opacity in 3 easy coats, I'd consider this a must-have blue jelly.

The perfect cerulean blue. Aquamarine is like looking into the ocean. Whether you use this jelly as a jelly sandwich or take it to full opacity in 3 easy coats, I’d consider this a must-have blue jelly.

Next is Chocolate Dream and it IS oh so chocolately! I suppose you could say she represents the earth.

Like you dipped your fingers in chocolate, Chocolate Dream is a dream! 1-2 coats. I added a coat of Rock Star because I love pink and brown together!

Like you dipped your fingers in chocolate, Chocolate Dream is a dream! 1-2 coats. I added a coat of Rock Star because I love pink and brown together!

And you couldn’t honor this wonderful world we live in and on without a grassy green shimmering in the sun! Here is Royal Green.

Royal Green is a shimmery cool green. 2 smooth coats here!

Royal Green is a shimmery cool green. 2 smooth coats here!

And the last one for today, and if you’ve read any of my blogs you’ll know I’m a beach NUT! So of course I LOVE this gently textured golden sandy beauty, Sandy Beach!

Sandy Beach, now your talkin'! Like golden sand sparkling in the summer sun. This will look great on your toes too! Slightly textured but not snaggy, super easy application. 1-2 coats, this is one!

Sandy Beach, now your talkin’! Like golden sand sparkling in the summer sun. This will look great on your toes too! Slightly textured but not snaggy, super easy application. 1-2 coats, this is one!

That is it for today my sweet peeps! Stay tuned I’ve got nine more new Madam Glams to go! Remember, they are all available to order now! Conclusion, MG NEVER disappoints me! In love, every…single…time!

Madam Glam offers a ton in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Golds. They also have Soak Off Gel polishes, eye makeup, blushes, foundations and lipsticks. All are full size beautifully and carefully packaged bottles. All Madam Glam products are “five-free”: Product does not contain Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin Or Camphor.

Also, you get free shipping for orders over $40. Check the web site often for special offers.

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*These products were sent to me at no cost and I am not being paid for my review. All opinions are my own.

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

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.

A Watercolor Frenchie using polishes from Cult Cosmetics!

I love watercolors. I love French manis. I figured, why not try a mashup?! Since I just received some polishes from Cult Cosmetics, I put two and two together and came up with a pretty little twist on a French manicure with some splashes of color. Here are the polishes used for this manicure.

Polishes used for this watercolor Frenchie, from top then left to right: PCH, Catalina, Hollywood Forever, Breakwater and El Porto.

Polishes used for this watercolor Frenchie, from top then left to right: PCH, Catalina, Hollywood Forever, Breakwater and El Porto.

The formulas on all of these are amazing on their own, and super fun to work with for nail art. The white base I used here, El Porto, glides on opaque in one coat. I’d pretty much have to say if you’re collecting Cult Cosmetics polishes, you MUST own this one!

El Porto for a great beginning!

El Porto for a great beginning!

First, add clear top coat over white. Then for the watercolor effect, I used one color after another, by placing a drop or two on a glass dish. Using a small brush, dab small amounts of chosen color where you want it, then quickly dab brush while it still has a bit of polish on it into a bit of polish remover. Dab excess drips onto paper towel, then dab paint splotches. First color I used was PCH

I love this shimmery deep teal! It's actually more like a metallic.

I love this shimmery deep teal! It’s actually more like a metallic.

Then continue with your other colors. Here are the rest of the shades used plus a little topcoat of the iridescent flakies topcoat, Hollywood Forever!

Breakwater

Breakwater


Catalina

Catalina


Hollywood Forever. So many ideas for this one! I can't wait to use it over a deep dark shade!

Hollywood Forever. So many ideas for this one! I can’t wait to use it over a deep dark shade!

What an easy way to do a French mani without being tedious!

One last note (and be prepared to see more fun nail art using amazing polishes from Cult. Every one of these shades I used today are opaque in one coat, but you can use two if that’s how you roll! Each one is glossy but using a good clear topcoat for extra longevity in your busy life is helpful! 🙂 No staining in any of their polishes that I’ve experienced. See the info below and take a gander at all their boxed sets and individual polishes available.

Cult 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.

You can find them here:
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.

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Born Pretty Water Decals…sooo easy!

Born Pretty Water Decals...sooo easy!

I have to say these decals took me by surprise! I’ve used plenty of nail stickers before but this is my first experience using water transfer decals. The first one you see here was placed over a delicate blush pink. I decided to have extra fun with it by adding a few pink dots. After applying a base coat and letting dry, just cut out the decal, soak in tepid water for about 15-20 seconds, slide off with tweezers, pat dry and place on your nail. I followed up with a thin coat of Seche Vite, but you could use any quick dry top coat.

Here's the pretty rose pattern decals on white!

Here’s the pretty rose pattern decals on white!

The pretty pink rose pattern can be found here: http://www.bornprettystore.com/1sheet-vintage-arabesque-blue-flower-patterned-nail-water-decals-transfers-sticker-y080y101-p-12691.html

I opted to use a lovely orchid shade as my base coat for the decal shown above. Although it’s pretty, I think a paler shade would show off how lovely these decals really are. This one was a bit trickier for me to work with. I think because they were slightly larger and I have smallish nail beds. But a little trimming and coaxing makes it doable. I also added a bit of dotting to this set and finished with a top coat.

Here I placed the floral decals over a white base. Just lovely!

Here I placed the floral decals over a white base. Just lovely!


The decals are more flexible with this one, so if you let the excess overlap, just press down and file off the free edge of your nail. Easy!

You can get a 10% off discount using my coupon code here!

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

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USA residents, it takes about three weeks to receive your order, as it is being shipped from Singapore. No worries! Your carefully packaged items ship worldwide, totally FREE. They have amazing customer service and if you email them a question they get back to you very quickly. Born Pretty sells a huge assortment of beauty items and accessories, along with electronic device cases, jewelry, cosmetics and more! So grab your discount code and get shopping!

Decals were sent to me by Born Pretty Store for review.

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