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Hot and sexy: CND Vinylux Flirtations summer collection

Ready for summer to hit your tips and toes? CND Vinylux Weekly Polish and Shellacs have a brand new collection called Flirtations. I swatched all eight of the Weekly Polish set and I’ll share them with you today!

The new spring lineup from CND Vinylux Weekly Polish, here is Flirtations! Eight stunning shades, from L to R, back row: Skin Tease, Aqua-intance, Pink Pursuit, Desert Poppy, Lavender Lace and Date Night. Bottom row, R and L: Be Demure and Honey Darlin'.
The new spring lineup from CND Vinylux Weekly Polish, here is Flirtations! Eight stunning shades, from L to R, back row: Skin Tease, Aqua-intance, Pink Pursuit, Desert Poppy, Lavender Lace and Date Night. Bottom row, R and L: Be Demure and Honey Darlin’.

Bat your lashes, blow a kiss, bare some skin. Soft blushes of color tease the imagination. Coy. Confident. Playful. Be irresistible.

There’s an electricity of unspoken attraction in the air for Summer 2016. Evoke a subtle, sensual femininity with the new Flirtation Collection from CND. A palette of soft yet bright shades teases at the imagination and makes this collection equal parts coy, confident, and playful.

“This season, sweet, creamy pastels are inspired by modern lace and embroidery for a delicate and refined glamour,” says CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The summer nail is a slim oval glazed with tender shades of coral and lilac, blushed with the spark of deepening allure. Flirtation’s summer code allows you to be irresistible.”

Let’s start with the watery shades. Because you know blues are cool! Here is Aqua-intance.

Aqua-intance is an aqua creme that is smooth and ultra glossy. This is 2 coats.
Aqua-intance is an aqua creme that is smooth and ultra glossy. This is 2 coats.

Date Night is a glossy sailor blue.

Date Night is a sailor blue glossy creme. Super classy! Very pigmented, no stainer! Two coats.
Date Night is a sailor blue glossy creme. Super classy! Very pigmented, no stainer! Two coats.

I love me some bubblegum pink! Be Demure is the perfect summer pink.

Be Demure is a perfect glossy creme bubblegum pink. So love this one! 2 coater.
Be Demure is a perfect glossy creme bubblegum pink. So love this one! 2 coater.

So in love with Desert Poppy. I can’t wait to get some tan to really show it off!

Desert Poppy is a gorgeous poppy red-leaning orange shimmer. I used two coats.
Desert Poppy is a gorgeous poppy red-leaning orange shimmer. I used two coats.

Lavender Lace is so delicate.

Lavender Lace is a shimmery, glossy pale lavender. More sheer than the rest in this set, but I still managed to make it work with 2 coats. You may require 2-3.
Lavender Lace is a shimmery, glossy pale lavender. More sheer than the rest in this set, but I still managed to make it work with 2 coats. You may require 2-3.

Skin Tease is a rosy nude but not too pink.

Skin Tease is a delicate skin tone, slightly rosy nude with a hint of shimmer. Two coats here.
Skin Tease is a delicate skin tone, slightly rosy nude with a hint of shimmer. Two coats here.

Pink Pursuit is a dusty rose and super shiny!

Pink Pursuit is a pink creme with a hint of salmon, very glossy and saturated. Two coats here.
Pink Pursuit is a pink creme with a hint of salmon, very glossy and saturated. Two coats here.

Honey Darlin’ is shiny like the sun.

Honey Darlin' is a super glossy, pigmented butter yellow creme. Perfect for those afraid of yellows. Two coats.
Honey Darlin’ is a super glossy, pigmented butter yellow creme. Perfect for those afraid of yellows. Two coats.

CONCLUSION: I love this collection. All the formulas were consistently smooth and glossy. My fave shades were Desert Poppy, Be Demure and Honey Darlin’. I highly recommend each one!

FEATURED BENEFITS: VINYLUX® Weekly Polish system includes a self-adhering Color Coat that eliminates the need for Base Coat; Top Coat becomes more durable with exposure to natural light; dries in just 8.5 minutes and provides week-long chip-free wear.
AVAILABILITY: Now and also available in Shellac. Visit the Salon Locator on cnd.com.

PRICE: In-salon VINYLUX® Weekly Polish services range from $20-$35, depending on location; VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and VINYLUX® Weekly Top Coat retail for $10.50 per bottle at select salons and stores.”

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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.

Week Long Wear (Really!)
• Fast-Drying, Two-Step Application
• Increased Durability with Natural Light
• Over 90 Fashion Shades

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.

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Zoya Spring 2016 Nail Polish Collection – Petals

Zoya Petals, a flourish of beautiful blooming nail color!

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This new Springtime collection looks like a beautiful gathering of floral splendor. Order now for a huge discounted price on the set!

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Introducing Petals, the latest color collection from Zoya Nail Polish just in time for Spring 2016.

Inspired by the gardens of spring, this fresh and vibrant collection invites you to revel in the beauty of the season!

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ZOYA PETALS COLLECTION

Leia – ZP835: Sheer opalescent white with flecks of fuchsia, green and gold.
Just as beautiful alone as it layered over your favorite spring shades!
Aster – ZP836: Fresh periwinkle with flecks of fuchsia to create a dewy finish,
mimicking the look of spring flowers in the morning.
Azalea – ZP837: Classic spring pink with a captivating white and fuchsia flash.
Zahara – ZP838: Brilliant shimmering coral made modern with an opalescent effect.
Tulip – ZP839: Pure pastel salmon cream with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic
a petal soft finish.
Laurel – ZP840: Warm pastel pink with the slightest hint of sheen to mimic a petal
soft finish.

Front to back: Leia, Aster, Azalea, Zahara, Tulip and Laurel.
Front to back: Leia, Aster, Azalea, Zahara, Tulip and Laurel.

PLUS, SPECIAL EARLY BIRD COMPLETE COLLECTION PRICING OFFER!

Purchase a Zoya Petals Complete Collection Set for just $40 (Save $20)
3/1 – 3/6 only (11:59pm EST)

use code: PETALS

Zoya Zahara is Spring in a bottle!
Zoya Zahara is Spring in a bottle!

Zoya Petals Collection Set includes one (1) ea. of all six (6) new Petals nail polish colors in a full size (0.5 oz) bottle.
Offer not available as open stock color. $60 Retail Value/$10 ea. *Details on Zoya.com.

BIG5FREE Formula: Zoya Nail Polish contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate or camphor.

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ILNP Holiday Collection 2015…they will drop you in your tracks!

Today I get to share with you one of two new collections from ILNP Boutique Nail Lacquer2015 Holiday Collection. And they are available now! Get your sunglasses ready because every one of these are so shiny, you may need to squint.

One of two new collections available now at ILNP.com! This set is the Holiday 2015 collection. Back row bottom L/R: Cherry Luxe and Empire. Back row top L/R: Ferris Wheel (another beautiful Ultra Chrome Flaky) and Limelight. Far left is Lucky One. Center front is Time In A Bottle and Far right is XO. All but Ferris Wheel are part of the new collection of ILNP's Ultra Metallics™.
One of two new collections available now at ILNP.com! This set is the Holiday 2015 collection. Back row bottom L/R: Cherry Luxe and Empire. Back row top L/R: Ferris Wheel (another beautiful Ultra Chrome Flaky) and Limelight. Far left is Lucky One. Center front is Time In A Bottle and Far right is XO. All but Ferris Wheel are part of the new collection of ILNP’s Ultra Metallics™.

I’ll get right to the swatches. FYI also this week I’ll be showing you another new collection from ILNP.com, the 2015 Winter Collection, and just like today’s group, they will drop you in your tracks!

First up is Empire. Everyone needs a gold like this in their lives!

ILNP Empire paired with Lucky One from the same collection! This brilliant gold is described as: "a jaw-dropping super ultra-shiny true gold Ultra Metallics™ nail polish that is simply awe-inspiring. Generously accented with holographic micro flakes for a vivid rainbow twinkle, Empire is the total package. Step into the sunlight wearing Empire and prepare to be stunned at the richness, the incredible sparkle, and the mind-blowing mirror-like reflectivity radiating from your fingertips! Empire is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Empire 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!"
ILNP Empire paired with Lucky One from the same collection! This brilliant gold is described as: “a jaw-dropping super ultra-shiny true gold Ultra Metallics™ nail polish that is simply awe-inspiring. Generously accented with holographic micro flakes for a vivid rainbow twinkle, Empire is the total package. Step into the sunlight wearing Empire and prepare to be stunned at the richness, the incredible sparkle, and the mind-blowing mirror-like reflectivity radiating from your fingertips! Empire is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Empire 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!”

Next is the gorgeous green I used to pair with this gorgeous gilded lacquer, Lucky One.

ILNP Lucky One is a classic green metallic. Paired here with this collection's Empire. Lucky One is described as: "a vividly fun pine green Ultra Metallics™ nail polish with a glorious holographic sparkle. The perfect Christmas green for those festive manicures! Lucky One is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Lucky One 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!"
ILNP Lucky One is a classic green metallic. Paired here with this collection’s Empire. Lucky One is described as: “a vividly fun pine green Ultra Metallics™ nail polish with a glorious holographic sparkle. The perfect Christmas green for those festive manicures! Lucky One is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Lucky One 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!”

Here is the new XO, perfectly paired with another ILNP stunner, Masquerade.

ILNP XO, alone on my ring finger and paired with ILNP Masquerade. XO is described as: "a rich and saturated palatinate purple Ultra Metallics™ nail polish. Stuffed with holographic sparkle and high quality ultra-thin metallic flakes for superior shine, XO is a wonderfully unique purple that you’ll reach for year round! XO is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! XO 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!"
ILNP XO, alone on my ring finger and paired with ILNP Masquerade. XO is described as: “a rich and saturated palatinate purple Ultra Metallics™ nail polish. Stuffed with holographic sparkle and high quality ultra-thin metallic flakes for superior shine, XO is a wonderfully unique purple that you’ll reach for year round! XO is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! XO 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!”

This one really took my breath away. Although Limelight in the Holiday collection, I think it will make a gorgeous summertime polish!

Oh my, I fell instantly in love with this brilliant lime green metallic! Limelight is described as: "a super fun and wonderfully festive bright green Ultra Metallics™ nail polish with just the right amount of holographic pigment to add a beautiful rainbow sparkle in the sun! Limelight is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Limelight 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!"
Oh my, I fell instantly in love with this brilliant lime green metallic! Limelight is described as: “a super fun and wonderfully festive bright green Ultra Metallics™ nail polish with just the right amount of holographic pigment to add a beautiful rainbow sparkle in the sun! Limelight is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Limelight 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!”

The one Ultra Chrome Flakie that snuck into this glittery crowd is Ferris Wheel. Don’t you love?!

Ultra Flakie Ferris Wheel by ILNP over a glossy black. Ferris Wheel is described as: "an amazing combination of color-shifting Ultra Chrome Flakies that is unmistakably festive and perfect for the season! At every angle you turn your nails you’ll enjoy vivid hues of green, gold, blue, red, purple, and pink. Use Ferris Wheel 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."
Ultra Flakie Ferris Wheel by ILNP over a glossy black. Ferris Wheel is described as: “an amazing combination of color-shifting Ultra Chrome Flakies that is unmistakably festive and perfect for the season! At every angle you turn your nails you’ll enjoy vivid hues of green, gold, blue, red, purple, and pink. Use Ferris Wheel 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.”

Winding down with today’s collection is Time In A Bottle. One of those essential mermaidy metallics none of us can do without.

Time In A Bottle, two coats. Accented with Morgan Taylor's Party At The Palace! Time In A Bottle is described as: "a gorgeously rich aquamarine-leaning Ultra Metallics™ nail polish. A little darker than turquoise but not quite teal, Time In A Bottle is one of those unique colors that’s difficult to describe but nonetheless stunning! The vivid blue shade of Time In A Bottle plays beautifully with the super reflective metallic flakes and micro holographic flakes. Seriously, do not pass this one up! Time In A Bottle is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Time In A Bottle 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!"
Time In A Bottle, two coats. Accented with Morgan Taylor’s Party At The Palace! Time In A Bottle is described as: “a gorgeously rich aquamarine-leaning Ultra Metallics™ nail polish. A little darker than turquoise but not quite teal, Time In A Bottle is one of those unique colors that’s difficult to describe but nonetheless stunning! The vivid blue shade of Time In A Bottle plays beautifully with the super reflective metallic flakes and micro holographic flakes. Seriously, do not pass this one up! Time In A Bottle is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Time In A Bottle 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!”

And finally, Cherry Luxe. A delicious cherry red metallic. I know, Christmas is over but hey, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!

Two coats of Cherry Luxe! Love this gorgeous cherry red metallic. It is described as: "a beautifully stunning, fun, and festively rich red nail polish that's absolutely perfect for the holidays! Cherry Luxe is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Not only is Cherry Luxe stuffed with an assortment of ultra thin metallic flakes for incredible shine, it’s also accented with just the right amount of holographic magic to put a smile on your face. Cherry Luxe 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!"
Two coats of Cherry Luxe! Love this gorgeous cherry red metallic. It is described as: “a beautifully stunning, fun, and festively rich red nail polish that’s absolutely perfect for the holidays! Cherry Luxe is part of a set of 6 new holiday themed Ultra Metallics™ polishes that take advantage of our Ultra Metallics™ formula for an incredibly ornamental-like finish! Not only is Cherry Luxe stuffed with an assortment of ultra thin metallic flakes for incredible shine, it’s also accented with just the right amount of holographic magic to put a smile on your face. Cherry Luxe 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!”

• Conclusion: No surprise here. I LOVE this whole collection. You may notice that most of my images are taken in different lighting and angles. I usually try to keep them consistent within a collection, but because of the different ways these each catch the light, I found it behooved me to think outside the box and just go with my instincts.

You can get the whole Holiday Collection for 2015 for $70 or individually for $10 ea and Ferris Wheel Ultra Chrome Flakie for $12.50.

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.”

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*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.

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Six NEW Transitional Shades ZOYA Whispers

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Yay! We’ve all been anxiously awaiting the next collection from Zoya. This set of six transitional shades will be available for pre-order on 12/28/15. Experience color serenity with this muted and tranquil palette of transitional nail neutrals. 
I will be having swatches for you this coming week, so in the meantime let’s take a peek!

Brand new, Whispers, from the left: Cala, April, Eastyn, Misty, Ireland and Lake.
Brand new, Whispers, from the left: Cala, April, Eastyn, Misty, Ireland and Lake.

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Cala – ZP823: A soft nude with a kiss of warmth that will flatter most skin tones.
April – ZP824: A light, rosy toned neutral that is a modern take on blush.
Eastyn – ZP825: A subtle grayed grape that is more interesting than mauve and
gives a modern alternative that is ever so wearable.
Misty – ZP827: An easy to wear taupe that is an updated version of gray with
just a touch of green to make it daring.
Ireland – ZP826: A uniquely wearable green that is muted enough to make it subtle
yet still interesting. This green is well-balanced between blue & yellow so it’s
flattering on all skin tones.
Lake – ZP828: A softened blue that gives the effect of serene water with just a
hint of vibrancy to preserve its luminosity.

Here is April!

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Lake!
Lake!

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER on ZOYA.COM 12/28/15
ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY COLOR OF FASHION!
$9 (US) 
Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com
 **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.


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Introducing Cirque Colors LE Icon Duos for Nordstrom’s Pop-In Opening Ceremony

I was thrilled when I found out I would be reviewing these six glorious shades from the Cirque Colors LE Icon Duos for Nordstrom’s Pop-In Opening Ceremony. This is my first chance to review for Cirque and looking forward to even more swatches and reviews for Cirque creator, Annie Pham. The three duo sets include 1 holographic and 1 creme polish.

Factoid: I’ve had this ready for a few days but the dreaded Thanksgiving “tummy bug” hit me like a brick and sent me to bed for a couple of days. But I’m back running on all cylinders and ready to blog once again!

Let’s take a look! I’ll start with the Oporto and Storm King Icon Duo.

Oporto and Storm King pack. A perfect pair of opposites.
Oporto and Storm King pack. A perfect pair of opposites.
Oporto is a rich mahogany holographic with glowing red embers. 2 coats go on smooth and glossy!
Oporto is a rich mahogany holographic with glowing red embers. 2 coats go on smooth and glossy!
Storm King. A mere two coats of this highly pigmented, muted icy blue creme.
Storm King. A mere two coats of this highly pigmented, muted icy blue creme.

Next up is a gorgeous duo containing Selvedge and Tangerine Dream.

Selvedge is a dreamy one coat deep blue creme and Tangerine Dream is a holo tangerine orange.
Selvedge is a dreamy one coat deep blue creme and Tangerine Dream is a holo tangerine orange.
I couldn't be more pleased with this 1 coat creme! Pigments are off the chart. A deep cobalt blue creme that delivers on the first coat.
I couldn’t be more pleased with this 1 coat creme! Pigments are off the chart. A deep cobalt blue creme that delivers on the first coat.
Tangerine Dream is a 2-coat spicy orange holographic.
Tangerine Dream is a 2-coat spicy orange holographic.

And last but not least, the Modern Muse and El Capitan Icon Duo set.

Modern Muse, a shimmery 2-coat dusty pink holographic. El Capitan is a 1-coat olive green creme.
Modern Muse, a shimmery 2-coat dusty pink holographic. El Capitan is a 1-coat olive green creme.
Modern Muse is a delicate yet highly holographic dusty pink. Perfect any time of year.
Modern Muse is a delicate yet highly holographic dusty pink. Perfect any time of year.
What can I say? It's perfect! The formula, as are the others, is perfect, easy to apply and so pigmented. El Capitan will blow your socks off. Really glossy and that color. I have nothing else like it.
What can I say? It’s perfect! The formula, as are the others, is perfect, easy to apply and so pigmented. El Capitan will blow your socks off. Really glossy and that color. I have nothing else like it.

QUICK FACTS:

• Launches Tuesday, Nov 24 exclusively at Nordstrom.com and 6 Nordstrom stores:
1. Downtown Seattle
2. Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA)
3. Michigan Avenue (Chicago, IL)
4. San Francisco Centre
5. Tyson’s Corner Center (McLean, VA)
6. NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX)
• These sets are limited edition and will be available from Nov 24, 2015 – • Jan 3, 2016 (when the pop-in ends)
• Each set includes 1 holographic and 1 creme (3 sets total)
• Price: $22 (valued at $26)

Here is the rundown:

Nordstrom’s latest monthly pop-in celebrates the world of Opening Ceremony – the iconic NYC-based fashion company launched in 2002 by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. This event culls the best of the brand’s style for both men and women, including unique holiday gifts from up-and-coming designers and artisans. Inspired by OC’s pre-spring color palette, we’re proud to introduce to you our limited edition ICON DUOS – 3 exclusive gift sets each containing 1 creme and 1 holographic nail lacquer.

The Icon Duos retail for $22 each. Available from Nov 25, 2015 to Jan 3, 2016 exclusively at Nordstrom.com and the following retail locations:
• Downtown Seattle
500 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101 * Ph 206.628.2111

• Bellevue Square
100 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004 * Ph 425.455.5800

• Michigan Avenue
55 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 * Ph 312.464.1515

• San Francisco Centre
865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 * Ph 415.243.8500

• Tyson’s Corner Center
8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102 * Ph 703.761.1121

• NorthPark Center
8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225 * Ph 214.231.3900

About Pop-In@Nordstrom
Curated by Olivia Kim — Nordstrom’s wave-chasing, Prada-wearing, tattoo-collecting Director of Creative Projects — Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops showcasing independent designers online at Nordstrom.com and select retail locations.

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CONCLUSION:
If you get a chance to score any or all of these Cirque Color Icon Duos through Nordstrom.com or at the Pop-ins, do not hesitate! They are all amazing. My faves of the cremes were El Capitan because of it’s super pigmented color, and Selvedge for it’s moody deep blue that’s so rich and elegant. Of the three fab holos, my fave of the bunch was Oporto. Sexy. That’s all I can say!

*These products were sent to me at no charge by Cirque Colors Nail Lacquer for review. All opinions are my own.

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ILNP Fall Collection, Cont’d!

Today I’m sharing with you three more amazing polishes from ILNP. They just keep coming don’t they? If you follow ILNP on Facebook and Instagram, you’ve probably already had your appetite whetted. Let’s just get right to it. I chose three completely different finishes. Remember, these and all the new 2015 Fall Collection from ILNP will be available for preorder on Sept. 4th at 11 a.m., Pacific.

First up, delicate Dream Girl.

Dream Girl goes on dreamy, and shines like heck! Powerfully feminine.
Dream Girl goes on dreamy, and shines like heck! Powerfully feminine.
A closer look!
A closer look!
Dream Girl is Described by ILNP as, "a super feminine light-orchid holographic nail polish with a serious sparkle! Stuffed with holographic magic, stepping out into the sun is sure to blow your mind! Dream Girl will definitely make you and just about anyone else that has the pleasure of looking at your wonderful nails do a double take. No joke! Dream Girl is part of ILNP’s new “Ultra Holo” class of super intense holographic nail polishes; specifically formulated for maximum, in-your-face holographic sparkle!"
Dream Girl is Described by ILNP as, “a super feminine light-orchid holographic nail polish with a serious sparkle! Stuffed with holographic magic, stepping out into the sun is sure to blow your mind! Dream Girl will definitely make you and just about anyone else that has the pleasure of looking at your wonderful nails do a double take. No joke! Dream Girl is part of ILNP’s new “Ultra Holo” class of super intense holographic nail polishes; specifically formulated for maximum, in-your-face holographic sparkle!”

Next up, an Ultra Chrome Flaky that is like a fall rainbow. The Road to Awe!

I wanted The Road to Awe to really stand out with it's magical color shifting properties, so I tried it over Top Down. Gorgeous!
I wanted The Road to Awe to really stand out with its magical color shifting properties, so I tried it over Top Down. Gorgeous!
A macro of The Road to Awe over another new fall shade by ILNP, Top Down! How fitting!
A macro of The Road to Awe over another new fall shade by ILNP, Top Down! How fitting!
Delicious. The Road To Awe is described by ILNP as, "effortlessly cascades through an array of purple, intense pink, wine, copper, and gold. Seriously perfect. 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!"
Delicious. The Road To Awe is described by ILNP as, “effortlessly cascades through an array of purple, intense pink, wine, copper, and gold. Seriously perfect. 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!”

And last for today, Spiced Eggnog. Yummy!

Spiced Eggnog is everything! That creamy eggnog shade spiced with cinnamon and gold. Makes me ready for bonfires and sweater weather!
Spiced Eggnog is everything! That creamy eggnog shade spiced with cinnamon and gold. Makes me ready for bonfires and sweater weather!
Spiced Eggnog is described by ILNP as, "one of many ventures into something new that actually worked! The more I looked at this polish and finish, the more it grew on me until it totally won me over! This unique eggnog colored holographic creme has a touch of both gold and burnt orange flakes for a truly distinct speckled finish. Yum! Fully opaque in 2-3 coats!"
Spiced Eggnog is described by ILNP as, “one of many ventures into something new that actually worked! The more I looked at this polish and finish, the more it grew on me until it totally won me over! This unique eggnog colored holographic creme has a touch of both gold and burnt orange flakes for a truly distinct speckled finish. Yum! Fully opaque in 2-3 coats!”

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

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://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.

#ILNPTheRoadToAwe
#ILNPDreamGirl
#ILNPSpicedEggnog

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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://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.

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CND Vinylux Weekly Polish collection “Contradictions” pt. 3

Today’s post is the final installment of my review and swatches of CND VINYLUX Weekly Polish collection (also available in Shellac), Contradictions. It has been a joy to play with these fabulous polishes. Highly pigmented and application-perfect, this set of fall shades is impressive. Here are the final four, Tartan Punk, Peacock Plume, Safety Pin and Poison Plum!

I had a little fun with a Tartan design on my accent nail using red Tartan Punk, a 1-2 coater, deep shimmery blue Peacock Plume and a touch of chromey Safety Pin.
I had a little fun with a Tartan design on my accent nail using red Tartan Punk, a 1-2 coater, deep shimmery blue Peacock Plume and a touch of chromey Safety Pin.

Peacock Plume is a lovely deep blue creme with flecks of green and blue micro glitter.
Peacock Plume is a lovely deep blue creme with flecks of green and blue micro glitter.

Tartan Punk is a classic bright red creme.
Tartan Punk is a classic bright red creme.

Here’s a fun “did you know” moment! According to Wikipedia, Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tartan

And finally, Poison Plum and Safety Pin to finish out this sassy set of Contradictions!

Poison Plum is hard to capture it deep plum jelly shade with it's red glitters within, but believe me, it's not black! Which is why I included a sunshine shot. 1-2 coats for full opacity. Safety pin is a gorgeous metallic chrome with a slight golden tint in the right light. 1-2 coats.
Poison Plum is hard to capture it deep plum jelly shade with it’s red glitters within, but believe me, it’s not black! Which is why I included a sunshine shot. 1-2 coats for full opacity. Safety pin is a gorgeous metallic chrome with a slight golden tint in the right light. 1-2 coats.
I took a sunshine shot to show you how really gorgeous Poison Plum is!
I took a sunshine shot to show you how really gorgeous Poison Plum is!

Safety Pin is a silvery chrome with micro shimmer.
Safety Pin is a silvery chrome with micro shimmer.

Poison Plum is a glossy deep plum jelly with flecks of chunky glitter.
Poison Plum is a glossy deep plum jelly with flecks of chunky glitter.

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.

FEATURED BENEFITS: VINYLUX® Weekly Polish system includes a self-adhering Color Coat that eliminates the need for Base Coat; Top Coat becomes more durable with exposure to natural light; dries in just 8.5 minutes and provides week-long chip-free wear.
AVAILABILITY: Available worldwide Summer 2015; visit the Salon Locator on cnd.com
PRICE: In-salon VINYLUX® Weekly Polish services range from $20-$35, depending on location; VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and VINYLUX® Weekly Top Coat retail for $10.50 per bottle at select salons.”

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CND

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.

Week Long Wear (Really!)
• Fast-Drying, Two-Step Application
• Increased Durability with Natural Light
• 90 Fashion Shades

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.

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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
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

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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