I can’t get over the depth and sparkle of these next two polishes from ILNP Fall 2015 collection. Today I’ll show you vampy red Diablo and deep and earthy Mountain View.
Note: the pre-order price ends tonite at 10 p.m. Pacific, so pick these up and the rest of the Fall collection at a reduced rate!
First up is Diablo. Oh my goodness, you need this spicy little number!
And who couldn’t use a Mountain View? You’ll want this gorgeous deep cool toned forest green Fall through Winter!
I have a few more to share so stay tuned and remember, you can preorder the ILNP Fall 2015 collection from Sept. 4th thru Sept. 8th at a discount, then regular price after that 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.”
Remember to use my discount code! On a side note, if you live in the US, or actually anyplace far from the original location of the store, allow up to 3-4 weeks for delivery as your items come from Hong Kong/Singapore. Shipping is always FREE Worldwide, payment is via Paypal, Visa and MC. Check this store out for all your nail art, accessory needs including items like jewelry, polishes, cosmetics, contact lenses, phone accessories, manicure equipment and more.
Aaaannnddd we have three more beauties from our friends at Madam Glam. I’ve been featuring their newest additions to the MG family for Summer 2015. I continue to be blown away. Did I already mention that these polishes are quite long wearing? That’s a great plus for you gals that don’t change polish as often as I do! Let’s get this Party started!
Here is one of my faves. Rock Star is a pink holographic topper that so feminine and amazing over any color.
Candy Coat blew me away! In a sweet way. 😉
Party Nights and summer go together like tiki lights and beach bonfires! Super smooth micro glitter topper.
I still have more coming so stay tuned. It’s always such a joy working with Elsa and the Madam Glam team. Seriously superb customer service and a plethora of other products to amaze you!
Oh, side note: I apologize for not “presentin'” with more nail art, gems etc., on my recent manis. I’m just trying to get these colors out to you for your shopping pleasure. I’m sure you’d prefer to see the products in all their glory than see my feeble attempts at art. LOL But seriously, I’ve been uuber busy of late helping my hubby finalize liquidation of his folk’s estate (his mom passed away in December). It’s been grueling work and I thank the Lord my nails have stayed strong with all the cleaning, sorting, packing, etc. When life gets back to somewhat normal, I’ll be blinging it out again. 😉
Madam Glam offers a ton in Vampy shades, neutrals, Neons, Pastels, Glitters and Metallics, and nail treatments. 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.
Well, it had to come out eventually! First off thanks to my sweet, fellow beauty blogger/YouTube celebrity and polish addict, Zenorah at Zenorah.com and Zenorah on YouTube. She’s my tagger! I enjoy sharing little nuggets of my boring life. These are always fun to do and to read. So here we go!
Confessions of a nail polish addict Questions:
1. What colour are you wearing right now?
A bright pink called Hotter Than You Pink by OPI.
2. What nail product can’t you live without?
Well if we aren’t talking about color, I’d have to say a good quick-dry topcoat.
3. What is your favorite nail brand?
Too many to number!
4. What shape nail do you wear?
I’m definitely a squoval. Easy to maintain, is the most natural looking for my finger and nail bed shape, and I. Too clumsy to pull off pointed!
5. What’s your go-to Red, Pink & Neutral Nail Polish?
That’s a tough one. I’d have to say that for a mainstream red it would have to be Sookie by Zoya. For the pink, I am going to have to say any baby pink works for me. For neutrals, I love latte shades as well as the new Zoya Naturel line.
6. Short or Long Nails?
Long of course. But not so long that I can’t do housework, mow the yard or or plant flowers!
7. What Nail Polish colors are on your nail wish list?
A Neon holo periwinkle or a Caribbean blue green.
8. When do you paint your nails, morning, afternoon or evening?
Mostly morning to afternoon when the lighting is best since I am usually swatching. I don’t like to paint them at night because I inevitably end up jacking up my mani by morning.
9. What’s your top nail tip you swear by?
Oil dem cuticles! I always apply cuticle oil with a micro slanted flat brush around my cuticles. Then I oil them at night before bed. Dry cuticles are just, unhealthy!
10. What nail polish do you regret buying?
I hate buying a drug store polish, get it home, only to find out it’s a color I already have but the cosmetic company duped it and slapped on a new name. This infuriates me!
11. Neon or Pastel?
Both. Yup, both!
12. What’s your favorite color right now, you wear all the time? I change all the time! But right now, I’m loving all the neon blues and greens.
Well, that’s all I can confess to at the moment. I’m just glad one of the questions was about how many bottles I own. That would be just going too far. 😉
I’m sure I’ve enlightened my readers over the past year to what inhabits my glittery thoughts and motivations as a nail polish blogger. but in case you missed it, here it is! Yesterday I joined the Facebook group, The Nail Polish Blogger Connection. The individuals in the group are posting a Q & A about their blogs then linking up throughout the month to each other. When you have a blog, about any passion, it’s always nice to have a group of likeminded people that understand and appreciate your triumphs, your struggles, not to mention share our goals and future plans. And fellow NPBCers, be gentle with me here. I’m a newbie 😉 So let’s begin!
• What is the focus of your blog? (Nail art, stamping, swatching, blended, etc.) All of the above and more. I not only post swatches of polishes I’ve personally purchases, but also products provided to me free of charge by indie makers, mainstream commercial companies. Within those posts I may include some nail art, different techniques (some sort of lame but I try) and throw in tips and tricks and some turtorial content. I share my own humble opinion on all products I review. I’d rather be remembered as the voice of encouragement and positivity while being honest and to the point. I’m never mean or brutal, but if I find elements in need of improvement, I see myself as a gentle critic, and if I don’t like a product I’ll tell you. I can’t be swayed like a puppet, and you’ll never find a “Debbie Downer” attitude either.
• What made you start blogging? It goes waaay back! In blogging, I think it’s a way for folks to share their passion with things that they enjoy, opinions they hold and to spread the word. I have enjoyed writing since I was a wee lass. I’ve started two books, STARTED, and several chapters later they live in little tiny digital bunkers in an undisclosed location. It’s a “one of these days I’ll finish them” state of mind. Then, many moons ago I landed a job working for a tiny publishing company that produced two auto mags. Both out of print by now but one was an auto trader, the other a monthly magazine all about car shows. Mainly classics. I was on the composition and photo prep team and my teacher and mentor was a wonderful artist, a U of A grad. She helped me get my feet wet as I dove into the world of digital photography, using Macs (I was a PC girl), Photoshop, Quark and other publishing software. From there I joined the team at our small town newspaper, The Cassville Democrat. Long story short (sometimes an impossibility for me), I ended up wearing many hats there. I wrote, took photos, worked in composition and answered the phone. I worked for them a total of about 12 years. I loved working with them and now my lovely editor, Lisa, has now moved to Steamboat and is the editor for the Steamboat Pilot. How does all this lead to my blogging? Since I was already “into” nail polish collecting and experimenting with different finishes, nail art, etc., and I couldn’t work outside the home for a time, I decided to start the blog! See how I went all around the globe to come to this conclusion? LOL
• What keeps you blogging? “As sands through the hourglass…” So many polishes, so little time. I guess until the world is deprived of the Internet, it’s very likely I will continue blogging about nail polish. It’s not so much for the feedback. After a bit more than a year, I’m still building a following and feedback is sketchy on my blog. On Instagram and Facebook however, feedback is phenominal! I keep blogging because I simply love nail polish, I love color and I love to write.
• What other blogs were/are inspirational to you? I have to say that not only blogs, but some Youtube personalities have inspired me. I could have gone the direction of being a vlogger or Youtuber, but seriously, who wants to see my old face? 😉 For the most part, you get to see my fingers, that’s it! But I can say that bloggers like (but not limited to) The Mercurial Magpie, Miss Hollyberries and Kathleen of Pretty Daysies, have inspired me to push on. There are many others!
• What advice would you give to someone just starting a nail blog? Be consistent and keep a schedule if you can. If you have nothing special to blog about, you can still find things to share whether it’s your system of organization, bargain shopping, gifting, your cat! LOL Be honest but be kind. My mom always taught me you get more with honey than with vinegar and constructive criticism goes a long way. Take good photos, and always continue to learn. Nobody knows it all and there is always room to learn more. My son is a photographer, a late bloomer but he has jumped lightyears ahead of me after I gave him my first castoff of a camera, an old Canon Rebel. He now shoots events, red carpet, film openings, weddings, model shoots, you name it! I’m one proud mama and I now come to him for photographic advice. Find a mentor whether it’s for polish application and cleanup, writing, photography. The more you learn, the better your blog! Practice your application and cleanup! I’d rather see a clean, plain swatch with no art than a artsy mani with flaky cuticles and errant lacquer everywhere.
• What is your polish Holy Grail (deliberately left vague…) Well, by Holy Grail I’m assuming it’s got to be one thing only. In case you haven’t noticed by now I’m quite the Chatty Cathy here. There are so many variants but since I mentioned good nail and cuticle care, I have to say cuticle oils and conditioners. When your nails and cuticles crap out on you and literally take a hit, it changes the whole dynamic of your swatch photography. Whether it’s a broken nail causing you to trim the whole lot, or the attack of the Winter beast, dry air, you’ve got to take good care of your digits! Oil ’em up girls…every night, every morning, after housecleaning and yardwork. Winter dryness, summer sun, bad diet, frequent antibacterial gels are all fierce opponents of your model hand! Don’t let them win. I have at least eight oils and balms that I use. I keep them by the bedside, on the TV room table, kitchen, mani station and bathroom.
• If you were stuck on a deserted island, what one item would you take with you? LOL, I love this question. #1, for me, the beach fanatic, there is no such thing as being “stuck” on a deserted island because I dream of living in a lil shack on a white sand beach with crystal clear water and coconut palms all around. And if one is stuck, you haven’t really planned it so how would you know you had to take a particular item with you? See how analytical I can be? Haha! But, if I was to live out an extended period of time on said deserted island, I would want sunscreen. I’m no spring chicken ya know! 😉 And I did watch “Cast Away” and can use Tom Hanks experience as a survival guide. 🙂
• What else would you like to share about your blog? I have to give kudos to the various contributors that have been so kind to send me their amazing products to review, test and photograph. I may not get paid, it’s a cashless gig (much to the disappointment of my hubby) but it keeps my love of polish, color and nail-care going. I have a never-ending supply of polish and accessories to write about it seems and as long as I can clearly convey my lucid ramblings about nail lacquer, I plan to share it with you until you tell me, “please, for the love of Mike, STOP!” 😉
I received all six shades of the 50 Shades of Grey LE Collection by OPI, from Loxa Beauty this week. From vampy cool toned red to the smoldering deep toned grey (w/just a hint of blue-tone), this ensemble will surely inspire you to paint your nails and go to town! I have to say, the some of the formulas were on the thin side of application, but each only needed two coats to opacity. I had a bit of trouble with pooling on the red, Romantically Involved, but it only happened on one nail. The fluidity of the formula took me by surprise. Each creme dried quickly, applied smooth and dried glossy. Here are a couple shot of the bottles.
I like how the grey shades were sort of stepped, and I plan on trying a gradient when I get the chance. Then the other three took on a different personality from snappy silver, sparkly silver with blue glitters and sexy red.
You can now get all six shades from the LE Collection of 50 Shades of Grey by OPI now from Loxa Beauty! The film adaptation of the 2011 romance novel by British author E.L. James is due to be released in theaters on February 13, 2015.
“Surrender to the passion. Surrender to the color.” Pick up your OPI 50 Shades of Grey polishes today at Loxa Beauty!
Conclusion: I liked this collection and felt like they all were very complimentary with each other. I loved layering the Shine on Me over My Silk Tie…total win there. I love reds and one would think with all the reds I own, I’d have a dupe. But nope! I looked and this is unlike my other reds. The thin formula is workable and makes this one worth it. I’m not a huge fan of grey/gray 😉 but they do gradient nicely together. My fave grey in this collection is the Dark Side of the Mood. What do you think? Got it, want it, on the fence? Loxa Beauty also has the set of minis as well!
OPI Nail Lacquer is rich, long-lasting, high shine, colored nail polish for natural nails. OPI Nail Lacquers contain everything you want, nothing you don’t. Contains no DBP, toluene or formaldehyde and they are not tested on animals Lacquers feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush.
I can’t personally expound much on the “Grey” trilogy, other than the 2nd installment of the books is named Fifty Shades Darker and the 3rd is Fifty Shades Freed. Both were published in 2012. But from what I’ve read from reviews of the trilogy, the story line is steamier than a July picnic in Louisiana! I may not be able to handle that, but I had no trouble with these fab polishes.
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* These products were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
I’m kinda sad. Sad that I only have three fabulous flakies from I Love Nail Polish left to swatch for you! But take heart, you’ll surely be swatching your own after you have seen all the amazing swatches from my fellow bloggers. All the Ultra Chrome Flakies from ILNP are available now and every single one of the 13 are beyond my expectation. Easy on, easy off, eye-catching flakies expertly crafted and elegantly bottled, these polishes are a must-have in your collection. So here we have Open Fields. A brilliant green too gorgeous for words!
I HAVE to show you a macro shot, because well, it’s just too cool! 😉
I have two left for you to see. Neon Rosebud and Metropolis. I can’t wait to show them to you! How about you? Have you placed your order yet? I know there are a lot of flakies from indie polish makers out there and I’ve tried a few, so far all fabulous. If you wondered about these from ILNP, I guarantee you will love them. They glide on like butter and sparkle like crazy. Please comment below, I’d love to hear from you.
In case you wondered, here is info on ILNP 3-Free and cruelty free products!
“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.”