Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Music/Movies/TV - Doctor Who

You all had to know that there was no way I was going to get through this theme without doing a Doctor Who design.  And thanks to my completely awesome stamping plate from MyOnline Shop I have some new images to use!

I decided to go in a different direction with this design.  I have been really feeling the pastels lately and wanted to make them the base for my manicure.  I started with two coats of Barry M White.


I dry brushed Dragon Fruit first.


I added some Papaya.


And lastly, Greenberry.


I used a variety of Doctor Who images from Jr31 and stamped with Blue Grape.




To add to the "space" look I applied one coat of Northern Lights.




These images are brilliant! There is so much geek love on this plate!  One of the best purchases I have ever made!







Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nicole by OPI Partners with Kellogg's Special K Once Again!


Have you heard?? NOPI is once again partnering with Kellogg's Special K! That's right! If you enjoy Kellogg's products you can send in your codes and receive three full size bottles of NOPI!  I'll let them explain it!

Expanding on the momentum of last year’s partnership, Nicole by OPI has once again collaborated with Kellogg’s®Special K® to launch three custom nail lacquer shades for its "Shine Brighter" campaign.  The campaign inspires women to be their best selves - healthy, confident and positive, to look better, feel better, and shine brighter. 
Nicole by OPI is excited to offer exclusive lacquers to Kellogg’s Special K consumers for a second time, because last year was such a big hit!” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “We encourage women to show off their confidence in a positive way through color.  When you look good, you feel good!”
The three custom shades include: Challenge Red-y (crème red), Live in the Momentum (crème blue) and My Sol Shines Brighter (crème coral). Shoppers will have the opportunity to receive free full-size bottles of Nicole by OPI nail lacquer by signing up for the Kellogg’s Family Rewards program and entering codes from specially marked boxes of Special K products, while supplies last.
With the purchase of three eligible Special K products, consumers will receive the shade Challenge Red-y. After submitting the purchase codes from five eligible Special K products, consumers will receive two lacquers - Live in the Momentum and My Sol Shines Brighter.

Included with my samples was a box of Kellogg's Special K Fruit & Yogurt! It is so yummy!!


Challenge Red-Y - two coats.  Formula is a tad thin, I could still see my nail line, but it is a perfect, true red. It is also not a new shade.  Challenge Red-Y was part of the partnership the first round.




Live in the Momentum - two coats.  I absolutely love this blue! It is gorgeous!




My Sol Shines Brighter - two coats.  Bright and amazing! This lacquer is perfect for Spring and Summer!




These shades are fabulous! I do like LitM and MSSB the best.  These lacquers are perfect for some upcoming designs!

Nicole by OPI Signature edition Special K packages designed by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann will be available exclusively at Target. The designer packages are available only for select flavors (Original, Red Berries & Chocolatey Delight). 
Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality.  This promotion will be available April 2014 in the US where Special K products are sold.
For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI
and become a Facebook fan!



Monday, April 21, 2014

POSHINALITY - Tomboy


Good Morning Everyone! I hope all of you had a fantastic Easter weekend!  I know I did!  Not only was the weekend beautiful I got to putz around the house and enjoy a four day weekend.  Unfortunately, today is my last day off and it is back to work tomorrow.  Before we know it summer vacation will be here!  

On to today's polish!  I have a new polish company to share with you today - POSHINALITY.

Launching 40+ shades which are a variety of cremes, glitters, vibrant bright and dark hues, POSHINALITY celebrates originality through its growing color palette, naming each colour after styles of fashion and personality types.  A straightforward summation of our brand is this:  Polish + Personality = POSHINALITY.  We created POSHINALITY with the tomboy and the girly girl in mind, as well as the bohemian hipster and the plain jane. 

With long-wearing and chip-resistant colour, each .43 fl oz bottle provides perfect application and durability.  Additionally POSHINALITY is vegan and toxin-free, containing no toluene, formaldehyde, DBP or camphor.   

Every bottle delivers intense colour and serves as a small reminder that we have the right to feel comfortable in our skin, helping you express who you are or how you feel on any given day.  That's why we don't just refer to any nail colour as just a nail polish. To us, it's a POSHINALITY.

I was given the choice of three lacquers to review and I picked a very pretty blue, Tomboy.



TOMBOY isn’t the typical blue.  It’s a beautiful blue jean hue with a smooth crème finish. 
Not one who lives for the approval of others, you’re a laid-back individual with a strong, independent mind. As one who is cool and confident, you don’t feel the need to explain the what’s, how’s and why’s of your mood or your androgynous style of fashion. Not conforming to the latest trends and fads, you are the relaxed sort who has learned not to sweat the small stuff and be comfortable in your own skin.

I applied two coats.





The formula with this lacquer was fantastic. It applied smooth and flawless.  You can see the shine in the photos. I did not add a top coat!  And I love the shade!  Such a beautiful dusty blue!  I am curious about the rest of the collection!

I do have one concern - the packaging.  This is how the polish arrived:


As you can see there wasn't much protection.  Hopefully if they are sending out more than one lacquer they consider using bubble wrap.  

Overall I think this is a great concept.  They have some wonderful shades!

.43 fl. oz. - $9.50
Visit our website - www.poshinality.com





Friday, April 18, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Texture - Easter

It is time to wrap up this month's Digit-al Dozen theme!  What a week! I am so happy and proud with the designs I created this week!  I think the best part was that the designs are all ones that a novice nail artist can do at home.  My last design fits into that category with an increase in difficulty because I added some stamping.  Seeing that Easter is only a couple days away I knew that my last design would be my Easter manicure!

For my textures I went with my three Barry Ms, Atlantic Road, Station Road and Kingsland Road.


I applied two coats to each stripe.  Nothing special, no taping, just careful application.



I went with three Easter images from Cheeky Jumbo Plate6 and BMH10.  I used Milani White on the Spot to apply them to each nail.


At first I was disappointed that the white did not pop as much as I wanted.  The images can be hard to see if your not really looking, however I came to love the softness of the design.




I think if the design was more "in your face" it would have taken away from the beautiful, soft texture of the Barry Ms.  Yep, really satisfied with this design!

There have been so many amazing designs this month!  If you have been inspired by mine or any of the other ladies make sure you share your designs on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram.  We love to see your inspired designs!





Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Texture - Dotticure

Today's design is all about untried textures and I actually used two untrieds for this manicure!  As I was going through my textures I realized that I never used my Julie G textures that I bought last year.  Plus I never used the hot pink Julie G I picked up last summer. Instant manicure!

I started with two coats of Bikini.  I love this color but the formula was not that great.  The polish was very streaky.  


You can see the streaks in this photo.  


So how do you cover up the streaky-ness??? Dots!  I used Rock Candy to add various size dots.






These colors are perfect together and I love the texture dots! Such a great effect!  By the way these are insanely bright in person! My camera washed out the color a bit.





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