Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bestie Twin Nails with The Little Canvas: Round 7!

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It's that time again! Time for this month's edition of Bestie Twin Nails with Alaina of The Little Canvas!

This time, it was my turn to pick the manicure so I chose this beautiful manicure by Jary Nails. I just loved how this was wintery but not full on RED GREEEENNNNN CHRISTMAS!!!!! I love Christmas but I am just a little worn out from all of the super red and green designs, lol.

I used all Zoya polishes for my gradient, starting with Dove as the gray base. I then used Tao and Odette to complete the gradient and then used Trixie for the snowflakes. Clearly my brush was too large because I have some chunky snowflakes lines but it's okay. Every snowflake is different, right??

I matted the whole darn thing with..... eek. I can't remember! I think Essie Matte About You, because I'm trying to use up that bottle, lol. And I don't think Zoya has a matte topcoat... do they?? I honestly don't know.

ANYWAY, mine were no where near as good as Jary's or Alaina's, but I liked how they turned out! I even tried to pose like Jary does for some of her manicures, lol.




Now go check out Alaina's nails because you know that hers are amazing as always. Ugh, I hate that! Ha! I'm kidding!! And she knows I'm kidding too :-p

Any suggestions for future BTN???
Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Teadora's Nourishing Body Polish - Review!

Hey guys!

Press Sample

Today's post is a bit different! I am reviewing a body polish!

The following information was provided in the press release from Teadora:

Winter and dry, dull skin go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Think again! With a little exfoliation and the skin-loving ingredients found in Teadora’s Nourishing Body Polish, you can have summer time’s hydrated, gorgeously glowing skin all year round! Teadora’s Nourishing Body Polish is loaded with powerful, sustainably harvested natural and organic ingredients from the Amazon rainforest. The formula includes Teadora’s Icons of the Rainforest (Buriti, Pitanga, Cupuaçu, Andiroba and Açaí) and Rainforest Hydration Elixir (Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed and Passion Fruit oils), plus a potent combo of Açaí Seeds for deep exfoliation and Amazonian Clay to help reduce blemishes for brighter, healthier, smoother skin.

Why should you exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week?
·Removing layer(s) of dead skin gets the blood flowing and helps revive skin’s radiance and glow
·When skin gets extra dry, it can start to flake - exfoliating keeps flakes and rough patches in check
·Allows lotions to penetrate and moisturize more effectively
·Unclogs pores of oil and dirt which means less breakouts
·When you remove surface dry skin, skin looks smoother, which means you look younger!

Teadora’s Nourishing Body Polish is available in two 100% natural fragrances, RAINFOREST AT DUSK and RAINFOREST AT DAWN.

RAINFOREST AT DAWN // Wake up in the rainforest. A bright and sparkling citrusy burst of bergamot and lemon swirls with woods, fresh florals, basil, and eucalyptus to awaken your senses and ready you for the day ahead. Hear the calls of colorful birds. Smell the lush, exotic flowers and juicy black currants. Feel the dark, fertile soil under your toes.

RAINFOREST AT DUSK // Relax in the rainforest. Smooth, floral notes of Rose Absolute and Geranium blend with hints of orange and coconut to soothe and revitalize your senses after a long day. Feel the cooling air against your skin. Hear the patter of rain on the leaves overhead. Smell the luscious Ylang, night blooming flowers and the rich warmth of cedarwood. Listen to the calls of night monkeys.


I am reviewing the Rainforest At Dusk scent.

I will say that I didn't care for the color of the body polish; it was reminiscent of...well....baby poop! LOL. Aside from the color, it was a nice, gentle scrub. It didn't feel abrasive or rough at all, just mildly exfoliating. The scent was pleasant and earthy but not strong. I don't feel that the scent remained on my skin during the day; I don't really think anything ever does!

As far as brightening goes... guys... do you really ever see a difference in the brightness of your arm and leg skin? Maybe I just pay zero attention to that but I've never looked at my arms (especially in the winter, I'm wearing 15 layers!) and thought "Wow my arms look bright!" IS THIS JUST ME?! So, no, I cannot say that this brightened my skin. I can also say that I've never purchased an item thinking that it would actually brighten my skin!! LOL

You can purchase Teadora products, and this body polish specifically, here.

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Friday, December 5, 2014

Laquerlicious Holly Days

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Another quick post today, featuring Laquerlicious Holly Days from Michelle's Christmas 2014 collection.

This is sooo gorgeous! I was expecting a more sheer glitter, but this was completely opaque in 2 coats!


Laquerlicious polishes can be purchased here.

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Smitten Polish Nose So Bright

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I have a quick post today!

Smitten Polish Nose So Bright from the Holiday 2014 collection is a bright red linear holographic polish. I would not call this a true red, it looks a little more berry red to me but regardless, it's gorgeous! I used two coats, no top coat.


You can purchase Smitten Polish here.

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Monday, December 1, 2014

Orly Sparkle for Holiday 2014!

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                                                                                                                                Nothing To Disclose

Uhhmmm ohmahgah it's already December?? How is this even possible? I literally have no idea!! Eek!!

Let's just talk about Orly and how they are basically killing it with their collections this year. I will be the first to admit that I kind of overlooked Orly in general and when they rebranded, I was not pleased with the new look. That being said... I purchased more Orly this year than I have my entire polish life, lol! And when I saw the Sparkle collection with A LINEAR HOLOGRAPHIC SILVER POLISH... I was like... yep.... come to momma.

Explosion of Fun is a pink shimmer glitter. I used one coat over OPI MBSW. I was hoping this would be more dense and full coverage. Oh well, it's still pretty as a topper!


Bling is a gold holographic polish. It's beautiful. You need it, go buy it. I used 3 coats for opacity.



Tinsel is a red hex and green bar glitter. It sort of looks like holly! I used one coat with some placement over Bling.



Mirrorball is just freaking amazing and dude, seriously. GO buy it. This was 3 coats. There is some glitter in the holo and it's just fabulous. This picture does not even do it justice!! 



Glitterbomb is a multi-colored hex glitter. This was one coat over WnW Black Creme. It's pretty but definitely not anything new to my collection. Which isn't fair because... ya know... I have like eleventy thousand polishes :-p



Steal the Spotlight is a teal glitter polish. This was more sheer than I expected but I was able to build it up using 3 coats.


Overall, I liked this collection. I wish it were a little more opaque, rather than being primarily toppers but the holos in this collection are amazing and it's really awesome to see a mainstream brand doing such fantastic holographic polishes!! Mirrorball and Bling are FOR SURE must haves, in my opinion!!

Did you guys pick up any polishes from this collection? Are you loving Orly this year like I am? I'm excited to see what is ahead from Orly for next year!!

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Friday, November 28, 2014

smART Nails Stencils Review + A Giveaway!

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Press Sample

I am just sort of getting into nail vinyls and such, since I can't stamp to save my life and when I was contacted my smART Nails to review their product, it sounded like something that even a simple nail arter like myself could handle!

smART Nail Stencils are just that: nail stencils. They are adhesive on the back so you lay the adhesive side against your dry nail and use the stencil like you would any other craft stencil. Then remove and you're good to go!

I was generously provided with 8 stencil sets to review. I'm not going to show you all 8 because that would be a lot of pictures, lol, but I will show you my favorite stencil :-)

The set I will show you is P014 - Flower. The stencils come in a cellophane package and in that is a cardboard booklet.



Guys. I cannot even explain how easy this was!! I literally peeled the stencil off the sheet, and plopped it on my nail. Painted the color I wanted to use and peeled it off. That's it. I did use the same stencil for all of the flowers you see below so they are definitely not a one time use deal! Obviously, the adhesive wasn't quite as strong towards the last few flowers but it still worked well enough that it didn't smear the polish.



Twitter: @smart_nails


smART Nails was also kind enough to provide a giveaway for my lovely readers! This giveaway is open to USA, Canada, The UK and Australia only.

- All you have to do is comment on this post with the 5 smART Nail designs that you like most (the entire product line is here), mentioning the catalog number or the designs name.
- If you are selected a winner, you will get the 5 stencils you commented as your choice!
- You must also Like the smART Nails Facebook page via the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

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Be sure to check out smART Nail on all of their social media platforms:
Twitter: @smart_nails

Talk to you soon!
Amanda

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SinfulColors Holi-Dazzled

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Press Sample

SinfulColors is bringing you 22 radiant shades for Holiday 2014!

From the Decked With Glitter Flakes, I have SinfulColors Decadent, a red metallic flake glitter, over Julep Zelda. Easy application and one coat.



From the Blues and Hints of Gold section, I have 3 polishes.

The first is Ice Blue, which is an indigo shade of blue and quite sheer. This was 4 coats.



I added All About You, a sheer shimmering gold over Ice Blue. Love this combination!

Midnight Blue is more of a cobalt blue, but still completely gorgeous and my kind of color. This was two easy coats. 

I added one coat of All About You over Midnight Blue and I like this even more than I do the Ice Blue and All About You combination! It looks so different over the darker color.

Don't forget to follow SinfulColors on Facebook and Twitter:
Facebook: www.facebok.com/SinfulColors
Twitter: www.twitter.com/SinfulColors_NP

Talk to you soon!
Amanda