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03/26/2013

Color: Please Me (M∙A∙C)Retail Price: $16.00 (USD)
This shade is from the M∙A∙C Casual Color collection.  It is a mid-tone warm pink with a creme finish. The formula for this shade was easy to work with (a pleasant surprise after my experience with the M∙A∙C Beth Ditto pastels), and Please Me was opaque in an easy two coats.
Overall, I really like this shade. It has a really sweet, romantic feel, and it’s work-safe, too! Moreover, I think this shade (and any shade in this collection) is perfect if you’re wanting to try out the matching lip and nail color trend.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by M·A·C.

Color: Please Me (M∙A∙C)
Retail Price: $16.00 (USD)

This shade is from the M∙A∙C Casual Color collection.  It is a mid-tone warm pink with a creme finish. The formula for this shade was easy to work with (a pleasant surprise after my experience with the M∙A∙C Beth Ditto pastels), and Please Me was opaque in an easy two coats.

Overall, I really like this shade. It has a really sweet, romantic feel, and it’s work-safe, too! Moreover, I think this shade (and any shade in this collection) is perfect if you’re wanting to try out the matching lip and nail color trend.

Disclosure: Product sample provided by M·A·C.

03/24/2013

Anonymous said: Hi! I love your blog and I was wondering, do you file your nails so that they are flat instead of rounded at the tips?

Thanks! And yes, I file my nails like that on purpose for two reasons. First, it’s really easy to just file your nails into a straight line, lol. (I’m not sure I have the patience to file my nails in a rounded shape!) And second, I’ve been trying to keep my nails a little shorter, and I think square nails look great short. Of course…sometimes I get busy with life and my nails turn into claws before I have a chance to file them back down again!

Anonymous said: How do you paint your nails so perfect?? I am amazed! Please tell me, I can never quite get my cuticle area as clean and perfect as i would like.

Honestly, it’s a “practice makes perfect” thing!  Someone else did ask me this before, though, so I have a slightly more detailed answer here. :)

03/01/2013

Color: Exotic Encounters (China Glaze)Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s fall 2012 On Safari collection. It is a dusty yet bright teal with a creme finish. I know this is a 2012 color, but emerald is the color for 2013, and I think this teal is a fun twist on this year’s trend!
As with all China Glaze cremes, I found the formula very easy to work with. The finish is smooth and glossy, and I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze. 

Color: Exotic Encounters (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s fall 2012 On Safari collection. It is a dusty yet bright teal with a creme finish. I know this is a 2012 color, but emerald is the color for 2013, and I think this teal is a fun twist on this year’s trend!

As with all China Glaze cremes, I found the formula very easy to work with. The finish is smooth and glossy, and I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.

Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze. 

02/26/2013

Color: Kalahari Kiss (China Glaze)Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s fall 2012 On Safari collection. China Glaze describes it as a brown, but I definitely think it’s more like a yellowy beige, if anything! On some skin tones, I think this shade would even function great as a work-safe nude.
The formula for this shade makes application smooth and easy (just like most of China Glaze’s cremes), and I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze. 

Color: Kalahari Kiss (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s fall 2012 On Safari collection. China Glaze describes it as a brown, but I definitely think it’s more like a yellowy beige, if anything! On some skin tones, I think this shade would even function great as a work-safe nude.

The formula for this shade makes application smooth and easy (just like most of China Glaze’s cremes), and I needed two coats to achieve bottle color.

Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze. 

01/29/2013

Infused with Magic and Wonder! Featuring the latest “must-have” nail polish finish – Textured, Matte & Sparkling. This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this look…
Zoya’s spring 2013 PixieDust collection includes the following six shades:
Dahlia - Black Beauty sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Chyna - Red Dazzle sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Godiva - Soft Nude sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Vespa - Mint Kiss sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Nyx - Perfect Periwinkle sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
London - Fog Gray sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
Instructions for Zoya PixieDust application:
Clean and prep nail using Zoya Remove +
Magic Time! Apply 1 thin coat of Zoya PixieDust to each nail - allow to dry completely (will appear matte with sparkle).
Apply an 1-2 coats of polish (allowing each to dry) as desired. We suggest 2-3 thin coats of Zoya PixieDust for a full coverage manicure.
That’s it - Done! You now have the latest textured nail look in the famous long-wearing, Big5Free Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish formula!
NOTE: Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish dry times are a little slower than with traditional polish but once dry, the Zoya PixieDust formulation will provide extended wear. Best results are achieved by using the product alone. No basecoat or topcoat required. Layering of the Zoya PixieDust formulation with other polishes may produce less than desirable results. Remove Zoya PixieDust by saturating a cotton pad in Zoya Remove + and pressing to nail for a few seconds. Repeat on each nail for best results.
Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Starting January 15, 2013, find Zoya Lovely as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at zoya.com.
This looks STUNNING and so unique! I have no idea whether or not I’ll love it as much on my nails because I still don’t have enough experience with the textured nail polish trend, but I am way too intrigued not to want to try this as soon as I can! How about you?

Infused with Magic and Wonder! Featuring the latest “must-have” nail polish finish – Textured, Matte & Sparkling. This newly developed formula is sure to captivate with a magical sparkle and sugary finish like no other. The color experts at Zoya have created six, long-wearing stunners for the introduction of this look…

Zoya’s spring 2013 PixieDust collection includes the following six shades:

  • Dahlia - Black Beauty sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
  • Chyna - Red Dazzle sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
  • Godiva - Soft Nude sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
  • Vespa - Mint Kiss sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
  • Nyx - Perfect Periwinkle sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.
  • London - Fog Gray sparkle, exclusive Zoya PixieDust Matte Sparkle formula.

Instructions for Zoya PixieDust application:

  • Clean and prep nail using Zoya Remove +
  • Magic Time! Apply 1 thin coat of Zoya PixieDust to each nail - allow to dry completely (will appear matte with sparkle).
  • Apply an 1-2 coats of polish (allowing each to dry) as desired. We suggest 2-3 thin coats of Zoya PixieDust for a full coverage manicure.
  • That’s it - Done! You now have the latest textured nail look in the famous long-wearing, Big5Free Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish formula!

NOTE: Zoya PixieDust Nail Polish dry times are a little slower than with traditional polish but once dry, the Zoya PixieDust formulation will provide extended wear. Best results are achieved by using the product alone. No basecoat or topcoat required. Layering of the Zoya PixieDust formulation with other polishes may produce less than desirable results. Remove Zoya PixieDust by saturating a cotton pad in Zoya Remove + and pressing to nail for a few seconds. Repeat on each nail for best results.

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Starting January 15, 2013, find Zoya Lovely as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at zoya.com.


This looks STUNNING and so unique! I have no idea whether or not I’ll love it as much on my nails because I still don’t have enough experience with the textured nail polish trend, but I am way too intrigued not to want to try this as soon as I can! How about you?

01/25/2013

Lovely, just LOVELY! Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other…
Zoya’s spring 2013 Lovely collection includes the following six shades:
Piaf - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
GeiGei - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
Julie - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
Blu - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
Neely - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
Jacqueline - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Starting January 01, 2013, find Zoya Lovely as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at zoya.com.
Spring collections are always difficult for me to swallow because I can’t handle too much pastel, but I think the shades in this collection are just right! Can’t wait to try these out!

Lovely, just LOVELY! Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other…

Zoya’s spring 2013 Lovely collection includes the following six shades:

  • Piaf - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
  • GeiGei - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • Julie - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)
  • Blu - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
  • Neely - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
  • Jacqueline - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Starting January 01, 2013, find Zoya Lovely as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at zoya.com.


Spring collections are always difficult for me to swallow because I can’t handle too much pastel, but I think the shades in this collection are just right! Can’t wait to try these out!

01/06/2013

Anonymous said: You're back! (Like Voldemort, only I'm much happier about it!) You /are/ back...right?

Haha! Yes, I’m back!

For anyone who actually missed me, I apologize for the extended hiatus. I’ve still been swatching, though, so you’ll see some older reviews popping up. Because sometimes, life takes priority over your nail blog, but not so much so that you can’t sport fabulous nails while you tackle life!

Thanks for sticking with me! :)

01/05/2013

There’s nail art and then there’s China Glaze nail couture.  Reverse French manicure, half moons, ombre, basket weave, dots or racing stripes: nail designs are intricate and multi-colored.  China Glaze introduces a new way to get multi-color, unique nail art with fewer bottles of polish with the new color-changing Tranzitions collection!

China Glaze Tranzitions’ revolutionary new nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied, changing the color from one shade to another for a stunning effect.  Wear any of the six beautiful, color-shifting shades alone, or allow your creativity to run wild and create intricate nail designs by applying a top coat in specific places.  Try different looks using nail art brushes, free-hand designs or nail guides.  Because each shade changes color, you get two lacquers in one, creating an entirely new look with just one swipe.

The China Glaze Tranzitions collection features six shades, though with the color transition, you get 12 unique shades including:

  • Split Perso-NAIL-ity – Dusty pink shifts to fuchsia
  • Duplicity – Mint green shifts to vibrant teal
  • Modify Me – Periwinkle blue shifts to indigo blue
  • Altered Reality – Teal blue shifts to turquoise
  • Metallic Metamorphosis – Silvery grey shifts to bluish-charcoal grey
  • Shape Shifter – Smokey violet shifts to dark purple

How It Works:

Step 1: Apply a base coat.

Step 2: Apply two coats of China Glaze Tranzitions shade of choice.  Allow to completely dry.

Step 3: Lastly, apply one coat of clear top coat such as China Glaze® Fast Forward and watch the color change right before your eyes.

The China Glaze Tranzitions collection will be available in January 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit chinaglaze.com.


This collection looks really cool, and shows so many possibilities. You can keep things chic with monochrome French or half moon manicures, or bring some subtle nail art into a work safe manicure. Can’t wait until I can play around with these shades!

(Source: blanketprint)

10/26/2012

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Collection: Pink of Hearts (OPI)
Retail Price: $14.95 (USD) for the duo pack

For Breast Cancer Awareness month (October 2012), OPI brought out the Pink of Hearts duo pack, featuring a sweet and sheer pink and a sparkly pink glitter (both with adorable pink ribbon caps). These nail polishes are obviously great to highlight your support for breast cancer awareness, but I think they are perfect spring colors, too!


I Think In Pink: This shade is a light bubblegum pink with a very sheer, creme finish. Whether you wear one coat of this or three (like I have, in order to achieve complete opacity), this delicate color is subtle enough for work, but striking enough to be memorable, too.

You Glitter Be Good To Me: This nail polish features small coppery pink glitter with larger pieces of bright fuchsia glitter in two sizes. To really make a statement, you can layer this on for a fully blinged out look, or you can pair it with I Think In Pink (as I’ve done here) to give an ordinary manicure a little bit of dazzle. You Glitter Be Good To Me would also be a great glitter to use for accent nails on an I Think In Pink manicure!


I love all the versatility this duo pack offers. With only two nail colors, you can create several looks that range from fashionable and work-safe to sparkly and fabulous. Even though I typically don’t like sheer colors, it’s that versatility that makes me love this duo pack. There is something here for everyone, which is what makes this duo pack so awesome. Props, OPI!

Disclosure: Product samples provided by OPI.

(Source: blanketprint)

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