Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Ornaments - Christmas 2014

I hope everyone had a great Christmas yesterday.  Just wanted to quickly post my Christmas nails from this year.  I had these on since Saturday and was originally thinking I'd change them up either Tuesday or Wednesday night.  But the cleaning, wrapping, and just general last minute preparations for Christmas kind of derailed that plan!

MoYou London Festive 17, MoYou London Festive 18

For my base, I started with two coats of Orly Au Champagne then topped that with one coat of Sonnetarium Snowfall.  I used this same combination a few years ago as a base for a Christmas lights design, and had been wanting to use it again ever since.  On my ring finger, I used a design from MoYou London Festive Collection plate 17, stamped with Konad Special Polish in red.  I felt like it needed a little something else, so I used black Konad Special Polish and stamped a small music notes design from the same plate at my cuticle.

MoYou London Festive 17, MoYou London Festive 18

The ornaments all came from MoYou London Festive Collection plate 18.  I used Konad Special Polishes in red, green, and blue for the ornaments, and also for dotting to fill up some of the blank space around the ornaments.  Once the dots were completely dry, I topped everything with one coat of Seche Vite top coat.

MoYou London Festive 17, MoYou London Festive 18

MoYou London Festive 17, MoYou London Festive 18

Even though I ended up only doing one Christmas themed design this year, I didn't mind much because I really liked how this one turned out.  I received quite a lot of compliments at work on this one, and I was glad to finally use Snowfall over Au Champagne once again.   I really like those two polishes together.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Zoya India and Pueen Stamping

Winter has not been kind to my nails.  I think I've had more cracks and breaks in the past few months than I've had all year long.  One of the looks I've worn recently though, in between battling the effects of the cold, was this design from Pueen plate PUEEN26, stamped with China Glaze Passion over 2 coats of Zoya India.

Zoya India

Zoya India has a great formula and is a great vampy shade for this time of the year.  I liked it a lot on its own, but stamping over it with Passion really complemented the shimmer in this polish.




I really enjoyed this combination.  It's a nice look just for the Winter time in general, but I could also see myself wearing this if I wanted something a little more elegant for a fancy holiday party.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Swatches & Review

Press Sample

It's here!  The release of the new Winter 2014 Collection from KBShimmer is today, Saturday, November 1st.  I've got 9 out of the 17 polishes from the collection to show you.  This post might be a long one, very picture heavy!  Keep reading after the jump to see all the swatches and get my thoughts on the new shades, and a few returning shades from past Winter collections.

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection

Saturday, October 25, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Press Release



KBShimmer Winter Collection Polishes 
Set for Release on November 1
The collection includes a combination of new polishes, cuticle oil pens and a holiday vinyl nail sheet.


KBShimmer announces the winter collection, an addition of 11 new shades to its 3-free nail polish line. The collection also includes the re-release of 5 holiday fan favorites. “Tis the season to sparkle, and how better to sparkle then with jewel tones, shiny holographic glitters, and whimsical unique glitter shapes?” KBShimmer Owner, Christy Rose, said.  “The winter 2014 collection features several colors based Pantone’s 2014 Winter colors, holiday memories and décor, and the winter season itself.”  

The winter 2014 Collection also features “Pine-ing For Yule,” a Christmas Tree inspired glitter topcoat with triangle “Christmas Trees” and red star tree toppers. “This year we are again working with Toys For Tots ® to bring joy to children over the holiday season, creating the charity polish is almost the highlight of my year, right behind the donation itself .” says Rose.  $4 from the sale of each bottle from 11/01/15 to 12/15/14 will be donated to Toys For Tots ®.

Also included in the winter release are 4 new scents of KBShimmer cuticle pens, including Peppermint, Raspberry Vanilla, Chia Tea, and Unscented.   A holiday inspired vinyl nail decal sheet, complete with candy canes, Christmas Trees, holiday lights and snowflakes will makes its debut along with the winter polish collection.  Cuticle Oil Pens retail for $6 each, and vinyl nail decals retail for $5 a sheet.

Each KBShimmer bottle will retail for $8.75 on the website at www.kbshimmer.com. For sales outside the U.S., visit www.harlowandco.org.


New For Winter 2014:

Flake Dance
Sliver holographic snowflakes dance among a scattering of smaller silver holographic glitters.
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Let’s Sleigh Together
This pale gray polish features hex glitters in green, navy and pale mint, with circles and micro glitters for shine and sparkle.
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White Here, White Now
This snowy white polish is a blustery addition to our textured collection.
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Turnip The Beet
A rich sangria colored base accents holographic glitters in magenta, purple and red.
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Dressed To Gild
This textured polish is rich with holographic gold glitters.  Hints of lavender and lime glitters add depth and extra shine.
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Pine-ing For Yule
A holiday inspired glitter topcoat with holographic triangle “Christmas Trees” and red star tree toppers. For each bottle sold at KBShimmer.com from 11/01 until 12/15, $4 will be donated to Tots For Tots ®
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Too Cold To Hold
A rich sapphire blue base is filled with holographic sliver, blue, and green holographic glitters for a bejeweled textured look.
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Fallen Angle
A vibrant royal blue jelly, this a-cute polish features holographic blue triangles, and micro sparkles.  
Mauve On Over
A pale-mauve crelly base sets off an explosion of colored hexes in orange, navy and aqua.
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Deja Brew
This brown polish has red undertones that set off the linear holographic rainbow.
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Spot Sign
Like a wild cat ready to pounce, this spotted polish is ready to bring out our wild side.  Black leopard spot shaped glitters are accented by black dots, small black hexes and micro holographic sparkle.  
Cuticle Oil Pens
4 new scents join the current line-up, Peppermint, Raspberry Vanilla, Chia Tea and Unscented.  


Holiday Vinyl Nail Decals
A new multi-design sheet perfect for holiday and winter inspired nail art.
The Returning Holiday Favorites:

Merry Pinkmas
A light cotton candy pink polish featuring red, green andneon glitters in a variety of shapes.
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Kringle All The Way
A glitter top with circle glitters in red, green, and silver.
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All Decked Out
A Christmas tree inspired polish with a forest green jelly base with a rainbow of hex glitters and a scattering of gold stars.
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Snow Way
This snow inspired polish features a pale, sky blue crelly base with white glitters while micro sparkles glisten like fallen snow on a clear winter’s day.
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Sugar Plum Faerie
A soft plum violet crelly with berry, purple and lime
colored metallic holographic glitters in different sizes
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KBShimmer products can be found at Http://www.KBShimmer.com.  For sales outside of the US visit http://www.HarlowandCo.org.

KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose.  KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, form aldehyde, form aldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter-grabbing brush for easy application. KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish topcoat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps, and other skin care products.  If you would like more information about KBShimmer, contact Christy Rose by emailing sales@kbshimmer.com or visiting Http://www.KBShimmer.com.


© 2014 KBShimmer. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Foliage

Here's a quick Fall themed mani I did a few weeks back for a contest in one of the Facebook groups I belong to.  I started with 3 thin coats of DIFFERENT dimension It Rubs the Lotion On Its Skin.  On top of that I stamped the leaves pattern from Bundle Monster plate BM-H11.

Different Dimension It Rubs the Lotion On Its Skin

For the leaves, I used Konad Special Polishes in yellow, orange and red.  I dotted a little bit of each Konad polish in a column along the side of the design, then scraped across to create a gradient.  After stamping each nail, I finished the look off with one coat of Seche Vite top coat.

Different Dimension It Rubs the Lotion On Its Skin

Different Dimension It Rubs the Lotion On Its Skin

The stamping ended up being a bit more subtle than I had anticipated.  The red is especially harder to see compared to the orange and yellow.  The red Konad stamping polish works really well, but it does have more of a jelly finish to it rather than being an opaque cream, so that made it harder to see over such a dark base color.  But I was still very happy with the end result, and I thought the colors worked really well together, perfect for Fall.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

OPI Muppets World Tour and the Unintentional Wedding Nails

This is a look I did way back in June, and the pictures have been stowed away on my computer ever since.  There were no plans for any particular design when I started, I just wanted to finally use OPI Muppets World Tour and just kind of winged the rest.  I never intended to make any type of "wedding nails" design, but when I was finished and gave my nails a look over, they definitely gave off that type of vibe to me.


The base of this manicure was 2 coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff.  I then layered 1 coat of Muppets World Tour over it.  Here's a few shots of how that looked.




Very pretty, kind of beachy/sandy but it just felt like something was missing to me.  That was when I decided to stamp over it.  After a quick flip through my stamping plates, I decided on a design from Bundle Monster plate BM-406.  To stamp, I used China Glaze 2030.


I really loved the way this turned out.  It almost felt a little too elegant for me, ha ha, but I wore it for the entire week.  The blue and pink glitters in Muppets World Tour were the perfect little pops of color against the neutral base and gold stamping.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

KBShimmer Fall 2014 Swatches

Press Sample

KBShimmer is set to release their new Fall 2014 collection on, Monday, September 15th.  I was able to preview 5 of the new polishes and I've got all the swatches for you today, as you get ready for them to go on sale tomorrow.

KBShimmer Fall 2014

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