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 For sales outside the U.S., visit

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 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://  For sales outside of the US visit

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 or visiting Http://

© 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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

KBShimmer Fall 2014 Collection Press Release

KBShimmer Fall Collection Polishes Set for Release on September 15th  
The collection includes a combination of jellys, iridescents, and glitter top coats.
KBShimmer announces the fall collection, an addition of 9 new polishes to its 3-free polish line. The collection also includes the re-release of ‘Jack,’ a Halloween-themed favorite. “When creating the fall collection, I was inspired by all the wonderful colors of the season, from changing leaves to pumpkins, and I converted those into warm, wearable colors,” KBShimmer Owner, Christy Rose, said.

The fall collection pulls the trending colors of the season and combines them with a dash of fun. “I wanted to highlight a few of our favorite trending fall colors, and we created Stonewashed and Leaf of Faith based on color tones in the fall Pantone lineup,” Rose said.

The Collection also features “Jack,” a retro Halloween best seller from the KBShimmer polish vault. This easy-to-apply glitter polish is sure to spook your friends while adding a touch of glitz to this dark and scary holiday.

Each KBShimmer bottle will retail for $8.75 on the website, For sales outside the U.S., visit

The Glitters & Holos:

A Raisin To Live
Deep and dark, this is a deep burgundy, blackened Ox-Blood colored polish full of holographic sparkles.

Flannel Surfing
Like a well-loved pair of pajama pants, this faded blue polish is warmed with gray undertones.  Pops of orange, aqua, and teal glitters complete this comforting polish.

Re-released as a Halloween treat, Jack is a black jelly with orange hex glitters, a scattering of orange micro slices, and black hexes and shreds.

Leaf of Faith
A deep cabernet-red jelly is the backdrop for glitters in red, orange and gold.  A scattering of holographic glitters gives this fall themed polish sparkle and shine.

Rust No One
This deep, rusty, red-leaning pumpkin color is ideal for fall.  With its linear holographic rainbow, Rust No One is beautiful indoors and out.

Up & Cunning
A deep teal, almost forest green in color, Up & Cunning is a perfect compliment to fall fashions. In the sun or bright light, this linear holographic beauty just shines with rainbow goodness.

The Glitter Top Coat:
Kiss & Spell
Like a witches brew, this Halloween-themed polish is loaded with a variety of shapes in traditional colors. Purple, orange, yellow and neon green swim in a sea of multi-colored hexes.

The Creams:
How You Dune?
Like sands through the hourglass, this “greige” polish is a perfect blend of creamy beige and a light grey.

Hugs & Wishes
Lavender might not be a traditional fall color, but with lavender being paired with pumpkin in scents and food, this blue-leaning pastel color is popping up all over.

Jeans are a girl’s best friend (after diamonds, of course), and this dusty navy color is the perfect complement to denim.

KBShimmer products can be found at Http://  For sales outside of the US visit

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 or visiting

Saturday, August 16, 2014

OPI Feel the Mo-heat-oes & Roses

I posted a picture of this matte nail design several days ago on Instagram, planning to write up a post, and just never happened.  Bad Sarah.  But, I was determined to not put it off any longer, so here I go.

For this look, I started with 2 coats of OPI Feel the Mo-Heat-oes.  It's such a beautiful shade of green.  For a leafy background, I stamped part of a design from Pueen plate PUEEN73 using Konad Special Polish in green.  The roses are a single rose design from PUEEN14, which I just stamped multiple times, in random spots.

The colors used for the roses were all recent purchases from Rica Nail Polish on Etsy.  Lavender Lotus, Pinky Promise and Ain't It Peachy? are all stamping polishes but also serve double duty because, unlike Konad stamping polishes, you can apply any of Rica's stamping polishes just like regular polish and wear them alone.

I had actually started out wearing this for a day with regular, glossy top coat and felt really "meh" about the whole look.  I'm so glad I decided to try it matte, because applying a coat of OPI Matte Top Coat really brought the whole look together and I went from meh to completely loving it.  In case you're curious though, here are a few shots I took that first day, when it was glossy.

Still pretty, but definitely not as nice compared to how it looked with the matte top coat.  Here's one last look at it matte!

Monday, July 28, 2014

ModCloth Nail Klub Nail Art Challenge

I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email last Wednesday from ModCloth, asking me to participate in their Nail Klub nail art challenge.  The challenge is to create a nail art look inspired by one of their many dresses.  One of their many, many, many dresses.  So many dresses!  It took me a while to narrow it down.  I started a Pinterest board just to try to keep track of all the ones that sparked an idea for nail art.  In the end though, I kept coming back to a dress called In the Key of Chic Dress in Polka Dots.

To mimic the design of the dress, I started out with 2 coats of Milani White On The Spot.  Once dry, I sponged a gradient onto Bundle Monster plate BM-018, using OPI Red Hot Rio, OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana, and OPI Ogre-The-Top Blue, which I then scraped and stamped onto my nails.  One of the things I really loved about this dress was the way the colors were blended throughout the dots.  In the smaller thumbnail image, it looks like just solid dots of red, yellow, and blue.  But if you view the enlarged photo of the dress on the ModCloth site, you can see that the colors sometimes mix with each other, creating some dots with streaks of several colors and even blending to create some orange and green tones.

My original plan for this whole design was actually to start off with a gradient base, rather than white.  Then stamp on white polish with a design from BM-423, which would leave dots of the gradient underneath peeking through.  The gradient itself was looking pretty awesome.  But with the stamp applied, not so much.  The dots just didn't pop on the nail the way they did on the dress and the white borders were too thick.  So then I decided to reverse it and stamp with a gradient instead.  I've stamped with multiple colors at once before, and ended up with some blending in the final result.  But I wanted to make sure I'd get much more of a gradient effect this time.  So rather than just placing blobs of polish next to each other on the plate and hoping they would blend a little when scraped, I sponged the gradient onto the plate just like I would onto my nails.  And I was extremely happy with the results!

I repeated the stamp on all my nails and then top coated with Seche Vite to seal it in.

Ideally, I would have loved to have added some type of bright blue accent for the blue bow wrapped around the waist of the dress.  And believe me I tried.  Multiple times.  In the process, I confirmed that I can't free hand a bow to save my life, lol.  I tried stamping a few different bow designs, but none of them looked right or were just not opaque enough.  I even went so far as to attempt both a ruffian design and framed nails to try and incorporate the bright blue of the bow.  When all that fell flat, I decided to just stick with what worked.  So I finally left my little polka dots alone, and I think they look great all by themselves.  There's 52 other dresses from ModCloth still on my Pinterest board (now you can understand my need to organize them!), so if I'm ever stuck for nail art inspiration in the future, that'll probably be the first place I turn to.


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