Sunday, June 22, 2014

KBShimmer Summer 2014 Collection

Press Sample

KBShimmer just released their new Summer 2014 Collection this past Friday and I was able to try out 6 of the 12 polishes in the collection.  If you've been following me on Instagram, you probably already saw a few swatches that I had posted leading up to the release, but today I've got a whole lot more to show you.  Picture heavy post so follow the jump cut below to see all the swatches.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin

Here's another look with my nails still a bit shorter than usual, thanks to a broken index nail.  This mani is about a month old.  Posting a manicure from Mother's Day a few days before Father's Day makes total sense, right?  Ha, well really it wasn't meant to be a Mother's Day look, except that I put this together during Mother's Day weekend and my mom ended up asking me to repeat it on her for Mother's Day itself.

I started out with 3 thin coats of Metro Pollen-tin, another polish I picked up from the China Glaze City Flourish Collection.  The first coat was a little streaky, but it was almost completely even by the second coat.  I ended up applying a third coat just to get it perfectly even.  After that dried, I stamped a floral pattern from Pueen plate PUEEN25 using Konad Special Polish in pastel orange (which isn't really pastel to me, but that's what Konad calls it).  I added an orange rhinestone to the nail on my ring finger as an accent, and topped everything with Seche Vite.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener plus stamping

My nails are starting to gain some length back, but I still have a couple manicures to post from when they were a little bit shorter.  Today's post is just some abstract stamping I had done on top of China Glaze Grass Is Lime Greener, from the Spring 2014 City Flourish Collection.

Grass Is Lime Greener was a bit chalky, but I didn't have a very hard time with it like I had read about in a few reviews.  I was relieved since I had bought it before I start seeing others post about it being really streaky and hard to even out.  I did end up applying 3 coats, but application wasn't troublesome at all.  I just made sure to take my time with each coat.  The stamping was done using Konad Special Polish in green and a design from Pueen plate PUEEN16.

I liked this manicure much more in person than how it comes across in the pics.  And even with having to be a little more careful with the application, I'm really glad I picked up this shade from the City Flourish Collection.

Monday, June 2, 2014

KBShimmer Partners In Lime Goes Wild

Corny title, I know.  But it was the first thing that popped in my head, so I'm going with it!  After swatching polishes from the KBShimmer Early Summer 2014 Collection, I loved Partners In Lime so much that I put it back on.  I wore it for a couple days just by itself, no top coat.  But then I decided to add a little stamping, and once again I was drawn back to the tiger/zebra print pattern on Bundle Monster plate BM-223.  I thought about going with a darker green to stamp with, but opted instead to use black for something a little more bold.

After stamping, I finished the look off with two coats of Seche Vite.  The first coat made the mani fairly smooth but, because of the texture, I decided to go for a second coat of Seche Vite to get a perfectly smooth finish.

As much as I loved Partners In Lime without top coat, it was so beautiful with top coat.  I loved the way the different color glitters sparkled between the black animal print design, especially when I was out in the bright sunlight.


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