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Monday, November 7, 2016

Fall Brings Reminiscence, The Pink Gellac Fall Collection of Gel Polishes - Swatches And Review




If you were following any of my social media channels this past July, you might remember seeing my social media reports from Cosmoprof North America.  And you might remember one of the pictures I shared from my introduction to the brand of gel nail polish called Pink Gellac.  If you've ever applied or worn gel nail polish, you'll recognize that this polish looks amazing in it's finish.  I was utterly captivated by the even coverage and shine of this polish.



My friend Andrea of Chickettes, who is a nail blogger turned pro, was working at the booth doing manicures and she told me to come by.  She introduced Pink Gellac to the US and is an official retailer for the brand.  If you know Andrea's work, her professionalism and her experience, you would run to the booth on her recommendation as I did.

While there, I was gifted with a gel polish starter kit, ($79.95), so that I could try their system for gel nail polish.  It contains everything essential that you would need to complete your Pink Gellac mani!   Click on the pictures to see the pics larger.

swatches review starter kit

In My Kit:
15 ml manicure base
15 ml nail color in the color 156 Tropical
Ultra Shine, a 15 ml no wipe shiny topcoat
15 ml bottle of nail cleaner
The Pink Gellac LED lamp
1 orange wood stick
20 Luxury lint-free nail wipes
1 nail file
10 Remover Pockets.

Before I tell you my evaluation of the Pink Gellac system and polishes, I want to show you the Reminiscence Collection for Fal 2016.  Pink Gellac has released six color stories a year in their four year lifespan and I was very fortunate to receive these polishes to test for you.  I also received a 15 ml bottle of their primer with it.  The nail primer is optional to use before the base coat to help ensure and better application, but is not essential.

swatches manicure review



I have worn all of these polishes at least once and a couple of them several times, so please be patient while I show you a bazillion pictures.  It is my goal for you to have as much information as possible.  I've swatched the polishes on clear sticks below and they are, left to right: Warm Marsala, (which is showing slightly lighter than it is IRL), Burnt Amber, Chocolate Brown, Black Velvet, Luscious Red.


Warm Marsala is a beautiful browned plun with golden copper shimmer.  It could easily be my favorite of the set, if the others weren't just as pretty.  One thing I love about Pink Gellac is that they have a color spot on the top of the bottle that matches the color very, very well.

Warm Marsala swach, manicure

Burnt Amber is, in my opinion, the best true orange gel you'll ever find.  Pink Gellac polishes apply like a dream!!!  They are opaque, not runny and streaky like so many others.  Because of the pigments involved in orange, it can be streaky but not Burnt Amber.  It applies perfectly every time.  It was the perfect orange on my nails.

Burnt Amber

Chocolate Brown is a delicious candy bar brown creme.


Black Velvet fooled me.  I thought it was going to be a dark creme, but with application the shimmer within the darkened violet is more evident.  Gah!  So pretty.

Black Velvet swatch

Black Velvet, Luscious Red, swatch

The final polish in the collection is Luscious Red, and boy is it ever!!!!  It is a blood red that becomes a darker crimson with each coat.  It has delicious shine.

Luscious Red swatch, manicure

It's beautiful and it's the one I've worn the most to this point.  That says A LOT because I don't normally gravitate to red polish on my nails.  The next picture shows it in the house with no special lighting.  No flash.  It should be noted that in this particular manicure, I have one coat on my ring finger and two coats on the others to show you the difference you can achieve in depth, but also the opacity of a single coat of the polish.

Luscious Red, swatch, manicure

Luscious Red is perfect for an artsy picture.

Luscious Red, swatch, manicure

And it is true perfection when you're goofing in the car for an Instagram photo.

Luscious Red, swatch, manicure

It is the perfect classy red gel polish.  And like other Pink Gellac gel polishes, I find that it lives up to the 14 day claim with NO chipping, which is something I've never experienced before this brand.

Luscious Red,swatch, manicure

So let me give you my thoughts about the Pink Gellac three step system.  It's my opinon that Pink Gellac has raised the standard of gel nail polish in every way.  Here are the things that I love:

1)  Application is just three easy steps.
2)  The polish doesn't streak; each color is opaque
3)  The brush in the bottles is perfect for a professional application.  The width makes it so that I can do three easy strokes and cover my nail completely....with no streaking.
4)  They have different finishes of top coat:  Shiny, matte and satin
5)  The shiny is the shiniest beautiful finish that I've used.

gel light, LED light

6)  The light is large enough for me to comfortably rest my fingers and be able to lay my fingers flat without smooshing them up to fit them in, like I have to with some lights.


7)  I can get a great guestimate of what the color will look like on because of the matching color button on top of the bottle.
8)  There is a 14 day guaranteed trial period
9)  The polish wears for 14 days, with no chippping, and looks fresh every single day.
10)  Removal is really easy and it doesn't tear up my nail surface at all, as I've had happen with other brands I've used.  Seriously.  Really.  Truly.
11)  No matter how hard I try, there is not one single thing that I can come up with in that I don't like about it.

Pink Gellac says on their website that this is the gel polish of the future.  Well, the future is here and now.  Pink Gellac has set the bar high with a new industry standard.  The look and the wear are incredible.  It just doesn't chip on me at all.  The polishes are rich and non-streaky.  With other gels I've used, after I gel top coated, I would continue with shiny top coats to ensure max wear and shine.  All I use with Pink Gellac is one quick coat of the no-wipe top coat.

I'm so impressed with this brand, their polish and their light.  You have to try it!!  You can purchase Pink Gellac online at Chickettes.com, as well as Amazon.   By the way, Andrea has AWESOME swatches of every color on her site to help you choose a new favorite.

You can also find helpful hints and instruction on the Pink Gellac website.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.  Give this leader in gel polish a try and let me know what you think.  I think you'll be impressed with how easy it is to apply and how beautifully it wears.

My thanks for Chickettes for telling me about this brand, and to Pink Gellac for sending me samples to share with you.  I have never ever had a more professional looking and wearing gel manicure either at home or at a salon.

I'm still wearing Luscious Red.....what's on your nails?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review! KB Shimmer & Color4Nails Exclusive Nail Polishes Berried In The Sand And What The Shell



Today's post will blow your socks off!! I have the two KB Shimmer nail polishes which are exclusive to the Color4Nails website for you!  They were just released in August '16, and are only found at Color4Nails.com.

First I want to bring What The Shell to you.  This is a taupe crelly nail polish with holographic glitter bits and a light pink micro-shimmer.

holo, holographic

Do you see the holographic particles in the bottle?  You won't see a strong holo on the fingers, but rather a sparkle bit here and there.  The color of this polish is totally on trend and will be completely appropriate from home to work to a night on the town.  It's pretty, applies very well and wears like you'd expect a KB Shimmer to wear.  What you see on my hand is two coats.

holo, holographic

The second exclusive polish is called Berried In The Sand.  It is a raspberry toned polish with flaming linear holographic-ness.  Hold onto your shorts for the pictures because this baby is HOT FIRE!!!  I'm going to show you a few pictures from different angles so that you can kind of get the varying shades as the light hits it.  I think the first picture shows the tone of the berry pretty well.

holo, holographic, swatches, hot fire

But wait!  There's more.  Move your hand around and really indulge in the holo!!

holo, holographic, hot fire

holo, holographic, hot fire

holo, holographic, hot fire

This polish has the most flaming red and orange holo that I've seen.  It totally confuses the camera as it dances like an aurora.  It's amazing.  And the best raspberry shade I've ever had the pleasure to own.  You want it, you need it, you better get them before they're gone.

I thought you might like to see if the polish is holo or not inside...because sometimes the holo isn't as vibrant inside until sun hits it.  The following picture was taken at night in my dining room with no flash.

holo, holographic, hot fire

RIGHT?!!?  I'm wearing two easy coats which practically applied themselves.  It's SO smooth.  Both of the KB Shimmer exclusives for Color4Nails.com are necessary in your nail wardrobe, in my opinion.  Each retails for $10.

Follow Color4Nails on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  You can follow KB Shimmer on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Aren't these colors great?  What do you think?  What's on your nails??

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Disney Cinderella London Soho New York Cosmetic Bags and Orly Nail Polish Only At Walgreens.

Disney and Walgreens have collaborated for a large Cinderella collection just in time for holiday giving!!  I find it totally exciting.  I love Cinderella.  Be be sure to check out all the makeup offerings in my other Cinderella blog post.  This post is all about the cosmetic organizers and nail polish.

First let's talk about the makeup bags.  I LOVE these London Soho New York bags.  I've been collecting all the Disney variations from the beginning with the Snow White collection.  I love them so much and use them every day.  You may have seen my bag from the Disney Villans collection.  It holds my complexion gear...from primer to foundation to contour.  It's all in there.  


I received a super cute wristlet bag from the collection.  I'm going to use this one to hold my mascaras.  They're in about four different drawers right now.  It will be nice to have them all together.


The wristlet measures 8 in x .5 in x 5 in and has a silver strap.  It pictures Cinderella rushing to make her escape before her carriage turns to a pumpkin.  If you look closely, you can see that she's lost her glass slipper!!!


Run Cinderelly!!!!  Hurry!!!  The inside of the bag is as cute as the outside with the sillhouette of glass slippers and carriages.


These are adorable bags and highly collectible.  I confess, I have to go to Walgreens to get a couple more.  They are so handy!!!  I use them for everything and they always bring a smile to my face when I think of all the good times Disney has brought me.

I've got to show you my pictures from the rest of the collection in the store.  I've found out there is another wristlet but I don't have a picture of it.  It's a smaller version with the same picture as the train case, pictured below.


I am absolutely dying to see the print on the inside of the train case, ($11.99).  Each bag is such a unique and beautiful work of art.  And seeing the design on the inside is like an extra surprise for me.  I just love good art work.

The train case is 8.75" x 4" x 7", the same size as previous bags.  I use my earlier collection train cases for travel as well as for everyday use.  They've held up well and I can pack a ton in them and put them in my carry-on.

There is a 2 piece clutch set with the inner bag being inside a see through bag.  I can't tell you how many see through bags I've bought to put different sets of lip colors in them.  It's the only way I can keep my makeup straight!!  The outer bag measures 9" x 2.25" x 7.25".  The set retails for $9.99.


The final cosmetic bag in the set is called an Organizer bag, ($9.99).  It is also a good size, measuring 8" x 3.75" x 5.25".  I really think all of these bags would be handy, especially if your vanity space is really limited like mine is.  I'm dying of curiousity to know what's on the inside of these bags!!!


You've seen the Cinderella makeup collection, in my other post, now it's time to show you what Orly Nails has presented to us in the Cinderella nail polish collection.  I think every color is spot on Cinderella.  I love this collection!!

I'll show you the full sized Orly Color Blast nail polishes first, and just for the sake of post length, I've combined them into one picture.  There are three duos available, as well as three singles.  They are all the same size but the top row just looks smaller due to fitting more colors in the frame.


There are two mini four packs as well.


It's a great collection with very few repeats between the full size Color Blast and the minis.  I've picked up two colors so far.  The blue Cinderelly, Cinderelly! that has pink shimmer, and the champagne bronzey Stroke of Midnight.


The duo nature of Cinderelly, Cinderelly just captures her ballgown perfectly.  I have dreams of swishing around a dance floor in my fancy dress when I look at this polish.  It is the quintessential Cinderella color.  Thank you, Orly....I mean, Fairy Godmother!!!


That pink glow!!!!  I've been wearing this all week, without any chips.  It's held up as well as any Orly I've worn ever has.  I personally get outstanding wear with Orly.  Always.  The set of two full sized polishes retail for $10.99, and the mini 4-packs are $12.99.  I think I paid $6.99 each for the full sized.  I'll have to get back to you on that.

I think these items round out the Cinderella collection for Walgreens very well!  You can purchase the makeup bags online at Walgreens or in the store.   The Orly Cinderella Color Blast nail polishes are only available at your local Walgreens store.

Check out the Cinderella makeup collection and tell me what you think would be your favorite item between the three parts of the collection.  Let's have a little more FUN......how many of the previous Disney Walgreens collaborations can you name?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

4 KB Shimmer Fall 2015 Collection Nail Polishes, Swatches and Review



Halloween, glitter, crelly, jelly, swatches, review

Today I have four nail polishes from the new Fall 2015 Collection by KB Shimmer that launched this week to celebrate fall and Halloween.  The full collection is 12 polishes and I'm pleased to show you 1/3 of it today.

In the picture above, the four polishes are:
Talk Qwerty To Me, a smooth shimmering teal nail polish, that contains teal and gold microshimmers.  I'd like to emphasize that this is a shimmer that applies smooooooothly.

Be Scareful, an white crelly polish that contains orange and black shapes in circles, hexes, stars and triangles.  And it glows in the dark!!

Dark & Twisty, a black jelly with multiple colors of fine metallic glitters that glow when the light hits them like 1000 Christmas lights.

Teal It To My Heart, a teal cream one coat wonder.

I love them all.  The first manicure I did was with Be Scareful and Dark & Twisty

crelly, jelly, review

I have just a couple of comments about each polish.  I LOVE the whitish crellys done by KB Shimmer with the different glitters, so I was thrilled to get this one.  The glitters went on easily without a lot of fishing and one thing that I found really fun was the designs that the glitters combine to make.  One triangle combined with a dot to look like a tree...a good reminder Christmas will be here before we know it!!  And the orange stars...win!!  Look about in the middle of the bottle below.


And imagine the surprise I got when I went to bed the first night and saw my nails glowing!!

Halloween, jelly, crelly, glitter, swatches

I wore Be Scareful with Dark & Twisty.  Any fraction of light that hits this polish results in an explosion of flashing color.  It should come with a 'don't wear while driving" disclaimer because you get totally drawn into the beautiful bright flecks.


It applies like a dream and I was honestly so surprised at how much life is in this.  It's my favorite of the four I have.

You can see that it even sparkles brightly on a cloudy day as below.  Three coats.


The second manicure I did had a teal theme.  I used Teal It To My Heart and Talk Qwerty To Me for a little nail art.  Teal It To My Heart is a one-coater.  Both polishes are really smooth to apply and wear very well.

Halloween, swatches, talk Qwerty to Me, Teal It To My Heart

My camera had the most trouble capturing Talk Qwerty To Me adequately.  Trust me, it's a really pretty teal shimmer.

Fall 2015

Both colors are such pretty teals!!  Below in the sun:

nail polish

And in studio lighting:

nail polish

There are eight more pretty polishes in the Fall 2015 KB Shimmer collection.  The polishes are a steal with prices ranging from $7.50 to $8.75 for a large 15 ml bottle.  While you're there, be sure to pick up the Clearly On Top Quick Dry Top Coat.  It's only $5.50 and is a total winner in the quick dry department.

KB Shimmer also sells a variety of tools, hand and body care, as well as nail art products.  Their products are fun and affordable.

What colors are you rocking for fall?  Have you checked out the KB Shimmer Fall 2015 Collection?

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 4th Weekend Beauty Sales and Steals



My inbox has a ton of really great coupons and sales for the Fourth of July Independence Day weekend.  Just in case you don't subscribe to the same lists I do, I want to share some with you.

Don't forget to sign up with Ebates.   You'll receive cash back for orders placed at many of the following online locations.  I've saved over $200 already in the few months I've been a member.  It's SO worth it!!

First of all, sign up at www.Algenist.com  They have amazing coupons and specials that will come to your inbox.  I just had the opportunity to buy backups of the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer, which I have no doubt will end up being my product of the year for 2015.  I was able to purchase a color I didn't have as well as two I already do.  Pretty excited about that.  Sign up for the newsletter and get a free gift with purchase with the code SUMMERGLOW.

skincare, micro polish, cleanser, hydrate, moisturizer



Tarte Cosmetics has a firecracker of a deal at 15% off with the code STARS runing now until July 5th.  If you'd like to see how beautiful Tarte is, please check some of my reviews.

Zoya has a great deal for BOGO 3!  Buy any three polishes and get three free.  Use the promo code 3Free, put the colors in your cart and there ya go.  Add the colors you want and put the promo code in the coupon field in the shopping cart and it makes the $$ adjustment.  There is no limit to how many sets you can buy.  This deal runs until 7/4/15 at 11:59 p.m.

ORLY, my goodness I think this is unprecedented.  Look at what I got in my email:

Fourth of July, nail polish, Fireworks


Beauty For Real has a  $10 off coupon using the code FREEMONEY at checkout.  Check out some of their products here.  Code is available until Monday, 7/6/15 at 00:00 am.

There is a fantastic Beauty Gift With Purchase at Nordstrom.  Oh my!!!!!  So cute!  And you can pick the one you want!  Be sure to check for the items on sale that are price matched.  (wait, I can't finish this post till I place my order.)

Over at Z Palette, can get 20% off the colors in the Sunset Collection.  Sale end 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm.

BH Cosmetics has up to 73% off on various items.  The offer ends 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm PST.  I have the green and brown eye palettes and oh my gosh...just so beautiful!!

And if you love Reviva Labs Skincare, (I don't know anyone who's used it that doesn't.  I love their products, too), head on over to their website for 20% off during the WHOLE month of July!!!!!!  Use the code July15.  You can read about some of my favorites here.

Grace and Lace is a fashion site, and really, isn't fashion all about the beauty of it?  They are having an incredible 25% off sale with the code FREEDOM.  


fashion, sale, July 4th, Independence Day, boot cuffs


Bath and Body Works is having a great sale.  Stop by their website to view the deets.  And sign up for their email list for special coupons.  There are two; one for $10 off $30 and the other is $20 off $50.

Pixi Beauty has 15% off sitewide with the code JULY4.  Don't forget to check the sale section of the website for more specials.  Sale ends July 5th at 11:59 PST.  Read some of my Pixi Favorites HERE.

If lipstick is your game, Gerard Cosmetics has a four pack lipstick special for $38 until July 4th at midnight.  Enter the coupon code 4thpack.

Dermalogica is having a 15% off sale with the code FFJUNE15.  The sale runs until July 7th, 2015 at 11:45 pm PST,

While on your feet, check your local Fred Meyer, Walgreens and Ulta for more great cosmetic sales.  And don't forget to use your Kohl's cash this week for additional money off everything!

Be sure to check your cartwheel app for Target.  They have some awesome sales this weekend online and in store and add more discounts often.  Use that Target card for an extra 5% off.  It really adds up.

I think this will keep us busy for now.  Please feel free to add to my list.  As I was typing this up, I realized that I just missed the KB Shimmer 20% off sale.  I'm devastated.  ugh.  I guess I'll survive.....somehow.

Thank you for bearing with me for this long list.  And please let me know of any sale, whether home, fashion or beauty, whatever floats your boat.  And share your weekend plans, if you want.  I'm just going to stay home, pool it and work on my blog.  :)  How about you?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Butter London Releases The Cut Up Collection

Have you seen the Butter London Boho Collection yet?  They nail polishes are absolutely beautiful.  This collection is being followed by The Cut Up Collection of three nail lacquers which also look like they'll be really pretty.  Take a look at the pictures I received:

nail lacquer, Anorak, Dust-Up, Titchy nail polishes

The Cut Cup Collection features the three transforming overcoats that you see above.  From left to right, they are:

ANORAK: Black, white and silver chunky glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

DUST-UP: Gold, silver and bronze chunky and fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base

and

TITCHY: Multi-colour chunky and fine glitter overcoat suspended in a clear base


The lacquers will be $15 on ButterLondon.com beginning in March/April.  Butter London products are also sold at Nordstrom, Ulta Beauty, and Beauty.com.

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