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19 December 2014

Guest Post: Christmas Lights Nail Art by Kim!

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Christmas Lights Nail Art with string and Swarovski crystals

With all the Christmas lights strung up on the tree and around our town home, I really wanted something that made my nails shine like the lights. I searched for inspiration and loved the Christmas light nails. I experimented with sharpies, nail pen, drawing the wires myself but I couldn't find a thin enough line to my pleasing. After drawing on my nails a few times, it hit me. I went in to my sewing kit and brought out a black string. Just a simple black sewing string and it worked!! There were some fuzzies when I added a top coat but from a distant it wasn't noticeable.

I put on a coat of my Orly Bonder base coat then added 2 coats of 'Look at my nails' by Etude which is a Korean nail polish I got from Korea. It goes on very smoothly and dries very quick. And it happens to match my skin which I love. While the nail is still semi wet on the second coat, I laid down the strings into positions I desired; loops, straight across, double loops. It sticks on much better while it's semi dry. After finishing the strings I then lay on the multi colored Swarovski crystals I ordered on amazon randomly across the string. The Swarovski crystal in my opinion has a higher shine than acrylic which can look dull. They cost a bit more than acrylic but it's well worth the money for the shine you achieve. I usually order the size 5ss and any smaller than that will look like dust. After I press each one into my nail to make sure it stays I wait about 30 min for it to dry completely. Then I add a layer of Seche Vite topcoat and you can see the crystals shine. After the first layer of top coat dries then you add one more just for added security your crystals will not fall off. After 2 or 3 days I added on another layer of top coat to last me throughout the week.

I absolutely love this nail art look by Kim!  Who would have thought that regular old string would look so good?  I know she wore these nails for over a week, she definitely got her use out of her Swarovski crystals!
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17 December 2014

Pacifica Abalone 7 Free Nail Color

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Pacifica Abalone is a gorgeous duochrome that shifts from purple to grey to silver to green a la Deborah Lippman Wicked Game, but at a fraction of the price!  What’s lovely about this polish (other than the formula) is that it is a Cruelty-Free and 100% Vegan!  Pacifica 7 FREE nail color is formulated without phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, parabens, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and animals.

I previously reviewed three shades from Pacifica here.

Win this Pacifica Nail Color Trio from polish insomniac!

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16 December 2014

The Top 10 Glitter Nail Polishes of 2014

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Top 10 Glitter Nail Polishes of 2014

Today I have my first “best of” lists for 2014 – my Top 10 Glitter Nail Polishes!  I’ve got a healthy mix of glitter “polishes” (that you wear on their own) and glitter “toppers” (that are meant to be layered).  I’ve also got a few budget picks!  Check them out and tell me what you think!

OPI Comet in the Sky (over black)OPI Snow Globetrotter (over black)

OPI Comet in the Sky is a stunning mix of holographic glitters.  Shown here with two coats layered over a black crème.  (See my review of the entire Gwen Stefani for OPI Holiday 2014 Collection.)

Snow Globetrotter is an amazing mixture of holographic glitters with pops of two sizes of white hex glitters.  Shown here with two coats layered over a black crème.  (See my review of the entire Gwen Stefani for OPI Holiday 2014 Collection.)

FingerPaints Gilded ChromeRenaissance Cosmetics Evenstar (sun)

FingerPaints Gilded Chrome was released as part of the limited edition Shredded Chromes collection.  I love the dazzling mix of different sized silver glitters and the dash of gold!

Renaissance Cosmetics Evenstar is technically from Winter 2013, but since I reviewed it in 2014, I’m just gonna go with it!  There are only two left in stock as I’m writing this, hopefully it will be restocked again soon!

Pretty Serious Daphne after Dark001China Glaze Meet Me Under the Stars

Pretty Serious Daphne After Dark is just one of many fabulous glitters from the 2014 Rooftop Soirée Holiday Collection - review coming soon!  I love how much color you can see through the black base!  Check out my other Pretty Serious reviews here.

China Glaze Meet Me Under the Stars is another glitter polish with a black base that I just adore!  The silver glitters really stands out against the black base.  Wouldn’t this look awesome with a navy base?  This polish is from the China Glaze Twinkle collection, which I have yet to post my review of… it’s coming!

NYC New York Color Queen's JewelsNYC New York Color Rule The City

NYC New York Color Queen’s Jewels is a Crystal Couture Topcoat from the limited edition Queen’s Jewels Crystal collection.  It is an amazingly pigmented green jelly with filled with green microglitter.  This is two coats on it’s own, not layered over anything!  I will definitely be pulling it out of my stash to wear this holiday season.

I was tempted to list the entire lineup of Crystal Couture Topcoats from the Queen’s Jewels Collection on here, but I limited myself to just one more.

NYC New York Color Rule the City was the only polish from the collection that didn’’t have a jelly base.  It has is a gunmetal base with matching glitter so small that it’s barely a shimmer, but so densely packed that it only needed one coat.  It also has pops of red microglitter that really makes it stand out!

Pure Ice Winter BluesDeborah Lippmann Make Someone Happy over Let's Stay Together (Recipe for Love)

Pure Ice Winter Blues is a stunning glitter topper that you can pick up at Walmart for $1.99!  Here I layered it over a dark grey crème.  (Check it out over blue in Amber’s Frozen Inspired Manicure.)  I picked up both Winter Blues and Feelin’ Ornamental, which has the same base but green glitter!  I think these are limited edition for Holiday 2014, so pick them up while you can!

Deborah Lippmann Make Someone Happy is the glitter topcoat from the Recipe for Love Set.  Here I have layered it over Let’s Stay Together.  I just love the tiny blue shimmer mixed with the larger pink glitters!

What’s your favorite glitter polish of 2014?  Let me know in the comments, and make sure to check out the rest of the Top 10 Lists below!

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