Monday, April 28, 2014

The Lacquer Legion Glam: OPI DS Glamour

The Lacquer Legion's prompt for this month is "GLAM," and though I've been a bit short on time for nail art lately, I couldn't let the day pass without posting something related to the theme! What better time to wear the lovely and rare OPI DS Glamour than on a day dedicated to glam?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Lipstick League – Week of 4-21-14

Question of the Week: If you could splurge on one luxury beauty treatment (think facial, salon visit, massage etc.), what would it be?
Sarah's Answer: Oh. this is easy. I've been fantasizing about getting a spa massage lately! I've even been considering splurging for real and making a day of it. Treat yo' self!

Nouveau Cheap - Mint green, gray and blue lipsticks? Don’t say no until you see my swatches of the brand new NYX Macaron Lippies (you might just change your mind!).

Pink Sith - Explains how the NARS Contour Blush in Olympia makes her feel more like a supermodel than a Sith!

Prime Beauty - has found a way to keep her colored tresses looking bright and shiny and she's sharing her favorite hair color preserving products with you!

Phyrra - brings you the Best Vegan Foundations!

we heart this - check out our current crushes, including a lipstick inspired by Marie Antoinette and the court of Versailles.

Chalkboard Nails shows you how to turn your nails into jewels with a step-by-step nail art tutorial!

EauMG - here’s a perfume that smells so good that it made Victoria forget that the packaging looks like it is meant to be sold to six year old girls...

Gouldylox Reviews - A beauty blogger talking about shoes? These are so good you need to grab at least one pair. Plus, I've got a giveaway!

Lipglossiping - enjoys watching the rainbows flicker across her nails with the addition of A-England’s Ascalon nail polish to her collection.

My Beauty Bunny - shares her newest obsession - City Lips Sangria lip plumper!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap - What do you get when you combine beautiful photography and Japanese beauty products? Allow me to introduce you one of my blog obsessions: The Beauty Maniac in Tokyo, written by the lovely Nicole. Click here to marvel at things like Japanese Peel-Off Lipstains and many more treasures from the East (and West).

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Melted Rainbow Nail Art with the Seche Perfectly Poised Collection

I am always secretly delighted when a new nail polish collection comes out and contains (loosely) every color of the rainbow. I get choosing palettes to match a mood, theme, or season, but the little girl inside me just loves seeing something in rainbow order. This tie dye nail art was created using four of the shades from the Seche Perfectly Poised collection, and you can bet your booty I arranged them into glorious ROY G. BIV goodness!

I first used this nail art style in last year's violet hippie mix nail art, though I did approach it a tiny bit differently this time.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pop Punk Skittlette with Glittery Skull and Distressed Accents

Back in 2002, Avril Lavigne's song "Sk8er Boi" ruled my world. Can you believe that song came out over a DECADE ago? I don't know about you guys, but I was all about that unbearably catchy tune. Maybe not the most poetic single, but I don't mind admitting that I rocked out to that many times as my mom drove me to the mall.

Avril came into the style spotlight for her heavy eyeliner and stick straight hair, plus a propensity for clothing and jewelry that incorporated symbols like skulls and stars. The glittery skull and distressed accent nails in this manicure, plus the combination of rich purple and black, really make me think of the Pop Punk Princess.

Monday, April 21, 2014

TUTORIAL: Precious Gems Nail Art Inspired by The Ring and The Crown

I am a big fan of the Game of Thrones book series, but, let's be honest, sometimes you want something lighter and a little less...behead-y. Melissa de la Cruz's new book The Ring and The Crown brings royal fun and lightness to a world where magic meets politics and duty clashes with love. The book has aptly been dubbed "Glam of Thrones," after the four glamorous girls at the center of the plot. Today, I've teamed up with The Ring and The Crown to bring you this bejeweled nail art inspired by the royal luxury of the book.

Read on to learn how to turn your nails into jewels fit for a queen!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Contrary Polish Love Lyrics Redux Collection Swatches and Review

Back in the spring of last year, I reviewed the Contrary Polish Love Lyrics collection. This spring, Carrie has released another set of six soft shades for all of your springtime polishing needs. While the shades in the last collection were named after the titles of some of her favorite love songs, these polishes are named for lyrics in more favorite love songs!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Contrary Polish Darling Wildflower from May's "A Box, Indied"

Contrary Polish's Darling Wildflower is exclusive to May's A Box, Indied. This deep purple jelly is accented with red and orange shimmer and flakes that look like glowing embers floating up from a fire. They are definitely most visible in direct lighting, as they catch the light beautifully. The formula was smooth and not too thick. As it is a jelly, the opacity started out on the sheerer side, but it built up nicely in three coats.

Read on for information on availability!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sweet and Stormy Half Moons - Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection Nail Art

Grey is a favorite color of mine. I especially love pairing it with bright colors... The grey really grounds bright shades and adds a great element of chic-ness. I was really excited to see a gorgeous stormy grey in the Nicole by OPI Carrie Underwood Collection, and had to pair it with a sweet peach shade from the same collection.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Springtime Starbursts - China Glaze City Flourish Nail Art

Springtime is my favorite season. The weather is perfection, the smell of orange blossoms is everywhere, and the nail polish palettes are bright and pretty. China Glaze's new City Flourish collection celebrates the feel of spring in an urban environment, and so far, I've been loving the shades! My starburst nail art uses two of them.
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