Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sharpie Watercolor Nails Tutorial featuring Floss Gloss Lean

These polishes were purchased by me.

What's up People?

I've always loved markers, like really really loved markers.  Back about a billion years ago when I was in college, I did a ton of marker rendering and had quite the collection.  Those days are long gone but I still get excited to use markers so combing then with nail polish is probably the greatest thing ever.  And let's talk about Floss Gloss Lean, such a pretty orchid purple!

Sharpie Watercolor Nails Tutorial Floss Gloss Lean swatch
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine - To The Finish Lime! Review

Press Sample

Hey Everyone!

Today I am sharing another mani using the OPI Infinite Shine polishes that I received from the Preen.Me VIP Program.  This gorgeous Spring Green is To The Finish Lime!  At first I didn't know what to do with this color, don't get me wrong I love green polish but I was feeling very uninspired.  So without a plan I laid down the base color and dug through my decal stash... and then magic happened haha, check it out!
 
OPI Infinite Shine To The Finish Lime polish swatch

OPI Infinite Shine To The Finish Lime polish swatch

This came out better than if I planned it lol The green is OPI Infinite Shine To The Finish Lime!  This one had a very nice formula and covered completely opaque in 2 coats.  After I added the Infinite Shine Gloss top coat and let dry, I applied these blue rose water decals.  The decals are from ebay, they are sold by about a million sellers so you could find them by searching for blue flower waer decals.  They are on a clear base so the green polish kind of shows through and blends them together, I love the effect!  I also added a 2mm blue round jewel that I got from ebay.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Cyclone Swirl VInyls from Twinkled T and Loreal Masked Affair

Press Sample

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Whose in the mood for some cyclone vinyl action?  How great are these cyclone swirls from Twinkled T, gaaahhhhh I love them!  They're hypnotizing and give such a unique look.  This was my first time using these and I'm already imaging fun ways to use these again.

Loreal Masked Affair Twinkled T Cyclone Vinyls

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Friday, April 24, 2015

More Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon swatches! This time with nail art!

(These polishes were purchased by me)

Hey Everyone!

Guess what?  I got even more swatches of the Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neons!  As if I didn't post enough lol, you can see my first set of "plain" swatches without nail art and read my review here Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection Swatch Review - Spring 2015.  For these swatches I wanted to focus on stamping since I just got a shit-load of new stamping plates from HeHe and Qgirl.  Keep in mind, for all of these swatches I used 1 coat of white (Rica Polish Whiteout) and 2 layers of color topped with HK Girl Top Coat from Glisten & Glow.  Ok onto swatches!

Color Clube Poptastic Pastel Neon Swatches stamping nail art

Don't you just love a good collage!  These colors in this collection just make my eyeballs so happy!  Loving the whole collection, I can't pick a fav.

Color Clube Poptastic Pastel Neon Swatches Diggin The Dancing Queen

Color Clube Poptastic Pastel Neon Swatches Diggin The Dancing Queen

I'll start with my fav stamping I did for this collection!  This is 'Diggin' The Dancing Queen.'  When I posted this on instagram so many people thought it was really watermarble!  Haha!  I haven't even tried to watermarble yet so this stamping plate, HeHe 040, is a good substitute.  I used Rica Polish Blackout and a couple of 2mm black studs to finish it off.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection Swatch Review - Spring 2015

(These polishes were purchased by me)
 
Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection Swatch Review Spring 2015

Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection Swatch Review Spring 2015

Hey Everyone!

Today I have a collection to share that I am SO excited about!  They are just me in a bottle lol  I'm talking about the Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection for Spring 2015.  ALL the things I love, crΓ¨me finish, pastel, and neon!  Well, washed out neon if you want to be specific.  You may have seen a lot of swatches of these on instagram and heard us all talking about the.... not so great formula?  Well, ok they're not perfect BUT I kind of expect that with these types of colors AND if you use a white undie (like I do with all neons) they are perfectly fine!  I only needed 2 coats of each color over 1 coat of white to reach full opacity with no patchiness or streakiness.  Now, if you didn't use a white undie these would probably take 3 or 4 coats to be opaque and even out.  So, moral of the story kids:  don't forget to wear clean undies with these!  Onto swatches and reviews!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine Indignantly Indigo and DS Lapis review

Press Sample

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Today I am sharing another mani using the OPI Infinite Shine polishes that I received from the Preen.Me VIP Program.  This blue OPI Indignantly Indigo is so pretty!  It’s one of those bright/dark blues, which makes absolutely no sense haha  I didn’t want to take away from how blue it is so I paired it with OPI Lapis which is from the OPI Designer Series.  Shall we check out my mani?

OPI Infinite Shine Indignantly Indigo nail polish swatch review
 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Wet N Wild Silver Lake Polish Collection Spring 2015 Swatch Review

These polishes were bought by me

Hey Everyone!

Today I have swatches of the Wet N Wild Silver Lake Collection for Spring 2015.  I was so excited when I saw pics of these and knew I had to buy the entire 6 polish set.  I found them at Rite-aid for 40% off so I got all of them for less than $8 after tax!  What a bargain!  The collection consists of 5 cremes and 1 sheer shimmer.  Let’s get into swatches!

Wet N Wild Silver Lake Polish Collection Swatch Spring 2015

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beetlejuice inspired mani – Gridlock Lacquer Yinz Goin Dahnthan?

Press Sample

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How about some Beetlejuice inspired nail art?  I was inspired by a mani by Anny Polish and Paint did about a month ago.  I must say, this is loosely inspired by Beetlejuice lol The only resemblance is the black and white stripes that I did using striping nail stencils.  On Instagram I labeled this as Beetlejuice joins the circus.  Onto pics!

Beetlejuice inspired nail art Gridlock Lacquer Yinz Going Dahntahn pink orange duochrome

Gridlock Lacquer Yinz Going Dahntahn pink orange duochrome polish swatch

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Monday, April 13, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine Set in Stone and Maintaining my Sand-ity Gel Effects Lacquer System Review

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Today I will be reviewing my first OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System!  I was sent for review, a box of the Infinite Shine colors and the base and top coat from Preen.me as part of their VIP program.  This will really be my first time trying one these new pseudo-gel lacquer type systems.  Shall we just get past all the formalities and onto the polish?!  Let’s go!



To use these polishes you will need to buy into the 1-2-3 Gel Effects Lacquer System with the primer base and gloss top coat (that cures in natural light).  The primer base applied fine and dried pretty quick!  Always nice.  For my base color I chose Set in Stone.  A dark taupe that has hints of purple to it, it reminds me a lot of OPI I Sao Paulo Over There.  I held them next to each other and Set in Stone may be just a little darker but very close.  This was a very pigmented polish, almost covered completely in 1 coat.  It wasn’t thin or thick, just kind of that perfect consistency that makes it very easy to coat the nail and not flood the cuticles.  I would say the formula is slightly thicker than regular OPI polish and it has a stronger smell.  Nothing I couldn’t handle just wanted to note it.  I used 2 coats here, it dried pretty shiny and pretty fast!  Defintely faster than regular OPI polish.  I left my base to dry without top coat so that I could add some stamping.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

A Box, Indied – May 2015 Star Wars – Glisten & Glow Saber This!

Happy Friday THANK GOD RIGHT?!

Today I have swatches for one of the polishes in the upcoming May 2015 A Box, Indied, Saber This! by the one and only Glisten & Glow.  A Box, Indied is a monthly polish sub box featuring some of the biggest and hottest brands in the Indie polish world.  This month's theme is Star Wars!  I love ittttttt, this dork is excited.  I’ve been a big fan of G&G and using their products for about 3 years (G&G HK Girl Top Coat is my HG, there are no other TCs in my world lol) so I was so happy to be able to do some swatches of a new polish.  The May A Box, Indied will be available on April 26th, follow @aboxindied for swatches and updates.  Let’s get to it babes.

Glisten and Glow Saber This A Box Indied blue glow in the dark polish

Blue glow in the dark nail polish Saber This Glisten and Glow

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

ScentBird Perfume Subscription Review - and Balenciaga Florabotanica Bottle inspired nail art!



ScentBird Review Balenciaga Florabotanica Inspired nail art China Glaze White on White Twinkled T nail vinyls


ScentBird Review Balenciaga Florabotanica Inspired nail art
Hi Everyone!

Today I have something to share a little different than my usual nail posts (but I did incorporate a mani of course lol).  Something else that I truly love is perfumes!  I am one that my mood is very much influenced by scent and vice versa.  I have a medium sized perfume collection ranging from the inexpensive scented oil to pricey scents from Tom Ford.  Unlike polish, I have a hard time buying more new full-sized bottle of perfume because what’s the point when I already have many and I always like to switch it up?  And I seem to have pretty expensive perfume taste right now haha!  So lately, I’ve been indulging my want for new scents by getting lots of sample vials with beauty purchases and even buying mixed lots of them on ebay.  What’s a girl to do when you always want a new scent to try out!  When I was contacted by ScentBird to sample an intro box to their perfume sub box, I was like hells yeah I want to try it lol  Here are some quick details before I get into my review of my experience.

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Scentbird is the modern woman’s way to smell amazing but spend smart. Just $14.95 a month gets you a 30-day supply of the luxury perfume of your choice right to your door. Choose from 350+ top Designer scents.  The perfume you select comes in a sleek purse spray that's fun to show off and easy to carry. Every month you just swap out the old scent and swap in the new.

Scentbird was born out of the frustration with the “perfume graveyard”-  all those scents you once loved but got tired of wearing, all those scents you got as presents and never really loved, all gathering dust on your dresser.  “60% of women who wear perfume switch between multiple fragrances.  In fact, the #1 reason women buy perfume is to get something new or different,” says Mariya Nurislamova, Scentbird’s CEO.  “Sticking to one scent feels stifling and outdated. However, perfume bottles are
expensive, impractical for travel and last forever.”  Source: ScentBird

HOW DOES SCENTBIRD WORK?!

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  • Go to www.scentbird.com and answer a few quick questions. Scentbird gets to know your scent preferences in minutes.
  • Proprietary recommender suggests a personalized list of scents to try.
  • You can also search by brand or scent type, or keep it simple and receive the monthly featured perfume.
 Select
  • Create your “perfume calendar” (think Netflix queue) and choose the scent you want each month.
  • Change every month or keep a favorite.
  • Manage your queue to edit the order or add new fragrances (New Designer and Niche scents are added monthly).
 Enjoy!
  • $14.95 gets you a monthly purse spray.  Complimentary perfume case with your first order.
  • Drop purse spray into the case, twist and it’s ready to go.  Travel friendly and fun to show off.  Every month, swap out the old purse spray and swap in the new.
  • Shipping is free and you can cancel anytime. 
  • 100% real perfume decanted into vials.
ScentBird Review Balenciaga Florabotanica Inspired nail art
The ScentBird perfume selection quiz, perfume recommendations, description of each scent, pricing


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous Sally 50 Year Anniversary Exclusive Shade!

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A few weeks back I went to Sally's Beauty Supply because they were having an extra 50% off clearance sale!  I snagged a ton of polishes, one being OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous which is a pink creme exclusive to Sally's celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Wow, I had no idea Sally's has been around that long, pretty cool.  Check out what I came up with.

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous polish swatch Sally's Beauty Supply

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous polish swatch Sally's Beauty Supply

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous polish swatch Sally's Beauty Supply

50 Is The New Fabulous is a lovely medium neutral pink.  Well, I think it's neutral?  I couldn't really tell if it was warm or cool so that makes me feel like it's neutral haha.  With OPI pinks and reds I typically have to do 3 coats to cover my visible nail line and this one was no exception.  Most people only have to do 2 but something about OPI pink and red cremes I ALWAYS need 3 coats, crazy right?  But it had a very nice formula and applied easily so I didn't mind!

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous polish swatch Sally's Beauty Supply

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous polish Born Pretty Store Mermaid Water Decals

In these macro shots you can see how smooth this color is, this color would look good on just about all of us!  The Little Mermaid water decals are from Born Pretty Store Pretty Mermaid Nail Art Decals item # 17033.  I've used these decals a few times, you can check them out HERE

And use my code ASWW10 for 10% off full price items from Born Pretty Store!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

China Glaze Sun Worshipper Neon Taxi Cab Nails

Press Sample ( Love Angeline Stuck on Love Nail Shields)

Hey Everyone!

How about some crazy neon taxi cab nails? Ok, that wasn’t exactly my inspiration but that’s what these remind me of! A couple weeks ago Sally’s Beauty had extra 50% off clearance and BOGO China Glaze polishes. I was on it. I bought a bunch of polishes but I kept picking up and putting back China Glaze Sun Worshipper, it was so bright and unique it kept calling to me and then I’d put it back thinking it was just too crazy… even for me! Last minute I decided I wanted it, I mean come on, and it ended up being about a $1. Well, that was the best decision ever! I’m in love with this color, even though it’s a weird yellow orange I find it oddly flattering. This could be my Summer color, ok onto the mani!

China Glaze Sun Worshiper Neon Black and White nail art

China Glaze Sun Worshiper Neon Black and White nail art


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Friday, April 3, 2015

BUNDLE MONSTER Easter Nails Stamping Tutorial and Giveaway!

Hey Everyone!

Are you ready for Easter?  How about we get in the mood for bunnies and chocolate with some stamping!  Today I am sharing a tutorial that I created for Bundle Monster using a couple of their Easter and Spring stamping plates BUT the best part is that Bundle Monster provided me doubles of all products used that I am giving away to all my followers!  Yaaaaaayyyyy!  The giveaway is at the end of this post, you will be able to enter here many different ways and you can also enter over on Instagram, check out my page: @twi_star and @bundlemonster for details.

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Bundle Monster Nail Stamping Plate BM-702 BM-H10 Easter Tutorial

For this mani I used a technique called reverse stamping.  Reverse stamping is when you leave the image stamped on your stamper and paint it in before applying to your nail.  Sounds complicated right?  Well guess what?!  If you have stamping experience, it’s not!  And I’ve laid out all the steps so you can recreate this mani with links to all the Bundle Monster polishes, stampers, and plates used.  Shall we get started?


Bundle Monster Easter Stamping Plates and Polishes

Here are all the products you will need to complete the look, if you enter the giveaway at the end of this post you can win them all!  All products used (except for base and top coat, and dotting tool or toothpick) are from Bundle Monster.

Miscellaneous Items
  • Scrap paper or wax paper
  • Dotting tool or toothpick
  • Base coat
  • Top Coat
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

She Nail Polish Spring 2015 - Passionate Pink

Hello!

The next color I’m sharing from the She Nail Polish Spring 2015 Collection is Passionate Pink.  It’s just the sweetest sheer pink with pink shimmer, if that doesn’t scream Spring then I don’t know what to do with myself lol Let’s get to it!

She Nail Polish Passionate Pink polish swatch Born Pretty Store rose nail charms

She Nail Polish Passionate Pink polish swatch

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