9.08.2014

Black and Neon Nail Art

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Hey guys!

I love the combo of black and neon that I see others use. On me, I'm not so sure but I was excited to try! I was inspired by these super cute studs I got from Born Pretty Store.


I used Zoya Storm as my base. The accent nail is randomly painted with neon shades. Then I layered striping tape with Zoya Storm on top. I used nail glue to attach the studs and then topped it off with topcoat. They stayed put very well!



Do you like the neon and black combo?

You can find these neon studs *here* at Born Pretty Store. My code (AMG10) will get you 10% off too!



*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions. 

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9.02.2014

Water Marble Water Decals

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Born Pretty Store is my go to for all things nail art. They have a great selection of all kinds of fun embellishments, stickers, glitter, polish, and tools. One of my favorites are their water decals! They are so easy to use and relatively quick for the end result you get. 

To use water decals, all you do is soak the design in water for maybe 10 seconds or so and it will slide off the paper in a super thin sheet. Simply place on dry polish, press down and finish with top coat.

I admit I'm terrible at the actual water marbling technique, so any sort of help (cheat) I can get, I'll take! haha This design reminds me of the look of a water marble and it's so cute!



This mani lasted as long as any other mani would for me, another plus with the water decals.

You can find this exact design as well as other styles *here*. Get an extra 10% off with my code just for you guys: AMG10.

Have you tried water decals before?


*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.*
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8.20.2014

Zoya Ignite Swatches and Review

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Good afternoon!

As promised, here is the other half of Zoya's newest collection for fall, Ignite. I'm seriously loving these shades! I don't know why, but I just love the jewel toned polishes that are so full of depth that we usually see for fall.

Autumn, appropriately named, is a copper shade with a golden shimmer.


Yuna is a gunmetal grey with a golden shimmer.


Remy is a darker, tad more blue version of Zoya's much loved Charla. So if you love that one, you're gonna love this one!


Teigen is a magenta/berry shade that's just gorgeous! This one's a fave of mine.


India is a cranberry/wine with a golden shimmer. I love this one as well.


Sansa is a deep purple with golden shimmer. OK, so I love this one too. I feel like one can never have too many purples! ;)


The Ignite collection is pretty much a perfect fall collection. I'm so excited to wear it this season! Formula wise these are all manageable and easy to apply. The lighter shades required 3 thin coats for coverage and the darker ones just 2.

Are you ladies loving this collection as much as I am?



*Polish sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.



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8.19.2014

Zoya Entice Swatches and Review

Hello!

Ready for Zoya's fall 2014 collection? I've got the first half today! The Entice collection is "inspired by the classic wools, textured brocades and metallic accents of the season, Zoya's new ENTICE & IGNITE collections create a palette of lush, deep color including wines, browns, navies and greys."

 Nyssa, a milk chocolate brown.


Genevieve, a blue-ish/gunmetal grey.


Margo is a nice plum shade.


Claire is a dark, vampy burgundy.


Veronica is is a wine shade. One of my favorites!


Ryan is a dark indigo shade. My photo has a lot of light reflecting off of it so it looks a couple shades lighter than it really is for some reason.



Overall, these are perfect shades for fall. They look great on their own but are also perfect bases for nail art as well. Zoya does the creme formula really well. The only one that was a bit thinner and more watery was Genevieve. I had to do 3 thin coats instead of two thicker ones for coverage.

The Entice collection is currently available at zoya.com for $9/bottle.

Keep an eye out for the Ignite half of the fall collection here on the blog soon!


*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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8.18.2014

Milani Color Statement Quick Swatches and Review

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Hi readers!

By now, you've all seen that Milani has released a new 36 piece collection called Color Statement. There's a great range of colors and finishes. I hate to be lame and not include real nail swatches but since I have been in the midst of moving, nail wheels are the best I can do! :)









The majority of the formulas in this line were pretty great. Milani has a history of creating quality formula polishes. A few of the lighter pastels shades were more streaky and thick than the others but that's the only notable negative I've seen. There is also a batch of sheers that would have been pointless to share on swatch wheels, but would be perfect for french manicures. A quick dry top coat is also included and I've been using it for a while now and really like it!

These retail for $3.99 and can be found at CVS.

Any shades you are adding to your wish list?

*Products sent for review in exchange for my honest opinion.



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8.08.2014

Zoya Naturel Deux (2) Collection Swatches and Review

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Hello readers!

I know it's still gonna be pretty warm where I live for a while, but this time of year I start itching to wear sweaters, leggings, and boots (my go-to cool weather outfit) and burn fall scented candles. 

Zoya has created a neutral collection to help bridge from summer into fall so now I can get a little taste of fall in summer. ;) The Naturel Deux (2) are all cremes in brown and plum shades. I never met a Zoya creme I didn't like and these are no different...total perfection. Let's take a look!

Spencer is a light tan.


Chanelle is a milk chocolate shade.  So yummy!


And the last of the browns is Emilia. I love how rich and dark this one is.


The first plum shade is Madeline, a mauve-y shade.


Aubrey is a perfect plum color.


Marnie is a dark, deep plum.


My favorite are the darkest shades of the two colors. I think these are great for easing into fall and all the earth tones and vampy colors I tend towards then.

You can buy the Naturel Deux (2) collection at zoya.com for $9/bottle and are available now!

Any shades you guys are eyeing?

*Polish sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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7.07.2014

PopSugar June 2014 Must Have Box Review

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Hello again, readers!

June may be over, but I wanted to share this Must Have Box from PopSugar with you so that you could get an idea of what a box would contain if you decide to subscribe! I have always enjoyed the items I have gotten. They are fun and useful but still have a luxury feel to them.

In most all the boxes I have gotten, there is always a snack item included and it's always the first thing to get used. ;) Hence, the reason why I don't have my own photo of the Hawaiian BBQ chips that came in this box. They were pretty spicy but still addictive and tasty!

photo cred: popsugar.com

Next up is a beach towel/throw blanket/scarf. This is super lightweight and easy to keep stored in a bag for those times you wish you had a blanket. The size is generous enough to fit multiple people for sitting. I love the turquoise blue stripes. I actually used this at the beach on a day trip with my husband and kids and it worked out perfectly.


This lotion smells so fresh and hydrates nicely. It uses Swedish oats which can help irritated skin.


These wipes come in handy for me when I'm out and about with my 3 year old and 9 month old. haha! Even though that's an obvious use, I still believe that wet wipes should be in everyone's bag because they really are so convenient. The lemon scent these wipes have is pleasant but not over powering.


I haven't had a chance to read this book yet (remember my kids I mentioned? :) but I hope to soon! I've seen it in many magazines and online as a recommendation for summer reading. Any of you read it?


I think these hair ties are super cute! But also functional which is kind of necessary when it comes to hair accessories, in my opinion. These are nice and stretchy and the gold ring adds a nice finishing touch to a ponytail.


And the final item in my Must Have box for June was a voucher to a store called Native Union. They have a lot of nice tech accessories. Still trying to decide what to use mine on but I've been eyeing the cute USB keychains.


You can sign up for the PopSugar Must Have monthly box *here*. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Do you already subscribe or plan to subscribe to the Must Have box? 



*POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.
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