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Thursday, November 27, 2014

MoYou London - The Alice in Wonderland Collection Part 2 (Press Release)

     This Friday MoYou London is releasing 4 new image plates in the Alice in Wonderland collection. I've got all the details right here for you.

Friday is around the corner again!

And you should know a little bit about Alice already!
Her imagination takes her stamping to another level!
Come join her adventures in wonderland.


“We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad” 
- The Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland


<< ALICE COLLECTION >>


Don't forget that the SAGITTARIUS plate has just been released as well!
>> CLICK HERE TO SEE IT <<

These 4 plates will be released this Friday the 28th of November.
Have a great day and Merry Christmas!
The MoYou-London Team


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

KBShimmer - Snow Much Fun

      Hi there everyone, how's your week been so far? It's snowing here, and we're expected to get 4 inches. Thankfully I've got the perfect polish to go along with this weather. KBShimmer Snow Much Fun. I purchased Snow Much Fun when it was originally released in the Winter 2013 collection but, it's been brought back this year if you missed out.
     Snow Much Fun is an aqua jelly that sparkles with light blue holo glitter, white glitters in several sizes and finishes, a sprinkling of micro holographic glitter, and of course, white snowflake glitter!
KBShimmer-Snow-Much-Fun

     The application is easy with this one. The polish flowed smoothly off the brush. The first coat was a little streaky but leveled itself out. I don't have a lot of experience with the jelly finish, but the one's I have used tend to be a bit streaky on the first coat. So I kind of expected it this time around. Anyone else have similar experiences with jelly polishes?

      As I mentioned my bottle is a year old and after letting it sit upside down overnight I was able to get tons of glitter in each coat. Because the snowflakes are a heavier glitter I did have to do some fishing and placement for them.

Snow-Much-Fun-KBShimmer
      You can use Snow Much Fun as a topper or on its own. For this post, I wanted to show you how it looks alone. Shown here is 3 thin coats plus top coat. If I was going to wear this as a manicure I would probably layer it over a light blue to avoid the VNL.

     If you'd like to pick up your own bottle follow this direct link or head on over to www.kbshimmer.com and browse through all of the polishes available for winter 2014 and let me know your favorites. I'm having a hard time deciding which ones to pick up this year. I guess it's time for me to get back to watching the snow pile up, and get ready to shovel. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Polish Addict Nail Color - Asylum

     Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was fabulous actually. I got to get together with my best  friends from High School and celebrate the Holidays. And now it's time to get back to business I guess. Today I have Asylum from Polish Addict Nail Color to share with you.
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     Asylum is a black holo with iridescent lime green, and gold glitters and green iridescent shimmer. Does anyone else see a night sky when looking at this, maybe a few constellations in those glitters? That's what this reminds me of, especially when I look at my ring finger.

     The application was typical of a black polish with the first coat being pretty sheer. But the polish flowed smoothly and there was no fishing for glitters required. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.The first coat was pretty thin and then a thicker second coat for full opacity.

  
     You'll want to use the foil method for removal. Those pretty glitters seem to have a super grip on the nail. This is one of those times I wish I'd used my peel off base coat.

     Asylum is still available for purchase, however, Laura has put the shop on hold while she restructures. As of right now, I'm not sure when she will re-open. If I get a concrete date I will update this post. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Friday, November 21, 2014

China Glaze - Givers Theme

     Earlier this summer I was given the opportunity to share the press release for The Giver Collection by China Glaze with all of you. Of course after that I stalked my Sally's until they got it in stock and purchased the entire collection. And its sat here on my desk waiting to be used ever since. Instead of showing you the entire collection in one post I decided to break it up and share a few here and there. First up is Givers Theme.
     Givers Theme is a highly pigmented red toned purple polish that dries to a glossy crème finish. Like most purples this one was hard to photograph accurately. My pinky nail comes the closest to true color. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.
Givers-Theme-from-China-Glaze
Photo taken in natural lighting.

     Application was smooth and easy with even coverage on both coats. No streaking or splotching with this one. Which is pretty much what I've come to expect from China Glaze.


China-Glaze-Givers-Theme
Photo taken in natural lighting

     I really kind of like the red undertone that Givers Theme has. It's not your typical purple polish color.  And these days with the amount of polish I have it's getting harder and harder to find something unique.    

     I haven't come across this collection is stores anymore but it is still available from Sally's online if you want to pick one up.  There are a few others in this collection that I cant wait to try, but Givers Theme is up there at the top right now as one of my favorites. Did you pick up any from this collection?  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

MoYou London - The Alice in Wonderland Collection (Press Release)

     This Friday MoYou London is release an entirely new collection inspired by Alice in Wonderland. This first wave will contain 4 new plates and as a bonus MoYou is releasing 1 new plate in the Festive Collection. You can find all the details below.
                           

It is almost Friday!
And we're all mad about our new Alice in Wonderland collection!
Come join the party and DRINK this wonderful imaginative collection.

Meet Alice, her imagination takes her stamping to another level!
Come join her adventures in wonderland.


“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” 
- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


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+ 1 BRAND NEW FESTIVE PLATE!
+ 5 NEW STAMPING NAIL POLISHES!

These 5 plates + 5 New Nail Polishes will be released this Friday the 21st of November

And to put you in the right mood: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfR8MmBumy0

Have a great day and Merry Christmas!
The MoYou-London Team



     I'm  not loving these plates at first glance. There are a few images that have caught my eye, but not an entire plate, well maybe the first plate with all the words. That one looks like fun. What are y our thoughts on this new collection? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

KISS InstaWave Automatic Curler


     Taking a break from nail polish, I've got a different kind of post today. Thanks to Brand Backer and KISS I am able to bring you a review of the new InstaWave automatic hair curler. Kiss products, the global leader in the nail care industry has expanded it's line to include a vast array of beauty care products, including hair appliances. They are set to revolutionize the hair appliance industry by providing highly innovative, salon quality products at consumer friendly prices.
     The  Kiss InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful curls. It's easy to use from any angle and with any hand. The InstaWave features a curl dial with left/right curl directions and an auto shut  off after 90 minutes. There are 2 heat settings (high/low) with a maximum temperature of 420.
Kiss InstaWave curl dial
Barrel of InstaWave.

      Notice there is no clamp on the barrel, just the prongs. That part threw me for a loop when I first opened up the package. After reading the instructions I had a much better idea on how to use the InstaWave. But that didn't stop me from checking out the informational video at http://www.kissinstawave.com .



     And here is my version of the step by step instructions. Don't worry I'll go through each step in detail later on in the post.


     Can I just say I love the results I was able to get. I have always had trouble with curling my hair and getting it to look right. After playing around with the InstaWave a few times I got the hang of it with great results.

     Here's a before shot of my hair. You will notice that my hair isn't completely straight. I actually have a natural wave  that I brushed as straight as I could get for this review. I should also mention that I used the high setting while trying this out.



Step 1. Hold the InstaWave vertically and place 1 inch section of hair on the InstaWave curling rod.

 
     Place hair behind the rod for "away" curls and in front of the rod for "forward" curls.

Step 2. Touch the curl dial either left or right and the InstaWave automatically catches and curls the hair.

    
     I was actually worried that this step would create a tangled mess and Id end up ripping a ton of hair out of my head. That never happened, but if it did, simply push the curl dial in the other direction.

Step 3. Hold for 5-10 seconds and pull the InstaWave down vertically, letting the hair out. Hold longer for tighter curls and less for beachy waves.

    
     Here's a tip. Switch between curling right and left to create a more natural look.

     This is the finished look. It only took me 15 minutes to curl all my hair and the curls lasted all day. Without adding any product to it I might add.


     I am extremely please with the InstaWave and will be using this instead of my regular curling iron from now on. I couldn't believe how quickly I was able to curl all of my hair. It does take a bit of getting used to though.  Oh and the boyfriend really liked the results. He even asked who I had do my hair before I stopped over.  He watched me struggle to curl my hair for a wedding a few weeks ago so I couldn't get mad at him for that comment. I did make him give me a foot rub though.

     This InstaWave is available for purchase in the US at Target, Ulta and Amazon.com. In Canada you can purchase one at Walmart.  And don't forget to check out http://www.kissinstawave.com for more tip/ tricks and a few videos to help you get started. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

*The product shown in the post was sent to me for my honest review. All opinions and pictures are my own. I am not affiliated with Brand Backer or KISS, and I was not monetarily compensated.*










Monday, November 17, 2014

Blue Cross Cuticle Remover Review


     Today Id like to share with you my thoughts on the Blue Cross Cuticle remover. I picked this up at Sally's quite a while ago and it has remained my favorite out of all the cuticle removers I've tried.




     When using this product you do need to be a little careful. I have heard that people have had a burning feeling if they leave it on their skin for too long. So please test this out on a small area first before diving in. Thankfully I have not had a reaction. But I am careful to only do one hand at a time and I wash everything off in between.

     Blue Cross cuticle remover is a liquid instead of a gel or cream. I have found the best way to apply it is by dipping a Q-tip into the bottle and dabbing it around my nail.  After applying Blue Cross to the entire hand  I go back to the first nail and start pushing the cuticle back gently with a cuticle pusher. 



     Here is a picture of my nail before applying Blue Cross cuticle remover. I intentionally let my cuticle on this finger grow out for about 3 weeks so that you could get a good idea of how well this product works.  I know it's pretty bad, I can tell you it drove me a little nuts to let it get this way.



     And here is the after shot. The cuticle looks a little red but that fades away after a little bit. Especially if you apply some cuticle oil. I hadn't done that in this picture to give you a real look at how Blue Cross works.  I know this isn't a perfect nail, but in my opinion it's 99% better. Now can you see why this is my favorite cuticle removing product? And a little bit goes a long way, so it's definitely worth it's price and then some. I've been using this same bottle for over a year now and have barely made a dent in it.

     Blue Cross Cuticle Remover can be purchased at Sally's Beauty supply either online or in store for $5.99 or $4.99 with a Sally's card.
 
     Have you tried this product out for yourself, if not what is your favorite cuticle remover? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Nail Professional of the year catagory introduced.

    
    
      Today I'd like to talk to you about the new Nail Professional of the Year category  for this year’s North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). 
    
     NAHA introduces the Nail Professional of the Year category. Created with participation from NailPro Magazine, OPI and CND, the Nail Professional of the Year award is the most prestigious recognition a nail professional can attain. Entrants should show a multitude of skills, such as embellishments, nail art and salon nails, demonstrating the excellence and artistry of the nail industry. Entrants must be a certified nail technician and do not need a hairstylist to nominate or enter the category.
NAHA is founded by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is the most prestigious photographic beauty competition in North America. Each year, individuals are recognized in various categories for their outstanding skill and artistry in the professional salon industry.  NAHA entry and recognition adds prestige to a stylist’s or salon professional’s portfolio and places these individuals amongst the industry’s brightest and most talented artists. NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event.  NAHA is held on July 12, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit http://www.probeauty.org/naha
     I don't know about you but I am really excited about all the attention and recognition nail art has started to get. The people behind these amazing designs deserve to be acknowledged for their talent. Not to mention it has helped my friends realize why I'm so passionate about it. Will any of you be entering into the competition? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Limited Edition Holiday Lacquers from Mrs. P's Potions

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All Holiday LE's will be released November 22, 2014 (pre-order window from November 14-16, 2014).

You Don't Know Jack Frost!:
A silvery grey holo creme base with sparks of small sky blue holo hexes

Tales of Tinseltown:
Glittertastic glitterbomb!!!  Holo base with tons of gold microflakies and fine bronze and silver square glitters

Auld Gluhwein:
Deep rich mulberry base when cold and turns to a cranberry base when hot. Loaded with silver holo dust, fine violet holo hexes and fine iridescent hexes. Also scented of mulling spices mixed with ripe berries.

Silent Night:
A returning LE from last holiday season.  Deep dark bluey green jelly base loaded with silver holo and gold micro glitters.
 
If you're smitten by all four and can't choose, why not get ALL 4 FOR JUST $35!!!  Use code "HOLIDAYLE4" at checkout.  That's a savings of $2.25 per bottle!!!  Pre-order price only.  Only works if you have one of each of the four LE's in your cart, otherwise order will be cancelled/refunded.
Thank you for your interest and support!

All Mrs. P's Nail Potions are hand-mixed and poured, "Big 3 Free" meaning free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP), made using high quality mica pigments (no nasty dyes), glitter, and NEVER tested on animals.


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