Thursday, July 31, 2014

6:00 AM

Tropical Collection Image plates from MoYou London (Press Release)

Hi there  
Guess what? It's another Friday coming up and I am happy to announce the new release of the week. This time 6 additional plates from the:


Meet Coral > She says:
Quit your job
Buy a ticket
Get a tan
Fall in love
Never return

And now the rules:
1) Flip-Flops are mandatory
2) Build sand castles
3) Collect Sea Shells
4) Relax Eat Play!

These 6 plates will be released this Friday the 1st of August.
Have a great day!
The MoYou-London Team


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

11:32 PM

China Glaze- The Giver Collection. Limited Edition for Fall 2014 (Press Release)

     It’s time to “Colour Your Destiny” with the bright colors and rich textures of China Glaze’s exclusive The Giver nail polish collection.  Inspired by the most anticipated movie release of the summer, the collection combines bold and neutral crèmes, and a gorgeous glitter to create 12 limited edition shades. 


     Influenced by the powerful themes and message of the story, The Giver collection by China Glaze brings key moments and characters to colour, particularly the main character Jonas (portrayed by Brendon Thwaites) and his friend Fiona (portrayed by Odeya Rush) as he struggles to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his seemingly ideal community.  The film will open in theatres Friday, August 15, 2014.  
     China Glaze® The Giver limited edition nail polish collection is available now at beauty supply stores nationwide including Sally Beauty and Ulta stores.  Individual shades retail for $7.50 MSRP.

     Now let's take a look at each color individually.
Boundary Of Memory

Capacity To See Beyond


Friends Forever Right

Givers Theme

History Of the World

Intelligence Integrity Courage
Five Rules

New Birth
Seeing Red

The Outer Edge

      I don't know about you but I'm really excited about this collection. Especially Boundary of Memory and The Outer Edge. Which colors are you interested in?


6:00 AM

Liquid Kandi Nail Lacquer- The Summer Glow Collection (partial)

     Hello Everyone! Today I'm bringing to you part of a new collection from Liquid Kandi Nail Lacquer, The Summer Glow Collection. This collection contains 4 polishes: Glow Me a River, You Glow Me Crazy, Cant-elope Glow, and Sunkissed Glow.  I'll be showing you the last 2 today.

     Let me start by saying that both polishes had the exact same formula. Which was pretty spectacular if you ask me. The polish flowed smoothly off the brush. With my first couple brush strokes, I thought I was going to end up with streaks, but both polishes leveled themselves out for an even finish.

     Cant-elope Glow is a mint green shimmering polish, that glows a pretty aqua green shade. Although it dries to a matte finish, you won't lose any of the shimmers.


     Cant-elope Glow appears sheer at first, but builds up nicely, reaching full opacity with 3 slightly thick coats. And boy does this polish glow! I stood with my hand under a lamp for about 2 minutes before taking this next shot.

Glow-in-the-dark-nail-polish-The Summer-Glows-Collection

    Dry time was as equally impressive as the application. You know the golden rule of nail polish right? Always go to the bathroom before you start. Sure enough 3 minutes after finishing my nails.... Yep, you guessed it. But I bet you didn't guess, not a single smidge, or dent. And that was without top coat!

     But how does it look under a stamped image you asked? Ok, so maybe you didn't ask, but I wanted to play around a little with these. Please be kind when viewing this image, my stamping skills decided to take a break while I did this. (3 times!)

Stamped with Sally Hansen Color Foil in Minted Metal and plate BM-203
     Sunkissed Glow is a light yellow shimmery polish with a kiss of orange that glows greenish-yellow.


     Application and dry time are again impressive. Shown here is 3 slightly thicker coats without top coat. Guess what else is the same as Cant-elope... the glow power!


      By this time my stamping skills decided break time was over, but my design choosing skills fell a little short. In my defense, it looks super cute in normal lighting. The lines are just a little too thin to really show up when it's glowing. See what I mean...

Stamped with Sally Hansen Insta-dry Lightening and plate BM-315
     I've got a picture on my Facebook page of this in daylight if you want to check it out. Otherwise, you can just take my word on how awesome it looks. And by awesome, I mean the image is straight and it covers the entire nail. Yay, a stamping success!

     Now time for the important stuff. The Summer Glow Collection is available for pre-order right now on Store Envy, but they go live on Friday, Aug. 1st. Mark your calendars. Each Bottle retails for $9 or you can pick up the entire collection for $34.

     What about the other two colors in the collection? Sadly I don't have pictures to show you but I can describe them! Glow Me a River is a baby blue shimmer that glows a darker blue. You Glow Me Crazy is a bubble gum pink shimmer that glows pinkish orange.

     But wait there's more! Liquid Kandi Nail Lacquer also offers subscription boxes, or bags if that's your thing. The box contains 2 full sized polishes, 1 mini, 2-3 nail art tools or designs, 1 feature beauty product of the month AND a sweet treat. You get all that for $30. The bag contains 1 full sized polishes, 1 mini, 1 nail art tool or design, AND a sweet treat. And the price, only $20. Those prices also include shipping and handling.
      For more information on these polishes and more, check out Liquid Kandi on Facebook or follow them on IG.

     Whew! That was A LOT of information. If you've stuck with me this far I thank you. I've just got one more favor to ask, let me know your thoughts on these polishes in the comments. Reader feedback is very important to me. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Monday, July 28, 2014

6:00 AM

Darling Diva- Soubrette

     Today I have a beautiful polish from Darling Diva to share with you. Soubrette is a deep purple linear holo polish with flashes of teal, blue, purple, pink and yellow. Soubrette is part of the super multi-chrome holo collection and is available for sale on Big Cartel.

The photo was taken in my lightbox
      Here I've used 3 coats of Soubrette plus top coat. I added a decal from Sally Beauty supply as an accent nail. Soubrette is so pretty on its own I didn't want to distract from it with too much as an accent.

The photo was taken in direct sunlight
      I love a good linear holo and Soubrette is no exception. The application was smooth and easy with complete control of where the polish went. It is a little on the sheer side but builds up nicely.

     Of course, I had to include a macro shot of that holo. Just look at the sparkle!


The photo was taken in shade with natural light
     And of course, we can't forget about the color shift. For me, I was only able to truly capture the shift from teal to blue to purple with my camera. I was able to see some of the pink and yellow on my nails but it wasn't as intense as the other colors.


          Be sure to check out Darling Diva on Facebook, twitter and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news about sales and collections.

     So what do you think of Soubrette? Are you going to pick up a bottle of your own?  Don't you just love that last picture! It's my favorite and I knew I wanted to add it to the end. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

6:00 AM


     Today I have the pleasure of showing you a gorgeous polish from Mentality. Pinnacle is a sheer blue polish with blue, purple and turquoise glass flecks. While this polish is meant to be used as a top coat I've chosen to show it on its own.


     Shown here with 3 coat alone the application was smooth and easy. Because Pinnacle is meant to be a top coat it is pretty sheer. You'll want to make sure you apply it in even layers and make sure that the first layer is dry before applying the second. I found that when I was in a hurry I experienced some slight dragging.


     I have to admit that I was a little surprised that I got this much opacity out of only 3 coats. I thought for sure I would need at least 5. Pinnacle dried to a semi-gloss finish. I have a feeling it would really come alive with the addition of topcoat.


     Pinnacle can be purchased online for $8 on Big Cartel. Or you can click here for a direct link. And be sure to check out the other amazing polishes Mentality has to offer.

     Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10:24 PM

Make-up by One Direction Giveaway!

     I'm excited to bring this opportunity to you today. Did you know that One Direction is coming out with a makeup line? Would you like to get your hands on a set BEFORE you can buy one? Enter the Raffelcopter widget below for your chance to win one of The Looks collection tins.

     “"The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart-topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectible keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores – August 25th
Dillards – August 25th
Beauty Brands – August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th

*International release dates TBD. We'll keep you posted!

The irreverent attitude and colorful style of a new generations take on a glamorous form with Makeup by One Direction. The world’s biggest pop band debuts a limited-edition cosmetics collection by Markwins International, launching mid-August 2014 at Macy’s and select other major retailers worldwide.

Much like the One Direction band members themselves, this prestige makeup line is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, featuring vivid shades, premium formulas, and chic, collectible packaging and components.

6:00 AM

5 Common Side Bar Mistakes.

     As you may already know my computer is in the shop. So I am working with my laptop, but I'm having a hard time editing pictures on it. I still wanted to be able to blog so I decided to share with you a post I recently came across from Amuse Your Bouche that I found extremely helpful.
      While I'm not able to re-blog the entire post for you I wanted to give you a little intro into what it's all about. A few of these tips I implemented right after reading the post and my blog looks a lot better. Well At least in my opinion. And while a few of these tips are for WordPress many can be used for whichever platform you are using.

      In this post, you will find tips about all those badges that groups want you to put on your blog. how long your sidebar should be, blogrolls and a few others. There are also links at the bottom to a few other blog tips post she has done.

       Also Amuse Your Bouche is primarily a food blog so you might find some fun recipes to try out. Are you ready to read this post? Well then just click here on  Common Side Bar Mistakes.

     I'd love to hear your thoughts on that post as well as if you found any of the other tips to be helpful. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Monday, July 21, 2014

6:00 AM

Ellagee- Stained Glass Collection Part 2

      Today I have for you the second part of the Ellagee Stained Glass collection. Don't worry if you missed Part 1 you can catch up here. For this post I have Milk Glass, Ruby Glass and Cobalt Glass to share with you.

     First up is Milk Glass. A very shiny slightly creamy transparent polish that is perfectly named.


     The application was smooth and easy with the polish flowing nicely off the brush. Shown here with 3 coats alone it really does look like I dipped my fingers in milk.

     Just look at how soft and squishy it looks on the nail. Of course, I had to do some stamping between layers again.


     I stamped with Red Angel plate RA-116 and Sally Hansen Color Foil Rose Copper. I really like the way this turned out but I think the image was a little too big for this to look right. Shown here is 4 coats of Milk Glass

     Next I have Ruby Glass. A shiny transparent hot pink jelly polish. Don't let the hot pink part scare you away though. After 2 coats Ruby glass started to deepen to a nice rich berry color.

     The application was again smooth and easy. Here I have Ruby Glass shown with 2 coats alone.


     As you can see after 2 coats there is barely a visible nail line. Out of the 3 polishes in this post, Ruby Glass had the highest opacity level with the least amount of coats.


     For the stamping here I used Knoad stamping white and Red Angel plate RA-111. This image fit nicer on my nail than the first. I have a feeling that if Id placed them a little closer together it would look like a shadow. Shown here is 3 coats of Ruby Glass.

     And last but not least we have my favorite of these three. Cobalt Glass is a shiny transparent blue that darkens with each coat.


     Just look at that beautiful blue color. It reminds me of the ocean! Shown here with 3 coats again I had a perfect application.


     So pretty. I'm glad I waited to swatch this one last because then I could continue to wear it. And it looks even better with some stamping set between layers.

     Again I used Knoad stamping white but this plate is Red Angel plate RA-109. Shown here is 4 coats of Cobalt Glass without top coat.

     So there you have it 3 more polishes from the Stained Glass collection by Ellagee. There are still a few more polishes in this collection and I look forward to sharing those with you a little further down the road. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

6:00 AM

Nail Art-Tape Manicure

     Today I'd like to share with you some nail art I recently wore. It's nothing fancy and was actually really easy to do, but I ended up loving it and got quite a few comments about it.

     I started out with a base of JulieG Rio De Janeiro from the Cruise Collection 2014. A deep berry pink creme polish that has found a home in my top 10 favorite polishes this year. Then I did an accent nail of Finger Paints Crystalline Crush from the Shredded Chromes Collection. I was lucky enough to win 3 polishes from this collection from Finger Paints and have been impressed with them so far.


     I decided that just having the accent nail wasn't quite enough. I taped off my thumb and middle fingers an added a stripe of Crystalline Crush to each one. I liked it but something was missing.


     The addition of the dots was just what this manicure needed. It added a little something without being too flashy and I was in love. I had to use 2 coats of top coat for this manicure to get a smooth finish, Crystalline Crush was a bit rough when dry.


     And here's the full manicure. I normally only do one accent nail, but I think I like this crossover between a skittles manicure and a double accent nail manicure. What do you think? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

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