Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NYC 2014 Limited Edition City Samba Collection Swatches & Review

Hey guys! Today I have a review for you of NYC New York Color's City Samba Collection. These are limited edition "In a Minute Quick Dry" polishes that just recently hit store shelves. There are 8 shades to choose from & I have 4 to show you today from this vibrant Brazil inspired collection.


THINK: A Brazilian beauty escape.

WHAT IT IS: A limited edition color inspired by the vibrancy of Brazil. NYC New York Color is bringing the sexy beaches and sizzling sun of Brazil to New York with a new, limited edition City Samba collection filled with Brazilian fun and flare. Look your sexiest yet with Carnivale-ready nail polishes, brilliant lip glosses, and shimmering bronzing powders.

The NYC New York Color City Samba Nail collection includes:

 In A New York Color Minute Quick Dry Nail Polish ($1.99): Ultra-quick dry nail enamel in electrifying summer shades. These high pigment colors are infused with a hint of shimmer for brilliant, tropically-hued nails that won’t fade. The nail strengthening formula is infused with magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium for beautiful nails and specifically formulated to dry in lightning speed time to a dazzling, high shine finish. The shades: Carnival Red,CopabananaJacaranda FlowerOcean BluePalm TreeTropicoral, Sweet Melon and Amazon Green

Tropicoral: This is bright, creamy coral shade that leans more to the orange side. It was opaque in just one coat.

NYC Tropicoral

Jacaranda Flower: This is a vibrant, creamy grape purple shade & took 2 coats to make opaque.

NYC Jacaranda Flower

Amazon Green: I would describe this shade as like a tropical mint green. I don't have a color like this in my collection. It's pretty & bright with a frosty finish. I am not into green polishes, but I actually really like this shade a lot! Took 2 coats to make opaque.

NYC Amazon Green

Sweet Melon: This is a bright, creamy melon yellow shade. The color of a cantaloupe. I have nothing like this shade in my collection. Took 2 coats to make opaque.

NYC Sweet Melon
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Overall Review: I really like this collection! The polish shades are vibrant & fun, perfect for the summer season. I think they capture the vibrancy of beautiful Brazil & festive Carnivale. They dry quickly which I love & have a lot of pigment so I only needed 1-2 coats to achieve full opacity for the polishes that I personally tested. Another great thing about these polishes is they are only $1.99!!! For more info, check out www.newyorkcolor.com. What do you think?


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Patriotic 4th of July Independence Day Stars & Stripes Nail Art Design & Video Tutorial

Hey guys! The design I am sharing today is actually a design I have already shared here before. I did this design a couple years ago but decided to do a video tutorial for it so I re-created this design to show you how to achieve this look! Hope you like! Some of the products I used in the video tutorial are different than the products I used for the original design so I listed in the tutorial what I used for the original design (pictured below) aswell as what I used in the video tutorial. Hope you like! Please subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven't already! Hope you & your loved ones have a safe, healthy & happy 4th of July! God Bless! : )

BM14 & BM20 - Wet N'Wild Red Red, Orly Royal Navy, Konad White Special

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

BPS Star Studded Nail Art Design and Video Tutorial

Hey guys! Today I have a nail art tutorial and also a quick review for you of Born Pretty Store's square & star nail art stud wheel! I love nail art studs & I really like this wheel a lot because it consists of a variety of fun neon colors in square & star shapes. The studs are easy to apply & add a nice pop of fun color! They last long so long as you adhere them properly & it helps to add an extra coat of topcoat every couple days. The colors included are purple, pink, blue, green, yellow & orange. These studs really inspired me to do a fun colorful look, so I took some polishes that matched the stud colors & created a gradient effect with them on my thumb, middle, & ring nails. I then stamped them with a spiral pattern from Born Pretty Store's QA65 image plate & applied a row of stars to my index & pinky nails! I really like how these came out, the colors really pop! I included a video tutorial below so you can learn how to achieve this fun & easy look. Hope you like! I also included direct links to the image plate & nail art studs I used for this design below. Check out Born Pretty Store for inexpensive nail art supplies & more, plus free shipping worldwide! Get 10% off your Born Pretty Store order (excludes sale items) with coupon code: TJL91

300 pc Star & Square Nail Art Studs (14438): http://bornprettystore.com/product_info.php?ref=1656

BPS Stamping Plate QA65: http://bornprettystore.com/product_info.php?ref=1656

BPS QA65 - Wet n Wild French White Creme & Black Creme, Essie The More the Merrier, Fresh Paint Guava,
Funky Fingers 220 Volts, Sinful Colors 24/7, Orly Prism Gloss Gold
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SPRING NAIL HAUL - Polish, Plates & More!

Hey guys! Hope all is well! I realized it's been awhile since I have done a haul so I compiled some of my latest nail products to share with you today!

First up are some new stamping plates I got from Born Pretty Store along with some water decals. I actually was one of the winners of the BPS Valentine's Day Nail Art Contest & won a $15 BPS voucher & this is what I purchased with it! I really like the BPS octagon plates, they stamp great & their full nail image patterns are a good size! :-)

QA76, QA27, QA65, QA71, KD3
I recently decided to invest in some new nail stampers as I only had the Konad doubled ended stamper & an XL Squishy Marshmallow Stamper. I wanted to try some new ones so I got these. The black one is from Winstonia & the gray one I purchased on ebay. Both are squishy firm. I also purchased some french tip guides from ebay because I love doing french tip designs & so I like to have these on hand. Instead of purchasing the traditional french tip guides, I got the variety pack which consists of 3 different french tip styles so looking forward to trying out. I am also working on a review for the Winstonia stamper so look out for that, will be publishing it very soon! : )

Below are some nail art studs I got from Born Pretty Store! I love nail art studs, they are easy to use & create such a nice effect! The left rhinestone wheel has gold & silver 3mm square & round studs. The right are square & star studs in a variety of different fun colors! The bag consists of size 3mm black square studs. I did a review for the silver, gold & black nail art studs, click here to check that out! I will also be posting a review & nail art design with the neon studs hopefully later this week so look out for that! : )

Last are some new polishes from the Sally Hansen Color Foil Collection & the NYC City Samba Collection. These are both new Spring collections that are available now! I have already reviewed & swatched the SH Color Foils, click here to check that out & I'm currently working on a review/swatches of the City Samba polishes so stayed tuned for that!

Sally Hansen: Cobalt Chrome, Minted Metal, Purle Alloy, Sterling Silver, Liquid Gold
NYC: Jacaranda, Tropicoral, Amazon Green, Sweet Melon

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Red Hot BPS Studded Leadlight Cherry Blossom Nail Art Stamping Design and Video Tutorial

Hey guys! Today I have a new design & video tutorial to share with you aswell as a quick review. I have been wanting to do a design with the color red for awhile now cause it's a color I don't use often & when I got these nail art studs from Born Pretty Store I figured it was the perfect time to do a red hot mani, lol. I used the leadlight technique for the flowers on my index & pinky nails and used 3mm square studs from Born Pretty Store for the middle & accent nails to spice things up! I really like these nail art studs, they are easy to use & add such a nice effect! The silver studs used on my accent nails came in a small rhinestone wheel that included a variety of both silver & gold studs in round and square shapes, size 3mm. I also own the 2mm wheel aswell and I like both, it's great to have different sizes! The black square studs came in a small plastic bag. I included the direct links to them below aswell as the BPS stamping plate I used for this design (featured on my accent & thumb nails). I just want to add I really like the octagon stamping plates from BPS, I own quite a few of them! They are inexpensive & I have never had any issues with them and the full nail patterns are pretty large, especially compared to the Red Angel stamping plate that I used in this design, smh (index & pinky nails). Check out my video tutorial below to learn how to achieve this look & please subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven't already! Hope you like! God bless! :-)

Get 10% off your Born Pretty Store order (excluding sale items) with coupon code: TJL91

3mm Round Square Stud Rhinestone Wheel (7259): http://bornprettystore.com/product_info.php?ref=1656&products_id=7279&affiliate_banner_id=1

3mm Black Square Studs (5471): http://bornprettystore.com/product_info.php?ref=1656&products_id=5471&affiliate_banner_id=1

BPS Stamping Plate QA65: http://www.bornprettystore.com/product_info.php?ref=1656&products_id=12025&affiliate_banner_id=1

BPS QA65 & Red Angel RA-109 - Wet n Wild Red Red & French White Creme, Kiss Nail Art Paint: Silver Glitter, China Glaze Glistening Snow, Konad Black Special Polish
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New 2014 Sally Hansen Limited Edition Color Foil Collection Reviews, Swatches & Stamp Swatches

Hey guys! Today I have a review for you of Sally Hansen's new Color Foil Collection! This collection consists of 10 bright shimmering metallic shades, perfect for the summer season! I have 5 polishes from the collection to review for you today! To get you more acquainted with this collection I have included Sally Hansen's press release, followed by my swatches & my personal review...


THINK: Metallic iridescence in must-have shades

WHAT THEY ARE: Shimmering metallic special effect polishes in ten trendsetting shades. Get ready to bring your nails into the spotlight. With the new Sally Hansen® ColorFoil™ Nail Makeup collection, rich, electrifying pigments join forces with fashion-forward aluminum leaf to create a never-before-seen brilliant gleam effect for nails. Beloved by the most riveting stars, metallic finish nails can now be yours at home with color leader Sally Hansen®’s newest light-in-a-bottle formula.

Achieve high impact drama with high shine, liquid metal looks.  With on-trend shades such as this year’s “it” color, pinky-purple lilac, to must-have mint and essential gold, silver, and copper metallics, each shade delivers a unique iridescent foil gleam finish for a one-of-a-kind nail lookThese glinting polishes explode from within with extreme theatrical effect, for a new level of brilliance that fuels today’s desire for over-the-top, outrageous shine.

The breakthrough Sally Hansen® ColorFoil™ Nail Makeupcollection features an exclusive non-streaking patented formula that dries in just seconds, for flawless, time saving application. The ten colorful new high-profile shades are designed to be used alone, without a base or top coat to fully preserve the stunning metallic color and effect.

WHAT THEY COST:$7.99 each

WHERE TO FIND THEM:The Sally Hansen® ColorFoil™ Nail Makeup collection is available beginning June 2014 at chain drug stores, food stores, and mass merchandisers nationwide.

The shades I am showing you today are: Liquid Gold, Purple Alloy, Cobalt Chrome, Sterling Silver & Minted Metal. Since these polishes are metallic I decided to also do some stamping swatches since metallic polishes usually work well with nail stamping & these polishes did not disappoint! Each swatch was done with just one coat and no top coat. The middle & ring nails are stamp swatches done over black polish with no top coat. Since metallics can be kind of difficult to photograph since they are so reflective I decided to take pics of the swatches both inside with flash aswell as outside in natural light.

Liquid Gold: I really like this shade as I feel it's not always easy finding a true gold shade, some are too yellow, some are too bronzey, but in my opinion this is just right. 

Sally Hansen ColorFoil Liquid Gold - Stamping plate QA27
Purple Alloy: A pretty purple chrome shade.

Sally Hansen ColorFoil Purple Alloy - Stamping Plate QA65
Cobalt Chrome: A nice blue chrome, although I personally don't consider this to be "cobalt" blue, it's more like steel blue.

Sally Hansen ColorFoil Cobalt Chrome - Stamping plate QA65
Sterling Silver: The name says it all; a nice highly reflective metallic sterling silver shade. In the first pic it looks as if it has a yellowish tint to it, but that's just the reflection from my camera flash. 

Sally Hansen ColorFoil Sterling Silver - Stamping plate QA65
Minted Metal: A beautiful minty green metallic shade. 

Sally Hansen Minted Metal - Stamping plate KD3

Overall Review: I really like these polishes a lot! They are easy to apply, dry quickly, they come from a trusted brand and they stamp beautifully!!! They are opaque in just one coat which I love & have a beautiful shiny metallic/chrome-like finish! I did not find the formula to be streaky either, which can sometimes be a problem with chrome polishes. You should be able to find this collection at local drugstores but grab them quick as these are limited edition! I will say when you stamp with these that you should work quickly as these polishes dry quickly and also I found it worked best with a hard rubber stamper. I initially tried stamping these with my squishy firm stamper but it would not pick up this polish, but when I used my Konad double ended stamper it picked up this polish with no problem. Have you tried these yet? What do you think?

For more information on Sally Hansen products, visit: www.sallyhansen.com 

Also, you can find the stamping plates I used at: http://bornprettystore.com/?ref=1656



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Angled Ombre Floral French Tip Pretty Spring Summer Nail Art Design and Video Tutorial

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share with you this design I did. It's actually for a nail art contest  I entered & the theme is Spring using pastel colors (white, silver & gold polishes are also allowed). I am excited because it's been a long time since I entered a nail art contest! I gave up on them for awhile because most of them choose their winners based on who has the most votes which basically turns into a popularity contest more than focusing on the actual nail design. I can't keep up with those, lol, but I like this contest because the host will be choosing the winner so don't have to worry about any shenanigans, lol! I also love the theme of this contest, because I love Spring designs & pretty pastels! This is the design I came up with because when I think of Spring I think of pretty flowers!!! I decided to do an angled french tip with an ombre gradient & rhinestone studded full accent nails! I am really happy with the way these came out & I hope you them like too! I did a video tutorial for this look so please check it out & subscribe to my channel if you haven't already! :-)

Konad M53 & Red Angel RA-119 - Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl & Candy Coated, Konad White SP,
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