Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Glitter Gradient with Zoya Wishes

I guess by the time you guys read this, you'll probably have been out shopping for hours already, but here's some Black Friday nail art! I actually hate Black Friday and have only gone out once (and never again), but I won't ever turn up a chance for some pretty nails. Being in huge crowds of people and waiting in long lines just seems like torture to me!

For this look, I used two coats of Zoya Willa for my base and sponged Zoya Imogen near the cuticles towards the tips. I applied a coat of top coat to finish it and that's it! Super easy, but super pretty!

How do you feel about Black Friday, love it or hate it? Have any Black Friday horror stories?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Native American Dress Nail Art

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I'm so looking forward to stuffing my face today, but I'm also looking forward to sharing this design with you! I think these turned out so cute and I hope you like them too. I was going to do a complimentary pilgrim look but didn't think it would turn out nearly as adorable as this. :P

I started out with a base of Essie Sand Tropez and then used a small nail art brush to create a ragged "V" shape from the tips of my nails with Milani Dark Coffee. Next, I took four different colors and painted the same type of ragged "V" shape inside of the brown one. Sorry, I don't remember exactly what four polishes I ended up using! To finish it off, I added some dots on top of the brown "V" and some fringe with white polish.

Do you do the cooking on Thanksgiving or just the eating? I'm in the latter category! ;)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dotted Thanksgiving/Autumn Nail Art

I know, I know, it's not Thanksgiving yet, but this is what I will actually be wearing on my nails for tomorrow. I do have something adorable ready for tomorrow's post, but they aren't what I actually went with for my Thanksgiving nail art so I wanted to post these today. I've been loving dotted designs lately, so I figured I would try one with some autumnal colors!

I started out with a base of my favorite neutral, OPI My Vampire is Buff. I used a medium sized dotting tool to create half moon shapes with China Glaze Harvest Moon and then another half moon shape inside of the first ones with SquareHue Crown Street. To finish the design, I dotted Zoya Ziv with a tiny dotting tool inside the larger dotted arches and applied my top coat.

I love dotted nail art because it looks so intricate but is so simple to create! What are you wearing on your nails for Thanksgiving?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Zoya Wishes Winter/Holiday 2014 Collection Swatches & Review

Hello hello! I have the Zoya holiday collection to share with you guys today and they are so stunning! I love holiday collections (as long as they don't contain too many reds!) and this collection of shades is so unique. Let's get started, shall we?

Prim is a velvety ice blue polish. I honestly didn't think I would like this one based on the swatches that I saw, but it turned out to be much less brushstrokey in person and I actually love it! I'm wearing two coats.

Haven is a stunning deep royal purple shimmer. This color is gorgeous but I had a little bit of an issue with the application. It was just a smidge streaky, but it looked good in two coats.

Willa is a perfect shiny black creme. Great coverage in two coats.

Imogen is a black PixieDust packed with silver glitter and larger holographic hexes. I'm wearing two coats of the PixieDusts alone in the first photos and with top coat in the second photos.

Nori is a vivid icy sapphire blue PixieDust. This is two coats.

Thea is a deep royal purple with holographic hexes and silver glitter. I'm wearing two coats.

I'm so glad that the PixieDusts for winter are completely opaque since the summer ones were so sheer, but my problem with these now is that they don't dry matte enough! For this reason, I much prefer them with a coat of top coat to make them shiny and glittery. Overall though, this collection is so fabulous! Any of these shades would be perfect on your nails for a holiday party!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cirque Metropolis December 2014 Release Swatches & Review

Good morning everyone! Today I have the latest release of the ongoing Cirque Metropolis collection, two beautiful creme shades. These polishes both have outstanding formulas and great coverage!

The Devil Wears Cirque is a medium red creme, perfect for the holidays! This is two easy coats.

Tavern on the Teal is a fabulous medium teal shade that leans a bit to the green side to my eye. I'm wearing two coats here.

You can purchase these shades directly from Cirque beginning on December 1st  ( or you can visit their stockists page ( for a full list of brick and mortar and online sellers.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Autumn Argyle Nail Art

Hi guys! I feel like I haven't given you nearly enough nail art recently, so let me make amends by sharing some fall nail art with you. This look is fairly easy to create and will definitely get you some compliments on your nail art skills!

I started out with a base of Essie Very Structured and when it was completely dry, I taped off a triangular area near my cuticles and painted it with SquareHue Champagne Toast. Once again, I allowed that to dry completely before I taped off an opposite triangle shape and painted it with Milani Chocolate Sprinkles. To finish the look, I used a thin striping brush to create the argyle pattern by painting a diamond shape on each nail in Milani Dark Coffee.

I know there's a lot of mixed feelings on argyle, do you love it or hate it? Would you wear this as your Thanksgiving mani?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SquareHue November 2014 Box Swatches & Review

Look who is all caught up on SquareHue boxes! I didn't get October's box, so we are going to skip right to November (the current box!). Yay! This box was influenced by Prague and has three incredible shades that I'm dying to share.

Na Prikope is a beautiful sage green that is so unique in my collection! As always with SquareHue, the formula was amazing. This is two coats.

Vaclavske Namesti is a stunning smokey plum with silver microshimmer. This is so incredibly gorgeous in person! I'm wearing two coats.

Parizska is an awesome medium gray with silver glitter. It dries a little gritty, so expect to use one to two coats of top coat to even it out. This is two easy coats of color.

I know I sound like a broken record every month, but I am seriously so impressed with SquareHue. I absolutely love all three of the shades this month and can't wait to wear them throughout the winter! Usually there's one shade each month that I don't really care for, but this month I'm loving them all. What about you? Did you get this box and love it? Are you jealous that you missed it? You can sign up for your own SquareHue box by visiting their website,!

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

China Glaze All Aboard Collection Swatches & Review

Hello! This morning I have the China Glaze All Aboard collection from fall to share. I'm going to go ahead and spoil it, but this collection is so awesome! I feel like I do usually like fall collections, but this one is so diverse and excellent that I absolutely love it!

Nice Caboose! is a warm magenta with lovely shimmer. I'm wearing two coats and the formula was fabulous.

Conduct Yourself is a burgundy shade with almost non-existent hidden shimmer. I love this color, but this would have been a knock out if the shimmer was more noticeable on the nail! This is two coats.

What Are You A-Freight Of? is one of my favorite types of colors, a grungy grayed out purple. This is two easy coats.

Well Trained is a fabulous muted teal that covered great in two coats.

All Aboard is a medium purple with a slight bit of gray in it to make it more muted and wearable for fall. I'm wearing two coats.

Stop That Train! is a stunning orangey red metallic with golden shimmer. I have two coats on here, but I didn't let that middle nail dry long enough before I applied top coat, so ignore that!

One Track Mind is a beautiful navy blue shade. It had a great formula as well and covered well in two coats.

Loco-Motive is a glitter topper with silvery shimmer and light pink glitter. This is one coat over One Track Mind.

Mind the Gap is easily my least favorite of the bunch, although it is unique so it gets some points for that. This icky olive green has some pretty shimmer, but the formula is lacking a bit and I needed three coats for what you see here.

Choo-Choo Choose You is a very pretty shade with gold to green duochrome shimmer in a navyish base. This one has a slightly sheer formula as well; I went with two coats here but would do a third if I was going to wear this as a full mani since I like my polishes opaque.

Lug Your Designer Baggage is such an interesting shade! This slightly-grayed brown has golden flakes and shimmer in it and was perfectly opaque in two coats.

Don't Get Derailed is an awesome muted olivey army green shade. I love greens like this and I feel like we don't see them that much so it's great to have this in my collection! This is two easy coats.

The All Aboard collection is available wherever China Glaze is sold and should still be available now. My top picks are Don't Get Derailed, Stop That Train!, and What Are You A-Freight Of?. Which ones are you loving? Did you pick any up already?

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Zoya Summer 2014 PixieDust Swatches & Review

I've had these polishes for a while and kind of put off swatching them since I don't really like textured polishes that much. Unfortunately, these didn't change my mind. These three PixieDusts are no where near as good as some of the previous PixieDusts that Zoya has released.

Ginni is a light baby pink shade with lots of large glitter that dries to a semi-matte finish. This is three coats and it's still not opaque!

Bar is a sandy tan PixieDust shade. I'm not nuts about this as three coats on it's own, but I think it would look awesome layered over a dark green or red for the holidays.

Arlo is a raspberry jelly shade with lots of glitter. This is three coats.

I hate to say it, but these are pretty much all a fail to me. Bar would be fabulous as one coat layered over a jewel tone for the holidays, but the sheerness otherwise is just annoying. I know I can't be the only one who wants her polishes to be opaque! However, if you're digging them, you can purchase them from Zoya's website.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Monday, November 17, 2014

SquareHue September 2014 Box Swaches & Review

Good morning! I hope you guys had a great weekend! I started getting my Christmas decorations out, so that was fun. :X I know a lot of people get bent out of shape about decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving but it's my favorite holiday and I can't help myself! But anyway, I have the SquareHue September box to share with you today. The theme is Sydney and these three shades are stunning!

King Street is a dark brick shade that has a fantastic formula. This is two coats.

Oxford Street is a warm golden orange shimmer polish. Two coats here.

Crown Street is a stunning burnt orange shade with gold shimmer. Absolutely perfect for your Thanksgiving mani! I'm wearing two coats.

If you aren't familiar, SquareHue is a subscription service that sends you three gorgeous nail polishes each month for $19.99 shipped. These shades are all 5-free, made in the United States, and not tested on animals. Plus, SquareHue donates a portion of every monthly subscription cost to a great cause: the awareness and prevention of human trafficking.

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, November 14, 2014

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection Swatches & Review

Look who is posting a season-appropriate collection! Ha! I got the KBShimmer Winter collection in the mail last week and knew there was no way I could wait to swatch it. Once again, KBShimmer has totally nailed it!

Flake Dance is a glitter topper that is totally packed with holographic glitter and snowflakes. The snowflakes come out of the bottle so easily! I'm wearing one coat over China Glaze What Are You A-Freight Of?.

White Here, White Now is an awesome white textured polish that has white glitter in it to look like snow. KBShimmer pulled this off way better than China Glaze did last year... just sayin'. This is two coats.

Let's Sleigh Together is a creamy light gray with green and blue glitter. I absolutely love these opaque, light-colored bases with glitter! This is two coats.

Pine-ing for Yule is a fabulous little glitter topper with holographic glitter, green triangles, and red stars, meant to mimic a Christmas tree. It's also the 2014 Toys for Tots charity polish. This is two coats over China Glaze Don't Get Derailed.

Kringle All the Way is a repromoted polish and one of my favorite ever from KBShimmer. This glitter topper is packed with red, green, silver, and gold round glitter (you know how I love my round glitters!). This is two coats over China Glaze Well Trained.

Spot Sign is the coolest glitter topper I've ever seen! It has leopard spots you guys! The spots are super easy to get out of the bottle and the base also has some holographic silver glitter. This is one coat with some spots dabbed on over China Glaze All Aboard.

Mauve On Over has a beautiful mauvey lavender base with blue and orange glitter. This is such a unique combination! I'm wearing three thin coats.

Deja Brew is a stunning milk chocolate holographic polish. Formula and coverage is amazing; this is two coats.

Turnip the Beet is a berry pink glitter polish that dries to a textured matte finish. I haven't really been crazy about the textured polish trend, but these are executed so well! The base is tinted, so you can get opaque coverage in two coats.

Dressed to Gild is packed with gorgeous gold glitter interspersed with green and purple that dries to a textured matte finish. This one wound up a little sheer around the tips and could probably have used a third coat to be safe.

Too Cold to Hold is a stunning icy blue polish packed to the max with glitter. This is my favorite of the textured polishes in this collection; I'm wearing two coats.

Fallen Angle is rich medium blue jelly polish with pink, purple, and blue glitter. There are also triangle glitters in there but unfortunately I didn't wind up with any on my nails. This is three thin coats.

Merry Pinkmas is a repromote from last year, a baby pink base with holiday-colored glitter. I'm wearing two coats.

Sugar Plum Faerie is a medium purple with pink, green, and blue glitter and is also a repromoted shade. This is three thin coats.

All Decked Out was brought back too and for good reason! This deep forest green jelly is the perfect holiday shade, with glitter mimicking ornaments and gold stars to top it off. I'm wearing three thin coats.

Snow Way is the most fantastic winter shade ever. This baby blue is filled with small and large white hexagon glitter and a little bit of silver holographic shimmer. I'm wearing two coats.

Holly Back Girl is my hands down favorite! This white-based polish with red and green glitter just screams Christmas spirit to me and I can't wait to wear it once it gets closer to Christmas. This is three thin coats.

Are you as totally in love with these shades as I am? KBShimmer NEVER disappoints me and this collection is so fabulous and festive! As if the polishes aren't awesome enough as it is, KBShimmer is also offering the following deals for the holiday shopping season:
  • Free shipping on all orders over $40 on No code needed. Good from 11/01-12/31.
  • Free bottle of Holly Back Girl with $70+ purchase. Use code HBGFREE to receive free polish and free shipping with $70+ purchase. Runs from 11/01-12/31.
  • Free samples in each and every order. Samples may include scrubs, lotions, vinyl nail decals, soaps, etc. Orders will also include a branded emery board. (While supplies last).
  • Free snowman glitter! The first 400 orders will receive a bag of 1000 snowmen glitters perfect for winter nail art.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to to purchase your favorites from this collection (or the whole thing, nobody's judging!). But tell me first, if you were to receive one of these shades in your stocking, which would it be?

The products in this post were provided for my honest review. All opinions are my own.