Thursday, August 7, 2014

Do I Need a Loub-otomy? Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Swatches & Review

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Yeah. I did it. I didn't mean to, it just sort of...happened. I feel a little nauseated, a little giddy, and a little guilty. I just wanted to look at it. To hold it. I shouldn't have brought my purse. When I reached the apex of that moving sidewalk in front of the Venetian Sephora, my heart skipped a beat...maybe two. I was within feet of having my hands on a bottle of the first nail polish from fabulous shoe designer Christian Louboutin. You know, to hold. Not to buy.

My first mistake was applying it to a single nail...at first. Then I found my way to the Nail Studio...I had to try this stuff on naked nails, surely it couldn't be a one coat red, could it? I removed the Elevation Polish Yeti Finds an Oasis that I've had on my nails for the last couple of days and sped back toward the entrance, where there was a glorious display of those spiked bottles of red awesomeness. I don't think I have to tell you the rest of the story, I think it's fairly obvious where this is going! :-P

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I'm not partial to reds. There are a few standouts, but on the whole, I'd rather spend my money on other colors. So why, you ask, was I so entranced by this red? I'm not going to lie. It was the packaging. I'm SUCH a sucker for great packaging, and this is GREAT packaging. It's sexy, dangerous, and sleek, and is a polish that is definitely not going to live inside a Helmer (not to mention the fact that it wouldn't really fit!).

I will admit, that even with the astronomical price tag, I was expecting a microscopic bottle. I was wrong, it's a fairly decent sized bottle which contains .4 fl oz of polish vs. a .5 fl oz bottle of Seche. The formula, as I mentioned above, is quite opaque, and I was able to obtain full coverage in one coat. For the pictures in this post I used one coat of polish and NO top coat. It is REALLY that shiny.






Let's address the price. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, it should paint my nails, and then buy me dinner for that price. I'll be the first to admit that I probably shouldn't have purchased it, but I have little to no willpower, especially when two of my favorite things collide–nail polish and shoes. Who knows, I may have buyer's remorse when I wake up tomorrow at 4:45 am for work, but maybe not, because dammit, I'm worth it.

This nail lacquer can be purchased at select Sephora stores and at Sephora.com, as well as Saks 5th Avenue, and Christian Louboutin boutiques for $50 USD.

What do you think? Would you have splurged on it? HAVE you splurged on it? Do I need a 'loub'-otomy? Tell me in the comments below!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cosmoprof 2014 - NUBAR




This year at Cosmoprof, I had the pleasure of meeting with Aimee of Nubar to hear about their current and upcoming collections, and I'm so excited to show you! I've been a Nubar fan for quite a few years now, one of my all-time favorite polishes is a Nubar polish- Nubar Milk Chocolate Creme! Now that I think about it, I have quite a few favorite polishes that were born in the Nubar factory! Their Sparkles collection, the Fortress collection, ahhh! So many! No to mention, my nail art brushes came from Nubar, and I am pretty sure I'd have a hard time living without them–I've been using them for close to 4 years!

First up are two collections that are available this summer, the Social Butterfly collection and the World Champions collection!

The Social Butterfly collection couples pale springy pastels with a handful of fun, bold, and bright accent colors!
The World Champions collection is a mix of all the colors needed to create the country flags for the teams that played in the World Cup! This would be excellent for the Olympics as well! All the colors in this collection are existing core colors. (Thumb courtesy of Krystal of www.PolishGalore.com :-P)


Next up is the Fall 2014 collection, FALLing in Love, which is available in August 2014! The colors in this collection all contain mica for a subtle shimmer that is sure to make you fall in love! (See what I did there?) Below I've shown my favorites of the collection: First Date (mustard with golden shimmer) and Sweet Hue (hot pink with golden shimmer). Aren't they gorgeous? I'm dying over First Date- I LOVVVVEE an ugly yellow polish (and I mean that in the BEST way possible!!). Click to see larger versions!

The FALLing in Love Collection gets its subtle shimmer from mica, which is in each color!
NUBAR First Date
NUBAR Sweet Hue
And last, but not least, other products coming up from Nubar are a Matte Gelicure topcoat, which will be out this fall, and a long-wearing gel-like lacquer topcoat called PoliCure, which is not UV-cured, and will be released at a later date. 

What are you most excited about? Do you agree with my picks for the top colors in the FALLing in Love collection? Tell me in the comments below!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Proof of Concept(tion)

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Holy cow. Today I celebrate the 12th anniversary of my 21st birthday. In other words...I'm now 33. Woah. Were you like me all those years ago as a dorky girl in my early teens looking up to those 30-year-olds you knew, thinking how impossibly cool (and old) they were? Yeah, now I'm beginning my 4th year of BEING one. Lucky for me, I don't feel my age...unless you count the tendonitis in both of my elbows from serving, and the fact that when I move (anything), I make a cacophony of creaks and cracks.

Anyway, to celebrate this blessed? day... I decided to do a non-conventional design on my nails...I really went back allll the way to the beginning...you know, somewhere in Aug/Sept 1980. :-D

Please excuse my thumb wound, Homer the Land Shark got me while we were playing...


moonicure monday, proof of concept(ion), nail art

moonicure monday, proof of concept(ion), nail art

moonicure monday, proof of concept(ion), nail art




Sunday, May 4, 2014

Chew on This

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If you've been a member of the internet-browsing public today (which you obviously are, since you're reading this), you've probably seen in your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and every other feed that today is May 4, otherwise known as Star Wars Day, so May the Fourth Be With You! Though I have never (yes, you read that correctly, NEVER) watched a single Star Wars movie, despite being nearly 33 years of age, and having had several attempts on tricking me out of my Star Wars virginity, I felt the need to do Star Wars nails today. I decided to do a nail art interpretation of Chewbacca, complete with 'fur', which I had to 'make' myself by trimming brown pipe cleaners. Can you believe that no one had flocking when I looked at a couple different craft stores today? The people at Joann's had no idea what I was even talking about when I asked about it! *sigh* Kids these days.

Anyway. Things I learned from this manicure:

Never blow excess fuzz off your nail over the paper plate full of pipe cleaner trimmings.
Never cough over paper plate full of pipe cleaner trimmings.
Never rub your eye with pipe cleaner trimming nails.
Do not breathe at all during this manicure, fuzz fill end up inside your nose and tickle.

chewbacca, star wars, nail art, chewy, fuzzy, flocking

chewbacca, star wars, nail art, chewy, fuzzy, flocking

chewbacca, star wars, nail art, chewy, fuzzy, flocking

I used:

Brown: Nubar Milk Chocolate Creme
Silver: Morgan Taylor Could Have Foiled Me

Basecoat: Morgan Taylor Stick With it


What do you think, Chewy enough?  Did you do a Star Wars manicure? Tell me in the comments below!

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fit for a Goddess?

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Today I have yet another of the designs that I posted on Instagram (Follow me at: thedailynail) for the 31 Day Challenge a few months ago. The theme of the day was 'Blue'. For the theme, I went back to my days in India and chose to do Kali, one of the Hindu goddesses. Kali is described as black, but is portrayed in art as blue, so I thought it'd be a fun take on the theme of the day! She is also portrayed with her tongue out, small fangs, and a necklace of severed human heads.

Fit for a Goddess? Nail art, kali, india

Fit for a Goddess? Nail art, kali, india

Fit for a Goddess? Nail art, kali, india



I used:

Pink: Seche Happy, As Is
Blue: Essie Butler Please
Gold: China Glaze 2030
Sparkly Gold: China Glaze Mingle With Kringle
Black: American Apparel Hassid
White: Chrome Girl Between the Sheets

Basecoat: Morgan Taylor Stick With It basecoat
Topcoat: Seche Vite topcoat

What do you think, did I satisfy the 'Blue' theme for the day? Tell me in the comments below!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Isn't Real…

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Two words— Theo. James. Not the only reason to go see Divergent, but definitely the most aesthetically pleasing one. :-D Yum. I'm not ashamed, I totally went and saw this the first night it was in theaters, and even painted my friend Nikki's nails in the theater with the Divergent nail polish set from Sephora. The movie isn't one of award-winning cinema, but it's fairly decent for what it is. Decent enough that I went to see it a second time, though that was probably due more to the extremely handsome male lead than the plot line. I did this nail art for the second viewing of the movie, it's the bird tattoo that Tris gets on her collarbone.

This Isn't Real nail art, divergent, birds, Tris

This Isn't Real nail art, divergent, birds, Tris


I used:

Nude: Deborah Lippmann Naked
Black: American Apparel Hassid

Basecoat: Formula X basecoat
Topcoat: Seche Vite topcoat

Have you seen the Divergent movie? What did you think? And let's talk Theo James (aka Four)...I'd love to read your thoughts in the comments below! :D


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Point Taken!

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It's spring. Seriously, in Michigan today I am able to go outside WITHOUT A COAT! How exciting, right?! I have to say, I'm super stoked about slightly warmer days and well, the lack of snow. I can't wait to be able to play outside with Homer and take his energetic little white butt for walks.

Today, to celebrate a day above freezing, I decided to do some quick nail art using some nail polishes from the Morgan Taylor nail polish line. It's very simple, but it makes me think of pools and bright sunshiny days!

To achieve this look, I simply painted my nail with Morgan Taylor Water Baby and then used tape to mask off where I didn't want the turquoise to go, then painted with Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool. Remove the tape, add topcoat and done! :-D




I used:

Light Blue: Morgan Taylor Water Baby
Turquoise: Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool

Basecoat: Morgan Taylor Stick With It basecoat
Topcoat: Morgan Taylor Need for Speed topcoat

What do you think? Does this nail art feel like Spring? What are you painting for spring? Tell me in the comments below!

Morgan Taylor nail polishes, as always, are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate and can be purchased at loxabeauty.com for $8.50. 

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided for review by the manufacturer. See the legal page disclosure for more information.
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