Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Throwback Collection: The Return of KBShimmer Nail Polish Favorites

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This month marks the 10 year anniversary of indie brand KBShimmer being in business. It is a HUGE deal, especially when I have seen so many indie brands comes and go throughout the years, and it is so wonderful to see the brand going strong! One of the ways the brand is celebrating is by releasing The Throwback Collection, an 8-piece collection filled with fan favorites from 2012 and 2013. For today's post, I have five of The Throwback Collection shades to share with you. Let's check them out!

Teal Another Tail
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2013

Teal Another Tail is a dusty teal green polish with a strong pink almost duo-chrome shimmer. A color I imagine would be on a mermaid's tail. Micro holographic glitters add a bit of shine. This polish can be worn without top coat for an almost velvet look, or apply top coat to bring out the shimmer. Best in 2-3 coats.

You have no idea how excited I was to learn this shade was going to be returning to the KBShimmer lineup! I missed out on it when it was released, and it has been arguably my biggest nail polish regret ever since. I just love the colour combination, and the KBShimmer formula is perfection!

No Whine Left
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

A deep plum, almost burgundy wine color, this polish is loaded with blue, aqua, fuchsia, and purple hex glitters in several sizes. The glitters in this polish seem to pop out in different lights, adding a fun depth to it. This polish is more of a "crelly", a cream with jelly properties.

I moved to wine country since the original No Whine Left was released, and I'm happy to see it join the Throwback Collection! The blues pop so perfectly against the plum background. KBShimmer has really nailed the crelly formula, and I have no issues to report.

Of course this needed a layer of top coat:

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

Ships lost at sea, churning waters, mythical creatures and lost treasures inspired this polish. I started with a base of a deep blue green color. Then, added several sizes of hex glitters in teals, blues, greens, and purple. I can almost see these colors being on a beautiful mermaid. A hint of gold, and a pop of copper sparkle like a hidden treasure add depth to this polish.

Shipwreck has always been one of my favorite KBShimmer shades, and I am so happy to see it come back for those that may have missed it. The colour combination is fantastic, with the pops of copper really completing the look. I still have a little visible nail line showing with the two coats I used here, but I quite like it like this. Great formula as well!

And photos with KBShimmer's Oh Matte! top coat:

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

The circus, full of fun, color, and a wonder for people of all ages. Lions, tigers, and elephants! Elle is our nail polish elephant from our 2012 Circus Collection. A pale grey jelly color, we added several pink glitters, white and grey glitters for a polish that is soft and beautiful.

There was a time when I avoided grey nail polish since it isn't the most flattering on me, and as a result, I missed out on Elle the first time around. Grey and pink is such a perfect colour combination, and I really love this one! Some of the grey and white glitters wanted to clump together, but the brush separated them pretty easily with a little work.

As pretty as Elle is shiny, I especially love it with a matte finish. Check it out!

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

Band Geek
Two coats plus Clearly on Top top coat

Original release: 2012

In high school, kids tend to divide into like-minded groups. This polish is part of the collection based on high school cliques. I admit it, I was a band geek. I played the flute, all jokes aside, band was a great time. This polish is an ode to the band geeks of the world. Black jelly base to represent the oboe and clarinet, several sizes of silver, copper, and gold to capture the flutes, horns, drums, and thr est of the band.

Black glittery polishes have a special place in my heart no matter what time of year, but I do seem to gravitate more towards them when the weather starts to cool down. Luckily, KBShimmer is reintroducing us to Band Geek in time for the fall. With an easy application, what is there not to love about this beauty! The only thing that could possibly make this polish better is adding in a matte finish......

Plus Oh Matte! top coat

The Throwback Collection will be launching on Wednesday, August 15th at midnight. Each of these polishes will retail for $10 per bottle.

What shades are you most excited to see available? Do you prefer the shiny or matte finish? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

BOUTIQUE at Cosmoprof North America: Beauty Your Way, For a Cause! plus a GIVEAWAY

Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and your week is off to a fabulous start! I have a lot of content from Cosmoprof North America to share with you still, so let's dive in on another one!

BOUTIQUE is a sampling bar located in the foyer area. Show organizers select 20 companies to feature their star product, and show attendees are invited to create their own custom box of 7 samples for a $10 donation. Net proceeds from this year's show were donated to Look Good Feel Better. This non-medical program teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer that are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and other forms of treatments. Lessons include skin care and cosmetics, nails, styling and accessories, and wigs and turbans, providing women the opportunity to have some normalcy in their lives during a difficult time.

Check it out! The Daily Nail visited BOUTIQUE as well, and here she is checking out the product offerings to curate her own boxes!

Packaging together a BOUTIQUE sampling bar box!

I always look forward to checking out the sampling bar and curating my own box. I enjoy getting to try out new-to-me products, but more importantly, I love that funds are going to such a worthwhile cause.

This is the box I curated for myself! Here are the contents and details about what I selected:

Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub
This all natural scrub utilizes sea kelp and lemon peel to gently exfoliate while French green clay detoxifies and Madonna lily brightens.

Sebium MAT Control
Sebium MAT Control by Bioderma is a moisturizing serum with 8-hour MAT & SMOOTH Technology that regulates shine, refines the skin texture and tightens pores.

Quinoa Sample Kit
The Ultimate hair care series for dry hair. Formulated with quinoa extract, oils, water and vitamins that rebuild amino acid bonds while re-hydrating the hair fibers leaving them strong, soft and shiny.

Lip Hints Conditioning Lip Balm
A rich, melting balm incorporating pure and mineral pigments that nourishes, soothes, deeply hydrates, and primes lips. Available in Sheer, Nude, Berry, and Plum. 

Birdseed Detoxifying Face Scrub
Our detoxifying face scrub exfoliates while stimulating collagen production and blood flow resulting in youthful, feather soft skin. Non-GMO and infused with rose quartz crystals.

Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm
A lightweight, oil-free gel-cream balm that instantly energizes, refreshes, and soothes skin while providing hydration. Packed with vitamins A, B, C and antioxidants vital for skin health.

Rejuvenating Day Cream
Only medical grade skincare formulated with natural/non-toxic ingredients line sold through physician's offices. Anchored by proprietary enzyme that exfoliates and reduces inflammation with no irritation.

Below were the other items offered at BOUTIQUE this year:

Youthboost Diamond Moisturizing Cream
Saturate your skin in luxurious diamond dust and nourishing caviar extract to reveal supple, radiant, younger-looking skin and 24-hour hydration.

Dream Water Powder
The proprietary SleepStat natural blend of GABA, melatonin, and 5-HTP is a gluten-free powder sleep aid. Take with or without water.

Treat Love & Color
One-step strength + color formula treats dry, brittle nails in one week. Essie TREAT LOVE & COLOR fuses benefits of active ingredients + iconic Essie color.

My Skin & Co.
The best product ever for ingrown hairs, razor bumps, red bumps and inflammation. Use after waxing or shaving.

Pistachio Oil Hair Treatment
Unique, lightweight formula infused with pistachio oil provides the essential omega 3-6-9 complex, repairing and protecting hair with long-term luxurious conditioning. Expect frizz-free, high-shine finish.

Nourishing Cuticle Oil
Infused with Londontown's proprietary Florium Complex blend, this non-greasy oil instantly hydrates and moisturizes the entire cuticle, softening even the driest skin. Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free.

Organic Shampoo and Conditioner
Infused with beneficial, botanical ingredients that will leave your hair moisturized, healthy and shiny. Safe for all hair types. No petroleum, sulfates or parabens.

Oh K! Gold Under Eye Mask
Features two under-eye gel patches. Enriched with gold extract to rejuvenate under your eyes. Made with honey to add an added boost of moisture.

Viso Face
Handmade, certified organic, clinically-tested flagship anti-aging face oil from award-winning, celebrity MD-backed formulator. Raw ingredients used by indigenous natives across the globe.

Sample Pack
Sample pack contains: 1 Rice Extract Light Hydrating Lotion, 1 Rice Extract Hydrating Lotion, 1 Rice Extract Hyrating Toner, and 1 Rice Extract Cleaning Water

Glamolash Mini Mascara XXL
Intensified color concentration for extreme black lashes with supercharged volume. The long-wear formula ensures lashes are maximized from day to night.

3-Step Brightening Charcoal Mask
Skinesque's travel friendly 3-step Brightening Charcoal Mask is a complete facial treatment consisting of a gentle foaming cleanser, hydrating essence, and brightening/detoxifying charcoal mask.

Veneffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser
This multitasking, gentle foaming gel cleanser instantly whisks away everyday impurities, removes excess sebum, reduces pore size and infuses skin with phyto-nutrients and essential hydration.

As you can tell from my selections and the list above, this year's sample offerings were very heavily biased towards skincare. I actually really love skincare items so I am excited to try out my picks.

In addition to my own BOUTIQUE box, I picked up a second one to giveaway to one of you!

The giveaway box is almost identical to my own with one exception: instead of the Pūr-lisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm, I picked up the Cirem Youthboost Diamond Moisturizing Cream. Cirem was one of the brands that made my Top 15 list from the show, and I really wanted to include their product offering in the giveaway box.

Giveaway is open worldwide to participants age 18 years and older. Enter via the rafflecopter widget located below. Best of luck!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Bringing the Stars Down to Your Nails: Leo Zodiac Nail Art Stickers

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Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope you have had a wonderful week and have something fun planned this weekend! It has been a strange week for me as al my boys- the kids and the hubby- are out of town and the house is eerily quiet. At least I've had some time to myself to blog in peace! Now on to today's post!

I love when nail art can be simple, and Born Pretty Store has so many cute products available for purchase that do just that. I was sent a sheet of their zodiac stickers to try out. I used to think their water decals are easy to use, but you really can't get any easier than just peeling a sticker off a sheet and placing them on the nails! The zodiac sticker sheet has all twelve signs of the zodiac. Each sign includes the name, the symbol, and two to four copies of the star constellations in different sizes. Hopefully you can see what the sheet entails with this closeup photo. The background of my white stickers was white, and my attempt to capture the whole sheet was a disaster.

While I am a Pisces, I opted to use the Leo subset of stickers since the sun is currently in Leo. Check it out! 

I used all the stickers from the Leo subset here on my four nails. Obviously, if you want to have a full Zodiac manicure, you'll need to space out your stickers more and skip a few nails. While there were three of the constellation arrangements, there was only one each of the lion and the Leo symbol.

These stickers peel off the sheet and can be placed really quickly on the nails. While they stuck down without any issue for me, I opted to add a layer of matte top coat to cut down the shiny from the stickers.

The Zodiac sticker sheet is available here from Born Pretty Store. At the time of this post, it is marked down to $0.99 per sheet.

These stickers are really cute, and I'm looking forward to using the rest as the sun moves through the different signs!

I used KBShimmer's Band Geek 2018 as my base polish for this look.

While you are on the site, be sure to check out what else Born Pretty Store has in store for your nail art needs! You can also save 10% off full priced items with discount code QWL91!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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