Friday, September 21, 2018

Bubble Nail Art with Born Pretty Store and Creative Nail Design, Inc.

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Styles and patterns change over the years, but the simple look that still wins me over every time is anything incorporating circles. This is the main reason my dotting tools get pulled out from time to time, and no matter what colour palette I am using, I just know I'm going to be happy with the final results. When I stumbled across this bubble-pattern nail sticker sheet from Born Pretty Store, it was love at first sight! The various sizes along with the slight imperfectly round shape is something that appealed greatly to me, and I just had to create a fun nail art look with these!

This particular sheet is filled with bubble patterns in black and gold, with a total of six thinner strips and one larger section. These are not cut out to specific sizes, so you can cut out the exact segments you want at the lengths you need for your nails. While this may be an extra step in the application process, I love that I can tailor the areas I want rather than have something precut and wishing it was cut longer, shifted over, or whatever variation that suits my fancy.

I have really enjoyed trying these out, and I have been wearing the resulting nail art look for just under two weeks. That's just unheard of for me! Check out my nail art design below:

I wanted to use colours that still had the brightness of summer, but transitioned nicely into the fall season. I had received these particular nail lacquers from Creative Nail Design, Inc (CND) while at Cosmoprof North America, and I had been trying to figure out how I wanted to wear them all together since I knew these shades were a match made in heaven! Once I determined these polishes could stamp, my nail art design came immediately to mind. This colourway and bubble pattern of these stickers is exactly what I had envisioned!

To create this look, I started off by creating a gradient on my nails with CND nail varnishes in the shades Vagabond and Uninhibited. For the colourful bubbles, I stamped on an image from LeaLac LLC-B stamping plate* using CND Offbeat and Gypsy**. I then cut out sections from the sticker sheer of the black bubble pattern I wanted, pealed from the paper backing, and placed them on my nails. I then sealed everything in with top coat.

While you might normally expect using nail stickers to be exceptionally easy, these were actually a little trickier than I had anticipated. The inner portions of the bubbles had the sticker area removed, and it made these stickers much more delicate. Even with careful removal from the backing with my tweezers, I ended up tearing apart some of the bubbles and had to realign them as closely as I could on my ring finger nail. Another drawback to these stickers is the sticker itself is quite thick, and if your nails have substantial curving, the stickers do not lay down easily and conform to the nail. You may be be able to see it well looking at my nails, but some areas have a little bit of a bump where the sticker just couldn't lay perfectly flat due to my nail curvature. I used two coats of top coat to help smooth the stickers down, but I can still feel bumps in a few regions where the sticker segments puckered up. This phenomenon would like still happen with any sticker, but the thick sticker made it more obvious. That being said, a thinner sticker would only make these all the more fragile with the center circles removed.

In spite of some of the issues I had with these, I have really loved the way this design came together and have been enjoying the look the past two weeks.

You can save 10% off full priced items from Born Pretty Store with code QWL91. If you opt to order during their 8th anniversary celebration from October 10th - October 16th, be sure to include this code in the comment section (regardless of whether or not you use it) and they will include a special free gift with your order. The bigger the order, the more free gifts will be added, although at this time, I'm not sure what the cutoffs are to get more free things. I don't know what the free gift with purchase is yet, but it'll be like getting a holiday surprise for yourself. I have the anniversary celebration marked on my calendar since I like to take advantage of their deals as well to stock up on some supplies for future nail art looks!

What sort of colours are you wearing on your nails now? Are you still in summer mode, or have you already jumped into fall mode? Would you use nail art stickers to create easy manicures? I'd love to hear from you!

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

*Leah Ann stopped selling her plates quite some time ago, but she makes gorgeous nail polishes and phenomenal body products!

**I had only looked at the colour of the last CND shade here and not the name when I opted to use it for this look. I severely dislike having to put a derogatory slur in my post (hence my crossing through it), but because it was used, I still wanted to include it in this post for your reference. I can only hope CND considers changing the name to something that is not offensive to Romani people.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Be a Skin Snob and Get Your Pout Ultra Kissable with the Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub

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I'm convinced fewer things in life are better than a brand new lipstick. There is just something about cracking open a new tube and looking at that shiny new bullet or clean rim as you pull out the applicator for the first time that really gets to me. I just love the different combinations of textures and colours, but all of those things mean nothing if the canvas isn't properly prepped. Applying your brand new lipstick to lips that are dry and flaky is no fun, and the final result is anything but sexy. Thankfully, you can get your pout lipstick ready, and in ultra kissable form, by using a sugar scrub, like this fantastic Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub by Skin Snob.

While I have not used every single lip scrub that has ever been made, I have been using lip scrubs for several years and have tried an assortment during that time. When I first came across the Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub by Skin Snob at Cosmoprof North America this summer, I knew this one is different and would be special. The lip scrubs I have used in the past have a much higher ratio of sugar to oils than the one by Skin Snob, and you can see the difference when you first open the screw-on jar. It is filled up with shea and cocoa butters that leave your lips feeling soft and smooth while the blend of coconut, sunflower, grape seed, and Vitamin E oils contain the fatty acids to nourish and moisturize your lips. While sugar is certainly present, the lower ratio allows this scrub to gently exfoliate your lips, rather than sandblasting them away into oblivion. I can't possibly be the only one that has regretted being a bit too overzealous during the scrubbing process with other scrubs and have sore lips, right? I'm sure you already know this without me saying it: that's not cute. The skin on your lips is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your body, and the Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub by Skin Snob is the perfect solution to gently slough off dead skin while adding nourishment at the same time.

To use, simply scoop out a little bit of product from the jar. I like to use a clean spatula that I've saved from other beauty products I have used up so I'm not introducing any bacteria that might be on my fingers into the jar. Gently rub across your lips, preferably in a circular motion, and then rinse off thoroughly. Because this lip scrub has such a high percentage of butters and oils, you'll find it isn't very satisfying to lick excess off your lips as it isn't as sweet and tasty. That being said, licking your lips isn't really a good habit to have either, so this isn't a bad thing in the end. A little bit goes a long way; I use less than a pea-sized amount. You could use more if your wish to have more sugar to exfoliate your lips, but keep in mind the butters and oils may end up all around the skin outside your lips. While there is no actual mint in this product and it is a flavor, I still find it causes a little bit of a tingling sensation temporarily whenever I use too much and get it outside my lips.

Before using this particular product, I used the think all sugary lip scrubs were essentially created equal, but Skin Snob's Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub has proven me wrong. Rather than use a high sugar content to exfoliate my lips with minimal other benefits, I can now gently remove any dry areas of my skin all while imparting the nourishing and moisturizing support my delicate lips need. Add to that the scrumptious vanilla plus mint flavor combination that I adore and you have one spectacular lip scrub!

The Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub is available for purchase on the Skin Snob website. Each jar is 0.5 oz and retails for $19.95.

Have you tried any Skin Snob products? What products should I try next?

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

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Monday, September 17, 2018

A (Mental) Hawaiian Vacation with SoapyBliss Bath & Body Bakery Push Up Lotion Pop

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My favorite vacation destination is Hawaii, but between the cost of flights and lodging and trying to find the time to go for at least most of a week to make the 5 hour flight worthwhile, I don't get to visit as often as I would like. I have been fortunate to have visited the islands a few times with relatively affordable flights with being on the west coast, but some days, I just need a mental break away. I want to at least pretend I am hiking amongst the lush greenery or listening to the wave crashing on the beach! While I may not be able to physically transport myself in an instant, my sense of smell has made it easy to at take my mind back to my happy place!

No matter where I go, I can count on the SoapyBliss Push Up Lotion Pop in the scent Hula Girl to immediately transport my mind to Hawaii! With notes of island guava, tangy pineapple, and sweet aroma of plumeria, this scent will take you to tropical paradise in no time! The Hula Girl scent is the ultimate combination of both the tropical fruits that I love with the popular floral found in leis. This fragrance is certainly my heaven in a container! Have I shared my love for this particular scent enough? Let's get to the product details itself since there are other fragrances available for those of you that may have a different preferred type of scent.

The Push Up Lotion Pop is exactly as the name implies: it is a solid lotion that is pushed up from the bottom and can be applied to the skin. The packaging is small and easily fits in my hand, but this sweet little pop packs quite a punch! Each Push Up Lotion Pop is loaded with shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E to give your skin the ultimate dose of moisturization. The size makes it ultra portable, so you can toss it in your gym bag for easy application after your post-workout shower or in your luggage to take to any destination of your choosing. As a Carry-On Connoisseur, I appreciate the small size and the solid aspect: not only do I not have to worry about potential leaking caused by pressure changes, I don't have to worry about this lotion taking up the precious space in my quart-sized liquids bag!

To apply the Push Up Lotion Pop, simply push up from the bottom so the product is above the edge and rub on the skin. With all the nourishing oils, I have found that a little goes a long way. I like to rub a few stripes on my skin and rub it into my skin. You will want to take care to not go too heavy handed so you don't get oily residue on your clothing, or at least sit around a little longer in the buff and rub a little longer until absorption.

I have really enjoyed trying out the SoapyBliss Push Up Lotion Pop! Not only is the product portable and nourishing, I love the colourful packaging! The Hula Girl scent is delightful, but if that isn't quite your jam, they offer 7 additional scent options that might suit your fancy. I have had the opportunity to smell all the offerings, and they all smell so good! My Push Up Lotion Pop is almost empty, and I am so torn between picking up a new scent or another Hula Girl. If that's the only problem I have, then I must being doing well! Ha!

Each Push Up Lotion Pop retails for $12 and is available in 1 oz packaging. Please visit the SoapyBliss website here to purchase the different scent options. While there, be sure to check out the other SoapyBliss offerings; they have several cute products, and it is never too early to start thinking about stocking stuffers and holiday gifts for your best girl friends!

Have you tried the Push Up Lotion Pop or other products from SoapyBliss Bath & Body Bakery? What have you enjoyed? If not, what would you like to try? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Highlights from The Beauty Spotlight Team

Prime Beauty has found the first ever nail lacquer with a swatch cap! LBK Nail Lacquer has a hinged cap that is the color of the nail lacquer inside so you can try before you buy and there are 48 shades! 

Find out how Pammy Blogs Beauty makes every day a FUNday with sunshine and great SPF protection from Neutrogena

Never Say Die Beauty is over the moon after using the stunning new Highlighting Blush from Mally Beauty. It's a swirl of 4 blushes and 2 highlighters that's sure to captivate you, too!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is over-the-moon about Tata Harper's Illuminating Eye Crème because it not only hydrates, plumps fine lines, reduces puffiness and dark circles, but also because the pearl infused “diamond dust mineral blend” serves as an optical diffuser that blurs fine lines and brightens the skin. #tataharper 

Beauty Info Zone loves Boxycharm but sometimes the products are ones already owned. Get your chance to win the September 2018 box so you can experience the charm of this subscription. 

The latest Deck Of Scarlet Subscription Box was in collaboration with youTuber Belle Jordan and Polarbelle has it for you to check out.

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom is still gambling with beauty subscription boxes every month. See what she got in this month's BeautyFIX box.

15 Minute Beauty is on a teaching mission and her readers lucky enough to be the students. Learn All About Laser Hair Removal. It's teaching for adults.

It’s blackberry picking season for Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour up in Northern California, and the colorful berry hues have inspired some nail art. Jen has created a fun look to showcase just one way you can use the shades from Zoya’s new Element Collection besides a simple manicure.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Get Ready for Halloween Nail Art with Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate L004

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It may only be September, but it's never too early to start thinking of Halloween, particularly if you have specific supplies you may need! I couldn't tell you how many National Fill-In-This-Line Days I have missed because I planned to order something when the time got closer.....and it never happened. Because Halloween is the best holiday ever (ok, ok, so not everyone agrees on that, but it is a fun one!), I wanted to be sure to get this post up with plenty of time for you to get in an order, especially since shipping can take six weeks.

Born Pretty Store always has such fun stamping plates for the holidays, and I was sent the Halloween L004 plate to test and review. This plate includes full images to cover your nails, pumpkin and jack-o'-lantern images for layering, skull and bone patterns laid out to make numbers, and a few other assorted smaller images. The full-sized etchings are great to use as a background for other stamping and nail art plans, and I especially like that they aren't limiting you to just Halloween. I also really dig the Halloween twist on the numbers! I know I'm biased because it is for Halloween, but this plate is fantastic! Check out the look I created with it!

I played with several images on this plate to create my look and get a good idea of how well it would perform. The background pattern and the face images stamped easily for me and was a quick process to get on my nails. The pumpkin, however, was a whole other story. I'm not sure if it is because I generally don't stamp with suck large open areas or if the issue was with my polishes or technique, but every time I would lightly scraped away excess polish, it would pull out large portions of polish, ruining the image. I tried this with at least five different polishes, both regular and stamping. Perhaps it is my technique, and I'll just have to practice more to get it down. In the end, I was able to get it to stamp, but not without an infuriating number of attempts.

Other products used:
Scofflaw: Furiosa
Born Pretty: Stamping Polish (shade unknown)

Other products used:
Scofflaw: Boo!
Color4Nails & Celestial: Stamping polish Viridian
Rica: Whiteout
Color Infinity: Bare Your Sol
Ever After Polish: Black Magic

You can purchase this plate from Born Pretty Store here. It retails for $5.99, but it is currently marked down to $2.99. While visiting the website, be sure to check out the other nail art supplies offered by Born Pretty Store.

You can save 10% off full priced items from Born Pretty Store with code QWL91. If you opt to order during their 8th anniversary celebration from October 10th - October 16th, be sure to include this code in the comment section (regardless of whether or not you use it) and they will include a special free gift with your order! If you are interested in items specifically for Halloween, please be aware that shipping usually takes about three weeks, so orders placed during the anniversary sale likely won't arrive in time for Halloween.

Have you given any thought to Halloween nail art yet this year? If so, what sorts of looks do you have planned? I really missed out on it last year, so I'm eager to get some fun designs on my nails this season!

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

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Guilt-Free Chocolate: Covergirl TruNaked Chocoholic Eyeshadow Palette

When the Chocoholic eyeshadow palette by Covergirl dropped at my local Walmart, I knew I had to have it! I have a sweet tooth in general, but my love of chocolate reigns supreme. While I find scented non-lip makeup products to be unnecessary, albeit fun, I was more than willing to make an exception for this palette!

The TruNaked Chocoholic palette consists of eight polishes in matte and shimmer finishes, ranging from nude browns, touches of plums, and even a deep olive-leaning hue thanks to the added sparkle. I loved that it has the elements of nude palettes that I enjoy, but also had some interesting shades to keep it from being just another “boring” or “basic” eyeshadow palette. 

I discovered quickly to appreciate the colour variety with this palette as the scent option unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired. While there certainly are chocolatey notes to the scent, the fragrance is far too synthetic for my taste. That being said, the products are going on my eyes and won’t be smelled often beyond initial opening and application; I was willing to accept this limitation at the end of the day.

The Chocoholic palette was decently pigmented, especially when you take into consideration it is a drugstore palette. However, these swatches weren’t indicative of the blending quality of these eyeshadows. While I had previously stumbled across a positive review that gave me the little nudge I needed to buy this palette, my experience has not been very positive. To start, I found these to apply patchy to my eyes no matter what eyeshadow brushes I used. While the colour would build up for me, they didn’t want to blend together as seamlessly as I like. I’m usually willing to make small concessions with ultra affordable palettes, but there was just something about this palette that rubbed me the wrong way from the moment I used it to create eye looks.  Nothing turned out quite right, either due to the patchy issues or the blending. While the colour options initially helped grab my attention, I found myself surprisingly uninspired by this palette. In the end, I’m no longer convinced this assortment of shades and finishes is truly sufficient to create on point eye looks on its own. Maybe I just have unreasonable expectations, but I like my palettes to be able to stand alone. I want it to be optional to pull in outside extras, not a requirement.

While the synthetic nature of the chocolate fragrance wasn’t a total deal breaker for me, it was still disappointing that I wouldn’t be able to get my chocolate fix with a deep whiff upon opening. Perhaps I have just become too picky when it comes to my chocolate over the years! I was hoping this would be a great guilt and calorie-free option to get a chocolate fix.

I used this eyeshadow palette for a week straight, mixing up colour combinations on my eyes as well as switching out eye primers and brushes. After seven days in a row, I gave up. I wear makeup to make myself feel beautiful, and sometimes I just come across makeup items that have the opposite effect. Every time I wore this palette, I felt like I was having a bad makeup day. Needless to say, after seven days in a row, I really was unhappy with my appearance. Because of this, my only conclusion is this palette is definitely not for me. If you have it and are able to make it work well, I am so happy for you! Unfortunately that was not the case for me, and I can only write about my own personal experiences. As for me, I've already dropped this palette like a hot potato.

Have you tried the Covergirl TruNaked Chocoholic eyeshadow palette? I’d love to hear about your experiences with it!

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

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mottled Berry-Hued Stamped Nail Art with Zoya Element

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Fall is just under two weeks away, although after a really warm weekend, it is almost hard to believe. I even went to the beach with my family, although up here in Northern California, the beach was an experience with pants and long sleeves as the wind made it quite chilly, especially when we stopped to watch the sun set over the water. It made me all the more eager for fall weather around me, as can be seen with my berry-hued nail art utilizing shades from the new Zoya Element Collection. Check it out below!

To create this look, I started by painting my nails with Zoya Rumor as my base shade. Once that was dry, I took Zoya shades Leighton, Ruthie, and Devin, wiped excess polish off the brush and randomly mottled them over my base.

To complete the look, I used Zoya Maeve and stamped an image from the Ejiubas double-sided Celtic stamping plate over the mottled design. I then added top coat for an ultra-shiny finish.

I've really enjoyed this look, and I hope you do too! I was initially a little disappointed to see the Zoya Element Collection to be so full of pinks and berry shades, especially since I was hoping for oranges and deep teals, but this look has made me fall in love with the collection.

The Element Collection has already been launched and is available for purchase. Each of the shades retail for $10 per bottle.

Have you picked up anything from this collection yet? What shades have been your favorites so far?
What sort of fall nail art are you eager to try out? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Beauty Products I Keep in My Desk: Iridescent Style With Born Pretty Store

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While numbers vary from person to person, we roughly spend 50% of our awake time at work, assuming of course you work an 8 hour day and get the recommended 8 hours of sleep. With so much of our day committed to it, it comes as no surprise that people often decorate their surrounding with touches of home or things that reflect their personalities. About a year ago, I started working part time with the same company my husband works. While it doesn't account for 50% of my awake time, nor would it anyway since moms of young kids never seem to get 8 hours of sleep anyway, I still spend time there and have made my desk my own. Some of the features that make it my own include my Ellagee & Gradient coffee mug, Rebels and Outlaws Magick Hands Conditioning Hand Sanitizer, University Games Skull 3D Crystal Puzzle (affectionately named Yorick, after the jester in Hamlet), and the key feature of this post, my brand new iridescent zippered pouch from Born Pretty Store. I've kept a few beauty products on hand loose in a desk drawer, but once I received this beautiful green iridescent pouch, I just had to bring it in with me to store my goodies!

This pouch is made of see-through iridescent mylar and is available is a range of colours, from the green seen here, to yellow, a pink-leaning red, a magenta-leaning purple, blue, and a colourful clear-to pink-to-yellow version. While mine is "green", at certain angles it looks red and others a golden yellow. While it may be sheer, the colour shifting nature adds a touch of privacy to these bags if you'd prefer to keep your contents a little more private.

This is a great little bag to keep a few essentials on hand. Sized at 8 inches (20 cm) long, 1.75 inches (4 cm) wide, and almost 3 inches (7 cm) deep, it is too small for my daily makeup products, but it is perfect to hold a few key items for touchups! These are the items I keep in mind with room to spare for a few other things:

  • Cuticle oil - I am currently obsessed with the Pistachio Macaron scent from Bohemian Polish! Not only does it smell delicious, the roller ball applicator applies the perfect amount of oil for ultra hydration to my cuticles with much appreciated fast absorption. I can get back to typing away on my keyboard without worry about getting the keys oily in no time!
  • Oil absorbing blotting tissues by Palladio - with my combo skin, I have multiple packs that I keep everywhere!
  • Yes To Carrots Color Balm in Rosy Bloom - I wear lipstick most days, and while I am usually good about taking my colour du jour with me, so days I forget. I like to keep this lightly tinted balm on hand for when I want a warm hint of colour on my lips should I need touchups, usually after drinking lots of coffee! While I prefer my lips to be more opaquely coloured, using a lightly tinted colour means I don't have to worry too much about colour clashing with my eye makeup. This one is just about empty and doesn't seem to be available any longer so I'll have to replace it soon with a similar colour!
  • Julep Way Butter Hydrating Lip Sheer in Plumeria - just as I keep my Yes To Carrots balm on hand for days I forget to bring my lipstick with me, I keep my Julep lippie in Plumeria for a pink berry option. It is also a lightly tinted so it can coordinate with cooler eye looks but not clash like an opaque colour might.
  • Small folding brush - while I rarely need my brush at work, I'd much rather have one on hand and not need it than need one and it not be there! I may not be able to commit to a single eyeshadow palette for any length of time, but this brush has been with me for many years and is a discontinued item from Avon. I don't even know how I ended up with it, but it has gone on many adventures with me!
  • Hair tie - I generally don't pull my hair up, but when I do, I like the Sugar Twists from Milk & Sass. These are perfect at keeping my hair back and out of the way without adding uncomfortable pressure or causing hair breakage. They also feel comfortable on the wrist, since my hair ties always inevitably end up there at some point!

If you are looking for the perfect little pouch to store your touchup essentials at your desk or in your purse, this is a great option to consider! While I just have the one, I'm thinking of picking up another one to store my nail art tools. The only part I'm not crazy about is the string tassel. It is secure enough but not quite my style, so I'll probably switch mine out and put on a fun charm or something similar.

You can save 10% off full priced items from Born Pretty Store with code QWL91. If you opt to order during their 8th anniversary celebration from October 10th - October 16th, be sure to include this code in the comment section (regardless of whether or not you use it) and they will include a special free gift with your order! I'm not sure what the free gift with purchase is yet, or how they'll be deciding the purchase amounts before increasing the number of free gifts, but it'll be like getting a holiday gift for yourself! I have the anniversary celebration marked on my calendar since I like to take advantage of their deals as well to stock up on some supplies!

What sort of beauty essentials do you keep with you at work? Do you have a fun little bag to store them in? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Friday, September 7, 2018

KBShimmer: Falloween Collection, Part 2

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Happy Friday, dear readers! I hope your week has been wonderful and you have something fun planned for the weekend! While I'd like to believe you're here because you love my award winning personality, I know you are particularly eager to see swatches of the second half of the KBShimmer Falloween Collection. I have already shared the first five polishes in my previous post, so let's jump on in with the remaining polishes!

Take It Or Leaf It
One coat with sponged on tips plus top coat

Take It Or Leaf It echoes autumn hues, with metallic flakes that shift from reds, into burnt orange and gold, to hints of green at extreme angles.

Ah flakies, they are such a great addition to polishes in general, but now KBShimmer has made it possible to Flakie All The Things with this beautiful topper. With the range of colour shifts, it is hard to not see the falling leaves of autumn with this baby! The application is smooth and easy with the brush, and you can build up nicely with sponging on the flakes. I still have some nail peeking through so it will take careful placement if you are aiming for full coverage. It's certainly not impossible but would take very precise placement.

Hide And Eek
Three coats plus top coat

Hide And Eek is a white nail polish with a dash of Halloween flair. Purple, orange, black, green, and yellow glitters dance among the crelly base for a subtle holiday manicure.

Perhaps it is just me, but a KBShimmer just doesn't quite feel complete until it includes a glitter-filled crelly polish. Hide And Eek is a fun addition to the brand lineup, and I like that the glitters aren't too over the top. Depending on how strict your workplace is, the glitters in this may be just subtle enough you can get away with it. White polishes are often a little harsher than I like with my skintone, but the glitters help tone it down, not to mention, this will be a glorious base for some festive nail art!

Creep It Together
Two coats plus top coat

Creep It Together is a magnetic polish that comes alive when the magnet is used to form areas of pink, golds, and green, allowing the deepened black base to set off a flurry of colour shifting flakes, from lime, to pink, to hints of blue and gold.

Creep It Together is such a fun polish, especially once you put a magnet to it! While you can see some of the flakes against the base beforehand, using a magnet makes some areas almost black, and there were more flakes in those areas than I originally realized! To create this look, my second coat of polish was a little thick than the first, and I held a magnet over each nail for about 45 seconds. I used the new dual-ended magnet from KBShimmer with the traditional broad magnet on my middle fingers and the circle magnet on the nail tip of my pinkie and at the cuticle of my index finger.

Here For The Boos
Two coats plus top coat

Here For The Boos, a mega flame polish in Halloween orange, is loaded with silver holographic glitters. This shade has so much sparkle that you will shine brighter than any jack-o-lantern.

Orange is my happy colour, so I am beyond thrilled to see Here For The Boos join the brand lineup, and how fabulous is this name! I had no trouble reaching opacity with just two coats, and with all the glittery goodness, you may find you need to use two layers of top coat for a smooth finish. Removal isn't particularly difficult if you use a peel-off base or a short soak using the foil method. For all this sparkle, it's well worth an extra few minutes in the end for removal!

Absinthe Minded
Two coats plus top coat

Absinthe Minded starts with a lime green hue and quickly flows into grass green and blue. At extreme angles, this polish can look navy. This polish is as steeped in mystery as absinthe itself!

Here's a fun tidbit about me you may not know: whenever I visit New Orleans, I make a point to go to the Old Absinthe House for one of their absinthe cocktails and hang out with the other patrons. While I have no upcoming trips planned, you know I'll be sure to be wearing this beauty! Until then, I'll be sporting it while I lay low around town and perhaps throw my own absinthe tasting party for my friends! The formula is ultra smooth although it does have a slight streaky appearance, as often seen with this type of polish. I don't mind it, but those that do can sponge on a final coat for an even smoother look.

The KBShimmer Falloween Collection will be launching September 15th at Polish Con Minneapolis, so those lucky enough to attend will get their hands on these beauties early! It will then be launching on KBShimmer's website October 1st. Each polish will retail for $10 USD.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out my previous post to see the remaining shades from this collection.

What shades are you favorite from the KBShimmer Falloween Collection? Are you drawn towards certain colours or is it the finish that matters most to you? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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