Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Sideways French Mani

This week, we're doing sideways French manis! I have to admit, I'd never heard of this particular look before. But while I'm not a fan of traditional French manicures, a sideways French did seem pretty fun.

So I busted out some French tip guides and then I used two Azature polishes: Coral Diamond for my base and Lapis Diamond over top.

I'm actually pretty pleased with how this turned out! It doesn't look perfect, but I don't think it's bad for a first attempt! The guides made everything super easy, so all I really had to worry about was clean-up.

I'll be curious to see if my fellow Twinsies liked this theme as much as I did! Be sure to take a look at their blogs today to find out! :)

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Disclaimer: These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jamberry Liberty & Matte Top Coat: Review & Swatches--Plus A Giveaway!

Jamberry is well known for their nail wraps, but did you know they make polish too? Yep, Jamberry now has its own line of polish, as well as other essentials like base and top coats, and today we'll be taking a peek at some of what they have to offer!

Jamberry sells their products through individual consultants and the consultant I worked with this time is named Amanda. She was very hands-on and willing to help! You can visit her Jamberry site (where you can also place orders, if you are so inclined) HERE. She had me pick a color to try and I selected Liberty, an inky shade of navy with a high-shine finish.

The formula is excellent--virtually a one-coater. I did use two just to even a few patches out on a couple of the nails. I like that Liberty is visibly blue, not black (Near-blacks are a pet peeve of mine.) and it's got such a beautiful shine to it, too! The pictures you see above were taken without top coat, so it has that gleam all on its own.

I skipped the top coat because Amanda was also generous enough to send me some of Jamberry's Matte Top Coat to try! Here it is over Liberty:

It is, quite simply, the best matte top coat I've ever used. The consistency is spot-on and it delivers a true matte finish in no time. I was very impressed!

But wait, there's more! :) Amanda is also offering a free Jamberry glitter top coat to one lucky Nailed reader! See the Rafflecopter widget below for details and the giveaway rules. Good luck, everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Disclosure: These products were provided to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gwen Stefani For OPI Holiday 2014 Preview

OPI began 2014 with a Gwen Stefani collab and it looks like they'll be ending it in the same fashion with their holiday collection. I for one really liked the first Gwen collection so I'm not complaining! Let's take a look at what's in store.

So. Much. Red. Why, OPI, why?? I know red is Gwen's signature color, but seeing as that was already captured in the gorgeous Over And Over A-Gwen from the last collection, I don't see why we needed so many reds this time around. Oh well. The nail effects do look really cool though. I'm definitely looking forward to those!

See anything you'll be putting on your holiday wishlist?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lacquistry Amazeballz

Lacquistry Amazeballz is a bit of a tricky polish to describe because there isn't really anything out there like it. Imagine if you could apply little bits of mirror onto your fingernails. That's what Amazeballz is like. But enough talking. Just look at this and then go buy it as soon as humanly possible! It. Is. Awesome.

Pictures don't do true justice to how shiny and reflective Amazeballz is. I can practically see my reflection in my polish! How cray-cray is that?! Another cool thing with Amazeballz is that it feels extremely smooth on the nail. There aren't any jagged edges like you sometimes get with polishes that have individual mylar pieces in them. I couldn't tell you what exactly Amazeballz is made with, but it's something entirely different and unique. It's also very opaque, requiring only two coats to be worn alone.

So yeah. Seriously, buy this from Lacquistry! It's unlike anything I've seen before and it's totally worth the splurge!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Music Box Preview

As promised, today I've got a closer look for you at Deborah Lippmann's upcoming Music Box set. This extra-large box set is part of DL's 15th anniversary celebration and there is a mini-sized polish for each year! The polishes come housed in a keepsake music box. No information yet on what song it will play, (Update: It will play Deborah singing "I Dreamed A Dream"!) but most importantly, we do know what the polishes will look like! Check it out!

Top row, L to R: Daydream Believer, The Climb, Magic To Do, My Coloring Book, Pure Imagination
Middle row, L to R: Looks Like We Made It, I Dreamed A Dream, Love Will Leave A Mark, 1999, We Are Family
Bottom row, L to R: Hey Jude, I Will Survive, Land Of Make Believe, Come Fly With Me, A Hard Day's Night


Looks like quite a collection! I'd love to have it if the asking price isn't too high! I don't have an exact release date or pricing info yet, but I'll update this post when I come across it. 

Update: The set will cost $195! Yowza!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Mont Bleu Beauty Tools

Today I've got a pretty big post, with some awesome beauty tools from Czech company Mont Bleu! Mont Bleu is perhaps best known for their crystal glass nail files and over the years, they've expanded to other areas of the beauty market, such as tweezers, hair brushes, compact mirrors and jewelry.

We'll kick things off with the product Mont Bleu is famous for: their files. Made from Czech tempered glass and decorated with Swarovski crystal elements, they're as pretty as they are practical. They have a huge variety of colors and styles to choose from. Mine are in my two favorite colors: pink and blue!

Some close-ups of the beautiful crystal patterns on the files. They were hard to photograph because they were so crazy reflective!

These crystal files have a fine grit to them but they also feel very durable, so they're perfect for someone like me who tends to get a little overzealous when using files. They should last a good, long time without getting all scuffed and scratched up like traditional files do.

Next up we've got a set of eyebrow tweezers. Like the files, the tweezers are also decorated with Swarovski elements. However, Mont Bleu also offers plain tweezers, if crystals aren't your thing. Personally, I think everything should be as bejeweled and bedazzled as much as possible. ;)

The tweezers have a nice balance to them, making them easy and comfortable to hold and use. The surface of the tweezers is rubberized to prevent them from slipping out of your hand.

The stainless steel slant-tip is very precise and sharp, so you can grab even fine, short hairs without a problem. I've got a pair of Tweezerman tweezers and these easily match those in quality.

Next is a crystal glass foot file. You can't really tell in the picture, but the blue end has a smooth portion, to make the file easier and more comfortable to grip. 

Have you ever used a foot file where it's like, "Well, this isn't so much filing as it is ripping apart the skin on my feet?" Yeah, this isn't like those at all. The grit's obviously coarser, since it's designed for feet, but it's still very fine at the same time, allowing for precise and effective filing. This is easily the best foot file I've ever tried!

Then last but not least, we've got a lovely set of Swarovski crystal earrings:

I wore these to work and they were nice and comfortable throughout the day. They're a good size for studs--big enough to be noticed but not so large they take over your whole ear. Plus I love how shiny and reflective they are! They really catch the light!

So overall, some great products here that marry beautiful presentation with impressive quality. Any of these would make a fantastic gift for the beauty lover in your life or a nice treat for yourself! ;)

You can purchase Mont Bleu products from their website. They ship internationally and for me, the deliver process went off without a hitch.

Have you tried anything from Mont Bleu before? What beauty tools could you not live without?

Disclosure: These products were went to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Amandalandish Charity Blog Grab Bag Sale

My girl Amanda over at Amandalandish is having an amazing grab bag sale for charity and I thought I'd take a few minutes to tell you about it! Amanda is offering grab bags at the rate of $2.50 per polish, plus flat rate shipping costs. You'll receive polishes from her stash, so there'll be a variety of brands, finishes, colors, etc. available. As someone who has received many a nail mail from Amanda, I can attest to the fact that she has some awesome polishes!

But most importantly, all proceeds from this blog sale, minus the shipping fee, will go directly to the National Eating Disorders Association, a leading non-profit dedicated to improving awareness, as well as increased support and access to health and wellness resources for those suffering from eating disorders. She's already raised over $60 in just one day, so I hope this sale will continue its success!

If you'd like to learn more, please see Amanda's post about the charity sale HERE.