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UNT Confetti Rush Collection: Swatches and Review

29 October 2014

Hello guys! Hope your week is going well. Today I have some exciting swatches from UNT, a brand that's very popular in France and Japan, that's now available internationally thanks to online retailer Live Love Polish! Today I've got four glitter toppers from the Confetti Rush collection to show off.

These four toppers are so fun and bright, and they'd look good over any color! I also took close up photos, so you can see all the different colors in each glitter. Let's take a look at them:

Fresh Mojito is a lime green and aqua glitter topper thats packed with iridescent green flakes. I love this one! The color combination is so perfect, and the flakes add a unique shimmer. Shown above is one painted coat over KBShimmer My Life's Porpoise, with top coat.

Here is a close up in the bottle and on the nail. Don't you love all that flake-y goodness?

Next we have Passion Sorbet, a glitter topper featuring light blue, yellow, hot pink, and metallic lavender hexes, as well as a cool toned iridescent shimmer. This is a gorgeous and unique topper - again, loving the color combination. The metallic purple hex glitters were super reflective, and ended up looking black in my swatch photo (reflecting my camera, I guess!) but I promise you they are lavender! Shown above is one coat over UNT Illusion, plus top coat.

Here is a close up in the bottle and on the nail. Again, I really love the added flakes in this glitter!

Cupcake Sprinkles is a neon yellow and hot pink glitter topper. This glitter is just so tropical! I imagine it'd be perfect for a gradient, especially paired with other bright colors. Shown above is one coat over China Glaze Feel The Breeze, plus top coat.

Here is a close up in the bottle and on the nail. I didn't realize until I took these photos that the yellow glitters were actually square! I love that.

And finally, we have PiƱata Colada, a yellow, hot pink, and aqua glitter topper. This topper reminds me of a cupcake! It's another bright and fun color combination that I just love. I paired one coat over Mint Tart (also available from Live Love Polish!), with top coat.

Here is the glitter in the bottle and on the nail. I really loved how all of these toppers looked in one coat, but you can easily build these to have more glitter on your nails!

Overall, I really loved these glitters. They were a nice pop of color, and they'll be fun to break out in the winter when I start to get tired of all the dark, vampy shades. These UNT polishes can be purchased from Live Love Polish, and retail for $8 USD each. You can use the code INEEDMORENAILPOLISH at checkout for 10% off your entire order, too!

What do you think of these colors? Which is your favorite?

These polishes were provided for my honest review.

Guest Post at Seize The Nail!

28 October 2014

Hi guys, today I'm guest posting for Bella over at Seize The Nail! If you don't already know about her, Bella is an incredible nail artist who does these crazy awesome/intricate designs on her nails. She's having a bunch of bloggers guest post for her this week with Halloween and fall inspired designs, so I created this fun and easy pumpkin look!

You can read all about this look, see more photos, and find out what polishes I used by reading the blog post over at Seize The Nail! And if you don't follow Bella, (I'm sure you do already, since she's amazing!), you should go follow her now!

Here is a direct link to the blog post.

What do you think of this fun pumpkin design?

KBShimmer Winter 2014 Full Collection Swatches and Review

26 October 2014

Hi everyone! I am so excited about today's blog post - it's finally time to show you the KBShimmer Winter 2014 collection! Every year, KBShimmer comes out with an amazing set of winter polishes, and this year's are better than ever.

This is also probably my longest blog post ever, because I didn't want to split up the polishes into multiple posts! So you've been warned, it's going to be photo heavy :)

This collection consists of 17 polishes, including five returning holiday favorites! With all swatches below, I have used KBShimmer Basic Training base coat and one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top quick dry top coat, unless otherwise noted. Alright, let's take a look:

White Here, White Now is a pure white textured polish packed with matte glitters. This polish is aiming to look like snow on the nails, and I do think it succeeds. Personally, I didn't think I would like this until I tried it on my nails, but when I saw the effect, I decided it would be pretty cool as an accent nail or for nail art with a textured finish! I am curious to find out what people think of this one - it's similar to last year's China Glaze white textured polish, and that had mixed reviews. Shown above is two careful coats, with no top coat.

Let's Sleigh Together is a soft gray crelly filled with pale yellow, holographic green, and navy blue hex glitters, as well as some blue circle glitters. This is a classic KBShimmer crelly! Perfect formula, as usual, and I think the color combination is lovely. Shown above is three thin coats with top coat.

Snow Way! is a returning holiday favorite. It's a beautiful light blue filled with white hex glitters in various sizes, with just a slight dusting of holographic microglitters for a lovely sparkle. This polish is beautiful, and definitely reminds me of winter. I'm glad they brought this polish back! Formula was slightly thick, but easily managed. Shown above is three coats plus top coat.

Too Cold To Hold is a rich blue textured polish that's positively packed with holographic blue, silver, and green glitters! This polish is super sparkly and holographic, and it looks awesome in the light. Shown above is two careful coats without top coat.

Fallen Angle is a royal blue jelly filled with holographic blue triangles, as well as various holographic blue and silver hex glitters. This color is very elegant, and I love the vibrant shade of blue! Definitely very winter appropriate. The triangles were easily picked up by the brush, and I didn't have to place them, so that was nice! Shown is three thin coats plus top coat.

Sugar Plum Faerie is a returning holiday favorite, a warm violet jelly packed with metallic purple, lime green, and hot pink glitters in various sizes. This color was pretty sheer, but I love how it looks on the nail! It reminds me of candy. Shown above is three thin coats with top coat.

Mauve On Over is a pale purple crelly with a unique mix of glitters in navy blue, turquoise, and orange. I really like this color, but I would expect it to be a spring release, not a winter polish. I think the mix of colors in this polish is really interesting! Shown above is two thin coats with top coat.

Merry Pinkmas is a returning holiday favorite, a super bright pale pink packed with lime, green, red, pink, and silver glitters in various sizes - including circles, squares, and mini bars. This is definitely another unique color, and I think I love it! Even with these larger glitters, I didn't have to fish around to get them on my brush, so application was a breeze. Shown above is three coats with top coat.

Turnip The Beet is another textured polish, this time a vibrant cranberry packed with holographic red, purple, and magenta glitters for a super sparkly finish. I found that this textured polish didn't feature as many of the larger hex glitters (like Too Cold To Hold), but I loved the textured effect just the same (if not more!) This was a nice, more subtle texture, and I think it would be great to wear for the holiday season. Shown above is two coats without top coat.

Deja Brew is a warm, chocolatey brown linear holographic polish with red undertones. As you can expect with KBShimmer, the formula was buttery and perfect and the linear holo finish was beautiful. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

All Decked Out is a returning holiday favorite, a dark forest green jelly packed with a rainbow of hex glitters in various sizes, as well as gold star glitters! This polish looks just like a Christmas tree, with all the lights and ornaments! I did fish around a little for the star glitters, because I wanted one on each nail - you might want to store this one upside down to keep the stars from sinking! Shown above is three thin coats with top coat.

Dressed to Guild is a gold textured polish (the sister to Hexy Bikini!) that's packed with gold holographic glitters, as well as some lavender and lime holo glitters for extra depth. This is another polish that demands attention - it's got an insane sparkle! Shown above is two coats without top coat.

Kringle All The Way is a returning holiday favorite, a glitter topper packed with red, green, and silver circle glitters in various sizes. These glitters remind me of ornaments! I absolutely love the way this looks over green. I did place most of the circle glitters for this swatch, as they were slightly difficult to paint on normally. Shown above is one placed coat over KBShimmer Honeydew List, with top coat.

Pine-ing For Yule is a glitter topper that features holographic green triangles (like little Christmas trees!) and metallic red stars, with tiny holographic glitters. I love the idea of this polish! To apply, I placed a bunch of the glitters, and then I painted a thin coat over that so I would get the holographic dust (and a few extra glitters). Shown above over KBShimmer A Touch Of Glass, with top coat.

This glitter topper is the KBShimmer 2014 Toys For Tots® charity polish - for every bottle sold between 11/01 and 12/15, $4 USD will be donated to Toys For Tots®, a charity for giving toys to less fortunate children.

Spot Sign is the highly anticipated leopard spot glitter topper! This polish features black leopard print shaped glitters, as well as various black circle glitters and holographic microglitter. In the last few weeks, we have seen a ton of leopard print glitters popping up. This one is definitely my favorite, because of the simple color scheme and the added circle glitters to complete the look; it seems like more thought was put into this glitter topper, whereas other brands seemed like they just dumped the new glitter shape into a bottle and slapped a label on it in an attempt to be ahead of the market (but that's just my opinion!). However, I'm not sure how I feel about the leopard glitters themselves - they are pretty thick, so they don't lay flat on the nail, even with top coat. I did place almost all of the glitters, since they didn't want to come off the brush. Shown above over KBShimmer Hugs & Wishes, with top coat. I'm curious to know, what do you think of this glitter shape?

And finally, we have Flake Dance, a super sparkly glitter bomb with a ton of silver holographic hexes, as well as some silver holographic snowflakes! I just love this topper, it looks like sparkly falling snow! I didn't have to place the glitters for this swatch, but I did dab the glitter on rather than paint as normal. Shown above is two dabbed coats over KBShimmer Eclipse, with top coat.

There are also a few new cuticle oil pens this season:

As you may remember, I am pretty obsessed with KBShimmer Pink Sugar cuticle oil pens. Well, now there are three new holiday scents to choose from: Chai Tea, Raspberry Vanilla, and Peppermint! (You will also be able to purchase an unscented cuticle oil pen, with the release of these new ones.) I tried out Chai Tea and Raspberry Vanilla, and they both smell incredible! I used them before taking all of my photos above, and by the end of my swatching, my room smelled deliciously of chai tea and raspberries.

Overall, I think I am, in love with this collection. KBShimmer always knocks it out of the park with their incredible winter collections! And as much as I love warm weather, these polishes are getting me excited for the holiday season. My top picks for the season are Too Cold To Hold, Fallen Angle, All Decked Out, Kringle All The Way, and of course, Flake Dance!

This collection will be available starting on November 1st on the KBShimmer online shop, and each polish will retail for $8.75 USD. The cuticle oil pens will retail for $6 USD each

As with every winter, KBShimmer is offering a ton of special promotions:

-Free shipping for all orders over $40 USD! No code necessary. (11/01-12/31)
-Free with a $70+ USD purchase, you can get the limited edition Christmas crelly Holly Back Girl. Use the code HBGFREE to get your free polish (as well as free shipping!) on your $70+ USD order. (11/01-12/31)
-Free samples! While supplies last, KBShimmer will be sending out a sample in each order. Samples may include scrubs, lotions, vinyl nail decals, soaps, etc.  Orders will also include a branded emery board.
-Free snowman glitter! The first 400 orders will receive a bag of 1000 snowmen glitters perfect for winter nail art.

Whew! That was a long post, so thanks for sticking with me! Which polishes are YOU most excited about? Let me know your thoughts below!

These products were provided for my honest review.

China Glaze Vampire Nails with Live Love Polish

24 October 2014

So, I never really do holiday nail art. I'm not really sure why - maybe I feel too much pressure, since holidays always seem to sneak up on me! But today, I decided to ease myself into it by doing some super simple "claw" nails, just in time for Halloween. I used some new polishes from Live Love Polish, a brand new online retailer that offers China Glaze, LVX, Color Club, Models Own, UNT (I reviewed a couple of their polishes here!), NCLA, and so many more. Read on for a 10% discount to the site!

To create this simple look, I started with a base of China Glaze Innocence, which is a gorgeous sheer nude. Once that dried, I applied striping tape and painted on China Glaze Ruby Pumps. When I peeled off the tape, I was left with crisp lines! I topped everything off with a glossy top coat.

I absolutely love this look! Even though it's so simple, it feels classy and elegant (and a bit scary!) If I was a vampire, I would definitely rock some sparkly red claws. I think I was inadvertently inspired by this manicure, but I didn't realize until after I finished painting!

Anyway, here are the polishes I used. They are both from Live Love Polish and retail for $7.50 USD each. It's nice that they carry so many brands that aren't easily accessible to everyone!

Shipping from Live Love Polish is insanely fast - I received my order THE DAY AFTER it shipped! (But you can usually expect to get your order in 2-3 days.) Plus, they offer free shipping for orders over $20 USD and they offer free shipping on international orders over $50 USD (that's right, they ship internationally!)

Plus, you can get 10% off your entire order with the code INEEDMORENAILPOLISH at checkout!

I can't wait to show you more polishes from Live Love Polish - but in the meantime, what do you think of this sparkly clawed look?

These polishes were provided for my honest review.

Colors by Llarowe Fall 2014 Swatches

23 October 2014

Hi guys, I've got a few polishes from the recent Colors by Llarowe Fall 2014 collection to share with you today!

As I've come to expect from Colors by Llarowe, this collection consists of a TON of new colors. Today, I've got four -  three shimmers and a holographic - all in nice fall appropriate tones. As usual, the formula of these polishes was thick, but easy enough to manage. Let's take a look at them:

Swear Jar is an emerald green packed with golden shimmer and a slight blue duochrome shift. My first thought when I saw this polish was "Christmas tree!" and I love it. I can't help feeling like this is the winter version of a "mermaid" polish. This will definitely be great to wear for the holiday season! Shown above is two easy coats and top coat.

Burning Embers is a beautiful vampy red shimmer with an orange-yellow duochrome shift. This color is just gorgeous! It truly does remind me of smoldering embers. Shown above is two coats with top coat.

My Broken Down Crop Duster is a grayed out purple with a crazy linear holographic finish. This polish is so holo-y, even when it isn't in direct light! This is another great polish with a great formula. Shown above is two coats with top coat.

And finally we have Mystique, a dark, warm gray shimmer. This one looks really nice on the nails, but I didn't think it was as exciting as the others I got to review. I found that the shimmer made the polish really streaky, so I had to be very careful with application - I applied two coats for opacity, and a third to smooth out the streakiness, plus top coat.

Overall, these colors are pretty nice and I think they'll be great for the upcoming months. These colors are available from Llarowe for $10-$12 USD per bottle. The collection is being restocked today at 12PM and 7PM MDT. They sell out quickly, so make sure to follow Colors by Llarowe on Facebook for future restocks and information.

Which is your favorite?

These polishes were provided for my honest review.