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It has been a few years since I last brought you a CbL Collection, and I’m so excited to share their brand-new collection for Spring/Summer 2017 today! There are seven beautiful shades that will have you screaming for sun and heat, especially if you’ve been under rainy skies like we have. This collection launched yesterday, May 1st on Llarowe.com!

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The first of the seven shades is She Sells Sea Shells, a bright pinkish-red linear holo with pink to lilac shimmer. Totally passable as a one-coater, She Sells Sea Shells applied smoothly and provided perfect, lush coverage with its second coat. I can’t wait to wear this cool bright polish for my summer pedis!

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The other shade in this colour family is You’re a Little Firecracker, a bright deepened fuchsia-red multi chrome holo with a purple/blue flame that shifts from deep fuchsia to copper orange to bright fuchsia. Llarowe calls this one a “summer vamp for your nails!” Another polish with perfect coverage and dreamy application, YaLF was almost a one-coater and its holo, perfection. Just a warning that the intensity of this one could stain a little, so use a good basecoat and don’t smear a polish-soaked remover pad when removing. Just LOOK at the holo in the slideshow below!

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Dream Big, the only purple in this collection, is described as an indigo-purple creme base with delicate but intense pink to gold to red shimmer. Although it looks quite deep in the bottle, once applied, I found it to be more of a midtone with beautiful complexity. I live for hidden shimmer!

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If you love neons, you will need Radioactive in your life! An intensely bright neon green creme base with intense red to gold to chartreuse shimmer, this one is truly blinding. I found this polish to be more of a jelly, and therefore a bit on the sheer side, even at two coats. To make it truly pop even more, wear this one over an opaque white!

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One of my favourites from this collection has to be The Bluest Eyes in Texas. Siiigh… Described as a bright milky turquoise blue creme base with intense gold shimmer and hints of gold to red/pink to green shimmer, this beautiful light blue shows intense fiery and pink flashes. Leah Ann was inspired to make this beauty by her sister’s eyes. Oh to have such lovely eyes!

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The Bluest Eyes in shade

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The Bluest Eyes in sunlight

The last two polishes in this collection bear the same name. The first, The Deep End, is a vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink. I found The Deep End to be a bluish teal with intense shifts in colour, needing a full two coats for complete opacity. It’s almost like a crelly (cream-jelly) polish, and so so gorgeous:

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And last but not least, my other favourite from this collection, The Deep End (H), which is basically the holographic version of the above polish. Described the same as its non-holo twin, a “vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink,” it has an incredibly gorgeous added holo sparkle. Do you see the two-toned nails in the slideshow below?? The deep blue-to-algae-turquoise looks exactly like the depth of the ocean!

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Look at these macros of holographic The Deep End!! I was utterly mesmerized by the beauty and sparkle of this polish!

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All Colors by Llarowe polishes are 5-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

In addition to Llarowe.com, you can find Leah Ann’s collections at a number of international stockists. As always, be sure to follow CbL on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news, restock updates, and for more swatches!

Which of these beauties is calling your name? Are you in love with the blues like me, or tend to lean for pinks and brights?

~xo

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(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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One of a beauty addict’s worst accidents is a nail polish spill. And not just a nail polish spill, but the crushing death of not only your favourite polish, but also the white/taupe/beige carpet or rug it fell on. Now you have nail polish on your rug.

So how do you remove nail polish from a carpet? Read on for more!

A quick Google search for “remove nail polish from carpet” quickly leads you to a tip sheet including the following points:

  1. Upon discovering any nail polish stains on your carpet, wet the stain with cold water.
  2. Spray 15-20 pumps of hair spray, followed by three to five small splashes of rubbing alcohol. This is the best approach when you’re wondering how to remove nail polish from carpet.
  3. Using a small scrub brush, scrub the nail polish stain directly for about a minute. While you’re scrubbing, keep pouring clean, cold water onto the stain throughout the process.
  4. Repeat this process until the nail polish stain is no longer visible.

 

I tried the above “how to” tips to remove this polish from the carpet, but didn’t quite get the results I was looking for. So I added non-acetone nail polish remover. And blotted. And blotted some more using clean paper towels… Still not quite removing the hot pink polish mess on my carpet. That’s how I landed upon the following tricks guaranteed to remove your polish from your carpet! 

Here is what you will need: 

  • OxyClean or similar non-bleach stain remover 
  • Hot water
  • Non-acetone nail polish remover 
  • Hair spray
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels 
  • Brush or old toothbrush 


  1. Blot the polish spill to remove any wet nail polish, using clean cloth or paper towel each time so as not to spread the mess. Do not rub!
  2. Apply some nail polish remover on the spill, and blot, never rubbing. Blot using clean paper towel each time, otherwise you will transfer polish onto clean areas.
  3. Mix a scoop of OxyClean into about 2-4 cups hot water, preferably in a bucket. 
  4. Apply this OxyClean mixture, using a sponge, on the stain. Rub this in, but only one small polish-stained area at a time. (This prevents spreading the coloured foam this creates, and prevents your spreading the stain.)
  5. Spray a good dose of hairspray onto the stain.
  6. Blot and repeat blotting the small area you just worked on. 
  7. You can also scrub the small stain using a brush/toothbrush to work the stain remover in, but blot between scrubbing to prevent foam/coloured water from spreading the stain.
  8. Your polish stain should start to fade to a different colour–in my case, it became orange.
  9. Now pour some non-acetone polish remover on the small area you are working… Blot. You will see polish transferring onto your paper towel.
  10. Continue blotting, using a fresh piece of paper towel each time. 
  11. Scrub using OxyClean mixture again. Spray hairspray. Blot again. 
  12. Apply polish remover and blot again. 
  13. This does take some scrubbing but your stain will start to fade, until it is no longer visible. The key is to blot. A LOT.
  14. Once you are happy with the result, blot using clean towels or paper towel to absorb as much of the fluid as possible. 
  15. Et voila!

Here was my result after scrubbing once with the OxyClean mixture:

A little better:

Until finally, the nail polish stain was gone from the carpet:

I am pretty confident that if I was able to remove this hot pink (with shimmer!) nail polish, my tricks will help you clean your light-coloured carpet or rug with some help and elbow-grease. 🙂

Let me know if this method worked for you! Good luck!

NAIL THE NUDE LOOK

WITH THE NEW SOFT SHADES COLLECTION BY OPI

 

THINK: Soft sheer shades and coveted nude mattes

WHAT THEY ARE: Lacquers, gels, and limited edition nail art kits in must-have neutrals. The number one salon brand, OPI, is celebrating the lighter side of nail color. With signature high-fashion colors and iconic shade names, OPI has been a go-to for salon professionals for 30 years. Now, to bring the richly pigmented formulas you love to the season’s hottest nude matte nail trend, OPI introduces the new SoftShades Collection. This of-the-moment collection of blushes, nudes, and matte shades delivers rich, true-to-bottle color with just a few coats, even in the lightest hues.

So be inspired to reinvent the French Manicure with new pink and white limited edition shades, create sophisticated nail art with exclusive Swarovski crystal kits, or create the ultimate bridal look in romantic springtime sheers. And for those who love a SoftShades manicure and want it to last, OPI also features these new understated shades in their gel formula.

 

The SoftShades collection includes:

  • SoftShades Nail Lacquers ($9.50 retail, $4.75 salon): These six pastel hues are the perfect way to lighten up your spring style. Available in sheer white Chiffon My Mind, pink and white flecked with white daisy decal Petal Soft, pink-toned beige Put it in Neutral, light beige Act Your Beige!, pearlescent silver This Silver’s Mine!, and iridescent glitter Make Light of the Situation.

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WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons.

  • SoftShades GelColors ($14.95 salon): Get gel durability and opaque color with eight long-lasting pale shades. Available in the same in-demand SoftShade lacquer colors Chiffon My Mind, Petal Soft, Put it in Neutral, Act Your Beige!, This Silver’s Mine!, and Make Light of the Situation, I Couldn’t Bare Less! and Love is in the Bare.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, Salons and select professional salons

 

  • SoftShades Mini 4-Pack ($13.95 retail, $7.50 salon): This essential, limited edition kit offers mini-sized nail lacquers in four sheer romantic hues. Includes shades: Act Your Beige!, Put it in Neutral, This Silver’s Mine!, and Make Light of the Situation.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com, Macy’s, Macys.com and select professional salons

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  • The Look of Crystal Kit ($24.95 retail, $12.50 salon): OPI is putting glittering nail art at your fingertips with crystals from Swarovski. With real Swarovski crystals, nail glue, and a trio of luxe shades you’ll be able to create shimmering graphic looks. Included shades: Chiffon My Mind, Black Onyx, and This Silver’s Mine! *Also available in matching gel colors.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

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  • The Nude Pink & White Kit ($16.95 retail, $9.00 salon): With two full-sized, limited-edition matte shades, this kit offers the ultimate in understated color. Included shades: I Couldn’t Bare Less! and Love is in the Bare. *Also available in matching gel colors.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: ULTA, ULTA.com and select professional salons

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For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit http://www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to Facebook to become a fan!

As some of you who follow my social media streams may know, I’ve been a little quiet lately… unfortunately I lost my father a few days ago. The only positive in his passing is that he did not suffer long; he was diagnosed with a very aggressive and advanced cancer that would have destroyed his insides. It is a rotten disease that needs a cure; a cure that must, in our advanced society, surely be forthcoming. I also want to thank you for the many wishes and condolences you have sent our way…

 

Moving on to happier things, I wanted to introduce you to the beautiful Bella from Shimmer Polish! I recently reached out to Cindy to create a custom Shimmer… something vampy but different from her other vamps that I love. She came up with this beauty, a black jelly base with tons of burgundy glitter, hints of silver, and reflections of gold and red in sunlight. I asked Cindy to name it after my beautiful Doberman-mix Bella.

Bella’s black jelly base is quite sheer, so I layered it over the gorgeous crelly Dior Vernis Nuit 1947 to maintain the jelly qualities I so love. I used only one coat of the Dior, and added two thin coats of Shimmer Polish Bella, topped with two coats of top coat:

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Look at this beautiful macro (click to see full size pic):

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What do you think of my gorgeous Bella?

Get your very own Shimmer Polish here. Follow Shimmer Polish on Facebook to participate in their contests and see more gorgeous photos and new creations, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

~xo

NewBanner_copy.1KBSHIMMER ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF SEVEN NEW GLIMMERING POLISHES

KBShimmer Fall Polish Line Set For Release September 1st, 2013

KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of seven new fall colors to their 3-Free glitter polish line. Owner Christy Rose says “With a bit of chill in the morning and school buses out in force, I can’t help feel that fall is almost here.  I am ready put away the neon and embrace the warmer, softer tones that accent the feeling of Autumn.”

“The fall KBShimmer line up has a bit for everyone, from the glitter lover to those that want a more subtle look.” says Rose.  “We are again expanding our matte line with both a fun cranberry red, and a blue toned gray.  For those that love the look of jelly polishes, we offer three versions in black, red, and a blue with hints of purple.  A white crelly, and a unique teal with heavy pink shimmer completes the new collection.  We think this is our most diverse collection yet, and the perfect start to the season.”

KBShimmer – FALL 2013 COLLECTION

FallCollectionGroupVicious Circles: A blood red jelly loaded with silver holographic circles in two sizes, sliver holographic hex glitters and holographic sliver micro slices.  Best in two or three coats.

ViciousCirclesEvery Nook & Cranberry: A cranberry satin matte polish with a subtle pink and gold shimmer.  This polish with its blue undertones is one that will work on many skin tones.  Best in two coats.

EveryNookAndCranberryYou Autumn Know: A white crelly polish loaded with fuchsia, gold, and orange glitters.  Micro bars accent the fall pallet of this polish. Best in three coats, or two coats over white.

YouAutumnKnowTeal Another Tail: A dusty teal green polish with a strong pink almost duo-chrome shimmer. A color I imagine would be on a mermaid’s tail.  Best in two coats.TealAnotherTail

Turbulence: A satin matte finish slate gray polish inspired by storm clouds.  Silver flakes are surrounded by micro blue and fuchsia sparks inspired by lightning and rain. Best in two coats. Turbulance

You Go Ghoul!: This Halloween polish is one that you will wear year round.  A black jelly sparkles with glitters in grape, berry and orange for a polish even a witch would love.  Best in two coats over black or three coats alone.YouGoGhoul

Excuse Me, I Blurped: A shade not quite blue, not quite purple shade with glitters in many shades of blue, purple, with a hint of copper. Best in two coats.

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Shipping September 1, 2013

KBShimmer products can be found at KBShimmer.com.  For sales outside of the US visit Harlow & Co.

So which one are you most excited about??

FALL INTO THE BEAUTY OF RICH COLOR

China Glaze® Introduces 12 Luxurious Shades

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Los Angeles, CA – (July 2013): As the season begins to change and the weather cools, China Glaze® invites you to step inside for an evening of cocktails, gossip, flirtation and gorgeous nail color with the new Autumn Nights collection. Gab with the gals, clink those glasses and cheers to a fabulous Fall with nails that strike up a conversation.

The China Glaze® Autumn Nights collection includes:

CG_GossipOverGimletsGossip Over Gimlets: Platinum shimmer soiree

CG_GoldieButGoodieGoldie But Goodie: Eternal rust gold shimmer

CG__StrikeUpACosmoStrike Up A Cosmo: Sparkling rose gold shimmer

CG_RendezvousWithYouRendezvous With You: Shimmery purple affair

CG_PublicRelationsPublic Relations: Impressionable violet gunmetal shimmer

CG_KissMyGlassKiss My Glass: Feisty blue gunmetal shimmer

CG_TongueChicTongue & Chic: Playful emerald shimmer

CG_ScandalousShenanigansScandalous Shenanigans: Rich blue shimmer

CG_QueenB_HRQueen B: Regal blue-purple crème

CG_CharmedImSure_HRCharmed, I’m Sure: Gracious purple crème

CG_DontMakeMeWineDon’t Make Me Wine: Reserve-worthy red-violet shimmer

CG_Red-yWillingRed-y & Willing: Frisky red shimmer

Cheers to China Glaze® Autumn Nights, available in September 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores as open stock colors, 6 piece box collections, 6 piece counter display, 12 piece counter display and 36 piece rack.CG_IMG_StrikeUpACosmoCG_IMG_GossipOverGimlets

 

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

It’s piCture pOlish Thursday again and today I bring you another sparkly gem that is part of the Limited Edition Collaboration shades! piCture pOlish is an amazing brand that created the Collaboration Shades, polishes that the piCture pOlish Girls created with bloggers or their Network members (online vendors). How cool is that?

piCture pOlish Atomic was created with blogger Sarah of Samarium’s Swatches, and launched in January of this year. Sarah was inspired by the element Samarium, her blog namesake, a silvery white metal. Samarium oxidizes in the air, forming a grayish-yellow powder, and that is why there is gold shimmer sparkle in her creation!

piCture pOlish describes Atomic as a silver/white metallic holo (scattered) that has NO glitter.  Atomic contains a holographic shimmer to create a magical shade, complex with a lot going on!

Atomic is a pale silver with a warm tint, making it suitable to, in my opinion, all skin tones. It is perfect for layering – it’s sheer enough to be a top coat-type polish in order to change the base colour, but today I wanted to capture its pure beauty. Below I used two generous coats of Atomic over base coat, and luckily it was a sunny day so that you can see the amazing holo sparkle!

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I personally like VNL (visible nail lines), but if you wanted total opacity, you could add a third coat of Atomic or layer it. You know what else is amazing? Atomic dries super-quickly, so you don’t have to worry about layering or using three coats!

Here is a picture of Atomic slightly blurred to show off the amazing delicate holo for you:

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Do you think I should layer Atomic over a coloured base next time?

Get your very own bottle of Atomic by visiting piCture pOlish on-line and or any piCture pOlish Network member, including Harlow & Co, Llarowe and Nail Polish Canada. And don’t forget to follow the Girls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all the latest news, giveaways, and more!!

~xo

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

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