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Today I have a couple of beauties from Pomegranate Nail Lacquer’s spring collection, Royal Fairy Tale. This collection is evoked by the whimsy and romance of the tales we grew up with, sporting names like Palace Garden, Prince Charmer and The Queen’s Jewels. Sigh….. And after my first experience with Pomegranate, I was excited (and ready) to be blown away!

The first polish I have from this collection is Storm the Castle, a deep, cloudy teal-grey jelly. Storm is gorgeous!!! It is such a dark and dusty teal that it seems universally flattering. And application was amazing! It is a jelly, so was a little bit sheer on the first coat, but with a generous second coat, it evened out and provided the perfect amount of colour. All I kept thinking was, jelly sandwich, jelly sandwich, lol! I will need to try to sandwich this for sure, but here are two gloriously shiny coats without top coat!

Pomegranate_StormTheCastleIs that not amazing?? I also love how aptly this polish is named because the colour really reminds me of storms and turbulence.

 

On the completely opposite side of the spectrum, we have True Love’s Kiss. TLK is described as a silvery pink polish with a foil finish, but I found it to be more of a soft lavender shade. The foil finish reflects a lot of silver, while the tiny silver particles diffuse the light, making for a spectacular finish on the nail. TLK needed a steadier hand for application, as foil and metallic polishes tend to leave behind brush stroke marks, but made up for that with quick dry time!

Here are two gorgeous coats with base and top coat:

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Which one is your favourite, and have you tried any Pomegranate Nail Lacquers?

Pomegranate Nail Lacquer is 4-free (no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor), made the USA, and not tested on animals. You can get your very own Royal Fairy Tale here. Also, don’t forget to like their Facebook page for all the latest, and to follow Pomegranate on Twitter.

~xo

 

 

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

Happy weekend everyone! Here in the Great White North we are still waiting (and hoping) for Mother Nature to give us a break and send us spring, but today I bring you a few colours that will not only brighten up your nails, they will make you feel summer heat!

Ever since my first Nubar experience last year, I have fallen in love with Nubar’s glossy lacquers. And now Nubar has introduced My Sweet Escape for spring/summer 2013, a collection of eight bright, fun and summery shades; perfect for an escape of the mind. 🙂 They are creamy brights, quite a change from the deep shades of winter, and some of the pastels we have been seeing for spring. I love the diversity of this collection, and have broken it up into two posts for you: the brights, which you will see today, and the blue/greens.

This is the cool package the full set comes in, a little mini “travel bag,” complete with closure:

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The first Bright shade is Forbidden Fruit, described as nectarine by Nubar. I see it as a light burnt orange shade that reminds me of caramel. I absolutely loved this shade and its colour base. It’s so different,  it’s bright, it’s orange, but it’s a subtle, wearable orange. It also applied like a dream… quick-drying on the first coat, self-levelling and even coverage on the second coat. I will be wearing this colour a lot!

Here are two coats with base coat:

Nubar_ForbiddenFruit

The next colour seemed almost like the older-sister-version of Forbidden Fruit; On The Radar is a gorgeous, gorgeous orangey-red that’s leans very red. This is such an elegant and classic shade – I refused to take it off! The application on this was perfection – it was a bit thicker than Forbidden Fruit and provided great coverage on coat one. And the SHINE!!!

Here are two coats of On The Radar in artificial light:

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And in the shade:

Nubar_OnTheRadar2Is that not a beauty?

Now on to the neon shades! First up is Resort Yellow, described as “lemon zest” by Nubar. What I liked about Resort Yellow was that even though I see neon yellow, it was highly wearable and a wonderful summer colour. I can see myself using this on pedis a lot this year. The formula was quite good considering my experience with neons; it was shiny, whereas most other neon-based shades I’ve worn have had a satin finish for some reason. It was a bit streaky, so I could have definitely gone for a third coat, but again, my experience with yellows has been that they tend to streak.

Here are two coats of Resort Yellow:

Nubar_ResortYellow(Please ignore what appears to be blotchiness above. Lesson learned, watch for shadows and reflections when taking pictures!)

 

And here it is in shade:

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It really does come across a lot more lemony once on and I love it!

The last colour I have for you is Sour Apple, an electric lime that wanted to moonlight as Resort Yellow at first glance. I actually did a double-take when I was editing this pic below, because I momentarily thought it was yellow. It’s a very pale lime neon, highly wearable, and a little better formula than Resort Yellow, more of a crelly (cream-jelly) and you know how I adore jellies!

I used two coats over base for the pics below. Look at that crazy shine! Here it is in the shade:

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And under artificial light it explodes in green:

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Next time, I will bring you part 2 of my Nubar review – the blue/greens!

Overall, I was once again blown away by Nubar. In my experience, their polishes have consistently delivered amazing shine and wearability, and this collection was no different. I love the variety of colours and varying levels of brightness. This collection screams summer, sun, beach, and that’s exactly what I needed. If you are looking for summer and bright colours, you need My Sweet Escape.

Like all nubar products, “My Sweet Escape” Collection is free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP (phthalate), and is vegan and cruelty free. Nubar is available directly from Nubar’s online shop, from Nail Polish Canada, Harlow & Co. and other fine retailers.

So which one do you like best?

~xo

 

 

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

TRAVEL TO A NEW GALAXY WITH CHINA GLAZE®

China Glaze® Introduces 12 Illuminating Holographic Lacquers with Hologlam

CG_Hologlam_12pcLos Angeles– (March 2013): 3…2…1…Blast off! Take your summer manicure out of this world with China Glaze® Hologlam, an all new12-piece collection of shimmering holographic nail lacquers.

China Glaze® established itself as the leader in holographic nail lacquer with the 2007 OMG! collection, one of the most popular collections in the brands’ history.  Fueled by that success and back by popular demand, China Glaze® Hologlam uses reflective, holographic particles to capture light and transform nails into amazing, ever-changing visual effects.  With a strong linear finish whether indoor or shining bright in the sun, China Glaze® Hologlam bends and changes, creating an illuminated three-dimensional, traveling color effect across the nail.
The China Glaze® Hologlam collection features 12 futuristic shades, including:

CG_Hologlam_GetOuttaMySpaceGet Outta My Space: powdered violet

CG_Hologlam_AstroHotAstro-Hot: soft, baby pink

CG_Hologlam_InfraredInfra-Red: warm, magenta pink

CG_Hologlam_WhenStarsCollideWhen Stars Collide: warm maroon

CG_Hologlam_NotInThisGalaxyNot In This Galaxy: bright, warm coral

CG_Hologlam_OMGaUFOOMG A UFO: warm, moss green

CG_Hologlam_DontBeALunaticDon’t Be A Luna-Tic: turquoise aqua

CG_Hologlam_SciFlyBySci-Fly By: light, silver blue

CG_Hologlam_TakeATrekTake A Trek: cool, denim blue

CG_Hologlam_StrapOnYourMoonboots

Strap On Your Moonboots: midnight sky blue

CG_Hologlam_GalacticGrayGalactic Gray: warm, gunmetal

CG_Hologlam_CosmicDustCosmic Dust: silver metal

The China Glaze® Hologlam collection will be available in April 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.

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 (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries

For 42 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, ‘N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

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Butter LONDON is introducing LIPPY Liquid Lipstick, for Spring 2013!

The Spring 2013 LIPPY Liquid Lipstick range is a supercharged take on the statement lip. Drawing inspiration from the fruity shades and lush pops of colour seen on the catwalks, these LIPPY are anything but your typical lipstick. Striking tones of fluoro coral, watermelon, and poppy pink, cool mauve and deep berry increase in pigment the more you apply. Each shade is an eye-catching accessory in itself.
Shades in the collection include:

  • Jaffa: Opaque, bright orange-coral liquid lipstick
  • Bampot: Opaque, bright flamingo pink lipstick
  • MacBeth: Opaque, pinky coral liquid lipstick
  • Dahling: Opaque, dusky pink liquid lipstick
  • Wine Gums: Opaque plum liquid lipstick

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I LOVE THEM!!! I have never tried Butter LONDON makeup but I will need to try these. They look so yummy and juicy!

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