Metallic Nails for #TheBeautyBuffs

Metallic. What can I say? I love metallic nail polish!  I always find myself reaching for my metallic polishes.  They stamp like a champ.  And most of the time they are very opaque, which is great for nail art.  When AVON recently released their Metallic Effects collection of polishes I grabbed all 5 of them.  For today’s nail art I’m featuring the gold one called Gold Leaf.

avon metallic effects gold nailsFor these nails I started with a sexy red.  I painted OPI’s Over & Over A-Gwen on a few of my fingers.  Then I applied my new textured polish from KBShimmer called Dressed to Gild on the other fingers.  I stamped my AVON Gold Leaf metallic polish on top of the red with my Pueen Encore SE03B stamping plate.  The stamping came out so crisp.  Add a few gold studs, and I’m in love with this look.

red and gold nail stampingI feel so sexy wearing this manicure.  That’s the thing about nail art.  It’s one of the best forms of self expression for a woman.  One day we’re pretty in pink, the next day we’re wearing sultry red.  Who knows what tomorrow’s nails will look like!

red and gold metallic nail artLet’s see the other Beauty Buffs metallic looks….

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KBShimmer Winter 2014 review

Every winter I pine over the KBShimmer holiday collections that I see on all the nail blogs.  The unique blends of glitter and finishes always have me drooling!  So I told myself I wasn’t missing out this year!  I ordered 5 from the collection the very first morning they were released.  The promo said the first 400 orders would get a pack of snowmen glitters and there’d also be free samples for a limited number of orders.  I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get either of these in my delivery, but these holiday pretties still have me smiling.  The five I picked up are as follows-

Deja Brew, Fallen Angle, Flake Dance, Dressed to Gild, and White Here, White Now.

KB Shimmer Winter 2014 Swatches

Deja Brew-

Deja Brew Deja Brew swatchDeja Brew is a brown holo. It’s almost a reddish brown clay color.  I don’t have any brown holographic polishes so I knew I had to try this one out.  This one is generally a two-coater, but I did three coats plus topcoat for my photos.  I haven’t worn this yet for more than just my photo session, but I did give my mom a manicure with this one.  She’s picky and only likes funky cream colors… but even still, she thought Deja Brew was very pretty! Unfortunately, she says it started chipping just 18 hrs later.  She does a lot more housework than me hehe, so I hope mine lasts longer since it’s such a beauty.

Fallen Angle-

Fallen Angle Fallen Angle SwatchFallen Angle is an indigo blue jelly with glitters in it, even some triangle glitters!  I love unique shaped glitters, so this one is fun for me.  Plus, I’m really into this shade of blue that leans a little bit purple.  Since it’s a jelly you’ll need three coats (I’m also wearing topcoat in my pics).  I was afraid I wasn’t going to get any triangles, but by my third coat I had enough of them on my nails.

Flake Dance-

Flake Dance Flake Dance SwatchFlake Dance is great glitter topper to make your nails look snow-covered.  It’s a clear base with silver holographic glitter along with big snowflake shapes.  I applied one coat over an aqua cream and then applied one thick coat of tocpoat to smooth it out.  Initially my brush wasn’t picking up any big snowflakes, so I re-dunked it to fish out some of the big glitters and that did the trick.  Flake Dance is perfect for a quick winter-themed mani.. I’m so glad I picked this one up!

Dressed to Gild-

Dressed to Gild Dressed to Gild swatchDressed to Gild is a gold holographic textured polish.  This is my fave of the bunch!!  If you like bling then Dressed to Gild is for you.  I showed my boyfriend and he said, “It’s SPARKLICIOUS”!  Yes, he has a tendency to humor me when I ask him for his two cents. But still, for a guy to come up with the word sparklicious to describe a nail polish- I think that says a lot.  My first coat was very sheer and I was worried how many coats I’d need, but the second coat covered really well.  I ended up doing a third coat though, and no topcoat of course since this is a textured polish.  It’s so sparkly, I’m so glad I chose this shade!

White Here, White Now-

White Here White Now White Here White Now SwatchIf you don’t already have a white textured polish in your stash, then you might want to try this one called White Here, White Now.  When applying this one it seems to be a white cream with matte white glitters mixed in.  I had a few bald spots so I did three coats.  This is a great fun seasonal polish to make your nails look like fallen snow!  It’s very non-traditional and I really wanted it!

I also picked up the unscented Whipped Shea Butter which I’ve been using obsessively for the last week.  So what do you think of my swatches? Are you itching to try out any of these winter indies??  There’s some other cool looking polishes in this winter collection too, it was really hard to choose.  They retail for $8.75 a piece in the U.S., or for international shipping you can find them at Harlow & Co. Check out the entire collection here at the KBShimmer site:

Geometric Nail Strips Decals for #naillinkup

I got these cool-lookin nail strips from the new dollar store in town, but since they were so cheap I figured they wouldn’t apply or wear well.  So I grabbed my scissors and cut them up into diamond shaped decals.  When paired over some pretty nail polish colors you get this neat geometric nail design. This is cool alternative way to wear nail wraps I think, and it fits in nicely with our GEOMETRIC theme for the November N.A.I.L. Linkup.  I like this concept of make-your-own nail art decals!geometric nail strips design nail strips nail artFor this simple manicure I painted my nails with these three colors-

Orchid Splash – AVON Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel

Sea Breeze – AVON Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel

Platinum Petal – AVON Metallic Effects Nail Enamel

And I cut up these cute Vivace nail strips that i purchased at Just A Buck-

dollar store nail stripsI hope this gives you some ideas of other things you can do with the extra nail strips you have lying around! 

Here’s more N.A.I.L. geometric inspired nails for your viewing pleasure………….

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Sable Collar Feather Nails

Now that winter nail polish collections are coming out on the scene, I’ve been thinking about what wintery stuff I have in my stash. My Essie Winter 2013 collection was calling to me, and I realized that I never tried out my bottle of Sable Collar.  I think when I got the 6 piece collection I thought Sable Collar was boring… but once I put it on my nails I changed my mind.  It’s a lovely brown-ish mauve shimmery color that looks great against my skin tone.  It’s classy, understated and very flattering for me.  Plus, I’m happy to mark one more un-tried off my list ! yahooty

I loved the reddish shimmer in Sable Collar and I wanted to do some nail art on top to accentuate the colors.  I went with a free-handed feather design.  I didn’t plan this one, I just picked some pretty colored polishes and a skinny brush and went at it.  I hope you like it!

essie sable collar essie sable collar feather nail artIs it just me, or are Essie bottles super-photogenic?  I think I love every photo of me holding an essie bottle.  Maybe it’s the letters embedded in the glass?



Cirque Colors Burlesque Collection

Cirque Burlesque swatches by CraftynailToday I’m sharing the beautiful 4 piece Burlesque collection from an NYC-based indie brand called Cirque Colors.

From musicians to magicians, Cirque Colors drew inspiration from vaudeville shows of the early 20th century to create a 4-piece fall collection called Burlesque. These sultry holographic shades embody the lush and dramatic stripteases that put such acts like the British Blondes and Gypsy Rose Lee on the map. Josephine, a dark forest green, pays homage to Josephine Baker (the original twerker) and her famous banana dance. While the navy blue hue of Trocadero represents a night out on the town at the historic Philadelphia theater.

Let’s take a look at the four shades.  All swatches are two coats sans topcoat.

BOUDOIR-Cirque Colors BoudoirBoudoir is a vampy burgundy with a rainbow holographic finish.  In the bottle this appeared to be straight-up magenta… but once I got it on my nails I saw a lot of purple.  Such a flattering feminine color.

Cirque Colors JosephineJosephine was the first color I gravitated to.  I love greens, and this one has such a lovely mossy tone to it. It felt very earthy and sexy at the same time.  I love Josephine. I see myself using this a lot for holiday nail art.

 HARLOW-Cirque Colors HarlowCirque Colors describes Harlow an antique gold with a rainbow holographic finish.  I definitely see a hint of green in there too. I’m a fan of all things yellow and gold, so for me, Harlow didn’t disappoint.

TROCADERO-Cirque Colors TrocaderoTrocadero is a blue holo.  Even though it’s navy, it’s not so dark that it looks black in dim lighting.  I’d describe it as a true denim blue, but a bit more deep and saturated.  A definite fave of mine in this collection.

I also did a creative nail design featuring all four Burlesque colors.  They are surprisingly opaque and work well for nail art…

Burlesque Nail Art by CraftynailI really do love all four shades of these Cirque Colors.  The formulas were great and applied so easily- I can really see myself reaching for these often.  I also noticed that my hands smelled nice and I was wondering what it was since I didn’t remember using my floral cuticle oil.  Come to find out, Cirque Colors are scented with a blend essential oils that leave a light floral aroma after the polish dries.  I thought I smelled something nice!  They’re also 3-free and made in the USA.

The Burlesque Collection will be available online at on September 25, 2014 for $13 each.  Refer to the Stockists page for participating retailers. And don’t miss Cirque Colors on instagram to see more photos of their collections.

So tell me what you think of this collection in the comments section!  Which shade are you drawn to?

*This collection was provided to me for review.


Pink Panda Nails for #naillinkup

If you haven’t seen, we have some really cool themes for the November NAIL Linkup- the first of which is PANDAS!   If you haven’t tried panda nails before, now’s your time! More info here. I wanted my panda nails to be super cute so I went with a girly pink and polka dotted design…

pink panda nailspanda nail artpanda nails closeupThis nail art moved along pretty quickly since I was able to use the bottle brush for many of the shapes in my bears’ heads.  I also only needed three polishes for this design, and three tools:

  • Pink- OPI in Mod About You
  • Black- AVON Nailwear Pro+ in Licorice
  • White- AVON Gel Finish in Iceberg White
  • a trimmed skinny brush for my details
  • a dotting tool for my dots
  • cleanup brush for around my cuticles

I love my pink pandas.  It’s so fun doing the Linkup since it pushes me to try things I wouldn’t normally do. Feel free to join in- the inlinkz are open until the end of November!

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New AVON Gel Finish Colors

AVON just released two new colors in their Gel Finish Nail Enamel line for winter 2014- Iceberg White (opaque white) and Alaska (light dusty blue).

At first I was hesitant about the Gel Finish line because I don’t buy into that idea that a non-UV polish could actually be gel-like.  This line says that it’s a 7-in1 color meaning it has 7 benefits in 1 polish:

1 – Shine
2 – Gel-like Finish
3 – Vivid Color
4 – Base Coat
5 – Top Coat
6 – Protection
7 – Strengthener

Although I don’t feel like these polishes are similar to salon gel manicures, because how can you get a gel mani without UV curing?…. nonetheless, I do love this line!  Initially I tried Purplicious and it was gorgeous and I loved the formula.  So then I realized, these aren’t gel polishes really, but they are superb!  The formula is thick but still nice and fluid.  They are very opaque, and perfect for nail art since they don’t get stringy and don’t require a lot of coats.  If you’re in a rush, you can skip the basecoat too since it’s already built into the formula.  I think I might buy them all!  Want to see the two new colors for winter?

The first is called Iceberg White.  Shown here is two coats sans base or top coat.  Every girl needs a perfect white like this one in her collection.  I love that this shade isn’t too stark-

iceberg white avon swatch iceberg white gel finishI’m telling you, this white is super opaque. Check out Iceberg White with just one coat (see pic below).  Also, for yesterday’s color block mani here I wore one coat of this white over another Gel Finish called Inked Up (dark blue) and the white covered the navy completely.  This is the best white nail polish I own, by far.  I need a backup bottle because I’ve been using it for all my white nail art lately.

iceberg white opaque white polishThe next gel finish color that was just released is called Alaska.  It’s a light blue-ish grey with a tiny hint of teal and it has a nice dusky quality to it.  Shown here is two coats with no basecoat or topcoat. It’s a bit more sheer than some of the other gel finishes that I own, but it’s still completely opaque in two coats. And pretty shiny too!

alaska avon swatch alaska gel finish

Right now you can get Gel Finish for $4.99 a piece from your AVON lady, or at my e-store.  And I have a coupon code for free shipping in the US if you spend $20.  This coupon is good til midnight Nov 7th 2014 when you use code BOUTIQUE14 at checkout.  With that code too, if you spend $50 you get a free 6 piece gift set. If you’re reading this and that code is expired, just contact me and I can see if there’s a new code available for you!

What do you think of these?  Have you found the perfect white polish yet?

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