Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Halloween Vinyl Decals from NailVinyls

Good evening, dear readers, and happy hump day! It has been a particularly rough day here at the Jedi household, and I am looking forward to the weekend! One bright part about my day is that my nails look awesome, and I just had to share them tonight!

If you've been reading my blog for a few months, you've already seen me using NailVinyls to create several fun nail art looks. I used the chevrons to create my nail art look for Cosmoprof North America here and again for the Llarowe store opening here. I had the pleasure of meeting Linda, the creator of this magnificent product, while attending CPNA in Las Vegas, and we have chatted almost every day ever since. Linda knew about my love of all things Halloween, and when she asked if I wanted to try out her brand spankin' new Halloween-themed decals, I eagerly squealed a resounding "Yes!" She had already shared photos with me of one of the designs, but I still was not prepared for the mind-blowing decals I pulled out of the fabulous chevron-printed envelope I found in my mail yesterday. NailVinyls will now be offering Halloween decals in spider webs, spiders, and scaredy cats! I used all three in my nail art look today, so let's get to photos and then I'll share more details afterwards. I hope you're ready!
Squee!!! I am loving this look, and I hope you do too! I opted to not use a white base for the water marbeled nails to give a slightly more toned down look, and I opened up areas of the water marble for a more distressed look. Also, please take note that these are all decals that are meant to be placed on the nails and sealed with topcoat, not the stencils like the traditional NailVinyls. I sealed my manicure with two coats of HK Girl topcoat by Glisten & Glow.

55 count for $6
34 large
21 small

I chose to use the large ones for both my index and pinky fingers for my manicure. Because of the large black section from the water marble on my pinky, I was afraid the smaller spider  might get lost. I had to trim down the string section for placement on my pinky nail only, but even the larger spider fit nicely on my smallest nail.

Spider Webs
20 Count for $6
4 Large
12 Medium
4 Small

I used the medium size spider web for my middle finger, and I used nail scissors to trim a little excess along the top and one side of my nail. The Spider Web decals have the center part cut out but they are still on the vinyls sheet. I used tweezers to easily pull them out the webbing prior to placing them on my nails.

Scaredy Cats
54 count for $6
27 Right Facing
27 Left Facing
All Scaredy Cat decals are the same size.

Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without the black scaredy cat! I was so excited about getting these on my nails that I completely missed out on the fact the sheet came with both left and right facing cats until it was too late. Oops! The left facing cats are the same size and cut in the same way as the right facing ones, other than obviously, they face left.

A few more photos because you know I couldn't resist!

These cool Halloween decals will be launching on the NailVinyls website this upcoming Sunday, October 5th at Noon EST. Currently, these are planned to be available for a limited time, but keep an eye on the NailVinyls Facebook page and Instagram account for any changes and additional details. I know I am excited about them, and they will definitely be used in more of my Halloween looks this month!

Nail polishes used:
Darling Diva Polish: Are We On Cops?
Finger Paints: Tangerine Tint
Zoya: Purity
Zoya: Raven

Have you started planning your Halloween manicures yet? I hope these decals have helped inspire some ideas!

Until next time, dear readers, stay good, or don't get caught! ;)

Press Release: China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour and Celebrate Courage Collections

Apocalypse of Colour
Run for your life this Halloween as China Glaze unleashes the Apocalypse of Colour.  Design an immortal manicure fit for the undead with this mix of scary shimmers, ghoulish glitters and terrifying top coats.  Create a spine-chilling look with the six-piece limited edition collection, all the way down to your fingertips and toes.  Apocalypse of Colour features 5 new shimmers and glitters, and the re-release of Ghoulish Glow glow-in-the-dark top coat. 

Celebrate Courage
This month, China Glaze honors the strength of all women affected by breast cancer with the new Celebrate Courage collection.  Inspired by the women who gracefully fight everyday and those that support them in their battle, the six-piece collection features three new matte crèmes and re-promotes of three classic bright pink shades. 

In addition to the gorgeous sanguine shades, Celebrate Courage marks the launch of a new 0.5 fl oz bottle of China Glaze’s popular Matte Magic flat finish top coat.  Previously only available in 0.325 fl oz, the new 0.5 fl oz bottle will be available as part of the core China Glaze collection beginning in 2015. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Press Release: Zoya MatteVelvet

All of the color, none of the shine! Meet your perfect matte with MATTEVELVET* **, Zoya’s exclusive shine-free formula. Choose from six best-selling matte nail polish shades with a luxurious crushed velvet finish and subtle shimmer. 

Right on trend, these exclusive shades are being reintroduced for a limited time only!
ZP499 - DOVIMA: Shimmering Black MatteVelvet*.
ZP500 - POSH: Shimmering Crimson MatteVelvet*.
ZP505 - HARLOW: Shimmering Wine MatteVelvet*.
ZP504 - SAVITA: Shimmering Plum MatteVelvet*.
ZP506 - VERUSCHKA: Shimmering Evergreen MatteVelvet*.
ZP498 - LOREDANA: Shimmering Gunmetal Gray MatteVelvet*.

*MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, top coat or speed dryer of any kind. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry nail surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear.


$9 (US)

Zoya MATTEVELVET* colors are available exclusively on and in ULTA beauty stores (ask for them). 

**BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor

Model City Polish Halloween Collection: Swatches and Review

Good morning, dear readers! I am really excited to be sharing another Halloween collection with you today! Today's Halloween polishes are made by Nina of Model City Polish, and they launch tomorrow! The Model City Polish Halloween 2014 Collection consists of three beautiful polishes that are perfect for the holiday. Not only are the colours beautiful, they're scented! Let's check out some pictures!

Once Bitten
Once Bitten is a sheer crimson jelly polish with gold flecks in two sizes and fine gold holographic glitter. While I'm normally not a big fan of red polish, I absolutely adore red jellies! Once Bitten is gorgeous and my personal favorite from this trio. The colour deepens the more coats you add, and I chose to stop with two coats to get this lovely candy apple shade. I then added top coat for these photos. Once Bitten will be available in a light caramel apple scent- which is delicious, by the way- or unscented if you prefer.

Here Lies
Here Lies is a grey crelly blend with white and black flakies. It will be offered in an earthy scent with hints of sweet florals. Here Lies is *the* perfect grey polish for Halloween, and I am delighted to see it as part of this collection! This combination definitely reminds me of gravestones and cemeteries, and Nina really nailed this one!

Just Treats
If Halloween can be a little too dark or spooky for you, Just Treats is for you! Just Treats is a buttery crelly with blue, orange, pink, yellow, and green matte glitters in various shapes and sizes. It also glows green in the dark. Just Treats takes a sweet, light-hearted approach to the holiday, and I love this combo! I cannot pull off white-based crellies with my Mediterranean skin, and this buttery yellow base is the perfect solution. Just Treats will be offered in a sweet but tart candy scent. I used three coats for these photos and top coat for these photos. To help extend the life of the glow in the dark aspect, Nina suggests storing this one in a dark, cool area as extended heat and light exposure can shorten the life greatly.

I love the colours of this trio! The scents are pleasant without being overpowering, but they all will be available unscented if that is your preference. Use of a fast dry topcoat does not affect the scent.

The Halloween trio launches tomorrow, October 1st at 7PM CST at the Model City Shop located here. As a bonus for buying the new Halloween polish, there will be bonus themed items as well! Each bottle will come with an adorable Halloween-themed eraser, and those that buy all three polishes in this trio will get a Halloween hair tie (that can be used as a bracelet by short-haired readers like me). Model City Polish also offers cuticle oils, and new scents in Banana Nut Bread, Candy Corn, Caramel, and Sweet Tart will also be available.

Be sure to follow Model City Polish on Facebook and Instagram for more photos and announcements!

What do you think about this mini collection? Are you going to be picking up scented or the unscented versions? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 29, 2014

November A Box, Indied: Glisten & Glow Cran I Have Seconds Please?

Good evening, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you have enjoyed the start to a new week. For tonight's blog post, I have a gorgeous polish made by Jill of Glisten & Glow.  Cran I Have Seconds Please? is a gorgeous purple-leaning magenta holographic polish with blurple flakes that will be available exclusively in the Llarowe November A Box, Indied. Let's look at some pictures of this beauty, and I'll give more details afterwards.

Indoor Lighting
Hello, gorgeous!

The formula of this polish was really smooth, and it applied very easily for me. I used two coats of Cran I Have Seconds Please? and followed up with Glisten & Glow's HK Girl topcoat for these photos. I am really blown away by this colour, and I can definitely see it being a fan favorite from the November box!

The November A Box, Indied is currently scheduled to be released October 26th at You can sign up on the website for emails about specific launch times or you can follow Llarowe on Facebook for details. I have one of the other polishes from the November box to share with you later this week, and you don't want to miss out! I haven't seen the remaining three polishes yet, but if Cran I Have Seconds Please? and the other I have seen are any indication on what the box will be like, it is going to sell out fast! I am so excited about this box!

Do you have a subscription for A Box, Indied, or will you be trying to get a box for the launch? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful night!

Friday, September 26, 2014

DIFFERENT dimension Heavy Metals Collection

Good afternoon, dear readers, and happy Friday! This week has just flown by, and I am quite happy about that! I'm looking forward to a productive but still fun weekend. For today's post, I wanted to share the new Heavy Metals Collection by DIFFERENT dimension being released this evening. This collection is a steampunk-inspired collection, and it consists of six rich metallic holographic polishes and two glitter toppers that complement the holographic shades  ever so nicely. Let's look at some swatches!

Silver Lining
Indoor Lighting
Silver Lining is a platinum silver coloured metallic holographic polish that is opaque in two coats. I love silver polishes, and this one is gorgeous! The formula was really nice as well, and it applied so easily for me.

Foiled Again
Indoor Lighting
Foiled Again is a gunmetal foil metallic coloured holographic polish that is opaque in two coats. This is one of my favorites from this collection, but then I tend to be drawn towards darker grey shades in general. The formula was perfect with this one as well!

Indoor Lighting
Copper-bottomed is a copper coloured metallic holographic polish that is opaque in two coats. I'm sure you already know that with my love of all things orange, this copper polish is one of my favorites from this collection! The formula was smooth and perfect for this one as well.

Bold As Brass
Indoor Lighting
Bold As Brass is a bronzey-brass coloured metallic holographic polish with blue shimmer that is opaque in two coats. This is arguably my favorite shade from the Heavy Metal collection! I'm pretty crazy about this base colour, and the shimmer is a nice touch. The formula is superb, and it applied really smoothly for me.

Pedal to the Metal
over Bold As Brass
Pedal to the Metal is one of the glitter toppers, and it is composed of holographic and metallic glitters in gold, gunmetal, silver, copper and bronze in a variety of shapes and sizes. I really like glitter toppers, and this is a fun one! The glitters broke up pretty easily for me overall, but they do clump together if you're not patient. I used around a coat of this glitter topper by dabbing it on my nails. I then smoothed my nails out with HK Girl topcoat.

All That Glitters is Not Gold
Indoor Lighting
All That Glitters Is Not Gold is a yellow gold coloured metallic holographic polish with added golden shimmer. It is opaque in two coats. I never really considered myself a fan of yellow gold, but I am really liking this colour. The formula is also really nice, and application was perfect.

Hearts of Steel
over All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Hearts of Steel is the second glitter topper, and it is composed of holographic and metallic glitters in gold, copper, and rose pink in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is my favorite of the two glitter toppers; I just love the combination of gold with pink! I feel like Hearts of Steel was easier to apply and the glitters dispersed easier for me than with Pedal to the Metal, but then I think I was a little slower in the application on my nails to help get it to disperse better. I also really like the really small glitters mixed in with the larger ones. I dabbed on about a coat of Hearts of Steel and then topped my nails off with HK Girl topcoat for these photos.

Heart of Rose Gold
Indoor Lighting
Heart of Rose Gold is a rose gold metallic holographic polish with added shimmer; it is opaque in two coats. I really like the colour of rose gold, and I am thrilled to see that there is one in this collection. Like the other holographic polishes, the formula was superb!

At first I wasn't sure how I would feel about an all-metallic collection, but I am so glad that Missi created one! I like having a range of options available by a brand that I know and trust, and you really can't go wrong with any of these beauties!

The Heavy Metals Collection is launching tonight, Friday, September 26th at 9pm EST. Don't forget that the Spooky Spooky Limited Edition Halloween collection and new seasonal cuticle scents are launching tonight as well! The original DIFFERENT dimension etsy shop has closed down, and you can now shop with her on her new shop over here! At the time of this post, Missi is making final touches to the the new site, but it should be live soon. Be sure to follow DIFFERENT dimension on Facebook and Instagram for shop announcements and lots more photos!

What polishes are you looking forward to picking up tonight? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!