Thursday, July 24, 2014

Model City Polish: Pour Me Another Swatch and Review

Gifted at CosmoprofNA

Good morning, dear readers! I had planned to get this post up for you last night, but the time ran away from me and I needed to get sleep. My apologies for the delay, but I think today's feature polish will help you forgive me.

When I was in Las Vegas, the very first person I met was Nina from Model City Polish at the airport. We ended up cabbing it together to the hotel and excited chatted about the events to follow. Nina is incredibly sweet, and if you don't follow her blog already, you definitely should! After meeting with her, I now read all her blog posts with her southern accent. 

In addition to blogging, Nina has her own indie polish line. She gifted me a bottle of Pour Me Another, a beautiful magenta holographic polish made specifically for Cosmoprof. It is now available for purchase at her shop. Look at how pretty this polish is!

Indoor photos with daylight bulb

Outside in the sun

I was dazzled by Pour Me Another, and I hope you like it as well! I already know I'm going to have to get a second bottle of this baby!

The formula of Pour Me Another was nice and it applied so easily for me. I used two coats for these swatch photos.

You can purchase this and other polishes directly from Model City Polish here. Alternately, you can buy them from Nina's etsy shop here. Be sure to follow Model City Polish on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Enjoy the rest of the day! XO!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Post over at Colorsutraa!

Just a quick post to let you know that I wrote a guest post over on Colorsutraa's blog today. To find out the details about my holo and jelly manicure, check out the link here.

Have a great night! XO!

Adventures at Cosmoprof North America: Orly

Good morning, dear readers! I wasn't kidding when I said I had several posts to share after my visit at Cosmoprof North America! Let's continue on our trek with Orly!

If you follow the brand, you might have already noticed that they are designing their collection to be a "Year of Beauty" for 2014. The Spring 2014 collection was Blush, and it was made up of a various hues of pinks and purples. The Summer 2014 collection, Baked, followed up with some of my favorite neon polishes. Orly is continuing on the trend of "looks" by introducing the Smoky collection, based on the smoky eye, for Fall 2014.

I'm loving the depth of colours in this collection!

As the days get even colder and the nights become longer, we will see the Halloween polishes from Orly. Their orange and black polishes will once again reappear in their spooky displays!

Something that I am really excited about is the release of these Orly nail art kits at Sally Beauty! I love this Rebel Chic nail art kit, and it is ideal for someone that has a difficult time putting together nail art looks (like me!). I always have ideas but only have half the required pieces. I love that you have all the pieces you need to complete a fun nail art look.

I also got a sneak peek at the winter collection, but I'm afraid I cannot share photos of it at this time. I can tell you that it is filled with lots of sparkly goodness, just as you would expect for the season! They will also be releasing a kit that includes a look for your face as well. 2014 is going to end off well for Orly, and I am looking forward to having their polishes on my nails!

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


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Serum No. 5 Another Year, Let's Cheer Anniversary Polish

Gifted at CosmoprofNA

Good evening, dear readers! I have Serum No. 5's anniversary polish, Another Year, Let's Cheer on the blog tonight. While at Cosmoprof North America, I had the pleasure of getting to meet Victoria, the mastermind behind the brand. She was incredibly sweet, and it made me love her brand even more. Victoria gifted me a bottle of her soon-to-be-released anniversary polish, and I am so excited to be sharing photos of it with you! Let's get to some pictures! I'll follow up with details afterwards.
Getting a little darker.....
And darker....
And darker....
Another Year, Let's Cheer is a fun glow in the dark glitter topper using Serum No. 5's colours of white, peach, grey, and black. I had initially planned to swatch this over a light grey base, but I could not find the one I knew I had hiding in my collection somewhere. Instead, I swatched it over Zoya Shay, a frosty peach shade. To apply Another Year, Let's Cheer, I dabbed the brush over my nails to break up and place the glitters were I wanted them. This polish is densely packed with glitter- I only used a coat for these photos, but the glitters dispersed quite easily and nicely. The finish was gritty due to all the glitters, and I finished off my adding top coat to smooth my nails out.

I really love this polish on my nails! It is something fun I could picture a bride wearing on her wedding day- the colour combination is so elegant, and the final look is beautiful! To get the glow in the dark effect, I charged my nails for 15 seconds under a bright daylight bulb. The glow effect lasted for several hours, and I fell asleep long before it had worn off. I actually woke up at some point in the middle of the night and my nails were still glowing brightly. I might have panicked for a second or two before I remembered what I had painted on my nails. ;)

Another Year, Let's Cheer will be available for purchase at this Thursday, July 24th at 12pm PDT. If you aren't already, you can follow Serum No. 5 on Facebook here and Instagram here. This is one gorgeous polish, and you should check it out!

Until next time, dear readers, have a great night! XO!

Adventures at Cosmoprof North America: LeChat Nails

Good afternoon, dear readers! I have another quick post from Cosmoprof North America to share with you today! Today's post features LeChat Nail Care Products. The people working at the booth were really busy when I stopped by, but I did snap a photo of their new Pop of Vogue collection.

I love wearing glitter on my nails, and these are such great shades! Ranging from darker to brighter colours, the Pop of Vogue collection has something for everyone to enjoy. I am smitten with this one!

I hope you enjoyed this afternoon's post! Stay tuned as I have another post coming up featuring an indie brand and maker that I had the pleasure of meeting at Cosmoprof! Until next time, have a wonderful day! XO!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Adventures at Cosmoprof North America: LONDONTOWN plus bonus swatch of Camden Chic

#Cosmoprofna Sample

Good afternoon, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend and are getting back into your normal routine this week. Today's blog post continues showcasing my trip to Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas, spotlighting on the brand LONDONTOWN.

Prior to attending the convention, I had heard of the brand LONDONTOWN, but I had not yet experienced the brand for myself. LONDONTOWN's claim to fame is their renowned kur Nail Treatment System, a 5-step system that strengthens, hydrates, and restores the entire nail. The kur system is a naturally derived and holistic approach to nail and cuticle care that was passed down to LONDONTOWN's founder, Natasha Dillon, from her grandmother. Each component of this system works together to improve nail growth and health using the nourishing and restorative properties of rapeseed flower oil, chamomile, cucumber and other essential oils and extracts.

In addition to the kur Nail Treatment System, LONDONTOWN also has a line of nail polishes. The lakur Enhanced Color collection uses a 5-free formula with long lasting wear and rich pigmented coverage. I was generously provided with a sample of Camden Chic from their 2014 Spring Collection, and I have swatched it below.
Each beautiful shade comes in a box with a little cutout to view the colour of the lakur.
The formula of this polish was simply divine, and I wish I had tried this brand sooner! It applied so smoothly and evenly for me. I was also impressed with just how pigmented it was! I used two flawless coats for the photos above.

As if being 5-free wasn't enough, LONDONTOWN's lakur is also cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan (and all other products for that matter)! It is a brand you can wear  proudly, and I strongly encourage you to check them out!

The kur Treatment System can be purchased here, either as a complete system or individually. The lakur Enhanced Color Nail Lacquers can be purchased here.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day! XO!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Adventures at Cosmoprof North America: Boutique

Happy Saturday, dear readers! I hope you have been enjoying the weekend thus far! It is a beautiful day here in California, and I am sitting outside typing away at this blog post. I am going to continue on with my series about my experience at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas earlier this week, and today's post will be featuring Boutique.
Boutique is a sampling bar set up in the Cosmoprof showroom. This sampling bar showcases deluxe premium-sized samples from twenty exhibiting brands at the show. Attendees are invited to select seven items from the samples and thereby curate their own box. 
As if having the opportunity to try our several different products wasn't enough, Cosmoprof asks for a $10 donation for the Boutique boxes. They in turn donate the funds generated from Boutique to City of Hope. For those not aware of this organization, City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. It is a noble organization, and I am thrilled to see Cosmoprof give back to the community.
This is the box that I curated for myself at Boutique.
Close up inspection of the items in no particular order
Color Club nail polish in Right On
Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Lifting Serum
Dr Myer's Eye Infusion Illuminator
J.Andre Sponges All Natural Hykunari Blending Sponge
Mastey Color Protecting Leave-In Spray
Neuma Neusmooth Revitalizing Masque
Royal Apothic Cream Crème

Other items that were available at the sampling bar include:
Be A Bombshell The One Stick
Chromavis for Cosmoprof Volumizing Mascara
Johnny B Hair Care Johnny B. Smooth Styling Cream
Karora Cosmetics Karora Gradual Tan Golden Girl
Kocostar The Hair Therapy Mask
Obliphica Professional Obliphica Professional Hair Serum
OPI Products Pink It Through Nail Lacquer
Rozge Cermide-C™
Skin Nutrition Cell-CPR™
Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Serum
Tangle Angel Tangle Cherub Detangling Brush
Teadora Aromatherapy Products
Sexy Hair Get Layered

GLOSSYBOX is the official sponsor of Boutique, and they provided the box and all packaging materials for this special project. Beauty aficionados can buy the limited edition Cosmoprof Boutique box on GLOSSYBOX starting August 1st.

Thank you for reading, and enjoy the rest of the weekend!