Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SensatioNail Evening Sand

Evening Sand is a pretty nude pink color.

As part of Wedding Wednesday, I decided to dress it up with a diagonal french manicure and some stamping. This would be a great wedding day manicure for a bride who is a little more daring and bold. 
The stamping is done with Uber Chic plate 1-02

I also decided to add the other James Allen nail charm I received. 


Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated  for this post. I received a sample from SensatioNail and also from James Allen as part of the Preen.Me VIP package. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience

Friday, May 22, 2015

James Allen inspired manicure

I was chosen to participate in Preen.Me's partnership with James Allen, one of the world's largest online retailers of diamonds and engagement rings, to bring together the world of nail art and diamond jewelry. 
James Allen designers created seven limited edition nail jewels - finely crafted mini engagement rings for the nails that combine a genuine fine diamond with a 14k white gold band. 
Each nail charm represents a popular James Allen engagement ring.
I was sent two charms to showcase for you through nail art.

As I was unpacking the box I was immediately impressed by the packaging and presentation of the nail charms. 
Each nail charm was safe and secure in their own ring box! 
I thought that was such a creative idea, it's also a great way to display the charms after you use them and to keep them from getting lost.  

Every bride needs "Something Blue" to wear on her wedding day, so why not wear it on your nails. And that is exactly the color I chose, SensatioNail Something Blue, I added stamping using Uber Chic 1-03 and Sally Hansen Silver Sweep as my stamping color. 
I didn't want to detract from how beautiful the ring charm is so I wanted to keep the stamping subtle. 


Something Blue prior to stamping and adding the charm.

I will have a new manicure showcasing the other charm sometime next week so stay tuned!

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated  for this post. I received a sample from James Allen as part of the Preen.Me VIP package. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SensatioNail Memorial Day Sale


SensatioNail is having a Memorial Day sale starting today at 5pm PST to Tuesday at 8am PST 
The following five colors will be 30% off
Scarlet Red, White Lily, Blue Yonder, Something Blue and Cool Breeze. 
They have also lowered their shipping rates to $1.99 US Ground shipping and free shipping on orders over $30

 I am including a direct link for easy ordering, just click HERE

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SensatioNail wedding-themed manicure

 May is the beginning of wedding season, and this month SensatioNail sent six wedding-themed colors to Team Gel Fanatic for us to come up with bridal manicure ideas. 
All of our manicures will be posted each Wednesday and  tagged with #WeddingWednesday, so be sure to check on PinterestTwitter, Facebook and Instagram to see what ideas the other ladies came up with.



From left to right, Wedding Pearl, Pink Champagne, Babydoll Pink, Evening Sand, Miss Behave and Something Blue

I had just received my package from SensatioNail last Wednesday so I wasn't able to post a new manicure, but I did post a picture to Instagram of an old manicure that fit the theme perfectly. You can check that out by clicking here.
This week, however I had time to sit down and create something brand new to share with you. 

Delicate swirls and flowers are soft and sweet and would be perfect for the bride who is looking for something that won't be too distracting on her wedding day but will definitely still get noticed.
My base is SensatioNail Pink Champagne, stamped with Pueen Lace Blossom plate, using Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

Pink Champagne prior to stamping.

You can purchase these and many other colors at SensatioNail.com 
They have recently lowered their shipping rates to $1.99 U.S. ground shipping and even better, shipping is free for orders over $30


Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated  for this post. I received a sample from SensatioNail for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Venique On the Fringe Collection

The newest collection from Venique is On The Fringe, it is a six shade collection that consists of various bright, colorful and fun colors.

From left to right, Animal Wild, Heel Loves Me, Boat Shoe Buffy, Step Up, Sock It To Me and Pumped Up Kix

My camera was freaking out over how neon Step Up is, wow, the picture doesn't do it justice, it is NEON. All of these shades are matte, I would say that Animal Wild and Pumped Up Kix are semi-matte, they are left with a bit of sheen when they dry. 

I decided to do a little nail art so first I did a gradient using Animal Wild, Boat Shoe Buff, Sock It To Me and Pumped Up Kix, then I decided to try doing the water spotted technique to add a little something extra. 

And because I seem to have to add stamping to every manicure I do, for the design I chose Uber Chic 1-03 using Sinful Colors Snow Me White. 

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated  for this post. I received a sample from Venique for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama's out there!

I am the proud Mama of a very special 6-year old little boy, who I will spend my day cuddling with as much as he will tolerate, haha. 
I wanted to do a quick and easy flower manicure for Mother's Day, because what Mom doesn't want flowers on Mother's Day!

My base is Red Carpet Manicure My Big Break, which is 1 of 14 new shades for 2015 from RCM, stamping is done with BM-XL07, using Sinful Colors Snow Me White


Here are some swatches of a few other new colors from the new RCM Spring 2015 additions.
From left to right, Blue Delicious, A New York Minute, Obsessed, My Big Break, Flashing Lights, Re-Nude, Mink Coat and Breaking News.
You can purchase RCM  by clicking here or visiting your local Ulta Beauty Store.


Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated  for this post. I received a sample from RCM for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FingerPaints Tie-Dye Revolution Collection

FingerPaints Tie-Dye Revolution Collection is a six shade, limited edition collection. 



From left to right is, Be Hippy, Peace, Love and Green, Yellow Out Man, Tie Dye Tangerine and Far Out Fuchsia. 
Not pictured is the white which is called Paper Mache.
The green is a bit sheer, it took 3 coats to build up to full opacity, and it dries to a semi-matte finish, all the other colors are very pigmented and are a cream finish. 

Since the name of this collection is Tie-Dye Revolution I decided to do a tie dye look using the needle drag technique, this was my first time doing this and I think it will become one of many because I really like the way it came out. 

You can find FingerPaints at Sally Beauty Supply

Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated  for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Red Carpet Manicure Emerald

Another month is over and its time for the "color of the month" from the Power of the Gem Collection, which is Emerald.


Taurus is April 20-May 20

Emerald is a gorgeous green and golden micro-glitter. 



Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated  for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience