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4th of July Stars and Stripes Nail Art by Jin Soon Choi

Stars and Stripes

Just in time for the holiday weekend, Jin Soon Choi, founder of the infamous JINsoon line, has shared 2 nail art looks to get your nails in tip-top, patriotic shape for the 4th of July.

The looks feature her signature shades and if you haven’t tried her line yet, you’re missing out. She has collaborated with Revlon and MAC in the past and went on to create her own line with unique shades that have a great formula. She absolutely kills it with blues. If you haven’t visited her site yet, make sure to stop by and look at her nail art tutorials. My favorite is the V-Shape tutorial. She creates looks that are gorgeous yet seem completely approachable.

Keep reading to find out how to create these two looks.

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New! MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer

In addition to the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations release, MAC is also launching a new, revamped nail polish formula named MAC Cosmetics Studio Nail Lacquer. The new formula is toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free and also contains conditioning vitamins E, C and B5 to help straighten nails. Outside of the formula, we’ll be seeing a different, flatter brush for better application.

The new Studio Nail Lacquer comes in 4 different finishes: cream, frost, pearl and glitter… yay for glitter! In addition to the MAC Nails Transformations top coats, this new release also brings us a new gel-like top coat named Overlacquer and a new gel-like base coat named Underlacque. New, revamped versions of faves like Nocturnelle are great but I’m looking forward to test driving these base and top coats.

Here’s a peek at some of the shades:

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New! NARS Nail Polish

NARS Nail Polish

Also out with a new nail polish formula is the NARS Nail Polish line up. The formula has been revamped and there’s a new brush as well as 19 new shades now part of their nail lineup. The revamped collection now features 43 shades, including 24 fan favorites like Orgasm for a full range of looks.

Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.

The collection also include the NARS Base and Top Coats for the complete NARS lacquer experience. Shades include:
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New! MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations

Ladies, MAC means business. They are stepping up their nail game. First, they revamped their nail polish formula (more on that soon) and now they are launching the new MAC Cosmetics Nail Transformations collection; shade transforming top coats you can apply over any nail polish to give your nails a twist.

Fusing her unique background as a former forensic scientist with a striking and innovative design sense, Marian Newman brings her modern aesthetic to a collaboration with M·A·C, featuring a collection of nail lacquers and topcoats designed to give nails a stylish twist. Six glowing topcoats in Texturize, Shadow, Blue, Pink, Green and Gold will transform the look of your lacquers into totally new shades.

Shades include:
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Super Bowl Nailgating with Cover Girl

Cover Girl Fanicure with Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Polish

In the city of Seattle and its surrounding areas, today is a very special day. Our beloved Seattle Seahawks are playing in Super Bowl 48, just now taking the field and the 12th Man, a.k.a. the fans, is standing behind our team in full force. I grew up in Seattle and I’ve never seen my city light up like this before and it has even made me, someone far from a football fanatic, get behind the team… and get decked out in Hawk gear from head to toe. You can’t help but get swept up in all this hometown pride!

One way I’ve been all about the Seahawks has been with my nails, I’ve been rocking a little navy blue, white, neon green and a hint a grey for a few weeks now. When Cover Girl invited me to #nailgate with them during the Super Bowl and create my own fanicure, I was completely on board. I played around with some Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail polish shades to create some nail art and figure out what I was going to wear on game day today. Granted, my looks are not as amazing as Cover Girl’s look,

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Mani Monday with the Butter London Classic & Bright Nail Polish Trio + a Giveaway!

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For this week’s Mani Monday, I went with Butter London’s Classic & Bright Nail Polish Trio. QVC asked me if I wanted to join them this month in celebrating #QVCManiMonday and I just couldn’t resist.

This trio retails for $28 plus shipping and handling and includes three full sized Butter London shades in Royal Navy (a rich opaque navy blue), Cheeky Chops (a bright yellow cream) and Teddy Girl (an opaque bubble-gum pink). The formula on each of these shades flows nice and easy onto the nail. Royal Navy is so rich you could almost get away with one coat (which I did in the image below) but the other shades benefit from another coat to nix streaking.

Keep reading to see the look I created plus more information on entering my giveaway so you can get your own trio!

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Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliques

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I am not really a nail applique gal, I haven’t been able to master them no matter how hard I try. This is why nail appliques really haven’t done it for me for awhile now. That is until these new Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliques stopped me dead in my tracks at my local Fred Meyer tonight. These limited edition appliques are inspired by Marchesa’s own gowns are available in 8 different designs retailing for $9.99 a set.

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I borrowed this image from Revlon’s website but really, it doesn’t do these appliques justice at all. They are gorgeous and wearable works of art, I’m obsessed. My favorite design is 24K Brocade, it has a robins egg blue background with a raised gold brocade design.

Marchesa has collaborated with beauty brands in the past, a few years ago they had a gorgeous albeit pricey capsule collection with Le Métier de Beaute but none of it was as memorable to me as these appliques are. I appreciate Marchesa’s collaboration with Revlon, it brings their point of view down to a much more affordable price points and makes it more accessible than ever.

Essence Colour & Go Grey-t to be Here

Essence Colour & Go Grey-t to be Here

Every time I see an Essence display in my local drugstore beauty isle, something takes over me and I am possessed with this need to buy everything in sight. Essence may be one of the most underrated drugstore brands out there and I think that needs to come to an end…now! Yesterday I exhibited some self-restraint and only walked away with a few nail polishes and some nail art tools, this Essence Colour & Go nail polish in Grey-t to be Here being one of them. At just $1.99 a bottle, I couldn’t pass them up.

Grey-t to be Here is a blue-ish grey with copper micro glitter that peeks out in the sunlight. The formula is thin and very easy to work with, this is thanks in part to the wide brush that helps spread the well pigmented shade easily. Two thin coats gave me bottle color and dried pretty quickly without surface texture. It looks as though it has a bit of texture and gives a moderate amount of shine, but using your favorite top coat helps with that.

I love this shade and am already planning a little nail art to play off of the copper in this shade, maybe a little OPI Casino Royale chevron action on the tips. A little FYI, Essence has great nail art tools if you’re just starting to play with nail art like I am. Stripping brush? Check. Peel off base coat? Check!

What’s on your nails right now?

Butter London Giddy Kipper

Butter London Giddy Kipper

Butter London’s fall collection is a total color clash and I love it. It pushes away those dark, muted shades we normally see in the fall and gives us eye-popping brightness that includes a few shades you just have to get your hands on.

In my book, Giddy Kipper is the one shade I just couldn’t live without. It is a little deceptive, depending on the light you’re in it will lean into a gorgeous indigo blue (as Butter London describes it) and in others it is a rich violet with a gorgeous micro shimmer. While I was at dinner last night, we couldn’t quite agree what shade it really was, I was in the violet camp while everyone else was in the indigo camp. Either way, it is just a gorgeous shade… one that’s graced my nails several times since I’ve picked up this bottle.

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Doesn’t Giddy Kipper just look stunning in the sun? It’s quite clearly violet, is it not? :)

So what’s on your nails this week? What fall shades are on your radar this fall? Lets hash this out in the comments.

Finger Paints "A Pair Affair" by All Lacquered Up

Finger Paints A Pair Affair

My friend and personal authority on everything nails, Michelle Mismas from All Lacquered Up, just launched her A Pair Affair by All Lacquered Up Finger Paints collection with Sally Beauty and I just had to run out and get it. Michelle has taken us behind the scenes of this collection and showed swatches of each of the six shades. The collection just launched yesterday in stores and online, each bottle retails for $5.29.

Normally, I’m not one for attempting my own nail art. I prefer to admire from afar and wish I could make my nails look that good…I’m still working on perfecting my at-home mani! After reading about these two shades; You Yacht to Know Better and Sarong So Right, I decided to give it a try. I got serious! I bought all kinds of scissors to cut tape into patterns, hole punchers, brushes and dotting tools. I haven’t used them yet but I am inspired. :)

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