SINSational SinfulColors

Halloween is fast approaching and something wicked this way comes with SinfulColors 2014 Halloween Collection!

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Last week I received a special delivery of SinfulColors to write a spooktacular mani and pedi post just in time for Halloween! Summon up something spooky with five fab mysterious topcoats to turn your ordinary mani Monday into a Boo-tiful badass mani Monday!

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You can accessorize your costume and glam up any mani with one or all of the four glitter colors. Or you can ghoul up your mani with the Glow In The Dark topcoat!

Cauldron Couture: Wickedly Glittery Emerald

Mystery Moonshine: Multi-Colored Confetti

Spatter Spell: Gilded Black Flecks

Pumpkin Spice: Twinkling Fall Orange

Glow In The Dark: Ghoulishly Fluorescent

But just in case you are feeling a little dangerous and daring like me, take all the topcoats and combine them together to get a freakishly mischievous Halloween mani.

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If you are interested in any of the SinSational SinfulColors head over to Walgreens or Target and pick up a few of your faves for $1.99. But, be sure you hurry because Halloween is this Friday and you want to make sure you have your pick of the polish…bwahahaha!

So what do you think? What’s your favorite? What’s your style? Comment below and share your mystery mix and tweet @SinfulColorsNP

 

 

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Formula X by Sephora A New Brand of Nail Polish

A few days ago I stopped in Sephora to pick up 1 thing… my favorite brow pencil from Hour Glass Cosmetics and the new nail polish setup of the Formula X by Sephora sidetracked me. This is the brand I have been telling you about since the spring!!! It’s allegedly the reason Sephora ended their relationship with O.P.I.

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This polish is reportedly the end all to be all for nail lovers. It is supposed to be chip-free, one coat, high shine polish that is resistant to both water and detergent!!! Yep, that’s right…it’s supposed to be the Bentley of nail polishes.  In fact, one of the cast members (beauty advisor’s) said that she had been wearing her polish for 7 days and there were no chips in sight after careful inspection (from me of course). Don’t worry ladies because I’ll be the judge and jury on the final results before you make your purchase…LOL.

In case you are wondering how all this is possible, from my understanding, you have to purchase the special cleanse polish to get the full affect. And then there is the prime polish, the color you choose and the shine. However, they have a little kit where you can purchase the cleanser, primer, the shine and you pick your color.

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But before I try it and review it, I must tell you the assortment of colors (200+) is amazing and I was quite impressed!!! They also had a few kits to choose from ranging from $39 – $59.  And they have nail stickers as well as polishes with embellishments.

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Now before you go running to your nearest Sephora…please note that the actual launch is not until October 10th. So don’t be mad if you go tomorrow and it is not available…just wait a few more days! 🙂 BTW…the polish ranges from $10.50 – $12.50 per bottle. The stickers are $15 and the treatments are $14.

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So what are your thoughts??? Are you adding the date to your calendar??? I picked up a pack from a store with an early launch. Giggles

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Nail Art 101 with Char Miller of Couture Lux Nails

During my mani last week, I asked my Nail Stylist to do something different with an accent nail and she went above and beyond my expectations! I was so impressed, that I recorded an impromptu video for the 2nd nail (so no judging any shakiness or background voices…please and thank you).

With no further ado, here are the tools you will need in case you want to recreate this nail art.

  1. Bowl
  2. Water
  3. 3 – 4 nail colors
  4. Polish remover
  5. Nail art-dotting tool
  6. Nailbrush

*Click here to see the Nail Art Video*

Directions:

Fill half of your bowl with water

Paint you accent nail with a sheer background color of your choice and let it dry completely

Let 1 droplet of polish drop in the water

Note: *if the droplet goes to the bottom, try it again* If it floats and spreads, add a 2nd droplet of another color and repeat until the droplets are full of rings of color to your liking

Take your nail art-dotting tool and gently swirl the polish to make a design and mix the colors

Take your face down and roll in into the polish quickly and pull the nail out of the polish

Use your nail art-dotting tool and finish the design on your nail

Use your nailbrush with polish remover to clean the excess around the nail

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And presto…just like that, you have gorgeous, beautiful, glam nail art!!! Thank you Char for allowing me to video your work!!!

 

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My Luxurious Mani Monday

Last week I gave you a sneak peek of a nail polish that I had been wearing for 6 days!!! Today, I am here to give you the details on my journey, reveal the name of the brand and give you my final grade!!!

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A few months ago I attended the Simply Stylist event in Chicago and I met the owners of a nail polish brand by the name of LVX. LVX is a luxury brand of polish that recognizes beauty with a fashion forward outlook. They have developed their polish line with a unique understanding of fashion trends, which can be seen on the runway…. I don’t know about you but I am intrigued!!!

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I spotted the brand from across the room and I introduced myself to one of the owners, who then introduced me to his business partner – his sister. When I explained how I review and rate products, it was obvious that this was a match made in beauty heaven!!! I was surprised when they offered me every color within the summer collection to try and I could not wait to get home to put this polish to the test!!!

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The following week I make an appointment with my awesome nail stylist Char for my mani and pedi. When I arrived, she was surprised to see that I had a new brand with such vibrant colors. I think she became more excited than I was to try the new brand…LOL.

Now that you have the background information, let me share my likes!!! The polish has a long lasting, chip-free, non-streak formula that is free of toxins and harsh chemicals. The products are free of formaldehyde, resins and camphor which can be harmful to the nails and skin. More importantly, LVX is vegan, socially responsible, cruelty- free and all products are made in the USA!!! I loved the opaque colors and longevity of the polish (after the 4th try…see the details in the dislikes).

Now this sounds like a winner but I would not be sincere if I did not share my total story of my journey with LVX polish. As I stated earlier…I tried this polish 4 times because I did have some issues with it on trails 1-3. The first time the polish lasted 1.5 days before it started to chip and peel. So I tried it a 2nd time and it lasted 2.5 days :-(. So I tried it a 3rd time because I figured the 3rd time has got to be a charm…right??? I am sure you may be wondering why I gave this a 3rd try??? Well, I am glad that you asked me that question. I tried it 3 times because every review I read was great and I didn’t understand why the polish did not work on me. Plus, the claims and the quality had me sold and I wanted it to work. After the 3rd time, I noticed that the polish lasted up to 4 days so, I knew that it was not the product that was not working, it was my nails that didn’t work with the polish.

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After the 3rd try, I saw one of the owners again and I explained my issue. She was surprised and concerned. She wanted to make sure that I had the best experience because she stood behind her brand and gave me the 3-in-1 coat to try. Impressed with her customer service and concern, I had to try it again!!!

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Okay, stop…let me rewind and explain before you give me the side eye…LOL. I have been wearing gel polish for most of the winter 2012 and spring 2013 without letting my nails breathe. I also picked the polish off instead of going in and letting my nail stylist remove it properly, which led to soft, brittle nails with ridges and that made to the polish peel as well as chip. BTW…the same thing happened with other brands as well so I know it was me and not the polish. So after the 4th try, I had success and the LVX polish lasted a total of 8 days!!! I was so excited that I shared day 6 with you, as well as with the owner as she was very excited to hear the great news!!!

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My final grade for LVX polish is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! LVX is an awesome brand worth trying and the customer service is great too!!! If you are interested in trying the new fall colors, you can purchase a bottle for $16 at shoplvx.com. Happy polishing!!!

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