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MAC Queens Honor Nail Lacquer

MAC Queen's Honor Nail Lacquer, Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

MAC Queen’s Honor Nail Lacquer, Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

Queens Honor Swatch, MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

Queens Honor Swatch, MAC Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

MAC Queens Honor Nail Lacquer Swatch

Press SampleIs there anything more festive than a true red nail lacquer for the holiday season?  Each year, MAC includes one shade of perfect red in their holiday color collection.  This year’s perfect true red is Queens Honor Nail Lacquer.  Have you ever seen such a beautiful true red?  Click HERE to check out the entire collection.

Here’s the overall skinny on MAC Nail Lacquer.  It’s reasonably priced, and delivers long chip-free wear time.  You know if you pick a color like this, you need a formula that isn’t going to flake off the next day!  I’ve had fabulous luck with MAC Nail Lacquers in the past, and highly recommend them for this busy holiday season!  They’re also free of DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde!

Retail price is $13.50 per Studio Nail Lacquer bottle.

Click HERE to buy it from MACCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

The holiday makeup featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Blue Manicure

Feeling Blue?  Which of these #bluenails do you like best?  via @ragingrouge

Feeling Blue?

Press SampleI’ve been having so much fun playing with Blue Manicures. Those of us who are older know that fun colors like blue and green won’t always be on-trend, so it’s important to play with them while you have the chance! If you love Blue Manicures, check out these two shades of nail polish from Formula X! [Read more…]

Splatter Paint Nails

These nails look like a Jackson Pollack painting!  via @ragingrouge

Splatter Paint Nails!

Press SampleNew Year’s Eve is coming up fast and furious! For those of you who are (like me) nail art challenged, a great way to get a festive look for the biggest party day of the year is to use a top coat with a Splatter Paint effect over your manicure, like these Sephora Formula X shades.  These confetti-inspired topcoats are called “Xplosives”, and depending on what colors you are looking for, the retail price ranges from $6 (some are on sale) to $12.50.

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent combines turquoise and black confetti glitter.  I personally love the way this shade stands out atop a white manicure.

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic is a great combination of black and a citusy green/yellow.  When it comes to a Splatter Paint nail look, these colors are a great pick!

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric is no longer online! Check your local retailer for this black/white combo.  I am wild about it over a deep pink or red.

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham is a great way to get into the snowy spirit of the season. This pure white confetti is the perfect topper for just about any shade, but my personal favorite is to pair it with a pale baby-blue.

Buy your favorite at Sephora.com!

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

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NARS Obscura

NARS Obscura

NARS Obscura

Press Sample

I’m pretty sure that Francois NARS does not care what I think of his brand. Just in case, I want to be sure to state it for the record, NARS is simply amazing. I know, you choke when you see the prices. It’s justifiable, as NARS is on the expensive side. Let me just make it clear that with this brand, you get what you pay for ten times over.

NARS Nail Polish is a perfect example, worth every cent of the steep price. For YEARS, department store beauty brands sold sub-par polish compared to salon grade formulas. The department store polish of yesteryear was all pomp and packaging. In the past few years, this has changed. Most prestige brands now have a fabulous line of nail lacquer that easily keeps pace with top of the line nail lacquers. But NARS? NARS has surpassed them.

NARS nail polish is so incredibly color rich, you really could get by with only one coat. In addition, the formula is chip-resistant, applies smoothly and evenly. I get excellent wear time from NARS! [Read more…]

Sephora Formula X Chromes

Love #metallic #nails?  The Chromes:  Sephora Formula X Nail Lacquer via @ragingrouge

The Chromes: Sephora Formula X Nail Lacquer

Sephora Formula X Chromes

Sephora Formula X Chromes

Is there anything more perfect for Fall than metallics? I was recently playing with some Sephora Formula X Chromes I purchased for my birthday, and wanted to share these beauties with you. I’m really impressed with Sephora Formula X. The breadth of selection the brand offers is incredible. In the store, I can stare at the polish display for hours (but good news, they encourage you to play, not stare).  Keep reading for swatches and pricing! [Read more…]

Dermelect ‘ME’ Nail Lacquers

Dermelect ME Peptide-Infused Nail Lacquers

NEW COLORS! Dermelect ME Peptide-Infused Nail Lacquers

Fall 2014, Dermelect ME Nail Lacquers

Fall 2014, Dermelect ME Nail Lacquers

Press SampleI had the opportunity to check out four new shades of Dermelect ‘ME’ Nail Lacquer recently introduced for Fall, and WOW are these divine additions to your nail polish stash!

The Fall 2014 “Bejeweled Collection” is inspired by the precious jewels you treasure, and is a succinct collection of on-trend colors you’ll love!

The new shades (left to right in photos above) are:  Lustrous, a glittery high-gloss red.  Gilded, a textured gleaming gold.  Heirloom, a mysterious deep navy blue with subtle shimmer.  Belle Epoque, a chocolate brown cream.

Dermelect ‘ME’ Nail Lacquers retail for $14 each. There’s a great selection of colors… literally every shade in the rainbow is represented!

Click HERE to shop Dermelect. Keep reading for closeup swatches of each color in the collection.

The makeup featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure. [Read more…]

MAC Midnight Studio Nail Lacquers

Midnight Ocean and Midnight Strata, MAC A Novel Romance

MAC A Novel Romance, The Midnights

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksFrom the MAC A Novel Romance makeup collection, come two polishes in shades of “midnight”. Midnight Ocean and Midnight Strata. Dark almost-black nail lacquer like these MAC Studio shades are hugely popular for Fall. If you’ve been a fan of “vampy” reds in the past, try this trend! [Read more…]

NARS Ikiru Swatch

NARS Ikiru Nail Polish

NARS Ikiru Nail Polish

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksI now live in the land of eternal summer… and I LOVE IT.  While I know people raised in the Phoenix area can’t wait to put on a pair of boots the second Labor Day passes (even if it’s still 95 degrees), this gal will be wearing sandals, flip-flops, and open-toed shoes until December.  AND I get to wear colors like NARS Ikiru all year round!  Jealous?  Keep reading to see a NARS Ikiru Swatch and more about this gorgeous turquoise shade.  Perfect for your tootsies! [Read more…]

Purple Manicure With Chrome Accent Nail

hese #purple #nail polishes would look great with a chrome #accent nail!  via @ragingrouge

Purple Manicure With a Chrome Accent Nail

The modern manicure is all about mixing finishes, complementary colors, and the unexpected. I was playing with nail swatches the other day, and thought these three shades together would make an excellent purple manicure with a chrone accent nail for fall. All three of these shades are from the Sephora Formula X collection. [Read more…]

Playing With Nail Color

Beauty Blogging Fun: Playing With Nail Color!  #nails #manicure #beauty

Just For Fun: Nail Lacquer Swatching

I’ve been a bit slow on the reviews these days, so I’m posting this just for fun.  Here’s what it looks like when I play with nail lacquer.  I’ve become a bit of a color hoarder these days, so my first step is to swatch every shade I own and put it in a fan deck.  Then I can breeze through my color collection to see what I’m in the mood to wear.  In the photo above, I’m playing with Nail Color to determine which would make a great mani/pedi combo.  It’s so easy to do when you have actual samples of what a painted nail would look like in any given color.  Plus, it’s just pretty damn fun.

These shades are all from the Sephora Formula X collection.  You’ll be seeing more of these beauties in the future.  While you’re waiting though, don’t miss Infatuated and Unmistakable for summer.  I heart them.  I’m wearing Unmistakable on my toes right now, topped with one of the new MAC Nail Transformation top coats (in Highlight).

Click HERE to shop Sephora.com.