7.22.2014

Zoya Summer 2014 Magical Pixies - now on youtube!


I've uploaded another youtube video, this one is of the Zoya Summer 2014 Magical Pixies! Check it out below or here.


7.21.2014

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko Swatches & Stamping

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko Swatches & Stamping

Press Sample

Hi, everyone! So, last week I showed you a few new polishes from Aliquid Lacquer's new The Two Pleasant Peninsulas Collection and today I'm back with a polish from her Chorus of Cremes Collection, Dear Yoko! This whole collection is already released & available to purchase, so let's take a look!

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko Swatches & Stamping

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko is a medium-light chestnut brown creme. I used two coats for the below photos, along with Out The Door. The formula was good, a little on the thick side but still easy to work with. This one of those soft shades that I just fell in love with as soon as it was on my nails. A great palette cleansing shade or one that's great to wear to work.

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko

After swatching it, I decided it would also make the perfect base for some stamping! I stamped on top using Maybelline Bold Gold and a design from the MoYou London Suki 01 plate. I finished everything up with another coat of Out The Door.

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko Swatches & Stamping

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko Swatches & Stamping

Aliquid Lacquer Dear Yoko Swatches & Stamping

What do you think? Have you tried out any of Aliquid Lacquer's polishes yet? Let me know in the comments! 

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Mugen is...staring into space.

7.19.2014

Magpie's Musings ~ #2 ~ Pizza Casserole, Sailor Mercury & Beauty Ideals!

Cooking stuff for the first time with Jed is always a lot of fun, lately we decided we wanted to try out a new recipe together once a week at least. I like doing it this way so that I can blame him if it doesn't turn out, ha! This week we tried out another one of Divas Can Cook's awesome recipe, the pizza casserole! When I first typed this out I typoed that as Sasserole which I think is now my new favorite name for kick-ass casseroles, ha!

7.18.2014

Press Release - ZOYA TRANSITIONAL COLLECTION: Naturel Deux



Exciting news from Zoya!!! I loved the first naturel collection so I can't wait for this one! What do you think?

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more is more…
Inspired by the desire to expand the popular neutral palette of the Zoya NATUREL collection, six (6) NEW, full-coverage creams in deeper hues were born.


Perfect as every day go-to colors, the Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) collection bridges the transitional gap between late summer/early fall 2014 with three, rich brown family shades and three plum based beauties. All in the long-wearing, BIG5FREE formula Zoya is known for! 



Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) - 2014
ZP742 – Spencer: Camel Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP743 – Chanelle: Toasted Almond, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP744 – Emilia: Dark Chocolate, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP745 – Marnie: Deep Warm Plum, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP746 – Aubrey: Medium Mauve Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
ZP747 – Madeline: Muted Rose, Full Coverage Formula.
COLLECTION PRE-ORDER
STARTS JULY 21, 2014
ZOYA IS THE HEALTHY
COLOR OF FASHION!
$9 (US)
Available on
Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

*BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.
Art of Beauty

(makers of Zoya) 




Feeling Blue with KBShimmer!


Hey, everyone! Recently the KBShimmer fan group on facebook was having a nail art contest, and I decided to give it a shot & I actually won, yay!

The theme was I'm Feeling Blue, and we could have that inspire us any way we wanted. Well, obviously feeling sad is what comes to mind first, but I didn't want to do that. When I think of the color blue, what comes to mind first? You guys know where this is going! The ocean, of course!


I started with a base of KBShimmer In Bare Form (swatched here) on my index & middle fingers. On my index, I then used these silver seashells from Born Pretty Store as well as some white nail art pearls. I applied them by painting a coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top (COT), then using nail art tweezers to place them and finished up by applying another coat of COT, OPI Alpine Snow & Zoya Charla to create a sideways gradient. I then sponged a little bit of KBShimmer I've Got A Crush On Blue (swatched here) on top of Charla.


On my ring and pinkie fingers, I applied two coats of Zoya Charla with one coat of I've Got A Crush On Blue on top. I then stamped using Konad White- a design from Moyou London Sailor 07 on my ring finger, and Messy Mansion MM21 on my pinkie. I finished all nails off with a coat of COT.

What do you think? What comes to mind when you think of the color blue? Let me know in the comments!


Mugen is...wondering if he'll put his own entry in next contest!

7.16.2014

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

Amazon links are affiliate links. Some colors were previously provided for review.

Summer is in full swing & that means sun, sand and sand-als! (See what I did there?) Although I can hide my funky toenails the rest of the year, I have to pay a little more attention to them during the warm months, and a big part of that means painting them regularly!


So, looking for some suggestions about the best pedicure nail polish colors for summer? Keep on reading or, if you'd prefer a video format, watch it here or below:


Note to creepy foot fetishes: there will be no feet photos in this entry, so keep on moving. And stop emailing me asking for some. Yuck.

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

I polled you guys on facebook asking what you tend to look for in a summer pedi color and you gave me a lot of great feedback! Most love bright, saturated creams, colors they may not be able to pull off on their fingers and some liked subtle shades that don't show tipwear quickly. Most also don't like having to use crazy removal methods to get stuff (aka glitter) off of their toes or that takes a ton of coats. Keeping that in mind, I picked out these ten from my collection (in no particular order):

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

Forever 21 Turquoise
Fantastic formula, fun color that reminds me of the ocean!

Where to buy: Forever 21's website or in store (maybe)

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

Nars Schiap
A one-coater hot pink with a fab formula, what more can you ask for?

Where to buy: Amazon

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

Zoya Rocha (Zoya Tickled Collection)
Not super flattering on my skintone but too awesome not to wear, so on the toes it goes! (I'm such a poet, guys.)

Where to buy: Amazon, Zoya's Website or Ulta (in store)

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

KBShimmer In Bare Form (KBShimmer Early Summer 2014 Collection / Video)
Very subtle if you just want something low-key but still a bit interesting with the holo. Won't show chips very quickly, either!

Where to buy: KBShimmer's Website or Harlow & Co. (international)

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

OPI Do You Lilac It?
Fun, bright purple that's a bit on the softer side!

Where to buy: Amazon, Ulta (website & possibly in store)

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

KBShimmer Let's Not Coral (KBShimmer Early Summer 2014 Collection / Video)
I don't know about anyone else, but when I think summer, I think coral! This is an amazing coral with a great formula!

Where to buy: KBShimmer's Website or Harlow & Co. (international)

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

OPI Goldeneye
Removal on this one can be a little bit annoying, but it's worth it. This is one of the most blinging, flashiest golds I own and it is amazing year-round!

Where to buy: Amazon

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

Zoya Rooney (Zoya Tickled Collection)
Love pink but don't want to go quite as hot pink as Nars Schiap? Rooney is a great alternative!

Where to buy: Amazon, Zoya's Website or Ulta (in store)

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

A England Princess Tears
Another great shade if you want to go subtle, this color is gorgeous, won't show chips quickly and the holo effect keeps it interesting.

Where to buy: Color4Nails

Ten Best Pedicure Nail Polish Colors For Summer

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream
Okay, okay. Removing this sucks, I know. But it's freakin' worth it! No other polish will make you feel so much like a mermaid as when you see this sparkling on your toes when you're at the beach (and/or your bathtub where you pretend you're a captive mermaid. Don't judge me.)!

Where to buy: Amazon

What do you think of my picks? What are your personal favorite pedicure colors for summer? Let me know in the comments!

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