Friday, May 29, 2015

China Glaze Summer 2015: Desert Escape! Press Release Info

Available June 1, China Glaze is introducing its summer 2015 collection: Desert Escape!

Picture this: The sun dipping below the horizon, the moon rising in the sky, endless sand dunes glistening, vibrant tones of the desert radiating all around.  Now you can capture this serene image in a bottle with Desert Escape, a limited edition summer specialty collection from China Glaze®.  Inspired by the tones found in the vast desert landscape, the glowing pinks and reds are cooled by a serene turquoise and glisten against shimmering neutrals.  

The six modern and neutral hues include:

  • Meet Me in the Mirage: Brilliant rose gold metallic shimmer
  • What’s She Dune?: Tranquil sandy beige crème
  • Rain Dance the Night Away: Bright turquoise crème
  • Don’t Mesa With My Heart: Vibrant violet pink crème
  • Don’t Desert Me: Intense fuchsia pearl shimmer
  • The Heat Is On: Sunlit red-orange crème
Create a picturesque oasis on your tips with China Glaze® Desert Escape Nail Design Kits.  Each kit includes three Desert Escape shades and a bonus nail art item to create a variety of mesa-inspired looks.  


Give nails a metallic vibe with the Fringe with Benefits kit which includes a set of temporary tattoos, or create a tribal-inspired look with the Art You Looking Tribal kit which includes a black Stripe Rite liner.
China Glaze® Desert Escape will be available in June 2015 online at  Individual shades MSRP $7.50; Nail Design Kits MSRP $14.95, Tribal Council Micro Minis MSRP $12.00.

For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest ( 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BornPrettyStore Review: Full Nail Water Slide Decals (& Coupon Code!) is a one stop shop for nail art of any kind - stamping plates, water slide decals, rhinestones, studs, striping tape...basically, you name it, they have it!

And here's a coupon for you to use while you're these, exclusive for my readers:


I received a few items to review and show you.  Today I have a really good bargain! This is a set of 5 full nail water slides in different designs.

Click HERE to see this product's listing and all the details!


It came with an orangewood stick and nailfile to help with application.  Check out each design:






Directions are on the back:


Since it was my first time using these, I wanted to do the trial and error application test with my least favorite design.  In the following few photos, you'll see a step by step tutorial and then the finished product.  Ready?

Step 1: Cut decal to your desired length. Don't worry if it's too long, you'll file it down later. Prep nails using a clear base coat.



Step 2: Submerge in room temp water for about 10 seconds.


Step 3: Slide decal from backing.


Step 4: Apply to nail. It does apply lumpy since it's a full nail decal, but be patient. Use your orangewood stick (or finger) to work the decal smooth. Start from the base of the nail and work up to the free edge.  Once it is in place, use the file provided to file away the excess.


And there you have it!

Step 5: Once you're done, seal with topcoat to set and viola.



I recommend a nonquick drying topcoat as they can tend to smudge and smear the design, as you can see on my middle finger.


As I mentioned before, if you're interested to try this product, the store link is HERE.

I wanted to include that specific link because bornprettystore has so many awesome products that you might get lost trying to find this one!

If you decide to make a purchase from, remember to use my coupon code!


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Friday, May 22, 2015

Cult Nails: Ay Poppy (Plus Manipulative, Kiss My Rose Bush & Baker)

If you haven't heard, the epic indie company Cult Nails has no closed for business.  We can only hope it will return in the future and, in the meantime, reminisce with swatches.

They ran a couple closing specials and I took that opportunity to snag Ay Poppy! for myself, a bright red leaning orange creme polish.


Cult Nails creme polishes are (were, sniffle) pretty fabulous!  This is three thin coats with topcoat.  It is bright, cheerful, perfect to the inspiration name polish.



Last pic!


While we are at it, I have one quick pic of the other Cult Nails I have come across. I have sold a couple, kept a couple, but they all had a consistently lovely formula. Please note, these were taken before I established my hand pose for the blog.

This is Manipulative:


Kiss My Rose Bush was a matte polish:


Baker is the ultimate classy neutral with a twist, a gorgeous shimmer throughout.


Here's to hoping Cult Nails makes a return!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New-to-me (and YOU) indie - Ladybug Lacquer: Desert Days Collection

Today I have a new-to-me indie brand, Ladybug Lacquer, to show you.

Guess what? It's new to you, too! Ladybug Lacquer polishes will launch for sale on Monday, May 25, 2015, with a pre-order beginning on May 22!

You can find Ladybug Lacquer:
On the store site HERE
On Facebook HERE

Kimberly sent me the 5 piece Desert Days collection to show you.  With one cream, one duochrome, one jelly and two holos, there is something for everyone.

*Please note that 25 cents from each polish purchased will be donated to help stop human trafficking.  This is a purchase you can feel good about!*

Group shot:



Sunset Popsicles is an amazingly vibrant orange creme polish. The formula is perfect. It's self leveling, creamy, and dries quickly with a gorgeous shine. This is two coats plus topcoat. I am not usually an orange fan but this is the perfect summer shade!


For the inspiration, Kimberly writes: "A bright creamy orange. Inspired by my two year old daughters favorite color and memories of eating sticky popsicles on sunny days."



Holos next! Wildflower Bouquet is a lovely purple holo. This one is described as: "A dusty purple with a scattered holo. Opaque in 1-2 coats. Inspired by soft beauty wildlfowers bring to the harsh desert."

I used two coats for these pics and added topcoat.  The formula is great, no issues at all. This color is just beautiful!!




Triple Digit Temps is a flattering red holo. It is described as: "A red linear holo with slight jelly formula. Inspired by the blazing red heat of the Mojave Desert." Like Wildflowers, this is opaque in two coats and I added topcoat for the photos you see below.  So pretty!




Cactus Juice has a great name that totally matches the polish. This is a squishy green jelly with holo glitter - it really reminds me of a juice with its jelly consistency. I used four coats and topcoat for these swatches. Formula was typical of a jelly: sheer, easy to build, OK dry time. Make sure to wait a minute between coats!

Described as "A fun green jelly filled with micro holographic glitters. This color inspired by what we think the inside of a cactus should look like."




Last but not least, this is Before The Sunrise, described as "A beautiful duochrome that shifts between purple, magenta, and blue. This color is reminiscent of the quietest and coolest time of day, just before the sun beings to rise."




This polish deserved more photos since it changes color depending on the light you see it in. I used three coats and topcoat for the pics you see here. I found the first coat surprisingly sheer but the second coat made it practically opaque. I added the third for good measure and depth for the photos. The formula was a little thin on this so go slowly and wait between coats.




And there you have it!  Out of these 5, I must say that Triple Digit Temps is my favorite. It is a gorgeous, flattering, sparkly holo that I will wear all year long.

In all, I am impressed with this brand! For the debut collection, there are a variety of finishes and the formulas are all spot on! Can't wait to see what comes next.

You can find Ladybug Lacquer:
On the store site HERE
On Facebook HERE

Mark your calenders for May 25 and the pre-sale beginning May 22!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Bella Luna Cosmetics: Aquamarine Queen & Once Upon A Dream (And Dry Brush Technique Mani!)

Happy Monday! Today I have two more polishes from Bella Luna Cosmetics that I purchased. I already showed you Emerald Valleys, sent to me for review, just yesterday, but if you missed that post, here is a pic of Emerald Valleys:


 Honestly, if you've been a MBHM reader, you know pastels are my go-to polishes. When Bella Luna Cosmetics held a Mother's Day sale, I picked up two pastel polishes called Aquamarine Queen and Once Upon A Dream.

 Let's check out Aquamarine Queen first. This polish is from the Birthstone collection as well for you March babies.


This is three coats of AQ with topcoat. This is an icy blue creme polish with a subtle blue shimmer. I do think three coats are needed. The first went on slightly patchy (hello, pastel polishes), the second made it opaque, but the third added depth and beauty. Pastels tend to dry pretty quickly but this one a minute between coats to ensure no dragging or balding.



Lovely! Next up, this is Once Upon A Dream.


This is a very unique polish! I don't think it's a shifter but it some light it takes on a pastel quality and in other light it becomes a gorgeous, rich bubblegum color with almost a lilac tone. See what I mean?


The formula here is just spot on. There are two coats with topcoat shown here. The polish has a great consistency and dries quickly. Add topcoat and the slight blue shimmer becomes much more apparent.



I tried a bit o'nail art with these beauties. The dry brush technique is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It gives great impact on the nail with very little effort. I used a white base and then did horizontal and vertical dry brush strokes.



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March 2019: Empties & Tossed Report

I am continuing to try to use up products that have been laying around, including perfumes. So far, so good. Let me show you what I used in ...