Pahlish August realeases and Swatches!

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Hi all!  Long time no see!  I took a little break from blogging to spend time with my kiddos.  Now that they’re back in school I can get back with the program 🙂  Pahlish is releasing some real beauties Sunday August 13th at 7 PM CST.  Four of the colors are from the Afternoon Tea collection, and the other six don’t really have a theme.  Let’s dive on into the pictures shall we?

First up we have Thistle.  This is definitely one of my favorites of the collection, and I think you’ll see why!  This polish is described as a thistle blue-grey cream with multichrome red shimmer.  Uhh yeah, the multichrome red shimmers are what won my heart!  I used two coats.

Next we have Borealis.  This polish is described as a deep bruised plum with duochrome teal shimmer. Unfortunately my camera didn’t detect the duochrome nature of the polish, but trust me it’s there.  I used two coats for the pictures below.

Gilded Olive… What a beauty you are.  This polish is described as a burnished olive gold foil.  At first I wasn’t sure how this shade would look on me, but in the end I love it!  I used two coats for opacity!
Next is Chocolate Diamond.  This beauty is described as a bronze foil.  I used two easy coats for opacity.
Daughters of Triton is next up, and this polish is described as an aqua holographic with glowing purple shimmer and ultrachrome flakies.  I’m a huge fan of blue polishes, so this one didn’t disappoint!  I used two coats for the pictures!
Next is Ursula which is described as a soft garnet holographic with glowing purple shimmer and ultrachrome flakes.  This one is a stunner!  I used two coats.
Now we’re moving on to the Afternoon Tea collection.  I want to go ahead and mention that I used three coats for all of the polishes down below.  There are four polishes to talk about so let’s go right on into the first one!
Chamomile is described as a soft porcelain blue cream with delicate red shimmer and red ultrachrome flakes.  Such a soft and pretty shade! It took three thin coats to reach opacity.
Jasmine is up next and this polish is described as a soft mint green cream with teal shimmer and teal ultrachrome flakes.  Again, a beauty!  I used three coats.
Earl Grey is described as a soft greige cream with red shimmer and copper ultrachrome flakes.  I used three thin coats for opacity.  Also I wanted to make mention that Earl Grey tea is one of my favorite teas!!! 🙂

And last but not least we have Moroccan Rosebud.  This beauty is described as a soft blush cream with pink shimmer and dark purple ultrachrome flakes.  Also I wanted to mention that this polish dries a tad darker than what’s in the bottle.  I used three thin coats.
Well, there you have it!  What do you think of these new polishes releasing from Pahlish?  I think Shannon done an amazing job (as always) creating such a unique and fun collection for August.  And while I love summer, I’m kind of ready for fall.  I love the deep colors and jewel toned polishes that come out around that time… So bring it on!  Again, if you’re interested in any of these beautiful shades, they’ll be released Sunday August 13th at 7 PM CST on Pahlish’s website.  Be sure to check out their Instagram and Facebook page as well!  Have a great weekend!

Fourth of July Manicure! ILNP Good Vibes!

Hi there everyone!  I just thought I’d share what I’ll be wearing for the fourth!  I wanted to do some nail art, but this shade is way too pretty to cover up.  ILNP Good Vibes is a Bright Cobalt Blue holographic.  I used 2 thick coats for the pictures below!
What do you think of this shade?  Isn’t it perfect for summer and the 4th of July?  Thanks for reading today and I”ll talk to you all soon!

Quick NOTD! Featuring Picture Polish Alice

Hi there everyone!!  I just thought I’d post real quick today to share what’s on my nails.  I feel like it’s been forever since I wore this polish!  Picture Polish Alice is a bright blue scattered jelly holographic.  Everytime I see this shade it makes me smile.  It’s definitely perfect for summertime!  For the stamping I used QA61 plate.  I really love all of the arabesque inspired designs!
Also, if you’ll notice, my nails are once again squares.  I’m hoping if I keep them as super short squares they won’t chip on the corners.  What do you think of this shade?  Is this something you’d wear this summer?  Thanks for reading today and I’ll talk to you all soon!

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plates review!

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I’m back again you all!  There were also some stamping supplies that Born Pretty Store sent me as well.  Two stamping plates, a stamper and a scraper.  I really love the stamping plates, but I had issues with the stamper.  I tried the stamper without priming it and it wouldn’t pick up on fine detail and then I primed it (used a Magic Eraser to buff the top) and tried stamping and still couldn’t get fine images to pick up.  It does work on more open and large images though.  Check out the pictures below!
The stamping plates are great quality!  The only image I had issues with was the panda mommy and baby on plate BPX-L015 stamping plate.  The space is so open that I had problems getting the stamper to pick up.  All of the other images however worked great!  If you’re interested in buying these then click here  (item # 38221) and here (item # 36308)  If you’re interested in getting the cute bunny stamper (item # 38187) and scraper click here.  Thanks so much for reading today and I’ll talk to you all soon!

Born Pretty Store Water Decals review!

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Hi everyone!  I’m really behind on this post… and by behind I mean 6 months behind.  Born Pretty Store sent me some things to review and I have been using them off and on for the whole 6 months, but I never done my reviews yet.  Let’s just dive on into the review!
The package they sent me had five sets of water decals.  I used up one set but I lost the pictures of where I used them.
I did a picture tutorial today so you can see how I applied them. Check it out below!
I really love how easy these were to use!  You get ten in each section for all ten of your fingers… or if you want you can use 1 or 2 as accent nails like I did.  I prefer using them as accent nails because it makes them last longer.  I also wanted to mention that I make sure the base coat of polish is still tacky when I apply the decal down onto my nail.  I’ve tried with completely dry polish and the decal just wouldn’t adhere to it.  For the green/teal polish I used Sinful Colors Jade Kat, also I used Wet N Wild French White cream for the base coat for my pointer and middle finger before applying the decals.  Once everything was dry I top coated with INM Out the Door Top Coat and then a coat of Wet N Wild Matte Top Coat.
Here’s another look I done a while back with some of the other decals.
The colors I used for this look are: Picture Polish Rose and China Glaze White on White.  If you’re interested in purchasing the decals (item # 33982)  mentioned in this post then click here.  Don’t forget that I also have a 10% off discount code below on non-discounted items on their website.  Thanks for reading!

Weight Loss Experiment! Cut out sugar for 2 weeks!

Hi everyone!  Some of you may or may not know, but I’ve lost a significant amount of weight.  About 3 years ago I decided to make a change and start to exercise and eat healthier.  I ended up going from 155 down to 128.  That’s 27 pounds of fat!  It was all great until I started to lose massive amounts of my hair and had to cut back on my exercising.  I don’t know if that’s common to lose your hair if you lose weight, but it happened to me.  When I cut back on my exercise I gained back 7 pounds and was up to 135.

My ultimate goal is 125, but I keep yo-yo-ing back and forth.  I was at 130 about 3 or 4 weeks ago, but then I started to binge eat on junk food and gained back 3 pounds.  I’m finally putting my foot down and am going to cut out refined sugars.  I am going to allow myself my morning cup of coffee with my cream and sugar, but that’s it.  If I get a craving for a sugary snack, I’ll turn to fruit to satisfy that craving.  Lately I’ve just not been caring what I eat and have been over eating big time!  I’ve also been feeling like crap as well.
I’m going to keep a log of how I feel and will update at the end of the week if I had any kind of withdrawal symptoms.  I’m actually pretty interested to see how this goes!  If any of you want to do this with me and challenge yourself, then please let me know!  Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all soon!

NOTD: ILNP Sunkissed

Hi everyone!  I just thought I would quickly pop in and share what’s on my nails!  ILNP had their preorder last week so I bought a few from their summer collection.  I only bought three because I felt that I had too many polishes that were similar to the new releases. Blegh, I don’t know if that even made any sense.  Anywho, Sunkissed was part of their Summer jellies collection.  It says on their website that this shade is supposed to be a juicy watermelon shade, but on me it pulls more orange/pink.  It’s pretty nonetheless.  Check out the pictures of it below!

These are pretty color accurate shots too.  I had my white balance set to daylight and took my photos outside in indirect daylight.  What do you think of this shade?  I feel like it’s perfect for summer, and when we went to the waterpark today it just glistened under the water and I couldn’t stop staring!  I even showed my husband and kids how beautiful it was under the water lol.  They probably thought I was crazy.  Thanks for reading today and I’ll talk to you all soon!