Tuesday, April 29, 2014

JulieG Summer 2014 Cruise Collection & a Giveaway

Hey all! So I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited because this is my 200th post! Whoo! I actually missed my blog birthday in February (it didn't even occur to me to pay attention) so I'm going to celebrate 200 posts instead. Today for your viewing pleasure I have the full JulieG Cruise Collection. Before we get into the pictures, the formula on all of these is great. 3 coats and no problems.

Up first is Miami Beach, which is a medium toned coral. This color is really perfect for summer.



Canary Islands is a bright yellow. In low light it was actually a really close match to my ring, but it pops out in the sunlight. 



Old San Juan is a warm tangerine tone. I thought this color would be horrible on my skin tone, but ended up really liking it.



Tahiti is a soft minty green. This one had a subtle shimmer in the bottle, but it disappears on the nail, which I'm totally okay with.



Next we have Santorini. This is a gorgeous light blue that almost leans periwinkle in certain lighting. However, as someone who has been to Santorini, this is totally the wrong shade of blue to represent the island. You can see what I mean here.



Finally we have Rio de Janeiro. A berry purple polish that is really fun.



Which color is your favorite? The good news is I bought an extra set to giveaway to one of you lucky readers. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open internationally, but if you have shipping restrictions to your country, please refrain from entering. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

#StampingSaturday: Neon Cashmere

It's Stamping Saturday again, and I have some fun news. The girls and I have decided to open up Stamping Saturday for everyone. The link up will stay open through the week, so be sure to link up your fun stamped link below.

For my look this week I started with a base of LVX Cashmere. It's a beautiful soft gray polish that was opaque in 2 coats.



I then stamped on a fun geometric design from my MoYo London Explorer Plate 01, with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.



Neons are notoriously hard to capture with my camera and I tried really hard to get an accurate picture for you. This manicure is SO amazing in real life and I can't stop staring at it.

Be sure to check out all the other #StampingSaturday looks below and link up your own.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me


Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Lacquer Ring: Unicorns Unite!

Hello All! Today I am very excited to announce that I have joined up with a group of some of my best bloggy friends to create a new joint venture called The Lacquer Ring. Each month one of us will pick two prompts (one color based and one design based) and we'll all post those looks together. For our inaugural post, we've all decided to post manicures using a mutual polish, Candy Lacquer's Unicorn Bubbles. This polish was a gift from the sweet Nicole of Polish Me, Please!

Here is my look featuring Candy Lacquer's Unicorn Bubbles. I used a base of China Glaze Tart-y for the Party on my Thumb & Pinky, China Glaze Kinetic Candy on my Pointer & Middle, and underneath the hand placed glitter on my ring finger is China Glaze Glistening Snow. Unicorn Bubbles is made up of 3 different sized circle glitters in varied colors/finishes in a clear base that is sprinkled with teal microglitter.






What do you think? Are you excited for the new group posts? Be sure to check out the other ladies of The Lacquer Ring below.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all polishes featured in this post were purchased by me or a gift 




Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stamping Saturdays: Easter Eggs-ish

I'm barely getting this post in before the day is over. It was a crazy day. I had to work an Easter Egg hunt today, which took up most of my day. Then when I got home, J surprised me with tickets to a Mets game, so off we went to that. It's been a long but fun day, so I'll keep this short and sweet.

I wanted to do an Easter-ish type mani, but more of an interpretation. I started off with a base of Habit Belle Epoque. Belle Epoque is a greyed out blurple type color. As my first experience with Habit, I enjoyed it. This was two easy coats with a great formula. My only problem is with the cap, it looks great, but makes applying the polish difficult because it's hard to hold. I wish the wood popped off and left you with an easier handle to apply with.



After letting Belle Epoque dry a bit I added a layer of Essie Shine of the Times. Over Belle Epoque, I really didn't get much of the green flash, but the pink flash added in that extra layer of fun.



Then I stamped on a pebble design from Winstonia W-112 with Konad White. I had a bit of a smudge happen on my middle finger, but over all I really like the look. Now that I'm staring at it more, I kind of wish I had done the stamp in silver. Oh well, live and learn. I think they look like cute speckled eggs, J says they look like Yoshi eggs, so I'm calling it a win.



I got good reviews on the new hand pose, so I'm going to try it out for a bit and see what I think. Happy Easter Everyone!!

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me


Friday, April 18, 2014

Jessica Gelato Mio Collection

Recently I got my greedy little hands on the Gelato Mio Collection thanks to my good friend Cynthia.  These beautiful polishes then had to get on my fingers. These are six gorgeous cremes that apply easily. My only beef is the names, if you are going to name the collection Gelato Mio, why wouldn't you give them actual gelato names? It just doesn't make sense.


Let's take a look at the polishes now. Up first is Banana Peel. A yellowy tan that is opaque in 3 coats.



Now Barely Blueberry. This is a pale greyed blue that's really nice. This blue is unlike any other blue I have.



This is Lime Cooler. I'm in love with this green. Like oh em gee it's amazing.



 Strawberry Shake It is a beautiful pale pink that is actually opaque in two coats and not sheer.



Surfer Boyz'n Berry is a gorgeous bright blue creme that has some teal in it. Obviously you know I love a good teal, so I love this. 



Finally we have Tangerine Dreamz. This is an orange creme with red undertones. It's very pretty and of course has a great formula.




Which color is your favorite from this collection? As you can tell, I'm trying out a new hand pose. What do you think, I'm undecided.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all items featured in this post were purchased by me

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Emily De Molly Cosmic Forces

Do you ever have one of those lemmings, those I must have that polish cravings? The polish I'm about to show you is one of those for me. Seeing as Emily De Molly is an Australian indie maker, I never thought I would get my hands on it. BUT...I got lucky and I'm in love. However I'm not in love with my swatch photos, because I somehow managed to get myself a big bare looking spot in the photos, even though in real life, it wasn't there. I promise that in real life it look 1000 times better. Anywho...lets look at the pretties. 




Those big circle glitters make my heart go pitter patter. What do you think of it? Love or hate?

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stamping Saturdays: Polished by KPT Vanda

It's Stamping Saturday again, and I think y'all know what that means. Also I hope you don't mind that I'm on a bit of a thermal kick lately. I wore Being in the Pink because I was impatiently waiting on a shipment of new thermal polishes, but I was most excited about the one I'm going to show you now. This is Vanda. Vanda has the most extreme color shift I've ever seen. It goes from a bright baby blue to a vibrant violet. My gawd, is it pretty.


Vanda is named after an orchid, so to pay homage to the original name, I chose to do a subtle stamping with Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and a delicate flower pattern from BM-221.




So what do you think of Vanda? It jumped onto my top 10 list as soon as I put it on. I'm in love. Don't forget to check out the other ladies participating in Stamping Saturday, links below. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me




Thursday, April 10, 2014

Polished by KPT: Being in the Pink

Nothing makes me happier than a nailpolish with a fun aspect. Give me one with two fun aspects and I'm in fan girl heaven. Today I have Polished by KPT's Being in the Pink. This is a thermal (fun #1) that goes from a pink to purple. Add in some holographic rainbows (fun #2) and you've got a beautiful polish that will distract you while you are supposed to be working. No seriously, that happened yesterday. I couldn't stop staring. 

Being in the Pink has a wonderful, smooth formula, and this is two easy coats. The first three photos are of the polish in it's natural transition state on my fingers. 




Below you can see it in the full warm state. Such a pretty pink.


Here it is in the full warm state. Look at that purple, and those rainbows, be still my beating heart. 


Do you love thermals or holographic polishes more? I want BOTH! 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*all polishes featured in this post were purchased by me