Monday, February 6, 2017

March Pandora's Box - Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hi friends, you're just in time to plan your nail art for St. Patrick's Day.  Something green, something to attract that pot of gold, something to reflect a rainbow? I can probably think of a hundred ways to prepare for March 17th.

Today I have an entire set of great items that might pique your interest and get you excited about the possibilities.

This is the March Pandora's Box Collection and it's all set for pre-order. This means that you will receive your Box early March.  You get 2 bath products (a bath scrum and lotion bar), an eyeshadow (a wearable gold), cute clover nail wraps, and 2 nail polishes (one black with glittery flecks of copper and gold, and the other a kelly green linear holo with gold glitter.

You can find a link to Athena and Aphrodite's shop for more details, and to pre-order a box for yourself or a friend...or anybody who has a birthday in March.

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I can't demonstrate them all,  but I can give you a preview of the green glitter polish by LBD.

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And a little touch of rainbow goodness.

Thanks for taking a peak at the new March Pandora's Box, and have a great St Patrick's day. 
Ciao bellas!

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Valentine's Day Polishes

Hello hello hello!

We're half way through the first month of 2017, and I'm already jumping ahead to February. I'm excited about two new Valentine's day polishes due to release February 1st.  These polishes bring an elegant luxury to the romantic holiday,  that's often claimed for young love.  Well, there's another side to the story.  You don't have to be young lovebirds sharing sweet sentiments to enjoy Valentine's day.  Love exists in all walks of life for the young and the not so young, those of high status and those of meek living.  For every religion,  culture and gender.  Love touches us all, and these polishes touch on the elegance of love.

Since red is a traditional color associated with love, this first polish doesn't fall short of expectation. Rouge Luxe takes the tradition a step further, adding subtle shimmer, and soft fuchsia undertones.

Posh brings a luxurious sophistication to the day, perfectly blending gray and beige and adding slight hints of soft lavender. Posh is a trendy alternative to neutral, and is suited for elegant evenings and classy venues.

These polishes will be sold individually and in a gift set including a glass nail file, a four-sided buffer and a cuticle oil.  These pics do little to reveal the nuances of these luxurious polishes, so stop by the online store on February 1st for a better look.

Ciao for now!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Pandora Box Collaborations

Hi guys,

Today I have something new to show you.  The Pandora's Box collaboration is a monthly themed box set including nail polishes, nail wraps, and bath and beauty products. Let's take a look at the January Pandora Box.

The collection features nail polishes by Nevermind and Gloss Nail Lacquer, nail wraps by Freya Wraps, a roll-on perfume and eye shadow by Athena & Aphrodite, and bath products by Nail Jewelry Bling.  The retail value is $55-$60, but you can pre-order yours for $39.99 before they're sold out!! 

You can find Pandora's Box here.

The January Box will be available for preorder until the 20th of this month so don't delay.
I'll keep you up to date with information on all the upcoming Pandora's Box collaborations so check back.

I hope you guys check out the Box.  Let me know what you think.

Ciao Bellas!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

O.P.I 2017 Spring And Summer Releases

Good afternoon loves,

Today I have a quick peak at not one, but two new collections by O.P.I First is the 2017 Fiji Spring collection that will be released this month.  This collection of 12 polishes contains a plethora of great colors. Some springy, and some not so springy, which, imo, makes for a versatile and complete collection.  

Let's take a closer look.

A few perfectly spring, Easter colors,  a few deeper hues, a traditional red,  and a couple neutrals. You guys know how I go crazy over O.P.I. polish names.  Well, as usual, they did not disappoint.

Two-timing the Zones – vibrant pink
Living On the Bula-vard! – punchy red
Gettig Nadi On My Honeymoon – hibiscus pink
Polly Want a Lacquer? – lavender
Do You Sea What I Sea? – shimmering ocean blue
Is That a Spear In Your Pocket? – tropical teal
I Can Never Hut Up – iridescent gray
Super Trop-I-Cal-I-Fiji-istic – reflection of sea and sky
Suzi Without a Paddle – cool blue
Coconuts Over – subtle taupe
No Tan Lines – warm sunrise orange
Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet – radiant yellow

This collection covers the spring, and it tasks is right into summer colors.

But alas, there's more.  The 2017 O.P.I. Summer California Dreaming collection,  has great shades for the summer.  The two collections together could complete your warm season stash for this year. But, of course, you wouldn't let these collections stop you from greedily scooping up other polishes for the season.

This 12 polish collection concentrates on the warmer side of the color wheel. Reds, pinks, oranges, and neutrals.

This is Not Whine Country
GPS I Love You
Malibu Pier Pressure
To the Mouse House We Go!
Me, Myselfie & I
Santa Monica Beach Peach
Time For a Napa
Excuse Me, Big Sur!
Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Feeling Frisco
Sweet Carmel Sunday
Don’t Take Yosemite For Granite

If you pick up any of these polishes, let me know what you think about them.
Ciao for now!AC

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Posh New Color By LBD Nail Lacquers

Hello friends, and happy new year.
I don't know about you, but I'm not a new year resolution type of person.  I've experienced too many backfired hopes and ambitions.  You know,  the ones where you swear to lose 10 pounds, but end up gaining 15. At best, I simply don't live up to my expectation, which is such a downer.  So, I make no promises, swear no oaths, and make no well-meaning, but unrealistic plans for the year.  Instead, I'm simply grateful that me and the people I love and care about made it to 2017. And if you're reading this, then happy new year and congratulations, you made it too. 

I'm starting this new year with a new, not-yet-released color by Little Black Dress Nail Lacquer.  This color is a very elegant hue that is best described by what it's not.  It's not gray and it's not beige. It's a perfectly indescribable greige, with a cooler cast.  This is one of those colors that you wear to work to appear trendy,  and you wear it in the evening or to an elegant event for that simple, sophisticated flair.  This polish will be released this month and will be available in the LBD Etsy shop.

Do you have any resolutions for 2017? What are they and how will you make it happen?  

Until next time, 
Ciao for now!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Hi guys!

In the spirit of the season,  I wanted to do one more Christmas mani.  This time it's the old Tannenbaum.  A few dots and rhinestones goes a long way.   I regret the absence of a tree in my home this year.   Never got around to it, and quite frankly,  my kids don't care.  A tree or not a tree - not a question.  The answer is a shrug.  So Christmas time in my home can be a bit lackluster. But that's okay, because it's in our hearts and that's what counts.

For the base color behind my trees,  I used a not-yet-released polish by LBD.  On my ring finger I did a gradient using two LBD colors,  Enticing Emerald,  and Shimmering Silver White.

Sorry about the lousy photos.  It was the best I could do without my camera.

Have a very merry Christmas
Ciao Bellas!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Red And White Snowflake Christmas Manicure

Hi friends!

I'm getting in the Christmas spirit this year.  We're decorating the house this weekend and after years of refusing to help out with decorations at work,  I rolled my sleeve up and pitched in.  What's gotten into me?  I don't know,  maybe the Grinch kindly gave Christmas back.  Now I just need to give to Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army Santa and I will have officially become Mrs Clause incarnate.  Just one last thing... Christmas shopping!  Lucky for me, I have Amazon Prime. I don't do the whole crowd scene.  The hard part is figuring out what to get my kids.  You would think that would be easy,  but my middle schooler can't think of anything but a League of Legend gift card. Then he wanted a $300 computer program before changing his mind and deciding he just wants a big birthday party this year and that would be his gift.  But he's getting a party anyway so I'm back to square one.

My teen is more decisive,  at least.  He wants one of those remote control flying things that cost enough to rent a private jet.  But I'm not complaining because at least I have a starting point to go on.  Of course since he's a teen he also wants cash, that's easy.  So, what do I do?

While I ponder over that,  let's talk about this manicure.  Snowflakes over a shimmery red jelly polish and a white glitter crelly accented ring finger.  This one bring Christmas home.  The polishes come in a set and can be found here.

Ciao bellas!