Thursday, August 27, 2015

Zoya Flair Collection Swatches & Review

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Hi all! I'm back with the second half of Zoya's Fall 2015 collection, Flair. This half of the collection features metallic polishes in shades complimentary to the Focus collection of cremes. Check out my full review and swatches after the jump. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Firmoo Eyeglasses Giveaway Announcement!

Hi all! I wanted to do a quick post to announce the winner of the Firmoo Eyeglasses giveaway, Ashley K. Congrats to Ashley and thank you all for participating!

Firmoo Glasses Giveaway

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Rocksbox Review - and Promo Code!

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Happy Hump Day gang! Today I have a different type of "shiny" for your viewing pleasure. Last month Rocksbox contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out their service. If you have never heard of Rocksbox, it is a monthly subscription service (think Birchbox or ipsy). For $19 a month you get to "rent" premium jewelry. I am a huge jewelry lover so this of course peaked my interest. Each box is tailored to your preferences and likes (you do this by logging into your account and adding items to your "wish list"). Check out below what items I received in my box and my full review of the service. Also check out the bottom of this post for a promo code for 1 free month of Rocksbox!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Zoya Focus Collection Swatches & Review

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Hello out there! I was not intending to take a week long break from the blog but that's kind of how it turned out. Things were crazy busy at work and in life last week (my cat Finn had to have dental surgery, and I was busy planning and overseeing my company annual summer outing), and I barely had time to do my nails let alone post. I was feeling crazy guilty about it and then had a nice talk with myself and gave myself permission to be okay with it. Blogging takes a lot of time and sometimes life has to take priority right? Anywho, I'ms starting off with a bang with the first half of Zoya's Fall 2015 collection, Focus. Check out my full review and swatches after the jump!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

U by Kotex Curves Liner- inspired Nail Art

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Last week, I gave you all a small peek at a bit of nail art I did that was inspired by the cool packaging of U by Kotex Curves Liners. I wanted to give you all a closer look at them since I love how they turned out!

Tools used: 
BM Plate 603
Small detailing brush
Dual-tipped dotting tool

Polishes used:
Sinful Colors Endless Blue, Sugar N' Spice
Butter London Bumster
Wet N' Wild White French Creme and Black
Konad Black
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

This design really consisted of me playing around with my detailing brush until created a patterns that were similar (but not exactly the same) as the print on the U by Kotex Curves Liner. I started with two coats of Wet. I then freehand my "curve" pattern and added my details. For my accent nail I painted two coats of French White Creme and stamped on my pattern from BM 603 with Konad Black. I finished with a coat of Clearly on Top.

Don't forget to enter the #BringComfyBack contest. As a reminder:

Each month, one lucky winner will receive a $200 Urban Outfitters gift card, a Go Pro Hero 3 white camera, a $100 Sephora gift card and U by Kotex products.

At the end of the contest, the most creative selfie will be chosen and the winner will receive a trip to L.A. with a girlfriend, an exclusive U by Kotex photo shoot to be their new social star and $2,000 spending cash!

And don't forget to grab your U by Kotex free sample! Free samples are available for redemption on


2 U by Kotex Curves® Liners 
2 U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners

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Hi all! My name is Ameerah and I'm a nail polish addict. Valiantly Varnished is my creative outlet and my way of expressing and sharing my love of nail polish, nail art and makeup!

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