Sunday, August 31, 2014

Welcome to the new P2P!!

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Hi there lovelies!! Welcome to the new and improved Polished to Precision. As you can see, there have been some major changes over the past day or so. I wanted to round out this month’s celebration of my first blog anniversary with a new start. An improved nail blogger, with an added dimension of occasional makeup posts. Although I am no makeup artist, I do enjoy makeup in addition to nail polish. Yes, this is yet another of my hoarding issues collector habits.

I want to thank each of you for your continued support of P2P. It has truly meant a lot to me over this past year. Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to begin, those who cheered me on, offered words of advice, and the generous show of support across all mediums (Lakeisha, Sia, Debbie, mama, and so many others). I also want to thank the many brands that I have had the opportunity to work with. I really appreciate you taking a chance on me. With the saturation of the blogosphere, I know it is not easy to decide who to work with, especially when it comes to very new bloggers. Somehow you all decided to look pass the age of my blog, giving me a chance. I’d like to think it is my professionalism, quality, and personality that accompanied the variables making the decision. Whatever the case, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I also want to thank all of the wonderful guest bloggers who’ve appeared over the past month. I truly appreciate you for taking the time to share with my reader while my family transitioned from Florida to New England. Special thanks to Pam of Girly Bits, Laura of Polish Addict Nail Color, and Missi of Different Dimension for creating my beautiful custom anniversary polishes and sponsoring giveaways for my readers. I can’t even begin to thank you enough!

I do not know where the road will take this blog in the long-term; however, for now I have a few goals that I’d like to share with you.
1.      To be the best blogger I can be…ALWAYS.
2.      Incorporate more nail art posts.
3.      Share makeup posts, swatches, and reviews.
4.      Continued to build and maintain professional working relationships with brands, both indie and mainstream.
5.      Continue to foster a sense of sisterhood between the Proud Beauty Bloggers of Color.
6.      Maintaining good communication and relationships with my fans and supporters.

**Most of all, I want to have fun, while remembering that my family is first. Blogging is fun and relaxing, but not at the sacrifice of my happiness or that of my family.**

Again, I really am so very thankful to you for sticking around for this year (or however long it’s been since you began to follow me). Please take a look around at the site. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. I absolutely love it, so rude and inconsiderate comments that only reflect your personal tastes aren’t what I’m asking for here. I do, however, appreciate any constructive critical feedback that will assist the site in some manner that I may have overlooked. I’m trying to say that in the nicest way possible! But I know it won’t be an issue because you all rock! Hehe! Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing (well…reading) what you think in the comments. 
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Philly Loves Lacquer- Lacquer Chic Shop Exclusives


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Happy Saturday Polished Babes! I am in Philly with my family and today we're having a huge Labor Day block party! I really love coming to Philly for the experience of the unique culture and amazing food. Ironically, today's review comes to you from a brand that is based in The City of Brotherly Love. Philly Loves Lacquer has teamed up with Lacquer Chic Shop to bring you an exclusive four piece collection. Let's take a look at the polishes...

Gold on the Ceiling is a clear based polish, full of gold and silver ultra-fine holographic glitter. The gold far outweighs the silver in this one, as I thought it was completely gold when I first saw it. The formula is sheer, so four thin coats were needed for opacity. This was the point where I was only able to see a very light hint of VNL (visible nail line). This one is absolutely beautiful and I think it could also be worn as a topcoat over another color. I think I will try that out the next time I reach for this one!
Philly Loves Lacquer Gold on the Ceiling

Philly Loves Lacquer Gold on the Ceiling

Dr. Greenthumb is described by the brand as a "lime green semi-metallic creme with a subtle linear holo and subtle gold shimmer. Ummm....so...I didn't quite get that from my bottle. Before looking at the description provided by the brand, I described this one as minty colored shimmering polish with a frosty finish. There is nothing lime green about the bottle I have, so I will check into the possibility of there being an issue with my bottle. Regardless, I needed four thin coats since the formula was really sheer. Even after four coats, I still had a very apparent VNL.

Edit: Esther, of Philly Loves Lacquer has responded to my concerns with the description of the polish. She said the description I provided is accurate. The one that was originally provided to me was her old vision for the polish. I just wanted to let you all know. :)
Philly Loves Lacquer Dr. Greenthumb

Philly Loves Lacquer Dr. Greenthumb

Oblivion, according to the brand, is a black jelly base filled with gold and silver ultra-fine holo glitter. The formula on this one was absolutely PERFECT! The polish went on easily in just three thin coats and I loved seeing the microglitters sparkle through the base. It has somewhat of a starry night appearance. This one is spot on, in my opinion.


Philly Loves Lacquer Oblivion

Philly Loves Lacquer Oblivion

The last polish I have to share with you today is called Pink Cashmere. O.M.G....this is the most amazing raspberry pink creme with holo sparkles. Moreover, the formula was AMAZING and I had no issues with application. Although I used two coats, it was opaque in just one. I can't get enough of this one! I was so happy I saved it for last because this baby was worn as a full manicure for a few days. 
Philly Loves Lacquer Pink Cashmere

Philly Loves Lacquer Pink Cashmere

This collection was made by Philly Loves Lacquer to be sold exclusively on Lacquer Chic's online store. The collection releases on Saturday August 20, 2014. Be sure to follow the brand on the social media (linked below) for updates on times and pricing. Free shipping will be available for all orders placed on the 30th. No code is needed to take advantage of this deal. 



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Sweet Addiction Subscription Box Review- September

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Happy Friday lovelies! My family and I are headed to the City of Brotherly Love....Philadelphia. Philly is where my hubby grew up, so we are spending the holiday weekend there. I can't wait for the block party on Saturday! They're always so much fun and the food is absolutely delicious. This one will be a little different because this is the first one we're attending since my mother-in-law passed away last year. She will certainly be missed. I have the Cupcake Polish Sweet Addictions Subscription Box for September to share with you today. This month's theme is 'Marie Antoinette.'  I'm sure you will like what you see, so let's take a look.
September Sweet Addictions Subscription Box

The first item I am showing you is the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Sugar Scrub. It comes in a 2 oz. plastic container with the Serum No. 5 logo printed on the lid. 
Serum No. 5 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Scrub

Here are the ingredients used to make the scrub: 

Organic Refined Sugar; Shea Soap [Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Shea Butter (refined naturally crushed), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Oat Protein (conditioner), Titanium Dioxide (mineral whitener used in opaque soaps)]; Jojoba Oil; Sweet Almond Oil; Mica; Fragrance; Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol

I took one dime sized scoop and gently rubbed my hands together. I added a little water and continued to scrub while the sugars exfoliated my hands. Once I was finished, my hands felt soft and smooth. They were lightly scented and in no way overwhelming. 
Serum No. 5 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Scrub

The next item provided by Serum No. 5 is Cupcake Revolution (mini). This one is an off white crelly with multi-colored glitters. The glitters are very packed into this one, which resulted in some clumping upon application. the formula was somewhat gritty and had a very chunky texture. Even so, the base was rather sheer. I used 2 thin coats and topcoat for these photos. 
Serum No.5 Cupcake Revolution

Cupcake Revolution is also a glow-in-the-dark polish. I "charged" the polish for a few minutes by holding my hand under my desk lamp. This really allowed the glow to come out and WHOA...this baby glows something serious. As you can see from the pic below, the polish glows bright blue, which was very cool looking. This may be the strongest glow I've encountered in a nail polish.
Serum No.5 Cupcake Revolution Glow in the Dark

Pipe Dream Polish is the second contributor to this month's box. Dauphine is a nude crelly with pastel blue and teal glitters. The formula was pretty good and went on without any issues in three thin coats. The first coat was sheer, but perfect coverage was achieved by the third. I really like this combo. There is something about the contrast between nudes and brighter colors that I always fall in love with.
Pipe Dream Polish Dauphine

Pipe Dream Polish Dauphine

Last, but certainly not least, we have Cupcake Polish's contribution to the box. Versailles is a lavender linear holo with pink and purple shimmers. I also saw flashes of teal as well. I have to admit, as much as I love purple and holos, purple holos seem to be everywhere. Oftentimes, they appear to be dupes or at least way too similar to justify purchasing another. This is what came to my mind when I first saw a purple holo when opening the box. My ph my, I was so wrong. After unwrapping this beauty I realized that it is much more than another purple holo polish. This one is actually really unique, which says a lot since I have an extensive collection of these. Anyway, I was so excited to wear this one and I ended up wearing it for a few days. I couldn't help it. It is shown here in just two easy coats, as the formula was PERFECT!!
Cupcake Polish Versailles

Cupcake Polish Versailles

So there you have it! Another monthly installment from the Sweet Addictions Subscription Box. I think this is a really good box. Aside from the formula issues with Cupcake Revolution (which may be helped by wearing a white base), all of the products included are amazing. The quality is great and you can tell the makers out a lot of thought and love into their creations. This box will be available in limited quantities beginning August 31st. The box is $30, bot including shipping. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

GUEST POST- Dani of From Polish, With Love

Hi there lovelies! Today Dani of From Polish, With Love is here to share with us for this month long celebration! Dani is a sweetheart and has two cutie pie little boys a home! She still manages to run her blog, which includes nail polish, makeup, and lifestyle posts. Let's take a look at what she has to share!

Hey there Polish Peeps!! I'm Dani, the blogger behind From Polish, with Love and you may remember me from the last time I was over here guest posting on Tiffany's blog!

Today, I've decided to show you all a tutorial I did on this look!

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When Tiffany asked me if I wanted to do a guest post I immediately knew I needed to do something with purple, since it is one of her favorite colors.  A lot of my readers have been requesting different variations on gradients so I grabbed some nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned in the Extra Wide Chevron that I won in a giveaway from Nail Polish Wars and 2 purple shades that would create one kick butt gradient and I went to work!!!

Here is what I used:
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Wedge makeup sponge, Pretty & Polished Dancing at Dusk, Finger Paints Abstract Attraction, Pretty & Polished Living in Flip Flops and Nails Redesigned Extra Wide Nail Vinyls. You will also need white nail polish but I had a brain fart and forgot to include that in the pic!

I started off by applying one of the nail vinyls across my nail, almost like you are creating a half moon manicure. Then take a white polish ( I used Milani Spotlight White ) and paint the visible part of your nail. Carefully but quickly, remove the vinyl.


I then applied a fast drying top coat and waited for a few minutes. Once you are certain that your top coat has dried completely, take another decal and apply it right over the same spot, making sure it is lining up correctly. ( I'm going to use the same pic again just for reference )

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I then took a makeup wedge sponge and applied one horizontal stripe of Pretty & Polished Living in Flip Flops from their 2014 Summer Fun Collection, a gorgeous purple holo!  I then applied Pretty & Polished Dancing at Dusk right underneath Living in Flip Flops. Start sponging the polish onto the painted part of your nail WHILE THE VINYL IS STILL ADHERED. The vinyl keeps that negative space still open! Using light dabbing motions, I sponged on the polish while moving up and down the nail. I did this step about 4 times til I got the payoff that I wanted. Once you are satisfied, remove the vinyl and clean up around your nails!

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If you are left with some white, don't worry! A small nail art brush dipped in the top color can correct that!

I love the purple and blue flakes in Finger Paints Abstract Attraction and decided to layer that over it for a finished look. Meh. You really can't tell with it on there but it showed up in my mind :-P

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So what do you think of this edgy gradient? I love the negative space and they kind of remind of mountains a bit!!!

Here are some quick tips for gradients if you are interested in trying them out for yourself!!

  • Dampen your makeup sponge, I find when it's damp I'm less likely to end up with tiny little sponge particles on my nails
  • Lightly dab the sponge onto your nails while moving it up and down. That way it will blend the colors and you will end up with a seamless transition!! Don't be afraid to do this more than once, the more times you reapply the polish, the better color payoff you will get!
  • Apply over a white base, that helps the color to really pop!
  • I do one nail at a time, including clean up. It's a lot easier to clean off the excess polish around your nails while it's still wet than if it's dried.
  • Use a small makeup brush dipped in pure acetone for clean-up around your nails.
  • Try not to apply a ton of nail polish on the sponge, sometimes I feel like I get better blending when I don't apply a thick coat of polish!
Thanks so much to Tiffany for having me over at her blog!!! If you loved my gradient, be sure to check out my blog From Polish,with Love and also check out my From Polish, with Love Facebook page as well!!

Thank you so much Dani! I truly appreciate your support of P2P! Don't forget to follow her using the links she provided above.





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Loaded Lacquer- The Nude Jiggle Trio Review

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Hi there lovelies!! I have the Nude Jiggle Trio from Loaded Lacquer to share with you today. Like all of the other polishes I've shown you from this brand, these have excellent formulas. These are jelly polishes and they have excellent coverage in just three thin coats. I have paired them up with a few of Loaded Lacquer's staple glitters as well. They're extremely versatile and appear to be universally flattering. Let's get started...

First up is No Bra, which is a pale baby pink jelly. Just as I mentioned earlier, the formula is perfect. It went on easily in three thin coats. It is shown here without topcoat and it has a super glossy finish. 
Loaded Lacquer No Bra

Loaded Lacquer No Bra

I added one coat of Fluffy Macaroons, a jampacked glitter topper with plum, periwinkle, yellow, marigold, purple, and white hexes and squares, and holographic sparkle.
Loaded Lacquer Fluffy Macaroons

I also created a jelly sammich by adding an additional coat of No Bra over the glitter.
Loaded Lacquer No Bra and Fluffly Macaroons Jelly Sammich

No Shirt is a nude/beige colored jelly. Again, the formula was excellent and I used three thin coats. This is such a lovely color. 
Loaded Lacquer No Shirt

Loaded Lacquer No Shirt

I added Bathtub Time Machine using one regular coat and dabbed a few glitters on top of No Shirt. This is another glitterbomb with a combo of large black dots, metallic silver shreds, black rectangles, neon pink, blue, green, and red multi-sized hexagon glitters. 
Loaded Lacquer Bathtub Time Machine

Yep...another glitter sandwich using this glitter with an additional coat of No Shirt on top.
Loaded Lacquer No Shirt and Bathtub Time Machine Jelly Sammich

The last polish of the trio is called No Shoes, a pale grey jelly. Another excellent formula in just three thin coats. This one was more opaque than the others, so two would suffice. I absolutely love this color! It is so versatile and I can see myself using this a lot.
Loaded Lacquer No Shoes
Loaded Lacquer No Shoes

I immediately went to Mintallica when thinking of a perfect glitter for this one. Mintallica is a glitter full of multi sized matte mint hexagons and dots, metallic gunmetal hexagons, and holographic gunmetal hexagons. The glitters are extremely dense in this one, so only one coat was needed. As you can see in the picture below, it covered very well in just one coat. No fishing or dabbing was needed with this one.
Loaded Lacquer Mintallica

Wait for it....yep...another jelly sammich! I added an additional coat of No Shoes over Mintallica. This one actually ends up looking a lot like cookies and cream ice cream! Super cute!

Loaded Lacquer No Shoes and Mintallica Jelly Sammich

Overall, I am really loving the Nude Jiggle Trio. The formulas were absolutely great! This trio and other colors are currently out of stock; however, Heather has confirmed a restock for this Friday (August 29th) at 6 PM CDT. The trio can be purchased as a set for $23 or individually for $8 each. They are all full sized (15ml) bottles. 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GUEST POST- Tiff's Tasteful Talons

So....how about a little MJ action to help us over this hump day?! Today we have Tiffany from Tiff's Tasteful Talons sharing a super cool manicure in honor of Michael Jackson's upcoming birthday. Tiff is another one of my Florida girls! Yeah...I know I will be missing home when this New England weather really starts to change. Haha! Anyway, check out this mani...

Hello, Polished To Precision readers! It's so nice to be here and guest post for one of my best nail buddies, Tiffany J. I have to say that Tiff J is one of the nicest, funniest, and smartest nail friends I have, and I'm glad to be in her inner polish circle. :)

For this post, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce some of you to a little tradition I have running on my blog that I started last year. As a dancer, dance teacher, and artist, Michael Jackson has been a great inspiration to me. Even though my area of dance pertains to Tap, Michael's artistry and inspiration inspired me to be the best I can in what I do. When I started my blog a year ago (yep, I'm that new!) I thought it would be a cool idea to do a week's worth of MJ - inspired manis during the week of his birthday, and asking people to paint their nails with a glitter bomb accent nail (in representation of his iconic glove) on his birthday; August 29th. So, here's one of my MJ week manis for you in the pics below. I have to say that I'm more of a nail polish appliqués/ polish strips kind of girl, so I'm just starting to get more comfortable with nail art. Go easy on me! Lol. I hope you like it!

Like I mentioned briefly above, I am an artist. I've been painting and drawing since I was a kid, and was also in the art magnet program from grades three through twelve... There's something about doing art on the nail though, (maybe it's because I've always preferred larger spaces to create art on) that is taking some getting used to for me. I know practice makes perfect, and I am sure that I'm only going to get better from here.

As my base, I used two coats of my favorite light crelly-ish pink, Sation's "Of Corset I'll Call You", then a black creme for the accent nail. I then painted on the half moons by hand, because I didn't have any guides lying around, with Essie's "Butler Please". The gold sparkly glitter you see on my accent nail and the tips is "I Herd That" from China Glaze. I did have guides for the lines you see in the X and the tips, using some straight nail vinyls. Overall, not perfect, but not bad for a somewhat nail art newbie.

So, there's my post for you all. I hope you liked it, and that you'll join me on Instagram (tiffstastefultalons ) on the 29th using the hashtag "manisforMJ" if you have any manis in mind! It should be fun! Thanks, everyone!

Tiff

Thank you Tiff! I love how you pay tribute to MJ. I know how much you love him! Make sure you all check our her blog and social media accounts!




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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday- Sideways French Manicure with the Zoya Naturel Deux Collection

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Happy Twinsie Tuesday lovelies! First off, I need to say Happy Birthday to my beautiful mother! I love that lady more than she will ever know! I have to...she loved me during the times where only a mother would love a child! Haha! I was quite a handful, but thankfully I turned out okay. Yep...she gets all the credit. Happy Birthday ma!


Today the Twinsies are showing off sideways French manicures. I used three shades from the recently released Zoya Naturel Deux Collection (reviewed here) for this manicure. If you read that review, you already know that I am absolutely in love with the entire collection. So I immediately wanted to create some kind of nail art with it. I really didn't realize that this technique was a sideways French mani. I actually thought it was a different style of color blocking. Anyway, let's take a look at what I created for you today.

I started with a base of Spencer, a rich caramel creme. For your recollection, here is my swatch of Spencer from my review.
Zoya Spencer

To create the sideways French, I used straight nail vinyls from KBShimmer. I applied two vinyls vertically down the left (or umm... your right) side of my nail. I used Aubrey (medium mauve creme) for the large part of the French design. Emilia (dark chocolate creme) is used as the outer line to separate Aubrey and Spencer. 
Zoya Naturel Deux Sideways French Manicure

Zoya Naturel Deux Sideways French Manicure

I really love the way this looks. It's a little nail art for the conservative peeps! I am definitely becoming more conservative with my polish selections lately. Trust me, you will see much more from this collection on the blog. For now, check out the other Twinsies' posts by clicking their links below.

Zoya Naturel Deux Sideways French Manicure

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Pretty Woman Nail Polish Review

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Hi there lovelies! I have a review of a new-to-me brand called Pretty Woman. I was contacted a few weeks ago by the brand and invited to participate in their Back to School virtual launch party on today. I participated as a supplemental blogger on Twitter, so you may have seen a few of these pictures already. Let's take a look at the shades I was sent to review...

The first polishes I have are from their Gelogic line of polishes. Here is how they are described by the brand:

Rich, luxurious, professional salon style polish. Dries quickly and easily, without a UV or LED light. A revolutionary new formula, Gelogic® provides a gleaming, ultra glossy, gel look. Self-leveling and plumping, gelogic® provides a smooth, high quality finish. Chip resistant and long-wearing.

Gelogic Light Pink is a soft pink shade with a smooth formula. The polish was easy to apply and went on easily in just two coats. I used it with no base or topcoat and it dried to a remarkably glossy finish. 
Pretty Woman Gelogic Light Pink

To doll this one up for a cute, but not distracting back to school manicure, I added some small white dots to the nails. I think this look is appropriate for all ages, even the littlest cutie pies as they begin school. Although these polishes do not need topcoat, I used topcoat to seal the dots. This appeared to cause the shade to change slightly in its color.
Pretty Woman Gelogic Light Pink Nail Art

Coralicious is an orange leaning coral gel polish with golden shimmer. This polish is absolutely my type of color. You are all well-aware of my recent obsession with coral and shimmer, so this is right on time! I used two coats and the formula was absolutely perfect. It seemed to apply itself. I love these types of polishes because they make the process so easy!
Pretty Woman Coralicious

Sun of a Beach is a golden microglitter polish. It had a great formula. I used only one coat and the coverage was perfect. The glitters went on easily and evenly across the nail. There was no clumping or dragging at all. I decided to pair this one with Coralicious for a little accent nail bling, which would be perfect for making a statement on your first day of school. Of course, this is also a manicure that can be enjoyed by older polish lovers as well.
Pretty Woman Coralicious

I went ahead and blinged out the entire mani, using one coat on each nail over Coralicious.
Pretty Woman Sun of a Beach

Pretty Woman Sun of a Beach

The last polish I have to show you is Stingray Chrome. O.M.G. I can't even begin to tell you how gorgeous this one is. It is a multichrome polish that flashes between purple, blue, and teal. You don't need a dark base or the ability to pull of any sort of trick for this one to show you the different colors. I really couldn't stop staring at my nails and I am so happy that I saved this one for last, because I had to wear it as a full manicure.
 LOVE, LOVE, and more LOVE!
Pretty Woman Stingray Chrome

Pretty Woman Stingray Chrome

Overall, I am really impressed with my first experience with the brand. I think the polishes are beautiful and the formulas were top notch. I definitely need to try more of these soon. 
Pretty Woman is a U.S. based brand and currently only ships to the contiguous United States. Shipping is free and the polishes are $7.99 for a full sized bottle. You can find more of their nail polishes, nail wraps, gel polish lines, and nail kits on their website by clicking HERE.

Be sure to follow the brand on social media.

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