Nail Art Society March 2014: The Denim Blues Kit

Provided for review

It's that time again...another Nail Art Society kit!  This is March 2014's kit and it is called The Denim Blues and features Habit Cosmetics!  The items in the kit came packaged in a branded Nail Art Society pouch (like the last few months) and denim tissue paper.  This was such a cute touch...it definitely brought a smile to my face when I opened the box!

This month's kit includes:
  • 1 Habit Cosmetics polish (Blue Velvet or Belle Epoque)
  • 2 sheets of zipper water decals (silver and gold)
  • Orange wood stick
  • Info card

The star of the show here is the Habit Cosmetics polish.  Habit is a new-to-me brand that I was excited to try.  Habit polishes contain myrrh extract which acts as an alternative to chemical-based nail strengtheners.  The polishes are 3-free, camphor-free, and not tested on animals.  I love the packaging...the bamboo overcap and Forest Stewardship Council Certified box are eco-friendly!  To learn more about Habit Cosmetics, check out their [website].

I applied two easy coats of Habit Cosmetics Belle Epoque.  The polish had a nice and easy formula and went on well.  Once that dried, I applied one of the zipper water decals in silver and sealed everything in with Out the Door.  Let's be honest - I don't love working with water decals.  They can look really cool, but they take a different kind of skill than the nail art I usually do!  I'm just not patient enough I guess!

So for me, the Habit Cosmetics polish makes this kit worth it.  These polishes retail for $18 each!  I'm not a huge water decal fan (personally) so this wasn't my favorite nail art kit of all time, but I'm loving the polish!

If you're not familiar with Nail Art Society, let me introduce you!  Nail Art Society curates a monthly nail art kit that arrives on your doorstep for $11.95+shipping each month.  Every month features a different theme and different brands, so you never know what you'll get!  I'll be honest, some months, I'm obsessed!  Other months, it's not quite my style, but it pushes me out of my comfort zone in a way that is fun and helps me grow as a nail artist!  Many of the monthly kits are available in the Nail Art Society A La Carte shop, so you can always wait and purchase them individually if you're not comfortable with a subscription.  Sign up or learn more [here]!

I participate as a Nail Art Society Renowned Artist.  This in no way affects my opinions in this review. Kit was provided for review.


Starlight And Sparkles Top Coats & Nail Art!

Provided for review

Hi everyone...happy Wednesday!  Today I have some quick swatches of some beautiful top coats, along with some easy (yet mesmerizing) nail art!  These beautiful polishes are from Starlight And Sparkles!  I love that this indie company stays true to what they do: multichromatic and microglitter toppers and holos!  You can see my previous Starlight And Sparkles reviews [here] and [here]!

First, I have three polishes from the Mermaid Melody Trio.  This is a set of gorgeous duochrome glass fleck top coats.  Here, I've layered just one coat of each topper over OPI Umpires Come Out At Night and sealed them in with Out the Door top coat.  From left to right: Starlight And Sparkles Star Jewel (pointer), Starlight And Sparkles Splash Dream (middle), and Starlight And Sparkles Ever Blue (ring).  Can you even handle the coverage you get with these?!  I was super impressed.  Over dark colors, like this swatch, you'll see more of the duochrome effect, but they could also be gorgeous over lighter shades for spring.

Next up I have a series of color shifting microglitter toppers to show you!  These swatches are one coat over Wet N Wild Wild Shine Black Creme with Out the Door.  From left to right: Starlight And Sparkles Din (pointer), Starlight And Sparkles Farore (middle), and Starlight And Sparkles Nayru (ring).  These are beautiful and complex, and again, there are a multitude of layering possibilities.

When pondering the best ways to highlight these polishes, I immediately thought of galaxy nails.  Since the CND Effects polishes that I love to use for galaxies aren't available anymore, toppers like this are a must-have in any nail artist's collection.  I decided to combine all six of the polishes I swatched above into a sparkling manicure that layers them all together to create a galaxy-feel, without just redoing the traditional galaxy technique!  Here I have layered Star Jewel, Splash Dream, Ever Blue, Din, Farore, and Nayru over Cult Nails Time Traveler and sealed it in with Glisten and Glow HK Girl.  All of the toppers were just applied with the brushes from the bottles, but you could use a sponge as well.

This turned out beautiful and mesmerizing (bummer I smooshed my pinky nail taking photos!).

As always, I am really impressed with the formula and quality on the Starlight And Sparkles polishes.  If you like microglitter and duochrome toppers like this, these would be my top picks!  These beautiful polishes are available in the Starlight And Sparkles store [here].  Follow along on Facebook [here] for updates!


LUSH Handy Gurugu Hand Cream Review!

Hello polished friends!  We all know that healthy hands and nails are the most important part of a beautiful manicure.  Personally, I am a cuticle product junkie, but I've never found a hand cream that I really loved.  I've tried a variety of them, but they just don't get me quite as excited as cuticle products (nerd alert!)...until I found LUSH Hand Gurugu Hand Cream!

For those of you not familiar with LUSH, it is a Canadian company that makes natural bath, body and beauty products.  All ingredients are ethically sourced and cruelty free, and many are organic and vegan.  It's a great company, and it is sooo fun to go shopping at the LUSH store!  The nearest one to me is about an hour away, but it is always worth the drive.  This product includes fair trade organic shea butter that is sourced from the Ojoba Women's Shea Butter Collective.  It doesn't get much better than that...knowing that you're doing something good for your body and for the world!

LUSH Hand Gurugu Hand Cream is a vegan hand cream full of great butters and oils.  When I used the tester in the store, I could literally feel my hands healing.  With so many lotions, they just sit on my skin...this went so much deeper and felt so great!  It also smells great thanks to the yummy oils.  It is not as thick as I expected for a shea butter cream, so it is easy to apply and rub in.

Ingredients include: rose water, fair trade organic Shea butter, glycerine, stearic acid, almond oil, triethanolamine, fresh lemon juice, vanilla absolute, rose absolute, chamomile blue oil, evening primrose oil, organic peanut butter, organic pumpkinseed butter, organic cashew nut butter, organic almond butter, tincture of benzoin, cetearyl alcohol, benzyl salicylate, coumarin, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, farnesol, limonene, linalool, perfume, chlorophyllin, methylparaben, propylparaben.

LUSH Handy Gurugu sells for $18.95 for 3.5oz.  This is the first hand cream I've ever used that I would repurchase!  You can purchase it in LUSH stores and online.  Plus, the LUSH website is full of informative info about all the ingredient (and other amazing products...I love their facial cleansers and dry shampoos!).  Buy Handy Gurugu [HERE]!

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