Nail Art Necessities: Picker Pencil

When visiting the store, we know there’s a lot to take in. It’s like a nail art wonderland here, and sometimes finding the perfect item can be a daunting task. To make it easier to be a nail-art goddess, we’re going to feature some awesome items in the “Nail Art Necessities” series. Look to these posts to find some items that you might not have known about before, but you really should check out!

Have you ever tried picking up a nail art decoration and dropped it a bunch of times or had to set it down and pick it up so many times just to grip it right? How about accidentally flung it across the room with your tweezers? We’ll let you guess which ones we’ve done (hint: it’s more than one of those!). It’s frustrating when things aren’t as smooth as we’d like. Have you ever wished for an easier way to place your nail art? Our first Nail Art Necessity is the Wax Picker Pencil. Let’s have a look…


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Essie For The Twill Of It 2013 Collection: New Arrival!

It’s getting to be that time again, when the leaves fall and it starts getting cooler. You may miss the summer, but the best part of autumn is the fashion! Essie seems to agree with us and has a new clothing-inspired collection coming our way. Watch out for Essie For the Twill Of It. Let’s have a look…


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New Pricing for [some] NYX Items

We know you love NYX products as much as we do. They have such lovely, bright colors and long-lasting products. Seriously, you could stack NYX up next to so many über-expensive brands and find very little quality difference. We’ve done just that and found that we prefer NYX (we’re not telling which other brands…we wouldn’t want to embarrass anyone…)

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China Glaze On The Horizon 2013 Collection: Now Available for Pre-Order

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Feathers are a fall staple. They’re in our jewelry, printed on clothes and accessories, painted on nails and more. We love them! Instead of painting your nails with feather designs this fall, how about turning your nails into pretty plumes? That’s exactly the goal with China Glaze On The Horizon 2013 Collection. Let’s have a look…

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Now Available for Pre-Order: OPI San Francisco 2013

Remember our preview post on the fantastically fab OPI San Francisco collection for Fall / Winter 2013? We heard from our people that it’s coming out soon, so…


We’ve opened up the OPI San Francisco Fall / Winter 2013 collection for pre-orders. We’ll be shipping pre-orders as soon as the collection arrives; we’re expecting it to hit shelves in early August. Be the first to get these shades!   🙂

OPI Neon Revolution Mini 6/Pack Summer 2013

We loved last years OPI Outrageous Neons set and this year OPI is answering our prayers with another fabulous set of neons. OPI Neon Revolution arrived last week. Get your sunglasses out because these neons are criminally bright!


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China Glaze Sunsational Summer 2013 Swatches

Hi everyone! Today we finally bring you our exclusive swatches of this years China Glaze Summer collection for 2013, SUNSATIONAL. This collection is for all lovers of bright shades, as they really pack a punch! China Glaze decided to feature two finishes in this collection, cremes and jellies. First up we’ll take a look at the six Sunsational creme shades.chinaglazesunsationalcremes

From left to right: Sun Of A Peach, Neon & On & On, Bottoms Up, That’s Shore Bright, Too Yacht To Handle, Highlight Of My Summer.

How stunning are these Sunsational Cremes? We’re absolutely in love! Every single one of the shades is simply beautiful. These cremes are what you would call neon pastels. If you love pastels and neons than you will ADORE the Sunsational cremes. They merge the best of both worlds and have created opaque neons that don’t compromise. We’ll let the swatches speak for themselves!


China Glaze Sunsational Sun Of A Peach: First up is this amazing neon pastel coral creme. We suspect this was inspired by one of the most popular China Glaze shades, Flip Flop Fantasy. If you loved that shade, you will love this one even more! It packs a lot more punch than Flip Flop Fantasy and is about ten times brighter. We love it! Perfect pedicure shade. This was three coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Neon & On & On: Next up is this warm neon pastel pink. You won’t believe how bright this is! It is such a gorgeous colour. It slightly leans towards coral so it’s great for all you olive skin toned ladies out there! But that won’t stop us from wearing it too. This was three coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Bottoms Up: This shade is very much like the previous colour, Neon & On & On, only a lot more blue-toned. This is definitely a hot Barbie pink! A must-have in any pink lovers nail polish collection. How cute will this look on your toes? This entire collection is full of perfect pedicure shades! This was two coats.


China Glaze Sunsational That’s Shore Bright: Next up is this bright pastel purple. Not quite as neon as the others but definitely bright! As you can see, it has a matte finish. This is the same for ALL cremes, so we recommend slapping on a nice coat of glossy Seche Vite fast drying top coat for a shiny finish. This was two coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Too Yacht To Handle: Now how bright is this turquoise? Wow! Too Yacht To Handle is a gorgeous bright turquoise colour. It had a flawless formula and was great in application. Another must-have! This was three coats.


China Glaze Sunsational Highlight Of My Summer: Finally the last shade of the Sunsational cremes. This is an ah-mazing pastel neon mint green. This is easily our favourite shade from the whole collection! You’ll find nothing like this in your nail polish collection, it’s such a unique shade. This was three coats.


From left to right: Shell-O, Heat Index, You Drive Me Coconuts, Are You Jelly?, Isle See You Later, Keepin’ It Teal.

Next up are the Sunsational Jellies. As you may or may not know, jellies have a very squishy and shiny finish. They’re also usually quite sheer and require a few layers for opacity. Some of these are difficult to get opaque on their own so we decided to show their beauty to the max and layer them over one coat of white. If you want your neons to stand out, layering them over white makes them even brighter! Let’s take a look.


China Glaze Sunsational Shell-O: This is the first of the jellies and this colour is a gorgeous coral pink jelly. It’s slightly more coral in person and definitely a lot brighter! Another great summery shade. This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Heat Index: Next up is this bright neon pink jelly! It’s slightly warmer in person, more like how it looks in the bottle. These shades are too bright for our camera to handle! This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational You Drive Me Coconuts: How amazing is this pink? WOW! This is one of the brightest pinks we’ve seen in a while. It doesn’t disappoint! By the way, how cute are these names? We love you China Glaze! This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Are You Jelly?: Next up is this gorgeous bright purple. This is a really deep warm bright purple. Great for all you purple lovers out there! You will love this! This was three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Isle See You Later: Now this is a very interesting polish. It’s extremely sheer, almost impossible to get opaque on its own. We’re not quite sure what China Glaze had in mind for this colour. Having said that, layered over white, we think it looks great! This was, again, three coats over one coat of white.


China Glaze Sunsational Keepin’ It Teal: Finally another bright turquoise colour. It leans slightly towards green which we love. A beautiful shade! It really packs a punch when you layer it over white. This was three coats over one coat of white.


And finally, of course, the Pinnable collage. 🙂 Aren’t these shades wonderful? We’re a huge fan of this collection and we are certain you will love it too. They weren’t easy to capture as they are so incredibly bright. Definitely a collection you need to see in person to fully appreciate!

You can find all China Glaze Sunsational shades available for purchase at Phoenix Beauty Lounge. They’re very popular and as we just got another shipment of them in, make sure to be quick if you want to get your hands on them! Which shades will you be picking up?