#ShowMeYourMani

Hey everyone,

Here’s a new installment of our #ShowMeYourMani feature This week i was wearing a combo from #ChinaGlaze #TheGiver collection, that was inspired by the namesake movie and the book.

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China Glaze The Giver: “Friends Forever, Right?” with “The Outer Edge” glitter on my accent nail

I was wearing the white with a touch of pink undertone, called “Friends Forever, Right?” with “The Outer Edge” glitter on my accent nail. I find it goes well with black-and-white monochromatic fashion looks that are huge this season and also nods to the 60’s Mod subculture style that was popular on Fall-Winter 2014 fashion runways. This nail look is a softer version of white, without being too stark or “whiteout’y” the fact which i personally liked And also, i’m not psychologically ready yet to embrace the dark and moody colors that everyone expects you to wear in fall So i’d call it a nice “transitional” mani look

Hope you like it and we’ll be thrilled to see what you guys are wearing in this awesome weather! So please #ShowMeYourMani by attaching a photo to the comments below!

Thank you and take care,
Liliana

http://phoenixbeautylounge.com/china-glaze-the-giver-2014-collection/

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Mermaid Halloween Makeup Look by Ev aka Evelina

Mermaid Costume and Makeup

Mermaid Costume and Makeup

This Halloween I wanted to be something more feminine than all the kick-butt costumes I wore the previous years. I was inspired by the mystical mermaid, a beautiful half-fish half-human creature that steals the hearts of brave sailors 😉

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OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey Collection (Press Release)

This year’s OPI Holiday 2013 Collection is the second collaboration between OPI and the amazing singer and international superstar Mariah Carey. OPI Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey collection features 12 nail lacquers and 6 Liquid Sands, making it for a total of 18 limited edition shades, which is quite an unprecedented number for a holiday nail lacquer collection in our memory.

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It’s #Showmeyourmani Time!

Hey everyone,

It’s #Showmeyourmani time! 🙂

This week i’m wearing OPI HLE18 Baby Please Come Home from Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey collab collection (of course!). It’s a soft lilac liquid sand that gives just the right amount of glimmer without being over the top. I find it to be quite natural looking and cooler-months appropriate. Delicate, feminine and classy.

OPI HLE18 Baby Please Come Home from Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey collab collection

OPI HLE18 Baby Please Come Home from Holiday 2013 Mariah Carey collab collection

What do you guys think? Do you like it? Will you show me your pretty nails this week? 🙂

Thanks a lot and take care,
Liliana

Essie Sleek Stick Nail Wraps Review in Sneek-E

We have a fun review for you today on the new Essie Sleek Stick nail wraps. These are a collection of high quality, elegant, UV-coated nail wraps that make nail art easy and fun!

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Currently there are 12 different chic designs available, the one we’ll we showing you is the silver chrome snake print design called Sneek-E. Other designs include a fun zebra print, a delicate lace design, a sparkly rhinestone gradient and many more!

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The Essie Sleek Stick sets come with a very helpful instruction booklet, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and of course nail stickers, 18 in total.

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Application process goes as follows:

  1. You start by cleaning your nails, removing any oils by swiping a cotton pad soaked in acetone over your nails. 
  2. Pushing back your cuticles. This will give your manicure the perfect salon look!
  3. Paint your nails in your favorite polish color (optional). What’s fun about this particular Sleek Stick design is that there’s transparent parts that make up the snakeskin print. You can layer Sneek-E over your natural nails for a sexy nude look, or you can layer it over any shade of nail polish of your choice!
  4. Choose the correct size for your fingernails. The Essie Sleek Stick wraps sit on a clear plastic sheet, this makes it very easy to determine the correct size.
  5. Pick the nail wrap off the plastic sheet and carefully place it on your nail. Smooth out the nail wrap and gently push to smooth over using the clear cuticle stick.
  6. Grab the nail file and gently file down the nail wraps, trimming them to size.
  7. Add top coat! And you’re all done!

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Here w layered the Sleek Stick wraps in Sneek-E over a gunmetal nail polish by China Glaze, called Stone Cold. I applied the wraps on three fingers to create a fun playful manicure. The Sneek-E print is so much fun! The chrome effect is very beautiful and mesmerizing.

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These nail wraps were extremely easy to use. I have tried many nail wraps in the past and I had a hard time with all of them. It creased everywhere, the sizes didn’t match my nails properly and the overall effect was disappointing. The Sleek Stick wraps were incredible, they barely creased and finding the correct size was a breeze. I am in love with the shiny effect! These look incredibly stylish and are sure to make an impression.

Would you use the Essie Sleek Sticks? Have you tried nail wraps before, and what did you think of them? If you’re hesitant, we totally recommend you to try these! They are very easy to use and definitely won’t give you as much trouble as other wraps. 🙂 Have fun!

China Glaze Glitz Bitz ‘n Pieces Collection Swatches

We are continuing today with more exciting collection previews. Next up is the China Glaze Glitz collection. This collection features six dazzling glitters. Let’s take a look!

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From left to right: Glitz’n Pieces –  Scattered & Tattered – Razzle Me, Dazzle Me – Bling It On – Mosaic Madness – Graffiti Glitter.

As you can see these glitters sit in a clear base. Each glitter has its own main color and then it has black confetti/bar glitter and large black hex glitter thrown in the mix. China Glaze dubbed this black glitter “Bitz’n Pieces”. Let’s take a look up close!

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Now of course, these glitters look best when layered over a different colour. We’ve created three layering combinations with China Glaze Mosaic Madness. Let’s take a look!

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China Glaze Mosaic Madness layered over China Glaze Snow. This is one coat of Mosaic Madness, as you can see one coat gives you a lot of sparkly glitter! There’s three or four sizes of black hex glitter in the mix, ranging from small to extra large! 😀 The black glitter is unreflective but the colored glitter (in this case blue!) really bring this polish to life!

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China Glaze Mosaic Madness layered over China Glaze Sea Spray. We love this layering combo! The muted dusty blue is a perfect match for Mosaic Madness.

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China Glaze Mosaic Madness layered over China Glaze First Mate. Finally a darker combination. The effect is more subtle as the black pieces don’t contrast as much. This gives you a subtle sparkle to your nails. Also a very nice effect!

This fun glitter collection definitely gets a thumbs up from us! At first glance it seemed perhaps repetitive to have 6 quite similar glitters but these are simply beautiful. The layering combinations are endless so you won’t get bored of this collection any time soon!

You can find this collection with us at Phoenix Beauty Lounge for $7.50 a piece.

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Swatches

Hi everyone! More beautiful swatches for you. This is the China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection. This collection was inspired by the Cirque Du Soleil feature film, Worlds Away 3D.

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This is the full 12 piece China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection. It features cremes, shimmers, glitters, jellies,… Everything you could wish for and more! Let’s take a look at the shades up close.

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  • Whirled Away: Back and white collage glitter
  • It’s A Trap-Eze!: White cream base with multicolored glitter
  • Escaping Reality: Neon Raspberry Pink
  • Surreal Appeal: Rich Coral Creme

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  • Escaping Reality: Neon Raspberry Pink
  • Surreal Appeal: Rich Coral Creme
  • Def Defying: Lime Green Creme
  • Running In Circles: Cilantro Green Shimmer
  • Hanging In The Balance: Cerulean Blue Creme

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  • Running In Circles: Cilantro Green Shimmer
  • Hanging In The Balance: Cerulean Blue Creme
  • Water You Waiting For: Shimmering Blue Green Glitter
  • Creative Fantasy: Grape Neon
  • Bend Over Backwards: Pepper Red Shimmer

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  • Creative Fantasy: Grape Neon
  • Bend Over Backwards: Pepper Red Shimmer
  • Igniting Love: Hot Tamale Red Creme
  • Get Carried Away: Multi-sized black and red collage glitter in a sheer black base

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Finally, here’s a swatch of the electric blue creme, Hanging In The Balance. Two coats were used to create a nice even coverage. It dried to an extremely glossy finish, no top coat came near the swatch you see above!

The whole collection is full of really fun and quirky bright shades. They even introduced some indie-like glitters such as Whirled Away. We personally really love It’s A Trap-Eze, a jam-packed yummy glitter and Running In Circles, a must-have for all the girls who love green polishes.

Which shades are must-haves in your collection? Find the whole China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection for $6.50 available on our website, Phoenix Beauty Lounge.

OPI Mariah Carey Swatches

Today we’re sharing some swatches of the OPI Mariah Carey collection! This collection features four of the amazing new Liquid Sand effect polishes. These are glitters that dry with a matte and textured finish. Sounds fun right? 😀 Let’s take a look!

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This is the full eight-piece collection, it features four Liquid Sand glitters (pictured on the left), two shimmery polishes, a glitter and a creme polish.

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From left to right: A Butterfly Moment, Sprung, Pink Yet Lavender, Anti-Bleak.

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From left to right: Stay The Night, Get Your Number, Can’t Let Go, The Impossible.

  • Stay The Night: Beautiful matte black glitter with magenta glitter sparkles.
  • Get Your Number: Matte ocean blue glitter with holographic glitter.
  • Can’t Let Go: Purple glitter with lavender sparkles.
  • The Impossible: Hot pink matte glitter with small and large hex glitter and star confetti glitter.

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Finally here is a swatch of OPI The Impossible, using two layers. There’s tiny holographic hexagon glitters in this polish, as well as larger pink hexagon glitters and a few star glitters too! These star glitters are harder to fish out as they are heavier and sink to the bottom of the bottle, but before you apply, putting your bottle upside down for a few minutes will help a great deal!

This polish is such a beauty! The Liquid Sand textured effect is smoother than you would expect, it’s also easier to remove than regular glitter polish which is a nice bonus. In the sunshine this polish really comes to life though, it almost looks like there’s sugar on your nails! Very mesmerizing.

The full OPI Mariah Carey collection is now in stock with us at Phoenix Beauty Lounge.