Celebrate Pixi Beauty’s 15th Birthday with Crystal Champagne (Nails, That Is! )

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Looking for a gorgeous way to add twinkle to your nails that’s still office appropriate, yet can take you from day to night? Look no further’s than Pixi Beauty’s brand new rose-gold champagne glitter shade—Crystal Champagne. We’re popping bottles over it, especially considering that this limited edition shade is an ode to Pixi by Petra’s 15th birthday. I don’t need a holiday to celebrate with glitter, but hey! If there’s a birthday around (especially Pixi’s), I’m all for it. Glitter it up, I say!

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Crystal Champagne — small to medium gold and rose gold glitter flecks

pixi beauty crystal champagne swatch

In the Crystal Champagne swatch above, that is a single coat over my natural nails, folks  You know how some glitter shades make you struggle and dab them on? I had not a single issue with this little baby, which made me so very happy. You know what else makes me happy? Another neutral shade that is still glam—like Almond Glow. Whether you pair Almond Glow with Crystal Champagne, or wear it alone, the choice is totally yours—but you can’t go wrong either way. Also, what a great holiday color this will make without looking too Christmas-y. [Read more…]

OPI Coca-Cola Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

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I have a problem. No matter what I do, I cannot give up my Diet Coke, or my Coke Zero. I try, I really do! I also can’t give up some of these new nail polish shades from the OPI Coca-Cola Collection! With nine shades dedicated to my fave soft drink company, let’s check ‘em out closer…

OPI Coca Cola Collection

OPI Coca-Cola Collection

OPI Coca Cola Collection Coca Cola Red My Signature is DC Today I accomplished Zero

Coca-Cola Red, My Signature is “DC”, Today I Accomplished Zero

OPI Coca Cola Collection Orange You Fantastic A Grape Affair Green on the Runway

Orange You Fantastic!, Green on the Runway, A Grape Affair

OPI Coca Cola Collection Youre So VainillaSorry Im Fizzy Today Get Cherried Away

You’re So Vain-Illa, Sorry I’m Fizzy, Get Cherried Away

Each swatch was completed with two coats of color, and one coat of top coat.  [Read more…]

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches — Neptune, Shimmerfish

MAC Alluring Aquatics nail polish neptune shimmerfish

Right away, you already know I’m in love here. First we have two metallic colors that I’m immediately drawn to, and second–we have my favorite element as a Pisces—water! The MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection is home to several gorgeous sea-inspired hues, housed in the most awesome packaging. The components are mirrored aqua, and look like real water droplets on them! Of course, they’re not real water but you will feel some clear bumps molded over the surfaces to give the water effect. Pretty clever there, MAC! Water-sign approved. MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection Nail Polish Neptune Shimmerfish

Neptune, Shimmerfish

There are three shades in the collection, and sadly, I’m missing the third. (Must track down!) Neptune — tarnished gold frost with hints of green, Shimmerfish — sparkling aluminum pearl, and Submerged — dark teal chrome. Excuse me for a moment while I mourn the fact that Submerged hasn’t made its way home yet. Isn’t she glorious?

MAC Submerged Nail Lacquer

I haven’t had the time to finish going the through all the pieces of the collection that I received, but I’m making my way through them this week. I have to say, I found these two shades (Neptune and Shimmerfish) pretty impressive. The formula had a nice flow, and gave full coverage in two coats.  [Read more…]

Easy Team USA Olympics Manicure / Nail Art

Team USA manicure nail art

We still have a few days left of the Sochi Olympics, and it’s not too late to share your Team USA spirit! COVERGIRL sent me a few shades of the Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss to see what I could come up with. I’m not the best at nail art, so if I can do it—so can you!

Here’s what I used to help me out:

tools of the trade

  • A paint striping brush (I bought this one at Sally for under $5)
  • A few nail gems/rhinestones (You can purchase these inexpensively at beauty supply stores, I bought a larger disc for future use.
  • Three shades of polish: COVERGIRL Ever Reddy, Snow Storm, and Out of the Blue.
  • Striping tape (Inexpensive at beauty supply stores, even my CVS and Target carry them!)
  • Nail glue

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See how easy it is for nail gems to hide mistakes?

The U.S. design is totally up to you! I did something really easy by painting my nails in alternating shades, the blue, and then the white. I used striping tape on the white nails in an attempt to add a blue half-moon. It didn’t work out so well! So after, I used a striping brush with the red shade to create the stripes of the U.S. Flag, I disguised my mistakes with nail gems.  [Read more…]

Easy Super Bowl Nail Art: Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

easy super bowl seattle seahawks denver broncos nail art

I know this might seem a little last minute, but you still have time to create the ultimate fashion statement for tomorrow’s Super Bowl! You can create really easy Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos nail art to support your team, using striping tape or transparent tape, with a few shades of Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss from COVERGIRL. (Striping Brush is optional. You can find one inexpensively at Sally Beauty.) I’m not the most talented person in the world for nail art, so if I can do it—you can too! Just apply your base shade, allow it to completely dry, then mask off areas on your nails with tape to create additional layer(s) of color. You can also cut shapes into the tape before applying.

If I were a football fan, I’d probably be a Seattle Seahawks fan, due to the fact that I was born in Washington state. But to be honest, I don’t really have a horse in this race, so I wanted to show you simple designs I did for each team. Let me know if you’re rocking an NFL fanicure for the game, or if you want to create your own using any of these tips. Have fun nailgating!

Seattle Seahawks

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For the Seattle Seahawks, I used a combination of four shades:  [Read more…]

COVERGIRL Bombshell Collection LipPerfection Lipstick and Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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Alright, girls! Start #bombshelling!

I know, I know. You’ve probably already seen me profess my love for these two products all over Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. But, in the slight chance you haven’t (I couldn’t take that risk!), I had to share them here, too. COVERGIRL recently released a Bombshell Collection, and it contains some new nail colors, LipPerfection Lipsticks, Intensity Liners, jumbo gloss balms, a new mascara, and creamy ShineShadows—but I HAD to share these first since these are my absolute favorites from the entire Bombshell collection.

covergirl bombshell

Meet the new LipPerfection Lipstick and Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss shade in Bombshell. It’s a captivating bright pink that screams for positive attention, and every time I wear either of these, I receive a ton of compliments. (Which sometimes, makes me a little bashful, but I just love the color so much!)

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WIN IT! OPI Gwen Stefani Collection “Over & Over A-Gwen” Collector’s Set Giveaway

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Here’s your chance to win Gwen Stefani’s signature red nail polish from her brand new collaboration with OPI! Over & Over A-Gwen is a gorgeous creme gloss, pin-up red. It’s available only in a collector’s set that comes with several Swarovski Elements—crystals, studs, and more (with a tube of OPI nail glue) to create your own unique Gwen-inspired nail art! I found an extra one of these sets during my OPI/Gwen hunt, and I picked it up just for one lucky Beauty Junkies Unite reader!

(If you haven’t seen the rest of the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection yet, you’ll want to see it all here!)

Here are just a few examples of what you can do with the Swarovski Elements…but I know you’re pretty creative yourself!

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Giveaway details & how to enter…

Prize: One (1) winner will receive the OPI x Gwen Stefani “Over & Over A-Gwen” Collectors Set with her signature red nail polish and Swarovski Elements. [Read more…]

Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid Beauty Buys

pantone 2014 color of the year radiant orchid

Pantone’s pick for 2014…

Every year, I look forward to the color authority, Pantone’s announcement for the color of the year. I loved last year’s pick, emerald—but I have to admit, I’m much more excited about this year’s choice—radiant orchid. Tones of purple are my favorite shades (can’t you tell?), so it wasn’t hard for me to immediately find some great beauty buys to get you ready to rock this gorgeous trend in the new year.

urban decay fishnet eyeshadoe

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fishnet

A reader favorite, Urban Decay’s eyeshadows feature their patented Pigment Infusion System™, which packs a punch of pigment into their buttery, easy to blend formulation. $18; sephora.com, urbandecay.com

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Urban Decay Limited Edition Nail Color in Zodiac & Blackheart Review, Photos, Swatches

urban decay nail lacquer blackheart zodiac

Two new limited edition shades…

Remember not that long ago, I told you the story about how Urban Decay started in 1996 with just 12 nail polishes and 10 lipsticks? And that they were going to release two new, and very limited edition nail shades each season? Well, I’m back with the winter edition!

This time, we have Zodiac (smoky green with gold, green and blue 3-D micro-glitter), and Blackheart (smoky greige with red and multicolored shimmer) to choose from, and they meet up pretty closely with their eyeshadow counterparts. Blackheart isn’t a 100% dupe for Blackheart eyeshadow, but I can see a slight resemblance. With Zodiac however, it looks just like its matching Moondust eyeshadow shade.


urban decay nail polish skull top

skull caps with rose eyes

Like the previous limited edition nail color releases, the bottle is gorge; it has the signature “UD” in silver on the front of the bottle, and a raised “Urban Decay” on the cap, along with a gunmetal skull with rose eyes. Pretty fancy, huh? [Read more…]