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#ManiMonday – Gradient Striped Nail Art with Essie Summer 2014

Essie Summer 2014 - Gradient Stripes for #ManiMonday

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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as enjoyable as mine. The boyfriend was away which called for a girls night at my house, some retail therapy and a Sunday Funday/Father’s Day in the pool at my parents’ house. It’s a rough life, I tell ya!

Being out in the summer sun has me craving brights which led me to the new Essie Summer 2014 collection. As I was swatching Urban Jungle, I thought of what a great base color it is for nail art and so my #ManiMonday was born.
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Essie Neons 2014 Too Taboo Collection Swatches & Review

By on June 10, 2014
in Blue, Essie, Green, Peach, Pink, Purple, Summer 2014 with 17 Comments

Essie Neons 2014 Too Taboo

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Even though I own a bunch of day-glo neon polishes, I rarely wear them. They’re cool but the opacity issues and streakiness that plague traditional neons make them a bother to apply. Plus, they can be a bit too much for everyday life.

That’s why I find the Essie Neons 2014 so refreshing. They’re well pigmented and aren’t as in-your-face. That’s just two of the reasons it’s one of my Top 10 nail polish collections of the summer.
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Introducing the Nailbox SS’14 TrendBox, Curated by All Lacquered Up

Nailbox TrendBox Subscription Nail Polish Box

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Today, I have something really exciting to share with you. Nailbox, the online nail polish store, is launching a new quarterly TrendBox subscription and they asked me to curate their very first box!

With a range of boutique and international brands to choose from, I selected four shades that best represent the trends of the Spring/Summer season and I hope you all love them as much as I do!
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Zoya Bubbly for Summer 2014 – Swatches & Review

Zoya Bubbly for Summer 2014

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Like fizzy lifting drinks, the multi-dimensional glitters in the Zoya Bubbly collection have an effervescence that will lift your spirits, if not your body. Six new semi-sheer sparklers that can be worn on their own or layered for added versatility.

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PinspiratioNAIL – Maybelline Bleached Neons Interlocking Dots Nail Art Tutorial

Maybelline Bleached Neons Summer 2014

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Normally, when I see a neon nail polish collection, I cringe a bit inside. While bright and fun, neons are notorious problem children. They are plagued by opacity issues, streaks and the need for a white base coat. In other words… TOO.MUCH.WORK!

Thankfully, we’re seeing some non-traditional neons this season, like Essie’s version and now the Maybelline Color Show Bleached Neons, which are a not-so-in-your-face take on the day-glow brights we typically associate with the genre. I decided to tackle one of my first PinspiratioNAIL pins, a look I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, with these punchy new shades.
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