Favorite nail polish brand Makeup Wars – KBShimmer is my jam

This week the Makeup Wars group is focusing on our favorite nail polish brands. As a KBShimmer fanatic it was easy to pick this to share with you. In the past I’d been sent some polishes* from KBShimmer which set me off on a buying spree. Let me share some of my favorites.

KBShimmer some favorite polishes

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KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl is a great polish for early fall and early spring especially. This dusty mauve cream applied like a dream and enhanced my tips for 7 days without fading or chipping.

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party* is another fall favorite especially for a party you might be going to. This is their birthstone finish which is heavy metal. Glitter galore and a shade that can look more gold or cream depending on what you are wearing and the light.

KBShimmer Fax of Life

Fax of Life* is another from the brands office collection and this work appropriate polish is a dream. From a light gray to a charcoal it’s got it all including a linear holo with delightful light shimmer in a variety of shades. Highly recommended.

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

Orchidding Me? * is a purple lovers delight. There’s a rainbow of shimmer in this polish that makes wearing it like watching a movie. Every light you are in will bring you new looks. If you love purple, you’ll love this polish.

KBShimmer Along for the Tide (direct light)

A polish post wouldn’t be complete without a gorgeous blue and Along for the Tide* is that blue. This one is packed with shimmery micro flecks and you’ll find a shift with pink to blue and violet to purple.

KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

KBShimmer Got It Sandaled

Another favorite that I swore by this summer is Got It Sandaled. This dark lavender has a creamy shimmer that’s not obvious at first but peeks out to surprise you and bring a smile to your face.

KBShimmer created a collection called Unicorn Pee that is absolutely delicious. Hard to find, as are all unicorns, and precious once you have them. Even though these are sold out I had to share them and hope for your sake that they come back. Maybe if enough people clamor for them they will.

KBShimmer So Jelly

KBShimmer So Jelly

So Jelly is what I’m wearing right now and I’m loving it. KBShimmer describes it as a ” deepened fuchsia leaning purple jelly with color shifting shimmer”. I see wine, magenta, burgundy and more in this beauty.

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

Let’s Slang is the one I was instantly attracted to and went into my cart first. This appears to be a purple in the bottle but it’s really a deep blurple with mostly red shimmer. I didn’t want this off my nails even though I wore it for 7 days. I’ll have this on again and again.

KBShimmer You Dew You

There’s also You Dew You, a top coat to change polishes into shimmer delights. It’s not overly shimmery, just brings out the glamour in the polish. I’ll have a giveaway for a new one since I bought an extra for the blog.

I could show you so many polishes but by now you are probably only skimming pictures. In my opinion KBShimmer is a brand that can’t be beat. Only found on their own website and Amazon it’s worth the time to seek them out. The wear on these is phenomenal, it’s a cruelty free brand that is vegan. (KBShimmer does not test any of our products on animals or purchase supplies that have been tested on animals. KBShimmer nail polish, sugar scrubs, mani shots, cuticle creams and cuticle oil pens are all vegan, containing no animal products or by-products.)
I hope you enjoyed my post and that you’ll continue on to see what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen as their brand of choice.  —  Marcia


KBShimmer gets this office party started! More from the Office Space Collection

*Hi readers, Lisa here.  I’d like to address that in the original version of this review, I had erroneously used some photos that I neglected to cite properly.  It was my fault, and I simply cannot apologize enough.  I am very, very sorry to the bloggers whose work was not appropriately recognized.  Those photos have been removed, the review has been corrected, and I can guarantee this mistake will never happen again.  Thank you for reading, and for your support. Much love to you all.*

KBShimmer Office Space Collection

KBShimmer Office Space Collection

I am the queen of neutrals when it comes to manicures, so I like to think that KBShimmer dreamed up the Office Space Collection just for me! Marcia reviewed four of the shades already – Staple Relationship, Take Back Ctrl, Fax of Life, and Supplies Party. Today I have three more heavenly neutrals that are perfect for your office – Caught on Tape, A Hint of Manila, and Makin’ Copies.                samples

KBShimmer Office Space

KBShimmer Office Space

Caught on Tape ($9.25) This is a wonderful milky pink cream. It goes on easily without streaks – I get perfect coverage with just one coat. On me it pulls more pink, but looks a lot lighter on different skin tones.

KBShimmer Caught on Tape

KBShimmer Caught on Tape

KBShimmer Caught on Tape

KBShimmer Caught on Tape

KBShimmer Caught on Tape

KBShimmer Caught on Tape

I am always looking for a perfect nude shade and I adore this one. Caught on Tape is going into my permanent rotation.

KBShimmer A HInt of Manila

KBShimmer A HInt of Manila

KBShimmer A HInt of ManilaKBShimmer A HInt of Manila

A Hint of Manila ($9.25) is a vanilla shade that is more like the office party than the office cubicle! The holographic sparkle dries to a textured finish. I know a lot of people love it, but I’m not a fan of textured polish, so I use a clear topcoat for a smooth finish.

KBShimmer Makin' Copies

KBShimmer Makin’ Copies

KBShimmer Makin' Copies

KBShimmer Makin’ Copies

KBShimmer Makin' Copies

KBShimmer Makin’ Copies

Makin’ Copies ($9.25) is a super pretty pale silver with white shimmer. When the light hits just right, it has a linear holo sparkle. This is so great for work – it looks demure, but has the right amount of sass to show you aren’t just a pencil pusher. Love it!

KBShimmer A Hint of Manila, Makin' Copies, Caught on Tape

KBShimmer A Hint of Manila, Makin’ Copies, Caught on Tape

The KBShimmer Office Space Collection is one of my most favorites…now if I can just get my hands on Cubicle Pusher I will happily get up at 5 a.m. every morning to take that trek to work with my gorgeous nails!!  – Lisa

 KBShimmer can be found on their website and on Amazon for $9.25 each. Polishes were sent for consideration, affiliate links are used.

KBShimmer wants to know what your office space is like?

kbshimmer office space

KBShimmer has it all – holiday collections, season collections, birthstone collections and now an Office Space collection. Not only do they have it all but I want it all. They were kind enough to send the polishes which Lisa and I split up though it was extremely hard to let any of them go to her! So far you’ve seen just one of the polishes, Staple Relationship, that I couldn’t resist wearing instantly. Now you’ll get to meet three more that are all different finishes. I can’t wait to hear which you’d love to have on your nails too.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Relationship

KBShimmer Office Space

KBShimmer Office Space

Of the three polishes I wore Take Back Ctrl is the most office friendly. It’s the shade I’d wear during Parent Teacher Conferences for example.

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

Take Back Ctrl is a cream that’s described as a dusty rose, mauve leaning shade. On me I noticed much more mauve leaning into a plum.

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

As usual for KBShimmer it applied like a dream without any pooling. It stayed true for the week though I did add another layer of top coat on the 5th day.

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

KBShimmer Take Back Ctrl

If you like shimmers you’ll love my favorite, Fax of Life. “This dark platinum grey polish pays homage to the fax machine.  We loaded the polish with linear holographic pigment, for a sparkly grey manicure.”

KBShimmer Fax of Life

KBShimmer Fax of Life

KBShimmer Fax of Life

KBShimmer Fax of Life

This is a little bit of heaven for me. The shimmer in it is light as is the holo look. In different lights it looked either light gray or a darker gray. It’s the shine and wearability that made me gaga.

KBShimmer Fax of Life

KBShimmer Fax of Life

KBShimmer Fax of Life

KBShimmer Fax of Life

Fax of Life removed as easily as a cream polish does and lasted on me perfectly for a full week. Don’t miss this one – office friendly and party ready.

A totally different texture is Supplies Party. This has what’s called the Birthstone Finish which is a heavy amount of glitter. Often polishes with this much glitter aren’t opaque but Supplies Party was fully opaque in 2 coats on me.

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

As you can see it’s a warm almost gold polish that’s described as liquid metal. If you work in a totally conservative environment this might be best for the office party. I could wear this teaching and the little girls would be enthralled.

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

KBShimmer Supplies Party

This is a party to wear. With this finish though you do have to work harder to remove the polish. It’s a polish that’s worth the work though.

KBShimmer Office Space

KBShimmer Office Space

KBShimmer can be my boss any time, this is an office I’d want to hang out in.

Which is your favorite polish here?  —  Marcia

KBShimmer can be found on their website and on Amazon for $9.25 each. Polishes were sent for consideration, affiliate links are used.

 

 

Use this Staple Relationship from KBShimmer for the best work you’ll ever do

KBShimmer is ready to make your office life a lot better with 8 polishes from their Office Space collection. These work friendly and fun ready polishes will make the day go a lot faster.

KBShimmer Office Space

KBShimmer Office Space

When we received a selection of these KBShimmer polishes I instantly grabbed Staple Relationship, it’s my kind of color.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Relationship

Just look at that sparkle, just look at that color! Can you blame me for wanting it on my nails instantly? In the bottle Staple Relationship looks like a charcoal metallic shimmer with a purple cast. It has silvery metallic flakes in it. Bright light brings out the amazing colorful shimmer but in regular overhead light you’ll see a much more subtle metallic shade.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Relationship

Believe it or not the polish can look charcoal or even a little purple. Light and your skintone will affect the tone you see. I see the charcoal and shimmer on my nails.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Relationship

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Relationship

The holographic shimmer is beautiful yet doesn’t yell at you or your office mates.

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Relationship

KBShimmer tells us that this is a crelly with metallic flakes and that it has a medium amount of shimmer. There’s a very slight texture to the polish but very slight.

I love KBShimmer polishes since they wear perfectly on my nails, lasting a full week without a problem. The hardest part of wearing KBShimmer is trying to decide which one to wear next.  —  Marcia

*sent for review and smiles

Nail polish greats of 2016

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It’s very difficult for me to narrow down my favorite polishes of the year but since I adore polish and want to be an accomplished nail painter at some time in my life I decided to share half a dozen of my favorites. Leaving something out doesn’t mean I love it any less, just that I didn’t have room for it!

SPARITUAL GOLD in RISING SPIRIT – The bottle belies the beauty within. A subtle but stunning gold that wears magnificently and even repels smudges!

Sparitual Gold in Rising Spirit

Sparitual Gold in Rising Spirit

KBSHIMMER FALL 2016 POLISHES make it impossible to choose just one. I love every single one of these. KBShimmer is an astonishing nail company and a brand you shouldn’t miss. I’m sharing The Best Mum Ever as my choice but it was hard to pick. If Oh My Ganache had photographed better that’s what I’d have shown you.

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

LAUREN B ROSE BOWL stole my heart with its metallic red. I love all the Lauren B polishes I’ve tried but this takes me back to my all time favorite: cool toned red!

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Speaking of how much I love red I’ve chosen Dr.’S REMEDY REVIVE RUBY RED. This shimmer infused crimson polish is made by a podiatrist: “Dr.’s Remedy is the first nail polish that received approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association. It doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients likeFormaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Phthalates, Parabens, or camphor. It’s even recommended as a post treatment follow-up to nail fungus and ingrown nails. To top it off it comes in 30 beautiful shades.”

Dr.'s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.’s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.'s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.’s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

I’ll cheat and throw in another Dr.S Remedy polish that is so spring perfect that it makes me long for the sun: BOUNTIFUL BLUE.

Dr.'s Remedy Bountiful Blue

Dr.’s Remedy Bountiful Blue

I needed to add a pink because I’m a pink girl at heart. Unfortunately one of my favorite pink shades was Limited Edition but you never know if it’s still available. SALLY HANSEN MIRACLE GEL FLOWER CROWN is one of the best I wore this year. It’s described as a pearlescent petal pink which is a perfect description.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Flower Crown

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Flower Crown

Since I prefer a polish that is holographic it’s easy to understand why KBShimmer makes another appearance on this list. This time it’s ALONG FOR THE TIDE from Summer 2016. I see shifts from pink to violet and from blue to purple.

KBShimmer Along for the Tide

KBShimmer Along for the Tide

KBShimmer Along for the Tide (direct light)

KBShimmer Along for the Tide (direct light)

Last is from Trust Fund Beauty, another brand that I’ve loved the polishes from. The one that stands out most to me is DIRTY THOUGHTS (although the pink Do U Know Who My Father Is could be the perfect cream color).

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Do you have favorite polishes from 2016? Do you have one you see here that you’d love to own? —  Marcia

*most are PR samples

 

Five days of sweet and affordable Secret Santa Gifts!

Five Days of Secret Santa Gifts!
Do you have a Secret Santa exchange at your work or with your family? I LOVE them. I love plotting my gifts, tying them all together with a great theme, then putting them in a strategic place for my pal to find. Last year, my pal was the school librarian, so every gift had some sort of deer in it – think reindeer – and had a punny message with ‘deer’ instead of ‘dear’. Because I love beauty products, I also made all the gifts about pampering herself, which was perfect because she spends an incredible amount of time taking care of everyone else. Of course, with five gifting days you want to keep your treats affordable, so here are five ideas for wonderful Secret Santa gifts that won’t break the bank and will definitely thrill your pal.                                                                                                *samplesClean Fragrance OrnamentClean Fragrance Ornament

You can’t go wrong with an ornament, especially one that has beautiful fragrances inside! The Clean Reserve Rollerball Layering Trio ($10 – a $24 value!) is a super cute ornament that has three Clean fragrances that can be worn alone or layered for different unique scents. It includes Reserve Blonde Rose, a subtle and sophisticated floral; Reserve Sueded Oud, a fresh and creamy oud (which is woody musky sceent); and Reserve Warm Cotton, a blend of floral and cotton accords, plush lily, amber, and musk. You can find this at Sephora and CleanReserve.com.

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It
Who doesn’t want to find a beautiful new nail polish inside a pretty gift bag? My Secret Santa pick is KB Shimmer Grin and Gerbera It ($9.25), from their Fall 2016 Collection. This cream nail polish is a deep warm pink with just a hint of red, which makes it a perfect polish gift because it will work in any season. The bit of red makes it different from the standard pink cream, perfect for that beauty loving Secret Santa pal.

Zoella Bath FizzersZoella Bath Fizzers

It doesn’t get any cuter than these adorable limited edition Zoella Gingerbread Bath Fizzers ($12). You may be familiar with the U.K. based vlogger Zoe Sugg. I am obsessed with her YouTube and Instagram, as well as her beautiful website at zoella.co.uk. Zoe launched her own line, ZoellaBeauty, in the U.K. in 2014 and now you can find it at Target in the US!

Trust me, your Secret Santa pal will squeal with delight when she finds these simply darling Gingerbread Man Bath Fizzers. The three little guys are meant to be broken in half, giving her six yummy and spicy warm baths of total ‘me time’. Snap, fizz, and relax….aaaahhhhhh.

Carmex Colloidal Oatmeal LipbalmCarmex Colloidal Oatmeal Lipbalm

Small but mighty, your secret pal with thank you every day she uses her Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm ($1.59). This is one of my most favorite lip balms, especially during brutal winter months. It hydrates lips without any stickiness. The light flavors include 100% natural blend of colloidal oatmeal and cold pressed cranberry seed oil and comes in Sugar Plum, Mixed Berry and Watermelon Blast flavors.

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Ugly Sweater

Ugly Sweater

Some people like quick and easy nails, others are more artistic and like to make their own designs. These options from KISS Salon Secrets will satisfy the instant gratification junkie as well as the do-it-yourselfer. Check out these delightful Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection imPRESS Manicures by KISS ($5.97 at Walmart). All That Glitters has shimmery light colors along with sparkling accents for a party vibe, and Ugly Sweater has awesome snow scenes, Santa heads, and Santa belts. Instant holiday!

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design KitKISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

For those who love getting creative, you can’t go wrong with the Kiss Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit ($9.99). This all in one kit comes with a peel-off nailbed protector, fur different polishes, a sponge stamp with refills, and a sticker sheet. The fun is endless with this and KISS makes it easy to create professional quality designs even if you are a total rookie like me. You can find KISS products at Walmart and K Mart.

There you go – five days of Secret Santa gifts that don’t cost an arm and a leg! Have fun gifting your pal with treats that will give her lots of ‘me time’ moments.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

KBShimmer brings the light to Fall 2016

inarowcollageWhen I’m looking to update my nail polish wardrobe KBSHIMMER is my starting point. I know I can rely on them to create shades I want to wear time and again. After being sent several Fall 2016 polishes I’ve had 4 weeks of delight.                                                                                                                                                                         samples
I can always turn to KBSHIMMER for long-lasting polishes with my favorite finish – a shimmery holographic hue containing tiny shimmer within. These polishes remove easily so I have no qualms about wearing them.

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

KBShimmer Orchidding Me?

On my nails right now is Orchidding Me? Described by KBShimmer as ” warm purple base that leans fuchsia” I find this rich orchid to be a standout. This is a linear holographic with a rainbow of micro sized glitter.

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

Another shade in the purple family is totally different in both hue and depth. The Best Mum Ever is a blue based deepened lavender that’s cool toned. It contains micro pink/red shimmer that is more subtle but comes out to play in bright light. The polish is a crelly formula that was perfect in two coats.

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

KBShimmer Oh My Ganache

If you really want a fall shade then Oh My Ganache is the answer. This polish is my favorite of today’s group because it’s like nothing I already own. It’s also a surprise to the people who grab my hand to see the color play in it. Oh My Ganache is a cool toned brown with magnificent linear cool toned glitter.  It’s the perfect polish to wear for Thanksgiving.

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

KBShimmer Turning Pointe

Last is Turning Pointe, a different formula with unending shine. The formula is from their Mega Flame line and has a saturated holographic sparkle. This pink based beauty doesn’t need a drop of extra light since it sizzles by itself. There’s a light texture to it that’s noticeable upon touching only. Turning Pointe does need extra work for removal because it’s so glitter laden but it’s worth every extra moment.

These are just 4 of the 12 polishes in this collection but you’ll want more than just these. You can find them at KBShimmer.com for $9.25 each. Which of the KBShimmer Fall 2016 polishes do you need now? – Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration