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 Remover

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 Remover 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 Remover

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 Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

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

KBShimmer Staple Remover

KBShimmer Staple Remover

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

grinandgerberaitWho 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

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand is holo perfection

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

One of the things I love about nail bloggers is that they find the most interesting polishes. I need to win the lottery in order to buy all the polishes that I find on their blogs that I’ve fallen for. One such polish is from KBShimmer, Berried in the Sand. As soon as I saw that on Cosmetic Sanctuary’s blog I was a goner and had to order it.

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

I make no bones about loving KBShimmer polishes. Their polishes are outstanding in formula and wear. As a holo lover they are a brand I go to first. Berried in the Sand is unique to the site Color4Nails and is exclusive to them. Of course when I ordered I included some other polishes since I didn’t want it to be lonely! Those will be shown at a later date.

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand

Berried in the Sand is described as “Berry pink linear holographic shade”. One of the many things I love about it is the array of colors I see when I’m wearing this. My blogger friend Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary was the one that showed me the way. As usual her swatch pictures are first rate and need to be seen plus she has a discount code for Color4Nails.

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand in the sun

KBShimmer Berried in the Sand in the sun

If you love a cool tone polish, if you love pink or berry, if you love holographic nails, then you’re going to love KBShimmer Berried in the Sand. I see infinitesimal shimmer throughout that makes this exciting to wear in all lights.

Are you a fan of this kind of color or formula??  —  Marcia

*nothing to disclose

 

KBShimmer dazzles me with Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

Having a manicure each week is my biggest indulgence. I love the pampering I get for half an hour a week from my nail tech. A half hour that I try not to think about the world around me and just concentrate on my nails. But what I love even more is when I bring in a polish that knocks my socks off, which is exactly what KB Shimmer‘s summer 2016 polish GULL, GET READY did for me. This is the 5th polish from the summer polishes that KBShimmer sent for Lisa and I to test. Having this to wear and stare at for 7 days – what a delight.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

I normally ignore polishes with flakes because they can be difficult to remove but I haven’t found that with the two flake polishes I have from KB Shimmer (Gull, Get Real and Garnet from the Birthstone Collection). Yes I’ve had to work harder to remove these but they weren’t impossible at all. With both of them my nail tech gave me some cotton balls and remover knowing I’d need extra time. I was surprised that it only took me a few passes to remove.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

But the important thing is the wear and Gull, Get Real wore fabulously for the week. KBShimmer describes this dazzler as a  light, grey toned purple, this lilac like polish sparkles with micro holo and metallic flakes.

This has a medium glitter load with the glitter size going from micro to small. Look at that holo! It’s like bringing fireworks to my nails.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Ready

KBShimmer Gull, Get Ready

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real is everything I love in a polish: metallic, holographic, shiny, and a gorgeous purple. I can’t ask for more for $9.25 except more KBShimmer Polishes!  — Marcia

p.s. Speaking of more KB Shimmer polishes, I just ordered a limited edition one from Color4Nails called Berried in the Sand that I can’t wait to wear and share!

*sent for consideration

KBShimmer Summer 2016 That’s Nude to Me and Suit the Breeze

kb shimmer logoKBShimmer That's Nude to Me and Suit the BreezeYou probably read Marcia’s review of KBShimmer’s Along for the Tide and Good Reef – if not, check it out HERE pronto! The shimmery awesomeness of KBShimmer continues with That’s Nude to Me and Suit the Breeze.

press samples

thats_nude_to_meI am absolutely loving That’s Nude to Me. It is a beigey-pink nude that goes the extra mile with a holographic effect in direct sun and a more subtle shimmer in the shade.

KBShimmer That's Nude to Me

KBShimmer That’s Nude to Me

KBShimmer That's Nude to Me

KBShimmer That’s Nude to Me

This applies like a dream and is a perfect shade for summer, alternating between soft and sweet and truly attention-getting.

suit_the_breezeI am a little more on the fence with Suit the Breeze.  The color is gorgeous – just look at that fabulous periwinkle blue!

KBShimmer Suit the Breeze

KBShimmer Suit the Breeze

KBShimmer Suit the Breeze

KBShimmer Suit the Breeze

Suit the Breeze is a crelly polish with tiny pink shimmers and violet micro flakes that make this color unique…but the application is tough. I had a hard time getting the polish to lay smooth even with very thin layers.

I think that That’s Nude to Me is an essential shade for this summer. If you are more adventurous and a little more talented with wielding a nail polish applicator, Suit the Breeze is a wonderful summer shade that will complement even the teeniest of bikinis. Check out the entire KBShimmer Summer 2016 Collection here.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration