Showing posts with label Pinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pinks. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cult Nails Passionate Dreams LE Collection Swatches

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Happy humpday! 

 Today's mid week treat brought to you by; MOAR Cult Nails :D. This sexy Foursome is the Passionate Dreams collection. These pretties were released around Valentines Day, back in February. For this release Maria did a Silver foil, Two sparkling pretties and a new Red wax finish. I am SOOO stoked on that Red wax, BTW. 

All shades but Kiss are shown with a top coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast.

Cult Nails Ignite- This beauty is an amazing Black creme-jelly base packed full of micro Gold and Silver glitter. I am in love with this shade and the way the glitter peeks through perfectly through the opaque Black base. The formula is amazing on Ignite. I only needed Two coats for full opacity. 

Cult Nails Angel Whispers- This shade is a dreamy, soft and ultra-shimmery Pink. This shade is extremely beautiful and feminine. I really love the shimmery finish. This pretty is not without its issues though. The formula on mine was insanely thick. I had to add a few drops of nail polish thinner to be able to work with it. Once I added the thinner I was able to apply thin enough coats to build it up evenly. I used Three coats for my swatch. 

Cult Nails Lethal- This shade is just amazing. Lethal is a super dense Silver foil. In person, it is practically a chrome finish. The formula on this shade is absolutely perfect. I used Two coats for my swatch, though I could have done with One. This shade dries a bit matte and looks great either way. Lethal also makes a great polish for stamped nail art.  

Cult Nails Kiss- This is the newest wax finish. It is Red, it is sexy as hell and it is waxy. Kiss is a perfect shade of rich candy apple Red. The formula on this shade is fantastic. I love it for days when I am in a rush because I can usually just do one coat, and it dries quickly. Basically for instant fab, just add a coat of Kiss. Shown are two easy coats of Kiss.  

All of these shades are still available for purchase from Cult Nails as well as the Beautylish Boutiques. Each shade retails for $12.00.  I absolutely adore these. Even though I ran into that formula issue with Angel Whispers, I still adore that shade. My absolute faves here are definitely Ignite and Kiss. 

Happy humpday loves!

Monday, March 24, 2014

LTHP Quickies! Milani Power Lip Lasting & Moisturizing Gloss Stains

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Hello and happy Monday!! 

  Well, as happy as a Monday can be anyway lol. Today I want to share this quickie post going over the new Milani Power Lip Moisturizing Gloss Stains. Milani kicked off 2014 with a huge expansion of lip products. The Power Lip release is made up of Eight, brand new, glossy shades.  
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 The packaging on these resembles the, ever-popular, pencil lip stains. The color of the Tube represents the color of the gloss very accurately. These pretties are equipped with a stiff (ish) brush applicator. I was a bit worried when I noticed that these are the kind of glosses where you twist up to get the product to come out of the brush.
 The good news is that each click dispenses a controlled amount. It was good to see that the product does not come gushing out, hence ending up with wasted product. Anyhow, I really like the applicator on these, it really works well with this type of uber pigmented gloss.  
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 I love the consistency of these. They are very glossy and moisturizing. To say they are pigmented is an understatement. It takes very little product to achieve an opaque look. For some reason I was expecting these to be a bit more sheer, they are not. These have incredible staying power, they really do live up to their "gloss stain" title. 
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Red Control: This shade is an amazing classic, glossy, Ruby Red.
Raspberry Tart: A classic shade of deep Raspberry creamy gloss. 
Cabaret Blend- This shade is a classic deep Burgundy- Wine with a slight shimmer. 
Pink Lemonade- IDK why this shade is called Pink anything lolol.. It is definitely more of a Watermelon shade. Somewhere between Pink, Orange and Red. That said, it is a GORGEOUS shade!
Macaron: This shade is a perfect shade of warm Pink- Mauve creamy gloss. 
Strawberry Sugar: Ok, first thing's first... The formula on this color SUCKS.... It is a shame, the color is really pretty. It is an interesting shade of light, creamy Pink. It is almost White based. It was so streaky, sticky, and hard to get even. It is also a strange color at first, after a while I did grow to like it. 
Mango Tango: This shade is the most perfect shade of light, Spring Coral. This color is perfect in every way. 
Creamy Cafe: This shade is a wonderful light creamy Brown with a bit of shimmer. It looks really flattering and effortless. 

And now.. RANDOM swatches!! Hahaha, these are the pretties I've gotten around to wearing. I did prep my lips with the Milani Anti-feathering clear pencil for these. It made the application very easy. Prepping my lips also created a smooth surface for the color and extended the wear.  

Milani Mango Tango

Milani Macaron

Milani Pink Lemonade

Now... this is a weird swatch.... It looked weird from this up close. But, yeah, this was the best I could get it to look. Milani Strawberry Sugar.
 So as you can see, even though they are glosses, they are ridiculously pigmented. I really dig these a lot. The colors are so perfect for Spring and Summer. These are available now wherever Milani is sold and retail for $6.49.

Unrelated news: I finally have completed setting up my little corner of polished goodness. I'm so happy to be finally done with that project. It was much more of an ordeal that I thought it would be hahah. But I'm super excited to get to working on some nails. 

My faves are Mango Tango, Macaron, Red Control and Creamy Cafe. Are any of these speaking to you?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Swatch Spam

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Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey! 

 Happy Friday! This is my first official blog post from my new home. I am so excited about our new place. Many of you have been asking about California. What happened? Did I ever make it? etc... Long story short; we made it to Cali and were there for about Three days. We had an emergency and had to head back to Sarasota, Florida (i.e "home").
  Finally, back in January, my husband got an amazing job offer in Boca Raton, Florida so that is where we ended up. LTHP is now an East Coast Florida gal :D. I am VERY excited to sample the beaches in the area. Back in Sarasota, we were really close to Siesta Key. Which is amazing beyond words.. But I miss the Atlantic, being from Puerto Rico and all ;). 
 So, since I've yet to actually unpack and set up my polishing area... I've got some swatch spam for you today. My nails have been nekkid for about a week and a half now. Thankfully, there were no breaks during the move. 
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 To find out more about these shades just keep on reading after the jump. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Fun with Nicole by O.P.I Nail Color

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Happy Friday!! 

  I'm sorry this has been such a quiet week around here. I'm just starting to feel slightly better from that nasty little cold I caught. It could not have come at a worse time. I was supposed to be packing up stuff for our move this Saturday. LTHP and husband will be relocating to the South East coast of Florida. However, it is not a huuuuge move as we are only relocating from Sarasota, FL; from coast to coast... exciting stuff... 
  Anyhow, I wanted to check in and share these looks I've worn recently. I've been slacking some this past week since I was so sick... But, my nails were looking FAAAAAB! Sometimes I really dig manis that are really simple, with just a hint of something sparkly to make it special. 
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 This first look is just a simple sparkling gradient with Nicole by O.P.I Sweet Surrender as the base color and Fab is my Middle Name sponged on the tips for a sparkling gradient look. Both of these shades are part of the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 core line expansion. Sweet Surrender is a beautiful mily off White. The formula is nice, very smooth and surprisingly opaque. I used two coats of this color. Fab is my Middle Name is a re-release. This glitter was originally created for the core line back in Spring of 2012 [original review can be found here]. I finished this look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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One can never really go wrong with a nice chunky glitter, now can they? These two pretties also come from the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 Core expansion. The awesome diamond- shaped topper is called Be Awesome. It definitely lives up to its name. This glitter is just so much fun. The diamonds are Pink, Blue and Coppery shifters. There was no fishing or troubles with the pieces. What you see was completely random :D. A video on my glitter application technique can be found [HERE]. Finished off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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 Last but not least is this Nudey- with- a- pop- of- Teal cloudy look. These shade also come from the same collection. The base color is Nicole by O.P.I That's Putting it Mild. I only needed two coats of this beautiful Almond toned creme. For my pop of Teal I used Emerald Empowered which is a beautiful shade of shimmery metallic.... TEAL. Definitely not Emerald. Still gorg though. The final cloud is Nicole by O.P.I Taupe of my Class. Which is your classic shade of brown-tone Taupe-y goodness. I finished these off with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
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Thanks for stopping by today my painted beauties!! I hope I can be back up and running very soon. Our move should be a smooth one since we don't have much to move, or a very long way to go.. Still, send some good vibes our way ♥. 

Have a beautiful weekend everyone! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LTHP Quickies! Milani Color Statement Line Expansion for Spring 2014

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Happy Tuesday! 

  First thing's first.. I am so sick you guys. I had not gotten a cold in years, literally years.. Yesterday I started feeling off. By yesterday night I was running a fever and all that fun stuff... On that note.... I could not have "picked" a worse time to get sick. This Saturday is moving day for the husband and I. We are relocating to Boca Raton. It is very exciting, but I am wishing this cold would have held off until after this weekend haha. 
 Since I am a bit off today I wanted to share one of my quickies. Say hello to the newest expansion to the Milani Color Statement lipstick line. You guys may remember how much I raved about these lippies when the line was released last year. 
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 I was super excited to see that Milani would be adding more shades to this fantastic lip color range. These lipsticks are perfection to me. They have great pigmentation, and feel amazing on the lips. They also have a scent that I just love! It is a yummy watermelon-y scent that does not overpower nor linger. This release is made up of Six new shades. Most of the new shades are on the Brown/Neutral sides. They also released a new shade of Pink, and Burgundy.
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 All swatches are Two swipes of color. As expected these were all very buttery in application. These glide with ease and don't drag at all. I just love them!
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Sugar Glaze- Light Rose-Blush shade with complimenting Golden shimmer. 
Cabaret Blend- Rich shade of Cranberry creme. This shade is very pigmented and glossy. 
Pink Love- Playful, Blue-toned, Bubblegum pink creme.
Rose Femme- Creamy taupe with slight Mauve undertones. 
Pretty Natural- Neutral Peachy creme. 
Cinnamon Spice- Light Brown with complimenting Golden shimmer. 

 Below I am wearing Pink Love. I had actually been wearing it for a few hours here, which is why it looks a bit "settled" into my lips. That said, I just adore this shade. I mean, I love most Pink lippies... But this one is really sweet and playful, since it is a bit cooler toned that most of the Pinks I already have. 
 Do you have any favorites in this bunch? Mine have to be Pink Love, Cabaret Blend and Pretty Natural. These should be available now and retail for $5.49 each. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

O.P.I L.A.M.B & Hey Baby Ruffian Nail Art

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Good morning beauties! 

 Pink & Gold.... Can't really go wrong with those two together, right? Ahhh blogger's block, how I loathe you lol... This might be a post about how I am stuck trying to come up with something witty to say today :D. This is the "darker side" of blogging... You know, that moment when you are sitting there with a blank screen and nothing but a picture? Yeah, that is me today haha. I'll admit it, the muses forget me sometimes, and I am left speechless... Not because of beauty, but because I literally have nothing remarkable to say. Which then makes me feel like a slacker, which then makes me not post at all.... 
 But then I thought, why hide the fact that somedays aren't as productive as others? I know I'm not the only one who struggles with blogger's block. We all go through it, probably more often than we would like to admit. So here is my confession: I'm fairly blocked today, the words keep escaping me and I have nothing special to say.... But I did want to share this look that has been sitting in my drafts for a while :D...
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 This look started with a base of O.P.I L.A.M.B. I am so madly in love with that shade of satin matte Gold. I went for a contrasting ruffian using O.P.I Hey Baby. I decided not to top coat my final look because I wanted to keep a slight contrast between the glossy Pink and the matte Gold. Looking at pics now, I kinda wish I had top coated the finalized version. I've yet to see L.A.M.B all glossed up :(. Regardless, I still really dig this look. 

Thanks for coming by today. And on a more random note; thank you all for your support and feedback, even on days when I get stuck! You guys rock my worldview! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

O.P.I Hey Baby & In True Stefani Fashion Glitter Gradient

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Happy Pink Friday! 

  It's a Friday quickie! Today I have a sweet and simple sparkly look using Two of the shades from O.P.I's Gwen Stefani Collection. When I first laid eyes upon In True Stefani Fashion I just knew it would make beautiful glitter gradients. 
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 The base Pink color is O.P.I Hey Baby. I used a bit of cosmetic sponge to apply O.P.I In True Stefani Fashion to the tips of my nails. I finished my nails of with some Seche Vite to smooth out the sponging and bring out the sparkle. I so adore glittery gradients. They are a very easy way to spice up any mani. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day 17: Studs

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Happy Pink Humpday! 

 Today I am sharing my look for day 17 of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a Life Challenge". The prompt for today was "Studs". I was really looking forward to this prompt. I love playing with studs, but I rarely get to do so. I'm a huge fan of studded nails. My nails are pretty short right now, which made this a little extra challenging. I wanted to do something a little more elaborate, but studs tend to be too big for my tiny nails. However, I really have been loving the chunkier stud/gem looks so I figured I'd give one a go anyways. 
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 For my look I started with a base of Salon Perfect's In Love. I used three easy coats. This shade of Pink is just lovely, and playful. I used studs from a wheel I got from Born Pretty Store to create a girly look. I used petal shaped studs to create my metallic Daisies :D. I topped everything off with some Seche Vite to seal my studs and smooth the surface. 

 The next prompt is "Floral". I am both excited and nervous for this prompt. I really want to do some freehand floral nails. In all the time I've been blogging, I've never done a freehand floral. As you guys know I've really been trying to push myself when it comes to trying more freehand nail art. 
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 Thanks for coming by today!! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

O.P.I Gwen Stefani Collection Swatches

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Happy Humpday!! 

 Today I want to share my swatches of the O.P.I Gwen Stefani collection. I won't even lie. I was SOOOO excited to find out that O.P.I would be doing a collaboration with Gwen Stefani. She is such a music and fashion icon. But what I love best is that Gwen is one of the original "nail girls". I remember watching No Doubt music videos and always admiring her long vampy nails, Pink hair and fantastic Red lips. This collection is such a beautiful representation of Gwen's style. 

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 For close up swatches and more details just keep on reading. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Nine: Hearts

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Hi hello and good afternoon!! 

 Today's post is Day Nine of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life challenge". That said (lolol).. I won't be posting the prompts for days 11 through 14 until next week as I am out of town. The husband and I are moving... again haha. We are scoping out our new home this week, exciting stuff. 
 For today's prompt I went with a stamped look using a Pueen stamping plate from the Love Elements set and a Milani shade.  
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 For some reason hearts have never been my "thing", but then again neither is Valentine's in general.. Which is why this challenge seemed so much fun. It is taking me out of my comfort zone and is actually challenging... which for me equals more fun. My base color is the adorable Milani Cupid's Touch. This shade was just released for Spring 2014. I used Two coats of color and then did a coat of INM Northern Lights for a sparkly Pink base. For my heart themed designs I used Pueen plate Pueen43 and Konad Back Special polish. I finished the whole look off with a coat of Seche Vite. 
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 So, the challenge prompts will pick back up next week. I hope you guys enjoyed this sweet and simple look :D. Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Seven: XOXO

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Hello and happy Friday! 

  Today is day Seven of the Californails "Totally Doable- I have a life" challenge. Today's prompt is XOXO. Initially, I had intended to attempt a freehand look. I must admit that my attempt did not go at all how I had envisioned. I'm still very intimidated by freehand nail art. So.. I went with an open interpretation of the XO theme. XO= kisses and hugs, right ;)? For this look I chose all Nicole by O.P.I shades from their 2014 core expansion. 
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Index and Pinkie nails: These nails started with a base of I Shop Mintage. This dreamy shade of Mint Green is Spring perfection. For my "O's" I used That's Just Grape then I went back and dotted with I Shop Mintage to create little "O's". I topped my nails off with Seche Vite, followed by Twee & Honey This is Matte-ness top coats.  
Middle and Thumb nail: For these nails I started with a base of Teal me Something New, this shade is a fantastic shade of vivid Teal. This sucker stains badly. It is crucial to prep properly before wearing this shade. On these nails I did a stamp with Pueen plate Pueen41 and Konad White special polish. I topped these off with Seche Vite, then INM Northern Lights. 
For my Ring nail I started with a base of Something About Spring, which is a lovely, classic Hot Pink creme. I then accented with an all over kiss stamp from Bundle Monster plate BM303 and Konad red Special polish. I then added a little Black Kiss with Bundle Monster plate BM03. On top of my little Black Kiss I did a bit of INM Northern Lights to make the kiss stand out. To finish it off I did a coat of Seche Vite.

 Even though it is an "abstract" interpretation of the XOXO theme, I quite like these :D. They are so cheery and playful. The next prompt in the challenge is Hearts, which should be fun. 
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Thanks for coming by and happy Friday! 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Nicole by O.P.I- Carnival Cotton Candy & Goodbye Shoes Broken Lines Nail Art Tutorial

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Happy humpday! 

  Today I have an odd color combination nail art look for you guys. These two Nicole by O.P.I shades come from the Carrie Underwood Collection. For some reason the odd mix of Cotton Candy Pink and muted smokey Green kept jumping out at me, so I decided to combine them into this quirky look. 
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 This look started with a base of Carnival Cotton Candy. This shade is a lovely soft Pink with slight Blue undertones. Once my base color was dry I added some "broken line" accents on my middle and ring nails using striping tape and Goodbye Shoes. Goodbye Shoes is a muted shade of smokey, mossy Green. On my pinkie and index nails I did the spun sugar technique. I top coated my striped nails but left the sugar nails as they were to avoid altering the effect. 

 Here is Carnival Cotton Candy before any nail art was added. I only needed Two easy coats of this color for my swatch. The formula on both of these shades is fantastic and easy to work with. 
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And just for shigs, I actually did a mini pictorial on how to achieve the broken lines look with scotch and stripe tape. It is a pretty straight forward process, but if you guys have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments ♥. 
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 I hope you guys enjoyed this look and tutorial. Even though it was a weird color combination, it really did something for me. They remind me of vintage decor for some reason. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#NailArtFeb Californails Challenge Day Four: Polka Dots

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! 

  Today is Day Four in the Californails Totally Doable- I have a life challenge. Day Four's prompt is one of my favorite things, Polka Dots. I went with all Pink Bettina shades for my dotted gradient look. Since the tag is #NailArtFeb, I'm trying to theme all the manis around Valentine's colors and such. I really like how these turned out :D. 
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 This is a pretty basic look, but I love how the dotted gradient turned out over this adorable base color. My base color is Bettina Cotton Candy. For my dots I used Bettina Watermelon, Fruit Punch and Butterfly. In my photo I am holding Fruit Punch. I finished my nails off with Two coats of Seche Vite. 

Since I am actually caught up now, the "XOXO" prompt  will be going up on the 7th. 
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When in doubt; DOTS! 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Delush Polish XO Trio Collection

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Hi hello and happy Thursday! 

  Today I want to share my swatches of Delush Polish's newest releases. This is the XO Collection. This release is made of Three new shades just in times for Valentines :D. Two of these pretties are crelly- based glitters and one is a soft smooth shimmer. They are really cute and fun. All swatches are shown with a top coat for smoothness and shine. 

Delush Polish Love Me Lights Out- This pretty is a white crelly base. The crelly base is a tad opaque so if you don't keep a light hand you might find that the first layers of glitter are being covered up too much. This polish has a blend of Purple, Gold, Green, Lilac glitters in varying shapes and sizes, as well as neon Pink stars suspended in the White base base. I used Three coats for my swatch. While the polish is easy to work with, I did have some issues getting the larger Purple discs to come out. I really do love this though. It reminds me of little wildflowers. 
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Delush Polish Je Ne Se Quoi- This delicate beauty is a very light Pink crelly base. Packed in this soft Pink base are Rose Pink glitters in varying shapes and sizes, as well as soft mint Green and satin White glitters. The soft Mint touches added an unexpected element to this color that I really like. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. As with LMLO, it is best to keep a light hand to get the most out of the glitter spread. This shade also has a floral feel to me, very romantic. 
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Delush Polish Make Me Blush- This shade is a soft tone of Ballerina Pink with a subtle Golden shimmer running through it. This shade reminds me of little Pink pearls. The formula is a bit streaky and sticky, a light patient hand is best. I used Three thin-ish coats for my swatch, the third coat made all the difference. I really dig this shade, very feminine and sweet. 
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Delush Polishes feature a flat brush, which is always awesome. I also love that they have a matte Black cap that doesn't get all finger print-y (ahhhh the little things). Also, while I tend to hate Gold accents in my cosmetics packaging, I was surprised by how much I love the clean Golden graphic on Delush's bottles. Delush Polish is ran by the lovely Adriana. With each order you also get a cute scratcher card. You could get discounts on future orders or even getting to name your own shade! I got a 10% off discount on my future purchase. I think this is a really cool concept.
 The XO Collection trio is available from Delush Polish now. You can get the trio for $25.00.

I like this trio, the shades compliment each other really well. I really like Make me Blush and Je Ne Se Quoi. They are very romantic shades.