Pineapple Party Nail Art for Divine Caroline

Today I'm sharing with you one of the most festive nail art creations I've done for Divine Caroline. Summer's swinging by soon, so get pool party ready with daiquiri-ready pineapple nails!

For the full tutorial, be sure to check out Divine Caroline here!

Color Club Safari Garden Collection Review & Swatches

Color Club's undergone a makeover, and to spur the excitement, they released a truly stunning collection of shades, called the Safari Garden collection.

I was immediately struck by the collection's cremes, particularly their off-white, Look, Don't Tusk. It's an amazing base, added to my favorite off-whites (among My Vampire is Buff, My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and others).

The safari theme inspired the nail art as well.

All the colors used are part of the Safari Garden collection, available here. For the swatches of each polish, follow the jump.

Loaded Lacquer - Swatches and Review

Tonight I'm tickled to show you a few glitter mixes from the indie polish company, Loaded Lacquer. After seeing the beautiful work over at Chit Chat Nails, I immediately went online and bought myself the same mix. (The amount of inspiration I draw from Chit Chat Nails is really quite large, so please go check her out if you haven't already!) Then Heather, the lovely owner over at Loaded, contacted me to try and review a few more.

First, check out the nail art I did with one of the shades reviewed below, Fluffy Macaroons.

The colors besides Fluffy Macaroons I used were On Cloud 9 and Enlightenment (Precision Nail Lacquer), Bottoms Up (China Glaze) and Blue Sky's the Limit (Sation). I loved picking out the colors that went so well with the glitter.

Fluffy Macaroons is such a girly, perfectly Easter glitter mix of pinks, blues, yellows and some iridescent pieces. Here I'm showing it over Steady as She Rose (OPI).

Moonshine in a Jar is the amazing color I was inspired to buy Loaded Lacquer for originally. Shown over Chantal (Zoya), the mix is gold and copper, and it's very dense! The ring finger is literally two coats!

The last polish shown today is Steampunked (shown over I'm So Ogre It from Sation). The colors are perfect for the name - copper, gold, black and silver. Just as cogs, gears and all manner of metal trinkets make up the revived steampunk style, so too does the variety of shapes in this polish - square, hexagonal, bar, and even some large circles. It's a little difficult to work with, so you need to apply with a dotting motion.

Loaded Lacquer has plenty of other amazing mixes to choose from, all available from the Loaded Lacquer store. I highly recommend these as toppers to spruce up the most boring manicure in the most exciting way! Thank you Heather for the beautiful polishes to try!

These products were sent to me by Loaded Lacquer. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Review & Swatches

In trying to come up with a description for this variety of polishes from Femme Fatale Cosmetics, I thought I'd Google exactly what "femme fatale" means. Here's what Wikipedia says:

"A stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations."

Dangerous? Nah. Deadly? Definitely not. But what Femme Fatale Cosmetics has done is put me and my wallet in a compromising situation. And it's definitely ensnared me, making me its lover. See for yourself...

My thumb and middle finger are showing one of the Femme Fatale colors, Lime Thief, which you can take a look at after the jump.

Impala Review & Swatches

International girls, rejoice! I've got a non-US, non-UK polish line to share today. This one hails from Brazil. Have you ever heard of or tried Mundial-Impala polish?

The line uses itty bitty little bowling pin shaped bottles and offers a wide variety of finishes. Glitter, shimmer, holographic polishes, cremes, the whole shebang. I'm showing a variety of them today for you.

The colors are a little sheer, which tends to be difficult to work with. They do self-level nicely, but the thin formula requires extra coats. Check out the nail art I did with them (and some of the rhinestones they sent along for review)!

I was inspired by two nail artists I follow on Instagram, @chinailbar and @lucinhabarteli, who is actually a Brazilian herself!

Let's look at the swatches.

Cowshed Manicure Maintenance Kit

Lovely nails start with lovely hands. you see many manis that don't come with soft cuticles?

Getting there takes a little extra time on your part, but not much. And with a helpful product, you'll find it much easier.

The Cowshed Manicure Maintenance Kit is perfect for this. I love this little kit. It's a fly-friendly pack with an emery board, cuticle stick, some apricot oil, Cow Slip hand cream, and a pair of cotton gloves.

The hand cream smells lovely. It's infused with sweet orange and peppermint oils, so it's soothing but revitalizing. The texture isn't heavy like a body butter, but not air light either. It's a great texture to apply right after washing your hands, or over night. Pair the cream with the cuticle oil and the cotton gloves for additional night time luxury.

The cuticle oil is a thick oil, similar to olive oil. It doesn't smell anything like apricots to me, but it does smell nice - more like roses than fruit. Because it's a heavier oil, I wouldn't recommend it for day time use. I slathered my cuticles with small drops before bed and really loved the condition of my cuticles when I woke up.

The color on my nails is OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around.

This kit is available through the Cowshed site for $30. The kit will last quite a while, so don't be sticker shocked!

These products were sent to me by BPCM & Cowshed. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Summer Neon Leopard Gradient Tutorial for Divine Caroline

Screw Spring. I'm tired of this hot-cold thing, so let's skip all that and head right into Summer.

Okay, so really this nail art works for both, but I'm anxious for warm weather!

Get your nails swimsuit ready with this hot neon gradient and leopard look I created for Divine Caroline today!