Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guest Post from @Pursuingpolishedperfection !

Another guest post today!  This one is brought to you by Lindsey from the Instagram account @pursuingpolishedperfection .  Lindsey contacted me when I had first asked for guest posts, asking if she could do one.  I was so excited as I needed one more!  I immediately searched her Instagram out and was super pumped for her to guest post.

Hi everyone!  My name is Lindsay, and normally you can find me on Instagram at @pursuingpolishedperfection (  I'm so excited to be guest posting for Kelly today while she enjoys her vacation!
I've never guest posted before, and was definitely a little nervous about coming up with a look that would do Tuxarina proud!  Kelly always has such great swatches and nail art, and her photography is fantastic!  As I tried to come up with ideas, I started by thinking about things that would normally be found on this blog...and it hit me!  Kelly is pretty much the queen of piCture pOlish, and she does some amazing work with studs.  I dug out two of my favorite PP shades (Peaches n' Cream and Honey Dew, paired them with my all time fave OPI My Vampire is Buff, and set to work.  Florals and polka-dots are my go-to look when I don't know what I want on my nails, so I played it safe and went with these two looks paired with some stripes.
The stripes were created using striping tape, I used a really small detail brush to do the flowers, and I used a medium sized dotting tool for the dots!  The lighter part of the flowers was created by mixing Peaches n' Cream with white polish.  Oh, and the studs are from Born Pretty Store (probably bought using Kelly's discount code!) - found in this ( set!

Thank you so much for letting me take over Tuxarina for a day, Kelly!  Hope your vacation is going well!
I hope to see a few of you over on Instagram soon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Post from Casey Lane Loves Polish!

 Hey guys, while I am relaxing on vacation, I have a few guest posts lined up.  The first one is brought to you by the lovely Casey from Casey Lane Loves Polish.  She is one of the sweetest nail girls I know and I am very grateful that she agreed to do a post for me!

Dot Nails!

Hello everyone! I'm Casey from I am really excited to be doing this guest post for Kelly today!

For this post I went with one of my favorite techniques, dots! This mani has been done many times, but it's the first time I've tried it. I always hesitate to try doing evenly spaced dots because they make me nervous!

For this mani I used OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today and You're So Vain-illa. I used a medium sized dotting tool for the dots and sealed it in with HK Girl fast dry topcoat.

I love this combo together!

Thank you all for reading! I hope you're having a great day!!! Thank you for letting me guest post Kelly!


So cute Casey!  Thank you again for the post.  I'll be recreating this one soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired By Nature

Hey guys!  Another post ahead from vacation!  I'll be having some guest posts this week, so look forward to that!

Today's Twinsie Tuesday post is inspired by nature.  I have always loved when girls do 'sunset gradients'  with colors that depict a sunset or sunrise.  My gradient is a bit backwards, but it is still beautiful!  I haven't done a successful three color gradient in a while.  I am completely smitten with these!  I used a white base and gradiented with Picture Polish Swagger, Picture Polish Sunset and Picture Polish Totes.  They all blended so well together.  What do you guys think of this one?

Don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies today!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
   Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Monday, July 21, 2014

Colors By Llarowe: Final Fantasy

Hey guys!  So while you all are reading this, I'm on the beach!  I did this post ahead of time as to not miss a day with you all.  Hopefully, I can keep you guys updated via Instagram about all the nice stuff I'm doing.  

Today, I have Colors By Llarowe Final Fantasy.  This was a bit of a whim purchase.  I couldn't help myself!  Final Fantasy is a taupe holographic shade with a pink fleck shimmer to it.  I used two coats and formula was perfect.  I did have some residual shimmer left behind, but nothing too crazy.  Sorry for the short post today, but you all know how it goes!

You can purchase Colors By Llarowe here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Rainbow Honey: Summer Mixtape Swatches

Hey guys!!  I am on my way to the beach, but I am leaving you with some amazing new polishes from Rainbow Honey!  Their summer collection is coming up and here are some sneak peeks!

First up is Rainbow Honey Waves: A brilliant shade of turquoise that contains glass flecks.  These flecks are so sparkly, its literally like looking into shimmering waters.  I used two coats and formula was perfect.  It does have a bit of a jelly consistency.

Next we have Rainbow Honey Fall In Love: A crimson red jelly with iridescent blue specks.  So lovely!  I used two coats for this as well.  The fomula is a but thinner, though that is just consistency wise.  The color is so vibrant with this that you won't need to worry about the jelly showing nail line.

Lastly, Rainbow Honey Elevate:  My favorite of this bunch!  A pastel blend of glitters with iridescent blue shimmer.  I layered this over Fall In Love and I am smitten with the combination.  The pastels pop over that deep base, plus it amps the blue specks.  I especially love the white triangles, so fun!  I used just one coat and did use a little bit of the dabbing method along with just painting it on.  Easy application!

This collection releases TODAY only at Rainbow Honey!  Use the promo code MIXTAPE20 for 20% off your order, coupon code expires 8/31/2014.  There's a few more I might be picking up!

Products were provided to me for my honest review.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colors By Llarowe: Gemini Rising

Hey guys!  Only a few more days until I leave for vacation and I cannot wait!  A fews days off work and on the beach, not bad at all!

Today I have a bit of a love-hate polish.  This is Colors By Llarowe Gemini Rising.  I was dying to get this one once the swatches of the summer collection started to surface.  The green hue is so vibrant and eye catching, how can you not love it?!  I used two coats for this and the formula was perfect.  So easy to apply and topcoat did not dimish the holographic.  However, this is where the hate part comes in.  Once removed, I had the worst stained nails of my polishing career.  I have contacted Llarowe on this issue, as I had not heard of the staining issue before.  Maybe it was a bad batch, or what not.  With indie polishes you can have inconsistencies like that.  I have yet to hear back, but I will keep you all updated.  I am also including a picture to show you just how yellow toned my natural nails were after the wear of this polish.  I was extremely disappointed that a color so beautiful could do me so wrong.  I scrubbed for so long and was unable to get it out.  I ended up buffing my nails which did end up removing the staining.  I hate to buff my nails however, as it essentially removes a layer and makes them thinner.  O well, rather thin than nasty yellow toned!

You can purchase Colors By Llarowe here.  Has anyone else had such problems with this shade?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Picture Polish: Violet Femme

Hey guys!  It feels like forever since I've posted a Picture Polish!  Though, I know thats not, in reality, true!  Hah!  I've missed my favorite brand.  My fellow Twinsie Tuesday girls purchased me a few shades for my recent birthday.  I couldn't be happier!  This one is from Tiffany at Polished To Precision. She sure knows the way to my heart based off of this shade!

This is Picture Polish Violet Femme.  It has been a long time lemming of mine.  Violet Femme is the perfect shade of deep, but bright, violet.  Its formula is similar to Picture Polish's Vampire, almost a jelly.  I used two coats for this and formula was perfect!  I was able to get and even look with just two coats.  My nubbins love this shade, too!

How do you guys like this one?