Christmas Nail Art Using Flourish From Inkk

 Christmas Nail Art Using Flourish From Inkk

Today’s maniure is Christmas Nail Art using one of the many beautiful shades of polish from Inkk: Flourish. Flourish is a gorgeous jewel toned green that works anytime, obviously not just during the Holiday season! This shade is part of the Inkk Collection Muse, and they’re all inspired by the Great Masterworks of Art.  If you haven’t checked out all of my previous reviews of Inkk Lacquers, you may start with the most recent, a Burberry Inspired Nail Art post. I know that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so I’ll have a different theme next week. For now, I’m trying to work on perfecting my stamping with this Christmas Nail Art:

 Christmas nail art

Christmas Nail Art

Inkk is vegan and cruelty free nail polish. The gorgeous bottles hold a very large amount of polish, 18ml. They are made in the USA, although the company is based in Canada. Hopefully, you’ve already purchased from Inkk, but if not, you should check out the website. You can make a custom nail lacquer ,and you can also purchase one, in addition to Flourish, from the House of Inkk Collection.

 

 Christmas Nail Art

I wanted to wear my Christmas Nail Art manicure for more than a few days, so in the photos I have used two coats of Flourish, and a top coat on all of my nails. However, I do want to mention that Inkk Nail Lacquers are very glossy prior to using a top coat.

Last week, I included a quote about using the best technique to make sure you have a beautiful looking manicure for more than just a day or two. After each layer, before you add a top coat, make sure that each and every layer is dry!

 

Christmas Nail Art

Christmas Nail Art

Do you have any questions about Inkk that I haven’t answered in any of my previous reviews? If so, you can either leave it after the post, or ask your questions directly to Inkk on Facebook or Twitter. Ashley Morgan is the Creator and President of Inkk.
Disclosure: I received Flourish for possible review. All of the various links are for your convenience only. I do not profit from any purchase you make!

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Burberry Inspired Nail Art Using Inkk Nail Lacquers

Burberry Inspired Nail Art Using Inkk Nail Lacquers

Today’s Monday manicure is a Burberry Inspired Nail Art using Inkk Nail Lacquers. I like the Burberry print, but would never purchase from the company. They are not cruelty free as they sell their beauty products in China! In addition, they use real fur, etc.. Fortunately, you can do your own Burberry Inspired Nail Art using Inkk Nail Lacquers! Inkk is cruelty free, vegan, and five-free (of harmful chemicals). And, seriously, the Inkk Nail Lacquers are dirt cheap compared to anything that you might be (sadly) tempted to purchase from Burberry!

burberry inspired nail art

The gorgeous, large bottles hold 18ml of polish, and are made in the USA. Go to the Inkk website and you will see that you can make a custom nail lacquer. In addition, you can purchase one from the House of Inkk Collection. The two shades used in the Burberry Inspired Nail Art are Francesca, and another that I previously reviewed, Snow Shadow. Snow Shadow is from House of Inkk’s Winter Arctic Collection. The Winter Arctic Collection is limited edition, so it’s only available until December 16th, or until supplies last. 

burberry inspired nail art

Burberry Inspired Nail Art

Please note that I only used a top coat on my one nail (ring finger) for the Burberry Inspired Nail Art. My other nails are without a top coat, and you can see just how glossy the Inkk Francesca is! No matter what the conditions, the polish is gorgeous and easy to apply.  Yes, I did apply a top coat after the photos, so I would have so many more days without having to touch up my nails!

Here’s some good advice to remember whether you’re doing the Burberry Inspired Nail Art, or simply applying Inkk Polish. It’s from Harper’s Bazaar, 2015: “The main culprit behind chips and peels,” according to manicurist Deborah Lippmann, “is rushed, heavy-handed application. You absolutely must let each layer—base coat, first polish application, second polish application and top coat—dry completely before doing the next,” she says. “The solvents in the polish need no less than two minutes to evaporate and if you actually watch the nail for that period,” explains Lippmann, “you’ll see it go from having a really wet look to a dried-down, glassy look that means the solvents are gone. When you paint on your next coat before the layer before is fully dry, you get peeling in sheets,” she says. Part two of the problem is too-thick application: “You want each layer to be very thin—it’s okay if the first coat is streaky, you’ll cover that the next time.” 
So, I have to just add that my experience with Inkk Nail Lacquers is that the first coat is never streaky. Ever.

 Burberry Inspired Nail Art

Burberry Inspired Nail Art

Burberry Inspired Nail Art

For the photo above, I wrapped my black scarf around my fingers, because with the temperature outside reading 22°F, I decided to take this inside and simulate real life conditions!
If you haven’t tried any of the Inkk Lacquers, now is the time! The Winter Arctic Collection is discounted, and is limited edition.

 

Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture.

Disclosure: I received the Inkk Nail Lacquers for possible review from Ashley Morgan, the Creator and President of Inkk. All of the various links are for your convenience only. I do not profit from any purchase you make!

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Shimmer Blush Recipe: Comp Chick’s Guide DIY Beauty

Shimmer Blush Recipe

The Shimmer Blush Recipe is being reprinted on Moxie Reviews with special permission from the publisher of Sunny Subramanian’s beautiful book, The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty: 125 Recipes for Vegan, Gluten-Free, Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skin and Hair Care Products.

Sunny was the very first vegan beauty blogger to make a name for herself. In addition to being a super mom, and now an author, she’s also been a very kind person to yours truly…way back, when I first started 5 years ago! Because of that willingness to help a blogger out, Sunny made sure that I received a complimentary copy of her above mentioned book. The shimmer blush recipe is one of the 125 recipes in the book. I’ve done a several posts including a full review of the book, and then tried a few of the easy to follow recipes: Pore Shrinking Basil Toner and a Strawberry Natural Tooth Recipe.  
 shimmer blush recipe

Shimmer Blush Recipe

Now, it’s time to share the (obviously) vegan shimmer blush recipe from the expert herself, Sunny! 
“It’s time to talk about your sweet cheeks (the ones upstairs, not your hindquarters). Using blush is a fabulous way to appear youthful and healthy, and this natural option rocks at rosying up your complexion” 
The shimmer blush recipe is best for: ♥ all skin types
shimmer blush recipe

Top Tip: Make sure your beet root powder is super-duper finely ground, and then grind it some more in a blender. The finer it is, the better it’ll adhere to your skin.

Superstar ingredient: 
Beets contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Red beets also contain a pigment called betanin, which gives them their bright magenta coloring. In addition to using beet root powder to make blush, you can also use it as natural food coloring.

  • Makeup sifter jar

1 tsp        finely ground beet root powder, alkanet root powder or 
hibiscus flower powder 5 mL

1⁄2 tsp     arrowroot powder                          2 mL

1⁄4 tsp     unsweetened cocoa powder        1 mL

Pinch       gold mica powder                         Pinch

3 to 5       drops lavender essential oil        3 to 5

  1. Pour beet root powder into a small bowl. Whisk in arrowroot powder and cocoa powder, a little at a time, until desired shade is achieved. Discard any remaining arrowroot powder and cocoa powder.
  2. Whisk in mica powder and lavender essential oil until well combined. Pour into jar.
  3. Sprinkle blush onto a fluffy blush brush and apply to cheeks.
  4. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.

Variation of Shimmer Blush Recipe–Matte Blush: Omit gold mica for 
a matte finish.

Shimmer Blush Recipe

You can find Sunny’s blog at veganbeautyreview.com

Disclosure: I received the book for possible review. All links are for your convenience only. Reprinted with permission from Robert Rose.

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Canadian Flag Nail Art with Inkk Nail Lacquer

Canadian Flag Nail Art

I promise that my Canadian Flag Nail Art has nothing to do with the recent United States Presidential Election. In fact, the Canada Red shade was customized by Ashley Morgan, the Creator and President of Inkk, before the election.

Knowing that Inkk Nail Lacquers hail from Canada (alhough they are made in the United States), I thought it would be a nice tribute to the company to do Canadian Flag Nail Art. However, I wasn’t sure which red from Inkk would be best. Although you see a variety of shades of red when you to a search for Canadian Flag Nail Art, the Inkk Canada Red Nail Lacquer is the correct one.

So, what’s the magic behind Ashley creating the exact red shade for the Canadian flag? She matched the red from the actual Canadian flag by using the tools on the Inkk website! Ashley downloaded a picture of the flag, loaded it into the Create Lacquers area of yourinkk.com, and clicked the red color inside the flag. Then, she named the color and ordered it for me to try. Yes, it’s that easy for anyone wishing to create a custom color. Here’s a link to the post where I created my own Moxie shade!

I love the red shade, and knew that others would, too! Hence the Canadian Flag Nail Art post.

Canadian Flag Nail Art

Canadian Flag Nail Art

I was thinking of what I would wear if I were to take a trip to Canada.  It’s cold and snowing where I live (in Massachusetts). Therefore, pretty much what I’m wearing here, like nice warm, cozy sweaters, and mittens, I could just quickly pack in a suitcase, and head on over there.

No matter is you design your shade, or choose one from Inkk, it’s of course, the same quality; it’s easy to apply, and although you should wear a top coat for a lasting manicure, the Inkk shades are glossy without one.

canadian nail art

Canadian Flag Nail Art

The gorgeous 18ml bottles are 5-Free (of harmful chemicals), vegan, and cruelty free. I love that Inkk Nail Lacquers look as beautiful in the bottle, as on my nails! If you design a custom color, your package will be gold, just like the Inkk octopus tail on the bottle.  If you select one of the shades from the House of Inkk Collection the tail is silver, as is the package that it will arrive in.  canadian nail art

If you haven’t read any of my many past reviews, or purchased Inkk Nail Lacquer yet, you should know that Inkk is such an innovative nail polish brand. Inkk has cruelty free and vegan nail polishes that are five-free. Customers have the ability to make a custom nail lacquer, as the Canada Red for my Canadian flag nail art was, or to purchase one of the many that are on the website from the House of Inkk Collection. Many have specialized finishes, and be sure to order early, as there are also some limited edition collections!

Canadian Flag Nail Art

Canadian Flag Nail Art

Inkk Nail Lacquer specializes in customizable nail lacquer colors that you can name, and make straight from your phone or PC. Use this link for a mobile app to create custom Inkk Nail lacquers using a color spectrum or from a picture. As Inkk Nail Lacquer has stated, “Now is your chance to pull apart from the pack. Create Your Color Nail Lacquer today.” www.yourinkk.com

Disclosure: I received the Inkk Nail Lacquer that I used for my Canadian Flag Nail Art for possible review. All of the various links are for your convenience only.

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Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd Review & Photos

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd and My Private Cabana were two shades sent to me. The Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd is such an amazing shade of polish. The deep chocolate shade has beautiful, sparkling caramel flecks. Yes, I’m a very pale gal, but I believe that it will look great with all skin tones.

I’ve shot the photos of the Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd during the beautiful New England fall weather. I have two coats of Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd, and although My Private Cabana is not specifically a stamping polish, it worked well used on my ring finger. I added a top coat so I could wear the polish as many days as possible.  

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

 

I hope you’ve read my other posts about Lauren B. Beauty, a cruelty free, vegan company. If not, here’s what you need to know. The owner is Lauren B., who has always loved nail polish. When she was little, she would frequently set up her own nail salon in the garage and paint her grandmother’s (and other family members’) nails. By the age of fifteen, she was obsessing over the newest nail trends so much that she would put nail polish shades in color groups and, during the hot summers, seek out Cape Cod Massachusetts convenience stores while everyone else was at the beautiful beaches!

Eventually, Lauren B. started her own brand of nail polish without the horrible chemicals of formaldehyde, DBP, and toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. Hence, Lauren B. Beauty is a five-free nail polish. In addition, Lauren B. Beauty polish is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and made in the USA.

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

I love the brushes that Lauren B. Beauty uses; they contain twice the amount of bristles that are common on typical polishes, and each of the bristles are pre-lacquered. All of the bottles have a special over-cap, which means you can use either a square handle, or a cylindrical one for more control. The Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd glided on incredibly smoothly.

As a busy mom, wife, and being owned by two big dogs I’m thankful that the Lauren B. Espresso on 3rd is very glossy, before adding a top coat. My nails dried very quickly, and due to the formula, I had over 4 days without anything more than very minor chips. 

Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd

I highly recommend the Lauren B. Beauty Espresso on 3rd and My Private Cabana shades!

For more information and current pricing, check out the Lauren B. website.

Disclosure: I received the polish, but all links are for your convenience only.

 

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