Hello Loves. I have six of the KBShimmer Winter Collection 2014 new releases, 2 returning favorites, and one bonus polish to show you today. Plus a review of two of the new KBShimmer Cuticle Oil fragrances. All of these beauties will be available for purchase on KBShimmer Bath and Body's website on November 1, 2014. KBShimmer is also getting into the holiday spirit with some free gifts and promotions to go along with this collection that I'll tell you about at the end of this post.
Ready to see some swatches? I'm going to start with the most important polish in this release. Why do I call it the most important? Because Pining for Yule is the KBShimmer 2014 Toys for Tots® charity polish. For every bottle sold between 11/1/2014 and 12/15/2014, $4 will be donated to Toys for Tots®. Toys for Tots® is a great cause that is near and dear to my heart. And it's definitely a great excuse to break a "no buy". I mean, can you really argue against a beautiful polish that benefits children? ;)
Pining for Yule is a glitter topper that is packed with holographic green "Christmas Trees", red star tree toppers, silver holo hex and micro glitters. When I say packed, I'm not kidding. I actually found myself wiping some of the glitter on the neck of the bottle to keep from overloading my nails with trees and stars. I did do a little glitter placement for this one. One coat swatched below over a white gel polish base.
Flake Dance is another glitter topper that is new to the KBShimmer line for winter 2014. This polish is a gorgeous mix of silver holographic snowflakes and a scattering of smaller silver holographic glitters. Application requires a little bit of dabbing and some glitter placement. I did have to fish a little for the snowflakes, but that's common with larger pieces like these. Sadly, my photos do not do this topper justice. Seriously, the bling from the glitters threw my camera for a loop. The second, non-bottle shot is the better of the two. It is shown below over a light blue base.
Let's Sleigh Together is one of those crelly/glitter polishes that I just can't resist. This finish doesn't exist in gel, and it's just too pretty! Let's Sleigh Together is a pale grey crelly base with green, navy and pale mint hex glitters, blueberry circle glitters, and micro holographic glitters. The result is a stunning polish that reminds me of the sky right before it snows. Below is three coats with slight glitter placement. No fishing required.
Fallen Angle is probably my favorite from the new releases for winter 2014. Fallen Angle is a vibrant, royal blue jelly base with holographic blue triangles, silver holo hexes, and blue hexes with micro sparkles. While it doesn't quite show in my pictures, this polish has that ultraviolet purple sheen that really makes the blue base pop. I'm not sure how to describe it, but you have to see her in person! The depth is amazing and I love that it offers full coverage even though it is a jelly. I swatched three coats below with slight glitter placement. No fishing with this one either.
Once again, KBShimmer has added textured polishes to the mix. I have two of the 4 new textures to show you. The first is White Here, White Now. This is a snowy white polish that is loaded with white glitters for that textured look. I'm not going to lie...this one reminded me of cottage cheese as I was applying it. While the second coat was still wet, it reminded me of stucco. Once it fully dried, it took on the look of clusters of large snowflakes. :) I can easily see this one being used in holiday nail art this year. I swatched two coats below. I should also note that this is not a texture that works well with top coat. I tried it...and it looked like sealed plaster. So keep it textured! I also had to shoot this one a little darker and then adjust in photoshop for the texture to show in the photo, so I apologize for the weird skin tone and greyish color. The texture is much more obvious in person.
The second texture I have to show you is Too Cold To Hold. This rich sapphire blue base is filled with holographic silver, blue and green holographic glitters for a bejeweled textured look. Ok, so that's the KBShimmer description. If you ask me, we're talking major textured bling that reminds me of the inside of a crystal geode. I swatched an easy two coats below.
Too Cold To Hold does play well with two layers of top coat if you aren't into textured polish. The top coat also brings out the sapphire blue base more than the textured version. I love it both ways.
The next two polishes are returning holiday favorites. All Decked Out is a Christmas Tree inspired polish with a deep forest green jelly base loaded with a rainbow of hex glitters and a scattering of gold stars. I wasn't sure I was going to like this one when I saw it in the bottle, but it completely transforms on the nail. I swatched three coats below with glitter placement for the stars. I did have to fish a little for the stars, but not too much. Leaving the bottle sitting upside down for a bit before polishing would probably eliminate the need for fishing.
Sugar Plum Faerie is also a returning favorite. This is a soft plum violet crelly base with berry, purple and lime colored metallic holographic glitters in varying sizes. No doubt, it certainly brings the bells from the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to mind. I swatched three coats below. No glitter placement or fishing needed for this one.
Finally, Holly Back Girl is not an official part of the Winter 2014 release, but she is new to the line and will be available with the others on November 1, 2014. Holly Back Girl is a white crelly base with red and green metallic glitters that builds beautifully for a soft holiday look. I swatched three coats below, but it is also beautiful as one coat over white if you want the glitters to pop a bit more. Also, be sure to check out the info below to see how you can score a bottle of Holy Back Girl for free. ;)
In addition to the new polishes (there are 5 in addition to the ones I have shown you) and returning favorites (3 in addition to the ones I have shown you), this release also includes 4 new KBShimmer Cuticle Oil fragrances - Chai Tea, Peppermint, Raspberry Vanilla and Unscented. KBShimmer Cuticle Oils are a blend of avocado oil, Shea butter, apricot kernel oil, wheat germ oil, evening primrose oil, Argan nut oil, jojoba seed oil, and olive seed oil. These cuticle oils absorb quickly and leave your cuticles soft without an oily feel. I know, I know...a non-oily oil seems impossible, but KBShimmer somehow did it.
I have experienced the Chai Tea and Peppermint fragrances, and they are seriously divine. The Peppermint smells exactly like the sweet peppermint sticks or balls. The fragrance is medium to light - strong enough to notice but not overpowering. The Chai Tea is dead on for a chai tea latte - I detect the definite hints of cinnamon and clove that make chai tea one of my favorite drinks. This one is also medium to light on fragrance. Between the two, I find that I like the Chai Tea fragrance in the morning and the Peppermint late at night when I'm struggling to stay awake while writing blog posts and editing photos. ;)
At the beginning of this post, I mentioned free gifts and promotions with the Winter 2014 release. Well, now I'm going to tell you about them!
- Free Shipping For All Orders over $40 on KBShimmer.com! No code needed. Runs from November 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014.
- Free bottle of Holly Back Girl and free shipping with a $70+ Purchase! Use code HBGFREE. Runs from November 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014.
- Free samples! While supplies last, a free sample will be sent with each order. Samples may include scrubs, lotions, vinyl nail decals, soaps, etc. Orders will also include a branded emery board.
- Free Snowman Glitter! The first 400 orders will receive a bag of 1000 snowmen glitters perfect for winter nail art.
*The products featured in this post were provided by KBShimmer Bath and Body for my honest review.