Author Archives: Christy Rose

Coach Cosmetic Case and Rainbow Tool Giveaway ($115.80 value!!)

We love all things color shifting an rainbow, and when we saw Coach had a color shifting cosmetic case, we knew we  had to get some!  So, we purchase two of these colorful beauties to giveaway!  Each is valued at $75!  And even better, we are including a set of our 4 rainbow tools: cuticle pusher, clipper, slant tip tweezers and point tip tweezers vauled at $40.80.  That is a $115.80 value!!  This giveaway is open to everyone 18 plus, so enter now!  See a video of this cosmetic case in action on Instagram.



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Giveaway ends January 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST. Contest open to US and international entrants 18 years of age or older .  Winners will be selected randomly via and be notified by email. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to KBShimmer Bath & Body, Inc, and information will not be sold or shared and information will be used only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Prizes will be shipped via USPS postal mail or Fedex, and KBShimmer Bath & Body, Inc will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Computers, Colors and Neons Oh My!

We have had a couple questions/complains lately regarding polish colors matching when compared in person to photos on the screen.

I wanted to explain our color matching/batch making/blogger photo process.


For every polish, we make a prototype batch.  That prototype batch sits in our office, goes back and forth to our house for me to use, and generally bangs around for 4-6 months, if not longer before released.  This batch generally has had tweaks and changes made, but the final recipe has a 12-24 bottle or so batch made and left to sit to ensure we are happy with the final recipe and everything is stable.  Our recipes are very specific and are done by weight for all colorants, and by dry measurements for glitters.  This ensures we can duplicate recipes exactly.

Closer to release, generally 2-3 months before release we scale up that prototype batch to gallon size batches(or larger amounts),  making between 200-500 bottles.  We verify that it matches the original samples and that we are happy with how it scaled.  This batch is used to pull samples we use to compare every future batch.  We also send our bloggers and media samples from this batch, and anyone that orders during release would get from this first large batch.

When we run out, we go back the original recipe and reproduce according to that recipe.  We then compare against the original sample to ensure that the color matches.  If they don’t match, we discard.  When when the batches don’t match, it is often human error, but sometimes it could be due to a slight change in the pigments from suppliers if we did have to use a different supply batch.  It happens, dye lots can have variances, that effects even large polish companies.  We generally buy ingredients in such bulk that we use the same colorants for many many batches, so that does not happen, but if it does, we then can try to tweak to get a match if it is close, or in some instances go with the new color (like Witch Way which changed slightly a few years ago due the pigment changing).  But overall, we try to match each batch exactly to the original sample but recognize that when using dyes and natural pigments, slight variations can occur.  And I do mean slight.

When we send out to bloggers, we send to over 40 different bloggers.  We try to send 1-2 months ahead of time (we try but sometimes that time is shorter).  This gives us time to gather photos from the bloggers to use for our listings.  But, those photos don’t always come in before we go live.  So we choose from the selection we get to find 5-10 photos that we think match best for our listings.

This is where is get tricky.  I myself have 2 computers, and several mobile devices.  And let me tell you, not a single one of those show colors the same way, which is frustrating as I have to do my best to guess how they will look on most computers.  Do I try to match with my iphone? My laptop? Pick something in-between?  Then you think about all the phones, the computers, and all the settings and all the ways people tweak monitors I don’t know how anyone ever matches colors online!  Heck, I have a Pantone color book, and do you know that I can not get the colors from them online to match what my book directly from them shows?


Plus, I have photos from up to 40 people to choose from.  That is 40 different combinations of cameras, lighting, skin tones, editing on their end, etc.  Those 40 different people probably tried to match photos to what their eyeballs saw compared to the polish in person.  And did you know that not everyone sees colors the same?  What a level of trickiness this brings to the table.  I have even on rare occasion edited photos with blogger permission to better match when they themselves had said the colors were off.

And that is for a normal polish.  Some colors (blues, purples, neons, etc.) screw with cameras and are near impossible to get to reflect correctly in photos (Periwinkle In Time I am looking at you).  I could go on and on about how those type of colors are out of range for digital cameras, but bottom line is, they suck to get accurate photos of.  Which makes a collection like our pastel neons horrible to get to show correctly online. We do try and put notes on listing where we think the photos are off, but notes don’t always get read either.

I can only assume that other brands have this issue.  I know I have heard complaints about Zoya colors not matching, but I am not sure about other Indies.  I myself have had color matching issues with clothes, home decor, and other items purchased online.

I will leave you with two photos as examples.  This is the folder of blogger photos for Eyes White Open and for Rum Me The Right Way.  Same batch for all the bloggers, so many variations!  If this can happen with a basic color like white, imagine how hard it is with other colors!

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We do everything in our power to make sure that our photos show as correctly as possible to make it easy to shop online, but there are limits to what we can do.  I do want to keep bringing awesome collections with blues, purples, neons, etc, but hesitate knowing people will complain about the photos.  It makes it hard to go beyond the “safer” easier to photograph colors.  And I really want to bring out a bright neon collection that marbles too!

I guess I just wanted to explain a little more about the process and what goes into getting polishes ready for the web and some of the challenges we face 🙂  Thank you if you stuck with me so far!

Color Me Chic: 5 Ways to Match Your Jewelry and Nails

Color Me Chic: 5 Ways to Match Your Jewelry and Nails

by Jade McCampbell of Jewelry TV | Jun 01, 2015

Color Me Chic: 5 Ways to Match Your Jewelry and Nails

Summer is all about vibrant color and fun in the sun. Kick up your color this summer by matching your polish with colorful gemstone rings and bracelets! Jewelry TV has partnered with KBShimmer to bring you perfect pairs of nail polish with juicy, gemstone jewelry. KBShimmer is your one stop shop for dynamic nails – from holographic shimmer to multichrome metallics your mani is sure to shine!

Turquoise Waters

The color turquoise is always a summer staple – it immediately brings me to memories of floating in the pool on hot summer days, or looking out on beautiful, blue water at the beach. Take one look and you’ll know that this Glacier Topaz™ jewelry is anything but cold! They match perfectly with the “Laugh Myself Lily” nail polish – a soft turquoise color inspired by floating water lilies.

Topaz and “Laugh Myself Lily” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: ANH195, EOH249, DOCZ199, DOCZ812B)

Topaz and “Laugh Myself Lily” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: ANH195, EOH249, DOCZ199, DOCZ812B)

Lilac Love

Rose gold and lilac collide in a gorgeous match! I love how light and airy this combination is. Kelsey’s orchid amethyst jewelry in rose gold over sterling silver absolutely glow with her holographic, purple-pink manicure. The ring to the right was probably my favorite of the shoot – I’m truly a sucker for lilac colored gems and this ring is even more luscious in person, if you can believe it!

Orchid Amethyst and “Thistle Be The Day” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: MAE040, STJ494, STJ279)

Orchid Amethyst and “Thistle Be The Day” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: MAE040, STJ494, STJ279)

 Keeping Chrome

Mirrored sunglasses are everywhere right now, and with the help of Mystic® Topaz jewelry and “Look on the Nightside” nail polish you can keep the chrome even when your shades come off. It’s amazing that KBShimmer has a polish that imitates the shifting shades of my Mystic® Topaz Rings and bracelet– from green, to violet, to blue! Try this look and you’re sure to stand out this summer, the nail polish alone is a conversation starter!

Mystic Topaz and “Look on The Nightside” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: ANH161, JWH108, MKH065, JWH109)

Mystic Topaz and “Look on The Nightside” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: ANH161, JWH108, MKH065, JWH109)

Punch of Purple

Jewel tones aren’t off limits this summer. Add a little guilt-free drama to your ensemble with these striking deep purple amethyst rings. Personally, I love all shades of purple and the darker hues give a rich and exotic feel. Even if you don’t have a vacation planned to an exotic locale this summer, you can put these on and still feel like a jetsetter! These rich amethyst hues pair perfectly with “Pigment of My Imagination” polish.

Amethyst and “Pigment of My Imagination” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: STZ028B, STI881, STZ028R)

Amethyst and “Pigment of My Imagination” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: STZ028B, STI881, STZ028R)

Pretty in Pink 

Melissa is pretty in pink with her pink Bella Luce® and Pure Pink™ Mystic® Topaz rings and bracelets. No color is quite as flirty and feminine as pink! Her pink jewelry and manicure capture the fun, carefree spirit of summertime. Spend an afternoon in the sunshine and you’ll see how they peachy rose-colored polish, “Blush Money”, shimmers with hints of gold!

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Pink Jewelry and “Blush Money” KBShimmer Polish (SKUS: MLH186, BJJ900, BJK082, BJK294)

Who doesn’t love a fresh manicure and new jewelry? No one! Get out there and make a statement this summer. It’s as easy as a fresh coat of polish and a cocktail ring!

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KBShimmer Behind The Scenes Tour

Ever wonder if KBShimmer polishes are made by little elves in trees with magic dust, or if our products come out of a big factory in China?  Well, though we often come out of our place looking like we were sprinkled by Tink, KBShimmer is based right here in the USA, in Terre Haute, IN.  Most of our ingredients are sourced and made right here in the USA (including our nail polish base). And I (Christy) still personally make each soap bar, bottle of lotion, and mani shot that heads to your door; while my husband and staff help with scrubs, cuticle oils and the glitter nail polish.  Any products we offer that are not personally made by us (top coat, base coat, nail tools, etc) are carefully sourced or we had them custom designed/made for us!  No elves in trees involved.

Here is your ticket to the behind the scenes tour of the KBShimmer “factory”, I hope you enjoy!

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When you walk in our front door, you enter into our office areas.  Here we have Krishna’s desk, Krishna is not only our customer service guru, she handles our bookkeeping and is our Sister-In-Law.  She most often works from home now as she has a young baby.  My “photo studio” is also in the front room.

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Here my office.  Yes, I work in a state of disorganization!  I can’t help it.  My mind goes 100 miles per hour, so that means I rarely stay focused enough to put stuff away.  My desk is also always littered with polish prototypes.  These photos were taken back when we were finalizing Spring, back in October of 2014.

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Off the office area, we have a small kitchen area we use for curing soaps. Look at those empty shelves, we have a lot of soap to make!

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Next we have the shipping area.  This is Sami and Rhonda’s domain.  They handle all our shipping and are the reason you get your packages shipped crazy fast!

View from our 2nd floor looking down at the shipping area.

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Another shipping areas shot from above.  Hi Sami!

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A closer shot of the shipping table.  The shelves hold the polish and products ready for shipping. You can also see the post office totes we use to take packed orders to the post office.

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Bath and Body products ready for shipping, a pallet of wholesale boxes, and a small sink and area for cleaning supplies.

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Side shot of the shipping tables.  In front retail orders get packed, and the back, wholesale orders are packed there.  You can also see the orange pallet jack in the background.

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Closer look at our retail shipping set up.  Boxes are pre-taped by Sami and are ready for packing orders!

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Next we have the production area.  Our production area is split into two sides, with a table for pouring polish and labeling bath products in between.  The right side is our polish area, and the left is for bath and body. Hi Rhonda!

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We start with a shelf of empty bottles, jars for lotions, scrubs, etc, and brushes and caps for polish.

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Here is a closer look at the polish side.  You can see the red fire cabinets that we store polish base in, and a larger drum of polish base.  You can also see the table we mix on, some of our liquid color pigments, and the shelves where we house the glitters and powdered pigments.  We also have a few boxes with glitters that still need to be put away.

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This is a bit old, but at one point we did have all our glitter put away.  We have added two more shelves since then for glitter.  I may have a glitter problem 😉 Not the best video, but you get the idea.  If the video below does not show, you can follow this link: Youtube


Some of our glitters are mixes we pre-make, like the mix for Oh Spalt! ®

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Here are the gallon containers we use for mixing up polish, and the squirt bottles we use for filling bottles.

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Here is Rhonda capping bottles.  You can also see our filling machine we use for really large batches off to the right.

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Then is my area for bath and body production.  You can see our shelves with ingredients.  Here I also have buckets of lye mixed up for soap making as at time the soap shelves were really empty!

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Here I have raw ingredients for soaps, lotions, scrubs, etc.  Our big mixer for larger batches of scrubs.

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Here is our mixer again, and another production table for bath products and an oven.  You can also see a pallet of empty polish bottles here.

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Here is our dish washing station with clean dishes on racks.

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Here is our 2nd floor balcony.  We store shipping supplies up there, like packing peanuts.

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Our second floor has turned into a storage area, along with holding Jason’s office.

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Jason’s office area. Since he does a lot of our polish making, he is not up here often!

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Last we are back down to the shipping area, where we have our bay door for deliveries, and storage of shipping supplies.

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Are you still with us?  Good!  What behind the scenes tour is complete without demos of products being made?

Here is video of us mixing up Laugh Myself Lily: If you can’t see the video below, you can follow this link: Youtube


And here is our filling machine and capper in use.  We use the capper more then the filling machine, but both are fun to watch! If you can’t see the video below, you can follow this link: Youtube


I hope that you have enjoyed the behind the scenes tour of KBShimmer.  Now watch your step and exit to the right please.  And come back soon, we have enjoyed having you on this tour!

Water Marbled Easter Eggs


Watermarbling is one of the hottest trends in nail art, but this technique has been long used by paper and silk artists to bring beautiful swirled décor to the world.  Today, I am using nail polish and faux eggs to product colorful swirls on eggs perfect for displaying on Easter!

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Needed Supplies:
-Cup or bowl with 3.5-4 inch opening (red solo cups work great!)
-Wood skewer or toothpick
-Distilled water (room temp)
-Faux Eggs (I got mine at Wall-Mart)
-Nail Polish
-Painters Tape
-Paper towels

Polished used: KBShimmer Let’s Not Coral, KBShimmer Shore Thing, KBShimmer Sky Jinx, and KBShimmer Radiant Orchid.


The possibilities are limitless!  You can further decorate with stickers, nail vinyls, glitter.  These eggs make a unique addition to any Easter table!

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Winter Collection 2014


Winter can not come fast enough here at KBShimmer headquarters, at least when it comes to polish collections!  We have a huge winter line up for you, with 12 new polishes, 5 returning Christmas Classics, and fantastic promos.  But enough with the text, lets jump into the new polishes!  BIG thanks to Gaby of LacquerLoon for the swatch pictures in this post.

Winter Release is 11/01/14, polishes (except for Spot Sign) will show out of stock until they are release.

New For 2014

Let’s Sleigh Together:  A pale gray creally, this muted polish features hex glitters in green, navy and pale mint, circles glitters in blueberry and micro holographic glitters for shine and sparkle. 2-3 Coats Recommended


White Here, White Now (Texture):  This snowy white polish is a blustery addition to our textured collection.  Two coats offer more coverage than any blizzard.  Please note, the full textured effect does not show until polish is fully dry.


Holly Back Girl:  A white creally with a delicate sprinkling of red and green metallic glitters that almost appear like candy sprinkles on the nail. Best in 3 coats or layered over white.


Pine-ing For Yule: 2014 Toys For Tots ® charity polish.  A holiday inspired glitter top coat, this polish is swimming with holographic triangle “Christmas Trees” and red star tree toppers.  Sliver holo hex and micro glitters complete this wintery polish.  For each bottle sold at from 11/01 until 12/25 $4 will be donated to Tots For Tots ®. 1 Coat Recommended.


Turnip The Beet (Texture):  A rich sangria colored base accents holographic glitters in magenta, purple and red making this a super sparkly textured polish.  2 Coats Recommended


Dressed To Gild (Texture):  A gold cousin to Hexy Bikini, this textured polish is rich with holographic gold glitters.  Hints of lavender and lime glitters add depth and extra shine.  2 Coats Recommended


Too Cold To Hold (Texture):  A rich sapphire blue base is filled with holographic sliver, blue, and green holographic glitters for a bejeweled textured look.  2 Coats Recommended


Flake Dance: Sliver holographic snowflakes dance among a scattering of smaller silver holographic glitters.  Use over your favorite cream color for an instant wintery manicure.  1 dabbed on Coat Recommended, Glitter Placement may be needed.


Fallen Angle:  A vibrant royal blue jelly, this a-cute polish features holographic blue triangles, sliver holo hexes, and blue hex glitters with micro sparkles.  3 Coats Recommended


Mauve On Over: A pale mauve creally base sets off a explosion of colored hexes in orange, navy and aqua. 2-3 Coats Recommended


Deja Brew:  Like a rich cup of java, or a quality cognac, this brown polish has red undertones that set off the linear holographic rainbow.  2-3 Coats Recommended


Spot Sign:  Like a wild cat ready to pounce, this spotted polish is ready to bring out our wild side.  Black leopard spot shaped glitters are accented by black dots, small black hexes and micro holographic sparkle.  1 dabbed on Coat Recommended, Glitter Placement may be needed.


Returning Holiday Favorites:

Kringle All The Way: A glitter top with circle glitters in red, green, and silver.  1 Coat Recommended


Merry Pinkmas:  A light cotton candy pink polish featuring red, green and neon glitters in a variety of shapes.  2-3 Coats Recommended


All Decked Out: A Christmas Tree inspired polish with a deep forest green jelly base with a rainbow of hex glitters and a scattering of gold stars. 3 Coats Recommended


Snow Way:  This snow inspired polish features a pale sky blue creally base with white glitters.  A micro sparkle glistens like fallen snow on a clear winter’s day.  3 Thin Coats Recommended, Let coats dry before moving onto next to avoid dragging.


Sugar Plum Faerie: A soft plum violet crelly with berry, purple and lime colored metallic holographic glitters in different sizes. 2-3 Coats Recommended



Holiday Promos:

Free Shipping For All Orders over $40 on No code needed.  Runs from 11/01-12/31

Free With a $70+ Purchase, Holly Back Girl, a white Christmas crelly polish with red and green glitters.  Use code HBGFREE to receive free polish and free shipping with $70+ purchase. Runs from 11/01-12/31

Free samples!  While supplies last, we will be sending out a sample in 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.

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Other New Items:

It is not just nail polish that is new for winter.  We have new cuticle oil scents, a new scrub scent, and a Christmas/Winter themed vinyl nail decal sheet.

We now have a total of 6 cuticle oil scents, Lemongrass, Pink Sugar, Raspberry Vanilla, Chai Tea, Peppermint, and Unscented.


Chai Tea!

Chai Tea is now available as a sugar scrub.  This warm spicy scent is perfect for fall and winter.

Chai Tea Sugar Scrub by KBShimmer

Christmas/Winter Vinyl Nail Decals

We have a new sheet with 72 fun vinyl pieces, including candy canes, snowflakes, holiday lights, peppermints and more!



Christmas Vinyls.

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We hope that you find something to tickle your fancy this winter.  We are gift friendly, and Secret Santa friendly!  Just include a note that you would like us not to include the invoice.

Not sure what to give as a gift, don’t forget, we also have electronic gift certificates!

Don’t forget to enjoy our Spiced Pumpkin scent, perfect for holiday gift giving!


Discontinued Colors:

This is alist of items that will be discontinued by the end of the year. We reserve the right to pull colors early if stock runs out and will not be discounting these colors.

Lottie Dottie
Excuse Me, I Blurpled
Spring Training
When The Doves Sigh
Blinded By The Bright
Sea You Around
Urban Camo
Rush Flower Traffic
Ice Queen
Big Tan On Campus
Would Jubilee It!
Pretty In Punk
Goldie Rocks

In addition, Lump Of Coal Soap has limited stock left, so stock up early for your stocking stuffer soap!




Gel, Jelly, Crelly, What ?!?

Nail polish and nail art are rapidly growing beauty staples.  As nail polish grows, so does the terms we use to describe nail polish.  Have you wondered what a creally is?  What is the different between gel and jelly?  Listed below are some of the most used terms below with examples, hopefully this helps you navigate the polish world!

Did we miss anything, have a burning question?  Ask below in the comments and we will do our best to answer, and add to the post if needed!


3 Free:   A polish that does not contain Toulene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) & Formaldehyde in its ingredients.

4 Free:   A polish that does not contain Toulene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) & Formaldehyde, and Formaldehyde Resin. KBShimmer is 4 Free.

5 Free: A polish that does not contain Toulene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) & Formaldehyde, and Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Boutique/Boutique Polish: Polish companies that may be owned and designed by one (or a few) people, but are made and bottled in labs. RBL, Cult Nails are examples. Some companies in this category may select predesigned polishes from a lab vs. designing on their own, but still often connect directly with the consumer.

Crelly:   A polish finish that can be layered to cover the nail line, but still has some sheerness to allow glitters to show through.

Example: Oh Splat!  A white crelly polish that has a rainbows worth of glitters that shine through.


Crème/Cream:   An opaque polish with a glossy finish.  Usually opaque in 1-2 coats and that completely covers the nail line.

Example: Stonewashed, an opaque polish that covers in 1 coat.


Duochrome:  A polish that shifts between two colors depending on the angle and lighting.

Example: Lilac Dreams (Now discontinued), a lavender polish that shifts to pink depending on angle


Foil Method:   The technique used to remove glitter (and gel) nail polish.  A cotton ball/cotton pad and pure acetone is placed on nail, the foil is wrapped around the finger and cotton and left for 5-10 minutes.  Glitter or gel polish should slide right off.  Tutorial Here


Gel: Polish that is cured or hardened with a special light. This polish is most often found in salons, and will not harden without the use of special lights.  This is a type of polish, not a finish.

Glitter Top Coat:   A type of polish finish that has glitter suspended in a clear base, best worn over a cream color.

Example: Clown Puke, our multi-colored glitter topper.


Holo/Holographic:   A type of glitter that reflects and refracts light, giving off a rainbow shine when viewed in the light.

Example: Hexy BikiniIMG_20140712_173846

Indie or Indie Polish:   Nail polish that is designed, created, and sold by independent owners. Most often, this term is used to mean that polish is hand blended and bottled by the designer directly for sale to the public. Indie company owners often connect via social media directly with the consumer. KBShimmer is owned by Jason and Christy Rose, who still hand make most of the products offered, and are proud to offer unique glitter combinations to adorn your nails.  You can find Christy running the KBShimmer Facebook and Instagram Page.

Jelly: A colored polish that has a transparent finish that may show the nail line. Jelly polishes are not the same as gel polish.

Example: I Got A Crush On Blue, a blue jelly polish with holographic glitters


Linear Holographic:   A version of holographic glitter finish that is so micro fine, when applied the glitters line up to form the rainbow effect in a line, strongest in sunlight or direct light.

Example: PT Young Thing, a silver linear holographic polish


KBShimmer PT Young Thing outside

Mainstream:   A polish made by a large company such as Zoya, China Glaze, OPI, which can be found in larger stores such as Wal-Mart, Ulta, Sally’s Beauty. These polishes are mass made and there is little, if any direct interaction between the owner(s) and consumers.

Multichrome:   A polish that shifts between multiple colors depending on the angle and lighting.

Example: Pigment Of My Imagination, a polish that shifts from golds, to reds and orange, to blue and indigo depending on the angle.


Nail Line/Visible Nail Line (VNL): The nail line is the area where the nail passes the skin at the tip of the finger, often this area is whiter in color and therefore can show if polish is sheer or if too few coats of polish are used.

Example: You can see the slight VNL on the ring finger, this is our jelly polish, Bell Of the Mall


Quick Dry: A type of polish that is designed to dry to the touch in 1-2 minutes, and get fully hard within 5-10 minutes. Clearly On Top is a Quick Dry Top Coat, but KBShimmer polishes themselves are not quick dry.

Example: Clearly On Top


Texture: A glitter polish that dries to a rough, bumpy finish.

Example: Partners In Lime


Vinyl Nail Decal: A sticky nail art sticker made of vinyl that can be left of the nail to create nail art.

Example: Tribal Pieces from the Tribal Vinyl Decal Sheet.

Gradient Tribal

Vinyl Nail Stencil: A vinyl nail piece that is intended to be placed on a nail, then removed to show the color underneath in a pattern.

Example: Wavy Lines

KBShimmer Anniversary Trio Nail Art 3

Big Thanks to all the bloggers who have sent us photos to use, including The PolishAholic, Nail Polish Wars, Adventures in Acetone and LacquerLoon.


And lets not forget to throw in a few memes.





Summer Fun Giveaway

KBShimmer Celebrates its 6th Anniversary with Special Edition Polishes
In celebration, KBShimmer is giving away a gift bag of goodies including a Kindle!

Join KBShimmer at the beach with the Special Edition, three-polish Anniversary set. To celebrate our sixth anniversary, KBShimmer is helping you get in the summer spirit with a beach themed giveaway pack including an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite with a $25 gift card, the polish set, a set of the brand new nail vinyl sheets, lotion, and a sugar scrub, all wrapped in a polka dot towel inside a large beach bag. The polish collection has two bright summer creams and a flashy textured holographic polish.


Beach Please: A bright, near neon pink cream with purple leanings. Beach Please is perfect for long summer days on the water. Covers best in 2-3 coats.


Hexy Bikini: The latest addition to the KBShimmer textured polish line, Hexy Bikini combines holo glitters in silver, teal, and pink and reflects beautifully under the light of the sun. It’s perfect in two coats. Add a topcoat for even more sparkle.


Shore Thing: Escape to tropical waters with this bright aqua-mint cream with blue-green undertones. Covers best in 2-3 coats. Shore Thing is so beachy, you’ll feel like you’re in a tropics no matter where you are.


The Limited Edition Beach Trio launches on August 1st, just in time for KBShimmer’s birthday. The two creams retail for $7.50 each, the textured polish for $8.75 and will be available at and For a limited time, this trio will be available for $21, only at This giveaway will run from July 21 to July 31, winner must have a US shipping address.  Prize will be sent via FedEx with signature confirmation.  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

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How To Use KBShimmer Nail Vinyl Decals

We are so excited to now be offering our vinyl nail decal sheets in 6 different patterns (set for launch 06/20/14).  These are a new product for a lot of people, so we have a step-by-step tutorial below showing how to use the vinyl pieces as a peel off stencil.  To see how we use them as a leave on sticker, see our Tribal Nail Art post.


For a long lasting manicure, start with clean nails.  Use KBShimmer pH Prep to clean and prep nails for base coat.


Follow by applying a base coat like Basic Training.  Let dry before moving on to next step.  Completely dry polish is key when using vinyl decals.


Use a polish that applies in 1-2 coats.  You want polish to be dry, and too many coats will risk the bottom layers not being dry enough.  I am using Radiant Orchid for my bottom color.


Cleaning up now will make final clean up much easier.


I strongly suggest that you use a quick dry top coat like Clearly On Top to ensure your nails are dry before the next step.  Using a quick dry top coat will also make cleaning up any mistakes easier.


Again, making sure the polish is dry is key for a good turn out.  Wet polish will pull up with the vinyl.


I find using a tweezers to remove the vinyl from the sheet works best for me, preserving the manicure on my other nails!  Here we are using our Zig Zag Nail Vinyl Decals.


Stick the vinyl to your hand to help remove some of the stick.  If they are too sticky, they can be difficult to remove, or can pull up polish.


Using a tweezers helps me place the vinyl pieces, but you can use your fingers.  There are so many ways and design possibilities with these, but I have chosen to line them up for a repeating zig zag pattern.


Press the vinyl pieces firmly.  Doing so will help polish not seep under the vinyl, leaving you with crisp lines.


Now is the fun part.  Cover the vinyls with 1 coat of your accent color.  I love textures, holographic colors, polishes that cover well in one coat and have visual interest.  For this tutorial, I am using She Twerks Out.  If you want your color only in certain areas, or want different colors between the stripes, use the brush carefully apply polish between the vinyl pieces.  Since I am wanting the same color over the whole nail, I don’t worry about “coloring” between the lines.


Once your coat of polish is on, you want to start removing the vinyl pieces as soon as possible.  If you wait too long, you risk pulling up the accent polish you just applied along with the vinyl pieces.  Only paint the accent color one nail at a time to prevent the polish drying before you can get the vinyl removed.


Here is the nail after vinyl decals are removed.


Clean up any polish you got on the skin and cuticle area.  If you used a quick dry clear coat before applying vinyl pieces, you can also use the clean up brush dipped in acetone to clean up any polish that may have bled under the vinyl.  Lightly dab polish you want to remove with the brush.  Repeat if needed, keeping brush damp, but not dripping wet with acetone.


I now follow-up with Clearly On Top to smooth out the manicure, add shine and protect the nails.  Make sure to apply top coat to the very tip of the nail to reduce chips.


Finished nails!!  Repeat on additional nails if desired, or use technique as an accent nail.



We think our new nail vinyl decals are a easy way to add a fun look to manicures.  Do you have a manicure using KBShimmer nail vinyl decals and polishes?  Send it to us to share on our website and social media outlets.  We would love to see them!



Gradient Tribal Nail Art Using KBShimmer Nail Vinyl Decals


Nail vinyl decals are a fun way to add art and design to your manicure.  Today, I am going to show you step by step how to create the summer look below using a gradient technique with Life Rose On, You’re So Shellfish and Chick Me Out along with Eclipse and our new Tribal Themed Nail Vinyl Decals.



First, start with a white base to make the gradient colors pop.  I used a white from Wet and Wild, but any white will do.  You can see the white on my middle two fingers.


Next, using a cosmetic wedge, paint on a stripe of each color.  I did this twice for each color as the sponge sucks in the polish.


Take the sponge and position above nail you want to paint.  In a dabbing motion, use sponge to apply polish to nails.  Try and move it top to bottom a tiny bit to blend the color.  Do this quickly and lightly, as too many dabs or lots of pressure will pick up the polish from the nail leaving bald spots.



Repeat on additional nails by again painting stripes on the wedge, touch up any blank spots around nail edge with corner of sponge.


Clean up fingers with acetone and brush.  Cleaning up now will make additional clean-up easier later in the process.



Here is the look after clean-up.


At this point, you can just let the colors dry.  But I like to use Clearly On Top to ensure that the polish is completely dry before moving on to the next step.


Either way, make sure to wait at least 20 minutes before moving on to the next step so vinyl decals do not ruin polish when removed later on.  Adding a top coat will also help smooth out the look of the gradient and, if you happen to get some polish that seeps under the vinyl decals, the clear coat will provide enough of a barrier between the gradient design that you can use a clean up brush and acetone to remove it.


When removing nail vinyl decals from the sheet, I like to use a tweezer to grab and place vinyl.  These fine point Tweezerman tweezers are my go to.  Some pieces may have additional cutouts inside that need to be removed before use.


I remove the desired vinyl pieces from the sheet and place on my hand.  I then remove and place on my hand once more for pieces I want to later remove (those being used like stencils).  This will help remove some of the adhesive that can pull up polish (if polish is not fully dry).


Using your tweezers, place the vinyl decals into nails in the desired positions.  Press firmly to ensure that polish will not seep under vinyl decals.  Some of these pieces will actually stay on the nail, but for longer pieces like straight lines, let one end overlap the nail for easier removal later.


We will start with the pinky nail. Paint on a coat of Eclipse, a black cream.  Use a polish that covers in one coat, as you do not want polish to dry before removing vinyl and do not have time for multiple coats.


Here is the pinky nail covered with paint.  Wait not more then 20-30 seconds before removing vinyl.  If using a quick dry polish, remove right after you finish painting.  Only paint one nail at a time, if you do more the polish may dry before all pieces are removed.


Using your tweezers, remove vinyl by pulling the free edge up that touches the skin or hangs off the end of the nail. Pull away from your nail in a steady motion.



Then, move onto the point finger nail and repeat process on that nail.




The thumb is next.  The thumb has three pieces to remove.




Next, we will move to the middle finger.  This finger has two pieces that overlap for easy removal, and in the middle, the large diamond will also be removed.  Since there are no areas of the diamond, we will use a different technique for removal.


Paint the nail like the others. Quickly remove both the upper and lower stepped vinyl decals.


Using the pointy tip of the tweezers, carefully pierce the center of the diamond vinyl.  “Hook” the tip of the tweezers, and pinch tips to help pull up the diamond piece.  You can also use a safety pin.  If you prefer, you can also try and catch the edge of the diamond and pull up to remove.


Here is it removed.  At this point, the ring finger has a vinyl piece on that we will be leaving in place as a nail sticker. Clean up excess polish on cuticles as done previously with brush and acetone.


We can also use the bonus smaller diamonds and triangles as accent pieces.  For the middle finger, we will be using a smaller diamond from inside the ring finger piece.


Center  in the blank diamond area and place on the nail with the tweezers.  Press down firmly.


From the pointer finger vinyl decal pattern, we can pull tiny triangles to use as accents on the pink nail.


Place on the pinky in desired positions.


When last decals are placed, ensure all pieces are stuck to the nail by pressing firmly and follow with 1-2 coats of Clearly On Top to add shine and a protective finish to the nails.  It is perfectly fine to use top coat over the vinyl decals to seal in place. Nail Vinyl decals are not reusable.


There you go!  A fun, summery tribal look made easy with vinyl decals.