Sunday, January 29, 2012

China Glaze White on White

Good Afternoon Readers!

I was reading a lovely blog yesterday called An Amateur's Nail Obsession, and she posted Purity by Zoya.  She was asking about any other "perfect" white polishes out there, so this is kind of my blog response.  China Glaze White on White.
This is 3 coats and one top coat of Hard Candy Mattely In Love.  I don't think I'll ever get over the matte look.

I haven't tried Zoya Purtiy so I can't say for sure which is better.  I do know that I bought this one a few months back and I only have half a bottle left.  I'm crazy over a white mani.

So Courteney, let me know what you think. (:

Have a great Sunday everyone!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Ruby Kisses Silver Bling

Good Afternoon Fellow Bloggers!

It's been awhile since I wore this little beauty, but I have an extremely important interview today at 11, and I wanted to have a really great color on my nails.  Silver Bling is a silver foil with a fantastic formula.  It was opaque in one coat but a little streaky so I did one more.

I thought about doing some stamping or rhinestones or something, but I think it's pretty awesome on it's own. And for $2, what a steal!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sally Hansen Snappy Sprinkles

Just a quick post today of yesterday's mani with glitter.  So let me tell you a little anecdote.

I went to Ulta some time last year, around my birthday I think.  There was this beautiful bar glitter from Sally Hansen calling my name.  It was the last one.  However, I had already picked up at least 5 other polishes and some other cosmetics, and I had to narrow them down because, let's face it, I didn't need them all, and I sure couldn't afford them all.  I don't remember what I decided on, but I know that I put Snappy Sprinkles back and then regretted it as soon as I got home.

I've been to Ulta many times since then and had completely forgot about the glitter until yesterday.  There were so many polishes on clearance, so of course I had to check them out.  And as I was rifling through them all, there was that beautiful bar glitter from Sally Hansen calling my name again, but this time, half the price.  She is now sitting in my polish collection and is layered on my China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.

Snappy Sprinkles is peach and mint bar glitter in a clear base.  The mint is just "sprinkled" in.  LOL.  Then to make it even more amazing, I added Essie Matte About You.

I'm not sure FFF is the best polish to convey the colors in the glitter, but I'm going to keep playing with it.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy Revisited

I know I've been "revisiting" a few polishes lately, but ever since Christmas when I got my new camera, I realized all my old photos were crap.  (:  I love this color so much.  It has some kind of inner glow that makes my skin look more tan.  I'll show you.  FFF is a neon coral creme that covered in two coats.
The formula is a little thick, but I'm not sure if that was just my bottle.  I added a few drops of polish thinner, but it still seems a little goopy.  It's storming outside today so no sun.  This is without a top coat.  I like that it doesn't finish super glossy.  I like the plastic-y look.  Everytime I wear this it makes me really want the Orly Plastix collection.  I must find these.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pure Ice In the Mood

LOL!  I love the name of this one.  Everytime I see it I laugh.  My friend, Robin, gave this to me in October for my birthday, and I remember her saying that she only picked them (In the Mood and Scandal) because the names were "muy sexual!".  I don't think the name is conveyed in the color, but it is pretty nonetheless.

In the Mood is a sky blue shimmer polish with silver glass flecks.  It is so transparent, even after 3 coats, so I layered 2 coats over 1 coat of Orly Snowcone.  I think it would be great layered over a navy or a plum polish; definitely black.


Monday, January 23, 2012

butterLONDON The Black Knight

Hello Lovely Ladies!

Today polish is The Black Knight by butterLONDON.  This one was a beast for me to find, but luckily my friends bought me an Ulta GC, and when I went to use it, there was one little bottle of TBK hidden behind the display.  So to the hopeful who hid the polish, sorry for taking the last bottle of TBK, but you snooze, you lose!

I don't think there is any need for explanation on these photos.  The polish is nuts and the glitter is amazing.  Enough said!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Zoya Mitzi and BM Stamp

Hey Fellow Bloggers,

I trust you all had a lovely Saturday.  I was out late Friday night baking cupcakes at a friend's house, so I slept in until 10:30 and, man, it was nice.  I don't think I've slept past 8am in a while.  Then after I woke up, there was a knock at the door, and low and behold...FedEx!  My nail mail had arrived!

I received a package from Zoya and Ulta.  Then today I went to Goodwill and I was looking in the glass case, I saw a little bucket of cosmetics with one little gem inside...OPI Big Apple Red.  Who would donate that little lovely?

Nail Mail
From L to R: Ulta High Roller, Zoya Manhattan Mixer, Zoya Mitzi, Zoya Loredana, CG Four Leaf Clover, and butterLONDON The Black Knight

Not Shown: Zoya Minka and OPI Big Apple Red

Mitzi and The Black Knight are on my wishlist so I was very happy to mark them out.  The first thing I wanted to swatch was Mitzi, so I showed the whole Zoya Mod Mattes collection below.

And now for some nail art.

What I Used:
Zoya Mitzi
BM stamp 19 w/ WnW Black Creme
Ulta Starstruck

I've been busy.  (:


Friday, January 20, 2012

Zoya Minka with Konad Stamp

Hey Guys!

So today is just a quick post.  I told you yesterday that I had an idea for a really cute mani with Zoya Minka, and it came out way better than I expected.  I stamped Minka with Konad plate m13 using Zoya Lolly for the pink rose and Jesse's Girl All Things Girly from the Julie G collection for the peach rose.  Then I just added a few random clear rhinestones.  Check it out!
Woo!  I love it.  I got the idea Rebecca Likes Nails (HERE) so I really hope it compares.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Zoya Minka

Alright so this one is a new one for me.  I don't do a lot of nudes on my nails.  Only on my toes, but today I have one.  It's Zoya Minka, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It has a very slight shimmer that I couldn't capture on camera.  I think it will grow on me though so let's see it.

So besides my nasty cuticles, what do you think?  I don't know, but I'm going to play around with it more.  I have a really cute stamp mani in mind.  It's nothing crazy and definitely not original.  I let you know in tomorrow's post who inspired me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Zoya Paz

Hey Guys!

Today I want to show you Zoya Paz.  I'm not sure neon orange is completely "appropriate" for January, but I am in such a fantastic mood.  I felt like this was the best way for me to show it.

Look how it glows!
I could still see a little VNL, but I really didn't want to ruin the gorgeous color with a white base coat  I feel like that would make it look more like a cream and less like a jelly.  And man, do I love a good jelly!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Kleancolor Chunky Copper

Ok so I will warn you beforehand...This mani is a total fail.  I'm not sure why I hate is so much, but it sucks.

First I painted on 2 coats of L'Oreal Outrageous, and then said to myself, "That's not enough.  Let's add glitter." Big mistake.  The Kleancolor Chunky Copper is a bit of chunky copper hex shaped glitters in a copper jelly base.  All the copper base did was turn the whole mani into an orange-rust disaster.  See for yourself.  I can't even believe I'm posting it.

I really enjoy both polishes separately, but I think it was just a really bad combination of the two.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Finger Paints Twisted

Hey Guys!

So sorry I haven't been posting.  I had to work 4 overnights at work, and so I slept all day and all weekend.  Then yesterday I went to celebrate my mom's birthday.  Unfortunately she is no longer with us, but my best friend and I went to put flowers on her grave.  We had a pretty great day.  Sad but great and full of memories.

Happy Birthday Mom!
Now I have another polish from the Effects collection by Finger Paints.  TWISTED!
 I have to say, I think this is my favorite of the collection.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe I love that it's a rainbow or maybe I love that I layered it over Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier or IDK!  I just love it.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Love & Beauty Euphoria

Hey Bloggers!

This is a polish I've had for awhile, but just never got around to wearing.  I love the way glitters look; they just take so long to get off even with the foil treatment.
So I think for $2.80 from Forever 21, this polish pretty much rocks.  The color rocks.  The chunks of hex glitter rock.  I just wish there was bar glitter in there as well, but if I find some I can make it myself.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Wet 'N' Wild Gray's Anatomy Revisited

OOOH!  So let me tell you how much of a nerd I am.  Yesterday, I got off work, came home and set my TV reminder for the new episode of Grey's Anatomy.  (This is my all time favorite show.)  Next I took off my CG Dorothy Who? and proceeded to paint my nails in Wet 'N' Wild Gray's Anatomy just so I could be one with the show.  I know.  Lame, right?  Don't judge me.

Here is the best photos I could get of the pretty.  I was so gloomy outside yesterday.

lavender w/flash

lavender and grey w/flash

grey and green w/sunlight

grey w/sunlight
Don't you just love duo-chromes?! (:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

China Glaze Dorothy Who?

Blue and glitter and sparkles, OH MY!

I am so excited to share this one with you all.  My best friend got married back in October and she gave all her bridesmaids these adorable, little Halloween inspired gifts.  We got spooky themed lotion and funky Halloween socks.  Candy corn flavored lip gloss and NAIL POLISH.  The nail polish wasn't so much Halloween themed as it was just personalized.  She picked a polish that she thought went with all of our colors, styles, and personalities, and I got China Glaze's Dorothy Who?

This is one of my favorite movies, and I watch it everytime it comes on TV and I know all the words.  Sad, I know.  Anyway, I finally got around to swatching the pretty little glitter, and man, was I excited.

Now you see why I was so excited?


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Finger Paints Flecked

Hello Lovelies!

This one I have been waiting for since I saw the press release a few months ago.  Actually all of the Finger Paints Effects are fabulous, but I wanted to start with this one because green and black are my favorite colors.

First I have swatches of all of the Effects on a nail wheel.

L to R:  Asylum, Flashy, Twisted, Motley, and Flecked
 I'm pretty sure those are in the correct order.  They are a little tough to tell in the bottle rather than on the nail.  By the way, they are all swatched on a navy base polish as well.

I don't know why I started from the opposite side.  Maybe it's because I'm left-handed and everyone says I'm always backwards.  No matter, like I said, green and black are my favorite colors, and that's what Flecked is.  It has a clear base with lots of flakies that turn from green to blue.

outside in sunlight

direct sunlight


inside with flash
I know most of you probably have all of the Effects so I hope you liked this one as much as I do.  I got so many compliments on it too.  I will swatch the rest of them, but now all consecutively just so you guys know.

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