Sunday, November 25, 2012

How To: Nail Foils

Welcome back lovely readers!

I am really excited about this post because it is my first nail tutorial.  It's very simple.  It's just about how to use nail foils, and I have a lot of new foils.  Here.  I'll show you.
The peach and aqua containers are not foils so get those out of your mind.  They are FLAKIES!  I will be using those in the near future, but for now...FOILS!  If you're ready for this, keep reading.

[Oh and one more thing.  I have a small disclaimer.  This is my very first time doing nail foils, but I am so excited that I ordered them that I wanted to share them with you all anyway.]

STEP 1:  Start with clean, dry nails.  If you are applying the foil to the entire nail, there is no need to pre-paint your nails. (no photo of naked nails included.)
STEP 2:  Paint a thin, even coat of nail foil adhesive (included in my order) to each nail.  It will apply milky at first and then get clear when it dries.  DO NOT touch the adhesive once it is dry and make sure it is completely dry by waiting at least 1-2 full minutes before application.

STEP 3:  Cut off a small piece of foil (enough to fit on your full nail).  I chose Red Diamond, and that little piece missing got stuck to the glue on my nail when I dropped it.  I couldn't stop it.
STEP 4:  Apply the foil directly to the nail.  Press and rub firmly to transfer the design.  It happens very quickly so there is no need to hold it down.  Just make sure you stick it where you really want it.  That's what she said!  LOL!  I've been watching The Office way too much lately.
Voila!!  Yeah they look like crap.  LOL!   Like I said this was my very first try EVER, so I tried again.
Voila!!  Much better.  And here we are at STEP 5:  Gently apply a top coat and then you're done.  Don't use a quick dry top coat like Seche Vite because it will ruin the foil.  I used Gelous for my top coat and had no problems.  The foil will wrinkle a bit, but as the top coat dries the wrinkles with smooth out.

So I'm totally in love with the nail foils, I guess because nail strips are such a hot mess for me.  These took very little time and were super easy to apply...maybe 5 minutes tops.  Oh and the best part was that it was super affordable.  I ordered all of the supplies from Dollar Nail Art.  Every individual item on the site is literally $1.00.  You can buy packs of items for a good price too.  There is one tiny downside, and that's that the minimum order amount is $25.00 and that's not including shipping.  ):  The upside to that is that you get a crap load of goodies!  (:
Told ya.

Have a great day!

Fever Lacquer Spam

Hello my lovelies!

Today's post is gonna be amazing. I just got this AMAZING nail mail yesterday afternoon.  Then I had to swatch them all.  I tried to type this up last night, but I was so tired I kept falling asleep at the laptop. Now that I'm well rested, we'll just jump right in.  Are you ready?
First up is Spiced Chai.  This one was definitely a surprise in a bottle.  You think it's going to be a cocoa colored creme with holo hex glitter, but then you get it on and snap a photo.  It actually has quite a bit of blue shimmer in it which is awesome.  I just wish the holo hex glitters were as predominate on the nail as they are in the bottle.  This is 2 coats.
This is one of my favorites that was sent to me.  It's Oswin is a Dalek...huh?  I think it's a reference to Dr. Who, but I don't watch it so I'm not sure.  No matter, I love it.  The base is a light grey with a hint of lavender and sprinkled with shredded red glitter.  I tried to get more glitter on the nail, but I was getting sleepy.  I used 3 coats to get the base opaque.
I think the best way to describe Come to Me is just by saying it's very pretty.  Now that doesn't mean I think it's mediocre by any means.  It's definitely a color I don't reach for often, but I only have one other this shade and I love it so I think this will make a great addition to my collection.  The color and the shimmer just make it so dainty and is it just me, or is it textured?  I noticed it in the bottle shots and then after I got it on the nail.  I used 3 coats of this lovely lady.  I needed  3 coats for full opacity.
Now on the glitters!  This is White Collar Caffrey.  I'm in love with this color combo.  There are small black and white hex glitters mixed with bright blue mylar bar glitter.  I wish I had swatched this over a base color because even with these 2 coats and how dense it was, it's still a little sparse.  I will have to do that and then show you all again.
Holly Day is definitely a Christmas polish.  I'm so happy I acquired it pre-December.  Green micro glitter, small white glitter and big red hex glitter make up this festive glitter bomb.  This is just 1 coat over Zoya Ivanka.  I did have to dig out the red hex glitters and place them on the nail.
They Know!  What do they know?  lol  Well I know that this is my fave holiday polish this year.  I layered 1 coat of They Know over 2 coats of white polish.  They Know contains small black and green glitter with shreds of red glitter.  I love that it has the black glitter.  I LOVE black glitter.

Gilded Leaves...OMG!! This is a true glitter bomb filled with gold and orange micro, shredded, and short bar glitters. I used 3 coats because I wanted it pretty extreme, but you could probably use one over a base color. It's pretty dense.

I really hope you all add these to your wish list and try to get your hands on some Fever Lacquer.  Also, I would like to thank the lovely Casandra for sending these to me in a fun secret swap.  I'm so happy she was my secret buddy.  If you would like to purchase any Fever Lacquer lovelies, you can visit Casandra's StorEnvy HERE and you can visit her blog HERE.  (:

Have a good day!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Zoya Ivanka

Hello Friends!

I work in retail as some of you may have deduced from previous posts, and right now all of the stores in my mall, including my own, are totally decked out in holiday installations.  This always gets me in the holiday mood and so in the spirit of the season, I thought Zoya Ivanka was appropriate.

What is driving me nuts is that it's not coming out the right color in the photos.  It is much brighter in person and very green.  It's pretty amazing in real life.

Now what I look forward to the holiday music!  I LOVE it!  What is your favorite holiday song and holiday polish?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Color Club Magnetic Force Sci-Fi

I'm back again.  This week has already been pretty crazy and it's only Tuesday.  *sigh*  Then I realized this post has been sitting in my drafts folder waiting to be posted since August.  This is good though because I am totally unmotivated and too tired today to actually do my nails.

I am not a big fan of the magnetic trend and this is actually the only one I own.  I thought I would give it a try and see what all the fuss was about.
Sci-Fi is an olive green base with (what looks like) silver glass flecks.  Or are they magnetic flecks?  I have no idea actually.  Anyway, the magnet is a wave patter that turns the olive to a silvery color.  What I do like about this polish/trend is the color (love olive!) and how quickly the magnet works.  I think the standard time is 10 seconds or something, but I only need about 5 seconds to get the full effect.  What I don't like about the polish/trend is that unless I rock the magnet from side to side, I can't get the effect on my full nail.  In doing so, I dinged my wet mani quite a few times.  Then I had to take it off and start over.
Can you see that I didn't even bother to clean up my skin?  lol I'm so lazy.

Overall, I give this trend a 5 out of 10.  I could take it or leave it.  What are your favorite polish trends?  Did you jump on the magnetic bandwagon?
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