Tuesday, November 29, 2011

30 Manicure Challenge - Manicure #5

The fifth manicure is a blue manicure.

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(with flash)

This one took me forever to decide on, because of all the colors out there blue is the one I own the most bottles of.  I finally settled on a new addition to my collection, and boy was I not disappointed.  I chose OPI's Swimsuit...Nailed It!.  This is a very brilliant blue.  It's like a bright, dark toned blue.  It went on smoothly.  I could not stop staring at my nails while wearing this.  The only downfall to this polish is that it stained crazy bad, both nails and cuticles (I'm messier with wide brushes, and don't really like them).  Despite that this is a polish that I think everyone should add to their collection, it truly is an amazing color.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

30 Manicure Challenge - Manicure #4

The fourth manicure is a green manicure.

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(with flash)

I really wanted to wear one of my new polishes, that I'm now totally in love with.  This is Androgynie by Orly.  It is a very dark olive base with small glitter and bigger hex glitter.  The flash picture shows the base color better.  For some reason it was really hard to get the proper color to translate to film without it looking black.  The application was smooth, there's a lot of glitter in there too.  I would love to see other color with this type of glitter, it's such a fun polish.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

30 Manicure Challenge - Manicure #3

The third manicure in the challenge is yellow nails.

The base is Color Club Almost Famous, the shimmer is Wet N Wild Cozumel (one of their Craze minis), the green glitter is an L.A. Color striper.  The stars used are meant for scrap-booking, from Martha Stewart.

This definitely wasn't a favorite manicure of mine, I was itching to take it off less than 24 hours after putting it on.  A bunch of the stars fell off in my sleep as well, guess they needed more than one coat of Seche.  The yellow is a nice color, it doesn't suit my complexion though, and I rarely use yellow.  Also I have found that yellow polishes tend to be streaky uneven pains in the butt to use, no matter what brand.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

30 Manicure Challenge - Manicure #2

Challenge #2 is orange nails. I decided to try an unworn that I purchased last spring.

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I chose Finger Paints Outta Sight Orange.  It's a nice orange jelly with shimmer in it.  It went on pretty well, not really any issues.  This is 3 coats.  I somehow have a lot of oranges, even though it's another color I don't really care for.  I also used orange rhinestones and orange teardrop plastic pieces to make it a little less ordinary.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Found a Great Giveaway!

Lucy's Stash is hosting a 1300 follower giveaway, the prizes are awesome and the blog is a great read!

30 Manicure Challenge - Manicure #1

I recently found a 30 Day Manicure Challenge floating around some blogs and decided to give it a go myself.  I am making one change to it though, instead of it being 30 days, I'm making it 30 manicures.  I wanted to this because I might not have the time to change my mani each day, and if I do something I really like I'd like to wear it for more than one day.  Here is the challenge:

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I think this will be good, and fun to do because it will challenge me for some of the patterns/inspiration, and make me think a bit more out of the box.  It's also good to challenge yourself once in a while :D .

Manicure #1 is red.
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I used China Glaze Poinsettia as a base (one coat), then put Color Club Feel The Beat over top (one coat), followed by Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure.  I personally am not a fan of red on my nails, hence why I dressed it up with flakies.  In fact, I own more pink than red, and I hate pink :P.  I guess I just haven't found "my" red yet.
Do you guys have a favorite red?

*PS.  I just noticed that I forgot to mention that I used Essie Matte About You as a topcoat.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tinsel Revamped

In the usual me style for day 2 of wearing Tinsel Town I wanted to change it up a bit.  I recently bought some new shatters, and decided to add Navy Shatter (OPI) on top.

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I honestly wasn't impressed by the results.  I think Tinsel Town looked better on it's own.  I will have to experiment some more to find colors that go well with Navy Shatter.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tinsel For Your Fingers

I present you with China Glaze's Tinsel Town from their current winter collection.
It's a greyish silver glitter with fine glitter and some slightly bigger hex glitter.

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I fell in love with this glitter from the moment of application.  It went on smoothly, with no hassles.  It only took two coats for complete coverage.  This is like dream glitter for me, and I wish China Glaze had a whole collection of them, even part of their regular collection, of a rainbow array of colors.  This will definitely make it into my lists of go to glitters for quick easy manis.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mint, With Sprinkles!

I decided the other morning to make a play on my previous franken, Frosted Cake. I wanted to use the same idea of the the jelly with glitter, but a nice minty green this time. I rather like the color that came out, but it seems a little short on the glitter.

(without flash, 3 coats)

(with flash)

I used the same polishes as last time, Essie Waltz (really love this jelly white for frankens, need more!), Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters, and two different mint greens that I had in my collection, and some clear nail polish. It's got a nice smooth formula for all that is mixed together, goes on really well.  I'm thinking about making 2 more frankens that play on this (and will use the last of my Essie Waltz).  I know I want one to be purplish, but am unsure of the fourth color.  What do you think?

Friday, November 11, 2011

I Am Back!

As the title states, I am back! I do apologize for such a long absence. Since my last post I've dealt with increased work stress, which is now gone as I have a new job, with a nice regular schedule and guaranteed days off (so so so ecstatic for this!). I had also cut and bitten (so horrible of me) all my nails shortly after my last post, and they stayed that way until recently. I get frustrated trying to polish stubby nails and tend to take less care of them, so I felt it not in anyone's best interest to see pictures of that mess. Also the main reason why I wasn't able to blog was because my laptop's video card went kaput on me. All I had was a computer that is about 7 years old that isn't great for any of the activities I use mine for. Now I have a brand new laptop that is just perfect, but I still haven't fully transferred all my old info onto it. I have been polishing my nails again, and have taken some pictures (gotta find my previous editing program) that I will hopefully be able to create a post soon. I also have been rethinking my spending and have not been buying a lot of polish lately (trying my hardest to stay away from shopping, period).
That's it for now, happy polishing!