Friday, March 30, 2012

Franken Friday: A Charcoal Grey Glitter Bomb

Hello all! How are we doing today? It's been a while since I had any frankening experiments, so today, I decided that I would give it a go. I used leftover glitter from a craft project way back in the days. Here are the results!

Pics below are with a black polish because I didn't want 
the bottle to fight my mani for the camera's attention =P.
Click to enlarge the pics!

 Crazy bunch of charcoal grey glitter!

These are pics without flash on a gloomy day... so cool!

Left: Flash outdoors, Middle: No flash outdoors, Right: Flash indoors

She's so sparkly!

This was 2ish coats that I "dabbed" onto my nails as opposed to swiping (what I do with normal polish). Not gonna lie, it was a PITA to work the glitter around but once there was good coverage on the first coat, the second coat pretty much filled in the empty spaces. I topped it off with 2 coats of gelous to even any bumps and a single coat of Seche Vite. GUYS. I could not capture the crazy sparkle of this polish on camera. Guuuh, she's so puuuurdy. I kept catching the holographic glitters out of the corner of my eye all day. And these pictures were in gloomy weather. Eep! If the sun was out, I think I would've died. So what do you guys think? I don't have a name for it yet... maybe you all can help me out with that =D. I was also considering including this one in my upcoming giveaway but not sure how many people want to deal with hungry fussy glitters. Hrmm... I will think about it. Until then, have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Thanks for reading lovelies! <333

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pink Wednesday: A Layering Combo

So ever since it came out, I've been lemming Butter London Disco Biscuit buuuuut I don't really want to shell out the moolah to get it. What's the next best thing? Layering. Oh yes, here we go.

 An extra pic in the sun!

I used 3 coats of Revlon Desire, a fuschia jelly which I got for a dollar at Big Lots and single coat of NYX Maven, an iridescent blue/pink glitter which I also got for a dollar at my local beauty supply. It's not an exact dupe but $2 >>>> $14, no? Oh, but I will still get my hands on Disco Biscuit. Yes, I will. =D

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuxedo Nails

Hey everyone! I hope you all have been well. As you've noticed, there are a few small changes to my blog. I stayed up late last night tinkering with a few layouts and such. I hope everything is now easier to read and the site is easier to navigate (not that it was a big problem before, I don't think). Bonus pop out Facebook "like" tab on the side and Pinterest buttons below every post, yay! Now onto more important business...

I always wanted to do a tuxedo mani but never had the time or patience to sit down and figure out how I wanted to go about doing so. Well that no longer is true! Let's take a look at what I came up with, shall we?

I used China Glaze White on White, a slightly off white creme, for the base and Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris for the tuxedo "accents". I actually used tape for the edges and just free handed the ties and buttons with dotting tools. This mani was quite easier than I had anticipated so I'm glad it wasn't as big of a pain in the bum as I initially thought it would be. So what do you guys think? Am I ready for my formal dinner and acceptance speech? =P Have any of you guys tried any tuxedo manis as of late or even in the past for that matter?

Also, I'd like to say a quick thank you to all my followers! I passed the 300 mark several days ago and that just made my day. You guys are wonderful -- I appreciate all your support! Stay awesome, you awesome people you. =P Giveaway details coming sometime in the near future...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Candeo Colors Dive Bomb

First off, I'd like to begin this post by saying WOOHOO for my 100th blog post!!! Wow, has it really been the big 100 already? Suh-weeeeet!

So are you ladies (and gents) ready for some eye candy today? It is Friday after all right? Let's celebrate!  I'm sure you all have noticed the abundance of indie brand polishes that have been popping up left and right. Seriously, some of these indie brands are really bringing it. And I mean bringin' it with a side of two snaps =P. Featured today are two manis using Candeo Colors Dive Bomb. And let me tell you, I am in *love* with this polish. You guys don't mind if I spam you with pictures right? Well, behold! Feast your eyes on the magic ahead...

 Index & ring: Revlon Royal
Middle & pinky: New York Summer Hot Sky Blue
Both bases are awesome blue jellies!

Finger Paints Lemon Sour & NYX Maven for the base
Topped off with Essie Matte About You

This was only ONE layer of glitter my friends. Every coat went on smoothly and I got a good chunk of various sized glitters every single time. Removal takes a bit more effort but of course that is expected with all glitters. I actually didn't even have to use the foil method - a little extra scrubbing with regular polish remover (no pure acetone needed!) was all it took.

So are you drooling yet? Do you guys need resuscitation now or have you already caught your breath? Okay, now that you're all back with me, the big question is where can you find this beauty? Well, you can check out Candeo Colors, an etsy shop owned by the lovely Melinda who hand mixes all these wonderful creations. I believe she is debuting a new collection soon so be sure to keep your eyes open for that! I hope you all enjoyed today's manis as much as I enjoyed doing them! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading my lovelies! =D

Friday, March 16, 2012

Green Speckled Matte

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of green manis pop up everywhere and appropriately so! St. Patrick's Day is only one day away and what better way to celebrate than by decorating our nails =D. Green is one of my favorite colors so this was a fun one for me to do. Since I also haven't done a matte mani in a while, I thought it was about time to bust out with the matte top coat. I used Essie Navigate Her from the recent Spring 2012 collection for the base. It's a beautiful pistachio green creme that I almost wanted to just leave alone. Too bad my Winmax #9 speckled green top coat was calling out to me. Yay for St. Patrick's Day manis!

This was 3 coats of Navigate Her but I could've easily gotten away with 2 for complete opacity. The formula was perfect perfect perfect. I loved it - couldn't have asked for a smoother application! I also love how the speckled green Winmax glitter had bits of black in it too. Reminds me a bit of a those speckled Easter eggs, you know, if it was a mutant alien one =P. So are you guys ready for the weekend? Time to hit all your local Irish pubs and get your green celebratin' on! Wooooo!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Barielle Falling Star

Hi beautiful people! This is my first Barielle mani and I am pleased to tell you all that I am happy with the results. The application, however, is a different story. This was seriously Goopy McGooperson as far as formula goes. I had to add at least 15 drops of thinner to get it to a consistency I thought was good for application. That's really saying something since I usually don't mind goopy formulas so much but this formula was goopy. The saving grace is that it is a unique color. Let's take a look, shall we?

Left: Indoors, Middle: Shade, Right: Sunlight

 Like I said, this is a unique color so I was pretty forgiving given the sheisty formula. It took two coats to get complete coverage but it also needed an extra coat of Seche Vite due to the bumpyness caused by all the red glitter. Was it worth it? I think so. But then again, I love unique polishes and it's hard for me to resist colors and finishes that aren't so common. I'd say it's definitely a color worth getting if you're planning to make a Barielle purchase some time soon. I believe they are buy one get one 50% off on their site right now. Sometimes they even have site-wide sales in addition to their regular prices. So there yah go. My first Barielle mani but most certainly not my last. Thanks for reading and happy Monday people!