Monday, March 2, 2015

Black & White & Glitter All Over

Whenever I make my standard pilgrimage to Ulta, I always love digging through all of Essence's products. With a low price point, new products and trendy offerings, they are a great buy. Plus the little bottles of polish that usually run anywhere from $1.99-$3.99 don't break the bank either.

One of my most recent additions was Laser Show, part of the effect polka dot offerings. I used two coats and the base had a nice coverage. It appears much more sheer in the bottle.
I then stamped random combinations of Sinful Black on Black and Snow Me White from MoYou Fairytale plate 06.
Do you have any of their polishes in your stash?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Barielle Gentle Breeze Collection for Spring 2015

First off, a Colorado winter disclaimer. I live in an alpine desert. My lips, cuticles and heels fall off of my body about 10 1/2 months of the year. It's ridiculously dry so sorry for oogly cuticles, I do the best I can bathing in lotion and chapstick. Now onto something that will brighten your day - Barielle's 2015 Spring Collection.

Barielle's Gentle Breeze Collection for Spring 2015 reflects the soft, gentle, eclectic hues of this most welcome and delightful season. 

Gray Sky - a rich creamy, glacier gray. It has a hint of shimmer to it but I wasn't able to capture

Heaven Sent - a soft, creamy aquamarine 

Pink Parasol - a creamy strawberry ice

Champagne Bubbles - a creamy tangerine

Under the Sea - a rich, sea scuba blue shimmer

All swatches were two coats with a topcoat. Barielle polishes are 5-free and retail for $8 a bottle or in a 5-pack for $25 and can be purchased on their website. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sinful Colors Flirt with Hearts Collection

Hard to believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Have you ladies spotted any of Sinful Colors Flirt with Hearts polishes in stores? Here are four from the collection.

With a mix of classic reds and pinks, trendy teal, plus a brand-new, exclusive, limited-edition heart-shaped glitter, Love Sprinkles, you're sure to find you nail polish soulmate. 

 Pinky Glitter - Bright Pink with a splash of sparkle. This is very pretty and reminds me a bit of OPI Teeange Dream. Nice and smooth with topcoat.

 Dazzling Red - Clear glitter with red small and large hex glitters

GoGo Girl is a red crelly. I then topped it with one coat of the exclusive Love Sprinkles.

All swatches were no basecoat, two coats with topcoat. Available in Walgreens, Rite Aid and other retailers for $1.99.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Barielle 90 Second Facial Line Eraser

Barielle has just developed new product called “Line Eraser.” It is a 90 second wrinkle reducer that is meant to correct the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is contained within a cosmetic syringe type applicator.

While I often concentrate on all things polish and nails, I am a 30-year old (eeek I didn't say that) and am more aware of products that can help reduce the appearance of my newborn wrinkles and such. I'm extremely expressive and have the little chasms on my forehead.
First off the packaging is brilliant. It comes in a syringe which definitely gives this feel of non-invasive botox. Remove the cap and lock then push some of the product out directly onto the skin. I was surprised to see it was a foundation colored liquid.

It does say you can use with or without foundation. I decided to use it underneath my foundation. I did immediately feel my skin tighten around the areas I patted it in. I'm not sure if it worked as much on my large forehead wrinkle as I had hoped, but once again, a non-evasive product. It was nice to have an extra layer of coverage and could definitely be used as a concealer if none is lying around. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Love Angeline Members Only

The best thing about a three day weekend? A four day week! I'm a lucky girl to get days like MLK and Presidents' Day. It's been awhile since I've done some decals. I picked up Love Angeline's Members Only months and months ago. The black, pinks, whites, circles and squares made me so happy.

Staring at it, I wanted the right base color so you could see all the different colors in this topper. I decided gray was the ticket. Two coats of Color Club Wild Orchid and then strategically placed the glitters. I'm still new to fishing for, and dabbing large glitters on. It's a full-time job people!
Accent nails were naked and stamped with m71 flower design and Black on Black. I then dropped miss little Marie from Lady and the Tramp decals from ob40 on top. I can also see this polish with some bows and polka dots. Let me know if you have other ideas!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Glitter Butter & Jelly Sandwich

I saw the BEST tutorial on Facebook and can't for the life of me find the original post. Some brilliant nail maven slathered on some silver glitterness and then used jellies randomly over the top. I had wanted to create this for New Year's but was traveling and didn't have time. Random side note, I always want to add an "h" when spelling sandwich. Don't we all have one of those words? Just sayin'.
I started with one coat of China Glaze I'd Melt for You so the Glitter wasn't a total bitch to remove (it ended up being this mani's demise because it peeled off full nail in the shower):(. Then one thick coat of Nina Ultra Pro Silver Slipper.
I then randomly used Loreal jellies on top of the Nina silver glitter and stamped from SB21 with Sinful Black on Black.
These rocked and looked like decals! Of course the sun didn't come out for three days so I wasn't able to capture the sparkle - boohoo. Have you done anything like this?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dance Legend Llarowe Exclusive No. 529 Deco Dance

I think Dance Legend has such a nice array of colors, glitters and finishes. This past summer, I saw a swatch of their Llarowe Exclusive, No. 529 Deco Dance. It felt similar to Deborah Lippmann's Ray of Light. As I don't already have that in my stash, I felt like this was a good addition.

The purple jelly base as a color shifting flakie suspended throughout. This is two coats. For accent nails, I stamped the squares image from SB021 with China Glaze Hyper Haute.
I then used craft scissors to cut random strips of polish and places on top of the stamping. From far away it looked like I just had chipped nails, up close, you could see a lot more of the detail.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Lights

Merry Christmas polish fanatics! Here's hoping your stockings were full of plates, polishes and rhinestones. I think for once, I didn't get one polish thing! I'm sure it's because most of our friends and family members are intimidated to buy us anything polish-related for fear that we already have it.

A few months ago I picked up Cuttin' Edge nails polish in White Rose. It's a sheer white full of scattered micro holo glitter.
This is three coats of White Rose stamped with Bunny Nails and the LeadLight technique and accent nail stamped with Color Club Mamba.
I hope you were able to to share the day with loved ones celebrate the birth of lil' baby Jesus :).