Monday, June 22, 2015

Play Your Cards Right

So hard to believe I'm truly into my thirties these days, boo! I really don't feel like it, but does anybody really when they get older? I decided it was completely necessary to bring in this year's birthday with one of the besties in Vegas.
MoYou's Tourist plate 12 was waiting for an occasion such as this. It was hard to choose from all the images, plus I have pretty small nails that can't fit some of the full nail images on them. I ended up going with straight playing cards.
Two coats of Cover Girl Snow Storm 110 was then stamped with Sinful Black on Black and China Glaze Hey Sailor from the card symbols and the Jack cards. I didn't strike it rich, but received the most comments and compliments on this mani than I have in a good long while.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Twisted Colors Lemon-Grass

I saw Twisted Colors Lemon-grass on Instagram last year and had to have it. Whoever swatched it layered it over some white and it looked great so I thought it would be cool to play with it over white stamping.
I stamped my prepped nails with Snow Me White from SB003 and then added one coat of Lemon-grass. I then added the unicorn from m28 on my pointer fingers and used the LeadLight technique to fill her in.
Low and behold the sun decided to hold out to show of this scattered holo but there was still fun sparkle.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Barielle Goes Glitter - Confetti

So Barielle decided to shake winter off Taylor Swift style with two new glitter collections, "Bling It On" and Glitter Mania. I wanted to play with Confetti from the Glitter Mania collection. 
A multi-colored sprinkle glitter features nude, blue, black, fuchsia, white and yellow small hex glitters in a clear base.

Here it is over two coats of Sally Hansen Teeny Bikini. I then stamped the small cloud images with Barielle Heaven from BBF 11. I then added a cute little umbrella from the same plate stamped with Sinful Black on Black.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ariel, Tell Me a Sea-cret

Ok seriously, how many untrieds are sitting in your drawers, on your shelves, in your closet? I proably have more untrieds than trieds. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining :). Among them are three Too Fancy Lacquers. All holos, duh.

Well, do you want the sun to disappear for four days? Just ask me to do a holo manicure haha, no lie. Finally she peeked from the clouds and blessed me with a few photos.

This is two coats of Tell Me a Sea-cret, an aqua holo. I stamped the shell image from MoYou Fairytale 06. This looked like Ariel's shell top to me so I matched it with Color Club Eternal Beauty and created stamping decals from SB12.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Inaugural Blobbicure

I can't believe I haven't tried a blobbicure (among other techniques) until now. I decided to use two colors from Orly's Sugar High Spring 2015 collection. Cake Pop and Key Lime Twist were the only two I picked up but looked like a nice little combo.

I alternated the base colors, each two coats and leaving the second thick for the full effect. I then had the brilliant idea to mattify with Essie Matte About You.

The result looked cool but the polish started cracking the next morning. Not sure if it was due to the amount of polish overall or just the matte that made the lasting power on this mani stink. Cute while it lasted! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Essence Never Stop Dreaming

I love going to ULTA and hoarding all the little Essence polishes. They stock well, always have new colors and hello under $3? Yes please! My most recent purchase was Essence Twinkling Bling Bling in Never Strop Dreaming.
This is a pink jelly with burnt orange gold shimmer, orange and fuchsia hex glitters. I wasn't sure well it would cover but used two coats on my accent nails that were really opaque (and smoother than expected).
I used two coats of China Glaze Life Preserver to try and match the orange and then sponged the glitter on the tips.
Do you own any of these cute little polishes?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dakota Vox Lighted Mascara


In addition to being a connoisseur of polish, my makeup collection is definitely not lacking. About a year ago I found myself wanting to try all kinds of new mascara. I'm a darker than Malecifant's soul kind of black. 

I gave this Dakota Vox Lighted Mascara a go. A light, in your eye - yes it sounds a bit intimidating. Honestly, the light (which stays on once clicked) really does illuminate those minuscule lashes without blinding you.  The packaging also includes a mirror on the wand.
Said to be flake free, the silicone brush "coats lashes without clumping." I found this to be the case and it did a decent job of lengthening my lashes. 
Retailing for $12.99, it can be purchased at Beauty9.com.

Do you have a mascara you can't leave home without?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Eggcellent

While this isn't my actually Easter manicure, these certainly feel like little Easter eggs. I picked up a few of I Love Nail Polish's new colors and wanted to play with Fame right away. I used two coats for the base.
 

I used striping tape and added the ombre with a sponge and China Glaze Tart-y for the Party, Lemon Fizz and Dance Baby.
I reversed the effects on the accent nails. Such a gorgeous holographic gold with some microflakes in there. Have you tried any of the new Spring line?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

London SOHO New York Disney Princess Makeup Tools

 
I don't think it's a stretch to say that any nail obsessed girl (or guy) also has a draw to makeup and beauty products. When I saw the release about London SOHO New York's new collection for Walgreen's with Disney princess-themed makeup brushes and sponges, I thought they were the cutest things ever.

The charming collection includes face brushes, eye brushes and sponges featuring one of five princesses.

The Aurora sponge collection ($12.99) includes three different color sponges, each with a different goal whether building, blending or detailing. I used the green fair sponge for my foundation and it blended nicely. The sponge was a bit harder than what I'm used to using but didn't affect the results of what I usually see with my foundation.
I used the pink fairy sponge to blend my concealer and bronzer. It was nice to have a really small tip for under the eyes.
The eye brushes are pretty plush and of course adorably adorned. I tried the Belle brushes ($12.99). There's a large and medium smokey fluff brush as well as an angled liner brush (which I rarely use for liner no matter what the brand). They blended really nicely and created my two-tone crease look easily.
Very cute and a must for any Disney collector. If you can't find them in your store, some items are available online here.