Saturday, July 11, 2015

ILNP Atlantis

Flakies, duochrome - count me in. I didn't know if I wanted to put ILNP's Atlantis over black or something else. I settled on KBShimmer Low and Be Bold, three coats to be exact.

The final result was pretty, but didn't show off the colors as much as I had hoped for. Guess I'll have to keep messing with this beauty.
Do you have a favorite base other than black for your flakies?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Salon Perfect Pa-tri-otic


Total. Slacker. I know I really need to get it together. I've just been in a creative and blogging slump lately and my untrieds cry out in abandonment. Between two jobs, the summer sun calling my name and being a single-doggie mama - it's a lot!

I had to do something festive for the 4th of July and picked between a few of Salon Perfect's special top coats. I went with Pa-trio-otic. Red, white and blue triangles suspended in a clear base. First, two coats of Icing True Blue so all three colors would stand out.
Then one coat of strategically places triangles. For the accent nail, two coats of Cover Girl Snow Storm stamped with BBF 01 and China Glaze Hey Sailor and Sally Hansen Blue Me Away. Hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday!

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?