Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lavish Polish Peach Please

Aren't thermal polishes the best thing ever? Especially now that Indie creators are adding glitters and shimmer and flakies. I picked up a Lavish Polish colors and threw in Peach Please! because of the great thermal and golden flakies.

This is three coats. When warm, this jelly is a warm pinkish that goes great with my skintone. When cold, it's a bright tangerine color. Those gold flakes really are pretty no matter what temperature my fingers are at.

This is three coats of Peach Please with two coats of China Glaze Champagne Kisses.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Barielle Jetsetter Collection Swatches

I recently received Barielle's Jetsetter collection. This is their fall/winter release. I can definitely see using a lot of these colors in my holiday manis and nail art.

 Kiss Me Kate is a creamy beige/pink - not quite mannequin hands but a nice nude

 Rain in Spain - creamy light periwinkle 

 Gondola Ride - a creamy sage green

Irish Eyes - While this and Gondola Ride look similar, they have enough of a difference than I was able to capture in my photos. This is a a creamy moss green.

 Autumn in Seoul - a deep copper shimmer - very pretty and a nice fall hue

Midnight in Paris - creamy midnight blurple 

All swatches are two coats and I didn't use a basecoat or topcoat for any of these. Each 5 free polish retails for $8 a piece and can be purchased here.

There was some staining with the darker colors so be sure to use a BC. Overall the creams were smooth and opaque. I think they would be awesome for stamping. For some reason I am just loving Rain in Spain the most. Which color are you being drawn to?

Friday, November 7, 2014

She Wants the D - Llarowe Bronco Blue

You KNOW I have to do a few orange and blue manis ladies! Showing some love for my Denver Broncos and that beast Peyton Manning. I had the perfect polish from Llarowe's big game collection last year (although the game results were definitely not what I had hoped) I still got my hands on her custom holo Bronco Blue.

I used one coat of Zoya Annie at the top of the accent nails with Sinful Snow Me White on the bottom. I then used striping tape and covered with one coat of Bronco Blue.

The rest of the nails I used two coats of Bronco Blue. The perfect Sunday mani for the W! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scary Skellington Patckwork

No like really, scary. Do NOT attempt a patchwork mani without Seche Vite on hand. I thought my Out the Door would do just fine and after two hours I finally just lived with this and called it a night.
The concept was great but we all know that sometimes it doesn't always come to fruition. I started with one thick coat of Cover Girl 110. I then used China Glaze Life Preserver and Sunshine Pop for the candy corn patchwork.
I stamped with Sinful Black on Black from Messy Mansion 06 and Jack from FUN3. Have you found other topcoats that help with tape manis? I'm all ears!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Enter Barielle's Halloween Contest Now

Barielle is having a Halloween Manicure contest starting today through October 30th. Use hashtag #bariellemanicontest & post your Halloween nail art using Barielle shades on their Facebook page. Vote for your favorites by using the Like button. Winner will receive their choice of any 2 Barielle Color Collections PLUS a No Chip Speed Dry Top Coat!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Diggin' Bones

It's time for the Halloween manis to make their way into my life! I haven't decorated yet and don't know if I have the energy to do so :(. At least my nails can get into the swing of things.

This is two coats of Hard Candy Peach Pop. I was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly the glitters dried in this polish. Rather than doing a traditional black and orange I wanted to match something to the glitters.
I stamped skulls and skeletons with Barielle Berry Posh from Sugar Bubbles 23 and MoYou Biker 10. What color suggestions do you have to mix up the traditional Halloween palate?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Barielle Me Couture Collection ~ Swatches and Review

Brrr, the leaves are falling and I can feel that brisk wind in the air that means it's fall. That means I'm begrudgingly putting away the neons and summer colors and starting to look at some fall colors. It was the perfect timing for Barielle's Me Couture collection to cross my path.

Barielle's Me Couture collection for Fall 2014 embraces the high fashion colors for this rich season of the year. A sophisticated palette combination of retro and intense shades totally compliments current styles and trends.

Taupe Notch - Creamy Dark Taupe

Vintage Gown - Creamy Rust with a Hot Pink

Berry Posh - Creamy Deep Fuchsia 

Boho Chic - A Creamy Deep Sea Green

Soho at Night - Creamy, Grape Purple

Moda Bleu - Creamy Dark Navy/Blue

I didn't use a basecoat or topcoat for any of these. Each 5 free polish retails for $8 a piece and can be purchased here.

I really like that Barielle is against animal testing. I only have a few of their polishes and these are all great color additions to my stash for 2014. While 4 of the six polishes are definitely rich, thick creams, Soho at Night at Moda Bleu are true jelly polishes and need a few more coats. The creams were nice to work with and I think would work well for stamping. The jellies were nice rich colors and would work for the leadlight technique no problem. For some reason Vintage Gown really stood out to me, a nice neutral color with a golden shimmer that I wasn't able to fully capture.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Jaded Turquoise

I made a Born Pretty Store order awhile back and included a lot of gems and accents. After staring at these teardrops that look like jade/turquoise I thought I'd match a stamp to them.

I have a great new teal jelly straight from Singapore thanks to a Birthday Swap group on Facebook. I used three coats and stamped with FUN3 and Sinful Black on Black. For the accent nails I used a Sally Hansen guide and Orly Goth before adding the gems.

They were a bit large but I managed to not pick them off for a day or two. Can you keep them on your nails or do you pick them off right away like me?