Saturday, November 27, 2010

First Ruffian Mani ~

Yowza, I really need to do some cleaning, but it's so not motivating when you're home alone! I hate that the man works Saturdays and we can't spend two days together. I made my first attempt at a ruffian mani for Thanksgiving. I was envisioning some rich fall colors. I used two coats of Sally Hansen's Hi Definition nail color in Hue. This is a bright beautiful yellow gold with gold shimmer. I then free-handed the top part of the mani with China Glaze's Riveter Rouge from the Vintage Vixen collection. I've never really been into reds, but this one is fantastic! She's more of a maroonish red with glorious gold glitter.

I had the bright idea to stamp the leaf image from konad plate m56 with China Glaze Classic Camel on my tips to make it even more Thanksgiving-ish. It appeared very lightly and wasn't what I expected stamping with the thick and opaque, Classic Camel. I still think it turned out very festive! I need to work on this technique a bit as I always have a problem using nail guides too early and peeling off my base polish so either my patience or free-hand needs to improve!~ Have you done a ruffian? Do you use guides or free-hand?

Friday, November 26, 2010

*Holiday Giveaway!*

Hey ladies! I wanted to show my sincere appreciation for all of my followers, since we're nearing the holidays I wanted to spread a little polish cheer. I now have an extra bottle of China Glaze's Party Hearty since I picked it up for a swap with miss 'Chelle from Cosmetic Cupcake, but she's been haulin' away and already had this polish which means I get to give it to someone else! I also have an awesome trio pack of E.L.F. holiday polishes. One is a clear base full of gorgeous snow-like looking glitter, the second a clear base with hex and micro gold glitter and the third is a red cream with micro red glitter. Since two global gals won my first two giveaways I wanted to keep this in my hood, U.S. residents aged 18 or older please (also I want to make sure the winner can use these by their appropriate celebrated holiday)!

* Must be a Public Google Friend Connect Follower
* Leave a comment with your GFC follower name and an email address where I can reach you if you're the winner (Both above = 1 entry)
* Show me some love and blog about the giveaway or add it to your sidebar with a photo (1 extra entry)

Also, if your blog is dedicated solely to giveaways or looks like a spam site, I'm not going to count it. All my giveaways come out of my pocket and I want this to go to someone who really deserves it. Entries will close at Midnight Mountain Standard Time on December 14, 2010. Once I announce the winner they have 48 hours to respond or I'll choose someone else. And away we gooo....

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Southbeach Ice French

Yo! So I just took the dog for a quick walk and it is FrIgId CoLd outside! I'm excited because tonight me and the honey are going to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the famous Rockettes ~ yippee! I love stuff like this, it really gets me geared up for the holidays. I wanted to do some form of a funky french with Zoya's Southbeach Ice since she's so sheer. I used my standard BC and three coats of this timid girl. This is a clear/baby blue base with light blue baby flakie type glitters.

I then used konad plate m19 for the french tip (which I am still trying to master since I have midget hands!) and white special polish. I added cute little oblong light blue rhinestones from Viva La Nails on my middle and index fingers, sealed it with China Glaze Fast Forward and viola ~ I was hoping to get some direct sun shots since this really shined but wasn't able to, boo...

Wishing everyone who celebrates it an amazing Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hey Doll + Twist

Oh Saturday, how I love thee when I have nothing to do! I should clean a bit but relaxing comes first =D. I absolutely can't believe Thanksgiving is next week!! Which reminds that I have completely neglected my fall polishes, especially from China Glaze. I went for Hey Doll, this is a creamy auburn brown with shimmer, she really glows in the sun. I used a coat of Seche Rebuild, BC, then two coats of the polish. I wanted to stamp with a holo so I used Color Club's peach-orange Love 'Em and Leave 'Em. I used the twist and loop looking design from plate m63.

It was really pretty and simple looking to me. Of course direct sunlight turns the volume up on this but I wasn't able to get outside before I removed this one. Enjoy the day chicas!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Metallic Hearts

Oh Monday you come so fast! Thankfully I worked the Veteran's Day holiday so I could spend the day with my babe today instead. He has Sunday and Monday off so it's nice to actually have two days with him. Last week was the party and final retirement celebration for our company's current CEO & President. He has been with our company for 20 years and wanted a big sending off party. I would call over 500 people a big send off for sure. I wanted my mani to match my outfit. I had some sparkle going on and my nails needed to match. 

I used a coat of Seche Rebuild, a BC and two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City. This is a very metallic silver and opaque in two coats. I also wore my favorite piece of jewelry, a huge heart necklace with Swarovski crystals, so I knew I needed to incorporate hearts. I used the heart french tip design from konad plate m56 and konad's hot pink polish. I then added cute heart rhinestones from an Essence pack I hauled a few months back on my index fingers. The pink wasn't as bright on the silver as I thought but this was still cute and I wore it for over five days. Do you have any special occasions coming up that require an extra special mani? Wishing everyone a great day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Itsy Zoya Haul

So I absolutely had to take advantage of the Zoya BOGO sale. I did a pretty good job of keeping it small as I ended up with only four polishes. From left to right Southbeach Ice, Valerie, Savita and Kiki. Holy cow all these colors are so bright and beautiful, I can't wait to use them! The only one I was a little surprised with was Southbeach Ice, it is more more green than blue like it appeared on my screen. It's also very sheer so needs to be used for layering or french manis.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rock & Roll Challenge Entry ~ Voting Open!

Hiya girls! Just a quick post to let you know voting is open for The Laquerista's Rock & Roll Challenge. I won't go into detail about this mani as the top three voted get a guest post on her blog. Please go vote ~ Thank you! XOXO

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Color It Red Contest Entry ~ Voting Open

Hola chicas! I just got done with a Zumba class that I'm taking with a co-worker. Super fun but somtimes I totally lose the steps and look like a damn fool. Oh well =D. So Simply Rins is running a nail art contest in honor of her blog's one year anniversary, the catch is the main color used has to be her favorite ~ RED. I was able to submit the below entry. I think the contest is unique because everyone is able to vote for three! Take a look at all the entries here.

I used a base coat and two coats of Sinful's Tokyo Pearl on all my nails which is a metallic white cream. I then free-handed a diagonal line with BYS red crackle polish at the top of my nail. I was really hoping the crackles would go crazy and show the white underneath but it didn't work very well. I then painted the bottom half of my nail with China Glaze Ruby Pumps and free-handed a line with Stripe Rite black, red and blue glitter. Lastly I stamped the "frilly" image from pate m57 in konad black. On my accent fingers I stamped the zebra design from konad plate m57, the bow from konad plate m56 with konad black polish, added a red rhinestone and used China Glaze Fast Forward to seal them all up! The only thing is I don't think this TC is supposed to go with crackle polish because it chipped the very next day *sad face*. Now I have to work an another entry. Happy weekend and please go vote!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Zoya BOGO Sale

Wow ladies, this one is hard to pass up! Zoya is currently having a buy one get one sale through November 5, use the code BOGO5 at checkout. If you want to read the original post on Zoya's blog check it out here.