Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sinful Let's Talk

Soo this mani has a bit of a back story. Last night I planned on doing my entry for Polish Hoarder Disorder's "vampire" challenge. I did two coats of Sinful Let's Talk as a base since it's a rich royal purple with shimmer. I planned on doing some art with painter's tape so I wanted to let it dry really well first. Ended up going to dinner, one beer turned into four then a party at the neighbor's house. Needless to say my entry never made it in. I wanted to finish today using Sally's Xtreme In The Navy and some stamping. Guess what? NO painter's tape so I tried medical tape - total fail. I finally got so frustrated I did something completely different.


I still took a few photos, this color is gorgeous but the photos make it seem more blue than purple. First shot is inside with flash second is outside no sun. I used a bc and no tc. I'd like to use this again but I'm still mad at it for the entire process of this mani being so difficult!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Penny For Your Thoughts

I was sad to see my water marble pink chevron mani go away ~ I think it was my favorite one yet! I decided to pull out the Zoyas since I haven't fully swatched or used any of them yet. I decided on Zoya Penny. This is a gorgeous metallic bronze with itsy bitsy micro gold, red and copper glitter. The application was nice and I could have gotten away with two coats, but I had a few bald spots so went for three.

First Shot is Indoors with Flash

Outside at dusk
While I love the color it just doesn't say summer to me. This would be perfect when October and November roll around. I also haven't tried my Sinful Colors All About You gold glitter. This is a clear base full of small round gold and red glitters.

I sponged the tips with a standard makeup sponge. I think these two go great together since they offer the same red and gold hues.


I then smoothed it out with one coat of Seche Vite. This will survive until my vampire entry for PHD due Friday.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Vintage Vixen + Color Club Haul

Good Morning! So I recently made my first purchase from 8ty8Beauty.com. Of course it had to include the newly released Vintage Vixen Collection. I was dropping some random China Glaze's into my cart when I realized I haven't ever owned a Color Club polish. I dropped the non Vintage Vixen Collection ChG's and went for the Color Club holos.

From left to right: Goin My Way?, Hey Doll, Riveter Rouge, Swing Baby, Classic Camel, Fashion Addict, Love 'Em Leave 'Em and Fashion Addict. Have you splurged on any Vintage Vixen colors? Ingrid is getting a lot of hype but I didn't include it in my order. Any thoughts on the Color Club holos? They look divine in the bottle. Can't wait to use these~!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A *POP* of Color

As soon as I was PHD's Challenge this week for a grayscale a water marble popped into my head. Not soon after I knew I wanted to use a hot pink. The only one in my collection is Sinful Colors Fusion Neon. I did a BC and then one coat of Sinful Snow Me White. I've been using the tiny dixie cups for my water marbling, and while they work well there's not a lot of design area to work with in the cup. I dug through the cupboard and found a Malibu Rum wide shot type plastic glass that worked soo much better! I used Savvy in Ebony Black, Sally Hansen Xtreme Nails in Gunmetal and Sinful Snow Me White for the marble.


This is by far the best water marble result I've gotten - hooray! I then decided to do a free hand chevron tip with the Fusion Neon.

There were some great entries, check them all out here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm in the MOOD

Yay it's the weekend! As soon as I heard Claire's had mood polish it was on my "have to have it" list. I only picked up the calm/wild (purple/pink) bottle .I wanted all my tips to be long enough to showcase the alternate color. There were a few bald spots but nothing three thick coats couldn't handle. I saw the tips changing right away and noticed the silver flecks all throughout the polish.

I liked the polish alone but wanted to play with konad and some purple nail art stickers I bought from Walgreen's. I used the Pastel Violet konad polish with plate m63. Then I bedazzled with Broadway Nails Fashion Diva stickers on my index fingers and thumbs. First shot is indoors with a flash second is outdoors with indirect sunlight.

I think it looks very elegant! Do you like mood polishes? Which one is your favorite?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pineapple Express

I've been LOVING every one's summer manis. I've seen strawberry nails, watermelons and limeades. I want to try all kinds of summer fruits! Recently Babbling Brooke posted a challenge for fruit inspired manis. Since I don't have the konad or BM fruit plates I had to come up with something else. I love pineapple so decided I could use the fishnet design from plate m57 to create one. The Sally Hansen HD collection in Hue just looks like a juicy pineapple. I used a BC and three coats of Hue.


There was still a VNL but I knew I was stamping over it and it wouldn't matter. This was indirect sunlight. It's a very mild gold/yellow with yellow and silver micro glitter.

I then used Sally Hansen Insta Dry in Mochachino for the stamping. This color is full of brown shimmer but because the lines are so thin from the stamping it's hard to see. I then free handed little leaves with the normal brush from Zoya Ivanka. This is a deep kelly green jelly full of green glitter. I topped it off with one coat of Seche Vite.

I'm not sure if I used too much Mochachino or my stamping skills just stink but the fishnet didn't transfer perfectly. I did a good enough job to get a design photo to submit. Have you done any fruit manis? If not are you planning on doing one before the summer is over?

Glitter Galore

Sorry to drop the toes on you all again but I couldn't resist! My girl Tara has been doing nails for 12 years now. When we met her and her husband for dinner the other night I couldn't take my eyes off of her sparkling toenails. There's no way it could have been nail polish. I asked, and it wasn't. It was pure glitter! I told her she had to get me in, those tootsies were irresistible. She used a dehydrator, then one coat of UV gel as a sticky base. She had about 20 different colors of glitter - I finally decided on a neon coral orange. It's perfect for the middle of July. She then sprinkled pure glitter over the wet UV and cured it in her lamp for a session. When done she put one more coat of UV gel and cured it so it was nice and smooth. It was so simple and I can't stop staring at my feet. This shot was inside with flash, imagine them outside in direct sunlight.

She said they should last about a month, I've already made another appt. because she had so many awesome glitter colors I couldn't have just one. What do you think? Would you get a pure glitter pedi?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Betsey Johnson Inspired Mani

Hi all, happy weekend! I'm at work today :( but at least get Monday off instead. Here is my entry for Polish Hoarder Disorders challenge. Everyone had to pick a Betsey Johnson dress as the inspiration for their manis. I was so excited because Betsey is just the ultimate in attention-getting designs. It was hard to choose because I could see in my head which ones were going to get used (and many of them were) and tried to steer clear of those. There ended up being two other girls that chose the same dress but they all turned out great.

The inspiration


The execution

I used a BC, three coats of Sally Hansen's NO CHIP 10 Day Nail Color in Lasting Lily with a Seche TC because I was impatient. Then I opened by Orly french tip guides to do the bottom part of my nail. I think the guides are good but my nails are so tiny and these were so large I had to try a few times to get the "rounded" part in the right place. I used Orly Gumdrop for the bottom and free-handed the gorgeous Nina Ultra Pro Silver Slipper tips. This polish is so packed with tiny silver glitter it was almost opaque with one coat. I didn't wait long enough for the polish to dry and it smudged when I pulled off the guides. A TC of Seche Vite smoothed it a bit but I can feel where I pulled them off. I've read some blogs that say to remove them wet. Do you use nail guides? If so do you remove them wet or dry? Overall these colors are so great together and I may use Betsey's site for more inspiration!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Finally Friday! Sally's Haul~

Happy Friday girls! Anything special going on this weekend? I have to work tomorrow but am taking Monday off to make up for it and going to our huge water park in Denver. I had to stop by Sally's Beauty Supply to stock up for the challenges I'm participating in plus I had my July 15% off coupon that I couldn't wait to use!

From left to right, Orly Goth, Fifty-Four, Catch the Bouquet, Gumdrop and Nina Ultra Pro Silver Slippers

It seems most of Sally's nail art collection is from Cina. I've been scouring different locations and finding different stuff at each. The left is a collection of tiny sea animals and ocean stickers. I've also been needing cuticle cream and tried this Hoofer's Choice a $2.99 (it's stinky, do you have one that smells good?). The last two are awesome rhinestones but they didn't make enough for more than one nail on each hand. At $5.39 a pop I figured I'd better take it easy. I planned on grabbing ChG For Audrey but the Orly Gumdrop was on clearance for $3.99 and looked exactly like it in the bottle so I went with that. Catch the Bouquet was on clearance as well so I couldn't resist!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

POTW - Sun Kissed + In The Spotlight

Good afternoon fine followers and friends! Sorry I haven't been posting much this week. I was hanging on to the Sweet Nothings/Hidden Treasure combo! I'm sorry if you thing feeties are gross but mine were in need of some TLC and definitely a new pedi. I had been eyeing my new Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear In the Spotlight for weeks. With Polish Hoarder Disorder and Babbling Brooke's challenges coming to a close I just couldn't squeeze it in so the top of the tootsies it will live for now. I started with two coats of SH Sun Kissed which is a bright neon cream orange - I forgot to take pictures alone :(.

SH In the Spotlight is gorgeous slivers of multi-dimensional silver glitter in a clear base. There's hues of red, blue and purple. Both shots are indoor with flash. The second photo is blurry but you can see the dimensions of the glitter.

I love this glitter but it is difficult to get it spread out evenly. I also think the shape of the glitter would make it challenging to match with stamping or other nail art. I didn't use a BC or TC. Do you use either on your pedis? Do you have unique shaped glitters, if so how do you use them?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Love = Sweet Nothings + Hidden Treasure

I'm so happy to have hit over 50 followers. Thank you all so much for reading and providing great tips and feedback! I've really wanted to swatch Nina Ultra Pro's Sweet Nothings. It's a beautifully opaque creamy lilac. It looks a bit more purple in the bottle. First shot is indirect sunlight.

Second shot is direct sunlight


It had a nice application with two coats there wasn't any VNL. I really like this color and how subtle it is against my skin tone. I would have been very happy with it by itself but figured I'd kick it up a level with my newly acquired Hidden Treasure. I cringed a bit when I finally bit the bullet and bought a bottle of Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure Hidden Treasure. I mean if I'm part of the nail polish blogger world then there is something wrong if I don't own a bottle of this right? I purchased a bottle on ebay for $21 including shipping (ouch) but I just had to have it. First shot is in direct sunlight, obviously with the sparkle factor of the polish it's hard to capture.

Second is indirect sunlight

I don't regret it, from all the other posts I've seen using Hidden Treasure and how much it adds to simple polishes it definitely lives up to the hype. Do you have Hidden Treasure? How hard was it for you to get?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mom's Water Marble

My Mom has become aware of my new polish obsession and was really curious about the water marbling technique. I tried to explain it to her but knew she'd either have to watch YouTube videos or just have me help her. She decided to have me help her do it. I went through her polish supply and it was pretty much red, maroon, brown or some slightly different shade of red, maroon and brown. I told her I'd pick up some Sinful Colors at Walgreen's that contrasted. I went with Courtney Orange, a burnt orange with gold fleck, Cream Pink, a bright pink slightly below a neon shade and a duo tone purple metallic called Let Me Go. The drops spread out OK, enough to get a decent design but they weren't really consistent. I had her do a BC then added one coat of the sheer Let Me Go so there weren't bald spots.

I then topped it off with one coat of Seche Vite (which she was very impressed with). It's kind of difficult to explain where and how to put the nail in the water to someone else but I say a good college try for our first time together. The index finger definitely came out the best. I started showing her various water marble and konad stamping tutorials and I think I've created a monster LOL. It seems polish addiction may be hereditary. Her cleanup was a little lacking but hey she's the one who has to look at them ;).

Friday, July 9, 2010

Margaritaville!

So this week Polish Hoarder Disorder's challenge was to use the "sponge" technique for something summery. I have been thinking about what I was going to do all week and it finally hit me...a margarita manicure! First of all I love margaritas AND Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. Sipping on a tasty marg on my porch, the lake or a restaurant patio just says summer to me. Plus every Margaritaville location is somewhere tropical and happy (I have it on my bucket list to visit every single one). I hadn't tried the sponge technique before but it's pretty easy - even though I just did the tips.

I did a BC, two coats of Sinful's Neon Melon then two coats if Nicole by O.P.I. Make Mine Lime. I then used a face sponge from Sally's to add my rim of "salt" to the tips using Sinful Snow Me White. I also picked up some fun little Cina Nail Creations fruities and sequins from Sally's for the "ice" and limes.

The last picture my husb tried to take with our little Aspen bunny since she's soo stinkin' cute but she had other ideas, ducked her head and ran away =).

Well it's definitely 5 o'clock here so I'm off to my own little Margaritaville!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Walgreens is the Devil

So I went to Walgreens the other day to get my Mother-In-Law a birthday card and some designer fake nails since she doesn't like painting her real ones when I ran into Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear display 2/$4. Of course I couldn't resist so I picked up Blue Me Away! and Lime Lights (which I mentioned HAS to be a dupe of the tiny sample bottles I found a week or so ago in the closet). I've also been wanting to do a watermelon mani because I've come across a few great photos - can't remember where now - and I'm inspired by all these summer fruit manis you ladies are so talented at. I knew I needed a striping brush which Sinful just so happened to have on display in white called Bad Chick. Gleaming in my peripheral vision was Sinful's gold glitter with flecks of red glitter in All About You.



I need to stop the hoarding of polish so I can actually start swatching them all! It's hard enough to resist polish displays, but when they're on sale come on now! Can you resist the sale displays for polish??

Monday, July 5, 2010

Snappy Sorbet

So I haven't tried Sally's Insta-Dry polishes yet and I'm not sure if I'm ever buying another bottle. I broke out the orangeish/coral Snappy Sorbet, the brush is fairly large like that in Hidden Treasure and I thought it would go on nicely. The polish itself is thick and opaque but streaks or stops spreading around so well. I did two coats, and for something that has Insta-Dry in the title this certainly didn't dry quickly - even with a fan on it. It bubbled on almost every nail.



Both pointer fingers kept smearing and I had to keep repainting. The third time I just decided to leave it as is and hope that a Seche Vite top coat would help. I also wanted a romantic feel so I used the konad heart french tip plate m56 with the special white polish. The right hand was a bit lopsided and I think I did too much on the nail so it doesn't really look like tips. First shot is indoors second is outdoors with indirect sunlight.



The colors could be great together but I'm just not pleased with the execution - this one won't make it long! Have you used the insta-drys, did they work better for you?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Zoya's Have Arrived!

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday! My Zoya haul came in last Wednesday but I haven't had a chance to post them yet.

Here they are from left to right ~

Ivanka, Penny, Adina, Happi

Annie, Gabrielle and Lianne

Yes I realize the second set is completely orange-happy - Gabrielle and Annie looked very different on my monitor. I picked Gabrielle for a very specific reason which will be a later post. I'll swatch these together for a comparison this week so stay tuned!

Friday, July 2, 2010

4th of July Fun

In celebration of our Day o' Independence I wanted to do a red, white and blue. I started with three coats of Sally Hansen's HD in Laser. I really like this polish by itself to begin with. It's a dark blue with purple and blue shimmer. I then wanted to try a V-french tip with my new China Glaze Ruby Pumps. Some nails turned out better than others. The mix of red glitter on top of the blue made a slight purple from far away at first. There were some bald spots so I did two coats of the red and it looked a bit more red.

I wasn't sure how I wanted to incorporate white and then remembered I had some old nail art white flower decals and added them to my index fingers and thumbs. I really like how it turned out for my first attempt at V-style french tips.

First shot is indoors with a flash. Second is outdoors in direct sunlight. Super sparkly!


Sally Hansen Minis Swatch

Hi Ladies! Are you as excited about a three-day weekend as I am?! I did a quick swatch on each nail last night of the previously mentioned "surprise" Sally Hansen mini set I found. The hot pink is awesome (and I swear it's currently offered as Sally's Xtreme Wear in Pink Boa) but can't confirm since there's no name. The lighter pink had some beautiful fine silver shimmer and would look better with a few more coats - I did three coats on each nail.

The purple was two-dimensional with hints of blue, the blue was sheer as well with some shimmer and the pale goldish green was a beauty in the bottle but barely showed on my nails with three coats. I really think the green mini is currently offered as Sally's Lime Lights. I just so happened to pick the full-size bottle up from Walgreen's since they were doing two for $4. I need to swatch the two together to see if it's a match!

After doing this quick swatch I did a 4th of July mani because like the rest of you, I love being festive. Look for that mani next!