Saturday, January 29, 2011

Half A$$ Mani & Tag

Howdy cowgirls! Can I just preface this with I'm having a poop day and kind of just hate everything? Those days rear their ugly head now and again I suppose.

I had a wedding last weekend and had a cute little dress that was gray lace over a sheer pink silk - too cute. It would have been even cuter if I could have finished the mani to match it! I procrastinated and ran out of time so I had to hurry and at least put the base color I was planning to use, my nails couldn't go to the party naked :O. I used a BC then three coats of Orly Catch the Bouquet. The pictures didn't nab this beauty, she's a sheer pink with pink and silver shimmer. There was some VNL but not as bad in real life as in the picture. I used a coat of ChG Fast Forward and ran out the door.

In other news I was tagged by Miss Melacine from Crystal Visions - xoxo thanks doll!
1. When and how did you start your love for polish? 
I read a All Lacquered Up's beauty blog linked in an email blast about water marbling and was hooked like a fish

2. If you could choose to do anything in the world, what would it be? (Eg. Ski in the Swiss alps, fly in a fighter jet, create a unicorn etc.)
Toss pizza in Italy, see koala bears in Australia and stay in the super exclusive water huts in Bora Bora.

3. What's your favorite love story?
Hummm, Romeo & Juliet is a little extreme for my taste, how about Sleeping Beauty

Here are the rules:
Choose 3 - 5 Blogs you would like to tag and link them too. Leave them a comment on their blog that you've linked them.

Important: This award is for unknown blogs, so don't tag some 3000-Reader-Blogs! :)

The blogs I would like to tag are:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Mess of Mermaids

Thank you all for your kinds words on my 100th post! This is why I continue to blog~ I previously nabbed the gorgeous pale green shimmer Nina Ultra Pro in Mermaid on sale at Sally's, I knew it had to go with the konad mermaid image on plate m34. I got this plate off eBay and it's a fake (well shit). The polish is uber sheer and I had to use four coats to get any sort of coverage. It also looks a little more yellow on the nail compared to the whisper mint green in the bottle.

I then stamped the mermaid image from the plate with special konad black polish, too bad I didn't wait for it to try and created a literal mess of mermaids. These were too adorable until my Godzilla brush from China Glaze Fast Forward and *hand* mutilated them. Guess I'll have to try this image again soon!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My 100th Post is Covered in Diamonds!

I can't believe this is my 100th post! I want to thank all of you for coming on this magical ride through the land of polish with me! I've had Color Club Pucci-licious and Covered in Diamonds sitting in my untrieds for awhile so I decided to put them together. It was a great decision~I used Beauty Secrets BC then two coats of Pucci-licious, this is a nice opaque neon purple, it covered awesome in two coats. I then proceeded to add the sparkling happiness that is the Covered in Diamonds top coat. 

This little shaped flake bits have different facets of color that made this mani interesting enough to keep for 4-5 days. Since this top coat is somewhat chunky I thought feeling the little bits would bother me but it didn't. I topped it off with ChG Fast Forward and it helped a bit. The little flakes did start to peel and come off after two days. I have to go get ready for yet another wedding, including a matchy mani! Tata 'til next time.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sparkle-licious for a Bachelorette Bash

Not sure how many of you in the U.S. had Monday off, but it was a nice three-day weekend for me =D. The hubby always has Mondays off so it's a treat to spend the day together. I went to a bachelorette party last weekend and knew I would need something bright and glitter-ridiculous. I started with a BC and one coat of Essence Underwater. This is a metallic deep blue and a great accent for the sparse blue glitters in OPI's Sparkle-licious. I then added three coats of Sparkle-licious which has a ton of gold, some pink and blue glitter. It's always easier to remove glitter with a solid coat or two underneath. I then thought I'd take a shot at using some scotch tape to create tips since Erika from Chloe's Nail Blog always does a fantastical job using scotch tape! I need some practice! I used one coat of China Glaze Fast Forward before I added the tape and used Underwater to create the tips, but it was too thick and bled pretty easily.

Next time I will use a different base color than the tips. These little mamas still got noticed, especially when we were in a low-lit night club. This was stinky to remove for sure and took some soaking. Love this polish and how dense the glitter was. I have yet to use the foil method for glitter removal, you?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

An Award & Some Luck

Greetings lovers of polish! I feel like my little blog has been neglected a bit so I'll do my best to remedy that. I opened my email the other day to find I had been tagged by Ms. Pink Cat of Pink Cat's Polish - thanks love! Before 'I dabble in the details I wanted to share that a few weeks back I had an amazing morning, I woke up to an email from Smoochiefroh (Sasha) of Manicure Mommas letting me know I had won a gorg Sally Hansen nail prism set - hooray! Two hours later I got an email from Mary over at Body & Soul telling me I had won four fierce discontinued Revlon duochromes. Now THAT'S a good day =D. Have you won a contest? It always makes me giddy!

 Purple Diamond, White Diamond

Crystal Ball, Levitate, Potion and Magical

Onto the award~

Seven Random Things About Myself ~
1. My favorite TV Show(s) was Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Spinoff Angel. I own the entire DVD set booyah~

2. I used to write poetry, some of it good, and some if it hilariously bad. I even got one put in a huge published poetry book for kids~

3. I <3 margaritas! I even have the awesomeness that is Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville machine~

4. I get hives/ a rash on my face and chest when I'm angry/hot/nervous/tipsy ~ #3 may create #4 heehee

5. I have a passion for fashion, at least my own. I don't always get what's introduced on the runway but I am aware of labels and splurge when I can~

6. My family used to own Maine when it was a colony, until the heir ran off with the maid and was disowned. I'd like to speak with him about this decision one day ;)~

7. I used to race mini dirt bikes and the hubby was a Professional Motocross Racer

I'm a little late to the game on this one so I'm sure almost all of the ladies I would pick have been picked - but please, consider yourself tagged and join in!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fair Isle Mani

Brrr! It's been so cold here, I think tomorrow's high is 10 degrees. No thank you :(. I really like the fair isle and nordic prints that are done tastefully, not the big honkin obnoxious red sweaters, but the sweet prints that say cozy winter wear. I wanted to recreate the fair isle print with reindeer and snowflakes for this mani. I started with a BC and two coats of Color Club's Wild Orchid. This is a gray creme with silver shimmer. It is almost like a warm gray. I then used special black and white konad polish and the images from my eBay plates. The jumping reindeer barely fit on my skinny nails.

I have to confess I used a poo topcoat that made the image bleed a bit, especially on my pointer finger. No worries I ran out and got some China Glaze Fast Forward so that doesn't happen again. These images are pretty large so I couldn't use more than one on each nail. Hope you like and it makes you think warm thoughts ~

Friday, January 7, 2011

Christmas Haul Hooray!

So everyone was pretty food to me for Christmas on the nail polish end of things, of course my man did the best! He's seriously the best gift giver in the world, he always surprises me and is so thoughtful =D. I hope they all realize they are just fueling my fire~

Enchanted Minis ULTA set included High Shine TC, Spice Drop, Peppermint Bark, Sugar Plum and Sugar Cookie

Icing True Blue, OPI Show It and Glow It, Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter, China Glaze Avalanche and Watermelon Rind

Konad plates m62, m71, m28 and m14

I haven't had time to play with any of this, between a swap, Christmas and my own ridiculous hauling I have a lot to catch up with!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Mani That Rang In 2011

Did everyone have an awesome New Year's? I stayed up way too late, but it was worth it. Even the dog slept all day yesterday because he had too much fun =D. I have a lot of resolutions for 2011, but it shouldn't take the New Year to dive into improving myself... Here is my New Year's mani, I was in a rush and the hubby was staring at me encouraging me to finish since we were running late but I HAD to have a New Year's mani, duh! I've been saving China Glaze's Midnight Kiss just for the occasion. I used a BC and two coats of this funtastic gold foil. 

I wore a cool pink sequin blazer so I free-handed the tips with two coats of ULTA's Spice Drop since it was a pink/gold metallic that was almost the same exact color as my top. This mini is from ULTA's Enchanted nail collection. I used Rimmel's 60 second top coat and viola~ We're taking all the decorations down tomorrow. Have you recovered from the holidays?