Friday, April 29, 2011

The DiRtY 30 Mani~

In one of my recent posts I alluded to the honey's surprise birthday party, boy was that an event to plan! It's pretty hard to tell 60 people a *secret* and expect them to remember to keep it for a few weeks. Grandma almost blew it but I can say with confidence that my babe was truly surprised - hooray! I decided that Wet N' Wild's Party of Five Glitter was in order for this event, but wanted to do something a bit different. I've seen many ladies use this glitter over white or black so I thought "White AND black, yes...". Here 'tis, a moon mani.

I did a BC and two coats Love My Nails in White then used a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward. I then used Orly's rounded french tip guides and did one coat of Orly Goth, a black with silver micro glitter on top to create the moon effect. I then used one thick coat of Party of Five and topped it off with a final coat of Fast Forward.

My Mom also helped me make these yummy sprite cupcakes for the party! This recipe is great because it uses soda instead of oil and eggs.

I hope my honey's party was the best for him yet! Happy weekend~

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Spring Sunset Gradient

I think gradient manis are so fun, and by the looks of Zoya's orange glitter Gabrielle in the bottle, I thought it would be a great polish to do one with. I dug my Sally Hansen VIP Pink jelly and went to work. I used a BC and two coats of the VIP Pink. I then did the standard one, two, three then four coats (tips) on various spots up my nails to create the gradient effect. On my accent finger I did the exact opposite of the colors so it went from orange to pink. 

One of my co-workers said it was pretty and looked like a sunset, which seemed the best way to describe this. I sealed it with a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter, if you celebrate it. My bun bun wishes you all a great day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pastel Houndstooth Mani

Sorry I've been MIA ~ super duper busy like a beaver planning a surprise birthday party for the babe's 30th! It was a great success and he truly was surprised. It's so nerve racking to trust everyone to not say anything.
On to the nails, yay for pastels! For this pre-Easter mani I did a BC and three coats of Sally Hansen's Loyal Lavender. I then stamped the houndstooth image from plate m63 with Icing's Mint 2 Be. This is one of my favorite greens and went nicely with the purple. On my index finger I decided to try some of the water decal nail art sent to me for review by Born Pretty Store. 

My last attempt with water decals ~ not so hot. I painted two coats of Mint 2 Be on my accent fingers, let dry, then followed the directions from the water decals exactly. I blow dried them when I hadn't before and they worked so well! They were nice and flat and I couldn't feel the edges. I wore this mani for four days and had no problems. I was very impressed with how well they adhered to my nail, and how long they stayed. I topped the entire mani off with a coat of Essie Matte About You. My first matte mani

*Disclaimer, I will review all products honestly! I was not paid for this review, just sent various items. 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fancy This Fuchsia

I'm such a fan of pink ANYTHING so I was hoping Orly's Fancy Fuchsia wasn't close to something I already owned. Thankfully it really wasn't. This is my new favorite Spring pre-summer color! A few weeks back I decided to experiment on my sister-in-law since I haven't had a chance to use my crackles. I did a BC and one thick coat of Fancy Fuchsia. I then did a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward and one coat of China Glaze Crushed Candy. I sealed it with another coat of Fast Forward. It turned out pretty good even though she had pretty dainty nails. 

A few days later I did a BC and three coats of Fancy Fuchsia, it could have been two, but since it's a neon it dried really quickly. I then stamped the image from m73 with Color Club's Fashion Addict. 

The image and stamping execution were a miserable fail, it was just too large for my fingernails. The color still drops my jaw~

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My Take on Tiffany

I really didn't intend for this mani to turn into anything inspired by Tiffany & Co., but doesn't it feel like it? This is a BC and three coats of Essence The World's Coolest. A light blue/turquoise that leans more blue cream. There are no balls in the bottle but it shook up alright. I then added one coat of ULTA's Sugar Cookie from their Enchanted minis holiday set. I really think this is a dupe for China Glaze White Cap but haven't swatched them together. It's a sheer white shimmer with a gold flash. First shot indoors, second direct sunlight.

I also had these adorable white bow accents that I added to my index fingers. I used China Glaze Fast Forward as glue for the bows and as a topcoat for the entire mani. This didn't have tip wear until after five days or so.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Holy Haul~

So as my untrieds keep piling up it occurred to me I haven't shared any haul posts in quite awhile. Here is my shame...

 I made my first order from It was hard to tell what the NYX polishes would look like since there weren't bottle pics. 
NYX Dreamy Glitter, Super Funk,  Milani Jewel FX in Gold, NYX Enchanted Forest, Milani Hi-Tech

 Between Target and Walgreens these ended up in my cart.
Sally Hansen Snappy Sprinkles, Sinful Green Ocean, Nicole by OPI Me + Blue and Step to the Beat of my <3, Sally Hansen Midnight in NY

 I used my Sally's 15% off coupon, the girl was nice enough to give me the 20% even though I didn't need to renew my card!
China Glaze Virtual Violet, Hyper Haute, Mega Bite, Gamer Glam, Orly Fancy Fuchsia and Royal Velvet

China Glaze Fault Line, Broken Hearted, Lightning Bolt, Crushed Candy, Sun Worshiper, Flip Flop Fantasy 

 Did any of you take advantage of Ulta's polish sail and free shipping, I DID! I got all these and the mini set for $25!
For Bitten, It's Nude to Me, After Party, Material Girl, TuTu Cute, Starstruck

Tip the Scales, A Tail of Two Cities, Mermaid in Heaven, Don't be Shellfish

Last month my cousin who just graduated beauty school was nice enough to meet me at the beauty supply store. They had an awesome selection of Zoya and CND, but other than that I didn't think anything special. Got a great price on shampoo though. 
Zoya Marley, CND Silver & Gold, OPI Houston We Have a Purple, It's Totally Fort Worth It, Guy Meets Galveston