Thursday, June 30, 2011

Deep Dark Ocean

I swear it feels like Friday, wishful thinking! Are my U.S. honeys rockin' they Independence Day manis yet? I need to get mine done tonight for sure. I was thinking I had some neato flakies from Sinful that I hadn't used at all. After seeing so many of your great flakie swatches over black, I thought that was best. This is a BC and two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Midnight in NY. It's a black base with multi-colored shimmer. I added one thick coat of Sinful Deep Blue Ocean on top sealed with Orly's Sec N Dry.

I also want to say SORRY as I've been tagged for a few things and haven't been able to keep up. Miki of One Chic Bella tagged me for "What's in Your Purse." Here she is...

  • Makeup bag with random lipgloss and eye drops
  • Keys
  • ipod Touch
  • Pen
  • Mints
  • Sunscreen
  • California Mango Hand Cream
  • Band Aid Brand Foot Protector Balm
  • Wallet
  • Zappos Gift Card
  • Colorado Luggage Tag and Screen Cleaner
  • Mini manicure set
  • eos Lip Balm
  • Random Goat's Milk Hand Lotion
  • Victoria's Secret Lip Gloss in Cherry Bomb

Friday, June 24, 2011

Reminds Me of GitA

Well hello Friday, I'm happy to see you! I had gotten this great pale blue from my babe for Christmas, Icing True Blue. I finally used it for a full mani, I used a BC and two coats of this pale cream. I then used one coat of NYX Dreamy Glitter. This is a clear base glitter with small hex glitter and pink star glitters. I sealed it with Orly SEC'nDRY (which I've switched too since I started to see some shrinkage with China Glaze Fast Forward).

This mani really reminds me of Deborah Lippmann's Glitter in the Air. I was going to buy it from Nordstrom's for my birthday, but after rockin' this mani for more than 5 days, I was able to pass since it seemed to quench my GITA thirst. Have you been able to calm an intense polish lemming with something more available or less expensive?

On another note, I won Valentine Kisses fantastical April Giveaway, thanks so much for the chance love! I got lots of goodies, but I tore everything open so fast I didn't take great inventory, a ton of awesome makeup and yummy polishes from Milani, Color Club, Funky Fingers and Rimmel. Here's to a great weekend ~

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer Sorbet Mani

I love sorbet, and sorbet polishes~yum! I didn't have great success with my first OPI sorbet, but this one was much kinder to me. I used a BC and three coats of OPI Guy Meets Galveston from the Texas collection. So bright and beautiful! I was tempted to leave it alone...but didn't ;). I then stamped the cheetah design from konad plate m57 with China Glaze Lemon Fizz and coordinated some rose water decals from Born Pretty Store on my index and thumb fingers. 

 Direct Sunlight 

Indirect Sunlight

I'm not sure if China Glaze Fast Forward was the issue in the shrinking problem last time, but using ULTA's topcoat that came with my Winter Wonderland minis worked wonderfully. I really love warm weather and the manis that go with it, now I just have to find my coveted watermelon sorbet mmmm.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Much Belated Birthday Mani

I know I'm such a SLACKER! So sorry, hope you can forgive me ;). So, as you may have seen I celebrated/am celebrating two birthdays this month. My birthday was on June 6 and my babe made it one of the best. I got to go to a local wine festival with two of my girls which was a blast and then he threw me a luau/BBQ at our house with a small group of friends and family. Did I mention he went as far to have a custom Hello Kitty cake made?! This thing was out of this universe adorable and it seems the bakery went and found some little toys and such to make it all come together. We all went to brunch the next morning and I got to go shopping in Denver on my actual birthday. I got a few great polishes, some clothes, jewelry etc. I even found these adorable HK earrings at Claires

Are you sensing a theme? Of course I had to do a day after birthday HK mani so let's start with that...a BC, Three coats of Orly Fifty-Four pink shimmer, free-handed tips with Sephora's HK polish in Bubble Gum, the strawberry image from plate m55 and the HK image from plate B87 on my index and thumb fingers and the checkered-tip image from plate m56 all with China Glaze Ruby Pumps. I then sealed it with Orly's quick dry TC. I had an awesome day, thank you all for the wishes and don't forget to enter my Blog Birthday Giveaway!

My yummy fun cake!

Claire's scented polish ~ Purple Bubble Gum, Turquoise Cotton Candy, Green Watermelon, Orange Sherbert and The Makeup Store Hologram polish in Siw

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Glidda Chevron

I only have a four day week but it's kickin' my can. I had grand things in mind for this mani, it turned out fine, but definitely didn't fulfill my ~vision~. I started with three coats of Orly's Plum. I then stamped the dot/criss-cross pattern from plate m71 with black konad. I couldn't get the full image picked up very well. I then used a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward, used Sally Hansen's chevron tip guides and added a coat of NYC clear topcoat above it so I could dunk it in LA Splash's black nail art glitter Onyx.

I was hoping more Fast Forward would smooth out the grit, even with two thick coats I could feel chunky-chunks. I'm ashamed as an admitted nail polish addict to say I kept this on for eight days fur to laziness. The tips wore off pretty quick due to the glitter not being a polish. Other than that it held up OK.

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Double Dose of Birthday Fun & Giveaway~

Man, it's that time of year when I get another year older and realize time just flies by! I celebrate the big 27 today, truly can't believe it! Another birthday this month is my blog birthday on the 19th so I thought I would celebrate with a giveaway!! ~ There will be two winners.

The grand prize winner receives a 7 pack of Simple Pleasures cream polishes, OPI Silver Shatter, Sinful Colors Green Ocean (it's shrunk for some reason, but promise it's brand new) Hot Topic holo silver glitter, Ulta Material Girl, Milani In a Flash, True Blue Spa Super Soft Hand Lotion, Art Club full nail decals and blingy toe separators.

Second winner receives China Glaze Senorita Bonita, Wet N' Wild's Party of Five Glitters, blingy toe separators and LA Colors 3-D nail stickers.

I'm going to do entries a little different this time. I ask that you email me your entry at with the following:
  • GFC follower name (must be a follower) and an email to reach you if you win ~ 1 entry
  • Blog about this giveaway and add the first photo and a link to your sidebar ~ 2 entries *won't count if your blog is dedicated to giveaways only
  • Follow me on Facebook (provide name you follow by) ~ 2 entries
  • Your must have polish ~ 1 entry
  • How you celebrated or will celebrate your birthday this year ~ 1 entry
Open internationally. I will ship the most cost effective way. The giveaway closes at midnight mountain standard time July 6, 2011. Please note nothing was donated and I bought all the prizes with my own money. Good luck!