Sunday, October 30, 2011

Candy Corn Water Marble

Oooh, eee it's almost Halloween! It is my second fave next to Christmas. I decided rather than the standard "candy corn" mani I'd throw a twist and do a candy corn water marble ~ I used one coat of I heart my nails in white (apparently the only basic white I own as I use it so often =p) and then used blue painters tape to seal off my fingers for easy cleanup. It doesn't seal as well as scotch tape but better than nothing at all. I then marbled with the white, Zoya Lianne and Ulta's Banana Rum in the Sun <--- love this polish name <3
End result wasn't as vibrant as I imagined but turned out nicely. What could make it even better you ask? GLITTER of course! I used one thick coat of Out the Door Northern Lights holographic topcoat. I will be watching scary movies, making candy corn looking cocktails and handing out candy tomorrow. How about you?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Frankie's Alive!

Sticking with my Halloween theme, I did a full mani with China Glaze's It's Alive, I heart this polish! It has so much depth and sparkle, will be using again. this is two coats of It's Alive with one coat of Ghoulish Glow on top (it did not Ghoulishly glow that bright). It may have not glowed brightly because it was over a dark color and it was only one coat. Any of you tried this recommended combo on the Halloween packaging?

I then added little Frankensteins or "Frankies" that I've seen floating around the web these days. I used my assortment of Born Pretty Store dotting tools to add the I Love My Nails in white and Orly Goth for the eyes, hair and smile. What's your fave Halloween subject to work with for manis?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Orly French Polynesian Island Spa Treatment

I was recently at Sally's and saw that Orly's Hot Lava Self-Warming Hand Repair Mask was on clearance ($9.99). I wasn't sure the original price since there were no other price tags. I deemed it worth a try but I don't think I would pay more than $10 for it on principle alone. When I opened it, it smelled really nice and tropical (label notes Tahitian coconut and Tiare Flower). Directions said to stir, apply generously to wet hands, leave on 3-5 minutes. For extra heating it says to wrap hands in a hot towel, which I skipped this time just to see how it felt by itself.
Upon applying to my hands it instantly heated, but went away quickly. It covered nicely without being too thick and stayed on just fine. After my estimated three minutes I rinsed off. My hands did feel smoother and more moisturized, plus they smelled like an island escape for awhile afterwards =D. Overall the feel and moisture held up for the rest of the evening. I think it's a good product that smells wonderful and is worth the $10 paid for it. It appears it retails for $30 on Orly's website, a little rich for my wallet so let's just call it a good deal shall we? What's your favorite treatment?

*This product was purchased with my own money

Saturday, October 8, 2011

China Glaze Haunting

HI!! It's Boo-tober finally! I seriously love Halloween, I've been reading so many articles lately that say people spend almost as much on Halloween as Christmas. Which brings me to this mani, I've decided to do all Halloween-themed manis for this month (excluding something neon and bright-tastic for our vacation in two weeks) starting with this one. I happen to have Orly Goth and can tell you China Glaze Haunting has so much more silver glitter and it seems to be a little more jelly than Goth. It covered nicely with two coats.
Silly me thought OPI Silver Shatter would make a good combo, too bad I lost all the great glitter *pout* so I will be using this again this winter/fall by itself. The OPI Silver Shatter was much more metallic and shimmery than I thought it would be.
Me and the hubby decided to do a bit of decorating to get in the ghoulish spirit. Do you decorate or do anything fun?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blue Avenue

So I acquired NYX Blue Avenue flakie in my recent Hautelook haul. It was so pretty in the bottle I couldn't wait long to try it. I thought it would be great over a blue or green polish so I chose Hello Kitty by Sephora in Mint, a great mint cream. This is two coats of Mint with three coats of Blue Ave. on top.
Uber disappointed that this wasn't as apparent on the nail as it was in the bottle wagh! It was better in real life than what I could capture in photos but I think I'll try it over a vampy or black next time around. My accent finger was sponged with three coats of Mint, Sally Hansen Celeb City and Icing True Blue with three coats of Blue Ave. on top.