Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chevy Heart Fail

So this was one of my Valentine's fail manis. Sometimes they look so much better in your brain. I started with three coats of Ulta Happily Ever After, a sheer pink shimmer. Really pretty and would work nicely for a french mani. I then used Sally Hansen's Chevron tip guides in the middle of my finger, used one thick coat of Zoya Marley on the bottom and one thick coat of Ulta Tutu Cute on the top. When that was done I added one coat of NOPI's Justin Beiber Step to the Beat of my <3 Purple Glitter Topcoat.
This was soooo chunky and I couldn't stop rubbing my nails. It wasn't long before I started peeling each little heart off. No me gusta, it happens sometimes I guess!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Deborah Lippmann ~ Mermaid's Dream

While I won two Deborah Lippmann polishes in a giveaway recently, I've never diminished the bank account to purchase one. All that went out the window when I laid my blue eyes on Deborah's Spring 2012 promo photo of Mermaid's Dream. It looked multi-dimensional and very unique. I ordered it as soon as I could from Nordstrom. As I counted down the days I received a backorder notice (cries) but it only lasted 3-4 days. I used her as soon as she arrived in the mail.

Like a mermaid, this polish is magical and I was happy I spent the extra money. There are so many layers of pretty, it's difficult to describe. The base polish is a sheer frost loaded with what seems to be the hybrid of a sea foam/light turquoise glass fleck, shimmer. There are hints of tiny gold shimmer as well as the more apparent ocean blue baby hex glitters. Deborah's website labels it as a "glittered shimmer."

This is two coats with a topcoat. I stare and stare and hope that they don't turn into legs when I get out of water because this polish made a Splash! in my world =D. It is now available on Deborah Lippmann.com as well as Nordstrom's, Barney's, Neiman Marcus and Zappos websites. Will you be getting her or waiting to see if our friends at Revlon will dupe later this year?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Spar-Kylie French

It's been way too long since I've posted! Hope you all had a nice V-Day with friends, family or that special someone. I'm a but behind so there may be a few love-themed manis coming your way. Here was my second. This is two coats of Sinful's Beautiful  Girl - great bubblegum pink cream - two coats. 
 Then I free-handed the tips (after a fail with the scotch tape - don't know how that Chloe does it so well) with one thick coat of Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor Wear Something Spar-kylie. Lastly I used the heart outline image from plate m73 multiple times to cover the whole nail and stamped with China Glaze Avalanche, such a great stamping polish.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My Kinda Tuxedo

After seeing Zoey Deschanel's Tuxedo mani, I knew it would be replicated just because of the sheer creativeness and cuteness of it. I was one who fell under this particular tuxedo mani spell. Since the romantical Valentine's Day is approaching I used this idea to launch my heart mani adventure. This is three coats of Claire's unnamed Anna Sui bottle copy. The polish is a white jelly with silver micro shimmer then stamped with the bow image from plate m56 and special black polish.
I then used one of my Born Pretty Store dotting tools to create the heart ~buttons~ by placing two dots next to each other then dragging them to meet. Lastly I did one coat of Orly Love Each Other, a purple shimmer suspended in a clear topcoat which you can catch over the black on my thumb and pinkie.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It's a Friggin' Circus

Yes it is! Tomorrow is bound to be the start of a rough couple of days so I thought only appropriate to post my Laquistry franken with the exact same name =D. I knew as soon as I happened upon this polish on Etsy I had to add it to the stashola. All those colors? Yippie! They arrived very quickly and wrapped in great Christmas paper and even bells. It's a Friggin' Circus is an explosion of multi-colored large hex glitter suspended in a blue jelly base.

Sorry for the bad stamp on my leftie, but this shows off more dense coverage of the glitter

I used three coats which resulted in covering almost my whole nail in hex circus happy. What kind of circus doesn't take place under a circus tent? I used one coat of China Glaze Lemon Fizz, one coat of Sally Hansen HD Hue then stamped the diagonal stripes from Salon Express plate 22 with China Glaze Ruby Pumps for my accent "tent." I was in love with this polish, stared at it incessantly and even wore it so long it had major chippage. The only downfall was the 20+ minute removal. It was worth the pain, will prob use foil method next time around.