Monday, May 27, 2013

Espresso Self

I'm not sure if any of you saw the cool Facebook post Zoya did about creating an "espresso" mani, but I thought I'd take them up on in. Especially since I have the new Messy Mansion plate with all the cute little coffee images to go with it. I really am a coffee fiend, when it is cold in the fall and winter it's so fitting to warm up with a latte, in the summer a nice cool down with that caffeine goodness on ice.

For the middle two fingers I started with one coat of Sinful Snow Me White. I let dry, then used striping tape to do a quick coat of Essence Cafe Ole and China Glaze Mahogany Magic.
The rest of my nails were two coats of Cafe Ole, a beautiful pale tan/dark nude with silver shimmer in it. I then stamped from MM10 with Mahogany Magic. I think it will be fun to create some different colored manis with this plate.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Shimmer Polish Trisha Jelly Sammy

*Sample provided for review* I've come to realize that warm colors tend to look best on my skin tone. This means that I snatch up a lot of oranges/peaches etc. With the temps rising FINALLY here in Colorado - Shimmer Polish Trisha seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. I started with one coat of Zoya Lianne, a nice burnt orange red, as undies and added two coats of Trisha on top.
Shimmer Polish's site describes her as an orange cayenne copper glitter. Again I am so impressed with how smoothly these glitter bombs go on the nail and are tamed easily with a topcoat.
For my accent nails I used two coats of an unnamed Walgreen's Halloween polish, a sheer orange jelly with scattered holo polish. I then sponged Trisha on the tips and finished with one last coat of the sheer jelly.
Speaking of celebrating, it was just baby Champ's second birthday! We needed some goodies which included a pup-pie, some frosty paws ice cream and of course a new toy.

Shimmer Polish can be purchased on Etsy for $12 a bottle.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This Mani is Rock Solid

I'm always such a sucker for any remnant hint of a holo in a polish - I must scoop it right up like ice cream at Baskin Robbins. Rock Solid from Orly's Mineral FX Collection was no exception. I ponder why I let this little darling sit in my untrieds for so long. I had thought that some black stamping would like nice over her and was right.

 This is two coats of Orly Rock solid - which covered nice and opaque, and also not too gritty. I then  stamped the giraffe tips with BM 325 with Sinful Black on Black.  I used the full giraffe alternative image from plate 313 for my accent nails. This almost had a better holo in the shade not seeing direct sunlight. I left it on for awhile and thought the black and charcoal worked nicely together.

We had a nice weekend, time with friends, a great motorcycle ride (and horrifying sunburn to match) finished off with a nice family dinner to celebrate Mom complete with the to die for watermelon margs at On the Border. I'm uncomfortably obsessed with these margaritas as they are one of the only places around that use fresh watermelon mmmmm.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Boogie Nights Patchwork Mani

I know the patchwork mani was trendy long, long ago but I have yet to try one. I thought I would call up the tutorial that many of you have probably seen from the talented Chloe's Nails who has been MIA for awhile now. I was thinking I really needed to use the Models Own I recently acquired from the sweetest little chica in Sweden, Anja for a birthday swap.

I started with two coats of Color Club All That Razz which is a very pretty hot fuchsia pink, could be jelly opaque in one coat and I almost left her alone but decided to forge onward. I then used one coat of Revlon Quick Dry TC and then used Color Club Insta-This for the blue and Nina Ulta Pro Sweet Nothings for the last color.

On my accent nails I used one coat of All That Razz followed by two coats of Models Own Boogie Nights. This is a great glittery polish, I tried to use polish colors that would complement the glitters and think I did pretty darn tootin' well. I also am a fan of the shred glitters as they stayed down pretty well.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Damask Matte Pattern

I must confess that I have the wee hands of a small people (about the only small thing left on my bod these days). A lot of you missies have problems with finding stamps that fit your whole nail and are probably fans of the 3rd gen Bundle Monster plates and especially my gal Julie with Messy Mansion. I have quite the opposite prob here peeps. My nails are so tiny - awesome images like her damask pattern from plate MM06 are too big to fit the whole sweet thing on my nail.
I went for the middle of the plate closed my eyes, OK not really, but held my breathe and went for it. I thought the super trendy combo of peach and turquoise would be great to show this pretty off plus I haven't mattified anything as of late. This is two coats of Orly Prelude to a Kiss stamped with Sinful Rise & Shine.

Rise & Shine is the epitome of that gorgeous mix between a saturated green and aqua with a slight shimmer that was hidden by the matte texture that it dries to naturally as well as my two coats of Essie Matte About You on top. This little lady needs a redo with a super shiny topcoat that's all I know. I then reversed the combo for the accent nails. Booyah!