Friday, May 25, 2012

Once Upon A Polish Day At The Fair

I have another idie polish today. It's one I've been lemming and got the opportunity to try it out and review it. Thanks to Kimberly, owner of Once Upon A Polish for providing Day At The Fair.
Behold the loveliness...

Once Upon A Polish Day At The Fair natural light

Once Upon A Polish Day At The Fair artificial light

Once Upon A Polish Day At The Fair  

Once Upon A Polish Day At The Fair close up

Once Upon A Polish Day At The Fair is so pretty! It's a coppery pink shimmer base with silver, green and I think orange hex glitter with multi colored micro glitter. There's just enough glitter to make this polish shine, but not so much it's over bearing. I often wear glitter as my accent nail because it's just too much for a full mani. I was completely comfortable with Day At The Fair as a full mani. My pictures do not do justice to this polish. It's so sparkly and shimmery! It was a joy to wear. I had several compliments and was so happy to explain to the cashier and lady at the drive through about Etsy polishes. They had no idea! It's my pleasure to share my joy of polish with Muggles, lol. I'm happy to report it was not difficult to remove in spite of the glitter. Yay!

Kimbery seems to take her inspiration from fairy tale-esqu themes. Obvs!! The name says it all, right? I love the name. I am, myself, a huge princess/Disney/fairy tale fan. So I feel right at home. I have my eyes on a few of her polishes and hope they come back in stock soon. Ariel, Sebastian and Scuttle for starters. She also has holographics! I highly recommend you stop by Once Upon A Polish and get some lovely indie goodness. You won't regret it ;)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out

Holographic!!!

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out with OPI Absolutely Alice accent nail natural light

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out with OPI Absolutely Alice accent nail artificial light

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out with OPI Absolutely Alice accent nail  

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out with OPI Absolutely Alice accent nail close up
China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out from the Kaleidoscope Collection released in 2009 is a blue scattered holographic. It's a blue that I actually think looks good on me. There aren't many that go well with my skin tone. I'm so glad this one does. I love holographic polishes. I have so many, and just keep buying more. I don't think you can ever have too many.
Absolutely Alice is from the Alice In Wonderland Collection released back in Spring 2010. I used her for an accent nail. Absolutely Alice is a dense blue glitter with a little but of gold mixed in. It is so dang sparkly. It goes perfect with KHO.
I enjoyed this mani a lot. I love me some sparklies. It's dangerous though when you're driving. I kept wanting to look at it sparkle in the sun. Every red light I was moving my hands around and oohing and ahhing. It's the little things in life...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I cut my nails off and shopped on Etsy

So, I cut my nails off. Sometimes I get tired of dealing with long nails. They're high maintenance! And cutting them off is pretty liberating. It's kind of like getting new nails. That sounds weird. Hopefully it makes sense though.
I bought some polish from Etsy not too long ago. I was browsing and hoping to find something unique and fun. Boy did I ever!! I found Amy's Nail Boutique. She has some really cute polish and I highly recommend her store. I got a notice my package was shipping in only 15 mintes after my purchase. How's that for customer service. Wow!!
Since I am so in love with my new polishes, I'm going to do something I don't normally do. I'm gonna blog three polishes in one post. I like my blog to be my diary of what I wore for the day, but I cannot wait for these! So here they are.

First up is Cotton Candy

Amy's Nail Boutique Cotton Candy natural light

Amy's Nail Boutique Cotton Candy artificial light

Amy's Nail Boutique Cotton Candy  

Amy's Nail Boutique Cotton Candy  close up

Amy's Nail Boutique Cotton Candy is from her Matte All The Nails Collection. It's pink and blue matte glitter and it's so pretty. I love it! Absolutely love it. This is 3 coats with no underwear. I wanted to see it as it is without anything to interfere so I chose no underwear on all three polishes. It dries kind of semi matte so I added SV. I really wanted shiny. I love this type of glitter. 

Next up is Preppy
Amy's Nail Boutique Preppy natural light

Amy's Nail Boutique Preppy artificial light

Amy's Nail Boutique Preppy 
Amy's Nail Boutique Preppy close up
 Amy's Nail Boutique Preppy is also from her Matte All The Nails Collection. It's a pink and green matte glitter. Isn't it pretty! I love this combo. I don't know that I am personally preppy, but my nails sure are ;) This is three coats with SV again for the shiny.

Last but certainly not least is Roxy

Amy's Nail Boutique Roxy natural light

Amy's Nail Boutique Roxy artificial light

Amy's Nail Boutique Roxy 

Amy's Nail Boutique Roxy close up
Amy's Nail Boutique Roxy is the last polish I got and is from Matte All The Nails like the other two. It's pink and purple matte glitter. Looking at these pictures I can be sure when I wear this I will do either underwear or four coats. It didn't cover the same with three as the previous two. Even tho it seems to cover less I really like it. The pink is so bright!

All three of these polishes are just beautiful. I really, really like them. I'd buy them again in a heartbeat. And you should too! You will be glad you did.

The polish applies really easily. You don't have to fish around or place the glitter at all. On the first coat you will see the glitter spreads out nicely. It's builds just perfectly. I think it will look good either alone or with underwear. I don't think you can wrong here. I will add though, you'll probably want two coats of top coat. I noticed it's still a little lumpy with just one. I will use Gelous and then Seche Vite when I wear these again. It's pretty typical for glitters to need two coats and I knew I'd probably need the two coats, but for swatching purposes I just went with the one.

Head on over and check out Amy's store

Monday, May 21, 2012

China Glaze Cocktail Manicure


Last week I was checking Facebook and saw China Glaze was having a contest. In the contest they were asking us to create a Cocktail Manicure and submit a picture of it to enter. A cocktail manicure is something China Glaze came up with to celebrate The Manhattan Cocktail Classic in New York. A Cocktail mani is your thumb, index and middle finger nails on your right hand are done in a flashy color and the rest of your nails done in a complimentary color. China Glaze provided a "menu" to choose our design from. They are all named after popular cocktails, of course.

China Glaze Cocktail Manicure Menu
I chose the Mai Tai, so I used China Glaze Gothic Lolita from the Electropop Collection, and China Glaze Prism from the Prismatics Collection. Both collections were 2012 releases.

Here are the close up pictures of my Mai Tai
China Glaze Gothic Lolita left hand

China Glaze Prism
Here are the bottle pictures I did...




This is my final picture I entered into the contest.




And the amazing news is...I WON!! I am so thrilled AND honored to have been one of the five they chose as winners. And our prize: we won the China Glaze Summer Neon Collection. I feel so lucky. Congrats to the other four winners! Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Catrice Genius In The Bottle

Catrice is a brand from Europe. I only have this one polish in this brand...so far ;)




Genius In A Bottle by Catrice is a metallic gold duochrome. It flashes gold, green, and bronze. It's close to Chanel Peridot but not an exact dupe. For me, it's close enough. I'm not in love with this color enough to want the Chanel version with it's $25 price tag. I really don't love this color at all. I thought I would. I made a swap with a nice girl from Ireland to get it. I did my nails as soon as I got it I was so anxious to see it on. For me, it bubbled, streaked and just didn't melt my butter. I know lots of girls are crazy mad over this type of color. It's just not for me. Maybe I'll trade it with someone one day. What do you think? Do you like this type of color?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Zoya Sooki and Hello Kitty :)

I love red nail polish. There's just something about red nails that makes me feel happy. And pretty. Sometimes even sexy ;)
I was going for cute though with this mani.

Zoya Sookie natural light

Zoya Sookie artificial light

Zoya Sookie 

Zoya Sookie close up

Zoya Sookie with Hello Kitty Stamp

Zoya Sooki from the Summertime Collection 2011 is a gorgeous red jelly. It's a classic red with the yummy squishy-ness that I love. I adore jellies. It went on great and this is two coats. It did stain a little as I was cleaning up. It's noticable in the close up picture. It only lasted though till I took my shower.
The Hello Kitty stamp is from the Born Pretty Store. I got it in a promotion they were doing back in February(?) where they gave 10 plates away every day for several days. It took a while to get here, but it was worth the wait. (By the way, they always have free worldwide shipping.) I love HK. I used China Glaze Frosty (Holiday 2010 Tis The Season To Be Naughty and Nice) for the base, and Sooki for the french tip and to fill in the bow. The dots are also Frosty. I dotted her nose with China Glaze Lemon Fizz (Spring 2010 Up & Away). I love this accent nail. I'm really enjoying stamping. I didn't start stamping till this year. I asked for a Konad kit for Christmas and my Dad got it for me. I ended up wearing this for 3 days which is a long time for me.
How long do you usually wear a mani?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Zoya Coraline

Oh my heck I love this polish. I mean LOVE it! It makes me think of an orange popcicle every time I look at my nails. It's dreamy. And squishy. And just wonderful. Did I mention I love this polish?





Zoya Coraline is part of the Blogger Collection just released for spring. This collection is Limited Edition, but still available at Birchbox.com for $22 with free shipping. Ever been to birchbox and looked around? They have some nice stuff. They also have a monthly subscription you can get where they send you high end samples of products once a month. I've been getting them for quite a while now and there's always something in there I love. So far, there's only been perfume samples that I haven't liked. Everything else was high quality nice products. If you're interested in checking it out or joining, click here for information.
Back to what we're here for though, Coraline. It's a true orange shade that has a jelly finish, which I adore. Jellies are so fun! I love orange. (What can I say, my home town is in Tennessee and we are bred to love orange. Go Vols!) It applied perfectly. I did 3 coats. If you want it more opaque you should probably use some underwear so you don't have to do even more coats. It's so shiny you could skip the top coat, though I used a coat of Poshe. Gotta use my quick dry top coat! My pictures do not do this beauty justice.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

OPI Kinky In Helsinki

I love this name. It's one of my all time favorites. It's fun to say too. Go ahead, read it out loud. I bet you can't say it without smiling :)

OPI Kinky In Helsinki natural light

OPI Kinky In Helsinki artificial light

OPI Kinky In Helsinki 

OPI Kinky In Helsinki close up
Let me introduce you to my shorties. I filed my nails, they were getting too long. I got a little carried away though!! I did not mean for them to end up this short. Not gonna lie, I freaked out for about an hour. I kept looking at my hands and saying to DH OMG I filed my nails off. He was unimpressed and thought they looked "still very pretty". I'm used to them now, and to be honest it's a bit liberating. I can type easier, actually do most everything easier. Crisis over. Mostly. So, OPI Kinky In Helsinki is from the European collection 2002. It's a metallic fuchsia with a blue and pink flash. It kind of glows. I quite like it. It's girly and pretty. And it's pink. Which I love. It took 3 coats to suit my taste. If you can get a bottle, grab it. You won't regret it. Trust me ;) 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam

I've been on vacation. We went camping and deep sea fishing. It was really good weather and we had an awesome time. I came back exhausted though. I'm a super light sleeper and sleeping in a tent with a whipperwhool in the tree right by our tent makes for a sleepless night. It rained the first night as well, so even more noise. I literally slept like an hour the first night. Second night was no rain and I was able to sleep more. I do love camping so much. I've just got to figure out a way to sleep! Maybe ear plugs next time. Anyway, on to my NOTD

OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam natural light

OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam artificial light

OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam 

OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam close up
OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam is from the Holland collection just released this February 2012. I bought all 12. They're all gorgeous! I couldn't resist. IDGAR is a dusty blue with golf and silver shimmer. It's a real beauty. I'm not sure it's really suited for my skin tone, but I will wear it anyway. I love that shimmer. It's subtle but certainly noticeable. I did two coats. I highly recommend this one! Thanks for looking :)