Friday, October 31, 2014

Skittles Halloween Mani #3

Happy Haloween! My third and final Halloween mani for this year.

For this skittles mani I did a color block accent nail. I also used textured polish. I love this look! It took a while to accomplish due to the dry time for the textures, 1 hour, and allowing the accent nail to dry in between the 3 colors. I don't mind that it took longer because I'll be wearing it all weekend. This is for sure my favorite of the three Halloween colored manis I did this year.
For this mani I used:
Thumb: Zoya Dahlia
Index: Zoya Dhara
Middle: OPI A Roll In The Hague, China Glaze Liquid Leather and Zoya Dhara
Ring: Zoya Dhara
Pinky: Zoya Dahlia

Zoya Dahlia is a textured black metallic with silver glitter. The formula was a little thick but not at all problematic. It applied like a dream.
Zoya Dhara is also textured red orange metallic with gold glitter. This is the perfect halloween orange. I love this. I will wear this again for sure. I think it will work well with summer colored clothing too. Yay *\o/*
OPI A Roll In The Hague is a bright orange creme that is also perfect for a Halloween color.
China Glaze Liquid Leather is a gorgeous, easy to apply black creme. Of all the black polish I own, this is probably my favorite.
I used tape to block off the space for the colors on the accent nail. I applied OPI A Roll In The Hague on the entire nail for the base. Once that dried I taped off the nail and added China Glaze Liquid Leather. Once that was dry I once again taped off and added Zoya Dhara.
Have a happy and safe Halloween :D

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Skittles Halloween Mani #2

I did a second Halloween inspired mani. I love this mani. Splatter is like the new black for me :D
I want to splatter all the manis!!

I did more splatter! I love this technique and I know I'll be doing more very soon. For this skittles mani I used:

Thumb:China Glaze Liquid Leather with Lynnderella Cauldron Drippings
Index: Finger Paints Cordur-orange with China Glaze Liquid Leather splatter
Middle: China Glaze Liquid Leather with Lynnderella Cauldron Drippings
Ring: Finger Paints Cordur-orange with China Glaze Liquid Leather splatter
Pinky: China Glaze Liquid Leather with Lynnderella Cauldron Drippings

China Glaze Liquid Leather is a gorgeous shiny black creme.
Lynnderella Cauldron Drippings is my favorite Halloween polish ever! It's orange, green, purple, white. many colors, so many's just a little bit of everything poured in and stirred up for beautiful Halloween perfection. The main thing you notice in the polish is the orange hex glitter. There is a lot of it. There's also a pretty good amount of orange bar glitter. The other colors just kind of mix in and make each nail look a little different. When I got this polish in 2011, the indie polish explosion was in it's infancy. Lynnderella polish was being sold on her blog at first but then it went to Llarowe and you went on a waiting list to get your polish. Later she started selling on eBay and I just haven't bought anything from her since she went to eBay. I have 5 and I guess that's enough :)
Finger Paints Cordur-Orange is the perfect autumn orange creme. I recently wore a full mani of this and I'm totally ok using it again a week later. It's that perfect!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Skittles Halloween Mani #1

This is my first Halloween mani. I didn't love this mani. It felt a little forced. I also did the middle finger 3 times before I ended up barely liking the results. I'm not sure why I'm feeling like this is such a fail. It's really not that bad.

Another skittles mani. Seriously, I love doing these. It's fun wearing different colors and types of polish. For this mani I used:

Thumb: OPI 4 In The Morning with Dollish Polish This Is Halloween
Index: OPI Delete Diabetes with OPI 4 In The Morning
Middle: OPI A Roll In The Hague gradient with Dollish Polish This Is Halloween
Ring: OPI Delete Diabetes with OPI 4 In The Morning
Pinky: OPI 4 In The Morning with Dollish Polish This Is Halloween

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Milani Hi-Res

Holographic rainbows. I don't think I need to say more. Oh yeah, it's purple :D

Milani Hi-Res is an amazing scattered holographic purple. This is a really nice drugstore brand of polish. I have 10 or so and every single one of them is beautiful. They're not cheap, for drugstore, but they're not bad. And if you catch them on sale...winner winner! This polish applied like any high end polish should. It wears really well too. I used Sally Hansen Diamond Flash qdtc. I don't think the holo dulled at all with top coat. I've found this particular top coat is either very little or non dulling with holographics. I really prefer to wear a top coat so I'm happy to have found this one for my holos.

Monday, October 27, 2014

OPI Red Hot Rio with OPI The Man With The Golden Gun

It's Monday. Another weekend already gone. I don't know how they go so dang fast. It's almost Halloween and I thought I would be doing some Halloween manis! This isn't one though. It's red. And gold. And kinda fancy :D

OPI Red Hot Rio is a deep cherry red crelly. Oh my goodness this is the kind of red I adore. I love to wear red polish. It's so classic and sexy! This finish is the best of both jelly and creme. Super shiny and squishy looking but with enough pigment it's not sheer at all. Red Hot Rio is part of the Brazil collection from early 2014.
OPI The Man With The Golden Gun is an 18k gold flakie top coat. It feels pretty decadent wearing pure gold on my nails, but it sure does look nice. TMWTGG was released in the 2012 holiday collection.

Friday, October 24, 2014

OPI Designer Series Titanium

The OPI Designer Series are polishes I have a serious love for. I own all but 5. I would love to own them too some day. I've looked for them on ebay and they're either non existent or ridiculously priced. Once in a while I do some dusty hunting so I'm hoping to find them one lucky day. In the mean time; today I'm wearing OPI DS Titanium.

OPI Designer Series Titanium is a deep grey (titanium?) with silver glitter, irridescent flakies aand silver holographic glitter. It dried to a matte finish which is not surprising at all since the last two releases in the Designer Series were matte finish too. I did two coats, but decided I wanted shiny, so I did top coat as well. This falls releases are not super amazing for me this time around. They're pretty and of course I needed them for my collection, but they do not really blow me away. I think I'll wear this again and leave it matte to see if I feel differently. Even though I'm not in love with this, it'll be a great polish for the weekend since I think it will go with anything.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Skittles Pink Flower Mani

I can't get enough skittle manis lately. I love the idea of wearing several polishes at one time. It helps a lot with using my untrieds too. Add in a little of my amateur nail art and I am happy! I actually did this mani during our renovation for Easter Sunday.

The polish I used for this mani:
Index: OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian
Middle: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown and China Glaze Something Sweet for the flowers. I used the dotting tool the make the flowers and add the dot of TGNAC in the center of the flowers.
Ring: China Glaze Shell We Dance?
Pinky: OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian

OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian is a gorgeous berry pink creme from the Brazil collection from early 2014.
OPI This Gown Needs A Crown was part of the Miss Universe 2013 collection. It's a satin finish silver.
China Glaze Shell We Dance? is a berry pink texture with silver glittery shimmer. It was in the Sea Goddess collection just released this spring.
China Glaze Something Sweet is a dusty light pink creme from the Up and Away collection that was released spring of 2010.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finger Paints Cordur-Orange

Now here's a color made for fall. Even though I don't hold to the rules of seasonal colors, I can surely appreciate a color that represents a season. And this one does 100%

Finger Paints Cordur-Orange is an absolutely gorgeous autumn orange. It's almost like having pumpkin on your fingers. Delicious. Application of this polish was pretty easy, though it's a little bit thin. It didn't run or make a mess at all though. So it's not too thin, just thin. I love a rich color like this. I hoestly can't stop looking at it. So pretty.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bliss Kiss Pure Oil Naked Nails Update

It's been 3 weeks since I started did the Bliss Kiss Pure Oil hydration treatment and since using Bliss Kiss Pure oil on my nails regularly. I am sincerely impressed and in love with this cuticle oil. It's not just a regular oil. It absorbs into your skin pretty quickly, so you're not waiting forever with oily fingers. Once it absorbs (in less than a minute) you're left with not just healthy looking but actually healthy cuticles and nails. My cuticles are not dry or cracked looking and my nails are whiter and definitely more flexible. I've had a break since starting but to be honest, there was no way this wasn't going to happen considering the accident that cause it. I have bumped, bent and slammed my nails into everything you would normally during the day. (and more probably, I am a bit of a klutz). I really feel like the flexibility is saving my nails during these moments. Another coupld of things that have stopped happening is I'm not breaking off the corners of my square-ish shaped nails and my thumb nails tended to split at the middle and I'd have to wait for them to grow out and then file off until it grew out, only to have it happen again in a month or so. So far, no cracks! Also, I think the ridges in my nails are lessening. I never ever buff, but use a ridge filler to smooth my nails, but seriously the ridges are not as prominent.
I started using Simply Smooth ridge filling base coat 2 weeks ago, and I think it is divine. It applies so nicely and really makes the surface smooth for the polish application. I am totally converting to this product line. I'm definitely going to try out Simply Quick fast drying top coat as soon as I finish my stash of qdtc I have on hand. 
Here's a look at my naked nails...

This the comparison when I did the 3 day hydration treatment and the my post of the results

The results are pretty noticeable. The tips of my nails (free edge) are much whiter. I had a peel on my index finger that actually mended and has not given me any trouble since the treatment.

When I do my mani I put the oil around my cuticles and skin around my nails before I remove the polish with pure acetone. Once the polish is removed I wash my hands and then apply the oil to my nails and cuticles and rub in. I let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes while I gather the polish and anything I'm going to use on the next mani. Once I've done that I use alcohol on a cotton ball and rub over the nail to remove any lint, oil or anything that might hinder the polish adhering to the nail.

Here is how my nails currently look.

I feel like my nails are really beautiful. The ridges are really going away. I don't know how or why, but I don't care! I'm just glad. :D
I've stopped using my beloved Nail Tek II treatment and ridge filling base coat. I do not need them anymore. In reality, they were probably making my nails more brittle. Another thing I don't need to do is clip excess cuticle growth. I just use cuticle remover and push back a little. No trimming and they look nice. I'm completely happy.

I would recommend anyone interested in improving their nail and cuticle health to try out Bliss Kiss.

P.S. I was not compensated for this post in any way. I purchased all the products I mentioned myself. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spoiled Ants In My Pants with Revlon Scandalous

I decided to do a full glitter mani. I'm not sure why. I just really wanted red and purple...It's a bit over the top for me but I ended up loving this combination!

Spoiled Ants In My Pants is black jelly with red micro and hex glitter. It took 3 coats to get this look. It's kind of thick because there's so much glitter so application was a little tricky. The glitter wants to slide right off the brush back into the bottle so I shook the bottle every other nail and then kind of dabbed the polish on after the first coat. it worked ok this way and didn't get goopy or too thick.
Revlon Scandalous is smaller purple hex glitter with micro glitter in black jelly. It's so much like AIMP but the hex are a little smaller. This polish went on smoother than AIMP and was full coverage in 2 coats. I didn't have to dab or do anything different from regular application either.
I used a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth out the bumpy finish and it was smooth as glass. And gorgeous. I don't cherish the thought of removing all this glitter, but it's totally going to be worth foil wrapped fingers for this gorgeous mani.

Spoiled Ants In My Pants is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers. There's also a dupe in the Wet N Wild Fergie line Make The Boys Go Loco.
Revlon Scandalous, previously released as Revlon Facets of Fuchsia, is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nail Mail!

I've decided to start journaling my nail mail and hauls. This nail mail was delivered yesterday evening. So here's my first nail mail journal *\o/*

The unveling of indie polish designer The Hungry Asian Tamala. A black jelly I've had my eye one for a long time. Lemming squashed!!!

It arrived in this perfectly sized box. I'll be re-using this box without a doubt. I have a trade I'm about to send off and this will be just right. Yay for recycle/reuse :D

Inside I found this really nice touch of a hand written note. This is what's so awesome about indie polish designers. It leaves a great impression for sure.

Once I unwrapped the packing paper this cute little nail sushi was inside tied with a pretty bow.

Maybe a burrito?

And once I opened the tissue paper it was bubble wrapped. That is some love given to a polish being sent across the miles. Safe and snug <3

And finally, after the bubble wrap is off, the beauty inside. Tamala. A gorgeous black jelly I cannot wait to use. I already have the first mani for her planned.

Nail mail is so fun. So was journaling about it. I'll be doing this next time I do a haul or get nail mail.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sinful Colors Prosecco

Occasionally a polish comes out and the entire (online at least) nail community goes bonkers over it. This is happening currently over Sinful Colors Prosecco. I was lucky enough to find it on one of my searches. It took 6 visits to 4 stores before it finally showed up. I'm pretty sure this is the first Sinful Colors polish I've blogged from my collection.

Sinful Colors Prosecco was just recently released this fall. It's a nude/tan/taupe color with really pretty golden shimmer. It's a nude with some bling :D Who wouldn't love that? Neutral polish isn't really my thing, so I doubt I'll wear this again. I'm glad I have it and who knows? Maybe the occasion will come up for me to wear it again.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Skittles Frozen Mani

We saw Disney On Ice: Frozen the other night. I adore Disney On Ice. We go every year and this year was no different. The show was pretty much the movie Frozen done on Ice. It was wonderful and I loved every minute of it. I always love to do a special mani when we see a show. With my recent love affair with skittle manis I decided to do one for this special night.

I'm exploring nail art more than I ever have. I am really enjoying it a lot. It's so fun and cute. It does take me a long time though. So I don't do it as often as I'd like to. But once in a while it's so worth spending the time.
For this skittle mani I used:
Thumb: OPI Solitaire, China Glaze Liquid Leather - eyes, Zoya Arizona - nose
Index: Hard Candy Sky - base, China Glaze Holly-Day mixed with Orly Pointe Blanche - vines, China Glaze Liquid Leather - dress, China Glaze 2030 - top of dress, China Glaze Spontaneous - dots, OPI Strawberry Margarita - flowers
Middle: OPI Solitaire
Ring: Hard Candy Sky - base, Orly Pointe Blanche - top of dress, Wet N Wild Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire - bottom of dress, gradient with Funky Fingers Elsa - bottom of dress
Pinky: OPI Solitaire

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Color Club Eternal Beauty

Holographic nail polish is one the most amazing things! I don't really know how all those rainbows show up from something on your nails, but I love it!

Color Club Eternal Beauty is part of the Halo Hues collection that was released in the winter of 2013. Eternal Beauty is a grape purple with intense scattered holographic effect. It's hella gorgeous! I used Nfu oh aqua base but it's not required. I like to use aqua base to bring out even more holo. This polish applies perfectly without it. It dries really fast and wears much longer than you'd expect from a holo. The whole collection does! Purple is my second favorite color and this polish is amazeballs!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OPI Designer Series Lapis

I've had this polish a year and I'm just now using it for the first time...The horror!! I cannot believe this beauty has been sitting on a shelf unloved for so long. It's time to rectify the situation...

OPI Designer Series Lapis was released in fall 2013 as part of OPI's annual Designer Series collection. Lapis is a deep sapphire blue with silver shimmer. It's a matte, it's stunning and it looks like denim! I don't wear enough blue. I am working on stepping out of my normal reds and pinks and exploring more of my collection. I have a ton of blues. I'm really glad I decided to finally wear Lapis. It's gorgeous! Application was normal for a velvety matte like this. Be quick and don't go over a spot you've already polished. It dries fast enough for me not to make a mess too. I did my usual procedure with matte: sticky base coat, ridge filler then qdtc before I apply the color. This works wonderfully for me. I get the protection and strength the added layers give me and still have the matte finish. I did two coats of Lapis with no top coat and it was dry in about 30 minutes.
My best friend Amy and I are both wearing Lapis today! Yay for converting your BFF to a nail polish hoarder!  *\o/*

Monday, October 13, 2014

Zoya Dana with OPI Pop The Cork!

Another pretty pink. With some sparkly gold bling :D

Zoya Dana is a lovely berry pink creme. Dana was released in the Sparkle and Flash collection in the summer of 2010. It's, once again, in the shade of pink that I adore wearing. This is two coats with top coat. It applied just perfect!
OPI Pop The Cork! was a limited edition release for the Sally Beauty Supply 50th anniversary celebration. Pop The Cork! is gold hex and gold micro glitter and makes a perfect accent nail.

Friday, October 10, 2014

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous

Sally Beauty Supply finally started selling OPI this year YAY *\o/*

OPI 50 Is The New Fabulous is a gorgeous berry pink creme. Fuchsia maybe? I LOVE, love, love this shade of pink! I probably wear it once a week! Application was a dream. This is two coats with top coat.
It was released as a Sally Beauty Supply 50th anniversary limited edition along with OPI Pop The Cork! I'm really glad OPI is being sold at Sally now. It makes it easier for many people to get the wonderful OPI polish. My Sally is super close and has a nice polish section, though I've seen much better. I'm planning to visit some other Sally near home and see if any are better. Fun :D

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Glitter Gal Belgian Chocolate

Who doesn't love chocolate? Anyone who has ever had Belgian chocolate knows it's absolutely delicious. This polish is perfectly named because it too is delicious!

Glitter Gal Belgian Chocolate is a rich chocolate brown holographic. It's stunning in person. I absolutely love wearing this. It went perfect with my outfit today and looks dazzling. Application was really easy. You don't have to use Aqua Base coat because it applies just fine without it, but I always do. It enhances the holographic effect so much I just feel like it's part of wearing a holo polish whether it requires it or not. I used Sally Hansen Diamond Flash qdtc. It didn't seem to dull the holo effect hardly at all, and for the shine and longevity it was worth it for me. I just need top coat to feel finished I guess. Glitter Gal is an Australian company. You can't buy their polish in stores in America, only online. I buy it from either llarowe or Color 4 Nails.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Monochrome Skittle Mani

I have decided I absolutely love skittle manis. I've done a lot lately. I can't get enough. Plus it helps when trying to whittle down those untrieds ;D For this mani I decided on a monochrome theme. I have been thinking about this one for about a week now and planning it in my head. I don't always do that with nail art but this one was just all in my head and I couldn't wait to get it on my nails. I decided on today because it's a great day today! It's DH's birthday. We're celebrating at Ruth's Chris for dinner tonight and we can't wait. We love eating there. It's not somewhere we go a lot though. It's pretty pricey. But super delicious and the perfect place to celebrate.

This mani took a long time for me to do. I have never done a sugar spun effect nor have I done the splatter effect. I had good luck though and I think they turned out nice. But it was a little slow going since I hadn't done it before and I was figuring out as I went along.
Here's what I used:
Index: Bonita Dying To Party splattered with China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
Middle: China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
Ring: China Glaze Liquid Leather sugar spun with Bonita Dying To Party and China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
Pinky and Thumb: China Glaze Concrete Catwalk with Lynnderella Connect The Dots

I really love how this turned out! I am positive I will be doing the splatter effect again. I'm pretty sure I will do the sugar spun too even thought it's pretty tricky and takes a while to do. It's lumpy too!
China Glaze Concrete Catwalk was really runny so I had to be careful applying, but it looks beautiful.
China Glaze Liquid Leather is also runny, but I was prepared for it since I've used it quite a few times before.
Bonita Dying To Party took 3 coats and still had some streaks. The formula was not great! It dried really quickly so I had to apply quick. I wasn't surprised when it dried matte because of how quickly it was drying as I applied though it doesn't say it's matte on the bottle and I didn't notice it on the display either. The silver shimmer was almost unnoticeable until I applied top coat, then it kind of pops. I like this color in spite of it's finicky formula and will definitely be using it again. It almost looks white but it's not as stark as white looks on my nails. I love that!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wicked mani!

"Pink goes good with green!"

We recently went to see Wicked the musical again. I have seen this about 5 times now in at least 3 states and I just don't get tired of it. It's absolutely one of my favorite shows to see. Of course I did a special mani for the show...

I used China Glaze Strawberry Fields and China Glaze Emerald Sparkle for my Wicked mani. They are the perfect (sparkly) representation of Glinda and Elphaba. Strawberry Fields is a bubble gum pink with golden shimmer, while Emerald Sparkle is a gorgeous emerald green with light green shimmer. I mean Hello gorgeous! China Glaze Strawberry Fields was released in the Summer Days collection from back in the summer of 2009, but I do believe it's core now. China Glaze Emerald Sparkle is even older released in the holiday of 2008 Sleight Ride collection. It might be HTF I'm not sure. It's one I'll never part with that's for sure!
Wicked was awesome as always and DH and I had a great time. Kendra Kassebaum will always be my favorite Glinda and Idina Menzel my favorite Elphaba, but we've never seen a show that wasn't great.

Monday, October 6, 2014

OPI First Date At The Golden Gate with China Glaze Ray-Diant

It's October and it's still pretty warm here. I am leaning towards darker colors lately. I never follow the seasonal color rule with my polish. I wear what I feel like that day. But today it's coinciding with the season. And that means it's dark, vampy shades even if it's over 80 degrees outside :/

OPI First Date At The Golden Gate is part of the San Francisco collection that was released fall 2013. It's a dark brick red with a little brown. This is just perfect for a gorgeous fall day. I wish it was cooler outside but I can't complain since it's so pretty! The formula was perfect. It glided on like it knew how much I was going to love it. No complaints :D This is two coats with top coat.
For my accent nail I used China Glaze Ray-diant. What a stunning pop this accent nail turned out to be. I love silver with red. Maybe more Christmas than fall since gold would have probably been a more fall look. Oh well, who cares?!? Not me. Ray-diant was released in the Prismatic Chroma Glitters collection in spring 2012. I've had this a while and the formula is still awesome. I love this collection. It's the perfect addition to any mani. I did two coats with two coats of top coat to smooth.

Friday, October 3, 2014

OPI DS Tourmaline

Two big things to celebrate today. We found out yesterday that a precious baby girl will joining the family around March 19th. I am so very excited and happy. My heart is filled with joy! I can't wait to see her and for her big brother Hunter to meet her. Happy day.

AND it's my MIL's birthday. Happy Birthday Mom <3

Pink is the color for celebrating today! I just got the two new OPI Designer Series and one is sparkly and pink, so it's perfect!! OPI DS Tourmaline is a rose pink jelly with irridescent flakes and even some holographic glitter. When the light hits this...I die..I adore wearing this shade of pink so it seemed perfect to celebrate with for the weekend. I am head over heels with joy and needed something to reflect my happiness. Application was a dream. This is two coats with top coat. It seems like it dries with a matte finish, but I really didn't care for it with this polish so I added TC.