Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hi All,

I hope everyone had (or is having) a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate it, of course)!

Here's a pre-Christmas mani that I did. I thought it was Christmas-y but could also be worn on other occasions.

If I remember correctly, this is two coats of Misa Dirty Sexy Money and then one thick-ish coat of Funky Fingers Icicle Lights. There were three holiday glitter Funky Fingers at Five Below, and I chose Icicle Lights, because it was predominantly light purple glitter with some red and green mixed in. Very pretty without screaming Christmas.

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

NOTM: Christmas Patchwork Mani

If you've ever read Chloe's Nails, then you're most likely familiar with the patchwork mani. This is my first time doing this type of nail design and I tried to follow her tutorial using the scotch tape, but I gave up halfway through. LOL. I used the tape for the red but the tape kept ripping when I removed it, thus smudging some of the lines. Then it took off a piece of the red when I did my first nail with the green polish, so I just did away with the tape and free-handed the rest of the green. It came out pretty good but obviously not as crisp as it would have if I used tape. I'm pretty happy with it for a first try though. Next time, I'll have to give it more time. I only had about an hour to pull this off, so I definitely rushed through it.

(These are the four best fingers. I'm not crazy about the way my index finger looks so I just left it out.)

A funny note: I tried to make each finger a little different but didn't put too much thought into it while actually doing my mani. After I completed all 10 fingers I compared them all and noticed that I had a different design on each finger, except I somehow managed to do the same design on both middle fingers. LOL)

I started with one coat of China Glaze Millenium, then used one coat Zoya Karina for the red. I must say Karina layered over Millinium is really pretty. Then I used 1 thick coat of BB Couture Clyde for the green. The green turned out darker than I wanted because it's layered over the red but it looks nice in well-lit areas. :p Then I put on one layer of Wet n Wild Dasher (from the Vixen's Mittens collection), which is just tiny holo glitter in a clear base, to tie it all together since the three polishes had different finishes.

It's definitely a festive mani and perfect for Christmas!

Ta-ta for now!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NOTM: Wet n Wild Blitzen

When I first saw swatches of the new WnW Vixen's Mittens collection, I knew I wanted to get Blitzen because it looked like a great holiday polish without being in your face Christmas-y. This mix of gold and red seemed really unique, too. I finally tracked this polish down at a ShopRite (grocery store) that usually never gets LE collections. The whole display was just sitting on the bottom shelf in the cosmetics aisle. Weird! I scooped up Blitzen and Dancer and went back for Prancer later on. :)

Blitzen is a really interesting polish. It appears to be a champagne colored sheer base with small gold microglitter and larger red glitter in it. I put on 4 coats in these pictures and there is still VNL. The red glitter was kind of sparse and wouldn't stay where I wanted it to, so I kept layering until I was satisfied. LOL. The base color was too close to my skin tone so I will most likely layer this when I wear it again. It's a pretty, delicate look for the holidays though.

The only downside is that this polish chipped for me on the first day of wear! I was hoping to wear it for the whole week but it's already off and replaced with a new look. I thought removal would be a bear with all the glitter, but it was actually pretty easy for me, because the polish literally PEELED OFF in big chunks. :o I have never had any other polish just peel off like that. I got bored at work yesterday and all my polish was gone by the end of the day!

I guess this polish is nice for just a short-term look because wear time was absolutely horrible.

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Last Week's Nails: Revlon Perplex & Pure Ice Busted

Last week, I put on Revlon Perplex and layered it with Pure Ice Busted. The hidden shimmer in Perplex was just too subtle for me.

This is 2 coats of Perplex, which went on beautifully, and 1 coat of Busted. I really liked the combination and it was super sparkly under the sun!

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

NOTM: China Glaze Let's Groove & Fauxnad

Hi, all! Let me just say that I am in love with this polish. It is just so rich in color and the red and blue shimmer is gorgeous!

outdoors sun (above and below)

indoors natural light (above)

I put on 2 coats of Let's Groove and it applied beautifully. I had originally planned to do some stamping on all the nails but after seeing just how gorgeous the color was I decided to just stamp on my index fingers. I chose T41 plate from Chez-Delaney and used China Glaze Harmony, Admire and Adore. I love how the colors came out!

close- up of left index finger

close-up of right index finger

I really like the effect I got from mixing the 3 stamping polishes. I'll definitely have to try doing this again with other stamp designs.

Ta-ta for now!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Massive List of Giveaways!

Here's all the giveaways that I'm planning on entering tonight!

Spooky Nails is celebrating 200 subscribers with a giveaway that ends on Nov. 30.

The Polish-Aholic is having a holiday giveaway, including some of those cute snowman polishes. This ends on Dec. 9.

Nail Talez & More
is giving away the entire China Glaze Tis the Season Collection, broken into 2 sets! This giveaway ends Nov. 26.

The Nailasaurus is having a 300 Follower Giveaway. It ends on Nov. 27.

Libby's Pink Vanity is having a Glamorous Glitter Giveaway. It ends on Nov. 27.

Kitschy Suburbia is celebrating her 15oth blog post and 150 followers with an amazing giveaway that's ending on Nov. 27.

Bec's Beauty Buzz is giving away 7 Ozotic polishes. Her giveaway ends on Dec. 5.

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

NOTM: China Glaze Lasso My Heart

Hi all! I did my nails this morning and was going to take pictures then but my camera battery was drained. I went out shopping while it was charging and banged up 2 nails. :( I had to redo them when I got home (which was later than I had planned) so the lighting on these pictures is not the greatest. Stupid time change. The sun is never where I want it to be. LOL.

This is 3 coats of Lasso My Heart. I wish I could have caught the gold shimmer that really makes this polish stunning but the light was fading fast.

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

NOTM: Zoya Kelly + Fauxnad

Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel, What do you see?

I see an acorn looking at me!

(That's my dog in the background. He loves the squirrels, too. :p )

This is 2 coats of Zoya Kelly stamped with images from the H21 (squirrel) and T42 (acorn) plates sold by Chez-Delaney using China Glaze Millennium.

I love how this mani came out. I feed the squirrels in my backyard so when I saw the H21 plate I just knew I had to get it. :)

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

NOTM: OPI Funky Dunkey & Nina Ultra Pro Purple-Xing

Hi all! I've had this mani on since Wednesday night so please excuse any wear. Also, my hands are incredibly dry right now and I totally forgot to put lotion on before taking pics. :p

I put this mani on for the Harvest Festival at work (I was a purple crayon). It seemed festive to me. :)

kind of dark, but it shows the pretty sparkles of Purple-Xing.

That's my dog's shirt in the background, which surprisingly helped
the camera capture the color of the polish.

I didn't have a lot of time to do this mani, so I just slapped on 2 coats of OPI Funky Dunkey and 1 coat of Nina Ultra Pro Purple-Xing. The holographic glitter in Purple-Xing really sparkles! I love how this mani looks, which is a good thing because I'm sick right now and don't feel like doing my nails for the upcoming week so I'll be seeing a lot of this mani.

Ta-ta for now!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

And Yet More Giveaways!

Hi all! I'm back with some more giveaways that are currently going on in the blogosphere!

Lucy's Stash is celebrating 500 followers with an international giveaway! Hurry and enter if you're interested because this one ends on Monday, 9/1.

Toes That Twinkle is celebrating 75 followers by giving away the 10 pictured polishes and also the LA Colors Color Craze Collection! This giveaway ends on 11/16.

Emerald Sparkled is 1 year old and is celebrating 1000+ followers by giving away 3 amazing prizes! This giveaway ends on 9/15.

polish insomniac is celebrating 500 followers by giving away your choice of 1 of the above 3 prizes! This giveaway ends on 11/15.

Cantamin icindekiler (Inside of My Purse) is giving away a bottle of Chanel Paradoxal!! This giveaway ends 11/20.

Daily Polish is giving away 3 amazing prizes - the picture only shows the first prize! This giveaway ends on 11/19.

Ta-ta for now!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

NOTM: Nicole by OPI Party in the Penthouse

I finally have a new NOTM post for you all, and it's actually a color that I'm really wearing right now! I can't ever get pictures during the week because I haven't been getting home until after dark recently. The weekends have been crazy lately, too, since I've had to pack in all my errands into the two days. I finally had some down time yesterday to take some pictures. They aren't exactly the best, though, so I apologize in advance.

(It's really a shade lighter in person.)

(This is way too green-toned, most likely due to the background.)

Party in the Penthouse is from the recent Nicole by OPI's Gossip Girl Collection. It's a medium metallic blue with a lighter blue shimmer running through it, which makes it super sparkly under the sun. It took me 3 coats to get full coverage. I really like the color; it's a perfect medium blue polish!

Ta-ta for now!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

7 Lovely Giveaways!

Here are the latest giveaways that I've entered:

Candy Coated Tips is giving away one set of LA Colors: Color Craze Metallic Polish Series. This giveaway ends on 10/28.

Painted Lady Fingers is having an amazing Halloween giveaway with original artwork, chez-delaney nail art plates and BB Couture polishes. Enter quick though, because it's ending 10/18.

Imperfectly Painted is celebrating 500 Followers with a Sparkle & Duochrome giveaway! This giveaway ends on 10/29.

Art: my way is having a Halloween giveaway with some great polishes. This giveaway also ends on 10/29.

Cosmetic Cupcake is having a Breast Cancer Awareness giveaway with a plethora of pink polishes and accessories. This giveaway ends on 10/30.

The Lacquer Files is giving away 2 sets of Eyeko polishes. This giveaway ends on Halloween, 10/31.

Nail Polish Obsession is having an 100 Followers Giveaway! This giveaway ends on 11/8.

On a related note, I'm thinking of having a Pay It Forward giveaway soon where the prize will include some polishes that I've won from giveaways but just don't work for me. I'm not sure when it'll be posted, but keep an eye out for it. :)

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Victoria Nail Supply Haul

Hi everyone! I'm still alive. LOL. Here's the polishes that I ordered from VNS a couple of weeks ago.

The glass-flecks: Watermelon Rind, Grape Juice, Endurance

More glass-flecks: Caribbean Blue, Blue Island Iced Tea

The pinks/purples: Lasso My Heart, Pink Underground, Sprinkles, Stella

The metallics/stamping polishes: Adore, Harmony, Admire, Millenium

The Orlys: Cashmere Cardigan and Pixie Dust

I love all the polishes and can't wait to work my way through them all. Right now I'm wearing Stella with a butterfly image stamped with Harmony. :)

Ta-ta for now!