Sunday, January 23, 2011

"I hit the mother load!" haul

First, I just want to apologize for the lack of posts lately. It seems like the sun is never out when I need it to be anymore and when it is out my nails are a mess, so I haven't been able to get any pics of my recent manis. My nails are naked right now so unfortunately I don't have a NOTM post.

What I do have to share with you are some amazing buys that I happened upon yesterday. My mom and I stopped by a Harmon Discount yesterday to pick up some stuff and I just wandered over the nail polish. I haven't been inside a Harmon store in months and never really looked at their nail polish stock before, and boy, have I been missing out! They had a whole slew of OPI on clearance, including 3-4 shelves full of DS's!

I was good and only bought a few:

L-R: DS Royal, DS Exclusive, DS Glamour, Have You Seen My Limo? and Stars in My Eyes

I've never seen any of these in person before so it was pretty amazing to just happen upon them. Each one was only $3.97, including the duo. Woohoo!

I hope to have some nail posts up soon.

Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

NOTM: Diamond Cosmetics Amethyst & Diamonds

Hi all,

Today I put on one of the new Diamond Cosmetics that I ordered when they recently had a free shipping code. I've been interested in getting some DC's for a while now but hate paying shipping. :p

I started with the one that I was most excited about getting. Here's Amethyst & Diamonds:

^indoors sunlight^

^indoors natural light^

^indoors shady area^

I'm wearing 3 coats of Amethyst & Diamonds, but it looked pretty good with just 2 coats. It's a light grape purple shimmer with holo microglitter throughout. It's pretty but I do kind of wish that it was a shade darker. However, that being said, the holo glitter really makes this polish simply gorgeous, especially in the sunlight. The holo glitter just sparkles and shines. I can't help staring at my nails and turning them this way and that.

Ta-ta for now!

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!