Friday, April 29, 2011

Awesome Walgreens Sale

I was so excited to hear about this Walgreens sale. All Sinful Colors are 99 cents. The sale ends April 30th, so get out there and get-um! I scooped-up seven and a little bit of Easter candy on clearance. Oooohhhh . . . peanut butter eggs! So apparently, I like greens, blues and purples. There were some awesome glitter top coats, especially "Nail Junkie". (See below). I call these "top coats" because they are way to sheer to where alone, but add SO Much to another base color. I think it's funny when I read the reviews on Makeup Alley about these glitters: people judge them on there own as a stand-alone color, but I never wear these alone. It's amazing what they can do for other, basic base colors. Yes, they are gloppy, but that is what keeps all the glitter in suspension! People! Ahem. I'm ok now. I just love my glitters! The outlier is the pale pink, I thought that looked close to my OPI Sweetheart, which I use a lot.
I suppose I should get up and get the names, but I'm too lazy! The first is Black on Black,
then a chartreuse green glitter, darker green jelly, Nail Junkie (love), a black jelly with blue microglitter,
a purple jelly with pink microglitter, and the pale pink.

$OPI metallic teal (no name on mini bottle) and Sinful Colors Nail Junkie

Sinful Colors Nail Junkie is a very sheer aqua with gold, aqua, cobalt blue
 and a tiny bit of orange glitter. I LOVE IT!

Oh, how I wish my camera could capture the true essence of the glitters. Maybe I'll read that owner's manual one of these days!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

The Easter holiday just begs us to paint pastel, Easter egg inspired nails. I am proud of myself: I had a plan, it took me an hour and a half of painstaking work, but it paid off. Sure, there are some flaws, but I'm still proud of my Easter egg mani.
The tools: scotch tape and craft scissors. The polish: Hard Candy Sky,
Sally  Girl no name lavender, OPI Sweet Heart.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Two purples, one naughty, one nice.

Hi everyone! I've had a hard time giving-up my dark-side (vampies, glitters, black NP!) for Spring. It is so hard to resist throwing on a glitter top coat. They're just sitting there in there mini bottles looking coquetish. Here's something I did for Saturday night. This would be fun for going out dancing, but since I only do that about once a year, I'll just have to flaunt it at dinner.
Orly Velvet Rope, Sally Girl purple/aqua glitter top coat.

Frankly, this Orly Velvet Rope would look great by itself. It's a rich plummy purple with a little bit of silver microglitter. I love getting these mini bottles.
As usual, pic doesn't capture the sparkles completely.
You can  see the tiny line at the tips from Seche Vite shrinkage-
that kindof sucks.

And now for my nice purple. I had heard that China Glaze White Cap did amazing things when painted over a base coat of something else. I bought this a week ago and tried it out tonight. I'm in love!!!!
Zoya Caitlin, China Glaze White Cap, Seche Vite dry fast TC

Zoya Caitlin, ChG White Cap

This is the third Zoya I've tried. This brand is amazing. Opaque in two coats, phenomenal colors. This looks like a dusty-gray lavender but has a periwinkle cast to it on the nail. Love it. Then I added one coat of White Cap on top.
China Glaze White Cap.
It's going to be fun trying this over other colors. I hear it looks better over lighter colors rather than dark. It would probably look awesome over a medium pink.
Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Zoya Gemma and friends - never thought I'd like green nail polish!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to show you this mani. I think this is my new favorite. I saw it on someone else's blog and had to have. I never thought I would like green so much. This is Zoya Gemma which is Army green creme. I didn't go on as thick as Marley - this was easier to work with.
Zoya Gemma and two Sally Girl glitter top coats.
You can kindof see the subtle purple shimmer in this pick.
Now with the glitter top coat. As usual, camera doesn't capture
the glitter to show it's awesomeness. The glitter TC amplifies
the slight purple sheen in Gemma.

This is the second Zoya I've tried, and I think I'll be a big fan. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Venturing into the holo world.

I was very excited to see these mini bottles of holos a Sally Beauty Supply. They are the "Sally Girl" brand and are only 99 cents each.
Granted, they aren't super holo, but they were only 99 cents!
They go on very sheer so, will work best as a top coat.

I wish my camera would capture the million-rainbows effect of a holo. I did three coats of OPI Sweet Heart and two layers of the holo top coat. It was fun to play around with and decide if I want to invest in holos in the future. Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 4, 2011

First Scotch tape french

I'm a little behind in the nail blogosphere . . . I just tried my first scotch tape french, and it was fun. I started with a base coat of Zoya Marley. This was my very first time using Zoya. The formula was quite thick and opaque in 2 coats. I will have to get used to their formula. It's so different from $OPI, for example which requires a million coats on me.
Zoya Marley

So, now for the tips. I thought OPI Ink would complement the pale lilac of Marley.
Zoya Marley with OPI Ink tips
Zoya Marley, OPI Ink, Orly Love Each Other

This came out better than I expected. Here are some things I learned:
1. Since the scotch tape leaves such a straight line, I think the nails should be filed as square as possible.
2. Wait longer than you want before doing the scotch tape because it will smudge the base coat a little. However, the topcoat will smooth that out a bit.
3. Stick the tape to your arm or hand a few times to cut-down on the stickiness to avoid marring the base coat.
4. Take that tape off as soon as you paint the tips.

I must credit Chloe's Nails for inspiration!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Throw some glitter in the air . . .

I confess, I'm a glitter whore AKA Glitta Ho. At any nail polish display, my eyes immediately find the glitters. Originally I thought glitters looked too little girlish. Now, I'm mesmerized by them. -and they hide a multitude of sins. Here is my collection of glitter topcoats. I have several polishes with lots of glitter in them but I decided to exclude those.
From the top left: Icing, Bon Bon (from Walmart), Sally girl x 2, Finger Paints Hue Left a Message?
From the bottom left: Cover Girl Disco Dazzle, Cover Girl Ruby Dust, Nabi Jumbo Gold Glitter, $OPI Only Gold For Me

Claire's Glitter top coat

I think this Claire's glitter top coat may be fun for frankening if I get up the nerve to try that some day. I really like the holo glitter but there is too much of it - goes on too thickly. It might be fun for a funky french.

Unfortunately, none of my pics came out that great, so I'm not posting them. I tried all these glitters over black nail polish as well as white polish, and I can say the black base coat looks the best to me. I REALLY like the irridescent mini Sally Girl over black - looks like an opal. The only one that looked better over white was Finger Paints Hue Left A Message?

Now, I'm going to take this stuff off and do a proper mani, maybe with one of my new Zoya's. Hopefully I'll get that up tonight.