Friday, March 30, 2012

Zoya Edyta Swatch and Review

I took advantage of Zoya's recent promo for the buy 3 get 3 deal. I had a bit of a hard time choosing, there are so many yummy looking colors and I don't have many Zoya's. The first one I decided to swatch was Edyta. This is a lovely metalic shade that Zoya describes as a "complex mixture of gold, olive, blue-green and smoky grey with a sparkling metallic finish". I see the gold and the olive, but not much of the blue-green or grey. Application was good and dry time was average. It's a pretty color but I'm not really in love with it which is odd because I do tend to be drawn to darker colors. Oh, well. I will try it again sometime closer to fall maybe.

What do you think? This is 2 coats with a topcoat of SV.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pink Wednesday, Revlon style

I have missed a few pink Wednesdays, sorry about that! This weeks is a simple stamp design. I started with two coats of Revlon's Cafe' Pink then stamped with Revlon's Extravagant and Konad M25. Topped with a coat of Seche.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stop Stocking Me!

Love the name and the color! I found this polish at Sephora last week in their clearance bin for $5 and I'm so glad I picked it up! Normally, I probably wouldn't have noticed this shade because while I do love dark polish, they tend to sort of blend together in the store. This is a gorgeous deep plum shade with some gold undertones to it. Application was a breeze, two coats shown here without a topcoat.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

China Glaze Foie Gras

Sorry for the lack of posting over the past several days guys, it has been crazy around here! I hope to get back on track this week! Short and sweet for today, a polish I'm sure you have all seen from the China Glaze Hunger Games - Capitol Colors Collection. This one is representative of District 10's Livestock theme. I actually didn't read the book until this week...if you haven't, you need to!

Two coats with a topcoat of Seche.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Julep News

Just saw on twitter that this month you can add up to two more products from the April releases to your Maven box this month! I am an "It Girl" but was struggling this month because they all have some really gorgeous looking polishes and I have really not been disappointed in any of them so this was awesome news to me! I added two more polishes to my box! If you haven't signed up you can do so here!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Julep Hayden

What a perfect shade for Spring! I got my Julep mystery box in the mail yesterday and in it was Hayden. This is a very bright peachy-orange cream that was perfectly opaque in two coats. Stamp color is Salon Perfect Liquid Gold, topped with a coat of SV.

If you haven't signed up yet to be a Julep Maven, you can do so here!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Mani

This is going to be a very short post because I am not at home at the moment and can't remeber the names of all the polishes I used!

I painted the thumb nail and ring finger with OPI Skull and Glossbones, the face of the leprechaun is acrylic paints, the beard and hair is China Glaze but I can't remember which one! The hat is China Glaze Argo with a black acrylic band and Sephora Alumnium Gold buckle. All other nails are painted with Nubar but again, not sure of the name.

On my right hand I painted the middle finger with Skull and Glossbones, black acrylic for the pot, Antique Gold for the coins and various colors for the rainbow. Then I of course topped them all off with a coat of Seche Vite. If anyone has any questions let me know and I will check it out when I get home!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Studded Green

You may have noticed that I missed posting yesterday; I had a funeral to attend and just didn't have the time or the energy after that to post anything. However, I do have one for you today. I started this one with two coats of Essie's Marshmallow and then painted each nail individually with a third coat of Marshmallow and added the green studs before moving on to the next nail. Once I was finished with all the nails, I added a coat of Seche and then topped it off with a coat of Essie's As Gold As It Gets for a little extra sparkle. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Green Tips

I used to French tip my nails all the time because I really like the "classy" look of it but I haven't done it in a while so while I was trying to come up with ideas for this weeks Green Theme, I thought I would have one of them be a French. I have seen several versions of a green French tip mani out there over the past several days. I think it's still classy enough that really about anyone can pull it off. With so many different shades of green out there you should be able to find one that will suit your style! For mine I chose Sinful Exotic Green. Beautiful shade really though I don't think I have worn it alone, for this the formula was great. I just painted the tips with it and then covered the whole nail with Seche Vite and then used Sephora's Aluminum Gold with a dotting tool for the accents. The little gold flower is from a package I got at Sephora around Christmas.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Irish Flag Nails

So for today's nails I went with the "Irish" theme and decided to try the Irish flag. Luckily for me, it's a pretty simple design. I started with two coats of Sinful Snow Me White and waited until it was totally dry and then used a strip of tape down the center of each nail and then painted one side with NYC High Line Green and the other with essence Wake Up! I waited about a minute and took the tape off and topped the whole thing off with a coat of Seche.

What do you think? Let's hope I can come up with a good idea for tomorrow!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Going Green

With St. Patrick's Day coming up this weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a week of green/Irish themed nails. I'm not sure if I will be able to keep up with daily posting, but I will try to get one in every day. Up first is a fairly simple mani with a base of Wet N Wild's SaGreena The Teenage Witch. Very pretty color...very bad formula! I lost count of how many coats I had to do with this one but somewhere between 4 and 5 which really isn't worth it to me. At any rate, I then stamped the clover design with Sephora's Aluminum Gold on all but my index finger, on that one I applied one coat of China Glaze Blonde Bombshell. Stay tuned for more green!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Julep Jodie

The third polish I got in my Julep Maven box this month is Jodie. Jodie is described as a deep rose with gold shimmer which is pretty much spot-on for this color. Very easy to apply, two coats are shown. Right now Julep is also having a Mystery Box special which you can find here; enter code "GREEN" to get this deal for only $19.99!! The box is a $60-200 value, mine is already on the way! If you haven't signed up for the Maven box, you can do that here.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Julep Nails

So a few days ago I posted about my Julep Maven box for this month and promised some swatches, today I have two for you. :) First up is Charlotte, a gorgeous dusky lavender cream. This one is amazingly smooth and easy to apply, one coat pictured here. That is one of the things I am loving about Julep's polishes is that they tend to be great with just one coat.

Next I layered Melissa over the top of it. Melissa is described by Juelp as "sheer opalescent shimmer adds a soft glow when used alone and a high-fashion holographic effect when used over another color." Intriguing to say the least. I was going to show it alone but couldn't get the pics to come out very well.

Notice anything about this pic? Well, there are two different colors shown here, can you tell the difference? On my index and ring finger is Julep's Melissa, like I mentioned above, one coat. On my middle and pinkie finger is two coats of Pure Ice Mint Dream. Now, I do love Julep polish but... I can barely (if at all) tell a difference here! But, where I can notice a difference is in my bank account. Julep retails for $14 for 8mL, Pure Ice can be found at Wal-Mart, Walgreen's and other drug stores and typically retails for under $2 for 15mL. A bit easier to swallow for me anyway. :)

What do you think?

Pink Cadillac!

Elvis' Pink Cadillac to be exact. I got this little beauty in the mail last week and thought it would make a perfect Pink Wednesday post! This one is pretty sheer but still gorgeous and unique. I may try it layered over Essie Raise Awareness next time... I wish I would have gotten the full size! As of the last time I checked this beauty is out of stock over at Pretty and Polished, but keep checking back as she tends to restock often! :)

Monday, March 5, 2012

OPI DS Classic

I have had this polish for some time and I'm not quite sure why I haven't worn it before now. This is sort of a new obsession for me and over the past couple of months my polish stash has grown from a few to...well lots of polishes! I still have LOTS that I have yet to wear. Anyway, on to this lovely polish! For this mani I really wanted some simple stamping, something wouldn't take away from the beauty of the polish. I love the formula of the DS Classic, it is a bit sheer on the first coat but the second is perfect coverage. For the stamping I finally decided on China Glaze Crimson. You would think from the name that it would be a deep red, at least that is what I think of as Crimson. But it is really a deep plum color which accented the gold of the DS Classic perfectly.
Base: OPI DS Classic
Stamp Color: China Glaze Crimson
Plate: BM01

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Juelp Maven - It Girl Box

Sorry for the lack of posts over the past few days, my hubby has been sick and it has been a bit crazy around here! I got my March It Girl box yesterday and have some quick box shots for you this evening. I have a couple of thoughts and comparisons I would like to do this week with some a couple of these but for now I will just show you these. If you haven't already signed up for your Maven box, you can do so here, this is only my second month, but so far I LOVE IT! :)

L-R: Jodie, Charlotte, Melissa

When I got the preview for this month I was a little worried that Charlotte was going to be really close to Anne, which I already have. When it showed up and I put the two together it is clear they are not. Charlotte is much more dusky and Anne is brighter. Both very pretty, but clearly different. I will try to get a swatch of them done this week. :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

An Experiment With Dots

I have seen a lot of amazing nail art around the web lately and thought I would give it a shot. I started with a base of a black creme polish and chose OPI An Affair In Red Square (my FAVORITE red!) for the dots. I started with the end of a paintbrush dipped in the red in the center of each nail and then used a dotting tool to make smaller dots around the larger center dot. I then went back and added more dots in the negative space directly above the first "row". I still need some practice, some of them are a bit off, but overall I think I like how it turned out.

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