Sunday, March 25, 2012

NYC City Sweets Collection!

So, I went to my local Rite Aid yesterday and spotted this cute little display of NYC Cosmetics. Granted it was hidden behind a cart, but I have eagle eyes when it comes to polish. So I immediately picked up the four gorgeous pastels in their City Sweets Collection.

City Sweets Pink, Mint Macaroon, Peaches 'N Cream and Lavender Cupcake.

I checked online once I got home to learn more about these delicious little polishes and found out that they're supposedly a limited edition item. I decided that I needed to share these beautiful colors with the rest of the polish addicts of the world, in my book these are a must have! 

City Sweets Pink

It only took two thick coats to get this color opaque and it turned out to be a cute, bubbly pink. It looks lighter in the bottle, but still dries beautifully. This pretty pink is a creme that pops, perfect for any Spring occasion.

Mint Macaroon

Again, two coats is all you need to get this creme color opaque. I really like this mint because its darker than most mint greens out there, without being a harsh green. It even seems as though there's a teeny pinch of blue hidden within.

Peaches 'N Cream

This color looks a lot more bold on camera, but is actually a soft creamy orange. There's a twinge of pink to it, its really lovely. This was actually the first color in the store that called to me, then I saw the rest and just had to grab them all!

Lavender Cupcake

This is a pretty basic lavender, a pinch darker than most. It went on really smooth with two coats and for the price you just can't pass it up. I'm a huge lover of purple and this one is beautiful.

Overall, these colors are wonderful must haves for Spring. I think they're a steal for $1.99 each, you get great colors and great quality! I would hurry now before they're gone!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Faith, Trust And Pixie Dust

Apologies for being so splotchy with blog posts, I just got over a bad flu and am still having a little trouble with my asthma. But I've been feeling a lot better lately, going outside to get some fresh air and hopping around town for the latest nail polish deals. 

This post is dedicated to the fiery little pixie: Tinkerbell!

Who doesn't love this sassy, independent and sometimes short tempered little lady? I know growing up, I loved Tinkerbell and I still do! And with Spring here, I think this is the perfect time for Tink themed nails. I tried on two different styles and ended up loving them both.

First of all, I decided to go for a leaf design with a little pixie dust sparkle. The base was Sinful Colors' Happy Ending, which is a lovely green with a subtle gold shimmer. Then sprinkled China Glaze's Fairy Dust on top, for good measure. And very carefully placed some holographic green nail striping tape to complete the leafy look! It was a bit of a pain to cut the pieces just right, but I think it turned out pretty good.

For my second look, I used Sinful Colors' Happy Endings as a base again. But decided to use three....yes three different gold glitters for a nice pixie dust gradient. I started with China Glaze's Blonde Bombshell, speckled Orly's Shining Star and topped it off with a pinch of Color Club's Gingerbread. Gradients have always been a bit of a challenge for me, but I don't think I did terrible. 

I was really pleased with the outcome of both of these looks. When you think Tink, the possibilities are really endless. I might have to create some manicures of the rest of the fairies of Pixie Hollow sometime!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Princess Of Agrabah

So after my trip to Disney, I discovered that being in the front row of World of Color at 9pm is not the best idea in the world... Now I have to pay for it with I believe is the flu. So I took a few days to rest and am now ready to continue!

Growing up, Jasmine was (and still is) one of my favorite princesses. Putting aside the fact that we're both Arabian. She always seemed very down to earth and could stand up for herself. Not to mention her sass. I wanted something to represent not only her highness, but Agrabah itself.

Here's the swatch I did for my series notebook. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Slick Slate for the base. I used the sponging technique with Color Club's Nouveau Vintage, it really made it look like golden sands.  I used the taping technique for her tiara, which is Color Club's Gingerbread Man (the only gold polish I own). And then topped it all off with a blue jewel.

I really love how this one turned out, because it clearly shows on my nails. Not to mention it goes nicely with my skin tone! The taping did get a little messy, but that happens.

In other nail news, has anyone seen this?

I believe this picture is from O.P.I Italia, I saw it on FB a few days ago and almost lost it. Its their new Vintage Minnie Mouse collection and I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I've been hearing rumors around the net that this collection is set to come to the US in June and I hope they're right!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Disney Inspiratioin: Good And Evil Collide

This post won't be your typical Disney Inspiration, we're taking a different approach. I've been wanting to do this manicure for awhile now and am so glad I'm finally getting it out there.

Epic Mickey is a really wonderful game and takes on a darker side of Disney. This game is a whole different kind of Disney magic. As you may know, you play as Mickey Mouse himself and can decide whether to be good or evil. Using paint to create and thinner to destroy. I love the concept and could play this game forever.

Awhile back I did a gradient dot tutorial (Here.) and immediately thought of doing that design for Epic Mickey. So I took Revlon's Super Nature and Milani's Dude Blue. Mind you, I was a little tipsy when I did this design, so its a bit off. But I still loved it, I actually got a compliment on it asking if I had nail stickers on! I thought that was a HUGE compliment, made my day.

Speaking of Disney, I'm excited to be going to Disney this weekend. I wanted to have a really colorful and fun manicure to go with my trip. So here is a bonus manicure for the weekend! I noticed none of the rainbow glitters I own have purple glitter, so I decided to complete the rainbow with a purple base color. I used Wet 'N Wild's On A Trip and Milani's Gems.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Down The Rabbit Hole

"The time has come my little friends, to talk of other things..."

Its finally time to take a trip down the rabbit hole! I talked about this manicure in my first "Disney Inspiration" post and skipped it for a request. Take a look at this picture of Alice falling down the rabbit hole:

The whole time she's falling, the room is changing vivid colors. This part in the movie has stuck with me for ages. I wanted to challenge myself to re-create this wonderful scene. Now before I go through the process of getting the end result and all the photos, I want to explain something. This series that I've decided to do, I feel I need to explain a little about it before going further.

When I first came up with my Mermaid's Lagoon manicure, I thought that trying to convey a scene or character in a movie without actually painting a picture was slightly unique. Sure I can try to paint a vivid picture or the character's face on my nails and everyone will understand it, but its a lot more fun to use colors, glitters, flakies and subtle clues as to what I'm trying to portray.

Lets continue on with the best part! Now the room around Alice is just a simple neutral color, so I used Sinful Colors' Nirvana as a base color. Then I layered Sally Hansen's LCD on top, because its a great color that changes from pink to blue with different angles. And to top it off I used Fingerpaints' Motley. ( I know, I use flakies WAY too much...but they're just so fun!) The end result was really pleasing, I got the perfect amount of blue, pink, purple and green. Here are three photos of the swatch, at different angles to show the changing color.

I think this is a really great portrayal of the room Alice falls in, but once again the picture of it actually on my nails doesn't do it justice. Ah well, maybe next time.

I'm excited to say that this series will be going on for quite awhile. I even bought a nice notebook to keep my swatches and colors that I've used on my ideas. Its already filling up pretty quickly. I can't wait to continue with this! If you have any suggestions you'd like to see me try to re-create don't hesitate to leave a comment and I'll do my best!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Liebster Award!

I cannot thank TikiBarbie enough for awarding  me this! I was pleasantly surprised, this will be my second award!

Here are some rules that come with the award:

1. Put a link to who gave you the award.

2. Put the award picture in your post.

3. Choose 5 blogs that have under 200 followers and give them the award.

4. Let them know that you have awarded them.

Here are my chooses for the Liebster award:

Now to go tell these lovely ladies!

Thanks again to TikiBarbie!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Colors Of The Wind

I haven't posted in a few days, but I was busy waiting in the cold to get into Disneyland for One More Disney Day. It was a blast, I cannot believe I stayed the whole twenty four hours! As soon as I got home, I passed out immediately. But I'm well rested and ready for more Disney Inspiration.

I know I said last time that I'd be venturing down the rabbit hole, but I had a request to create a "Colors of the Wind" manicure. I was really excited about the idea and it took me a little while to think of how to convey that colorful scene in Pocahontas. I used China Glaze's Secret Perri-wink-le, which I thought looked similar to the color of the blue corn moon. And decided more flakies would be best to get across just how colorful the wind was! I combined Fingerpaints' Asylum and Motley.

Now the above swatch makes Secret Perri-wink-le look darker than it really is, but it shows the great colors of the flakies. Lovely shades of blue, orange and purple.

I'm loving the way these flakies change color with movement and light, I think its perfect for this idea. It represents the colorful leaves swirling in the wind. I do wish there was more purple though, Asylum has purple-ish flakies in it, but they took on more of a blue hue.

I know this picture is a little blurry, but I like the shine I got from the light. Next time I will for sure be doing my Alice in Wonderland manicure. There are just so many movies, scenes and characters to get inspiration from! I think this series will go on for quite awhile.               Enjoy!