Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mystery Theme Week: Stamping

(Photo from Ninjapolish.com)

I wanted to spend more time using and also doing a little review on my DRK-A nail plate. When I received it I was so excited to start using it, every manicure for the week included stamping. And what better way than to include it into my Mystery Week!


For my first look I used Butter London's Scoundrel as a base. I wanted something cute, dainty. So I used white to stamp on this adorable little design. It turned out great! The images are actually too big for my little Konad stamper, so I might invest in an XL stamper soon. 


The next look I used Wet 'N Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint as a base and Zoya Malia for the stamp. The only problem I had with this design is you can see on the middle finger that parts of the stamp didn't quite get filled, so there's some little spots, but I still think it looks really pretty!


For my third look I used a Color Club mystery purple, its very soft and when I put it on it almost looks pink. I really like the stamp design, because the two together made me think of some old love letter written in fancy script. I had a bit of trouble getting the stamp on my tips, as you can see. But I still really loved the outcome.

All in all, I absolutely love this stamping plate. Its well worth the money and has tons of designs that are big enough for long or wide nails. I can't get enough of full nail stamp designs and this is a perfect plate!

As for Mystery Week, its coming to a close. I wanted to let my reader's participate a little and try to guess what all this weeks posts have in common with one another! Let me know in the comments what you think of this week and I'll have a big reveal on Saturday!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Not All There Myself


The Cheshire Cat is one of my favorite characters of all time. He's full of riddles and craziness! Not to mention he's so colorful, two of my favorite colors. I wanted something that would be just as colorful as he is, but not forget about his haunting smile when he disappears.



I was way too excited to work with flocking powder again! To do the stripes all I did was tape off an area and paint the color, then sprinkle and push on the powder. I did each stripe one by one, which didn't take as long as you'd think. For the pink base I used O.P.I Party In My Cabana and the purple base was Zoya Mira. I think I've gotten used to accent nails and this was perfect to show off his smile. I used a black base, then layered a matte top coat on it. I used tape for the tip, painted it white and made black lines for teeth. I think it really represents the Cheshire Cat well and I absolutely loved the stripes!

I didn't want to put this in the title, since its part of the Disney Inspiration series, but this is part of the Mystery Theme Week! On Thursday's post I will explain more about this little surprise. I just thought this would be a fun way to share something that's important and fun to me with all of my readers. And a way to share a little more about myself in the process!

Enjoy!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mystery Theme Week: Glitter!

So today I wanted to do something a little different and try out some polishes that I haven't used yet. I choose three of the glitters I've been dying to try out! To explain this weeks posts a little further, I made a choice to change something about myself this upcoming weekend. I wanted to share it with you all, so I'm making this weeks posts slightly related. I'll explain more throughout the week, I promise!


So to start off I wanted to try one of the new Orly Glam FX! I used Man Glaze Fuggen Ugly as a base, with Orly Can't Be Tamed on top. I wanted it to be matte, so I had to use a matte topcoat after the glitter. I really liked this look, its subtle. It gives a really dark and mysterious vibe and has just the right amount of color. I'm definitely going to grab more of the Glam FX collection!


For my next look I wanted to use the Sticks 'N Stones I happened to stumble upon on Ninja Polish one night. I used Wet 'N Wild On A Trip as a nice base. The bar glitter was a little hard to place, but the outcome is so worth it. I fell in love with Sticks 'N Stones as soon as I put it on! I have a feeling there's going to be a lot of black and white glitter in my future.


For my last look I wanted to use Deborah Lippmann Stairway To Heaven. I used Essie Play Date as a base. You probably can't tell, but something caused the base color to do a subtle gradient. After having it on for awhile the tips and bottom were still purple, while the middle turned a lighter pink. I still loved it though.

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Birthday Manicure!

So I want to apologize for my absence yesterday, but it was my mother's birthday. I had invited her over for dinner and decided I wanted to treat her to a birthday manicure. I spent the day cooking and made a trip to the store to get her a cake. But when I got back I started work on her nails.


I wanted to use a design from my new DRK-A plate on her, so she picked this one. She also picked Revlon Minted as a base and Color Club She's So Glam for the design. I had a lot of fun working on her nails and the stamping worked perfectly! But the most important part was that she loved it.


I also tried the plate out on myself. I used Essie No More Film for the base, which is a really dark purple. Unless I'm in the sun it looks black, but its still a gorgeous color. And I really liked the design, it was a little rushed though so the design isn't as clean as it should be. But I still thought it looked pretty.

Enjoy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Scream Team


Monsters Inc has got to be one of my favorite Pixar movies. Its full of adventure, laughs and cuteness. Not to mention the whole world is full of great colors. I wanted to bring the characters to life and make my nails recognizable. But I didn't just want to do blue with purple spots. Sulley is fuzzy, so just painting my nails wouldn't cut it for me.


I have never worked with flocking powder before, but I was really excited to do these nails. I worked on the Sulley nails first, using China Glaze For Audrey as a base. I needed to do the spots first, so I took Sally Hansen Good To Grape, made spots and pressed the flocking powder onto them. It was a little tough to then do the blue, because I needed to put down some base coat for the powder to stick. So I carefully painted around the already flocked purple spots and then pressed down some blue flocking powder.

I then worked on the Mike nail, the base is Sinful Colors Innocent and the other green is Sinful Colors Happy Endings. I wanted the eye to be almost a perfect circle. I used a stamping plate that had a peace sign on it, stamped it on and used it as a guide to fill in the rest. I used a dotting tool for the black and tiny white spots. 

I really love these nails. The colors are so bright and it left such a unique texture. I would definitely use flocking powder again! I think I'll have to keep this trick in my pocket for other fuzzy Disney characters.

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Disney Inspiration: With A Smile And A Song


Snow White was the very first Disney princess and set the stage for many princesses to come. I wanted to do something that not only represented Snow White herself, but also the curse that caused it all. 


I used Sinful Colors Unicorn for a base with Ulta Blue Streak tips and red tear drop shaped jewels. I had to run to the craft store to get some scissors after doing this manicure because the ones I use to shape my tips had broken, so these were kind of winging it. The accent nail is Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier and hand painted Sally Hansen Rapid Red for the poison apple. I like this manicure, it was fun and simple without being unrecognizable. 

Enjoy!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Clothing Inspired!

So I recently added a boat load of dresses to my wardrobe for summer. I finally got up the confidence to wear what I want and not think of other people's opinion of me. As long as I think I look good, that's all that matters! When I was younger I used to just wear black, grey with tiny bits of color. But now I just love color, patterns, lace, flowy fabric! I got some inspiration from two of my dresses, so let me share them with you.


You can't really see the shirt, but it had a similar paisley pattern. I had just gotten this Konad plate and was anxious to use it, so this was a perfect opportunity! I used Sinful Colors Rise And Shine as a base and for the stamp I used Sally Hansen Co-Bolt blue. The stamping didn't come out perfect, but lets be honest when does stamping ever go perfectly on every finger? I really love the two blues together, I'll have to use the combo in the future.


When I first picked up this dress, I thought it was leopard print. The flowers are so tiny and cute! I used China Glaze Four Leaf Clover for the base. For the flowers I used Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier and Zoya Mira with little dots of Sinful Colors Unicorn in the middle. I think if I ever did this manicure again I'd make the flowers bigger, but I still like it.

Enjoy!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Gypsy Outcast


The Hunchback of Notre Dame was one of the first Disney movies I remember seeing that had a more serious undertone. I've always loved this movie though, if not for the whole "don't judge a book by its cover" moral then for Topsy Turvy itself. But lets not forget the sassy and saucy gypsy Esmeralda! I remember being younger and actually being her for Halloween, my mother made my costume. 


For this manicure I wanted to do something related to her costume, since its so colorful. I'm not usually into accent nails, but I really liked this one. I used Butter London's Slapper for the color of her corset and gold striping tape to complete the look. And on the accent nail I used Sally Hansen's Good To Grape as a base and Sally Hansen's Cherry Cherry Bang Bang for the other half of her skirt. Finished it with gold striping tape and gold hex glitter for coins. I really love how this manicure turned out! I wanted to keep it on for longer, but I had to do other manicures for the blog. I'll definitely be doing this one again though!

Enjoy!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Rainbow Honey Equestria Collection Swatch & Review!

When Rainbow Honey released the first photo of this collection, which was 20% Cooler, I was amazed and knew I just had to have a bottle. But then there were more photos, of the rest of the mane six and I jumped at the chance to pre-order the whole collection! I was so excited to receive and review this collection, this will be my very first indie polishes and I'm so glad that I picked Rainbow Honey.


I really love the cute boxes they come in and the way the minis were packed were just too adorable!


Left to right: The Element Of Magic, Pinkie Promise, The Worst Possible Thing, 20% Cooler, A Little Kindness, Hoof Wrassle, Mare Of The Moon and Celestia.


The detail put into these gorgeous polishes doesn't stop at the polish itself or the boxes. The labels on top of each polish is old type font, which just adds to the cuteness!


Here is a close up of The Element of Magic and Pinkie Promise.


A close up of The Worst Possible Thing and 20% Cooler.


A close up of A Little Kindness and Hoof Wrassle.


And a close up of Celestia and Mare Of The Moon.


The Element Of Magic is a pink-ish purple shimmer packed with what looks like three shades of purple glitter and tiny flecks of holographic glitter. I did two thin coats over Ulta's Tutu Cute. The picture doesn't even begin to show you how gorgeous this polish is! 


Pinkie Promise is so full of glitter, its like a party cannon exploded on my nails! This is a yellow shimmer with pink, yellow and blue hexagon glitter and pink, yellow and blue bar glitter. I did two thin coats over NYC's City Sweets Pink. I wish you could see the shimmer in this photo, but alas my camera skills aren't perfect.


The Worst Possible Thing is one of the most packed polishes in this collection. There are blue, teal, purple, gold and even flakes! The flakes totally took me by surprise, but you can't really see them in this photo. I did two coats over Zoya's Mira and its just amazing. 


20% Cooler is packed with rainbow glitter! It has got to be one of my favorites, which is so hard to choose with this collection. Its a blue shimmer with a parade of glitter and is absolutely packed with coolness. I did two coats over Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away! Unfortunately the Sally Hansen stained my nails, even with a base coat, so if my cuticles look stained in other pictures...well.


A Little Kindness is a gold-pink shimmer with tons of pink and yellow glitter, but it looks like there's a surprise of  little pale green hex glitter. I used two coats over Utla's Cream Of The Crop. You really can't see the shimmer in these photos, but its just mind blowing.


Hoof Wrassle is a pleasantly bright orange shimmer with orange, red and yellow hex glitter. And it looks like this also has the pale green hex glitter, but its so subtle it doesn't effect the color flow of the rest. I did two coats over NYC's Peaches 'N Cream.


Mare Of The Moon is absolutely breath taking with its blue-ish purple shimmer, silver hex glitters and even little moons! I did two coats over Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue and just fell in love. I wish I'd been able to get a full bottle of it because its just fantastic.


And Celestia, which is a mix of green, blue, pink and purple shimmer with surprise flakes. This picture does nothing for this polish and I'm truly sorry about that! But you can see the beauty of it in the bottle picture above. I did two coats over Color Club's Take Me To Your Chateau. This polish is just amazing and shows you just how talented Rainbow Honey really is. Their mix of colors, shimmers, glitters...its just perfection.

These polishes really catch the personality and appearance of each pony. Every bottle is its own treasure and none disappoint! All in all I'd have to say this is the best indie purchase I could have made. I am so proud to be an owner of this collection as its just true beauty in a bottle. And I hope to buy more colors from them in the future!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Disney Inspiration: Flippin' Your Fins You Don't Get Too Far


I've always loved The Little Mermaid and the adventurous side of Ariel herself. I wanted something to capture the whimsy and beauty of a mermaid. I've had this manicure saved for awhile, but I think I'd re-do Ariel inspired nails again and again because there are tons of possibilities!

(With flash)

I decided on using my Nubar Reclaim to represent her tail, I would assume it would be shiny and maybe even holographic. Or maybe I just have high hopes for mermaids. I did a glitter gradient with Nubar's Hyacinth Sparkle to bring Ariel's seashell bra into the manicure. I couldn't find a way to incorporate her gorgeous red hair, but maybe next time I will. Because lets be real, that hair defines her!

(Sunlight)

You can see the glitter gradient much better in this picture, I just used the flash to show the holographic effect. I've come to learn that I really love gradients and I'd like to think I'm improving at them. 

Sorry for another short blog, I have got to stop doing these short posts! I was just anxious for nail mail today that I waited on posting in the hopes that I'd have Rainbow Honey's Equestria Collection to swatch, but that post will have to wait until Friday.

Enjoy!



Monday, June 4, 2012

Request And Nail Mail.

Today will be a shorter post because I have to work on more Disney inspired manicures and also make dinner for everyone here. Since we've moved my husband and I have gained a roommate, his brother. Which isn't as bad as it sounds. So that both of them can go to school out here and I'm just a stay at home...lady. Haha.

Awhile back I got a request from one of my friends to try my hand at wood grain nails. I was so focused on making the nails look perfect that I forgot the whole point of wood grain was that its not perfect at all. So I tried my hand at them finally!



I used Sinful Colors' Nirvana as a base, but lightly brushed a bit of Sally Hansen's Expresso on top for some discoloration. You can't really see it, but I felt it helped the wood effect look better. Then I used a non brand dark brown applied with a skewer for the lines. I tried using a brush, but I think I've gotten so used to the skewer that its what I'm comfortable with using. I topped it off with matte top coat instead of shiny for added effect. I really love how this turned out and I honestly didn't think I would! I'm glad that it was suggested because I don't think I'd have ever tried it out, which would've been a shame.

On another note, I got my first nail mail from my Vegas shopping spree. Today I received the O.P.I Minnie Mouse collection and instantly fell in love.


Left to right: The Color Of Minnie, I'm All Ears, Nothin' Mousie 'Bout It and If You Moust You Moust.

Since my nails are being occupied by a new Disney inspiration right now, I opted for swatching a bit on some paper and wow! I love that there was this pink and purple subtle shimmer in Nothin' Mousie 'Bout It, I was not expecting that. Now that I have the collection my next mission would be to get that adorable display from this set! Wish me luck!

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Vegas Jackpot And Getting Back On Track.

So, as you know I recently went on hiatus. I needed to move to Hollywood and also go on vacation. It was so hectic! I moved, had a week to unpack and then left for Vegas. While there I had tons of fun, drank up and hit a jackpot!


It was a lot of fun, I had to wait to get back home to shop though. Since I had taken a plane there I don't think I'd have been able to bring back polish. Hehe. But when I got back you bet I went shopping! First I hit Sally's and stocked up on Seche base and top coat. And then I went to Ulta, where I found a few China Glaze, Orly, OPI and Zoya on clearance. I also grabbed a few Ulta brand polishes and two Butter Londons!


Left to right: Zoya Tao and Neeka, Orly Pixy Stix, Swizzle Stick, Crush On You, Halley's Comet and Can't Be Tamed and finally OPI Party In My Cabana.


Left to right: China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, Some Like It Haute and Midtown Magic, Sally Hansen Griege Gardens, Cherry Cherry Bang Bang and Good To Grape.


Left to right: Butter London Trout Pout and The Black Knight, Ulta Lav-Ish, The Jungle Look and Cream Of The Crop.


I also got this cute Derpy shirt and Pinkie Pie keychain!

I grabbed a few dresses and cute summer clothes from Target and three pairs of shoes from the Off Broadway shoe store! I had some left over so I came home and took my time to find some things I was really lemming for. So here is what is to come:

Rainbow Honey's Equestria Collection.

The new OPI Minnie Mouse Collection.

I got my hands on Cover Band's Sticks And Stones!

Konad plates M57 and M60.

The DRK-A stamping plate.

NFU OH 61!

I am so excited to receive and try all of these out! Especially the Equestria Collection. 

So, blogs will resume to every other day! I have no plans of taking another hiatus soon. I am so glad to be back and can't wait to get into more manicures. Let's get back on track!

I think I have an Ariel manicure saved around here somewhere, so that'll be the next post! 

Oh and one more thing, this wouldn't be a nail blog without a manicure now would it! So here if the mani I rocked in Vegas:


I used Butter London's Slapper and Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue. I had taken two dresses with teal/blue in them to wear so I thought I'd cover both colors! 

Enjoy!