Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snow & Ice!

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I have a frigid mani to show you!

I actually did this mani last week as we were getting snowed on!

I started with 1 coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Whirlwind White.

Then I added I coat of China Glaze "Frosty".

Then I grabbed China Glaze "Nova" and starting at my cuticle, packed a bunch of glitter there and then lightly dragged it down toward the free edge.  I kept this heavier at the sides of the nail.  I then went back over the cuticle edge to make sure that the glitter was really dense!

This really reminds me of snow and ice!!!

Please exscuse the messed up middle finger!  This was day 3 of this mani, so it had taken a beating!

On a side note, I am finally happy with the length of my left hand!  YAY! all the nails are the same length, or close to it and all the damage is now past the nail bed line!
So of course it should be no surprise that last night as I was getting the laptop out to edit this picture for you that it started sliding off my lap...I lunged to grab it and immediately knew  "there goes a nail!"
I looked and of course my index finger has a split on one side!  My nail bed curves so much that if the split continues it will go WAY into the nailbed!  GRRRR
So I'll be sporting a fake nail on my Index finger until the damage grows out enough for me to get rid of it without causing bloodshed!

That's it for today my dears!  I hope to have another mani or two for you in the next 2 days, but I'm not sure my schedule will allow it!  But I'm gonna try!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Stripes!

Good Morning Lovelies!

I'm back with a fun Christmas Mani for you!

I have a decent excuse as to why I've been so absent lately, and I will explain it to you all after Christmas, promise!

In the meantime, how about some nails!!!

For this mani I applied my base coat of launchpad (best thing EVER, you'll be hearing more about this soon too!).  
Then I broke out my french mani guides and stuck two on each nail, going diagonally across the nail, and leaving a gap between each one that was about the same width as the strip itself.

Then I painted a thick coat of China Glaze "Emerald Sparkle" on each nail, and immediately removed the stickers.

I then went back and using the bottle brush, painted the bare stripes with China Glaze "Ruby Pumps"!

And boy did it look great!  

Then I added a coat of top coat, and BOO, HISS, it had gotten so thick that it bubbled up like crazy!  To add insult to injury, it smeared my ring finger! 

So, on a whim, i broke out a metallic gold striper I have from Art Club, and painted a thin line between each green and red stripe.  The fact that it was over bubbly, bumpy topcoat made this look terrible, though I can tell it would have looked nice had it not bubbled!  

Even though It's not a very good pic, and there are TONS of gross bubbles, I will share a pic....
Try to turn a blind eye to all those bubbles!
I was too tired at this point to attempt to redo the mani!

I'll be back tomorrow with another Wintery, Christmasy, mani!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Milani Neon Review

Good Morning Lovelies!

It's been so freezing cold lately, that I'm super excited to have such awesome bright colors to share with you today!  Just what we needed!

Are ya ready for the Milani Neons?

Pink Hottie
3 coats

Awesome Orange
3 coats

Totally 80's
Picture this less yellow and more shrek green...stupid camera wasn't cooperating
5 coats

Dude Blue
3 coats

Rad Purple
Odd that it shows so see thru in the pics, I couldn't see any vnl in reality.
LOVE that this is Jelly!
3 coats

Fresh Teal
I musta taken dozens and dozens of pictures of this polish trying desperately for the camera to show it right.  I sent thru every single setting I could, tryin to convince it to show the polish right....the camera won...poo!
It's actually a bit darker in reality.
3 coats

That's it for today my dears!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!


These were sent to me by the company or their PR firm in exchange for an honest review

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Milani Nail Art Lacquer Stripers

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I have some awesome nail art stripers to share with you from none other than Milani!

I wanted you to see what each of the colors looked like over black, white and a natural nail, so excuse how weird me base coat looks, lol!
(click to make HUGE)

First up, the Glitters!

The thin stripe is just 1 swipe of the brush, the thicker line is 2 swipes.

And the cream colors:

As much as I love glitter, These colors are so nice and bright I think they are my favorites!
The thin stripe is just 1 swipe of the brush, the thicker line is 2 swipes.

While some of the colors are thin and don't provide total opacity at 1 swipe, the fact that the brush is so nice and thin makes it easy to go over the same line twice without making it thicker.  I made it thicker purposefully in the pics, just to differentiate the two lines.  

LOVE these!


The products shown in this post were sent to me for review by the company or their PR firm, in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Milani 3D review

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I have some awesome Milani polish to show you!

These are from their 3D collection.  And they are holos! WOOHOO!
Now, they are not linear holos, more like scattered holo, but I love them.
I do want to say that sadly my camera didn't want to pick up the holo effect very well.  They are way more holo than my pictures show.  I am sorry I couldn't capture their beauty.
3 coats

3 coats

3 coats

3 coats

Formula on these was good.  Not too thick, not too thin.  I am very disappointed I couldn't get the holo effect to photograph better for you!  They are so nice and sparkly in person!
With so few holo polishes coming out, it's hard to pass these up!

That's it for today!


The products shown in this review were sent to me by the company or their PR firm, in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, December 3, 2010

FINALLY....Apothica Winner!!!

I bet you all thought I forgot about this didn't ya!

I remembered, just have had alot going on and no time or energy to total up the entries and get the winner picked.

But, without further ado....

Congrats Makeup Zombie!!!!

I'll be emailing you shortly!

Thanks to all who entered!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Color Club Enchanted Holiday Review!

Good Afternoon Lovelies!

I'm super pressed for time today, so you'll have to excuse my non-chattiness...

Today I have a fantastic Christmas collection from Color Club to share with you!

Snowflake is jam packed with iridescent glitter!
2 coats

Magic Elf

This polish is super hard to describe, for me at least.  It seems to be a green base with irregular gold flake glitter, but comes out looking like a foil.  It's really beautiful!  and it not hard to remove, like regular glitters are.
3 coats

Wishlist Red
Red glitter in a red jelly base!
2 coats

Enchanted Holiday
LOVE this!
This is jam packed with normal gold glitter AND tiny jagged flakes of gold glitter.
2 coats on the middle and pinkie nails.
3 coats on the index and ring finger nails.

Now....for a nail art junkie like myself, the most exciting part of this is the stickers that come with the polish:

and this little fun jewel wheel you can get too:

Wanna see a few simple ideas on things you can do with these awesome polishes and nail art things?
This kit is so fun!

Polishes are all great, with the exception of is a bit thick, as glitters can sometimes be.
I think a few drops of thinner would fix that right up.
It did however dry pretty quick for being such a thick consistency...and hey, considering it's a glitter that had good coverage at 2 coats... I don't so much mind the thickness!

I especially love that the gold glitter in Magic Elf and Enchanted Holiday is that irregular, almost jagged, flake, glitter that lays so nice and flat!

I highly recommend this collection!


The products featured in this post were sent to me by the Manufacturer or their PR company, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nubar Finest Silks Review

Good Morning Lovelies!

Today I have some polish from Nubar's Finest Silks Collection to show you.

Let's jump right in shall we?
(side note...The sun was playing hide and seek when I swatched these, so some colors I may only have a shade pic...very sorry!!!)

The darker of the two greige colors.  
3 coats

The lighter of the two greige colors.  
Actually a bit lighter in reality.
3 coats

The darker of the two reds, slightly pinker too, and super shiny as you can see!
2 coats

The brighter of the two reds, and again, super shiny!
2 coats

A pink-nude color.
2 coats

Pretty nude creme.
2 coats

Pretty pearly white
3 coats

Formula on these was great, which is usual for Nubar. 
These aren't really my taste, just because I tend to go for crazy, out there, colors more often than neutrals, but there are alot of women who cannot wear crazy shades and colors to work, or simply dont like them, so I definitely think it was nice, and smart, of Nubar to create this collection.

That's it for today my dears.  
I'll have many more reviews headed your way this week!