Tuesday, November 29, 2011

butter LONDON- Royal Navy

I got this polish as part of a pack of three on black friday :)  The pack was supposed to sell for $42, but I got it for $30, so I thought it was a pretty good deal :)  Anyway, this is Royal Navy, a gorgeous dark navy creme.  Application was really nice.  It took me a second to get used to the BL brush, which is why I flooded my pointer finger.  After that, application way easy breezy.  Two coats:

I really like dark blues, and this one is definitely up there!  I really, really love it :)

Keep an eye out for an upcoming giveaway ;)

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Versatile Blogger!

Thanks to Greeneyespinknails, ThePolishedPanda, and Mimi's Mani's, I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger award!!  Thanks so much ladies!  They all have great blogs, so you should definitely check them out :)

There are only 2 rules to this award and the are:

- List 7 things about myself
- Nominate 15 other bloggers I believe deserve this award

Hmmmmm...seven things about myself.  I always have trouble with these kinds of things.  Anyway:
1.  I am a second year senior in college, about to graduate with my BS in Psychology
2.  I have no idea what I'm doing after I graduate, and that scares me
3.  I want to get my nail tech certification within the year
4.  I have a 1 1/2 year old res dog named Lily
5.  My favorite foods are corn and chicken kiev
6.  I recently turned 23 and I feel old now
7.  I play 5 instruments:  clarinet, bass clarinet, french horn, mellophone, and piano

And now for the nominations!  Can I just say that it is super hard to pick only 15 blogs to nominate?  There are so so so many awesome ladies out there whos blogs deserve all the credit they can get.  These are just 15 I've been particularly into lately:

Again, I want to thank the lovely ladies that gave me this award.  Definitely check out their blogs, they put a lot of time and effort into them :)  

Happy Tuesday and thanks for reading!

Monday, November 21, 2011

China Glaze-Life Preserver

This has been a polish that I have been wanting since February!!  For some reason, I could never find it...anywhere!!!  For my b-day, I got a gift card to Ulta from Mr. NbC's mommy, so I decided to use part of it to order LP!!  Now, I'm not big on orange polish, but this one has spoken to me since the first time I saw swatches of it :)  This is two coats, topped with China Glaze Fast Forward:

In dim lighting, this polish takes on a kind of rusty hue, but these photos show what it looks like most of the time.  The formula is awesome (as with all CG cremes) and the wear was also good.
This is by far my all time favorite orange!

Ugh, and I busted off my pinky nail, as you can see.  I've got a little nub!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Color Club-Antiquated

Oh, Antiquated, how I love you (and colors like you)!  If you can't tell, I love pale gold foils.  I feel like they're flattering on every skin tone and look chic for every occasion.  This one is one of my favorites because it's not an overly yellow gold.  Yellow gold has never looked good against my skin, so I prefer to stay away from those.  This one is universally flattering and the formula is really easy to work with.  For these photos, I used two coats topped with SV:

What are your favorite gold foils?  I'm always on the lookout for good ones :) (Like I don't have enough already...)
Antiquated is from the Foiled collection, in case you were wondering!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Comparison: Orly Rock Solid vs. W'n'W Diamond in the Rough

So...when I first saw these polishes in the bottle, I thought they would be dupes.  They are close, but not exact.  The W'n'W has much grittier glitter and a stronger rainbow sparkle effect.  The Orly is much smoother on the nail and has a tinted base while the W'n'W base is clear (you can't tell the base is clear after three coats).  Pictures!
Orly, WnW, Orly, WnW

WnW, Orly, WnW, Orly

WnW, Orly, WnW, Orly

As you can see, the rainbow/holo glitter is much stronger in the W'n'W and the base color is darker in the Orly.  Definitely not dupes, but similar that if you have one, I don't think you necessarily need the other.  I used three coats of the W'n'W and two coats of the Orly.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Silvivor is a pure chrome silver.  For some reason, I was craving a silver polish, so I put this one on!  Formula was pretty good and took two coats to make it opaque.  I'm not sure why I'm so into wearing silver right now, but I wore this one for 2 and a half days!!  That's an eternity for me!  Anyway, here she is topped with SV:

My camera kind of freaked out on this one and didn't quite know where to focus, so it's a bit blurry.  And sorry about the sloppy job on my middle finger, I didn't do any cleanup on this one cuz I was lazy :)

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Corset Nails!!

This is my first attempt at doing corset nails, and I love them!  I started with a base of Color Club Antiquated and then freehanded the corset with black and white acrylic paints and a teeny paint brush.  For my first attempt, I think it came out pretty good.  Next time, I think I'll try to make the lines a bit more thin and crisp by using an even smaller brush.  After it was all done, I topped it with a coat of SV:

I love it!  I've grown really fond of using acrylic paints for nail art.  The only problem is that the art doesn't hold up quite as well as it would with polish.  I like it better than polish, though, because it's much easier to work with and doesn't gloop up as you try to work with it.

What do you all think of corset nails?  I think they're quite cute :)
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ulta-Purple Haze

Purple Haze...do I like you or not?  I can't decide.  I feel like I like it, but I'm on the fence because of the slightly frosty finish.  I guess the brush strokes aren't that bad for this polish.  The color is gorgeous, though.  Kind of a purpley/blue duochrome :)  I used two coats here to reach opacity:

What do you guys think?? Persuade me to love it!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wet'n'Wild-Rockin Rubies

Rockin Rubies is another polish from the Ice Baby winter collection from W'n'W.  It looks like ruby red slippers!!    My camera had a really hard time focusing on this one for some reason...I think it's all the shineys :)  This was three coats with no topcoat.  You can really see how gritty it is, but it's still beautiful!!

This would look killer over a red base.  Maybe I'll do something like that around Christmas time?  It looks very festive to me :)

Thanks for reading, loves!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Classy Lady Nails :)

Not sure why, but this stamping combo came out really classy lady-ish to me.  Does that make sense? Lol :)  Anyway, I used a base of Essie's Lady Like, then stamped it with W'n'W Black Creme and a BM plate (don't remember which :/)  I topped it all off with a coat of SV:

I like it!   What do you think?

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Wet'n'Wild-Believe Me, it's Real

So this is one of the new Ice Baby collection polishes.  This collection consists entirely of beautiful glitters is all sorts of different colors.  This is the blue one!  It also has some really pretty purple medium sized glitters in it.  Application is pretty good for a glitter.  It goes on pretty evenly and took three coats to become completely opaque (I consider this decent for a glitter).  The finish is really gritty and a good coat of gelous and/or a couple layers of topcoat are a must for a glassy finish.  These photos are without topcoat:

I like it :)
Have any of you found this collection yet?  What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Birthday Haul :)

Today I'm sharing my new pretties that I got for my birthday :)  Most of these were gifted to me from friends or family, but I got the W'n'W polishes and the Sally Hansen polish myself.  I guess it still counts because I got it for myself as a b-day present :)
four of the new Ice Baby collection polishes: Rockin Rubies, Diamond in the Rough,
24 Karats, Believe Me, it's Real

Ulta: Purple Haze and Femme Fatale, Sally Hansen Strobe Light
Three sided buffer and a fine grit file

OPI: DS Extravagance!!!!!! Servin' Up Sparkle, Grape, Set, Match
Do you see that DS Extravagance!?  Eeeeeee!  I have wanted that polish for soooooo long and it's everything I always thought it would be.  I looove it so much.  Oh, and the other two aren't too shabby, either ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Essie-Lady Like

Happy Pink Wednesday!  I have a really soft pink for you guys today.  It's Essie's Lady Like from the Brand New Bag collection!  I adore this color :)  It's a super soft pink with some purple tones.  I would say it's borderline nude, as well.  Two coats was good for this polish, even though the first coat was kind of patchy.  Topped it off with a coat of SV.

I think it's so classy and feminine :)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Birthday Nails!

Hi everyone!  My birthday was on the 27th, and I wanted to do something festive and sparkly!  I did a base of W'n'W Black Creme and two coats of Party of Five Glitters and a topcoat of Hard Candy's Mattely in Love.  I really liked how it came out :)

What do you guys think?  Festive enough??

Thanks for reading!
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