Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Funky Cloud Mani

I decided to try my hand at a cloud manicure a la Nailside.  I always admire her manicures, and while I can't get anywhere close to her talent level, I can't resist trying out one of her tutorials every once in a while :)  So here's my interpretation of a funky cloud mani:

You guys would not believe how time consuming this is!!  It takes ages to layer all the colors, get the shapes right, etc.. but I like the end result.  Because of all the layers, this took AGES to dry and I got tipwear/shrinking right away.  I had to wrap my tips again right before I took these photos so it wouldn't look gross.
Anyway, the white is Zoya Purity, the orange is CG Life Preserver, and the purpley gray is Ulta Smoke Screen.  I like the color combination.  It even looks kind of tribal-ish to me.  Let me know what you guys think!  What color combos would look nice with this mani?

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Sinful Colors-Nirvana

Nirvana is a really nice taupey-brown creme.  It has really nice application, but for some reason doesn't agree with ridge filling base coats.  It kept pulling like crazy until I used it over a regular base coat.  This is two to three coats with no topcoat:

Quite an interesting color.  Not quite brown, but not quite taupe either.  And it's not really a "greige" either.  I like this better than a regular brown on my skin tone, however.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012


Sorry if this post is kind of scatterbrained...I had to take my dog to the vet at 3:30 this morning because she ate over half of a devil's food cake.  Scared the holy living poo out of me, but she's doing fine after some treatment :)

Purity is supposedly one of the best white polishes available.  After hearing all the hype, I had to get my hands on it when Zoya was having their two free polishes promo.  I have to say, it is the best white that I own.  I have another one by L.A. Colors that's pretty good, but the formula on Purity is smoother.  The first coat goes on kind of streaky, but the second coat evens everything out.  Usually with a white polish, it's nearly impossible to get even coverage.  These photos are two coats with no topcoat:

The photos are similar, just with slightly different coloring.  As you can see, it's glossy enough on it's own to where you don't get the "white out" look.  Since I've gotten it, I've loved it for layering under sheer polishes to amp up the color.  I also really like it on it's own.

Any suggestions for a perfect white?  I'm always on the lookout!

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Friday, January 27, 2012


Trixie is a PERFECT silver foil.  I love silver foils, and I can never resist them!  Especially when Zoya was having a two free polishes promo!  This applies really nicely in two coats and is really shiny even without topcoat.  You don't see that too often in foil polishes.

I love her.  So flashy and gorgeous.
What do you guys think??

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

NYX Girls-Indigo Blue

Indigo blue is a nice medium/lightish blue with lots of shimmer.  It's really sheer, so I layered it over Zoya Purity to show the true color.  The other thing that I didn't like about this polish is that it's kind of streaky.  This was three coats over two coats of Purity, so it was kind of a pain to apply.  But after three coats, it came out smooth.  Because of the many layers, I completely jacked my pointer finger and didn't feel like taking the time to re-do the whole thing, so I just left it out of the picture.

Pretty color, overall, but not worth the effort of all those layers.  I really like how it looks over white, but I'm not sure if I'd like it on my bare nail.

What do you guys think?  Anything similar out there that's easier to work with?
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mattified Flakies! Finger Paints-Asylum

Again, long time, no see!  I've been crazy busy with work and school :(  Anyway, here is Finger Paints Asylum over W'n'W Black Creme.  It's a gorgeous flakie with orangey/green and blue flakies!  I layered it over black and then added the matte topcoat to show the flakies in all their glory.  I kind of wish that I had used a second coat of the flakies, but I like how it came out, anyway:

The orange flakes turn to green at certain angles/lights, but it was super hard to capture in photos.  You have to look really hard!  And the blue flakies are just breathtaking.
Next time I'll use more than one coat!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sally Hansen-Wedding Crasher

Wedding Crasher is a beautiful pink glitter in a fuscia jelly base.  Believe me, you guys, this is definitely one that you'll want to pick up :)  It's definitely one that needs to be layered unless you like the look of a jelly glitter.  I took so many pictures of this one, but just COULDN'T get one to come out right.  My camera would not focus on this one no matter what I did!  Anyway, here she is with no topcoat:

I layered her over ELF Cranberry to up the base color.  So overall, this is two coats of Cranberry and three coats of Wedding Crasher.  While it's a lot of coats, I think it's totally worth it.  So, so pretty :)

I should try layering this beauty over black, that would be sassy!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Gel Manicure! Red Carpet Manicure-The Night is Young

So a few months ago, I discovered a brand called Red Carpet Manicure at my local Ulta.  I thought it was such a great idea!  Who wouldn't love to have a gel manicure that you can do yourself at home?  Well, I ended up getting the starter kit for Christmas, which came with a nice red.  I went and picked up a couple of other colors, including this one! The Night is Young is a gorgeous gunmetal grey with tons of beautiful shimmer.

I think it's just beautiful.

The thing that I love about gel manicures is that they last for weeks without having to touch them up.  Because of their flexible nature, they don't chip, flake or scratch like regular nail polish.  Gel nails are extremely resilient.  I can also swatch over these if I wanted.  They don't come off with non-acetone nail polish remover, so if you swatch over them, just use non-acetone remover and they'll be good as new underneath!  The only downside to gel nails is that they take time to apply.  This mani took me about an hour and a half in total.  I guess it's worth it if you think about how long they'll last me :)

If you guys would like a tutorial on how to do these gel nails, let me know in the comments!

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Friday, January 13, 2012


I love this color, you guys.  It's so sexy and deep and winter-y.  It's really rich, and I can't stop staring at it!  Pretty good for only a couple of bucks.  This was two coats, but I could have gotten away with one.  So far, all of the polishes that I've tried from ELF have been awesome!

Again, I'm still adjusting my new lighting, so bear with my photos :)

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

China Glaze-Starboard

In my opinion, Starboard is the most perfect color of green.  I absolutely love this polish and how beautiful the shade of green is.  It seems pretty standard at first, but after looking at it for a while, I fell in love.  It's a bit dusty/dirty, which adds an interesting touch.  Application is pretty good.  The formula is pretty thin, so I used three coats.  I think I could have gotten away with two, though.  No topcoat:

Pretty, yes?
Like I said yesterday, I'm experimenting with some new lighting, so I'd love some feedback on what you guys think.  Any suggestions as to what light bulbs to use to minimize orange/red cast in photos?  That's the main issue I'm having right now.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Finger Paints-Catwalk Queen

Catwalk Queen is a mustardy yellow creme.  It's one of those polishes that is "fashionably ugly" and supposed to be all the rage.  Usually, I don't go for colors like this one, but I quite like it.  Not only is it a nice color, but it goes on completely smooth in two coats!!  For all of you nail polish junkies out there, you know how rare it is to find a yellow that cooperates...it's nearly impossible!  Well, this one is spot on with the formula :)  I used two coats here with no topcoat:

I'm trying out some new lighting, so bear with me while I figure out how to get my skin to not look so red.  The color is accurate, though.

Anyway, I think she's a beauty.  Definitely something that will have you standing out in a crowd :)

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Sally Hansen-Glass Slipper

Glass Slipper is a polish that I grabbed up the fist time I layed eyes on it.  It's a beautiful white/silver flakie polish that looks super pretty.  I put it over black to really show the flakies.  This is two coats over W'n'W Black Creme.

For some reason, I had the hardest time getting an in-focus shot of this polish.  The flakies confused my camera, I think.  Anyway, I'm super happy that SH released a couple of flakies for us to work with.  I know how all you ladies out there love them :)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I know this is a little late to be posting Holly, but it's such a beautiful color and I couldn't resist it.  I got it in a swap from a girl from Reddit Lacqueristas :)

Isn't she pretty?  Perfect application, too.  I love how vivid the green is and how shimmery it is :)

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Best of 2011!

I honestly cannot believe it's 2012...seriously, where did 2011 go!?  I have a lot of big plans for 2012 including graduating from college!  I'm excited and nervous for what lies ahead of me.  But, like all good things, 2011 has to come to and end, and I'd like to share with you guys the most popular posts on this blog from the year!

1. Minecraft Nails
2. It's Raining, It's Pouring
Sally Hansen, Disco Ball

Sally Hansen, Time to Shine
Essie, Lady Like
Orly, Moonlit Madness

Those are my top 6 most viewed posts, but I also wanted to throw in a couple of my most favorite posts that I did :)

It was a Dark and Snowy Evening...
Splatter 1.0

So there you have it, ladies.  The 6 most viewed posts and my two favorite posts from 2011.  I've loved seeing all of yours, as well.  If you don't want to make a post, let me know it the comments what your fave polishes from 2011 were, I'd love to know!

Thanks for sticking with me!

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