Sunday, February 26, 2012

She Cracks Me Up!

I was getting my hair done months ago and the receptionist at the salon had the cutest mani despite the fact they were chipping I loved the color combo. She had a bone color as the base and then she had a mint green crackle which reminded me of China Glaze's For Audrey. So last week while looking for a edgy Spring combo I came upon my "For Audrey" (which I hadn't tried out yet) and the Cracked Concrete by China Glaze. Firstly I love the formulation of For Audrey and many say it is a dup of Ulta's "Mint Condition". They would be correct except for the fact of how BEAUTIFUL "For Audrey" goes on. Definitely one of my favorites now. On the ring finger I inverted the colors and used Pure Ice's "Kiss me There" and China Glaze "Crushed Candy" for the crackle. Then I mattified the whole look with Hard Candy's mattifying topcoat. I called this mani She Cracks Me Up as a play on "For Audrey" and the crackle. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

With flash above without below to showcase the matte effect. I need to learn how to work my camera better. Sorry for the haze. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Purple Reign

If you have seen my "Would Like to Have" list you can see there are ALOT of Zoya colors I am aspiring for. I was fortunate enough to get 3 at Ulta while they were having their huge polish sale over the holidays. One is appropriately named Marley, which was the name of my beloved dog who died suddenly last year. This mani I call Purple Reign as a play on the Prince song, but also because I used 2 purples and the design I stamped reminded me of a crown. I used Zoya Dannii for the designs and BM plate #217. I loved the color Dannii so much with Marley, but I think a color with a thicker formula would have been better for this intricate design. I'm still happy with the results. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

A little too much oil on my cuticles, but at least they aren't dry :). The base is the Zoya Marley and you can see it's a lovely lilac. 

Zoya Dannii is a real gem. I love it!

You have my heart.

After pouring over tons of posts on Valentines Day manis I knew I had to do one of my own. I wanted something simple, cute and extremely girly. I can't remember the last time  I wore bubble gum pink polish, but this one was perfect. Walgreens had a sale on Wet n Wild polishes so one of the ones I got was Candy-licious. The formula was surprisingly good and the brush was just like the SH Insta-Dry designed for perfect curve application.  For the accent nails I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White. For the hearts I used Eva #192 and BM plate 202. As an extra touch I added a little glitter to the hearts, because I figured you needed glitter with such a girly mani. I'm pretty happy with the results, it was just what I was going for. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

The Gilded Age

I was waiting to get my Bundle Monster plates for what seemed like weeks! I had a failed attempt at stamping when I bought the MASH plates and was about to give up on stamping all together when I got the Bundle Monster plates. These plates are much better and they also work with most all nail polishes. For the nails I used OPI Don't You Just Love OPI and on my toes I used Revlon's Fashionista. I wasn't too happy with the way the stamping came out on my nails so I added Essie's As Gold as it Gets over the stamping to give it a gilded look, hence the naming of this post. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

My camera doesn't do this color justice and it barely captures the gold hue of the color. I like the combination that OPI selected with this color. It's just the right amount of gold to add an accent but not overshadow the purple. Please excuse the cuticles.

Here is the BM plate 214 with the Essie As Gold as it Gets. I still have to get used to aligning the design properly on the nail from the stamp. The addition of the Essie color helped camouflage that. (natural light)

On my toes I did Revlon Fashionista, and I H&M Gold Treasures for the stamping color. I used the same plate BM214 but I used it in random directions. I like how it turned out. (natural light above artificial light below)