Monday, December 31, 2012

Manicure Monday #2!

Here is a mani I love! I cannot get over how much I love these two polishes together.  I have already made nail polish jewelry with this combo I love it so much. I just haven't worn it on my fingers yet. I started with three coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Grey Area, which is still one of my favorite polishes EVER.  I then topped it off with one coat of wet n wild Wild Shine in Sparkled.  The glitter payoff in this polish is awesome.  This is just one thin coat and my whole nail sparkles!

The only downside is as with most glitters, it just does not photograph well!

Here is a pic in natural light, you can't really see the glitter well in this one.

Here is one under the light in my living room.  you can see the glitter better in this one.  Love!

Manicure Monday

Here is my first mani of the day.  Honestly, didn't like it one bit so my second mani of the day is soon to follow.  I wanted to have something sparkle for the new year, so I wanted to top off with NYX Hieroglyphics.  I didn't want to do basic black so I did two coats of wet n wild megalast in Disturbia.  I then did one coat of Hieroglyphics and was not impressed.  The clear base was super thick and did not deliver much glitter.  I was expecting a much more dense glitter.  What bummed me the most is this polish just would not dry.  Three hours later and it was still easy to dent, and even the next morning wasn't has hard as it should be.  Sooo off it went! I'm much happier with my second mani of the day, post coming soon!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Swatch: Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure in Gilded Lily

When I first saw the bottle shots of the Sally Hansen and Prabal Gurung polishes I was totally in love with Gilded Lily.  When I saw swatches of it though...I was not impressed and decided to skip it.  Few months later it was on clearance at Target and for a little over $3 I figured I could pick up another gold polish.  Still wasn't in love with it and put off swatching it for a few months.

Then I finally decided to swatch it and OH MY I LOVE IT!!! This polish is not done any justice by any swatches I have found online.  It is a clear base packed with tiny gold flecks.  It makes me feel like I have covered my nails in gold foil.  It has amazing shine without the dreaded brush strokes if this was a gold frost.

This swatch was with four coats.  I could have done less if I had used a creme base, but the dry time was so fast it didn't bother me to do an extra coat.  It also has a very smooth finish compared to other glitters.  So glad I finally picked this one up!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Manicure Monday

Here is the perfect Christmas Eve mani! Christmas trees! I love my dotting tool, its the only way I have any chance of doing nail art on my right hand that looks semi passable. Being ambidextrous would have been great for doing my nails!

I did two coats of Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Cherry Red, then the green dots in Julep Leah, and the gold in Sally Hansen Salon in Gilty Pleasure. Super fun and easy.

Now to relax my stomach as I have three giant meals coming my way in the next 32 hours. *rolls away*

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Swatch: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Very Cherry

So to keep in the theme of shiny for the Holidays, I chose Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Very Cherry.  This is a bright red that borders on pink.  It is packed full of micro glitter to give it a great sparkle.  Best part is the glitter is so fine there is no extra effort in removing this polish.  These are with two coats, I could have done three, but it was late and I was tired and two coats looked good! lol.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Swatch: Tokidoki Donutella

So I found this awesome polish in the sale section at Sephora.  It is a red microglitter with holographic bar glitter.  These swatches are with four coats.  I could have done three, but was having too much fun adding sparkle! The only thing I don't like about this polish is how the bar glitter makes the tips of my nails feel rough.  Totally scratched my face! Yup, that would be my fail of the day lol


Blurry shot to show the bar glitter

Monday, December 17, 2012

Manicure Monday

I love this mani! Love how it looks like swirled metal.  I did three coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Time to Shine.  I waited for it to dry then did a layer of Extreme Wear in Midnight Sky and used wrinkled plastic wrap to blot away part of the top layer.

I love using this technique.  Its fast and gives me something use use the worlds worst plastic wrap on. I swear...this roll we got from Walmart doesn't even stick to itself.  So basically its a lifetime supply to use on my nails =P

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Swatch: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Eel Skin

Oh how I LOVE this shade! This is part of the old Complete Salon Manicure line and I even found it at my local Dollar Tree for yup, a buck! This polish applies and wears well, this swatch is with my typical three coats.  It is an awesome true grey, no purple in this baby.

Also woohoo! This is my 100th post!! =)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Swatch: e.l.f Python Collection

Here is a deep purple polish with micro glitter from the e.l.f Python Collection from this fall.  There isn't a name on this polish.  When I saw this polish in the store I was so excited for a deep rich purple base with multi colored micro glitter.  Sadly on the nail the glitter just does not show.  Even with a topcoat and in bright sunlight its barely noticeable.  But at least it is a great purple!

Three coats without topcoat:

Best shot I could get of the glitter in the  bottle

Monday, December 10, 2012

Manicure Monday

This is honestly one of my least favorite manis.  But, still sharing as it was good in concept.  I wanted to have black tips with dripping glitter.  I did my tips in black creme then used wet n wild fastdry in Hannah Pinktana to do glitter on the tips and dripping down the middle of my nail.  The problem was, the color is so similar to my skintone, it really didn't show at all.  It looks great over the  black tips, but other than that the color is lost.  In concept it wasn't too bad, if I used a darker glitter it may have worked better.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: John Freida Precision Foam Color in Deep Cherry Brown

Its been a few months since I have colored my hair.  Due to that I was sporting a tri colored look.  Or I could say I was trendy and intentionally had the ombre look.  In reality it was top my natural color, middle the last time I used this color, and ends a lighter older color.  You can kinda see it below.  It wasn't super obvious, but enough to bug me. 

So I decided to go with Deep Cherry Brown from the John Freida Precision Foam Color line.  This line is good for subtle change, no shocking colors are in the line. 

In the box you get the basic items you get with most colors, developer, colourant, gloves, conditioner and directions. 

The part I love the most? FOAM!!! It smells pretty good too, well as good as a chemical can get.  Most fun part is you can hear the foam bubbling while it sits on your head. Ok, so maybe thats because I'm easily amused...

Word of warning...this stuff will drip as you get to the end of the wait time.  Keep a towel you don't like around your shoulders and beware you may drip on the I did...

Look! Foam!

After rinsing, conditioning, and drying this is what I got. Look! All one color! It is a few shades darker overall and has a subtle red color that shows a bit more in the sun.  I really like it! 

Initial Thoughts: Not any fun shades in the line, defiantly geared towards a more natural look.  And FOAM! Foam is fun! The directions are great and make it super easy to understand the steps needed.  The scent is also one of the best I have come across.  

Overall: Very easy to use, just be wary of drips near the end of the wait time.  Color lasted about a week before I thought it started to fade, but I also chose a red and reds fade super fast no matter what.   Even with the fading the color is still great.  I have used this color before and once the red fades completely  I am left with a really nice brown color I like.  This also leaves my hair super soft.  My hair feels like silk and not one bit dry after using this.  I have super fine hair so it would be really easy for something to fry it, but this is super gentle.  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Etsy Shop Open!

So I kinda have a problem, a craft problem. Ok so I have a polish problem but by now that should be obvious =P So to make the most of my craft problem I decided to open up an Etsy shop.  I would love it if you go take a look!

And! I have nail polish jewelry on there so its a nice combo of both my addictions. If you see a design you like but want a different color, or have a polish in mind for the jewelry, please let me know! More than happy to do custom pieces.

THANK YOU ^_________^

Swatch: Sinful Colors Rain Storm

Today is one of my fave Sinful Colors polishes, Rain Storm.  Second only to Leap Flog which I just can't get enough of.  This is a nice rich kinda dusty blue. Coats well, only needed two coats to be opaque.

And, I got a new light! It has a bulb that simulates daylight so I can now do more accurate swatches. Yay!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Manicure Monday

Today is my first jelly sandwich!!! While sorting my stash I noticed that Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Flirt was jellyish! Soooo I knew what I had to try =) I did one layer of flirt then two layers of Spoiled in Trust Fund Baby then topped off with a layer of Flirt. Was sad that Trust Fund Baby dried super slow. But totally love the look.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

CoverGirl Golden Giveaways I Won Something!

I enter a ton of giveaways, mainly just for the fun of it, but once and a while I win something!! Woohoo! Last week I get this random box in the mail and was rather confused as I was not expecting something.  I open it up and there is a letter saying I won CoverGirl Golden Giveaways and here is what I got!

-CoverGirl t-shirt, actually super comfy and have been wearing it as my pj shirt =)
-CoverGirl duffle bag.  How did they know that using a reusable Target bag was kinda sad to hold my gym clothes?
-Lash Blast Volume Mascara.  It has been years since I have tried a CoverGirl product, and I have heard so much good things about their mascaras lately, I'm really excited to try this
-Outlast all-day lipcolor in natural blush.  Oh this brings back memories of high school! That was about when the long lasting two step lip colors came out.  Wasn't a total fan, but it has been so long kinda excited to see how it goes.  

Excited for presents in the mail! teehee.  Will try things out and of course post reviews =)

The Stash

So I am on a total organizing kick this weekend and naturally organizing the stash was on that list. I was almost afraid to count....127 so far. Considering I had maybe 15 a year and a half ago it's scary! Lol