Saturday, December 1, 2012

Black Cherry 51

Hellooo Bloggerettes! Today's post features my favorite OPI, Black Cherry Chutney, used previously for my Fancy Wallpaper look. She's the perfect Fall/Winter shade of burgundy. To snazzy it up I added Nfu Oh 51, the rainbow shimmer/flakie in a bottle. 

The last picture are my nails under water to show the rainbow effect. It's so hard to capture on camera. The second photo really shows how perfect this combo is for this time of year! I began with 2 coats of Rejuvacote, 2 coats of Black Cherry Chutney, 1 coat of 51, and topped it off with a thick coat of Seche Vite. What do you think of this combo?

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rule number 3, wear your heart on your cheek. But never on your sleeve, unless you wanna taste defeat.

 Uber long blog post title is long! Hello Bloggerettes! I've been throughly enjoying some Marina and the Diamonds, especially How to be a Heartbreaker. Fun mani plus equally fun song equals a FUN post! I obviously need some sleep, lol. Today's post features my favorite indie polish brand, Hare. Asteroid Turf is a murky almost neon green jelly filled with medium magenta hex glitter.

Asteroid Turf was an easy as pie glitter filled jelly to apply. Hey, that rhymed! Can you see all the hidden hexes? Beautiful! Hare polish is available on Etsy for $10 and at Llarowe for $11. I believe Asteroid Turf may have been discontinued, but they just came out with some new beautiful polishes. What do you think of this polish?

Thanks for looking!   

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pretty & Polished Review

Hey there Bloggerettes! I've been busy taking care of the sad news I mentioned in my previous post but I am happy to be back with a review of one of my favorite Indies. Chelsea over at Pretty & Polished was kind enough to let me review 3 polishes from her latest line. And as if she read my mind they were the 3 I really wanted to try! You go, Glenn Coco!

First up is my absolute favorite, Mannequin Hands. She is a shimmery nude based polish with small baby pink hexagon glitter. I actually wore this as a full mani for a few days. I started off with 2 coats of Rejuvacote, 3 coats of Mannequin Hands, and 1 thick coat of Seche Vite. Mannequin Hands runs a bit thin to achieve the jelly effect but 3 coats covers the nail with no visible nail line. The glitter laid flat and spread like buttah. This polish is a definite must have and isn't just any ol' nude shade! Removal was also a breeze, a plus with any glitter polish. Available in both mini for $4.75 and full size for $7.50.

Second in line is S'no Man's Land. Unfortunately for me, this was my least favorite of the three. S'no Man's Land features a shimmery white base with micro iridescent glitter and small to large white hexagon glitter. The white hexagons are gorgeous! I'd love to see them used in another one of her lovely glitter combos. For this swatch I tried out the Elmer's Glue base, followed by 3 coats of S'no Man's Land, and 1 coat of Seche Vite. I suggest using Gelous prior to top coat as it is a bit hungry. I also suggest using white underwear due to visible nail line. In the bottle it looks beautiful, like fresh snow, but on the nail not so much. The peel off base made removal easy as pie! Available in both mini for $4.75 and full size for $8.

And lastly we have It Gets Better. Chelsea has made several beautiful polishes for different causes with proceeds going to charity. It Gets Better was made for the It Gets Better Project, for LGBT awareness. 50% of the profits will be donated to this project. A beautiful message for an equally beautiful polish. She features a shimmery mint green base she has dubbed crelly (jelly/creme), with multi colored small hexagon glitter. I used my Elmer's Glue base, followed by 2 coats of It Gets Better, and 1 coat of Seche Vite. The formula worked perfectly for this combination of base with glitter, they in no way overwhelmed each other letting each part shine through. She applied like a breeze and the glitter laid flat and was not hungry. My glue base made this another easy removal. It Gets Better is only available in a full size bottle for $9.

Pretty and Polished is available through her Etsy. Mannequin Hands and S'no Man's Land are still available in both sizes and It Gets Better is currently sold out. What polish was your favorite or least favorite?

Products featured in this post were sent for review.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fabuluxe Skull

It's Halloween Bloggerettes and I have a fab look for you today. I've been wanting to do my own take on the Sugar Skull mani but with more glitta and more accent nails!

My base colors.

Phew, my closeup pic makes my skin looked wrecked. I promise my skin is just fine, lol. 

As usual I started off with 2 coats of Rejuvacote. My thumb, ring, and pinkie nails have 2 coats Revlon Stiletto, my new favorite black creme, with 2 coats Lush Lacquer Lite Brite glitta. Index nails has 2 coats OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and my middle is just 1 coat of Hard Candy Fabuluxe. I love me a good 1 coater! For my skull my tools of choice were a big and small dotting tool and a thin striper brush. For eyes, mouth, and nose I used Stiletto, Fabuluxe to surround the eyes, dots in eyes were Hard Candy Beetle, and the hearts were Orly Purple Crush. Lush Lacquer's Lite Brite is a gorgeous multi sized and colored glitter, a definite must have! The skull was much harder to do than I originally thought, I had to redo it a few times before I was happy.

I hope you liked my Halloween mani, I know I loved it. Today was a rough day, we found out my father in law passed away. I would love and appreciate any love, prayers, and well wishes for my boyfrann, his family, and myself. I hate to end this on a sad note so here is a funny picture of Zombri and her new friends at the dog park last weekend.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crimson Orchid

 Happy Hallows Eve Bloggerettes! Todays look features a more demure look with a splash of blood! I was able to pick up China Glaze Orchid Shadow and CND Crimson Sparkle on a blog sale for a steal. I'm starting to build a small collection of the CND Shimmers and Sparkles, albeit slowly. This look only solidifies that I must own MOAR.

2 coats of Orchids Shadow.

Closeup of Crimson Sparkle.

The blood was inspired by the fact that my nails were consistently cutting me or someone else up. On accident of course! I started off with 2 coats of Rejuvacote, 2 coats China Glaze Orchid Shadow(a grey with gold shimmer), and 1 coat CND Crimson Sparkle. For the blood I did a needle drag with Essie Silken Cord. This was a nice and simple way of doing an almost work friendly Halloween mani, lol. What do you think?

Thanks for looking!

Nail Dump

 Bloggerettes, the title of this post is gross. Haha! But accurate. I know I've lacked in posting but trust me I've been painting. Here's a quick update on some nail art and swatches while I've been busy in the outside world.

My attempt at a major lemming, Rescue Beauty Lounge's Aqua Lily. This is 2 coats of OPI Fly with 1 coat CND Violet Shimmer. Fly is a much more accurate base for Aqua Lily than Zoya Wednesday!

Then I added Essie Stroke of Brilliance! A lot of folks at work loved it but I just did not like this look. I received Stroke of Brilliance through the Essie Klout perk a while back.

This look begins with 1 coat of Maybelline Sunlight for a nice golden glow within, followed by Glitter Gal Light as a Feather. I can't remember which pink I used but I'm pretty sure it was China Glaze Pink Plumeria. I did this funky french for a friends wedding reception. A little appropriate with a neon punch! Loved this look.

I almost didn't buy this awesome Hare polish. What was I thinking?! This beauty is Twilight Savings. She's full of silver square glitter and purple micro glitter swimming in a purple jelly base. The micro glitter really makes this polish glow. Gorgeous, a definite must have.

You all know I love my roses! The glitter is Color Club Gingerbread and the base for my accent nail is Julep Hayden. My roses were a mix of colors that I can't exactly remember. Sorry dahlings.

Finally, this mani is 3 coats of Butter London Bluey. I received this bad boy through Coterie for a steal!

Ladies and germs, I have spent a long night painting up a storm making nail polish earrings for some lovely ladies. I also have a humongoid work week ahead of me. Luckily I do have 2 Halloween looks I can't wait to show you! Till next time...

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stained Glass Ming

Helloooo Bloggerettes! Today's nails are a mix of glitter gradient with an accent of stained glass. What, haha? My accent nails are meant to look like a stained glass window with roses. My pictures don't show a good representation of that but in person they were flawless!

I started off with 1 thick coat of Rejuvacote, 2 coats of Color Club Blue Ming, and 1 coat of OPI Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh? on my accent nail. Once dry I did 1 layer of Maybelline Sunlight followed by Color Club Gingerbread for my gradient. For my accent nails I used 1 coat of Cosmetic Arts Flakie polish, Orly Purple Crush for my roses, Blue Ming for my leaves, and Art Deco in black for my outlines. I love rocking roses on my manis, I think they are so fun and chic. What do you think?

For some shizz and giggles I decided to Frankenweenie-fy my boston babies, Zombri and Bronson!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hang-Ten Lion Toes

'Ello Bloggerettes! Today's post features some sweet claws and freshly dyed pink hair! After seeing this mani from Sarah I just had to own China Glaze I'm Not Lion, a micro gold/holo glitter, and luckily for me China Glaze Hang-Ten Toes, a hot pink neon, was on clearance! As my nails grow, and might I add fast thanks to Rejuvacote, I file them just a bit more pointy to achieve my desired claw like shape. And with this shape I really enjoy the look of this funky french! I am not sorry for doing this look back to back, haha!

 Look at all that ~*sparkle*~!!

I started off with 1 coat of Rejuvacote, 3 coats of I'm Not Lion, and 2 generous coats of Gelous. That glitter was hungry! By using Gelous you're not only feeding that glitter but creating a nice smooth surface for your french, otherwise it will appear gritty! Once dry I opted to free hand my french rather than taping. I just tapped off the excess Hang-Ten Toes leaving just a bit of the tip then slowly added each side until I reached the right shape and evenness. Then I just finished off with a thick coat of Seche Vite. All those layers made my nails feel tough as, well, nails! 

As I've mentioned before I only feel like myself if my hair is pink or some obnoxiously blinding shade of bright. So after talking to my stylist I finally let someone else bleach and dye my hair! That was a first for me and I gotta say it's nice letting someone else do the work! Once my pink fades I'm going to go for a fall look and mix Manic Panic Purple Haze and Vampire Red for a bright burgundy. I can't wait but for now here's my pink hair!

What do you think? Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Violet Lightening

Hello Bloggerettes! It's been a dreary rainy day here in Florida and a migraine has been my only friend today. So I decided to get my hair done. Today was just a cut and style but tomorrow will be COLOR! I'm excited to have someone else work on coloring my hair instead of me. There's nothing worse then staining your nails and face various shades of hair dye when you have a beauty blog, haha. 

Anywho, today's look features a funky french using Color Club Ultra Violet, a neon purple with green/blue shimmer, and Sally Hansen Lightening, a yellow creme. This is also the beginning of a new nail shape for me. I have really been loving the claw like shape often seen on Lady Gaga and Rihanna so I'm slowly working into that transition.

 2 coats of Lightening, 1 coat Seche Vite.
 Don't mind my janky thumb, lol.

I started off with 1 coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats Lightening, 1 coat of Seche Vite. Once dry I applied tape to achieve my pointed funky french, followed by 2 coats of Ultra Violet, and 1 last coat of Seche Vite. I originally wanted to try a triangle tribal design but failed hard on my thumb and did my best to fix it without removing polish. You win some you lose some and this mani was pretty fun on it's own! 

Also, check out my new ring in the last picture! Isn't it beautiful? I found this beauty down in one of my off the wall shops in St.Augustine and instantly fell in love. She's a drusy quartz crystal and she's all mine! They say drusy crystals dissipate negative thoughts and emotions which is always a plus. As always I wish there was a polish to match! Sigh...lacquer head problems.

Thanks for looking!