Saturday, July 31, 2010

Vampire Challenge Entry + Bonus Pics

Happy Saturday! I wanted to make a very quick post of my PHD vampire entry. If you haven't already, check out the other fab entries. I also included pics of super easy nail art I did a couple of weeks ago.

...............Well I have to go now. Today is my daughter's birthday party and I have so many things to do. Have a great day!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blue Ice Water Marble

I gave water marbling a try again. I originally wanted to use lemon and lime, but they didn't work so well together. I wanted my nails bluer, but as you know, marbling can be unpredictable. I'm happy with the results though :)

Please excuse any messiness. I didn't realize I was out of tape until I started (he he). So clean up was a drag. The pics are from day 2 and I still couldn't get them totally clean.

Products used:
Nicole - It's Up to You
Wet n' Wild - Bijou Blue
LA Colors - Live



Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great polishing day!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blue Monday

Someone has a case of the Mondays and here's a quick post to go with my Monday blues. Claire's Mood Polish in Flirty/Shy. The accent finger is foiled.

Shy (in warm water)

Flirty tips (in cold water)

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're having a not-so-blue day!

Floral & Teal Mani

I'm in the process of organizing my nail polish today. We'll, I've been trying to organize it for weeks now with no luck. I originally purchased about 10 clear plastic bins, because I wanted to see the polish. But since Michael's had a clearance sale I snatched up a Melmer. I'll be putting it together later today.

I want to try to organize by color instead of brand. I think I have a lot of similar colors, so this will help to alleviate dupes, allow me to select colors faster and hopefully speed through my untrieds (which is massive). I think I need a Melmer for my untrieds alone :)

Anyways, today I wanted to share another foil with you. It's transparent so whatever polish color you select will show through. I choose white.
The full foil mani may be a bit much for most. But it's great as an accent nail. Here it is featured with Essie Turquoise & Caicos.

(indirect light)

(direct sunlight)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

So here's the Ugly first. I wasn't gonna share this mani but I figured why not. We all make mistakes right? Here's a foil application gone terribly wrong. I can't blame it on the quality of the foil because I did it over wet nail polish which is no-no. I think it would have turned out a lot better if I wasn't rushing.

On a brighter note, my daughter's foils turned out great. Sorry about the picture quality, she was in a rush to have dinner. How dare she :D
Well I'm off to bed now. I only had 4 hours of sleep last night so I'm a little tired. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Viva La Nails Glitter

I received a sample pack from Viva La Nails. They provide them free to beauty and nail bloggers. They were very generous and loaded me up with glitter, stickers, water decals, rhinestones and crushed shells.

I decided to try the super glitter first. I painted silver on the ring nail and attached the glitter using clear polish. It created a sequined gown effect.

I finished the mani off with WnW black polish and China Glaze Techno.

This product was provided to me free for review.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Golden American Manicure

Hope you all are having a great Tuesday! Here's a simple French using the Essence stamp kit from Ulta. I used Borghese Cristallo Shimmer over an American (French) manicure done using a Nailene kit. This was super easy to do. The French can be done free-hand because the stamps help hide imperfections. I used 2 coats of Shimmer because I wanted a golden appearance.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Betsey Johnson Dress Challenge

Mornin'! Here are my entries for Polish Hoarder Disorder's Betsey Johnson dress challenge. We had to complete a manicure that reflected a dress from her collection. Of course I couldn't pick just one, so I choose two. Both are my style and I would wear them in a heartbeat. These are not your ordinary dresses so I made my nails extra dramatic to reflect that!

Products used: WnW Black, WnW White, Nail Stickers, China Glaze Fairy Dust

Products Used: Black Lace, Fauxnad C02, LA Colors Electrified (Pink)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed what I came up with!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LA Girl Mr. Deejay

Happy Wednesday! Are you having a good night? DH is forcing me to watch "Man vs. Food". Have you heard of that show? The host goes around and samples unique foods. Most of them are really large portions and enough to feed a small family. I think this is the "man" channel, lol. He knows I'd rather watch anything else, so I'm sitting here picking off nail polish. The leopard mani managed to last 4 days, which is not bad considering the household chores I have to do. I was wondering if it would hold up while making meatloaf or if I would mysteriously find nail foil in my dinner. It managed to survive "go Poshe".

So, I finally had a chance to get my hands on a few LA Girl polishes. Here's 2 coats of Deejay which is a beautiful bold blue. It glows under UV light, but I don't have one of those on hand.

This polish is more beautiful in the sunlight but the first picture is more accurate. The application was smooth and opaque in 2 coats.

That's all I have for today. I have more swatches and another foil I'll post soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Leopard Foil Gradient Mani

Happy Monday! My day is blah so far but I hope yours is going better. If not, here's a little sunshine to cheer you up :D

This foil is called Wrapping Paper. I had to complete it twice because I forgot to apply a base color. It still wasn't completely opaque after applying a base, so I re-foiled the 1st two fingers. Can you tell the difference? If you look closely you can see the ridges on my pinky and ring fingers.

This foil is really bright and my least favorite so far, so I stamped over it. It would probably be better for the Holiday season, thus the name wrapping paper (ha ha). But I love the look with the leopard print stamped on top.

I switched it up to a French on the right hand. Yes, I'm lop-handed. I chipped 2 nails and decided to file them down instead of temporary wraps.

Well I hope this brightened your day, at least a little........... Until I polish again :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I think I'm in love with Mr. Wrong!

To describe this polish in one word would be "AMAZING". It has silver and golden-bronze glitter which is beautiful in the charcoal base. I only applied two coats and couldn't stop staring at my nails. At some angles it appears more silver and more bronze at other angles. I'm not sure how they pulled this one off at such an affordable price but it's definitely a must have. This is my first Hard Candy but I will be going back for more!

PHD Sponge Challenge and Twilight Saga Nails

Good morning! Hope you're having a great Saturday so far. My girls are on "10" today as usual, lol. They're outside playing right now, so I have a chance to upload a few pics. And the great news is I have a baby sitter for today, woo hoo (happy dance).

Here is the mani I completed for Polish Hoarder Disorder's Summer Sponge Challenge.

Products Used:
Color Club "Take Me To Your Chateau"
Essie - Turquoise & Caicos
Orange acrylic paint
Kiss Nail Stencils

I also forgot to post my Book Cover Challenge design. DH's computer was acting up again and that slows down the upload process.

For this design I used all acrylic paints, except for the face color. I thought these nails were creepy and wore them out for the movie (ha ha). Next time I'll matte the faces so that you can see them better. I think they turned out "okay" but not as nice as I would have liked.

That's all of the pics I have for now. I've restored and updated his computer again, so hopefully that's the end of my little computer drama. I have more pics to share and will try to get them up as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy polishing day!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Snake Skin Foil

Good morning Sunshines! I'm still working through my new foils and today I'll show you the snake skin design.

I selected a green base for this look but I think it would look great over neutrals to give a true snake skin appearance or over brights for a more unique look. The cool thing about the foil is once you apply the top coat it gives a slightly textured appearance.

For the base I used China Glaze Tree Hugger and a black Kiss nail art striper to create a fine line.

I hope you enjoyed this wild look. Thanks for stopping by and have a happy polishing day!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Golden Foil and Happy 4th!!!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you all are enjoying the fireworks and being safe. I wanted to share my sparkly mani for the day. It's a foil called "Rainbow Swirl" from Dollar Nail Art. This is my first time performing a "foil". Or shall I say my second because I practiced on my daughter's toes, lol.

The application was super easy after I got the hang of it. You have to be careful because if you don't transfer all of the foil you will have bare spots. So to prevent this I used China Glaze 2030 as a base. Overall I'm happy with the results and value of the foil. Its only $1 for a 5 foot role. The only down side is that you must buy at least $25 in goodies. And since everything on the site is $1 you will have a massive quantity of supplies, lol.

Well I have to go watch the fireworks. Have a safe night!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

And The Winner Is..........................................

Yay! I have a Winner!!!!

I'd like to thank everyone for participating in my first giveaway. I had a blast viewing your blogs, reading your comments and of course checking out your nails :)

Now on to the results. There was a total of 669 entries which includes prior followers that were automatically entered. I used to select the winner.

And the lucky lady is......................................... number 142, which is the user:


You're the lucky winner! I sent you an email. Please respond to claim your goodies!!!!!

If you haven't already check out her blog. Her nails are gorgeous!

Ayuu has 5 days to claim her prize. If for some reason she does not contact me within 5 days I will draw another winner.

Thanks again everyone for participating. I will host another giveaway soon!


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