Sunday, February 27, 2011

Glitter In The Air Swatch

As promised, today I'm sharing Glitter in the Air. The polish is filled with large blue and pink hex glitters, along with tiny blue, pink and silver. As with her other glitters, the pieces appear to be floating in jelly, although this time its more of a milky base. It went on sheer, but I continued to build layers up to 4 coats, as I wanted to capture the look in the bottle.

It was difficult to capture the bling in this beauty but its definitely there.

It also looks great layered. Here are a few looks I played around with.
Top row: Essie Splash of Grenadine, LA Colors Live, Essie Turquoise & Caicos
Bottom row: WnW White, Zoya Sweet, Zoya Crystal

Overall I'm happy with this gift from my dear hubby who continues to support my addiction :D

So what do you think? Will you add this polish to your glitter collection?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Essence Metallics

Hello beautiful! How are you tonight? I'm having a great weekend with my family. Hubby and I had a movie date and yesterday he picked up Glitter in the Air for me. How cool is that? I just had to have it after seeing L's, Bright Light's Big Color, beautiful swatch. I'll post pics tomorrow but today I'm sharing one of my lemming's from the Essence Metallics Collection. I've been waiting for them for so long and they finally arrived!

One of my favorites from the set is Copper Rules. I was afraid it wouldn't contrast well with my skin tone but I must say it looks great. I used the magnet from my L'Oreal polish because I couldn't get the Essence magnet to work. Please let me know if you have any techniques or tricks to share. I just couldn't figure it out, lol.

Its a shame these magnetic polishes weren't released in the US. They're a lot of fun and the design is an attention getter.

Well I have to get back to my family now. Thanks to everyone that entered my giveaway. I'll post results soon. Oh and I hope you can see the picture. It looks like image shack is acting up tonight.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Inspired Manicure

TGIS!!! Thank goodness it's Spring (almost). The weather here was great last week but now it's cold with freezing rain again. I wish I could snap my fingers and be taken away to a warm sunny day, but for now all I can do is dream about it with this spring inspired mani.

Pink - Zoya Sweet
Purple - Maybelline Goody Plum Drop
Blue - Finger Paints Blissfully Blue
Konad - M78
Chez Delaney - D23

If you haven't done so already, check out my giveaway. It ends tomorrow at 5pm US Central Time.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Camouflage & Holos

I was in the mood to do a foil the other day and this is what I came up with. The first time I tried this foil I used SH Going Green, but it was a little too bright as underwear. For this mani I used Avon Olive Green and it was the perfect match.

Here's Olive Green alone. OMG, this is some thick stuff. I only used 1 coat and it was totally opaque. It's has a muted out green effect that I'll have to get used to.

As promised here's swatch of Catherine Arley's 805. My first black holo! I'm very excited about this one. I was hoping it had more of a linear effect, but its still beautiful.

I'll post more swatches of the holo's soon. Have a great evening!

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Catherine Arley's Are Here! (Pic Heavy)

After a 2 month delay, my polishes have finally arrived! I ordered 10 Catherine Arley's after seeing Emerald Sparkled's detailed post about them. They are all really beautiful but my surprise favorite is 803, the army green holo. This color is definitely not for everyone. I like to call it a pretty-ugly color. Pretty to some and ugly to most =)

All of the polishes I ordered are holos. Some of them are not as strong as I had hoped but overall they are still beautiful and definitely worth $3.50 a bottle. I'm not sure why the package was delayed. For whatever reason, the Bulgarian post office held the package for 30 days before shipping.

Here's a quick look at 803.
I stamped over it using Bundle Monster plate 21. The effect reminds me of Grandma's curtains :)

Just to let you know, over the next few days I'll be updating my blog. If you see any "test posts", please ignore them. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ceramic Rose Manicure

Oh my gosh yall, I survived my mid-terms! I'm still super tired and trying to recuperate from lack of sleep. I really missed painting my nails and checking out your blogs last week. I managed a peak here and there after I earned it with a few hours of studying, but I was so busy I forgot to order the CG crackle polishes. I guess my wallet is happy about it but I'm not :(

So anyways, I was excited to paint my nails today. Last night I saw an amazing manicure from Allya at PaintedTips. This is my attempt at recreating it. I cheated and used ceramic roses instead of drawing them on. I've been wanting to try a ceramic mani for the longest but I had no idea where to start. Thanks Allya for your inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Just a quick post to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!!!

And here's my Valentine mani. This image plate was very difficult to work with but I like the results. I never knew what people meant when they said a plate was engraved too deeply. I had to scrape the images 2-3 times before I got a good stamp, and don't even think about cleaning the plate with cotton balls. You may as well throw it into a plate of acetone :)

I guess the problems were worth it because the mani turned out great.

Chez Delaney - Image plate A34

I hope all your Valentine wishes came true today. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Few Valentine Inspired Manis

Yay! I finally got a chance to post a few pics. I'll be really busy again this week so thought I would combine all of my pics into one post. Most of them are Valentine's like manis.

The first was done using Shirley image plate A15. This is my first time trying out her image plates and the designs are really feminine which I like. I stamped with SH insta-dry Racin' Red.

This was done using the letter image plates along with the "Love" stamp from Chez-Delaney D-series D24. I almost didn't post because I couldn't get a good picture of the mani.

Here I randomly placed a few Klean Colors hearts over WnW White and CG Fairy Dust. I don't have the exact name of the polish because I had to decant the hearts from the bottle. The top got stuck and I had to cut it off, lol.

My last and favorite mani was also done using the Shirley image plates B09. I almost didn't buy this one but I'm glad I did. I stamped over Nicole by Opi Sheer Fun.

I hope you enjoyed the pics. It's a beautiful day out and the last thing I want to do is study, but I only have one more week until Spring Break! Talk to you then.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My Funny Valentine

I've been super busy this week with a series of tests, quizzes and papers. But I wanted to share a Valentine mani inspired by Dorian from Kiss My Acetone. I always managed to overlook this image, but it creates a very cute and fun look for Holiday!

Products Used:
Konad - white and pink
Sally Hansen - silver sweep
Klean Color - hearts
Image plate - M73

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kitty Meets Zebra - A Wild Look for the Weekend

This started off as a swatch of Sea Spray, which is beautiful by the way, but I ended up smudging my nails so I stamped over it. I don't think I'll ever tire of animal prints.

These were made using China Glaze Sea Spray, White Cap and Misa Hot Couture.

My thumb nail is too large for the single stamp, so I double stamped it with half zebra & half kitty from M57. I only used White Cap to cover the bottom 1/3 of my nails.

It's a wild, yet mellow look. I'm slowly beginning to fall in love with neutrals.

I hope you enjoyed this design. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fun With Crack

Here are a couple of looks I played around with over the weekend. I purchased this white Kracklepolish from Transdesign for about 3 bucks which isn't bad at all. I used a regular base & topcoat to fill in the cracks and then Poshe on top of that. The effect is different from shatter polish but I still like it. It reminds me more of real cracks you would see in cement. I know China Glaze is also coming out with a white crackle soon and I think it would look great over various colors

And here's a purple crack polish from BK. I believe this one is only available internationally. I received it from Thriszha in a swap, so I'm not sure where else you could find them. All I know is that I am in love with this color combination.

So what do you think about crack polish? I personally had to get used to the look but now I'm really liking it. I'll also be getting a few of the China Glaze crack polishes when they're released, especially Crushed Candy the gorgeous teal. Are you getting any?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sylish Blogger Award & Valentine Mani

I was tagged with the Stylish Blogger Award!!! First I would like to say thank you to all of the following ladies:

MJ from JustSomeNailsbyMJ
Morgan from Pass the Polish Please
Dolly from A Day in the Life of Dollface
LadyLash from No Naked Nails
Loodie from Loodie Loodie Loodie
Angeles from Jugando Con Mis Unas
SarahLouise from SpellBounding Nails
Shadow from ShadowNails

Second, I would like to apologizes for taking so long to post this! My life is turned upside down when school begins. Yay for a snow day and time to have some fun :)

So the rules for this award are:
Thank and link the person who gave you the award.
Write 7 random facts about you.
Give this award to 15 other Bloggers and notify them about it!

7 random facts.....................hmmmm, well here goes:

1. I'm obsessed with image plates! I want them all. I can map a line from here to downtown with all of the plates I own.

2. I love exercising and staying fit (at least in the summertime). Once the cold weather hits, I'm a total slacker. I barely have the energy to get out of bed. I can just sit home all day and eat twinkies and drink coffee.

3. Speaking of coffee, I'm a total coffee junkie. I drink 5-6 cups a day and more when I have an exam.

4. I get 5-6 hours of sleep a night. My school schedule is hectic and throws my sleep cycle off, then I'm miserable for 4 months. If I don't get at least 7 hours of sleep I'm a total crank monster.

5. I've learned how to take an exam on only 3 hours of sleep. I read that you should never do that, but I'm always afraid of failing so I go over the material over and over. My motto is "Go to sleep and wake-up with an F"!

6. I love romance movies. With all this free time on my hands I just may watch Pride & Prejudice. It's one of my favorites :)

7. I love projects and trying new things. DH always wonders what I'm going to do next............

.......and here's a Valentine themed mani to match the Award.

Lastly, I'm supposed to tag 15 people with this award. But how can I choose only 15 from so many great bloggers! So if you're reading this, you've been tagged!!!!


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