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Monday, September 15, 2014

Let's love love

Good morning!

On Saturday I officiated at my cousin's wedding. It was gorgeous outdoor event at twilight. My cousin looked gorgeous and her groom was so sweet and adorable. I had to come up with a ceremony on the fly and I kept it pretty short because they were sooo nervous and anxious. It all turned out well and it was super fun!

I had to do special nail art of course, so this what I came up with:



I was inspired by the wedding invitations which were white with black lace. I didn't want to do a white base so I chose SpaRitual In the Buff  as my base. It kinda goes with the negative space trend in nail art, so win!


I used a Fingrs plate for the lace design and Love text and Pueen plate 29 for the bows. MoYou stamping polish in black and Fingrs stamping polish to stamp the designs.

Simple, girly and elegant!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Duck Out The Jams

Good afternoon!

Today I bring you the first Duck Day manicure of the 2014-2015 season! This week the spirit color was white.



The look breaks down this way:

Base is Pure Ice Platinum Base Coat
Konad Special polish in yellow and green for the stamps
Pueen plate #44
On middle finger, cling wrap marble with Orly Lucky Duck and Hook Up



Ducks beat South Dakota 62-13. Nice start but the first challenge of the season comes next week against Michigan. I won't lie, I'm nervous!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Going in circles

Good morning!

As usual, I'm super busy but never too busy for nail art!



The weekend before last, I spent the night with my sister and we had a little nail party. I did a fun pedi on her and she gifted me a $OPI crackle she had picked up at Big Lots. She didn't know it was a crackle and would've kept it but as she said, "I was doing something wrong." So I took it off her hands because I'm just sad for nail polish orphans.

I ended up using it over Color Club Silver Lake only because I did not have time to do anything else or apply three coats of Silver Lake. So I got this:


When I got home, I used Pueen plate #37 and did this:

 
I used MoYou black stamping polish which worked really well but did get a little smudged upon application of Out The Door. Le sigh...



I loved this look and I know this design will bee seeing a heavy rotation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Black Coffee Blues

Good afternoon!

I recently go the Pueen Love Elements stamping plate set and I have been going nail art crazy!
I've been so inspired, that I keep coming up with all kinds of ideas. So yay!




The coffee cup design is too cute so I knew I would have to do a tribute to my second favorite beverage.


I used Orly Country Club Khaki as my base and Orly Buried Alive to stamp with.
The cups are from Pueen plate # 30. The "coffee rings" are from plate #47.


I love my coffee mani...now to find something to pay tribute to my favorite beverage, WINE.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Aqua Dream

Good afternoon!

Today I have another of the brilliant yet bad smelling Kleancolor Metallics. These are hands down the best metallic polishes I have ever used.


Metallic Aqua isn't so much aqua in my opionon. This is a metallic teal to me. Argue amongst yourselves as to what it is. What you need to know is that this is two coats that dried really, really quick.


The formula is very thick but applies nicely with hardly any drag. As always, I like to inform you that these smell terrible but it dissipates quick .





These are also really fab for stamping. So I think you should definitely buy them.Just make sure you use them in a room with good ventilation.

I bought the full Kleancolor Metallic collection at BeautyJoint.com for less than $40 last year. I still see them all over Amazon so it's not too late to get you some!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nice day for a wedding

Good morning!

I was away for awhile due to a very busy week. My nephew got married on Saturday and the week was full of activities. My brother came from Texas for the wedding so we had a belated birthday party for him, an early birthday celebration for the groom and we squeezed in a concert at the fair to see my sister's favorite band, Tesla. It was a lot of fun but it was exhausting!

I was at a loss for a special manicure for the event until I found a new dress. I was thrift shopping down in Roseburg and happened upon a great dress that was cute, comfy and best of all, under $10 bucks. It was perfect for the event and I'm going to be wearing it very frequently. Behold...


 

It was super cute and it had POCKETS! Perfect to keep my lip balm and red lipstick on me at all times.Since it had so much color, I needed that on my nails too. I couldn't resist the inspiration to "match" my dress so I did this:


I love doing confetti nails because they are so easy, quick and delightful. Confetti nails are easily customizable as well. I hose to do my dots over my base of Nail Magic but you can do this over a solid base of color as well.





What I used:
Essence doting tool
Pure Ice Platinum Magic
Orly Snowcone
Apple Coral polish (swatches to come)
Kleancolor Metallic Orange, Teal, Fuchsia and Green 
Color Club Daisy Does It

I loved how it came out and it really coordinated nicely with my dress.

The wedding was lovely and held in a cute little chapel in Creswell. I loved that they even rang the church bells once the ceremony was over. My nephew looked so handsome and his bride was stunning. My eyes got a little leaky particularly when she sang to my nephew. *sniff*

It was great time and I was so happy for them and glad that my brother could come. Now to deal with the fact that my nephew is all grown up!


Friday, July 18, 2014

"Owlin" Around

Good afternoon!

I really enjoyed Finger Paints Poolside Paradise Collection so the last time I trolled through Sally, I picked up what was most interesting to me. I was inspired to also use a Finger Paints glitter I picked up last year but never swatched. Problems solved.




Hula Aruba is a super rad glass fleck yellow that is very similar to Color Club Daisy Does It. (Another fave.) However the Color Club is a bit duochrome with some subtle green flash that Hula Aruba does not have.
It applied gorgeously and dried quickly. It's nicely buildable but three coats will still have some VNL.
I decided to grab my bottle of Owlin' at the Moon and do a sorta kinda jelly sandwich. It was more the thought of could it work for Duck Day manis in the fall but still fun to do.



I applied two coats of Hula Aruba and then one generous coat of Owlin' at the Moon. I finished it off with one more coat of Hula Aruba and Out The Door.

I loved how sparkly and shiny it was. Then I realized that the Mylar shard glitters are not really my cup o'tea. It definitely works insofar as the colors but I'm not in love with it. 

I bought both of these at Sally Beauty Supply in 2013 and 2014 respectively. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Ablaze" in the Northern Sky

Good day!

Today I have another beauty from the Orly Baked Collection. I bought a mini set at Sally and gave my sister Hot Tropics and Saturated out of it since I have the full size bottles. I didn't know how I was going to love Ablaze so buying the mini seemed like a good idea...


Orly Ablaze 
three coats


It was a good idea to buy the mini EXCEPT now I need the full size bottle and my Sally sold out of it all. Le sigh...online shopping it is then.



Ablaze leans really orange on me but it's an orange-y coral with glorious golden shimmer. It 's vibrant enough that you do not need to layer it over white at all.  I can only imagine what this would be like layered over white. It's pretty retina searing as is. I still had a tiny bit of VNL but nothing major. Dry time was exceptional and the formula is smooth and perfect.

I got this at Sally Beauty Supply in a 4 pack mini set. It was marked at $9.97 but I used a 15% coupon and paid less.

P.S. if you get the musical reference in the post title, I will give you a virtual cookie.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Suuper...Man...

Good day!

I wanted to give you a break from my Mexican haul to share an Essence polish. Dear Bob, I love Essence. So cheap, so awesome, you can't go wrong. I am ridiculously devoted to their eyeliner pen. Essence is a very good thing.


Essence Super, man!


Super, Man! is a fab silver foil loaded with holo glitter. It reminds me a lot of Orly Dazzle plus delicious holo glitter. This is really thick but applies really nicely and dries surprisingly fast. It was a snotch gritty but nothing top coat couldn't smooth out. It does give one the shimmer herpes though.



My photos do not do this justice at all. I assure it is really loaded with holo glitter. If you can track this down, I highly recommend it!

I got this at the Fred Meyer by my house. I honestly do not recall the price but I know it was under 5 bucks and that's all that really matters.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Murica

Good day!

Really quickly showing my Fourth of July mani. And quicker yet breakdown. Ready?


Base on thumb is Essence Super, Man!
Base on ring is Urban Outfitters Silver Holo
Base on others is Revlon Streetwear in Midnight
Dots are Elf Silver, Color Club Wish List Red and Nicole by OPI It's ALL About The Glam
Stamp is Konad Special Polish in Red and Metallic Blue
Plate GCOCL K06



Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gold Line

Good day!

I'm doing my darnedest to get my Mexico haul swatched and posted.One of my regular visits is to La Isla Shopping center because they have a store that's pretty similar to Claire's called Kloom. Well three years since my last visit, Kloom closed and was now replaced with Chula. Honestly, wasn't much of a difference except the absence of Luchador stuff and a heavy emphasis on sandals. So, yeah. That said, I can move on to one of the polishes I purchased there.

Línea de Oro Unnamed Cobalt jelly



Línea de Oro is another Mexican brand of cosmetics. This is unnamed and had no ingredient list but you can be almost certain that it is not 3/4/5 free. It is however a gorgeous cobalt jelly.


Three coats, no top coat

This applies very thick and it is a bit streaky but I was enamored nonetheless. I was impressed with how quickly it dried in spite of its thickness. It does make application tricky and I suppose I could thin it out but I haven't. I just really adore the color.

I bought this ata store called Chula at La Isla Shopping center in Cancun. This was a whopping 35 pesos. Línea de Oro is only available in Mexico and appears only to be available to wholesalers but hey, you can check out their site HERE.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Olé Lady Olé

Good afternoon!

I have another purchase from Mexico. I have featured Lady Olé before after the last time I went to Mexico. You can check that out HERE. Anyway, let's move on to my newest member from the Lady Olé line.

Lady Olé Lillian


Lillian is a metallic navy loaded with lots of fine silver-ish glitter. It's gorgeous and sadly, looks really purple in my photos. Rest assured it's navy.

Three coats, no top coat


The formula is a tad thick and you most certainly need three coats for best opacity. Aside from that, it dried quickly and I was good to go in no time. I do need to state very clearly that this is not 3, 4 or even 5 free. This is full on toluene, formaldehyde and DBP packed. Then again, every single polish I have ever purchased in Mexico is not 3 free. With the exception of the Del Sol polishes I got ages ago in Cancun that is.
I don't have formaldehyde sensitivities or any other sensitivities so it's not a big deal for me. And I usually reach for my 3/4/5 free polishes before my "scary" monsters. 

I got this at Walmart in Cancun. I can't remember the exact price but I'm pretty sure it was 45 pesos. Plenty of money left over for beer and tequila!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It's a TRAP-eze!

Good day.

It took me awhile but  I managed to cross a lemming from my list and then it took EVEN longer to get the goddamn thing swatched. But I have done so!






I know it's lame to use an Admiral Ackbar meme but I do what I want. So there.


It's a Trap-eze was a long time lemming particularly since I wasn't all that enamored of the Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away collection. But I cannot say no to a milky glitter. I actually bought this last fall when I hauled the entire Kleancolor Metallic collection bit I only just got to wear it now. What can I say? Shit's been rough, yo. I been busy paying my bills. 


I'm so glad I was able to snag it as it never showed up at my local Sally. Oddly enough, it makes me think of Fruity Pebbles in milk. Weirder yet that I no longer eat cereal and hate milk so it must have been a childhood flashback. I used three coats here because that's just what I do. Two would probably be fine and the dry time was really good considering I did not have high expectations. I love it so very much.

I got this at BeautyJoint.com way back in what, September, October?  It was the only place I could find it and yay!