Friday, December 19, 2014

OPI DS Indulgence, Orly Voyeuristic Adventure, & Bundle Monster

So I had my first ever manicure/pedicure appointment last Tuesday and it was fun! I was initially drawn to OPI Teenage Dream because I don't have it and OMG GLITTER but OPI DS Indulgence caught my eye and I figured it'd be a bit more holiday-y than a cotton candy glitterfest. lol

I also got OPI DS Tourmaline on my toes and it's so sparkly and pretty and girly, a perfect toe polish! I'll have to be on the lookout for that one and DS Titanium as well, both are really pretty.

Another reason I chose Indulgence was because I knew I could stamp over it when I got home! : P
I just received my recent Bundle Monster order and I truly love these plates... I got BM613, BM609, BM401, BM426, and BM415. I was especially looking forward to BM415, it's been on my wishlist for a while- I love all the designs! I'll try to get a pic of my new plates, they're great!

I've really been wanting to play with some gear imagery, so stamping with Orly Voyeuristic Adventure I used both BM415 and BM609 to create some accent nails.

Sally Hansen Moonstone, NOPI Challenge Red-Y, & Born Pretty

Christmas nails! YAY!

I didn't want to spend a lot of time on them since I knew I had a manicure appointment coming up, so I just had fun and did some simple stamping and glitter-fying.
I did learn that two coats of Sally Hansen Moonstone makes a nice pearly base for stamping, I then used NOPI Challenge Red-Y and Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the stamping and as undies for Funky Fingers glitterbomb Fra-Gee-Lay.
The stamping plate I used is Born Pretty 01, it stamps really well!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hit Polish To Space & Beyond and my 1st Deborah Lippmanns!

I've wanted a Deborah Lippmann polish ever since I saw the bottle... it's so chunky and weighty and lovely!

Lately, Ultas that carry the line have been clearancing some of the bottles out. I was able to get Boom Boom Pow, Lara's Theme, Walking on Sunshine, and Spring Buds for ~$2.50 each. I'll take it! The three cremes aren't much to write home about, but I figure I can always use them as undies for more interesting polish. Plus, they make a cute mini collection... and I would've felt bad leaving any at the store- they belong together!

And to continue with the awesome polish news, I received my second Hit Polish order! YAY!
I need to take a haul picture, I purchased four drop-dead gorgeous glitter bombs and lots of delicious-smelling cuticle oils. The first polish I tried out is To Space and Beyond, a blue/gold/holo glitterfest. The density is just perfect and it applies like a dream, it even dries smooth! I layered it over two coats of OPI Ink (a gorgeous flecky blurple).

On two fingers, I layered a couple coats of Lippmann Boom Boom Pow over Orly Voyeuristic Adventure.
On the rest, I did two coats of OPI Ink and stamped a sweater design using the Orly and MoYou Festive 6. Love that plate!

I've been enjoying these mix and match looks, it keeps things interesting and I'm able to try out more polishes and stamp images. Plus, I don't have as many nails to stamp crooked! lol

Monday, December 8, 2014

BBF stamping plates 07 & 30

I'm getting the hang of my new BBF stamping plates from Brazil. They're not etched quite as deeply as MoYou so you need to work a bit faster, but the designs are pretty spectacular!

This is two coats of Revlon Rain Forest stamped with Orly Voyeuristic Adventure using BBF07 topped with NY Color Grand Central Station.

Playing around with Sinful Colors Cool Grey and Black on Black with BBF30... I didn't keep it on long enough to do clean up, but will definitely be remembering this combination for later!

China Glaze Not in this Galaxy & Hit Polish Pegasus

Added a coat of Hit Polish Pegasus over China Glaze Not in this Galaxy- it's such a great glitter, really jazzes up any color!

Friday, December 5, 2014

China Glaze Not in this Galaxy

Yet another instance of me playing with polish too long at night, not leaving enough time to do a proper complete look, and having to throw *something* on my nails right before I get out of the car at work the next morning!

This is China Glaze Not in this Galaxy from their Hologlam collection. It applies easily and dries super quick, this is two coats. I figured I'll try stamping over it this evening, see what I can come up with.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tips & Toes BL103 & and Khroma Crush

FUN!! AC Moore is selling polish! Called Tips & Toes, they can be purchased for 3 for $5 just like 5 Below. They had lots of colors and I like the bottles, they're skinny rectangles and they'll fit so easily next to each other in the Helmer.
I picked out three, all have code names vaguely based on the color... meh on that. This is BL103, which is either for blue or black. Probably blue since this is just the richest, deepest navy blue/purple/black. And it has micro holo... super pretty! It does dry a bit gritty and the holo density doesn't *quite* translate as well to the nail as in the bottle, but for $1.66 I will absolutely not complain! Plus! The formula is super pigmented, it's almost a one-coater. It's just when you hold your nails up to the light that you can see the streaks. Two coats takes care of that.

I added a layer of Khroma Crush holo glitter top coat, this is a nice addition to my holo glitter collection! I was in Ulta looking at Zoya Imogen, but saw this in the clearance section and figured I could replicate Imogen by using this over black.

I did use NY Color Grand Central Station top coat over everything. There is still some bumpiness, but everything is glossy and I loves it! Super simple outerspace look, the Tips & Toes polish is especially neat... it has this subtle royal blue cast that I honestly can say I've never seen another polish do. I just catch glimpses of it, but it goes away if you look too hard for it. I'm so impressed! It's a great polish.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas stamping!

I've been having fun with some holiday looks, both are stamped of course!

For this look, I used China Glaze Glittering Garland (green glitter) and Define Good... (metallic burgundy), Orly Voyeuristic Adventure (champagne gold), SinfulShine Wisp (white creme), and Sinful Colors Holiday Rebel (Christmas glitter). The holly and stars were stamped using MoYou plate Festive 06... love that plate!

I used MoYou Festive 06 again, this time the snowflake design. I started with two coats of OPI 4 in the Morning, a satin black and stamped using Orly Voyeuristic Adventure and Fresh Paint Dreamcatcher and Arrowhead (metallic blue and pink). The Fresh Paints stamped quite well, cleanup was a bit more involved since they have some kind of micro flake in them and my cleanup brush wasn't doing a good job picking the extra up, just kinda smeared it around. A good handwashing once the polish dried took care of the little glittery bits afterwards though.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Circuit Stamping otherwise known as the reason I got into stamping!

It was seeing the circuit board stamping designs online that totally made me swoon and got me into stamping... I love them so hard! : )

This is a couple easy-peasy coats of China Glaze OMG a UFO followed with either a layer of Orly Mirrorball (gorgeous!) or stamping with Sinful Colors Black on Black. I used MoYou's SciFi 06 plate... it stamps beautifully of course! The level of detail attained with even an inexpensive polish is so impressive, this makes me so happy!
I'm not quite as happy about how my left hand nails are nubbin-y again, but at least a lot of the stamping designs I have will look cute on them.

MoYou Festive 06, NOPI Challenge Red-Y, & Fresh Paint Coconut

My first holiday look of the year! This is a couple easy coats of Nicole by OPI Challenge Red-Y, one of the free polishes Kellogg's was giving away earlier in the year with the purchase of specially marked cereal. The cream is Fresh Paint Coconut, it was not quite as easy to apply though I did just use one coat (careful application). I think the red and cream go well together, reminds me of vintage wool sweaters- which is perfect since I wanted to try out MoYou's Festive 06 plate.

I stamped with the same polishes, I'm pretty happy with how they stamped! I think I got lucky with how straight the design lined up on my nails... my right hand had a definite slanted look to it! lol Practice, practice!

My middle nail suffered a pretty bad break the next night and while I do think this design is cute on shorter nails, it looks wonky on different length nails (to me). I filed the rest down to somewhat match and am now rocking circuit board nails! Picture to come soon... : )

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More stamping fun!

SQUEEE! Stamping is just the best! If it's not obvious yet, I've been having lots of fun with my plates... especially now that I've received my MoYou order with the lovely XL stamper. It's seriously a night and day difference!

My latest haul...
China Glaze gift set (Define Good, No Peeking, and Dancing & Prancing)
NY Color Skyline Blue & Grand Central Station- my new favorite top coat!! Cheap, easy, and works great!
Dip-It polish remover from Target- works amazing! So much easier, especially for glitter. Orly Mirrorball (backup polish) & the free remover from Sally's
A couple Finger Paints polishes and the free holo phone/wallet case from Sally's Messy Mansion plates MM18 & MM24
Cheeky squishy rectangle stamper off Amazon
MoYou XL stamper and plates: Gothic 10, Festive 06, SciFi 06, Pro 04, & Fairytale 02
Not shown are the two Born Pretty plates I received yesterday, 01 and 24.

First time using the XL stamper and the Pro plate, this is Sinful Colors Black on Black over what I was wearing, China Glaze Don't Let the Dead Bite.

This is what I'm currently wearing, Orly Voyeuristic Adventure stamped over China Glaze Define Good using Born Pretty 24.

I was in love with my previous mani, this is OPI 4 in the Morning stamped with Orly Voyeuristic Adventure using MoYou Gothic 10. I love the cathedral windows and the face on my middle nail, so cool... and since it's a landscape designed plate, I was able to get images to cover my thumbs completely.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sinful Colors Vintage & OPI Oy! Another Polish Joke

Another nice combination, this is two coats of Sinful Colors Vintage and then a coat of OPI's pretty gold Oy! Another Polish Joke. Though everything dried smooth, I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for longer wear... going three days now!
Vintage is really nice, the formula has a good thickness making it easy to work with. Not really captured in the photos is the uniqueness of Polish Joke, it looks like super super fine milled gold, green, and copper glitter! Together, the two polishes really make an interesting look... equally green and gold, it shifts back and forth- love it!

I picked up Polish Joke for $1.69 on clearance at Ulta... my last name from my previous marriage is Polish and I love it- both the name and the polish! Polish polish! Ha!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Messy Mansion 24 - Revlon Stiletto, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, & SpaRitual Spellbound

My first stamped gradient! Yay! I feel like I've leveled up in nail art! lol Baby steps, I know!
On most nails, I started with Revlon Stiletto, a really nice opaque black creme. Using my already much loved Messy Mansion plate, MM24, I stamped the text with Sinful Colors' white creme, Snow Me White.
And lookit that! My pinky's all wonky! lol! I redid it a couple times, then had to cut my losses and go with this. : P

For accent nails, I started with a layer of SpaRitual's gorgeous deep red glitter Spellbound then using a makeup sponge, pounced Stilello and Spellbound over the base layer till the colors blended.

I topped everything with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. It not only will protect the delicate stamping details, but blended the red/black gradient a bit more. The fact that it helps me go to bed a bit earlier because of its quick drying talents is a huge perk, too!

OPI Today I Accomplished Zero

I picked this polish up from Ulta the other day, I was hoping it'd scan as being on clearance, but no such luck! I couldn't bear to leave it though since I've been wanting it for a while, so home it came. This is OPI Today I Accomplished Zero, from their summer 2014 Coca-Cola collaberation.

This is two very easy coats, the formula was thick, but in a way that made it super easy to get the polish in a nice curve along my cuticle. It did dry textured, a sort-of smooth bumpiness because of the glitter. I didn't top coat it, it didn't seem to really need it.

The polish is a bit of a bear to remove, the glitter wants to staaayyy on your nail and if it can't, it'll go everywhere else instead! I really need to pick up one of those plastic remover tubs, I've read they're great for glitter polishes.

Messy Mansion 24 - China Glaze Out like a Light & I'd Melt for You, Orly Mirrorball

I've discovered a couple things over the last week or so... one, I LOVE stamping! And two, I'm going to need to deal with the fact that I can not line up text on my pinky finger! lol!

I started with a lovely new China Glaze one-coat wonder, Out like a Light, a gorgeous dark grey creme. I then used China Glaze I'd Melt for You (also from their 2014 Holiday collection) to stamp. I recently received my Messy Mansion order- MM24 has been a need-to-own since the first time I saw it!

To mix it up a bit, I did a couple nails with Orly Mirrorball, it's such a pretty holographic polish with larger bits of holo glitter as well. It really is unique when compared to my other holo polishes!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Orly Androgenie, Piggy Polish Finger Festival, & Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond

Orly Androgenie, oh how pretty you are in the bottle!
Alas, your beauty does not *quite* translate to the nail, but that's ok, I still love you.

I started with a thick layer of Revlon Stiletto (black creme) then the pretty black Orly jelly, Androgenie.
The look wasn't quite the POW! I was hoping for, so I added some Piggy Polish Finger Festival (dense holgraphic glitter) on the tips then a layer of Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond (a not-so-dense holo glitter)over everything. POW! lol

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sinful Colors Let's Talk & Funky Fingers Anna

I swatched too long last night, ran out of time, and had to paint my nails in the car after I got to work this morning. Clean up? Please. lol
This is Sinful Colors Let's Talk, an amazing electric purple and Funky Fingers glitter Anna from their Frostbitten aka Frozen collection.
Two coats of Let's Talk covers well, but I really don't recommend polishing in the car. : P

Bundle Monster Sun-Kissed Collection 2014

I'm so happy with these! When the design transfers nicely, it's like magic! lol

I wasn't done wearing the combination of China Glaze Take a Trek and Hit Polish Pegasus, so I added some stamping from Bundle Monster's 2014 Sun Kissed collection. I purchased the set off Amazon and I love the designs.
I had to redo my thumbs, so I used China Glaze OMG a UFO and Sci-Fly By from the same Hologlam collection. The green in OMG a UFO didn't show through Pegasus as well in person, the blues did the best I think.
I'm so impressed how even the mermaid's teeny hand and arm stamped cleanly, especially since I'm only using the little pink stamper that came with the small Essence intro to stamping set I picked up at Ulta. My Cheeky stamper from Amazon is on its way... any day now! I may *also* be expecting plate packages from Born Pretty, Messy Mansion, AND Loja BBF! SQUEE!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hit Polish Pegasus & China Glaze Take a Trek

I really love discovering new companies that not only make a great product, but have reasonable prices and lovely customer service!

I placed an order with Hit Polish through their Storenvy site and I'm so glad I did! My only wish is that I could have purchased more! I've been enjoying the cuticle oils I received and I just tried out this amazing glitter polish last night.
Pegasus, besides having an awesome name, is really lovely. There's a ton of silver/irridescent shimmer and larger holographic glitters. The formula is a good kind of thick and all you need is one coat! I layered it over a coat of China Glaze Take a Trek... I think the blue pairs so nicely with the glitters and it looks so pegasus-y!

Finger Paints Enchanted Winter 2.0

Huh, I forgot that I'd posted about this polish before... well, more pics!

This is two easy peasy coats of Finger Paints Enchanted Winter, a coppery textured polish. I used this because I know it's pretty, application is simple, and it dries fairly quickly.
All good things when you've spent the entire evening swatching colors, not feeling any of them, and you have to throw something on because people would express concern at your stained nekkid nails at work the next morning. lol