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.