Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Def Defying & Gold Holo Stars

Hi, darlings!  When I was stuck at 666 on my FB page the other day & asked you to share with your friends to bump it up a little, my page insight notifications said that over 150 people were reached, so thank you all for trying! :)  I am still at the same number of followers, but that's ok because I love you all who are here!

I haven't had a chance to put something new on yet so I want to show off a gorgeous green and some neat 3D nail art from The Vault.

This is one of my favorite greens: China Glaze Def Defying from the Cirque du Soleil Collection.  It's a beautiful creme polish; sort of chartreuse, a lime green almost.  The application is super smooth, which is one reason I love it so much!  I used 2 coats for this mani and wore it plain for a day or so before I decided to try out the awesome 3D gold holographic stars my hubby bought for me from Sally Beauty.  These stars are such an awesome stocking stuffer!  He also threw in some pink holo flowers of the same persuasion - super cute!

I applied the stars when my light layer of Seche Vite was still a little sticky and then I put another thin layer over them because a few points were sticking up a bit. For the most part the stars lay pretty flat & I love the look!  I think the gold holo pops nicely off the green and I wore it for as long as I could. ;)

What do you think?  And what are you all up to lately?  Would anyone like to collaborate a guest post or a swap or a giveaway or something similar?  Just a little fun something to refresh ourselves and to get some traffic on the ol' blog?  Let me know!  Best way to contact me is my email or Facebook.  Talk to you all soon! :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I Implore You!!!!

Turtlechick12 - I'm so embarrassed, but I can't figure out which blog is you!  Someone help me out! ;)

Also, everyone else please feel free to leave your blogs in the comments so we can all see!  Also, did you get anything today from Llarowe? ;)  I finally snagged Jindie Tried & True (on my Wish List forever!) and I got Smitten's Purple Polka-dotty!  Woo hoo!

My First Emily de Molly Polish

I have coveted Emily de Molly polishes since the moment I saw them but I have never been able to get any of them.  I have so many on my wish list!  Recently I found one for sale on a Swap Board that I have never even seen before!  "Ursula" is such a perfect name for this EdM.

"Ursula" is a periwinkle shade with a subtle purple shimmer.  The black glitters, hexes and small circles, were fairly easy to get out of the bottle.  I used 3 coats of it to be fully opaque and have some hexes laying on top of my nail.  This polish has a hand-written name label and the brand label is quite worn.  I haven't ever seen it before - maybe it's an old or limited edition shade?  Anyone know?
I paired this lovely shade with "Fetish," by Cult Nails. This black polish is a little something different for you lovers of dark shades!  It has a waxy finish that is so unique and sexy with an elegant twist, I think!  I originally used two coats with no top coat last night but it was already taking a bit of a beating so I threw a third coat on for the pics.  Not sure yet if the scratches & dents were because I was in mommy mode before it dried or if this is normal wear.  I love this polish though & I really want the new wax top coat that Cult Nails will be releasing so I can do this to other colors!

What do you think of these?  Have you ever seen "Ursula" before? 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Elixir Lacquer's With a K

Hi everyone!  Here is a swatch from The Vault for you.  The very first giveaway prize I ever won (before I had a blog) was Elixir Lacquers's With a K. This super sparkly hot pink had been on my wish list for a long time because I once saw it in a tape mani with black and the depth was amazing. I have yet to duplicate that mani but here is a swatch of With a K.

This is actually about 4 coats on each nail. It's a beautiful color but I wasn't happy with how sheer it was so I had to pile it on.  When I looked at my nails it was completely worth the trouble, but when I looked at the bottle I couldn't believe how much of the polish I had actually used to do one mani!  Somehow the formula is thick but sheer. Weird!  Anyway, the multiple layers and shredded glitters mixed with sparkles are perfect to create depth!  Now I want to make a new mani and try out the taped off black....  Hmmmm...

You can get Elixir Lacquers at www.elixirlacquers.com and their Facebook page www.facebook.com/elixirlacquers

"What's your poison?"  Do you have any colors from Elixir Lacquers?  What was the formula like for you?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wonder Woman!

Hi, all!  First I want to make a quick correction: in my last post I wrote that I was wearing Layla Hologram Mermaid TALE, when in fact the color is called Mermaid SPELL.  Whoops.  I seriously need more sleep.  And none of you called me out on it!  LOL  What's up with that? ;p

Today I have a gorgeous red mani to show you.  This beauty was created by Jess, the magnificent mind behind Glitter Guilty.  She created this polish and gave it to her Wonder Woman, her mommy, for Mother's Day!  I love this idea!  I want to make custom polish for my mommy!  Anyway, back on track: I am planning a Superhero birthday party for C and per her request everyone is invited to come dressed as a Superhero!  Naturally when I saw Jess's polish Wonder Woman I just had to have it!  I asked if it was available for purchase and the rest is history!

I followed Jess's suggestion and layered this sheer, sparkly polish over a red undie base.  I used Spoiled's Breakfast in Red (one coat).  The formula for Wonder Woman was pretty easy to work with.  The stars were a little heavy & sunk but they were super easy to get floating again; I just flipped my bottle for a few minutes, which is my usual routine for preparing to apply glitter polish.  The base formula has a shimmer to it that is very delicate and feminine!  I love that she threw that little extra in there.  It's not easy to see in the pic, but in person WOW!  The glitters consist of red and blue squares, and obviously the gorgeous little gold stars!  I don't usually love shapes in polish but this one would not have been the same without it.  Everyone should have this super polish on their shelf.
What do you think of this one?  Sorry for the short post today, but E and I have a lunch date with some of the ladies I used to work with!  Gotta get him fed & get out the door.  Talk to you all soon! :)

You can find Glitter Guilty available for purchase HERE!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

20% Cooler & Mermaid Spell

Hi, darlings! Thanks for hanging in there for me while I try to sort out a good balance for myself and the family while we run on less (minimal for me!) sleep.

Before I show you my mani here is a quick update, if you're interested! Baby E is doing so well! I am breastfeeding so I am usually feeding him every 2 hours and I'm so sleepy! But of course R is a big help and sometimes takes a night shift with a bottle. C is an amazing big sister! She is very attentive and helpful and always wants to hold the baby. E was a month old yesterday, you guys! Can you believe it?! I can't. If you are a FB friend of mine you have the pleasure of watching my babies grow! ;)

Ok, ok, on to business! The day before yesterday I was determined to wear Rainbow Honey's 20% Cooler from the Equestria Collection. It was a lemming of mine for a very long time and I finally got it from a blog sale a while back. I love this polish! I have no complaints about it at all. It's a mix of rainbow colored glitter in a very sheer blue base, just as it appears in the bottle. Application is super easy, no digging for glitter and it's easy to place evenly. This is one coat. I also used my usual G&G HK Girl top coat over the mani.

I wanted to put 20% Cooler over a similar blue base, and I chose to use Layla Hologram Effect #06, Mermaid Spell. I really wanted to see how the holographic undies would look with the array of glitter colors! Application for Mermaid Spell was miserable, you guys. The first coat practically didn't exist because it was so sheer. I let it dry - IT WAS DRY - and the second coat drug the first one around and created patches. UGGGH. Don't you hate when that happens? And then I dabbed & applied coat 3 to try to even it out and got the almost same results. Oh for crying out loud. So I gave up on it because I was putting that sheer blue based glitter on top. But I assure you I am holding a grudge. Also, if you did not have this problem or don't mind multiple layers of polish to reach opaqueness & want to buy (or swap) my Layla Holograms (I have 3, 1 unused) feel free to make an offer! I have other holos that impress me more. 

What do you all think of this mani?! Heck, comment me anything! I miss you ladies! What are you wearing on your nails? What is new in your world? Next post will be so fun: I am gonna try out my new polish from Glitter Guilty called Wonder Woman. It is sooooo pretty! Jess of Glitter Guilty did a spot on job with this creation for her mom for Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Limited Edition Polish: Fruity Pebbles by A Girl Obsessed

I have on a combo that I absolutely adooooore!  A while back Sam of A Girl Obsessed created a neon glitter polish topper in her Etsy Shop called Fruity Pebbles which came with a disclaimer regarding fragile glitter.  Sam let us know that the glitter was breaking apart in a way that it looked just like Fruity Pebbles but it may be upsetting to some buyers - but not me!  I wanted this baby the second I saw it:
Gorgeous right?!  When I used the polish recently I could tell that the breakdown on the big hexes was pretty extreme; I have some clear glitters on my nails that you can see if you look very closely.  However, it definitely achieves the "fruity pebbles" effect and I honestly love the way it turned out on my nails!  I also wasn't sure what to use to show this polish off the way I feel it needs to be shown off, so I asked Sam what to use.  She recommended pastels, so I headed for my Sinful Colors Sugar Rush Collection to pick undies.

I started with my Orly Top and Bottom, then I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing, a gorgeous teal pastel shade.  This is one medium coat of Fruity Pebbles, mostly dabbed on.  I didn't really have to fish for the glitter, it came out pretty easily and went on smoothly.  I love the way there are random shapes of glitter because it's coming apart.  I think it really adds to the drama of the polish and the name just speaks for it perfectly!
This is my bottle of Fruity Pebbles, it's about a month old now.

 It's so bright and fresh!  It makes me soooo happy!  And I have gotten a lot of compliments on it. :)
What do you think?  Would you want a polish with glitter that is breaking down if it had just the right effect on the overall look?  Did you snag a bottle of Fruity Pebbles?  I would love to see your pics and hear what you think of this one!

You can find Sam's creations in her Etsy shop HERE, but hurry because she is temporarily closing the shop tomorrow!  She is very good about custom requests when she has a few spare minutes, as well!  Her dupes are super cute and her originals are never disappointing with a fresh pop of glitter combos so go check her out!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Naild'It Unique Polish's Purp... Excuse Me!

When this color was revealed on FB I was all over the Naild'It page looking for a release date!  I read comments & posts, and super stalked!  Then when the color was actually supposed to be released I waited up allllll night because I wanted it so bad but there was an issue with the restock so when it finally happened I misssssssed it!!!!  So the next time it was supposed to be released I madly refreshed the Naild'It etsy page over and over AND I GOT IT!!!

So, here is Purp... Excuse Me!  This polish was purchased by me.  It is absolutely stunning in the bottle and made me drool a little.  I was terrified I would put it on and be disappointed but nope, it is GORGEOUS on my nails!!!!

Ok! Commence one-handed typing with E in my arm!  Sorry if my post is all over the place - I'm so distracted now!

Purp... Excuse Me! is described as "a black jelly with a magenta shimmer, purple, fuchsia, light pink and teal glitters, including pink and teal holographic rounds."  I love that I found so many shapes in this polish.  The big glitters took a little effort to get out, but overall I didn't fish around too much.  The glitter spread evenly and beautifully and I didn't mess with placement at all!  If you're wondering, between both hands I got 4 big round glitters onto my nails.  This is a medium coat of glitter over a single coat of Sally Hsnsen's Black Out & topped with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl.

You can find this and other amazing creations HERE!
What do you think of this look?  And about my new, shorter, baby-friendly nails?  ;)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sugar Spun Nails

Hey, all! I have a cute mani to show you that I did a while back when I first learned about the sugar spun mani. I know I haven't been around much lately, but I am spending all of my time with E and sleeping when I can, etc. I haven't done anything impressive with my nails lately and I actually even trimmed them down so that I don't scratch the baby.

I hope you all forgive me for being absent lately! Anyway, here is the mani! I used OPI Pedal Faster Suzi as the base and the green is Spoiled Permission to Proceed. I actually have no use for this Spoiled color EXCEPT for this style mani, because as you may know it is incredibly sheer. It's the worst polish I own in terms of formula, even 6 coats leave VNL & patches. Over white isn't much better.

What do you think? Have you tried Spun Sugar? Once you get started it's very easy!