Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pure Ice Limited Edition Temptress

Hello gorgeous! I'm so thrilled with these new Pure Ice polishes that debuted recently at Walmart. The new collection has glitters, metallics, suede finishes, and shimmery gorgeousness! I picked up only two of them, but I am in love with the ones I grabbed. The one I took pictures of was called Temptress.

Temptress is a beautiful blue leaning purple base with glowy gold and silver flecks. It's so shiny it almost looked like a foil when it was on, and it twinkle-shifted a little bit almost like a holo. The only thing with this mani was that I wished it was a little less silvery. But everything else about it was pure love. Temptress had an awesome full coverage formula and quick dry time. I believe this one was a suede finish, so it dried matte. However I looove how shiny it looks with topcoat.

This one almost looks holographic! It's not, but it sure is pretty, and for $1.97, you can easily indulge in this one. Rumor has it that these new colors are limited edition, so stock up on these pretties while you can!

Damn yous a sexeh chick.

Long time no see... Spam

Hello there all you lovelies! October was one hell of a crazy month for me. I just couldn't get myself to sit down and edit some nail pics. But there are a few layering combos and Halloween manis that I really enjoyed, and would love to share with you all!

First up is Butter London Wallis. I wore a bunch of these olive-y greens in October, and got compliments every time! I was pretty surprised because I wouldn't have thought that this murky green would be appreciated by anyone other than nail nerds like us. Of course Wallis is gorgeous, just look at that warm green/gold shimmery goodness.

Now this mani was inspired by someone's combo on MUA who used Wet n Wild Creepy Pumpkin over black. I wanted to kick it up a notch, so I did one coat of Creepy Pumpkin over two coats of an Essence navy jelly. The sparkle was gorgeous and had a gold to green shift! And I stamped a pumpkin on top from the second Bundle Monster set for fun.

And next up, Nubar Raspberry Truffle with Orly Godiva glitter on top. I loved this mani soooo much. Depending on the lighting, it could look more brown or purple in the base, but I loved the contrast with the pinky/gold shimmer and the bronze-y brown glitter in Godiva. It was twinkly and subtle but awesome. I hadn't worn this Nubar for like, two years, and I'm super glad I pulled it out, it's lovely!

And this was my day after election celebration mani. This is a franken that I made using a pink shimmer Sinful, and then loose matte yellow and orange squares, raspberry small shimmer, and orange hexes. Mmmm. Juicy. Then I added OPI Take the Stage tips because I had horrible shrinkage from Poshe topcoat.  Very cheerful mani. Me likey.

And my mani for election day, featuring China Glaze Ride the Waves, Revlon Slipper gitter, and the starry Kleancolor. This was a thick non drying mess, but I loved the final result. Sparkly! And I like the contrast between the red glitter in Slipper and the blue base.

Speaking of election day, the voting process is completely messed up. It took me and my friend three + hours of waiting in line at the first polling place, being told we didn't exist in the system and had therefor never  registered... Well guess what, I have voted in every presidential election since I was legal, and they're telling me I didn't exist. So they told us to go to a different school that matched a previous address of mine. Got there, still not found, still not allowed to vote, provisional or otherwise. Had one of the election helpers call their voting masters and they told me to go back to the original school. OH THE RAGE. It is ridiculously hard to carry out your civic duty when the voting gods are against you. But the original school did let me vote provisionally, but it was so frustrating. Anyways, here's my mani!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday Spam, Indie Edition! Lynnderella + Pretty Serious

So, I'm trying to spend the whole month with Halloween on my nails. I'm constantly chasing that joy that I felt  as a kid knowing that candy and costumes was just around the corner. I've got my Walking Dead marathon on right now, a few different Halloween frankens in the mix, desk covered in glitter, and I'm definitely feeling the season! My brand new keyboard finally turned up, so I'm able to type without having to press down on nasty, gummy keys. But I'm sure this one will be soaked with acetone and glitter soon enough!

First up for you, I have a really fun pairing: Lynnderella Cauldron Drippings over War Paint Beauty Purple Haze. Purple Haze is seriously one of my favorite polishes, definitely top 20. It's a deep gorgeous jellied purple with fuschia/purple and blue glass flecks. I thought it would give Cauldron Drippings a nice pop, and keep it super Halloween-y. For these swatches I did two coats of Purple Haze, (awesome formula), then dabbed on about 1 1/2 coats of Cauldron Drippings. CD had an ok formula, not too thick, but the glitter was kind of a pain to work with. That is to be expected with these types of chunky glitter though. I loved this mani because I had a sad coworker say that it cheered her up, and a few customers even dug them.

The next Indie polish I have to show you is from Pretty Serious. I lucked into this mani because my new roommate got a package of new Pretty Serious polishes and offered to let me try one. Awesome! And to keep in with my Halloween nail theme for the month, I chose an awesome murky brown polish called Morning Java. This color is so complex! It has a greenish brown/bronzey base with small gold glitters and smaller warmer micro gold shimmer, and I swear there are hints of teeny red/orange glitters in there as well. I only needed two coats for opacity, and it was a little thick, but not too hard to work with. I'm not complaining because there is a lot of goodness happening in this polish.

Glitter Herpes!!! Haha, excuse the mess, you can tell I've been frankening.

I love how it looks warmer or cooler, more green or more golden brown depending on the light! And of course I had to Halloween-ify it, so i added a coat of Orly Godiva, a brown metallic glitter, and a spiderweb decal. Love it! Thanks so much to my roomie Rach from Stuff I (S)watched for letting me borrow it!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

China Glaze Halloween Spam and Comparison

Soo... you all probably get it by now that I freaking love this month. This month is full of change for me: I'm changing jobs, figuring out how to go back to school for a different career, living in a new place... it's a lot. So my posts are a lot more sporadic, but I'm picking colors that make me happy. Of course I had to pick up a few of the new China Glaze Halloween Wicked collection.

 China Glaze Cast-a-spell = I LOVE THIS POLISH. It is full of sparklies and makes me feel like a crow with my sparklies. It's so hard to catch the awesomeness that is this polish. It's rich, velvety deep dark blackened green base with gold and green and orange super small flakes. It glows. I normally hate green polishes, but something about China Glaze glass fleck + Halloween = win for me.

And for those who might want to compare this gorgeous green with last year's Halloween green, Zombie Zest, here are four coats of Zombie Zest next to two coats Cast-a-spell.

 And China Glaze Zombie Zest from last years Halloween collection on its own. This color is so ugly-pretty. Like Exorcist pea-soup vomit on your nails, but sparkly! I love it. But I don't love how sheer it is. This is four coats and it shrank on me.

 And another from this year's Wicked collection, Bizarre Blurple. This polish is just downright sexy. I loved wearing this. The formula was great, the color is great.  BB has a medium/deep rich purple base with just a hiiint of dustiness in some lights, with a GORGEOUS bright blue flash. Enough words, here's pics.

And the iridescent glitter bomb of this collex, Make A Spectacle. This one is kind of a greener/ orange-er version of China Glaze Snow Globe. I did one coat of MAS and three coats of Icing's Eenie Greeny Mine-y Mo (no idea how to spell that name, lol.). I know this doesn't really show off MAS to it's full potential, but I wanted dragon scale nails!

Yum, glitter :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall-o-ween Franken

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm busting out the Halloween manis as early as possible this year, since my collection of Halloween polishes is bordering on the ridiculous (-ly awesome). I wanted to show you all my franken that's based on an old China Glaze polish that was a Sally's Beauty exclusive, Spellbound. I was never able to get a bottle of Spellbound, so I made one! Of course it's not exact, but it's close enough for me. I just mixed a little of a Sally's silver glitter mini polish with an LA Girl Addict Flamboyant polish. Shown here is two coats over Maybelline Cool Couture.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Spooky NOTDs

 I'm so happy fall is here! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I'm not wasting any time this year before I start my Halloween NOTDs. First up is one of my most beloved polishes, OPI Man of La Mancha, over FingerPaints Black Expressionism, with Black Expressionism stamped on top using Bundle Monster Plate 224. I love MolM because it has a reddish pink base with color morphing red to green shimmer that makes the polish super multichrome, anywhere from red to orange to gold to green. This is two coats over black.

 And another couple polishes that I love together, the ones from Sephora + Pantone Universe Tangerine Tango collection: Tangerine Tango Creme and Tangerine Tango Glitter. This was super shiny and sparkly. I used two coats of TTcreme and two of the glitter, then made it smooth using Gelous followed by Seche Vite topcoat.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Maybelline Color Show - Downtown Brown

I think I'm falling in love with chocolate colored nail polishes! I only have a couple browns, but this is one that I can really dig into. Downtown Brown is the first polish I've picked up from Maybelline's new Color Show line, and a really unique color to my collection. It's part of Maybelline's Limited Edition fall collection which has a few awesome duochrome colors, but only one that I thought was really unique. Downtown Brown has a rich warm brown base with a green to teal to blue/violet duochrome shimmer. In most light it looks brown with a silvery shimmer, but in the right light, magic!

This is three coats (though it looked pretty awesome at two) with a coat of Seche Vite for shine. The formula was good, which is a refreshing change from the goopy messes I've been using lately.

Yummy! It reminds me of mint chocolate chip icecream and Ande's mints.  If  you're looking for a good fall polish or love browns, I definitely recommend picking this one up!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dior Shadow NOTD

Hello! Finally got moved in and settled in to my new apartment that I'm sharing with Stuff I Swatched's Rachel. One of the first things we did as roommates was to do a Dior haul. I've never purchased anything from Dior and this is one of my first high end polishes. But when I saw the pictures of Dior Shadow I knew I had to have it. Dusty dark purple base with orange and red shimmer? Yes please!

The formula on this polish was pretty good, just leaning sliiightly into the thick side, but covered almost completely in one coat. I still did three coats for depth. This is also my first time using a Dior polish brush and I think there was a bit of a learning curve there. The brush was more rounded than I'm used to. But overall I love the smoky mysteriousness of this polish. I think it will be awesome for fall, and I definitely felt super chic and awesome while I was wearing it. Depending on the lighting, this color went from looking super dark almost dusty grey, to reddish violet in brighter light. I LOVE IT. I apologize for the less than awesome pictures, by the time I got to take pics of this mani, I'd already done a lot of unpacking and scuffed my nails a bit.

Shadow is an exclusive Dior shade for Nordstrom, and was released as part of their Les Violets Hypnotiques collection during Nordstrom's anniversary sale.This one is sold out at a lot of stores, but you can still order it on the Dior website for $23!