Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Orly: Shine & Models Own: Studio 54

Bright and early today. ^_^ Want to get an early start on my nail art for tomorrow. So today we're starting off with two necessary coats of Orly Shine:



Freakin' amazing. The first coat was a bit sheer and patchy, but the second evened it out and brought everything together. A girl can't have too many silver metallics, right? ;)

I used Shine as undies for Studio 54 to compensate for sheerness. Studio 54 is just too gorgeous to allow VNL.



I'm not sure my pictures entirely do Studio 54 justice. :( In reality she's a pop of hot pink/fuchsia. Like... ya know... disco pink! Check out this swatch on Fundamentally Flawless for a better idea of the true color.

So. Tomorrow. If everything works out and the stars align just so I will have water marble for #SBBNailChallenge - 1 - Red. That is the only hint I'm giving. If it doesn't work out then you'll get to laugh at my fail pics. It's win-win! For you guys. lol So come on back to see how I do! Got another cold front coming through (it's really nice currently, but that won't last) so stay warm, drive safe, and have a Happy Wednesday! (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Julep: Hazel +Stamping

Haha I got the post started and had to go back outside because I forgot I wanted to stamp with this one. *oops* Glad I remembered, though, cuz I think it came out pretty cool. First, though, we have a beautiful gold-purple duochrome (sorta) from Julep by the lovely name of Hazel:



This is two coats for perfect opacity, decent dry time. Most well-behaved Julep I've used in a while. The duochrome aspect was a bit... lackluster?



Granted it's foggy and overcast, but the extra moisture usually helps duochromes. I couldn't get it to show up at all in the water, either.



Ah well, despite that it's still a very vibrant, stunning purple.



For the stamping I used Bundle Monster plate BM-607 and Models Own Chrome Blue.



The result was not quite as clean as I would have liked, but only because the act of scraping resulted in bubble shapes rather than the perfect circles.



Even so it's still very cool. I also love this more open design as it may still be usable when my nails grow out.



Love these colors together. ^_^

Okay, so tomorrow I'm going to do swatches of Orly Shine and Models Own Studio 54. Then I have another #SBBNailChallenge idea I'm trying to bring together for Thursday. Along those lines, last night I ordered the Konad white stamping polish. I'm hoping that will work well over black (that's its entire job, right?) for the Black & White #SBBNailChallenge prompt. Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Monday, March 2, 2015

Models Own: Chrome Green

Hello, darlings! Knocking out these chromes. I'm going to be so sad once they're all swatched. lol Today I've got two coats (one would suffice) of Chrome Green. How green? About this green:



Not the super saturated emerald green I would have liked loved, but a pretty, obvious green nonetheless.



Applied smoothly, dried super quickly. So far all of these Models Own chromes have been absolute perfection.

Alrighty, time to be off. Julep Hazel tomorrow and then a couple of twofers to follow. Here's hoping that we're nearing the end of these cold fronts. *bbrr* Y'all take care and stay warm. Spring is right around the corner!! (^_^)"/"

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nabi: Holographic L. Pink

I'm here and the sun's still up! Woohoo!! I'm feeling much better, just a slight cough leftover. Actually, I'm feeling so much better that today is the first day I've straightened my hair or worn any makeup since I got sick. That's a definite indicator of wellness, right? Let's get started!

Oh Nabi. lol I both love and hate how they'll latch onto a finish and just pump out every color imaginable. The upside is tons of colors in a particular category, the downside is tons of repeat names. So they don't waste valuable resources coming up with new names... keeps prices down? Maybe? Anyway, from the Holographic set here is L. Pink:



Oops. I'm feeling better, but the sky is still grey. This is two coats of L. Pink over one coat of essence Antique Pink. I did an opacity test and found L. Pink quite sheer. In fact, I could have skipped the test because it says right on the bottle that it's intended for layering. *facepalm* I'm guessing this means I really don't need any more than the two I have.



It does look like L. Pink has sort of a diffuse linear holo going on, though, and that's pretty sweet. You can find these for roughly $5.50 on amazon. Here's a video! Indoors with the flash and there's makeup all over my hand, so... ignore that. ;)



Sparkly. ^_^ I've been hovering around my new Bundle Monster plates. Intrigued because I've heard time and again that the images are supposed to be larger and that's really exciting for me. You may have noticed (or not) that my nails are quite a bit shorter than I normally keep them (it's a cycle) so I didn't figure I'd have any issues. I peeked through and landed on plate BM-608:



That shatter image really piqued my interest. How did it turn out?



Awesome as hell. lol Although as short (to me) as my nails are, the image just fit. *ggrr* Thankfully they've jumped on the "four quarters" bandwagon. That works so much better. Also, you may have noticed what looks like patchiness with the L. Pink. I can't really explain that because it applied so smoothly. I think perhaps the brush is a bit stiff? I'll have the green one in a few days, maybe that will shed some light.

Moving right along, tomorrow I'll be back with Models Own Chrome Green (*squee*) followed by Julep Hazel. I didn't get the March box so that should give me some time to catch up on those. Hope everybody is having a fantastic weekend! (^_^)"/"

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Models Own: Pray #SBBNailChallenge +Haul

Okay, so I didn't end up posting any earlier... also didn't fix the electrical problems. *ggrr* I did learn some things, though, explained the situation to my dad and we'll figure out the rest when he gets back home.

So. Starting off today we have two coats of Models Own Pray. A gorgeous chocolaty brown.



Applied smoothly, dried quickly. I love these chocolaty browns. hehehe



I decided that Pray would make a good contrasting, yet complimentary, base for today's #SBBNailChallenge is 54 - Something From Pinterest. I took my inspiration from this flowers on newspaper print pin and this simple flower burst pin. The result?



Ta-da! I used the tiny dried flowers I picked up from Sally's and Bundle Monster plate BM-616 with Models Own Chrome Pink for the stamping. The only bothersome part was that I couldn't use my normal stamper? For some reason it wouldn't transfer the middles of the images. So I used my much stiffer backup stamper and that worked much better. Even if I did have to press a lot harder to get the design all over and around the curves of my nails...



Ka-chick!

Nail mail time! hehehe I've been following @polishedpony on Instagram for a bit and when she mentioned that she was going to destash on Storenvy I had to check it out! It took me a little while to get some money together (Models Own sale and all), but I finally managed to snag some preciousses:



I got Orly Crossroads and Shine, KleanColor Sugar Factory, Sugar Cravings and Blind Date, Maybelline Diamond In The Rough, Hard Candy Fun N' Festive and Ma.nish.ma. Rocket Green. ^_^ I debated over that one for a long, long time because I'm kinda squinky about adding brands, but... zomg look at that green!! In the end I couldn't pass it up. You should check out her shop. She keeps adding stuff!! *dies*

Thanks to everything I'm no longer ahead on my swatching. lol Tomorrow I'm going to have Nabi Rainbow Effect L. Pink which is sheer so I need to dig out something to layer it over. Hopefully the weather will start clearing up... hrm... Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Friday, February 27, 2015

Julep: Colton & Björk +Metamorphic Topcoat Comparison

Still alive! Cold and tired, but alive. Working on replacing some of our outlets, hoping I can restore power to the north-east quadrant. Wish me luck! I'm learning new things every day.

Today we're starting with two coats of Julep Colton. A very deep, dark, eggplant purple.



It keeps being overcast... Here's a shot with the flash so you can actually see the color:



I had the hardest time with cleanup. lol Polish just kept melting out and getting on my fingers. Pretty awesome vampy purple, though. Great base for Björk!



The blue one. lol This is one coat of Björk over Colton. And now for the Metamorphic Topcoat rundown!



Left to right: Tyra, Tilda and Björk. Same order swatched over black:



Ta-da! There you have it. lol I think, though, over black is kind of boring compared to the more transformative effect with other colors. Specifically like we saw with Tyra. These definitely warrant further experimentation.

Tomorrow it's supposed to be cold and wet again, and I'm replacing the outlet by my dad's chair. Hopefully, though, I can get Models Own Pray (and my storenvy haul) posted before it's super late. lol Y'all stay warm and safe!! (^_^)"/"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Models Own: Chrome Rose

Hello darlings. Back with another Models Own chrome. ^_^ Working my way through them. I got really lucky getting pics of Chrome Rose since the sun decided to peak out from behind the clouds for a whole five minutes!



Ta-da! Two coats, super fast drying. Very classy for a chrome.



I was going to stamp over this one, but kept spazzing out, so.... here's another shot:



Very pretty. ^_^

Tomorrow's going to be kind of a long post. I'll have Julep Colton and Bjork plus a comparison between the three Metamorphic topcoats. Feels like I'm continually trying to make my way through a mountain of polish. lol Ah well, things to look forward to. Looking at another cold front tomorrow.... Hope everybody's staying warm and safe. Take care, y'all! (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Finger Paints: Sea Temptress +Plus

So blogger's not going to allow nudity anymore, huh? Unless it's "artistic" or the blog is private. That's kind of a shame. I don't post nudity (at least, I don't think I have... not on purpose...), but I'm all for people's rights and freedom of expression and it's not like they show random (or "trending" or whatever) blogs on the home page. Why must everything be watered down and made "child friendly"?! Are they going to start censoring profanity next? This... is why I hate people... *sigh*

I love polish, though. Even quirky little wierdos like Sea Temptress:



Poor dear was sitting all unloved and on clearance for $2 so I had to give her a home. This is two coats that absolutely did not dry. Seriously. I did a full mani and had to take it off because even after an hour as soon as I touched her she started smearing. o_O She dried on my palette so I'm assuming it was a basecoat incompatibility?



Sheer iridescent base with glitter-induced texture. I'll be honest- I didn't get it until I posted a quick-pic on facebook and my friend Brak said "It looks like fish scales!". *facepalm* That's exactly what it looks like! LOL I'm such a dope. With that in mind, I could definitely see using this as part of a costume.



It is kinda pretty. Just next time I'll play around with some undies and hopefully I'll be able to get her to dry. *grumbles*

So... I ran to Ulta to try and track down a polish for KarenD. I don't know if I found it, but I did find these:



Rock My World and Let Stars Rain Down On Me!. It caught my eye because sitting in the display it looks like a clear polish, but the bottle says, "Shake me! I'm pretty" so I did and she is! Holo sparkle pretties. ^_^ I had the same settling issue with Nails Inc Hackney Crackle and that worked just fine so I'm not concerned with the seemingly insignificant amount of sparklies.

Tomorrow I've got Models Own Chrome Rose and then Friday should be my Julep Metamorphic Topcoat comparison. I just got a new set of Bundle Monster plates (not the new set, though those are next) and I really want to do some stamping. *twitches* So hopefully I'll figure that out soon. lol We got a break in the weather today, I hope you did, too! Take care out there. Stay warm and safe. (^_^)"/"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Models Own: Paradise Garage VS Zoya: Giovanna

*rushes in* I'm here! I'm here... Really trying not to get more behind than I already am. This weather is killing me, though. All I want to do is sleep.

Today I have two super fabulous greens to share. Starting with two coats of Models Own Paradise Garage:



Absolutely perfect emerald green! Paradise Garage has a metallic base (as evidenced by the silver streaks in the bottle) that make it a dream to work with.

Two coats also of Zoya Giovanna:



Stunning! Giovanna was a bit more sheer, but applied very easily and dried quickly. Except on my thumb, apparently...



Giovanna is just slightly more blue-toned than Paradise Garage. They are both amazingly beautiful, though.

Still have a bit of a cough, but working through it. Got a lot to do tomorrow, but hopefully I'll find time for a quick post on Finger Paints Sea Temptress. There really isn't much to say about it anyway. lol Y'all take care out there and stay warm!! (^_^)"/"

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Formula X: Torque

Hello and ZOMG I hope everybody is staying warm!! It's holding in the mid-40s here, but we're looking at freezing rain (and maybe snow) the next two days so I know it's bad everywhere else. *shivers* Unfortunately today's polish is not near as warm and comforting as yesterday's Pink Punch. lol Instead we're embracing that coldness with the metal chromeness of Formula X Torque:



I searched the internet for nearly half an hour trying to figure out just what kind of metal this reminded me of. It's like an antique something... like a mix of silver and copper maybe? Two coats, fast drying. Works like your standard chrome so you have to load up the brush and work quickly to avoid drag.



So pretty. Whatever color it is.

Alrighty, tomorrow I have Models Own Paradise Garage and Zoya Giovanna. Then Tuesday will be Finger Paints Sea Temptress which... wow... you'll want to catch that one. lol Still working on ideas for the #SBBNailChallenges. I almost had one, but could not stop smudging the design. *grumbles* Anyway, y'all stay warm and safe out there. It's going to be a rough week. (^_^)"/"