12.29.2010

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Celeb City"

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Celeb City"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
Just your typical blingtastic, metallic, silver foil polish. Good coverage and easy application. I liked this a lot because unlike your average frost, the brush strokes didn’t show up in this. It looks so diva to me and it’s dirt cheap. Gotta love Sally Hansen.

Possible Dupes:
-China Glaze "Cheers To You" [Comparison by Nailed here]
-Zoya "Trixie"
-Wet N Wild "Silvivor"

12.26.2010

New York Color Quick Dry in "Mulberry Street"

New York Color Quick Dry in "Mulberry Street"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This is a great pearlescent neutral frost. I really love using this as a base color for Konad Designs. This with brown printed flowers on top looks really pretty. Alone you definitely get visible nail line, but I think it’s forgivable. It looks very chic without being too dull thanks to the shimmer. The bottle is fairly fragile. I looked in my polish storage to find that the top of this bottle popped clean off. Thankfully I used most of it so it was a minor clean up. What do you expect for .99cents though?

12.24.2010

Wet n Wild Mega Last in "Undercover"

Wet n Wild Mega Last in "Undercover"
(Two coats . No top coat. No base coat.)
I know some people don't like this little bottle and brush, but I found it easy to work with and had no problems with it at all. I really love this color. It's a smooth crème colored somewhere between a mauve and a tanned pink. I’m sad that the bottle is so small it’ll be gone soon enough, but it’s cheap enough to buy over and over again. I do kind of like how little this bottle is, cute and compact. This is awesome for Spring and Summer.

12.23.2010

L'Oreal Double Down

L'Oreal in "Drumbeat Red'
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
Really thin, watery, and it had bubbles. You can see them in the photo a bit .

L'Oreal in "Vagabond Mauve"
(Three coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
Really thin, watery, and it had bubbles. You can see them in the photo a bit .

12.16.2010

Revlon in "Minted"

Revlon in "Minted"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
I love this color so much. It's such a pretty, soft, creme mint color.  It's a little uneven, but I noticed it’s not as watery as the typical Revlon polishes seem to be. I got it on pretty even and streak free. So I really can’t complain.

Possible Dupes:
-China Glaze in "Re-Fresh Mint" [Comparison by A Hoarder's Blog here]
-Essie in "Mint Candy Apple" [Comparison by The Make-Up Blogette here]

12.15.2010

Brucci Nail Hardener in "French White Tip"

Brucci Nail Hardener in "French White Tip"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This had a pretty thick consistency, which made it heavy, a bit streaky and gooey. Not impressed. This worked great for stamping though because of it's thickness. So I do give it that!

12.11.2010

Betty Boop Collection


(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)

(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)

(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)

(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
You can see aaaaalllll the bubbles in this one here.

Close up of the Glitter

Betty Boop Collection.
Horrid. I hated these polishes. The brushes were all jacked up. The glitter was cheap and thick. Bubbles galore! Ick. Sooo disappointed in this. Never again!

12.06.2010

Pink/Black Patchwork


This is completely inspired by Chloe from Chloe’s Nails, so all the creative credit belongs to her [see here]. It’s my fist time doing anything like this and really using tape extensively. I think it came okay, but I think know where I went wrong. I’m definitely going be doing this again with different color combinations. I also plan on trying out more looks I’ve seen on Chloe’s Nails including her Shredded Mani's which are bad ass.

Tools:-Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Fuchia Power"
-Milani 3D Holographic in "Digital"
-Sinful Colors in “Black on Black”
-Scotch Tape

12.05.2010

Christmas Tips


 Christmas Tips!
I don't have long nails so I really can't do a decent french on myself to showcase. Also, my Holly isn't so great so I could only imagine me doing it with my left hand since I'm a righty. I do like the Santa Belt for a ring finger design, keeping the rest a glittered red french. More to come for the holidays<3

Milani 3D Holographic in "Digital"


Milani 3D Holographic in "Digital"
(Two coats . No top coat. No base coat.)
I honestly feel that this looks much better in the photo. I do like this color a lot though. Very pretty with that rainbow grainy look on the nail and the addition of the pink color makes it look so much nicer than "HD". It dried pretty fast and to a dusty finish. It's a shattered holo, so now I'm craving a good linear holo for my next treat. I upload a photo to MUA of me wearing it from my blog [http://manirage.blogspot.com/].

12.04.2010

Milani 3D Holographic in "HD"



Milani 3D Holographic in "HD"
Well, this is my first holo and I’m undecided about them. It’s a shattered holo that's not very glossy, but I heard that a top coat takes away from the effect. It definitely looks way better in the photo, that’s for sure. It’s much more subtle on the nail. Maybe it needs some color. I purchased Milani’s “Digital”, which is a pink holo so I’ll have to swatch that and then decide. A big plus I noticed is that these come off just as easy as a regular Crème polish as compared to the difficulty in getting off Glitters.

12.02.2010

How To Do Scales

Using:-Nicka Nail Enamel in “Cotton Candy”
-Silver Nail Art Brush
-Hurricane Nail Art Paint in “White”
-Toothpick
Paint your nails a base color with as many coats as needed. Normally one is good enough since there’s going to be some coverage.
 
After the last coat of polish is applied wait a few minutes and then draw lines lengthwise before the base color finishes drying completely.  

After the last coat of polish is applied wait a few minutes and then draw lines lengthwise before the base color finishes drying completely. After you finish your lines take a toothpick and drag it lightly across the nail, perpendicular to the lines. Do this all the way down the nail. Let it dry completely before using a top coat.


 Sometimes the polish bunches up at the end, which you can see it mine. What you can do is after it’s DONE drying, you can use a finger to just press it down to flatten it. You have to wait till it’s done drying otherwise you’ll end up with a fingerprint in it. I used two colors here, but you can use one or even more than two. This looks weird on just one finger that cose up, but it looks cool when your whole hand is done.

*Video tutorial to follow along with color combo swatches*

Blog Award!

Big thank you to Jessica from Jessica v. Polish for passing the Versatile Blogger Award onto me. I’m just starting out so it’s pretty awesome to be noticed so quickly. Thank you Jessica.
Here are the rules of the award:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. Tell seven things about yourself.
3. Give the award to seven blogs you recently discovered.

Here are my seven things!
1.
I’m a compulsive list maker2. Horror movies, no matter how corny, will always have a place in my heart.3. I’m an emotional hoarder: I save ticket stubs, letters, receipts, bottle caps, etc.4. I associate Bathrooms with Blue and Kitchens with Sea Green/Mustard Yellow. Other color schemes for them upset me.5. I hate the word “cube” and I’m not sure why.6. I mispronounce the word “regularly” every time, unless I say it alarmingly slow.7. If I could wear all black everyday without judgment I would, in the name of Einstein.

And, here are the blogs that I’m passing the award along to!
1.
Chloe' s Nails
2. Babbling Brooke
3. Scrangie
4. ANOTHER Bottle of Polish?!
5. Jeweled Tips
6. Polish Insomniac
7. Also Known As...

Revlon in “Beach”


Revlon Scents of Summer Enamel in “Beach”
(Three coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This is from the 2010 Revlon Scents of Summer Collection. Dislike this green. Overall I think I’m really not a fan of green shimmers. They always look weir don my hands, but I like green so much. It’s not fair! Anyway, this is a green with golden shimmer and tones to it. It’s a thin formula so layer it up for a solid finish. The scent, which is to represent Beach, is that of Sunblock. It’s very strange and unpleasant smell to have on the tip of your fingers.

Revlon in “Peach Smoothie”


Revlon Scents of Summer Enamel in “Peach Smoothie”
(Three coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This is from the 2010 Revlon Scents of Summer Collection. It’s a slightly pinkish peach with slight gold shimmers. Like most Revlon colors, the formula is thin and thus very sheer. It does hold to its name, because it is very peachy scented. This is one of the strong scented ones in the collection, but it smells so good. I really didn’t expect to love this color, but I do. It has that band-aid nude tone to it, but the shimmer give it a nice pop to keep it fresh. Completes a very sophisticated look.

Revlon Scents of Summer Enamel in “Gum Drop”


Revlon Scents of Summer Enamel in “Gum Drop”
(Four coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This is from the 2010 Revlon Scents of Summer Collection. This is a really pretty lavender color that comes from a purple/light blue combination. Its downfall is how sheer it is. It took FOUR coats for it to come out with a solid coat. Even after that many coats there’s still a bit of balding on my pointer finger. The smell is faint once it dries. It’s not as strong as “Peach Smoothie”. It has more of a Jolly Rancher/Starburst scent to me. It still smells yummy though. The consistency is a bit watery. I would pass this lavender up for an Essie one. It’s just too sheer meaning too much work for me.

Possible Dupes:
-OPI "Rumples Wiggin" [Comparison by The Nailphile here]