Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rose Gold with Opal Nails and Sally Hansen "Faster than Instant" Dry Topcoat

 Hi there polished pretties!  Here is a manicure I wore for THREE DAYS. It reminded me of jewelry, rose gold and opal. It all started with L'oreal Charmed I'm Sure.  This polish is super pretty soft rose gold metallic.  It does not have high shine, but it is pretty and flattering.  But I couldn't stop there. 

 I used two of the Jordana Glitters, Pixie Pink and Lunar Lights in that order.  I used two coats of each polish with no topcoat. This wore very well, and despite having six layers of nail polish, dried pretty quickly and with a good shine to the glitters. I did ding it up a little, but that is my fault. 

 These Jordana Glitters are perfect to spice up your manicure on day two, or just anytime at all.  These glitters are MUST HAVES for a budget any polish collector. 

I am finally tired of driving to Rite Aid.  My husband and I have gone three days in a row, hauling polish for my birthday gift. I bought a bunch one day, returned one that was a dupe to one I already owned the next day, then had to go back again to pick up LA Girl Hustle because I put it down the second time and regretted it.

So, today I am ready to use my new Sally Hansen Instant Dry Topcoat.  It comes in a blister pack, so I open it up and go to put it on my nails, and that shit is empty.  I mean, that bottle didn't leak or dry up, it never ever had any polish in it to begin with.  The brush is all dry, see? (I have on LA Girl Hustle in the pic.)

I am going to march right back over there and see if there are others on the shelf with the same problem.  It really pisses me off that I have to burn four bucks in gas to replace my five dollar polish WHICH SHOULD BE FULL OF POLISH, SALLY HANSEN.  And to boot, my manicure with LA Girl Hustle is all dinged up because I needed that top coat!!!! 
Is this a joke?

This is the most extreme example of product downsizing ever.  I just hope the store doesn't think that I used an old bottle up and am trying to run a scam.    I will have a super hissy fit if they pull anything, I doubt that scenario will play out.   

I am really bad with computers.  I tried to upload more photos, and they just disappeared.  Ten minutes wasted.

Maybe tomorrow I will have more time. 

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nail Art with L'Oreal Silver Sparkle

Happy Friday to you!  I hope you are doing well today.

I want to show you an application of the gorgeous new polish I found at CVS yesterday, L'Oreal Silver Sparkle.  I applied it to my flower nail art to accent the design, and WOWZA!!  This nail polish looks like something an angel would wear, it is uniquely glowy and shimmery with subtle colored glitter in green/blue and pink.  This is a must have for any collection, large or small!  It is totally unique and breathtakingly gorgeous.

I also used Denim Dash from the new Maybelline color show line.  My husband selected this pretty blue for me, and I love it for that reason alone, but it is a very good polish too.  It dries matte, so I used topcoat, but the coverage and formula are awesome. I also want Narcissistic Navy, but my Walmart never got it in. UGH!

CVS has it buy one get one half off, plus I found a $2 coupon, so I got both this one and a second shade gorgeous gold for around eight bucks, pretty good I think!

I hope you have a happy holiday weekend (in the US it's Memorial Day on Monday).

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jordana Celestial and Mermaid's Dream Inspired Franken

Hi there lovelies!  I decided to post this review I wrote this a week or so ago, so my nails are shorter than my previous post.

I am so excited to share my first franken with you today.  It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

But first, here I am wearing Jordana Celestial for the first time.  It is a unique and very gorgeous shade of light turquoise glitter with medium hexagonal glitters, small (regular size) glitter and a finely milled glitter in the mix.  The texture dries gritty, yet the glitter is shiny, unlike the Wet n Wild color Icon Ice Baby collection that came out for holiday 2011, which needs topcoat.  I like this one better because I don't need to use tons of topcoat, in fact, I am not using it at all.  The grit doesn't bug me at all.  My main concern is the glitter shining like crazy.

This seems like a vintage green to me, it is very lovely indeed. These Jordana glitters are wonderful polishes for anyone!  Jordana will definitely be super successful with this line.  There are some unique combinations of glitter colors, the bottles are sleek, modern and pretty with the holographic labels, and I love the silver stripes on the caps.  They make my heart go pitter pat, and they make me very happy.

I paid $1.50 for this polish, since they were on sale at Kmart BOGO 50% off, which I didn't realize until I was at  home later putting it away.  That felt great!  Hey, every little 'elps! 

Now I have a recipe for a Deborah Lippman Mermaid's Dream inspired franken to share.  Obviously, the polish Mermaid's Dream by Deborah Lippmann is a unique, amazing and gorgeous shade.  I had never seen a polish like MD before, and so I really wanted to experience it.  I am so glad that the recipe I devised worked !  Until I get my hands on the original, which may never happen, I can enjoy a similar polish that really satisfies!

I took Pure Ice Splash, and mixed it with Color Icon Cost is no Issue about 50/50.  I think there was a little Seche in the bottom of the bottle, which probably didn't hurt this formula.  This polish is a real beauty, and unique on it's own.  It lacks the green shimmer of Mermaid's Dream, but I don't mind at all.  This finish of this polish is smoother than MD, just judging from the photos.  I am going to call it Mermaid's Rapture.

I think the concept of this polish with the particular mix of shimmer and glitter is genius.  Hats off to Ms. Lippmann again.    I received a compliment on this one and kept it as a pedi for weeks because it was too beautiful to remove.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Jordana Specialty Glitter - Outer Space

Hello my nail polish loving pretties!  I hope you are having a lovely nails day!~

I am excited to share my NOTD with you, the brand spanking new Outer Space by Jordana.  Jordana just released six new shades on their website in the Specialty Glitters range.  I have been waiting for these last six, of these new shades I ordered Outer Space, Purple Party and Confetti.  I had near dupes of the other three.

This one is a beauty.  It is an unusual mix of medium blue small glitter and large hexes in fuschia, a warm gold and a copper/orange.  The copper glitter really makes this one unusual to me, I would not have added that to the mix, but I love copper so- right on !

The picture shows two coats of Outer Space over Milani Melt in the Sun. This Milani was part of the Liquid Metal Intense Colors from Summer 2010.  I wore it once and put it away back then, but it came out to play again here.  It was hard to cover it up though, because this is one sizzling shade.  It is very reflective and glittery, I want to wear it again on it's own soon!

I have sixteen of the Jordana Glitters and I have worn about half.  I absolutely love these shades!  Outer Space shows promise as a layering polish over many shades. I want to try it over light creamy pink, a dark blue/purple or metallic blue.    I recommend this one highly if you enjoy complex and colorful glitters.  This polish is available on the Jordana website. 

Have a wonderful day you lovely darling!  Thanks for visiting!  I hope to see you again soon!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hello again! I moved

Come on over and sit a spell!

I hope you are doing well today, and thank you for visiting. I am back from my vacation from this blog. Life is settling down again for me so I have time for writing here. It feels pretty good! ! Now to some nail polish!

 I am nearing 500 bottles of polish now. I am a little afraid to count. Last count was 400+, and now I bring them home in bunches, usually in threes or fours! Heeheee!

Hot tip! Kmart has the Jordana Glitters on sale right now BOGO 50% off!!!!!!!!! They weren't marked yesterday on the shelf at my store, but they rang up that way. I didn't notice til I got home. I am so glad I picked up four instead of three!!!! Happy Birthday to me!
 I copied the most gorgeous manicure from keerthamina pretty ballerina yesterday!

 I used Revlon Copper Penny, Sally Hansen Fractured Foil and Sephora by OPI to create nails of such breathtaking beauty! See? Revlon Copper Penny is the color of a new penny, it is a beautiful copper metallic. The formula is great, and dries pretty quickly. It is opaque in one coat, and that is all I used for this manicure. If I were going to wear it alone I would use two coats and a top coat for longer wear. I find that some metallics will cover in one coat but they wear off quickly if you don't apply more.
Sally Hansen Fractured Foil is one of the two foils I own. I love this gorgeous shade, it is reminiscent of a richly shimmery silver netting over the nail.

Rosie is interested in  crackle! Rosie has a PINK STRIPED NOSE!!!!

 But the real star of the show is the Traffic Stopper Copper. This shade is very aptly named, the large copper hexes shine like mirrors and are extremely eye catching. The smaller glitters add elegance and balance to this perfectly concocted topcoat. It is expensive at $9.50, but it wears like iron, so whether this polish is worth it is up to the buyer. I don't ever want to be without it. That would make me feel sad.

When I applied it to this manicure it was obvious that this polish is better than an average glitter. It is somewhat sparse, but that makes the large hexes scatter more on the nail, and because they can then fully be exposed, they can truly shine. The glitters in this polish and it's sisters, Only Gold for Me and Flurry Up seem shinier than average, and the clear base is super clear and dries hard and shiny.

Thanks keerthamina for your genius layering combo.  I see myriad combinations arising from the metallic/metallic-shatter/glitter combo.

Here is a collection of nail polish stories in 25 words where each story title is a nail polish color name! Wow!  http://nailpolishstories.wordpress.com/

New to me!  You too? Do you have a random story that could have a nail polish name for a title?  This is intriguing and seems like a good creative exercise. 

I want to mention something about blogging and being good enough.  Sometimes I feel I am not good enough to show my nails, when I look at some other amazing blogs out there. And some other bloggers feel the same way apparently.  But, I now realize, every person may have something to say of value to someone else.  So I will write. 

Have a super day!