Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Indies again...2 Chix Holographics and Glitters!

Just got these in and haven't had a chance to swatch them.  But I thought I'd atleast show the bottle shots!  Who doesn't love those? 

These are from the esty shop 2Chix which is not currently selling at the moment. Sweet Cheeks and Blue Monday are not customs but I don't think they are available for sale on the site.  If you decide you must have any of these, let me know and I can put you in contact with the maker or contact them on etsy!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jade Holographic Patchwork Manicure

This is Jade Holografico season.  Sorry if I've given you holo envy or holo fatigue but the holo manicures will just keep coming!  I recently got in some ultra cheap nail tape from amazon (via some Hong Kong company) and really wanted to do a tape manicure with them.  I looked online and I thought the patchwork mani would work best to showcase several Jade holos as well as work for my shorty short nails. 

I cannot say enough about Jade holos.  Look how crazy beautiful the Jades made this manicure.   On top of that, this manicure was incredibly easy and took about half an hour.  Seriously!  Get you some Jades and/or show me your holo manicures!

Nails, Inc Pudding Lane

I was able to score a $10 Sephora gift card from a Wrapp app offer.   Since this Sprinkles collection polish has been on my list for a while I bought it first.  My husband proclaimed that it looks like a "formica table from the 60s or 70s!"  This is what I get for asking him about my manicures!  At any rate, I love the effect of this polish.  It goes on easy and covers great in just a couple of coats!

Jade Deja Vu

I have my 2nd Jade mani for you and all I can do is stare...its that mesmerizing!

One of the reasons I have started loving Jades so much is not only their holographic goodness but GUESS how many coats this is?  Only two thin ones!!  If you have a change to get some Jades, you should...worth the price or the hassle!

Kleancolor Sugar Coat

Got around to use Kleancolor Sugar Coat. 

I put on two coats of Wet N Wild Megalast Break the Ice.  Next I applied two coats of Kleancolr Sugar Coat.  There is something very ethereal about Sugar Coat.  There are a lot of indie polishes out there that Sugar Coat can easily imitate so try it out before you buy some expensive polishes.

Next, I wanted to see Sugar Coat mattefied so I applied some pink polish then applied two coats of Sugar Coat.  Last, I applied one coat of Nails Inc Westminster Bridge matte topcoat.  I definitely think that mattefying this polish brings out the extra prettiness of it!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Brazilian Polishes arrived!!!

Several months ago I started chatting with a Brazilian girl in a Facebook polish swap group.  Maryna was wonderful and was able to get some of my most wanted polish lemmings.  Even with international shipping these polishes cost less than what I'd pay in the US, by far!

My first choices were these five colors of the Jade Holograficos:  Deja Vu, Violet Fascination, Black Magic, Psychedelic, and Hynose.

Next, I have been wanting a deep purple holographic polish so my friend picked up Hits Dionisio as well as some others I saw and liked, Fina Flor Transformer and Top Beauty Ultimate 3D Expression of Night.

Last, I found out that Maryna makes her own polishes!  Yes, folks, a Brazilian indie maker.  I demanded pictures and I asked for these beauties.   Can't wait to get these pretties on my fingers!

Without further stalling, here is Jade Black Magic.  I am officially addicted to these Jades!

I won a giveaway from Darling Diva Polish!!

So Daring Diva Polish had a giveaway recently and I won 2nd prize which was a $25 Starbucks gift certificate and 4 polishes of my choice.  My first greedy instinct was to grab all of her prettiest holographic polishes but I thought that would be very rude so I only let myself pick one of her most expensive polishes.    Besides, I've been salivating over Roller Girl and Soft Kitty so I had to get those!  I chose the following:

I had to try out most of these.  I started with two coats of Sinful Colors Hazard. 

The I applied two coats of Bitch Panties.  Seriously, holos really do it for me!

Next, I swatched Roller Girl.  I wanted to get a pic of this beauty quick and then send it off to my friend and its new owner, Rochelle, who recently started Roller Derby!  This polish took about 3 coats to get full coverage however, it was well worth it.  My nails sparkled like crazy all day!

Last, I had to put on Soft Kitty so I started with two coats of Color Club Blushing Rose.  I then applied two coats of Soft Kitty.  This one was hard to get a good photograph but I promise that the polish is very striking in person.

October Polish Haul and Breast Cancer Awareness Nails

Between the Sally's October Birthday $10 off  and free Copious credit I was able to get these polishes for very little money during my no polish buy! 

Last, this is October and that means BCA nails.   My "Save the Hooters" nails are week 1's BCA Wednesday's We Wear Pink manicure.   The own turned out sooo cute! 

Candeo Mallard!!!

Yes, yes...I finally own one of my I'll-die-if-I-don't-have-it lemming, Candeo Mallard and it was soooooo worth the wait!   Plumage is pretty too, don't get me wrong but I've waited soooo long for Mallard!

butter London Bonanza!

Coterie had the most awesome deal, three butter London polishes and a matte or regular top coat for $11 shipped after a couple of promo codes.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Week 39 of the Year of Polish Challenge: Holoween Dry Marble

So Dry Marbling...good in theory but not so good in application!   While the Dry Marble method saves you on cleanup you need a lot of time and patience to let the marbles dry.  Essentially, you paint on a clear coat on a plastic baggie.  Then you paint on your base color.  In my case, I used Wet N Wild Black Creme.  I let that layer dry and then painted on another very generous layer of Black Creme.  Before it dried I dropped dots of Layla Ultraviolet and Sinful Colors Clementine and swirled all of the colors together.   After letting the decals dry, I pulled them (GENTLY) off the plastic.  I painted my nails with a clear coat and the applied the decals to each nail.  I cut down the edges to fit my nails and cleaned up any straggly edges with acetone.   I don't think I would do dry marbling very often but I like the practice of making decals on plastic.   I will do decals again soon!

Week 40 of the Year of Polish Challenge: Suede Animal Print Manicure

Playing catch up on the Year of Polish Challenge while I am in the thick of fall classes. 

Today I used a few of my Avon Suede polishes to complete some Suede Animal Print nails.

I painted my nails with Avon Fuchsia Feel, Blue Royale, and Sumptuous Rose.  I then used Revlon Gold Coin to paint on leopard and zebra prints on my nails.   I like how understated yet modern the suede polishes make animal print.  I predict my winter toes will sport some Suede Leopard Print in the future, yes, I do!

Week 41 of the Year of Polish Challenge: Holo Patchwork Nails

I got several Jade Holos from a Brazilian nail friend and one of my first manicures with them is this patchwork manicure.  I started with two coats of Jade Psychedelic.

Next I used striping tape to cordon off the patchwork triangles.  I then painted each section in random order with Jade Deja Vu, Violet Fascination, and Hypnose.

This manicure is so striking,  I can't stop looking at it and watching the holo rainbow dance on my nails.  I promise, more holo manis are in store!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Avon Suede Polishes and Suede Braid Nail Art

I finally bought some suede polishes.  These Avon Suedes were $3.49 each so I ordered all of them.  Unfortunately, my purple one was left out and I received some kind of red Avon glitter nail polish instead *sad face*  My Avon rep is working on the situation and hopefully I can get the purple suede to complete the collection.

Below is Blue Royale.  I love everything about the color and finish of this polish. 

Fuchsia Feel is pretty but maybe its just me, I wanted MORE fuchsia!

Sumptuous Rose is a very feminine and pretty polish.   Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I plan to use this polish for some ribbon nails.

Platinum Beauty is a gorgeous steely silver and it looks awesome on nails.  I am going to have to put some of this polish on my toes for winter!  So pretty...

Touch of Taupe was THE main suede that I wanted for fall. This is a rich light brown and like all the Avon Suede polishes it has a slight metallic looking finish.

The Avon Suede polishes are PERFECT for Braid nail art because they cover so well so I used Touch of Taupe, Blue Royale, and Fuchsia Feel on my Fuchsia Feel manicure.  Pretty good for my first attempt at a Fishtail or Braid design.

Perception Nail Lacquer's Deep Blue Something

I bought a couple of minis from Perception Nail Lacquer and this beautiful blue holo called Deep Blue Something.  I have had a bit of an obsession with holos of late.   I applied two coats of Color Club Hydrangea Kiss and then applied two coats of Deep Blue Something.  Holo nails are usually very striking but this particular blue had me mesmerized for the two days I wore it!  Gorgeous!

Life Is a Highway Nails

I belong to polish group on Facebook and each week they do a nail art challenge.  This week it was stripes and I wanted to do a unique spin on that theme.

I thought of highway nails and then came up with "Life is a Highway.."  Good song, and even better, very true!