Archive | September 2012

Dysfunctional Fashionista

It all started with an awesome bargain find at Ulta.  While checking their clearance area I found this awesome set of minis.  While I am not necessarily a Kardashian “fan”, who can pass up cute polish at a great price! Not THIS gal <points at self>….

The set below contains mini versions of four colors:

My Empire… My Rules is a charcoal grey creme
Follow Me on Glitter is a gunmetal/charcoal grey glitter polish full of multicolored hex glitter
Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam is a dark teal/forest green creme
Hard-Kourt Fashionista. is a deep brown with a bit of a red undertone.  This is the one I am using in today’s manicure.

These colors are great for fall/winter, as they are dark, rich and very warm.

Super bargain from Ulta!

Nicole by OPI “Sophisti-cuties” includes (from left to right):
My Empire… My Rules, Follow Me on Glitter, Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam and Hard-Kourt Fashionista

At first I was going to just do a manicure with the lighter accent nail and dots in the darker color.  I’ve been playing around with dots a lot lately and figured it would look nice.  I liked the way the accent nail looked so much that I decided to carry the dots throughout the manicure!  It looks like my middle and ring fingers weren’t as dry as I thought, as you probably notice a bit of a smear in the dots.  I still love this look, though, and I am sure I will be using it again.

Dysfunctional Fashionista

Dysfunctional Fashionista

Here is a shot with the wee little bottle of Hard-Kourt Fashionista.

Nicole by OPI Hard-Kourt Fashionista

Nicole by OPI Hard-Kourt Fashionista

Here is another shot with the Decades of Dysfunction bottle.  This color seems to pop up a lot in my manicures.  I think it’s my favorite of the Dark Shadows Collection from Orly.  It’s not completely nude but it still goes well with a number of other colors.

Orly's Decades of Dysfunction

Orly’s Decades of Dysfunction

That’s it for now.  I hope you all enjoyed this design.  What neat things have any of you done with your dotting tools?  Let me know, I am always looking for new ways to work in dots!

Thanks for reading!

Leslie (*^_^*)


These are some wonderful colors – I need to pick up some of these! Black Widow and Autumn Harvest are my favs of the bunch – how about you?
Leslie 🙂

work / play / polish

Today I’m excited to show you Vivid Lacquer’s Halloween Collection! I loooove this collection. I only wish I could have photographed these in the sunlight…but the weather wouldn’t cooperate. I suppose my shadowy indoor lamp adds to the Halloween mystique. I layered each polish over a fairly predictable base coat. I’ll dream up some more exciting combinations in the future. Application was easy with every single polish. All manis are finished with one coat of Seche Vite.

First up is Waning Gibbous. It’s a blue jelly filled with purple, teal and silver (maybe gold) micro and hex glitters. I love jelly sandwiches in a bottle! To give this some depth, I started with one coat of Zoya Song and added one coat of Waning Gibbous with just a touch of dabbing. This is really beautiful.

Next is Autumn Harvest. When I opened my package, this was the first…

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OPI Germany Collection Giveaway!

In my travels on the web today, I stumbled upon a new nail blog, Holly and Polish.  She happens to be having a giveaway of the entire OPI Germany Collection!  Of course I had to enter.  You should too, the collection has 12 beautiful, and cleverly named, colors!  Click the link below to go to her blog and enter.  Good luck to you all!

Holly and Polish  - OPI Germany Collection Giveaway!

Holly and Polish – OPI Germany Collection Giveaway!

Hope your week is off to a good start!!

Leslie (*^_^*)

Houndstooth Design

My houndstooth manicure uses the following colors:  Julep’s Sienna, China Glaze fairy Dust and Sally Henson Salon Black Patent.  There are many polishes I have that I haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy, except for swatches :), so this is what I came up with.

Houndstooth Manicure - Colors

Houndstooth Manicure – Colors

Houndstooth Manicure - Colors

Houndstooth Manicure – Colors

Base of gold was nice, but I wanted to spice it up a bit, so I added some Fairy Dust (didn’t get a shot of it before adding the pattern, though, dangit!!).

Base color - Julep's Sienna

Base color – Julep’s Sienna

Then it felt like it needed a design of some sort. so I added the Houndstooth pattern on Bundle Monster’s BM-322 plate from the 2012 collection. 

Hounds tooth manicure in the sun

Hounds tooth manicure in the sun

Voila!  How do you like it? Here’s a bit of an out of focus shot, so you can see a bit of the sparkly, holographic goodness coming out from under the black stamping!

Blurry view

Blurry view

Thanks for reading!

Leslie (*^_^*)

Agro Skittles Stamp Manicure

This mani uses China Glaze Agro, from the Hunger Games Collection, and Julep’s Kate.  The base coat I used was OPI’s Nail Envy (not shown) and butterLONDON’s HardWear as a top coat.

Agro Skittles Stamp Manicure

Agro Skittles Stamp Manicure

Agro Skittles Manicure Colors

China Glaze’s Agro and Kate by Julep

First I have a base coat of China Glaze Agro, a sort of camo green with a silver shimmer that turns to a sort of yellow in the right light.  I really like the color, it’s perfect for fall and the coming cooler nights!!  It covers well with just two coats, which is really nice.  Actually, I probably could have gotten away with one coat.

China Glaze Agro

China Glaze Agro


China Glaze Agro

China Glaze Agro

Couldn’t decide on a design to stamp, so I went with five.  The plates I used are all from the Bundle Monster 2012 collection and the numbers are 311, 312, 315, 317 and 323.  I used Kate from Julep as the stamping color.  This one might be a bit sheer to use for stamping, but it’s not completely invisible.  In the future I may not use this again to stamp unless it’s over a VERY dark color  🙂

Agro Skittles Stamping Manicure

Agro Skittles Stamping Manicure

This is the first time I’ve done a skittles manicure of any sort, and I am not unhappy with the way it came out.  As usual, I need to work on my camera skills, in addition to making my nails stop breaking, but soon enough.  All in good time.

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!! 

Leslie  (*^_^*)

OPI German Manicure

Good afternoon!  This next manicure was made using a base of OPI Don’t Pretzel My  Buttons and stamping using OPI Schnapps Out Of It! and Bundle Monster 2012 plate BM-313.  I wasn’t sure whether to call it my German Giraffe mani, or the Carb Loader (pretzels and schnapps, get it?).  Yeah, that’s why I called it the German Manicure.  LOL  But I digress…….
Here is the base of Don’t Pretzel My Buttons.  This is a very nice, nude color.  A very light beige creme that would work with any color complimentary, I think.  It’s a but blurry and pardon my beat up cuticles..

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons

OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons as the base

Here is a shot of the full manicure after top coat and a bit of cuticle care.

Completed Manicure

Final Manicure, complete with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Finally, a close up of my thumb, which came out the best in my opinion (even though this was before I cleaned up the edges. That really isn’t my thumb bleeding, I promise).  I really like this plate design and can’t wait to use it with other colors!

Crop of German Manicure Thumbnail

Crop of German Manicure Thumbnail

These are the only two colors I have from the Germany Collection, but I would like to get my hands on several others. 

Thanks for reading!!


I’m back!

Hello, folks!  It’s been quite a while since I have done a blog post but, rest assured, I have been painting my nails and photographing.  With any luck, most of it will make it to this blog and your eyes!  🙂

Well, a couple weeks ago Ulta had an AMAZING buy one get one free sale on butter LONDON polish (OMG I know!!!) so I had to run down and get 4 HAHA.  Did anyone else get that email and either go immediately to their site or physically run to the store?  I did both!  The colors I chose include two new colors, Trustafarian and Dodgy Barnett, from the Autumn/Winger Bespoke collection plus The Black Knight and All Hail the Queen. 

butter LONDON Trustafarian

This color is beautiful, a seafoam or sage green (as described on the website) with a beautiful holographic effect.  I used three coats for the photos below, but I could have gotten away with two.  As with most holographic polishes (at least all I’ve used), indoor light really does not do it justice.  I think this is my new favorite polish.  🙂


butter LONDON's Trustafarian in the sun

butter LONDON’s Trustafarian in the sun


butter LONDON's Trustafarian indoors with a flash

butter LONDON’s Trustafarian
indoors with a flash

butter LONDON Dodgy Barnett

This color is a great, silvery grey with another great holographic effect.  I haven’t had the chance to put this one on yet, but I am sure it will be beautiful and easy when I do!

butter LONDON's Dodgy Barnett in the sun

butter LONDON’s Dodgy Barnett in the sun

butter LONDON All Hail the Queen

This color is what I would call a …… beige-ish light brown?  Yeah, that’s it.  What I didn’t really notice in the bottle is that it also has a nice holographic shimmer to it in the right light.  It is not really as dark as it appears in the photo below, and seems it would look best with 3 coats (2 shown below).

butter LONDON All Hail the Queen in the sun

butter LONDON All Hail the Queen in the sun

butter LONDON The Black Knight in the sun

This color is a black jelly base with a dense multicolor glitter.  With 2 coats as shown below, or one more if you like, this would cover beautifully.  I will be interested to try a single layer over a lighter color to add some oomph without being jet black.  We’ll see…

butter LONDON The Black Knight in the sun

butter LONDON The Black Knight in the sun

China GlazeBlonde Bombshell over Champagne Bubbles

This manicure used a base of China Glaze’s Champagne Bubbles, which is a lovely gold shimmer with with sparse gold glitter thrown in to resemble the bubbles in a glass of champagne.  I really love it, and decided to add Blonde Bombshell on alternate nails, to kick it up a notch!  I hope you like it as much as I did.  🙂

Two China Glaze colors: Blonde Bombshell accents over Champagne Bubbles

Two China Glaze colors:
Blonde Bombshell accents over Champagne Bubbles

Well, that’s it for today.  I hope you all are enjoying your weekends!  The weather here is turning fall-ish (LOVE IT!!!!!) and I can’t wait as they are calling for highs in the 60s week after next.  <squealing with joy>

I hope you all have a great Sunday evening and a good week coming.  As always, thanks for reading!

Leslie  🙂