Archive | March 2013

Easter Manicure

Hello everyone!  Happy Easter to those who celebrate and happy Sunday to those who don’t.  🙂

Today I have Nails Inc Lower Regent Street with a nice topping of Angel Burp by I Love Nail Polish.  Lower Regent Street is a bright fuschia pink that is described as a deep cerise pink on the website.  It gave complete coverage with two coats, and dried to a nice shine. As I’ve come to expect, the application of Nails Inc. polish was a dream! The addition of Angel Burp gave this bright pink a bit more of a Springtime/Easter feel.  This clear polish is a mix of opalescent/iridescent hex and square glitters and a nice bit of microfine glitter.  This first shot shows the manicure, topped with TWO coats of Seche Vite in daylight.

Nails Inc. Lower Regent Street and I <3 Nail Polish Angel Burp

Here is the same manicure shown under the light of a camera flash.  This view definitely gives you a  better view of those wee little glitters I told you about.  These are both gorgeous polishes that I am sure I will get a lot of use from.  Also, the I Love Nail Polish bottles have a nice rubberized cap!!  That makes polishing so easy as the cap feels quite secure in the hand.  I’ve really come to like this feature that I’ve seen so far in Orly and now I Love Nail Polish.  Nails Inc. Lower Regent Street and I <3 Nail Polish Angel Burp - Flash

Thanks for stopping by, as always.  I hope you all have a great week ahead!

Leslie

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A couple new Indies and old Undies

Today I am adding a couple new looks to an old pair of undies (LOL), aka OPI’s Don’t Pretzel My Buttons.  I used it here before in a stamping mani, check it out. It’s a very nice neutral palette to add any other color glitter or stamping to.  Today I am adding a new glitter polish I recently acquired through the wonder that is the interwebs. 

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons

I added a lovely new polish of mine from I Love Nail Polish called A Nice Chianti. It’s a gorgeous combination of  with small magenta glitter and hexes in a clear base.  The glitter spreads nice and even and I didn’t have to do any fishing to get a brush-ful.  It applied nicely and dried in a reasonable amount of time.

I Love Nail Polish's A Nice Chianti over OPI's Don't Pretzel My Buttons

Finally I added a coat of Top Tastic from Sparkles by Julie.  She’s closing up shop, I believe, and all polishes are on clearance.  Go snatch some up while they last!!  Top Tastic is a gorgeous holographic topcoat.  I can see using this over many, many color and can’t wait to use it again.  You can see the effect best on my middle finger in the photo below.  I absolutely love it and am VERY glad I got some.  The application was great and dry time was normal.  

Top Tastic over A Nice Chianti and Don't Pretzel My Buttons

OK, that’s it for today, folks.   I am going to be doing some updating to the look of my blog soon, so keep your eyes peeled for a new me! 

On a non-polish related matter, we are getting ready for hubby to have neck surgery tomorrow, his third since last July.  It’s been a pain, literally and figuratively, and we hope this will be the last one.  Any good vibes you can send his way are gratefully accepted. 

Have a great week!!

Leslie

Happy Almost St. Patrick’s Day!! :-)

Hey!  Just a SUPER-short and sweet post in honor of the impending St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday.  I used Sally Hansen’s Grass Slipper as the base and stamp, and Finger Paints’ Sketch N Etch on accent nail.  I couldn’t find a four leaf clover, so I found this clover-ish vine to use, it’s Shany plate SH24.  I’ll have to make sure and invest in some more holiday-themed plates, that’s for sure!  That’s about it, it’s very late here and I really need to get to bed.  LOL

Sally Hansen Grass Slipper with Finger Paints Sketch N Etch accent

Sally Hansen Grass Slipper with Finger Paints Sketch N Etch accent

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!  Anyone have any exciting plans for this Sunday?  Do tell…

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

Leslie

OPI – Can’t Find My Czechbook

Happy (almost) Hump Day, everyone!  Today’s post is part of another set I got my hands on from OPI.  Their site is really awesome, you can ‘try on ‘ their colors and even adjust the length of the nails shown in the display!  Nail geekdom at its finest, I must say.  But I digress, back to the topic at hand.  The Euro Centrale mini set includes the polishes listed below:

  • Can’t Find My Czechbook
  • Suzy’s Hungary AGAIN!
  • You’re Such A BudaPest
  • OY-Another Polish Joke!

OPI Euro Centrale Minis

The polish swatch I am sharing today is called Can’t Find My Chezhbook (I just LOVE these polish names LOL).  It’s a baby blue creme that dries to a nice shine.  It was a bit streaky, but two layers gave complete coverage as you can see below.  It’s a bit darker/smokier in artificial light, so if you think the blue below might be a bit too much, it does tone down.  The photo below was taken in sunlight.  So, I’m wearing this color, and I think to myself, “Self, you should stamp something really cool and sparkly on top of this!”

OPI Can't Find My Czechbook

So the color I chose to stamp on top is one of the colors from Color Club‘s 2013 Halo Hues collection, called Beyond.  I haven’t swatched it yet, but will eventually.  This one is a black linear holographic polish, so I thought it would fit the bill with sparkle and add some contrasting dark color too.  I pulled out my Cheeky stamping plate CH2, and proceeded to perpetrate the crime against nail stamping that you see below.  I don’t know what it is lately, but my stamping mojo is missing.  I hope I can get it back, because I LOVE stamping and it’s so disappointing when you try and the end result really isn’t what you had intended.  Oh well, pity party over.  LOL  It looks OK and I can’t wait to see it out in the sun, I’d like to see how much sparkle I really get.

Can't Find My Czechbook stamped with Color Club Beyond

Thanks for stopping by, as always, feel free to leave any comments if you feel so inclined.  Have a great week!

Leslie

Mind Control by Cult Nails

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Hopefully you’re relaxed after a nice weekend and looking forward to the week ahead.  I just finished a Statistics course on Wednesday and am starting a new course today, so had a whole 3 days off school!  Too bad I had still to work and do everything else in the meantime, so unfair lol.  This class is online, so no extra miles or time taken out of my day to commute to and from school, that is awesome!  Anyhow, I digress as that’s not really what this post is about….  🙂

Mind Control by Cult Nails

Cult Nails Mind Control

Cult Nails Mind Control

Today’s polish is Mind Control by Cult Nails.  Maria’s packaging is absolutely lovely as each bottle is securely wrapped in recyclable materials and marked clearly with the name, and she also includes cotton balls as an added buffer from the world.  All this wrapped in red tissue paper with a cute Cult Nails sticker on it.  (This package even included a cute little clear/black netted bag whose top pulls closed.  I will have to hunt it down and photograph it.) It’s almost as fun to open the package as it is to use the polish! 

Cult Nails Convert Pack #4 and then some....

Cult Nails Convert Pack #4 and then some….

I got this a while back when I bought a Convert Pack (#4 was my choice) that included Deception along with Wicked Fast Top Coat and Time Traveler.  You can see it photographed on the Cult nails site here.   I love all of these colors, and will swatch the others eventually.  🙂  Mind Control is a really deep smoky purple with a shimmer that shifts from pink to purple, even a bit blue in some light. The macro below was the best of my attempts to capture it. 

Cult Nails Mind Control

This is two coats of Mind Control and a top coat.

Cult Nails Mind Control

Cult Nails Mind Control

Do you all like this polish?  Are you a fan of the Cult Nails line?  I have many of their polishes and have really enjoyed all of them.  What’s your favorite color?  Let me know.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Leslie