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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 (*^_^*)

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To-Teally Hot Manicure

Hello, again! Thought I would share another manicure I managed to get done.  It’s another one using stamping, which I think is just about the neatest thing EVER!!!  I’ve got the new 2012 Bundle Monster plates in my mailbox as I type, so this one might not last too long.  We’ll see, there are some really great images on these plates.  Check them out here, if you like.

First here are the colors I used: Finger Paints To-Teally Hot and Orly Decades of Dysfunction.  I’ve managed to use this Orly color a couple times, but this is the first use of To-Teally Hot.  Very nice color, opaque and not at all streaky.  Same with the Orly color too, actually.  Excellent, even coverage with 2 coats.

To-Teally Hot Manicure - Colors

Orly’s Decades of Dysfunction and Finger Paints To-teally Hot

To-teally Hot Bottle

Finger Paints To-Teally hot

Orly Decades of Dysfunction

Orly Decades of Dysfunction

First, I start with a base of To-Teally Hot.  This is a nice, bold summer color. 

To-teally Hot base

To-teally Hot base

Then I stamped a pattern (again with my Cheeky plate) with Decades of Dysfunction.  This stamping thing is really addicting.  So many options, so many more that can be bought.  Can you say DANGER!!!  Put the credit card down and step away from the laptop.  But I digress….

To-Teally Hot Manicure

To-Teally Hot Manicure

Here’s a close-up of the design.  I’m not sure how to describe it, maybe a reverse giraffe print?  Or a regular giraffe print?  haha  Feel free to let me know if you have any better ideas as to what kind of pattern this is.  🙂

In spite of my trying to use new and exciting nail treatments to help my nails get stronger, they seem to be constantly breaking.  With any luck this phase won’t last too long.  If anyone has any tips on a product that they use that has given them good results, I am open to suggestions.  I am using OPI’s Nail Envy Nail Strengthener, but it doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. 

To-Teally Hot Close-up

To-Teally Hot Close-up

Thanks for reading – hope you are all having a great weekend.

Leslie  🙂

PS  Today is my mom’s 70th birthday, and we had a nice afternoon together capped off with my mom’s famous Breaded Steak, made by me this time.  I got a thumbs up!!  🙂
PPS   I think I am finally getting a hang of these pictures.  I hope to get better and better with practice, as with anything else.  Enjoy the ride!