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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: Essence Colour and Go VIP Appeal

Hello all!

Please allow me to say, squeeee! I have 79 followers! I am inching closer to 100 and my first giveaway. *eeee!*

Okay. Now on to why I am here. To show off today's mani. I am wearing Essence Colour and Go in VIP Appeal. A coral creme. I think it is a creme? It behaves and looks kind of like a creme but it is also sheer and somewhat squishy, like a jelly. So, maybe it is a jelly/creme? Creme/jelly? Creme filled jelly doughnut? I mentioned that this polish is a bit sheer. I applied three generous coats over a base of Seche Clear and a coat of Orly Ridge Filling Base and I still have some VNL, at some angles and in some light. In natural light, this coral is pink based. In incandescent light, it goes a little more orange.

Honestly, when I first started applying this polish, I thought it was going to be a big, fat fail. My first coat was very sheer, streaky and uneven. I got to my second coat and it started to improve and by coat number three, it was smooth and nearly opaque. If I wanted perfect opacity, I could have done a fourth. Uh... No. Only on a rare occasion for a very spectacular polish will I go four coats. After a nice coat of Seche, this stuff leveled and smoothed out even more and looks super glossy. The brush in this teeny, tiny mini bottle was surprisingly nice. Dare I say... Almost as nice as an OPI brush? It made application, even for this sloppy polisher easy and fairly neat. Tho I still needed to do clean up. lol This polish also cleans up easily. It did get thick and gloopy as I worked with it and I will probably need to thin it a bit, before I use it, again. And I will use it, again.



Taken indoors, in natural light through my window. No flash. It is a cloudy day, so no sunshine pictures.



Taken indoors with flash. Boy does this colour ever wash out under flash. But, I like it. I need to find me a bottle of polish this colour. :D

I was a bit iffy about this colour when applying it. I wondered if I liked it and if it would suit me. After getting it all done and wearing it a while, I find that I do like it and I think that it does suit me. Especially with my lightly tanned skin. I will definitely go for more corals, in the future. :D

Thank you for stopping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

This one is pretty much full of fail. This is Ulta 3 Jelly Bean. A medium blue with shimmer that can turn it greeny in some light. This is two coats plus Seche and some pretty blue heart sparklies sent to me as part of a sample pack by Viva La Nails.

I am not mad for this polish. the colour is okay but it is frosty. And it was bubbly and gloopy to work with. Then my Seche got bubbly, too. Heck, it is humid and nasty... So maybe it is the weather. Perhaps I will give this another chance, another time.

I think this one is getting deep sixed tomorrow. lol

Pictures of the fail:




Photos taken indoors. Without and with flash. No sunshine pictures, I'm afraid. It is cloudy, today. (Yes, we get clouds in Arizona. lol)

There is something about this polish that reminds me of Orly It's Up To Blue. I think it is that swimmy, shimmery, frosty feel and the way the colour shifts. I think I might have to compare them. :)


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: Monsoon Madness

Hello there. It is Monsoon Season here in Arizona. :D

Today I decided to do a manicure inspired by Monsoon clouds. Low, deep grey, spangled with different colours. Then they break up as the sun goes down and the stars peek out.

I used Jesse's Girl in Gunmetal (a polish I won in a giveaway :D). A medium grey jelly tightly packed with silver, blue and a little black shimmer. I applied three coats. It was easy to handle, even with my low brow painting skills, I had little cuticle flooding. The brush is a bit of a pain; the shaft is short, the handle is the bulky lid. But the bristles were pretty nice. Full and soft.

This polish was streaky as heck for the first two coats and trying to overwork it resulted in grab and drag. By the third coat, it was smoothing out nicely. I should probably have applied a fourth as I still have a little VNL, but I was in a hurry and didn't have a lot of time to keep applying polish. It dried swiftly and to a satin finish. Seche further smoothed and evened out the finish and added lovely shine. Cleanup was easy and quick, tho I did have to deal with the micro shimmer all over the place until I washed my hands. lol

I applied some stars sent to me by Viva La Nails. I did a line on my left ring and right index finger nails. I used a little Out the Door as "glue" and topped them with a couple of coats of Seche to anchor and smooth them down.

This is okay polish. The colour is pretty. But it is a lot of work to get there. I will use the bottle I have but I wouldn't buy another. This polish is thin on my nails and I don't expect this manicure to last too long. :)

Pictorial:










As you can see, my nails are shorter. I really liked the longer length but was starting to have a little trouble with vertical cracking and a peeling spot and I already have a big patch on my right bird finger nail. (You can see the thickened spot in the photo of my right hand nails.) And I just didn't want more patches, right now. I was also finally able to square off my left thumb nail and wanted all of my nails more uniform in length. They will grow. And hopefully they will be even better, this time around.

Thank you so much for popping in. Stay cool and may your polish never bubble. :D


Ooopsie! Almost forgot... The nail art supplies used in this post were sent to me for consideration.





Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: China Glaze Orange Knockout (Neon)

A good Wednesday afternoon, my little raindrops. It is a hot, humid day in my realm. Monsoon clouds are building and I am hoping for a cooling shower, later. Right about the time I hit the trails out at the lake, would be nice. :D

Okay, then... Today I have China Glaze Orange Knockout (neon) to show you. This is one of the polishes I received in my prize package from Kris. This polish is a bright, bright orange. It is very sheer. I applied three thick coats and it isn't anywhere near opaque. This stuff couldn't be opaque if it wished on a star to be so. It really needs a coat of white under it to cover properly and really give off that neon glow. Sadly, the only white polish I own at present is Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in White On and I like it not. It is too thick, gloopy, gloppy, streaky, bubbly and takes an eternity to dry. Now, that might be my fault... I have read the experiences of some gals who adore the stuff, so... *shrug*

I like this colour. It is just the right shade of orange to suit my skin tone, especially since I am presently sporting a light tan. (Yes, I know that tanning is The Evil. This is my Summer of "I don't give a shit about sun protection".) The formula is thin. And it flooded all of my cuticles like crazy. I thought I was going to have to call Noah in, for a while, there. I had to do a ton of clean up when I finished this manicure, thankfully, this polish cleans up like a dream and it didn't take me long, at all. I had little bubbling, it went on easily and only looked streaky on the first coat. Methinks this is a neon jelly... It dried a bit more shiny than other neons I have had experience with. And handled more easily, too. I topped this polish with a nice coat of Seche.

I might do something to cover the nail lines or convert this to a funky French. The VNL is beginning to drive me a little bonkers. lol What I need to do is suss out a really good white polish that won't give me so danged much trouble as the Sally Hansen does so that I will ave a good base for this colour and for doing French tips and so forth.

Okay, okay. Shutting up and giving with the pictures, now. I only have two. The batteries are low in my camera and I didn't know how much juice I had left for shooting and uploading.


Taken indoors in natural light. No flash. This polish photographs less sheer than in person. The VNL is actually very pronounced. Also, it doesn't photograph as bright and saturated as it really is. This is a bright, bright traffic cone orange.

Taken indoors with flash. Look at what flash does to this stuff. It looks like insipid orange juice. Nothing like the actual colour.

I couldn't like China Glaze High Voltage Pink, no matter how many times I tried and ended up passing it along to a fellow polish fanatic. But I really do like this shade. Perhaps I am not ready to write off neons, after all.

Stay cool, girls. And may your polish be bubble free. :D


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Surfeit of Goodies!

KrisinPhilly recently held a mini polishes giveaway and I was the lucky and much surprised winner. My prize package arrived yesterday and it was full of all kinds of great polishes. Including the much lemminged by me Ulta Glam Goth set.

Here is a picture of the bounty:


It is going to be so much fun to swatch and play with all of these great colours.

Thank you again, Kris! <3

Monday, July 19, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: Sally Hansen Copper Chrome

Hi there, polish fanatics. :D

Today I have a paint job done in an old Sally Hansen Chrome Nail Makeup polish in Copper Chrome. The bottle colour is a rosy copper but the polish inside the bottle is a shiny verdigris. I kinda like it. :D I doubt that this polish is Big 3 free... But I am not too worried about it. It applied easily, two coats gave me perfect opacity. I could have possibly got there in one, were I better with a polish brush. I don't have perfectly smooth nails or technique so the finish is a bit uneven and imperfect. I am pretending that it is that way on purpose, that I am going for an antiqued, hand crafted kind of look.

I topped this polish with Seche and then decals I received from Viva La Nails. I like the delicate, subtle black roses against the bight, shiny polish. Sometimes I like my nail art to whisper, rather than shout. :) After my water decals were on and dry, I applied a last coat of Seche.

Now to see how long lasting this polish is. I am not expecting miracles. If I get a solid day or maybe two from it, I will be pleased enough. I probably won't want to wear this polish much longer than that, anyway.

All photos were taken in indoor light through my window. No sunshine pics, today. The Monsoon clouds are out in force, today.









I am growing so fond of water decals. They are so easy to use, remove in a flash and look like delicate, hand painted designs. :D

I now have two patched nails. *sigh* my right thumb, outer corner was starting to peel, so I slapped a tea bag and glue patch there to stop it then my right bird finger had a nasty crack along the white edge line. I applied a double layer patch, there. I applied one horizontally, wrapping it over and under my nail, then applied a second, vertically over the first. Then I let it all dry well and buffed it smooth with my glass file. I am getting better at patching. I can see the spots, but only because I know that they are there.

Good Grief! Do we really care that Lindsay is going to jail? Do news channels need to run hours of Lindsey's countdown to jail? Give me a frakking break! If the little idiot hadn't been driving under the influence, and if she had complied with the requirements of the Court, in the first place, she wouldn't have to go to jail. I don't feel sorry for her and I am sick of seeing coverage of her. Surely there is some real news happening, somewhere?


The nail art supplies were sent to me for consideration.





Saturday, July 17, 2010

Giveaway Alert!

Polish or Perish is having a 700 follower celebration giveaway! Please click the link to travel there, enter and check out their blog.

If It Isn't One Thing...

It's half a damn dozen others! Cripes!

But I finally got a little time to do my nails. I decided to do a simple mani of a sheer pink with some water decals and a couple of stickers sent to me by Viva La Nails.

My polish today is OPI Kiss On The Chic. This polish is a sheer that couldn't dream of being opaque. It is soft, milky and squishy. I like that it kind of looks like a French without the hassle of doing the tips in white, first. I should have done three coats, but as I was trying to get my nails done, Husband was replacing the heating element in my dryer and needed me to keep interrupting myself to hand him screws, tools and so forth So, the nails just got two coats of colour. I used Seche Clear base and Seche Vite top coat.

I like the water decals from Viva La Nails. They are easy to use and have the advantage over sticker decals of being easy to move around and position just where I want them. And they don't bubble and lift when I put Seche over the top, like some sticker decals I have used.


Taken indoors in cloudy natural light through my window. No flash. Sorry about all the reflections. This was actually the best pic I got out of fifteen. Sometimes I question my right to operate a camera of any kind. lol

So, there it is... My fresh mani. I hope that you are all having a terrific Summer day and have fun polishing! :D



The nail art supplies used in this post were sent to me for consideration and review.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Busy...

As a one legged man at a butt kicking contest. I haven't even had time to paint my nails. I am wearing a couple of coats of base coat on them hoping that I can get to polishing tomorrow.

I now have seventy followers! Seventy. That is so cool and I really appreciate every one of you. But... I am greedy. I want 100. So... I am going to hold off on my giveaway until I hit 100 followers. :D

Okay, I have to run. Hopefully, I'll be back with a fresh mani, tomorrow.

Bye, for now!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Viva La Nails Nail Art Goodies

I received a sample pack of nail art supplies from Viva La Nails, today. This is a European nail art supply company. They offer free sample packs to nail bloggers and You Tubers. If you are interested, here are the details.

This sample pack was provided at no cost for the supplies or shipping. I ordered it online on the 6th. Ordering was fast and smooth. I received instant e-mail confirmation of my order and an e-mail the next day telling that my order had shipped. It landed on my doorstep, today. Six days from Latvia. Not too shabby. Not too shabby at all. :D The products were nicely packaged, packed in a padded envelope and arrived in terrific condition.

I received a generous selection of goodies to play with. There are decals, star and heart cut outs, glitters, stones, shells, foil flakes and some little nail wipe cloths. I can't wait to sit down and play with them and see what kind of designs I can come up with. I will post pics and my experiences with these products when I use them.

Okay, to what you are waiting for. A picture of the booty. (Not that booty... ;) lol)

Click to make the picture bigger. :D

I think that some of these decals are water decals. I am not familiar with using them. I guess it is time to hit You-Tube and watch some how to's.

This is going to be fun.


These products were sent to me free of charge by the company for consideration and review.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: China Glaze Watermelon Rind

China Glaze Watermelon Rind. A lovely Summer colour. This green jelly is packed with green, blue and silver shimmer. It is pretty in normal light then when flash or direct sun hits it... Wow! Sparkle and shine and scintillation.

This polish needs three coats to get it completely opaque. It handles nicely and luckily for me, is easy to clean up. I topped it with a coat of Seche.


Photo taken in indoor light,no flash. This polish photographs more to the teal. In person it is green. Not teal.


Indoors with flash.


A few shots outdoors in direct sun. The Monsoon clouds parted long enough for me to get these pictures. Mighty accommodating of them, wouldn't you say?




I filed my nails down a bit. They were getting a bit long for me. I think I like this length better.

So, what do you think of Watermelon Rind? Do you own it? Do you love it? Are you now having wild cravings for ice cold, sweet, juicy watermelon? :D


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: OPI Bastille My Heart

Hello my lovelies. I hope that my fellow Americans had a terrific holiday weekend filled with fun, laughter, yummy grilled food and not tooo much adult liquid refreshment. And fireworks, of course!

I have a fresh manicure to share with all of you. I wore bare nails under base coat for a couple of days after removing my 4th of July mani. Which, by the way, was easier to remove than I expected it to be. I didn't even have to do robo fingers. I was busy and didn't have a lot of time for nail painting, clean up and drying. But I had time, today. And I decided to wear one of my all time favourite nail colours, ever.

OPI Bastille My Heart. From the Autumn 2008 France Collection. This polish is enchantingly lovely. It is a rich, blue based burgundy jelly with a hidden fuchsia shimmer that fires in flash and direct sun. The formula is gorgeous and easy for even this nail painting slob to handle. Yes, there was some cuticle flooding but I blame my polishing skills, not the polish. Clean up is a bit of a pain in the arse; this polish is pigmented stuff. But the finished look is worth a little effort and doesn't scare me away from wearing it.

I applied two coats and it is just about perfectly opaque. There is a little VNL in direct sun and it shows in some photographs, as well. I should probably have applied three but it was going on so well and I wasn't willing to push my luck on a third coat on a not great for doing nails day. Stupid heat and humidity, anyway. Why can't Mother Nature get it through her thick skull that this kind of weather makes us nail girls unhappy? I topped this manicure with a coat of Seche and boy, is it ever shiny.

I love this polish. I want to marry this polish. And I seriously need to get a back up bottle before OPI does something stupid like discontinuing it. If I don't and they do, I will be broken hearted.

Allrighty, then! How about some pictures? This polish photographs lighter than it is, in person. I wish I had the camera and skills to photograph my polishes true to colour. *sigh*


Indoor shot, taken in a dim room, natural light, no flash. I like that this shot shows the glossy, glossy finish but it is blurry because I had trouble with camera shake. I really need a tripod. :p


Taken indoors, with flash. See the fuschia shimmer? Sooo pretty. And it gives lovely dimension to what could be otherwise just another burgundy polish.


Outdoors in direct sun just after noon.


Another outdoor shot.


This one shows more shimmer. Sadly it also shows a little bald spot on the tip of my bird finger nail. Can't see it in person, tho. Guess that is a side effect of jelly polishes.


A macro shot of a nail. To show the shimmery goodness.


The bottle in direct sun. Don't you dig that shimmer?


Bwahahahaha! My "I wanna be in a magazine ad!" Shot. Yeah... No. Not with my hands... ;) lol

Do you own this polish? Do you love it? Have you dragged it off to Vegas and married it, yet? Have you fallen over laughing at my "polish model" shot?

I am test driving a new to me base coat. Seche Clear Base Coat. I'll run a photo and review after this manicure. :D

Have a lovely evening, everyone and stay cool, out there.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Every Heart Beats True for the Red, White and Blue

Unless it is this manicure. lol

Not artistic persons such as myself have no business attempting art. Of any kind. Especially on our nails. I decided to try to make my Orly Star Spangled mani into a Fourth of July extravaganza. So, I applied French tip nails guides and did a coat of white to keep purple from becoming and then painted on two coats of China Glaze Frostbite for the blue. Removed the tapes and so far, so good. I applied a coat of Seche and did clean up.

Then it was time for the white portion of this mani. I used a toothpick and Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear on White On and a toothpick to make the dots. Yikes! What a nightmare. The polish, which is thick and nasty, anyway turned into something resembling a cross between Elmer's glue and bricklayers mortar. My supposed to be pretty white dots ended up looking jacked up in the extreme. I decided to top everything with a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust. It kind of distracts the eye from the fact that my dots look like ass and the lovely holo glitter looks like the sparkling colours in fireworks.

I am not too happy with the result but I don't have time to clean it off and redo my nails so it is going to have to stay. There is so much polish on my nails that this manicure is taking a lifetime to dry. I can imagine just how much fun it is going to be to clean off in a couple of days. Maybe I'll just wear it until it wears off on it's own. lol


Taken indoors in natural light through my window, no flash.


Outdoors in direct noon sun. No flash. I love the holo sparkle of this polish.


A blurry shot to show the colours and more sparkle.

If you made it this far, may I offer a little eye cleansing? A reward, if you will for suffering through the first part of this post.

May I present my Little Orange Friend, my cat, Marley.



Click the kitteh to make him bigger and to better admire the handsomness of him. (But please, ignore the floppers behind him... I am ashamed to say I allowed them to be dropped and left there. *sigh*)

Have a great weekend, everyone and Happy Fourth of July to my American readers!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Giveaway Alert! #2

The Hungry Asian is having a giveaway, too. :D


This is just some of the yummy lovelies she is offering. Have I whet your appetite?

Yes?

Great! Click the link and go check it out. And read her blog, if you haven't. Her blog is a lot of fun to read.

Giveaway Alert!

Konadlicious is having a giveaway! Click to check it out.

Here s a pic of the goodies:


Enter and read her blog. It is a lot of fun to peruse. :D

Manicure of the Moment: Mani In Progress?

Hello, fellow polish fans. I hope that your July is starting out great and that you aren't too roasted-toasted.

I have been having trouble with polish, lately. With the increasing heat and humidity, polish application has been a true pain in the hiney. Bubbles galore. Arrrgh! I actually wore bare nails with just clear base for a few days, due to frustration with colour. So, I had nothing to post. lol

Today, tho... I finally got a colour on my nails and miracle! It looks halfway decent and can stay. It may be part of my Fourth of July mani. Or this colour may just become my Fourth of July mani. I haven't decided, yet.

My nails are rocking Orly in Star Spangled.. I have swatched this colour but this is the first time I have worn it as a full manicure. I really like it. It is a red jelly packed with red glitter. It isn't a clone for China Glaze Ruby Pumps. The glitter in this polish is finer and not quite as dense. But boy, is it ever pretty. And, I am of the opinion that a girl can't have too many pretty, red glitter polishes. :D

This is two coats and is opaque in person, tho there is a little VNL in some of the photos. It was easy to apply, tho it did flood my cuticles a lot. I had a lot of clean up to do. (Probably mostly my own fault...lol) Happily, for a glitter, clean up was actually pretty easy. Good thing.

I thinned the living shit out of my old, gloopy Seche and managed to get a good coat of it on my nails. I need to get to Sally! And I would like a bottle of Star of Bombay to complete my mani for the Fourth.

Okay... On to the peechurs:



Taken indoors in natural light. No flash. This is the only indoor pic... I had a heck of a time getting a not blurry picture indoors, today. :p

The rest of these pics are outdoors, in direct afternoon sun. No flash. *sigh* I like this polish and I think that it doesn't photograph as pretty as it is in person.






Thanks for stopping by and remember, it is a bit wicked hot out there, girls. Try to stay cool. :D