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Friday, December 31, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: Happy New Year's Eve!

Have a swing from the chandelier good time, this New Year's Eve. Just remember to call a cab or have a designated driver, mmmmkay? Let's have a party-rific time, and get home safe and sound.

This wild party animal will be sitting home, watching TV and probably be snoring by eleven. Good times. lol

My New Year's Eve mani isn't exactly what I had in mind... I have a feeling that it might never be... lol Oh well. It is fun. And that is what really counts, methinks.

Or, maybe not. :P

I did this mani with two coats of Sinful Colors Secret Admirer and a quick coat of Seche. Then I stamped them with Fauxnad plates BM09 and BM08 with China Glaze Millennium. I added silver glitter at my tips with a striper and black "diamonds" set in silver glitter. Then I did a second coat of Seche to seal everything up.


Pic is clickable. I don't advise it... lol
It is a bright, sunny, colder than a witch's lunchbucket New Year's Eve day. Nineteen degrees with a windchill of 8. Frakking brrrr! I really need it to warm up. A lot. And melt this damned snow. Being trapped on this hillside unable to get out isn't making me happy. 

Bonus pic: My doggie in the snow. :D


Snow. Sucks. Do not want. 
Okay, so thank you for popping in. Have a great New Year and may your polish never bubble.


Some of the products used in this post were provided to me by the company for a fair and honest review.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. How is your week going? It is snowing here. It started late this morning and has been going, light but steady all day and evening. We may get 4 to 6 inches. I just hope it melts fast. We live on the side of a hill and our driveway is a steep-pitched skating rink when it is snowy and icy. Not good. Besides, I need to get out and go shopping, this weekend. Groceries and polishes to buy, you know. :D

So, today I decided it was time to try a new polish. Revlon Royal. This. Polish. Is. Gorgeous. Deep, royal blue jelly. It is almost cobalt blue. I am in love with this colour. I would take it to Vegas and marry it, if I could. It is so squishy and has a lovely lit from within quality that reminds me of the enamel on my favourite hair clip.

I read that this polish is a three coater, so I decided to apply two coats of Royal over underwear. It goes on so smooth, so easily. It is slightly thin, but not runny. It is pretty easy to control and clean up. Just keep it off your cuticles. This polish is very highly pigmented and will stain your cuticles pretty quickly. I now do cleanup as I paint each nail and even the short time between letting a little polish hit a cuticle and getting my cleanup brush there, it had stained a little. So, watch those cuticles. :) Royal dries pretty quickly but it dries satin, not super shiny. To get that gorgeous, squishy shine to really come out, you need topcoat. I used Seche Vite, of course.

Fair warning. Lots of pictures coming up. I had a hard time narrowing down the ones I wanted to keep and post. And I like looking at this colour... So... Oh! And please ignore the reflections in my nails. I had to photograph them in my bathroom. Bright but shitty incandescent lighting made for squicky skintone and lots of reflections I don't like. :P








Sorry about the dry skin. I was thinking about doing Konad and I didn't want to try to tangle with a stamper and cuticle oil, at the same time. lol

Speaking of Konad... I used plate # M59 to stamp snowflakes with China Glaze Millennium. Nice stamping polish, by the way. I stamped one over the other to try to make it look like falling snow. I wasn't entirely successful. But I don't think I did too bad. I sealed the stamping with the "topcoat" I made, then applied a little Wet and Wild Dancer to my tips. Dancer is a fine holo glitter that reminds me of China Glaze Fairy Dust. I topped everything with a second coat of Seche.


Pictures are, as always clickable, if you so desire.

All of my Christmas decorations, excluding outdoor lights are all taken down and packed away. I normally leave my Christmas decorations up until after the New Year. But we are planning to do some rearranging this weekend and I wanted all of the decorations put away so I don't have to hassle with them, then. *sigh* It is kind of sad, when they are all gone for the year. My house always feels so bare, kind of dark and echo-y for a while.

Okay, I think I have nattered on long enough. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night (or day, depending on where you are, right now), stay warm and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: Sweet Pink and Konad Roses

Hello gentle readers. I hope that everyone who celebrates had a fantastic Christmas. Ours was nice. Pretty quiet. We went out to the lake and took a nice hard three mile walk to earn the Christmas dinner I had in the oven. It was nice to get out and get some fresh air and move a bit. We weren't the only ones with the same idea, the trails were pretty busy. But not crowded. The weather yesterday was gorgeous. Sixty degrees with a breeze. Perfect for hardcore power walking. Warm enough for short sleeves and the breeze kept us cool and comfortable. I am not even all that mad that we didn't have snow. If it had snowed, that lovely walk would have been out of the question. :D

Okay, on to the real reason why we are here. Nails. Mine, to be specific. After all of the dark, glittery, heavy nail looks, I was really in the mood for something soft, sweet and subtle. So I decided to paint my nails pink and do some Konading on top. I chose Color Club She's So Glam from the Rebel Debutant collection that I scored for a song at Ross a couple of weeks ago. This was my first experience with Color Club and now that I have tried this brand, it won't be my last. I am just kicking myself for passing by Color Club when I was in Ross in the past. Back before I knew that this was a good brand of polish. Now that I am edumicated, I will be stalking Ross for other collections.

She's So Glam is a pretty carnation pink creme that is a pleasure to apply. It is a tad persnickety, it doesn't like to be overworked and it can get a bit streaky if you aren't smooth and quick with it. It self levels nicely and was opaque and smooth in two coats. I topped it with Seche and let it dry for a little while before I started stamping.





Taken outdoors on a very cloudy day. No flash. 
The writing on the bottom is mine. These bottles are unlabeled and I had to mark them and write down the names on a separate piece of paper that I keep with my polishes. I wish that polish companies were more careful about labeling all of their polishes. 

After my polish dried for a while, it was time to stamp. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Konad plate M65. This is my first attempt at a full nail design. I don't think I did too bad a job. I do need some more practice at placing my designs, On my right hand, I have some bare spots near my tips on a couple of nails and my left thumb nail the design starts too far over, but all in all, I don't think it looks too bad. I have read that Seche doesn't always play well with stamped designs, so I sealed the design with a thin mix I made of clear polish and Wet-N-Wild and Fingers top coats, let it dry a bit then topped everything with a nice, thick coat of Seche. It worked very nicely.




I am beginning to develop a rhythm and learning some things that make the process faster and easier and gives me a nice result. I think that I am going to have to break down and buy some stamping polishes. I like the soft, subtle look of today's design but there will be times I want it to be brighter and sharper and I think that I will need the "real" stamping polish to achieve that. Stamping is fun and I am going to be doing a lot of it in the future.

Okay, I must run along. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific day, stay warm and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hello gentle readers. It is my wish that all who celebrate are having a wonderful Christmas. For those of you who don't, I hope that you are having a fantastic day.

My nails are just wearing two coats of China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat. I haven't had time to paint and decorate them and don't know when I will get time, until later, today. Phew! Crazy day.

Okay, I must run. I will see you all, tomorrow. <3

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

Today's manicure is a bright and shiny look. I started with my usual China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat. Then I applied two coats of China Glaze Cheers To You. How lovely and fun is this polish, I ask you? Bright silver foil that applies like a dream, is perfectly opaque in two easy coats and isn't frosty or very brushstroke-y. Love. :D

I applied a coat of Seche and let things set up for a few, then I got down to a little nail art fun. I applied bell and holly water decals sent to me by Born Pretty Store for review too my ring finger and thumb nails. Then I added little clear rhinestones I bought from CVS to accent the bells and give them a little sparkle. I applied one coat of China Glaze Party Hearty to the rest of my nails, then topped everything with another coat of Seche Vite.



These photos were taken indoors by my Christmas tree, again. We still have no sunshine. Of course, it is going to clear up just in time to rob us of any chance for a white Christmas. Waaahhh... It is supposed to be sunny and near 60 degrees on Christmas. Bummer. :(

I am having way too much fun with all of these Christmas-y manicures and I will be a little sad when it is all over. But only for a moment. Because then it will be time to start celebrating the upcoming New Year on my nails.

Holy shit! I ordered my Konad plates from OC Nail Art yesterday and they landed in my mailbox, today! Fabulous, fast delivery. I am thrilled. Now, I am going to go open the envelope and admire my new plates. :D

Thank you so much for popping. I hope that all of your Christmas and Holiday dreams are coming true. Have a lovely evening and may your polish never bubble.

Secret Codes Rule! 30% Discount at OC Nail Art

Hello gentle readers.

I can't believe I forgot to share this. Most of you probably already know that OC Nail Art is offering a 30% discount with a secret discount code through the 31st of this month. All you need to do is send an e-mail to kathleen@ocnailart.com and ask for the code. The blog posting in which I read this information said to send it to Dave. I don't know why, since it is Kathleen and Daniel... If I remember correctly. But whatever. I did what I read to do and received the code by e-mail.:D

I ordered ten plates and saved twenty dollars and change. It was like getting three and a half free plates! Not too shabby, at all. So, if you have been eyeing some new plates or other Konad goodies, now is the time to get your code and get them. :D

Okay, must run along. I have to get another cup of coffee. I will have a manicure posting, later. My current mani is chipping. Bad. Revlon Suede polishes. Pretty, but fairly short-lived. I had a feeling that they might be. No biggie, since I like to change my polish frequently.

Okay, later, gators.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Product Review: Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30


Greetings, gentle readers. Today I have a non nail/polish post to share. I hope that you don't mind. Believe it or not, I do use products other than polish and nail art supplies. ;)

Like moisturiser. Lots and lots of moisturiser. As a woman of *cough* a certain age *cough* I am in need of all the moisture I can feed into my skin. And I do just fine with creams and lotions and even jojoba oil. But, and that is a bug but; when it comes to day moisturiser with sun protection, I was pretty much shut out. You see, I am allergic to all chemical sunscreens. I have tried all of them and the result is the same, red, swollen, itching, burning skin. Me, clawing at my face, crying and running for the nearest sink to wash off the offending substance. Not exactly a pretty look.

Until now. Now I use Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. As a long time user and lover of Neutrogena skin care, I was excited to try this day lotion. It contains naturally sourced sunblocks in the form of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Mineral sunblock puts a physical barrier between you and the sun, provides broad spectrum protection by blocking the UVA and UVB  rays from penetrating your skin. I know that these substances work as I have worn mineral foundation for many years, relying on it to protect my fair skin from the harsh, unrelenting Arizona sun. But there are times when I need to be in the sun and can't be wearing makeup. Like when I am out walking. I don't like to exercise with makeup on my face. I was taught it was bad for my skin and have stuck to that all of my life.

Now on to the product, it's self. It is a lightweight lotion, white in colour. When I first squeezed a little out onto my fingers, I gave it a good sniff to see if I could detect any hint of the telltale scent of chemical sunblock. None. The scent of this lotion is light, slightly... Medicinal. But the scent doesn't linger long. It applies nicely, sinks in quickly and leaves my face feeling soft and slightly velvety. Not at all greasy or slick. There is a slight whitish cast that disappears as the lotion sinks in. Since I am quite fair, I am not sure how much it would show on darker skintones.

After application, I carefully watched my face for signs of an adverse reaction. And got none. No itching, no burning, no redness. Ahhh... I wore it all night, to see just how moisturising it really is. It is pretty nice. For younger, oilier skins, this lotion, alone should be plenty for all day moisture and protection. I find that I need a little of my usual day cream, first, let it sink in then apply the Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer on top. That just works better for my skin.

I like this moisturiser and am looking forward to going out in the sun to walk, face free of makeup without having to wear a big old hat to shade my face. And, if I decide to use a non mineral foundation, I will need the protection that this lotion can give me.

If you are looking for a lovely. lightweight, easy to use moisturiser that gives broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays and is affordable, about $15.00 for a 1.7 ounce tube and easy to find, I buy mine at my local CVS (it can also be found at Walgreen's and other drugstores), this might be just the ticket for you, too.

Okay, time to run along. Thank you for popping in. And please, don't forget to enter my CSN Stores $60.00 gift certificate giveaway. You could win a nice little post holidays treat. :D

Have a fabulous evening and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. I hope that you are staying warm and aren't getting buried under too much snow.

Today I have a manicure done in green and red with a little striping and some rhinestones. I applied Revlon Ruby Ribbons matte suede polish, a dusty burgundy red with subtle shimmer to my ring finger and thumb nails and Revlon Emerald City matte suede, a dusty emerald green with subtle shimmer to my other nails. I did some striping on my accent nails and added little shots of glitter to the ends of the stripes and set green rhinestones on the red nails and red rhinestones on the green nails. I topped everything with Seche. Topcoat made the matte polish shiny and brought out the gorgeous shimmer that isn't as visible in it's suede finish.

These polishes apply beautifully. They are creamy, velvety and don't run all over the place and cleanup nicely, too. Dry time is a little faster than with shiny finish polishes.  I used a gold glitter striping nail art polish I picked up at Sally Beauty Supply on sale. The rhinestones I used were sent to me by Born Pretty Store.


 Check out that shimmer. Yummy!

The fugly lighting is courtesy of the bright, incandescent bulbs in my bathroom. We still have no sun here. I hate that I can't take polish pics in the sun, lately but I am loving and reveling in the clouds, wind and rain we are getting. 

Okay, my stomach is growling, which means I should go dig up some dinner. 
Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night. Stay warm and may your polish never bubble.

Oh! And please don't forget to check out my giveaway post, just before this one. A $60.00 gift certificate from CSN Stores is up for grabs. :D


Some of the products used in this post were sent to me by the company for a fair and honest review.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

I'm back. Second post today. That doesn't happen often. :D

I decided to change my manicure, since my French was rapidly deteriorating and I need nice nails for going shopping, tomorrow.

I did a base of China Glaze Ruby Deer, two coats then a coat of CG Fast Forward to set it. I know that you have seen many swatches and descriptions of this polish. Just let me add my voice to those who raved. Ruby Deer is a simply stunning red creme that wants to be a jelly when it grows up. It is almost squishy. It was near perfect in two coats. Another polish I am but crazy in love with. I am going to wear this polish a lot. Not just for the Christmas season.

After I let my polish set a bit, I applied some water decals sent to me by Born Pretty Store on my ring finger and thumb nails. Did I ever do a proper review of these decals? I don't believe I did. Well, simply put, I like them. A lot. There are lots of cute designs in bright, saturated colours. The details are sharp and clear. The decals are easy to use, last as long as your manicure does then whisk away with a touch of remover on a cotton round, when you are ready to kiss them goodbye. Good stuff.

I added some clear rhinestones I bought at, I think... CVS? Walgreen's? to my accent nails then I applied smaller stones on the corner of my other nails. Everything was topped with a nice coat of Seche.

Oh! Guess what? My Seche was getting a little thick. Kinda gloopy. I had already thinned it once. I picked up a new bottle yesterday and I just dumped some of my new in with my old and suddenly, all of the Seche in the bottle was just perfect. Weird, huh? You all probably already knew abut that, didn't you? lol

Anyhoozle, on to the photos.





Top two without flash, bottom two with flash. There was no sun, so I took them by my Christmas tree, again. 
Golly I like this polish. Even my husband, who doesn't notice anything liked it. 

Okay, dinner is almost ready. I need to go steam my fresh green beans. Thank you so much for popping in (again!), have a great night and may your polish never bubble. 


Some of the products used in this post were sent to me by the company for a fair and honest review.

Freecycle Haul

Hello kittens. How are you, this fine Caturday? I am well. It is dark, cloudy, cold and rainy, today. I love it. :D

Today I have pics of my latest Freecycle haul to share. I received a small bag of polishes from a lovely, generous lady who was happy to give me her unloved polishes. When I opened the bag, I almost squealed with delight. Contained within was four black label OPI polishes, an older Finger Paints, a Nicole and a Victoria's Secret polish.

Some of them were in need of a little TLC, a little thinner and some extra ballz and a good shake-fest returned them to their former glory. One, What's Dune, was just a clot of goop in the bottom of the bottle. I thought that one was a lost cause, but I decided to see what I could do with it. I added a bunch of ballz and a boatload of thinner, shook it like my mama taught me, added more thinner, shook again and ended up with something I think is very special. I can't be certain because there is no sun here, today but I think there is some holo, some opalescence and pearl. I will swatch it when the sun is out, again.

 With flash.
Natural light. 

From the left: OPI What's Dune?, OPI Affair in Times Square, OPI Buffalo Billings Berry, OPI no label, (but it has the old round brush, anybody recognize it?) Finger Paints Palette of Platinum, Nicole No Limits and Victoria's Secret brand Very Sexy polish in Vexed. Pics are clickable to enlarge and again, if you like.

I'll have to try these to see whether I like them or not. They all look wearable or as if they would make lovely frankens. All in all, a very nice group of fingertip pretties. 

Okay, so that is it, for now. I think I am going to changing my polish in a bit. My French is already beginning to chip a little. Already. *sigh*

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a lovely day and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gallant Rescue of a Failed French

Hello kittens.

Today I decided to do a French manicure with some pretty silver and gold stripes and a sparkly stone or two. Yeah... Not. Painting those stripes was an abject failure. I knew better than to try without the appropriate brush or nail art paint. *sigh* I tried it on my left ring and I made a bit of a mess of the job. Should have practiced ahead of time on paper. I would have seen that my lack of true artistic talent would have prevented me from succeeding. lol  Lack of talent and proper nail art brushes. I tried to do the art with a home chop job on a stiff synthetic brush. Good idea, bad execution. Funny how this seems to be a recurring theme with my French manicures. :P

After my failed attempt, I thought I would have to clean the entire nail and re do it. I decided to try something else, first. I soaked a Q-Tip in acetone and rolled it on the nail, cleaning off the silver fail and the base polish without touching or damaging the white tip, leaving a big divot to fill. I filled it with the layers I needed and covered up the repair with a cute Santa water decal from Born Pretty Store. I did my other accent nails (thumbs and my right ring)with decals, too. Then I used a little base coat to adhere matching resin rhinestones to Santa's sack. (Bwahahaha! Rhinestones on Santa's sack... Yes, sometimes I am a twelve year old boy.) I then topped those nails with more Seche Vite.




These pictures were taken by the light of my Christmas tree. It was sundown by the time I finished my nails and got to taking photographs. Not that it mattered how late it was. It was a dark, grey day all day today. My favourite kind of day. But not great for photographing manicures.

I used my usual base coat,  two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White for the tips and a coat of OPI Hearts and Tarts for the French pink. Seche Vite topcoat. The decal on my left ring finger nail completely covers the repaired spot.

Okay, so there you have it. My rescued failed French manicure. Thank you for popping in. Have a great night, stay warm and may your polish never bubble.

 Some of the products in this post were sent to me by the company for a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Manicure of the Moment: Simply Christmas-y

Hello kittens. How goes your day? It is lovely, here. Mid to upper sixties, sunny and mild. Weird weather for December in my neck of the woods.

Today's manicure is simply Christmas-y. It is a combination that has already been seen on a lot of blogs. But it hasn't been seen on this blog, yet. :D China Glaze Jolly Holly, a beautiful green creme with loads of subtle shimmer. On top is a coat of Wet-n-Wild Prancer and Seche Vite. I like this combination. It looks like the holiday without screaming it in your face.




Jolly Holly is a typical beautiful China Glaze creme. Dreamy to apply, easy to control. This particular polish is almost a one coat wonder. Some of my nails had perfect coverage in one coat, but I needed two, overall. Prancer is fine red square glitter and big red hex glitter in a clear base. Prancer dries a little dull, so for shiny, you need a topcoat.

Okay, so that is it, for now. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific evening and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blue and Silver Funky French

Hello kittens.

I should know better than to try to freehand a French. I did one nail, knew I was mucking it up but since I was committed, I just finished up as I was going. Next time, I am going to wait for my base colour to dry and use blue tape to guide my brush. *sigh*

For this manicure, I applied one coat of China Glaze Little Drummer Boy. This gorgeous blue creme packed with blue shimmer is a true one coat wonder. My tips are Pure Ice Strapless; a pretty blue fine glitter. I added dots with one of my dotting tools sent to me by Born Pretty Store in a pretty, no name silver by Funky Fingers. I topped it all off with Seche.

Except for it being all crazy uneven, I kind of like this manicure.

I really like the dotting tools Born Pretty Store sent to me. They make doing the simple nail art I can do much easier.

Okay, I guess I have to post the pic of this manicure. So here it is. Prepare yourselves.

 Gah! No more freehanding, for me. lol
Good concept, I think. Poorly executed. I don't think this manicure will be long for this world.

Thank you for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble. 

Some of the products used in this post were sent to me by the company for a fair and honest review. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Stash :D

Hello kittens. :)

Today was a big day in the life of my little polish family. I had to move everyone to my largest size hatbox. I think that the last time I posted a stash pic, all of my full sized bottles were in my smallest hatbox with a lot of room to spare, with my minis on my polish carousel. So, my little, slowly growing polish family is happily housed in larger quarters and has a little room for additions to the family. But soon... I will have to go shopping for alternate forms of storage.

I have my eyes on a couple of possibilities. Helmers, for my polish and makeup. Or plastic storage units with drawers I have been seeing in big box stores. We'll see what shakes out, as time goes by. I have time to look, decide and budget.

Okay, so to the important stuff... Pictures. :D




So, there it is. My little stash. It is growing slowly, but steadily. I am such a proud mama. :D
Okay, that is all I have, today. My manicure from yesterday is holding up pretty nicely. I have some tip wear on my thumbnail, for some strange reason... *shaking head*

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a fabulous evening and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Manicure of the Moment:

Hello kittens. How'z tricks?

It is slightly overcast and freakishly warm around here. It is December and the temperatures are saying April. It is supposed to get up to 73 degrees on Monday. What the hell is going on, around here? lol

I decided to do up my nails, today. I decided to go with something red, glittery and add a little extra fun with water decals I received from Born Pretty Store. I decided to start with Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Stiletto Red. I like the colour, it is a clear, bright red that I thought would be a great base for a Christmas-y manicure. Problem is, it tends to be a tad sheer. The last time I wore it, I had VNL even after three coats. Then I remembered reading on someone's blog about putting "underwear" on your nails before applying a polish that is VNL hell. She uses a pale beige shade by China Glaze. Can't remember the shade name and for the life of me, I can't remember who's blog I was reading when I learned this trick. I don't own the China Glaze beige, so I applied two good coats of Orly Ridge Filler Base Coat, let it dry then applied my red. Two coats and no VNL. Not even a hint. Woo hoo! No more unwanted VNL. I don't mind it under sheer polish but when it is supposed to be opaque, I don't want to see it.

After my red was on and I did a little cleanup, I applied two coats of China Glaze Party Hearty to my pinkies, middle and index finger nails. On my rings and thumb nails I applied two coats of Party Hearty as if I were doing French tips. I let my nails dry for a few minutes while I got water decals ready to go, then applied water decals to my ring and thumb nails. And, because I am completely unable to leave well enough alone when it comes to nail art  I went ahead and added a few green resin rhinestones. I topped it all off with a coat of Seche Vite.


This pic was taken in slightly diffused sun.  Even with correcting, I can't get the correct shade of this polish to show in photographs. This really is a lovely, true red. The prop I used is an ornament I plucked off my Christmas tree. :D

All righty, then. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific evening, stay warm and may your polish never bubble.

The nail art products used in this post were sent to me by the company for a fair and honest review.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hello Kitty in the Snow

Hello kittens. How's tricks? I have been busier than a one legged man at a butt kicking contest. I think I am finally all caught up for a bit. My house is clean and my Christmas decorating is finally finished. I got the tree up and decorated, this evening. My son brought it up from the storage room and I started to assemble it, assuming that my husband would be happy to help. Uh... No. He "suddenly" had to go out and pick something up. And he managed to stay gone until I had all three sections together and all fluffed up. He hates fluffing and I rag on him something terrible while he is doing it. Poor thing has no talent for it and I am fussy, so...

I guess I can't blame him. lol

I also carved out some time to sit down and do my nails. I have been wearing just basecoat for a couple of days and I was happy to get them polished, again. I applied two coats of Finger Paints Mistletoe Mischief, a beautiful emerald green jelly packed with green glass fleck glitter. This polish is really beautiful and the glitter goes insane in the sunshine. Two coats gave me an opaque finish. The formula is a little... Snotty. I don't mean bratty. I mean... Snotty. Like snot. It wants to get gloppy, stringy and clump on you if you try to work it too much. You need to be swift and smooth with this stuff. But the colour payoff is worth it, in my humble opinion.

I topped this polish with China Glaze Fast Forward and I got some serious shrinkage. So much that I considered cleaning it off and starting over but I just didn't have time, so I went on with my manicure. The shrinkage isn't too visible indoors in normal light, but out in the sun... :P

Finger Paints Mistletoe Mischief, two coats in direct sun.

I decided to do a little nail art and used some of the supplies sent to me by Born Pretty Store for use and review. I decided to do some stamping. I used Born Pretty stamper and image plate M71. This plate has Hello Kitty on it and I couldn't resist stamping her all over my nails. I went over her with one coat of Wet-n-Wild Holiday Collection glitter in Dancer, a silver fine holo glitter and sparse large holo hex sequins. It looks as if Hello Kitty is out in the snow. I added red resin rhinestones to my ring and thumb nails. Then topped everything with Wet-n-Wild topcoat that came with the glitters. 




The stamping image plate and stamper worked great. Stamping is easy and fun. I played with it for a couple of minutes yesterday and got the hang of it right off the bat. I just need to work on placement a bit and develop a nice rhythm so that stamping goes a little more quickly. The image plate from Born Pretty seems to be a really nice one. All of the images come out crisp and clear and complete, with good technique. Since this in my only stamping plate, so far I don't have any to compare it with. But I am impressed with this one. :D

The resin rhinestones are really pretty and easy to work with. My only gripe is that after they are applied and coated with topcoat and worn for a while they tend to dull a little. The stones on my nails now have more of a glow than any real sparkle. They are still pretty, but have definitely changed. This won't keep me from using these stones and I would most likely buy other colours, sizes and shapes. But for real gem-like sparkle and flash, I would look to crystal, rather than resin. :)

The Wet-n-Wild topcoat is okay. It applied pretty easily but it takes a while to dry and isn't as shiny as I expect my topcoat to be. But it is respectable stuff and I will use the three minis I have. I wouldn't buy this topcoat on it's own. tho. 

Okay, so there you have it. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a good one and may your polish never bubble.

The nail art supplies used in this post were sent to me by the company for a fair and honest review.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Nail Art Supplies and a Lotion Review

Hello kittens.

I am just popping in really quick to tell you about some nail art  supplies that were sent to me for a fair review by Jessica at Born Pretty Store.  I recently received the package and was delighted with what was in it. There was a large sheet of Christmas themed water decals, a bottle of black crackle polish, a wheel of rhinestones in different colours, a nail stamping kit with a plate, a stamper and scraper and a set of dotting tools. Everything was packed well and arrived in timely fashion from Hong Kong. The water decal sheet was crumpled, but that I believe was thanks to my letter carrier shoving and bending the envelope into my mailbox, rather than delivering it to my door. The quality of the items is nice. :)

I have been over to peruse the Born Pretty Store site and their selection is pretty expansive, their prices are really good and shipping is free. What more could a girl want? :D

Goodies for nail art fun. I will be posting reviews of the products as I use them, very soon. Once I get some time to actually sit down and do my nails. *whew!* Life is a little crazy, at the moment. lol

Okay, now for a quick review of some lotion I bought at Sally Beauty the other day.



Beyond Belief hand and body lotion in French Vanilla scent. It was ninety-nine cents. In the tube, this lotion smells delicious. So yummy, I wanted to eat it. When I applied it to my skin and began to rub it in the scent swiftly changed from yummy vanilla heaven to a sharp, chemical want to be floral that is supposed to be orchid. The lotion sank in fast, leaving no greasy feeling at all. Unfortunately, it isn't deeply moisturising enough for my skin. It may be fine for someone who doesn't have as dry skin as I do and is in water and cleaning supplies all the time.

Pros: Price. Yummy scent in the tube, rubs in fast leaving no greasy after feel. Cons: Yummy scent doesn't last, at all, morphs into a sharp, chemical scent. Isn't very moisturising. Would I buy this again? Nope.

Okay, I have laundry calling my name and some other projects asking to be completed. Some days it never ends. lol

Thanks for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Some of the products in this post were provided to me by the company for a fair and honest review.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Manicure of the Moment and Some Polish Bargain News

Hello kittens.

It is a busy day around here, today. I spent a little time earlier out with my hubby running around, trying, in vain to find Revlon Perplex. None of the stores I normally haunt have received it, yet. *sigh* Living in Small Town USA sucks big green ones. On a stick.

But... I did get some good deals.

More about that, a little later, tho.

First order of business, my Manicure of the Moment. China Glaze Ruby Pumps. Like Cher, Ruby Pumps is The Fabulous and needs no description or introduction. We all know her and love her. :D This is two coats topped by Seche Vite. Sadly, it is cloudy and Ruby Pumps didn't get to show her true self. But, even for a grey, dull day, I think she did a fair job.

 Outdoors in (what is passing for) sun. I love clouds, but they don't love me. When I want a grey, cloudy day, it is bright and shiny. When I need sun for showing off gorgeous glitter, we are socked in. :P




In "shade"

Okay, I did a little shopping, got a few polishes, today. And got some deals and some great future deals. 

At Sally Beauty, All China Glaze is Buy 2 get 1 free. Plus I grabbed the China Glaze Rejoice Holiday two pack Mrs. Claus and Mistletoe Kisses). Regularly $9.99, I got it for $8.49 with my Sally card. While at Sally, I found Dorothy Who?! I was so excited I almost peed my drawers. There was only one left in the display, but they had it in the core rack, so hopefully they will get more in. If you are craving Dorothy Who? check your local Sally Beauty, they might have it. I also bought Little Drummer Boy and a new bottle of Fairy Dust to replace the one I frankened away. With my Sally card and my 20% off coupon I got in  the mail the other day, I saved a bundle.

When I paid for my purchases at Sally, I received a coupon for $5.00 off  my next $25.00 purchase total good through the 24th of this month. After I got my receipt, I decided on impulse to buy a tube of yummy smelling hand lotion. It was a buck. And smells so good I could eat it! (I'll do a review after I get a chance to test drive it.) When I paid for the lotion, I received another $5.00 coupon. And, good news! They can be stacked, as long as you meet the purchase requirement. So, I can go in, rack up $50.00 and save ten. Woo-hoo! I can blow fifty bucks in Sally's without even breathing hard. :D

I went in CVS  looking for Purplex (none, yet!) and found out that all Milani polishes are BOGO1/2 off. Even the new glitters and Jewel FX. So, I grabbed a couple of One Coat Glitters.

At Walgreen's, still no Purplex, but I did score three Wet-n-Wild holiday mini two packs (I finally got Prancer! :D) for ninety-nine cents each. They were almost all gone, so I was glad to finally find and get mine. Sadly, all the makeup palettes were gone. Wet-n-Wild in the rectangular bottles were half price and I grabbed one. And the Wet-n-Wild Crave colours were half off, too.

I checked Target for Purplex. None. But I did get a three pack of E.L.F. polishes for three clams. Reviews of this brand have been back and forth, but I thought for three dollars, it was worth trying them for myself. 

I was putting my polishes away and my husband remarked that soon I would have ever colour of polish. I just stared at him and laughed like a hyena. Poor, deluded soul. He has no clue. lol I had to stack my new polishes in on top of the ones already there. Time to go up to the next larger hatbox. :D ^^

Okay, I need to run. I have Christmas decorating to do. And I think I need a cup of tea. :) Thank you so much for popping in. Have a lovely evening and may your polish never bubble. 

Tee hee. My cat just found a little ball of yarn in my basket and is going to town with it. Sooo cute. :D


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Glitter Comparison: China Glaze Party Hearty and Milani Jewel FX Gems

 Hello kittens. I hope that you all are having a great week and are getting ready for the weekend. Just one more day! :D

I recently added two lovely glitters to my little polish family. China Glaze Party Hearty and Milani Jewel FX Gems. I bought Party Hearty in a three pack from my local Sally Beauty Supply and I picked up Gems at my local CVS on Thanksgiving day. I was sitting here the other day, doing my nails and wondering if Party Hearty and Gems were alike. Dupes, possibly? When it came time to change my polish I decided to take a little time and use my existing mani as a base for comparing the two beauties.

And, beauties they are. Sisters, definitely. But certainly not twins. All of these photos were taken in full sun and are clickable to enlarge.

 On index and ring China Glaze Party Hearty. On middle and pinkie Milani Jewel FX Gems. One coat of each.










All swatches are one coat over three coats of OPI Princesses Rule! I probably should have done a white base, but I had a tightwad moment and decided not to waste perfectly good light polish. Never mind that a few minutes later, I cleaned it all off and did a new mani. :P

China Glaze Party Hearty is a mix of fine glitter in green, silver and gold and scattered large red hex sequin glitter. Milani Jewel FX Gems is a mix of fine silver, blue, red and green glitter and lots of large hex sequins in red, silver and green.

When the sun hits these polishes, Party Hearty dances and sparkles. Gems is all about flash.

Both of these polishes are pretty. Party Hearty applies a little more easily, thanks to it's larger round brush and thinner base. Gems seems to have been created largely for nail designs, rather than painting it to cover your nails and is a little harder to apply.

So, there you have it. Two lovely and fun glitter polishes.Both are definitely worthy of a place in the Helmers and hearts of any glitter loving polish addict.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a good one and may your polish never bubble. :D