Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Zoya Giovanna

I have another Zoya for you. This one I bought because the color just called to me for some reason. I'm not really a green girl but this one I couldn't pass up. Then in my Ipsy Glam Bag in November I got this same one. So now I have 2 bottles of this gorgeous color, I guess I was just meant to have this one, lol!

This is Zoya Giovanna, it is a emerald green metallic and boy is it gorgeous. I love how saturated the color is in this one, I thought this one would be an awesome color for Christmas but I couldn't wait that long to wear it so I wore it for my birthday instead.

The formula is Zoya's awesome formula. I absolutely love Zoya's formula, I haven't had a problem with any of there polishes. I think the only problem I have encountered in the 50+ Zoyas I own is ONE was a tad streaky but that's it, and it wasn't even that streaky, just a tiny bit. If you haven't tried Zoya polishes then you are surely missing out on some great lacquers! They have an amazing formula that is by far my favorite and their colors are gorgeous with a huge selection to chose from!

I used 2 coats of Giovanna over a base coat and then topped it off with some Out The Door for added shine. The pics were taken indoors with just natural lighting and no flash. I also took the pics before I added my topcoat so that you can see that they are shiny on their own.

Zoya polishes can be purchased at Ulta, select salons, or on their website here. They are $8 (except the new Natural Collection is $9 for each bottle and Pixie Dusts are also $9 a bottle) for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

OPI Alcatraz Rocks and Color Club Blue Heaven

Well, I am back! I'm still recovering from surgery and then to top it all off, I caught the nice flu bug that was going around. So this year for Christmas I was sick with the flu and didn't make it off of my couch much. But finally feeling better and hoping to be back to normal real soon, here's a post for you of a mani I did a couple weeks ago.

I have OPI Alcatraz Rocks from the San Francisco Collection. This one is one of their Liquid Sands and I can't remind you enough of how much I LOVE the textured polishes!!! Alcatraz Rocks is a navy/purple with shimmer in multiple colors. The shimmer that stood out most for me was a gold shimmer but there is more than just the gold in this one. The formula on this was amazing and the dry time was pretty good. I think it was dry to the touch in about 10-15 minutes.

I just can't say enough how much I freaking love the textured feel and look! This was 2 coats of Alcatraz Rocks over a base coat and no topcoat.

Then I decided I wanted to try out another beauty I received as a gift, one that I had been lusting after ever since I became obsessed with polish. Color Club Blue Heaven. This holo is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! It is a very pale blue holo. As you can see in this shot the beautiful rainbow that this holo gets when exposed to the sunlight. I wanted to wear both of these polishes so I just added Blue Heaven as an accent nail for this mani. I used 2 coats of Blue Heaven and added a top coat for added shine on this accent nail.

I don't know if I'll be able to handle a full on mani of Color Club Blue Heaven because it is so gorgeous and holo-rific that I don't think I'd get any work done. I'd be staring at my nails all day long, lol!! These pics (with the exception of the one below) were taken indoors with the natural light shining in my windows, no flash.

Here is another beautiful shot of these, look at that holo in the sun (this pic was taken outside in direct sunlight, no flash)! You can also see the gold shimmer stand out in Alcatraz Rocks in the sun too!! These were such a great compliment to each other and I loved wearing this mani.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nailtini Caviar Cocktail

First of all I want to thank you all for being so patient with me while I am recovering from surgery. I know it's been a little more than a week since I've posted on here but recovery has been a bit rougher than I thought it would be. I'm hoping to get back into the groove and start posting again on a regular basis.

So, here is my first post in a while...I have a nice little polish I got in my November Ipsy Glam Bag. This is called Caviar Cocktail by Nailtini. It is a pewter metallic color that applies extremely smoothly. I thought this was going to be more silver but once I applied it and seen that it was more of a pewter I was pleasantly surprised.

I have applied 2 coats of Caviar Cocktail and no topcoat. It's not dull on it's own, it does have a small bit of shine but I think with a topcoat it will really shine. I had no problems with application and the formula was pretty smooth. It dried in the usual amount of time and it was not streaky or gloopy.

All pics were taken indoors with the natural sunlight coming through the window and no flash. Nailtini products can be purchased here or if you are an Ipsy Glam Bag subscriber you may get some Nailtini polishes in your bag from time to time. If you are not an Ipsy Glam Bag subscriber and you would like to become one. Go to my Referral Links tab and click on my Ipsy link to subscribe.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

China Glaze Towel Boy Toy

This is China Glaze Towel Boy Toy. I also got this one as a gift in a gift exchange. I don't know what it is, I may be going through a teal and blue phase but I am loving this color. I believe this one came from the China Glaze Poolside neon collection from 2010. I love neons and couldn't wait to try out a blue "neon".

This one is a bright pretty sky blue with a subtle shimmer. It dries matte but once you add a topcoat to this it is GORGEOUS!!! With the topcoat the shimmer is more visible. I suppose you could also leave it matte if you were in the mood for a matte finish but in my opinion this one is so much more beautiful with a topcoat.

The formula was great, I rarely have any problems with the China Glaze formula. It applied evenly and without streaks. Shown here is 2 coats of Towel Boy Toy and then one coat of Out The Door topcoat to add shine and bring out the subtle shimmer. Pictures were taken indoors with natural lighting that was coming in through my window and no flash.

I am thinking this is going to be a nice base for some winter themed mani I am going to do as soon as my new snowflake stamping plate arrives. I also think it is going to be great for the summer and well, honestly I can think of many different manicures I can do with this color year round.

China Glaze polishes can be purchased at Ulta, some salons, select stores, and of course check out China Glaze's own site.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Essie Naughty Nautical

Today I have Essie Naughty Nautical for you. This is one I got as a gift in a gift exchange and I love it. The color is a little more deeper than I thought it would be but that is good with me. Naughty Nautical is a nice teal color with silver shimmer embedded in it. The shimmer is very light and once I put it on, it was hard to see, you can really see the shimmer in the bottle.

Application of this was great. It wasn't runny or thick and goopy. The consistency was perfect. I had no problems what so ever and it applied evenly with no streaks. This is 2 coats and I actually hadn't applied a topcoat to this so you can see that it has a nice shine to it on it's own. I bet with a topcoat this one would really shine. It dried almost completely in about 3-4 minutes.

These pictures were taken indoors in natural lighting coming through the window and no flash.

Essie polishes can be purchased at Ulta, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, other drug stores, beauty supply stores, and salons. This retails for approximately $8 for a 0.5fl oz bottle. You can also check it out on Essie's website here.

Hope you all enjoyed this one as much as I do! I can't wait to use this again!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Cult Nails Grunge with China Glaze Fairy Dust

I was drawing a blank when I was trying to think of something to do on my nails this week. I was trying to figure out some nail art I could do but just couldn't think of anything. Then I decided that I was just going to have a simple mani this week. I reached for my Cult Nails collection of polishes and pulled out Grunge. Grunge is a beautiful green and shifts from an army green to a lighter grayish green depending on your lighting. On myself it tends to stay the army green which I LOVE!!

So I applied 2 coats of Grunge over my base coat. For my base coat I am using the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth nail treatment. I am really loving it because I was having problems with my nails peeling but since I've been using this treatment, I haven't had a big problem with that.

Once I applied my 2 coats of Grunge I applied a nice coat of Cult Nails' own fast dry shiny topcoat, Wicked Fast. This stuff is exactly what it says, Wicked Fast! I love it and I am almost out so I am going to have to place a Cult Nails order soon so I can get more. I have to say that I love this green cream color! I wasn't sure how it would look on me with my skin tone but it is gorgeous! Maria over at Cult Nails knocked it out of the park with this one!! (As she does with all of her polishes cause they are all so gorgeous!!)

Then as I was putting away all my stuff from doing my mani I ran across China Glaze Fairy Dust. I had completely forgotten I had this stuff and decided to throw on 1 coat of Fairy Dust over my Grunge mani just for a little bit of sparkle. Not bad! It was almost like I had little droplets of frost or something on my nails (kinda thinking in winter themed mind frame here, lol). I may have to figure something out for a winter/Christmas themed mani to use Fairy Dust again.

Cult Nails Lacquers can be purchased here on their website. They retail for $12 for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle. Wicked Fast retails for $10 for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle or if you want to try out their base coat Get It On, you can get both Wicked Fast and Get It On in a package deal for $18, both are full sized bottles. You have to get them fast because in my experience, they sell out pretty fast, but not to worry, Maria restocks them fairly quickly!

China Glaze lacquers can be purchased at Ulta stores, Sally Beauty stores, and many other beauty supply stores and salons.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

More Flowered Nail art

So, awhile ago I did my sisters nails and after we finished those I thought I would also give my niece a quick mani as well since afterall she put up with listening to us gossip the whole time I was doing her mom's nails,lol.

Since it was pretty late and my sister wanted to get going home I figured I do something quick and easy for my niece. I went with just a simple flowered mani using dotting tools.

I used Sinful Colors Sweet Nothing for the base color. To speed up dry time I threw on a coat of Out The Door so I could move on to the flowers without messing up the base coat.

After about a minute when that was dry I took my Zoya Purity and one of the larger dotting tools and put on 5 dots together to make the petals of the flower.

Then I used Zoya Raven and a smaller dotting tool to dot in the centers of the flower.

Of course we had to wait until the flowers were dry to apply topcoat without smudging them but once they were dry enough we added a topcoat for protection and shine. I felt this was fitting for a young girl, so pretty and girly.

Sorry the quality of the picture isn't the greatest but lately my camera seems to decide that after a bunch of pictures it is too tired to give me the quality pictures I am looking for. I am hoping to convince the hubby that I NEED a new camera even though the current one technically works. He's a farmer so he doesn't understand the need for quality close up pics, lol! He thinks that as long as it takes decent pics that's good enough. I will prevail and get a new camera, it just takes some sweet talking, lol!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

OPI DS Reserve

I have one that I had been lusting after for quite awhile and was graciously gifted this one in a gift exchange. This is OPI DS Reserve. This is from OPI's Designer Series (that's what the DS stands for). It is a light pink scattered holo and I think it is just gorgeous. After wearing this one now for about 4 days (as you can see there is hardly any tip wear cause I took the pics after 3 days of wear) I am positive that I need more from the OPI DS line!

I used 2 coats for these and I was finally able to go out and take some pics in the sunlight. For some reason though, my sunlight pics kind of wash out the color a little bit. The formula was great and application was smooth. I had no issues with this and dry time was average. I topped it off with a top coat of Out The Door for added shine and protection.

The pic below is one that I got indoors and I think is a little closer in what the color looks like in person (please excuse my nasy cuticles, I had been doing a bunch of paperwork in the office and didn't have any cuticle oil with me). I think this is just dreamy!

OPI DS polishes are hard to find for most of them from what I'm told but I do know that my Ulta has a limited selection of the DS colors. They retail (at Ulta) for $12.50 for a full size .5fl oz bottle. I am sure you can find some of the harder to find colors on sites such as ebay but I'm sure you'll pay more for them and you may even be able to find some on Amazon but I haven't really looked that hard on there.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Nail Treatment


Along with the amazing polishes the people at Sally Hansen sent me, they also sent me 2 nail treatments and a bottle of their amazing cuticle oil. I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to try out these products.

The first product that I've decided to try out is the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Daily Nail Treatment. Now I don't really know what made me chose to use this one first but I did. Now you should also know that I do take vitamins (I just take an over the counter pre-natal vitamin, it works really well) to aid in nail growth and health.

Lately I have been having a problem though with my nails breaking and peeling. Not sure if the peeling is from changing my polish so often or just a lack of something but I was hoping this would help.

The instructions on this one says you can use it under polish but you should apply 1 coat to your nails daily. I have been using as a base coat under my polish and if I am going to be putting on a darker polish that might stain I use 2 coats of this just because. I have been using it for roughly one month now and I can't tell if it's improved my nail growth a whole lot but I do notice a slight improvement in growth. I have also noticed a huge improvement in the peeling. I do still have one nail that likes to peel but I'm thinking it's just because that one likes to curve inward on the edge.

I would say overall I would definitely recommend this product to someone who was wanting to grow their problem nails. I think for this next month I am going to try the other nail treatment they sent me and see how well that one works too.

I've also been using their Vitamin E cuticle oil. I apply this after each mani I do and every evening before bed. I apply generously the cuticle oil to around the cuticle and then massage it in. Once I've got the cuticle oil all massaged in I put on a nice thick layer of moisturizing hand cream and rub that in. As you can see, My cuticles are looking better than ever. Usually I have a big problem with hang nails and such but I am happy to report that as long as I keep up this routine of lotion and cuticle oil, I do not have a problem with my cuticles any longer.

Sally Hansen products can be purchased at your local Walmart, Target, and most drug stores. You can also find out more information about Sally Hansen products here on their website.

Monday, November 11, 2013

China Glaze Liquid Leather & Zoya Rikki

This is the recent mani I did for my Mom. She found her inspiration for this mani on Pintrest and asked me if I could do it for her. So I said sure! Now you don't know my Mom but she is usually very set in her color choices and is pretty reserved. I have been pushing her outside her comfort zone and getting her to expand her mani horizons. One of the colors I've been pushing for her to try is black. She always said no, that she didn't think she could do black. So when she showed me the Pintrest picture of this mani I assumed she wanted this design just with different colors. Much to my surprise Mom went out to Ulta and purchased the colors she wanted.

Mom showed me what she chose and I was shocked! She came home with China Glaze Liquid Leather for her base. BLACK!! Yes!! I've finally gotten her to try it (I never thought she'd buy her own but YAY!)! Then for her tips she chose a super pretty green, Zoya Rikki.

Liquid Leather was easy to apply, not thick or goopy, and actually we decided that one coat was good. Once it was dry I applied striping tape to use as my guides and applied Rikki. I did one hand at a time because I didn't want Rikki to dry too much before I had a chance to pull off the striping tape. I think that if you remove the tape before the polish is dry then you get much cleaner lines. Rikki applied like a dream. I wasn't sure how the color would come through over the black but this color is very opaque and I only needed one coat over the black to achieve our results.

Once they were halfway to three quarters dry I applied a top coat of Out The Door for protection, shine, and to speed up the remainder of the dry time.

China Glaze polishes can be purchased at Ulta stores, Sally Beauty, and other fine beauty supply stores and salons. Zoya can be purchased at Ulta, select salons, and here on their site.

Zoya Matte Velvet Colors are Back!!!


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

OPI "Peace & Love & OPI"

This color is one that I have been wanting since it came out. This is Peace & Love & OPI from OPI's San Fransico collection. I received this one in a gift exchange in a group I belong to. I can't tell you how excited I was when I opened the box and unwrapped this beauty! I had been wanting this so bad and almost went to Ulta and purchased it the day before my box arrived. I am so glad I didn't but at the same time sad I didn't buy one because I want another bottle of this for a back up!

Peace & Love & OPI is a grey based duochrome that shifts from purple to a bluish grey. The formula on this is amazing and I was expecting it to be sheer but it wasn't. This only took 2 coats to achieve full opacity. It went on so smooth and dried pretty quickly in my opinion (I was eating pizza while doing my nails so I wasn't in full mani mode, I was taking my time).

The lighting at my Mom's is way different than the lighting I have at home but I had to snap these pictures right away because I was so in love with this color. I am happy that I was even able to somewhat capture the color shift in this one. You can see it in the picture above, the purple starts at my pointer finger and then shifts on down to the greyish blue on my pinky.

If you don't have this one in your collection I really suggest you run out and get it because this is GORGEOUS!! I used 2 coats of polish and these pics were taken in artificial lighting. I also want to add that this has a nice brush on it, somewhat of a flatter brush, and it is so nice to work with.

OPI can be purchased at Ulta, many salons, many beauty supply stores, and Target. They retail for $9 for a full size (0.5fl oz.) bottle.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mom's Glitter Gradient NOTD

For Mom's mani this week we went with something kind of simple. She sent me a couple pictures of what she wanted and this is the one we settled on for this week. Next time we are going to try one of the other ones she found.

We started with a base of OPI Diva from Geneva and then using a make up sponge I sponged on Pure Ice Bare It All ( a gold micro glitter) to create this glitter gradient. Once we added a top coat of Out The Door it really sparkled. The formula on the OPI was very good and dried very well in an average amount of time.

Doing this mani for Mom gave me an idea for one I am going to do for the Christmas holiday season. I can't wait to show it to you!!

OPI polishes can be purchased at Ulta, Target, Sally Beauty, salons, and other beauty supply stores.

Pure Ice polishes can be purchased at your local Walmart.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!!

One day I was browsing through Instagram and came across a super cute Halloween themed manicure and figured I wanted to recreate it for my own Halloween mani. I don't normally do anything for Halloween but this was too cute to pass up.

I started out my base with some Cult Nails polishes. I used Tempest on the index finger, Grunge on the middle finger, and Nevermore on the thumb, ring, and pinky fingers.

Then I took out my brushes and dotting tools to create these. First I used the dotting tool to create the eyes of my "Jack" face and then used a small brush to make the eyes a little more oval, then I used a striping brush to add the nose and mouth. My hands were a little shaky so it didn't turn out quite how I had pictured it but it was pretty close. Then on the ring finger I wanted to add some googly eyes. All I did for these was use Tempest for the white dots and then Nevermore again for the center of the eyes in a smaller dotting tool. Then for something more I added Maybelline Polka Dots in Clearly Spotted to the top of Grunge to carry on my black and white theme. I had to be super careful and make sure that my art was dry before I added my top coat so that I wouldn't smear my work.

Thankfully I took these pictures before I added my topcoat because I did have a mishap. Of course I thought I had waited long enough but ended up smearing a little on my Jack face when I added the top coat. Oh well, next time I will just wait a bit longer. Darn me for being impatient, LOL!

I hope you all enjoyed this Halloween themed mani as much as I do!

Cult Nails polishes can be purchased through their site here.

*all pics were taken indoors in natural lighting with flash (I had to use flash because the sun was not out on this day)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Zoya Tomoko & Arabella

Today I am going to bring you two of the newest Zoya polishes I have added to my collection. As I have said many times before, I LOVE the textured polishes but I especially love Zoya's Pixie Dusts! I don't know exactly what it is about their formula that makes them my favorite textured polishes but they are.

They are textured but not rough and don't snag on your clothing or scratch you if you brush your face. They are surprisingly easy to remove (I use the foil method for removal), you don't have to scrub to get them off. They apply so smoothly and I've never had a problem with the formula being thick or goopy. They even dry in a reasonable amount of time. My most favorite part of these is the fact that if I accidently smudge one before it's dry, I just use one of my fingers to lightly pat out the smudge and I never know where that smudge was once it's all dry!

This first one I have on Tomoko and it is described as a champagne silver with a matte, textured, sparkling metal finish (description from Zoya). I just think it's absolutely gorgeous! I think this one is going to be perfect for the holiday season. I am already imagining some beautiful holiday manicures using this one.

The next one I have on is called Arabella. Arabella is described as a rich fuschia pink with a matte, textured, sparkling finish. I just called it berry delicious! I think this one is going to be perfect for many occasions year 'round.

Zoya polishes can be found at your local Ulta store (I think they are in store only because I have never found them on Ulta's website), on Zoya's site here, or in select salons. If you haven't tried them yet you are really missing out because they are just so versitile. If you don't like the textured finish, just add a top coat to really make them sparkle! It is recommended that you do not use a base coat for best results.

*pictures were taken in natural lighting with no flash