Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Stamping: Bold Gold over Zuza

Hello everyone!
Today's post is for a Facebook group I am in call Adventures in Stamping.
Every Sunday we have a themed stamping challenge this weeks theme was gold.
You could stamp on a gold base, stamp with a gold polish, or add gold glitter. Pretty much however you interpret Gold. So for my mani I started with Zoya Zuza as my base and I stamped with Maybelline Bold Gold for the stamping. Bold Gold is an awesome stamper and it is the gold that I always reach for.
If you see this polish, buy it!

1 coat OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Zoya Zuza
stamped with Maybelline Bold Gold and GA47
topped with Seche Vite

I wanted to see what it would look like matte so I used Julep Matte Top Coat

What do you think? Do you prefer matte or shiney?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I'm back with Creative Fantasy!

I'm back!
I have really missed you guys but I'm happy that I took some time off to be with my family.
Things are a little bit better. I have been dealing with my feelings and it was nice to have a little break from everything and just be. 
But I'm back now and so happy that I am! What is amazing is that while I was gone I got some new followers on Blogger and on Facebook, so welcome!

So this is a look that I have wanted to try since I first saw this post on Makeup Withdrawal.
This look uses loose powder eyeshadow sprinkled on top of your wet nail polish and sealed in with topcoat. Hence her naming it "Sprinkled Nails"

For this I used China Glaze Creative Fantasy, a bright purple that is almost a jelly but dries with an almost rubber finish. Confusion in a bottle. I had to use 3 coats for opacity and you can still see VNL in the picture but not it real life.

1 coat OPI Nail Envy
3 coats China Glaze Creative Fantasy
Sprinkled with NYX loose eyeshadow in Lilac Pearl and Turquoise Pearl
Stamped with BM-301 and Konad Special White
topped with SV

Before the stamp. I should have used a more pigmented powder. Maybe next time, I like this look though.

What do you think? Is this a look you would try?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

When it rains it pours.

Ok guys, I know I have been absent for a little while.
I have been having some trouble dealing with Grandma's passing and haven't quite gotten back into my posting routine yet. It seems like a lot of bad things have been happening in my life lately and I am just trying to get things back together.

Speaking of bad news:
A few days ago I received the news that my Great-Uncle lost his battle with cancer. I never really got a chance to know my grandparents so he was like the grandpa that I never had. 

In such a short time I have lost 2 people who were so important to me. These two deaths are also the first time that someone I was close to has died. I have been very lucky in the past but now I feel so unprepared for what is going on now. 

On a side note I am officially dropping out of the 31 Day Challenge. It is almost over and the pressure of making up the days I have already missed a lot of it already. It was a lot of fun and I will participate in another one at some point, it is just too much for right now. 

I'm sorry if a lot of this is babbling and doesn't make sense, this is just where my head is at right now.

Friday, November 9, 2012

31 Day Challenge Day 22: Inspired by a Song

Hey ladies!
Today's mani is inspired by a song.
I chose the song Hurricane by Something Corporate.
I have always loved this song and it seems apropriate since last week's appearance of Superstorm Sandy. My family was lucky and the worst that happened at our house was our fence was torn down from the winds. My brother-in-law's house however had a neighbor's tree fall onto the back of the house. Their house is still okay for them to stay in but there is  a lot of work to be done. 
There are a lot of people who weren't as lucky as we were and my heart goes out to them and their families. The Red Cross is taking donations to help people rebuild their homes and move on with their lives, you can find more information on their website.

1 coat OPI Nail Envy
2 coats OPI Swimsuit... Nailed It
2 coats Sally Hansen White On (accent nail)
  stamped with BM-312, OPI Swimsuit and Konad Black Pearl
1 coat Seche Vite

I love this blue it is so pretty but it stained my nails something feirce!

What do you think?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

31 Day Challenge Day 21: Inspired by a Color

Today's challenge is to be inspired by a color.
I chose to be inspired by all colors this calls for one type of nail polish... holo!
I love holographic nail polish. My holographic collection has some of my favorite and most prized bottles in it. Today I am going to show you Nfu-Oh 64 it is  a light pink holo polish.

 1 coat Nfu-Oh Aqua Base
1 coats Nfu-Oh 64

I love this color. What do you think?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Color Club Winter Affair Collection Swatch and Review

So this is the first time I have ever swatched a collection!
It took a lot of time and honestly I have been sitting on these polishes for over a month...
I just haven't had time with all the craziness in my life lately, but I finally got it done!

Winter Affair is Color Club's holiday collection.
It is made up of six polishes that seem to step slightly away from the usual red, green and gold winter collections. It contains 4 foil-y polishes 1 glitter bomb and 1 top coat flaky polish.
 Each swatch is 2 coats topped with Seche Vite.

Winter Affair
 Winter Affair is the namesake of the collection. It is a wine colored flaky, glass flecked polish. 
This applied like a dream and there was no staining. This is such a beautiful fall/winter shade.
I liked this color more than I thought I would, its just so pretty to look at.

 Berry and Bright
 Berry and Bright is a red foil with slight gold and pink shimmers. This polish was probably my least favorite of the collection. It is perfectly lovely I am just don't wear a lot of reds. This is just not for me. It applied easily and removed easily.

Ho-Ho-Holly is a green, gold glass fleck polish. This one was a surprise favorite for me. I loved it and didn't want to take it off. This color seems like it would be perfect for Halloween or winter. 
Stunning! This picture doesn't do it justice. 2 easy coats of this polish, removal was just as easy.

Glitter Wonderland
I'm not really sure how this bright purple polish translates to winter or holiday but I'm happy to have it! It's really an awesome color and it seems to shine on its own. Glitter Wonderland is a bright purple foil with pink and blue glitter throughout. The shimmer is clearly visible on the nail and in the bottle. Such a pretty color!

 Gift of Sparkle
Gift of Sparkle is a glitter bomb, no other word for it. This polish is a dark purple base with teeny, tiny pink-fuchsia glitter through the whole bottle and slightly bigger holographic glitter. This polish is opaque in 2 coats with no need for a base color. This glitter dries slightly matte but a quick top coat fixes that in no time.

This top coat is so very similar to a lot of flakies out there. It shifts color from red, orange, yellow, to green. This is one coat of Snow-Flakes over each of the polishes in the collection.

Snow-Flakes over Winter Affair

 Snow-Flakes over Berry and Bright

Snow-Flakes over Ho-Ho-Holly

Snow-Flakes over Glitter Wonderland

Snow-Flakes over Gift of Sparkle

Color Club is available in select stores (like Sally Beauty Supply!) and at their online store
as well as some other e-tailers such as This collection is a lot of fun. As much as I have praised it in this post, honestly there are a few colors that we have seen before. I will have a comparison post coming soon to show some dupes or close to dupes. If there are any colors you would like to see compared just let me know and I will add them to my list. What do you guys think? Any colors you guys need to have?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 Day Challenge Day 20: Water Marble

I'm back!
Thank you to everyone who reached out to me and my family in our difficult times.
You guys really helped me get through this with all your kind words.
Hopefully now nothing crazy happens for a while because I think my family needs a break :)

Now I know I am so far behind on the challenge... again.
I am just going to try to power through and catch up... again!

Today is water marble!
 I love water marble and I really wanted to incorporate a holographic color, so I pulled out my favorite holo...
DS Original!

1 coat OPI Nail Envy
2 coats China Glaze Sweet Hook
marbled with:
China Glaze Sweet Hook, OPI DS Original, Color Club Rad Nomad
accent nail OPI DS Original
1 coat SV

What do you think?