Saturday, August 31, 2013

OPI Pink Of Hearts 2013 with a bit of Whimsy piCture pOlish

Hi all!

Quick post this morning,  I hate to cut it short, but unfortunately I don't have a lot of time, and I really, really wanted to get this out to you guys, that is, if anyone is reading yet!? Today I have some nail art to show you all. I think my nail art gets better each time I attempt it, and I love the little tricks I am picking up along the way. The things you can't "teach" someone, or put into a list of "How To" instructions.

I recently got my hands on this....

I am sure most of you know what that is, but for those that don't. It is the OPI Pink of Hearts 2013 set. I was really looking forward to using the glitter in this set, cause well...glitter!! I mean honestly, does glitter ever need a reason!?  I barely had this set in the door, before I was attempting to put it on my nails. That was how excited I was over the glitter...Ridiculous I know!! I just can't help myself when it comes to sparklies! As I said before, I did some nail art with this set, so without further ado, here is what I ended up with on my nails!

I really like how this turned out, and the best part is, that it wasn't anything crazy or complicated. It was really easy to do! Which of course, is always a plus. I liked it so much so, that I am in fact still wearing this on my nails as I type this! 

I really hope you guys liked my attempt at some nail art! I really love doing it, and am enjoying myself immensely! anyway, till next time kittens!

P.S. I still need to get a natural light, light bulb. I really meant to pick one up this week, which was part of the delay for this post, but just haven't had time to get one yet...I fail..I know..Hopefully, I will get one this weekend.

The Polishes used  were:

                                       Thumb and pointer base - piCture pOlish - Whimsy.
                                       Middle and ring finger - OPI - More Than a Glimmer.
                                       Pinky -  OPI - Pink-ing of You & piCture pOlish - Whimsy.
                                       Thumb glitter topcoat  - OPI - Pirouette My Whistle.
                                       Pointer nail art - Essie - No Place Like Chrome.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Zoya PixieDust: Nyx Swatches and Review

Hey Guys!!

I was hoping to have this out a few days back, but I had some epic computer fail. Hardware fail of my motherboard, to be exact. Needless to say it required the replacement of my laptop, so I got a bit delayed in getting this up. Better late the never though right!?? Anyway, let's get right into the good stuff, since it still frustrates me to no end, that a 1 year old laptop died on me. :l

Back when I posted about London here I mentioned that I also bought Nyx. Which is a periwinkle blue from the PixieDust collection. As you can guess, today’s post features the swatches and review of that texture polish.

Nyx is a gorgeous almost magical soft blue, with what feels like an actual twinkle thanks to the PixieDust effect. I found this to be a much softer polish colour then London. Where as London almost said fairy tale goes punk. This just speaks true innocent fairy tale magic. (At least to me!) As with London I wore it without base or topcoat. Anyway, I will save the particulars like last time till the end, onto some pictures!!

Such a soft, magical shade!

Close up, of the actual polish.

Okay, now you have seen the images, and heard my description of it.  Time to talk about the polish. First off, it went on amazing, just like London. It is a bit on the thicker side, but not so much that it makes it difficult to apply or work with. All the texture polishes I have tried have been on the thicker side, I am almost certain that it is just a side effect of texture. The wear time was also really well, unlike with London which only got 1 day before I took it off. I wore this for almost 5 days before the first slight chip, before that the only thing I experienced was some minor tip wear. Overall I liked this polish a lot, and will certainly be wearing it again. If I had to pick between this and London, even though they are both beautiful.  I would likely have to pick Nyx. I guess I have a soft spot for it's fairy tale, dream like quality!  

I think that covers most of it. A quick little question though, I have been less than impressed with the lighting of my images, and I heard that natural light, light bulbs are best? Is this true? I am thinking about picking one up and seeing if it helps any.  I have also considered building a real light box, but haven't had much spare time. It is on my to-do list though!! Any advice, anyone wants to give to a newborn blogger like myself would be greatly appreciated get you tons of love! Well, till next time kittens...

Friday, August 16, 2013

Nail Art: KBShimmer Oh Splat! with a Gradient and Heart Stud Rhinestones.

Hey Guys!!

Above is my recent, and rather large polish haul, from Harlow & Co.  It all started when I heard  they were planning on restocking KBShimmer, and to make good news even better, It was all going to be on sale.  I knew at that point, that I wouldn't be able to resist, so I  started making a list of my top polish picks. Now KBShimmer is fairly new me, and there were tons I wanted to get my paws on. Well, one thing turned into another, and next thing I knew I was buying WAY to many. Although, can you honestly ever have to many KBShimmer polishes!?  I don't think so, but my bank account would certainly disagree with that statement!

  A couple of days ago, the mailman brought my much anticipated package. After the excitement of  awesome nail mail wore off. I got down to business deciding on which to use first, and how I wanted it to end up on my nails. I won't lie, there was a bit of Google searching for ideas, and a bit of  "This one!, no wait, this one!.. I just can't decide, so many options!"  but finally, I ended up with what I am almost certain is a universal favourite of Oh Splat!

With a polish picked, and a nail art idea in my head, I got to work. I did a gradient on my pointer, pinky, and thumb, that grabbed the colours of the glitters in Oh Splat! Then I did 2 accent nails with Oh Splat! on my middle, and ring fingers. I also added small heart stud rhinestones that were purchased a while back from Born Pretty Store. I think that the hearts really tied everything together nicely.  Then of course top coat, to finish everything off.

Speaking of top coat, I wanted to make mention of a new to me top coat. I used KBShimmer's Clearly on Top, for the first time, and let me just say, I am impressed. I found the dry time to be a fraction slower then Seche Vite, maybe by about 5-10 minutes at most, but for almost half the price, and the same level of shine and (for me) less shrinkage on my nails. I may have a new favourite. Will have to use it more then once to be sure, but so far I am really loving this top coat.  If you haven't tried it yet, and don't mind that it isn't 3-free, then I highly suggest you pick it up. You won't regret it!

Anyway enough chit chat about all this, time to have a look at the results!

I had to get the thumb in there, since the thumb really completes the look!

Another thumb shot.

I am really proud of how this turned out. Not only do I think that my gradients are getting better each time I do them, but I really like how each finger is needed for the whole look to complete itself.  I also adore how sweet and fun and colourful this look is.

Alright guys and gals, it's late and I am sleepy, so I think that pretty much covers everything I wanted to share, and don't forget to leave a comment. I want to know if you were here! Don't be shy! Till next time kittens! Be safe, and don't forget, glitter can solve almost any problem! :D

Polishes I used for this were:
                                            OPI - My boyfriend Scales the Walls  (White base)
                                            Zoya - Pippa  (yellow)
                                            OPI -  Can't find my czechbook (blue)
                                            OPI - My Paprika is Hotter than Yours (red) 
                                            KBShimmer - Oh Splat! (accent nails)
                                            Top Coat - KBShimmer  - Clearly on Top 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Nailart: Rainbow Galaxy Gradient with China Glaze Fairy Dust.

Hello All!

I have decided I am in love with Essie - Tart Deco,  yup, totally and completely, hopelessly in love with it. Every time I decide to do my nails,  that polish always seems to end up in my hand. Sometimes it sneaks in there without me even knowing it. It's alright though, since the shade is gorgeous. If you don't own it, you should go buy it, right now! hurry! You are missing something in your life by not owning that shade!

So now that you all know about my love affair with Tart Deco, I guess I should get onto the point of my post! I recently decided to do a gradient of a mix and mash of colours. I had originally planned on a rainbow gradient, but as I got started, I kinda changed gears and ended up with something a bit different. It is "rainbow like" but it turned out to be more of a rainbow galaxy instead.

Now please be kind! I am still very new to nail art and gradients, and although this isn't perfect by any means. I think I did pretty good, and I really like how it turned out. Anyway, enough procrastinating, onto the images!!

Outdoor in the sun!

So there you have it!  Now, I know that it doesn't look very coral-ey. You are likely thinking.."You went on and on about Tart Deco, and it isn't even in there!"  I assure you,  it is! At the top of the nail. It just matched so well with the pink I used, that my camera refused to pick up any of the slight colour shift that is visible in person. 

I think that pretty much covers it for today, and I hope that the 2 people seeing this, like my attempt at "nailart".  I really hope some more people show up soon! **crosses fingers**  If no one does, at least I am archiving my nail polish addiction! :P Till next time kittens!

The polishes I used for this were:
                                                 OPI - Alpine Snow (Under the gradient)
                                                  Essie - Tart Deco
                                                  Essie- Play Date
                                                  Zoya - Micky 
                                                  OPI - Can't find my Czechbook
                                                  China Glaze - Fairy Dust

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Zoya PixieDust: London Swatches and Review

Hey all!

In my area Zoya polishes are pretty hard to come by. Which is awful for me, since with Zoya it was love at first sight, or should I say, at first brush stroke!? Too cheesy?? Yeah, too cornball...  Anyway, moving past that terrible one liner.  Since Zoya are hard to come by, I have to get my needs filled through online retailers, which means I normally lust after stuff for a while before it ends up in my hands.

 Recently I made an online purchase for some Zoya polishes. PixieDust ones to be exact. Now, I know I am a bit late to the party with this, but along with them not being easy to come by, I also, in the beginning, wasn't sure how I felt about the whole "texture" craze. Finally, after timidly trying a couple of texture polishes and seeing gorgeous swatch after gorgeous swatch. I was converted! I made an online order, and waited like a little kid at Christmas for the mail man to bring me my pretties. 

As you can guess, since I am you telling this story, that they recently arrived in the mail. I just couldn't wait to throw on some Gilmore Girls, since at the moment I am currently re-watching! No judging!! I love it!! and slap one on my little fingers and see the PixieDust effect! The one featured in today's post is London. Which is a charcoal black/grey. It reminds me of fairy dust, but with an edge. Like, Tinkerbell goes punk. I will leave the rest of the particulars till the end.  What I thought, formula, all that awesome goodness.

Anyway, onto the pictures!  First up are the indoor shots.

Now some outdoor shots. Unfortunately the sun wasn't playing nice, so the images aren't as sun filled as I was hoping for, but I did the best with what I had available. 

Such a gorgeous polish!

  I know a bit picture heavy, but I really had fun getting out the camera and snapping way too many pictures! I still need to work on my pictures skills a bit, but I will get the hang of it eventually! I should at least get points for no iPhone pictures this time.

Okay the polish related stuff.  I really love this polish, not only did it apply extremely well, it was opaque in just 2 coats, which is always a plus. I wore this without a base coat, and obviously no top coat. I can't really comment too much on wear time, since I only wore it for a day before taking it off, but in that day,  it did wear really well. Especially since I over wash my hands, and I tend to bash them into things WAY to often! I may be just a teeny bit accident prone!

Anyway, I think that is enough for one post, and I hope the 2 people I am making read this enjoyed my ramblings. I do enjoy writing them, and maybe, just maybe, some more people will show up soon! If by some miracle though, there are others, don't be shy. I am a total whore for comments. Well anyway, till next time kittens!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Nail Art: Fan Brush Technique and Dotted Thumb with KBShimmer What's Your Damage Accent.

Hey guys! or more accurate, the 2 people who I make look at this!

For my second post,  I decided to pull a picture out of my banner, since that image doesn't  do it nearly enough justice. I also  wanted something a bit more vibrant and colourful. Nails that express me a bit better, and this manicure was practically screaming my name. While I do love understated and simple. Most of the time, I am a very loud, colourful type of person.

 Now, I am still very much a newborn when it comes to nail art, so this wasn't perfect by any means, but overall, I was very happy with how well it turned out. Since other than the dots on my thumb, it was my very first time trying the fan brush technique.  I loved it so much in fact, that I wore it for about 4-5 days before taking it off. Alright, enough explaining it, time to show it off!

Not perfect, but I still adore it!!

Blurry image fail, but I still adore it!!

Random bottle image of  KBShimmer - What's your damage..which by the way, I love love love!

So there you have it!! Some of the images aren't the greatest, but a lot of these were taken as quick pictures to show a couple of people. I promise, that the image quality will improve!!  I just adored this manicure so much, that I felt I simply had to share it. Failboat images and all!

One thing I wanted to also mention quick, was how amazing What's Your Damage truly is, not only is it a gorgeous unique polish, but the formula is amazing. It goes on like a total dream and no fishing for the larger glitter pieces at all. I do however stand my bottle upside down before application to ensure the larger glitters aren't sunk to the bottom, but still no fishing!! 

I think that pretty much covers it. As an added bonus, the polishes I am wearing in the random KBShimmer bottle picture, are  Essie - Tart Deco and China Glaze - Highlight of My Summer. I was actually so excited when What's Your Damage arrived in the mail, that I pulled  it out and snapped a picture and proceeded to send it too way to many people in my contact list!  Anyway, till next time kittens!

The polishes I used were:
                                           Index and middle - KBShimmer - What's your Damage
                                           Ring,  pinky and thumb  - KBShimmer -  Don't Pink Twice                                                                                and China Glaze - Highlight of My Summer.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Manicure - Nubar Black Polka Dots over OPI Skull and Glossbones

So, my very first post! I feel like there is a lot of pressure to make a great  first impression, and I normally fall flat on my face when put on the spot, so this is a bit nerve racking for me! Although chances are no one will even see this, so I guess it doesn't really matter when you think about it! :P

  After some thought, I decided on something simple for my first post. I wanted to be loud and exciting, make a statement, make myself stand out, but that fear of falling flat on my face kept me thinking simple and safe.

  This is a manicure I wore a little while back. I think about a month or so ago, and although I am enjoying summer and neon's and everything bright and sunshine filled that comes with it. I did adore this manicure when I had it on. There was a simple elegance about it that I simply loved.  Plus as an added bonus it was SO simple to do!

  Now, the indoor photos were taken with my T3i,  however the outdoor ones were sadly snapped with my iphone camera, I apologize in advance for their less than stellar quality.

 First up, the indoor photos.


Love the polka dots!

 Here are a couple of outdoor shots, with the trusty iPhone camera.

I love the matte effect with this look!

Okay, so there you have it! I hope I didn't disappoint or bore you all too badly!!  I promise to make my second post a bit more exciting. I love colour, especially bright loud obnoxious colours! 

 The polishes used to achieve this look were:

OPI Skull and Glossbones
Nubar Black Polka Dot
OPI Matte Top Coat.