March 25, 2012

Girl On Fire

As I'm sure most of you have heard of the The Hunger Games and its release on the 23rd. I was not able to go see the midnight showing but did go to see it yesterday at noon. Good enough for me, so of course I had to spart some sort of Hunger Games nails, this is what I came up with. 
I used the drag marble technique, which I had never tried before. For my first try I'm happy with the result.
Below is a tutorial that I basically followed. 

Base coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps
2 coats of China Glaze- Smoke and Ashes as a Base Color
Flames: China Glaze- Poinsettia
China Glaze- Riveting (used 3 from the Hunger Games collection)
Wet N Wild- The Wonder Yellows
China Glaze- Electrify 
Then finally topped off with 2 thick coats of Seche Vite 

And here is the Video I followed


March 21, 2012

My first mood polishes

I have been MIA I'm sorry for that, I knew it had been awhile since posting but had no idea it had been quite this long. There are reasons to my disappearance though, first off I went to Las Vegas on march 9th we left, I had meant to post the day before leaving but just did not have the time. Then I though I would just post when we got there, but they didn't have free wifi, I refused to pay to use it for just an hour or so. I could of posted from my phone but honestly I didn't want to, it would of been more of a hassle than anything. So the plan from there was just to post when I got home on march 14th, but of course my body had other plans for me.

So the day after getting home, my allergies decided to come at me full force, then invited in some sort of cold to further make me miserable. So I've been fighting that for about a week now. Between trying to sleep and going to work when I absolutely had too, today was one of the first times I've even been on my computer let alone thinking about writing a blog post, cropping & watermarking pictures and all. I'm also one of those annoying whiny sick people, that complains about everything and just not a happy camper. So needless to say there was no way I was doing anything really.

Anyway on to my Vacay, Las Vegas means a few things to me, being who I am and my love of polish, I had heard that Island Girl polish can be found there, So naturally I had a plan to find some. What kind of Nail polish Junkie would I be if I didn't right...? So on to two of my newest polishes, along with the regular Island Girl colors they have a bunch of "mood" polishes, I bought 5 of those I believe, a set of three and then two by themselves.  

Another thing Vegas meant to me was the NASCAR race, yay that was alot of fun, the mani I have to show you today is what I actually wore to the race. I packed a bunch of polishes, q-tips, make-up sponge, polish remover, and pretty much anything I might need to change my polish, then of course having bought a bunch of new polishes I used something new on Saturday night for the race. Since the mani I had on before that was done very late at night after a few attemps on thursday night before leaving, and was just something I hated. I did take pictures I may or may not even post them, We'll see.

Onto the pictures hope you like em...

 The Island girl Mood polishes did not have names on them, So I have here teal/ bright tealish green color and a Light/ dark pink. 

I only used the two polishes for this mani. The pink doesn't seem to change as drastically as the teal did, I could actually barely tell a change. But the teal went from a darker calmer color to a very bright almost neon teal color. It was pretty cool. 
On a side note the application of these was ok- ish, the polish is kinda weird I believe I applied 3 thin coats. Also the brushes on both of these were awful bent funny and weird to use. They did dry pretty fast though, not too fast to affect application though. 

base of Sally Hansen- Hard As Nails
Island Girl Mood polish in Teal or Pink
Topped with Seche Vite. 

 The Teal wore pretty good these were taken after a full day of wear. As you can see the pink was chipping a bit, however my nails had been peeling a bit on those two nails, so they were thin and a little too flexible. So that would probably be why it chipped so fast.

March 5, 2012

OPI Mermaid's Tears

So for this mani I knew what I wanted to do. Wanted teal with gold glitter, I'm not a fan of gold in any form jewelry, clothing, polish, or whatever. I only have a few gold polishes and a couple of gold glitters. But I have seen people pair Gold and Teal together and it looks really good. So I had to try some variation of that.

So I went with a teal and a Gold glitter gradient from the cuticle. Then when I was finished I decided to add a little something to it. Finally settled on an image from the first Bundle Monster set. So here it is...

Orly Nail Armor as a base
3 coats OPI Mermaid's Tears 
Sponged on China Glaze Blonde Bombshell
Stamped with Wet N Wild Black Creme using Bundle monster plate 
topped with Gelous then Seche Vite 

I had never actually used Mermaid's Tears, I do have Orly Ancinet Jade seen here which is supposed to be a dupe of each other. It's been a long time since I used Ancient Jade so I'm not really sure how they compare application wise. But mermaid's tears needed 3 coats but doesn't seem too thick on the nail. 
All in all I'm really happy with how this turned out. will definitively try this look again with other colors and stamps. 

March 4, 2012

China Glaze Near Dark

Today I'm gonna show a mani I did real quick the other night. It was late and I just had to change my polish. Originally I wanted to paint all my nails black and add some sparkle to a couple of nails but I could not find my black so when I saw Near dark sitting there I figured why not it's pretty and I hadn't used it yet. So here it is... 

Base of Orly Nail Armor
3 thin coats China Glaze Near Dark
2 coats China Glaze Some Like it Haute on ring finger and thumb
topped with Gelous on those 2 nails then Seche Vite over everything.

So Near dark is kinda of weird. It was really thin and runny. After I figured that out though I applied thin coats and it seemed to work ok. Ended up using 3 thin coats and still had VNL which kind of annoyed me but not too much. It was ok for a couple of days. 

Also don't mind the tip wear and the chip, these were taken on the second day of wear. 

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