Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's Eve!

I hope you have a fantastic (and safe!) holiday. I decided to re-create my glitterbomb manicure for New Year's Eve. I went a little nuts this time - I used a full eleven layers this time around, not including base/top coat or a little bit of brightening.
So. I can't exactly remember what order I went in, but I started with a base of China Glaze Frostbite. I used China Glaze Meteor Shower, Essie As Gold As It Gets, Kiko 261, China Glaze Snow Globe, Confetti Ice Ice Baby, Finger Paints Asylum, and Island Girl Island Volcano. Whew. Then around the bottom, in a kind of U shape, I added an "accent" of BeYu 209. I then topped everything off with China Glaze Fairy Dust.
Although it didn't come out really thick - I did use thin layers - even with a fast dry top coat, it took forever for this baby to dry.
I have pictures in full sun for you to get an idea of the bling, and the last shot is in low light. It's probably nowhere near as awesome as it looks to me, but you'll get an idea of it anyway. I really, really love how this turned out.

Is that crazy nuts or what? Hahaha, I love it. Have a great evening!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Revlon Whimsical

We've finally reached an end to my holiday manicures. Who's cheering? *grin* I do have something I want to whip up for New Year's Eve, but not today!
Today I've got for you the Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air dupe, Revlon Whimsical, that everyone has been frantically hunting for and posting! I'm no exception, when I heard there was a dupe I was immediately lemming it, because it looked perfect. Well, I'd looked in my area and no luck, so Jacqui of The Scholarly Nail very kindly scooped up a bunch for some of us and mailed them out - thank you so much Jacqui! It was really kind of her.
So Whimsical is a very sheer, greyed out blue - I tried it alone, and I got it mostly opaque at four coats, but I really wasn't happy with that, so I decided to layer it. I had made a baby blue jelly franken a while back, using Hard Candy Sky and some clear polish, so my unnamed franken became the base for this manicure. I used two coats of that, and then I just patted on Whimsical - using the brush in swipes was pretty unsuccessful for distributing the glitter. I did two coats of Whimsical like this, and ended up with much better luck for glitter distribution.  The franken base lightened and brightened up Whimsical quite a bit - you can see that from the bottle shot I've included here. As you can see, Whimsical has blue and pink metallic glitter in two sizes. Over my franken, this reminds me of a robin's egg - so pretty!

So, did you manage to nab Whimsical? What have you layered it over? Or are you not even interested?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

China Glaze Phat Santa and Finger Paints Sparkle Top Coat

Just a quickie layering post today! China Glaze Phat Santa is probably my favorite holiday red, it's a bit dark and blue toned, so I think it's really a sexy red and makes a great base for layering or glitter gradients. I'd call it a jelly creme, it's very pigmented but it's super shiny and squishy, too.
I just popped last year's Finger Paints Sparkle Top Coat on top of this, and it's so pretty and festive looking! It's a sheer, milky base with multicolored, fine pastel sparkles.

Last shot in direct sunlight so you can see the bling - wow that's an awkward pose. Oh well *sigh* I only took two more in direct sunlight, and they were not as clear as this one, so this is what we have. The Finger Paints reminds me a bit of a smaller glitter Snow Globe, yes/no??

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

OPI All The Berry Best and Gift Of Gold

These two lovelies, All The Berry Best and Gift of Gold, are from last year's Ulta holiday exclusive set. I am big on the accent nail, and Gift of Gold is too thick for a gradient, anyway! You could probably thin it down, but I quite like it on its own on my ring finger with the pretty All The Berry Best as the backdrop.
All The Berry Best is, as advertised, a berry red shimmer - very pretty and glowy, and the shimmer is a subtle gold that only really comes out to flash in direct sunlight. Very pigmented, I only needed two coats.
As I mentioned, Gift of Gold is a pretty thick, well packed glitter, I only needed two coats for complete coverage. It's a fine gold glitter with bits of silver and red as well - it's really quite gorgeous and blingy!

Wow, look at that gold shimmer coming out to play in direct sunlight! So pretty. I really like this combination.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Layering: China Glaze Glittering Garland and White Cap

Hey guys! Did you have a good holiday? I've got a few more holiday combinations to show off, which should carry me to New Year's Eve, I think. Hope that's okay with everyone!
This layering combination is directly inspired by the lovely Salla, who has the best ideas! I just love her wonderful style.
So, I lied a little. I said I had finished up posting my picks from this year's China Glaze holiday collection - and I had forgotten the star of the show, Glittering Garland. I think this is the runaway hit of the collection, and you can see why. This is a sister of the very famous Emerald Sparkle, a forest green jelly with golden glass fleck. Gah. COULD this be a more perfect holiday polish? I don't think so! I love it of course. I used two coats of this, because I was going to top it with China Glaze White Cap, which is, though sheer, lovely on its own - a milky white shot through with gold. Seriously, if you don't have this, this is a gorgeous, gorgeous shade I'd highly recommend picking up, because it can spice up so many colors. Check it out! First shots are Glittering Garland on its own.

White Cap just really amps up the beauty of Glittering Garland, right? You can better see Glittering Garland if you click on the photos to enlarge them, though. It's a stunner on its own!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday.
This year I decided to keep it simple and wear one of my two favorite holiday polishes, China Glaze Emerald Sparkle. The other favorite is, of course, Ruby Pumps. Emerald Sparkle is divine - if you have the opportunity, definitely hunt it down and nab it! It's a darkened emerald green jelly jam packed with the signature glass fleck - it's divine. I used three coats here for opacity.
I'm playing with my new camera, so we'll see how these photos came out.

And a couple of direct sunlight shots.

Guh. You can click to enlarge these! I don't even know how those pieces of glitter ended up there. Hard to tell today, lol! Have a wonderful evening everyone.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas Eve!

I hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday, wherever you are! We are getting ready for our Christmas Eve celebrations, lots of baking and cooking going on today - my Daddy is going to finally teach me how to make his famous spaghetti, which we have on Christmas as a break to all the turkey we eat during the holidays. Mom's already made her pumpkin bread, I've made the snickerdoodles, hubby and my daughter are making sugar cookies too! Nomnomnom. Tony has also made his famous sausage balls - I swear I could turn INTO a sausage ball, I love those things. We'll be opening presents tonight, following my dad's Christmas traditions from his family. What are your holiday traditions?
Today I'm wearing a festive combo - I've got a beautiful pine green jelly from my friend Tuli in Israel, it's Jade Emerald. I love it so much! I used Color Club Art of Seduction as an accent nail - I just love that glitter set so much, and the red and green from it are so festive. Lots to do so I'll leave you with the photos - I used three coats of each polish and I've a full on sunlight shot for a little bling!

I got bubbles on my pinkie finger! Oopsie, I'm sure that was from rushing around. I could have put some flakies on the green jelly and made it even more festive. Have a wonderful evening!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Finger Paints Mulberry Madness

This is another pretty from last year's holiday offerings from Finger Paints - Mulberry Madness. I think the name is appropriate because it is a mulberry shade of red glitter, with fine silver glitter scattered throughout the mix. This dries to a bit of a matte shade, so I've slapped a bit of top coat on it to show you its full potential.
Really, this is so pretty and festive. I just love this. I used two coats here and after a year in my position it had thickened up a bit, so I ended up using a bit of thinner on it before I used it. It does dry a bit gritty, but I could have lived with that, it's not bad at all on the grit scale in comparison to other glitters!
I've included a bright sunlight shot so you can see how sparkly and shiny it is.

Oooooh, ahh! I love this.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Layering: Orly Au Champagne and China Glaze Snow Globe

So, this combination is pretty much awesome - it looks like fairy wings! I love it!
Orly Au Champagne is from this year's holiday offerings, and it's a white shimmer. It dries to a satiny matte, so if you prefer shiny, just slap a top coat on top of it! It's pretty opaque at two coats. I then put a layer of China Glaze Snow Globe over the top of this - perfection. Snow Globe is previously from the collection of 50 glitters, but was re-released in this year's holiday collection too. It's a milky sheer base with opalescent flaky glitter. It's a great layering polish!
This came out so perfectly.

This is just perfection, to me. I've seen this done and I really wanted to try it out, and I'm glad I did! That last shot really shows off the pretty colors of Snow Globe.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Finger Paints Mistletoe Mischief

Mistletoe Mischief is from Finger Paints holiday collection last year - I actually didn't bother to pick up any of the shades from this year's collection. I don't know, nothing reached out and screamed "take me home"!
So, this is a little sister to China Glaze Emerald Sparkle, one of my all time favorite greens. The base is a bit darker, and there's not as much sparkle in Mistletoe Mischief but boy, it's a pretty one as well. This swatch is with three coats, so be aware that it is pretty sheer. I've still got VNL here - I don't notice it as much though, honestly - the sparkle totally distracts from the sheerness.

Gosh, that's such a beauty! I really liked last year's collection. So shiny!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

China Glaze Tinsel Town

Another one of this year's holiday collection, I think this will be my last one - I do have Twinkle Lights but I don't think I have time to do an individual post on it. Tinsel Town is a bit reminiscent of Nina Ultra Pro Glam Rock, only lighter. You can see that there are big and small pieces of glitter in the macro I've done. The base jelly is a much lighter color, a light blueish grey.
I used three coats here to build up opacity, and this is such a pretty color!

I got a lot of compliments on this one too.

Finger Paints Special Effects Collection

Good afternoon everyone! This is a break in my regular posting schedule because today...I HAVE FLAKIES TO SHOW YOU! Also. This is a very, very picture heavy post.
I called up every Sally's Beauty Supply in the area, on the hunt for the Finger Paints Special Effects collection. I'm a bit of a fiend for flakies - they're probably my favorite finish, because they can make every boring creme polish lots of fun. So, I found a manager who didn't mind setting aside two sets of these, since my mom wanted one also! Shout out to Nikki of Sally's Beauty Supply for your help.
There are five flakie polishes in the Special Effects collection - Asylum, Flashy, Flecked, Motley and Twisted. They might all look very similar in the bottle, but they're quite different on.
I decided, rather than to do individual swatches, I'd do flakie skittles.  So from pinkie fingernail to thumbnail I have Asylum, Flashy, Flecked, Motley, and Twisted. I used a base of Savvy (by Femme Couture) Garland, from last year's holiday collection - it's a shimmery deep, dark vampy emerald green.

It looks pretty dark in low lights, but it's nice and glowy in the sunlight. So, I thought this would be a nice, festive base for the flakies.
First off, there's a bottle shot of all five bottles. I've labeled them.

I tried to do bottle shots, but it was impossible to get my four fingers and my thumb with the bottle in the picture, so I have a few varied shots with the bottle. Again, pinkie is Asylum, ring is Flashy, middle is Flecked,  index is Motley, and thumb is Twisted.

I gave up the bottle shots, and have decided the best thing to do with this is the claw.

Hopefully you can see the color changing going on here! What's interesting to me is that Motley is primarily blue, but shifts from aqua to blue to almost a violet. Flecked is mostly an emerald but shifts from aqua to emerald to blue. Flashy is basically a Hidden Treasure/2010 dupe, which goes from orange to yellow to green. The two others, Asylum and Twisted, are multicolored flakies that are NOT identical, but have a really good amount of color shifting!
Just a quick word, if you're unfamiliar with flakies. These are best layered, I guess you could wear them alone but I don't think you'd ever see the effects, and they'd be pretty sheer! The magic comes out over darker colors. You can also use a matte top coat for a really neat effect. The more you shift your hand, the more you'll see the color shift.
So, I hope you enjoyed this post - are you on the hunt for these? Don't forget to click to enlarge any of the photos!
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