Saturday, April 30, 2011

Layering: Rimmel Purple Rain and NYC Love Letters

I'm sure by now, everyone knows the magic that NYC Love Letters is. I knew I wanted to put it over Purple Rain, because I was positive it would look fantastic - and it did. Love Letters is a sheer pink with a purple/blue flash. It's absolutely yummy layered over darker colors. Of course, I had to slap a matte top coat on it. I'm not convinced I captured how awesome it looked matte, but I did get a couple good angles of it shiny!

That first shot shows more of the purple/blue flash, and the second (blurry a bit, sorry!) shows more of the pink. LOVE this.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Rimmel Purple Rain

I am doing some revisiting to colors I'd swatched before. Well, not here, so that's okay right?
I had a bunch of Rimmels previously, and have been picking some up again. This was a favorite of mine, not just because of the name - it's a wine jelly! This is AWESOME. It's vampy, but you can see the lightening at the tips. This is three coats. Cleanup of my line is not there, because I planned to layer this - you'll see that tomorrow night though. I just didn't bother with it. Oh well *shrugs* It's not a huge mess, right? Anyway. If you like vampies, jellies, and wine shades - this is a must have. I have a hard time with the brush on these new Rimmels, because they're like the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes, which I've never been able to quite master. I'm not a fan of that, but the formula and colours on the Rimmels I quite like.

Naturally, this does look darker in low lighting. SUPER SHINY, oh haiiii.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Layering: Essie Licorice and NYC i104A: Scandalous Blue Glitter

I found this in a Dollar Tree recently. It was part of a two pack that included the NYC taxi yellow color ( I think it might be Taxi Yellow Creme? ) and I'd been looking for that because it's apparently been discontinued, I couldn't find it in any drugstore displays, anywhere. I'd been meaning to pick it up for some time, but just never bothered. So when it got missing, I HAD to have it.
Anyway, they were in a two pack together, neither one of them had a name! I don't know why they do this, I know they start out with names. So NYC i104A is a mystery shade. I'd LOVE to solve this and know what this is called. I knew right away that it would be a great layering polish, no good on its own, but like Love Letters, fantastic over a darker shade. I slapped it on my Essie Licorice mani.
And then I mattifyed it with China Glaze Matte Magic. It looks like a "suede" finish - it's AWESOME!

What a great little Dollar Tree find! I just wish I could get its name. Anyone have a clue?
**EDITED: Jana of Jeweled Tips informs me this is probably Scandalous Blue Glitter, which she's used for layering before as well! Thanks so much lady. **

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Wet N Wild How I Met Your Magenta and NYC Gramercy Glitz

That's a long title, huh? Haha. Okay, so Wet N Wild How I Met Your Magenta is from the new WNW fastrdry series. I'm just going to go ahead and say I HATE the brush. It's like a mop. Therefore I had a hell of a time controlling where the polish went, and how much got on the brush. This is a pretty pink - not my usual taste, but I was drawn in by the gold shimmer. It's not very prevalent on the nail. I don't think this is very magenta, either. It's more of a mid-toned bubblegum pink. Although this is not a jelly, I had VNL after three coats. Kind of weird.
To make this look a little cuter, I topped it off with NYC Gramercy Glitz, a milky pink sheer with metallic fine glitter.  The glitter is kind of glowy - almost holo, it gleams blue in some light. I love this. It kind of looks like sugar encrusted lollipops?? A very candy looking manicure. My ring finger, you can tell, bore the worst of the WNW polish, it's uneven because of the bad polish distribution.
I strangely love this, anyway. I think the pink may be a shade deeper IRL, for the record.

What are you wearing for Pink Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Essie Licorice

Since I use this as a layering base pretty often, I thought it might be nice to showcase it for once on its own. Just in case you may never have seen it before! I bought Essie Licorice....eons ago, I guess, because I'd heard rumour that it was a black jelly. I think it's more of a jelly creme, but it's got a nice smooth application for a black polish. It is a little thinner, so I use two coats for application.

It's awesome and shiny, and has great application.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Night Lights

Okay, a bunch of photos of this. Well, not a bunch, three. I had a heck of a time capturing this pretty little charcoal scattered holo jelly!
I think I first saw this on Kellie's blog, Also Known As. And I wanted it! I heard rumour that they could be found at Five Below. There's a Five Below in Raleigh, so I scooted in there one night while I was working. That's where I found the Funky Fingers polish too! I'd never seen that in Raleigh before, so I snagged a couple of those as well as the Sally Hansen Night Lights. This particular polish has the white cap, so that means it's an older polish - the newer Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears have a silver cap, of course. This polish is pretty sheer, as a jelly you expect that though. I've shown it here alone, on my index finger, with four coats. I layered it over Essie Licorice for the other three fingers. A little gritty from the glitter, nothing two coats of top coat wouldn't cure though! It's a beauty.

I included that last blurry shot so you can really see the glitter holo sparkle! LOVE this. Glad I was able to snag it and add it to my collection!

Stylish Blogger Award

My first award here on Nightly Nails! Thanks to the amazingly sweet Cindy of Nail'd & Polish'd. I'm sure that all of my followers already know her site, but if you don't, you should!
Okay, here are the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 recently discovered bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

My seven things:
1. I LOVE to read. Moreover, I love books. I'm obsessed with buying them. I'll probably never read all the books I've bought, I just never have time! I kind of look forward to being an old retired lady, just so I can catch up on my reading. My favorite book, ever, is Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon.
2. I'm not well organized. I'm super jealous of those who are (in a vague sense, not like...a burning jealousy) because I know at this stage of the game I never will be well organized. There are a few things I'm good at though, such as organizing my stash (NO, I don't have a spreadsheet!) and scheduling posts. And I think I'm good at those things because it's almost a necessity.
3. I was born in California. I haven't been back since I was seven. I dream about it often, though. The dreams are kind of spooky.
4. I'm psychic. It runs in my family in varying degrees. Mine is kind of a mild form. I have dreams, and I am amazingly adept at reading people. I don't ever see myself wearing a turban and hosting seances.
5. I don't like going to the theatre to watch movies. I prefer to watch them at home. I know this is weird, but it's SO much better for me. It's kind of a tradition in my family, anyway.
6. I often don't like the things everyone else does. For instance, Chanel Paradoxal. HATED that color. No interest in it, whatsoever. I even have the drugstore dupe, Revlon Perplex, and I have never worn it. Weird, right??
7. I find it...hard to talk about myself on these kinds of surveys. I keep thinking I should be able to do it, and inevitably I sit here for an hour, staring at the screen, trying to come up with something interesting. Look, obviously I'm cheating on number seven! Hah.

Okay, tagging 15 blogs. *gulp* Well, y'all are new to me! So I hope you don't mind if I tag you. Hopefully you won't have done this already!
Edit: Well, I don't think there's many that haven't done this! If you haven't and you want to, let me know and I'll add you to my tag list, I'd love to see it! I only came up with four. I know this tag/award has been out for a while!

1. Polish Obsessed
2. Forever 1992
3. Josie's Nails
4. Crystal Visions

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wet N Wild SPAM

I recently picked up a bunch of Wet N Wild polishes, because you know, they're cheap, and often they're awesome. They had some new ones, and some ones I had before, so rather than do a series of posts on them, I figured I would just show them all at once. You know, me being the wiz of efficiency, and all that. *cough* NOT.

First up is this squishy spring green with a secret shimmer - I want to say it's blue? VERY hard to tell and doesn't really translate to the nail. This is what I'd call a jelly creme. I really love this one, the shade is unusual. Umm, it's called Toss Me a LIFESAVERS.

This blue is similar in finish to "Lifesavers" in that it's a squishy jelly creme with a secret shimmer - this one is purple, it seems. Pretty sky blue - NERDS Need Love Too.

Easy Peasy LEMONHEAD Squeezy. By the way, the caps are what's printed on the bottle, if you don't have any of these and are wondering. This one gave me major trubs. This is three coats, and it never evened out for me. I'll give it a whirl again, as this one is somewhat warmer and deeper than my NYC Lemon Cream, and I love all yellows, so the shade is amazeballs.

Sunny Side Up is one I had before, and picked up again. I LOVELOVELOVE this dusty orange shade, it gave me no trouble. Again, a jelly creme finish.

Blazed seems to have been around for a while. It's an awesome, juicy coral. I'm repetitive, but this is a jelly creme.

So, as I mentioned - the formula on most of these was fantastic. But I guess everyone who tries yellows knows they can sometimes be problematic, right? I love all the colors though.

Quick note!

Hey everyone! I'd been wanting to do this for a little while, so I got it done today - Nightly Nails is now a domain! :) If you do have me in your blogroll, and wouldn't mind updating it - it's now . Thanks so much! I don't think Blogger changes that on its own.
Also - as if I hadn't gone through this not once, but TWICE before with MM - I lost my blogroll. I lost it completely! (And that's my own fault, I forgot to change it before I switched blog authors) .... so I've been working on it this morning.
If you aren't on my blogroll, and would like to be - and I've neglected to add you! - please leave me a note in the comments. Thanks everyone!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Nail Art: Polka Dot FAIL.

This is Orly Ancient Jade and NYC Lemon Cream - and I love the color scheme of this SOOO freaking much. But as you can see, I have by no means perfected my dotting skills. I'm working on it though. You can see some of my blobs, and then my dots are uneven - but this is such a cute idea for an Easter/spring mani! I definitely want to try again.

Too bad I am le suck at nail art. I have so many ideas. I did finally do my lace nails, I'll be posting those soon.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Orly Ancient Jade

Oh, Ancient Jade. I love you because I love ALL mint shades, and the fact that you're a tad different - more deep, more dusty than the others - but you gave me heap big troubles. Seriously. Almost as much trouble as your collection sister, Pure Porcelain. The formula was thicker than I'm used to from Orly, and it just refused to level out. This is three coats.
And - no, this doesn't give me lobster hands, but for some reason the best representation of the mint shade showed up as red fingered? I dunno why. In reality, it doesn't do that to me at all.

Anyone else having troubles with Pure Porcelain or Ancient Jade, in terms of application? LOVE the shades, maybe I should add a little thinner.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

NYC Lemon Cream

I picked up three of these new NYC polishes - are these LE? - and I'm showing you Lemon Cream first. The bottles are shaped completely different from the other NYC polishes I have.
I know yellows can be problematic, but I love them SO freaking much. This is a yummy shade, perfectly named. It definitely went on streaky for the first coat, but leveled out nicely at coat number two, which is where I left it for this photo.
I hate that when blogger shrinks my image to fit into my posts, it almost looks distorted and blurry. /endOTrant

Have you tried any of these new NYC polishes?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Orly Oh Cabana Boy

Now THIS is my kind of pink - actually, this is one of my favorites. I like 'em steaming hot, did I mention that? And Orly Oh Cabana Boy fits that bill. This is almost a neon pink, dries to a satin matte finish. It has a blue sheen - I included a macro for better viewing of that, it's like a subtle blue shimmer that adds to the amazing that this pink is. Looks fantastic on toesies, too! Haha, I'll stop raving now. Two coats on this swatch.

Do you have this and love it? I found mine at Sally's Beauty Supply in the core Orly display, so it's pretty easy to find.
And if you're a nail blogger, or if you have a nail Tumblr, and would like to join in for On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, you can click on the title or the image in my sidebar!

The Post I Didn't Want To Write.

Okay, so we all probably realize that my name's not Maeve. Starchild. I mean, really? But, that's what I came up with, so whatever. Moving on.
Yeah, I am kind of enjoying the "quiet life" of being a small blogger, but I don't guess that's going to last, so let's just go ahead and get this over with. My name's Niki, (or Nicole), and I used to run Magic Maid. The domain expired during my period of time offline, and I didn't get to renew it. By the time I could, it had already been snagged by one of those "if you pay us a billion dollars we'll let you have the name back" places (sense the exaggeration there?) and I figured, okay, this must be for the best. Everything happens for a reason, right?
I've got my personal reasons for deleting my facebook. Well, it's just inactive, it's not deleted. I don't feel the need to divulge those to the general public, but if you're a friend of mine and you want to know, I'll tell you - if you email me. I'll just say, it's personal, and it was for my own personal security. I just felt safer.
As to why I chose to stay...out of the public eye?
I did say I'm enjoying being a small blogger. There's just not as much pressure, I post what the hell I want to, I don't have to feel like I've GOT to post these collections now. It became....overwhelming. Not as much fun.
Plus, let's just go ahead and say it. There was some drama. I hated the drama. I still hate the drama. I don't want to hear the whining, the moaning, the bitching that comes along with it. I just want to have fun with this. I want to chat with people, I want to make friends, I don't want to take sides or feel bad about a DAMNED THING. I just want to BE.
But, I still wanted to blog. So I thought I'd try this route. Well, I guess it's just not to be, so I might as well just get this out in the open.
I've got to tell you, if you come on here expecting to start drama, you can hit the fucking door, because I'm done with all that. Sorry to be harsh, but that's the way it is. If you can express your concern in a civilized manner, without pointing fingers or being nasty, I'd be glad to accept that.
Comments on this post WILL be moderated. If you would rather just email me, you have that option, it's on my contact page.
I'm not going back to being Magic Maid again. But, I hope to evolve from all of this. I'd like to think I learned something. There are some really NICE people out there, who do give a damn. And they're nice to new bloggers, too, which I totes appreciate. Because, I am new again. Even if I did do this for what, three something years?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

China Glaze Blue Sparrow

Hope y'all aren't tired of China Glaze yet - did I mention I'm a fangirl? Yeah. This is Blue Sparrow, from the Ink collection of 2008. I also have Flying Dragon from this collection to show you, my two favorites. I used to have all of these, but I didn't really care for the others much, so I passed them on to better homes. This, as with Flying Dragon, dries mostly matte, so I slapped top coat on it. I LOVELOVELOVELOVE this shade, it's one of my all time favorites, when you put top coat on it, it just comes to life. It's a turquoise blue squishy jelly with true aqua shimmer and it's a stunner. I used two coats here.

You can see the shimmer pretty well in that shot with the bottle featured. Click to enlarge, if you like! Anyone else have Blue Sparrow and love it as much as I do? It's in my top 20 polishes, for sure.


Middle of the night ramblings. I've been adding some scheduled posts, but I just wanted to send a wave out to my new followers - thank you! Please feel free to say hi. I love to "meet" new folks!
Also, while I'm midnight rambling, I want to say - I know I'm brand new, but I plan on doing this from time to time.
If I don't have you on my blogroll and you'd like to be added to it, you can leave me a comment here and let me know. I'll be putting up these "add your site" posts up from time to time, because I love to see and read new blogs!
I went ahead and added the "You can click to enlarge any picture" to my sidebar, along with a link to the China Glaze Wiki, run by Jeannie of My Latest Obsession - as a fangirl, what a fantastic resource!
Also, if anyone has any contests/giveaways they'd like posted in my sidebar (again, I'm new...but it's worth putting out there) please feel free to let me know.
And I'm already itching to change the pattern for my header. I know, I just put it up, what a couple of weeks ago? But I saw another cute pattern. I get bored easily. I did make myself a new favicon, since the last one looked SO squished.
Umm, that's it. So, hi!! And thanks again for following, and for all the great comments. *mwah*

Monday, April 18, 2011

China Glaze Dripping Wet

Man, I hate that. Yes, those are sheet marks in my manicure. *sigh* And strangely, only on my index and middle fingers. I THOUGHT they were dry when I hit the bed, but obviously not so much.
Moving on. This is one of my favorite jellies, China Glaze Dripping wet. It's a yummy, deep wine jelly - halfway between red and purple. I layered it over China Glaze Ruby Pumps on my ring finger, I wish it had shown up better in photos but it's awesome for layering over glitters. It's a really nice jelly, you can see exactly how jelly by the lightening of the shade at the tips of my fingernails. This is a long discontinued shade, I think it came from the Patent Leather collection? That's all the info I could find on it - and I don't spy it on the bay of evil now. It's definitely a treasure in my collection. This is three coats, not bad for opacity.

There are SO many treasures I want from China Glaze that are discontinued.
I'm out of work for a couple days, due to the bad storms that blew through the Raleigh area over the weekend, so I'll try to get some swatches cranked out in my downtime. It's too dangerous to drive still in parts of downtown. There are curfews, for reals - Shaw University is sending folks home for the rest of the semester, and the National Guard is here, since the governor has declared a state of emergency.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Zoya Sienna

Maybe I should just put a universal note in the sidebar: All images can be enlarged by clicking. Yeah, you should probably do that with these, too, if you want an idea of how amazing Zoya Sienna is. Bright, juicy, orange juice orange jam packed with gold flakie glitter. See the accompanying macro! Three coats here, a bit of VNL, but once you get to staring at it you won't even care about that. This is AWESOMESAUCE.

Just what the doctor ordered. I love that the gold flakie glitter doesn't get lost in translation to the nail, as it sometimes can.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Layering: Revlon Emerald + Confetti Ice Ice Baby

Bad me, I forgot to get a photo of Revlon Emerald by itself - it is an awesome dusty shade of mid-toned green, maybe just a hint of yellow to it. I did get a bottle shot, below, with Confetti's Ice Ice Baby. I'm convinced this is a dupe for the now discontinued Sinful Colors' Pearl Harbor - both of which I've seen in stock all OVER the place. My local beauty supply stores, as well as Rite Aids, are carrying Pearl Harbor, and my CVS' are well stocked with all the Confetti displays.
I don't think I quite captured the awesomeness that this layered mani was, but it was definitely stare-worthy. You can click to enlarge the photos, if you like.
After a day of staring at this, I decided to slap on some China Glaze Matte Magic, and it came out SO cool. Please to be ignoring that weird shrinkage on my pinkie finger, I'm not sure why it happened.
I swear, I'm a layering fiend.

I just can't get enough of layering. If anyone at all is interested in seeing side by sides of Confetti Ice Ice Baby with Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor, I'd be glad to post a picture.
Also, because I lol'ed so hard about the Confetti name:

Yeah, I'll leave you with that little bit of nostalgia for tonight.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Deborah Lippmann PYT and Some Enchanted Evening

It's Pink Wednesday time again! :) I decided to feature a Deborah Lippmann polish, and I couldn't choose between the three I had. Laynie suggested I do PYT topped with Some Enchanted Evening. Well, there ya go!
My bottle of PYT is older, it has the "Lippmann Collection" label and it came in the white box, instead of the clear plastic they now come in. It's a sheer, squishy kind of salmon pink on me. Some Enchanted Evening is a fantastic dusty soft pink glitter from the All That Jazz trio.

Yeah, I don't usually go for stuff like this, but I LURVE THIS SO MUCH. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Funky Fingers Sand And Stilettos

I usually don't bother with a lot of photos - I used to be really in depth, but I've decided not to go that route unless I think it really warrants it. In the case of Funky Fingers Sand And Stilettos, it definitely warrants it! Funky Fingers is a brand I'd heard of but never seen in my neck of the woods, but I stopped by Five Below because I'd heard they had Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Night Lights for $2. They DID. I bought 2, one for a giveaway. More on that later.
Then they had these little plastic bins of Funky Fingers colors, behold - TWO glitter holo polishes. One silver, one gold. This is the silver. It's got a little tinge of pink or purple to the base, but I tell you, I thought I'd need to layer this - NOPE!!! This is frigging awesome. At one coat, I was drooling. If I'd been more careful to wait until it dried better, I could have done with two coats. As it was, I was impatient and then had bald patches. Fixed that with coat number three. This is not too bad of a topcoat eater - I used two and it was relatively smooth after that. It was a wee bit stubborn to remove, but I was patient and left my cotton balls in place for a good length of time, and then the glitter slid off - EVERYWHERE. Haha. Nothing a good sugar scrub didn't cure.
First photo is in low light outside - you can see it's even sparkly in the shade. The rest are in sunlight, including the macro I decided to include. I'll have the gold holo for y'all up next.

Okay, since I don't have glitter-phobia, this is frigging MADE OF WIN. I heart this so damned much. I need backups, because I want to see if it will work in frankening.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

OPI Banana Bandanna

Are there really two n's at the end of bandanna? I thought it was one.
I LOVELOVELOVE this yellow. It's soft, buttery and squishy. This is three coats for this level of opacity and it applied so easy! Of course the first coat was streaky, but it leveled so easy.

Yellow polishes are made of awesome. What are your favorites? Do you wear yellow?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Orly Pure Porcelain

So, I did end up going back and getting three other colors from the Orly spring collection. Pure Porcelain is a stark shade, mostly white just tinged by pink. It almost looks like a pale beige in some lights because of this, I think. It reminds me slightly of Sally Hansen Complete Manicure Lavender Cloud, only not purple.
I like this color, but the application was troublesome. Streaky and hard to fix even after three coats? Meh.

It would be a nice shade for work.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Misa Dirty Sexy Money

Oh Misa, how do I love you? You've got the best formula, the most durability, your bottle shape is awesome. Then, you come out with colors like this. ROCKS.
I think this may be a tad greener than pictured here, but you'll get the idea. When trying to photograph this, my hands kept showing up lobster. I hate that, because this doesn't give me lobster hands. I think this was the precursor to the mint green phase, although this is deeper in shade than the other minties. I remember a time when it was hard to snag this, it kept selling out!

What are your favorite Misas? I need to build that brand back up in my collection.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

BB Couture Dragon's Breath

I had to take about a million photos of this before ONE came out clear - that would be the second one below. I went ahead and posted the first one so you could get a full on idea of the color, if you hadn't seen Dragon's Breath posted before. Although I'd be surprised - Dragon's Breath is BB Couture's top selling polish! If you'd like, you can click to enlarge - the second one, again, is the most clear shot.
This is a very red based purple jelly absolutely jam packed with glitter - four colors! Blue, silver, pink and red to be exact. BB Couture has about the best formula for jelly and glitter, and they have the most amazing colors. They're right up there on my list, somewhere just below China Glaze in fangirling, because of the color range and the jellies. This is awesome.
I don't often feature purple - it used to be my favorite color, but I think I got burnt out. I actually got rid of the majority of my purples and haven't bothered repurchasing them.

I do love a good reddish purple, I swear.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Diamond Cosmetics South Beach Pink

I have a love/hate relationship with pinks. Now, this is a nice, bright pink from Diamond Cosmetics. I need to snag - I think it's Hot Lips? - we'll just go ahead and call it Hot Lips, because it's a deeper hot pink, and JELLY. It's yum. But this is a pretty deep pink too. I think it may be a tad deeper than my photo shows. This is two coats.
And, it needed some bling. So I topped it with BB Couture Diamond Dust, which always does the trick. Perfect.

I love Diamond Cosmetics polishes. I wish I had kept my bottle of Chainmail Charm, you can't order it anymore. Sad face.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Zoya Edyta

I LOVE this polish. For some weird reason though, I got bumpies on my middle and ring finger - no clue why! This is a nice rich, deep murky forest green, almost olive shade, packed with gold flaky shimmer. The gold translates really well on the nail - I think you should be able to see it if you click to enlarge this. I used two coats.

I know this is a "fall" shade, but I really don't care about seasons. I'll wear anything whenever I feel like it - though I'm not going to lie, I start craving brights after a long winter.

Great Giveaway Alert!

Marie of Mon Coin à Moua is having a HUGE giveaway to celebrate her 1000(+) followers! You should all check it out - it's open to international followers.
I've been adding little things here and there, and I wanted to mention that I've added a contest/giveaway section to my sidebar. I will try to keep this pretty updated, and although I'm new to blogging, if you'd like for me to place your giveaway in my sidebar, just let me know.
I'll be posting some swatches tomorrow; I got behind with work being so busy!
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