Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Grey Area and China Glaze Latticed Lilac

Okay, I found Grey Area in a small display this past spring? I hadn't worn it yet! As a matter of fact, I probably haven't featured the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line much on this blog, and I quite like them. I like the brush, I like the bottle, I like the range of shades. I just wish they'd quit discontinuing my favorite shades! *coughmysticlilaccough* Well, Grey Area has a bit of a fall feel to it. It's a deep plum purple shade that's very dusty and greyed out. I used just two coats for this, coverage was good!
I'd been looking for something to try out my last China Glaze metallic Crackle I'd picked up, Latticed Lilac - and Grey Area seemed a likely candidate. I was right - it shows up perfectly over the darker plum base! I tried a diagonal crackle on my ring finger, and I think I like that pattern best. These metallic crackles are so lovely - and there's something almost lacey about the way they look. That's weird, but apt to me. I had no trouble with it being thick or hard to crack, either, like some of the creme crackles.



I kind of want the other metallic crackles, the three I got were so lovely.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

With A Little Help From My Friends: HEATHER!

Okay, HI everyone! I'm so excited to do this. As I said the other day, I've been wanting to do this forever. I do hope you regular readers will enjoy this as well, maybe getting to know a bit more about the people behind the blogs you read regularly will be fun for you. I know this kind of thing is fun for my blogging friends!
So, the very first victim ... er, friend of mine that I asked about this months ago was Heather. Heather runs a blog called Lambchop Mobile.


Isn't she gorgeous? Heather's been growing out her hair for a little while now - she used to keep it super short, like me. I remember when we first started talking, she, Tina and I all decided we were part of an exclusive club of short haired sexy women. *lol* We're silly - I happen to think she and Tina are considerably more sexy than me, but you know. I didn't ask her, but I think this photo of Heather was taken in Cancun - Heather makes an annual escape there every year and I LOVE it when she shows off pictures on Lambchop Mobile. I keep hoping I'll be able to be stuffed into a suitcase one day, but I'll have to make my way across the country to do that - Heather lives on the west coast and I live on the east coast. I'm going to let you read her interview questions in just a few, but the things that I know about Heather are this: She's amazing. She's kickass, straight up honest, kind, loving, and whip freaking smart. She's one of the best friends you could ever hope for! I love her loads and I think she's beyond fabulous. Okay, so enough gushing.
When I decided to do this, I asked everyone a set of ten questions, and I told them to feel free to elaborate on anything. Here are my questions, and her answers.


1. How long have you been blogging?

Believe it or not, TEN years. I can hardly fathom it myself.

2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?

I read an article in USA Today about this crazy new phenomenon, called "blogging" and I knew it was the outlet I needed.
Back then I talked about my life, music, whatever came to my mind. It was mildly successful and I kept it up for five years until my webhost went crazy and well...I got mad and let things go for awhile. The name was meant to showcase mobile blogging but, um, yeah. That just didn't work out.

3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?

Purple is it for me, yo. You better believe it's my favorite nail polish color too! 

4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?

I really don't like pink and I REFUSE to wear horrid, frosty pink. It makes me angry.

5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get?

I get some reactions here and there. Most are from my employees who find it funny that I change my polish everyday.
 A lot of the time I'm asked where I get my nails done and people are stunned I do them myself.
Oddly enough, it's guys that notice color and nail art more and are much more complimentary. Go figure.

6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)

 Aside from all my amazing nail polish obsessed ladies, I always read Metafilter, Dispatches From The Culture Wars and  Blabbermouth. 

7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?

I read ALL the time and I'm obsessive about music, heavy metal in particular. But I enjoy video games, riding my bike, cooking, college football and baseball.

8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!

I have a phobia about statues. Life size or giant, that is. I secretly believe that they can come to life and kill you. 
I make terrible jokes about eating babies. I'm not sure why. 
So...who's inviting me over to visit now? 


9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without using or wearing it?

I am always wearing eyeliner, I hate not having it on! 

10. What is the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?

I did all kinds of dumb/crazy/silly stuff during my teen years in Southern California. Like passive/aggressively stalking bands and the DJs of the local metal station. Or sneak into clubs and Disneyland. (I used to be real good at sneaking into the Magic Kingdom, yo.) Sadly, my life was so much more interesting then. 
I did meet Joey Harrington at Autzen Stadium while waiting for tickets once. He was much humbled after his NFL debacle.


Heather's amazing at creating looks with nail polish that I would never think of. I asked her what these were, because as eye catching as her photo is, I of course noticed her nails - and that's what she chose for one of her favorite polish photos, as well. 
"...the mani is the result of my husband challenging me to produce a mani that looked like the ocean in Cancun. Its all sponged but I really can't recall all the polish I used. I know Orly la playa and hard candy frenzy played a part along with an art club striper. Otherwise...yeah...it was so long ago that it may as well have been years ago.  ;)
OY, my memory! "
She's a self proclaimed Orly fangirl, you know. So I figured Orly had to be in that mani, somewhere! 
Well, that's our first session of "With A Little Help From My Friends", and a HUGE thanks to Heather for being my first friend to be featured! I hope you guys had fun reading about her, because I had fun reading her replies to my questions. I even learned a few things I didn't know! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

China Glaze Frostbite

You know, it's a really good thing this is part of the core line. A REALLY good thing. If you follow me on twitter, you'll already have heard about this little disaster:


Yeah, that's what's left of my bottle of Frostbite, after a little accident that involved the whole thing dropping from my desk onto the floor and just...spinning and erupting polish. On the HARDWOOD floor. Meep. I managed to get it up without damaging the finish using non-acetone remover. Mind you, I've only used this bottle for two manicures.
*sigh*
Well, this is a stunning, bold, in your face blue. It reminds me of Fyrinnae 1.22 Gigawatts, in nail polish form. It's a tad thin, so I used three coats here. That's not outrageous in my opinion, but it might be for some - bonus is that this dries pretty quickly. This is what I'd call a shimmer - but it's very fine, making this look almost metallic? I don't know. I can't think how to describe this - but you can see, it's highly glossy and if you enlarge the photos you'll definitely see shimmer.



YUM, stunning. Seriously, this is awesome. I'll definitely be picking up a replacement bottle. I'm making an effort to get through my China Glaze untrieds - obviously, I'm a huge fangirl, so I have a LOT of them. I don't want to oversaturate you guys with China Glaze though, so I take it easy on them here, but I'll be posting at least one or two a week before they get too built up.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Glittertastic!

So, you'd think I'd be sick of glitter after having just finished up Focus On Glitter, right? Well, no. I do love glitter. Okay, here's the thing. I suck at almost every form of nail art. I'm not good at glitter gradients. But I tried this, and I like it - I might get better one day. It doesn't look effortless and smooth, but I still like it.
Jessika sent me a little RAOK package recently, with the OCC neon I've already shown you, and with a P2 polish. This one is one of the Color Signals, Bombastic Turquoise. It's lovely. Almost a metallic, very bright turquoise. I decided it needed to be spiced up, so I sort of patted on a layer of China Glaze Atlantis, taking it about 3/4 of the way down my nail. On top of that, I patted on China Glaze Medallion, towards the tips. The result? Glitter-encrusted nails! I love this. Like I said, one day I may get better at making gradients look smooth and effortless in transition. I'm still very pleased with the results of this!




Last picture in direct sunlight, for full on effect. :) You should really click to enlarge these!

Updates!

Good morning! I have a couple of things I want to update you on.
First of all, if you haven't seen the notice in my sidebar, I use DISQUS as a commenting system here on Nightly Nails. If you don't see Disqus when you leave a comment, please reload the page - I currently have seven unapproved comments in the blogger system because, although I can approve them, they won't show up in the Disqus comments. So it's not that your comments are inappropriate or that I don't want to reply to them, I just can't get them to show up unless they go through Disqus! Thank you.
Secondly, thank you everyone again for voting on the next Focus On series. You'll see that blue won by a landslide! I am aiming for the second week of August, roughly, to do that. Lots of fun! Also, the new series, With A Little Help From My Friends, goes live for the first time on Saturday evening. I hope you all will enjoy it! I have a bunch more scheduled, so I'll be posting these once a week on Saturday evenings. I still have a lot of typing to do, so I need to get to it!
Lastly, as I've stated before, I don't allow link dropping in my comments. I've gotten several links in comments this week, and I've either edited them, or not approved them. Please DO NOT leave a link to your blog in my comments. You can either email me, approach me on twitter, or wait until I do a blog roll update post. Thank you. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Zoya Kiki and BB Couture Diamond Dust

I haven't been feeling up to snuff lately. I'm amazed I've even got these photos ready to go for today, but I did! Anyway, today's pink is one of my all time favorite pinks, Zoya Kiki. It's eye-searingly bright and has a strong blue flash. To top all that off, (as if it weren't already awesome enough) it has a gorgeous silver shimmer running through it. If you used to read my other blog, you will have seen this before!
Well, I wear this on my toes all summer. And inevitably I top it with BB Couture's Diamond Dust, because I like the extra bling. Diamond Dust is a milky sheer - you'd probably never get it to be opaque on its own. It's jam packed with gold and green glitter that seem to have almost an otherworldly glow - it's SO cool and I love it as a topper! I've included a bottle shot of Diamond Dust so you can see what I mean. If you love to layer, you should consider this one a must have.
I used three coats of Kiki, it's a little less opaque than you would think.




You've seriously got to click to enlarge these to see the hotness. You can imagine how much fun this would be on your toes in the summer!
So...are you wearing pink for Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sinful Colors Envy and China Glaze Cracked Medallion

Oh my GOSH. How much do I love Envy? SO much that I'm going to get a backup of it. Fingers crossed this hasn't sold out at my Walgreen's. Envy is from the Beverly Hills display, and it's a lighter green than Last Chance, which I think was introduced to the Sinful Colors core line this spring. It's got the jelly creme formula, and it's a mid toned forest green. Two coats of perfection here.
I thought it might look good with China Glaze Cracked Medallion, which I'm calling a coppery gold crackle. I was right - what a great combo.



Ahhh, so much love. I've still got to find something I want to pair with Latticed Lilac. I think these new metallic crackles are so awesome! Okay, I'm sure you're all breathing a sigh of relief - that's all of the two SC collections, Adventure Island and Beverly Hills, that I've got to show you.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sinful Colors Open Seas

Sinful Colors Open Seas, from the Adventure Island display, is supposed to be an exact dupe for OPI Mermaid's Tears. I don't have that to do a comparison, but I'll tell you what - Open Seas is awesome. Like all of the other polishes I've swatched from AI, it has a jelly creme formula. Completely opaque at two coats!
I'm repeating myself here a lot, but I'll say this phrase again, this is a murky, dusky shade of mint green - it has just the slightest hint of yellow to it.


Yummeh. I love it!

New Series: With A Little Help From My Friends

Okay, so just a heads up: On Saturday, I'm going to have a new series starting here at Nightly Nails.
I've been blogging for quite a while - obviously, if you've been reading Nightly Nails for a while, you will know I had a previous nail polish blog before this, Magic Maid. I've met some amazing ladies in my journey through this, and I have been wanting to do this since before I shut down MM. I just never had time! I do now, so I'd been debating how I wanted to go about this and what I'd call it.
Since my girlfriends have been a huge support system for me, I thought I'd name it after the Beatles song. I don't think it could be more apt.
I hope that you'll enjoy learning a bit more about these bloggers, and my little tribute to them! This will be just the tiniest bit different than most interviews or questionnaires you may have seen. I have some questions I've emailed my ladies, and asked them for some photos, but I'll also be adding my own input with each of these lovely and interesting women.
And since this is just a short little introduction post, why not show you a video of the Beatles song?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pure Ice Strapless

I've still got two more Sinful Colors to show you, but I thought I'd break it up with another brand. Phew, I had a lot from the two new collections to get through!
Pure Ice Strapless has been around for a little while, but it's well worth a look. This is a fine blue metallic glitter in a clear base - I used three coats for this swatch. Super sparkly and hot! A tip I've found when using this is to wait until each coat is dry, because otherwise you'll be pushing the glitter around on your fingernail and causing bald spots.



I think that the blue is a little deeper in tone "in real life".

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sinful Colors Oh La La

This is going to be a super quickie post. Oh La La is from the new Sinful Colors display, Beverly Hills. I'd like to call this a coral, but I think it leans just a bit too orange for that - maybe it's best described as a mid toned peachy orange. That sounds indecisive, right? Regardless, it's a lovely color, and application was smooth - two coats, a jelly creme.


I didn't do any layering with this, but I think it would look good with a nice layer of flakies over it, don't you? This is a really pretty color that I'm sure would be a crowd pleaser - it's not a bright screaming orange.

Friday, July 22, 2011

OCC Radiate and China Glaze Oxidized Aqua

This is my first OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) polish ever! The always lovely and sweet Jess of Polish Insomniac recently sent me a random act of kindness package that included this hothothot polish. Radiate is a neon coral - somewhere in the middle of orange and pink. It is a jelly, so there's a little bit of VNL - but not a lot, considering I only used two coats here. I added a shiny top coat to this, because as with most neons, Radiate dries to a satin matte.
I wanted to play a bit with my new China Glaze metallic crackles, so I decided to top this with Oxidized Aqua. Holy HOTNESS this is great!




I decided to include that bottle shot of Oxidized Aqua, it's SO pretty. I love this combo. I don't know if you're sick of crackles - I myself am not - but these metallic ones I picked up are awesome.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sinful Colors Beverly Hills and Pure Ice Busted

Today's Sinful Colors is another namesake of the new collection, Beverly Hills. This is a pastel purple with quite a bit of red in it - I don't have anything like this, and I have a lot of lilac and pastel purples!
Again we have what I'm coming to see as Sinful Colors' signature formula, the jelly creme. Squishy and shiny, but well pigmented. The Beverly Hills collection comes with these little rings around the neck of the bottle, with a little flower. Kind of cute, but nothing I'd wear.
Now, I wanted to do some layering with this, so I pulled out Pure Ice Busted, which is a great layering polish. I'd only ever worn Busted over a black, so I was curious how it would look over a lilac. It's awesome! This is a super sheer purple with metallic shimmer packed in the bottle. I tried so hard to capture the pink shimmer on the nails, but you may have to click to enlarge the photos to see it.





I'll have to try this over some other colors! It's awesome. Do you have Busted? What have you layered it over besides black?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Sinful Colors Star Fish

I'm not usually overly fond of soft pinks. But this one is a bit different - Sinful Colors Star Fish is a dusty, murky pale pink. It's got a touch of purple in it, I think. Application was great, two coats of jelly creme goodness. This one is another from the Adventure Island collection.


I'm trying to make myself wear more pinks, so Pink Wednesdays are helping! Are you a part of Pink Wednesday?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sinful Colors Adventure Island

This polish is the namesake of the collection. This is what I'd call a creme jelly. It has the squishiness of a jelly and the opacity of a creme. Adventure Island is green, but whoa does it have a high amount of yellow in it! I love it, but then I've always loved the uglyawesome colors, particularly unusual shades of green.
This was two coats, and for a creme, it applied very well.


It definitely dries just a tad darker than the bottle shade, so be aware of that. What a great murky, grungy green!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Revlon Orange Fizz

Brace yourselves. I took a crapton of photos for Orange Fizz, and I was only able to narrow it down a little bit. Spam ahead!
Revlon's Orange Fizz is from the new summer scented display of jellies. Obviously, this is orange, with gold toned small flakies. I thought that these polishes had flakies rather than glass fleck, and I was able to see this really well with Orange Fizz. This. Is. STUNNING. I mean, it's dead on gorgeous. If you love orange, or if you're interested in trying orange, you NEED to run out and find this. The smell on this is like Orange Tang. Not really offensive to my nose, like a couple of the others.
The biggest problem I see many of you having with this is VNL (visible nail line). It's a jelly, for sure. I used four thin coats here, it didn't take forever to dry though thankfully. I still have VNL but that really doesn't bother me.
Because I was able to see clearly there were flakies here, I decided to see what it would look matte - and hello! AWESOME. (Whoa, I'm using a lot of capitalization for emphasis on this post.) I slapped a coat of China Glaze Matte Magic on it.
Okay, ready to see?







Wow, did you get a look at that macro? It looks like orange juice with pulp. Haha! Glowing.
Now that glitter week is over, I've got a lot of new Sinful Colors polishes to post for you - I had some requests to show off the rest of the Adventure Island collection, and I bought a few of the new Beverly Hills collection as well. Hopefully everyone's okay with the Sinful Colors spam this week.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Focus On Glitter: China Glaze Fortune Teller

You might have noticed that I hadn't featured China Glaze. I decided to save my favorite until the last. Fortune Teller came out for Halloween 2009, and I stalked my Sally's until the sales associate went in the back and brought me a bottle! China Glaze has a lot of amazing glitters, but this is one of my very favorites. First of all, it's from a Halloween collection - my favorite holiday. Second of all, it's a black jelly base with orange metallic hex glitter in two sizes. Awesome, it looks like the black is lit with a glowing fire! It's so cool.
I used three coats here. I've also got a picture of it matte - it looks GREAT matte. *swoon*





I recently found a couple bottles of Fortune Teller in my Sally's clearance section, so if you missed out on this, you might want to check your local Sally's to see if they have these! I'm really not sure why, but I couldn't get a good macro shot to show you - I think because of the bit of glare that was on my photos.
So, Focus On Glitter is over - did you have a favorite?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Focus On Glitter: Deborah Lippmann Superstar

It wouldn't be a glitter week without a Deborah Lippmann glitter, would it? I don't think so. If you've never tried one of her glitters and you're the least bit intrigued, do it. They're sublime.
Superstar is a brown jelly base with small copper hex glitter. It's...stunning. I don't see it featured often, but it's one of my favorites - and I think it makes a great polish for summer, which is when I start longing for metallics like copper and bronze  - especially in eyeshadows. I'm not sure why that is, but I definitely think of hot metals about as much as I think of bright colors in the summer.
Anyway, I used two coats in this application. I would be willing to bet if I had done a thicker coat, I could have gotten away with one - this is absolutely packed with glitter. You will notice a bit of sparsity on my index finger but it really wasn't noticeable until I took pictures. I'm just going to look at that like - hey, at least you can see the brown jelly base! Hah.
A TON of photos here. This really glows.





Wow, that just makes me want to go put this on all over again, even though I'm wearing a gorgeous lavender layering experiment. So yummy.
One more day of Focus On Glitter! I'll be posting a poll for the next Focus On tomorrow.

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was sent to me in return for an honest review by the PR company, when I had my previous website, Magic Maid.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Glitter Removal

Okay, this is a really simple post.
A lot of folks use the foil removal method. I don't bother wrapping my nails up in foil - well, let's just go ahead and say it, I'm too lazy to dig it out. Also, I don't use pure acetone. It's SUPER drying and I already have dry hands. It's a constant battle to keep them moisturized.
So this is what I do: I get out ten cotton balls, and my regular polish remover. I soak a cotton ball in remover, and I place it on a nail. I kind of squish it down onto the nail, leaving a little at the top of the nail so I can squish it over the top. In other words, I have the WHOLE nail covered with a cotton ball. Then I repeat with the rest of the fingers on one hand. I do one hand at a time. This is what it looks like, I've tucked a little bit of the excess cotton ball around the top of the nail.


Next, I let that sit for about ten or fifteen minutes. You can lift up the bottom edge to see how it's coming along, you'll be able to tell if the polish is starting to lift really well at the base. If you've got a lot of polish at the base of the cotton ball, near your cuticle end of  your nail, you're ready to swipe. If not, squish it back to the nail again and let it sit. Some glitters, like the Deborah Lippmanns that have big chunky glitter, take longer.  If it's ready to go, squish it back down, and start to slide the cotton ball towards the top of your nail until it's all the way off. You may have a little glitter left over on your skin or on the edges of your nail. This is one nail done using this method.


And, this is the entire amount of glitter polish on my cotton ball. This was from Nubar Knight's Armor, it came off pretty easy!


Once I have all five fingers done on one hand, I move on to the next hand. Then I take a clean cotton ball and soak it in remover and go around "picking up" any excess glitter that I can.
My next step is usually to head to the bathroom to use a moisturizing sugar scrub on my hands, and then my usual routine of cuticle oil and lotion.
I hope you guys found this helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Focus On Glitter: Wet N Wild Night Prowl

Tonight's glitter, Wet N Wild Night Prowl, is only 99 cents in the US! That's crazy cheap. I love Wet N Wild, they make awesome products with a really good price point. Night Prowl is another fine glitter, it has a black base that's just jelly enough to make the metallic violet purple easily visible. *swoon* I LOVELOVELOVE glitters in a black base. The first nail polish I ever fell in love with when I started blogging was China Glaze's Lubu Heels. After that, I got sucked into any glitter that had a black base, I cannot resist them. Hrm. That may be why this week's glitter-extravaganza features THREE polishes that have black bases.
Anyway, application on this is divine. I only needed two coats.





Definitely click to enlarge these. (I sound like a broken record this week.) That's not the best macro, but I think you'll be able to tell that the fine glitter is square shaped. That bottle shot! So cool. I love that even in lower light, you can still see the glitter in this! Naturally in bright sunlight, it really pops.
Tomorrow I'll have an early scheduled post showing how I remove glitter!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Focus On Glitter: BB Couture Bonnie

So, not all glitter is large pieces. BB Couture is a master at green polishes - they have a wide range for those of us who are green fanatics! They make fantastic jellies and glitters as well, and they have a great formula. Bonnie is one of my favorite greens ever. It's the perfect emerald green jelly with darker green metallic glitter and gold glitter. The glitter in BB Couture polishes is fine, instead of larger like the other three polishes I've shown you.
Application on this was flawless - two quotes of squishy goodness and great opacity for a jelly! I've worn this polish before on a longer time schedule, and it lasted me five days before I had to change it or go mad. This is my own fault, I can't keep polishes on for long periods of time, I get bored easily.
Okay. My best photo in this set , the second photo, shows my hands as strangely....orange. I'm not sure why. But the polish in this photo is so perfectly color accurate that I had to show you anyway. The good, the bad and the ugly, right? The polish is beautiful. But this is just not my skintone! Haha.





That macro is so glossy! And as a side note, although this Focus On is about glitter, Bonnie's partner in Crime, Clyde, is an amazing jelly creme green - no glitter for those who are not fans.
Anyone else in love with BB Couture's greens? They make me swoon.
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