Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone! An early Happy Halloween post, and Blessed Samhain for those of you who celebrate. I've got a busy day ahead of me and sadly, I'm not going to have time to experiment with the nail art I had planned, so instead, I've got a franken I made today combined with some witchy glittery goodness.
So. At the beginning of October, I was on Twitter (big surprise, right?) talking with one of my best girlfriends, Cindy of Nail'd and Polish'd. We were talking about frankening, and funky, fun glitters with jellies that we might could make similar to the idea of the Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air, only maybe Halloween themed. Cindy wanted a muted, milky orange jelly as a base, so I went to work on that. The result I posted on Twitter, and I've got it here to show you guys with some glitter toppers.
The recipe for this milky orange jelly is really, really simple. You start with about a half a bottle of clear, and then add approximately equal amounts of Ruby Kisses Tangerine and Wet N Wild Sunny Side Up. That ended up not being quite milky enough, so I added a few drops of random white - I think I used, again, a Wet N Wild. The orange needed to be deepened, so I used a few drops of a blood red jelly - the one I used was Sinful Colors Gogo Girl, but really any bright, blood red jelly would work. I had an empty Orly bottle, so I used that for my mixture, because they're one of the bigger bottles.
I do love making jelly polishes. They're easy and fun for me. My next one, I think, will be an uglyawesome olive green jelly. I've been envisioning it in my head.
This one I've decided to name Orange Crush, after the song by R.E.M. Obviously, I could have come up with a Halloween song to name it after, but I liked it so much, I've kept Orange Crush. Here's the song, via YouTube, in case you're interested.



Anyway, on to photos. I used a random glitter I found in a beauty supply store by a brand I've never heard of for the stars - the brand is LJL and there's no name of the polish, but the number is 27. It's a jelly base, lightly tinted yellow, which adds absolutely NO color on your nail if you use it alone, with glitter and stars. It smells like a Kleancolor, so be warned. I only found one of the elusive Halloween pumpkin glitters this year, but it's the one I wanted most - holographic moons. I added that to my nails as well. The small glitter in that almost looks like pieces of pepper, haha! It's not fine glitter at all, as you can see. The second photo is a better look at the bottle of Orange Crush.



Anyway! I hope you all have a safe, fun and wonderful Halloween tonight. Enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Halloween Polish Comparison!

Hey everyone!
I've been having one heck of a week. The hubby got sick after I did, so I had to cover him at work - and I've worked an insane amount of hours in the last week or so. No time for swatching, so I couldn't post much! And then, my computer, which is older, couldn't connect to the internet. We think it's the net card. Now I'm using hubby's computer and getting it set up for me to use, which is taking some time. I have all of my files to transfer, as well. I'm getting there, though. So I apologize for the lack of posting, other than my blogger feature and Wednesday's pink post.
I won't get through all of the Halloween polishes I had to show you, but I do have the promised massive comparison post.
So, I've got for you China Glaze Fortune Teller and Ick-A-Bod-Y, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice, and thanks to a lovely reader, Wet N Wild Cougar Attack.
On the index finger is Fortune Teller, the middle is Ick-A-Bod-Y, ring is Cougar Attack, and pinkie is Pumpkin Spice. In the first photo, I've used only one layer of all of these except Pumpkin Spice - that's two layers. I wanted to be able to show off the base colors. FT is the deepest black, Ick-A-Bod-Y is a olive green jelly, Cougar Attack is a black jelly, and so is Pumpkin Spice. Of the four of these, Pumpkin Spice is the most sheer. The bases are different shades, as is the opacity and the density of glitter, but the glitter itself is identical in both Ick-A-Bod-Y and Pumpkin Spice. It's my opinion these two are the closest, although none of these is a dupe for any of the others. The glitter in Cougar Attack is more rose copper in shade, and the deep black base and hex glitter in FT stands it apart from the rest. Pumpkin Spice is probably best suited as a layering polish - and if you have this and aren't sure what to layer it over besides black, I've seen swatches of it over orange and brown and both look great.
The second photo is fully swatched and with top coat. All of these were two coats except Pumpkin Spice, which I've shown with four.




Phew. I hope you get a good idea of these now! My apologies for the owie on my pinkie. I had a snag and it's slowly healing up. Also, right before I snapped that first photo, I cracked my middle fingernail. You might be able to see it, even. I don't know WHAT I cracked it on, but my next post will be featuring super shorties. *sigh* Luckily my nails grow pretty quickly, but they were at such a good length.
Shout out to Robyn, whose birthday is today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY HONEY. Love you loads!
And that's it for this very wordy post. Your thoughts on these polishes?? Have a good evening!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

With A Little Help From My Friends: ERIKA!

Erika runs Ice Queen's Nail Parlour. Let me just tell you, I love it when people let their personality shine through in their nail blogs - and Erika is so much fun to read! I tell you, she keeps me in stitches. If you've never come across her blog, you're in for a treat.
I absolutely LOVE this photo of her. I want her hair and her eyebrows! As if her pretty nails weren't enough.




1. How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging at Ice Queen's Nail Parlour for a year and three months. I can't believe I have had that blog going this long. Time flies when you are having fun. :D 

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

I was reading and following a bunch of nail blogs from my other blog and posting my manicure photographs there. But things were getting to be too much for that blog. It was getting cluttered and chaotic and I don't like cluttered and chaotic so I decided to start a nail/polish/sometimes beauty blog. My blog name just came to me. I needed something that incorporated nails and my screen name. And Ice Queen's Nail Parlour was born. :D 

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

Blue. I love other colours... Red. Pink. Purple... I am even beginning to appreciate green. But yeah... Blue has been my colour since I was a kid. Blue is also my favourite polish colour. I own more blue polishes than any single other colour. And. I. Keep. Buying. More! It's a sickness, I tell you. The manicure picture I chose to include is of Zoya Crystal. One of the single most beautiful polishes I own. And the only one that made me scream a little when I saw it in all of it's glory on my nails. :D

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

Brown. Or tan or cafe au lait. I don't care for brown polish, for the most part, tho I like the lighter tannish, milky coffee shades, (go figure... :P) but they give me lobster claws. Not flattering to me, at all, so I avoid them.

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

Some do. Not a lot. But I do receive comments and compliments. I am always so surprised and delighted when someone comments or compliments me on my polish/nail art. I get the usual, "That is such a pretty colour! What colour is that?" kind of thing. If I am rocking nail art, my hand gets grabbed and I get questions about my nail art. I don't mind showing my nail art to someone who asks to see it, but don't grab me. Seriously, invading my personal space bubble could get you hurt. lol

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

Nope. Not going to do that. Let's just say that all of the blogs on my blogroll are blogs that interest me. ;) And I am always on the hunt for new ones to further amuse and delight me. 

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

What else is there? Hee. Hee. But really... I love to read, listen to music, watch movies. I am a huge TV junkie. We won't discuss my affinity for (obsession with?) reality TV. I like to knit, sometimes. I enjoy hiking out at the lake. I love to shop. Take tons of pictures with my old, busted down carthorse of a digital camera. I think I have my uncle's photographer gene... Just not the equipment or expertise. But it doesn't stop me from pointing and shooting all over the place! lol I am interested in interior design. I went to school, have a diploma and everything, but I have never done anything with my education. 


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

Let's see.. I am a housewife. I have been married to my husband for almost twenty-four years. We have a grown son. (Yes, I am sorry to break it to you all. I am an old bat. 46. lol) I was born and raised in California. I live in Arizona, but I hate it here. Seriously. Hate. It. Here. But my husband has a steady job here. Nothing fabulous, but nothing to sneeze at or walk away from, in this economy. Also, my husband's elderly parents are here and they need him so leaving isn't an option, right now. I dream of the Pacific Northwest. All of that rain! I love storms, the more thunder, lightening, wind, rain... The better. But I hate snow. I think that I am the single most boring person in the world and I am always stunned beyond belief when I see a new follower on my blog or see my blog on someone else's blogroll. 

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

Carmex! My poor lips will dry up, chap, die and fall off without it. Seriously. Unless I am going out to exercise, I don't leave my house without makeup and doing my hair. Yes, I am one of those women. Even when I go out to exercise, my outfit has to be colour coordinated and my hair neatly brushed, braided or tied back in a perfect ponytail. And my headband and hair ties much coordinate with my outfit, as well. I don't leave my nails unpolished, ever. They are so delicate that if I let them go bare, they are destroyed in no time. Within hours. 

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

 I don't know if it was crazy or even all that interesting, but I once held someone at gunpoint. I was seventeen and we were living in a travel trailer and camper out on the Feather River. It wasn't exactly the safest of living situations... Some rough and ready types liked to inhabit those shores, looking for gold and looking for trouble. My parents were away for the day and I was in charge of all of my siblings. A responsibility I took very seriously. Growing up, we were all taught how to handle firearms and how to shoot. When we were taught to shoot, we were also taught that you never draw a weapon on someone unless you are prepared to fire it and take that person's life. That using a gun is a heavy responsibility and must never be taken lightly. We always had guns in the house and some of them were kept loaded at all times. When we were out at the river, a loaded 30.06 lived over the front door, in case of an emergency. 


One perfect Summer day, a strange man came up towards the Airstream in which we lived. I didn't know him. I stood in the doorway and told him to come no closer. He didn't listen to me. He kept coming. I reached up, grabbed the .06, quickly checked to be sure a round was chambered, slipped the safety off and leveled it at the approaching man, centering the cross hairs of the scope on his chest. I again told him to stop. To come no closer. He must have come to the right understanding that I was dead serious, because I wasn't shaking. My voice was hard and cold. The rifle was absolutely steady and trained squarely on his chest. My finger was hovering over the trigger and I was prepared to pull it if he came even one step closer. There was no way anyone was going to come up to our living quarters and harm my siblings or myself. The man raised his arms, said "Okay, I am leaving, now" and backed away for a few steps, then turned and trotted off. 




Zoya Crystal on her pretty nails. I hope you enjoyed reading Erika's answers, I sure loved them! I was fascinated by that last answer particularly - that guy should have just stopped right where he was, right? O_o I sure would have.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pink Wednesday: BB Couture Scorching Strawberry *GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

Okay, small confession: I'm not a big fan of pink nail polish. I like participating in On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, because it forces me out of my comfort zone. I have more pink nail polish since I started participating (although, I'm not as active as I should be, right?) than I have had the entire time I've been blogging.
This pink, BB Couture Scorching Strawberry, is not something I'd ordinarily reach for - but I love it. I love how it looks on my skin tone! It's a mid toned, blue leaning pink. Also, it made its way into my heart because it's jelly. (That's a lot of ITs in one sentence!) BB Couture and jelly go hand in hand so well. This one has a subtle silver shimmer in it - not noticeable on the nails, but it adds a depth to the polish, I think. You can see it in the macro, though. This is super shiny! I have been pretty busy with a hectic work schedule, so I've worn this for three days, with no top coat, and this is what it looks like right now. Wearing like iron and still, super shiny. I've used three coats here.



Pretty shade, isn't it? It was released with the Eye Candy collection.
Now, let's do something I haven't done with this blog yet - you can win this polish! Yep, that's right. Kim of Overall Beauty has an extra bottle, so she's generously decided that we should have a giveaway here at Nightly Nails.
A few things, we're going to keep this very simple. This is indeed open to international followers, so if you're overseas, feel free to enter! A second point: if you are under 18, make sure that you have your parents' permission to enter this giveaway. I don't want some crazed mama wanting to stalk us down and find out why we're sending her daughter or son nail polish. Seriously.
Okay, on to the easy peasy entering process. The only rule that I have for this is that you be a follower of Nightly Nails.
That's it!
Leave me a comment on this post only - one comment - telling me how you follow me, and if you're a GFC follower, leave your GFC name in the comment. Also, please leave me your email address in the comment, so that if you are the winner, I can contact you and get your mailing address!
Simple, right? Get to entering, people!
Please note, sometimes Google Friend Connect hasn't been loading. If you can see the Followers title in my right hand sidebar, but no GFC widget, and you want to follow, just refresh the page. Thanks!
EDIT: Ends Thursday, November  3rd!
Huge thanks to Kim of Overall Beauty for being so awesome as to provide me this polish to review, and to sponsor this giveaway for my readers. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Nail Graffiti franken: Pumpkin Patch

You guys remember my previous post about the frankens I won from My Nail Graffiti? Well, this is probably my favorite of the four, although they're all awesome. Pumpkin Patch is an orange creme with green hex glitter and smaller pieces of dark bar glitter? They're very small rectangular glitter - I've never seen bar glitter that short, but that's what it looks like! REALLY cool, kind of reminds me of the stem of a pumpkin. You'll see what I'm talking about in the macro! Also, it's pretty neat that the glitter in this doesn't get lost in the creme finish. The name is perfect, and I think the shade of orange is the perfect pumpkin orange. I used two coats here.





See that short little bar glitter? Huh, so interesting! I love it. I'm not a fan of the long bar glitter, but this is cute, and goes along with the theme, I think. Again, the bottle label is completely adorable! If you guys are interested in nabbing yourselves a bottle, you can get them on this page of My Nail Graffiti.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

With A Little Help From My Friends: GINA!

Gina runs Prim And Polished and I actually met her when we were both on YouTube! There aren't many folks that I still know from those days, but Gina always left me the nicest comments. I found out at that time that we both share a love for scents! I remember her emailing me about that. She's a total sweetheart.
She absolutely loves all things Disney, and even got married in Disney World - how cool is that? I love her wedding photos. She sent me a couple to show you guys. How beautiful are these, I tell you!





1. How long have you been blogging?

I've been blogging for almost three years now! Wow! Time flies.

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

There are so many amazing blogs that I love to follow and one day I just thought "Hey! I can do that!" so I did. I wanted to blog about something I love and stick to it. I knew I was obsessed with polish so I figured it was my best bet.  The name of the blog just sort of came to me. I wanted something easy to remember and sort of cute.

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

I love green! I love to wear green polish but my favorite polish has always been a nice mid toned purple creme.

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

Not really, I am down for anything. I do not really like Yellow polish but I can't say I haven't worn it. I'll try anything once, or twice!

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

You know it's funny, they do. I love getting compliments on my nails because I do spend a lot of time on them and some random stranger wouldn't know that. People often point out my polish colors when they are particularly unique. I've had a lot of people compliment the shape of my nails and say they cannot believe I do them myself. People who see me a lot always comment on the fact that I have a new color on so often LOL. It makes me feel good about spending the time to do my nails. 

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

 I love Temptalia.com of course, it's my go to for makeup.  I have always loved VampyVarnish.com! Musingsofamuse.com is great too! I could go on and on with beauty and polish blogs.  I am also obsessed with the disneyfoodblog.com there are some yummy reviews on there!

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

I am obsessed with Disney so all things Disney related keep me busy. I spend a lot of my free time reading, there's nothing better than a great book. My husband and I love being outdoors so we enjoy hiking during the good weather. 

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

Let's see... I am 28 years old, I am an attorney. I love Disney World so much I was married there.  I have two cats, Shooter (12 years old) and Deuce (2 years old).  I love to read. I love to go hiking with my husband. I adore movie theaters but never really watch movies at home.  I am a huge Britney Spears fan. I have one nephew who is the cutest kid on the planet.  I collect rubber duckies and hippos. I love chai tea lattes. I hate to cook but love watching the food network, Chopped is my favorite show. 

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 never leave the house with naked nails but IDK if that counts. If not I am going to go with a good ol' moisturizer. I never skip that in the morning.

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

I guess I am not too crazy now that I think about it. I did go zip lining last summer and I loved it. I was so scared at first but it was one of the most fun things I have ever done in my entire life.


This was Gina's Super Bowl Manicure. She told me she's particularly proud of this because she freehanded it - I think it looks great!
I loved reading Gina's answers! I definitely learned a few more things about her here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

China Glaze It's Alive

Okay, this is probably everyone's favorite from this year's Halloween offerings - it certainly is mine! I LOVE this polish. I mean, China Glaze could come up with a funky green polish every year for Halloween and I'd probably never get sick of it!
You've probably all seen a ton of photos of this sexy glitter, but here are mine and my thoughts.
So, this is a ridiculously easy to apply glitter polish. It's not thick at all, it slides right on your nails. I used three coats to build it up to this opacity, which I quite like - I could have probably left it with two thicker coats, but I like the depth this gave me. This isn't as yellow-green (olive) based as Zombie Zest is. I have a photo here to show you the difference in the base color, my previous mani with Zombie Zest, with an accent nail of It's Alive. Also have included my macro, which shows the two different sized glitter. This is more grass green than Zombie Zest, if that makes sense.
Alright, time for the photos. I have a shot in the shade, as well as one in direct sunlight for you!



Here is the Zombie Zest mani with the It's Alive accent! See the big difference in the base shade?



See how jam packed with glitter that jelly is? Yum!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wet N Wild Fantasy Makers Creepy Pumpkin

I'm sure many of you have already seen this pretty, squishy orange jelly. Creepy Pumpkin is one of the "tombstone" polishes from Fantasy Makers this year. It's very sheer - I used three thick coats here. It's sooo pretty and sparkly though! Admittedly, I'm a sucker for orange, and I love juicy orange jellies. This one's shot through with small gold glitter, to add icing on the cake.




Aren't those bottles too freaking cute? I LOVE them. I wanted to show a side shot of the bottle so you could see the pretty polish, so there ya go.

Supplies: Silk Naturals Olive Oil Lotion

I was recently sent a few products to try out from the well-known indie makeup company, Silk Naturals! I've got some makeup swatches to show you guys soon, but I want to start off with their Olive Oil Lotion, which I've been trialling for a couple of weeks.
Here's what the website says about the lotion:
I wanted to make a simple hand and body lotion- nothing crazy, or over the top- nothing that required a science lesson- just a good, basic, not terribly expensive, yet natural, and organic cream.  I finally succeeded.  This is nothing fancy- just 7 well chosen, nice ingredients.  It's light, yet nourishing, and I used a really cool emulsifier that actually resists being washed-off more than most- so it's nice if you're washing your hands a lot.  There's also some Oatmeal extract that helps draw moisture from the air- even at low humidity.  If you're not overly concerned about acne it's also nice as a face cream.
I haven't trialed it as a face cream, but I've been keeping my tube at my desk - I am a FIEND for hand lotion so I've got some stashed everywhere - and it's lovely. It's thick, as you can see from the dab on my skin, and lightly oily, but it sinks into your skin really quickly, and does not feel heavy at all. I love that! I don't notice much of a scent. It keeps me moisturized for long periods of time, also - I don't find myself reaching for lotion as much when I use this.
Ingredients listed on the site as well as the back of the bottle, as you can see:

Ingredients:  Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified Organic Jojoba oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and) Cetearyl Alcohol (naturally derived from Colza oil), Sorbitol Hydrolyzed Oats, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate
A 4oz. bottle runs $11.99, and a 1oz bottle is $2.99.




Have any of you tried any of Silk Naturals products? I have seen a lot of positive reviews, myself! So I'm excited to be able to trial some of the products for you all. If you're interested in looking at the Olive Oil Lotion, it's on this page. Also, they have several other varieties of lotion you can find on this page!

Disclaimer: Products in this post were sent to me by the company in return for an honest review. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

China Glaze Zombie Zest

Confession: I wore this polish for six days straight while I was sick. The swatch I'm showing you tonight is right before I removed it! So, you can see it wore like iron - no chips or anything out of place, at all.
Zombie Zest is from last year's Halloween collection. It's an olive green jelly jam packed with the signature China Glaze glass fleck shimmer. It has a slight blue duochrome, that I cannot seem to capture in photos but I see it at weird angles when I'm wearing it. You can see it pretty well in the bottle shot I've included. I used three coats here for this level of opacity.
I have to go ahead and say this. I know everyone loves It's Alive from this year's offering - and I have it to show off as well this week - I too love it, I think it's great - but to me, Zombie Zest just does it. I can't explain why I love it so much more but I will tell you that it's one of my all time favorite polishes.
Anyway, I'll stop waxing poetic about it and just show y'all a ridiculous amount of photos.






Yeah. I LURVE YOU, ZOMBIE ZEST!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

My Nail Graffiti franken: Magic Dust

Taking a momentary break from my marathon of China Glaze Halloween nail polishes, I have a special franken to show you guys tonight! I recently won one of the prizes from a giveaway at My Nail Graffiti. It was a collection of four Halloween frankens! My Nail Graffiti is a blog run by Amber, and her husband made the frankens! If you're interested in purchasing these, you can have a look at this page. They're all awesome, and I will be showing off the other three in the coming week as well!
Okay, so first up is Magic Dust. This is a really pretty glitter polish that could probably be built up to opacity on its own, but I decided to layer it over Essie Marshmallow. I absolutely adore the combination! Essie Marshmallow is a perfect jelly white polish, nice and squishy, so it's nice for a layering combination. Magic Dust has holo glitter and red sparkly glitter in it. I bet this would look great layered over black, too. I used two coats of Essie Marshmallow and one coat of Magic Dust. My nails looked like sparkly candy. YUM.




You can click to enlarge these, if you want a look in better detail at them! Isn't that bottle labeling cute? I love the sparkly pumpkin and that font.

Monday, October 17, 2011

China Glaze Crimson

I'm a little behind, you guys! I apologize - I've got to reply to all of your lovely comments over the past week, and I am squeaking this post in pretty late as well. I have polishes photographed, but not edited and I don't have any posts scheduled. I've been pretty sick with the flu over the last week, and am now on the road to recovery. The hubby managed to avoid it last week, but he's now coming down with it, if my deductions are right. So I'll be taking on his workload this week! I'll try to keep up though - but I just wanted to let you know what's been going on, since I've been backlogged about replying to comments and such, and if my posts aren't full on at the normal times. Thank you for your patience, and for always coming by!
Anyway, on to tonight's post - China Glaze Crimson. This is the twinner to yesterday's dark polish, Near Dark. Actually, it's deeper, to be honest! I'm still trying to figure out the name, because Crimson is actually a deep, vampy plum purple. I only used two coats for full coverage on this. Crimson is also part of this year's China Glaze Halloween offerings.
Okay, as with yesterday's post, I wanted to show you guys the base color, so I've taken a shot of my nails with just one coat on - yes, there's a boo-boo there. Oopsie. But you should be able to see the purple-red base pretty well at least.

Next shot in sunlight.


And, in low light. See, it's definitely darker than Near Dark, right?


SUPER shiny. I'm actually wearing this as a pedicure color because I have been craving a darker color on my toes lately, and I love this.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

China Glaze Near Dark

This polish will not appeal to everyone. But those of you that love the dark, sexy polishes like I do? You'll LOVE this. Near Dark is one of this year's Halloween polishes from China Glaze, and it's a deep, dark murky swampy green. It's got a tinge of yellow to it, which is perfect for a Halloween shade, right? I only needed two coats for the level of opacity you'll see in my pictures. Super shiny and easy to control, too.
Okay, so I really wanted to show you what the base color of this looks like. The first picture is only one coat, so ignore the streaky and uneven look.


This photo is what it looks like in normal lighting.


This is in bright sunshine, you can really see the green here.


And because I can't ever resist a little layering, I decided to play up this sexy polish with a layer of Color Club Covered In Diamonds, which was recently gifted to me from Amanda of Nail Polish Enthusiast! Thanks girlie, I love it.


So, what's your stance on those deep dark sexy polishes? I've still got Crimson to show you from this collection, that will be tomorrow night's feature!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

With A Little Help From My Friends: SUZANNE!

Suzanne is such a sweetie! She runs a Dutch beauty blog called Delta  Cephei, which she designed entirely by herself - I'm always in awe of her graphics and design skills, because her blog is stunning. I wish I had that kind of talent! I'm also completely addicted to her Tumblr.
Suzanne's favorite manicure show below is Chanel Miami Peach. What a stunning shade! *drool*



1. How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in 2008 - July to be exact! I started on a free website but after a few months I bought my own domain. It went live on Januari 9, 2009.

2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?
At the time, there weren't so many blogs around over here and I wanted a little 'place' of my own where I could share my opinions and such.

3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?
Oh dear, that's a hard question. I'd say my favorite color is coral - but more orange coral. And yes - it's one of my favorites when it comes to polish too!

4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?
I don't like sheer, french manicure type of polishes. You know, the sheer pink and pearl colors. Meh, boring!

5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get? Whenever I wear nail-art, I do get comments. Mostly they ask me if I did it myself or where did I get that done.

6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)
My favorite blogs include joliette.be, misslipgloss.nl and polish-wise it's lacquerized.com. Not only do they have great pictures and articles but the persons behind the blogs are pretty awesomesauce too.

7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?
I absolutely love movies, especially horror movies. I'm a pet-fanatic, I love animals. I like cooking too!

8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!
Oh dear, I suck at this kind of questions. Okay - I love to cook and try new things! Unfortunatly i'm a pretty picky eater so I don't always like things. My dad is my guinea pig - he has to taste everything I cook. Speaking of guinea pigs - I have 3 and I treat them like my babies. 

9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without using or wearing it?
Actually I can live without make-up, I'm barefaced like 3 days in the week. I do always have lipbalm around - one of my favorites is Carmex!

10. What's the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?
I have to say piercings. When I was 16 and finding myself I wanted to get pierced. I got way too much piercings in a short amount of time and my body didn't agree - especially my lippiercings where a pain in the ass. In the end I removed all my piercings. 


This was an interesting read for me! I see we have several things in common, from lip balms to loving cooking. I would LOVE to see photos of her guinea pigs, so cute!

Friday, October 14, 2011

China Glaze Spellbound Top Coat

Okay. I'm going to show you a polish that is VHTF (very hard to find)! China Glaze Spellbound top coat came out for Halloween of 2009, and it was L/E. I think those of us who managed to nab this are probably hoarding it!
Mind you, I've had to baby mine. I mean, it's ridiculous how much I've had to baby it - about a year after I bought it, I was checking out my stash and saw that this was completely dried up. I mean, it was down to about a quarter of a bottle, and when I went to open it and pull out the brush - bam. Dried up glitter. I went to work on it, and it took me forever. Lots and lots of polish thinner, along with some clear polish. Seemed to work, and then a couple months later I noticed it drying again, so back with the polish thinner. I've had to do this several times but now, it seems to be just fine. I've got a little gunked up glitter in the neck of the bottle, but had no troubles with this application.
So, this is a clear based glitter - small and large orange hex glitter and large silver hex glitter. It's fun to place over different colors, as it is billed as a top coat, but I once saw this over the top of a silver and that's how I like it best. You could use China Glaze Millenium, or another chrome, but this time I used a silver foil - China Glaze Cheers To You from last year's Christmas collection. Divine! I used two layers of Spellbound on top of Cheers To You.





Now, let's be honest - this was a pain to remove. I did soak it down for about ten minutes, but still - I ended up with little silver glitters everywhere. Was it worth it? Heck yeah, I LOVE this pairing. It's so awesome!
So that's the first of my Halloween features. Do you have Spellbound or are you desperately lemming it?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Focus On Black: Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers

When I got this, there weren't dupes for this sexy beast. NYX hadn't come out with Dorothy and for sure, those On The Prowl polishes weren't out yet. I STILL haven't seen them here! I kept staring and drooling over swatches. Go figure I'd love this - I mentioned that I love the combination of red and black!
Obviously, this is a black jelly base, with red larger hex glitter and smaller red square glitter. I used three coats in this swatch set to achieve this level of opacity.





Ruby Red Slippers absolutely sparks fire in the sunlight - it's a stunner!
I am done inundating you with black-based polishes for this month's Focus On. I'll be posting up a poll for the next one in the next day or two! I hope you enjoyed this - now it's time to move on to Halloween polishes. YUS.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Focus On Black: Color Club With Abandon

You may remember that I compared this lovely fall polish to China Glaze's Midtown Magic. It is a tad different, and so therefore in my mind I can justify owning both. Now I'm going to feature it full on its own!
With Abandon is a black based jelly (blah blah blah) that has gold and brownish-red micro flakies that almost spark pink in the sunlight. Awesome! The third shot is in direct sunlight, and check out that macro!






This just screams fall to me - of course, it came out in a fall collection, so I guess that's what Color Club was going for eh? Haha.
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