Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hey, everyone.

I have to apologize for my lack of updates, but I am having a lot of personal issues right now so I won't be posting for a while until life is more on track. Miss you guys loads! Thank you for continuing to follow and keep up with me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Orange Layering

I haven't worn a nice orange jelly in a while, so I dug through my stash and came across one in my foreign polish drawer that was untried. Tuli sent me a little treasure trove of Israeli goodies a while back, and this yummy orange scented Life polish was one I haven't used yet. It's a nice coverage jelly, a bit burnt orange in color. I used two coats here to create the base, and decided to go ahead and layer it with some golds, since I love orange and gold together. First I did an all over layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets, and then I did a little bit of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Set The Stage at my tips, for a chunky gold glitter gradient. I've been craving bright, fun colors so this layering set definitely filled that bill.

I know I hadn't been posting a lot, but I've got a lot going on lately, so I actually hadn't spent a lot of time on my computer at all. I think I even missed my first blogiversary on Nightly Nails! *sigh* Oh well, things just creep up on you when you least expect it. I'm ridiculously behind on blog reading, as well!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Guest Post

Hey everyone! I'm going to try to get some actual swatches done this week, so I should have some new posts coming up soon. I'm still pretty under the weather, I think my immune system sucks and I need to have vitamin c shot directly into my veins. Sheesh. Anyway! I wanted to let you guys know that I am being featured at the ever so lovely Marta's blog, ChitChat Nails, while she's away! I did a fun layering for her, I hope you guys enjoy it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hey everyone! Last minute post, as I've been pretty sick with a cold that kept me in bed for the last three days - boy, it was a doozy. Today is my anniversary - 12 years ago today, hubby and I went on our first date. We watched Message In A Bottle, in a jam packed theater. Kind of hard to believe it was that long ago, seems like just yesterday. We don't have anything special planned for today but we'll do something over his days off, Thursday or Friday.
Anyway, since I rather suck at nail art, I thought I'd do some pink skittles on my nails. I don't have a shot with my thumb in it, but from pinkie to index, I'm wearing Duri Bridal Bells, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Wedding Crasher, Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl, and China Glaze Strawberry Fields. Duri Bachelorette Party is on my unseen thumb, it's a cute coral pink jelly.

I hope you guys are having a great day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

SpaRitual Sacred Ground

Hey everyone! Sorry I missed out on posting last night, my dad had day surgery and it took a lot longer than expected. Isn't that the way things go? Hah. It's been a week, for sure! Anyway, I'm excited to show you my very first SpaRitual polish, ever. I recently placed an order with Apothica, which is a sister site to SkinCareRx and SkinBotanica. I have an upcoming review of my ordering experience, since I haven't done an etailer review in quite a while and I've been meaning to do some for you guys. Anyway - long story short, Apothica carries SpaRitual polishes, in addition to other brands, and I've been wanting to try them out!
Sacred Ground was from the Fall 2011 collection, and it's stunning. It covered in only two coats - wonderfully opaque! I love the rubber cap, too. This is a gray creme base with stunning gold and purple shimmer. So amazingly unique, I don't have anything like this! I have a semi-decent macro to show you, too.

Click to enlarge these if you would like, they show detail pretty well. Isn't this cool?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Oh, boy. You guys have probably seen the huge stir that Max Factor Fantasy Fire has created among the nail polish bloggers - and I'd have to say that's warranted. This is like the true sister to Clarins 230, otherwise known  as Unicorn Pee! It looks like a purple based jelly loaded down with shimmer that shifts from red to gold to green. I was gifted my precioussssss bottle of Fantasy Fire from Esther, who has a blog called Fab Fingertips and is a total sweetheart! Since these little bottles of magic are so tiny, I decided to do some layering with this.
I've got a redonkolous amount of photos. Seriously. Consider yourselves warned! Haha. Anyway, the first six photos are Fantasy Fire layered over Deborah Lippmann Call Me Irresponsible, a gorgeous reddish purple jelly. And the last three photos are over Orly's Royal Navy, a royal blue jelly with green shimmers.
I have to tell you guys, there are a couple of indoor shots in here, which I ordinarily don't do, but the only way I could seem to capture the strong green shift was in lowest light, which was indoors with no lights on during the day. Oh well, at least you'll have an idea of what it looks like. There are absolutely no full sun shots because it's been rainy for the last few days here. All of these are in varying degrees of low light.
I'll shut up with the raving and get to those photos.

Click to enlarge, please! You're missing out if you don't. I wish I could have captured how rich the combo of Fantasy Fire and Call Me Irresponsible was, but I sadly did not. It's much, much better in person. Thankfully the stunning combo with Orly Royal Navy is definitely coming across!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Essie Your Hut Or Mine

How about a really pretty pink for upcoming Valentine's Day? Your Hut Or Mine is a gorgeous mid toned pink with a pink metallic shimmer that shows up nicely on the nail. I'd been kind of looking at this for a while, and although I'm not a big fan of pinks, I really like this and I think it suits my skintone pretty well. Actually, from all the swatches I've seen, it seems to suit many skintones across the board - added bonus!
I only needed two coats for this, it covers well and no application issues.

For some reason this reminds me of fruit punch. Isn't it a pretty shade?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Essie Sand Tropez and Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money

I realized that I have worn Essie's Sand Tropez several times, but I've never gotten a swatch posted on Nightly Nails. It made a good base for Sally Hansen Gem Crush Big Money, so I went ahead and snapped a photo of it on its own.
Sand Tropez is a nude - it reminds me a lot of Zoya Farah, although maybe a bit darker? I love shades like this when I need a palette cleanser, and they make a good "underwear" base too. I found this very easy to work with and I only needed two coats.
The only Sally Hansen Gem Crush I ended up getting was Big Money - I think I was a bit on glitter overload at the time these came out, but my mom loved all of them so much, she bought them all. Big Money is really cool and unusual looking to me though, it's a sandy tan metallic glitter with bits of lilac glitter interspersed throughout. I'm sure I could probably layer this up on its own, maybe three coats for complete opacity? Because the one coat I put over Sand Tropez had pretty good coverage. Also, I could swipe this and not have to pat it!
This to me came out to be a super pretty combo.

Adds a bit of bling to a nude base! Really cool, I think.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sinful Colors Nirvana

Okay, I've got a huge backlog of untrieds that I'm slowly working my way through. I bought Nirvana during one of the half off sales at Walgreen's, and hadn't actually tried it! It reminds me a lot of OPI You Don't Know Jacques, although I no longer have that to compare.
The one thing I remember for sure is that YDKJ is a straight up creme, and Nirvana is not - it's more of a jelly creme, closer to the jelly side than the creme. I needed three coats for opacity, but I absolutely loved applying it, jellies seem to be a bit easier to work with, less lumpy/bumpy/prone for mess than cremes, so I love a good jelly creme. This is my kind of neutral, a gorgeous mushroom shade! 

I actually had it in mind to layer this with another Sinful Colors, Smoking Hot, but I somehow managed to put a huge chunk into my pinkie finger while I was waiting for it to dry. I'll try that out another time and show you, because Smoking Hot is pretty awesome!

Friday, February 3, 2012

China Glaze Pelican Gray and Spoiled Shuffle The Deck

Hi everyone! I know, I've been away a lot this week and I didn't intend to have this much downtime on Nightly Nails, but my hubby got sick and has been in the hospital, so I didn't get anything prepped for posting.
I got a sweet little package in the mail from one of my longtime readers and dear friend Rebecca this week, she sent me one of the new Wet N Wild Spoiled glitters, Shuffle The Deck. This is such a pretty glitter combination - black, silver, and raspberry red in a clear base? Sounds like a layering combo to me! So I thought I could put this over a white - and then I thought about it some more, and I thought I might actually use a gray that I haven't posted yet. I absolutely adore gray polishes but I haven't posted too many here, so I'll try to show a few more. I don't know if I have enough for a full week for Focus On, but definitely I have a few!
I chose China Glaze's beautiful light gray, Pelican Gray, from last year's Anchors Away collection. This is a gorgeous gray with silvery shimmer, and because the base is a creme, it's more of a subtle effect, but you can definitely see it. This is well pigmented so you'll only need two coats.
With Shuffle The Deck, I only used one coat, but I had to use the pat on method of application, because swiping on does not distribute very well. It's not too hard to master, just something to be mindful of.

I think this combination is so super cute! Hopefully if you click to enlarge the photos, you can see the subtle shimmer in Pelican Gray. Rebecca, thank you so much honey!
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