Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happy Rednesday! Sinful Colors Under 18

I've officially named Wednesday the day of red, hence Rednesday! Very corny, I know, but that's how I roll.

Up today I have Sinful Colors polish in "Under 18". This brand's formula can be very much hit or miss, but this applied beautifully. Drying time (without fast-dry topcoat) is a tad long, but nothing too painful.

First pic taken in direct sunlight, second pic in indirect natural light:

What's on your tips today?

Sunday, May 23, 2010

SH Spark with Sinful Green Ocean

I picked up a bottle of Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine polish in "Spark" for cheap at Walgreen's. I don't know if SH is discontinuing the line, or if it's just Walgreen's that is discontinuing the line, but all the Walgreen's here have the entire Lacquer Shine line for 1/2 off. The formula is better than decent, drying time was excellent (without a fast-dry topcoat), but I hate the tiny little brush that comes in the Lacquer Shine line.

As you can see below, Spark is your basic navy blue with a tiny bit of pinkish-purple shimmer. The shimmer only comes out in direct sunlight; in indirect light, the polish looks straight-up navy blue. (You can click on the picture to enlarge it; it shows the shimmer better that way.)

I topped it off with two coats (because I can never seem to stop at one...) of Sinful Colors Green Ocean. It's a delightful blue/green flakie polish that was available in March. I love it, and I especially love it over navy blue.

Here's a pick when I think it's at it's best, in indirect natural light:

And here's another in direct sun:

After red, navy blue is one of my favorite polish colors to wear, and I really like how the flakies really pop out and glow.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Finger Paints!

I grabbed some new, and discontinued "finger paints" nail polishes, and among them is this beautiful red. I am NOT a red lover by any means but this one has me smitten! It is reminiscent of CG "ruby pumps" but a little more berry hued.. with smaller flecks of glitter in a not-so-jelly base. The name of this particular color is "Magenta Mood". This pic is of the mani a day or two old, and with a horrible topcoat. I put the topcoat on at 8:30 am and by afternoon, it still hadn't completely cured! So sorry I strayed from "seche vite"... only once...

Friday, May 21, 2010

Water Marble Epic Fail :)

This was my first time water marbling...and I failed miserably. I love how other people's water marbling comes out, and maybe with some practice I will be able to perfect my own technique, but for now, I'm giving that a break!! was fun to give it a try!
I used china glaze "LOL", china glaze "2030", pure ice black (i forget the name of that one) and Sally Hansen Xtreme wear in "white on" as my base coat.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

China Glaze Wagon Trail (with a little something...)

The good news is that I was able to fulfil another one of my Scrangie's archive-inspired, long-time lemmings when I purchased this bottle of China Glaze Wagon Trail (from the Rodeo Diva collection).

The bad news is that unless your hands are in full direct sunlight, this is just another one of those black-in-most-lights polishes...and truth be told, I really don't like them much. I was so off-put by the color that I really couldn't wait to take a picture of it before painting over it with something else.

Here's my pic of the above-mentioned offending polish, disguised a bit with a layer of Sinful Colors All About You. At least with the glitter I managed to wear it for a day...

Monday, May 17, 2010

China Glaze Thunderbird

I'm such a sucker for red polishes, and late last year, when I was going through Scrangie's archives and saw her picture of this polish, I knew I had to have one for my very own. Here she is, China Glaze Thunderbird, from last year's Retro Diva collection:

What I love most about this color is how it changes under different light scenarios. The above photo is in indirect natural light, below is direct sunlight.

I tried, but I couldn't capture a photo of when I think this polish is absolutely at it's best, and that's at night under artificial light. It definitely looks like it's on fire; it is so stunning! If you're a red polish lover like me (I know, we're in the minority!), you absolutely must get your hands on a bottle of this!

Oh, and for my favorite pryncss, look at what I have for YOU!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Poolside Safari

For Mother's Day, my boyfriend purchased for me, five of the six of the CG Poolside collection!! Here, my friend and I, (using Sally Hansen "white on" as a base coat) are wearing "Pool Party" (pink), "Sun Worshipper" (orange), "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" (yellow), "Kiwi Cool-ada" (green), and "Towel Boy Toy" (blue). Over which we have applied the leopard and the zebra patterns from the konad M57 plate in black, and SV topcoat x2.

I love the neon colors!! Very 80's like!! :) Although, the blue is a bit off... it shows lighter in the picture than it is in person, but close.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Random Swatching II

So, here is some more, random swatching! Again, My friend had bought some china glaze polishes at Sally's on clearance and I LOVED them!! Here we have (from left to right) Watermelon rind, Strawberry Fields, Emerald Sparkled, and Frostbite. (2 coats of each, no top coat on either of them) I'm so lucky to have friends who share :)

Hidden Treasure

I was soooooo excited when I was cruising the nail polish isle at the store and saw the GIANT display of the new Sally Hansen Complete Manicure polishes!! I had been waiting for Hidden Treasure to be available, and BOOM, there it was!! Honestly though, if I had not seen pictures of "Flakies" on blogs, I would have been completely uninterested by just the bottle. Now that I've seen and used it, I love it! I especially love how the flash changes from a blue, greenish blue to a yellow orangie, almost pink. I couldn't wait to bring it home and put it over a bright blue!!

This is CG sky high tops with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, one coat of Pure Ice Oh Baby, and one coat of SV: Sorry the pic is slighty dark, I took it using the light of a natural lamp and a piece of white paper to diffuse the light a little bit.

Also along with my Hidden Treasure adventure, my good friend decided to try the fabulous flake over black and mattify it!! I am not at all a fan of matte nail polish, usually with me, the shinier the better!! But, for some reason, Flakies look so cool mattified!! Here is her NOTD :)

And one more pic of our hands together to show the difference using a matte nail polish makes versus a regular clear. Oh and by the way we used CG Matte Magic :)