Monday, July 30, 2012

Manicure Monday: Black Tips

This week I just wanted something simple, and black. I used tape and hole reinforcements, and only colored my tips at approximately the nail line. I'm very happy with this look.

What I Used:
  • 2 coats of L.A. Colors Triple Play
  • 1 coat of China Glaze Smoke & Ashes
  • 1 coat of Prolinc Diamond Dry Top Coat

Friday, July 27, 2012

Flashback Friday: Newsprint

My last pre-blog manicure is a newspaper manicure. I was very excited to give this one a try, and I think it mostly came out great! I messed up both of my ring fingers, so I just covered that up with some glitter! I was very happy with my right thumb, since I wasn't expecting a comic to transfer so cleanly. I'll definitely be trying this one again.

What I Used:
  • Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment (as base coat)
  • 2 coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • 1 coat of OPI Rainbow Connection (glitter)
  • Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I Got This Week [4]

I got these lovely polishes from a fellow blogger! I tested all three out, and I love them!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Manicure Monday: Seedless Watermelons

I've been wanting to do this manicure since I picked up Watermelon Rind! I also wanted to find a use for that dreadful Revlon polish, which was a mistake. I still like how it came out, but it would have been cleaner if I had used a better pink polish; that Revlon one is a nightmare to work with.

What I Used
  • 1 coat L.A. Colors Triple Play (as base coat)
  • 2 coats Revlon Strawberry Electric
  • 1 coat China Glaze Watermelon Rind
  • 1 coat Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Friday, July 20, 2012

Flashback Friday: Storm Clouds

A few weeks ago, I gave Nailside's Freehand Cloud Tutorial a try. I think it came out really cute, but it didn't last long at all. It started chipping the very next day, so next time I'll try a different polish as the base.

What I Used:
  • Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment (as base coat)
  • 2 coats of China Glaze Stone Cold
  • 1 coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • 1 coat of China Glaze Hook & Line
  • 1 coat of China Glaze Luxe & Lush
  • Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What I Got This Week [3]

L2R: Zoya "Kissy", FingerPaints "Black Expressionism," "It's An Original!" and "Sketch N Etch"

First up is Kissy by Zoya. I'm super happy with the color of this polish! I love pink, but pinks don't love me, and this one is PERFECT! Unfortunately, the polish itself is awful. It doesn't bind to base coat at all, but does bind slightly better to bare nail. I just know I can never do a full manicure of this and expect it to last longer than a night.

Then I used my Sally's $5 coupon, plus Finger Paints was Buy 2 Get 1 Free, and free shipping! This package also contained another $5 coupon!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: China Glaze "Grape Juice"

What I Used:
1 coat LA Colors Triple Play (as base coat)
2 coats China Glaze "Grape Juice"
1 coat Prolinc Diamond Dry Top Coat

Color [8/10]

Upon seeing Grape Juice in the bottle, I wasn't overly impressed. It looks like just another shimmery purple, but after seeing it on the color spoon I changed my mind. Getting it on my nails, and wow! It's a very pretty purple with silver and pink shimmer. In fact, the first coat is quite pink, but a second coat makes it a nice medium purple with silver shimmer, that retains some of the pink in certain light. I am curious if this one would become even darker with a third coat.

Application [8/10]

The formula on this one is great! It goes on very smooth, and isn't runny or globby at all. The first coat is extremely sheer, but the addition of a second coat makes it almost perfectly opaque. I did notice a few small bald spots, so maybe a third coat is needed.

Finish [8/10]

This is not a particularly shiny polish due to the shimmer. However, a top coat takes care of that without hindering the effect. I would recommend a top coat with this one anyway, since it is a little grainy to the touch.

Longevity [7/10]

I typically wear my manicures for only a week, and while this one lasted the duration, I had noticeable tip wear after 2 days. I hadn't done much over those two days, besides typing and reading, so it probably shouldn't have been that bad. Day 5 had a whole nail peel off in one piece, same on Day 7. Other than that I had only one chipped nail. Perhaps I'll try this one again with three coats and a different top coat to see if it lasts longer.

Removal is pretty good. The color melts right off, leaving the shimmer which requires only a little extra scrubbing to completely remove.

Final Score: 7.75

Friday, July 13, 2012

Flashback Friday: Layering Experiment

While I love the entire Hunger Games Collection from China Glaze, a few of the colors just do not agree with my skin tone. Fast Track is unfortunately one of them. I think it's such a pretty color, but it's far too light for me. On the other hand, Mahogany Magic looks pretty good on me, but I find it boring. Then I decided to combine them just to see what happened. What I got was a very interesting, milky gold. It was extremely hard to capture in a photograph, but I really liked it. Although in some lighting it looked not so great.

What I Used:
  • Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment (as base coat)
  • 2 coats of China Glaze Mahogany Magic
  • 1 coat of China Glaze Fast Track
  • Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What I Got This Week [2]

Top: Pippa, Nova, Trixie, Mimi
Middle: Suvi, Gabrielle, Raven, Rina, Goldie, Edyta
Bottom: Kissy, Hope, Apple, Faye, Venus, Joy

I'd been debating about whether or not to order these, but last week I caved. I wound up ordering 16 polish spoons from Zoya. These are an amazing invention! There was one color (Edyta) I almost ordered after staring longingly at the bottle online, but after seeing it in person? I'm majorly disappointed! That one revelation was well worth the price! Since I did order 16, I had one bottle worth of credit. I managed to narrow it down to 4 (Rina, Apple, Hope, & Kissy), after being disappointed in some of the colors (Goldie, Edyta, & Suvi), while others just look odd with my skin (Joy, Faye & Gabrielle). My mom helped narrow it to 2 (Apple & Kissy), and then she picked her favorite (Kissy). Then my dad picked the same, so that's the one I ordered!

Pink is a tough color for me with nail polish. Half my closet is pink, but I have such a hard time finding pinks that look good on my nails. They're either too red, too orange, or too light. Kissy, however, is just right! I think it's the multi-colored bar glitter that help balance it out.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

What I Got This Week [1]

Monday, I went into Sally's with the intention to just browse while my mom went to the bank next door. I started inspecting the Orly (how do you pronounce this?!) display, but found myself in front of the China Glaze display which had a sale sign: Buy 2 China Glaze, Get 1 Diamond Dry Top Coat FREE! Free is good, so I checked out the top coat, $7.49, so good deal! I also ended up getting a Sally's card, which I hope doesn't empty my bank account with amazing deals! I got a $5 coupon, which I'll likely use to get a bottle of Orly to try out.

L2R: Watermelon Rind, Grape Juice, Prolinc Diamond Dry Top Coat
Since my manicure is still fresh, I tested these lovelies on my toes. I'm in love! Watermelon Rind is especially gorgeous, but Grape Juice is lovely, too. I'll probably use one or both of these in next week's manicure.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Manicure Monday: Half-Moon

For this week's manicure I decided to try the half-moon design. I stumbled upon two packs of hole reinforcements a few weeks ago while cleaning, so that was lucky. I hadn't had much luck with tape manicures, because my only roll of tape is warped, but I think this one came out much better. The "moons" aren't even, taking up more nail on my left hand, but I think it was a good first attempt. I also smudged both ring fingers. For some reason, I always mess up my ring fingers; I can't figure out why.

What I used:
  • L.A. Colors Triple Play (as base coat)
  • 2 coats of OPI Just Spotted the Lizard
  • 1 coat of China Glaze Agro
  • Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat