Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday polish is a wonderful box of ornaments for a bare tree.
Emerald Sparkle by China Glaze is so absolutely stunning. I also used OPI Happy Anniversary and Bring on the Bling for background and garland, respectively.
Greetings from the Christmas Tree at the Beachcomber in Crystal Cove beach, CA. This past Sunday it was in the 80s and as you can see the weather was absolutely beautiful.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I know, it is bad. I would never put up pictures of my nails as they are at the moment, out of consideration for you! I have a recovery plan, but in order for it to work I have to get busy on my next manicure, to fix the ugly.
I will return soon. It is easy to forget how hard it is to move!!!! Happy day!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Today I have pictures of Bored/Excited Mood Polish by Claire's. Orange is my favorite color, and coral is close enough. Here is a shot of what this polish looks like most of the time. Bored, the warm color is a beautiful shade of pale peach. Excited, the cool color, is a scrumptiously tasty coral shade, which is the personality you see when you look at the bottle. I loved this glass work of art so I thought I would add my artistic touch to it.
Here is the warm personality, bored. It changes quickly from one color to the other. Now here is the cool personality, excited!!!!
Now here I played with polish and warmed my tips on my coffee cup and did a reverse from the normal appearance.
And for the piece de resistance,
I got bored with plain mood polish, and stroked on some string glitter from Sally Hansen and went to The Wedge, a world class surf spot. I had my toes in the sand and it felt sooooooooo good. You can see I was cold because of my polish color. The weather in California along the coast has been "terrible" because it hasn't warmed up much. Local beach goers were complaining. I tried not to crack a smile.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Upon my return home, I anticipate a wonderful gift to be waiting for me from the lovely lady author of R3daily, joria2006 on MUA. To my extreme delight, I won first prize in her amazing "cleaning out my polish" giveaway. Among others, I will be getting a Zoya polish, which I am particularly excited about, as it will be my very first. There are many others, which you can see on her blog at http://www.r3daily.com/2010/07/cleaning-out-my-polish.html. I am so excited about this development, I am a bit overwhelmed with desire to try them ALL as soon as possible!!! Thank you joria2006! You are too sweet and generous for words.
On a different and equally exciting note, I met a lovely lady here at my hotel during a bridal planning and show event. I don't have a wedding date, as I am married already, however I heard there were cake samples and giveaways. Since I am on a lucky streak lately, I tried my luck. For a $10 ticket price I was granted entree to the ballroom with displays of various wedding services. The only giveaways I saw at first were a pen, a lollipop and a $25 basket of Mary Kay, which I don't think I won or I would have heard. I went late at 2:45, they were already packing up because the attendance was bad and I was about to ask for a refund until I met Kathy. Kathy was a breath of fresh air, and she offered to demonstrate a product which is like an instant spa for your hands.
She had no trouble persuading me to scrub my hands with a fragrant salt scrub, and instructed me to especially rub it around my cuticles. My skin has been terrible lately, so dry it was cracking and painful. It was healing, but after she washed away the scrub with a pitcher of water my hands felt like silky buttery velvet. My mouth was gaping when I felt how soft and wonderful they felt. Then she gave me a little hand lotion to use as well. Just a small half inch out of a tube and it covered my hands and they felt so great it was amazing. The softness stayed all day through multiple hand washings. She provided me with samples of each product, and I will be posting more detail on this product with pictures.
I want to post her information , once I am back home I will get her name and website on here very soon.
I am wearing Claire's mood polish (bored/excited) on my trip. It chipped after two or so days even with topcoat, but it is so much fun to watch the colors change it doesn't bother me. I have had several people notice the unusual look to the peach/coral french type manicure. The Nordstroms' clerks freaked out and said they were going right over to Claire's on their breaks to buy the polishes which were bogo half off. So that is two for $7.50. Not too shabby for two bottles of fun multicolor ever-changing polish. I will post pictures once I get back to my home computer on Thursday or Friday, depending on my exhaustion quotient. Which I will say is quite high at this moment.
Tomorrow I "have" to go shopping for a new dress to wear to dinner with my hubby's new bosses, so I need to look just right. I am also getting my makeup done at the Bobbi Brown counter, and that is super fun. I had it done for the first time earlier this week and I looked good, or that is what a couple of guys said ; ) But one was trying to sell me something.
I can't wait to get home, I miss my furry children, my polishes and my computer. I have a couple of weeks of major upheaval, with movers coming, but once I get into the groove here I will be back into doing my nails and posting the pictures more frequently because I am really having fun doing this and expressing my love of art and nails together with you.
Nail polish tip for air travelers: Wrap your polish bottles in individual plastic wrap or a baggies inside your carry on quart bag you are allowed, or they may leak all over your other liquids. I learned this the hard way, fortunately my culprit was just an old clear double duty base and topcoat, but it was sure messy and smelly, and it ruined the appearance of some of my items, clouding clear plastic and removing chrome finish from a perfume roll on top. I guess you could also put the bottles in checked bags with your clothes, but make sure they are very well closed and tightly sealed so you can keep your clothing from ruin and your nails pretty at all times on travel. Who wants to be chipping when you are "tripping"?
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Happy Day my friend. I hope this day finds you well and happy. Did you enjoy your weekend? I did, though it was spent working. Now on to polish.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Here are my NOTD. This is LA colors over Orly Royal Navy.
I have been doing my nails with a solid color, then when I am bored, I do nail art or another top coat. I try to keep a coordinating or matching color on my toesies, but I don't do them as much as my tips.
I wish you Happy Day, love and pretty polish! : )
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
It is impossible to depict the awesome size of this rocket. I cannot begin to imagine strapping myself to tons of rocket fuel and blasting off into space.
The circular thing is an engine cone, this has five of them.
Friday, July 16, 2010
This nail polish is bananas. This is Milani 3D Hi Tech, the spring green holographic polish. I must admit that spring green is not the most flattering color on me. However, the fascinating holographic effects are amazing, and they make me love this color intensely.
The application of this polish was similar to the blue in this series, cyberspace. The polish went on easily, the formula is perfect. I rate it a 10 for ease of application. It may tend to leave a bald spot if the brush is pushed too hard or swiped on a subsequent coat more than once. The dry time was very good, 10 out of 10. The finish is a shiny satin, not glossy. I give it an 8 out of ten. And the holographic qualities are a 10. It glows in interior lighting and the holographic particles exhibit a slight rainbow. In the sunshine however, this polish is so mesmerizing I don't want to take it off, though I am trying to wear a different polish every day so I can eventually use up the 100+ bottle stash before I die.
In the sun, there are the usual holo rainbows, plus at certain angles the polish lights up with a colorful sheen unlike any I have ever seen. It mostly shows an electric sky blue, the same yellow green which is the overall tint of the polish, a light orange and a dark orange on the very edges. I tried to illustrate this in my photos.
I had mentioned previously that I was going to be cutting my nails of because I am moving but I decided not to up to now. My nails are real, but the index fingernail is repaired. It broke about six weeks ago down in the quick area so I couldn't cut it off. I started repairing it using super glue and a tea bag. I have had to re-do the repair three times but it is still holding strong. It has grown out about a quarter inch from the quick now.
I am currently trying to snipe a huge lot of polishes on ebay and the auction ends today. They are VHTF discontinued polishes, and though there are three I have already, I love them and I have a compulsion to try to win them. I could collect them one by one, but this would save me a lot of time and shipping costs. I will reveal the results in my next post.
I do this from time to time, I get obsessed on a hobby, purchase tons of supplies, then get disinterested. But with my nails it has been a lifelong hobby that I am almost always interested in. Sometimes I break a nail, cut them all off and then don't polish for a while. Then I get tired of them breaking, chipping and peeling, so I apply polish and before I know it they are growing long again! Polish really protects them.
My best advice for growing long nails is to use Sally Hansen Diamond Strength base coat. The silver bottle with the diamond on it that comes in the hangy box. I am trying some other strengtheners now, also Sally Hansen, with good results. The diamond one is great and I have used it for a long time so I can definitely endorse it as a quality product that does what it says it will.
Wishing you love and pretty polish!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
So we went to Target, and there was the purple Milani. The pink was there too, and I was eyeing that when my husband asked me if there was another one I wanted!! So I picked them both up. I felt a bit guilty, since I had bought about ten bottles or more in the last couple of weeks. I confessed to him that I had bought some new polish and he said "You know I don't care about that." He has said before it is better I am addicted to nail polish than to shoes, or to many other worse / more expensive/ harmful things.
I wore the blue Milani 3D holo polish over the weekend, and loved it. It is called cyberspace. I give it a perfect 10 for appearance. It doesn't have the rainbow lines like some of the OPI DS holos, but it has a pretty almost glittery appearance with larger holographic pieces. It lights up even in lower light with a diffuse glow which I find fascinating. The color, a light greyish sky blue, is absolutely delicious, and complements my dark olive skin beautifully. Application was easy, but could leave bald patches if the previous coat is reliquified, or the brush is dragged too heavily. I give the application of this polish an 8 out of 10. I think the finish could be shinier, though I didn't feel like putting a top coat on, it would have been shinier if I did. It was a satin sheen finish, not glossy. I kept staring at my nails. For the finish I rate it a 9, and for driving safety/distraction factor, I will rate it a 4 out of 10, because I think it will require a bit of focus to avoid staring at it on a sunny day.
If you like light cool shimmering colors I think you would not regret purchasing this polish. I found it at CVS and Target, and online at CVS and Sears.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I polished my nails with my new flakie Nfu Oh 49 over Milani Hot Metal and they looked like fire opals. I finally gave up on Hidden Treasure and bought my first Nfu Oh. I like it. Sorry for the bad picture.
I took that off yesterday and am now wearing Sally Hansen HD SPectrum over OPI Teal the Cows come home, two coats each. No application issues. I decided to layer them because I don't like vnl. It is close to OPI Catch me in Your Net which I have on my toes. CMIYN is a bit more green and a little darker.