Wednesday, October 24, 2012

feelin' blue with revlon whimsical

Hello hello!

I love Halloween. And fall. Especially Halloween though. So, needless to say, my nails usually coordinate with the spirit of this month, but I thought I should brighten my nails up for a few days with something fun!
I decided to go with Revlon Whimsical over China Glaze For Audrey.

Yeah, I have no idea what the dent is on my ring finger but whatever. This was two coats of Whimsical over one coat of For Audrey.
My first experience with Whimsical was horrible. I was in a rush and layered it over white. It looked nasty and it didn't get a proper dry so it smudged and uck, it was a mess. This time it was a sucess though!

So, do y'all like?
I do :)
See y'all next time!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

long time no see

Hello everyone!

I know it's been awhile since I've posted. May was a month cram filled to the brim with things to do. Every weekend was filled and the weeks simply left me reeling to prepare for the next. I'm not complaining though, I made wonderful memories and I ended an important stage of my life. Once summer rolled around, I got more hours at work and I wanted to play just as much (LOL). Needless to say, my blog was left behind. I still kept up with following other blogs, I still (tried not to but did) buy nail polish, and I still had and have stuff I've want to share. So, I'm back! Kinda.

School has to be my main priority. ( BOOO ): ! ) 'nough said.
I'm not super artisitic. I love science and how things work. I often will look at my polish collection and think "oh this will look great together" and no. Just no. Then, I'll have a polish on and I sit and sit... and sit... and sit and sit and try to decide to describe it. My mind just thinks "pretty... purple... shimmery". As much as I would like to have time to test out every polish that catches my eye and write dazzling descriptions, I just don't have time to. On my previous posts, I spent a lot of time trying to describe the color, formular, and application and it just wasn't my cup of tea.

SO, on to happier days!
I've decided to start posting again when time allows. From now on they will be shorter, and more pictures than words. I'll still write a little about what I did, but I'll leave the super, indepth descriptions to google ;)
I hope anyone who does happen to keep up with my little spot of the internet doesn't mind and I hope this allows me to keep my blog active and fun for you and me, and less like a chore.
Thanks for sticking with me!
Erin :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

OPI Russian Navy

Hello hello!

Today I have the color my mom get me for Easter, Russian Navy! It isn't very Easter-esqu but I still love it!

This polish is pretty old and is a part of OPI's core collection. This color is a great deep navy. What makes it stand out from the rest, is the magenta shimmer that shines in the navy base. It is so lovely! In the sun, this polish comes to life! The only thing that made me sad about this polish was that when you look at the bottle, you see so much purple shimmer yet, not nearly as much shimmer shows on the nails. The polish is still a stunner though. Check it out!

see all that purple shimmer in the bottle? drooool.

These pictures don't do the polish nearly as much justice as they could. This polish is a winner if you want a pretty navy though! What do you guys think?

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nicole by OPI Purple Yourself Together

Hello hello!
Today I have a color that is super cayute! It's called Purple Yourself Together by Nicole by OPI. It's a Target exclusive and you should definitely check it out if you get a chance!

Application was great! It went on in three lovely coats. I actually ended up wearing this polish for almost a week and all the way through Easter! I had almost no chips, just tip wear for the first few days which was awesome. The color is a light purple, lilac even, and it is filled with a rich gold shimmer! It's HOT. Being a purple fan, anything purple and remotely interesting becomes loved and this one was no exception. Check it out!

All of these were taken in artificial lighting. Look at all of that shimmah! Yum yum.

Sorry my cuticles are not pretty. :'(

So what do you guys think? Is this one a winner or what? This polish is available at Target and has been since March so don't miss out! Also, check out the other three polishes in this collection, they're cute too and are calling my name! I might just have to grab another.

Also, I'm happy I'm starting to get a few followers. (more than 1 hahaha)
If you like what you see, I would love to hear about it so please feel free to comment and let me know!
Also, one of my newest followers, Nails By Diana is having a giveaway. You should check it out here and check out her stuff!

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Polka Dot Stamping!

Hey hey hey!

Today I have a fun manicure for you guys.

I know there's a chippy on my index finger):


For the base coat, I used China Glaze Sweet Hook. For the polka dots I used China Glaze For Audrey and Bundle Monder plate BM19.

I know my pinky sucks. I did my best! I'm proud I even got this to work semi-sorta! Stamping is still not a super strong point with me. I think the dots would have turned out fuller with a thicker polish, but I still like it!

The inspiration behind this manicure? Well, I love Sweet Hook. It's such a cute lavender creme. Then, I asked a friend to pick a color and he said green. I froze... and then I thought hmm... For Audrey is a blue... with a green tint right? Right! And, wa-la!

Also: Interested in another giveaway? Check this one out!
Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nails Inc. Connaught Square Swatch

Hello once again!
I apologize for my temporary hiatus. Unfortunately I've been having a bad week, but what do you do? In my opinion life is a cycle. Bad things happen so you don't take the good things for granted. Today I comforted myself by buying a new polish and hanging out with some old friends. The polish I got was Purple Yourself Together by Nicole by OPI. It's a target exclusive and I love it! I just painted it on my toes :)

However, today that is not what I am showing you guys! Today I have a polish by Nails Inc., Connaught Square. It is a gorgeous 3D glitter. The base is primarily a bunch of blue glitters and then mixed with that is a bunch of larger, purple glitters. Application is rough and gritty, but it's supposed to be 3D, so that adds to the texture. It had pretty good coverage, but was not opaque in some spots so I used three coats. Check it out!

This polish was definitely a beast to take off. I am not a huge fan of glitters simply because of the extra work it takes to take it off, but I would say this color is worth it. I always caught myself staring at my nails!
What do you guys think?
Comments? Questions? Concerns?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

China Glaze Fast Track && butter LONDON Tart With A Hart

Today I have a manicure using two different colors, Fast Track by China Glaze and Tart With A Hart by butter London.

Fast Track is a part of the Hunger Games collection. It's a beige filled with tons of gold microglitter! It was surprisingly opaque in two coats and application was amazing. It was much better than others in the collection, but then again... it wasn't one of the metallic ones. None the less, it was still a great neutral color!

Tart With A Hart was part of the 2011 holiday collection. It's a semi-clear base filled with tons and tons of gold microglitter. Also, it has bigger glitters that shine a bunch of different colors when they hit the light. ALSO, if you look super close, there's even black microglitter in it! This one is a stunner for sure. When we saw it at Nordstroms, we weren't sure if it would be opaque or not, so my sister sacrificed her manicure and we tested it out. By three coats, Tart With A Hart worked great alone! It's a very nice glitter! Application was good for a glitter and it was a little gritty, but it was nothing a top coat can't fix.

Take a look!

Fast Track with Tart With A Hart on the ring finger.

Artificial Lighting
Next, I used some scotch tape to put little triangles of Tart With A Hart on the nails with Fast Track.

Artificial Lighting

Next time I do something with Tart With A Hart, I'll probably pair it with a different color. Maybe pink? But nonetheless the overall look was good enough for me and I got a lot of compliments on it!
What do you guys think?
Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

butter London Knackered over black

Today's post isn't super long, it's butter London Knackered over black.
We used two coats of China Glaze's Liquid Leather, one coat of Knackered, and then a coat of seche vite.
Over a dark base, Knackered's pinker hues are really noticeable! It was extremely beautiful in person and the pictures are good, but they could be better. I won't describe Knackered in detail here, but you can see my thoughts on it here!
Take a look at Knackered over Liquid Leather!

These pictures were all in sunlight. What do you think? Any Knackered fans yet? I'm one!!
Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!

Monday, March 19, 2012

China Glaze Magnetix - Pull Me Close

Happy Monday!
Today I have one of the China Glaze Magnetix polishes, Pull Me Close.

This collection has six polishes and then there's a magnet you have to buy separately. It has three designs, diagonal stripes, a chevron, and a star. The magnet has a little ridge to place on your cuticle so the magnet doesn't touch you nail. To me the magnet was a little bit weak. It was my first time using magnetic nail polish and I didn't get the hang of it for a good bit and redid quite a few nails. Since the magnet was weak, the design didn't curve around my nail. It only was on the top. I even tried rolling the magnet around my nail but it was like I couldn't do it fast enough.
Application wise, it went on smooth! Pull Me Close was very opaque and after one coat looked fine. It was a  blue-gray polish and the design turned very dark. It was very cool and striking against the lighter base.
Check it out!

Left to Right
Diagonal, Chevron, Star

These were after a few days of wear so excuse the chips at the end /:
These were the three nails that worked the best for me. I thought they showed the design well and didn't look like utter crap. As you can see, the design doesn't bend around my nail.
Oh well. I'm semi-disappointed but I plan on trying again!
The things I'll do different:
  1. Put on one thin layer. Let it dry. Apply another layer and THEN use the magnet.
  2. Move faster.
  3. Wish for good luck!
  4. Take pictures before they're messed up :)
I'll let y'all know once I try again.
Has anyone else tried this collection? Any thoughts?
Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

butter LONDON Knackered swatch

Hello hello!
I know I kind of suck at posting regularly. I really am sorry! I do have a busy life and this week was pretty hectic. I've been working A LOT. I had a closing shift yesterday and I was planning on coming home and making a post... but that didn't happen. Not only was I called into work three and a half hours early... I didn't get off of work until 3 AM. Yes. THREE IN THE MORNING. So I had a thirteen hour shift... I was miserable. Today they ended up letting me off early because I was zombie like and talking to myself. I may have over exaggerated a bit on acting like a zombie ;) but I'm home and happy and blogging now!

butter LONDON Knackered.

Love. LOVE. love. LoVe. lOvE. LOOOOOOVE. 
I don't even know how to describe this polish ... butter LONDON described it as "a sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles." Yeah. I can see that, but I feel like it's so much more! This is definitely a duochrome polish and it flashes many different colors in different lighting including blue-greens, pink, purple, silver, and blue. Also, the littler glitters in the polish all twinkle like a rainbow! Every time I look at my nails I'm like ooooOOoooOoooOoOoO *drool*. 
Oh and, I have a watch with a black mother of pearl face, this polish reminds me of it!
Take a look!

These are all inside with artificial lighting. Excuse my poor cuticles. See the green on the sides of my nails? And look at the little sparkles making a rainbow!

Look at all that green!

Can y'all see that pink a little bit? It shows up the best in lower lighting.
Application for this was great. It went on like butter (dohoho). It was super sheer and I used three coats.

Now here are some pictures in the sun!

This picture shows the silver and blue really well!

Here you can see the purple! Purple is my favorite color <3

Mmm I see a lot of blue/purple here!

Lovely, right?

This polish was a must have the minute I saw it. I got it at Nordstroms for $14 and it was part of butter LONDON's new spring/summer collection. What do you guys think? Next I'm going to try this polish over black. I saw that combination and it looks dreamy!

Comments? Questions? Concerns? Let me know!