Saturday, December 31, 2011

Swirling around in candy cane dreams

Hope all of you polish addicts got to take some time to rest and enjoy some time with friends and family. I know I did! As we end this year and start onto the next, I would like to thank each of you for continuing to read my posts! It has been a little over a year and I still love blogging as much, or even more, than when I first started. Today's design is a water marbled candy cane mani, which I hope you enjoy. I used Sally Hansen White On and Wet N' Wild Red Red for this mani. Have a wonderful new years. 
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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Festive Cheer

Here is todays gradient Friday. Sorry it is a bit late, but things have been pretty busy here with Christmas just around the corner! I did a simple layer gradient using China Glaze Ring in the Red. I topped it off with China Glaze Snow Globe (my new addiction!) to give it a more festive look. 2 more days until Christmas! I am so excited!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Festive decorations

For this festive design, I used 3 medium coats of SpaRitual Illume, which is a blurple cream polish. The formulation for this was quite runny and hard to work with, which was disappointing because it is such a pretty color. You should probably use 4 coats if you want it to be opaque or wait longer in between coats as the formulation is quite sheer. I was too impatient so I only used 3 and waited not very long in between coats. Next, I used China Glaze Harmony to stamp on a design using my BM plate. This design reminds me a lot of the shiny decoration balls you hang on Christmas trees and I really liked it. Harmony stamps wonderfully and I sealed my mani off with a coat of Seche Vite.

Hope the holidays are treating you well!
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Glittery Snowflakes

There is less than a week until Christmas day so I am going to try and fit in as many festive designs as possible. I wanted to do something glittery and fun with snowflakes so I decided to try for some glitter tips. I used some bright light blue fine glitter that I bought from Michaels for this look. I painted my tips with clear polish and then dipped each nail into the glitter. I lightly brushed the glitter with a fan brush to get rid of the excess. Next, I layered on China Glaze Snow Globe to give it a falling snow kind of look. I used OPI Catch me in Your Net on my pinky as an accent finger. To finish off my look, I stamped on snowflakes using BM plates. I sealed it all off with a coat of Seche Vite for some extra shine.
Now if it will really snow here, it would be perfect…what would your perfect Christmas look like polish addicts?
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

China Glaze Eye Candy

From left to right: Love Marilyn / Marry a Millionaire / Material Girl / Some like it haute / Lorelei's Tiara
Missing from nail wheel: Blonde Bombshell

Love Marilyn: Red glitter polish with red fine glitter and small silver hexagonal glitter
Marry a Millionaire: fine light purple glitter polish mixed with gold, green, and light purple tinsel glitter
Material Girl: pink glitter polish with pink fine and hexagonal glitter
Some like it haute: Dark blue glitter polish with blue fine glitter and holographic hexagonal glitter
Lorelei's Tiara: Silver glitter polish with silver fine glitter and blue hexagonal glitter

The formulation on these China Glaze polishes were great. It only took 2 coats for each of them to be fully opaque and the glitter was quite dense. These are super festive and I am happy to add them to my collection! I have already used them for gradient designs here and here. If you are a glitter lover, I would pick up this set. My favourites from this set are Material Girl and Lorelei's Tiara.
Polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Festive Green Gradient Friday

The holidays are near, so I decided to try a festive green gradient Friday. I used one coat of Nubar Earth as my base color. It is a pretty shimmery teal green with teal sparkles and applied well. Next, I sponged on Essence Lime up! on my tips. Finally, I blended this manicure together using China Glaze He's going in circles, which is a light green holographic polish. I added some dots on the tips using Wet n' Wild Red Red and Sally Hansen White On. I stamped 2 festive bows on using fauxnad plate m59.
Hope this starts off your holidays with a smile!
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Polished Style: Studded

I am very excited to announce a new feature on my blog in which I will be collaborating with my friend Jen from herwaisechoice. She runs a very stylish fashion blog and her outfits are always styled impeccably. This feature will show you the pieces the manicure was inspired by, how the nail design can be worn in real life, and tutorials on how to create it yourself! I hope you will enjoy this feature as we are having lots of fun doing this! As all of you polish addicts know, your manicure is a great way to accessorize your outfit, so we are happy that we will hopefully be able to give you some ideas to do this. 
From left to right: OPI Black Onyx / Martha Steward microbeads in Florentine gold / Borghese Base & Top Coat
The look is pretty simple yet stunning. Here is a step by step tutorial.

Prep: Start off by painting your fingers with a black base coat. I used 2 coats of OPI Onyx.

1.  Choose an accent finger. Use a top coat (preferably not quick drying) and brush a thin layer on top.
2. While the polish is still wet, use tweezers (or an orange stick with a bit of clear polish at the end) and place the microbeads in a straight line down the middle of the nail.
3. Once you have your middle line in place, you can add either 1 or 2 lines on each side, depending on your preference. Alternate the beads and place each new bead beside but between two other beads. If you do this line by line, you will get the best result!
Seal this all off with a top coat and you are done! Easy right?

Hope you enjoyed week 1 of Polished Style. There will be more to come in the near future! For more clothing pairing options and everything fashion related, visit my friend Jen! Any suggestions for future posts are always welcomed. 
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dark Brown Sparkle

Here are some swatches for the base color I used from last Friday’s gradient. Glitter Gal Dark Brown Sparkle is a stunning chocolate brown holographic polish that applied very smoothly. It was opaque in 2 coats and adding a top coat doesn’t diminish the awesomeness. This is the first Glitter Gal polish I have tried, and I am happy to say it won’t be the last. This polish is just amazing.

PS – something exciting will be unveiled Thursday! Stay tuned.

Polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Cozy Gradient Friday

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Those lyrics were stuck in my head this week because Christmas songs are playing everywhere. This inspired me to make a warm, cozy, chestnut colored gradient for this Friday, so I hope you like it. I started off with 2 coats of Glitter Gal
Dark Brown Sparkle which is a chocolate holographic brown polish. Next, I sponged on Revlon Gold Coin which is a foil gold polish. Lastly, I dabbed on China Glaze Cheers to You on the tips. I blended this in using a coat of China Glaze Snow Globe and sealed it off with CND Super Shiney.
Keep warm everyone!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Wyndham Collection

Here is the 2nd nails inc. special effects overglaze polish set that I picked up from Sephora. This one is called The Wyndham Collection. The base color it comes with is a dark green black polish called Kensington. It applied smoothly and was opaque in 2 coats. The effect polish for this set is obviously called The Wyndham. This effect is a green-blue flakie polish and is oh-so-pretty. I had more success, a few day later, capturing the blue flakies in the sun. I used 2 coats for the flakies and I liked how it looked. Overall these nails inc. sets pleased me as it helped me add some flakies to my collection. Would you pick any of these sets up? 
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Gradient Friday Recap

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