Friday, February 24, 2012

Gradient Friday: Falling Blocks

For this week's gradient, I started off with 2 coats of OPI Fly, which is a pretty teal cream polish. The formulation was good and it applied smoothly. Next, I sponged on China Glaze Kinetic Candy on the tips for a simple gradient effect. Finally, I used Wet N' Wild Black Crème to stamp on an image from Konad m73 plate. Don't they look like falling building blocks? Lastly, I sealed this mani off with a coat of Seche Vite. I also decided to try making earrings with my polish, and pictured below is a pair I made for my friend using OPI Fly and OPI Black Shatter. What do you think? 
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

You Move Me

 Although I have been loving the magnetic polish craze, sometimes there really IS too much of a good thing. Therefore, when China Glaze released their new Magnetix line, the only thing I wanted to pick up was their magnet due to its designs. Obviously this did not turned out as planned. Being the sucker that I am,  I ended up picking 2 of their polishes because their colors caught my eye.  You Move Me is a very pretty metallic brown polish. I used 2 coats of polish before applying the magnet on top. I found that this made the design stand out more. I used the chevron magnet for this design. Still deciding whether or not to get these polishes? I will have one more swatch up for you soon!
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Gradient Friday : Holo

For today's gradient Friday, I decided to start off with A-England Saint George as my base color. This is the second polish I picked up from their new The Legends collection and it is absolutely gorgeous.
Saint George is a stunning dark teal soft scattered holographic polish and was opaque in one coat. It glided on effortlessly and drying time was quick. I used China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out, a light blue holographic polish, and sponged it on the tips for an easy gradient look. 
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Corset it up

This is the mani I wore on Valentine's Day. I started off with 2 coats of Sally Hansen Madame X, which is a gorgeous deep reddish-pink color that applied flawlessly. Next, I used Color Club Vintage Couture, a cream pink, and painted the tips in a V shape. I added black outlines and accented a finger with a corset using Milani Black Sketch Nail Art. 
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Hearts are Fluttering

Here is another Valentine's mani I did over the weekend! I started off with 3 coats of Color Club Ready to Wear, a pink-gold duochrome polish. I used Wet N' Wild Kaleidoscope on my tips to add some glitter. Next, I painted some hearts using my dotting tool and Sally Hansen Madame X. I finished off this look with some pink jewels and a coat of Seche Vite. 
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Pink Gradient

Valentine's is a holiday I enjoy immensely, not for the commercialized flowers and chocolates, but because everything is red and pink and hearts are dangling from everywhere! I didn't want to overload everyone with too many valentine's designs, but I think it is close enough to valentine's day to show you an official one (if you have been paying attention, I started posting pink colored polish swatches/designs since Jan 26 – minus Princess Sabra, teehee...subtle eh?). I decided to pull out some pinks that I have not used/rarely used from my Helmer drawer and do a pink Valentine's Day gradient. I would consider this a glitter blending gradient as you need a bit of dry time in between each color.

I started out with one coat of Essie Ballet Slippers, which is a sheer light cream pink polish. Next, on the top 2/3 of my nails, I used OPI Aphrodite's Pink Nightie, which is a medium shimmery pink. Finally, on my top third of my nails, I used Revlon Posh Pink, which is a shimmery bright pink polish that is quite opaque. You should now see 3 separate colors on your nails with some harsh lines, but don't worry, the next step will blend them all away! Use a tinted pink glitter polish and paint 2 coats of this over your nails. This will blend away all harsh lines making your nails have the soft gradient effect. I used 2 coats of OPI And This Little Piggy... To finish off your look, paint/apply/stick on hearts on each nail. I picked out the hearts from Nicole by OPI Love your Life and applied them using an orange stick. Seal this manicure off with a coat of Seche Vite and you are all set for a night of fun!
Today is the last day to enter the Konad giveaway! If you add a comment with your favourite plate, it will get sent to you as well if you win. Good luck. 
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Princess Sabra

I ordered two of these gorgeous holographic polishes from A-England The Legends line when I first heard about them. They arrived very quickly and I am happy to show you the first one! A-England Princess Sabra is a gorgeous mossy greenish-gold holographic polish which applied nicely. It took 2 coats to be opaque. This polish is so pretty and you know I love my holos! Stay tuned for swatches of Saint George.
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday Snaps

24 Hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadows / Dream Bouncy Blush / Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner / The Body Shop Chocolate Shower Cream and Butter / Nail polish Haul (China Glaze / OPI)
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Friday, February 3, 2012

Reverse Glitter Gradient Friday

I wanted to try a reverse glitter gradient today using 2 new polishes I received in the mail. These two polishes are Shoppers/Walmart exclusive released by Nicole by OPI. I think these polishes are perfect for Valentines Day. I used 3 thin coats of  Pink. Seriously., which is a very pretty bright cream pink polish. It reminds me a lot OPI I'm Indi-a mood for love, but this may be a bit brighter. Next I sponged on Fabulous is my Middle Name near the cuticles, fading up near the tips. Fabulous is my Middle Name is a gorgeous gorgeous polish. It is a clear based polish pack full of multi-colored bar glitter and mini silver round glitter.
The second picture shows the most accurate picture of the pink polish. The formulation for both of these was good but the bar glitter needed 2 coats of Seche Vite in order for it to be smooth. I think this bar glitter polish is a must have! So pretty.  Have a great weekend and enter the giveaway here if you have not!

Polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. 
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