Sunday, October 30, 2011

Warm and Fozzie...Bear

The moment I saw that OPI was bringing out a collection based on the Muppets I knew that I had to have at least some of the polishes.  Not to admit to an advanced age, but I was raised on the Muppets.
Once the collection released, I realized I could be a bit selective on which polishes I wanted rather than investing in the entire collection (although I may change my mind and go back) but the first one I knew I HAD to have was Warm & Fozzie.
 Of course once I had it on, I had to add some bears to it, these are fimo cane slices that I purchased quite some time ago on ebay. 
 Warm & Fozzie is an amazing polish that is comprised of different tones of gold and copper.  I used my usual two coats and got very good coverage.
 The only problem was that the tips seemed to wear rather quickly.  To mask that, I used China Glaze Midtown Magic to just barely "kiss" the tips of my nails.  It allowed me to extend the manicure out an extra day without being self conscious about the tip wear.
Do you remember the Muppets?

"It's time to put on makeup.  It's time to dress up right. It's time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight!"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Traffic Jam...When you're already late.

Another of the Metro polishes by China Glaze.  This one is called Traffic Jam, a name which always makes me fill in lyrics from Alanis Morresett's Ironic.
 I applied two coats which at still allows a faint, visible nail line if you're looking closely, but for all intents and purposes is opaque at a distance, meaning it worked for me. 
 The consistency for Traffic Jam is thinner than some (most) of the other Metro polishes and application was simple.  These polishes have an amazing shine on their own, but for the sake of speeding up the drying process I applied a coat of Seche Vite. 
 I'm loving the rich color of the cremes from the Metro collection.  I'm rather in love with most of them, and they're perfect for fall.  This pink is much more blue tinted than my photos show, bordering on fuchsia.
I hope you're enjoying seeing China Glaze Metro Collection because I'm loving wearing it.  Thanks for stopping by and reading, until next time, take care. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Additions - Super Pic Heavy

I'm chronic, every time I go out of the house I seem to come home with a new polish.  Is it time for an intervention perhaps???   Naaaaa.   ;)    Here are some of the newest additions to my collection.

Uh, just so you know, I don't blame you if you don't make it through the whole post, if I weren't so darn happy with all my additions I'd be rather embarrassed.  
Republic Nail Chrome Green and Escarlata, both are glow in the dark

Two super cute little glow in the dark pumpkin polishes by  Blue Cross Beauty Products

 China Glaze In Awe of Amber and Trendsetter

China Glaze City Siren and Twinkle Lights

OPI Animal-istic & Woka Woka!

 OPI Divine Swine, Rainbow Connection, & Gettin' Miss Piggy With It

 Some cute un-named polishes I got from Ross Dress for Less

 More of the above.

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles and Velvet Bow

 The China Glaze Winter Ice Collection

 China Glaze Midtown Magic, Traffic Jam, Urban-night & Brownstone

 Orly Rock It, Stone Cold & Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

OPI Designer...De Better! & Warm & Fozzie

 Revlon Facets of Fuchsia & Blue Mosiac

 Revlon Copper Penny, Carbonite, & Grape

 Sinful Colors San Fransisco & China Glaze Ghoulish Glow

 Borghese Limoncello and Color Club Crackle Kiss & Break Up

 OPI Pepe's Purple Passion & Meep-Meep-Meep

China Glaze Lemon Fizz & Essie School of Hard Rocks 

Loreal Owls Night & Raven's Strength

Revlon Downtown, Watermelon Fizz & Devil's Lure

China Glaze Westside Warrior & Ring in the Red

Cosmetic Arts and Cute Pumpkin no names

If you managed to make it all the way through, you're probably as addicted as I am.  :)  Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.  Leave me a comment, I love comments!  Tell me if there's anything you'd like to see.  Until next time, take care!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Orly Rock-it and a bit of a fail

So do any of you run into the problem that when people find out that you do nails they suddenly want you to be their friend and "do their nails for them."?    I'm not talking about friends and family, that's not a problem at all, in fact that's actually fun. No, I'm talking more like acquaintances where you don't know them all that well, and maybe don't want to but all of the sudden when they think they can get a free manicure, want to be your best friend.  Maybe it's just me.

 This isn't my best work as far as mani's go, but I absolutely love the color and wanted to show it to you.     This is Orly ***  and it is a glorious I love how it just seems to glow in sun and shade.  It's a very rich and sultry color don't you think?
I used OPI ridge filler for my basecoat then applied two coats of ***  Application was smooth and easy, no
 The failure came when I tried to freehand my half moons on with black acrylic paint.  I would have been a lot better off using some kind of template or guide.  Ah well, at least from a distance they didn't look all that bad,  I could only stand to keep it on for one day though. I'll have to do better next time, I really do like the look of the half moon mani. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quick and Easy Nail Art

I love these nail stickers, they make it quick and easy to achieve a fun and cute manicure in minutes.  As much as I like creating my own nail art, now and then it's nice to just throw something together.
I can't remember where I picked these particular stickers up, they're from last year but I've seen similar ones in various shops around town.
Do you use stickers? 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

China Glaze Urban-Night

Every week my family and I  try to make it to the farmers market.  We enjoy walking through the stalls to see what all the vendors have to offer.  There's always a large selection of artists and we come across lots of interesting things. 
Of course there's always the fresh fruit and vegetables, now is the time for  rustic pumpkins, crisp apples, and dusky plums.  Now that the season is almost over, the fruits are all the sweeter for the impending end of the season. 
Urban-Nights is part of China Glaze's Metro Collection of which I am becoming very fond.  This is a deep, rich plum creme
The formula was very thick but with a bit of drag to it.  I was in a bit of a hurry so I only applied one really thick coat, so you can see a some thin areas.  Two coats would be best
By the time I took pictures I'd had this on for about a day and a half so my tips were starting to see some wear. 
I really like this plumy shade, I think it goes really well with my skin tone.  I also love how smooth and shiny the finish is. 
I've collected almost all of the Metro polishes at this point, there's only a couple that I haven't really cared for.  Have you tried any of them? 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Green Ooze

When I was a child I would plot and plan my costume for weeks.  The highlight of my career so to speak was a geisha costume in which I used an authentic Japanese kimono that my mother had acquired in her travels.  I had long hair that we rolled around black socks to achieve the elaborate hairstyle and I used silver tape over paperclips to create the delicate hair pieces.  White face paint, black eyeliner and red lipstick helped finish the look.  I can remember the whole thing clearly, unfortunately I've no pictures of the event or I would share them with you.  Instead you get a picture of a Halloween manicure. 

With Halloween on the horizon I think a bit of fun is in order so I present to you my Green Ooze manicure.
 I used Finger Paints Senery Greenery as my base color.  It's a lovely true green creme polish.  It applied beautifully and could almost be one coat wonder. I however used two coats. 
 For the ooze I used China Glaze It's Alive, a lovely olive green mixture of fine and medium glitter in a clear olive base.  It's very saturated in color and glitter so buildup is easily accomplished.
To achieve the look I applied a "french tip" of varying widths to each nail then dragged the "ooze" back on the nail to simulate drips. 
I'm rather pleased with the outcome, a fun but not overtly themed manicure. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Purple Posies - One Stroke Nail Art

Ug, I should totally be doing homework right now, I've a paper that's already a day late.  So what am I doing instead?  Nails of course, what else.
While I love the one stroke nail art that I've seen on several other blogs, I've had limited luck with it myself.  But I figured it was just like everything else and I just needed to practice, so here's more practice. 
Products Used

While I'm not perfect by any means, my one stroke flowers are have started to actually resemble flowers so I thought I'd start sharing some of my one stroke manis with you.  I hope you like them, perhaps it will inspire you to try it too.
Indoor lighting
For this look I used three coats of Color Club Alter Ego then for a little extra  flash of color I added a coat of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Purple.
Using white and a dark purple acrylic paint as well as a small flat brush I dipped each corner of the brush in a different color and painted in the petals.
I used the purple to fill in any bare spots in the center then applied a top coat.  While the top coat was still wet I applied the half pearls the the center.
I think my thumb turned out the best, I'm rather proud of it. 

So have you tried the one stroke method on your nails yet?  You should, once you get the hang of it, it's not all that difficult. Thanks so much for reading, until next time, have a great one!