Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Friday!

Sorry for the lack of post, but I haven't painted my nails all week.  I actually cut them down since a couple of them broke a little bit.
new length
Here's a picture of the polish & whatnot I've gotten in the last week:
Finger Paints Gourd or Bad?, Fall of Surprises!, Orly So Go-Diva, China Glaze Bond-Tastic, Con-Fused?, Wet n Wild Rock n' Roll, OPI Gone Gonzo!, Wet n Wild Glitz, Ardell fake lashes, China Glaze magnet flat II
The Finger Paints, Orly & China Glaze were all from Sally's (along with the lashes--they were free for buying 2 China Glaze Polishes, maybe I'll use them for Halloween).  The Wet n Wild polish & glitter were from Shop-Ko & the OPI was from Copious.
I also got my Coterie order of MOR body scrub & lotion in Black Currant Iris:
I'm actually going to put the body scrub & lotion up for trade since the scent is too strong for me (I get really bad headaches if lotions & whatnot have too strong of a scent).  Both are brand new, I just unscrewed the lotion to see how strong the scent is.  Send me a message at vdpurington@gmail.com if you're interested.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm (not) a Barbie Girl

Hi all!  How's your week been?  So far it's been cold & rainy here & I think it's going to stay that way for awhile--blah.  Here's the mani I did on Saturday:
I used a coat of Julep base coat & then put on 3 coats of OPI Pink Friday.  Pink Friday isn't my favorite pink & it applies streaky, but after 3 coats it evened out pretty well.  On my ring & middle nails I used OPI I Lily Love You & I like the color the tinted base turns Pink Friday into.  Over the rest of my nails I added a coat of Lush Lacquer Salt n Peppa--this is by far my favorite black & white glitter polish from the ones I own.  The picture does wash the color out a little bit, but I really love this combo (my husband said it's too girly for me, lol).Here's an update of the new polishes I've gotten:
Zoya Jacqueline, Neely, Sharon, Julie, Gie Gie, Piaf, Trixie & Different Dimension Right to Vote
Yes, I have put myself on a bit on a no-buy, but these Zoyas are LE & I had color spoon credits & share the love points that I used.  Right to Vote is a polish that Different Dimension is sending people who send her the proof that they vote (& $4, but that's amazing for an indie!).
**I'm adding Zoya Mikka (along with the color spoon) to my swap list since I just can't get myself to like the color--very vampy & would work great for Halloween/Fall, it's just not for me.  Please contact me if interested.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2fer Friday

I have 2 manis to show you today since I've been lazy & haven't been posting.
First up is a glitter mani that I used the glue base with:
China Glaze Material Girl

China Glaze Material Girl

As stated above I started out with a base coat of Elmer's glue.  I used 2 thin coats & let them dry completely before adding 3 layers of China Glaze Material Girl over it.  Material Girl is a clear base packed with micro rose gold glitter, small rose gold glitter & medium holo glitters.  This polish spread evenly & covers great.  There isn't an over abundance of the holo glitters, but you can see them on the nail & they add dimension to this polish.  I added 2 coats of Seche Vite & waited 2 days before taking this off.  I thought that the glue base would help it come off as well as it did before for me, but this time I only got about 1/2 of each nail off before I gave up & used remover to get the rest.  Not sure why the glue base didn't really work this time, but I will try it again to see if I can get it to work.
My second mani is one that I used my striping tape with:


I started off with 1 coat of LA Colors basecoat topcoat & then added 1 coat of Sinful Colors Island Coral.  After Island Coral dried I cut pieces of striping tape & added them to my nails randomly, not wanting to do a pattern.  Over my ring & middle fingers I added Sinful Colors Olympia & over the other 3 nails Sinful Colors Greek Isles.  I waited a couple of minutes before removing the tape (not long enough for the top color to dry) & then waited a couple minutes more before adding a coat of Seche Vite (not sure why I got bubbles??).  My husband said he really liked the end result even though he doesn't like Island Coral on its own.  I haven't used striping tape in *years*--I need to stop being so lazy & to do manis like this more often (they really don't take very long).  I love these colors together--they're like dusty versions of pastels & I think they work really well for fall.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Feelin' blue

First off I want to show you a picture of the gray mani I showed in my last post:
Sorry it's kind of blurry--I took it outside as the sun was going down, but this is 6+ days later!  Besides where my nails grew & very little tip wear this mani held up like steel, I almost hated taking it off.
My son's soccer team is blue this year (we let him dye his faux hawk blue--it's too cute) so I decided to do a mani in blue for today's game (they lost 3-2, but it was a good game).  I didn't know the exact color of the soccer shirts since they don't get them until right before the first game so I choose to use a blue I hadn't yet:
China Glaze Frostbite, NOPI Make a Comet-ment
I used 2 coats of Julep base coat (in hopes to prevent staining) & then 2 coats of China Glaze Frostbite.  This blue is simply stunning & in person it looks like it glows.  The first coat went on a bit rough (pulling & whatnot), but the second coat smoothed it out.  I used Nicole by OPI Make a Comet-ment as an accent finger.  I put a coat of Seche Vite over everything to help it last (Frostbite really doesn't need it, it dries very shiny).  I love this mani even if Frostbite is a darker blue than my son's team ended up being (next week I'll do a mani with a closer blue).
I finally decided on ordering the Zoya color spoons for the polishes I have (instead of having to swatch them all).  I don't have them all, but here are the ones I did get:
Zoya color spoons (in order I have them stored so the matte colors are at the end/on the right)
If anyone has the following color spoons & don't want them please contact me--Lolly, Loredana, Phoebe, Posh, Savita, Veruschka & Harlow (I don't own the polish, but I WILL some day!).  The others I don't have are either LE colors, not out yet (like Song) or I'll order in the future.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to the '80s

The mani I put on Saturday reminds me of the 80s--let's see if you agree:
I started with Julep base coat & then put on 2 coats of Pure Ice Kiss Me Here--my favorite gray polish (it's the exact color of my bathroom walls).  I added 1 coat of Lush Lacquer Pink Panther over it.  Pink Panther has a mix of pink, black & white matte glitters that are tiny, small, medium & large hex (the tiny pink glitters may be round???).  I love this glitter polish & the fact that you get a lot of glitter on the nail in just 1 coat.  I put 2 coats of Seche Vite over everything & even though it's not 100% smooth the "texture" didn't bother me.  The largest hex glitters (you can see 1 on my middle nail, towards the tip) do stick up a bit, but if your nails are flat (or you can get the glitter on a flat part of your nail) it should be fine.
I really like the combo of this mani & how it looks like paint splatter if you don't look too close.

*I'm putting myself on a no-buy for awhile since I bought so many new polishes in August--I really should use the polishes I have.  If anyone has any polishes (like their own indies) they would like to send me, shoot me an email at vdpurington@gmail.com, haha.