Friday, June 29, 2012

Pure Ice: Five Shades of Grey

I may be the only one who has not heard of the novel Fifty Shades of Grey. It was not until seeing a press release from Pure Ice offering us their five shades of grey that I looked it up. Since I prefer for my blog to be nail polish related, I will leave the topic of the book for another day and instead show you the five shades of gray from Pure Ice...

A densely packed silver glitter in a clear base. It has almost full nail coverage in three coats and any missed spots are hardly seen with all that sparkle. The photos don't accurately convey just how shiny and glittery this really is. A gorgeous polish that can be worn either alone or used in small doses for nail art. This is three coats with a top coat, originally swatched here...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spoiled - Are Mermaids Real Stamped

About a month ago I won a giveaway from DaschiaBeautyShop's Facebook page. The prize included a Big SdP-O plate, an XL big stamper and two plastic scrapers. I'm so excited about the prize and have been dreaming up manicures to create while wishing for more time to play with them. This is the first (sort of) manicure that I created with the plate...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Stamping: Goth with Zoya Dovima

It is hard to believe that today is once again time for the Sunday Stamping challenge in the group Adventures in Stamping. This week the challenge is a goth manicure in honor of a fellow group member. I really couldn't pass up the chance to do something outside of my comfort zone and I quite like the result. Hope I'm not insulting anyone :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Post on Refined and Polished

Today I'm so excited to be guest posting on Refined and Polished! I may not be refined, but I'm certainly polished, so head on over to Refined and Polished to check out the details on this jelly glitter sandwich :)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Layering Experiment: Sally Hansen Resolution with Sinful Colors Cinderella

Often when I am trying to find the right color for a manicure, I layer potential candidates over an existing manicure just to see the color. It is not often that I find a combination that I choose to wear as a full manicure. Such was the case when I was trying to find a color to match my dress last week. I ended up using a different green for my emerald manicure, but thought I would show you this pretty combo today.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Anyone else find this cute/funny?

I just thought this was too funny not to buy and share with you. I was a Big Lots a few days ago and they had a ton of Revlon Polishes in stock... something strange though. Anyone else catch it? A whole bunch of the bottles in the packages have Rite Aid price and yellow clearance stickers on them... Good to know they didn't even care enough to remove them ;)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday Stamping with Glitter for Father's Day

I'm pretty sure there are not too many (any?) fathers regularly reading this blog, but since it is Father's Day in the US, I would like to say Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dad's out there!

In addition to being Father's Day, it is also Sunday Stamping in Adventures in Stamping with the challenge today being a stamped manicure with glitter. I wanted to create something that both fit the challenge as well as Father's Day. Picking out the glitter polish took more thought than usual since we all know that most dads love anything nothing with glitter...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Colorama Absinto Cowgirls Up...

I think I may have really lost it when naming this post. In any case, today I wanted to show you another Brazilian polish that I got in a swap with Fran of Francirocks. This is Colorama Absinto. According to Google translator, Absinto means Absinthe which is a green aromatic liqueur. I tend to picture Absinthe much brighter and greener, but I'm no liqueur expert so we'll leave it at that.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Green with Envy over the Budda-Ful Silver Mercedes

Today I want to show you a manicure that I have been wearing all weekend long. I created it to match an emerald green taffeta dress which I wore to my cousin's birthday party. I tried quite a few of the dark green polishes in my stash, but none of them matched the iridescent look of taffeta. Instead of using as single polish, I ended up layering Barielle Budda-Ful* over Ulta Green With Envy. The combination of the two polishes was the perfect fit for what I wanted, mimicking the iridescent look.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ludurana Acqualux Watermelon

Every time I looked down at my Ludurana Acqualux manicure that I have been wearing for the past two days, I was picturing watermelons. Something about the little black glitter speckled throughout the redish orange base that said I had to try this summery manicure. It was intended to be just a "test" that I ended up really liking, so please forgive the sloppiness.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Ludurana - Acqualux

The month of June is usually a hectic one for me and this one is starting out with a bang. Most of it is good, including out of town family that I'm always excited to see and birthday parties galore. There are four birthdays (including mine) within the next few weeks in my close family. Weekends and free time are hard to come by. What it means is that I have had close to zero time and energy for nail art, but it doesn't meant that I can't enjoy lovely colors such as this on their own...

This is Ludurana Acqualux, a polish I got in a swap with Fran of Francirocks. We agreed on polishes to swap and then each of us threw in a few more just for fun. Acqualux is one that I got as a surprise. It is not something I would have picked out myself, but it it is just what I needed on a gray and gloomy day such as today.

Monday, June 4, 2012

OPI Nail Apps Day 7

When I posted my review of the OPI Nail Apps Parisian, I mentioned that I would update every few days to show how they are holding up. That didn't quite happen as planned since there wasn't anything to show. I diligently took photos every days, but unless you interested in seeing how my nails grow (ie the Nail Apps getting further away from the cuticles), there was essentially no change.

This is what the my nails look like this morning, Day 7.
There is the expected growth away from the cuticles...

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