Saturday, October 30, 2010

OPI Flit A Bit for Halloween

I just wanted to show you something I did for Halloween!

OPI Flit A Bit, overcast

I love how even though its a grey-grey day, Flit a Bit still shows up a rich orange!Flit a Bit is from OPI's 2010 Summer Flutter collection. Three coats plus Poshe and the nail art was done with Konad special polish in black and white using the Bundle Monster plates (BM13, to be exact). See you all next time!

Water Marbling - Attempt #2

I don't know if any of you recall my first attempt, but it was *meh*. I think I did a bit better this time.

Next time I'll work on consistency of design. This time I was just trying to not make a mess!

My base color was the Claire's Mood Polish Peaceful/Confident. I wanted to keep it simple so I only used two colors for the marble part, OPI Ski Teal We Drop and Wet n Wild Black Creme.

Overall, water marbling is pretty fun! The main thing is to make sure you're prepared before you start. Don't have your fingers in the water and realize you don't have something to swirl the extra polish away at hand! If you want to learn how to water marble, My Simple Little Pleasures is a great blog to study. Colette creates fabulous designs and posts great video tutorials on how to do them yourself. Check it out!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

OPI Show It and Glow It!

A quickie post before I'm off to work! My dear, darling brother assisted me in getting an order from Transdesign without it costing me ridiculous amounts of money. *love him to bits*

OPI Show It and Glow It!, morning sun

This was actually from last week, I just haven't had time to edit pictures. Two coats of Show It and Glow It! over OPI Red My Fortune Cookie (I couldn't be bothered to take it off in my excitement to try out the new glitter baby, lol). Application was decent (hey, it's a glitter) giving sufficient coverage in two coats. If I didn't have a base color underneath, I think I would have used three coats.

How did I like it? Outdoors Show It and Glow It! is wonderfully sparkly. Indoors, I wasn't as pleased. The different colors of glitter didn't seem to work as well together and the sparkle was much diminished. However I have to add I'm basing this on where I spent most of my time while I was wearing Show It and Glow It!, which was at work under blah-blah fluorescent lights. Indoors at home had a nice subtle shimmer. So your mileage may vary. I also think a different base color (or none) will affect the overall result. The red creme probably wasn't providing the proper contrast. I will definitely be giving Show It and Glow It! another try. (After I try my other new polishes, of course!)

Next time: water marbling, yay!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Revlon Glitter Winner!

The entries were written out (I don't know what possessed me to do it by hand!) and placed in a box. *No nail polishes were harmed during this procedure...just evicted for a little while.

I mixed them all up...(eek! hairy arm alert!)

...reached in while 5 pairs of kitty eyes watched intently...

..and drew out a name!

Congratulations to Chaosbutterfly (aka Chi-Chi of The Phalanges Files)! I've sent you an email, so check your inbox!

A big thank you to all of you who entered! This was such fun I already have an idea for another giveaway simmering. Next time: glittery goodness...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Contest Winner to Be Announced Soon

Well the entries are all in and I'm prepping them all up to have a winner drawn! Hopefully sometime today, but definitely tomorrow if the work schedule gets rough. (Gah, I'm sooo excited! Isn't that silly?)

In other news, I just read that Ange of Scandalously Polished found a dupe for MAC's Bad Fairy. You can read about it here. I am completely thrilled! Now I have a second option to hunt down. I've been wanting Bad Fairy, but was irritated by my local Macy's MAC counter. Story time (you can skip, its not really relevant):

So being so busy at work I almost missed the release date. I wasn't expecting to miraculously find Bad Fairy, but the day before release I had a few minutes on my lunch break and so I stopped at Macy's to see if they had come in yet since sometimes we get things very late. The guy who was working the counter told me that they had got them in but they wouldn't be selling them until the next day. (I know that, that's not what I had asked.) Then he informed me that they were told no presales. (Insert faint glimmer of hope here.) So I asked him if there was any way something could be held until my lunch break the next day since I only wanted one bottle of nail polish. He replied "Oh no, the nail polishes are all sold already. Nail polish always sells out fast." Wait, what? Didn't he just tell me they weren't doing presales? *sigh* I just thanked him and left. Did I completely miss something? (Probably yes, lol) The whole encounter frustrated me for days. To know there's a dupe out there makes it better.

Anyhow, keep watching! A winner to announce and at least two more polishes have been photographed and sit on the editing table as I type!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

OPI Red My Fortune Cookie

Today is the last day to enter the Revlon Glitter giveaway! I can hardly wait to pull a name. Until then, nail of the day time! From the Hong Kong Collection, OPI Red My Fortune Cookie...

Bright morning sun

From another angle

The color is richer than the picture shows. I think the sky was reflecting off my topcoat too much and caused the color to appear washed out. Red My Fortune Cookie is a beautiful red creme, but hardly unique. Still, if you're looking for a good red, this one applied well and required only two coats.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pure Ice Purple Reign

First things first, let's go straight to the picture.

Pure Ice Purple Reign, crack-of-dawn sun

I was freezing my tushie off when I took this picture. It's a whole different kind of awesome being up that early and having Popsicle toes. I can't swear by color accuracy in this photo because I'm working on someone else's computer, but I believe it's pretty close, maybe a shade darker due to the early morning light.

Oh you want the technical details! Let's see, for the base I used Nail Tek Foundation II, then two coats of Purple Reign (Yes, that is one coat on my pinky. No, I don't know where my brain was.) and topped it all off with a nice coat of Poshe. Application was fairly easy, uneven on the first coat but filling in nicely on the second coat. Who am I kidding, I'd love this even if it was a pain to apply. I adore that coppery shimmer. Go buy it. You know you want to.

Okay, now I want to apologize for abruptly going missing. (And while I have a contest going, sheesh!) A lot of things happened at once with work and cars and hubby and I watching two different houses for friends on vacation (at one point simultaneously) as well as trying to keep our own house and critters cared for, among other things. I sort of shut down inside in self-defense and let go completely of all things Internet-related. (Boy oh boy, did I miss reading up on my favorite blogs. I have a lot of catching up to do). Things are turning around though and even the supposedly "temporary" work situation may be resolved soon. So, watch for my next post and don't forget to enter the Revlon Glitter giveaway if you haven't already!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Icing Purple-A-Licious

Some days I hate work. And generally I love my job. I get to play with books all day. But it's only Wednesday morning and all I can think about is how long Friday is taking to get here. The supposedly temporary (since March) job assignment is stretching on with no end in sight. Luckily I have a hobby to distract me! (lol)

Icing Purple-A-Licious, overcast

Mmmm, don't you love purple? Purple-A-Licious was opaque in two coats. This swatch was done with no base or top coat and it dried in thirty minutes. I ended up adding a top coat and wearing it for several days before I had any tipwear.

Icing Purple-A-Licious, overcast

I do love Icing nail polishes. So rarely has one disappointed me. At first I thought this was going to be a purple creme, but was pleasantly surprised by the subtle shimmer. The clock is telling me I need to get dressed for work. Bah. I do have one bright spot to look forward to! My brother has mailed me a box of lovelies to play with. They should be arriving any day now! Oh, and don't forget you can enter my giveaway here! Last day to enter is October 24, 2010.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Revlon Glitter Giveaway

I promised a giveaway last month and finally it's here! Now this is just a little giveaway but the opportunity presented itself to pick up the the recently released limited edition Revlon glitter top coats and I thought I'd share them with one of you!

Well, its not the most color-accurate picture in the world (the sun was just coming up) but you get the idea, hehe. =) Okay, rules...hmm. Yes, this is open internationally. *prays this won't break my wallet, lol* Giveaway ends midnight HST October 24, 2010.

To enter fill out the form below with the following information:

.....Your name and email address (1 entry)

You can earn bonus entries by entering in the correct spaces:

.....If you follow with Google Friend Connect, you GFC name. (1 bonus entry)

.....The name of your favorite polish of all time (because I'm curious). (1 bonus entry)

So that's it! Good luck!

Edit: I didn't realize until after I posted that the form would be so large. Sorry! I don't know how to fix that. If you can't get the form to work properly, you can leave your answers in a comment on this post.