Happy Halloween! How did everyone spend their day today? I relaxed at home with my hubby and we got our favorite snacks and watched a few movies. We decided to watch at least one scary movie and my hubby decided on Sinister. It was good--scary, but not too scary. Not like that terrifying movie The Conjuring that took me a long time to get over because I'm a huge scaredy cat. Here's my Halloween mani that I actually wore a couple weeks ago. I used OPI DS Luxurious and stamped using BM 413 in Konad Black. My ring and pinky have OPI Liquid Sand Emotions. I really loved the black Liquid Sand polish from OPI's 2013 Mariah Carey Holiday Collection. I can see myself using it a lot!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Happy Saturday! Wow this week felt super long! Today I'm relaxing and swatching away. Today I have a mani I wore 2 weeks ago to a wedding and it matched my dress perfectly. I used China Glaze High Hopes and stamped using MoYou London Pro 02 XL in Essie Good as Gold. The glitter is OPI All Sparkly and Gold from the 2013 Mariah Carey Holiday collection--I actually got all 18 polishes from the collection and I really love the ones I've tried so far. You'll be seeing me use them in my upcoming posts. This is one of my favorite manis I've done in awhile! I was a bit hesitant to use this image because placement is crucial. Luckily I topcoated before I stamped and I was able to get the placement right on my 2nd attempt on each nail. How do you guys fix a stamping boo boo?
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Hi friends! I am supposed to be doing my research paper that's due tomorrow, but it's really hard to focus when you have new stamping plates and naked nails! Today I have new Halloween themed stamping plates from Bunny Nails. They're plates HD-C and HD-D and they have tons of designs on each one. Each plate measures 14.5 x 9.5 cm and full nail designs are 2 x 2.5 cm. I added my scans of the plates below. Click to enlarge so you can see all of the cool designs up close. I already did 2 manicures using these plates!
Here I used OPI My Vampire is Buff and stamped using HD-C in OPI Skyfall and Konad Black. I loooove how it turned out! I can also see myself using the background splatters a lot to do a mess free splatter or water-spotted mani.
Here I used China Glaze Liquid Leather, Color Club Almost Famous, China Glaze Igniting Love, and Color Club Puccilicious and stamped using both HD-C and HD-D in Konad Princess Apple Green and Konad Black. How cute are these?!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first tried the plates out because this was my first time trying Bunny Nail's stamping plates, but I was pleasantly surprised and 100% satisfied with these. There is a wide range of images and themes on the plates that I wish Halloween was just a little further away so I could have more time to play with them. I had no issues picking up or transferring any of the images. You could purchase each plate here for $16.99 with free worldwide shipping on HD plates.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Here it is warm...
Here's a collage of the full transition.
I didn't expect to like it this much since I rarely wear blue polish, but it's just so gorgeous! Thermal polish is becoming so popular now with indie brands. Have you tried thermal polish yet and how do you like it? You can purchase Nightcrawler here.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Happy Friday! Today I have more indie polishes to show you that I received from Color4Nails. Glam Polish is an indie polish brand from Australia that I've been really wanting to try and I'm glad I finally got the chance. Both are shown with topcoat.
Here's Eeny Meeny Miny Moe--3 coats. So cute and girly and I'm happy it built up nicely for full coverage. It's like a glitter sandwich in a bottle!
Twister--2 coats over OPI Incognito in Sausalito. So much color, shape, and size variety in this one.
I mentioned it was my first time trying Glam Polish and I'm really impressed with both of them. Nice formula, brushes, and application. Both of these polishes are available here from Color4Nails.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
King Slayer--2 coats. Navy to purple duochrome. Super hard to capture the color shift so I had to use my phone and try a million different lighting settings!
Sapphires of Tarth--3 coats. Another lovely duochrome that was super hard to capture. Teal to purple duochrome.
High Garden--3 coats. Thermal polish. Here it is cool.
High Garden in transition.
House Arryn--3 coats over a white base. Thermal polish. Here it is warm. It's very sheer and white undies are a must on this one.
House Arryn--in transition.
Arya Stark--3 coats. Thermal/holo polish. Here it is warm.
Arya Stark--in transition.
These polishes should be available any day now from Color4Nails on their website here. For more info on purchasing and availability check out their FB page here.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Happy Humpday! Today I have a swatch of a limited edition thermal polish from Polished by KPT. This one is called Life in Pink and it's inspired by October birthstones Opal and Tourmaline. I think she captured the beauty of both gemstones perfectly in this polish. Here it is at 3 coats with topcoat.
Here's what it looks like when warm..
...and here it is cold.
If you're in the UK you can purchase this polish here and if you're anywhere else check out Polished by KPT's page here.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Happy Saturday! Quick post because I should be getting ready for a friend's wedding today. Here's a mani I wore last week for a whole 5 days! I loved how it turned out. I used OPI I'm Feeling Sashy and stamped using MoYou London Pro 03 XL in OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest. I love how you can see the beautiful sparkle in the stamp! Also, the base color I'm Feeling Sashy is one of the new polishes from OPI's 2013 Miss Universe collection and how gorgeous is it?! I don't think I own anything like it. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Hey beauties! Today I have some Color Secrets Pro swatches I meant to post a few months back, but I split my 2013 nail folder in two and I completely forgot about it. The 2 polishes I have are from Color Secrets Pro Summer Radiance Collection. I am new to this brand, but I was really looking forward to trying the polishes out because the colors are fun, bright, and named after movies. I loooove movies and have a big blu-ray collection so the movie name thing got me even more excited. Let's take a look at the swatches!
Freaky Friday--3 coats plus topcoat. I really love colors like this, but they're so hard for me to capture! I had to use my phone to get these color accurate pics. This one dries matte so it needs careful application. Dry time was fast. My brush had some extra long strands and I had to trim them. I don't really like having to do that, but I had no application issues after trimming them.
Great Expectations--3 coats plus topcoat. The color is quite nice, but the formula was super thick and made application difficult. I had to use 3 coats for it to level out. The brush was fine on this one.
Overall the colors were both lovely, but the wonky brush on one and thick formula on the other made my experience so-so. You can purchase Color Secrets Pro polishes here for $4.99 each. Orders $35 and up ship for free.
Hi friends! Quick post today. Here's a mani I wore a few weeks back to the Eyes On Indie Nail party. For the gradient I used China Glaze Surreal Appeal, Essie Play Date, and Color Club Age of Aquarius and stamped using Cheeky Jumbo C in Konad Black. My ring and pinky finger have China Glaze Liquid Leather. I wanted to do nails to match my shirt that day and they came out perfectly. I love it when that happens!