Sunday, January 29, 2012

Icing Magnetix Nail Polish

Warning: Pic Heavy! ☺
     Today I'm going to show you swatches of one of the new Icing Magnetix colors I picked up last week! I had seen swatches of these online, and since China Glaze hasn't released their collection in stores yet, I wanted to give these a try. 
     The first polish I'm going to show you is a dusty, pink and purple metallic with magenta shimmer running through it. You can find these at Icing stores, and they are normally 'buy one, get one half off.' What's kind of lame about this collection, though, is that there aren't any names for these colors. :(

     Basically, the premise of magnetic polish is that you paint your nails with the color, and then, while the polish is still wet, you hold the magnet really close to your nail without touching it. The magnet forms a design in the nail polish as you hold it to your nail. It definitely takes a little practice. I'm not going to lie, I had to do a whole hand over because I kept accidentally touching the magnet to my nail and ruining my polish. ☺
      With the Icing polish, there are two different ways to hold the magnet to your nail, therefore you can get two different designs, depending on the way you hold the magnet. You can see the first design in the first picture, and the second design in the picture above.

      The outer cap comes off with the magnet on the top, making it much easier to use, rather that having the magnet attached to the brush.
     You can see in the picture above that there are two different ways to hold the magnet to your nail, with the two plastic props you can set against your cuticle so that the magnet won't touch your nail.

      The outer cap comes with instructions on how to use the polish.

      I definitely like the design above better, after taking these pictures, I re-painted my other hand with this design.

 This design reminds me of shark gill slits. Yikes.

     So, what do you think about magnetic nail polish? Do you think it's unique, or will you pass on it? I like it so far, and I can't wait to try other colors and brands!

Friday, January 27, 2012

China Glaze Electropop Bottle Shots!

     China Glaze's Spring 2012 collection is called Electropop, and it is made of up of pastel cremes and bright, happy colors. This collection has really made me look forward to upcoming 2012 collections, and brought me out of wearing a lot of dark colors that I wear during the Fall and Winter.
     Here are the first four colors I have from this collection. From left to right:

Gothic Lolita, Wicked Style, Aquadelic, and Techno
 Aren't they gorgeous?

I still have my eye on Electric Beat.
What do you think? Any of these colors get your attention?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

OPI Nicki Minaj Fly

     To be honest, when I first started seeing swatches of OPI's Nicki Minaj collection, I didn't really see one that I had my eye on. It wasn't until I saw a picture of it on this blog that I knew I had to have it. So I promptly called my local JC Penney Salon because I hadn't seen the collection at Ulta, yet, and lucky me, they were two dollars off each. ☺
     Fly is such a gorgeous, dusty, teal creme that leans a little more blue. Fly reminds me of western clothing and deep turquoise jewelry. It's fun without being too bright, and this color and China Glaze's Electro Pop collection has brought me out of the vampy colors of Fall and Winter.
       The pictures make Fly look a little bit lighter than in real life. Fly is just a tad darker, deeper teal.
 I love the duskiness of this color.
 Do you love this color yet?
Fly was just two effortless coats.
     Fly just may be my favorite color of 2012, so far. I know it won't keep that title for long...have you SEEN OPI's Holland collection that's coming up? Look at OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam here. So gorgeous!
     So, what do you think of Fly? Love it, or leave it?
     Thank you for reading!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Phat Santa Candy Cane Stripes

 In today's post I'm going to show you a candy cane manicure I did around Christmas. I used two coats of China Glaze Phat Santa, which is a beautiful blue-based red. I had this color on for a few days by itself before I added the accent nail, so you'll notice a little tip-wear in the photos. For the candy cane stripes I used  the Sinful Colors nail art polishes (the skinny bottles with the long, narrow brush) in white and silver glitter.

I had previously gotten a pedicure with candy cane stripes, so here was the inspiration:
Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Red and White Polka Dots

Hello, everyone! I have a polka dot mani to show you guys today. I had seen a lot of dotted manicures around the web, and while I have tried to make dots with a nail polish brush before, they just didn't come out completely round. So I finally went to Sephora and bought a dotting tool (My husband said, "A what tool?" lol) for about $7, and I love it so much I pretty much carry it around with my day-to-day emergency nail tools.
First, I painted my nails with one of my favorite reds, Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby. I painted an accent nail on my ring finger with Sinful Colors Snow Me White. Ruby Ruby flows great, but Snow Me White was patchy and reminded me a little of white-out, but that was the only white polish I had on hand. I then took my dotting tool and used white acrylic paint that I bought at Wal-Mart and dotted white on the red. I then dotted red acrylic paint on the white accent nail, but it looked too orange to me, so I went over the red dots with a red glitter. A little bling and some dots. ^_^
 Please excuse the dry hands and the pen marks, I was at work when I took these photos. ☺
So, what do you think? Do you like polka dot manicures? Have you ever used a dotting tool? 

Wet N Wild Color Icon Bottle Shots!

Here is a bottle shot of the Wet N Wild Color Icon glitter collection! I found these at Walgreens, hopefully there are some bottles left so you can check these pretties out!