Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Flash! Nails

     I just want to post a quick picture today of some nail art I did for my husband's birthday. He is a huge fan of The Flash comics from DC Comics, so I wanted to do something special for him on my nails.
     First, I painted my nails with China Glaze Phat Santa, which is one of the best reds there is. Then, I used white acrylic paint to make the white circle and yellow acrylic paint to make the lightning bolt. I used small art brushes to make this design.

     I was really happy with the way this manicure looked, and my husband loved it! Thanks for reading! ☺

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Candy Lacquer Peyton

     I've got another awesome Etsy nail polish find for you today! I was recently able to buy a few nail polishes from the Etsy shop Candy Lacquer, which has a ton of awesome glitter polishes when the owner re-stocks. I bought Peyton because I love a holographic polish. Peyton is described as a "holographic top coat made with spectraflair pigment." The reason I bought Peyton is because it is a top coat, so I can paint it over any polish and make it holographic!
     This is one coat of Candy Lacquer Peyton over one coat of Wet N Wild Black Creme.
     Check out the photos below...

 Don't pay attention the the paint near the cuticles! This was before clean-up! :)

Look at that linear holographic goodness! 

     I think Peyton is one of my favorite nail polishes to date! Peyton has so many possibilities; I can't wait to try it over different colors. You can find Candy Lacquer polish here. I definitely recommend checking out her shop because she carries very unique glitter polishes. What do you think about Peyton?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

     TGIF! Today I'm going to show you swatches of OPI Just Spotted the Lizard from OPI The Amazing New Spider-man Collection. Just Spotted the Lizard is supposed to be a dupe of Chanel Peridot from last year, and that is the main reason why I wanted OPI's version - because I didn't want to pay $25 for the Chanel version.
     Just Spotted the Lizard is a gold and green duo-chrome that reminds me of a beetle with the different flashes of color. I really loved how the polish looked in the bottle, but it didn't look as gorgeous on my nails.
     Check out the photos below...

I really didn't like how brush strokes were really visible with this polish.

 However, the shift from antique gold to green to (a little) blue is unique and gorgeous.

Ugh, brush strokes! 

Ooooh, bottle pretty! lol

     What do you think about Just Spotted the Lizard? I think I only bought it for the novelty, as I wasn't overly excited about it. I may wear it on my toes soon, thought. Do any other colors from OPI's Spider-man Collection catch your eye?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Whimsical Ideas by Pam Kee Wee

     I recently stumbled up Whimsical Ideas by Pam's nail polish and immediately placed an order with her because of the unique and beautiful glitter polish she makes. Whimsical Ideas by Pam is an Indie brand that is actually not sold on Etsy, but on the Whimsical Ideas by Pam Facebook page. I actually like the fact that Pam sells her polish on Facebook instead of Etsy, because there can be so much drama on Etsy concerning available quantities, crazy store re-stocking events, cart emptying, and the like. What's so nice about Whimsical Ideas by Pam is that you just shoot her an e-mail at, and she will e-mail an invoice back to you, and then you just pay her through Pay-Pal. It's so easy and simple.  I think right now it takes her a couple of days to send you an invoice because she has so many orders, since her nail polish is gaining popularity, but don't fret, she will definitely e-mail you back! You can read all about it on her Facebook page.
     Anyway, I've ordered from her twice, and I got Kee Wee from my most recent order because it looked so fun and Spring-y. Kee Wee is a lime green polish with tiny, silver fleck-glitter, small teal-green glitter, a large and medium sized silver and gold hex-glitter. There is so much going on in this polish!
     I used two coats of Kee Wee over Sally Hansen Limestone, because I didn't know how opaque Kee Wee would be on its own, but now I think I could've just gotten away with Kee Wee by itself! Check out the pictures below...

 In the shade
 Pam includes this cute little black bow on all of her bottles! It's so different and cute! Also, her labels are adorable! 

 In the sun - Get a look at that glitter! 

     So, what do you think of Kee Wee? I definitely recommend checking out her page and taking a look at the polish she makes! I've got more swatches of her polish coming up soon! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

F4Polish Pink Penguin

     Ok, so the people who make and sell Indie nail polish on Etsy right now are really knocking it out of the park with so many beautiful creations! One of the shops on Etsy right now that makes nail polish is f4polish, and the polish is hand-blended by three sisters. Here is a link for their shop - f4polish
     I ordered Pink Penguin because it looked unique from anything else I've seen before. Pink Penguin is described as "a clear base with black and white matte fine glitters and matte pink hex glitters." Matte glitters are so popular in the Indie nail polish world right now because you just can't get them in mail stream lines like OPI and China Glaze. It's also because they're so cool!
     Let me show you some pictures of Pink Penguin:

 The pictures above and below are of two coats of Pink Penguin over Sinful Colors Pink Forever.

 I love the combination of black, pink, and white in this polish! 
 Above is one coat of Pink Penguin over Sinful Colors Pink Forever

 Two coats
 I wish I had used black polish underneath instead so the pink hex glitters would be more obvious!
 With Flash, Two Coats

 With flash, One Coat

     So, what do you think of Pink Penguin? I will say that f4polish has great customer service because after I saw pictures of this polish, I messaged them and asked when it would be available again, and they sent me a message saying they were about to re-list the polish, and if I didn't get one that they would create a custom listing for me. That was pretty nice of them!
     I definitely recommend checking f4polish out!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Fuchsia

     I've been wanting to try Kleancolor nail polish for a while now, and last week I remembered the brand and decided to place an order. I actually found Kleancolor on, and they are only $1.75 plus shipping.
     One of the polishes I bought was Chunky Holo Fuchsia, which is a raspberry jelly with holographic glitter that shifts between purple, green, orange, and yellow. It is really gorgeous in the bottle, so I couldn't wait to wear it.
      I layered two coats of Chunky Holo Fuchsia over two coats of a neon hot pink from Cosmetic Arts that is not named.

 This glitter is gorgeous!
 I would say that these pictures are less than 24 hours later, and my nails are already chipped. :( I'm not sure if it's because of the polish, or because of all the coats.
 Look at the color shift in the bottle. 

 I really wish Cosmetic Arts would name their polish! 

     So what do you think of Chunky Holo Fuchsia? The brush is definitely wide and kind of wonky, but overall, for the price, this is a great glitter top coat. Thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Zoya Tru

     Ok, I'm sorry to swatch and run, but this will be a quick post today because this week has been so busy, and it's not over yet! :p
     So, I received Zoya Tru for free because I had a ton of Birchbox points to use! Tru is a part of the Zoya Spring 2012 True Collection, and the Zoya website describes Tru as a, "saturated, red-toned grape purple with speckled shimmer that reflects gold, orange, and red." That sums Tru up perfectly!
     When I saw swatches of Tru online, I knew I wanted it because of the red tones this polish has, and the shimmer is beautiful. I applied two coats plus top coat and Tru was good to go. :)

 See that shimmer peeking through? :)

What do you think of Tru

Monday, May 7, 2012

Neon Half-Moons AKA How to Extend the Life of Your Manicure :)

     So, neons are everywhere in the fashion/nail polish world right now. Which is precisely why I picked up China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy at Sally's a couple of weeks ago, which I will definitely be reviewing for you in a couple of days. I painted my nails with Flip Flop Fantasy, and after a couple of days wear, it started to chip on my tips. Being particularly busy (lazy lol) that day, I decided that I didn't want to take my polish off and re-paint my nails. So I got out my hole punch reinforcement stickers and China Glaze Liquid Crystal to give myself a neon and glitter half-moon manicure. You can read how I use the hole punch reinforcement stickers here.

     This technique extended my manicure by one day, so I could have more time to do other things. What do you think about this neon mani? Do you have a technique to extend your manicure for when you don't have time to completely re-do it?