Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holly for the Holidays

Afternoon all! It's closer to December, so here's an early Christmas nail design I came up with! Using China Glaze Angel Wings, Sally Girl Glitter, and a glitter pot from 5 Below, I made this cute holly design! 

This was a super easy design, just a bit time consuming! To start off, I used 2 coats of China Glaze Angel Wings from the Holiday 2012 collection and a coat of Seche Vite.  This is gorgeous. It's a lighter gold with holo glitter scattered throughout. I can't decide if I like this one or Glistening Snow better! 

I pulled out my dotting tool and put 3 dots together for the berries using the cute snowman shaped polish from Sally's called Glitter. Appropriate? YES! Then I put a coat of Seche Vite on top, placed my star glitter for the leaves, and put another coat of Seche Vite on top. The glitter pot is only like $2-$3 at 5 Below, and my nice friend Megan got it for me :) I love this mani. Very Festive! I give this a 8/10 for glitter and a 8/10 for application. Show me your Christmas nail too!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Stars in Her Eyes...

Evening glittery polish lovers! Today I give you something that literally took my breath away. Legit. I  won Lynnderella The Stars in Her Eyes from OhThreeOhFour in a giveaway, and over Sinful Colors Nova, the combination is positively stunning!

Let's get to the how to before I gush shall we? To start off, I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors Nova from the Holiday 2012 collection. This is WOAH. It's a dark blue-black crelly with dark green micro shimmer through out. I can definitely see how it got its name. Nova it is! Here it is with a coat of Seche Vite on top! This is a tiny galaxy in itself!

Now to The Stars in Her Eyes. OMG. This is my favorite Lynn yet! This is just 1 coat! The formula was extremely workable, and I didn't have any challenging application at all! The Stars in Her Eyes is glittery awesomeness! There are small holo stars, the occasional big holo star (I got one on my pointer!), holo hexes, glowing blue glitter similar to the Bride of Franken, and lots of rainbow dust!

This is glorious. I feel like I have a galaxy or a night sky on my nails. The best night sky ever! Challenging application? Please Lynn don't kill yourself. This was perfect. The glitter in it is phenomenal.  I'm totally in love. With a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite, my nails are smooth and shiny! 10/10 for glitter and 9/10 for application! Woooooo!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Happiness is a Buff and Shine Away!

Evening glittery polish lovers! As I have finally gotten into nail care, I thought I'd take a break from glitter polish for a day (gasp!), and show you guys a little how to in nail care! First of all, I apologize for my stained nails. The brush on my base coat broke, so I didn't wear one for a few weeks. I have a new one though, so hopefully the stains go away with soaking and base coats! Now to the awesome ASP Miracle Buff and Shine Block from Sally's! Here's the before picture.

Look at those ridgy, not shiny nails! Gosh! So here's how you get those nails less ridgy, more shiny, and primed for polish application! Use the gray side (which is 600 grit) to buff your nails. This smooths them to take away some of those ridges, and this makes polish application easier! I go back and forth along the entire nail for about 10-20 seconds. Then use the white side (4000 grit) to shine your nails up! I feel like if it squeaks, you know it's working! I do about 15-30 seconds depending on the shine I want. And then boom!

Look at that shine! I think my nails even look a bit pinker. Now if I could just get rid of those stains ;) The shine lasted about 2 days, and my nails were wonderfully smooth to the touch. I'm definitely gonna buff and shine my nails more often. It also makes your polish go on so much easier! This is only $2.19 with your Sally Beauty club card, so get it while you can!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Link, The Hero of Time

Evening glittery Black Friday goers! Have you found some awesome sales? Bought some awesome polish? Well if you haven't, you should check out more of the Hylian Hero Collection from Lucky 13 Lacquer! Tonight I give you Link over Harvest Moon!

To create a great base for Link, I decided to use Harvest Moon, a lighter brown with golden undertones and micro shimmer from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection. I used about 1 and a half coats for this, just to fill in the bald spots. I was too lazy to do 2 XD

Now for Link, the reason for the Hylian Hero Collection! This polish definitely shows off the Hero of Time. Blue hexes for his eyes, yellow hexes for his hair, and green hexes for his popular green outfit. The formula for this one was also pretty good. Not to thick and not to thin. And one coat of Seche Vite was all I needed to smooth everything out :) Now brown is not my normal color (to perhaps bring to mind Epona, Link's trusty steed), but with this polish I'm in love! 10/10 for glitter and 8/10 for application hands down!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Starchild on the Catwalk

Happy Thanksgiving glittery polish lovers! I hope all of you are spending your day with some family, friends, and polish! For today's mani, I have more sparkle times 100, just for Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for my freedom to wear my nails how I please, so here's some sparkle and glitter!

To start this awesomeness off, I used 2 coats of Color Club Catwalk Queen. It was very streaky on the first coat, but the second coat smoothed it out and brought out the shimmer and shine!  This is a very dark purple, almost black in some light, with lighter purple micro shimmer throughout. This is gorgeous, and it's a great purple to add to my collection of polishes I could wear for Stockata events!

Then I used about 2 coats of Barielle Starchild with a coat of Seche Vite on top to complete this glitter bomb look! I LOVE Starchild. More than Picture Polish Glitter Ball (which I swapped).  This polish has various sized holo silver hex glitters. YESSS. My mom even wants a bottle for Christmas! I just kept staring at my nails. Then here's a secret...I used a coat of Yellow Stopper from Sally's under this mani, and the next day I was able to peel it off in one go! No acetone! No foil! Just peels off easily. There will be a post on this soon! And obviously this mani is a 10/10 for glitter! :D

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Stockata, the Mani of the Fall 2012 Concert

As you ladies know, last night was the Fall concert for my all female a cappella group, Stockata. As our colors are purple and black, and because I am known as 'The Glitter Queen' or 'Sparkles,' I had to have both glitter in my outfit and on my nails! A while ago, I worked with Sabrina from Black Cat Lacquer to make a custom bottle of polish called Stockata to remind me of my group. What better way to rock Give Your Heart a Break on stage than with this awesome polish? Here's one lovely coat over Avon's Starry Sky with a coat of Seche Vite on top :)

This made me sooo happy. Stockata is easy to work with (not too thick or goopy at all), and is gorgeous! It has medium and small dark purple and black hexes, pale purple dot glitters, and white stars, since we are also nicknamed the Rising Stars as the newbie group (we're just a year and a half old!).  This polish represents us so well, and it even has our name on it! I love Sabrina for making it. She even made a few extra, so I gave mine to our old president and got myself another. There's nothing like this at all! 10/10 for glitter and an 8/10 for application!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Teal and Holo and Shimmer, Oh My!

Afternoon glittery polish lovers! Since today is my Gospel Choir concert and our colors this semester are teal and grey, I'd offer up my teal mani for you guys to enjoy! :D

To begin this simple mani off, I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors Rise and Shine. It's a blue-green teal that  has subtle silver and blue-green micro shimmer, and the polish dries to a somewhat rubbery finish. I'm not a fan though, so I knew I had to change it up a bit.

I got out one of my lemmings. The awesome China Glaze Fairy dust, which is a gorgeous shimmery silver and holo top coat. It was a bit thicker than the spectraflair holo top coat I have, but my the results are stunning. And the holo doesn't look 'dirty' when not in sunlight all the time, for there is silver glitter in there too. I love this! I can't wait to show these babies off on stage :) I give this a 8/10 for glitter and a 9/10 for application.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's American Flag

Even though Veteran's Day is Nov 11, my college had events today. Since Stockata is a part of Stockton A Cappella, some of us from each group sang. Because we have to wear all black to look professional (along with a glittery scarf of course ;) he he), I knew I had to do my nails for the event. My dad is a veteran of Iraq after! So after a very long time, I made new American Flag nails much better than the ones I did in my first ever blog post here. Enjoy!

I was so happy with these, and EVERYONE loved these. To start this off, I used 3 coats of China Glaze's Glistening Snow from the Holiday 2012 collection with a coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out. I got it for $4 in a box with Angel Wings and oddly enough a shot glass. Well now I have a place to water marble! Anywho, this polish had beautiful snow coverage in the 3 coats, and was a gorgeous silver polish with holo glitter throughout. Just gorgeous!  I blurred it to show the holoness!

Now to make my flags, I taped off part of my nails and used a coat of OPI The Flowers are Blue-Ming, along with a striper brush using Avon Ruby Slipper for the stripes. Then I dabbed on some top coat to make the silver stars stick. Then I finished with some Seche Vite. I'm so proud of these! I'm a total patriot of this country, and I thank our veterans for doing what they do! This is so a 10/10 for glitter people ;)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Some Red Fishnets If You Please

Heyyyyyy glittery ladies! Hope all goes well in the worlds of glitter and polish! Sorry I've been a little postless this week. Camera problems and total swampage! I'm still wearing this mani as well. I need to redo my nails! Anywho, I decided to try some more designs with my striping brush, so I created what I believe to be some red fishnet stockings! 

To start this beauty off, I used 2 coats of Avon's Ruby Slipper that's been newly reformulated. It's an even truer red with silver and dark red micro shimmer! After that dried, I just drew some intersecting lines and bam! Instant red fishnets.  The lady at the polling booth on election day loved my nails and couldn't believe I did them myself or that I spent so long on them. Good to know they love them! This is def a 6/10 for glitter and a 7/10 for application. This is super easy, and I plan to do it again with other colors!

It looks like a red orange without flash eh? Still nice!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sally Hansen HD Color Swatches Part 1

Afternoon glittery polish lovers! So I realized I have 7 of the SH HD Color polishes they discontinued. You've seen Resolution in my Triforce mani way back when, and now I think it's time to share the rest with you! Let's start this party off!


Here's the first and perhaps my least favorite, 3 coats of Spectrum. I feel like this was the sheerest of the bunch. I could have put on 4 coats, but I just didn't have the time. However, there were pink/blue-green glass flecks in it. Not bad. Seemed like a light blue duochrome effect here.  And a blue-green base to pull it all together. This one may end up in the swap pile.

Here are 3 buttery coats of Hue. Yup. Butter. That's what it reminded me of lol I actually liked this one. It didn't have as much shimmer as the others, but the medium yellow color along with the silver shimmer was nice. This one really showed its brush strokes though!

And here are 3 coats of Laser, my fave of the bunch, with a nice coat of Seche Vite for keeps! I'm still wearing it ;) This one was a very nicely pigmented dark blue with what seemed to be lighter blue and some purple glass flecks. Might even be some red in there! This one also had more of a purply duochrome to it too. This one is for keeps. Definitely! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Guest Post!

Hey ppssssst. Remember my blogger friend Christina from Adventures in Polishland? Well over the summer she asked for people to guest blog for her, since law school (and now the silly hurricane!) take up time from her blogging. Well I submitted a post for her, and it's live! Why not head over there to check it out and say hello? :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The World's Fair

Afternoon glittery polish lovers! A little while ago, I got a message from one Delusional Polish, asking me to promote her polish. Well I did! Her indies were so pretty! I of course, had no money because of my car at that point. Well this sweet lady, Jen, who makes Delusional Polish actually sent me a free bottle to review! Can you believe that? My first review polish! And it is gorgeous! Here is World's Fair over Deborah Lippman Pearly Queen :)

Let's get to this glitteriness shall we? To start this delicate glitter mani off, I used 4 (yes 4!) coats of Deborah Lippman's Pearly Queen to reach full opacity. It was so worth it! I got it for just $6 in a blog sale, and I was going to use it in all it's glory! It kinda looks like an Avon polish I have, so dupe post eventually! Anyhow, this polish is just so pearly! It's a shimmery pearl with blue-green duo chrome. Love this! :)

Now to the awesome. I love this stuff. 2 coats of World's Fair. Now I love glitter bombs, but this wasn't a total glitter bomb. This was a delicate sprinkling of glitter that looked gorgeous on my nails. There wasn't too much or too little, it was just right! Worlds Fair went on like a dream. Smooth. It has little green and gold dot glitters, small silver squares, silver diamonds (eeeep diamonds!), and medium blue hexes. This wasn't gritty at all either! It only needed one coat of Seche Vite to be smooth to the touch. I love this. It's gorgeous. It's delicate. I may wear it again in the winter! Jen's polish will definitely be one I will turn to when I finally start getting some extra cash! :) I give this a 9/10 for application and a 8/10 for glitter.

Want some Delusional Polish? They're $8 a bottle. Go!

*This polish was sent for me to review. All opinions are mine alone*

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tape It Up!

Evening glittery polish lovers! So a few days ago, I did my first real tape mani. I say real, because the first time I did one, it was with cheapo polish before I could really apply polish or knew what the heck I was doing. So here's my little mani using Zoya Roxy and Avon Speed Dry Polish in Strawberry!

So to start this off, I borrowed a polish I got my mom for her birthday, since her name is Roxanne. The purple/magenta glittery goodness that is Zoya Roxy. I used 2 coats. The problem I had with this is that it dried matte, so it was drying fast and a bit of a pain to apply. Cleanup was terrible on this. At least my mom likes it! This is as close to real life as I could get the picture to be. To me it's a magenta crelly base with dark purple glitter in it. Seemed like a good idea in the bottle, but not so much on the nail. 

After I let this dry for about 20 minutes (I was too scared to do this any sooner!), I went and put the tape wear I wanted it for the triangles, used one coat of the Avon polish, waited 20 seconds, and ripped the tape off. I bumped a few fingers, but I still like the way it came out. A coat of Seche Vite brought it all together. I can't wait to try another one of these with some different polish! I give this a 8/10 for glitter and a 5/10 for application. This does take patience folks!