Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NOTD: Ulta Love My Blackberry + Finger Paints Flecked

Time flies - as those of you who follow my other blog know, I recently got promoted at work & while it hasn't been a huge change, it's been enough that I feel justified placing the blame for my hiatus there =)

Anyway, you'll remember I just finished procrastinating my way through 2011, this is the actual beginning of my 2012 manicures.  I started off with a base color of Ulta Love My Blackberry, a lush vampy purple:

Then I topped it with Finger Paints Flecked, from the Special Effects collection & fell in love:

Of course it was gorgeous with some Matte Magic too:

Here's a look in motion:

I'm really going to try & make time to get caught up here on the blog.  But a lot of responsible-type things still to do also, like my taxes (blech).

Thanks for reading.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

China Glaze Magnetix Collection & Swatches (& the Rest of my Huge Nailogy Haul)

I need to put myself on a no-buy ... soon LOL.  But probably not until after I snag some colors from the Hunger Games collection =)  I placed a rather large order from Nailogy after I saw the China Glaze Magnetix collection swatched on The Nailphile.

So hard to resist filling up the cart to get free shipping =)  The original reason for the order was obviously the China Glaze Magnetix collection:

Attraction, Drawn to You, Instant Chemistry, Pull Me Close, Cling On, You Move Me.

Here are the Essie colors that I picked up:

& finally the Color Club colors:

Top:  Glitter Envy & Wink, Wink, Twinkle (from the Starry Temptress collection).  Middle:  Alter Ego (from the Alter Ego collection), Nouveau Vintage (from the Back to Boho collection) & Cold Metal (from the Foiled collection).  Bottom:  Sugar Plum Fairy, Beyond the Mistletoe & Holiday Splendor (from the Beyond the Mistletoe collection).

Here are all of the colors from the Magnetix collection swatched with all 3 of the magnets:

And here are some close up shots:

I don't feel like I'm getting quite as much done this weekend as last, but still - some progress is better than none =)

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

... I guess LOL.  You want to know what single people call Valentine's Day?  Tuesday.  *rimshot*

Joking aside, still playing catchup, and as I mention in my last vlog I started my "new" postion yesterday (basically my same job but with some additional responsibilities & a new title).  So for now you can amuse yourself if you want with my Valentine's playlist:

If you are someone's Valentine then I hope they hook you up!  & if you're single like me - well, hang in there.  It will be over tomorrow =)  

Thanks for reading.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Zoya Fleck Effects Matte-ified

Just a quick supplemental swatch vid, with a look at these lovely Zoya Fleck Effect flakies with some matte top coat added:

Thanks for reading =)


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Haul & Swatches - Icing & Claire's Magnetix, Glitter Crackles, Etc

This is around hmm, probably half the hauling I've done lately LOL.  I'll be posting up the other half, which is mainly an order from Nailogy, a little later.

Here's a closer look at the Icing polishes:

Pink, Blue & Silver Magnetix & Purple Glitter Crackle.  I really don't like that Icing doesn't name any of their polishes that have effects.

From Claire's:

Gold Magnetix, Fuchsia & Turquoise Glitter Crackle, & Night Sky - which did in fact turn out to be a dupe for Icing Epic Winning, as you can see in the swatch vid below.

From Hot Topic:

Warpaint Beauty matte top coat Mattify & glow in the dark Glow Turq.

The China Glaze Ulta Exclusive Holiday colors I was so thrilled to find:

Fireside Glow, Ultamate Holiday & Mistletoe Me.

Zoyas - my 2 free bottles & my 2 clearance bottles:

And those that I only had one of each brand:

OPI DS Temptation, Nails Inc magnetic Whitehall, Sephora by OPI Blasted Opalescent Gold, Barielle Pink Sherbert,  Wet n Wild Disturbia (which had something of an accident when I was marbling with it LOL - right into the cup so that's why it's go pink all over).

Lastly (for now), here's a look at a comparison of Night Sky & Epic Winning, swatches of all the Magnetix, and swatches of the glitter crackles:

Thanks for reading =)


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Guest NOTD: Ulta Smoke Screen

Not only behind with my own NOTDs, but also Mom's.  This is perhaps the most demure of her NOTDs lately that I have pics of - Ulta Smoke Screen:

Thanks for reading =)


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

NOTD: The Evolution of Revlon Dreamer

I was on such a roll yesterday with getting things done, and videos edited, and just as I turned my attention towards this post - the power went out =(  The electrician was working the bathroom, lord knows why my room had to be turned off for the process.  But I am trying to keep momentum & so I'm finishing this today =)  It is my last manicure from 2011

Revlon Dreamer is a perfectly nice blue all on its own:

But I wanted to add some shimmer & I'd just picked up the Special Effects collection, so I added a coat of Finger Paints Motley.  It added a tiny bit of shimmer.  The shade pic shows it best, a lot of the day it was, like in the other pics, nearly invisible:

Without time to fully changed it, I tried one more time for bling, bringing out the big guns - Essie Shine of the Times (aka the easiest to find dupe for Hidden Treasure).  And I finally got my sparkles, lots of them - you can also still see the blue glimmers of Motley underneath in a few shots:

Here's a look in motion:

Yay!  OK, so I know it's February, but I've just been busy.  I am so freaking glad to be ... well, obviously not caught up, but at least operating in the right year LOL.  

Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Friday I'm in Love

Well, I decided that I see no reason not to spread this YouTube-wide collab throughout the blogosphere as well.  Robinmoses & ProfessionalDQ organized one for winter/Christmas that turned out wonderful & as you may have guessed by the title, this one is for Valentine's Day.  Check out Robin's video:

So if you're a blogger join in!  Even if you're not, join in & feel free to share pictures on my Facebook fan page =)  Spread the nail art love this Valentine's!

Thanks for reading.

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