Saturday, September 15, 2012

NOTD: Girl on Fire Water Marble + Tutorial

This was my favorite design from Water Marble March, and I did in fact have it on my nails when I went to see the movie =)  & if you somehow still have not heard about the Hunger Games ... well, what rock have you been under LOL?

I started this manicure with a base of Orly Crush on You with a coat of the glitter Icing Pumpkin on top.  Since the colors I marbled with were mostly jellies, the glitter sparkled through a little & really brought the fire to life.  Marbling is done with Crush on You as well as Orly Ma Cherie & Liquid Vinyl - somehow although I had this on for around a week it appears I didn't get any natural lamp pictures but I think the rest do it pretty good justice:

Favorite flame-like nails:

And of course here is the tutorial:

Did you see the movie & have you read the books?  I try not to think too much about the next movie because it's so far off, but really I can't wait!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Guest NOTD: China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (+ Sponged Glitter Tips)

Mom is also a Hunger Games fan - so of course she wanted to try some of the colors I had from the Hunger Games collection =) These pictures don't quite do justice to the hidden teal shimmer, but here she is with China Glaze Smoke & Ashes:

I think this is probably the darkest color she's ever worn on it's own.  After a few days she covered up the tip wear by sponging with ... something.  Probably China Glaze Dorothy Who? although I could be wrong LOL - but it was a blue glitter & it was pretty awesome:

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

NOTD: Capitol Couture Water Marble + Tutorial

Another Hunger Games inspired manicure, this one using polish from China Glaze's Capitol Colors collection.  The base color is Fast Track, then marbling is done with Fast Track, Hook and Line, & Smoke and Ashes:

I got really well positioned dips with this marble & had a ton of favorite nails:

And of course here is the tutorial:

Thanks for reading =)


Saturday, September 8, 2012

NOTD: Bumblebee Water Marble + Tutorial

This water marble has, for some reason, become one of my most popular on YouTube.  I swear I can not figure out what will be a breakout hit - some of my  most favorite are only middling performers, others that I didn't think anything special draw in millions of views.  The next-highest vid from Water Marble March (which is the Four Leaf Clover marble, if you're interested) only has a bit over 300k views while this one is at 1.2 million & going strong.  Not that I'm complaining, mind, but my favorite from that month was hands down my my Girl on Fire marble (which is 2 manicures down the road, so you will see it soon!) & it hasn't even hit 200k.  More proof, if any was necessary, that I guess my style does not always line up with everyone else's style =)  & that's perfectly fine LOL.

Anyway - on to the actual manicure.  Base color is China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, marbling done with HGL & China Glaze Liquid Leather:

I know some people find the stripe design just a bit tricky - it's really very similar to chevrons, but very tight & instead of drawing straight across you want to go just a bit backward & this should help to straighten out the lines if that makes sense.

Here's the tutorial:

Still 3 more manicures from Water Marble March ... and then we'll be moving on to Nail Art April, which started with another water marble LOL.

Thanks for reading.


Monday, September 3, 2012

The Haul Post

Usually for hauls I'll do a vid, and then I'll do some close-up pics with whatever info I forgot to mention in the vid - because no matter how thorough I think I'm being I always forget something. But most of these I never got around to bottle pics, or if I did I never go around to editing them, and at this point I don't think I'm going to ... so if you're interested to see any of these polishes before they get full manicure posts, the vids are it ... pick & choose as you will because there are kind of a lot LOL.  I've also included the related swatch videos and/or polish in motion vids that I've finished, although there are others I still would like to do.

This vid is mainly on the China Glaze Prismatic Chroma Glitter collection - I still haven't gotten around to swatching the Nabis that I mention at the end:

Big Lots is of course one of my favorite places for discounted polish, and I really enjoyed getting these glitters from Michael's - even though so far all I've done is gaze adoringly at them:

The gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS Layla Hologram effect polishes:

If you do want to see more of that awesomeness I've got 4 polish in motions so far, for Flash Black, Ocean Rush, and Jade Groove & Mercury Twilight which are quite similar -  full posts for these still upcoming:

I always look forward to Zoya's Earth Day sale - I'm already looking forward to the next one LOL although I'm sure there will be other good sales before then =)

A few colors from the OPI Spiderman collection:

Many  of you probably already know that Just Spotted the Lizard is a dupe for Chanel Peridot:

A gigantic Big Lots haul of Revlon polishes, along with a decent serving of DSW's Anise brand:

My first haul of the initial 5 Orly Flash Glam FX glitters:

Another bucketful of glitter, this batch from the Dollar Tree:

My unexpected birthday haul including the Essie Mirror Metallic collection:

Revlon's Moon Candy flakies from Walgreens:

And swatches - so hard to capture flakies on camera but I tried:

And to end on a bang, the crown jewel of all these hauls as well as my most recent (well, except for the ones I just bought & haven't recorded yet!), my prize for winning Orly's Flash Glam FX contest - the entire 22 glitters, plus the Fired Up collection - awesomeness, awesomeness & more awesomeness:

I've done polish in motion vids for Sunglasses at Night & Be Brave, as well as 2 swatch videos on these so far - and I would like to do another set of swatches, with no base and/or complimentary base colors.  Not sure when that will happen but coming eventually =)

So, that's it ... for now ;)

Thanks for reading.

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