Monday, January 31, 2011

NOTD: Orly Out of This World + m78

It will come as no surprise that I love this masterpiece, Orly Out of This World, all on it's own:
But for the 2nd day I wanted to add a little something, so I stamped with China Glaze Emotion & Konad image plate m78 - I wasn't totally happy with the double-stamping, but it's OK.  Still, next time I use this design, I would put it flush with the end of my nail, and put the seam towards the cuticle, then I would only have to add more hearts & not line anything up :

& oh yes, I see that at 95% you all overwhelmingly want to see a top 20 list for 2010!  Your wish is my command ... uhm, eventually =)  Hopefully sometime this week, but I'm still playing so much catchup ... I mean, here it's the end of January, and I never even got around to doing the December slideshow yet.  But I did get a Valentine's look in!  Stay tuned for red & white hearts tomorrow, or sneak a peek of the tutorial over on YouTube.
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TOTD: Claire's Homecoming Queen

Claire's Homecoming Queen is a bit brushstroke-y, but all the way down on my toes I don't mind too much:

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Being A Responsible Adult ...

...which entails, among other things, doing my taxes rather than blogging, since I did get the final piece of paperwork I was waiting for on Friday.  So that's out of the way & a huge weight off my shoulders, but it took up a good chunk of my weekend.
One of the things I wanted to do was get the top 20 manis of 2010 done, since January is over like, tomorrow.  I'm rather irked that we're moving into the 2nd month of 2011 & I never even got around to writing down my resolutions LOL. Where has January gone?!  Anyway, I'm going to stick up a poll, in the right sidebar - just take a minute & let me know if you are still interested to see it?
Thanks for reading.


Saturday, January 29, 2011

NOTD: Sally Hansen Starry, Starry Flight + m63

I forgot I had a hair appointment on Thurs & got home late ... then of course was at the grandparent's on Friday ... and slept in ridiculously late today.  Tomorrow I'm going to try & squeeze in my taxes, so I thought I better do some posting tonight!
Sally Hansen Starry, Starry Flight is from the Complete Salon Manicure line:
Really nice silver with fine glitter, after I wore it alone for a day I added some stamping with China Glaze Harmony & Konad image plate m63.  I wasn't thrilled with this ... for some reason I always think I'm going to love the houndstooth pattern, and then when I get it on my nails I feel all disillusioned LOL:

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Long Day & Toe-less Socks

Just a quick post ... I wore the Purple Fanatic marble for several days, so I'm not actually that far behind, but I was just too tired after work today to put together much of a post.  So I thought I would just post this up for you guys for a laugh.
I purchased some pedi socks a while ago, basically they're just little tubes that leave the end of your foot out, but they're thin material & don't really even cover the whole foot, so in winter they didn't work as well as I'd hoped ... so I took out a pair of my toe-socks & went at them with a pair of scissors XD  Here's a look at my much warmer custom pedi socks:
Matching the polish to the purple stripes was not intentional LOL. 
Real posting should resume hopefully tomorrow.  I'll have some real pics of this pedi, a mani, and several January hauls including today's trip to Ulta - 20% entire order coupon on the website right now IF you didn't know =)
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Friday, January 21, 2011

NOTD: Purple Fanatic Water Marble + Tutorial

I am super in love with this marble.  I don't usually use this many colors all at once because it's a challenge to find so many that work together, but I was patient & eventually found 5 shades that played nice together:
I used Milani Cloud 9, Zoya Zara, OPI Purple With a Purpose, China Glaze Coconut Kiss & China Glaze Let's Groove:

Here are my favorite nails, left thumb, left middle (which is my favorite overall, perfectly how I wanted the design on there), right thumb & right index (which I actually like because it's so different from the other nails):
Of course here is the tutorial - big number 100!  Wow, I never thought I would have this many vids =)
I'd like to make this a series, doing some other marbles with several different shades of the same color.  I've got some Valentine's ideas to get through, so not exactly sure when I'll get back to revisit the idea, but I'm kind of looking forward to doing 5 shades of blue, red - all the colors really.
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Revlon Perplex $1.00 @ Big Lots

You heard me right:
I got myself 2 more backup bottles.  I love this color so much.  They had 2 full 8-bottle displays (for those of you in MN, this was the St. Louis Park store).  If you've been looking for this color & have a Big Lots near your, I'd say it's worth a trip.  I got some other Revlon polishes also, have a much bigger haul post coming up this weekend so stay tuned for that =)
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

NOTD: China Glaze Sugar Plums

Very pretty color, not that pretty of a manicure.  Even with 2 coats of Seche this polish had a gritty finish, not what I expected from something with such minimal glitter.  Still pretty, although the holo shows much more in the bottle than on the nail; just I tend to kind on feel my nails throughout the day - and I didn't enjoy them feeling textured rather than smooth.  You don't notice it much or really at all in pics - from the holiday collection, this is China Glaze Sugar Plums:

I don't normally tease you guys ... but I am so in love I can't resist.  Here is a tiny peek, just one nail, from my current mani:

The tutorial for this is going to be my 100th vid on YouTube - I wanted to do something gorgeous & purple & I'm very happy with the results.  I'm still trying to come up with a good name for it that conveys the full awesomeness, but I plan to get the rest of the pics & the video edited tomorrow night, so stay tuned for a full post =)  Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

NOTD: Maybelline Gray-T-Glamour + bm03 Pink Flowers

Trying not to fall behind!  LOL I don't know why it's so hard for me some days ... this was my mani on Monday - Maybelline Gray-T-Glamour stamped with China Glaze Emotion & Bundle Monster image plate bm03 & a rhinestone on top:

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Monday, January 17, 2011

NOTD: Aqua Swirls Drag Marble + Tutorial

Still playing a bit of catchup - although I had this one on quite a while, from Thursday through most of the weekend.  Base color is BB Couture Hangover Blues, marbled with BB Couture Blue Bahama:
My favorite nails, left pinky, left ring & right pinky:

& here is the tutorial:
Thanks for reading =)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

NOTD: Mauve French Tip Swirls & A Belated 2nd Blogiversary

So.... like last year I have managed to miss my blog's anniversary!  I see 2 years was on the 14th, Friday ... I have even less excuse this year than last, it didn't even occur to me until just now - I looked & saw I was late.  Maybe 3rd time will be the charm next year LOL?
For the nails I have Wednesday's mani, another drag marble - I used OPI Plum Full of Cheer as the base colors, and 2 dots each on the tips of OPI Meet Me on the Star Ferry & OPI Fit For a Queensland:
Here are my favorite nails:

I just had to buy extra Picasa storage to show these to you guys too!  That's been on my to-do list since the beginning of the year, but my awesome powers of procrastination put it off.  Thanks for reading =)
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