Thursday, August 30, 2012

Busy Bee!

Oh my, I am missing my little blog!  I have been so busy with work work work that I haven't had time to post.   I had a pretty good haul the other week of some new Essence lovelies (new colors, bottles and brushes!),  the new Misa collection for fall called Wanderlust, and a few from the China Glaze New Bohemian collection - all of which I'm just dying to try on and share here on my little neck of the web.  I'm hoping to get some time on Labor Day to play nail dress up and catch up.  Ya'll come back now, ya hear?

Until then, enjoy the last holiday weekend of the summer and this picture of my cat, Sady.   ☺

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Essie's Penny Talk

Essie recently released a line of metallics and I thought they were all pretty "meh" except for this bad boy
Penny Talk, which I picked up at my neighborhood Walgreens.  This is the first true copper metallic polish in my nail polish stash and it is a stunner, in my opinion.
It's a copper that is shiny and as true to the color of a brand new penny as it could possible be.  I know.  I compared. I think these picture below look ok, but I can tell you it's much prettier in person.

For these photos  I used a base of Bonder, 2 coats of Penny Talk and SV to top it off.  Now, keep in mind metallics can be tricky.  They dry really fast and tend to streak, so if you don't load your brush enough it can be a problem, but if you load it too much that can also cause issues as well.  I had to do my index finger twice because when I went in with the 2nd coat my brush didn't have enough color on it and it cause these ugly drag lines and we couldn't have that.  So it was just a little bit of trouble for a whole lot of pay off.

Here ya go:

The one thing I'm really bad at when blogging about nail polish is remembering to make a mental note of how much I paid for it.  I believe this was $8.00 at Walgreens, but don't hold me to that number.  

So what do you think?  Are you digging the copper? What's your favorite color to wear when it comes to metallic polish?  If you would like to see the other colors in the line you can check them out on Essie's website.  

Until next time ☺

Sunday, August 5, 2012

China Glaze Electric Beat Dot Mani

I'm really digging the whole dot manicure thing and trying to get the most out of all the nail polish I have and my tools.  The payoff is so good for such little effort.

I had picked up China Glaze Electric Beat at Sally's because it was on clearance and loved it so much, I couldn't bear to take it off, but at the same time I was getting bored.  So I figured the best was to get some freshness and added longevity to Electric Beat was to go dot.

I used Electric Beat as my base.

such a preeeetty blue!

Then picked out a few colors in my stash that I thought would compliment it. 

OPI DS Coronation, Revlon Blue Lagoon, CG Electric Beat, Butter London Victoriana

I used a piece of foil and folded it in half to make it a little more stiff and dropped a pool of the first color I was going to use, which was Blue Lagoon.  I dotted all my nails using the same polish keeping in mind the design I wanted and then let dry.  I keep a cotton ball with acetone on it in the corner of my foil to wipe the tips of my dotting tools so that they don't get globby.  If the pool of polish starts to dry, I just drop another little pool on the foil.  I noticed that applying the dots with the "side" of the tool vs straight down on the tip seems to be more effective in getting a nice dot shape.

Then I switched to Victoriana and finally Coronation.  I let everything dry completely before apply a topped of SV.  

Hope you like it.  
Until next time.  ☺

Nails Inc Sprinkles Collection - Pudding Lane

So I thought that Sweets Way won the race in the Nail Inc Sprinkles Collection, but I was wrong, VERY wrong.  Pudding Lane is AWESOME!  It is so stunning - I can't stop looking at my nails!  Let's see what you think.
Per, Pudding lane is described as "teal with navy and gold sprinkles".

Let me warn you, the brush for this polish is very thick so you think you're going to have a hard time with the application, but it really wasn't too bad.  I was able to control things fairly well.  For this manicure, I used  my Orly Bonder base, 2 coats of Pudding Lane and 2 coats of SV on top to smooth it all out.  I'm on my 4th day with this manicure and it's still holding strong - Next to no tip wear at all.  

My boss told me it reminded her of the pools at Hearst Castle.  I agree!

photo from

So has Pudding Lane convinced you that you NEED a new nail polish and this is the one your gonna get?  You can find the Nails Inc Sprinkles Collection at Sephora or Nails Inc for $9.50 a pop.

Until next time.  ☺