29 October 2012

25 October 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Mani

As I'm sure everyone knows, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is something that hits home because a couple of women on my husband's side of the family were diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though I have "mosquito bites," I still try to do self exams frequently.

I really wanted to do a mani for BCA and actually had one done the other night, but something went awry and the next morning, I was able to peel off the entire layer of nail polish :\

So I made it my mission to figure out what I was doing wrong when it came to doing my nails. Last night, I Googled nail clean up tutorials and came across a lot of useful ones that also explained other things when it came to manicures. I realized I was using too small of an angled brush to do my clean up with and that it's easier to clean up after applying the first coat of polish. And I have to say, I love the results of cleaning up as you go!

I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors Boom Boom, which is a beautiful dark pink. I can't tell if it's a jelly or a cream, though. On my ring finger I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and stamped with BM 321 using Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Hot Magenta. I was having issues with the image transferring from the plate to the stamper, so I had to freehand the rest of the ribbons. Topped everything off with a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust and was good to go! I used Seche Vite for the topcoat.

I love how much nicer my nails look after being properly cleaned up <3

24 October 2012

September/October Haul

Here are some of my most recent acquisitions.. lol. Most of these were from before I got fired from my most recent job :\

The Temptress' Touch and The Temptress' Power from the Loreal Limited Edition Project Runway Collection 2012 (The Seductive Temptress). I really want to get the other 5 nail polishes from this entire collection! Moving on! The entire Wet n Wild Pick Your Poison Collection (Deadly Dose, Poison Ivy, Lethal Injection, Root of All Evil, Toxic Apple, and Venomous Vixen); the rest of the Metallics Collection from Sinful Colors (Zincing of You, Super Nova, and Heavy Metal); Avante Green and Metal Icon from the Maybelline Limited Edition Fall 2012 Collection.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Lava and Scarab

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pink Satin, Revlon Top Speed Royal, and Essie Luxeffects Stroke of Brilliance

Sinful Colors Rainstorm

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Black Platinum, Shrimply Devine, Purple Pulse, and Plum Luck (just an FYI! Apparently Sally Hansen is reformulating the CSMs and Walgreens has them clearanced for less than $2! I've been to about 5 Walgreens here and all of them were wiped out of all the awesome colors.

Boho Gold from the Maybelline Limited Edition Fall 2012 Collection (straggler at the bottom of my purse!)

Sally Beauty haul during a clearance event and using the October coupon: From the China Glaze Fall 2012 On Safari Collection: I Herd That, Call of the Wild, Mahogany Magic, and Kalahari Kiss; Fairy Dust; and from the Halloween 2012 Wicked Collection: Make a Spectacle, Roguish Red, Glitter Goblin, Bizarre Blurple, and Ghoulish Glow

Hard Candy Matte Top Coat

Charm Your Nails Frozen Rain and Instant Gratification

06 October 2012

Glitter Overload!

Our local Meijer had the Sally Hansen Lustre Shine polishes for way less than everyone else is selling them for, so I went ahead and picked up a couple that really caught my eye.

Lava is a gorgeous, GORGEOUS reddish-orange-pink multichrome that is just to die for!! There is just no describing this color!! I would definitely recommend picking this up, but wait for a sale or if you have a Meijer in your area, it's $2-3 less than Walgreens. These bottles are small and $9 a bottle is ridiculous!

 Of course, I had to add some bling to it! I used 3 coats of Lava. You could possibly get away with one coat, but I was having issues with it not applying evenly and having bald spots, so I did 3 coats. Added 2 coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Strobe Light and Sally Hansen Gem Crush Razzle Dazzler. Between base coats, polishes, quick dry top coats, I had applied 8 layers :|


Jelly Sandwich With Zoya Frida

I was super duper excited when I got Zoya Frida from Copious (if you haven't discovered Copious, what are you waiting for?!). I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, which is why I got it in the first place! :D

I present to you.. Zoya Frida and OPI Pirouette My Whistle :D 2 coats of Zoya Frida, 2 coats of PMW, and 1 coat of Zoya Friday. Perfect for fall!!

Maybelline Color Show Avante Green

(09/22/2012) I was finally able to find and pick up a couple of polishes from the Maybelline Color Show LE Fall 2012 Collection. It's been a long time since I've worn just one polish on my fingers! :)

Here is Avante Green. Beautiful, beautiful color, but a pain in the rear to apply! This was about 2.5 coats. The first coat didn't apply evenly, a second coat left some balding, so a semi-third coat was needed for full coverage. I got a lot of compliments on this polish! And a lot of people asking if my nails were real :P There are tons of pictures, so beware!!