Just a Quick Reminder

My Wicked Sweet Mystery First Blogoversary giveaway closes tomorrow at 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time so be sure to get those entries in while you can. You can clickety-click here or click the picture at the top of my right hand column to travel to my giveaway post to enter. :)

Now to go find out why I suddenly don't have a Twitter button. Hmmm... The link still works. The button, however is gone. Weird.

Update: Yay! Found a new one. And it works and it was easy-peasy. I love copy/paste/click. Even this 'puter dummy can do it. :D

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

Well. I finally got my latest manicure off my poor nails. Gah! I had to do robo fingers and soak them for a long time to get them clean. The glitter wasn't too much of a problem. It was that polish. Nicole By OPI No Limits. That shit didn't want to let go. I still have stains of blue, here and there. I loved that colour but it just isn't worth the huge pain in the ass it is to remove. I seriously doubt I will ever use it again.

To recover from the horror that was removal of that last polish, I applied Color Club Incognito from their Spring Alter Ego Keep it Under Cover collection. Incognito is a gentle, soft, slightly rosy toned nude jelly. I applied three coats and topped it with Seche Vite.

These photographs were taken outdoors in very cloudy daylight. This time of year, thanks to the Monsoon sunshine is a little hard to come by.

Color Club Incognito has a nice, smooth formula that applied easily and didn't give me all that much trouble. I had little cleanup and it dried quickly and shiny. This polish is a jelly and is a bit sheer. Even after three coats I have some VNL. I could have gotten it opaque with a fourth coat or underwear, but since VNL doesn't really bother me, I just let it be good as is.

It just occurred to me that I tend to swing wildly in my polish colour choices. One day, I will rock something deep and vampy then turn around and wear a soft, pale polish the next. I never know what I am going to wear on my nails. But I am willing to try just about anything. Some work. Some don't. It is always fun to experiment and see what I will like.

So, what'chu think about soft, neutral, nude polishes? Like them? Have no use for them? Do tell.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble.


Hello gentle readers.

Today I decided to have a little fun with my nails and tried some sponging. My Nicole By OPI No Limits manicure was still in nearly perfect condition. I have to hand it to this polish, it is a long lasting polish. After four days, I had nearly no tip wear, no chips. Next time I need to apply a polish that has to stay intact for a long time, I know which one to reach for, fo shizz. :)

So, anyhoozle, I sponged some silver Funky Fingers polish onto my nails with a cut up makeup sponge then I sponged over that some Wet-N-Wild Dasher, a fine holo glitter, much like China Glaze Fairy Dust. Then I sponged on Wet-N-Wild Dancer, a silver hex glitter. Lessons learned, sponging with polish, good. Sponging with glitters, bad. Cleaning up the inevitable mess on the skin is a screaming bitch when it is comprised of glitters. Gah! Next time I try this, I will just apply the glitter from the bottle with the brush.

I am not overly impressed with the job I did on this manicure. It isn't awful. It is okay. I need to work on sponging a bit more, as I think I got the silver a bit too thick... I topped this manicure with Poshe` after I did the best I could to clean up my mess.

There was not much sun and for some reason, my camera refuses to behave in macro and I apologize for the shit photograph.

Okay, so... What do you think? Am I living in a fantasy world thinking that I could maybe do gradient and sponging? lol

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Pink Wednesday Manicure of Memory

Hello gentle readers. How is everyone today?

I don't have time to change my polish and I have just a couple of minutes to post so I thought that I would share a favourite manicure from last year for today's Pink Wednesday post. This is OPI I'm India Mood For Love, one of my all time favourite pink polishes. This was, if I remember correctly, three coats topped with Seche Vite.

Later, I topped this manicure with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure and another coat of Seche Vite. I loved this manicure. A lot. :D

Okay, I need to run. Thank you for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble. :D

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. Happy Monday! Wheeeee! The best day of the week! *Not!*

Today's manicure is something I wasn't planning on doing. I had decided to paint a neon over the OPI Alpine Snow I was wearing but when I got out of the shower, I noticed a big, honking chip on my right middle finger nail so, I had to change my polish. Oh vell. I can do neon another day.

I was sifting through my untried polishes and came across a polish I received in a Freecycle haul a while back. This is Nicole by OPI in No Limits. An inky cobalt blue jelly. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite. I like this polish. A lot. Sadly, there is no sunshine, today so I wasn't able to show you that it is, indeed blue. It looks nearly black in these photographs. But in person and in the sun (there were a few rays that disappeared before I got a chance to get my camera up and running) it is distinctly blue.

I have been lemming Illamasqua Propaganda for a long time. That deep, cobalt blue jelly had me by the mind and wouldn't let me go. But, I believe that lemming has died. I think, from the photographs I have seen of it, that No Limits is very similar to if not a dupe for Propaganda. And, since my chances of ever laying my hands on Propaganda are slim to none, I can be perfectly content with Nicole by OPI No Limits. :)

Photographs! :D

I wish that the sun had peeked out from the Monsoon clouds so that you could see just how gorge this polish really is. 

No Limits is an intensely pigmented cobalt blue jelly. It is silky and applies nicely. It is easy to control, but it must be applied with plenty of polish on the brush and done fast and smooth. This polish doesn't like to be over worked. If you even try it will streak and it will drag. I applied two coats. The first one was a little streaky and uneven but the second coat made it all opaque and smooth and even. Seche Vite just put the polish (so to speak... har-har) on it. Dry time for this polish is pretty decent. It dries fairly shiny and very squishy. Seche Vite just upped that delicious squish factor. 

A word of warning; this polish is, as I said earlier, intensely pigmented. You need to be very careful about how you apply this stuff. If you get careless and let your cuticles get flooded, it will stain. Instantly. If you look carefully, you will see the stain from where I got careless and allowed this stuff to pool on my middle finger cuticle. This polish isn't anything to be afraid of, you just need to be careful with it, unless you have a hidden desire to look like a Smurf. Speaking of which... I wonder what removal of this polish will be like? 

I think that this polish is still available... If I remember correctly I saw it at my local Target the last time I trolled the Nicole by OPI shelves. You can also check online to see if you can find it. If you like inky jelly polishes, this one might be just your thing. 

What do you think of this polish? Own it? Love it? Did it turn you into a Smurf? Do tell. :D

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great afternoon and may your polish never bubble. 

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have for you a bright, pure white polish. OPI Alpine Snow. Two coats topped with Seche Vite to be smooth and opaque. I don't usually wear solid white nails but I like this look. It is very clean and crisp and makes my hands look tan and Summery.

These photographs were taken in sun. The last one in shade. Look how bright and crisp this stuff is.

OPI Alpine Snow is astonishingly lovely polish for a white creme. The formula was really smooth, not gloopy, gummy or stringy. It applied easily and didn't try to run or pool. It was a little streaky on the first coat but smoothed out very nicely on the second coat. There is a little streakiness on a few of my nails thanks to my ridges but unless you invade my space, grab my hand and stick my nails right up under your nose you aren't going to see it. And, if you do those things, you will draw back a bloody stump, making my minor polish streaks the least of your worries. *evil grin*

Topping this polish with Seche Vite killed any under the surface bubbles and smoothed any uneven surfaces. Dry time was halfway decent. I am still flabbergasted at how nice this white creme polish is. My prior experiences with white polishes had just about soured me on them, completely. They were rubbery, gummy, stringy, super, duper streaky and just a nightmare to deal with. If you need a nice white polish for under neons, as a base for nail art, or to just rock crisp, white nails, I can heartily recommend OPI Alpine Snow.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have yourself a terrific evening, stay cool and may your polish never bubble.

Tag... Would You Rather?

Hello gentle readers. Is everyone else melting like I am? I know that there are areas of the country that are experiencing Arizona-like temperatures. Hang in there... I know it is rough. Stay indoors with the A/C and fans as much as you can, drink lots of water, wear light coloured, loose fitting natural fabric clothing and do as much as you can early in the morning or after sunset. Hopefully the heatwaves will break, soon.

 I have been seeing this Q&A on some blogs and on YouTube and I finally decided to go ahead and do it.

This one is called Would You Rather...

1. Would you rather lose your lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras, eyeliners or all of your eye shadows and palettes?

I would have to say, eye shadows and palettes. I can always use bronzers, blushes, highlighter and so forth as shadow and liner. My peepers can't go out the door without mascara! 

2. Would you rather chop off all of your hair and not be able to grow it or never be able to cut it, again?

Definitely never be able to cut it, again. I am a true blue longhair and to have to chop off my hair and not be able to grow it back out would just break my little heart.

3. Would you rather only have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

Pink. Coral is nice and I wear it now and then but I wear pink more often.

4. If you had $1,000 to spend would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Definitely makeup. I am in the throes of a big weight loss, it makes absolutely no sense to spend that much on clothes that I won't be wearing for long. Besides, a grand for makeup? Hellz yeah!

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eye liner or eye liner as lipstick?

What the fuck kind of sick, jacked up question is that? lol Neither would work! But, if pressed, I guess lipstick as eye liner. *shudder* Just imagine the transfer and running and goop around your eyes. But carbon black or espresso brown lips just wouldn't work for me. :p

6. Would you rather only be able to shop at Sephora or MAC?

Sephora. While I am sure that MAC is lovely stuff (I couldn't say for certain, as I don't any makeup by that brand) Sephora has a huge selection of brands and items. I am all about variety. 

7. Would you rather wear only one eye shadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?

Lip colour. No question. I need to be able to switch it up on my eyes. 

8. Would you rather wear Winter clothes in Summer or Summer clothes in Winter?

Hello! I live in Arizona. Granted, I reside higher up but it still gets hotter than the devil's ass crack around here this time of year. I can always layer up lighter weight garments to stay warm but it would be a little tough to avoid heatstroke in wool sweaters and fleeces. 

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year around?

I guess dark... Almost all colours come in dark versions, so I could still enjoy a decent variety of colours.

10. Would you rather give up your favourite eye product or your favourite lip product?

Lip product, I guess. Carmex is the only lip product that keeps my lips from drying up and falling off my face but I can use regular old Vaseline in it's place. My favourite mascara is not going anywhere! 

11. Would you rather be able to only wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

Messy bun. I wear my hair up in a bun most of the time, anyway so, yeah. A bun. 

12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss?

Buh-bye lip gloss. There are things I can substitute for you. I won't give up my nail polish!

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or Sharpie them in, every day?

Ha! This one hits a little close to home. When I was a child I was in an accident and lost an eyebrow. My doctor warned my mother that the brow might not grow back at all. It did, but it came back in all kinds of messed up. The only way for me to have two brows that, while not a perfect, symmetrical match at least look as if they might belong on the same face is to pluck them both down to practically nothing and re form them with prow powder and gel. Yes, I have to wear drawn on brows. :p

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

Seriously? Gah! I guess... Nail polish. This face doesn't leave my house (except when I go out to exercise, of course) without makeup. Hell, I usually wear it when I am just hanging around the house, too. Can't live without it. I would just have to keep my nails short and buffed and bare. 

If you are reading this and want to do it, consider yourself officially tagged. I can't wait to read your answers to these questions.

And, time for a bonus LOL Cat! :D

Have a great night, everyone! And do the tag, mmmkaay?


Hello gentle readers. Howz tricks? Everyone well?

Today I have a quick swatch to show you. This is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails in Ice Queen. Yeah... I suppose you can guess why I bought this one. 'Cause I gotta tell ya, not loving it all that much. I had a clone of this one. A glitter polish by N.Y.C. Can't remember the name of the wretched thing. I frankened it. I wasn't all that in love with it, either. It is better in a franken. This one may follow it. I have to tell you, it's only redeeming value is the pretty blue and lavender sequins in it. Too bad they are too frakking sparse to make much of an impression. The nasty, thick, gloppy glitter suspension base makes for not smooth, not terribly shiny.

Yeah. I am just hanging on to it because of the name. Otherwise... Curtains.

Two coats over Wet -n-Wild black creme. Blech. Whatever. 

This is where I usually do my review shtick. I already skewered this one so... My work here is done. :D ^^

Do you own this glitter? Think that you might want to? Or did I scare you off? 

Thank you for popping in. Have a terrific evening and may your polish never bubble. 

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink. Well... Sorta

Hello gentle readers. Today is Pink Wednesday and I decided to wear a pink-ish polish. OPI DS Signature. Yes, I know that it isn't technically pink-pink. More a rosy-mauve. But I think it orbits close enough to the Pink Universe to qualify. And, since my nails are as long as they are going to get, I wanted to rock this polish and really enjoy the rainbow beauty of it before I take my nails down a little. This is two coats with Seche Vite over the top.

I have shown and reviewed this polish before so I am not going into detail, again. I am just going to get on with the photographs. These were taken in full sun.



I need a backup bottle of this beauty. Seriously. I love to wear it and I don't want to run out of it. :D

Thank you for popping in. Have a great Pink Wednesday and may your polish never bubble.

Hot Off the Presses!

Hello gentle readers. I received a new press release from OPI by e-mail today. They are releasing a new Pink of Hearts Breast Cancer Awareness colour to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure. This is a cause that is especially close to my heart. My mother, my Aunt B. and my cousin, W. are all battling breast cancer. And every day I pray for them to beat it and  that researchers will find better, more effective treatments and soon, maybe, a cure.

This new pink shatter will be available through the months of September and October. I don't know about you, but I am so buying this one! :D

Let’s Shatter Breast Cancer!

OPI Announces New Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to Support
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

         OPI launches the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever.  The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nail Lacquers in raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row, during the months of September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month).  Unlike previous shade incarnations, this year’s Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer marks the debut of fan-favorite Shatter coat in OPI’s first pink shade. 
“We are continuing to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women.  The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  OPI is proud to join with Susan G. Komen for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts.  By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”
Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness.  OPIwill also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. Pink Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.
The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
            For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.9 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Comparison: China Glaze White Cap and China Glaze Frosty

Hello gentle readers. How is everyone, tonight?

I have a comparison post to share with you, tonight. I own two China Glaze layering polishes, China Glaze White Cap from their Anchors Away Spring Collection and Frosty from their 'Tis the Season Holiday Collection from last year. At first glance, these polishes look a lot alike. White, shimmery, sheer, layering polishes. But once you get them on, they show just how different they really are.

White Cap is a sheer, white base packed full of gold glass fleck shimmer with hints of green when fired by the sun. Warm, glimmery and the colour of bright, golden sunshine on ruffled water. Frosty is a sheer, white base with a white and silver glass fleck shimmer. Cool, icy, with a hint of cold pink. 

These swatches are two coats of each, no top coat. 

 In shade. White Cap (black cap) on the left, applied to my index and ring finger nails. Frosty (silver cap) on the right, applied to my middle and pinkie finger nails. 

 In full sun. 

Again, in full sun. Look at the gold in White Cap! 

Both of these polishes have lovely formulas. They are a little thin but they don't run or pool. They aren't streaky, they don't drag or get clotted. They dry quickly and enhance whatever polish they are applied over. They are even pretty on their own. :D

So, do you own these polishes? Love them? Lust after them? They are easy to find; I bought both on Amazon. They are also available from various beauty e-tailers, Ulta and beauty supply stores. 

Okay, time for me to go grill the chicken, so I must run. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night and may your polish never bubble. 

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. Hows tricks?

I wasn't planning to change my polish today but I had a snaggy spot on one nail and I thought it was cracking and in need of repair so I took the polish off just that nail, trying not to mess up the rest of my nails. Trying being the operative word. I didn't succeed. As careful as I was, I managed to muck up a couple of other nails so all of my polish had to come off. Happily, I didn't have a break or crack, it was just a little peel spot which I swiftly fixed with a little glue.

So, I needed new polish. Hmmm... What to choose? How about Color Club Give Me a Grape Big Kiss from their Wicked Sweet Collection. A bright, almost neon purple jelly that smells like grape fizz. I never thought that a nail polish could smell fizzy, but this one does! lol I applied three coats to get it nearly fully opaque and lovely and smooth.

My stupenayggle camera washed this colour out, horribly. It is medium purple, deeper and more red and blue than my photographs show. Those of you who own this polish know what I am talking about. The top two photos are in sun, the last in shade in a vain attempt to show this polish as it really is. *sigh* I seriously hate my camera.

Color Club Give Me a Grape Big Kiss is a nice formula. Easier to handle than some of it's fellows in this collection. A jelly, it is silky, translucent and a little streaky, especially on the first coat. The next two evened it all up very nicely and made it nearly opaque. This polish is slightly thin but not runny. I didn't have trouble with running or pooling. Dry time is a tad slow but not too, too bad. This polish dries almost shiny, top coat makes it super shiny and glossy and really plays up the lovely squish factor. I like the scent. It is a grape candy or soda kind of scent and it smells fizzy. It is one of those Summer scents from right back in childhood.

Do you own this polish? Love it? Would you perhaps like to own it? "Cause I am giving it away, along with the rest of the Wicked Sweet Collection and some other goodies in my First Blogoversary Giveaway. Please click the link or the pic at the top of my right hand column to travel to my giveaway post. :D

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific evening and may your polish never bubble.

Closing Date

Hello gentle readers.

I have added the last two polishes to my giveaway pile and have decided to set a closing date for my giveaway. I think I have spun it out long enough. lol

My giveaway will close on July 31st at 11:59 pm MST. I will draw a winner shortly after that.

And no. I am not going to tell you what the last two polishes are. I will tell you that they are China Glaze. :D

If you haven't entered yet, please clickety-click here! You can also click my giveaway picture at the top of my right hand column. Either way will take you right to my giveaway post.

Here is a bonus LOL Cat picture because you took the time to pop in, again. :D

Okay, so that should be it, for tonight. :D

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Caturday!

I have a fresh manicure to show you. I couldn't leave yesterday's mess on my nails any longer. So I cleaned it off (what a job that was!) and slicked on two coats of Cult Nails Let Me Fly in it's place. Let Me Fly is a rich, dusty, greyed peacock packed to the rafters with silver shimmer. Gah! So. Pretty. I topped my mani with Seche Vite, of course.

Without further ado, photographs:

In sun.

 Macro of the shimmery goodness. 

In dappled shade. This lighting really plays up the greyed, dusty quality and lets the shimmer glow.

The formula of this polish is just delicious. It goes on like buttah, two dreamy coats make it perfectly smooth and opaque. This polish is so easy to control, even for a polish painting eejit like me. I had very little cleanup and that was just fussbudget refining, here and there. Dry time is great, too. I am so impressed with this brand of polish. And, as my budget allows, I will definitely treat myself to additional bottles. 

Cult Nails is planning to release a top coat in the Autumn. I am looking forward to trying it. 

Okay I have to motor. I have some running around to do and I need to get my lazy ass in the shower and get ready. 

Thank you for popping in and spending a little of your Saturday with me. Have a great day, stay cool and may your polish never bubble. 

Reader Requested Swatch

Hello gentle readers. I meant to include this in my last post but it plumb slipped my little mind. Or should I say my migraine riddled mind? lol When my stupid head gets like this, I feel lucky when I can remember my own name, much less to post a swatch.

Lilach Zamir asked to see Color Club Secret Rendezvous mattified. Unfortunately, I had already done nail art on that manicure by the time I saw the request in my comments. So, Lilach, here you go. Sorry it took me so long.

This is three coats of Color Club Secret Rendezvous topped with a coat of Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love. I didn't know what I was going to think of this polish mattified but I have to admit, I like it. Matte top coat brings out a creamy quality in this polish. It looks soft and tho not shiny, there is a glow, kind of like fondant on a cake.

Here is a picture:

Yepper. This is pretty, matte. :)

Thank you all for popping in. I am going to run along, now. My brain is on a countdown to implosion and my eyes are rebelling against looking at my laptop monitor.

Have a great night, everyone.

Manicure of the Ridiculous

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a hot colour that turned into a hot mess. This is Color Club Get Your Lem-On from their Wicked Sweet collection. This is a radioactive yellow green neon with a beautiful, wicked blue shimmer that fires in the sun. This photograph is five coats of polish and two coats of Seche Vite.

Yeah. You read that right. Five. Coats. Of. Polish. You see, I had to apply four to get it sorta opaque and smooth and I applied my Seche Vite then I smudged the hell out of my left index nail. Instead of re doing the nail, I tried to fill in the smudge and added another coat to try to smooth it. I kinda sorta but not really succeeded. But the problem was, my index was so different after that that I had to apply a fifth coat of polish and another coat of Seche Vite. My nails are so thick it is redonkulous.

Click to enlarge and see the beautiful blue shimmer in this polish! 

Look how insanely thick my nails are! lol  

Color Club Get Your Lem-On is nice and thick but not gloopy or sticky. It goes on surprisingly easily and sits right down where it is placed. This polish is so easy to control that I was able to paint nail after nail without doing cleanup. The little cleanup I did do was just a tiny bit of fussy refining. 

This polish is sheer. Seriously you can apply a thousand coats and still have VNL sheer. It is also pretty streaky. Even after five coats, I have serious VNL and some streaks showing. The next time I wear this, it will be over a base of white polish because five coats is beyond the pale. I prefer two, I will tolerate three, if the polish is fabulous. I don't need perfect opacity but I don't expect this level of sheer or polish that is so streaky after so many coats of enamel. 

This polish dries satin matte. Dry time is good, provided half the frakking bottle isn't on your nails at one time. The scent is sharp, acidic and lemony. Kind of like lemon scented dishwasher detergent, Lemonheads and lemon soda, all shaken together. Of the Wicked Sweet polishes I have used so far, this one is the most unusual, that blue shimmer rocks my socks! The best smelling (to my nose) but the biggest pain in my ass. It wasn't all this pretty polish's fault, tho. So it will get another chance to perform in the future. 

I need a new white polish. Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear White On was a horror show for me. Sinful Colors Snow Me White is a bit better but still a pain. I am thinking of picking up OPI Alpine Snow. Or maybe China Glaze Snow from last year's Naughty and Nice Holiday Collection. Aw, hell... Maybe I'll just get both of them. :P

Thank you all so much for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble.

Giveaway Alert!

Hello gentle readers.

I am just popping in really quick to tell you all about a great giveaway being hosted by the oh-so-fabulous Carli, the owner of Konadlicious. She is giving away the Sigma Make Me Up brush set in your choice of colours.

Check it out:

Nice, huh? I have been drooling over Sigma brushes for a while, now. So my fingers are crossed. :)

Clickety-click this link to travel to Carli's blog and enter her giveaway. If it is your first trip there, take a moment to follow and stick around to get to know her and her blog. :D

Okay, what are you waiting for? Skedaddle. :D

Woo Hoo! Pink Wednesday!

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Pink Wednesday. :D

Today I have Revlon Just Tinted in Victorian, a delicately pigmented watermelon pink jelly. From experience I know just how translucent the Just Tinted polishes are so, rather than fight with the inevitable visible nail line (VNL) I decided to enhance it. Under my two coats of Victorian I applied two thin coats of China Glaze White Cap from their Spring Anchors Away collection to just my tips. The white shimmer with a gold glass fleck subtly enhances my white free edges and gives a very subtle sparkle under the polish, just at my tips when the sun hits my nails. I topped this manicure with Seche Vite.

 In direct sun.

 Stupid camera washed this colour out. *sigh* It is a little deeper than pictured, here.

Indoor natural light through my window. Look how squishy! :D

Revlon Just tinted in Victorian is a very translucent jelly, almost a syrup type polish. It is very delicately pigmented and to get to a fully opaque finish, I imagine a minimum of four or five coats would be necessary. It applies easily. Victorian is a little bit thicker than her sisters in this collection, making this polish even easier to work with. It doesn't run or try to flood my cuticles. It is a bit streaky. Even after two coats and a coat of Seche Vite, in macro you can see that is is a little streaky. It isn't obvious in person, tho so it isn't bothering me. More coats would, I imagine banish the streaks altogether. Dry time is pretty fast and this polish dries matte. If you want that delicious, squishy shine, you must apply top coat.

What do you think about the Just Tinted polishes? Do you own some? All of them? Love them? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great afternoon, stay cool and may your polish never bubble.

Hot Off the Presses!

Nicole by OPI Announces Kardashian Partnership, Featuring 14 “Kaptivating”
Nail Lacquers

Nicole by OPI joins the Kardashian/Jenner family in announcing the launch of Kardashian Kolors, 14 new nail lacquer shades inspired by these six trendsetting women. Kris Jenner and her five daughters – Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner – are known for their head-to-toe unique style, which now includes nails! 
“We are so excited to work with everyone’s favorite TV family – the Kardashians – to share a diverse collection of fashion-forward shades,” declares Suzi Weiss-FischmannNicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With lacquers ranging from high-shine and sparkly hues to neutral taupe and pinkish coral, Kardashian Kolors offers the perfect accessory for every woman – from teens to moms and everyone in between.”
            Kardashian Kolors includes:

It's All About the Glam
Shimmering-white glitz for the glamorous gal!

Kim-pletely in Love
Finally! The pink of her dreams has arrived.

All Kendall-ed Up
Powder your nose and get some pink on those toes!

Wear Something Spar-Kylie
Glitter-ly the prettiest pink ever!

Sealed with a Kris
Handle with care: This klassy red is top-of-the-line!

Rainbow in the S-Kylie
Girls just wanna have…glitter in every color!

Disco Dolls
Glittery gold glam gone wild!

Kendall on the Katwalk
A head-turning blue-green with a “sparkling” personality!

Listen to your Momager!
If you don’t, you’ll never see this fabulous blue again!

Follow Me on Glitter
A glittery deep gray that always has something to say!

My Empire...My Rules
This take-charge taupe is always on-trend.

Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam
A deep dark emerald worth falling for.

Hard Kourt Fashionista
This delicious deep brown is the chicest hue in town!

Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi
And this captivating coral looks “fab” on everyone!

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde.  Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality, with products featuring the Perfect Stroke brush for streak-free, even coverage. Kardashian Kolors will be available Holiday 2011 for $7.99 each ($11.00 CAD).
For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

So, what say you, gentle readers? What colours are katching your fancy? 

Freehand Nail Art Virginity Lost at Last

Hello gentle readers. How is everyone on a hothothot Tuesday? I am well. Not too hot here, yet. It is only 76 and there is a breeze but the humidity, which was low this morning is flooding back in on us. Blech! Methinks we are in for a storm, in a bit.

I *heart* thunderstorms! :D

Okay, so... I read a tweet from @ColorClubNail this morning with a link to a tutorial for hand painting roses on one's nails. Yes... I know. I. And a tutorial for hand painted nail art. I can hear the hyenas cackling madly in my background. They, as well as I know that I have zero true artistic talent. I am creative as hell. But artistic? Nope. Not even a little tiny bit. 

But, reading this tutorial and looking at the pictures, I thought that even I might be able to paint roses with their method. I even tweeted something to that effect. Yeah. Now I was trapped. Time to put my money where my big, fat mouth (or fingers, if you will) is.

So, I thought of what I would like to do, gathered some materials and some plain paper and started off by doing some practice painting with both my right and left hands. This wasn't going to do me any good if I couldn't do this with both hands! To my utter amazement and shock, I was able to create, with both hands, mind you, roses that looked suspiciously like the ones in the tutorial. Woo hoo! I suspect that with a little practice I can get better and make my roses look even more rose-y. :D

For my finished design on my nails (over my existing Color Club Secret Rendezvous), I put chevron guides on my ring and thumb nails on both nails then painted above the chevrons with Orly Gumdrop then below with Sinful Snow Me White. I then removed the guides and painted tiny roses on the Gumdrop and white portions of those nails. I was going to leave it at that but then I got the inspired insane idea to paint stripes in Gumdrop and Snow Me White on the rest of my nails. Uh... Yikes! Heinous stripes! Seriously baaaad stripes. What to do? What to do?

Paint roses on top of the stripes, of course! So, I painted larger roses on top of my heinous stripes and suddenly, they didn't look so bad. But, now my nails were suffering from definite overkill. So, to enhance that effect just a little more, I decided to add pearls in the points of my chevrons on my thumbs and rings. Then I topped everything with Seche Vite.

My nails look kind of like the wallpaper that covered the walls in a cottage we lived in for a while, back home. Same colours and everything. Good times. :P

The beauty of this painting method is that even those of us who can't paint a stick figure to save our lives can paint something pretty on our nails. And now that I know how, expect to see more roses on my nails, in the future. :D

Supplies used:

Chevron French tip guides
Tiny half pearls
Orly Gumdrop
Sinful Colors Snow Me White
China Glaze Starboard (for rose leaves)
Striping polishes in red, dark pink and white (the colours I used for my roses)
Two fine artist brushes. A tiny one for roses, slightly larger for stripes
Seche Vite

I painted my roses with a #000 artist's brush since I had no control with the brushes in the striping polish bottles. I used a slightly larger and longer brush for my stripes. I need practice making stripes and I also need to obtain a long bristle fine striping brush.

Okay, so. Yeah. I actually did freehand nail art. Never thought I would see this day! Bet you didn't, either. lol Do you paint roses on your nails? Now that you have seen the tutorial, do you think that you might like to try it? Trust me, it is easy! If I can do it, anyone can. :D

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

Today's manicure is Color Club Secret Rendezvous from their Spring Alter Ego Keep It Under Cover Collection. I found this collection at my local Ross. It came with six delicately pigmented creme polishes and a bottle of Milky White Base Coat. Secret Rendezvous is a pretty, delicate lilac creme. I applied three coats and topped it with Seche Vite. I like this polish. It is soft, gentle and ladylike. A nice little change of pace from my previous wonderful but a little crazy multi layered mani. :D

These photographs were taken in filtered sun. This time of year it is a little hard to find, what with the Monsoon up and running.

Color Club Secret Rendezvous is pretty but a bit of a pain in the ass. It was a little streaky, not the best at self leveling. I had to apply three coats and a thick coat of Seche Vite to get it all nice and smooth. I was happy that the polish didn't pool or run or drag. Dry time is good, even in this nasty humidity and after applying three thick coats. So, a little good, a little evil but overall, a nice enough polish.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Because I Really Needed More Layers of Shit on My Nails...

Hello gentle readers.

Yep. I decided to renovate my renovated manicure. Today I added a coat of Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Ink Splatter. (Black.) The cracks in the crackle look like cracks in a freshly skinned over lava flow with the molten rock glowing through.

I was going to matte this layer, too but as I applied Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love to my right pinkie nail, I loved how it looked while the matte top coat was wet and shiny. It really brought out the fire and glow of the flakies and the red under the crackle. So, I topped everything with a nice coat of Poshe` top coat instead.

This is going to be the last layer and last day for this manicure. If I add any more to my nails, it is going to get ridiculous. lol

This was taken in a tentative ray of sun peeking out through the dark Monsoon clouds covering the sky, here.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have yourselves a great afternoon. Stay cool and may your polish never bubble.

Renovating My Manicure

Hello gentle readers.

My Quench manicure is still looking great, today but I decided to go ahead and renovate it. I was wanting something new without having to remove my existing manicure so I topped it with a coat of Nubar 2010 then I decided to finish it off with Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love.

This look is kinda hawt! The matte top coat over Cult Nails Quench makes the colour look dark, dull and mysterious. The flakies, dulled by the matte top coat look like embers, glowing from deep within a bed of red ash. I have to say, I like it.

In the sun. Look at that glow.

At an angle. My camera didn't capture the beautiful multi chrome shift of the flakies.

In the shade. You can see the colour shifts a little better. You can also see that dull darkness of the base, as well. I love what matting does to this polish. 

Nubar 2010 is a sister polish to Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure. It is made up of colour shifting multi chrome flakies in a slightly milky base that goes on and dries clear. The formula is Nubar terrific. It applies dreamy easy, the flakies dispense along the nail evenly and don't clump or leave bare spots. Dry time is excellent. Even faster when topped with a matte top coat.

So, what say you? Hot? Or not? Have you tried a look like this?

Thank you for popping in, stay cool and may your polish never bubble.