Friday, December 30, 2011

A strange dusty hunting find...

Hi everyone! Today I'd like to share with you something I discovered at a dusty nail supply store in Chinatown this week. It is a different version of China Glaze Atlantis! This was mixed in with the version I had seen before, and actually, I own the normal version. So here are some comparison photos.

The regular version is the more green one with small silver holo glitter. The new one is more blue and the glitter is larger and also blue.

I am wondering if it is possible that this could be a fake, but I have never heard of anyone finding fake China Glaze. The whole thing is so strange. I also wondered if this was mislabeled but I couldn't find any other China Glaze glitter that looked like it.

Has anyone else seen this polish before??

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Giveaway winner!

Hello everyone!  Sorry I haven't updated in a few days... things have been busy due to the holiday, I'm sure the same is true for everyone!  Santa brought me a few nail polishes, as well as a new plexi glass wall mount rack, which I was definitely in need of.  I hope you all got what you were wishing for, spent some time with people you love, and ate some delicious food.

My giveaway ended last week, and I never properly announced the winner, so I just wanted to take a moment to do that.  The winner of the Nail Prisms was Pryanka!  This was her first giveaway win, and I'm sure she will take very good care of her new pretties. ;)

Congratulations, Pryanka!

I think I will be doing my next giveaway when I hit 100 followers, so keep an eye out for that!  Only 24 to get there...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Snowy Christmas Trees

Hi everyone!  Today I have another holiday manicure for you!  This was one of my favorites so far.  I was inspired by this mani from Stacy over at Wickless & Polished.

I used OPI I Juggle... Men as my base color.  The white is OPI Funny Bunny, silver snow accents are China Glaze Icicle, tree is China Glaze Holly-day.  I added the red ornaments on my trees with  Orly Star Spangled, and the tree topper with CND Gold Chrome.  I did most of the detail work with my dotting tools.  I really need to invest in a small brush and some acrylic paints to make nail art easier for myself.

This made me feel really festive and happy!  I hope you all like this as much as I did. :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Candy Canes

 OPI Funny Bunny, Sally Hansen Nail Prisms South Sea Pearl, Orly Star Spangled

Hi everyone!  Today I have some Candy Cane nails for you.  My base was OPI Funny Bunny, then a layer of Sally Hansen Nail Prisms South Sea Pearl.  SSP has a duochrome of green to pink, but that didn't show up in my photos.  With a striping brush I added the Orly Star Spangled.  I still have a hard time making steady lines with a striping brush, I need to practice more!  If anyone who is good at nail art with brushes has any tips for me, I'd love to hear them!!

OPI Funny Bunny, Sally Hansen Nail Prisms South Sea Pearl, Orly Star Spangled 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Snowy White

OPI Funny Bunny, China Glaze Snow Globe 

Hi guys!  I didn't have too much time to work with when I did my nails this time since we have extended holiday hours at the salon right now.  I decided to do some layering and keep it simple.  I got OPI Funny Bunny a couple weeks ago, so I used that as my base color.  It is a soft white jelly, and I actually wanted Essie Marshmallow but couldn't find it, so I got this instead.  I haven't seen a comparison but it seems like they may be dupes.  I was originally going to do a jelly sandwich*.  I did 2 coats of Funny Bunny, one coat of a random iridescent glitter, another coat of FB, then 2 coats of China Glaze Snow Globe.  At this point I just couldn't bring myself to cover up the gorgeous sparkles of Snow Globe so I just stopped!  I'm a serious sucker for glitter!

I had a difficult time getting pictures of the different colors of glitter in Snow Globe.  I feel like this mani was sooo much prettier in real life!  Also, even though it was glittery, this mani was a nice palette cleanser after all my red and green and gold ones.  Hope you like it!

OPI Funny Bunny, China Glaze Snow Globe 
(indoors, artificial light, no flash)

 OPI Funny Bunny, China Glaze Snow Globe 
(close up, indirect sun)

OPI Funny Bunny, China Glaze Snow Globe 
(direct sunlight)

What are you favorite layering colors?

*This is where you do a base color, then glitter, then a thin layer of the jelly polish over the glitter, for anyone who may not have heard of a jelly sandwich.  The jelly polishes are sheer, so the glitter still shows, but it is muted and looks suspended in the base.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Glitter Stripey Tape Mani

 China Glaze Ring in the Red, China Glaze Holly-Day

Hi guys!  Here is my next design with China Glaze Ring in the Red and Holly-Day.  I think RitR is one of my favorite holiday polishes so far, I don't want to take it off!  For these I did another tape design, this is one that I saw done by Jane over at Nailside. On my thumb I started doing her Laser design but wasn't loving it, so I did the Mummy one on the rest of my nails.  I found it tricky to cut the strips of tape thin enough.  At first I thought I had cut them thin and when I tried to do a design they were still way too wide!  I guess I need more practice at that.  Anyway, I think this looks really festive and I like the contrast between the glitter and the creme.  I hope you aren't getting sick of my holiday manicures yet! :)

  China Glaze Ring in the Red, China Glaze Holly-Day

 China Glaze Ring in the Red, China Glaze Holly-Day

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gift Wrapped Nails

China Glaze Ring in the Red, Color Club Gingerbread Man

Hi guys!  I wore this mani on Sunday for our work holiday party.  I had to do something somewhat simple because I worked late on Saturday night and then it was back to work again Sunday before the party so there was not much time for me to spend on my nails.  I am loving China Glaze Ring in the Red.  I loved it so much I'm still wearing it as my base for another mani I will be posting tomorrow! :)  I free-handed on the ribbon detail with a striping brush and one of my dotting tools with Color Club Gingerbread Man.  I had a few clients at the salon asking me if they were a sticker, so I guess I did ok!

China Glaze Ring in the Red, Color Club Gingerbread Man
(Direct sunlight, blurred to show the glow-y sparkle)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Holidays - Giveaway!

Hi everyone!!  I want to do a giveaway for my readers for the holidays.  I have a set of Sally Hansen Nail Prisms to give one lucky reader!  The set includes the colors: Lapis Amethyst, South Sea Pearl, Blush Diamond, Diamond, and Ruby Diamond.

Please enter in the form provided below, comments left on this post will not be counted as entries!

Good Luck!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday Patchwork

 Red: Zoya Isla; Green: Zoya Ivanka; Glitter: China Glaze Twinkle Lights

Hi guys!  I've got a tape mani for you today!  Part of the reason I started wanting to do more nail art was from being inspired by the blog Chloe's Nails.  I thought her scotch tape manicures were so cool looking, and they seemed like something easy enough to accomplish.  She has lots of great tutorials on her blog, so check it out for ideas!

For these I used Zoya Isla, Zoya Ivanka, and China Glaze Twinkle Lights.  They are so festive and I think all the colors worked really well together.  Mr. Sparkles said my nails look like presents. :)

 Red: Zoya Isla; Green: Zoya Ivanka; Glitter: China Glaze Twinkle Lights

I found this ornament in a Christmas shop in PA when I was visiting my mom in October... Isn't it adorable?!  It is definitely one of my favorite ornaments now.

What bloggers inspire you most?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Silver and Blue Mixed Patterns

 China Glaze Blue Year's Eve
China Glaze Icicle
(Indoors, Overcast natural light)

Hi Everyone!  Today's nails are some fun mixed patterns using my dotting tools and a striping brush.  This was my first time using the striping brush, and I was quite happy with how it turned out.  On my thumb and ring finger I used China Glaze Icicle as the base, and on the rest I used China Glaze Blue Year's Eve.  The accents are the same 2 polishes.

China Glaze Blue Year's Eve
China Glaze Icicle
(Indoors, artificial light, no flash)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

LEGO Party Nails!!

Hi guys!  Today I have some really fun nail art for you.  Mr. Sparkles loves LEGOs and his birthday was on Monday.  Tonight we are having a birthday/graduation (Mr. Sparkles also now has his Master's degree in Physics, I am so proud of him!) party for him at the apartment that is LEGO themed.  So of course I needed some LEGO nails.

I only found a couple other people who have done LEGO nails online... I took my inspiration from this post on The Daily Nail.  I think she did hers with a nail art brush, which I attempted and quickly decided I need to practice more.  I switched to my dotting tools, and that worked out well for me.  The colors I used in this mani were:  NYC Big Apple Red, NYC Times Square Tangerine, Finger Paints Papier Mache, Finger Paints Black Expressionism, OPI Roadhouse Blues, China Glaze Towel Boy Toy, Orly Lucky Duck, and Zoya Pippa.  I did some mixing for the shadowing/highlighting.  Overall, I think this turned out pretty cute, and awesomely nerdy!

What is the most creative theme mani you have done??

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Peppermint nails!

 Base Color: NYC Big Apple Red Creme
Stamp Color: Finger Paints Papier Mache
Plate: Red Angel 110
(Artificial light, no flash)

Hello everyone!  I've got another holiday themed nail design for you today.  This is also my first half-moon mani.  The stamping plate that I used actually incorporates the half-moon with a few patterns, though I wonder if they are meant to be used for longer french tip designs?  Anyway, I am really happy with how these look.  I intended for them to look like peppermint candies, and I certainly think they do!

This was my first time trying out my new Red Angel plates.  I like them so far!  They don't cover my whole thumb nail with one stamp, but I didn't have problems with any other nails coverage wise.  The full nail designs are bigger than the set of Bundle Monster plates I have, so that will make my life a bit easier.  I'm excited to show you guys more of the cool designs these have!  You can find them on Amazon, here, and they are a bargain at $11.99 for 21 plates.

 (Indirect natural light)

What reminds you of the holidays?  Any colors or patterns you guys would like to see?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Green and Gold Argyle Konad

Base: China Glaze Holly-day
Stamp: Color Club Gingerbread Man
Plate: Konad M60

Hi everyone!  This is going to be a shorter post, as I only have one photo of this mani for you today.  I broke the nail on my index finger yesterday so now I have a nubbin. :(  I'll likely be cropping at least part of that finger out of my photos until it grows out a little more.

For these nails I did a base color of China Glaze Holly-day from their Let It Snow collection.  This is actually only 1 coat of that color!  If I were to wear that by itself I probably would have done 2.  It dried so glossy and beautiful.  I then stamped the argyle pattern with Color Club Gingerbread Man, which is a Sally's exclusive from the Scentuous collection.  Yes, that's right, this polish is scented!  It really does smell like gingerbread cookies to me.

That's all for today guys, I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Red and Gold Glitter Gradient

Base: OPI Smitten with Mittens
Glitter: China Glaze Twinkle Lights
(Natural light)
Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrated.  I certainly did and we have lots of tasty leftovers.  Now that Thanksgiving is over I am excited to start doing some holiday and winter nail designs.  My first one is a fairly easy glitter gradient.  I freehanded this but next time I think I will sponge the glitter on so I can get a less dense fade to the base color.  My base color is the somewhat HTF OPI Smitten with Mittens.  I was lucky enough to snag this polish on a dusty hunt.  It was from OPI's 2009 Holiday Wishes collection.  The glitter I used for the tips is China Glaze Twinkle Lights, another color from this year's holiday collection, Let It Snow.  It has gold, green and red glitter in it, but the gold dominates.

 OPI Smitten with Mittens, ChG Twinkle Lights
(Natural light, overcast)

 OPI Smitten with Mittens, ChG Twinkle Lights
(Direct sunlight)
 OPI Smitten with Mittens, ChG Twinkle Lights
(Intentionally blurred to show sparkle)
OPI Smitten with Mittens, ChG Twinkle Lights

Do you do holiday mani's in December?  If anyone has any requests for me please feel free to comment on my Facebook page (can be found in the sidebar) or email me!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nfu-Oh Flakie Fall Layering

Nfu-Oh 49 layered over China Glaze Velvet Bow

Good morning!  Today I have a layered mani for you.  I used China Glaze Velvet Bow as my base color, which is part of their holiday 2011 collection, Let It Snow.  Velvet Bow is a deep red, and it is an interesting combo of a jelly and a cream finish.  It dries super shiny without base coat.  Then I layered a Nfu-Oh flakie in 49 over top.  This polish definitely needs some underwear, it has a very sheer lilac base.  The flakies flash all sorts of colors depending on what angle the light is hitting them.  I see orange, gold, light green, and emerald.  Its difficult to capture this on camera, but I did my best!  All the photos were taken with no flash indoors today.

Nfu-Oh polishes can be purchased at
 Nfu-Oh 49, China Glaze Velvet Bow

  Nfu-Oh 49, China Glaze Velvet Bow

  Nfu-Oh 49, China Glaze Velvet Bow

  Nfu-Oh 49, China Glaze Velvet Bow

Monday, November 21, 2011

Orly Fowl Play

Orly Fowl Play
Orly Fowl Play (indoors, artificial light)

Hello, readers! Today I have a more simple NOTD for you... I'm wearing 3 coats of Orly Fowl Play. FP was part of Orly's Birds of a Feather collection released this fall. It is a beautiful deep purple jelly with reddish orange flakies in it. It also has some glitters that flash blue and green, and a smaller silvery shimmer. It is a dupe for a more HTF OPI polish called Merry Midnight. I don't own that polish, but I am sure glad I grabbed this one! Be sure to check out the macro shot of it at the end of this post. Also, please excuse my slightly hair color stained hands... it has been busy at work and that is one of the hazards of being a hair stylist!
Orly Fowl Play
Orly Fowl Play (indoors, flash)
Orly Fowl Play Macro
Orly Fowl Play (macro, flash)
You are gonna want to click this one to enlarge it guys, the depth in this polish is awesome!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fall Dotticure

dotting tools nails dotticure
Base color: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Coco-a-Go-Go
Dots: China Glaze Cross Iron 360, CND Gold Chrome, CND Copper Chrome

Hello again!  I loved the fall colors that I used for my last mani so much that I decided to use them again for my next one.  I picked up some dotting tools from the beauty supply a couple weeks ago and had not tried them out yet, so I decided to play around with them!  I was very happy with how this turned out.  The dotting tools are really easy to use. I can't wait to try them out for other designs.
Thanksgiving fall nails dotticure brown copper
 The set of 5 dotting tools I got.
Base color: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Coco-a-Go-Go
Dots: China Glaze Cross Iron 360, CND Gold Chrome, CND Copper Chrome

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Inspired Konad

china glaze cross iron 360, fall, thanksgiving, konad, nails
 Base colors: China Glaze Cross Iron 360, Sally Hansen Coco-a-Go-Go
Stamp colors: SH CAGG, CND Gold Chrome, CND Copper Chrome
BM plates 19 and 04
(indoors, artificial light, no flash) 

Today I wanted to do one of my first seasonal manicures.  I am really looking forward to cooking (and then eating!!) Thanksgiving dinner with Mr. Sparkles next week, so I wanted to do something inspired by that.  I used some leaf designs from my Bundle Monster plates.

The orange nails with the brown stamp were done using one of the full nail designs on the BM19 plate.  The accent nails were stamped several times with a 3 leaf design from BM04.  I used both CND Copper Chrome and Gold Chrome for those, which are great to stamp with.

china glaze cross iron 360, fall, thanksgiving, konad, nails
 Base colors: China Glaze Cross Iron 360, Sally Hansen Coco-a-Go-Go
Stamp colors: SH CAGG, CND Gold Chrome, CND Copper Chrome
BM plates 19 and 04
(photo taken with flash)
china glaze cross iron 360, fall, thanksgiving, konad, nails
Base colors: China Glaze Cross Iron 360, Sally Hansen Coco-a-Go-Go
Stamp colors: SH CAGG, CND Gold Chrome, CND Copper Chrome
BM plates 19 and 04
(indoors, artificial light, no flash) 

I hope these nails get you into the Thanksgiving spirit!  What is your favorite part of the holiday?