Saturday, January 26, 2013

Mini-Haul: WalMart Edition

I swear, I should not be allowed to go to WalMart unsupervised. I can never just go and get the one thing I need. I end up buying all sorts of things I didn't intend to. Case in point, I went today for a prescription and face wash and ended up with two surprises for Peanut, one for my husband, and these 5 nail polishes. Seriously. Oh, and some Lima beans, because I have a definite Lima bean problem, but we're not going to go there right now. On to the polishes...

Polish Mini Haul

Maybelline Impeccable Greys
Maybelline Impeccable Greys

Revlon Ritzy
Revlon Ritzy

Revlon Girly
Revlon Girly

Sinful Colors Blue By You
Sinful Colors Blue By You

Wet n Wild Glamorous
Wet n Wild Fergie Glamorous

I think Ritzy will look great over Impeccable Greys, and I didn't even think of that when I picked them up! Not sure which one I'll end up wearing first, but I'll post the pics here when I do!  


And here are the presents I bought for Peanut...


This cute onesie...

A Classic!


Happy Saturday!



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Layering: Zoya Kennedy

Today's mani is soft, pretty, and feminine... Zoya Kennedy.

Zoya Kennedy, Essie As Gold as it Gets
Natural Light

Zoya Kennedy, Essie As Gold as it Gets
Natural Light

Zoya Kennedy Layering
Natural Light

Zoya Kennedy Layering Macro
Macro

Zoya describes Kennedy as a "pale, French beige creme." It leans a little towards the pink side in natural light, but I swear when I was putting it on last night, it looked slightly purple. In fact, I was wondering if I got Kendal and Kennedy mixed up, but this is definitely Kennedy. Hmmm...

Polishes:

1 coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 coats Zoya Kennedy
1 coat Essie As Gold as it Gets
1 coat Seche Vite

Like I said, last night while I was painting away, this looked more purple than pink, so I thought I'd layer gold over top of it, since I feel like most people pair silver glitter with purple. I'll have to try that combo in the future, but I promise... the next mani I wear will NOT include As Gold as it Gets. Three manis in a row has earned it a break! Even if this layering didn't turn out exactly as planned, it's still super pretty. I'm actually thinking of leaving it on my nails for another day!

Do you own any polishes from Zoya's Feel Collection?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Layering: She's Lily Something

Oh. My. Starry. Eyed. Surprise.  :)


Starry Eyed Surprise
Natural Light

She's Lily Something Layering
Natural Light

OPI She's Lily Something
Sunlight

She's Lily Something by OPI
Natural Light

She's Lily Something Layering
Macro - Natural Light

Yes, I went there. 

It's not often that you see shaped glitter from a mainstream nail polish company. I know it's been out for a little while, but She's Lily Something was practically begging to be taken home... all because of some pink star-shaped glitter. The last time I bought nail polish with starry glitter, it was an absolute nightmare to work with. Getting the stars out of the bottle was a futile attempt at deep sea fishing. I bought that polish from the Gap, and I couldn't even begin to tell you the name of it. I can't even remember if the stars were red or orange... I just know that I couldn't get those stars to stick to my nails for the life of me. Thankfully, She's Lily Something was a little easier to work with.

She's Lily Something is a sparkly pink glitter with pink star-shaped glitter. Totally girly glitterbomb-in-a-bottle.  It's sheer, very sheer, so I knew I was going to layer it over another color rather than just wear it on its own.

Polishes Used:

1 coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats OPI Road House Blues
1 Coat NOPI She's Lily Something
1 Coat Essie As Gold as it Gets
1 Coat Seche Vite

That makes this layering Road House Lillies. Awwww.

I can't say I'm ecstatic over this layering. It turned out okay, but it definitely wasn't what I was picturing in my mind. She's Lily Something has a pink base with tiny pink glitter... a slightly pinker version of Sally Hansen's Aisle Be There (for comparison.)

She's Lily Something turned Road House Blues into more of a blurple than a blue, but I'm not crazy about the pinkness of the base. If I would do it all over again, I would probably thin out She's Lily Something so the pink glitter isn't so overpowering. I ended up layering Essie As Gold as it Gets overtop to try and mute the amount of pinkness going on.

It wasn't bad working with She's Lily Something, but it wasn't incredibly easy either. I turned my bottle upside-down while I painted on my first layers, allowing more stars to "sink" to the top of the bottle. I had to fish for a few, but only because I was aiming for more than 1 star on each nail. Did I mention that I like to make things complicated?

For the most part, the star-shaped glitter was decently thin and stuck to my nails pretty well. It doesn't make for an overly bumpy texture and I didn't find it moving around to much when I went over it with As Gold as it Gets. Definitely a little more work than your average glitter, but nothing too crazy. Not sure what I'll layer it with next time, but I know it won't be a color quite as dark as Road House Blues. Something mid-toned or really light, maybe?

What have you layered She's Lily Something with?


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Layering: 212-Sephora

It's my comeback mani... The first time I've painted my nails since my daughter was born in October! For someone who used to change her polish every single night... this was a huuuuuge step towards normalcy. I also got to take a bath (complete with a LUSH bath bomb) and read a few more chapters of Beautiful Redemption. EPIC. WIN.


SOPI What's a Tire Jack?
Bottle Shot - Artificial Light

SOPI 212-Sephora
Bottle Shot - Artificial Light

SOPI 212-Sephora
Natural Light

SOPI What's a Tire Jack?
Natural Light

I absolutely love wearing black nail polish. It just adds a little something extra to an outfit... a little mystery and edginess. I also love accent manis, so when I picked up 212-Sephora and What's a Tire Jack on Saturday night, I immediately knew how I would wear them!

What's a Tire Jack? is obviously a black creme polish. 212-Sephora is described on Sephora's site as an "opaque smoky black with iridescent gold and copper chunky glitter." I think that describes it fairly accurately, but I also get some flashes of green. Also, this came out WAY before SOPI's jewelry top coats, so the glitter is a bit smaller than what I would describe as "chunky." It's a bit irregularly shaped, more like what you'd find in a flaky polish.

Application was great. For this mani, I used Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler, 2 coats of SOPI What's a Tire Jack? 2 coats of SOPI 212-Sephora on accent nails, and Seche Vite to top it all off quickly and make it shine. Hey... I have a 13 week-old who does NOT understand the meaning of, "Sorry, honey... Mommy's nails are wet. Can you wait another 5 minutes and then commence your end-of-the-world-all-the-formula-is-gone-i'm-really-a-baby-pterodactyl-melt-down? Kay thanks!" Uh-Uh. She gets what she wants when she wants it and she knows it. She's got me wrapped around that tiny little pinky of hers, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Did I mention it was the first time I've worn nail polish since Peanut was born? You should've seen the look on her face when she saw my painted nails. She totally noticed the black polish and has made it a point to study my nails very closely while I hold her bottle. I know it won't be long before she's raiding my Helmer, and I'm kind of looking forward to it. :)

What's your favorite way to wear black polish?


The Key To...

I don't collect much. Nail Polish. Words. Books...

...and Skeleton Keys.

I'm not sure what it is about them. Wondering who could've used them? What secrets they unlock? How ordinary they might really be? I haven't taken many pictures of my collection at all, but there are some fabulous images on deviantArt that just get my brain moving...

Night-Fate

Night-Fate (again)



What random objects serve as inspiration for your creativity?


Cupcake Nails

Every now and then, real life can inspire art. In this case, it was a very real cupcake from a shop called Sublime Cupcakes. I haven't had one in a while, but trust me... they are delicious! Pictured below is Vanilla Squared... the inspiration for my Thanksgiving 2011 Manicure.


Essie Marshmallow Glitter Sandwich
Essie Marshmallow, Milani Gems


This might be an old manicure, but I still remember which polishes I used to create the look. Must've been the delicious sugar-cookie taste that is Vanilla Squared! I can't tell you how many coats of each, but this mani features Milani Gems sandwiched in between coats of Essie Marshmallow to create a look identical to the icing on my cupcake. I also used Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler to make a smooth base, and Seche-Vite to make it dry super fast! 

Jelly Glitter Sandwiches were a big thing for me during the fall of 2011. Making the leap to a "milky glitter sandwich" was only natural. Layering glitter this way might tone down the sparkle of the glitter, but it also ups the sophistication factor. It's no wonder that mainstream companies are catching on and releasing their own takes on the trend.

Have you tried a milky glitter sandwich yet?


Monday, January 21, 2013

Mini-Haul: Sephora Edition

After posting all those old manis, I realized it's been AWHILE since I picked up some new polish. Definitely not a huge haul by any means, but I still thought I'd share.

SOPI 212-Sephora
SOPI 212-Sephora

SOPI Hollywood If I Could
SOPI Hollywood If I Could

SOPI What's a Tire Jack?
SOPI What's a Tire Jack?

Nails Inc. sugar house lane
Nails Inc. Sugar House Lane


SOPI 212-Sephora, Hollywood If I Could, What's a Tire Jack, Nails Inc Sugar House Lane

When I went to Sephora on Saturday night, I have to say, I wasn't really looking for any of these. I was looking for a black and white glitter polish. Sugar House Lane is close, but not quite there. I thought for sure I'd find one at Sephora, but it doesn't seem like too many of the mainstream companies have jumped on the trend. China Glaze has Whirled Away in their Cirque de Soleil collection, so a trip to Sally Beauty is definitely in my future!

212-Sephora is a shade I've been wanting for quite some time. I remember being intrigued by it when it was first available for pre-order!

Hollywood If I Could is a translucent bar glitter, and I don't have anything like it in my collection. Normally I don't go for bar glitter at all, but I thought this could add some interesting depth to a manicure. We'll see... I think bar glitter tends to look messy and hairy more than anything, but perhaps I'll prove myself wrong!

What's a Tire Jack is black creme polish, and I know I'm not alone when I say you can't have too many of these!

Nails Inc Sugar House Lane has black and silver glitter in a taupe base. The taupe color mutes down the silver so it looks almost white in the bottle. I honestly can't wait to try this because it's pretty close to my layering style, just all in one bottle. I have a horrible habit of piling on the layers of polish to get the look I want, so this seems a bit more convenient!

What have you picked up from Sephora lately?


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pantone Style 2013

Soooooo much better than Tangerine Tango!


Pantone Style 2013 

Pantone Style 2013 by seizethesparkle


Emerald green is officially the color you'll probably be sick of by the end of 2013. I mean... who wasn't there last year with Tangerine Tango? That being said, I like this color MUCH better than I'll ever like any shade of orange. Orange is just NOT. MY. COLOR. Clashes horribly with my skin tone. I'm seriously loving this shade of green and there are a lot of ways to add a fun pop of Emerald into your wardrobe.   

Have you incorporated the Color of the Year into your wardrobe yet?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Nail Spam: Glitter Edition

So I mentioned my old blog Polish and Prose, right? I have a weakness for a good jelly glitter sandwich and love layering with glitter. Here's some spam featuring some of my favorite manicures. Beware though, these are absolute glitterbombs! Enjoy!!!


OPI Not Like the Movies Glitter Layering
OPI Not Like the Movies with Unknown Glitter

Essie As Gold as it Gets, Revlon Fashionista
Essie As Gold as it Gets over Revlon Fashionista

Essie Vanity Fairest Layering
Essie Vanity Fairest with Unknown Gold Glitter

Glittered Concrete
Glittered Concrete (Franken)

Pink Valentine's Mani
Pink Valentine Layering

Red Valentine's Mani
Red Valentine Layering

Strawberry Jelly Glitter Sandwich
Strawberry Jelly Glitter Sandwich


Faye by Zoya
Zoya Faye with Unknown Glitter

SOPI Sugarplum Faeries Gone Wild, Revlon Bare Bones
Glitter Gradient with SOPI Sugar Plum Faeries Gone Wild over Revlon Bare Bones

China Glaze Twinkle Lights
Christmas Glitter Gradient: China Glaze Twinkle Lights over Unknown Red

Unicorn Puke Dupe Attempt 1
Unicorn Puke Recreation: Attempt 1

Unicorn Puke Dupe Attempt 2
Unicorn Puke Recreation: Attempt 2


Zoya Katherine

Prior to becoming pregnant, I had a nail polish blog called Polish and Prose. It was a ton of fun posting pictures and reviewing new polishes. My husband bought me my very own Helmer and challenged me to fill it up. I took that challenge in stride for about a month. I'm embarassed proud to say that I own over 100 different bottles of nail polish, possibly more!

Anyhoo... Jelly polishes quickly became one of my FAVORITE finishes. And don't even get me started on how much I love Jelly Glitter Sandwiches. *sigh* I haven't painted my nails in a WHILE, but this is the last manicure I sported. Katherine by Zoya, from the New York Fashion Week Gloss Collection.

Let me just start by posting the promo pic of Katherine from Zoya's website.

Zoya Katherine
Zoya Katherine

Their description of this lovely color is: "A sheer, dark, red-toned aubergine, oxblood with a buildable jelly gloss finish. The jelly gloss formula can be worn alone or layered to create an endless variety of custom colors. Color originally created for fashion designer Peter Som."

Katherine is definitely a warm red-toned purple, but it looks FAR different on the nail than what Zoya pictures on their website. Waaaaay more purple than oxblood in my opinion.


Zoya Katherine
Katherine by Zoya

Zoya Katherine
Zoya Katherine with glitter accent nail

Even if it's not exactly the shade of oxblood I was after, it's still a gorgeous color. Reminds me of a grape lollipop! I added a little extra pop with a glitter accent nail. Here you can see the accent on ring finger of my left hand. I also accented my index finger and pinky on my left hand.

Application was great. I couldn't tell you how many coats it took to get this look because it's been so long, but it was definitely more than 3. I used Beauty Secrets ridge filler as my base, and Seche Vite Dry-Fast top coat for added shine. I can't remember which glitter I used for my accent nails... best guess would be either SOPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild or Flurry Up.

I haven't picked up the other 2 shades in the NYFW Gloss collection. I'm not really in the market for a teal jelly like Frida, and Paloma was a little too berry colored for my taste.

Have you picked up any of the shades from Zoya's Gloss collection? Which is your favorite?


Deviations, Inspiration, and Procrastination...

Writers block happens. Creative challenges happen. Procrastination happens. When I'm facing any of these 3 problems... I have a site I like to visit to inspire me.

deviantArt

Founded in 2000... it's a social network for artists to post their work online for peer review. I'm not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but this site will do wonders to get your creative juices flowing. It's a place where you can truly surf the interwebs and find some really cool stuff.

For instance... a simple search on glitter yielded this pretty picture:

sparkle glitter drops

A few clicks later, and I found a really cool tattoo idea...

bird tattoo

both from the same deviantArt user, violetkitty92. She actually drew these birds on her wrist, but I think this would make an awesome tattoo! I love the placement and everything. I clicked around her gallery, and it's full of some pretty amazing stuff.

And that's the cool thing about deviantArt. You can be looking for one thing, and your search suddenly goes in a completely different direction. That brief change in direction can be just the perspective you need!

I'll post more deviations as I stumble across them...

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