Sunday, February 28, 2010

Zoya Adina

I don't even know how to begin to describe this color. It's like a beautiful purple with an iridescent green flash. Just kept staring at it. It's so pretty. In the dark restaurant where I work, it looked like a glowing grey. Then, I'd go into the brightly lit kitchen, and it would either look green or purple, depending on which way I turned. It's absolutely gorgeous, and may be headed into my all time faves category.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I wanted to make a pretty blue glitter polish for my best friend. She's always dug blue/teal polishes, and I had a bottle of Sally Girl teal glitter just lying around. I also had some Poshe top coat that wasn't being used. I decided to swirl them together. On the first shake, it blended beautifully. I shook it a little harder, to achieve an even distribution, and then I walked away. When I came back two hours later, I was bummed to discover what had only earlier looked like it would be a great teal glitter was now a glop of silver glitter at the bottom of the bottle, with a blue-tinged polish on top. No matter how hard I shake it, it will not blend back together.


Monday, February 22, 2010

new Konads!

I got plates m77 & m79, along with a larger bottle of black special polish, and a large bottle of purple metallic special polish. Man, have I raved enough about Great selection, free shipping on orders over $20, and she'll honor any coupon, hers or a competitor's.

I've been playing with m79. My favorite is the clouds.

Meet Me at Star Ferry main polish

China Glaze Bahamanian Escape main polish. This one was great, and received compliments all through the day and night. It looks like the wallpaper in Toy Story. I love this.

Orly Thorned Rose main polish, which looks deep red on my pale skin, with design from m77.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Ombre with Nicole by OPI Love Your Life

While I like the overall effect here, this manicure came out a bit chunkier than I'd hoped. I ended up digging the little hearts out of the bottle with a toothpick.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sephora by OPI spingtime

Again, I know that it's February, and not technically springtime. But the colors that are coming out now are so gorgeous, I can't stand it. Here are two more that I picked up recently.

First is Leaf Him at the Altar. I am so madly in love with this polish. It is a bright metallic green, with a golden shimmer. It showed no brush strokes, and I again, I went for three coats. Also, please note that I always use Seche Vite top coat. But I've also recently made a switch from CND Stickey base coat to Seche Rebuild. My nails are starting to get all thin & peely, and I can't have this.

I got a billion compliments on this color.

Next, we have the winner for maybe the worst name ever to grace a polish: Iris I was Thinner. You wha? Excuse me? It's bad English, and it's perpetuating bullshit.

But, it's a lovely lavender shade. And since the Lucky Lucky Lavender from the OPI Hong Kong collection turned out to be not so lavender and oh so Pepto-Bismol pink, this was a nice shade for my purple fetish.

three coats color, plus my beloved Seche. This stuff is awesome, and is the tricky to a glossy manicure, every time.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

woohoo, Spingtime!

Well, it's technically still wintertime. But, since it's February, and this is Texas, spring is just around the corner. I got some colors I wanted out of China Glaze & OPI's new collections.

left to right-- China Glaze Up & Away collection Heli-yum and Peachy Keen, OPI Hong Kong Jade is the New Black, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Lucky Lucky Lavender.

two guess which one I used as soon as I got home.

wow, that is a beautiful green. It was opaque in two coats, but I used three just because I wanted the color to pop.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Chanel Particuliere

Mmm...neutral. I didn't immediately hate the formula, which we know is progress since I usually loathe Chanel's polishes. I love their lipsticks and blushes and whatnots. But the nail polishes and I don't get along. But this formula was easy to use, and opaque in two coats. Yay!

outside, with light coming through sunroof


this color is really pretty in person, and I'm not sure that comes across in the photos. It's neutral, for sure, but it's not so neutral that it annoys me since I like really colorful options.

I did manage to snag the last bottle at Northpark's Nordstrom. Because I am cool like that. Not cool enough to have snagged a Chanel Jade, but still...