Sunday, July 8, 2012

Blog Sale

Hello!  I decided to go through my collection and round up polishes for a blog sale.

Terms and Conditions
$3 shipping + $.50 for each additional polish
US shipping only
Payment accepted as paypal
I am not responsible for lost or damaged items, I do my best to ensure that it reaches you in the condition listed.  DC# is provided.
No returns or refunds accepted.

Usage is as follows:
BN (brand new) 
swatched (1-4 nails painted)
1x (used for 1 full mani)
2x (used for 2 full manis)
other amounts of usage will be shown by percentage

Now that that is out of the way, here are the polishes up for sale.

 Julep Morgan (BN) $6
Julep Mandy (swatched) $5
Julep Kate (swatched) $5
Julep Sandra (1x) $5

 (pending) Butter London No More Waity Katie (2x) $9
(pending) Butter London Chancer (BN) $10

Essie No Place Like Chrome, not pictured (swatched) $4
Essie Blue Rhapsody (swatched) $4
(pending) Essie Good As Gold (swatched) $4
Essie Navigate Her (1x) $4
Essie Action (1x) $4
Essie Over The Knee (90%) $3
(pending) Essie Brazilliant (2x) $4
Essie Cocktail Bling (85%) $3
Essie Da Bush (2x) $4
Essie Your Hut or Mine (85%) $3

 China Glaze Splish Splash (1x) $4
China Glaze Skyscraper (1x) $4

 (pending) OPI DS Signature (90%) $9
(pending)  OPI DS, unlabelled red holo (80%) $9
(pending) OPI DS Amethyst, black cap (70%) $7
OPI Ink (1x) $4
OPI Excuse Moi (1x) $4
(pending) OPI My Private Jet (95%) $4
OPI Brights Power (2x) $4

(pending) Models Own Aqua Violet (BN) $6
(pending) Models Own Golden Green (BN) $6
Gosh Magic Star (90%) $4
(pending) Deborah Lippmann Don't Tell Mama (1x) $10
Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance Mini (swatched) $6

Love & Beauty Midnight (swatched) $1
Love & Beauty Coral (swatched) $1
H&M lemon sorbet (BN) $.50
Color Club He Loves Me mini (1x) $1
Sally Girl glitter mini (BN) $.50
Zoya Noel mini (2x) $2
Sinful Colors Sour Grapes nail art (1x) $1
Maybelline Colorama Pink Pinata (BN) $2

Sally Hansen Jumpin Jade (swatched) $2
Sally Hansen Crackle Fushia Shock (2x) $1
(pending) OPI Do You Lilac It (90%) $3
(pending) Nic's Sticks Silverella (BN) $2
Nic's Sticks Silverella (BN) $2

I will accept offers through my email,  I will update the sale as pending or sold. Thanks and happy shopping!

Essie Mirror Metallics

When I saw this collection coming out this summer I was really excited because the swatch pictures online looked so pretty.  I was surprised when I tried these because the polishes have a very unique finish.  They dried almost matte and weren't very streaky for how metallic they are.  I only used one coat for my swatch pictures.  The only downside is how they show every little flaw in the nail, even ones I didn't know I had.  If you are going to get these, I recommend purchasing a good ridge filling base coat and buffing the nail first.  

 No Place Like Chrome: silver metallic
Nothing Else Metals: lilac metallic
Blue Rhapsody: blue metallic
Penny Talk: copper metallic
Good As Gold: gold metallic 

Penny Talk

Nothing Else Metals

Blue Rhapsody

Good As Gold

No Place Like Chrome

I really can't decide which ones are my favorites.  I think Good As Gold looks the best with my skin tone, but I really love Penny Talk and Nothing Else Metals.  Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Firework Photos

This post isn't about nail polish, but I wanted to share some of the pictures I took of fireworks.  I finally got a chance to play with the manual setting on my camera. For anyone who may be wondering I used a 1-2 second shutter speed, f8 aperture, and ISO 100 for these pics.  I wish I could have played around a bit more but I was fifteen minutes late to the firework show.  Hope you enjoy!

Independence Day Polish

I finally have my computer up and running again! I moved to a new place and the internet has been a little sketchy since I have been here.  I didn't realize my pictures were posting as a huge size so I fixed that on my last few posts.  Anyways, I decided to play with my red, white, and blue polishes to do some patriotic nails for the fourth.  I love holidays because it gives me a chance to try out nail art that I wouldn't normally do.  Hope you enjoy!

 Some of my red, blue, and white polishes. 

 Zoya Noel

A nice medium blue foil.  I probably wouldn't have bought this one, but I got a mini in my Birchbox awhile ago.  Great application and quick dry time.

 China Glaze Skyscraper

A blue jelly packed with tons of silver glitter.  It is a much sparklier version of Essie Starry Starry Nights. 

 Essie Ruby Slippers

This one really deserves its own post because it is so beautiful.  What makes it really pop is the lighter red/orange glitter in the dark red jelly base.  Without a topcoat it looks dull, but once you put on the topcoat it really shines! 

 Zoya Sooki with Julep America accent nail

Sooki is the most perfect red creme I have ever used.  It's super pigmented, smooth, and shiny.  Reds are usually a pain to apply but this one went on like butter. Julep America was great once I thinned it and put it over a red base.  I tried it over white and it looked awful so I will stick with red from now on.

I used Essie Marshmallow as the base, then Essie Bobbing for Baubles, Zoya Sooki, China Glaze 2NITE, Sally Hansen White On, OPI Red My Fortune Cookie, and Essie Smooth Sailing for the ruffles.  I wasn't a huge fan of how this turned out because the reds weren't opaque enough, but it was a fun technique. 

Sponge Manicure

I used 2 coats of Essie Marshmallow for the base, then sponged on Essie Bordeaux and China Glaze 2NITE, and topped it all off with Essie Carnival and Seche Vite. I did this combo because I wanted it to look like fireworks.  I think it turned out well for my first attempt at sponging. 

That's all I have for today, which one was your favorite?  
Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Butter London Victoriana

Today is my favorite blue.  I guess this isn't a true blue, it is more of a teal leaning blue with silver shimmer.  I had to include Butter London in my list of favorites because they have the BEST formula, a great color selection, and wear amazingly well.  Not to mention their cute little bottles that line up perfectly! I'm a sucker for how a well organized nail polish collection looks all lined up by brand and color.  When I get settled in a new place I will finally get one of those acrylic wall racks to display my polish in my bathroom.  Anyways, here is Butter London Victoriana:

On the top of my wishlist is Nails Inc Baker Street, as soon as I can make it to a Sephora store I'm sure it will take the place of my favorite blue!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Essie Going Incognito

Today I am sharing my favorite green polish, Essie Going Incognito.  I had a tough time picking my favorite green, but this was one of the very first polishes I fell in love with.  It is the perfect hunter green creme and reminds me of Christmas.  It is probably the darkest green polish I have that never looks black.  It also has an amazing formula and is opaque in two coats.  Tell me what you think!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Essie Shorty Pants

Today I am sharing my favorite yellow nail polish as part of the favorites rainbow challenge.  Like orange, I'm not a huge fan of yellow because most of the time they have awful formulas and look disgusting on.  Essie Shorty Pants is an exception to this rule, it is a bright but not neon yellow creme.  Too bad this polish is discontinued and hard to find or I would get a backup.  Hope you enjoy!

Check out the other blogs that are participating here:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Essie Bright Tights

Today is day two of rainbow favorites, orange!  I'm not a huge orange fan, but I do have a thing for neons so I chose Essie Bright Tights to share today.  It is the best neon orange I have ever seen!  Too bad this one isn't in stores, but it can still be found at some online retailers.  Like most neons, it is extremely hard to photograph and makes my skin look sick.  This is two coats of Bright Tights over one coat of Sally Hansen White On.  It dries matte, so it definitely needs a topcoat for a shiny finish.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Essie Bonded

I'm doing a week of favorites that blogger Bec from Lacquer Dreams had the great idea of doing.  For this week I will post my favorite red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and pink polish from my stash.  Today is red and I chose Essie Bonded as my very favorite red to share with everyone. Bonded is a discontinued Essie that is a red jelly with a very fine silver glitter.  It is the red sister to Essie Starry Starry Nights.  On the nail, the glitter shows up pinkish because of the red jelly.  It reminds me of candied apples!

Essie Bonded (flash)

Essie Bonded (shade)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Don't Tell Mama

Don't Tell Mama has a black base with green micro-shimmer.  It is one of those polishes that looks black in most lighting until you get direct light showing off the pretty shimmer.  Like all Deborah Lippmann polishes, this one has a flawless formula. I don't own a ton of vampy colors, so I like having something like this for when I am in the mood for dark almost black nails. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Essie Bikini So Teeny and Lapis of Luxury

I picked up Bikini So Teeny from the Summer 2012 Collection with the same name.  Bikini So Teeny is a very pretty light blue with hidden silver shimmer.  It reminded me a lot of Lapis of Luxury, so I did a side by side comparison.  Lapis of Luxury is a dustier cornflower blue with a creme-jelly finish. I love both polishes, which do you like better?

Essie Bikini So Teeny

Left- Bikini So Teeny, Right- Lapis of Luxury

Index and ring: Bikini So Teeny
Middle and pinky: Lapis of Luxury 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

China Glaze Surfin' For Boys

This is part of the new China Glaze Summer Neons Collection that just came out June 1st. These neons are amazing!!! They have that little something extra because of the shimmer, which make them unique compared to the normal neon polish.  I also picked up Pink Plumeria, Hang-Ten Toes, and I'm With The Lifeguard.  I may have to end up getting some more from this collection before they are sold out.  Surfin for Boys is a retina searing coral with pink micro shimmer that is obvious is sunlight.  I did three coats with one coat of Seche Vite.  I love it, definitely one of my new favorite polishes for summer.

China Glaze Surfin For Boys

Look at that shimmer!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

OPI DS Amethyst

I found this polish on a nail salon rack when I was getting a pedicure and I asked the salon owner if I could buy it and she said $2.50!!!  It is only about 70% full and the silver cap was replaced with a normal one, but I am still a happy camper!  DS Amethyst is a linear lilac holo and a little lighter than DS Original.  I didn't put on a topcoat on out of fear of dulling the holo, but the OPI DS holos dry with a nice shine unlike some holographic polishes.  Hope you enjoy!