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!