Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013! China Glaze Fortune Teller, Revlon Streetwear Trick or Treat, & Revlon Knockout

Have I mentioned that I love Halloween? I’m throwing a little shindig tonight and have so much decorating to do, so I’ll try to make this quick.

I wanted this to be a little more elaborate than it is, but my freehand skills are limited to polka dots, and I don’t have any stamping materials (yet), so this was what I came up with for my Halloween manicure. The orange is one of the rarest polishes I have in my stash, Revlon Streetwear Trick or Treat. I have scoured the web and can’t even prove its existence! It’s a gorgeous shimmery medium orange with fine orange and gold shimmer-in the right light it looks almost candlelit. I have a hunch that Revlon Haunted Heart that came out last year is a similar color, but since I don’t have it I can’t compare. The black creme is Revlon Knockout, a nice basic black. The glitter is another one of my rarities, China Glaze Fortune Teller. It has a semi-opaque black base and is filled with different sizes of orange glitter hexes. The rhinestones I got at a swap meet a few weeks ago. The polka dots on my thumb were made with a bobby pin.

I’m going as Little Red Riding Hood this year, hopefully I can snap a picture of it before the night is through. These nails certainly don’t match my red cape, but really, how could I not wear my favorite Halloween polishes?

Have a great night everyone!

Edited to add: I didn't get a shot of my costume in full, but at least I snapped a phone pic of my most radical, amazing Wet n' Wild false eyelashes:

Do you see the little deer head and antlers with the butterfly resting on them? I wish I'd bought a backup pair of these!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Essie Sand Tropez & China Glaze Harvest Moon

I needed a little break from all the Halloween stuff I’ve been wearing, so here’s a manicure inspired by a sweatshirt I just bought:

Super cute, right? I used three coats of essie Sand Tropez for my base, which is a great sandy/beige/taupe and added dots of China Glaze Harvest Moon with a bobby pin to mimic the rose gold sequin dots. My hands were pretty shaky last night so the dots aren’t perfect (hence why I’m showing you the nicer of the hands)-I pulled a muscle in my neck while I was sleeping the other night so my head is at a weird angle until the muscles loosen up.

I love this manicure. It’s so girly and chic. Don’t worry though-I’ve one last Halloween post to share with you-and it’s amazing.

Till next time!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

O.P.I. Vesper

Vesper is the only Liquid Sand polish I own at the moment. I was positive I’d hate the trend, but the more I see them the more I like them. I decided to start with Vesper since it’s a vamp (so it’s in my comfort zone), and I’m so glad I did. I bought it back in August and have grown to love the way the texture feels.

My pictures do this polish no justice (as per usual). The base of Vesper is a deep, inky purple, neither red nor blue toned-just perfect. After three coats the polish can look black, but around the edges you get flashes of purple. There’s no glitter in this one and that is one of the reasons I love it. While I have many glitter textures on my wishlist now, the finish on Vesper gets me so excited. The polish retains its shine, and even under the dullest light the bumps will catch it and sparkle like marcasite. SO. GORGEOUS.

There is one drawback to this polish: it stains like you would not believe. The first time I wore it, I left it on for six or seven days, much longer than I normally leave polish on (terrific wear, by the way…only minor chips on day six). When I removed it I was greeted by pinky-yellow staining. So double up on base coat with this one. Triple up.

This was three coats, no topcoat (it’d be sacrilege in my opinion), so that the gorgeous marcasite finish can shine.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wet n Wild Creepy Pumpkin & Nubar Black Polka Dot

Here’s an intentional Halloween polish! I don’t know why it took me so long to wear this!! It was from the Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers from last year, and I just never got around to wearing it. Shame on me.

Creepy Pumpkin is a draw-dropping, glass-fleckish orange shimmer that catches the light no matter if you’re outside in the sun or under florescent bulbs. There are occasional flecks of bright green and yellow that sparkle in between the orange and really make it look like a pretty pumpkin patch. It’s a bit sheer, so I layered two coats of it over a Fantasy Makers from this year called Ghouls Rush In, which I’ll show a swatch of a little later on.

And of course I slapped Black Polka Dot over it to give it even more of a Halloween vibe.

Can’t stop looking at this!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Maybelline Color Show Dotty

I broke about four nails at Disneyland, so I present this awesome polish to you on nubs!! I actually think it looks pretty good on short nails though.

Even though I don’t think this was an intentional Halloween polish, I mean…look at it. If this doesn’t scream “HALLOWEEENOMG!” then I don’t know what does.

Dotty is several sizes of black and white matte hex glitters suspended in a bright orange jelly base. I had to do a bit of placement with the larger glitters, but painting was not the hassle I expected it to be.

This was two full coats, and a bit of placing on a third. Don’t expect this one to come out smooth, I have two coats of Gelous and two of my regular Grand Central Station on top of it.

I just love everything about this. The orange jelly is bright, but doesn’t obscure the glitter, and I’ve had people complimenting my nails all day.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Maybelline Color Show Twilight Rays

It is overcast and rainy today, so I had to snap these pictures in between showers. On the one hand, raaaaaaaaaaaaain! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! On the other, less than stellar pictures. I’m not the greatest photographer to begin with, so anyone keeping up with this is truly awesome.

Admittedly, Twilight Rays looks less than remarkable on camera, which is a shame because it’s really beautiful. Its black base is chock-full of irregularly shaped, foil-y shimmer in orange and gold, with flashes of bright emerald green. It catches the light beautifully and is quite shiny and smooth without topcoat. This was three coats.

I’ve got two more Color Show polishes to show you later on in the month; I’m really liking the brush. It’s skinny and short, but not short enough to where you feel out of control.

Halloween is in full-swing over here. My best friend and I are coordinating costumes, planning a little party, and even my boyfriend is going to dress up!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Essie Power Clutch & Nubar Black Polka Dot

I wasn’t going for Halloween with this manicure, but it ended up looking like one, somehow. It reminds me of Edward Gorey, and old-school Tim Burton…those black on dark grey pencil drawings. Sort of?

Power Clutch is a nice, creamy, dark grey polish with the standard essie creme/jelly formula. It was opaque in two coats. Nubar Black Polka Dot is just different sizes of black hexagonal glitter in a clear base-a black glitter topper. I only did one coat. The base is slightly more viscous than other glitter toppers I own, but not enough that “placing” the glitter with the brush is impossible.

Feeling a bit under the weather today. It’s hot and I have a sneaking suspicion that my godson gave me a cold.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

China Glaze-Ick-a-bod-y

Happy October! As far as I’m concerned, the next 29 days are Halloween. I’m even going to Disneyland’s HalloweenTime for my godson’s third birthday! I grew out of Disneyland a long time ago, and admittedly it’s not a lot of fun for me with a bunch of adults, but to have a little kid there would definitely make the visit worth it.

I’m wearing a polish I got on clearance back in July and have waited impatiently to wear. I’ve had my eye on Ick-a-bod-y forever. It’s a perfect Halloween polish. It has a murky, dirty olive base and is chock-full of coppery-orange glitter. Seriously, no one does glitters like China Glaze.

The brush was a bit odd-it spread out and was really fluffy so application wasn’t as easy as I would have liked. Clean up was a bit of a challenge too, which is why you can see sparkles on my skin. I imagine removal will be nothing short of a nightmare.

Still, I love it. It’s glittery and dark and fun. This was three coats of Ick-a-bod-y, one coat of Gelous, and two of Grand Central Station. Even so, it was somewhat bumpy-this is a very thirsty glitter.