Thursday, June 30, 2011

Smooth Sailing & Lighthouse

Essie Smooth Sailing is a beautiful muted blue from one of their recent collections. I added one layer of China Glaze Lighthouse on top. I prefer China Glaze White Cap as a top coat over Lighthouse, but this manicure was cute for something different. Layering manicures are simple, fast, and I think most times they turn a plain polish into something really unique.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Orly Snow Cone

Orly Snow Cone is a light blue creme polish that is pretty average as far as I'm concerned. I probably own 4-5 blue polishes and this one is my least favorite. I got this polish for free with a coupon a few months ago so it is hard to complain. I think it will be good for water marbling so when I have time I will try that :) This is two coats, no top coat.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My 450 Follower Giveaway!

I reached 450 followers:)

Thank you to all of my followers, this giveaway is to show you all my appreciation.

China Glaze: Coconut Kiss, Rainbow, Purple Panic, Beauty & the Beach

Open internationally.

Closes July 30 2011 - anywhere in the world.

The winner will be picked by random number generator. Please fill out the form below:)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Love: OPI Shorts Story & White Cap

I love pink polishes, and I LOVE China Glaze White Cap. When I finally finish my bottle of White Cap I will definitely be repurchasing it. This was a simple manicure but I still received several compliments. This is two coats of OPI Shorts Story, with one thin coat of China Glaze White Cap.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Essie: Smooth Sailing

Essie Smooth Sailing is a beautiful new polish from the Essie Braziliant Collection. Although I thought the collection was pretty plain I purchased both Smooth Sailing and Absolutely Shore because they were both very unique compared to the pink polishes I own, and I had a Target giftcard :) If you love blue polish I would recommend Smooth Sailing. The formula was good, and it dried way faster than the other eight Essie polishes I own. This is two coats, no top coat.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Simple Tape Manicure

For this mani I used China Glaze Knotty & Empowerment layered together for the base. I then added a thin strip of tape and painted on top with Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Steel Grey. The brush on the Rimmel polishes is large and wide and I love it. It makes application very easy. I finished everything with one coat of Seche Vite to complete the manicure.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sally Hansen: Bling It On & Question

I have read several great things on Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. I won Bling It On a few weeks ago and have finally decided to try them out. I was able to do all ten nails with only five strips. If your nails aren't too long I would definitely recommend cutting your strips in half to make them last longer. The price range for these is around $10 per pack. I am going to test these out and see how long they last so it might be awhile before I have a post again. I LOVE the pink glitter strips, and unlike a normal glitter polish it is smooth without a top coat.

Does anyone know of a pink polish that looks like the pink glitter strips? I would love to wear this manicure everyday, but it has been hard to find a good selection of the polish strips in my area.

Essie: Nice is Nice

Essie Nice is Nice is a pretty lavender creme polish that is perfect for spring/summer. I purchased this polish during a CVS 50% off clearance sale but I would have paid full price for it. The formula is great, and it is unique from several other lavender polishes I have tried. This is two coats, no top coat.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Quick Manicure & Giveaway Winner

Every time I decided to do my nails in a jiffy I always turn to polishes from the China Glaze Tronica collection. From my experience they all dry extremely fast, and can be opaque in one careful coat. Today I used China Glaze Hyper Haute as a base, and the newest collection of Bundle Monster plates for the stamping. I do not normally do accent nail manicures, but this was fun for something different.

I have finally drawn and contacted the winner for my 300 follower giveaway. Sorry for the delay. I broke one of the bottles when I moved, so I had to find a replacement. The winner is Jenny S! Thank you everyone for the nice comments and for following my blog :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mermaid's Tears & Silver Stamping

I love OPI Mermaid's Tears, it is the perfect creme base for stamping. I also love Sally Hansen Celeb City, which is perfect for stamping. This also happens to be one of my favorite Konad plate images. I think this is my favorite non-pink manicure I have tried so far :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Layering: China Glaze Knotty & Empowerment

I have been testing China Glaze Knotty as a layering polish since I purchased it a month ago. Knotty makes any polish more muted and dusty. For this mani I used two coats of China Glaze Empowerment with one thin coat of China Glaze Knotty on top. Although Knotty is interesting for a top coat, China Glaze Lighthouse and White Cap are still my favorites.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Stamping with Pink Voltage

It is no secret I love pink manicures. China Glaze Pink Voltage is one of my favorite pink polishes. If you would like to read my post/view links to my other favorite pink polishes you can see that here. For this mani I used Pink Voltage as the base, and black Bundle Monster stamping on top. The first picture with without top coat, and the second photo is with.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pirate Skittles

I purchased the small OPI set from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection awhile ago and finally decided to use them. I wanted to test all four polishes out, so I painted my nails like this. They only stayed like this for a few hours, but it was fun to have rainbow nails for once. I love all of the Pirate colors, but I think in the future I will stick to the full size bottles and not the minis.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

China Glaze: Encouragement

Encouragement is a light baby pink with silver shimmer from the China Glaze Fight Like a Woman Collection. I love this color, and I think it would be perfect for the workplace. I think Encouragement would look best with a white/ivory base. This is three coats, no top coat.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Quick Purple Manicure

For this fast mani I used China Glaze Virtual Violet (from the China Glaze Tronica Collection) as a base. Virtual Violet dries very fast, and I only needed to use one coat. I then stamped on top with my Bundle Monster plates and a white Wet n Wild polish. I think this whole manicure took less than ten minuets :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Orly Oh Cabana Boy & China Glaze Pom Pom

Lately I have not been buying many new polishes because I have been busy with moving and my ongoing job hunt. Instead I have been finding new combinations for my old polishes. I have worn this manicure for a few days now, and still have no chips. This is two coats of Orly Oh Cabana Boy with one coat of China Glaze Pom Pom on top. I found Pom Pom on clearance at Sally's a few months ago, but any pink glitter top coat would be cute. I topped everything with a thick coat of Seche Vite, which I think is really helping this manicure last.