Friday, December 31, 2010

Coupla Holo Frankens

So, I got the idea to franken Wet and Wild Kaleidoscope with Fantasy Makers holo glitter after reading this post on MUA. So I added the glitter to Kaleidoscope (silver), WnW Black Creme and WnW Blue Moon and here are the results.

Click on the pick to check out the closeup, especially the silver:

The bottle of black looks amazing:

But too bad the holo doesn't show up that much on the nail. Overall, I'm happy with my frankening today.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gold Glitter Comparison

So, I was organizing my stash tonight and thought these colors deserved a comparison. They are all gold glitters with reds mixed in.

If you click on the pick, you'll get a super-sized closeup.

They're all quite similar. Magical is pretty sparse, so I don't think you'd be able to wear it by itself. The other two are similar, but Gold Glitz is a much warmer shade than Gift of Gold. I just love all these warm golds. I'm going to hit Ulta tomorrow in the hopes that I can find a full sized Gift of Gold on clearance, wish me luck!

Thanks for looking!

Update: I was able to grab the last bottle of Gift of Gold at Ulta today for $4.99 clearance (full sized). I found it on accident, it was mixed in with some drugstore polishes. I also got the green glitter from the Burlesque collection, I don't remember the name. Other than that, Ulta was already wiped out of clearance polishes, but at least I got the one I was looking for. Yay!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wet n Wild: Glitz and Glam pt 2

This collection is so worth hunting down...I mean they're only 99 cents! And I love that all the names are New Year's themed. After swatching the colors from yesterday's post, I went back and picked these up from Rite Aid. There are still like maybe three other colors I passed on from this set.

This "effect" is called Confetti. I forget to mention yesterday that they call the top coats in this collection "effects". Like it's fancier that way ♥ Confetti is a milky base with iridescent glitter:

Not much on it's own, but layered over Femme Noir, it really shows off.

The 2nd "effect" is Fireworks. This is a clear base with dense gold micro glitter and holo hex glitter. Another gold glitter in this collection, but Fireworks and Tipsy look nothing alike.

This one can be worn on it's own. I have it also layered over Femme Noir and it's almost too dense to layer.

This next color is called Champagne. What an awesome color! I don't know if you'd call it a foil? It has that feel to it. I love it, it's very unique, I don't think I have another color in my collection that looks anything like it.

So pretty!

The last color I got is Extravaganza. It's a cranberry color with a gold shimmer to it.

Unfortunately, my camera just plain refused to capture the gold shimmer on the swatch, but if you look at the bottle pick, you can see it there.

What do you all think of this collection? I'm very happy with it and I think it has some great colors. And for 99 cents each? You should grab 'em.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wet n Wild: Glitz and Glam pt 1

I guess these would be considered New Year's colors with names like Midnight and Tipsy? They're from the Glitz and Glam collection.

Midnight is definitely a relative of Wild Orchid. Although it's not the same shade, it's close. It's a blurple color with the same holo glitter as Wild Orchid. Ooh, I should do a comparison....I smell a future post coming on.....

Now Tipsy is a clear base with gold-ish coppery micro glitter. Gold glitter is very IN this year, huh? I really like that most golds this season are a warmer shade. That's more my style.

and here we have Tipsy by itself and layered over my favorite base, Femme Noir. I love how fine the glitter is:

I love the combo of Femme Noir with the gold glitter.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 20, 2010

OPI: Ulta Holi-Daze

Look what I grabbed from Ulta! This trio is an Ulta exclusive holiday set by OPI. I ended up getting the mini set:

It includes three colors; All the Berry Best, Gift of Gold and Plum Full of Cheer. Click the pick for a closeup:

All the Berry Best is a bright pinkish red. Gift of Gold is an awesome gold glitter, warmed up with a bit of red micro glitter thrown into the mix. I was surprised how much I liked this swatched, I may have to go back for the full sized bottle. The last color is Plum Full of Cheer. It's a nice dark purple shimmer.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Essence: Choose Me

Another Ulta find here and my 1st Essence color. I wish Ulta would get the magnetics though....sigh. I do have 2 Loreal's and one Lancome magnetic, but more is always better. Those just do the star pattern, the Essence's have a cool magnet that does a bar effect. Magnetic polish just rocks.....

Anyways, on to the color at hand. Choose Me is a teal-ish blue color with glass flecks:

and swatched. You can really see the glass flecks. The bottle color shows a bit darker. I wonder if this one would look ok layered over a darker teal/blue? Hmm.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 17, 2010

China Glaze Christmas Colors

I don't have the entire set, so I'm only posting what I do own; Frosty, Mrs Claus, Mistletoe Kisses, Phat Santa, Sugar Plums, Jolly Holly and Party Hearty. Click on the pick for a larger version:

and here are the swatches:

I experimented with layering Party Hearty over a red and a green. Here it is over Phat Santa:

But it looks best over Jolly Holly. Now this is the holly look I was going for when I tried to layer Spark my Mistletoe over Jolly Holly. I think this will be my Christmas day mani. It's so festive.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Giveaway Winners

Here are the winners of my Holiday Giveaway....

drum roll

The Grand Prize goes to: Apple Park from Beauty Burg

Runner Up: Lisa from The Black Cherry

Runner Up: Snow0016 from Living Life and Sharing It

I sent emails to all the winners today and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who participated.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Let it Snow(men) pt 2

Ah, I've saved some of the best for last here. This Snowman is a blue foil color that I found at Rite Aid. It can be a one coater if you apply carefully, excellent coverage on this one and amazing pretty:

Here's a good closeup:

The base color on this one is clear mixed with red micro glitter:

It's a bit too shear to wear on it's own, which surprised me. Looking at the bottle, I thought it would be like Ruby Pumps..but not so much. Still nice though, so I of course layered it over Femme Noir:

And my last snowman is a clear base mixed with regular sized silver holo glitter:

This one can be worn in it's own if you layer up enough (make sure to use the foil method to remove it), but it's also sheer enough to layer over another color....yes, Femme Noir again ☺ It's a chunky glitter, so you'll want to wear a top coat. I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails for this swatch.

Well, that's it' for my snowmen. They're so festive, yay Christmas!!


Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Let it Snow(men) pt 1

Aren't the little guys cute? You can find them at Meijer and Rite Aid. They don't come with names, each bottle is labeled "Snowman".

This first color is a neon pink base mixed with holo micro glitter. Like most neons, it dries matte, so you'll need a top coat. I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails on this swatch since it's not supposed to dull holos as much.

Next one is a simple mint green cream. Cute, but I think if I were to wear it, I may want to Konad over it or something to jazz it up a bit:

and this last guy is a red jelly base mixed with regular sized holo glitter:

Here it is by itself and layered over Femme Noir. I was of course most excited about this one...I mean, red holo? That's right up my alley. But it's too sheer on it's own, it's definitely a layering polish:

I really like it over Femme Noir. I've come to find that FN is a nice base for layering!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Zoya Spoons

So, did anyone order their 6 free Zoya spoons yesterday? I think I got in at the last minute, the code was supposed to be good for Friday only, but I was still able to order them yesterday morning. Here's what I chose (I went for glitters):







I wanted to order my namesake spoon, Michelle:

But blach, it's like hot pink...bummer! Why couldn't I be a cool blacked red or duochrome? Maybe they'll do a Shelly or Shel one day. A nickname is better than nothing ☺ I've never ordered the spoons before, so I'll be curious to see them when they get here.

Thanks for looking!

Revlon: Perplex

I'm sure you've all heard of Perplex recently, it's Revlon's version of Chanel's Paradoxal. I had been hunting my CVS' for this sucker for a couple of weeks, but finally fount it at Ulta.

Perplex is a taupy purple color with purple shimmer:

So cute!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nichole by OPI: Spark my Mistletoe

Today, I have another kick @ss red to show you. This is Spark my Mistletoe. The bottle color is a clear base with red microglitter and I guess micro hex glitter. The hexes are quite small, but larger than the red glitter.

Here is the bottle:

And on the left is the color solo. Nice! And then layered over Femme Noir, which is a dark blacked red color:

This is so pretty! Although, I wanted to try it layered over a green....I was going for the holly look. I layered it over China Glaze Jolly Holly, and here was the result:

Yeah, that didn't exactly work out....yuck! What a mess.

Thanks for looking!