Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sally Hansen Opals Wheel

I was lucky enough to find all my Opals last year at the Dollar Tree. I'm missing 08: Violet Opal, but other than that, I think I have a full set of them. The Opals are very sheer and are meant for layering. Each color on the wheel is layered over Black. Most of these are untried (yikes) and I listed some of my favorites:

Make sure to click the picks to enlarge them:

Crystal Opal is a great duochrome, it flashes purple and green:

Pale Pink Opal flashes pink and blue. I love how Red Opal is actually green! LOL:

Earthen Opal is red and purple - so cool:

Flame Opal is another red/purple combo, but not as dramatic as Earthen Opal:

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Massini / Studio M Nail Wheel

I've been in a nail wheel swatching mode lately, so I thought I'd post a bunch of 'em in the next week. The first wheel is my Massini / Studio M colors. As many of you know Massini is only available at Meijer stores and is the same as Color Club. There are a couple of colors unique to Massini, but most of the colors are the same as CC's and even carry the same name.

Oops, I just realized I labeled one wrong. The glitter on the left is actually Drama Queen, not Magic Attraction. Sorry! Make sure to click the picks to enlarge them:

Here are some closeups, I labeled Drama Queen correctly in this one ☺

I think Flair and Frosted Kiss are unique to Massini. I Googled them under Color Club and couldn't find any matches. Also, the colors from the Wild and Willing collection were labeled on the bottle as only "Fall Promo Shade".

Slamming Red and Purple Medallion are both unique to Massini and are just brilliant in the sunlight:

Here's a sunlight shot of Slamming Red and Purple Medallion. They are amazing in sunlight!!

All of these glitters are top coat hogs, so I added a coat of Gelous 1st and two of a regular top coat afterwards. Hope you all liked the wheel today ♥

Thanks for looking!

Nubar Wildlife

I obtained Wildlife when my BF Shmoopy did her last purge, so I have to shout out a thanks to my Shmop! WL if a duochrome, the base is an olive green color and it flashes pink. I know you're thinking green and pink? Who thought of that combo, right? But the colors actually work together nicely. That being said, it's still not my favorite Nubar.

Check out the picks:

This is also the only Nubar I have with the new bottles. The other others I have are the Shocks and one Magical and they have the old square bottle.

You know, now that I look at this color, it's like the reverse version of Nubar's Olive spice. Check out the swatch in this post.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

OPI Muppet Info

WOW! I want 'em all! The colors are: Gettin' Miss Piggy With It, Gone Gonzo, Rainbow Connection, Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Excuse Moi and Divine Swine.

The info is courtesy of Addicted to OPI, thanks for the heads up! I've only posted the glitters here, she has photos of the entire collection on her blog, please visit her here to see the picks.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Un-Named Tropical Manicure color

1st I just wanted to say sorry for all the color changes lately. I'm going through a little blog identity crisis. I felt the need to change the gray patterned background I had and I'm having a hard time finding a replacement. I like the red though....

Today's color is an un-named Tropical Manicure that I picked up at a local nail supply store. The color is best described as a frosty teal. You can see brush strokes, but they're not too bad. It applies much lighter then the bottle color, so I was disappointed in this one. It's not really that sheer, so I don't know if layering it over a darker color would help or not.

Here are the picks:

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Freshcover: Starry Night

I found this brand, Freshcover, at a Nail Supply Store. They had a large display and some of the colors caught my eye. This is called Starry Night. It's a black base with gold-ish / green glass flecks. Definitely an interesting color! It looks mostly black unless in direct sunlight (like these picks), but even though that's a pet peeve of mine, I don't really mind it too much. The color is unique enough to get a pass ☺

Here are some photos taken in sunlight:

What do you think of it?

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sally Hansen Crackle: Antiqued Gold

What a great crackle color!! I only picked up this one from the SH crackle line and wow, I'm impressed. I started with yesterday's mani. I wore it for a couple of days and was just starting to get some tipwear.

and I added one heavy coat of Antiqued Gold overtop:

AG is a gold foil finish, pretty unique for a crackle polish. I really love the combo of gold / deep red. So pretty!!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Maybelline Salon Experts: Punked Purple

Punked Plum is my current mani and I think I've found the perfect vampy for me! It's a nice dark color, but you can totally tell it's a maroon and not black. I love it! It's got a nice glass fleck finish to it too. I recently pulled out a ton of colors in prep for my 1st purge and this was one of the colors on the chopping block. I'm so glad I gave it a try. It was untried, I got it in a dual pack from the DT a while ago.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chelsea Kiwi Sprakle

So I picked up Kiwi Sparkle the other week because it looked like the perfect summer green....unfortunately I wasn't in love with it. I don't think the green was very flattering with my skin tone, but I have to say, I wore it for a couple of days and got a lot of compliments on it. I think I may try to layer it over a darker color before I give up on it.

Here it is in sunlight:

and shade:

What do you think of the color? Win or fail?

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tropical Manicure #55

As you may know, I'm just not happy unless my nails sparkle. So I added a layer of Tropical Manicure's holo bar glitter to it. It doesn't have a name on it other than the number 55 on top of the cap.

I really did like DVD by itself, but I'm just a glitter junkie. I couldn't help myself! I didn't end up wearing this mani though. I wasn't too fond of the bar glitter overtop. Here are some picks:

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sally Hansen HD Nail Color: DVD

DVD is a great color. It's a sheer blue glass fleck that flashes purple. This is over Revlon TS Royal as a base. Royal is a wonderful base for layering colors, and this combo rocks!

You can see a hint of purple on the sides here in the shade:

This is under my Ikea lamp:

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects #230 Skinny Jeans

I've worn these SH Salon Effects nail strips before, and I decided to give Skinny Jeans a try. The 1st ones I tried were easy as pie to apply and lasted about 5 days or so before I took them off. These were not as good as the previous box. You can see around the cuticle, I had a bit of a hard time getting them to look perfect, and these had tip wear in a day.

Enlarge pick to see details, especially around cuticle:

Now with my 1st pair, I used both foil packs and with this one I cut them in half so I could get 2 mani's out of it. I'm still willing to give them a try, I have the cute pink camo and leopard ones that I haven't tried yet.

Anyone else have good/bad experiences with them?

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Essie Going Incognito

I picked up a few Essies from Ulta when they had their buy 2 get 1 free sale, and Going Incognito is one of the colors I chose. GI is a nice green leaning towards teal cream color. I didn't have any problems with the formula, this is only the 5th Essie I've ever worn. So far so good ♥

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Zoya Penny

Sigh, last day of vacation is always a bit sad. So, to cheer me up, here is Penny. I really love oranges, this one makes me think of fall and pumpkins....

What a cute color ♥
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Maybelline Express Finish: Glass Slipper

Ah, another white mani today. This previously untried Maybelline is called Glass Slipper. It's a white cream with a bit of glass fleck, and it's pretty opaque too. I really do like these old Maybellines.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Night Lights layered mani

I love layered mani's, and this one might be one of my favorites. I started off with Loreal Star Magnet in Grey, but since I didn't like how the star pattern turned out, I decided to layer Sally Hansen Night Lights overtop. NL is a sheer grey jelly base packed full of multi colored holo glitter. Both colors looked great together, but of course, I wasn't done yet. Really, I just never know when to stop and most of the time I ruin a great mani because of it, but this time, I lucked out. I added a layer of my BF Shmoopy's flakie franken overtop and it was perfection!

The flakies in the franken are multi colored, and with the colored holo glitter, they go so well togehter! You gotta enlarge these picks!

Unfortunately, I do not have the recipe, the bottle was Colorama's Shimmer Girl. The base is now a light blue jelly.

Check out the closeup ♥♥♥ Glitters and flakies go so well together.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Maybelline Express Finish: Sunset Pink

Here's another old untried Maybelline, this is Sunset Pink. SP is a pale pink base with a touch of a glass fleck finish. Hmm, almost close to mannequin hands here! LOL. I don't usually go for pinks, but when I do, I like 'em light like this one.

Thanks for looking!