Thursday, July 17, 2014

Before & After: Color Club Foxy Mama + Do The Twist

Hello there!

Here's something bright and summery for you...

Let's start with a base of Color Club Foxy Mama, a very bright neon dreamsicle orange:


Color Club Foxy Mama
Color Club Foxy Mama

Color Club Foxy Mama
Color Club Foxy Mama

Color Club Foxy Mama
Color Club Foxy Mama

Next, I added Color Club Do The Twist, a fun glitter with yellow, orange, white, and neon pink; the pink made it extremely difficult to photograph!:


Color Club Do The Twist over Foxy Mama
Color Club Do The Twist over Foxy Mama

Color Club Do The Twist over Foxy Mama
Color Club Do The Twist over Foxy Mama

Color Club Do The Twist over Foxy Mama
Color Club Do The Twist over Foxy Mama

And for my final step, I stamped a fancy French tip using Konad White and MoYou London Explorer collection 07:


Lacy French Tip Action
Lacy French Tip Action
The stamping didn't come out perfectly, I was focused on getting the French Tip placement right, and I got a little smudgeyness...But I think it gives it a nice lacy feel. :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!
M.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Before & After: I Want Candy!

(Press Sample)

Hello there!

One of the cool things about working with independent polish makers is that every once in a while I get to test out a prototype. It makes me feel like I'm all important and have like research and development stuff going on! And yes, today is one of those days. I got to try out this cool prototype from InDecisive Nail Lacquer, it's Jawbreaker, and it's a sweet and sour melange of neon glitters in a milky base:

InDecisive-Nail-Lacquer-Jawbreaker
InDecisive Nail Lacquer Jawbreaker

That is pretty and fun and it makes me think of sweet tarts and the everlasting gobstoppers. Ooh, and that candy that came in the pouches, with a white stick that you would lick and then stick into the different powders and then lick it again and it would last forever until you got sick or lost all the feeling in your tongue? What was that called??? Anyway...all the fun and none of the calories or sugar, lol. :)

To decorate it, I first pulled out Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda and Sally Hansen Lightning to stamp with, and chose two patterns from MoYou London Fairytale Collection plate 03. However, the pink was a little too dark for the base polish, and the swirly design I chose competed too much with the pretty base (I do like the yellow nails, however):


InDecisive-Nail Lacquer Jawbreaker stamped
InDecisive Nail Lacquer Jawbreaker with some questionable stamping


So I wiped off the stamping with a little acetone, and put on another coat of Jawbreaker because the acetone took off a little to much polish. Then I used the circle pattern from the same plate, but stamped instead with Sally Hansen Blue-Away, and then drew coordinating dot patterns with Sally Hansen Lightning and Lacey Lilac:


InDecisive Nail Lacquer Jawbreaker dotticure
InDecisive Nail Lacquer Jawbreaker with a subtle dotticure


I Like the second one a lot better--much more subtle and balanced. What do you think?

Hope you're having a great weekend,
M.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Barielle Summer Keys Collection

(Press Sample)

Hello!

Today I'm gonna show you a bright, fun, happy summer collection from Barielle, their Summer Keys 2014 summer collection. I love this collection, and I think you're gonna, too. :)

Let's take a look at the polishes, and then I have a surprise for you nail art fans at the end...

I'm going to start with my favorite from the collection, Hawaiian Sunset. This is a rich mandarin-orange-tangerine shade with a lighter, more yellow-orange shimmer:

Barielle Hawaiian Sunset
Barielle Hawaiian Sunset

Barielle Hawaiian Sunset
Barielle Hawaiian Sunset

Barielle Hawaiian Sunset
Barielle Hawaiian Sunset

This shade had a depth and saturation to it that feels fun but adult at the same time; the shimmer adds a sparkle of light over the surface. In a season of neons, this is an orange that will get and keep attention not for blinding you, but for sheer beauty. This is two coats, and the application was perfect.


Next we have Miami Heat, a salsa-licious red creme that will take you from beach pin-up babe in the day to sexy dance floor sizzle at night:


Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

Barielle Miami Heat
Barielle Miami Heat

No summer is complete without a red creme, and this one is gorgeous. Two coats of perfect application, and you're on your way to classic hotness, in Miami or anywhere else. :)


Next we have Panama Pina Colada, a banana-yellow creme:


Barielle Panama Pina Colada
Barielle Panama Pina Colada

Barielle Panama Pina Colada
Barielle Panama Pina Colada

Barielle Panama Pina Colada
Barielle Panama Pina Colada

Okay, now I want a Pina Colada. Or, ooo, one of those frozen bananas covered in chocolate! Mmm...

I have yet to find a yellow creme that doesn't give me an aneurysm when I try to apply it. The application on this wasn't perfect--I did have to watch myself--but this is by far the easiest yellow creme I've ever applied, with only a small amount of pulling. The outcome is gorgeous, and I don't break out in a cold sweat when I think of wearing it again. Give this one a try if you've shied away from this color in the past because of application issues.

I also like that while this is a soft type of yellow, it's not just a blah pastel. It has a citrus kick to it that definitely classifies it as summer rather than spring, I think.


Next up we have Topless In St. Tropez, and you're never going to believe this but...this is my second favorite in the collection. I know, I know--a pink! Yes, it's true, this is a pink creme. But there is something about the way this plays with the edge of coral that makes me love it:


Barielle Topless In St. Tropez
Barielle Topless In St. Tropez

Barielle Topless In St. Tropez
Barielle Topless In St. Tropez


This is like the glow on a sweet little girl's cheeks. It's subtle and elegant. It's the kind of neutral I can get behind, and it's the perfect polish for a job interview.


Moving on from the soft neutral to the jazzy juice, we have Barefoot In Bermuda, a hot hot HOT pink creme that stops just short of going into a magenta: 

Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda
Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda

Barielle-Barefoot-In-Bermuda
Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda

As with all the others, this is two coats, and there were no problems with this application.  If you're looking for a match for that punk-pink micro-mini, look no further, my friend. :)


And finally we have Paradise in the Tropics, which takes us full on over into the land of magic magenta creme:


Barielle Paradise In The Tropics

Barielle Paradise In The Tropics
Barielle Paradise In The Tropics

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes. This feels sassy and sexy and flowery and fun. Two coats again, perfect application, and your fingertips have a dose of daring. (Was that enough alliteration for you?)

Overall, I love the concept of 'Summer Keys' for a polish collection. Of the places in the polish names, I've only been to Hawaii, but I can say that the colors in this collection represent it perfectly. I see beautiful tropical flowers, refreshing tropical drinks, teeny bikinis, and fun summer beach paraphernalia. This will go beautifully for whatever summer or vacation wardrobe you have, so your fingers are kickin' it just as tropical as your clothes and your spirit. :)

I promised the nail art lovers a surprise...These stamp beautifully, even the yellow! The only one that didn't really work was Topless In St. Tropez, but I was stamping on darker colors. Take a look: 


Please ignore the fur from my long-hair and focus on the Panama Pina Colada Stamping...




Barielle Miami Heat



Barielle Paradise In The Tropics



Barielle Barefoot In Bermuda--yes, over that darkness!!

If they'll work for stamping, you'll also get good color from them for nail art. So if you want to save a little money and buy some polishes that are great for wearing and for stamping, these will work wonders for you. :)

You can find this collection on Barielle's website, or anywhere else that sells Barielle. And of course, Barielle products are Big-5 free. :)

So what do you think? Do you love the tropical focus of this collection?

Hope your week is off to a great start!
M.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NOTD: All Kitties Are Created Equal

Hello!

I decided to do something a little different for this 4th of July, and go for a patriotic kitty theme. :)


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all kitties are created equal 

that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights


That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of mouses.


On my thumbs (still not shown!), ring and middle fingers, I used a base of Julep Myriam. On the rings and pinkies, I used Zoya Breezi. Over all nails I put a coat of InDecisive Nail Lacquer Speckled White, and them stamped the kitties using Konad plate m91, and Konad White polish.

If kitties aren't your thing, and even if they are, check out the other 4th of July manis linked below! :)

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and so do your furbabies!

Xoxo,
M.

Nail Polish Blogger's Connection Giveaway!!

Hello everyone!

Some wonderful bloggers from The Nail Polish Blogger's Connection group have joined together for an awesome giveaway!




There are three prizes, each one a $40 gift certificate to an on-line polish shop of your choice. Our suggestions are Llarowe, Sally Magpies, Harlow & Co., or Mei Mei's Signatures, but we are happy to consider other shops, as well. :)

This is an international giveaway, open to anybody--just make sure there is a gift certificate you can use from a store that ships to your area. There should be at least one in that list that ships to you, but make sure to check. :)

The giveaway runs until noon Pacific time on July 31st, and you know the drill--rafflecopter widget below:

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Thanks to everyone who supports my blog, and good luck! Let's get you some awesome summer polish! :)

Hugs and loves,
M.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

NOTD: Fashion Forward

(Press Sample)

Hello!

Today I have a quick manicure--quick because it's 90% Incoco nail appliques and 10% art added by me. This week fast is of the essence for me, so let's take a look!

This mani is made with two sets of Incoco nail appliques, both from their summer 2014 Metropolis collection. I love ever set in this collection--it has an urban feel, but not in a dark sort of way; the colors are bright and fun. It also makes me think of Frank Lloyd Wright, the sort of lines that you see in his buildings and decorative elements.

I have Backstage Beauty on three fingers, and Happy Hour on my accent nails (ring and thumb, thumb not shown, lol!). Happy Hour is a solid coral, and Backstage Beauty is a collage of fashion-themed words in a rainbow of coral, pink, red, orange and purple, over a white pearl base.

I left the Backstage Beauty nails as they were. On the Happy Hour nails, I saran-wrapped a few dabs of Julep Melissa, which is an opalescent pearl; this gave a pearlish background to the nail that matched the look of the others. Then I stamped the word 'Fashion' twice (in two fonts) over each nail, using Sally Hansen Red-io Active, and Pueen 50:

Incoco Backstage Beauty and Happy Hour
Incoco Backstage Beauty and Happy Hour

Incoco Backstage Beauty and Happy Hour
Incoco Backstage Beauty and Happy Hour

Incoco Backstage Beauty and Happy Hour
Incoco Backstage Beauty and Happy Hour

This is a great way to get double-duty out of your extra nail wraps. Say I had only two nail wraps that were either the right size or I could cut down to the right size from a previously used set. I can quickly use those extras to make accent nails, to give the manicure a little extra oomph. In this case I used the solid color for the accent nail because I wanted to do some nail art on them, but the reverse would have been very cute, too--all coral with either one or two accent nails in Backstage Beauty would have been cute, and a little more subtle, if you prefer that.

The point is--don't throw away those extra nail wraps! There are sooo many possibilities. :)

I hope you are having a great week now that your Monday is history! :)

M.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Before & After: Hurley Swirley

Hello!

I'm in the mood for something refreshing and fun...

Let's start with Color Club La Petite Mint-sieur (and I will try not to let my head explode from the mistakes in that name...aarrgghh...), a kicky mint creme:


 



Next, I put a coat of Go-Go Gren, a fun glitter with teal, neon lime, and white hexes, on the accent nail. I finished up by stamping a swirley image from Pueen 47 first in Konad White, and then with Sally Hansen I-Rush Luck:





I think the teal in this makes it look fun and summery, and the swirly patterns put me in mind of clouds passing by on a beautiful day. :)

I hope your weekend is going well! :)

Hugs,
M.