Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Color Club Cherubic

I started this one out with completely different intentions. It was going to be a french and I was going to use holos but I couldn't choose which ones and how. So I got frustrated and procrastinated and finally did it with just one color. It turned out well anyhow, I wore it for a whole day but I still wanted to do more with it. I think I've finally settled.

My nails are stained yellow. I've tried different bases, I've tried the white as a base, and for whatever reason they just don't work for me. Normally this wouldn't be an issue because I almost always have nail polish on so who cares. But as I've just told you that I did a french manicure with only one color, I think you can see where this is going.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Update: Maybelline and OPI

As usual, my belated natural light shots first.

Already some tip wear and some small chipping there and that was only about 12 hours later. Not real high hopes.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Update: Mardi Gras Nails!

OK, so I had written this update and then Blogger up and kicked me in the pants by losing the post after I published it. No idea where it went, and I was kind of frustrated and also kind of scared to post again so...I didn't. But the gist of the post is this:

I hate glitter polish.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Maybelline Styled Out with OPI Simmer & Shimmer

This week I bring you a manicure done with two Special Guest Polishes. Why are they special guests? Because if you hop over to my stash list you'll realize that I don't own them. And of course I'm going to tell you why the heck I have them on then.

I'm kind of good at fixing computers. Kind of. Most of the more common issues like viruses, malware, things like that I can pretty easily take care of. Even some of the less common ones. I'd give myself about a 70% fix rate but I think that's only because I've never really been hit with anything massively bad. With Google by my side, most things are a snap. So of course anytime someone has an issue, I get tapped.

My oldest sister was having an issue with her internet access in that she completely lacked it on her desktop. It was a lot of different issues that turned into a three day repair process for me. I got to a certain point on the second day where I couldn't go any further because she had a disc I needed, so I made a trip back to her house the final day to finish up. I was also fully prepared to admit defeat. I did not think I would be able to fix this one at all, I thought I'd walk in, try this disc, it wouldn't work, and I'd leave. Two or three hours tops. Then I come home and do up my nails.

The disc worked.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Update: Hit Polish Mardi Gras SO

Another dull post here.

Very few issues. A small and easily fixed chip or two early on, that one on the thumbnail happened the second to last day and was my fault. Even the glitter shells stayed the whole week. Pleased with all participants.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Color Club 2013 Holographic Halo Hues Collection

By now, I believe it is firmly established that around here, we love the holo polishes. Jess found the Color Club 2013 Halo Hues a couple of weeks back for a great price at Enospring (they've had a small increase in price since we pulled our respective triggers, but only a dollar or two for the 6-piece collection). Luckily enough, they also had the 2012 Halo Hues, so I grabbed them up while I was there.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Mardi Gras nails!

Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! What I wouldn't give to be in my favorite city, New Orleans, right now. It's been too long, y'all! I've been there a dozen or so times, but only once for Mardi Gras, back in 2001 when I met up with Jess, and later, some of her friends, there. We had such a good time...there are still a couple of stories that if I hear one line, I'm taken back to a balcony overlooking Esplanade, sipping a little too much vodka in the OJ and laughing until I almost cried. Eternal thanks to *that* guy, let me tell you!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hit Polish Mardi Gras (Special Order)

Mardi Gras has always held a special place in my heart. I'm not particularly Catholic, I don't observe Lent. Nor am I French in any way, or from New Orleans. I took seven years of the language in school but ever since I heard about Mardi Gras (and Carnivale in Brazil which I still hope to attend someday) I've always been fascinated by it. Not the drunken revelry (which was fun anyhow) or the beads for boobs (which no, I didn't do). More the parades, the mystique, and New Orleans itself. I've only been there once and would love to go back. Someday.

So as tomorrow is Mardi Gras, I have done up my nails accordingly. I found Hit Polish via a search for Mardi Gras nail polish in Google and at the time it was the best polish available. It still is, in my opinion. It has all the theme colors of purple, gold, and green represented in a very sparkly way. When I ordered it, I was so excited to see it that I didn't realize the original formula had bar glitter in it. Of which I am not a fan. I still have that one, and I still like it.

Dana decided that she was going to ask the seller if she could place a special order, same exact glitter polish, just no bar glitter. The seller happily obliged, sold her two bottles of it, and I ogled one of my very own a few weeks later. I've been waiting about five months to wear this. lol

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Update: China Glaze ALL THE POLISHES!!

Since I'm real good at the late natural light shots, have another:

A lot of these polishes took much longer than I realized to dry fully. If you look at the zoomed pic, you'll see pressure marks from my sheets and hair as this was taken after I woke up the next day. The funny thing is, they all had at least five hours to dry before I went to sleep. The even more amusing thing was that the Conga to My Cabana does not, and I redid it right before I went to sleep since it looked so crappy right out of the gate. Figure that one out.

Monday, February 4, 2013

China Glaze umm...a lot. :)

So this week is me being a little bit of an a-hole.

There's a man where I work who likes to pick at me for all of the "unnatural" colors I choose to paint my nails. He's older, you know how those old folks are. NOT GREEN OR BLUE OR BLACK ON YOUR NAILS!! You should have seen him the day I walked in with my hair colored dark red in the back and bright cherry red in the front. The look on his face was priceless.

It's all in good fun though, honest. He's not being hurtful about it, he just doesn't get it. He's been saying for months how I should paint my nails ten different colors just to prove the point.


Sunday, February 3, 2013

DLC - Touch of Gray & Call Me Cleo

I'm working on an entire collection of new polishes to launch my indie polish company, Dreamy Lacquer Company. I've got a few things on order to finish the spring inspired collection that's in my head--and Jess' head, because let's be honest, she's a great source of inspiration. She knows what she likes and I know how to build it!

So. Just for fun, here are two of my new creations!

Update: OPI My Private Jet

This again is going to look worse than it was. It was not this bad.

All that business on the left hand happened just about right before I went to bed on the very last day. And I admit to making it worse by picking at it. The right hand is much more representative of actual wear. There were zero issues the whole week.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Friday, February 1, 2013

OPI Liquid Sand - Can't Let Go

When I first saw that OPI was coming out with this new Liquid Sand stuff, I wasn't sure I wanted to get on board. I'm not much on textured nails--I managed accent nails of a caviar mani for about 4 or 5 days a while back, and every time I try a glitter bomb, I end up using two or three times more top coat than any normal person would bother with. Texture gives me a reason to touch and poke and pick at any imperfections. They make me a little crazy.