Saturday, March 29, 2014

Neon Makes Me Happy!

Hello lovelies!!

How is your weekend going so far?  This is the first day I've had all to myself and it feels great!!  My hubby cleaned our home yesterday while I was at work (best present ever!!) so I've just been relaxing and doing my nails :)  I decided to play with some new purchases, gradient style ;)

 Colors Used: China Glaze - Strike A Rose and Flip Flop Fantasy, Julie G - 9 to 5

I started with a base of Jule G's "9 to 5".  I've seen lots of swatches of this neon peach polish and I've always wanted a bottle of my own.  So when I saw it on display while buying Dayquil the other day, I snatched it up haha.  Unfortunately after 4 coats the polish was still a streaky mess... argh!!  

 I moved on to Plan B... sponging!  From top to bottom it's layered CG's "Strike A Rose" (from the new City Flourish collection), "Flip Flop Fantasy" (a neon coral that I've loved forever) and then "9 to 5".  I used a triangular make-up sponge to stiple/blend the colors on my nails.  I then cleaned up my cuticles with a combo of Q-Tips, an angled brush and actetone.

 Totally makes me think of peaches!

Has anyone else used "9 to 5"?  I'm not crazy right??  Streak City bound!  Lol...

Until next time!

Stef <3

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's My Golden Birthday!

Hello lovelies!!

Well, today is my golden birthday!!  What is a golden birthday you ask?  It is when your age and birth date are one and the same.  I am now 28... it's March 28th... you get the picture lol.  So I've decided to celebrate in style with my favorite ladies, The Golden Girls :D

 Colors Used: B Squared Lacquer - White Lights, Shimmer Polish - Tracy

This is actually a pretty simple mani.  I used a B Squared Lacquer's White Lights (a white crelly with gold glitter) and Shimmer Polish's Tracy as an accent nail.  As with the other Shimmer's I've reviewed in the past, I was blown away by Tracy!  I used 2 coats over a gold base and it is completely opaque!!  I think Cindy has truly defined the "glitter bomb"... holy cannoli!!  The studs came in a kit from Nail Art Society :)

 The Golden Girl decals are from Nail Spin.  Aren't they so cute??!!  I actually purchased a sheet of 15 decals of varying portraits of the ladies, but I couldn't chose between them so I used the group photo.  It's ever so blurry but I don't really care... I know who they are and that's what counts lol ;)

Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Until next time!

Stef <3

*Shimmer Polish's Tracy was provided to me for review.  Nail Spin's decals were purchased by me for review  I received no payment or other compensation for the review of these product.  The opinions stated here are completely my own.  The contents of this review are based on my direct experience with these product.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

OPI Sheer Tints

Hello dolls!

A very happy Saturday to you all!  I finally have an opportunity to sit down and post a mani that I did last week, using the new OPI Sheer tints :)

I stumbled across these beauties while on a blogger meet-up a couple of weeks ago and I had to have them all!  From L to R we have "I Am Never Amberrassed", "Be Magentale With Me", "Don't Violet Me Down" & "I Can Teal You Like Me"...

 Colors Used; OPI Sheer Tints, Spellbound Nails - Pishsalver (Drink Me)

I decided to try out the "watercolor" technique that I've seen being done with these polishes.  First thing I need to mention is that these polishes are thick like gel/jelly.  When I first was playing with them I tried to use a sponge... and ended up with cotton-candy like fly-away strings coming off of my nail beds.  It was a mess lol.  So then I went back to the drawing board...

I started with a white base and then used a nail art brush to start blotching on the colors.  I would soak my brush in acetone and then dip it into the polish on my palette; this allowed for a thinner consistency and easier layering/application.  I did end up with lots of bubble doing it this way tho (and I was about ready to hurl these polishes at a wall!! lol), so I pulled out Spellbound Nails' Pishsalver white glitter topper.  It was a vast improvement!

 So Springy!

Over all I feel like I can have a lot of fun with these polishes, but they are work.  I'll have to play with them some more in the future.  Has anyone else tried these polishes?  What's your experience been?

Until next time!

Stef <3

* This product was purchased by me for review.  I received no payment or other compensation for the review of this product.  The opinions stated here are completely my own.  The contents of this review are based on my direct experience with this product

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Hello lovelies!

I'm getting this post in just under the wire lol.  It's been a very very very long day but I just have to share this before bed.  Because... well, it won't be St Patricks day tomorrow!

Colors Used:  A whole lot!

I'm too tired to look up all of the polish names... my spologies!  The clover is actually a sticker from a company called "Make It Stick".  I bought these stickers about a month ago with the full intent of wearing them on St. Patty's Day; I figured gold would be more fun that green.  Really, this whole mani kind of revolves around the clover...

I achieved the plain with a steady hand and a black striping brush.  For the rainbow, I used the same technique that I used with my neon swirly rainbow from last summer.  The gorgeous glitter bomb is Shimmer Polish "Kelly", a super pretty mix of green and gold glitters!


I hope you all had a very safe and happy holiday :)

Until next time!

Stef <3

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I'm Feelin' Cheesy

Hello dolls,

Today I decided to be adventurous and try out s mani that I saw from the always awesome Christabell Nails!  I saw her mani on IG and she had mentioned also having a video tutorial so I figured it was worth a shot haha...

 Colors Used: Sally Hansen - Lightening, OPI - The "It" Color, Julep - Blake

I friggin' love the way this turned out!  I just think it's super cute :)

I followed Christabell's easy-to-follow instructions and it really was a cinch!  I top coated with my new favorite matte topper from Mentality.  They seriously make the best matte polishes... ever... for reals.


To find out how this look is achieved, check out the video link above!  I hope you all have a fabulous day :D

Until next time!

Stef <3

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Wild Frenchie

 Hello dearies!

I have a simple frenchie to share with you today!  If you have the basics of a french manicure down, this look is pretty simple.  If the idea of giving yourself a french mani gives you hear palpitations... all I can say is practice, practice practice lol.  I've only just recently felt like my frenchie's are presentable and I've been working at it for a couple of years ;)

 Colors Used: Shimmer Polish - Irene, China Glaze - Turned Up Turquoise, Sinful Colors Nail Art - Time Off

I started with a taupe base on my tips.  After getting the crescent shape that I wanted, I went back over my tips with Irene using a striping brush.  Irene is an absolute stunning glitter polish!  It's a mix of champagne, gold, silver and holo micro glitters.  I wish I could have picked up just how rainbowy this beauty is.  Trust me... it's a stunner!!

Once I had my tips the way I wanted them, I took a dotting tool and splotched out my turquoise spots.  I then used a black striper amd outline my spots.  Lastly, I top coated with Duri Miracote.

I like that this is elegant white adding a pop of fun and color!  I really love the way it turned out :)  For those who are curious, the formula on Irene does not disappoint.  As with all Shimmer's, this polish is compacted with glitter.  I only used one coat of glitter over taupe to achieve opaqueness on my tips!  Irene, along with so many other gorgeous glittering polishes, can be found in Shimmer Polish's Etsy Shop :)

Until next time!

Stef <3

* This product was provided to me for review.  I received no payment or other compensation for the review of this product.  The opinions stated here are completely my own.  The contents of this review are based on my direct experience with this product.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

 Hello dolls!

Today I decided to brighten things up with some neon!  I kept the polka dot ring finger from my last mani and opted for some free-handed nail art...

 Colors Used: China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy, Love & Beauty - Highlighter Glitter, Daisy Nail Lacquer - White Diamond, Rimmel - Black Satin, Sinful Colors Nail Art - Time Off

I started with 2 coats of Flip Flop Fantasy.  It's one of my favorite polishes in my collection; it's just neon coral loveliness!  A medium sized dotting tool was used for my polka dots...

For the diamond, I used a black striper (Sinful Colors) and just kind of eyeballed my design.  It was much simpler than I thought it would be!  Anybody interested in a tutorial?  The mani was sealed with Duri's Miracote Fast Dry Top Coat.

I'm pretty happy with the way thins turned out :)  Here's hoping my nail art mojo sticks around for a little while!

Until next time!

Stef <3

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Back to Basics

Hello lovelies!

I've got a quick post for you today.  I'm getting my feet wet (or would it be nails wet?) with nail art again and decided to go back to basics.  I did a simple skittlette in a red, white and black theme.  I chose to use Shimmer Polish's "Cindy" again (*disclaimer)...

 Colors Used: Shimmer Polish - Cindy, Rimmel - Black Satin, Daisy Nail Lacquer - White Diamond

Cindy really is an impressive and fabulous red glitter.  I layered 2 coats of it over a red base on both my index finger and pinky.  I then sponged it over black  on my middle finger to get a glittering  ombre look.

I then did some simple polka dots on my ring finger using a medium sized dotting tool.  I topped it off with Duri's Miracote Fast Dry Top Coat.

For reals... if you are a lover of glitter polishes... RUN over to Shimmer Polish and get yourself some goodness haha.

Until next time!

Stef <3

* This product was provided to me for review.  I received no payment or other compensation for the review of this product.  The opinions stated here are completely my own.  The contents of this review are based on my direct experience with this product.