Monday, May 17, 2010

♥ Xtreme Wear - 'Blue Me Away'

Blue Me Away 2 coats with 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

Whew - what a bright and eye-catching creme! This lovely Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish 'Blue Me Away'  is 2 coats with 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat. It applied perfectly and dried fast!!!!! - I am sooo pleased with these extreme wear polish's. They have so many fabulous colours, with a great formula and are easy to find ( thankfully) and are inexpensive. They run between $2.49 to $2.99 in stores.

It seems every second mani I do I paint a piece of fluff or dust into my top coat..... whats up with that?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

♥ Franken- 'Shower For Three' ♥

Franken Shower For Three. 3 thin coats with 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

I made this franken with Sally Hansen 'Opal Truth' and a few drops of China Glaze 'Shower Together'. I am happy that it only takes 3 coats and that the pink shimmery opalescence shows up well. I'm loving polish's that have a flash that is their opposite on the colour wheel.....

I am planning on layering this polish and hope to get some outdoor photos of it. We are finally getting some nice weather and I will be able to get alot more photos outside.

Also - I accidentally erased like 700 photos from my picasa account. If anyone happened to save a photo from a mani I did called;

♥ Pure Ice Tipz & Nailene Nail stickers ♥


I would love to have a photo of it So if you happened to save a photo of this specific manicure I posted about I am hoping someone may have saved a picture from this post. I moved a bunch of photos around in my Picasa account and accidentally erased a tonne ( 700-ish) of photos by accident. But that mani was really special! I cant believe all those photos are gone.... DANG!!! I had placed several photo's into a folder of blog posts I had hoped to edit, as well as some polish's I had worn previously that I wanted to re-swatch and then take better photos of..... BUT = they are gone 4-ever now.


also I am not really clear on rules regarding saving photo's but I definitely have been saving some of the insanely gorgeous nail art other bloggers have been posting. I will eventually copy you and am glad and thankful you are sharing your awesome skillz and nail art! So if I happen to post something that you think is fab -  save it & copy it = .


Anyhoo- here is a few more photos. I finished this in the early a.m. when there is NO sunshine so all my photos are indoors under fluorescent lighting = Enjoy♥

L to R - 3 coats w/ T.C., 2 coats, and 1 coat

L to R -  coat,   2 coats,   3 coats with T.C.

I forgot I had this..... I think it wasn't so great but I will try it out again.

Friday, May 14, 2010

♥ Claire's 'Magic' vs. 'My Precious' franken ♥

Claire's 'Magic' on my middle finger; kicks bunz and cannot be eclipsed in any way, shape or form

....... Well, there are some gorgeous polish's as lovely as Claire's Magic but in regards to my franken, Claire's 'Magic' is way waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay prettier. It is more crisp and bright and the intense hottt pink micro-shimmer is very evident even in low lighting and makes this polish so special ( to me, anyways ). Claire's 'Magic' on my middle finger is 3 thin coats with 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat, while the rest of my nails are 3 thin coats of my recent franken 'My Precious' and 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat.

hmmmm, the base colour of Claire's 'Magic' is a bit more brighter than my franken. 'My Precious' when compared to 'Magic' seems more muted and without the intense pink micro-shimmer. The micro-shimmer in my franken is more on the rose/dusty rose side.  At first coat, my franken appears to have a bit of a more blue base, while 'Magic' is more of a vibrant Blurple. They are both very pretty.

I made this using an older Sally Hansen polish called 'Opal Truth' from the Maximum Growth line, and a few drops of an older Hard as Nail polish 'Radish'. I had no plans to make a sorta dupe, but I totally wowed myself with my franken skillz on this one!  I have alot of empty bottle's at the moment and am excited for the weekend so I can get to some frankening......

Have a great weekend Everyone!

L to R - franken 'My Precious' - Claire's Magic

L to R - 1 coat of 'My Precious'  - 1 coat of Claire's 'Magic'

FLASH! - Claire's 'Magic' middle you can really see the slight difference



Thursday, May 13, 2010

♥ 'My Prescious' - franken made with an old, old Sally Hansen ♥

Franken  My Precious 3 thin coats with 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

Firstly - there is like 30 photos in this post - sorry, I had to post them all. I'm glad I have alot of previous manicure photos on my desktop, becuase I am enchanted with this franken I made and don't want to take it off. I made this franken polish with Sally Hansen Maximum Growth 'Opal Truth' and Claire's 'Matte Cobalt'. I fulled up an empty bottle of Revlon Color Stay 1/2 way with the Sally Hansen Opal Truth, then added approximately 10 drops of the 'Matte Cobalt'.

I imagined that these 3 frankens would be very sheer, and planned to use them as layering polish...... But they are holding their own and are great at three thin coats. All three maintained the intense shimmer from the S.H. 'Opal truth' The teal polish, in the middle was made with Chg 'Shower Together is really cool. It is a teal shimmer with a pink flash - how cool is that! I named it 'Shower For Three' = That I will definitely be wearing next.

I saw this very same Sally Hansen Polish on MUA for trade, remembered that I had it and decided to pull it out of my stash and make some frankens with it. No sense of it just sitting in a box when I could put it to good use ♥.

When I'm ready to take this mani off, I will do a comparison with Claire's Magic. I'm super duper happy that I used a pretty polish that I never wear, and made something beautiful out of it. Below is a photo of the three frankens I made using Sally Hansen 'Opal Truth'. I will do a skittlez eventually and wear these beauties as full mani's. I love opalescent polish's - they are usually easy to find in discount and clearance sections and they make great frankens.

L to R -  I filled up these old empty Revlon Color Stay bottles 1/2 way with Sally Hansen Maximum Growth 'Opal Truth' I used Sally Hansen 'Radish' ( dark vampy purple) China Glaze 'Shower Together'  and Claire's  'Matte Cobalt'. 

I named them L to R- 'Natural Radish', 'A Shower for Three' and 'My Precious'. I have already modeled 'Natural Radish HERE, and will be wearing 'A Shower for Three'  ( or 'Shower 4-3' what'ev's ) next!

Here's a million photo's.  It's a bit overkill, but i was just so happy to have natural sun that i literally took 99 photos outside and of course Blurples are ridiculously hard to photograph. Thankfully I had a little bit of sunshine here around supper-time, so I got some gorgeous outdoor photos. It's so bizarre that cameras cannot capture these kinds of weird blue/purples.


Indoor fluorescent











Overcast / Cloudy





Setting Sun



Indoor fluorescent

Indoor fluorescent

Thank You sooooooo Much Sally Hansen Polish 'Opal Truth' I will never forget you and your memory will live on in these three gorgeous frankens I made.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

♥ Sally Hansen 'Blue It' with sponged Billie 'Steel Blue' ♥

Sally Hansen 'Blue It' with Billie 'Steel Blue' & Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

Another fabulous Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Polish. 'Blue It' is a rich shimmery medium blue. It requires 2 to 3 coats, applies perfectly, dries fast and held up well without top coat for the afternoon. I sponged on Billie 'Steel Blue' then used a sheer sparkly franken I made to cover the entire nail. I mixed approximately 2/3 of a bottle of clear nail polish with a few drops of Billie 'Steel Blue'. I wanted to achieve a subtle silver sparkle with a teal metallic base to use as a layering polish. It is very subtle and will need some good pic's outdoors in the sun.

Sponge mani's are perfect for disguising polish flaws and tip wear. It's been a while since I have done one. I also have to add, that adding a few drops of a foil polish to a clear nail polish makes a beautiful layering polish. The sparkle is extremely subtle and can be used to save a trashed mani.

Blue Steel 3 coats with NO Top Coat

Summer is 'sorta' on the way

Stuff I used

I use ordinary kitchen sponges for my sponge manis - you can use any dense sponge. I just cut these into little squares and am sure to use a new section once one section dries out.

3 coats S.H. 'Blue It' no T.C.

Billie 'Steel Blue' sponged on

Left- with the sheer sparkly layering franken polish, Right- with just Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat