Sunday, August 22, 2010

♥ Icing Van Gogh w/ NYC Chinatown and MEGA USA HAUL'IN ♥

2 coats of Icing Van Gogh, 2 coats of NYC china town, and a profane amount of rhinestones 

FIRST; here is my USA polish Haul.... 96 POLISH'S!

I was elated to find those older Maybelline Color-Rama's at the dollar Tree..... I LOVE THAT STORE. and as soon as I step foot in any state in the USA I go to the nearest Dollar Tree I can find!!!!!!!

I am a thankful  and lucky girl, I got to spend 5 glorious days with my mom, and a trip to the USA with my aunts. It was very, very nice.

I have alot of photos to take. I very rarely see the actual polish's from older Maybelline Color-Rama's; just the top coats. There are so many fabulous shades from this line = I am very lucky!

So; Back to my mani ~

Here is an experiment I did with the Dollar-Rama rhinestone embellishments and some Nailene rhinestones. I used a clear polish to adhere the rhinestones in place ( using a small piece of UN-COOKED spaghetti to pick them up and place them into the wet clear polish). When I felt that they were set in the clear polish I applied a coat of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat, to seal everything in. The top coat 'fogged' up the dollar store rhinestones, they lost their sparkle and clear-ness while the Nailene ones stayed clear and sparkly. I actually think the contrast between the shiny sparkly Nailene rhinestones and the dollar store rhinestones is really cool.... it looks like bubbles.

This look with the rhinestones was experimental, I literally slapped on some clear polish and just began adhering the rhinestones randomly all over my nail. I knew I would be busy with my hands and shopping, and I wanted to see how well the rhinestones would stay on my nails. They lasted for 5 whole days, with the first rhinestone falling off at 6 and 1/2 days. 
I made sure everything was dry before I started doing stuff, though. Because the last time I tried an experiment like this I had taken out the garbage immediately after applying the stones and I totally ruined my manicure. So if your ready to go crazy with rhinestones or other embellishments, make sure it's totally dry before you start any activities with your hands.♥

My manicure was 2 coats of Icing Van Gogh, a fabulous icy lilac chrome. I applied Nailene French Tip Guide on the diagonal and then applied 2 thin coats of NYC China Town a deep dark purple shimmer. I did not use Top Coat for the rest of my nails.

Mr. Orange approves

♥ after 5 days  ( three of those days were serious shopping) ♥

I started to pick these off, then thought I should take a before and after for the blog.....It actually wasn't that difficult to get these off. The silver backing remained on my nail but came off with ordinary nail polish remover just fine. Also; check out that TIP WEAR. I did not use top coat when I did this mani.

after picking off the rhinestones

The rhinestone backing came off with nail polish remover just fine.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

♥ frankens and layering ♥

2 coats of Wet n' Wild Blue Moon
2 coats of Love my Nials Crystal
2 coats of my Jelly Franken that I made with Claire's Matte Cobalt and a clear polish

2 coats of Wet n' Wild Blue Moon
2 coats of Love my Nails Crystal

I made a really neat 'Gif' of the above two photos HERE,

However I could not get them to be the exact same size, I want to try and make 'Gif' of duo-chrome finish polish's and glitter polish's. I have seen this on an older abandoned blog and think it's really cool.

The next two photos are 3 coats of the jelly franken I made using Claire's Matte Cobalt and a clear polish.

Indoor fluorescent

Love my nails crystal was sort of blobbed on, then I had to fish out some of the large hexagon glitter to fill up he empty spaces. I love the colour and the way the tiny teal glitters look in this Love My Nails polish. The Brand LOve My Nails have some beautiful looking polish's and I am always surprised that they are not on blogs more often, they smell a little funkier than most brands but they are in-expensive and I think very pretty.

 I have tried to make jelly polish's before, but they never turned out right. If you are trying to make a sheer or jelly-ish polish like this I recommend using a matte shade, something with n shimmer, and no white. Claire's Matte Cobalt is just a straight up blue. there is no shimmer, and no white in it.  I wanted to make this for a future nail look and just decided to try it out over these 4 polish's...looks pretty cool to me♥

Below - L to R - Mucho Glitter, Claire's Chunky Silver, Claire's Chunky Gold, Love my Nails Crystal

Claire's Chunky Gold is YELLOW... that is not gold. I passed on all the other Claire's chunky glitters and just bought these two a few months ago. i think they are a fun polish but I wish there was alot more of the bigger hexagon glitters

On my pinky and Ring finger is a franken i made by mixing Claire's Chunky Gold, Claire's Chunky Silver, Love My Nails Crystal and a little Claire's Matte Cobalt. I also added about 1/4 teaspoon of a teal dollar store glitter.

clockwise starting from my thumb

Love my Nails Crystal - 2 ish coats
Claire's Chunky Gold - 2 coats
Claire's Chunky Silver - 2 coats
Mucho Glitter - 2 coats
Mucho Glitter - 2 coats

After 2 coats of my Jelly Franken that I made with Claire's Matte Cobalt

with Flash

And here is a few photos of Wet n' Wild Blue Moon. This is just a lovely polish and the subtle teal shimmer is very nice. This is the base  I used for these glitter skittles

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

♥ Icing Monet ♥

Icing Monet 2 coats with 1 coat of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

This is a lovely chrome polish. I think that Icing copied some of the colours from the china Glaze Khrome.and this is a copy of Sci-fi, the sea foam green shade. I think this is a beautiful colour and do not mind the subtle brushstrokes. This applied perfectly and dried super-duper fast. I am already looking forward to trying out the other Icing Chrome polish I bought, Van Gogh.




Here is something I have started doing recently;

I filed and created 'sets' of nails, so that in the event that I decide to remove my false nails and apply a new set they are ready to be glued on ASAP ===OR====  if i loose one and cannot find it to glue it back on - I have a perfectly shaped nail ready to go. I am only doing 4 or 5 of each nail at a time.

I sometimes use that that poster tack stuff to attach the pre-shaped nails to those large Popsicle sticks that can be found at dollar stores, I have painted these and then worn them this way, and I have done some nail art like this as well ( My 'Do You Like Fish-Sticks' Mani is a good example )

Here are some Nailene Nails that I filed to match my natural nails... I did 5 sets so that when I was ready to apply another set of nails they were already filed.

ALSO; In the olden days and on some artificial nails packages today, there is no mention of shaping the false nails at the base so they match the curve of your cuticles and nail beds.

YOU CAN file and shape artificial nails to match the shape of your own nails!

Monday, August 16, 2010

♥ NYC EAST Village and some haul'in ♥

  Flash - NYC East Village - 5 coats could use a few more a few more

This is a lovely glowey ocean-turquoise. This was 5 coats! this dried  fast  so it is redeemed, but I do wish it was a smidgen more opaque. I think that glowing finish would be lost if it was more opaque so I'll definitely be layering this over an opaque polish in the future, probably my favirote 'go-to' polish China Glaze Shower Together. In the flash photo above, the glow-i-ness really shows up.

All my photos of  NYC West Village are under cloudy gloomy skies. I applied a Nailene Bedazzle nail sticker over a crack on the base of my ring nail. Nail stickers to the rescue!!!!

w/ NYC Skin Tight Denim

I stepped into Superstore the other day and they had alot of NYC stuff at half price. I suppose they are clearing them out for the new line of NYC polish's. These were $1.14 ( reg. $2.28 ) so I snapped up 2 clears and 2 polish's that I wanted to try but haven't bought for whatever reason. I bought back-ups of West Village and Chinatown, two dark and shimmery polish's that are must have's.

Keep in mind though, these are 9.9 ml and volume wise they are not the most economical of the bargain polish's available...... However they are a great formula, have beautiful richly pigmented shades and are easily available. My only complaint is the NYC polish West Village, which needed like 6 plus coats for full coverage. Next time I will definitely layer it over something when I wear it again.

Grand Central Station - Clear; My new clear polish for frankens
ChinaTown - A fabulous shimmery dark purple - great frankens have been made with this
East Village a watery shimmery turquoise - needs like 6 coats to opacity & could be layered over something
West Village -  An awesome dark blue. Rich and shimmery
Mulberry Street - a shimmery buff shade
Grand Central Station - Clear, My new clear polish for heavy duty shimmers and glass flecks

..........and a few Icings I have picked up in the last month or so... on the 5 for $10 rack.

L to R: Icing Monet, Van Gogh, Marine Blue, Sandy Beach, Blue Goose

L to R: Icing Monet, Van Gogh, Marine Blue, Sandy Beach, Blue Goose, Blue Goose layered
all 2 coats with TC except Blue Goose which was 3. The last nail is Blue Goose layered over ChG Shower Together. Blue Goose is very, very pretty.

Also; Marine Blue had no shimmer in it at all. I picked up alot of the shimmer with the top coat i used from the two chrome like polish's Monet & Van Gogh - {{ Ruining ANOTHER TOP COAT... well contaminating it with shimmery particles. === DANG!}}

Monet -  Sea-foam chrome.... it is more subtle then the China Glaze Krome Metallic Muse
Van Gogh - a grey chrome that I suppose is a knock-off of  ChG SciFi - it even has the Lavender tint to it.
Marine Blue - I wish this had  a 'green' themed name; its more on the green side than blue to me.
Sandy Beach - A fabulous shimmery buff shade
Blue Goose - a glass flecked blue, I picked this up and put it down like 5 times. Its very pretty ( 3 coats )
Blue Goose - layered over ChG Shower Together. ( 3 coats layered over 2 coats of the ChG )

Sunday, August 15, 2010

♥ Icing Sandy Beach ♥

3 coats of Icing Sandy Beach & 2 coats of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

Dang I applied 3 coats of Icing Sandy Beach and then 1 coat of Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat. Instead of Using CLEAR polish to anchor the rhiestones and embellishments, I added another coat of The Nailene Top Coat, so everything dried before I could get the rhinestones on.

Normally I would use a coat of slower drying CLEAR polish to adhere the stones or other embellishments because I would have a little more time to place them. But the Top Coat I used dried too fast and a few of the stones on the left side of my nail did not have a chance to 'stick'.

I can usually get rhinestones to stick just fine with a clear polish, applying that over my base polish, affixing the stones and then sealing it all up with top coat.  I plan on doing that soon and testing out the longevity of a manicure like that.

Anyhoo, here I used 2 sizes of the clear ones from those Dollar-rama rhinestones and the black as well. The larger black embellishments are doll eyes. Creepy, I know. I found a small package of doll eyes at the thrift store and thought they might be cool for Halloween for spider eyes and I wanted to try them out and see how they would work out on my nails. There pretty big but I think that looks neat = 3D extreme.

 This pattern is just a mish-mash of stones I gave up halfway becuase I could 'feel' the Top Coat I accidentally used was drying to fast. Oh well, it was still a neat look and the base polish looks lovely with the clear crystals and the black embellishments.

Also when I bought this polish, Sandy Beach,  I thought it was super-ugly but now I really like it. I think I will leave it to some one else to describe the color for you. It applied perfectly and dried perfectly too.  It has a very subtle shimmer to it, and I like that it does not make my skin look too red.





Saturday, August 14, 2010


I have found these mini polish's in Walmart Canada, as well as this brand Indulge in Beauty' at various discount & dollar stores in Canada The very first 2 I purchased, The Fudge Trio & the Berry Trio, were good polish's. The formula was great, they applied perfect, the brush was a good one, and even that stumpy cute brush handle was easy to manuver.

Here is a link to the website of this company Indulge in Beauty. Those 'TEN' brand of polish were very stinky to me, but they may have improved since I tried them ( 2 yrs. ago ). These products can be found at Walmart Canada or The Dollar Tree U.S.A. The company Smart Brands Inc.  They have since changed their packaging and have some nice shades of m/u & other girly things. Anyone out there try any of their stuff?

The second batch I purchased, were really cool colors with glass flecked finishes. However- the formula was very gloppy, thick and took a long, long time to dry. They are very pretty though, so I will not discontinue purchasing these nail polish's in the future. During my Ontario vacay, I found another package of these Indulge in Beauty mini polish's, so I bought it and tried it out and found that these polish's had a great formula. I went back to buy a few more packages ( at $1.00 CAD each too!!! ) and they were all gone!!!! DANG. I try not to be a polish hoarder and purchase alot of extra's and multiple's but umm, I have to re-think that policy in the near future.


  • BLACK 
  • PINK




  • PINK


....More of these cute mini polish to come.....


  • 14 KARATS







  • FIJI


All 5 of hese look the same on the nail, they are a dense silver shimmer with flecks of colour. I was a little sad about that -  they look great over black &  have made some awesome frankens.

No Names ( someone named these - will do research )

Glitters in a black jelly base... applied over a dark base = awesome

Gabrielle form the Edge of Sanity named these lovelt black jelly base glitters;

.....More to come, I tried to avoid buying polish at Claire's and Icing but the last few I bought were re-assuring. I kept picking polish's that were very, very sheer and have given most away - thank goodness for nail blogs other wise I would not have given these a second chance.