Sunday, February 27, 2011

2 pretty polish finish's that look good in dim lighting

I love how the light from the TV bounces of my nails when I am wearing chrome polish's. This is 2 coats of an older dis-continued Sally Hansen Chrome polish called SAPPHIRE which is a lite baby blue chrome. It is super reflective - I love these chrome polish's as 'underwear' for layering. I have amassed quite a collection and can usually match a similar chrome polish to layer over if I need to.

I applied some french tip guides and added a coat of  TURQUOISE (middle bottle) which is almost the same shade as the Pure Ice blue glitter I added over the tips, \strapless which is a dense medium blue glitter. Even though this polish is packed with glitter and could be opaque in 3 coats, I applied 2 coats over a polish with a similar colour just so there wasn't any sparse areas.

I have used these same 3 polish's for another mani HERE

L-R = SH Sapphire, SH Turquoise, Pure Ice Strapless

.... and a mani with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, layered over NYC Skin Tight Denim

I started with 2 thin coats of NYC Skin Tight Denim {or STD lol} and added a thick coat of hidden Treasure, followed by a coat of  Nailene TC. I have only worn Hidden Treasure once on my nails and once on my toes..... I waited and waited for this to come to my town and I rarely ever wear it.

My previous manicure photos of this polish are the most 'used' and re-posted of all my photos. Here is a link to that post, just in case you are interested in seeing it Layered over black. I appreciate polish's with finish's that are very apparent in crappy lighting like duo-chromes, and multi- chromatic polish's, as well as basic chromes like the blue Sally Hansen chrome make-up polish in the mani above.

I think I did a great job of getting all the colours in this photo below. This is outdoors under the patio.


Also I totally have to note =   I wrote last summer I predicted that their would be a readily and widely available multi-chromatic flakey polish available in North America in stores by fall 2010 and I was wrong. I was right about the matte-madness of summer/fall 2010 though....... Does anyone else find it bizarre that there is 6 extremely close dupes of the Charla/Teal of Fortune/Jesses' Girl Glee {and the other 4} but so few good DENSE flakies out there? And also why isn't there a real linear Holographic polish in current collections from SH, Wet n Wild or other dept store brand names?

anyhoo... here is a few more photos of Hidden treasure layered over NYC STD

in low/dim lighting, the multi-chromatic flakes really do their job

w/ NYC Skin Tight Denim

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wet n Wild Blue wants to marry a Millionaire

2 coats of Wet n' Wild Blue Wants to be a  Millionaire, layered over Sally Hansen Turquoise Chrome. On it's own BWTMaM is a very sheer baby blue polish with holographic micro-glitter. It is girly and dainty and perfect for layering. I have seen many photos of this at 4 to 5 coats and it is beautiful, but I took the easy route and layered it over a discontinued SH Chrome polish. I added 2 coats of Top Coat as I found it had alot of texture to it.

It has a normal looking brush but it is not the same as other WnW polish's I have. The brush is very stiff and I am tempted to pour this into a 'normal' bottle of polish. Even though I have heard bad things about all the Fast Dry brushes it isn't going to stop me from acquiring all of these Fast Dry polish's; even the sheer ones, because they are all really pretty♥

I did not realize that my lead photo in my last post was my mummified finger, sorry, that wasn't supposed to be like that.

Also; how hard did they laugh when the name 'Hannah Pink-tanna' was actually labeled on the bottles and ready to ship to stores? Hannah Pink-tanna is the sheer magenta version of this polish. I think there should be a resource page on MUA for polish company's to reference when thinking up names for polish's.

the Brush = It looks normal but it is on the almost un-manageable side.....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wet n' Wild Caribbean Frost

 Wet n Wild Caribbean Frost, 3 coats with a coat of Nailene Top Coat

I have had this polish for a long time and never worn it alone to photograph, and it deserves some recognition. these photos were taken a few weeks ago and I did not post them for whatever reason........I think for most people this will be a 4 thin coats polish. It is a beautiful shimmery teal that is very in-expensive and easy to find.

I whipped up a pretty pastel franken polish using just white and Wet n Wild Caribbean Frost ~ I have worn it many times since I created it. I think every franken polish I have made, using Wet n Wild Wild Shine polish's have turned out perfect♥

and a bit of crummy news, I did quite a number on my model hand, I had to visit the ER for treatment. I'll spare everyone the details.

Friggen ouch!

I know I have written about my cuticle care and stuff before, but i want to add that applying any lotion, and letting it sink before removing polish has helped my cuticles alot. I think I was pretty lucky in having healthy cuticles in the first place - but applying lotion and letting it sink in before I use polish remover and then applying lotion with a small brush around my cuticles -before- polishing, so that any polish mistakes can sometimes be peeled off ( and making an acetone clean-up alot easier and gentler), have made them very healthy looking and soft.

Take care of your hands! I hope I am back in shape by next week.

Below is a franken I made with Wet n' Wild Caribbean Frost and a white creme, I have worn this franken quite a lot, and have worn it on my toes at least 6 times since I created it.

.... and one more time

Monday, February 21, 2011

China Glaze purple diagional mani

This is 3 thin coats of China Glaze Spontaneous with China Glaze Grape Juice. I applied a curved french mani tip-guide across my nails diagonally and added 2 coats of Grape Juice, when it was dry I applied a coat of Nailene Top Coat.

China Glaze Spontaneous, China Glaze Grape Juice and Nailene Acrylic Strong Top Coat

Below; I found these brushes at the dollar store.... The bright colours ones are for acetone clean-ups and applying moisturizer around my cuticles before painting my nails as I keep misplacing my black brushes.....  I haven't tried any nail art with these, If I do I will be using acrylic water based paint, there decent for a dollar store paint brush.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

HappyBerry Naids dots, Cheetah/Zebra and a pink Sponge mani

yes, the metallic pink stripe killed this mani,,,,,, but I am getting much better at making zebra stripes and cheetah spots.

I wanted to have a copper and baby pink mani, but my Stripe Rite striping polish in Copper was left open the last time I used it so it was all thick and goopy. before I realized it wouldn't be usable I had already applied it to 3 nails. I covered it up with the Hot Pink Art Deco Stripe polish, then covered that up with a metallic pink.

products used - Claire's Mini in Fiji, Wet n' Wild Crystallic in Golden Pink, Art Deco Hot Pink Nailene Top Coat

This is 3 coats of Claire's Fiji..... I knew there was a reason this was in my franken pile! it needs 3 to 5 coats to get totally opaque. It is a creme and I have at least 10 light pink creme's that are good to go in 3 coats or less.  I added another coat of Claire's Fiji after I took this photo, as well as a coat of Nailene TC.

I drew a diagonal line across my nail and added cheetah spots to the lower half, I outlined the cheetah spots with Art Deco stripe polish in Hot Pink, and made the zebra stripes with the Art Deco stripe polish as well.

I used Wet n Wild Crystallic in Golden pink for the cheetah spots.

... then outlined the spots with Art Deco strip polish and added the zebra stripes.

....and another sponge mani, a very subtle girlish sponge mani

For this mani, I started with a base of Billie Bubble Gum....... mmmmmmmm = yum, it really does smell like bubble gum! I used one of those 'sexy car wash' sponges, and sponged the three SH XW polish's randomly over my nail. I added 2 coats of a franken polish I made with some older silver shimmery polish's added to clear.

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta is a bright shimmery polish, the brightness of it and the colour mess around with my camera every time I try to photograph it.

L-R Billie Bubble Gum, SH Hot Magenta, Strawberry Icing, Cotton Candy, shimmer Franken

3 coats of Billie Bubble Gum - it is frosty but it smells good!

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A Copy of HappyBerryNaiads dots mani!

I think her's is much prettier than mine, she used all creme polish's and mine are shimmer polish's. I will try it in the same colour scheme as she did sometime in the future. Check out her V-day mani HERE

The polish's I used for this mani are old skool Sinful Colors in Sharron's Heart as a base, then dotted on Fiji, Fuchsia Purple and Greenwich Girl. I applied 2 coats of the pink; Sharron's Heart, and then started dotting with a dotting tool using the three other colours. I went over any sparse area's with the pink polish again to ensure that it looked like my nails were all dots.

I added a coat of clear, but before I could add a final coat of TC and take proper photo's I marred this mani, by dragging MY WET NAIL POLISH ACROSS MY MICROWAVE , really why? Why and how. I know that when it is time to seriously do my nails I must make time to sit still, and not do anything.......

I think this turned out okay, it is fool proff and easy to do which is exactly the type of nail art I like.

Wet n' Wild Lavender Creme with Icing Hazelnut / Icing un-named comparison

Here is a mani I did a few weeks ago but never posted for some reason, Wet n Wild Lavender Creme with a comparison of Icing Hazelnut and a mini un-named similar colour form an LE 5 set. There is a slight difference, very slight. The Icing mini polish has a tad more red to it.

Icing Hazelnut is a brown shimmery frost, that with careful thin coats does not leave alot of brush marks like many frosts do ( those nasty, nasty frosts)

 Icing Hazelnut, un-named mini, Icing Hazelnut, un-named mini

 I have to mention that I wore my last mani, Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune for 5 3/4 days! It is very very pretty. Luckily there is 6 versions of this very same nail polish available all over the world. I did find that it stained my fingers when I removed it, even though I applied moisturizer all over my hands and into my cuticles before removal..... just a heads up.

Below; 3 thin coats with TC - Wet n Wild Laveneder Creme is a bright fun pink, I had this for months and months before I even tried it. I really like it and have used it quite a bit in the last few weeks.

 I love this diagonal mani look, its simple to do ~ but I can never get it to look as sharp just using the polish brush, I need these french tip guides. I even tried using a stripe polish to get a diagonal line, (and then fill it in of course) but they don't seem to come out even.

Left Icing Hazelnut, Right un-named Icing Mini polish from a 5 mini set

Middle nail is the un-named mini, L & R is Icing Hazelnut

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

3 days!!!!! Wet n' Wild Teal of Fortune

Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune, 2 coats layered over 2 coats of China Glaze Shower Together and a coat of Nailene TC. I have been wearing this for 3 days and I dont want tot take it off = it is very pretty!!! I use ChG Shower Together for pedi's all the time, its 1/2 gone already. Even though Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune covers nicely in 3 - 4 coats, the brush is very stiff and I would have way to many brush marks and bare spots if I wore it alone.


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I wear ChG Shower Together on my toes all the time.....

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