Monday, September 4, 2017

Moving to Instagram

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Ask me anything here, I will check it once in a while.  I am going to leave it up, because it is years of swatches, and I know that some of this stuff is helpful for you!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Urban Outfitters Violet Aura

This is a nice matte lavender polish to have.  I am not a big fan of the formula from the matte UO polishes, but in this case, the color was worth the extra work.  Lately, they haven't really put out anything exciting, so I sort of just grabbed this, along with a neon polish, from the 2 for $8 bin.  The neon one turned out to be a re-purchase.  When I got home, I was like oops, I already have this, so I guess I'll try this matte instead.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
3 coats Urban Outfitters Violet Aura
Swarovski Crystals (accent nail)
no topcoat in these pictures

Monday, December 5, 2016

cupcake nails

I am randomly posting old swatches here because I'm currently wearing and enjoying my mani.  I hadn't gotten my nails professionally done by anyone in over 8 years.  I posted those recently on IG.

Long story short, my computer broke, and I couldn't blog for a while.  Health issues also; I am getting a surgery at the beginning of next year, so that would be taken care of soon.  Then my camera broke.  Luckily,  I went to Samy's Camera, and they found the culprit.  They're awesome BTW, if you have them in your area, check it out.  Well, then the holidays came too so things got bit hectic.  Woo hoo!  I love the holidays <3

I did this using stencils over an Uber Chic mat.  I have to say, this was not as easy as those tutorials make it out to be.  I screwed up a couple of sets before I got it right.  I learned that you have to set the stencil, add a non-sheer (1-coater preferred) polish, and remove it fast, before it dries.  Working with different colors was a challenge, because you have to have all the bottles opened at some point.

Ok, then picking up the design after it dries and placing it on the nail can be tricky as well.  After it is set, it might have some rough edges that will show up over cremes (like a cheap sticker would), and are not easy to hide with the topcoat.  That is why I added flakes to this mani.  All in all, this has a learning curve.  I had to re-do one of my nails, because I tried to set the cupcake on the wet polish and is made a dent.  This sounds like common sense now that I'm typing it (haha) but the base color must be dry before adding the design.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats OPI Funny Bunny
2 coats Dance Legend 603
Various polishes used for the cupcakes (such as Tonic Polish Light of Lyra and Alexandria's Genesis)
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Orange and Grey with Flower Accent

This is a good idea for a Thanksgiving mani.  The grey and orange say Fall, and the flowers look festive.  Thanksgiving manis are tricky to me.  I'm never sure what to draw.

Layering Order:
L'oreal Mango Mamma
2 coats Barielle My City Apartment (ring only)
dot or round glitters for the flowers
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sephora Formula X Spectrum

This is a great red for Fall, and also for going into Winter., holidays, etc.  I am saddened that the liquid crystals (this collex) is being discontinued.  I just realized it now, because I was looking for the name of this polish (too lazy to go get the actual bottle, ha!).  Actually, most of the cool colors are at $5, and I doubt they are coming back.  I think the focus is on lips now.  The big stores are depleted of their polish items, while the lipsticks are everywhere and in every color range and finish.  I like the new 'lip stuff', but honestly, it is sort of frustrating for a polish junkie like me :/

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Sephora Formula X Spectrum
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Monday, October 24, 2016

Peeking black kitties

This is one of the manis that I have been cooking up for Halloween.  I started out with stencils on bare nails, and then it kind of took it's course.  I wore it for a couple of days and got many compliments on it.  This type of design makes the nails look longer.  I finally got a computer up and running and I learned how to crop the pics.  Now all I need is the time to blog more.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Guerlain Black Perfecto
Orange small hex glitter (pun intended ^.^)
Purple stars
2 coats Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Seiche Vite Topcoat

Friday, July 1, 2016

Purple French with Purple Cellophane

This is the type of cellophane that is used for shattered glass finish.  I figured I cut it thicker and do something different.  I had to add a bit of nail glue to the sides of each nail, because I could see this peeling within the hour.  It lasted a day, which is not bad, since this was not gel polish, and I only used 1 coat of topcoat to seal it.

Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Femme Fatale Time Lapse
2 coats Celestial Cosmetics Celestial Dream (tips only)
Purple Cellophane Paper
Nail glue
OPI DS Topcoat