Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Nails with cute girly ghost accent

Happy Halloween!

Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Dior Ultra Violet
1 coat Shimmer Caroline (tips only)
apply stripping tape
Wet n Wild Black Creme & American Apparel Neon Coral dots
remove stripping tape
Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud (ghost)
American Apparel Neon Pink (bow)
Dior Gel Coat

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Obsession is a perfect color for Halloween

I know it sounds cliche but, where did this month go?

I had to refresh and be really quick for this color.  It was a limited edition shade and a bit hard to obtain.  As soon as I swatched it, I knew it would be perfect for a Halloween mani.  It's a violet/burgundy with golden hues.  The shift is a bit on the olive side, but it's still gorgeous.  It is lso holographic and has a pink flas, right up my alley.  This is the first duochrome that I've seen, that shifts to black.

I wanted to pair it up with something else, but I knew that a gradient or a glitter was going to overshadow the duochrome effect.  I thought it would look great with orange.  Not sure what this is guys, maybe the guts from a pumpkin or pumpkin jam, but I felt artsy and didn't want to use the common gruesome red to simulate dripping blood.

Layering Order:
2 coats Colors by Llarowe Woman From Tokyo (base)
2 coats Colors by Llarowe Obsession (tips only)
Barielle Hawaiian Sunset (middle)
Dior Gel Coat

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Different Dimension Saphir Rose tips

I have been getting into these Sweet Addiction subscription boxes lately.  I like the fact that they always include a Cupcake holo and that the price is very affordable.  Moreover, I like the fact that they don't actually force you to subscribe to it, you just buy them when you want.  Since Cupcake Polish inspires cuteness, I decided to do a cute mani with a couple of nail polishes from these boxes.

Versailles is from the September Box and Saphir Rose is from the November box.  I really liked Versailles and it is unique in my purple holo stash, and this says a lot coming from me,  It has certain shimmery particles that make it really special, and it leans blue, which I love.  Saphir Rose was from another brand, one that I don't think I have tried before.  This Different Dimension really stands out.  It is a bright fuchsia.  It is really girly and shiny.  I loved the formula.

Saphir Rose reminded me a little bit of CbL CBH, but when I swatched them side by side, I realized that they are not the same at all.  This one is not as bright.  I included a comparison below.  However, this one is possibly one of the brightest fuchsia holos that I own, after CBH.

Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Base Coat
2 coats Cupcake Polish Versailles
2 coats Different Dimension Saphir Rose (tips only)
1 coat Glitter Gal Crushed Ego (tips only)
Dior Gel Coat


Layering Order:
2 coats Different Dimension Saphir Rose (pinky and middle)
1 coat CbL Courage, Brains, Heart
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Monday, October 27, 2014

BeYu 640 a cute pink foil

Oops, I just realized that October is almost over and I haven't posted a mani for BCA Month.  Luckily, my friend Robyn, got me this super sparkly foil from {somewhere in Europe}, along with some of the best Swiss chocolate that I've tried.  Yummy.

The only other BeYu that I had seen before, was 209, which is really close to Clarins 230.  Both had great formula, it is more plasctic-like than the ones from the US.  I wonder what they put in it.  I know that this foil, probably has a Zoya dupe or something, but to me, this color is super special.

Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats BeYu 640
no topcoat in these pictures

<3<3<3<3<3<3   P.S.: Check your tatas!   <3<3<3<3<3<3

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dance Legend Different View is a duochrome linear holographic, with holografic flakies

I'm kicking myself for not getting this one sooner.  From the swatches I had seen, I thought that it was greyish green.  Not at all.  Instead, this is blue, leaning to grey in some lights, with a special purple, shining from within; it's like an aurora!

This is exactly what I was talking about last Friday.  Sometimes nail polishes will surprise you.  Although I have found that for Dance Legend, this is almost always the case.

I liked it that this was a perfect two-coater.  The quality and the formula was what I've come to expect from this brand.  It was easy to apply and dried fast.  I love the linear holographic effect, and somehow, even with the flakies, it doesn't look metallic.

Layering Order:
2 coats Dance Legend Different View
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NailNation Celeb Gift Set

I have wanted this set for a long time, and I am so glad that it now lives in my house.  I wanted to get a good holographic topcoat and Walk of Fame did not disappoint.  I liked how shiny it was and the holographic flame on it.  That being said, I'm still looking for a holographic topcoat that works with whites.  I thought that this one was going to be 'it' since the description said 'grey cancelling", but it did look greyish, when worn over a white creme.  Here, I've paired it with a grey creme too, and I love the effect.  It reminds me of Hits Hefesto, but somehow more sophisticated.

Shine On Me was a bit of a let down, because the base was slightly tinted.  The first time that I tried it, was over a pale baby blue (Nubar Faded Jeans, not shown here), and it changed the color to a greenish aqua.  It has small gold glitters, which really add something special, compared to other gold leaf toppers out there, but I think that they might be the culprit, and might be staining the base (aka bleeding into the base).  I like my toppers clear, so that is why I say that it let me down.  The gold flakies themselves are 24K and look amazing.  However, the yellowish base really limits the options for base colors to pair it with.  Below, I have swatched it over a dark green creme, because that is the way I would wear it.  From now on, I will only wear it over dark colors,

Finally, there is Boardwalk Empire.  This one is certainly worth checking out.  I am not a huge fan of blues, and from the bottle this seemed just ok to me.  But boy oh boy, was I surprised on the very first brush stroke.  This is an amazing cobalt holographic.  It is bright and sort of electrifying.  It is like nothing I have seen before.  I tend to like blues that lean to indigo, otherwise, pure blues just kind of bore me after a while, but not this one!  Even the coveted OPI DS Glamour is completely different to this this shade.

I am really loving NailNation lately.  Maria seems to be on a roll, because she has been launching some really cool collections.  She definitely nailed it with this set.  Boardwalk Empire and the others can be purchased alone.  I highly suggest that blue, even if you are not a blue lover, because swatches do not do it justice.  I tried to capture its awesomeness, but the camera doesn't pick up that 'clean' look that Boardwalk Empire has.

Layering Order:
2 coats MAC Vestral White
1 coat NailNation 3000 Walk of Fame
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures


Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Taupe Notch
1 coat NailNation 3000 Walk of Fame
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures


Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Boho Chic
1 coat NailNation 3000 Shine On Me
Dior Gel Coat


Layering Order:
2 coats NailNation 3000 Boardwalk Empire
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sephora Moon Walk is a Shimmery textured white

I had no idea that this was textured.  When I was at the store I used their little station to sample the tester over the plastic, and simply thought "need this shimmer now", placed it in the basket and walked to the check out registers.

When I got home and tried it, I thought to myself "why!?".  Then I figured, I could just blog about it and use it when I get into textured lacquers.  Maybe swap it or exchange it for another Formula X.  I really don't like textured nail polishes.  This is not the exception.  Although it is stuning in certain lights.  I am really hoping for a 'clean' version of this.

Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy Basecoat
2 coats Sephora Moon Walk
no topcoat in these pictures

Monday, October 20, 2014

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace with Calavera accent

I have received a few complaints from IRL friends about my blog layout and background, so I decided to change it to a more reader-friendly version.  I take suggestions very seriously, especially coming from the people who I appreciate the most.  So there, I hope Sue and K can read it now =D

Moving on, to this little nail art and nail polish.  I have been trying to 'nail it' with the sugar skulls lately, but I am still practicing.  My nail art skills are not as they used to be, since I haven't been doing it as often.  It really depends on the brush and the time that you put into it, but also on how frequently you practice.  I love free-hand work, and I'm trying to do more on the weekends, when I get free time.

This nail polish seemed appropriate.  If you haven't seen these yet, they have a really nice cap with a skull (a la Dia de los Muertos) on the end or the tip of the cap.  The box is really nice too.  My only problem was the brush.  It is extremely thin.  I wasn't able to tell if the formula was good or not, because the brush wouldn't let me pick up enough nail polish.  I ended up struggling for 3 coats.  The color is gorgeous though, and very shiny.  I'll have to try more from the brand, to see if this was a bad joke, or a bad brush.

Layering Order:
3 coats Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mrs. Mia Wallace (except rong)
3 coats Mac Vestral White (ring)
Illamasqua Harem & Radium dots (flower eyes)
Illamasqua Poke dots (eyes)
Illamasqua Jo'mina and Dare To Wear Coral Carnation (nose)
Wet & Wild Black Creme and Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (mouth)
Dior Gel Coat