Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

Decided I wanted to do something for Earth Day, so with the suggestions from my kids, and my son's photography (in part anyway) here's what happened.

We have a picture of items and polishes used, and mani pics. :)

typewriter disaster

I don't know how many of you have ever used a real typewriter. But let me tell you, those things can be a pain. Touch the page before the ink is dry and it smudges, stack the papers before the ink is dry and it bleeds through. And don't even get me started in changing the ink's tape! So here is a mani, inspired by the mess that can happen with a real typewriter. Broke 2 nails this morning, so again, don't judge the nub(s)!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Magazine rainbow

The last week or so has been nothing but gloomy weather and rain here in east central Illinois. All grey and wet, and since I have yet to see a rainbow, I decided to make one of my own. With all the icky weather, there hasn't been much to do. So, I've been reading a lot. So, Magazine Rainbows is what I thought I'd do for the day.

Zoya's Dove and Color Club's Pride Collection.
For the lettering, I used cut up pieces of pages from a magazine and some water. Didn't get the paper completely off my left index finger, and of course I didn't really notice until I saw the pictures lol. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Oz The Great and Powerful. Evanora's nails inspired..

I saw Oz The Great and Powerful back in March and have been meaning to post this mani, but kept getting sidetracked. I think in the film the polish is actually a dark green but I used black. I must admit I'm not 100% happy with it, and I will likely try it again later, and take more time for the lines, but here it is. My mani inspired by Evanora's from Oz the Great and Powerful.

and this is a still from the movie.

I was reminded of this when my children asked me to set up the "silver thing" (VCR) in their room so they could watch The Wizard of Oz.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

swirly art...ish

So I was perusing Youtube looking for ideas. I found THIS and thought I'd try it. Mine is a little different, I didn't add the extra dots, but I'm decently happy with the results. My confusion happened when my topcoat was dry and I noticed my left hand looked worse than my right, it's usually the other way around, lol.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

STOP! Puzzle Time!

I was bored, and I've seen this mani done before, so it's nothing new, but I wanted to try it. Puzzle pieces.
I used Color Club Harp On It and CG's Liquid Leather.

Monday, April 15, 2013

color club halo hues cherubic and cloud nine

Found the 1st part of the halo hues collection (the one released in 2012) at Meijer. Here's two of them. Cherubic (w/ razzle me dazzle me by china glaze on the accent nail) and Cloud Nine.

Two coats, no special base coat. I love these polishes!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fender Strat Tobacco Sunburst inspired...

A couple days ago my Daddy said, "Hey! You should do tobacco sunburst! You know, like on a Fender Strat!" SO, I thought to myself, challenge accepted! And an entire nail wheel later I finally got something that I like, lol. Gonna try it again sometime, and probably use more yellow, but here it is. :) :) :)

Pretty happy with this!
The accent nail is CG's White on White and White Cap for the pearly looking pick guard.
I used CG's Liquid Leather, Sinful Colors Courtney Orange, Let's Meet, a red by color club (the name escapes me) and Sinful Colors Cloud 9

Friday, April 12, 2013

Creations by Lynda, swatches and review...

*These polishes were sent to me for my honest opinion*

Lynda from Creations by Lynda sent me the Fairytale collection and one of her Tempus Fugit colors.

I'm going to start with the two polishes that seemed to give me trouble. I don't want to write a "bad" review, and I don't think this will be one. I think it's a simple matter of a mini, which means mini brush, and mini room for shaking. Anyhow, here it goes ladies! (and gentlemen)

First up, Crimson Wolf, "red base with iridescent glitter inspired by Ruby/Red Riding Hood."

This polish has the potential to be SO pretty! Looking at it in the bottle, I was convinced it would be my favorite. I was pretty bummed when I couldn't see the glitters in this polish. I couldn't seem to get an even coat, so this is 3 coats, and it looks textured and uneven. Probably user error, lol.
Lynda has a re-formulated versoin of Crimson Wolf, and it looks simply darling! Can't wait to get my hands on it!!!! Here's a picture of the new version on a nail wheel, RE-FORMULATED
Next up, Wicked Enchantment, "a purple based polish with hints of black shreds and silver stars. It was inspired by The Evil Queen/Regina Mills."

I LOVE THIS POLISH! It's such a pretty purple! The stars didn't stick out, or fold up or even stick together. I did have to place a few, just because I'm picky where I wanted them to be. My only "complaint" about this polish is it's thickness. I intend to buy a full sized bottle, with a full sized brush, lol. Also thinking I might add some thinner to it, and try swatching it again. My swatch is 2 coats.

Next up, Snow Day, "a shimmery pearl white base with flecks of tiny iridescent and blue matte glitter, inspired by Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard."

I was surprised how much I really like this polish! The glitter shows through just enough to add a little something to the polish, and with a coat of seche, any of the glitter bumps went away. The formula was great! 2 coats, and tada! Pretty!

Next, Charming One, "a shimmery green base color with blue, and multiple shades of green glitter flecks, inspired by David/Prince Charming."

Again, loving this polish. The Irish girl in me is totally smitten. The formula was just like Snow Day. Swatch is 2 coats.

Next, Golden Spindle, "a gold base color with black shreds and lots of shimmery micro gold glitter flecks, inspired by Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold."

Love this idea! The black shards look green to me (due to the gold I'm sure). The polish was a little on the thick side, but not terribly. Again, will probably add some thinner and do more swatching with it. Swatch is 2 coats.

Next, Swan Song, "is inspired by Emma Swan and has a nude shimmer base which reflects hints of coral and rose, with burgundy and berry glitter."

So, color me surprised when my favorite from this collection ended up being the nude/pink one! The formula was amazing. No issues whatsoever. LOVE it! My swatch shows 2 coats.

That's all for the Fairy Tale collection. I'm not used to seeing shimmer polishes done up this way, and I love it! I think next time around I might give the polishes some undies and see if that helps with the problems that I did have. All in all, I really like them!
Lynda sent a bonus for me to try, and OMGOSH!

Midnight Sonnet

I am a sucker for a good blue polish! Add to that it has holo glitters, and didn't stain my nails or skin?! Yeah, I'm sold! LOVE this! My swatch shows 2 coats with a coat of Seche. Wore this to work last night, and got a LOT of compliments on it.

You can purchase all of these polishes on Lynda's sites!