Friday, November 30, 2012

NOTD = Blue and Red

Well, I just can't resist anymore! I got 3 Shimmer polishes and KB Shimmer's Snow Way and just couldn't wait to try them any longer. I will have a review of the Shimmer polishes for the weekend, but for now, here is my NOTD.
I started with a light coat of OPI's My Boyfriend Scales Walls to give Snow Way a brighter base, then used two coats of SW. Then I stamped with Sally Hansen's Cinna-snap with BM 309, while on my ring finger I applied 3 coats of Shimmer polish in Karina. As you can see, I topped it off with HK Girl.
 
 
What do you guys think? Pretty cool combo don't ya think?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Crumpet's Nail Tarts = Sat-ART-Day Challenge

For today's post I'm showing you a challenge mani I did for the Crumpet's Nail Tarts, November 24th which is One Stroke.
I've been reading up on one stroke techniques for a while now, so I was excited to see this in the challenge so I could finally pluck up the courage to do it.

For today's challenge, I started out with one thick coat of China Glaze,For Audrey, applied a light coat of SoFlaJo's Enchantment, then topped it off with some of Lynderella's Connect The Dots. On my ring finger I used acrylic paints in white and Ultramarine blue to do my one stroke flower and leaf.
 Please note that I have one on both my left and right accent fingers! I did a one stroke with my left! Aren't you proud! I sure am! ;-)
I was really pleased with how this turned out, and am looking forward to working on some more one stroke.
TTFN my friends, Happy Sat-ART-Day! :-)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mentality Nail Polish - The Brilliant Collection

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Well, am I on a roll blogging this week! I really am trying to be more consistent with my posts, but then I say that every time, don't I? LOL

Today we have another review of Mentality Nail Polish, this time from their Brilliant Collection. I loved the Metallic Collection, but I am head over heels for the Brilliant Collection. I really love how wonderfully named this collection is, each polish lives up to it's name perfectly.

First up is Elation - hands down my favorite polish in collection, but then you all know what a blue girl I am. :-) Elation is 'the quality or state of being elated' according to Websters, and boy does it do just that for me!
I would interpret this color as a perfect storm cloud gray blue holo. I love love love this color! (can you tell I like it ;-))
It dries quickly, and has a bit of a rough texture (think super fine grit nail file) with a satin finish, which only adds to the fabulous holo effect. The formula is wonderful to work with, this is three regular coats, with a top coat on the first and ring finger.
The first two photos are in my light box, the third one with the stamping (my rain and clouds mani) are outside, with a mostly cloudy sky behind me. It's November in Seattle, a fitting manicure for the month ;-)



Next up is Euphoria, aptly named, as you'll be swimming in a golden sea of holo bliss, with gold and red flecks to keep you company. Websters dictionary defines euphoria as a 'feeling of well-being or elation', and with this polish on your nails, you're well on your way to achieving that sensation.
This is three regular coats, (the whole Brilliant Collection has the same textured finish as Elation) with a top coat on the first and ring finger.


 

The third polish in the Brilliant Collection is Fervor - an 'intensity of feeling or expression.' While this polish possesses light lavender and may not be an intense color, it wasn't difficult to experience an intense feeling of happiness that comes from this creation. The holo's in it are perfect, sparking off  red and gold flecks.
Perfect application, no bubbles. This is three regular coats with a top coat on my first and ring finger.

 

Last but certainly not least, is Rapture. One of Webster's definitions of rapture is 'an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion' and I couldn't agree more. There is no question of the passion that the Makers of Mentality have poured out their love and passion for polish (and holo) into their products. Again, this is three regular coats, with a top coat on my first finger.
I couldn't resist stamping from my new Ninja Polish plate a lovely steaming coffee cup, with Pure Ice Scandal, the colors just sang perfectly together!



Isn't this collection amazing?! I'm trying to be a good girl and focus on my birthday club and Christmas presents and not buy polish for myself, but man, Mentality's polish does NOT make it easy for a girl to stick to a plan!
Don't forget to check out Mentality Nail Polish on BigCartel and Mentality Nail Polish on Etsy, and stop buy their Facebook page for more photos and pictures.
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

xxoo

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mentality Nail Polish - Metallics Collection

Back again with some more Mentality polish reviews; Desire, Envy and Lust are all from the Metallics Collection.

First up is flush with Desire, which is a stunning golden orange with gold flecks, looking as beautiful inside the bottle as on your nails. I think that Desire is the kind of color that can be used for all seasons; alone for a splash of color, or pair it warm, cool or neutral colors to match with whatever style you're sporting.
This bottle of Desire went on smooth and even, and has a beautiful finish, with or without a top coat.  In this photo, I applied three coats of Desire, but it is opaque in two, and a top coat on my first and ring finger.
 

 
Next up, we have green as Envy which is a beautiful yellowish green with gold flecks. It makes me think of the metallic pears you can get from Pier Once for the holidays, only better since it's for your nails :-) This is two coats, and perfectly opaque. A top coat on my first and ring finger, just for comparison.
Envy went on perfect as well, no issues whatsoever.  
 
 
And last, but certainly not lease, is pink with Lust.
 Lust is probably one of my favorites of the Metallics Collection with it's pink rusty color and gold flecks. It went on smooth as silk, and dried quickly. This is three coats, but Lust is easily opaque with just 2, I just liked the third coat to deepen the color.
 It reminds me of the 'Blackout' Asiatic lilies in the summer grocery store bouquets, minus the metallic sheen .
 
 
Here ends the Metallics Collection from Mentality Nail Polish, on BigCartel, and  Mentality Nail Polish on Etsy. Don't forget to check out their Facebook page too!
 
Happy Sunday everyone!
 
xxoo

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mentality Nail Polish - The Metallics Collection

Hello my friends! Hope you all are having a wonderful day. :-)

Today, I have a review over 2 of 9 polishes that I've swatched this week.
 I got brave and started contacting some polish sellers on Etsy to see if I could review some of their products. The lovely polish makers at Mentality Nail Polish replied, and I immediately ordered their Metallic and Brilliant Collection. Metallics has 5 polishes, Covet, Crave, Desire, Envy and Lust, and the Brilliant Collection has Elation, Euphoria, Fervor and Rapture which can be found on  Mentality Nail Polish Shop at BigCartel, an Etsy Shop Here, and a Facebook page Here. 


First up is Covet, from the Metallic Collection. Covet is a beautiful light green with gold flakes, and while I'm not a big green polish girl, I really like this one.
The formula for Covet was a bit of a struggle for me, the first time I applied the first coat, it got bubbly and uneven. It's not too thick or thin, so I figured I had applied it too thick and removed it to try again. This time I did a thin coat, made sure it was dry before I applied the second coat, but the second coat bubbled on a couple of my fingers again. The third time it went on smooth as silk and no bubbles. Who knows what happened, but I'm pretty sure that it was an error on my end. I tried one with and one without a base coat, but I had a base coat on the third try, so I don't believe the base coat was reacting adversely to the Covet to cause bubbling.
So here we have the final result; 2 easy coats made it opaque and I had no trouble on this third application. There is coat of Seche Vite on my first and ring finger. The top coat, in my opinion, makes the polish really come out, though I like it bare too. It seemed that, especially when I was taking pictures, that it kept my nail from glaring so much and in turn really brought out the holo effect in the polish without taking away the dazzling suede-ish effect.




 


Next up, is Crave which is also from the Metallic Collection.  Mentality describes Crave as 'a light purple with gold and blue undertones and gold flakes' and while I full heartily believe that it is the Maker's right to describe their polishes as they see fit, I didn't really see the purplish in Crave. To me it was more of a pinkish, rosy flesh tone, which I do love. I can foresee this being the base of many girly manis ;-).
This formula was flawless and I had no trouble with bubbles. Again, there is a top coat on my first and ring finger.

 
 



So what do you think? I've been playing with a home made light box, how are my pictures doing? Are these better or worse than the others I've been posting?
 Toss me all the thoughts and tips you can, I'll happily accept them all!!!!

Happy Saturday my friends! Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

xxoo


*These products were purchased by me for an honest, unbiased personal opinion of these products*









 



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Birthday Mail Mani #2

Oh no my lovely friends - we are not even close to being done with the birthday mail. And I will probably not be done with posting mani's from my birthday nail mail for quite some time. I will spread them out though, so I don't bombard you with birthday mail. :-)
But for now, it's round 2 of the birthday polish!!!!

This package on the left was from Dana - Art Deco nail art pen in metallic Purple - Butter London in Come To Bed Red, L.A. Colors Lip Gloss and China Glaze in Blue Sparrow Neon.
I started with 2 coats of the Blue Sparrow, then sponged on the Beware just on the tips and stamped with CH 26 in Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I dotted a few spots on the stamped image with the Beware for accents.
What do you think? It's a fun winter/Christmas mani, don't you think??






 







And this one on the right was from Amanda - this package had the Pure Ice in Beware




 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

CNT's Sat-ART-day Challenge - Vampire

Well my lovelies, today I have a challenge mani for you.

I joined the Crumpet's Nail Tarts (or the Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge as it was when I first joined) back in the spring of this year, and at that time, there were several challenges a week.
Now we have Sat-Art-Day and for this challenge, it was Vampires.
I'd seen a tutorial here on YouTube for Twilight themed mani and decided that I had to try it. I'm hoping to do these for some girlfriends that are going to the 'Twilight Marathon' next week that goes with the new Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2 so I started practicing today.

 I started out with Essence new Twilight line in Jacob's Protection which is a dark blue/navy base satin with fine blue, red, silver, and gold glitter flakies. This was 2 coats and I wasn't really impressed with the formula of this one, it was kind of globby and uneven and it took a little time to dry. However, it did settle well and even,  the glitter in it is fabulous! I don't mind saying that I contemplated just leaving it un touched for a while and doing the nail art later.


After watching the tutorial on YouTube, I then used acrylic paints to do the art. It wasn't as hard as I was afraid it was going to be  - sometimes I get a little anxious about something I want to do, but then when I get going, it's not really as difficult as I had anticipated. :-)

 
Thanks for checking my post out! Let me know if you do this tutorial, post a link!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Birthday Polish Mani

Good Morning my lovely readers - Happy Monday!

Today I have a beautiful mani courtesy of some polish I received from one of my polish birthday clubs. This box was from Jen who sent me Wet N Wild's Fergie Line in Going Platinum, Estee Lauder in Black Iris, and China Glaze in Techno.
 
This is 1 generous coat of EL's Black Iris - so sorry for the crumby photo



I was really impressed with Black Iris, the formula is absolutely smooth, and even where I streaked it a bit, it settled very nicely back into itself and was smooth as satin when it was done. It is a deep purple that almost looks black, and is apart of the Pure Color Collection by Tom Pecheux. I had no problem applying, and it was just perfect to apply - not to runny or thick - it went on like a dream, with hardly any clean up. The brush is a great size too. There just isn't anything  that I don't like about this polish.


Needless to say, I couldn't resist stamping on top of it. It's such a lovely color alone, but with such a lovely dark base, how could I not stamp on it? I used the WnW in Going Platinum to stamp with Shanty 24 butterfly. On my ring finger, I applied at quick dash of China Glaze Techno. As much as I like the stamp, I'm seriously in love with the Techno - annnndddd it just might end up topping off this mani again when the tip wear kicks in.
So what do you think??? Pretty awesome nail mail eh?!? Well my friends, there is lots more - this is just the first one! I have some pretty amazing and lovely birthday nail polish club sisters. :-)