Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Megan Miller Review - Pink Lily & Foxy

I contacted the people behind Megan Miller polishes and the sent me these 2 lovelies to review. I cannot help but gush over how adorable their bottles are! I have yet to see any polish bottle that is as cute! The Nfu-Oh bottles are cute too, but these Megan Millers take the cake in my opinion. :) 
I love the cork handle and the feather accent.
The cork handle surrounds a small plastic handle with the brush attached. No worries about the cork just sliding off, it's secured very well. The cork also proves really nice to work with! It's slightly squish-able, so you can get a good grip on the handle to then apply it to your nails. We all love Orly's rubberized handles, but this cork handle was even more of a pleasure to work with! Very easy to control.
First up is Pink Lily. This is a perfect pale pink for those that like that sort of thing. This was 2 easy opaque coats that went on smoothly. The formula is just right, not too thick and not too thin. It went where I put it and I did not experience any cuticle flooding.




Then we have Foxy. Pretty much the same thing can be said for this. 3 easy coats. The first coat went on thin, so I was a little worried... but it builds nicely. Self levels, no problems with bubbling.


This is the mysterious "greige/taupe" color that is hard to define. I thought it would be a dupe for any number of things in my stash. You can see that it's actually quite different! I guess it most closely resembles OPI You Don't Know Jacques, but it's a much lighter version. Also pictured is China Glaze Below Deck and Recycle.
Foxy has just enough of a red/purple undertone to not be a true grey.
So what are you waiting for? Get your hands on some Megan Millers! These will always be front and center of my stash displayed on the wall. Everyone must see these pretties! 
They can be bought from the Megan Miller website. $12 each.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Lady and the Tramp Nail Art

I have some more Disney nail art for your enjoyment! Lady and the Tramp has been highly requested and it's taken me a while to get inspired enough to actually do it. I couldn't make up my mind on how to do the other nails and background color, but I'm really happy with how they turned out.

These were requested by Angelica, and 2 anonymous followers.

Of course I had to feature the iconic spaghetti kiss scene. ;)
 Tutorial:
I started with Essie Very Structured on all of my nails. 2 coats. I immediately got a big ding on my thumbnail, but I just kept going.

I applied one coat of China Glaze In Awe of Amber to all of my nails.

Then I started in on the details of the characters using acrylic paints. I build them up from the bottom layer to the top.






Here I was done with the characters, but I didn't like the other nails. So I removed them and layered another 2 coats of Essie Very Structured.

I changed them by then just applying ChG In Awe of Amber as french tips. I did this same thing on my right hand and wore this as a manicure for 2 whole days! Normally I don't do that with my cartoon manis because it doesn't really jive with living a normal life. Lol. But these were actually quite discreet because they were neutral colors and from a distance you couldn't really notice. :)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Zoya - Dea

I bought this recently just because someone else had it listed on their favorites. I don't have a lot of browns in my stash so I thought it would serve a purpose even if it ended up not being my favorite. It's actually quite nice! It's a perfect milk chocolate color. :)

Super easy 2 coats here.


Side by side with Barielle Coco Bar (a true medium brown), you can see it's definitely not a dupe!
I can't say that I know of many milk chocolate colored polishes. Can you think of any off the top of your head?
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Drippy Cupcake Nail Art

So I did the nails of my coworker the other day. She's the one I helped design the cupcake nursery for. I told her she had to have pretty nail art for her baby shower, so she came over a few days ahead. Here's what we came up with.
I don't remember what exact polishes I used. But you can learn how to make the cupcake accent nail by following my tutorial HERE.

She ended up loving them and they lasted for something like 4 days before chipping. I'm hesitant to do nail art on my acquaintances because I'm afraid they'll by unhappy if it chips soon! So I was pleased that it lasted that long. :)

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Zoya True Collection

I got 4 of the six shades. So if you were looking for Cho or Tru, sorry but those are the 2 I didn't get.
Here we go!

Farah
This is 2 coats. It's the typical Zoya perfection that is an opaque cream finish. I wanted this because it resembled OPI Skull and Glossbones (fyi they are not exact dupes). I missed out on getting S&G and I kept seeing it pop up on bloggers favorites from 2011 lists. So this satisfies that need.


Bevin
This was also a perfect 2 coats. It's beautiful! A dusty green turquoise color. It did make my skin look more red though. :(


Lotus
This one was a bit tricky. It took 3 coats because I found it more difficult to get an even coat. Still a beautiful color. Dusty purple with pink shimmer. :)


Skylar
I was most excited about this one, but it was a bit tricky like Lotus. It required 3 coats and took some persuasion to apply evenly. Beautiful color!


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Peculiar Polish Series - She-Ra

It's another Thursday and time for more Peculiar Polish! Nev from Nevorpurify's Nail Art  is helping me out by designing looks that are from different cartoons that I've not been able to get to. If you have a suggestion for her, just fill out the embedded form at the bottom of the page!
Jo from the UK (and Sara) requested these She-Ra nails and I was so excited to do them! I painted these nails about two weeks ago because I couldn't wait to get to them! To my surprise, when I was perusing other nail blogs I happened to notice that Michelle from Sonoma Nail Art posted some She-Ra nails this week! What a crazy coincidence! Hers are amazing and you can see them here. While Michelle went with a pretty straight forward (and beautiful) approach to She-Ra nails, I decided to go a little more complicated.




I can't think of She-Ra without thinking of He-Man so I decided to make this mani a bit of She-Ra and a bit of He-Man. I did portraits of their faces on my index and ring fingers. For my middle and pinky finger I did the print on He-Man's tiger Cringer. On my thumb I decided to do She-Ra's Sword of Protection which gives her the ability to change from Princess Adora into She-Ra.




I finished off the manicure with a matte top coat because whenever I think of cartoons, I think of a more matte appearance. Hope you enjoy and see you next Thursday!
Great job once again Nev! Thanks so much!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Need a Refresh-Mint Comparison

Sorry it's taken me a while, but here it is. A comparison of Wet N Wild's Megalast I Need a Refresh-Mint to the other light teals I have in my stash.

Maybe you can tell already that it's very close to China Glaze For Audrey.
 Left to Right:
I Sea You is far too dark and green.
Ancient Jade is more green.
For Audrey is just a smidge darker than WnW INARM. It's not enough than an outside person would notice. Only other polish addicts can identify any difference. ;)
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Monday, January 23, 2012

S-he made a grape escape

So I extended the life of my Barielle - Grape Escape manicure by adding polka dots using S-he #436. (I got this polish is a swap with Ivana Thinks Pink. I don't know where you would buy it in the states.) 436 is a great purple foil polish.

Gotta run! (I've gotten some exciting Zoya's in the mail recently, so look to see swatches soon!)
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Baby Bentley is HERE!

What no post went up yesterday? What's up with that?! Well, I was kinda busy! My sister had her baby!!!
So this is complete baby spam-age, so move on if this isn't your thing. ;)

(I smudged out my visitors badge, I don't want to give anything away to the baby snatchers)

He's got perfect little cuticles!
(I'm wearing OPI Excuse Moi!)

The facts
Born: 1/21/12 @ 11:07am
Weight: 6lbs 5.5oz
19 inches long
Name: Bentley!
I now know that the expression "love at first sight" is real. <3
I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that my sister "made" this little person. How can the human body do something so miraculous? It's amazing, and if you believe in evolution and deny the existence of a Grand Creator... I'm sorry to tell you this, but you're wrong. The human body can only be explained by the existence of an Almighty God who designed and made the universe and all the basic kinds of life upon the earth.
 
(Isaiah 42:5) This is what the [true] God, Jehovah, has said, the Creator of the heavens and the Grand One stretching them out; the One laying out the earth and its produce, the One giving breath to the people on it, and spirit to those walking in it.
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Barielle - Grape Escape (on shorties!)

I recently wore Grape Escape again, but after I shortened my nails a good bit. I prefer the look of my nails when they are short. But I get hung up in just changing polish and I don't think to file them unless something is uneven. So sometimes it gets away from me and I have crazy long nails that I didn't even realize and don't like!
 It's a 1 coater, but I used 2 thin coats here. Topped with Seche Vite.
 If you want to see the same polish swatched on longer nails.... check it out here. :)
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WnW - I Need a Refresh-Mint

So Wet N Wild, now we're name stealers? What happened to originality? (China Glaze has a  Refresh Mint). I found this display of new WnW Megalasts that have a new bottle shape and a new brush. So I picked up the color that is most "me." It's a light teal color similar to ChG For Audrey, Orly Jaded, etc. I'll do up some comparison shots.
It applied very easily and was opaque in 2 coats. Good formula. 





 These polishes have a new "ManiCurve Pro Brush" that is a bit different from other WnW.

It's a lot like the paddle brushes from SH that some love and others hate. It's a little more squared off which makes it difficult to apply a clean curve, but it's not terrible. It's also a bit more scraggily than it should be.

Left is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure brush
Middle is Wet N Wild Megalast ManiCurve brush
Right is Sally Hansen Insta Dri brush
It's very similar but more squared.
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