Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Essie Bazooka + China Glaze Mango Madness

Hey hey.

So a while ago, I won a contest over at Peace, Love & Polish and got some awesome China Glaze glitters...that somehow got put into the bottom drawer of my melmers. I was looking all over for them for the longest time...and never thought to look in there because I NEVER go in there anymore. Well, I found them, finally, and I'm glad I did.

One of the colors was Mango Madness, which is an awesome sheer orange jelly base with glitter that changes color but isn't holographic...that makes sense. Anyways, I like glitter polishes, but removal can be a pain in the ass, so I use glitter as an accent nail. This lead to a search for the perfect base for this polish...which I couldn't find.

I then remembered that I had Essie Bazooka, and I thought it would work. I like the result. Here's two coats of the Essie with one coat of Mango Madness over it on my ring finger, and Seche:

I like it, a lot. It's bright and summery and shimmery :]

What do you think? You like? Again, thank you Heather for the China Glaze! :D Thanks for reading!! 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Essie Bikini So Teeny Swatch

Hey girls.

Today I have a picture of the only bikini I would ever wear. Essie Bikini So Teeny is the namesake of their summer collection, and a great shade overall. I love it. Granted, it wasn't the light blue that I've been lemming, because it has a periwinkle shade to it. Here is two coats with some Seche:

There is a shimmer that is visible in the bottle but almost disappears completely on the nail. I don't mind though, you all know I love me my cremes.

The formula..ay, the formula. Thick, kind of goopy, and very very prone to bald spots and dragging. I should actually call this two and a half coats. The color, I think, is worth it though because it's so pretty. I love it. I even have this on my toes, and I NEVER match my nails to my toes.

What do you think? Do you like it? Have you tried it? Let me know, thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Essie Armed and Ready Swatch

Hey girls.

I needed a break from the bright colors I've been sporting lately and I had a color in my stash that I was going to wait til fall to use, even though it came out in a spring collection.. Anyways. Here is Essie Armed and Ready, a great dark green with gold shimmer throughout. I see other color shimmers in there but I don't know. Below is two coats with top coat:

Nevermind the fingerprints all over the bottle...

Formula wise, I almost love this. It's thin and watery but very pigmented. I would love it if it didn't have the tendency to pool in your cuticles. If only, huh?

What do you think? Do you like this? I'm sure I'll love this in the fall. Let me know, thanks for reading! :D 

Sunday, July 08, 2012

China Glaze Love's a Beach Swatch

Hey hey.

So, my nail polish chipped rather quickly so I had to do a change. I wanted to try another one of the China Glaze neons from their summer collection. I did a bright but dark pink this time, Love's a Beach. As with most of their summer neon shades, this one has an awesome shimmer that makes it different than just a regular neon pink. I like it.

Here's two coats with Seche:

Again, this one needed Seche too. The formula was thick as hell but manageable. Dry time is SLOW. Don't do any heavy hand work for a few hours after painting your nails with this. Even after Seche and quick drying drops.

The color, I find it to be unique in my stash. It's darker than most hot pinks I have, and the shimmer makes it stand out. Well done, China Glaze. You took a predictable color and made it somewhat unique. I can dig that.

What do you think? Do you think it's too typical? Do you like it? Let me know, thanks for reading! :D 

Saturday, July 07, 2012

China Glaze Surfin' for Boys Swatch

Hello hello.

I'm not entirely sure what possessed me to take off my previous manicure, but I sadly did. I did do something pretty awesome to my nails though, and that was put on China Glaze Surfin' for Boys. Oh man. See, I love coral. Coral is such a great color. And China Glaze managed to make it a neon shimmer? This is a total win in my book. I love it. It's loud and bright and very...in-your-face. Here is two coats with much-needed Seche, for multiple reasons:

This needed Seche for more than one reason: 1. It dries matte. 2. I find that neons tend to chip easily. 3. THIS TAKES FOREVER TO F**KING DRY! Holy crap does this take forever to dry. After only two coats and Seche, AND some OPI Drip Dry (or whatever they're called), it was still dentable 3 hours later. I didn't even do thick coats. What the hell?

Also, you may notice that the bottle color looks really different from my nail color. I am holding the right bottle, don't worry. The shimmer settles, and it just so happened to have settled on that side of the bottle.

Another thing I would like to note is that I've recently gotten a few followers seemingly out of the blue. Like, I normally would get a new follower once every two, three weeks but I've noticed that in the past week, I've gotten a bit of followers. And to those followers, I'd like to say WELCOME! Thank you for visiting my blog and following me! And to my old followers: THANK YOU! Thanks for putting up with my mood swings and my random hiatuses. You guys are awesome and even if no one reads this, at least I said it :b


What do you think? Do you like this bright shade, or do you prefer for your nails to NOT sear your retinas? Let me know, thanks for reading! 

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Color Club Ruffle Mani

Hey girlies! So on Instagram, I followed Chalkboard Nails, and that's how I found her blog. She is amazing, if you don't already, you should follow her. Anyways, she did this really cute manicure and then tutorial which she called the Ruffle Manicure. I'll link to the tutorial here. I had to recreate it. Here's what I came up with:

I used all Color Clubs. The base is Blue-Ming, and the others are, in order from cuticle to free edge, go as follows:
Chelsea Girl, Warhol, Age of Aquarius, Ms. Socialite, Take Me to Your Chateau, and Pucci-licious.

What do you think? Do you like it? Let me know, thanks for reading! :D 

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I need a swap buddy.

Seriously, does anyone from anywhere except New Jersey want to be my swap buddy? Anyone in Europe? Anyone anywhere that has cool polishes that I don't have access to? Lol. :b