Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Essie Smooth Sailing!

Hi there! Today I have a simple look for you guys, but one that I think is really pretty. It started with Essie's Smooth Sailing. I picked up this color and instantly loved it. It's a really nice periwinkle blue with a silver shimmer to it. To start, I used a few new products. First I applied Orly's Primetime, which is a chip-preventing primer, to be used under a base coat. Next, I applied Essie's Ridge Filling Base Coat. I don't really have any ridges in my nails, but wanted to try out some different base coats. I'm not sure how long you're supposed to wait before applying polish, but I waited about a minute or so. Then, I applied Smooth Sailing. I was not happy with the first coat. It applied very patchy and streaky, and polish would lift off after going back over a section. I normally use OPI's Base Coat, so I don't know if the problem was my base coat or the polish, so I have some comparing to do. The second coat was fine though, and any bad spots were easily covered up. I also had a new top coat to try, Northern Lights Hologram Top Coat in Silver (By the company "Out the Door"). You have to shake for a while to really mix up all the holographic particles as they sink to the bottom and stay down there, but once it's mixed an on your nails, it looks really pretty!

Have a great day! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ABCs of Me!

ABCs of Me!

A. AGE: 27... getting up there!!

B. Bed Size: Queen, and it's all mine!

C. Chore I hate: Putting clothes away... I fold them all nice out of the dryer, but I hate putting them away!
D. Day: Saturday

E. Essential start of your day: Catching up on all the blogs!

F. Favorite Color: Purple!!!!! :)
G. Gold or Silver?: I like silver

H. Height: 5'4"
I. Instruments: My first was piano, then I played, flute, then drums. I ended up majoring in music with an emphasis in percussion! :)

J. Job Title: Warranty Coordinator

K. Kids: Nope!

L. Live: I try to ever day!

M. Mom's name: Anna Marie

N. Nicknames: Ta

O. Overnight stay at hospital: Haven't had one!

P. Pet Peeves: Poor grammar, when people don't flush the toilet

Q. Quote from a movie: "Excuse me Flo, what's the soup du jour? The soup of the day. Mmmm that sounds good, I'll have that"

R. Right or left handed: Righty
S. Siblings: Just one younger brother

T. Time you wake up: Weekdays around 7am, and weekends, like 9 ish.
U. Underwear: What about it?

V. Vegetable you hate: hmmm peas

W. What makes you late?: Making sure hair and makeup are perfect or traffic

X. Xrays you've had: Teeth, Chest, Wrist, Feet and Ankles

Y. Yummy foods you can make: My tomato sauce!!! For the macaroni! Pies from scratch, anything really, I love cooking and baking!
Z. Zoo: Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is free and nice!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pink Lemonade!

Happy Friday everybody!! Today I have a quick update on yesterday's nails! To recap:

I liked the color so much I couldn't bear to take it off after only one day. So instead of switching it completely, I decided to add to it! So I turned "Get Your Lem-on" into Pink Lemonade! I added some stripes with Zoya's Kiki. I love how bright and fun this is, and it reminds me of a funky barber shop pole! 

Hope everyone has a great weekend!! :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Get your Lem-on!!!! I decided to bring the sun to my nails today, and to do so, I used Color Club's "Get your Lem-on!". It's a sheer, neon yellow. It's pretty much the EXACT color of yellow highlighters. That hot green-yellow color that's almost so bright you have to squint. I love it! Since it is a very sheer color, I started with two layers of China Glaze's "White on White". Then I added two coats of Get Your Lem-on. I really love how this looked on its own, but you know I love a little razzle dazzle, so to top it off, I finished with a coat of China Glaze's "White Cap". White Cap is basically gold shimmer suspended in a white-ish base. On its own, it is really sheer and doesn't do much, but when layered, can create an entirely different look. I am really happy with how this turned out. Though it may be raining outside, my nails are heating things up inside!!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Pink Wednesday! + BM Stamp & Nfu Oh 61!

Here we are, another Wednesday in the books! Next Wednesday, it will be June! I can't believe how fast time is going by! Today, I have a Golden Rose color for you. These have numbers, not names, and this one is 108. It's a rosey pink color, and is holographic.... although none of my pics do it justice! Maybe if it didn't constantly rain and storm here I could get better pictures, but alas, all I have are indoor shots. 

In other news, I decided to stamp with Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in the color "Black Out", over my Nfu Oh 61. I used the Bundle Monster plate from the first collection that has the zebra stripe (Sorry, I can't remember the plate number!). I ended up putting some Seche Vite over top, so the holo is dulled, and I couldn't get a sunny picture this morning because it is storming the MOTHER LOAD outside. Anyway, here is a recap of the lovely Nfu Oh 61 from yesterday:

Oooooohhhhh look how pretty!!!!

And now with added stamp:

I like this, I just wish I could have captured a bit more of the holo from underneath! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nfu Oh 61!!!!!!!

Hi everyone!!!! So, I know there have been about a gazillion entries lately on this polish, but there is a reason for it! It is by far, the most holographic nail polish I own, or have ever seen. I can't compare to the China Glaze OMG Collection, and I have one Kaleidoscope polish that I haven't used yet, and I don't have the GOSH holographic polish, but this one is off the hook! Even indoors the linear holographic-ness of this polish is outstanding, but just WAIT until you are in the sun! 

So the only downside to this polish is its application. A lot of people say that you should use the Nfu Oh Aqua Base before you apply this polish, and they may be right. I don't have that base coat, so I used the gelous coat first. Then, the first application of the polish was horrid. It was soooooo streaky and patchy. Like you go over your nail like a regular polish, but it lifts some of it off as you go and you're left with a patch of no polish at all. After I did all my nails, I went back to the first one to do a second coat. This one was MUCH better. You just have to work kinda quickly. I then put a coat of Seche Vite, and then another coat of the Nfu Oh on top. It is said that a top coat will diminish the holographic effect, so I heeded that advice and did not put a top coat on. The polish dries pretty quickly and it is lovely! So really, since there are NO words to describe the color, here are the pics!

Even indoors, you can see the holographic-ness to it!

Thanks for reading! :)