Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Aphrodite Lacquers!

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Happy Tuesday evening!

Tonight I have for you two polishes I bought from Aphrodite Lacquers. Owner Rebecca sells some beautiful hand-mixed creations! I picked up two for my first purchase from her store, Fortune's Fool and Two Star Crossed Lovers. For all my photos, I used three coats of the polish over a base coat of white, topped with Seche Vite.

Fortune's Fool

Fortune's Fool is packed with different sizes and shapes of blue glitter, with a very fine blue shimmer in a milky base. There are also some holographic hexes in the mix. I'm loving the circle glitter in this polish! Below is a bottle shot.

Two Star Crossed Lovers

Two Star Crossed Lovers is very similar to Fortune's Fool, but purple! Instead of circle glitter, however, there are purple squares! So pretty! Another bottle shot below.

Rebecca has some really unique mixes for sale on her Etsy page. Each Aphrodite Lacquers polish sells for $8. 

See y'all tomorrow!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Nails & Sunday Sales!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my fellow Irish folk! 

I'm finally recovered from having the flu, so back to regular posting! I have a lot of great things coming up that I'm really excited about, but unfortunately I've had to abandon the 31 day challenge from being sick for so long. I'll try to pick that up again sometime in the future!

Today I'm going to show you my green mani I wore this weekend, and a few sales at the end of the post!

Base color: Zoya Neely (2 coats)
Accent nail: China Glaze Grafitti Glitter 
Stamping polish: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jumpin' Jade
Stamping plate: Konad m22
Rhinestones from Cheeky

And onto the few sales for this week! They run from today through Saturday, March 23.

Select Wet N Wild cosmetics, 99 cents
Cover Girl cosmetics Buy One, Get One 50% off

L'oreal cosmetics: spend $12, get $4 ExtraBucks
Sally Hansen products: spend $10, get $5 ExtraBucks

Revlon cosmetics Buy One, Get One 50% off

OPI Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful collection: $9 each
Ulta nail polish, 2 for $4

Hope everyone has a good rest of the weekend! Enjoy some pics from my family's St. Patty's party yesterday! :)

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Monday, March 4, 2013

31 Day Challenge: Combo! Days 7 & 8

Another Monday is upon us! They should really just turn Monday into the 3rd weekend day, right?!

I decided to combine challenge days again! Day 7 is skittles or ombre, and day 8 is holo, flakie, or duochrome - so I decided to do holo skittles! I only own a few holos, and I used them all for this mani!

Thumb to pinkie:
Color Club Harp On It
Color Club Angel Kiss
Color Club Blue Heaven
Layla 04 Ultra Violet
Color Club Halo-graphic

The Color Clubs are from the Halo Hues collection from last year. I absolutely love these polishes! There is a second holo collection for this spring, so far I've only seen it on transdesign.com, but it's sold out right now. If anyone sees these in stores, please let me know! I am patiently waiting for the purple holo! Speaking of which...

About the Layla purple holo... I hate to say, I do not like it at all. The only reason I bought it was because it was in the clearance section of Ulta for only $6.99 (original price is $15.50!). You would think for the price, this would be an amazing holo! First of all, holo or not, $15 is ridiculous to spend on such a tiny bottle - it is only 10mL, compared to Color Club which is 15mL and costs less than half the price. The other issue I had was the formula - super watery and very difficult to build up. It took 4 coats to be opaque, and still dried dull and almost gritty looking. I didn't use a top coat for any of my other fingers except this one. You can see how dull the holo effects are compared to the Color Clubs. 

Sorry about my little Layla rant, but I think as consumers you should know what you're buying, before you pay for it!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Sales & Challenge Day 6!

Hey hey hey!

First up I have Sales for you, then another nail art challenge!

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Sally Beauty (sale prices valid the entire month of March)
Finger Paints: Buy 2 colors, get a Free base coat
Barielle Skin care and nail treatments, $7.99 each
Beauty Secrets 8oz. Acetone, $1.79/ Non-acetone, $1.99
Beauty Secrets nail treatments, $2.79 each
China Glaze - all colors 2 for $11 (excludes Glitz N Bitz collection)
China Glaze Avante Garden Spring 2013 collection - 2 for $11
China Glaze Glitz N Pieces collection, $6.99 each
China Glaze Ombre 4 packs (comes in purple, teal, or pink) $12.99 each
Finger Paints GEL POLISH now in stores... 24 shades for $10.99 each
             Starter kit $42.95, does NOT include the light ($54.59)

The sales below run from today through Saturday, March 9:

Cover Girl cosmetics are Buy One, Get One 50% off
Sinful Colors polishes are 4 for $5

Buy $10 of L'oreal Riche Lip or Nail color, earn $3 ExtraBucks rewards
Buy $10 of Sally Hansen, earn $5 ExtraBucks rewards
All NYC cosmetics are Buy One, Get One 50% off
Essie polish $8 each

Wet N Wild: any polish originally 99 cents is now only 69 cents!
In-Ad coupon for $3 off Revlon nail color (must have coupon!)

Ulta sales are the same as last week, you can view their full ad here.

Now on to POLISH! Today I am sharing my look for Day 6 of the challenge: Your Favorite Color Family! If you had asked me a year ago which color I'd choose for this, I probably would have told you pink. But I am now a true-blue girl!

Base color: Zoya Tallulah
Stamp color: Zoya Ibiza
Stamp plate: Bundle Monster BM-314
Rhinestones from a Cheeky nail art set I ordered on Amazon

Zoya Tallulah is one of my most favorite blues ever! It just seems to glow, I love it!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

New 31 Day Nail Art Challenge: Days 4 & 5!

Hey there!

 Today I have another day of the challenge, and I've decided to combine days 4 and 5, which are pink and purple! Details on the polishes I used at the end of the post!

Base color: OPI You're Such a Budapest
Stamp color: China Glaze Designer Satin
Stamp: Cheeky CH26
Dots: China Glaze Dance Baby and Zoya Aurora
Top coats: Seche Vite & INM Northern Lights 

I'm a little bit behind from where I was expecting to be with the challenge right now, so you may get a few extra posts this weekend! Stay tuned!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pink Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day! 

Today I have a look featuring one of the polishes I showed you yesterday from I Love Nail Polish! I couldn't bear to take Strawberries and Creme off my nails, it was just too beautiful!

For this look, I used three coats of I Love Nail Polish Strawberries and Creme to start. For the stamp I used Mash plate 17 and China Glaze Designer Satin. Topped everything off with a coat of Seche Vite!

While I was going through my stamping plates book, I came across the stamp below and thought it would be perfect for this polish/brand! Turns out the stamp didn't work as perfectly as I'd have liked, that little blob on the bottom is supposed to be a nail polish bottle!

Hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I Love Nail Polish!

Good morning beautiful people!

Today I have two indie polishes to show you. I Love Nail Polish has been on Etsy since last summer, and I am super impressed with what they have to offer! Run by the beautiful Barbra, these glitter mixes are out of this world! 

For my first order from I Love Nail Polish, I picked up two polishes. Info on how to purchase at the end of the post!

Babes in Toyland and Strawberry Creme
They come in the most adorable packaging too! 

Babes in Toyland
I wanted to show the versatility of this glitter, so I layered it over a few different colors here.
One coat over (left to right)
Wet N Wild Black Creme
Orly Au Champagne
OPI OPI... Eurso Euro
Nicole by OPI Alex By the Books
Nicole by OPI Stand By My Manny

Babes in Toyland bottle shot!
This awesome glitter has magenta circles, teal squares, purple, gold, and green hexes, and tiny little magenta, teal, and gold hexes.

And here's a super close-up shot:

Strawberry Creme

Strawberry Creme is to die for. All different shades of pink circle glitter with tiny pink glitter in a milky white base - this is so so so beautiful! A jelly sandwich in a bottle! I got so many compliments when I wore this to work! I LOVE THIS POLISH!

You can find I Love Nail Polish on Etsy here for $10 each. This was my first Etsy purchase and I am a fully satisfied customer! I already have a few other of Barbra's amazing creations in mind for my next purchase!

Have a great day!