Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Skittlette

Hi everyone!!  Happy New Year's Eve!!!  I thought I'd do a little skittlette mani today!!

I started with three coats of OPI Get Your Number on my index and pinky fingers, followed by two coats of SV.

On my middle finger, I started with two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, a white creme.  I then used it in a water marble with OPI Unfor-greta-bly Blue and Sally Hansen Wet Cement.  I followed with one coat of SV.

For my ring finger, I again started with two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and used it in a water marble with Sally Hansen Wet Cement and Sinful Colors Be Happy.  I followed with one coat of SV.

I really like how the different colors in the water marbles complimented each other, and had a bit of a muted look.  This really made the sparkles in Get Your Number stand out that much more!!

I hope you all enjoyed and that everyone has a safe and fun New Year's Eve!!  See you next year!

Happy Painting!

Colors: OPI Get Your Number, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, OPI Unfor-greta-bly Blue, Sally Hansen Wet Cement, Sinful Colors Be Happy

OPI Mariah Carey Collection Swatch & Review

Hi everyone!!  I'm so excited to show you the new Mariah Carey collection from OPI!!

A Butterfly Moment

A Butterfly Moment is a soft peachy pink with a pale gold shimmer.  I didn't think I would be crazy about this one when I saw it in the bottle, but it is actually very pretty and sweet.  The formula was rich and easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of A Butterfly Moment.

Pink Yet Lavender

Pink Yet Lavender is a clear coat loaded with light pink hexes and silver holographic micro hexes.  The formula was smooth and the glitters applied very easily.  I really like the delicate glitzy appearance with this one.
Shown is one coat of Pink Yet Lavender over A Butterfly Moment.


Anti-Bleak is a medium purple creme that leans more toward red violet.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of Anti-Bleak.


Sprung is a coppery shimmer.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply, but even with a top coat, the finish was a little on the dull side.
Shown is two coats of Sprung.

Stay the Night

Stay the Night is a black jelly with hot pink micro glitter and liquid sand, which is what provides this gritty finish.  I was on the fence about the idea of the liquid sand look prior to trying it, but it's actually kind of cool.  However, be cautious when touching your eyes!!
Shown is three coats of Stay the Night.

I also wanted to make sure to show you how this looks with a top coat.  It took two coats of top coat to achieve a smooth finish.  As far as Stay the Night goes, I honestly prefer it without a top coat.

Can't Let Go

Can't Let Go is a deep purple jelly with purple hexes and silver holographic micro hexes, as well as liquid sand.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of Can't Let Go.

Here is Can't Let Go with two coats of top coat.  I'm not sure I have a strong preference here.  I really like them either way.

The Impossible

The Impossible is a bright red jelly with a pink undertone packed with silver stars, pink hexes and silver holographic micro glitter, as well as liquid sand.  As you can see, the gritty finish is not nearly as strong with this one.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of The Impossible.

Here is The Impossible with two coats of top coat.  I really like the way this one shines with top coat.  It has that great squishy jelly look!

Get Your Number

Get Your Number is a blue jelly packed with mini and micro holographic glitters.  The formula was smooth and easy to work with.
Shown is three coats of Get Your Number.

Here is Get Your Number with two coats of top coat.  I think it's safe to say that I absolutely love the way this one looks with a top coat.  The glitters look amazing suspended in the blue jelly!  It's fun and sparkly!!!

Overall, I'm pretty stoked about this collection.  I had my concerns about the liquid sand, but it's so much fun to wear!  I hope you enjoyed!

Happy Painting!

*These items were provided for the purpose of honest review*

Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Fave 15 Nail Art Designs of 2012

Hi everyone!  Okay, I've shown you my fave indies of 2012, so I thought I'd go back and pick my favorite nail art designs of the year too!!!

This is, without a doubt, my favorite water marble creation so far.  And, I can't even lie, it took forever.  I was so picky about the design formations on the water surface, but it was totally worth it.  This is definitely one that I didn't want to take off, and wore it as long as I possibly could!

If anyone has missed my trend, I love to match my manis to my dresses.  I really didn't expect this gradient to work.  It kind of started off as a Hail Mary really.  As soon as I saw the first completed nail, my jaw dropped and I ran upstairs to test it against my dress, and it was a perfect match.  I loved this one completely.

This was the second patchwork mani I'd ever done, and the original inspiration came from Chloe's Nails.  I loved the way the purples complimented each other, and especially the way the holographic brought it all together.

Here is another water marble that I loved, and it was done to match Dixie's Halloween costume!  I was really happy with the way the purple blended into the teal in a few places, which was odd because that usually drives me up the wall.

I really don't know why I love this one as much as I do.  It was done to match my dress for my - EEK!  - 30th birthday party.  It really complimented it well, and it was so much fun to create.

I found the cutest opal stingray earrings while on vacation in Florida, and was so psyched to make a matching mani.  I loved picking the perfect layers for these, and adding a touch of stamping to mimic the sterling silver details.

I know this one is a little on the basic side, but I'm still crazy about it.  I really loved hearing how everyone thought the stamping polish was light blue, while in actuality it was white.  It's so amazing how certain polish shades have such cool effects on other shades!

This was the first time I had tried dotting for my leopard print.  Naturally, the first run took a good bit of time, and I tried to be super meticulous with it.  I really thought the red half moons gave it a little extra vamp.

This, I believe, was the first splatter mani I ever tried.  I was kind of on the fence about this one, but posted it anyway - and it went crazy on Tumblr and Pinterest.  It was really messy, but also a lot of fun.

This was actually inspired by my sister's puzzles, but so many people contacted me to talk about using it for Autism Awareness pages.  That made me so happy!  With all the taping, this one was pretty time consuming, but I was so happy with it!

I know this style has been seen around a lot this year, but, believe it or not ... it started here!!!  I didn't at all have this look planned, or any look in particular.  I was really just playing around with dotting - and suddenly the interlocking look was born!! 

This was the first mani I had ever created as a guest post, and to have been asked by the incomparable Chit Chat Nails was amazing.  I really enjoyed carefully placing my dots and then adding the Hello Kitty accent.

When I started this, I really thought attempting the side by side rainbow stripes was going to be a bust, but it was surprisingly easier than I thought it would have been!  I tried out a couple of different looks with this, but the reverse french accent was by far my favorite.

This was my New Year's mani for 2012, so of course it had to make this list!  This look was originally inspired by Nailside.  I loved using the jelly-esque holos, and I was absolutely mad about the bang design.

I might have a riot on my hands for saying this, but I honestly wasn't much on this one.  But, there is one thing I have learned to believe in when it comes to my nail art.  If I'm not crazy about it, it will be one of my most popular designs.  I'm not kidding - that is what ALWAYS happens!!!!  This is by far my most viewed post, beating out the second place post by nearly 25,000 more views.  I still see it pop up on Pinterest almost daily, as well as Instagram.  I was shocked.  (And it does make me smile to see an Elixir being spread around like wildfire!!)  So, while it isn't one of my favorites, it seems to be a favorite for everyone else!!

So there you have it!!  I hope you enjoyed hearing a little more about these!

Happy Painting!

My Top 20 Indies of 2012

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited about today's post!  This is the first time I have decided to do a "top picks" post!  
As a polish addict, it is easy to love indies.  They're such little gems, and, try as you might, you won't find anything like them in stores.
As an indie maker, it really helps me appreciate the time and creativity that goes into them.

So here we have it!  My Top 20 Indie Polish Picks of 2012!!
(I have linked the names to my original posts for further information for you!!)

These satin finish glitters really show such a delicate and subtle beauty!

These Victorian inspired glitters are simply dazzling and so sophisticated! 

This crisp blue and perfectly picked glitters are so fierce!

This variety of over 100 different glitters is absolutely captivating!

This is, without a doubt, the prettiest pink and the soft glitter are such an awesome touch!

This epic purple is so amazing, and really has a deep sparkle that dazzles!

This is such an amazing combination of glitters!

This glassy finish, amazing sparkle, and deep purple are the perfect combination.

I love these color choices, and the periwinkle sets it all off so well!

This amazing shifter has such a beautiful earthy tone!

This delicate but bold glitter is such a stunner!

This murky purple and gorgeous glitters are so amazing together!

These satin glitters are the perfect addition to almost any shade!!

This clean white and bright glitters are so gorgeous together!

This soft blurple and tiny glitters are so sweet and pretty!

This show stopping shifter is so dazzling it makes my head spin!

This holo duo-chrome is amazing!!!

These perfectly selected glitters are so perfect for this soft white!

There are a thousand sparkles in this deep burgundy stunner!

This creamy purple and stand out glitters make for one awesome mani!

As difficult as it was to narrow down the list, these are my absolute faves of the year!
I hope you enjoyed!

Happy Painting!

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