Sunday, March 31, 2013

Office Revamp in Progress (NPR)

Hey everyone!!  The Nail Polish Wars/Elixir Lacquers office is getting a major revamp, so I thought I'd show you how the room is progressing!!!

I knew I wanted a really fun accent wall that wasn't too bold in color, and since I love chevron ...


1. I used two 12"x12" pieces of scrapbook paper taped together and stenciled my chevron pattern on the wall.  Then I used painter's tape to line out the design.
2. I chose a pale grey semi gloss paint and carefully painted inside the tape lines.
3. I removed the painter's tape, and decided I wanted something softer than basic white to go with the grey.
4. I taped inside the grey lines to protect the paint.
5. I chose a soft cream flat paint (so that the design would have two different finishes) and carefully painted inside the paint lines.
6. I removed the tape and chose a fun light teal for the rest of the room to really make the chevron pop!!



I really love the way these colors work together!  And I'm beyond crazy about my chevron wall!  If you're wondering why this corner is empty, you'll be wowed with it very soon!!!!!  *Squeee*


My signed Sean Dietrich prints are most definitely my favorite accent pieces, so I knew I wanted them stationed just above the polish station.  My husband even put up a little shelf for my "To Swatch" polishes, and found me this amazing glossy metal polish station table, which will have some accents added to it soon!!!!


I haven't made up my mind on the window dressings yet, but I love how much natural light comes through.


My 40 year old butterflies have found their new home in this corner.  (Kiba seems to be lurking about in the foyer!!)


I adore this lamp to pieces, but my husband has alway despised it ... until he saw it in this room!!!  That accent table will be getting a fun steampunk style upcycle done soon!!!  Yay!

So, that's where I'm at right now!!  I can't wait for you all to see the finished room - especially the final major piece!!!  It's going to be amazing!!!!!!


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bondi Teal Magnolia Swatch & Review

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to show you something from a new polish line called Bondi!

Teal Magnolia


Teal Magnolia is a soft kelly green creme.  The formula was smooth and very easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of Teal Magnolia.


I was a little disappointed by the complete lack of teal, but it is a very pretty green.  However, I was very impressed with how rich the formula was.


You can find the new Bondi polishes here.  I know I'm really eager to try some of their other shades!!


I hope you're as excited as I am about this new brand!!

Happy Painting!




*Products were provided for the purpose of an honest review*

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kleancolor Spam Swatch & Review

Hi everyone!  I have some Kleancolor spam for you today!



Chunky Holo Candy


Chunky Holo Candy is a bright pink jelly with micro shifting glitters.  I have a couple of personal issues with it.  The glitter is tiny, certainly not chunky, and it's definitely not a holo, as the glitters shift from yellow to orange to lime.  That being said, it is basically impossible to achieve an opaque finish with this on it's own.  However, the glitters became very nearly invisible after application, especially outside, oddly enough.  The formula was easy to apply, but has one of the worst and strongest smells of any polish I've ever come across.
Shown is two coats of Chunky Holo Candy over Color Club All That Razz.



Chunky Holo Teal


Chunky Holo Teal is a bright teal jelly with shifting glitters.  Again, not chunky, and not a holo.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  The glitter, luckily, was much easier to see and the color shift is gorgeous!  Unfortunately, this too has a horrible smell to it.
Shown is two coats of Chunky Holo Teal over Nicole by OPI I Sea You and Raise You.



Salsa Much


Salsa Much is a clear coat loaded with red, blue, gold, and silver micro glitters.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  It does have the same awful smell though.  (Notice a pattern forming yet?)
Shown is one coat of Salsa Much over OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours.



Sparkle Purple


Sparkle Purple is a clear coat loaded with medium and dark purple micro glitters.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  (And yes, the horrid smell again.)
Show is one coat of Sparkle Purple over OPI You're Such a Budapest.



Afternoon Picnic


Afternoon Picnic is a tinted blue clear coat loaded with large silver hexes, and medium multicolored hexes.  The formula was relatively easy to apply, but a good bit of glitter fishing was involved.  (And yep, you guessed it ... a smell that can take paint off the walls.)
Shown is one coat of Afternoon Picnic over OPI ... Eurso Euro.



Aurora


Aurora is a slightly tinted pink clear coat with pink satin stars and iridescent hexes and micro glitters.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply, but I did have to fish for the stars.  I really liked the iridescent glitters a lot!  (Yes, wicked bad smell as well.)
Shown is one coat of Aurora over China Glaze Pink-ie Promise.


I had a lot of fun playing with these Kleancolor polishes, though the smell is truly terrible.  There are a number of different retailers that carry Kleancolor, such as http://www.mywholesalefashion.com/

I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!




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

Friday, March 22, 2013

Feathered Skittlette

Hi everyone!  Since yesterday was the first day of spring, I really felt like having a little bit of random fun!  Here's what I ended up with ..


I started off with two coats of Sally Hansen Coral Reef, a bright coral creme, on my index and pinkie fingers, and three coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, a white creme, on my middle and ring fingers.


Next, I applied one coat of SV to my middle finger and placed a small feather over my nail.  Once smoothed down, I added another coat of SV, then trimmed the feather down and filed it for a smooth tip that was flush with my nail edge.


For a little touch of sparkle, I added two coats of China Glaze Nova, a clear coat with mini and micro silver holographic glitters.  I followed with one coat of SV.


Finally, I added a small silver stud to the top of my index and ring fingers.  I finished with one coat of SV.


I am super happy with the final result!  It's such a fun look to wear!!


I really hope you enjoyed today's mani as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Happy Painting!




Colors: Sally Hansen Coral Reef, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, China Glaze Nova

SpaRitual Electrum Swatch & Review

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to show you one of the awesome limited edition shades from SpaRitual ...

Electrum

Electrum is a gorgeous olive green shimmer that is infused with real gold particles.  The formula was smooth, rich, and very easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of Electrum.


The shimmer strength in this polish is absolutely amazing!  It is absolutely dazzling indoors, and shines electric outdoors!  I would have loved to have been able to snap some outdoor shots of this, but we had a massive storm taking place.  


There are a few other polishes in the Gold Collection, along with Electrum.


Since these are limited edition, be sure to snap them up quickly!  A great place to find them is at Skin Botanica.

I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!




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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Swatch & Review

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to show you these awesome polishes from OPI inspired by the movie Oz the Great and Powerful!



Don’t Burst My Bubble
Don’t wake me...I’m dreaming about puffy clouds of white.



Don't Burst my Bubble is a sheer white creme.  The formula was easy to apply, but does take a bit of finesse since it's a sheer.
Shown is three coats of Don't Burst My Bubble.



Which is Witch?
Is this silver glitter with iridescent sparkle or the other way around?



Which is Witch is a clear coat loaded with silver holographic hexes, fibers, and micro glitters.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.  I really didn't think this one would wow me when I first saw it, but I absolutely adore it!  It's so delicate that it seems like you have twinkling lights on your nails!
Shown is one coat of Which is Witch? over Don't Burst My Bubble.



Glints of Glinda
Only a good witch could turn beige from meek to chic.



Glints of Glinda is a sheer beige creme.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of Glints of Glinda.



When Monkeys Fly! 
I’m simply bananas for this gold confetti. 



When Monkeys Fly! is a clear coat with large gold hexes and silver holographic mini and micro hexes. The formula was smooth, but the glitters were rather reluctant to come out of the bottle.  As you may notice, the large gold glitters have taco-ed slightly.  This has been addressed by OPI on their Facebook page here.



I Theodora You
 This adorable, sheer pink is bewitching on you.



I Theodora You is a sheer pale pink creme.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of I Theodora You.



Lights of Emerald City
White confetti adds city girl flair and style to nails.



Lights of Emerald City is a clear coat with white satin squares and iridescent squares.  The formula was easy to apply and the glitters were relatively easy to work with.  This was another one that surprised me.  The strength of the iridescent squares is really dazzling.
Shown is one coat of Lights of Emerald City over I Theodora You.



What Wizardry is This?


What Wizardry is This? is another liquid sand creation, however it does have a richer texture that the previously released shades.  The formula was smooth and very easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of What Wizardry is This?.


I also wanted to show you What Wizardry is This? with a top coat.  I was very surprised to see that, after applying my top coat, some shimmering hints of deep emerald emerged.  


Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this collection.  However, the majority of these polishes seem like they belong with last year's NYC Ballet collection.  I was really hoping to see some much bolder shades, as opposed to these pale nudes ... because is there's one thing Oz isn't, it's pale.

I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!




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

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