Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

China Glaze DV8

DBF and I are heading to the Shedd Aquarium today, so I thought I'd post something blue.

Two coats. Horrible pictures of DV8. My nails are uneven and I have tipwear. If I remember, I wore this during a big sale at work. Needed something gorgeous to distract me. I found this at a dusty. My first and only dusty hunt. I haven't mustered up the courage to go again.

P.S. We're going to the beach on Thursday and I plan on wearing a holo. Which one??? I have many, so make a wild guess!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

OPI I Lilly Love You

Two coats over Milani Bear to Wear. This was impossible to photograph! ILLY is a pink jelly packed with multicolored flakies. It's GORGEOUS. I want to layer it over everything. I don't think I need to say much else, just look at it!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Milani Bear to Wear

Here's a quickie before I head out or the evening.

Lots of pictures because it was hard to get the color right. BtW is a warm grey. I wasn't crazy about it. I think it clashes with my skin tone a bit. This was three coats, I think. I wore it to a wedding to compliment my magenta & coral dress. I layered over it the next day. You'll see those pictures tomorrow :]

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Evolution of a Mani featuring Essie Shelter Island

I don't get to change my mani as often as I'd like to. I'm a full time student and have a part time job, so needless to say, I'm usually pretty busy. During the school year, I typically change my polish once a week. In order to keep my nails looking good and prevent me from getting bored, I experiment with layering. I'd like to take you on a journey through my latest layering mani, which occurred during my last week of summer school.

Essie Shelter Island. It's slightly sheer/streaky, but nothing outrageous, so I used three coats. It has that half creme/half jelly finish going on that Essie loves to do. I love it, too. It's a gorgeous, dusty light blue. I have no dupes for this. SI is from the popular Northfolk Collection, which also includes Greenport & Sag Harbor.

A few days later, this happened...

I added one coat Essie Kisses & Bisses. I apologize for the terrible picture; I took this at work under my fluorescent office lights. K&B is a very sheer (think topcoat) shimmer polish. In the bottle, it looks mostly red, but over the blue of Shelter Island it pulled more purple. At first I thought it was similar to CND Amethyst Sparkle, but the CND is sparkley (duh) and K&B is shimmery. Kisses & Bisses came out this spring in the French Affair collection.

And finally...

One coat of OPI Servin Up Sparkle. You can see how terrible my outgrowth is. *shudder* SUS has small silver holo glitters and large silver holo hex pieces in a clear base. It was recently released in a Serena Williams duo with Grape... Set... Match (the one I got) or that silver foil who's name escapes me.

Thanks for reading this giant post. Speaking of posting, I hope to be doing more of it now that summer school is over. I have less than a month til fall semester. We're having a huge sale at work this weekend, I'm helping DBF move two weekends in a row, and he's taking a week of in between those weekends, so I'll still be busy, but it'll be "free time" busy, not "I have so many cases to read" busy.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

TMF + Dollhouse

My first introduction to hex glitter was China Glaze Dollhouse. I remember seeing it and thinking "This is so ridiculously gaudy...I must have it!" At the time, I was not a very experienced polisher, so I laid it on THICK to get as many hex pieces on the nail as possible. I've never seen so many bubbles in my life.

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