April 27, 2010

Retro Chic

I didn't really have much in mind for an idea when I picked these colors.  I knew I wanted to use Icing Laura's Fave since I just got it from Katrina.  And I picked out LA Colors Baby Pink striper to go with it.  After I put it all together, it totally looks 80's fab.  I have to say, I love 80's music and I laugh at the fashion, but I think it was fun and I was part of the era.

This is indoor, florescent light.  3 coats of Laura's Fave, everything topped with 2 coats of Seche Vite.  Inside, the polish looks more blue.  Really it just looks straight blue.  You can see the shimmer better inside too.  Such a pretty color.  It has the subtle icy feel that pairs well with the pale pink.

Outdoor, sunlight.  It looks more teal/aqua outdoors.  Really, when I look at it, I see a color in between these two photos.  A bluer teal.  Who cares, it's an awesome color either way, no matter the light.

And thank you all for the kind words, it's much appreciated.  I'm trying to take every day for what it is and trying my hardest not to dwell on things I can't change.  That's the hardest part really.  I'm a worrier by nature and it takes it's toll.  One day at a time...

PS - When did I get 50 followers?  I should put together a giveaway.  Any requests?

April 25, 2010

Models Own

So I was jealous of all the posts I saw of Model's Own polish.  I live in the USA, so it's not a local thing for me.  I finally took a leap and ordered a few... ok, a bunch.  Anyway, talk about a mood-lifter!  I saw this box and got all giddy despite my sadness.

oooo... pretty!

From left to right... Pastel Pink, Lemon Meringue and Lilac Dream which was the Ice Cream set I believe.  And then Beth's Blue which I've wanted since I saw it on Lacquerized (where I also saw Lemon Meringue and a couple others).

Mixed Up, Disco Mix and Purple Grey

...and the one I wanted most... Peacock Green!  So exciting!  I wanted to put them all on immediately, but I don't think they would make a good look all together, lol.  I will definitely be using these soon.

April 24, 2010

I win!

Thanks go out to Katrina for these goodies!  I won her giveaway!  I was so psyched when these arrived.  I've got two LA Colors stripers in white and silver.  Then China Glaze VII and Make an Entrance and Icing (Claire's) Laura's Fave and Casino Green.  And a cute little card to boot!  Thanks again Katrina!  I'll have to come up with something for these colors ASAP.

April 20, 2010

Lilac and flowers

I am going through some stuff.  Some pretty major stuff.  I really don't know what to do or how to feel or when it's going to end.  Some days are better than others.  And I guess I know it will eventually get better because it always does.  But at the moment, I don't see a light at the end of this tunnel and frankly I don't know if I want to.  I'm depressed and numb at the same time.  But I have to distract myself and keep going.  So I'm trying to keep going.  Sorry in advance...

Anyway, I went to Ulta this past weekend because I had to get out of the house and I had a coupon for two free "salon" polishes... basically the Essie, OPI, China Glaze, etc... So I picked up two of those and a few other things.  I got the new Essie minis for their new collection.  They look super cute, so look out for them.  I also picked up the Essence stampy set because I am wanting Konad, but haven't gotten it yet.

This is 3 coats of Essence No More Drama from the Colour & Go collection.  Then I stamped with OPI Dim Sum Plum on just the ring and thumb.  You can tell I started with this ring finger.  Fail-ish... but not too terrible.  I really like this one actually.  I think it's nice and spring-like.  Something to look at to brighten my mood a little.

April 17, 2010

Midnight Shimmer

Ooooo... pretty!  My last mani started chipping like crazy, so I had to change it.  It was late at night and I didn't want to do anything too involved.  So I grabbed a couple new polishes that I bought from GoIndulge.  I did 2 coats of CND Asphalt and topped it off with one coat of CND Amethyst Sparkle.

I have to say, these are my first CND polishes.  I absolutely love Asphalt!  It applied like a dream and was nearly opaque with one coat.  If you do a thick coat, you can get away with just one.  It's a very nice grey creme.  I hate when dark grey looks too black, but this one is definitely grey.  And I love the Amethyst Sparkle as well.  It changed the whole look.  It looks almost like a blue mani in the above pic.  In real life, if you catch the shadow, it just looks grey, but when you catch the light it flashes with pink/purple.  It's not really a glitter and you can't feel it at all, but it's fairly dense shimmer-like.  I really like this mani.  And I got lots of compliments on it as well!

April 12, 2010

Pink Glitter

Ooooo... glitter.  I was in Sephora the other day and couldn't resist this pink glitter, Sephora by OPI It's Bouquet with Me.  I knew just by looking at it that it would take too many coats to be opaque and I'd NEVER get it off, haha.  So I started with a single coat of OPI Meet Me on the Star Ferry.  I think they match up pretty well.  I was considering using a bright pink or a neon purple, but I like this look.  It's kinda in between pink and purple.  And then I tried to do a flower with a Sally Hansen nail art pen, but I failed.  It started out looking fine and the polish was flowing normally, but then it stopped flowing, so I dabbed it once on a napkin and it came back, but as soon as I touched my nail again, all this water pink liquid flew out... OMG!  So I quick grabbed a cotton ball and wiped it off, but some of it had started to dry.  So I tried to brush some acetone over the nail to get it off... I knew it wouldn't take the glitter right off.  You can see a tiny bit on my thumb nail still, oh well.  It blends in under most light.  So I added the white swoopy things with Stripe Rite White.  Problem solved!

April 6, 2010

Summer already?

This past weekend was just gorgeous here.  The sun was out, the breeze was easy and I didn't want it to end!  I was feeling like I wanted to go to the beach, so I thought something bright and fun was in order.  I took out the neon pink, but then I saw this little gem hiding in my stash...

This is 3 coats of LA Splash Golden Seahorse.  I love it!  I purchased it a bit ago (find it in my haul) but never used it.  It's looking a bit green in both this shot and the bottle shot in my haul post, but it's definitely an aqua color with gold glitter.  It really could have stayed at 2 coats if I'd done a better job with coverage, haha.  I love that it has the texture with the glitter.  I don't know if it's just the name on the bottle, but this totally reminds me of sandy beachy goodness!  Haha.  Anyway, then I couldn't leave it alone so I added a flower with Cover Girl Pink Taffy and then some yellow-orange jewels on the thumbs!  For some reason it reminds me of Hawaii, but I've never been there.

All I can say is... bring on the sun, it's making me feel great!  However, it's supposed to be in the 90's (F) tomorrow, which is not so fun.  I'd rather have the spring sun than the summer heat.  BUT I can't complain too much, it'll still be gorgeous and it will still feel good to be hugged by the sunshine.
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