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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


This polish isn't anything unique, but it is still one of the prettiest things to look at.  I catch myself moving my fingers under the lights at work just to make the glitter sparkle.  This polish has a bit of all my different glitters combine into one ultimate package.

I put two coats of polish over a black base.  The pictures turned out awesome!

I'm still not sick of the way they look and I've been wearing this combo for almost 5 days.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


This design reminded me of jellyfish floating at the top of the ocean.   I'm sure this look could be achieved by directly applying polish to the nail, but I applied the design to a plastic bag and let it dry for 24 hours.  I hate putting a thick layer of polish on my nails.   It inevitably gets bumped and smudged.  Using the plastic allows me to apply the polish as thick as I want and then having the option to set it aside to dry over night.   A dotting tool was used to swirl the color. 

Here are the designs drying on the bag. 

I applied two coats of the same polish I used for the base of the design.  This way the polish strips don't have to line up exactly with my nails.

The look was completed with two coats of Seche Vite to smooth everything out.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cheeky Plate Fun

I had been admiring the cheeky plates for the last few months before I finally caved and bought some.  The beautiful patterns were irresistible.  They look like gorgeous Indian fabrics.

I went with a franken yellow basecoat and used China glaze's shower together for the stamp.

I moved into a new apartment this past weekend and the process has been ridiculously stressful.  The majority of my stuff is still not unpacked and I've had multiple failed attempts to set up the cable.  The blog posts will probably continue to be sparse until I am settled in.  

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Gold Leaf Topcoat

Recently I've been seeing a lot of bloggers posting manis with gold leaf.  The topcoats with gold are so beautiful and I really wanted to get my hands on some.  They seem to be a little pricey, so like many polish enthusiasts I decided to make my own.  I bought the gold leaf on ebay and added it to TKB's glamour base.   I attempted to crumble it with my fingers, but this just created a mess.  There was more gold on my hands than in the polish.  Next, I cut the sheets into small pieces and added them to the bottle.  This worked better.  It wasn't a great method, but it got the job done.  

The base coat is China glaze Trendsetter topped with Julep Sophia.

The gold leaf topcoat was then added over the base.  The green really made the gold pop.

Here is a shot of the bottles.

... and a close up of the gold leaf topcoat.

The gold leaf's color did fade a little.  I'll have to monitor it and see if it stabilizes or continues to fade.

Also, I had no idea Sophia was a glow in the dark polish. I turned out the lights in the bathroom and was surprised to see 10 glowing nails.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Water Marble Strips Take 2

It's been awhile since I've used dry water marble strips for a mani.  Check out my previous post.  I made the water marble sheets yesterday and allowed them to dry overnight.  24 hours of drying time seemed to be the perfect amount.  The nail polish separated from the plastic with ease.  The colors used are Sally Hansen Black out, China glaze shower together, cross iron and trendsetter.  They had a nice contrast next to one another.

I cut the sheets into triangular strips.  I wanted the strips to look like they were made of tiny stripes.   The strips were placed over a base coat of shower together. My only regret is matching the blue on the strips to the background color.  It ends up making the strips look too short for the nails when the blue stripe lines up at the base of the nail.  An example being my middle finger. Otherwise, i really like the color combo and the way it turned out.

Monday, June 4, 2012


I've wanted to buy some of the Ozotic multichromes for a long time now.  I finally caved in when news broke that they were being discontinued.  I was able to pick up 502, 505, 506 and 507.  520 has been ordered but isn't in my possession yet.  Below are photos of 505.  Unfortunately the camera did not pick up the green-blue shift well.

  This is one of those colors that leaves me staring at my nails all day.

Here are the beautiful bottle shots.

This angle shows the blue shift in 506 and 505 a little better.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial day!

In honor of Memorial day, I went for a patriotic mani.  I love the look of different patterns on each nail with a common color theme.  Normally I couldn't pull this off at work, but fortunately it was a three day weekend.
I'm not feeling very chatty tonight, so I'm going to stick with photos and few words.

Here are my red, white and blue nails.

 Here is my right hand.

I hope everyone had a great day filled with sun, picnics and friends.