Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Stripes - Autumn Stripes and Leaves and a Glam My Mani Review


I figured that I would just keep rolling with my NCC designs!  Today starts a new month and a new NCC theme.  This month we are doing stripes!  I already have some ideas, I hope I am able to pull them off.

I decided to start the month off with an Autumn design.  

The base of my design is one coat of Nails Inc. Fenchurch Street.  I went with one coat because the coverage is pretty good and I was going to cover most of it.  Also this image does not show true color.  All the brown has been washed out.  It really isn't this orange in person.

I was going to stamp my stripes but I was sent some awesome nail vinyls from Glam My Mani  for review!  Check these out!

The vinyls were easy to apply and stayed in place while I applied my top color.  Removal was super easy and left me with clean, crisp lines.  I can't wait to try the rest of them!  Just look at the results to see how awesome they are!

I used Nails Inc. The Thames to create my strips.

Once my stripes were dry, I added some leaves.  I used Black Taxi and BMH11.

To make my leaves pop, I filled them in using Victoria, Wardour Mews and New Burlington Place.




I was really worried these would look horrible.  I can say that I am extremely happy to be wrong!  They are so unique and have a fantastic Autumn look.  The shimmer leaves are my absolute favorite part.  Can you tell how much I love this "leadlight" technique?!?

If you are interested in checking out Glam My Mani, head over to their website and see all of the vinyls!  There is a great sale going on and free shipping!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Geometric - Colorful Zig Zag

I have my last geometric design of the month and I am happy to say that I am ending on a high note!  After yesterday's failure, I had to do something to make up for it.  And I have been wanting to do this design for a long time!


I started with two coats of Zoya Purity.

I added my geometric element using MM12 and Claudine.

I added some color using Mason, Giovanna and Channing.



I love how this turned out! The sparkle in the colors really makes this pop!   





Monday, September 29, 2014

The Nail Challenge Collaborative Presents: Geometric - Shapes and Dots

Talk about waiting until the last minute!  I am squeezing in my last two NCC designs of the month on the last two days.  I meant to do them earlier but I have been so busy doing reviews that they kept getting pushed back.  At least I am getting them in! 

I am not completely thrilled with today's design.  It started with a good idea but I should have done something different at the end.  Oh well, live and learn!

I started with two coats of OH MY GOSH Nude Champagne.  I always forget that I have this beautiful nude in my collection!  Perfect nude with a flawless application!

I added an image from Jumbo Plate 10 using GOSH Berry Me.

Here is where things went wrong.  I wanted to add dots and thought that GOSH Purple Heart would be an interesting addition.  Unfortunately, the dots are to small to really show the beauty of this polish.  I think the blue I was going to do originally would have looked better.  Or maybe this and the blue.


Even though it didn't turn out the way I wanted, at least I remembered and used a fantastic nude!  And a really cool image.  I already have an idea for another design using this image!





Thursday, September 25, 2014

Milani Enchanted Garnet - Bedazzled Collection Fall 2014

Press Sample

I have a stunner to share with you today.  The minute I received this polish I couldn't wait to try it out!  Especially since it is such a gorgeous fall shade.

I give you Milani Enchanted Garnet.

I applied two coats of this breathtaking polish.  Just look at that shimmer!

This is a polish that you don't want cover up, but I couldn't help myself!  I added a little more sparkle by sponging Gold Plated to my tips.



I can't get over the amazing-ness of this polish!  Not only is the shade stunning the formula was perfect.  Application was smooth and flawless.  If you are looking for a new fall shade I highly recommend Enchanted Garnet!

You can pick up these shades at Kmart, CVS, Walgreens and Fred Meyers stores.  Or you can purchase online at MilaniCosmetics.com.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

OPI Peanuts Collection

Press Sample

I was extremely excited when I heard that OPI was releasing a collection based on the Peanuts!  One of my all time favorite cartoons growing up! (and still today)  I have a memory and emotion connected to the Peanuts and my Grandpap, who passed away many years ago.  Every time I think of or see the Peanuts I think of my Grandpap and it makes me quite happy!  

The collection!

Good Grief! - completely Charlie Brown inspired!  Kicking myself for not adding black zig zags!  I had high hopes for this yellow, unfortunately I was disappointed.  The color is fantastic but the formula is not.  It was very streaky.  I applied two coats but if wearing without art or glitter I would apply three thin coats.

Who Are You Calling Bossy?!? - inspired by Lucy, guessing her black hair.  Fantastic black! Almost opaque in one coat.  I added a second to even everything out.

Where's My Blanket??? - Linus and his blanket, such an iconic image.  Add this matte glitter and you get a brilliant speckled look with a hint of color.  I applied one coat and did some dabbing for better glitter placement.


To Be or Not to Beagle - this collection would not be complete without an ode to Snoopy!  Another great speckled effect!  I love how the blue pops off the nail!  I applied two coats and dabbed for better glitter placement.


This is such a fun collection! Yes, there is the yellow disappointment but it is beautiful under the glitters.  With careful application you can make it work.  And the glitters are interesting and unique...who wouldn't want to add them to his/her collection?!?!

Available at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer. 

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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