Friday, August 1, 2014

Oh My Goodness! I Made a Video!

I was sitting here thinking about the fact that I haven't done a favorites/tips/hints post in awhile and thought that today would be a good day for one.  However, I didn't know what to write about.  In the end I decided to bite the bullet and finally do a video! Oh my!

Things you should know.....
1. It is my very first video, I have never made a video before. (Please be kind.)
2. It took a few attempts to finally get a decent video started.  
3. Because of my few attempts my battery died before I was done.
4. The second part of the video was filmed with my phone, which I have never used, so there are black bars. Sorry!
5. It has been a learning process, but I really enjoyed it and I think I need to make some more!


Ok, here is my video! I hope you enjoy it and comment or email if you have any questions!

Part One - The tools on my nail table and the ones I use the most!



Part Two - My stamping plates and my Stasch!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

butter LONDON Brick Lane Six Piece Set - Review/Swatches/Nail Art

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More new lacquers!! Not only are they new, they are from butter LONDON!  Anytime I hear rumors about new bLs my heart starts beating faster.  Yep, complete soft spot for my bLs!

Let me tease you with some nail art!

If you haven't seen this set already - 

The main thing you need to know about this set is that they are mini.  This makes me a little sad but I can deal.  The following shows the comparison between the mini and full size. 

The lacquers - 

Brick Lane - Full coverage, gold shimmer in deep pumpkin orange creme.  For some reason my camera decided to brighten this lacquer.  In person it is actually a beautiful burnt orange.  More like the bottle color.  I applied two coats.

Bric-A-Brac - Full coverage, flaring shimmers in saffron red gel-like base.  The reds and golds in this shimmer are fantastic!  I applied two coats.

Cor-Blimey - Full coverage, brilliant aubergine in matte-satin finish.  I am so in love with this purple!  It is just so dark and gorgeous!  I applied two coats.

Dubs - Full coverage, taupe glitter in 3D texture base.  I finally got to try a bL texture!  I am in love! This texture is stunning! I applied two coats.

East End - Full coverage, curry yellow in matte-satin finish.  Oh my goodness! A new yellow and it is brilliant! It's an ugly yellow and I am smitten!  I applied two coats.

Chocka - Full coverage, deep plum creme shimmer.  An exquisite dark and vampy purple!  The shimmer is subtle but lavish!  I applied two coats.

With this collection comes a sheet with some nail art techniques.  There are also some designs on the back of the box.  I decided to do the dry brush design, but I did it a little different than the instructions they provided.



I did use the entire collection in the design.  It might have been one lacquer too many but I do see a fun Autumn design.


Every single one of these lacquers was amazing! The formula is spot on, with smooth application and perfect coverage.  I can't wait to try some stamping with the cremes!  The only downside is the size.  I will be coveting East End...please, please please make a full size!!

Available at butterlondon.com, Macy's and Nordstrom; $15.00.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OPI Mustang Collection 2014: Swatches/Review/Nail Art

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New Collection Time!  Do you love those words as much as me??  I LOVE when my favorite brands release new lacquers!  If you are reading this you probably do too!

Today's new collection is the OPI Mustang Collection.  I used the entire collection to create this nail design.  I was going for Mustangs and racing stripes!

The breakdown!

Angel with a Leadfoot 
I applied two coats of this white polish.  I am ecstatic that OPI finely released another white and that the formula is amazing!   I would have been extremely disappointed with this white was streaky.

Race Red
I applied two coats.  When I first saw this lacquer I thought orange.  The orange really shows and has more of a tomato red feel to it.  It is still a beautiful polish with a fantastic formula.

The Sky's My Limit
Beautiful, stunning blue! I applied two coats.  I have a couple polishes like this already but this blue never gets old.  It is hard to capture the true beauty in a photo. There is so much color and dimension in this polish. 

Girl Love Ponies
This photo is not accurate.  My camera completely washed out this pink.  It is much dark in person.  I applied two coats.  

Queen of the Road
A stunning black with a light purple shimmer.  Another one that was hard to capture.  The shimmer is very subtle in this lacquer.  You can see it in the bottle.  I applied two coats of this fantastic black.

50 Years of Style
I'm not typically a gold fan but this one is a stunner.  Soft and beautiful!  I applied two coats.

The creation of my design started with my mustang image.  I used JP9, Race Red, Queen of the Road and 50 Years of Style. Same colors for the image and the dots.


I used a striping brush to add my lines of Girls Love Ponies and The Sky's My Limit.




I do realize that my lines look more like baby shower decorations than racing stripes but it is the thought that counts.  I really just wanted to incorporate the entire collection in my design.

The lacquers in this collection are fantastic! The formulas are perfection and so is the application.  Yes, some of the lacquers are not that original but that's ok.  They are great core colors to have in any collection!

At professional salons and select retailers for $9.00 suggested retail. 
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nail Polish Canada Summer 2014 Nail Art Challenge

What a week I have planned!  I have some great new collections to share and some new nail art!  There might be something really exciting too.....you'll just have to check back to find out!

As for today I decided to take part in Nail Polish Canada's Summer 2014 Nail Art Challenge.   I don't normally sign up for these challenges but after the last two I was involved with I decided to do it.  Why not have some fun and see what comes from it?!  I was a little blocked in finding inspiration but in the end I think I created a fun and interesting nail design.


I started this design with one coat of butter LONDON Cotton Buds.

The first part of my design is a gradient using Wellies, Silly Billy, Primrose Hill Picnic and Keks.


After lots of thinking about what to add next, I decided to add some dots.  Seeing that it is a Summer design I had to do suns.  I used Sunbaker and Marbs for my suns and accent dots.

There is no doubt that this design is summer-y!



It is fun, different and summer-y!  I actually think it looks like a beach towel!  
There is voting taking place so maybe, if you like my design, you could show me some love!  Thanks!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ruby Wing Wicked West Collection Swatches/Review/Nail Art

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I am finally posting the new Ruby Wing Collection!  I have had so much going on that it has taken me longer than usual to get to this collection.  In some ways I did push it back a bit because I had a strong conviction that I would not like these lacquers.  I was guilty of judging quality before using.  I am happy to say that I was very wrong!  Once I started working with them my opinion swiftly changed.  

First, my teaser!

Saloon Sweatheart - dusty rose, pink inside and purple-ish, merlot outside.  I applied two coats.  The formula has a semi-jelly consistency to it.  Great coverage yet nail line was slightly visible.  This polish had the most dramatic change.


Tumbleweeds - yummy key lime, green inside and dark olive green outside.  The formula with this polish was a tad thin, however the second coat leveled out nicely.  


Wanted Dead or Alive - sky blue shimmer inside and gorgeous sapphire blue outside.  Fantastic application in two coats.  This blue is amazing! It is so bright and fresh!


Rodeo - bleached green neon inside and orange-y green outside.  I absolutely LOVE this green! It is fabulous!  I applied two coats but it is almost opaque in one!  I swatched this twice because I saw only a slight change in the sunlight.  I don't understand why this happened.  There was more of a change on my nail art than the swatches.  But I am not bothered by this because the green is flipping amazing!



Back on the Saddle - light orange flakies inside and bright orange flakies outside.  I applied two coats and as you can see, inside the nail line is very visible and outside it becomes opaque.  Amazing color shift!


Ride'Em Cowgirl - a gold  holo glitter inside and copper holo glitter outside.  This is a dab polish.  Don't expect to have the glitters stay in place if you swatch.  Plus it is a tad thick which can make placement a pain.  I would save this for accents and gradients.


And my nail art!  I have to say that it has a fun circus feel to it!

Look at those lines! Those are the most perfect lines I have ever freehanded! Look at them!!


I love these colors together over the blue!


And outside!

I completely admit that my first impression of these lacquers was wrong!  They have some fantastic shades and formulas.  If you are looking for something fun and different you can't go wrong with The Wicked West Collection!

Available at rubywing.com for $10.

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