Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yesterday's Pink (kinda) Mani

Yeah, I know. A day late for Pink Mani Wedenseday. Yesterday was NOT a good day, and I had absolutely no chance of getting these pics posted. Here they are for today, though.

For the last week or so, the weather here has been awful (for Florida): cloudy, rainy (sometimes xD), hot and humid. I wanted to do something bright, but not neccesarily all pink. This doll was my inspiration. She's part of a 4 doll set called Dream Seasons, she's I Dream of Summer. In place of white, I used pink.

My first color is China Glaze's Lemon Fizz, but before I applied that, I used a ridge filler as a base coat since Lemon Fizz is streaky. It helped reduce streakiness, but I did have a few still. This is two coats of Lemon Fizz. I topcoated with Seche and let that dry.

Once that was good and dry, I grabbed my Scotch tape, taped off the tips, and applied OPI's Shorts Story. Topcoated again and let it dry.

I taped off the part near the cuticles after drying, using OPI's Flit a Bit. Topcoated one last time; unfortunately it smeared a tiny bit on a couple nails.

Friday, June 24, 2011

What should have been a simple mani......

Became nothing but frustration >.> Yesterday, I decided to give a combo I had read alot about a try: OPI's Black Onyx and I Juggle...Men. So many people on OPI's Facebook raved about it. Started with 2 coats of Black Onyx, and instead of topcoating that, I let it air dry. I'll explain why in a minute.

Now, alot of people have had problems with IJM "wrinkling" after they applied their topcoat. The theory on that is it doesn't play well with topcoats that aren't 3 free. Incidentally, they've come up with ways around that. What I just ended up doing is using Out the Door over mine. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be any better. OTD caused polish shrinkage at the tips and "splits" appeared in the IJM layers. You can see some of shrinkage in the next three pics but the "splits" are hard to capture. At first, I had taken polish off four nails that were really bad (this was after I had taken pics). I did those four over and then really noticed how bad the shrinkage was and found a few more "splits". In the end, I took off the whole mani and started over, doing the same number of coats and allowing enough time to dry.  I thought IJM might be the problem, but saw that it wasn't after a few minutes. I topcoated with OTD again, and bingo. That's what was causing the problems. I could deal with the shrinkage, as I don't normally keep a mani for more than a day, but not the "splits". I'll be picking up a bottle of CND and ordering some Poshe and seeing which I like best. I'm also open to suggestions on others! Btw, this is two coats of IJM over BO.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday's Pink Mani

Yes, I know I'm a day late posting this :P Life got in the way yesterday, but here is what I came up with for Pink Wednesday. Except for my base and topcoats, all colors are from China Glaze.

Remember about two weeks ago, I went to Sally's and picked up some of China Glaze's neon colors? This is one of them, called Pink Voltage. As you can tell, it is hot pink, a real, teeny bit frosty, hot pink. The only thing I don't like about it is, like Turned Up Turqouise, it dried rather dull. I also had to use 3 coats, since it was bit streaky after two. I could have left it at two, since I was covering it, but meh, I did three anyways. I topcoated after the third layer of color so it would dry fast.

Once that was dry, I used CG's Crackle Glaze in Lightning bolt. I was truly impressed at well it crackled this time. I think maybe I'll have to reserve for using over CG colors only, since it doesn't seem to like my OPI.

For an added little effect, I did one coat of Rainbows, which is a really good dupe for OPI's Fireflies. It's a sheer, shimmery/pearly color that is perfect for layering. My camera had a hard time capturing it, but Rainbows added a pinkish shimmer to the mani.

Lastly, I just updated the Swatches this morning. I'm almost done with my OPI collection and will be moving to other brands/colors. Most of those I'm not as familiar with as far collections and such, but I'll provide at least the color name and number. I'll continue to add to my OPI swatches as I get new colors, though. Enjoy snooping throught it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Got a little behind......

So, I've got three manis to post today ._. I'll start with today's. I really like how it turned out, too.  Started with two coats of OPI's Rinse Charming, which is prolly my favorite silver polish EVER. The color Your Royal Shine-ness from one of the Serena Williams sets I think is very like it. This silver is just awesome; I really don't wear it enough.

As a finishing touch, I added one coat of Turqouise Shatter. I'm coming to realize I should have gotten a second bottle of this. My husband even likes it. lol.

Next, is something I played around with on Sunday: Black and turqouise Shatter over Kyoto Pearl. I think it would looked better over Alpine Snow, to be honest, but I wanted to try KP first. Two coats of KP to start with.

Then Black Shatter......

Then Turqouise Shatter. I think maybe I should have applied this side to side instead of up and down.

And lastly, the mani I had for Friday. It hasn't been easy trying to find a color to go with the Blue Shatter, but I found something that worked. Started with two coats of Give Me the Moon! Now it was a little sheer after two coats but for Shattering, that's ok.

Then, one coat of Blue Shatter.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Been a bit busy....

Which means I have a lot to put in today's post! I'll start with my Pink Mani. Since I had started swatching my collection, I've come across some colors that just haven't gotten fully appreciated, mainly because they were overshadowed by other colors in their individual collections. What I chose today is one of those color, Wing It! from OPI. In the bottle, this color is gorgeous, very sparkly and more pink than it is on the nail. On the nail, meh; it takes at least 3 coats for it to be not so sheer. Then I had the bright idea of layering it over another color, which is what I started off with: 2 coats of Flit a Bit and topcoat.

Once that was all dry, I added 2 coats of Wing It! and topcoated once more. All I can say is, this is the color in the bottle! It's so pretty like this!

So, over the weekend I went to Sally's to check out they had for bright polishes, ostensibly to wear under White Shatter. I picked up Turned up Turquoise, Pink Voltage, Blue Sparrow, and Blue Iguana, all from China Glaze. Monday was my day to change my pedi, so I picked Turned up Turquoise and Silver Shatter. I was a little disappointed at how dull this color dried without a topcoat. It's a pretty frosty, turquoise; just dull when it dries. I did topcoat it before the Shatter, as you'll see in the second pic. Please ignore the little bit of clean up I didn't do :P Oh, and this is two coats of TUT.

Last, but not least, is the mani I did on Saturday. This one I was really disappointed in, but I think I could have chosen a better color to use my Blue Shatter on. It just didn't look as good as I thought it would over Last Friday Night. I started with two coats of LFN and topcoated that.

Then one coat of Blue Shatter. This is such a pretty blue; I'm really gonna have to play with other colors to see what it looks good with.