Saturday, October 25, 2014

HPB October Halloween Mani Link-Up

Halloween is fast approaching, so what better way to get in the spirit than with Halloween themed manis!  The Hobby Polish Bloggers Facebook group is starting up their first of  monthly link-ups with a Halloween theme which is perfect.  The HPB is a group of polish bloggers on Facebook that talk about nail polish blogging.  It's a place to ask questions, find support, etc about blogging about polish as a hobby.

Now as I've said before, I'm not much of a nail artist.  I love looking at it, but most times I'm just not patient enough for something really complicated unless I'm in the mood, so today I did what I can only describe as spooky eyes in the dark.  I saw this on Pinterest, but of course there was no source.

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To do these, all you need is black and white polish, two different sized dotting tools or a bobby pin and a toothpick, and topcoat!

Step 1: Apply a base coat and black polish (and quick dry top coat if you're impatient like me).

Step 2: After everything is dry, use your largest dotting tool (or bobby pin) to make a pair of white dots on each nail.  You can put them all in the same position on each nail, or have them vary.  It's up to you.

Step 3: Wait for the white dots to dry.

Step 4: Use the smaller dotting tool or toothpick to make black dots on top of the white dots.  You can place the black dots wherever you'd like in the white to have the "eyes" looking up, to the side, etc.

Step 5: Let it the black dots dry and apply topcoat.  Be careful when applying topcoat.  It may smear your nail art a bit.  Some top coats are better than others for this.  I actually like Barielle Manicure extender for this.  I've heard more established nail artists rave for HK Girl topcoat as well.  (If you have any other recommendations, please leave a comment!)

Be sure to check out these other Halloween themed manis!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zoya Ultra PixieDust for Fall 2014

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Hi everyone!  Today I have the Fall 2014 Ultra PixieDusts from Zoya.  These Ultra PixieDusts are not only textured, but have tons of glitter, both large hex glitter and micro.

On to the swatches!

First up is Oswin.  Oswin is a red.  It has a red jelly base and red glitter.  This is the only one that truly dried down completely matte and I really loved this one.  It's my favorite of all three.  Application was great.  No complaints there.  This is 2 coats.


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With topcoat.

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Arianna is a more blue toned red than Oswin, leaning almost berry.  It has a jelly base with matching colored glitter.  Arianna didn't dry down completely matte like Oswin.  I was a bit disappointed about this, but it's still a lovely color.  It applied nicely.  This is 2 coats.

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With topcoat.

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Noir is the darkest color in this collection.  The jelly base is a dark purple/berry color.  The glitter seems to have two slightly different colors going on.  One more berry, while the other is more of a reddish color.  Like Arianna, this didn't dry completely down to a total matte finish.  Noir applied well, so no complaints.  This is 2 coats.

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With topcoat.

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The Fall 2014 Ultra PixieDusts are currently available from Zoya.com for $10 USD

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Essie Fall in Line

I have a late post today of Essie Fall in Line from their fall collection Dress to Kilt.  (A few weeks ago I posted The Perfect Cover Up from the same collection)

Fall in Line is a gorgeous grayed out sage green with hints of blue.  Essie calls it a jade.  The point is, it's gorgeous!  From the bottle I was just so so about it, but once I had it on, I really fell in love with it.

The formula one this is nice.  No complaints at all.

This is 2 coats.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Smitten Polish Nimbus

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Hi everyone!  Today I have another gorgeous polish from Smitten Polish!  Nimbus is a creamy off white, dove gray with one of my favorite things: holo!  It's so dreamy, soft and delicate, but the holo gives it a little edge.  My mom is already demanding to borrow it lol.

This polish was a little thick, but went on without a hitch and was suprisingly opaque.

This is 2 coats.

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If you've fallen in love with this like I am, Noelie just stocked the shop and Nimbus and Seasonal Lattes are in stock on smittenpolish.com.  Both retail for $11.  Also, if you're still lemming Girl Sprouts, it's on sale with a few others for $9.  For more Smitten Polish info, make sure to check out their Facebook.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

OPI Ink Suede

It's been a while since I've pulled out an old polish and did a throwback Thursday post, so that's what I did today.

In 2009 OPI came out with the Suede collection that consisted of 6 suede versions of some core polishes.  I bought 4 of them and am now kicking myself for not getting Russian Navy, Lincoln Park After Dark or the later release Here Today Aragon Tomorrow.  Ebay prices are ridiculous!  It's so strange to see something go up in price that much even though it feels like it just came out yesterday.

Anyways, Ink is a dark blue that has a bit of purple and lots of silver shimmer. It is of course matte.  When I put this on, I realized how I'd forgotten how perfectly it applies.  It's slightly thick and goes on opaque in 1 coat and dries almost instantly.  Now I remember why I bought these.  They're perfect for when you're in a rush and don't really have time to wait for polish to dry.  A minute or two after putting it on, you're good to go!  Here's to hoping OPI re-releases these (I won't hold my breath though).

In case you want to see the original Ink: OPI Ink

This is 1 coat.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Barielle Me Couture Collection for Fall/Winter 2014

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Happy hump day everyone!  I hope you week is going well!

Today I have the Me Couture Collection from Barielle for Fall/Winter 2014.  This collection consists of 5 creams and one shimmer that are perfect for the season, so lets get to the pictures.




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

China Glaze Evening Seduction

I broke my nails.  That was 2 weeks ago.  When I say broke my nails, I mean all the way past the meat, a few were bleeding, and they hurt kind of broke.  It's been two weeks and they are still extremely short.  I don't think they've been this short in years.  I might be exaggerating a bit, but I know some one out there feels my pain.  So I've decided to come out of hiding, bust out one of my untried vampies and rock the nubbins.

China Glaze Evening Seduction fit the bill, so that's what I've got on today.  It originally hails from the Visions of Grandeur collection  that was released in 2005 but it's apart of the core line now. This is a true vampy polish.  It's a deep plum cream that borders on looking black.  Actually at a glance in certain lighting, it does look black.  It's perfect for my short nails and for October.

Application on this was great.  Everything applied smoothly, but be forewarned.  Apply with care because this is one of those polishes that's a pain to clean up.  Looks like your fingers have been bleeding if you don't do a thorough job.  Other than that, I love this polish.

This is 2 coats.


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