Archive for June, 2012

Flakie Friday: Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure (original) over Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude

Hello polish monsters!  Today is Flakie Friday- and I’m going to feature Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure!

Sadly, this is not a polish you can run down to the drugstore to pick up.

‘But Diana,’ you may ask, ‘I’ve seen Hidden Treasure in stores, and I just saw it show up on tons of sites for sale when I checked Google.’

Well my friends, that’s because Sally Hansen likes to be annoying.

The original Hidden Treasure (this one) was sold in Spring 2010 as part of a beachy-themed collection.  Like all collections, it was limited edition.  This was before I was really into nail polish- although I did already have about 50 bottles- so I had no earthly clue something this beautiful was sitting over at Walgreens.  I didn’t make rounds of the drugstore beauty counters back then- if I was there and something caught my eye I’d get it.  It was certainly not the first flakie, but I think it was one of the first easily accessible ones.

So then Sally Hansen comes out with another Hidden Treasure.  Polish loves rejoiced, thinking the beloved flakie had returned!  But no.  The current Hidden Treasure- in the same bottle style (it’s still part of the Salon Manicure line)- is not a flakie.  It’s very beautiful, yes, but it’s more of an opalescent top coat.

In FACT, just to make things more weird and bizzare- it IS a re-release of one of the colors in the original Hidden Treasures collection!  The new Hidden Treasure is an identical copy of Ring My Shell.

Why in the WORLD Sally Hansen re-released a color under a different name- and a name from the same original collection- is beyond me.  Really, does that make any sense??

Anyways… because I love flakies, I was determined to get my hands on this particular one.  I bought mine from Ebay for around $12, around $15 after shipping.  It’s definitely buyer-beware on Ebay- I’m hesitant to buy any polish much above that price point (case in point- I’ve seen many a case of people paying a LOT of money for Clarins 230, and they get something that’s very clearly not Clarins 230 in a Clarins bottle).  Luckily, my bottle arrived full and perfect.   Lets look at a macro shot!

Oooooh, ahhhhhh…

The best way to really show off a flakie is over black, but this post series will get boring quickly if I only ever feature flakies over black.  So this week, I opted for a neutral base.  I went to Cult Nail’s Cruisin’ Nude for this- it’s a beautiful beige polish with a slight pinkish shimmer.

 Lighter colors won’t highlight the color shifts as well in traditional flakes, but it can make for a beautiful look.  I think my nails look something like the interior of sea shells (but maybe a bit darker).

Please excuse the state of my nails… I had the GREAT idea to paint these last night- and then do housework this morning, including dishes- before I took photos.  Not my smartest idea.

These pictures are all with 2 coats of Hidden Treasure.

Even though Hidden Treasure is hard to get your hands on, the red-orange-green color shift in this polish is one of the more popular flakie shades.  In fact, you can get a very similar one right now by running to just about any drugstore- Essie’s Shine of the Times is pretty close dupe.   So is Nubar 2010, Finger Paints Flashy, and GOSH Rainbow (though some of those aren’t easily found, either).  What I prefer about Hidden Treasure compared to the others, though, is the coverage.  Hidden Treasure is SERIOUSLY dense.  As you can see in these photos- 2 coats is almost a solid sheet of flakes.

Hope everyone has a great weekend- try to stay cool!  It’s going to be a scorcher!

 


NOTD: HITS Cutie Pie

Llarowe  mentioned last night that today’s Brand of the Day would be HITS.  When I saw this at like midnight I was sitting at the computer, bored- both kiddos are sick right now and the youngest was curled up on my lap trying unsuccessfully to sleep- so I decided to paint my nails with the only HITS polish I currently have, Cutie Pie.  I had no other post planned for today, so why not?

I won’t lie, it makes me a little sad seeing all the beautiful swatches from other bloggers pour into Llarowe’s page.  My poor nubbin nails just can’t show off the pretty polishes as well!  Hopefully I can start growing them out soon… curse you acrylics!  NEVER AGAIN.

As an added twist, I pulled out my Cheeky stamps and added some space images.  This polish just seems space like to me!  All pictures are 3 coats of Cutie Pie (2 would have been enough), and the stamps used O.P.I.’s DS Radiance.  I used stamp plates CH4 and CH5.

And now to show off a bit of the color shift:

The HITS Mari Moon polishes (which Cutie Pie is a part of) are just amazingly beautiful polishes.   The Mari Moon collection colors cost $8 each (for 6mL) on Llarowe’s site.  Not a cheap purchase (from a dollar to mL standpoint), but they’re definitely worth splurging for when you can.


New O.P.I. Summer Shades at ULTA

Hello again all!

This is just a quick post- I was going to just post this on Facebook (if you’re not following there, you should!  I’m going to base giveaways on FB followers!) but decided to just do it here.

I hadn’t been to ULTA in about a month- which is LONG for me- so I stopped in today while the oldest was at preschool.   Right in the front, there was a large display of ‘Summer Exclusive 2012’ colors by O.P.I.

Now, at first I was confused.  When I was in here only 1 month ago, they had the ‘Summer Exclusive’ colors- and it was just 4, and none of these.   Karen of Frazzle and Aniploish did a great writeup of them here, along with the identical Nicole by O.P.I. twins.  I already owned the NOPI You + Me = Blue, so I picked up Hot Fun in the Summer-Lime (it stained my nails badly- they’re still stained).

Now here we have 12(!) colors and no sign of those original 4 in my store.  I’m assuming it’s like this at every ULTA, but they don’t display O.P.I. online so I can’t confirm that.

So the REAL reason this display interested me- was the polish that’s nestled right there on the bottom row, left side.  Can’t see it well?  I got a closeup!

Yeah, I didn’t realize my phone did a cruddy job with this photo or I would have taken more- maybe.  The manager was looking at me a bit strangely as I snapped pictures of their displays.

It’s O.P.I.’s Excuse Moi!, repackaged as ‘In A Flirtationship’!  Since I just featured this last week and had a few people lamenting that it was no longer available- it’s available again, at least for a little bit!  This is the 2nd repackaging of this polish (It also appeared for ULTA’s Holiday collection this year), so it may not make a 4th appearance.  Grab it while you can if you want it!

As expected, every single one of the colors is a repackaging of past O.P.I. collection colors.

If you’re interested, here’s what each polish is (as far as I can tell).  New name: Old Name (Collection).  These go from L to R, top to bottom on the display.

First Names Only  :  Steady As She Rose (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Passport And A Smile  :  Sparrow Me The Drama (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Talk About An Upgrade!  :  Planks A Lot (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Meet Me At The Bonfire  :  Big Hair… Big Nails (Texas)

Oh, Waiter!  :  Skull & Glossbones (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Where’s My Bikini Top?  :  Stranger Tides (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Do My Back Please?  :  Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Your Palapa Or Mine?  :  Don’t Mess With OPI (Texas)

In A Flirtationship = Excuse Moi (Muppets)
No Time For Postcards : The One That Got Away (Katy Perry)
He’s My Surfer Instructor : Last Friday Night (Katy Perry)
See You Next Summer : Not Like The Movies (Katy Perry)

They’re listed as 2 for $12, though the manager at my ULTA was telling me that the original ‘Buy 2 OPIs get 1 Exclusive Free’ still applied.  I saw no sign to verify that though.  Regardless, $6 for an O.P.I. is a good price!  If you want to head in and pick a few up, take this 20% off coupon with you!  There’s a lot of pretty re-released colors there, and they’re a bit cheaper than normal- good chance to grab any you may have missed!


Indie Wednesday: 365 Days of Color’s Birthday Bash and Make Me Laugh-y Taffy

Hello fellow polish monsters!

It’s time for my second Indie Wednesday!   I was torn on what to post today- but that always seems to be the case!  I have too many beautiful polishes I want to show everyone!

At the last minute I decided to show off 2 of my polishes from 365 Days of Color- Birthday Bash and Make Me Laugh-y Taffy!  This is because the shop is set to open in 30 minutes!  For those who don’t view this RIGHT when I post (which is to say, everyone), that’s 6pm EST/5pm CST/3pm PST.  These will both be available, though Make Me Laugh-y Taffy will no longer be sold after today and only created on a made-to-order basis.

You can buy these lovelies at this site, and find 365 Days of Color on Facebook here.

On to the swatches!

First up is Birthday Bash.

Birthday Bash is a white polish filled with multi-colored flakes and blue glitter.  You guys all know how I love my flakes!

Application was… ok.  It went on smoothly and fine, but I did have some trouble controlling it.  See my pre-cleanup photo:

Proof that I fail at putting on polish!  Darn you small nubbin nails!

Luckily, it cleans up quickly and easily.  I use a small paintbrush dipped in remover and run it along the creases after I apply polish- this time just needed a little more.

Voila!  Problem solved 🙂

This is a very subtle but pretty polish.  The white is fairly opaque, so the flakes just add an occasional pop! of faint color.  If the polish were yellow, it would remind me of funfetti cake!

Unlike most glitter polishes, this came off quickly and easily with remover.  Which is good, because I was rushing so that I could also show off…

Make Me Laugh-y Taffy!

I really, really, really love this polish.  I had thought when I bought Birthday Bash I would love it more, but this one is still my favorite!  Make Me Laugh-y Taffy is a pink jelly polish filled to the brim with multi-colored flakes.  All of the following pictures are only 2 coats of the polish!!!

Just look at all those flakes in only 2 easy coats!

Unlike it’s less flashier cousin, Make Me Laugh-y Taffy applied like a dream.   I did NO cleanup for these pictures.  I didn’t even need to dab the polish around, the flakes all went on like that!  (Though I did dab a little- but it was because I’m slightly OCD about placement.  It honestly wasn’t needed)

Looks just like it’s namesake candy…

Maybe a bit more colorful though! 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed seeing my tiny nails showing off these pretty colors!  There are SO many other beautiful colors available in the shop, as well as a whole new collection that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  Go grab some if you can, and if you miss out just ‘like’ the facebook page to keep up to date on openings!

Until next time!


Try It On Tuesday: Enchanted Polish Across The Universe

I had great intentions of posting this earlier.  For whatever reason, I’ve been dragging my feet today.  Which is silly really, because I have a BEAUTIFUL polish to show off!

I was stumped over what polish to feature today for Try It On Tuesday- even though probably 75% of my polishes are untried- and had originally settled on O.P.I.’s Metallic 4 Life.  Then this morning (before I had painted my nails), Llarowe announced on Facebook that today’s Brand of the Day would be Enchanted Polish- and I just happen to have 1 lone Enchanted Polish that is untried!

I was planning on saving this for an Indie Wednesday, but I decided to bump it forward a day instead!

I was lucky enough to snag Across the Universe during Llarowe’s generous Birthday Sale.  I think this is the *only* polish I have ever opened and gasped out loud when I first saw it- when there was no one else around.   Stunning is an understatement!

Across the Universe is a multichrome holographic nail polish.  As you can see above, in the bottle it shifts from green-gold to blue to purple, though on the nails it’s really more of a purple to blue shift.  The scattered holo effect is very vibrant and stunning.  This polish went on easily and smoothly, and didn’t require much clean up.

Another bottle shot- truly, I can’t stop staring at this bottle.  So stunning!

For all of the pictures I was wearing 3 coats of Across the Universe with a coat of Poshe quick dry topcoat.  Coverage was fine at 2, but I really wanted it brighter.  I did notice that the multi-chrome effect was much stronger on just 1 coat, though it was too thin on it’s own.  It’s possible that with 1 coat over another base color it can show off a bit more!  I’ll have to experiment soon 🙂

So beautiful!

I took all of these outside in the sunlight to maximize the holo goodness.

I did notice on some earlier photos the way the sun hit my nails, it looks as if I have a giant spot of unpainted area on my pointer finger.  As you can see in the picture above, that’s not the case- it’s just a very weird instance of lighting.

And finally, here’s a closeup of a nail to show off that holo sparkle!

You can find Enchanted Polish and Across the Universe at Llarowe’s , and also on Etsy and Harlow & Co.  Go check them out!

Here’s a list of everyone participating in Try It On Tuesday- go check out their posts as well!

Beauty Gnome
DIY Polish
365 Days of Color
College Polished
Munchy’s Nails
Manicurator
Beyond Beauty Lounge 
Peace Love Lacquer 
Tall Girl In Heels With Pretty Painted Nails
Princess Polish
Jilltastic Nail Design
Shenailigans
Kyoti’s Nails
Polished by Maddie
Samples By Entaeyen
Shelly’s Sassy Nails
Nail Polish Anon
Mixed Mama
Pinked Polish
Nails By Ms. Lizard
Polished Paradise
Enchanted Nails and Fluffy Dog Tails
Two Lacquered Girls
Enchanting Cosmetics 
Frugal Polish
Love & Lacquer 
Spicey’z Nails
Sparkle and Shine Nails
Sincerely Obsessed with Polish
Polish and Such
Something Polish Like
Fancy Schmancy Nails

And for those that have made it all the way to the end:  Enjoy!


Mani Monday: Neon Rainbow Snow Leopard Stamping with Cheeky

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  Ours was ok… quiet, relaxing, but slightly boring.  Back to the busy week!

Once again I’ll be starting off the week with a Mani Monday!  As I sat down to work on this yesterday, I struggled with what to do- and then it hit me!  I just recently ordered my very first stamping plates- Cheeky’s 2012 Collection bundle– and hadn’t used any yet!

When I say hadn’t used any- what I really mean is that I have never used a stamping plate- ever.  I’d long drooled over designs that I saw people do with the plates but had never bought any.  Laziness, again.  Stamping plates aren’t something you can just pop into the drugstore and buy.

There are a lot of various brands you can buy stamping plates from- Konad (my stamper is from Konad), Bundle Monster, Cheeky, Red Angel, Shany, Mash… and many stores offer their own line.  Ninjapolish.com offers some really interesting ones, Llarowe just announced that they’ll be carrying a line, and  you can even find them on etsy, like at Vivid Lacquer’s store!

How cool is that, though?  She makes her OWN stamping plates!

So back to the mani… One of the major designs I’d seen people do was a leopard print design… or more specifically, a NEON snow leopard design.   Be still my neon-loving heart.

I honestly don’t remember the first place I saw this crop up, though I do have have Steffel’s post on it saved in Pinterest, so that’s the one I’m going to credit.  She used the Bundle Monster plate, which is a little different than the Cheeky design.

Supplies:

For this, I used a base of Essie Marshmallow (can anyone suggest a good, plain white?  My only one is Sinful Nails Snow White and I’m not a fan), Cult Nails Nevermore for stamping, Cheeky plate CH2, and my Konad stamper.  I pictured the Konad scraper, but I ended up using an old gift card (I’ll explain below).

For the neon accents:

I have a lot of neon colors.  I picked these out mostly for their brightness factor, but also because they seemed to work well together.  From left to right:  Sinful Colors Pink, China Glaze Sun Worshipper, Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Color Club What A Shock!, Color Club Pure Energy, and Color Club Ultraviolet.  The last 3 are part of Color Club’s Electro Candy neon set from 2009, and I won’t lie- they’re by far my very favorite neons of every color- especially Ultraviolet.  You can still find this collection (cheap) at Ross sometimes, and can definitely find it on Amazon.

I didn’t detail the stamping process.  I had planned on it, but the photos my husband took just turned out terrible- I probably should’ve given him a clear cut list of how I wanted things, but I was working quickly with both kids screaming for dinner.  Luckily, there’s a ton of amazing tutorials and videos all over the internet.

Basically, you paint over the design to be stamped on the plate, scrape off the excess (leaving paint in the design indentations), smoosh-roll (new word) the stamper across the design, and quickly roll it over your nail.  Almost every nail blogger I’ve read suggests using an old credit card/gift card instead of the scraper included- and I 100% agree!  I initially tried out Konad’s scraper, but was having absolutely no luck.  It wasn’t getting all the excess paint off, and by the time I went over it again I’d lose paint in the design or the design would be dry.  The first time I tried a gift card was the first time I had a successful stamp on my finger!

*SQUIRREL* moment incoming:

Did I mention my very favorite animal ever is a snow leopard?  Has been since I was really little 🙂  We took the kids to the Chattanooga Zoo in September, and I was so excited to see the Snow Leopard was not only hanging out right by the glass… but she had a baby!   They quickly became Syd’s favorite animal, too!

So here’s my nails without the neon accents, looking like lovely snow leopards:

Time for neon!  To add the neon, I used toothpicks.  I didn’t want to have to clean paint brushes, so I simply dipped the end of a toothpick into the color on the brush, and then dabbed it where I wanted it.    After I finished all the colors, I added 1 coat of Poshe Fast Drying top coat.

As an afterthought, I threw on a topcoat of fine glitter.  Because really, the only way to make neon better is to make it sparkle.  Or am I the only one that thinks that??

I wanted the effect to be subtle (believe it or not), so I used the finest glitter I could find in my Helmer.  This Avon glitter is simply called ‘Purple Glitter’ (yes, it used to be purple) and it’s from approximately 2003.  I also have ‘Pink Glitter’ and sadly it looks the exact same as this one 9 years later.  Proof that my nail polish hoarding began a long, long time ago 🙂

So there it is!  I apologize for not having a thorough explanation this week, but I’ll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have- just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you!  See you all tomorrow for Try It On Tuesday!  And if you haven’t hoped over to my Facebook page, please do!  I love being able to interact with everyone!


Flakie Friday: Zoya Chloe over Cult Nails Nevermore

Sorry this post is coming so late!  I got caught up cleaning the house and some other things and before I knew it, the day was almost done and I still hadn’t painted my nails for the post.  Luckily the sun was still shining when I finished!

Today is my first Flakie Friday, and I decided to start off with a flakie that is easily available to everyone.

Zoya Chloe!

Chloe is part of Zoya’s Fleck Effect line from Spring 2012, along with Maisie and Opal.  It can be found here.

This is a beautiful flakie, that’s slightly different from the more common color schemes you’ll find.  The flecks are mostly orange with a yellow shift, but there’s also the occasional yellow and green flecks to add some interest.

Application is wonderful- the flakes are fairly dense and you really only need 1 coat.  For these photos however I added 2 coats of Chloe over 1 coat of Cult Nails‘ Nevermore.  If you’re looking for an amazing 1 coat solid black, check out Nevermore!  It’s wonderful.

On to the pictures!

Look at all those beautiful colors!

Close up of my nubbin thumb nail

 Hopefully these photos can really show off how beautiful Chloe is!  They were taken outside in full sunlight to really try to capture the colors.

Now a lot of people will already know this, but if you haven’t purchased from Zoya.com before, you’re in luck!  Use can use THIS referral link to get a free polish of your choice (maybe Chloe?).  Also with the program, if you buy 2 extra polishes along with your free one, you’ll receive free shipping!  Not a bad deal!   As a disclaimer, I do receive sharing points if you use the link- but the more I get, the more goodies I can get for giveaways!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!