China Glaze Immortal Swatches
Quick post this morning to make up for forgetting last night- I should have today’s normal post up this evening!
China Glaze Immmortal is from last year’s Halloween 2012 Wicked Collection. Though no longer available in stores, you can still nab this one on blog sales and sometimes some online stores.
Immortal is a really pretty concrete grey polish filled with blue and pink shimmer. I love grey polishes- don’t ask me why, it’s a very random favorite since I don’t otherwise enjoy grey- so last year I knew I had to grab this one!
My only issue with this polish was it’s application- which wasn’t terrible, I used 3 coats for coverage- but it’s opaque enough that it should have been 2 coats. But even though I let the first coat dry a reasonable amount, I still had random bald patches after the second.
Overall I really love Immortal, and most of the Wicked collection in general. Make a Spectacle and Cast a Spell are my other 2 favorites- this year’s Halloween collection just didn’t excite me as much 😉
China Glaze Riveting and Enchanted Polish To Die For
So I wasn’t able to get good pics of my pumpkin mani today- it’s been super overcast and icky! So I’ll do these pretty colors today instead, and hopefully show my pumpkin mani tomorrow 🙂
I paired up China Glaze Riveting and Enchanted Polish To Die For for a fun halloween-esque mani.
I decided to show Riveting by itself first! China Glaze Riveting is a gorgeous shimmery orange color. This was one of the Hunger Games collection polishes released last year- and one of the first I picked up! It’s incredibly stunning. Photos show 2 coats, no topcoat.
Then I topped Riveting with just 1 coat of Enchanted Polish To Die For
To Die For is a fun glitter topper filled with a very slightly charcoal tinted base filled with charcoal holographic glitters. Application was great- this is just 1 coat with no topcoat, and everything went on super smoothly and evenly.
China Glaze Riveting is no longer available in stores- it was released in Feburary/March of 2012 for the release of the first Hunger Games movie- though you can sometimes still find it online and via blog sales!
Enchanted Polish To Die For is a Halloween Polish from Enchanted Polish. I can honestly say I have no idea if this will return this year- though it never hurts to keep checking!
China Glaze: https://www.facebook.com/chinaglazeofficial and http://chinaglaze.com/
Enchanted Polish: https://www.facebook.com/EnchantedPolishPage and http://enchantedpolish.bigcartel.com/
Model City Polish: Christmas Collection swatches and review!
Well, today was sunny and beautiful, so I had great sunshine for photos! As promised, I have some fun Christmas polishes to show you (sometimes I use a lightbox, but these didn’t want to cooperate inside). We’re in the process of putting up our tree and decorating here- I adore this time of year!
Tonight I have some of the colors from Model City Polishes Christmas Collection: O Christmas Tree, Silver and Gold, and You’re A Mean One.
First up, I have O Christmas Tree!This is a fun polish, filled with green shards, gold stars, silver bar glitter, and a variety of multi colored hex glitter! Everything you’d imagine on a Christmas tree 🙂 This polish applied well- I chose to use the dabbing method to apply it exactly where I wanted it. I layered 1 coat of O Christmas Tree over 2 coats of OPI Just Spotted The Lizard.
Next up is the Silver and Gold duo! I’ll start off with Silver.
Silver and Gold is made up of 2 polishes- a silver glitter topcoat, and a gold glitter topcoat. Both are filled up with multiple sizes of hexes and bar glitter. Again, I chose to dab to apply where I wanted. This one was a bit tricky to work with, but it didn’t take long to have everything where I wanted it. I layered 1 coat of Silver over 2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey.
And now for the gold part of the duo!
Like Silver, Gold is made up of multiple sizes of metallic gold hexes and bar glitter. This one was the most tricky of the bunch- the bar glitter has a bit of a curve to it (though topcoat helps smooth it down), and I definitely had to dab to place everything just so. Out in the sun, this was very stunning! I love wearing gold on my nails. It was a beautiful counterpart to my base color- 365 Day’s of Color’s Mrs. Claus (which will be shown off all on its own in a few days!).
Last but not least, we have my favorite- You’re A Mean One!
This is a fun glitter topcoat filled with green squares, silver hexes and bright red hearts. Again, I dabbed the glitter on for placement. What I loved about this one was that I never once had to fish for hearts- what you see is what came out! I think I had to put a few BACK one time! This is 1 coat of You’re A Mean One over 2 coats of OPI Just Spotted the Lizard (which makes for a great undie coat for these Christmas colors!).
Overall, I really like this collection. The glitters can definitely be a bit tricky with placement and things of that nature, so these are better suited for us ladies (or guys!) that love glitter and are used to dealing with the challenges they can sometimes come with- though it doesn’t take much longer using the dabbing method, just a bit more patience! And I really encourage everyone to check out the store- there are some other AMAZING colors in this collection! I just adore Spearmint and Sugar Plum, and Cookies and Milk is such fun!
You can find Model City polish on Facebook here, and you can buy all of the Christmas collection and more here at the Etsy store!
*These products were sent to me for review, all opinions are my own*
(Just Another) Mani Monday: Fun with Striping Tape
Hey all! Sorry for the long break. Things got a little busy here in preparation for school starting! Syd starts back tomorrow and is really excited- I’m sure that feeling won’t last for many more years.
So for today, I did something relatively quick and easy. Some of you may have seen my ‘Haul’ post on Facebook that showed a ton of striping tape rolls. I got these for a couple of bucks from China- so while I did wait forever to get them- now I have a lot of options!
I’ve seen many, many people demonstrate better than I could how to actually do this mani- but basically, you paint your nails 1 color, and let them dry completely. Place the striping tape over the nail in the places you want, and then paint over the nail (and the tape) in a different color. Remove the tape, voila! A super neat look!
For this I used China Glaze’s Love’s A Beach covered by Cult Nails Nevermore. Love’s A Beach was only 1 coat- on it’s own I’d probably opt for 2, but as a peek-through undie only 1 was needed.
So much fun! I didn’t realize at the time that I made 2 A’s right next to each other… I need to pay closer attention when I do this again!
My daughter decided to watch me doing this, and just ‘had to have’ the same thing done. The idea of making multiple striping lines on all 10 of her wiggly, can’t-stay-still fingers wasn’t exactly appealing, so I convinced her to just go with pink and the striping on the thumbs. And then she HAD to show the off, so hopefully you guys won’t mind the kid-photo too much 🙂
Now she’s all ready for her first day of school tomorrow with some fun nails!
And of course, I took a Mommy-and-me shot.
I forgot to add- she insisted on a glitter topcoat over hers.
Can you tell she’s my daughter?! 🙂
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.
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!