Saturday, October 13, 2012

blueblood

I will always love this color, if only for the sole fact that it was from a collection tied to Daphne Guinness, fashion and style maven extraordinaire.

I think this vampy wine color is just beautiful! AND VAMPY IS SO CHIC ON SHORT NAILS.

Two thin coats. Smooth and glassy. Also....my nubs grow REALLY quick!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

too too hot

With my shorter nubs recently I find that it's easier to pull of blocks of color.

Essie's Too Too Hot - the name is just adorable - and definitely gives me extra girl power when I put it on. :D

I want to say this is a creme but it had jelly like qualities... I know the term 'crelly' is thrown around a lot these days and I think this is one of those hybrids bordering on jelly. (Jelly is my favorite finish.)

One coat was opaque enough but I uses two to make it even more solid.

I love love love this color, it's an orange-based red with a touch of pink.

Monday, October 8, 2012

sky line

I'm not a fan of frosty polishes, and in my collection I rarely have any. When I initially saw the swatches for Chanel's Sky Line from their Blue Illusions collection this summer, I wasn't impressed and thought I would pass.

The key word here is INITIALLY.

When it did come out, all it took was pass by my regular Chanel counter once to fall in love with it. You see, this is frosty done effortlessly. Brushstrokes weren't that visible, and the color...yes. The silvery white with just a tint of blue is just pretty.

I think it looks fabulous on short nails. I used two thin coats.

I'm still not turned onto frosties, but Sky Line, it's beautiful.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

blow

I'm not going to go tsk-tsk to the name of this, quite frankly I don't get the name in relation to the color, since if anything that's being... never mind. :D

Yellows are traditionally hard to work with but with a steady hand and a thin first coat, the second coat unfolds to full potential after top coat.

Illamasqua, before I knew you existed, I didn't care for much. Now that you are in my life, I can't imagine you not in it.

I am really, really digging my short nubs for a change!

Friday, October 5, 2012

nomad

Weather is getting cooler but that doesn't mean I'm ready to go vampy just yet!

Here is Illamasqua Nomad, it's a super gorge mint green that's more yellow-based, but it pulls real blue in these photos. Maybe because of the neon like tendency in the color! This was unlit indoors.

Two thin coats, creamy like mint icecream.

Cut my nails down to nubs because I had it real long for a while and the length was getting to me. I think straight-across nubs can be super fun and it makes bright. colors pop and looks fresher. So I welcome the short nubs for a change!

I've also been kind of obsessed with nail polish strips and DIY home gels, the latter I will probably chronicle here some point. It is super fun to do and actually made my nails grow out healthier. :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

houndstooth

CONFESSIONS OF A NAIL-STRIPS ADDICT﹕ *raises hand* Yep, right here, that would be me.  I am IN LOVE with these.  I've tried them all: nail stickers only, non-nail polish ones, nail decals, real polish strips... and I have decided I really do love the nail polish strips.  The ones I'm sporting currently are the Sally Hansen Salon Effects ones in Houndstooth - one of my favorite patterns ever - and I'm on Day 3 now, with minimal tip wear and this stuff STICKS.  

I washed dishes, cooked, dyed my hair (RED) and look: my nails are STILL perfect.  Sally, I love your strips.  :D  

Konad'ing is too time consuming and I'm too lazy to do nail art... and these are a great alternative.  My nails are so small that one box lasts me 3 manicures.  The extras I simple use as an accent nail.  Voila!  


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