Monday, June 29, 2009

LA Girls Rockstar Swatches

Hello! I am on vacation this week, visiting my family in NY state and since I am on vacation, I can spend all day on my nails! I won't, but I did get to do a lot of swatches today of my LA Girls Rockstar line polishes! The pic above is Supernova.

Double Platinum- This is a sheer gold, packed with multi-sized holo glitter. Shown alone and over black in two coats. Hot! The holo is very um... holoish? I just want to say it show it's holo properties well. It wouldn't dissapoint.

Rockstar - Very inky, vampy black, with purple glitter. How about that bottle shot?! Can you see how it has a gold douchrome effect in the purple glitter? Really interesting. It's pretty hidden on the nail, but if you know it's there I think it'll stll make you happy. The glitter is more pronounced in the bottle than the nail, but it's still hot.

Supernova - Sheer black with holo bar glitter. Again, the holo won't dissapoint. Shown alone and over balck in two coats. Amazing and unique. Very, very fun.

Addict - Oh wow, Addict. You are soooo gorgeous. This sexy, deep red with gold glitter, that is almost flakie, but I don't feel comfortable calling it flakie, because to me flakes are a bit larger in size, but that is the idea. IT IS SOOOO PRETTY! The gold seems to float like the base is a jelly, but I don't really think it is. What I do know is it is a killer and a must have.

Overdose - Blue and purple glitter in a clear base. An interesting thing happened when I swatched this one. I discovered there is also a secret gold shimmer in it too! Look close. Can you see it?!! So sneaky, these Rockstars!!

Groupie - Beautiful royal purple with a blue shimmer that is actually glass-fleck looking. At first glance, it looks like purple, with blue shimmer, or purple shimmer, but then you look again and you go "no.. I think it's glass flecked..." In any case, awesome and full of depth.

Scandal - It does not look like much alone, but layered it is beautiful. Light purple and shimmery. This is two coats. Shown alone and over black. I see some great layer opportunities with this. I just used it over neon pink for a pedi and it's one of the best pedis I have ever done.

Head Banging - With a word like "head banging" wouldn't you write it "head bangin' "? That polish is bangin'. Anyway, blueish green shimmer. Very very pretty.

So these are all incredible. Even the ones that ended up being layering colors that I thought wouldn't be layering colors, are awesome. All had great application, and were done in two coats. I am in loooove with these!

And today you get a bonus puppy pic! I was asked in the last post about him how big of a bone he can chew. The one I photographed him with is pretty big, but I wish I had a pic of the one we gave him before that, because it was bigger than him! It was hilarious. And he got through the whole thing. He seemed intimidated at first, but he would not be defeated!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Old Nail Pics

Not only do I love nails and polish, but I love to take pictures. I have been doing it since I was young. Like, 8 maybe? I took rolls and rolls of pictures. Nowadays I carry my digital everywhere. Growing up all my firends counted on me for pics of parties and nights out. I'm no pro, I just love it. I was cleaning my desk at home the other day and decided to update the pics on my digital photo frame. I started looking back at my pictures archives, and discovered I had many pictures of nails I did, way before I started posting them online. I just took them to take them! I had more than I realized. I thought it'd be fun to show them.

This one was a french with a purpley-shimmer from Sephora. I don't know what it was called.

This gold mani was for my last birthday. I love gold anything and bought great gold pumps and wanted gold nails. I used OPI- Curry Up, Don't be Late, and Cover Girl-Gold Rush glitter top coat over it. From Sept '08.

Anyone notice anything interesting in these? How long my nails were? What the hell happened?!

This one is OPI- Gargantuan Green Grape with a little hand-drawn art. I was testing out the macro on the new camera. This had to have been from September also.

This one was Revlon- Steel Her Heart with Milani-Glitzy Stars layered over it.

And this one was OPI-Lincoln Park After Dark with Milani-Glitzy Stars layered. I bought Glitzy Stars just for this mani because I needed to do something to bling up this polish since it's so close to black.And this one was Ulta-Bombshell. I have since swapped it. I don't know why I wasn't that into it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

POTD - Plus a Bad, but Very Cute Puppy

Hello! I have a hot mani today, but want to share it in my LA Girls - Rockstar swatches I have planned so instead I bring you my feet!! I did a pedi with Sinful Colors-Fusion Neon and layered over it with LA Girls Rockstar-Scandal. Scandal is a light purple shimmery sheer so now my chalky flat neon is shimmery and shiny!
I really like this one. I wish it would show I bit truer in the pic. I think in real life it looks much brighter.

And today you get a bonus, fury-friend post. I don't close the door to the bathroom when I shower because we don't have a fan for the steam. This leaves opportunity for Cash to take my clothes and chew on them, whether it be a sock, underwear, slipper, etc. So last night I come out of the shower to find I am missing a slipper. I go out to find it and him and discover he is no longer chewing on it, but instead has swiped a roll of toilet paper! Look how guilty:It's my fault, really. Earlier in the day I gave him an empty TP tube to rip up and I guess he needed more! He just LOOVVES to rip up napkins and paper towels. Shredding is one of his favorite things to do. It's not usually a big deal because it's not really important stuff. What is great is that he knows it's wrong because as soon as I discover him he is rolling over to submit and say sorry, but he does it anyway! He must be in such heaven while he's doing it. He's just thinking "this is worth it".

Monday, June 22, 2009

NOTD: Zoya Matte Velvet- Posh

Good Monday morning!! Thank you ladies for all your kind words about my flood fiasco. We have the new carpet down and things are getting better. There is still lots to do, but it doesn't smell anymore. I can walk around without shoes again. This was the first Monday morning going to work wasn't so bad!

Today I did my nails with a new gorgeous color I've been dying to wear: Zoya-Posh. She came during the flood and actually made me smile surprisingly! It looks great! One coat and out the door! Not bad. Mattes may be my in-a-hurry mani choice. And it matches the satiny finish of my red cell phone!
How about that?!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Drugstore Find Con't

Good evening! Sorry it has taken me some time to post. I would have sooner, but I had a bit of an incident at home. Our apartment flooded. Real bad. Dog food bowls and garbage cans were floating to other rooms. It was ridiculous. And now we have to rip out our carpet! Yay. This sucks so bad, you guys. :c( And it appears our dryer was damaged so I can't wash/dry any of the clothes or rugs or towels that got wet. We have done a lot so far. Our place is livable at least. We've had to move most everything out of the living room however to get ready to take up the carpet. But its late now and I don't think I can sleep, and my man is sleeping and I needed to feel happy so I used a new polish I bought right after the two Sally Hansen's I posted a few days ago. It's Blue Me Away! and it's very nice. It is bright and pretty and it's making me feel better. It's a creme and it applies very well. I did two coats here but honestly, I almost left it at one because it looked so good.
I have no sun of course so I am showing you this mani under a few different lights to help show the color. The one above is no flash, just a nearby lamp. It depicts it pretty well. It shows the polishes slight teal side.
This one is right under a regular old lightbulb. Pretty darn accurate, just not very bright.
Being that this is a very pigmented creme with a semi-thick creamy consistency, I thought it may work well for Konading and it turns out I was right! I stamped plate M69 over Sally Hansen-Green with Envy
Have a lovely weekend and wish me luck with my carpet!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Awesome Drug Store find

I purchased some new polishes yesterday. I always stop at Walgreen's on the day I have violin lessons. I thought perhaps I'd skip it but then... no. I had to go. I always go to the same one so week to week I don't see much but yesterday I found new Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear! The display had new and old colors. Even though it said "New!" they were not all new, but I picked up two I don't believe I have ever seen before: Green With Envy and Rockstar Pink.

Green With Envy is very pigmented. It looks pretty close to opaque in one coat, and perfect in two. It's not streaky and dries super shiny! It looks like a granny smith apple. I love it.

Rockstar Pink is my NOTD even though I'm at the office! I'm trying to push what colors I wear to work little by little!! It is a jam packed glitter. It's like RBL-Locavore: 4 different color glitters suspended in a clear base, and gives a all over glitter look with 2-3 coats. It dries quickly and is awesome! Look how blingy! And it was only $3.29! Amazing. The glitter colors are royal blue, gold, red and fushcia. Seriously, this is amazing. You need to go get it. I think it might be way up there on my list of faves.(closeup)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sephora by O-P-I 212 + Some Sparkle!

Hello! If you haven't seen the new limited edition Sephora by O-P-I, here it is! It is really beautiful. It has flakies, fine gold shimmer and holo glitter in a smokey gray-black base. It is super cool!
Check out those flakies!
Now, I really love this color, however, the holo was not as pronounced on the nail as it looks in the bottle. So I thought I'd jazz it up a bit! I added two holo glitter top coats: Cover Girl-City Lights and Cover Girl-Disco Dazzle. I wish I had them for bottle shots but I left them at my friends house yesterday. Sorry. Here's how the mani turned out:with flash

Outdoor, but not really sunny

Another flash but more blurred to show the holoness!

And close up. (WHOA!) Looking at all the different layers of glitters made me think of deep space and the Hubble telescope. So I grabbed some desktop background images from at all the awesome hubble pictures made me start thinking about more space inspired manis. I may do a whole series!
What do you think of $OPI-212? Got it? Gunna get it? Not impressed?
$OPI-212 is only available online. I forgot this and tried to get it in store. Doy! I did however ask them to order it for me at the store since I couldn't get online cuz the site was down, and they waived the shipping which they usually only do if you order something not in stock in the store. I wouldn't think this would count, since it wasn't even supposed to be in the store, but the gentleman who helped me hooked it up. Worth a try if you wanna save some $$$...