Friday, December 19, 2014

Nail Art: Frozen's Anna Inspired Nails (T)

Hi guys! Sorry I haven't been posting much lately!! I've been pretty busy lately. I'm blaming the new boyfriend. Hahaha! But honestly its been really nice to be busy for once.

Ok so guys have probably heard of Disney's Frozen right?! It was a massive hit last year! This year the tv show Once Upon a Time has had a Frozen theme which I've actually really really liked. The costumes are gorgeous and I think the actresses playing both Anna and Elsa have done a great job! Anyways the fall finale just aired on Sunday and as the Frozen story arc is wrapping up I decided to do some Frozen themed nails!!

I took inspiration from Anna's dress primarily and a few of the nail arts that other bloggers have done with the same theme (Chalkboard Nails here and Polish Art Addict here! Thank you ladies for the inspiration!!) I really wanted to do a chevron tip mani to mimic the V-shape on the waist of her dress with the gold trim separating the black and blue colours! I was trying to give it a rich, luxurious feel (like a princess) which is why I chose to use glowy, shimmer polishes. I'm really happy with how it turned out in person, but I'm not totally pleased with my photography. It's been dark and dreary the last few days and my camera just cannot function in this low lighting. There is a step by step at the end of the post in case your interested!

Step by step:
1) I did 2 coats of ILNP Iconic (holographic gold) although any gold would have sufficed *must be totally 100% dry before moving on
2) Used striping tape to make the chevron shape on the nail tip (note dont use gold striping tape like me, it makes it very hard to see if the chevron is even or not lol)
3) Painted OPI Black onyx (black creme polish) below the tape and painted Billie Cosmetics Dark Blue (a shimmery royal blue) above the tape
4) Removed the tape before the polish dried
5) Painted tulips on the black using Butter London Wallis (shimmery moss green) for the leaves and stem and OPI  Suzi and the 7 Dusseldorfs (shimmery fushia) for the flower
6) Top Coat! (Seche vite for me!)

Hope you guys are having a great winter break! And a Merry Christmas (if you celebrate it)!! Cheers!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Swatch: OPI Germanicure (S)

I have a big old HTF [discontinued?] score today. Canada's Black Friday meant one of the little salons in my city did a buy 2 get 1 free sale on their OPI's and I found the Julep Caroline near-dupe I've been searching for!

Here is 3 coats of OPI German-icure. I'm sorry if you're sick of it, it is rightfully a popular colour. That being said, if anyone sees Julep Caroline in stock again, shoot me a note. The first two photos are without topcoat, the rest are with.

Aaaaaaand SHINY:

It is VERY close to Julep Caroline and I don't think if I hadn't gotten it on sale I would recommend getting both but I am quite happy to have both. Caroline is a bit more chunky of a shimmer than Germanicure's fine grains. From my photos in the previous post, you can also see it is deeper and a little more brown than OPI. I like them both. What do you think?

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nail Art: Winter Art with OPI Snow Globtrotter (T)

Hi guys! So on Thursday I showed you the first of the two new OPI iridescent glitter mixes for the holidays, Comet in the Sky (here). This one is the second, Snow Globtrotter.  I decided to change it up and instead of showing Snow Globtrotter over another two colours, I thought I would do some nail art with it!!

Ok! So here's a break down of what I did (very easy to do btw):

1) 1 coat of OPI's I saw...U saw... We saw... Warsaw. (its a one-coater navy blue creme)
2) Sephora X Oh! Zone (scattered holo top coat) concentrated at the nail tip and dragged down in a gradient)
3) Sally Hansen Disco Ball ( small iridescent glitter mix) also put in a gradient concentrated at the nail tip
4) 1 coat of OPI Snow Globetrotter
5) Seche vite
6) Water decal snowflakes
7) Second layer of top coat to fully smooth everything out!!

I got this huge sheet of snowflake water decals from The Born Pretty Store last year, because let's be frank, snowflakes are a bitch to freehand! They're tiny, intricate and must be symmetrical. Too hard!!!

I'm a little irritated with the snowflakes, they smeared when I put the top coat on... I completely ruined my thumb and my middle finger on my swatching hand. :/ Today I went back and tried to cover the mess up with a few more glitters from Snow Globetrotter.... Idk if it looks better or worse.. Anyways, if you put the top coat on really quickly with as few of strokes as possible they do survive.

On to the swatches!!

Think this picture may show the iridescence the best!!

This picture and the following one are NOT true to colour
(sorry idk what my camera did)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Swatch: OPI Comet in the Sky Two Ways! (T)

Hi everyone! So Sharra and I went Black Friday shopping and I 2 of the new OPI Christmas Collection Comet in the Sky and Snow Globtrotter! These two are sister polishes and in my mind both are totally fabulous.  I haven't really seen anything like these in a while from the mainstream brands (at least that I can think of) so in my opinion they are the picks of the bunch!

Today's polish is Comet in the sky. Its a black and iridescent hex glitter mix in a clear base! Yes you heard that right!! Clear base! Whoop whoop!! I hate when glitter bases like this aren't clear, it just restricts your colour options tooooo much. The glitter mix includes: large black and iridescent hexes, medium sized black and iridescents and tiny little black specs. There are yellow, blue, green and purple iridescents, which is awesome-sauce. LOVE the variation! It really adds complexity to the mix.

Formula wise: no fishing required, but definitely a little placement assistance needed to get an even coating. This is one coat of glitter, so the pay-off is good. I did notice a bit of curling or "taco-ing" with some of the hexes (I think maybe just the iridescent ones). It wasn't really noticeable, but it did make the glitter feel rough. I ended up needing two coats of seche vite to smooth it out to a point where I wouldn't be tempted to pick at it. Slightly annoying, but not a deal breaker for me.

I decided to swatch Comet in the Sky with two different colours to show you guys the versatility of this glitter mix. Neither of these combos I've seen before, so yay!! So the first is a greeny turquoise shimmer: Spa Ritual's Off the Grid!  The second is a pinky/goldy shimmer: OPI's  Rally Pretty Pink!

P.S. Sorry if this post is a little too pic heavy, it was hard to choose!!

Spa Ritual Off the Grid:

 OPI Rally Pretty Pink:

Let me know which combo you guys liked the best in the comments!! I think I'm leaning to Off the Grid personally! I've worn it the last couple days and its definitely prettier in person than in my photos!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Swatch: Lilypad Lacquer Blue Lace Agate (T)

Hi everyone! Sorry my post is a tad late today. I spent so much time yesterday sprucing up the Blahg for Christmas that I completely forgot to write today's post!! Whoopsy! Hope you guys like the change up! I designed the Banner myself and the photos are actually my photography, so I'm pretty excited about it. 

Ok so todays swatch is of another Lilypad Lacquer. I really really like this brand. They have so so so many holos! :) This one is Blue Lace Agate. It is a light periwinkle blue holo that least in my mind, kind of looks more lilac-y in some lights are more ice blue in others. The holo is definitely on the subtle side, but I don't really mind because the colour is so nice that any holo just feels like bonus. 

This is two coats plus Seche Vite. Formula-wise this polish is really nice, smooth and easy to work with. No complaints here! I took these pictures on day 3? Maybe 4? So the wear time is pretty good too.

P.S. Sorry I don't have a bottle shot, I realized part way through a work day that I wanted to change colours to match an outfit for the next day and it would already dark by the time I get home.. so I took these on a coffee break! Not the most glamorous backgrounds lol sorry!

This is probably the best shot I managed to get of the holo.
IRL its a bit more obvious!

 If you guys are big holo fans and haven't checked out Lilypad Lacquer, I definitely suggest you do! She has probably the largest selection I've seen.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Broadway Nails BRIGHT NEON ORANGE (Totally Busted)

You think I'm kidding.

I received these for free in the mail from influenster for being a top influenster on the last Kiss product/Broadway imPRESS nails VoxBox that I reveiwed here with my bff, Allie. These photos are really coral btw, but we tried on two or three devices to get accuracy and this is the closest. They are much more orange and less pink in real life.

^^Colour accurate^^

As usual, these took Allie ten minutes to apply, she did it in the car on our way out and wore them for the next week. She gets the best use of them too because when one falls off she glues it back on and she's been keeping all of them so that next time she needs some fancy nails she has selection!

Thanks Allie!