It's been a while! I'm thinking I may keep these even shorter and sweeter than before, maybe just making this a picture blog with the minimum requirement of writing. So here's Orly Luxe, gold metallic beautimousness! (I love this color so much that I had to make up a new word to describe it.)
This was my first Orly and it applied like an absolute dream. It looked like matte Minx.
On a little sidenote, my picture taking skills could use serious improvement. What is the secret?!
I'm still holding on when it comes to the no-buy, I don't go near polish because the flesh is weak!
This is Butter Jaffa. I had pictures without the stamp, but they were even more blurry than these 2 and not so great.
2 coats stamped with Nina Ultra Pro Smoke-N-Mirrors.
It's a lot brighter in real life, looks more orange on me than I would have suspected.
Close-up of the stamp.
After 2 days at work there's only a little bit of tip wear. In all, I think it is a pretty polish, but it's not a forgiving formula for people with shaky hands like me! There were some bald spots from using too much pressure on the brush. I think I'll save my $14 until I see some unique color that I MUST HAVE.
My no-buy ends on August 1. I am dying to get my hands on Zoya Penny, Trixie, a matte topcoat, Nfu-Oh 61, and Gosh Holographic. Poor poor bank account...
Hey guys. My dad gave me an awful summer cold that took me forever to get over. I had a fever, but I had goosebumps all over, I even had goosebumps under my jeans! In-sane. But I'm good now, and I want to show the couple of manis that I did as an invalid. LOL
This was Zoya Sooki with BM223 stamped with NYC Skintight Blue Denim Creme.
I've had this blue polish for years, best blue stamping polish I've had so far.
Wet 'N' Wild Fast Dry in Everybody Loves Redmond. This was 2 coats!
I am still marvelling at the fact that each coat is dry in just a few minutes.
Check out my first scotch tape mani yo! This is Icing Twilight, a black base with little silver bits of glitter.
The glitter reflected red on top of Everybody Loves Redmond, it was really pretty.
And a little bit of Twilight goes a long way, one coat of glitter to fully cover your nail is unheard of.
OPI You Don't Know Jacques, 2 coats.
This photographed kind of ugly but I actually enjoyed this manicure.
I haven't been treating my cuticles nicely, they are a hot ghetto mess at the moment! Gotta find a good cream to nurse them back to health.
LOL I love it. And I've been saying it since Zoya Sooki came in the mail the other day!
Let me just say, in my humble opinion Zoya is lightyears ahead of all other nail brands when it comes to social networking. All of my Zoya polishes have been free thus far, besides shipping and handling. It'll sting if they ever slack up on their promos.
Everyone in the US: If you make a purchase before 6/6 using the code FS99 your shipping fee is waived! (One time use of course.)
This is a bit closer to the color of the polish.
It's the color of blood *squirms*
1 coat would have been good for someone with a steady hand, but I used 2.
Sweet storage shed yo.
Sooki has a jellyish look to it, but it's opaque!
Downside was tip wear. But I haven't met a polish/topcoat yet that could survive the Gap. I'm thinking of either konad-ing tonight or laying CG Ruby Pumps over it. Decisions decisions...
A. Age: 23
B. Bed size: Queen. I don't need this much space, usually there's a pile of books on the other side hahaha.
C. Chore you hate: Ugh! I hate cleaning the tub and the dishes.
D. Day: Sunday, it's such a chill day!
E. Essential start to your day: I really have to have a good 2 hours to roam around and get situated before I have to actually do anything. Does anybody else do that?
F. Favorite color: I think I'm hooked on navy blue at the moment. Otherwise it's purple.
G. Gold or Silver: Both! I like to mix and match.
H. Height: 5'0". Been this height since I was 12!
I. Instruments: I played the viola for all of a year when I was in elementary school. My aunt just bought me a mandolin and a ukulele so I've got to start learning those. (Poor nails)
J. Job title: Sales Associate @ the Gap
K. Kids: Heck no! I have an 8 year old nephew and two sisters aged 7 and 1 1/2. It's enough to make you want your tubes tied ;p
L. Live: Long Island NY
M. Mama’s name: Sonya. She's pretty cool.
N. Nicknames: Boo, Adri, Tweety Bird (only my mom gets to call me that) and Bulldog (only my granddaddy gets to call me that, it's a loooooong story)
O. Overnight hospital stays: 1 day in 2006 when I got really sick in California after a car accident.
P. Pet peeve: Arrogance! Guuuuh it works my nerves.
Q. Quote from a movie: "Ay! Es cocaina!" ("Bedazzled" is hilarious, don't you dare judge me!)
R. Right or left handed: Righty
S. Siblings: Pfft last time I checked I had 4 sisters.
T. Time you wake up: Depends! I'm not a morning person so waking up around 10 is nothing short of miraculous for me.
U. Underwear: LOL pink grannies. I don't have anyone to impress!
V. Vegetables you dislike: Water chestnuts, that texture is sick. And squash makes me gag.
W. What makes you run late: I will show up super early somewhere before I'm late. I can't stand being late.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Head and chest.
Y. Yummy food you make: Pulled pork mmmm. And banana pudding.
Z. Zoo: I really enjoyed the San Diego zoo. They had an albino alligator, gorgeous!
Hi guys! It's been very hectic up here, what with going to Six Flags one day, working the next, and going to see "Hangover 2" that same night. I feel like I can't catch up on sleep let alone paint my nails. But yesterday I had some free time so it's time to get to swatchin'!
I love the look of the new Zoyas, but I'm gonna get the spoons before I even think about buying a nude. I tend to hate the mere idea of the look on myself, so this is probably as nude as it gets for me. FOR NOW.
(w/flash) Love & Beauty is Forever 21's line, and for $2.80 this is pretty fabulous. I could've done 2 coats, but I wanted 3. The bottle has shimmer in it, but I can't really see it even in the sun. This is a nice subtle color, not all in yo' face! I think it would look more pink on you fair-skinned lasses.
(I'm tempted to call it 'natty light' from now on like the beer.)
This Silly Putty color works on me. I've got the sinking feeling this will be chipped to hell tomorrow, I'm changing the mannequins in the store tonight so my mani usually doesn't survive the night.
On another note, I've been using Essie's First Base basecoat and Good to Go! topcoat. The topcoat fastdries your polish, and the polish lasts a wee bit longer for me so I'm a happy camper.
I had to make a nail drawer! We'll see how long it looks neat like this. I'm gonna try to swatch everything before I buy more, but once the Muppet collection drops that will go out of the window.
I got my new Bundle Monster plates heeheehee. I actually ordered them a month ago.
But I accidentally sent them to my mom's house -.-;
Totes worth the wait though, see how much more of my nail they cover?
I stamped with Nina Ultra Pro in Velveteen Rabbit.
And this isn't the most beautiful pic ever I know, I just wanted you to see the stamp! Still figuring out my camera.
OPI Sparrow Me the Drama, 3 coats.
Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful cloudy pink. Just not for me.
I gave it to my coworker who better use it!
Zoya Lexi! 2/3 coats (I forget)
I could not get a proper picture of this gorgeous color!
It's a pink-purple polish, but it also has little pink and blue bits of glitter in it.
Waaaay better in real life than this pic.
I figured I'd keep it short and sweet this time, the pictures are starting to overflow on my computer. I bought one of the new AA Neons on my last haul. It is my first yellow polish, I hear they're a pain in the butt so I'm crossing my fingers!
I did go shopping the day the PotC collection came out, but I only bought Sparrow Me The Drama. I'll swatch that when the fervor dies down!
Sadly, I effed up my nails BADLY the other night at work. A good 5 of my nails had the top layer lifted from the rest after all that manual labor *retches*
Not to be deterred, the other day I attempted to do my nails in Black Cherry Chutney. I didn't take a pic before work due to cleanup issues, and less than 10 minutes into my shift my nails were darn near disintegrating! So I'll maybe try out some marbling combos on here while I heal up. On to the polish!
This is 2 coats of TFT. It's more sheer than it looks in the bottle, and the gold shimmer doesn't show up as much. But it's a pretty frosty pink and I hadn't worn a frost in a year or so.
I forgot that you had to take a little more care in application with a frost, so there were some streaks. But nothing I would spaz out about. This one will probably end up swapped with somebody or given away.
Take a gander at my first foray into corals! With a name like "My Chihuahua Bites" you can't go wrong.
In real life, this leans hot pink on me.
I'm on the fence about it because it comes off as "Real Housewives of Orange County" to me.
But it may also be because I feel like this is a perfect summer color.
I went to my very first Yankee game! The Padre and I had a great time, it was really windy though so we had to break down and buy long sleeved shirts from the merchandise store. Hooray for memorabilia!
Beautiful stadium right? It's still pretty new, and it was the perfect weather to see a baseball game.
The OPI applied nicely, opaque in 2 coats but I made it three. I did work an overnight last night so the tip wear was prominent. I don't tend to wear any bright colors so I might just be a little antsy about taking that leap. I'll try it again when I go to the beach!
I am not the kind of girl who takes huge risks in polish yet. If I think there's no way a color will look good on me, I usually pass it over.
Two days ago, I bought American Apparel Pinto on a whim, telling myself "This will probably look like crap on you. Just be prepared." My life has been changed!
This may be my favorite polish ever.
It's exactly the color of Taco Bell's Pintos N' Cheese!
Which would make you think it would be an ugly nail color right?
2 coats, natural light. OPAQUE IN ONE COAT. Less glossy in real life, which I loved.
I lose it over nice creamy polishes.
It's like the color of old bricks and pueblo roofs! I may konad it tomorrow with Manila to keep up with the Pintos N' Cheese motif.
I just went on another massive polish bender for my birthday today, AND I got the new larger Bundle Monster plates. So I'm gonna stop buying polish and start using what I've got. I've got plenty to swatch and fiddle around with!
This green is soooo nice! It's just like the forest green Crayola crayon. Application was smooth as usual, and I actually did a decent job with the stamp! Woot!
The stamp is harder to see in real life because the polish is so dark. It's the awesome leaf design, I'll definitely use it again with my light green polish. Maybe Hunter for the base and the light green for the veins?
I am still not ready to shell out six bucks for a "special konad polish" when Claire's and Wet 'n Wild's black does the job. (Plus WNW is 99 cents at the grocery store.) (Icing Chip Resistant Base/Top Coat, Claire's "Black Hole")
That bottle cap is covered with blue polish from a marbling escapade. I had polish all over my legs as well. But it looked great, which is the whole point!
While I do love this color, it's a bit darker in real life and I feel like it would look much nicer if I were formally dressed. Is that weird considering it's American Apparel?
Disclaimer: Yeah, I work for the Gap as a lowly sales associate. I don't own stock or anything. I will speak about this polish honestly.
I was so excited to test our new nail polish out and this was kind of a let down. I love pretty ballerina pink colors, but whenever I buy them I find myself having issues with opacity and general streakiness. You could always do the white polish first, but I would much rather have a polish that works on its own. If anyone knows of this wonderpolish please let me know!
The gratuitous bottle pic. I've got child-sized hands so unless I'm holding a mini bottle I have trouble with my fingers getting all the way round. And believe me, this color was three coats and it does not look that nice up close.
What I can say it that Ballet has lasted for 2 days with minimal chipping on my fingertips. Working with clothing hard tags, a manicure usually doesn't last after a shift at work. It has potential, so maybe I'll stop being a lazy bum and apply a white polish first next time.
Next week, I think I'm sucking it up and buying a Deborah Lippman. Exciting!