Claire's Night Sky

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I think I probably started or finished a mani about five times today. Nothing was grabbing me.

But then I saw a gorgeous blue Color Club in my stash and on it went.

I love Color Club. Bright colors, great pigment and application. I just wish they had the names of the polishes on the bottles.

Color Club
Then I was off to apply some thing as a top coat. Luckily my FB friends helped me decide on what to use. Night Sky by Claire's!

I love this glitter polish. It shines and glitters with reds, blues, yellows -- all colors of the spectrum it seems... And it does glitter like the night sky.

I added a top coat of Seche Vite to bring out the shine and smooth out the surface. But Night Sky is a fine glitter and relatively easy to tame.

If you see Claire's Night Sky you should definitely add it to your polish collection! 

The shine and shimmer is hard to capture with a camera though.

Happy Polishing!

Claire's Night Sky

Western theme manicure

Good morning everyone. I live in wonderful Wyoming. For those of you that don't know about Cheyenne Frontier Days let me tell you a little about it. CFD is in the last full week of July and has events, rodeos, concerts for ten days! It is the largest outdoor rodeo and is almost entirely ran by volunteers. Well because something of that magnitude requires year-round planning and involvement there are always CFD events and fundraisers. 

Last night was the Santa Maria BBQ fundraiser. So for that event I decided to do a western themed manicure. 

I used Orly Basket case for the base color and Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stamping. The Konad image plate I used was S5.

Stamping takes practice but it is mostly knowing what brands stamp well. I have learned that Sinful Colors works well. The Sally Hansen Color Quick pens work really well too.

Orly Basket Case with western stamping
My nails were a hit at the fundraiser.

So get those stamps out and stamp stamp stamp!

Happy Polishing,


Loreal colors and swatches

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Yesterday I was at Walgreens and thought I would grab a couple of the Loreal polishes as they were buy one get on 50 percent off. I had only tried Loreal a couple of times as I have never had one "call my name." I decided to give them a shot.

I tried Jet Set to Paris, Safari Chic, Now You Sea Me and Spice Things up.

The formula I thought was okay. Two coats provided sufficient coverage but for some reason I seemed to get quite a few little bubbles during application. The bubbles disappeared after the polish dried though. They do have a high gloss which I always like. The pigment to the polish is nice and rich.

My two favorites are Jet Set to Paris and Spice Things Up.

Jet Set to Paris is a vibrant blue. It's not too bright but it's still bold. 

Spice Things Up is a wonderful warm color and I would say "spice" defines the color well. 

Now You Sea Me is a seafoam blueish green. A nice cool color.

And my least favorite is Safari Chic. It is an olive drab color that I really don't see myself wearing. But to be honest I should have gathered that from the name.

Jet Set to Paris

 Happy Polishing!
Spice Things Up
Now You Sea Me

Safari Chic

Pretty and Polished - Labor of Love review

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oh my! I received my mini bottle of Labor of Love. I had drooled over the photo online for a while so it was time to see if it was truly drool-worthy. Let me just say I hope my computer is water-proof.

The application was wonderful. Two coats of pure bliss. I was amazed at the super fast dry time for this polish.

The color is deep and rich and shift from blue to green at the blink of an eye. The microscope glitters are plentiful and proved a wonderful holographic aspect to this polish.

It definitely needed a topcoat to enhance the shine. But I always wear a top coat so that wasn't a problem. 

Labor of Love is an indie polish and can be found at Well, if you are lucky enough to grab some. So you better start stalking that Etsy Shop.

Let's move on to the swatches. 

Labor of Love through window light

Labor of Love with flash
 Happy Polishing!

Labor of Love through window light

What a difference six months can make

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hello fellow lacquer lovers!

My journey into the madness of the polish world began about six months ago with a dear friend telling me "you should try this thing with scotch tape on your nails." I replied "No I hate waiting so long for my nails to dry 'cause I always just mess them up." "No," she said. "Try this Seche Vite stuff. It's amazing."

So here I am six months later. I had never really gotten into polish and nails before. I had spent 11 years in the Air Force where polish was frowned upon and years after that I still had never gotten into the nail ritual.

This picture may give you an idea of how far my obsession has come. There is a reason why that little toolbox is there. Six months ago every polish and nail tool I owned fit in that toolbox. 

Yes, that is a large three-shelved kitchen cart. And every shelf is full.

I dove into this hobby (obsession) like I have everything. Horses, crocheting all have been on my obsession list. However the polish is a little easier to store than 12 horses. :)

I have learned so many things in the last six months. Ninety-nine percent of what I have learned has been from you. You have introduced me to nail stamping and marbling; shared with me your love of indie polishes and hard to find lovelies.

I look forward to reading your blogs, Facebook posts and seeing your amazing manis, I have "met" some amazing gals through the world of polish and see each of you as an extended family - dysfunctional at times - but still a family. 

I now see everything through lacquer eyes. In other words everything I see I wonder if I can recreate that look on my nails.

Thank you for your time, tips and tremendous help. You gals are great!

Happy Polishing.


Practice practice practice. Water marbling

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Water marbling. I always see such cool manis with this that it makes me want to try it more. It is very time intensive but I love the way it looks. 

I used China Glaze White on White, Zoya Breezi and Zoya Whitney.

I started out painting my nails a base color with the China Glaze White on White.

Then after that dried I place scotch tape around my nails to make the clean up easier. 

Then I used a small condiment container with room temperature distilled water. 

Room temperature distilled water

Swirling the design

I put one or two drops of Zoya Breezi in the water. Then I turned the cup around a couple of times. This helps the polish disperse across the top of the water. Then I put a drop of China Glaze White on White and spun the cup around again. Then I put a drop of Zoya Whitney in the center. You want to create a type of bullseye. You have to move relatively quickly as the polish dries fast on the water's surface. 

You can use as many colors and drops as you want for as simple or as complicated as you want it. I wanted a simple design as I had a plan in mind. But needless to say the marbling took on a life of its own and my idea didn't work. But I still like the design.

Water marbling with Zoya
Then I used a toothpick to drag the colors into the center and make a design. Then I placed my nail on top of the part of the design I liked and dipped it under the water. Make sure to lay the nail on at a horizontal angle and not dip it straight down. Don't let your nail hit the side or the bottom of the cup. While my finger was under the water I used a orange stick on the surface of the water and pulled it around the polish to get it away from my nail. I left my nail under the water for about 30 seconds and then pulled it out.

Remove the tape and move on to the next nail repeating the steps. I changed the water about every third nail as bits of polish were on the water's surface and kept the polish from spreading across.

Once all my nails were finished I cleaned up the stray polish from my cuticles, applied a top coat and "Voila!" -- Instant nail art. Actually quite easy although it takes some time.

With a little more practice I am sure I can develop a consistent design.
The right hand came out a little more consistent.

My first indie polish - Koi Pond

I received my first Indie polishes in the mail today. After a bit of debating over which one to try first I decided on Koi Pond by Rainbow Honey.

I used Zoya Ibiza for a base color. I really do love this deep, rich blue polish.

After two coats of Ibiza I applied one coat of Koi Pond. Wonderful multicolored hexagonal glitter. It did seem pretty thick but here's the great thing. The polish came with instructions. The letter said they always err on the side of thick polish and said if it was too thick to use polish thinner. I love that they do this. It's easy to thin polish but if it's too thin to begin with then that's a problem. It really wasn't too thick but I did thin it a bit after I used it.

This gal has jumped aboard the Indie Train. I love this! Make sure to checkout for other amazing indie polishes.

So now to the amazing part. Swatches!

Koi Pond - artificial light

Koi Pond - Natural light (through window - no sun)

Koi Pond - Natural light (through window - no sun)

Koi Pond - Flash

Zoya - Springing to life with color

Friday, April 13, 2012

A wonderful, generous friend sent me these Zoya polishes. I was out of town for the GMA promotion on Zoya and missed it completely. She was very kind and surprised me with these lovelies.

I simply love the formula on Zoya polishes. Very smooth, shiny and wonderfully full of color.

Let's get to the fun part... The swatches!

Zoya Creamy

A wonderful, sunny concoction of yellow. So creamy and gorgeous! A nice cream polish. It did take three coats to get this coverage though.




I love this bright pink. It reminds me of spring flowers. This is two coats.

Zoya Lo


A simply divine color of green. This is two coats.

Zoya Midori



A wonderful metallic pink. Need I say more? It was rather sheer and needed three coats.

Zoya Hayden



What a lovely lavender! Two coats.

Zoya Audrina



A vibrant creamy pink. This is two coats.

Zoya Whitney

Now honestly... How can you resist?

Happy Polishing.


Versatile Blogger

Versatile Blogger award

I was recently given this Versatile Award from Tall Girl in Heels. Thank you so much for this. It really means a lot to me. Please visit her blog when you get a chance. Click HERE.

The Rules:

Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.

Let them know that you have nominated them.

Share 7 random facts about yourself.

Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.

Now onto my nominated bloggers!

I nominate: (No particular order)

1. Finger painting fingers

2. Chalkboard nails

3. Cosmetic Sanctuary

4. The Lacquerologist

5. Pretty In Paint

6. Love For Lacquer

7. Berry Polished

8. Nail Polish Anonymous

9. 365 Days of Color

10. Princess Polish

11. Sun-Dried Lacquer

12. Jilltastic Nail Design

13. Nails By Ms. Lizard

14. Peace Love Lacquer

15. Voir La Beaute

And, 7 random facts about myself, enjoy!

7 Random Facts about Myself:

1. I have two grown sons

2. I positively love fishing and camping.

3. I am an animal fanatic.

4. I love watching children's' movies like "Shrek"

5. I can't go anywhere without my Kindle

6. As of this month I've been married 27 years.

7. I love writing this blog.

Glitter tipped Color Club

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I do love Color Club. But the only place I can find it (and that's only sometimes) is at Ross. My only grip about Color Club is I wish the names of the polishes were on the bottle.

I used a dark purple Color Club for the base. The color is positively gorgeous and is very vampy and rich.

Then I used a sponge to apply a radiant glitter Color Club to the tips of my nails. The glitter is very fine and almost holographic! I love it. 

As with most glitter polishes I used two coats of Seche Vite to smooth out the surface of the mani.

Color Club Glitter Tips

I love it! And did you know Color Club has a new set coming out called "Take Wing?" I can't wait. I will be stalking Ross. 

Check out Color Club on their Facebook page at

Essie Sure Shot - It's sure for me!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

While at Walgreens yesterday I saw Essie Sure Shot. Well this polish has been calling my name for a while Every time I walked by it I could swear I heard it. So I finally gave into temptation and bought it.

I am not disappointed! A vibrant shade of pink which gleams and dances with color. It has a flawless, smooth application. I really think I could have managed with one coat. The pictures below are with two coats.

Then of course I had to add dots. I just can't seem to leave anything alone. I used China Glaze "Sexy in the City." I really like the combination of colors. I wanted bright and springy and that is exactly what I got!

Essie "Sure Shot" is a staple for your polish collection.

Essie "Sure Shot"
Essie "Sure Shot" with China Glaze "Sexy in the City"

Sephora Artist polish - photo intense

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Last week I got a Facebook post from my sister saying she was mailing me a surprise. Of course I assumed it was polish related as we both share the lacquer bug.

I expected the package to arrive on Thursday and was rather shocked when I saw a large box on my porch. I wasn't expecting a box that size to show up.

Sephora Artist polishes
When I heard the rattle of glass against glass I was almost afraid to open it. But Fedex must have been kind as only two bottles met their demise on the journey.

As I browsed through the box of colorful Sephora Artist polishes I couldn't wait to swatch them and show them to you.

The colors do not have a name but instead have a number.

 The formula on the polishes was pretty thin and as I began I feared it would take many coats to get to an opaque state. But to my surprise, except for the bright blue, it only took two coats to get a decent coverage. The polishes also have a wonderful glossy finish. None of the swatches have a top coat. 

So let's get to the color festival.

#004 - A gorgeous steely gray.

#737 - A lovely periwinkle
#663 - A wonderful rose pink
#112 - A stunning seafoam green
#865 - A vibrant neon yellow
(This could probably have used one more coat.)
#797 - A rich peacock blue
#001 - Basic black
#697 - A sultry purple with gray tones

#R20 - A nice nude shade
#357 - A bright tangy orange
#780 - A nice electric blue (but very sheer - this is three coats)
But looks what happens to that electric blue when I put it over black!

Zoya Breezi - I so love this color (with stamping)

Friday, April 6, 2012

I'm going to play poker tonight with my friends. Hmmm, maybe this manicure will distract them from the game... 
Zoya Breezi

I started out with a base coat of Seche Clear. Then I applied two coats of Zoya Breezi. It is such a delightful teal color. It is one of my favorites. The application is smooth and it dries so glossy you wouldn't have to have a top coat. (Except I always wear a top coat to protect my mani from chipping.) And it dries relatively quickly. If you are a Zoya fan - and who isn't - this is a must have.

Then I applied a top coat of Seche Vite. I positively adore this top coat. It dries super, super fast. Then I stamped this wonderful flower image from the Bundle Monster image plate BM-224. For the stamp I used Sally Hansen Color Quick "Pink Chrome." 

This mani is pretty and springlike! I love it.

Zoya Breezi

Orly Snowcone and Venique Twinkling Glitter

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's a bright spring day and even though it will probably snow at least one more time in Wonderful Wyoming I had to apply a bright spring color to my fingertips. So I pulled out Orly Snowcone (yes I know, it has a winter name.) and applied two coats to my nails. The formula is good. It looks like it is going on streaky but actually dries quite smooth. It's a wonderful color which is comparable to a Robin's egg. 

Orly Snow Cone
 I added a topcoat of Seche Vite which is a fast dry top coat and it added a wonderful shine to a polish that was actually pretty shiny without it.

The weather is supposed to be bright and sunny tomorrow so I wanted to be able to see glitz and glitter in the sunlight so I added a coat of Venique Twinkling Glitter. I positively adore this glitter polish. This polish is a wonderful mixed size glitter which completely gleams and glows with rainbows in the sun. Unfortunately it is dark now so adding a shot of this in the sunlight is out of the question. Perhaps I will try to capture it tomorrow in the sunlight.

Venique was available at CosmoProf. It was part of a holiday edition and is now discontinued but I have seen it on eBay. I have the one bottle and save it for when I need a quick pick-me-up.

Happy Polishing!


OPI Hoodoo Voodoo and multi-color stamping

Monday, April 2, 2012

OPI Hoodoo Voodoo
I recently was on a work trip and I wandered to the Alco behind the hotel. I found an oldie but goodie by OPI - "Hoodoo Voodoo." 

The coverage was amazing! I could have gotten away with one coat. It went on rich and smooth and had a decent dry time.
I used this marvelous color for a base color for stamping with my Konad image plate B57.

For the stamping itself I used Sinful Colors "Why Not," "Soul Mate," and "Let's Talk." Sinful Colors is a great brand to stamp with. I stamped once on each nail with each color. I think the stamping is actually the easiest part.

I really like the way it turned out. Multicolored flowers on a rich background of Hoodoo Voodoo.

OPI Hoodoo Voodoo
If you haven't tried stamping what are you waiting for? It just takes a little practice and adds so much depth to a manicure. It actually only takes a few minutes as it dries almost immediately.

Happy Polishing!



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