Happy Halloween - pumpkin nail art

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween everyone! Does anyone have big plans? Great costumes? I have friends that go all out for Halloween - spooky decorations, tasty treats and creative costumes.

I have to be honest. I have never really decorated my house for Halloween. I have put a Jack-O-Lantern on the front porch and that was about the extent of it. It's not that I don't like the holiday - I'm just not into spooky I guess.

So when I realized it was Halloween and I wasn't sporting a holiday mani I threw something together. It's typical of my Halloween decorations - It's a simple pumpkin.

I like it better in real life than in the photos. The colors really shine. I used OPI Just Spotted the Lizard and OPI DS Luxurious.

The colors actually really worked well together. I added details with acrylic paint. I think it is a little plain but all-in-all I like it.

Halloween - Pumpkin Nail Art
Halloween - Pumpkin Nail Art
Check out my other Halloween nail art - Cornstalks and Pumpkins, and Spooky Trees and Bats.

This polish was purchase by me.

Zoya Aqua Di Lara Trio giveaway

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I love having giveaways!

One lucky person will win the Zoya Aqua Di Lara trio set. 

Three shades - Zuza, Mosheen and Ginessa are displayed in a classy white box. These colors are amazing and live up to the standards we have all come to expect from Zoya.


This giveaway is open to International (But make sure to check your postal regulations as there are some countries that will not allow polish to be shipped.) I am not responsible for lost or damaged items. You must be 18 or older or have parental consent to enter. The giveaway will end at Midnight, November 11. Good luck everyone!

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Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We all have those lemmings. You know - those polishes that continually evade being captured and placed on that shelf or in that polish drawer. I have several of those on my list. But the one in the top Most Wanted spot for me is Essie Starry Starry Night. This polish is from the Essie Fall of 2008 collection.

I did a quick search on eBay before I started to write this post. There is one listed that has a starting price of $125. Now - granted I want it - but not that bad!

So when Colors by llarowe released Twinkle Twinkle Little Star I knew I had to have it! It is said to be a dupe of Starry Starry Night. But I can't verify that as I don't have that elusive little bottle of goodness. But Pointless Cafe has a comparison up that you just have to look to see the similarities.

When the launch date came around I admit it - I become obsessed! I think I wore out my computer keyboard because I was refreshing like a madwoman. Success! I managed to grab a bottle.

I know some people don't agree with dupes being made. But Starry Starry Night has been discontinued for so long it doesn't really matter to me.

So let me share this gorgeous bottle of sparkly navy blue with you!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

This is two coats of polish with a top coat of Seche Vite. 
 
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Colors by llarowe - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Whether this is a dupe or not it doesn't matter to me... It's completely gorgeous. Oh, and did I mention that it's blue?

This polish was purchased by me.

Dear Rus Character Print - transfer kit

Monday, October 28, 2013


I have a different kind of product to share with you today. When I received the Dear Rus - Character Print transfer kit to review I wasn't sure what to think. Would I like it? Would it work as promised? Would it be complicated? Well I have all those answers for you.

Dear Rus Character Print - transfer kit
 Dear Rus Character Print - transfer kit
The set comes with a white polish, transfer solution and three sheets of transfers - each with 12 designs on them. The kit I received was a tester kit so a few of the designs were missing. So there isn't enough to do each nail with the same look. But it is perfect for an accent nail.

The process itself was quite easy. I watched a video on the Dear Rus FaceBook page so it helped me a little. There was just one tip that I didn't see that would have really helped the finished look. But I will get to that in a minute.

Start off with a coat of the white polish. You can use any color you want, but the white is recommended for optimum results. Make sure the polish is completely dry before you move onto the next step. I added a coat of Seche Vite topcoat before I started the next step. 

Decide which design you want to use and carefully cut that square out. Brush a coat of the transfer solution on the piece of paper - not on your nail. Don't be shy with it... brush a generous amount on the transfer sheet.

Then place the transfer on your nail with the design side down and press firmly. Press that slip of paper down for about 15 to 20 seconds and make sure to apply pressure to all parts of your nail. (The video shows this part really well.) And when I say apply pressure I mean to really press down.

Peel the sheet off of your nail. It's going to look like a hot mess because it leaves paper residue on your nail. That's okay. I moistened my finger with water and rubbed it off. I was worried about rubbing the design off but that didn't happen. Now here is the part I didn't do - instead of using plain water to rub the paper off - brush a little of the transfer solution on the nail and rub it to take the residue off. I thought I had all the paper remnants off but you can still see a bit of them in the photos. Gotta love those zoom lenses - they get every detail! I will try again soon and experiment with that tip.

Dear Rus Character Print - transfer kit
Dear Rus Character Print - transfer kit
Dear Rus Character Print - transfer kit
Dear Rus Character Print - transfer kit
Apply a top coat and you're finished! Removal is just the same as removing polish. I really thought there would be more of a mess on my cuticles and fingers when I removed the sheet. But it didn't leave much of a mess behind at all.

What do you think? These seem great for adding an accent nail in a flash!

These will be available on the Llarowe website. Follow Llarowe on Facebook to get information on new releases and launches.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please note computer monitors may vary in color display. 


The Weekly Herd - a roundup of the week's posts

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Another week has flown by and Halloween will be here soon. And right behind that is Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Where does the time go?

This week was busy. I wonder what next week is going to bring. Here are last week's posts.

 


Abstract floral nail art on black



Spooky trees and flying bats Halloween nail art



Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins


Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Forever Classy swatches





Gradients can grant glitz, glam and gorgeousness





Spider and web Halloween nail art tutorial






Rainbow Honey Final Battle Collection swatches and review





Sally Hansen Triple Shine polish - swatches and review





Twitter Giveaway - Barielle




Wow, I was busier than I thought I was! I wonder what next week is going to bring?










Abstract floral nail art on black

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Something about nail art on a black base makes it dramatic. I love floral nail art on almost any background. Which is strange because I am not much a a floral lover with anything else - well except in nature.

Today was one of those days when I didn't know what I was going to do on my nails. No preplanning, no design in mind... just painting. I ended up with something I kind of like.

I started with a base color of Zoya Raven. It's a gorgeous black polish with a hint of shimmer. It is one of my all-time favorite black polishes. Zoya is a wonderful quality polish.

I put several dots of metallic acrylic paint on my palette - that sounds fancy but it really is just the lid of a margarine tub. I used gold and a deep bronzed brown shade. I painted the gold in random stripes and swirls for vines and then used the bronze paint for leaves. I decided to finish it off with a few random flowers. I used metallic purple paint for the flowers. 

Abstract floral nail art on black
Abstract floral nail art on black
Abstract floral nail art on black
Abstract floral nail art on black
Abstract floral nail art on black
Abstract floral nail art on black
I sealed it off with a coat of Seche Vite. I like the way the golds and bronze look against the black background. 

It seems a little odd though since I filed the length of my nails down. But they will grow back pretty fast.

Have you ever started your nails with no definitive destination?

The polish in this post was purchased by me.

Spooky trees and flying bats Halloween nail art

I love creating holiday nail art and Halloween is always a fun inspiration. There are a lot of creative designs to choose from - spiders, bats, witches, pumpkins... The list can be as long as your imagination allows it to be.

I wanted some spooky trees and flying bats so I tried to recreate that on my nails.

I used OPI DS Luxurious for the base. It's the perfect Halloween orange with a lot of shimmer and shine.

Halloween nail art with spooky trees and bats
Halloween nail art with spooky trees and bats
I used black shimmery acrylic paint for the trees and bats. I have said it many times before but I positively love using acrylic paint for nail art.

Then I used white paint and dotted the eyes. I like how it came out. The trees were really easy. You don't have to worry about perfect lines. Just use a striping brush for the branches. 

What are you putting on your nails?

The polish in this post was purchased by me.

Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween is just around the corner and I love all holiday nail art. 

I wanted something dark, yet not spooky or creepy. So I decided to go with a base color of OPI DS Mystery. It is a deep purple that is almost black. It has micro gold sparkle and it turned out to be a great choice as the canvas for the nail art.

I wanted cornstalks and a pumpkin. So I grabbed my acrylic paints and MASH nail art brushes. I love these brushes. I have had them for quite a while and they get used a lot - but they are holding up quite well.

I used tan, yellow and orange paint for the cornstalks. A few swipes of the brush with the different color paint added detail and dimension. Then using orange paint I added the pumpkins. A green stem on the pumpkin and all was complete - well almost.

I didn't like how the cornstalks looked bare at the bottom. So I used green paint and added a few vines.

Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
Halloween nail art - cornstalks and pumpkins
What do you think? What's going to be on your nails for Halloween?

The polish in this post was purchased by me.

Smokey Mountain Lacquers - Forever Classy swatches


I have a new-to-me Indie polish to share with you today - Smokey Mountain Lacquers.

The founders of Smokey Mountain Lacquer finds inspiration through the beauty of their East Tennessee home.The fall foliage and babbling brooks provide them the basis for their creativity. 

I received Forever Classy to share with you. This is a limited edition shade that will be released in November.  I love this taupe with attitude color. This classic color has a subtle holographic touch that adds an element of depth to the polish. The name Forever Classy definitely fits this polish. 

Flash sale! From today until 7 p.m. EST, Monday, Oct. 28, you can shop her Big Cartel
site and get some gorgeous polishes (Except for Raging Hormones) for $6.50. 

The polish applied well. Make sure to allow sufficient drying time between layers. It doesn't have to be long - just a couple of minutes. I used two coats and a top coat for the swatches. 

Smokey Mountain Lacquer - Forever Classy
Smokey Mountain Lacquer - Forever Classy
Smokey Mountain Lacquer - Forever Classy
Smokey Mountain Lacquer - Forever Classy
Smokey Mountain Lacquer - Forever Classy
Smokey Mountain Lacquer - Forever Classy
Forever Classy will be available for $9.50 on her Big Cartel shop and her Etsy Shop. Make sure to follow Smokey Mountain on Facebook to keep up with new releases and collections. You should also follow her on Instagram at @smokeymtnlacquers 

From today until 7 p.m. EST, Monday, Oct. 28, you can shop her Big Cartel site and get some gorgeous polishes (Except for Raging Hormones) for $6.50. 

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to differences in computer monitors the colors you see may be slightly different from the actual color.

 

Gradients can grant glitz, glam and gorgeousness

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Simple is sometimes better. That holds true for nail art too. I have to remind myself of that quite a bit. I will get an idea in my head and then keep adding elements. Then I usually want to kick myself because I have made it busy and cluttered.

I started of with a base color of OPI Ski Slope Sweetie. I am in love with this silky white polish with a dusting of golden sheen. It just screams "class." Then using a makeup sponge I dabbed on OPI All Sparkly and Gold. All Sparkly and Gold is a stunning gold mine of sparkle. You can see the swatches of these two polishes, plus more from the OPI Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection, from a previous review I posted.

A friend at work saw the swatches of the Holiday Collection and wanted me to create a gradient with the two polishes. She had a great idea! I love how it turned out.

Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art
Sparkly gradient nail art

This look is going to be a definite for me to wear those evening outings.

Do you like gradients? What colors would you combine?

Spider and web Halloween nail art tutorial

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I love holiday nail art. Halloween is no different and it allows for so much creativity. I wanted something glitzy - yet in the spirit of Halloween it had to have a little bit of creepiness to it.

So how about a holographic spider web on your nails? 

I want to show you step by step how I did this and then you have the option to change it up if you want. 

I used Color Club Rad Nomad for a base color. It is a deep, dark gray shade that works quite as a canvas for this nail art.

Step one: apply the base color.
Step one: apply the base color.
Then using a striping brush and Color Club Harp On It I added diagonal lines from the corner of my nail. Harp On It is an amazing silver holographic polish.

Step two: add diagonal lines from corner of the nail.
Step two: add diagonal lines from corner of the nail.
Then I continued with Harp on it and painted the radiating lines of the spiderweb. I almost left it just like this I liked it so much!
Step three - paint connecting lines.
Step three - paint connecting lines.
Then I used a dotting tool and dotted a large dot for the spider's body and a smaller one for the head. I used Color Club Cosmic Fate. You can see that I actually started by using the black holographic Color Club polish Beyond. But there just wasn't enough contrast for it to show well. So I dotted over it with Cosmic Fate.
 
Step four - make a large dot for the spider's body and a smaller one for the head.
Step four - make a large dot for the spider's body and a smaller one for the head.
Then I added the legs. Okay, I admit my spider looks a little squished. But I have to say that is exactly how I like any spider that is around me to be - squished. I am not a fan of spiders!

Step five - paint the legs
Step five - paint the legs
 I added a top coat of Seche Vite and I had a sparkling spiderweb on my nails!

Halloween Nail Art - Spider and web
Halloween Nail Art - Spider and web
I love the way the holographic web shines. 

What's going to be on your nails for Halloween? Are you going to include a holographic element?

The polishes in this post were purchased by me.

Rainbow Honey Final Battle Collection swatches and review

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rainbow Honey has released their Final Battle Collection.



The Final Battle brings 15 new shades inspired by Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII. Often touted as “the game that sold the PlayStation,” FFVII was a long and grueling gaming experience full of heavy thematic elements and strife. The game touches on eco-terrorism, over-industrialization, and the expectations and challenges we battle over the course of life. With a cast as varied as the enemies they encounter, there was no shortage of inspiration here! - Rainbow Honey website



I received three of the polishes in the collection to share with you. Let's go straight to the swatches!


Diamond Weapon

Is a gorgeous arsenal of shimmery metallic wonder. The bronzed gray shade applied wonderfully and dried quickly. Two coats supplied the coverage I like in a polish.


Diamond Weapon
Diamond Weapon
Diamond Weapon
Diamond Weapon


Phoenix Down

Is a glitter top coat and is full of orange, red, white, and iridescent glitters. I show it here over Diamond Weapon. It applied evenly and there was no fishing for glitter.


Phoenix Down
Phoenix Down
Phoenix Down
Phoenix Down

Tera Flare

Is a glitter-infused blackened base that is beaming with holographic teal, blue, and silver glitters. The varied glitter in this polish is truly mesmerizing. This is two coats. It was a little on the thick side but that just meant it was easier to get it to an opaque state. If you like your polish a little thinner then you can add a drop or two of thinner. I didn't use thinner and love the results.


Tera Flare
Tera Flare
Tera Flare
Tera Flare
These polishes are great and I am going to have to pick up some of the others in this collection.

These Rainbow Honey polishes can be purchased on their website at www.rainbowhoney.com for $10 each Make sure to follow their Facebook page to get updates on new collections and specials.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Due to differences in computer monitors the colors you see may be slightly different from the actual color.
 

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