Friday, March 22, 2013

Revlon Dreamer & Santa’s Magic Back Again

A favorite manicure is too good not to repeat. A friend’s daughter is turning Sweet Sixteen Sunday and in honor of that event and another friend’s birthday yesterday, I thought I would bring back an old favorite manicure of mine. The trusty gorgeousness of Revlon’s Dreamer and the glittery goodness that is Finger Paints Santa’s Magic. I know I’ve done this one once before, but it’s one of my favorite combinations. And this time I am expecting to get some good wear out of it as I used my usual Beauty Secrets Moisturizing base coat, with Instant Artificials underneath my Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat. I am very pleased with this combination of base, strengthener, and top coats, they are wearing like iron for me since I’ve begun combining the three in this fashion.

Like last time I won’t be stamping over this one, it’s just too pretty to put another layer of polish overtop of. If you’re interested the video for this polish in motion is located here:

My Blue Eyed Soul manicure, stamped with Pure Ice, Silver Mercedes lasted a full week and had zero chipping, so I think I really might be onto something with this combination for myself. I wish what worked for me, would work for everyone, but the truth in my experience, is you need to experiment with base coat and top coat combinations to see what is your best working combination. I am planning on trying something else for a base coat and I will keep you informed on when that happens and how it goes when I switch it up a bit. Thank you for coming by and checking out my blog and I wish you happy polishing.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Manicure

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today I have a green manicure with gold four-leaf clovers that I am pretty pleased with. It could have been a little better on lining up the images, but I enjoyed it for the 5 days I’ve worn it for. I used China Glaze Watermelon Rind, which has been discontinued, so if you like it you’ll probably have to grab it from an online retailer if you can't get it on clearance right now at Sally's. I used my usual Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, two coats of Watermelon Rind, then one coat of Instant Artificials, then after two minutes I applied my new go to top coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip top coat.

I waited about 45 minutes before I stamped with Maybelline Bold Gold using my XL Stamper, but I saw from the first image transfer onto it that it was not going to cooperate. So I pulled out my Konad stamper and immediately the results were much better. I placed my first image but it wasn’t where I thought it was going on my ringer fingernail, and so when I picked up and placed the second smaller clover on the ring fingernail it too came off a little wonky. Anyway, the others were easier, except for the index fingernail. It just served to remind me that I believe there’s no such thing as a perfect manicure. Once the BoldGold had dried I top coated using NYC Grand Central Station. I got a lot of compliments on this manicure too. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day! Happy polishing!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Another Fergie, Blue Eyed Soul

I bring you a lovely blue today, Fergie’s Blue Eyed Soul, very pretty both in the bottle and on the nail. I have had a thing for these polishes lately. I am including a picture of the brush this time around as I meant to mention it before, but it’s a very wide brush. It is hard to get your pinky without getting polish on the skin at the sides. But with a little practice it is possible, at least on the left hand. I am very impressed with the brand so far, they are wearing well for me, I got five days without any chipping on my Miami Spirit manicure and I got nearly a week on my Make Them Boys Go Loco manicure.

Onto the polishes I used, I went with my usual base, the Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, only this time rather than applying Instant Artificials on over the color I put it on over the base coat. When I did the red manicure I had some of the color bleed into the applicator brush, so I wanted to try something different. Then I applied two coats of Blue Eyed Soul, but it easily could have been a one coater, so I am thinking it might stamp well. It’s almost a metallic denim blue, my camera did its best to capture the color, but I suggest checking out Walgreen’s for this one to see it in person. And I have temporarily put aside my Seche Vite for now, in favor of Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat which is working out well for me.

I let them set for 45 minutes before stamping using one of my new Winstonia plates, W111 and the polish I went with was Pure Ice Silver Mercedes. It was perfect too. I was delighted that my XL stamper worked this time, my previous manicure for Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day manicure, it gave me trouble and I had to use my konad stamper. Luckily it might have been the combination of Maybeline’s Bold Gold from the Metallic Color Show collection. At any rate, I think the results speak for themselves. I used NYC Grand Central Station for my top coat after the stamping like I like to do, because for me it hardly ever smears my work. Thank you for reading and I wish you happy polishing.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Another Fergie: Miami Spirit

I have another one for you, this one is Fergie’s Miami Spirit; a bright green polish that wore pretty well for me, although I did suffer a break on the right ring fingernail. I am thinking it’s time to try something different so I am going to use some Instant Artificials on my next mani under something different and see how it works out. But for this manicure I used my usual Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, with Seche Vite. I used two coats of the Fergie, and no glitter with this manicure, though I was tempted to do some Sinful Colors Green Ocean, but ended up not using it.

I had intended to stamp gold four leaf clovers over this manicure, but I wasn’t able to. Real life got in the way. I hope you liked this one, I was surprised at how much I liked this color, I think I would have liked it even more with some gold clovers, but there’s always next time. So far every one of the Fergie polishes I've tried has worn really well and been to my liking, if you've picked any up I'd love to hear from you in the comments. Thank you for stopping by and happy polishing!

Monday, March 4, 2013

MASH 2012 set & Winstonia Image Plates From Amazon

I treated myself to these two image plate sets and the just arrived Thursday the 27th. I am very excited to get these, as I’ve seen other’s efforts using them and their results were exciting! They both have images I really wanted to add to my image plate collection and while I was waiting on the post office lady to bring them to me, I organized the rubber waffle, shelf liner that I picked up from the Dollar Tree, by cutting rectangles and stuffing them into my baseball card protector sheets, of which I have PLENTY still to allow for room to grow.

I really am looking forward to using these plates and will soon, but for now they remain untested. As other blogs have done detailed images and you all know I am not one to do photo heavy entries, I’ll leave that to those who are better able to do them as they do a fabulous job on that kind of posting. I will keep bringing you manicures with nail art and polish reviews on polishes I’ve purchased as I just got two from the Avant Garden China Glaze collection I am eager to try out for Spring and I was eye balling one from the new Finger Paints Spring Collection. So more posts with polish reviews coming soon! Thanks for coming by and I hope to have a review on using these two sets of plates for you in the next week or two. Happy polishing!

Ninja Polish Huge Giveaway!

This one is to celebrate their hitting some big milestones. They broke 5K followers on Facebook, hit over 2K followers on Twitter and a few others. Here is the Ninja-Polish Blog entry on this giveaway. I really love Ninja-Polish for many reasons. But their giveaways are the best! I hope to see some of your comments there on their blog as that entitles you to 10 entries. It ends in 13 days so head on over there!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Fergie Make Them Boys Go Loco

I bring you a spectacular manicure today of Fergie’s Make Them Boys Go Loco. My mother had picked it up and I had eyeballed it, but passed. THEN she WORE IT! I saw it on her nails last weekend and simply had to own it, seriously. I was lucky I found my local Walgreen's had one bottle left so I didn't have to hunt it down too far. I used my usual base of Sally’s Beauty Secret’s Moisturizing Base Coat, then I used China Glaze Adventure Red-Y from the Safari Collection as the base manicure, two coats of that, then two coats of the Fergie. And WOW!

As you can see it’s got bigger chunks of red glitter, and it’s all set in a blackened jelly suspension base with tinier red glitter. I really am impressed with it, and Mother has reported it’s wearing like iron for her too, but her base is different. I gave her my bottle of Instant Artificials and she’s hooked on using that, but over the color coats, and underneath the top coat, she uses NYC Grand Central Station. If Sally’s has some Instant Artificials when I swing by later I am getting another bottle to re-add it back to my polishing routine because I remember it definitely made a big difference in how long and well a manicure would wear. The top coat here is Seche Vite, and even with two coats of the glitter to get my desired effect, it doesn’t feel gritty at all.

I hope you enjoyed sharing this manicure with me, it’s one I’ll do again, but this time over Ravishing Darling by China Glaze, as Mother used Love Struck from Nina Ultra Pro and we had slightly different results in the tone of our red outcomes, and I liked both, but want to try it over a really vampy red like Ravishing Darling which I just picked up this past week at Sally’s along with some others to add to my collection. Thank you for reading and happy polishing!