Monday, May 13, 2013

Star Wars Galazy nails...a bit late

So it's been about 2 weeks since May 4th (Star Wars Days)...ugh.
The past couple of weeks have been happens...I'm sorry for being absent.
Even though it is late I thought I would show you the galaxy nails I did in honor of Star Wars Day.

Not the best galaxy ever, but seeing as though I did it in under an hour (on both hands) I'm pretty impressed.  I also stamped the Jedi (Imperial Era) seal on my ring finger from my MJ XIV plate.  You can't really tell from the pictures but the purple (Sinful Colors) is much darker and metallic, so it had a really interesting depth.  The yellow I used (Pure Ice) was also metallic, enough to show through the neon green jelly (Spoiled) I sponged over it.  I used a dotting tool for the large stars and for the finer "stars/space dust" I used an old toothbrush dipped in slightly watered down white acrylic paint and splattered my nails (you run your finger across the bristles), but it was a little too watered down....they dried a little transparent. 
Overall I think they turned out great! I really need to practice my galaxy skillz.  For a good tutorial head over to Coewless' YouTube channel for her awesome videos!
I hope to get back to regular posting asap.  Happy Monday y'all.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

NOTD: Zelda Nails - Happy Birthday Hubs

It's been about a week since I blogged is crazy...sorry.
Today is my husbands birthday and to commemorate the day I used one of my new MJ nail plates from (MyOnlineShop) to stamp the logo of his favorite video game....Zelda!

I didn't take as many pictures of my nails as normal mainly for time reasons, but you get the idea.  Just a plain and simple mani with a small stamp.  I used 2 coats of China Glaze Running in Circles (best green foil fleck ever!!) and stamped with Revlon 24k and MJ plate XIV.

This post isn't really a review post (I will do a more thorough one later) but I did want to show you the plates I picked up from the new MJ plate release.  If you would like to see what the other plates in the collection look like head on over to Spellbinding Nails (Sarah always has the word on new plates - both indie and commercial).
The special edition plate is full of Disney and many more popular characters!! 
 XIX has some really neat full nail images plus a bunch of great text for all occations.  Soo much on this plate to love.  The text images are small and can be hard to read, but they have to fit on your nail afterall.
XIV is popular logo central!!  
 Im not going to lie.  I wanted this plate mainly for the Doctor Who and Mario images, but there are some other really cool ones as well.
All plates are backed, however, if you try hard you could cut yourself, but why would you try to?

Like I said before, I'll do a proper review soon.  For now I would like to wish my wonderful husband a Happy Happy Birthday!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Orly FX - Black Pixel - Swatch and Review

When I found the China Glaze Texture polishes I showed you yesterday I also spied Orly's FX texture collection.  I had no idea they were coming out with a texture line...I haven't seen anything about it in the blogosphere...have you?
Anywho, I was intrigued to see how Orly's textures compare to China Glaze.
Black Pixel is a black texture polish with micro silver glitter mixed in for added sparkle.
This is 2 coats of Black Pixel.  I found this polish to be a little more on the runny side than the China Glaze Textures, but still manageable.  The texture is pretty fine and not "sharp."  The only issue I had with application/clean up is that if you need to clean up your lines it doesn't want to come off.  It doesn't necessarily stain your skin, rather it turns "gooey" and just sticks there...along with little gritty pieces.  Not bad just weird.  Those little gritty pieces stick in your cuticles and don't want to budge.  I will say that this polish is very prone to chipping.  In less than 12 hours my corners were already worn/chippedRemoval for all the texture polishes I have tried are on par to removing glitter...I might recommend using a soak off method so you don't have as much left over grit to contend with.

Overall I like this one.  I kinda reminds me of skateboard deck tape...ha!  The rest of the collection is really nice.  I need to go back and get the sandy/champagne color for some future beach nail art mani's.  Orly is available at Sally's for about $9.
Hope you are having a great weekend!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

China Glaze Textures - Swatch and Review Bump & Grind and In the Rough

This is going to be a long and picture heavy post....FYI
I only bought 2 polishes from this collection...mainly because I'm not completely sold on the texture trend. 
First up is Bump & Grind - a semi matte fuchsia/rose texture polish.
This is 2 coats of Bump & Grind.  This was the first time I'd used a texture polish and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to apply and control.  It went on very even and dried pretty quick - it is kind of hard to tell when it is "dry."  I was concerned about the wearing power since I didn't use a top coat, but after moving boxes and digging in files at work all day I had no chips! Surprisingly durable.

In the Rough is a light green semi matte texture polish that leans more towards yellow (not neon or lime green). 

This is 2 coats of In the Rough.  It was just as easy to work with as Bump & Grind.  I felt like this one took a little longer to dry, but I can't say for sure.  The close up on the left shows the texture (it looks slime lime green in that pic, but it's really not!) The close up of my thumb shows it with a thin coat of IMN Northern Lights on top.  I wanted to see if a thin coat would take away the texture - it did a little, but not enough to really notice.  I like the added sparkle!

Both polishes are great!  If you are lovin' this texture rage then definitely grab a couple of these.  They aren't completely matte.  If you look you can see gloss, but since there is so much texture it makes it look semi matte.  The texture isn't "sharp" but will catch in your hair or attract rouge cat hairs.  Removal is on par with a heavy glitter polish.  I might recommend using the soak off method - it also keeps down the amount of leftover grit.  This line launches in Sally's stores in May and retail for about $7 (I got lucky and found a store that had already put them out).  I also found the new Orly FX line of textured polishes....which I will show you one tomorrow!
Are you liking the textured polish craze?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Paint it Purple for Boston

As I mentioned in my last post - there was a post going around Instagram to paint your nails purple (on Tuesday) in honor of the victims and all around horribleness of the Boston Marathon bombing.  I intended to post this yesterday, but I got too busy.  If you follow me on Instagram you have already seen this.

I used 2 coats of Color Club's Eternal Beauty and stamped with Konad White using BM-321.  Eternal Beauty must have a really strong pigment because it turned the Konad white light purple after about 5 min. The B (my best try at the Boston Red Sox logo) was done with white acrylic paint as well as the big also turned light purple!  I accented everything with a sliver glitter striper paint.

I am still in awe that something like this could happen at such a non-political event.  It hurts my heart to know that so many where injured and the life of a young boy was lost for no good reason.  It will never make sense to me...ever...why people do this kind of thing.  Please continue to pray for the city of Boston and the people and families effected. 

Also, you might have heard, there was a massive explosion in West, Texas yesterday evening.  It devastated the entire city and caused an earthquake felt up to 50 miles away. I live in Houston, southwest Texas, and as a Texan everyone is family.  This catastrophe, in the wake of Boston, is just too much.  Prayers and positive thoughts to my fellow Texans today as well.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blue Holo Gradient

This will be my 3rd mani for Autism Awareness month!
For this mani I used China Glaze Hanging in the Balance and Color Club Over the Moon.
I painted one coat of Hanging in the Balance and then used the sponge gradient technique and sponged on a couple coats of Hanging in the Balance and Over the Moon.  I was surprised at how well they blended.  Unfortunately, I was not able to capture the holo goodness that is Over the Moon, but in real life the subtle depth is very elegant.

On a sad note...the Boston Marathon bombings are weighing heavy on our nation and our hearts.  My husband is a runner (sometimes I am too) and we have both participated in the Houston Marathon in the past.  I can only imagine what the people of Boston are going through.  My prayers and thoughts are going out to all effected either physically or emotionally.  Yesterday (late) I saw notices on Instagram to paint your nails purple for Boston today (4/16), but it was too late to do so.  So I will paint it purple tonight and share tomorrow. 
Please continue to pray for our nation.