Archive | January, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: International Polish

31 Jan

Hello out there!  I’ve got something new for you today.  Each Tuesday I’ll be participating in Twinsie Tuesday with several other bloggers.  We’ll all be posting a mani with the same theme, but none of us know what the other is planning, so they’ll all be different and a fun surprise.  The next month is a trial run.  Hopefully this will be a success for all of us and we can keep it going.

The theme for our kick off is international polish.  I’ve actually only got one international polish that I haven’t already swatched.  This is the last of the polishes that my sister picked up for me while she was in London; Barry M Mint Green.  I have a few other mint green polishes so I didn’t feel pressed to swatch this one before today.

Like most pastel toned colors it went on quite sheer with the first coat.  With the second there was still some visible nail line, so this was a three coater.  To dress it up I topped it off with Kleancolor Sugar Coat.

Sugar Coat was a super duper thick jelly.  Like, unworkably thick.  I managed two coats, but just barely.  It was actually quite a mess.  I didn’t have any thinner on hand so there wasn’t much I could do at the time.  Still a pretty result.

Be sure the check out every one else’s international polishes today:

Amanda of Amandalandish
Anne of Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley of Art Evolve
Chelsea of Nailed Blog
Jenn of All That is Gorgeous
Katherine of Haul of Fame
Marisa of Polish Obsession
Meredith of Polish and Charms
Nory of Fierce Make Up and Nails
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch

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OPI DS Sapphire

30 Jan

I just couldn’t narrow down the pictures.  I just love this polish.  So pretty.  I was pretty excited to get this one.  I layered it over Zoya Kristen and pretty much got an exact match to the bottle color.

In addition to my usual picture lighting, I took some under fluorescent light because it helped the holo pop out.

And a few blurry shots under florescent lighting to really show the gorgeousness.

Turquoise Acetone Wash Nails

28 Jan

Another acetone wash?  Yes!  I’ve been wanting to do this combination for a while.  I know it’s not technically the color of a turquoise stone, but isn’t that what it looks like?  I love it!

With my past acetone washes, I’ve used non-acetone polish remover.  This time, just to see what would happen, I tried acetone polish remover and 100% pure acetone.  Pure acetone eats through a little too fast, but is good for going in with a brush to get some fine lines.  Non-acetone just takes too long.  My pick is an acetone based remover.  You just have to take care not to rub through all the layers of polish.

For this design I used 2 coats of Color Club Nouveau Vintage then layered 2 coats of China Glaze For Audrey on top.  Once it had had some time to dry, I went to work.  I topped it off with Jordana Quick Shine top coat.  I seriously heart this mani.  I think these colors are fabulous together.

Finger Paints Flecked

27 Jan

My sister got me this for my birthday, along with 2 others.  I was so excited to start playing with them.  I layered Flecked (the green one) over Zoya Cynthia from yesterday.  I was pleasantly surprised.

I don’t even know what else to say about this.  The possibilities are endless.

Zoya Cynthia

26 Jan

I’m over the birthday nails.  I just don’t want to do them any more.  Instead, I’m playing with some new polishes.  Look at that shine!  This is no top coat, by the way.  The pictures don’t really do this color justice.  It looks black, but is a super dark teal.  The first coat went on pretty thin, but the second coat gave me full coverage.

Just to show you the difference between Cynthia and black, here’s a crazy flashy picture.  The right third of my nail is black and the right two thirds is Cynthia.

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