Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essie. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

You Can Never Have Enough Minty Colors!

I was looking through my stash last night and I think I have no less than 5 minty blue/greens. WHAT?!? Who needs that many?? I do! It came down to Barry M Mint Green and Essie Turquoise and Caicos. I've worn Mint Green once before and I LOVED it...but in the end I decided with an untried. Here is T&C:



I wanted a simple accent that wouldn't be too over the top, so why not try matte?? With my dotting tool, I used Hard Candy Matte Top Coat to make the dots. Ok, so I went a little overboard with the dots (I was originally going to just do one nail)...but I loved the contrast between shiny/matte.

:::mental note::: swatch Mint Green

Is there a certain color you have alot of nps of??

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Essie Borrowed and Blue

Happy Thursday everyone! So I was walking through Ulta the other day and I almost missed the tiny Essie Wedding Collection 2011 display. It was seriously small.


I wasn't too excited about any other the colors in particular. They all look pretty dupeable IMO. The one I couldn't resist getting was Borrowed and Blue. It reminded me of the Tiffany's blue, only lighter and not so aqua-ish. Essie has a way of seriously sucking me in with their advertisements. Doesn't it look gorgeous in the picture? In real life...ehh...not so much.






The real life color is much more toned down. I had a really tough time capturing the blue to this because in pictures it came out a bit washed out and it just looked white :( The application was pretty nice though. I was expecting it to be streaky, but it wasn't. I applied 3 coats just to get more blue. As I was applying this I thought this is probably a dupe for HC Sky. I will have to pull that one out and do a comparison. What do you ladies think of this blue??






Monday, March 28, 2011

A French Affair Indeed

I had been waiting forever for my stuff from BornPretty to come in. It finally did! I'm pretty excited to try it all out. Bella beat me to it though. I got a set of dotting tools and while I was getting dinner ready she used one of the dotters to pry out half the buttons from my remote. So that remote is totally destroyed. I was FUMING...but it's my fault for leaving them there. Why do kids do these things!?! She knew she was in big trouble so she promptly put herself to bed right after dinner.


I had a pretty crazy weekend. My BFFs came over for a girls night in on Saturday. Long story short....I ended up with like 4 chipped nails. Even more filing down :( I knew I wanted to do a girlie color next, so I went with French Affair.

Had it not been about 9 PM, the application would have been way better. This is 3 coats. I'm actually not too crazy about this on me. Not because I don't like the color....I just don't like how dark my hands (as compared to the rest of my body...they're way darker) are :( Anywho, I wanted to do something really girlie for this.

Here is a close-up of the stones and pearls from BornPretty (click here to visit their store). Aren't they super cute? (I'm not too sure about those giant beads though)

Here is my girly French mani...

For this mani I used the third ones on the left from the cover (index finger). As usual I used Konad Black. It's starting to dry up. Do you guys know if I can apply thinner to these? M59 on the thumb. I LOVE this plate. It has this bow and another polkadot one. This is the one with the snowflakes. M79 on the index and ring. I am really hating my index finger right now. It's not square, oval, or squoval. It's just lopsided :( I tried to hide it as best I could, can you tell? LOL! I'm not really sure what else to do with these pearls...what do you ladies think? Thanks for reading and......


Kirstie Alley FTW! (Yes, I'm watching DWTS)

                                                           

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nail Art Challenge (Days 19, 20, and 21)

Hey everyone! How are ya'll doing? It seems like forever since I posted anything so I have a few posts to put up. Bare with me :) I'm still two days behind....I will dedicate a full day to nail art one day to catch up. Ok so let me get started. Day 19 was a total bust. I started off with Essie Splash of Grenadine. I love the Kardashian sisters' nails, they always have the nicest nails. Khloe posted it here. Although on me it looks way lighter for some reason:

I used BM20 and SH Coral Rush. This is an excellent np to stamp with. Actually all of the Insta-Dris seem to be really good for stamping. Perfect one-coaters too. Here is my end result:


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I will file this mani under the FAIL category. I really dislike this one. I think the coral color was too much for the base and it just looks off. Maybe if I had picked a lighter color they wouldn't have clashed so much. Oh well, you can't win them all (-_-)

Day 20:

With all the holo craze going on lately I decided to pull out an untried. This is Milani HD. I tried OPI DS Coronation and I loved it. This one is even better in my opinion. The holo is way more apparent and scattered. It's a bit sheer. I only did 2 coats, but I'm sure had I done another one, it would have been completely opaque. Here it is alone:


Most of my manis are done at night since I wait until Bella is asleep so I rarely have sun pics. This pic does not do it justice AT ALL! I did some Konad Zebra Stripes with their "special" polish.


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I liked this one the best out of the three I'm posting. I think this would look majorly FIERCE with a LBD! :::insert sexy growl here::: The holo is also a little more apparent in this pic. I am so glad I invested in the black Konad polish. I have the worst luck trying to stamp with black and this makes it a whole lot easier to get crisp, clean lines.



Day 21:
You know how sometimes you have this idea in your head and you THINK it's gonna look super cute..then you actually do it and you HATE it?? This is totally one of those days. So I really like french manis. I think it's a cute way to do something subtle. I've been wanting to try the BM french tips. It seemed like a good idea :|


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I have a bad habit of not putting my polishes up after I use them. I have this box I keep what I'm gonna use for the day in. This was there, so I thought....why not? I used CHG Hologram and stamped it with SH Coral Rush. (Can you tell I'm on a holo trip? LOL) It looks kinda Christmasy to me.

Ok...that was a looong post. Thanks for making it to the end.






Friday, March 11, 2011

Nail Art Challenge (Day 11)

Happy Friday everyone! Ok, so this was not my original idea for today's mani, but my previous attempt BOMBED...so I went with something else I've been wanting to try for a while. So today I'm going with newspaper print mani...
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As with any new project, it's all about practice. So I learned the basics of it...and now I know what to/not to do next time I try this.I like the color combo (Essie Sew Psyched), so that's a plus. But next time I will wait until it's FULLY dried before I use the newspaper!! My index finger looks wonky because I had to redo it and I didnt wait for it to fully dry. I also think this might work better once my nails are a tiny bit longer to get even lettering on the whole surface. All in all not bad for my first try.

I have a huge peely on my ring finger, so I've filed my nail down wayyy short. Much too short actually (that's why they look uneven). I have to come with an quick solution so I MIGHT try and use a fakey while it grows out. It's really irking me how off it looks from the rest of my nails.

Do you guys use fakeys if you have a break and want your nails to look even, or do you just leave it like it is?




Thursday, March 3, 2011

Nail Art Challenge (Day 3)

Happy Friday everyone! I tried doing something different I saw on YouTube and MUA a few weeks ago. I used magazine cut outs as accents. It smudged a bit on my thumb (that's why the color is a little different). But not too hard/bad for my first try. I used Essie Mink Muffs.
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