Saturday, April 30, 2011

China Glaze For Audrey and Black Mesh

I finally did a whole manicure with Black Mesh! This actually took me maybe 15 minutes to do, which was nice since I needed to go to bed. Ah, the wonders of messy manicures. This is two coats of China Glaze For Audrey which is the iconic Tiffany's green/blue that's made so many top polish lists recently. The picture is without base coat, topcoat or clean up! I really just snapped these right before I added Black Mesh to make sure I had a plain picture for my readers : )

I Love that it's so shiny without topcoat, I sooo need more China Glaze in my Collection! Then I added one coat of Black Mesh and one of Sech QD. Where do people buy Geleous to get the super smooth look?

These were taken the next day and yes, my cuticles are painful to look at. Sorry! It's exam week and I've been frazzled between studying and paper writing. I'm almost done though. I have my second of three exams today at 4 and then all I'll have is my Drama exam and a paper before I graduate!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Upcoming OPI collections.

Just saw these on Fashion Polish! All the photos and info are credit to Fashion Polish and her original post can be found here: OPI Upcoming Limited Addition Preview

The Miss Universe 2011 Collection includes four shades: Congeniality is My Middle Name, Crown Me Already!, It's MY Year, and Swimsuit...Nailed it!I'm not sure I'm excited about any of these,  but they are a neat collection. They're set to be released in July 2011, right when I'm getting married!

There's a four polish mini set with He's My Boo, Mummy Knows Best, I only Date Werewolves, and Zom-Body To Love which glows in the dark. There is also a full set that comes paired with Black Shatter. These are set to be available in September 2011.

Again, all credit for these goes to Fashion Polish!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Zoya Meadow and an Apple!

Here's my first Zoya Manicure! This is two coats of the absolutely beautiful Meadow with small apple fimo shapes on the accent nails. Meadow is a lovely dusty rose color that leans slightly coral and has a ton of gold shimmer. Two coats for perfection and one coat Seche Qd to top it all off. It was hard to get a good picture of this polish since the sky was so overcast today but I did my best!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Zoyas!

So here's a quick post for you of the Zoya polishes I got during the Earth Day Polish Exchange. I'll be sending mine out to them tomorrow, I'm not sure what to send yet though!

From L-R: Crystal, Phoebe, Mira, Reva, Clara, Meadow

No flash. From L-R: Crystal, Phoebe, Mira, Reva, Clara, Meadow

I'm most excited about Phoebe and Meadow! I can't wait to do my Apple/Meadow mani tomorrow :-)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Orly Blue Collar and Kiwi!

My mom sent me an awesome Easter Basket that arrived on Monday. In the box there were a bunch of China Glaze colors, a Finger Paint color, and an Orly. The Orly is what I'm wearing today, Blue Collar. This is an amazing blue! It's a creme color that leans a slight bit yellow but is very vibrant without being neon. Two coats made a perfect base for what I wanted to do! on my ring fingers I added two small pieces of fimo in the shape of Kiwi Slices. The fimo set these came from is called Fruit Salad by Cina Nail Creations. I'll probably be using the apple pieces next! After adding the Kiwis, I used my (new!) dotting tool to do lime green shimmery dots with Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Chartreuse Chase. Seche QD to top it all off!

Also, my Zoya order arrived today! My next mani will (hopefully) be Meadow with the apple Fimo :)

Frazzle and Aniploish 1 year giveaway!

Well, my camera is out of batteries until tonight so here's a post to hold you over!

Frazzle and Aniploish (Is this supposed to be polish?)  Is having an EPIC 1 year giveaway with 12 different prizes!

1 year blogiversary giveaway!

Here's one of the 12 prizes you could win, hurry over and sign up!

Monday, April 25, 2011

My Easter Mani and some failed stamping.

So Justin's awesome family was in town this weekend which meant a pedi for me and his mom as well as a trip to Ulta. I'll post pictures of my haul later but lets look at the mani and my stamping fail. The base color is actually a bit of layering. Two coats of Salley Hansen Insta-Dri in Jade Jump and one coat of Ulta's Always a Bridemaid collection in Something Blue. I do have to say, I really really hate the formula on the Insta-Dris I picked up... Sure they dry fast but they also dry sort of chalky and the polish gets little dry gritty pieces in it... Which is pretty much the only reason I did a layering deal with the Something  Blue, to cover up the gritty ick. I wonder if some polish thinner would help?

Anyways, the next day, I tried to do some stamping with Wet n Wild Buffy the Violet Slayer but as soon as I added Seche QD on top the stamp started to degrade and get blurry and fail... SO I did a bunch of other stamp colors on top to get a sort of tie dyed look.

Also, my easter package arrived today from my mom who's all the way out in California! Can you guess what one of the things in my package was?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Silver Shatter Giveaway!

The Real Polish Princess is doing a giveaway of OPI's Silver Shatter that she found early in a tiny Salon! Check out her blog and her giveaway :)

Silver Shatter Giveaway!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fauxnad-icure! Or Mashnad-icure?

My first full stamping mani! This is such a pretty combination I think. I started off with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Grey Are which is a great very dark greige that leans a little purple. Then, I added a flower to each nail with MASH plate m21. I had to rush off to work so before work I just did the ring fingers but when I got home I finished them off! And, because I was feeling Springy, I also added a butterfly from the same plate to each thumb.

Two coats Grey Area, one Sech QD, flower stamp in Ulta Tutu Cute, butterfly stamp in Sinful Snow Me White, then topped off with another coat of seche QD!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Zoya Earth Day Polish Exchange

If you're a Zoya fan, or like me, covet Zoya polished but are hesitant to shell out $8 for a polish sight unseen, Zoya has a great promo going on!

(From Zoya's Website)


"Out with the old - in with the new! In honor of Earth Day from April 20, 2011 - April 27, 2011(11:59PM EST) Zoya Nail Polish will exchange* your old, out-of-style, unwanted nail color and replenish your nail polish supply with fresh Zoya fashion colors. All you pay is $4.00 per bottle for shipping and processing. Choose from over 300 formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) free, long-lasting, award winning, healthy colors to replace your old color! Zoya will properly dispose of your old polish.

Here's all you need to do!

  1. Go to and pick out the polishes you would like and add them to your cart. You must select at least 6 bottles  and no more than 24 bottles of polish (Salons accounts minimum 12 maximum 48 bottles.)
  2. Apply the code:  EARTHZOYA
  3. Your order value will be adjusted to reflect the promotion
  4. SUBMIT your order!
Then Zoya will ship out your NEW polish! YEA!

Once you get your order (Here is where the exchanging* happens)

Ship back the equivalent number of bottles to the ones you received to the return address below. (ie. If  you got 6 bottles of Zoya – you would send us 6 NON-ZOYA polishes)
Include a copy of your order receipt and ship to the following address(please check with you carrier on the proper way to ship nail polish)
To clarify the exchange: You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering. You can send any quantity up to that amount. You can also donate. If you decide you don't want to do either, it's ok "Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish" we will still love you and send you the Zoya polishes :) We'll just send you on a guilt trip for a while :)

Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
5060 Taylor Rd, Unit D
Cleveland, Ohio, 44128, USA

Once we receive your polish we do the rest! It’s that simple!


The bottles you send in cannot be Zoya, Qtica or Nocti polishes (but they can be any other brand).

We are using the honor code here folks! We want to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish! We send you the polish first then you send your old polish back to us! If you do choose to send us your old polish we promise to properly dispose of it according to EPA guidelines. This offer is only good for 1 week so hurry – Don’t Wait!"

Yayyyy! I placed my order yesterday :) I only did 6 polishes since I had to buy Justin's wedding band yesterday but they're all going to be lovely! Here's my list, whats on yours?


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

101st Post! Essie Smooth Sailing

I told you I would have Smooth Sailing from the Summer 2011 collection for you next time i posted and here it is. It's a somewhat dusty grey based blue with a looot of glitter. The micro glitter is silver, pink, and blue but man was it hard to get a good picture of. Two coats was all it took for opacity though the formula felt a little weird and not like the normal super smooth/watery usual Essie formula. This was still super easy to work with though and you might want to use two coats of topcoat because it sort of eats the first one.

And my stamper came in the mail today! Soo I did a quick white flower with my striping polish and a quick blue butterfly with Wet n Wild's Saved by the Blue.