Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Soft Grey Holo

Hello Ninjas!

This is weapons week at work and I have the opportunity to do sword classes with the red belts. Sword was SO MUCH FUN tonight in class! I think I'll really like the Fire Element and there is only a little over a week left until I'm wearing a red-white belt :)

Tonight's manicure was sort of a whim to make what could have been a plain manicure a little more interesting. I used two coats of Smoke Screen from Ulta as a base under one coat of a holo topcoat I received in a nail polish swap a few months back. The result was a very pretty soft grey holographic that looked a little like a wintery slush.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stamping and Rhinestones!

Good evening Ninjas!

I took my test for red-white belt on Monday and I passed! Now I get to keep practicing my water until graduation on March 6th and I still need to plan my graduation manicure as well. Red and white would have been perfect for Valentine's Day!

This is a pretty complex manicure. The base polish is four frustrating coats of Zoya Kotori which Zoya describes as "A dense bright blue shimmer superimposed over a sheer black base." Kotori is rated at a 3 out of 5 on the Zoya sheer scale but I really wanted three coats to be enough! I stamped Kotori with Blu from the Lovely collection. I used the dandelion seed image from MASH plate 30. Then, because I couldn't be happy with that, I added a border around the ring finger nail using the silver rectangular rhinestones from Cult Nails that came as a free gift with purchase around Christmas time.

Blu and MASH 30 were received from their respective PR companies for honest review.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Triple Gold Manicure

Good evening Ninjas!

Tomorrow is test day and I'm freaking out! I spent and hour today reviewing earth techniques and then I felt like I forgot half of the water techniques I was supposed to know. So much stress!

Tonight's manicure is three different golds I used for Chinese New Year. I should have mixed in a red but I was sort of enjoying the subtle nail art with all gold dotting. This is two coats of Pure Ice Viva Las Vegas with dots of "313CP" and Bare it All along one side of the nail.

Product provided by Bari Cosmetics for honest review.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sweetheart Manicure

Hello lovely Ninjas!

Happy Wednesday and pre-Valentines day! I'm getting more and more nervous as my test to move up from blue-black to red-white approaches so I've been doing more classes than usual this week. Next week is test week, ahhhhh!

Tonight's manicure doubles for both Pink Wednesday and Valentine's day! This is two coats of OPI Care to Danse as a nice soft lilac base and one coat of Savina Hearts over top. I had originally intended to do a jelly sandwich with CtD but the microglitter looked so pretty in the light that I didn't want to over it up with another coat of polish. This is a very girly manicure and it kind of drives me crazy because it's not really in my personality to wear something to soft!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Illamasqua Glitter Gradient

Good evening Ninjas!

Happy Monday, hope you had a lovely weekend. I think the highlight of my weekend was Walking Dead coming back for the Mid-Season premiere! Do you watch that show?

Tonight's manicure is one I really didn't want to take off. This is two coats of Illamasqua Phallic which is, hands down, my new favorite blue nail polish. Illamasqua describes Phallic as a "deep midnight blue, shimmer finish" which doesn't do this polish justice. This polish absolutely glows on its own but I couldn't just leave well enough alone. I did a sponged glitter gradient on the tips of my nails with Finger Paints Falling for You which is a Copper mini and hex glitter combination. This was an awesome duo!

Friday, February 8, 2013

butterLONDON Scuppered

Hello lovely Ninjas!

I hope your weekend has started off well. Tomorrow is a busy day at work between visiting Jiu Jitsu celebrity Royce Gracie, a really neat survival camp out, and a birthday party. Not to mention it's also the Chinese New Year! I don't know if my nails will be all snaked out but I'm sure I'll have some neat reptilian manicures in the next week or so to celebrate the Year of the Snake since I'm a Snake myself :)

Tonight's manicure is three thin coats of butterLONDON Scuppered from their Winter 2012/13 collection. This is the first color from the collection that really caught my eye and I think it was the complex finish of the polish that really makes it interesting. Not only is Scuppered a metallic foil but it also has a slight gold to pink duochrome to it AND emerald green hex glitter sprinkled throughout. ButterLONDON describes Scuppered as, "Opaque, copper shimmer with pink, gold, and green glitter." The only downside to this polish was that it took three coats for opacity but this was a pretty fantastic color to wear.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Winning Layering

Good evening Ninjas!

Hopefully you've been having a good week so far. Tomorrow we'll be over half way through, woooo!

Tonight's manicure is a combination of two polishes I received when I won My Lucid Bubble's giveaway. The base polish is two coats of Ava from Jessica's It's a Girl Thing Spring 2013 collection. Ava (New Kid in Town) is a very pretty lilac that has a subtle silver shimmer throughout. Over this polish I did a thin coat of Shift Happens from Girl Bits just to make this purple even better! I could have done two coats but I didn't want to use up my mini and the light purple of Ava is already a nice Winter pick-me-up.

Monday, February 4, 2013

butterLONDON and MASH nail art!

Good evening Ninjas,

Sorry I've been posting a little further apart. I keep getting my timelines mixed up and thinking it's only been one day when it's actually been two. I'm finally done with my antibiotics so I should be better and more consistent in the next few days!

Tonight's manicure was done over a base of butterLONDON Slapper. Slapper is described as "A truly teal nail lacquer, bold and very bright." I really loved this color all by itself, I chose it to cheer myself up after a few less than stellar days. This pop of color was a really nice accessory for more neutral outfits like those I often wear in the winter.

On top of Slapper I added triangular half moons with rhinestones from MASH. You can find the set I used at the MASH website, right here. The stones were very easy to work with and didn't catch on anything with topcoat over them. This is my first ever rhinestone heavy nail art look and I was really proud of it!

Rhinestones provided by MASH for honest review.

Friday, February 1, 2013

butterLONDON Shag

Good evening Ninjas!

I hope your Friday was awesome and you're ready to have a relaxing weekend. I'm working tomorrow, as usual, but one of my co-workers is having a Super Bowl party so at least I have that to look forward to!

Tonight's manicure is the one I wore for part of Trivia Weekend until I had to take it off so I'd stop chewing the polish off of my nails. This is two coats of butterLONDON Shag from their Fall 2012 collection. Now that I own this, Trustafarian, and Dodgy Barnet, I've gotten all of the polishes from that collection that I wanted! Three coats probably would have looked a little richer here but with my new shorter square nail shape, two worked out ok. ButterLONDON calls Shag, "A London Fashion Week favourite, this high-shine metallic nail lacquer is a warm orange-burgundy hue. Reminiscent of fallen Autumn leaves. Sigh. " This is a great autumn color!