Sunday, 31 October 2010

Water Marbled Lollipops

You probably saw my Halloween lollipops for my Katy Perry costume (if not, click here). I wore it again last night for a Halloween party and wanted to remix that manicure. Since I love water marbling, I tried my own technique to get a lollipop look, and I think it turned out great!

To highlight the sparkle:

I first coated with Ulta Angel Baby. I used that polish as well as China Glaze Breakin' and Grape Juice for the marble. I then used Fairy Dust for a sparkle finish and Seche Vite for my top coat.

Nail art contest winner

After I counted all the votes, I can say that I'm impressed of how many people voted
and I'm happy that you liked my nail art contest.
The winner is............

(I should say that there were just 3 votes difference between the 1st and 2nd winner!)

Isabel from Loucas por Konad

Congrats girl! I just emailed you and I'm waiting for your reply.

PS: Stay tunned because another giveaway is already planned!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

TRESemme Curl Activator Spray

Today I'll review another hair product. It's a spray special for defining curls.
I have straight hair and I used it before I curled my hair.
I can say that it worked good for me.
My hair is heavy and the curls do not resist very much, but after using it my hair
remained curled longer than usual.
It's very easy to use and it dries fast. It's not sticky and it has a nice smell.
I liked it!

For romanian readers only
Pentru cititorii romani:
Puteti cumpara acest produs de pe acest site.

Tell me your experience with this kind of products!
Thanks for passing by.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Evil Eye

I wanted something simple and fun since I always want something fun, but I have a manicure planned for Saturday when the Katy Kostume is coming out again and didn't want to spend a lot of time on something I was just going to take off in 36 hours!  I still have these sparkle polishes from China Glaze Halloween (Awakening) collection and wanted to showcase them a bit.  Plus I picked up a clearance Sally Hansen sparkle polish and decided to throw them all together.  The design is a cultural talisman that wards off the evil eye.  Don't know what the evil eye is?  Here's a link to Wikipedia for some background info.  And here is a look at some images of the talisman (as seen on my nail) to protect me or anyone from harm!  So I asked you last time if you believed in ghosts or the paranormal, now I want to know: Are you superstitious?  Do you have any rituals or beliefs that you feel protect you from harm (or those who want to do you harm)?

The Pink/Purple side of manicure:

The orange side of manicure:

For the manicure I first coated twice with China Glaze Mummy May Ithen on one half of my nail I painted a coat of Ick-A-Bod-Y.  Over the whole nail I added Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Extreme Wear in Rockstar Pink.  The evil eye is made of the following colors Essie Midnight CamiChina Glaze Bahamian EscapeUlta Angel Babyand Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight in NY and China Glaze Golden Enchantment as a sparkle over the eye.  I used one coat of Seche Vite to bring out the sparkle!


This is the ultimate Halloween manicure because it scared me and I hated it!  A total trick, not a treat.  It lasted a day and I am glad for my pure acetone remover because I really needed it to rid myself of this.  I do still love the colors and the sparkles of this manicure, so it has that going for it.  But it deserves proof of its existence because, who know, someone else might love it.

Extreme Sparkle Close Up:

I painted first two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Midnight in NY.  Then used China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y and Orly It's Not Rocket Science with one coat of Seche Vite to finish.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Mauve Konad nails

Hi girls!
Here's a new konadicure I'll show you.
This is ZOYA Malia with nr 08R from Safari above.

I adore this color and the shimmer that Safari gives to the polish

Above this I stamped the immage form plate m74.
In the middle of the flowers I made a small dot with a black nail polish color.
Finaly I applied the Konad special top coat.
Here's what I got:

How do you like them?
Thanks for passing by today!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Hello 100!

I'm honored that there are 100 of you following my little polish site.  I am not the best at replying to all the comments you make--but I read EVERY ONE!  Thanks for making this a fun endeavor and hope you keep coming back for more!  

Monday, 25 October 2010

Whooo Believes in Ghosts?

I don't think I do, but I've never had the opportunity of a haunting.  I guess maybe time will tell on this one.  But I'd love to hear what you think about ghosts (or the paranormal).  I want to believe in vampires (and ghost vamp is my favorite nail), but unfortunately I am boringly grounded in reality.  I love me some fantasy, but I realize that is just what it is--a fantasy!  Tell me about your "Boo" radar.

Right Hand:

Left Hand:

The Friendly Ghost (Casper):

The white ghosts are comprised of two coats China Glaze White on White and one coat Ulta Angel Baby (only because my China Glaze was getting goopy--I need a new bottle).  I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Midnight In NY for the black detail.  One coat of Seche Vite was used to keep those ghosts shining.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Gone Batty

I've had a thing for bats since I did a report on them in the third grade; I think they are fantastic.  Plus, living in Minnesota, you have to love all things that can eat their weight in mosquitoes!  And  thanks to bats being the quintessential icon of Halloween, I get to make them the star of a manicure.

For the black base coat color, I used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight in NY.  For the orange I first coated with China Glaze Peachy Keen and coated Sun Worshiper on top.  (Sun Worshiper is a very hard neon to work with--very streaky).  For the bats in black, I used Ulta Black Diamond and the bats in orange were first painted in Ulta Angel Baby and then coated in Sun Worshiper and Breakin' for wing shading (and streak cover up).  Seche Vite, one coat, was used to seal the manicure.

The voting: Nail art contest with FALL theme [part II]


As there were so many participants at the nail art contest and so many votes,
I decided to make a part II of voting with the most 3 voted manicures until now.
I counted all the votes you recived, and the reults are:

1. Isabel from Loucas por Konad

2. Lisa from Romania

3. Mae Espiritu from Art of Nail

You can vote just one manicure by leaving a comment with the number or the name of the participant (or both)
I will NOT count your vote if you are not a follower of my blog.
Of course you might become one if you aren't already.
The voting will close on October 30th.

I also wanted to congratulate all the participants! Your work was great, girls!
And don't worry, there will be other contests, too, so stay tuned!

Call it chocolate?

Today I'll show you another nail polish from Poland.
This is three coats of Safari #316.
In sun light it has red reflections, but indoors it's more like the chocolate.
I like that it's very shiney and it dries very fast.

What do you think about it?

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Gumdrops and Lollipops

Well, really just lollipops.  Maybe you don't think immediately of lollipops in association with Halloween--and your instincts would be right in my opinion.  But I went to a Halloween party and I dressed up as Katy Perry from her music video "California Gurls."  If you have watched the video, you know it's all about candy and sweets.  So to keep with the theme of all things sugary, I painted lollipops.  I'm attaching some low quality pics the costume and a screen cap of Katy for comparison so you get the idea!~ 

Katy Perry

My Version

Base coat color was China Glaze Light As Air and I used Ulta Angel Baby for all the white accents and the colors used for the pops were Zoya Jolene, China Glaze Sky High-Top, Entourage, Sun Worshiper and Orly Mirror Mirror for the gray pinwheel forms.  I coated the whole look with a sparkle polish Fairy Dust and a top coat of Seche Vite.

Teterboro Teal

Here's another awesome nail polish I'll show you from Super Star.
The great blue with green and gold reflections and gorgeous shine, called Teterboro Teal, is one of my favourite nail polishes of the moment.
What you'll see in the picture is 2 coats without top coat.
It's so opaque and looks great just after one coat, as the others SuperStar colors.
Drytime also was fast.
What do you think about it?

You can buy this from their web site for $10 one 14ml bottle.

Thanks for looking. Have a nice day!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

SoHo Chic

Today I'll show you another awesome nail polish from Super Star,
called SoHo Chic.
It's a very nice holographic color.
It was opaque after a coat and the brush is very easy to use.
I love how it looks like!
What do you think?

This is 2 coats, without top coat.

You can buy this from their web site for $10 one 14ml bottle.

Thanks for passing by!

PS: I reached 500 followers yesterday! Thanks everyone who's following me!
It really means a lot for me.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Skinny Vanilla Latte

Hi girls!
Today I'll start reviewing a new (for me) nail polish brand. It's called Super Star.
They come in nice 14ml bottles and they have awesome colors.
This is Skinny Vanilla Latte. It's a very shiney beige.
The brush is very easy to use, so the application is perfect. What I liked the most is that
the polish was opaque after the first coat.

This is 2 coats without top coat. Picture is taken in daylight.

You can buy it from their web site for $10 one 14ml bottle.

So, what do you think? Do you like this brown colors?
Thanks for stepping by!

Monday, 18 October 2010

TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray

Today I'll review a hair product, Heat Tamer Spray from TRESemme.
I used it on wet hair, before I dried my hair and before I straightened it.
The first thing that I liked about this product was the smell. It smells divine
and not too strong.
After I used it my hair was smoother than before.
It is not sticky and after several uses I noticed that I didn't have split ends anymore.
I really reccomend you to buy this!

For romanian readers only
Pentru cititorii romani:
Puteti cumpara acest produs de pe acest site.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Blood Splatter Expert

I kind of feel like one after trying do figure out how to actually splatter nail polish so it would replicate blood splatter and become the second look in my Halloween themed nails.  I needed a technique I could do with one hand that had maximum accuracy with minimum mess.  I tried flinging brushes, tools that spun, motorized toothbrushes, blowing polish through straws, dripping polish with different sized brushes--all to no avail to the look I was going for.  I was just about to give up, when my bathroom medicine cabinet showed me the light: floss picks.  I jimmied an angled floss pick on the lip of an upside down disposable Solo cup and used the floss pick as a catalyst to fling polish to my nail below.  It yielded pretty great results.  If you are going to try to replicate this manicure, I will warn you, it was MESSY.  I had a feeling it would be before I started so I put petroleum jelly around the top of my nail bed to help in clean up (as I do in water marbling) and it helped, but I didn't account for all the polish I would be inadvertently rubbing my palm in and the underside of my fingers and hand got pretty messy.  Thank goodness for lots of acetone nail polish remover and patience.

Left Hand

Right Hand Close

Overexposed Flash

The Splatter Contraption
Colors used for this look:  I coated with Essie Naughty N' Nice and splattered China Glaze Foxy for the blood splatter.  I realize that blood is not as beautifully sparkly as this blood-like color, but I went for pretty over reality :)  After the blood splatter dried, I coated once with Seche Vite and got to work on the nail bed, crime scene clean up!

UPDATE:  I added a video for you to watch the contraption in action!  Check it out!

Goodies from Poland & new Konadicure

Hi girls!
Remember that I told you I won Orlica's giveaway?
Here's my prize!

I like them all, but firstly I tried the Ever Lasting pink nail polsih as it's October and it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I haven't painted my nails pink esspecialy for this yet.

This is awesome!
Two coats without topcoat. Opaque. Fast drying. I think I'm going to love Polish nail polishes ;))
After I stamped this immage from m65 image plate.

How you like it?
(It reminds me of candies)

PS: As I said I will not count the votes from users that are not my followers. I wanted to mention this because I see a lot of people that voted and are not following my blog.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Creeping Up

'Tis the season...for ghouls, goblins, witches and spiders, that is.  I thought it was time to start doing some Halloween posts since it's just over two weeks away and the themes can be pretty fun.  I picked up some new colors today from Sally Beauty from the China Glaze Awakening collection for the season in preparation.  Also, I wanted to marble since it's been just a little while.  For basic tips on water mabling click here for my tutorial video.  The design I used for this look was found on another polish blog I visit "My Simple Little Pleasures" (she's a fellow MN blogger, which is great) and Colette made a great tutorial video to show you how to do it, which can be seen here.  

Left Hand:

Right Hand

I first coated with Zoya Sienna and also used that color in the marble with Yasmeen and China Glaze Mummy May I.   To seal the deal, I painted two final coats of Seche Vite.

The voting: Nail art contest with FALL theme


Hi girls!
My giveaway is now closed so I'll post the entries that I recived from you by email.
There are 15 entries (actually more than I expected, but I'm so happy about this!)
You can vote just one manicure by leaving a comment with the number or the name of the participant (or both)
I will NOT count your vote if you are not a follower of my blog.
Of course you might become one if you aren't already.
All of you should post about this contest on your blog if you would like, but tell the people that vote you to become a follower of my blog (otherwise their vote won't be counted).
The voting will be opened for 2 weeks, so until October 30th.
Here we go:

2. tsiisfamke from Nails 4 Fun

3. Jeanine from Zombie Claws

4. BelleJoie from RDBR

5. Lisa from Romania

7. Paulina from A place of my nails

8. Alexa from Addicted to Konad

9. Camy from Camy's Nails

10. Isabel from Loucas por Konad

11. JQ from Frippery Digits

12. Shadow from Shadow's nail art

14. Nikki from Nail Talez & More

15. Mae Espiritu from Art of Nail

Good luck, girls! You all did a great job.