30 September 2013

Zoya Breezi and Hit Polish Gemtastic!

I'm on vacation so just a quick post while the little guy and my husband take a nap :) We're gone this whole week, but I'll still be posting.

Today's mani features a base of Zoya Breezi, a wonderful blue that I was missing from my collection. I layered Hit Polish Gemtastic! on top as a reverse accent nail. Breezi was the perfect base for this.

27 September 2013

Midwest Beauty Bloggers Giveaway!

Several of the Midwestern Beauty Bloggers have joined together to bring you a fall giveaway (including me!)! There are six different prize packs for you to win! The only mandatory entry is an e-mail address. You can get additional entries after you provide your e-mail address. Six blogs with the Midwestern Beauty Bloggers Facebook group are participating in this giveaway.

One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Winner must provide a shipping address (no PO Boxes, please), so that your winnings can be mailed to you. We will contact the winners and he/she must reply to my e-mail within 48 hours or we will draw another winner. ***US ONLY PLEASE DUE TO SHIPPING REGULATIONS***

Entries will be accepted until 12 a.m. on October 10, 2013.

25 September 2013

Whimsical Ideas by Pam Peanut Butter and Jelly

Sorry this post is sooo late going up today. Things are auper crazy around here: teething/clingy baby, leaving for a week's vacation on Saturday(!), and dealing with medical issues with our kitty (she didn't eat for 5 days, and had surgery. I was syringe feeding her and injecting her with fluids per the vet, yikes!)

Luckily I got some packing partially done today with my husband's help, and our kitty is finally eating on her own :)

Today's polish is Whimsical Ideas by Pam Peanut Butter and Jelly. I used two coats here. The glitter came out great, and I didn't need to dig or place it.

23 September 2013

Neon blue skittlette

Here's a mani I did earlier this summer, but didn't get around to posting yet.

The base is Wet n Wild Teal Slowly and See (not really a teal at all) topped with one super thick coat of Lynnderella Bird Brain Blue. I had to do some digging for glitter in this one. I also added some studs for an accent.

20 September 2013

Sinful Colors Cold Leather

Sinful Colors Cold Leather needed two coats. The first went on sorta sheer and dried quickly. The second took longer to dry. It has more of that latex/leather look than Leather Loose which was much more of a matte finish.

18 September 2013

Sinful Colors Leather Loose

Sinful Colors Leather Loose from the new collection. This is 2 coats with no base or top coat.

16 September 2013

Stitch n Bitch Crochet Nails

Yesterday I went to a Stitch n Bitch at a friend's where we had pumpkin everything! It was just 4 of us, but we watched girly movies (Mermaids, Steel Magnolia, You've Got Mail), stitched (crochet, knitting, and cross-stitching), and ate yummy stuff. My wonderful husband watched the baby the whole day while this mommy got a much needed break!

I had to do my nails for the occasion (though I was too busy having fun, that I didn't show them off, whoops!).

For this I used a base of Weird Indeed Troy and Abed. This indie company isn't around anymore, but the color is just a pale blue with small amounts of glitter. Then I freehanded the yarn and crochet hook.

The first photo I'm posing with a crochet critter I made! My son's first birthday is monster themed so I'm crocheting a bunch of these guys to give out as favors.

13 September 2013

Tea and Crumpets and Neon Studs

I ordered some neon studs not too long ago. When I was deciding what base to put them on, I thought L'Oreal Tea and Crumpets would be a good neutral base to show off the studs. I used either two or three coats of Tea and Crumpets.

I really like it because it's a nude-y/tan color with a touch of grey that makes it a bit unique.

11 September 2013

Julie G Tangerine Dream

This is Julie G Tangerine Dream. Needed two coats for coverage. Dry time and wear time was good.

09 September 2013

Lime Crime Peaches Cream

I saw two of my nail friends where this color recently and decided I needed to have it. So glad I bought it!

I also decided to wear it right away since summer is coming to a close. We're having strange up and down weather here in Wisconsin. See? (That's my town name I so carefully scribbled out.)

Anyway, I used 3 coats to get full coverage. I might try it over a white next time to conserve the polish.  I freehanded a black tribal design and stuck on some metal studs too. 

05 September 2013

Rainbow Clouds

We had some awesome summer storms here so I was inspired to do this nail art. I used Zoya Dove topped with Candeo Colors Sprouse for the main nails. The accent nail with clouds used various colors.

04 September 2013

Zoya Carter

Today I have the last of the new PixieDusts that I bought. This one is Zoya Carter. I loved all the blogger swatches I saw of it, but it didn't behave as nicely for me as Sunshine and Chita.

Carter was much thinner. One coat barely did anything. In the end, I did two thin coats and one super thick coat. I topped with Seche Vite to make it dry faster. It looked gorgeous top coated! Unfortunately, I couldn't get any pictures because it chipped the next day :(
I added one more coat on top to make it a texture again and took these photos.

My Carter also seems to have silver bits that aren't really well blended into the polish itself and look a bit weird as a texture. 

02 September 2013

Zoya Chita

Here's another of Zoya's Fall Pixie polishes, Zoya Chita. Like Sunshine, Chita is practically a one coater. Formula was good (no clean-up needed!), and dry time was nice!