31 May 2013

The Khakis

I had two untried polishes that had khaki in the name, so I decided to combine them into one mani!

For this mani I used Sinful Colors Beau Khaki and Catrice Khaki Perry on my ring finger and thumb.

The formula on Beau Khaki was quite nice. I used two for this mani and applied a top coat over that. It was nice and shiny without though.

Khaki Perry was a another story. It's a sort of metallic army green with some really tiny flecks of gold. You can see the brush marks in it from application, and the color doesn't look as pretty as it did in the bottle.

I added some gold nail art stickers the next day to change things up a bit.

29 May 2013

Ruby White Tips The Polish With No Name, Only a Number

Today I have the second polish I received from  Ruby White Tips for review (Disclosure Policy). (Don't forget to check out my previous post for a special discount code in the Ruby White Tips store). It is called The Polish With No Name, Only a Number. This polish is unique in that it doesn't have an actual name! Each bottle has its own unique number (mine is 33). The polishes may also vary a bit from bottle to bottle so you're getting something truly unique.

Here's what Laura has to say about this polish: "To be eligible for a number that is 1-20 you must be a fan of Ruby White Tips on Facebook. You must buy this listed item, and when your name gets pulled, that will be your number. You will only see the polish color when you receive it in the mail. Only 1 per person, and no buying for a friend. Each polish has a different number therefore that number is the name of that polish. So if you get number 3 the polish name on the bottle is THREE, if you get number 12 then on the bottle the name is TWELVE. And so on.... I think this will be a really fun idea, I hope that it stays like that!!! "

Number 33 is a dusky light blue with tiny holographic glass flecks. Holographic flecks, not glitter! So unique! And application and dry time was a breeze despite it being a pastel.  The polish does have a slightly textured finished so I would recommend putting a good base coat on top.

I had a hard time capturing the tiny flecks in the polish, but you can see them nicely in the bottle shot and the macro below.

27 May 2013

Ruby White Tips Kids Get Off....

I was recently contacted by Laura of Ruby White Tips to do a review of her polishes (Disclosure Policy) since we're both Rubys. Of course I said yes!

She sent me two great polishes to review. Today I'll be showing you Kids, get off Mommy's stripper pole.  Such an interesting name! I wonder where the inspiration came from. On the bottles, Laura will only puts Kids Get Off... unless you want the whole name, hence the title.

Laura describes it as a "black jelly holo with gold glitter and gold diamond shaped glitters."  The description is so simple, but doesn't even begin to describe this polish!

Since the base is a jelly, I choose to layer this over black. I put on one coat of Kids Get Off on top of one coat of my go-to black, Wet n Wild Black Creme.

This polish applies wonderfully, though I did have to do a bit of fishing for the diamond glitters which I didn't mind.

Look at the rainbow-y holographic goodness in this polish. Sooooo pretty! And the gold glitters really make this different from other polishes like this out there.

What's also great about this polish is that it is Big-4 Free, vegan, and doesn't contain spectraflair.

And look at this in the shade. Just as pretty. You can see the smaller gold pieces much better.

Have you made it to the end? Good! Because I have a surprise for you!!!!
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26 May 2013

Giveaway: Last day to enter!!!

Don't forget to enter the multi-blogger giveaway that I'm participating in. It's open to both US and International (for some prizes only). There's tons of great stuff to be won!

The giveaway ends tomorrow so don't forget to enter!!!!!!!!!!

I've offered up a trio of China Glaze polishes to be won :)

But other awesome prizes are featured below!

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24 May 2013

Inspired by: Popette by Mini Labo

I've been keeping a board on my Pinterest full of things as inspiration for manis.  I was browsing around and found this pin that I KNEW would be perfect for nail art on top of Ardoise.

The base color is almost an exact match for Aroise.

I took me a while to trace down the original source of this image, but it's a design by a French company called Mini Labo who used the pattern in some of their creations like this cute pencil pouch.

I took me a while to do this design, but I love it so much! The palette, the flowers, the sort of shabby-chic design.

I used a ton of colors to create this so I didn't write them all down. It would have taken forever! I can count about 12-14 different polishes used! I tried to match the colors but couldn't get them exactly right. Still, it turned out great!

As talented as I am (so modest, I know!), I knew I couldn't do this design on my right hand so I did some double polka dots using some of the colors from my nail art design. I hope you all liked this as much as I do!

22 May 2013

Sinful Colors Ardoise

A while ago I had purchased a few Sinful Colors on sale at Walgreens. I think Sinful Colors is great quality especially for the price, and I love all the variety of colors they have.
Ardoise is one of the colors that I picked up. I love grey polish, and I don't have a color quite like this to I had to pick it up.

Isn't it beautiful?! It's a dark smokey grey. The application was good and the dry time was pretty decent.

I don't have much more to say about this beautiful polish so enjoy the photos!

20 May 2013

China Glaze Galactic Grey

Galactic Grey is the last of the China Glaze Hologram Collection that I purchased. I love grey polish so there's no way I could pass up this one.

The formula on this one was the same as the others. Unfortunately, I didn't have any sunlight where I wore this mani. I still think Galactic Grey looks great without sun though. 

I added on some chevron nail stickers that I got in a swap as an accent. They were a bit big so I had to trim them on the tip.

I did take a picture of Galactic Grey will flash and you can see the holographic goodness there.

17 May 2013


Don't forget to enter the multi-blogger giveaway that I'm participating in. It's open to both US and International (for some prizes only). There's tons of great stuff to be won!

I've offered up a trio of China Glaze polishes to be won :)

But other awesome prizes are featured below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

16 May 2013

When Stars Collide Dragonfly

I decided to add some simple nail art to When Stars Collide. I used Gosh Holographic Hero for the dots and the dragonfly wings. The dragonfly's body was done with Wet n Wild Black Creme.

Enjoy the photos!

15 May 2013

Ibotta app

I normally don't post stuff like this here, but I figured it's about time!

Recently I've been using an app on my iPhone called Ibotta. With this app (which is completely free by the way!), you earn cash back for items you buy at the store. Most of the items are grocery products, but you can also earn money back on health and beauty, paper products, pet supplies, cleaning products, etc.

I've been using this app for a few months and have earned about $15. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it's $15 I didn't have! And I earned that $15 by buying the listed project and uploading a picture of my receipt. Super easy! Ibotta cash back can be combined with store sales, store coupons, manufacture's coupons, etc. If you plan carefully, you can get great deals on items.

If you are a first timer and sign up, you can earn $2 right off the bat.  Ibotta is available as an app for both Android and Apple phones, but be super to check for your specific phone.

If you'd like to try out this program, I'd love it if you used my referral link :)

Thanks! And let me know if you start saving money!

14 May 2013

China Glaze When Stars Collide

China Glaze When Stars Collide is another color I got from the China Glaze Holographics Collection. I kept debating over this color, and boy am I glad that I chose to get it! It's gorgeous and perhaps my favorite.

It went on with one super easy coat. The formula is flawless and clean-up was minimal.  Enjoy the picture spam!

This last picture was taken in the shade, and you can see that it still looks beautiful. I loved When Stars Collide so much that I put it on my toes too!

13 May 2013

Multi-Blogger Giveaway!!!

I am excited to announce that I am part of a multi-blogger giveaway!!!!

You can enter to win one of these many prizes (click on the image to make it bigger and to see the prizes better):

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10 May 2013

Moon Boot Zig Zag

What's this?! I added nail art to my mani?! Never!! Hehe. I told you I can't leave anything alone! At least I am learning to do some simpler things.

For this, I free handed a sort of zigzag design using Barry M Foil Nail Effect Silver. It's great for nail art since it's so opaque.  I really need more of this color (and the silver too). Luckily my sister-in-law lives in Ireland and will be visiting hopefully this summer so she can bring me more :)

My zig zag design is a bit off center, but I still like it. Sorta reminds me of mountains, don't ya think?

08 May 2013

China Glaze Strap on Your Moonboots

I wasn't planning on getting any of the polishes from the new China Glaze Holographic 2013 collection. BUT...someone alerted me to some for sale for $5 with free shipping on Amazon. Plus I had some Amazon credit so how could I not?!

I chose three polishes, and today I have China Glaze Strap on Your Moonboots. Several bloggers have already reviewed these, but I'll add in my opinion too.

This went on in one coat! One! The formula was fantastic: not too watery or thick, no dragging, and great dry time. I needed practically no clean up.

I also love this color. The deep navy blue is not something you see often with linear holos. And while I love holos, I do like the subtle effect here. Sometimes I don't want to wear an in-your-face blinding, distracts-me-while-driving holo. These China Glazes will be perfect for that.

And while these are beautiful in the sunlight, they are equally pretty in the shade which is why I decided to get some.

06 May 2013

OPI Canberra't Without You

I did a swap not too long ago and got this beautiful polish. I've been on the look out for some paler/nude polishes that can function as nice bases for nail art or for French manicures.  I think OPI Canberra't Without You fits the bill.

Canberra't Without You is from the Australia Collection released in Spring 2007. It's still available on Amazon though, if you're interested in snagging it.

I would call this a sheer peachy nude with tiny flecks of silver which really makes it stand out. Other reviews say the silver tends to stick to the side of the bottle but plenty made it onto my nails! You can see them pretty well in the first photo and in the macro shot below too.

Since I can never leave a polish alone, I decided to add some glitter (glittah!) on top.

I went with one of my favorites Lynnderella Connect the Dots. Normally, I only use it over bright colors, but I love how it looks over this nude too.

I totally should have made a jelly sandwich with these two polishes! Too bad I didn't realize it until now :( I'm not wearing this mani at the moment.