Friday, August 27, 2010

Denim-Inspired Antique

This particular manicure reminds me of a what would make a really good pair of jeans, and I'll tell you why so I don't sound like a complete kook. First off, the base color would makea the best juicy shade of indigo and the copper makes me think of some nice shiny buttons.

Darn, I still sound like a kook. Well, maybe you catch my drift?

This is OPI's Light My Sapphire, a smoky charcoal kinda on the purple side and some blue undertones. Pre-cleanup, natural light.

Bottle pic - it looks pretty black unless in direct natural light, but this shows all of the delicious shimmer.

And then stamped the center, foremost design of BM21...

Using an incredibly aged Revlon called Copper Chrome.

And I am pleased with the results. Topped with one coat of Seche Vite.

I like it, reminds me of old anitquated jewelry. I did this as a vintage-vixen inspired look. (Speaking of vintage vixen, can you say drool?)

I do have a bone to pick with Scrangie, though. Her review of it almost dissuaded me from buying Light My Sapphire.

Anyways, till next time.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Work Appropriate Fauxnadicure

So, about a week ago my mother (who has way nice nails than me, where did the genetics go wrong?) decided she wanted me to do a teeny 'nadicure on her. She swore not to wearing a boring color like pink or red, but being a school principal wanted something slightly demure. Although she said she'd go for one of the blues and greens I'm always wearing, she shied away from all of the ones I showed her.

So, finally we settled for a Forever 21 brand - Love & Beauty seems to be the brand's official name - that I had completely wrecked with nail polish remover. Oh, very blasphemous, I know but there had been no thinner on hand and I had desperately wanted to try. Desperate times call for desperate measures?

This particular blue-toned cement grey is called "Blue." Very eloquent, indeed.

And you get a crapberry pic, yay!

This was about 3 coats of polish, with no base coat, none of the basic manicure essentials really. Stamped over it using the only current Essence plate with a Hot Topic black polish and one thin coat of Seche Vite. The old one, it seems there are 4 more square plates being released, but nothing on their official website yet.

This manicure held up pretty well actually, went an entire week with no chips. I'm finding it hard to credit the wear-time to Love&Beauty, maybe it was the Vite?

Anyways, tomorrow I have a denim-inspired fauxnadicure that I've been itching to wear. Till next time!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Plethora of Giveaways

These are some really crazy giveaways. All nail and cosmetics related, o'course. Enjoy!
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Whew! Are you overwhelmed yet? :P

Monday, August 9, 2010

Testing... One, two, testing... ahem.

Hello hello!

Nobody every really sees the first post of a blog, but it just seems wrong to jump in without a leetle intro.

So, basically, the idea behind my blog is to archive all of the manicures (that is to say, fauxnadicures) I make with my bundlemonster plates. And since I don't own any thing but the bundlemonster package, you get the bundlemonster exclusive. I can rarely keep anything on for more than two days, so I hope to update a lottt.

And, since some of you may not own/know about these plates, heres a summarized review.

1.) These plates arrive with plastic covering and are without paper-backing, unlike konad plates. The edges are supposedly super sharp, though I've never done anything worse than splitting a little skin while peeling off the plastic.

2.) There are 21 plates which include full nail designs, french tip designs, and miscellaneous designs. All 21 plates cost $17.99. I believe you can order them via the bundlemonster website or amazon. You can click here to view or purchase them.

3.) Now about quality and such... almost every review talks about how small the full nail designs are, and they are. I find that I need to double stamp on almost every finger save for the pinky finger, but it all depends on the alignment. Some designs are a little blobbicle, and some are so indistinguishable they're not worth using. But its a ridiculously great deal, and if you're into stamping, its a must have.

And that's pretty much all that you need to know if you haven't purchased them yet. So, in the future you can look forward to a proper layout and fauxnadicures galore. Till next time!