Friday, October 26, 2012

This Post Is So Corny

Happy Friday guys! Got any fun plans for the weekend? I will be making jewelry with my niece, and let me tell you all that kid is entertaining!

Today's mani is not original at all. Not even close. I'm pretty sure everyone has tried this one at some point but I just couldn't resist. I mean, it's Halloween for cryin' out loud and who doesn't love some syrup coated sugar? Well, aside from diabetics. I apologize if the following nail art offends anyone who can't enjoy this full on sugar rush of a holiday to it's full extent.

Polishes used:

  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Sinful Colors Firefly
  • Wet N Wild Sunny Side Up
  • Sinful Colors Snow Me White
  • Confetti Lots O Dots

I am totally feelin these sparkly little candies. Also I'm pretty darn proud of how my lines turned out since I freehanded them with the polish brush. Gotta love the ones that make you feel like you're getting better! There's really not much to this one and it's not a new concept by any means but I'm happy I tried it anyway. The only downside was how much of a pain in the butt it was to photograph for some reason. I've been looking for an excuse to use Lots O Dots since I bought it and this was perfect. You can't see in my photos but it's a really cute little silver/holo glitter and I'm glad I picked it up since it was only $2. 

Fun fact: I bought this polish solely because of the name. My husband has a World of Warcraft character named Lotsodots and I just couldn't resist.

Guys, I totally just noticed that I hit 100 followers!! Thank you all so much for taking the time to read the stuff I type, you guys are all awesome! I will be planning a giveaway to celebrate this little milestone in the near future, so thanks for sticking with me and stay tuned for some fun stuff!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Great Googly Moogly!

Happy Wednesday all! Having a good week so far? Mine has been thankfully uneventful and I've been able to get some crocheting done. I'm making a blanket for my grandmother!

Today's mani is in no way at all practical for everyday wear. In fact it didn't even last more than 20 minutes but I still love it. I freaking love googly eyes! I'm a firm believer in the theory that googly eyes can make ANYTHING funny. One of my favorite websites is nothing but Magic the Gathering playing cards with googly eyes on the monsters (Magic Cards With Googly Eyes). I seriously can't look at them without laughing. So of course when I was grocery shopping and saw a pack of googly eyes for less than a dollar you know there was no way I was leaving without them. The following mani then happened and made me laugh hysterically like an idiot at myself for like a half hour.

Polishes used:

  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Maybelline Color Show Go Go Green
  • China Glaze Electric Pineapple
  • Googly eyes

I did a thin coat of Go Go Green with a second thin coat of Electric Pineapple for my monstery green background, then when it was dry stuck on some little googly eyes. I stood in the kitchen shaking my hand near my head to hear the googly eyes make noise for like five minutes and giggling. My husband is now more sure than ever that I am insane. But how can you even care when there are freaking googly eyes on your hands?! YOU CAN'T! They're just too much fun! I may need to hit up a craft store for the super tiny ones and see if they can last more than about 20 minutes with some top coat cause man I loved this.

Are you guys doing anything fun and silly in preparation for Halloween? 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Slimetastic Monday

Hey everybody! I hope you are having a decent Monday. Mine was a little slimy.

Today's mani is a quick one cause I really wasn't feeling a whole lot of anything today. I decided to try the good ol' slime drip mani that I'm sure you've all seen on many other blogs. It was interesting but I think I may need to try it again with another technique.

Polishes used:

  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Maybelline Color Show Go Go Green

This wasn't a very large project by any stretch of the imagination. I freehanded some french tips with the polish brush, then drew in some slime drips with a dotting tool. Still a home made MacGuyver dotting tool and not a real one which I suspect was part of my issue with how it turned out. I don't dislike this mani, I actually love how fun it is. I just feel like I've seen much better results from other people. I think I need to do some slime research. Let's all have a moment of silence for my sanity once I attempt to google that. I have a feeling it won't be pretty but that's the kind of torture I'm willing to endure to bring you all better manis. FOR SCIENCE!

I have a fun idea for Wednesday's mani, so stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by ^_^

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Yes the post title is in all caps because I am THAT excited about how these turned out. I think you will be so amazed by my zombie nails that you will forget about the fact that I forgot to schedule this for yesterday. Oops.

Near my house there is a zombie event hosted by the town where you dress up like zombies and wander the streets. Awesomeness, yes? Yes! So of course this called for zombie nails. I had so much fun doing these I can't even put it into words. All I can do is share the awesome.

This is my favorite pic!

The rest are before the matte top coat, outdoor lighting.

Polishes used:
  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Essie Marshmallow
  • Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby
  • Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Bittersweet
  • China Glaze Electric Pineapple
  • NYC Matte Me Crazy top coat

I am so in love with how these turned out. I am kinda sad I didn't take pics before any top coats at all because it looked pretty darn cool all textured from the dry brushing. Oh well, lesson learned. If I ever do a tutorial I will take pics at that stage. Time for the break down! I started with a thin coat of Marshmallow because let's face it, I'm pale but zombies are even more pale. Then I took a small dry brush and dabbed around the edges with a mixture of Ruby Ruby and Bittersweet. I then added in some small dabs of Electric Pineapple for the sickly yellow/green effect. You may notice some fingerprints which is from me using my finger to dab at it further and mix stuff around. As you may have guessed I was very big on fingerpaints as a child. And last week. 

Overall this look was very easy to do and so much fun! Just so you all know, it looks really really funny when you crochet with zombie nails. I am the most dexterous of all the zombies! I'd be like the one zombie that could open doorknobs. Also, anytime you hold anything in your hands to eat with these nails I think it may be a law that you have to say "braaaaaiiiiiins". (The previous statement is exactly why I will never be in politics, those are the kinds of laws I would pass. I would make the most awesome and useless congresswoman.)

I think that about wraps it up for this post. Hope you all are having lots of Halloween type fun this weekend. I'm off to be a zombie some more!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall On Sugar House Lane

Happy Wednesday everybody! How's your week going? 

Today I gave Sugar House Lane a little update with some stamping. I finally found a polish that China Glaze Harvest Moon won't stamp well over. Kinda sad about that. It still came out kinda neat though, take a look.

Polishes used:
  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Nails Inc. Sugar House Lane
  • Sally Hansen Black Heart
  • Sinful Colors Ruby Ruby
  • Red Angel stamping plate RA-121

I apologize for my gross cuticles. I was really rough on my hands this week and not so good about the moisturizer. I really didn't think it was that bad till I saw the pics, oops. Anyhow, I like how these turned out but looking at the pics now I think I would have used a brown instead of black for the second leaves. Oh well, live and learn. It looks a lot more black in the pics than in person so I'm still liking them. I was gonna do something more Halloween like but I took the dogs out this morning and it was nice and cool and leaves were floating around and changing colors and I couldn't help it. I love the Fall, how about you guys?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Swatch Day - Sugar House Lane

Hey everybody! It's a gross rainy Monday and I have appropriately crappy pics. I am still experimenting around the house to find good places to be taking my pics.

Today is a swatch day because I just couldn't resist using my newest purchase, Nails Inc. Sprinkles Special Effects in Sugar House Lane. Oh Sephora how I have missed you, I'll be back soon. I couldn't decide between this shade or the blue based one so the husband guy picked for me. I have to say he did a good job because I am loving this polish. Pardon the craptastic pics while you take a look at this beauty.

Polishes used:
  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Nails Inc. Sprinkles Special Effects Sugar House Lane

This is actually my very first Nails Inc. polish. All pics are with two easy coats though with a thick enough hand you could probably get away with one coat. Just for the sake of conserving my precious I will probably use this in a single layer over a nude base. It's not super gritty though it does feel a tiny bit bumpy, so you may want to use two coats of top coat. Personally I was fine with one, I don't mind the tiny bit of texture. As for color I am in love. From far away it's a classy neutral that goes with everything and the closer you get the more fun and sparkle shows up. Plus it looks like one of those chocolate shakes with oreos crumbled in it, how can you not love that? Dang, now I want ice cream. The only very tiny thing I didn't like was cleaning up the stray glitter but I expected it and it wasn't awful by any means. Overall I am very happy with this purchase and this polish is definitely in my top 10 favorites of my collection. 

I also have a lovely surprise for you all today. The amazing people at the Born Pretty Store have given me a special code just for my readers to use for an awesome 10% off! It will be in the sidebar after this post for your easy shopping convenience. All you need to do is enter the code at checkout, pretty easy right? Thank you Born Pretty!

And now to apologize for my terrible pics, I give you Chewie fully healed after his neuter and helping us move. He safeguarded us from that evil packing paper all day.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pumpkin Flavored EVERYTHING

Happy Friday everyone! I love this time of year for it's pumpkin flavored everything. I am seriously in food heaven for the next few weeks.

Today I was feeling the start of the Halloween manis and of course had some pumpkin orange going on. I actually have two to show you today because I couldn't decide which to post and I am just awesome like that. Ready for the start of the holiday spam? I hope you said yes cause I can't stop it now!

Polishes used:

  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Essie Blanc
  • Pure Ice Hot Tamale
  • Claire's Starstruck Collection Little Dipper
  • Sally Hansen Black Heart

For the first mani, I did a single coat of Hot Tamale with a single coat of Little Dipper over top and then freehanded the spikey french and triangle eyes with Black heart and a small brush. That little pumpkin face just makes me giggle, I love him.

The second mani was a needle marble that tested my patience and didn't come out anywhere near what I had hoped for. I was at the very end of my bottle of Blanc and it did NOT want to cooperate whatsoever. I'm so glad it's over with and I can open a new bottle of white polish. Since the white was acting all funky and it was my base, my swirls didn't... well swirl the way they usually do. Add to this the end of a bottle of Seche Vite and it was a top coat/base coat double team of fail. But still, I like the overall idea and there's parts of it I liked anyway so I figured I would share. 

I think I am now in full on Halloween mode, I have a few ambitious ideas that hopefully go well. The beauty of Halloween art is that even if it comes out like crap you can just say well it's gross on purpose lol. Are you guys big fans of this time of year too?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stone Cold Leopard

Yay, my first post back! Ah how I've missed the simple joy of rambling on about nail polish. Let's get right to it then!

My first weekend back in NY I went to get a hair cut and what is sitting there by the counter as I pay? Nail polish displays! You know I went through them all. Sitting there with a big ol' sale sticker on it was something that caught my eye. My heart skipped a beat, could it really be? It was! And only one bottle to be seen! STONE COLD! For those of you who don't know, this was the main thing I wanted from the China Glaze Capitol Colors collection from the Hunger Games but I just could not seem to get my hands on it. A true matte polish that dries a gorgeous dark stone gray? Yes please! As a bonus, top coat makes this sucker shine and shimmer like you wouldn't believe. 

So of course I wore the heck out of it as a matte for like a week, I didn't even care that it chipped like most mattes do. Then my mom hands me a bag from Walmart and inside is a few Sally Hansen polishes that I surprisingly didn't have, sweet! The rest as I'm sure you can guess is history, they came together to bring you the following return to blogging celebration mani!

Polishes used:
  • Seche Rebuild base coat / Seche Vite top coat
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away!
  • China Glaze Stone Cold (leopard spots)
  • Sally Hansen Gem Crush Glitz Gal

I will of course be featuring Stone Cold in it's matte form for you all at some point but I just couldn't resist seeing if I could stamp with it. Clearly I can lol. It looked really amazing as matte leopard spots (and I am seriously kicking myself for not taking pictures at that point) but I was afraid of chipping so it got to be nice and shiny with a top coat. The accent nails are Glitz Gal which was only two coats. I have to say I love how well those Gem Crush polishes build up. I kept this one on for quite a while. I thought it was awesome even though all the old people in my life looked at me like I was crazy. Eh, you darn kids and your music. GET OFF MAH LAWN!

Do you guys have family members who understand your nail polish love or do they just shake their heads at you like mine?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What Is This Tuesday Madness?!

Are you all ready to be returned to your regularly scheduled program of awesomeness? Good cause it happens tomorrow! *ducks all the things possibly being thrown* I have pretties for you I promise, don't hurt me! What happens when you combine a few Walmart presents with a lemming I found ON SALE? Nails I thought were awesome and my 92 year old grandmother made a face at, that's what. See, now I know you'll be back tomorrow to see them :P