Sunday, January 29, 2012

OPI Metallic 4 Life (Nicki Minaj)

I have another polish from OPI's Nicki Minaj collection for you today, Metallic 4 Life. I LOVE glitter so this was the only one I was interested in from swatches I saw online. As you know, that changed as soon as I saw this collection in person. Metallic 4 Life (hate the 4 in the title) has a black jelly base with silver hex and square glitter. The formula was pretty good for a chunky glitter. I used two coats for the pictures, I don't think it needs any more coats than that. The glitter was easy to apply, I didn't have to move it around with the brush which I loved.



Here it is with Super Bass shatter. 


I don't like the shatter on this. I didn't like how transparent it looked on top of the glitter but I also didn't apply a very thick coat. What do you think? 

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Friday, January 27, 2012

OPI Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

I had no intentions of buying anything from the OPI Nicki Minaj collection. It isn't anything against Nicki, although she isn't my cup of tea. I just felt that there wasn't anything special in this collection. When I saw them in person at Ulta my mind quickly changed. I now love all of the polishes, with the exception of Did it on 'Em (yellowy green color). I've read a lot about how they resemble the Shrek Collection. That was before my polish addiction began so I don't have any of those in my collection to compare.

Today I'm going to show you Pink Friday. Pink isn't my go to color by any means but something drew me to this shade. It's very bubble gum pink, loud, and not my style but it's cute and fun. I'm trying to push out of my comfort zone when it comes to polish so I wanted to give this a try. I'm glad I did, it's really fun!


I'm surprised by how much I like this shade of pink. As much as I love the color, I'm not a fan of the formula. The formula is on the runny side and needed three coats to reach opacity. I can still see a bit of my nail line but it isn't enough to bother me. You can't tell in this picture but there were a few patchy bald spots toward the bottom of my nail. I didn't wait as long as I should have in between coats which is probably the cause of that. Despite the problems with the formula, I would recommend this polish.  Give it more time to dry before applying the next coats and it should be fine.

Here are some layering combos for your viewing pleasure. ; )

Index Finger: OPI - Superbass Shatter
Middle Finger: OPI - Save Me
Ring Finger: Essie - A Cut Above 
Pinky: Essie - Pure Pearlfection



 Essie - A Cute Above: I wasn't sure I'd like this combo, I thought it would be too much pink but I think it works! 
Essie - Pure Pearlfection: I couldn't get my camera to pick up the beautiful shimmer of Pure Pearlfection. Trust me, it's gorgeous. =/

Save me is SOOO beautiful in person. There is blue and holographic bar glitter along with smaller pieces of silver glitter. I didn't think I'd like this one at all but when I saw how much is sparkles in person, I couldn't resist. 
Party on my nails! 

Which combo do you like the best? Would you rock Pink Friday? 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Zoya Feel Collection

Welcome to my very first collection post! I've never purchased an entire collection of nail polish before. With Christmas and Zoya's amazing flash promos during the holiday season, I was able to collect all six colors from the Feel Collection. I love all of the colors but I have to say, I didn't realize how alike some of the colors are to each other. I got about half of this collection for free so I'm ok with it but had I paid for all of them, I'd be a little upset. The formula for all six shades is amazing as Zoya always is (for me so far). They were all opaque with one coat but I put on two out of habit. I'd strongly recommend any polish from this collection! Here are the pictures!

Avery

This is a nude creme that has yellow undertones. It looks like a bottle of my foundation. I've never tried a nude before this and wasn't sure if I could pull it off. I don't think it's quite right for my skin tone but I still love it.

Carey

This is a rich periwinkle/gray creme. In some lights it resembles Kristen but it is less blue and has a softer look. I put Carey on one hand and Kristen on the other and it was hard to tell them apart. There is a definite difference but they are close. 

Kristen (left hand) and Carey (right hand) 


Kristen

A light blue/gray creme that covers in one coat (I am wearing two). It brings out the pink in my skin which I do not like. It's a beautiful color but it just doesn't work for my skin tone. Of course, I still love it anyway. I'm pretty sure I have a Zoya addiction. ;)


Kendal 

This is a beautiful light lavender creme that seems to have a little bit of gray in it. Like Kristen, it makes me look more pink but it's more faint than with Kristen. 


Kennedy

This is my favorite of the Feel Collection. Kennedy is a beautiful light pink creme. Zoya describes it as a "pale french beige creme" but I see pink in it as well. This looks just like OPI's Steady As She Rose to me. I think Kennedy has a better formula. It's opaque with one coat whereas SASR needs two and is a little more runny than Kennedy. 


Megan

Zoya describes Megan as a taupe gray creme. I see a little lavender in it in certain lights. It may just be how it looks with my skin tone. In this picture I see light blue. Maybe it's all of the above. ;)


I don't know what it is about this collection that I love so much. They are so simple but soooo beautiful.   These are my go to polishes when I need a break from all the glitter and flakies I usually wear. I hope you enjoyed my little review!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Essie - A Cut Above

Essie's Luxeffects Collection is one of my favorite collections to come out in the last couple of months. Remember, I didn't have Flakies before so this was very exciting for me to pick up. I do, however, have a lot of glitter but that didn't stop me from picking up A Cut Above. Come on, it's chunky pink glitter! I couldn't separate her from the rest of her sparkly family! That would just be wrong.

Here I used one coat of A Cut Above on top of two coats of Zoya's Raven (black creme). 

I love this! I want to try it on top of everything. What do you think of this, do you like it?

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Essie - Shine of the Times

Flakies are huge right now. It seems that every major polish company is jumping on the flakie bandwagon and I am loving it! I've recently acquired flakies from Finger Paints, Zoya, and of course Essie's Shine of the Times. I've read that Shine of the Times looks like Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure and Nubar 2010. I don't have them to compare but the pictures look pretty identical to me. I have been dying to get my hands on 2010 before Essie released Shine of the Times. Lemming satisfied!

Check it out, it has an amazing color shift from an orange/red to a blue/green. I used NOPI Khloe had a Little Lam Lam as my base color. The first picture reminds me of fall leaves. Beautiful!


 Eek, I didn't wrap my tips very well! Doh!


Gorgeous right? Shine of the Times is from Essie's Luxeffects Collection that came out over the holidays. I found mine at Ulta last month but they are still available.

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*This product was purchased by Pamper with Polish.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 28 - Inspired by a Flag

Two posts in one day, I'm on fire! =p I based this design off of the American flag as you can see. I had a lot of fun doing this one. I started with two coats of OPI - Alpine Snow and then did a half moon mani with Zoya Carmen and Breezi. After that, I stamped and striped. Striped, not stripped. I just want to be clear. =) Here is a picture of my design!


Supplies:
OPI  Base Coat
OPI - Alpine Snow
Zoya Carmen (red) & Breezi (blue)
Bundle Monster Plate #21
Art Club Striper - White
Seche Vite Top Coat

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Day 27 - Artwork

I'm finally back! Sorry about the long long absence. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season!

Before I start I need to apologize for the blurry picture. I made a big mistake by not looking at my pictures on my laptop before taking off my polish. Doh!

I was a bit overwhelmed with this challenge. I love art but I'm not very good at it. I felt like I couldn't do any piece of art justice with being so new to nail art and I froze for a while. I finally talked myself into just doing what I had in my mind even if I didn't come out the way I wanted it to. I love Monet so I based my design off of this picture:



I only did an accent nail because I felt it would be too busy on every nail. Again, I'm so sorry about how blurry the picture turned out. It's hard to see what I did. =(


The design and blurriness is poor but check out Zoya Kristen! You know how much I love Zoya. I've been in a creme mood lately and recently acquired the new Feel Collection from Zoya. I'm working on a post with swatches for the entire collection (thank you holiday promos). I love every single color from that collection. More on that later!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Coming Back

Hello, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I celebrate Christmas as I'm sure you can tell by my Christmas inspired nails. =) I made Christmas dinner by myself for the first time ever. Ok...that's not a true statement. My husband made the turkey which is the hardest part I think. I've never cooked a turkey so I was thankful that he wanted to do it and it was delicious! I made everything else. I was nervous about taking on this task because I have chronic back and nerve pain. I never know how I'm going to feel day by day. I prayed that I'd feel up to cooking and was so happy that I was able to pull it off. I had to lie down a lot during the day and needed extra medication but I did it!!!! It actually took me a couple of days to do it but let's pretend I did it in one. =) My sister and her family joined us on Christmas day and my parents arrived the next day. I love my family. My family and my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life. My parents returned to California this morning. Saying goodbye is always hard for me. I'm glad I don't have to say goodbye to my sister anymore (she moved nearby last June).

I got a lot of nail polish and I can't wait to show you! It's going to take a while to swatch it but I'm going to try my best to get it on here soon. I want to finish the challenge I started. I believe I have 3 more to go. After that, it's swatching time! I'm working on the next challenge right now. I got nail art brushes and a light box so it will be interesting to see how my work improves!!

I recently hit "100" likes on Facebook and I am going to do my second giveaway this week (I hope)! I'm a bit broke from the holidays so I won't be able to do anything too huge.

I'm excited to continue with blogging and nail art. Let' see what 2012 brings!

See you soon with my next challenge!

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