Friday, August 31, 2012

31 Day Nail Challenge - Part 2

When I started this blog last October, I started with doing the 31 day nail challenge. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing but I loved painting my nails and this helped give me direction for my blog. If you've been with me from the beginning you may remember that I never finished. I was so overwhelmed with doing so many techniques for the very first time that I ran out of steam. A bunch of bloggers are doing it again and I'm going to try once more. 

I hope I will see an improvement from last year's try. I hope I finish it. I hope I finish it in less than three months. LOL I also hope to do more nail art this time. Last time I just did swatches as much as I could get away with. Oh crap, I hope my tribal mani and water marble doesn't look like a 4 year old did it this time. 

Do you want to do this with me? Please do! Post your looks on my Facebook page so I can see! 

I hope to have my red mani up tomorrow. My body doesn't like to cooperate with me so that's what being successful with this depends on. Time to slap on an ice pack and get this started! 



See you soon!

-Mira

Thursday, August 30, 2012

OPI Sand On Your Feet

This is also from the Ulta exclusive OPI shades from this summer. I've been looking for a nice gold polish that had a lot of sparkle. I loved this gold as soon as I saw it. I like the way it looks on my skin tone which is great because I have a tough time with gold. I haven't tried stamping with it but it seems too thin to work well for that. When I try it, I'll let you know how it works. 

As I said, the formula is on the thin side. It's very easy to work with and you only need two coats for full coverage. You may want to use a ridge filler base coat, this baby shows everything. 


 You can see my acrylic line on my index finger in the picture above. I had to really play with the lighting and angles of my hand to get a picture that didn't look like this:

Which is why I only have two pictures in this post. The first picture was as good as it got. I apologize for the hideous lines. I think they will be completely grown out in another two weeks. These pictures are about two weeks old. 

Despite it showing everything like a bad pair of khakis, I really like this polish. I love how the gold is a little....subdued? It's not as bold and yellow as the other golds I've seen. I think that's why it works better for my coloring. 

Well, what do you guys think? Let me know if this is a dupe of anything. I didn't have anything too similar to this in my stash. =)

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

OPI He's My Surfing Instructor

This is the second polish I picked up from Ulta's exclusive OPI shades from Summer 2012. I thought this polish was going to be totally different. I put it on and it was sooooo sheer. I was really dissapointed. I put on several coats and although it built a little, it stayed too sheer for my taste. Major VNL (visible nail line) with this one. I almost returned it but then I put it on top of black and that's when the magic happened. Holy crap, I don't have anything like this. Check it out...


There are so many colors in here, orange, blue, purple, teal, pink, etc. I love this look. 

I used two coats of a standard black creme, two coats of He's My Surfing Instructor, and one coat of Seche Vite. Formula was fab once I layered it. I wonder what it will look like with other base colors underneath. Hmmmm....

Again, I'm being a total jerk by showing you something that may not be around anymore. Check the clearance bins in Ulta, I often find gems in there. 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

OPI Flowers are Blue-ming

I am really behind with swatching right now. I stopped swatching Cult Nail's Untamed Collection right before I had surgery and I still haven't swatched the last two colors yet. I don't like posting other things in the middle of showing a collection but I'm going to make an acceptation this time. I'm feeling a lot better so I hope to get caught up soon. 

OPI put out a summer collection that was exclusive to Ulta and I was able to pick some up. I've read that they were re-releases from past collections. I don't know if this particular polish is a recycled shade, do you? All I know is that it's beautiful and needed to be apart of my stash. ;) 


 I love holographic polishes, linear or scattered. I LOVE this shade of blue and the scattered holo effect is pretty strong. *sigh*


This was three coats with a coat of Seche Vite on top. I used flash to show how gorgeous the holographic particles are in this. 

Formula was perfect, I had absolutely no problems with it. 

I don't think this is in Ulta anymore and I didn't see it on Amazon. If you find it anywhere, grab it. You'll love it. 

Thanks for reading! 

-Mira


Friday, August 24, 2012

Cult Nails Annalicious and Captivated

Before I show you the rest of Cult Nail's Untamed Collection, I want to show you what Annalicious looks like with Captivated on top. I'm still using pictures that I took before my surgery since I'm not up to painting my nails yet. I hope to be able to swatch the rest of the Untamed Collection by Monday but I can't make any promises. =)

I already had Captivated in my stash but hadn't tried it on yet. When I swatched Annalicious, I knew that Captivated would be perfect with it.


Captivated has a bright coral base and a ton of gold and coral glitter. This is two coats of Captivated on top of three coats of Annalicious. 


Aren't they the perfect pair? 


Captivated is very easy to work with. It's a little thick because of how dense the glitter is. The thickness didn't bother me with this one. It applied evenly, the  glitter spread out perfectly, and it dried quickly. 

You can find Cult Nails polishes here. Annalicious is Limited Edition but Captivated is apart of the core line. 

What do you think? Do you prefer Annalicious alone or with extra bling? Let me know in the comments below.  

Thanks for reading!

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-Mira

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cult Nails Annalicious

I'm still not 100% so this will be a quick post. Annalicious is from Coco's Untamed Collection which you can get here. It is so bright, I had a hard time getting a good picture. It's not the polishes fault, I'm still learning how to use my "fancy camera." =) This is a bright orange red polish that is full of fine gold shimmer. The shimmer seems to be the same shimmer Deal With It has. 



The formula was very easy to work with. It was a little thin but not in a bad way. Just wipe off your brush a little before applying. It was opaque in two coats but I used three. Using three made the polish look a lot richer and got rid of the tiny bit of VNL (visible nail line) I had. 

This is a great summer polish, it would be a cute pedi color. That's probably what I will use it for. 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Guest Post from Pointless Cafe - Orly Preamp

I am so excited that Sheila from Pointless Cafe  agreed to be a guest on my little blog. If you haven't checked out her blog, you must. You can find her at www.pointlesscafe.com you will love her! I'm still recovering from my surgery yesterday but should be back soon! Have a great day!


I was thrilled when Pamper with Polish asked me to do a guest post for her! Naturally I jumped at the chance! So today I’ll be showing you Orly Preamp from Orly’s new Electronica Collection. My normal readers know pink isn’t really one of my favorite colors, but this one blew me away. Way to go Orly!
Preamp is a great cool-toned bubblegum pink loaded with tons of shimmer that looks hot pink and gold depending on how the light catches it. It really gives the polish a unique depth and glow and totally changes it from just pink to WOW! I think this one, because of the shimmer, will look great on both warm and cool skin tones.
Application was good. Formula was a bit on the thin side so the trick is to do very thin coats to avoid pooling. But even with that, I only needed two coats for opacity.





So what do you think? Even if you’re not a “pink person” I think this one is a must have.
Thanks to Mira for letting me do a guest post for you – I enjoyed it! ♥
Sheila

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Guest Post from Ashley is Polish Addicted - Elevation Polish Ama Dablam

Hello! I've had to have my gallbladder removed so I'll be taking a break from the blog while I recover. In the meantime, I have a couple of amazing bloggers who will be doing a guest post for me. I'm so grateful that they were willing to help me out. Today, the fabulous Ashley from Ashley is Polish Addicted will be sharing a gorgeous polish with you. Enjoy! 



Hello everyone! I was honored when Mira asked me if I would be willing to do a guest post for her! I wanted to share something special with her readers and I think I found it!

Elevation Polish is an amazing indie brand - wonderful formulas and excellent customer service. Ama Dablam is copper and blue glittery goodness in a bottle. There is so much packed in here I am not even sure I can spot it all - copper, blue and two different shades of HOLO microglitter, blue square and hex glitter as well as round copper glitters that REALLY pop! Application was a breeze, no issues whatsoever. 

I applied it over a England St. George (seen by itself in the first photo) which is a lovely green-leaning teal holo. It's in between a scattered holo and a linear holo and the formula is SUPERB. All of my a England polishes have amazing formulas and application. 

All photos feature 2 coats of St. George, 1 coat of Ama Dablam (one full accent nail and a gradient on all other nails) and 1 coat of Poshe to top it off. The first 3 photos of Aba Dablam are in the shade and all other photos were taken in direct sunlight.










You can learn more about Elevation Polish by clicking here to go to their site.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I want to thank Mira for having me, I enjoyed it! ♥


Thank you Ashley! If you haven't checked out Ashley's blog, you really need to! Hop on over and give her some love by clicking here!

-Mira

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cult Nails Deal With It

When I ordered Coco's Untamed Collection from Cult Nails, this is the polish I thought I'd like the least. Don't get me wrong, I love green polish. I just normally gravitate to darker shades. As you may know, I'm not a fan of neons or anything too bright and this would fall into that category for me. I was very surprised when this ended up being my favorite from the collection. I liked how it looked with my skin tone (shocking). I think the intense gold shimmer is what did it for me. It gives this polish a warmer tone and sets it apart from other lime green polishes. By the way, the shimmer is absolutely crazy. You can see it inside and outside, just the way I like it. 


 The formula was very easy to work with. It went on smoothly and was opaque in two coats. It self leveled perfectly, didn't pool or get gooey, and dried quickly. 

It dried pretty shiny but I added Seche Vite for my top coat to protect it and give it an extra glossy look.

Isn't it gorgeous? I can't get over that gold shimmer. You can find this and other amazing polishes here

In non polish related news, I'm getting my gallbladder removed tomorrow. I have two fabulous bloggers lined up to guest post for the next two days and then I should be back. Enjoy their posts, send them some love, and I'll "see" you when I get back! 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cult Nails Spontaneous

Last month I purchased Cult Nails, "Coco's Untamed Collection". The owner of Cult Nails (Maria) let her twelve year old daughter, Coco design her own collection (lucky girl)! I think she did a fabulous job and couldn't help ordering these the day they were released. First up is Spontaneous! 


 Spontaneous is a rich purple creme that's full of a fine purple shimmer. In some lights, the shimmer comes off a little pink which I think is very pretty.


The shimmer stays pretty muted. It comes out more in direct light but is never overwhelming. Being a glitter lover, I do wish it was more intense. 


 Formula is ok, it goes on thick and can get gooey if you don't work quickly. It needed two coats to get an even finish. It takes a little extra time to dry and dries a little rough. Never fear, a coat of Seche Vite will shine it up and smooth it out.

 Some polishes are worth the extra effort and this is definitely one of them.
Gorgeous! 


When all is said and done, it's a beautiful polish and I'd wear it again (after I put in some thinner). ;)

This is a limited edition polish. You can snag a bottle of your own, here

I do wonder if I got a funky bottle. I have about ten polishes from Cult Nails and this is the first one that had formula issues. Let me know if you own this and what you thought of it in the comments below. 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Lush Lacquer Party Rockin - Picture Heavy

You're probably going to want to know where you can get this so here ya go: Lush Lacquer 

Are you back yet? Ok, this is one of my favorite glitter polishes of all time. I love the combination of colors, shapes and sizes of glitters, and the formula is perfection. Most of the glitters I have purchased from Etsy require you to fish for the glitter but not this baby. It is densely packed, the glitters are perfectly suspended, don't bleed or curl, and apply without a problem. I did use the dabbing method which is pretty standard for this type of polish in my experience so far. 

My swatches show two coats of Cult Nails Spontaneous (swatch coming soon), two coats of Lush Lacquer  Party Rockin, and two coats of Seche Vite (base coat OPI Ridge Filler)

Pictures were taken in sunlight

Have you ordered this yet? I may need a back up of this one. =)





Close up of bottle. I see various sizes and colors of hex glitter (turquoise, magenta, orange, yellow, and purple) and turquoise bar glitter. Base is clear. 

Love! 

What do you think? Are you as smitten as I am or is this not your thing? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

-Mira


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Preview: OPI James Bond Skyfall Collection and OPI The Man with the Golden Gun


OPI Gold Leaf Top Coat

OPI has crafted the perfect, decadent Christmas treat – complete with a dash of luxury, a sprinkling of fashion, and touch of intrigue – to celebrate James Bond’s Golden Anniversary, OPI introduces an 18 karat gold leaf top coat, The Man with the GoldenGun.
Inspired by the world of 007, this stunning, real 18 karat gold top coat contains real 18 karat gold and comes packaged in a special limited edition collectable gold bottle.  This luminous, rich top coat adds an additional layer of chic gold leaf texture whether painted over your favourite OPI lacquer shade to create a flecked gold appearance or applied directly onto the nail itself.
For 50 years Bond beauties have graced the big screen with their dazzling looks and opulent style, and gold has always played a prominent role.
Gold transcends time; from the first Bond film to the soon to be released – Skyfall – Bond Girls have adorned themselves with gold accessories from jewelry and heels to clutches. The OPI The Man With the Golden Gun Top Coat’s radiant hue and stunning 18 karat gold leaf texture and patterns take accessorising for the party season to new level.




The Sephora product is pulverized gold leaf like a gold glitter. Man with a Golden gun is chunks of gold leaf.


OPI James Bond Skyfall Collection


Casino Royale

Die Another Day

Golden Eye

Live and Let Die

Moonraker


On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Skyfall

The Living Daylights

The Spy Who Loved Me

The World Is Not Enough

Tomorrow Never Dies


You Only Live Twice


I'm really excited about this collection. All of the polishes look amazing with the exception of the glitter (The Living Daylights). What do you guys think? Are you as excited about this as I am? 

This collection should be available in October. 

Thanks for reading! 

-Mira