Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Go Pink Wednesday - Color Club Halo-graphic

Welcome to Go Pink Wednesday! I can't believe it's the last one, I'm a little sad! I picked out a drool worthy holo for you. Grab a bib and enjoy!

When I first found out that Color Club was coming out with a collection of holographic polishes, I was thrilled. I think holos are so beautiful and almost mesmerizing with how the colors move around in the light. After I got over my initial excitement, I started wondering if they'd be any good. I have a nice collection of holographic polishes that have a big range in intensity. It frustrates me when I get a holo polish in the mail and it's a dud. I held off on ordering these until I heard how strong they are. 

It didn't take long to hear that they are amazing and I quickly put in my order for the entire collection. 

Do I regret buying the whole collection? 

No. Why? Scroll down and see. 


 This is what Halo-graphic (two coats w/ top coat) looks like in the shade. 
This photo is actually a bit misleading. You can definitely tell that it's a holo inside. 

 This is what it looks like outside. I should have warned you, I know. 

 I like this weird blurry picture. It's crazy holo, right? I think these are the strongest holos I have. 
I think I need to do a comparison post. 
Wow. 


You can find these on many online stores (I'm not sure where in actual stores). Ask Mr. Google and you'll find many options. I got mine from http://8ty8beauty.com/ for $8 plus shipping. That's the cheapest place I could find. 

Before I send you off to Eighty Eight Beauty, let me tell you about my experience. Ordering was fine and my package arrived in about a week safe and sound. I did, however, have an attack of OCD when I noticed that I only got two silver caps with the remaining four polishes having black caps. Is it silly to be bothered by that? Probably. Do I care? Not really. $8 a polish is expensive and I like my collections to match. I like my silver caps and it just irked me. I contacted the company and the same day received the response that if I contacted Color Club directly they would mail four silver caps to me. They gave me their contact info. 

Alright, I can call them. No problem. When I called Color Club they acted completely confused and forwarded me off to a voice mail. They have yet to call me back. I gave up on getting an answer with calling them so I wrote a message on Color Club's Facebook page and immediately got a response and my caps are in the mail. Yay!!!!! 

Well, that was a long winded explanation on polish caps. <:) These things are important right? No? 

Stay tuned for my swatches of Zoya's Ornate Collection and the rest of the Halo Hues Collection. Those should be up in a few days.

Thanks for reading!

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-Mira

Check out the other fabulous manis for Go Pink Wednesday!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Born Pretty Glitter Review

My giveaway closes tonight at midnight (MST) so hop on over and enter, here


I'm so excited to show you a set of glitter I recently received from Born Pretty. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love glitter. I've noticed that a few of my favorite bloggers have been using loose glitter for nail art and I loved how it looked. When I was approached by Born Pretty to review one of their products, I didn't have to think twice about what I wanted to try. I chose a 12 pack of loose glitter (item #3103). You can find it, here. I was really impressed by how inexpensive this set is. Seriously, $6.45 for 12 different pots of glitter? That's fabulous. Let me show you what you get and what I did with them! 

Here are all of the colors you get. 


They are a little bigger around than a quarter and about a 1/2 inch tall. 

So pretty!

I wanted to create more than one look since I had twelve colors to play with. There are SO many things you can do with these. For example,

you can make a simple design that makes your nails look killer. I used two coats of Zoya Raven and the orange glitter to make this Halloween look. It took less than 10 minutes to apply the glitter. Super easy and very cute.

Not blingy enough for you? 
Dip your finger directly in the glitter pot (or sprinkle the glitter on your nail) and press down firmly to get full coverage. I applied two coats of Seche Vite to secure the glitter. I wore this mani for two days and nothing moved, lifted. etc. 


Want something more funky? I got you covered. 
I used the silver glitter with a half moon mani to be extra awesome.
(Zoya Storm -Black & Zoya Aurora -Purple)
 Direct Sunlight


This is what happens if you don't moisturize. Don't do that. 
(Shade)

It's also fun to use them with stamps. Check it...
I think his eyes are so cute. But wait, there's more (JK)...

  I'll be rocking this look tomorrow for Halloween. 
Zoya Ziv, Bundle Monster Plate #305 (BM-305), Konad Special Polish in Black, Born Pretty Red Glitter, and Seche Vite


As you can see, I had a lot of fun with the glitter. It was ridiculously easy to work with. Just dab some top coat where you'd like the glitter, dab the tip of your dotting tool in top coat to pick up the glitter and place. It stayed right where I applied it, didn't lift, bleed, or anything else you don't want your glitter to do. Seriously, twelve colors for under $7.00 is amazing.

Let's talk about Born Pretty for a minute. I've ordered nail art supplies with them before and have had a great experience every time. My orders always arrived in about a week, well packaged, and the quality was always great. 

You can get an even better price (and free shipping) with this coupon code. Just sayin! 


I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! 

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-Mira

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Press Release - OPI Mariah Carey Collection


OPI Partners with Multi-Platinum International Superstar Mariah Carey to Launch Limited Edition Shades, Featuring the Revolutionary New Liquid Sand™ Nail Lacquers 

OPI announces the launch of eight new limited edition shades inspired and hand-selected by multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist Mariah Carey. These shades include four new OPI Liquid Sand™ lacquers featuring groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle. “OPI is extremely excited to work with Mariah,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She’s very passionate about beauty and her nails in particular. Her music, which includes 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, served as a wonderful inspiration for glamorous, sultry, vibrant colors. “To pay homage to her iconic status, we wanted to launch her collection with something completely new and exciting. OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar.” Mariah Carey by OPI includes four Studio Shades – ranging from pink glitter to rich plum crème – and four Stage Shades – each featuring the new textured finish.
Studio Shades include:
A Butterfly Moment 
(This sophisticated and frosty tan nude has us all a-flutter),
,
Sprung 
(Fall hopelessly in love with this shimmery copper),

Pink Yet Lavender 
(This pink glitter with lavender shimmer has superstar shine!), and

Anti-bleak 
(This deep, creamy purple will lift your spirits).

Stage Shades include:

Stay the Night 
(Make it last in this matte black with red glints),

Get Your Number 
(Wearing this matte blue with sparkles is a great call),

 Can’t Let Go 
(Hold onto this matte purple with dazzling sparkle), and

The Impossible 
(This matte fuchsia with star confetti will never give up).

OPI Liquid Sand lacquers should always be worn without top coat.
Mariah Carey by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visitwww.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Press Release - Euro Centrale Collection

OPI Announces the Launch of Euro Centrale for Spring/Summer 2013

Classic meets contemporary with Euro Centrale by OPI for Spring/Summer 2013. Celebrating a region where history meets modern design, the collection’s twelve new nail lacquers offer a mixture of glamorous metallic hues; playful bright shades in periwinkle, aqua and pink; and creamy blues in indigo, midnight and aubergine.“Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania make up an exciting new fashion hotspot,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “When visiting these countries, you’ll view Gothic churches alongside vibrant graffiti murals, blending two very different aesthetics. This fusion of old and new was also seen in runway looks during New York Fashion Week, where classic styles were reinvented with modern silhouettes and patterns.“Euro Centrale boasts a wide variety of shades, ranging from pale nude to deep blue – and featuring everything from shimmering copper to aqua in between!,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “Whether you’re looking to spice up a black and white print, or add neutrality to a vivid brocade, these lacquers are designed to accessorize spring’s hottest looks.”Euro Centrale by OPI includes the following shades:

                   

Polka.com
Blue and violet are dancing partners in this glittery combo.

OPI…Eurso Euro
This deep blue cream is very continental.

Suzi’s Hungary AGAIN!
Thank goodness there are zero calories in this warm and yummy pink!


You’re Such a BudaPest
If I let you borrow this periwinkle-purple, will you go away?

Can’t Find My Czechbook
I hope you take credit, because I must have this aqua!

My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!
Get the extinguisher...this fiery red is sizzling!

Hands Off My Kielbasa!
Get your own...this bronzy tan is all mine!

OY–Another Polish Joke!
So this shimmery-gold walks into a bar...

A Woman’s Prague-ative
I’m changing this shimmery copper for...never mind!

Vant to Bite My Neck?
You know you want to...wear this deep eggplant.

I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw
Be seen in this deep midnight blue.

My Vampire is Buff
Creamy, pale and nude...just how I like my vampires.


Euro Centrale Collection nail lacquer shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.Euro Centrale by OPI will be available February 6, 2013, at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Candy Corn Nails Tutorial

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I had a few readers ask me how I did my candy corn nails. I put together a little tutorial to show you how easy it is. It isn't a high tech tutorial but I think it does the job. Enjoy!

Step 1
Put on a base coat to protect your nails. When that dries, paint your nails orange. I used Zoya Arizona (two coats). Put on a top coat (I used Seche Vite). Make sure it is completely dry before doing the next step. If it's not, the polish will come off with the tape. 


Step 2 
 Get a piece of tape and cut it to the size you'd like. Place it firmly on your nail and get rid of all the bubbles to prevent the next polishes from bleeding. 

Step 3
 Paint the bottom of your nail yellow. Use a polish that will be opaque in one coat and will cover the orange underneath completely. I used China Glaze Happy Go Lucky. Do one nail at a time at this stage. If you let the polish dry before removing the tape, you will pull the polish off.

Step 4
 Paint the tip of your nail white. Be careful not to drag the yellow with the brush of your white polish. It will make a big mess! Make sure the white polish you use covers the orange with one coat. I used OPI Alpine Snow. I applied it thickly to make sure the orange didn't show. 

Step 5
Remove the tape carefully. If you look at the picture for step two, you will see that I had bubbles in my tape. That is why my lines aren't perfectly straight. That's my biggest challenge with tape manicures but I'm getting better with practice. Finish off with a top coat to protect your work and enjoy your awesome nails! 

I hope my first tutorial was helpful! Let me know if you try these! Here is my post for my candy corn nails if you want to see them. 

Thanks for reading! 
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-Mira

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Color Club In True Fashion Collection - My Picks

Hi everyone! I hope you have had a chance to check out my giveaway and sign up. I'm so excited about it and can't wait to see who wins! 

Today, I have four polishes from Color Club's In True Fashion Collection for Fall 2012. It is a full collection of 12 polishes. Six are creme and the other six are shimmers. It's a nice collection full of basics that I think would be ideal for someone who is just starting their polish collection. Seeing that I've already gone off the deep end in that respect, I decided that I only "needed" four. After they arrived, I decided that I really only "needed" three. Hey, I could have snagged the entire collection right? I saved that insanity for Color Club's Halo Hues (worth every penny). We'll talk about those beauties later. 

You'll be shocked to discover that three out of the four I chose are cremes. I know, who am I?! I think I was feeling overloaded by all of the glitter around here and needed something nice and calm. As I type, I have glitter on my nails. Moving on. 


Color Club Muse-ical
This is your standard dark grey creme. It's handy to have in one's polish collection. Being a sucker for dark grey I grabbed this while China Glaze Concrete Catwalk sat a few feet away. Doh! Anyway, this has a fabulous formula. If your careful you could get this baby on in one coat. I used two and topped it with Cult Nails Wicked Fast. 


 Color Club By Design
My camera wanted this to look maroon. It is not. It's a beautiful dark plum. Formula was perfect, color is beautiful. A more color accurate swatch can be found, here. Please don't leave me. ;)


 Color Club In the Limelight
Don't you think this should be lime? I'm with ya. Nope, it's a creamy smooth periwinkle. Fabulous formula just like the other two. The name just confuses me. I'm glad we had this talk.




Color Club Port-folio
This polish made me a little crazy trying to photograph it. It's a duochrome that just wouldn't behave for me. That or I'm still learning how to use my behemoth of a camera. Let's blame the polish shall we? It's a gorgeous silvery purple with a strong green flash. The bottle looks awesome and it actually translates to the nail pretty darn well. I turned on the flash on my last picture so you can see the green in action. 


Have you seen this collection yet and are there any on your wishlist? Perhaps you already have your picks. Tell me what you got or what you think in the comment section below. 

Don't forget to enter my giveaway (here), there are nine polishes up for grabs! Please spread the word about the giveaway and this blog, subscribe, etc. Your support means so much to me. :)

Thanks for reading!

-Mira




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

***This giveaway is now closed!***
Congratulations, Stephanie!

I can't believe it's been a year since I started this blog. When I began, I wasn't sure how long I would do it and how it would turn out. It has been such a blessing in my life. I know that sounds weird and dramatic but it's the truth! A few months before I started this blog, I was put on medical leave and had filed for long term disability. It has been rough to say the least. I needed something to do to keep my mind off of my issues. Something fun and this just seemed the perfect fit. I can paint my nails in bed, blog with my lap top on my stomach while I lay down, and post as little or as often as I can handle. I've loved blogging, meeting new people who share my obsession interest with polish, and learning new techniques with polish and photography. Your support has meant so much to me and I wanted to do something to thank you. It isn't much but I've put together a giveaway! 

Here are the prizes!


 Essie As Gold As It Gets and Essie Shine of the Times

 Ulta Glazed & Confused Mini Set
Polish names from left to right:
Kiss My Glass, Broken & Blue, Un-tile the Morning, Walking on Broken Glass, Tex-tile Me Later

Here are better pictures of the polishes out of the box.





OPI I Think in Pink and OPI You Glitter Be Good to Me


There will be one winner and is open for U.S. only.  Good luck!