Bringing back the 80's and 90's with Lisa Frank nails!

Hello everyone! I'm sorry I've been MIA. The last weekend and this past week have been nuts!! But now I've got some downtime which is nice. ^_^

The inspiration for this mani was from Mary from Swatch and Learn who did a Holographic Rainbow Leopard mani. But since I only really had two of the holos that she used, I had to improvise for the other two colours.

I'm sorry for the jacked up pics, they were taken JUST NOW lol and I did mani this last Friday! So not bad for 6 days wear!

For the colours I used Color Club Wild at Heart near the base of the nail, then Nubar Reclaim, then China Glaze Ahoy and finally at the tips, China Glaze Blue Island Iced Tea. I was originally gonna use DS Extravagance and DS Magic but the black spots didn't show up that well. I used the leopard print from Konad image plate m57 and used Wet n Wild Black Creme for stamping.

I got so many compliments while rocking this mani and I just want to thank Mary for reminding me that I had wanted to try this a while back! Thank you also to Sayanythingbr00ke who posted up the tutorial on Youtube! 

Do You Think I'm Tex-y holo-fied!!!

Hello beauty bloggers and all others! 

Around 2 weeks ago I ordered Nfu Oh #62 and #66 holos off Fabuloustreet. I'm so psyched to get them and try them out!!!!

So in the meantime, I've had to quench my thirst for holos in another way. I made my own! Well, sorta...not quite frankening, more like layering. ^_~

Supplies used! L-R: Orly Bonder, Do You Think I'm Tex-y, Margarita, Wireless, Insta-Dry Topcoat

Base colour is 3 coats OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y from the OPI Texas Collection. This is my very first and only (for now) sorbet shade! Then 2 coats of Bobbie Margarita, then 2 coats of China Glaze Wireless. So many coats!!! LoL! All pictures were taken in sunlight, no flash.

Blurry shot to show off holo-ness!

Sorry for the dry hands/cuticles etc. *sigh* It's a chronic disease. -_- Oh and I've jumped on the Disqus's so much easier to reply to the comments!

Even more free Hello Kitty plates from Born Pretty!

If you guys missed the 2 chances to order the free Hello Kitty plates from Born Pretty, here's another one!! 

There will be another chance on April 11 and the quantity will be determined by how many "likes" they get on their Facebook page.

Here are the details for the free plate.

You're a Tree Hugger? I'm Sew Psyched!!

Lame attempt at naming this mani but that's the best my poor brain can come up with after work LOL!

I've been wanting to do this for a while now, and I finally got to do it. The colours I used were Essie Sew Psyched and China Glaze Tree Hugger.

I did a half-moon mani using those page protector sticker things that you can get from Walmart. I painted one coat of Sew Psyched then waited for it to dry. Then I stuck half the page protector stickers on the base of my nail and painted one coat of Tree Hugger on top. Then I peeled off the sticker and voila! Half-moon done GOING GREEN style! Then just for fun, I painted a line using Color Club Silver Holo striper.

Taken outside, no flash. Look no more snow on the ground! 

Taken indoors, with flash.

Taken in full sun. Ignore that black dot, I don't know what's wrong with my camera. =( It won't go's probably somewhere inside.

Crop shot of blurry glittery holo goodness.

When I first thought up this mani, I wasn't sure how many coats of Tree Hugger I would need to cover up Sew Psyched. Turns out all I needed was 1. How awesome is that? It's such a gorgeous green apple with pretty shimmer, perfect for spring. Sew Psyched is a greeny-grey colour, perfect for fall, but by the time I got this polish, winter was almost done. So I'll just use it now. =)

Let's compare!

So Fiona from Swatch and Learn had posted up swatches of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue It. Seeing the swatches reminded me of OPI DS Magic and then of course I wanted to see how they compared.

Yay, my first comparison post! All shots were taken beside a window, no flash.

Bottle shots! Blue It on the left, DS Magic on the right. Right away you can tell the difference. DS Magic has so much more....magic going on in the bottle. There's blue and then purple and then you're just lost in the mix.

But of course the "magic" doesn't really translate that well onto the nail. Don't get me's still purdy but I wouldn't mind seeing the purple outside of the bottlel!

DS Magic on the left, Blue It on the right. Magic needed 3 coats to be fully opaque, Blue It needed 2.

So while I was doing comparisons, I remembered I had wanted to do this one as well! Dupe alert?

Wet n Wild FastDry in SaGreena the Teenage Witch on the left, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Emerald City on the right. They look fairly similar right?

Well that's pretty much where the similarities ended. StTW looked like that with 2 coats and Emerald City looked like that with 2 coats. See the difference? StTW is so sheer, I couldn't stand it! Emerald City just applied way better.

Here's a shot indoors with natural light, no flash. 
L-R: Blue It, DS Magic, Emerald City, SaGreena the Teenage Witch.

So here ya go Fiona, this one's for you! :)

Lively Lilac Bandanicure!

Hello everyone!! Long time no post. Hope everyone's doing ok. We've had some weird weather here, spring-like temperatures one time then next thing you know, we're having a snowball fight! I wish nature would make up its mind. 

Anyhoooo, I've realized that I don't have a lavender/lilac polish and all of a sudden, I really wanted it! So off I go to Walmart and I picked up Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Lively Lilac! It's exactly the shade I was looking for! =) It's a pastel lilac with a tiny hint of shimmer.

Didn't get a swatch of it on its own, but here it is Konadicured with Wet n Wild White Creme and image plate m64 with the image my BF has dubbed "Bandana".
Pic taken indoors with natural light. If you enlarge the pic, you can see the shimmer in the bottle! In real life, the lilac is a bit brighter. It looks slightly dusty in the pic, IMHO.

Here's a pic of me holding my phone. Yesterday I matched everything, purple scrubs, purple nails, purple phone! Lol!

Application was very nice, 2 coats was more than enough. Dry time was pretty fast, I'm not gonna lie. Actually, the Insta-Dry topcoat is becoming a fast fave of mine. I find myself reaching for it now instead of my Seche Vite. *gasp* I know right? It dries pretty fast as well! Plus it's Big 3 free, so I've got my replacement for SV! 

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