Friday, July 15, 2011

Color me Marbleized

So my husband is on duty today and I needed a project. So, after I spruced up the house a bit I decided I wanted to give a go at Water Marbling. Still learning, but I am actually quite pleased with the results. What do you think? :-)
natural, overcast sunlight
left hand marbling
right hand marbling
I used room temp, filtered water and a toothpick to swirl in my designs. The 3 colors of choice for this mani were Essie-Allure, Essie-St. Lucia Lilac and Pure Ice-Love. Topped it all off with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat. The Pink on all other nails is 2coats of Pure Ice-Love. I hope you like this as much as I do! I can't wait to try some more water marbling!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fresh Coat of Lacquer for the Day

Today I got my nail mail from Nailstash's blog sale! YAY! I recieved confirmation Sunday on my purchase and it came today! Super fast and wrapped with care! I snagged China Glaze Emerald Sparkle and Essie - St. Lucia Lilac. I'm sure you can guess which one this is. :-P

Indoor lighting no flash
outdoors, direct sunlight
I realize my application was a bit sloppy, but this polish was not the smoothest application for me. I found the formula to be on the rather watery side and it streaked pretty horribly. I LOVE the color though, so I stuck it out. I think it's a beautiful pale purple (lilac) with a great subtle grey undertone. This is 3coats topped with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat. Eventually, I think I might just cave and pick up a Seche Vite top coat!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Layering Experiment

My husband wanted to see what black crackle would look like over this electric blue I had. We both thought it sounded great, but I don't really know if I cared for the final effect, so I slapped some glitter on top just to jazz it up.

I had 2 coats of China Glaze Frostbite topped with China Glaze Black Mesh Crackle topped with Wet n' Wild 460D. 

I decided I didn't really care for this so it didn't stay long. One of the issues was that I think I applied the Wet n' Wild too thickly because the polish never fully dried before I just took it off. It was about 2hours later and it easily slid around my nail if any pressure was applied. But yeah, possible user error on my part. I liked the glitter itself so I would definitely try it again. As a personal preference though, I think I prefer lighter colors under the black crackle for more of a contrast.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

ZOYA Charla

Decided on doing a fresh mani today and Zoya Charla seemed to me like the perfect choice! I hadn't worn it before and it just looks so beautiful in the bottle. This color reminds me of a mermaid and it did not disappoint. Application was smooth and easy. I am really starting to fall for Zoya polishes.

2coats topped with China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.

indoors w/ natural back lighting 
direct sunlight
Charla is a fresh, fun color. The shimmery teal is sure to be an attention grabber!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Pedi and Mani

I find it easier to jazz up a pedicure than my fingernails, probably because the surface area is greater. Anyways, here is my Independence Day pedicure.

The red is Zoya Sooki, which I will show on my nails below and the blue is China Glaze Frostbite. I think the 2 colors go absolutely perfect together!

Simple, somewhat boring, 4th of July mani.

 Here is Zoya Sooki all by itself.
Sooki w/ flash. The flash seems to pick up on the subtle orange undertones in this eye-popping red.
 This red cream polish is absolute perfection to apply. It goes on smoothly with no streaking and really only needs 1 coat, but I did 2. Topped with Chinaglaze Fast Forward Top Coat.