Thursday, December 31, 2009

HELLO 2010

GUEST NAILS - MARBLE MANI

Today I have a guest who would like to share her water marble mani attempt.

Jenelle H. contacted me through email about my hunt for doing a marble mani. Janelle talks about what she used and even a tip to help in attaining a great marble mani.

"
I used NYC polishes in polyester pink, fuchsia shock and white. They worked great! But I did have some trouble at first when I used tap water, I live in the country and we have less-than-perfect water from a well and the nail polish ended up just in a ball at the bottom of the cup. So I used our bottled drinking water and it worked sooo perfectly! "






Absolutely fabulous!! Great job Janelle! I will try the bottled water trick and see if it helps me at all!

CHEAP BRAND - NOTD

I say "cheap" but really it should be "cheaper", since this polish's quality is anything BUT cheap. I love Diamond Cosmetics polish. This was one I pulled out of my pink box. It is actually a mix between a purple and pink. The polish has lots of lighter pink shimmer through out.











I decided to add a little bit more glitter to this look with another "cheaper" brand, Nabi. I believe this color is called Pink Glitter.











I NEED ALL OF THESE SHOES!!!!

OMG!!! I love shoes. But I don't like spending tons of money on shoes, $30-$50 bucks is about my limit. Anything over that and I gotta REALLLLLLY like the shoes. I came across these shoes and I am in LOVE!! Is it to late for Santa to make another stop at my house??

The best part about these shoes are that they are fairly cheap! I think the most expensive pair I saw were $69.


OMG!! Pink Glitter covered heels?????? Only $36.00!!



They even have silver too!! ( And you KNOW I have nail polish to match both of these glitter bombs!)



I have no clue why these shoes are speaking to me, but they are. I don't know what you would wear them with, but they are fierce! These are $68.00



How cute are these bad boys?? These are on sale for $23.40!!!



These shoes take the m-f'in cake! Unfortunately these are sold out, but they were on sale for $37.20. Again, I have no clue what these would go with but they are simply awesome. GOLD GLITTER heels with RED RHINESTONE FLAMES. . . . . get outta here!! I would buy these, I swear to GOD I would buy these if they were still in stock. I would wear these to go to the mail box in, and to wash dishes in, and to take Little to school in, to take Dinky on walks in . . . . the possibilities are endless I say!!




I have four words for you:
Blue
Glitter
Leopard
Print!!!
These shoes just make me happy. These are $69.00.



Click on any of the pictures to be taken to the page to order these shoes.
I found all of these shoes at
Pinupgirlclothing.com.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CHEAP, DRUGSTORE BRAND SWATCHES - THE GREENS

Lastly, I have the GREENS for you all. This post is sort of a fail, in that two of the four polishes I am showing you aren't drugstore brand. Last night when I pulled them out though, I wasn't planning on doing a drugstore only brand post. So please forgive me on that note.

I had so much fun doing these, that I think I might continue on with a couple more colors tomorrow.


GOLDEN DRAGON




This polish was a gift to me from Helen from Helen and Sheenies Nice Things. We did a swap a while back and this was one of the polishes that she sent me. It is a blueish green base with tons of gold shimmer through out.


STUNNER





I call this a green, but I guess it really could be labeled under several different colors. To me, I consider this a dark, grungy Olive green. Isn't this a beauty though? Unfortunately it looks mostly black in indoor lighting. I just loved these bottles with the big jewels on top. Super duper pretty. If I had my own line of nail polish, I would want to incorporate a jewel like this on my bottle. This is one of the cheap ones, around $2. However, I don't believe this is available any more.


ENTOURAGE




The shimmer is what makes this polish. If it weren't for that I don't' think I would like this one nearly as much.



PEARL JUNGLE




This looks kind of foily, but it really isn't. It is packed full of flat, flaky pieces. This is a $1 polish that I found at a local dollar store (not Dollar Tree). Santee is a good brand of polish I think. The formula isn't bad, they just have a limited selection of colors. I have seen these at local beauty supply stores too.

CHEAP, DRUGSTORE BRAND SWATCHES - THE BLUES

In continuing with my swatching of lesser hyped, cheaper nail polishes, I am showing you the ones I pulled out of my blue box (well ONE of my blue boxes, lol).

MY THREE COAT POLICY
I also wanted to be a little more clear about my 3 coats of nail polish policy. Three coats is what I consider normal for full nail polish coverage. I used to do two coats tops, if I had to do three it was literally a pain in my ass. However, there are a couple of things that have changed my policy. First off, the discovery of Seche. Since Seche cuts down drying to basically nothing, putting on three coats of nail polish is nothing to me any more. The second factor in changing my policy is macro setting, lol. Since taking pictures of my nails and posting them HUGE, I find that I like three coats much better than two.

My policy breaks down like this:
(And I am totally cracking up that I have a nail polish policy, lol!)

ONE COAT - A miracle polish.
TWO COATS - I'm singing the polishes praises
THREE COATS - What I expect from a polish to have full coverage.
FOUR COATS - It better be something special.
FIVE COATS - Get outta here!



MIDNIGHT BLUE




I was at first worried that this was going to turn out to be one of the dreaded sheer, streaky ones, but it isn't. This is three coats and it was too pretty on it's own to even add anything else on top of it.


BLUE OVER A BOY




Again, this isn't a drug store brand, but it is one that caught my eye. I remember when I ordered this polish and I took it out of the box, I thought to myself "why did I order this?". All that changed as soon as I put it on. This color is just perfection!






I call this Blue Over a Hottie Boy, lol. How awesome is this? Even those of you who don't like blue nail polish (MOM!) have to admit that this is just beautiful. This needs to be a summer matching mani pedi, no?


PINK DIAMOND




This one was a little bit on the sheer side. It also does that weird thing where it doesn't want to cover the very tips of my nails. But I think the color is worth it. This was four coats, but such an awesome color.

I have one more post in this series, my GREENS. I should have it up in a few hours.
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