Monday, December 31, 2012

Shimmer Polish - Mary

Good morning! Happy Monday! Sorry for not posting in a few days, I've been fighting a bit of a bug. Everyone at work is sick with the flu and I woke up on Wednesday congested and with a sore throat, which is still hanging around but thankfully it never turned into anything more. Does anyone have any plans for New Years Eve? I have work today, but I'm hoping that they will close my office at least a *little* early. Other than that my boyfriend and I are just making dinner at his place and then probably coming back to my house to watch the ball drop with my parents. I'm off tomorrow and we may take a drive, since the weather here on Saturday kept us on the island. Enough rambling....

Today I have a super awesome polish for you, Mary by Shimmer Polish. Mary has a tinted base, which I would consider a raspberry red. There are different size glitters in a mix of red, purple, black and silver. There is an amazing purple glitter that looks blue at times, depending on the way the light hits it. The formula was easy to work with and not goopy in the least. I found the dry time to be quick and I rocked this mani for almost three days before I removed it. All of the glitter pieces laid flat and I topped this off with a coat of Seche Vite.

You can purchase Shimmer Polish on Etsy, here. You can also check out all of the polishes offered by Shimmer Polish on her website, They are full size bottles that retail for $12.00 each.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year. See you in 2013 ;)

The polish in this post was provided for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday - Christmas Inspired Mani (China Glaze Glittering Garland)

Good morning and a very Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate Christmas!! I hope everyone gets a few good things, enjoys their time with their family and that everyone stays safe. Today's Twinsie Tuesday theme is a Christmas inspired mani. Sadly, I've only worn two holiday polishes this entire season. My favorite Christmas polish is China Glaze Glittering Garland, so I decided to feature it in this post. Glittering Garland is a medium green packed with glass flecks. The formula is great and opaque in two coats. This may be one of the most stunning polishes I own....

In addition to todays post, we have a very special announcement. Jamie from Polish, Please will be joining the Twinsie Tuesday girls starting today. Make sure you check her out her blog and give her a warm welcome!!

Click the links below to see all of the Christmas inspired manicures  ;)

Amanda at Amandalandish
Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog

Again, a very Merry Christmas to all of you!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Zoya Lovely - Spring 2013 Nail Polish Collection (Press Release and Pics)

Hey all! I have some super exciting information and press release photos to share with you tonight....
Zoya Lovely
Beauty is a lovely state of mind
Lovely, just LOVELY!
Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other....

Zoya Lovely – spRING 2013
Piaf (ZP652) - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
GeiGei (ZP651) - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Julie (ZP650) - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Blu (ZP653) - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
Neely (ZP655) - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13).
Jacqueline (ZP654) - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)
Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrialchemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Zoya Lovely$8 (US)
Follow theZoya Nail Polish and Treatments Blog and stay tuned on Twitter (@Zoyanailpolish) andFacebook for release date updates.
Hashtags: #ZoyaLovely and #nailpolish.
Thoughts? I'm beyond excited for each of these new shades!! They all look so soft.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday - Birthstone Color (Essie Cascade Cool)

Good Morning, ladies! This week the theme for Twinsie Tuesdays is our birthstone color. Since I'm an October baby, my birthstone is pink tourmaline. I went through a few of my polishes and picked Essie Cascade Cool for my mani. It turned out to be a pretty good match.

I used two easy coats of Essie Cascade Cool for the photos above. The formula is easy to work with and completely opaque in two coats. I topped it off with Seche Vite. 

Remember to check out my Twinsies and their birthstone colors! :)

Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It

Friday, December 14, 2012

China Glaze - Cowgirl Up

Good morning! Happy Friday to each of you. 5:30pm today will begin my four day weekend...woohoo! I expected to have to go into work on Monday, but instead of a Christmas party my job gave us off on Christmas Eve which totally works for me!

Today I have a polish that I'm not too crazy about. It's Cowgirl Up, from the Rodeo Collection by China Glaze. I thought this looked stunning in the bottle, but once on the nail I wasn't very impressed. It's a very dark magenta/purple. The color is very me, but I'm not a fan of the finish which is frosty. When in direct sunlight and bright lighting, there are little blue flecks which you can  almost see in the photos below. These flecks aren't apparent in normal lighting, and the polish looks much more frosty. The formula was good and I only needed two coats to get it opaque. I topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite.

I apologize in advance for the funky ring finger. I have a break that is very far up and I tried to patch it - which you can tell is a complete fail. I also have a bit of tip wear, I haven't been good about taking my photos right away lately....

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday - Chanukah Inspired Mani

Good morning, everyone! Today's Twinsie Tuesday theme is a Chanukah inspired mani. I started with Nails Inc Baker Street as a base, which is a vibrant blue creme polish. I topped it off with OPI Pirouette My Whistle, which is light silver glitter in a clear base. I did two coats of Bakers Street, and one coat of Pirouette My Whistle (which I dabbed on in spots for better coverage). I apologize in advance for the camera phone pictures, Bakers Street is extremely difficult to photograph and my regular camera couldn't capture it accurately.

I really liked this combo. I rocked this mani last week, and my co-worker at first said it reminded her of snow and then proceeded to call it a Chanukah mani. Score! Mission accomplished!  ;)
Again, Happy Chanukah to all of my Jewish readers!
Remember to check out my Twinsies and the Chanukah inspiration they have on their nails:
Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It

Monday, December 10, 2012

Essie - Sew Psyched

Good morning, all! I hope everyone had a good weekend, and Happy Chanukah to any Jewish readers! I've been digging through my Essie stash non-stop lately and falling back in love with some of my all time favorites. I wasn't feeling the bright or the dark shades last week so I picked out Essie's Sew Psyched. This is one of my favorite Essie polishes ever. I like to call this dusty army green, and I'm slightly obsessed with it. The Essie website calls this cashmere-soft sage pewter, but dusty army green just seems so bad ass in my opinion. It is fully opaque in two coats and the formula is easy to work with. I used Seche Vite in the photos below....

I hope everyone has a good Monday  :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday - Black & White Mani

Good morning, friends! I'm back today with another Twinsie Tuesday post. This weeks challenge was a black and white manicure. Seems simple enough, but I spent the better part of the week trying to figure out what to do. I started with three awful coats of Essie Marshmallow and after major denting and chippage had to start over. I decided to keep it simple, and I really ended up loving the outcome.

I'm not sure what to call this, other than random freestyle nail art. I wasn't going to a zebra look, I just wanted lines coming from each side of the nail. I started with two coats of Jordana White (much easier than Essie Marshmallow!) and just went and did a couple of random black stripes with a nail art polish. I'm pretty proud, especially for this being nail art lol.  

Sorry for the dry cuticles. The weather in NY has been pretty cold (with the exception of today, where we hit 62 degrees) and the winter weather wrecks havoc on my skin despite slathering on lotion all day long.

Make sure to check out my twinsies and their black and white manicures:

Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It