Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #1

Hey guys!

We made it to the end! Today I'll be showing you my pick for the best polish released in 2011! Today's choice should come as no surprise since I've already reviewed it individually and I absolutely raved about it - it's Illamasqua Load.

Load was released with the Throb Collection for Valentine's Day 2011 and is a yellow based off-white creme. Load has the most amazing formula ever, it covers in 2 coats, and it looks like a professional manicure because it's so smooth and perfect in its application.

Now, some people are a little turned off by the name of this polish. Personally, I freaking love it. I appreciate that Illamasqua flirted with boundaries and stepped outside of the puns and kitschy names that we're so used to.

Let's see some photos of my favourite polish of 2011!





I also used Load as a base for one of my retro series nail art designs!

I don't feel like I have to say much more about this polish - it's just pure awesome. It's also the only polish in my entire stash of over 1000 that I have made a point to purchase a back-up of. That should say it all!

Illamasqua Load is still available on the Illamasqua website as well as the Sephora website so you should have no trouble picking one up if you're interested.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this Top 10 Series, I know I have! And don't forget to check out Rebecca's blog to see what her top polish pick of 2011 is! I have a feeling I know what it is!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #2

Hey guys!

Today I'll be showing you #2 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. We're almost to the end! Today's polish is one that I never did get around to posting for you guys but I did wear it as a full mani on two separate occasions! It's Zoya Yara!

Yara was released with the Fall 2010 Smoke & Mirrors Collection and is only one of two shades I picked up from the collection. I hate how Zoya is not widely available in Canada, especially here in NL, otherwise I would probably own the entire collection! Anyways, Zoya Yara is a smokey olive green with gold shimmer flecked throughout and it covers wonderfully well in 2 coats.

Sadly, I don't have many good things to say about Zoya as a company as I find that they're super ignorant of Canadians, which is just not cool. However, they make some damn good polish so it's a little bittersweet to have a Zoya shade as #2 on my list.

Anyways, let's see some photos!




Yara made it high on my Top 10 list because I really loved the military/olive green trend this year and the gold shimmer within that base makes Yara not only gorgeous, but unlike anything I own or have seen before.

Yara and the rest of the Smoke & Mirrors Collection should still be rather easy to come across, especially online, so you should't have any troubles finding it.

What do you guys think of my #2 pick? Did you pick up Yara or any others from the Smoke & Mirrors Collection?

Be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #2 polish of 2011 is! Interestingly, Rebecca chose Zoya Neeka as one of her picks, which was also released with this collection and which I had a hard time cutting from my own Top 10 list!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2500 Followers!

Hey guys!

Today my little blog clicked over to the 2500 followers mark! 2500 is a lot of people and this is a milestone that I didn't even think was achievable when I first started my blog!

I want to thank you all for being a part of this with me and for coming to visit my blog. It feels amazing to be able to share this passion of mine with so many of you!


To show my appreciation, I will be holding a giveaway that will start within the next couple of days, I just have to find the prizes which could be packed in any number of boxes at my new place! But keep a look out because it's going to be a good one!

Thanks again! Reaching this milestone has seriously made my day!

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #3

Hey guys!

Today I'll be showing you #3 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. Now, I have to be honest, I had my list completely figured out before I even started my posts. However, today's choice was one that I overlooked entirely and it wasn't until I saw it on Rebecca's Top 10 list that I realized I had forgotten it! It's Cult Nails Unicorn Puke/Clairvoyant.

When this polish was first released as Unicorn Puke, I actually thought it was a little overrated and overhyped. However, as I saw more and more photos of it, I decided that I definitely needed it. So when it was re-released as Clairvoyant with the Cult Nails Super Powers Collection, I gave in. Luckily, I got mine during the Black Friday sale so it was 25% off! I also picked up several other Cult Nails polishes that I haven`t had the chance to try yet but that I`m sure you'll be seeing swatches of soon.

Clairvoyant is a sheer purple jelly base packed with multi-colour-shifting flakies. It can be worn alone but I definitely prefer to layer it myself. For my swatches I layered 1 coat of Clairvoyant over 2 coats of OPI Grape...Set...Match. I think Grape...Set...Match is a great underwear for Clairvoyant because the shimmer shows through the flakies and makes this even prettier!

Let's take a look at some photos of this beauty!






Although we've all seen flakie polishes before, (and they're actually getting much more popular), I think Clairvoyant is extra special. There's something about all those different coloured flakies that's mesmerizing! I'm actually wearing this as a full mani right now and I can't stop staring at my nails!

Cult Nails Clairvoyant is currently sold out on the Cult Nails website but as far as I know it's going to be back in stock in the new year. Hopefully all of you who still want to get your own bottle of Clairvoyant will be able to snag one before it sells out again!

Be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #3 polish of 2011 is!

P.S. We are officially moved into our new place now (although barely anything is unpacked, except for my polish of course) so my photos are going to look a little different than you're used to. I just need to figure out a new lighting scheme/photo-taking-setup so bear with me until then!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #4

Hey guys!

Today I'll be showing you #4 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. Today's polish is another that was recently released - it's Lorelei's Tiara from the China Glaze Eye Candy Collection.

The Eye Candy Collection was released for Holiday 2011 and consists of 6 glitter shades that were all inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Although I loved most of the shades, Lorelei's Tiara stood out to me as one of the most unique and definitely the prettiest of the bunch.

Lorelei's Tiara is a clear base packed with small silver glitter and medium bright blue glitter. Unlike a lot of glitter shades, Lorelei's Tiara builds up to full opacity in 3 easy coats (which is what I did for my swatches), but you could also layer it over a silver foil or glitter polish so that you don't have to use as much of this beauty.

Let's see the swatches!






I also used Lorelei's Tiara for the snowflake design I did for my Christmas nail art series!

I loved this manicure and apparently so did many others because I've done this for 2 clients since I posted it!

I seriously own nothing even close to this polish and I'm so glad to have it! It definitely deserves a spot in my Top 10.

What do you guys think of my #4 choice? Did you get pick up Lorelei's Tiara or any others from the Eye Candy Collection?

And be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #4 polish of 2011 is! Yesterday we chose the same polish as our #5 picks (OPI Skull & Glossbones) and that was completely unintentional for anyone wondering!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #5

Hey guys!

Today I'll be showing you #5 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. Today's polish might be a little unusual as a favourite but I absolutely love it - it's OPI Skull & Glossbones.

Before I go on, I want to quickly apologize for having yet another OPI shade in my Top 10. This makes 3! But I promise it's the last one! I wanted to be honest with my list and since I loved a lot of what OPI did this year, I couldn't help but include the 3 OPI shades that I have.

Skull & Glossbones was released with the OPI Spring 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection, which is definitely one of my favourite collections from the whole year. Skull & Glossbones is a murky light grey creme that covers easily in 2 coats.

This is unlike the other grey shades I own because it doesn't have any blue undertones - it's more neutral. Plus, I absolutely love the murkyness of it (which, fyi, is also present in the rest of the shades from this collection)!

Let's see some swatches!






See how smooth and perfect it looks! I totally love this polish on me!

Since the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection was released in the Spring, it might not be too easy to come across but I would guess that it's still available for regular price on some online retailers and sites like eBay.

What do you guys think of my #5 choice? Did you get pick up Skull & Glossbones or any others from the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection?

And be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #5 polish of 2011 is!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Nail Art - Christmas Tree

Hey guys!

I hope you're all having a good day!

Somehow, in between moving, unpacking, putting together furniture and wrapping presents, I managed to paint my nails last night. I don't know how I did it, but I did.

I had hacked up my snowman mani pretty badly doing all of the aforementioned things so I just had to do something for Christmas day. I decided to use this tutorial by Nailside as inspiration for a quick Christmas tree accent nail and I think it turned out super pretty! As I've said before, I don't have the patience for tape manis so I simply freehanded my tree with a striping brush.

Hope you like it!



Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
Color Club - Gingerbread Man (base)
Deborah Lippmann - Boom Boom Pow (over base)
China Glaze - Jolly Holly (tree)
OPI - Rainbow Connection (meant to simulate ornaments on the tree)
Gold star rhinestone from eBay (star on top of tree)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #6

Hey guys!

Merry Christmas to all that celebrate this holiday! I know a lot of you are going to be busy today but I still have another post (a nail art one) scheduled for later today if you're interested!

Today I'll be showing you #6 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. Today's polish is from a recently released collection that I haven't even had a chance to swatch for you guys yet! However, I knew I was going to be happy with this shade in particular and I definitely wasn't let down (obviously, considering it made it to my Top 10)!

Today's shade is Wet 'n' Wild It's All In The Cut from the Ice Baby Collection. Sadly, the Ice Baby Collection is a Walgreen's exclusive one and Walgreen's is a US based store, so I had to get a friend from the US to send me the collection. The entire collection is glittery and fun but this shade stood out to me as the most original and the prettiest.

It's All In The Cut is a lavender glitter packed with pieces of pink and holographic glitter. It's a little on the sheer side so although it can be built up to full opacity, I decided to layer 1 coat of It's All In The Cut over 2 coats of China Glaze Spontaneous for my swatches.

Let's see some photos!






I'm really happy to see drugstore brands of nail polish stepping it up lately and Wet 'n' Wild is definitely making a name of itself within the nail polish community. The Ice Baby Collection seem to have been pretty popular, I just wish it had been more widely available.

Since It's All In The Cut is from a Holiday 2011 collection, you might still be able to find it if you're interested.

What do you guys think of my #6 choice? Did you get pick up It's All In The Cut or any others from the Ice Baby Collection?

And be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #6 polish of 2011 is!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #7

Hey guys!

I hope you're all enjoying this series thus far! I know I am!

Today I'll be showing you #7 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011 and this is one that based on promotional photos, I never would have thought would end up in my Top 10. However, in person, and once on the nail, this shade is absolutely stunning - it's OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It!

Swimsuit...Nailed It! was released with one of OPI's Summer 2011 Collections - the Miss Universe Collection. It was a small collection of only 4 polishes and this shade was definitely the star of the collection for me. In fact, this shade is the star of all the summer collections in my opinion!

Swimsuit...Nailed It! is a bright, electric blue foil. It covered super easily in 2 coats and it's amazingly shiny, even without topcoat. The one drawback is that it's hard to photograph but I think I did a pretty good job (after taking more photos of this one shade than all the others in my Top 10 list combined)!

Let's move on to some swatches!






After the release of the Miss Universe Collection we saw a couple of other electric blue foils shades released (such as Color Club Cold Metal and Orly Stonecold) but Swiumsuit...Nailed It! is definitely my favourite of the bunch.

Now, I don't think Swimsuit...Nailed It! is going to be reaching HTF status but I still think it's gorgeous and totally deserving of a spot on my Top 10 list.

If you didn't already pick up a bottle of Swimsuit...Nailed It!, my guess is that it won't be hard to come across.

What do you guys think of my #7 choice? Did you get pick up Swiumsuit...Nailed It?

And be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #7 polish of 2011 is!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #8

Hey guys!

Today I'll be showing you #8 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. My #8 choice was wildly popular this year - it's Orly Fowl Play.

Fowl Play was released with Orly's Fall Collection called Birds of a Feather. Sadly, this collection never made its way to my neck of the woods so I had to ask a friend in the US to send a bottle of Fowl Play to me. Thanks again Sarah!

Fowl Play is a plum-y jelly base packed with an assortment of duochrome flakies and several different colours of glitter. It's on the sheer side so I find that it's better layered over another shade. In my swatches, I layered one coat of Fowl Play over two coats of Orly Out of this World.

Let's see some swatches!






The reason Fowl Play didn't make it higher on my list is because we've seen a very similar version of this shade before - OPI's Merry Midnight from 2009. I did a comparison of these two shades here.

However, even though we've seen a similar polish before, Fowl Play is still really special and I'm glad to own it. Furthermore, OPI's Merry Midnight is considered a HTF shade so having Fowl Play released this year gave many people a chance to get a very similar polish.

You might still be able to find the Birds of a Feather Collection at some stores but if you weren't able to pick up a bottle of Fowl Play, try checking online retailers. And, I don't want to give away too much, but keep an eye out for an upcoming giveaway and you might be able to score yourself a bottle of Fowl Play!

What do you guys think of my #8 choice? Did you get your hands on a bottle of Fowl Play?

And be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #8 polish of 2011 is!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Nail Art - Party Hearty Snowman

Hey guys!

Yes, two posts in one day! I'll still be posting my nail art while I'm doing my Top 10 Polishes of 2011 Series, so there'll be a few days where you'll see more than one post from me!

Now, snowman nail art has been done plenty of times before but I still wanted to make my own version of this popular design. So, I fished out the most Christmas-appropriate nail polish I own - China Glaze Party Hearty - and threw that into the mix.

Hope you like it!


Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
OPI - Alpine Snow (base, ribbon on snowman's hat, highlights on eyes)
China Glaze - Party Hearty (over base on all fingers except ring)
Wet 'n' Wild - Black Creme (snowman's hat, eyes, mouth)
China Glaze - Papaya Punch (snowman's nose)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #9

Hey guys!

Today I'll be showing you #9 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. For #9, I chose a favourite of mine from one of this year's holiday collections - OPI Excuse Moi! from the Muppets Collection.

The OPI Muppets Collection consisted of 6 glitter shades but Excuse Moi! was the only shade that had a pigmented base and the only one with multiple colours of glitter. To be more specific, Excuse Moi! is a sheer red-pink base packed with silver micro glitter and small multi-coloured glitter. I think that Excuse Moi! really set itself apart from the other glitters of the collection and it definitely stood out to me as the star of the entire collection.

The formula is surprisingly easy to work with for a glitter and unlike a lot of glitters, such as the others from this collection, Excuse Moi! does not need to be used as a layering polish because it looks pretty awesome on its own. My swatches are 2 coats but I think it could have used another since you can see a yellow hint coming through from my natural nails in some areas (I've whitened my nails since taking these swatch photos and now I wish I had done it beforehand instead).

Anyways, let's move on to some swatches!






Excuse Moi! makes it to #9 on my list because I really have nothing else like it and it stood out the most to me out of all the other polishes released for the holiday season. Plus, I don't think this shade garnered as much attention as it should have.

Luckily, the OPI Muppets Collection is still available in stores so if you're interested in Excuse Moi!, it shouldn't be too difficult to come across.

What do you guys think of my #9 choice? Did you pick up a bottle of Excuse Moi! yet?

And be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #9 polish of 2011 is!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Top 10 Polishes of 2011 - #10

Hey guys!

Today I'll be showing you #10 of my Top 10 list of polishes released in 2011. For #10, I chose a polish that was really popular this year and that I really enjoy - Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air.

Glitter in the Air was released in Spring 2011 along with Naked, a nude cream shade. Glitter in the Air is a very light, very sheer milky blue with multiple sizes of blue and pink glitter scattered throughout.

Because this is so sheer, it's best used as a layering polish, much like I did here. I layered Glitter in the Air over China Glaze Sea Spray, which was also released in Spring 2011 as part of China Glaze's Anchors Away Collection and is a really great base colour for Glitter in the Air. I've also seen swatches of it over Naked and that also looks really nice (and Naked is still on my never-ending wishlist).

Let's move on to some swatches!




The light hit my nails in an odd way in this photo so that my index finger looks like it's a lighter shade of blue than the rest of my fingers. Fortunately, that gives you some idea of how Glitter in the Air looks over a lighter shade!


I chose this shade as my #10 pick because it's super unique to my collection and it's something we haven't really seen before. I think it's really light and dreamy looking and it's versatile enough that you could layer it over a number of shades.

However, as we all know, Lippmann polishes are pretty expensive and I think that's their main drawback. On the bright side though, Revlon has recently released a supposed dupe of Glitter in the Air called Whimsical. That means that if you love Glitter in the Air but you're not willing to fork over the $18, you can get the same shade (from what I hear anyways), for about $5! Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on a bottle so that I can do a comparison for you all.

Nonetheless, dupe or no dupe, Glitter in the Air is definitely a favourite of mine from 2011 and I'm happy to have it in my collection.

What do you guys think? Did you pick up a bottle of Glitter in the Air? If not, will you be looking out for the Revlon dupe?

And be sure to head over to Rebecca's blog to see what her #10 polish of 2011 is!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Series - Top 10 Polishes of 2011

Hey guys!

As I mentioned a few days ago, I have a new series planned that will be taking up my posts right until the end of the month. Well, this post is going to be a short introduction to that series!

What I'm going to be doing is counting down my Top 10 polishes of 2011. That means that out of all the great polishes that have been released in 2011, I've narrowed it down to only 10! I'll be doing full nail swatches of all 10 of the polishes and counting them down 1 by 1 for 10 days straight!


Of course, there are many brands that I don't have access to as well as a number of collections/polishes that I didn't purchase this year. Thus, my choices are based only on the polishes I have that were released over the course of 2011. As well, these are my personal favourites and yours may be entirely different!

What's going to make this series even more fun is Rebecca of Rebecca Likes Nails and I are going to be doing this at the same time! So we'll be posting on the same days and it'll definitely be interesting to see how our lists compare.

I hope you're as excited about this series as I am! Be sure to check back tomorrow for #10!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Nail Art - The Grinch

Hey guys!

As an homage to Cassandra from Both Hands Polished, who I featured as my December featured blog, I decided to use one of her recent manicures as inspiration for my one of my own! I loved her The Grinch mani from a few days ago and although I was a little hesitant to try such a detailed design, I really wanted to give it a try. Well, I'm glad I did because I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!

I wanted to change things up a bit to make the design more my own so I basically only recreated The Grinch himself from her mani and I altered the rest of the design.

I hope you all like it and I hope I made Cassandra proud!


Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
Orly - Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (base)
China Glaze - White on White (base for french tips, base for The Grinch's face and hat, hat fluff)
Orly - Star Spangled (french tips, hat)
OPI - Who the Shrek Are You? (The Grinch's face)
China Glaze - Lemon Fizz (eyes)
China Glaze - Salsa (pupils)
OPI - Black Onyx (black details on face)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Featured Blog - December: Both Hands Polished

Hey guys!

Welcome to December's featured blog post!
For my newer followers who haven't seen one of my featured blog posts before, check out my Featured Blogs tab at the top of the page for more information.

I know it's a little early to be posting my featured blog of the month, but starting on the 21st of December I'm going to have a new and special series for you that will be taking up the rest of the month's posts. Keep your eyes out for that series!

December's featured blog is actually owned by the winner of my Essie Braziliant Collection Giveaway! Cassandra and I have spoken several since times she won my giveaway and she is SO sweet. She's new to the blogging scene and I don't know why she didn't start blogging earlier because she's got some serious talent!

Like I said, she's a new blogger so there's not a whole lot of content yet but she's been posting some really great nail art and I'm looking forward to seeing much more from her.

Here's a sneak peak of her work:


Keep reading to find out more about this great blog!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Nail Art - Christmas Cheetah Print

Hey guys!

Yes, I'm doing Christmas animal print. Can you say you're surprised? I'll totally rock animal print during any season.

Today's mani is extra special because myself, Rebecca (of Rebecca Likes Nails) and Sarah (of Chalkboard Nails) all decided to create Christmas animal print designs and post them today! I got cheetah/leopard print, Rebecca got zebra print and Sarah got her pick of any other animal print, haha. The only rule was that we could only use red, green and white in our designs.

I had to schedule today's post since I'll be working and then shopping for Christmas gifts all day so unfortunately, I don't have the direct links to their posts yet. For now I'll just leave links to their blogs but when I get home later I'll provide the proper links to their posts.

Rebecca Like Nails
Chalkboard Nails

Hope you enjoy today's mani!
And be sure to check Rebecca's and Sarah's as well - I know they're going to be awesome!

Edit: Click here to see Rebecca's Christmas zebra print mani and here to see Sarah's Christmas snakeskin mani!


Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
Orly - Au Champagne (base)
Orly - Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (cheetah spots)
China Glaze - Ruby Pumps (outline of spots)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Haul - Cult Nails, Illamasqua & Color Club

Hey guys!

Ok, I know I said in my last haul post that I was going to be limiting my polish purchases because I'm moving. But before you scold me, hear me out!

One of these polishes is from a Secret Santa exchange that I participated in with some polish gals on Facebook and the rest of the polishes were purchased long before David and I found out about our new apartment, it just took a while for them to get here. So, I'm still being a good girl and the only polishes I've purchased in all of December were bought using some PayPal credit that I had. I'm very proud of myself!

Fortunately my purchases in November have provided me with plenty of new stuff to swatch and show you guys. So let's see what I got!


Cult Nails: My Kind of Cool Aid, Iconic, Living Water, Cruisin' Nude, Always Winning, Clairvoyant (a.k.a Unicorn Puke)
I took advantage of Cult Nails Black Friday sale and got these for 25% off! I already wanted Clairvoyant so I figured this was the perfect time to try out some others from this brand.


Illamasqua: Viridian
This is the polish that I received from my Secret Santa (who isn't secret anymore - thanks Katie)! This shade has been on my wishlist for a while and I'm oh so happy to be adding it to my small collection of Illamasqua polishes. I still want SO many more Illamasqua shades so it's probably a good thing that it's not easily available to me because I would be so poor!


Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe Collection: Gingerbread, Holiday Splendor, Sugarplum Fairy, Jingle Jangle, Beyond the Mistletoe, Cotton Candy
Yes, this is yet another Holiday Collection by Color Club! That's three this year! I'm not complaining though because I love Color Club sets. I got this from a friend in the US because I hadn't seen them at Winners here yet and since they're cheaper in the US, it worked out to be about the same price with shipping that I would have paid for the set here.



Look out for swatches of all of these polishes in the near future!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Nail Art - Penguins + An Important Announcement

Hey guys!

So before I get to today's mani, I want to quickly fill you in on some information that will affect my blog. I'm going through a lot of changes right now, and although they're all good changes, they're going to be taking up a lot of my free time.

As some of you may know, I finished my degree this past Thursday, which is super exciting but also really scary. I've been a University student for the last 5 and 1/2 years so it's going to feel very weird to not go back in the winter semester. As well, today I started a new job (within the same company I was already working part-time, but this is a whole different position). This is a Monday-Friday, 9-5 type job, which is something I've never done before so it's definitely going to take some getting used to. And finally, my boyfriend and I recently got our own place and are in the process of moving. We'll be moving in sometime early in January so we have a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. Plus, it's the holiday season which is already busy enough as it is!

With all that said, I may not have as much time to devote to my blog/my nails over the next month or so. I'm going to try my very best to post as often as I can but I hope you will all understand and bear with me until I can get settled away with all the new (but exciting!) things going on in my life.

Now, onto today's mani! Back in June I featured MaD Manis as my featured blog of the month and it's still one of my favourite nail blogs. I always look forward to posts from this Mother-Daughter team of nail bloggers.

Recently, Amanda posted a super cute penguin design that I knew I just had to recreate for my Christmas series. She also posted a tutorial which made recreating it even easier. Now, I've seen plenty of penguin nail designs before but this is by far the cutest and most original one, in my opinion. The way her penguins were peeking out from the sides is too adorable for words.

Anyways, I hope you like my interpretation of Amanda's awesome design!



Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
China Glaze - Glittering Garland (base)
China Glaze - Party Hearty (over base)
Wet 'n' Wild - Black Creme (penguin body, eyes)
OPI - Alpine Snow (penguin belly, base for santa hat)
Orly - Spark (beak)
China Glaze - Salsa (santa hat)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Few Discontinued China Glaze Shades

Hey guys!

Some of you might remember that roughly a month ago I posted this haul which included a few older China Glaze polishes that I had purchased from a blog sale. I swatched them right away but they've been sitting in my "To Post" folder ever since. So, today I'll finally be showing you swatches of them!

I won't go into detailed reviews about the polishes like I normally would for current collections since most these aren't even available anymore unless you find them on eBay or through a blog sale like I did. However, I'm sure you could do a quick google search and find plenty of reviews of these shades from when they were first released.



Keep reading for the swatches!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas Nail Art - Snowflake Glitter Gradient

Hey guys!

Welcome to the first post of this year's Christmas nail art series! All of my final papers are due today and my last exam is this evening so now I'll have time to get back to my nail art again!

As I said in my tutorial yesterday, my snowflakes design from last year is one of my all-time most popular posts and it's still one of my personal favourite nail art designs to this day. So, I knew I wanted to do another snowflake design this year. However, I didn't want to just recycle last year's design so I changed it up a bit and used some polishes from a few of this year's holiday collections.

Hope you like this design as much as last year's!



Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
China Glaze - Blue Year's Eve (base)
China Glaze - Lorelei's Tiara (tips)
OPI - Alpine Snow (snowflakes, falling snow)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Christmas Nail Art Tutorial - Snowflakes

Hey guys!

Today I have my first Christmas tutorial for you! This is for my first Christmas design from 2010's Christmas series but it's still one of my all-time most popular posts, so I figured it was worth it to do a tutorial on it.

Most of you probably haven't seen this design because I had less than 200 followers when I was doing my Christmas series last year. So, to refresh, here's the design I'll be showing you how to do today:


Keep reading for the tutorial!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas Holo and Flakies

Hey guys!

It was bothering the heck out of me to not have anything on my nails so I took a brief break from paper writing/studying last night to do a quick mani.

I wanted to use some of my new Hits polishes so I pulled out the ones that looked the most Christmas-y and created this simple but still festive mani. I applied 2 coats of Hits Ares (a red holo!) on all of my fingers except for my ring fingers. As an accent nail, I applied 2 coats of Hits Hera (I'll do a separate swatch of this at another time since I've covered it up today) and then I applied 1 coat of Hits Samba on top.

Warning: This post is photo heavy! I couldn't narrow down the photos I wanted to show you so I just decided to show you all the ones I like! I'm sure you won't mind.


















I'm seriously amazed by these Hits holographic polishes. They apply like no other holo polish I own and they just look so smooth and perfect on the nail. Plus, you would expect that because the polishes are on the smaller side (6ml), that the brushes would also be small, much like we generally see from mini polishes. However, the brushes are regular sized as well as very easy to work with. I definitely wish the bottles were bigger but luckily these are not limited edition so I can always re-stock if need be.

Granted I've only used the flakies polish on two of my nails, I can see that I'm already loving those as well. I can't wait to try more of them!

You can purchase the entire line of Hits holographic and flakes polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and the flakes polishes are $8. Also, don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Hope you guys liked my simple holiday mani!

P.S. Some of you may have noticed that I cut my nails down quite a bit! I'm really liking this length on me. What do you guys think? Do you prefer them this length or when they're longer (such as in this post)?
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