Hello! I am on vacation this week, visiting my family in NY state and since I am on vacation, I can spend all day on my nails! I won't, but I did get to do a lot of swatches today of my LA Girls Rockstar line polishes! The pic above is Supernova.
Double Platinum- This is a sheer gold, packed with multi-sized holo glitter. Shown alone and over black in two coats. Hot! The holo is very um... holoish? I just want to say it show it's holo properties well. It wouldn't dissapoint.
Rockstar - Very inky, vampy black, with purple glitter. How about that bottle shot?! Can you see how it has a gold douchrome effect in the purple glitter? Really interesting. It's pretty hidden on the nail, but if you know it's there I think it'll stll make you happy. The glitter is more pronounced in the bottle than the nail, but it's still hot.
Supernova - Sheer black with holo bar glitter. Again, the holo won't dissapoint. Shown alone and over balck in two coats. Amazing and unique. Very, very fun.
Addict - Oh wow, Addict. You are soooo gorgeous. This sexy, deep red with gold glitter, that is almost flakie, but I don't feel comfortable calling it flakie, because to me flakes are a bit larger in size, but that is the idea. IT IS SOOOO PRETTY! The gold seems to float like the base is a jelly, but I don't really think it is. What I do know is it is a killer and a must have.
Overdose - Blue and purple glitter in a clear base. An interesting thing happened when I swatched this one. I discovered there is also a secret gold shimmer in it too! Look close. Can you see it?!! So sneaky, these Rockstars!!
Groupie - Beautiful royal purple with a blue shimmer that is actually glass-fleck looking. At first glance, it looks like purple, with blue shimmer, or purple shimmer, but then you look again and you go "no.. I think it's glass flecked..." In any case, awesome and full of depth.
Scandal - It does not look like much alone, but layered it is beautiful. Light purple and shimmery. This is two coats. Shown alone and over black. I see some great layer opportunities with this. I just used it over neon pink for a pedi and it's one of the best pedis I have ever done.
Head Banging - With a word like "head banging" wouldn't you write it "head bangin' "? That polish is bangin'. Anyway, blueish green shimmer. Very very pretty.
So these are all incredible. Even the ones that ended up being layering colors that I thought wouldn't be layering colors, are awesome. All had great application, and were done in two coats. I am in loooove with these!
And today you get a bonus puppy pic! I was asked in the last post about him how big of a bone he can chew. The one I photographed him with is pretty big, but I wish I had a pic of the one we gave him before that, because it was bigger than him! It was hilarious. And he got through the whole thing. He seemed intimidated at first, but he would not be defeated!
This gold mani was for my last birthday. I love gold anything and bought great gold pumps and wanted gold nails. I used OPI- Curry Up, Don't be Late, and Cover Girl-Gold Rush glitter top coat over it. From Sept '08.
And this one was OPI-Lincoln Park After Dark with Milani-Glitzy Stars layered. I bought Glitzy Stars just for this mani because I needed to do something to bling up this polish since it's so close to black.And this one was Ulta-Bombshell. I have since swapped it. I don't know why I wasn't that into it.
The Soothing Milk Soak is wonderful on sore, swollen feet. I am 6 months pregnant now and I never thought sticking my feet into a tub of warm water and this soak would feel like heaven. I like to soak for about 10 to 15 minutes, or really as long as my 3 year old allows before needing something. It softens my feet too which is always a plus. I have not used this on my hands yet but it can be used either way. It comes with a conveient scoop too.
The Hand and Foot Scrub does wonders on dry skin, especially dry heels. I will admit that I have not been taking the best care of my feet and have only done a few real pedicures since flip flop season has began. This scrub improved my heels 100% with just one use. It contains a couple of different oils which left my feet not only feeling soft but refreshed as well. I believe I have the Passionfruit Paypa scent, again it's a nice light scent, not over powering, and it does not linger for too long. Penny has 3 different seasonal scents up on her website right now, Passionfruit Paypa is the only one I've tried in addition to her signature scent.
At first I was a little confused about how to use the Hand and Body Rub. It comes in a jar but it is solid, it's not like regular lotion where you can stick your hand in a pull some out. It takes a bit to soften it up and get it on to your skin. I like to use it on my heels, elbows, knees and cuticles. I have a small tub of the Passionfruit Papya and I like to use it on my cuticles. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue.
The Aloe and Shea Butter lotion is really great however I was not a fan of the Pumpkin Spice scent that came in my kit. I'm not too sure what it was about the scent that I did not like, it was spicy but sweet at the same time. Maybe it was just my hormones doing the complaining. Putting the scent aside the lotion was very moisturizing but not greasy. This is really important to me because I hate having to wait forever for a lotion to soak in. That really puts me off from a moisturizer.
I love the Intensive Repair Cuticle Oil, even though I haven't been taking the best care of my nails this oil makes them look almost decent after a couple of uses. My finger tips are always really dry, no matter how often I lotion but this oil helps keep them smooth. You only need one drop for each finger and you're good to go. It's also supposed to be beneficial for nails that peel and/or break easily.
These products have made my pedicure routine much more enjoyable. My favorite part about the line is that it's made from all natural ingredients. This has become very important to me as pregnancy has decided to make my skin sensitive to almost every product out there. I've had to change not only manicure products but hair and skin products as well. It's probably worth it in the long run though. The instructions that came with the kit were very informative, especially if you are just starting out. I will admit though that I have not used the foot file, I'm intimidated by it.
You can check out Zularis Naturals at ZularisNaturals.com and Penny has a blog which can be found here.
I really like this one. I wish it would show I bit truer in the pic. I think in real life it looks much brighter.
And today you get a bonus, fury-friend post. I don't close the door to the bathroom when I shower because we don't have a fan for the steam. This leaves opportunity for Cash to take my clothes and chew on them, whether it be a sock, underwear, slipper, etc. So last night I come out of the shower to find I am missing a slipper. I go out to find it and him and discover he is no longer chewing on it, but instead has swiped a roll of toilet paper! Look how guilty:It's my fault, really. Earlier in the day I gave him an empty TP tube to rip up and I guess he needed more! He just LOOVVES to rip up napkins and paper towels. Shredding is one of his favorite things to do. It's not usually a big deal because it's not really important stuff. What is great is that he knows it's wrong because as soon as I discover him he is rolling over to submit and say sorry, but he does it anyway! He must be in such heaven while he's doing it. He's just thinking "this is worth it".
Laguna Lagoon is a really pretty pastel green. It's a bit more minty in real life. Upon seeing this and Zuma Wave Rider in the bottle I thought they were going to be streaky messes. I did two semi thick coats. I think 3 thin ones would be perfect though.
Zuma Wave Rider is another pastel. This one is a soft shade of lavender, it reminds me of China Glaze's Agent Lavender but I think this one is a little less blue.
Venice Party is a purple shade w/ a blue sheen. It is also full of rainbow colored glitter. It's not really visible in the photo but the polish is full of it.
Balboa Beach Bunny is a grape shade packed with glitter. I found the glitter in this to be really abundant but my camera just didn't pick it up.
Midnight Malibu is a dark blurple filled glitter. I know it looks black in the photo but it's more of a navy/purple in real life. It's a really fun color and I cannot believe I waited so long to try it.
Moon Over Manhattan is a teal color with silver glitter. As soon as I put on the first coat I was in love with this polish. I love teal and even though I'm not big on glitter I really like the way it looks. The glitter is not gritty like it is with the last three polishes I posted. Those need a top coat (I do my photos without) but this one was smooth.
First up I have China Glaze's Summer Days collection. When I saw the promo photos for this collection I was immediately in love. They all have that amazing glass flecked glitter look. I like each polish in this collection which isn't something that happens often. I even love Orange Marmalade and I don't usually do orange.
Cherry Pie - it's not as orange in real life, it makes an awesome pedicure color when layered on top of a red creme.
Today I did my nails with a new gorgeous color I've been dying to wear: Zoya-Posh. She came during the flood and actually made me smile surprisingly! It looks great! One coat and out the door! Not bad. Mattes may be my in-a-hurry mani choice. And it matches the satiny finish of my red cell phone!
How about that?!
I have no sun of course so I am showing you this mani under a few different lights to help show the color. The one above is no flash, just a nearby lamp. It depicts it pretty well. It shows the polishes slight teal side.
This one is right under a regular old lightbulb. Pretty darn accurate, just not very bright.
Being that this is a very pigmented creme with a semi-thick creamy consistency, I thought it may work well for Konading and it turns out I was right! I stamped plate M69 over Sally Hansen-Green with Envy
Have a lovely weekend and wish me luck with my carpet!