Vintage Vixen Swatches - "Cat's Meow"

Happy Hump-Day all! Are we ready to finish out the China Glaze - Vintage Vixen swatches? I knew you'd be excited!>>>

Classic Camel - Maybe the most interesting color in this collection. I love weird shades like this. This is a yellow-tan with gold shimmer. It's sort of like Dijon mustard but shimmery!

First Class Ticket - I love this and it was my first official manicure with this collection. This is a plummy purple that has a lot of blue shimmer than makes it look very "blurple" and even very blue in the bottle. I love this one.

Emerald Fitzgerald - I may like this more for the name than the actual shade, but I do still really like this emerald green. It is pretty blue sided. It reminds me of Nubar - Earth but deeper.

Midnight Mission - Oooh. This denim blue polish with tons of silver shimmer immediately made me think of a starry night sky and a particular highly coveted nail polish of a similar name: Starry Starry Night. This would be a very distant relative to SSN as that one is glitter and this is shimmer, but still...

Riveter Rouge - This is a ruby red with gold shimmer and micro glitter pieces. I don't usually care much for reds but this one is interesting and I like it! Do you think Rosie would be proud? :cP And how about that close-up bottle shot?!

Goin' My Way? - Ooh oooh! I did not think this would be so pretty! This one was a big surprise. This is a brown shimmer but this shimmer is incredible. It is multi colored and and shines like mad. I can see glints of green, gold, red... it's just gorgeous.

This set has very pigmented shades and I was able to do 2 coats for all of them. I am really digging all these shades and can't wait for the cooler weather so I can wear them. The finishes of all these are very interesting and shimmery and sparkly. I think the word "frost" should be used a bit more lightly for this collection. When we got the first pictures and shade descriptions the "frost" was thrown around a lot and it put me off big time and I am sure plenty others. These are more like shimmers than frosts and even if a couple of them seem a bit frosty, like Goin' My Way? and Bogie, they are flattering.

Now that we have seen them all, what do you think?
-Elaine
:c)


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Vintage Vixen Swatches - "Hotsy Totsy"

Hello Everybody! I have a very exciting post today: One half of the China Glaze Fall Collection, Vintage Vixen. I have been very excited to see these shades for myself and they do not disappoint. The only way they disappoint me is that they make me wish it was fall!

Vintage Vixen is a collection of 12 foxy, vintage shades and I am showing you them in two parts. Today is going to be the first 6-piece set: Hotsy Totsy. Tomorrow I will show you my swatches of other set.

Okay, ready? >>>

Jitterbug - This is a steel colored, mega shimmer with a sort of foil finish. It's part foily metallic, and part shimmer. Very flashy and hott. This is 2 coats.

Swing Baby - Same concept as Jitterbug but this is a champagne colored shimmery foil shade. This appears to have several different colored particles in it to give it the overall shade it is. It is hard to peg as "cool", "warm" or "neutral". This is on the thinner side than Jitterbug though. I needed three coats.

Bogie - This is a eggplant purple shade with silver shimmer. WOW. I really like this one. I wish it was fall so I could wear it! It doesn't feel like a summer color.

Hey Doll - This is a mauvy, rose with shimmer. Not a color I would normally go for, but it is still pretty.

Ingrid - Ah, the beloved taupe nail polish. Do we have lots of them? Sure, but this one is special thanks to the caramel colored shimmer.

Foxy
- A very unexpected surprise. This is a very brown, red shimmer. On coat 1 it looks mostly like a red shimmer (boring), but by the second coat it has a more noticeable brown color to it (awesome). This is another one that is making me wish it was fall.

How pretty are these? I would have normally thought tomorrow's set would be way better thanks to the bold colors like blue and green, but this set is fantastic! There is lots to enjoy here. The formula of these are a bit thin and runny, but very pigmented allowing for two coats on all except for Swing Baby. Hey Doll may need 3 coats but by doing a thicker second coat I was able to get away with just two.

Stay tuned for Part II!!

Elaine
:c)


Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

NOTD: Updated crackle nail polish

It's a black bottle of nail polish. Or is it? It's a crackle nail polish. I have been wanting one for the longest time, so when I saw this one, I went for it.
Please click for closeups of this crapiness. I was soooo disapointed. I don't know what I was expecting, but it was not streaks. It doesn't look 'cracky' but more like lines running down my nails. This was taken indoors with flash to show the 'effect' or lack there of.

Boooooooo... I think this is going into the swap pile. >,< Maybe it works better in non-tropical climates... It does dry SUPER fast so watch out for that.

And I was home this arvo, so I decided to bully my black dog, Floppy.

Yeah! I think he's rocking the pink!

PS I gave him a doggy treat to make up for the humiliation.

Wow! This is a giveaway!

As I am preparing for my giveaway, I stumble upon the motherlode.

Babbling Brooke is celebrating her 2nd... blog birthday! So she is giving away some awesome awesome polishes. 42 of them to be exact. Isn't the picture drool worthy?

Go enter!

HOOT!

First of all, can I just say: I got myself the newest NP release from MAC, In The Buff, and it is so weird! It is one of the weirdest colors I have. It is one of those "ugly pretty" shades I can't get enough of.

When I read the very first description of MAC's summer collection, I was very excited to see this because in the description it said "avocado" and so I expected a green. This is not green! It is a sand colored nude with lots of olive tone. It may match some peoples' skin to be a true nude, but it is definitely not my skin tone so I can appreciate it as a color. It looks like a brown paper bag sometimes, and sometimes more nude, and sometimes very murky olive. Strange but cool.

Anyhoot, back to the point of my post! I have recently become a huge fan of anything to do with owls. Without telling too long a story, a friend and I got these necklaces with owl pendants and call them "friendship owls" and it has made me really like anything with owls. So I figured that meant it was going to have to be on my nails somehow. I think I pulled it off>>>

If you like the owl and would like to try my hand-painted art, you are in luck! I decided to take pics as I went along so that you could have a tutorial!

Here is what I used. LA Colors Art Deco stripers in white and black, L'Oreal - Sizzling Tangerine, Barielle - A Bouquet for Ava, Seche Vite and a dotting tool. The colors you choose are not important, but you should choose well pigmented shades so that you don't have to go over the same spot several times. You will also need at least one striper polish.

1) Using one of the regular polishes you choose, make a ovalish shape in the middle of your nail, a bit below center so you leave space for the head. This will be the owl's body. Let it dry.

2) Using another color make two circles at the top of the blob you made in Step 1 and then pull them up to make an upside-down heart. I just used the nail polish brush to make these circles, but you could also use a dotting tool and a larger drop of polish if you prefer. Let it dry.

3) Using your nail art striper, make the owl's puffy feather "hairdo" on top of his head pulling the striper brush from outer to an inner point just below the tip of the "heart" we made in Step 2. Make several passes until you feel that it's puffy enough! Next, take the brush and just under the "heart" inbetween the two circles, make a little diamond shape to create his beak.

4) Using white polish and a dotting tool, make two dots for the whites of the owl's eyes. Let that dry.

5) Using black polish and the dotting tool, make a smaller dot in the center of both white dots.

6) Getting out the striper again, make two slightly curved lines on either side of the body to make wings. I made a couple passes on each side so they were a bit thicker than just a line. Then make two bunches of three little lines on the bottom of the body for his talons.

7) To finish him off, add some dots to the body with the dotting tool and whatever shades you'd like.

8) Finish off with a coat of Seche Vite, or whatever thick self-leveling top-coat you choose so that your finished owl is level and not lumpy/blobby looking.

What do you think?!
:c)

NOTD: OPI Jade is the new black, Rumple Wiggin', Funky Dunkey and TINS (Love) Warning: Feet Pictures

Hellos all! I'm back and will be posting again. I was sick and my job was super crazy. More work, same pay. But I do enjoy what I'm doing most days. I also had to deal with the "all by myself" syndrome. I was swimming in self pity for a while but I'm over it now. We all get like that some times I guess. ^^

Anyway first picture above is OPI Jade is the New Black and some glittery TINS polish. I think it's called Holiday Cheer but don't quote me on that one. I had it done in the shop. I LOVE TINS! It went on smooth. This manicure is about 4 days old so there is tip wear. Taken indoors with flash.
This is 5 days old. Outdoors no flash in sunlight.

And I got my tootises done. So WARNING! FEET PICTURES AHEAD!




































The OPI Sherk collection! Dark purple is OPI Funky Dunkey. And the light purple is OPI Rumplin' Wiggin. I didn't catch the movie. I wanted to but by the time I could, it was out of cinemas. Booooooo!

And yes, I brought something naughty.

Guess what?
It's acrylic colours! Yeah! So I'm looking for suckers, I mean volunteers, for me to practice on. I think my Hongie would be a good one. *muah ha ha ha ha ha ha*

And yes, I did notice, I have 78 followers!

I'm putting together a giveaway. I shall let you guys know in just a few days. It's gonna be a pretty one!

USA! USA! USA!

USA is going on to the Top 16!!! I am of course talking about World Cup! I had a friend over to watch the game yesterday and we were screaming and flipping out and rolling around on the ground in fits of joy when Landon Donovan scored the winning goal in the 91st minute of the final game in group play for the U.S. which was the deciding factor of whether or not US would be moving on. If they didn't score to win they would have been eliminated, but they did, advancing them to the next stage of play and it made them winners of their group no less!! Amazing. So in the spirit of this extrodinary game, I am posting a U.S. inspired mani I did >>>


(Shade/Sun)

For this mani I used three of the glitter colors from Color Club's Glitter Vixen Collection: Art of Seduction, Sex Symbol and Sexy Siren.

1) I cut small pieces of painter's tape and covered about 2/3 of my nail at an angle and painted on Sexy Siren on the lower portion of the nail. I removed the tape while still wet to prevent any nicks.

2) On the remaining, unpainted portion of the nail I taped on a new piece of tape and carefully painted with Sex Symbol avoiding the blue I already did. I removed the tape.

3) I painted the remaining portion with Art of Seduction freehand.

The strategically placed star is there because I of course broke my nail before I got to take pictures of this mani soooo, that is the reason for that.

You can't see the break if I turn 'em though!

For the right hand I did the same method, I just switched around the colors.

USA!!
:cD

He Provides

I recently got the following from various friends and relatives, and I can't say I deserve them or did anything to earn them. My sister's mother-in-law sent her a package from the US with some beauty products they she didn't have much use for, so she gave us some. Then my bff from highschool gave me cleansers (I had just ran out and was about to go buy some cheap local brands when out of the blue, she said she was giving me something and here they are)! I also received a gift from another bff who came home from Canada.
Thanks, Grace
- Estee Lauder Take it Away Total Makeup Remover
- Lancome Cream-to-Foam Cleanser

Thanks, Bebeth
- Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom body lotion

Thanks, Chic
- Watsons Energizing Eye Mask
- The Face Shop Hyaluronic Acid Essential Mask Sheet
- Maybelline Expert Wear Twin Brow & Eye Pencils in Velvet Black
- NYC Lipsticks in Garnet and Retro Red
All I can say is, my Father and Provider saw my needs/wants and knew many of these, I wouldn't buy for myself. So He provided through the kind hearts of various people. It is by grace... undeserved, totally free.

Parokeets Giveaway!!!

Marvelous, generous giveaway!!! Click on pic or here to join, ends July 18.