New Xtreme Wears, Fall 2010

Man I love Xtreme Wears. I get very excited for new displays. I love the colors, I love the brush, I love the colors.... just all good.

Purple Gala - Man I love this. I wore it for 5 days which for me is a loooong time. It is a purple base that is foily in finish with metallic gold flakes adding to the depth, and foil look. I love it. It looks very similar to Hard Candy - Mr. Wrong, but they are not dupes. I did a comparison:

Index and Ring: Mr. Wrong and Middle and Pinky: Purple Gala
It looks to me like Mr. Wrong is more grayed of a purple. In the swatch it also looks like it has more gold in it. But I like Purple Gala for a few reasons:
- I like the base color better
- I like the formula better. Purple Gala is 2 coats and Mr. Wrong is 3.
- Purple Gala is cheaper and has a bigger bottle
- Purple Gala is more accessible: Hard Candy is only at Wal-Mart.

Purple Fiesta - At first glance I thought there was more of a fiesta happening here. In the bottle it sure looks more exciting. All the holo glitter and holo bar glitter. But on the nail it got lost. Until I came up with an idea. I did three thin, thin coats instead of two coats. Then the glitter comes through more, and more layers gives you more glitter! I love the base color of this. This swatch is top coat-less so it would look a lot cooler with a smooth finish.

Concrete
- This doesn't look much like concrete, unless concrete is purple? This is a grayed out purple creme. A "gravender", if you will. I love this. This is two coats.

Plum Burst - Oooh! How pretty. This is a bold, magenta-purple creme. It is very pretty and exciting! It may not be terribly unique, but I like it. This is 2 coats.

Mystic Lilac - This is a recent nail junkie favorite. I like it myself! It is a very gray lavender that has lots of super shiny, emerald green shimmer. The formula is thin on this, but it's a good thing because it lets the shimmer shine through. This is 3 coats.

These new Xtremes are on a new display in drugstores now and they retail for $2.99

What do you think?
:c)
-Elaine

A Couple New Sally Hansen Insta Dris

So you know how I said that the Borghese shades I posted were buy one get one at Rite Aid? Well so were Sally Hansen's apparently. At least the Insta-dris for sure. Because I bought two and one was free! They were from a brand new display of metallics. Here are the colors I got:

Golden Flash - This is a rose with.... you guessed it! A golden flash! Lots of it. The golden shimmer in this is very pronounced and makes a boring rose not boring at all.

Metallic Momentum - Wow wow. This is a chrome gold with a aged olive tint. I think this may be a close dupe to BB Couture - Blind Love and Chanel - Kaleidoscope, but I don't have either to compare myself. Hopefully a comp pic will pop up from another blogger.

This is also great for Konading/stamping:

Chromes usually are good for this and this is no exception.

These retail for $4.95 and like I mentioned they are BOGO at Walgreen's this week. I meant Rite Aid! Ooops.

What do you think?
Elaine
:c)

MIA again!

I have been soooo busy with work. I am also going away next week for a 5day trip to Bali! Again I know, but I love that place.

I'll see what Indonesian polishes I can buy.

Also, I gave my nails a 2 week break from polish. And they are better and stronger than ever it seems!

I want to paint them later as I have a half day today.

So, later! :)

PS Enjoy this duet. It made me smile. And, I don't think it's bad or smutty. If you find it dirty, wooooah!

New Borghese Glitters - Fall 2010

Hi! I went on hunt and came home with something to mount! I went looking for a new collection from Borghese because I specifically wanted the glitters. There were two I got and 4 others I didn't. One was a raspberry shimmer/micro glitter and the other three looked to be re-releases from the holiday minis from last year, just in full sized bottles. I swatched them as a guest blogger on Vampy Varnish here. They are the gold, black and red ones.

Anywho, for the ones I did get, they are amazing! They are super-pigmented bases packed with multi-colored glitter.
Purple Confetti - This is a plummy base with silver, blue, green, gold, red and purple glitter. There appears to be mostly silver which through the purple looks purple. But then the glints of greens and reds really sets it off.

Mediterraneo Sea - This is a aqua base packed with the same glitter. It is the same, but looks different. The glitter seems to lean more green in this one thanks to the silver shining blue green from the base. Really cool.

These are very well pigmented, as I said before. I got them both on with two coats, no problem. The only thing about these, and it's not huge, is that they dry matte! It is so weird. I don't care because I would put a topcoat on them no matter what, but they are very unflattering without it. Take a look:

It could be that if it dries matte it allows for having a pigmented base without swallowing up the glitter. I don't know... I am just thinking here...

The best part about these is that at Rite Aid this week they are BOGO and they have a $1 off coupon on the display. So for $8 polishes, I bought them both for $7 total. Not bad!

What do you think?
-Elaine
:c)

Powder Puff Dupe

Have you all seen the new matte Revlon polishes? Well I haven't! But I have seen some pics, and I really loved the look of Powder Puff, a soft, squishy white matte with blue flash. But I didn't know where to find it, or if I would find it and instead of trying to hunt it down, as fun as a NP hunt can be, I decided to dupe the look. This is what I came up with.

I started with two coats of Essie - Marshmallow, a squishy, white jelly. Then I layered over it, a
coat of Wet n Wild - Ice Blue Pearl. I set that with Seche Vite and then the next day I added a coat of Essie - Matte About You. I really like the end result and from what I have seen of Power Puff swatches, it looks pretty darn close!

What do you think?
Elaine
:c)

ND6: Shooting Star

Nail Design number six is the Shooting Star...or rather, the Shooting Star(s), depending on how many nails are painted with this design. But it's a relatively simple and fast design, so painting all ten nails (or how many you choose to), will be a breeze!




Aren't shooting stars just magical? Or airplanes if you live in the city and can't see the stars...whatever you see shooting across the sky at night. Either way it makes for a pretty picture and a fun nail design!


image from energytalkradio.wordpress.com


So, gather your needed nail supplies for this.

You'll need a clear polish. I used Nailene's Acrylic Strong Protecting Topcoat because it's the only non-quick dry top coat I have (and I was lucky enough to win this from Babbling Brooke in one of her fabulous giveaways!). I suggest a non-quick drying formula, because quick drying top coats tend to have some shrinkage, and I'm not sure if that will become a problem when we are trying to set our star jewels.

Next up, the base color. I used Funky Dunkey by OPI as it is a medium toned purple creme polish that goes on smoothly and has complete coverage in two coats.

To complement the purple creme background I used Mad as a Hatter by OPI because it has some purple in the glitter along with other colored glitter pieces. For a more dramatic look here, I would recommend a dense multi-glitter which both polishes from OPI's Alice in Wonderland Collection are. If I wanted a blue background, I would have used Absolutely Alice by OPI as the shooting star's tail to complement a blue background, but I wanted a more purple-hued effect here. Feel free to use whatever polish you want to give you whatever effect you feel represents the tail of a shooting star.

And finally, the star jewels. I picked these up at my local beauty supply store for $1.99US and the little pack came with over 20, but if you look closely, you can see the stars have six points. I don't mind with the overall effect of the whole nail design, but if you have a preference, or whatever is easier to come by in nail jewels, feel free to use them!






Step One is simply laying down the base color you have chosen. Whether it be the purple pictured above, or any other color of the rainbow.




After you have let the base color dry completely, use two strips of tape for each nail. Take the first strip and lay it vertically over the nail where the edge you will paint against is in the direct center line of the nail. (In the picture above, I was painting my left hand, so the first strip of tape was laid down on the nail so the right side of the tape piece was in the vertical center of my nail - or as close as could be!)

Using the second strip of tape, lay it at an angle so the point of where the two pieces of tape meet will be a little higher than the center point of your nail (or wherever you have decided to place the star on your nail, keeping in mind that when the star is placed down it will cover that meeting point). Also think about how much glitter polish you want to cover your nail for the tail of the shooting star. Because I wanted each star tail to be relatively the same size in width, I used the corner of my nail's free edge line to match up the angle at which to have one side of the tape touching.



For Step Three, you don't have to let the glitter polish dry completely before moving on.



Using your clear polish/top coat put a small dot on the point of each glitter tail, and while the clear polish is still wet set the star jewel down on top of the dot and press so the star is set in place by the clear polish. Do not worry if any extra clear polish oozes out from under the star jewel after you've pressed the gem down, because it will be covered up with the top coat later.



Step Four: laying down the top coat. This is more important if you have used a glitter polish as the tail for your Shooting Star(s), because glitter polish tends to be gritty and you want your manicure to last and not be a hindrance to everyday nail use!

A top coat will also protect those star jewels from coming off right away, so use one to two coats of your favorite top coat to keep your design lasting!



And there you go! On every finger is a shooting star to wish on! Or just admire. Especially in the sunlight. Look at those sparkly jewels and that gorgeous glitter!

Have fun with this design. Let me know if you try it out, and if so, what combination of base color/tail color you use!

Bye!

Misa - Spark My Interest, Winter 2010

*click for huge pic!*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

All That Glitters Is Gold With Misa Cosmetics’ Spark My Interest Collection

September 2010 – Philadelphia, PA. Ladies, put some bling on it! Whether you’re hitting the clubs in South Beach or sipping martinis in a Manhattan high-rise, you’ll need nails that glimmer as bright as the surrounding lights. Misa Cosmetics’ latest collection, Spark My Interest, pays homage to the glitz and glamour of nightlife and romantic intrigue—because nighttime nails should never fade into the background. The six brilliant hues are saturated with shine, thanks to the thousands of glittering particles packed into each polish, guaranteeing that nails remain the center of attention all summer long.

Winter 2010: Spark My Interest

Date Nights to the Twilight: You may never know what to wear on date night, but this ebullient royal purple will lay the foundation for the perfect look, whether you choose a flirty mini or laid-back denim. Wow him with your glittering personality (and nails!), then party from twilight till morning light!

Red Pumps at the Nordstrom: Self-conscious? Never! Slipping into a pair of red stilettos is instantly empowering for any woman, and this ruby-red sparkle polish will stir up the same sense of instant sexiness and look-at-me self-assurance. Match your favorite siren-red Louboutins with this high-octane shade for confidence that won’t quit.

Spark My Heart, That’s a Start: A glimmer of interest is easy to notice—he can just follow the flashing of your fingernails as you take his hand and lead him to the dance floor. This coral-pink hue lets him know that your heart beats strong, but he still needs to work hard to keep you interested. A bold demand, sure, but this shade is for women who know what they want.

Pink Bling On My Ring: You can’t leave home without the right accessories! A girl’s gotta have jewelry, but this shocking hot-pink glitter hue will vigorously compete with the gemstones that decorate her fingers. Like bejeweled ornaments, nails will shine bright and accent any outfit just right.

Wink, Blink, Let’s Get a Drink: Skip the awkward getting-to-know-you phase and get right to the flirting! This glimmering deep fuchsia will let him know you’re interested from across a crowded room—and will have his eyes glued to you all night as you work your charm. It won’t be long before he leans in and asks, “Another round?”

Glitz, Glamour, Smile for the Camera: Let’s get candid: Nails will be continually camera-ready with a couple of coats of this sparkling playful plum. Picture-perfect nails are guaranteed as this polish’s glitter catches the light of the paparazzi’s flashes. Evoke the sophistication of Old Hollywood and say “glam” just before the shutter snaps!

Blog Awards and Back to Blogging

Hello everyone! It has been a while, so I thought I should address some things first before I start posting again. First things first: Awards!

Some very lovely bloggers have nominated me for a few blogging awards.

I was tagged for the Sunshine Award from both Nails & More and Polish & Konad. Thank you to both the lovely ladies that host those blogs. Go check them out!


Next up, Polish & Konad also gave me the I Your Blog Award. (Thank you for both nominations, I greatly appreciate your thoughtfulness!)


And next, amused Polish gave me the Sweet Blog Award. (Thank you, you're certainly a sweet blogger!)


Now I know these awards come with rules, but I have a confession, one of the reasons I haven't posted in the recent past is because I couldn't decide who exactly to nominate. Not because there is a lack of wonderful bloggers who deserve these awards, but because I feel there is an overabundance of bloggers who all deserve to be recognized for their blogging, but the rules of these awards limit nominations to only a select few.

Rather than have this feel like a high-school gym class with picking out individuals before others to play for a certain team, I would like to share these awards with everyone. Now while I also know that I am essentially tagging all the blogs I follow, at the same time, the only reason I notice when these blog awards get passed around is because I can find new nail blogs (and even other blogs that aren't nail related) that I have yet to have seen.

The nail blogging community is a strong community and with that comes the personal belief that each blogger and her/his site I have seen on here deserves an award for blogging, so while I am technically nominating all nail blogs I have found (and even those I have yet to find), I really wanted to write this post just to simply point out that on the right side of this blog I have a compilation of the nail blogs I have found so far.

Go now!

Check them out.

Follow them.

(One, or all if you please.)

So, if I'm never nominated for another Blogger Award again because I don't following Blog Award rules, well, I guess that's ok. But I really wanted to make a reference to all the lovely nail blogs out there that I have found so far, some that still have under 20 followers, and with the fact that I know the nail blogging community is as supportive as it is, I find this truth to be surprising.

To date, I only have up to the A's completed from the nail blogs I follow, but if you have a nail blog (or any other type of blog) that I do not follow, let me know. I will eventually have all the nail blogs I follow listed (or I hope, for the most part).

Now on a separate matter, I am back to blogging. In fact, I already have three posts edited and lined up to be published on this blogging site here.

Thank you to all those people who are still following my blog (I know I lost a few, but that's understandable). And thank you to all those new followers as well. I hope you all continue to find my Blog enjoyable and informative!

Bye for now!

Bad Romance

Hello all! I have a swatch of one of the newest releases from Deborah Lippmann, Bad Romance.

DL: " Bad Romance was inspire by last winter's Ruby Red Slippers. I loved this shade so much and wanted to keep that sheer black base but take it into to 2011. I was manicuring Lady Gaga for a photo shoot recently and thought to myself, "What would Gaga do?" The result was Bad Romance, a moody a dark yet brilliantly provocative glitter polish - a Gaga-blackened fuchsia. The chunky sequin shade captures the high-fashion feel of Gaga's signature style and the bold statement of the namesake song. It's also a great shade for toes - make sure you're pedi-ready for this season's peep-toe booties!"

This swatch was two coats. It's still looks a little sheer in spots and could have used a third, but I have worn it before with two coats. I just did them a bit thicker. I don't usually like blacks that much, but this one gets by because the sheer base allows for lots of the glitter to show through, making it look pretty shiny and purple and not so black. It is just the same concept as Ruby Red Slippers from last year, just with purple hexagons and small glitter instead of the red.

You can get Bad Romance at Barney's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and at deborahlippmann.com. It retails for $18

What do you think?
-Elaine

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.

Oooooo... Red Velvet Raspberry Cake!

I know this is not nail related. But I have to tell everyone about this!

I have died and gone to heaven.

This is the red velvet raspberry cake from My Fat Lady. It is soooo good with the cream cheese glaze. It's also reasonably priced. 6inches for just $25.

Edna (the lady herself) is also very very nice. They do customized cakes as well. I know what I am going to order for my birthday. (^.^)


I want! I want! I want!

All pictures are taken from her Facebook group. Sadly, the cake was demolished before we remembered to take photos. All that's left is the box and a bit of frosting on the side of the box.

Check her FB group out for more cute cake pictures. And cupcakes. And CAKES!

NOTD: First Konad in AGES

Hi ladies!

2 coats of each and a swirly konad and you get.... But on a side note, the P2 was really pigmentated.
I don't know why but my Konad top coat dried all crinkly even though I was good and didnt move.

Also, my next manicure inspration!
Ooooooo! It does match my nails now but I want to do the 'one line one line' thing.

NYFW: Fashion's Night Out with Deborah Lippmann

Kick off the week at Fashion’s Night Out on September 10, 2010 at Barney’s New York from 6-10 pm with fashion manicurist Deborah Lippmann.

Stop by New York City’s iconic department store on Madison Avenue (at East 59th Street) and receive personal nail consultations with Deborah Lippmann. She can help select which colors are best for your skin tone and pick out shades for any occasion. She can also provide tips and tricks on how to find the right nail shape for you and how to give yourself a professional quality manicure at home.

Her new fall colors – Bad Romance, a GaGa blackened fuchsia, and Across The Universe, a blazing blue and metallic green glam in sheerest navy – will be on display for sampling and for purchase.

The nail polish trend-maker styled Lady Gaga’s nails for Vanity Fair’s September cover with Waking Up In Vegas. The putty-licious gray crème is a super-sultry rendition of the popular grey-nail look.

The first time the pair met, Lippmann applied Ruby Red Slippers to the popstar’s nails—an encounter that inspired bold new addition to the Deborah Lippmann line, Bad Romance. Lippmann set out to capture all the elements of Gaga’s larger than life persona in a bottle and thought “What would Gaga do?” The result? Bad Romance—a moody, dark yet brilliantly provocative glitter polish. The chunky sequin shade reflects Gaga’s signature statement-making style and the bold message of the namesake song.

Poison Ivy

Hello all! I have been working a ton lately but I have something for you. Here is the mani I was rocking over the past weekend:

I finally got my hands on some Bundle Monster stamp plates! This is Sinful Colors - Innocent stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM20 and OPI - Jade is the New Black. This mani got lots of attention everywhere I went!

What do you think?
:c)
-Elaine

"New" Sinful Colors

I say "new" with quotes because at the time I got them they weren't really very new in terms of when they were released. But they were new to me. But now about 5 weeks have gone by since I bought them, so they are really not new!

Hot Spot - I showed you guys this one before but it had glitter on it. Now we can look at it alone. This is is a deep indigo shimmer with small, sparse, cobalt blue shimmer that isn't very shimmery, but it is in there.

Neon Melon - This is one hell of a neon yellow. You know how with most neon pics I have to give a disclaimer about how it is much more neon in real life? Well, this one is more neon in real life, but the pic does do a decent job of capturing it. This shade is very, very neon. I have lots of favorite neon yellows, but this one flew way up on the list. The only problem with it is it is extremely thin. There is no point in even attempting to wear it alone. It will never be opaque enough. BUT the great thing about neons is that you can layer them over white, which is what I did here. This is two coats of Neon Melon over white creme. SUPER BRIGHT!

All Mighty
- This is a very pretty aqua/teal shimmer. It isn't terrible unique; as I put it on it reminded me a lot of OPI - Yodel Me On My Cell. I do love the formula of this. 2 coat dream.

Thimbleberry - I was hot and horny for this one a while back when I heard it was a dupe for MAC - Scorcher. I really love this bright coral, but I also found it was a close dupe to China Glaze - High Hopes so I guess not that necessary to my collection. But still pretty.

Gorgeous - WHEW. This one takes my breath away. This is a intense, metallic turquoise that is almost chrome in finish. That alone I love, but at the edges or at an angle it has a bright blue, aqua duochrome. This shade is very mermaid-y. I think it may be a close dupe to Sephora by OPI - Mermaid to Order, but I don't have it to compare. I will just stick to my $2 Sinful. *LOVE*

Besides for the neon which we all know are not typically two coats, these are all two coats. I have said it before, but I will say it again: Sinful Colors has stepped their game up. They usually get a bad rap for being sheer, but these are well pigmented beauties. Not only were they two coats, but the formula was perfect to work with. Sinful is one of my absolute favorite brands ever!!