Mar 29, 2010
This is the mani I did yesterday!
I have seen a lot of lovely bloggers do this look (black/dark and flakies) and I've been dying to try it out myself. So I finally did. And what better way to celebrate the death of my weekend (due to that horrid paper) than by painting my nails black!
So I used 2 coats of China Glaze's "Liquid Leather" as the base (swatched here). Then I used Sinful Color's "Green Ocean" flakies. I can't tell you how many coats I used because I didn't count. If a nail needed more flakies to look even I'd just keep passing the brush over and over until all the flakies came off the brush and stayed on the nail. I put one coat of Seche Vite but once it dried I noticed that the flakies made the nail feel bumpy. So I put another coat of Seche Vite to even it all out. At this point, it looked gorgeous. But I took it another step further and added a coat of Essie's "Matte About You" topcoat.
The flakies are amazing! Even though the bottle is green, the flakies are more blue than anything else. But there is some green too (especially with the bigger pieces).
Do you gals like it?
With so many other AMAZING nail blogs out there....you guys choose to visit ours and some of you decide to FOLLOW it? Craziness. I mean, my list alone is endless *cough, cough...180 blogs.... *coughing* and I add to it practically every day (listen, I have A LOT of free time in the courtroom. Don't hate.) THAT'S TOO COOL!
We're humbled, really.
So I just wanted to give a shout out to all you lovelies who visit, follow and comment and say THANK YOU. You guys make it all worth it (along with all the pretty polish... I mean, that's the reason we're all here, right?)
Mari and Lissi
Mar 28, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
So as a reminder, this is OPI's "Chapel of Love" (base), M73 stamped with OPI's "Lincoln Park at Midnight" and a coat of Seche Vite. Then I added a coat of Essie's Matte About You Topcoat!
Now back to my paper... *sigh*
I used Color Club's "Believe In Amour" from the Pardon My French collection... Go figure I just won those and my niece gets to use them before I do! But since she is 4 I had to go with a safe pink color. She is too young for crazy brights and her mother, my sister, would kill me. LOL! The stamp is with Konad's Special Polish in "Pastel Blue." And the flowers are from M3.
It's cute to see ChiChi get home and hear her yelling "Mommy! Daddy! Look at my nails!" as she runs to them with her little fingers up.
I love her! =)
Mar 26, 2010
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Mar 19, 2010
The base color is 2 coats of Sinful Color's "Let's Talk," which is a difficult color to capture (as I said before - swatched here). It's a much more vibrant purple in person. For some reason it looks bluish in all pictures. LOL! Then I put 1 coat of Nfu-Oh's #52. I tried my best to capture the flakies. The pictures don't do it justice. It's hypnotizing in person! And in the sun... OMG!
Mar 18, 2010
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Mar 11, 2010
Olive Juice mucho!
Lissi calls this image from M54 Star Flowers. It's one of her favorites. And I love this shade of blue. This is Orly's Snowcone, which was practically a one-coater..... A-maaaaaaaaaaazing application. I couldn't get my camera to focus as closely as I wanted it to so these pics were actually taken with my Blackberry (aside from my two toddlers, my other baby). Happy Thursday, guys! Week's almost over. Woo Hoo
Mar 10, 2010
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Mar 8, 2010
I wasn't being very creative, I know.... but this is what I came up with. It's kinda cute, I think. This is China Glaze BFF on the tips, OPI's Venus de Violet as a base and Orly's Glitz's for the Konad Stamp using plate M63. I know we've seen this swirly on countless pretty nails before but that's just it, it's sooooooooo pretty. I can't help myself. :)
Mar 5, 2010
Mari shared this with me to try and bring some laughter to my night... Since my night is being consumed by a Law School Appellate Brief (*angry face*). Enjoy! Oh and if you know what all these mean before reading the definition... YOU ARE AN ADDICT!
NOTD – Nail of the Day (basically, whatever nail polish one is currently wearing.)
HTF/VHTF – Hard to Find or Very Hard to Find. Definition varies based on place of usage. Example: HTF is NARS Zulu. On Ebay VHTF is Essie Mademoiselle or OPI Bubble Bath.
RAOK – (verb form ROAKing, ROAK’d) Random Act of Kindness (giving someone else free nail polish for altruistic reasons.)
No-Buy – (1) The status of realizing that one is ridiculous, and spends entirely way too much money on nail polish. One consequently over-compensates by vowing to not buy any nail polish indefinitely, followed shortly by a major failure, see related words: Binge. (2) A mythical impossible task like Sisyphus rolling the rock up the mountain.
Stash – One’s nail polish collection, usually hidden from loved ones.
Binge – Uncontrollable desire to buy a seriously ridiculous amount of nail polish, followed by actually making the ridiculous purchase, followed by feelings of guilt and worthlessness, followed by the No-Buy vow.
Lemming - Having an uncontrollable desire for a particular polish after seeing a picture of someone else wearing that color.
Shrinkage - A coat of nail polish that shrinks on one’s nail to create a visible white space with no polish on the tip of the nail. It’s generally a very undesirable side effect of using fast drying top coat over very thickly applied polish. No relation to cold water.
Tip Pull - Looks the same as shrinkage except Tip Pull occurs after a few days of wear. It’s the most common kind of nail polish wear and tear (generally associated with typing) other than regular chipping; An excuse to change one’s nail polish.
Cuticle Drag/Cuticle Pull – The polish-less splotch centered close to the cuticle that comes from using a crappy nail polish that basically removes itself when one applies additional coats; One of life’s most frustrating occurrences.
“The Place that Cannot be Mentioned”/”The Place that Shall Not be Named” – Ebay.
Franken - Mixing a new color from various different polishes.
Dupe – Short for ‘duplicate’. A nail polish that looks exactly like another polish. This is a rare occurrence, especially to someone plagued with the nail board eye.
The Nail Board Eye - A disease that causes the sufferer to be able to distinguish even the slightest difference of color between polishes that are seemingly the same, forcing the sufferer to decide they must own both polishes even though no one else will know that the colors are actually different.
VPL/VNL - ‘Visible Polish Line’ – referring to the nail white that is visible under some sheer or jelly polishes.
Credit to Polish Addict!
Mar 4, 2010
Until next time... Which I hope will be Sunday... Assuming my Appellate Brief cooperates and decides to write itself. I'm hoping that staring at the laptop screen in frustration will make it sort itself out.
I had to do something with this green cuz I just LOVE it... believe me, I'm the furthest from Irish as you can get. I'm Cuban/Spanish and Lissi is Cuban/Argentinean. Hel-lo?!? Nowhere near Irish but it's not like I needed an excuse to do a green look. This is OPI Jade is the New Black and Milani's Hi-Tech using M51. Enjoy! And I apologize for the blurry pics... *putting battery to charge*