Blu: In High-Definition Color

Hopefully the rest of my week will go by as quickly as my Monday has.

Here’s a manicure I did recently…

This blue is another installment for Autism Awareness Month.  Nail blogger, ColourCoated, has asked nail bloggers to help get the word out and help her friend raise money doing a walk for Autism Awareness Month.  I’m happy to help out.

This blue is Sally Hansen’s Hi-Definition ‘Blu’.  You know, like BLU-Ray…

Can you tell from this photo that this polish is watery?

A brilliant, vibrant blue, but man…it took 5 coats just to get it to this level.  Not something for the nail polish-wearer on the go.

I have one coat of Color Club’s Eco Top Coat.  ‘Blu’ didn’t really need much help with a shiny top coat, however.  And I can tell you without a doubt, this is HD Blu!

I haven’t made the switch to Blu-Ray DVDs yet.  And, sadly, we don’t even have a flat screen TV.  So, do you have a Blu-Ray DVD Player?

Here Are The Winners Of The Giveaway

Here are the winners for my 666 follower giveaway:

1st prize: Chainsawhoney  You get the Color Club set of ‘Starry Temptress’
2nd prize: Lu  You win OPI’s ‘I Juggle…Men’
3rd prize: peripatetic33 You will get the 4 pack of Risk polishes

And…..I have an unannounced 4th place prize:

Two polishes from Confetti; ‘Belle of the Ball’ and ‘Cherries Jubilee’ along with two sets of Femme Coulture’s lip glosses…three different colors in each set.

The 4th prize goes to:  lvspina0

I have sent an email to all the winners; please get back with me ASAP.

I so wish I could play Oprah and give prizes to everyone.  You took the time to enter and I’m overwhelmed with the responses.  I never would have thought that something I write would be noticed around the world…literally.

If you didn’t win this time, there will be a NEXT time soon.  :)

666 Followers Giveaway is Now CLOSED

Thanks, dear readers.  :D

This community is wonderful.  I love reading nail and makeup blogs; look forward to it every night.  I enjoy the chats on Twitter; either for support or for silliness.  And, of course, just creating my own blog.  I am getting way more out of this than I ever imagined.

It’s 8 PM EST and the giveaway is closed.  My goal is to get through all the entries by tomorrow evening so I can announce the winners. 

Thanks again and, GOOD LUCK!!!

This is a flower from the grounds of one of my clients I visited on Friday.

My Love For Zoya Is Clear As A Crystal

April is Autism Awareness Month.  But, it is also for child abuse and domestic abuse awareness too.  Today’s blue is my support to bring awareness to all three…

 

I have for you Zoya’s ‘Crystal’.  My word, is it a stunner!  A blue with lots of gold micro-glitter, DA BOMB, folks!!!

You don’t have to like my manicure to love this color. 

Just a bit of a fudge on the tip of my pinky.  These nails are really long for me.  I haven’t had them this long in quite a few years.  However, today I did get my nails redone and I got them cut back to a ‘sport’ length.

I have three coats of polish and a top coat of Seche Vite.  There’s only one thing I can say negative about this polish and, that is I wish I would have discovered it before nail blogging.  These are awesome polishes. 

If you see or very strongly suspect someone is being abused, please contact the authorities about it.  You can do it anonymously and you can leave it up to them to decide what action should be taken.  Please don’t turn your back away from abuse.

Absolute Enamel – Baby Blade of Grass

Here is where I first talked about finding a display of neons and pastels at Sol.  Since I have so many untried polishes (surprise!), I limited myself to one neon and one pastel; both in green.  Here’s the green pastel…

These nail companies need to be ashamed of themselves for not naming their sweet-ums.  This is now called ‘Baby Blade of Grass.’

Of course it’s corny, but, I don’t think I’m the only one. *shifty eyes*

Two coats, fair application, too much swatching over the weekend ate my nails.  Ugh.  I didn’t give ‘Baby Blade of Grass’ any justice; just took a lawnmower to it. :(

I should, in all fairness to the polish, do it again when my nails are not this trashed.   I’ll be starting afresh on Friday with redone nails.  I can’t wait til they are pretty again.

Do you like green pastel polish?
Don’t forget my giveaway….here.

Your First Date on a Pinky Moon

This is a cool swatch…

Wait…I mean HOT!!  I was played/practicing with Konading.  On this red polish, I used the flame stamp using orange Konad color on the bottom of the flames and Konad yellow at the tips.  I stamped about 3 times and voila!  Flame-thrower fingers!

I’m still practicing with stamping so only one finger came out decent.  I hope I’m not the only one that happens to.

OK, down to the matter at hand–Pink Wednesday!  I joined up with some other nail bloggers which,  On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  Check out these chicketas; they are goooood!

 First Date?  Baahaaa…too corny to even mention. 

Princessa’s ‘First Date’ comes from Beya.  That’s a mall store that is very much like the Sol store I talked about here.  Beya is a light and bright-looking store.  Sol has a darker decor.  I stop by both, often, because they can have some unique and/or inexpensive make-up and polish.

‘First Date’ shows its rosy side in the outside photo.  Still a not-boring pink frost.  It’s a work-appropriate color, yet not a pink frost like my Grandma used to wear.

This is wear the fun begins….

This glitter-paloosa is Kleancolor’s ‘Pinky Moon’.  The ‘moon’ part would be for the moon-shaped glitter in the polish.  But it is terribly shy.  I had to coaks it out to get any on my nails.  Mostly the regular glitter and  bar glitter applied.  And even that was tough.

OK, here’s ‘First Date’ and ‘Pinky Moon’ together…

‘Pinky Moon’ needs to have ‘One in a Blue Moon’ as its subtitle.  If Kleancolor would have put in twice as much glitter and more moons it this, it would make putting up with its smell a lot easier.

OK.  It’s subtle and dainty.  But I’m wondering if this look would be better suited for a very young miss.  But I figure the young chickies can’t have all the fun.

Should ‘Pinky Moon’ be better left for young girls?  If you were to get this polish, would you put up with its bad behavior?

I Spy…New Stuff at Bed, Bath & Beyond 4/10

These new-to-me makeup items almost got lost in my photo files.  Eeps!  Well, on the other hand, considering the amount of photos I have, anything can get lost there.

However, I discovered them and discovered these new displays at my local Bed, Bath & Beyond when I was there last week.

Will we ever get enough ‘Twilight’ themed makeup?

 That’s quite an assortment of products on this one display.  I loved the sparkling dusting powder the best of all these items.  But, the polish colors don’t look unique at all.

This little, one-use travel makeup sticks remind me of the kind for mosquito bites…

You snap the swab-type container and it oozes out your product.  LOL…yep, oozes.  I think I’ll just stick to travel-size products.

One thing this fair-white woman doesn’t like to reminded of, is that I’m just not ‘in’ if I keep my pasty-white complexion year-round.  L’oreal’s saving grace with this campaign is the sassy polishes.

I dig the neutral shadow shades too.  But my eyes went right for the polishes!

Yellow sparkles!!

Sparkling Starfish too.

And I think a tinted tanning gel is the way to go.  I got Lush’s Charlotte Island just days before I saw this. The only draw-back I’m experiencing is the lotion rubbing off onto my socks.

And one last thing.  I didn’t get a complete shot of this display but I wanted to share it as I have never seen one of these items.

I have used lipstick sealers and it was a drying shellac right on my lips.  Ew.  I think this is it along with it’s new, baby sister; lip gloss sealer.  Does it really work?  Sorry, I’m not going to try it out.  Cracks are for sidewalks.

Quite a bit of new products for one visit at BB&B.  That was fun!  And I will confess, I did NOT buy anything.  Nope.  But now that I’ve gone back and looked at these photos, those L’oreal polishes look cute and sassy; no tan needed.

See anything you’d like?

Because I Want You To Win Sooner

I can’t wait for some things to happen.  Like buying the new shades of Shatter by OPI.  Like seeing the movie ‘Thor.’  Like upping the date of my giveaway!!

These are too cute to keep them on my book shelf waiting to go to their new homes.  So, I’m changing the end date of my 666 Followers Giveaway.

Get entered in because the end date is now  Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 8 PM, EST.

Plus, I’m well past 666 followers.  I have 700+ and I haven’t been doing this a year yet.  *surreal moment*  Now, don’t think I’m being disrespectful, but I’m looking for READERS, not only FOLLOWERS.  :D

Franken Kiss and Teal

Got to ask you, readers, something.  I posted that I would end my giveaway on 4/30.  Would it be a bad thing to move it up?  I feel it is just too far away and I want to give stuff out sooner.  Let me know what you think in the comment box.

I’ve been swatching today and previewing workout DVDs; my two favorite hobbies, combined together.  I stayed home all day except for my morning walk/run.  I’ll do some more of it, again, tomorrow.  What a perfect weekend for me.  I hope you got to do something fun yourself.

This is a fun mani.  Take a look…

I took an old bottle of Sally Gal’s ‘So 70′s’ polish  and mixed in Aromaleigh’s ‘Mela #9′ mineral shadow.  I didn’t give it much thought, just grabbed a shadow and started mixing.  My franken is in the middle.  Oh, man, that was easy!!
(Note: Sally’s doesn’t use names on these babies anymore. GASP!!! It’s now #315)

I surprised myself that it turned out.  And I love the color.  Here’s what it looks like on me…

Very sheer, so it would be an overlay, best of all.  And, because I was using a very old bottle of ‘So 70′s, it was seriously thick.  I put in a couple drops of acetone but it didn’t do much good at all.  I didn’t know where my polish thinner was.  Oops.

 This franken hasn’t lost any of its sparkly-ness with the mineral shadow color.  It’s full of iridescent glitter in a teal base.  I name my creation ‘Franken Kiss and Teal’.

This is three coats and it was saturated.  It was gritty even with Seche Vite over it.  But, I’m going to let this slip by because I’m so pleased with myself. ;)   I’m going to ask my Mom to put it up on the refrigerator door as my current work of art.

I’m going to use this polish one more time, over a base coat.  What color do you think I should use?  And, if you are into making frankens or have been wanting to try it for the first time, Sally’s has these baby nail polishes at by 2, get one free.  It’s an inexpensive way to try it out.

I Spy…New Stuff at Sol 4/15/11

Do you have any Sol stores in the malls where you are?  We have several of them.  They are like dollar stores with, mostly cheap jewelry (cute cheap, fun rings), socks, purses and bags, flip flops and makeup.

Here’s what I saw that was new…

Sets of neons and pastels.  $2.99 each.

Here are a couple of colors I swiped photos of really fast…

A powder pink.
A knock-your eyeballs out neon orange.
I exercised restraint.  I have absolutely no idea how, but I did.  Here are the two I purchased…

A pastel green and it’s cousin, neon.  Can you believe that NONE of these had names, just numbers!!  I didn’t think I’d get away with the photos much less hanging out to name them.  (Shhh…secret obsession)

Baby Blade of Grass pastel.
Go! Go! Green!

I want to swatch these this weekend.  That’s what makes my weekends fun.  Am I not exciting!!!!  OK, whatever.

Do you have Sol stores or something like them in your malls?  I don’t see anything unique with these colors; do you?