My Battle of the Turquoise: Winner: Carnation Creation

There is another wave of new polishes coming! I better hurry up and show the swatches I’ve made so I’ll have room for more. :)

This is Finger Paint’s ‘Carnation Creation’ and it has been used to compare to China Glaze’s ‘For Audrey.’ I posted about ‘For Audrey’ here.  ‘For Audrey’ has made it into the core line of China Glaze, surely because of its popularity. But, I like ‘Carnation Creation’ way better…

Yet, even with the comparisons, I actually like ‘Carnation Creation’ better. I wish I knew exactly why but, I just prefer this color more…

 

Listen up…I went to get my gel nails filled in. Over the next weekend, I swatched like a mofo. As I removed the polishes to reapply a new one, the fill-in disintegrated. It did it more and more as the swatch-a-thon went on. Well, damn! That salon didn’t fill me in with gel; they used acrylic! Grrrrr….. Not trying to make an excuse, though. I’m pointing out how I fell for the ol’ switch-a-roo.

Crappy fill-in aside, I now bring your attention to the lovely polish. Not a thing wrong with that! I did three coats and they went on smoothly. I have Seche Vite (did you know that means ‘Quick Drying’?) as a top coat. I was attempting to build up the polish enough to hide the divits. That was a ‘Fail’ too.

Next weekend, I am going to Orlando’s Premiere Show. I hope to find a nail gel that works perfectly every time and one I can do myself. (When I was in nail tech school eons ago, we actually had ‘gel,’ not powder!) And that can bring an end to getting duped at the nail salon.

But, high on my list, is to discover new products and upcoming releases in the beauty and nail industry. Then, share them with my loyal readers. I’m excited!

Which color do you like better: ‘Carnation Creation’ or ‘For Audrey’?

A Gray ‘Totally Fort Worth It’ for Brain Tumor Awareness

Are you having fun these weekend? Me, just blogging, cleaning up..some, OK…a little…no, just blogging and reading blogs. Yea. That.

I have made a new friend through blogging. My friend’s name is Zara. She runs Never Unpolished blog. She just graduated from high school this month. She’s getting ready to head off to college. I think she’s an awesome woman.  Zara has a brain tumor.

This month marks ‘National Brain Tumor Awareness’. The awareness ribbon for this disease is gray. Zara asked if anyone would help spread the word. I readily agreed.

Here is the gray I chose…

This is OPI’s ‘Totally Fort Worth It’ from their recent Texas collection. I actually got this at our blogger swap last April. I don’t know who put that into the stack but, I’m happy I got it.

‘Totally Fort Worth It’ is a very soft, frosty gray. It almost looks like a faint, smoke color. I am sure this color is in Libby’s coat! I was very pleased with the color. I used 2 coats and, there is still a bit of visible nail line so, 3 would have done better. I did put on a top coat but, this is what I used…

This is OPI’s ‘I Juggle…Men’ from the Cirque Femme collection. Sort of hard to pick up on camera, this is a thin, milky overlay that has pinkish iridescent glitter.I can’t state that it spices things up, but it does add a hint of irresistibility to the look.

This is one coat of ‘I Juggle…Men.’

Do excuse the need for a fill-in. My nails grow crazy fast and this is just 8 days of growth!  As you can see from the overlay, it doesn’t change it a lot but just a bit.  It makes ‘Totally Fort Worth It’ just a bit more shimmery with an iridescent glow.

I liked the look quite well. It’s a nice match for my very long nails. I’m glad I got to try this look and share with you about Zara and her blog. I’m very happy to have made friends with her and wish her all the best as she goes on into her college years and beyond.  (I hope she keeps blogging; I adore her blog!! Go, check it out!)

Did you get ‘Totally Fort Worth It’ or ‘I Juggle…Men’?

Seriously Dainty – Ulta’s ‘Steal The Groom’

Let’s start the weekend!!!

I love Ulta minis. I like the cost (more polish for less money) and the themes.  Here’s one I was surprised I would like…

‘Always a Bridesmaid’ is a set of pastels that all have complimentary-colored micro-glitter.
 Here’s the first one I swatched…

This green cutie is ‘Steal the Groom,’ which in my mind would not be a tasteful thing to do. And, as I think about it, I’ve never been a bridesmaid. Could there be a…dare say…connection? (Not a confession!)

A pale sea-foam green with lots and lots of tiny iridescent glitter. All of which is not captured in this outdoor lighting. Go back and check the first photo, above, and there you’ll see it.

 

I used Sally Hansen’s ‘Teflon Tuff’ as a base coat and then 3 coats of ‘Steal The Groom.’ There’s one coat of Nailene’s ‘Miracle Maker’ to finish it off.

I thought this would be a bit gritty, but it wasn’t. And removal was without a hitch.

Rather than a plain pastel, I feel ‘Steal The Groom’ sets forth a feel of Seriously Dainty. And, as a loyal reader, you’ll know that I love irony and oxymorons.

If you picked up this collection, which shade did you like best?

Go Ahead; Show Us Your Pink

Time to wear pink!! It’s Wednesday….yeeeaaaaaa!

Ulta has some of the cutest mini collections. This one is called ‘Under The Sea.’  And from that collection is ‘Mermaid In Heaven’.

A very vivid fuchsia pink with a gob of gold micro-glitter in it.

Here I have on 2 coats and used Nailene’s ‘Miracle Maker’ as a top coat.  This is the shade I love to wear in the summer. It’s brighter than a pastel, more vivacious and a lot more spunky than just a regular pink polish.

I have several blouses this color because it gives my skin a healthy, pink glow. There’s a feeling of femininity without being a little girl.

There are other nail bloggers that have fun with pink on Wednesdays. Check out my blogger friends here and see what pink they are wearing today.

Kleancolor ‘American Eyedols’ Baked Shadows

What is hot this summer? Baked makeup. Baked shadows, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, you name it.  Baked makeup isn’t a new trend, it’s just a hot trend right now.

I found a brand new display of Kleancolor’s American Eyedol Baked Shadows. I almost squealed but somehow managed to just blurt out ‘Oh, Wow!’

 I got these at Abradel Beauty Supply in Orlando, FL. There website is www.abradel.com, however I do not see this makeup available on the site.

The owner said they had just received them in. Brand new!!! And she was more than accommodating to allow me to photo them for my blog.

Here I snapped some of the colors I WILL get next time. In fact, I have, on purpose, scheduled to visit a client out in that area of town so I can swing by Abradel’s.

Here are the ones I picked…

Glitter Midnight (a medium gray with silver sparkles), Malt (a dark taupe with a bluish silver tone, my favorite!), Khaki (an antique gilded gold) and Glitter Teal (a medium teal with darker teal and silver sparkles).

I swatched them all, dry and wet. There is a lot of pigment in these, which pleased me. However, when I used it dry, there was fall out. Nothing that my fan brush couldn’t whisk away.

At the sunny window. The order here is different. First is Malt, Khaki, Glitter Midnight, and then Glitter Teal.

Same order, out in the sunlight…

How about that pigmentation with the wet swatches? It is awesome as eyeliners. That’s a fairly good deal to get a shadow and an eyeliner in one product for $1.99.

I only picked up the four because I wanted to see if they would preform as well as they looked. May I say they passed the ‘Libby Test’ and I will be purchasing a few more this week. So, look forward to more swatches of Kleancolor’s American Eyedols. And, look for them for yourself too.

Pretty, aren’t they?

The Ugly Series: Part 5, Just Plain Ol’ Orange

This is the last installment of The Uglies.  I’m having a hard time going through my stash finding anything that blatantly is ugly. Even those shades I have chosen to move out of my comfort zone are not out and out ugly. I should have saved that franken I made a month or two ago. Now, that was ugly.

This one is more of a meh…

than an ugly…

I dare say this is more scary than ugly.  Eeps!

Here is Love & Beauty’s ‘Orange’.  Just ‘Orange’. And, almost as exciting as its name…

Three coats with a top coat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat’. I did a review of Revlon’s ‘Copper Penny’ and it is very similar. And I wasn’t bowled over by that one either. ‘Orange’ is a burnt orange hue. It does look brighter in the sunlight, however.

 

 It did have good coverage and it was uber shiny. It’s just a bit ugly and is not my favorite color. If it was a lighter shade, it might be a great one for the beach and sandal-wearing. Neither, I’m apt to be doing.

What do you think about copper polishes? Is it one you’d wear?

The Ugly Series: Part 4, How Could I Mess That Up

Why is it ugly…

Well, it’s not. However, outside of nail blogland, there are those that find black nail polish just frightful. There are many parents that would not want to see black nail polish on their child’s Sunday School teacher.

That said, I wanted to take a black polish and juice it up. For my black, I chose Essence’s ‘I Love My Jeans’. Take a look at this black polish. This is NOT your regular, plain ol’ black.

This black has a low-light silver shimmer to it. And truthfully, I didn’t notice it when I picked it up to do an ugly. Here I have on 3 coats. If you notice the pinkie, it is a sneak preview of what I’m going to do here. That’s a test run.

Here, you can see those shimmers. I can’t even say whether it is silver or whether it is holo. It captured many different colors when held my nails juuuust right in the sunlight.

Now to see if I can massacre it..

This yellow is from a 6 pack of…gasp!!! flaky glitters. Oh, my gosh! I picked out the color I liked least to do the experiment.

One coat, boys and girls. The black took care of any of that yellow ‘took vitamins pee’ color. And what appeared…swoonafied gemme!! It has no name. Should I call it ‘Vitamin Pee’?

 Wow. Now I’m inclined to try this again with the other holo glitters. Do I dare tell you there’s a RED one?? One coat…oh, I said that already. I’m sort of dazed by this combo.

I tried to do an ugly and ended up with love. Reminds me of finding love. I had decided I was perfectly happy with being single. And then what happens; I met my husband. Crap! I can’t even get ‘singlehood’ down correctly. (Secretly I’m not bummed about it, though.)

 Can I call this ugly? Nope. I couldn’t do ugly this time. May not be everyone’s dream mani, but it sure is mine.

Did I give this one a fair shake? Shall we venture to call this a ‘pleasant surprise’?

The Ugly Series: Part 3, What Vampires Wear

Ready for some more ugly?

Up front, I’ll confess, this is a total contradiction.  This is a brownish-red vamp color. It’s Sally Hansen’s ‘Vivid’. And it is from at least 2 winters ago.

I admit, I only think it is ugly in the bottle. But once it is on, and particularly in the sunlight, I am ready to wrap myself in a crushed velvet cape and fly off into the twilight. OK, so it’s not an original idea, but you get the point.

Some of photos drive home my feelings that this isn’t such a hot color. But, alas, confession is good for the soul…I stared at it while I was sitting at stop lights.

Ah, this is the best rendition of ‘Vivid.’ Yes, indeed, it is vivid. I have on 3 coats and feel that a better talented nail person could have got it in 2. I topped it off with Color Club’s ‘Eco Chic’ top coat.

Here’s the reason I picked this one. I asked my husband to, quick, name a color! He didn’t answer right away and started laughing and backing up at the same time. ‘No! No! This isn’t a trick’ I tried to soothe him over. Once he realized I was definitely not set out to trick him, he chose RED. I then took that as my lead to find a red in my huge stash that I felt was ugly.

In the shadows, this color isn’t so pretty. Pull it out into the sunlight, and it begins to show off. And you can’t do that with ‘real’ vampires. I tried to explain to my husband that ‘real’ vampires cannot go out into the day time and they not shine either. He was left in a more confused state.

Do you find vampy reds to be beautiful?

The Ugly Series: Part 2, Ugly Betty

Did you watch the series ‘Ugly Betty’? I only did once. However, it reminded me of my start as a ‘trimmer’. That’s what the title was of the person who dressed the mannequins and made up the displays of clothing on the walls. I did this for a women’s dress store that isn’t in business any longer but, it was like the dual-sided ‘Dress Barn’ stores.

I started doing this in Orlando and transferred to Memphis. There, I rotated between 5 different stores. One store had 5 mannequins up on a 10 foot high ledge that was only 2-1/2 feet wide! Oh, and it had neon lights ‘waving’ on the wall behind the mannequins. If any part of you touched the light, you’d get a burn. However, what the company REALLLY didn’t want was to have the lights fry out and then have to be replaced.

Look, I took this job because I thought it was glamorous. Gawd, NO! It was terrible. Dressing mannequins is not easy or fun.

A friend, who didn’t work in the retail/fashion business, remarked that I looked like I was having fun dressing the dummies. I must mention, she said this to me as I was wrestling one of the mannequins apart and I wassweating profusely. I promptly set her straight by telling her I had a very ‘close’ relationship with each dummy. Why, yes. I had given each of them names. But, it was all the same name and, it began with the letter ‘B’. And it sure in the hell wasn’t Betty!! And with that, I grabbed the dummy’s boob and wretched her upper torso away from the lower half. Hmpf…Take that ‘Betty!!!’

Thus, my connection, albeit strange, to Ugly Betty.  Here’s the manicure version…

Kleancolor’s ‘Holo Orange’. I used 3 coats and a top coat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat.’

I guess it’s orange. But it’s a murky orange. I love glitter and I love holographic stuff, but this one tests my loyalty. I’m thinking maybe it would be either one, better for the fall months or two, as a top coat over a tan or brown. It did become mostly opaque with the three coats.

It does seem a light enough color for summer. However, I’m going to let you tell me what you think.

And as far as the ‘Betty’s’; they deserve that rod up their backsides!

The Ugly Series: Part 1, Brace Yourself

This is going to be a daring series. I’d like to review ugly nail polishes. Well, make that ugly in my opinion. And please, don’t hesitate to agree or disagree with me. I like to keep my blog an open forum.

This one, I think, is ugly upon first glance. But when I go to study it, I see some real kewlness.  This is Finger Paint’s ‘Warm He-Art-Ed’…

Yes, I am showing you nicked nails. Well, I said UGLY didn’t I? But really, I didn’t mean for that to be there.

‘Warm He-Art-Ed’ is a greige that has an iridescent sheen to it. It is just not translating to photo. However, let me tell you that the sheen is this polish’s saving grace. I would not have picked it up if it had not been for the sheen.

The last photo give a glimpse of that sheen. I have on 3 coats and a top coat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat’. I’ll tell you another saving grace, this polish applied artfully. Not quite a skimpy brush, it was easy to use. And I think almost everyone agrees that Finger Paint bottles are easy to maneuver.

Dear Readers, I am terribly sorry to assault you with a mucked up manicure. I know you read blogs to look at pristine applications and wonderful photos with delightful reviews. I do too. I definitely owe you better work and a redo. Please be forgetting.

Here’s a flower to soften the ugliness…

From my backyard, taken at the same time I photoed ‘Warm He-Art-Ed’.

What do you do with your ugly polishes?