Marry A Millionaire To Chase Away The Winter Blues

My double glitter giveaway ends this Sunday. Go here to enter. Good luck!

Lost in the Holiday foray was a China Glaze collection called Eye Candy. Here’s a smashing purple glitter from that collection…

I rather like this purple and silver glitter called ‘Marry A Millionaire’.

It is depressing to find all the Holiday decorations whisked away and the world becomes a bit gray. ‘Marry A Millionaire’ is just the polish to brighten my day…

This polish is a complex collection of purple glitter in two different sizes; micro and super-micro. Even the bar glitter, which flashes from teal/green to silver, is tiny. There is just the right balance of these glitters, so on the nails, it fractals light and becomes very, very sparkly. I did need 4 coats to get this much coverage. And, even though I found the polish to be a tad thick, as many glitter polishes can be, it dried faster than many do.

Photos are not doing the sparkle justice…

Interestingly enough, I found that ‘Marry A Millionaire’ didn’t eat (absorb) top coat as a lot of glitter polishes tend to do. I used one coat of Color Club’s Vivid Color Intensifying Top Coat and the texture felt smooth to the touch. On the other hand, the second day of wearing this polish, it was chipping. Or rather, it was flaking off in large pieces on my index fingers and my right thumb. I was able to peel all the polish off my index finger but stopped there as I didn’t want to take a layer off my own nail.

Of course, the peeling could have been due to the base coat I used from Wet ‘n Wild. It’s one I’ve had forever but still, I have been using it for weeks and haven’t had that issue before.

So, as I mourn the end of cheery Holiday decorations, I find that I can easily find solace in glitters and pretty nail polishes. And those are things that never go away.

Am I the only one that finds the world a bit duller when the Holiday decorations come down?

Who Died And Made You King Nail Polish?

GIRL!! Those nails are STILL skanky!!!! What the…???!

Geesh, light a match, would ya?

This isn’t going to be a post where I show a cute mani and say ‘the polish stinks but it’s still a cute look!’ Uhm..no.

Scandal Nail Polish Company, YOU STINK! I’m not talking about your business ethics or finances; I don’t know squat about that. What I do know is that your polishes smell horrible. Pee-U! The fumes burn my nose and hurt my brain.

Here is the offender…

I like the looks of this polish. It has a translucent lime green base. And I do like the iridescent lime and gold bar glitter. Add into the mix silver and lime green dot glitter and the recipe is neat. Well, not totally neat; it takes a long while to dry…completely. Too long for my hyper self.

‘Lime Pearl’ doesn’t stand well by itself, in my opinion. So, who COULD stand by it, it reeks so damn bad! Moving along though, it needs a bit of help to be all it can be. I picked a creme base that would showcase it, hopefully, in the best way…

 I chose a medium yellow creme by Color Club. Do I like this yellow? It’s OK. (Insert fake smile.) I don’t apply light color creme polishes very well. And after a couple of re-dos, I finally got one nail looking decent…

 Here I have, on my ring finger, Color Club’s creme yellow which I do not know the name of (Sunny Side of the Road?). I have 2 coats on as I didn’t dare put on a third in fear I would muck it up again. Then I put on one coat of ‘Lime Pearl’.

 Juuuust a bit closer. There’s two coats of ‘Lime Pearl’ on my pinky. This is why I felt the need to use a color base coat for it; the glitters are too sparse.

And, here is how far a regular view would be. So, my point is that this mani isn’t a stand-out. It’s OK. (Insert fake smile.)

And, whatever you do, don’t get your fingers close to your nose!!! Man, it is going to be awhile before I show you another Scandal Nail Polish because I can’t bear that stench.

Enough about stinky stuff! I have a double glitter giveaway going on. Go here and enter and tell your friends.

It Was a Cold, Rainy Night…For Pumpkin Polishes

Pleasant surprises are one of the top things I love about life. I love to get/find them and I love to give them.

A twin twitter friend, Somecrazedlady, sent me a delightful, pleasant surprise package in the mail. (Ask her why we are ‘twins’.) She sent me Julep’s Hand Brightening Creme and some hand/nail softening gloves. She also sent me the ghostie design from the Sally Hansen sticker nails and a sample of CND foot creme….hmmm…fresh and smells like cucumbers.

Then, if those wonderful items were not enough (and they were!), she included these…

Pumpkin polishes!!!!! And the top two glitters EVER!!!  On the left is the one that has iridescent quarter moon shaped glitter and regular size glitter. Then in the middle is my own Finger Paints in ‘Stunning Stilettos’, which I used as a base color. The pumpkin on the right is iridescent bar glitter. I’m in the camp that loves bar glitter, some say they feel it’s too hairy. But, I think it’s adorable.

I swatched these the day after I received them…

I alternated fingernails with both as I couldn’t do just one. Plus, I loved the look and actually got some compliments on it when I was out and about working.

I picked ‘Stunning Stilettos’ as the base color as I wanted to emulate a sense of a dark, cloudy night with the moon flitting in and out of wispy clouds. When I was a kid, we called that ‘spooky moon.’ It is a total set up for a movie with a werewolf howl. 🙂

Twin sister, Somecrazedlady, you are the BEST!!! Thank you, again, for your sweetness.  Great Big Hugs!!!

I posted that my brother, his wife and daughter came to Orlando to do the touristy thing and to see me. My niece and sister-in-law have never been to the Atlantic Ocean. So we took a day trip to Daytona Beach.

Here is a photo of mom and daughter enjoying the shore line…

My October Pink Giveaway ends this Sunday. If you haven’t entered yet, this is where the post is located at….HERE.

Independence Day Nail Art

In just a bit over 26 hours, the 3 Prize Giveaway will close. If you haven’t entered, please do by clicking here.

Hooray and Happy Birthday, United States!!! How are you going to spend the US’s 235th birthday?

I’m going to show you my July 4th manicure with 10 different looks. I couldn’t land on just one so I went crazy. I made some winners and losers. However, it was a lot of fun to do these.

First, let me show you the polishes I used…

Here are the ‘stars’…Nubar’s ‘Hologram Glitter’ and Kleancolor’s ‘Silver Star.’

Avon’s ‘Rich Red’ (which is a blood red, not an orange-red) and Color Club’s Frosty Blue that has no name. Even with the vast array of polishes that I own, I didn’t have one medium blue creme polish. So, the blue here is frosty.

OPI’s ‘Red Shatter’, Sally Hansen’s ‘Distressed Denim’, and China Glaze’s ‘Lightning Bolt.’

Here, I have a Color Club white creme and one from Sally Hansen. I tried both to see which I preferred. Color Club won as it wasn’t as streaky as SH. Plus, that SH is years old.

Mix them all up…

 I won’t go through and tell you about each design. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

And, this is my right hand…

I did use an irridescent glitter from Color Club on some of these nails. I just didn’t get a photo of it separately.

 

I think my favorite one is my left-hand pinky. I feel very patriotic, seriously.

Did you do an Independence Day manicure?

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.

Mardi Gras Purple Parade

Just a bit of a replay with this purple creme…

 I used this purple when I made my Mardi Gras manicure.  Here, I use it as a full-fledged set.  This Cosmetic Arts polish doesn’t have a name…til now.  I call it ‘Mardi Gras Purple.’

It’s a creme that doesn’t have a ton of shine.  I certainly didn’t help it out by getting a nick on the ring finger.  This is three coats and one top coat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat.’

There are some colors that I put into my ‘comfort zone.’  Purple is one of them.  I think this even spills over into my wardrobe as well.  Just by a stroke of luck, I was wearing a shirt that this purple matches perfectly…

And to just jazz it up a bit, I put on a top coat of glitter…

A clearance polish from Icing.  It’s called ‘Glitz & Glamour.’  OMG, I love this with the bar glitter!!!!  Swoon!!

I kept it to one coat just because I know I usually OD on glitters…

Now it really does look like a Mardi Gras parade.  Some day I hope to go to Mardi Gras. I think I’d have a blast.  How about you?  Have you been to Mardi Gras?  I have been on the outskirts of New Orleans and several other cities in Louisiana.  I had some of the best food there too.  Don’t you love Cajun food??  YUM!!

If You Love It, Why Don’t You Marry It?

Whoa!  Did I have my mind blown by this one!…

 This is Color Club’s ‘Total Mystery’ from the Alter Ego collection.  Here is why I want to marry it…

If you have heard or read the word ‘Blurple’ thrown around in nail/makeup blog-dom, this is the color we are talking about.  However, cameras do not always love blurple, so this ends up looking blue and may cause you to scratch your head in confusion.

Check out the color of the bottle.  That’s much more purple than my nails.  In real life, the bottle’s color is what it looks like.  It’s a blurple jelly with fuchsia and blue micro-glitter.  This is 3 coats with a coat of Seche Clear and a coat of Vite.  Shine-topia!!!

I stared at this mani a lot.  In fact, I’m still rockin’ it.  Trust me; this is way more purple.  But I shouldn’t try to convince you of my love; we were just meant to be.

Have you had a polish that you had a hard time moving on from?  What was it?

China Glaze ‘Atlantis’ vs. Sinful Colors ‘Nail Junkie’

If today’s weather would be like this all year ’round, I’d love living in Florida.  Alas, it is not!  However, I did take advantage of tons of sunlight and did swatching galore.

I know that every nail blogger has had this happen to them.  You do your nails in the evening, carefully applying, as you always do.  Finish up and have all the intentions to photo your swatches in the morning, provided there is sufficient sunshine.  You find that there is and you are happy!  You run to get your camera, step outside, aim your camera and what do you find?  A hot mess!  I did this with a pedicure.  My toe nails were not filed evenly, the cuticles were as dry as a desert and the polish seemed dull.  Scratch that!

But the polish I had used was this…

It’s Sinful Color’s ‘Nail Junkie.’  It is just too sparkly/glittery not to show up as a post.  But when I originally went to try this as a pedi, I thought I was using this…

This is China Glaze’s ‘Atlantis.’  Ta da!  A dupe post was created.

Here’s the line up I used: the new Finger Paint’s Base Coat, China Glaze’s ‘Atlantis’, Sinful Color’s ‘Nail Junkie’ and as the top coat, China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat.’

Not exact dupes…

There’s more green glitter in ‘Atlantis’.  But I could only see this in the blurred photo.

Starting with the thumb, middle and pink fingers have ‘Atlantis.’  The index and ring fingers have on ‘Nail Junkie.’

Both are jellies and have green, gold and turquoise glitter.  ‘Atlantis’ has less gold glitter.  And ‘Nail Junkie’ seems to have iridescent glitter.  On the nails, you can see that ‘Atlantis’ is a deeper turquoise/blue-green color.  And since I have an OCD about making the nail color the same as in the polish, I have on 4 coats.

My verdict is that I don’t need both.  I think I like ‘Atlantis’ better.  I will make myself a mental note to try both of these as layering polishes too.  I thought the Finger Paint’s Base Coat was alright. I didn’t keep this mani on long enough to say how well its staying power is.  but the China Glaze ‘Fast Forward Top Coat’ seemed to help these jellies dry faster.  However, it is STINKY!!!  A high chemical smell. 

Do you think they are too close in color to bother having both?  Which one do you have?

I Found My Holy Grail For Nude and Holy Schmit Bar Glitter

If you read this post, you know that I was disappointed in this polish as it looked dirty on my fingers.  However, I am a huge fanatic of top coat glitters.  This glitter is SO SPECIAL I HAD to find the perfect nude base polish.  Hot damn!!!  I did!!!

This is Color Club’s ‘Incognito’ from their Alter Ego collection.  Looky!!!

I’m so happy to have found this one and how yummy it looks on me.  No streaks, no dirt, no problems.

OK, so I have found my ‘canvas.’  Here’s the media…

Swoon….Die!!!  It’s a Green Holographic Bar Glitter!!!  I let out a ‘yip’ when I saw this at the beauty supply store.  I held it tight as I shopped, truly afraid I’d drop it or some other polish lover would snatch it right out of my paws!!
This is Kleancolor’s ‘Starry Meteor.’

Only one complaint…the bar glitter didn’t live up to its end of the deal; it didn’t want to apply to my nails.  Oh, there is one other complaint…this polish smelled terrible.  I had to leave the room because it became over-powering.

I dabbed the polish on trying to get some of the bars off the brush and onto my nails.  I did get the regular glitter and the micro glitter on just fine.  In the long run, I am gaga over this mani!  I think I love this one the best.  Maybe I’ve said that already, lol, but this time I MEAN IT!!  ;p

I think I’m going to wear this one more day.  It’s sparkly without being over-bearing.  It’s green without looking like fungi.  It’s cute and I don’t care if it looks like little girl nails.  One thing it is, it’s mine.

Do you have any bar glitter?  What’s your Holy Grail base color polish?