Monday, July 30, 2012

"Dipping Dot"-icure with Orly Decades of Dysfunction

Dipping Dot-icure on Orly Decades of Dysfunction
Sometimes, certain colors and designs just scream out a concept. For me, the concept of this manicure was definitely Dipping Dots, those little mini ball ice creams often found at amusement parks. The colors are all reminiscent of different flavors of ice cream to me. The base color is Orly Decades of Dysfunction, which is a really light pink. Then I added dots with OPI Mermaid's Tears (mint) and China Glaze Foie Gras (chocolate) and Dress Me Up (strawberry). I really love this manicure, I think the color combination is gorgeous. I'm not actually patting myself on the back by saying that, because I came up with color combination as a total fluke. Find out what happened and check out some more pictures, after the jump!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Impoverished by Paw-lish- New Kitty!

I'm so happy to finally be able to share some pictures of my new kitten with you guys. I got her back during my trip to Los Angeles at the beginning of July, but have been too busy to sit down and edit all the pics I have of my little Audrey. I named her after the nail polish, and also because I've always liked that name. :) Join me after the jump for a lot more pictures!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

4th of July Splatter Nails-the perils of polish

4th of July splatter, featuring OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Orly Crawford's Wine and Sally Hansen Blue Me Away, sunlight
I was visiting my friend in Los Angeles during the 4th of July, but that didn't stop me from breaking out some splatter nails. I used a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, then splattered with Orly Crawford's Wine and Sally Hansen Blue Me Away. I love the look, and the process led me to have an interesting experience! Find out the story, plus learn my splattering tip and check out more pictures, after the jump.

Monday, July 23, 2012

LA Girls Magnetized-okay magnet, but a great color!

LA Girls Magnetized, sunlight
 I really wanted to post about this LA Girls color because I think this would be an easy polish to overlook. LA Girls Magnetized looks like a boring magnetic polish in the bottle. It definitely comes alive on the nail, and is a beautiful deep pink. The magnetic effect is not super strong, and there isn't a great deal of contrast between the magnetic pattern and the other color, but how nice is this pink?! Check out more pictures after the jump!
LA Girls Magnetized with bottle, shade

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Wet n Wild School of Pyrotechnics over stamped mani

Wet n Wild School of Pyrotechnics over black and white stamp and China Glaze Frostbite, sunlight
You may have figured out already that I have a love of all things glitter. That's why when I heard about the Wet n Wild limited edition polishes School of Pyrotechnics and Stars and Stripes, I knew I had to have them. I searched for a long time before finally running into them, and I am really glad I did. Wet n Wild School of Pyrotechnics is a rainbow glitter that's unique in the kinds of colors it features. Learn more details about School of Pyrotechnics, and about how my mani look emerged, after the jump!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fergie Tonights Gonna be a Good Night over China Glaze Sun Worshipper

Fergie by Wet n Wild Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night over China Glaze Sun Worshiper, sunlight
I've already told you that most of the Fergie by Wet n Wild colors are repackaging of other Wet n Wild products. However, there were a few colors that are unique enough that I decided to add them to my collection. Here is one of them, Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night, a black and gold glitter. I layered it over the China Glaze neon, Sun Worshiper. As you can see, TGBaGB is mostly black glitter with a few gold hex glitters thrown in. I don't think it's the kind of polish you could build to opacity, based on my experience with it. Join me for more pictures and details, after the jump!
Fergie by Wet n Wild Tonight's Gonna Be a Good Night, bottle shot

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fergie by Wet n Wild-the UNdupes

Here are the few Fergie polishes that are NOT repackaged Spoileds, as far as I can tell. I am by no means 100% sure about this, though, do please correct me if I'm mistaken. There are 9 colors I'm fairly sure are new. Please forgive the quality of the photos, I did not purchase most of these so they are mostly taken at Walgreens with fluorescent lighting. Also, I didn't get the names of all of them and I missed one of the colors I think is new in my "group" shots.

For more pictures of each individual polish, join me after the jump!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Fergie by Wet n Wild-dupes, displays and more info!

Fergie by Wet n Wild polish display, long version
I was lucky to have learned all about the new Fergie by Wet n Wild polishes after reading this post over at Nouveau Cheap. Since one of the commenters on that post mentioned seeing the display in San Francisco, which is an hour away from me, I decided to look for it at a nearby Walgreens. I lucked out and it was there! The first piece of important information I'd like to share about this collection is that there are 2 displays! The one I found at my first Walgreens was the full display, with 5 rows, while I've seen it at another Walgreens in a shorter display with 3 rows.Here are some pictures of the shorter display.
Fergie by Wet n Wild polish display,short version
Note that the two displays have different polishes in different orders. I confirmed this when I found this post over at Citrine's Blog. She has row by row pictures of the short display that are better than mine. 

Another important piece of information about the Fergie polishes is that a lot of them are repackaged versions of other Wet n Wild polishes, but they're more expensive and smaller! Join me after the jump for to learn which ones I spotted, as well as to see a couple of quick comparisons and a row by row set of pictures of all the polishes!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Quick comparison-Sinful Colors Leap Flog

Sinful Colors Leap Flog on index and ring fingers, China Glaze Exotic Encounters on pinky, Essie Go Overboard on middle, sunlight
So I spotted the new Sinful Colors display that G discusses in this post over at the Nouveau Cheap blog. I was immediately struck by how much Sinful Colors Leap Flog looked like China Glaze Exotic Encounters. I compared them as soon as I got home and took the following pictures. Here's 2 coats of  Leap Flog compared to 2 coats each of Exotic Encounters and Essie Go Overboard. 
Sinful Colors Leap Flog on index and ring fingers, China Glaze Exotic Encounters on pinky, Essie Go Overboard on middle, sunlight
As you can see, Leap Flog is lighter and dustier than Exotic Encounters. It's not quite as dark as Essie Go Overboard, either.