Le Chat Summer 2011

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I had some press releases from Le Chat in my Inbox, so I thought I'd show you the ones you might be interested in.

    Available for sale tomorrow (with "Where???" being the eternal question...) is a Dare to Wear collection of mostly metallic nail polishes.  Sorry about the little pictures, they're all I have.

    Dare to Wear Bling It On Collection

    They're also doing a collection of neon soak off gel polishes for their Perfect Match line, as well as a handful of other colors.

    Le Chat Perfect Match Neon Gel Polishes
    Le Chat Perfect Match Gel Polish, New Shades for Summer 2011

    That's just about all I have for you today, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

Dark angel wings and red roses

    I massed up a few ideas and came up with this
     Excuse the shady clean up. My cuticles are really dry so I'm trying not to use acetone on them too much. So I used Barry M in black for the base, the roses were Boots No7 in Siren and Collection 2000 Hot Looks in green for the leaves. The wings were white nail art pen with Barry M in 288 and I used OPI not like the movies for the detail on the wings. The details on the roses was black and white polish.

    Do you think the photos are a bit better than normal? The seem more true to life in colour... yes I am *that* pale XD
    Thanks for stopping by. Also today is the last day to be added to the nail blog weekly round up for this friday so if you haven't emailed me yet with your post do it before 6pm GMT on Thursday.
    Thanks for all your amazing comments on my posts. I didn't realise how much comments meant to people before I started blogging but it really does make my day and make me want to post as much as possible :D
    Stacie xoxox

China Glaze Island Escape Swatches & Comparison

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I'm still waiting for word on yesterday's interview, which went really well, so I have no news on that front, [I got the call - I JUST GOT THE DREAM JOB!!!] but I got a surprise from China Glaze this morning, so I have things to show you.  I went out to get some coffee early this morning, and as I was pulling out of the driveway I saw a Post-It on my front door, and when I went to look at it I found it was from FedEx and there was a little box at the door even though I wasn't expecting any deliveries.  I'm hoping it was placed there just yesterday... Anyhow, when I got back home I opened it up to find that China Glaze had sent their upcoming Island Escape collection for review, so I have some pictures for you.

    First, I swatched the six polishes on a little thingy of fake nails (I believe "thingy" is the industry technical term for it), which I've never done before.  To be honest, I have no idea why I even had the fake nail thingy, it must have come with something else at some point, but it worked out fine.  Second, the sunlight here is almost non-existent and I did the best I could for you on the pictures, but if I notice a few minutes of good light I'll take additional pictures and add them to this post.

    China Glaze Island Escape Collection
    China Glaze Island Escape Collection Swatches, Two Coats Each
    For reference, everything in the picture other than nail polish is white, that's the light I was working with.  As for the polishes, I thought I'd just go through them one at a time like usual.  If you click the picture it'll open full sized in a new tab, which may be the easiest way to go back and forth to it.

    Electric Pineapple is a yellow creme that has a slight greenish tinge to it, and it reminds me of a yellower Misa Green with Envy.  It's quite opaque for a yellow, and the second coat made it even and opaque.

    Cha Cha Cha is a yellowish green with a gold shimmer, very much like China Glaze Moonpool, and I compared the two to find that Cha Cha Cha is a little bit brighter.  The only notable application issue was that I found brush strokes were pretty evident in the shimmer even after it dried, so it has to be applied carefully.  Here's Cha Cha Cha with Moonpool.

    China Glaze Cha Cha Cha Comparison
    China Glaze Cha Cha Cha and Moonpool Comparison, Two Coats Each
    Blue Iguana is a great glass flecked bright blue, very much like a glass flecked version of Nubar's Mali Blue, which is a shimmer.  Actually, three of these are about the same base color as three of that Nubar collection with a different finish.  Anyhow, the color of Blue Iguana is gorgeous - I spent a couple weeks in the Bahamas a few years ago, and the balcony of the room I stayed in had a clear view of the beach and ocean (which I could stare at for hours), and Blue Iguana is the color that the water was near the shore.  There were no application issues to mention.

    Senorita Bonita has the same finish as Blue Iguana, but the shimmer bits are pink in a purple base.  Senorita Bonita's base color is very similar to Nubar's Pasadena Purple, again with a different finish.  Again, nothing was noteworthy about its application.

    108 Degrees is a fantastic bright pink, also with the same finish as the previous two, and the base color immediately brought to mind Nubar's Hollywood Pink.  108 Degrees was also easy to apply and even.

    Papaya Punch is an orange creme, and it reminds me a lot of OPI's Flit A Bit from last year's Summer Flutter Collection.  Papaya Punch is quite thick, but I did not find that to be problematic, and it was almost good with just one coat (it needed the second to even out the color).

    That's just about everything I know about China Glaze's Island Escape Collection, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!  

EZ Flow The It List

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I've been neglecting you because I've been neglecting my nails, I'm sorry.  I just wasn't up for dealing with another long removal and redoing this fake tip until I absolutely had to, and today I had to.  The old mani was nine days grown out and had a chip near a cuticle because I decided to tidy up my cuticles while taking a scalding hot bath a few days ago, and a bit of the gel came off when I did, so they weren't really looking too good.  Early this morning I got a call to set up a second interview for a position I really (really, really, really) want, and it's tomorrow morning, so the time had come to redo my nails.

    The removal of the old mani was long again.  I did some more hunting for tips online and saw people say that the remover works better than acetone, so I used the remover that came packaged with it, but it was still pretty bad.  Since the Nubar removal was the easiest, what I did this time was use Nubar Gelicure products for nail prep, base, and sealer, and just the EZ Flow color gel in the middle.  This is my third time time using EZ Flow color gel, and I find that it shrinks in application quite a bit - both times before were with the whole EZ Flow system, so it doesn't seem like product incompatibility would be the problem here.  I worked around the shrinkage as well as I could, and the whole application, including one sculpted tip, was finished in under forty-five minutes (that's excluding the removal of the old one).

    I went over a few options I had for what color to use this week (pretty easy since I don't have a ton of choices), and I found one I'm content with.  I considered a nice French, but vetoed it for this particular interview because it's a little on the girly side - the job's an IT team lead role, and girly just doesn't cut it.  I considered going with just clear since my nails are white enough to do that now, but I'm never comfortable with that and it would be distracting to me, and that thought led me to just wear something I'd be comfortable and confident in, which was a darker shimmery red from EZ Flow called The It List.  I know it's a bit bold, but I'll still be very understated overall - my clothes are the dressy IT choice of a charcoal skirt and a black sweater.

    EZ Flow The It List
    EZ Flow The It List Soak Off Color Gel
    Looks like I got some towel lint on there after I washed my hands when I finished, so we'll all have to pretend we don't see that.  Otherwise, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - it's familiar, not especially attention-grabbing, and so I'll be at ease wearing it.  The last thing I want to be thinking about for even a moment during the second interview for a dream job is my nails, and that'll be easy with this.

    So that's the update for now, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

Angel Wings

    Hi Everyone
    Not much to say with these nails. Background colour is Models Own Blooboo and white is a nail art pen and the fine detail is Not Like The Movies. I used NLTM because it is dark but has a shimmer so I thought it would look more angelic.

    I hope you guys like it 
    Love Stacie xoxox

Who wants to join a nail blog round up?

    I was thinking about organizing a Nail blog round up. Basically I would put together a post with all the links you would send me of your favourite post from that week and we would all post it on our blogs.
    Anybody interested? Email me stacie.fields@gmail.com
    Stacie xoxox

Roses and Bows Tutorial using Essie French Affair Cube

    I thought the colours in the Essie French Affair Cube were perfect for a little bit of vintage roses and bows. I also had a twitter request from @JPC_ for a tutorial so I decided to start with this one. 

     So on to the tutorial.
    A few things to bear in mind. You need some fine brushes. If you haven't got any then you can cut down a normal one as shown here (This woman has mad skillz I want to be like her when I grow up XD)

    You can use Gouache or Acrylic paint for the details if you prefer. I prefer to use polish but lots of people use paint because you can make it more fluid and easier to move around.
    Think about the object your trying to make as shapes and then high and low lights. For example the rose is basically a circle with dark and light areas to give the impression of petals. 
    Polishes used: Essie french affair, coat azure, topless & barefoot and Nice is nice. See this post for more details. I also used Models Own in True Blue and Blooboo for the high and low lights and New 17 Supreme Shine in Wave (will swatch soon but basically an aqua)
    Ok first things first get your nails ready for business and apply the main colours. I used Nice is Nice on the index and ring finger, and Topless and Barefoot on the others. 
    As you can see I have smudged it on the ring finger but before I added the blue for the rose base I smoothed it out with a little acetone on a normal size brush. Worked well I didn't need to redo the finger.
    Next you need to apply 'blobs' of blue which are the base shape for the roses on the beige fingers and then use the fine brush and darker polish to paint lines to show the petals. These shapes can be vague.
    Then add the highlights.
    You then add little triangle shapes for the leaves
    Now the true magic happens when you add the topcoat! A good coating of Seche Vite. 
    It blends the polishes for you gives you the full rose effect. 
    I didn't take pictures of the bow as it's past midnight and I have to be up very early tomorrow. Basically same principle bow shape in main colour add some low lights in your dark colour and high lights in light. Top coat and off you go! 

    Ta da!

    I hope you enjoyed that! I saw the original rose design in a Nail Up or Nail Venus magazine from Japan. I don't know who actually did the design there are a few versions.
    Thanks for reading
    Stacie xoxox 

Liebster Award!

    The lovely Leanne at Obsessive Cosmetics Disorder awarded me the Leibster award. To quote Leanne "The Liebster Award is designed to bring well deserved additional recognition to those bloggers with less than 300 followers.  If you receive the award you link back to the blogger that nominated you and nominate 3 more blogs."

    So then I had to think of 3 blogs I love with less than 300 followers. I seriously can't. I follow loads of fantastic blogs which are, like me, babies!  I honestly can't chose I just had a look at how many subscriptions I have and it is currently 280. Please have a look at my blog roll and click on the links. There are tons of fantastic nail blogs as well as amazing beauty and fashion blogs. 
    I am going to change the blog roll to include pictures so it entices people to click! Oh also visit Lemonemily as she gave me an award a while back that I didn't have time to do that properly either.
    Thanks again Leanne sorry I am too rubbish to chose other blogs.
    Oh please comment and leave your blog link I will check them all out and give you a follow XD
    Stacie xoxox 

17 Gold Shatter

    Oh it is so nice! Won't bore you with words just look at this pretty!

    Top picture the crackle is on Revlon Passion Fruit which is a raspberry purple. In the other pictures it's on top of OPI Not Like The Movies. I love that it's not a brassy gold more or a silver gold. It dried matt and I finished it with Seche Vite but it still didn't really shine it was more of a satin. I'm glad I found something I could wear over Not Like The Movies too! 

    I think this is a lovely polish! It was in my local boots which is a small one so I would think it is anywhere there is a 17 counter and it costs £3.99 at the moment it is 3 for 2.
    Thanks for visiting
    Stacie xoxox

More polishes for free - Essie French Affair Spring Cube

    I also got Essie French Affair Spring Cube with the remaining vouchers for beautyexpert.co.uk I chose this because I wanted to try Nice is Nice and Coat Azure. You also get French Affair and Topless & Barefoot

    First up is Coat Azure
    Next is Nice is Nice

    Third up is French Affair
    And lastly is Topless & Barefoot

    Sorry these are a bit blurry but they are the most accurate for colour so I wanted to include them.

    I really like these. They are small at 5ml each which some people may prefer but at £16.95 I wouldn't pay for it with really money. Clubcard vouchers is fine though XD I think if you are really lemming for a collection this could be a nice way to do it especially if you don't use your polishes very quickly.
    I would also like to say the service from beautyexpert.co.uk was amazing. I ordered it late on Monday evening and I would have got it by 11am today if I had heard the postman!
    Lot of Love
    Stacie xoxox

OPI Polishes for free!

    I swapped £20 of clubcard vouchers into £40 to spend at beautyexpert.co.uk which is a great deal! Money for nothing! 
    First up I got OPI Lil Shooters set which contains Austin-Tatious Turquoise, I Vant to be a-lone star, Do you think I'm Tex-y and Rapidry topcoat.
    I was surprised by the size. I know I should have read the description better but each polish is 3.75ml. Look at the difference in size!

    As you can see I also got Not Like The Movies.

    Left to right is Do You Think I'm Tex-y?, Austin-Tatious Turquoise, I Vant to be a-lone star and Not Like The Movies. I was disappointed with them all. I really wanted to try Texy and Lone Star from the new Texas collection. First issue was that because I got the Lil Shooters the brushes are tiddy so it was hard to get the polishes on nicely - which is odd considering most stuff I do I uses much smaller brushes! Second was how sheer they are - I know Texy is a 'sorbet' but after the 3 recommended coats you can see the nail line in the above picture. All my nails are stained and that is the only one you can see the line on. I do really like the colour of Texy and if you like jellies these are nice. 
    I also thought that A-lone star would be more blue. It looks like a very pale grey on my skin tone which was disappointing. Not Like the Movies looked like a grey with pinky purple shimmers on the pictures and swatches I had seen so I really wanted to try it. Unfortunately on my nails it looks nothing like the swatch picture.

    I wish it looked like the picture above in real life but to me it is very green. Not bright grass green but a goldy grey green. Shame. It's also sheer. 
    On the positive sides I will say that I like the brushes on the full sizes. 
    I know that it must be me. So many people LOVE OPI but they just don't do it for me. If I could have Models Own or Barry M in the OPI bottles I would be a very happy girl. I won't write off OPI though I'm sure in the future they will release something I absolutely have to have XD
    Lots of Love 
    Stacie xoxox

Actually this is what angels wear

    So after I took the peacock feathers off and wanted to try something a little darker under the Barry M 288. I tried it over Essie Merino cool and I am loving the results. Barry M 288 is a very fine glitter - maybe glimmer (mixture of glitter and shimmer) in a clear base. 

    In the bottle it looks like it should be a metalic foil on the nails and when I bought it 4 years for a christmas party I was very disappointed that it wasn't a full metallic. I'm so glad I found it again.
    Much love
    Stacie xoxox

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