Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear VIP Pink

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today there's more layered glitter polish in store with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear VIP Pink over China Glaze Sugar High.  I don't know much about VIP Pink other than that I had it in a box of polishes and it's a pretty pink with glitter, but it looked a little sheer for me to wear alone.

    I don't know if I ever showed you a picture of what I think is the easiest way to get an idea of the opacity of a polish without having to open it, so I took one to show you today.  I just hold the bottle a little bit tilted and above eye level, then roll the mixing ball around a little.  How well I can see the mixing ball is an indication of how sheer it is.

    Sally Hansen VIP Pink Bottle
    Mixing Ball in Sally Hansen VIP Pink Bottle

    That's pretty sheer since I can see it so well, so I grabbed a creme that was a good match for the shade, China Glaze Sugar High, to put under it.  Here's two coats of Sugar High, a two coater, alone.

    China Glaze Sugar High
    China Glaze Sugar High Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I topped it off with two coats of VIP Pink and top coat.

    Sally Hansen VIP Pink
    Sally Hansen VIP Pink Nail Polish over China Glaze Sugar High

    That's much better.  Now that I'm all pink and sparkly, it pretty much has to be a good day today.  That's just about all I have for you, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!

Acrylic Paint Nail art

    I broke out the acrylic paints and practiced doing nail art as I had a free afternoon XD
    First I did a skull

    Then I did a heart with a banner

    Then I drew a dagger with wings
    And then I did a feather
    I also did a free hand star. For some reason I have issues with stars they always seem wonky but this on was ok. Not interesting but it turned out nicely.
    I've already taken these off as this was just a practice session. I might try a gradient later as I really like the colour changing polishes I've been seeing on other blogs
    Stacie xoxox

OPI Girls Just Want to Play & Fairy Dust

    Good morning, Dear Reader!  On this Memorial Day, I want to say thanks to servicemen and their families for paying a very high price for all of us in the US.

    I figured I'd go with a patriotic manicure today, and I picked OPI's Girls Just Want to Play, which is a red creme.  It's particularly well pigmented for an OPI red, so I like it better than most of theirs.  It only took two thin coats to be totally opaque, and since the fake tip I'm sporting is crystal clear, I need opaque.  I tried to just leave it alone, but my current and likely short anti-creme phase wouldn't allow me to, so I topped it off with two coats of China Glaze Fairy Dust before adding top coat.  Here it is in the sun, and there are a few spots where you can get a sense of just how much it sparkles.

    OPI Girls Just Want to Play and Fairy Dust
    OPI Girls Just Want to Play and China Glaze Fairy Dust, Two Coats Each

    I already ran some errands and went for a walk with my dad today, and on the walk it was challenging to keep myself from staring at my nails.  This is really super bright and sparkly, so it makes me happy.  I know it's not terribly different from the OPI Text Me Text You manicure I recently wore, but it's different enough for me, and I really just plain love fine holo glitter over red.

    That's the manicure for today, Dear Reader, so until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!

Oh My Gosh - Gosh Holographic Leopard Print

    I am a very lucky girl. I found a Gosh Holographic 549 in a little superdrug. It was the very last one! It's very pretty 

    As I can't leave any polish plain! 

    You can't really see it in the photos but holographic is still good under the nail art. 

    I like it I think it has a minx look about it
    Thanks for stopping by 
    Stacie xoxox

Zoya Touch Collection Swatches

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I have swatches of the upcoming limited edition Zoya Touch Collection, which Zoya sent for review.  The sun peeked out for a moment between storms, which means I hadn't been planning on swatching and hadn't fixed up my pinky yet, so the pictures leave that out, but at least they're in the sun so you can get a good look at the polishes.

    All three Zoya Touch shades are extremely well pigmented, so much so that I think with careful application, one coat would be enough for them to be opaque.  Because there's a lot of pigment, they weren't perfectly smooth without top coat, so all three of these swatches are with both base and top (which did smooth them out perfectly), and I gave the top coat a couple of minutes to dry before taking the pictures.  Without the top coat, they dry surprisingly quickly and shiny, but I figured not using it wouldn't be a fair representation of the polishes.  I left the last one on the four fingers I swatched, and it's dried well in a reasonable period of time.

    Minka is the palest of the three, which Zoya describes as "latte beige cream with a metallic kiss."  I think it's a light beige shimmer.  The color would likely be a very good match for many people's skin (it's darker than mine), and the shimmer in it is that very fine, subtle kind, but there's a whole lot of it so it shows up quite well.  Here's Zoya Minka.

    Zoya Minka
    Zoya Minka Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Shay is next in line, and it's a shade darker than Minka and more rose, but has the same cool shimmer.  Zoya calls it "desert rose sand beige cream with a metallic kiss," and I'd call "cream with a metallic kiss" shimmer, but description of the shade is probably more clearly explanatory than any other words I'd choose.  Here is Shay in sunlight.

    Zoya Shay
    Zoya Shay Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The third and last in the Zoya Touch Collection is Pandora, which Zoya describes as "mauve beige cream with a metallic kiss."  Again, I'd scratch "cream with a metallic kiss" and go with "shimmer," but I'm glad for the suggestion of "mauve beige" because that's a very accurate way to put it.  Here is Pandora, which has the same subtle but dense shimmer as the previous two.

    Zoya Pandora
    Zoya Pandora Nail Polish, Two Coats

    As I mentioned, the sunlight I had was just peeking out between clouds, so it wasn't glaringly bright.  When taking the pictures, I was lamenting that, thinking it wouldn't show the shimmer, but it actually worked out very well.  You can see how the shimmer in these really glows when the light hits it, and that they're distinctly shimmers even without bright light, and the colors didn't get all washed out.

    I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite of these because all three of them are really cool, and they're coming out just in time for my renewed love of shimmers.  The Zoya Touch Collection is available for pre-order on Zoya's site now, with a release date and pre-order ship date of June 1st.  They're $8 each and the little boxed set of three is $24.

    That's my Zoya Touch review, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!

Freehand Paisley

    Hi everyone
    Thank you to everyone who takes time to comment I really appreciate it. I know I read tons of blogs and don't get the time to comment as much as I would like. If you're ever looking for more blogs to read have a look in my blog roll there are some amazing blogs in there.

    Anyway back to the nails! I used Models Own in concrete mixer. I have to say that it is so good at covering in one coat. Not all models own do that. It also blends really well with my skin tone. I used a black permanent fine liner pen for the details. I don't think it would be good to draw directly onto your nails with them but over polish they seem fine. If the packet says do not get on skin etc then do not use it.

    I love doodling paisley so it was obvious choice for the first nails I did using the pen. I don't know why I didn't think of it before! I hope you guys like them!
    Thanks for stopping by
    Stacie xoxox

SpaRitual Ice Ice Baby & Konad H4

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I have a manicure with SpaRitual Ice Ice Baby (dun, dun-dun-dun, dun-dun-dun-dun...) and the tip pattern from nail art stamping plate H4, which I bought from Chez Delaney but have seen elsewhere since.  Aside from having a name that makes me think silly thoughts, Ice Ice Baby is an opaque shimmery white which required three coats, and I did the stamping in rainbow colors (or a selection of five of them) using various Konad Special and Princess polishes.

    SpaRitual Ice Ice Baby and H4
    SpaRitual Ice Ice Baby Nail Polish and Nail Art Stamping Plate H4

    I'm extra happy with how this one turned out, and were it not for the fact that my pinky's fake tip is looking worse for the wear, I think this manicure would go on my list of absolute all-time favorites.  The tip has actually held up quite well this week with daily polish changes including an OPI Burlesque glitter, but I noticed an edge of it lifting, and before I even had time to register a conscious thought about that, I pulled the lifted part off and made a big ledge in it.  That was really the result of being tired - I'd gotten all adjusted to sleeping really well, then in the last week something that's no big deal keeps waking me up super early, which is also why I'm posting this hour.  At 3:30 a.m., there's amazingly little to do - I'm not particularly interested in any Ronco products, and anyone I'd call at this hour would likely either be really drunk or really PO'd at being awakened to shoot the breeze, and I don't feel like talking to either.  Proof reading this paragraph, I'm simultaneously impressed and horrified that I wandered from an analysis of a fake tip to Ronco in so few sentences, so I think I'll leave it that way.

    Lest I ramble on about every tired thought that drifts between my ears, I'll just wrap it up here.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!

Nail Blog Round Up

Nfu Oh 40

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I thought I'd bring out an Nfu Oh flaky today, and I went with Nfu Oh 40. For the base color I chose Misa Quirky Smile, a teal shimmer. Quirky Smile was a two-coater, and I just ventured over to Trans Design to see what collection it's from (a recent one, I know), and noticed all of Trans Design's OPI pages are gone - everything OPI-related is just missing (TD got back to be, see update at the bottom of the page). Hmmmm... I'll have to remember to email David to ask what that's about. I also didn't find which collection the Misa's from, to get back to the topic of today's post, but that doesn't especially matter.

    I added two coats of Nfu Oh 40 to Quirky Smile, and it turned out being a little bit better in real life than the best picture I could get with artificial light. It's a little mermaid-y, a little like a mosaic, and reminds me why I like Nfu Oh flakies.

    Nfu Oh 40
    Nfu Oh 40 over Misa Quirky Smile, Two Coats Each

    I didn't alter this picture, I just had the good fortune of catching one where the bottle really shows how cool Nfu Oh flakies are. I only used one coat of top coat, and now that it's totally dry, the manicure could use one more to smooth it out completely, but I don't think it will take more than that. The only thing I dislike abut flaky glitters is the removal, which always makes me wish I had a mini sandblaster. I'm sure the neighbors would enjoy that show, me sitting on the lawn sandblasting away with my tiny portable sandblaster. Like they don't have enough questions about what the heck I'm up to, always taking lots of pictures of secret things I'm hiding in my hand...

    That's the manicure, the made-up removal method, and the Trans Design news for today. If I'm able to get more information regarding the OPI situation, which I just stepped aside to send the email about, I'll pass it on as soon as I get it. Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!

    Update from Trans Design: OPI products are on a new site,, so they're still available. Good news for all of us!

Zoya Jo & Konad m34

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I'm wearing Zoya Jo, the lovely blue shimmer from Zoya's Twist Collection from a while back.  It's what I think of as a jeans color, and it's loaded up with a sparkly shimmer.  For the manicure, I used Nubar Foundation as a base, two coats of color, and finished it with Nubar Diamont.  Jo applied quite well (although as there was some discussion of yesterday, I have to work more carefully with the relatively small brush), and it's one of those where while applying the first coat, I think "This will need at least three coats..." but then the second makes everything nice and evenly opaque. It dried well with this combination, although I know that Zoya strongly recommends their Color Lock system, which I've never used in its entirety, to ensure that everything works out nicely.

    I decided to Konad an accent nail again today just because I'm digging the Konad kick for cheerful manis, but I didn't want to mask the shimmer of Jo because that's my favorite thing about this polish.  Also, on the lazy front, it takes about thirty seconds to do one stamp and about ten more to top coat one nail to seal the stamp, so it's pretty tempting to go that route - I think it's a great payoff for minimal effort.  I used the Virgo design from plate m34 in Konad White Pearl for the stamping.  Here's the finished manicure under artificial light (Spring storms mean the sun's nowhere to be found).

    Zoya Jo Nail Polish and Konad m34
    Zoya Jo Nail Polish, Two Coats, with Konad m34

    You might notice there's no way to leave comments today (on any post), or even read them for that matter.  Comments are back for now...  That's because the commenting service I use is having tech issues.  It's on the agenda to switch to another that comes highly recommended, but because of the way the current one was installed by the service, a lot of coding will be required to remove it.  Due to the constant tech issue and general lack of interest in customer satisfaction, I don't exactly trust the current service to strip out the code for me.  Since Blogger now offers a zillion times more drag and drop features than it did a couple of years ago when I was coding workarounds for things I wanted (and learning html that way, so coding many of them poorly), I'm leaning toward just completely redoing the whole blog rather than stripping out what I want removed.  There won't be giant changes since I'll never want a loud background or music playing or that kind of thing, and I'm limited with page layout since I use humongo pictures, it would be more a matter of tidying up the things that are either now offered by Blogger as pre-written elements I'd be content with or the things that make me cringe when I see them and know how I'd address them differently today.  I just thought I'd mention that's been moving toward the front of my brain lately, but today's complete lack of comments anywhere pretty much solidified it.

    That's the update for today, Dear Reader. Until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!

Sally Hansen Honeydew & Konad m60

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I thought I'd do a "real" blog post today in addition to the Zoya Touch Collection pre-sale announcement, so I figured I'd show you the manicure I'm wearing today.  It's Sally Hansen Salon (the now discontinued square bottle) Honeydew with just a little bit of white Konad.

    Honeydew is an all-time favorite of mine and it's perfect for Spring.  I've been delving into my train case of most precious polishes lately, and that's where this one belongs.  The polish is a two-coater, and it applies beautifully.  Here it is by itself in the sun.

    Sally Hansen Honeydew
    Sally Hansen Honeydew Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I added a little flower pattern from Konad plate m60 in Konad White Pearl Special Polish to my ring finger for an accent nail.

    Sally Hansen Honeydew with Konad m60
    Sally Hansen Honeydew Nail Polish with Konad m60 in White Pearl

    It's very Spring-y and happy, so I like it.  That's just about all there is to tell you today, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!

Zoya Touch Collection Pre-Order

    Hello, Dear Reader!

    [Here are Zoya Touch Collection Swatches]

    I'm fast asleep by now, but I have some news I couldn't give you until May 25th Eastern time, and since that's now, I wrote this several hours ago so you could get the word promptly. Today begins the pre-order for Zoya's upcoming limited edition Touch Collection.

    Zoya Touch consists of three opaque nude shades, but not our mamas' kind. They're the kind of edgy, muddied variation of neutrals that are really taking off now, with the cool twist being what appears to be a downright killer shimmer in each. I'll be swatching these for you as soon as I can because I'm really fired up about them based upon the press pictures - I'm a big fan of traditional shades with a good twist, and these appear to be just that. Since I don't have them yet, I'll share with you the press image and video (assuming I embed it properly, I've never posted one here before) that have me excited about this release from Zoya.

    Just so you know what you're looking at, here's Zoya's description of the three polish colors:
    Minka - latte beige cream with a metallic kiss
    Shay - desert rose sand beige cream with a metallic kiss
    Pandora - mauve beige cream with a metallic kiss
    This is the promotional image I have, which you can click to open in a larger size in a new tab.

    Zoya Touch
    Zoya's Touch Collection

    In this video, there are closer pictures of the color swatches that give you a better idea of the shimmer in them. I think the shimmer looks awesome.

    How cool do those look??? I think the reason I'm hyped up is that they're totally wearable, office-appropriate shades for any profession at all, but the cool shimmer is like a secret over-the-top element. I just think that's really fun.

    Zoya's polishes are all free of formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, and camphor, so in addition to being cool, these are safe to wear. For me, being devoid of formaldehyde has mattered for a couple of years since I saw what a difference it makes in discoloring my nails. Quite frankly, vanity aside, all carcinogens are really on my mind a lot more lately because my closest cousin, a breast cancer survivor who's been diligent about check-ups and all, very recently had a sudden aggressive recurrence that spread to her bones and lungs before it was caught. I don't want any one of us to deal with that, so I'm becoming far more conscious in general of risk factors, so having cool nail stuff that's not adding to the problem matters to me, and these don't.

    These three limited edition shades will be available for pre-order starting today on Zoya's site, and I'll have swatches for you as soon as samples arrive. Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!

Blue and White China Pattern

    Surfing the net I have been inspired by Prada S/S 2011 collection in particular this top (source vogue)
     I used Models Own Snow White Polish as the main colour and a cheap ebay nail art pen for the colour, which is a navy jelly.

    The top picture is most colour accurate but grainy. I'll put some daylight ipod pics on my tumblr account tomorrow
    I hope you like is
    Stacie xoxox

Shu Uemura Tanzanite Aquarium

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today's polish is one from a few years ago that I truly coveted, although I don't recall there ever being a great hoopla about this one, and I'd set it aside for a rainy day when I got it. I figured these days are pretty rainy, so I decided to wear it, Shu Uemura Tanzanite Aquarium.

    It's a dark tanzanite shade, kind of a blurple, and is loaded up with super fine holographic glitter. I used two coats and it was opaque, and it applied nicely. There wasn't a ton of sun for a picture, so the glitter isn't as fantastic in the picture as it is in real life.

    Shu Uemura Tanzanite Aquarium Nail Polish, Two Coats

    This kind of glitter is tough in pictures - if it's in focus at all, it just looks like silver specks. The reality of it is that it brightly reflects all kinds of colors. The glitter in Tanzanite Aquarium is very fine, so the polish is smooth with just one normal coat of top coat.

    That's what I have for you today, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!

OPI Extra-va-vaganza

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    My festive nails theme continues today with OPI Extra-va-vaganza, one of the OPI Burlesque glitters from Holiday 2010. I used three coats of it for complete, not one empty square millimeter coverage, but this polish sucks up top coat like nobody's business. I used three coats when I applied the polish, but the surface was bumpy a few hours later, so I added two more. Then a few hours after that, I noticed it was bumpy again, so I added two more. This morning, it's still a little bumpy, but since I want to cling to the hope of ever removing it, it's as good as it's getting.

    Here's the manicure in the sun this morning.

    OPI Extra-va-vaganza
    OPI Extra-va-vaganza Nail Polish, Three Coats

    I left my thumb in the picture so you can see the surface in profile - it's not perfectly smooth by a long shot. However, my nails sparkle and shine like ten little suns, so I'll be easily distracted from any inspection of imperfections by sparkling glitter.

    That's what I have on tap for you today, Dear Reader. Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

    Edit: One more thing... Today's the last day for the Konad giveaway. Jessica emailed me, and I tweeted it, but I totally forgot to post it. I'm sorry about that, but there's still time to get entries in!

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