Monday, May 30, 2011

Orly Orange Punch with OPI Turquoise Shatter!

When planning out in my head what would be a good contrast color for using Turquoise Shatter, I thought yellow, pink or orange. I decided to go with orange, but now all I can think of is the Miami Dolphins LOL. Anyone a fan? If so, consider this mani dedicated to you! ;-)

I started off with 2 coats of Orly Orange Punch. This polish dries fast, so application was a teeny bit tricky. I used INM Out the Door topcoat and it gave the polish some super shine!

All photos were taken indoors under artificial light...





I then added Turquoise Shatter, and again used INM Out the Door topcoat. I LOVE how shimmery Turquoise Shatter is! I would have to say its my second favorite Shatter so far! Silver is #1.







ZOMG! Look how awesome this is up close!!


What do you think? Miami Dolphins much? LOL
Do you have Turquoise Shatter yet? If so, what are some color combos that you tried it with?

Aunt Sue On Safari...

By now some of you are probably familiar with my "Aunt Sue manis". For those of you who are new readers, I have an aunt named Sue who LOVES when I do her nails. She lives sort of far away, so I don't get to see her as much as I would like, but I try to give her a mani about once a month or so. She has much longer nails than I do, and she likes special stuff done to them. I enjoy having her as a guest post on my blog, it changes things up a bit with those longer nails and wild designs!

This time she requested a leopard mani that was leopard color. We previously used the Konad leopard stamp, but it was over Zoya Jo. I thought OPI Bling Dynasty was a nice leopardy looking polish. I used 2 coats and Konad Special Polish in Black. I added some gold shimmer in some of the spots. Topped with Seche Vite.





Thursday, May 26, 2011

Old Random Swatches!

Today I want to share with you some of my old manis that I did before I started this blog. I had that mystery gel product on my nails at the time these photos are taken. Which is why my nails look thick and bulky. My poor cuticles were sore and shredded from the drill! I am SO GLAD I had that stuff removed. Natural nails are so much better!

I had someone ask about this mani since it appears in my header. I used OPI DS Signature and DS Coronation. It was one of my first tape manis.

This was for St Patrick's Day. Another tape mani, using OPI Jade is the New Black, OPI Who the Shrek are You and Funky Fingers Erin.

Add on to St Patty's Day with China Glaze Cracked Concrete.

One of my absolute favorite polishes EVER! OPI DS Original.

Add on to OPI DS Original with DS Coronation. Tape mani using craft scissors.

Nicole by OPI Dandy Lion with Sinful Colors Green Ocean.

OPI Midnight in Moscow with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure. This is my dupe for NFU OH 60.

My first attempt at Konad stamping! OPI The Show Must Go On with black leopard stamp over top.

This was my Anti-Valentines Day mani, LOL! OPI Do you think I am Tex-y and Black Shatter.

OPI Green-wich Village

OPI Green-wich Village with Black Shatter

OPI Rising Star

OPI Rising Star with Black Shatter

Sally Hansen HD in DVD with white Konad heart tips!

OPI The one that got away with Nubar 2010

OPI Cuckoo for this color and OPI Dazzle Me tips

OPI Cuckoo for this Color and OPI Dazzle Me tips with OPI Simmer & Shimmer over top!

Funky Fingers Sand & Stilettos (over black) with China Glaze Broken Hearted.

OPI Big Apple Red with hounds tooth Konad stamping in Hard Candy Frenzy.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Nubar Star Sparkle!

Nubar Star Sparkle is another one of the lovely polishes that Nubar was kind enough to send me for review. It is one of my favorite kinds of nail polish too...holographic glitter! Nubar Star Sparkle is a dense glitter packed into a clear base. There are two different size glitters inside which are silver with a rainbow flash. Application was very easy and the glitter cover well with even one coat! Here are some photos with only one coat of Star Sparkle...

These were taken under artificial light, no flash.



Close up, one coat...


Here are the photos with two coats...

Artificial light, no flash...



Natural light, no sun...

Sunlight!



Close up, two coats, natural light, no sun...

Nubar was also kind enough to include their Foundation Base Coat and Diamont Seal and Shine Top Coat.

 Natural light, no sun. Base coat...

Top coat...

 I used both with this mani, and wear time was improved. I would recommend picking up Nubar's base and top coats if you don't have them already. I am finding that using the same brand of top/base as the polish helps the polish last longer and apply better.

Nubar Star Sparkle retails for $7.49 on bynubar.com. Click HERE to place an order.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

OPI Pawlish Fire Hydrant Red

YES, OPI nail polish for DOGS! :-)





I have been meaning to do a post on this for a while now and finally had a chance to today. I needed my little orange daughter's help with this one and I have to say she was not very cooperative LOL.

I tried doing some research on OPI Pawlish and unfortunately what I could find online was limited. From what I understand, this was a product line that OPI released in 2007. OPI no longer makes it, but I found mine on ebay and many other etailers still sell it. There was also a dog-safe polish remover made by OPI but that may be a little harder to find than the polish itself.

The color I purchased was Fire Hydrant Red, which in my opinion looks more like a pink in person. The bottle says its a "quick-dry, one coat" nail polish for pets. I have to disagree, especially for dogs with black nails like Jasmine. I needed to put 2 coats on her nails and even the first coat took forever to dry. It smudges like crazy and application sucks! LOL

I had to do this outside, and I am glad I did. She didn't want to stand still, I had to bribe her with treats! I would give her breaks and she would go walk in the dirt or grass and it would smudge. A couple of times she moved and then I slipped, and polish went on her fur! LOL And there was the time when she knocked over the bottle of polish while the brush was in my hand and the polish spilled all over the concrete! OOPS!!

Here are the photos....


This is Jasmine, my little orange daughter. She is a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

She's smiling for the camera!

Looks pink, doesn't it? You can see some smudges here...

Another smudged nail! For shame!! LOL

This is the OOPS foot!! When she moved and I painted her fur instead of her nails LMAO. Don't mind the length of her front nails, she has always hated having her nails cut. We are working on getting them shorter but the quicks are as long as the nails.

Here is another OOPS photo!! Looks like the patio got "pawlished" as well!!