Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two Old Purples A New Way

Hello, Fireflies!

I took one look at this horizonal gradient framed nailart by @nadeekim and I knew I had to try something like it, too.  I've never tried a horizontal gradient, and I loved the two-toned frame, too.

I started with a purple I knew needed some love - Catrice Dirty Berry.  I lusted after this scattered holo, and scoured the internet for it! Pretty sure I got it from a Bulgarian web site.  I was a little cray-cray, but it was totally worth it.

Catrice Dirty Berry

I put some A-England Lady Of The Lake on the right side of the nails.  Trust me, it looked darker in person.

A-England Lady Of The Lake

Framing half the nail with white and the other half in black also made the two sides look lighter and darker because of the optical illusion.  So cool.  I'm a freakin' nail magician, that's what.

Lots of transitions here, so don't forget the topcoat to smooth everything out!

 You can maybe see the transitions clearer in this picture. Or, is it an illusion? A trick of the light?

Bottle shot:  Catrice Dirty Berry, A-England Lady Of The Lake, and stripers in white and black.

Bottle shot:  Catrice Dirty Berry, A-England Lady Of The Lake, and stripers in white and black

Does this make you see these two old polishes in a new light?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Than Just Tea At This Party

Hello, Fireflies!

Time for the last tea party mani... and I don't know about you, but I can drink only so much tea.  So, let's start the fun with a more festive background: Scofflaw Nail Varnish Cloud Cuckoo Land.  Already sounding craaaazyyyy!

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Cloud Cuckoo Land

I scoured my collection of stamping plates for festive beverages to invite to the 'tea' party, and found some coffee, fruity cocktails, and frothy mugs o' beer!
Winstonia W117, 106, 105, and 215, stamped with Cult Nails Nevermore

I may even be imagining that the coffee is spiked with Kahlua, or Baileys.. what do you spike tea with? Bourbon?

For the kiddies, the umbrella drinks are just Shirley Temples, and the frothy mug is Butterbeer.  Actually, I like Butterbeer.  I'll have that.

Bottle shot:  Scofflaw Nail Varnish Cloud Cuckoo Land, and Cult Nails Nevermore.

Bottle shot:  Scofflaw Nail Varnish Cloud Cuckoo Land, and Cult Nails Nevermore.

What would be your drink of choice to serve at a party?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I TRI-ed to Do Another Needle Marble...

Hello, Fireflies!

The end of another month, the end of another set of Tri-Polish challenges.  Let's finish this month with an awesome, awesome blue - Lilypad Lacquer Sherbet, said to be a dupe for Enchanted Water For Unicorns.  I don't know for sure, because that's one I could never get my hands on.  I'm happy with this, though, it's so beautiful, pigmented, and bright.

Lilypad Lacquer Sherbet

I keep trying to do those darn marbled nail arts.  Neither with nor without water seems to work for me.  I was going for a look inspired by a needle drag mani by I Can Do That.  Mine is called, I Tried To Do That, but No.  *sigh*

I Tried To Do That, but No

What do you do with a mess? Slap on some more polish! I added dots with Butter London Old Blighty, a creamy brick red, and my trusty white and black stripers.

I think it looks kinda aquatic, with bubbles or something.

Like I say, when it doubt, add dots.  If it looks abstract enough, no one can tell you screwed up.

Bottle shot:  Lilypad Lacquer Sherbet, Butter London Old Blighty, and nail art stripers in yellow, white, and black.

Bottle shot:  Lilypad Lacquer Sherbet, Butter London Old Blighty, and nail art stripers in yellow, white, and black

Any helpful hints for doing marbled nails?  I seem to be perpetually blocked with that technique! Is there some makeup or nail art technique you are just hopelessly fumbling with?

Monday, August 25, 2014

UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil #argan

Hello, Fireflies!

Get ready to get greased up, 'cause we're talking OIL today.

I love using oils in my skin and hair care, and one of the kings of oils these days is Argan oil.  I was given the opportunity to try UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil, and I put it through its paces.

I know I've been around the beauty block a few times, but I often feel like a newbie with all of the constant breakthroughs and plethora of products out there.  So, I can really appreciate it when a product lists - right on the label - how the product is best used.
UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil  label
Thanks, UNi, for telling me that your product works best on wet hair, and thanks for suggesting some common uses, and THANK YOU so much for including a shelf life, so I know when my product might be going bad.  I wish all beauty products did this!

UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil  ingredients, 5star promise

Even on this little bottle, they found room for all that info, plus the ingredients and their 5-Star Promise.  To me, that's thinking about the customer.

Application is easy with the dropper - though be careful, it doesn't always stay in the dropper! The oil itself is fairly clear, and with no discernible smell.  As far as absorption rate, I find it's middle of the road for oils.  Castor takes for-ever, and jojoba is fairly quick.

As someone who changes their nail polish just about every day, I frequently use oil to keep my cuticles from drying out.  This oil does that wonderfully.  I also liked mixing a few drops of the oil with some hand lotion to make it easier to spread up my arms, on my rough elbows, and anywhere else!  I also like making my own blends of oils, and argan oil plays a big part in those.

I even used some of the UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil on my hair.  My hair just sucked it up! But be careful, because it's easy to put too much on, and it can look greasy.  The second time I applied it to wet hair, I stuck mostly to the ends, and that worked for me.

You know I love a product when I do a matching mani! I was inspired by the ombre yellow to orange effect on the label.  I used OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke and Sally Hansen Triple Shine Play Koi to mimic the effect.

If you'd like more information about UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil, you can find them on Facebook, and their website.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back to the 70's...

Hello, Fireflies!

Today's Adventures in Stamping challenge is to do a color combination that we haven't done previously.  I mostly stamp with black, white, silver, and gold, so what color was I going to find?

I consider myself a child of the 80's, but I was born in the early 70's, so I have worn my share of polyester, and grew up in a kitchen adorned with gold and avocado green.

Browns and oranges also remind me of my childhood, and even though OPI Coral Reef is a coral, it's very orange-leaning.  And, it's a little holo. Yay!

OPI Coral Reef

I couldn't resist this stamping plate from MoYou London. So much 70's deliciousness.  This one is soooo 70's.

MoYou London

Sally Hansen Salon Cinnamon is a rich brown that I thought worked with the orange, and the 70's theme.  It actually stamped really easily, too!

Sally Hansen Salon Cinnamon

If this post had a soundtrack, it might be the theme from Shaft. 

I loved it so much, I did it twice! Both hands.

Bottle shot:  OPI Coral Reef, and Sally Hansen Salon Cinnamon.

Bottle shot:  OPI Coral Reef, and Sally Hansen Salon Cinnamon

When you think of your childhood, what colors do you think of?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Glitter Before and After

Hello, Fireflies!

Yesterday, I had a HUGE post with all the goodies from four different subscription boxes in August.  Today, I want to focus on the two nail polishes I got from those boxes, and some before and after pix.

So, you saw this pix of the gorgeous Nailtini Mango-Rita:

Nailtini Mango-Rita

 Gorgeous peach/creamsicle with a hint of gold shimmer.

Nailtini Mango-Rita

Afterwards, I decided to pair it with this fun, pastel glitter in greens and oranges from Sally Hansen's Color Frenzy line called, Fruit Spritz....and apparently, I tried some of the Style Essentials on my ring finger, first.  Usually, iridescent glitters just show up better over a darker base, but you gotta experiment sometimes!

Sally Hansen Fruit Spritz

Don't these just compliment each other?

I also showed you Style Essentials iridescent glitter over Ulta Green And Wear It.

Style Essentials iridescent glitter over Ulta Green And Wear It

I love how iridescent glitters catch the light and show off different colors. My own private light show!

Style Essentials iridescent glitter over Ulta Green And Wear It

I thought you might like to see how gorgeous Ulta Green And Wear It is on it's own.  It's an emerald green crelly, opaque in two coats, but with a slightly squishy look to it.  Perfect for Fall.

I love that more subscription boxes are introducing nail polish, and you can still get some pretty interesting colors and finishes close to home, too.

So, what's your preference? Plain, or glittered?