Thursday, July 31, 2014

GOT Some Pixie Peacock Polish


Hello, Fireflies!

It's glitter time! When Pixie Polish shut her doors, I nabbed a last few bottles of some of my faves, and I want to share one of the glitters with you today.

First, I started with a beautiful bright blue that I got in my Blue Memebox - Hope Girl BL03.  It dried rather quickly to a satin finish.

Hope Girl BL03 - a beautiful bright blue that I got in my Blue Memebox

Pixie Polish Disco Peacock is a holo glitter topper with rainbow flecks in it.  I saw a lot of blue sparks shining in this polish!  If you own this, you know that the glitter settles really quickly.  I don't think it's formulated with a glitter suspension base.  No matter, it distributes really well with a few shakes into glittery goodness.


Because I like to stick random things on my nails.


I ordered a Ciate dried flower kit from Hautelook, and decided to try the purple flowers with this mani.  I actually liked how it looked, but I couldn't get the stems to lie flat, so I ended up picking it off.

What a surprise.


Bottle shot:  Hope Girl BL03, and Pixie Polish Disco Peacock (and some dried flowers.)

Bottle shot:  Hope Girl BL03, and Pixie Polish Disco Peacock (and some dried flowers.)

Sticking dried flowers to my nails sounds pretty strange.  Somehow, when you pay a prestige company some money for the tools to do it, it seems somehow more normal... Any strange trends you've tried because you bought a kit?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nail Challenge Collaborative - Redo the Swoosh!


Hello, Fireflies!

Last July challenge for the NCC - and the last of the first 4 nail arts that I took pictures of.  This last gem was an attempt to recreate a 'swoosh' nail art I saw on some blog, somewhere.  Even if you saw it, you'd probably never think this was related in any way:


I decided to stay with blue, but going instead for a shiny cobalt version with Deborah Lippmann My Prerogative.

Deborah Lippmann My Prerogative, a shiny cobalt blue

The first 'swoosh' I did with a gorgeous nudish-taupe, Deborah Lippmann Putty In Your Hands.  In Real Life, it looked like a negative space mani almost - the taupe was so skin-like! It was cool.

Deborah Lippmann Putty In Your Hands, a gorgeous nudish-taupe

I made a little higlight 'swoosh' with Revlon Spirit.


Bottle shot:  Deborah Lippmann My Prerogative, Putty In Your Hands Revlon Spirit. 

Bottle shot:  Deborah Lippmann My Prerogative, Putty In Your Hands Revlon Spirit.

It's a simple design, but I *still* can't get it to look like it does in my head, with the perfect flip at the end. Still, I think the new version looks pretty good, and I liked it.
I hope you've enjoyed this month's theme.  If you decide to go back into your pictures and re-do something - whether it be nail art, a makeup look, or even a hairdo or fashion look, I'd love to see your before/afters! Feel free to post them on my Facebook wall.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jupiter Ascending.. and on Fire!

Hello, Fireflies!


When Purminerals put out this set for the movie Jupiter Ascending, I hadn't even heard of the movie.  I just thought the kit was cute.  So, I put together a look to show you - and some nails I think would go with it.

The eyeshadow palette has 6 colors, but I was mostly intrigued by Jupiter and Caine.  Good thing, too, because the other shades (except Night Sky) are very light. Majesty and Destiny were a little harder, too, and difficult to get much color from.
Jupiter Ascending eye shadow palette
The other two things that came in the kit were the black liquid Outer Space Precision liner, and the light pink, iridescent Galaxy Lipgloss.  The liner is gorgeous, deep black.  The lippie has great packaging with a mirror on the side and an applicator that lights up when you remove it from the base.  The color is so light on me, though.  I may try layering it, though.
black liquid Outer Space Precision liner, and the light pink, iridescent Galaxy Lipgloss
This classic neutral look really pops with that eyeliner! I believe I did use Destiny and Majesty for the lid, and they did show up a little better on my eye over primer than on my arm.  I'm pretty sure I used Night Sky as a transition and Caine to deepen the outer V.

My eyes were irritated from the day before. You should have seen what I looked like *before* makeup! haha.


I wish I had written down what I used to make the rest of this look! Bad blogger.  I did use the Purminerals Galaxy lipgloss.  And I had just done my hair with the Kimble Beauty hair masque! Feels like a no-makeup makeup look almost!


I paired this simple, light makeup look with a juicy raspberry and gold nail art inspired by @naildecor.  I started with Cirque Colors Arcane Fire, a raspberry pink with flecks.

Cirque Colors Arcane Fire, a raspberry pink with flecks

I used a striper brush to apply Maybelline Bold Gold.

Maybelline Bold Gold

I had two sizes of gold glitter pieces from Dollar store finds.  I put the larger piece in the center, and flanked it with smaller gold hexes. 


Very sunflower/sunburst-y!


Bottle shot:  Cirque Colors Arcane Fire, Maybelline Bold Gold

Bottle shot:  Cirque Colors Arcane Fire, Maybelline Bold Gold

The only thing I know about the Jupiter Ascending movie is that it stars Channing Tatum.  Does this makeup set make you Channing all over your Tatum? What about the nail art?


Monday, July 28, 2014

June Subscription Box Bonanza! Wantable, Ipsy, Beauty Box 5, and Birchbox

Hello, Fireflies!

Surely that title is a typo, right? I meant July?

I should, but no.  These are June's boxes.  Sigh.  Thirty lashes with a wet noodle for me for being so late with these.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Global Tiger Day


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's stamping challenge was to pay homage to Global Tiger Day.  Who doesn't love a tiger? Besides the tigers' food, I guess.

I started with Wet 'n Wild Black Creme and accents of Cult Nails Ignite, a black jelly with silver sparkles.

Wet 'n Wild Black Creme and accents of Cult Nails Ignite

Over the black, I layered SpaRitual Invention, a shimmer infused with recyled glass.  I had hoped it would look more bronze, but instead it took on a green cast.  Still cool.

SpaRitual Invention, a shimmer infused with recyled glass

I used Maybelline Bold Gold and Anna's Nail Art plate W219 for the tigers.

Maybelline Bold Gold and Anna's Nail Art plate W219

I got these tiger water decals from KKCenterHK.  I also used them in this look HERE.

tiger water decals

My camera had a hard time with the sparklies.  I really loved the combination of the water decals with the stamps.  The stamps look like tiger constellations over the sparkly background!


I used a black striper on my pinky to make the tiger stripes.  That green/gold shimmer is very jungle cat!


Bottle shot:  Cult Nails Ignite, Wet 'n Wild Black, SpaRitual Invention, Maybelline Bold Gold, and a black nail art striper.

Bottle shot:  Cult Nails Ignite, Wet 'n Wild Black, SpaRitual Invention, Maybelline Bold Gold, and a black nail art striper.

Are you celebrating Global Tiger Day?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Blue Glittersplosion!

Hello, Fireflies!

Time for another round of Undies and Glitter!  Today's polishes are some kind of blue.. mostly.

First up, Different Dimension Dewing It Right and Rainbow Polish Summer Storm.  I love blue and grey together.  Notice the water theme here?
Different Dimension Dewing It Right and Rainbow Polish Summer Storm
Gorgeous though it is, OPI Amazon..Amazoff is a bit of a stainer on me.  I did a couple of accent nails with Shimmer Polish Cristina, which could build to opacity, as many of Shimmer's microglitter polishes do, if you like.
OPI Amazon..Amazoff with Shimmer Polish Cristina
A while back, I did a post about trying to recreate a pinned look that claimed to have been made with OPI Cuckoo For This Color and Essie Shine of The Times.  When I did it, I couldn't make it look like the picture.  Imagine my delight when this combination actually looked like it!  I give you OPI Amazon..Amazoff and Color Club Galactic Garden!
OPI Amazon..Amazoff and Color Club Galactic Garden!
I loved the sparkle that Finger Paints You Yacht To Know Better had in the bottle, but it's so subtle on the nail.  So I added Finger Paints Sparkle In The Sky.  I didn't realize that it's a texture and completely opaque on its own! Instead of boosting Yacht, it obliterated it.  Still pretty, though.
Finger Paints You Yacht To Know Better and Finger Paints Sparkle In The Sky
I love dusty colors like Rescue Beauty Lounge 360.  I'm not sure I did it any favors by putting a matte flakie over it like Orly Green Flakie Topcoat.
Rescue Beauty Lounge 360 and Orly Green Flakie Topcoat
My heart still sings over the combination of Amazon..Amazoff and Galactic Garden.  Any fave glitter combos for you?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida Black and White Linkup!


Hello, Fireflies!

I have a special place in my heart for black & white manicures.  There's something so clean and striking about them.  So when the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida suggested a Black & White roundup, I was excited.

I started with a new-to-me Indie, Glitzkrieg War Paint.  This off-white/dove grey with a subtle holo is called Purity. 

Glitzkrieg War Paint Purity, an off-white/dove grey with a subtle holo.

I used Cult Nails Ignite to freehand a chevron tip.  This is an interestingly textured polish - the black is very jelly, but is opaque in two coats.  It really allows the tiny silver sparkles to shine through!

Removal wasn't hard, either.  The black polish comes off first, leaving a smattering of silver, but they just wiped off with a little pressure and a felt pad.  No scrubbing required.

I used Cult Nails Ignite to freehand a chevron tip

A white striper helped clean up the lines and give a little contrast, and then a textured square silver stud finishes the look!


All the points actually help visually elongate my nubbins. Science!



Bottle shot:  Glitzkrieg War Paint Purity, Cult Nails Ignite, and a white striper. 

Bottle shot:  Glitzkrieg War Paint Purity, Cult Nails Ignite, and a white striper.

I love wearing black and white nails and outfits, and want to experiment with black and white makeup looks, too.  How do you like your black and white?