Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TRI - Deco


Hello, Fireflies!

Welcome to a new month of TRI-Polish Tuesdays! This month's colors are Lilac, Teal, and Grey/Silver.
I decided to do a technique for creating an Art-deco style graphic that I saw on Pshiiit.  It makes this neat pattern a lot easier to do, though I will admit to having some trouble lining up the striping tape.

I started with Cover Girl ShowStopper, a nice smooth silver.  When that dried, I applied the tape according to the diagram on Pshiit.

Cover Girl ShowStopper, a nice smooth silver

I wasn't talented enough to take pictures of the process.  I did want to show you that it's kind of a mess when you pull off the tape, though.  Don't be discouraged! A lot of nail art looks a hot mess until you put topcoat on.

A lot of nail art looks a hot mess until you put topcoat on.

I found that it's easier to do this one nail at a time.  Paint the nail bed portion first, and then the tip.  Quickly, before the polish starts to set, take off the tape with a pair of tweezers.


I used Rimmel Salon Pro Purple Rain and Pop Beauty Brave for the lilac and teal.


I love this look, and it can be done with so many different colors!


Bottle shot:  Cover Girl ShowStopper, Rimmel Salon Pro Purple Rain. and Pop Beauty Brave.

Bottle shot:  Cover Girl ShowStopper, Rimmel Salon Pro Purple Rain. and Pop Beauty Brave

What do you think about this Art Deco type look?


Monday, September 1, 2014

Whisper ..Sweet Nothings Into My Nose With Pure Natural Diva

 Hello, Fireflies!

I recently got the opportunity to try Whisper Body Spray, a natural and organic fragrance by Pure Natural Diva.


Pure Natural Diva was originally founded as an eco-savvy lifestyle website, dedicated to helping families find simple ways to live a greener, healthier life. In creating her line of products, founder Tania Reuben was determined to make every part of the process fall in line with her ecological beliefs, including using vendors who hold similar values, using materials that are reusable and sustainable, and even having their home office be 70% solar-powered!

Before being introduced to Whisper, I had really only used traditional fragrances, and maybe the occasional fragrance oil, so I wasn't used to the subtle, natural scents used in the two Whisper fragrances I tried.  Of course, scent is very personal, too.
PURE is described as, "sensually uplifting, like sunny day in a mixed field of lemongrass and Lavender. Notes include uplifting cassie, lavender, soothing chamomile, lemon, lime and an Egyptian neroli."  I love citrus scents, but the citrus wasn't really prevalent in this perfume.  My husband thought it smelled like Thai food (lemongrass!) and my friends noted that it had musky overtones, or smelled like coconut or celery.

NATURAL is described as, "fresh and inviting, imagine a picnic in a rose bordered citrus grove. Notes include a hint of Clary Sage, exalting Pink Grapefruit, Moroccan Rose, and soothing Ylang Ylang." This one is very subtle, and, honestly, my husband and I both had trouble picking up on the scent.  My friends thought it smelled floral, and reminded them of the beach. 

In a serendipitous moment, I also discovered another great use for them.  I had company coming over in a quick minute, and they loved playing with my 4 dogs - but my dogs weren't really in the best shape for company. Because these fragrances are natural, I felt comfortable not only using them on my skin, but also on my dogs.  We all ended up smelling better, naturally.


If you can't decide which one you most want to try, Pure Natural Diva offers a sampler of all 4 scents (Pure, Natural, Diva, and Elixir) for $16.  Diva is described as, "full of soul, sultry and mysterious.  Notes include natural musk derived from Ambrette, a sinfully smooth New Caledonian Sandlewood, blended together in a lusciously robust Vanilla." and Elixir is, "sensually uplifting.  As delicious as a lingering morning with an ocean view.  Notes include aphrodisiacal vanilla, a hint of oakmoss, exquisite osmanthus, married with rejuvenating  pink grapefruit and red mandarin."
 



I also got a chance to try their Radical Facial Serum.  It's lightweight and absorbs quickly, and feels pretty good on the skin.  In an ironic twist, to me, anyway, it is just too heavily scented for me to use on my face.  This is one product I would either like in the Natural scent, or simply unscented. (ETA - Tania tells me that this product has no added fragrance; the smell I experienced was from the natural anti-aging botanicals.)

Pure Natural Diva products are vegan, cruelty-free, and free from synthetic scent chemicals and phtlalates. For those of you who have avoided wearing fragrance in the past, Whisper and Pure Natural Diva might be the answer you're looking for.  They have other skincare and bath and body products, too!

You can find Pure Natural Diva on Facebook and their website, PureNaturalDiva.com



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stamping Over Shiny Stripes



Hello, Fireflies!

Two challenges today, and two posts! If you'd like to see my last Challenge Your Nail Art post with my campfire nailart, click HERE.

Today's Sunday Stamping challenge was to stamp over a striped base. 

I've been loving all these metallic chromes and foils lately, and I just picked up two from the SephoraX line on clearance.  This is Artic, an icy blue.

SephoraX Artic, an icy blue

I took Glacier, which I thought was pink, but is actually silver, and made freehand stripes - just using the regular brush.  In Real Life you could see these better, but the contrast isn't huge.

Also, these polishes brought my camera to it's knees.  It was begging me, no more! No more shiny! These polishes are ridiculously shiny.  If it could be too shiny, it would be.

freehand stripes with SephoraX Glacier, a silver metallic foil

I thought it would be clever to take this Sisi & Cici08 stamp with this crosshatch pattern, and put it over stripes. 

You know, like diagonal lines in different directions over a vertical striped pattern? Crazy!

Funny, right? haha. ha.  ha. *ahem*


Sisi & Cici08

I wasn't trying to line up the pattern, but I have to admit that I like the centered one on my ring finger a lot. 


Not only did these chromes reduce my camera to tears, but I couldn't seem to get a precise stamp, either.  These polishes laughed in the face of anything trying to capture them.  They just could not be contained or subdued. 

These chromes just want to let their freak flag fly. 


Both of the chromes came with their own special base coat, too, not pictured.  SephoraX Glacier, Artic, and Cult Nails Nevermore.

Both of the chromes came with their own special base coat, too, not pictured.  SephoraX Glacier, Artic, and Cult Nails Nevermore.

How do you feel about the resurgence of  metallic chrome polishes for Fall? I'm so happy!

Let's Go Camping - Roaring Campfire


Hello, Fireflies!

Two challenges today, and two posts! If you'd like to see my Adventures In Stamping stamping over stripes nailart, click HERE

First up, the last of the Challenge Your Nail Art camping challenge - Campfires.

I started with Zoya Jesy, a jelly coral-leaning-orange with lots of glitter. Forgot to get a pix by itself. Eh, there's lots of swatches of it online, though.  The whole Zoya Bubbly collection is pretty cool, but this was the one I *had* to have.  Right away.

Zoya Jesy, a jelly coral-leaning-orange with lots of glitter

Then I stamped this cool fire with Wet 'n Wild Black Creme and the Mash 48 plate.  Times like this, I wish I had longer nail beds, because I had to chop the bottom of the fire off. How cool is that stamp?

Mash 48 plate

I sponged a little Cirque Arcane Fire, because, fire.  Yeah.

I also painted in some 'logs' with Sally Hansen Salon Cinnamon, and used a white striper to detail it... and to also make marshmallows.  What other reason is there to build a campfire, if not to roast marshmallows?

I like them burnt.  OMG. Drool.


Bottle shot:  Zoya Jesy, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, Sally Hansen Salon Cinnamon, Cirque Arcane Fire, and stripers in silver and white.

Bottle shot:  Zoya Jesy, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, Sally Hansen Salon Cinnamon, Cirque Arcane Fire, and stripers in silver and white

What's your favorite reason to have a campfire?


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Let's Go Camping - Nature


Hello, Fireflies!

If you saw yesterday's post, I mentioned how much I love nature... well, I love watching it from behind my sliding glass door.  In the A/C. 

Last week, a dragonfly came into the house, and I swear it was 6 inches long.  Dragonflies are so pretty and interesting.. but not in my house.  It was huge, though, so I couldn't kill it and then have to wash bug guts up from all over, so the husband and I spent about 10 minutes shooing outside.  Where it belonged.

Now, you'd think that was a segue to a dragonfly mani, but no.

I've shown you this polish before, the gorgeous emerald creme Ulta Green And Wear It:

Ulta Green And Wear It

I took Sally Hansen Salon Mojito and sponged it over Green and Wear it, and then covered everything with a lovely flakie coat of Sally Hansen Triple Shine Pearly Whites.


I was going for a sunlit-dappled forest canopy look.  Sunlight flashing through the leaves like multi-colored flakies, you know?


Or like the wings of a dragonfly, as seen through a glass door, while seated comfortably on the couch in the A/C, lovely beverage in hand.


Bottle shot:  Ulta Green And Wear It, Sally Hansen Salon Mojito, and Sally Hansen Triple Shine Pearly Whites.

Bottle shot:  Ulta Green And Wear It, Sally Hansen Salon Mojito, and Sally Hansen Triple Shine Pearly Whites

I also get the husband to relocate spiders, ladybugs, and butterflies, too, but any other bug inside is fair game for smushing. What do you do when nature intrudes inside?


Friday, August 29, 2014

Let's Go Camping - Under The Stars


Hello, Fireflies!

This month's Challenge Your Nail Art challenge is short and sweet - three days of camping-related manis.

I've never been camping.  I used to think I wanted to try camping, and then I remembered how much I hate mosquitoes, but how much they love me.  Or that I like Western-style toilets.  And A/C. And real showers.

I do love the idea of a dark night with a bright moon and a mist of fog, so that's what I tried to depict on my nails.


I started out with Darling Diva Polish What You Do For Money Honey, a dark green jelly with lots of gold shimmer.  This jelly is a little tricky - took me 4 coats to get it opaque, and it never really dried. This one gets undies next time.


I painted a moon with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls with some shading of Dance Legend Grey Britain.  For the mist, I dabbed on a little One Direction NaNaNa and Sally Hansen Triple Shine Great White.


Bottle shot:  Darling Diva Polish What You Do For Money Honey, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Dance Legend Grey Britain, Sally Hansen Triple Shine Great White, and One Direction NaNaNa.

Bottle shot:  Darling Diva Polish What You Do For Money Honey, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Dance Legend Grey Britain, Sally Hansen Triple Shine Great White, and One Direction NaNaNa

Sure, camping under the stars sounds romantic, but room service sounds nicer!  Do you like camping under the stars?



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?