Sunday, April 22, 2012

Revlon Grape and Sally Hansen Rockstar Pink




So glad that Blogger isn't acting up any more than usual and I can finally get this post out!

I have been able to wear this mani for a few days since I've taken the pictures and I have fallen in love with it a bit more each day. I admit it. I really like purple. And this color has not let me down. I picked up Revlon's Grape last week when Walgreen's was running a sale on Revlon. They were also having a sale on Sally Hansen, so I picked up a couple of Sally Hansen Xtreme wear polishes. One of them was Rockstar Pink. I sat staring at my new pretties and had an A-HA! moment. I'll put them together!




Grape turned out to be quite lovely on the nail. I would call it more of an eggplant or aubergine color. It has small red and blue shimmer to it too. They really blend into the polish, but they give the color so much depth. I think that is part of the reason I have come to love this polish.


Rockstar Pink is an amazing glitter bomb. It has fuchsia, red and blue glitter, and gold microglitter. At least that's what it looks like to my eyes. There is so much going on in this glitter, it's a little hard to tell.


 I showed this picture a bit fuzzy so you could see all the wonderful glittery goodness in this polish.


Application on both polishes was very good. The polish flowed very well and covered beautifully. I used three coats of Grape. I could have probably just used two. However, it is almost impossible for me to not put three coats on. I used one coat of Rockstar Pink on my ring finger for an accent. It covered really well. The glitter is dense enough in this polish you could probably get full coverage in two or three coats all by itself. I was a bit worried that the glitter would be a bit rough, but it only took one coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out. I did put a second coat of SV on, but that was more out of habit than necessity. 

What do you think of this combination? Do you like glitter polishes? What is your favorite one?






Friday, April 20, 2012

Blogger is being a Dong-a-Long

Well, I was going to work on a new post tonight and post it up for you. I've got on Revlon Grape and a glittery accent nail by way of Sally Hansen's Rockstar Pink. I really like and wanted to share it with you.

However...

Blogger is being a dong-a-long (as my eldest would say) and isn't letting me upload any photos. Well, phooey on them!

Hopefully, I'll be able to get it up in the next couple of days. Friday is my realllllly long day at work, so not sure if I can get to it then, but I'll try Saturday afternoon. (If I don't sleep it away that is.)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Finger Paints Magnetic Effects

I was in Sally's today (when am I not?) and happen to see a display for new magnetic polishes from Finger Paints. Well, I just had to pick them up. And since Sally is currently running a buy 2 get one free, I grabbed three of the four. I got Electro-Midnight, Cop an Attitude, and Steel of the Night. The only one I didn't get was Hypnotic. It just wasn't doing it for me.
 


First up is Electro-Midnight. This a a dark blue. With my love for blue polish I certainly couldn't pass this one up. The color and formula on this was really nice. I like the color shift that showed up with the magnet.


Next is Steel of the Night. A black that shifts to gray and silver. This one is perfect for football season. Go Raiders!!! Once again, it applied very well. And I like the shift.

 
Last is Cop an Attitude. A beautiful copper polish! If you look at this picture larger you can see these gorgeous red/orange sparkles shining through. Just beautiful!

Overall, I really liked these polishes. The formula on all three was really nice. The magnet could have been a bit better. I've seen worse though. I've also seen better. The large cap with the magnet does come off to leave a smaller lid behind. All mine came off easily with no problems. I've had some that were practically impossible to get off. The magnet has a lip that you place on or above your cuticle (depends on nail length) to keep the magnet off the polish.


Don't forget about my giveaway!

Have you tried magnetic polish yet? Which ones and what did you think of them?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Revlon Whimsical

When I bought Whimsical, I bought two bottles. One for myself and one for my giveaway. I knew I wanted to swatch it up for you so you could see all the loveliness of it, but I couldn't decided what base I wanted to use for it. I happened to be reading through my blogs and came across Lacquer Me Silly where she had just worn Tiffany Impostor. That made me think about For Audrey. And from there it was an easy jump to using For Audrey for my base for Whimsical.

I think For Audrey was a good choice for this. However, I wasn't thrilled with Whimsical. I thought the formula was a bit thin and the hex glitter was a bit too sparse. I love the pink and blue hex glitter. I just wish more of it would make it on to the nail. And the iridescent glitter shimmers wonderfully.

I used two coats of For Audrey and two coats of Whimsical for the photos below. That was then topped with Seche Vite.






Macro Shot of Whimsical

Really Macro shot of Whimsical




You can really see some of small glitter in this one


I've currently had this mani on for three days and it is holding up better than most. I usually have major chipping after a day at work, but this time I've only had minor chipping. Not sure what was different, but I'm glad for it no matter what it is!

Have you used Whimsical? Did/Do you like it?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Revlon Royal


 I got my Zoya buy 3 get 3 free in the mail the other day and I planned on swatching them. However, I also picked up Revlon Royal that same day and it sat there on my table screaming at me. It was begging me to put it on. And so I did. I topped it with some stamping done with Sally Hansen Celeb City. I had originally planned to just stamp accent nails on each hand. Planned. Originally. But, I oopsied and stamped the wrong nail on my second hand. That's what happens when you try to stamp and watch TV at the same time. So, I just went ahead and stamped the whole thing.

I really liked the formula on Royal. This blue is just gorgeous! I had to use three coats to get even coverage though. I tried it with two, but there were a few spots that just looked a bit thin. It looked great after that third coat.

This is only my second time doing stamping. I think it came out alright. I know I messed up in a couple of places, but overall I think that it looks nice.









 Also, I'm running a little giveaway to welcome myself back to the big bad world of blogging. I'm giving away Revlon Whimsical, Sinful Colors Cinderella, and Hard Candy Beetle. You can check that out here.








Friday, March 23, 2012

Welcome Back to Blogging Giveaway

I think I finally have things under control and can get back to blogging. YAY! I've missed sitting down at my computer and playing with my pictures and trying to get my posts just right. Of course I'm still learning. I'm just a baby blogger! But, I've decided, in honor of my return to the blogosphere, to have a giveaway.

I will be giving away three polishes: Revlon Whimsical, Sinful Colors Cinderella, and Hard Candy Beetle

Giveaway is only open to US residents. Sorry folks! This is my first giveaway and I want to keep it as simple as I can. You must use the Rafflecopter widget. Blog comments will not be added to giveaway.




Sunday, March 18, 2012

Absence

This is just a short note to explain my absence from my blog. On March 2, my grandmother (who raised me as her own since I was 3) passed away. I've been focusing on that in my down time instead of my blog. I am hoping to start rolling posts out again in the next week or two. I may even have a giveaway to welcome myself back to the blogging world. It wouldn't be much, but I need something fun right now.

What small something would you like to see as part of the giveaway (besides polish)?