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Happy Monday everyone!  This week Mani Monday is jam packed.  As you know, I’m becoming a big fan of indie polish brand Different dimension. Well, Missi was kind enough to send me a few  samples to review. Before I start with the reviews I want to let you know that I did not pay for these polishes. I have, of course ordered from this shop before. As always, anything I say is my own opinion. If you know me well, you know that nobody can make me say or do anything I don’t want to anyway. ;)   Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get on to the good stuff!

First up, I have two polishes from the Love’s A Punny Thing Collection.

All Red-y In Love is made up of  red, pink, and holographic micro glitter with larger red and pink circle glitter and bright red holographic hearts. It’s sparkly and full of Valentine goodness.  As usual, I have swatched two coats of this polish on it’s own. I like to give you an idea of what each creation looks like without any layering , so that you can decide what other colors in your collection might best suit your style or mood.

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Aorta Miss You, But I Don’t! is an incredibly pretty combination of  fuchsia, purple, and holo micro glitter. There are fuchsia circles and garnet hexes and purple hearts. This one is so jam packed with glitter that my husband asked if there was black glitter in it as well. I was a little confused, but then I realized that the spaces between the glitter in the bottle are so small that the empty space just looks like tiny black glitter! I plan on buying a full size bottle of this, because it is just too gorgeous on the nail.

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There are four polishes in the Love’s A Punny Thing collection, and after trying these two I’ll definitely be checking out the other two.

Mystic Falls is a polish inspired by The Vampire Diaries.I have to admit that I’ve never seen the show, so I’m not sure what the inspiration behind this polish is. It’s  a black base packed with multi-chrome pigment; so it shifts depending on what light you’re in. I have never had much luck with color shifting polish in the past. They always look so amazing in the bottle, but I never seem to get the same effect on my nails. So obviously I was expecting that this would be another womp womp. But to my surprise it totally came through for me. It shifts from a really pretty pink shimmer, to purple, to a sort of green/  gold/bronze look. It was really hard to capture the full range of color shifting on camera. The bottle shot is the best representation of what you will see when you wear it.

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Last, but not least there is Orbital. I was super excited when I saw this included in the samples. I had been eye balling it for a while because it looked so cool. I feel like this is galaxy nails in a bottle. Start off with a black jelly base. Then add in multiple sizes of pink, blue, and purple holographic glitter. The final product makes me want to book a flight into space!  I have to warn you, this stuff eats top coat. It’s weird because the others only required one coat of quick dry topcoat to become perfectly smooth, but I had to pile 3 coats on top of this baby to get it smooth. It’s totally worth it IMO.

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Did any of these tickle your fancy?  Be sure to check out all the other amazing offerings from Different Dimension.

And of course, be sure to get on over to the MANICure Monday link up to get all of your weekly nail inspiration!

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Feb 182013
 

Oooh Pixie Dust! I’m not sure about you but something with the name Pixie Dust is NOT something I could resist. So a few moths ago when Zoya released a teaser video about the new polishes they would be releasing I was on pins and needles.

Did you know that Zoya employees are referred to as polish fairies? And they call their loyal customers pixies. So I guess this is a collection named for all of us Zoya fanatics!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, since the video made the polishes look like something akin to the popular caviar manicure, but with sparkle. I thought maybe it would be complicated to apply and only last for a day or two. But the effect was so cool that I was willing to put in the work.

Luckily, these polishes are anything but complicated. They apply just like regular nail polish, but leave a matte, textured, sparkly finish. When I was thinking of a way to describe these, the only thing I could come up with at first was geodes. As a kid I was incredibly drawn to those amazing crystal formations hiding inside of plain old rocks. Again I was sold. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that pixie dust polishes are more like druse quartz for the nails. Druse has been a big trend in jewelry over the past few years, and I love the look of it. Unfortunately it’s pretty pricey. But for the low low price of $9 a bottle you can have the same glitzy finish on all ten of your pretty little digits.

I think that this collection will suit the glitter obsessed and more conservative polish lover alike. These really have a very refined elegant feel. You won’t feel awkward or gaudy while wearing them. There are 6 colors in the collection: Chyna (red), Dahlia (black), Godiva ( beig-y nude), Vespa ( light jade green), Nyx ( twilight/periwinkle blue), and London (grey).  I have Godiva, Vespa, Nyx, and London. Now that I’ve had a chance to wear them, I may just have to get the other two!

 

L to R: Godiva, London, Vespa, Nyx

L to R: Godiva, London, Vespa, Nyx

The wear on these is pretty great for a matte polish. I think that the texture helps it “grab” the nails better. I usually only get one full day of wear on matte polish without a top coat. If I use a matte topcoat I can usually extend the wear by another day or so. The pixie dust polishes wore for 4 days before I saw any chipping.

with flash L to Right: London, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx (2 coats)

with flash L to Right: London, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx (2 coats)

no flash L to R : London, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx

no flash L to R : London, Godiva, Vespa, Nyx

 

The texture was not as grittty as I had anticipated. It is certainly not smooth like a normal polish, but the texture is more like really fine sand paper. It won’t snag on your clothes or in your hair. I also like that using hand creams or lotion didn’t affect the matte finish like it can with some other matte polishes.  And removal was at least 50% easier  than standard glitter. I used my regular soak with remover for 15 seconds routine, and everything glided off my nails easily. There was not lint stuck in anything and no shredding the cotton ball trying to scrub off big chunks of glitter.

So what do you think? Are you wishing for some Pixie Dust? What colors do you like the most?

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I didn’t do a Mani Monday last week. I was out of town and I just didn’t feel like rushing to put up a post. So this week you get 2 manis for the price of one! I mean reading this blog is free, so maybe two for free? Whatever. I’m still going through my Big Bang Theory polishes from Different Dimension on etsy. I have to tell you I’m kind of in love with them. This week I’m going to show you Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty and Rock,Paper,Scissors,Lizard,Spock. If you don’t get those references, then get yourself a Netflix account and start waiting at the mailbox for some DVDs.

First up, Soft Kitty Warm Kitty.

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This one is a beautiful pale grey crelly (jelly cream), with various sizes of white, grey, and holographic glitter scattered throughout. It’s very sheer on it’s own, which I happen to love. All of my pictures show three thin coats, and you can still see my nail very well through the polish. If you want something more opaque, you can always layer it over another gray, white, or nude polish.

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I like the way the grey base affects the tone of the glitter in this one. The holo hexes can appear light grey or even white, when sandwiched between layers of this polish. They then stay hidden until the sunlight hits them and the beautiful rainbow is released. I just love little surprises like that.

Next we have Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock.

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This one is my favorite of the four polishes in the collection! It’s a transparent medium blue base filled with teeny white glitter as well as larger white, grey, light green,and light blue glitter. It’s just such a fun polish.  The first time I wore this I layered it over Zoya Tao, a shimmery pearl grey.

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It was such a pretty combination. The slight blue tint of RPSLS  added a little dimension to the look. I even got a compliment on my nails when I took the bean to his check up! :)

I also did a couple of shots showing two coats of RPSLS on its own .

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I love the teeny tiny white satin glitter in this polish. It reminds me of all those times in grade school when someone would spill the holes from the 3 hole punch all over the floor. I imagine the larger white pieces represent the rocks, the shiny grey are  scissors, the light green are lizard, and the pale blue represent Spock. I cannot explain how much I appreciate all the  attention to detail.  The saturation and distribution of the glitter in this polish is perfect. The base helps the glitter to flow evenly onto the nail to get just the right amount of glitter in each coat.  I hate not having enough glitter, but having too much is even worse. This lays out in an even layer across the nail and doesn’t look or feel chunky. It is slightly textured, but not gross feeling, the way some over saturated glitter polishes can be.

So far I’m really happy with my purchases from Different Dimension. I’m really glad that I got such great quality on my first venture into indie polishes. Make sure to come back next week to see the final polish in this collection.

Until then, make sure you stop by the MANICure Monday post on Lipgloss and Binky to see what else is new in polish this week.

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Dec 312012
 

It’s New Year’s Eve! Do you have any fancy plans? Please, do tell! I have no plans,and will probably be in bed before midnight. The hubby isn’t feeling well. :(

But it is New Year’s Eve, so I decided to do a fun glittery party manicure. The best part is it’s super easy, and dries fast too. So if you’re getting ready and don’t have much time, you can do this on your way out the door with no fear of smudges. I started with a base of Essie Penny Talk. It’s a really beautiful rose gold/copper metallic. It’s opaque in one coat, and dries almost instantly. I think it’s considered a “chrome” finish, but it’s not mirrored. the finish is flat and semi matte. You can think of it as more of a brushed metallic. I decided to top it off with a coat of OPI The Living Daylights. I thought the copper, teal, champagne, and silver glitter would really pop against Penny Talk. The way the tonal glitter shows up against the base really gives the whole look dimension.  I have to say I’m pretty pleased with this combination. I think it would add a nice bit of glitz to a simple chic outfit.

I hope you all have a wonderful time tonight. Be safe and ring in the New Year with style!

 

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Ok guys I’m going to level with you. Last week was one of those weeks when nothing turns out quite the way you think it will. It was just super long. I must have tried 4 or 5 different ideas for this week’s mani and none of them turned out. So finally I thought let’s just do something … anything wintery. So that’s what this is. I used Essie Mint Candy Apple  and Finger Paints Papier Mache. I did some dots to make it look like snow and some sequins, rhinestones and a snowflake or two to finish it off.  We’re going to call this one a win just for getting it done. :)   I promise next week I’ll be more inspired!

 

 

Don’t forget to hop on over and link up with the MANICure Monday party. This week hosted by Lynn.

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Woop Woop! How are you doing this fine Monday? Did you know there are only 22 days left until Christmas? Yup that’s right. As promised I am bringing you a holiday appropriate Mani Monday every Monday in December, right up to Christmas Eve.

I wanted to get things started slowly, so I decided to do a look that is a little more low key holiday. There’s no red or green. No holly, presents or trees either. This one would be nice for holiday parties or even New Year’s Eve. See how I’m helping you out here? It’s not even Christmas yet and I’ve got the new year covered for you! I am a good friend. YUP.

Since I’m always thinking of ways to improve my ideas, I’ll give you a few tips. First, if you use tape as a guide for your lines make sure to stick and peel the tape on the back of your hand a few times to make it less tacky. This will help to make sure your polish doesn’t peel under the tape. Also remove the tape as soon as you finish creating the line. If you let the tape sit while you color is drying on top- you guessed it- your polish will peel. I used Essie Beyond Cozy to make the dots on my nails, but you could use small rhinestones, miniature pearls, or even those tiny caviar balls in a metallic finish to give the look a bit more edge.  Also I sued a toothpick to create the dots, but a small dotting tool would probably make crisper circles. If you go the toothpick route, make sure you have enough polish on the end of the toothpick to leave small drops of polish behind. You don’t want to actually touch your nail with the toothpick, just leave behind a very tiny “puddle” of polish.

So now that I’ve used all the words in the world let’s get to the actual look! ^_^

From L to R: Essie Beyond Cozy, Zoya Ziv, Zoya Raven

Apply two coats of black polish to the nails. Allow this polish to dry for 15-20 before moving on to Step Two.

Using a piece of scotch tape, cover 2/3 of your nail. Using a gold polish paint the remaining 1/3 of your nail to create a stripe on one side of the nail. Make sure the edge that lies against the section you are covering in the gold is securely pressed against the nail to create a sharp, defined line.

Along the border between the black and gold polishes, apply small dots of silver glitter polish to the nail using a toothpick or small dotting tool.

After allowing the polish to dry for 5-10 minutes, you’re ready for a super shiny thick top coat. Voila! Fancy pants nails fit for any party on your list.

Just another EXTREME close-up of the look. Dots and all.

There you have it. I hope you like the look. If you try it out, let me know. I’d love to see some more variations.

You already know I’m linking up with my girls Mimi and Lynn, so click the link below and get some more nail lovin’.

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Nov 262012
 

Whew! It’s Monday again already. Last week was so nice with the 4 day weekend, and it still went by too fast. I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving. We were blessed to be invited to a friend’s home , and we had a lovely time. Plus, we got leftovers without having to do all of the cooking!

I loved my last mani so much. It was just the right touch of sparkle , and the french tips were really easy. So I thought I’d do a slightly different take on it this week. Not sure how I feel about the outcome. To be honest I was a little rushed so I think it would have turned out better if I’d taken more time with it. Anywho, I did another french tip, this time with dots And because I know a lot of other ladies had been skeptical of doing a leopard print on their own I decide to do that design on my accent nail. it’s really so easy, and it looks better when you are a little messy with it! So here we go with a step by step pictorial on how to achieve the look.

All the polishes you’ll need. From left to right: OPI Pearl of Wisdom, Zoya Dove, OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs., Zoya Avery, OPI Strawberry Margarita, Zoya Raven, Butter London P.D. Quick Topcoat

Step 1: Paint 2 coats of base color on each nail. For french I used OPI Pearl of Wisdom. For the accent nails I used Zoya Dove.

Step 2: Paint your French tip and apply contrasting dots along the smile line. For the tips I used OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. For Dots I used OPI Strawberry Margarita (pictured) and Zoya Dove (see following picture)

Step 3: Apply randomly sized dots to accent nail. I sued 3 colors here. OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs., OPI Strawberry Margarita, and Zoya Avery. After allowing French tips to dry completely add quick dry top coat. Do not apply topcoat to accent nails.

Step4: with a toothpick or nail art brush out line the dots on your accent nail with black polish to create the leopard look. These do not need to be crisp sharp lines. In fact they should be more abstract to mirror the natural pattern of a leopard/cheetah’s coat. Think squiggly ‘c’ shapes.

Step 5: Once your accent nail has completely dried, add a quick dry topcoat. As you can see in the picture, I rushed ahead and smudged my leopard print slightly when adding topcoat.

And there you have it! What do you think? Do you have ideas on how to improve it?

As always I’m part ot the MANICure Monday blog hop. I’m telling you, you NEED to get in on this! These ladies will inspire you with their creative and innovative manicures. This week the link up is being hosted on LA Lynn’s blog. Go get some :)

 

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Nov 192012
 

Hello lovelies! Happy Monday. It’s Thanksgiving week. Whew! This year has flown by. So since it’s Thanksgiving and all, I of course decided to do a winter mani O.o  … I know, I know. It’s not winter yet. But I’m one of those people who likes to skip right past fall and slide into winter. I’m all about cozy nights and blankets, hot chocolate, and of course, CHRISTMAS! So to get into the it’s almost Christmas mood I decided to do a little bit of an icicle themed manicure. A play on the french manicure with some icy tips, and a little bit of a triangle accent nail. I picked up Essie Beyond Cozy polish this weekend. It’s one of their new winter polishes and it is amazeballs. I am still fascinated by how many different finishes a glitter polish can have.

Beyond Cozy is a sandy textured silver glitter. It’s actually more of a platinum tone and lends a glamorous feel to any manicure. I’m trying to get into nail art slowly so  decided to try the triangle accent that’s become quite popular. It wasn’t hard at all. I do think I’ll have to practice getting the triangle in just the right spot. Also, I couldn’t find the scotch tape so I ended up using ….wait for it…. band aids! Yeah i know it’s not conventional but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Besides how often do you really use those little square band aids that only fit a mosquito bite or something?  Anywho this week I used OPI Pearl Of Wisdom and the base for my french mani. Then I added Essie Beyond Cozy to the tips. A little Essie Mint Candy Apple on the middle fingers for accent nails and another shot of Beyond Cozy to make the triangle. I hope you like it. and as always remember to hop on over to Lipgloss and Binky to check out the other MANICure Monday posts from all the other wonderfully creative ladies in the link up!

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Alright so I’m late. But here’s the thing. I did my nails Sunday night like always. I was planning on waking up and taking pictures Monday Morning because night pictures suck. And then I woke up with a pretty nasty case of food poisoning. Truth be told I’m still not 100%, but I love you all so much I just couldn’t stay away. So let’s get this party started.

This week I wanted to use my other Skyfall polish. And if you remember a couple of weeks ago I said there was one I missed. Well another trip to Ulta fixed that! I now have the glitter I was looking for.  So without further ado here’s this week’s manicure.

OPI The World Is Not Enough OPI The Living Daylights (glitter)

The World Is Not Enough is another superfine metallic glitter polish. The overall effect is a very shiny lavender leaning taupe. The Living Daylights is a chunky mixture of copper teal silver and gold hexagonal glitter. It is a nice way to get a variation of the traditional red/green Christmas theme.

Remember, Mani Monday (even on Tuesday) is a part of the MANICure Monday link up, hosted this week by LA Lynn’s blog. Stop by and check out the other fantastic looks these ladies are showing off!

 

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Nov 052012
 

Hello, how was your weekend? I’d love to tell you about mine but we literally did nothing. Sometimes things just shake out that way. You know what I mean?

It’s Mani Monday again and this week I wanted to feature one of my new polishes from the OPI Skyfall collection.  Anyone who really knows me will tell you that I’ve never met a glitter I didn’t like. And on top of that I CAN NOT get enough of gold glitter polishes. Since the polishes in the Skyfall collection are all named after James Bond films, I’m sure you can guess what I’m about to tell you. There’s a polish called GOLDENEYE!  And let me tell you something it is amazeballs. The color is very Vegas gold. It has a lot of warmth to it and an almost orange-y undertone that some gold glitters shy away from. Think Disco era gold lamé . After last week’s full on metallic madness, I wanted to tone it down just a little so I only did accent nails with Goldeneye. I chose OPI You Don’t Know Jacques as my base color.

OPI You Don’t Know Jacques OPI Goldeneye

 

Look at that gold sparkly goodness!

Look at the sparkly gold goodness!

Goldeneye is a beautiful flaky gold polish that is completely opaque within 2 coats. This isn’t a fine gritty glitter. It’s reminds me of a very finely shredded mylar or velum. There’s a kind of transparency to the gold flakes that add dimension when on the nail. The finish becomes more of a foil look . Think of a Gustav Klimt painting. It’s just gorgeous. I think it would make a perfect choice for a holiday manicure. It’s also relatively easy to remove, as glitter polishes go. You won’t end up with a cotton ball or pad that has been ripped to shreds, but you will probably have a few random bits of  glitter all over your fingers. Think of it as bonus fairy dust!

I did two accent fingers or “color blocking” on my left hand

A single index finger accent on my right hand

SN: I intended to paint the accent nails with just the Goldeneye. But since I have to do my nails late at night after the busy bean is in bed, I ended up absentmindedly doing a first coat of Jacques on all of my nails and topping the accent nails with the gold. I actually ended up liking the effect.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing MANICure Monday posts.  Mimi of Lipgloss and Binky is hosting this week, and her blue ombre manicure is sure to inspire!

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