Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Birthstone Series: March Bloodstone feat. Sinful Last Chance and Nubar 2010

Hello again! If you weren't aware, March has two acceptable birthstones, and bloodstone is the other one. It's a pretty cool-looking stone, and the reason it's called bloodstone is exactly what you're thinking - because it looks like blood. Nice! In other news, the other thing that's been preoccupying my mind lately is I'm trying to plan a trip to Disneyland! It's been a few years since I've went, the last time being an utter disaster (don't go with 10 people when you're right out of high school...) and although we are still going to be a large group again (8 people) I think this time will be a bit more manageable. I'm pretty much single-handedly planning this trip because I'm very detail-oriented and want everything to be as perfect as possible. Hopefully all goes well without too many problems. Anyways! Here is what a bloodstone looks like if you're not familiar.

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I knew right away what I was going to do for this manicure, and I think it turned out perfectly.

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I started out with Sinful Last Chance. I love this color but it stains like a mofo!!!!! AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! At least it matches the dark green quartz of the stone. This was two or three coats, don't remember.

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I give you Nubar 2010! In real life, you can see the red flash a lot more, making this combo match the bloodstone pretty well. I wanted to leave this manicure on longer, but I smudged it and had to remove it. But either way, this manicure kicks ass! I lurve it!

What do you think of this? Do you like flakies? I want to get more colors, like the Zoya ones!

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthstone Series: March Aquamarine - Eyes!

Hey gang, sorry this has been kind of delayed, I've been pretty preoccupied recently. For one, I'm waiting to hear if I'm going to be hired somewhere. I won't reveal the place yet until it's completely confirmed. So far, it's almost been two weeks since my interview, and while I have called to follow up numerous times, I can't help but feel like I'm getting played or something. I have a friend working at this location and everything I hear from her is good news but the managers just haven't gotten back to me yet with the official news! So needless to say I'm a bit antsy. I keep waking up super early anticipating a call from them, to no avail. The last time I called was on Monday and the boyfriend told me just to wait it out a few days... Ugh!! Well, wish me luck anyway! I'll discuss the other thing in the next post, I need to get a move on!

Okay, aquamarine eyes! Lovely color and I love this look.




Products used:
Lid - BE Cruisin' Teddi; Crease - CSU (Coastal Scents Ultimate Palette) Calypso; Highlight - BE 500 Thread Count; Liner - BE Midnight Sky.
Cheeks - BE The One; Lips - VS Melonrageous.

This was very bright, I love bright blue on my eyes! It really stands out! What do you think?

By the way, famous March birthdays! Ke$ha (1st), Rachel Weisz (7th, swoon!), Thora Birch (11th, another swoon!), Jerry Lewis (16th), Gary Oldman (21st, more swoon!), Lady Gaga (28th) and Ewan McGregor (31st, major swoon and the same birthday as my grandma!).

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Birthstone Series: March Aquamarine feat. a Franken! and Leopard Print

Hey gang, here we are again with the Birthstones! For March, there are actually two acceptable birthstones for the month, so of course, I had to do both. Right now I'm showing the more well known birthstone, Aquamarine. I kind of felt like I didn't have a good enough color in my arsenal to represent the color of aquamarine. Weird, I know, right?! But hey, I was able to try my hand at frankening for the first time! Whoo! I'm pretty stoked to show you this.

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 I can't recall all the colors I used, but I'll try: Essie Adore-a-Ball, China Glaze Snow, OPI Swimsuit... Nailed It!, Love & Beauty Aqua, Sally Hansen Something Blue, Sally Hansen Frozen Solid, OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, Love & Beauty Blue... I think that's all, maybe a couple more but I think that does it. I couldn't possibly tell you the amounts used of each polish to create this. All in all though, I love what I created! The little dark blue speckles from OPI Swimsuit... Nailed It! and the flakie-like quality of the Sally Hansen Frozen Solid and Something Blue really makes this polish pop and unique for me. But what I really loved about this polish is what I did on top of it!

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 SPLEEEEEEEEEEE I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! This was my first time trying a freehand leopard print design, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it looks! I've always said leopard print is my favorite color lol. I can't wait to try this look again with more colors! I even did my boyfriend's toenails in purple and green hehe! Maybe I'll show you pictures of that. I was basically just inspired by seeing other manicures on the internet, it wasn't just one person or manicure that I followed. It was super easy to do! The dark blue spots are OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It! and the black accents are OPI Black Onyx.

Well, what are your opinions of leopard print nail art? I love it freehand, I personally don't like how it looks when a stamp is used, it looks too uniform and uninspired. If you can do it freehand, you're allowed more creativity to create different shapes and make it more interesting and more original to you! But stamps are good too, don't get me wrong ;)

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Belated Mardi Gras Mani

OOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPS AGAIN. Here's the mani I did for Mardi Gras! I'm not really into Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday. I remember when I was in elementary school, on Fat Tuesday, the whole school was served pancakes as a treat. The point, if you're not aware, was to "fatten" up before Lent, before you had to give up something you indulge in for forty days until Easter Sunday. I was raised Catholic so all this was taken quite seriously when I was little. You had to state what you were going to give up (i.e. "I'm giving up soda/chocolate/potato chips/etc.") and you weren't allowed to eat meat on Fridays (my mom still reminds me but she seems to forget that my sister and I don't consider ourselves Catholic anymore). Well anyways, I'll never pass up a chance to try my hand at some nail art at the expense of some stupid "holiday", so I tried something different. This will be the first time you're seeing me try polka dots with my dotting tools that I received for Christmas two years ago.

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Colors used are LA Girl Glitter Addicts Purge (green, first coat), Euphoria (purple, second coat) and Frisky (gold, third coat). On my accent finger (ring finger (heh, Nine Inch Nails...)) I did a coat or two of OPI Black Onyx then matted it with butter LONDON Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat and the dots are Santee Purple, Love & Beauty Gold, and BB Couture Frontier Woman (green).

My first attempt at dotting and I gotta say, it's not bad! The dots aren't perfect but they're not atrocious. I clearly ran out of room with the dots on my nail. On my nail wheel which I practiced on beforehand, I had room to place all the dots, including a second row of gold dots. But oh well, you work with what you got. I really enjoy how the three glitters look layered. It looks perfect! I was trying to go for like a confetti or beads look with this mani, and I think it represents the "holiday" fairly well.

What do you think? Sorry again for the tardiness of these last two posts. :) Thanks for visiting!

Belated Valentine's Mani

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPS I just found this mani (and another one you'll see directly after this) in my photo folder, sitting there, smiling out at me like "Hey, remember us?" So again, OOPS. Obviously this is a belated post! This shows how I wore my nails for Valentine's day. I still had butter LONDON's HRH on my nails and I didn't really want to do an overtly or cutesy Valentine's Day manicure, so I took a note from another blogger, Copy That Copy Cat and tried a heart ruffian manicure. This will be the first time I have tried any sort of ruffian manicure. I'm sure it's easier to accomplish the look if you weren't trying to make a heart shape. It looked easy enough to me so I went ahead and tried it.

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The colors I used here are Milani Silver Dazzle and Sally Hansen Wined Up. It ended up being a bit difficult to control the brush to manipulate it in a way that would make the stroke look like the crest and valley of the heart but it could look worse I suppose. It was easier to accomplish the heart shape with the Sally Hansen brush for some reason, but maybe also because the polish is more fluid than the thick glitter polish. The reason I used a grey/silver and deep red is because, as I stated, I didn't want an obvious and girly Valentine's Day look. Plus I kind of hate that holiday. Admittedly I've mostly always had a significant other to share the holiday with and since I am a Libra and quite romantical and still love receiving flowers and whatnot, I hate that there is a specific day set aside in some people's minds that means you HAVE to celebrate it. It's useless and stupid. If you love someone, you should tell them everyday. I would much rather receive flowers on June 26th than February 14th. June 26th doesn't represent any significance to me, it's just a random day, but that's what I mean. Surprise me with flowers, it doesn't matter when, it doesn't even matter if it's a nice, expensive bouquet, if you just picked a flower from the park and gave it to me, I'd love it! The other reason I hate Valentine's Day is because it turns into a pity party for single people. But I'm not going to go into that, I've already written an essay.

So anyways, do you guys like my belated Valentine's nails? Haha, sorry again about that, for St. Patty's I'll be more on the ball.

Thanks for visiting!