27 August 2011

Back-to-School Haulage


The hurricane is coming! I'm in southern New Jersey and it has been raining since about 10 AM. Luckily I still have my power, though!

Sorry I kind of ran out of manicures for a bit so I'm due for a long swatching session. Fortunately I have so many new goodies to play with! Wanna see? Sure you do!

First, the two most recent Serena sets. I bought the red and gold one first, since the purple was sold out at my Ulta and I couldn't NOT buy a Serena set since I play tennis, but I went back to make my last Ulta trip yesterday and they restocked Grape...Set...Match! My lucky day =]

L to R from top: Pros & Bronze, Love is a Racket, Grape...Set...Match and Servin' Up Sparkle.

Here are my two picks from the Miss Universe collection, which also randomly showed up at my Ulta yesterday. I was just there two days before but yesterday there were SO many new things and everything was restocked. I chose It's MY Year, because it was so much prettier in person than I expected, and Swimsuit...Nailed It! Fun fact: my boyfriend actually LOVED that blue.

Oh, and has anyone else seen OPI caps stamped with numbers? This is the first time I have.

Next are my Orly Birds of a Feather picks. I went out originally just wanting Fowl Play, like the rest of the world, but Sea Gurl stuck out to me for some reason as well, so I also got that one. I loved Peachy Parrot too, and actually the whole collection =P Maybe someday I'll get the rest.

Here's what I've recently grabbed from Sally's: China Glaze Trendsetter (I'll probably get more Metros in the future) and Finger Paints Cordur-Orange. I also got a One 'n' Only Argan 1.25" Curling Iron. I mentioned this on Twitter, but when I asked the woman working at Sally's if the Metros were in, she said they were in the back, but she wasn't allowed to put them out until September for some sort of promotion? But she asked if I wanted to see them and told me I could buy the ones I wanted...weird! The saleswoman got to Midtown Magic before I could, though!

This picture shows both polishes much more color-accurately.

Now I can show you these glitters I got in Spain! These are all chunky glitters that I got from an Asian Bazaar for 1 euro each. They are full of chemical goodness. They don't have names, but from left to right, it's a lilac circular glitter, a white/iridescent circular glitter, and a BLACK! circular glitter. Besides the large circular glitter, each polish has tiny glitter of the same color. I wore the black one in Spain, and application was typical for a chunky glitter: annoying and all of the glitter came to my nail tip. But they're pretty cool nonetheless.

And last but not least, MY GLITTER GAL HOLOS! These just came today and I'm already in love. I ordered them from llarowe and shipping was only $2.22. It's great that when polishes are already so much, you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping as well. Super fast shipping and I highly recommend her site! I got Red, Marine Blue, and Dark Purple.


So, yeah....my stash has absolutely doubled this summer. At least. Sigh. I hate it, but I love it. This isn't even close to all that I've bought.

Oh, yeah, when my Ulta restocked, I noticed a brand new display with a white shimmery polish, a red (typical), and base and top coat. The tag on the bottles noted that some of the proceeds from sales go to a charity. The name of the white I can't remember but it had "man-i" in it, and the red was "Red-y to Help." Has anyone else seen it? I took a cell phone pic but it will not send to my email.

Did you grab any of the polishes I did? I love fall collections. And now I'm definitely all set for school! Thank you so much for reading =]


22 August 2011

How I Got Over Polish Withdrawl


How are all of you today? Feel free to leave a comment letting me know! I'd love to talk to you guys more =]

So today I have one of my favorite manicures of late. I brought like 6 polishes with me to Spain, and I was getting plain SICK of them and couldn't wait to get home just to get back to my full stash. So as soon as I got home, I put on this one =]

First we have two coats of Orly It's Up to Blue. I really like this polish and it had awesome opacity. It even matches my cell phone! =]

And since I was craving some sort of nail art, I pulled out my brand new China Glaze Cracked Medallion. It cracked really really well! For those of you who are interested, I painted it on very thick and made a ton of brushstrokes to get this pattern. Check out the awesome color combination!

So what do you think? I needed this mani to get over my polish slump! =P

Thanks so much for reading,


20 August 2011

A Bit of Polish and a Bit of Spain

Hello again! Third day in a row =]

Today I have a picture of the polish I was wearing when I left, China Glaze 2NITE<3. I also have a feet picture, so you have been warned. BUT I was wearing Barefoot in Barcelona on my toes, and I was at a beach in Barcelona....so I couldn't NOT take a picture!

Here we go:

The lovely 2NITE. This was 3 coats I think because I had a heck of a time with application. Any hints for applying this better? I only have this picture, but I thought I had taken more. 

SANGRIA at a lovely restaurant on the waterfront in Barcelona. It was delicious..and 15 euros for the pitcher. I also had a ton of mussels at that restaurant and my friend had shrimp. Yes, we split that between two people.

My Barefoot in Barcelona pedi. I left the image small on purpose =P I just can't get over how appropriate the polish was for the occasion! Oh, and I don't think the whole "nude pedi" thing works for me....or maybe I need a more warm-toned nude. I don't even care that BiB isn't good for my skintone....I love it!

And finally, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Oh. My. Gosh. Even looking at the pictures leaves me breathless. For some reason, I am in love with this building. I only vaguely knew of it before my trip. It is spectacular in person, and I was so happy that going to visit was on the itinerary! Here's a little bit about the building (I used Wikipedia to check my facts and for the years): So, this building is a Roman Catholic Church that was actually declared a minor basilica in 2010. The construction of the Sagrada Família began in 1882, and an architect by the name of Gaudí took over the project in 1883. When he died in 1926, less than 1/4 of the project was done. As you can kind of see in my picture, there are cranes around it, because it is still under construction today, and the project will hopefully be completely in 2026, which would be the 100 year anniversary of Gaudí's death. Also, there's some really interesting symbolism to represent the apostles and some of the saints, some of which isn't completed yet, but I'll stop boring you here. Isn't it incredible? I urge you to Google Image Search it; it's absolutely gorgeous. (Oh, here, just click!)

So that's it for now! I hope I didn't bore you =P I'll add more pictures in my next couple of posts. These are what I consider the highlights of Barcelona, since I was only there for 3 days. Look forward to some sights from Madrid and Santiago de Compostela!

As always, thanks for reading.


19 August 2011

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy


What's going on today? I haven't done anything....except eat some really delicious hoagies for dinner (that's subs or sandwiches for all of you non-South Jersey folk). Today I have another manicure from before my trip: China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. This was the one I wanted most from the Poolside Collection because a neon coral just sounds so awesome, and lucky for me this one was added to the permanent section of my Sally Beauty Supply so I snatched it up =]

Here are some color-inaccurate photos. This was an awful time to capture; I even tried to take a photo underwater and it came out even LESS color accurate. =P

Only two photos this time because I really didn't get any pictures that I was happy with. Do you own this color? What do you think?

Thanks for reading!


I'm Finally Back! With China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Well hello there! Long time no see!

I had an absolutely fabulous time in Spain so I hope you can forgive the lack of posts over the last five weeks. I will try and make up for it! I will also post some pictures from my trip =] Thanks to all of you for sticking with me over the past couple of weeks! I noticed that someone unfollowed my blog, and while I suppose I understand why, it still hurts a tiny bit! Thanks for being so understanding as always!

But here are some nail pictures, because I know that's why you are all here. I love this color. It's creamy, it's bright, it's awesome for summer. This was three coats I believe, and I didn't have any problems with the application. Here is China Glaze Electric Pineapple:

As you can see, it's about a 60:40 mix of green to yellow. I realized that I bought this, OPI Who the Shrek Are You? and OPI Fiercely Fiona all within a week or so of each other. I think those shades will make a pretty crazy ombre manicure in the future. Oh, and look how long my nails are! My nails are seriously recovering from vacation so I've chopped them down a bit, and I miss them being this long!

That's it for now I suppose! Expect to be hearing a bit more from me over the next couple of weeks. I've missed you!

Thanks for reading!