Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Elevation Polish Pic de Sotllo and Doctor Who Cybermen Manicure

Hello, hello!

I've had this mani in mind for a long while and while I couldn't use all the components in my head I like the way it turned out.

For my base I used Elevation Polish's Pic de Sotllo, a gorgeously vivid deep blue similar to Revlon Royal. I actually own several polishes in this category of blue: Revlon Royal, Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Pacific Blue, Pure Ice First Kiss, Sinful Colors Endless Blue and who knows how many more are lurking in my melmer drawers!  Elevation's the only indie brand of this blue I have and the only one I use consistently. Pic de Sotllo has an opaque jelly finish. I wouldn't call it a crelly because I feel like a crelly has a weightier base that happens to be sheer.  My bottle is full on delicious, juicy jelly but can be built up to opacity in about 3 thin coats.  In my manicure I'm using 3-4 really thin coats to deepen the color. The formula was really easy to work with, self- leveling and non-patchy which can be a problem with some jelly polishes.  Pic de Sotllo is probably my favorite Elevation Polish!

Then I used China Glaze Sci-Fi, a metallic silver, and the MJ XII plate to stamp the cyberman head on my ring finger.  When I originally envisioned this mani I had a white adipose stamp instead but since I recently lost a bit of length the adorable little adipose didn't fit.  I had hoped to stamp it on my thumb but I couldn't get a good image all of a sudden when I tried to get it for my thumb.  Aside from that, I liked the silver of Sci-Fi against Pic de Sotllo.

Funny side note: Pic de Sotllo was really hard to get a color accurate picture of when using my proper camera. Interestingly enough I was able to get one with my cell phone camera, who would've thought.  Hence this picture when I was trying to get a closeup of the cyberman head.

The above picture is also the most color accurate though you get to see the butt end of my normally good camera :-P

I actually have a ton of stamping plates including the new Bundlemonster Create Your Own 2014 set but I hardly ever do stamping because they haven't always turned out well in the past.  I'm going to push myself from now on to finally make use of all those stamping plates :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Manicure with Enchanted Polish

Hey lovelies!

Here's a couple quick pics of my New Year's Eve mani.  I was finally able to track down Enchanted Polish Dark Fantasy and Flashing Lights.  Funny story about Flashing Lights--I ordered it and Glitter Unique's Gold Galaxy Holo glitter to play with and then the next day found out they're the same thing.  Whatever, I still wanted the real thing with Flashing Lights. I'll have to post these as full manis soon because they are so pretty.

Both polishes are 2 coats.  Flashing Lights is a pure glitter polish that covered surprisingly well in those 2 coats. I haven't tried removal yet, I'm sure it'll be interesting.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year's Eve and that 2015 is your best year yet!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Manicure: Lynnderella Witch Cauldron Was It

Happy Halloween!

Here are a quick few pictures of my Halloween mani. My nail art skills suck and I have crappy brushes so while I'd love to be able to try even the more simpler nail art techniques I fail haha.

So I went with something simple and traditional for Halloween: black and orange.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Storenvy Removing Paypal from Checkout Options?

Note: This post has been updated in certain sections.

Today I received some unsettling news: soon Storenvy will no longer allow customers to checkout with Paypal and is switching to Stripe.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show Inspired Manicure

Or "How a Mani Can Show You've Grown as a Person."  More on that later.

Let's just talk for a second about how awesome American Horror Story is. Where else on television will you see this amount of gore, depravity and general sinfulness?  Although to be honest some scenes are really hard for me to watch (especially that one in S03E01. You KNOW the one I'm talking about--or rather a lot of season 3 period) where I have to clench my teeth and kinda squirm until it's over.  Also it was really special to see my girlhood crush Dylan McDermott doing all the dirty and bad things he did in seasons 1 and 2.  Thanks for that, AHS!

But aside from the horrific parts of AHS there are some really great moments like pretty much any scene with Jessica Lange or this:

In honor of American Horror Story's 4th season Freak Show I dedicate the following mani.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Polishes Sneaking Into Your Stash!

Well dear readers it's finally happened. While shopping my stash today I found a color I have absolutely no recollection of buying.  I have probably over 1,000 polishes (despite my recent attempt at purging) but surprisingly I remember every single one of them.  There has never been a time where I found a polish in my collection and think "Oh yeah, I forgot I have this one" or "Where did I pick that up?"

And then there was today.  I'm looking in my stash for OPI Sapphire in the Snow and while looking around I spot a white-ish polish.  Thinking it's OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls I pick it up and consider using this slightly off-white instead of the true white for my upcoming mani.  But then I notice the shimmer.  Lo and behold it's actually OPI Moon Over Mumbai.

My reaction:

... Wait, what? Where did this--?  Wait, WHAT?   I don't even-- Where did this come from?  Did I steal this??

I know the "Did I steal this?" sounds strange but truly that seemed more likely than the idea that at some point I picked up this polish, looked at it and thought "Yes, I will buy this!" and now have no memory of it.  I know my memory sucks most of the time but this is polish we're talking about.

It's not that it's a bad polish, it just doesn't strike me as a ME Polish.  As it is I only own OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and the true white I was thinking of using (Finger Paints Paper Mache if you were curious) for nail art purposes.

From what I've read online Moon Over Mumbai from the Spring 2008 OPI India Collection is a sheer, dove gray with a pearly finish.  Some reviewers on Makeupalley insist there is a pinkish and/or lilac hue to it.

So I think the best thing to do under these circumstances that the polish of unmemorable origin be released to someone who will love it properly.  Off to the blog sale it goes.  Luckily I can tell from the treads and the level in the bottle it's unused so there's that.

Do you ever find polishes in your collection that you don't remember buying?