Poor Gardener.

11 Aug

Hey people!  What’s up??  Sorry yet again for the lack of posts, just haven’t been feeling it.  I have no inspiration or I’m tired or a combination of both; I’ve just been painting them and that’s it.  Not much in the mood for nail art, partly because every time I try to stamp it comes out looking like shit!  I mean shit, like half the stamp doesn’t pick up, it’s smudged, has a blur in the middle, etc.  If you stamp, you know what I mean.  This is one of my latest attempts at stamping and a new brand to me!

I picked up this polish from Five Below by Fresh Paints.  I bought three of these polishes when I was there and a few for my friend Heather because we don’t have on in Buffalo.  I used Fresh Paints Bonna Blue as the base and I can’t say I’m impressed.  The formula is heavily pigmented, which is nice, but the trade-off is that it is very thick and hard to work with.  I feel like my nails look like garbage in here, but I’m going to keep it real with you guys and post it anyway.

The stamping is shit too! LOL I like the idea behind this manicure, but the execution was poor and just shitty all around.

FloralPrint

It was very Hawaiian luau feel with the hibiscus flowers and baby blue.  The stamp was BM 318 stamped with Tani Black.  The stamp on my index finger is like half missing on the bottom, because I was taking too long and I just couldn’t get it to stick.  I even tried to double stamp it to see if I could maybe fill it in and even that wouldn’t work for me.

Dang all around, just dang it to heck!

Third Eye Blind.

30 Jul

Hey you sitting there!  I hope you’re ready for a sweet swatch (try saying that three times fast)!  I had been trying to avoid Sally’s Beauty Supply lately due to the really good sales and I didn’t want to blow all of my money.  I caved and went in to a Sally’s I usually don’t go to and they had the new collection from China Glaze for the movie The Giver.  I know absolutely nothing about the Giver, but there was a gorgeous creme that I had to have!  If you remember the Essie Neons that recently launched, I’m Addicted (which I have, but not used) is a bright blue gorgeous neon and this is pretty much the creme version of it.  Feast your eyes on Capacity to See Beyond:

CHGGiverI mean, LOOK AT THIS!!!!!!! ^^^^^^^^  Doesn’t it make you want to slap ya momma??  I was having some issues with application; it seemed really thick and goopy, maybe because they were trying to make it a one coater?  Nonetheless, this is a gorgeous, bright, rich blue! I had a girl at work ask me why I didn’t stamp over it and I told her that it was just too pretty, and I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

That’s all I have for now and I’ll see you sexy bitches later!

*drops mic*

Double Trouble.

28 Jul

Hey!  It’s been a while since we last spoke and I got another gold mine for ya!  I think one of the first few manicures I did was a splatter and I almost passed out.  If you have ever done one or attempted to do one, you know what I’m talking about.  That shit is serious.  I was really excited when I saw the splatter stamp on the new Bundle Monster plates.  I painted my base with OPI My Vampire is Buff and I didn’t like the way it looked: streaky, bald spots, and just kind of odd-looking.  I stamped over it and this is the result:

Splatter Double Stamp

I stamped with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy over Tani black polish.  This is without the flash and the one below is with the flash so you can see the neon:

Splatter With Flash

 

On both, I stamped with stamp and then the second time I stamped it upside down to achieve a true splatter effect.

What do you think???

Flossy.

21 Jul

Hey!!!  Just hanging out, got my nails did (by me)….. LIKE A BOSS.  I’m just getting over a cold and I only did my nails once last week! GASP!!  This past weekend my boyfriend, Andrew, was in a wedding and it was so much fun!  The groom was a close friend of his from high school and the bride is awesome; they fit each other really well and make an amazing couple.  Fun times were had and a whole lot of drinking happened, which is more than I’m used to and I paid the price this week.  I painted my nails with Nails Inc Baker Street and it lasted a really long time, which is unusual for me because my manis last about 2-3 days.  I think Baker Street made it almost a whole week!!! A.WHOLE.WEEK.

This mani below didn’t last as long, so behold the beauty of GOLD…………

Essie With OPII waited and searched for the Mariah Carey Pure 18K White Gold and Silver Top Coat, because $40 was a bit extreme.  I waited and waited until alas, it appeared on Ebay for $20!  I bought it shortly after Christmas, and just got around to using it and it was kind of disappointing.  For some reason, I expected a lot more, even though I had bought the Zoya top coat which is similar, but I don’t know; it was a let down.  I do like the way this applied because it looks like I did a gradient.  The base is Essie Go Overboard by the way.

Anyone else have this?? Did you feel the same way when you used it? Leave me a comment with what your experience was like too.

Silver on OPI

9 Jul

HEY! Did I get your attention? OH yeah!  Another long week at work, which I haven’t had a day off since Thursday and I’m about to die!  I have to go out-of-town this weekend so I had to take Friday through Sunday off, so I guess it’s my own fault, but it still sucks.  This weather lately has been fucking nuts!  The other day I was at work and it was a straight monsoon out there: vertical rain, 10-15 mile per hour winds, and everyone hovering in our lobby to avoid the rain.  I was so surprised we didn’t get the  4 inch hail stones or whatever ridiculous size it was… that shit is nuts!  Fuck you hurricanes and your impending doom weather!  I think my brain just melted……..

On to the polish!

OPI and ChG Chevrons

The base color is OPI Yoga-Ta Get This Blue and I stamped with China Glaze Platinum Silver.  This is about the second time I used this blue, which I received in a grab bag that I purchased, and it is so nice.  It’s a nice deep, shimmery blue that isn’t overpowering with an amazing formula.  I’ve had China Glaze Platinum Silver for a very long time and only use it for stamping really, and it works really well.  I highly recommend it for stamping.  I like to see which random polishes I have work for stamping, it’s a nice little treat! The stamp is BM 423.

Talk to you saucy minxes later!

 

Can you dot me bro?

3 Jul

What up, what up??  Hope everyone has their plans set and made for tomorrow!!! I will be  working til 4 and then I’m free!!  I have no plans, but who knows.  No need to go anywhere to see fireworks considering every house on our street does their own in the middle of the street.  Safety first kids!  One year it was so bad, we had to close all of our windows due to the smell of sulfur.

Unfortunately, you will not be seeing any 4th of July nails from me due to my plan completely fucking tanking!  So pissed, but I like what I did anyway, so win/win??  I had a great idea of a two-colored stamp on white nails and it looked so cute in my head, but apparently that’s where it stopped.  These nails coming at you in this post are no way related to the 4th of July so…..I guess that’s my segue!

OPI Dots

Whenever I do dots, I always seem to do them in this curve like you see above, which maybe you have noticed.  I don’t know why, so that’s about it for that.  I tried to do a gradient dotticure that I saw on Chalkboard Nails, but mine did not end up anything like hers.  Maybe it scared me into not doing dotticures, so instead you get this.  The dots are China Glaze Urban night (deep purple), Fade Into Hue (periwinkle blue) and the base is OPI My Vampire is Buff.  I wanted something light, because I tend to gravitate towards dark colors, so this is what I conjured up.

Tomorrow is 4th of July and I shall maybe have another post for you, but if I don’t “see” you then, have a safe, long weekend!

Funky Town

29 Jun

Hey there buckaroos!  I’m trying to write this post while my cat “makes muffins” on my tummy in front of the computer screen.  Cat people problems right??  I’ve been trying to use some of my older polishes or polishes that I haven’t worn more than once.  I broke out Funky Fingers Jawbreaker; I believe this is the second time I have worn this polish.  First time I wore it did it on all of my fingers and they were a little too funky for me, so I used a second time as accent nails.  My co-worker/friend Heather and I were trying to come up with ideas for it, so this is a collaborative effort.  The black is by Tani, which this is the best black nail polish I have ever used and as mentioned, the accent nails are Funky Fingers Jawbreaker.

FF Jawbreaker

I like Jawbreaker and I don’t at the same time.  The formula is great, it’s a white, jelly base and it’s opaque in about three coats.  The glitter is a bit tough to work with, because the larger hexes don’t really stick to your nail, you have to place them with the brush.  I’m fine doing that, but don’t expect anything amazing to happen with glitter placement.

The black is just amazing.  The formula is beyond anything and it goes on like ink and covers like it as well; just amazing.  LOVE.

That’s about it for this, I feel like I’m rambling so I’m going to put you out of your misery and say good-bye!

BYEEEE!

Music to my Ears

24 Jun

Hey, hey, hey!!!  I hope all of you aren’t roasting to death like we are today here in WNY.  It is so gross outside, it just slaps you in the face… like a face slapper! OUCH!  If you know me in real life, you know I really like music and that I dabble in an instrument or two.  If  you only know me from the Internet, then you know now too, so good for you.   I did this mani a while back and it was inspired by a french tip mani I had seen on Essie’s Facebook page (?).  They used Find me an Oasis as the base and Go Overboard as the french tip, which I got really excited for because I owned both of those.  Find me an Oasis is a really nice, pastel baby blue that is a bitch to photograph, and Go Overboard is a deep, rich teal.  I used Find me an Oasis as the base and stamped with Go Overboard and here is the result:

MusicV

You can barely tell it’s a light blue, and it usually photographs white-ish.  Bitch.  Go Overboard helps to bring out the blue in it, I think so whatever and the stamp is BM 411.  I really, really love bundle monster; they are the most consistent (quality wise)and just have really good ideas/images.  Can I work for you???? Thanks, appreciate it.

That’s all I have for you folks today, short and sweet, mostly because I’m dozing off writing this.  BYE!!

Urban Sprawl

16 Jun

Hey there party people!!!! We are finally having nice weather on a REGULAR basis here in Buffalo!!! It’s amazing and it’s so nice to be able to walk out of the house coat free!!!  I hope all is well with my fellow readers/bloggers.  I haven’t been doing much nail art, just keeping up my nails with color so they don’t look so awful.  I have also suffered several breaks on my swatch hand and the other, so that doesn’t inspire much.  On a completely unrelated note, I have been binging on shows and I started watching The Wire from the beginning and it’s so good and odd.  The first season is awesome, second season is booooring, season three is meh, and I’m in season 4 and so far so good.

This is a manicure I did a long time ago and by far the best stamping I have ever done!!!  I absolutely LOVED this manicure and it came out exactly like I wanted and it was just gorgeous!  The base color is China Glaze Urban Night:

Urban Night SwatchThis is one of my all time favorite purples, it’s from the China Glaze Metro Collection and it’s just fucking awesome!

Now for the grand finale!!!!

Urban Night with StampingStamping V.2I can’t even express how much I loved this!!! In person, it was subtle but classy and my co-worker/friend Heather said that they looked like the Sally Hansen Salon Effects, which made me feel proud and brought a tear to my eye.  Sorry to brag, but GOD DAMN SON!!!!!! The plate is BM 406 and I highly recommend it playas.

 

*drop the mic*

 

Here fishy, fishy, fishy

29 May

Hey, what up?  Your eyes do not deceive you, this is another post!!!!  OMG, like wha??  I think I just tinkled a little…how about you?  I’ve really started to get back into stamping, because I can’t draw worth a shit.  I mean, if you ask me to draw a circle, you’ll get an oval or some other random shape.  The drawing skill must have skipped me because my older brother and younger sister are incredible artists, me?? Not so much.  Also, for a while I had convinced myself that stamping takes way too long, and that I didn’t want to ruin my mani if I messed up the stamping.

Discovering stamping plates was the best thing for me, because after seeing Sarah (Chalkboard Nails) and Sammy (the Nailasaurus) and their KILLER art/skill, you start to  feel a bit inadequate, like “shit, that’s not real.  Did they really draw that?”…then you start weeping into your acetone.

At first, I couldn’t figure out what the hell this stamp was: arrows? fish bones? I had no idea, so I just went with it anyway and I was pleasantly surprised on how it looked and turned out.  I was particularly proud of these nails because I got them ALL to face the same direction ON BOTH HANDS.

Fishbone

The base is OPI My Vampire is Buff, black is Tani brand, blue is China Glaze First Mate and the plate is BM 410.  When I looked at the OPI bottle I had just used, I was confused because I had completely forgot that I owned MVIB.  It makes you happy and then you realized “oh shit, maybe I have too many if I can’t remember what I own?”  Then I laughed because that’s crazy talk!

See ya later peeps!

Word.

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