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:

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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!!

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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.

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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.

Seeing Stars

26 May

Happy Memorial Day!!  First, I’ll say thank you to all those that have served and are currently saving and that I do appreciate it greatly.  I was trying to think of something easy and quick, because I did these after I had worked an open to close and had friends coming over too.  I did a white base, Zoya Purity and then decided that I had to have navy and red, duh!  There was no way I was doing stripes, because it would have turned into a blob, so stars it was!  I used China Glaze First Mate for the navy and China Glaze China Rogue for the red stamping on my thumb.

Zoya Purity and China Glaze First Mate

Zoya Purity and China Glaze First Mate

I used PUEEN plate 24 and I just can’t figure out how to get a super crisp image from these plates.  I tried to go back through and clean up the smudges but it just wasn’t working for me.  The picture below is me trying to capture the thumb, which I ROYALLY screwed up so take pity on me, ok?

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Look at those marvelous stars people! Doesn’t it make you want to cry?!  So just ignore the right side of my thumb nail and focus on the top middle portion/left side and we’ll be ok.  I wanted to get all the fingers in so you can get the whole stars sensation and patriotism.

If anyone has these plates, let me know your tricks and tips for getting a clear, non-smudgy image to stamp. Thanks again everyone!

Salt ‘n’ Meows

21 May

Hey there ladies and gents (if applicable)!  What’s up?  Not much here really, my birthday was the 14th, and my boyfriend made me a delicious steak dinner, which I’m always game for; it makes my mouth water just thinking about it!!  Enough about my caveman ways and to the nail polish!

I never really used any or bought any UK brands, but when I saw W7’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper I knew I had to have it.  It is a white, crelly polish with black micro glitters in the base, which is amazing.  The formula is great, coverage is awesome with or without undies, and I love it!  It’s a jelly sandwich in a bottle!  I did want to try out a few more over sea brands, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet, even though that will probably change…….mua ha ha ha!  The base is about 3-4 coats for this manicure without undies, and I stamped over it because I just wasn’t feeling it.

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There were some issues with spreading the glitters equally, which is my fault for not paying attention.  In my attempts to cover up my dislike, I stamped with BM 221 (throw back, what what)!!  I tried to zoom in close so you could see the best of both worlds.

You’re welcome.

I also debuted my new water mark that I used making Photoshop, I feel so accomplished!

Bye you hotties!!! Keep it hott!

Get up!

2 May

Hey there you studs and babes!  What is going’ on?  My birthday is coming up and I’ll be………………………..29!!!!! AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!! What the fuck?! I can’t believe it, and it’s horrifying! I.AM.ALMOST.30.  *cue stuttering*  Now that I have had a meltdown and a psychotic break, let’s move on to the polish!  I’m finding it hard to get inspired lately.  The collection I’m most excited about are the new Essie Neons!!  They look so gorgeous!!!!  You have to check them out!!  I NEED I’m Addicted and Sittin’ Pretty.  I did read a few reviews that say they are a bitch to put on and that you need to be patient when using these, so maybe I shouldn’t get them…..

As a palate cleanser I was using pastels a lot and I usually don’t, but I think since it was Easter I had pastel fever.  When I first bought China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around, I really didn’t care for it because of the opal shimmer, but then I used it a second time and I’m in LOVE!!!!!  It’s such a great formula and I do like the shimmer; it gives the polish a nice soft, earthy feel.  Shall we take a look?

China Glaze Dandy Lyin' AroundI will say that since I have been using Blue Cross cuticle remover, my cuticles like baller!  They just look so much nicer, I think, and it’s a miracle worker!  If you haven’t used it yet, then you need to if you have issues with overgrown cuticles.

 

Let me know what other collections you’re excited about (future, past or present), so I can get excited!!!

Live and Laugh

25 Apr

Hey people!!! What’s up???  I’ve been M.I.A. again, sorry…………… I bet you’re tired of hearing my excuses; I’m such a lousy girlfriend.  Not much has been going on with me, just working as usual.  I really need to win the lottery or more plausibly, get a better job lol.  We will see which ever one happens first (come on lottery!)  I’ve been doing my nails and what not, that’s not the issue, but them constantly breaking is though!!  I have broken so many nails lately and they are cute, little nubbins as you will soon see.  I do everything I can think of: I use Nailtiques 2, use cuticle oil, use cuticle remover, base coats, no chip top coats and NOTHING!!!!!!!! So frustrating!!!  Here is my latest foray into stamping and I was really impressed with how they came out!

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The base is Essie Marshmallow, stamping black is the Tami brand that Ashley sent me (from one of my nail polish groups) and stamped with BM 405.  I was just really impressed with the quality of how the words came out, so clear and crisp.  Really well done bundle monster, bravo!

Our weather is finally starting to break and it’s nice out for more than one day at a time, what are you guys planning for the upcoming summer?? Trips? Shakespeare in the Park??  Let me know!  I like receiving comments, so you better leave me one *shakes fist*!

I’m back!!!

14 Mar

Holy.Shit. What’s up??!??!  It’s been soooooo long and I have no one to blame but myself.  I hope I haven’t disappointed anyone too much with my lack of being here, and if so, I’m sorry.  WELL, I have been super busy with work, but that won’t be an issue much longer.  I have been doing my nails, sort of, and I have been taking pictures and what not; but let’s face it, my old cam was a bit on the poopy side.  It was really old and I finally broke down and bought a new one!!!!!!!!! Hooray for me and you sexy bitches!  So excited!!! I think the pictures are much, much better and more consistent with correct color portrayal and overall quality.  As always, please give me some helpful tips for better photos, because I just point, focus and snap–and that’s it, so no process whatsoever.

ANYWAY,  recently Zoya had a sale buy 3 polishes for shipping cost only, which was great because I wanted the Pixie Dusts which were like $10 a pop.  I bought Zoya Payton with my other two polishes, and I’m so mad at myself for waiting so long to buy this one!  It is gorgeous!!!  It is a dark purple/red with a scattered holo (I think?); it’s just effin amazing ok?! Get off my back!

Zoya PaytonSee, I told you so!!! Amazing!! It’s so gorgeous in sunlight, and alas I do my nails at night so……sorry? Forgive me??  Well, you just have to buy it now to see what I’m saying and then thank me later.

I will be posting more (hopefully), I just have to get my shit together!

Caio!

Happy Holidays!

25 Dec

Hey there you crazy nuts!  Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!! I hope I don’t spark any “Defend Christmas” debates, just wishing all a good holiday season and the worst/best is over 🙂 or 😦  Hope everyone is enjoying their day(s) off from work!  I promise I will post something nail related relatively soon; I’ve been working 6 days for about a month and half now? I don’t know the last time I had two days off from work in one week,shit’s been rough!!  Love you all!

 

Wiedersehen!

Gobble, gobble!

28 Nov

Hey everyone! Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to everyone!!! I’ve been M.I.A. because of work and general life stuff; I work retail so the next few months are going to be shit, all of those that currently and have worked retail will understand.  On that note, don’t be assholes to the workers; they would rather be home with their families but are forced to work due to shitty CEOs.  Shame on those companies that are making their people working later tonight!

FOR SHAME!!!!!!!!

I will try to do a post sometime soon, but I’m running short of manicure ideas and time!!  Enjoy everyone!

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