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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Holographic Nail Foil NNAIL-E24

Good morning all!
I need to start by saying that I am not a morning person... I hate mornings, I'm grumpy. This morning is no exception (except I am over the grump part). I heard my boyfriend in the bathroom and thought that he must have turned the hallway light on... I'm laying in bed thinking "Why did he turn that damn light on? He'd better turn that effing thing off pretty soon or I'm gonna flip out. I can hear him coming to bed and he hasn't turned that damn light off... OMG WHY IS THAT EFFING LIGHT STILL ON???" at which point I peeked my one eye open to see that alas, the hallway light is not on but instead it is morning... and the sun is on... and that is not his fault. But that doesnt stop me from being pissed about it for the next hour; my mood foiling every attempt of mine to re-enter dreamland. Le sigh.
So I woke up at 6:30am on my day off and here I am. That being said, this is one of the best mornings I have ever had!!!
Want to re-create it? (Obviously not the shitty part...)
Im sitting at my desk with no pants... because no pants are the best kind of pants, with a fluffly blanket wrapped about myself, eating dried mango (YUMNESS this is my favorite dried fruit... if you love sweets this is for you!), listening to music that is probably best suited to the night (Explicit language warning!):

Rocking out and trying out a foil sent to me for review by KKCenterHk!
So First I did a bit of filing... then cleaned my cuticles... then used a buffer block to buff my nails super smooth!

My base coat for today is Orly Bonder, then I painted all my nails with one carefully applied coat of CND Silver Chrome.

Then a layer of foil glue, I prefer Ciate's glue but you can buy a really good sized bottle of glue with a nice brush in a set with whatever foil you want from KKCenterHk; so for this, I used their glue. Wait for the glue to dry clear. Try to apply it smooth and dont touch it to anything... it helps to have some squares cut from the foil before you start applying so there's less chance to mess up.

You can see the glue starting to dry here.
If you have never used foil before know that you must lay the design/color face up... My first time didnt go so well and I couldnt figure out why! Its much easier and more effective when you lay the plain side on your nail.

When the glue dries you lay the foil on the nail and press down...
So when you lay the foil down, I like to start on the edge of my nail and work my way across, pushing it down and smoothing it out as I go.
and here we go!

How cool is that???
This is called Shiny Silver and can be found here or by searching NNAIL-E24. It is currently sold out but you can search a bunch of their other REALLY cool foil designs. PLUS you can get 10% off your order by using the code NAILFREAK 
Yippee for coupons right?

By the way, this is without topcoat... Seche Vite totally messed this up, it looked terrible after, EEK!!!

Overall, I really liked this product, they send you a large amount of the foil, and the glue works really well and dries to clear fairly quickly.

Let me know what you think! Have you tried foils before?

})i({ -Amy

Monday, May 27, 2013


So this is a rambling post of mostly thoughts... I have a bit of time to kill, dont feel like painting my nails, have a giftcard to Sephora and am browsing through their website looking to be inspired for next month's giveaway.

Here are my thoughts:
* I am 27 years old and do not find myself around black lights often enough to justify buying anything from Illamasqua's Paranormal collections... is this polish for the club goer?

* Ciate does not have colors or the formula fabulous enough for me to justify buying their $15 dollar nail polish. Dont get me wrong, I love their sets... I "like" how they take trends, simplify them and then multiply the cost by 3. Also, their chalkboard thing intrigues me... not enough to buy it, but the idea of washable marker for nails has got me thinking about buying some of those milky gel pens I used to use in high school and seeing if I can re-create this look... anyone know where to get those pens?

* Why do I need to wear a ring with a fake nail on it (Pantone, I am looking at you)? I have nails... does it look cool? Do people like this? Are people wearing this? Send me some links to you guys wearing this so I can see if this is something I should legitimately be looking into.

* Why am I looking for an excuse to try Dolce and Gabanna nail polish? WHY? I dont need it, none of the colors are that unique... am I such a brand whore that I think $23 bucks for a nail polish brand I have never tried before must be justified purely because I like their sunglasses? and most of their perfume... and most of their clothes. They are not aiming their products at me, I can tell you that much... I am not their target demographic... le sigh. I would get Shocking or Fire... and Stromboli sounds unique.

* Do I love Hello Kitty because I am Asian, or am I more Asian because I love inexplicably love Hello Kitty?

Also, here is a photo dump of all things I havent bothered to put on the blog...

This is Essie In the Cab-ana with my Sephora OPI 18kt top coat and a little ships wheel Hex Nail Charm. I liked how this came out... I have been in need of this color of blue for some time now.

This is Julep Clara with my new Koi fish stamp! I picked this up for myself for my birthday and was just trying to decide what color the fishies would look best as... Im thinking orange or teal.

This is my sweet baby Bandit!

I bought these interesting lip glosses at Rite Aid when I made the mecca like trip to the one nearest to me... these are pretty cool right? I slipped one into Rebecca's box of Julie G polishes that she won today!

and lastly these are my best friend's holographic cheetah nails!!! She has the stumpy-est little nails, they are so cute!

Oh well, that was just my rambling for the evening... maybe I'll go paint my nails now.

Talk to you all later!

})i({ -Amy

Julie G Frosted Gumdrop WINNER!!!

Hey all!
Ive been super pre-occupied and havent been posting much. But I have been paying attention to my giveaway.
So without further ado, the winner is:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations Rebecca! I am so happy for you! You have 48 hours to respond to the email I sent you this morning or I will have to pick another winner :(
I cant wait to hear from you!

The giveaways have been working really well for me, I like to try new stuff and this kinda pushes me to do so... I'm also getting more traffic which resulted in my first "sponsorship". I will have some products to review soon... Im already planning an awesomely gruesome manicure for one of the products! Super excited! But all that being said... anything new coming out in June that I should get for next month's giveaway?
I was trying to find some of the new Layla Bubble effects in a store near me, but no such luck so far... I dont really want to buy it online but I might have to... otherwise I am open for suggestions!

Anywho: Congratulations, Rebecca!

})i({ -Amy

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Splatter nail art

Hey Hey Hey!
Just wanted to show you my version of these splatter nails on Cult Cosmetics website, They are calling them a 90's inspired Teen Spirit look... I LOVE the colors and they have a little tutorial which I followed for the most part.

Dont you love the color combo?

So I changed a few things here. Instead of painting my nails white and splattering all the color on top I painted my nails with Essie Lilacism. Then I splattered Essie In the Cab-ana, then Orly Glowstick, then Rimmel Black Satin. Also I didnt dip the straw directly into the polish bottle... that seemed like it could be wasteful. SO I took the polish brush and painted a generous amount around the inside of the straw, then blew it onto my nails; A) this could be the reason that I ended up with too much black on my index and too much Glowstick on my middle but B) this is also the reason that I dont have thick blobs of polish like the one from the tutorial gets... yuck, it doesnt need to be a 3d mani.
SO this might be my birthday mani and it might not. I cant decide yet. I have bought myself some polish presents and I may use one of those instead... HMMMM What do you guys think?

These came in my May Julep Mystery Box! I got (from left to right) Charlie, Teresa, Clara, Nina, Fiona, and Jordan.
I also bought these lovelies from Glitter Daze, her birthday is in May too so she was having a sale and gave free hand soak fizzies too.

This is (left to right) My White Lighter which glows in the dark, La Santa Muerte, and their new Mint Summer Night.
Also I bought myself a new stamping plate from Australia at I bought a plate with some koi fish on it. It hasnt arrived yet but I am super excited.

So as much as I love the splatter, my only knock against it is that it looks super messy. I know that is the point of the look, and it is very pleasing to look at on its own... but when you see the hand it looks like you were painting your room and you forgot to wash up afterwards. So I could re-create this for Tuesday (my birthday!!!) or I could paint my nails with Julep Nina, or Glitter Daze My White Lighter, or I could paint Julep Fiona with Glitter Daze La Santa Muerte over the top... or something else entirely. Im not going out or anything, I will just be cleaning the house (early weekday birthdays are no fun) so it can be as extravagant or plain as anything.

What do you guys think? Ball out glitter glitzy blingy nails? or some nail art? or something plain? what would you do for your birthday mani?

})({ -Amy

PS There's still plenty of time to enter my giveaway for the month!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Chanel Taboo

So Unrelated news... I entered a blogger of the month contest and used my manicure from March with the pink girly designs... if you liked that I would love to have your vote by clicking on this link and clicking on my entry (towards the bottom, not the picture but the selection button) Now onto this FABULOUS POLISH!!!

EEEEEKKKK!!! I have wanted to get this polish for forever!
I was searching for a new phone case which is kinda hard cause I have the Note 2 and its a bitch of a phone to find fun covers for... so I was searching Etsy and I found a NAIL POLISH CASE!!! They only had Dior and Chanel cases so I thought I would buy one with Peridot on it because I own that color... but if youve ever read my ramblings you would know that I HATE that color. SO I  went with Chanel Taboo because it has been a lemming of mine and I decided what the heck it would make a cute case and an even cuter picture if I bought the polish!!!

Sorry for the crappy quality of that picture... Its from my phone (obviously) and in the bathroom with its terrible lighting. But its still a cute concept...

Thats better, right? WHAT A SPECTACULAR COLOR!!!! I wish the picture did it justice... but it doesnt even come close...

Not even natural light can capture the magnificence that is Taboo...

What a rich, velvety smooth color. It has blue and purple sparkle over a mysterious almost black base... but its not glitter, its just.... to complicated to describe.
Mostly purple shimmery dark purple.


})i({ -Amy


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CK One Current

So Unrelated news... I entered a blogger of the month contest and used my manicure from March with the pink girly designs... if you liked that I would love to have your vote by clicking on this link and clicking on my entry (towards the bottom, not the picture but the selection button) Now onto this FABULOUS POLISH!!!

HOLY CRAPAMOLI!!! This polish is scented with CK One! Like the perfume, LIKE THE PERFUME!!!
So I have some Calvin Klein nail polish... I bought it cheap from Tuesday Morning... it comes in a tiny squarish rectangular bottle. It also may or may not be knock off stuff, but it seems pretty legit to me. On the other hand I dont have any of the CK One polishes in the long tube bottles, until now! I resisted because the colors werent all that great and they are 14 bucks a pop at Ulta. I am however a sucker for anything labeled "Limited Edition" which was what caught my eye with Current (also I was holding a bottle of polish in pretty much the same color from another brand). But what makes this polish so special? THE SCENT!!!!
The color is fairly unique... its got a touch more of a brown hue to it than the pictures make it out to be, think less neon more split pea soup.

This is without topcoat.... BECAUSE IT FREAKING SMELLS LIKE CK ONE! Nuff said..... but I'll say more anyways.
There was another color that is part of this special edition collection, its called Riptide and its blue. If the smell on Current lasts all day at work tomorrow then I will buy Riptide DAMMIT! Because I think this is pretty nifty.
All my favorite perfumes should come in polish form! Can you imagine an electric blue Ralph by Ralph Lauren? Or a yellowish tinged orange Happy by Clinique? I would die!

Any suggestions for perfume polishes? C'mon!

})i({ -Amy


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Essie In the Cab-ana

I went to a baby shower over the weekend and took some inspiration from the pink unicorn nails I did. Because they are having a boy I tweeked it a little...

Essie In the Cab-ana, Baby Shower, Rubber Duckie

I didnt have a baby themed Hex charm I decided to go with a hand drawn duckie since it matched the wrapping I did for the gift!

I made that bow too! With hot glue and a wooden duck thing from Hobby Lobby!
I had so much fun doing all this! Being creative makes me so happy!

})i({ -Amy


Monday, May 6, 2013

MAY GIVEAWAY!!!! Julie G Frosted Gumdrop Polishes

Hey everyone! I bought a couple sets of Julie G Frosted Gumdrops from Groupon at the end of April and I want to give you the chance to have your own set! Giveaway is open to the U.S. only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The first color is Tangerine Dream

Orange is one of my favorite colors and this came out so sparkly and jelly like, it really looked like candy. This is three thin coats of orangey goodness (it reminds me of orange soda)

This next color is Sugar Rush

This is only two coats! Its more opaque probably due to the darker color. This is one of my favorites from the set... its my kind of color, a reddish orange!
Also I cant stop singing this song from Wreck-It Ralph (just the English part) S-U-G-A-R Jump into your racing car! Sugar Rush!

This next color is Hot Cinnamon

This red a dream to apply, its also probably the fastest drying (and quite possible the only picture of a dry polish on my blog). These three are more of a jelly/crelly type of polish. They totally look like gumdrops in that aspect. The next three are metallic definitely.

This next one is called Crushed Candy

This is my other favorite from this set! I LOVE this color (its more of a lavender magenta) and consistency. It went on smoothly and opaque in two coats. Its a really nice color and SUPER sparkley.

This color is Rock Candy

I love rock candy. Especially the pops on the cutsey wooden dowel/stick things with the nub at the end! They remind me of a childhood I never got to have (not that I didnt get to have a childhood, but more that I didnt get to have rock candy ]': ) The color is nice too... (wouldnt it be funny if I left it at that and moved on?) I feel like every set that comes out needs a teal, or has a teal (need is such a strong word). I just kind of wish the teal was one of the jellyish ones instead of the metallic, NOT that I dont like it! I do like it, I just wish it looked more like a gumdrop like the first three... also Im not huge on metallics

This last color is Blueberry Fizz, YUM!

Blueberry Fizz sounds so good... I think I'm going to grab some blueberries on my way to work. This is a great rich periwinkle-ish color. It looks great with the metallic edge and went on smooth in two coats.

Overall, I liked this collection. I have no real issues with it. Its unique enough from my other polishes and it will ease me into this texturing craze thats going on now. By that I mean, these polishes are textured, but they are a toned down jelly and metallic version of Zoya's pixie stuff. The grit isnt too intese, but it provides sparkle and dimension. If you dont win this set go out and buy some, at least Sugar Rush (Sugar Rush! Sugar Rush!) and Crushed Candy, I hear you can get them at Rite Aid.

Good Luck to you all! Please leave me some suggestions for what I should giveaway next time (so far im thinking the bubbly layla polishes IF I CAN FIND THEM DAMMIT!) But otherwise I dont know whats new and upcoming and I need a bit of help... Any suggestions would be great!

})i({ - Amy

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cinco De Mayo!!!

This is a short one, just wanted to show you guys my nails for the 5th!

SO... I used Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Buttercup, Essie in Fear or Desire, Essie In The Cabana, OPI in Strawberry Margarita, American Apparel in T-Shirt and CND in Silver Chrome.

I think these came out super fun! What are you doing for Cinco De Mayo? Im going to work... :'(  le sigh

})i({ - Amy