Thursday, December 5, 2013

Essence Choose Me! with Gold Stamping

I had a lot of fun with this mani!  This particular polish, despite being glittery, wears well on me.  I paired it up with some other colors to achieve the final look.

Zoya Frida - Funky Fingers Platinum Record - Essence Choose Me!

Layering goes as follows:
  1. Nailtek II Foundation
  2. Two coats Choose Me!
  3. Stamped: BM 204, FF Platinum Record
  4. One coat Zoya Frida
  5. One coat OTD
I'm super happy with how this came out! Bonus: the gold gets a bit purposefully "lost" in the manicure, the stamping doesn't need to be perfect. 

I used the floral full nail design right above BM204 for the stamping.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Oopsie Daisies Christmas Polish - Fir - Limited Edition!

The wrapping up of the semester left me with little time for a big holiday collection, so I knew it'd be limited.. so I had to make it as fun as possible! Fir is a deconstructed Christmas tree polish - a clear based glitter topper with green shreds and various color glitter "ornaments" with a gold holo sparkle and white matte stars to top the tree off!  There are hints of blue, yellow, red,  pink and turquoise surrounded by the green of a fir tree.

Fir is available at the Oopsie Daisies Etsy shop now for a limited time only. CLICK TO SHOP.

Left to Right:
Two coats over OPI Jade is the New Black, ChG Red Pearl, ChG Holly-days, ChG Poinsettia.

Top to Bottom:
Two coats over OPI Jade is the New Black, ChG Red Pearl, ChG Holly-days, ChG Poinsettia.

Essence Colour and Go - Grey-T to Be Here

I've been rekindling my love affair with my Essence polishes and I'm ashamed that this one has gone untried for so long!  I love these polishes, they're a great price and totally decent quality with lots of colors that appeal to me.

Shown above is three thin coats of Grey-T to Be Here over Nailtek II Foundation and sealed with OTD.  It's got a light grey creme base with subtle pink shimmers that peek out just a little bit.  The color and formula was slighty sheer so it took three coats but it builds so nicely that it wasn't even an issue.  The pink/grey color combo works so nicely as well, a pleasant surprise!  My lighting setup washed out the shimmers a bit though, they are a bit more noticeable to the naked eye.

And I know it seems to be totally hit and miss and I'm sure I'm in the minority here but I ADORE the brush.  The shape and width of it completely fits my nails and makes application super easy.  I've seen a decent amount of dislike regarding the brush but I'm personally a huge fan of it.  It's a bit on the wide side so I can see why those with smaller nails/hands might not be too keen on it, though.