Thursday, February 18, 2010

3D Nail Art Molds

As some of you already know, I am not exactly the master of all things nail art. But I got some neat acrylic molds from 3D Nail Art and I've been working on my form, so to speak. Being the way that I am, I got frustrated when, on my first try, they didn't come out perfect (by the way, these are my third attempts at these things, haha!) I'll continue to practice, though, and hopefully I'll have some decent ones to have in the future. By the way, I only have white acrylic powder at the moment, so I tried to spruce up the base of the nails with some contrasting colors.


The first mold I have is Orchid (No.SI009.) If you check out the website, it has pictures of what kind of beautiful nails you can make with these; instead, you get to see mine. The base is Color Club Uptown Girl from the recent Rebel Debutante collection.

You can see where I didn't quite get all the powder into the mold and some of it spilled over onto the edges, making a thin sort of "left over" flap on the petals.
Close up of the flower.




The second mold is called Mini Rose Petal (No. SI012.) As you can see, the pictures on the website show the nail art done with clay and not acrylic.
For the base I used Entity Scarlet. Please ignore the blob of nail polish in the center of the nail. I think this one turned out a little bit better than the first one, but, like I said, I'll keep practicing; you can again see the "left over" that spilled out from the mold a little bit on the sides of the petal.

The rose gives you a little more wiggle room because you can stack the petals on top of each other and kind of hide the imperfections.



Thoughts, comments, questions? Like I said, definitely check out the website. Here is the page that lists the two plates that I have, plus all the other ones. I can't wait till I get good at these...or at least better...but no where to go but up, right?

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Nailtini Polishes

Another treat for you guys. Has anyone here ever tried Nailtini polishes? For those that haven't, allow me to shed some light. Nailtini is like Creative Nail Design in that it has several base polishes you can buy, along with effects top coats. What makes these guys fun is the cocktail bar theme they got going on; there are Straight Up Colors (bases) you can pair with Toppers (effects.) There are also Mixers (shade altering base coats) and Garnishes (stencils.) Completely adorable idea, right? Check out their website here. They also have products for eyes and lips.


On to the actual polishes...Oh! And really quick note about the formula: for both polishes I tried, they were thick, but not streaky. Just make sure you give it sufficient time to dry in between coats.


First I tried the Straight Up Color Mai Tai, described as a vibrant sunrise coral. It looks pretty orange in the bottle, but on the nail it is definitely a coral. Above is three coats for even coverage.

Then I put on one coat of the Topper Sugar Rim, a dazzling multicolor glimmer.



Then I tried Velvet Fizz, which is said to be a deep shimmering ruby. Above is two coats, but I could have gotten away with just one!

With Sugar Rim on top. I added one coat of Sugar Rim, let it dry, and then added another. I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but this one is substantially more glittery than when I used it over Mai Tai.



Thoughts? I was so excited to try these, and they didn't disappoint. And am I the only one that is in love with the cocktail theme?!

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New Nicole by OPI Polishes

Right now I'm looking at five new polishes that will be available this month from Nicole by OPI. Very fun and summer-y! Take a look!


Yellow It's Me. The name cracked me up, but that's nothing new. This is a soft but bright (oxymoron?) yellow with red shimmer. Very cool, right? It was a on the sheer side, but it is definitely buildable. Above is four coats.



Next we're looking at Make Mine Lime. This one reminds me of a lime popsicle or a slushy margarita. I put on two coats, but in retrospect, three would have probably made it even greener. Either way, I like this one!



Fresh Squeezed. Great name, nice color. Not terribly unique; I think most of us have seen an orange like this before. It seems to have the same base color as Entity Pearl Orange, but for some reason it reminds me more of China Glaze Orange Marmalade. I like this one better than Orange Marmalde, however.



I'm positive I had a little mini bottle of nail polish that came with a Barbie when I was younger that looked just like this, You're An Angel. Sparkly Barbie pink. The goldish shimmer among the pink shimmer makes this one pop on the nails.



Last but not least, I Stop For Nicole. A reddish pink with red/pink shimmer and, like You're An Angel, what seems to be a little gold shimmer, too. This one looks like it would make a great Valentine's Day mani.


These will be available this month if you're interested. Personally, I recommend you pick up at least one to pull you out of this winter slump we're in and into summer.

[Sample]

Also, I forgot to mention this on my previous post as well; sorry for the wonky pics, but I had to start swatching on my right hand after a freak snow-shoveling incident left me with some unattractive nails on my left hand.

Color Club Rebel Debutante Collection

For spring 2010, Color Club has brought us Rebel Debutante, a collection of nine sophisticated cremes in a wide variety of hues. With a few exceptions, the polishes just glided on and the formula dried nice and glossy in two coats. I'll spare you the blahblahblah and just get down to it, okay?


We begin with one of my favorite colors from this collection; Who Are You Wearing? is a white-washed pale pink. Tame, but quite chic, in my opinion. I used three coats for an even finish.



High Society is a cool gray with taupe undertones. It reminds me of Essie Chinchilly, which I don't own, so I can't really compare them. Like most of these shades, it's strong but subtle.



I was surprised at how much I liked Best Dressed List. In the bottle it looks more golden, but on the nail it's a soft, ruddy light brown.



Charity Ball reminds me of the Crayola Crayon Bittersweet. Anyone remember which one I'm talking about? It's a very orange mahogany that leans towards red...I don't know if I'd call it a brown or a dark orange.



Uptown Girl, you know I can't afford to buy her pearls...Billy Joel, anyone? Moving on, Uptown Girl is a pretty grayed out purple. Again, another fun color, but not too wild.



She's Sooo Glam was my problem child. It was definitely the streaky one of the bunch. But I love the color. It's a dark pastel pink, which this picture really doesn't capture accurately. Above is three coats, and it's still not as even as I'd like it to be. With a top coat and a steady hand, though, I'm sure you could get it to work.



I'm not sure why purples are so hard to photograph, so keep in mind that Ms. Socialite is a tad more pink that the picture above would suggest. It's kind of like OPI Lourve Me, Lourve Me Not without the shimmer. I really like this grape-y purple.



WOW. I was nervous about this one, which rocks the name of the entire collection, Rebel Debutante. A mint, slightly neon green? Streak City, right? WRONG. This creme applied flawlessly in two coats! I could gush about this one forever, but suffices to say I am incredibly pleased with this baby!



Finally, we come to gorgeous Gossip Column. Awesome name, awesome shade. Pictures don't do this dark, slightly muted teal justice. I wonder how it would compare with Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal? I will certainly be wearing this one a lot this season.



Well, what do you think, folks? I love this collection...work appropriate but bright and fun. What do you think? Rebel Debutante is available now online.

[Sample]

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