Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cult Nails Spontaneous

After months on hiatus, I'm finally back with a new post in the blog,  The past few months have been extremely busy.  A new demanding position at work, and with kids home during the summer months, left me with very little time for myself.  All work and no play has made me a not-so fun person.  I missed sharing my nail polish obsession, so I hope to be back and posting more regularly.  Now, back to nail business...

While I may have been away from my blog for months, it certainly did not hinder me from acquiring new additions to my collection.  A new brand for me was Cult Nails.  Maria, founder and creator, released a very special collection this past July.  Coco's Untamed Collection was created by Maria's, then not-quite thirteen year-old daughter, Coco.  The collection consists of five beautiful colors.  Being that I am a purple lover, Spontaneous immediately jumped out at me.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Maisie Shine Friday Night

It's Friday Night!  What's the perfect nail color to kick-off my weekend?  Maisie Shine Friday Night, of course!

I have to first apologize for showing you a color that is currently not available.  But seriously, how gorgeous is this color?  How can I possibly not share?  Here's a closer look at this beauty in the bottle...

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fourth of July Nails

Happy 4th of July everyone!  

I hope everyone is enjoying the day.  Our morning started off with going over to city hall to see the 4th of July parade; followed by a nice brunch out.  We got back home and got all the prep done for the BBQ.  While my hubby is manning the grill, I thought I come by with a quick post.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

OPI I Have A Herring Problem

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I'm so sad it's almost over, but I look forward for a short work week with 4th of July coming up in a few days for us in the US. I spent all of Saturday working in the yard,planting and trimming back over-grown trees and bushes, and cleaning out our patio. Feeling a little achy (aging is so cruel), operation patio and yard clean up continues today. I am taking a bit of a break right now to do a quick post.

Even though my nails are in need of some TLC right now, which will be taken care later this evening, I have a recent mani to share.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dior Venis Electric Blue 606

The boldest and brightest blue nail polish I own.  This is Electric Blue, one of five colors from Dior's limited edition collection, inspired by Anselm Reyle, a German contemporary artist.

Two years ago, I would have shyed away from this color. It was much too bright, and perhaps a little too shocking for me to wear. However, today it's a totally different story. I am quite a bit more daring when it comes to nail color. I don't mind my nails making an entrance before I do.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Nostalgic Nail Lacquer Pride

Deciding on what I was going to wear on my nails for Memorial Day was easy.  My newly acquired bottle of Nostalgic Nail Lacquer Pride was the obvious choice.  Plus it was sitting there, on top of my computer desk, just screaming to be worn.

Pride is described "a patriotic mixture of red, white and blue glitters in various shapes and sizes, topped off with a hearty dose of star shaped glitter."  This is one of seven limited edition glitter shades, from the summer collection, Seven Deadly Sins.  I am proud, not ashamed to say, I have acquired six out of the seven in the collection.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lush Lacquer Party Rockin'

Another newly discovered indie brand I'm just trying for the first time.  I picked up 3 colors from the Lush Lacquer store on Etsy.  Karin and Lexi are the owners of the Lush Lacquer, a mother and daughter "best friend" duo that creates fabulous glitter combination nail polish.  How wonderful is that?!

Party Rockin' immediately caught my eyes as I quickly tore into my package.  I knew it was going to be a winner when I first ordered it, but seeing this in person was beyond amazing.  Just wow!  I could not wait to wear this one.  My mind immediately begin surveying the colors I could pair this with.  So many options and I was at a loss for a color.  But after a couple of days of consideration, I decided to pair it with another newly arrival color.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Essie Shift Power

About a month ago, we took the kids to see the movie, Mirror Mirror.  Julia Roberts stars as the evil Queen, and she had this amazingly beautiful gold nail polish on.  The gold was not overly yellow gold, but paler and softer, almost matte, and yet mirror-like.  Oh gosh, does that even make sense?  While I thought the movie was "meh", I couldn't stop focusing in on the gold nail polish.  It commanded my full attention throughout the movie.  Seriously, I mentally went through every single gold polish I can think of, trying to figure out which one Miss Julia was wearing.  It was a little crazy; I could not stop thinking about it.

I recently participated in a nail polish box exchange.  It just happens I was next in line to received the box of polish.  When I went through all the bottles, I found this gold sitting in there, Essie Shift Power.  This was released in winter 2008 collection, and apparently it's also know as Shifting Power.  I'm not really sure why the two different names.  Not a normal pick for me, but my recent gold obsessed self said "yes, let's give this a try!"

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Orly After Party

I'm a little out of the loop on new releases, so when I saw this Orly color at Ulta, I had no clue which collection this was part of.  I own nothing like this color it in my collection, and it's perfect for my taste, so it came home with me.  Because I love the color so much, I had to put it on immediately.

Orly After Party is a brand new release for summer 2012 color collection called Feel the Vibe.  Whoa, summer collection?  This is not a color that comes to mind for summer.  A quick google search took me to Feel the Vibe promo pictures, and After Party indeed stuck out among all the neons and brights in the collection.  Personally, I think After Party would have been more fitting in the Dark Shadow collection instead.  Regardless, I am very pleased with After Party.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Haze Glaze Frozen Ube

I've falling terribly behind on my posts...  Working a full-time job and still manage to fulfill my motherly duties has proved difficult in keeping up with my blog.  Short on time, I decided instead of removing my previous mani of OPI Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI? I would try to make it last a couple days longer by layering a glittery top coat over it.

As of late, I've falling into a mad obsession for indie concoctions.  It's the latest rage in the nail polish community; I tried to avoid it, but I couldn't resist after seeing beautiful swatches posted over and over again everywhere on the internet.  I had to give this a try!  A great reason to reach for one of my newly acquired Haze Glaze Frozen Ube.

Friday, April 20, 2012

OPI Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI?

Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI? is just one of twelve colors released for the spring/summer 2012, Holland collection.

Tooted as being nearly identical by the nail polish addict community, I skipped over Zoya Tru for Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI?  Though both have great formulas, I simply have a preference for the flat OPI pro-wide brush.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Waking Up In Vegas

Although named after a Katy Perry song, Waking Up In Vegas, from Deborah Lippmann spring 2010 collection, was made famous by Lady Gaga.  Any nail polish addict would remember infamous September 2010 front cover of Vanity Fair UK.  Lady Gaga was photographed, wearing nothing but a to-die-for sparkling diamond choker by Fred Leighton, and beautiful manicured grey nails.  The cement grey nail polish was an instant hit, and became the much talked about "it" color everyone wanted to have.

Described as "putty-liscious gray", Waking Up In Vegas is a warmer version of grey.  The super chic color is midway between grey and beige, making it very wearable for all skin tones.  A hip and fashionable color, but still remains very wearable for the office.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

An Easter Mani

Good evening everyone!  For those that celebrated Easter, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful weekend with family and friends.  We are pretty low key here, but my kids sure do enjoy their Easter basket goodies.  Chocolate bunnies and jelly beans galore; what's not to love, right?  Well, I am now patiently awaiting for their sugar high to come crashing down.  Believe me, it can't come soon enough. 

I am still working through my stash of "untrieds" and weed out the colors that are not working for me.  Pastels are not colors I normally reach for, and I don't own many colors falling in that category.  I'm trying to step of my comfort zone and try something different.  Needless to say, Easter is the perfect opportunity to challenge myself.  

Honestly, I am not very good with nail art, and work has been extremely time demanding these past couple of months.  I haven't had time for myself, forget about putting thoughts in planning out my mani.  I usually grab whatever color is close, usually that has been whatever nail mail has just arrived. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Haze Glaze Mystique

Haze Glaze is an independent brand I recently discovered.  I only picked up 2 colors to try out, but I have to say her glitter color creations are just fantastic!  They are even prettier in real life than in pictures.  I wish I had picked up a couple more colors.

For my first Haze Glaze mani, I decided to try out Mystique.  Mystique is dark blue jelly base filled with various sizes of hexagonal and square glitter, in blue, gold, silver and brown.  So beautiful!  Because it was a jelly, I decided my best bet was to layer it. Besides, I didn't want to unnecessarily waste a drop of this concoction.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Barielle Misbehaving Mistress

Here'a an oldie that doesn't get much attention.  This is Misbehaving Mistress from Shades by Barielle, a Barielle color line introduced in the fall of 2008, in a collection called Fall Affair.  Notice the bottle design?  It does look a bit dated, right?  The newer Barielle bottles don't have that same bottle design.  I'd say a definite improvement.

Even for an oldie, Misbehaving Mistress was, and still is a very unique color.  It actually stands out and apart from all the other charcoal based colors in my collection.  The polish  name, Misbehaving Mistress... I find it highly amusing.  Not really sure why, but I do.  To me, the color is very fitting to the name.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

China Glaze Starboard

Hope everyone had a wonderful Saint Patrick's Day.  As usual, I'm late in the game to posting my holiday/celebration themed mani.  I can blame the awful weather we have had all week.  Raining days make for terrible picture taking.   I still gave it a shot because the color was just too pretty not to share.

Gone are the days of sharing a pitcher of green beer with my friends.  What's changed?  Kids and the fact I'm just getting older.  But we still can have fun and celebrate a little right?  Aside from the usual corned beef and cabbage dinner, which was super yummy by the way, I also sported a green mani my kids approved.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dior Vernis Garden Party Collection: Waterlily 504 and Forget-Me-Not 694

From Dior Garden Party, the spring 2012 collection includes two new limited-edition colors:  Waterlily and Forget-Me-Not.  I have to say the colors were very well chosen.  They captured the essence of a spring garden perfectly.  When I look at the colors, my mind immediately conjures up images of a Claude Monet painting.  Beautiful.

Not only are these colors visually appealing, Dior decided to appeal to another one of our senses... smell.  By now, I'm sure you have all heard these are scented.  Again, taking the garden theme to heart, these carry a subtle scent of roses.

I know, I'm a little late to Garden Party.  I originally wrote off the collection, not because I didn't find the colors beautiful, but because I'm not much of a pastel color wearing gal.  As always, something about Dior colors always end up pulling me in...  I gave up fighting and grabbed the colors.  So shall we get started?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ozotic 513

Ozotic is an Australian brand nail polish I have been wanting and waiting to try for a long long time.  What attracted me immediately to this brand is their holographic colors.  Not just any old holographic nail polish, but linear holographic!  The good stuff that can't be found in the US, unless imported.  

Sadly, I never did take the plunge.  I've admired them from afar, staring at beautiful swatches posted over my favorite nail blogs.  Then last Christmas, I was gifted several Ozotic colors from a wonderful woman during a secret gift exchange.  When I opened the the package, all I can say was "Wow!"  Just one look and I was fast in love... gorgeousness!  It wasn't just love; it was lust!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Project Red: Ulta Professional What a Maroon

I couldn't resist this little beauty when I found it over in the clearance section at Ulta.  Yes, perhaps I have too many reds already.  But quite honestly, it's really hard to resist a great shade of red, especially at a bargain price.  I admit it, I am weak to bargains.  I think that may be my problem too.

What a Maroon definitely is lighter than what the name may suggest.  Not nearly dark enough to be called "maroon", but it is a very beautiful, medium toned red with a slight brown base.  It's a crème that is "jelly-like", with definite transparent quality to it.  I have no idea if the color is part of any collection, but it looks like Waht a Maroon may have been a limited color, or it was discontinued.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Project Red: A Quick Update

The new year has been incredibly busy for me so far.  Something I didn't really expect.  Each week, I think to myself that I will have more time the following week, but so far that theory has not held up.  Honestly, when I first started Project Red, I had anticipated to be posting more frequently than I have been.  Needless to say, I am very behind in posting and I actually have a few backlog of red manis to share still.

Even with all the craziness, I have stayed true to my Project Red.  There was half a day that I went au natural because I had a funeral service to attend.  Although it may have been perfectly fine to put on a darker red, I just felt it was better if I went without.

I am hoping work will settle down soon, and I will finally get a bit more free time.  So that my red manis don't go to waste, I have decided to extend my Project Red beyond the month of January, and go through to Valentine's Day.  I hope my readers will bear with me and continue to come by to pay me a visit.  I promise to back soon with a red mani post.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Project Red: Chanel Le Vernis Dragon 475 - Ringing in the Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year!

January 23rd marks the first moon day of the new lunar year in 2012, which is said to be the 4,709th Chinese year.  We have entered the Year of the Dragon.  The dragon, is the most favored sign out of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals.  It's believed that people born on the year of the dragon are the luckiest people, showing character of strength , passion, intellect and fortune.  I'm no dragon baby, neither anyone in my family, but we all still hold high hopes for the new lunar year.

The color of red in Chinese culture, and many other Asian culture as well, symbolizes good luck, happiness and joy.  So to ring in the new lunar year, it was naturally fitting for me to choose Chanel's Dragon.  The most perfectly eye-catching classic red crème...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Project Red: OPI Royal Rajah Ruby

Pulling out an oldie from a few years back...  OPI Royal Rajah Ruby was released in spring 2008, part of the India collection.  It's a blackened ruby red with red micro-shimmer.  I love vampy colors, so it's no wonder that I couldn't resist this beautiful ruby version.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Project Red: Barielle Glammed Out Garnet

Barielle Glammed Out Garnet is from their fall 2009 collection, All Lacquered Up, a collaboration with, of course, Michelle Mismas of All Lacquered Up.  If you haven't seen the collection, you must.  The collection consists a total of twelve colors.  Yes, that's right, twelve!  And I have to say that although I don't own all of the colors, I do own several, but I really love them all.

Now, back to Glammed Out Garnet...

Friday, January 13, 2012

Project Red: Essie Fishnet Stockings

Hot!  That's how I would describe Essie Fishnet Stockings.  A true crimson crème, with a slight darkness to it, making it even more alluring.  I don't know what it was that attracted me to this one... maybe the gorgeous color, or perhaps the sexy name on the bottle.  Either way, I couldn't resist it.  Apparently, I am not alone on this one.  I read somewhere that Fishnet Stockings was Dita Von Teese's signature nail color.  Well, I can certainly see why Miss Von Teese would favor this classic red beauty.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Project Red: Julep Demi

Julep Demi arrived at doorstep as part of my December's Julep Maven "Bombshell" Box.  My Julep style profile is actually "Classic with a Twist", but I couldn't resist the richness of the Demi when I saw the preview.  I switched that month and I'm very happy I did.

Elegant burgundy, like fine wine, is how Julep describes Demi.  The color certainly is very elegant, and very reminiscent to that of matured red wine.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Project Red: OPI OPI Red

No, that's not a typo in the title.  This OPI nail color is really named OPI Red, thus the double "OPI" in title.  A little confusing right?

When I first saw this one, I assumed it was your basic pretty red crème and  it just sat in my drawer untouched.  Most of my red stash are crèmes, and I have a few favorites that get more love and attention from me.  I kind of forgot about OPI Red until I started pulling out my untried reds for this project.  I did my first scan of colors and came up with my list.  This one almost didn't made the cut, but I'm sure glad it did!   All this time, as it sat in my drawer, I just assumed it was a basic crème .

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Project Red: Zoya Jasmine

In honor of Chinese New Year, which will be on January 23rd this year, I've decided to do a month of reds.  I will be calling this my "Project Red".  Aside from dark vampy colors, I also have a weakness for red nail polish.  Yes, I have a lot of reds in my stash, and sadly lots of them still untouched.  So again, I thought this would be another great opportunity for me to try to get through some of them.  I did this last year as well during Chinese New Year month, but that was in February, the shortest month, and before I had a blog.  My collection of reds has only grown since that time...

To kick things off, I'm starting with Zoya Jasmine.  I chose this particular color mainly for the name.  Jasmine happens to be my mother's name, so it's only fitting that I start off with her.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rococo Nail Apparel Gold Leaf Nail Varnis

The elegant luster of the 18th century Versailles was the inspiration behind Rococo Gold Leaf.  It's a clear top coat containing large flecks of 24 carat gold leaf.  It can be worn alone, or layered over another color, elevating the color to another level.

Happy 2012!

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you everyone enjoyed a safe and wonderful New Years Eve.  

We opt to stay home this year, and I got to spend a wonderful time with my husband and our two kids.  The kids and hubby played the Kinect, while I sat back and watched.  I always enjoy watching the kids enjoying themselves.  Sometimes they can a get a little crazy, but in the end, it's just them being kids and having a good time.  

The quiet night nice consist of a nice dinner; one we didn't have to cook ourselves.  Afterwards, we enjoyed a family movie together.  Shortly after the movie, we were able to catch the ball drop on television and ring in the new year together as a family.  The kids were thrilled they got to stay up past midnight.  Needless to say, they crashed 10 minutes after midnight.

I wish everyone a wonderful 2012!  May the new year be prosperous and bring you health, peace and much happiness.