Sunday, December 25, 2011

First 3D manicure- Xmas Snowflakes

Merry Christmas everyone! Here is my first 3D manicure that I've been waiting to post.

The base color is China Glaze Phat Santa, the stripes are Sally Hansen ColorFast Lucky Creme, a vintage Wet N Wild in White Gold, Crayon holographic gold liner, 3D acrylic snowflakes that I made, and topped off with Coffret D'or gel topcoat. Ignore the cracks in the topcoat on one nail. ^^;;

It was really easy to make the snowflakes, much easier than I thought! I just dipped the brush in acrylic liquid, then the acrylic powder, then brushed it in the mold, popped it out after about a minute, and done!

What do you think?
Happy Holidays everyone!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Before the unveiling of my Christmas mani, Pa goodness!

I haven't gotten a good picture of my Christmas manicure yet (bad sunlight) so to tide you over, I have some Pa for you.

I love Pa nail polish. For those of you who don't know, it is a line of Japanese polish made by company Dear Laura that is, well, awesome!! They aren't just polish either, check out their website Dear Laura. It's in English!

I started with Pa Lame Grande AA48, a nice, warm gold polish. I'm not sure why they call this one Lame Grande, or big glitter, since this is actually a foil and not glitter..but it's pretty just the same :)
Pa Lame Grande AA48

After that dried I topped it off with Pa Rock Top Nail Z04, a bright pink shatter (damn you Dear Laura/Pa, can't you name your colors? That would make them so much easier to identify with!)
Pa Rock Top Nail Z04
I LOVED this combo, pink on gold. I had this planned for a few months, but hadn't gotten around to it until recently. Not very fall/winter, but who cares? I needed something bright and cheerful, and this certainly did the trick.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jaci's Xmas present mani

So, I do have a Xmas manicure all ready to snap for you (and my first 3D mani at that!) but first, a teaser :)
My friend Jaci texted me today with this picture. She said this is the first time she did a detailed manicure, and I have to say I think she did a pretty damn good job!
Jaci's Xmas mani by KitaRei
Jaci's Xmas mani, a photo by KitaRei on Flickr.

I don't know all of the color details yet (c'mon grrlfriend, follow us and give us the deets!) but I do know the red is Chanel Fire, and I think the red glitter is Homei Quick Dry Your Person of Destiny.

What do you think of her manicure?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Maybe giving does reap reward?

As much as I love giveaways (and I do!) But sometimes it would be nice if I won one! Well on the day that I sent out my polishes, I jumped on twitter to see that Zoya was having flash promos! Of course the negative Nelly in me was like Ill never get one. But just as I was about to move on, a flash promo appeared! And I jumped on it. And won! What a rush! Well what did I win?
Look at that wrapping!

Oooo Shiny!

A Zoya Color Box!

Trixie, Raven and Luna!

It's actually a funny (kinda) story, I remember ordering two of the Luna's when Zoya released the Ultra glitter collection way back. One was for me(of course!) and one for Renee because right at the time her Maine coon, Luna, had just died and I wanted to cheer her up. Well only one came with a note saying that Luna was out of stock. So I kind of just forgot about getting Luna again, and I guess I'm glad I did!

The other two are Raven, which is a glossy black, gorgeous and should put Black Satin from Chanel to shame! Not that I wouldn't say no to Chanel, ha ha. And the other is Trixie, it's a crazy shimmering silver that is very opaque. At first I thought Celeb City by Sally Hansen was a great dupe, but actually Trixie is more silver and bright(does that make sense?)

So thank you twitter and thank you Zoya! You made a girl very happy:)

Tata for now!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SCORE! Finally!

Not a mani today, but a score I just had to share. For those of you who don't know, I have been after a replacement for this polish forever.

Sally Hansen Teflon Tuff Secrets Frost #62 by KitaRei
Sally Hansen Teflon Tuff Secrets Frost #62, a photo by KitaRei on Flickr.

Left: UK/Euro Version, Secrets
Right: US version Secrets Frost

They are exactly the same color (we were right Erika! Yay!) I bought the one on the right several years back, (I don't remember when these came out..but I know it was a long while ago!) and this is by far the best holographic glitter I've ever had. Rainbows upon rainbows in a bottle. It's very hard to find.

Mine looks full but actually it is less than half full, the polish dried inside the top of the bottle. I got the second as a refill (totally keeping my original bottle, I LOVE the matching caps-ahh don't you love those Big 3 old formula days?) which I totally did after taking this pic, (and a little before actually, the second bottle was completely full when I bought it) and now the UK bottle has less than 1/3 left, I really killed my original bottle!

No idea why it was called Secrets Frost in the US since it clearly is a glitter and not a frost (there is another old Sally Hansen in the Colorfast line with the same name, -which incidentally, always came up on eBay when I was searching for this one- which is actually a frost) but oh well, I LOVE it! I can't tell you how long I was searching, and how happy I was to finally find it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Swap goodies!

Ok part of them, I did a makeup/polish swap with an American girl in Germany, and these are the nail polish goodies that I got!

Swap with Cinnamon Cocoa from Makeup Talk 1
In this pic: Essence Gel Look Topcoat, MNY (Euro Maybelline Line) #553, Flormar numbers 418, 419, 431, 314, P2 Most Wanted #10 True Blue, P2 Color Victim (LOVE that name) #601 Good Luck, and Catrice Cosmetics #300 Be My Millionaire

I'm in love with all of these polishes! I really can't decide which one I like best, there's metallics, creams, a gel topcoat (LOVE those) and even a duochrome in there! I was so excited to see MNY, it is a German Maybelline line with super fun colors (not just polish, makeup too) aimed at the younger set, think Urban Decay. I think the logo looks rather Urban Decay-ish, actually. I so wish we had this line at home, all we get are the boring Maybelline Express colors. I did a post with all of the goodies at All Glitzed Up (this blog is strictly polish, so I didn't post the other pics here)

I can't wait to try all of these out!

Ruby Pumps by China Glaze

Okay, another red, sue me! Okay, don't! This is one of my favorite China glazes. It's just a gorgeous sparkled filled glitter packed red.
It's also a bitch to photograph! Out of about 20 photos, these were the best four to use. (mind the cuticles..please) I have to admit that I used white as a base first, because as much as I love this color, it takes a lot of coats to achieve that bright opaque red!

If you are starting a polish collection, this is one of the reds you must get! It is worth every penny and perfect for the holidays!
I'm also here to let you guys that the other two blogs that I write in are going to have a giveaway:
ALL GLITZED UP! and ERIKAJANEJEWELS. So please stay tuned, they will be awesome prizes!

Okay back to work!

Ta-ta for now,

Monday, December 12, 2011

NYX Girls Royal Purple and Sapphire

Julie gave me this super awesome NYX Sapphire topcoat when she visited last month,(with sapphire being my birthstone, and with the color being a holo, it was love at first sight!) and I was searching for the perfect color to wear it over. My search ended when I found NYX Girls Royal Purple in the mall by me! This is SUCH a pretty color, my swatch pic does it no justice. It's a dark, lovely purple with dark blue shimmer. It is super hard to photograph, the shimmer just doesn't always show up well. First I took a pic of Royal Purple outside:
NYX Girls Royal Purple

It looks totally different inside and out. Next, I took a pic indoors with a coat of Sapphire on top:
NYX Sapphire by KitaRei
NYX Sapphire, a photo by KitaRei on Flickr.

Doesn't it look totally different indoors and outdoors? The shimmer really shows up in this one! I love NYX :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Acrylic nail mold lot from eBay

Yay! I've been wanting a set of these for a while, and I'm very excited to get them. This was a random lot, you didn't know what you were going to get (it was like $10 or so) so I took the chance. Lots of good shapes in here, lollipops, seashells, palm trees, flowers, ladybugs, winged hearts, ribbons and more. Unfortunately, there were no plain hearts, so eventually I will be on the hunt for one, but these are a great start for now! I want to do cute things like this:

image owned by: alibaba

Now to research how to mix the acrylic supplies!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mischa by Zoya

I ordered this last year but it is the first time I am using it! Here is the information from zoya:
I did not realize that it was only a 2 on the intensity level, so you can guess how many coats it took to get to this:

Four Coats.

Yep, four coats. But it's so pretty so I forgive you Zoya! I also put a coat of Fairy Dust from China Glaze on top. I mean, I just had too. Mind the cuticles, I ran out of cuticle oil, and I'm really not a huge fan of trimming them (I'll let the professionals take care of that...)

It's a great color, but I think it would look amazing over white or black! If you have a ton of patience, which I do because I watch children everyday, then this would make a great addition to your nail polish collection! But okay, off to watch some TV (addict over here!)
Tata for now!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Zoya Kelly and an unexpected treasure!

So when the lovely Julie visited me a few weeks ago, she gave me a few awesome polishes, and I can't wait to try them all out!

The first one I tried was Zoya Kelly. With a name like that, you'd expect it to be some shade of green, but it's this beautiful dark gray with blue and purple undertones. I don't have any other color like this (I mostly have pinks, reds, blues, and glitters) so this was really awesome! It's such a pretty color, perfect for fall. It does dry darker than it looks in the bottle, which may be a problem for some people, but not at all for me. This time my photos suck more than usual (lol) but my camera is MIA at the moment. (Even when I have it I get terrible sunlight on my balcony for pictures..sigh) so I had to use my iPhone camera, which is usually good, but it doesn't photograph creams so well (it makes them look even streaker than they usually are) so bear with me here.

Here's the lovely Zoya Kelly!
Zoya Kelly
Isn't it gorgeous!

So what is the unexpected treasure you may ask? Well, do you remember the gel look Beauty World polish sets I blogged about a whiiiile back? Well, they have ghetto fabulous copies of them in the Japanese version of dollar stores here. They are two bottles to the pack instead of three-well, what do you want for a buck?- and I never really thought they were very attractive colors (the one in the photo below has a clear yellowish base, and I didn't think yellow-looking nails would be attractive) but I gave it a shot, and was very pleasantly surprised! It's an awesome holo glitter, and looks great layered over a dark color like this. I guess the lesson here is don't judge a polish by it's bottle color!

Crayon holo glitter over Zoya Kelly
(blurred to show holographic sparkle)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Teal-y fast and teal-y beautiful!

Okay, that was corny! But I had too go there! I picked up one of the new Sally Hansen Insta-dry a few weeks ago, and I love it. The color is a mix between teal and indigo. Just a striking color. It's really hard to peg it as just a teal color, so that's where the indigo comes in. I love these polishes because they really do dry insanely fast! These are great for little girls who love to have their nails painted, but don't want to wait more than ten seconds to go play.

But you know me, can't leave well enough alone and had to coat them with China Glaze fairy dust. Thank you (once again) Julie for telling me about this color, it just makes any polish look a billion times more beautiful.

Found my camera card! And the sunlight was streaming in!

and then the sun was gone..
But that's it for now, time to hit the hay!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

World Aids Day

Every December 1st, is World Aids day. I usually rock a red ribbon and try to buy at least 1 or two Red products. It also doesn't hurt that red is my favorite color dejour since I was born. (okay not exactly the day, but I'm sure I was pretty young!) So guys, please rock your ribbon or some red nails!
This past week I was in New Orleans for the Thanksgiving holiday, (I hope everyone had a great one! ) I visited my sister, her husband, and my niece Mariam.
I am not even remotely kidding, right after I took this shot, she erupted in tears..Someone doesn't like their picture being taken me thinks.

But okay back on subject! One of my favorite Zoya's is Sooki, it to me, is just the perfect cherry red with a jelly finish. I own a few red Zoya's, but this one just always grabs me. If you do not own it, get to it now. NOW.

I did this last night, but for the life of me can not find my memory card for my camera. So I had to use horrid lighting and my iPhone to capture the beauty. Of course I had to put some kind of art on my ring finger. It just felt naked! I thought a simple candy cane would be the perfect image for the first day of December.
It figures I have amazing painting skills and moisturized cuticles and my memory card is missing. Puh.

Okay, that's is it for now.


Monday, November 28, 2011


This took forever.. I love the giving of the giveaway, but the collecting and counting.. I don't care for! But counting over 700 entries, comments, tweets... overwhelming to say the least! Here is the first winner:

Alison! I will be emailing you tomorrow for your address:) Congrats!

and 2nd place is

I will be emailing you tomorrow for your address:) Congrats! If you want to email me first, my email is

Congrats guys!

Also, we will have a small giveaway for the 750th follower. Thanks again for following, you guys are the best. Also we are trying to follow everyone back, so if we haven't followed you back, I'm sorry!


Announcing winner tonight!

Hi Guys!
I was in New Orleans for the Thanksgiving Holiday so I didn't have net access at the ready! I have been looking at the tweets, the posts and the comments and I have to say its so awesome of you guys! I wish I could give everyone a prize! I have decided to give two prizes. The second one wont be super amazing, but it will be pretty damn good! So tonight, I will announce the winner...s!

Thanks for the patience and for being awesome:)


Monday, November 21, 2011

Nail Art!

Remember when I did that flower nail art a few months back? This one. Well I thought, " hey let me try out that fall version that I was talking about at the end of the post. I didn't quite turn out the way I was imagining. I tried something different and I like!


I used a brand called Fresh Paint, which the only store I have seen it in is a store called Five Below.  Ive only been there once, but I fell in love! It had the best selection and I also found Funky Fingers! The color is a really pretty beige with hints of brown and pink and the drying time was under a minute! The I used Burgundy from Revlon. I wanted to use Lincoln Park after Dark, but it was too dark. The for the gold, I used Rochelle from Zoya, it's a beautiful gold! It also looks much more copperish in the bottle. And for the last part, just small dots of pink glitter nail art polish from Kiss.

But when I was finished.. it just felt off. It also almost had a cheetah/leopard look to it, which isn't a bad thing per say, I just wasn't going for that look! I grabbed Nubar 2010, and ta da, flaky goodness:)
When in doubt, go flaky;)

Okay, enough from me, back to work!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Neutral for today

I know it's OWWWP, but I was feeling a bit more neutral, so I grabbed Nubar Jewel from my wall of nail polishes. It is one of my favorite holo's, but I try not to use it that much. ( I still think Julie is crazy for giving it to me because she said it wasn't good on her skin tone,  I think it looks amazing on my white girl skin)
I also decided to try the black nail art pen that came in my Kiss nail art pen set. I'm so so on them so far. But I have to say it does make detailing a lot easier! So they will do for now.
I mean for six bucks I can't complain too much!
I really wish I could have gotten a better picture, why do holos have to be so darn hard to photograph!
Ok, back to work-

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Give away update!

I'm sorry for not posting pics of the polishes, but I thought I'd give you a good idea of what is in the giveaway:

A recently released Revlon!
Japanese polishes!
and a secret surprise!

SO keep up the entering.. contest ends the 20th! Winner will be annouced after Turkey day:)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Zoya Izzy-Birchbox

Okay, seriously, who is loving Birch box? Okay for anyone who is into getting a great beauty deal for super cheap-o (coughme) Birchbox is a subscription service where you get a package every month for 10$, in this box you receive deluxe sized samples, jewelry, and other fun stuff! I can't believe I waited so long to join! But that is besides the point, in the BB for November, it came with a bottle of Zoya Izzy. Okay so it wasn't a full size, but it was Zoya! And bonus, it was a color from the new winter 2011 collection. Onto the pics!
I also added some white nail pen detailing, because as Ive said before Ive been spoiled with nail art, and a freshly painted nail is like a canvas to me. And I can't help myself! I just wanted a simple white design, something easy to remove. Because lets be real here, I love my glitter, but it's a bitch to remove.

I also did want to mention that the giveaway is coming to an end soon! I have lots of goodies, including some Japanese gems! I just want to get everything together, but I also want to leave some things a mystery;)

Okay ta ta for now!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween Ghouls and Gals!

Being a nanny I have to get in the Halloween spirit if I like it or not, even if my back has been a nightmare the past few days ( note to self: sleep on side, not on back). But it's also nice to have an excuse to dress up (the ever original witch costume) and bake cookies!

But to also do a Halloween inspired manicure! Now I have to confess I'm not a huge fan of candy corn, I'm actually more privy to the ones that have chocolate at the bottom, The Indian candy corn. ( Insert the tune of Moose and Zee's "But I don't like candy corn!")
Don't judge me.

But onto the manicure! I used Zoya Sooki to make the various shades of orange, because I don't own an actual orange nail polish. Shocking, I know. And for the yellow, I used this detailing yellow nail polish that Renee got for me as part of my b-day gifts when I visited her in Japan.

For the glitter I used.. those awesome glitters that I got from AC moore, that I keep talking about. I tried to make the tips more opaque (mostly because I was happy with the redish orange tips and too lazy to paint them white) But in real life, it is much more obvious that they are white and I don't look lazy (thank you very much flash for basically sucking up the white and ruining my reputation as someone who took the time as actually painted the tips white instead of just drenching them in white glitter)

I love how the thumb came out /modest.
The ever amazing ettisais topcoat!

Okay, well off for now, tata and Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pa A32 with Pa AA37 blue flakie

First, a shot of Pa A32.
Pa A32
This picture kinda stinks.. mostly because my polish job kinda stunk. It needed another coat to be even (I applied 2) but I was too lazy to wait for it all to dry that day. Dark cream green. Got this one as an extra in a discounted set. A so/so color.. though hubby likes it. I paired it with Pa's AA37 blue flakie (with opaque base) for a nicer look.
Pa A32 with Pa AA37 blue flakie by KitaRei

Pa A32 with Pa AA37 blue flakie, a photo by KitaRei on Flickr.
I took the clear-fuzzy gradiation pic on purpose to give you an idea of the look of this polish. Pa's A32 with Pa's AA37 blue flakie on top (man I wish they named their colors!) I really thought this would be a great combo, and though the blue does bring out the green, making it very "emerald-y", it just didn't stand out as much as I though it would. I guess it's a combo of the dark color I layered it on top of plus the opaque base the flakie has. I'll try it next over a lighter color and see how it goes :)

However, I did like this combo better than with Nubar 2010 on top, something about the blue flakies just worked better. The warmer tone didn't work as well (at least in my opinion.)

Comparison of Nubar 2010 and Pa AA37 over Pa A32

(blurry on purpose) The bluematches the green much better, but I have to admit the Nubar 2010 stands out so much more! What do you think? :)