Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Engagement Ring, And A Microglitter/Hexagon French Mani!

My ring is sized and fits and I just had to get some glittery tips to match the bling - wow I am so elated. I can't begin to explain how I feel right now. And it's certainly going to take a LOT of getting used to, as I do not wear jewelry. At all. Nothing. So here is my mani, I did a pale pink base coat, used NYC glitter on the tips, and China Glaze Fairy Dust as a top coat. It's a new take on my old glitter tips mani which I realllly love..but more light and summery. The other was more wintry.

a close up of the ring!

(here it is before I added Fairy Dust on top)

Also thought I'd share a bit of a reallllly blingy mani I did last night but decided to change. It's Clarins 230 with a hexagon glitter on top, I was just experimenting, and I really liked it, but decided it's just a touch too dark for the summer.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gel look frosty half moon mani

Good afternoon everyone :)
I came up with the idea for this manicure on a whim after I swatched the Tina Rose glitter polish and really wanted to do something with it. I took this one slightly blurry on purpose to show the sparkle. It is so hot now, and I thought I'd make a cool look to help beat the heat ;)
The main color is Tina Rose #316. This is a great glitter polish! It is almost as good as the SUPER sparkly/holographic one that I got back in Japan in 2009 (which is currently missing :( I really need to find it, I would LOVE to swatch it and do a comparison with this one!)
It has both big and fine glitter mixed in, and though not as good as the one I mentioned above I would definitely say this one is the runner up. They also have a gold version of this.. I may go and get it..
.Tina Rose #316 Swatch

The white is New York Color French white tip. I used silver bullion to line the half moon circles, and I covered it with several layers of Coffret D'or gel look topcoat. I found a MUCH better gel topcoat (much better gel look with MANY less coats, even only one is good!) which I will swatch and compare to this one later.
Gel look frosty half moon mani

Gel look frosty half moon mani, a photo by KitaRei on Flickr.

What do you think? :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Deborah Lippmann NEVER Lets Me Down! Yellow Brick Road Review

I remember just how psyched I was in April when my Nordstrom finally stocked Yellow Brick Road. I ran right over and picked up a bottle. When I got home, I eagerly swatched it...and not just disliked it...I hated it! I chucked it aside and forgot about it. Now, 2 months later, I have (slightly) tanner hands, and my acrylic tips, and decided to give it another go. 3 coats of Yellow Brick Road later, I am completely mesmerized. What was I thinking? At this point, I just need to keep my faith in Deborah Lippmann...because this chicka has a true vision for nail polishes. She is just incredible, and I couldn't be happier with her polishes. The application is a sheer faint yellow at first, and by layer 3 it's perfect, creamy, even, smooth, just perfect.

Then I thought, lets add a little sparkle to this! And I came up with a glitter french utilizing Funky Fingers Golden Coast, a gift from Erika. (thanks Erika!!!)