Friday, October 31, 2014

OPI Peanuts Halloween Collection - My Picks + How I Wore Them

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Long time, no post!  Sorry about that.  Puppy training is going much slower than we anticipated, with several setbacks so it's been very hard to carve out time for blogging lately.  Plus the Mister decided that he wanted to do a "haunted pathway" for the trick-or-treaters plus a costume party for friends/family (yes, at the same time) last Sunday so I've spent quite a bit of free time running around from store to store buying all kinds of props.  Thankfully the weather was quite nice and it went exceedingly well.  Now it's running around seeing what Halloween decorations go on clearance.  But today, I hope to get my schedule turned around and move blogging back up near the top on the list of things to do daily.

I thought I'd get started by sharing what polishes I purchased from OPI's Halloween collection - Peanuts It's The Great Pumpkin.  I snatched up 3 of the 4 polishes as soon as I saw them at the local supply store and I've actually managed to have them all on my nails...before Halloween!

Let's get started with a picture of the super cute display I snuck in real quick:
My picks:
 Good Grief!, Where's My Blanket???, To Be or Not to Beagle

How I wore them (don't mind the dry cuticles; the weather and extra handwashing from puppy drool is driving my skin crazy).  These pictures were taken in natural daylight in my car:
Top is 1 coat of Where's My Blanket is over China Glaze Sky High-Top.  I wanted a blue to look like Linus' blanket.  Bottom is 1 coat of To Be or Not to Beagle over 2 coats of Good Grief!! (with top coat)

Good Grief! was slightly streaky on the first coat, but the second evened everything out nicely.  Both of the glitters were well behaved and covered well with one generous coat each.  The bar glitters in To Be or Not to Beagle are so short, they're almost not noticeable that they are actually bars.  The other glitters in that one are matte/satin hex glitters in sky blue, royal blue, peach, pale yellow, red and black with the black being in what looks like 3 different sizes.  The matte/satin glitters in Where's My Blanket??? are a couple sizes of black hex glitters with the same peach and yellow.  Dry time was pretty good on all of them, although since I did my current many late at night I did use quick dry top coat.

 Good Grief! and To Be or Not To Beagle is what's on my nails right now for my Halloween mani.
When I spotted the display, I also managed to sneak in a quick picture of what the decals look like.  I did it for in case I eventually started expanding my nail art then I'd have Peanuts inspiration and I wouldn't have to worry about running out of the decals.
P.S.  Right now, the Good Grief! and AAUGH! stickers sum up my mood.  Tomo (insane Bengal he is) just knocked over my monitor while I was editing pictures/typing this post.

What's on your nails for Halloween?  Have you already had Trick-or-Treating where you live?  Are you planning on snatching up any Halloween beauty goodies on clearance?

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

China Glaze The Giver Collection - My Picks + How I Wore Them

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I don't have the next post done for the 31 Day Challenge, but I do have a little haul of my picks from the China Glaze The Giver Collection.  I was in Sally's Beauty Supply over the weekend (for the 50% off clearance sale - I didn't get a thing!) and saw that the display for this collection was still up.  It also just showed up at the local beauty supply store.  I bought my 3 polishes over a couple different visits in August.  And I just have to say, I love that these have their collection name literally printed on the caps - makes it so much easier to keep track of what polishes came out together.
  
I thought I had a display picture but it's temporarily (maybe permanently?) lost in the mess of computer files. So let's just move on to the haul portion of today's post.
I'm also skipping the normal swatches on the wheel (must have neglected to get pictures taken) and going straight to how I wore it...3 different times actually.  I really loved this mani.  Let's see the basic, plain nails first.  My pinkies got a coat of Mahogany Magic (Hunger Games collection) while the rest got 2 coats of Capacity to See Beyond.  No topcoat was used; you can see the amount of shine that Capacity has when it dries.  This first set of pictures (no glitter coats) was taken the first time I had these polishes on (I neglected to get final mani pictures).
China Glaze Capacity to See Beyond is a very nicely pigmented bright turquoise blue creme polish.  If you used thick coats, it would probably be good to go in 1 coat but I used thin-medium coats and needed 2.  I found it to dry very quickly.  The first time I put this on, the stump grinding guy showed up after I had finished painting the last nail and while he was working I was pulling weeds.  This was not even 10 minutes after applying, no top coat, and I didn't get any smudges.  Color me impressed.
Now the remaining pictures are from the 3rd time I put this mani on.  I decided to dress up my ring fingers with some diagonal color-blocking of Mahogany Magic since I wanted to see what The Outer Edge would look like over a dark polish.  Then I did a nice even coat of The Outer Edge over my middle and ring fingers.  On my pinkies I added a nice medium coat of Boundary of Memory and a half-chevron tip on my thumbs.  I didn't add any brown polish under Boundary on my thumbs so I could see how it looked over a different color.
China Glaze The Outer Edge is a microglitter top coat made up of primarily white and a sprinkling of silver.  I don't think this would easily build up to be able to be worn on it's own.  I remember this drying a bit smoother than Boundary of Memory.
China Glaze Boundary of Memory is a glitter polish that could easily be worn on it's own in probably 2 coats.  I chose to use a single coat over a coordinating polish so that removal would hopefully be a bit easier.  It's made up of brown, silver and coppery-orange microglitters.  It did dry a bit rough, but nothing that a layer of Gelous wouldn't take care of.  I see this being a perfect polish for the Fall season.
I've managed to use all of these polishes in the 31 Day Challenge that I'm still working on and have loved each look they were included in (links located below the haul pic).  If more of the shades from the collection end up in the clearance bin at Sally's then it wouldn't surprise me if they find a home in my stash since I'm always looking for good creme polishes.

Have you picked up any polishes from the Giver collection?  Do you plan on getting any?  Are any of the others similar to shades from other brands?

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

31 Day Challenge Day 14 - Floral

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I've got day 14 of the #31dc2014 to share today, which is floral nails.  I didn't do a super floral design, more of a doodle-flower like I used to draw all over everything way back when I was in school.  I used a bunch of polishes and a couple different sizes of dotting tools.

On my pinkies, ring fingers and thumbs I did a coat of Wet 'n Wild MegaLast in Distressed to Impress - this ended up being essentially hidden but a necessary step.  Once that was dry, I added a nice thick coat (could have been 2 thinner ones) of OPI My Voice is a Little Norse.  On my middle and index fingers I did 2 coats of Wet 'n Wild MegaLast in Careful, It's Vine-Tage.
OPI My Voice is a Little Norse is from the Nordic collection that is currently available (Fall 2014).  I got the idea to use this glitter topper over a brown shade from The PolishAholic's collection post.  I picked out polishes from my stash that looked like they would be similar to other shades from the collection since I'm doing my best to only purchase the unique shades rather than every shade that catches my eye.  But if I happen to see some of the Nordic shades on clearance at some point, then I'll probably add them to my stash since OPI wears so well on me compared to other brands.
Distressed to Impress and Careful, It's Vine-tage are both from the same Fall Wet 'n Wild All Access Beauty collection which is all matte polishes.  I really need to get those pictures edited to get that post up ASAP.
Once the base polishes were dry, I went in with a large dotting tool and OPI If You Moust You Moust (Vintage Minnie Mouse collection) to make the flowers, some of which I offset from my nails.  Then I added a dot of SinfulColors Sin-ammon for the centers of my flowers.  Once that dried for probably 10 minutes I sealed it all in with a coat of top coat and after a few minutes added a coat of Gelous over the sparkly nails.
~sunshine in the car, waiting at a red light~

I've actually had this post ready to go for nearly a week, but before I was able to do any final editing we had major connection issues so our internet was down for several days before our provider finally had the idea that the modem was going bad.  Now we're all fixed up again so I'm hoping that I'll be able to finish up the 31 Day Challenge this month - I'm currently just before the halfway mark.  Now if my nails would stop breaking I'd be all set.  It might help if I didn't have so much Fall yard work taunting me...

How would you paint flowers on your nails - stamp, abstract, realistic, cartoon-y?

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 Day Challenge Day 13 - Animal Print

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I'm back at the #31dc2014!  It took me a bit to figure out an animal print I wanted to do and how to actually accomplish it.  Lately whatever I've put on my nails has been on for a couple of days so it's taking me longer to do all the prompts and on top of that, I've still been having a hard time getting up to my main computer to edit pictures due to a very naughty puppy.

So day 13 of the challenge is Animal Print, which is something I've never attempted.  My version ended up being inspired by the various spots on our younger cat, Tomo.  You can check out one of his pictures here.  His fur provided me plenty of inspiration since he is a pure-bred Bengal cat with a strong pattern; as he's gotten older, the base color of his coat has literally started "glistening" (his breeder's term).  His coat is a mix of spots and stripes and if you look at him long enough, you start seeing distinguishable shapes.

I started off with 2 coats of China Glaze Fast Track (Hunger Games collection) and once that was dry, dabbed on a bit of Sally Hansen Golden Conduct (Magnetic) using a piece of plastic bag.  I think this concoction matched his base color pretty well.
I think I figured out why I'm not super thrilled with how Fast Track looks on me - it brings out the red in my skin tone...a lot.  It's a champagne-beige with golden shimmer.  Golden Conduct is a copper with some shimmer to it.
Then I used a dotting tool and Zoya Louise to make the dots and stripes.
 Zoya Louise is a nice melted chocolate brown creme polish that worked perfectly for opaque dots.
I'm not sure how often I'll do animal print on my nails, but I may try it again in the future.  I think it'd be interesting to try to capture the color of his eyes on my nails as well - they are actually 3-4 colors each when he's in bright light.  Super gorgeous!
I've already done day 14, Flowers, and am getting ready to edit the pictures for that prompt.  In real life, I'm brainstorming for the "Delicate Print" prompt.  Yay for being nearly halfway through the challenge!

Do you do animal print on your nails?  What's your preferred print?

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