Friday, July 29, 2011

OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous - Chanel Graphite Dupe

Hi everyone! So sorry I've been MIA, I'm on vacation in San Diego with the Husband! It's been so nice, and now that I'm sunburnt and crispy I am a little slower than he is, so I have time to write a blog!

As you know, I am a huge LOVER of Chanel nail polishes, but the price does not fit in with a college married persons budget, so I do what I can to get over my lust. In comes OPI's Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous. It's a dark charcoal black that looks very similar to Chanel's Graphite (I think).

Chanel Graphite:

(Image from here.)

While Graphite has a little yellow/golden undertones, Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous does not. It's a flat black shade, but similar all the same. I originally purchased this nail polish in a set, from Ulta shown here it was so cheap I couldn't pass it up! I got two amazing polishes out of it too!


To me, it will be the closest I can get to Chanel's Graphite. I hope you think so too! Also, It can make happy husbands because $9 is always better than $25!

Happy Friday everyone!

Ps, This polish required a felt removal. I'm going to be posting on that soon! Keep your eyes peeled! (What a weird saying!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Elegant Party Nails

Hi bloggers!

As I've stated many times before, I LOVE accent nails!! This is certain accent nail is an easy way to add a little flare to your nails for any special occasion or just for the hell of it! I started off with Play in the Peonies by OPI, which Brielle raved about to me and I'm surprised she hasn't posted about it yet. I love it equally as much as she does! Soo pretty, it's the perfect "baby pink" in my eyes.
Now on to the accent nail. Along with glitter and accent nails, I LOVE LOVE LOVE gradient glitter nails. They are my go-to party nail look. I used three different colors to create this look on my ring fingers, from left to right: Covered in Diamonds from Studio M, Sparked from Wet N Wild, and I Miss You from Sinful Colors.

 I use a wet Q-tip to create my gradients but you can also use cosmetic sponges to do so as well. Once again, glitter + accent nail + glitter gradient = one happy girl with pretty nails :) Hope you liked them! 


Monday, July 25, 2011

Water Marble Sucess!

Hi bloggers!

After several attempts, I finally got a water marble I was happy with! It took a little tweaking of my colors to get it to work out well. The colors I used from left to right were: a silver/light grey from Love & Beauty, For Audrey from China Glaze, Confetti from Jesse's Girl, and Purple With a Purpose from OPI.

I used Love and Beauty as my base color. The picture is a little foggy. It was so humid out my lens kept fogging up! This is only one coat. 

Originally I wanted to use this color as part of my actual water marble but it just wasn't wanting to work well with the other colors so I had to lose it, leaving only three color in the actual water marble. I really, really liked how this one turned out. In the pictures, it's kind of hard to see the Confetti but when it would catch the light just right, it looked so pretty!

Hope you enjoyed and have learned from my water marbling mistakes!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mermaid Tail

Hi bloggers,

I tried out a new Love & Beauty polish from Forever21 today and I had kind high hopes for it and feel a little let down by it. Let me show you why and explain...

I do love the flakes in this polish but by itself, I feel like it made my nails look like they just had a green tinge to them, not that they were painted and who wants green nails? Not me! This polish would look really good over greens, blues, possibly yellows, and possibly purples though! So in order to try and save this, I put another new polish from Love & Beauty on top of it and really liked how it 
came out. 

Even more flakes and glitter added on top! I thought it looked kind of like a mermaid tail. I'm really glad I tried out these two polished together! 
On a side note, I thought the flower bottle was so stinking cute!! I also got a pink one too that I'm excited to try out! 

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" totally worked in this situation!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

China Glaze Senorita Bonita

Hey guys! It is HOT HOT HOT here! Jeesh!

I decided to beat the heat with my nails and think of the islands... I tried out China Glaze's Senorita Bonita! And oh yes, this was a beautiful lady.

This red toned purple is absolutely gorgeous! I tried to capture the shimmer and the shades that the duo chrome gives off, but it was hard, this polish is definitely better in real life.

This is two coats over a milky ridgefiller basecoat (ORLY)

Sorry you can see my red camera reflected in my nails! ha!

The shimmer really fails to be captured by these pictures, but I swear, it's there! This is one pretty purple polish (say that five times fast!) and you'll have to see it in person to realize how different it is from most other purples!

Stay cool out there!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Zoya Caitlin

Hi bloggers!

Here is just a quick post of a simple look but I absolutely loved these two together! Zoya Caitlin and Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Antiqued Gold.

I almost always do an accent nail anymore. I just think they make any manicure a little more interesting but aren't always necessary if there is a lot already going on. Like I said, just a simple one today, hope you enjoyed! 


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Glittergasm Removal

Hi bloggers!

Have you ever tried to remove your glitter polish and gone through multiple cotton balls on one nail and still not had a clean, bare nail? We have!! Here is an easy way to get your favorite glitter polishes off without scrubbing your nails to death. 

Things you'll need:
Nail polish remover, aluminum foil, and cotton balls (I tear these squares in half so I don't use so many) You'll need foil and cotton balls or pads for each nail. 

First,  soak your cotton ball or pad and place it on your nail. 
Next, wrap the foil around your whole nail. Make sure to press it tightly around your nail so the polish remover can really soak into the polish. 
Now that you look like you're trying to become the Tin Man, wait five to ten minutes depending upon how glitter is on your nails. 
Tip: I've found that it is easier to do one hand at a time because when you start on your second hand, you've already got all the foil on the other so it makes it harder to do things. Once the time has passed, give it a little scrub and pull off the foil to reveal a bare nail! 
If you didn't leave the foil and remover on long enough, obviously there will still be some polish on your nails but this really is a life saver when it comes to glitter polish!! 

Hope everyone's weekend is going well, mine sure is! 

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Hey guys, this is just a quick post! The last Harry Potter movie comes out tonight at midnight, and while I'm dragging my less enthused husband to the showing, I HAD to paint my nails!

Lindsey and I are part of the Harry Potter Generation! I can remember reading the first book in fourth grade on Dr. Seuss Day! Crazy! The last book also came out on my 17th birthday! (Which is a very significant birthday in the wizarding world!)

Here are the nails I did! I got the idea from this video!

I used- OPI's Black Shatter, China Glaze's Passion (the gold), So Easy's Stripe Rite (a striper polish from Sally's), and Sally Hansen's Black Out with Seche Vite top coat!

The P was definitely the hardest to do, but I just did my best, and I think it looks okay!

I hope everyone loves the new and last Harry Potter film and I hope that I don't cry too much as the symbol of my childhood is coming to an end!

For Hogwarts!

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Hi bloggers!

Incase you couldn't guess from the title, there is a complete and total glittlergasm on my nails and I LOVE IT! I started off with a black base, China Glaze Liquid Leather, to make the glitter really stand out.
Next, I wanted to try out a polish I hadn't gotten to try yet, Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters. I was a little disappointed with this because there just wasn't enough glitter for my liking. For this to be how I wanted, I would have to put on a TON of layers. 
And for the glittergasm, Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular!

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this polish....and not only is it amazing but it also is a pretty close dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday which I've been wanting for a while now. If you love glitter polish, this is a must buy. 

Hope you enjoyed as much as I did! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sephora by OPI Looks Like Rain, Dear

Hey everyone! (Does anyone else feel weird saying Hello, everyone? haha, I do.)

Some of my favorite summer nail polishes are technically from winter collections! Ha! Out fooled you, Mother Nature!

Anyone will tell you that I love my nudes and glitters. Well, since we've went through all the nudes I had for my Bridal Series, on to glitters!

This is Sephora by OPI's Looks Like Rain, Dear. It's a glorious golden glitter. I love love love wearing this color in the summertime, it just looks so wonderful in the sunlight!

See for yourselves:

See how the light reflects off the glitter?

SO GORGEOUS! It just looks so pretty (even more if you had a tan, which I obviously do not.) 

(By the way, this polish is TERRIBLE to take off. I use felt instead of a cotton ball and it works sooo much better, especially since I HATE the sound of stretching cotton.)

See you next time!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Water Marble Aptempt #2 & EOS Lip Balm

Hi bloggers!

Sorry it took me a little while to post this but here it is, my second (really fourth of fifth try that were done before we started this blog) water marble attempt. I used a lot of colors in this one, probably more than I should and once again I didn't pick out a good base coat color but oh well. I still like how it turned out.

Colors from left to right: Revlon Star Light (which I used as a base coat), Sephora by OPI Ocean Love Potion, Sephora by OPI Underwater Fantasy, Sephora by OPI Blue Grotto, Jesse's Girl Glee, Sephora by OPI Dark Room, and the last one is Nyx Blue Avenue that I only put on my ring fingers.

Both Brielle and I love EOS lip balms. I've tried three different ones: (left to right in picture below) Summer Fruit, Sweet Mint, and Lemon Drop. 
They are flavored and I've liked every one I've tried.  There are two others that I probably won't try simply because they are flavors I don't like but they are Honeysuckle Honeydew and Tangerine.

I also included a picture of what they look like because I was a little surprised when I first used it that they were spherical, just like the packaging itself. Good lip balm= smooth lips. And btw EOS stands for the Evolution of Smooth. 

Would you guys like more posts on other beauty products we like? Let us know!! 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Princess Nails Continued -Pic heavy!

After yesterday's post about my Cinderella Nails, I was set on seeing how my other idea of princess nails would work. Growing up in the generation which had Disney engrained in every girls head, I have princess on my mind all the time.

Yesterday I was thinking that American Apparel's Echo Park and OPI's I Lilly Love You, would make the most perfect Aurora color. I'll show the pictures first and see what you think.

Combination of American Apparel's Echo Park under OPI's I Lilly Love You:

Much to my dismay, it turned out purple-looking! This reminded me of Jasmine more than Aurora! So After this, I tried a white base underneath OPI's I Lilly Love You. 

The white base I used is just ORLY's Smoothing Primer Basecoat Ridgefiller. I painted two coats of that to get a smooth milky base, and did two coats of OPI I Lilly Love You.

A Picture of the bottle: I love the flakes that OPI is using, but they're kind of hard to work with, they do not like to lay flat on the nail and take some patience! 

This was perfect for the Aurora-y type look I wanted! This is also only one coat of Seche Vite, which I probably could have added another just to make it smooth. This look so so nice, not too obnoxious, but definitely feminine (without looking childish). 

I hope that this wasn't too kiddish for all of you! What are your favorite combinations? I love finding new ones!