Spring Romance

I’ve been a little sidetracked with my writing so haven’t had a chance to post anything on this blog.  My new serial novel, His to Command, came out in January and Northern Heat, an anthology of short stories from Canadian authors will be released on Valentine’s Day.  On Februrary 16th, my next novel, Illicit, will be released.  It’s been a busy time.

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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to do some Valentine’s Day manicures.  Today, I’m showing you Spring Romance by Nicole over a black base.  I picked this bottle up in October when I was at a conference in New Jersey.  I had been anxiously anticipating my trip for many reasons, but one was to visit the store Five Below.  I’m from Canada and we don’t have those stores here, but I had seen some beautiful polishes from a brand called Funky Fingers.  I picked up a few of those while in NJ, but there also had some Nicole polishes.  I don’t usually go for the ones with hearts and stars, but I thought why not give it a try?  They had a few Nicole’s with shaped glitter.

Recently, I saw a couple of reviews of Spring Romance and the reviewers weren’t impressed.  They said it was difficult to pick up the hearts on the brush and the polish was gloppy.  Maybe because I went in aware of the potential problems, I didn’t find it too bad.  It’s true that not many hearts came out on the brush, so I brushed on the polish, then dipped a toothpick into the bottle to pick up the hearts then applied them where I wanted them.  It worked really well.  Also, I found the lovely turquoise background glitter and the hearts really popped on the black background.  In the reviews I saw, they applied them on light pink polish.

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In the picture, above you can really see how the hearts catch the light.

The black base was Black on Black by Sinful Colors.

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I found that it was a good idea to put a topcoat on the black before applying Spring Romance, because I found that pushing the hearts around to position them,  started to remove the nail polish below, leaving bare patches.  I put my Seche Vite topcoat on the other nails and this prevented the problem.

Here’s one more picture.  I take a lot of my pictures in front of my orchid plant and to my surprise (because I’m not great with plants), it started to bloom about a month ago.  It’s so pretty!

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I’m way behind on haul posts.  I was already behind before Christmas, then I got a lot of nail polish for Christmas, and I bought some since, too, so I think I’ll give up for now and just update my stash number and move on.   (Not today.  I still have to update my stash spreadsheet.)  I can’t believe how many polishes I have now!  I will probably share some of the more exotic ones with you, though, like the ones I got from Korea and Brazil.  Also, I bought two  Ciaté caviar sets to celebrate how well my serial novel is doing.  I hope to post some pictures of my caviar nails after I try them.  (They haven’t arrived yet.)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Odds and Ends

Hi.  I hope you’re having a nice New Year’s Eve.  Today I’m posting some odds and ends of holiday polishes I bought this season.

The first batch is from head2toebeauty.com.

These are two holiday mini sets from China Glaze.

1 - Opal's Gems - China Glaze Cheers set

Above includes Angel’s Wings and Glistening Snow from the Holiday Joy collection.

2 - Opal's Gems - China Glaze Stocking Stuffers set

Above includes Pure Joy and Champagne Kisses  from the Holiday Joy collection.

In a previous haul, I bought three of the Color Club Halo Hues: Cherubic, Blue Heaven, and Halo-graphic.  I loved them so much, I bought the other three of the set.  They are so gorgeous!  How could I resist?

3 - Opal's Gems - CC Halo Hues

4 - Opal's Gems - CC Halo Hues

Next are four polishes from the Color Club Winter Affair collection: Winter Affair, Ho-Ho-Holly, and Gift of Sparkle.  I’ve already used Ho-Ho-Holly in a previous post.

5 - Opal's Gems - CC Holiday Polishes

6 - Opal's Gems - CC Holiday Polishes

Below I have China Glaze Winter Holly (Holiday Joy collection) and Color Club Snow Flakes (Winter Affair collection).

I’ve already shown Winter Holly being used in a couple of my blog posts.  Here and here.

This season, I’ve bought several of the polishes from the China Glaze Holiday Joy collection, including the mini sets above.  I showed Pizzaz and Glitter All the Way in this post.

 7 - Opal's Gems - Winter Holly & CC Snow Flakes

8 - Opal's Gems - CG Winter Holly & CC Snow Flakes

You might remember back around Halloween I had some nail polishes in round bottles with Jack’o’lantern faces.  These are put out by Blue Cross Beauty.  Well, they also have cute little snowmen bottles.

They are so adorable!  And so far the ones I’ve tried are really nice.

I bought these ones directly from their website, but you have to buy a whole display.  (I did that because I want to use the extras as gifts.)

9 - Opal's Gems - Blue Cross Snomen

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I also got a set of nail polish pens from them.  They act as both a striping brush and a pen.  I bought the holiday set, which should have been red, green, gold, silver, black and white.  Unfortunately, instead of green they sent hot pink!  I asked them to send me green to replace the missing ones and when I received them, they were neon green.  Not too Christmasy!

12 - Opal's Gems - Art Pens from Blue Cross

Here are the ones that should have been a nice glittery Christmas green!

13 - Opal's Gems - Art Pens from Blue Cross

The green one doesn’t even have the printing on the bottle!

Now I can update my stash count.  I only update it when I update a haul and I’m way behind!

My current count is

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I Struck Gold!

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Hi.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I had deadlines for both my serial novel and review proof pages for my February release.

It was my birthday recently and my friend (and almost daughter), Jenn, got me some lovely polishes from Sephora.

She knows me so well and always picks out exactly what I would like.  Such as the “It’s Real 18k Gold Topcoat” from Sephora.  There are a number of gold flake topcoats out now:  from Sephora, Jessica, Zoya, and OPI, but I really like the Sephora because the flakes are so fine, and plentiful.

    

    

She also got me a Sephora  + PANTONE UNIVERSE® Opulent Lacquer trio.  There are four trio sets (gold, silver, red, black) and she got me the black set.

Left to Right:  Tornado, Anthracite, Shale

There are two glitters, and a black crème that will be a great base.

Here’s a close-up of the glitters so you can see the beautiful colours.

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Jenn wanted to try out the gold leaf, so we did her nails with China Glaze Audrey as the base coat.

Here’s the result.

I love this combination of turquoise and gold, and the flakes are so delicate looking.

Here’s a close-up.  So pretty!

A few days later, I used the trio.

I used Anthracite (plain black) as the base,  then Tornado on my ring finger and thumb and Shale on the other fingers.

Here’s a close-up of Shale.  Look at the gorgeous multi-colour holo!

Here’s an out of focus shot of Tornado to show how much the holo flashes!

I know I have some more nail polish to come for my birthday.  I’ll find out this weekend, so I should have more new polishes to showcase soon!

And my count has gone up:

Metallic Pumpkins

Hi.  I have another Halloween mani for you today.  At first, I was going to paint my nails orange, then add Jack-o-lantern faces, but it didn’t work out at all.  The triangle eyes were just blobby.  Clearly I need more practice painting tiny designs.

After that I decided to stamp jack-o-lanterns on my nails, but orange over a black background didn’t work out very well.  If I had the Konad special stamping polish in orange it probably would have worked… but I don’t, so it didn’t.  I decided a metallic polish might be fund to use, then I remembered I have this great bronze metallic from Nabi, which is orange-like, right?

I painted my nails black, with my old stand-by Black on Black by Sinful Colors.  Then I used my BM222 Plate to stamp the Jack-o-lantern at a jaunty angle.  The nail didn’t look quite finished, so in a fit of inspiration, I grabbed Glitter Goblin and sponged it on the tip.

Voila!  Elegant Jack-o-lantern nails with a bit of glitz!

The picture above is taken indoors and the two below outdoors.  There wasn’t much sun, so it doesn’t show the full beautiful holographc glitter.

Here’s a picture of the polishes I used.

I must say, I love Glitter Goblin from the China Glaze Wicked collection.  It is a beautiful glitter that has a basic copper feel but with lots of holographic micro glitter packed in.  It’s gorgeous on the nail.

Here are a couple of out of focus shots to give you the idea of the delightful holo glitz!

The blurry shot is on purpose so you can see the lovely colours that show up in the light!

I think I’ll stick with this mani until Halloween, then on November 1st, I’ll probably move on to Christmas glitz.  Though I would still like to do a few fall manis before the snow hits.  Either way, I have some great new polishes I’m dying to try!

Oh, I haven’t forgotten about Part 3 of my Halloween hauls.  Hopefully, tomorrow.

Have you decided what mani you’ll wear on Halloween?

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