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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Skull-icious Glitter!

1- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

Hi.  I know it’s closer to Christmas than Halloween, but I got these really cute polishes with skull shaped bottles and really gorgeous nail polish, and they arrived in an on-line order after Halloween.

Cute, right?

2- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

The polishes are from Blackheart Beauty, and I got them at Hot Topic.

3- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

I had some fun using some plastic skull shot glasses I found at Rite-Aid before Halloween, with a tea light candle in the top, for the pictures.

This first one is a bright pink jelly with flakies.  The name is Deceit.  All the polishes were $5 each, but this beauty was on for 50% off!

The flakies are different that others I have—the first with pink flakes!  I had to try it right away, so I put it over the mani I had on at the time, which was the one with my Sephora birthday nail polishes.  (Pictures near the end of the post.)

4- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

Look at the gorgeous, glittery flakes!

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The next one is Royally Screwed, a rich royal blue glitter.

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This last one is called Violet Tendencies, a purple with a beautiful  iridescent sheen.

9- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

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In this close-up, you can see it seems to have a golden flash.  I can hardly wait to try this on my nails!

11- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

I wanted to try Deceit right away, anxious to see those pink flakies in action, so I put it on my current mani, which was the Sephora trio I got from my birthday.

On my thumb and ring finger I had Tornado, and Shale on the others.  Here are the results.

12- Opal's Gems - Blackheart Nail Polish

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I couldn’t resist taking a picture against my deck tin with the angel picture.  I thought the colours worked so well together.

Darn, now that I’ve looked at the Hot Topic website again (to provide the link at the beginning of the post), I have another batch I want to buy.  They have a gorgeous oil slick colour, an iridescent glitter, a killer copper… I could go on and on.  Also, right now, everything is BOGO 50% off!

My next post will probably be the fabulous Pure Ice haul I got.  All glitter and incredibly gorgeous!

And so this adds three to my stash count!

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