Holiday Nails – Shiny and Bright

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Hi.  Time is flying by and I’ve been busy getting gifts wrapped and doing last minute holiday shopping.  I hope your preparations for the holidays are coming along well.

I needed a quick mani, but wanted to stay with the Christmas theme, so I decided to put on a quick coat of gold, then top it with some glitter.  I used my Zoya Ziv, then added a coat of Kleancolor Holiday Jingle.  I got my first bottles of Kleancolor on a trip to Toronto in the summer and have been looking forward to Christmas to use this lovely green glitter, and their red, too.

The Holiday Jingle is green glitter in a transluctent green base, so it gave the gold a lovely green glow!  I also added a coat of Color Club Snow Flakes, which is a red flakey, but it is so sublte  you can barely see it.  (I look forward to trying it over a different colour to see the effect.)

Here’s the result.

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The next day, I decided I’d like to enhance it, so I pulled out Kleancolor Red Sparkle.  When I painted it over Ziv on my thumb, I found it was a stronger base than the green, so rather than a hint of red, it went bright red, but oh, so lovely because over the gold it has a foil look!  As pretty as that was, though, I wanted something more glitzy, so I added the Kleancolor Holiday Jingle and I decided to add some gold glitter, too, so I used Glamorous from the Wet’n’Wild Fergie collection.

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Next, I decided that the current colour on my other nails would look fabulous peeking out from the red, so I grabbed my striping take and here’s what I came up with.  (The green glitter is showing through the coat of red.)

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And I left the thumb as is.

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I was very happy with the result and wound up wearing this for almost two weeks.  I was amazed at how well it  held up!

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Here’s a closeup of all that lovely glitter on my thumbnail.

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I took some photos in the late afternoon with my poinsettias and the lighting was a bit dark, but I liked the result so I thought I’d share them.

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I still have a couple of Christmas manis to share, so I’ll try to get them up before Christmas.  (We’ll see if that works out!  lol)

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Holiday Nails – A Bit of Glitter

Hi.  This is a really quick post because I should be wrapping gifts!  This is another simple holiday mani.

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I used Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, which is a lovely foil-like green with a gold shimmer.  Next, I used China Glaze Glitter All the Way lightly scattered on the tips.  This glitter is a lovely combination of purple, green, red, blue, and gold.

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It was a beautiful combination with a lot of sparkle.  Here’s a slightly out of focus shot to show it off better.

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Holiday Nails – A Bit of Sparkle

Hi.  The holidays are fast approaching and I have a few Christmas manicures to share.  This first one doesn’t even use any of my new holiday polishes.

I wanted to do something quick and simple, so I pulled out China Glaze Ruby Pumps.  I love the glitter in this.  I then used China Glace Snow Globe overtop to give a bit of sparkle.

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Here are some more pictures.  You can only see a bit of the sparkle of Ruby Slippers.  It’s so much prettier in real life!

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More to come over the next couple of days!

Ornate and Glamourous!

Hi.  I got some lovely nail polishes for my birthday from my husband.   These gave me a great start for the holiday season!

There are lots of pictures so I’ll keep the words to a minimum!  First up is the Zoya holiday collection, called Ornate.

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Next were some fabulous glitters from Orly.  These are from the Flash Glam collection, which I absolutely adore!

I already have the five that Sally’s carried in the fall (Spazmatic, Sasay My Way, Can’t be Tamed, Mermaid’s Tale, Be Brave), but when I looked on the Orly website (http://www.orlybeauty.com/flash-glam-fx.php) and found out they had 22 in all, I fell in love with these ones  Now their mine!

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These are so beautiful, I wanted to include some close-ups of each bottle.

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I’m going to have fun trying these out and finding basecoats to match, but that will wait until after Christmas.  (Maybe I’ll try one for New Year’s Eve!)  Until then, I’m going to concentrate on some holiday manicures.

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Skull-icious Glitter!

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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?

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

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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.)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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:

Frightfully Fun! (Part 3)

Hi!  Here is my final Halloween haul, though as I mentioned last time, there are only three Halloween polishes.  This is a selection of polishes I order from Eighty Eight Beauty Supply, including some older polishes and some brand new ones.

First are the three Halloween polishes, all from China Glaze.  The first two are from the 2011 Haunting collection and the other one is from the 2010 Awakening collection.

Here are some close-ups so you can see the lovely shimmer and glitter.


It’s Alive (Haunting collection)


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Ick-a-bod-y (Awakening collection)

Next up, I have two lovely glitters from new Holiday Joy collection from China Glaze, along with Techno from the older Electropop collections.  I’ve admired Techno from afar.  Who wouldn’t?  Look at those gorgeous holo circles.

Pizzazz (Holiday Joy collection)

Glitter All the Way (Holiday Joy collection)

Techno (Electropop collection)

Here I have some oldies but goodies from Color Club.

Red Velvet (Untamed Luxury collections)

Worth the Risque (Femme Fatale collection) and Fashion Addict (Catwalk Queen collection)

I love duochromes, but I have a lot in my collection now, so when the Bohemian collection came out from China Glaze, I decided to get just one: Unpredictable.  Also, the royal blue is Cold Metal from Color Club to complete my Foiled collection.  I found the whole collection at Winner’s for a great price, but someone had taken out the blue and replaced it with a teal.  It’s a nice colour, but not part of the Foiled collection, so I ordered Cold Metal on-line.

While shopping the Eighty Eight site, I found these magnets to be used with magnetic polishes, so I picked them up.  Aren’t they cute?  They were $1.88 each.  They also had a little card that shows you the polarity lines on magnets, so I got that ,too.  I show it below displaying three of my magnets, including the star design from my China Glaze magnet.

Finally, I’m really excited by the next three.  They are from the new Halo Hues from Color Club.  As soon as I opened the package and saw the rainbow effect of the holo right in the bottles, I was in love!  They are so beautiful!  I think I’ll have to order the other three.

Look at the beautiful rainbow effect in the closeups.  They’re even more beautiful in real life!

Cloud Nine (Halo Hues collection)

Harp On It (Halo Hues collection)

Angel Kiss (Halo Hues collection)

That’s it for now!

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