Friday, August 10, 2012

Fimo Attempt # 2

Hi Everyone!

As you may recall, my first attempt at using clay fimo slices wasn't the best.  But never fear! I'm back with another attempt, and this time I even used nail glue to adhere them :)

I started out with two coats of China Glaze Innocence, which ended up drying a little bubbly.  Lame, but overall still an acceptable base for the French Tips I was planning.  I used some striping tape I bought from Ebay and China Glaze Liquid Leather to do the tips.  By the end of the night LL was getting a little goopy so I think I may have to invest in some polish thinner.  First World nail addict problems, I'm telling you.

Then it was time for the fimo canes.  My boyfriend asked me why I bought canes instead of pre-cut slices, to which I said something along the lines of "it's get didn't look that hard from the videos online...??"  Surprisingly, my boyfriend is very good at slicing them (when he feels like helping), but alas, I was doing these at 2am, so I was on my own.  These flowers are so adorable, and I managed to cut them better than I did last time.  It wasn't perfect, and I probably wasted half of the cane, but I'm still proud of myself :)  On to pictures!

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Macro - White Light

Yay! Super cute flowers, right?  I got the fimo canes from Amazon in case anyone was wondering.

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Liebster Award? For Me?

Well hey everyone!  Today I was checking on my little 'ol blog here and guess what?  I was tagged by Princess Ishyama over at Glittery and Polished for a Liebster Award.  What is a Liebster Award you ask?  Well, it's pretty much a chain going around from blogger to blogger (the nice type, not the scary 7 days to live type) to help people with newer blogs to get a little bit of recognition, and to help others notice these blogs.  The only catch is that you have less than 200 followers, so I most certainly fit the bill.  Yay!

Here are the rules:

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.

2. They must also answer the 11 questions the 'tagger' has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There's no tag backs.

11 Things About Me

1. I am known as the Nail Queen at work

2. "Work" is at a hospital as an x-ray tech
3. My commute is 45 minutes each way (ouch)
4. Though mt cat's name is Tifa, we rarely call her that.  It's usually some variation of a word that rhymes with Tifa (Teef, Meef, Bifa, Teefy, Sef, Bef, Tef, Beefy)
5. She responds to all of them, and act like a dog
6. I get really sad if a design doesn't turn out right on my nails
7. I have curly hair (and I hate it)
8. I read books very fast 
9. I hate Winter and anything that has to do with it (skiing anyone? nope)
10. I act like a five year old most of the time
11. I'm a nerd (I like anime, video games, etc.)

Glittery and Polished's Questions:

1. What was your first polish or brand of polish?

When I was 10? NYC
When I threw out my drugstore polish and got serious? China Glaze

2. What is your favorite book or book series?

Oh my, that's not a very fair question. I like many books.  Let's just go with the series I'm reading now, called The Mortal Instruments

3. What is your favorite thing to have for dessert?


4. Where do you go to unwind?

The Bathtub :)

5. What is your biggest dream?

To be successful

6. When did you become a member of the polish/blogging community?

April 2012

7. What is your favorite band/musician?

I'm very in to techno right now, so lets go with Deadmau5

8. What would be a polish you'd want to create?

Some fort of really cool holo/color change in the sun combo

9. What was your best manicure?

I don't know about best, but my favorite manicure was one I did before starting my blog.  I used China Glaze Tinsel Town, but did the accent finger in China Glaze Smoke and Ashes with a bow stamp in China Glaze Metallic Muze. I loved those nails.

10. Who inspires you?

Other Bloggers and Indie Polish sellers

11. What is your favorite color?


Now for MY questions (the hard part)

1. What is your favorite mainstream brand of polish?

2. What is your favorite brand of indie polish?
3. What is your most wanted polish?
4. What is your lucky number?
6. What made you decide to start a Nail Polish Blog?
7. What is your biggest pet peeve?
8. What does your polish setup look like? (pictures pleaseeeeee?)
9. What do your friends/family think of your polish obsession hobby?
10. What is your favorite type of nail art to do?
11. What is a type of nail art you wish you could do as flawlessly as other bloggers? 

AAAAAAAAND...My 11 Bloggers!

1. Lacquer Row

2. Beauty Ninja
3. Once Upon a Polish
4. Color Happy
5. Nails Actually
6. One Crafty SAHM
7. Teen Polish Junkie
8. Lacquer This
9. Ooh La La Polish
10. Liesl Loves Pretty things
11. Lavish Layerings

I apologize if any of you have already been tagged, but I hope you will all post and tag other Bloggers :)



Saturday, August 4, 2012

F4 Polish - Pink Salmon

Happy Caturday! Haha.

Today I have another polish from Indie seller F4 polish.  This one is called Pink Salmon, and it is a clear base with small round pink and white matte glitter and salmon colored hex satin glitter.  It can be worn on its own with 3 of 4 coats, but I opted to use one coat over China Glaze Thataway.  Thataway is an orange leaning coral polish with subtle gold shimmer that I thought would match Pink Salmon well.  I was happy with the results, my only complaint is that it might have matched too well.

F4 Polish still comes with the cute rhinestone for the "o" in Polish, and like Pink Penguin, Pink Salmon is packed with glitter so application is easy and distribution is even.  The swatches below are shown with two coats of Thataway, one coat of Pink Salmon, and one coat of top coat (it needs more).  Interestingly, the pictures with flash are the most color accurate.

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Macro - Flash

F4 Polish can be purchased on Etsy, and if they don't have all the colors in stock, I believe they can make a custom listing for you, which is super great customer service!  You can also like F4 Polish on Facebook where the girls are always posting sneak peeks of their new polishes!

And, since it is Caturday, here is the always entertaining Tifa!  She was being a good girl and actually posing for the camera.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Darling Diva Polish - Ringer

Good Morning all!  Today I have a very special polish to show you.  It's another lovely creation by Darling Diva Polish called Ringer and guess what? It's a dupe for Clarins 230, also fondly referred to as Unicorn Pee.  I don't actually have 230 to compare, but from pictures it seems to be a very close dupe.  And at $8.00 a bottle, why wouldn't you pick one up?

Ringer is a semi-sheer blurple jelly base with awesome shimmer the flashes red to copper/gold to green, and the duochrome effect of the shimmer is STRONG.  Most people would layer Ringer or 230, however after 4 coats it was opaque enough for my taste.  The application was very smooth and easy.  I think I'm in love!

Thanks to the duochrome, Ringer it fairly difficult to photograph, But I managed to get all the color shifts!

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Green Color Shift

Copper/Gold Color Shift

Gorgeous, right?  You can get Ringer and dozens of other fabulous polishes from Darling Diva Polish on Etsy and you can like her Facebook for updates, swatches, and giveaways.  She has a wide variety of glitters, holos, milky glitters and shimmers like Ringer, so please do yourself a favor and check it out!