Friday, September 28, 2012

"I Can Have It All!"

It's been gloomy all week, and when you add my sinus-murdering allergies into the equation, this means me staying in bed and watching 30 Rock on Netflix for the bazillionth time. JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE. Unfortunately for both myself and Liz Lemon, we can't have it all, as evidenced by Lulu SIMULTANEOUSLY stealing one of my cheese fries and managing to close out the Netflix tab. Now she's just lurking somewhere, waiting for me to move, so she can attack my ankles. Anyways, I realize I am so late to this nail polish party that the polish featured is, in fact, discontinued, but whatever.

It is SO PRETTY. Essie, why on earth would you stop making this?? Fortunately, I was able to score a new bottle on eBay, for a couple of dollars more than retail AND free shipping. The base coat is Sinful Colors in Boogie Nights, and I really like the color, but after three coats it still wasn't opaque so maybe next time I'll use a white base. I did use only one coat of Shine of the Times! And in other news, Jon Hamm's story arc on 30 Rock just started and I really must be off.

Updated: Gratuitous shots of my nails! The flakies themselves are a teeny bit more obvious.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gunmetal & Glitter

So instead of a true-to-life shot, y'all are getting this lovely Hipstamatic picture instead:

That would be because my nails were extremely uncooperative. There were little spots in the base of my nails that the polish just wouldn't stick to, and what color did was picked up by the top, blergh. That, and my polish managed to push back from the tips FIVE HOURS after I did them. I literally just did the silver, as a distraction. I doubt this one will stay on through tomorrow, but you never know.
Colors used: Sinful Colors Secret Admirer, OPI Are You Glistenin', Essie all in one base coat (new!)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Baby, There's A Shark In The Water

I actually wasn't going to go with anything this fancy-I cut my nails a little too close to the bed hurt. I was just going to go with my favorite gunmetal, but when I opened the bottle, it was goopy and dried up, and I'm going to buy a new bottle Sunday when I go to Walgreens. I ended up breaking into my last unused Julep color (Annie) and my other Ludurana flakie (Trovão).

The flakies show up so much better in sunlight, but you kind of get the idea. Unfortunately, I think my base coat is on its last legs, because all the polish chipped by the morning and tonight I had the (so horrible for my nails) pleasure of peeling the polish off, A WHOLE FINGERNAIL AT A TIME. I guess this means no more mani until...Sunday. As soon as I get a new base coat. I'm thinking of splurging on Essie this time, but I'm not 100% yet. Guess I'll figure it out!

Title: Shark In The Water, VV Brown


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I Do Believe I'm Bad Luck... no more team-inspired manis from now on. This week, I did Broncos nails and WE LOST. JUST LIKE THE SAINTS LOST LAST WEEK. Maybe I'll start doing the opposing teams colors instead?

But anyways, here it is:

From the base up: Julep in Eileen, Julep in Gunta, and Sinful Colors in Cloud 9. I'm still trying to get the hang of my dotting tool-my right hand is nowhere near as neat as the left, and this one isn't exactly perfect. Whatever, I kind of loved the eventual effect, and that's what counts, right?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY Herringbone Pattern Sneakers

So after the other two pairs of sneakers I DIYed, I still had one pair sitting around, just waiting for me.  I finally got around to doing something today! I really like the whole herringbone pattern going around on manis and clothing, so I decided to do a fun, bright pair that I can wear with jeans now that it's getting cooler.

I used my Tulip Fabric Markers again, and the steps are after the break!

Monday, September 10, 2012

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

It really, truly is. A) It was IN THE EIGHTIES AT ONE IN THE AFTERNOON. B) Football is back! C) It's almost fall, the best season, full of boots and scarves and jeans and clothes I love. To kick off the (football) season, I did black and gold for my boys, the Saints. Sure, we didn't win, but it's just the first game. We'll get it together.

This is just a quick mani post:

Base is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Golden-I and the half-moons (which I did using circular reinforcement labels) are Sinful Colors Black on Black. The purse in the background is vintage(?) Samir, and I picked it up at Funky Monkey in New Orleans.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

1234, Tell Me That You Love Me More

It's been awhile, so I'm coming back with a simple pseudo-chevron tape mani. I couldn't wait until I got September's Julep Maven Box (this is the first month I've done add-ons!) because my profile came with the two lovely polishes below:

Gunta and Popova are from their recent collaboration with Trina Turk, and since their creme polishes are, in my opinion, amazing, I just had to order Annie (electric blue topaz), Delauney (chili pepper red), and Eileen (antique bright white). I wasn't disappointed with these-both were opaque with one coat and dried super quick. Even though I used Out The Door, I wasn't feeling too hot, and went to bed too early, which OF COURSE meant that like three nails did that awkward thing where the polish pushes up and wrinkles. Nothing to do but figure out an interesting way to cover up the tips, so I got my Scotch tape and made super subtle Vs, placing them almost halfway down my nails, then used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City.

Title: Feist, 1234