I’ll sugarcoat this…

A while ago, during one of my London Cosmoprof escapes with Marta, I picked up China Glaze Sugar Plums. I was suuuuuuper excited about this colour, as I do love me some plums. That excitement hit the ground, face first, after I applied it. The colour in the bottle is a gorgeous reddish plum with multi-coloured micro glitter. Once applied, it looks gritty and grainy and the glitter is BARELY visible…ugh, such a disappointment 😦
Taking my “half-full glass” approach I decided to “fix” it…yay, stamping πŸ˜›

Like fixes like, right?!? Taking China Glaze 2030 and Konad plate m63, I applied a swirly stamp to try to enhance this measly polish…
Not too shabby…However, even after applying a stamp AND topcoat (Essie Good to Go) the graininess was still visible.Β  Hmmm, maybe I’m just new to glitter polishes?

Note: There is a ridiculous amount of sparkle ALL OVER my hands from those Christmas beads πŸ˜›

Much like other sugary confections, this one looked impressive initially only to disappoint later… 😦


So, tell me, do you find other glitter polishes grainy?


Chocolate, with a flair…

So, the polish I’ve used in today’s post has been sitting in my stash for a while, just waiting to be used. It was given to me by Marta, as part of one of her Poland hauls πŸ˜› ( for those of you that don’t “know” her personally, she’s one of my bestestest friends not only because she feeds my polish addiction, but also because she is one of those people you truly cherish having in your life!)
Well, this particular colour I’ve been staring at, and thinking what exactly I could do with it. The shade itself, Essence Absolutely Stylish, is quite peculiar because its a rich chocolate brown creme, but within is suspended a bright green micro glitter visible only at the right angle! Quite striking, really…

Letting my creative juices flow, I decided to add a little “zing” to it. Using China Glaze Robotika, and Bundle Monster plate 216, I applied a half stamp. I figured, that way you get the best of both worlds, the gorgeous polish by itself on the bottom, and a little excitement up top ( like a mullet…kind of…business in the front, party in the back? πŸ˜› )

After seeing the final product I realized that the Robotika stamp was contrasting enough to stand out, yet still subtle enough to not distract from the stamp or polish….

Yup, this chocolate definitely has enough flair for my liking… πŸ™‚

What do you prefer, subtle stamping or contrasting stamping?

This blue me away…

So, this is what we’ve learned so far about Magda’s colour preferences: pinks and reds-no, browns and oranges-yes. But what about blues?!? Much like Friday’s leftover Chinese food on a Sunday, it’s a maybe. Buuuut, I did promise to branch out. So, following the advice of my bestie, Marta at Chitchat Nails, I decided to give Rimmel Midnight Blue,a deep royal blue, a whirl.

Ok, I’m not gonna lie, I COULDN’T STOP staring at my nails!!! This blue colour is gorge on its own. The formula is fantastic, and covers really well in just two twin coats. Rimmel also did a fantastic job with the wide brush. And I do have to say that after three days, no chips in sight! I figured that adding a contrasting stamp would bring out the shimmer in this polish. And, boy, was I right. Using China Glaze Hi-tek and Bundle Monster 207 plate I applied the design vertically. A complete epic fail! This was my first attempt at stamping vertically, and we didn’t hit it off right away. But, much like that whole bike riding thing and the heavy European accent, I will over come this as well! πŸ˜›

Thanks to this decadent colour, being blue isn’t such a bad thing for once! πŸ™‚

So, are you dabbling with these oh-so-of-the-moment darks?

I beLEAF this is it…

Since my last post discussed (in depth!) colours I don’t normally wear, I thought it would only be fair to mention colours I actually DO wear. Pretty simple. If it can be spotted during autumn, I’ll wear it. Exciting, I know! πŸ˜› Burnt oranges, rich chocolate browns, decadent olive greens…yup! After years of experimentation (not THAT kind of experimentation! πŸ˜› ) I’ve found that these types of hues complement my hair and complexion best. So, without further ado, my latest mani…

As a base, I used China Glaze ‘Goin’ my way?’ a deep chocolate brown with golden shimmer. Using Bundle Monster’s plate 225 I stamped with Konad orange polish. Topped it off with Essie “Good to go” for a little extra shine. What I love most about this mani is how subtle it is. You can only see the leaf-like design when the light hits it at the right angle. Definitely work appropriate, which is more than I can say for my Snooki creation… πŸ˜›
However, with the trends constantly changing, I just may be turning a new leaf…

So, let me know. Do you lean towards warmer or cooler hues?

Rebel without a cause…

Β Β Β Β  Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know, it’s Wednesday and we wear pink. I applaud all that do, but I don’t. Quite frankly, I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to it. Childhood memories of a pepto bismol hued wardrobe still makes me cringe! ugh. Dr. Phil, help here?!?
Red, unfortunately, is not too far behind on my black list of colours. I love the IDEA of red, or seeing it on other people, but have also been reluctant to try it. And what’s the best way to cross into unfamiliar territory?!? With something familiar by side…Voila, one of my favourite stamping polishes, China Glaze 2030.
After a summer filled with corals and brights, I decided to give a vampy dark a whirl.

Β  Came across this little gem, China Glaze ‘Naughty or Nice’, during one of my Cosmoprof escapades with Marta @chitchatnails. A deep blue based red cream. It’s not new, Winter 2010, I believe, but new to me. After two generous coats, I stamped with Bundle Monster plate 222 and China Glaze 2030. Topped off with Essie ‘Good to Go’.
No visible side effects have been experienced from this faaaaaaar stretch for me so far πŸ™‚ At this rate, there might be a pink post by Christmas. I said ‘might’… πŸ˜›