Monday, February 28, 2011

ITS A C-C-C-C-CRACKLE PARTY

Hi! so i'm about to spam you with some largely huge amounts of crackle!
here goes!




that's my NOTD, China Glaze "Bermuda Breakaway" with "Lightning Bolt" on top, then mattified.


Sorry for only one picture, btu i was rushed and they're all blurry! But this is "Black Mesh" over Orly's "It's Not Rocket Science." I thought that this manicure looked like something Voldemort would wear.




This is Zoya "Ivanka" with "Lighting Bolt" on top of it! in case you couldn't tell, I LOVE LIGHTNING BOLT! Sparkles underneath crackles look so cool!



So... this manicure failed a little bit, because after a while the crackles get a little chunky. This was the product of not being prepared for that chunk. But this is Color Club "Vintage Couture" with a layer of OPI "Bring On The Bling" on top, then "Lightning Bolt" on top.

Lastly, there were two manicures aimed at the same thing, one failing miserably and the other succeeding marvelously.



This is my first attempt at a tacky 80's manicure. It achieved tacky, but i was looking for PRETTY tacky, not really really ugly. This is Sinful Colors "Let's Meet" wich is a weird and gross sheer yellow shimmer. On top I put "Crushed Candy" another one of my favorites.



This was a successful one! It's Milani "Pink Hottie" with "Crushed Candy" on top. I love it so much.

These are all my crackles! except for "Cracked Concrete" which was on my last post, and i figured it would be redundant to repeat.

Happy Monday,
Love,
Frida

Friday, February 25, 2011

OPI "Don't Mess With O.P.I." (A.K.A. my dusty little friend.)

Okay, can I tell you all a secret? I have an obsession with the south. I love the south south best, but the southwest is near and dear to my heart, seeing as it’s my neighbor, home in California!
So I was too excited for words about the OPI Texas Collection. But then… tragedy. It sucked. Everything was so… boring. But there were three polishes that interested me, and so I bought them, and enjoy two out of the three! Here’s the first one, “Don’t Mess With OPI.” If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ll know that I can’t resist a green cr√®me. I got this one at the same time as I got “Jade is the New Black.” When I opened the box, my roommate thought they were exact dupes, but being the eternal nail polish optimist that I am, I refused to believe that I had an irrelevant nail polish in my collection! And I discovered (drum roll please!) Not a dupe on the nail! It is much dustier, with none of the blue that JITNB has.
Here are the beauties!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

What's that Crackling Sound?

Here is the dinosaur egg polish that I promised! I will post a collection of some fun crackles that I’ve been doing tomorrow, I guess you can consider this a teaser.
This is China Glaze “Sea Spray” with China Glaze “Cracked Concrete” over it, from the Anchors Away and Crackle collections, respectively. Then I added Essie “Matte About You” because that’s just how I roll.

China Glaze "Lifesaver" (A.K.A. a flower from home on my nails)

Just to be clear, I hate orange nail polish. I actually hate the color orange. But I don’t feel like it’s fair to call lifesaver an orange nail polish, because it’s the EXACT SAME COLOR as a California poppy, a blast from my home state. I didn’t want to take it off for that reason. It’s muted but still beautiful. It’s a calm but bold color. Like a poppy.
In case you hadn’t picked up on it, poppies are my second favorite flower (next to sunflowers) and hopefully I’ll be posting a picture of my huge tattoo of a California poppy on my back.
The formula on this was delightful. After one coat it was opaque, but I’ve never really been a one coater. I enjoy two whole beautiful coats. And this one gives me two whole coats of beauty on this one. It’s a little thin, and I hate the China Glaze brush, but it’s worth it.


It’s not a very springy color shiny, but combined with a mattifying top coat it looks cheery and springy. And I feel like an idiot because I have lost my pictures of it, but I put “Lightning Bolt” on top of it, and it looked like a dreamsicle. I’ll have to do it again to post a picture.

And just an update about the crackles, they look SO AWESOME matte. Right now, as I’m typing my nails look like dinosaur eggs, because I have sea spray on under cracked concrete. And it’s matte. And beauteous. And I want to wear crackle all the time.
On a side note, I’m sorry that I haven’t been up on posts, my life is cacophonous.
I will figure it out.
Love,
Frida

Thursday, February 10, 2011

haul of new nail polish!


here is the haul/New Nail Polish picture I said I would post:
From Right to Left:
1: American Apparel "Hunter"
2: Sinful Colors "Let's Meet"
3: Milani "Silver Dazzle"
4: OPI "Jade is the New Black"
5: OPI "Don't Mess With OPI"
6: China Glaze "White Cap"
7: China Glaze "Starboard"
8: China Glaze "VII"
9: China Glaze "Bermuda Breakaway"
10: China Glaze "Calypso Blue"
11: China Glaze "Hey Sailor!"
12: (invisible! I thought I had lost the bottle when I took this picture!) China Glaze "Lifesaver"
13: CND "Asphalt"
14: CND "Tutu"
15: Misa "Dirty Sexy Money"
16: Misa "Blame it on Fat Tuesday"
17: Forever 21 "Jade"
18: Forever 21 "Light Green" (It's a flakie!"
19: New York Summer "Amaranth"
20: YES! PROPS TO MY BEST FRIEND Revlon "Perplex"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

China Glaze "Recycle" (A.K.A. dont-gotta-think-gray)

First of all, Cosmetic Cupcake is having a great big giveaway! here's the link! http://cosmeticcupcake.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-big-birthday-giveaway.html
So is Scandalously polished! at http://www.scandalouslypolished.com/2011/02/giveawayyyyy.html
these are two of my favorite blogs, you should check them out!

“Recycle” is one of my favorite grays in my collection. It is a great everyday gray, darker than most medium gray’s I’ve come across. It is definitely a neutral gray, not really leaning in any particular direction. But it lives up to the slightly industrial name of “Recycle.” It reminds me of the color of a trash bin, or a building. Sort of like light asphalt.
I really do love this color, I’m sorry if I can’t make anything sound positive this morning. I woke up angry at all the people who had wronged me in my dreams last night. Does that ever happen to you, readers? It’s weird, because you know that they didn’t do anything to you, but you can’t help feeling like they killed your puppy. (Or whatever else the dream was about)
Well, that’s about it, this is a pretty simple nail polish. It’s just GRAY, all the WAY.
Here are the pictures! Oh! And follow me on Google Friend Connect over there →
Once I get to 20 followers I’ll have a giveaway! And so on and so forth! And I don’t want to give it away, but it’s a very beautiful polish, that I’ve RAVED about in the past.
On to the pictures!



love, Frida

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

OPI "Cuckoo For This Color" (A.K.A. why do i like you?)

Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, I’ve had a really busy life recently, lots of topsy-turvy-ing (including SEVEN HOURS of math homework) but I’m back!
And I’m back with a much loved color that by all accountsI should hate. Because I hate shimmer. And I hate teal. And I hate shimmer. Did I already say that? A shimmer has to be ridiculously special for me to like it.
And this really isn’t that special.
But for some reason, I sorta like it.
Onto the color, “Cuckoo For This Color” is a dark green leaning teal base chock full of light blue leaning teal shimmer and the occasional gold or silver speck. The formula isn’t exactly my cup of tea, in fact it’s sorta goopy and sad, but the color is enchanting, oddly.
Here are them pretty pictures!
I also just went on a huge nail polish shopping binge, so I will be updating with a haul post, and lots of Anchors away and Texas fun!
love,
Frida