Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine "Satsuma" and KBShimmer

Hello, today I have a juicy manicure to show you!  I wore this 2 weeks ago, and it was a hit!

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in "Satsuma", and KBShimmer "Quantum Leaf".

I applied 2 coats of the Barry M, over my usual base coat of OPI "Nail Envy" Matte.  The Barry M applied nicely to the nail.  It was smooth, and gel-like and was a gem to work with, nearly opaque in 1 coat..

Barry M "Satsuma", is a red-toned coral orange, and it very bright, and perfect for the warmer months. A dream to apply, and a dream to wear. Opaque in 2 coats.

Then for the accent nail, I applied 2 healthy coats of KBShimmer.

KBShimmer "Quantum Leaf" is a rustic yellow gold base with orange, copper, gold and red hexes. This polish is meant to mimic the fall leaves  but I felt the brighter tones, went perfectly with the bright Spring colors of "Satsuma".

Also KBShimmer has a new website, with easier to navigate sales pages, customer account pages, order history,  and more importantly you can earn rewards on purchases, Check it out, HERE!

I topped this manicure with my usual 2 coats of top coat, OPI "Top Coat" and Seche Vite.

I wore this for 5 days, but here is a shot of my nails at 3 days.  Check out my tips, minimal tip wear...oh yeah!!!!

Keep It Sweet!
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Monday, April 29, 2013

Jesse’s Girl: Julie G Frosted Gum Drops Nail Polish Swatches

Happy Monday!

Today I have for you, the Jesse's Girl: Julie G Frosted Gum Drops Collection.

I found these at my local Rite Aid drugstore, but they were featured on on fabulous Groupon offer recently.

These colors are amazing, and they are a part of the newest trend of "textured" polishes. These have a sandpaper like texture and an amazing SPARKLE! No top coat is needed because these polishes are meant to be worn without it. But if you do add top coat you will need about 4-5 coats.  I experimented with the red, and I needed 5 layers of top coat to get a perfectly smooth finish.

Julie G
"Hot Cinnamon"
hot-red with a glitter finish
2 coats, no top coat

Julie G
"Sugar Rush"
bright reddish pink with pops of gold glitter
2 coats, no top coat

Julie G
"Tangerine Dream"
citrus orange with specks of sparkle
2 coats, no top coat

The next set of colors, have silver shimmer and added silver glitter.  The silver glitter is much larger than the shimmer, and adds extra sparkle and shine to the textured finish.

Julie G
"Rock Candy"
teal infused with silver glitter
2 coats, no top coat

Julie G
"Blueberry Fizz"
berry blue mixed with shiny silver glitter
2 coats, no top coat

Julie G
"Crushed Candy"
pure purple with silver sparkle appeal
2 coats, no top coat

In indirect lighting...

Here you can see the larger pieces of glitter a bit better :)

Overall I love them all! Seriously they are perfect!  They all dried like a regular polish would dry, and once they are dry...they wear like IRON! Seriously, I can go 5 days and get no chips.   

Most were opaque in 2 coats, but the orange and the coral may need a third coat for complete opacity. I used base coat, as I always do, and no top coat, no tricks, nothing special.

 The sparkle in these is amazing and simply gorgeous!

If you do not mind the textured trend these are worth the $3.99 price tag.  You can find them at your local Rite Aid drugstore or you can order them directly from the Jesse's Girl Website

Keep It Sweet!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013


Woo Hoo! Tuesday was my big 3 year anniversary  I'm planning a big, week long, giveaway coming up soon, so stay tuned!

Today I have a lovely, Shimmer Polish named "Maria" that I wore last week, and of course ...its BLUE!

I started with 3 coats of Zoya "Tart" (it is thin), and then added "Maria" to the top and let it "rain down" on my nails, LOL :)

Zoya "Tart". It is "...a vibrant medium blue-raspberry candy blue with soft  metallic shimmer". It is thinner, so 3 coats I needed for full color opacity.

Shimmer Polish "Maria" is a mix of royal blue glitter, some lighter and some darker, in a clear base. Varying sizes in the glitter gives this color depth and variation! Applied like a dream, no issues, no sharp pieces sticking up, so perfect !

Here are some pictures in indirect light to show the detail in the glitter...

I wore this manicure for 5 days (1 chip on my thumb), I was super busy and simply too exhausted to paint them once I got home.  Weeks like this are the reason why I do 2 coats of top coat  (or more) on EVERY manicure, you never know when  you need your manicure to LAST!.

Keep It Sweet!

*The Shimmer Polish was sent for review.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Laser Beams!

Last week, I saw a fabulous manicure on All Lacquered Up, that had to recreate. She called the manicure "80s Striped Tape Manicure"...but I call it Laser Beams! :)

For this manicure I used my 3 favorite nail brands for creme polishes, OPI, Zoya  and Catrice.

First, I painted my nails with 3 coats of OPI "Need Sunglasses". This is a a sheer sunshine yellow creme with shimmer. Then I applied 2 coats of Zoya "Paz", which is a neon orange creme. But because it is so bright, it needs a lighter color underneath to make it POP!

I decided to paint them in alternating side colors, and with one nail, I just applied the Zoya down the center.

After they had completely dried, I applied nail striping tape across the nail in random directions to create the most effect.  I only used 2 or 3 pieces of tape per nail. Then I applied 2 coats of Catrice "It's All I Can Blue". The Catrice is a bright cornflower blue creme, and I thought it would look the best with the neon orange and yellow.

After I was done, I immediately took off the tape very carefully while the polish was still wet. Try and remember the order you applied the tape, and pull them off in the reverse order. I used tweezers to grab the tips of the tape.  After cleanup (very little), I applied 2 coats of top coat.

I love how the colors change up from neon orange to yellow! It reminds me of clashing light sabers in Star Wars, LOL!...except mine are yellow and orange. :)

I am super happy with this manicure, and I plan on doing it again and again!

Keep It Sweet!
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