Fun Surprise!

So as a quick break from the OPI Art Series (which will continue on Monday) I just wanted to show you my first experience painting someone else’s nails. I had a TA for one of my classes whose kids wanted me to do their nails. Of course I was more excited than even they were, and we finally were able to make it happen yesterday. The best part is that their dad surprised them, so they had no idea that I was coming! Dylan and Angie (who are amazing kids) wanted Scooby Doo nails and something cool and fun for a design, respectively. Clearly, since I thought I had everything prepared, I forgot my camera and some other stuff when going over there, but we made it work- we ended up with these designs:

Scooby Doo Nails: Color Club Charity Ball and Uptown Girl for Scooby, OPI Black Onyx For the Spots, China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise for the collar and OPI Fiercely Fiona for the tag.


For Angie’s Shooting Stars, we used OPI Dating a Royal as a base, the star glitter from Nicole By OPI’s Lets Get It Star-ted for the stars, and China Glaze Atlantis for the streaks behind them.

I know I had a blast and I hope they did too!

I C U and a Little Treat

Quick design today since I spent the better part of two hours fighting my computer…. dealing with lots of programming mumbo jumbo- I won’t bore you but if you’re interested jot me an email. This is (obviously? Not so obviously?) supposed to be scary monster eyes staring out from the dark at you… ready to make you scream!

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Haha, get it? I see you? Yeah well, I thought it was funny. For this (very) quick manicure, I started out with two coats of Color Club’s Smooth Operator and one coat of Illamasqua’s Boosh as a base. I then used OPI’s The IT Color, Zoya’s America, OPI’s On Collin’s Ave, Nina Ultra Pro’s Bossa Nova, Nina Ultra Pro’s Salsa, and OPI’s Chop-Sticking To My Story for the eyes, putting another dab of Boosh for the pupils of most. The pupils of the big eyes are just Boosh and another dot of America. I topped off with one coat of Color Club’s 0-60 Speedy Top Coat.
The reason for my rush today is that I REALLY wanted to show you these fantabulous glitters from Color Club’s Enchanted Holiday Mini Set. I saved the decals, star glitters, and rhinestones for when I wear them as actual nail art- I didn’t want to waste them on just a quick swatch post! I promise I’ll do a neat-o design with these shades and their nail art accessory counterparts closer to the holidays.
Color Club’s Enchanted Holiday Collection

I LOVE Color Club because it is the company with the most one coat wonders for me. I used one slightly medium/thicker coat just because that’s how I roll, but you could definitely use two super (emphasis on SUPER) thin coats and get full coverage and long lasting wear. These shades are SO glitter dense- packed with sparkly goodness! Whoooieee!! I love them!

From L-R (coats) Wishlist Red (1), Magic Elf (1), Enchanted Holiday (1), Snowflakes (1)
Wishlist Red is a red jelly with red glitter and its so scrumptuous that in person, its so hot you might start a fire!

Magic Elf is a green shimmer with a gold flash. The formula on both Magic Elf and Wishlist Red were extremely smooth with even coverage and fast drying time.

Enchanted Holiday is a dense gold glitter in a clear base. THIS IS ONE COAT!!!! I couldn’t believe it!!! You’ll want to use a top coat since its all glitter so it dries slightly bumpy.

Snowflakes looks like that iridescent sparkle that you see right after a night of heavy snow, where the sun reflects off of the ground and blinds you (in a good way). It’s a translucent white polish that is so glitter packed that it dries super quick and tends to be on the thick side- but not in a bad way. You can place it wherever you like and it dries rock hard. You’ll want a top coat again here because it’s a bit bumpy.

You’d think that cleanup would be a bit…. difficult, but to be honest, I let these dry completely and after five seconds of holding a cotton ball on top, they slid right off! Such easy cleanup; these definitely are some of my favorite glitters this season.

This mini collection is already available at etailers like www.transdesign.com and www.victoriasnailsupply.com as well as Bed Bath and Beyond, Duane Reade and Harmons.

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For more information, please read my disclosure statement.

Decisions, Decisions…

One of my favorite parts about China Glaze’sWinter 2010 Collection “Tis The Season… To Be Naughty Or Nice” is that I am super indecisive and it caters to that part of my personality. This collection has some truly sweet and innocent shades , but it also harbors some seductive selections that are sure to spice up your holidays. Since I run a nail art blog and since tons of full swatches of these shades are already circulating the net, I hoped you’d be okay with my doing skittle swatches- I mean, there are 16 shades after all!

The Cremes
For L-R(coats): Snow (2), Ruby Deer(2), Phat Santa(2), Naughty And Nice(2)
Snow is a great go to white- basic creme with little to no chalkiness.
Ruby Deer is a fire engine red creme, great coverage, a little staining.
Phat Santa is a deeper brick red, more staining, but more up my alley.
Naughty And Nice is a dark black/purple went on smooth as silk and was a breeze to clean up.
Obviously these colors are have many dupes buts for the holidays are definite nail polish staples. Favorite? Naughty And Nice- like OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark but with more brown.
Glass Flecked/Foils
 L-R (coats): Frosty (2), Cheers To You (2), Midnight Kiss (2), Sugar Plums (2)
Frosty is a “glue-like but better” color with tiny iridescent glass flecks; an original color, I love it!
Cheers To You- I love it but its a dead on dupe for OPI DS Radiance- down to the aluminium foil…
Jingle Bells is a gold polish with gold glass flecks, a golden version of Cheers to You with less foil.
Sugar Plums is an amazing black raspberry shade with tiny holographic flecks, so when it catches the light right, it glistens just like sugar. Definitely my favorite from these four and reminds me of my first franken, Kiss My Plum.
Shimmers/Frosts
 L-R(coats): Jingle Bells (thumb) (1), Peace On Earth (1), Jolly Holly (1), Little Drummer Boy (1), Mommy Kissing Santa (1)
Jingle Bells is just like OPI’s Golden Rules but with streaks. Would be great for stamping.
Peace On Earth is an amazing olive shade- green with yellow shimmer and I’ve not seen one like it. Perhaps Zoya Irene? I’ll have to check.
Jolly Holly- YUM. A perfect emerald green. It has so much depth that this is one of my favorites from the entire collection.
Little Drummer Boy is another deep rich jewel toned shade. You look at this polish and you get lost in the midnight sky.
Mommy Kissing Santa is your standard raspberry plum shimmer/frost, but its beautiful in its own right, though it dried slightly bumpy like China Glaze Riveter Rouge.
This hand had some great jewel tones and are, again, some great staple polishes if you don’t have shades like these.
Jelly Based Glitters And Sparkle
 Sparkle Shot
 L-R(coats): Snow(1) Party Hearty(2), Mrs. Claus (3), Mistletoe Kisses (2), Party Hearty (4), Jolly Holly (1), Party Hearty (2)
Mrs. Claus is a candy apple red with silver glitter. When built up for opacity, the glitter appears pink/red and it covers very smoothly.
Mistletoe Kisses is a green Mrs. Claus but what Mrs. Claus does with three coats, Mistletoe Kisses does with two. I love this color so much; its a jade green with silver glitter.
Party Hearty is a multiglitter topcoat with green and gold round glitter and and red hexes. It looks great on its own or layered over white for background color, but my favorite is when it was layered over green because it makes the gold more visible.
Overall, the formula on these was wonderfully smooth and applied generally in two coats or less. The only one I had a bit of trouble with was Snow, but that’s because its white and to be expected. The jewel tones performed the best for me with one coat for full coverage, fast drying time, and for the most part smooth finishes. My absolute favorites from the collection are Sugar Plum, Mistletoe Kisses, Jolly Holly and Little Drummer Boy.
These polishes are already available at etailers like www.transdesign.com and 8ty8beauty.com so you better grab them before the sell out for the holiday season! Suggested retail for China Glaze polishes is $6.50 per bottle. Don’t forget to stock up on the holiday gift sets mentioned in my previous press release.
I’ll be doing some na
il art with these in the near future so keep an eye out, and behave or Santa will give you coal for being naughty….

The polishes in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For further information, please see my disclosure statement.
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