You See, I See, We See CND

I was really excited to get my hands on some beautiful colors and effects by CND recently. I’ve never previously been able to play with their products so I couldn’t wait- and let me tell you they didn’t disappoint!

I did a quick stucco/abstract design that reminded me a bit of another quick design I did ages ago but hestitated on posting. Regardless, I really enjoyed working with these shades. Let me just say that I used a bunch of effects but you can’t see much of them here because of the angle and as such, I’ll be doing ANOTHER, much more refined design with these polishes in the very near future!

For this design I used OPI Nail Envy as a base, followed by an amazing one coater of CND Miss Wu. I then used a small brush (But NOT my regular one- don’t want to ruin it) to sort of sponge/smudge different shades on. I used (all CND) Midnight Sapphire, Scarlet Letter, Plumville, Dark Amethyst, Raisin in the Sun, Veronica, and Brigette as the colors. I topped random places with Copper Pearl, Sheer 24K Sparkle, Gold Shimmer, and Raspberry Sparkle. I topped everything with a swipe of Seche Vite.

I am absolutely in love. The creme’s are on coaters, the effects absolutely transform all of the shades so you have at least twice as many options, and everything dries really quickly. I can’t wait to do more designs with the effects showcased because they’re gorgeous. The Sheer 24K Sparkle is a gold flakie effect from this Fall/Winter 2011 collection and paired with Midnight Sapphire it’s especially spectacular.

So tell me what you think… do you like the fall shades? What are your favorites? I’d never experienced any other CND’s so tell me which ones you think I should try!

 

 

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

Sincerely Yours

WOW its been FOREVER! I know I’ve been missing in action and to all of you who have been messaging me and wondering where I am, I’ll explain. I’ve been looking hard for work and nearly had a lead or two but they all fell through. I’ve decided that while I’m still a meteorologist, I’m also going to branch out into the creative side of advertising. I’ve really had to focus on searching for work and prioritizing my time so the blog fell onto the back burner. HOWEVER, I do have a design for your today!!!

 

You know how I get strange inspiration? I was browsing the clearance bins at Barnes N Noble and they had GORGEOUS stationary on sale. Unfortunately the ones for T and F were pink/purple which clearly sucks for me, so I just snapped pictures of the patterns I loved. Hence, today’s design:

For this design I used OPI Nail Envy as a base, with two coats of OPI Dating A Royal. The design itself includes (all OPI) Alpine Snow, Black Onyx, Golden Rules!, and What’s With the Cattitude?, topped off with a swipe of Seche Vite.

And since a little birdie told me you all like to see the inspiration:

Obviously not quite as detailed as the stationary but seriously, my nails are only so big! :)

 

So yeah, missed you all! I hope to post more regularly now because I’ve realized that I can’t stop doing my blog because I’m looking for work- if I don’t do my stress-relieving-hobbies, then the job search burns me out and I get depressed and can’t focus. So spending SOME time on “me” time helps keep me fresh. So look out, you’ll be seeing more of me again! xoxo Tara The Terror

Trippy Hippy Dippy

I wanted to do a fall colors design that was unusual today. So I did! :D Its a bunch of earth colors and its meant to be a little scattered and abstract….

I started with OPI Nail Envy, then two coats of French Quarter For Your Thoughts with Alpine Snow sponged over it. I then used Road House Blues, Alpine Snow, Uh Oh Roll Down The Window, and Golden Rules for the designs. I sponged some Golden rules and as it got tacky I pushed some lines into it with a clear piece of plastic for some texture. It’s topped with Seche Vite.

 

Keep the nominations for the Palette Awards coming! I’ve already gotten to check out some truly lovely blogs and I’d love to see more! No blog is excluded from this and the more the merrier! Nominate your favorites, your own, your friends’, or ones you’ve stumbled on passing through!

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