Archive for December, 2011

Christmas Nail Art

Merry Christmas everyone ūüôā I’ve been busy with holiday gatherings, party preparations and other holiday whatnot but I managed to (finally) take a few photos of the manicure that I have been wearing for the past week. This itself is amazing because I never wear my nail polish for this long without chips or extreme tip wear.

For this manicure I started with 1 coat of OPI Base Coat to prevent staining. Dark polishes tend to stain my nails and this is one of the few base polishes that I have tried that works 100% of the time. Then I used two coats of China Glaze Frostbite an almost metallic deep blue.

After a few days of Frostbite I decided to mix it up a little and add a few festive details with nail art pens and glitter polish ( please excuse the horrid photos).

 And here is what I put on my other thumb:

 I love how festive my nails look after adding the snowman and snowy christmas tree. For Christmas day I will be wearing a different special manicure so there will be more holiday posts soon.

Snakeskin Nails?

Has anyone else seen this weird trend circling the web? People are taking real snakeskins and using them to create original nail art. I found a video describing the process here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/violas94/real-snakeskin-nails . I think that it looks really neat and i havent seen any fakes that compare (yet) but it still kinda creeps me out.

Would you try this trend? Please respond in the comments below ūüôā

Urban Outfitters Blue

I tried a second polish from the Urban Outfitters Fall Collection. I really like the color, it looks very Tiffany and Co blue, but the brush was very difficult to use and had bent bristles. It took two coats to achieve smooth lineless application. I waited for it to dry and then used a tiny black sharpie brand marker to draw a cute little mustache on my ring finger. You have to seal any design made with a sharpie, but only after it has dried or you have streaking and or your design is ruined.

 

Here is the final manicure:

 

Teenage Dream Vs. Urban Outfitters Glitter

I decided to do a side by side comparison of OPI’s¬†Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection and the unnamed pink glitter from the Fall Urban Outfitters Boxed Set.

They look relatively similar in the bottle, but when worn Teenage Dream has better coverage, you can not see the nail line with two coats. The pink glitter base¬†is very similar and from far away you can not really tell the difference between the polishes. The¬†Urban Outfitters¬†polish has smaller holographic pieces and has a smoother texture when applied. I personally prefer OPI’s¬†Teenage Dream, but the Urban Outfitters was a much better deal. See a more detailed review of Teenage Dream here: https://blahblueblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/teenage-dream/

Here are side by side close up comparisons:

OPI's Teenage Dream 2 coatsUrban Outfitters Pink Glitter 2 coats

 

Urban Outfitters Pink Glitter 2 coats

Urban Outfitters Boxed Set Of Nail Polishes

On a recent trip to Urban Outfitters I stumbled upon a boxed¬†set of nailpolishes with great colors and an even better price. $4.99 for 5 polishes. The box was damaged, and the sales lady said it was missing the clear top coat, but all in all a great deal. I have not tried any of them, but the pink glitter looks very simmilar to OPI’s Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection.

Teenage Dream

I originally purchased¬†The Katy Perry¬†OPI Collection’s¬†Teenage Dream in July and was very impressed it has great coverage in two coats and it can be layered over a brighter pink or purple. It was released at the same time as black shatter, but¬†I really don’t like how it looks so I almost never use it.¬†Teenage Dream is easily my favorite polish in my whole collection with the densely packed tiny pink glitter and the sprinkling of larger multicolored reflective glitters.¬†Unfortunately¬†I found out with age it became thick and hard to apply but this can be easily remedied with the use of a professional polish thinner.

 Here is a zoomed in view of the glitter.

I’m reviewing this polish now, even though it came out a while ago because¬†I recently purchased a second bottle at the hair salon in Wal-Mart OPI was also buy one get one 50% off. (I know awesome¬†right?)

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