Archive for April, 2012

Effie Trinket Nails

Even if you have not seen the Hunger Games Movie yet, you have most likely seen Effie Trinket’s eccentric nail art buzzing about the web. There are about a billion (well maybe I am exaggerating a teeenie bit) web pages dedicated on how to achieve Effie’s nail looks. I just found a photo from the scene in the movie and worked on recreating it.

I used two coats of China Glaze Ahoy and using a make-up sponge create a glitter gradient with Orly Ingenue. China Glaze Ahoy (reviewed here) has a beautiful gold sparkle that works beautifully with Ingenue (reviewed here). Ingenue is a relatively thin glitter so it is perfect for creating a gradient, I just had to sponge about five thin layers.

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!”
-Effie Trinket


I WON!!!

A few weeks ago I entered manicure contest and I won 🙂 I never win anything so I was super excited. Above is the manicure I submitted (my tutorial on how to make your own dinosaur nails can be found here). You can check out the wonderful lorrainetyne blog here and see the other winning manicures.

I won this beautiful bracelet. 🙂 Here is a closeup of the bracelet with my current nails. I used an unnamed silver polish from Urban Outfitters and Smoke and Ashes from the China Glaze Capital Colors Collection to create a half-moon manicure.

The Best Giveaway Ever!!!!

Konadalcious is having the best giveaway ever!

Go check out her web page here:

Her giveaway is open internationally, and she is giving away almost $500 in prizes!

Hurry over because this awesome giveaway ends on the 16th MAY 2012 🙂

China Glaze Ahoy

Ahoy is a beautiful berry pink from China Glaze’s Spring 2011 Anchors Away Collection. Ahoy combines the glass fleck look with gold micro-glitter. It applies very smoothly for a relatively thin polish. It is very sheer on the first coat, but with the second coat it becomes quite opaque. I could just see a hint of a visible nail line in a few of my photos at two coats even though it looks opaque in person.

I love the way this polish looks and the shimmer is beautiful. It is quick drying and one of my new go to colors for summer.

The base color for Ahoy is very similar to Do You Think I’m Tex-y? from the OPI Texas Collection (reviewed here). Since Ahoy is available where ever China Glaze is sold, and Do You Think I’m Tex-y was a part of a discontinued collection from OPI, I would highly recommend Ahoy. It is less expensive, glittery, and more opaque. No Ahoy is not a jelly polish, but I hate the visible nail line associated with Do You Think I’m Tex-y so for me it is definitely an improvement.

China Glaze Fast Track with Luxe and Lush

Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) is from the China Glaze Collection Colours From the Capitol. I originally bought this shade for my neutral loving mom, but loved it so much on her that I went out and bought my own bottle as well as and a backup bottle. Fast Track is the polish representing District 6 – Transportation, but for me this color really doesn’t really remind me of transportation, but I loved it so much I can overlook a little inconsistency within a collection of polishes. I layered one thick coat of Luxe and Lush (representing District 1 – Luxury) on my ring finger.

Fast Track is a dusty creme beige base that has a beautiful gold flaked shimmer. It is a work safe color with more than just a hint of the beautiful gold shimmer. The formula of this polish is just fantastic. It is sheer on the first coat and looks nearly opaque in two but still had a bit of visible nail line. I finally built up the polish to three coats, but the polish dries quickly so it wasn’t a problem.

Luxe and Lush is such a versatile top coat, it is so beautiful when worn on an accent nail. You can see the pink/gold and pale blue/green shifts when worn over when worn over Fast Track. Here it really looks like shards of glass.

I’ve Been Tagged :)

I was tagged by Nicole over at Polish Me Please one of my favorite blogs. So here I bring you my answers to the Q&A game. Most people have already taken this particular quiz but if you haven’t join in the fun 🙂

1.      When did you start your blog?

I finally started at the end of last year. I have had a love of nail polish for several years.

2.      What is your go-to nail look?

I love pink nails, but a French manicure is always a classic go to look for me.

3.      Would you rather: Have your nails cut down to the nail bed for the rest of your life OR never wear makeup again?

Well my nails are super short half the time anyways, so I think I would choose my nails to be cut down to the nail bed.

4.      What is one thing you wish you would have known as a teen than you know now?

Well I am still 19, so this may not be a good question for me to answer… I guess I would say appreciate what you have.

5.      If you could only have 3 nail products/polishes for the rest of your life, what would they be?

I would choose my bottle of OPI’s Teenage Dream, Glitter Gal Silver Halo Glitter, and a nail file I cannot stand chipped/rough nails.

6.      What is one album you could listen to on repeat and never get sick of?

I am not a big music person, but I love the musical Wicked’s soundtrack.

7.      What is one of your pet peeves?

This may not be a “pet peeve” but I really hate chipped nail polish. One chip I can deal with but when it’s completely ragged it drives me nuts. This is why I change my polish so often.

8.      What would be your perfect day?

I would honestly say a day at Disney World with my boyfriend. It is my favorite place in the world, yet he has never had a chance to go. I would love to share that experience with him.

9.      Do your family and friends know about your blog?

Yes, not that all of them read my blog.

10.  What is the last song you listened to OR the song currently stuck in your head?

Currently I am listening to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

11.  Share your personal mantra or a good quote. 🙂

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, but if I had to pick a single quote it would be: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore


Smoke and Ashes with Luxe and Lush


Smoke & Ashes and Luxe and Lush are from the China Glaze Collection Colours From the Capitol  which were inspired by the recently released Hunger Games movie. I saw it last weekend and is amazing 🙂 I also just started the second book, sorry I will get back to the nail polish now. So far I have only picked up three polishes from this collection Smoke and Ashes, Luxe and Lush, and Fast Track. Even though I was extremely excited for this collection when I saw them in person I was reluctant to pick up every color. Smoke and Ashes (representing District 12 – Mining) is a not quite black, but very dark blue base that contains green and blue glass  flecks. Luxe and Lush (representing District 1 – Luxury) is a top coat with irregularly shaped crystalline  mylar flakes that looks like shards of glass.

As far as formula goes for Smoke and Ashes I have few complaints, it is a  thick but smooth polish that is very pigmented and covers the nail beautifully in almost one coat. I applied two coats to even things out, I would recommend a longer drying time between coats because I ran into flooded cuticles and some dragging with my second coat. As far as the glass flecks go they are beautiful in direct sunlight and less visible in the pictures than in person. I am always cautious when it comes to wearing polish that looks like it will stain nails, so I doubled up on the base coat just to be safe.

Luxe and Lush is amazing top coat that has mylar flakes suspended in a clear milky base. It is essentially everything I wanted  China Glaze Snowglobe to be. I tried brushing this on in the traditional way and it just doesn’t work with these kinds of polish. I found that I had to drip or smear the flakes on to the nail and move them around until I had desired coverage. The flakes shift depending on the base color worn, but I can see blue/green and pink/gold shifts when worn over Smoke and Ashes. This was a really hard polish to photograph, but it looks so amazing in person.


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