Friday, 23 August 2013

Tutorial: Galaxy Nails

In honour of FanExpo, a Comic-Con-like event happening here in Toronto, I have decided to do an outer space themed mani.  It's really easy to do, pretty hard to mess up - it's just a matter of layering properly, while still highlighting the base colour, by letting it peek out.

What you will need:  A makeup sponge, a dotting tool, a pink polish (used:  Sally Hansen, Diamond Strength in "Fuschia Bling Bling), a dark blue (used:  Sinful Colors in "Hot Spot"), a white (used:  Sally Hansen, Hard As Nails in "Hard To Get"), a black with silver micro-glitter (used:  Color Club in "Show Time), a yellow (used:  Sinful Colors in "Pull Over"), and a clear glitter topcoat (used Sally Hansen, Diamond Strength in "Diamonds").
Paint a base with your black with silver micro-glitter polish.
Paint a dab of white polish on the makeup sponge.  Dab onto the nail in a pattern (I did a diagonal line), making sure to dab repeatedly, about 3-7 times, to help blend the polish.  Remember to not cover all of the nail - you still want some of the black base to show.
Inside the white, do the same with your yellow polish.
Within the yellow, dab on the pink.  All the while, make sure that when layering colours, you go not completely cover up the polish that came before it.  An important point about a galaxy mani is to show a bit of all of the colours.

Dab the blue around the yellow an pink, where the white meets the black base.

Using a small dotting tool, creating full, as well as tiny dots, to be the stars.
Finally, add a clear glitter topcoat, to smooth out the mani, as well as to just make it pop.
Layout Version.

Question time *comment with your answer*:  If you were attending a FanExpo/Comic-Con, which character would you be?

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Buffalo Haul: Big Lots and Spencer's

Another day trip to Buffalo, NY, another day of re-evaluating how much money I spend on cosmetics - but I digress.  Because today's post is about the cosmetic JACKPOT I hit today.  Lipstick, and shadows, and polish - oh my!  I think I have found my new favourite American store....

Big Lots finds:
Revlon Diamond Lust eyeshadows
Top Row:  Neptune Star 
Bottom row, left to right:  Celestial Silver, Starry Pink
($1-$1.50 each)

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure
Left to right:  Red Zin, Choco-Latte, Raisin the Bar
($1 each)

Revlon Scented Nail Enamel
Left to right:  Fig Jam, Lemon Meringue
($2 for a package of 2)

Maybelline New York Color Show, Fashion Prints Nail Stickers
Left to right:  Sapphire Jewels, Fierce in Fuchsia
($1 each)

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Nude Attitude
($2 per tube)

Maybelline Color Show Sequins Nail Polish
Left to right:  Lavender Sparks, Cocktail Dress, Sapphire Masquerade
($1 each)

Left to right:  L'Oreal "Fancy Me", Sally Hansen Diamond Strength "Wedding Crasher"
($1 each)

Left to right:  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Chocolate Nut", Sally Hansen Salon Effects "Check, Please!"
($1 each)

Spencer's Find:
In True Fashion, Color Club Duo
These were unlabelled, but after some research, they turned out to be , left to right, Port-Folio, and Show Time
($2.97 for the package)

Big Lots also had a few bottles of OPI Shatter, Confetti polishes, and some Rimmel Kate lipsticks.  Spencer's had a package of 4 Color Club Mini's, they looked like Christmas-y colours, for $1.97 per package, but I passed. 

All items in this post were purchased with personal funds.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Indies and Undies

I'm so excited to share my very first experience with indie polishes.  Personally, when I have used glitter polishes, in order for the glitter to really pop, the base has to be a bit sheer, and therefore, to achieve opacity you have to use at least 3 coats.  And because I'm super impatient when it comes to removing glitter polishes, the less coats the better - so I try to limit myself to 2 coats of glitter polish.  But to help achieve opaque coverage, I use the "undies" method - before applying the glitter polish, I find a similar colour to use as a base, just to cover up my natural white nail tips.

I ordered some gorgeous polishes from LynBDesigns (glitter polishes, of course), and here are some swatches, as well as their corresponding "undies" that can be bought at your local drugstore or wal-mart. 

LynBDesigns polish:  "Weeping Angels"
Undie:  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Wet Cement"
A grey base with silver hex glitter, black diamond shard glitter, white square glitter, and white bar glitter.
LynBDesigns polish:  The Banker
Undie:  Revlon in "Pure Pearl"

A white base with multi-coloured glitter in hex and fleck shapes.

LynBDesigns polish:  "Quincy"
Undie:  NYC In A Minute Quick Dry in "Lexington Yellow"

A yellow base with gold and blue square glitter, and pink and blue micro-glitter.
I have to profess my love for LynBDesigns, because it was such a great experience ordering from her.  Her polish formulas are just right - they go on smooth, not too thick, but not too thin.  The colour combinations are also fantastic - her polishes are inspired by many things, such as Dr. Seuss, Monopoly, and Dr. Who.

The polishes were on sale when I bought them ($5 each), and because I am in Canada, LynBDesigns took the time to make a custom listing, in order to get them to me.  They arrived in one piece, each carefully and individually wrapped with love.

I highly suggest checking out some of her stuff from her etsy page.  She does frequent promotions on her items, so they are definitely affordable, and she is a joy to shop from.  Check her out :)

The indie polishes in this post were bought with personal funds, all opinions are my own.