Friday, March 30, 2012

Nail Noise: NailNoise's First Giveaway!

Ends April 17, 2012

Paint on the Glitz: 1st Giveaway: OPI File in Style set

Hello lovilies, guess what time it is?

It's GIVEAWAY time!

I am giving away a BRAND NEW OPI File in Style set. The set includes two FULL SIZE nail polishes.
  • La Paz-itvley Hot
  • Y'all come back now ya hear? (sorbet finish)
  • Mini Clippers
  • Nail file
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter widget below! Open to US Residents Only.

Ends April 30, 2012. There are options to enter daily!

I wish all of you good luck.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

1st day of spring Mani

I feel like I've been wearing dark colors and/or green for ever. So I went bright in celebration of the first day of spring. Though it's been quite springy here for the past week.

My color of choice? OPI "I Eat Mainely Lobster". One of my absolute favorites from the Touring America collection. I swatched it as soon as I bought it, but this is my first time wearing it. It's gorgeous.

OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster

 My accent nail which I used Nicole by OPI Rainbow in the Sky-lie sandwhiched beneath OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston. It turned out to be a very complimentary jelly for  I Eat Mainely Lobster. And then stamped it with Konad white.

Julep Mystery Box : St. Patrick's Day!

I'm quite happy with this month's mystery box. I think I got a good one, though I didn't go and calculate the price range. I think that ruins the excitement of it a bit.

It was supposed to be here March 21st, but it arrived yesterday (March 19th). I'd have loved to have gotten it before St. Patrick's day, but I'm not going to complain too much about the date I received it.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Manis

I'm having a heck of a time with my nails lately. They keep breaking even though I'm quite good on keeping them moisturized. I'm going to try the olive oil trick that Jilltastic mentioned on my facebook.

Anyway here's another attempt at me doing nail art. I've been rushing all week so I have smudges galore, and it's best not to mention the state of my cuticles.

But I did wind up getting a light tent off of E-bay on the cheap. Here's hoping it improves my pictures!

This is the first St. Patrick's mani I did. I used a bunch of Sinful colors, plus China Glaze Cha Cha. It was a gradient, but right after I'd finished it (before photos) I had a finger nail issue. So you get to see the ruins, much to my sadness. I used decals to hide my terri-bad attempt at hand-painting a four-leaf clover. That's what the blob behind the leprechaun is.

 Left hand.

On a whole I like Sinful polish, but it chips terribly easy even with Seche Vite top coat on.

Here is the mani I wore yesterday on St. Patrick's day. This is my first attempt at using my light tent and tweaking my camera settings since I don't have any tungsten portable lights.

I used the clover image from the Hello Kitty plate I got for free from the Born Pretty store. I wasn't sure what to do color wise so I wound up stamping the clover on my base color in white, and then using a dotting tool to lightly color in the middle areas on the leaf. And just like that I had the colors of the Irish flag on my nails.

China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, Sinful Cloud 9, Konad White. (Not Shown: China Glaze Re-fresh mint)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Julep Taylor

Another quick Julep swatch while I'm at it.

Remember Taylor from my V-day box?

Deep, sky blue crème.  Somewhere between periwinkle and denim funky, but not too flashy
This is what she looks like swatched. She's gorrrgeous.

Julep Taylor

Julep Melissa and Brooke

In my last post I mentioned Julep Melissa. I'm still on the fence about it. Then Brooke arrived (from the Classic with a Twist box). Since they are similar in application (used with dark undies) I decided to make this post about both of them.


Melissa is a sheer opalescent shimmer adds a soft glow when used alone and a high-fashion holographic effect when used over another color.

In the bottle and on camera Melissa looks like a white milky color, but in person she has quite a bit of a pearly green shine too it. I was intrigued enough that I couldn't wait to swatch it.

I painted one of my wheel nails half black and half naked to see how it would look.

This is how it turned out. Over black it almost has a foil finish to it.

Julep Melissa over black

 I think I like it better over a lighter color than dark, though both are very interesting looking.

Next is Brooke which I absolutely adore. 

Brooke is a sheer shimmery purple. Use alone or over another shade to add a modern twist.

Look at Brooke sparkle!

I'll let the swatch speak for me. It's a lovely amethyst topper. I did the same half/half on the nail wheel. Excuse the streaking I was anxious and didn't let the nail try completely.

Julep Brooke over black

All told I would love to try Portia and Emma. Emma is a seashell pink that would go on like Melissa. Portia is a gorgeous tropical blue with a shine like Brooke.