Monday, July 4, 2011

Muffin Monday!! July 4th Patriotic Edition!!

Happy 4th!!

  I'm not very patriotic or whatever but I couldn't resist doing themed nails for my first July 4th as a nail blogger. So what I did is I limited Muffin's choices to Red, White and Blue and took it from there!

 She picked for me China Glaze's Frosty. Sooo... I took the lazy way out and shattered that bish!! I ended up actually liking the result... I honestly couldn't be bothered to do the more elaborate design in I had in my head because I am so far behind I am doing my nails literally the day before the post goes live loool! There needs to be a swatch-a-thon somewhere in my near future...
For the glitter on the tips I used Red, Silver and Blue glitter stripers from Sally's. The shatters are O.P.I Navy and Red Shatter.

Here is a swatch of Frosty. Shimmery White goodness!! This is Three coats and no top coat. I flippin' love this color. It makes me sad that some day I might be out of this color and I might not be able to find it again :(.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Best Friend's Wedding Series: Part 3

Hello!

  Today I have another design idea to add to my [series] of manis dedicated to my best friends wedding. For this look I tried something I had never tried before. A half moon mani. I like how this turned out but it is definetely a look I would have to practice several times in order to get it to look as crisp as I would like.
For the half moon mani I followed [THIS] tutorial by PlasmaSpeedo. It made the process very simple and I really like the end result. I had a mishap with the bow stamp because I was using the Silver chrome pen by Sally Hansen. Those dry insanely fast and the design didn't transfer properly. The polka dot stamp is from plate BM19 and I used Konad Black special polish. The White is Zoya's Purity and the color I'm holding and on my tips is Essie's Jam 'n' Jelly, which I recently featured. I also think in the future if I retry this design I may do a different configuration of the colors or do a Black glitter stripe instead of Silver. This is not as crisp as I would like it to be but with practice I think this look could be a real winner. From a distance it looks amazing!

Happy Sunday!
<3 Cristina

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Zoya Purity gets Splattered

Happy Caturday!

  Today I have another splatter mani. I'm loving these. They are fun and easy to work on and the results are always great. Jen has got me hooked on the splatters! This one reminds me of one of my favorite things.. Jawbreakers!!
So in the pic above I am holding Malia which I used for the splatter. I also used Zoya's Robyn  and Dana.  I think my favorite finger is the middle one lool.

Here is a swatch of Purity. This is THE BEST White creme I have ever used. This one is a really nice, clean White. The formula is smooth, even and easy to manipulate. It only needed Two effortless coats to look like this. Here I have it with SV applied.
Hope you all are enjoying you weekend!
<3 Cristina

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Essie Jam 'n' Jelly + China Glaze Tarnished Gold

I am <3<3<3 with this combo!


  I freaking love anything that's Bollywood inspired. I love the colors, textures and patterns. Have you guys ever seen a Bollywood movie? It's like an explosion of color on the screen. Well this combo today reminds me of something like the fabric on a beautiful Sari.

I am really happy with Tarnished Gold. It is a true Gold crackle. The formula is a little sheer but as it crackles the color becomes more intense. The formula for this crackle is easy to work with. This is Tarnished Gold over Essie's Jam 'n' Jelly.

 And this is the spectacular Jam 'n' Jelly by Essie. This pretty came from my Apothica haul. This is a color that I bought on a whim. The picture on Apothica looked pretty and when I tried to look up swatches I could not find a whole lot about the color or many good swatches. I'm super happy with this purchase though. It's an amazing, somehow warm, Fuchsia shimmer and the formula is to die for! The formula is so pigmented that I almost could have done with one coat. This is Two effortless coats of color.
I only picked up two of the metallic crackles but I am super excited to try the next one. And Essie... Oh Essie how you have grown on me... 

Happy Friday!
<3 Cristina