Friday, July 15, 2011

My Very First Franken Baby!! Birthday Suit Blues

Good Afternoon Loves!!

  I could not wait to share my first Franken creation with you guys!!! For those of you who are not sure what a "Franken" is, it just means when we polish heads mix up polishes to make our own creations. I may have gotten hooked on frankening after making this baby... I can see how girls could do this all the time. It's like a little surprise every time you add a little bit of this or a little bit of that... Everyone should try to Franken at least once. it makes you feel so creative. Naming them is just as fun. This baby was named by the awesome Mr. LTHP, who without missing a beat, named this pretty Birthday Suit Blues.
So I decided to make a "birthday glitter" franken. I've been seeing a lot of these types of franken popping up all over the bloggersphere and could not wait to create my own version. For this I mixed a little bit of Essie Clear with Zoya Yummy and a few drops of Zoya Phoebe to give my base a subtle, translucent shimmery Blue tone. I then added enough NYX Carnival to fill up the rest of the bottle which was a decent amount. With these you can't really have "too much" glitter, the more the better! I LOVE this. It's ethereal and pretty and it actually became opaque enough at Three coats. There is minor VNL but that doesn't bother me because I don't mind my nail line...

So what do you guys think of my first Franken-baby?
<3 Cristina

Zoya Kelly gets Spongy with Zoya Trixie

Happy Friday!!

  For today I have a simple sponged mani featuring one of my all time favorite Zoya colors. Even though lately I've been craving bright, Summery manis for some reason Kelly kept jumping out at me. Sooo, I decided to go with my gut and came up with this... 
For this simple mani I just used some cut up sponge from the art supply store and some of Zoya's Trixie on the tips of my nails. I ended up LOVING this look. I really like how simple and clean it is but at the same time it is blingy and just a little flashy. Trixie is AMAZING for sponging.

Here is a swatch of the awesomeness that is Kelly. This was one of my first Zoya's ever and will always have a special place in my stash as one of my true faves. I may have a bajilion Greys but Kelly takes the cake.
So what have we learned today? Zoya Kelly and Trixie= Best friends forever!! lol.

What do you think?
<3 Cristina

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Slytherin House Inspired Nails!!

Hi lovess!!!! I know A THIRD post for the day! I couldn't wait to share these with you guys!

   I can hear the collective nerdgasm over the happenings of today as I type this. It all ends here. I can't believe it's been 11 years since these movies started... I'm not like a hardcore Harry Potter fan by any means but I do enjoy the movies quite a lot. Late last year I had a chance to visit The Wizarding World of HP at Universal Studios Orlando and it was so mind blowing!

  So for I decided to do themed nails for such an epic occasion. I kept it simple and turned my nails into little shields. If I had any kind of freehand ability I would have done little snakes in the center. I really like the finished mani even though it is not my bestest taping job. This was my first time doing the checkered pattern and it was a little more involved than I thought it would be. Erika makes it look so easy....
So for this mani I did alternating nails in Zoya's Trixie and SpaRitual's Twisted Vine. I ran into somewhat of an issue when I was painting over the Silver because the formula is slightly sheerer than I thought it was so it was having issues fully covering the Silver... But when it was all said and done I really liked this mani.

I went with Slytherin House because I'm convinced that would be my placement in Hogwarts. I'm a little dark and misunderstood lol... So I would fit right in!
Are you going to a midnight showing? And what was on your nails!?
<3 Cristina

Orly Happy Go Lucky Collection Swatches

Good afternoon my lovelies!!

  For this post I wanted to show you guys my swatches of Orly's Happy Go Lucky Collection. This small group came out as their Back- to- School Collection. This quartet consists of Three fun and funky, almost neon, cremes and a too- cute- for- words shimmer.

  I was super excited to see these pretties being sold as a set of Four mini bottles. I really wanted this collection but for some reason I didn't feel like a whole big bottle of these was not necessary. Plus... I LOVE mini bottles. I have a goal of having a full Helmer drawer-full of minis. 
Above is the loveliness that is Frisky. This one is a true Cyan blue creme. It's a very bright and clean shade. This color dried the shiniest of the Four.

This is the edgy Fresh. I was the least excited about this one and it turned out to be my second favorite. It borders on being neon but it's not quite all the way there so it doesn't hurt my eyes to look at it. And I mean... Look at it! It's so refreshing!

This is Frolic. This one is a pretty Purple creme. The tone of Purple borders on the verge of neon but it is not neon which is why it still looks Purple (and not Blue) in the pic :).

And this is Flirty. This one is the only color in the collection which is not a creme finish. It is a Pink creme base with Silver micro sparkles floating around in it. This one also has that "almost neon" look to it as well.

  The formula for all these babies is superb. This is Orly at its finest. All Four colors were Two coaters. Even though all of these colors must have a bit of neon pigmentation the formula is beyond creamy and flows nicely. The reason why I assume there must be a bit of neon in these (besides the fact that they are bright as heck) is that they dry pretty dull. In all of these pictures I am not wearing any top coat so you guys could see how they dry to a satin like finish but very smooth. 

I'm happy with this group because I needed something a little different than all the Oranges and Yellows we got for the Summer season. I'm not ready for fall colors yet!! I wanna wear more of these babies!

Are u ready for fall polishes yet?
<3 Cristina