Friday, October 28, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 19- Galaxy Nails

Hi darlings!!

  I was so ready and excited to work on today's nails! Galaxy nails is something I've been wanting to try for a very long time but just never got around to it.... Well lucky me! Today's challenge task was Galaxy nails and after watching a few tutorials and looking at tons of pictures I ended up with these :D!
This was SO much fun to work on. You really can't do any wrong... I started with a base of BYS Down the Rabbit Hole. Then I sponged in layers starting with White on White then Electric Pineapple then Carnation Creation then Splash of Geranium. Then I went back and sponged the edges of my "nebulas" very lightly with some Blue Moon. Don't worry, I have a pic of all my colors below :D! Then I topped it all off with a coat of INM Northern Lights and Seche Vite. 

I definitely will be doing more Galaxy manis in the future. The color combinations are endless and they are just fun to work on!

Here is a pic of all the colors I used for this mani.
I can't wait to see what Sam and Rie did for their nails! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their Galaxy nails!

Water-marble tomorrow!!! So excited for that as well!
♥ Cristina

Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 18- Half Moon Nails

Hello lovely peeps!!!

  Welcome to day 18 of the challenge! Can I just say how proud I am of Sam, Rie and myself for actually making it this far :D! Today's task is Half Moon nails. I am madly in love with today's look. It's so simple and yet so eye catching. 
 So for this look I started with Two coats of Bettina's Celebrate which is a really pretty Gold Foil. Close to China Glaze's Midnight Kiss but just a bit lighter. Once that was dry I went over the top with A England's Galahad. Let me tell you guys about Galahad... It's the most stunning shade of Fall-perfect Teal. The formula... Holy Jeebs the formula on this... It's amazing! I've never used a creme with a formula quite like this one. It is so opaque but not thick.... Ughhh just perfect. Also a major perk is that I am completely dupeless for Galahad, so yay for that! I had already started loosing Sun here so I had to use this weird angle. The contrast between the foil and the creme really make this special for me.

I hope you guys like these as much as I do :D! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their  Half Moon nails!

Tomorrow's challenge should be fun! Galaxy nails!!
♥ Cristina

(**Some of the products featured were provided by the manufacturer**)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

O.P.I Nicki Minaj and Holland Collection Previews!!

Hi guys!!

  This landed in my inbox and I had to share!!! So excited about this colab! I can hear that Boom Boom baby!!

Pink Everyday!

OPI Partners with Platinum Recording Artist Nicki Minaj to Launch Limited Edition Lacquers

                OPI announces the launch of six new limited edition shades inspired by hip hop sensation Nicki Minaj, including a purple Shatter!  Inspired by Minaj’s unique style, love of bright colors, and her debut album Pink Friday, the Nicki Minaj by OPI promotion will feature an array of bold hues, from neon lime green to pink.
 “OPI is so excited to work with Nicki in releasing these six new nail lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Nicki has taken the hip hop world by storm, but her music is only part of the equation. She’s also become a fashion inspiration, noted for her daring costumes and hair color both on and off the stage.”
Nicki’s eclectic look made including a new hue in OPI’s bestselling Shatter coat a must for this collaboration. The purple Super Bass Shatter (a record-setting purple that “shatters” before your eyes) is inspired by graffiti art and works when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Super Bass Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.
The line features five nail lacquers in addition to Super Bass Shatter, ranging from fantastic pink, rainbow confetti glitter and charcoal sparkle hues to two green shades in lime and teal:
Pink Friday
Kick off the weekend with this pop! of bubblegum pink.

Metallic 4 Life
This charcoal sparkle flies with the stars in the skies.

Save Me
I drove for miles just to find this silver-rainbow glitter.

I came to win, to fight…and to wear this aqua.

Did It On ‘Em
A lusty little lacquer that loves the “lime”-light.

Super Bass Shatter

Nicki Minaj by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. This limited edition promotion will be available beginning January 2012 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

O.P.I Also Posted this preview of ther Spring 2012 Collection inspired by Holland! May I say that from promo pics these look like a vast improvement over 2011 Texas Fiasco lol...

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

 So... I'm pretty stoked on O.P.I at the moment! Are you guys?
♥ Cristina

Julep Maven Boho Glam October Box

Hi loves!

 Quick second post for today! I found these swatches just hiding in my draft folder and they are no good to you guys in there so here we go!
Say hello to Gayle. This is a pretty Plummy creme. It has just a hint of dustiness to it. It is a very pretty color and great for Fall. Is it the most unique? No, but it is really pretty. Where this polish really shines (no pun intended) is in it's formula. It is such a smooth and pigmented formula. Two coater. These pics were taken with no top coat.

 Great Fall color!

 And this is the soft Malin. Now this color doesn't really do much for my skin tone but it is a soft seashell Pink pearly shimmer. The formula on this is sheer and it needs Three coats for full coverage but it dries fairly fast. This applied very smoothly as well. It's a pretty color but not really my thing. 

The October box also included the Glow On hand cream which is absolutely amazing. It's not greasy and it soaks up uber fast. I'm looking forward to the November box.

Thanks for stopping by (again lol)
♥ Cristina