Sunday, March 29, 2015

Glam Polish The Prestige & MoYou London Fashionista 11

Good morning friends! Quick post today. I have to finish up some homework and then do some Easter nails. Yesterday I shared my Glam Polish Master's of Illusion collection swatches. For today and my next few posts, I'll be showing you those beauties with some nail art!

Here's Glam Polish The Prestige stamped using MoYou London Fashionista 11 in Mundo de Unas Violet. I love this plate because it's one of those with a continuous design covering the whole plate so each nail is different, but still ties in with the rest of the nails.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Glam Polish Limited Edition Masters of Illusion Collection Swatches

Happy Saturday loves! Today I have swatches 5 out of the 9 polishes from the new Limited Edition Masters of Illusion collection from Glam Polish to share with you. All swatches are 3 coats with topcoat. Let's take a look at these mesmerizing beauties!

The Prestige--tinted holographic base with ultra holo glitter, iridescent rainbow flakies and sparkly microflakies, glass flecks and shimmer.

Escape Artist--holographic base with ultra holo glitter, cyan/violet flakies, iridescent color shifting glass flecks and shimmer

Sorcerer’s Apprentice-- holographic base with ultra holo glitter, golden/green flakies, iridescent color shifting glass flecks and shimmer.

Death Defying Acts--holographic base with ultra holo glitter, pink/green flakies, iridescent color shifting glass flecks and shimmer.

Mad Magician--holographic base with ultra holo glitter, violet/red flakies, iridescent color shifting glass flecks and shimmer.

The formula of these polishes was easy to work with and built up nicely. These polishes had so much depth to them that it was hard to capture how pretty they truly are. I did nail art over all 5 of these polishes so hopefully you'll get a better look at their beauty when I share those with you this week. 

Rachel of Glam Polish described this collection as consisting of "nine amazing special effect shades with stunning mixes of flakies, holo, microflakies and color shifting glass flecks." She recommends using the color shifting shades (Mad Magician, Prest-o Change-o, Deceptive Practice, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Death Defying Acts, and Escape Artist) over a base color in order to see the color shift better. 

This collection will be available April 1st at 5pm EST (USA) and April 2nd 8am AEST (AUS). You can purchase these polishes here with shipping to Australia & USA. Shipping rates to USA are $3.50 USD for the first polish and an extra $1.00 for each additional polish.

Friday, March 27, 2015

OPI Do You Take Lei Away & MoYou London Tropical 01

Happy Friday beauties! I'm so happy that Spring is here because that means lots of colorful manis and floral prints to come! Here's my first one using one of the polishes from the OPI Hawaii Collection.

I used OPI Do You Take Lei Away and stamped using MoYou London Tropical 01 in Mundo de Unas White.

I added some gold glitter in the center of the flowers to make it pop. You probably can't tell, but I made this into a gel manicure with Gelibility. I love having my stamped manis last me all week at work now. I just need to figure out a way to use studs with gel and get through the week without them falling off. I've already tried anchoring the stud with gel topcoat, curing, then adding 2 coats of topcoat and curing. Any suggestions?!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Celtic Knot for St. Paddy's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! So I did this gel mani yesterday morning before work. The original image of a shamrock I wanted to use from Bundle Monster BM-H05 just did not want to transfer to my gel. I've come to the conclusion that a lot of my BM images won't transfer on gel or topcoated nails because I've had this issue several times now that I've been using gel or only using BM when I swatch (over topcoated polish). Anyways I decided to use plan B and use the only Irish or St. Patrick's related image from one of my MoYou London plates as my MoYou London images transfer seamlessly to gel polish or topcoated nails.

I used OPI GelColor Alpine Snow and stamped using MoYou London Tourist 04 in Mundo de Unas Orange. I used Gelibility with Essie Shake Your Money Maker and China Glaze Angel Wings.

It's a bummer I finally had the chance to use my St. Patrick's themed images and it didn't end up working out. I've now added MoYou Festive 17 to my to-buy list!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

OPI Cement The Deal & MoYou London Fashionista 04

Hello beauties! This weekend just flew by and I still need to do a St. Paddy's day mani. Yikes! I might just wake up early and do my nails before work. Today I have a grey and yellow chevron design to share with you. I used OPI Cement The Deal and stamped using MoYou London Fashionista 04 in Mundo de Unas Pastel Yellow. I really like how this turned out, but the grey gave me lobster hands as grey polish always does to me. *sadface*

Saturday, March 14, 2015

OPI Aloha From OPI & Born Pretty Store Water Decals

Happy Saturday! I promised to post this weekend since last weekend kind of slipped away from me. Today I have one of my favorite colors from the OPI Hawaii collection. Here's OPI Aloha From OPI with Born Pretty Store water decals. I loooove this decal design. It's great for if you're on a time crunch for nail art or want a cute pedi, but don't want to do a lot of work. I actually wore this mani as a Gelibility mani a couple weeks ago, but I hated my pics so I did it again and left it as regular polish. I also spent over $200 on gel polish last weekend. I am becoming such a gel polish lover. What is happening to me?!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Glam Polish Hypnotize & MoYou London Fairytale 01

Hi friends! Quick post today because I have some homework I should be working on! Here's Glam Polish Hypnotize stamped using MoYou London Fairytale 01 in Mundo de Unas White. Sorry I didn't post last weekend, but I have a couple posts ready for this weekend! I'll also try my best to squeeze in some St. Paddy's Day nails next week! I hate missing a holiday or "special day" mani because I have so many stamping plates with images for every type of holiday and I hate waiting around for the next year to use them. Let's hope I have good time management this weekend!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Black & Blue or White & Gold? Inspired by "The Dress"

Hey loves! I usually post on the weekends, but the dress with questionable colors is such a hot topic right now that I just had to post this sooner. I wanted to do this as soon as I saw Tam from ohmygoshpolish do a mani inpired by this dress. I'm sure you all have seen the photo of the dress over the weekend in which some people see as black and blue and others see as white and gold. I saw the dress as white and gold, but apparently the real dress is black and blue! 

For my index and pinky I used OPI Eurso Euro and stamped using MoYou London Pro 01 XL in Mundo de Unas Black. For my middle and ring I used Color Club On Cloud Nine and stamped using MoYou London Pro 01 in Mundo de Unas Bronze. So what colors did you all see when you saw the dress? And more importantly, what color are my nails?!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bundle Monster Secret Garden Stamping Plate Collection--Review

Good morning beauties! Today I have Bundle Monster's new Secret Garden stamping plate collection to review. There are 25 plates in the set and unlike any of their other plates, these are buffet style. Instead of individual rectangular images, the designs take up the entire plate allowing you to choose what part of the design to use. As always, the plates came with a blue protective film that you remove before use and thick paper backing to prevent any cuts while using the plates. Here's a look at the plates. Click to enlarge.

Here's a couple of manis I did with the plates.

Glam Polish Mesmerize stamped using Bundle Monster BM-719 in Mundo de Unas Pastel Yellow, Pastel Pink, and Spring Green. 

Glam Polish Charmed with stamping decals made using Bundle Monster BM-716 in Mundo de Unas Black. The flowers were filled using OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops and Color Club On Cloud Nine.

I would've had a 3rd mani to show you, but I had trouble picking up and transferring some of the images. I was going to do orange koi fish from BM-725 over a blue base. I tried it over one of the Glam Polishes I swatched and I had trouble with that. I thought it might have been because I had topcoated the polish for swatches (which doesn't typically give me issues) so I tried starting over with an OPI polish for a base color with no topcoat and I still couldn't get it to transfer. I'm not sure if it was just that plate or not because I did have trouble with the purple mani as well and had to remove and re-stamp a couple of nails over. I'll just have to play with the plates a bit more!

You can purchase these plates here for $20.50. Bundle Monster offers free standard shipping to the US for orders over $25. Use code "JOLLY2014" for 15% off your puprchase. Valid through March 31, 2015.