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4/30/11

You're a Heartbreaker!

Today's post is a polish that I've worn over and over again but can never seem to get right. I finally found a way to make this wearable! Which is good because I was about to throw it out.

The first time I tried Pure Ice Heartbreaker, I wore it on it's own.That was about three years ago when I didn't know too much about polish. It was way too sheer to be worn alone so after about a year and a half I picked it up again and tried layering it with a green. That didn't work out very well since it blended right in. So I gave it one more try with blue, and once again it blended in. So finally I have come to the conclusion that it should be layered with darker colors.


Check out the results...

+ Heartbreaker =


I used L.A. Colors Black Satin as the base and then layered two coats of Pure Ice Heartbreaker over it. I'm really, really pleased. Thank goodness I saw this being layered at Chloe's Nails or else I would have lost hope and thrown this polish away.
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4/29/11

Crossing Tape Mani

Hi everyone! I just wanted to tell you that I have a guest post over at Colorful Bottle's Blog if you want to check it out!

I prepared it for her weekly guest posts! If you get a chance, I'd love if you can check it out, just click here to get to it.

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank you gimikdgirl.blogspot.com for giving me this award! It's crazy, I was just reading her blog and she just recently got this award as her very first blogger award. This is my very first one too! The whole time I was reading her post I kept thinking "Man, I wish I could earn a blogger award..." How crazy is that?
Anyway, let's get on with it. Here are the rules:

Write 10 facts about yourself.
Pass the award to 10 bloggers and tell them about the award.

10 facts? Hm, I think I'll be random with these...

1. My first kiss was in first grade. All my friends always have these cute or funny stories about their first kiss in junior high and mine was just with some boy in the first grade. But hey! He wasn't a bad kisser for his age. I still remember thinking "Isn't this supposed to be gross?" the whole time it was happening.

2. My name is Shaina. Pronounced shay-nuh for some that may not know.

3. When I was 12, I ran up my cell phone bill to $3000 dollars! I thought I had unlimited everything, but apparently not. My parents refused to buy me a cell phone after that. 

4. I am bilingual, I speak Creole and English. My first language is of course English, but I learned to speak Creole as I grew up. (My parents were born in Haiti where Creole is the language they speak.)

5. One of my biggest pet peeves, that everyone thinks is strange, is that I hate when people touch me. And I don't mean "Let's hop in bed and get freaky", I mean, I hate when people touch my neck, or legs. Even if it's just an accident. It's really annoying.

6. I have an enormous crush on Bradley Cooper! He is easily one of the sexiest guys in Hollywood. Not even gonna' lie.

7. I am ALL FOR gay rights. 100%, no question about it. I may not be bisexual or a lesbian but I truly believe in gay rights.

8. I do not like doors or windows being opened. They must be closed at all times, especially when I am sleeping. I guess you could call that another strange pet peeve.

9. My favorite song at the moment is Rolling In The Deep by Adele. I'm just throwing that out there since I'm running out of random, semi-interesting facts about myself.

10. I have a small gap in my teeth. The rest of my teeth are straight and everything but I do have a gap that I love. Most people would try to close theirs up as soon as they could but I want mine to stay. It's not huge or anything so I plan on keeping it. (:

There you go! I hope I didn't bore anyone. Now I tag...
My Lucid Bubble
Josie's Nails
The TraceFace Philes
Dees Polish Endeavours
Fiercely Fresh Fingertips
Kiss My Acetone
Bright Lights, Big Color
Let Them Have Polish
Another Bottle of Polish?!
Chloe's Nails
The PolishAholic
Polish or Perish
Oooh, Shinies!
Nail Fanatic
Nail Polish Art Addiction
Enamel Girl

I was supposed to tag 10 but I love reading so many different blogs that I just went crazy and tagged 16. If your blog is not listed, don't worry. If I could list all the blogs that I follow, I would, but unfortunately that is not in the rules.

Virtuous Violet

I've had this beauty in my collection since Christmas and hadn't even touched it. Thank goodness I'm going through a purple phase at the moment because I'm not usually a fan of purple nail polish.

I would recommend clicking on the pictures for a closer view, it's best for seeing the blue shimmer.


Nicole by OPI Virtuous Violet is a beautiful purple with strong blue shimmer. At times, this polish even looks like a duo chrome. That's how strong the blue shimmer is. I don't own a color like this, so this is pretty unique in my collection.

4/28/11

After Party

I was forced to file down all my nails last night due to the fact that one of them broke off. When I tell you I was mad, I was mad! I had a horrible night to begin with and then this happened.

Yesterday I went to an event on the other side of town. My brother had to take me since my bad luck made the car break down. When I called him to pick me up he was all "Let me finish eating and taking a shower, then I'll come pick you up" I took this as "I really don't give a sh*t about you, I'm going to go on with my normal plans and pick you up when I feel like it" Either way, I was pretty annoyed but kept my cool. After about an hour and 10 people asking me where my ride was or if I "needed a lift" I finally decided it was best to call him again and see what was going on.

He didn't answer and later sends me a text saying that he's brushing his teeth and will leave soon. At this point I was furious, I kept thinking "What?! You do understand that I'm standing out here alone while everyone is already gone and it's under 50 degrees out here?"

Long story short--After about an hour and a half after the event was over my brother finally arrived. I was so pissed at that point, I should have just walked home. He didn't apologize either, for making me freeze and letting me be humiliated like that.

But let's talk about something a little more positive, here's a lovely combination--Ulta After Party layered over Wet N' Wild 429B.



Wet N' Wild 429B on it's own...


Ulta After Party is a silver and red glitter packed polish. The formula is a little runny but not hard to work with. It's obviously too sheer to be worn on it's own so I layered it over Wet N' Wild 429B. I'm not sure what the proper name for this color is so I just called it 429B. That's the number of the polish, but the name isn't on the bottle. I researched it but couldn't find it.

In real life, the red glitter is more visible. I feel like the base blended in with the red and only the silver glitter could show through. But it's so pretty!

P.S. Ulta is having another sale on their salon formula polishes. This time it's a BOGO sale. So if you're interested in any Ulta polishes, hurry and shop!

4/27/11

My Stash

One of the first posts I made on this blog was a post dedicated to my nail polish collection. I had 65 polishes when I started and was so excited for you all to see it. Here's what my collection looked like in that post:


Fast forward three months and now I'm at 109 polishes. I was so excited to hit the 100 mark! I was going crazy with excitement.

I also have better organization now. I bought this shelf thing at Wal-mart a week ago and found that it is perfect for holding my polishes. 
In the top shelf I have all my oranges, pinks, reds, purples and yellows.
 The second shelf has nudes, blacks, silvers, golds, grays and whites.
And the last shelf has blues and greens. I think I may move the purples from the top shelf to this third one. I think purples, blues, and greens should be categorized together. What do you think?

I still have a whole shelve left over and I'm debating on whether I should leave room for Frankens, Glitters, and other special polishes. 
Here's a breakdown of the brands: I have 14 China Glaze polishes, 11 Revlons, 10 Zoyas, 9 Ultas, 7 Nicole by OPIs, 6 Sally Hansens, and then a small amount of other brands like CCUK, Catrice, L.A. Colors, Pure Ice and Wet N' Wild.
I've also entered all my polishes in a spreadsheet. This makes it so easy to keep up with every polish I own. Click here to get to it.

Also, does anyone have any suggestions or tips on organizing polishes? I don't plan on buying racks or anything until I run out of room and I like organizing by color, not brand or type. But I'd like to know--should I move the purples with the blues and greens, should there be a separate shelf for frankens and glitters, or is it fine the way it is? Let me know! (:

4/26/11

Zoya Creamy

Zoya is easily becoming one of my favorite nail polish brands. They have amazing formula, easy application, large color range and safe products. What's not to love?
I'm a sucker for Zoya's creams! They make creams like it's nobody's business (Robyn, Marley, Breezi, just to name a few of my favorites).

Creamy was no exception, I wore it all week and got so many compliments. In fact I've never gotten so many compliments on such a basic manicure. No nail art, just Creamy on it's own.

Now let's get onto the beauty that is Creamy!


Zoya Creamy is a bright, vibrant yellow cream. The pictures above are pretty color accurate. Creamy is a very cool toned yellow but not neon. It's close though. I applied 3 coats for full opacity, but 2 would have worked with more careful application.
As for how good this wears; I went a whole week with little to no chips and the color was just as vibrant and glossy on the 5th day as it was on the 1st.

I bought this months ago but never wore it until now. I'm glad I did because Creamy is amazing! This has just become one of my favorite colors.

4/24/11

White Cap Layering!

Happy Easter!

I was lucky enough to win the entire China Glaze Anchors Away collection from Nikki (nailtalez.blogspot.com) in her blog's 1 year anniversary giveaway. It recently came in the mail and of course the first polish I even looked at was White Cap. I have been dying for this polish and I'm so, SO happy that I can finally cross it off my wish list!

So, let's have a little fun, shall we? Here's some combinations, or "makeovers", I made using the gorgeous White Cap. You might want to click the pictures to get a better look.

Before...
China Glaze Sunset Sail- a pretty peachy nude with subtle silver shimmer

After...

Before...
Ulta Noel- A super light, pink cream

After...

Before...
Revlon Maroon- a maroon, berry toned color with red microglitter

After...

Before...
My favorite makeover. Catrice London's Weather Forecast- a beautiful blue toned gray with silver shimmer

After...

White Cap really makes everything look so beautiful! Even a boring color like Revlon's Maroon, looks gorgeous when layered with White Cap. I just don't know how China Glaze came up with this one. It's beautiful beyond belief. I can't wait to try more layering with White Cap!

4/22/11

Zoya Lolly

Happy Earth Day! Make sure you join in on Zoya's Polish Exchange. They will recycle all your old nail polishes for you! More details here.

Anyway, here's Lolly, the third color from Zoya's new Mod Matte Collection for summer. I ordered this a while back when they were having their BOGO sale on all three of their summer collections. But it was back-ordered for a while.

I mentioned that I would add this in with the other two when I finally got it, and that's exactly what I did. Now all three of them will be in the same place. You can check out the complete Mod Matte Collection review here.

Sunlight
Daylight--no sun
And here's Glossy Lolly, as I like to call it:

Sunlight
Zoya Lolly is a hot pink creme with a velvet matte finish. It needs at least three coats for full, opaque coverage. Maybe two if you were super careful. Like the other two mattes in Zoya's Mod Matte Collection, Lolly dried lightning fast. You could literally see it drying on your nails.

It's so hard to pick a favorite from Zoya, every one of their polishes is just amazing.

4/21/11

A Twist on the Half Moon Manicure

I woke up this morning feeling very uninspired. I tried SO many different ideas and manicures but nothing felt right. I didn't really want anything insane, but I definitely wanted something more than just a plain color.

I tried and I tried and I just couldn't get anything right! After about two hours of no success I gave up. There was just no way I was going to get anything done with how frustrated I was.

Luckily I found myself scanning though pictures of nail art and it inspired me to try one last time and do something with my nails. Anything--as long as they weren't bare!

The outcome was better than I expected:


Here's Set The Nude all on it's own.



For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the creamy nude base and Art Deco Black as the black moon and lines. Both polishes were easy to apply and dried quick. Which made this manicure 100% frustration free.  

I applied my base then I added the moon and the lines. I didn't wait for it to completely dry and the black kind of dragged when I applied my topcoat but it didn't bother me too much so I didn't redo any nails.

Oh, and can I just say that Set The Nude is the best nude I have ever come across? Maybe I'm speaking too soon since I do not own that many, but I'm not sure anything will top this anytime soon. (Unless Orly Country Club Khaki magically appears at my doorstep.)

What's your favorite nude polish? I'm always looking for more.

4/19/11

You've Been Bam-Blue-Zled!

Ulta was having a 2 for $4 sale on their salon formula nail polishes so it only made sense for me to go and shove all the polishes in my shopping basket. I barely looked at the colors, I just knew they were cheap so I threw 'em in there!

One of the beauties I got was Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled. I wasn't too sure about this one since the last Ulta cream I purchased was really bad quality. But the color looked too pretty to pass up so I ended up getting it. I'm really glad I did, it's a very pretty color. See for yourself...


(Sorry about the lack of clean up, I was trying to catch the sun so there was no time to waste.)
Picture taken in direct sunlight
These last two pictures are probably the most color accurate.
Picture taken in daylight--no sun
Picture taken in daylight--no sun
Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled is a dusty, light blue with subtle purple undertones. Almost like a light periwinkle shade. It took about 2-3 coats for full opacity and it dried as a nice cream finish, maybe even a bit of a jelly finish. Application overall was fine, but it is a bit hard to get a nice even coat.

I absolutely love the name of this polish! For some reason I think it's so cute! This also has to be one of my favorite blues. I feel like I keep changing my mind, but this really is beautiful in person.

4/18/11

Feeling a Little...Perplexed?

I was super excited for today's post because today I have the insanely gorgeous, amazing, hard to find, Chanel Paradoxal dupe, beautiful Revlon Perplex to show you!

Megan, a super sweet and really kind reader, offered to send it to me since she knew it was so hard for me to find. I was lucky that she had an extra bottle that she didn't need. I cannot even tell you how excited I was when I knew I'd be getting this! I had to double check several times to make sure Megan was serious. Thank goodness she was, because Perplex has been on my wishlist for ages.

Revlon Perplex is a gray with dusty purple undertones and a strong pink flash. It dries as a nice shimmer finish and was opaque in two coats. I probably could have done one coat and been fine.

Prepare yourself, I couldn't help but take a million pictures (all in sunlight)...







 Gorgeous right? This color is truly unique! I just can't say enough how beautiful it is.
Thank you so much Megan!

4/16/11

Geometric Shapes

I love variety. When it comes to food, clothes, shoes, hairstyles and especially nails. I don't like to be bored with just one or a few things so I love trying out new nail art techniques and products. Lately tape manicures have been doing the trick!

I wish I could tell you that I was inspired by something, but really, I just experimented with tape and got this:



For this manicure I used L.A. Colors Black Velvet as the base color. Then I cut out random pieces of tape in different sizes and shapes. I applied them to my nail, making sure there were no gaps, and applied Nicole by OPI Positive Energy over the top.

It turned out alright but was too time consuming and too frustrating to ever do again. Bad experience, but this definitely will not be the end to my tape manicures.

4/14/11

Freshly Squeezed

I was in the mood for wearing one of my untrieds and this was the first polish that came to mind! 
This spring I have become obsessed with oranges and corals and this baby was no exception! This has to be one of the most unique oranges that I own, and I own quite a bit of oranges.

I just wish these pictures did it the justice it deserved.

Daylight, no flash

This picture really shows off the pretty, yellow shimmer...
Flash
If you click on this picture you can see some of the pink shimmer (especially the index finger)...
Flash
Nicole by OPI Fresh Squeezed is a gorgeous orange with strong pink, yellow and gold shimmer. I promise that the shimmer is more obvious in real life. This polish was a little sheer and took about 3-4 coats to be opaque. But it dried super quick between coats.

Like most of the Nicole by OPI polishes I have worn, Fresh Squeezed smelled awful! But it's such a pretty color that I can get past the stench.

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