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Showing posts with label Catrice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Catrice. Show all posts

6/5/13

Art Deco

Happy hump day! I'm out of school now so I surprised myself by even knowing that today was Wednesday. When you don't have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. anymore, the day of the week just doesn't seem to matter!

Today's design was impossible to photograph. And believe me, I tried! I tried every angle, lighting, pose and nothing was working for me. I was lucky enough to get a few decent shots *le sigh*.

There are actually two versions of this manicure, the one above has gray stripes on the ring finger and in the pictures below the stripes on the ring finger are green and yellow. 
For this manicure I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters as the teal base. I then went over the lower half of each nail with Catrice London's Weather Forecast (gray). For all the stripes and lines I used my Born Pretty's nail art brushes and Bondi Brick Road (my new favorite yellow). I finished off with top coat.

I'm not really sure what inspired this design but I do love the finished look! What do you think?

6/6/11

Random Swatch Spam (Zoya, OPI, Catrice...)

I was really in the mood for swatching this past weekend and trying out different combinations and layering techniques as well as some of the colors I have bought but have not worn.

Let's start off with Ulta Deck the Halls, a silver, scattered, holographic glitter, layered over Essence What Do U Think?.


Here's what Deck the Halls looks like in the bottle:
(Blurred to show holo effect)
Next we have OPI Silver Shatter layered over CCUK Midnight Blue. I prefer Silver Shatter when it looks more metallic rather than glitzy and glittery so here it is with no topcoat:



Then it's the beautiful Zoya Gemma, a subtle olive green with blue/violet shimmer. I really love this color and suggest that everyone has something this unique in their collection! I've been wearing this alone since Saturday:



Next is the beautiful Catrice Big Spender Wanted! This is my second Catrice nail polish and I am very impressed with their formula. I especially love this one because of the pretty gold shimmer, not to mention that I've never had a frost-like polish with this good of a formula:


Last, we have Claire's Poison Apple. This is supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Bad Fairy but considering it's poor excuse for a duo-chrome, I'm guessing it isn't. Not only was it sheer, but the pretty copper and orange you see in the bottle is trapped there. It barely transfers to the nails.


But wait, is that a little duo-chrome I see?

I think my favorites from the bunch are Zoya Gemma and Catrice Big Spender Wanted. Which are your favorites?

5/4/11

Gray Stripes

First I want to welcome any new followers! I appreciate you hitting that little 'follow' button to the side. I hope you enjoy my posts and stick around. (:

Now to today's manicure, I've been seeing many striped manicures so I thought I'd finally try it out. Now I see why everyone loves them! They're fun, easy, and come out so pretty. I decided to keep mine subtle and not go crazy with bright neons or holos.


For this manicure I used China Glaze Pelican Gray as the base color. After it dried completely I taped off my nails in a vertical direction. Then I used Zoya Kelly, a dark gray with purple and blue undertones, as the color closest to my tips. After it dried I went back and taped off my nails a second time, this time going a little higher than the first stripe. I used Catrice London's Weather Forecast, a medium gray with subtle blue undertones, for the second stripe.

As much as I LOVE this manicure, I plan on removing this pretty soon so I can try the stripes with different color/finish combinations. I'm thinking something a little more bright!

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!

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