Sunday, February 27, 2011

Minty Love

I wanted to try out something different with my green polishes. This is Chinaglaze Muse topped with Nina Ultra Mermaid. I love the opacity of Muse but I don't care much for metallic finish. I like how Mermaid calmed the metallic effect but didn't alter the color too much. Muse is absolutely fabulous for stamping but it shows any tiny ridge of the nail if use as an all over color. To help with that I applied my regular base coat (Orly Bonder) then a thicker one to fill in the ridges. 

I stamped it with Revlon Minted. The glitter gradient was done with Chinaglaze Missltoe Kisses. I usually use a thin clear coat the spread out the gradient. This time I used Loreal top coat. It is absolute crap. It was cloudy and it took a LOOOOONG time to dry.

I think I would have like this manicure better if I had used white for the stamping and done better with the gradient.

Love and nail polish to you!

Friday, February 25, 2011


I tried but alas, I did not succeed. The clearance items got me once again.

I was shopping in Target today, picking up some things for my home. I was on my way to the checkout when a red clearance sticker caught my eye. It was a Milani nail polish. It was over. 

98 cents!?!??!
I can't not buy that! 

Another one?!?!

It was all downhill from there. 

I tried. I really did. 

I didn't even look in the beauty sections when I went shopping. I did check out the Victoria's Secret makeup when I was at the mall with my sister. But that was pretty blah.

I did learn from this experience though.  

-I didn't buy EVERYTHING that 
was on clearance thinking that 
someone else might want it. 
That's an improvement.

-It helped me to assess my makeup 
and nail polish collection and get 
everything organized.

-I have been using things in different 
ways trying to use them up and 
learning in the process.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I have my doubts....

I'm starting to have doubts about this Ten Pan Project. I'm starting to realize that there are valid reasons that I don't use certain products anymore.

1. I don't like the product.
2. I like the product so much that I use it sparingly so that I never run out.
    Am I the only one who does this???

I have been quite panicky about not being able to purchase some new things. Namely the Chinaglaze crackle polishes and the Milani glitters. 

If you, like me, missed out on the beautiful Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure you can also understand how some special polishes can be very hard to find if you don't grab them up when they come out.

For all of the polish I have no two are the same and I have never worn the same manicure twice. I do actually use all of the nail polishes I have.

Sooooo.....I'm not sure I'm going to make it....

Monday, February 7, 2011

Holo Hearts

This is my attempt at Valentine's nail art. This is my first attempt at some free hand nail art. I usually stick with konad. Outlining the hearts was harder than I expected. I need to practice some basic free hand shapes.

I used Zoya Erika as the base.
I stamped the hearts with Claire's Fire. It stamps identical to hot pink special konad polish :)
I used Orly Luxe and Claire's Goldmine for the holo hearts
and outlined them with Sally Hansen Xtreme wear in White On.

A close up of the holo goodness.
And the outlining fail :(

Maybe I'll get a magnifying glass to help me with the nail art.

Any tips???

Sunday, February 6, 2011

10 Pan Project: Going Well

I have been doing awesome 
on my 10 Pan Project!

I went to Ross and successfully resisted some nail polish. It was a set of 6 Revlon nail polishes for $4.99. That was REALLY hard. But, I DID IT!!

I've been avoiding the beauty aisle as much as possible. 

I have also resisted going to Sally's Beauty Supply. Considering that the Tron nail polish collection is out right now, that is freaking awesome. They are a collection of beautiful holo nail polishes. sigh. I hope I don't completely miss out on those.

But, I think I'm kind of cheating. Before I started my Ten Pan Project I ordered a few things online. I received one of the orders in the mail 3 days ago. It does include some eyeshadow and some fauxnad plates.I also placed an order when Zoya was giving away 3 nail polishes back in January. I received the nail polishes earlier this week as well. So, technically I have gotten some new things even though I haven't finished the 10 makeup items.

Also, I realized that one of the mascaras is crap and that's why I haven't been using it. SO that one is going in the trash. But I started with 11 so it's still fair. 

I've been doing more smokey eyes so that I can use up the  Urban Decay eyeliner. I've been using the blush and mascara everyday. I need to use the eyeshadows more. That's just a lot more work in the morning before work.

So all in all, I think I'm doing pretty good.