Yellow With Black Dots Nails

So… what happens when I try to be patriotic for my school?  This happens:

Colors used:

  • China Glaze: Solar Power
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Black Out

So, yeah.  My school’s colors are black and gold.  So I came up with this design.  It’s simple, but sometimes the simplicity of something makes it beautiful.  Not saying that this design is beautiful, BUT I think if I added something to it, I would ruin in.  Half of a design is to know when to STOP.

As far as doing the design, it was super easy.  I first painted my nails “Solar Power” which is the yellow color.  I used three coats.  If you want to know more about this color, click my Review and check it out!  Then, using my homemade dotting tool (a bobby pin), I made a large dot in the center of each nail, using “Black Out”, then I made the dots go from large to small, putting them in a swerving direction.  It’s easiest to just look at the photo for the way I did the dots. 🙂  And then I added a large-ish, silver rhinestone on the fourth nail, on top of the large, center dot.  You know how much of love rhinestones… I obviously couldn’t do without them. 😀

And I lastly put on Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.  That’s why my nails are so shiny!  I just got hat top coat yesterday, and I’ll have a review on it maybe tomorrow, but in short, I love it!  Before Seche Vite I just used some cheap top coat, but it makes a difference to use a nice one.

OH!  And I know I don’t mention this every time (or anytime? I don’t know/remember), but I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS use a base coat and a top coat WHENEVER I paint my nails.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  🙂  Thought I’d get that out there.

I got “Solar Power” from Sally Beauty Supply and I got “Black Out” at Walgreens.

This was a short one today, guys.  I don’t know if you like the short, simple ones, but I’m going to apologize for its shortness anyway.  I just have that everlasting headache you get when you’re sleep-deprived.  But it’s the weekend, and I can catch up on some Zzzz’s.

♥ ☮
~LinZ

Advertisements

China Glaze: Grape Juice

Surprised?  Maybe not.  Lol.  This review wasn’t on my To-Do list.  BUT… I ended up wanting to wear purple polish for school, and I thought, “Hey, before I add a design, why not take some pictures, and make a review!”  So, that’s how all this happened.  I’m going to make this as short and sweet as possible. 🙂

So, here’s my review on China Glaze’s Grape Juice.  Here are photos of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself:

“Grape Juice” is a purple, glitter polish.  I KNOW.  GLITTER.  Which means it’s not the most fun thing to remove from your nail.  But I don’t really mind that much.  So yeah. 😀  It’s glitter, but even without a top coat, the polish, when dried, feels smooth on the nail.

The application process was enjoyable.  Lol.  The first coat goes on really transparent.  It takes three coats to really build up the color, but I used four coats, as seen in the photo below:

It’s so pretty. 🙂  The color kind of grew on me.  At first, I thought it was just nice.  I wasn’t CRAZY about it, but it’s not like I disliked it.  But the longer I wear it, the more I like “Grape Juice.”  It’s a nice purple that gets darker the more coats you layer on.

I took a picture of a close up of the bottle so you can see the sparkles.

Pretty, no?

You can see the tiny silver flecks of glitter.

The camera managed to capture the color very well for all the photos!  The color of the polish in the photo is spot on to the color in real life.  I like this color a lot, and I recommend it to any one.

It’s not thick and chunky and it’s somewhat subtle.  But it still draws attention.  Good attention!

And the last picture for you all:

Sorry to get off topic, but do I seem less enthusiastic than usual?  I’m just tired from school.  I keep going to sleep late and waking up early.  Oh well.  I still had a good day, and I hope you did too!  And I hope you enjoy the quick, simple review!

Feel free to click on any of the photos to see larger, more-detailed versions of them.

P.S.  I have had “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young stuck in my head all day.

♥ ☮

~LinZ

China Glaze: Ruby Pumps

It’s time for another one of my random reviews. 😀 And it’s a review on a nail polish by my favorite brand. CHINA GLAZE! So, let’s just dive into it.
Here is my review on none other than China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps. Here are some photos of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself:

Ruby Pumps is a bright, red glitter nail polish.  It’s very “Valentine’s Day.”  It reminds me of a glitterfied version of China Glaze’s Sacred Heart (Neon).  This polish is so much fun to use!  It dries really fast and goes on nice and smooth, despite the glitter!  I love smooth polishes.  Just applying the polish is fun.  I can’t describe what it is like to apply “Ruby Pumps”, so you have to get it for yourself and find out the fun that you are missing.

It’s… so… glittery.  It SPARKLES in the light!  It’s fun to look at your nails when wearing “Ruby Pumps”.  I could look at my nails all day.  Is that vain?  Who knows.

This is a picture taken by my window, using sunlight, to show off the sparkles.  The color in this photo is pretty spot on!  Which seems to rarely happen whenever I take pictures.  I guess the natural lighting is better than the light from the lamp on my desk that I usually use.  But the problem here is that I usually take all the photos at night.  And the sun USUALLY isn’t around at night. Lol.

This photo was taken using the light from my desk lamp.  As you can see, the color is a little bit different from the photo above.  I like the first photo better, but I decided to put this up to show the comparisons.  Oh!  Please pardon the fact that there’s extraneous nail polish on the sides of my nails.  I’m a messy (sorta) painter when it comes to simply putting on a base color.  It saves me time to just quickly put on the base color, rather than apply it carefully. Lol.  Once the polish dries, I always just peel off the extra polish.  It’s just my way of doing nails.  Not very professional, but oh well.

I wanted everyone to see how glittery this polish really is, so I took a couple of up close pictures to show you!  And you can click on the photos to enlarge them, and see greater detail!

So. I had a lot of fun with “Ruby Pumps.”  And I don’t see how anyone could not.  I really can’t think of one bad quality about this color.  Goes on smoothly, dries quickly, looks GORGEOUS.  There’s nothing not to love. 🙂  I think that wraps up the review.

EDIT: Aug. 29, 2010:  There is ONE thing not to love about this polish.  For people who know about polish, you already know this, but “Ruby Pumps” IS a glitter polish, meaning, it’s a PAIN to remove.  But that’s it. 😀

♥ ☮

~LinZ

China Glaze: Solar Power ☀

Here comes the sun, little darling.

Well.  Great news.  I have gotten my hands on China Glaze’s Solar Power.  What happened is that my sister’s birthday is coming up, and I wanted to get her some nail polish, so I went to Sally’s and got her two nail polishes, but I’m not going to say which colors because she might read this. 🙂  It’s a secret for now.

Anyway!  There’s a long list of colors that I am currently craving for, and the one that I am most in dire need of is Solar Power.  So when I was at Sally’s, I knew I could just get one bottle for myself.  So I obviously picked Solar Power.  And I am SO happy I did.  I love this color.  I simply love it.

Here’s my review on China Glaze’s Solar Power.  This is a photo of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself.

It’s a super bright, shimmer yellow.  Even though I usually like creme polishes better than shimmer polishes, I love Solar Power. It’s bright, it’s happy, it’s fun, and it’s so SUMMER.  It’s really perfect for the sunny season. There’s a REASON why it’s called SOLAR Power. 🙂  It goes on really smooth, and it dries fast.

I had tried it on my pointer finger, but I didn’t take a picture. 😦  Sorry.  BUT!  LUCKILY, I let my sister try the color!  She loves it, of course.  And I took a picture of HER nails, so here it is:

She used two coats, which looks totally fine, but I recommend using three, just to make sure that you can’t see  your nail through the polish.

I HIGHLY recommend this color to anyone!  I think it would look nice on any skin tone.  If you’re looking for a bright yellow nail polish that has a shimmer, your search is OVER.  Get Solar Power.  Just get it.  Please. You won’t regret it.

~LinZ

Rainbow Nails

This colorful nail design I copied from http://preposterously.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/nail-deco-of-the-week-72/

It is just so fun and colorful, that I HAD to try it.  I did it in the beginning of June.  My nails were relatively short back then.  They’re a lot longer now.  But what’s great about this design is that you don’t need long nails for it.

I used to always, ALWAYS have short nails.  I would bite my nails to the nub, and finally as I got older and grew out of that habit, I still would never be able to grow out my nails because they were constantly breaking.  And when I started painting my nails, I always saw these amazing designs I wanted to try, but couldn’t, because my nails were really short.

I’ve finally been able to grow out my nails.  Which is awesome.  And I refuse to cut them, unless they become ridiculously long.  But I totally think short nails have a nice, clean look about them, and they’re much more practical.

Used:

  • China Glaze:  Sacred Heart
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri:  Lightening
  • China Glaze: Turned Up Turquoise
  • L.A. Colors:  Nuclear Energy
  • It’s So Easy Stripe Rite:  Silver
  • China Glaze:  White on White

Autumn Tree Nails

This is the design I currently have on my nails.  They’re supposed to be autumn trees. 😀  They were really simple to do.  First I just painted my nails turquoise, then, using a thin paint brush I painted the black lines  for the tree, and using a bobby pin as a dotting tool, I added the dots in order: yellow, orange, then red.  Lastly, on each nail I added a small yellow and red rhinestone.  Simple as that.

Used:

  • China Glaze: Sacred Heart (Neon)
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: Lightening
  • China Glaze: Turned Up Turquoise
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Black Out

A little about the nail polishes:

~The “Turned Up Turquoise” requires a couple coats to get a nice solid color.  I usually go with 3 coats, but the more the better.  It dries REALLY fast.  Only takes a couple seconds.  It dries to a matte finish, giving it a powdery look.  It looks really nice and feels smooth and soft. With the clear coat over it, the color loses its matte finish, turning into a shiny, shimmer-y turquoise, which is still beautiful.  But it’s not quite as special looking as the powdery finish without the clear coat.  BUT.  THERE’S ALWAYS A BUT.  Without a top coat, this color will not last long.  It’s very flaky.

~The “Sacred Heart (Neon)” is the red color.  You can’t see much of it in this photo, just a few dots, BUT, this color should be in every collection.  In my opinion.  This red is gorgeous.  It’s an everyday color that anyone can use.  I’ll have to do a swatch of it sometime so I can show you all how great it is.  It’s very durable.  It LASTS.  It’s bright, it’s fun, it’s great.