Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bootie Babe - Tears For Rears

Oh my god Becky, look at her... bottle!

I am so excited to share my new favorite polish with you guys. Seriously, I can't get over how cute these are and the colors are amazing. I can't wait to collect more!

The first thing I fell in love with was the adorable bootie shaped bottles and unique bootie themed names. With hilariously amusing names like Honky Badonky, Junk In Da Trunk, Cushy Tushy, and Elvis Pelvis, these could not be more fun!

The second thing I noticed was how many different stunning colors they have available. From creams to shimmers, there is something for every taste. It took me about an hour to narrow my favorites down to two and let's just say, I've already started my Christmas list!

Lastly, and perhaps the most important thing is the awesome formula. All Bootie Babe polishes are Big 3 free as well as cruelty free. Both of the ones I have tried so far (a shimmer and a cream), applied so smooth and easy. Not too thick and not too thin but just the right consistency. I'll be sharing the other color soon!

Don't let the cute bottles fool you, these are salon quality lacquer's made right here in the USA by Nubar Cosmetics.
The first color I have to share is a seductive red shimmer called 'Tears For Rears'. I picked this out with fall and the upcoming holidays in mind and I'm glad I did because it is SO pretty! I'm really torn right now because while I want to try the other color I got to share with you guys, I don't want to take this one off. It's THAT nice!

The color reminds me of a deep red wine or plump juicy cranberries. But with loads more shine & shimmer, of course.

As I mentioned above, the formula is perfect and it just slides right on. It dries nice and fast so I don't have to worry about sitting around for ever and has such an incredible shine that I almost didn't add top coat.

(Both photos are 2 coats of color topped with Seche Vite.)
I can't stop staring at my nails or the adorable bootie bottle so I'll just be sitting here staring at both if anyone needs me. lol!

There are 48 different bootie-full colors that can be purchased on the Bootie Babe website (link below) for a very reasonable $8 per bottle. Even better, they offer free shipping on every order!
 Disclosure: The owner of this blog is compensated with free products and services to provide a review of. Even though I receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.Any paid advertising will be identified as such.

Monday, September 29, 2014

I Just Turned 30! Birthday Nails

Over the weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday. I probably could have sat around feeling old but instead, I decided to embrace it. I've been looking forward to doing my birthday mani for months so that definitely helped me stay excited. Not to mention all the new nail polish I got! lol

One of those polishes is the cupcake one I'm holding. My dear friend Mara sent it to me and I just adore it. It even smells like sugar cookies! Thanks Mara!
For my base colors I used Color Club Holo's 'Eternal Beauty' & 'Over The Moon'. I can't say enough good things about Color Club Holo's.

The 'Happy Birthday' image on my thumb is stamped on using a plate from Bundle Monster's Holiday Collection & Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White'.

For the cupcakes I used: Wet n' Wild 'On A Trip', Sally Hansen 'Fuchsia Flare', Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White', and Sinful Shine 'At Sea' with 2 sizes of dotting tools and a thin striper brush.

For my number candles I used a fine tipped acrylic painters marker in white. I found it in the craft section of Walmart. I also used Sinful Colors 'Black on Black' and Rimmel London 'Sunny Days' with a short detail brush.
I painted practice nails all week to prepare before finally doing the mani on my nails. And yes, I am now quite low on swatch sticks... again!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shimmer Polish - Strength

September is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) & Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2008 and it affects my life every day. You can visit http://www.pcosfoundation.org/ for more information about PCOS.
I've been wearing a lot of teal polishes all month to show my support and help raise awareness for PCOS. A few weeks ago I came across another bloggers swatch of 'Strength' which was not only stunningly beautiful but was also made to support PCOS specifically.

I reached out to Shimmer Polish which is an indie polish created in California by an incredibly nice woman named Cindy. I let her know about what I was doing this month to raise awareness for PCOS and she so kindly offered to send me 'Strength' as well as FOUR other teals! How awesome is that?

You can expect to see all the shimmery teal glitters here on the blog as I wear them.
For this mani I used 2 coats of 'Strength' over 2 coats of 'Silver Solution' by Sinful Colors. I topped them with Seche Vite. The photo above was taken with flash.
 'Strength' is just so gorgeous I can't stop looking at it. With every slight turn of my fingers I see more and more shimmery depth and sparkle. It contains a variety of teal and silver glitters including hex, circles, squares, dot, and even heart shapes. None of the heart shapes came out naturally while doing this manicure but I can see some in the bottle. Next time I use it I will make a point to fish one out. I can see myself using 'Strength' in a lot of future manicures!
I was really impressed with the smooth formula since a lot of other glitters I have used tend to be thick and hard to apply. 'Strength' slid right on as smooth as any regular polish would and it didn't take a million coats to build up a reasonable amount of glitter either. Two coats and I was totally happy with the coverage. The above photo was taken without flash, inside.

One of the coolest things about Shimmer Polish glitters is that you have a totally different look depending on how many coats you use and what you use it over if anything. They look stunning on their own as well as I will show you in the near future!

Keep your eye out for lots more Shimmer Polish to come here on the blog and thanks for reading.
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 Disclosure: The owner of this blog is compensated with free products and services to provide a review of. Even though I receive compensation for posts or advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products or services. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.Any paid advertising will be identified as such.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Teal Nails For PCOS & Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

September is PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) & Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2008 and it affects my life every day. You can visit http://www.pcosfoundation.org/ for more information about PCOS.
To show my support and raise awareness I am wearing teal in almost every manicure this month. Take a look at some of my favorites!
Fing'rs Heart 2 Art 'Teal We Meet Again' & Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White' topped with Girly Bits 'Hocus Pocus'
Sinful Colors 'Rise & Shine' topped with Shimmer Polish 'Anna'
Sinful Colors 'Silver Solution' topped with Shimmer Polish 'Strength'
Zoya 'Wednesday' with Sinful Colors 'Snow Me White' and Sinful Shine 'Mardi Gras'
Rimmel London 'Minilicious'
Rimmel London 'Mintilicious' + Zoya 'Shelby' topped with China Glaze 'Fairy Dust'
Gelish 'Radiance Is My Middle Name' stamped with Konad White
Sinful Colors 'Rise & Shine' dotted with Sally Hansen 'Celeb City'

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Girly Bits 'Hocus Pocus' Holographic Top Coat

If you are in any of the same nail groups as me you've probably seen me post about Girly Bits 'Hocus Pocus' numerous times. Next to my base & top coat this is my most used polish and I've almost used the entire bottle!

You can purchase 'Hocus Pocus' directly from the Girly Bits website or from Llarowe.
'Hocus Pocus' turns any regular polish into a magical sparkling holographic. I haven't bought a single holo polish since I bought this. It completely re-invents every color I already own!
Look how easily one coat of 'Hocus Pocus' turns a cream into a holo!
I've even used it over a simple french mani. You would not believe the compliments I get every time I wear it.
 I achieved a holo gradient just by sponging on a regular gradient then placing one coat of 'Hocus Pocus' on top.
 This pink was one of my hardly ever used colors because I just wasn't digging it on it's own. I added Hocus Pocus and BAM! New favorite color!
 If you think they look stunning in these photos, you should see them in the sun light!
Note to self: take some photos outside once in a while.
*I purchased this product myself*

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Autumn Leaves - A Manicure To Welcome Fall


Here in Michigan, we've had some pretty cold temperatures (think 40's-50's) and have already had to turn on the heat. I decided to embrace the fact that fall is coming which isn't hard for me since I love fall. I much prefer the cooler weather, love the beautiful colors, and my birthday is on the 27th of this month.

I made the leaves using the leadlight technique on a decal. So basically, I laid down a nail sized square of Seche Vite on a clear plastic page protector (like you would use in a binder) and let it dry.

Using KleanColor Metallic Black (stamps awesomely) I stamped the leaf image (from THIS set) onto the top coat and let it dry.

Using a dotting tool and 4 other KleanColor Metallics (from THIS set) I filled in each leaf with color and let dry.

While I waited for my decals to dry I painted my nails with Maybelline Color Show 'Bold Gold' and topped each with Seche Vite.

When I was ready to apply the decals to my accent nails I gently peeled each one up with tweezers, positioned it on the nail, then spread a big blob of Seche Vite over it. If you use enough top coat over your decal the excess that hangs around the edges of the nail will just peel away with ease.

*I purchased all products myself*

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The evolution of my mani cave & nail polish collection!

My mani cave is my favorite place in my house. It's currently located in my bedroom but I'm always adding to it. I lose track of time sometimes because I sit and just look at how pretty it is. I dream up all sorts of fun art & designs to try out while gazing at my racks and flipping though my swatches.

I currently have 277 colors not including top coats, base coats, or strengtheners but as I'm going to show you below, that was not always the case.
Like any collection, I started off small and added to it along the way. One day I hope to have a whole room to fill with color!
My first little rack was actually a spice rack I found on Amazon for about $15. It was an excellent beginner rack and I still use it for other things.
After we moved I had more space so I set up an old desk in my bedroom and bought my first clear acrylic rack from Amazon. They are usually just under $40 each and ship free with Prime if you have it. They hold around 100 bottles each depending on the bottle size.
 After getting a new computer desk I retired my previous one to the bedroom. It made everything much easier since the first desk was really small. I also added a second clear acrylic rack with some cute cupcake borders I found at Dollar Tree.

I started swatching my polish on swatch sticks which I've ordered from several places but the easiest is Amazon. I prefer the clear sticks because I like to paint the underside so when you flip it upright the clear top simulates a top coat without having to use any at all. To see the polish without top coat I only have to flip it over.

I also started doing my own acrylics around this time so I invested in an e-file which as you might have guessed, I also purchased on Amazon. I pay the yearly fee to be a Prime member so I might a well use it, right? Plus I live in the middle of the woods with very little shopping options.
 Once I filled the 2 clear acrylic racks and got my third, I decided to change locations. I kept my stuff in my bedroom but moved it onto a different wall in between my bathroom & closet. I much prefer the white wall over the wood paneling. If we weren't renting I'd tear that paneling off the wall because I can't stand it. We plan to move again in about a year so I'm just dealing with it.

In addition to the third rack I also purchased a better lamp which really improved the overall quality of my work. I went with a lamp that is made to simulate sunlight so it's bright & white. I didn't even realize how much of a yellow tint my previous light had until I switched.
The next major change was a new desk. I was really tired of the old one which was a used thrift store find to begin with. I tried sanding down the top and covering it with a pretty contact paper but that project was an epic fail. My husband felt so sorry for me he got me this pretty new desk!
I wanted to make sure to keep this desk in nice condition so I looked into options for protecting the top and settled on a piece of tempered glass big enough to work on. Acetone spills will melt plastic, plexi-glass, and acrylic so glass seemed like the way to go. I'm really pleased with it and it's caught several spills. Nail polish wipes right off with a little acetone.
It didn't take long to fill up the third rack and I'm going to need a fourth soon. Good thing my birthday is in a few weeks!
One of the last things I added was this little tiered shelf to display my special bottles on my desk. They do make tiered desktop displays kind of like this especially for nail polish but all the ones I found had a lip in the front of each shelf that limited how thick/wide your bottles could be. The skull bottles are quite thick/wide and wouldn't have fit so I went with... another spice rack! lol
If you'd like to know where any of the other goodies you see came from just leave a comment and I'll be sure to let you know!