Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Zoya 'Reece' + 'Glitter Overload' (My DIY polish featuring Fantasy Makers Confetti)

I've been so busy lately I haven't even had time to share my last two mani's!

This is Zoya 'Reece' with my 'Glitter Overload' creation on the accent.

'Reece' is sooooo pretty! Aside from my Pixie Dusts, this is my favorite Zoya I own. I had this mani on last week and looking at it now makes me want to use it again already. I love how it looks creamy yet shimmery at the same time. If I didn't know this was a single color I would definitely guess it was a gold shimmer layered on top of a magenta cream. This is a shade I will wear year round. I can see it looking good in literally every season.

On my accent nail I have my creation I call 'Glitter Overload' that I made using Fantasy Makers Confetti. You can see how I made that in, THIS POST. I have it layered over Sally Hansen 'Celeb City'.

I'll be back soon to share my current mani which includes 2 of Zoya's Magical Pixie Dusts.

     

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fantasy Makers Confetti 'Glitz' - DIY 'Glitter Overload' Polish

So, you've heard about this coveted little bottle of glitter that all the nail junkies are searching for, right?

It's the vial bottle on the right side of the pic below. From what I have heard, this is not a brand new item since it was available this time last year as well but it is a seasonal item you will only find with the Halloween stuff. The Fantasy Makers line is made by Wet n Wild so they are reasonably priced around $3 a bottle and can be found in Halloween displays with glitter sprays, eye shadows, etc. I've heard reports of girls finding these displays in both cosmetics and seasonal departments of Rite Aid, Walgreens, & Kmart. It would seem that there are only a few bottles on each display per store so they are proving hard to find for many including myself. I checked all the stores around me with no luck so I did some swapping with another polish-aholic for my bottle.
Okay, so once you go to the ends of the earth and you finally have yourself a bottle, what can you do with it?

You can just sprinkle it right over wet polish after you've painted your nails. My husband tends to complain when I get glitter everywhere so I decided to mix mine into a polish. This glitter is solvent resistant so that means it won't change shape or color when added to polish and it won't turn your polish colors either. Mixing with clear or top coat is totally an option but keep in mind that the glitter will sink in those unless you add a suspension base. Suspension base is what keeps glitter floating so perfectly throughout glitter polish. I wasn't entirely sure where to purchase suspension base and I didn't want to wait for an online order to arrive so I went the easier route. Polish with glitter already in it will already have suspension base in it too.

You can use any brand or color of glitter polish you like. I chose a glitter polish that was as similar to the loose glitter as I could find. Color Mates 'Mirror Mirror' is a silver holographic glitter in a clear base so it worked perfectly. You can find it at Dollar Tree for $1 but probably not at the one near me because I grabbed all 3 bottles they had. lol!
 I added about 1/4 of the bottle of loose glitter to Mirror Mirror along with a few stainless steel mixing balls to help it distribute. It was a bit thick after mixing so I added 3 drops of thinner (Seche Restore) and that did the job. You can always add more or less of the glitter depending on your preference. I was aiming for something that would give me full coverage in 2 coats.
 It feels like any other glitter heavy polish on the nail, kind of sandy. If you have used Zoya Pixie Dusts or OPI Liquid Sands it is quite similar to those. If you aren't a fan of the texture you can easily add one or two coats of a thick top coat like Seche Vite to smooth it right out.

In all photos above I have 2 coats of 'Glitter Overload' on the left nail and 2 coats of 'Glitter Overload' over 1 coat of Sally Hansen 'Celeb City' on the right nail.

Want to see this in a manicure? I just used it as an accent nail and got quite a few compliments!
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Zoya 'Aurora' + 'Glitter Overload' (My DIY polish featuring Fantasy Makers Confetti)

Today I'm wearing one of my new Zoya polishes I purchased in one of their recent promo's as well as the glitter polish I made using the super popular, Fantasy Makers Confetti.

I used 2 coats of Zoya 'Aurora' on each nail except the accent and topped them with Seche Vite. I can't believe how smooth 'Aurora' is even without top coat. With all that glitter I expected to feel some of it but you don't at all. Even my hubby commented on how smooth they felt.

For the accent nail, I used 1 coat of Sally Hansen 'Celeb City' under 1 coat the polish I mixed up (using Fantasy Makers Confetti) that I call 'Glitter Overload'. I topped the nail with Seche Vite.

Want to know how I made 'Glitter Overload'? Just check out THIS post!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Easy Fall Tree Nail Art

Have I mentioned how much I love fall? It's my favorite season. Cooler weather, apple cider, pumpkin carving, comfy sweaters, cute boots, my birthday and most of all, the gorgeous colorful leaves on the trees. Watching the leaves turn colors and fall to the ground is so beautiful!

I was inspired by some of the stunning bright orange trees in my neighborhood whose leaves are already starting to cover the ground.
I wanted to keep it pretty simple so I used just 3 colors and top coat.
Sinful Shine - Prosecco
Nicole by OPI - Promises in the Dark
Sally Hansen Triple Shine - Sparktacular
Seche Vite
 I started off by painting my nails with 2 coats of Sinful Shine 'Prosecco' which everyone in the nail community seems to be after these days. Big thank you to my polish pal Michaela for sending me a bottle! 
 Once my base was good and dry, I used NOPI 'Promises in the Dark' with a thin short striper brush to create tree trunks about half way up each nail. I made each trunk a little different just like real trees.
When the tree trunks were dry, I used Sally Hansen 'Sparktacular' to create the bodies of the trees. I used the brush from the bottle making sure to wipe most of the polish off before applying it to the nail. I turned my nail while applying it to round them out.

Next, I used a very small amount of the same polish on the tips of each nail so it looks like leaves have fallen to the ground.
Lastly, I topped each nail with a generous coat of Seche Vite making sure to 'float' it over the art to prevent smearing.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bootie Babe - Bubble Butt

Oh my god Becky, look at her... bottle!
2 coats of 'Bubble Butt' topped with Seche Vite
I am so excited to share my second bottle of  Bootie Babe with you guys. I seriously 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. Don't let the cute bottles fool you, these are salon quality lacquer's made right here in the USA by Nubar Cosmetics.

You can check out the other color I received to review, HERE.
2 coats of 'Bubble Butt' topped with Seche Vite
The second color I have to share with you guys is a light bubblegum pink creme called 'Bubble Butt'. The names continue to crack me up. So funny!

I was watching TV (Big Brother Australia) a couple of weeks ago and one of the girls was wearing a creamy light pink I fell in love with. I went right to my nail rack and much to my surprise I only had 2 light pinks and I wasn't feeling either one. When I seen 'Bubble Butt' online, I knew immediately that was what I needed and when it arrived, I was even more impressed with the quality and shine.

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 need to add top coat.
2 coats of 'Bubble Butt' topped with Seche Vite & Zoya 'Tomoko' on the accent nail.
After trying 'Bubble Butt' and 'Tears For Rears', I am completely in love with Bootie Babe. I've already added several others to my wish list and I can't wait to get more!

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.
 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, 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. It's made by Bootie Babe Cosmetics and I seriously can't get over how cute these are.

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. Don't let the cute bottles fool you, these are salon quality lacquer's made right here in the USA by Nubar Cosmetics.

You can check out the other color I received to review, HERE.
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.

(All 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.
 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!