Sunday, March 9, 2014

My First St. Patty's Day Mani and More...

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is feeling much better than I am right now. Migraine headache. Ugh! Probably from working all that overtime in the last week - 9 hours! Something I haven't had to do in quite a long while.  At least the paycheck will be pretty - more funds to support the habit, you know (laughs maniacally until the stabbing pain in her head makes her stop).

In spite of the foul, evil migraine attack, I do have a few somethings for show and tell today. Meant to post this sooner - my first mani for the upcoming St. Patty's day. 

For this I used a base of Cherimoya Forest Fairy - a pale, shimmery green that is quite sheer even after 3 coats.

Wore this by itself for a day but wanted to up the sparkle a notch then remembered I had Sinful Colors Green Ocean in my stash - a sheer green apple base with multiple sizes of flakies that flash green and blue. Two coats of that and this is what I ended up with.

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Unfortunately, the camera couldn't capture the real beauty of Green Ocean with either the daylight lamp or flash and it was dark so there was no sun to try, either. Trust me, this polish is in constant sparkle mode with the green and blue flashes. I really wish it would show up on camera.

This was so pretty, I figured I'd finish the week out with it but alas, the heartbreak I experienced the following morning.

Seriously? Happened overnight, while I slept, no less. Not happy! So, I went shopping after I met some friends at Starbucks an got this.

This base coat is a very sheer beige and contains light reflecting ingredients that give it a slight shimmer. It dries to a semi-matte finish and, with top coat, really could be worn as a sheer beige polish in its own right. Unfortunately, it didn't occur to me to take a pic of the base on the nail until just now. Silly me. 

As I have probably mentioned before, I have serious ridge issues with my nails and that's one reason why polish doesn't stick very well, despite using a base coat. Although, lately, in an effort to improve the appearance of my nails, my base coat has been something to battle dryness and peeling, which isn't truly a base coat so that's probably why I'm having such a chipping problem lately.

Essie's Fill In The Gap base coat boasts a lot of promises to "fill in ridges and conceal imperfections". But does it deliver? 

I'm wearing it as I type this, a new mani I did Friday night after doing a 24 hour hydration with Pure Nail Oil. Two coats of the base coat and two coats of something else I found at CVS that night. You can see one of the bottles in the upper right corner of the above pic. Not the color I'm currently wearing, though.

Sally Hansen has released a new Spring collection entitled Color Vibrations, a variety of creams, glitters and shimmers in enough colors that everyone should find their favorites included. This collection spans all three of their core lines: Complete Salon Manicure, Insta-Dri and X-treme Wear (I also have Blue Boom from the Glitter Mania collection in the X-treme Wear). I picked up the three duo-chrome shimmers from the Pastels On Pointe Complete Salon Manicure.

Take The Leap, Tutu Pretty, Tulle Kit

I've been wearing 2 coats of Tutu Pretty over two coats of Essie Fill In The Gap since Friday night. This picture was just taken a few minutes ago.

Not even any tip wear to speak of and absolutely no chips. Also, Tutu pretty lives up to its name. It appears to me to be a much lighter, less pigmented version of Lava from the Lustre Shine collection. I also have that one and will do a comparison at some point because I'm curious myself.

I also picked up Essie's Naughty Nautical that night and will be using that for another St. Patty's day mani eventually. I want to give Fill In The Gap a good trial before I take it off, which is also why there won't be any swatching today. However, I am off on vacation this coming week - 4 of the 5 days, anyway - so I will be doing some serious swatching with my time off so lots of posts to come.

Last but certainly not least, while I do have two of the Zoya Awaken collection along with Monet, I don't have all of them - or, at least, I didn't have all of them. It's tax refund time and with mine, I ordered the rest of the Awakens as well as the Spring Pixie's and Zoya'z Color Lock System besides. Actually, I had to do this by two separate orders because after I thought I'd ordered the rest of the collection, I saw Dillon on somebody's blog and realized I had completely forgotten her! How does a green obsessed nailista forget the newest green out there? Yes, purple is my favorite color but for some reason, I'll zero in on a green polish before I will a purple. Go figure.

Anyway, I have two shipments coming from Zoya this week and once I have them I will do a special swatching post....oh, now there's a good blog name...The Swatching Post. Wonder if anybody's snagged it yet? Just did a Google search and didn't find anything so if any of my readers who want to start their own blog, there's your new name.

Oh, and one more thing. I will be swatching for Sweet Heart Polish soon. YAY! I'm so excited. Look for the first post next Sunday, provided the package arrives this week, and it should. Can't wait to see what she sent me. 

Ok. I think that's all and guess what? The migraine is running screaming for the hills. So I guess we could say, nail polish talk is also the cure for the common migraine? Probably not.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned. Lots more to come.


ps...I forgot to post my two week followup pics for Pure Nail Oil. Oy! Here they be. 

What a change! I believe the afters were taken following a hand washing and before oiling again. Just received the refill kit and will be getting more of the pens along with the big 4 oz bottle next pay day. Soon I'll have pens everywhere with no excuses for not oiling every chance I get. This oil continues to work even over polish so no reason not to continue just because there polish in the way.

Now it's the end. I'm off to slay a few more beasties in Torchlight II, one of my favorite computer games. Toodles!


  1. the pure nail oil looks like it's working a charm, we can really see the difference. we love having our nails painted all the time, so we might have to look into this!

    1. Do check it out. I don't think I've ever used anything that made such a difference before. In fact, I know I haven't.