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First swatches-Rainbow Honey

These were too pretty not to share! I got two sets from a sale on Fab.com if Rainbow Honey polish. Here are quick swatches of two of the polishes:

Koi Pond over Cult Nails “Blackout”

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Koi Pond over Cult Nails “Tempest”20130131-175842.jpg

Worst Possible Thing over Cult Nails “Discipline”20130131-175849.jpg

And a bonus of the full manicure of the last swatch:

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Polish You Can’t Have

Seriously. Sorry to tempt you guys w/ a beautiful color you can’t have, but it’s too damn pretty NOT to share.

I picked this lovely gem up during Ji Baek’s last (and first!) Fan Collection for Rescue Beauty Lounge. The collection was based on specific inspiration and input from fans.

This is one of my favorite Indie brands; Ji has great customer service and has been really responsive in the past to customer concerns. Anyways, the other reason I love this brand is the unique colors and quality of the polish. The polish is beautiful and smooth on application after two coats (sometimes one!) and super shiny without a top coat.

Enough rambling-here’s the pretty polish!

IKB 2012

OPI Affair in Red Square

Just a quickie manicure post of OPI Affair in Red Square. Standard manicure except I tried out Seche’s UV top coat. Word to the wise, if the SA suggests a UV curing lamp with a higher wattage bulb, DO IT. The dry time is dramatically different with a lower wattage bulb.

OPI Affair in Red Square

Bling-tastic Tuesday…or Wednesday Vol. 6

Right…so it’s now officially been well over a year since I’ve written, and I won’t bore you with the details of the calamity of my professional situation (I’ve implemented some coping mechanisms), but I figured the best way to return was to do what all normal, dysfunctional families do: carry on and pretend like nothing ever happened! :)

In celebration of that delusional grasp at normalcy, I give you my most recent manicure (don’t think it’s the first one I’ve done since spring 2011 despite that several month long stretch where I ignored my cuticles and I chewed my nails instead of filing them…but that’s perhaps a post for another day).

Below you will find a combination I thought would be relatively pretty in my usual Sunday evening drunken haze (oh, right so by coping mechanism, I really meant I’ve increased my alcohol consumption). For your viewing enjoyment, I did a mani of Nfu Oh 40 over 3 coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Bikini Bottom.

Pretty, no?

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Photo 2 - 2012-07-10

GO BLUE!

Yeah, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. The long standing rivalry between the University of Michigan (UofM) and Michigan State University (MSU) reaches another showdown this Saturday in the Big House in Ann Arbor, MI.

Being a College of Engineering graduate from U of M, I bleed maize and blue. I thought it only appropriate to do my newest manicure in those colors or at least a somewhat stylized variant for the purposes of nail art.

I’m not super great at nail art, so I purchased some tools from teh internets after much research concerning the fine art of Konad stamping. Basically, there’s a laser etched, stainless steel plate etched with some design. You apply nail polish on to the image, use a plastic card to wipe the excess polish of the plate, take a rubber stamping transfer tool and transfer the image on to the stamp. Once the image has been transferred on to the stamping tool, you align the design w/ your nail and apply the image on the nail, and voila! Nail art!

For the Wolverine inspired fauxnad (not real Konad since that’s a brand name for the tools and plates and I used Bundle Monster image plate #18), I used Orly Royal Navy as the base and a yellow Konad Special Nail Polish that I received from a special Coraline stamping kit. This is maybe the 3rd or 4th time I’ve ever done stamped nail art, so I still have to perfect my technique, hence the uneven application of the yellow flame design. It’s definitely by far easier than if I did it by hand, but certainly takes some getting used to.

Behold! My maize and blue creation!
Royal Navy and yellow flames

Royal Navy and yellow flames-closeup

So this is the nail art I’ll be sporting as I cheer on my alma mater.

GO BLUE!