Posted by Kae
Thursday, September 22, 2011
One of OPI's fall/winter offerings is Touring America, it is a 12-shade collection with mostly dark neutrals and 4 shimmers.
Honk If You Love OPI 2 coats. A pretty plum creme.
My Address is "Hollywood" 3 coats. Pink with a golden/pink shimmer. The shimmer is subtle but gives your nails a little sparkle.
Color to Diner For 3 coats. Cranberry red with the same golden/pink shimmer.
I Eat Mainely Lobster 3 coats. Coral with golden/pink shimmer.
Are We There Yet? 3 coats. Peachy orange with golden/pink shimmer. This is my favorite shimmer, really flattering on me.
I Brake For Manicures 3 coats. A purple-tinged taupe creme.
Suzi Takes The Wheel 3 coats. I saw in my eyes this grey to be a little olive-y, I'm not sure if the darker color swirling around in the bottle affected my swatch or not.
French Quarter for Your Thoughts 3 coats. A light grey creme.
A-taupe the Space Needle 2 coats. Light brown taupe creme.
Road House Blues 2 coats. A blue-purple (blurple) creme.
Get in the Expresso Lane 2 coats. A dark chocolate brown creme.
Uh-Oh Roll Down The Window 3 coats. Olive green creme. The name of this does invoke an image of a noxious gas cloud in my mind lol.
I found the formula to be a little bit on the thinner side. I needed 3 coats for most of the shades, I think if I didn't have a couple of severe ridges on my nails I could've gotten away with 2 coats on some. Otherwise application was nice and smooth. I love their names and the colors remind me of fall and cooler weather.
Posted by Kae
Saturday, September 17, 2011
This design is called All That Glitters, it's a pink glitter with a black print design on top. Incoco says that their nail strips are made with real nail polish, and each strip contains base coat, nail color and a topcoat.
To apply you find a piece that fits your nail then peel it off like a sticker then you remove the clear plastic on the top as well. Then you just place it on your nail and smooth it down and make sure the applique is adhering to your nail. Then file off the excess from the tip.
Filing off the excess wasn't as easy as it looked, since it had a glitter base it was a bit thick so I was filing and took off more than I wanted to. Later this proves to be a problem.
I did much better on my right hand.
Next time I am going to file it at an angle away so that I don't file off too much off my free edge.
This is 3 days of wear. My tips shrank a bit after the first 24 hours and the corners kept snagging onto my clothing or towels after washing my hands. So what you see on my middle and index fingers is not that it isn't sticking on my nails it's just the snagging kept pulling it up.
Just seeing that much of my nails poking out of the tips drove me crazy so right after this photo I removed this manicure.
The design is very cool, it wasn't very difficult to apply. I found that they fit my small nails just fine, each strip has 2 ends that are different sizes. Shrinking from the free edge is ultimately what I disliked about these nail strips. I have another set I need to try and perhaps redeem my first poor application. Even if you don't apply them nicely I think these are great for a night out and such, they have a lot of really neat designs. These nail strips are very popular right now, you can get these at drugstores like Walgreens, CVS, etc or even online directly from Incoco or Amazon for $5-9.
Posted by Kae
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
First thank you everyone for your nice comments and emails! I am super excited and cannot wait to share my creations with you.
I just wanted to quickly clarify about my frankens in my last post. They are not for sale (yet!), they are sample batches to test corrosion, wear, etc. I want everything to be perfect when I open my Etsy store. In the meantime I will definitely try to keep you guys updated and share any cool creations that pass.
Have a wonderful day! I guess I can't leave this post without a picture...
I got this from Sephora during Labor Day weekend, haven't tried it yet but I do know the bottle is to die for cute!
Posted by Kae
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I went to Ikea for the first time ever a couple of weeks ago with my mother-in-law, the place is humongous! I went there to get the tall Alex unit. I didn't want to carry around my bulky DSLR so most of these were taken on my cell phone and a few from a point and shoot.
We went to the one in Sacramento, we thought this street name was funny.
Finally made it!
Meatballs from their food court. The food was not that great but it's very cheap.
Crab in a tube seemed funny!
After spending a good hour browsing and putting other items in our carts and having lunch we get to the warehouse side to put the Alex in our cart, and IT WAS SOLD OUT! Aaaaah I couldn't believe it, it was a 2.5 hour drive and I wasn't going to go home empty-handed. I mean out of all the isles in here the alex seemed like the only thing sold out, it was crazy.
I settled for the smaller Alex unit, it's wider with 5 drawers. What is in there?
My new bottles!
I personally love square bottles so of course I chose them for my new frankens.
The brush is a wide brush, which I like so far. I am still in the testing phase for my new glitters and so far so good! I have almost all of my materials purchased and ready to go, I am so excited!
Posted by Kae
Monday, September 12, 2011
Hi guys! This is a bit of an older post I forgot to publish. I had a bit of a nail bed injury a couple weeks ago but I'm back!
Black Texture Coat over Barielle Euphoric.
The odd thing I noticed is that the brushes were inconsistent. This black has the usual Nicole by OPI thin brush that I'm used to, but the white had a very short and stiff wide brush.
White Texture over a black creme.
The brush here had short hard bristles that made it more difficult to apply.
My only gripe is the short brush, otherwise these crack nicely. The texture coats have the same formula as the OPI shatters so if you have one you can skip the other. A good alternative to some of the Shatters if you don't want to get the duo sets.