Sunday, March 31, 2013

Zoya Dahlia

This is Pixie Dust Dahlia from Zoya's new pixie dust collection.  It's nice, spreads smoothly but alas, I predict only a passing trend.  I haven't heard or read anyone say.  I totally love this polish, I can't live without it.  It will be around maybe one more season then, I predict with some certainty that Zoya's fall line will be glittery and holographic because that is what we really like.  Now, if you haven't seen the summer line it is probably three posts after this one.  They have a pixie dust set.  A colorful creme set and a shimmery summer color set.  All the sets are due out on April 15 th.  America's day favorite day, tax day.  So does Zoya really expect us to spend close to 150.00 for all three sets?  Yes, they do.  Everyone has a pixie dust polish perhaps the whole set.  So, what to do?  I just don't know, I love Zoya and I want all three sets but I probably won't get the pixie dust set unless, I change my birthday wish list and ask for enough gift cards to buy a set.  But I get a new polish everyday.  I usually do.  I get depressed if I don't.  I am like a drug addict who needs her fix.  I had to stop.  Now, I get one every three days.  We laugh about it and so do others but it was really starting to take over and I was an addict.  I still am.  So, I am going to limit myself to half the collection and just one pixie dust plus to fund this I am going to have a blog sale.  Watch for that in a couple of days.  So, I not all that impressed with this pixie dust.  I did a black mani with glitter embossing powder the name of the post is "Yes, You Can Wash Them" and I got more compliments than with the pixie dust, so no I am not impressed, I don't think you should invest money in the whole summer pixie dust line, save it for the "real" nail polish.  If you must buy one do so but don't get suckered into the buying the whole thing.  Go to Michael's and get some glittery embossing powder when you have a coupon or they are on sale. Cost?  About $2.00.  That is my honest review now I know that I just lost all my chances of Zoya ever giving me products to review but some times you just got to speak the truth.

Ciao for now and those celebrating Easter have a great one,






Saturday, March 30, 2013

Girly Manicure Crumpet’s Challenge

Here is my girly manicure.  It kind of looks like Lynnderella’s Love, Lace and Lilacs.  So this is a good option for a dupe of the LLL.  Plus if  you want LLL you can get it at Ninja polish which I found today when I was trying to buy some Nerd Lacquer. 
To get this look, I used OPI’s Don’t Mess With My Tutu, stamped a floral pattern from DRK-C. Then a very light coat of my favorite glitter polish China Glaze’s Fairy Dust.    Then I put another coat of the OPI Don’t Mess with My Tutu.  Used my favorite top coat Nubar Diamond Top Coat and I was done.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Crumpet’s Tri Color Challenge Day 4

This is my splatter mani that I am able to do with stamping plate DRK-C.  Ok, I am going to share a secret with you that usually works on the DRK plates, some bundle monster and some konad.  It really depends on the depth of the image and colors you are using but you can use almost any polish to stamp.  Here is my trick.  One I never use the konad scraper with the blade, I use the plastic one also so it doesn’t scrape my plates.  Also, I never use polish remover when I stamp for cleaning it is oily and does not dry the way acetone does.  After I am finished stamping I do use polish remover to clean everything.  Now, here is  the trick.  If you slightly use a nail file to file the rubber part of your stamper you are creating a rough surface and can pick up a lot of polishes.  Don’t leave the dusty stuff on your stamper just gently run it down a napkin or those cotton squares.  When you clean your stamper you need to file the rubber part again and repeat the slight cleaning.  As far as the scraping goes.  Go really fast and lightly when you have your polish on your plate and just pick up the polish on the plate on an up and down motion.  It might not work the first time you do it but with practice you might get to the point where you can stamp with any polish.  I am talking about this because I did not deviate from using the three polishes we are supposed to use.  I did not use Konad polish.  I would always rather use Konad polish but sometimes you need to use regular polish like I had to in this situation so that is how I did it.  I hope it doesn’t sound confusing, if you have questions e-mail me.  I might start to do some tutorials like on the stamping and on recycling manicures which I do often.  So, look for that.  I might start it next week because there are a lot of shortcuts you can take to make nail art easier.  Like water marbling.  There is a really easy way to do it and I read some people’s blogs on how they did it and I want to cry because they had a nightmare doing it, same with gradients.  So, I am going to start some tutorials.

Ok, Ciao for now,

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Crumpets Tri Color Challenge Day 3

I always say the only thing I will ever be on time for is my funeral.  I am always late no matter how I  plan  I am late.   Of course, when I still had that time of the month that was never late but that didn’t mean I still wasn’t late for other things in my life.  Occasionally, I am on time but I will definitely be disheveled.  The ironic thing about this is that I did this manicure last Friday so it would be ready for Tuesday but Macy’s had a BIG sale and I just got distracted.  So, that is my truth, no lie not really making excuses except for the Macy’s part. 
So this is my third entry and I decided to do a ruffle manicure.  This is so easy my 5 year old niece can do it.  The only thing you need to be mindful of is color placement.  You want to go from light to dark to make it easier.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t  go from dark to light you will just need more coats.  I started by painting the whole nail coral, then used the green with three strokes one almost at the top the next in the middle and the next one 3/4 of the way down the nail., then repeat with the purple.  As with any manicure you want to make sure your polish is dry.  This would look great for an accent finger.  You could do four rows or just two and it does look really pretty and girly or punk it out with neon pink and black. ,You could even use a glitter row but I do recommend sticking with the same finish.  If you are using metallic use all metallic, crèmes use all crèmes.  It really does look better this way.  This is definitely a whatever manicure.  I encourage everyone to just try it.

So, it is Ciao for now I will be posting my last of the four challenges tonight.

Kimber’s A-Z Challenge Letter L

L stands for  Lynderellas, Love, Lace and Lilacs.  This is one of my all time favorite polishes.  I bought it back when Lynderellas were $15.00. It seems like a long time ago but it hasn't even been a year.   I love to wear this when I am going to be wearing all white or doing something religious.  It just looks so pure and clean where some polishes can look different.  I am not saying that I don't have tons of those but I have this weird thing about it.  I guess it is from my Catholic childhood and the nuns.  I remember once I walked into the bathroom and saw one of the older nuns asleep on the toilet and ran out I didn't know they peed.  I was very young and who knew what was hidden under those habits.  We were a bad group my class.  So, this polish gets used about twice a month and on holidays a little more.  I still have about 3/4 of the bottle because it is pretty loaded with glitters as most Lynderellas are.   I do have to say that about Ms. Lynderella she knows how to pack that glitter and what I don't know why she doesn't get a printer to label her polish.  She still hand writes all of them.  That would be enough to drive me crazy.  Imagine writing Love, Lace and Lilacs even 25 times on those little stickers.  Maybe we should pitch in buy her a printer and she can lower the prices of her polish a little since she won't be spending so much time on the labels she can really mass produce.  Hmmm?





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Well those are my thoughts and entry for the letter L Challenge.  Hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pretty Serious Poltergeist Puddle/ Giveaway Ideas

I am in so much trouble.  I LOVE Pretty and Serious Nail polishes.  Where have they been?  I think I discovered them on one of my checking everyone's blog for giveaway days.   I could have been doing other things but no I was surfing for giveaways because I haven't won one in a while.  Hmm?  But one month I won like four.  So, as many things luck must come and go.  I saw these and I just loved them.  I have another post about a pink polish from their line called Claris.  I have one that I need to swatch and two ordered.   You know what is so great about this particular polish is that it is a purple red, not a purple blue.  I had never seen a purple red and definitely do not have anything like this in my collection.  I had to have it.  Customer service is excellent both at Llarowe and at Pretty Serious if you are thinking of buying.  I have never had any trouble so far and mailing time from both sites are pretty good I think Pretty Serious was a little faster but that is all they ship not like Llarowe that carries many lines.  So, if you like this go check out their websites and see if there is something you like. I'd really like to hear your comments because I do have a blogaversary coming up and I do have some items and if this is an item many readers like I might throw a bottle into the giveaway.  So, check it out and let me know.  I am not affiliated with any polish company and all the items in my giveaways are paid by me that is why it is important for me to know what you want. So, leave a comment please even if it is not a polish from Pretty Serious if there is one that you know of that you think it is to die for leave it in the comment section.


Ciao bellas,

Blue Monday

 I did blue Monday again today.  I have always loved the color combination of teal and brown.  So, I mixed this up a little.  I am retaining water for some wired reason today.  I just hate when that happens and I tried a new hand pose.  I used this mini tri-pod my husband bought me.  He buys the most romantic gifts.  I have to admit I am having fun with it.  
To get this look, I used OPI You Don't Know Jacques and Essence I Like Bad Boys.  I love the Essence color but they don't have it at Ulta anymore.  I used cheeky plate 15.  I also used Konad stamping polish in brown and light blue that I got on Amazon.  






Ciao for now bellas,


Zoya Press Release

Shipping April 15, 2013
Twelve new Sun Inspired Colors for Summer 2013.
Summer brings the sunniest colors to nails! Including six super shiny creams and
six fresh foil metallics to put all the focus on the brightest shining light in any room - YOU!
Darcy (ZP663) - Sunny Yellow Cream - Full Coverage.
Thandie (ZP664) - Citrus Orange Cream - Full Coverage.
Micky (ZP665) - Amazing Coral Cream - Full Coverage.
Yana (ZP669) - Rubine Red Cream - Full Coverage.
Josie (ZP667) - Grassy Green Cream - Full Coverage.
Rocky (ZP668) - Serene Blue Cream - Full Coverage.
Kerry (ZP684) - Yellow Gold Foil Metallic - Full Coverage.
Amy (ZP670) - Red Orange Foil Metallic - Full Coverage.
Tinsley (ZP671) - Rose Gold Foil Metallic - Full Coverage.
Bobbi (ZP672) - Hot Magenta Pink Foil Metallic - Full Coverage.
Hazel (ZP673) - Blue Green Foil Metallic - Full Coverage.
Rikki (ZP674) - Fern Green Foil Metallic - Full Coverage.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

One of My Dream Polishes

I was reading Polishaholic's blog and she asked the question what would be your ideal nail polish and I clearly remember saying something in a pink with a little duochrome.  I found it.  It was serendipity.  Llarowe sent me a message saying a polish I wanted was available so I went to the site to buy it and well while I was there I had to shop around. 

I had heard about Pretty Serious Polish but never really tried it or seen too many swatches of it.  So, is started looking and there it was as a matter of fact there were two.  I decided on one and will eventually get the other.  The name of the polish is Claris and it is to die for if you like pink.  It has gold flakes and goes on like a dream.  It is just so pretty, I love it.  As a matter of fact I love their whole line and you know what that means.  I'll be spending some Pretty Serious money on polish.  That worked out pretty well.  So, here is one of my dream polishes.

Cute bottle.

See the gold flecks and hints of yellow.
 Doesn't this ring look perfect with this polish

And look at how cute the box is.  I know that I wrote a post called buyer beware and it was about keeping your polish in dark boxes because after a while the polish will take on the color of the box.
Here is a link to the post if you want to read it.   It is fine to buy a polish without a box but think about when you buy a pair of shoes, don't you want them in the box and not just thrown in a bag.  I know eventually you will throw the box away but there is something so cute about a bottle of polish in a box.  Like shoes in a box.
Ciao for now,

OPI Press Release

OPI Joins Bond 007 to Release Six New Revolutionary Liquid Sand™ Nail Lacquers Inspired by 50 Years of James Bond

           OPI announces the launch of Bond Girls, a collection of six new Liquid Sand™ nail lacquers featuring a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle fitting the allure surrounding the Bond Girls.  In hues of white, pink, blue, purple, gold and coral, Bond Girls offers a range of shimmering shades with the distinctive Liquid Sand finish.

 OPI is extremely excited to partner again with EON Productions,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI co-founder & Artistic Director. “Following the success of the holiday promotion with the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, it’s been a thrill to create colors for the women who’ve captured Bond’s attention over the last five decades.

“The six shades are named after some of the most iconic – and my favorite – Bond girls, including: Solitaire, Pussy Galore, Tiffany Case, Vesper, Honey Ryder and Jinx,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Worn without top coat, these Liquid Sand lacquers give nails a pebbled, matte finish worthy of the captivating ‘Bond Girls’ name.”

Bond Girls by OPI features six Liquid Sand nail lacquers:


This diamond-sparkling white is totally engaging.


Pussy Galore

This light feminine pink has the purrrfect amount of shimmer.


Tiffany Case

A classic light blue worth investigating.


A mysterious and intriguing deep purple.

Honey Ryder

Take a ryde on the wild side in this shimmery gold.




This mesmerizing matte coral has lucky sparkle.


OPI Liquid Sand lacquers should always be worn without top coat.

Bond Girls by OPI nail lacquers feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. These six new shades will be available beginning May 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!



As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


About Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising.   EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films.   The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE and SKYFALL.