Category Archives: Gray

Movember nails (with Zoya Harley and Jinx)

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Movember nails (with Zoya Harley and Jinx)

First, I want to thank all of you for your suggestions in my blogiversary giveaway post!

Some of you asked me for tutorials/nail art ideas.  Although I’m no nail art expert (and I’m even worse at tutorials!), I thought I would share for you something really simple that I did recently for Movember.  (Hey, if my husband can grow out all of his facial hair in November, I can at least paint my nails with a mustache, right?)

This is based on a tutorial by cutepolish, who makes just about the BEST video tutorials out there!

First, I painted my nails in a neutral color – in this case, Zoya Harley, which is a light/medium grey polish with a hint of shimmer.  Then I decided to use Zoya Jinx for the mustache because – well, aren’t reddish brown mustaches cute?  I love both of these polishes – they apply like a dream, they dry well, and they’re just generally friendly to work with.  NOTE: I had to use two coats of Harley because it’s a bit sheer, but the end effect is lovely.  (I generally use at least two coats for most polishes anyway.)

I used a dotting tool to make a few big dots to mark the center of the mustache, then smaller dots for the outer points of the mustache.

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Then, I used the dotting tool to carefully connect the dots, making the middle of the mustache thick and the ends of the mustache pointy.

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I finished with Seche Vite.

Hope you like the design, and I hope you check out the rest of cutepolish‘s tutorials.  They’re really great!

Happy Movember!

 

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Quick Tuesday Post – China Glaze Stone Cold

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Quick Tuesday Post – China Glaze Stone Cold

Now that September is staring us in the face, I’ve been jonesing for darker “fall” nails. I’ve had China Glaze Stone Cold (from the Hunger Games collection) sitting around untried forever. Even though it didn’t look that great in the bottle (it looked a little thin and dark), I figured I’d give it a quick try to see if I liked it.

Y’all, I don’t know why I was so slow to get on the bandwagon for this one. I LOVE this polish! Seriously, the formula was great – a bit on the thick side, but workable. It dries lighter than the color in the bottle, and it dries into a pretty gorgeous matte finish. It reminds me if pencil lead!

I couldn’t wait to share, so this is a cell phone picture. Check it out:

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It’s just what I was in the mood for! This is two coats, Orly Bonder underneath, and no topcoat. I was tempted to do some silver stamping on top, but I decided against it today. I’ll try it sometime though!

Have you tried this one? Thoughts?

Sephora by OPI Nifty Shades of Grey…OH MY!!!!!

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When I made a sojourn to Chicago in January, I couldn’t help but notice that my hotel was close to a Sephora.   Let’s just say, a bit of wallet damage was done.  (What was I supposed to do?  There isn’t one where I live!  It was a sign!)

Since I’m a sucker for all things multichrome, when I got in the store, I started salivating over some of the multichrome Sephora by OPI shades, including Nifty Shades of Grey.  What a great late winter/early spring shade!  In my neck of the woods, right now everything is definitely a shade of grey.  It reminds me of the Lewis Black monologue about how gray February is.  (NOTE: that link is probably not safe for work!  There’s a bit of profanity, among other things.)

Formula: I’ve tried Sephora by OPIs before, and I’ve always thought the formulas were great.  This one is no exception!  It was thin, but three coats made it fairly opaque.  One small negative thing: for some reason, the rounded shape of the bottle top seems to make application a tad tricky for me because I have a hard time gripping the brush, but that’s me and the way I grip it, and it’s not a big deal.

As for the multichrome effect, this one has about a billion different personalities, and it was almost impossible to capture them all.  When I used my regular camera setup, I got this:

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Here it looks pretty, but just OK.  It could be Zoya Adina, for instance – nothing we haven’t seen.

(Note: I have Elixir Lacquers Powder Keg on my ring finger as a topper.  You’ll also see Vivid Lacquer Theoretical Rockstar on my thumb in the subsequent pictures.)

However, I decided to take a few mediocre phone pictures outside, in the grey yucky yuck outside.  There wasn’t even any sun – just cloudy grey light.  And what happened?  WHOA.

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Do I see a bit of purple?

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Is that another personality, perhaps greeny-grey?  (Also, I love the way Vivid Lacquer Theoretical Rockstar looks on my thumb in this pic.)

And finally:

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WHAT THE EVERLOVING PURPLE PEOPLE EATER IS *THAT*??  See what I mean?  And I wasn’t even able to capture all the green and grey shades that showed up, depending on the angle of my nails.

Bottom line: this shade is perfect for the February doldrums, if you have them.  I think it’s lovely!  It’s also great with a number of glitter toppers.

You can buy Sephora by OPI Nifty Shades of Grey in a full size bottle as I did, or as part of the Metro Chic mini-bottle set (which was pretty tempting).  It’s available in Sephora stores or online at their website, as well as Amazon.com.

Dollish Polish Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?

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My first review!  Yay!

So, Polish Fixation had an amazing blog sale.  (I think it’s still going on, if there’s anything I didn’t buy.)  I snagged a lot of great stuff, but I was probably most excited about picking up Dollish Polish Does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?  For those not familiar with The Breakfast Club, you might not get the reference.  But i sure did, as quick as you can say “brownie hound.”

Not only do I love the name, but I thought I’d love the polish too.  And I was right! On to the swatch:

This polish has a metallic pewter/gunmetal base with small silver glitter, large black hex glitter, and large silver hex glitter.  It’s a fairly thin base that applies easily, and the glitter was fairly well distributed after it was mixed a bit.  I was afraid that the base wouldn’t go opaque – I really liked the color, so I hoped I wouldn’t need anything under it.  Luckily, it went opaque in three coats.  The effect reminds me of those plastic garage floor covering kits with the glitter included.  🙂

I’m definitely glad I picked this one up.  I wonder if they’ll let me use it when I’m in after-school detention with the Princess and the Brain?