Thursday, December 27, 2012

12/27/12 - Stash Update

Happy belated Christmas and other holidays, everyone! :)
Unfortunately, the nail art I had planned for this holiday did not come to pass. Timing just didn't work out. But people were still impressed by my Winter Wonderland nails, that are only slightly chipped. :)
Today I have a small haul from K-Mart, and of course nail polish from Christmas presents. :)

Here's what I picked up at K-Mart:
I've been wanting a teal creme (it looks more blue here than it is), so picked up this cheapie, in a brand I've never tried. And of course flakies are always lovely, so I picked up my second ever flakie and my first ever Essie.

But my exciting treat is from Christmas. I've been wanting the Lime Crime set since I first saw it. Every post mentioning it had good reviews, and the colours just looked beautiful. Well, I opened up a present from my mom and saw:
 Yes! Let's explore further:
They all come individually packed in their own little boxes. The set has beautiful presentation:
And such delightfully cute names:
And of course, the polish looks beautiful.
I can't decide what I'll do first with them! They manage to be both pastel and nearly neon. So bright yet still subdued. I'm excited to see what I can come up with!

And that's all the new additions so far!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/16/12 - Stash Update

I expected to go back to Oregon (from home in California) with more nail polishes than I left with, and that will certainly be true.
I came down with only twenty nail polishes, being unable to take my whole stash. I made my best guesses as to which ones I would most likely use in the month I'm down here. I'm definitely missing having access to the rest, though!

But on the upside, I'm buying more. :p

Here are two colours I bought shopping:

 You've already seen that I jumped on using Milani - Cyberspace. I'm looking forward to using Claire's - Mint Green. I don't know if it'll really be gel like. It's more expensive than their other polishes, so I'm hoping it'll at least be different, but, who knows. It's a pretty colour, anyway.

And a while ago, I posted about getting a three pack of Colormates from Big Lots for $2. Well, I like them, and they're definitely worth at least the 66 cents per bottle, so I was looking forward to going back and getting more to try out. Unfortunately, they didn't have any regular polishes. But they did have a couple three packs of nail art stripers, so I got this one to try:
A quick paper test says these will probably do well. :)

And lastly, I ordered nail polish online for the first time. I've been out of the base coat I like, and when I went to order that, I decided to order my favourite top coat too. And I got the big bottles, since I know I like them, and it's like twice the cost for five times the amount.
Neither had been used at the time of this picture, but you can see that the bottles aren't completely full. A little odd, but I won't complain. Also, they both arrived even earlier than the earlier Amazon had predicted they would arrive, which was a welcome surprise. Hopefully this will mean I won't have to buy more for a while! :D
And in case you're wondering, that is CND - Stickey, Anchoring Base Coat, and Out the Door top coat. I've been using Out the Door for all my manicures for a long time now, and like it better than Seche Vite and some others I've tried. And I used CND Stickey for while until I ran out, and now I'm back to using it again. I think this combination does good things for the longevity and appearance of my nail designs. :)

And that's it so far!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mixing My Own Nail Polish

So way back, I saw somebody post with Nubar - Black Polka Dots on their fingers, and I thought it was amazing. But for whatever reason, I thought it would be easier/cheaper/something to mix my own black glitter into clear nail polish. So after searching for a couple months for two sizes of black glitter, I finally found them, and this came into being!
Here are the glitters I found:
 I then took a random clear nail polish, in this case, Confetti - Glass Slippers, and emptied a little of it out to make some room. I folded up a piece of scrap paper into a funnel and poured in some glitter!
I thought it was interesting that the glitter seemed content to just kinda sit there. But after shaking:
I then added the other size of glitter. I tested out on a piece of paper, adding more glitter until it looked about right:
Now, the bottle looks like this:
I haven't tested it on my own nails, but on paper it looks okay. My friend tested it a little, and found that the larger glitters didn't like to come out very well. I may add a bunch more of those, just so it's more likely they'll actually get on the brush.
So while this certainly didn't end up cheaper or easier, it was fun, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with this. Also, I have a ton of left over black glitter, so I'll have to figure out something fun to do with that! :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Swatch: Milani - Cyberspace

As seen in my most recent Winter Wonderland nails, I used Milani - Cyberspace from their 3D Holographic collection. I've been eyeing it for a while now, and a week ago decided to pick it up.

Here's one coat:
Here's two coats:
I stuck with two coats. :)
It is definitely sparkly and definitely pretty. I found it perhaps not so holographic as my Glitter Gal holo, but it's definitely still there. The sparkle and the colour kinda makes up for it, though.
Here's one with flash:
And a final one without:
This is fun, and a great addition to my collection. :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

12/15/12 - Winter Wonderland Nails

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Hello everyone! It's been a while. I've conquered my finals, taken a 15 hour train ride home, and have been struggling to come up with an idea for nail art with the measly 20 colours of nail polish I'd brought with me. I bought a couple new ones, and came up with this idea. :)
I just recently got Milani - Cyberspace, a holo blue. I thought it would make a pretty background for a pleasant snowscape, and I think I was right. The snow is made up of OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Pure Ice - Superstar, with some help from Migi Nail Art Pen white. The black and orange are also Migi Nail Art Pens.
In the shade, the sparkles in Cyberspace look kinda like snow. :)
The accent nails:
I usually opt for more details on the thumb and ring finger, but for some reason, I felt like this design wanted the tree on the pointer finger. :)

I'm glad I finally got some nail art done, and I'm really enjoying this one.

ETA: I also entered this in Migi Nail Art's Winter Holiday 2012 contest on Facebook, so here's the picture I submitted to that:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Nail Polish and Social Class Essay

Several people have expressed interest in reading the final product of my 10 page (double-spaced) paper about nail polish that I wrote for my writing class this last term, and I thought it might work best to post it here. I did get an A on the paper, so hopefully it's not too embarrassing. xP
Anyway, here it is in its entirety:

Nail Polish and Social Class
            To most people, nail polish is simply another cosmetic used to decorate the body. However, the use of nail décor has evolved over the last four thousand years. For the first couple thousand years, nail polish could be an important symbol of social standing, or of one’s wealth and position in society. Yet the invention of modern nail lacquer has demolished that purpose. People in today’s era are lucky to think of nail polish as simply a cosmetic. Nail polish being just a cosmetic is proof that we have moved beyond previous visual signifiers of social class. Most people today would be outraged if the government were to dictate the colour of people’s nails, which is a luxury that did not exist until relatively recently. People today now have the freedom to use nail polish as they wish. No longer is this outlet of beauty and individualism limited to only the wealthy. Nail polish is a truly democratic cosmetic because it is available to almost everyone without limits.
            The Egyptians may have been the first to decorate their nails. There is evidence as early as 1400 BC that the ancient Egyptians would dye their nails using henna, though the practice probably started even farther in the past (Miczak 97). Mummies dating back to the 11th dynasty have been discovered with hennaed nails (Miczak 98). The practice of hennaing nails may have started because “henna has anti-fungal properties and has long been used on the nails for such purposes,” since the ancient Egyptians had to battle many infections (Miczak 99). Regardless of the original reason, the idea of hennaed nails denoting beauty seems to have caught on. Not only did it catch on, but the colour of one’s nails became a signifier of social class. The more saturated the red of the nails, the higher the social class. For example, “during … Nefretete’s era, only royal women could wear such bright colours on the nails,” most likely since henna was expensive to buy if you couldn’t grow it yourself (Miczak 97). Though eye kohl, which could double as an effective sunscreen, was thought of as a necessity for all Egyptians, regardless of social class, henna did not earn a similar place, regardless of its health effects (Hunt 2). This idea that nail colour, but not other forms of cosmetics, reflected social class is interesting. Perhaps because henna was more expensive than the materials for other cosmetics, it arose out of a natural reflection of those being able to afford more, could show it off more. Regardless of why, the Egyptians were not alone in decorating their nails.
The Chinese also decorated their nails. Ancient China was the first place to develop a nail lacquer, using “gum Arabic, egg whites, gelatin and bees wax” (Hunt 4). The Chinese regularly painted their nails, often focusing on the colours red, gold, silver, and black (Miczak 99). However, nail polish was not available to everyone at this time. The royalty regularly reserved a few colours that no one else was allowed to wear. The Mandarins would gild their fingernails to show their higher social class (Trumble 168). During the Chou dynasty in China, only royalty was allowed to wear gold or silver (Toedt 49). During a later dynasty, royalty chose the forbidden colours as red and black (Toedt 49). The lower classes were allowed pale colours, and the lowest classes were forbidden from any nail colouring. There is no note of their nail polish concoction being particularly expensive, so the separation by social class was likely purely a visual one. The Ming dynasty also kept their nails long, as a sign that they had high enough social status that they did not need to touch anything (Grinberg). Nail polish emerged as a subtle, but very present, method of distinguishing social classes, turning what should be an ordinary cosmetic into a tool to further divide people.
The upper class through much of time have been documented with manicured nails. There were various powders or creams that could be buffed onto the nails for a subtle pink colour or shine (Riordan 204).Records from 17th- and 18th-century European royal courts document the appearance of shiny, varnished nails” (Drahl). Manicured fingers were often a sign of wealth, since lower class people could not afford the luxury of coloured finger nails (Miczak 100). A working class person would have to use their hands too much to be able to keep them beautifully groomed, as “beauty equals idleness” that most people could not afford (Riordan 204). It is not an uncommon idea that one could identify and upper class person from a lower class person by judging their hands. Rough, calloused hands with chipped nails show that one had to work with their hands, while smooth, gentle hands showed that they had no need to expend their energies in such physical pursuits. One might say that the nails are unique in that most everyone uses eyes or lips in the same way, so any cosmetic application may be used in much the same way. However, only the royalty or high upper class are allowed the luxury of not working with their hands. Specially decorated nails emphasise the beauty of an idle hand. At this point, nail polish was simply not a luxury everyone could enjoy.
 The invention of liquid nail polish in the twentieth century revolutionized nail décor. Shortly after the automobile industry developed a quick-drying lacquer for cars, the inventors realized that this enamel could also be used on fingernails (Riordan 207). Cutex was the first company to be granted a patent for nail polish, in 1919 (Riordan 207). But it was Charles Revson, who founded Revlon, who really made modern nail polish a popular item (Riordan 209). Now, nail polish was easily accessible and not expensive. The formula of nail polish has not really changed since then (Drahl). However, the popularity has certainly increased. A combination of advertisements and fascination brought nail polish into the spot light (Riordan 222). Women of all ages enjoy lacquered fingers. A survey of teenagers in the 1950s revealed that “ninety percent had worn nail enamel since they were fourteen” (Corson 535). So many people, and especially so many ordinary young people, could never have worn nail polish in the days of what it was limited by social class. One thing became clear: nail polish was a trend that all could enjoy.
 The easy accessibility of modern nail polish demolished any limits based on social class. While some celebrity intervention was required to open up the full range of colours to all, once it was open, there was no limit to who could enjoy coloured nails. Initially, even with the invention of liquid nail polish, women turned primarily to pale pinks, or the shades that could be achieved previously with buffing creams. Cutex began by offering a darker pink in 1924 (Riordan 207). It was French Princess de Faucigny-Lucinge who painted her nails a crimson colour in 1930 that started the trend of darker colours (Riordan 208). Nail polish colours reminiscent of henna red were a natural to like (Miczak 96). Other colours such as emerald green and blood red started in Paris, but soon spread to other areas (Corson 496). By the end of the 1930s, “nail polish was available in every colour fathomable: blue, green, mother of pearl, wicked red, crimson red, blood red, bull’s eye red, … gold and silver” (Riordan 209). With every colour available, every woman could find a shade to her liking. Now, a casual stroll down the cosmetic department of nearly any store reveals hundreds of different colours. This was not possible as little as a hundred years ago, let alone a thousand. While the limits on social class might have made sense for the Egyptians, as it depended on how much henna they had access to, now the formula and the cost is the same regardless of colour. This is what makes modern nail polish so amazing. Now the cost or availability of nail polish does not change based on colour, and everyone has access to it.
Nail polish is not merely a cosmetic but an indicator of the economy. Though the rise of nail polish coincided with The Great Depression, many women still set aside enough to buy some nail polish, which could be bought for as little as “ten cents a bottle” (Riordan 214). This trend is commonly cited as “the lipstick effect” or “the lipstick indicator,” which refers to the tendency of women to buy more cosmetic products, primarily lipstick as the name suggests, when there is economic trouble. However, in today’s economy, nail polish has actually far outsold lipstick, with nail polish sales rising 43% to lipstick’s 7% in the last three years (Frost). This just attests to the popularity of nail polish. Nail polish is an affordable accessory. Though it is increasingly easy to paint one’s own nails, even getting a manicure in a salon can cost as little as $30 (Grinberg). A bottle of nail polish can easily be found for an easy 99 cents, making nail polish accessible to just about anyone. Karen Grant remarks that “it's rare to see a trend grow so strong in both mass and prestige channels,” which nail polish has done (Kalinske). This is yet another example of how nail polish knows no bounds of social class. The nail polish indicator is an idea that is built upon the idea that nail polish is available to everyone. That it is so popular that it can be an indicator of the economy would have been impossible with historic nail polish. Nail polish is extremely popular among both the rich and the poor.
Besides from being easily affordable, nail polish is a way into fashion that can fit in anyone’s lifestyle. Though the nails were previously a neglected outlet of fashion, polished nails have recently become huge in the fashion industry. For example, Wes Gordon actually used neon nail colour instead of jewellery in his spring 2012 fashion show (Kalinkse). Nail polish’s role in fashion is another way in which it demolishes social classes. Many trends which start in fashion work their way into the mainstream of the rest of the population, and nail polish is no exception. Any woman can take the colour they see on a runway model and apply it to her own nails, which means that though a school girl and a high fashion model may be in different social classes, they can still wear the same nail polish. As such, though nail colour is entering the world of high fashion, it is also entering the lives of everyday women. If the latest fashion trend is neon yellow, it is far cheaper and more accessible for a woman to by a $2 bottle of neon yellow nail polish than to splurge on a $50 neon yellow purse (Kalinske). Nail polish is also more forgiving than most fashion items, as Bill Boraczek says, “If you think you're too curvy or too straight, too young or too old, unattractive or not, it doesn't matter because you can still have beautifully groomed nails” (Grinberg). Since it is a common thought that women today are very focussed on their appearances, this idea that nail colour can add to the beauty of anyone with ease is understandably appealing. Nail colour does not discriminate based on your body size or age, it does not look any different if you are wealthy or poor. Nail polish can be applied and can look good on anyone. Nail colour is visible without a mirror, unlike most cosmetics (Grinberg). And for those seeking a salon experience, getting a manicure is quicker and less permanent than getting a hair-cut (Frost). It’s also body art that is temporary, unlike tattoos (Frost). It is also remarkable that the same styles of nail art appear on both celebrities and ordinary people. Though Olympic athletes and Lady Gaga bring attention to their nails with spirited displays of varying degrees of elaborate works of art on their nails, an ordinary person can have the same kinds of art (Frost). Many ordinary civilians can be spotted with nearly the same tuxedo nail art that celebrity Zooey Deschanel made famous (Grinberg). Truly anyone can display equivalent nail art, regardless of social standing.
Nail polish is truly unique, even in the realm of cosmetics. It is different than other cosmetics, in that it is easier to wear very bright colours or little works of art on the nails than on the face. Also, a single application is capable of lasting multiple days. Another unique aspect of nail polish is that it seems to purely offer a way to add to the appearance, without something being lacking if it is not present. Many women who wear make-up may say that they feel ugly without, for example, mascara. However, few people have the same feeling about nail polish (Overbay). Yet nail polish is still able to add feelings of beauty and creative expression to the wearer, making it something that is still desirable. Similarly, nail polish can be seen as a cosmetic that offers fun in addition to beauty (Jongebloed). While make-up applied to the face mainly seeks to increase attractiveness, décor applied to the nails can be a fun process that isn’t so overt in the hunt for beauty. Nail colour can be a fun accessory in a way that normal make-up cannot. Nail polish is offered at a range of prices, sold at both common drug stores and high-end cosmetic boutiques, so that it is affordable to everyone. All of this makes nail polish a cosmetic that is appealing to all social classes.
Emanuella Grinberg of CNN writes that “nail art has emerged as a democratic form of self-expression in which anyone can participate.” Nail art means a different thing to every person who participates in it. Some people who enjoy painting their own nails like to spend the time painting their nails, knowing that it will last a few days for the mere hour or so of work that they get to spend solely on themselves. People who enjoy doing their own nail art get the added joy of seeing a tiny representation of their artistic talent on their finger tips for all to enjoy. Those who like to get their nails done get to relax for an hour or so as a manicurist decorates their hands. Some women see polished nails as a sign of cleanliness, or another detail of looking put together. Some people dislike painting their fingernails, but enjoy having painted toenails, because even if they wear shoes which conceal this decoration, that’s a tiny pop of colour and fun just for them. A woman may look at her nails and see beauty, femininity, luxury, art, or perhaps even just the woman’s favourite colour. This idea that nail polish can express a different thing to different people echoes this idea that nail art is a wonderful from of self-expression. It is also democratic in that everyone can do it. It is up to the choice of the wearer what style, what colour, or even if there will be a colour at all. No one is dictating what can or cannot be done to the nails. The main point is that everyone can enjoy lacquered nails.
Some people may argue that though there are no limits according to social class, half the population is excluded from nail décor: the men. In the days of henna, men actually hennaed their nails for battle and special holidays (Miczak 101). However, sometime around the invention of modern nail polish, this fashion fell out of favour for men. The argument could be made that nail polish cannot be considered a truly democratic form of expression if it excludes the male population. However, while it is certainly less common for men to wear nail polish, there is truly nothing preventing them from doing so. Men have as much access to nail polish as women. It is becoming increasingly popular for men to get a non-coloured manicure just to aid in cleanliness or professional appearances. There are even new brands of coloured nail polish with names like AlphaNail and ManGlaze that market exclusively to men. Though a man with coloured nails may still be seen as an oddity today, this is in the process of changing, and there are no true limits or restrictions based on gender.
Some might say there are still social class boundaries relating to nail polish. For example, Mythra explains in a blog post her idea of “The Nail Polish Theory of Social Class.” Her theory states that even today, you can tell the social class of the wearer based on what colour it is. The darker the colour, the lower the class. Lighter colours or no nail polish signifies someone who most likely went to an Ivy League school, or someone who is of high socioeconomic status (Mythra). If one glances around a college campus, they are far more likely to see a college student with polished nails than a professor. Though modern nail polish is available to all, perhaps it is now the lower class that is more likely to wear nail polish.
 While historically there was a connection to social class, there is no real evidence for a current connection. While shortly after the creation of modern nail polish, certain colours were still connected to social standing – like the idea in the 1920s that women who wore dark red nail polish were “fast” – there simply is no standing for such an argument today (Riordan). To the modern woman, making judgments about social class based on nail colour is as ridiculous as making assumptions about social class based on the object’s favourite colour (Davis). Though nail decoration was previously about making a social statement, now it about making a unique statement about individuality (Grinberg). Most cheap nail polishes will deliver an equal look to the more expensive brands, and even if you can’t afford to get a professional manicure done, nail polish is easy for the average person to apply with a little practice. Perhaps women with more education may be less likely to wear nail polish, but there isn’t a strong fact base for this. Many celebrities, who are of the highest socioeconomic class, wear nail polish. Eleanor Roosevelt may have been the first woman from an upper-class home to wear coloured nail polish (Trumble 174). Also, even women who are educated wear nail polish. For example, First Lady Michelle Obama has a postgraduate degree, and has been spotted wearing various shades of nail lacquer throughout her husband’s presidency. She is certainly not the only well-educated woman who colours her nails. The fact of the matter is that one cannot guess the social class of someone based on the colour of their nails. Historically, if a woman were seen with deep red nails, obviously stained with a significant amount of henna, there could be little doubt that she was high class. One cannot do the same thing today. Mythra seems to argue that the very colour a person prefers is dictated by social class, but this just isn’t logical. Modern people are free to wear and enjoy any colour, in any form – including on their nails. There is simply no basis in today’s modern world for the argument that nail polish is based on social class. It would be wrong to judge a person based on the colour of their nails. Nail polish has truly transcended the limits of social class.
Modern nail polish knows no bounds, and certainly not any based on social class. The idea that nail colour has no limits gives people another outlet to express themselves. Having artistic outlets or ways to visually express one’s self are truly important to a person’s well-being. Historically, people lacked the option of nail colour as a release. But luckily, those days are done. Many elements of fashion are still segregated based on social class. Nail polish is unique in its ability to rise above social class. But the fact that nail polish doesn’t have to mean anything at all is perhaps its best trait. There was once more riding on nail colour than it truly deserved. Now, people are free to wear nail polish as they please, and they needn’t fear class judgements or government retributions if they should do so. Nail polish is now available for all, as it should be.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Swatch: Zoya - Opal

I've wanted to try this out for a while. I love the flakie fad, but unfortunately, this is the only one I own. I'm excited to have it, though!
Oh wait - I forgot I did use it on my Sunflower nails for a subtle look. But it's super subtle there, so I'm glad I get to enjoy it in all its glory here!
Zoya - Opal in the bottle looks like fairly light green flakes. But when applied, it is gorgeous! The pictures on my nails are of just one coat over Wet 'n' Wild - Ebony Hates Chris. I used it in my Flakey Flowers mani.
Over black, Opal shifts from green to blue.
Like I mentioned, in the bottle, it looks rather different than over a dark colour.
Similarly, over different colours, it looks completely different! For example, over pink, it shifts from a pale green to a pale pink!
Over green it just completely disappears. xP Someday I hope to find a colour that will allow it to show its full range. It really is quite like an opal in the way that it has so many shifting colours in there.
Back to my nails:
That one's with flash. Basically wipes out the duochrome, but still pretty.
And one last one:
I'm a big fan of this polish. :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Swatch: Wet 'n' Wild - Ebony Hates Chris

Kinda surprised it took me this long to get to a swatch post with Wet 'n' Wild - Ebony Hates Chris! It's a really great black. Perfect one coat application, dries pretty quick, looks good, cheap. Just an all around success.
I managed to screw up the brush a little bit by using it to paint something other than my nails, so the application isn't as smooth as it used to be. That's my fault, though. Also, my base coat went on a bit bumpy, so please excuse the bumps. I promise it isn't this polish's fault. :)
See? Perfect black opacity in just one easy coat.

My pinkie came out particularly well:

I've used this several times. In my Flakey Flowers nails, Halloween nails, older Halloween nails, Stars in the Night nails, Sea Life nails, Graduation nails, Beautiful Day nails, Sock Pattern nails, Rainbow Gradient Dots nails, Happy New Year nails, and Outlined Crackle nails.

There's honestly not a lot to say about this polish. It's a good, dependable black. :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

12/01/12 - Flakey Flowers Nails

And at about the same time I redid my toes, I also redid my hands.
I've long had Wacky Laki's Barielle Budda-Ful Flowers saved as a source of inspiration, and I knew I would eventually copy it. When I got Zoya - Opal a couple months ago, I was sure the day was not far off. However, it just never felt like the right time, for whatever reason. Part of me was worried that the green flakies with the red flower centres would look too Christmas-y. Um, it doesn't at all, but you could consider this a mani to ease into Christmas, now that it's December. :)
I actually love how this came out. As I was painting it, I was worried. It didn't look like it was going to look good. And then I added the black lines and I was like, "Yes!" It works. :)
I started with Wet 'n' Wild - Ebony Hates Chris. Then I added Zoya - Opal. (Beautiful combination, by the way!) Then I painted on the flower petals in Pure Ice - Super Star. Then I added the lines with the black nail art striper by Kiss. And finally I added a little dab of Revlon - Firecracker in the corners.
I'm not sure the pictures do it justice. I really do like how this came out. Why did I wait so long?! Silly me. The duochrome flakies under the pretty flowers is just so fun.
So pretty. :)

By the way, when this post goes live, I'll be about to take a final, and I'll have another one later that day. Think good thoughts for me! :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

11/30/12 - Snowy Toesies

I didn't really go into this with a clear plan, and I'm not entirely sure I like what resulted. Nonetheless, here are my toes at the moment:
The base colour is Love&Beauty - Light Grey/Multi. This is a really sheer grey polish with this kinda flecky blue shimmer in there. Here's a picture of just that (I think I ended up with four coats for the final, and this is two):
Then I added some kind of snowflake/flower contraption with a white Migi Nail Art Pen. Then I hand placed a little bit of black glitter.
Yup. It's very subtle compared to what I had before. It probably won't last long. xP But I definitely do like that base colour, so I'll have to see what else I can do with it. :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

12/01/12 - Stash Update

When I went home for Thanksgiving, knowing I would be going shopping with my mom, I expected to come home with a bunch of nail polish. I didn't. xP But I did bring back one bottle that I think looks pretty cool.
It's Sation -Tall, Dark, and Handsome.
And here are some more pictures, because I haven't used it yet but I think it looks really interesting and fun.
And here's it over a couple different colours:
 And here's my newest swatch plate, which includes the goodies Kyla gave me. :)
So I briefly compared L.A. Colors - Metallic Blue to JLB - Deep Sea, which are both metallic blues.
As you can see, Deep Sea is much blue-er. Both are pretty, though. :)
Also, I originally thought that Bonita - Black was just a really crappy black. But then I discovered it's actually a decent black crackle. Oops. xD

And here's a couple pictures of how my drawers are doing. Still working, and still working towards filling them up. xP Don't know what I'll do if I do fill them, though!