Tuesday, October 9, 2012

LDTTWC - Day 8: Let's Do The Time Warp Again!

Hey guys! Today is the final day of the Let's Do The Time Warp Challenge, Day 8: Let's Do The Time Warp Again! Before we get into the details, I wanna thank Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog for hosting such an awesome creative challenge and Nail Art Canada for sponsoring it. This was my first challenge and it was a lot of fun!

I couldn't decide on just 1 manicure that I wanted to recreate. I just wanted to do something with poodles, I kinda forgot about the 50's when I chose my Day 1 inspiration and so many ladies did a great job with it. Here's a list of the manicures that I took inspiration from for this:
Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog - Day 1
Erin of Hand-y Feats and Other Treats - Day 2
Heather of Peace, Love & Polish - Day 2
Nicole of Nicole Gets Nailed - Day 2
TrendyTips1116 of Polished - Day 2
Rose127 of Nail Polish Creations - Day 2

The saddle shoes on Hand-y Feats and Other Treats and Polished were so cute. I like how Nicole did polka dots in hers. I just got my first dotting tool so I really wanted to include polka dots in this.

Like I said at the top, I had a lot of fun doing this, and I met a lot of awesome talented nail bloggers. This community is really a nice one and I'm glad I decided to do the challenge.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Lava Swatch

Good morning lovelies! I'm postponing the last day of Halloween Week until I get better pictures of the costume I wanted to post. Instead I've got swatches of the new Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Lava. You might remember I used Lava as the base for my Day 7 manicure for the Let's Do The Time Warp challenge.

Lava is just beautiful. It's so shiny and it has that "glow from within" quality to it. At first glance it's orange but it shifts to pink and brown depending on the light. I'm happy that this looks as good on the nails as it does in the bottle.

This first pic was taken indoors with flash, you can see the brown real good here:
This next one was outdoors, it came out a lil dark but check out the duochrome shine on my middle finger:
Then this was out in the sunlight, it looks different again:
Here's a quick lil review: I liked it. It's sheer but not too sheer, two coats covered pretty well. I could've used a 3rd but I'm already getting that feelin like I gotta hoard this lol. I like that it's sheer cause it makes for a good layering polish.

Hopefully this collection isn't limited edition, it doesn't say so on the display. I grabbed Lava cause it was the last bottle and I didn't wanna regret not getting it. I think this is the perfect Fall polish. I hope these stick around cause I wanna try out some of the other colors!

This was a good polish week for me. Along with this I got a Kiss Nail Striper kit AND I also got my very first dotting tool cause Rite Aid had the L.A. Girl Polka Dot Nail Art Collection kits. I'm so excited to use it, I plan on using it for my LDTTWC Day 8 manicure. I hope to do that this weekend, I just haven't been feeling up to it. I'm using a bunch of lovely manis as inspiration and I really wanna do them justice!

Have any of you bought any of the Lustre Shines?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween Week Day 4 - Playboy Bunny

Welcome to Day 4 of Halloween Week!

This was a last minute costume. How do you know you have a last minute costume? When you're at the store the day before Halloween and they're starting to clear out the Halloween stuff to put out Christmas stuff, YOU'RE LAST MINUTE STATUS.

I planned on going as a mummy but it didn't look good so I returned the costume and the selection was bare. I ended up buying a set of bunny ears that came with a tail and a bow tie... which reminded me to a Playboy Bunny and I knew I had this shirt so I picked up the petticoat for the bottom and voila!

You might notice a wheelchair in these pictures. That was a prop, I had it for Hef. ;] Nah I actually had it for a relative that fell that day and still wanted to go out trick or treating. In the end she didn't need it and we put food on it when we walked home from a party lol.

This was back in 2010 and another that I don't totally remember what I used for makeup. We can probably say M.A.C - Retrospeck was the highlight, and I think I used a shiny pink loose shadow from Hot Topic. On my nails I had a glow in the dark polish from Walmart, it came in a set with lipstick.
I also forgot to do close up pics that night. I remember I got sick with the flu the day after my uncle's birthday party that I posted about here and I was still getting over it that night. I'm sick as I type this so blah I needa arm myself with vitamin C in October don't I?

Hopefully I'll start feeling better soon so I can start doing some more Halloween nails!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Week Day 3 - Nails, Nails, Nails

Welcome to Day 3 of Halloween Week!

Today I'm rounding up some of the Halloween nails I've posted.
First up, I found these in my old pics folder. I did these on October 1st 2009 and wanted something that reminded me to Fall. Here's some vintage Miss DeVious DiVa for y'all.

I used Sally Hansen - Mink & Diamonds
Konad plate m63
Konad black special polish
I had discovered Konad that year and kinda went nuts getting plates lol.

These actually aren't as bad as I thought they'd be when I found them. The only thing that kinda makes me laugh is that all the nails I took pics of back then had a foil background haha.

These were done last year, and the full post for them is HERE.

And here's my more recent Slaughterhouse nails, which are perfect for Halloween. Better yet, don't clean them up after you do the splatter. You can find the original post (with pics after clean up) HERE.
I feel like I gotta say again Slaughterhouse is my favorite hip hop group. I actually hate actual slaughterhouses, but slaughtering lyrically is ok with me!

I'm not posting a lot of nail art this week, but I LOVE Halloween so I'm sure throughout October I'm gonna post more. If I did a Halloween-appropriate mani in August, you can bet I'ma do some in October!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halloween Week Day 2: Black & Orange Witch

Welcome to Day 2 of Halloween Week! I promised yall yesterday that today's look would focus on the makeup and nails and I'm coming through!

This one's from Halloween 2009. I had just started my blog and went ALL OUT on my costume cause I was gonna totally post lots of pics and IT WAS GONNA ROCK. So yea, *checks date* what up 2012. Better late than never right?

I got the top petticoat and the hat from Claire's. The black shirt is a real shirt that I already owned.

When I said I went ALL OUT, I did so on my makeup too. Check it out:

I don't really remember what I used on my eyes but I think it involved M.A.C - Melon pigment and probably M.A.C - Retrospeck because it's my favorite and maybe even M.A.C - Fab & Flashy.

The spiderweb was done with M.A.C - Blacktrack Fluidline
Lips was an orange lipstick from Walmart's Halloween stuff with Hard Candy Plexi Gloss - Diamond on top. 

Here's a close up of my nails:
I did these with an orange nail polish from Walmart's Halloween stuff and a black nail art brush and pen thing from Forever 21.

I like that this was cutesy and girly but not super skanky haha. That's kind of what I look for in costumes!

Monday, October 1, 2012

LDTTWC - Day 7: You're Timeless To Me!

Hey guys! Can you believe this is the last week of the Let's Do The Time Warp Challenge? 4 weeks have flown by fast! Today is Day 7: You're Timeless To Me!

This manicure was influenced by 3 things:
1.) Barbershop quartets.
2.) The fact my allergies that I mentioned in my last post ended up being a cold that I still have.
3.) Me finding Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Lava at Walmart.

I picked barbershop quartets as my inspiration since today's theme is something that was popular both then and now, and many guys in barbershop quartets had mustaches. Mustaches are SO in right now.

To be honest with you tho, I am so over white and red after my recent nails, ha! So instead of the usual barbershop quartet colors, I used something different. I picked Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Lava as my base. Truth be told I was so excited about finding it that I reallllllly wanted to try it right away.

DUDE. It is so gorgeous. I will post swatches of it on it's own.

Here are today's nails:
I've got a bow on my thumb, then a bowtie, stripes, the infamous stache, and zig zags. I was thinking of the stitching on a vintage looking floral dress I had when I was a kid when I did that.

Here's a close up of my thumb:
It's super simple cause I just didn't feel up to doing some real hardcore nail art, but with a base color with so much dimension, simple is better.

If it makes it up, tomorrow's Halloween Week post will have some fancy pants makeup and nail art, so stayed tuned for that.

That's about it, there's one more day left in this challenge!

Halloween Week Day 1: 1920's Flapper

Welcome to Day 1 of Halloween Week!

Let's kick things off with the only packaged costume that I'll be posting this week: a 1920's flapper. I wore this last year, because I actually had a flapper costume laying around that hadn't been opened.

Now you're sittin there like "why does this chick just have costumes lying around?" and the answer is because my cousin and I were gonna do a routine with the Charleston at a big family party that never went through. So yes, I have not one but TWO of these lying around, and I've got a set of purple beaded necklaces and gloves. Anyone wanna do the Charleston with me?

Yea, the black canvas shoes aren't authentically 1920's, but I walked to a party that night and didn't have black flats so they were necessary.

That is me gettin my Mae West on. Why don'tcha come up and see me sometime? I'll teach you the Charleston.

This is what I remember from my makeup:
Smokey Eyes
M.A.C - Blacktrack Fluidline
M.A.C - Carbon eyeshadow
M.A.C - Retrospeck eyeshadow as highlight

a combo of all the reds I own & a tiny bit of M.A.C - Kittenish lipstick
Love & Beauty - Cherry lipgloss

Needless to say, I didn't do any nail art haha. I did paint my nails pink though!

That's about it. What did you guys dress up as last year? I think I'm gonna do something vintage again this year.
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