Friday, April 16, 2010

CND Stickey

This is a quick run through post...

Someone recommended CND Stickey to me a month ago because I was having SERIOUS base coat issues.  I am sorry I can't remember, because this is a HIT.

I have on For Audrey and I have washed dishes for like 3 days...LOL...and not a chip until this evening.  I am so EXCITED!!! LOL Between CND and Poshe top coat...I'm in business!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Weekly Poll!!!

1. How has your week been so far?  Good.  Relaxing, interesting.  And yours? LOL

2.Do you consider yourself to be technically savvy? I try to be.  I don't know how savvy I am.  If I can't figure it out, I call all of my wonderfully nerdy friends.  LOL

3. What’s on your nails? I just got finish doing some swatching, so nothing at the moment.  I am about to put on some For Audrey or maybe Secret Periwinkle.  

4. Oreo Double Stuff cookies, love ‘em or hate ‘em? LOVE THEM!!!!  I can honestly just eat the insides.  It is sad, good and disgusting all wrapped up in 1.  Oh well...

5. What is your current favorite lip balm? Neosporin's Lip Therapy or Aquafina Lip Balm.  Whatever is on hand at the moment, is what I use!

6. Do you have any “spring rituals”?  Yes, cleaning up and throwing out or giving away.  This year, I am looking forward to getting rid of all of the clothes I haven't used.  It is amazing how you buy and buy and then stuff piles up.  It is driving me mad.  STRAIGHT mad!!!

7. What’s your favorite wild animal?  Hmm...toss between a gazelle and a lion.  Every time I see a lion I just want to sing that song from the Wiz...Be A Lion.  Here are a few of the lyrics....No need to run/No need to hide/You're standing strong and tall/You're the bravest of them all

8. How many cities have you lived in?  I will say 4.  New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, Lexington, Kentucky and Berlin, Germany.  Even though NY is home, my favorite place is really Atlanta!

9. If you have a cat, do you collect cat whiskers that fall out? Yes, I have a cat and I never noticed that her whiskers fell out.  LOL  But she is black...her fur is black...her whiskers are black...her nose is black...I mean totally black.  LOL  So, I wouldn't even notice if her whiskers fell out.

10. What’s your least favorite song?  Alicia Keys' No one.  I HATE that song.  When I hear it coming on the radio, I flip immediately.  I mean IMMEDIATELY.  

I love these!! If you want to cut and paste, feel free...but please give all credit to VampyVarnish.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Seeing Red!!!

So yesterday, I think I had a little too much fun swatching that I decided to do it again today with some of my reds.  I have a SLEW of Zoya's reds and I thought today on this perfectly gloomy day, I would dive in. 
Tosca...I bought this red because this is the name of one of my favorite operas.  LOL  The red is more on the pinkish side and it has a hint of gold shimmer. It went on very smooth and in 2 coats.  I love it, but not as much as a couple of the other colors.  I know when the sun starts shining on the regular and I get a tan, I shall love it more.

Next up...Delilah.  It is a nice red jelly with sparkles.  I don't even know if my camera caught the full effect.  I was a tad disappointed because it took like 4 coats to get the look that I wanted, but once I got the look...I loved it.  I think it is my favorite out of this group.

Kamilah, nice frosty and pinky red.  LOL  I didn't care for it much, but it is really beautiful.

To break up the super shiny thing, I found Posh in the stash.  It is a beautiful matte red from the Matte Velvet Collection.  It is even prettier when there is a top coat on it.
Posh Mat

Posh with Top Coat
My second favorite out of the reds is Isla...makes me want to sing La Isla Bonita.  LOL  It reminds me of the Nubar's Torrid Red that I swatched yesterday.  Wow...

Last of today's Seeing Red....Chelsea.  I bought it because that is one of my favorite sections of NY.  LOL  It is a great orange frosty red.  This is more of my mom's flavor and I am going to drop it in her purse when I catch up with her.  LOL  She loves a good red and a good frost.  LOL

So happy Tuesday....oh...and my last pic is yesterday's manicure.  Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI and Sweet P by Hard Candy.  Oh so perfect!  I had to help out one of my mother's friends who teaches high school and the girls were asking me what color I had on.  LOL  Gotta love the teens!

Monday, April 12, 2010

one more for the road...

Literally, right as I push publish doorbell rings...UPS!!!  YAYAY!!!  It is my first EVER Misa order.  LOL  Here they are to the left...and I guess tomorrow morning is swatching time.  LOL  

This order all started because of Green with Envy...then I got happy.  Har!

Using the bottom picture from left to right they are....
Ghetto Fabulous
Disco Queen
Sugar Daddy
Stop Rewinding, Just Fast Forward
Green with Envy
Speed of Life
forgive, forget, for me I will
Sweet Pleasure

Happy Monday!!!!

Happy Monday all!!  I hope every one had a great weekend.  Mine was busy as usual, but fabbbbu!  This morning, my schedule has lightened up a bit and today I did my first swatching mission.  Usually when I take pictures of my manicures, they are just that manicures.  I thought I would try something new while I was watching the View...and I think I will continue to do a swatching least once a week.

A few weeks ago, Nubar was having a sale on their polishes and since I didn't own any, I thought I would dive in and grab some...and with my addictive behavior, I picked up 6.  LOL  (Please excuse my shoddy looking cuticles and non clean up.)

I will say that I love the colors and the ease at which these polishes go on.  Most of my swatches I only used 2 coats except the last one...which is one of my most FAVORITESTTTT songs.  LOL

So here is my first color that I am soooo looking forward to wearing to the beach.  LOL  This is Belize Coral.  I have a very good friend who is from Belize and I thought that I would get it and show him...then have him rolling that I would even buy something in honor of his homeland.  Anyway, the color is a beautiful coral leaning towards pink.  It is fabulous.  I had to post a shot with a flash and without.  It is just so stunning!!!!!!

Next is my second favorite of my purchases.  Torrid Red.  Talk about AMAZINGLY sexy.  It is a frosty burgundy-ish red.  It reminds me of my aunt and her love of sexy vampy colors, before vampy colors were in style.  I can't wait to wear this out in public.  Oh wow...yummy.

Midnight Rendezvouos...what can I say?  It reminds me of Wicked one of my all time favorite winter colors.  Something about the richness of the color, it makes me feel luscious.  (Don't ask...I'm an opera singer and dramatic.  LMAO!!)

Dazzling, what can I say?  You are going to be a big ole hit when I have to do performances when I am NOT supposed to have on nail polish, but I am such a crack addict that I have to wear polish anyway.  LOL  A great color with pink, gold and greenish like shimmer.  I don't even know if my camera caught the full effect of its Dazzelosityness.  LOL   (Can you tell I am a Kimora Lee Simmons fan?)

Pasadena Purple
Purple Rain Glitter
The last and funner?  LOL  First is Pasadena Purple and then Purple Rain Glitter.  I will say that I love the Pasadena more than the Purple Rain. I don't know...I think that the Purple Rain has more of a jelly base...maybe I need to use an opaque base coat and I will have more fun with it.  I think that the pink glitter in it is just great.  Pasadena is so beautiful with the frost and all swirly.  Hmmm...

Thanks so much Nubar...and I hope to get some more soon!!! (Now...if we could just get you to sell them in the stores on the east coast.  hint, hint.)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hard Candy Lava

with flash
If you haven't figured out by now because I can't remember if I have mentioned it, but I live in NYC.  It is my home town and I love it, but I am a NYer who comes from southern roots, I went to college in the south and I have a small addiction to Wal-Mart...which is NOT in NYC nor is there a store very close.  Argh!

The other day I received a 20% coupon for Ulta and decided that since I had to go to New Jersey to redeem it...I would just find myself a Wally World.  I did just that and I felt like a kid in a candy store.  It was saaaaaaaaaaaaaad.  It took the Lord to keep me from buying almost all of the Hard Candy polishes.  LOL

I purchased Lava, Break Up and Sweet P.  All three are shiny and glittery.  Yummo!!

without flash
This morning I was checking some emails and decided to start putting this Lava on my left hand. (I have weird painting my nails habits...don't ask.)  I was really loving it.  I can't even describe how much I was loving it.  

This color is amazing.  It is an orange red with gold shimmer.  Fabu, fabu!!

Weekly Poll......

lady bug

1. How has your week been so far?  It has been pretty okay.  The weather has been absolutely beautiful here in NY and I can't complain.

2. What is something a lot of people might not know about you?  Hmm...I don't know because I am pretty outspoken and don't hold much back. Let's see...oh, I'm pretty shy when I around people I don't know.

3. What’s on your nails?  Hard Candy's Lava.  And it is HOT.

4. What kind of earrings are your favorite (dangly, studs, etc.)?  For a long time I only wore studs, but as I have gotten older, i wear danglies more often.

tree across from my house
5. What is your favorite type of nail polish finish? Shiny and shimmery.

6. If you could quit your job/school right now and do what you loved for a living, what would you be doing? I do what I have always wanted to do for a living.  I am so grateful.

7. Milkshakes: Vanilla, chocolate or strawberry?  When I did drink milkshakes...strawberry.  I guess it is all about the pink thing.  LOL  Since I am lactose intolerant, I don't do milkshakes.  *sigh*  I totally miss them.

8. Who are your favorite YouTube makeup people? MakeupbyRenRen, MakeupGeek, Makeup By Tiffany D and A Brilliante Brunette

9. When you want to scream and pull your hair out, but it’s not appropriate, what’s your method of calming down? Closing my eyes and breathing deeply.  It is so rare that I am angry...since I stopped working in an office. (Thank you God for deliverance.)

10. Do you watch the series Breaking Bad on AMC?  I have never heard of it, so no.

Thanks to VampyVarnish for the weekly poll!!


So, in my last post, I mentioned how I was going to polish my nails American Apparel's Berry.  Hmmm...I don't like it much for my fingernails.  I think it would be a bigger hit if it was on my toes.  

The color is really beautiful and it goes on very well.  I only needed 2 coats and that pleased me a lot, but I wasn't really wowed.  *sigh*  LOL

Here are a couple of pics no flash...flash..and excuse the non-clean up.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Weekly Poll...and then some. LOL

This past week, I received my first shipment of Nubar nail polishes.  I am SO excited about using them, but until then...I'm found a new Ulta to hit...which I plan to do in the next hour or so.  When I get back...polishing nails is my game.  LOL

Anyway, here is the weekly poll courtesy of VampyVarnish.
1. How has your week been so far?  Busy, great, fun.  I went to DC on Tuesday with my mom to see their production of Porgy and Bess.  As many times as I have done it, I have never seen it.  And the singing was absolutely phenomenal.  I'm glad the moms and I can do those types of things where we can pop down, pop back home.  Then last night we saw Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in a discussion at the New York Times Talks.  Talk about enlightening.  If you live near NY they will be in August Wilson's Fences for a limited engagement.  Check for the dates.
2. What’s your favorite mindless distraction?  Watching television.  I have too much music to learn to do it regularly...but lately I have been flaking...and just zoning out on the tv.  LOLOL
3. What’s on the nails?  Just nail magic because I'm about to re-polish.  I am going to put on Berry from American Apparel.  I'm excited! 
4. Have you ever seen a UFO?  If I have...I don't know.  LOL  
5. Do you eat seafood?  Yes, yes and more yes.  Last night I had a strong desire from shrimp scampi.  LOLOL
6. Ever taken a photography class?  No, but I have thought about it.
7. What was your least favorite subject in school?  Biology.  I think it had more to do with the teacher than the class.
8. What was your favorite subject in school? Music, Math and Chemistry
9. Do you wear scarves?  Yes and I am a pashmina fool.  Love the colors!!
10. Have you ever used LUSH Lemony Flutter? Was it good?  No, I can't say that I have.  I have issues going into Lush.  The odors are a little to overwhelming for me...and this is coming from a perfume junkie.