Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Swatch the Tenth

I'm sure this is starting to sound really old, but don't forget to check out my giveaway, it ends August 1st!

This week's swatch is a bit of a fail to me.  I used two think coats of Orly's Royal Navy, a vibrant shade of blue (and one of my favorites), paired with China Glaze's Black Mesh Crackle.  I thought the Royal Navy would shine through a lot more than it did which is really the only reason I consider it a fail.  I think I'll stick with neons under the black crackle, they work better.

Orly Royal Navy

With Black Crackle

What do you think?

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Swatch the Ninth

And yet another reminder to check out my giveaway.

This week is all about nudity! Kidding of course, but I did go with a beautiful nude color from CQ called Silver Taupe. Why the Silver in the name? Because this nude color was accented with gorgeous silver glass fleck and just the tiniest bit of halo micro glitter. This simple color scored me lots of compliments and it will be making my top polishes list for sure.  The polish went on smoothly and was fairly opaque in two coats.  There was still a bit of visible nail line after the two coats but with a nude I expect that. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Manicure the Forth

Before I begin, I just wanted to give you all a quick reminder to enter my giveaway, just a few more days before the winner is chosen! This week's manicure is once again brought to you by LaRosa. This time Tung went with LaRosa's purple crackle (called Purple Rain). It's a metallic purple that cracked wonderfully with one thin coat. I was undecided on which color to go with for the undercoat so, we went with both of the two finalists: China Glaze's Caribbean Temptation and China Glaze's Turned Up Turquoise. Check out the results:
Despite Pink and Purple being such a classic color combo, I ended up liking the Turquoise much better. I think it showed off the purple crackle much better.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Give Away

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Swatch the Eighth

This is an old mani from a couple of weekends ago.  The hubby and I went with friends to see Creedence Clearwater Revisted and I thought the event required a mani full of bling.

This is two coats of China Glaze's First Mate with two coats of China Glaze's Treasure Chest and a top coat of Seche Vite.  The First Mate is a deep navy blue creme that went on with ease and was opaque in two coats. Treasure Chest is a gold hex glitter that added the perfect amount of bling and became smooth with just one topcoat of SV. 

I got a lot of compliments on this mani and will probably repeat it again.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Manicure the Third

Got my manicure a little earlier than usual this week since Monday was July 4th. 

Tung has picked up some great new polishes in the last couple of weeks, including LaRosa's line of crackle polishes.  So, despite it being the July 4th weekend I decided to go with a teal color with a white shatter on top.  Check it out:

This is two coats of Verity in Beach Blue with one coat of the LaRosa White Crackle on top. We had no problems with the LaRosa and the Verity was a decent polish as well.  The Verity in Beach Blue is a gorgeous shade of teal jelly that was fairly opaque in two coats.  I would suggest three if you use it without some sort of top coat effect (like the crackle or a glitter) but otherwise application was a breeze and it dried fairly quick.

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