Archive for July, 2012
Just another quick post for you all today. This month has been CRAZY busy for me. I’ve been working 50-60 hour weeks at my midnight shift job AND doing 20 hours a week at the salon. The mani I’m showing you today is the first time I’ve painted my nails since I showed you all the OPI Pure Lacquer Apps Peacock design last week!!
Thankfully my last day of my apprenticeship at the salon was Friday, so I’ll have some time to rest and get back into my usual blogging schedule starting in August (until I take my state boards anyway :-P). I’ll most likely be absent for the last week of July because I’ll be in Ohio visiting family, attending one of my oldest friend’s wedding, and hanging out with my girl Dana from Polished Claws Up! Dana and I went to middle/high school together and really connected over our mutual love of polish last year when we both attended another old friend’s wedding. Maybe she can teach me a thing or two about all the vintage polish finds, that girl has a dusty hunting gift!
NOTD: Speckled Eggs With Cirque Ophelia
Annie of Cirque Nail Polish (some swatches can be seen [HERE]) posted this look with Cirque’s Ophelia on her Facebook page and I just knew that I had to recreate it! I immediately purchased Ophelia and then tried to replicate the look once I finally had time to
breathe paint my nails again. ^_^
First I laid down a base of Sally Hansen White On (2 coats), then I added 1 coat of Cirque Ophelia, and then I did 2 thin coats of Essie Marshmallow on top. I added my top coat and then I was in love.
I absolutely adore this manicure! My coworkers said it reminds them of speckled eggs that you get in your Easter baskets. I have to agree, and now I want some speckled eggs to nom on!
That’s it for today folks, and thank you all again for being so patient with my lack of posts this month. I promise I have a ton of great things in store for you once I get settled back into my nail polish groove next month. Hopefully I can stumble across some great polish and food finds while I’m in the ‘Buckeye State’. ^_^
Just another quick post for you all here. I didn’t get a chance to take photos with my regular camera so I apologize for the quality. This photo was snapped with my iPhone (no filter) under my day lightbulb right after I applied the OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps Peacock design to my nails. I absolutely LOVE this one!! I’ve gotten so many compliments since I’ve had it on too. ^_^
OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps – Peacock Design
The Peacock OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps were just as easy to apply as the Gold Lace ones that I tried previously. I think I had both hands done in about 10 minutes! I pretty much adore this design and I really hope these last as long on my nails as the Gold Lace ones did (7 days with no tip wear or chipping!!).
This design worked better for my tiny digits since I didn’t have to worry about portions of it not showing on my nails. I love that each finger has a slightly different pattern but a continuing theme.
Like I said above, I FLIPPIN’ LOVE THIS DESIGN! I’ve had such great experiences with both of the OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps designs that I’ve tried and I hope the 3rd one I have to try works out just as well at these two did. This is the first nail app system that I’ve had success with for my small, narrow and highly curved nails. The only ones I had to cut down/reshape were the ones on my thumbs since none of the pre-sized ones fit just right.
OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps are available at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for the suggested retail price of $11.95. You can see what the other nail app designs look like by viewing the press release [HERE].
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.
I apologize for my latest blogging absence! This is my last month of my apprenticeship at the salon so it’s crunch time with time trials and mock state boards. NO PRESSURE. Add on to this my regular 40 hours at the night shift job and I am just BEAT. I’ve still been polishing my nails and posting quick NOTD’s on Instagram, but sitting down and editing/writing a full post just hasn’t been happening. Every time I think about wanting to post, I just end up going to bed instead.
I’ll get through this slump folks, please hang in there! ♥
So for now I’ll just post some of my latest Instagram updates to share with you all while I get through my blogging drought.
Om Nom Noms At The Portside Inn
I did have a break from the madness to enjoy a nice lunch at one of my favorite places to eat in town. This amazingness is from a restaurant called the Portside Inn. They have the best french onion soup. EVER. But since it was 85 degrees out I decided not the get the soup this time. Instead I got The Edmund, which is their delicious reuben sandwich (something I always order no matter what). The manfriend and I split some bruschetta and I had a white sangria, sooooo nummy!
Back To Squovals
I gave the roundies a good ‘ole try, but the squovals are back and here to stay folks! I missed them so much, and I just could not get the rounded nails up to my level of perfection. I decided to do something simple with my nails here, so I did a jelly sandwich with OPI Pirouette My Whistle and My Pointe Exactly.
China Glaze Gradient!
I found the China Glaze On Safari Collection polishes you guys!! I was so pumped that they arrived at my local pro shop. I bought 6 of them from the collection and I hope to have time to swatch them soon! For now I just did a gradient with Exotic Encounters and Man Hunt. I don’t know why my fingers look so zombified in the close-up shot, I blame my iPhone.
I added square gold studs from Cult Nails as an accent. The studs are nice but kinda HUGE on my tiny narrow nails. I had to add 2 coats of Gelous and a thick coat of top coat to get them to be smooth with my nail since the edges were floating in the air.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the 6 polishes that I picked up from the On Safari collection.
From left to right: Jungle Queen, Elephant Walk, Exotic Encounters, Kalahari Kiss, Desert Sun and Man Hunt.
I’m curious to see how similar Jungle Queen is to Revlon Perplex (or Naughty after the recent rename).
Anyone spot my cross-sitched Nyan-Cat in the background? It was made by my awesome pal Anne-Marie. Check out her Etsy shop, SheWithNeedles. She did a few other kick-ass custom projects for me too. ^_^
OPI Spotted and Zoya Gradient – No Filter
I know I just posted my OPI Spotted and Zoya Tracie/Wednesday gradient a week ago, but it seemed like people complained about the Instagram filter throwing off the color. Here’s a non-filtered photo for you all. I honestly don’t think the color in the previous one was off by that much, but ah well!
Glix Polish Haul!
I got my first order from Glix/Glitrix on Etsy and I can’t wait to try them out! I’ve seen a few of her franken polishes posted here and there and I decided to take the plunge. I know the star-shaped bottles are gonna be a pain, but the minis are so stinkin’ cute!
And just for shiggles (thank you Cris for that term, lmao!) I decided to throw in a few kitty pics since it’s been a while. Here’s Clarence and
Saucer Eyes McGee Chauncey being preoccupied by something behind me. Probably a ghost. Or scary fireworks. These things happen.
And one more picture of Chauncey hanging out with one of our favorite people, the manfriend. He’s wearing one of my favorite shirts. I love the random white pirate cat, you can see a bit of its eye patch. And yes, one of the other t-shirt cats has a cigarette. Don’t smoke kids. Stay in school.
That’s it for this installment of Rie’s Randomness™. Thank you all again for your patience and I hope to be back soon with some real swatches for y’all soon!