Merry Christmas Eve! Please forgive the state of my cuticles-- I've been working at a flower shop (as I do during the holidays) and it's great but it trashes my hands. Anyway, here is a cool-toned winter manicure with China Glaze sea spray and bundle monster stamp m70. Sea Spray is a pretty, gray-blue with a subtle shimmer. Very pretty!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I was at Ulta a few weeks ago during their crazy "we're practically giving stuff away" post-Thanksgiving sale, and I got this holo from OPI. I have to say, holos are emerging as one of my favorite things. I mean, one of my favorite things that doesn't involve sleeping, or coffee, or food with copious amounts of butter or chocolate in them. But I'm getting off-track. Look at how pretty it is! The way the light fires it up and it looks almost like it's glowing. Application was standard OPI: easy on, two coats.
Friday, December 16, 2011
The winner of the Christmas Cheer giveaway is Arielle at Only Always Soccer Mom! Congratulations! Arielle, I'm trying to find an email for you on your blog, and I'm having some trouble.
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Thanks again, everyone, for reading the blog and for entering the giveaway!
*The winner was selected using Random.org
Holiday Glow is from OPI's 2009 collection, although I bought it last year. I love this polish. I think it looks like sugared molasses cookies, which probably tells you as much about me as it does about the polish, the most important of which is that I think waaay too much about nail polish. Anyway, it is a warm, dark brown base (almost with a touch of burgundy) that contains tiny pieces of gold glitter. The formula is really nice. Definitely worth hunting down if you're up for a quest.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Dear Inexpensive Makeup Emporium in the Nyack Mall,
You're awesome. You have LA Colors and LA Girl, neither of which test on animals, and both of which are inexpensive and of good quality. Merry Christmas to me!
Tin Roof Nails
I think the name of this polish is not quite representative of the actual color. This is a pale, silver frosted polish with a very slight inclination toward lilac. To me, lush lavender looks more like this. Anyway, the formula is nice, if somewhat sheer even after several coats. If visible nail line bothers you, you should steer clear of this polish. I think a faint visible nail line can look nice under frosty polishes like this. Although the color nor the finish break any new ground, I think this is subtle and pretty, and will be nice in the winter months.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Yes, I know I've been going a little crazy with the giveaways, lately. It's my way of wishing my awesome readers a happy holiday. Just think of it as holiday cheer in a small lacquer bottle. :) There is one prize, which is one bottle of Ulta What a Maroon, China Glaze Holly-Day, and Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty. What a Maroon is a not maroon, but red, as you can see from the swatch in the photos below. It's a lovely crelly with a nice formula. See my review of Holly-day for details and photos. Sinful's Queen of Beauty is a densely-packed silver glitter in clear polish with a nice formula.
This giveaway is open to Tin Roof Nails followers in the US and Canada. New followers are welcome to enter! This contest will close at 11:59 Friday, December 16th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and will have 24 hours to respond following the announcement. If the winner doesn't respond, an alternate winner will be chosen. Good luck!!!
And the winner is Sarah at Starlight Radiance! Congratulations, Sarah! :D
Thanks to everyone for reading my blog! I'm planning another giveaway (a quick one, so I can get it in the mail before the Christmas craziness at the post office), so look out for that!
*The winner was chosen using Random.org
Saturday, December 10, 2011
China Glaze's Poinsettia is my new favorite red. It has eclipsed even Essie's Really Red, which was my favorite red until now. The truth is that they're either dupes or near-dupes, so what gives China Glaze the lead is that the company does not test on animals and is not owned by a company that tests on animals, which leaves me with no ethical dilemma to unsnarl. I can simply enjoy my awesome technicolor-red manicure. All the polishes in this manicure are China Glaze*: the base is poinsettia; the dots are Holly-Day (green), Twinkle Lights (glitter), and 847 (Gold).
Reminder: If you haven't thrown your hat in the ring for my Color Icon giveaway, click on the link in the upper right hand corner!
*Note: I've done a lot of China Glaze posts lately, so I want to note that all polishes were purchased by me.
Friday, December 9, 2011
I love this polish. It's funny that I do because in general, I'm not much of a glitter girl. But look at it. I mean, seriously. It is so shiny and sparkly and unabashedly festive, and I have to give it some props for that. I wore this polish on its own on my middle and pinky fingers, and layered it over China Glaze 847 (I swear, I'm not shilling for the brand, here!) on my pointer and ring fingers. I did this because it does require quite a few coats to build to opacity. I thought that if I wore a base of gold that I could reduce the number of layers of Twinkle Lights.
Ultimately, I preferred the look of Twinkle Lights by itself. I found that with or without the gold underlayer, it took a bajillion coats for opacity. A bajillion minus one is still a lot of coats, so I figure it's better to go for the prettiest effect. By a bajillion, by the way, I mean more than three. I like the way this polish looks when it's totally opaque, so it might be that I'm using more than someone else would.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
I saw this color in Ulta and immediately thought it would be pretty for a cool-toned winter manicure. A couple of things about the base polish, Ulta's Mint Condition: the first thing is that this polish is nice-- the formula, the application, and the finish. I had no cleanup for this manicure, not even on my dominant hand. Now THAT'S a good formula. One minor bummer: the color is a little different against my skin than it was in the bottle. The color appears less dusty, more defined, which is too bad because the bottle color was so cool. It looked like one of those odd-pretty industrial colors from the 60s.
My Winter Manicure
Base Color: Ulta Mint Condition
Dotting Colors: Wet n' Wild French Creme, Sally Hansen Celeb City, Ulta Bam-blue-zeled.
Above: Ulta Mint Condition in natural light
Above: Ulta Mint Condition with flash
Sunday, December 4, 2011
After swatching this polish to do the Color Icon post, I decided that It's All in the Cut needs to belong to someone who appreciates glitter more than I do. It seems unfair, somehow, for it to languish, unworn, in my polish collection when I know there are some hard-core glitter girls out there who would love it. And if it finds a home with a glitter girl who is also a purple polish lover, then so much the better! Anyway, Wet n' Wild limited edition polishes can be hard to find, so if you've been wanting to try the Color Icons, here's another chance to get your hands on one! Note: as suggested in the title of the giveaway, I did swatch this first (on one nail, pictured below!).
This giveaway is open to TRN followers in the US and Canada. New followers are welcome to enter. Please fill out the entry below. This drawing will close at 11:59 pm, December 11th. If the winner doesn't contact me within 48 hours, I will select an alternate winner. Good luck!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
This is a stamp manicure I did using China Glaze Poinsettia for the base and Sinful Colors Black on Black with Bundle Monster plate 201 for the stamp. I was surprised at how much the stripes darkened the over-all appearance of the polish; as you can see from the photo of Poinsettia on its own, it is a really vibrant red. It's another one of those bright pinup reds I love-- my other favorite is Really Red from Essie (which I no longer buy, as the company is now owned by L'Oreal. Booo for animal testing!). Anyway, if you'd like a Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas Red polish, I recommend Poinsettia.
Above: China Glaze Poinsettia with Sinful Colors Black on Black
Above: China Glaze Poinsettia
Friday, December 2, 2011
I bought this polish a month or so ago, and didn't wear it until yesterday-- I wanted a palette-cleanser from the fall and Christmas colors. Starry Pink is a great polish! I was not expecting to like it as much as I do, maybe because it is a light pink, which tends to be not only subdued, but also well-covered territory. Credit must be given to Deborah Lippmann for the much-imitated look of semi-sheer polishes that contain small and large pieces of glitter. I like that the glitter is used to add dimension to the polish and doesn't turn the sparkle into the focal point. I'm glad that other brands have picked up this trend.
SP has a semi-sheer pale-pink cream base that contains small, round pieces and larger, hexagonal pieces of glitter. The glitter makes the polish interesting, and the fact that it is layered in the polish tones down the sparkle, and keeps it pretty, feminine, and subtle. I keep looking at my hands, which I am not often inspired to do when wearing a pale pink polish. In my experience, Revlon formulas are hit-or-miss. I'm happy to say the formula for SP is very good and easy to work with. SP is a limited release from Revlon (I think it was only available at Target, but I think I've seen it elsewhere).