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Nina Ultra Pro – Maple Syrup + Matte + Konad :)

This is such a pretty, shimmery, lustrous brown. I’ve worn it a few times and love it so much!

This time I thought I’d try it with Essie Matte About You on it and it kind of frosted it up a bit too much, I need to find a Matte that has a little less of an effect for some of my polishes…

I went to put a clear coat back over it so it wouldn’t be so frosty and I was missing my stamping stuff so much, so I got my stuff out and stamped some stars on with China Glaze Adore. 🙂

Then I was happy!!

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Essie – Your Hut or Mine

Its my birthday! Its too bad when you have to work on your birthday but I’m going to San Diego for the weekend.

I’m not as excited as I usually am because now I’m 32, and I seriously feel like that number is too high to express my age, so I might not get as excited about my own birthdays from now on? ha!

Anyway, this is what I’m wearing right now! From one of their newest collections, Your Hut or Mine.

This didn’t look good on me until 3 coats, I guess because with my skin tone, I usually can’t pull off magentas, but this is a little bit of a warmer magenta and once it was really opaque it looked so much better!!

Its got a nice shimmer, see how there’s that glow where the light hit the bottle? 🙂

My Dad and step-Mom are coming home from France right now, so I get to see them tonight and I bet they got me something cool and coffee-related. 🙂

OPI – Over the Taupe & Chocolate Moose vs Essie – Mink Muffs

While trying to figure out which to keep and which to swap, I did this comparison.

Mink Muffs turned out to be quite a bit darker than Over the Taupe and much darker than Chocolate Moose! I have to send Chocolate Moose off to someone else who likes these lighter ones more than I do…

Life has been a little crazy for me the last couple of weeks. I left the job that I’ve been at for 8 years now for another job… a better job! I start the new one on June 13th so I have a good week to just relax with no work responsibilities at all, just a fresh, clean slate!

ManGlaze – Mayonnaise & hot pinks to stamp with!

This was some experimenting I did before the french manicure that I posted in my last post!

First, I put a layer of ManGlaze – Mayonnaise on, so that I could see what these hot pinks were going to look like over white!

Here is a swatch, its a matte white polish with some shimmer!

Here were my hot pinks and one neon green I was going to try while I was at it:

From left to right, those are Color Club – Screamin Fucshia, Konad – Psyche Pink, Sally Hansen – Sonic Bloom, a Kiss nail art polish in Bikini Coral, Revlon Scented – Raspberry Rapture, Sally Hansen – Orange You Cute, Zoya – Ali, Illamasqua – Lament, Diamond Cosmetics nail art polish in neon green, Essie – Pink Parka, and Zoya – Lolly

The 3 on the right didn’t work at all (Diamond Cosmetics nail art polish in neon green, Essie – Pink Parka, and Zoya – Lolly)! But all of the ones on the right did!

Here they are stamped with the new bundle monster plates!

Turquoise Pastel Creme Comparison

Another polish I custom purchased last week for a swapper was Essie – Turqouise and Caicos. So I did a quick swatch and compared it to my Essie – Mint Candy Apple and Orly – Gumdrop.

Mint Candy Apple is one of my favorites, mostly because it is the most bright minty blue-toned of the other greenish blues I compare it to.

Lots of light blues! (Part 2)

Part one is here: click if you missed it!

This is the part of the baby blue set that seemed to be a little more greenish-blue.

Ginger + Liz – Boy Toy
Looks more blue in the bottle, has some shimmer to it… I love it, its a cute color.

Essie – Mint Candy Apple, Orly – Gumdrop, China Glaze – For Audrey
Since you’ve seen so many swatches of these already, I just put them side by side.

China Glaze – Metallic Muse
This one works with Konad so I usually stamp with it!

OPI – Sea Ya Later Sailor
This color is so pretty I just want to paint everything with it, look at this closer up…

AQmore – Mediterranean
I’ve talked about this one in the last few days, it is just SO pretty.
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Now tell me your favorites! 🙂

Lots of light blues! (Part 1)

The color I’m picking for my wedding is light blue, so I’ve been looking at light blue invitations, flowers, well… everything, of course. My step-sister’s wedding was Tiffany’s blue, and my future sister-in-law’s wedding was periwinkle blue. I’m sure they know how it goes when you know you want light blue but you have to pick the exact light blue you want!

Anyway, although I’m not sure I’ll have any of these on my nails on my actual wedding day, it had me really wanting to compare all of my light blue polishes! (I’m excluding Chanel Riva since I no longer have it and already swatched it in here.) So here we go! 🙂

Don’t those look so pretty all laid out like that?

I’ll start with the two that are my least favorite just because they look too smurfy blue to me.

Color Club – Blue Light
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petites – creme blue

I was able to place the rest in 2 shade categories… baby blue and baby green blue.

Here are the baby blues!

Sephora by OPI – Havana Dreams
This one is a really pretty shade of baby blue. It is a creme and it doesn’t have any dinginess to it.
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Nubar – Baby Blue
This is a really opaque and chalky creme baby blue. Unlike the others, you can probably get away with 2 coats on this one. It almost looks like acrylic paint as you’re putting it on the nail!

Hard Candy – Sky
This is my second most favorite nail polish ever, I could just go on about it forever! haha

Look at that shimmer that comes out, it is just the prettiest thing!

Essie – St Barths Blue
I’m not big on this one. It is really sheer and probably takes about 6 coats to be opaque. It is a shimmery grey-ish blue.

OPI – I Vant to be A-Lone Star
Although this one is a little too grey for me, it is actually really pretty. Its nice and shimmery and applies a lot better than the Essie St Barths Blue. I’d like to compare this to China Glaze Sea Spray, but I don’t have that one yet!

Whew, that’s already a lot for one post, I’ll continue on the next post with the baby greenish blues!

To be continued…