December 29, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Hey y'all! I've been absent because I went on vacation for the holidays, and not just metaphorically; I'm in a different state than normal! I finally trimmed down my nails, too. I'll be back with fun content in the new year - promise. I need to do a post on all the wonderful things I recieved from my birthday club, as well as all the nail mail I'll be getting when I return home (oh more than one Zoya flash promo that I didn't get before leaving? Don't mind if I do!)

Hope you've had a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or non-denominational-family-time-with-gifting; I'll see you shortly in the New Year!

xx Emma

December 13, 2011

31 Days of Christmas - Garland and Wreath!

I have been really busy lately and I haven't been able to paint my nails OR post as much. I did this manicure the weekend before the 5th of December, but honestly, everything has been a speeding blur since then. This week I have finals and this weekend I GRADUATE from college! All of this has not been made easier with an ear infection that has made it difficult for me to hear. Blah blah, excuses over - look at this fab manicure I did!

without flash

This one was fun to do and I really loved it, so I kept it on all week, but I had some major staining from the two green polishes I used when I removed it the other day - bummer for sure. To be really nitpicky, I think this would be even MORE awesome if the white lines were smaller because they mess up the scale of the design; this is supposed to look like a garland draped across a brick wall with a wreath on my accent finger.

small, slightly blurry shot of my thumb :)

For this I used:
  • ManGlaze Fatty's Got More Blood as my base (from the Black Friday sale)
  • white striper 
  • Orly Meet Me Under the Mistletoe
  • Picture Polish Jealousy (from the Llarowe Black Friday sale)
  • another layer of Orly Meet Me Under the Mistletoe 
  • China Glaze Poinsettia for the berry and bow accent
I didn't use any top coat on this because I liked the contrast of finishes, and the way it got really 3D where I built up layers.

with flash

Hope your December is going well, lovely readers!

December 4, 2011

31 Days of Christmas - Day 4

I did my first water marble today! It went really well for it being my very first time, and I look forward to doing more in the future (when I have wayyy more time and some better water on hand)!! I used China Glaze Poinsettia as my base and marbled L'Oreal Amazon's Flash (the gold polish from the Project Runway collection) and Sally Hansen XtremeWear Celeb City (my fave silver).

There's lots of polish residue left on my fingers, especially my ring and pinkie fingers, which is crazy obvious in this picture. I smeared Vaseline all over my fingers to make clean-up easier instead of taping my cuticle area, but I might experiment and try that method next time.

My favorite fingers are my middle and pinkie; my ring finger isn't very distinct and my pointer finger was sort of an accident/experiment to see what would happen with some leftovers remaining in the cup. I am so proud of myself for finally water marbling! It was super fun, even though it was messy. I look forward to trying more marbles in the future, and specifically, doing an actual water marble design and getting it to transfer (like flowers or poinsettias)


Have you water marbled before? Any tips or tricks you want to share? Let me know!

31 Days of Christmas - Day 3

Day 3's theme is snow globe! Another one that I choose to do easier nail 'art' via layering than to design anything. I've been enjoying using a lot of recent purchases and untried polish during this challenge, though.

This isn't a jelly sammich, but it is still a layered mani. I used 3 polishes in this order:
  • 1 coat ManGlaze 'Royal Matterimoaning' 
  • 1 coat Confetti's 'Party Palace Blue' (dupeish to OPI Last Friday Night, btw)
  • 1 coat SH Diamond Strength 'Glass Slipper' 
  • 1 more coat of the Confetti PPB to tone down Glass Slipper
Simple, sparkly, and pretty! I picked up way too many ManGlaze polishes during their Black Friday sale, but they are amazing and I love them. I wish I had stopped with this combo after my first two polishes; I haven't found the right thing for Glass Slipper yet. Somehow the white flakes seem to look like holes or reflect way too much light (especially in pictures), making things look less than stellar.

macro-ish view of shimmers

I did this manicure on the 3rd like I was supposed to, but haven't been quick enough in getting pictures from my camera to the internets. Today I took some sunlight pictures and added a coat of ManGlaze 'Hot Mess' on my ring finger - it's a matte top coat with silver glitter. Yum. Can't wait to use it some more!

ManGlaze Hot Mess accent on ring finger

Do you have any ManGlaze polishes? Will some epic swatches help convince you in the future?

December 3, 2011

Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge - Jelly Sammich

I got to choose the theme for this week - a jelly sammich - and I was so excited I did it a week early and took 119042 pictures, none of which are accurate! Hooray! Just imagine the pictures below taken with flash are a smidgen less light and the ones without flash are less dark. A jelly sandwich is when you layer a sheer polish with something else (glitter, flakie, what-have-you) and it ends up looking really awesome and 3D.
reasonably color accurate

For my sammich I layered in this order:
  • 1 coat Thank Blue! by Lynnderella (the first one I've used so far!)
  • 2-3 coats Revlon Just Tinted Mystical (my jelly)
  • blurple Pumpkin flakie from Bee 

pumpkin flakie

After these pictures I added a layer of Gelous to smooth out the flakies and add a smidgen more depth. I liked this mani a lot, but Thank Blue! has a slightly tinted blue base, and it made my whole sandwich a lot darker in color. It also looks a little like the person wearing it has hypothermia, but it is very beautiful and made for layering over similarly-colored polish.

smidgen dark

I guess this one is a mehni - I'm not in love with it, but it's still pretty. I think it does work better to have the jelly first, then layer back and forth with glitter to give it a more interesting floating effect.

Have you made a layered sammich before? Did you know you can easily franken a jelly just by adding a few drops of any color to a bottle of clear polish?

PS. The first two pictures are taken under a bright sunlight lamp, and the last one was taken in a more diffuse lightbox with sunlight light bulbs


Hey, just wanted to let everyone know that I went ahead and joined Bloglovin', so if you use it feel free to follow my blog with Bloglovin :)

PURPLE CRUMPET FAIRY CHALLENGE – The 31 Days of Christmas - Day 2

The theme for Day 2 is 'writing your Christmas cards'. I don't write my own Christmas cards; but we send out cards from the whole family. Turns out that a lot of ladies in the group had similar ideas (adorable envelopes), so I went with something quick and different (and maybe silly?) - some different patterns and handwriting with a thin green Sharpie!

The base color is two coats of Orly Au Champagne, which is absolutely beautiful! It dries to a suede finish, which I love. I plan on posting better swatches of Orly Au Champagne later. Happy 2nd day of December, readers!

December 2, 2011

Happy December! Day 1 of 31 Days of Christmas

Day 1 of The Purple Crumpet Fairy 31 Days of Christmas Challenge isssss 'what you love most about Christmas' - so this is my manicure inspired by a shimmering, glittery white, snowy Christmas! White Christmases are the very best kind, because if it's going to be so cold that it could snow, it might as well snow and be magical and pretty.

This is two coats of the "limited edition" Diamond Sally Hansen Nail Prism (scattered and also sort of linear, but my pics won't probably show it), white 'snowy' tips and a little smidgen of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Glass Slipper (a white flakie - super pretty!). Some people describe Diamond as a light lavender or grey, mine looks sort of light taupe on me.

I got my SH Nail Prism and Glass Slipper in a swap with the lovely Amber! Thanks again! Below is the list of prompts for each day of the month of December; tons of interesting ideas in there, mostly thanks to Debbie.

Feel free to join in and keep up with us on Facebook! Really excited to see how my day 2 idea turns out, so check back in tomorrow and every day this month. Happy December!

Edit: Here's a sunshiney cell phone picture from the next day, had a little bit of wrinkling on my middle finger I didn't even realize happened