Ombre Nails Technique?

I wanted to put this out there for my readers.  I’ve never done an ombre nail, but I’ve seen so many different techniques to achieve the look.  Which one do you like best, if you’ve tried this look?  I’m thinking of doing at least an accent nail next week and would love some feedback.

Thanks!

 

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New SinfulColors Break Away Collection

It’s Saturday night, when I usually do my nails, so I can actually do a quick swatch post.  Quick as in, my swatching and pictures look horrible, I’m not feeling well, but I’m not going to let it bother me.

I know that I usually don’t jump on posting swatches of a collection (when I do post them), but since I haven’t seen anything about this new SinfulColors collection yet, I thought I’d get some quick ones up.

I came across this new collection at Meijer today.  It’s been awhile since I’ve spotted a new SinfulColors collection there, so this caught me off guard.  I wish I could remember all the colors that made up Break Away, but I had a very sort amount of time to cruse through cosmetics today.

SinfulColors Break Away Collection

SinfulColors Break Away Collection

I can tell you that there are three new colors.  Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It.  The rest are core, two just being added to the core line.   The ones that I can remember seeing are Daredevil (first one on the left), Open Seas (second one on the left), Folly (the last one), and I think Star Fish.  The blue might be Fly Away.  If I can get back before this collection is picked over, I’ll edit the colors.

I picked up the three colors I didn’t have.  If it wasn’t for this collection being SinfulColors, I really would have passed it by.  The three colors look similar to colors already out in all honesty.  I haven’t had a chance to compare bottles side by side yet, but plan to do so soon.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

I have come to the conclusion that there are no good “picture places” in this house.  It doesn’t help that my camera doesn’t like colorful close up shots.  Or close up shots at all.  So there’s my horrible bottle shot picture.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

And a quick picture of the names and numbers.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

Ugh! I didn’t realize how bad my swatching turned out until I put the picture up.  Really, I’m better than this…(I know that I shouldn’t be hard on myself, but, well, I am).  My nails really do look horrible.

Over It (which describes how I’m feeling about a lot of things right now), has some shimmer to it, and I love that you can see this shimmer in the bottle and that it’s not sheer.  Hey, You! reminds me a lot of Exotic Green, so I am anxious to do bottle comparisons with those two.  I can’t think of anything right off hand that’s close to Anemone, but I’m going to take a look through the rest of my SinfulColors & see if there’s anything close.

Now I’m off to decide what polish to wear for this week…or a few days.

Edit: Exotic Green is just a bit darker than Hey, You!. Unless you absolutely LOVE green,  and already own Exotic Green, you’ll probably be okay passion up Hey, You!.

Studio M Valentine’s Day Collection

I really wish I hadn’t passed over this brand for so long.  If you aren’t familiar with Studio M, they are available only at Meijer.  They also, from what I’ve heard and seen, are colors formerly distributed by Color Club under the same color name.  There were 15 different polishes available from this collection, but most of them were ones I’d seen before, already had from a previous collection, or knew they were in the core display.

This year’s collection is called Be A Heart Breaker.  I picked up 5 colors, 4 glitters and a creme.  The creme was an after-thought, so it’s not in the picture below when I initially did my swatches.

Glitters from the Studio M Be A Heart Breaker 2013 collection.

Glitters from the Studio M Be A Heart Breaker 2013 collection.

Up first is Singles Only.  There are hex glitters of two or three different sizes and very fine micro glitter  all silver.  These are set in a sheer pink base.  I used two coats in the swatch and feel like I got pretty good coverage.

Studio M Singles Only

Studio M Singles Only

Next up is Platinum Record.  It’s basically the same glitter as in Singles Only, just set in a clear base.  In the bottle it looks like there might be some black micro glitter, but as far as I can tell, there isn’t.  This glitter applied smoothly, and the brush picked it up from the bottle better than I thought it would.

Studio M Platinum Record

Studio M Platinum Record

This next one is probably my favorite from this collection.  It’s called Fame & Fortune. Set in a sheer raspberry shade, it’s full of glitter shards.  This is a bottle to turn upside down for awhile before applying it, as the shards settle.  The only thing with application was getting the shards where I wanted them so it wasn’t clumpy, but they laid flat on the nail.

Studio M Fame & Fortune

Studio M Fame & Fortune

These final two can be found in the core line at Meijer.  I often forget to look to see what’s offered there and in a collection before purchasing.  I don’t often notice a color until I see it in a collection,  and I’ve had to start remembering to look there before purchasing.  If it’s a color I want and it’s in the core line, then I know I can wait until they’re on sale.  These were two I forgot to do that with.

Tru Passion is packed with micro glitters.  These are some of my favorite polishes to pick up from Studio M.  Tru Passion is packed with lavender micro glitters.  I can’t remembe3r if I used two or three coats for this swatch.  Two coats will give close to full coverage for the most part.

Studio M Tru Passion

Studio M Tru Passion

Now for the one creme I picked up from this collection.  It’s called All That Razz.  I adore these shades of pink.  What I love most about this polish is that it dried to a matte finish!  This was a last minute decision, as there was only one left in the display and I didn’t realized that it was also offered in the core selection until a few days ago.  I’m sorry for the very poor photo of this one, but I didn’t realize how close to dead my camera battery was.

Studio M All That Razz

Studio M All That Razz

Do you have any of these colors, either from Color Club or Studio M?

 

Sonia Kashuk Polishes On Clearance At Target!

I have one bottle of Sonia Kashuk polish from one of the last times it was on clearance at Target.  I had to stop in tonight to pick something up and decided to see if any polishes from this brand happened to be on clearance.  Not only were some colors on clearance, but they were 50% off.  It never seems like these are placed with the other health and beauty items on clearance, so be sure to check the beauty isle where the Sonia Kashuk brand is.

I picked up three new colors.  My Target had five colors on clearance, so it will depend on what your Target has in stock.

Hocus Pocus, Taunting Teal, Emerald City

Hocus Pocus, Taunting Teal, Emerald City

I am so happy with my choices!  Trying something new by swatching on some glue on nails that I had.  I think I’m going to have to invest in some nail wheels.  I’d be more likely to swatch if I did.  Also notice the differece in the bottles.

First up is Hocus Pocus.  It’s this deep purple color. I used 3 coats for the swatch, but 2 probably would have been fine.  I’ll have to see how it translates to the actual nail.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Up next is Taunting Teal. This is probably my favorite color of the three I picked out.  Rarely do you see a teal that is as dark as this.  Most of the teals I’ve come across are lighter and have a bit of shimmer to them.  It leans very close to a navy blue in indoor light.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like in sunlight.  Swatch is two coats.

Taunting Teal

Taunting Teal

Up last is Emerald City. It’s not quite the emerald shade that Pantone has slated for the color of the year, but I still love it.  Again, this color turned out really dark, leaning closer to a pine green color.  I can’t wait to see what this looks like in the sunlight. Swatch is two coats.

Emerald City

Emerald City

I can’t wait to wear these colors.  I’m not sure on wear time for this line of polishes.  Are you going to go pick any of these ups, or wait to see if there’s any left for 70% off?

Gillette Venus Embrace & Refill

It's all wrapped up!

It’s all wrapped up!

Nothing like getting something all wrapped up in an organza bag.  The final product for review was the Gillette Venus razor handle with Venus Embrace blade refill and an extra Venus & Olay razor.  I’ve not tried the Venus & Olay razor yet, but what a great one to take over a vacation.  Since I just started using this product, I haven’t noticed any changes with my skin.  It does provide a close shave and smooth skin after using it.  What I love most about this product is the way the blade fits on the handle.  The blade is allowed to move up and down, so it contours to your body as you shave.  I haven’t checked out the prices yet for the blade refills, but will be looking for them to be on sale.  I love that there was also a coupon for more refills.  I’ll probably try something different until I find one I like the best for my skin.

Venus Products

Venus Products

Venus Embrace

Venus Embrace

 

Disclaimer: I received each product complimentary for testing purpose from Influenster.

Mani #7- Wet n Wild Megalast Disturbia

 

Let me start off by saying that I love this color!  It’s a color I’ve been wanting to wear for awhile, but I kept holding off.  Blog reader Sandy also asked me to swatch this color, so that gave me a great reason to wear it!

As you know from my other posts about this Megalast line, I love the polish, formula and brush, and it was no different with this bottle.  Disturbia is a deep deep purple with a hint of purple specks.  The specks are more noticeable in the bottle and on the brush than they are on the nail, but in the right light there’s a hint of shimmer.  In the pictures I’m wearing two coats and Sinful Colors top coat.

I decided to try some nail art again this week.  Using Sinful Colors Casablanca, I painted a bow on each thumb nail, and did dots on the other nails.  Casablanca was found on the Suit Up with Haute displays.  If any of your Walgreens have the big bin of Sinful Colors, you might be able to find it if you dig around.  I love Casablanca as a nail art polish because of how thick it is.  I did some stamping with it before I started my blog and it worked and looked amazing!  I do need to practice my “bow making”, but for the first time I think they look pretty good!

Color(s) Used: Wet n Wild Megalast – Disturbia, Sinful Colors – Casablanca

Nail Art: Bows and dots

Recommendation: I love the Megalast line, so I’d recommend it as an inexpensive drugstore polish option.  If you don’t like the flat, rounded brush, then you won’t like the brushes.  Two coats and you’re good to go!

 

 

Mani # 6 – Wet n Wild Megalast 2% Milk

 

Blog reader Sandy asked me two swatch a couple of colors, and I’ve got one of them right here!

I wore 2% Milk a few weeks before starting my blog.  I love the color, but I don’t think I’d wear it unless I did some type of nail art or glitter over it.  It would be a great on-the-job color if you were limited in what you could wear.  It’s a very sheer, creamy nude.

I absolutely love the Megalast line.  I love the brushes and the smooth application of this polish.  It dries quickly and has a great wear time.  I have a couple of bumps in the polish on a couple of my nails, but I was digging through cabinets and probably caught something.  It’s not something that I’ve found to be normal with this polish.  Completely a user thing.  I used Sinful Colors top coat.

I didn’t take indoor pictures, but this color is difficult to capture due to the sheerness of it.  In the pictures I’m wearing three coats.  I also did some stenciled nail art on my thumbnail to show what it looks like with something else over it.  A great tutorial for stenciled nail are can be found on Chalkboard Nails.  It’s so easy to do and there are so many possibilities!  I used butterflies for mine, but they look more like bows.  The pink doesn’t show up as clearly as it does in the picture.

 

Sinful Colors “Nail It” Tutorial

Note: I’ve addressed the issue of this pamphlet here

Sorry for not getting this up sooner.  The last couple of days have been far from normal!

I have pictures of the “Nail It” pamphlet tutorial that’s with the larger Sinful Colors display.  This little fold out describes three different types of easy to do nail art.  They are: Sponge Effect, Half Moon, Swirl It.  If you’re new to the nail art world and just getting started, this would be a great thing to pick up.  If you’ve been around the nail art world, then you probably know a better way to do what they’re trying to describe.

Nail It Pamphlet

Each design is explained in three steps.  The directions tell you the supplies you’ll need to create each type of design.

Sponge Effect: These directions are so-so in explaining how to do this.  In the first step is says to “select 2-3 shades beginning with a dark shade, then medium, and then a light.  Then is goes right into telling you to start with the lightest shade.  If I was going to do this and hadn’t read through the step completely, I’d probably be thinking I was starting with the darkest shade.  Does it really matter what order you select your shades then?  The one thing that got me on these directions was in step two when it tells you to dip the sponge into your medium or darkest shade.  It doesn’t say anything about putting a couple of drops onto another surface to pick it up with the sponge.  It also isn’t clear about how far to dab down the nail.  It just states to start “at the top of the nail tip” and work “downward towards the bottom of your nail tip”.  I guess it would also depend which end of the nail you consider your tip.  I’ve always considered the tip of my nail to be the grown out edge.

Sponge Effed

Sponge Effect Directions

Half Moon: First off, has anyone tried basic household tape to try this technique?  Any tutorial I’ve read or watched has stated to use those reinforcement stickers you can find in the office supply section to do this.  When I was reading through this one quickly, there was one step that really didn’t seem like it was explained well.  Step 1 is easy enough to understand.  I had to read Step 2 a couple of times to understand it.  It says to use the tape or to draw by hand.  If using the tape, you block off the bottom third of your nail.  I guess it’s all up to which part of your nail you consider the bottom third.  If drawing by hand, you “use the tip of the polish brush to draw a semicircle across the top of the nail and fill in”.  It doesn’t to use your base color or the contrasting color to do this.  My guess would be your base color, since you only apply one coat in Step 1.  In Step 3 you move to your contrasting color and “paint two coats” of this color “from the tape stencil to the tip of your nail”.  So do you ever go back and fill in the part from Step 2 if you taped over it, or what?  Oh, and in the “What you will need” section, it says “1-2 SinfulColors nail polish for your contrasting swirling shade”.  Did someone not proof this one?  Have I just been trying to decode this one too much and it makes complete sense to someone else?  If so, please tell me.

Half Moon

Half Moon Directions

Swirl It: This is the same as a needle marble, just with a toothpick.  I remember a Sinful Colors display that was called Get Swirling, and one that was Get Twirling.  There was also a tutorial with those displays for this technique.  After looking at Nouveau Cheap’s close up of the directions, they are exactly the same, with just some minor word changes.  Those do not affect the way the tutorial is written.  The picture looks better for this newer tutorial, and I think it better reflects what this technique can really look like.  Of course, unless you’re extremely talented (or just plain lucky), your nails are not going to look as amazing as they do in the picture the first time around.  I’ve tried this before and it looked horrible.  I think it would be easier to recreate the design pictured by doing water marbling, but to each their own!  These directions are the simplest to understand.

Swirl It

Swirl It Directions

Okay, so I’d still say if your new to nail art, pick this up.  Then go and watch tutorials on YouTube.

Mani #5 – Reader’s Choice # 1

Thank you to everyone who voted in my first Reader’s Choice poll!  I tried not to check the results while the poll was open, but I couldn’t resist.   I did an unofficial reveal on Twitter last night after closing the poll.  The color with the most votes was Sinful Colors Ocean Side.  China Glaze Kinetic Candy wasn’t that far behind, so I’ll be doing a swatch of that soon. I did use Kinetic Candy for the dots on my nails.

Ocean Side is a harder to find, older color.  It’s number is 962, and all newer Sinful Colors are numbered in the 1000s.  You can pick it up in the Study in Style display.  This color seems to have gone quickly at the Walgreens around my area, so I’m glad I picked it up when I did (I picked it up with Leap Flog and Winterberry).

Ocean Side went on just like normal for Sinful Colors.  I love the formula used for these cremes, and in two coats it was opaque.  I usually don’t wear anymore than two coats of my main color.

I’m not really sure how to explain this color.  It’s a really different shade of blue.  I found that, depending what lighting I was in, the polish would look more green than blue .  When I was testing this color against another Sinful Colors blue, Ocean Side leaned more to the green side.  If you’re planning on stamping over this, keep that in mind.  It doesn’t look like any green would pull from this color, but it does, making the color more on the teal side.

I added three small dots along the edge of my nail in China Glaze Kinetic Candy.  I think I’m just going to start adding dots if I don’t do stamping or marbling.  I have no artistic talent to draw anything on my nails!  I don’t think I could even do basic lines.  I used the tip of a bobby pin to make the dots.

Onto the pictures.  My camera does not like blues, so I’m not sure how color accurate my photos can even get.  It was just a really crummy week for pictures.  I’m also going to try something new with my pictures and use a gallery.  Click on a picture to make it bigger and click the X or hit the Esc button to close.

Can you see how different this color looks between the indoor and outdoor shots?  The most accurate is the outdoor shot.   Regardless, I love this Ocean Side.  I think it’s my favorite of the blues I have from Sinful Colors.

Color(s) Used: Sinful Colors – Ocean Side, China Glaze Kinetic Candy

Nail Art: Dots

Recommendation: If you’re someone who loves to wear blues, then go out and grab this color!  I didn’t put a base coat on before application, so I’m hoping this blue doesn’t stain.  I’ve never had a problem with staining with the Sinful Colors line.  Availability will vary depending on your location.  Ocean Side can be found in the Study in Style display.  Remember that Sinful Colors go on sale next Sunday at Walgreens!

Huge Sinful Colors Display!

I started stalking my Walgreens today after hearing of new color sightings.  New colors seem to go so quickly in this town, especially when they go on sale.  More than one Beauty Adviser has told me that salons come in and buy up the new colors, not leaving a whole lot.  I did pick up two colors today because I spotted them at only one of the three Wags in my area.  I picked up Georgio and the newest color, Lavender.  I just wasn’t willing to take a chance that I wouldn’t be able to pick up these two colors since so few bottles were available.

I didn’t get a great picture of this new display. I don’t have the greatest phone in the world, but it usually takes pretty decent pictures.

Passion for Color
Display

It’s crazy blurry and I hate that!  Sorry!

I don’t remember the last time I ever saw a shelf display this big, outside of where the core collection is at Walgreens.  There’s a new color in this display, along with some older colors from past collections that were not made core. The non-core colors in this display are: Georgio, Lavender, Cross My Heart, Rain Storm and Slate.  As far as I know, Georgio and Lavender are exclusive to this display and Cross My Heart, Rain Storm and Slate can also be found in the Start A Phenomenon collection.  Lavender and Rain Storm are new colors.  That makes three new colors in just a few weeks!

Another thing that really caught my eye with this display is the small square box in the middle.  It mentions the Sinful Colors website.  If you aren’t aware, the website has been “under construction” for a number of months.  The front page was changed a couple of weeks ago to feature the Suit Up with Haute collection, which I no longer saw at my three Walgreens.  Before the current front page, the glitters were featured.  If the website is being promoted on such a large display, it makes me wonder how soon the website is going to go live.  Why would you promote a website that is under construction?

There was also a square pamphlet that explained how to do three different types of nail art.  My camera battery is dead, so I’ll post pictures of that in detail tomorrow.  The nail art shown is nothing to the polish world if you follow it on blogs.  If you’re new to nail art, then it’d be worth it to pick it up.

If you can hold off on your Sinful Color purchases, they’ll be on sale starting July 22 at Walgreens!

What new or hard to find colors are you looking to get from this display?

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