Saturday, June 22, 2013

Oh, Swizzle Stix!

I did not mean to neglect my nails and blog this much! Animal Crossing has seriously taken over my life. I love that game! I still haven't been able to do any nail art. Inspiration, come to me!

This is two coats of Swizzle Stix with NYC Grand Central Station acting as a top coat. Looks pretty good considering I've been wearing it for four days!

This is my favorite Barielle polish (so far)! It makes me happy. I've used it in quite a bit of nail art: Born Pretty Water Decals, Waves and Dots, my Valentine's Day nails, and Tulips for Amanda's Mom.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

OPI Solitaire + Gradient

You remember when I said I was on a no-buy? Well, I had some credits so I bought OPI Solitaire! I've wanted this ever since I saw it on

This is two thin coats of OPI Solitaire. No top coat.

Application was easy and it has excellent dry time.

I wanted to do a gradient with Solitaire as a base so I pulled out my swatch sticks of the JulieG Frosted Gumdrops collection and went with Crushed Candy.

I did the gradient in my usual way, by painting the polishes directly on my makeup wedge and sponging it on. Oh my goodness. It was like I had cement all over my fingers afterwards. Cleanup, meh!

So pretty! I can imagine that using Blueberry Fizz would make a beautiful icy look for winter.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Wow. I spent the whole day running around trying to find a store with the special edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL bundle. I did some nail art to match it!

Here's my nails with my 3DS :)

The polishes used are White on White (China Glaze), High Line Green (NYC), Daisy (LA Colors), Big Apple Red Creme (NYC), Pelican Gray (China Glaze). I did it all with a dotting tool and some toothpicks.

I'm off to play my new game now!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Hello Kitty!

When I purchased the Born Pretty Store $20 gift card for my last giveaway (see what Kat bought with her win!), I also ordered a couple of things for myself. It was around the time that they redesigned their site and they were sending a free gift with every purchase. My free gift was Hello Kitty nail stickers. I can't find them on the Born Pretty Store site, though, so I can't link you to them.

I didn't want my fingers to look too busy so I showed restraint and used just two stickers per hand.

I wanted the stickers to be the main focus so I went with a subtle design. I used Something Sweet (China Glaze) and Dance Party Pink (Confetti) to do dots and stripes.

The stickers were super simple to apply. Just peel them and stick them. Top coated with Out the Door. My striping tape got some black fuzzy stuff on it. Boo :(

Use code KARW10 to get 10% off your order from Born Pretty Store! They have free worldwide shipping!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Space Cadet

I'm totally sucking at blogging lately. Last week, it was a injured cuticle. This week, I've been unable to produce anything blogworthy. There's been at least three failed attempts at nail art and even some simple swatches that have gone horribly awry. I'm in a frustrating finger funk and feeling very uninspired. On top of that, I'm on a self-imposed no-buy for the month of June because I'm going to purchase a Nintendo 3DS XL when Animal Crossing: New Leaf is released on the 9th. Anyone else play the Animal Crossing series? I've been playing the various versions of it since December 2003. It's so fun and super cute. I'm so excited for the new game!

My boyfriend surprised me with a polish that's been on my wish list for some time: Orly Space Cadet. It did not disappoint!

This is two coats of Orly Space Cadet over black. I used NYC Grand Central Station for top coat.

This is the second time I've attempted to swatch this. The first time, I didn't leave enough time between polishing my nails and getting ready for a doctor's appointment so they got messed up.

What do you do if/when you find yourself unable to, um, perform? LOL!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

NYC High Line Green

Sorry for not posting for a while. I had a little accident while doing some cuticle maintenance and the thought of acetone anywhere near me had me shaking in my flip-flops. It's doing better now so back to paintin' my nails!

Chameleon Stampede wants to see everyone's favorite greens. My favorite is NYC High Line Green.

I've used it in nail art (such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tulips for Amanda's Mom) but never worn it on its own. This is two coats with NYC Grand Central Station as a top coat. It's just a simple green creme. No glitter, no shimmer. It's still my favorite green!