Some Random Manicures I've Been Sporting...

Sunday, October 24, 2010
Hey Everyone!  I had an awesome time on Friday, and I'm sure you can guess where I was from the pic: BLIZZCON 2010!!!  And yes, that's a glittery Horde symbol on my cheek.  It took me 1/2 an hour to draw on, but I loved the way it turned out.  Sorry the pic is blurry...I didn't even take backups. =/ Ah wellz!

It was sooo much fun to test out Diablo 3 (this time they had 5 classes to check out...last year they only had 3).  They announced the last class: Demon Hunter...which sounds like it's going to be fun to play!  I also tested out Cataclysm beta, and played Worgen for the first time (last year I only tried the Goblins).  It looks like it's going to be fun as well.

But enough geek talk, moving on to makeup and nails!

So I decided to try out Finger Paints's "Be a Pal-ette".  I didn't take a pic of my look before I threw on a design, but you can kinda get a good idea of the color from the pics.

The color was pretty solid after two coats, and it's a pretty, shimmery, purple for the fall.  I wanted to do a Konad design, but I didn't have my plates with me at my new home (still at my parents's house, lol), so I just made do with what I had: mainly the white and silver striper polishes.

I know this kinda ends up to be my fallback design when I cover my whole nail in a polish.  I really should expand to more designs, but I don't really have a long attention span at the moment.  I like designs that are quick and easy. =)

In the top pic, I used Seche-V, the UV top coat.  Unfortunately, it does not work the same as their regular Seche Vite top coat.  I thought I had waited long enough for the design to dry, but when I applied the top coat, it smudged!  This normally doesn't happen with Seche Vite.  I was pretty disappointed.  Plus...after I set it with the UV lamp, it still wasn't really shinier or glossier than the regular Seche Vite top coat.  I might have to try this over a different polish to compare.
In the other pic (the one on the left), I used Seche Vite, and like I said, I couldn't really tell a difference between the two.  In fact, the one with Seche-V chipped first.  Sad, isn't it?  It also chipped within a few days...didn't even last a week.  I couldn't stand having chipped nails, so I decided to change my look.  I will say, though, the Seche-V removes pretty easily with nail polish remover.  I hate it when it takes forever to remove nail polish! LOL

Next, I decided to try MissChevious's Vampire Nail design.  Here's a link to her video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkgbp1mOe5Y .  This pic to the right shows two coats of China Glaze's "Lubu Heels".  It looks almost completely black, but you can still tell that there's a hint of red glitter.  Two coats gave a pretty opaque coverage.

I know in the video, MissChevious covers her whole nail in the vampy polish, but I was in the mood for a French, lol.
I added my fangs to the ring finger, and then added some drops of blood.

I think the mani turned out to be really cute!  I definitely like doing Halloween looks, although I'm not too fond of creating them myself (in case you haven't noticed, I haven't done a Halloween tut this year!).

I topped this look off with Seche Vite, and was happy to report that this look lasted a week before it chipped.

Lastly, I was tired of worrying about chipped polishes, so I decided to sport another Gelish manicure. =)  I'm still wearing this look.

Basically, this is Gelish's "High Bridge" as the base color and "Gossip Girl" as the tip.  I then put on a little nail art flower on each nail (from Sally's Beauty Supply), and topped it with a generous amount of Gelish's Top Seal to ensure I wouldn't lose it, lol.  So far, it's been about 4 days and it's lasting just fine.

I don't plan to change my nails anytime soon, but I'll keep you updated on how this manicure lasts.  Unfortunately, I broke my pointer finger on my left hand...instead of doing the "right" thing and taking off the Gelish manicure to fix, I've been trying to keep it together with just some nail glue.  But of course, this doesn't work...it stays solid for only a day....the break has gotten bigger now.  I may have to just suck it up and redo that nail properly. =/

Anyhoo, I realized that in my haul, I didn't mention that I did buy one other thing from the MAC Venomous Villains collection: a mineral eye shadow for Maleficent "My Dark Magic".

It's a black and pink shadow on one side, and a black and opalescent shadow on the other side.
I had a hard time deciding whether to get this duo or the other (She Who Dares).  I only decided on this one because I figured I'd use these colors more.  It's not very often I'd wear a dark green or dark blue shadow.

When I bought this, I was told the colors would show up better with a greasestick base (which I coincidentally already owned, lol).
As you can see, without the greasestick, the colors are very faint.  I'm sure you could layer it until you got the right color, but why bother when you can easily get the dark rich colors with a greasestick?

I absolutely love how it looks with the greasestick....it's like a black base with pink/opal shimmer.

So far, everytime I've worn this shadow, I've used my greasestick.  This also makes the colors stay on longer...at least 8 hours. =)

I think I'll experiment on this with my eye shadow mixing medium (aka Glycerin and water, lol).  I want to know if this make any impact at all....I'll let you guys know how it turns out. =)

Anyhoo...that's all I have for now.  Till next time!

PS Sorry if the blog looks a little funny...I had to change templates, and I'm having some technical difficulties, lol.  Hopefully the next post will look better.

1. I bought every product I'm showing by myself (nothing was sent to me for free). 
2. No one has paid me or compensated me for this video or blog.
3. I am not affiliated with any of the companies of the products I used.
4. These are my honest opinions.