Not gonna lie, things have been a little crazy on my end. I'm a full believer that everything happens for a reason and we gain a lot of wisdom when we consider we aren't the only ones in the world suffering from pain, misunderstandings, broken hearts, and feeling overworked. Can I get an AMEN to that?
I won't go into details (don't worry, nothing to do with me and the hubs) but I think it's just important to keep our good friends close and to have high standards when we choose who to love. You can fall in love with anyone, so lets fall in love with those who won't hurt us, and lift each other up when we face those who do hurt us. <3
It's ironic because I've really been wanting to "lighten up" the last few days since things have gotten so stressful and overwhelming. I looked through the nail swatches I've been needing to post and realized there was quite a dark trend. My nails are like my clothes and makeup, they have to match how I feel that day. I guess I was on a dark nail kick for a while but lately I've been wanting something totally opposite! So I'll go from darkest to lightest. ;)
First up is Revlon Midnight Affair, a deep navy blue with a bit of blue sparkle to it. It's dark but not black, which is nice. Even nicer, I bought it at CVS for 75% off. Score!
It was a bit hardcore for my taste that week so I added a bit of sparkle with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Strobe Light, one of my favorite new polishes. It has multi-sized circular glitter which reminds me of my beloved Japanese PA glitter polish. Super crazy sparkly and impressively dense!
This one I had to color correct a lot to get the right shade to show up. Not sure if it was just because of the indoor lighting, but the blue in the polish made my hands and the wall insanely yellow in every picture, like a faded photograph from the 70's. I think it turned out decently though. This is what I affectionately call my "Superman" blue. I've been digging those basic, true rainbow hues which are surprisingly hard to find right now.
The lovely people at wowsocool.com were kind enough to send me a new Konad product they now carry, this amazing holographic decal. It's in the same design as from their Konad plates! As you can see, the design is 3D, so it's a bit raised and had no problems staying stuck for the whole week.
Of course pics will never do anything holographic justice but I promise, I was staring at the rainbows on my nails a lot. If you look, you can see the rainbow colors over the whole sticker sheet, from teal at the top to pink, purple, and green at the bottom. ^.^
This is a surprise polish that I found in my cabinet when I was looking for the perfect shade to wear for St. Patty's Day. I knew I had NYX Las Vegas but when I looked at photos online, I realized that it wasn't what I thought it would be and that it's actually not too different than the coveted China Glaze Emerald Sparkle that I had been lemming. GORGEOUS sparkle, isn't it? Love it!
Wow, I didn't even realize I had been wearing so many blues lately. I'm totally not a blue nails person, seriously! This is a polish that came out with China Glaze's re-release of the Wizard of Ooh Ahz collection called Dorothy Who? Pretty cute name, and super hot to wear. I wish it were a tad darker but electric blue glitter polish is still a win in my book.
Speaking of this polish, a sweet reader yoyoecho notified me that my photo had been printed in a nail magazine. It's a silly pic I had uploaded from my cell straight to twitter and the mag hadn't asked my permission. They e-mailed me an apology when I asked about it, but yeah. I still feel a bit weird about it. :/ In any case, thought I'd post the scan.
So much for not watermarking my twitter pics. >.< Anyway, moving on...
This polish is SO LOVE! Another China Glaze, my favorite polish brand, this lovely is categorized as a neon although most swatch photos online are way off. I think my pic is pretty close to how it appeared on me. It's a bright, warm violet with hot pink and blue glitters. It's matte before a top coat but I never leave naked polishes without my trusty Seche Vite. Super pretty and totally unique in my collection.
The sweetest and lightest of this group, Something Sweet by China Glaze. It was from the fairly recent Up and Away collection of pastels. You know how I was saying I wanted a perfect, opaque pale pink? This is one of them. (I also bought Orly Kiss The Bride and looooove that as an almost-white pink too! Thanks for the recommendations!!) It almost reminds me of OPI Mod About You but a lot softer and more wearable.
Finally, I wanted to post pics of what I'm currently wearing, Hidden Treasure from the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2010 Runway Collection. This baby is sooo hard to find! Only one Walgreens in my whole area had it and my hubby was a sweetheart and drove me across town so I could snatch it up. Hehehe.
This photo absolutely doesn't do it justice (just check out pics of this baby over dark polish like at Steph's Closet. SEXYOMG!!) The flakies in this polish glow just like opals. They are duochromed and shine lime green to fiery orange and hot pink. I can't even explain it, but it is not at all dull like in my photo. I got impatient and put it on during my lunch break at work but I have a feeling it will be sooner than later that I'll be using this as a coat over something dark very soon.
Since the weather has been sunny and beautiful lately, it's inspired me to lighten and brighten my nails and I hope that trend can keep going on and reflect upon my mood as well. Hope you guys have been feeling bright and sparkly as well. ^_~
ps- anyone have any good de-stressing tips?
UPDATE: Just wanted to let everyone know that my e-mail is back up! Any inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org again. :D