Friday, January 29, 2010

NOTD: There are Pink Sparkles in my Ocean

I got these two colors last week and knew I needed to try them out together asap. Today I got the chance and I am so wowed by this combo. This is 2-3 coats China Glaze Shower Together with 1 coat CND/Creative Raspberry Sparkle. Shower Together photographs very blue so the color is a little off, its a bit more of a darker teal but still gorgeous.



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

NOTD: China Glaze Meteor Shower

I got this last night along with a bunch of other gorgeous colors that you'll see here soon enough. I had heard that China Glaze's Meteor Shower was hard to apply so I added some of Sally Beauty's np thinner before using it and it went on quite well. The first coat was a little blotchy but the second made it totally opaque and that was all I needed. Meteor Shower is a dark blue-black with blue, green, and orange glitter. It does dry quite bumpy, even with 2 top coats, but I think that goes with the character and name of the polish.




Sunday, January 24, 2010

NOTD: Solar Lava

I dug out some of my older polishes and found Revlon's Solar, which I got a few years ago at the Dollar Tree. I also got two Nfu Oh polishes from http://www.fabuloustreet.com/ and used #51 (Nfu Oh has numbers instead of names) over Solar. Nfu Oh polishes run at $12.50 which is usally way beyond what I will spend for anything cosmetic related but they have amazing flakie polishes which are hard to find in any other brand. This was a late birthday splurge for me.

Unfortunately I had quite a few problems, though some were my fault. The polish was very thick and hard to spread evenly. I added some thinner so hopefully that will help next time I use it. The green one, #56, seemed to be thinner when I opened it but I didn't swatch it yet so I'm not sure. It also did a lot of shrinking (when your polish comes away from the edges, so you can see the tips of your nails) very quickly, this is due to Seche Vite's quick dry top coat but some polishes work better with it then others. I will have to experiment some more to see if I can prevent this. I also melted it on the tip of one finger when I was cooking dinner, that was totally my fault. And finally on one nail the entire sheet of nail polish started to slip off for a reason I don't know. All in all this hasn't been a good mani day so I'm going to take it off and try something else.




this is a discontinued color



#51 (left) #56 (right)



Saturday, January 23, 2010

NOTD: Teal Treasure

This mani was amazing. I use Sinful Colors Whats That and Nail Junkie (this one is at Walgreens), two coats of each. Whats That is harder to find but you could use China Glaze's Sexy In The City, Sally Hansen's Fairy Teal, or any other shimmery teal with Nail Junkie.



Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help Haiti

I know most if not all of you reading this must love make up and nail polish. Like me, I imagine many of you spend some amount of money on new things monthly if not more often. I'd like to ask that this week instead of spending that money on cosmetics that you find a way to help the people in Haiti, who were victims to a terrible earthquake on Tuesday that has destroyed their cities and left many dead, injured, and missing. There are so many charities that are rushing to aid Haiti and I know many of them could use either volunteers or donations. Even if you can only give $5 it will make a difference to someone in Haiti who is now without a home or food. If you live outside of the US go to the websites of local news stations, I know a lot of them have information on local charities.

If you find an organization you want to donate to, but aren't sure about how responsibly they'll spend your money go to http://www.charitynavigator.org/.

You can text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. It will charge the money to your cell bill. Or redcross.org has a donation link as well.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/emergency-earthquake-relief-fund-for-haiti/

http://www.savethechildren.org/get-involved/fundraising-challenges/alt-ways-to-give-earthquake-haiti-0110.html

http://doctorswithoutborders.org/

Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
Agape Flights, 941-584-8078
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
AmeriCares, 800-486-4357
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
CARE, 800-521-2273
CarmaFoundation
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
Concern Worldwide, 212-557-8000
Cross International, 800-391-8545
Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
Haiti Children, 877-424-8454
Haiti Foundation Against Poverty
Haiti Marycare, 203-675-4770
Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
International Rescue Committee, 877-733-8433
International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
Lutheran World Relief, 800-597-5972
Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
Operation Blessing, 800-730-2537
Operation USA, 800-678-7255
Oxfam, 800-776-9326
Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769
Samaritan's Purse, 828-262-1980
Save the Children, 800-728-3843
UN Central Emergency Response Fund
UNICEF, 800-367-5437
World Concern, 800-755-5022
World Hope International, 888-466-4673
World Relief, 800-535-5433
World Vision, 888-511-6548
Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552
Wyclef Jean's grassroots org
Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone