Wednesday, October 17, 2012


-dances in a crazy fashion-


I do very much apologize for disappearing off the face of the earth for over a week.  I've been so busy with work (two jobs) and doing other things that did not include nail polish or blogging, unfortunately.  I haven't changed my manicure in over a week and it is looking pretty raggedy.  On the up-side to this predicament, the mani did last for literally six days without chipping! It was the one with the dots in my previous post.  How cool is that? Usually my job at the coffee shop destroys my nails in minutes. 

My friend's wedding is in two days, and I am going out of town tomorrow to attend that (I'm a bridesmaid).  It's going to be great, and I can't wait to see my friend walk down the aisle.  Tonight after work I plan on doing my nails, and I need to do something that will coordinate with my dress as I will not have time to do them tomorrow or the day of the event.  The dress is black and purple, so I was thinking something that included those colors.  I guess only time will tell when I finally get off work and decide what my lazy butt is capable of doing!  I also have to pack and make sure I've got everything I need.  I'd best not forget my dress! :O

I know this post had very little to do with nails, but I just wanted y'all to know what's up in the world of this fASHionista (ha ha, I'm hilarious).

For your viewing pleasure:

I made this when my polish making supplies arrived in the mail.  I called it "Potion", part of a three polish halloween mini collection that I designed.  I will not be producing these for sale, unfortunately, because I did not have enough supplies for more.  I just made them for a test run, if you will.  But, nonetheless, look at the pretty! (I layered it over My Boyfriend Scales the Walls by OPI)

Monday, October 8, 2012

OPI + China Glaze + accent nail dots

When I found OPI - It's My Year at Winners one day, I knew I'd hit the jackpot.  This polish is GORGEOUS, and it's from the 2011 Miss Universe collection, so it's probably kinda hard to find.  Well, I HAD TO HAVE IT.  Sorry, I'm yelling, but I cannot contain my excitement.  It's My Year is a beautiful plum colored polish packed with gold shimmer.  You can see why I love it, right? THE SHINY!

I used three coats of this wonderful polish on every nail except the ring finger.  On the ring finger, I used China Glaze Purr-fect Plum from the On Safari collection, and then I dotted it with It's My Year.  It looked pretty darn awesome, I must say!

Maybelline - Boho Gold

Hello everybody! I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving / Columbus Day long weekend! I am, even though today is rainy and gross.  I just did my nails (not with Boho Gold, that was Saturday's mani), and now I'm watching Easy A and assembling nail polish bottles in preparation for my little holiday creations.  All I need is my glitter to arrive in the mail!

So, here's Boho Gold, one of the new Maybelline Color Show limited edition polishes that I finally managed to get my pretty, polished paws on.  It's an almost dupe of Chanel's Peridot, so I hear, and I love it! It's such a pretty duochrome polish.  Of course, I didn't wait for each coat to fully dry before I applied the next, so it bubbled a little.  It still looked decent, though.

I used three coats of Boho Gold to achieve full opacity, but you could get away with two.

Happy Thanksgiving (or Columbus Day in the US) everybody! Now, on to the photos:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

China Glaze United in Purpose - Exquisite

This was the only polish from the China Glaze United in Purpose collection that caught my eye (at least from what was left on display at Chatters), and I must say, it is quite exquisite.  It's such a pretty, shimmery pink, and I'm a sucker for a good pink.

I used three coats, but you could get away with two.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This blog post is brought to you by the letter "T" and the number "3"

One day last week, as usual, I was having great difficulty deciding on a color for my nails.  I was debating between three China Glaze shades:  Trendsetter, Traffic Jam, and Turned-Up Turquoise.  Of course, since actually making a decision is totally not an option, I went for all three.  I used Trendsetter for most nails, and did accents of Turned-Up Turquoise and Traffic Jam.  It looked pretty cool, and I got a few compliments that day, which always make me feel awesome! 

Hilariously enough, I just noticed that all of these polishes names begin with the letter T.  I'm easily entertained, so I just sat smirking at the computer for a moment.  No big deal.

Here are a few photos:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rainbow Connection: The Obsession

As the title of this post states, yes, I adore Rainbow Connection by OPI.  I adore it so much that a while back I did two manicures in a row using it as a glitter top coat.  How very creative of me.

First I used it on top of Essence Color & Go choose me!, and then I layered it over OPI's Planks A Lot from the Pirates of the Carribean collection.

I also tried out the Sally Hansen Diamond Flash fast dry top coat.  I like it, but not for dense glitters.  For those I prefer Sally Hansen's Insta Dri or Seche Vite.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Updates! + Another Essence Polish!

The life of Ash has been busy these days, and, of course, I've done my nails multiple times, but I've barely been on my computer, hence the lack of blog posts.  I'm trying to catch up, but it's more difficult than I thought.

Exciting news, though!

My package of nail polish making supplies should arrive tomorrow.  I'm slowly but surely preparing to make my own glitter polish, and I have ideas for an awesome holiday collection.  I know it's probably silly for somebody with only eight blog followers to start their own brand, seems like a fun hobby!  Who knows, maybe I will do a giveaway in the future.

For now, here's a few photos of Essence Color & Go grey-t to be here.  I love this polish! It's a grey creme with itty-bitty pink sparkles.  It's neutral and feminine at the same time; so adorable.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Essence: Fame Fatal

First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of posting this past week! I am sorry, guys! I've been busy busy with work and everything else that comes up during a week.  Of course, I've had time to do my nails every other day, so there will be a few pretty cool upcoming posts.  All I have to do is edit some photos.

Anyway, the mani I am wearing today is exactly what the title of this post says:  Fame Fatal.  I LOVE how awesome this red is.  And shiny! It's so shiny! The application was easy enough and the polish went on smooth.  I really adore most Essence polishes.  I took these photos with the flash on because it showed a more accurate depiction of the color.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Hungry Asian - Twenty Ten

I know I mentioned that I was going to post this a few days ago, but I hadn't gotten around to it.  Sorry guys! Life = busy.  When I'm not working there's always something else going on.  Yesterday I had to dye my mother's hair and go shopping, which oddly enough did not include the purchase of more nail polish.  That's a huuuge shock, isn't it?!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently bought a couple of polishes from The Hungry Asian to add to my very small, but growing collection of indie nail polish.  My purchase included Twenty Ten, and Belle, which I will post about later.

Twenty Ten...

What can I say about Twenty Ten? Oh, it's just a gorgeous little black jelly with small red squares, blue hex (which appeared to be holo on my nails!), small blue glitter and small copper glitter.  It pretty much matches its description and photos on The Hungry Asian's etsy.

I used three coats - but it's just as easy to layer one coat over a black base.  The application was smooth.  I didn't have to fish around for any of the glitter or force it to spread evenly over the nail.  I really like the forumla.  The consistency is good; not too thick, not too thin.  Just right! It definitely lived up to my expectations! Girl definitely knows how to make an awesome nail polish.

You can purchase The Hungry Asian polishes on etsy here.  They are $9.25 USD for the .5 oz, $4.50 for the minis, which are around average prices, and she does ship internationally. (awesome, right?!) Kae also released a couple of new polishes recently.  I looked at them yesterday and reallly wanted to buy Itsy Bitsy, a really gorgeous yellow, but it's sold out already.  Maybe I will catch it eventually!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Haulin' in August

Hello darling readers! First of all, I apologize for the lack of posts lately; I've been super busy with work and other things.  I went to see Keith Urban on Wednesday, which was AWESOME! :D  He grabbed my hand! I was still wearing my Glowstick mani that night and my nails pretty much lit up like glowsticks during the concert.  It was kind of hilarious, maybe he noticed my nails! lol!

Anyway, I've decided to post my late July/August nail polish purchases for you all to see.  It includes my first Lippmann, two more polishes from Dandy Nails and a couple from the Hungry Asian.  I'm wearing Twenty Ten right now, and I will post about that one tomorrow.

Monday, August 20, 2012

NOTD: Orly - Glowstick.

I attempted to use this polish on its own, but I swear to god it was so difficult to apply and I just put coat after coat on to smooth it out.  It was an epic fail.  I noticed that another blogger said that they used white underneath the highlighter yellow color, so I tried that.  IT LOOKS AWESOME, and it was sooo much easier to apply.

I started with my base coat, then two coats of Essie Blanc and two coats of Glowstick, followed by a coat of Seche Vite, of course, to make it uber shiny!

Friday, August 17, 2012

OPI Germany Collection

Last week I picked up four of the new OPI Germany polishes.
  • Deutsche You Want Me Baby?
  • German-icure by OPI
  • Suzi and the 7 Dusseldorfs
  • Unfor-Greta-bly Blue
I was going to post swatches earlier in the week, but I decided that I'd wait until I swatched all four (and wore them each for a day to show off their prettyness!).

Without further adieu, on with the polish.

Deutsche You Want Me Baby?

Unfor-Greta-bly Blue

German-icure by OPI

And finally, Suzi and the 7 Dusseldorfs

I really liked the application of these polishes.  They were smooth and easy to apply, not to mention shiny and gorgeous.  I used top coat to boost the shine even more.  They glistened! I would definitely recommend these colors, and I'm thinking I shall try to snag a few more from this collection.  I want some of the cremes.