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Arabella is a beauty!

Arabella is a beauty!

Ahh, Arabella. In many countries, it means “Beauty”. Plain and simple. Get this! In Germany it means “eagle heroine”. Not sure about that one. The Latin meaning is from ‘orabilis’, meaning yielding to prayer. Factoid: Lady Arabella Stuart was cousin of King James VI of Scotland. Also means beautiful, loving, lovable, graceful.

No matter how you define it, Zoya is the master of textured polishes with their Pixie Dusts. Arabella is a jewel. Zoya describes her as a “rich Fuscia pink…” and boy does it sparkle! Shade or sun, I love it! In the photo above, she’s shown here in the natural light of my sunroom. Now here she is in the sun!

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She really is a beauty. A regal pink. Lol, I almost typed “eagle” pink! πŸ˜‰

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I ❀️RED!

I ❀️RED!

This has been the craziest winter for weird weather. I live in Southwest Missouri and yesterday, January 26, it was a sunny 68 degrees. That was weird enough. We woke this morning to 14! Well, like they say around here…if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. LOL when this California native gets cold, she slows down like a slug on sandpaper. πŸ˜‰ I kid you not, as much as I love doing my nails, I even get a tad lazy in that arena.

Last night I tried my hand at a dotting design. I’ve been watching the hugely talented Nicole, aka, youngwildandpolished of YouTube fame. She recently uploaded a great tutorial on dotting manis, and she’s a master dotter! I’m improving, but last night’s attempt was not photo worthy. (Hangs head in shame). The colors were so pretty too. I used four new lovely pastels from Pure Ice. Watch for it here, after I take another stab at it.

After last night’s disappointing paint job, I decided to try something a little less challenging, yet stunning. I needed to give my Zoya reds a little love so I chose ruby red Sarah. She’s a a brilliant true ruby with the most gorgeous red and gold glass flecks. It glides on so nice which for red, you’ll wonder why you ever put it off. It really is a jewel.

I accented my ring finger with my fave Zoya Pixie Dust, Tomoko. In my humble opinion, if you’re going to dot a pixie, dot with a pixie! I chose Chyna for the job. I know, this mani didn’t take a rocket scientist to accomplish the task. But give me a break. It’s cold outside and besides, I’m trying to get some ideas for some Valentines manis. What kinds of lovey dovey designs do you like? Pinks, reds, both? Let me know. Stay warm folks. 😘

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Think pink

Think pink

The colder Mother Nature presents herself, the more I imagine myself on a sunkissed grassy meadow surrounded by fragrant blooms. I see, pinks and lavendars, yellows and everything in between. Well, this morning when I woke up it was 5 degrees and everything outside my window is brown and dead. Boohoo! If I can’t have springtime yet, at least I can brighten up my nails.

I picked up a few pink polishes yesterday, along with a lovely lavender by Essie. I removed my moody, yet lovely indigo paint and swapped her for a squishy jelly sandwich in juicy plum. Here I used a gorgeous jelly from Pure Ice ($1.98 at Walmart) in the shade Speechless. I topped her with a layer from Kleancolor called Born to Purple, full of purple glitter hexis and micro glitter in a clear base. Then topped with another thin layer of speechless. A super simple mani but juicy and understated I think.
Plum perfect
I’m thinking my next jelly sandwich should be some sort of green. I’ll call it, Fried Green Tomatoes! πŸ˜‰

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Do you believe in Magic?

Do you believe in Magic?

OPI’s Designer Series collection is stunning. Noted by the Silver cap, these polishes are like liquid jewels. Not long ago I picked up one of them in a BOGO offer at my local Ulta. The inky cobalt jewel toned beauty here is DS Magic. I promise you, this glass flecked stunner is a force to be reckoned with.

In the bottle, you can see sort of metallic purple shimmer there. But you can’t really describe it as a metallic polish once on the nail. In sunlight she glows like a brilliant peacock just strutting it’s stuff. Definitely a glass fleck jewel toned work of Magic! You could describe this breathtaking blue as cobalt, sapphire, royal, brilliant!

Simply magical!

Simply magical!

I used a base coat as I’d heard this might cause some staining. Applying the first of two coats I was a bit worried about the formula. It’s almost jelly-like in its base and loaded with pigment. It went on a bit streaky and sheer. But it corrected itself and dried fast. The second coat smoothed it perfectly and was fully opaque. It dries very glossy but I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite anyway. Doing one nail at a time with the top coat still wet, I then applied a rhinestone.

My fingertips look like they’re tipped with sapphires. And on my mani budget, that WOULD be magic!

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I fixed a couple of flops!

I fixed a couple of flops!

I’m not sure where to begin. About a month ago I was shopping the usual polish rack at Rue21. This franchise has some gorgeous in-house lacquers and I have quite a few of them. Most of my Pink Ice by Rue21 stash are glitters or the sandy textured beauties called Glitter Dust. They are amazing and just about the glitziest textures I’ve found. But I digress. Then there’s the pitiful Whimsical by Revlon. Read on about these two abysmal formulas and how I saved them from doom.

The beachy aqua mint you see here really jumped out at me and screamed, “hey beach girl, I’ve got your name written all over me!” Heh, I say, “ney, ney”. No name, as is typical of many of the Pink Ice line…just 031. Sigh. Ok, you ARE gorgeous and I’ve seen this exact shade in our crystal clear waters on the Florida Gulf Coast. SOLD! Today was Day One of our love/hate relationship.

Warning: 031 does not like base coat, lil stinker. She’s highly pigmented, to a fault. Streaky as H.E. Double hockey sticks! Okay, you win, no base coat. I think maybe because she is so pigmented this cream can’t handle anything underneath? What a diva. Even after removing the bc, I still needed to apply two thin coats with a light hand sort of like you have to do with heavily spectraflaired holos. And it’s got a good enough gloss factor but short of adding a third coat, I made up my mind to top her. My, I DO love this shade though. Enough to keep me from pitching her overboard.

Enter, Revlon in Whimsical. Well, well. Aren’t you the little Indie wannabe? Beautiful in the bottle, this crelly has just enough glitters shining through to suck you in quicker than a mermaid in search of a sailor. But super sheer on her own, this sea star can’t deliver…on her own. She’s a pale sea foam green mint as well as I can describe her. And I’ve never seen a waterier formula in my life. But the small hex glitters in pale copper and blue, the tiny fragmented flakies and micro glitters of blue and pink…just…hypnotized…WAKEUP! πŸ˜‰ Yeah, it’s like that. If there’s such a thing as mermaids, and they cried tears, this is what it would look like. I knew I wouldn’t be able to use it by itself but as a topper she’s a keeper. Seriously, it would take five coats to come anywhere close to opaque. No way I’d even try that. Revlon, what were you thinking? If you want to replicate Indie quality, you’d better step up your game. Still, she topped 031 beautifully!

Being the frugal lacquer collector that I am, I can’t stand the thought of throwing any marginally useful bottle away. So when life hands you flops, you make them into flip flops! LOL I see this mani on my digits for the next trip to our vacation home.

A Purpley kind of day

Zoya's gorgeous Pixie Dusts in Carter and Stevie

Zoya’s gorgeous Pixie Dusts in Carter and Stevie

Just a short post tonite to share my MOTD…Purpley isn’t it?! I’m always a sucker for any purple shades of polish. Today I chose the deep and sparkly purple Carter and lovely pastel Stevie on the accent nail. And of course I just had to embellish her with a little extra something!

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CKone Mascara, thanks Ulta

CKone Mascara, thanks Ulta

Thank you so much Ulta stores for my lovely free gift of a full size tube of CKone Mascara! I like the brush well enough and pulling it out of the tube will show you the packaging is high quality. The brush is plastic and firm, nice and narrow making it easy to apply to lower lashes.

The formula is smooth and non-flaking. For the top lashes, I noticed it went in well but doesn’t curl as quickly as my new fave, the Rocket. All I’m all, it’s a pretty decent mascara and it retails for $18. I will get good use out of this mascara but I must to say, The Rocket by Maybelline still tops my list.

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