Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Current Mani & Latest Haul

It's 11:59pm, so I won't get this up before Weds, but hey, I tried. When I started to get pictures off my camera, I noticed that I had a few tutorial sets that I haven't posted here yet. So I'll set those up to post for the next couple of weeks. For tonight - this week's manicure and my super-awesome haul from Nubar, plus a smaller one from Head 2 Toe Beauty. Because I am *constantly* running out of top coat...

Actually, I guess the haul pics first, because I used the new polishes for this week's manicure. So here it is:
Those two tall bottles in the back are Seche Vite base and top coat - 4oz each. You can order the professional kits that include the big bottle, a regular .5oz bottle and a handy pouring lid from Head 2 Toe Beauty, and if you go through top coat like I do, it's a much better deal than buying a normal bottle every few weeks.

I also got the two Misa polishes from there (the two square bottles), unfortunately you can't see the color well here. One is a dark bronze and the other a deep teal green - "Like it Like That" and "When U Say My Name", respectively. I forgot to set them out, but I got two of the China Glaze crack polishes as well - "Crushed Candy" (teal) and "Cracked Concrete" (gray). Finally I also got a couple bottles of China Glaze Matte Magic top coat - my go-to solution for making matte polish last (and matting other polish as well).

The two tiny bottles are a blue and blue glitter I picked up at Sally Beauty Supply the other day. And then there's my Nubar haul...

I went a little nuts with the duochromes, but I don't regret it one bit. The odd polishes out were Midnight Matte Finish, a dark charcoal matte you'll see below; and Nubar 2010, which I've been dying to get for ages. Duochromes above are: Purple Beach, Iris Dust, Reclaim, and Wildlife.  

Whew! I have an order with Zoya that should be here any day now...

So for this week's manicure, I did one coat of base coat (Seche), then two coats of Nubar Midnight Matte to start. I brushed on one coat of Nubar 2010, which is clear with foil flecks (should have taken a pic before I matted it down again).


Then I used the China Glaze Matte Magic to seal and matte down the whole thing again. My pictures don't do it justice at all - it looks like granite with little flecks of green/pink/gold running through it. I really love the way it turned out...a very distinctive look.

Obviously I need to brush up on my photography skills...and you'll note that I have a broken-off nail on each hand. *sigh*

So now that I have new polish, I was thinking maybe I should clean out my polish drawer...or at least organize it a little:
What, you don't keep your polish in the fridge? Weird. ;-)
Regardless, it's a mess. And a daunting one at that. Maybe another day...

7 comments:

Zoey said...

Hey! I just wanted to say two things, in case you read these comments. One, I just wanted to ask what the purpose of doing a clear base coat is. Two, I'm doing a nail polish blog myself! It's not very complete yet, but I'm still working on it. The whole Idea is simple but super awesome designs that don't require any more than paints, brushes, and toothpicks! The address is www.virtualnailsalon.blogspot.com

Jamie D. said...

Thanks for stopping by, Zoey. I've added your new site to my links in the sidebar. :-)

Base coat helps polish adhere to the nail, and also keeps the colored polish from staining the nail (especially important with darker colors). In my experience, it makes the manicure last longer (important for me since I wear mine for 7 days at a time), and makes the color go on more smoothly.

Love your corset design...and I'll look forward to seeing more from you!

Zoey said...

Thanks for answering my question. I always wondered about that.

Mally! said...

I wanted to know where you bought your Nubar polishes. I can't find them anywhere! Your designs are marvelous and I absolutely love your blog. (:

Jamie D. said...

Hi Mally - and thanks. :-) I ordered my Nubar polishes directly from the web site: http://www.bynubar.com/ (there's also a link in the sidebar).

Glad you stopped by! :-)

intuitionmagic said...

So what is your reason for storing the nail polish in the fridge?

Jamie D. said...

It seems to keep the formulas nice longer (they don't thicken so quickly, IMO)...I've kept my polish in the fridge since high school.