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Out-gray-geous Konad

Posted by manicuremania on November 25, 2009

This is of course a base of Barielle Out-Gray-Geous, konaded with plate konaded with plate 64 and Barielle U-Concrete-Me.

This is not good. I was trying for something subtle with the two different gray finishes, but I don’t like the plate, I think. It just looks…sloppy.

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bar outgray konad


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Randomness pt 2

Posted by manicuremania on November 25, 2009

So I found a theme! It is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen. Every other WP theme I’ve tried has been modifiable, but only through editing the PHP and CSS files. And I can do that…but I’m uncomfortable making large changes to someone else’s code, it would take forever unless I built it from scratch myself and knew where everything was and how it was specified…and yeah actually, that would still take forever!

But then I found Atahualpa. Crazy name, but OMIGOODNESS. There are options to edit the theme directly from the WP admin panel. Like, a LOT of options. In fact it’s so thorough that so far, I haven’t found anything that I want to change and can’t. I have not once had to edit a php or CSS file (and I don’t think I would anyway, I suspect making random changes under the hood could really screw this up). It is amazing and awesome. LOOK AT THIS!!!!!

OK, so in nail news, I went to Rite Aid today to pick up a few things. Since when did Rite Aid start selling Sinful Colors? I thought that was a Walgreen’s brand.

I guess I was in a sort of neutral  color mood, huh?

  • Wet n Wild Craze in Shield and Goldmine
  • Sally Hansen Opulent Cloud
  • Wet n Wild Flirt Gumdrop

And also I saw these and couldn’t resist because I can’t figure out how they could possibly work, or even really what they’re supposed to do. And fromt he small amount of testing I’ve done with them so far…my suspicion was right, they’re crap.

Oh, and I am so all over the Zoya Green Friday promotion this week. If Zoya continues to give me free stuff, I might go broke, though. 😀

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Posted by manicuremania on November 23, 2009

So I’ m off all week and planning to make the move onto self-hosted wordpress finally. I bought a domain months ago in preparation, but I’ve been holding off because it will really be a ton of work. I consider myself fairly internet/computer savvy, but I just don’t really understand feedburner (one of the reasons I want to move to self-hosted) all that well at all.

Plus I’ll have to mess around with themes too…I have extreeeeeemely specific ideas for that, and I haven’t been able to find a theme that meets my standards as of yet. I want a 3-column theme that is widget ready and can make use of a customer header graphic. It needs to be simple, preferably will allow me to change the colors, and also not stupid. The sidebar widget lists have to be spaced correctly, too – a lot of themes that meet my requirements otherwise  have irritating spacing on the widget lists, and I just cannot deal with that. 🙂 I’m considering making a theme from scratch, but…I’m not sure I want to sink that amount of my vacation-time into it – last time I made a theme it took foreverrrrr. I really love my current theme a whole lot – the ONE thing it lacks is the ability to add a header image.

Speaking of that, I’m working on designing my new header image…this is what I have so far.

Still needs a bunch of work just for that image, then I’ll need to incorporate it into an actual banner. 🙂

Also, I’ve found out that the Wizard Of Ooh Ahz collection is available for order now, and I’ve been waiting and waiting for it! And even though the swatches I’ve seen recently of it aren’t really what I was expecting, I am still going to buy it. But, transdesign doesn’t seem to have either the set or the individual Dorothy Who? polish available for order, and that’s bugging me.

OK, back to my banner-making!

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Barielle – Suntini

Posted by manicuremania on November 22, 2009

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Suntini was a random polish I picked out when I made my big Barielle order a while back, and I really didn’t expect to like it this much! It’s a seriously bright orangy red, and I really love it. Actually I’ve loved all the Barielle reds I got. Sadly, my camera is incapable of taking pictures of red polish.

Oh, and this particular polish wasn’t one of the crazy horribly thick Barielles, by the way.

bar suntini

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Zoya Hot Lips

Posted by manicuremania on November 22, 2009

OK first of all, this is not a makeup blog, and I don’t really want to make posts about non-polish related stuff, but I figure this is…sort of polish-adjacent because these glosses came from Zoya, and plus there don’t seem to be all that many Hot Lips swatches floating around on the net, so I figure I’ll contribute.

In the free Hot Lips promotion recently, I got Visa, Luck, and Shimmer.

So, Shimmer is less sheer than I had thought it would be. It’s a tad bit lighter than my natural lips, and pretty sparkly. The glitter in this isn’t gritty or annoying, but it’s definitely there. Shimmer smells like raspberries.

Luck is my favorite – it’s just slightly darker than my lips, and also very glittery. This one was the oddball of the bunch – it smells different (like bubblegum!) and it had a different applicator shape.

Visa I don’t really like. It’s surprisingly dark, and so I found it really difficult to apply evenly. Dark. DARK. A very nice color, but just not for me, maybe I”ll give it away. I tried to get gloss that was sort of out of my comfort zone since I tend to only wear makeup that exactly matches my face, but this one’s just too dark for me. A normal person would probably love it though. No shimmer in this one, and it also smells like raspberries.

So, the applicators. Luck was weirdly the only one with a “normal” rounded lip gloss top, the other two were just straight squeeze tubes – not really convenient for applying gloss directly to your lips, since I consider gloss more of a “shove it in your pocket and maybe apply a few times throughout the day without a mirror” kind of thing than an “apply with a makeup brush and a mirror” thing.

I like the shape of the tubes – they’re short and fat rather than inconveniently long and thin – good for the aforementioned shoving in pockets! Overall, these are very nice glosses. Not too sticky, huge range of colors, non-gritty glitter, the lip-lasting time was about what you’d expect for a gloss – reapply often and you’re fine.

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Essie – Soiree Mauve

Posted by manicuremania on November 21, 2009

ess soiree 1

Very nice. I’ve gotten away from wearing only mauve polishes lately, but I really like this one that I picked up on clearance at Ulta.

ess soiree

Cremes bore me, though, so I added CND Effects Crimson Sparkle. The Effect is very apparent in real life, but I couldn’t seem to get a picture that really captured that very well.

ess soiree 2One coat just didn’t do it for me though, so I added another coat of CND! Now it’s perfection, look:

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Nina Ultra Pro – Leaf Me Alone

Posted by manicuremania on November 18, 2009

nin leaf me

I LOVE this color. LOVE. It is the prettiest green ever, and I am so happy with it!! I even liked it well enough to apply the four coats that were required for opacity, and it didn’t even bug me!

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Essie – Sag Harbor

Posted by manicuremania on November 17, 2009

Sag Harbor is a dusty, delicate baby blue. There’s obvious shimmer in the bottle, and it was still slightly apparent when I was applying the polish, but it’s invisible on the nail. Just exactly enough of the tiniest shimmer to make the polish non-chalky.

I love this so much!! It is the most perfect, beautiful soft blue I have ever seen – I can’t even do it justice in my description. I just found my new favorite polish, I think.

Application was bad though. It was thick and goopy, and I hate that damn tiny Essie brush. 3 coats for opacity, but more careful application could’ve  let me stick with two. Surprisingly not sheer at all. Dry time bad too – still dentable after a few hours.

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Barielle – Lemondrops

Posted by manicuremania on November 17, 2009

bar lemon

This really isn’t a polish that I like very much. It’s totally schoolbus-yellow.

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Milani – Green Glow

Posted by manicuremania on November 16, 2009

mil green glow

This is a neat color, but soooooo sheer. It’s also a completely different color in the bottle than on the nail. I think I like it, though.

mil green glow 2

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