Archive for the ‘Confetti’ Category

Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!

October 5, 2011

This is part of the Xtreme Wear line, and yes, the exclamation point is on the label. I really like this as a bright medium blue, and it applies decently. I had some trouble with bubbling but I think I left the fan on, woops!

 

artificial light

 

Two coats, and at least a day’s wear. I found a staple remover in my desk, though, so the nails should improve soon. Shuffling paper can be hard on the nails too.  ;)

 

Glitter!

 

I can’t resist throwing a coat of Confetti Dreamdate over everything, but I liked this combo enough to wear it for a while. Dreamdate is such a great layering glitter. One coat (shown) lets the base color peek through, dries fast and smooth without topcoat, and is still multi-colored fabulous!

I tried to capture the colors with a macro shot:

 

too dark, eh?

 

I’m pretty pleased with this manicure, but now that it’s raining I think it’s time for something a little more subdued.

Do you ever do your nails only to wake up in the mood for something different entirely?

Confetti Papa-razzi

September 15, 2011

Come on Fall! I got really irritated by the 90-degree weather last week, so I decided to encourage the arrival of the next season with Confetti Papa-Razzi, a glittery pumpkin color:

full sun

Yes, that is a pumpkin spice latte! I thought it might help with my little ritual.

It *has* to be fall now, right?

This is three coats. It’s a reddy-orange jelly with gold glitter/shimmer. I started thinking of it as “electric pumpkin.” I really expected this one to be like My Favorite Martian, but I think it looks more like a foil than a glitter on my nails and I just can’t get into it. :(

I will find a new home for this one as soon as I can.

A note about my coffee habit – at this point it takes four coffee shops to support me. This is obviously Starbucks, which provides me with sticky-sweet hot drinks and stays open until 9 PM. For amazing loose-leaf tea, unique pastries, decaf, and a not-too-sweet coffee frappe drink, I visit our town’s mom ‘n pop shop, which I will call IndieCoffee. For freshly roasted (caffeinated) brewed coffee, croissant and scones, I visit the new LocalBakery. And sometimes when IndieCoffee is closed, I will go to Peet’s for tea or for peppermint hot cocoa, yum.

Am I the only one with four coffee shops?

$1.99 love: Confetti My Favorite Martian

September 14, 2011

When I noticed the $1.99 Confetti display, I think I grew faint. I knew I would be unable to resist, but I limited myself to some glitters. I don’t expect much for that kind of money but this one blew me out of the water:

full sun

Ugh, so much pretty! Yellow-green jelly with silver and green glitter. There are occasional bigger pieces of green glitter, but also some fine silver glitter that helps build up the opacity. Four coats are shown, but they dried fairly quickly. I also find these glitters to be surprisingly smooth. Removal gets glitter everywhere but it doesn’t stick stubbornly like the Orly Goth did. What a deal!

Mannequin toes?

September 2, 2011

Mannequin-hands: a term born of the popularity of taupes and other brown shades for makeup and nails. I admit it’s a pretty fun challenge to find the shade that makes you look like this:

pale plasticky hand of a mannequin

whoa, cuticles!

But I think I prefer more color for my hands.

Essie Sand Tropez is pretty close to my MH shade, so one of my favorite pedicures is Sand Tropez + shimmer. No, I’m not going to take a picture of my foot. My sister has an irrational foot hatred. Start here:

shade, 3 coats

Then add something sparkly. Here’s Confetti Dreamdate on my seldom-seen, much maligned, sad and square thumb:

Dreamdate

Have you picked up any Confetti polishes yet? They are $1.99 (most of the time) and all of the ones I’ve tried so far have been awesome. I pop one layer of Dreamdate over everything if I’m feeling glittery.

And results:

full sun

The Goldspun Opal is a Sally Hansen Fire Opal “Nail Glaze” that I bought on a whim a million years ago.

bottle pic

Yes, I was a silly youth and bought this streaky duochrome in its opaque bottle. Okay, it’s streaky but I love it. It’s always flashing green and it really warms up the sand color. But about opaque bottles – they are misleading, see Milani Rad Purple for example. The Goldspun Opal isn’t really pink at all, it’s gold and green.

But I digress, try this neutral with depth for a summer pedi that goes with everything but doesn’t bore you from 5 feet (or more) away!