Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

This past weekend was the 15th annual Susan G Komen race for the cure in my area.

Up to 75% of the affiliate’s income is donated toward funding grants for hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, breast cancer screenings, and treatment programs.  While the remaining 25% goes towards breast cancer research.

It was my first 5 k and it felt great to be a part of the thousands of participants and survivors in the fight against breast cancer. It was very moving to see the many survivors of breast cancer and it is definitely something I will do again.

In the spirit of the event, I did a quick manicure the night before. I won’t go into many details of this one because there isn’t any new technique. Here are the pictures.

OPI Teenage Dream

Funny Bunny, No Bees Please, Sparrow Me the Drama

OPI No Bees Please

If you’re looking for a very natural nude shade, this is a keeper. It’s very sheer with a very subtle shimmer in it.

OPI Silver Shatter on top of OPI Sparrow Me the Drama

If there is an event in your area I highly suggest participating to support the fight against breast cancer. Getting involved can help heighten awareness of the disease, improve treatment methods, and provide more breast health services to increase the survival rates of breast cancer patients. About 1.3 million individuals, men and women of all ages, are diagnosed with the disease each year. Help make a difference.

Happy polishing.

Fading away…

I was supposed to post this last night, but I ended up staying at work longer than expected. That also means that I didn’t have enough time to paint my nails before I went out for my friend’s birthday. What a major faux pas, right? A person that does a nail blog that goes out to public events not wearing nail polish. It’s whatever. But no worries though, more money for my nail fund :).

Anyways, this post is about gradient manicures.  Most of the tutorials I found were for fading colors, but I though it would be more fun to do a glitter gradient. It follows the same technique though.  There are other techniques out there, so if you find this one isn’t for you, by all means explore.  I wanted to use my OPI Teenage Dream pink glitter polish so I had to pick my base colors that matched.

Nicole by OPI Love Your Life, OPI Hawaiian Orchid, OPI Elephantastic Pink, OPI Teenage Dream

These are the four that I picked.  I used OPI Elephantastic Pink as a tip base to start the gradient. Layered on top of that was OPI Hawaiian Orchid. Next I used OPI Teenage Dream and I finished it off with Nicole by OPI Love Your Life.

Heres the tutorial:

OPI Elephantastic Pink

Ok I started with a regular base coat first, of course. Then I only painted my tips with my darkest pink.  Always start out with a cream nail polish not a sheer polish otherwise it won’t be as effective.

OPI Hawaiian Orchid

Next, painting just above the tip line add your second color. Your second color should be sheer enough to let your base color shine through, but creamier enough to blend the two together.

OPI Teenage Dream

Again, starting just above your previous color, paint on your third polish. This last color should be sheer also so you can get the same blending effect between your other two layers.  The more you paint on, the darker the tips become.  Since I was using a glitter polish I added more glitter on the tip first for a more obvious glitter effect. When adding the next layer, make sure you always start above your previous line.

Nicole by OPI Love Your Life

My last layer I used a less dense glitter to have a more dispersed effect. Your last layer should be the most sheer, almost clear. A lot of other tutorials suggest using a light glitter polish.

Here are some pictures of the finished product. Finally some sunlight out so I took some outside shots for you too. Click on the pictures to see a more up close and almost too personal shot.

I am really loving this one right now. But I’m curious to do other colors…Leave a comment, let me know what you think!

Hope you enjoyed! Happy polishing!

Swatch it, girl! Swatch it…

As promised, glitter swatches from my collection.  I picked full-on glitter nail polishes and cream glitters.   Glitter nail polishes are fun and flirty, but they are a pain to take off and they chip quickly.  They are, however, worth the pain if you top it with black shatter!  A couple of examples are seen in my last post “Alice’s World, Shattered…”  The picture above is focused on Coronation, a designer series (DS) OPI.  The DS nail polishes can be found at Ulta for about $12.  Is it worth it? Maybe…  It goes on like butter and it shines even without a top coat.  The glitter is amazing and the holo is stunning in person. (I must apologize.  My canon point and shoot camera does not do any of these colors justice.)

This half of a color wheel has some new and some old colors.  The bottom two are Mad As a Hatter and Absolutely Alice (the two from my last post).  The two up are by China Glaze: Atlantis and Luna.  These two were quite deceiving.  The bottle looked like they would be full glitters, but they weren’t.  The Atlantis polish was more of a turquoise colored gel and the Luna was a light blue shimmer polish with glitter.  Above Coronation are two old polishes from my collection that are more on the shimmer side, but I would still consider them as glitters.  The one closest to Coronation is Happy Anniversary, part of OPI’s anniversary collection :)!  Just next to that is OPI’s Up Close and Personal.  It is just like Happy Anniversary, but gold. OPI’s gold glitter polish, Gift of Gold, is perfect for the ultimate leopard pattern when topped with black shatter.

Here we have all OPI nail lacquer. Starting from the left, Princesses Rule!, Pink before you leap, Teenage dream, Cozu melted in the Sun, and Show it and Glow it. Again, sorry for the horrible color.  It is raining outside and the indoor lighting is horrible so these pictures do not correctly represent the color.  The right is OPI’s purple glitter polish.  In person it is more pink than purple.

The far left is Show it and Glow it (again) next to Let me Entertain You, part of OPI’s Burlesque collection.  In a search for a purple glitter I picked up China Glaze’s C-C-Courage. It’s not what I wanted, but it is very cute.  On the far right is OPI’s OPI Ink, a dark purple with teeny, tiny specs of glitter, again, not what I wanted.

In continuing my search for a purple glitter I picked the left two from a nearby Rite Aid at $1.99 a pop! The left is called I Miss You and middle is called Frenzy, still not what I wanted.  But hey, at $1.99 who cares? It just added to my collection.  On the right is more of what I want.  The base color is China Glaze’s C-C-Courage topped with both of the colors on the left.

These last OPI colors are sleek and fun.  On the right is My Private Jet by OPI.  It’s dark, it sparkles, and it has a light holographic tone.  In the middle is Lucerne Tainly Look Marvelous, a perfect gunmetal.  On the left I used OPI’s Black Onyx to showcase Nicole by OPI’s Love Your Life. The hearts are cute and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

That’s more glitter than I can handle…for now…

Happy polishing!