Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guess I got carried away...

Hi Everyone!

This is just a quick post to express my disappointment, yes, disappointment, with China Glaze and their most recent release of the Cirque Du Soleil collection. Most notably, the glitter bomb that is "Get Carried Away". I went to Sally's a few days ago with a christmas gift card my folks had given me and picked up a few polishes, "Get Carried Away" was one of them. It was to be my first actual "glitter polish", so I was pretty excited. Plus the fact that it had red, silver and black hexes as well as black bar glitter...oh yeah, a true glitter bomb.

Then came the disappointment. I carefully polished my nails with two coats of Nina Ultra Pro "burst my bubble" (a very light pink), then brushed a coat of "get carried away" over the top. grey/black tinted base. That was my first sad face. Streaky. Second sad face. Totally covered up the fact that I had light pink undies. Third sad face. I WANTED to like "get carried away", I really did. But I did not. 

Then I thought to myself, you know, if you brush the "get carried away" onto a sponge, then dab it onto your nails, maybe the sponge will absorb that icky tinted base and just transfer the glitter smorgasbord, letting the base color show thru. Sounded good in theory.....

However, the black and silver micro glitters in this polish totally dominate the bars and larger hex glitters, so it's really just a hot mess on my nails.

So, I give this particular polish a 1 out of 5 Crimson Stars, because....while the concept was awesome, the tinted base was a total bomb, and the micro glitters vs. larger hex and bar glitters weren't balanced out enough for me to actually enjoy this polish.

Do you have "get carried away" ? If so, what do you think of it?


Saturday, November 24, 2012

T-Day Weekend Mini Sally Haul

Hi Everyone!

So on the 22nd of November me and the folks drove up North a bit to celebrate a combined Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration with the rest of the family and some extended family. My folks had my name for Christmas this year, and they got me a Sally Beauty Supply gift card, along with a couple of other things. Today my sister and I went to Sally Beauty Supply and I picked up a few polishes using my gift card, so here's my mini-haul!

From left to right we have  Orly - Ingenue, Nina Ultra Pro - Burst My Bubble and China Glaze - Get Carried Away.

Get Carried Away is my first "real" multi-glitter bomb polish... it contains black and silver micro glitters, red, silver and black hex glitters and black bar glitters in a grey/black tinted base. The brush is a bit wonky, but since it was the only one there, I decided to get it anyway, figuring I could trim the brush a bit later on.

I've already put it on my nails, and I regretfully have to say that I'm a little disappointed in it. The hex glitters don't come out very easily so a lot of fishing is required and I also had to do a bit of strategic placing of said glitters. I also noticed that the bar glitters had a tendancy to curl. Maybe it was just this bottle. Does anyone else have this polish, and if so what did you think of it?

I tried it over two coats of the Burst My Bubble, thinking it would be a good combo, wasn't. Because of the tinted base of Get Carried Away, you can't even tell there are really light pink undies there. I think maybe Get Carried Away would look good with light grey undies, or else all on it's own.

Anyway, these three polishes were my "in advance" Christmas gift from my folks, so thank you! :D


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Galaxy Revisited

Hi Everyone!

I know it's been a loooong time since I made a nail art post, and all I can say in my defense is that I  have been so busy with work that I haven't had the time to play with my polishes. That changed today, tho, since I finally have a day off! So, I decided to revisit some nail art I've done once before - Galaxy (or Nebula) Nails! While I was at Walmart yesterday trying to find a nail nourisher/strengthener, I wandered over to the Pure Ice display and say a funky looking polish I hadn't seen before called "Electric!" - It's a black polish with a super-fine silvery shimmer. I thought "Hey, that would make a nice base for a galaxy mani!", so I brought it home with me. Of course, with all the other stuff going on with this mani, plus the strategic application of CG's Fairy Dust, you can't really make out the base color. For the "galaxies", I used Finger Paints Paper Mache, CG's Lemon Fizz, WnW's Tickled Pink, and some unnamed dark blue. I don't think it looks too bad (aside from my super nubby nails, that is...). What do you think?