Saturday, August 31, 2013

Swatch Saturday: Color Club The Uptown and East Austin!

Press Sample

Good morning, readers! It's Swatch Saturday and this week I have 2 of the polishes from the new Color Club Girl About Town Collection! A bright coral creme and an amazing flakie polish!

The Uptown and East Austin.

Let's start with East Austin. It's a gorgeous, vivid coral creme and I love it! I'm showing three coats below with top coat. It seemed a bit bright for a fall collection but I really loved wearing it so I'm glad it's part of the collection. No issues to report.

Onto The Uptown. It's an amazing full coverage flakie polish. The base is a blurple jelly and needs 2-3 coats if wearing on it's own. I'm showing three because I wanted it a bit darker. The flakes change colors from green to gold and then red when you turn your nails. I was quite impressed with The Uptown and especially liked how smooth the flakes laid flat on the nail. Shown with top coat.

You can see the color change in these 4 pictures below as I turned my hand a bit more for each one:

Are you seeing this macro? Gorgeous!

What do you think of these new fall polishes from Color Club? You can find these for $8 each at the Color Club website. Also, I see that they have these two packaged together in a duo set for only $12! 

Don't forget to "like" Color Club on Facebook to keep up with news and new release information!

Thanks for reading!

*The polishes in this post were sent for me to review with my honest opinion.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

AquaDaisy Shazaam and Raspberry Beret Mani!

Good morning, readers! I'm almost through all of my old manis that I had photographed but not posted on. You may have seen this mani on instagram a few weeks ago!

After hearing such amazing things about AquaDaisy Shazaam (I used it in yesterday's mani post as well so check that out if you missed it!), I decided to take the plunge and order it for myself. While I was at her Etsy Shop, I came across Raspberry Beret and bought that one as well! I thought they would look nice together, and I was right!

Both are holographic and have amazing coverage. I've done 2 coats of each and then stamped with Shazaam over Raspberry Beret on my accent nails. The stamp design gives the look of a needle marble but was much easier! (My plate is a knock off of Konad m78)

What do you think? Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Skittlette: Muztagh Ata, Shazaam, and Cheetah Print!

Hello, readers! Have you noticed lately how addicted I am to skittlettes? I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to wear nails that are the same without looking at them like they are missing something. It is also a great way to get through my untrieds! I'm finding so many gorgeous polishes that have been sitting around wanting to have a turn being used.

Today's skittlette features two untrieds: Elevation Polish Muztagh Ata, and AquaDaisy Shazaam! Both are holos and are a gorgeous pairing! Shazaam is a one coater, although I've done 2 here out of habit.

Muztagh Ata has just now popped up to the number ONE slot in my collection of Elevation Polishes. I CANNOT TELL YOU ENOUGH ABOUT HOW AMAZING the formula was on this. It's super pigmented and almost a one coater AS WELL AS squishy and holo with so much depth. It dries super duper shiny on it's own so you don't need top coat unless you are like me and use top coat to seal in the polish as well as help it dry quicker. But it also dries really quickly on it's own! If you only ever buy one Elevation Polish, THIS is IT. (And no, I wasn't even sent this to review. I bought it with my own money and am still kicking myself for taking this long to add it to my collection!)

I've done a gradient with both Shazaam and Muztagh Ata on my index and middle fingers and free handed some cheetah print with Milani Silver Stilettos and a dotting tool.

What do you think of this mani? Do you have either of these polishes? Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mommy's NOTD: Elevation Polishes Galore!

Echinops was
as a Press Sample.

Hello, readers! I have a quick post for you today. I wanted to show you what I just put on for my mani. I'm slowly trying to get through my untried polishes and Elevation Polish Azure Caverns has been staring me in the face for a few weeks and I couldn't decide what to pair it with until now. Echinops was a pretty base for Lake Achit and I think they complimented Azure Caverns nicely!

  • My index and middle fingers are 2 coats of Echinops topped with 2 coats of Lake Achit.
  • My ring and pinky fingers are 2 coats of Azure Caverns.
  • All are topped with 2 coats of top coat for a shiny finish.

What do you think? Thanks for reading!

*A polish in this post was previously sent for me to review with my honest opinion.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Omnom Nail Art!

Hello, readers! It's time for your weekly tutorial! This week it is the cute candy loving monster named Omnom from the popular app game, Cut the Rope. (If you don't know what I am talking about, go download and start the fun now! It's addictive and he is just the cutest little monster!)

Here is a preview collage of this tutorial, you can find full sized pictures and instructions further down in this post.

Here is a flashback to the full mani I've previously posted:

Things needed for the tutorial:

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons, Color Club Twiggie (in my post, I used Ulta Limelight but I don't have that one anymore so this was close), OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Black Onyx.

Striper brush, detail brush, round end of a cleanup brush for a "bigger dotting tool," and a small dotting tool.

Step 1) Paint 2 coats of OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons.

Step 2) Use either the detail brush or the bottle brush in Color Club Twiggie and make a rounded shape with a flat bottom. I'm not sure how to describe this body shape any differently LOL.

Step 3) Use your detail brush and Twiggie to make little lumps for the arms and legs.

Step 4) Use the detail brush and Twiggie to make the little antenna on the top of Omnom's head. It's like a curved line with a dot on the end. You could use a dotting tool to make the dot if that is easier.

Step 5) Use OPI Alpine Snow and the end of your cleanup brush(acting as a big dotting tool) to make two big eyes. Make sure they touch a bit in the middle.

Step 6) Use your striper brush and OPI Black Onyx to make a smile from one side of the head to the other.

Step 7) Use your detail brush or end of the striper brush with Alpine Snow to make 4 upside down triangles for teeth.

Step 8) Use the striper brush and Black Onyx to outline the teeth.

Step 9) Use your small dotting tool and Black Onyx to make the pupils of the eyes.

Step 10) Use your striper brush and Black Onyx to outline the body and eyes. If you don't feel comfortable doing this step, I think he still looks cute in step 9 and you could stop there! It's up to you!

Don't forget to add a thick, quick drying top coat to protect and seal in your design! I prefer Seche Vite, H K Girl Top Coat, or Poshe.  Put a thick bead of top coat on the brush and gently spread it toward the tips and side, taking great care to not let the bristles touch the polish underneath. Thinner top coats can cause streaking or bleeding of the colors and the bristles drag lines through the design. YOU'RE DONE!

And, another gif that google+ added to my album for me, so I had to share! LOL

What do you think of little Omnom? Do you play Cut the Rope? Please share pics of your nails using my tutorials by tagging me on Instagram (@adventuresinacetone) or posting to my Facebook Page! Thanks for reading!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Fuchsia and Blue Skittlette!

Pata Puffer II  is an

Good morning, readers! Happy Monday! I have a fun skittlette manicure to share with you that I wore a couple of weeks ago. It's very simple but I think it's the color combo that made me love it so much.

  • My thumb and pinky have 2 coats of China Glaze Flying Dragon, with top coat.
  • My ring finger has 2 coats of Kiko Sugarmat 644
  • My index and middle fingers have 2 coats of Picture Polish Freya's Cats, topped with Elevation Polish Pata Puffer II, with top coat.

A little bonus outdoor shot. China Glaze Flying Dragon is really bright in the sun!

What do you think of this color combo? Thanks for reading!

*A polish in this post was sent for me to review with my honest opinion.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Octonauts Nail Art!

Good morning, readers! If you follow me on instagram (@adventuresinacetone), you saw a sneak peek of these nails weeks ago. I'm just now getting around to posting them on the blog for you.

I really challenged myself with this mani! It's been a long time since I've done intricate nail art on my right hand, and it's been forever since I've actually shown that hand on Adventures In Acetone. For one, it takes a lot longer and I hold my breath most of the time that I'm doing the nail art on that hand. Secondly, it is awkward to take pictures of that hand! Hard to hold the camera and hold the bottle, etc.

But, here we are! One of the favorite kid shows in our house is The Octonauts on Disney Jr. There are 8 main characters on the show so I knew I would have to do all 8 if I did Octonaut nails. The fact that even my one year old got super excited pointing and touching my nails made it worth it!(click here to see The Octonauts if you have no idea what show I'm talking about.)

My base is Elevation Dykh-Tau, a pretty seaglass holo. The characters are all done using polish, dotting tools, striper and detail brushes. I've topped it off with HKGirl top coat, no smearing!

And for an awkward pic that my hubby took for me that makes my right hand look

Here are the close ups of each character:

Captain Barnacles Bear

Kwazzi Kitten

Peso Penguin

Shellington Sea Otter

Dashi Dog

Tweak Bunny

Professor Inkling Octopus

Tunip the Vegimal

What do you think? I loved these and wore them for days until they chipped. It was a fun challenge and turned out to be one of my favorite nail art manis I've done. Thanks for reading!

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