China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic + Nail Art


Today's polish is another one of my picks from the China Glaze Electropop Collection. This is Fuchsia Fanatic. I can honestly say I don't have a berry pink like this in my collection! haha You can get good coverage in 2 coats, but for no VNL, you will want 3.

I recently got my hands on Color Club Fame and Fortune from the Backstage Pass collection. It was my only must have of the group. Fuchsia Fanatic is the perfect underwear for this polish! Although you lose some of Fame and Fortune's jelly effect, it still helps cut down on unnecessary coats of glitter that can be a pain to remove. So I used that as an accent nail, while the rest of my nails have the stars from the old set of Bundle Monster plates stamped with Color Club Foil Me Once. It ended up very subtle in person though.

I also wanted to mention that we added a new category of iridescent flakies to You Mix Cosmetics this morning! They are available in a 3 gram size, or you can get 1 ounce. You can check them out *here*.
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Misa Touch the Rainbow + Fingerpaints Flecked

Hey guys! It's Monday again...blah. haha I started it off good by working out...hopefully the trend continues for the rest of the week! :)

Today's polish is a first for me. This is my first Misa polish! This is Touch the Rainbow from the Spring 2011 collection called Wishes, I believe. I LOVE the name of this polish! I happened to come across swatches and knew I needed this! Touch the Rainbow is a super pale sky blue with gorgeous shimmer. I didn't capture that very well here though. :( This polish looks like a greyed out white from a distance. Below is 3 coats.

I chose Fingerpaints Flecked to layer on top. Although you can't see the true color shift of the flakies, they add an amazing shimmer and sparkle that really compliments the polish.

So I was going to add stamping on top, but in between painting the flakies on and that, I went to cook dinner. Which was a stupid idea because I got tons of dents in the mani and I had to take it off. :( Oh well though, I put on another untried polish...which I have a lot of...so that was a good thing right? haha
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China Glaze Make Some Noise + Gradient

Hi polish lovers!

Tonight I am posting the first of my picks from China Glaze's new spring collection, Electropop. This is Make Some Noise, a nice melon/coral shade. Below is 2 coats and the finish is a cross between a creme and jelly. I love coral shades a lot...I'm currently eyeing the new Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear coral I have seen at Walgreens..can't remember it's name though. :(

Next, I layered OPI Servin' Up Sparkle on top. I haven't seen any comparisons, but this seems really similar to Electropop. The larger glitters were a little harder to place, which was kind of annoying.

After that, I layered one coat of OPI Guy Meets Galveston on top, and it looked good for about 30 minutes, but the glitter ate through GMG eventually...which was weird. So it pretty much went back to looking like I hadn't done anything at all. :P

And finally, I sponged Wet n Wild Silvivor in a gradient starting from the tips.

This whole mani was quite the layering experiment, but I think it sort of came together in the end! Pin It
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Girly Nautical Nail Art

TGIF! Have any fun plans for the weekend? 

I feel like it's been FOREVER since I posted nail art...so I am excited for today's mani. Girly skittles manis are probably my favorite to do. I got inspiration for this idea on Pinterest (you can follow me *here*).

I used an assortment of old Bundle Monster plates, our You Mix plates, and a Born Pretty plate for this design. Colors used: Dr.'s Remedy Noble Navy, Orly Au Chanpagne, Orly Luxe, and Color Club Poptastic.

What are your thoughts in skittles manis? Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already! :) 
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My Nail Graffiti's Belated 1000 Follower Giveaway!

Hey lovely followers!

This giveaway has been a long time coming since I reached 1000 followers quite a while ago. But with the holidays and moving, this is the first chance I have had to make it happen.

 Thank you all for being the best readers ever...this blog would be super boring without all of you! Your comments make my day, and I am happy to have been able to get to know some of you better and call you my "blogging friends"! ;)

So you can enter this giveaway via Rafflecopter below. Also, as a note, the Jordana polishes are brand new, I was sent another set by accident by their PR company, so I am passing it on to you! I swatched my set *here* if you would like to see. And the credits towards our store, You Mix Cosmetics are good towards anything you want! We have a lot of things out of stock at the moment, but I'm pretty sure by the time this giveaway ends, things will be back up and we should have some new things also!

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Born Pretty Shimmer Polish Swatches

Hey there!

Today's post features some polishes from Born Pretty Store. I have shown you a lot of these polishes in the past, so I am also going to include those swatches today. Here are the polishes all together...the ones I haven't shown here are the mint green, and light orange.

You can tell I trimmed my nails down a lot huh? I can't decide how I like them better...

Anyway...this is described on Born Pretty's site as Aqua Green...I see it as more of a mint/seafoam green, but either way it's very pretty! This is 3 coats.

And this is described as Orange Shimmer on the site, which seems pretty accurate to me! I think orange is one of the colors I have the least of in my collection mainly because it's hard to find flattering shades, but I like this one. It sort of has a burnt orange quality to it. This is 2 coats.

Now, these are the ones I have shown you before...I will just list the names Born Pretty uses to describe them so you can find them easily on the site. 

Glitter Blue Shimmer

 Shiny Violet Shimmer

Peach Pink Shimmer

Emerald Green Shimmer

I really like this line that Born Pretty carries (obviously, because I keep getting more!). Next time you visit Born Pretty, you can get an extra 10% off your order by using code: AJ10W21.
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OPI Metallic 4 Life Funky French

Hey readers! 

I am sure you have all seen this polish a ton by now, but here it is anyway. This OPI Metallic 4 Life from the Nicki Minaj collection. This has multisized silver hex glitter in a sheer black base. I layered one coat over WnW Black Creme. I thought this got really good coverage for one coat and being a glitter. I also liked this a lot more than I expected! I almost didn't get it, but I am glad I did.

To add a little something, I added Color Club Hot Like Lava on the tips.

Do you have any favorites from the Nicki Minaj collection?

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Zoya Penny

Hi guys! 

I just wanted to share a quick mani with you tonight...I hope to have some more exciting things to show you this week! This mani is my version of a palette cleanser. After my last post (the chunky, wrinkly, half moon failure), I chopped my nails down and kept it simple. It felt SO much better! :P

This is Zoya Penny, a pretty metallic copper with full coverage in 2 coats. 

And because I can't leave it alone, I had to add glitter. But I chose one that was the same color so it wasn't very obvious. This is LA Girl Glitter Addict in Flamboyant, one coat. I have a polish identical to this in my blog sale (check it out in my tab) only it's Love and Beauty brand.

What's your favorite palette cleanser mani?

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My First Half Moon Mani

Happy Friday! Even though it's been a 4 day week, the weekend can never come soon enough! 

My manicure today is a bit of a fail, but I like the idea of it...had I used different polishes I think it would have come out a lot nicer. For the base, I chose Revlon Aloof, from the Edgy Elegance collection. I really like that Revlon is coming out with colors that I like recently, but their formula almost always bubbles up on me. You can probably tell in my pics. Even when I layered NOPI My Lifesaver on top the bubbles came through making it look terrible!

I used round stickers to make the half moon, but probably should have moved them down a little further.

Thinking another coat of polish would maybe fix the bubbles, I added Revlon Whimsical on top. I think I should have just given up at this point. haha Whimsical is another one I wanted to love but the glitter is SO sparse. I ended up doing about 2 coats of this before bed, and by the time I woke up it was a wrinkled, bubbled mess! Do any of you know if Deborah Lippmann's Glitter in the Air is more dense in glitter with one coat?

So that's my nail fail for ya today! ;) What are your experiences with Revlon polishes?
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Jordana Glitters Specialty Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Hi ladies! I hope you all are comfy because this post is LONG! But hopefully in a good way...there is lots of glitter involved. :) I recently received the new Jordana Glitter Specialty Polish collection to review. Jordana really outdid themselves in terms of variety and selection...there are 18 polishes in the line, and 12 of those will be available in February at Kmart, with 6 more coming soon! That's a HUGE glitter collection!

So here are some quick bottle shots...I am so in love with the shiny lettering. Not that I needed cute packaging to suck me in to wanting these. ;)

Ready for swatches? 

First up is Blue Bash. Below is 3 coats. This is made up of medium and small royal blue glitters in a clear base. 

This is Celebration, a lavenderwith 2 small sizes of glitter. It's full coverage in only 2 coats, and also my current pedi!

This is Pixie Pink, a rose pink glitter. Below is one coat over Zoya Areej. I don't think this one would get full coverage very well.

This one is called Celestial. If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I have a soft spot for these shades. This one is 2 coats.

Next is Green Glitz. I think this one would have been better off with some underwear, but I still like it. This is small grass green glitter in a slightly tinted green base.

This is LA City Nights. This was a surprise favorite of mine! This is royal blue and purple glitter in a clear base. Here, it is layered over Kleancolor Pastel Blue.

This is Lunar Lights. To me this seems like a combo of China Glaze Snowglobe and Hard Candy Breakup. Here it is layered over CND Asphalt, but I don't think it does the iridescent glitters justice!

This is My Superstar. I wish I would have used 2 coats here, but hopefully you get the idea. This has gold, red, and blue glitters in a clear base. Here it is layered over CND Gold Chrome.

This is Rhinestones. This is one coat, but I bet it could work up to full opacity pretty easily since the base seems to be tinted. This was another surprise favorite.

Here is Sequins. This would have looked a little better with 2 coats, below is one. This is medium berry glitter with some blue and silver also. Here it is layered over Color Club Pucci-licious.

Next is Cosmic, another favorite of mine (and I bet you can guess why)! I layered this over NYX Soft Teal. This polish has meduim green, blue and silver glitters, as well as some small blue. This is 2 coats.

This is Fairy Dust. This is 3 coats. It's a pale pink/lilac with holo glitters. Very pretty and still understated for a glitter.

Next is Gold Glam. This one coat is layered over Color Club Antiquated. It's fine gold glitter in a clear base with holo diamond glitter. I like this one because I don't have anything like it, but the diamond glitter is a little hard to place.

This is Funky Gold Town. Medium gold glitters in a clear base. I like this one also...here it it with 1 coat layered over Zoya Pippa.

We have seen a lot of versions of rainbow glitter recently, and this one is no different. It's called Gemstones and this is one coat layered over China Glaze Poinsettia.

This is Bronze Fest. One coat layered over CND Gold Chrome...another one that I think needed 2 to look it's best.

Next is Copper Blaze layered over Color Club Chelsea Girl. This is 2 coats.

And finally (!) this is Magenta Magic layered over Zoya Ali. This is one coat.

Kudos to you that have made it this far! For more info, here is the press release for these glitters. The ones with dots are coming soon, and the ones available at Kmart in February are: Magenta Magic, Celebration, Fairy Dust, Sequins, Gemstones, Cosmic, Celestial, LA City Nights, Blue Bash, Copper Blaze, Funky Gold Town, and Rhinestones.

Overall these glitters are super fun, and a great addition to my collection. Although some needed a little thinner, that wouldn't stop me from purchasing them again.

I would love to hear your thoughts on these! Any favorites?

*These were sent to me for review.
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