Leather Nails

I am pretty sure you have seen this all over the nail blog world already but here is a manicure made with the Barry M cracking polish! Cracking is seemingly the big Spring craze as OPI and China Glaze have jumped on the bandwagon but Barry M was already proposing this last fall. I have owned this polish since that time but have been unable to post, as you might already know. Better late than never! Today I am showing you a manicure I love a lot. I will of course make a proper review of the Barry M nail effect polish (with advices and little experiences I've had with it) but I can already tell that it is drying matte. I must confess that the first time I tried it, it caught me off guard and although I am a huge matte black polish fan I still can't decide if I like that or not. 

Black leather nails

Leather nails

Leather boots

I know I could reproach this polish its lack of glossiness (by adding a glossy top coat!) but instead of doing so, I thought I could take advantage of it combining it to a shiny black base (I used e.l.f. "Black"). Black is so beautiful and can be so visually rich when textured. The result is very much for my liking as it in some ways reminds me of grained leather. In fact, it goes very well with the grainy matte and black leather of the new pair of shoes I've bought lately (the gorgeous motor boots Ash Storm). I absolutely adore those shoes, they are so feminine/masculine and the manicure is really pairing well with them. Great combination to me. Actually, it's quite a sexy combo with a pair of black slim jeans.

Rebecca Maizel at Books on the Square

Well, me and the sibs went. We had fun. I felt like an oldie, "This is the most fun I've had in years!". I even cracked out my walker for the occasion. Me and the sibs were probably the babes of the bunch. Not a lot of youngsters. Shame on them for not coming. Probably should have spread the word on FB too. It was a happy party time, with some food, dancing and music (okay I lie about the last two). But there were some awesome cupcakes, I think each cuppycake looks like Strawberry Shortcake and had a whole sticks worth of butter in the icing. Okay back to the stuff you wanna hear. Rebecca Maizel, well I guess you never know what to expect. When I first saw her I was all like, "Celebrity!". Maybe I should have gone all paparazzo and started clicking away, "Over here Ms. Maizel! Over here!". I bob and weave as I say this. My fingers frantically pressing the capture button (?) on my camera. Rebecca Maizel was very nice and funny, very approachable, too bad I am shy. But she did come over to quiz us, "What are you babies doing up past you beddy bye time?". I kid, she was nice to us chicken heads. Ms. Maizel sister talked to us too, telling us not to be scared of her sister (or something to that effect).

Zoya Ornate Collection

Hey everyone. I've been extremely busy in the last weeks. Sometimes I wonder if I'm even able to keep up with this blog. And I can honestly tell you, work sucks. If I really could make a living off blogging I so would. Moving on, today I have Zoya's Ornate collection to share with you guys. When I saw swatches of this collection, I must have them and I went ahead to order it. A lot of holos! Electra is a holographic bar glitters in a clear base. 3 coats This is obviously used as a top coat. This polish would be perfect to a glitter gradient affect. Ziv is a gold foil with large specks of gold over it. 2 coats. Very interesting polish, you'd think it's a typical boring gold foil polish, but the golden specks added to it makes it very unique. Storm is a black base with holo shimmers. 2 coats. Something about holo over black is just so stunning. Aurora is a raspberry purple base with holo shimmer. 2 coats. The holo in this one definitely stands out. It's such a gorgeous combination. Logan is a vibrant green with golden shimmers. 2 coats. This is a beautiful green polish, the flash of gold just adds the attention it needs.

Blaze is a red holo. 2 coats. Ok I am speechless. This has to be the most gorgeous and best red holo polish out there. It is not a typical red holo, where its a red base with those rainbow holographic flashes. The holo in this one blends with the red base which makes very, very interesting. This one is by far my favorite holo ever. The formula for these were amazing. I had no problems with application. When it comes to holo polishes, we know that they don't really last on your nails (at least for me); the three holos from this collection lasted more than 3 days for me without chipping and only minor tip wear. I no longer have time to do my nails every day, so having chip-free nails is awesome for me right now. Overall, I am super satisfied with the collection and felt it was well worth the money. The whole collection is gorgeous, and the colors are just amazing. If you're debating on which polish to get, Blaze is the answer!

China Glaze Spam

I recently ordered a lot of China Glaze polishes and didn't get to do swatches of them, but on spare time I did some quick swatches. So here is some random China Glaze spam with some polishes from the old and recent collections. I also ordered the Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away collection,  but I rather do that on a separate review because that collection was simply amazing. Man Hunt; Red Satin; Pure Joy over Red Satin; Cast a Spell; Make a Spectacle over Cast a Spell; Purr-fect Plum; Glitter Goblin; Glitter All the Way; Bizarre Blurple; Immortal; Winter Holly (amazing); Glistening Snow (gorgeous); Angel Wings (stunning); Beauty Within. As you can tell, some polishes were from Halloween release, Breast Cancer Awareness, Holiday, and even Summer. But I did hope you enjoy this random spam of China Glaze polishes. Which ones did you like the most? Because I can't choose, I love them all!

Layering with my Watch

Hi everyone! Sorry for not blogging in a while, I haven't been doing my nails since I've done acrylic and gel nails. I recently removed them any my nails are nubs and I want them to heal, especially from an aching split nail. Never again will I do my fake nails again! My nails are too precious. I decided to do them hoping my nails would grow longer since my work is tedious and breaks my nails, so I thought it would be a good idea... Wrong! So now I'm waiting for them to grow out so I can do my nails again. This post is about layering my watch with bracelets. I've been searching for bracelets to layer with for my rose gold Michael Kors mid size runway watch. Although I didn't get exactly rose gold to match my watch, I got some gold bracelets but they look great with my watch and I got so many compliments! All the bracelets are from Forever21! The total was about $20, or maybe a little more. The chain bracelets also came in a neon pink and blue which I don't like and set aside in my jewelry for $7.80. The spike bracelet came in gold and silver together for $7.80 as well and the beaded bracelet was $2.80!

Mai Miyagi inspired Make Up

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I did a post (and I know I do abandon blogspot too right now) but today I found my moojoo again. Products I used: Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm BB Cream; MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW15; Manhattan Soft Powder in Transparent; Elf Brightening Eye Colour palette in Brownstone; 88 Colour Palette; False Lashes from HK, No 6; DUO eyelash gluo in clear-white; L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional; Alverde blush in No 05, Pastel Rose; YSL Rougé Volupté Lipstick No 1. So this look was inspired by Mai Miyagi. I guess she is a gyaru, but I don't really know, I just found her picture somewhere on tumblr. Actually I don't like the gyaru look that much, but this one is a bit different from the normal, heavy-thick-eyeliner-gyaru-look. Gyaru girls don't cut their lashes so that they extend the natural lashline. This way they achieve the big and doll like eyes. My lashes weren't shortened neither but I guess my eyes are just too big because it still looks pretty "natural". This look is great for a first date since only the lashes are a little bit extravagant but you can still rock this look without them by just using mascara - do what you like. I hope I will do posts more frequently again, right now I'm thinking about a new face paint idea - perhaps something Easter inspired?

Comin Home!

I just can't wait the moment when I'll see you all... all my family and my soul friends. It passed almost one year since I haven't seen you. It's a long time but I still have patience and I'm waiting the day when I'll put my bag in the airplane and I'll fly to get to you. Many feelings are pushing my heart into a sad mood, but I keep my strength up, my smile on my face and that's it. Many times I'm asking myself if I can do it, but I realize that I must do it, I don't have a choice. A new world, new friends, new habits, new me...