Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Smitten Polish: You're Turning Violet, Violet!

Hello ladies!  I hope everyone is taking it easy after last night's election!  We were glued to CNN all night!  That Anderson Cooper is one hot sexy man!

Today I have my first Smitten Polish ever!  Ladies and germs, meet You're Turning Violet, Violet!  YTVV is a fantastic violet crelly with glowy blue holo hexes and silver, blue, and pink shimmer.  This is two easy peasy coats, no undies needed!

Application is smooth like butter!  Unfortunately, I don't have any other Smittens to compare her to (YET), so I don't know (YET) if that's the norm in this gorgeous indie line!

  Do you see that gorgeous electric shimmer?  My gf Becky says it reminds her of jellyfish. :)

  This is not a great polish photo, but you can see the glowiness in the bottle a bit better.  That glowiness translates onto the nail beautifully in real life!

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 She dried fairly smooth.  I only used one layer of topcoat, but two layers or some Gelous would turn her to glass.

I will definitely be collecting more Smittens, I love this one so much!!!!  You can find Smitten Polish at and

I'm counting the minutes until tonight's episode of American Horror Story: Asylum!  Between AHS and Ghost Hunters, Wednesday is the best tv night of the week!

Happy Wednesday!  xoxo Kris

Saturday, November 3, 2012

KB Shimmer Clown Puke!

Hello ladies!  I am sooooo glad to be home with my men (who did the dishes, the grocery shopping, and baked me a ham dinner!) after the crazy day I had at the salon!  I'm not sure I could have gotten through the day without my awesome girlfriends!  Not to mention the super fantasticalness that is happening on my nails right now!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you... CLOWN PUKE!!!!


I am dying right now!  Is this just amazing? She's my new favorite multi-colored glitter!!!  I ordered this from KB Shimmer's website... pretty fast turnaround and shipping, and I love that she has a shipping insurance option (I think I paid like $1.50 for the insurance), and her polishes are insane!!!!  Sadly, this is the only one I ordered since we are on a budget until our big move to Washington in the spring, but I am sooooo glad this is the one I got!!!!!

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 Clown Puke is lots of different-sized hexes, glitters, squares, shards, and bars in a thick clear base.  I see red, green, teal, blue, purple, gold, silver, white, black, yellow, orange, pink, lavender... you name it, it's in there!  This is two coats of Clown Puke over China Glaze White on White, followed by one thick coat of Tough Coat sealer (the finish is slightly pebbly to the touch).  There was no fishing involved; the brush was full of glitter every time.  I did have to do some dabbing for placement, but that's to be expected in a glitter this thick.  I think it would pop more over black, but I've been in the mood for lighter manis after all the dark colors I did in October.  I'm also going to try it over a Christmas tree green  in December... I think all the sparkly colors and different shapes and sizes will look like lights and ornaments!

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 You can find Clown Puke and her sisters at KB Shimmer and Harlow & Co.   Go!  Run!  Quick like a bunny!  I'll be here with my tummy full of ham and Halloween candy, staring at the gorgeousness on my fingertips!

Happy Saturday! xoxo Kris

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pretty and Polished Valentino

Hello ladies!  I am so in love with the polish I'm showing you today!  The girls at work fah-reaked out when they saw this, it's so cool!

Pretty and Polished Valentino is lots of different sizes of black and white matte glitter in a clear base.  This is 1 coat plus some dabbing to cover bald spots over China Glaze Recycle.  I did have to do some serious fishing for the giant hexes, but otherwise application was easy as pie.

Looooove it!  This would look super awesome over neons like green and pink to make the white and black really pop!

 I got this awesomesauce polish from  Even better, it's on sale right now!  See?  The planets are aligning!  It's meant to be!  YOU NEED THIS!

Happy Friday! xoxo Kris

Thursday, November 1, 2012

This Is Halloween: Trick or Treat!

So.  I've learned a valuable lesson from this challenge.  I've learned that I am a slacker.  I was a day late of some posts and I skipped two posts altogether.  Oh, the pressure!  Maybe I'll forget how bad I was at this by the time the Christmas challenges roll around.  For now, I'm glad to be back to regular random posts!

Behold my final This Is Halloween design: Trick or Treat!

I was too lazy to use a dotting tool for the dots and just used my black and white stripers.   The orange Maybelline Color Show Sweet Clementine.  It's a thinnish formula and needs about three coats for good coverage, but I love her juicy color!

I hope everyone had tons of fun, stayed safe, and got enough candy to last until Christmas!

Happy Thursday! xoxo Kris

Monday, October 29, 2012

This Is Halloween 10/29: Graveyard

Hello ladies!  Halloween is only two days away!  Our weekend was super spooky: we did two costume parties, saw one of my clients play a Monster Mash show with his surf band, did some costume bowling, visited the pumpkin patch, and watched the Giants sweep Detroit in the World Series!  I need a day off to rest up from my day off lol!

Today's theme is Graveyards!  I'm one of those weird people who thinks graveyards are just gorgeous.  I love taking walks through cemeteries and reading all the headstones and peering in mausoleums.  It's so peaceful and relaxing.  BTW, do you know what the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery is?  A graveyard is attached to a church, and a cemetery stands alone.  Just a little useless trivia.

As always, this design looked soooooo much better in my head!

This is two coats of China Glaze Spontaneous, a dusky purple.  I wanted to give a twilighty effect, like the sky is caught in the limbo between light and darkness.  For the design, I used Finger Paints Nail Art in Ch-ART-coal.  I used all black to silhouette the stones against the sky.  The blobs and scratches in the sky are supposed to be tree branches and birds. :/  On my thumb I tried to do a cemetery gate and crescent moon. 

I actually liked the effect of this design.  It had a still, somber vibe.  Sorry about the stained fingertips... I had just removed a navy blue polish and glitter and apparently one layer of base coat was insufficient lol!

Coming tomorrow: Trick or Treat!

Happy Monday! xoxo Kris

Friday, October 26, 2012

This Is Halloween 10/26: Witches

I can't believe there are only five days until Halloween!  I hope your weekend plans include a costume party... ours includes two!  I SUPER want to be Honey Boo Boo, but I still haven't made it out to the costume shop, so I'll probably end up being a kitty or something equally unoriginal.

I'm pretty excited about today's mani!  I had fun with this one!  The theme for today is witches, and when I think of witches, I think of my most favorite non-scary Halloween movie ever, Hocus Pocus!

Greatest family Halloween movie EVER!!!!

Winifred's mossy green cloak and corset inspired the middle nail, Mary's crimson cloak and corset inspired the index nail, and Sarah's deep purple cloak and plum corset inspired the ring finger nail.  The pinky nail represents Winnie's zombie ex-boyfriend Billy Butcherson.  She killed him after she caught him making out with Sarah, but not before sewing his mouth shut so he couldn't tell her witchy secrets.  The thumb represents the Black Flame Candle.  When lit by a virgin on Halloween Night, The Black Flame Candle brings the Sanderson Sisters back to life.

Black Flame Candle Nail
Base: OPI Skull and Glossbones
Sparkly flame: China Glaze I Herd That
Black flame and candle: Finger Paints Nail Art Ch-ART-coal Black
Candle highlights: Sinful Colors Nail Art in white (no label)

Mary Nail
China Glaze Ruby Pumps
Finger Paints Nail Art Ch-ART-coal Black

Winifred Nail
A England Tess D'urbervilles
Finger Paints Nail Art Ch-ART-coal Black

Sarah Nail
OPI Grape...Set...Match!
Finger Paints Nail Art Ch-ART-coal Black

Billy Butcherson Nail
OPI Skull and Glossbones
Finger Paints Nail Art Ch-ART-coal Black

I hope everyone has already watched Hocus Pocus this season!  We've watched it twice over here, and will watch it at least one more time before Halloween... and probably a few more times before Thanksgiving!

Happy Friday!!! xoxo Kris

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

This Is Halloween 10/23: Gradient

Hey ladies!  I'm a day late on the gradient. :(  Maybe you'll think it was worth the wait, because I super liked this look!

I love the combination of these colors!  It's kind of Frankensteiny!

I started with two coats of China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard, a fun semi-shimmery neon green.  Then I did two coats of a sponge gradient with OPI Purple With a Purpose and China Glaze Liquid Leather.  The purple and green didn't blend very well, so I dabbed on some sparkle with Orly Monster Mash, CrowsToes Cheshire, and Orly Androgynie.  I really love the result... it was so eye-catching!  It looked waaaay better in real life lol!

I'm off to stir my roasting pumpkin seeds!  Happy Tuesday!  xoxo Kris