Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mani Flashback - Studio M Purple Medallion

Hey Girlies!!  I am slowly trying to make a dent in the stockpile of pictures I have from the past several months.  I came across these today and had to share!

Studio M's Purple Medallion made its way to me in a swap.  I had seen swatches of this beauty, but there are no stores here that carry Studio M.  I was able to find a sweet girl in one of my nail polish groups who was willing to help me out.

In this shot it is shown next to Love & Beauty's Purple Cosmos which I used as my matching pedicure polish. PC has a darker base and unfortunately the holo glitter is a bit swallowed in the application, but PM is absolutely gorgeous!

: ( This picture makes me a little sad.  My ring and pinky nails were so long and beautiful!  *le sigh*  It seems all my nails are giving out on me lately....just the other night I re-broke my ring finger nail below the fingertip. 
 : (

I should also note that I did not, for some reason, think to put Gelous under the top coat.  As you can see it is pretty bumpy.  I think Gelous would make a big difference.  

*drool* aaahhh blurred holo!!  This polish is really quite beautiful.  Any movement under light and your nails are alive with fiery glittery sparks of color.

Check out the short video clip for a look at what I me 100% more amazing in real life!!

Do you have any Studio M polishes?  Which are your favorites?

What are some beauties you have landed through swaps???

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spying on my Stash

Hiya Girlies!  I have a special request post for you today.  I have had several people ask me for a sneak peek inside my nail polish stash, which is currently creeping closer and closer to 1,450!  Due to the size of my stash I decided to give it a post of its own.

Right now my stash is "organized" in 3 wall-mounted racks, 2 spinning "counter" racks, a craft box, 2 make-up caddies, and several shoe boxes.  I am slowly but surely in the process of weeding out less-loved polishes to eventually make a blog sale / swap list.

Without further ado, The Stash:

Rack #1 Sephora by OPI, Nicole by OPI, Kleancolor, Nails Inc, more Kleancolor, Funky Fingers, NYX Girl, Gosh, Color Club, Deborah Lippmann, Chanel, and Clarins.

Rack #2:  more Nicole by OPI, Butter London, Hits, Glitter Gal, Layla, Barielle, Nubar, Girly Bits, more Color Club, Essie, and Zoya

Rack #3:  more Nicole by OPI, Nfu Oh, Wet N Wild (color icon, fantasy makers, and spoiled), more Zoya, Wet N Wild fast dry), and even more Zoya with 1 lonely Mac tucked in.

Now on to the spinning racks, which were a present from Santa.  Thanks Santa!!

Spinning Rack #1 side 1:  All OPI!  Serena Williams duos, Pirates of the Caribbean, Katy Perry, Miss Universe and more.

side 2:  more OPI including Suedes, Ulta exclusives, Nicki Minaj, and others

side 3:  Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, and Muppets, and others

side 4:  Designer Series, Summer for Shore, and others

Spinning Rack #2.  This one was hard!  I started out filling it with China Glaze but there wasn't enough room for them all and I KNOW I'll be getting more China Glaze, so now it is a bit of a hodge podge.

Spinning Rack #2 side 1:  Milani, Piggy Polish, Sally Hansen Prisms, some Rimmel

side 3:  Finger Paints and Revlon

Side 3:  Revlon (scented, matte, various) and Beauty Treats

Side 4:  Revlon (glimmer gloss, just tinted, and duos) and Milani (holo, jewel fx, fast dry, and various)

<3 <3 <3 my highly prized Disney Princess Designer Collection!  I have another set on my makeup table that is unopened.

My craft box filled with Jordana, L.A. Girl, Diamond Cosmetics, and Love & Beauty.

Make-up Caddie #1:  Sally Hansen, Savina, and overflow

Make-up Caddie #2:  Maybelline, Pure Ice, and Ulta

Nail Polish Caddy:  L'Oreal and Golden Rose

They are normally stacked together on the shelf like so:

The rest of my polishes are currently in shoe boxes or other containers next to my shelf.  

Box 1:  Mary Kay, mini OPI, mini Essence, mini Ulta

Box 2:  Pixel, mini Borghese, Sally Girl, scented Crayola and candy minis

Box 3:  Orly and a few stragglers

Box 4:  China Glaze overflow and other overflow

Box 5:  CQ, LeChat, Hard Candy, Jessie's Girl, L.A. Splash, Maybelline, Pop, Cosmetic Arts, Studio M, Borghese, Avon, Bonne Bell, etc)

Box 6:  Sally Hansen

Box 7:  China Glaze OMG, Kaleidoscope, and Tronica)

Box 8:  China Glaze including Specialty collection

Box 9:  Sinful Colors and Nars

Box 10:  Hot Topic, Payless, and Sinful Colors

Box 11:  Blue Cross Beauty, Claire's and L.A. Color

Box 12:  China Glaze, Icing, Essence, and more Wet N Wild

Then finally is the weird stuff that is necessary but not as much fun to display...

Bases, Top coats, treatments, acetone based remover and toothbrushes (great for that hard-to-remove glitter)

Konad special stamping polishes and jewels

Nail strips

Files and buffers / metal files and cuticle tools / stripers

and last, but not least, my tin of stamps, plates, and scrapers.