Posts Tagged ‘L.A. Girl’

My New Year’s Eve Manicure – OPI Let Me Entertain You

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Can you tell I’m a bit behind on posting? Anyway, my preparations for New Year’s Eve took a little longer than I had planned (as usual) and when the guests came I still hadn’t done my nails, so this manicure was done in a real hurry.

I wanted something pink or purple this year, so I picked out OPI Let Me Entertain You, a gorgeous fuchsia color with small glass flecks, which flash in pink and purple. I did three coats which dried pretty fast even without top coat. To get a bit more bling I added a coat of L. A. Girl Overdose as an accent on the ring fingers (forgot to take a photo of that bottle), it contains glitter in pink/purple, gold and blue. It probably would have looked better with one more coat but it still gave a nice effect I think.

The first photo is taken outside in the shade:

And the last one with flash inside:

I love colors like these, this is a true roxcat manicure!

Some Comparisons of Blue/Aqua/Teal Shimmers

Friday, August 5th, 2011

I bought a couple of polishes each from China Glaze’s and Misa’s summer collections, and when I looked at Mermaid Dreams and Blue Iguana I thought they needed a comparison. I also added one more blue from my collection.

Left to right: L.A. Girl Alkaline Blue, China Glaze Blue Iguana, and Misa Mermaid Dreams.

Here’s me trying to be pedagogical. I’ve applied two coats of each polish.

Blue Iguana in the middle is the sheerest and the greenest of the bunch. Alkaline Blue to the right is the darkest blue. I do find the finishes to be quite similar on all of these.

Here’s a close-up of Mermaid Dreams and Blue Iguana, and I think you can see the purple shift in BI here, and that’s what I think sets this one apart from the Misa polish. So I think you need both =)

I also bought Misa Krystal Water and wanted to compare it to other similar polishes, and to my horror I hardly found any in my stash! After some digging I came up with these to have something to compare it to:

Left to right: Viva La Diva no. 76, Misa Krystal Water, Color Club Emerald Depths.

This is also only two coats each.

Emerald Depths is the darkest and most blue, Krystal Water is the lightest one with it’s beautiful glassfleck shimmer, and VLD no. 76 is the greenest one. They’re all lovely in their own way!


Sterling Silver Gradient

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

I’ve been tempted to try out gradients for a while, so while I had L.A. Girl Graphite on, I got the idea to try making a gradient with Sterling Silver from the same collection. The tool I used was just an ordinary yellow dish sponge, which I cut out a small triangle from. I put some of the polish on a piece of paper, and then I dabbed the sponge in that and onto the tips of my nails until I was satisfied with the look. Maybe it’s not much of a gradient, but I think it’s a pretty cool effect.

I hadn’t done any cleanup yet when I took these photos, so there’s some polish left on my fingers.

I only included this photo because of the gorgeous guy in the background (Lakrits)!

L.A. Girl Graphite

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Here’s yet another polish from L.A. Girl’s Metal collection, which I’ve only had good things to say about. And I’m not stopping now! Graphite is a dark grey foil with silver shimmer, and I love it in every way! The formula is fantastic and easy to get along with. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite.

I took these photos under a construction light. It’s not the best lighting, but I’m trying out some options in my home while I wait for the sun to come back.

Do you have any L.A Girl polishes? What do you think of this brand? It’s definitely on my top 5 list when it comes to polishes.

L.A. Girl Iron Red

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The first polish that I tried from my latest Cherry Culture order was Iron Red. I hardly have any reds in my stash, but this one seemed interesting enough, and I really like it. It’s a light cool red with lots of metallic shimmer. I applied three layers as usual, and there might be a slight hint of VNL, but nothing that you really notice.

I managed to find some daylight! The middle finger looks a bit weird since I managed to hit it on something right after I finished all the layers. Clumsy me!

Taken inside with flash.

I almost get a Christmas feeling when I wear this, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.. =) Maybe it’s because I’m not used to reds, I usually go for pink and purple shades.

Cherry Culture Haul!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

I just wanted to show you some goodies from my latest Cherry Culture haul. So first we have the nail polishes, all from L.A. Girl:

L.A. Girl polishes

From left to right: Obsidian, Iron Red, Trilogy, Scandal, and Overdose. I just love the Metal and Rock Star collections! I know that Scandal is quite sheer, so I’ll probably use that one for layering.

And then I ordered some lip stuff as well:

Nyx Round lipstick in the shade Paris, and two Slim Lip pencils: Deep Purple and Nude Pink. Deep Purple was a bit more red than I expected, but I think I’ll have use for it anyway. Oh, and the thing in the background is my bling bling dragon that lives on my vanity table =)

I do love the lipstick, its a gorgeous pink color!

L.A. Girl Millennium

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Here’s another fantastic polish from L.A. Girls Metal collection, the purple Millennium. Like Chromium Green this is a metallic kind of shade with silver micro glitter. It’s a beautiful medium purple and applies really well. This is also an old NOTD so I don’t remember how many coats I did =) Probably two or three.

Isn’t it gorgeous? I can’t wait to try out the rest of the polishes I have from this collection.

Punk with added bling

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Another excellent polish from L. A. Girl, Punk from the Rockstar collection. A dark blue color full with shimmer. It has some duochrome action going on as well, it shifts a bit to purple in certain angles. It’s quite subtle, but If you look for it you’ll definitely see it! I think I applied four coats to get a real depth in it, and it was fairly easy to work with.

As you can see it’s very glossy, no top coat was used here.

Hopefully you can see some of the purple in the second photo (click thumbnail for larger image!).

Also here you can see a hint of purple to the left.

After wearing this for a few days I felt like doing something more with it, so I pulled out a Depend polish that’s just been sitting in my drawer for a year without being used. The number is 155, and it’s a sheer pink jelly, with silver glitter and flakies in it.

Even more duochrome! The flakies change color between salmon pink,  yellow, and green. I think you’d get a similar result with Nfu Oh 48.

So what do you think? I think it was a pretty fun combination.

L.A. Girl Chromium Green

Friday, August 20th, 2010

This is the first color I’ve bought from the L.A. Girl Metal collection (but it won’t be the last!), and it’s a beautiful green metallic shade with lots of silver microglitter. The color does look a bit more teal in some lights, kind of like Head Banging from the Rockstar collection. The formula is fantastic, it’s easy to apply and you can get full coverage with two coats. L.A. Girl is one of my top favorite brands, the colors and formulas are right up my alley!

As you can see it doesn’t look that green here, but I still think it’s pretty accurate.

This photo is taken in direct sunlight, and I’ve tried to color correct it to show the green shade.

Extra photo to show the color on my toenails at a safe distance =) This is Depends no. 164, which is a beautiful shimmery dark pink color, full of glittery goodness. You can get away with just one coat of this polish, it’s fantastic! I’ll be sure to post some more detailed photos of this next time I wear it.