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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My First Franken

Hi dear readers :)

I finally decided to try some frankening. It all started with Kittie's blog, More Nail Polish, and especially this post.
I didn't wait a lot and bought the Star Bite powders from TKB to create the same top coats. And as I'm not a logical person, my first mix wasn't made of these :D

I wanted something pink but not too bright, and I especially wanted to include some black glitters.
I mixed some black, pink and red together, and added pink and black glitters. I even wrote the quantities I've used, so if you're interested, you'll find my recipe at the end of this post.
But let's see the pics first :)

For a first try, I can say I'm happy of how it turned. I like that dark raspberry jelly a lot, and also like how the glitter add a little something to it !
I had this opaque result with two coats, the bigger glitter made it a bit gritty but a coat of Seche Vite made it smooth.

The bad point, it didn't stay very well on my nails, it started to chip the second day of wear, the kind of big chips you can't hide in any way :(
I don't know where it comes from, I'm such a novice in mixing nail polish ! Maybe it's the quality of the polish I used...
Anyway, I still like it and will try frankening again :)

Do you like it ?

Here's my recipe ... I used a syringe this time, so the quantities are precise lol ...
1.5ml red polish (NYC Chelsea Cherry) - 1.5ml pink jelly polish (Essence Sweet as Candy) - five drops of black polish (NYC City Blackout) - 0.1gr black glitter (unknown brand, I bought it in a Spanish dollar store) - 0.3gr fushia thin glitter (Isis from NaildeRoyale)

Tell me what you think of it :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Orly Rage & OPI Red Shatter

Hi dear readers !

I hope you're fine ! The weekend is approaching, yay !
Did you enter my giveaway ? If you haven't yet, check it here ! Oh, and don't forget to read the rules please ... I won't count any comment as entries, you have to use the form. I hate to dismiss people from my giveaways but it's much more easy for you and for me to enter with a form :)

Today I'll show you a combo I loved. When OPI's Red Shatter was released, it was possible to buy it as a set with Rally Pretty Pink. That's what I did but as much as I love RPP, I really don't like it topped with Red Shatter, so I needed to find something to match with red shatter.
I first thought of a nice gold shimmer, but I don't have such a polish (what a shame !) so I went for Orly Rage, a nice rose gold foil released for Spring 2010 in the Foil FX collection.

I was very glad of that combo. Orly Rage had a good application and was opaque in two coats. OPI Red Shatter applied easily, and I love how OPI's crackle polish look, the crackles are large enough to show the base polish, it's well balanced.

Do you like that combo ?
What colour would you use with a red crackle like this ?

If you're looking for Orly Rage, it's still available as it has been re-released in Orly's Holiday 2011 collection Bling in the New Year :)

Have a nice day ^^

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black

Hi dear readers !

Not so long ago, I ordered almost every "Chunky Holo" polish from Kleancolor ! These are opalescent glitters suspended in a colored sheer base. The most impressive of them all is for sure Chunky Holo Black, which also contains big hexagonal opal glitter (instead od only small ones).

The base is a very sheer black, so the best is to use it over black, or another color. In this case, the color will be a bit darkened, like smoked, but not too much.

Here's how it looked over my last manicure, Misa Toxic Seduction:

Wow ... This polish is absolutely crazy ! I love the reflects on the third pic ... I cound't stop to stare at my nails under different lights when i wore it :)

I also think that Misa Toxic Seduction with Chunky Holo Black on it looked even more toxic, like a dirty dark green ... I liked that a lot :) But I still need to try Chunky Holo Black over other colors, especially purple :)

If you want to know where to find Kleancolor polish, I bought mine on BeautyJoint, where they only cost 1.75$ :)
They have a great range of classic and metallic colors, stunning glitters in all shapes and styles, some pretty scattered holos, and of course the Chunky Holo series.

Beyond the price and the magical colors is a flaw ... They smell terribly bad, if you ever tried acrylic nails, it's something like that ... If you're sensitive to strong scents, then you might want to wear a mask to use them. And they take years to dry. Even with Seche Vite, you have to be careful for a moment before it dries.
But believe me, it's worth it :)

Do you like it ? Have you also tried some Kleancolor shades ?

Have a nice day ^^

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Misa Toxic Seduction

Hi dear readers :)

I hope you're fine and enjoy my giveaway ^^
For today I have a swatch of an "old" polish, Toxic Seduction by Misa. I bought this polish soooo long ago, I almost forgot it was in my stash ! This comes from the Poisoned Passion collection (2008).

Toxic Seduction is a very dark green shimmer with hints of blue depending on the light. On my nails it always looked more green than blue, but it's very pretty. I really wonder why I didn't use it before :)

It has a great finish, but the texture was a bit goopy. I read some other blogger's posts about this polish and they all say it has a great application and no particular issues, so I'm convinced it became goopy because I didn't use it.

Sorry Mr. Toxic Seduction, I promise to give you a good shake and use you much more !
I layered another great polish on it, but you'll have to wait for the next post to see what I've done ;)

Have a nice day :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2 Years Blogaversary !

Yeah !  Time to party :D

I've been blogging for two years now ... It went so fast ! even if I have much less time than before, I still enjoy doing my nails and blogging about them. Of course sometimes I don't have inspiration, or I'm just lazy, but I love sharing the polish I love (and also hate) with you, reading your comments, trying to improve my nail art skills and pictures ...

For me, the best part in blogging is the interactivity with my readers. I'm glad to discover when I have a new follower here or on Twitter, or Facebook, ... And I'm impatient like a child to read your comments when I post some new stuff !

So, the most logical thing is to thank you with another giveaway :)
Keep on reading !

I have collected a few polish during my last hauls ... You'll find Essence, P2, Classics, and the wonderful Bad Romance by Deborah Lippmann !
Let's see the detail :)

I'll also add a bottle of Catrice Dirty Berry which is not pictured because I bought it later and was too lazy to make the pics again :p
Can't wait anymore ? Here are the rules !

How to enter ?
Mandatory: Leave a name and you email address so I can mail you if you win.
* This time I'll change a little something ... It's not mandatory to be a GFC follower, but it's really appreciated. I love to know when people follow my blog and the best way is GFC :) As many readers also asked me to count Bloglovin fllowers, I'll add one entry if you follow me with GFC or Bloglovin.
You'll have to provide the way you follow me, and your username so I can verify your entry.
EDIT: I forgot my French speaking readers following me through Hellocoton ... Please forgive me !! You'll also get one more entry, just put your name in the "GFC" section of the form :)
* Like Sweet Sugar on Facebook1 entry
* Follow me on Twitter1 entry
* Share this giveaway: 1 entry
You can share my giveaway the way you prefer, but don't forget to provide a link. You can blog about it, add it on your blog's sidebar or dedicated page, share it on Facebook or Twitter ... It's also very appreciated that you mention @Sugar_Nails of you decide to share on Twitter :)
That make a total of five possible entries ... Easy, isn't it ?
This giveaway is opened internationally until December, 15th. That means, as long as we are December 15th somewhere in the world, the giveaway will be opened.
The winner will be drawed randomly and warned by email during the end of december. He/she will have 72 hours to answer to my email, otherwise I'll have to draw another winner.
Please, don't cheat ... Anyone trying to cheat (e.g., using multiple email accounts) will be disqualified. Everyone should have a chance to win :)
Please use the link below to enter. Any entry made through the commenting system will not count. The comments are only opened for any question about the giveaway and, well, comments :)

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Flormar U33

Hi dear readers :)
I have a good news for you ! My blog is celebrating it's second birthday this month ! Yeah, I've been blogging and collecting nail polish for two years ... I didn't see the time going by :)
The good news in it, is I'll celebrate this with a giveaway ! You'll have a chance to win pretty shades from Essence, Catrice, P2, Classics, ... Stay tuned, i'll post all the info about it tomorrow or wednesday !

On to today's polish ! I bought this beauty while I was in Spain because we can't get Flormar in Belgium. I was soooo happy to find them ! I bought 15 shades in a row, the seller might have taken me for a fool (especially because my spanish is very basic and she didn't speak english, it was hard to understand each other ...)

My most wanted shade was U33 (wow, I hate when polish have boring numbers ...), a wonderful teal and purple duochrome with incredible reflects ... I have no words to describe it, and it was also hard to capture but well, here it is:

I didn't need a lot of words, the pictures tell by themselves ... 
As you can see, the effects are really changing depending on the light ! It's a gorgeous polish, a must have for all duochrome lovers :)

Do you like it ?

Have a nice day :D

Friday, November 11, 2011

H&M Hunt Me Down

Hi dear readers :)

I'm really sorry I didn't have time to post these last days ... I came back home too late tuesday and wednesday, and yesterday I had a dinner with my colleagues. I thought It would end at something like 8pm, but in fact we left a 1am and I still had some road to go back home :p You'll understand it was a bit late for posting ^^
When I last visit the only H&M store I know that has nail polish, I found that pretty shade, Hunt me Down. I'm not really a fan of true and bright greens, but muted, military shades like Hunt me Down really appeal me.

The application was correct, easy, and the creme finish is very pretty. The drying time was ok but i still prefer to use one coat of Seche Vite to make it dry faster and for the glossy finish :)

The next day, I wanted to do some Konad over it but it appeared that I was in one of my "bad Konad days" ... One of those moments when you can't do anything good with the plates and stamp ... The design didn't want to be complete, I trid to hide it with some sponged spots but I don't know if it was a good idea ...
Anyway, it's not that awful, so I can show it to you :)

It looks a bit old and worn out ... Don't know if I like it or no :)

I used China Glaze Hi Tek from the Khrome collection for both sponging and stamping.

Do you like this polish and the design I attempted to create on it ? :)

Have a nice day :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Catrice Grey's Kelly & China Glaze CG in the City

Hi dear readers :)

Today I'll show you my latest sponged nails. I recently bought Catrice Grey's Kelly, a pretty taupe creme with a purple undertone. I don't have a lot of taupe polish, I don't really feel comfortable with nudes, beiges, taupes and all those kind of shades ... I prefer when color pops, or at least when there are some glitters ... So I added China Glaze CG in the City on the tips with the sponge technique, and I loved it like that :)

I loved how CG in the City married with the taupe base. It was still classy, but it also had that little popping something ...

Do you like it ?

Have a nice day :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pink Wednesday: OPI Dim Sum Plum Gradient

Hi dear readers !

Last month, some friends and I made a polish themed swap. It was very funny, until the end I had no idea of who would send me the swap and what there would be in it ...
Finally I was very happy to discover some polish from my wishlist I was impatient to try ! There were two Zoya (Neeka and Luna),  Dorothy Who by China Glaze, Blue Curaçao by Mavala and one OPI, Dim Sum Plum, which I used for today's pink manicure :)

I love sponged gradients, so I did one again ... Without stamping this time, it was very simple but cute.
I used OPI Steady as she Rose for the base color, P2 Heartbeat for the medium shade and finally, OPI Dim Sum Plum as the darkest pink. I also added a bit of Flormar U19 on the tips but it's hard to notice.

As you can see, I had to file my nails very short this time. They started to peel a lot and break on the corners, because I tend to use my Sephora Instant Remover too much. I read a lot of people saying that product is bad for nails if you use it too much, and I can confirm that. But it removes any nail polish soooo easily, it's hard to use something else when you get used to it :(
I'll try to replace the product in the bottle by my usual remover ...

The next day I wore this I tried to add some gold crackle ... It was okay on the nails, but my pictures went so crappy I deleted them ... The gold crackles turned totally yellow, I don't know what my camera did lol ^^
That's all for today :)

Did you like it ?

Have a nice day :)