Sunday, September 30, 2012

Autumn Nails 3 - Freehand


Good evening dear readers!! :D

I hope that everyone is doing well.  Thank you all so much for the kind and caring comments you have left to me over this past week (it really means so much to me!!).  Although I am still dealing with a lot of mental and physical issues right now, I want to continue working on my blog.  I took a week off from it, and boy did that ever feel weird!!  So I am back :D.

Here are some more fake nails that I did:




I hope that everyone is having a great autumn so far!!

-Ashesela

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Zoya Katherine and Gold Leaf Franken


Good morning, dear readers.

I hope that everyone is doing well.  :)  I've been feeling pretty depressed the last little while so I may not be posting on my blog as often.

But for today, I wanted to bring back Zoya Katherine and spruce it up with some gold leaf.




I love how gold looks over rich, dark colours.  :)

I hope that you have a fantastic day!! :D

-Ashesela





Friday, September 21, 2012

End of Summer Colors - Ash's Picks


Good morning, dear readers! :D

Today marks the last day of summer.  YAY!!!  Oh man, I cannot describe to you how happy that makes me.  This was one of the worst summers ever, for many reasons.

So, to celebrate this momentous occasion, a few of the Twinsies and I decided to make posts about our favourite end-of-summer-to-fall colours.  The maximum amount we could choose was 15 (but I snuck in some at the end as runner-ups ;)).  Choosing only 15 was seriously hard (and that is up from the original 10!!).

So, without further ado, here are my top 15 polishes for the end of summer and the wonders of fall (with reasons why I chose them):

First up, the golds (and black):


From left to right: a gold leaf franken that I made, Wet n Wild The Gold & the Beautiful and Sally Hansen Black Out.

Gold is very dominant in fashion for fall 2012, and gold leaf top coats are currently getting their share of the limelight. Despite the current popularity of this delicious metallic, I always love gold for fall.  The leaves changing colour, the autumn sun and the glowing embers of a fire all spell autumn for me, and gold reflects that.

Black is a perfect staple in your nail polish wardrobe, and when paired with gold it just dazzles!

Next up: Other Metallics


From left to right: Orly Buried Alive, Revlon Brilliant Strength in Enthrall (I love that name!) and Butter London Wallis.

Buried Alive by Orly was released in tandem with the remake movie of Dark Shadows (which will be released on DVD next month), and the reddish-brown polish with a metallic orange-gold sheen is an amazing fall colour!!  It screams 'dirt' to me, but not in the bad way.  In the good 'rich fragrant soil after a rainstorm' way.  I'm guessing they were going for a soil colour, considering the name ;).

Revlon's Enthrall is an amazing polish.  It is a really saturated colour, which has a metallic glow like nobody's business.  This olive-brown polish has the perfect mossy tree-bark feel to it, with the shimmer feeling like afternoon sunshine.  This is definitely one of my all-time favourite polishes.  I chose this over L'Oreals Owl's Night, because they are both really similar but Enthrall suits my tastes more.  It really has me enthralled.  XD  (Sorry, had to!)

Ah, Butter London Wallis.  This is such a beauty.  Olive-golden-bronze metallic with the most stunning sheen, anyone?  Enough said.

Next up: Oranges!

Where would my fall wardrobe of colours be without orange?  This pumpkin ready hue has me anticipating Octobers festivities.

From left to right we have Girly Bits Gentle Ginger and Essence Gorgeous Bling Bling (I hate that name!).

Gentle Ginger is a red leaning metallic orange with sparkles of shimmer.  It is a truly stunning shade.

Essence Gorgeous Bling Bling is another orange that leads to the red side of the spectrum, with golden flakies (yep!) dispersed within.  It looks like an orange polish and Essie As Gold as it Gets had a baby.  It really is gorgeous.  (Had to again XD!)

Time for the reds/berries!



From left to right: China Glaze Winter Berry, China Glaze Velvet Bow, Zoya Katherine and O.P.I Pepe's Purple Passion.

First up, let me apologize for the brightness of this photo.  The pictures without flash were blurry and dark, so I chose this one.  The polishes in this photo are more deep and luscious in real life.

I chose these because reds are perfect for fall.  So classic!  I chose Katherine and Velvet Bow for their decadent, berry goodness.  Pepe's Purple Passion is also a berry shade, and is just wow on your fingers.  Awesome shades for the upcoming colder months.

Now for the blues and the green:


From left to right: O.P.I Dating a Royal, Zoya Natty and Gosh Forest Floor.

I find deeper blues go perfectly with fall, and chose these two because of their stunning colours.  Dating a Royal is just an all-around sexy colour, and the dustiness of Natty really relates to the rainy weather of autumn.

Forest and hunter greens are right up there with navy for autumn awesomeness, so I chose Forest Floor.  This is also one of my favourite polishes!!  The colour pay-off and quality of it are really something else (I am so glad I got it!!).

Runner ups:



From left to right: L'Oreal Jet Set to Paris, L'Oreal Owl's Night, L'Oreal Gorgeous Gold (I forgot about this one!!  It would have probably made it into my top 15 if I had remembered it!), Essence Date in the Moonlight, Revlon Royal Cloak, O.PI I Have a Herring Problem and Essie As Gold as it Gets.  Whew! :D

Now for a manicure using some of the shades listed above:



For this manicure I used a base of Butter London Wallis and then added some Orly Buried Alive to the tips. I coated it with Essie As Gold as it Gets.

I hope you enjoyed this post, and please don't forget to check out these other awesome blogs for their top end of summer polishes:

Amanda at Amandalandish
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch

Have an amazing day! :D

-Ashesela

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Autumn Nails - Part 2 (Freehand)


Good morning, dear readers! :D

Today I have some more autumn nails to show you!

Here is Part 2:







Whee these are so fun to make!!!  What do you think?

Have an amazing day!! :D

-Ashesela

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Autumn Nails - Part One (Freehand)


Good evening, dear readers! :D

I am excited to show you some nails I have been working on.  I figured I would show you five at a time, since that is how I work on them.

So, for this half manicure, it took me around 5 hours (10 hours for the full set).  I am posting a lot of photos since I am proud of these :D!!!

Here we go:











These were so much fun to make!!!! :D

What do you think of them?

Have a wonderful night!

-Ashesela

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Twinsie Tuesday - Rainbow Manicure


Good morning, dear readers!! :D

Today is Tuesday, and you know what that means...

It's Twinsie Tuesday!! :D

For this week's theme, we were to make a rainbow manicure.  I started out with a different colour on each nail, then made the tips all different colours.  I was painting in some different coloured 'swoops', but ended up making a bunch of mistakes.  I then threw a temper tantrum, and angrily smeared black paint all over the nails (lol!!! XD).  I then added some random black dots.  Here is what it ended up like:

(WARNING!!  Scary manicure ahead!!)
Hahahha!!!  XD  So ridiculous!!

If you are wondering about the sizing of the false nails and why they are only painted part of the way, that is because I used my false hand to practice painting nails.  I usually paint nails mainly on my own hands, and I need practice painting other peoples nails.  I would have shown you the nails on the false hand, but it is being used by other, much cooler nails.  So I just stuck these on really quick with double-sided sticky tape.  (More info on the false hand can be found here.)

Don't forget to check out these other lovely blogs, and to wish Jennifer from AllThatIsGorgeous a fantastic Happy Birthday!!! :D  YAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENN!! :D

Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth 

I hope you have a wonderful day! :D

-Ashesela

Monday, September 17, 2012

China Glaze Blue Iguana


Good morning, dear readers!! :D

Wow, I am really running on fumes right now.  My sleep has been so bad this past month.  But, I have been working on some really exciting nails this morning (on only a few hours sleep!), and I will show them to you very soon!! :D  In the meantime, here is a swatch of the gorgeous China Glaze Blue Iguana:




(Sorry about the bumped pinky! >.<).

This really reminds me of a lighter version of China Glaze Blue Years Eve.  Unfortunately I cannot show you them side by side, as I used up all of Blue Years Eve.  :'(  But if you really want to see it, there should be a swatched mani of it in my blog archives. :))

What do you think of Blue Iguana?

I really can't get enough of blue polishes (especially CG ones).

Have a wonderful Monday, my friends!

-Ashesela ;)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

China Glaze Blue Sparrow and Freehand Design


Good morning, dear readers! :)

Today I have a swatch of China Glaze Blue Sparrow to share with you, along with a simple freehand design.






Here is Blue Sparrow by itself:




I love this colour!!  Such a beautiful rich blue, with the most delicious tiny blue glitter.

What do you think of Blue Sparrow?

Have a wonderful day!!

-Ashesela

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sally Hansen - Black Tie


Good morning, dear readers. :)

Today I have a swatch of Sally Hansen's Black Tie to share with you.  I got this polish a couple months ago, and although I swatched it a while back, I hadn't gotten around to posting it yet.  It is a really lovely black with an iridescent sheen to it (kind of like an oil slick). Here are some photos:







I think it is so lovely!  A beautiful yet not over-the-top polish, that would be perfect for a classy evening out.

What are your thoughts on Black Tie?

-Ashesela

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