Monday, August 27, 2012

Cupcake Nails and Giveaway Winner!

Well, we have a winner, ladies and gentlemen!  Congrats to Liz Lew!  You have won the Color Club Starry Temptress collection pack!  I have emailed you, so you have 48 hours to get into touch with me before I have to choose a new winner!  By the way, you may want to check your spam folder, just in case.  ;)  Congrats!  Thank you, everyone, for playing along!  I truly appreciate your follows and feedback.  There is another giveaway on the horizon, we're only 26 followers away!  Trust me, you're not going to want to miss this one!  Think indies, mainstream, and jelly sammiches!  Piqued your interest yet?  Good!  (Although, the prize for the next giveaway isn't really a secret.  I have a picture of it on my Facebook page, so go and check it out!)

Since today is my birthday, no I'm not looking for well-wishes (although, they are appreciated, lol), I decided to do cupcake nails!  I have never done a cupcake nail in my LIFE, so I used this tutorial:

I honestly had no idea it would be that easy.  Cutepolish has a youtube channel with tons of tutorials, so I am hoping I can use her videos to start incorporating more nail art into my weekly posts.  You can check out Cutepolish here.

For my cupcake mani, I used Elevation Marble Caves for the base color and cupcake wrapper, A-England Elaine for the striping, 365 Days of Color Birthday Bash for the icing and accent nail, and Essie Sure Shot for the heart on top.

Without further ado...  Here is my special birthday edition manicure: Cupcake Mani!

I still just love this mani!

Since it is my birthday, I really wanted to try out 365 Days of Color Birthday Bash.  Birthday Bash is a white creme based polish with fine teal glitters and multicolor shreds.  I thought it would be perfect for cupcake icing!  I also wanted to check out how it would look on a full nail, so I did my pointer finger as an accent.  It applied well and only needed two coats for full coverage on my accent nail.  I'm a little torn on this one.  I like the idea of this polish, but maybe not so much the actual polish.  It looked great as the cupcake icing, but I'm not a huge fan of it on its own.  I'm not even sure why I don't like it.  I guess, if I'm going to go with white and teal, I'd rather use Dollish Expecto Patronum.  Plus, I have so many white based polishes, it's kind of insane.  That being said, I think this little guy will make its way to the blog sale soon.

Close-up of 365 Days of Color Birthday Bash.  The shreds were hard to get out.  :(

Holy moly, I love Elevation Marble Caves.  This polish is GORGEOUS.  I hated covering it up with stripes!  It applies very thinly, so it requires three coats to get full coverage.  That pale purple is one of my favorite colors, plus it has iridescent glitters that shine blue, green, red, and gold.  I hate that it was a limited edition because it's just such a beautiful polish.  Plus, it applied really well.  I've had it on for 3 days, and only 1 chip and no tip wear.  That's amazing considering how badly I treat my hands!

Look at that sparkle!!!

I used A-England Elaine for the stripes.  Elaine is a deep purple creme.  I can't really say too much about it because its use was so limited.  I've put it back into my untried stash so I can get a real manicure out of it.  It applied well with my nail art brush, but I still want to see what she can do with a proper manicure.  The same can be said of Essie Sure Shot.  Again, I used it for such a limited purpose that I can't truly review it.

I have loved this manicure so much I have worn it for 3 days.  I'll probably keep it on until tomorrow!  Plus, this design was actually pretty easy to accomplish.  I felt so proud of myself for doing proper nail art.  The hubs thought it was pretty cool, too.

Verdict: cupcake manis: keeper; Elevation Marble Caves: keeper; 365 Days of Color Birthday Bash: seller/swapper; A-England Elaine: back in the untried stash; Essie Sure Shot: back in the untried stash.

Lastly, I thought I'd show off my nail mail!  I can't wait to try them all out for you guys!!  They make for a nice birthday surprise.  :)

Dollish Heart of Glass, Dollish 3 Best Friends, Dollish Master Chief, Dollish Greased Lightening, Elevation Ama Dablam (x2), Dollish Zombie Flesh

Have you ever done a cupcake manicure?  How did you do your nails on your last birthday?

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