Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Best Kind of Prize!

And what's the best kind of prize? Why, a SUR-prise. Yeah, lame I know. I'm just excited because today my loverly fiance surprised me at work with three new polishes! He got me Vampsterdam from the new O.P.I. Holland collection and two from their new New York City Ballet collection; My Pointe Exactly, and Pirouette My Whistle. As much as I love a nice, dark vampy color, I decided to layer the other two tonight. 

My Pointe Exactly is a very sheer grey creme. It took me three coats for these pictures, but it does even itself out nicely.

Pirouette My Whistle is so pretty. It's completely unlike any other glitter I have! Instead of the glitter being bright and metallic, it's muted. Maybe matte? I'm not sure how to describe it. When I first saw swatches of it, I thought it was a dupe for Servin Up Sparkle, but the glitter isn't blingy at all, it's very elegant which goes with their soft shade ballet theme with this collection.
Over all I'm very happy with how this mani turned out. I think it's very understated and elegant while still having the glitter I crave!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Manis with Friends!

Hi all! Today I have two manis for you that my friend Jessica and I did on one of our movie days. Her mani made me realize that I have got to start utilizing the accent nail a bit more. I love that feature on a mani, but I could never seem to do it well. I'd picture colors and finishes blending together so beautifully and when I'm done I think to myself "Well, a 3 year old could have done this!" But anyway...

Here are Jessica's early St. Patrick's Day nails. Green! My favorite color! I love St. Patrick's Day. She started with a base of CQ's Golden Green on all but her accent nails and then added Dollish Polish's He Slimed Me. On her Accent nail she has Icing's Magnetix in the gold/green/brown color. Something we noticed on it, was the longer she held the magnet the darker the color turned until she ended up with a streak of almost reddish brown in there. Very cool.

Since I know I'm going to be changing my polish again before St. Patrick's Day, I opted out of green this time. I did a base of Zoya's Ki and then layered Clairvoyent over it. I cannot describe to you how gorgeous Clairvoyent is! It's like a flakey wet dream! It makes your nails look like little mosaics. So pretty! I do have some tip-wear already even though I made sure to cap my nails so I'm not sure if Seche Vite doesn't like one of the polishes I'm wearing or if one of them isn't wearing as well as I usually like. Other than that, aces all around! 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dollish Polish-Expectro Patronum

Today I have a lovely indie polish for you from the very talented DollFace.

This is Expecto Patronum and it's different from every other polish I own. It's a smooth white base with tiny bright blue flecks and medium sized bright blue hex glitter in it. It went on nicely and this is 2 coats. Please pardon the dry patches on my hand. I didn't even notice them until after I uploaded this picture -_-. I couldn't get very many of the medium hexes out of the bottle, but I think that's more a lack of stirring on my part. I'll try stirring with a toothpick before applying next time. I have 3 more Dollish Polishes to show you soon!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

First Post! Mari Moon-Dreamer

Hi all! Well, it's my very first post on a blog that I've actually had in name for quite some time. So, welcome to Kitty's Pretty Claws! My name is Catz, but my wonderful fiance's nickname for me is Kitty or Kitten so that was my inspiration for my blog's name. Just recently I had to cut all my nails down depressingly short after having them long for awhile so I decided to start my blog as I start growing them out again.
For my very first post, I have Dreamer by Mari Moon. 
 I cannot tell you how much I love this color! It's such a gorgeous, bold, silky looking duochrome. It shifts from purple to blue to red to copper and I got so many compliments on it at work. Unfortunately I couldn't get my ottlight to capture all the shifts that it can do, but I think I got the purple-blue fairly well. I bought both of the Mari Moon sets so you can expect more of these from me.
The only downside I can see with these is the brush. It's got several flyaways that make application a little tricky; not impossible, just a little difficult. But the color payoff is well worth it. This is three coats, but I could have easily gotten away with only two.