China Glaze Hunger Games Collection : Agro

Like the rest of the world, I fell in love with The Hunger Games when I read it. I devoured every word and flew through all three books in less than a week. So when I found The Hunger Games line of nail polish at my local Sally, I just had to collect em all! (tm Pokemon)

Here is Agro. A gorgeous metallic green named for District 11 (I heart Rue and Thresh btw. Would love a whole book about them and the lives of their district prior to the 74th annual Hunger Games)
Topped it off with another one of my bornprettystore.com stamping plates in Sally Hansen Xtreme Gold. It has an art deco feel to it. Subtle for me. Absolutely shimmers in the sun.

Agro had a great consistency, nearly opaque in one coat, 2nd coat perfection. Topped with Seche Vite top coat.

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I’ll try to post a review of each color from the Hunger Games line that I own. Stay tuned! If you can find any of these available for purchase, grab one or two. They are limited edition and will eventually be gone.

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All that glitters….

I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to things that sparkle. Glitter polish is so much fun and it adds pop to nails so easily.

My favorite brand for glitter polish is Milani. When they say “One Coat Glitter” they aren’t kidding! A close 2nd is their Jewel FX line. Dense hex glitter ahoy!! Combine the two and you’ve got some serious sparkle.

This week I decided to go black and gold. Wearing my colors with my head high is difficult lately, but it never stopped me before. It’s rare that I do traditional tips, and this is no exception.
I started with two coats of Wet & Wild – Wild Shine in Black Creme’. Probably could have one coated it, it’s that good. But I like two coats.
Brushing from tips down I used Milani One Coat Glitter in Gold Glitz, followed by a coat of Milani Jewel FX in Gold. Two coats of Seche Vite top coat finished it off.

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Glossy – check. Glittery – check. In the words of my daughter’s favorite show, Toddlers and Tiaras, “Sparkle baby!!!”. (yes we watch, and snark heavily. What a fabulous train wreck!)

Next: how to remove stubborn glitter polish easily. 🙂

Eating Inspires Art

Growing up in south eastern Louisiana, many of my fondest memories revolve around food. All events here involve eating. Having a baby? Bring a dish to the mom. Somebody die? Huge buffet after the funeral. 40 days before Easter? Barbecue something! Made the car payment on time? Crawfish boil!
I know this is not unique to us here, but we do it best. Every good maw maw knows that when her grand kids walk into the house, the first thing after a jovial “Hello!” is “Did you eat? Let me cook you something.” Even if the answer was yes, grandma wasn’t going to back down until she got something yummy and homemade into your tummy. Because “doesn’t your mother feed you??”.

Second to the memories of the food, is what that food was served on. Seafood boils saw piles of newspapers become table coverings, barbecues saw soggy paper plates and red solo cups, and thanksgiving and Christmas dinner saw “the good china” come out from its hiding place, safe from chips and scratches. Most of the time it wasn’t expensive by most standards, but to us it was invaluable. They held memories of prior gatherings, were eaten on by family members no longer with us, brought remembrances of laughs around the table at overcooked turkeys, spilled gravy, and messy shirts.

I actually had to google this specific pattern as I never did know the name, merely the theme. Quite a common set, its blue and white intricately drawn scene was the subject of many debates in my head. What was it about? Who were those three guys on the bridge? What’s up with the wonky fence? Yes, I’m talking about the Blue Willow pattern. I’m wearing my mother’s plates on my nails. My husband took one look and said “I don’t get it”. My 8 yr old, however, took one look and exclaimed “dishes!!” (Did I mention she is a food lover like her mother? Lol)

Not a literal translation, but inspired by….here are my Blue Willow nails. Don’t laugh.

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I used one of bornprettystore.com stamping plates. Similar to the infamous konad plates, at a fraction of the cost. They stamp well, no complaints. I’ll have a separate post reviewing them eventually. I also used a Sally Hansen polish instead of a Konad special polish for my design. Not all polishes work for stamping. This one does, and it’s much cheaper. Seeing a theme? Anything that saves money is a plus.

If you know of any non konad polishes that work well, feel free to leave a comment!

Let’s have some fun, shall we?

I am by no means a professional anything.

Scratch that, yes I am, and my close friends will back me up on this one. I am a professional smart ass. What can I say, it’s a gift.

Thanks to my constant need to be creative, I have in recent months, taken up the hobby of nail art. Now let me be clear on this. I can’t draw. My stick figure skills are that of a 5 year old. But that doesn’t matter! There are ways to cheat when it comes to this form of “art”. Everything from stickers to stamps can turn a talentless finger painter like myself into a nail beauty queen! I know there are others out there like me who enjoy pretty things but just can’t manage to create them on their own. So in the theme of sharing, here is a little blog that may hopefully inspire or educate someone who is looking for a fun new hobby.

Now what does all of this crap have to do with my status as a professional smart ass you ask? Not a damn thing!! But it will make the adventure more enjoyable (well, for me at least) and hopefully a little entertaining for you. My “art” won’t be perfect. My ideas won’t be groundbreaking. And my humor may not be G rated. Don’t like it? Well…Kiss My Acetone. Now sit back and watch the circus that is sure to be this blog. Take a deep breath. The combination of the acetone and nail polish is going to be buzz inducing. Nice. 🙂

My first pic is just a simple swatch from my favorite line of lacquer, China Glaze. This is actually one of their matte polishes, I just put a coat of Seche Vite topcoat over it because I felt like shiny nails that day.

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Color is called Flying Dragon and pictures can not do it justice. So unusual! It really does look like it does in the bottle, with the neat mixture of blue and purple.
And then there’s the inclusion of my current addiction, glitter polish. One nail only. OPI’s Muppets line has several fabulous glitters. This one is called Excusez Moi!, one of several Miss Piggy inspired colors. That pig is my inspiration. She doesn’t take any crap from anyone!! (although she does have a man’s hand up her ass and is always following a damn frog, which makes my worship of her strange and sad. But what the hell. At least it isn’t Snooki, right?)

Stay tuned, I’ll share my nail stamping addiction, trouble cuticles, and my preferred stubborn polish removal method. Oh and a buttload of new polishes to review.