Glowing Top Coat?

I still can’t get enough of China Glaze’s Electric Nights collection! This week I decided to sport the pink of the collection. Eye popping all on its own, it gets a boost under black light and glows electric.



While showing off this neat trick to a friend I noticed something strange. My mani looked messy under the uv lamp! Oh heck no! Now I know I applied my polish neatly and did clean up. What on earth was going on??


That’s when I realized it was my top coat that was glowing on my cuticles!


Yes folks, HK Girl’s Glisten and Glow top coat actually glows.

I wish I had gotten a photo before I did another cleanup but…yeah, no. I can’t have messy fingers out there.


But any way, now I know to watch out for that sneaky top coat. I swear it was like being in a chrime scene when they turn on the uv lamp and the blood stains show up and you swore you had gotten rid of every bloody footprint. Horrifying lol.




October Round-Up (because I’m a slacker)

Ah October. What a sigh of relief. Cooler weather has arrived and with it comes runny noses and whiny kids (and husbands!). I may have slacked on posting, but I definitely didn’t slack on my nails! My biweekly manicures have remained consistent and fun, so here I go with a recap!

Fall means football in southeastern Louisiana. I’ll spare you the insanity and only show a few football inspired manis.

First up is my son’s school colors. (Geaux Gators!). I was only able to attend half of his games due to work sadly. The orange is one from SinfulColors’ line. The blue is Ulta’s house brand. Names escape me.


I used a piece of striping tape to get the line. Simple, but not too simple.

Next up is another black and gold mani. My son and I attended the Sunday night Chargers vs Saints game in the dome. It was an amazing night watching Drew break the all time consecutive games with a passing TD record. That night I wore a base coat of A England’s original Holy Grail topped off with Barry M’s Croc Effects in black. Normally I hate crackle polish. It looks, I don’t know, sloppy? But this one is different. Instead of a shatter effect, it does this alligator skin effect that goes great with one of my handbags.


Here are two more black and gold manis using striping tape. That stuff seriously is versatile! Blacks and golds in both are from A England (again). Best black polish on the planet!



And an LSU purple and gold striped mani, just to show I do branch out occasionally. 😉


Next up, but still in the gold family (purely a coincidence, I swear!!), is a new one from OPI’s Skyfall collection. This is Goldeneye. Application is nice, dries not too gritty, and sparkles like crazy! It looks like gold foil nails. I kept being reminded of the golden eggs that the geese lay in Willie Wonka.


And now for the Halloween portion of today’s spamathon. This is China Glaze Riveting from the Hunger Games collection. Best orange ever. I used various Bundle Monster stamping plates and Konad Special Polish in black. They came out cute. My waitress at my favorite sushi restaurant insisted they were fake until I showed her where my thumb had chipped. Lol


Last but certainly not least is from Ninja Polish’s Halloween 2012 collection. I picked up Candy Corn and Howling Blue Moon, both glow in the dark polishes. Seeing as this year my son is dressing as Walter White for Halloween, complete with sample bags of Heisenberg’s Blue Meth (rock candy dyed blue, it rots your teeth like the real thing though!), I had to have blue nails to match. Here is a pic showing regular light, semi-dark, and full darkness. It’s the best glow in the dark polish out there hands down. The holo sparkle goodness and crescent moon glitters make it a joy to wear in the daytime too. I’m in love!


Well, that’s it for this month’s roundup! I left out a few manis that need to go with others in their line of polishes. I promise to get those and their yet to be swatched brethren up soon! Stay tuned and thanks for reading!!

My Polish Holy Grail

I’ve been waiting for my local Sally Beauty Supply to get a certain color back in stock. Every time I’d go in, I’d search the racks of China Glaze. It became a ritual. Even my 8 year old daughter would automatically check when she’d come shopping with me.

When China Glaze came out with their Summer Neons line, I made a trip to Sally’s to grab the two colors that had piqued my interest online. I was distracted by all the new pretty bottles when my daughter yelled out, ” Mama!! Flip Flop!!!!!”. I didn’t believe her. Surely it was a misplaced bottle. She flipped the bottle over and proudly showed me the name we had been searching for.

So here it is, my very own bottle of China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy. I was so excited, I didn’t even do a clean up before grabbing a few shots. My bad.
This is with a white base, which I highly recommend for all neon type polishes. They just pop!!


Stamping plate drk-b from yet again. It’s quickly becoming my go to plate. Very large images. I mean super large! This little owl comes in 3 sizes which is nice.

This was the beginning of a large nail polish shopping spree, but it was by far my biggest “get”. Happy polish addict!!!!

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 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.


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.

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.


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.