Sunday, June 26, 2011

True Blood!!!!

Well hey there ya'll...Kourt here :)

People who know Gabby and I know we both love our Twilight but oh man do we love True Blood! We even went to a fan event last year at one of our local movie theatres. I also went as Sookie Stackhouse for this past Halloween...puncture marks and all. So with out Trubie-ness we decided to do our manicures in honor of the Season 4 premiere that starts tonight! Woohoo!!!! Excuse me for a bit as I drift off to thoughts about Eric, Alcide and Sam..........................Ok that was nice...

Anywhoo onto our manicures!!! I'll start with mine...I wanted to do a blood splatter mani I saw on another blog but I couldn't get the technique to work :/ But then I tried a different technique I saw on youtube that was done with a toothpick and thought "Hey I could totally do that!" So I did lol

I started off with 2 coats of Zoya's new shade called Shay which is a nice fleshy tone color.

Then in extra honor of True Blood I used Zoya's Sooki for the blood splatter.
You just put a drop or two anywhere on the nail and use a tootpick to spread it out and add dots here and there. I also added SpaRitual's Spirit Child in the middle of the splatter to give it a little bit more real look. Finished off with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

So there's my mani...Pretty easy!!!

Now onto Gabby's, which I love! She chose to do her nails in Zoya's Sooki as well as Love My Nails in Platinum and did the accent nail with fangs using Bundle Monster plate BM02. She also used L.A. Colors striper polish in white for the fangs. So here is what she came up with...Enjoy while I drift back to thoughts of the True Blood men....

So there you have it! Our Trubie manis :) Are you a fan of the show? Let us know your thoughts!! And I'll leave you with something a little extra...Me as Sookie lol I couldn't resist!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hard Candy Beetle vs. Orly Space Cadet

Hello Gabbz here...

Sorry it took so long to post. Sometimes I can't use the computer as often as I would like to :( But I will try my hardest to get back into the groove :)

So, the other day I went to Wal-Mart to pick up some items and of course I had to venture on into the beauty department. Then I remembered about Hard Candy's polish in Beetle (that I have been looking for off and on for months). YES!!! lol They finally had it and I got the last one. Don't you just hate that? When your on the hunt it's never to be found but when you aren't looking or don't need it you find it..UUUGH!!

Excited over my find, I headed home and swatched polish on nail wheel and went to sleep. I woke up and started to think that I might already have a color like this. I looked on my other nail wheels and sure enough, Orly's Space Cadet looks exactly like Beetle.

In person, it's hard to really tell which is which. I wore both polishes on different nails and asked some co-workers if they could tell the difference and no one could tell. However, there are slight differences, but I'll l you be the judge.

Let's get to it..... First up is Hard Candy Beetle

2 Coats of Hard Candy Beetle under

China Glaze Base Coat Inside w/flash

Beetle oustide in the Sun

In the Shade you can really see purple and green

In this angle you can see more of the green

Yes it came with this cute ring

You can see the purple and green aswell as
orange and some red shimmer

Now for Orly Space Cadet.....

2 coats of Orly Space Cadet under
China Glaze base coat
Inside w/flash
Space Cadet in the sun
In the shade you see more purple on the nail
than any of the other colors
I love this angle becuse you really see the green

Here you can see green and purple shimmer
aswell as some orange too

You can really see all the colors here purple, green,
red and orange

Here you can see both Beetle and Space Cadet side by side.......

2 coats of Beetle (Index & Ring) Space Cadet (Middle & Pinky)
under China Glaze base coat and
1 coat
Seche Vite Top Coat

Here they are both in the sun
Here's Beetle (left) & Space Cadet (right) in shade

Beetle (left) and Space Cadet (right) in the sun

I love these kind of polishes. They are very pretty and unique. They instantly remind me of this car I saw many many years ago. It belonged to a car club and it's body was painted with this chameleon paint. I was crazy enough to think one day I would have a car that same color. Then I was told what it would cost to paint a car that color and gave up on that idea really quick lol. I guess these polishes will do for now lol.

Back to the polishes lol. I think they look exactly the same on the nail and you can only tell the difference between the two in the sun. They both have a blue green base with purple, green, red, and orange micro shimmer. You can clearly see that in the sunlight pictures that Beetle was more opaque than Space Cadet. Another thing, Space Cadet was very runny compared to Beetle. I also find that Beetle comes off more purple in the pictures compared to Space Cadet. A big factor that comes to play is price. I purchased Beetle at Wal-mart for $4 (I guess it was on sale because they're regularly $5). I purchased Space Cadet for $10 at ULTA. I think the reason Space Cadet was pricey was becuase it was a limited edition color that was part of the Cosmic FX collection that I think came out at the end of last year (2010). Although Space Cadet has been out since last year, you might be able to get it at an ULTA store. I did check as I typed this and has it available.

What do you think? Are you a fan of these unique chameleon polishes? Which of the two is your favorite and why? Leave your comments below.

Friday, June 17, 2011

OPI Miss Universe Collection

Hey all Kourt here! Hope everyone had a great week!!! I have some exciting news for you if you're an OPI fan like Gabbz and myself.

They have partnered with Miss Univers and came up with some beautiful colors that I personally love! Here is the official press release:

Unleash Your Inner Beauty Queen!
OPI Launches Limited Edition
Miss Universe Lacquers

Pageant-pretty nail lacquers in the new Miss Universe by OPI promotion give fingers and toes added glitz and glamour. Featuring four shades packed with shimmer and sparkle, these limited edition colors capture the energy of the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® competition, to be held September 12, 2011, in São Paulo, Brazil.

“Miss Universe is the most popular and publicized beauty pageant in the world,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “We are excited to partner with the Miss Universe Organization, whose contestants provided so much inspiration for rich, high-fashion color.”

With shades ranging from berry and golden pink to electric blue and glittery silver, Miss Universe by OPI provides high-shine lacquers, including:

Congeniality is My Middle Name

And berry-wine shimmer is what I do best!

It’s MY Year

It’s about time for this champagne-rose to shine!

Swimsuit…Nailed It!

An itsy bitsy teenie weenie vibrant shiny-blue bikini.

Crown Me Already!

A sassy silver sparkle that knows what it’s worth.

The Miss Universe Organization named OPI its official nail care sponsor this June. Additionally, Weiss-Fischmann will be a judge for the 2011 Miss USA® pageant, a precursor to the Miss Universe competition.

Miss Universe by OPI Nail Lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. This limited-edition promotion will be available beginning August 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. The organization is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. For more information, visit: or follow Miss Universe on Facebook or Twitter @TheRealMissU.

So there you have it. I'm excited about these. I love all 4 of them lol Especially the Crown My Already because I love me some glitter!! That's all for now. Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hard Candy Sky + OPI Turquoise Shatter

Hey It's Gabbz again,

This is yet again another shatter post. Probably won't be the last one. We are obsessed with this trend :)

Today I present to you two really pretty polishes. I used Hard Candy Sky as the base coat for my shatter mani. Sky is a really pretty light blue creme with a blue shimmer hue to it. The name really suits this polish because it litterally reminded me of the sky :) I'm not a big fan of blue polish's, but this one was a really nice. I applied 2 coats and unfortunantly you can see the streaks on these pics below. By applying more coats, you won't have that problem. I personally didn't mind the streaks because shatter polish would cover the imperfections.

Hard Candy Sky under
China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat
and 1 coat
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Inside with flash

Now for some sun lol
you can really see the blue shimmer on ring finger

I'm really surprised I loved this color lol
I think because it has some shimmer and looks nice on my nails
it also comes with a cute ring that only fit my pinky finger lol

You can really see the blue shimmer in the polish here

And now for my FAV!!! I really liked how this combo looked
I will be more than likely be wearing this for the rest of the week

Turquoise Shatter is a really pretty polish.
It has alot of blue metallic micro glitter
Ignore the pinky, I dinged it a little lol
I used a top coat of Seche Vite over shatter
because it dries matte and you really want
to apply topcoat to really see shatter's true beauty lol

Here's a pic inside with flash

Here are just a few different looks using Turquoise shatter

So, now that you've seen a few of the OPI Shatter polishes, which one is your favorite? Which shatter will be added to your shopping list? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by :)

Hard Candy Sky was sent for possible review. All opinions are my own. Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

China Glaze Pink Voltage + OPI Blue Shatter

Hey It's Gabbz...

So it's my turn to show you some awesome Shatter Polishes.

First, I wanted to show you how BRIGHT and blinding Pink Voltage by China Glaze polish was. I bought this polish a few months ago, when Kourt showed it to me and of course I wanted it and well taking it from her is out of the question lol. She wouldn't be too happy with me if I did lol. Pink Voltage is a neon Pink polish, with pink micro shimmer and has a purple hue aswell. This color reminds me of a highlighter, that's how bright it is. I was driving to work today and just couldn't keep my eyes off of my nails, I know dangerous!!

Secondly, I was trying to figure out what base color to use with my Blue shatter and obviously the one I loved the most was Pink Voltage under Blue shatter :)

2 coats CG Pink Voltage

Above and below pictures were taken inside with flash

Look how bright it nails are glowing lol

Another thing with this polish, it dries matte and you can see the nail line.
If I was going to wear this alone, I would probably use 3 or 4 coats, but shatter would be
added on top it  so didn't matter to me...

Under the sun

This was with 1 coat of
Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat in direct sunlight.

This is with OPI Blue shatter.
I did this in a hurry so the index, middle and pinky didn't shatter to my liking
because I applied a thin coat and it's recommended to add a medium to thick coat.
The ring finger in my opinion looked the best.

Here you can see the difference
Index: Thin coat Ring: Thicker coat

Here is the nail wheel I did
White, Silver, Pink, Yellow, Orange and Purple All under Blue Shatter

So what do you think? What color would you wear under the Blue Shatter? Let me know. I would love to hear your suggestions, leave your suggestions below :)