Friday, January 6, 2012

L'Oreal VIP Status & Luxeffects Set In Stones

I am so excited to be back! I haven't so much as logged into my blog for about 5 months and now I have the motivation to get back into the swing of things! Around mid July things got pretty crazy for me and a month later I uprooted myself from a small quiet town to a very large city and am with my husband trying to get our lives on track. I start a new job in a few days and basically am ready to put 2011 behind me 'cuz believe me, you can have it..

With all the craziness of the last few months I have hardly painted my nails at all. Considering that I would paint my nails a new color every 2-3 days, I can say I was extremely stressed and depressed and bad things were coming up one after another but things are looking up and I'm feeling a lot better. So with all that being said I feel so happy to be back in my little corner of the internet.

Here is my first manicure of the new year! L'Oreal VIP Status with one coat of Essie Luxeffects Set in Stones
natural light

with flash

And coincidentally this is also my first try with a new basecoat. I swear by Nailtek, their ridgefiller is the best! But it's expensive and thickens around half way through the bottle. On a whim I bought Orly Ridgefiller because it was $3. It dries smooth which I don't care for since Nailtek dries with a rough texture. When I applied VIP Status it went on patchy so I don't know if it had to do with the slick surface of the ridgefiller or the polish itself. This is only my second purchase of a L'Oreal polish so I'm not familiar with their formula. I don't ever give drugstore brands anymore than a glance over but I was at my local Wal-Mart yesterday and I saw a brand new display with about 25 polishes. For some strange reason there was only one of each color and this shade caught my eye.

It's a very pretty steel greyish blue with a silver microshimmer to it. In the bottle it has a slight purple duochrome but it didn't show up on the nail. It did brush on a little goopy as well but after the second coat it levelled out just fine.

The Essie top coat, Set in Stones, applied really well. I didn't have any trouble getting the glitter even on the nail and I like it a lot more than I expected to. It's full of hex shaped and very tiny silver glitter particles. Soo sparkly..  This is part of a 5 piece collection of gorgeous effects topcoats which I received from my very dear friend Natalie as part of a Christmas gift, she is beyond awesome!!

Here are some photos of the polish alone:
with flash

full sun

in shade

I have several pictures of nail art I've done in the last few months so in between manicures I will be posting those. Hopefully I can stick with this since I really do enjoy it and I've learned a lot from many other nail bloggers I've come to look up to. Thanks for visiting and happy new year to you!


Robert said...

LOVE!!! I'm soo glad to see you posting again! HUGS!!

Kylee said...

I LOOOOVE that Essie glitter polish. Gahh...I think I need to go buy it!

Vicki said...

I love the way this color looks witht he glitter! So cool!

Sara S said...

Love the polish! Love the glitter!

tara said...

LOVE that essie glitter! thanks for linking up! :)

Panda said...

Awesome! I'm glad you love them <3

Sasha Rae said...

@Robert Thanks for the support! HUGS!!

Sasha Rae said...

Thank you ladies!!