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Essie Dive Bar + Haul + OPI DS Illuminate

Posted by Amy from imfeelingnail-venturous
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September 22, 2011



WARNING! THIS IS A LENGTHY POST! =) I have a few things to show you today! 

First up is Essie Dive Bar. LOVE this manicure because it has both the shiny and matte finishes all in one! This polish has an amazing blackened teal shimmer. I have to warn you my photos make the polish look almost black especially the matte finish photos, but this polish is not this dark! It has a gorgeous teal/bue shimmer to it that is NOT hard to notice in person! I bought this polish specifically for my sister. She saw it on another blog and had to have it. I was at Wal-Mart one day and noticed it, so I bought it for her! Before I sent it to her, of course, I swatched it. I wish my photos turned out better so you could see the true color of it! This is two coats.



I then added one coat of Essie Matte About You because I LOVE the look of dark matte polishes! Again, in these photos, the polish looks black. It does NOT look black in person. It has an amazing teal/blue shimmer to it. I did not get any outside photos for this manicure! =(



I used Essie Dive Bar (which is the SAME polish I used as the base coat) to stamp on the design with Konad Stamping Plate M65. I love this because it has the matte AND shiny finish all in one manicure.


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Now on the the AWESOME HAUL!!! Please excuse the crappy haul photos. They were taken with my phone! Too lazy to bring out the camera I guess. 


The following Cult Nails polishes I bought from http://cultnails.com/! Super fast shipping!

Visit them on Facebook HERE



Cult Nails Always Winning, Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid, Cult Nails Enigmatic (These were already swatched on my blog here)


 Cult Nails Hypnotize Me, Cult Nails Awakening, Cult Nails Iconic


Cult Nails In A Trance, Cult Nails Living Water, Cult Nails Let Me Fly
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The following polishes I bought from http://shop.llarowe.com/

You can visited them on Facebook HERE!


A England Tristam, Glitter Gal Deep Green Sparkle, Glitter Gal Dark Brown Sparkle, and Glitter Gal Dark Purple. I also ordered A England Lady of Lake and Ozotic Elytra 528, but those were on back order. I should be getting those soon! ________________________________________________________________________

I ordered the following from http://www.discountcosmeticoutlet.com/


L.A. Girls Glitter Addict Uninhibited (which is AMAZING!), L.A. Girls Rock Star Crowd Surfing, and L.A. Girls Glitter Addict Incognito 
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The following was a recent Ulta Haul! 



Ulta Chic Peek, Ulta Little Black Dress, and OPI DS Mystery 


Borghese Stellare Notte and Borghese Mediterraneo
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The following is a recent Rite Aid Haul (I went there to look for the little pumpkin polish bottles that were featured in my guest post by Carly at Lacquered Lover, but no luck finding those. I did find some other great things!)


Scherer Chameleon Calypso, Scherer Chameleon Blue Sky, and Scherer Chameleon Galactic 

My first Jesse's Girl Polishes: Jesse's Girl Mermaid's Lagoon and Jesse's Girl Confetti
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Yesterday I was featured on Lacquered Lover , and this was the manicure! I only posted it here as well because I like to keep an archive of ALL my manicures on my blog (This way if I ever lose my computer (for whatever reason), I still have all my work). She was featured on my blog as well! Click here to see that post!

I only own a few of the OPI DS polishes, and this post features one of them, OPI DS Illuminate. Because Summer is over and Fall is here, I decided to show you a Fall inspired manicure. Here is two coats of OPI DS Illuminate. This is an amazing brown holographic/shimmery polish. It is perfect for the season! My photos do not do it justice as they were taken indoors. It is a shame the sun wasn't out! That is the down fall of doing manicures late at night! I was not about to risk a smudge or something....So I took my photos immediately! =)




And of course I could not have do a guest post with a plain polish..... So I used Kleancolor Metallic Brown and Bundle Monster stamping plate BM19 to stamp on a subtle leave print. I wanted this print to somewhat blend in so it would not take away from the awesomeness of this polish. I added some little fimo leaves for a little something extra as an accent nail.






P.S the fimo leaves stayed on my nail for THREE days without even budging! 



38 comments:

Olivia C. on September 22, 2011 at 8:01 PM said...

Oh my gosh, so much polish! I love that matte/shiny mani! I love that look. And that OPI polish is so pretty! :)

Jossie on September 22, 2011 at 8:17 PM said...

Wow!!!!!! The black on black looks like a purse! Stunning!!

gri on September 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM said...

Awesome haul! Dive Bar is a color I've been wanting to try, I'll definitely have to pick it up soon!

Kelly on September 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM said...

Wow! Major haul... Bet that was fun! ;-) I have DS Illuminate too... it reminds me of a holo penny, with the cool green flash.

Shally on September 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM said...

love the matte polish with the shiny design. It looks awesome

Angie on September 22, 2011 at 9:41 PM said...

I love that mani! I haven't tried the matte/shiny combo with the stamp yet.

Gypsy on September 22, 2011 at 9:43 PM said...

My jaw dropped when I saw 'Dive Bar' and with the matte finish and the glossy stamping.... I could die! This is the very next polish I will buy (if I'm lucky enough to find it that is). Just amazing polishes you got too, I'm still drooling.

Miss L on September 22, 2011 at 9:55 PM said...

Love your mani! I love the matte finish with shiny lines!

whimsicalglam on September 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM said...

sweet haul! and I love the manicure you did with Dive Bar...AMAZING

Connie on September 22, 2011 at 10:30 PM said...

I loved the Dive Bar mani and you got some really great polishes. I don't have any Cult but hope to get some soon.

Fashion Footing on September 22, 2011 at 10:33 PM said...

WOW!!! So much nail polish! Awesome!

Love the mani, too!

April on September 22, 2011 at 11:09 PM said...

I really love the Essie stamped manicure. Drop dead gorgeous!

Pinupcherrymakeup on September 22, 2011 at 11:59 PM said...

I LOVE Dive Bar, now I have to go try it matte!! LOOKS SOOO PRETTY!!!!

Une Ruxi à Paris on September 23, 2011 at 12:39 AM said...

This looks amazing! I don't know how you come up with these super cool designs.

Simona on September 23, 2011 at 2:02 AM said...

Love the Essie mani with both matte and shine! And what a haul btw!

Kejal on September 23, 2011 at 2:19 AM said...

WOW!! ( eyes popped out!!) Lov ur mani!! Luv ur guest post mani!! Awesome haul!! M off shop; need some nice stuff like u!!

Yasinisi on September 23, 2011 at 2:34 AM said...

I love both looks.. Really nice :)

CaCa on September 23, 2011 at 5:20 AM said...

so jealous of your haul!!! great mani too!

MadAboutNaiLz on September 23, 2011 at 5:22 AM said...

I am in total envy of you. I want to try cult nails, glitter gal, a-england and jessies girl. Wooohoo I bet your collection is big,

FromMegwithLove on September 23, 2011 at 5:31 AM said...

in love with your manicure.. just perfect!

PureMorning on September 23, 2011 at 5:46 AM said...

This black mani looks amazing :))

Fingers on September 23, 2011 at 7:32 AM said...

Man I have to get that Essie Dive Bar!! I love the look you made-I love the matte/shiny together!

Elizedge on September 23, 2011 at 8:49 AM said...

Wonder what the OPI Ds Illuminate and China Glaze Mahoganie have in common? If you have both, I'd love to see a comparison- I have the CG but can't seem to be able to spring for the OPI- thanks- ps your nails are amazing!

nail crazy on September 23, 2011 at 8:54 AM said...

oh, this essie looks so good, remindes me of cg blk-bila-bong, am i right?
great haul, i'm jealous ;-)

Lauren on September 23, 2011 at 9:29 AM said...

Awesome matte/shiny combo....How are you so freaking creative??? Jealous of your haul, too :)

Polish AMOR on September 23, 2011 at 10:08 AM said...

I love the Essie Mani.. looks stunning!!! Haul amazing, all the Cult nail polish looks sooo pretty.. I also want Tristam, might have to budge and buy that baby..!!!

Aleksnadra on September 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM said...

WOW!!!!
looks amazing :))

Liz on September 23, 2011 at 11:26 AM said...

Awesome haul!
I was never really into the matte look, but I think I want to reconsider that now. Your mani looks great!

Peace, Love and Polish on September 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM said...

I so love the black matte mani! I'm going to try that sometime!

Nail Nerd on September 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM said...

So in love with the black-on-black and matte treatment, those looks awesome! And yowza that haul, totally jealous :D

thenailaholic on September 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM said...

In the second and third pictures you can see the blue really well. I really like it!

Hunter87 on September 23, 2011 at 3:03 PM said...

Great Haul!!
Love all your nail work
~Jazmin

Hygea on September 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM said...

amo los tonos mates!!!! *.*

♥beauxs mom on September 23, 2011 at 9:36 PM said...

It was a long post but I read it all and enjoyed it, love the matte mani with the shiny stripes, lucky girl
Getting all those cult nails polish, and really nice rite aid haul.

Amy on September 24, 2011 at 12:33 PM said...

I love the matte effect!
And the combo looks great.
The leaves are awsome, a great autum look :)
xX

Melissa on September 27, 2011 at 11:56 AM said...

I love Essie's Dive Bar, it's one of my favorites. Did you know that Sinful Colors has an excellent dup for just a $1.99? The shade is called "See You Soon"

Ana on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM said...

I love your tone-on-tone manis so much!

Katt on December 14, 2011 at 2:11 AM said...

Wow, great haul. Love the dive bar mani.

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