Friday, April 19, 2013

Hanging in the Balance

Hey Everyone!!! Hope everyone is safe and well. Things look a little crazy out there. I am very happy it is Friday! Would you believe that my nails are almost naked right now? It is crazy. I did a quick clear gel mani so technically they aren't naked but there is no color unless you count a couple pieces of stray glitter that live in my structure gel and maneuvered their way onto a couple of nails without being seen.

I intended on painting them in the car before work but instead I spent a good 20 minutes in the aisle of Target analyzing the difference between a Moleskine notebook and the cheaper brand notebook. I have it in my head that my swatch cards are too bulky and I want to do a swatchbook so I can bring it with me more easily. I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a Moleskine notebook that has some organizational hurdles that I am not sure I can handle. I had finally decided on the cheaper version for $7.49 vs the real deal for $12.00 but by the time I checked out I chickened out and left both behind. Can you tell I am pretty darn indecisive? I won't even get into the battle in my head over swatch sticks that I have been having for the past two weeks. Every so often I have this whole debate about organization and swatching and omg it is crazy. 

Just cause I was babbling about it these are my swatch books right now. Yup, both of them, which is why I don't carry them with me when I am out usually and why I bought two polishes yesterday that I already own. That is partially Sinful Colors fault too though because they use trickery and put old polishes in new displays to make you think you are getting new polishes. I had a feeling I had them but decided to buy them anyway which was a dumb move. Ah well I returned them bright and early this morning!

Ok, shall we get to my mani now? This is another blue mani for Autism Awareness month.

China Glaze Hanging in the Balance from their Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection. I used white polish and Mash plate Mash-29 for the stamping. I forgot to take a picture of the plate.

Hanging in the Balance is a gorgeous bright blue creme that applies wonderfully and looks amazing. I love blues and this one is simply gorgeous. Even df liked this mani and he hardly ever comments on my nails unprompted.

I loved the mani before I did the stamping but loved it even more when I put the flowers on there. I don't know what it was about this mani but I kept looking at it and really really loved it.

I even wore it extra days because I liked it so much. It isn't even sparkly and glittery but it is really really pretty.

At first glace I remember not being really interested in the collection but one by one they won me over and most of them ended up coming home with me. There are still a couple that I am deciding on but they will probably end up finding their way home with me eventually too.

That's all for now :)


  1. Oh, the famous swatch books ;)

    Love your mani. I'll never learn how to stamp :/

    1. Lol yeah that is the famous one!

      Thanks :) You can do eeet! I still have days where my stamping is awful and far fewer days where it comes out pretty good.

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    1. It is really pretty. I think China Glaze is probably one of my top three favorite brands.

  3. I never understand why people buy those Moleskine notebooks. They are so expensive and even though they look elegant, I just don't see the point.
    I would tell you to say yes to the swatch sticks but with the size of your collection I'm really not sure. I spent more than half a weekend swatching mine and it was getting frustrating through the end. I imagine it would take you a lot more probably. And it would definitely be frustrating at some point. So I really don't know. I like mine a lot but I feel I knew my collection better when it was on the wheels. I did the wheels gradually as I bought the polishes and knew what each polish was without looking up the names. I'm still getting used to the sticks.
    Anyhow, I love this blue but I didn't get it. I try to avoid having dupes in my collection and since I have so many blues this is probably similar to a few I already own. Love the flowers! Sorry for rambling so much!

    1. I actually bought one this weekend in a moment of insanity but I intend on returning it tomorrow or Wednesday. The more I thought about it the more it bothered me that a tiny little notebook cost so much.

      I am guessing that it would take me forever and a ton of money to do my whole collection in swatch sticks. I had attempted to make them and that took forever and then I wasn't really thrilled with them when I was done. Then they all started falling apart lol I don't really like the wheels for the same reason I have issues with a notebook that is bound. I can't change things easily when they are stuck in one place and that bothers me.
      Lol ramble all you want :) I enjoy it lol I am sure this is similar to other colors but I really do love it. The flowers give it an extra something that I love. I am tempted to actually redo this mani lol I liked it that much.


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