Monday, February 20, 2017

Purple Lightning

Sorry things have been so quiet around here lately!  Since we got back from our honeymoon, I have been busy at home and work, so I haven't had much time to blog!  I've got back-logged manis to share, many of which you've already seen if you follow me on Instagram


Today's mani was actually my contribution to the February #maniswapcircle, which we all posted two weeks ago...  I was charged with recreating a mani by fellow Instagrammer, @aurorastucker.  It was fun to be paired with someone who I already follow and admire their nail art!  With my meteorology background, I was immediately drawn to this lightning bolt mani



The theme for #maniswapcircle this month was rainbow - meaning everyone was assigned a specific color of the rainbow, so that the collage created a rainbow.  I was assigned purple, and knew I could recreate Aurora's fun hot pink lightning design in purple.


For my lightning mani, I started with a base of Sally Hansen Extreme Wear Lacey Lilac.  I then stamped using purple stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and plate 1-01 from UberChic Beauty's first collection.  I then used Zoya Aurora and lightning decals from Nails Redesigned for my accent nail. 


I didn't even think about it at the time, but how appropriate was using a polish named Aurora when recreating a mani done BY Aurora. :)

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Sarah

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by the Season

Today the Twinsies are back with manis inspired by the season!  Since today is Valentine's Day, you will likely see lots of red and pink!  For my mani, I started with a base Nicole by OPI How Fairy Nice of You! a soft pale pink.  I then added a coat of Zoya Kissy to each nail to add a bit of sparkle.  Kissy (also an appropriate name for the holiday!) is made up of pink, red, and purple glitters with small holo bar glitters.



I then stamped using white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and the Uberchic plate 1-01.  In hindsight, I wish I had stamped in red or pink, just because I feel like the white stamping gets lost.  That or done an additional coat or two of Kissy.  It is more noticeable in real life, compared to the pictures.  Overall, I like that this is a simple, but elegant design, and it's definitely Valentine's Day inspired!  My husband even liked how they turned out!




Be sure to check out the other Valentine's inspired by manis by the other Twinsies!

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Sarah




Friday, February 3, 2017

ILNP Daisy Jane

Today I have a quick swatch post for you!  I am slowly but surely working my way back into blogging after being MIA the last few months finishing up planning for our wedding, and then being on our honeymoon last week.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a few pictures from the honeymoon, and I will hopefully have a few wedding pictures to add in the coming weeks!



This is ILNP Daisy Jane.  Daisy Jane is a soft, pale pink (lavendar-leaning on my skintone) with a holographic finish.  It is more of a linear holo, even though it isn't a strong linear.  This was one of the first polishes I purchased this time last year as contenders for my wedding nails.  Originally, I had thought I wanted to have pink nails, but ended up going with a nude holo (Julep Carrie Ann). 



Daisy Jane has appeared on the blog once before, in a review of a stamper and stamping plate from Born Pretty Store.  Daisy Jane is a beautiful polish that I definitely can see myself wearing often.  ILNP polishes seem to have a slightly thicker formula than I prefer, but the end result is worth it my opinion.  Daisy Jane is still available on ILNP's website, for $10, so be sure to pick it up if you love this color as much as I do.


Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by Art

Today the Twinsies are back with nails inspired by art.  I've had trouble finding the original artist behind my inspiration, but I believe I have traced it's origin back to this post on Instagram (I originally found it while browsing on Pinterest).



For my mani, I started with a base of Zoya Chita on all nails except for my thumb.  Once dry, I stamped using orange stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and a random stamping plate I've had forever, which is labelled HN-020.  After stamping, I added one coat of Seche Vite to lock in the stamping and smooth out some of the textured polish.


On my thumb, I started with a base of Storm Chaser from the Defy and Inspire brand (a Christmas gift from my brother).  I then used straight nail vinyls to tape off the white (Essie Blanc) and orange (the BPS stamping polish) on my thumb nail, which I used to mimic the paint tube.



Unfortunately the image didn't stamp as well as I had hoped, so all the nails ended up covered in flowers for the most part.  I do like how this prompt made me think outside of the box a little bit and not just draw inspiration from other nail art or patterns I've seen.  Be sure to check out the other art inspired manis below!

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Sarah




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Forgotten Favorite

Today, the Twinsies are back with our forgotten favorites!  I have one of my first indie purchases, Scorpion and the Sea from Pretty and Polished.  Back in 2012 I purchased a grab bag of minis from P&P and received Heist, Phoenix, and Scorpion and the Sea.  Back in the day, I shared (some painful to look at) swatches of each polish.  I have used Heist the most since, but Scorpion and the Sea was definitely my favorite of the trio.




Pictured is three coats of Scorpion and the Sea.  Surprisingly, for a four year old polish, the formula was still impeccable.  Because I wanted to add a little nail art to this polish, I used chevron nail vinyls to create accent nails using Zoya Sarah.  I tried to match the metallic red glitters in Scorpion and the Sea by using a red shimmer polish.




I enjoyed this prompt because I got to pull a polish out that I haven't used in years.  In fact, I probably haven't used this polish since 2012 or 2013.  Overall, I do love how this mani turned out!  Be sure to check out the forgotten favorites of the other Twinsies below!

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Sarah

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Black and White Floral Stamped Mani

Hello!  Today I my black and white mani for last weekend's #maniswapcircle prompt.  This week I was charged with recreating a mani by @manisha_m_nail_designs.  It was tough to decide on just one mani, but I decided to go with her blue and white china plate inspired nails to recreate.



For this mani, I started with a base of Essie Blanc on my index and pinkie fingers and Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look to Stars on the other three nails.  I then stamped using the opposite color on each nail using stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store.  I also used the paisley bandanna stamping plate, Harunouta L020, that I featured last week.  Don't forget to use my code "FVL91" to receive 10% off your next order!



I then added gold accents on my ring and pinkie fingers.  I used nail vinyls to tape off a portion of my nail and used China Glaze Mingle With Kringle to create the gold stripe.  For the triangle nail sticker was an add on in a recent Julep Maven box.


Overall, I love this mani!  It is definitely my favorite so far of 2017!

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Sarah

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Born Pretty Store Paisley Bandanna Stamping Plate Review

Happy Thursday!  Today I will be reviewing the Paisley Bandanna Pattern Nail Art Plate, Harunouta L020 stamping plate, which I recently received to review from Born Pretty Store.  This plate features a variety of different paisley designs, which are all fantastic for reverse stamping and lead-lighting.  This plate retails for $5.99, but is currently on sale for $2.99. 



These were my New Year's Eve nails for ringing in 2017.  I started with a base of Sinful Colors Prosecco (channeling the champagne many imbibe at midnight), with an accent nail of Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Look to the Stars (from the November Destination Duo), a beautiful black holo with blue and green flakies.  I then did some gradient stamping using blue and black stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store, and plate Harunouta L020.



I love how this mani turned out!  I used the clear jelly silicone stamper (which I previously reviewed here) again for this mani, and the images picked up perfectly.  If I could go back and change anything about this mani, I would have just stamped with black instead of doing the gradient stamping.  However, I like how the blue pops and adds another color to the mix.



Be sure to use my coupon code "FVL91" to receive 10% off your next order at Born Pretty Store! And shipping is always free!

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Sarah
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