Thursday, January 24, 2013

LA Colors Sea Foam

Today I have a gorgeous polish to share with you!  Teal and mint definitely seem to be the on-trend colors for Spring.  I was shopping this weekend, and fell in love with all the mint colored colors. :)  So I was inspired to do a mint colored mani.


The base color of this mani is LA Colors Sea Foam, which is a mossy, grey-based, minty green.  Was that descriptive enough for you?  It took two coats for opacity, but I added a third to smooth things out.  Application was great, though there were some bald spots still after two coats.


I then decided to add a coat of Pretty and Polished Heist on top.  I did a post about Heist towards the end of last year, which can be seen here.  It definitely looks classy over Sea Foam.  I received Heist in a grab bag promotion Pretty and Polished had back in November.  Pretty and Polished polishes can be purchased via their website or on Etsy.




I love this mani and am still wearing it!  It has surprisingly held up well too, considering I'm rather rough on my nails.  My only complaint with these pictures, is that Heist looks kind of black due to the flash on my camera.  If you click on the image and make it larger, you will get a better idea of the look of Heist over Sea Foam.  It really is pretty in person, subtle, but with just a bit of sparkle.

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Sarah

Saturday, January 19, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge

I joining another nail art challenge! Next month, I will be participating in Erica's Nails and More February 9-Day Nail Art Challenge! This is one is spaced out every three days, like the November challenge, which was great for me! Since February is a short month, it's only nine days long, instead of the usual ten. But that's ok - I'll take it!


I'm pretty excited for this challenge to start up, as I really need a kick start to get me blogging regularly in 2013. If you're interested in entering, check out her blog for more information! I believe she said there were already over 25 participants, which is fantastic! I look forward to trying out a few new techniques and refining some others that weren't great in previous challenges.

Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Friday, January 18, 2013

OPI Liquid Sand - Get Your Number

Good morning!  Hopefully today will be a great day, and the lead off to a great (long!) weekend!  Last weekend I went to the Ulta closest to me for the first time.  I've been in Ultas before (BNPO - before nail polish obsession), but since this one has only been open since October, this was the first time I had made it there.

I didn't have anything specific in mind that I wanted to pick up, but when I saw the mini four-pack of Liquid Sand polishes from the new Mariah Carey collection by OPI, I knew I couldn't resist.  That and I made my boyfriend feel the nail swatch in the store, and he thought it was cool (which rarely EVER happens), and I was sold!

Today I will be featuring Get Your Number, aka "the blue one."



Application was so-so with this polish, mainly because the brush was wonky.  I meant to take a picture of it, so I will probably add that later.  Basically what happened to the brush was during production (I'm assuming) some of the bristles got caught on the edge and have basically been bent upwards.  I'm hoping that over time they'll lay flat now that I put the cap/brush back in correctly.



Other than that, application was great, very little dabbing required.  I did two coats, and while you can see VNL in this pictures, it wasn't as noticeable in person.  Next time I'll probably do three for full opacity.  Most everyone else who has swatched this has agreed on three coats for opacity.



Get Your Number, was definitely the draw to this collection for me.  I just absolutely love the holo in this polish!  I do still have to try the other three, but I am really looking forward to it! 



As far as the texture of this polish goes, I thought it was quite smooth.  I saw Zoya describe the texture of their Pixie Dust polishes as similar to a nail file, smooth to the touch, but still has a rough texture.  And while I'm probably getting into all kinds of copywright trouble here, but I think that is a great description of the texture on the OPI polishes as well.  It never caught on my hair or clothes.  Unless I specifically touched my nails, you wouldn't even know that they were textured.  And while, yes they did have a matte finish, I don't think they ever screamed, "OMG LOOK HOW CRAZY AND FUNKY THIS NAIL POLISH IS!!!"  It just looked like blue polish with holo glitter in it until you looked closely.  So basically, for all you nay-sayers who are not interested in the textured polishes, try it!  They're not as bad or as weird as they seem!

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Sarah

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hi-Res Milani 3D Holographic

Today, I bring you my first Try It On Tuesday post in several months!  In case you're unfamiliar with Try It On Tuesday (TIOT), it was started by Jill of Jilltastic Nail Design, to motivate us to all swatch the polishes we've been holding onto for awhile.  I'm slowly but surely working my way through the Milani 3D Holographic polishes I own.  I won Digital and Cyberspace in a giveaway a few months ago and have only swatched Digital so far.  That post you can see here.


A few weeks ago when it was announced that the big holiday clearance sale at CVS had started, I went and picked up several polishes.  Two of which, were also from the 3D Holographic collection: HD and the beauty featured in this post, Hi-Res.


I've never been a BIG fan of purple.  I like it well enough, but I'm not necessarily drawn to purples when polish shopping.  I LOVE this purple though!  I also just love holos.  Even though the Milani polishes are the only holos I own, I just love them!


As with Digital, the formula was great!  I did use three coats to achieve this look.  Two coats were probably enough, but I went ahead and added a third since there were bald spots on a few nails.  Not a lot, but enough that I wanted to even it out.


While the Milani holos aren't linear holos, they are scattered holos, which I think I almost like more.  Since I got a stamping set for Christmas, I really want to try stamping with the holo.  I've seen some really pretty manis where stamping with holos was done.  Anyone ever used the 3D holo polishes for stamping?


Hi-Res dried with a matte finish.  I did add Sally Hansen Insta-Dri topcoat over the top to prevent chipping though.  It seemed at first as though the topcoat dulled the holographic shine, but once I got out in the sunshine today, and then used my pretty camera, I think it's just as beautiful.


And look at that gorgeous macro!!!  All that yummy, sparkly, shiny, holo goodness!  Who would've ever thought I'd be able to take such an awesome picture!?!?!




I hope you enjoyed checking out this holo as much as I did wearing it!  Eventually I'll bring you the other two 3D Holographic polishes as well.  And one other thing to note, while  I did take all of these pictures with flash, Hi-Res is equally as beautiful in the shade!  Such a lovely dusty lavender and you can still see a bit of the holo.

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Sarah

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Holiday Jelly Sandwiches

Happy New Year!  It's my first post of 2013!  I hope everyone is having a great year so far!

Today, I'll be bringing you the two holiday manis I rocked during my two week hiatus.  They're both essentially the same - red jelly sandwiches - but I used different glitter in each one.  I have already posted a picture on my Facebook page of the mani I wore on Christmas day.  Here is that mani:


For this mani I used NYC Broadway Burgundy, which is a red jelly with red microglitter in it, and Pure Ice Spitfire.  Spitfire is pink/purple holo glitter polish.  It's so awesome!  Though I'm not sure I would ever wear it by itself, it's that bold!

You can also see the quality of the picture is much greater than in those below. That's because I used my Christmas present from my boyfriend, a sexy new Nikon! :D  I am SO excited about that camera, in case you couldn't tell!


The other mani I wore, during my last week of work before the break, is a jelly sandwich with again, NYC Broadway Burgundy, and LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds.  I've used Sparkling Diamonds before, in my "Plenty of Fish with Disco Balls in the Sea" post, which can be seen here


I tried to be holiday-ish (since I planned on posting this during the holidays), by holding one of my favorite Christmas ornaments.  I just love the cardinals in the tree!  


You can see that Sparkling Diamond is a lot more subtle than Spitfire is in the jelly sandwich, but still awesome!  For both manis, I did one coat of Broadway Burgundy, then one coat of the glitter, followed by one final coat of Broadway Burgundy and topcoat.


Yay for my first really successful jelly sandwiches!  I really like how both turned out.  Other than these two manis, I had naked nails for most of my two week break from work.  Hopefully later this week I'll bring you a post about all the polish-related goodies I got for Christmas! :)

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Sarah
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