Thursday, February 28, 2013

LA Girls Magnetic Polish

For as much as my boyfriend "despises" my nail polish addiction, as I've mentioned before, he sure does enable it!  A few weeks ago he ran to the dollar store to pick up a few things, and came home with nail polish for me!  He knew that he had not seen them before and decided to pick out one of the LA Girl Magnetic polishes.  (He works at Target, and I personally think he was drawn to the magnet shape - which is a target).


The color he picked out is Magnetized - a metallic rosey red color.  I LOVE this color.  I would wear it even without using the magnet to enhance it.  The polish applied like a breeze as well.  There were no directions for application on the bottle, so I followed the instructions from the Sinful Colors magnetic polishes.  I reviewed one of the two I have here.  I first applied one thin layer of polish, and once it dried (opaque in coat - by the way!), I added a second thicker coat and held the magnet just above the surface my nail.  Because I'm anal-rententive I did redo a few nails because I couldn't get the target centered, but as you can see with the index finger it really isn't that noticable when it isn't centered.


Unfortunately, the magnet design did not translate as well on the nail as the magnet from the Sinful Colors polish.  But either way, I liked the subtlty of the design, because it really wassn't noticeable until you looked closer.  As you can see in a few of the pictures, there is a bit of tip-wear, but this was after two days of wear!  And no chips!  I believe I ended up wearing this for three or four days before I finally took it off!






In this macro shot, you can see the red sparkles and shimmer that is in this polish that using the magnet really brings to life.  It's such a pretty polish!


Even though the magnetic trend has come and gone for the most part, if you missed it or are just looking for some cheaper alternatives, definitely give the LA Girls magnetic polishes a second look.  The colors are gorgeous, and I would definitely be interested in picking up a few more to try out some of the other magnet designs.  I'm still intrigued by magnetic polishes and I think its a quick and easy way to get some simple nail art on your nails without having to put in a lot of effort.  Especially if you like subtle!

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Sarah

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge - Day 9

Today is the final day (literally!) of Erica's Nails and More 9-Day February Nail Art Challenge!  I've had a great time with this challenge and it was definitely the least stressful for me.  The better I get at some of the techniques, the less it is like a chore for me to complete it!  I'm so glad I've participated in all of Erica's challenges because they're a lot of fun and give you great experience.

In case you missed it, if you have participated in any of Erica's challenges, be sure to grab the badge from the top right corner of my page or visiting Erica's page.  And if you haven't - make sure to join us in the next challenge, which is yet to be announced!


Today's theme is recreate your favorite.  My favorite prompt of the challenge was Day 8 - polka dots.  You can check out my Day 8 here.  I had another idea for a dotticure, so I chose to recreate my polka dot mani.


For this mani I started with two coats of Zoya Demi, which I was an untried for me.  I then used NYC Matte topcoat over Demi.  Then using the large end of my dotting tool, I dotted on Zoya Aurora.







I've had a lot of fun during this challenge and look forward to Erica's next challenge - *hint hint* ;)  I hope everyone else had fun and challenged themselves with new techniques.

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Sarah

Friday, February 22, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge - Day 8

Let me just start by saying how ridiculously difficult this mani was to photograph.  So I apologize now for some of the poorer-quality images.  The theme for Day 8 of Erica's Nails and More February 9-Day Nail Art Challenge was polka dots.  Dotticures are probably one of my favorite techniques to try out because of how many different things you can do and how easy they are!  I don't think I've ever done the same dotticure twice.


For this mani, I used a base coat of Zoya Storm - only two coats until opacity.  My boyfriend got me Storm for Valentine's Day (at the urging of his sister who knew I wanted it) and it is currently my new favorite polish.  Once you get out in the sunlight...this polish is just beautiful in all of holographic glory.  I decided to add my polka dots using Sally Hansen Pumping Iron.  Which, ironically, was given to me for Christmas from my boyfriend! :)




The above picture is the best one of the bunch, where you can actually see the design!





 

This final picture I mainly included because you can see how amazing the holo is in Storm!  And it definitely translates from bottle to nail.  I'm excited because I will be wearing this mani when I go see my favorite band, Muse, in concert tomorrow!  I wanted to do some Muse-related nail art, but I've been super busy this week and knew I would be disappointed with whatever I pulled together.  So I ended up going with this design since it sort of reminds me of Muse, and its black and awesome all at the same time.

I'm so sad that there is only one more day left in the challenge!  This has definitely been my favorite challenge so far, of the three I've participated in.  I like being proud of what I throw together for the challenges, and I definitely like seeing my nail art skills improve!

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Sarah

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge - Day 7

I can't believe we're almost done with this month's nail art challenge, let alone the month of February!  Today is Day 7 of Erica's Nails and More February 9-Day Nail Art Challenge.  The theme is inspired by a tutorial.  I spent a LOT of time looking up tutorials, trying to find something I wanted to recreate.  And after several failed attempts at other nail art, I finally found something that worked - a butterfly wing tutorial!

I can't say I exactly came up with this idea on my own though...  There is another nail art challenge happening this month, hosted by Jilltastic Nail Design, the "Flip/Flop February 28 Day Challenge," and I was inspired by seeing all the awesome butterfly wing nail art everyone did for yesterday (February 19).

 

Since I already had my nails painted blue using Zoya Robyn (from a previously failed tutorial attempt), I decided to make blue butterfly wings, since the more stereotypical butterfly nail art you see is based on the monarch (orange and yellow), and I wanted to do something different. I used my LA Colors Art Deco Striper polish in black to make the lines, and then a mini, unnamed LA Girls polish and a dotting tool to make the spots on the wing.  I then filled in the wing with Spoiled Shaken Snow Globe using a paintbrush.



The tutorial I used to make this nail art, is the Butterfly Nails Tutorial by Nail Art 101.  I love her tutorials because she makes everything so easy, and has beginner, intermediate, and advanced tutorials.  And even though the butterfly nails are considered "advanced," I didn't find them very difficult at all, though I did only do one nail... 
 




As you can see, I originally didn't have the black tips, but added them after I decided the other nails needed something.  I had originally thought about adding glitter to the other nails, but I didn't want to detract from the glitter in the butterfly wing.


I am really, really proud of how this came out.  And even though in the macro image you can see the imperfections, it looked GREAT from afar when looking at the whole mani.  I know that the more I attempt it the better and better I'll get!  There are only two more challenges left this month: polka dots and recreate your favorite.  I have no idea what I'll be recreating...so I'll be stalking everyone's previous posts today for ideas! :)

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Sarah

Friday, February 15, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge - Day 6

And we're on to Day 6!  Today's theme is gradient for the February Nail Art Challenge.  I didn't think about the fact that I had just done a pink mani, when I picked out the colors for this one, lol.  Oh well.  I have four of the six Milani 3D Holographic polishes (only missing green and gold).  The silver one, HD, is actually an untried for me, though I've used Digital before, in this Go Pink Wednesday mani.


In my mind, I thought it would be really cool looking to have a holo gradient mani, so I set out to try this.  And luckily it turned out amazing!  I started with a base of HD (silver), I believe I did two coats.  I then started sponging on Digital, working my way up the nail.  Then, to add a bit more contrast, I dabbed a bit more HD at the top of the nail to even out the gradient.  I was worried that due to the sponging technique, none of the holo goodness would show through, but I'm glad I was wrong!  It was especially gorgeous once I added topcoat (as is seen in these pictures).






I LOVE these Milani holographic polishes.  I would like to see someone try a gradient with the Halo Hues polishes, since they are a linear holo.  Ooo, could you imagine a blue gradient using the light blue from the 2012 collection, and the darker blue from the 2013 collection?!?  (Sorry I don't remember the names, and am too lazy to look them up!)  Anywho, I'm quite satisfied with the way this turned out and it might possibly be my favorite mani of the challenge, so far.

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Sarah

Thursday, February 14, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge - Day 5

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  Thank you to everyone that reads this blog and shares the joy of polish with me!  On a quick side note, I woke up this morning to find my boyfriend had gotten me flowers, chocolate, and NAIL POLISH!!!  As much as he complains, he sure likes to fuel the addiction. ;)  He got me four Ulta brand polishes, one of the new China Glaze Glitz 'N Pieces polishes, and Zoya Storm (YAY!!!).  I'll do a post or a picture on Facebook with the names, eventually.

Anywho, today is Day 5 of the February Nail Art Challenge!  We've made it over halfway!  Today's theme was appropriately, Valentine's Day Nails.  So even though I knew I'd be wearing red today (I don't have much pink), I wanted to do pink nails.  I had seen somewhere (I don't remember what blog/FB page), where a holiday red and white glitter polish was used over pink to make a cute V-day mani, and I knew I had to try it!


I do feel a bit like I'm cheating since there isn't a whole lot of nail art involved in this one, but hey, I did have to fish the hearts out of another polish and scrape the excess microglitter off!  The polishes I used to create this mani are L'Oreal I Pink I'm in Love, LynBDesigns Snowball Fight, and then I fished the hearts of out of LynBDesigns' Reindeer Games. I recently won a giveaway from Naked Without Polish and received minis of most (if not all) of LynBDesigns' holiday collection.  I've now used three, if you count Reindeer Games. :)


So, I started with three coats of I Pink I'm in Love (such a fitting name for Valentine's Day too).  I had forgotten how sheer this polish was, but luckily it builds up quickly.  As I've always experienced with L'Oreal polishes, the formula was great!  I used it for one of my Go Pink Wednesday manis, back in October. I then did two coats of Snowball Fight.  The first with the traditional application method, and the second, dabbing on the glitter.





I wanted to do an accent nail, and at first thought about free-handing a heart.  But then I realized that Reindeer Games had red hearts in it, so I tried to fish them out.  Which, surprisingly, wasn't too hard.  Reindeer Games is actually a really fun glitter topper, which I can't wait to use on it's own.  It has lots of holo microglitter!  Which, was hard to get off the hearts...hence the little glitter you can see around the heart on the right.  You can also see where the toothpick I was using to apply/scrape glitter off the hearts scratched the red off of the hearts too.



Overall, I'm quite pleased with how this turned out.  I really like it and have received lots of compliments on it.  I'm usually not too super big on bold glitter toppers for work, but I love how this looks.  So I may have to break out of my shell and wear them more often!  Anywho, I look forward to everyone's Valentine's Day manis, and I hope you have a great day with you loved one, family, or just your nail polish! :)

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Sarah

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February Nail Art Challenge - Day 4

Today is Day 4 of Erica's Nails and More February Nail Art Challenge!  Today's theme was "inspired by a pattern."  Boy, did it take my forever to find some inspiration!  Part of my problem was I kept finding AMAZING patterns, but either they wouldn't translate well to the nail or would be crazy difficult.  I had finally settled on a blue/grey/white striped shirt I own...and then that didn't work out well.  So while sitting at the dining room table feeling discouraged, I glance at my makeup bag, and immediately I know that is the pattern I'm going to do!


Here is my makeup bag.  I actually have many, but this is the one that holds my daily essentials.  And yes, I keep it in the dining room because that's where the lighting is best in my apartment.  Yes, pathetic I know.


For this mani, I started by taping off half of my nail and painting it with Pure Ice Jamaica Me Crazy.  I then freehanded the yellow and green on the other half of the nail.  The colors I used were NYC Taxi Yellow and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!  Both of those were untrieds for me.  I've had Taxi Yellow for awhile, but because I'm not fond of yellow I've never used it.  And my brother's girlfriend (my other sister in law then the one I usually talk about) got me Go Van Gogh! for Christmas.  After everything had dried, I then added the white polka dots using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails White Tip.




Jamaica Me Crazy is actually a really pretty dark pink with pink and purple shimmer in it, as you can see in the macro shot.  Taxi Yellow also has silver shimmer that I certainly didn't know was there before applying it to the nail!  And Go Van Gogh! may definitely end up being my St. Patty's Day mani.



And, here are the colors I used!  I LOVE that Finger Paints polish, which is my first.  I'm probably going to have to invest in more of them!  The formula was fabulous!  Anywho, the next challenge is Valentine's Day!  I'm pretty excited for this one since I've never done a V-day mani before, and have seen so many great ideas come across the blogosphere in the last two weeks!

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Sarah
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