Monday, June 30, 2014

The Lacquer Legion - On Holiday

The June prompt for The Lacquer Legion is "On Holiday."  Be sure to search #LLOnHoliday on your favorite social media sites to see more holiday manis!  We aren't taking a vacation this summer; in fact we usually do vacations in the Fall or Spring to beat the crowds and the heat!  Since many people vacation to Florida (my home state) during the summer, I decided to go with a tropical-Florida-summer theme for my mani.

I have been playing around with my neons a lot lately (you'll see more in Wednesday's FingerFood Theme Buffet post since the theme is neon!) and really wanted to do something fun.  My sister in law said my mani reminded her of the neon souvenir t-shirts you can buy at the beach.  Like the ones that say Key West or Daytona Beach really large in neon letters across the front.

For this mani, I started with a base of an unnamed Color Workshop white polish.  For a cheapie white polish it works great!  As you know, I am a polish hoarder, so even though I now own China Glaze White on White, I still haven't used it!  Once the white was dry, I painted every other nail with two coats of China Glaze Purple Panic.  On my index and ring finger, I created a gradient using Broadway Sunshine Disco and China Glaze Purple Panic.

Once the gradient dried, I used an unnamed black LA Colors polish to stamp the palm tree on each of the gradient nails.  This image can be found on the Salon Express plate SE-18.  As with all neon polishes, Purple Panic dried to a matte finish, but I wanted to topcoat everything to seal in the stamp.  Little did I know that when I top coated, Purple Panic would show a beautiful blue shimmer!  I considered adding China Glaze Fairy Dust on top (another recent purchase!), but decided I liked the neons on their own.

Oh boy was this mani bright!  I am definitely going to have to do something similar on my toes before I go to the beach next time!  It was super bright and fun!  I love neons and may have to get adventuresome and wear some to work this summer!  Also, tomorrow I will be starting my first 31 day challenge - the Oh Mon Dieu Part Deux challenge!  I am going to do my best to keep up with this challenge (it is not required to complete every day, but the more manis you complete the better chance you have of winning one of the prizes!).  I will likely only blog about a few of these manis, most will be posted on my Instagram.  So be sure to follow and join in where you can!


Friday, June 27, 2014

#HePicksMyPolish - June 2014

Happy Friday!  I'm so excited for the weekend - even though I don't have any plans!  Today, I have this month's installment of #HePicksMyPolish.  Again, I set my boyfriend the task of picking out polishes for me to create a mani with.  This month, he picked out Sally Hansen Color Foil Sterling Silver, Sinful Colors Cinderella, and Zoya Yvette.  Overall, pretty reasonable picks.

I started with Yvette on my index, middle and pink nails, and followed with Cinderella as accent nails on my ring and thumb.  You may be familiar with the craze that happened a few years ago concerning Cinderella.  It has a lovely pink shimmer in it, but a formula that takes three coats to build to opacity.  During the craze, I picked it up the first chance I found it, but have never worn it until now.  Yvette and Cinderella have very different formulas with Yvette being a brushtroke-y shimmer.  Luckily the pink shimmer in Cinderella sort of tied it all together!

Since I am working on stamping, and I decided to use Sterling Silver since I heard the Color Foil line was great to stamp with.  It definitely took a little bit of work to pick up the image.  I used the harder, less-squishy Konad stamper (I usually use the squishy Salon Perfect stamper) and was able to pick up the images.  The plate I used is from the Hollywood Nails kit my mom got me for Christmas (I didn't make note of the name of the plate - sorry!).  I'm not sure if the image was not etched very well, or if it was a result of using the Color Foil polish, but I found I had to clean the stamp plate more often as the polish was not filling the entire image (see middle finger nail).

(And on a side note - after stamping this image on my kind of reminded me of Frank from Donnie Darko...which was a little freaky...)

Overall, I do like this mani, and I'm glad he took it easy on me.  I am trying to get better at stamping but don't really have any full-nail designs.  Does anyone have any plates they recommend for beginners?  I'm on a limited budget, and don't want to invest a whole lot on plates I'll never use!  Or struggle to use anyway!  Hope y'all have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 25 - Seasons

Hello!  Yes, I have a crazy posting schedule this week, but I will be getting in three posts!  I had planned on posting this yesterday, but simply got too busy - so a Thursday post it is!

This week's prompt for FingerFood's Theme Buffet is seasons.  My first thought was immediately this manicure done by nail blogger Kayla Shevonne.  However I didn't want to do exactly the same thing, so I too turned to art (and Pinterest) for inspiration.  I really wanted to stick with a "season-tree" theme, ended up using this image for inspiration.


I essentially have a season on each nail: Spring - index, Summer - middle, Fall/Autumn - ring, Winter - pinkie.  I was really afraid I would mess up the stripes by painting the white trees over top, so I chose to put the white tree as an accent nail on my thumb, using a white Milani striping polish.  I'm really pleased with how this came out!

I used a ton of polishes for this mani!  I posted a picture on Instagram earl;ier today, showing all the polishes (except for the white striper used for the tree) used in this mani.  I tried to start with the sheerest color each nail, knowing that I needed more opaque polishes for the stripes.  Here is the list of polishes, in case you're interested:

JLB Cosmetics Jade, Sally Hansen Color Foil Minted Metal, Spoiled I'm So Jaded, Pure Ice Home Run
Ulta Not From Concetrate, Sinful Colors Cloud 9, Spoiled Let's Get Sushi, Ulta Sun-Sational
elf Prissy Chrissy, JLB Cosmetics Immortal Gold, Ulta Taupe on a Rope, Sinful Colors Dark Bronze
JLB Cosmetics Deep Sea, elf Skinny Jeans, Sally Hansen Color Foil Cobalt Chrome, Diasterpiece Polish Snuff

After the base colors dried, I added a layer of Seche Vite, and once that was dry to the touch, I started laying down my striping tape, working one nail at a time.  My goal was for the colored stripes to be in no particular order, as long as the same color wasn't back to back.  Unfortunately on the Spring and Winter nails, the JLB Cosmetics metallics and Sally Hansen Color Foils ended up looking more similar than I had anticipated, and were slightly harder to see.  Overall I really do love this mani!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Twin Nails: Lollipop

Today's mani might possibly be my favorite of the four Twin Nails prompts I've participated in.  for the month of June, the group theme was candy.  My twinsie Marlein, of CreatiNails, and I were assigned lollipop.  I started browsing pinterest and came across the following mani.  We eventually decided to go with this swirled style, but to do it in traditional rainbow colors.

I just have to start out by saying how much fun this mani was to do.  You would think it was tedious, but it actually wasn't too hard to do.  I also had some help from a package of nail decals I recently purchased!  I started by applying L'Oreal Nail Lingerie nail stickers in the "Miss Candy" pattern on each naked nail.  I then very carefully filled in each of the clear gaps between the white swirls with the appropriate color.

Here are the colors I used for this mani:
  • elf Smokin Hot (red)
  • LA Colors Tangerine (orange)
  • LA Colors Art Deco Hi-Lite (yellow)
  • LA Colors Art Deco Bright Green (green)
  • elf Skinny Jeans (blue)
The only nail I top-coated was the thumb, but the white part of the sticker seemed to wrinkle, and I didn't want to ruin the entire mani, so I chose not to topcoat the rest of it.

The two art deco polishes were stripers, which made applying those colors easier.  For the other three, I used a small paintbrush I have trimmed down for finer detail work.  Wait until y'all see Marlein's mani - it's absolutely gorgeous and she free handed the whole thing!  I am definitely jealous of her artistry and her nails!  Be sure to check out Marlein's mani here.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Disasterpiece Polish: Snuff

**disclosure: purchased at a discounted rate for review**
Happy Friday!  Today I have my second polish purchase from a new indie brand: Diasterpiece Polish!  On Monday I reviewed Circus for a Psycho, a pink crelly glitter polish - so be sure to check it out in case you missed it.  Today's featured polish is Snuff!

Snuff is also a part of the "Are You Listening? Vol.1" collection, which is inspired by Julianne's favorite songs from the rock genre.  Snuff is inspired by the song of the same name by the band Slipknot.  Here is Julianne's description of Snuff:
"Snuff is a perfect match to this song.  At first glance this polish is a beautiful greyed out blavender (blue + lavender).  But upon a closer look you'll find a subtle blue and red shimmer."
I definitely agree with that description!  It was definitely the gorgeous shimmer in this polish that drew it to me originally!  I love what seems to be a simple polish, that packs a something extra in!  In indirect lighting this polish tends to look grey, but in the sun and upon closer examination the shimmer absolutely lights up!  I typically save my macro shot for the end of the post, but I'm including it now, because my other pictures just don't do this polish justice!  You can definitely see the blue and red shimmer, which almost combine to look purple!

I absolutely love this polish and am so glad I picked it out.  In fact, I am still wearing it now!  Snuff has amazing formula - not too thick or too thin!  I had no trouble applying it and actually thought from examining it in the bottle it would take many coats to build up opacity but it didn't!  I could have been safe with two coats, but added three since I would be taking photos.  This is definitely a polish that you could wear year round as well (not that I conform to such notions), as it is close enough to a pastel to pass in Spring and a lovely cool shade for fall and winter.  I know I will be wearing this polish a lot!

You can buy Snuff for $9.00 in the Disasterpiece Polish Etsy and Storenvy shops.  Be sure to check out her other polishes, as well as follow her on social media!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 24 - Cartoon Nails

Hello!  Today I have cartoon nails for this week's FingerFood Theme Buffet prompt!  I used this tutorial I found on Pinterest as my inspiration.  I had seen this style of nail done before, but had never attempted it, so I wasn't sure how difficult it would be!

For this mani, I started with two coats of Zoya Wednesday on each nail.  I then applied a layer of Seche Vite to speed up the drying process.  Then, using a black LA Colors Art Deco striper polish I outlined each nail.  Afterwards, I went back and did some cleanup using acetone and my trusty elf eyeliner brush (though apparently I missed a few spots...).  I used a white Milani striper polish to add on the white accents to each nail, and added a final layer of topcoat once everything dried.

My biggest complaint with this type of nail art is that it emphasizes the imperfections in my nails!  While this was a super easy nail art technique to execute, because only two of nails are square shaped, it ends up looking lopsided since they're not all the same shape.  I have tried growing them out and shaping the squoval nails, but the nail beds are so much shorter that the nails end up being really long and break easily.  So I just have to deal with my mismatched shaped nails!

Overall, I thought it turned out pretty cute, even if it isn't my style and I have oddly shaped nails!  I'll be back on Friday with another polish review!  And in case you missed it on Monday, check out my review of Circus for a Psycho from the new indie maker, Disasterpiece Polish!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Disasterpiece Polish: Circus for a Psycho

**disclosure: purchased at a discounted rate for review**

Hello!  Today, I have my first review of a new indie brand: Disasterpiece Polish.  Julianne, the brains behind the brand and I am absolutely honored to have been asked to review her polish!

The polish I have for you today is Circus for a Psycho, from her "Are You Listening? Vol. 1" collection.  Here is an explanation of Julianne's inspiration for the collection:
"Are You Listening? Vol. 1 is inspired by some of my favorite songs. In this collection, there are a mixture of glitters, crellies, and shimmers. Most of the inspired songs are from my favorite genre of music- rock! These songs vary from hard core, drum banging, guitar shredding anthems, to softer haunting melodies. So tune on in…and don’t forget to rock a head bangin’ Disasterpiece Polish mani while you do it!"
Circus for a Psycho is a lovely glitter crelly polish.  I am a sucker for glitter crellies, so I had a feeling I would like this one!  Circus for a Psycho is inspired by the song of the same name by the band Skillet.  Julianne describes it as a pearly light pink base with orange squares, teal dots, purple microbars, a sprinkling of large dark pink hexes and ultrafine sky blue glitters.  This is a great combination of colors, that go together so well!  I always like an understated polish that is gorgeous under closer examination, and this polish definitely fits the bill.

I absolutely love blue shimmer in pink polishes!  And boy, does the shimmer pack a punch in this polish.  It's hard to tell in my photos (the following photo would be the best representation, but in low lighting, the shimmer is so strong the polish actually looks more lavender, instead of pink.  Another reason I am super excited about this polish is - CIRCLE GLITTER!!!  Ok, I know everyone freaked out about circle glitter a while ago, but this is my first polish with circle glitter.  It wasn't until I painted the third or fourth nail before I realized the teal glitters were circles and not hexes!

The formula on this polish is amazing.  I expected it to be thick, purely based on the sheer amount of glitter in this polish, but it wasn't thick at all and I did not have to do any fishing for the larger glitters.  Though you can't see them well, I did have one of the larger pink glitter on almost every nail.

On top of the great formula, this is only three coats - though it was almost two!  I also loved how smooth it dried.  Even before I added a coat of Seche Vite, this polish had completely self-leveled.  There wasn't any rough glitter sticking up, and it wasn't overly top coat hungry like many glitter polishes are.

You can buy Circus for a Psycho for $9.00 in her shop on Etsy and Storenvy.  Be sure to check out her other polishes, as well as follow her on social media!  I'll be back later in the week with the other polish I received, Snuff.



Friday, June 13, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 23 - Cocktail Nails

Happy Friday the 13th!  Can you believe that this is the last Friday the 13th that falls on a full moon until 2049?!?  I will be 50!  Anywho...I have been a very bad blogger this week, but luckily for a good reason!  I did Ana's 3-Day Hydration Challenge, which eventually turned into a nine-day rehydration!  I will hopefully have a full review up next week!  I know that this will likely be my first and only post this week, but at least I'm getting my Fingerfood Theme Buffet challenge in!  We are picking new themes for July and August now, so if you're interested in joining us, join the Facebook group!

So, there was some discussion in the group as to what actually were cocktail nails - but in the end we decided there was no wrong answer and that we could interpret the prompt in our own way.  I had originally planned on doing tiny glasses with fun colored drinks inside, but after a week of naked nails, I wasn't feeling particularly inclined to do complicated nail art.  So I went crazy sparkly instead!

I ended up using this China Glaze graphic as inspiration.  However, since all the left hands were one solid color, I did the right hand style on my left hand!  Because I have had naked nails for so long, I wanted something that would really pop, and was fun and summary.  So I started with a base of elf Flirty Fuchsia on my thumb, index, and middle finger nails.  I've used Flirty Fuchsia once before in nail art, which can be seen here.

On my ring and pinkie nails, I started with a base of Sally Hansen Sterling Silver from the new ColorFoil line (reviews to come!), and topped each nail with two coats of ellagee Fly Me to the Moon.  Fly Me to the Moon is made up of tiny silver glitter, and two different sizes of holographic hex glitter!  Super sparkly - especially layered over Sterling Silver!

Overall, this was a fun rebound mani, and I look forward to getting back in the blogging game next week. I'll have my Bliss Kiss cuticle and nail oil review as well as my first official indie polish reviews!  I can't wait to share them with you!  Have a great weekend, and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Hot Pink Shreds

Happy Friday!  I'm so glad it's Friday, cheers to the freakin' weekend!  Today, I have a mani I wore when I went to the beach two weekends ago.  I wanted something bright and fun, so I immediately thought hot pink and glitter!

I started out with two coats of Nicole by OPI Tink's in the Pink.  And since I wanted to add some sparkle, I pulled out this unnamed Hot Topic shredded glitter polish.  It has a light pink base and is full of opalescent glitter shreds.  I did have to apply two layers of Seche Vite to smooth everything over and because this glitter topper was topcoat hungry.  But that is one of the few drawbacks of shredded glitter - luckily it's pretty!

In the above macro, you can see the opalescent shreds that shifted colors from yellow to purple to pink.  There are also tiny opalescent hex glitters, which in this photo, look orange.  I apologize for the poor cleanup on this mani - since I was just going to the beach I decided it didn't need to look perfect.  But I ended up liking it enough to post here!

Overall, a very fun summery mani and perfect for the weather!  I would like to go to the beach again this weekend, but I have a feeling we will end up at the local Watermelon Festival instead - it is definitely summer!  Hope ya'll have a great weekend!

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