Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Sordid End

Hello!  Today I have a polish I received as part of My Life in Polish's My Favorite Things giveaway!  This is definitely my favorite giveaway I've ever won.  I love trying out new products, and of course indie polishes!  Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Sordid End was definitely the polish I was the most excited about trying out when Sara contacted me and let me know that I had won.


Sordid End is a periwinkle blue with gorgeous teal shimmer.  In most of my photos, the shimmer appears more silver than teal, but in real life, it is definitely teal.




Unfortunately, Sordid End is no longer available, however it is a beautiful polish and I'm just glad to own it.  I have not yet worn 2014, but I am equally excited to try out another polish from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer since the formula was perfect for Sordid End. 


Thank you to Sara for sending me such a lovely gift!  I will hopefully be featuring each of the other polishes included (see this picture in my Instagram feed to see the whole package), in future posts here on the blog.  If you're interested in seeing the other polishes sold by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer, here are the links to the BEGL store and Facebook.

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Sarah

Monday, July 28, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 30 - Rainbow

Holy cow, I can't believe we've been at this for thirty weeks!  And that I haven't missed a single week!  We recently started a new set of prompts, so if you are interested in joining a casual one-week challenge, be sure to check out the Fingerfood Theme Buffet Facebook group!  This week's prompt is rainbow.  I have featured two other rainbow designs here on the blog before and wanted to do something different.  The most recent was my lollipop mani from a few weeks ago, and the other was from a nail art challenge I participated in back in 2012!


This mani was partially inspired by CraftyNail's rainbow mani from the OMD2 challenge.  I really liked the rainbow on a neutral base, such as OPI My Vampire is Buff, so I ended up starting with the same base color!


This mani was actually really easy to put together, the hardest part was finding the appropriate colors for the rainbow.  I apparently don't have, or couldn't find, a true violet color, so the more dusty purple of Ulta Tutu Cute was used instead.  I dabbed a small amount of each polish on my scrap paper (I like to use the glossy flyer cards I get in the mail - think Ulta coupons).  I then used the large end of my dotting tool to add a dot of each color in a vertical line down the center of the nail.  After giving the dots an ample amount of dry time, I finished with a coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy.


Here are the colors I used for this mani:
  • elf Smokin Hot
  • China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked
  • LA Colors Hi Lite
  • LA Colors Art Deco Bright Green
  • China Glaze I Sea the Point
  • Ulta Tutu Cute

Overall, this is a super easy design, and I could see myself doing it again for future manis in a whole variety of colors.  I also had a macro shot that I wanted to include in this post, but every time I try to upload it to Blogger, it's rotated on its side - oh well!  Hope your Monday is going well!

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Sarah

Friday, July 25, 2014

#HePicksMyPolish - July 2014

Today's mani is another installment of #HePicksMyPolish.  Again, the "he" in this scenario is my boyfriend, and the challenge is that he has to pick out polishes for me to create nail art with.  However, this time around he designed the nail art and then I executed it.  The three polishes he chose this month are: Nicole by OPI On What Grounds?, butterLONDON Bluecoat, and Sally Hansen Color Foil Minted Metal.


His intention was to have three different "textures" of polish, which in this case were finishes more so than textures, since they were a chrome, a jelly, and a textured polish.  He had me start with a base of Minted Metal.  I then added striping tape, creating vertical lines on my nails.  I then went over that with a coat of Bluecoat and quickly removed the tape.  I then added a quick coat of Seche Vite so that I could create the next layer.  I then added more striping tape, this time creating horizontal stripes and painted On What Grounds? over top and then removed the tape.



I think he did pretty well for designing his first nail art!  Fortunately, they are all colors and finishes that compliment each other well, and are in the same color family.  I have definitely forgotten how beautiful Bluecoat is, as I've only worn it once before!  Also, please note that I did this mani last night...right after I broke two nails on Tuesday.  My beautiful long nails survived the beach, just to go back to work and be destroyed!  So, over the next few weeks, you'll probably see a mix of shorties and long nails while I blog about the polishes I've worn in the last few weeks. 



As always, if you are interested in joining in with the #HePicksMyPolish, feel free to create a mani and use the hashtag on all social media!  Or if you want to join our Facebook group, we tend to post our manis at the end of each month.  Have a great weekend - I'm going to see Fall Out Boy and Paramore tomorrow and still have to figure out how I'm doing my nails!

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Sarah

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Twin Nails: Mammals

Today's post marks another installment of Twin Nails!  As always, feel free to join our Facebook group to become a part of our monthly challenges!  This month's theme was animals and my twinsies, or in this case tripletsies, were assigned mammals.  After several weeks of brainstorming, because mammals is such a wide category, we decided that since we all have cats as pets, we would recreate our pet on our nails.


First off, here is a picture of my beautiful baby girl Addy, who will be three in September.  She was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend the first year we lived together.  For this mani, I was inspired by Nailed it NZ's ginger tabby cat tutorial, however I changed the color of my tabby cats to brown.


For my mani, I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff on each nail.  I then used an ancient light brown Chelly polish from before my polish hoarding days (seriously, this polish is at least 10 years old) to draw the outline of the cat and then fill in.  I then went back with My Vampire is Buff to add the snout.  I used Kleancolor Coffee Addict and My Vampire is Buff for the stripes.  I mixed to shades of green (Sally Hansen Limestone and Revlon Rain Forest) to create her eye color, added whiskers using white striping polish, and black for detailing.


Since I wanted the green in her eyes to pop, I did the distressed technique on my other nails using Limestone and Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden.  I then topcoated everything and was good to go!  The only thing I wish I would have done differently would be to have taken some pictures outside without flash because the shimmer in Coffee Addict caused my camera to freak out and not focus on the nail art.


Overall, I am completely pleased with how this turned out and can't wait to see Marlein and Lothwen's kitty nail art as well!  I will link to them once they are posted!

UPDATE:  Here are the links to Lothwen and Marlein's kitty cat nail art!  Or check them out via the InLinkz below.  :)

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Sarah

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 29 - Inspired by Fabric/Clothing

Hello!  Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Today is my first day back to work after a mini-vacation of sorts.  We went to the beach in St. Augustine yesterday and it was absolutely lovely!  And I did wear Energetic Red on my toes!  It has also held up very well with no chips - which is surprising after a day at the beach.  But on to this week's FingerFood Theme Buffet prompt!


This week's prompt was "inspired by fabric/clothing."  I definitely wanted to do a mani that matched a shirt in my wardrobe, but I also wanted something that would be relatively easy since I was on a time-constraint this weekend (we stayed super busy!).  So I chose a blouse with blue, black, white, and cream stripes.  I choose to translate the stripes slightly differently than they are on the shirt.




I started out by making a gradient using OPI My Vampire is Buff, an unnamed white LA Colors polish, and Sinful Colors Sail La Vie.  Once the gradient was dry, I added striping tape, creating stripes of varying widths, just like on the shirt.  I then created the stripes using Sinful Colors Black on Black.



While the shade of blue is slightly different between the shirt and the nails, I am still incredibly pleased with how this turned out.  I really like my interpretation of this design, and my boyfriend was really impressed too - always a plus!  Now I want to make matchy-matchy nails for all the clothes in my wardrobe!

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Sarah

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sinful Colors - Energetic Red

Today I have another quick post.  My boyfriend picked up Sinful Colors Energetic Red for me on clearance at Target a few weeks ago.  I wore it shortly after he brought it home and it's only just now making it to the blog!  I think Target is now "officially" carrying Sinful Colors products (ours is anyway), whereas before there would be a random assortment in one of the focals in cosmetics.  After doing some research, it appears Energetic Red has been around for awhile as was recently a re-promote in the Oh My Mod! Collection from this Spring.


Energetic Red is an orangey-red, which even leans coral in some lights.  It is super bright in person and an absolutely gorgeous shade.  As I have mentioned before, I am weird about certain shades of red with my skin tone, but I love this one.  It doesn't make me look too pasty white either!








This creme polish had great formula and was opaque in two coats.  I then topped it with a coat of Seche Vite and was able to wear it for several days with minimal tip wear.  I do want to warn you, I did experience some staining around my cuticles (as with most red polishes), during removal.  Overall, a lovely shade and I think this is destined to be on my toes for when go to the beach or springs on Monday!  Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sally Hansen Color Foil - Cobalt Chrome

Good morning everyone!  Today I have a quick post featuring one of the new Sally Hansen Color Foil chrome shades!  I picked up four of these when they first came out earlier this summer - today I will be featuring Cobalt Chrome.


For best application, it is recommended to not use base or top coat with the SH Color Foil polishes, which is what I have done for these pictures.  Unfortunately, the chrome formula shows every imperfection in your nails!  At the time of swatching this polish, I was growing out damage that had caused peeling on several nails.  So please disregard the states of my nails and look how pretty this chrome polish is!




The formula was great, and it was nearly a one-coater.  It was slightly patchy in some places, so I ended up doing a second coat on each nail.  This polish was super shiny - indoors and out!  I have not used Cobalt Chrome to stamp with as of yet, but I have used Sterling Silver and it stamped great!  I look forward to using the Color Foils in more stamping manicures.  Unfortunately tip wear did happen rather quickly since no base or top coat was used - these pictures were taken after a day's wear.

Also, if you are interested in picking up these polishes, Target currently has them (and several other Sally Hansen products) on clearance.  My boyfriend picked up Purple Alloy for me earlier this week, since it was one I didn't already have.  Be sure to check them out!

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Sarah

Monday, July 14, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 28 - Skittles

Happy Monday!  I am in a surprisingly good mood for a Monday, and this mani is definitely cheering me up as well.  Since most of my inspiration comes from browsing Pinterest, this mani is no different.  I was inspired by this pin, which features a mani by Instagrammer @NailDecor.



For my mani, I started out with a base of Covergirl Peaches in Cream on my index and middle fingers, Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden on my thumb and ring finger, and China Glaze I Sea the Point on my pinkie.  I created the flowers in alternating colors using the two blues.  I then added dots around the flowers using Chelsea Physic Garden and dotted Julep Joelle over top.  I also added a coat of Joelle over my thumb and ring finger nail. I also added a dot of Joelle at the top of the pinkie nail, but it is hard to see in most of my pictures.




I love this mani and it was so simple!  I think of the two flower patterns, I prefer the dark blue flowers over the light blue flowers, but I do enjoy how the whole look came together.  This is definitely one of my favorite skittle manis!

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Sarah

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bear Pawlish - She's a Fish Killer!

I have to start by saying, this is by far one of my favorite polishes of all time.  I'm also typically not a big fan of red nail polish - it tends to make my pale skin look even pastier!  But holy cow, this red.  I don't even have words, and if you have $10 - go, get it now!



She's a Fish Killer! is described as a garnet red linear holo, with a purple undertone that is visible in the flashes of holo.  I love this polish because as a January baby, the garnet is my birthstone, and this is my first linear holo polish!  You can definitely see the purple flash in some of my pictures, particularly this one.



Unfortunately, the color accuracy of my photos has varied once I uploaded them in Blogger.  The first and third images are the most color accurate.  The macro shot is really over saturated, but it shows how gorgeous the holo is in this polish, so I had to include it.  For the more color accurate shots, I recommend checking out my album on Facebook.


If you're interested in purchasing She's a Fish Killer! it is currently available in the Bear Pawlish Big Cartel Shop.  Be sure to follow Bear Pawlish on Facebook as well, to keep up to date on restocks and new polishes coming soon to the shop!  I love this polish, and will definitely be purchasing more from Bear Pawlish in the future!  Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 27 - Patriotic

Hello!  I am back from my vacation (which I neglected to tell you about), so normal blogging will resume today.  In honor of getting my new job back in March, my boyfriend and his parents went in together to get he and I tickets to the NASCAR races in Daytona over the Fourth of July weekend.  So went rented a car and took a mini vacation for the weekend!


Since this week's prompt for FingerFood's Theme Buffet is patriotic, I decided to save the nails I wore for Fourth of July and my vacation to show you today!  My favorite driver is Brad Keselowski who drives the #2 car.  A few years ago his merchandise hauler at the track was selling nail decals, so I bought a pack (in hindsight I should have bought all of them as I'm almost out!).  I incorporated the nail decals as accent nails on my patriotic nails.



The two base colors I used for this mani are Pure Ice Celestial and Crimson.  Since Brad drives the "blue deuce" I wanted the #2 decals to go on blue nails.  Once the base colors were dry I added a coat of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Beach Ball, which is made up of red, white, and blue matte glitters.  Since one coat was rather sparse, I used the dabbing method to add additional glitters on some of the nails.



Overall, I love how this turned out!  I love the contrast between the metallic base colors and the matte glitters.  It was pretty unique and looked gorgeous in the sun - when it was actually out at least.  We had a great time this weekend, even if the race did get rain delayed and then cut short!

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Sarah

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 26 - Neon

This week's prompt for FingerFood's Theme Buffet is neon - which is absolutely perfect for this time of year!  I have finally been excited about wearing some bright colors and neons and love prompts like this!  My inspiration for this mani came from Gnarly Nails.  As soon as I saw her mani, I knew it was something I wanted to recreate at some point.



I decided to use all China Glaze polishes for this mani, especially since I already had Purple Panic out from doing my Lacquer Legion Holiday manicure for Monday.  I started out with a base of an unnamed white Color Workshop polish.  I then added a coat of Flip Flop Fantasy.  Once that dried, I laid down the striping tape and put a quick coat of Purple Panic on top.

Collages are fun to make!



Overall a very simple design, with an awesome pay off!  This mani was so bright in the sun!  As I mentioned in my post on Monday, Purple Panic has a lovely blue shimmer - which you can see quite well in the above macro.  I will be going out of town for the holiday weekend, so I probably won't have a post up again until Monday.  In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I'm completing the Oh Mon Dieu Part Deux challenge!  Have a great Fourth of July!

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Sarah
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