Friday, October 31, 2014

#ShePicksMyPolish - October 2014

Hello, and welcome to my first installment of #ShePicksMyPolish!  Every few months we do #ShePicksMyPolish in addition to #HePicksMyPolish.  I've already posted my #HePicksMyPolish mani for October, so be sure to check it out!  Last weekend was my mom's birthday, so I invited her up to spend the weekend with me for her birthday - a girl's weekend!  Since she enjoys seeing what I create on my nails, I gave her the opportunity to pick polishes for me to create a mani with.



The colors she chose are:
Covergirl Go-Go Mango
Covergirl Reliable Red
Sinful Colors Steel My Heart



I decided to do a gradient with the two Covergirl cremes, and then stamp over top with Steel My Heart.  I again used my new stamping plate from Born Pretty Store, QA88, to stamp the design.  I decided to use a different portion of the plate from the previous mani I created with it.  Here is a link to my review of QA88.


Overall, I really love how this mani turned out and am so glad my mom had a chance to pick my polish!  I love doing this type of nail art because it pushes me out of comfort zone and forces me to be creative.  I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

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Sarah

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Neon and Black Chevons

Hello!  This week has ended up being way busier than I expected!  I had planned on having a different post entirely up yesterday, but I have yet to get the pictures of my camera, let alone edit them!  So instead I'm bringing you a mani I planned to share next week, but I actually wore to Halloween Horror Nights a few weeks ago!


When I went to Horror Nights last year there were several houses that had black lights in them, so I wanted to incorporate neon into my mani so that it would glow well under the black light.  Unfortunately, there were no black lights this year, but I did have a super awesome, eye-catching mani.



I started with a white base, and then painted two coats of China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy.  Once that was dry, I added large chevron nail vinyl from Nails Redesigned down the center of each nail.  Working nail by nail, I then added a coat of Sinful Colors Black on Black, and quickly removed the nail vinyl.  Once the black had a chance to dry I finished with a coat of Seche Vite.


This was a super fun, bright mani and was perfect for when we went to the beach that weekend.  And it's sort of orange and black (pink is almost orange!) and can pass as Halloween-y since I may not be able to get a Halloween mani in.  I will at least show you my nails for my Halloween costume sometime next week, and maybe a full outfit shot as well!

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Sarah

Monday, October 27, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Missouri

This will be another quick post.  I'm finally caught up with my Gator manis in anticipation of this weekend's game against Georgia.  Here are my nails from the UF vs. Missouri game (this past weekend was another bye-week).


For this mani I used China Glaze I Sea the Point and Stoked to be Soaked.  My thumb, ring, and pinkie fingers are two coats of I Sea the Point.  My index and middle fingers are two coats of Stoked to be Soaked.  Once dry, I used the small end of a dotting tool to add dots of I Sea the Point over top.




Overall, this was a super simple mani, that didn't take long to do at all.  Unfortunately, we lost an ugly game 13-42.  I don't have high hopes for this weekend, but as always, as long as we don't get shut out I'll be ok.  I will be back later this week with my #ShePicksMyPolish mani!

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Sarah

Friday, October 24, 2014

Born Pretty Store Opalescent Studs Review

Today, I have the review of another nail art item from Born Pretty Store.  I have never tried metal studs before and I these have a very pretty pearly/opalescent sheen to them, rather than being the stereotypical metal shades (silver, gold, copper, etc).  The studs I am reviewing are product number #16279 and can be found here.  This is a 300 piece set with three sizes of studs ranging in size from 2mm to 5mm.  For my mani, I used the two smaller sizes of studs.  My ring finger nail is extremely curved and since I wanted to do an accent nail, the largest stud would not sit flat on the nail.



For this mani I used an unnamed shimmery purple shade from The Face Shop.  This polish, as well as two others, I received in a giveaway a few years ago - and this is actually the first time any of them have appeared on the blog.  I wanted to use a shimmery base color to highlight the studs without detracting from their pearly finish.


The studs were applied using a coat of slow-drying topcoat, followed by a thick layer of Seche Vite.  I did have a bit of trouble picking them up using a dotting tool dipped in topcoat.  But I'm sure that would be remedied using a small pair of tweezers or a wax pencil.  Also, any bubbles you see in this many around the studs are no fault of the studs.  I'm nearing the end of my bottle of Seche, so its quite goopy.



I am very impressed with these studs, and the ease of application.  The staying power is also excellent!  The only other time I've used studs they fell off in the shower the next morning - but not these!  They made it through taking a shower and a whole day at work.  I even tried picking them off, but they stay on very well!  If you're interested in purchasing these studs or other products from Born Pretty Store, be sure to use my discount code FVL91 to save 10% on your order.


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Sarah

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. LSU

I've got a bit of a late post tonight!  I'm trying hard to get back on my Monday-Wednesday-Friday posting schedule, even if it means a later post!  Tonight I have my Florida Gator nails for the UF vs. LSU game.  The funny thing about these nails, is that they actually remind me of the Gator Soccer team's jerseys.  It hadn't been my inspiration when creating them, but they definitely look similar.  Here is a look at their jerseys.  We are fans of all Gator sports, so I thought it was a pretty awesome coincidence.



I started with a base of China Glaze I Sea the Point on my thumb, index, and pinkie nails.
On my middle and ring nails, I did one coat of China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked, followed by a coat of Wet N Wild 9.0.2.1.Orange, a sparkly orange jelly.  Once that dried, I used straight nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned to add the blue stripes over top.  I then went back and added a dot of Stoked to be Soaked on each blue nail and added a dot of the sparkly orange over top.




Overall, I really like how this mani turned out.  It's definitely one my favorites so far this season, and it was pretty simple!  I really like the added sparkle of 9.0.2.1.Orange.  It definitely adds something to the look since I've done several manis lately using just Stoked to be Soaked and I Sea the Point.  They are the perfect Gator Orange and Gator Blue cremes.  I'm actually considering picking up backups of each of them if I can find them the next time I'm in Sally's.  The Gators did lose this game, but not without trying!  I can't say the same for last week's game against Missouri...

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Sarah

Monday, October 20, 2014

#HePicksMyPolish - October 2014

Hello!  Today I am back with my first #HePicksMyPolish mani in a few months!  I'm slowly but surely working on getting back into a regular posting rhythm.  This week should be back to the normal three posts a week, and next week should be as well.  My boyfriend was especially into this challenge.  Not only did he pick the colors for me to use, but he also found a piece of artwork that he wanted me to use as my inspiration for this mani. Here is a link to the image.


I decided to do ombre dots of varying sizes horizontally across the nail, which slightly differs from the image he picked out for me, but he still really liked the way it turned out.  The polishes he chose are:
Sally Hansen Pink Blink
Avon Swift Sherbet
NYC Colors Taxi Yellow
Sally Hansen Limestone
Sinful Colors Sail La Vie
Sinful Colors Black on Black




This mani is super cute and was relatively easy to do!  In hindsight, I wish I would have extended the pink and peach across more than the thumb, as the gradient isn't as obvious over my middle and ring fingers.  I mixed each of the colors to try and create as much of a symmetrical gradient as possible.  You can sort of see the mixing on the middle finger nail, but it is the least obvious.  Overall, I love this design!

This month we are also doing #ShePicksMyPolish in addition to the traditional #HePicksMyPolish.  So when my mom comes to visit this weekend I will have her pick and then I'll get my #ShePicksMyPolish mani up next week.  The InLinkz is open until November 1st, so you have plenty of time to join in if you would like!

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Sarah


Friday, October 17, 2014

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate QA88 Review

Happy Friday!  I have the day off for UF's Homecoming Holiday, so I'm bringing you my first review for Born Pretty Store.  Today I have the QA88 stamping plate.  This is my first time using a collage-type stamping plate.  If you know me, I don't do a lot of stamping on the blog because I seem to struggle with it.  I've only tried stamping a full nail design once, so I was looking forward to trying out this plate.



For this mani, I started with a base of Avon Bon Voyage Violet, a lovely dusty purple shade.  Once that was dry, I added a coat of Seche Vite, that way if I had a major stamping fail I could remove the stamped image without ruining the base color.  I used China Glaze Mingle with Kringle, a gold foil, to stamp with.


I decided I wanted to use the curly design in the center of the plate for this mani.  I didn't want to be too adventuresome the first time out and completely hate the mani I created.  I really love that there are so many different stamping possibilities on this plate.  I used my firm Konad stamper to pick up the image and place it on each nail.



Overall, the process was extremely easy and this plate is etched exceptionally well.  Next time, I want to use a non-metallic polish to stamp with so that you can better see the design in photos!  I like that each nail is slightly different even though the image is from the same part of the plate each time.  I really look forward to creating more manis using this plate!  If you like this plate, be sure to check out the other stamping plates and nail art supplies offered by Born Pretty Store!  And if you find something you like, be sure to use my discount code FVL91 to save 10% on your order!


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Sarah

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Florida Gator Nails - UF vs. Tennessee

Hello!  Sorry it has taken me so long to get another post together!  In honor of our fourth anniversary, my boyfriend and I went out of town for a long weekend to Daytona Beach.  We had a great time and went to Halloween Horror Nights.  Today I have the mani I did for the Florida vs. Tennessee game.



This chevron mani was created using nail vinyls I purchased from Nails Redesigned.  This is my first experience using nail vinyls, I can't believe I waited so long to try them!  They are super easy to use and result in awesome manis!  I purchased the Stripe Variety Pack that included single chevrons, stripes, mini chevrons, classic chevrons, and triangle stripes.  I started with a base of China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked on each nail.  I followed with a coat of Seche Vite, and once that was dry, I applied one chevron nail vinyl to each nail.  I then used China Glaze I Sea the Point over top.




We did end up beating Tennessee 10-9, but it was a hard fought battle.  We didn't fair as well against LSU, but I'll save that for another post.  I look forward to trying out the rest of the nail vinyls in the variety pack I purchased, and seeing what else I can create!

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Sarah

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sally Hansen Nail Prisms - Purple Diamond

Good morning!  Today I have an oldie but a goodie to feature here on the blog: Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Purple Diamond.  According to the research I've done on this line, the Nail Prisms collection was originally released in 2002.  I knew this polish had to be around 10 years old (it's actually 12!), and is from my original collection from when I was in middle/high school.  I casually painted my nails (especially my toenails) throughout my teen years.  Because I tended to buy cheapy nail polish, I've had to retire most of my original shades, but this one is still kicking!


Apparently there are different formulations of some of these holographic shades.  I'm not sure which formulation I have.  I'm not sure if the pigmentation has discolored from sitting unattended for so long, but I feel this shade leans much more grey on me than it does in any of the other swatches I've seen of this polish.




The formula of this polish is still great!  I had to do quite a bit of shaking as there had been a lot of separation, but it still applied like a dream.  My swatches show four thin coats.  I probably could have gotten away with three, but decided to do four for my swatches.



I LOVE this polish, and it was so much fun to look down and see crazy rainbows on my nails.  I don't have many holos in my collection, and I definitely don't have any that rival this polish.  I'm so glad my much younger self picked this up!

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Sarah

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 39 - Autumn/Fall

Hello!  I have another quick post for you today.  Today is the final prompt for FingerFood's Theme Buffet before we go on hiatus through the fall.  The prompt is autumn/fall.  Since I have been wanting to work on my stamping, I decided to do a simple stamping mani.



My base is Zoya Dhara, one of my favorites of the Pixie Dusts.  I used Konad special white to stamp the leaves.  This is actually the first time I have ever stamped over a textured polish, and I love the results!




I have certainly enjoyed participating in this challenge.  If you want to check out all of my past manis, be sure to check this link: FingerFood Theme Buffet.  I'm hoping to participate in some more nail art challenges through the holidays, but I'm looking forward to getting back on track with blogging.  Hope y'all have a great weekend!

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Sarah
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