Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Butter London Knackered

Today I have just a quick post.  I did this mani a few weeks ago when my nails are much longer than they are now.  I've had several breaks and am down to nubs.  You will likely start see nub posts next week.  I also have a mini review and first look at my UberChic stamping plates that I'm hoping to have up on the blog on Friday.

Without further ado, here is today's mani!  Since Butter London Knackered is so sheer, I decided to layer it over another color.  So I started with a base of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Breezy Blue, a pastel blue that is opaque in three coats.  Breezy Blue is kind of streaky, and I believe I just did two coats here since I knew I would be layering Knackered over top.

Knackered is gorgeous in the bottle and on the nail.  Its a gorgeous duochrome that shifts from green to purple.  You can clearly see the purple shift in the first photo in the post and the green shift directly above.  Knackered also has holo microglitter that really pop in the sun.  It does show up a little streaky, but I think if I had been more precise in my application there wouldn't be brush strokes.  They were also a lot less obvious in real life!

I really liked this mani - super simple, but gorgeous since Knackered is such a dynamic polish.  I really want to do a mermaid mani of some kind with this polish because that's what it makes me think of!  I think with the use of Knackered I have finally used all the polishes my boyfriend got my for Christmas this year, so he can stop complaining that I never use them! ;)


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#HePicksMyPolish - April 2015

Happy Hump Day!  This week has been forever-long and I can't believe it's only Wednesday!  Today, I have this month's installment of #HePicksMyPolish!  This past weekend I went on a bit of a cleaning spree and reorganized my polish storage.  I still have a lot to do, but it looks a heck of a lot better than it has in the last six months!  Since I had everything pulled out, I had my boyfriend pick polishes for me.  He ended up picking three Zoyas: Muse, Tilda, and Robyn.  He always tries to pick polishes he either picked out for me or ones I haven't used before.  Muse and Tilda were both untrieds.

To start, I painted each nail with three coats of Muse.  In my pictures, you can see a bit of VNL, but in real life it definitely was not as noticeable.  After adding a coat of Seche, I then added chevron nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned to my middle and ring finger nail.  Using a cosmetic sponge, I then added a gradient using Robyn and Tilda, and then finished those nails off with another coat of Seche.

I love this mani so much more than I expected to!  I was afraid that the gradient would not show up well over the glitter, but it really does!  My boyfriend said he picked Tilda and Robyn since there was blue and green glitter in Muse, so they all should go together.  This time he was definitely correct and didn't give me some horrible color or finish combination, which I appreciate!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sponging Gradient using Azature Diamond Polishes

Happy Thursday!  Even though it isn't Friday, I'm super excited it's Thursday, because that means tomorrow is Friday...and then the weekend!  I feel like this week has taken forever!  Though once I get to Thursday (or even home from work Wednesday night), I'm in the homestretch.  My UberChic plates came earlier this week and I have had some fun playing with them and can't wait to show you some manis I have created!

Today's mani uses three of the Azature polishes my boyfriend got me for Christmas: Platinum Diamond, Wine Diamond, and Blue Diamond.  I have seen so many multi-color gradients where you just haphazardly put the color on the cosmetic sponge and then apply it to the nail so that everything blends, and I thought using these three sparkly polishes would be a great opportunity to try out the technique.

As you can see, after two sponged-on layers it isn't quite opaque, but it was not nearly as obvious in real life.  I do like how Blue and Wine Diamond blended together to create a purple shade on several of the nails.  This mani didn't turn out exactly how I expected, but I still liked the end result and it was super sparkly in the sun.  I hope everyone has a great weekend - we are hopefully going to the beach on Saturday!


Friday, April 10, 2015

BEGL Sordid End + Stamping

TGIF!  This week has been forever-long and I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend.  I'm hoping the weather will be nice so I can spend some of my time at the pool!  When deciding on a polish, I often just scan whatever is close to me to see what I want to use, unless I already have something in mind.  I have been trying to make an effort to use more Spring/Summerish colors, since I am typically drawn to what would be considered Fall/Winter shades.  I know you can wear colors whenever, but I always tend to be a season behind! ;)

Today's mani is definitely Spring-y!  For this mani, I started with a base of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Sordid End, which I received in a giveaway last year.  Once dry, I added stamping using Sally Hansen Salon Perfect Manicure Navy Baby and plate QA88 from Born Pretty Store.

I LOVE this mani!  This is probably one of my favorite manis I have put together since the new year.  Sordid End is such a gorgeous shade of blue and the blue shimmer makes it even more gorgeous.  Unfortunately, Sordid End is no longer available, but keep an eye out for it on blog sales, because this is definitely a polish you will want to add to your collection.

I am so happy with how much my stamping skills have improved in the last few months.  I truly love the QA88 plate and use it all the time.  I actually ordered my first UberChic stamping plates last weekend and they should be delivered today!  I am so excited to get them and expand my stamping horizons a bit!  I can't wait to play with them and share with you all!  Hope y'all have a great weekend!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Egg Nails

I hope everyone had a happy Easter.  We had a small family get together, but nothing big.  My mother-in-law's cat had kittens this past week, so I did get to love on some teeny tiny baby kittens!  After seeing so many cute Easter manis this past week, leading up to the holiday weekend, I decided to do some Easter egg inspired nails.  So I pulled out my wide chevron nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned and the Nicole by OPI Roughles collection from last Spring.

I started with a base of Sand in My Shoe (yellow) on each nail.  Once dry, I added two of the wide chevron nail vinyls and topped each nail with a different Roughles shade, alternating between On What Grounds? (teal), I'm Stucco on You (purple), and Rock the Look (pink).

Overall, this was a super easy look to put together, and I really enjoyed how cute it is.  Very rarely do I actually do true theme nails for holidays, so it was fun to do them for a change.  I'm still really glad I picked up the Roughles collection last year - it was the first full-collection I sought out and purchased.  I will be back later this week with another post, so hope everyone has a good start to their week!

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