Friday, August 28, 2015

Guest Post at Polish Those Nails

My first ever guest post went live over at Polish Those Nails today.  Be sure to head over there and check it. out!  Thanks again for the opportunity Marisa! :)


#WNAC2015 Cobalt and Peach

Happy Friday!  This is another week that I'm glad is over!  I'm also excited because next weekend is the start of college football season!  So get ready for all the orange and blue Gator manis that will be coming your way over the next few months! 

Today I have the final installment of #WNAC2015 for August.  The theme is cobalt and peach.  I actually really struggled with this prompt.  It took me quite a while to find two shades of these colors in my stash that didn't look completely horrendous together.  I ended up deciding on Avon Swift Sherbet and a new polish my boyfriend picked up for me Broadway Nails Chalice, from their new Gel Strong line.

I've worn Chalice once already and its a pretty color, but takes several coats to build up opacity.  It doesn't have a funky topcoat or anything for this gel system, so I just use good old Seche Vite.  For this mani, I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff.  I then stamped using Swift Sherbet and Chalice and an image the BPL-024 stamping plate from Born Pretty Store.

Both colors picked up the image well, though Chalice appears as a lighter blue on the nail than in the bottle.  I really felt like this mani needed something and I thought about adding studs, but I just couldn't seem to decide what it actually needed, so I left it alone before I messed the whole thing up. ;)

I hope everyone has a good weekend, and everyone in Florida needs to keep an eye on the tropics this weekend, as we may be getting a visit from Tropical Storm Erika early next week.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for a second post this afternoon! :)


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Saran Wrap + Stamping using BP-L-003

Today, I have a fun manicure I'm really to show you.  Back at the end of July, Born Pretty Store had a 50% of sale for all their stamping plates.  So I picked up nine new plates for a great price!  I'm hoping that now I have the tools to practice my stamping and not struggle with it as much as I have in the past.

The image I used for this mani is from BP-L-003 and I used Sinful Colors Black on Black as my stamping polish.  The image picked up easily using my squishy stamper from Sassy Cats Lacquer.

For the base of this mani, I started with Nicole by OPI How Fairy Nice of You! and used the saran wrap technique to sponge on Essie Peach Daiquiri.  I love this marbled type look and how the colors blend together when you add topcoat.

I really love the look of stamping over a base that is more than just a solid color.  I am so excited to continue to play with my Born Pretty Store plates and bring you new manis!  I also have something exciting coming on Friday in addition to my #WNAC2015 post, so be sure to keep an eye out!


Friday, August 21, 2015

#WNAC2015 - Mint and Lilac

I am so glad it's Friday.  It's definitely a TGIF kind of day and not a 'Happy Friday!'  Today, I have the next installment for the #WNAC2015 challenge: mint and lilac.  I am really excited with how this turned out.  It's not as obvious in pictures, but it was super pretty in real life.

For this mani, I started with a base of Pure Ice Homerun, a mint green.  I then used the dry brush method to brush on Avon Bon Voyage Violet and two of the Sally Hansen ColorFoil polishes: Minted Metal (green) and Purple Alloy (purple).  It is a bit hard to distinguish the color difference between the purple and green metallics, but I love how this turned out!

I wish I had added matte topcoat to it before I removed it, because I bet it would've looked great that way too.  I actually wore this mani for four days!  Yes, four!  And only had one (rather large) chip when I removed it.  Normally manis only last two or so days for me, maybe three, but it's typically looking pretty rough by day three.

Overall, I really love how this turned out!  Especially considering it was my first dry-brush mani.  I'm hoping to have a mid-week post to you next week, but no guarantees.  Hoping to hit the beach this weekend!


Friday, August 14, 2015

#WNAC2015 - Magenta and Navy

Happy Friday!  This week's #WNAC2015 prompt is magenta and navy.  I decided to create a colorblock mani with these two colors.  I really like this month's prompts, because I can be as creative as I like.  Picking colors is always the hardest part for me!

I started with a base of Pure Ice Jamaica Me Crazy a red-based magenta shade with blue shimmer.  Once dry, I added nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned and a coat of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Navy Baby.  Once that layer was dry I used Born Pretty Store stamping plate QA88 and Navy Baby to add the stamping on each nail.

I really love how this design came out!  It sort of feels like a fall manicure color-wise, but I love the pop of the shimmery magenta with the navy.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Friday, August 7, 2015

#WNAC2015 - Lemon and Cherry

Happy Friday!  Today is our first August prompt for #WNAC2015.  This month's theme is Summer, but they're leaving the creativity up to us by giving us two colors that must be included in the mani.  I'm not a big fan of yellow, so when I first saw the prompt I started dreading wearing yellow polish.  Fortunately, once I started thinking about it, I remembered Rimmel Sherbet Sweetheart from last year's Sweetie Crush collection, which is yellow I do like!

For this mani, I started with three coats of Sherbet Sweetheart.  As you can see, there was still some VNL, but not enough to bother me.  I then used the small end of my dotting tool and elf Smokin' Hot to add the red polka dots. 

I think anyone who has followed me for awhile knows I love textured polishes, so its pretty obvious I was going to love this mani.  Even though its simple, I love how summery this pattern is - I could easily see it on a sundress or a swimsuit.  It also kinda of reminds me of frozen strawberry lemonade!  Though I guess in the case it would be cherry lemonade! ;)  Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Orly Sparkling Garbage + Nail Art

Isn't Sparkling Garbage the worst name ever?  It sounds so awful, but it is a REALLY beautiful polish!  Today, I have swatches and a bit of nail art using Sparkling Garbage.  Sparkling Garbage was originally released in the Mash Up collection from Summer 2013.  I remember it being extremely sought after, and I assumed I would never own it.  So, when my boyfriend held up a sparkly green holo in Ulta a few weeks ago, I immediately new I had to get it.  I'm not sure if this means Sparkling Garbage is part of the core line now, but I recommend checking the Orly display at your local Ulta.

Since I am still working on my stamping, I used my Born Pretty Store QA88 stamping plate to add a design overtop.  I stamped using Sinful Colors Black on Black.  As I say again and again, I love this plate and I can't wait for the new BPS plates I ordered during their 50% sale last week to get here!

In the swatch/mani you see here, I used three coats of Sparkling Garbage.  While not fully opaque, it appeared so in natural light and you could not see any visible nail line.  I absolutely love this polish and am so glad I picked it up!  This is such a wearable shade of green, and it has a great formula.


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