Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Panic! at the Disco Inspired Nails

Panic! at the Disco is one of my favorite bands, but I've managed to miss them every time they've been to Florida the last few years ago.  So when they came to Tampa a few weeks ago, we went - it was only eight years since the last time I saw them!  I tossed around several ideas and browsed Pinterest for Panic! nail art inspiration.  In the end, I went with a simple mani that matched my outfit.  Are there any other P!ATD fans out there?



It's no longer available, but here is the shirt I wore to the concert.  It was perfect for the hot, humid evening.  To match the pink and coral colored flowers in the shirt, I used Pure Ice Dreamy for the base.  Dreamy is a coral jelly polish with iridescent pink and blue glitters.  And to emphasize Panic! exclamation mark, I used acrylic paint to draw the exclamation mark on my ring finger on each hand.



If I had had more time, I wanted to stamp black leaves over Dreamy to simulate the shirt more.  I was afraid the black stamping would take away from the black exclamation mark though, so I decided against it.  I may have to do another mani inspired by this shirt!  I've been making an effort to go through some of my older polishes to try and give them more love, so keep an eye out for more older polishes over the next few months.

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Sarah

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Native War Paints - Ugly Sweater Party and Cashmere Sweater

As you may have seen a few weeks ago, I posted the first two of five Native War Paints polishes I purchased during a sale at the end of 2015 - Cardigan Sweater and Sweater Dress.  I grouped those two polishes together since they are both purple.  In today's post, I have Ugly Sweater Party (pink) and Cashmere Sweater (orange).  Both of these polishes are still available on the Native War Paints website.


Both polishes have a thicker formula and dry to a satin finish.  When I purchased them, I thought Cashmere Sweater would be more pink/peach instead of orange.  Since I've found that these polishes look very different in person, I think it's helpful to show a variety of swatches of a given polish.  While I still love both of these polishes, Cashmere Sweater is definitely not the color I thought it would be.




On the NWP website Ugly Sweater Party is described as a vibrant pink polish filled with beautiful gold shimmer.  Cashmere Sweater is described as a berry pink polish filled with gold shimmer.  In  my pictures, you can definitely see the gold shimmer in each polish, but Cashmere Sweater leans much more to a burnt orange shade.




Ugly Sweater Party is definitely my favorite of the two shades.  I'm a sucker for pink polishes with gold shimmer, and USP fits the bill, and it definitely is NOT ugly!  I will hopefully be back next week with the final NWP polish I purchased - My Favorite Sweater HDF.  You have seen this one on the blog before here, here, and here.  Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday - Geometric Nails

Hello!  Today we are back with another installment of Twinsie Tuesday!  Today's prompt is geometric!  While, I love how this mani turned out, I feel like have to apologize for the state of my nails.  I have had three major breaks in the last few weeks, so my nails are all a disarray of lengths.  Hopefully by the next TT post they'll be closer in length again.



For this mani, I started with a purple snowman polish I received from my mother in law for Christmas last year.  This purple shade is one of four in the set of snowmen polishes.  I'm not sure of the brand, and they don't seem to have names, which is a shame since it has such beautiful shimmer.  I decided to go with a monochrome look for this, and used the purple stamping polish (#8) and BPL-006 from Born Pretty Store.




Overall, I'm quite pleased with how this turned out.  Even my grandmother who isn't fond of "funky" colored nails loved them.  I also do want to say that for her birthday this past weekend, I gave her both Seche Vite and Clear, because she really wanted a good top and base coat!  She's pretty cute for 88 years old. :)  Be sure to check out the other geometric manis from the Twinsies.


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes 

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Sarah

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Native War Paints - Cardigan Sweater and Sweater Dress

Well, today's post has been a long time coming.  Right before Christmas, Native War Paints had a huge sale and so my "Christmas gift to myself" was five polishes from the indie brand.  I had been lusting after their Sweater Collection polishes with their strong gold shimmer, and finally took the plunge to try them out.  I actually swatched all of these polishes back in January, but due to extenuating circumstances, they are just making it to the blog now!


I ended up picking up five polishes in total, which I will be breaking out across a couple posts.  Today, I have the two purples Sweater Dress and Cardigan Sweater.  Sweater Dress is from the original Cozy Sweaters collection and Cardigan Sweater is from the Holiday Sweaters collection.  Both are still available on Native War Paints website!

Cardigan Sweater



Both polishes have a thicker formula and dry to a satin finish.  Sweater Dress is a much more blue-toned purple, while Cardigan Sweater is a rich, red-toned purple.  From the swatches on their website, I expected these two to be similar, but in my swatches, they are quite different - which is good!  Even though these two polishes are from two different collections, I wanted to show them together so that you can see the differences, having them side by side.

Sweater Dress



Between the two, I think Cardigan Sweater is my favorite.  Native War Paints makes truly beautiful polish, and I wish I could afford to purchase everything they produce!  Just check out those pastel neons!  I hope everyone has a good weekend, and I will hopefully be back next week with the other three NWP polishes I purchased.

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Sarah

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday - Negative Space Lace Nails

Sorry I'm a little late getting my Twinsie Tuesday post up!  I had my nails done, but hadn't gotten around to editing pictures and writing a post.  We had a busy but fun weekend supporting the Gator Baseball team in the NCAA Regionals and going fishing with family.  I actually did these nails over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, as I made them to match my bathing suit when we went to the beach!



For this mani, I started by stamping a lace image from BP-L005 and using a white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store.  I then used chevron nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned to create the v-shaped french tip on each nail using Pure Ice Home Run.  Once dry, I outlined the green tip using China Glaze Mingle with Kringle.




Overall, I'm really happy with how this turned out.  Negative space is typically not a technique I gravitate towards, but I really like how this turned out.  My ring finger nail had recently broken around the time I did these nails, and I think the french tip helps to hide the major length difference.


Sharon at Behind Green Eyes 
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Claire at Kerruticles
Amber at NailsLikeLace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Alaina at The Little Canvas

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Sarah
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