Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coral Leopard Print

Hello!  Today I have my first post as a part of the new Instagram prompt #ManiSwapCircle.  It is organized by @glacewing and @natasha_dauncey.  If you're interested in joining, they will have a a sign up link on each of their accounts for our next prompt.  The point of the challenge is to make a circle out of all the sign ups, so the person above you on the list recreates one of your designs and you recreate a mani by the person below you on the list.  The challenge is is that there is a specific color for each week that you must use that color in your mani.


Last week I had to recreate a mani by IG'er @plgnailss.  Since our prompt was coral, I decided to recreate her pink leopard mani.  For my mani, I started with a base of Avon Cruisin' Coral.  For my accent nail, I started with a base of China Glaze White on White and created the leopard print using Cruisin' Coral and black acrylic paint.




I think the coolest part of this challenge is that someone else also recreates one of your manis.  @lookingsharpdesign recreated my braided fishtail mani!  Make sure you follow me on Instagram, so you don't miss anything!  We are headed to my cousin's soccer tournament in Orlando this weekend - they qualified for nationals!  Fortunately, the Twinsies are off for the next few weeks, so I won't be late with my mani. ;)  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Sarah

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret

Hello!  Today I am back with some more potential wedding nails/nail art!  One of my favorite bloggers and fellow Twinsie, Amandalandish, featured Deborah Lippmann's spring collection on her blog back in April and I absolutely fell in love with one of the polishes - Dirty Little Secret!  Normally WAY out of my price range, I happened to have a giftcard to Sephora and so I ordered Dirty Little Secret that afternoon.  This is totally unlike me, so you can understand how much I loved this polish without even seeing it in person!



Dirty Little Secret is a beautiful nude, scattered holo.  I love a good nude polish with a little something extra to make it unique!  It applied a little streaky on the first coat, but was perfectly opaque in two.  I then stamped using white stamping polish and plate BP-L005, both from Born Pretty Store.  I'm not sure if this is necessarily the image I would use for my wedding nails, but I do love the look of this!  I think I need to invest in stamping plates that have more delicate, lacy images.




In my mind for my wedding nails, I see my self wearing either a nude or pinky-nude shade with subtle stamping.  I'm not sure yet if Dirty Little Secret is that polish, but I know it's definitely a contender.  This polish will also get a lot of wear in general because it is such a gorgeous shade!

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Sarah

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Someone else does your nails

Hello!  The Twinsies are back today with nails that aren't done by us!  After some serious arm-twisting, I was able to convince my fiance to do my nails.  He has taken part in my polishing hobby in years past when I participated in the #HePicksMyPolish challenges.  However, this is the first time he's actually done my nails!



In order to make it easier for him, I suggested a one-coater polish, so he went with China Glaze Passion.  When I asked him if he wanted to attempt any nail art he asked to use "those little balls" that I never use - which translate into caviar beads.  I have an assorted set of caviar beads from Ciate that I picked up at Burlington a long time ago and have never used.  He picked out the pink colored micro-beads.  I then added a coat of topcoat and let him pour the beads out over each nail.



The micro-bead mixture also had pink glitter in it, which resulted in the sparkle on each nail...as well as all the glitter all over everything and my hands.  I had the hardest time getting it off.  I also wanted to finish this post up with a pre-cleanup picture so that you can really see his painting skills. ;)  I appreciate him taking the time to participate in this prompt with me!  Check out the other Twinsies below!



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at NailsLikeLace
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes 

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Sarah

Friday, July 15, 2016

Glitter Starburst Nails

Happy Friday!  Today's post will be a short one.  For this mani, I started with a base of Nails Inc. Chiltern Street, a pastel pink that I previously used in this watermarble mani.  Once Chiltern Street was dry, I applied Formula X Fine Like Einstein to a cosmetic sponge and sponged the glitter polish directly onto the nail for an opaque glitter look.  I then added a thick coat of Seche Vite before stamping using a red Born Pretty Store stamping polish.  




Unfortunately, I did these nails about a month ago and have since forgotten which stamping plate this image has come from.  I will try to figure it out and update this post.  I believe the image was of a flower, but because my nails were so short at this time, it ended up looking more like a starburst to me.  Overall, I really love the look of the stamping over the sparkly glitter polish.  I hope everyone has a great weekend and the Twinsies will be back next week with nails done by someone else!

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Sarah

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Polish Comparison: Pure Ice, Sally Hansen, and Julep

This post is several weeks coming!  I actually wore all three of these polishes over the course of a week back in June, and while I didn't do a true wear-test for each, I did wear each of them for two days.  I'm not sure if it's my body chemistry, or the nature of the base and topcoat combo I use (currently Pure Ice basecoat, Seche Vite topcoat), but polish usually pops off as a whole nail after approximately two days of wear.  The photos you will see in this post were taken during the first day of wear.


As I have mentioned before, I am slowly but surely going through my polish to collection to see if I have any possible dupes, or similar polishes that can be weeded out.  While you will see that none of the polishes featured in this post are dupes, I believe I will be retiring at least one of them from my collection.



First up, is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Hunger Flames.  I received this polish as a Christmas gift a year or two ago from my mom.  It has appeared on the blog once before in this dry brush mani.  Hunger Flames has a slightly metallic finish and is nearly opaque in one coat.  This polish applied smoothly.



Next up, is Julep Katie.  I received Katie in my December 2015 Julep Maven box (I think!).  I have worn this polish once before, though it didn't made it to the blog.  This polish is what inspired this post, because I knew I had other similar shades of purple in my collection.  Katie goes on a bit patchy in the first coat, but smooths out for the second coat.  Katie is a red-toned purple with pink and blue microshimmer.



Finally, the odd-ball of the bunch, Pure Ice Jamaica Me Crazy.  Jamaica Me Crazy has appeared on the blog twice before, in 2015 and 2013 - which goes to show you how long I've had this polish!  This polish is also a bit patchy upon application, and takes three coats to be fully opaque.  This shade is much more magenta and red-toned with a strong blue shimmer.


In this final picture, you can see Katie on my index and pinkie fingers, Hunger Flames on my middle finger, and Jamaica Me Crazy on my ring finger.  Even though none of these polishes are true dupes, it's nice to see how similar shades in my collection compare to each other.  At this time I think Jamaica Me Crazy will be retired.  While it does have a strong, and unique blue shimmer, it just isn't a polish I reach for.  I can definitely see myself wearing Katie (it's on my toes now!) and Hunger Flames.  With it's metallic finish, Hunger Flames could also work as a stamping polish, which I will have to test out next.  I have several other Miracle Gel polishes with a similar finish, so I will have to make that another post.

Let me know if you enjoyed this comparison post and perhaps I will continue this as a feature in the future!

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Sarah

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Patriotic Firework Nails

Hello!  Happy Thursday!  Only one more day till the weekend!  Today's post is the nails I did for the Fourth of July weekend.  We went and visited my family on Sunday and had a cookout at my parents' house and then went over to my in-laws for a second cookout on the 4th! 



I started with a base of Orly Mirrorball.  I then used the red and blue stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store to stamp the image on each nail.  The image, which is on BP-L001, I don't think was intended to be a firework, but I decided it looked like one and ran with it!  I'm not sure if it was a combination of my stamper or the detailed image, but I did have trouble picking up the image, which is why it looks a bit patchy.




Still, my family was very impressed with my nails - both my grandmother and uncle loved them.  I am pleased with how they turned out.  While not my best work, they still looked like fireworks which had been my goal.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Sarah

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Neon Glitter Chevons

Hello!  Today the Twinsies are back with chevron manis!  I've been going through my polishes lately trying to show some love to some of my oldies.  I pulled out several polishes that I thought I could incorporate into a mani with no plans.  When I saw this week's prompt was chevrons, I knew I could put a few of them to use!



I started with a base of China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise, which was layered over one coat of China Glaze White on White.  Once that was dry, I applied chevron nail vinyls from Nails Redesigned and sponged on the yellow and blue microglitter of Salon Perfect Kaboom.  Kaboom previously appeared on the blog here, three (!) years ago.




I think I layered too much glitter on some of the nails, because they were quite textured!  I also applied the vinyls on my middle nail on an angle.  Other than those complaints, I like how it turned out overall!  These photos also don't do the neon of Turned Up Turquoise justice - it was very bright in person.  This was a fun mani, and perfect for the summertime.  I hope all my American readers had a happy and safe Fourth of July yesterday.  I will hopefully have my patriotic nails from the holiday weekend up on the blog Thursday!  Yay for a short week!


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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