Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Chick "Peep-Inspired" Nails

Today, I have my Easter-inspired nails for the letter E of the #AZNailArtChallenge.  Every year, the Easter bunny would fill my brother and my Easter baskets with goodies and then hide them somewhere in our house.  This was a unique and fun tradition, that I'm sure was instigated by my dad. :)  One of my favorite things in my Easter basket was the Peeps.  (And I mean the traditional yellow chick ones!)  So I decided to use my favorite childhood Easter candy as my inspiration.




For my mani, I started with a base of Rimmel Sherbet Sweetheart from the Sweetie Crush line of textured polishes from a few years ago.  I thought this sparkly textured polish was very reminiscent of the yellow sugar-coated chicks.  To show that these were chick nails, I added eyes and beak to my accent nail.



I hope everyone has a happy Easter weekend!

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Sarah

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by a Movie

Hello!  The Twinsies are back today with nail art inspired by movies.  We've previously done nail art inspired by our favorite movie, in my case, O Brother Where Art Thou?  This time, I had planned on doing nail art based on my second favorite move, The Emperor's New Groove, however I had trouble executing the design I imagined, so I went back to the drawing board.  I ended up deciding on the movie Up as my inspiration.



I purchased Orly Turn It Up on a recent trip to Sally's, and this polish packed full of matte rainbow glitter reminded me of the balloons that carry the house in Up.  For this mani, I started with base of Essie Blanc.  I then added two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Breezy Blue.  I again used Blanc and a small dotting tool to create the clouds on each nail.  I used a black striper polish and then sponged on Turn It Up.




Overall, I think my favorite part of this mani is the clouds.  I don't think I've ever attempted cloud before, and I love how they turned out!  Be sure to check out the other manis from the Twinsies!

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Sarah


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Zombie Claw Polish Victorious Collection - Part I

Hello!  Today I have swatches from Zombie Claw Polish's Victorious Collection!  This collection is inspired by the song "Victorious" by Panic! at the Disco.  I am a huge P!ATD fan (and will be seeing them in concert next weekend!) and knew I had to have this colleciont as soon as it was announced.  Each polish is named for various lyrics within the song, so today I have Champagne Pouring Over Us, Punch Drunk Kiss, and Killer King.


First up is my favorite of the collection, Champagne Pouring Over Us.  This is a taupe colored polish with lots of holo particles and flakies!  I love how much depth the flakies give this polish!  Please ignore the blue smudges on this polish and at my cuticle, I had previously worn a dark blue polish that stained my nails badly, and somehow it was absorbed by the polish...





Next up is Punch Drunk Kiss, another favorite from the collection.  This strawberry colored jelly polish full of holographic particles, resulting in this lovely scattered polish.  This formula by far has the best formula of the three polishes I am showing in today's post.





Finally, I have Killer King.  This polish, like Punch Drunk Kiss, is a jelly polish with a holographic finish.  For me, this polish had a poor formula.  This is three coats, and as you can see the polish was very thin and there is still VNL.  I would like to give this polish another try and see if perhaps there had been some settling, so I will update this post once I do that.  The holo finish is also not as strong as in the other polishes.





Unfortunately, these polishes are no longer available, but Zombie Claw Polish is about to release an awesome looking collection of neons, the "Radioactive Zombies." I will hopefully be back with Part II of this collection soon!

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Sarah

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Blue and Teal Puzzle Piece Nail Art

Hello!  Last Saturday was the most recent installment of #maniswapcircle!  This month we had to create manis in teal and royal blue.  I was charged with recreating a mani by @Nail.It.Polish. I decided to go with this fun, interlocking dotticure, which reminded me of puzzle pieces.  Since she used a creme and a metallic in her mani, I decided to go the same route with mine!



For this mani, I started with a base of OPI Teal the Cows Come Home.  While I wouldn't really call this polish teal, it is a green-leaning blue polish that reminds me of a tropical ocean.  But, it has teal in the name, so I went with it!  I then used straight nail vinyls to paint half of each nail blue using China Glaze I Sea the Point.  Once dry, I added the interlocking dots along the edge of the two colors, and added the additional dots in opposing colors across the rest of the nail.




I LOVE how this mani turned out!  I wish my pictures came out, better, but this was such a fun, eye-catching mani.  The shimmer of Teal the Cows Come Home really seemed to catch the eye, as I had several people comment on my nails.  All in all, another successful #maniswapcircle completed!

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Sarah
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