Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I'm blue, but that's not bad

From the 11th to the 15th of this month I went camping at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota & by the time I got home my nails (all 20 of them) were a wreck!  Rain, mud & bug spray mixed together to make my nails look like I was a caveman (f.y.i. bug spray eats through nail polish).
After getting home & cleaning up I finally did my nails on Saturday night for Father's Day:

Polishes I used for this mani:
*OPI Fearlessly Alice--two coats.
*Sinful Colors Kustom Fit--two coats for accent nail.  I didn't know that this polish was a textured polish when I bought it, I just thought it was pretty.  I did add a topcoat over it for this mani.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat.

My husband's favorite color is blue & I also knew we were going to go see "Finding Dory" so this mani was also a nudge to that.  I know this is a very simple mani, but I really like both of these polishes & think they work well together.

Here's a picture I took from the canoe when we went out fishing (I didn't catch anything the whole trip):

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Shattered rainbows

Awhile back I finally found Orly Mirrorball at Sally's when it was on clearance/red tag for $4.19, but I'm pretty sure the red tag polishes were 50% off when I bought it (under $2.10 for a polish I had been looking for since it came out?  Yes please!).  I've been thinking of a look using it besides wearing it alone or as an accent nail & this is what I came up with:

What I used for this mani:
*Orly Mirrorball--two coats.  If I was wearing this alone I would have added another coat, but I knew I was going to be covering a lot of it up.
*Nail stickers/stencils from ebay.
*China Glaze Hot Flash--this was the first time I had used this polish & I really love it for being a red.
*Sinful Colors Bye Felicia!--this polish seems pretty pigmented for being a yellow.
*OPI I'm Sooo Swamped!--do I have to remind you how much I love this polish?  Such a perfect green. *sigh*
*OPI Fearlessly Alice--this polish is pretty much spot-on the color of Alice's dress in "Alice In Wonderland".  I love the old Disney cartoon movie.
*China Glaze I Got A Blue Attitude--I'll say it again, this is probably the best purple polish from China Glaze that I've used, it's not runny like all the others (that I've used) seem to be.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat after Mirrorball (I put it on the night before I did the stencils & colored polishes to make sure it was dry) & one coat after the colors.

I know that the design didn't come out 100% as it should have, but I do have very curved nails so full nail stencils are hard to use on my nails & I don't use nail stencils much so that's just error on my put, but I really like how these look & how they look in the sun  with the flashes of holographic.

Friday, May 27, 2016

"While walking by your side along the way I spied a tiny copper penny on the ground"

Final day of my theme week!  I hope you've enjoyed it & if you haven't guessed the theme it was metals.

The polishes I used for this mani were:
*Sinful Colors Love Thyself--two coats for full coverage.  This is a blurple polish that my camera shows as blue, it's more purple in real life.
*FingerPaints Fall of Surprises!--one coat over my ring nail.
*Zoya Penny--used for the dots.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

This mani was probably my favorite.  I loved the color combo of copper & purple, but I also really love the polka dots (I used my second smallest dotting tool).  I don't think I've done a full mani of dots & I'm not sure why since they're super simple & actually pretty quick to do.  My husband loved this mani.

Did you enjoy my theme week?  Which mani was your least favorite/favorite?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Sail on silver girl, sail on by, your time has come to shine"

This mani was actually what I wore on Mother's Day & the whole reason doing a theme week popped in my head (no idea why, lol).
The polishes I used for this mani were:
*FingerPaints Dream I Can Fly--two coats for full coverage.  Has a satin finish if you don't add a topcoat.
*Zoya Trixie--two coats for full coverage on my accent nail.  Trixie is still my favorite silver polish I've used.
*FingerPaints Copy Cat--one coat over my middle & ring nails.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

I've been wanting to do this color combo for awhile & I finally got around to doing it.  I really like how this combo is simple & understated, but also think gold would have looked good also.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"You're so Art Deco, out on the floor, shining like gunmetal, cold and unsure"

Today's mani is very simple, but I love it:
The polishes I used for this mani were:
*China Glaze Stone cold--two coats for complete coverage.
*China Glaze Some Like It Haute--one coat over Stone Cold for the accent nails.

Stone Cold dries super quick since it's a matte polish.  I only used one coat of Some Like It Haute so it also dried super quick & in total this mani was done & dry (to a light touch) in around five minutes. I actually tried doing a marble (as in the stone, not a water marble) look, but I couldn't get it to work out.  The only downside of this mani is that it chips pretty quickly without a topcoat.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Cracklin' rosie make me smile"

Day two of my theme week, any ideas what the theme is yet?
The polishes I used for this mani were:
*China Glaze Four Leaf Clover--2 coats for full coverage.
*Orly Rage--one coat on my accent nail & I also used it for stamping.
*Essie A Cut Above--sponged it over Rage on my accent nail.  Don't think I've ever sponged on glitter & it works so well!
*Stamping plate JQ-65 that I bought off ebay (it's a dupe for the Pueen 63 plate)--this plate worked very well with my clear stamper I also bought off ebay.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

I've said it before, but I love green & pink as a color combo.  Rage is a really pretty rose gold color, but it didn't come off as pink in the stamping (even though I still really like how the stamping looks). Compared to the glitters in A Cut Above it's also not as pink, but I think the pairing worked well.  I will say that cleaning up a foil polished that is used for stamping is a pain (& you can see a lot of the foil/shine/shimmer still on my cuticles/fingers).

Monday, May 23, 2016

"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold..."

This week I'll be doing a "theme week" (I don't think I've ever done one??) & I'm starting off with my least favorite of the five manis I'll be posting:
The polishes that I used were:
*Wet n Wild Poppy Culture--two coats for full coverage.  This is an orange-red polish that is really pretty, but I really didn't care for it on my nails, but I know I'll be wearing it on my toenails.
*Zoya Ziv--two coats for full coverage as an accent nail.
*e.l.f. Gold Star--one coat over my middle & pinkie nails.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

This mani isn't horrible, but the orange-red polish didn't look right on me & gold isn't a metal I care for...all of it together just turned into a mani I didn't really like.  That's one of the great things about doing your nails though--if you don't like something you can always take it off & start over.  I do like the rest of the manis I'll be posting this week so I hope you'll come back to see those as well!

**Zoya Ziv was sent to me in the past from the company for my honest review.