Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Simple holographic mani & a small issue...

Just a simple mani using two of the 2012 Color Club Halo Hues--Angel Kiss & Blue Heaven.
Color Club Angel Kiss & Blue Heaven
Can you tell which color is on which nails?  It's hard since these two polishes look so much alike. Angel Kiss is on my thumb, index & pinkie nails & Blue Heaven in on my middle & ring nails.  I used a base coat & then two coats of each polish--these went on like a dream & covered amazingly. Angel Kiss was a bit thicker than Blue Heaven, but neither gave me any trouble.  I added a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat & it didn't dull the holo at all.

I love both of these polishes & I just ordered them along with the rest of the 2012 Halo Hues collection from Color Club's website when then had their buy one get one 50% off sale.  Ordering was easy & all & shipping was decent, but I did/do have a couple of issues.  First off the cap on Blue Heaven is different than the other five bottles--it's a satin finish silver cap without the CC logo on top (the other five are shiny silver & have the CC logo).  This really isn't that big of a deal, but when you order straight from a company you expect consistency.  The other issue I have is the bigger one--when I ordered the six polishes I got an email conformation & then an email when the polishes where shipped.  I also got another shipping email from the company they ship through.  When I received my polishes I was only sent five of them so I had to contact Color Club to ask about Cherubic & finally got an email saying that the formula was being bottled & that my polish would be sent the next day.  I just don't understand why I didn't get any sort of email or even a note on the packing slip letting me know about Cherubic being on some sort of back order--this just isn't the greatest business practice in my eyes.  Color Club has amazing polishes, but I think that the company needs to work on some of the other aspects of their business.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nail stamping is bananas!

Last week I got the urge to try my hand at making a nail stamp decal--pretty sure this was my first try at a full nail image (I may have tried a single, small image before?) so please be nice when you see it.
For my main nails I used two coats of Color Club Miss Bliss & topped it with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.  For my accent nail I used two coats of Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat & topped it with HK Girl top coat so it would dry.  For the decal I used the banana image from Cheeky plate CH42 (reminds me of Andy Warhol's banana on the The Velvet Underground & Nico record cover--hence the pink main nails).  I stamped with Wet n Wild Black Creme with didn't turn out perfect, but I was okay with it.  I filled in the bananas with FingerPaints Yellow Out Man & then used a top coat over the whole thing.  For some reason I was in a hurry to get my nails done (seems like I'm always in a rush to do my nails even when I don't have to be) & added a layer of HK Girl top coat in hopes of having the decal dry faster--& then I removed it from the stamper before it was fully dry & I got a bit of a wrinkle in it when I put it on my nail.  I added another layer of HK Girl top coat which smeared the black polish a bit & the nail did feel thick after I added the decal, but overall I do like how it turned out & I can't wait to stamp more (*just* got some stamping stuff I ordered from Born Pretty Store which took over a month).  I really do hope I get better at it because I think it's a very fun way to make your nails more unique.
Like this design?  Have you tried nail stamping/making your own decals?  What are your thoughts?
**I did wear this as a full mani for a little less than a week, but had to take it off since the thickness of the accent nails kind of bothered me.**

Monday, August 17, 2015

FingerPaints Rainbow Water Marble

I bought some new FingerPaints polishes a couple of months ago from Sally Beauty Supply (the only place you can buy them) & I've wanted to try to do a water marble with them ever since.
left hand FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition 

right hand FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition 
I used a white polish for a base coat & then used FingerPaints Far Out Fuchsia; Tie Dye Tangerine; Yellow Out Man; Peace, Love & Green; Be Hippy; & First Edition & added Seche Vite to top everything off.  All of the polishes except First Edition were from the Tie Dye Revolution collection. I think these polishes worked well for water marbling except Be Hippy (the blue) which didn't want to spread out.  I like how my right hand ended up looking more because I used the polishes in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple order instead of the opposite way like I did on my left hand & that let the polishes spread more since the blue was next to last.  *These polishes are brighter in person than the pictures make them look.*
I know these aren't the greatest water marble nails, but I do like how they turned out, especially since I've tried water marbling less than 10 times.
My right thumb nail is my favorite:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Simple mani

Quick post to show my mani I'm wearing:
China Glaze What A Pansy & Gaga For Green & ILNP Mega (S)
I used a base coat & applied two coats of China Glaze What A Pansy on my thumb & pinkie nails, three coats of China Glaze Gaga For Green on my index & middle nails & two coats of ILNP Mega (S) on my ring finger nail & topped everything with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat. What A Pansy & Mega (S) both went on like a dream, but Gaga For Green was a bit thin.
I've been a bit obsessed with manis like this for a couple of months now--Mega (S) as an accent nail & then two cream colors for the other nails.  It seems like creams are all I want to wear lately.
Not sure if I've ever worn either China Glaze polish & I really like them both & I love the combo of green & purple together.
What do you think of this mani?  Love/like/hate?  Do you ever fall into wearing one sort of mani or one finish of polish for stretches at a time?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Zoya Island Fun sponging

Just a quick post showing the nails I did the other night while watching "How To Train Your Dragon":
Zoya Nana, Demetria, Jace, Talia & Serenity
I used five of the colors from Zoya's Island Fun collection (I had planned on also using Cecilia, but I thought it wouldn't be enough of a contrast to Talia).  I just used a makeup sponge & painted the two colors on it & sponged my nails straight over a base coat.  Most of the polishes covered well, but Demetria (orange) & Jace (green) were a little thinner & took a bit more polish to cover.  I added Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat to finish.  This is only the second or third time I've done sponged nails & I think these turned out well, I really like them.
What's your favorite color combo from these?  Mine's the pinky nail with Talia & Serenity.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gel nails?!?! What?

Earlier this month my husband, son & I went to Seattle for a week on vacation.  I knew I wanted to have gel nails for the trip just so I wouldn't have to worry about/deal with my nails for that week.  I didn't want to go get my nails done (I never have--rather do them myself) so I went online & bought a Sensationail LED lamp, Elite99 base & top coats, & two Elite99 Chameleon polishes--5727 which I thought was black/teal when I saw/bought it online, but is actually a purple/teal & 9037 which is a pink/white (actually clear).  The polishes went on well (loved how my nails looked with just the base coat on) & I don't think I messed anything up--I wore the polish for 16+ days before I took them off & besides my nail growth nothing was wrong with them.
Elite99 5727 & 9037
The picture is just a quick one I took on my ipod touch before we left.  I liked the purple/teal polish better than the pink/clear one (it wasn't as thick even though I used 3 coats of each polish).  I *loved* wearing these nails, but I don't think gel nails are for me.  Having to file my actual nail (as in the top of my nails) for the gel polish to adhere wasn't my favorite thing & then having to scrape the gel polish off after I'd soaked my nails in acetone...I felt like I was ruining my nails.  Honestly if it wasn't for those two things I would probably end up wearing gel polish all the time, but I'm not sure if I'm okay with the wear on my nails--& even though I know I get lazy a lot, I still like to change my polish quite a bit.
Are you a regular or gel polish lover?  Ever use the other?  What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sinful Colors neon & glitter

Today's post is a quick one using four Sinful Colors polishes.
Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Pink, Mamasita & Baila Baila
I started with a base coat & then a coat of white polish to help the neon colors pop.  The neon yellow is Sinful Colors Neon Melon & the pink is Sinful Colors Pink (two coats of each over the white).  I used two of the new(er) Pinata Blast glitter Sinful Colors over the neons--Sinful Colors Mamasita over Neon Melon & Sinful Colors Baila Baila over Pink (one coat of each).
I actually really love this color combo even though it's not a "normal" combo.
Here's a close up picture so you can see the combos better:
Sinful Colors Pink, Baila Baila, Neon Melon & Mamasita
I love Sinful Colors polishes--they have a great variety of colors & a great price point (normally $1.99, sometimes on sale at Walgreens for $0.99).
What do you think of this combo?  Do you like going outside of the "normal" when it comes to nail polish?