Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Needed some neon this summer

I can't believe there's only a month left of summer break--time has went way too fast & we hardly did anything this summer!  I needed some cheering up so I wanted bright, neon nails:
What I used for this mani:
*Manglaze Mayonnaise--two coats.  I wanted to use this since it's a matte polish & dries fast.
*China Glaze Pool Party, Celtic Sun & Hanging In The Balance--sponged on the nails to make a rainbow, took about three "coats" of sponging.
*FingerPaints Top Coat For Neons--one coat over everything.

This mani is much brighter in real life & I love it, hoping to keep it on for awhile (might add a black & white glitter polish when  it starts looking old/growing out).  What's your favorite neon polish?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Linked (nope, not Zelda)

Haven't painted my nails in awhile so I haven't had anything to blog about (sorry!).  Here's the nails I did tonight:
OPI Skull & Glossbones

OPI Skull & Glossbones with OPI Fearlessly Alice
What I used for this mani:
*OPI Skull & Glossbones--two coats for full coverage.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over Skull & Glossbones.
*OPI Fearlessly Alice--used for stamping.
*MASH nail plate Mash-41--the chain link design.

I'm sure I've used Skull & Glossbones before, but I couldn't find a blog post on it.  I really like this color of grey.  I almost didn't stamp over it, but stamping is what I had my mind set on today.  I used Fearlessly Alice & the Mash-41 plate with a clear stamper & the stamping came out very easily & very well except my thumb nail wasn't fully covered & my index finger some of the design didn't transfer, but that was because I let the polish dry too long on the stamper.  I like this, but not as much as the plain nails.  My husband likes the stamped nails better.  Which do you like more?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

This is giving me an 80s flashback

Just a quick post to show off my mani for this weekend:
For this mani I used:
*NYC Strip Me Off base coat--one coat on all my nails.
*Pure Ice Kiss Me Here--two coats for full coverage.  I've said it a bunch, but this is my favorite grey polish ever.  It works for this mani, but I do wish I had used a slightly lighter grey (& probably will do this exact mani with a lighter grey in the future).
*Sinful Colors Cute Cadet--mostly one coat painted/dabbed on with a few extra glitters placed if I didn't think I had enough of a certain color on my nail.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

I know this mani is (again) simple, but I love how it looks & I am *in love* with Cute Cadet, it's my favorite of the new camo glitters.  It has a mix of  hot pink hex glitters, black & white hex glitters that are slightly smaller than the hot pink ones & then small holographic glitters (they look pale green to me when they don't look holographic if that makes sense) in a clear base.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Ohh say can you see...double?

Happy 4th of July!  If you aren't from the United States, it's our Independence Day.  I don't normally do a lot of "holiday" manis, but I did red, white & blue nails (I still like my ones from 2013 more--you can find those here):
 Polishes I used for this mani:
*NYC Strip Me Off base coat--one coat under everything.
*OPI Dating A Royal--two coats for coverage.  This is this first OPI polish I ever bought & even though it seemed thinner than I remember it being it still covered well.
*Salon Perfect Spirit Fingers--I used the white stars out of it & then also added some of the glitter clear coat over it.  This polish also has red & blue stars.
*Pure Ice Siren--two coats, but I honestly could have used one.  This polish is the perfect "power red"--the color I think of boss ass ladies in movies/tv shows/whatnot having their nails painted.
*Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat--two coats for coverage.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

I really do like how this turned out; I almost added white glitter over the red & red glitter over the white, but I'm glad I left it simple.
Now for the double part; I painted my right hand differently so I'll also show you that mani (1/2 a mani?):
Different Dimension Right To Vote 2012

What I used for this mani:
*NYC Strip Me Off base coat--one coat under everything.
*Different Dimension Right To Vote 2012--three coats for coverage.  This is a really pretty milky base with red, white & blue glitters.  This isn't for sale in her shop, but she does have other very pretty polishes (including a red, white & blue that's similar).
*Salon Perfect Pa-tri-otic--I dabbed this over my thumb, middle & pinkie fingers.
*Salon Perfect Speck-Tacular--I dabbed this over my index & ring fingers.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

I like how this turned out as well.  Both of these designs are fairly simple, but fun.  I hope everyone has a safe & happy 4th of July weekend!

**Pure Ice Siren was sent to me for my honest review & Different Dimension Right To Vote 2012 was sent to me for being a voter in the 2012 election.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Purple throwback

Pretty simple mani to show you today that I actually didn't end up liking as much as I thought I would:
Polishes I used for this mani:
*NYC Strip Me Off base coat: one coat on all my nails for easy removal
*Milani Hi-Res: three coats for full coverage.  I do like this polish & it was one of my first holographic polishes I ever bought (along with the other Milani 3D holographic polishes, but a few of my nails looked like there was lint or something on them--I think it might be from the polish being old & stringing.
*FingerPaints I'm So Enameled By You: I sponged this on my accent nail & I would say it took about three coats for coverage.
*INM Out The Door topcoat: one coat over everything & it did smooth out all the glitter.

I think I didn't end up liking this very much because Hi-Res isn't a very dark purple & I would have liked a darker one to match the purple glitters in I'm So Enameled By You.  I did like this better in the sun than I did in indoor lighting, but that's the case with most holos.

What do you think of this polish?  Do you still wear any "older" polishes?

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.