Sunday, April 24, 2016

Not quiet so plain...

Most (all?) of my manicures in the last 6+ months have been mainly creme polishes only so I decided to add a little something to my latest mani:
Zoya Taylor and Candy Lacquer Zombicorn
The polishes I used for this mani were:
*Zoya Taylor--two coats for full coverage.  I love this polish since it's the most "neutral/flesh toned" for me.
*Candy Lacquer Zombicorn--one coat painted over Taylor.  I love Candy Lacquer's glitter polishes & even though this is technically a Halloween polish I think it works well for spring/summer.
*INM Out the Door topcoat--one coat between Taylor & Zombicorn & then one coat after Zombicorn.

I really love this combo since you can see all the different glitters that make up Zombicorn--I prefer glitters over contrasting bases so none of the glitters get lost.

I'm trying to get back into glitters & whatnot in hopes that my manis are a little less boring for you to look at, lol.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Memories of Luigi...

Just a simple, fun mani for today:
Nail polishes used:
*OPI I'm Sooo Swamped!--two coats.  Ugh, I love this green so damn much!  I honestly don't care for OPI polishes normally since they have so many reds/pinks, but I'm Sooo Swamped may just be my favorite green polish ever.
*China Glaze Let's Jam--two coats.  This is another new polish from the Lite Brites collection & again the formula is perfect, especially for a CG purple.  Let's Jam does have a blue shimmer running through it that you can't see very well unless you're in the sun/bright light.
*ILNP Mega (S)--three coats.  The sun was out yesterday & I went back to my go-to accent nail, lol.
*INM Out The Door topcoat

Green & purple is my favorite color combo ever (besides rainbow).  I know this is a very simple mani (as most of mine have been lately), but creme polishes have my heart right now.  As for the Luigi reference--I was the younger sibling & was "forced" to be player two when Nintendo came out so Luigi's always been my favorite between him & Mario.

What are your thoughts on this mani?  Getting sick of seeing simple manis & creme polish?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Maybe it's a little too brite...

I've had the six China Glaze Lite Brite polishes sitting out since I bought them last weekend & finally decided to do a mani with a couple of them:
China Glaze Bite Me & I Got a Blue Attitude

China Glaze Bite Me & I Got a Blue Attitude
The nail polishes I used were:
*China Glaze Bite Me--two coats.  This is a very bright orange tinted pink with gold shimmer.  I do think the shimmer is a bit more pronounced on the nail than in the bottle.
*China Glaze I Got a Blue Attitude--two coats.  This is a blue based purple with blue shimmer that shows up way more on the nail than in the bottle (most of the shimmer in my bottle looks like it sank to the bottom of the bottle).
*FingerPaints Top Coat for Neons--one coat was used since Bite Me dried semi-matte.

I could not get a color accurate photo of these polishes--Bite Me is way brighter in person & I Got a Blue Attitude is more purple/violet.
I absolutely love I Got a Blue Attitude & I'm so happy that the formula is good (a lot of china Glaze's purple polishes seem to be a bit runny).  Bite Me is still a really pretty & fun color, but I don't think it looks very good on me--I'll save this for an accent nail or for summer pedis.

Have you bought any of the China Glaze Lite Brites collection?  What are your favorites?  I bought six of them last weekend at Sally's, but the green, yellow & blue that I *really* want weren't available.
China Glaze Lite Brites: I'll Pink to That, Hot Flash, Bite Me, None of Your Risky Business, I Got a Blue Attitude, Let's Jam

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ask your husband how to do your nails...

I haven't painted my nails much since my St. Patrick's Day mani.  I did have a pastel mani on for Easter (which I didn't get pictures of), but then I added Color Club Covered In Diamonds over it which was too thick & just ended up being a big old mess so I took it all off & haven't painted my nails since.
Last night I asked my husband how I should do my nails while we were watching the White Sox game (so excited for baseball!) & here's what I ended up doing:
Zoya Lidia
My husband's answer was "dark purple".  Not too exciting & not really what I had in mind since I didn't really want to use a dark color, but I'm pretty sure I haven't used this polish yet so I went with his suggestion.
Polishes used for this mani:
*Zoya Lidia--two coats, but I use thin coats so this could possibly be a one coater for others
*INM Out the Door topcoat

I really do love this color, but the mani as a whole is nice enough, but a little "blah".
Do you own this color?  Do you like it?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

St. Patrick's Day nails

I don't do a lot of holiday/theme nails, but I did want to do some sort of St. Patrick's Day nails even though I won't really be celebrating.  I have a ton of green polishes, but I actually didn't want to go in that direction with the mani so this is what I came up with:
Here's what I used to get this look:
*ILNP Mega (S)--three coats for full coverage as the base polish
Then I tried doing the "dry brush" technique (which I have never done before) to create a rainbow over the nails (thumb to pinky: red/orange, orange/yellow, yellow/green, green/blue, & blue/purple) with the following colors:
*Zoya Sooki (red)
*Zoya Arizona (orange)
*Zoya Darcy* (yellow)
*Zoya Shawn (green)
*Zoya Ryan (blue)
*Zoya Mira (purple)
Then I added a clover glitter from Sinful Colors Feeling Lucky? on each nail.  I do really wish these clovers were green though.

All in all I like how this turned out even if it is mainly a rainbow mani, but with the added clovers it works for St. Patrick's Day.   Will you be celebrating?  Did you do a mani for the day?

*Zoya Darcy was sent to me for my honest review.

Monday, February 22, 2016

"When all the stars were falling, they fell from above..."

Another stamping mani today.  I really am trying to get the hang of nail stamping so I'm sorry if you don't really like care for it.
Here is what I used for this mani:
*Color Club Over the Moon--two coats for full coverage on my index, middle & pinkie nails & I also used it for the stamping
*Wet n Wild Black Creme--two coats for full coverage on my thumb & ring nails
*Out The Door top coat (which I forgot I ever bought)
*plate OM-37 which I bought off ebay

This mani didn't turn out exactly like I had it pictured in my head, but I like it & my husband really liked it.  I may do a mani similar to this if I ever get some of the other stamping plates I ordered off of ebay.

**The title is part of the song "When All The Stars Were Falling" by Lisa Loeb

Sunday, February 14, 2016

"Pink it was love at first sight..."

This inspiration for this mani came from a Zoya Instagram post of a pink ombre mani.  I only had three of the five pinks used, but I have more than enough pinks to make an ombre:
Thumb to pinky: Zoya Kitridge, Shelby, Rooney, Lara & Nana
I used two coats of each polish & topped everything with a coat of Glisten & Glow HK girl topcoat.
I wanted to use the new clear stamper I got & make this into more of a Valentine mani:

I used Color Club Harp On It to stamp the designs on my thumb & pinky with plates CH53 from Cheeky & BM-411 from Bundle Monster & then I used Revlon Posh & Wet n Wild Navy Intelligence with plate BM-601 from Bundle Monster for the middle nail (8 bit hearts in my & my husband's favorite colors to represent us).  The clear stamper makes stamping (for me) *SO* much easier even though the hearts aren't placed exactly how I wanted, but that's more my fault.