Thursday, November 10, 2016

Seeing green...

Friday morning (November 4th, 2016) I decided to paint my nails with a couple new Zoya polishes I ordered, but hadn't used yet:

Zoya Wyatt & Merida (sorry for the picture, it was taken in the car & is the only one I took)
What I used:
*NYC Extra Shiny Top Coat--used as a base coat which I have done before with no problems.
*Zoya Wyatt--one coat on my thumb, index & pinkie nails.  This covered amazingly just as Zoya suggests that it will.
*Zoya Merida--two coats on my middle & ring nails.  This is a beautiful deep green polish with holographic particles in it.  Easily a new favorite.
*Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat--one coat over everything.  This is super fast drying & one of my favorite top coats.

Over all I *LOVE* this combo of polishes (I did see that this combo was posted on Zoya's Instagram, but honestly it's not that hard of a stretch to pair these two together.  I also bought August & Alicia & think they would look very good together in a similar mani), but my right hand thumb started chipping less than 24 hours after I did this mani & a few other nails were chipping by that night & I wasn't doing anything "hard" on my nails or out of the norm (if anything I was trying to keep my mani as nice as possible since I had a wedding to go to & was out of town all weekend).  I have used the base/top coat combo before with no problems--I can normally get a week or more out of most of my manis--so I do think that the formula on these (especially Wyatt since Zoya is marketing it as a one coater) is a bit different/not as strong.  I'll wear this combo again (probably many times since green is my favorite color), but any time I wear these new "one coaters" I will make sure to use two coats.

Do you have any of these polishes?  Have you had them chip?

Friday, September 30, 2016

FALL in love with Zoya

I have been a really bad blogger lately & honestly I haven't even been painting my nails--the last two times I have were Nubar Reclaim for Labor Day weekend (I LOVE that polish!) & then I used Zoya's Pink Perfector when I needed to go to a funeral--I'm almost certain I already have blog posts on both of those polishes.

It's fall now!  I have always loved fall--my birthday's in October, I love the leaves changing colors, the apples & pumpkins, corn stalks, Halloween, my mom's birthday (on Halloween), warmer clothes...as a person who has always been pale & burns easily fall was always so much better in my mind than summer.
Anyway, I picked out some "fall" colors & did a skittles mani, but to be honest I wasn't very happy with the end result as much as I would have liked, I think it's because some of the colors were a little brighter than what I was going for.
Thumb to pinkie: Zoya Kimmy, Kerry, Apple, Penny & Trixie

Thumb to pinkie: Zoya Kimmy, Kerry, Apple, Penny & Trixie with Matte Velvet Topcoat
The polishes I used:
*Zoya Naked Manicure base--one coat on all nails.
*Zoya Kimmy--two coats on my thumb.  I like this color for fall.
*Zoya Kerry*--two thicker coats on my index nail.  This was one of the colors I thought was too bright.
*Zoya Apple--three coats on my middle nail.  This was also a color I thought was too bright.
*Zoya Penny--two coats on my ring nail.
*Zoya Trixie--two coats on my pinkie.
*Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over everything.

This reminds me of fall, but I think that the Instagram photo that I was inspired by is a lot nicer/not so bright.

*Zoya Kerry was sent to me previously for my honest review.

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?