Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sponged Rainbows

I've wanted to do this design ever since I bought Wicked Polish Hung Over The Rainbow--
So the pic doesn't make it look as bright as the colors are in real life, but I *LOVE* this mani!  I started off with a base coat then 1 coat of Zoya Purity.  I added another coat of Purity to my ring finger nails to even them out (you know how white polish looks with just 1 coat) & then added 3 coats of Wicked Polish Hung Over The Rainbow to my ring fingers to get the layered/rainbow effect I wanted.  Then I used a makeup wedge & China Glaze Pool Party (pink), Zoya Creamy (yellow) & China Glaze Hanging In The Balance (blue) to make the gradient rainbows.  Covered everything with a coat of Seche Vite & then cleaned the polish off my fingers & around my cuticles (not the greatest cleanup, but we were getting ready to leave).  The few people who actually saw my nails last night said they loved them--I'm keeping this mani on as long as I can.  I love Hung Over The Rainbow, but it is slightly thick & even though it's packed with glitter, sometimes not a lot comes out.
Hope everyone's having a great weekend, it's rainy (flooding) & hot in SW Wisconsin.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Birmingham nails

A guy who went to school with my youngest brother-in-law pitches for the Birmingham Barons (the AA team for the Chicago White Sox--my husband's favorite baseball team that has been carried down through his father & his grandfather) & my father-in-law has been asking all of us if we'd like to go down to see him & of course we were all for it.  We decided to leave on June 8th for the 1,700+ mile round-trip (driving), the only bad thing is we found our a couple of days before we left that he was on the DL.  We still drove down there, surprised him at the game Saturday night & then got to spend Sunday night hanging out with him (the game got rained out Sunday anyway).  It was really nice seeing him & I really hope that the White Sox call him up by the end of this year.

Anyway--onto my nails.  I knew I wanted to do something where I could add on to my nails without having to repaint them & even though this isn't what I first wanted to do (I didn't have enough time to do them the way I wanted), I did get compliments on them (the guy giving out the beer wristbands said he liked my nails, lol):
Pure Ice Castle of Dreams, Fairy Godmother
 I used 2 coats of each polish & they both covered wonderfully.  The blue is Pure Ice Castle of Dreams & the purple is Pure Ice Fairy Godmother.
Sunday morning I added on to the mani with a couple of polishes I took with me:
Hopefully you can see it in the photo, but I added a coat of Pretty Polish Spectraflair Top Coat & then a coat of Cover Bands Lacquers Sticks 'n Stones & covered everything with Seche Vite.  I really loved how this looked & wore it for over a week.

Birmingham was beautiful & I wish I would have gotten to see more of it, but overall I'm really glad that we went down there.
Birmingham Barons Regions Field

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Born Pretty Store rhinestone review

It's been longer than I wanted it to be since I last blogged, but to be honest my nails have been naked for almost 2 weeks now *gasp!*.

Here's my review for

I started off using a skittle of colors that matched the rhinestones pretty well (thumb-pinky the colors were: Finger Paints Watermelon Watercolor, Sinful Colors Cinderella, Finger Paints I Spy-der, Finger Paints Itsy Bitsy Spider & Sinful Colors Unicorn).  Most of the colors are pretty sheer & require at least two coats.  Once the polish was mostly dry I applied 1 rhinestone of the "matching" color to each nail (I just dipped a dotting tool into a bit of clear polish to pick up each rhinestone).  I liked the look, but wanted to see what the "white" rhinestones looked like so I applied 1 to the blue & purple nails & since they didn't look much different I decided to put a rhinestone of a different color on each nail so I put a dark pink one on the yellow nail, light pink on the purple nail, blue on the light pink nail, yellow on the blue nail & a purple one on the dark pink nail--you can't really tell much of a difference except in the dark pink rhinestones, but I like how this looks they'd be great to use for Easter.
Use the link above to get the rhinestones I used for this mani, but also check out everything else Born Pretty Store has to offer!  Don't forget to use the code BPL91 to get 10% off of your order!

*Items in this post were sent to me for my honest review*