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?

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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

"While walking by your side along the way I spied a tiny copper penny on the ground"

Final day of my theme week!  I hope you've enjoyed it & if you haven't guessed the theme it was metals.

The polishes I used for this mani were:
*Sinful Colors Love Thyself--two coats for full coverage.  This is a blurple polish that my camera shows as blue, it's more purple in real life.
*FingerPaints Fall of Surprises!--one coat over my ring nail.
*Zoya Penny--used for the dots.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

This mani was probably my favorite.  I loved the color combo of copper & purple, but I also really love the polka dots (I used my second smallest dotting tool).  I don't think I've done a full mani of dots & I'm not sure why since they're super simple & actually pretty quick to do.  My husband loved this mani.

Did you enjoy my theme week?  Which mani was your least favorite/favorite?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Sail on silver girl, sail on by, your time has come to shine"

This mani was actually what I wore on Mother's Day & the whole reason doing a theme week popped in my head (no idea why, lol).
The polishes I used for this mani were:
*FingerPaints Dream I Can Fly--two coats for full coverage.  Has a satin finish if you don't add a topcoat.
*Zoya Trixie--two coats for full coverage on my accent nail.  Trixie is still my favorite silver polish I've used.
*FingerPaints Copy Cat--one coat over my middle & ring nails.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

I've been wanting to do this color combo for awhile & I finally got around to doing it.  I really like how this combo is simple & understated, but also think gold would have looked good also.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"You're so Art Deco, out on the floor, shining like gunmetal, cold and unsure"

Today's mani is very simple, but I love it:
The polishes I used for this mani were:
*China Glaze Stone cold--two coats for complete coverage.
*China Glaze Some Like It Haute--one coat over Stone Cold for the accent nails.

Stone Cold dries super quick since it's a matte polish.  I only used one coat of Some Like It Haute so it also dried super quick & in total this mani was done & dry (to a light touch) in around five minutes. I actually tried doing a marble (as in the stone, not a water marble) look, but I couldn't get it to work out.  The only downside of this mani is that it chips pretty quickly without a topcoat.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Cracklin' rosie make me smile"

Day two of my theme week, any ideas what the theme is yet?
The polishes I used for this mani were:
*China Glaze Four Leaf Clover--2 coats for full coverage.
*Orly Rage--one coat on my accent nail & I also used it for stamping.
*Essie A Cut Above--sponged it over Rage on my accent nail.  Don't think I've ever sponged on glitter & it works so well!
*Stamping plate JQ-65 that I bought off ebay (it's a dupe for the Pueen 63 plate)--this plate worked very well with my clear stamper I also bought off ebay.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

I've said it before, but I love green & pink as a color combo.  Rage is a really pretty rose gold color, but it didn't come off as pink in the stamping (even though I still really like how the stamping looks). Compared to the glitters in A Cut Above it's also not as pink, but I think the pairing worked well.  I will say that cleaning up a foil polished that is used for stamping is a pain (& you can see a lot of the foil/shine/shimmer still on my cuticles/fingers).

Monday, May 23, 2016

"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold..."

This week I'll be doing a "theme week" (I don't think I've ever done one??) & I'm starting off with my least favorite of the five manis I'll be posting:
The polishes that I used were:
*Wet n Wild Poppy Culture--two coats for full coverage.  This is an orange-red polish that is really pretty, but I really didn't care for it on my nails, but I know I'll be wearing it on my toenails.
*Zoya Ziv--two coats for full coverage as an accent nail.
*e.l.f. Gold Star--one coat over my middle & pinkie nails.
*INM Out The Door topcoat--one coat over everything.

This mani isn't horrible, but the orange-red polish didn't look right on me & gold isn't a metal I care for...all of it together just turned into a mani I didn't really like.  That's one of the great things about doing your nails though--if you don't like something you can always take it off & start over.  I do like the rest of the manis I'll be posting this week so I hope you'll come back to see those as well!

**Zoya Ziv was sent to me in the past from the company for my honest review.

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.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Flower Power stamping

I bought a clear stamper & some new stamping plates off of ebay & after waiting around a month I finally got them (buying a clear stamper for $1.56 means waiting awhile for it to be delivered from Asia) so I decided to test them out.
I used the Born Pretty Store plate BP-20 & four polishes from Zoya for the stamping; Thandie (orange), Darcy (yellow), Tilda (green) & Louise (brown).  I love this even though four colors didn't fit on my shorter nails & I should have done a bit more clean up before taking the picture, but I can sort of stamp now!  I love the clear stamper & how it lets you see where you're stamping & I didn't have to prep it at all--it picks up the images perfectly (I use a sticky/lint roller or tape to clean it).
I used a coat of Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat for the white & Julep Fast Dry Topcoat.
Have you used a clear stamper?  What are your thoughts on it?

*All four Zoya polishes were previously sent to me for review.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Matte birthday

Yesterday was my husband's birthday & I normally try to do a mani that he'd like.
Zoya Yves & Iris
My husband's favorite colors are blue & purple so I used Yves & Iris from the Zoya Winter/Holiday Matte Velvet collection that I got for Christmas (from my husband).  Yves is a beautiful royal blue with blue pearl fleck & Iris is a more red-leaning purple with fuchsia pearl fleck.  Both polishes went on beautifully & covered in two coats.  I added a piece of silver hexagon glitter to each nail to just break up the matte a little bit.
My husband said he really likes these & so do I.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Zoya Misty

In my last blog post I used five of the colors from the Zoya Whispers collection, today I have the sixth polish to show you:
Zoya Misty
Misty is a grey-green taupe that I was expecting to love as much as the other colors from this collection, but I don't.  Not sure what it is about the polish, but ever since I put it on I have wanted to take it off.
It covered in two coats & I added Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat.  To me this is the only "dud" of the collection & I probably won't be reaching it too often, at least not to wear on its own.
Do you own any of the polishes from the Zoya Whispers collection?  Which are your favorite?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A pastel rainbow with Zoya Whispers

I'm not really in the mood yet for any type of Spring/pastel colors (even though it's finally getting out of the negatives here in Wisconsin), but I wanted to try out the Zoya Whispers collection I bought with part of my winnings for taking 2nd place in my fantasy football league (everyone buys polish after fantasy football is over, right?).
From thumb-pinky: Zoya April, Cala, Ireland, Lake, Eastyn
I used two coats for full coverage with each polish & I didn't use a top coat for the picture--these are all very shiny.
I actually think this is very cute & maybe closer to Spring I'll wear this again.  I love all of these colors, but I'm sure I'll wear Ireland, Lake & Eastyn the most.
I did order the whole collection so I also have Misty, but I didn't think it would fit in for a "rainbow"
since it's a grey-green plus I only have five nails.
Do you own any of the polishes from this collection?  Which are your favorites?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Those are the breaks

About a week ago I noticed that my pointer nail on my right hand had broke on the left side & that it was almost all the way down to my finger (that's what I get for cleaning/organizing my house!).  I know that I could have just left the rest of my nails alone, but I'd rather they all be one length & I was planning on cutting them down anyway (just not this short).
After cutting all my nails I grabbed a couple polishes I bought not long ago, but haven't used yet (I really want to use my untried polishes this year):
Wet n Wild Navy Intelligence & Basic Beach

Wet n Wild Navy Intelligence & Basic Beach
Wet n Wild Navy Intelligence & Basic Beach are both Dollar General exclusives & they're both part of the WnW Fast Dry line.
I used two coats of each polish over a base coat & they both covered amazingly.  Navy Intelligence (darker of the two) does have a couple spots on my nails where it isn't covered as well, but that's from me painting my nails at night in a room with bad lighting--it has nothing to do with the polish.  I also used Glisten & Glow HKGirl top coat.
I love both of these polishes & I love the two blues together.  I'm also surprisingly loving my short nails--it's freeing in a way not having to deal with long nails.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Zoya Naked Manicure

Since I got 3 of the polishes from the Zoya Naked Manicure (NM from here on out in this post) line in the Zoya mystery box I decided to try them out.
First showing my bare nails right after using Zoya remove plus:

Then I used one coat of Zoya NM Naked Base, two coats of Zoya NM Pink Perfector, & then topped it with a coat of Zoya NM Naked Manicure Glossy Seal.
Here are the results:
As you can see my nails don't look as yellow in the second picture & the ridges of my nails were a lot less visible, but I don't think any more so than when I use other creme polishes.
I can't say if these polishes have any other benefits or not because I have only wore them the one time & only for a day or so before taking it off.  Do I like it?  Eh.  It's not horrible, but personally if I was going to have "naked nails" I would do just that--not polish them at all & have naked nails.  Do you own any of Zoya's NM line?  What are your thoughts on it?

Monday, January 4, 2016

2016 New Year's Eve nails

Happy 2016!  My husband got me the Matte Velvet collection from Zoya for Christmas & I *love* the colors, but wanted to do simple/clean nails for my NYE mani so I used Aspen from the collection:
Zoya Aspen
According to Zoya's website Aspen "can best be described as a sparkling arctic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck".  This is a dead-on description.
I did use a base coat & then used three coats of Aspen.  I do think that I could have used two coats to cover fully, but I didn't let the polish dry enough in between coats (even though they looked matte) & a little pulling occurred which required the extra coat.
After 4+ days of wear I do think that the matte aspect holds up better than a lot of other matte polishes that start to look shiny from wear/everything that gets on your nails, but that could partially be from it being a white polish.  I also don't have any tip wear which is damn good for a matte.
As much as I love this polish I do think it would look better on shorter nails (just my personal opinion).
diamond pearl fleck in Zoya Aspen
 Do you own any of the polishes from the Matte Velvet collection?  Which is your favorite?