Friday, August 30, 2013

Color Pop

Two colors from the Summer Wet n Wild Color Pop Collection.

On my nails I have three coats of Wet n Wild Wild Shine Who is Ultra Violet? and on my accent nail I have three coats of Wet n Wild Wild Shine Listening to Blue Reed.  I found the formula of both to be steaky, but it evened out after two coats and looked perfect by three.  Who is Ultra Violet was a little watery so it tended to pool in my cuticles whereas Listening to Blue Reed had great consistency.  

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I'm Not Clowning Around

For a while this August it seemed as though Fall had come a few weeks early.  The weather was cold, rainy, and generally un-like August of years past.  And then a heat wave struck.  It's definitely still summer.

Today I'm wearing two three of Lime Crime Peaches <3 Cream on the majority of my nails.  On my accent finger I have three coats of Zoya Snow White, topped with three dabbing coats of Lush Lacquer Clowning Around.  Welcome back summer!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Zoya Miranda

Another quick manicure.  This is from Zoya's Summer Pixie Dust Collection.

Pictured here is three coats of Zoya Miranda.  A sparkling rose textured polish.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces

How often do you become completely smitten with a polish that you need to have it now?  That was how my relationship with Cosmic Forces started.  I saw one swatch, fell head over heels in love, stalked Llarowe till I figured out her restocking schedule, and then swooped in on the polish as soon as it became available.  That was back in June and I've worn this color three times since it arrived in the mail.

On my tips is three coats of Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces.  Cosmic forces is a jelly so it took a few coats to reach full opacity.  The circle glitters are slightly irksome to get out of the bottle but I found that tipping it upside down for the time it takes me to prep my nails for polish is long enough to get a lot of circles near the top of the bottle.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jelly Sandwich

I recently picked up OPI Pirouette My Whistle.  It had been on my wish list since last summer but I never really got around to actually acquiring it.  I thought this color would be perfect in a jelly sandwich.

Jelly sandwiches are pretty easy, but prior to this manicure I'd never done one before.  It turned out really nicely (but they're also really easy)!

To create this manicure I used two coats of OPI Don't Burst My Bubble, a coat of OPI Pirouette My Whistle, and one last coat of Don't Burst My Bubble.  The jelly sandwich effect traps the silver glitter topper inside the color, effectively muting the color and creating a subtle effect.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Clowning Around on a Gradient

I was inspired for this manicure by one from Candice over at Mommy Does Her Nails. Specifically her ring finger.  I love the neon glitter over a nude gradient!

To create this manicure I used three coats of Zoya Snow White, then sponged Zoya Snow White with OPI My Very First Knockwurst on top.  One coat of Seche Vite on top of all that smoothed things out nicely.  The I did three coats of Lush Lacquer Clowning Around, sort of half brushing the polish on and half dabbing the polish on.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Quilted Stamping

A quick and simple stamping manicure today.

For my base I used three coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff then stamped the quilted and reverse quilted designs from Bundle Monster plate BM-310 using a-england Tristam.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Green and White

For this post I was inspired by a manicure from The Nailasaurus.  What I really enjoyed about this manicure was the brilliance of using non-stamped accent nails (ring finger and thumb) so I had just to stamp six nails instead of ten.  That was a fantastic time saver, looked cute, and I think I'll be doing this for a lot more manicures moving forward.

For my base I used three coats of Essie Navigate Her.  I then stamped the zig-zag design from Bundle Monster plate BM-201 using Konad Special Polish in White.  On my accent nail I used All That Glitters Spotty Dottie Light.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Holotastic Dots

The sun is shining, the weather is nice, it's perfect conditions for some holographic polish.

For the my base I'm using OPI My Vampire is Buff.  I then used alternating rows of dots in the following colors: Color Club Eternal Beauty (purple), Color Club Miss Bliss (pink), Color Club Cosmic Fate (orange), Color Club Kismet (yellow), Color Club Angel Kiss (green), and Color Club Over the Moon (blue). For my accent nail I'm used Color Club Miss Bliss.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Leopard Accent

I was feeling frisky and decided that the perfect way to display that would be for a bright blue leopard accent.  I color coordinate almost all my manicures, so the perfect outfit accompaniment for me was was bright blue top paired with a black cardigan.

For my blue I used two coats of China Glaze Blue Year's Eve.  For my accent nail I used three coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff, then used a dotting tool to create the leopard print using Blue Year's Eve and Sally Hansen Black Out.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lime Crime Peaches Cream

I wear a lot of nude polishes to work and this summer I wanted to find a nude neon polish.  Many scoffed at my original query in Polish-aholics Anonymous but a few people suggested I check out Lime Crime Peaches <3 Cream.

Shown here is three coats of Lime Crime Peaches <3 Cream, topped with 2 mm square silver studs.  While Peaches <3 Cream is very bright, it's remarkably close to being a nude polish.

Monday, August 5, 2013

OPI Solitaire

I love the clean, fresh look of this white textured polish from OPI.  This is a textured polish from the summer OPI Bond Girls collection.

Pictured is two three coats of OPI Solitaire.  A soft white scattered with silver glitter, Solitaire is a great palette cleansing color.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

NerdLacquer Götterdämmerung

Continuing the opera series is the last of the four operas from Der Ring des Nibelungen: Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).  This last opera is full of love, despair, betrayal, and death.  So much drama in one opera.

Pictured is three coats of NerdLacquer Götterdämmerung.  NerdLacquer describes Götterdämmerung as:
a deep twilight blue-purple duochrome with royal, violet, periwinkle, and plum glitter.  As deep and sparkling as the evening sky. DRAMA.  
When I first saw this polish I had heart palpitations.  I love it.



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