Friday, September 28, 2012

31 Inspired Days of Nail Art - Rainbow Nails

Hello everyone, how about a big fat HAPPY Friday! I hope your day has been excellent and your upcoming weekend will also be amazing. I'll be doing lots and lots of homework! Joy. Also, some nail stuff to relax. That is why, after all, I got into doing nails... to relax. Never did I expect there to be any deadlines, such as with this challenge.

Don't get me wrong, I'm having fun so far trying to think up things to do for different designs (that don't involve stamping). But I'm on some new medication for my thyroid that has got me stressed out the wazoo. Where is the wazoo, you ask? Who knows, but my anxiety levels have been off the charts at the drop of a hat lately so I haven't been able to enjoy doing my nails as much as I used to. That makes me a little sad because doing my nails is what I've been doing to "wind down" for the last two years. Hopefully, a switch of meds will let my stress and axiety over nothing and everything subside.

On the plus side, I've got a HUGE backlog of swatches and fun stuff to get edited as well as even more awesome stuff to show you guys once I get it swatched. I'm really looking forward to my Thanksgiving break this year. lol

Now... how about some RAINBOW nails!! Yay, day #7 of our challenge! OMG there were a ton of polishes used to do these so I'll let you have a looksie and I'll get down to the details below.

For this manicure I used:

OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
OPI - Skull & Glossbones
CND - Silver Chrome
OPI - Color So Hot It Berns
OPI - In My Back Pocket
Zoya - Pippa
OPI - Ogre-The-Top Blues
OPI - Roadhouse Blues
and Bundle Monster plate BM-312

Whew! That's a lot of polish, possibly the most I've ever used... well, maybe 4th of July used more. Anyway, I used My Boyfriend Scales Walls on all nails a s a base color. For my index finger I sponged on a little Skull & Glossbones for some dimension to the clouds I stamped on using Silver Chrome and BM-312. After looking at pictures, maybe I should've used a different grey. These just look like dirty clouds! lol

My rainbows were hand painted on (without any tape - bc we don't get along) using the ROYGBV color scheme and a Bundle Monster brush I got in a set. OMG this was so flipping hard to do! A lot harder than I'd anticipated but I think it turned out fabulously, even if it is a completely literal interpretation of the theme. Using a white underneath really let each of the colors pop. The rhinestones on my pinkie are meant to be the gold at the end of the rainbow. Hey, I'm Irish. And a wishful thinker. :)

I hope you guys enjoy some of my first true free-hand nail art, I enjoyed the final product for sure. Only it took me an hour to do this manicure! Its my own personal mission to get better and faster using brushes, wish me luck! Also, don't forget to check out the other lovely bloggers participating in this challenge with me. Their links are down below!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

31 Inspired Days of Nail Art - Violet Nails

Hey, its me Jessica! Again. :) Today's a bit of a make-up day as I got behind yesterday and didn't get to post my Violet Nails as part of my 31 Inspired Days of Nail Art challenge. And to make my tardiness up to all of you lovelies, I have an indie review to go along with my challenge! Excited!? I know I am. :D

Ready? Here we go!

Today's indie highlight is Jen from Jindie Nails! I found out about this brand from Cynthia at Of Life and Lacquer when she posted a series of amazing reviews. I had to have some so I contacted Jen and placed an order for some goodies! She was a doll and threw in a few minis for review as well and I'll highlight those soon, they look uh-mazing in the bottle so I can't wait!

For my Violet Nails I decided to layer Jindie Nails Purple People Pleaser (which reminded me immediately of the One-Eyed, One-horned, Flying Purple People-Eater) over two different purples. First up is PPP over a newbie to me, Belgrave Place - and incredibly dark and luscious purple creme. Belgrave Place brings out the incredible blue shimmer in Purple People Pleaser, as well as a few of the other lighter colors of glitter, but I didn't think it did it a total justice. I just couldn't see all the goodies!

My second layering combo involved one of my very first OPI purchases, Do You Lilac It?, a delicate spring purple that screams lilac bushes to me. I can practically smell the blossoms just looking at these nails! Do You Lilac It? also shows Purple People Pleaser's incredible blue shimmer but really allows all the other glitters to be seen. Tell me, which combo did you prefer? Each look is so different!

So now for the review:

For each of these swatches I used one easily applied coat of Jindie Nails Purple People Pleaser over two coats of the base colors and followed that up with a single coat of Seche Vite. Purple People Pleaser is chock full of glitter in varying colors, shapes, and sizes including: large square black; medium black and lilac hex; small black, lilac, and white/pearl hex; tiny lilac hex; lilac microglitters; and finally that fine blue shimmer. The tinier glitters were harder to make out the exact shape of so there may be some that I'm missing at the finer end of the glitter scale, but rest assured that there is a TON of glitter in this bottle.

Speaking of bottle, Jen's polishes came in a bottle shape I hadn't seen before... they're octagonal! I think that is so cool. They're of a good weight and feel sturdy in the hand, like I won't accidentally knock over the bottle when I dip in for some more glitter. The cap fit nicely in my fingers and the brush was good, no crazy bristles or stiffness.

The formula on Purple People Pleaser was excellent. Some suspension bases are so thick and make application a nightmare but I'm happy to say that I had no problem putting the right amount of polish on my nails each time I pulled the brush out of the bottle. Everything flowed nicely. And as you can see, there is plenty of glitter that makes it on to the nail without ending up all at the tips! Jen definitely scores points on that for me. The one and only less than stellar comment I have about this particular polish is that while glitter suspension is good with PPP, a lot of the larger glitters seem concentrated in the bottom half of the bottle. I've tried all sorts of rolling and shaking and resting at different angles but it doesn't seem to change, maybe there's just a bunch of large glitters stuck to the side of the bottle! Who knows. It isn't a deal breaker for me at all because everything else is amazing.

And in case you're wondering, I did manage to snag one of those mega black square glitters! Its a tad hard to see but if you look closely at my ring finger in the Belgrave Place swatches you can see it.

Please, check out Jen and her amazing Jindie Nails creations! She can be found on Facebook HERE and her Etsy shop (which is almost always full when I check in) can be found HERE. You can also find Jen on Instagram: username - jindienails.

Whew! That was a lot, huh? Even though I was late, please check out my fellow bloggers participating in our 31 Inspired Days of Nail Art challenge!

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!!

Good morning everyone! Today is a super special hump day because I'm here to announce the winner of my Back to School Giveaway for a Zoya NYFW Gloss Trio! Drum roll please...........

Congratulations Melanie! I sent Melanie an email on Monday and she responded quickly so she's the verified winner of this giveaway. Thank you to every one who entered and a big hello to all my new followers, I love hearing from all of you guys so be sure to leave a comment and say hi! Don't worry if you didn't win this one, I've got another giveaway in the works and its pretty awesome. *HINT* Glitter is involved.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Teal Tuesday - 3 Color Mani

Good evening everyone, welcome to another edition of Teal Tuesdays! Today is also a 31 Inspired Days of Nail Art day, but I got a lot behind today so I'll fudge a little and show it tomorrow. :) Anyway, this week's TT theme was Three Color Manicure. Basically, use any three polishes you like as long as one of them is teal. Easy peasy, huh? Oh yeah.

I had all sorts of grand plans for trying out multiple colors but I have been feeling particularly aggravated by my nemesis, tape. So I tried to think of something free-hand that would be easy and I could wear as my manicure for the week. Lo and behold, another cloud mani! I love these so much, they're quick and easy and look good every time.

For my three colors I used China Glaze Immortal (from this year's Halloween collex), Orly Sapphire Silk, and Misa Quirky Smile. There isn't a ton of contrast here but I like it because of its subtlety.

That's all for today, folks. I'm sleepy and I've got an early morning and a long day ahead of me! Things are looking up for me lately too, my stress levels seem to be declining and it feels good to take a deep breath. I also got my first perfect score on a soils exam after failing miserably to memorize a million different classification definitions. This makes me SO FLIPPIN HAPPY! lol Yes, happy enough to internet yell.

Don't forget to check out the other Teal Tuesday participants!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Zoya Katy - The One-Coat Wonder

Good Morning my lovelies! I'm back from my girlie's bachelorette weekend extravaganza and doing my best to get back into the swing of things. What a weekend! We danced, we lounged by the pool, we hula-hooped, we danced some more, and ate way too much at multiple buffets. It was amazing. :)

Because I missed you all so much, I've got just a simple pink swatch for you today. This is Zoya Katy, a pink shimmer I picked up waaaaay back when, well, this spring during Zoya's Earth Day Promo. Katy is beautiful and shimmery, but the real reason I wanted to share is because what you're seeing here is ONE coat. Yes, folks, just a single coat. *squee* There are several things I love about polish and one-coaters, regardless of how many coats I actually use, are one of my favorites. This is also a pink that will make even the palest of ladies (such as my German-Irish, red-headed self) look tan. How awesome is that!?

This is one coat with no base. Formula is awesome, obvi. No staining and easy cleanup.

I have to say, that I miss you guys. I miss being able to post every day. :( I'm even behind on replying to comments! And you should see my pile of "to be swatched," its a monster! School is kicking my but this semester and my weekends seem to be booked up a month in advance. When did I get so grown up?? Anyway, enough of my pouty pity party! I will find time to get back into the swing of things, and I will be announcing the winner of my Zoya Giveaway. OH, and I reached over 200 GFC followers! So that means there's another fantastical giveaway brewing! <3

So tell me, what do you think of Katy? For pink lovers, I think she's a great collection staple! Yes, there's a teensy bit of VNL. But that's mostly visible through the camera lense, just look at all the pigmented awesomeness!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

31 Inspired Days of Nail Art - Blue Nails

Happy Saturday, hope your weekend is amazing! I'm currently on a Bachelorette Weekend Getaway so I'm going to make this quick and dirty! Today is Day 5 of our 31 Inspired Days of Nail Art and that means BLUE nails!

I'm wearing two thick-ish coats of Hungry Asian Sneeze Breeze, a matte blue and black glitter bomb. Seriously amazing and seriously a pain in the ass to apply! lol but worth it, no? I've got tales to tell about this polish but I'll save that for the highlight reel. :)

I've stamped Sneeze Breeze with Lealac plate LLC-A using CND Silver Chrome. The image is of a Hamsa, a palm shaped amulet of the right hand that is said to be a sign of protection and to ward off the evil eye. Its also known as the Hand of Mary, the Hand of Fatima, and the Hand of Miriam.

PS. Don't forget to check the four other lovely bloggers participating in this challenge with me!

Friday, September 21, 2012

China Glaze - Señorita Bonita

Happy Friday everyone! I'm practically out the door for my girlfriend's Bachelorette Weekend/Birthday Celebration, but I wanted to share my undies with you! Err, polish undies that is! ;)

This here is three coats of China Glaze Senorita Bonita, a gorgeous glass-fleck with red/pink and blue shimmer in a violet base. I'm never sure exactly how to tell if a purple is "red-" or blue-toned" but if I had to guess, I'd go with red toned for this beauty. This isn't a shade of purple I'm naturally drawn to but I scored this polish for a dollar at Sally's on super duper clearance. I can't resist polish for a dollar. I just can't. Even though Senorita Bonita isn't a shade I would normally pick for myself, I must say that its beautiful and I did really like it on my nails. Its a keeper and I'll wear it again some day.

I should also mention that while this took three coats for full opacity, the formula was thin but not runny and each layer dried very quickly and to a high shine. No top coat in these photos, people, just pure high gloss finish! <3

If you're wondering about my "undies" comment, this is the shade I wore under my Sunday Stamping - Pulsating Pink & Purple manicure about a month ago.

Ta-ta ladies and gents, have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Teal Tuesday ...only its actually Thursday.

Good afternoon ladies and gents, I hope your Thursday is going spectacularly! Today's post is going to be quick and short but since I was unable to post this on Tuesday, you get to see it today. Woo hoo, excited? I've been exceedingly busy lately and perpetually behind on just about everything so I apologize for my somewhat erratic, every other day, posting. It doesn't help that I've been living out of a hotel this week while still maintaining my school schedule, commuting home to love up my puppies( they need to eat after all), and attending social functions in the evenings. Did I mention that my hotel charges $15 a day for Internet!? Nothankyouverymuch. I'd rather buy a cocktail!

Let's get to it, shall we?

So this week's Teal Tuesday theme was Something Sweet and while I managed to get this manicure done Monday night, it languished away in my draft folder until today. After I finished this I realized I could've done something super cute with the "spun sugar" technique or maybe some 3D sugar nails... Oh well, there's always next time. And I'm doing my 31 day challenge currently, so maybe you'll see either one of those techniques soon!

For this look, which at first glance might look simple, I used tons of stuff. To start I have a base color of two coats Essie Stylenomics (turns out its NOT a teal), two coats of a super secret Pahlish glitter (swatches coming soon!), and various stamps from Bundle Monster, Cheeky, and/or Mash using white Konad polish. White you say!? Yes, but I finished it all off with a healthy coat of my favorite and most versatile teal polish - Zoya Frida!

So what do you think, thoughts... Questions? Am I a bad blogger for posting this two days late? Please don't be mad, I love you guys! ❤ Oh Oh Oh!!! I can't believe I forgot, but my giveaway ends tonight, in less than 2 hours, so you better get on it if you haven't already! Just clickity click the picture in the upper right hand corner and you'll be taken to the rafflecopter widget to enter. I'll be out of town this weekend but will be able to verify entries Monday and make the announcement shortly thereafter.

Ps. I know I'm super tardy to the party (as Cynthia would say) but check out the other bloggers who participated I this week's Teal Tuesday challenge!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

31 Inspired Days of Nail Art - Green

Another Wednesday is here at last, and today is Day #4 of our 31 Inspired Days of Nail Art! That means GREEN nails, one of my favorites. Green has always been one of my favorite colors (I even had hunter green satin sheets once... don't judge, it was the 90's), but up until a few years ago I don't think I imagined ever wearing it with any regularity on my nails. Sure, I was into teals - who isn't - but I was nowhere near brave enough to wear bright or unusual colors on my nails. So today, I'm a happy and proud lover of all odd, ugly, unusual, or unloved colors on my nails. See! (except yellow, ugh)

Again, I pulled out my super-squishy and awesomepants jumbo XL stamper and did some stamping. This time I used the 2012 Bundle Monster plates, specifically plate BM-313. I'm assuming that this is an animal print, I've seen it used superbly to produce giraffe manis, but I'm going to call this my turtle mani! Or terrapin mani, if you want to sound smart and fancy. I used Konad polish in Olive Green to stamp over SpaRitual Optical Illusion. Whad'ja think?

For fun, and because I don't believe I've ever shown this polish on the blog before, here's shots of Optical Illusion on its own. I bought this around the time there was still a bit of a fuss over Orly Its Not Rocket Science from the Fall 2012 Cosmic FX collection. God, that feels like forever ago! China Glaze also has a version, you might've heard of it, called Zombie Zest. I got this bottle for almost nothing from a LivingSocial or Groupon deal for AveYou (or Bloom, can't remember /: ) so it satisfied my lemming for the Orly and China Glaze almost immediately. Somehow, I still want them though. What's wrong with me?

I'm wearing Optical Illusion at three coats over base coat, without a top coat. The base is a thin, translucent, soupy pea green color and the glass flecks are a golden green. As far as I'm concerned, its love in a bottle. Even with the patchy application. I also adore the rubberized handle this brand uses, perfect grip every time!

So what do you think, yay or nay? Are you into my turtle stamp nails? I like them a lot, especially how subtle the stamp is because it really lets the beauty of Optical Illusion show through! Next up, BLUE!

Please be sure to check out the four other lovely bloggers who are participating in this challenge alongside me!

PS. Don't forget to enter my "Back to School" Giveaway for a Zoya NYFW Gloss Trio!
Ending: 9/21/12  - Only a few days left!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Comparison Swatches - Zoya Song and FeiFei

Happy Monday my lovelies. On Friday I showed you my swatches of Zoya Song and FeiFei from the NYFW Diva Collection. Well today I've got comparisons! Comparison post are fun, and I'm glad I am finally able to give you guys more of them. When I first started reading nail blogs, they were my favorite type of posts next to collection swatches. I thought they were so useful in deciding whether or not to buy a certain color. Nowadays I'm much less stingy with my polish purchases, and you all get to benefit! Comparison posts are also fun for me because I get to see how diverse or how narrow my collection really is once I start digging through drawers to find possible dupes. FUN! Anyone else think so? No, just me? lol

For the record, all swatches are shown with basecoat but no top coat.

Zoya Song v. Zoya Talullah:

Since Song is such a beautiful blue, I thought first of my other beautiful blue Zoya, Talullah. I realized immediately that they weren't close to being dupes right off the bat but thought I would show the two side-by-side for comparison's sake. Let's think of Talullah as a benchmark.

On my pointer and ring fingers is Talullah and on my middle and pinkie, Song, both at two coats each. Talullah is thinner and less pigmented with much finer milled shimmer. Also, the shimmer in Talullah gives a more aqua light compared to the straight up blue of Song. Ultimately, Song is a staple for any collection - a solid navy blue shimmer.

Zoya Song v. Orly Stone Cold:

Now, I hear what you're saying already... neither one of these comparisons rooted out a dupe. But I suppose that wasn't my intention. Sneaky, huh? :) Orly Stone Cold is nearly identical navy blue in color to Song, but the texture is way off!

I used two coats of Stone Cold on my pointer and ring fingers and two coats of Song on my middle and pinkie. Stone Cold is a glass-fleck in a blue jelly base while Song is a straight up shimmer, no comparison really. Its the color that matters here, but as far as texture is concerned, Stone Cold positively radiates light reflected off of all those little blue glass flecks. For the record, Song has the better formula.

Zoya FeiFei v. Crystal:

For my comparison between Zoya FeiFei and Crystal I used three coats each. Two suffices for good coverage, but I like three on microglitters generally as a rule of thumb. The difference between these two polishes is obvious right off the bat, Crystal has only bright blue and gold microglitter while FeiFei is all over the place with blue, gold, copper, and some pink for good measure. Crystal has a thinner and grayer translucent base than FeiFei's blue base.

There ya go! What do you think, was this post helpful at all or do you prefer comparisons that are closer to dupe status? Personally, I like seeing how new polishes I bring home compare to things I already have even if they're aren't 100% dupe city. But let me know what you like to see and I'll be happy to oblige! Any other comparisons you might like to see?

PS. Don't forget to enter my "Back to School" Giveaway for a Zoya NYFW Gloss Trio!
Ending: 9/21/12  - Only a few days left!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

31 Inspired Days of Nail Art 2012 - Yellow Nails

Warning: This post is chockablock full of all sorts of GAG for me. Today is our third installment of 31 Inspired Days of Nail Art and as you can see, today's theme is yellow. I don't have a thing against the color yellow, in fact, I love it. Its bright and makes people happy. One of my favorite foods, butter, is slightly yellow. Um, hello, butter is amazing. That means yellow must also be amazing. It is, just not on my fingers. *le sigh*

I own a grand total of three yellow polishes, and all of them look terrible on me. Funny how my boyfriend complimented me the one and only time I've worn yellow nails as an actual NOTD. Silly boys, what do they know about polish... he was sweet for trying though. :) The truth is, I only keep hold of these yellows for the off chance that I might need one for some nail art. Coincidentally, I'm doing some today!

For today's yellow nails I wanted to do some color on color stamping, turns out it didn't turn out so well! My base color is two or three coats of China Glaze Lemon Fizz and I stamped using Zoya Pippa and stamping plate LLC-A. I really liked the stamp pattern, a circle with dots radiating from the center outward and shrinking in size as they do. However, once on the nail my stamping just looked like I had weird little yellow basketball nails. Can you see it? Its that dimple pattern. I probably would have enjoyed this look more if the two yellows I used contrasted more. But they didn't and you had to stare up close to see that I even did any stamping. You can see in my photos that under lamplight you can't see any stamping! Not to mention I have major scalded lobster fingers.

In an attempt to improve this manicure without redoing it (I pledge to show all manis - good and bad!) I did a second stamp. At first I thought about doing a Steelers mani since it is football season and I used to live in Pittsburgh, but I was already tired and frustrated so I just went with bees and flowers. I used images from the same stamping plate, LLC-A Whad'ja think?

So tell me, are you a fan of yellow nails? Do they work with your skin? I feel like I've done a lot of complaining about this manicure, but truly I didn't care for it at all. Maybe I went into it with a bad attitude in the first place. :/ I'll try better next time, I promise!  Next up... GREEN!

Please check out the other lovely ladies who are participating with me in this challenge, they're awesome!

PS. Don't forget to enter my "Back to School" Giveaway for a Zoya NYFW Gloss Trio!
Ending: 9/21/12

Friday, September 14, 2012

Zoya Song and FeiFei - Swatches and Review

Good afternoon everyone! I'm currently procrastinating while I should be doing some major soils homework... butIdon'twanna. What I really want to be doing is swatching some amazing polishes I've got stacked up in my untried bin. Have I mentioned there are a bunch of indies in there too!?  But, since I can't bring myself to set up my manicure spot (my conscious would just kill me), I figured I would do some blogging instead! yay! I've got so much stuff lined up its not fair! I really need to get caught up.

Today I'm going to show the only two polishes I got from the Zoya NYFW Diva Collection, Song and FeiFei. I've already shown you my glossies trio (GIVEAWAY ALERT!!), and I've picked up several of the Designer cremes I've yet to swatch.


Song is a beautiful sapphire blue shimmer that Zoya describes as a, "Bold, vibrant medium primary blue with silver and blue glittery metallic sparkle." On the nail it immediately reminds me of Essie Aruba Blue or OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue. The shimmer particles are much larger in Song, however, and I don't have either of those two colors to compare it to. I do have other comparisons lined up for you though!

For this swatch I used two coats of Song over basecoat, I don't believe I used a top coat so the shine you see all belongs to Song! The formula was good and well pigmented, but be careful during application to keep this out of your cuticles. It doesn't flood at all, but being so pigmented, Song gave me a bit of a struggle when I was cleaning up my cuticle area. You can also see some areas on my skin where I had some trouble getting the blue off. Best news? No Staining! Removal was a breeze.


FeiFei, oh FeiFei. How do I even begin to attempt to describe this polish, other than to say that its magical. Zoya describes FeiFei as a, "medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue, and pink irridescent metallic sparkle." My first attempt would be to say that FeiFei is a microglitter along the lines of Zoya Crystal and the two NOPIs released not too long ago, Just Busta Mauve and For Gold Times Sake. FeiFei is very close to Crystal color-wise, but very very different nonetheless. I'll have comparisons up tomorrow!

For this swatch I used three coats over base coat, no top coat. Formula on FeiFei is thin with a translucent blue base and each coat dried fairly quickly. Two coats was enough for good coverage but I added a third for photos. Coverage for this polish comes not from the base, but entirely from the incredible microglitter. Looking closely I could see blue, gold, copper, and pink sparkle. This really is an incredible polish! Be prepared, however, for some work during clean up and removal. Warning: there will be shimmer fallout! It doesn't deter me from loving this polish in the slightest. :)

So tell me, did you get any of the polishes from the Zoya NYFW Diva Collection? I am torn on the rest of the colors... the red, Elisa, is beautiful but is so close to other red metallic shimmers I couldn't commit. Suri, the purple, is also gorgeous, and my kind of purple (blue not red) but again I can't pull the trigger. The only one I wanted to want but couldn't get over the frosty silver shimmer, was Ray. I love a good green but no thanks.

PS. Don't forget to enter my "Back to School" Giveaway for a Zoya NYFW Gloss Trio!
Ending: 9/21/12  - Only one week left!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

31 Inspired Days of Nail Art 2012 - Orange Nails

Whoa, buddy! Today is challenge day number two and the color is ORANGE, and let me tell you what... my nails are orange. lol And juicy, I wish they were little orange candies! I'm trying to use the basic color days as opportunities to work on my stamping, but since my oranges are limited and I was plum fresh out of stamping ideas (already??), I thought I would give an ombre manicure a shot. My first thought was to do a gradient, but that's already a challenge in and of itself and I've decided to try and avoid repeated techniques. Ya know, so I can expand my nail art repertoire! So here I am, with bright ass orange ombre nails.

I used four different polishes, including two OPIs, a Zoya, and a China Glaze. I think it'll be easiest to list them by fingers!

  • Index: OPI A Roll In The Hague (1 coat) and Zoya Sienna (2 coats)
  • Middle: OPI A Roll In The Hague (2 Coats)
  • Ring: OPI In My Back Pocket (4-5 coats)
  • Pinkie: China Glaze Papaya Punch (3 coats)

First of all... for the ombre color gradient I think I should have switched my index and middle fingers, but I didn't want to break up the finishes with an odd shimmer/glass fleck right smack dab in the middle. Second, can you believe that In My Back Pocket took so man damn coats!? I was really getting agravated after coat #3 and it was still patchy. The formula wasn't bad per se, just super mega thin and watery. So, maybe, bad after all? 

Overall, I really liked how it turned out! I didn't expect In My Back Pocket and Papaya Punch to go so well together because they look so different in the bottle, but once on the nail they looked great! Honestly, I was a little lazy with this. If I wanted to do a "true" ombre I would've taken the time to mix in white in varying degrees with one single color, but I thought it would be more fun to see if I could do it with colors I already had! Also, I'm resolved to do only one manicure per challenge. If I fail, you get to see my failure in all of its horribly disgusting glory. Excited for that? Just wait for yellow...

Be sure to check out my fellow challenge participants! (They're all pretty flippin' awesome.)

PS. Don't forget to enter my "Back to School" Giveaway for a Zoya NYFW Gloss Trio!
Ending: 9/21/12

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Teal Tuesday - Geometric

Good morning everyone, I hope you have a fine Tuesday. Last night was spent devoting time to myself, just to relax, and I can say for certain that I feel a million times better today. Its amazing how just a little bit of stress relief can affect a person. Since last night was devoted to MEmeMEmeME, I'm going to get to work and get some grown-up stuff done. Seriously, it never ends! lol

This week's challenge vote was neck and neck to the very end, we even had to extend the voting period to get a tie-breaking vote! Eventually, Geometric was declared the winner for this week's Teal Tuesday! By one vote!

For this mani I used two coats of butterLONDON Victoriana over a base coat, stamped using CND Silver Chrome, and my image design came from plate Mash-42. Over top of the stamping I used one coat of Zoya Frida, the most amazing and versatile teal jelly ever. Honestly, I was feeling a little uninspired for this challenge last night, I knew I wanted to use Victoriana but stamping was my cop-out. It just felt lazy. :/ But I think I should get over it since I'm not good at free hand nail art anyway. One of these days maybe I'll remember that I own striping tape! lol

Just for funsies, here's my geometric mani before I put Frida over the stamping design. I really liked the chrome stamp before adding Frida but it was mega in your face shiny and bright, and detracted from the polish underneath. The silver stamping makes me think of robots and/or circuit boards. What do you think?

For some reason, I couldn't get good photos of Victoriana on her own last night. So rather than saving her for her own post, you get to see her tonight! Victoriana is a blue-leaning teal with heavy silver shimmer that if applied carefully could cover in a single coat. This polish dries shiny too, these photos are shown without topcoat and are perfectly dry! This is one of those polishes I've been thinking about for such a long time but always put back before choosing another. Well, Victoriana, yesterday was your day. I bought a lot of butterLONDONs during yesterday's Ulta BOGO sale.... This was one of them. :)

Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating in Teal Tuesdays!

PS. Don't forget to enter my "Back to School" Giveaway for a Zoya NYFW Gloss Trio!
Ending: 9/21/12


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