Archive for July, 2012

(Just Another) Mani Monday: Olympic Nails

First off, I’d like to say again- THANK YOU for all the support, and for all the interest in the giveaway!

As I mentioned on Facebook, I drew the names of the winners last night, and they have already responded!  So big congratulations to Tina, Patricia, and Cayce!!   2 of the 3 winners will have their packages on their way to them tomorrow- the 3rd (at her request) will be getting hers mailed as soon as the Olympics are over.  My first international winner!

Be sure to post pictures on my wall when you make a fuzzy monster mani, guys!

Now onto today’s post- Olympic Nails.   Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which is always possible, I’m fairly in the dark with news a lot of times), you know that the Olympics began this weekend.  Go Team USA!

I will freely admit, this is not my best work.  But the kids were screaming, and I’m sure it’s fun to see the ‘fails’ as often as the wins.  The idea is good though, in my opinion!  Maybe you can recreate it a bit better 🙂

Here’s the first round of polishes I used.  This is OPI’s DS Radiance, Essie’s Penny Talk, a franken thrown together 5 minutes earlier by me, Color Club’s mini gold with no sticker (from May’s BirchBox), and Julep Kate.  (Or in other words- you need white, gold, silver, bronze, and (optional) patriotic topcoat)

I had planned to use Pretty and Polished’s Freedom Calling, but I couldn’t find the bottle for the life of me.  I know it’s around here somewhere.  That is a good one to use though, it’s fairly similar to this one but not identical.  Same idea- red, white and blue mixed glitter.

I painted white on my thumb and pinky, and did the 3 medal colors across the inner fingers, like so:

I think using all 3 colors from Essie’s Mirror Metallics would be good if you have them.  This gold and silver did not play nicely when it came to cleanup, because of the glittery effect.

Next round of colors:

You’ll need black, green, yellow, red, blue, and some straws (cutting them is up to you- but you’ll need 5 ‘sides’).   I used Cult Nails Nevermore, Julep Emilie, Sinful Colors Pull Over, Zoya Sooki, and Sinful Color’s Rain Storm.  For cleaning purposes, I also used a paper plate, but a piece of paper will also work.

Now we’re going to use these colors to create the Olympic rings on our thumb!

 

To make the rings, I dipped the tip of the straw into a little blob of polish.  If you don’t know off the top of your head (I didn’t), the rings go blue-black-red, and then yellow-green below them.  So I began with blue, and worked my way down!

Here’s the tip of the straw with polish on it.  Then you’ll place the straw end where you want the first ring, and gently rock it around to ensure the polish gets on the nail around the entire circle.  On my first circle, I lifted up after just placing it on my nail, and 1/2 the circle was missing.  When I re-did it, it made it look a bit ‘off’.  Do make sure you have a good bit of polish on the straw, but it doesn’t have to be dripping.

My nails, in addition to being shorter, are not very big.  I could *barely* fit the rings on my thumb, and they were all overlapping each other.  If you have slightly smaller nails, I’d advise trying out a coffee stirrer straw instead of a standard one.  If I had any, that’s what I would have used!

My ghetto rings.  At least it’s obvious what they’re supposed to be!

I didn’t take photos of the next step (because my husband wasn’t home to help with pictures), but I wrote ‘USA’ in red and blue polish on my pinky.  I did this using a paintbrush, but you could easily do it using nail art stripers, or maybe even a standard brush if you’re patient.

I then finished it all off with my red, white and blue topcoat over the gold, silver and bronze nails.  Obviously, if you’re not from the USA, Britain, or another r/w/b country, you can use something else to represent your colors!

Believe it or not, I DID clean up those metallic nails.  The gold and silver really don’t like me!

And I didn’t realize my USA was upside down in the swatches until after I’d taken pictures.  I didn’t want to redo the entire nail, so I hope you guys understand 🙂

Go Team USA!  Make us proud!

If you do any kind of Olympic mani, even if it’s completely different from this, please link up on my Facebook page- I’d love to see it and feature it!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Indie Wednesday: Polished Components Hydrangea and Future

Today I’m going to be showing off some very pretty indies- Hydrangea and Future from Polished Components!

I picked these up awhile ago, but I just got word that Hydrangea can *no longer be made*.  There’s only a very small number left (single digits), so if you really want it- I suggest you try to grab one quickly!  I’ll post links at the end of the post.

 

First up I’m going to show off Hydrangea.

 

This is a beautiful shade of purple, packed with purple and blue shimmer.  If you’re a fan of simple, understated indies over glitter bombs, Polished Components is a great store to check out.  She offers a little bit of everything!

For these photos I used 2 coats of Hydrangea.   I didn’t use a topcoat, because I knew I would be adding Future to it once photos were done!

Look at that beautiful shimmer 🙂

Next up, I layered 2 coats of Future on top of Hydrangea (although 1 would have been plenty).

Future is a really awesome flakie topcoat.  Ya’ll know how I’m a sucker for flakes!

The flakes in Future are the kind I love- the thin variety that go on smoothly.  They’re a beautiful mix of iridescent purple, blue, and a charcoal color.  The purple are a bit larger than the blue and charcoal so that you don’t see them as easily, but they give off a beautiful color shift.  This is definitely a different mix of flakie colors than any others I have!

Again with this mani, like many over the past week, I did no cleanup.  While it may not look as perfect as it could, if the application is good and doesn’t ‘need’ cleanup, I like to try and leave it as normal as possible for everyone to see what they’d be working with!

You can find Polished Components here on Etsy, and here on Facebook.  She has some adorable new labels for her bottles now too- but I bought mine a few months ago!

Be sure to check out the shop!

I have grand plans of posting something tomorrow, but my track record with ‘unplanned’ posts isn’t good.  So if not tomorrow, I’ll see you all on Friday!

 

 


Try It On Tuesday: Studio M Slammin’ Red

I’m back to normally-scheduled Try It On Tuesday this week!

Today I’ll be showing off Studio M’s Slammin’ Red.  I got this awhile ago in a swap with the ever-awesome Jen from Jen’s Nail Files.  I’m convinced she’s the source of a majority of blogger’s Studio M Purple Medallions 😉

Studio M is only sold in Meijer stores, which are only in a handful of states in the Midwest- which is nowhere near me.  They’re basically Color Club in different bottles- so odds are good you’ll be able to find most shades that way (though Color Club is ALSO not sold around me).

Slammin’ Red is a gorgeousssss red packed to.the.brim with red and silver holo glitter.  I did 2 coats for the photos, but it was almost opaque with 1 coat (just barely a VNL- yes, some nails have finally grown enough that I can have nail lines!).  Not many glitter polishes can claim that!

This polish was a little thick, but was still easy to work with and apply.

Look at those SPARKLES!

Sorry for the slight sloppiness, I did no cleanup on these and a red like this stains a bit 😉

If you pick up this color, I would recommend a base coat!  I didn’t have staining because I used a base coat, but I got the impression that it may stain.

Studio M’s can be found at Meijer stores for $2.99!


(Just Another) Mani Monday: Gradient Nails

Good evening everyone!  Today’s mani came out SO much better than I had hoped.  I LOVE it!

A good friend of mine has been asking about gradient nails for awhile.  While I was very familiar with the basics, I had never actually attempted it before.  So earlier today, I decided today’s post would be a perfect time to remedy that!

In the past I’ve seen a number of amazing tutorials for how to do this, but I went on my own using knowledge I got from everywhere for today.  I know there’s a number of pins floating around Pinterest of this technique.

First off, the supplies!  You’ll need tape, sponges, a white polish, the colors for your gradient, and a topcoat if you choose.  I used Orly Dayglow, Sonnetarium Samurai Princess, Color Club Pure Energy, and Color Club Ultraviolet.

The sponges are makeup sponges (cosmetic wedges) that I got in a giant pack at the dollar store.

First, you’ll want to paint your nails white.  I really like Dayglow- there’s a very very faint blue shimmer to it that’s barely noticeable.  It was part of Orly’s Feel the Vibe collection this summer- and I got it for $1 this weekend at Sally’s 50% off clearance sale!  I’m just sad I couldn’t find the others I lacked 😦

Anywho… on to the gradient part!

Here’s a picture of my thumb nail taped and ready to go.  You’ll want to cover most of the skin- but from experience, don’t cover the painted part of the nail.  I pulled off some of my white basecoat on other nails because the tape was on it, and it messed up the mani a bit.  This will help you avoid major cleanup- but some clean up is going to be necessary 🙂

I also advise taping all your nails first before painting.  The colors I chose were not the most opaque, so I had to do multiple sponge coats for the gradient- it was easier to be able to do all 5, giving enough dry time between them for a second coat.

I dropped a few drops of both colors next to each other on a paper plate, like so.  The sponge is poised overhead to dab!

You’ll press the sponge onto the paint, and then smoosh it onto your nail.  I made sure the ‘line’ between both colors was roundabout in the middle of the nail.

Voila!  To be fair, though, this dark color was after 3 separate dabs.

Here’s the other nails after 1 coat.

And here’s a ‘finished’ picture, before I cleaned up.  You can see the pulling on the middle finger from my tape.

For those unfamiliar with cleaning up a mani- here’s what I do.  I use a small paintbrush- it has a fairly small brush and is also moderately stiff (soft, but holds its shape while I use it).  I dip the paintbrush into 100% pure acetone, and run it along the outsides of the nail and cuticle area, wiping off on a small tissue or pad.  There’s lots of amazing tutorials out there if you need more help!  If you need help finding one, let me know in the comments and I’ll find one.

In my infinite wisdom, I didn’t take an ‘after’ photo of just the gradient.  Whoops!  But you guys get the idea 🙂  I just love where the 2 colors meet to form a blue-purple!

So to make it more fun, I added my very favorite black and white glitter I own, Sonnetarium’s Samurai Princess.

Seriously, I adore this glitter.  Of course it looks similar to Connect the Dots and it’s many dupes, but I prefer this one- it lacks the crazy big hexes that I’ve never liked much.  This is 1 coat of Samurai Princess- some dabbing for placement over my messed up polish sections 😉

SO beautiful.  I am seriously so upset to take this off- but it didn’t take very long to create, so I think it’ll make a re-appearance very soon!

You can find Sonnetarium here on Etsy- she’s in vacation mode now, so you can find her Facebook profile here to stay up-to-date on restocks!

Ultraviolet and Pure Energy were part of Color Club’s Electro Candy collection from 2009… you can still get these online, and I recently saw a set in Ross (for only $8!).

See you all tomorrow for Try-It-On Tuesday!


Nicole by O.P.I. Target Exclusives Part 2: Iris My Case, You’re S-Teal The One, and Mer-Maid for Each Other

This post is not technically late.

Well ok, I originally promised it Thursday.  So it’s late from that date.

Then I promised Saturday.  As I have not yet gone to bed, I still consider it to be Saturday in my head.  So I’m totally still on time.

If you haven’t already, be sure to enter my latest giveaway!

At the beginning of the month, I posted about 3 colors from Nicole by OPI that I found at Target, which you can see here.  I know for a fact 2 are Fall Target exclusives, though I don’t think Look At Me Look At Me! is new.

This past week Target was having a sale on NOPI colors, and I had coupons for them… so I bought the remaining 3.  And here they are!

Mer-Maid For Each Other, Iris My Case, and You’re S-Teal The One!

First up I’m going to show off You’re S-Teal The One.

I know that the other 2 are definitely Target Fall Exclusives, but I’m not so sure about this one.  I think I heard somewhere that it isn’t- but I’m going to show it anyways 😉

You’re S-Teal The One is a pretty bright blue metallic-y shimmer color.  In the bottle it appears that there’s a strong (and beautiful) purple color shift, but that honestly doesn’t translate to the nail. I could barely see any purple once the polish was on- if I squinted very closely at a nail, I could see some purple shift in individual glitters.

This was REALLY bright!  I definitely noticed my nails a lot while wearing this.  This is 2 coats.  It went on fairly well- I don’t think I did much in the way of cleanup for any of these colors.

Next up- Iris My Case!

Iris My Case is a beautiful purple to greenish-gold duochrome.  Like You’re S-Teal The One, the effect was more prominent in the bottle.  However, you could still see the duochrome on the nail- if you look closely in the photos you can see where the effect happens.

A very pretty addition to any collection- I’m really looking forward to China Glaze’s upcoming Bohemian collection, which will be full of duochromes like this but probably more pronounced.  So this one will still be worth having!  2 coats again, not much in the way of cleanup.

And finally, we have Mer-Maid for Each Other!

When I first saw this display a month ago, I didn’t intend on picking this one up because I thought it was for sure a dupe of OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard (which is a dupe of Chanel Peridot….).  However, I’m happy to say it’s NOT a dupe, and in fact I find it much prettier!

Mer-Maid for Each Other is a very pretty green duochrome.  Like Just Spotted the Lizard it leans golden in some lights, but unlike Lizard it also leans blue.  The base color is definitely a blue green rather than a golden color.

The name for this one is really fitting, because I instantly think of mermaids and the sea when I see this.  Like the others, this was 2 coats with minimal cleanup needed.

I decided to do a side-by-side comparison of OPI’s Just Spotted the Lizard and Nicole by OPI’s Mer-Maid for Each Other.  I completely forgot to include Sephora by OPI’s Mermaid To Order- but I can promise that REALLY doesn’t look anything like these 2.

You can already see from the bottle shots when side by side that they’re nothing alike- but in the store without seeing both together it’s hard to tell.  In the bottle, Just Spotted the Lizard appears to have an AMAZING color shift from the color of Mer-Maid to Order all the way to golden, but that just doesn’t really translate to the nail (seems to be a common problem!).

Just Spotted the Lizard is on my pinky, middle finger, and thumb, while Mer-Maid for Each Other is on my index and ring finger.   I had trouble showing off the color shift of these, but you can see in this photo- the base colors are nothing alike.  Lizard is a greenish gold, while Mer-Maid is a golden green.  Hah, that makes it sound like there shouldn’t be a big difference 🙂

There you have it!  I’d say these are definitely worth picking up if you can find them- they’re at Target and retail for $7.04 (though this past week, they were on sale for $6.50 at Target).  You can also find most of these and the colors from the previous post at Target’s website, too!

See you all in a day for the next Mani Monday!


Polish Monster’s 225 Followers Giveaway!

UPDATE:  I’ve heard from a few people that Rafflecopter is not mobile friendly- it seems rafflecopter isn’t friendly with a lot of things (maybe they need a good competitor, yikes)… in light of this, I’m changing how to enter the giveaway.  There will now be a form linked at the bottom to fill out instead of the link to rafflecopter.

I added an extra fun question that’s mandatory to answer, so that everyone still gets 3 entries and 1 extra for sharing.  Just say Elmo if you don’t care/don’t know!

IF YOU ALREADY ENTERED VIA RAFFLECOPTER, I will manually move you over to the new document.  Of course, you are welcome to re-enter the new way as well.  Just leave me a comment to let me know!

Wow!  Ya’ll, I can not believe I’m already posting my next giveaway!  I actually have quite a few things saved that were intended for the 100 follower giveaway, but we surpassed that and then some while the 50 followers giveaway was live.  And we kept growing!  I decided to make a fun one ‘in between’ larger giveaways- I don’t want to spoil ya’ll too much!

My Fuzzy Monster Nails were a pretty big hit, so I decided to run with that for the next giveaway!  So without further ado, I give you the prizes:

Monster Mani Packages!

Mega Nailattude posted a picture a few weeks ago on Facebook of the *cutest* package of Monster-themed mini nail polishes from Toys R Us.  I died a little when I saw them, and of course ran out and bought a package- or 2.  I originally planned to give the entire thing to 1 winner, and then decided to do this instead!

There will be 3 winners again- and each winner will receive a small ‘Monster Mani’ package!

These include:
-6 Mini Monster polishes (2 glitters, 4 creams)
-Small container of color-coordinated flocking powder
-Small container of rainbow microbeads (in case you’d like to try out caviar fish-egg nails!)
-Package of googley eyes
-Pre-cut felt and foil to help in polish removal  

There may be a few other small mani-related surprises, but I don’t have those yet and didn’t want to delay posting the giveaway I promised!

Like last time, I won’t put any restrictions on who can enter due to location.  I’m fortunate enough to be able to handle the shipping costs for other countries, so I’d like to be able to give my international followers a shot too!  If for whatever reason I can not ship to you and you’re a winner, I will provide something else very awesome.

Also like last time, I’m keeping this simple and straightforward.  You get 3 entries for following on Facebook, and can get 1 extra by sharing.  The giveaway will be live for 1 week (I don’t like dragging things out :)).

So three entries for following me- though this time, I’m limiting it to Facebook.  I didn’t really specify last time, and some of you only followed via Pinterest- which was completely ok based on my rules, but not quite what I had intended LOL 😉  I had thought about adding Twitter, but really I do most of my interactions via Facebook because Twitter still confuses me.  I’m so sorry if you only follow in one of the other ways!  If you absolutely can’t follow via Facebook, enter anyway and just leave an explanation in the box.

You can earn one additional entry for sharing in whatever way you want.  You can do this anywhere- just please link it, or tell me where I can find it to verify.  We did have a few shares that were not public last time that I had to throw out- please, be sure your share is public.

The reason sharing is only 1 extra is because while I love getting the word out, I really don’t want to put my followers that don’t feel comfortable sharing at a significant disadvantage.  I personally do not share very often, so I can’t expect my followers to all do it unless they want to!

[Giveaway is CLOSED]

Good luck!!!


Flakie Friday- Revlon Moon Candy in Milky Way and Moondust

It’s time for another Flakie Friday!

Today I’ll be featuring 2 of the colors in Revlon’s new ‘Moon Candy’ line.

These… aren’t exactly cheap.  They run at around $8 each, which is why you only see 2.  I just couldn’t justify the cost (Imagine that, me not justifying a polish purchase!).  They’re a double-ended polish, which Revlon seems to be releasing a lot of lately.  Crackles, neons, now flakes.

I knew this before I purchased, but sadly these aren’t true flakies.  They’re the thick, mylar flakes that will stick up on your nail and feel chunky.  I still like these kinds of flakes, but they’re not my favorite.

There’s 8 colors total right now, with 2 more set to be released at a later time.  On one end you have a solid color, on the other you have the flakes for ‘layering’.  Most of the time, the 2 colors are coordinated.

First up, we have Moon Dust!

This one comes with a black unnamed color on the other end.  It was a 1-coat polish, though there was a tiny bit of bald spots.  Since I was sticking heavy flakes overtop, I didn’t bother with 2 coats.

This is 1 coat of the Moon Dust flake topcoat.  I had to do a tiny bit of dabbing, but not much.

I honestly was not a big fan.  These large flakes can be a pain to work with- and this one I just didn’t think looked that great.  I bought it because another great write up showed this as being a blue flake- but my bottle is completely different than hers, and mine is just an identical dupe to Color Club’s Covered in Diamonds and China Glazes Lush and Luxe- but not as nice as either (especially Lush and Luxe).   I was sad 😦

The second polish I bought from this line is Milky Way!

This one, I did like.  It comes with a dark grey unnamed polish- and I don’t have a darker grey, so that’s always a plus.  These are also different than any other flakes I have- and as someone devoting 1 day of each week to flakies, you can be sure I have a ton!

The shards in Milky Way look to be similar, though possibly smaller, to Color Clubs Diamond Drops (which I don’t own yet).  Rather than being iridescent, they’re solid silver with a holo finish.

Like Moon Dust, I used 1 coat of the grey, and 1 coat of flakes.  Coverage was ok- only some bald spots and some dabbing.

One word of advice- be sure that bottom coat is dry before you add the flakes.  I was in a hurry, and adding the flakes sometimes pulled my undercoat and completely messed it up.

These also took forever to dry- I didn’t add a topcoat, but usually with only 2 coats of polish the dry time isn’t too long.  Not the case here.

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed.  I’m still happy I bought at least Milky Way, but when these were first announced I was really hoping they’d be more traditional flakies, ala Hidden Treasure or others like it.  But it’s a start!

If you’d like to see a great comparison of the *entire* collection, head on over to SoFlaJo’s writeup here!  You can enlarge any photo by clicking on it to get a closer look.  And also compare her Moon Dust with mine- they look nothing alike!  I want hers, haha!

I need to go out to help with a fundraiser tonight, but I’ve already been organizing pictures for both the next giveaway (I PROMISE it will go live later tonight!) and my NOPI Target post.  That was supposed to be for yesterday, but my week was more hectic than anticipated- but photos are edited, so I will have it set to post tomorrow.


Indie Wednesday (On Thursday): Fanchromatic Nails

Hello a day late, everyone!  As I mentioned yesterday on Facebook, we had pretty nasty storms all day yesterday.  I had attempted indoor pictures of these colors, but they just didn’t turn out great and I didn’t want to post without pictures that could at least attempt to show the polishes off.  So I waited until today, and thankfully the sun was shining!

So for today’s Indie Wednesday, I’m going to be featuring 2 lovely polishes from Fanchromatic Nails!  This shop opened up for business just a month ago, so they’re still pretty new!

This shop specializes in ‘Geek’ nail colors- in other words, inspired by all things awesome.   I’m glad lots of ladies are stepping up to fill the void that NerdLacquer left!

For my first order, I bought the 2 Limited Edition shades- Astrometrics and Spatial Anomaly.  These are only available in mini size for $4.75 each, and they’re limited edition due to the ingredients- it’s not guaranteed there will be more available.

Would you LOOK at those sparkles?  I will freely say- this is what these colors look like on the nail, though a tiny bit toned down.  I tried so hard to do these justice but really feel I came up short.  If you’re looking to get your money’s worth with an indie purchase, this would be it.  These babies are filled with a TON of different glitters- shapes, sizes, colors.  All while remaining fairly subdued and wearable.

First up is Astrometrics!

From the Etsy listing: ‘Astrometrics: measuring the movements of planets and other celestial bodies. This is some DEEP space science stuff. Fortunately, when translated into nail polish, “deep space stuff” just means you’ll really enjoy staring at your nails.’

Both of these colors were inspired by Star Trek- which I’ve never watched.  One of the very few things we haven’t watched in this household, too!

These pictures are all 3 coats, plus 1 coat of Color Club topcoat.  I could’ve gotten away with 2 coats, but it wasn’t completely opaque.  I didn’t need any cleanup- which is to say, the polish behaved well 🙂

Next up: Spatial Anomaly!

Again from the Etsy listing: ‘Something’s there, but we don’t know what it is and we can’t explain it. That’s right, we discovered a spatial anomaly!’

This color is such a pretty shade.  It’s a shimmery grey, filled with different colors, shapes and sizes of glitter.  There’s come color shift, some holo, some sparkle… it’s so fun to look at!

Like Astrometrics, this was 3 coats, though 2 would have been fine.  No cleanup at all was needed.  Both dried quite quickly as well.

As a disclaimer- I’ve spent the better part of 2 weeks referring to this one as ‘Spatial Anatomy’, so I apologize if you catch that misspelling anywhere 🙂

You can find Fanchromatic Nails here on Etsy, and you can follow here on Facebook to keep up to date on news.  There’s also an awesome Game of Thrones collection (Seven Kingdoms), along with the rest of the Star Trek inspired polishes (Strange New World) to check out!


NOTD: Essie Blue Rhapsody and Stroke of Brilliance

Hello again all!  Today was supposed to be Try It On Tuesday, but since I’m highlighting newer colors that probably disqualifies it.  I may still post an untried later!

Today I’ll be showing 2 brand new shades by Essie:  Blue Rhapsody and Stroke of Brilliance.

Blue Rhapsody is part of Essie’s new Mirror Metallics line, and as you can probably guess from the name- is blue.  Stroke of Brilliance is a brand new addition to Essie’s LuxEffects line, and is a pretty blue glitter topcoat.

I actually only bought Blue Rhapsody because I knew I’d be eventually adding Stroke of Brilliance to my stash when I found it.  So the moment I finally spotted it at Walgreens, I came home and paired the two up as planned!  And they make a very stunning combo!

First up:  Essie Blue Rhapsody

This is a very pretty blue metallic polish.  I’d honestly say it’s more like a chrome than a mirror (when I think of mirror, I think of Layla Mirror Effects or those pure-foil Minx), but it’s very pretty.  This is only 1 coat!  These polishes are all true 1-coaters… which also makes them PERFECT for stamping.

The only downside to this type of polish is that it will show every single ridge or bump on your nail, as you can see in my photo.  I was wearing a base coat, too!  So to really get a great effect wearing these colors I would recommend buffing.

Then I added 2 coats of Stroke of Brilliance!

I did a bit of dabbing for glitter placement, though it wasn’t really necessary.  This was 2 coats of Stroke of Brilliance- so you can tell it would probably take a LOT of coats to wear it alone.

The shades aren’t identical, but close enough that it makes what could be an over-the-top, blingtastic glitter very subtle.  Of course, subtle is relative when you’re walking around with shining, chrome blue nails 😉

Both colors retail at around $8, and can be found at most drugstores, Target and Walmart.  I haven’t seen Stroke of Brilliance anywhere but Walgreens yet, though.  Be sure to check the regular Essie display and not just ‘special’ displays- at one Walgreens, I found this on a special LuxEffects display in the front, but at a second Walgreens it was found just in the normal LuxEffects spot on the standard shelf.

I haven’t decided what I’ll be doing for tomorrow’s Indie Wednesday yet- but on Thursday, I’ll be highlighting the other 1/2 of the Target Nicole by OPI exclusives- MerMaid for Each Other, Iris My Case, and You’re S-teal the One!  (seriously, who makes up these names for OPI??)

See you then!


(Just Another) Mani Monday- Monster Nails!

Hey fellow polish monsters!

Today I have a fun look for Mani Monday!  These are what I’ve dubbed… Monster Nails!

I know many people have seen the ‘fuzzy’ nail look- the first I saw with this effect was The PolishAholic’s Fuzzy Nail Sweaters.  So I’m not really reinventing the wheel with this, but I added a fun twist (that I haven’t seen before, but you know how big the nail world is- it’s possible that it’s been done!)

First off, I gathered my supplies:

You can get Flocking Powder in any craft store, it will be by the scrapbooking supplies.  I think this container was maybe $2 on sale.  I also grabbed a polish that was close to the color of the flocking powder (this powder I actually bought for crafts, not nails, so I worked with what I had), some clear top coat, and googley eyes!

I picked Zoya Lara as my polish for this mani.  It’s actually the first time I’ve worn Lara… and it look great on me!  Cooler colors always work best with my skin tone.  It’s a plain, pretty medium pink cream.

Next up: flocking powder!

(15 minutes later) Sorry, took a writing break to stalk Dollish Polish over on Llarowe’s site.  I was successful in my venture!

Ok, so flocking powder!  There’s 2 different ‘tops’, one to pour and one to ‘sprinkle’.  I chose the sprinkling option, so my fuzziness was on the lighter side compared to many versions I’ve seen.  Working 1 nail at a time, I simply put a coat of fast dry topcoat on, and sprinkled flocking powder until the nail was covered.

This is a fun look 🙂  Because there wasn’t a ton on there, it wasn’t moving at all and there was no residual flaking.

Now onto the fun!

To add a neat twist on this, I decided to turn them into ‘monster’ nails- I love monsters, and that’s of course the theme of my blog and franken polishes 🙂

To do this, I just added a googly eye to each nail- that’s it!  I dabbed it with a bit of nail polish, and placed it on.

I won’t lie, this isn’t exactly… user friendly.  These particular googly eyes are thick, and popped up:

And they didn’t have the best of hold on there, though they weren’t falling off either.  For more wear, I would probably opt for nail glue.

My cat (Alex) thinks I’m crazy.  And was also annoyed I was getting in his way of the sunshine.

I always feel like… somebody’s watchin’ meeee…

So there it is!  A quick, easy fun look 🙂  This would be GREAT for Halloween!  See everyone tomorrow- I’ll be featuring 2 new Essie’s for Try It On Tuesday!


365 Days of Color: Toxic Love Preview

Hello All! I had great intentions for this post to appear this weekend- but I pretty much just relaxed and accomplished a whole lot of nothing instead. I swatched and took photos for 3 different posts on Friday- so really laziness was truly the only excuse!

I’ll be posting the normal Mani Monday later today, but first I wanted to be sure to get this preview post in asap. I’m going to be showing off 2 colors from 365 Days of Color’s new collection, Toxic Love: Deadly Attraction and Dangerously Beautiful!

365 Days of Color is an indie polish brand created by the awesome Sunny.  You can find her website here: http://www.365daysofcolorpolishes.bigcartel.com/.  She’ll be re-opening her shop on Monday, July 16 at 8am PST (11am EST and 10am CST)- including these new colors!

As a disclaimer: I was sent these polishes as a gift.  They were a thank you from Sunny- I helped her brainstorm those fancy new labels she designed, aren’t they great?  They weren’t intentionally sent for a review or preview, but of course I’m going to do it anyways. 🙂

First up is Deadly Attraction!

This polish is a neon yellow filled to the brim with black shard glitter.  If you’re a shard lover like myself, you’ll quickly love 365 Days of Color- Sunny uses shards in a number of her polishes, 2 of which I’ve swatched in the past here.

Application was alright.  I had a bit of thickness issues with both colors.  I was ready to contact Sunny to let her know- but in the meantime I used 3 other colors (I told ya’ll, I have swatches ready for a few posts) and every single color had similar thickness issues.  And it wasn’t initially- it was after I opened them and did maybe 1 coat on my nails.  My Zoya Lara tonight also had issues with thickness.

I think my bedroom is bizzare and making my polishes thicker.  Maybe our air is dry?  Go figure, maybe one of ya’ll may know something that could cause that. Or maybe all the ones I used are just running on the thicker side.

Point is, I can’t say for sure that it’s the polishes running thick.  Even thick, they went on well.

Both colors are on the sheerer side (they’re jellys- or maybe crellies?), so all photos show 3 coats.  You could also layer 1 coat over underwear, but you won’t get quite as much of a ‘sandwich’ effect.

I don’t think I mentioned that with this restock, Sunny is rolling out her new bottles and labels (which these bottles are).  I love the new bottle shape!  It’s fairly unique, and it actually stores really well and fit REALLY nicely in my hand for swatches.  Here’s a side shot to show how thin it is:

There’s a slight flatness to the front and back, so if you were to have multiples of these bottles, they line up perfectly next to each other.  If all my bottles were this shape it would certainly help with space issues!

Next up is Dangerously Beautiful:

Dangerously Beautiful is a neon pink with a sparse amount of blue and black matte glitter.    The pink is definitely neon, but it’s very subdued and not blindingly bright.

I’ll be completely honest- before I put this on, I didn’t think I would like it.  With glitter I tend to go with the ‘more is better’ mantra, and I knew this would be a very light glitter.  I also wasn’t sure if I would like the color combos.

However- I actually think this is my favorite of the bunch!  It looked really, really super beautiful on, and I hated to have to take it off.  The blue and black glitter looked lovely with the pink, and the glitter in lower layers appeared purple because they were underneath the thin pink layer.

As I said before, this is 3 coats- however unlike Deadly Attraction, this one has no topcoat.  I was in a hurry to take the picture 🙂

These 2 colors along with the other colors in the Toxic Love collection- Chemical Romance (purple with black shards, black/white glitter) and Killer Kiss (coral orange with white shards, bars, and multi sizes of hex glitter) will be available today at 8am PST at  365’s Bigcartel site.   You can follow 365 Days of Color on Facebook to keep up to date on restocks and new colors by liking the page here!

At the excellent request of a follower, I’m now linked up on Bloglovin’ (or I think I am).  You can follow me here now if you would prefer that.  I’ve added a widgit to the sidebar as well.

See you in a little bit for Mani-Monday!  It’s going to be  ‘monster-ful’ fun today!


Flakie Friday: Essie As Gold As It Gets

I love gooooooooooold!

I’m sorry for the delay in posting this, guys!  I had everything done earlier, but didn’t get a chance until this evening to sit down and write it out.

So for today’s Flakie Friday, I decided to go in a tiny bit of a different direction- Essie’s As Gold As It Gets!

As Gold As It Gets is part of Essie’s LuxEffects collection, which can be found in most drugstores, Target, and Walmart.  It’s a beautiful GOLD flakie!

This is also packed with a very fine, pretty iridescent shimmer.  The flakes are very delicate, so you won’t notice any chunkiness wearing this.  I stuck to the basics again this week- pairing As Gold As It Gets over Cult Nails Nevermore, my go-to black polish.  Even though it can get ‘boring’ sometimes, black is almost always the best underwear to really show a flakie off!

All of these photos were taken outside in the sunlight, which is where I try to take most of my pictures.  We’ve had rain (hallelujah!) every day this week though, so this is the first outdoor shot of the week.

See the faint microfine glitter?  It adds a pretty rainbow effect to the topcoat.  This is REALLY noticeable outside!

This was 1 coat of Nevermore, topped with 1 coat of As Gold As It Gets.  That’s just 1 coat!  As an added bonus, having a manicure with just 1 coat + 1 topcoat means it’s dry FAST.

Essie can be purchased for around $8 at most stores.  Be sure to check out the newest LuxEffect, Stroke of Brilliance!  It JUST appeared in my local Walgreens, so they’re beginning to hit the stores!  I’ll be doing a bonus post on Sunday to show off that gorgeous new color 🙂

And as a fun bonus picture:  Here’s a comparison shot of Sephora’s It’s Real! 18k gold topcoat.

Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this polish (though I have every intention of buying it hopefully soon).  I did this exact manicure (AGAIG over Nevermore) about a month ago, and we happened to go to the outdoor mall that is home to Sephora that day.  I happily used the tester of It’s Real!, and then came home and took photos.   Because that’s totally what normal people do.

Anywho- you can faintly see AGAIG under It’s Real! if you look close enough.  So this should be a pretty good way to show how different they are!  It’s Real! was absolutely stunning on my fingers, I could not stop staring that day.  As soon as I save up  get the guts to chunk down $30 on a topcoat, it will be mine!

Be sure to check back tomorrow and Sunday- while I don’t normally do weekend posts, I have a lot to share so I’ll have 2!  Tomorrow will be featuring some new indie colors generously given to me (that will be available Sunday for sale!), and Sunday I’ll be showing off Essie’s new Blue Rhapsody and Stroke of Brilliance!


Indie Wednesday: Dollish Polish Zombie Flesh

Brraaaaaainnnnnssssss…

Yes, that’s a zombie from the game Plants Vs. Zombies.  Which is an awesome game.  He also sort of looks like the topic of this post, which is…

Zombie Flesh by Dollish Polish!

This *lovely* and charming shade is part of Dolly’s TV Series, inspired by the show The Walking Dead.  I’ve actually never seen The Walking Dead, though it’s been on our Netflix queue for what feels like forever.  I have a love/hate relationship with all things horror.

Dollish Polish is about to be sold via Llarowe, and Leah Ann is dedicating different days to different brands- today being Dollish Polish.  This, combined with my Monday delivery of Dollish Polish from her most recent restock (Random Dancing and Drop.Your.Sword), inspired me to feature one of my only Dollish Polishes!

I was lucky enough to snag this in one of her last restocks before going to her current system (limited colors each round).  It was a serious mad dash- this was the first I went for and was able to get it, but sadly because of that I missed out on- well, everything else.  But I got one of the ones I really wanted!

According to her website, Zombie Flesh is on rotation to return in August.  So if you like what you see, you won’t have to wait too long!

Zombie Flesh is an olive/army green color, filled with black, gold, and green glitters.

I painted my nails last night- this is 3 coats of Zombie Flesh and 1 coat of Poshe Fast Dry topcoat.  As you can see on my nail tips, when the topcoat dried it pulled up the polish a bit.  I also lightly smudged my index finger before the polish was dry- but AFTER the topcoat was dry, which lead to a weird wrinkled effect.  I didn’t fix it though, because I thought it only reinforced the ‘old mottled flesh’ idea 🙂

Without polish underwear, 3 coats was definitely needed… but the color is on the sheer side, so the layers created a subtle jelly sandwich.  For a color named ‘Zombie Flesh’, it’s actually a very flattering color on me and fairly neutral toned!

Dollish Polish can be purchased HERE from her site (when in stock- fyi, its a very fast mad dash, most things are gone in 5 minutes), and HERE at Llarowe.

Here’s what will be stocked at Llarowe’s site on THIS MONDAY, JULY 16 (not Zombie Flesh, but that should come in August!):
Urban Camo
Spank You Very Much
Dark Elf
Mermaid Scales
Pixie Dust
Aurora Borealis
Heart of Glass
I’m a Material Girl
Looking for Mr. Big
3 Best Friends
Hippity Hop Hop

For Dollish Polish updates, you can follow her page on Facebook HERE!


Try It On Tuesday: Follow Me On Glitter by Nicole by O.P.I.

Hello all! It’s time for another Try It On Tuesday!

This week I wanted something sparkly, so I reached in my helmer and pulled out Nicole by O.P.I.’s Follow Me On Glitter.  My mom gave this to me a few months ago, and while I was excited to get it- it got thrown into the Helmer and forgotten about, like so many of my beautiful colors.

This shade is part of their Kardashian collection, and you can still find it in most stores.  You’ll find it just about anywhere that sells Nicole by O.P.I. (NOPI)- Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens.  I think this was supposed to be the ‘more afforadable’ drugstore version of O.P.I… I don’t know about ya’ll, but it’s only ever 50 cents less than what I can get O.P.I. for.  So I guess it’s really just a way to get O.P.I. at a drugstore… even though they aren’t the same colors.  Whatever.

ANYWAYS… Follow Me On Glitter is a black and silver fine glitter base, filled with the occasional larger multi colored glitter.  The colored glitter is almost completely drowned out by the black and silver- so really it just looks like a finer version of O.P.I.’s Metallic for Life (my original Try it On Tuesday pick for last week).  I really wish the colored glitter was a bit more visible!  It’s still a very pretty color, though.

All of the pictures were 2 coats of Follow Me on Glitter with 1 coat of Poshe Quick Dry Top Coat.  This was *almost* a 1 coat polish- the second coat evened out a few lighter spots and gave the color a bit more opacity.  But that’s impressive for a glitter!

This went on smoothly and without too many issues- I didn’t have to do any cleanup (though things weren’t *perfect*, I thought it was good enough).  For those that aren’t familiar, NOPI uses those huge fat brushes that people either love or hate.  I actually like them when the color is a ‘normal’ color- but with this thick glitter, it wasn’t the easiest to work with.  I have tiny nails (just in general size, length is irrelevant)- the really thicker brushes can give me some trouble with my pinky finger.

On a slightly unrelated note, my nails are starting to grow a little!  I’m not holding my breath yet, because the damaged areas still haven’t grown out- so my new ‘growth’ is the remainder of the damaged sections- but so far they’re holding up ok.  I’ve been loading my nails down with Seche Vite Recondition, which I got for free at Sally Beauty Supply.  So far it’s done wonders for my nail strength compared to the large amount of other things I’ve used.  I don’t think I’ll be able to grow them very long until all the damage is gone, but this is a nice start- it’s the longest I’ve had them in 4 months!

There’s a lot of other bloggers taking part in Try It On Tuesday- go check them out via Jilltastic Nail Design!

See you all tomorrow!


(Just Another) Mani Monday: Ladybug, Ladybug

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home; Your house is on fire and your children all roam!

I used to say ‘burn’ as a kid but that’s really sort of depressing, so I didn’t teach Syd that version 😉

The other night my husband spotted a baby ladybug on our bed.  My daughter LOVES ladybugs- in fact, her nickname from my mother-in-law is ‘Nana’s Little Ladybug’- so of course we called her in and she spent a good chunk of time staring at it.

So when I was trying to decide what to do for today’s Mani Monday, I remembered the little visitor and decided to do ladybug nails!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Nail polish, and dotting tools.  I used Revlon Colorstay in Red Carpet, Sinful Colors Happy Ending, Cult Nails Nevermore, and Julep Kate.  You can use whichever colors you like!  I got my dotting tools for super cheap somewhere on Ebay from China, but you can find them in a lot of places.  If you need help locating some just leave a comment!

First off, I painted each nail with Happy Ending- this was my closest ‘grass’ type color, and I hadn’t used it before so I was glad to have the chance.

I had never noticed this color before, but I think it’s part of some core lines of Sinful Colors?  Most of my stores don’t carry it, but I noticed it as part of the standard larger display at Rite Aid.  I really like it!  This was almost a 1 coat polish- I added a second coat to make the color a bit brighter.  I also had NO CLEANUP.  I did my nails last night and took the photo this morning… and I didn’t have to touch up a thing.  I honestly think that’s a first for me!  I don’t know if it’s a testament to the polish, or to my increasing skills with a brush!

I didn’t take photos while I was doing the mani, but it’s very straightforward and easy.  I used one of the larger dotting tools, dipped in red, and did 2-3 dots on most fingers.  I let that dry a little, and then I took one of the tiny dotting tools, dipped it in black, and added the ladybug’s characteristic spots.  As an afterthought, I used a larger dot of black for the ‘head’ area and dotted small white dots for ‘eyes’.  I didn’t have a teeny tiny brush, so I didn’t add antennae.  I TRIED on my thumb and it came out awful and thick, so I covered it with Happy Ending- this explains some of the inconsistencies in the coverage on that nail 🙂

Super quick, easy, and cute!  I struggled a little more with my right hand because I have issues keeping my left hand steady… but it still looks decent!

Some of the eyes are giant, next to a little eye.  My ladybugs are crazy I guess 🙂

Hope you enjoy!  If anyone decides to recreate a similar look, please share pictures on my Facebook page!


50 Followers Giveaway- WINNERS!

Hello again everyone!

In the past week, I’ve gained almost 150 followers- I’m truly blown away! I know not everyone was here just for the giveaway, because we had 166 total entries- and since a lot of people entered twice, I’m going to roughly guess we had around 100-125 people enter.

So first off, WELCOME to all my new additions! I’m so happy you’ve come to my small corner of the internet! As soon as I’m done with this post, I’m off to work on my Mani Monday post 🙂

I really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments! I truly hate not being able to give everyone Floam or Jawbreaker in particular- I know that these are lemmings for so many of you. I was so overwhelmed with the support and interest, that while it’s not the coveted indies- I did add a few ‘bonus’ prizes after I drew the first 3.

I will say- a LOT of people didn’t exactly follow the rules I tried to clearly lay out. Because of the sheer number of them, and because I really am too nice, I was fairly forgiving this time around. But ya’ll, I really can’t allow entries that don’t follow the rules next time- it’s not fair to those that did follow. Please, please follow the directions (all the winners did though, which was pure luck).

In case anyone was wondering- I manually added every person’s entry to a giant Google spreadsheet with their name, entry method (follow or share), and prize preference if applicable.

As an extra level of being sure, I had 2 other people double check my list to ensure I didn’t miss anyone.

Then I used random.org for the winning numbers!


So without further ado, here’s the winners list!!

FLOAM will be going home to: Julie Bennett!

JAWBREAKER will be going home to: Christina Struble!

The Pretty and Polished minis will be going home to: Maile Louie!

As I mentioned before, I wanted to give a few more people a surprise, so I randomed off 3 more numbers for small prizes- and they are:

Sara Bartlett
Angie Castro
Olivia McGinnis
!

I had also promised right when I announced the upcoming giveaway that I would try to do something small to thank my original 48 followers- the ones that helped me get my first real boost when I didn’t have much to show! I manually wrote down everyone’s name that night, before I announced the giveaway, and ordered them on a separate spreadsheet. Tonight I used random.org to pick 3 numbers from that list! And those winners are:

Amber Lynne Geer
Caroline Piazza
Nikki Oakes

Here’s the deal. I messaged everyone on Facebook with my regular account, but I also know Facebook has been… unreliable with getting my mail to people. I hope you all got it (2 people I couldn’t contact that way), but if not I hope you see this post- if you’re a follower, you SHOULD see it! And all the winners are followers 🙂

I need the winners to reply to me via Facebook messaging on Polish Monster or via email- thepolishmonster@gmail.com. I will give winners until TUESDAY to get in touch with me with their shipping info- and in the case of the ‘surprise’ winners, a polish choice (I have a few Sinful Colors and other small drugstore colors to pick from). If in the event I haven’t heard from a winner by Tuesday evening, I will re-draw for that particular prize. I REALLY don’t want to have to do that!

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners, and thank you to everyone for entering! I promise more fun giveaways in the future… I had originally planned on a 100 follower giveaway, but we blew past that while this one was live! Maybe 250?

See you all tomorrow!


Flakie Friday: Cult Nails Seduction over Max Factor Fantasy Fire

It’s been a busy week!  Even though some posts were late, I think this is the first time I’ve done something every day.  I don’t plan for that to be the norm 😉

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  It will be closed down at midnight tomorrow night- Saturday July  7.

I have a BEAUTIFUL combo for you today!  I can’t remember where (I’m so sorry!), but I’ve seen a few people combine Cult Nails Seduction with Fantasy Fire from Max Factor- WHAT a gorgeous pairing!

For those that aren’t familiar with either polish, Cult Nails Seduction is a limited edition flakie that can be found on Cult Nails site for $10.  If you want it, I highly encourage you to get it while you can!  I can’t being to talk about how much I regret not getting Toxic Seaweed before it was discontinued… and of course I would give my right arm for Clarivoyant.

Max Factor Fantasy Fire is sadly only available in the U.K., and only in mini size.  So if you’re anywhere else, you’ll have to find a swap buddy or head to Ebay.  I used a U.S. seller on Ebay with a high rating, and for a reasonable price (well, sort of reasonable).  Fantasy Fire is highly sought after due to its similarity to the illusive and no-longer-available Clarins 230.  It’s a STUNNING multichrome in a bright purple base.

*Drool*

This was actually my first time using Fantasy Fire for a full mani, and I made the mistake of NOT layering it over something.  Ladies, don’t repeat my mistake!  While gorgeous, Fantasy Fire is fairly sheer.  In the picture below I have on 3 coats- and you can still see my nail staining (it makes the multichrome effect show up differently).

Notice the little ovals of a different color at the tips?  That’d be my staining- it’s almost grown out.

I hated to cover up such a pretty color, but I did.  While Seduction covers up a lot of the beauty of Fantasy Fire, layering them together gives a gorgeous shimmering depth to the polish.

Cult Nails really does flakies well.  Clarivoyant is absolutely STUNNING, and so is Seduction.  The flakes are thick, dense, and very colorful.  Seduction has a strong orange to blue-purple color shift in a sheer purple base.

Just look at that beautiful bottle shot!

Overall I liked this combo, but next time I may try more of a flakie-sandwich with Fantasy Fire, because I think FF got a bit too lost in the flakes.

For what it’s worth, even with Seduction on top, I CAN STILL SEE my staining.  It just shows up as black shadows on the tops of my nails.  I just can’t win!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Nicole by O.P.I. Target Exclusives: Look At Me Look At Me, For Gold Time’s Sake, Just Busta Mauve

I mentioned on my Facebook page earlier this week that I had recently picked up some of the new Fall 2012 Nicole by O.P.I. colors at Target.  Some ladies requested pictures, so I decided to do a full post today to show them off!  I haven’t really seen any swatches around yet, so hopefully this will help you know what they look like.

The display stand I saw at Target had at least 7 colors, maybe 8.  I saw: For Gold Times Sake (gold glitter), Iris My Case (beautiful purple duochrome), Just Busta Mauve (mauve glitter), If the Blue Fits…(blue glitter), Mer-Maid for Each Other (green duochrome ala Peridot), Look At Me Look At Me (silver glitter), and I Love U Cherry Much (red glitter).   The links, if you’re interested, will take you to their listing on Target’s website.

I remember seeing posts in the past saying that Look At Me Look At Me was part of the Target Spring 2012 collection, but I never saw it on the stands at the Targets near me (and I would have bought it if I did- I own Purple Yourself Together and Great Minds Pink Alike from spring).  It looks like it’s making a re-appearance with this collection!

Although beautiful, I passed on Iris My Case and Mer-Maid for Each Other for now.  China Glaze is coming out with their Bohemian collection in I think August, and we’ll see dupes of these 2 in that collection (for cheaper, depending on where you shop).  I Love U Cherry Much and If the Blue Fits were both pretty, but it was the multicolored glitters that naturally caught my eye.  I was already testing my husband’s patience with nail polish by buying 3 so I held off on the others for now 🙂

First up will be Just Busta Mauve, because that’s the first in my group shot.

This was my favorite of the 3 I bought.  This is a beautiful ultra fine mauve glitter, filled with fine pink and blue glitter.  There does appear to be a faint color shift with the pink and blue glitter- maybe.  They’re so small and dainty that it’s hard to be sure.

I used 2.5 coats for this- I say 2.5 because it was technically 2, but that last coat I put on VERY thickly.  I did not use a topcoat because I was in mass-swatch mode, though I imagine it would make it sparkle even more!

Next up is Look At Me Look At Me!

This one was definitely the most ‘blingy’ in the bottle.  It’s an ultra-fine silver glitter with the occasional pink and blue glitters, like Just Busta Mauve.  Again, I used 2.5 coats with no topcoat.

I think this one could have really used the topcoat.  As you can see in the pictures, there’s a bit of texture there and it gives my nails an uneven look.  Otherwise, application was easy and quick.

Finally, For Gold Time’s Sake!

This one was super pretty, but really did nothing for me with my skin tone.  I think it would look gorgeous on other ladies though!   This follows the same pattern as the previous 2- ultra fine gold glitter- this is a very dark, antique gold- with the occasional flashes of pink and green glitter.

As you might be able to see in this picture, the coverage was a bit on the thin side.  I used 2.5 coats with this one as well, and you can still see some of the staining on my natural nails (for what its worth, the staining is a puke yellow/green).

All 3 applied wonderfully… I had minimal cleanup to do.

These are set to hit Targets in August, but clearly they’re showing up earlier than that in some places and most are already available online!  Keep your eyes open for them, the entire collection is very beautiful.


Indie Wednesday: 4th of July Edition

Happy Independence Day everyone here in the U.S.A.!  Anyone have any fun plans?  We’ll likely be hanging out here at home, inside, because it’s too hot outside!

So the 4th of July coincides with Indie Wednesday, and luckily all but 1 of my ‘patriotic’ polishes are indies- outside of solid colors.  The only one that is not would be Julep America.

Today I’ll be showing off 2 different looks- the first I did last night, and the second is actually my mani from Memorial Day.

First up:  Girly Bits  Star Spangled!

Star Spangled is a gorgeous polish.  It’s a blue base filled with itty bitty red bar glitter and fine blue glitter.  This gives a super sparkly, yet subtle look.

All pictures are 3 coats of polish plus 1 of Poshe topcoat.  I probably could’ve gotten away with 2 coats, but I went ahead and did 3.  The polish is a much deeper blue with 3!

Mmmm, I love sparkles!

The second polish to show off is Pretty & Polished’s Freedom Calling.  I bought this back in May, and these are photos of my Memorial Day mani a few weeks before I started blogging.  I was prepared though, taking pictures!

I layered 1 coat of Freedom Calling over 2 coats of Orly’s Skinny Dip from their summer Feel The Vibe collection.  1 coat of Seche Vite on top… I’m sure you’ll notice the bubbles from it.

I did NOT notice all those bubbles until I was looking at the picture- they were completely invisible to the naked eye.  Then when I checked out the pictures, I was like ‘eek!’.  One of the reasons I now use Poshe primarily for a topcoat.

I just love the random big hexes!

I’m glad I was finally able to show off these pictures!

You can buy both brands at their stores when they restock (I believe Pretty & Polished will be restocking TWICE this coming Thursday!): Girly Bits and Pretty & Polished.  Both can also be purchased on Llarowe’s site, and Girly Bits can be found at Harlow and Co.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th!  And if you’re in a drought area (like we are), please use extreme caution with the fireworks!


Try It On Tuesday: Whimsical Ideas By Pam Seuss

Time for another Try It On Tuesday!

So this is just going to BARELY make it in time for Tuesday, but I’m happy I was able to get it done!  Not to get into too many personal details, but my mother in law had major surgery today so most of the day was spent at the hospital.  Everything went well though!

I had trouble deciding what polish to feature tomorrow, so I picked the one I had never worn before to feature today.

Whimsical Ideas by Pam can be found here on Facebook.  To order any polishes from her, you send her an email with what you would like and she invoices you when she reaches your order.   I believe mine took me 2 weeks to arrive from the time I sent in my email- not really a terrible turn around.

Seuss is a polish I had wanted very badly from Pam, so this was 1 of the 2 I bought from her.  Though it’s not intentionally patriotic, it is still a good pick for a mani on any American holiday!

Here’s Seuss, 2 coats:

This is on my right hand- aka my dominant hand.  My nails aren’t as well cared for over on this side, my fingers are thicker and my nails are shorter.  Big thanks to my hubby for taking these pictures- I couldn’t get out the tripod and I have issues taking pictures of this hand.

I did have some issues with this polish.  The glitter didn’t like to cooperate… so I had to do a bit of dabbing.  If I didn’t, all the glitter ended up bunched at the end of the nail from my brush strokes.

This was my second attempt with Seuss tonight- the first attempt was horrible.  I was trying to get too much glitter on each nail, which resulted in glooping and just a horrible mess.  The second time around, I just put on thin coats and tried to not pay attention to the location of the glitter.

Sorry for the late post!  I’m already editing photos for tomorrow’s post, so I promise that one will NOT be up 15 minutes before midnight 🙂

 

 


(Just Another) Mani Monday: Oreo Nails with Lush Lacquer Salt N’ Peppa

Hey ya’ll!  Let me just say, I’ve been reading the comments as they come in for the giveaway post, and it’s been so much fun!  And really depressing, because I would seriously like to give everyone a bottle.  We’ve already gone over what I had originally planned for giveaway #2 and it’s only the second day of the first giveaway- so I think I’ll just play that one by ear!

So I’m not sure what has taken me so long today to get things moving with this post… I made the mistake of not doing my nails last night, and then I just kept putting it off to do things around the house, clean, etc.  Time REALLY flits away too quickly!

Onto the polish…

Since I’d already been too lazy to start last night, I knew today would have to be something fun but fairly straightforward- no attempting my first ever water marble today!  I’ve had this Oreo Jelly Sandwich mani from Sarah at Chalkboard Nails pinned on Pinterest for a few weeks now, and I decided that would be fun to do.  I just LOVE the way it looks!

(SQUIRREL!:  If you need an invite to Pinterest, just send me an email and I’ll invite you!  If you sign up manually you may have to wait awhile.  If you have a nail board, please leave a link in the comments for me to follow!  I also have a personal account, so I only follow nail boards on the blog one.)

So this is a borderline Mani Monday FAIL.

I used Essie Marshmallow and Lush Lacquer’s Salt N’ Peppa- 2 coats of each, alternating.

First, while I LOVE Salt N’ Peppa, it didn’t lend itself well to this look.  It would probably look amazing on longer nails, but with my tiny nubs (one chipped again the other day, so back down to the quick) it just didn’t look that great.  I think if I get my hands on Samurai Princess, like Chalkboard Nails used, it would look better- or if I had used Valentino from Pretty & Polished.

I just couldn’t achieve much of a jelly effect- the top glitter coat completely covered any of the under coat.

Plus, since my nails are so short, 4 coats of polish made me look like I was wearing nub-acrylics.  And even with top coat, it wouldn’t dry.  I took the photos, and then removed it.

Long story short- I still LOVE this look, but just couldn’t pull it off for this post.  I’m going to try it again with another glitter and maybe update again.

But hey, the pictures still look pretty!  So here they are 🙂

Ok, so I guess you CAN see some of the jelly effect.  Its very, very subtle though.

I found it serendipitous that we had Oreos in the house… normally my husband inhales them within 24 hours of purchase.

I think my only major complaint is that it looks like I basically added a topcoat over white- the jelly effect is lost.  I will try again!

Nubbin acrylics, lol.

I need to try out more jelly sandwiches- can you believe this was my very first ever!  It’s such a beautiful effect (when you can tell…) 🙂

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  Just check out yesterday’s post for more details!


Polish Monster’s Very First Giveaway!

Hello fellow polish monsters!

So as many of you may have noticed, my followers on Facebook have seemed to jump rather quickly the past few days. On Friday night I was quite proud of my 22 followers- I had only started blogging 2 weeks earlier and was chugging right along- and thanks to a few sweet friends sharing my page info, I quickly jumped to 48 followers only 24 hours later. Now I’m already up to over 70!  Truly, you guys are all amazing.

I’ve been looking forward to giveaways because I love giving people presents 🙂 I really wish I could give everyone something, but since I can’t, I will try to spread the wealth around a little- so this giveaway will have 3 winners.  Would you like to see what I have up for grabs this time around? Here we go!

(Most) Everyone loves indies!

Prize #1 : Floam by Nail- Venturous Nail Lacquers and Gelous Advanced Nail Coat!

Prize #2 : Pretty & Polished’s Jawbreaker and a cute Sally Hansen Nail File

Prize #3: Pretty and Polished minis of Bubble Tea and Midnight Rider!

I had great plans of having swatches of these polishes before I posted this giveaway, but you all have surprised me and forced me to move faster! 🙂  Luckily there’s a lot of amazing blog posts out there highlighting each one up for grabs.

Check out Amy from I’m Feeling Nailventurous’ post on her very own Floam and her review of Jawbreaker.

Sarah from Chalkboard Nails has some beautiful swatches of both Bubble Tea and Midnight Rider.

So here’s the details: Since apparently WordPress and Rafflecopter don’t like each other, I’ll be doing this the old fashioned way- comments and random.org.

You can enter up to 2 times only.

1st Entry, mandatory– Comment here, to THIS post, explaining how you follow Polish Monster.  I don’t care how you follow- email, RSS, Facebook- but you need to follow in some form or fashion.  I will be double checking these, so please include the name you follow under.  IF you have a prize preference- please list it here as well.  (If you already own one of the prizes, etc).  I’ll do the best I can!

2nd Entry, optional– Share the giveaway.  You can do this via a blog post or Facebook.  If you choose Facebook, please ensure it’s a PUBLIC post so that I can see it.  Leave a SECOND COMMENT on this post with a link to where you shared the giveaway.

I will say this once- I’m not going to babysit these entries.  If you don’t follow the directions I’m very sorry, but I’m not going to contact you to let you know (If *you* realize you messed something up though, please just email me or contact me and we’ll figure it out).  You can only enter up to twice- as listed above- per person.  It does not matter how many times you share this post, you only get 1 entry for sharing, though of course I appreciate the enthusiasm 🙂   I’m going to be checking everything and will throw out extra entries- so pretty please follow the rules.

I will close down comments on Saturday, July 7th at 11:59 pm CST.  I *hope* to have the 3 winners chosen by Sunday!  I will list them here and on Facebook, and winners have 24 hours to contact me via email with their information.  If I don’t hear from a winner, I will choose another.  So please be prepared to check on Sunday!  If that is a problem (out of town, etc), please email or PM me beforehand.

I purchased all of these prizes myself, so they’re in no way affiliated or sponsored by the lovely ladies that created or sold them (this particular Floam is distributed from Ninja Polish).  I’m just a big fan of both creators 🙂

Edit:  I forgot to say where this contest is open to.  Honestly, as long as I CAN ship it to you, regardless of cost, I’m willing to do that, so I guess that means it’s open internationally.  If for some crazy reason it turns out I can’t get the polish to you, I will make sure you get just as nice of a prize that’s comparable 🙂

Good luck!  And thank you for all of your support!

~Diana, The Polish Monster