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Sally Hansen Sugar Coat: Royal Icing

Just a quick post today- we have sunshine again (hurrah!) so I took some pictures of my sparkly mani to share!

Last night I put on one of my Sally Hansen Sugar Coats I recently bought, Royal Icing.  I also grabbed Pink Sprinkles (first, the name, second, it has flakes and is pink- so naturally it was calling to me).  I think I’m on the fence about the textured nail polish trend- some I love, some I hate.  I usually am not a big fan of the more ‘matte’ finishes- the Milani ones, China Glaze, original Sally Hansen Sugar Coats.  I adore the Julie G Gumdrops and Zoya Pixie Dusts, and really like the look of the Nails Inc Leather/Demin Effects.

So yeah, rambling aside- when I saw pictures of the newest Sugar Coats, I knew I’d have to grab the sparkly ones.  Royal Icing is like Sinful Colors Cinderella with texture- a pretty baby blue with a strong pink/gold shimmer.

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This is SUCH a pretty polish.  I really tried to get good pictures of the shimmer, but failed.  The shine you see inside the bottle  is what I see on the nail even inside my house.  Strong gold-pink shimmer, pretty blue base.  I had heard that this was a sheer polish, so  I used 1 coat of Cult Nails Tempest and layered over that.

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And now for the bad.  For as pretty as this polish is, it was a huge pain the butt.  I ended up using 4 coats over the white base- 4!  I know people needed 3-4 without a base, so my advice would be to use a base coat that’s very similar to the blue in Royal Icing.  I had issues with white peeking through and uneven spots, which is why I needed so many layers.  After it’s dried there’s been some shrinkage, so now I have white nail tips (which aren’t really visible in the pictures, but it’s there).

The dry time on this polish is RIDICULOUS.  I know textured polishes tend to take a long time to dry- I expect that.  I’m guessing it’s because of how many layers are needed, but getting dressed for bed last night put multiple dents in my polish- 3.5 hours after I painted them.  Right now, 16 hours after painting, I can still stick another nail into the polish and leave an indentation, though they are pretty dry otherwise.

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So overall- I’m still glad I bought this polish, because it’s very stunning in person.  I just need to figure out a better way to wear it, because I don’t plan on repeating this process!  Maybe 1-2 coats over 365 Days  of Color’s Bora Bora or Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise?  🙂

I found the new Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes recently at Walgreens, but they’ve been popping up at most places you find Sally Hansen.   I just saw via Nouveau Cheap that all the Sally Hansen Sugar Coats are on clearance at Target- which is great, because I paid around $6 each!  At my Target, they did not have Royal Icing on their display, and didn’t have a spot for it- but all stores are different.

What are your thoughts on the texture polishes, and which are your favorites?


LynBDesigns: Jarvis and Five Orange Pips

I have 2 beautiful colors from LynBDesigns to show off today- Jarvis and Five Orange Pips!

Pretty neat bottles, right?

LynBDesigns has a TON of colors to choose from on her etsy site– there’s 95 polish listings!  She also has a lot of other fun things to check out.

So first up: Jarvis!

Jarvis is part of LynBDesigns’ Gender-Benders collection- 14 colors that all share men’s names.  From etsy:  ‘It’s hot pink, it’s color shifting; what’s not to love? Jarvis has a sheer hot pink base and is loaded with color shifting awesomeness. It changes from pink to blue to purple, and on occasion even a little orange.’

You all know I love pink, especially the bright variety- so I was sold!

This is 4 coats of Jarvis alone.  3 would have been sufficient, but without a base coat I had a tiny bit of VNL.

This color is SO gorgeous!  There’s a beautiful light color shift and the application is great.  Even with 4 coats, the polish wasn’t too thick and was very wearable.

This is 2 coats of Jarvis over Cult Nails Nevermore (my go-to black).  WOW!  Look at how pretty!  I love a color-shifting topcoat that can be worn on its own- it makes it very versatile!

The second polish I have to show off from LynBDesigns is Five Orange Pips!

Five Orange Pips is from the Baker Street Collection, which is inspired by Sherlock Holmes.  The description from the store sums up this color perfectly: ‘It’s a collection of orange glitters in a sheer orange base. It has orange holographic glitter, orange hearts, fine orange matte, and glitter that look black in some light, orange in others.’

Even though it’s not part of LynBDesigns’ Halloween collection, this color is absolutely perfect for a holiday look.

This is 2 coats of Five Orange Pips over Sally Hansen’s Ivory Skull (one of the new Fall Complete Manicure colors; a plain white).

This was an easy color to work with- the only hard part was (as expected) the cute orange hearts- but they didn’t require too much effort to get them to come out and play!  The white in these photos really shows off the orange jelly of Five Orange Pips.

This is my favorite combo- 2 coats of Five Orange Pips over Cult Nails Nevermore.  Does this scream Halloween or what?!

I really, really loved these 2 polishes.  Both were super easy to work with and covered nicely- and most importantly, they both looked so very beautiful!  I play on getting a lot of use out of Five Orange Pips this fall!

LynBDesigns is currently offering a Buy Two, Get One Free sale (as of 9/19)!  Just write a note requesting which color you would like as your free choice.

These polishes and more can be found on LynBDesign’s Etsy store for $8.50 each and unless my eyes deceive me- shipping is free!  Which makes these a great deal for some beautiful indie polishes 🙂

Be sure to check out LynBDesign’s Facebook page for new colors and updates.  She has a pretty Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Halloween collection just released!

*The polishes featured in this post were sent to me for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


Battle of the Blues: A Comparison

When I first became interested in nail polish, one of my early favorites was Sinful Color’s Cinderella.  I loved the name, the shade, and adored the pink shimmer.

I did not, however, adore how sheer it was, or that it took 4-5 coats to build up.

Unsurprisingly, I’m attracted to this ‘type’ of color- and I recently realized I have quite a few that look similar!  So I decided to compare all 5 that I own in 1 post.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise, Cult Nails Princess, Models Own Indian Ocean, 365 Days of Color Bora Bora, and Sinful Colors Cinderella.

As you can see, none of these are really the same, though a lot have the same qualities.  All 5 are blue with a pink color shift- but that’s where the similarities end.

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise and Models Own Indian Ocean are the most similar, with the Models Own being a bit more ‘in your face’ sparkly.  However, Indian Ocean required 4 coats to be opaque (it’s better to layer), and Arctic Sunrise was opaque at 2 coats.  Indian Ocean is a bit stinky, as well (not 3-free), for those with sensitive senses.

Though it shows a pink shift in the photo, Cult Nails Princess is a bit more of a gold/pink shift.  365’s Bora Bora has the most subtle shimmer, but it’s a gorgeous blue with just the tiniest ‘bling’… it’s one of my favorites to use in combination with glitter layering polishes (see here and here).

And then of course we have Cinderella herself.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL color- the most baby blue of the bunch, with a pretty significant shimmer.  The biggest downside is just how sheer it is… but layered over another blue or white, it works out well.

Here’s where you can get each of these pretties!

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise:  Girly Bits Big Cartel site $10;  Harlow & Co. $12; Llarowe $12
Cult Nails Princess:  Cult Nails website $10; Overall Beauty $10
Models Own Indian Ocean: Ninja Polish $8; Harlow & Co. $10
365 Days of Color Bora Bora: 365’s Big Cartel Site, $8
Sinful Colors Cinderella:  Walgreens, $1.99 (not available online at the moment, but I’ve bought it via their site in the past)


(Just Another) Mani Monday: Fun with Striping Tape

Hey all!  Sorry for the long break.  Things got a little busy here in preparation for school starting!  Syd starts back tomorrow and is really excited- I’m sure that feeling won’t last for many more years.

So for today, I did something relatively quick and easy.   Some of you may have seen my ‘Haul’ post on Facebook that showed a ton of striping tape rolls.  I got these for a couple of bucks from China- so while I did wait forever to get them- now I have a lot of options!

I’ve seen many, many people demonstrate better than I could how to actually do this mani- but basically, you paint your nails 1 color, and let them dry completely.  Place the striping tape over the nail in the places you want, and then paint over the nail (and the tape) in a different color.  Remove the tape, voila!  A super neat look!

For this I used China Glaze’s Love’s A Beach covered by Cult Nails Nevermore.  Love’s A Beach was only 1 coat- on it’s own I’d probably opt for 2, but as a peek-through undie only 1 was needed.

So much fun!  I didn’t realize at the time that I made 2 A’s right next to each other… I need to pay closer attention when I do this again!

My daughter decided to watch me doing this, and just ‘had to have’ the same thing done.  The idea of making multiple striping lines on all 10 of her wiggly, can’t-stay-still fingers wasn’t exactly appealing, so I convinced her to just go with pink and the striping on the thumbs.  And then she HAD to show the off, so hopefully you guys won’t mind the kid-photo too much 🙂

Now she’s all ready for her first day of school tomorrow with some fun nails!

And of course, I took a Mommy-and-me shot.

I forgot to add- she insisted on a glitter topcoat over hers.

Can you tell she’s my daughter?!  🙂

 


(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!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!


(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!


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!


Flakie Friday: Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure (original) over Cult Nails Cruisin’ Nude

Hello polish monsters!  Today is Flakie Friday- and I’m going to feature Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure!

Sadly, this is not a polish you can run down to the drugstore to pick up.

‘But Diana,’ you may ask, ‘I’ve seen Hidden Treasure in stores, and I just saw it show up on tons of sites for sale when I checked Google.’

Well my friends, that’s because Sally Hansen likes to be annoying.

The original Hidden Treasure (this one) was sold in Spring 2010 as part of a beachy-themed collection.  Like all collections, it was limited edition.  This was before I was really into nail polish- although I did already have about 50 bottles- so I had no earthly clue something this beautiful was sitting over at Walgreens.  I didn’t make rounds of the drugstore beauty counters back then- if I was there and something caught my eye I’d get it.  It was certainly not the first flakie, but I think it was one of the first easily accessible ones.

So then Sally Hansen comes out with another Hidden Treasure.  Polish loves rejoiced, thinking the beloved flakie had returned!  But no.  The current Hidden Treasure- in the same bottle style (it’s still part of the Salon Manicure line)- is not a flakie.  It’s very beautiful, yes, but it’s more of an opalescent top coat.

In FACT, just to make things more weird and bizzare- it IS a re-release of one of the colors in the original Hidden Treasures collection!  The new Hidden Treasure is an identical copy of Ring My Shell.

Why in the WORLD Sally Hansen re-released a color under a different name- and a name from the same original collection- is beyond me.  Really, does that make any sense??

Anyways… because I love flakies, I was determined to get my hands on this particular one.  I bought mine from Ebay for around $12, around $15 after shipping.  It’s definitely buyer-beware on Ebay- I’m hesitant to buy any polish much above that price point (case in point- I’ve seen many a case of people paying a LOT of money for Clarins 230, and they get something that’s very clearly not Clarins 230 in a Clarins bottle).  Luckily, my bottle arrived full and perfect.   Lets look at a macro shot!

Oooooh, ahhhhhh…

The best way to really show off a flakie is over black, but this post series will get boring quickly if I only ever feature flakies over black.  So this week, I opted for a neutral base.  I went to Cult Nail’s Cruisin’ Nude for this- it’s a beautiful beige polish with a slight pinkish shimmer.

 Lighter colors won’t highlight the color shifts as well in traditional flakes, but it can make for a beautiful look.  I think my nails look something like the interior of sea shells (but maybe a bit darker).

Please excuse the state of my nails… I had the GREAT idea to paint these last night- and then do housework this morning, including dishes- before I took photos.  Not my smartest idea.

These pictures are all with 2 coats of Hidden Treasure.

Even though Hidden Treasure is hard to get your hands on, the red-orange-green color shift in this polish is one of the more popular flakie shades.  In fact, you can get a very similar one right now by running to just about any drugstore- Essie’s Shine of the Times is pretty close dupe.   So is Nubar 2010, Finger Paints Flashy, and GOSH Rainbow (though some of those aren’t easily found, either).  What I prefer about Hidden Treasure compared to the others, though, is the coverage.  Hidden Treasure is SERIOUSLY dense.  As you can see in these photos- 2 coats is almost a solid sheet of flakes.

Hope everyone has a great weekend- try to stay cool!  It’s going to be a scorcher!

 


Mani Monday: Neon Rainbow Snow Leopard Stamping with Cheeky

I hope everyone had a good weekend!  Ours was ok… quiet, relaxing, but slightly boring.  Back to the busy week!

Once again I’ll be starting off the week with a Mani Monday!  As I sat down to work on this yesterday, I struggled with what to do- and then it hit me!  I just recently ordered my very first stamping plates- Cheeky’s 2012 Collection bundle– and hadn’t used any yet!

When I say hadn’t used any- what I really mean is that I have never used a stamping plate- ever.  I’d long drooled over designs that I saw people do with the plates but had never bought any.  Laziness, again.  Stamping plates aren’t something you can just pop into the drugstore and buy.

There are a lot of various brands you can buy stamping plates from- Konad (my stamper is from Konad), Bundle Monster, Cheeky, Red Angel, Shany, Mash… and many stores offer their own line.  Ninjapolish.com offers some really interesting ones, Llarowe just announced that they’ll be carrying a line, and  you can even find them on etsy, like at Vivid Lacquer’s store!

How cool is that, though?  She makes her OWN stamping plates!

So back to the mani… One of the major designs I’d seen people do was a leopard print design… or more specifically, a NEON snow leopard design.   Be still my neon-loving heart.

I honestly don’t remember the first place I saw this crop up, though I do have have Steffel’s post on it saved in Pinterest, so that’s the one I’m going to credit.  She used the Bundle Monster plate, which is a little different than the Cheeky design.

Supplies:

For this, I used a base of Essie Marshmallow (can anyone suggest a good, plain white?  My only one is Sinful Nails Snow White and I’m not a fan), Cult Nails Nevermore for stamping, Cheeky plate CH2, and my Konad stamper.  I pictured the Konad scraper, but I ended up using an old gift card (I’ll explain below).

For the neon accents:

I have a lot of neon colors.  I picked these out mostly for their brightness factor, but also because they seemed to work well together.  From left to right:  Sinful Colors Pink, China Glaze Sun Worshipper, Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Color Club What A Shock!, Color Club Pure Energy, and Color Club Ultraviolet.  The last 3 are part of Color Club’s Electro Candy neon set from 2009, and I won’t lie- they’re by far my very favorite neons of every color- especially Ultraviolet.  You can still find this collection (cheap) at Ross sometimes, and can definitely find it on Amazon.

I didn’t detail the stamping process.  I had planned on it, but the photos my husband took just turned out terrible- I probably should’ve given him a clear cut list of how I wanted things, but I was working quickly with both kids screaming for dinner.  Luckily, there’s a ton of amazing tutorials and videos all over the internet.

Basically, you paint over the design to be stamped on the plate, scrape off the excess (leaving paint in the design indentations), smoosh-roll (new word) the stamper across the design, and quickly roll it over your nail.  Almost every nail blogger I’ve read suggests using an old credit card/gift card instead of the scraper included- and I 100% agree!  I initially tried out Konad’s scraper, but was having absolutely no luck.  It wasn’t getting all the excess paint off, and by the time I went over it again I’d lose paint in the design or the design would be dry.  The first time I tried a gift card was the first time I had a successful stamp on my finger!

*SQUIRREL* moment incoming:

Did I mention my very favorite animal ever is a snow leopard?  Has been since I was really little 🙂  We took the kids to the Chattanooga Zoo in September, and I was so excited to see the Snow Leopard was not only hanging out right by the glass… but she had a baby!   They quickly became Syd’s favorite animal, too!

So here’s my nails without the neon accents, looking like lovely snow leopards:

Time for neon!  To add the neon, I used toothpicks.  I didn’t want to have to clean paint brushes, so I simply dipped the end of a toothpick into the color on the brush, and then dabbed it where I wanted it.    After I finished all the colors, I added 1 coat of Poshe Fast Drying top coat.

As an afterthought, I threw on a topcoat of fine glitter.  Because really, the only way to make neon better is to make it sparkle.  Or am I the only one that thinks that??

I wanted the effect to be subtle (believe it or not), so I used the finest glitter I could find in my Helmer.  This Avon glitter is simply called ‘Purple Glitter’ (yes, it used to be purple) and it’s from approximately 2003.  I also have ‘Pink Glitter’ and sadly it looks the exact same as this one 9 years later.  Proof that my nail polish hoarding began a long, long time ago 🙂

So there it is!  I apologize for not having a thorough explanation this week, but I’ll be happy to answer any specific questions you may have- just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you!  See you all tomorrow for Try It On Tuesday!  And if you haven’t hoped over to my Facebook page, please do!  I love being able to interact with everyone!


Flakie Friday: Zoya Chloe over Cult Nails Nevermore

Sorry this post is coming so late!  I got caught up cleaning the house and some other things and before I knew it, the day was almost done and I still hadn’t painted my nails for the post.  Luckily the sun was still shining when I finished!

Today is my first Flakie Friday, and I decided to start off with a flakie that is easily available to everyone.

Zoya Chloe!

Chloe is part of Zoya’s Fleck Effect line from Spring 2012, along with Maisie and Opal.  It can be found here.

This is a beautiful flakie, that’s slightly different from the more common color schemes you’ll find.  The flecks are mostly orange with a yellow shift, but there’s also the occasional yellow and green flecks to add some interest.

Application is wonderful- the flakes are fairly dense and you really only need 1 coat.  For these photos however I added 2 coats of Chloe over 1 coat of Cult Nails‘ Nevermore.  If you’re looking for an amazing 1 coat solid black, check out Nevermore!  It’s wonderful.

On to the pictures!

Look at all those beautiful colors!

Close up of my nubbin thumb nail

 Hopefully these photos can really show off how beautiful Chloe is!  They were taken outside in full sunlight to really try to capture the colors.

Now a lot of people will already know this, but if you haven’t purchased from Zoya.com before, you’re in luck!  Use can use THIS referral link to get a free polish of your choice (maybe Chloe?).  Also with the program, if you buy 2 extra polishes along with your free one, you’ll receive free shipping!  Not a bad deal!   As a disclaimer, I do receive sharing points if you use the link- but the more I get, the more goodies I can get for giveaways!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!