Posts tagged “glitter

(Just Another) Mani Monday: Glitter Gradient with Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler

I just have a quick look for you all today- Gradient Glitter!

I’m almost embarassed to say I haven’t had a good chance to use any of my Equestria polishes from Rainbow Honey yet.  I pre-ordered the full collection, but with SO many polishes and posts, I haven’t had a chance!  After watching a few hours of My Little Pony with my daughter this weekend though, I decided that had to change.

The subject of my manicure today?

Rainbow Dash!

Rainbow Dash is the inspiration behind Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler.   If you’ve ever watched the new version of My Little Pony (Friendship is Magic), you’ll understand why.  If not, I’ll provide a video!

Although not my favorite pony (that’s a tie between Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy), I do love Rainbow Dash.   My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is available for streaming on Netflix.  If you’re bored and want to watch something light and entertaining, give it a try!  It’s one of the few I enjoy watching with my daughter.

Anyways- back to the polish!

For this mani, I used 365 Days of Color’s Bora Bora for the base, and Rainbow Honey’s 20% Cooler for the glitter.  Bora Bora was the closest blue to Rainbow Dash’s body color that I could find in my stash!

The idea behind a glitter gradient is very simple.  I put on 2 coats of Bora Bora and covered with a fast drying topcoat.
Once it was dry, I did a fairly thin coat of glitter over the entire nail.  Once THAT was dry-ish, I added a second coat- starting 1/2 way down and extending to the tip.  I let that dry a little, and then dabbed a thick coat on the very tip of the nail.  I gave it a few minutes and then smoothed it out backwards towards the cuticle a little to prevent it from having a giant polish bubble on the tips.

When I showed my husband, his comment was ‘Uh hon, I think you missed some spots’.  So this look isn’t for everyone- and I do think it’s one that looks a bit better on longer nails.

Still fun though!  And I think these 2 colors look PERFECT together!

I’ve heard some reports of people having issues with their Rainbow Honey polishes consistencies.  Mine were (are) absolutely perfect and easy to work with.

Be on the lookout soon for more of Rainbow Honey’s Equestria Collection- I have GOT to show off those beautiful glitter bombs!

You can follow Rainbow Honey on Facebook here, and 365 Days of Color on Facebook here.


Weekend Nails: 365 Days of Color and Sonnetarium

Just a quick post- I thought my nails this weekend were really pretty, and I got a few compliments on them, so I decided to share!
This is 2 coats of 365 Days of Color‘s Bora Bora, topped with 1 coat of Sonnetarium’s Snowfall!

Be sure to check both out!  I took these pictures after a full day of wear- doing housework and dishes, no less!    Most of my mani’s won’t hold up after dishes!

Also- I’ve started using Duri Cosmetics Rejuvacote Nail Growth System this week- and I’ve already noticed a visible difference in nail thickness (I can flat out see sections that are now thicker), and I would *swear* a few nails are growing faster.  I hope to do a positive review for ya’ll in a month- but so far so good!

 

 


Mashup: Indie Wednesday meets Flakie Friday with SYN Cosmetics

Hello again everyone! If you keep up with me on Facebook, you already know I’ve been in a bit of a funk this week- and if not, you may have thought I dropped off the Earth. I think I’m back to feeling normal, though!

A few announcements! I think a very small part of my funk was being restricted to these theme days (though most of it was not polish related). I thought they would be a great idea to keep me motivated, but in reality it’s having the opposite effect. In light of that, I’m dropping Flakie Friday. This will be the last official Flakie Friday post. I’m keeping the other 3 (Mani Mondays, Try It On Tuesday, Indie Wednesday), but I won’t force myself to do them each and every week. If the mood strikes me to wear something else?  I’ll do it!

I’m also going to begin doing ‘Favorite’ posts. I really enjoy reading other bloggers monthly favorites roundups, so I’ll be adding in one of my own once a month. I’ll be working on July’s this weekend! It will feature all sorts of different things I’m interested in at the moment, not just polish. Trying to branch out a little- I have a TON of interests! But of course the blog will remain 99% polish related 🙂

So onto today’s post. I’m sure you guys have seen me raving about the new releases from Syn Cosmetics- and some of that is what I’m going to feature today!

Syn Cosmetics is an indie makeup brand that recently (a few months ago I believe) added polish to her lineup.  Be sure to check out everything she offers!

First up is my very first purchase from Syn- All White Everything.
This is 1 coat of All White Everything over 2 coats Hard Candy Beetle (what was intended for the Try It On Tuesday that I didn’t post- I’ll reuse it this coming Tuesday!)

Its a very roughly similar idea to Lynderella’s Love, Lace and Lilacs, but in no means a dupe.  I don’t own LLL, but this one lacks the heavy fine white glitter and the variety of hex sizes.    But if you’ve been looking for a nice, white CTD type glitter, give this one a look!

Next up are 2 that I was SO excited to play with- her newest additions to the line, solar changing polish!!  She has an awesome video available on the site!

Obviously, the photo on the left is inside, and the one on the right is outside in the sunlight.  I alternated between Solar Skies and Sunkissed- Sunkissed is the pink and Solar Skies is blue.  Both appear the same- a milky clear- inside.

I layered each over 2 coats of white polish, followed by 2 coats of the solar changing polish.

I will say, I was a little disappointed Sunkissed didn’t quite show off as well as Solar Skies.  Look at the bottle!  The color change is HUGE, but over white it just wasn’t as noticeable.  The blue was very apparent though!

These also definitely require sun- being inside, no matter how well lit or even ambient sunlight you have, they’re going to remain clear.  As soon as you step into sunlight outdoors though, it changes fast!

So what did I do?  Went back inside, and added more coats of Sunkissed.  This is 4 coats of Sunkissed, and you can see it a lot better!  Even with 4 coats, it wasn’t overly thick- so it’s definitely doable!  LOVE these!   Even my husband was into it, and thought this was the coolest thing ever.  They’ll be releasing color-to-color changing ones soon, so keep yours eyes out!

Last one up is my quasi flakie of the day- a new unnamed Syn polish!

There was recently a promotion that if you spent $30.00, you would get one of the upcoming, unnamed polishes for free!  I nicely asked if I could get this one- I LOVE pink of course, and I love shards and flakes and fun things!

I am in love with this!  Ya’ll, this is only ONE coat!  This has a little bit of everything in it- ultrafine pink, fine white, hot pink squares, pink hexes, white and black shards and bars.  I layered this over 2 coats of Zoya Adina (another Try It On Tuesday color- I’m working ahead!).

You can purchase Syn Cosmetics on their site here, and follow them on Facebook for updates here.  Be sure to check them out!!   You’ll always find awesome promotions on Facebook- I’ve caught the buy 3-get 1 sale as well as a 35% off flash sale!

 

 

 


(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!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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!


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!


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!


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!


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.


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!


Indie Wednesday: Weird Indeed (PIVOT!, On a Break, Love Gunther, Troy & Abed)

Hello again everyone!  Today I’m here with my very first Indie Wednesday post!

Most of the time I’ll only be doing 1 polish each week, but sometimes I’ll make exceptions- like with my first post!   Today I’ll be highlighting polishes from Weird Indeed.

You can find Weird Indeed at her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WeirdIndeed.  Her shop is also located on Facebook- just look for ‘Shop Now’ button on the header.  She doesn’t always have everything in stock, so be sure to follow her Facebook page for updates of when specific things are in the store!

I currently own 4 colors from this lovely indie shop:  ‘On a Break’, ‘PIVOT!’, ‘Love, Gunther’, and ‘Troy & Abed’.  I recently ordered Pheebs, but don’t have it yet!  Perhaps that will be a future Indie Wednesday post. 🙂   On a Break, PIVOT!, and Love, Gunther are all from her Friends line of polishes, which also include Pheebs, Smelly Cat and The Routine.  Troy & Abed are part of the BFF collection, which also includes Blossom & Six, and Daria & Jane.

First up is PIVOT!  Fans of Friends will probably remember the episode this comes from, but I’m including pictures with each polish to refresh memories or as a reference for people that haven’t seen the shows.

PIVOT! is a beautiful turquoise blue with a splash of fine silver holographic glitter in it that gives the polish a very light sparkle.

PIVOT! applied well and fairly evenly.  The pictures were taken with 2 coats, but I probably should have used 3 for fuller coverage.   1 coat of Poshe fast drying top coat.

Next up is Love, Gunther!

Poor Gunther.  Always in love with Rachel, and always forgotten or ignored.   Much like the character, this shade was initially overlooked and ignored by a lot of people.  Hopefully people will change their minds, because this color is beautiful!

Love, Gunther is a beautiful, shimmering rose pink – almost a hot pink, but not quite.  It’s filled with fine silver flecks that give it a very subtle shine.  I didn’t have a chance to use a matte top coat, but there are photos that way on Weird Indeed’s Facebook page- it looks beautiful as well!  This is also 2 coats topped with Poshe fast drying topcoat.

The final Friends polish I have to show off is ‘On A Break’!

Ross and Rachel… *sigh*

‘On A Break’ is a limited edition shade from Weird Indeed.  This one is so pretty!

 It’s a grape purple filled with holo flecks and ultra fine gold glitter.  The final effect on the nail is subtle but beautiful!  2 coats topped with Poshe fast drying topcoat.

And my very last (but not least) polish to show off is ‘Troy & Abed’!

For those that don’t know, Troy and Abed are two best friends on the show Community.  These guys take ‘bromance’ to a new level!  These 2 are my very favorite characters on the show (though I love them all!) so I had to buy this as soon as it was available.

Troy & Abed is a very very pale blue (almost white) polish with glitter.  The larger and small glitter is pink, white, green, blue, and yellow, and then there’s also fine blue glitter as well as a shimmer.  The color is fairly opaque, so you do get that jelly-sandwich like effect but with the glitters a little more covered.  The final result is subtle (noticing a theme?) and very pretty. Again,  2 coats topped with Poshe fast drying topcoat.

Cool.  Cool cool cool.

So that’s it!  Each polish costs $8.00 and shipping is $2.00 for the first polish and 50 cents for each additional.  Check them out!

Until next time,

~Diana, The Polish Monster