I hope everyone’s having a great 4th of July weekend! We’ve had MASSIVE amounts of rain since Thursday- last I heard as of yesterday we were at 8 inches, though it’s rained a little since then and doesn’t look to be done until next week. So it’s been a soggy 4th of July weekend for us, spent inside because of local road flooding. But it’s also been relaxing!
I figured today would be a good day to post a bunch of swatches I’ve done here and there over the past few months. Some of these were taken back in May- you can probably guess based on the length and shape of my nails. I tend to take photos when I wear polishes, and so some of these were just normal manis, some were intended for posts that I never did, and some I just wasn’t happy enough with to post. I’ll try to give links to most stores at the end of the post.
First up! My patriotic offering for the weekend 😉 This is Different Dimension’s Right to Vote- which was my Memorial Day mani.
Missi offered this pretty polish back in the fall to celebrate the US elections. A milky white crelly polish filled with red, white, and blue glitters. This is 2 coats of Right to Vote, no topcoat.
Last week, I did some quick photos of Hare Bisbee and Bisbee 2.0 to show people the differences between the two. Nikole sent me Bisbee 2.0 as a surprise in a package I received that week, so I couldn’t wait to show everyone how it compared. The first photo is Bisbee 2.0 (note the new Hare bottle), and the second photo is the original Bisbee.
I’m glad the new formula is called ‘Bisbee 2.0’, because there are definitely quite a few differences- though you still have the same overall ‘feel’. The color is different- Bisbee 2.0 is a more blue-leaning teal than the original. Both are packed with gold glitters, but Bisbee 2.0 has squares, and lacks the large hexes the original was known for. Bisbee 2.0 also has a lot of shimmer that the original does not have- it was a bit stubborn showing up in my pictures, but it’s quite obvious in person.
Next up is Sephora by OPI’s Metro Too Chic. This is a pretty taupe polish with a ton of shimmer. I did find the polish to be a bit on the thick side and had a bit of trouble with application.
This is one of the polishes I picked up at Sephora recently- if you haven’t already heard, Sephora is discontinuing the OPI line and expanding their own line of polishes. Because of this, all Sephora by OPI polishes are discounted quite a bit. Definitely time to grab any you may want!
This beautiful blue is Pivot! by Weird Indeed. Weird Indeed was an awesome indie line last spring/summer, and she closed her doors when she went back to school (or I’m pretty sure that was why- it’s been awhile!) I feel thankful I was able to grab a handful of her awesome polishes while she was open!
This color was part of the Friends inspired polishes- if you’re unfamiliar with the show, this is the inspiration:
Pivot gif credit: http://wallflwr.tumblr.com/
I used Pivot! as the undie polish for Above The Curve’s You’re Turning Ne-On– they look great together!
This next blue is Wet N’ Wild’s Cabo Cruise, which is a new polish in the Fergie line. I found mine on the Summer display, but I have since seen it on other Fergie polish displays (which makes me think it could be permanent and not an LE shade). I had a hard time getting it to show in pictures, but it has a beautiful blue-green shimmer. I used this underneath Lynnderella’s The Bride Turned Blue (which I posted to IG and my Facebook page feed).
Different Dimension Ditz- which is part of her 80’s Baby Collection. This is a beautiful neon pink jelly with a scattered holo effect. SUPER beautiful on a sunny day! I’ll be showing the whole collection soon.
Enchanted Polish May 2013. This was really pretty, though sadly I wore it on a slightly cloudy day so I wasn’t able to enjoy it at it’s fullest 🙂
My mediocre nail art attempt for Jen’s Nail Files 2000 likes contest! The theme was to interpret any Darling Diva Polish into art- I chose Uncharted Space, which was part of her Battlestar Galactica line. I did a base of Chanel Taboo with a bit of my own polish, The ‘Verse, on top. I can’t remember the specific polishes I used for the art. For those unfamiliar with the show- my index finger is a Cylon Raider (‘bad guy’ space ship), and my ring finger is a Colonial Viper (‘good guy’ space ship). I originally attempted to paint the Galactica on my middle finger but it just wasn’t working out, so it got painted over. No BSG art is complete without ‘So Say We All’ 🙂 (ignore my wonky cuticle areas- I had the last bit of a spray tan hanging on and it had dried me out as well)
I have so.much.respect. for girls that are able to do amazing nail art- especially when you’re limited to only nail polish. It’s HARD!
Pretty & Polished’s Popples, which is part of their Summer in the City collection. I was lucky enough to win this collection from a mani contest on their Facebook page! All the colors are beautiful and I was holding off for a sunny day to swatch them all. I’ve worn these 2 so far!
Popples is a pretty white crelly polish filled with large neon pink and green hexes and small blue, green and pink hex glitters. Perfect for summer!
Also from the Summer in the City collection, I Want Candy is a beautiful bright pink holographic polish.
I had a hard time getting the holo to show up inside, but it shines outside 🙂
Roundup of where to find most of the polishes:
Different Dimension: Etsy and Facebook
Hare Polish: Etsy and Facebook
Sephora by OPI: In stores and Sephore website
Wet N Wild Fergies: most drugstores (I got mine at Walgreens)
Enchanted Polish: Big Cartel Store and Facebook
Pretty and Polished: Website and Facebook
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:
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!
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!
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 🙂
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!
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!
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!