Thursday, May 30, 2013

Gradient using Hard Candy

I am a little late to the party on these. After these came out in the beginning of the year I was super excited because it is a line of polishes that are very unique, and have an indie feel to them. But then I was like crap, that means I have to go to Walmart. I can not stand Walmart. And of course, my Walmarts stopped carrying Hard Candy! But luckily I went in one last time, and one of them decided to put their display up again. I used two of the three I have so far. Here it is:

Note: These were takin in a bunch of different types of lighting. My camera couldn't handle the sparkles in the sunlight, and over all these were hard to capture.

A very subtle gradient...

I started off with two coats of Hard Candy- Piece of Papaya which is from their "Itsy Glitzy" line. It is a gorgeous orange/red glassfleck shimmer. I was most excited about this line because the shimmers remind me a lot of Zoya's unique use of shimmers and glitter. The formula was the perfect consistency, and I really liked the brush. Then I sponged on Hard Candy- Crush on Lava which is part of the "Crushed Chromes" line. I believe this was a repromote from like a beetle collection or something. It has a similar finish to papaya punch, but it has that amazing duochrome affect! It mainly shifts from a gold to purple, which you can see really well in the bottle.

Overall, I like how it turned out, it just isn't bold enough for me. I need to practice more, these were kind of a pain to do.

Oh and remember my goal for this month was to only use untried polishes? With the exception of using a white I have used, and a polish I haven't wore in a really long time, I wore 39 untried polishes! For just reaching the 500 mark, that is pretty impressive. I wanted to only wear untried indies next, but they are mainly glitters, so that won't allow much nail art which I need to do more of!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Rainbow Dots

I finally had enough down time to do some more intricate nail art! I love these. I got inspiration from some ladies on instagram, one being the lovely mulanpoopy. Here it is:



It was so hard choosing colors that went together that I haven't used before! But I found a good cohesion of colors.

The red/pink is a really old Sephora color that has no name. Orange: Zoya- Thandie (Stunning Collection Summer 2013) I like saying that name out loud because it sounds like you're saying Sandy with a lisp. The Yellow: Jessica- Banana Peel (Gelato Mio Collection Spring 2012). Green: Illimasqua- Smash. Blue: Anise- Island Lover. Lastly, the purple: China Glaze- That's Shore Bright (Sunsational Collection Summer 2013). I cheated with the white base and used OPI- My Boyfriend Scales Walls which I have used a lot, but I only have two whites, and this is the best one!

The way I did this was started with the big dots, and just filled in the spaces with smaller dots. Very simple really. I just wish my freakin top coat didn't drag some of the dots -__-. Here is what I did with my thumb, I might do this as a full manicure someday:

Hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

More Half Moons + Review

I wasn't feeling very inspired, and didn't have much time to do some fun nail art yet. I can always depend on half moons though. I think half moons are my favorite form of nail art besides glitter gradients. It is such a great way to use two untried polishes (I am still sticking to using untried polishes all month!) Here it is:




I got the idea to use these different finishes from Misshollyberries. She did a bunch of half moons with a foil/metallic first, and a creme or matte on top!

The foil shade is Pop- Jade Metallic. I don't think this shade is available anymore. That's too bad because this polish is amazing! It is pretty much a one coater, but I used two out of habit.

And the Jennifer Green creme on top is Seche- May Be Modest (Prim and Polished Collection Spring 2013). It has the slightest bit of shimmer in it which you can kind of see in the sunlight photos. I believe Seche polishes are meant to be one coaters, and dry just as fast as their famous top coat. 

I must say, I am a little disappointed :(. The color is amazing, but the formula was a bit too thick and goopy for my liking, and it was streaky. It also didn't dry as fast as their top coat. I wore this for a day, and just like their top coat, it shrunk like CRAZY! I didn't use Seche Vite top coat, I used my Poshe one. The tips of my nails are clearly visible. That is a shame, because this whole collection was very pretty. I just got this color because of the color obviously, and just to try it out. My wallet will be thanking me because I really don't plan on buying anymore of these polishes.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Simple Swatch: Another Mod Lacquer

I just couldn't resist trying this next:



In doors

Mod Lacquer- Salida Del Sol

I thought Girly Bits Going Bananas was my new favorite yellow with glitter, but this one easily took the cake! 

I have 3 coats shown here, but it is completely opaque in 2 coats. I only did 3 because the polish I was wearing on my pinky before totally stained my finger, and it made the polish look ugly! Application was amazing. It is jam packed with glitter of pretty much every color of the rainbow, but there are more orange and red glitters. Might I add the bottles are super cute?

My only complaint is the yellow shade looks weird on my skin tone. But it isn't that big of a deal. It is such a unique mustardy/dusty yellow!

HERE is the other Mod Lacquer I wore before, in case you missed it. Go get you some!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Skittles Using Mod Lacquer

I just discovered this indie brand, and haven't really heard much about it. The polishes are amazing! I got three to start off with, and now I want them all! This glitter was pretty much made for me, and I couldn't quite decide what to wear it over, so I did another rainbow (sorta).

Here are the colors I started off with:

From thumb to pinky: Wet n Wild Megalast- Candy-licious. Sinful Colors- Orange Cream (Sugar Rush 2013) This shade is pretty much the same as Orly- Cotton Candy, but it has a bunch of tiny shimmers in it! CK One- Current (Summer 2013) Not unique to my collection, but it is my goal in life to get every Jennifer Green from every brand. So far, this one is my favorite! Barry M- Mint Green, and lastly, Sally Hansen Insta Dry- Mint Sprint.

And here it is with the awesome glitter!!

Sorry for the variety of lighting. I took some yesterday as the sun was setting, and some this morning as the sun was going in and out.

But either way, you can tell how amazing this glitter is! This is easily one of my top glitters, and I have a lot of glitter. It is my top three favorite colors all into one, and the formula is amazing!

The glitter is Mod Lacquer- Technicolor Noise, such a fun name. It has all sorts of glitters in it, including squares! My favorite. There's tiny green and blue micro glitters, large and medium green and blue hexaganols, large and small pink squares, and medium red glitters! It is the perfect balance, and I don't ever want to take this manicure off.

I may wear one of the other Mod Lacquer's I got next.

You can buy Mod on Etsy. Full size for $9.50, and minis for $4.00. She also has some good deals on entire collections! I have a feeling the maker, Jennifer (awesome name) is going to get huge later this year. I don't understand why people aren't going nuts over this brand!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Springy Leopard Print

I have been really wanting to do a super bright and fun leopard print. This isn't too in your face, but it is definitely eye catching. I am still using only unused polishes, and today I decided to use some polishes from my drugstore drawer. Here it is:

Cool color combo?

The base color is Nicole BY OPI- Stand By Your Manny (Modern Family collection 2013). It is such a beautiful sparkly baby blue, but it is a pretty crappy formula. I needed three coats due to thin streakyness.

The yellow is Sinful Colors- Unicorn, and the green is Julie G- Holla-Peno. 

Any suggestions for some nail art? I plan on doing a water marble soon, and maybe galaxy nails. Might as well since I will have a lot of time!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Holgraphic Ombre

Whenever I get a new polish, the first thing I do is swatch it on my nail wheels. I ordered the entire China Glaze Hologlam collection, and when I swatched these four together, I knew they would be worn the way I swatched them on my fingers:

All fingers have two coats, and a top coat.

Lets start off with the colors I used, starting from the index finger down: Don't Be A Luna-Tic, Sci-Fly By, Take A Trek, and Strap On Your Moonboots. I cant decide if the one on my ring finger or pinky is my favorite...

I know a lot of people were disappointed with this collection because it is not nearly as amazing as their first holos, and they had a lot on the line after Color Club released Part 1 and Part 2 of their Halo Hues collection. These definitely don't compare, especially with the $14 price tag, but they still look amazing in the sunlight! I just had to get the entire collection since I missed out on their originals.

Application wise: I don't remember having issues with application when I swatched them on my nail wheels, but on my fingers was a whole nother story. I always use Nail Tek formula II as my base coat, and that was definitely not a good choice. It applied terrible, and showed every imperfection of my nails. Next time I will try using a ridge filler or my Nfu Oh Aqua base. I used Poshe fast drying top  and it didn't affect the holo affect at all!

Stay tuned for some nail art for once. I have a lot planned since school will officially be done Wednesday!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Simple Swatch: Girly Bits

This is my first Girly Bits polish! I actually have two, but this is the first one I decided to wear. Now I understand why everyone goes nuts over this brand, and why it is always sold out!

Not the best lighting, it decided to rain today...

Girly Bits- Going Bananas

I don't normally like these glitter bomb polishes. They look like too much sometimes (like Lynderella), but this is special. I think I like it so much because, a. it is yellow and b. it is jam packed with square glitters!

I used two coats. The first was a little tricky, you definitely have to play with the glitter a little. But it allows a nice base for the second coat to glide on smoothly. It is a perfect yellow creme, with all sorts of glitters! There's large magenta squares, medium purple, magenta, and green squares. Large hexagonal green glitters, and various smaller size hexagonal glitters in purple, green, and magenta!

You can get this polish on Girly Bit's site HERE for $10.00. It is also available on Llarowe and is currently in stock for $11.00. Harlow & Co also has it in stock for $11.00 as well.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Texture Rainbow

I have been itching to do this for so long, like over a month once I got the full set of the China Glaze Textures. But I had no yellow! I did a recent nail swap, and my girl got me the yellow one from Milani!! Here it is:


I will never get tired of rainbow nails.

Starting from the red > blue, here are the names: China Glaze- Bump & Grind, China Glaze- Toe-Tally Textured, Milani- Yellow Mark, China Glaze- In The Rough, and China Glaze- Of Course!

The formula on these is pretty awesome. Most of them were almost opaque in one coat, and unlike the OPI textures these dry almost like a normal polish. The wear time is pretty good, too. I haven't removed them yet, so hopefully the removal is just as easy as the OPI's!

Oh yeah, Toe-Tally Textured is the exact color as Papaya Punch. Of Course! is the same as Sunday Funday, and In The Rough is almost the same color as Electric Pineapple. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Magnetic French Tips

Man it has been almost a week since the last time I posted something! The really sad part is these photos have been waiting to be edited and posted since like Thursday...

You can really see the holographic microshimmers in this blurry shot!

The magnetic polish I used is OPI- Is That Silva?. I believe there were three magnetics that were part of the James Bond collection, but I could never find them. I got lucky and found it on sale for really cheap at a Pure Beauty that was going out of business! I used two coats. The holographic glitters in it is what makes it really special! I still don't understand why the Magnetic trend wasn't as big as a hit as crackles, and now, textures.

The color I used on the tips is A England- Tristam (The Mythicals Collection). Another polish I have sadly not used until now. I chose this for the tips because I think the scattered holo compliments the holo glitters in the base color. Plus these A England polishes are the best one coater polishes!

I will for sure have another AWESOME post tomorrow since I am so behind...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Holographic and Glitter Gradient

Today should have been my Polish Days post...I did not have time! I might try to do it tomorrow, we'll see. But I still have an awesome look to share today. I am continuing with the untried polishes this month, and this is probably my favorite glitter gradient I have ever done! Expect to see more holographic polishes with a glitter gradient this month. Here it is:



Very picture heavy. It is too awesome, and holographics are so hard to photograph! I also apologize for the tip wear. I worked before being able to take pictures of it.

The holographic shade I used was Glitter Gal- Fuchsia. It applied in 2 easy coats. I am pretty sure Glitter Gal is the first indie brand I ever got. Back when Llarowe was still fairly new and didn't carry nearly as many brands comapred to how many they have now. They were also my first holos. I got three at the same time, and I still haven't worn this and one other! Polish hoarder problems...

Lastly, the glitter I used is Ninja Polish- Girly Floam. Floam polishes are the easiest polishes to do gradients with! Here is the other one I did. I have one other floam I haven't used, so I might be using that soon... I will be very sad to take these off.