Monday, August 31, 2015

My First Five Below Haul

When I see all these fab Five Below polishes I get a tad salty since we don't have a Five Below in Colorado. I really didn't even know where they are popular around the country? Back in April, I went to visit one of the bestie's and she had a huge surprise because she knows I'm a lacquer loon!
We took a little drive down an Ohio road right into a Five Below where I carefully picked out my polishes. This is two coats of Fresh Paint Passion Fruit topped with one coat of Funky Fingers Saved by the Glitter. A bright little summer combo.
I'm a fan of the Five Below (let's forget about the random binge of sour smurfs and Japanese cookies I ate all while in her passenger seat). Do you have one of these stores in your spot of the U.S?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Orange You Getting in Lime?

Oh mylanta! I'm just the worst. I think at some point many of us get in a rut and just don't feel like doing something creative or digging through the polish pile sounds overwhelming. By the time I get home, change, make dinner, finish work it's pretty much bedtime and I'm dunzo. This sassy citrus mani has been sitting in the folders for a month or so.
I used two coats each of Abon's holos - Saturn, Starburst and Radiant as the base of this. I wanted colors that could represent the different fruits like limes, oranges and grapefruit. I free handed the colors next to one another and then stamped with Sinful Snow Me White from Bundle Monster 308.
A summer-worthy finished product if I do say so myself. Any tips for getting the nail art mojo back?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

ILNP Atlantis

Flakies, duochrome - count me in. I didn't know if I wanted to put ILNP's Atlantis over black or something else. I settled on KBShimmer Low and Be Bold, three coats to be exact.

The final result was pretty, but didn't show off the colors as much as I had hoped for. Guess I'll have to keep messing with this beauty.
Do you have a favorite base other than black for your flakies?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Salon Perfect Pa-tri-otic


Total. Slacker. I know I really need to get it together. I've just been in a creative and blogging slump lately and my untrieds cry out in abandonment. Between two jobs, the summer sun calling my name and being a single-doggie mama - it's a lot!

I had to do something festive for the 4th of July and picked between a few of Salon Perfect's special top coats. I went with Pa-trio-otic. Red, white and blue triangles suspended in a clear base. First, two coats of Icing True Blue so all three colors would stand out.
Then one coat of strategically places triangles. For the accent nail, two coats of Cover Girl Snow Storm stamped with BBF 01 and China Glaze Hey Sailor and Sally Hansen Blue Me Away. Hope you all had a happy and healthy holiday!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Play Your Cards Right

So hard to believe I'm truly into my thirties these days, boo! I really don't feel like it, but does anybody really when they get older? I decided it was completely necessary to bring in this year's birthday with one of the besties in Vegas.
MoYou's Tourist plate 12 was waiting for an occasion such as this. It was hard to choose from all the images, plus I have pretty small nails that can't fit some of the full nail images on them. I ended up going with straight playing cards.
Two coats of Cover Girl Snow Storm 110 was then stamped with Sinful Black on Black and China Glaze Hey Sailor from the card symbols and the Jack cards. I didn't strike it rich, but received the most comments and compliments on this mani than I have in a good long while.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Twisted Colors Lemon-Grass

I saw Twisted Colors Lemon-grass on Instagram last year and had to have it. Whoever swatched it layered it over some white and it looked great so I thought it would be cool to play with it over white stamping.
I stamped my prepped nails with Snow Me White from SB003 and then added one coat of Lemon-grass. I then added the unicorn from m28 on my pointer fingers and used the LeadLight technique to fill her in.
Low and behold the sun decided to hold out to show of this scattered holo but there was still fun sparkle.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Barielle Goes Glitter - Confetti

So Barielle decided to shake winter off Taylor Swift style with two new glitter collections, "Bling It On" and Glitter Mania. I wanted to play with Confetti from the Glitter Mania collection. 
A multi-colored sprinkle glitter features nude, blue, black, fuchsia, white and yellow small hex glitters in a clear base.

Here it is over two coats of Sally Hansen Teeny Bikini. I then stamped the small cloud images with Barielle Heaven from BBF 11. I then added a cute little umbrella from the same plate stamped with Sinful Black on Black.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ariel, Tell Me a Sea-cret

Ok seriously, how many untrieds are sitting in your drawers, on your shelves, in your closet? I proably have more untrieds than trieds. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining :). Among them are three Too Fancy Lacquers. All holos, duh.

Well, do you want the sun to disappear for four days? Just ask me to do a holo manicure haha, no lie. Finally she peeked from the clouds and blessed me with a few photos.

This is two coats of Tell Me a Sea-cret, an aqua holo. I stamped the shell image from MoYou Fairytale 06. This looked like Ariel's shell top to me so I matched it with Color Club Eternal Beauty and created stamping decals from SB12.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Inaugural Blobbicure

I can't believe I haven't tried a blobbicure (among other techniques) until now. I decided to use two colors from Orly's Sugar High Spring 2015 collection. Cake Pop and Key Lime Twist were the only two I picked up but looked like a nice little combo.

I alternated the base colors, each two coats and leaving the second thick for the full effect. I then had the brilliant idea to mattify with Essie Matte About You.

The result looked cool but the polish started cracking the next morning. Not sure if it was due to the amount of polish overall or just the matte that made the lasting power on this mani stink. Cute while it lasted!