16 May 2018

Zoya Sage

I'm here today with another swatch. I try to do these once a week to just enjoy my polish colors in all their own glory. Lately, I've been drifting toward my matte finish polishes, and today I have another polish along those lines.

Zoya Sage is part of the Satin line from Zoya. They are semi-matte polishes that have sort of a low shine to them. They aren't my favorite finish, but the colors are super pretty. Sage is a dusty mossy green. It applied really nicely in 2 coats.

14 May 2018

Mother's Day Nail Art: Holographic Gradient

I hope you had a good Mother's Day yesterday, whether you're a mom or a mom like figure or have a mom or mom like figure in your life.

For today's manicure, I did a super simple holographic gradient.

A few years ago, I had a custom polish made with Daily Hues Nail Lacquer (now closed). I had a bottle made for my mom and I. My mom adores holographic polish so of course that was the finish of the custom polish. The maker and I decided on the super cute name Mom! You're Grape! to go with the color of the polish.

I combined the custom polish with Cupcake Polish Look at You Go-Go.

13 May 2018

Cactus Nail Art

Have you noticed that cacti seem to be a trend lately? Perhaps it's just a new one in the Midwest, but I've seen cactus nail art ideas popping up on Pinterest lately too.
There are so many cute designs that I decided to do my own.

For my design, I used Illamasqua Load as a base coat. The cactus are done using Zoya Wyatt, and I added an accent of Zoya Chita.

10 May 2018

ManGlaze Santorum

For today, I have a swatch of ManGlaze Santorum.
Have you heard about ManGlaze? They've been around for a while but have kept their core small line the same for years. Still, they have some of the best matte polishes around! I have about half of their polishes in my collection. All of ManGlaze polishes are matte, and they have some dirty names too. Go ahead and Google Santorum, but be careful! Lol. Also of the polish bottle also have really cool art on the labels too.

Santorum applied really nicely in 2 coats. I did a top coat sandwich as I do when applying all my matte polishes to increase the wear time. A top coat sandwich is when you layer a coat of the matte polish, followed by top coat, followed by the matte polish.

07 May 2018

Disney Up! Inspired Nail Art

I was browsing Disney manicure ideas on Pinterest (my favorite place to find new nail art ideas!) and found some super cute ones inspired by the Disney movie Up. I love that movie, and the nail art looked cute and easy to do.
For today's manicure, I also have a photo tutorial so be sure to scroll down to check it out.

1. Start off with clean nails and apply your base coat. I use Glisten & Glow Base Coat.

2. Next apply your sky color. I'm using 2 coats of Barry M Blueberry.

3. Add clouds using a white polish and your dotting tool.

4. Create overlapping dots of all different colors for your balloons. I used acrylic paint for my balloons, but feel free to use nail polish.

5. Draw white lines coming from your balloons. They don't have to be perfect.
6. Let dry for a bit, and add a thick layer of top coat.

06 May 2018

ILNP Citrus Punch Flower Mani

Today's mani features ILNP Citrus Punch. Citrus Punch is an absolutely stunning coral holographic polish. It has a gold shimmer in it that makes it super pretty. As you move your nails, it catches the light and the color almost changes between more pink and more orange. This is a great summer color! 

I was inspired by a mani I found on Pinterest, but unfortunately there was no watermark on the image. It didn't let anywhere to credit the creator, and reverse image search didn't lead me anywhere either.

03 May 2018

Glam Polish Go Ahead...Make My Millennium

Hello! Sorry that my posting has been sort of spade. Kiddo got his tonsils out last Tuesday, and it was sort of rough. He was waking often in pain so I was pretty sleep deprived.
But he’s mostly better now, so back to regular posting!

This swatch is Glam Polish Go Ahead...Make My Millennium. I picked it up at Polish Con Chicago last September. I’ve actually worn it a few times since then, but I always forget to snap a photo before it chips or don’t get a photo that does it justice.

But I finally got a great shot of it! It’s a gorgeous, complex polish, and I’m so glad I own it. Unfortunately, this one is available in destashes only now.

30 April 2018

Black, White, and Red Outline Mani with Tutorial!

The inspiration for today's manicure comes from MaagsDinwiddie. She did hers for Valentine's Day, and it certainly would be beautiful for that! I should try to remember that for next year.
For my manicure, I switched the color combos as I wanted to use a red stamping I have that I haven't used often.

I used to do video tutorials and post them on YouTube and Instagram. I enjoyed doing them, but my setup wasn't the greatest plus they take a ton of time! It takes longer to do your mani plus the video editing. However, picture tutorials don't take as much time so I've decided to do them. I'm not sure that I will do them for every mani, but I'm excited to expand my content!
Anyway, here are the steps for this mani.

1. Apply base coat to clean nails. I use Glisten & Glow base coat for all my nails.

2. Apply white polish. I'm using Funky Fingers Gesso.

3. Apply a latex barrier around your nails. I just purchase a big tub on Amazon and pour it into a clean, empty nail polish bottle. I don't always use liquid latex for stamping, but it's definitely needed when stamping with a red polish!

4. Stamp on your image. I'm using Girly Bits Fire Engine Red and a plate I bought from eBay.

5. Remove the liquid latex, and cleanup any extra polish.

6. Add the black outline. I used black acrylic paint for easier control.

To finish: I left this mani dry for quite a while. Red and black polishes tend to smear for me when applying top coat. I used Seche Vite and gently floated it on so as to not smear my stamping (which I actually kind of did on my pinkie).

23 April 2018

Yellow Leopard Print Nail Art

I love how today's mani turned out! It was super easy, but still totally cool. Skittle style manis are my favorite to do. They have been for years, and I think will be for a while to come. They are a great way to combine a little nail art and a few polishes into a cute design.

This yellow leopard print skittle mani was a recreation of this one by Colores de Carol.

For my mani, I used Glisten & Glow Little Black Dress and Today is Your Day plus Zoya Alicia.

21 April 2018

Simple Striped Nail Art

I really love all the polishes from the Glisten & Glow Mother Earth collection. I enjoyed using them all for a water marble, but I also want to use each one on its own. So for today's mani, I'm featuring Mother Sky.

Mother Sky is a pastel blue creme. The formula was great which is awesome since pastels can be finicky. It applied beautifully in two coats.

I paired Mother Sky with Rosewater from ILNP. Rosewater is such a pretty, unique color. It's a silver holographic polish with flashes of pink. It's part of the Color Kissed Ultra Holos which means you can wear by itself as I did here or layered over another color. I needed 2-3 coats to make it opaque.