19 April 2018

Picture Polish Florence

Today’s swatch is Picture Polish Florence.

I saw a few swatches on it on YouTube and really liked it a lot. Since I studied abroad in Florence many moons ago, the name as special meaning as well to me. I won't buy a polish just for the name (I have to like the color too!), but it may push me to get if I'm waffling.

The formula is really good, and Florence applied in 2 coats with no cleanup needed. The base is a peachy orange (reminiscent of the terra-cotta roofs in Florence) with silver holographic micro flakies.

Photo courtesy of me!
View of Florence from just outside the city

the Duomo (cathedral) of Florence

16 April 2018

Radial Gradient: First Attempt!

I've been sticking to mostly easy nail art lately, but I am trying to more advanced stuff! I used to do more complicated nail art.
For today's mani, I did my first attempt at a radial gradient mani. For a radial gradient, the color blends from the outside in instead of in stripes. I have small nails so doing 3 colors was a bit difficult as I had a hard time getting all 3 to show. Next time, I'll try with 2.

For the gradient, I used Zoya Malia (purple), China Glaze DJ Blue My Mind (blue), and Fresh Paint Honeydew (mint green). On top, I stamped using a black polish and stamping plate Qgirl-035.

On my right hand, I decided to skip the stamping and add China Glaze Fairy Dust on top. I think I prefer the mani with fairy dust, but which do you like better?

15 April 2018

Glisten & Glow Mother Earth Collection Watermarble

Glisten & Glow recently released a new collection called Mother Earth. The collection consists of 4 light creme polishes that stamp and water marble as well. The 4 colors are Mother Moon (grey), Mother Sky (blue), Mother Sea (mint), and Mother Flora (lilac). I really like the formula of Glisten & Glow's creme polishes, and these dusty light colors are some of my favorite so I decided to purchase the whole collection.

Since I haven't done a water marble in ages and this collection water marbles well, I decided that's what I was going to do with them!
The first photo shows the marble with glossy top coat, but I decided to test it with matte top coat as well.

Which do you prefer?

14 April 2018

Painted Polish Barefoot at the Boardwalk

This week's swatch is Painted Polish Barefoot at the Boardwalk
I can’t find much information about this polish, but it’s definitely not available any more. Too bad because it’s so pretty! 

It’s a crelly with different hex glitters. The formula was really nice, and I found that I didn’t have to futz with the glitters like you do sometimes with crellies.

In this last photo, you can see a comparison of coats. On the left is 3 coats on my left hand then 2 coats on my right hand. I personally like 3 coats better, but you could get away with 2.

10 April 2018

Cupcake Polish Track Me Down Floral Nail Art

Cupcake Polish Track Me Down is a gorgeous black holographic polish. It applies perfectly in one coat. Unfortunely, it is discontinued now so you'll have to look for it in destashes.

However, you could do this nail art look with any black holographic. It's a super easy look, and I used a dotting tool for it.

09 April 2018

Zoya Ryan Mixed Metal Nail Art

Today I have a simple nail art design.

For the base, I chose Zoya Ryan. It is a super dark navy blue that applies in one coat! I was able to clean up around the cuticle area easily with no staining. I'm currently wearing it so I'm not sure about removal. 

On my ring and pinkie nails, I stamped using Barry M Gold and Silver Foil. Those polishes are discontinued, but any gold or silver polishes will work. The design is from Bundle Monster Plate BM-314.

06 April 2018

Northern Star Polish Family Secrets | March 2018 Polish Pickup

Have you heard of The Polish Pickup yet? I just heard about it at the end of February, and I think they are revolutionizing the indie polish world.

Each month there is a new theme that is voted upon by group members (be sure to join the Facebook group Polish Pickup Pack). The first Friday of the month, the shop opens where you can get polishes (as well as nail care, wax, and misc items) that are custom made for each theme. The items are only available for a short time and exclusive to The Polish Pickup. Shipping is a flat $3 in the United States per order which is awesome! The polishes are created by indie brands, and there's a variety of finishes.

I picked up my first polish for the March theme, Books.
Northern Star Polish created this beautiful polish inspired by Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews. It's such a classic, and one of the first adult books I read. I was in middle school when I discovered VC Andrews, and I've read every book she wrote and all the the one published under her name as well. So of course I had to grab this polish!

Family Secrets is a pinkish red holographic polish with blue flakes. In the sun, the flakes disappear a bit as the holographic effect comes out. 

The color isn't super unique though the flakies do add a bit something extra. The formula was really nice. It went on well in 2 coats, and I had to do very little clean up. Even with the flakies, the polish was super easy to remove.

31 March 2018

Green March Mani: Day 10

Today is my last day of green manis for March. I had one mani that nevTer was posted and an idea for another that was never made, but overall I think it was a good return to blogging! I plan to continue blogging as I enjoy it. A new computer that cooperates certainly makes it easier :) I do need to make an effort to interact with other blogs though.

Anyway, onto the mani!

The base for this mani is Painted Polish Moss Meditation. She makes gorgeous polishes, especially one coat cremes that also stamp! Moss Meditation is an army green ultra holographic with flakes. Because of this, you will get some golden effect in the polish that is simply stunning. It applies really nicely in 2 coats.

29 March 2018

Green March Mani: Day 9

This is a simple mani, but I really love how it turned out!

I started with a base with ManGlaze Nawsome Sauce. Then I stamped on a floral design from Born Pretty Store plate BPL-024. I didn't add top coat to keep the design matte.
Despite no top coat, it lasted surprisingly long!

25 March 2018

Green March Mani: Day 8

I meant to have this post up earlier this week, but I've been suuuupper sick. According to the urgent care doctor today, I had the flu last week which then improved Friday/Saturday and then turned into a sinus infection. Yuck! The sinus pressure is insane right now and making me a bit dizzy so I'll keep this short :)

For this mani, I used Zoya Chita and KBShimmer How You Dune?

Since Chita is a textured polish and does not require top coat, for the accent fingers I did a complete mani with How You Dune? (base coat, polish, and top coat). Once that was I dry, I freehanded the v-shape on top with Chita.

19 March 2018

Green March Mani: Day 7

Hello! I had planned to post over this weekend, but this weekend was pretty rough for me emotionally so I was basically in survial mode. But I'm feeling tons better today, and I'm here with a new green mani for March.

Today's mani is my St. Patrick's Day mani. I went all out with the green polishes here.

I started with a base of Zoya Jace.
On my index and pinkie nails, I did a gradient using NYX Girls Emerald Forest.
On my ring finger, I used a black and a gold polish to freehand a belt design for a leprechaun costume. 
On my middle finger, I stamped some shamrocks using Zoya Wyatt and Bundle Monster plate BM-XL27.

15 March 2018

Green March Mani: Day 6

For today's green March Mani, I just went with a simple swatch. The color is gorgeous though so it's totally great on its own!

This polish is Zoya Yara. It's from the Fall 2011 collection, but it is still available on Zoya's website so no worries!

The formula is wonderful. It goes on in 2 smooth, easy coats. It's an army/olive green with fine gold glitter throughout. The glitter is very fine so no need for a super thick top coat.

12 March 2018

Green March Mani: Day 5

For today's mani, I was inspired by @kimiko7878 on Instagram. She's pretty amazing, and you should definitely follow her if you don't already!

I am nowhere as talented as she is, but I did try my best with this mani. For some reason, my long 5 petaled flowers always turn out a bit goofy.

For this mani, I used two different green polishes: Zoya Cece and Nfu-Oh 66.
I used Zoya Cece on my index and pinkie nails as well as for the floral accents on my ring nail. I used Nfu-Oh 66 on my thumb and ring nails. It's super holographic, but it's one of those old school holos so it can pull the color when you're applying it. Still gorgeous!

11 March 2018

Green Mani March: Day 4

For today's green March mani, I am just featuring one polish, and I didn't even add nail art to it!

Zoya Merida is a gorgeous scattered holographic polish. It went on beautifully in two coats. The formula is really nice too so it goes on super smoothly. I had minimal cleanup to do.

09 March 2018

Green Mani March: Day 3

Happy Friday!!!! How did your week go?
Mine was not the greatest. I am not going to get into it here, but this weekend promises to be better!

Anyway, this post is a bit later than I wanted it to be because of the previously mentioned bad week.

Today's green mani for March features just one green polish, Glam Polish Evanora.

Since Evanora isn't super opaque, I couldn't just sponge it on. Instead, I painted about 2/3rd of my nail black. Then I painted the upper third using Evanora and dragged some of the polish down to create a gradient effect.

I really like how this mani turned out, and it was easy too!

05 March 2018

Green Mani March: Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of my green mani theme for March.

I love doing skittles style manis. I tend to stick to simpler skittles designs which means they are usually pretty fast to do. They also use quite a few polishes which is great because I don't like having untrieds (it spikes my anxiety!) plus I can feature a couple at a time which is especially great for larger collections!

Today's mani features 3 green polishes (and 1 non-green polish).

For this mani, I used Barry M Black Pistachio, China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, and Dollish Polish 1-Up.

Barry M Black Pistachio is a very dark green polish. It looks almost black, especially in my photos since I took them on a cloudy day.

China Glaze Re-fresh Mint is a super light, dusty mint green. I was expecting 3 coats, but it went on in just 2!

Dollish Polish 1-Up is, I believe, discontinued. It's most green hex glitters with some white matte hex glitters and white matte bar glitter. Any other glitter polish would work with this look as well. This mani is a great way to feature any glitter polish you have.

04 March 2018

Green Mani March: Day 1

So it's been over 3 years since I have posted to this blog. But I've decided to return! I enjoy sharing my nail art and have enjoyed posting to my blog in the past. I'm really hoping to make this a regular thing again.

For my first post back, I'm starting a new series! I'm not sure if I've talked about it here in the past, but I absolutely love green nail polish. It's one of my favorite colors to wear, and I own quite a few shades in various finishes. Not as many as some though :) I tend toward minimalism a bit so I try to keep my collection down.

Since I love green polish and March makes me think of green with St. Patrick's day and spring, I'll be focusing on my love of green polishes this month.

This first mani uses OPI Don't Mess with OPI and Cupcake Polish Delishiously Jaded.

OPI Don't Mess with OPI is a pretty old polish and is from the 2011 Texas Collection. You could use another green creme polish if you wanted.

Cupcake Polish Delishiously Jaded is a gorgeous holographic green polish. It almost covered in one coat too! It also apparently has a blue shift, but I was blinded by the holo.

I used both of these to create this simple mani. The half moon element was freehanded.

If you're reading this, I welcome you back to my blog! I've still been lurking around Facebook and Instagram. I'd also love links to new blogs you think I should follow!