20 July 2018

Sparkly Simple Zoo Nail Art

On Tuesday, we took a sort of last minute trip to the zoo. It was pretty nice out for July (I hate summer lol), and the animals were nice and active :)

Since I was changing my mani, the night before I decided to do a simple, cute zoo themed manicure.

I started with a base of Glisten & Glow Fairy's Tryst plus an accent finger of Painted Polish Stamped in Greenery 2.0

Using Stamped in Greenery 2.0 as well as Stamped in Guava from Painted Polish, I added some images from MoYou London Plate Tropical 06

Simple manis are some of my favorites, and this one was no exception :)

16 July 2018

Simple Floral Nail Art | Cupcake Polish Sand by Me

For today's post, I created a simply floral mani based upon a mani by @manal (formally @naildecor).

I used Cupcake Polish Sand by Me as the base for this mani. It's super pretty holographic orange polish with pink shimmer. The tone of this orange is definitely unique, and I really like it.

To create the design, I created a dotted 5 pedal flower using white. Then I layered a white smaller flower on top and finally added a gold dot to the center.

I really love how this mani turned out! Sand by Me is super pretty in artificial lights (photos above) and natural lighting (the last photo below).

13 July 2018

Painted Polish Stamped in Cinderelly

Today I'm featuring Painted Polish Stamped in Cinderelly. Painted Polish makes amazing creme polishes! Most of them are one coaters. They stamp well over white and black as well! I have several :)

Stamped in Cinderelly in a sky blue creme that applies in just one coat. The formula was really great for application and not too thick or thin. It was nice for stamping as well. I find some stamping polishes dry too fast, and this one didn't which was nice.

I applied it on its own as well as used it for stamping on my ring finger with Born Pretty Store plate BPL-024.

09 July 2018

Space Nail Art with F.U.N. Lacquer Frost (H)

Hello! Today I have some space themed nail art featuring F.U.N. Lacquer Frost (H). Frost (H) is a multichrome polish that shifts between blue, purple, red, and green with added gold holographic glitter. It's soooo pretty, and basically a galaxy in a bottle. I don't see the red shift at all, and the green shift is harder to see. It's still lovely, and takes only two coats.

On my ring finger, I freehanded the Cancer constellation. I used the advanced stamping technique for the rocket on my middle finger. The stars on my index finger are stamped.

In the last photo, you can see much more of the purple shift.

06 July 2018

Birthday Nail Art

Hey all! It's my birthday today which is another perfect excuse for a cute mani :) (Just kidding, that's everyday).

For my birthday, I traditionally use Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday as well as OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston. Happy Birthday is self-explanatory, but the OPI is because I was born in Galveston, Texas.

I freehanded the balloon on my ring finger using Zoya Serenity and some black and white polishes.

02 July 2018

4th of July Nail Art with Zoya

Today I have my 4 of July or American Independence Day manicure. Our festivities were on Saturday, but we didn't go. The weather was terrible (heat advisory then crazy thunderstorms), and I had a sick kiddo. I still enjoy doing festive manis though :)

For this mani, I used (mostly) nail polishes from Zoya, my favorite mainstream polish brand.

I used Zoya Sooki, Sia, and Alicia. Sia and Alicia are some of my favorite polishes from Zoya.

Sia is a stunning blue and just about opaque in one coat. I haven't tried it yet for stamping or watermarbling, but I should.

Alicia is a silver holographic with a touch of gold shimmer. That gold shimmer is so amazing and makes Alicia positively glow.

I finished off this simple mani by adding some stamping using Born Pretty Store Plate BP-11.

30 June 2018

Glisten & Glow Summer Livin' Collection | Nail Art

Yesterday, I showed you swatches of 4 of the brand new neons from Glisten & Glow as part of their Summer Livin' collection. Today, I have one manicure and one pedicure design featuring 3 of the polishes.

For the manicure, I used Slushies & Suntans. I added a black accent nail and some black geometric stamping. I topped everything with Glisten & Glow's top coat.

For my pedicure, I used BBQ & Ball Games and Watermelon & Water Slides. I alternated the polishes on both feet and added some contrasting polka dots to my big toes. My 5 year old loved this design and told me momma had cute ladybug toes :)

29 June 2018

Glisten & Glow Summer Livin' Collection (Partial) Swatches

Glisten & Glow recently released their Summer Livin' Collection of gorgeous neon cremes. My mom and I picked up four of the five polishes. They are all so nice, and none of them require a white base! Make sure to grab yours too.

The first polish is BBQ & Ball games.

My picture is reading a touch green than the actual polish. Yellows are notorious for bad formulas, but this one went on great in 3 coats.

Next is Flip Flops & Fireworks.

This one has the best formula. It's a neon pinkish purple. It's the perfect thickness and applied in two coats.

Next is Watermelon & Waterslides.

This neon pink has a thicker formula than the rest. It'll need thinner later, but that's no big deal. It covered in two coats.

Last is Slushies & Suntans.

This is by far the brightest of the bunch! It bugged out my camera a bit too. I needed 3 coats for full coverage.

Overall, these were all really great polishes. Neon polishes that are all opaque in 2-3 coats and don't require undies? Major win!

Tomorrow, I'll have some nail art featuring some of these polishes.

27 June 2018

Zoya Shelby and Cupcake Polish Icing

Today's swatch is Zoya Shelby.

I'm not a huge pink polish fan, and frankly this one isn't convincing me otherwise. It's very much a bubblegum sort of pink creme polish. The formula isn't great either and needs 3 coats. Mostly I use this for nail art, but I decided that I should swatch it as well.

Since I don't like it on its own, I decided to add a holographic topper, Cupcake Polish Icing. The effect is gorgeous! Most holographic toppers having a greying element due to the nature of holographic pigment. That's just fine by me though! The grey factor toned down the bubblegum pink color, and the holographic effect is beautiful of course.

22 June 2018

OPI Black Cherry Chutney

Black Cherry Chutney is an older OPI polish, but one that is sort of new to my collection. It's a gorgeous super dark purpleish red polish with a shimmer. It's a bit hard to photograph this one, but it's super stunning in person. It takes two coats for full opacity.

21 June 2018

Purple Tropical Water Decal Nails

I haven't ordered from Born Pretty Store in ages, but I do have a bunch of water decals from them. They are all very summery and tropical, so my goal is to use them all this summer. Each set is good for 2 manis so I won't completely use them, just make a dent in my stash.

There are two designs included with these decals, and I mixed and matched them with on both hands. These are clear decals so I recommend a white or light colored based for them.

16 June 2018

Glisten & Glow Lacey Skittles Nail Art

Hello all! Today's mani is a skittles nail art design featuring two polishes from one of my favorite indie brands, Glisten & Glow. The two colors are Fairy's Tryst (from The Holo Hookup August 2017) and Parasail in Puerto Rico.

Photo taken in artificial lighting

Both polishes have that awesome Glisten & Glow formula and went on in two coats. Fairy's Tryst is extremely holographic silver polish with a hint of green shimmer and some silver microglitters. It's absolutely gorgeous. My mom picked this up in a destash and passed it on to me :)

Photo taken in artificial lighting

I added a lace stamp design to my ring finger for an easy mani. Also seriously, how gorgeous is Fairy's Tryst? The last photo is in natural light at 7pm when the light was going away. And it's still super holo!

Photo taken in natural lighting

14 June 2018

Zoya Vespa

Hello polish lovers! Today's swatch is of Zoya Vespa. It's part of their PixieDust.

While I adore the light green color, the formula isn't a good as I remember. It took 3-4 coats to fully cover, and even in the sun I feel like I could use more coats. Also this one took a while to dry. You can see that especially on my pinkie where the polish smudged. Frankly, I couldn't be bothered to fix it.

Also I just bought a light box! It came with adjustable LED lighting. I think I really like it, and now I won't have to struggle with lighting. Ideally, I plan to include natural light and artificial light photos. What do you think?

11 June 2018

Grey and Green Skittles Style Nail Art

Just a quick post with a quick mani design from me today :)

For this mani, I used KBShimmer How You Dune? and A-England Dragon. How You Dune? went on in one coat for me! I'm pretty sure it used to take 2 coats so either my application changed or the polished thickened up a bit. It wasn't too thick to use at all so I'm guessing my application changed.
Anyway, a one coat light grey is awesome.

I love grey and green polish so pairing gorgeous versions of both these colors made for a winning mani for me :)

08 June 2018

Glisten & Glow Fairy in Love

Glisten & Glow Fairy in Love is part of the Road to Polish Con Spring 2018 series. Unfortunately, it's not available any more for purchase. I'm not sure if Jill will have it available at the convention either, but I'd for sure ask her since this polish is gorgeous!!!!

Cold state

Fairy in Love is a beautiful teal to light teal thermal polish. It's loaded with microglitters. It has a gorgeous pink shimmer running through it too. The transition is pretty subtle which gives it a lovely sort of gradient effect. Mine was a bit thicker so I only needed 2 coats.

Normal state macro: lighter teal with a hint of the dark teal on the tips

The pink shimmer is amazing.