23 October 2018

Halloween Nails 2018: Zombie

For today's Halloween manicure, I went on the slightly gory side.

For my base, I used Dollish Polish Zombie Flesh. I first picked up this polish back in summer 2012. It still is as great of a polish years later.

Next I added red strips down my nails to represent blood. I used a red jelly polish here so it would seem more blood like.

Finally I added some black stitches. They don't have to be perfect :) I topped it all off with a fast dry top coat of course.

17 October 2018

Halloween Nails 2018: Pastel Bat Nail Art

As much as I love to use traditional colors for holidays or certain times of the year, I also find it fun to use something unexpected!

For this Halloween manicure, I stuck to traditional black and purple. Except to change it up, I used a pastel purple! That purple combined with the adorable bat image makes this such a sweet manicure.

The products used are Glisten & Glow Mother Flora and Little Black Dress plus MoYou London Festive 53 which has a ton of adorable images for Halloween.

14 October 2018

Halloween Nails 2018: Black Cat Boogie

Black Cat Boogie is from Painted Polish and is a black/dark grey base with rainbow glitters. I cannot find out any info for this polish, but I assume it's not available right now (my mom purchase it in a destash).

11 October 2018

KBShimmer Hide and Eek

KBShimmer Hide and Eek is part of their Falloween 2018 collection. 

It’s a pretty white crelly full of Halloween colored glitters (green, purple, orange, black, and yellow). It takes 3 coats to be opaque.

09 October 2018

Halloween Nails 2018: Skulls

I picked up this stamping plate awhile ago and have been saving it for Halloween.
I was peeking around in my Helmer, trying to figure out which polish I wanted to pair with this plate when I found the perfect polish.

For the base of this manicure, I used OPI Skull and Glossbones. I stamped used Funky Fingers Dark Knight and the previously mentioned Born Pretty Store plate BP-146

08 October 2018

Halloween Nails 2018: Spiderwebs and Spiders

There's certain times of the year that just really lend themselves sooo well to nail art, and October is one of them for me. So be prepared for a ton of different Halloween related polishes and nail art designs.

I picked up Girly Bits Put Your Strap On at Polish Con. It was part of the Polish Pickup June 2018 and was sold at the convention as part of the Polish Pickup overflow table with all proceeds going to charity. I actually picked this one up twice to look at it, so I totally knew I needed to get it when I picked it up the second time.
It's a gorgeous white semi-jelly based polish with tons of shimmer and flakies. I needed 3 coats for full opacity.

I used it as the base of my spiderweb and spider themed manicure. The webs are stamped from Festive Collection Plate 53 from MoYou London. I freehanded the spider using black nail polish and a small brush.

02 October 2018

Fair Maiden Spiced Cider

Fair Maiden Spiced Cider is an absolutely stunning fall polish that I picked up at Polish Con Minneapolis. Fair Maiden describes it as "a red/orange base multi-chrome that shifts magenta/red/copper/gold with golden holographic sparkle and iridescent color-shifting glitter."
It is seriously fall in a bottle.

24 September 2018

Tonic Polish Whatever With Your However

I bought some new polishes at Polish Con. I'm so excited to use them all, plus I hate having untried polishes so expect them in the next few posts.

Today I have Tonic Polish Whatever With Your However. I actually waited in the Tonic line twice. This polish kept hovering in the back of my mind, and I had eventually had to go back for it. So glad I did! It's beautiful.

20 September 2018

Needle Marble Blue and Grey Nails

This manicure is actually pretty old, but I haven't had a chance to post it yet.

For this manicure, I used Milani Blue Jay and KBShimmer How You Dune? Blue Jay was a gorgeous polish and almost a one coater.

For the middle finger, I used the needle marble technique. It wasn't my attempt, but it still looked cool.

19 September 2018

Polish Con Manicure

So I accidentally took a blogging breaks, oops! Part of it was that my husband had surgery so I had all the chaos of preparing for that, then the surgery/hospital stay, and then I went to Polish Con Minneapolis 2018.

I've been to two previous Polish Cons that both previously took place in Chicago. Minneapolis was quite a bit farther, but still fun to travel to with my momma.

With everything, I still managed to come up a fun mani for Polish Con! The two hosts for this event were Chrissy from KBShimmer and Miranda from Ever After Polish so I used a polish from each for this manicure. I used KBShimmer Shore Thing and Ever After Louisa May Alcott.

06 September 2018

Barielle Lemondrops

Today I have swatches of Barielle Lemondrops. It's a semi neon/super bright yellow. The formula was a bit streaky, and I needed 3 coats of fully cover my nail.

03 September 2018

Back to School Chalkboard Nail Art with Glisten & Glow

Today I have a school themed chalkboard style mani because my little guy is headed off to his first day of Kindergarten tomorrow! He did well in 4K last year so I'm sure he'll love this year too.

For this mani, I stuck to polishes by Glisten & Glow. I started with Little Black Dress as my base coat. Then I used Jukebox & Jitterbug, Mother Flora, Mother Sea, and Mother Sky to stamp images from MoYou London plate Scholar 05. 
I really liked this pastel polishes since chalk isn't usually vibrant so it was a nice effect. For some of the images, I mixed the polishes on the plate to give a sort of swirl effect.

After applying a fast dry top coat and letting it dry, I added a matte top coat to complete the effect.

29 August 2018

China Glaze White on White

I don't wear plain white polish often so when I was debating what polish to put on last week, I decided to do just that.
This polish is China Glaze White on White, which is frankly not the best white. It's pretty thin and the formula isn't the greatest.

28 August 2018

Baseball Nail Art

I apologize for the lateness of this mani! I went to a Chicago Cubs game on August 5th and did this manicure for the game. Sooooo pretty late lol. Here it finally is though :)

Products used:
Funky Fingers Gesso
Zoya Sooki
A-England Tristam

27 August 2018

Matte and Shiny Nail Art

Hello all! Sorry it's been a minute :) We've been super busy with back to school prep, appointments, car troubles, and fall craft fair prep for me. I will have some back logged posts coming at you today and the next few days.

For today's manicure, I did a mixed finish manicure. I really like how this turned out.

After applying Zoya Lidia (purple), I applied a fast dry top coat and then added Zoya's matte top coat on that. Then I stamped on top using Barry M Razzle Dazzle and the stamping plate below. To keep the mixed finish effect, I left the manicure as that.
I will note that the stamping did flake off a bit since it wasn't protected with top coat, but the overall look was totally worth it.

On my pinkie finger, I just applied Barry M Razzle Dazzle and top coat.

17 August 2018

Barry M Holographic Molten Metal

My sister-in-law lives in Ireland and recently visited us in the States. I often have her bring me back Barry M polishes because they are nice colors, are cheap there, and hard to get here.

She brought me back 3 polishes, and today I have two of them from the Holographic Molten Metal Collection.

First I have Holopgraphic Moon. For a lighter color polish, it went on nicely in 2 coats. It's a lovely pinky nude and would be very appropriate for professional situations.

Holographic Flare is by far my favorite of the two (hello, green!). It also took only 2 coats, and the holographic is intense. I was even getting the effect inside in lower lighting which is awesome.