Thursday, June 21, 2018

Contrary Polish - Discordant Melody

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*Nothing to Disclose*

     Today I've got a polish from Contrary Polish to share with you. Released in 2016 as part of the Gothic Winter Collection, Discordant Melody is one of those polishes that has stunning depth in the bottle and on the nail. 


      The mix of holographic particles and holographic micro glitters swimming in a jelly base make Discordant Melody one of those polishes that have many looks to it depending on the lighting. Almost as if each look shows one of its secrets. In the shadowed light it looks like little stars floating in a vampy red base, and in direct light, you get these fabulous flashes of sparkle that reminds me of a sparkling red wine.


      The application process was just what you'd expect from a jelly polish with the first coat applying smoothly but quite sheer. The second coat built up with a nice opacity leaving a beautiful squishy finish. Shown here is two coats plus top coat.


    I absolutely love this polish. There's just something about it that makes my nails feel sexy to me. I'm not sure if it's the vampy tone, the jelly finish, the holographic sparkle or a combination of all 3. Whatever it is, it makes me happy and boosts my confidence a bit. Have you ever had a polish do that for you? Oh, it's a wonderful feeling, one that makes me fall in love with nail polish all over again. I hope you enjoyed this polish as much as I did. Don't forget to come back next Tuesday for letter M week in the Untried A-Z Challenge. Thanks for Stopping by and Happy Polishing!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Inspired by Robin Moses - 80's Funky French

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     I've got another Robin Moses inspired look to share with you on the blog today. While this isn't my best work or something that I'm particularly proud of I think it's important to share it. It's important to me because I want to inspire others to try nail art, I want people to see that even though I've been at this for a few years now I still create manicures that aren't perfect and am always learning. I might be getting really good at stamping, or watermarbling but a technique that I consistently come up a bit short on is my freehand painting. And that's what you'll see in this 80's themed funky french manicure.


     Now normally I would use a polish that looked like my natural nail color as a base but this time around I skipped that step. Thankfully it worked out alright, it seems my base coat is doing a great job of keeping my nails stain free. For the "french tip" I used Sally Hansen Black Out in a diagonal pattern. While I'm a fan of the traditional French manicure I like to put my own twist on it from time to time. 


    The Not Really Neons Collection from Polish 'M came in handy for the lines. I used Harlequin (green) Royal (blue) Tangelo (orange) and Rosé (pink) I should have used Lemonade for the yellow but I wasn't sure it would show up so I went with an acrylic paint instead. I topped everything off with a glossy top coat. 


      I do like how this turned out, I need to work on my angles and painting straight lines. Which is what I meant earlier when I said my freehand skills come up just a bit short. But that doesn't stop me from trying, in fact, it makes me want to do more so that I can get better. 

     After looking at this mani for a bit in a glossy state I decided to see what it would look like matte. 


     I used the matte top coat from Pure Ice just to see how well it worked and I have to say I'm pleased with the results. 



     While I love my indie polishes, we all have a budget and mine is a bit tighter than most plus I like to be able to run out and get a product if I'm in a crunch, so I'm always on the lookout for less expensive alternatives from brick and mortar stores to use. My favorite matte topcoat is Matterial Girl from Blush Lacquer because it gives a true matte look instead of the semi-matte looks you can get from other top coats. The Pure Ice matte top coat also gives a true matte appearance.

     Which look do you like better the glossy or matte? Do you have a technique that you struggle with a bit? Let me know in the comments and as always Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Liquid Sky Lacquer - Chocolate Obsession

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     I'm back today with another swatch post from the vault. I actually wore this polish last summer but because my nails were so short at that time I didn't want to share it on the blog. I feel very self-conscious when my nails are super short but I've realized that I need to get over that. My poor nails can't be long all the time, especially with the abuse I put them through between all the polish I wear, the sports I play and all the camping I go on. So here is Chocolate Obsession in all its beautiful holographic glory on my super short nubbin nails. 

Chocolate Brown Linear Holographic nail polish

     Chocolate Obsession is a milk chocolate brown linear holographic polish released by Liquid Sky Lacquer in the winter of 2014. I don't believe it was part of a specific collection but please correct me if I'm wrong on that. 

Chocolate brown holographic nail polish

      This polish has a delicious formula that's extremely opaque. I'd consider this a one coat polish but applied two coats for that extra wow factor of the holo glitter.  Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat. 

Chocolate Brown holographic nail polish

     This is a gorgeous polish, beautiful on my shorter nails but is probably a color best suited for the fall or winter months. Unless you're like me and like to wear off-season colors every once in a while. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge Letter L

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     It was just a few days ago when I shared my letter K polish for the Untried A-Z Challenge and here it is, time for my letter L polish. I guess that's what happens when you get behind on blogging! So here is my Untried A-Z Challenge letter L polish, enjoy!


     Since it's summertime and been abnormally hot here lately I chose to go with a bright shade this week. And there's no better way to go bright than with a neon polish. Or in this case a Not Really Neon. Check out Lemonade from the Not Really Neon's Collection released last summer from Polish 'M.

Neon yellow nail polish with a creme finish

     Lemonade is a bright lemon yellow creme polish. Typically yellow is a hard color for me to wear but I actually like this one. It's so fun and bright plus it makes me look like I have a nice tan. Any polish that makes my tan look better gets bonus points from me. 

     
     Like most neons Lemonade applied a bit streaky on the first coat, thankfully it's a self-leveling polish so the streaks weren't a major issue. This polish builds up nicely on the second coat and I probably could have stopped there if I'd used white undies. I had a few places on my nails that appeared to be patchy so I opted to use 3 coats. Shown here is 3 coats plus a matte top coat. 


     Lemonade dries very quickly and with a matte finish. Just what I would expect from a neon polish. Like I mentioned above I like this polish and would probably wear it on its own in the future. But for this post, I opted to add a little nail art to the mix.


    For this marbled look, I used Creative Shop plate 31 and stamping polishes Straight Up Black and Bami White from Bundle Monster and Slate Stamping Sauce from Sassy Sauce Polish. 


    The completed look is a bit much for me but I do really like how my middle finger turned out. In this case, less is more and I'll have to keep that in mind in the future. And as you can see once again I was inpatient when applying my top coat and smeared my pinky finger terribly. 


     What are your thoughts on yellow polish? Is it a color you can easily wear? If you'd like to join in on the Untried A-Z challenge we will be staring letter M week on June 25th and ending on the 29th. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


     

Friday, June 8, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge - Letter K

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     I've been a bad blogger lately and there is no excuse for it. It's been almost a month since my last post which makes me sad. If you remember back to my last post I talked about how my nails are in rough shape which has left me feeling unmotivated to blog and life is getting busy with summer upon us. And I'll admit I just haven't tried to make an effort to squeeze in time for blogging. But that all changes now with my letter K polish for the Untried A-Z Challenge. 



     For my letter K polish, I chose Kissful Thinking from Sinful Colors. This polish was released in 2017 as part of the  S.W.A.K Collection. This was a limited edition collection but Sinful Colors has a history of rereleasing colors in their Holiday collections so it may find it's way back to store shelves next year.  While I believe this is meant to be more of a topper than a regular polish I've opted to show it on its own. 


      Kissful Thinking is a pink tinted jelly polish with small white glitters and a few lip shaped gold glitters. 


     The first coat applied easily with a large amount of the smaller white glitters but showed no sign of the pink tint. As you might be able to see from the bottle this polish is very thin so getting the larger shape glitter was pretty much impossible. I had a hard time even getting one on the brush let alone on the nail. After 2 coats you are able to see some of the pink tint but again I had nothing as far as the larger glitters were concerned.

     It took me 20 minutes of fishing around in the bottle to get the 2 glitters you see on the nail. At that point, I was frustrated and decided to give up on getting any more. 


     To be completely honest I'm not a huge fan of the shaped glitters so the fact that they don't easily come out of the bottle isn't that big of a deal. I actually like how this polish looks without them but won't be wearing it alone again. I can see myself using it in a winter manicure though because it reminds me of falling snow. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!








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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Girly Bits - V.I.Polish

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     For today's post, I've reached back into my VIP bag from Polishcon Chicago and emerged with V.I.Polish from Girly Bits. I've already shared one polish from the VIP bag with you which was Con Artist and I figured it was about time I shared another. Afterall it has been almost 8 months since the convention and 5 months since I actually wore this polish. 

     

      V.I.Polish is a black to purple duo chrome polish with scattered holographic glitters. In certain lighting, you can get a hint of gold like you see at the top of the bottle. I wish there had been some sunlight when I wore this to really showcase the sparkle. Unfortunately, December in Minnesota is not a sun-filled month and I was in the middle of trying to figure out my new lighting situation after upgrading to a bigger lightbox so the sparkle got a bit lost. 


     The application was smooth and even. I was a bit surprised at the sheerness of the first coat for such a dark polish but that didn't cause any issues. Two coats left me with full opacity and a smooth finish. Shown here is two coats plus a glossy top coat. 


     I'm not sure if I would have ordered this polish just by looking at the bottle but I'm super happy it came in my VIP bag so I didn't miss out. I love it when a polish surprises me and helps encourages me to go outside my comfort zone and try new colors. Have you ever been surprised by how much you like a polish once you wear it? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing? 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge Letter J

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     Can you believe it's already the 10th week of the Untried A-Z Challenge! I feel like it's just flying by, and honestly, I'm falling a bit behind with my planning. Part of that is because life is getting busier and part of it is because my nails have decided to betray me. They are a hot mess right now which is frustrating and making me unmotivated to paint them. anyone else dealing with this same struggle? While I soak my hands in cuticle oil and try to repair the damage our crazy weather has done why don't you enjoy today's Letter J post.


     For my Letter J polish, I chose Juiced from Top Shelf Lacquer. While this is one of my newer untried's its one that is perfect for the warmer months. Juiced was released in 2017 as part of the Drunken Creme Fall Holo Collection. This collection is still available for purchase as a complete collection or individual bottles. 


     Juiced is described on the website as a perfect fall pumpkin orange crème holo polish but for me, it pulls a little pinker giving it an almost salmon like color.  The holo is a bit muted but I actually like it that way, you get a bit of sparkle in the sun but a creme look in regular lighting. 


     The application process was phenomenal, with the polish applying like butter. Everything went on evenly with a nice opacity. I was left with only a slight VNL after the first coat. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.


    I actually really like the look of this muted holo. Typically I go for the big holo flame polishes but I might be converting after wearing this. I'm very glad I ended up picking up the entire collection and can't wait to try more of the colors.

     What do you think of the finish on this polish? Are you a fan of the muted holo or do you prefer a stronger holo flame? Let me know what you think in the comments and please consider joining me the week of the 28th for letter K week in the Untried A-Z Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Parchment Manicure

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     Hey Everyone, I'm back today with some nail art and a tutorial video to share with you. Yes, you read that right, I made a video! It's been so long since I've done one that I bet most of you didn't know that I had a YouTube channel. The inspiration for today's nail art was the Messy Mansions stamping plate I picked up from the March Polish Pickup Books theme. The minute that plate was in my hand I knew I wanted to do an antique paper/parchment look. And I have to say I'm very pleased with how it turned out. 


     I started out with a base of Sinful Colors Coco Bae which is a new addition to their core line for 2018. To get the aged parchment look I sponged around the edges of my nails with two shades of brown acrylic paint using the double ended sponge wand from Clear Jelly Stamper. The lighter color is Golden Brown and the Darker one is just called Brown. 


     For my lettering, I used Hit the Bottle polish The Drunken Elf and the Messy Mansions plate mentioned earlier. If you missed out that plate, any plate with lettering will work. I finished everything off with a layer of Matterial Girl from Blush Lacquer. 


     Now I will warn you this is a messy look to create so make sure to cover your cuticles with a latex barrier or similar product if you have an allergy to latex. My current favorite is the Un-Frog-gettable cuticle cover in Plain Toad from Ribbits Stickits. I wish I would have had this back when I did my newspaper manicure in 2014! 

      And as mentioned above, here is my tutorial video. I hope you enjoy it. 


                                  

     I hope you enjoyed today's post. I'll be back next week with my letter J polish for the Untried A-Z Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 




Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tonic - Lagniappe

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     Today I'm sharing with you a polish that I actually wore back in January. I know I know I'm way behind but I think we can all relate to the statement "So many pretties, so little time." For me, that time I referenced is the time to sit down and actually write a blog post. I was doing really well at the beginning of the year with writing posts in advance but not so much right now. I'm hoping to change that soon but in the meantime why don't we all check out Lagniappe from Tonic Polish.

     My first real experience with Tonix was last fall when I attended Polishcon in Chicago. I had seen the beautiful polishes online but that was nothing compared to seeing them in person. From that moment on I was hooked on Tonic and have ordered a few but this is my first time sharing one on my blog. 


     Lagniappe was released in the fall of 2017 as part of the Secrets and Soulmates Collection. To be completely honest I'm wasn't sure what the name meant or how it fit into this collection theme but I knew that I loved it and had to have it. I have since found out the Lagniappe means something given as a bonus or extra gift.


    This polish is a purple linear holo with green to magenta shifting flakes. The flakes are very subtle and seem to be more visible to the naked eye than on camera. The formula was sensational with a smooth and even application. I've shown it here as two coats plus top coat. 


     I really like this polish and will be wearing it again soon since I feel it makes a great color for summer.  What are your favorite polishes from Tonic? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



Thursday, May 3, 2018

LynBDesigns - Biz Myth-Icorn

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     Hey Everyone, I'm back with another quick post to share with you today. I know a lot of my posts have been quick ones lately but what can I say, the weather gets nicer and I get busier. Spring has finally arrived here in Minnesota and with that brings softball, volleyball, camping and a girls weekend away. That last one happens to be this weekend and I am so excited for it. My girlfriends from Highschool and I are getting away to celebrate the fact that we all turned 40 this year. But before I get to celebrating I need to share with you Biz-Myth-Icorn from LynBDesigns. 

     Biz-Myth-Icorn was released in January for the Polish Pickup theme Crystals and Gemstones. The inspiration for this polish was a bismuth unicorn crystal. Not sure what that is? Don't worry you're not alone, I had to google it myself. According to Wikipedia Bismuth is a brittle metal with a white, silver-pink hue, often occurring in its native form, with an iridescent oxide tarnish showing many colors from yellow to blue. The variations in the thickness of the oxide layer that forms on the surface of the crystal causes different wavelengths of light to interfere upon reflection, thus displaying a magnificent rainbow of colors. I bet you didn't think you'd be getting a science lesson in a nail polish post did you! 


     This polish is a brilliant combination of pale lilac purple with UCC flakes mixed in that flash purple to blue to red and gold. I knew the moment I saw this that I wanted to have it. 


     The formula is incredible with a smooth application, even coverage and TONS of flakes on the first coat. The flakes all lay flat against the nail leaving only a hint of texture once the polish dries.  Shown here are two coats plus top coat. 


     Once I had this polish on I started to think it might be too light for me and I was bummed because it is such a stunner. I am happy to say that as I wore this I started to like it more and more. I think it's a great polish for spring and I'm so happy I picked it up when I had the chance. 

    That's all for now, Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Untried A-Z Challenge Letter I

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     Hey Everyone, it's time once again for the untried A-Z Challenge. This week is the letter I and I've chosen to share another mainstream polish with all of you. I recently realized that I haven't shown a polish from China Glaze in a really long time, like over a year.  I happen to own quite a few and bonus one of the untired's just happened to start with the letter I. It's like the stars aligned and fate stepped in to bring you today's polish, and it is a beauty.  


     Unlike the last theme, I am only sharing one polish with you today; China Glaze I Truly Azure You. 

Aqua blue nail polish with turquoise micro shimmer

     I Truly Azure You was released in 2017 as part of the Summer Reign Collection. I snagged my bottle during a clearance sale at Sally's and am very glad that I did. This aqua blue nail polish is jam packed with turquoise micro shimmer. Just look at how it glows on the nail. 

     The formula is nice and I was surprised at how opaque the first coat applied. I'd almost call this a one coat polish. I say almost because I was left with just a hint of a VNL on the first coat. Shown here as two dazzling coats plus top coat. 

Aqua blue nail polish with turquoise micro shimmer

Aqua blue nail polish with turquoise micro shimmer


     While I do think this is a spectacular color it's not one that I can see myself wearing alone as a full mani, I do love it for a pedi color though. 

     Just for my general curiosity, I decided to add a little nail art in the form of foils that I picked up off of eBay. 



     It's been quite a while since I've attempted nail foils and you can tell by my application. I've got a few bald patches here and there but overall I like the way this turned out.  For my top coat, I used a layer of G-Force X from Superchic Lacquer which worked well with the foils as far as shrinkage went but it did seem to dull the holo quit a bit.  To fix this issues I simply waited until everything was completely dry and added a layer of Pure Ice Girl on the Run. 


     What do you think of I Truly Azure You? Is it a color you would wear all on its own? Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to applying nail foils? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!



     


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Contrary Polish - The Juice Fiend

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     Today I've got a polish to share with you from Contrary Polish which was released for the November Polish Pickup Fandom theme.  The inspiration for this polish is Buster from the show Arrested Development. I have to be honest here and let you know that I've never watched the show. But it did inspire one gorgeous polish.

Purple jelly base with scattered magenta flakes and blue micro shimmer nail polish

    The Juice Fiend has a purple jelly-like base filled with scattered holographic flakes and blue micro-shimmer.

     This is my first polish from Contrary Polish and I have to say that I was pleased with what I experienced. The formula what I typically experience with a nail polish. The first coat applied thinly and was a bit patchy like a lot of jelly polishes are. The Juice Fiend builds up nicely and has even coverage after two coats. Shown here is two coats plus top coat.


     The purple jelly base, the beautiful blue shimmer, and the holographic flakes add depth and Character to this polish. In fact, there are so many aspects to this polish I had a hard time capturing them all on film. 


     I have since ordered a few more polishes from Contrary Polish but I have a feeling The Juice Fiend will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Neutral Nail Art

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    Sorry for my little absence last week. I got home from my vacation to find out we had a death in the family and I was busy taking care of the details which didn't lead to much social media time. And to be honest I'm still dealing with everything and not back to my old blogging self which will make today's post another quick one.  Today I've got some nail art that is neutral enough to wear to work to share with all of you. 


     For this look, I started off with a base of OPI Dulce De Leche from the South American Collection released in the summer of 2002. My accent nail is done with Stella from 77 Nail Lacquer which was part of their advent calendar for 2017. I really like the way these colors work together. 


         I did the stamping using Hit the Bottle A Glint of Gold with a stamping plate from My Online Shop GPS - stamping #5. 

     I have to admit that when this manicure was first finished I wasn't a huge fan. I thought it was boring and a bit blah but as I wore it it started to grow on me. What do you think of today's look? Is it something you'd wear? Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

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