Favorites Month: Blues

I don’t think I’ve worn very many blues lately, but they’re my favorite tied with greens. This was another category that was difficult to narrow down, but I finally did it:

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Wednesday: in the same collection as Zuza, Wednesday is what Zuza would look like if the base color was more faded and didn’t have shimmer. That might sound boring, but it’s a lovely soft – yet not boringly pastel – hue that reminds me of sea glass.

Aquadelic: I alllllmost included Too Yacht To Handle – which is like Aquadelic’s neon sister – here, but I had Aquadelic for years before TYTH came out and I’ll always have a soft spot for this happy turquoise polish. It’s my go-to color when I don’t know what to wear, and you can see from how much is gone that it’s one of my most-used polishes.

Zuza: I fell HARD for most of the colors in Zoya’s Beach and Surf collection, and Zuza might be my favorite. It’s a lovely silvery shimmer in a beautiful aqua base with an easy formula…what more is there to say?

DV8: I’m lucky to own two polishes from the coveted China Glaze OMG Collection, but this is definitely my favorite. It’s got a gorgeous, smooth linear holo flare, and the teal is so freaking pretty even when the holo isn’t visible.

Ozotic Pro 505: Lots of indie brands make similar multichromes today, but a few years ago Ozotic Pro, an Australian company, made a mint off nail addicts around the world snatching up these pricey but magical polishes. One thin coat layered over black makes this polish come alive, and I always spend the rest of the day shifting my hand this way and that, marveling at the fantastical color shift from turquoise to blue to purple to red.

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Electric Beat: I used to be vehemently opposed to periwinkles for some reason, but when I saw EB, something clicked and I had to have it! It’s not bright but not too soft, either; the perfect middle-ground for a fun, everyday polish.

Baker Street: A year or two ago I popped into Sephora to pick up Baker Street – the famous bright, perfect cobalt blue – and found a bunch of bottles with fun rhinestone caps on sale. Obvs I bought a few for myself and friends, and it’s remained one of my favorite polishes because of the color and the bottle (oh and its one-coat formula).

Get Your Number: Aw, the first texture I ever bought! I usually layer this instead of putting it on alone since it’s a bit sheer, but ohhhh do I love this medium blue with holo sparkle! It looks like crushed gems on your nail.

Dream: A more recent purchase and I still can’t get over how gorgeous this one is – thousands of irregularly shaped holo flecks flashing against the royal blue base turn me into a human version of the heart eyes emoticon.

Rodeo Fanatic: This deep, metallic peacock blue looks like rich satin in a bottle. Everyone raves about Wagon Trail or Cowgirl Up but this is my favvvv from the Rodeo Diva collection! It’s got that old-school thin formula, but it covers well in two coats and is chic, dreamy perfection.

I wanted to do a little mani playing with textures, so I did a base coat of Wednesday, and once that dried I cut tape into angled pieces and painted Get Your Number on the top and DV8 on the bottom. I painted DV8 on a bit thickly so it kinda messed up on my pointer finger, but overall I’m pleased with how this came out!

Outdoor pic to capture the holo flare of DV8!

Outdoor pic to capture the holo flare of DV8!

See any of your favs on my list? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll be back next time with my top ten purples. See you then – A x

Favorites Month: Greens

So you know how in my last favorites post I combined all the warm colors into one list? Well, this list is restricted to just greens, but I had a WAY tougher time choosing! If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love green, and it was hell trying to narrow them down. Notice how many China Glaze polishes there are – besides neons, CG makes the most amazing greens! There were so many that came thisclose to being included on this list, like Winter Holly, Holly Day, and Holly Jolly (okay, their great greens are mostly from holiday collections). In fact, I feel like there’s a serious lack of darker greens on the list as I look at it now, but I can’t bear to replace any of the below polishes so I’m leaving the list as is! Here are my painstakingly chosen top ten favorites:

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Def Defying: These kind of chartreuse-y colors are very divisive, but I love them (they’re yellow-toned greens, of course I love them!). Def Defying has a great formula and is just such a fun, eye-catching hue.

Fresh: This bright slime-y, lime-y green always gets compliments when I wear it and it’s such a great color, no wonder I love it so much. THe purple and blue from this collection are awesome, too!

I’m With The Lifeguard: An eye-searing neon slime green with pretty shimmer – what’s not to love? It’s opaque in 2-3 coats and the shimmer does tend to settle at the bottom but I kinda like it without shimmer since it makes the neon even brighter.

Posh: UGH FABULOUS. You can see how much of the bottle is gone – when you have as many polishes as I do, that’s a LOT of use! The formula is great (it’s a one-coater if you’re careful) and it’s just a perfect, true Crayola green.

Four Leaf Clover: One of the few blue-leaning polishes on this list. This is actually a recent addition even though it’s an older CG polish, but the formula is fantastic and the bright hue always makes me happy.

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Highlight Of My Summer: (I did this late at night and was too tired to do it again when I saw I’d used the wrong bottle. Here’s a link to another bottle photo with it, though.) Like many of the other colors from the Sunsational collection, HOMS is a bit difficult to apply and is quite streaky, but damnnnnnn, it is such an amazing shade of bright mint that I don’t really care.

Running In Circles: The most breathtaking medium green glass fleck. Seriously, if you are at all into green, you need this polish. It’s so sparkly, the color is to die for, and it just glows on the nail!

Reclaim: Nowadays there’s a million indie shops making holos in every color, but just a few years ago holos – especially in a more saturated color like this – were incredibly rare, and I was lucky to grab this one. Actually, this kind of smooth, linear holo (without sparkle) is still kind of rare, and makes Reclaim even more unique!

Dragon: I only own two a-England polishes, and they were some of the first (if not the first) indie polishes I ever bought when I first started collecting nail polish, setting the bar pretty high! Dragon is so unique and really does capture the feel of a dragon with its mossy green base and golden/olive shimmer plus the trademark a-England sparkly scattered holo. As if the color isn’t enough to recommend this polish, it’s also a one-coater!

Glittering Garland: This colorrrrrr, I can’t even deal with it. It’s perfect for holidays (fitting, since it’s from the 2011 holiday collection) but this deep green with lighter green micro glitter combination is so gorgeous that it looks chic any time of the year. Classy perfection.

For my mani, I wanted to use a polish I haven’t used in a while, so I chose Fresh. As I have mentioned a billion times before, I loooove bright yellow-toned greens, they feel so fun and, well, fresh! (Fresh is actually really close to China Glaze’s Gaga for Green from the 2012 Electropop collection.) Its formula has a super weird consistency, though – sort of a creme-jelly hybrid but…weirder. It’s such a fantastic color that I didn’t want to do too much to it, but I added a little color block of Four Leaf Clover, which looked practically blue next to Fresh. I really like this style for a simple and quick mani.

Ahhh sorry about my cuticles! Can you tell I did this post in a hurry? Next time will be better, promise!

Ahhh sorry about my cuticles! Can you tell I did this post in a hurry? Next time will be better, promise!

Thank you for reading! Do you see any of your own favorites on my list? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next time with my top ten blues, see you then! – A x

Guest Post at The Bubbly Brunette

Hi everyone! I did a guest post for Christina at The Bubbly Brunette that’s up today. It features some crazy neon rosette nails that I loved so much I kept on for a week (that’s basically forever to a polish addict)! Click on over to check it out!

- A x

Kicking Off Favorites Month

Soooo I have been spotty with posting lately, and I’m really sorry about that! I was trying to think of short but interesting posts I could do and I thought it might be fun to compile lists of my favorite polishes – I know that I love reading what other bloggers’ top polishes and products are, and hopefully you all will enjoy reading mine!

I must say, this is no small feat – I am hopelessly indecisive in all area of life – but I finally narrowed my choices down! I’m going to break them up into categories by color with 10 polishes in each category. These are my absolute, 100%, can’t-live-without-them favorite shades. The lists are interesting because you can see what shade of each color I gravitate towards, or how certain brands create colors I can’t get enough of (China Glaze and their greens!).

Today’s post will be warm tones – the “Roy” of “Roy G. Biv” – because I don’t have 10 individual favorites of red, orange, and yellow. (I also threw coral in this group.) So here they are, my top ten favorite warm-toned hues:

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Knees Up: Glowy metallic red gorgeousness! This is like Christmas wrapping paper on your nails.
Velvet Bow: This lush, sexy, and super shiny burgundy creme will make even the most non-traditional polish fan drool.
Glitter Goblin: China Glaze makes the best micro glitters and this one is sparkly as all get out. I adore the mix of holo and deep orange glitters, and of course the name!
Jinx : A slightly coral-leaning saturated orange texture with gold shimmer – I love OPI’s textures, and this is one of the best!
Surfin’ For Boys: I’m not usually a coral girl, but something about SFB’s neon coral with pink shimmer entrances me (not to mention gets compliments every time I wear it!).

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Son Of A Peach: Neon peach, do I need to say more? The formula is tough, but the color is definitely worth it.
East Austin: A more pink-leaning peach than SOAP, but with just as bright (and difficult) of a formula.
Lava Lamp: Insanely neon saturated orange – in low lighting this baby appears to glow, it’s so neon!
Sunkissed: It always pulls a bit too sunshine yellow on camera, and true, it isn’t the most neon-y neon, but the formula is so easy, the shimmer is beautiful, and I can’t resist neon yellow!
Solange: Golden-yellow textured perfection…I really can’t say it often enough – you need this shade!

I’ve used every polish here on the blog in the past year, some more than once. You can see I gravitate towards bright/neon hues, but I do love the glamour of Knees Up’s metallic red and Velvet Bow’s wine vampiness. I did a quick ombre look with a few of these colors because I was running out of time, but it actually worked out pretty well! Definitely an eye-catching look.

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Here’s a pic where it looks like I’m dead, but it showed the neon pop of these fabulous colors nicely.

Oh, did you not know that I was a zombie?

Oh, did you not know that I was a zombie?

Next time will be greeeeeeeeeeeens, so get excited! Thank you for reading, see you next time – A x

’90s Daisy Nails

This weekend I went to the Cinespia screening of Empire Records, so obvs I had to do ’90s-themed nails! I wanted to do something with daisies to mimic the daisy print that was everywhere in the early 90s, and I think my final result was actually pretty great!

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I really wanted to use the fabulous indigo holo from my recent ILNP order, Indie Go. Previously I’ve only used ILNP’s glitters (which she doesn’t make anymore, sob) so this was my first time trying out a holo, and it was, as expected, fabulous. Indie Go was almost opaque in one coat, and the formula flowed easily onto the nail. It’s still sparkly under indoor lighting but of course comes alive in a holo blaze of glory when you’re in direct sunlight. It’s not a super linear holo, but very pretty nonetheless! It was really hard for me to capture the holo though, for some reason.

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After two coats of Indie Go had dried, I used a teeny tiny brush from my Winstonia set dipped in Snow Me White to paint little stripes in flower shapes scattered around my nails. I finished the daisies by putting a yellow center on each flower with a dotting tool. I actually love how these came out! I was afraid they were going to look cheesy or messy but this actually turned out super cute and fun! Not bad for my first time trying floral nails, eh?

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I’ve talked before about the cemetery screenings, which is my favorite LA summer event, and this time I saw Empire Records. Admittedly, it’s not a great movie, but it is a fun one, and a nostalgic one if you grew up seeing it on TV a lot in the late ’90s like I did. We were a little disappointed at first because usually they have an actor, writer, or director from the movie they’re about to show talk a little before the movie starts, and they didn’t this time. HOW-EV-ER, after the movie, who showed up but the director, DP, Ethan Embry (Mark), Johnny Whitworth (AJ), Coyote Shivers (Berko), James Willis (Eddie), and Brendan Saxton (Warren)?

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Apparently the director got kicked off the set of the movie and it never officially got a premiere, so the cast and director were all super excited to be at the screening to see all the fans. They tried to do a Q&A but there wasn’t a mic for the audience, but a few people did run up and ask a question, including one girl who asked what everyone’s favorite song from the movie was. Everyone said the Gin Blossoms song (obvs) except for AJ, whose fav was the Romeo & Juliet Dire Straits song. (AJ, by the way, is still super hot – maybe even hotter than he was in the movie.) The absolute best, though, is that someone asked that Berko sing “Sugar High,” which he didn’t seem to want to do but then the DJ started playing it, and he sang the whole song!

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Everyone was dancing and singing along and it was just the best, man. I complain about LA a lot, but there are a lot of cool events that happen in this city that you can’t find anywhere else, and that’s what I love about the Cinespia screenings. If you’re ever in LA for the summer, definitely try to go to a screening, you never know who’ll show up! :)

The girls next to us had made Rex Manning Day cupcakes, which they sweetly offered to us. How fun! (Sorry about the shitty quality, though, not sure what happened…)

The girls next to us had made Rex Manning Day cupcakes, which they sweetly offered to us. How fun! (Sorry about the shitty quality, though, not sure what happened…)

Thanks for reading! See ya next time – A x