Half-Moon Mani With A Twist

Today’s manicure is a new favorite combined with some older ones!

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First I laid down two coats of OPI’s My Vampire Is Buff. I’ve used it once before but not in a full manicure. This French vanilla cream is very lovely and ladylike on its own; I used two coats and could’ve used a third on a few fingers, but I knew I’d be mostly covering it up so I didn’t bother. I wore this on its own for a few days, actually, before I attempted my half-moon gradient.

MVIB was coming out really off color in my lightbox so I snapped one in the weak sunlight in front of my living room curtains.

MVIB was coming out really off color in my lightbox so I snapped one in the weak sunlight in front of my living room curtains.

Reggae To Riches is a gorgeous fuchsia with strong purple shimmer and Tantalizing is a lavender with bright blue shimmer, but for some reason it was hard to capture the shimmer of these. Unfortunately, both of these were really sheer when I sponged them on my nail, having overlapped the colors on an ever-so-slightly-damp sponge.

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I kept sponging and sponging to get the colors more opaque (and to try to coax out the fabulous shimmers, but you can only see Tantalize Me’s shimmer in a few photos) but all it did was create a less smooth gradient. I also wasn’t paying much attention to the fact that my sponging was getting under my reinforcement stickers (placed at the cuticle for the half moon), plus I didn’t get over to the side enough on a few nails. I still like this, though!

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I definitely need to delve into the depths of my polish collection way more often – I think I’ve only worn Tantalize Me and Reggae To Riches once each, but they’re really awesome. I’m not usually a pink fan but some about Reggae To Riches really draws me in, and that blue shimmer in Tantalizing makes an otherwise plain color interesting. Damn, I kind of want to attempt a swatch-a-thon of all my polishes. Haaaa yeah right – I have way too many, plus I’d get bored after like, a week. Maybe I’ll just attempt a no-buy so I’m forced to shop my own stash.

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Okay I just saw the Veronica Mars movie last night because I’d been waiting to see it with a friend who was coming to town, and I want to nerd out about it a little. There will be spoilers so if you haven’t seen it and want to, don’t read below!

So, I really loved it. I wasn’t sure if I would, going in, because I’d mostly kept away from reviews but the few I’d stumbled across had seemed kind of lukewarm, but I really think it was well done. Despite the backstory intro at the beginning, I highly doubt anyone who wasn’t previously a VMars fan saw this movie, but I loved all the callbacks, like Veronica’s old bag from the series, the rumor that Veronica had joined the FBI, and Wallace getting her a student’s file (!). Also, on a purely shallow note, HOT DAYUM, everyone got wayyyyy hotter. I mean, Wallace and Mac were already cute, but now? Jesus:

I mean, seriously smokin' hot. via

I mean, seriously smokin’ hot.
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I in no way believe Mac would be working at Kane Software, though – she’d be running that joint, or having her own company. And I know there was a finite amount of time, but I wish we’d gotten to see more of Keith’s life, too – does he have a girlfriend? Did he get a backup dog to Backup? Ugh I also really wish Leighton Meester could’ve come back as Carrie Bishop since I not-so-secretly love Leighton Meester. Dick was obviously amazing, and I loved the mountain of cameos. (Cliff! Leo! Corny! Principal Clemmons! Poor Deputy Sachs! Weird Celeste Kane appearance! Vinnie Van Lowe with his sneezy job that perfectly suited him!)

And oh, Logan. Okay, in the real world, Logan would be the worst but as a fictional character, I always loved Logan’s quippy personality. My mouth actually fell open when he appeared in uniform because whaaaaaat?! The rehash of the “epic love” speech was a little cheesy, though – especially since Logan didn’t even remember saying it to Veronica the next morning, right? But damn, can that man lean.

I sorely missed the visual look of the TV show, though. That great, neo-noir style (neon signs/stained glass/high-contrast/deep shadows) always enhanced my love of the show, and while once or twice a shot of Veronica in silhouette fixing her camera was cool, they repeated the silhouette too much (and the Veronica/Logan ones seemed positively cliche).

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The colors! The neon!
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I was also torn up about how it ended – part of me cheered as Veronica settled back into Mars Investigation (with Mac by her side!), but a part of me also hated it. I love the character of Veronica, and want the best for her, and I agree with her dad that she “had made it out” and that she shouldn’t let the town suck her back in (also, how is she going to pay back her student loans on her now-useless law degree?!). That plus the Logan thing felt like her character was regressing. But Neptune will always be corrupt, and who wouldn’t love Veronica Mars as a defender of their town? Better than Batman, for sure.

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Sparkles and Holo On A Sunny Day

This is a short one, so let’s get going! I was originally going to use China Glaze’s FYI, a hard-to-find older holographic polish, but I can’t find it :/ I know it’s around here somewhere, but in the meantime I chose Color Club’s Cherubic as a more blingy sub to go with Blue Year’s Eve, a deep blue glass fleck.

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Blue Year’s Eve is sooooo prettyyyyyy. In the sun it looks more royal blue, and it’s hella sparkly which obviously I’m a fan of. It’s a pretty thin formula and very sheer on the first coat, but it looked almost perfect at two coats, and I knew I’d be covering it up so I didn’t add a third. (P.S. my clean up is terrible in these pics, I apologize. I will do a million times better next time!)

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Cherubic is from the same collection as Harp On It, and it’s got the same great two-coat formula and intense holographic rainbow. For some reason the holo doesn’t look as intense in these photos but trust me, this polish is insane rainbow perfection.

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I wanted to do something simple so I thought a little quick tape nail art would be good but somehow when I brought the tape up the polish got all smudged and misshapen. I managed to fix it a bit but the lines aren’t perfectly crisp and my middle finger is pretty lumpy still. Not one of my best efforts, but I was sick while I did these so whatevs. Hmmm…looking at these pics kinda makes me want to bring out all my Color Club Halo Hues and do a holo rainbow now.
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If you don’t watch Reign on the CW but love cheesy TV, you need to start watching, stat. Last night’s episode was pretty ridic even by CW standards. It’s ostensibly a show about Queen Mary of Scots, but it’s really Gossip Girl at “French” (lolz everyone has a British accent) court. The clothes are great but hilariously incorrect – sometimes they look like cheap Ren Faire costumes, sometimes they look like modern-day prom dresses, and often you’ll see people wearing outfits from like, seven different time periods in the same scene, but most of the time they’re actually pretty and fun, and all of the time the headbands are on point.

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I mean seriously, what even is happening with the monkey fur collar in the first pic?
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But the best reason to watch is Catherine de Medici, who is da best (and is played by Anne Shirley!!!). The rest of the characters get dumb story lines and boring romances, but Queen Catherine gets to poison bitches and has all the best lines. I love her snarky self, and her even the recent interactions with her douchey king husband have gotten awesome lately. I hope they don’t kill either of them off soon!

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There is a serious lack of Catherine .gifs online, but trust me, she’s a true sass queen.
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I have one last post for my unofficial throwback favorites month, and I’m going to attempt a little nail art that will hopefully turn out really pretty! Thank you for reading, see you next time – A x

Purple, Purple, Purple!

I apologize for not posting in a week, I got sick :( Also, I realized as I was about to post this that my nails don’t have the best cleanup and I apologize for that, as well! This and the next post were done pretty quickly and I didn’t realize I needed to clean up better until later. Sorry y’all!

I used to really love purple polish, but in recent years they’ve really taken a backseat to my ever-growing collection of greens and blues. I’m pretty sure nothing will ever usurp green/blue polishes as my favorite, but this manicure was a nice change of pace!

China Glaze Harmony, OPI Funky Dunkey, Grape…Set…Match, Servin' Up Sparkle

China Glaze Harmony, OPI Funky Dunkey, Grape…Set…Match, Servin’ Up Sparkle

Grape…Set…Match! and Servin’ Up Sparkle were a duo in a line of polishes created with Serena Williams in 2011. GSM is a beautiful reddish purple with fuchsia and blue shimmer and a subtle purple-to-pinky purple duochrome shift that I remember being pretty sheer but only took two coats here. My SUS has gotten really thick and I had trouble evenly spreading the glitter around, but it is SO SPARKLY. It’s just holo hexes and micro glitter in a clear base – I feel like every polish line has one – but the rainbow sparkle gets me every time, meaning I also own China Glaze’s Techno (which is a dupe but with a better formula), OPI’s Which is Witch?, and still seriously have to restrain myself from buying similar polishes. I just love rainbowsssss (as you can see in the bottle pic, where my bottle of SUS is about a quarter gone).

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Funky Dunkey (ugh what?) is from the 2010 Shrek collection, which was pretty awesome. I was just starting out in my collection but even then I was pretty impressed that OPI had a collection with nary a red or pink in sight! I grabbed four of the six (I wasn’t a fan of the yellowish green Fiercely Fiona and had a lime green similar to Who The Shrek Are You?) and frequently used them in manicures together. Funky Dunkey is a true purple – not too dark, not too red – with a good two-coater formula.

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I used China Glaze Harmony, a light purple metallic, for the stamping on my middle finger using Bundle Monster plate BM-417. I love/hate stamping so much. I love that I can get cool, intricate designs on my nails without needing any actual artistic skill, but sometimes it’s so.freaking.hard to get images to stamp perfectly straight or clean. This one came out nice, though! Probably due to the fact that Harmony is a perfect stamping polish, I really need to pick up a few others from that collection. On my pointer I used tape to do a diagonal of GSM over Funky Dunkey, but the contrast wasn’t as much as I originally thought it would be, although in the above pictures, on my index you can see that beautiful duochrome that’s in the bottle. I kind of want to use Grape…Set…Match! as a manicure on its own now, I forgot how pretty it is!

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As I mentioned, I was sick this week, and while I was laying around bored, my sister texted me that there was a “Which Troop Beverly Hills character are you?” quiz on Buzzfeed, and I got Phyllis Nefler!

Obvs.

Obvs.

This made me pitifully happy as I laid on my sickbed. My sister texts me about a Buzzfeed quiz at least once a day and usually I ignore them but I can’t resist anything Troop Beverly Hills. It’s actually a life goal of mine to go to a Halloween or costume party in a perfect recreation of this outfit:

What did you think of this manicure? Anyone else love Troop Beverly Hills (jk, it’s impossible to dislike that movie)?

Thanks for reading! I’ll have another post up for you in the next day or so, promise!

Blue and Green

Damn, I forgot how annoying it is to get flakie polishes off! I wanted to slap on something pretty simple after that strenuous removal, but I ended up doing a little of everything to my nails.

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I used to wear Aquadelic on one hand and Gaga For Green on the other all the time – lo, those many moons ago when I didn’t have six or so containers full of nail polish. The funny thing about wearing these two colors is they’re not that drastically different, so for example, I’d have coworkers go all day before realizing I had two different colors on and being super baffled when they realized! It’s the perfect solution for someone like me, a tragically indecisive individual – which color? Wear ’em both!

I could NOT get this app to let me make each hand the same size, which is why my right hand looks smaller than my right.  Oy.

I could NOT get this collage app to let me make each hand the same size, which is why my right hand looks smaller than my right. Oy.

These are both from the Electropop collection in 2012, and after only two years my poor bottles are starting to show their age. Aquadelic was weirdly goopy, and Gaga For Green was super sheer and a little runny on its first coat, needing three total to look okay. The colors are still great, though – Aquadelic is the perfect aqua, and I love the fresh, juicy apple green of Gaga. I got a little bored after a day or two, though, so I added a tiny circular stud to my index and pinkie fingers, stamped the triangle design from Bundle Monster plate BM-423 on my rings, and put a coat of I Love Nail Polish’s 11:59 on my middle fingers.

Left!

Left!

Right!

Right!

In photos the triangle stamping looks really bad and super smudged but in real life it looks totally fine. I love 11:59 over both of these, Aquadelic especially. It’s got tiny black and gold hexes, larger black squares, and gold circles and micro glitter. Loooooove! I know ILNP is all about making awesome multi-chromes and holos now, but I first found the shop after seeing swatches of her amazing glitters (and promptly bought a bunch of them) and I wish she’d make some new ones!

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Two nights ago I got to go to the Parks & Recreation panel for Paleyfest and it was awesome! Being a huge TV fan, I’ve always wanted to go, and they had so many great shows featured this year! In a perfect world I would’ve gone to The Mindy Project, Orange Is The New Black, Masters of Sex, Veep, and Veronica Mars (I watch a LOT of TV, y’all) in addition to P&R, but I decided I’d only go to one and I chose Parks because I thought this would be its last season. Luckily it got renewed, but I’m still really glad I went, since P&R is one of my absolute favorite shows – it’s like the TV show equivalent of a big ol’ hug that’s hilarious to boot, and if you don’t watch it what the hell are you doing?! Go stream it on Netflix NOW.

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We got to watch Thursday’s (tonight’s) episode before the panel started and when the cast came in I was pleased to see Ben Schwartz, aka Jean-Ralphio, included! He unfortunately didn’t really talk much but it made me feel better knowing he was there, since Jean-Ralphio is one of my ultimate fav secondary characters (tied with Joan Calamezzo, obvs).

It was really cool – the creator/writer Michael Schur talked about creating the characters and the show, and Amy Poehler got teary-eyed talking about how much she loved working on the show and getting to be Leslie Knope every day. When they asked the audience for questions, there was a completely bonkers dude who just kept freaking out about how excited he was to be picked for a question and how much he loved everyone on the show, and it he was so effusive and awkward that the cast and everyone in the audience just completely cracked up for almost ten minutes while he freaked out. Then he finally asked a question: “How are you guys like the characters you play, like Retta, are you just always like “Oh hell no, DAMN!” (+ sassy snap fingers), which set everyone off again.

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Amy even got to prove her awesomeness by scolding the male audience member who started his question off with “This is the tits!” She and Retta, by the way, walked on stage drinking out of tiny plastic cups, and halfway through when a guy came out to give an envelope to Patton Oswald (the moderator), she jokingly asked him if he would bring out more wine. And he popped back out with the bottle! She offered some to Retta, who declined, as she was drinking champagne like the goddess she is.

Wow this was a long one, if you stuck it out for the whole thing, thank you for reading! See you next time! A x

Mermaid Nails

Haven’t worn this in forever but I love everything about it. I mean, just check out the bottle:

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How cute is that? The little bustle in the back! I’m a sucker for packaging, and Nfu-Oh has awesome packaging in spades. I got #52 here when I was first getting into my “collecting” stage of nail polish (I’ve always liked crazy polish, even as a kid, but around 2009 I started to morph into the addict I am today) and it was my first expensive polish. I got this, the famous flakie 51, and two holos, 61 and 62. They were about $12, I think, and I debated buying them for SO LONG because omgggg that was so expensive for a nail polish, it probably wasn’t worth it. (Oh how times have changed!) The free shipping won me over, I think. Anyway, Nfu-Oh has since discontinued their flakie line, so I’m glad I got this little guy back when I did!

Note: I apologize for the photos in this post – I’ve been really busy all weekend, mostly outdoors, which means I haven’t had much opportunity to attempt nice photos so I’ve just snapped ’em wherever, which is why the lighting is wildy different and also why there’s some tip wear in some photos. And as usual, the despite my best efforts my cuticles are pretty dry, argh. I promise my next photos will be much nicer!

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52 is an indigo jelly with green/blue shifting flakes. It’s pretty sheer, and I’m lazy which means I like to layer anyway, so I put two coats of 52 over one coat of Revlon Posh, a bright green. I tested it over a few blues on some paper but the cool murky green-blue base got lost and it just sort of looked like I’d put Zoya’s Maisie over them. Over green, though, you can see the changing colors of the base, and that combined with the flakes suspended in each layer makes it look mermaid-y to me.

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As you can see, the colors of the flakes change from green to turquoise/teal to blue and at extreme angles, deep royal blue. I included of the royal blue shift below. There’s really not much else to say about 52 besides YUM. So very pretty, but not in an over-the-top, super eye-catching way. Heaven knows I love me some loud polish, but sometimes it’s nice to have something quietly pretty on your nails, you know?

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to change my manicure to something appropriately St. Patrick’s Day themed before tomorrow, but there’s green in this so that counts, right? :) Thank you for reading! See you next time – A x