Neon Craziness

This mani was obscenely neon – I even had random dudes commenting on it because it was so bright it caught everyone’s eye! I was inspired by a contest Melt Cosmetics was having on Instagram – they’re releasing another one of their famous eye shadows stacks, this time in eye-searing pink, orange, yellow, and green, and had a giveaway that involved posting your best “radioactive” look on IG. I was a little stuck on color combos, so I decided to use theirs and run with it!

I couldn't find my bottle of China Glaze's Sun-Kissed, so this neon yellow Essie is standing in.

I couldn’t find my bottle of China Glaze’s Sun-Kissed, so this neon yellow Essie is standing in.

I was a little bummed because I’d forgotten that the ultra-neon Warhol and Lava Lamp don’t blend well in gradients, so the gradients weren’t as smooth as I prefer on my middle fingers, but this was still a super fun look! (Note: my skin looks super dead in these photos, but I couldn’t really edit them at all because it took away from the fabulous neon-ness of these polishes.)

 Guys, I am SO sorry about the state of my cuticles in these pics! I didn't realize they looked this bad until I posted these.

Guys, I am SO sorry about the state of my cuticles in these pics! I didn’t realize they looked this bad until I posted these.

Besides the gradients on my middle fingers, I used some neon studs from Born Pretty Store over I’m With The Lifeguard (pinkie) and Sun-Kissed (pointer) to still use all four colors but in a different way. On my thumb I tried a weird pseudo-gradient by putting small dots of colors on my sponge and dabbing it over white, but since Lava Lamp and Warhol don’t blend that well, it kinda looked weird. Oh well, ya gotta experiment sometimes!

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All these colors are over one thick coat of butter LONDON’s Cotton Buds. People usually layer neons over white using the excuse that it makes them “pop” more, but I feel like if it doesn’t look eye-searing unless it’s over white, it’s not neon. All the colors I used here are definitely neon – Sun-Kissed and I’m With The Lifeguard look exactly the same with one coat over a white base as they do 3-4 coats on their own, but since I started late at night, I didn’t want to wait for all those coats to dry. Warhol and Lava Lamp are extremely pigmented for neons – Lava Lamp barely needs two coats! (This is probably why they don’t blend well in gradients.) If you’re craving a truly cornea-burning neon pink or orange, those two are your best bet.

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Two weeks ago, I was able to go to the newest (and hardest to get into) LA museum, The Broad. It’s a free museum, so it booked up as soon as it opened in September and we had to reserve our tickets in November for our January date! Located downtown, The Broad houses what used to be Eli and Edythe Broad’s personal art collection – when they moved to LA in the 1960s, Edythe began to collect modern art, soon Eli shared her passion, and they eventually ran out of room in their home for any more pieces, so they began loaning them out to museums. The Broad was created last year to keep their collection all in one place.

My – and probably everyone’s – favorite was Balloon Dog (Blue) by Jeff Koons, the giant, metallic balloon dog on the second floor. I also loved his Rabbit, a silver metallic rabbit whose reflective property reminded me of the Millennium Bean in Chicago. (I couldn’t get a good photo because there was some obnoxious couple taking 10,000 selfies in front of it, so here’s a link.) Other favorites of mine are below:

The Disney Concert Hall is right next door to The Broad – and as I learned from the video I watched there, the concert hall was built with fundraising efforts from Eli and Edythe Broad and was created by the same architect the Broads used for their museum and their house, Frank Gehry. It’s sculptural and gorgeous, and you can wander around outside when you’re done with your museum trip.

Thanks for reading! I just got some goodies in the mail from Cirque Polish, so I’ll probably have a mani up with one of those polishes in the next few days. Thanks for reading – A x

Green and Magenta Moroccan-Inspired

Hello there! Sorry for the delay in posting – I thought this had gone up already! Today I’ve got a really great color combo that I absolutely love.

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I’ve used Color Club’s Right On before on this blog, and it became such a favorite after I used it that it’s been on my toes almost the entire time since. I just love this color – it doesn’t look like anything out of ordinary in photos, but it’s so bright and saturated and FUN that I can’t help but want to reach for it whenever I don’t know what to do to my nails. I love the color combo of hot pink or purple and green, so I paired it with First Timer, which I remembered being little softer for some reason (probably because it looks a little muted in the bottle), but it’s a bright, spring-y green that I think looks fantastic with Right On.

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I am still loving my What’s Up Nails decals that I got on sale during Black Friday – I got five or six different ones, and these might be my favorite. I realized after I painted over it that I should’ve had the design going off my nail and not stopped it right at my tip – it made the tips just silver, which looks weird, but at least I learned for next time! I wanted a base color that popped under the magenta and green, so I used one coat of No Place Like Chrome. If you need some metallics, these Essie “Mirror Finish” polishes are great – I also have Good As Gold and Copper Penny (which is actually a lovely rose-gold), and they’re all opaque and reflective as hell. However, when you’re going to peel a decal off these kind of polishes, you might have some issues – even with a fully dried layer of top coat on NPLC, it still pulled up a bit when I took the first decal off. Luckily, I was able to smooth the polish back into place and sort of re-stick it down with top coat.

My nails were a little longer here - I attempted to grow them out, but it annoyed me too much, but I filed them down a little TOO much so now I"m trying to get them back to a nice length. Whoops!

My nails were a little longer here – I attempted to grow them out, but it annoyed me too much, but I filed them down a little TOO much so now I”m trying to get them back to a nice length. Whoops!

I’ve had Urban Outfitter’s Sea Dust for a looooooooong time but I don’t think I’ve ever featured it before. It’s a dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream at a much cheaper price point – UO polishes are usually 2 for $8, and DLs retail for about $20 each. I only used one coat over First Timer – it’s pretty opaque, or it seemed so over a similarly colored base, anyway! It’s a really lovely polish – fine sea foam glitter with slightly larger aqua glitter pieces sprinkled throughout. Very pretty and definitely very mermaid-y! I thought it was a nice accent color to go with First Timer and Right On.

It doesn't look like much in photos, but Sea Dust is really pretty!

It doesn’t look like much in photos, but Sea Dust is really pretty!

Thanks for reading! I’ll try to have one of two more posts up before February. See you next time – A x

Berry and Gold Textures

I’ve said this many times before on this blog, but I love playing with textures. I landed on this color scheme by accident, but I really love the outcome.

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Cherry Cherry Bang Bang (CCBB) is a polish I scooped up after seeing it on my friend Rach’s blog. It’s not my usual jam, but I love it – it definitely takes a full three coats because it’s a little streaky and it takes a while to dry, but it’s such a lovely, rich berry that it’s worth the extra effort. I originally paired this with a coral, but I forgot that CCBB dried a little darker than in the bottle, so that combo didn’t look great and I switched it out for shimmering gold.

Guys, I am SO sorry for my busted cuticles in these photos. I didn't see how bad they were until my polish was already off.

Guys, I am SO sorry for my busted cuticles in these photos. I didn’t see how bad they were until my polish was already off.

Love.Angel.Music.Baby (L.A.M.B) is from the OPI/Gwen Stefani collab from a year or so ago, and while most of the colors were pretty boring, I looooved this one as soon as I saw it in person. It’s a champagne-y leaning gold shimmer with a matte (“satin,” according to OPI) finish that makes it way more interesting than this shade would normally be. It’s fairly opaque – barely requiring two coats – and like any matte, dries quickly, making it the ideal polish to throw on in a hurry. I love pairing it with deeper hues – something about the combo of shimmery, matte champagne and rich jewel tones looks so amazing together to me.

This is the most accurate representation of how CCBB looks.

This is the most accurate representation of how CCBB looks.

I used some old decals I found on eBay a few years ago for the design on my middle finger and a brand-new score as the glitter – Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow. This was a major score, y’all – DLs retail for $20 each, but I found this one for $5 at TJ Maxx. Yassssssssss! It supposedly has 24 karat gold in it, but it looks to my eye like a fairly normal sheer gold hex glitter topper – but, you know, it’s a pricey name brand in a fancy bottle, so I love it. I did two coats on my middle finger so the gold dust isn’t as sheer as it is in one coat (which I did on my ring, but you can’t really tell because it’s layered over another gold). I love my ring the most in this mani, with the contrast between the matte L.A.M.B., the glittery Boom Boom Pow, and the glossy CCBB. So pretty!

Seriously, this bottle just looks so classy.

Seriously, this bottle just looks so classy.

Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x

Rainy Day Glitter

Last week we had a full two gloriously rainy day, and I wanted to do a mani to match. I looooove grays and dusty blues on rainy days, so I decided to try out a new Potion Polish with the perfect name and an old favorite cornflower blue.

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I will probably do a full review post on my three Potion Polish purchases, so for now I’ll just briefly discuss Rainy Day On The Couch. I bought it purely for the name, but once it arrived I was smitten with how it looked in the bottle – the deep gray base is filled with purple shimmer and tiny aqua, navy, and holographic glitter pieces that sparkled as soon as I opened the package and was so freaking gorgeous. When I actually put it on my nails for this mani, the formula was a bit sheer – I assume to ensure that the glitter pieces still showed through the dark gray base – and it didn’t dry matte but it wasn’t shiny, either.

I applied three coats to make sure it was totally opaque, then applied top coat – and there was that sparkle I’d been missing from the bottle! The holographic sparkle doesn’t seem to come through without top coat. I love what’s going on with this polish – it really does evoke the feeling of a rainy day. I can’t quite decide about the purple shimmer, though – I do like it, but I feel like it might not have been necessary? Anyway, this polish is awesome, you should totally scoop it up if you like grays/delicate sparkle.

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Electric Beat is an old favorite of mine – from one of my favorite collections, China Glaze’s Electropop in 2012. I own almost all the colors, and with good reason – the colors are fun and the formulas are amazing. Electric Beat is no exception – it’s almost opaque in one coat, the formula is so easy, and the color is a perfect, soft cornflower blue. I used washi tape and Electric Beat to add a little design to my ring finger to tie the look all together, but I feel like grays and dusty blues are always well-matched, especially for a dark and stormy day!

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Here’s hoping there’s many more rainy days in our future (the California drought it getting scary). Thanks for reading! See y’all next time – A x

A Little Glitter to Bling In The New Year

Hello, lovely readers! I’ve got a subtle look for my first official Fancy Finger Guns mani of the year, using one of my old favorites.

My bottle of Frisky has been used in a lot of splatter manis, hence the polish all over the bottle!

My bottle of Frisky has been used in a lot of splatter manis, hence the polish all over the bottle!

I can’t believe I’ve only used Frisky only once before on this blog, since it’s one of my very favorite polishes. Frisky was part of a mini collection from Orly in 2011 (!) called Happy Go Lucky, and I own three of the four polishes in that collection – Frisky, Fresh, and Frolic (although Frolic sadly has faded at time to a weird pinkish hue) – and I love them. Orly is probably the polish brand I have the least amount of, but they’re really great formulas and wear really well on me, I should get more! (Jk, the last thing I need is more nail polish.)

I apologize for the weird skin thing on my pointer finger!  My cuticles are going crazy lately.

I apologize for the weird skin thing on my pointer finger! My cuticles are going crazy lately.

Anyway, Frisky is one of my favorite polishes ever. The formula is wonderful – almost opaque in one coat and it looks like it might dry weird but it self-levels like a dream – and I love the hue, bright sky blue with just the tiniest hint of green, but not enough to call it aqua. So pretty!

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I used some French tip nail decals sideways so they made a curve around the outside of my nails, and then put a little blob of Jewel Tone on a cosmetic sponge and dabbed it on. Jewel Tone is an LA Colors polish, and honestly I don’t even remember buying this shade – I must’ve had it for ages, though, so I assume it’s from when I first started collecting nail polish about six years ago. It’s a fun mix of fine purple, teal, and pink glitters, but it’s not very opaque – putting it on the sponge helped suck up excess clear polish base, but even so you can see a few areas aren’t totally covered by glitter on my nails.

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I like this a lot – pretty subtle, but really fun when the light hits the glitter. It’s supposed to rain all this week, so I’ll probably have a rain-inspired mani up for you in a few days, yayyy. Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x