Halloween mani #6: Pointy & Chic!

Hi everyone! This is going to be a super quick, drive-by post today, sorry about that! This look is one of my favorites, though:

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I used a basic glossy black, Sinful Colors’ Black on Black (which is goopy and weird even though I just bought it; I should really scoop up China Glaze’s Liquid Leather), then when the top coat had fully dried, I used washi tape to create sharp, skinny points on each nail.

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For the points themselves, I used China Glaze’s But Of Corpse, one of their textured polishes from last Halloween’s collection. I loooove this polish! Not only is the name obviously amazing, but the texture is very subtle – so subtle that it was difficult to capture on camera, in fact – but I liked that it was just a little something extra.

Tried my best to show the texture of But Of Corpse.

Tried my best to show the texture of But Of Corpse.

I really loved the edgy vibe this color gave the mani – it’s a medium, slightly washed out green (very Frankenstein’s monster!) with speckles of black, which looks cool and creepy enough on its own, but along with the sharp black it looks very spookily chic, indeed! I imagine a chic Disney villain like Maleficient would rock the hell out of this mani!

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I’ll have a bunch of posts up in the next week as I desperately try to complete all 13 looks before Halloween, so there’ll be a lot of activity in the next few days. I hope you like what I’m cooking up! Thanks for reading, see you next time – A x

Nail Quickies: Neon + Silver Grunge

Hi – this post is wayyyy overdue but I’ve been a bit busy so it’s going to be short, sorry for that. Let’s get to it!

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Flashy is an indie polish polish from an Etsy shop called Dazzle Glam Shop. I’m obsessed with the color – it’s the perfect neon chartreuse – but the formula was a little lacking. I’m not blaming the makers, neons are notorious for having terrible (sheer/streaky) formulas, I’m just noting it. I did 3-4 coats on my pointer, then applied Rise And Shine on my pinkie and No Place Like Chrome on my middle fingers.

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I used the dry brush technique to swipe each polish over each base color for a grunge affect, but you really can’t even really tell which base coat is which. It was also insanely hard to capture Rise And Shine’s true color – it’s a vibrant, green-leaning teal, but sometimes it comes across as very blue. I still like this look, though – I love these colors together.

Oops, forgot to say that I used It's Frosty Outside on my thumb as an accent nail.

Oops, forgot to say that I used It’s Frosty Outside on my thumb as an accent nail.

Sorry it’s been so long between posts and that this is so short, I promise it won’t be as long between posts next time. Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x

Nails for Pride!

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is going well. I was supposed to have this post up two weeks ago – when I went to Pride in West Hollywood – but I’ve been majorly slacking on the blog recently. I wanted to finally get this post up today, though, for the historic SCOTUS ruling that same-sex couples can marry nationwide.

I wish it was unanimous, but I'll take what I can get!

I wish it was unanimous, but I’ll take what I can get!

I kind of still can’t believe it – after a rough few years for civil rights in this country, it’s felt for a long time that everything is terrible and it’s hard not to get downtrodden. Of course, even with this win, there are still many other civil rights issues left to fight for, but this ruling is such an amazing stride forward and deserves to be celebrated!

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For my Pride mani, I wanted to do something that both incorporated rainbow colors and a fun, festive theme, so I ended up doing confetti dots with stripes as an accent nail. I also used neon colors instead of the traditional ROY G BIV. It was a pretty easy mani to do, actually – the hardest part was getting the striping tape on perfectly evenly and since the stripes were so small to allow all six colors to fit on my nail, to paint the polish on without getting to on other sections. For this last part, I just used the least amount of polish on the brush as possible.

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Then came the fun part – the confetti dots! I used the smallest dotting tool I had (which still makes fairly big dots because I usually have too much polish) and dipped it in a little dollop of each color I put on a spare piece of paper, then added random dots on each nail. I think the color order I went in was yellow -> green -> blue -> pink -> orange -> purple because I wanted to make sure the lighter colors didn’t get lost amongst the darker ones. It was really easy to do, you just have to swipe off the current color with a remover-soaked cotton ball before going on to your next one so they colors don’t mix and get muddied.

I used purple striping tape and some of it rubbed off on the polish, which you can see on the yellow stripe :(

I used purple striping tape and some of it rubbed off on the polish, which you can see on the yellow and green stripes :(

Because I used butter London’s Cotton Buds as my base, this mani chipped almost immediately, unfortunately (bLs wear like crap on me), which is why in a few of the pics you’ll see that my thumb looks terrible, even though I tried to touch it up. I loved how this looked, though – so happy and fun, and since it was so easy, I would love to try it out with different colors (and a different base) in the future. It just looks like a party on your nails, doesn’t it?

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This year was the 45th annual Pride celebration in West Hollywood, and while I wouldn’t have braved the Sunday parade for anything (I couldn’t have dealt with the 40,000 people that were going to attend, I hate huge crowds), I went Saturday evening and my night ended with a fantastic concert by Kesha! I unabashedly love Kesha – I think her music and her general glitter party thing are so fun – so I was really looking forward to the concert and it definitely delivered. I didn’t really get many great pics or videos because I was awkwardly on the side (there were a BILLION people there), but it was such a fun show – Kesha had amazing neon green hair; there was tons of glitter, rainbow balloons, and backup dancers dressed in S&M gear and animal costumes; and at the end Kesha even came out in a rainbow costume complete with a rainbow guitar. Classic Kesh.

Thank you for reading and helping me celebrate this great day! I’ll see you next time – A x

Favorites Month: Purples

I haven’t been super into purples lately, but when I was putting together my all-time top ten list, I remembered how much I love them, and it was actually quite hard to narrow them down!

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Sweet Hook: Dainty light purple with a dreamy formula. Since getting this I’ve barely touched my old bottle of Rumple’s Wiggin since I discovered I much prefer pink-leaning lavenders!

Lavendairy: One of only two Lime Crime polishes that I own, I adore this bright lavender. The formula is a bit thick but that means it’s practically a one-coater, which is cray for a light color. I love using this as a base for glitter toppers (as seen with my Ariel polish).

That’s Shore Bright: TSB and Too Yacht To Handle are the only polishes from China Glaze’s Sunsational collection that don’t have completely terrible formulas, which is good, because I use them both so much! I have no idea what to call this color – in some lights it looks like a light magenta because of all the pink tones, but mostly it looks like a bright lilac, I guess? Whatever you call it, it’s amazeballs.

Dream On: This is my second bottle because my first one from aaaaaaages ago changed color and darkened, but this guy is still chugging along. It’s definitely neon and is guaranteed to get you lots of compliments when you wear it!

Ultraviolet: Awwwww my bottle of this has changed color, too! It used to be a light neon purple (can you have a light neon?) but now it’s kind of a pinky-berry color. :( It’s still got that great, bright blue flash, though – maybe I’ll be able to find another bottle, because this color was awesome (if a bit sheer).

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Burgundy Orchid: I totally remember these multi chrome Sally Hansen polishes from when I was a kid (I also had some of these holos, if I’d only known…), and when I began collecting in ernest a few years ago, multi chromes were still few and far between (and pricey), but I found this guy on eBay for a about $7. I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it until I actually had it in my hands, and then I couldn’t believe I’d gotten it for so cheap! It’s absolutely breathtaking – the main color is a lovely deep purple, then as you shift your hand it changes to an orchid purple, a reddish berry, and a sunset-y orange. So, so beautiful – I had a hard time capturing it but this picture shows it off perfectly.

Mimi: Gorgeous warm-toned royal purple shimmer. This color is perfection, and is one of the ones friends reach for the most often when they come over to do their nails!

Funky Dunkey: Terrible name but great color! One of the first polishes I got when I first started seriously collecting (along with three others from the Shrek collection, the only one I can remember from OPI that didn’t have a red or pink!), this true purple creme has a great formula and is just so lovely.

Eternal Beauty: All the Color Club Halo Hues are great, but this grape purple is especially stunning. The color is vibrant and the holo flare is out of control. Love!

Let’s Talk: I can’t believe this photographed so well! Usually it comes out super blue, but this is pretty accurate – a deep, vivid purple with a hint of pearl or metallic, maybe? Not brushstroke-y, thankfully, although it does need three coats, but that’s a fine tradeoff for this lovely color!

I really wanted to do some stamping, so I pulled out my fav design (Winstonia plate W111) and stamped Eternal Beauty over Sweet Hook. I loooove the results! Not too flashy but not too girly, either, although this bad boy is pretty blingy in the sun with that fantastic holo. It was hard to capture, of course, but I tried:

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The holo is much more noticeable in person.

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Thanks for reading! See any of your favorites on my list? Let me know in the comments! See you next time with my top favorite pinks! Laterz – 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