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.

1.21.16 Fancy Finger Guns bottles

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.

1.21.16 Fancy Finger Guns curled under

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

Holiday Mani #6: Christmas Color Block

Hi everyone! This mani is really simple but very fun, and definitely got me a ton of compliments.

From left: ILNP's A Fresh Evergreen, Nox Twilight's Disco Darling, Sally Hansen's Celeb City, China Glaze's Just Be-Claws

From left: ILNP’s A Fresh Evergreen, Nox Twilight’s Disco Darling, Sally Hansen’s Celeb City, China Glaze’s Just Be-Claws

I started off with a base of Celeb City, one of my favorite silvers which just so happens to be cheap as hell, then when that dried I sponged on a layer of Disco Darling. DD is from a brand called Nox Twilight, which I found out about 5 years ago from the blog Lacquerized which I used to love (and is now sadly defunct). She used a bunch of these polishes and even though they’re a Twilight (yes, those terrible books) beauty brand, I really liked a few of the shades and loved how cool the bottles looked. I found them online just as they were doing a sale, so I scooped up a few. Oddly, for being a Twilight brand, the names of these polishes have nothing to do with the books – for example, the colors I got were Disco Darling, Citrus, and Poseidon. Very weird. Anyway, Poseidon was a brilliant cyan but faded to gray within a few months of me receiving it (!) and Citrus was a nice coral with gold shimmer but not really my jam, so I gave it away – Disco Darling is the only one I have left, and it’s definitely the best by far. It’s a pretty opaque glitter, so you can get full coverage in 3 coats, but I like to layer it over silver to preserve my bottle, which is getting thick and is more than halfway done. :( Nox Twilight doesn’t make these anymore, but I think China Glaze’s Glistening Snow is pretty similar, if you like how this looks (of course you do, it’s gorgeous)!

I don’t know why it took me so long but sponging on glitter really is the way to go – like I said, my Disco Darling is getting pretty thick, but when you use a sponge to apply glitter polish, the sponge sucks up most of the polish base, leaving you with just the glitter so you don’t have that gross thick feeling of 3 layers of lumpy glitter polish. I put one thick but small swipe of DD on my sponge per nail and it covered wonderfully. Once my top coat was completely dry, I stuck a piece of Scotch tape to my palm a few times to make it less sticky (so it doesn’t pull up the polish underneath when I take it off), then cut it into small, uniform sections. I applied each at a diagonal in the middle of my nail, then painted on A Fresh Evergreen above the tape and Just Be-Claws below.

12.24.15 Fancy Finger Guns around bottle

As I’ve said many times before, I am not a red person, but there’s just something about Just Be-Claws – I think because it’s a nice cherry red, which has a bit of a pink undertone, plus the foil formula makes it look fun without being too “holiday.” Very weird that I’m so into a red! A Fresh Evergreen is just ridiculous amazing – it’s not quite dark enough to actually be evergreen, but it’s a little too deep to be a kelly green, either, so it’s pretty unique in my collection, and I just love the color. The holo effect isn’t my favorite – ILNP holos tend to be a little more scattered then I prefer – but it does look really pretty in the sun. I couldn’t capture it at all in my lightbox, though, but I didn’t have time to get an outdoor shot, sorry about that!

I just noticed as I was posting these that my cleanup job was terrible and my cuticles look busted - sorry! I was trying to bust out some manis in a hurry, so this isn't one of my cleanest.

I just noticed as I was posting these that my cleanup job was terrible and my cuticles look busted – sorry! I was trying to bust out some manis in a hurry, so this isn’t one of my cleanest.

I really love each of the colors I used for this, and particularly enjoy how it looks with all the different textures – glitter, foil, and holo. Very fun, and I hope you liked it, too! Thanks for reading, I’ll 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

Cirque Holo Polishes

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely week! I was craving some holographic sparkliness but of course the day after I put this mani on it was cloudy and overcast for almost an entire week. I was fiiiiinally able to take some photos yesterday, so sorry for the week-plus absence, but feast your eyes on these babies:

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I ordered three Cirque holos just before Christmas last year during a sale; I already showed the gorgeous orchid holo, Xochitl, in a previous post, but today I combined the last two in this super blingy mani.

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So we’ve got Panacea, a funky chartreuse holo, and Cerrillos, a vibrant turquoise – both colors I looooove, even when not in deliciously sparkly holo form. Panacea was a little sheer, so I did three thin coats, and Cerrillos was probably good at two but I was painting in low light so I added a third for good measure. These wore super well on me – I had it on for almost an entire week and I only got a little chip on each finger. Not bad! Oh, also, for some reason when I photographed in the direct sunlight (to catch as much holo flare as possible), the base colors didn’t appear as vivid as they are in person. Photos really don’t do these justice, they’re mesmerizing in real life!

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For my glittery pinkie and thumb, I dabbed a coat of China Glaze’s Techno over Essie’s No Place Like Chrome, a great one-coat metallic silver. Techno is pretty chunky, so I did two thick layers of top coat, which of course meant my thumb chipped almost instantly. Sigh. But I just kept fixing the messed up parts because I liked this mani so much. It definitely didn’t chip off in big chunks like heavy glitters usually do on me, though, so that was a plus.

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On my pointer, I did one coat of No Place Like Chrome and then a layer of top coat. After it was totally dry, I placed one of my Make It Stick tribal decals (although it looks like they don’t do nail decals anymore…?) and painted a thick layer of Cerrillos on the top half and Panacea on the bottom. I was nervous to smooth the decal down too hard, like I usually do, because metallics have a tendency to rip off if you use tape on them, so the one side doesn’t look too great, but the outermost side is pretty crisp. I’ve never used these before because I kept forgetting about them, but I really love the designs.

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I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! I’ve got a few simple nail designs like this in mind for my next few manis, and I might even attempt a pictorial tutorial? Hmmm we’ll see how lazy I’m feeling. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see. As always, thank you for reading, and I’ll see you next time! – A x

Orly Key Lime Twist

I’ve recently bought quite a few polishes, oops. But they are so pretty, I couldn’t resist! A few were long-time lemmings of mine, but some were new, like Orly’s Key Lime Twist.

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Key Lime Twist is a pretty unique shade – it’s sort of a soft neon, if that makes sense? I guess the Maybelline term “bleached neon” would fit here – it’s still quite bright, but not a true KAPOW IN YOUR FACE neon. It’s a soft neon yellow with a little green tinge, but not enough to make it chartreuse. It’s a total chameleon, so I took a bunch of pictures to try to capture all its different facets.

In a slightly shaded area behind my work.

Taken in a slightly shaded area.

This took me four coats – I followed Rach’s advice to do one thin coat and two thicker ones, but it was still too streaky so I had to add a fourth. However, I will say that this many coats normally chips super quickly on me, but KLT lasted about three days before I had a tiny chip on my thumb and middle finger, so that’s great! I haven’t worn an Orly in forever, so I can’t remember if I usually get good wear time with them, but this was pretty awesome.

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Above is a picture of how neon KLT really is – in the bluish shade behind my work building, it looks radioactive and positively glows. Below is what it looks like under my daylight bulb in my lightbox – the green disappears and it just looks yellow.

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I loved this color but got a little bored, so I decided to add silver chrome drips! I had to be verrrry careful with this – chrome polishes look amazing but they’re difficult to work with and show every little flaw. I used a dotting tool to get the drips, then used Sterling Silver’s brush to fill in the tops, and I had a little trouble getting the drips to be filled in completely because chromes are so weirddddd but while it doesn’t look amazing here in photos, it really didn’t look that bad in person. I don’t LOVE it, but I think it looks kinda cool. What do you think?

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If you’re okay doing 3-4 coats, definitely pick up Key Lime Twist – it wore really well and is such a fun, fab color, especially as we roll into the summer months. Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x