February Nail Art Challenge- Inspired by a Pattern

I want to give a warm welcome to all of our new followers :). Hi everyone! I know most of you are here from the giveaway. Good luck to everyone and I hope you all decided to stick around after the giveaway is over too. I’m jealous of all of you all getting to enter that giveaway. Those are some great prizes!

If you’re not even sure what giveaway I’m talking about and want to enter it, you can find the details about it in this post.

Ok now back to the nail art challenge. Today’s theme is ‘Inspired by a Pattern’. I bought a new shirt recently that I just love. It’s mauve pink with gold dots. I knew it is what I wanted to use for my pattern. After I started putting my pictures together I realized that day 8 is polka dots too. So I’ll have two polka dot nails this challenge lol.

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ImageI used two coats of Essie Eternal Optimist as my base color and then created gold shimmery dots with Julep Sienna in the same pattern they’re on the shirt.

Here’s a picture of my inspiration with my nails. ImageImageI really like these colors together. I probably would have never paired them up on my own had it not been for my new shirt :).

And as always, check out all the other great mani’s from this challenge! 🙂


February Nail Art Challenge- Glitter Loaded Nails

Hi girls (and guys)! Welcome to day 3 of the nail art challenge. I was really looking forward to todays challenge because I wanted to try out a jelly sandwich. I’ve flipped back and forth between actually liking or not liking this nail art style. Currently I like it lol.

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I’m still trying to stick with using my untried polishes when I can. Today I have one of my untried polishes for you. It’s also an indie from Once Upon a Polish called Under the Sea. Unfortunately, she’s no longer making polishes but I was lucky enough to grab this one before she closed up shop. I’m so glad I did because it’s beautiful!

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Under the Sea was described in her Etsy shop as “holographic blue hex glitters with holographic silver square glitters in a clear base.” It’s such a beautiful polish. I had to do some dabbing to get the glitter in place because it’s just so packed full of chunky glitter that it doesn’t spread so even.

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To create my jelly sandwich I started with 3 coats of Essie Muchi Muchi. This is one of my favorite Essies. It’s a sheer bubble gum pink color. After the 3 coats of Muchi Muchi dried I layered one coat of Under the Sea. Then one more coat of Muchi Muchi and a final top coat of Under the Sea. Lot of layers of beautiful :).

ImageI’m really liking this combo. It almost reminds me of those big speckled gumballs.

I want to give you all a quick reminder about the epic giveaway going on. It’s open until the 24th so if you haven’t entered yet then you still have time. You can find the details for it here.

Don’t forget to check out the InLinkz below to see all the other Glitter Loaded manis for today’s challenge!


Pink Plumeria

Happy Wednesday everyone! We’ve made it half way through the week :). Woohoo!

Today will be the last of my “month of untried” polishes. I’m going to still try to use my untried polishes more often but with the February Nail Art Challenge coming up, it’s going to be hard for me to only use them.

Today I’m wearing China Glaze Pink Plumeria and on my ring finger I have an accent of Glistening Snow stripes.

ImageI like this one. I haven’t worn Pink Plumeria before but it’s similar to a lot of the other pinks I have. Which is probably why I’m never drawn to wearing it. I like it though. I’m a fan of bright pinks so this is up my alley.

For my ring finger, I painted two coats of Glistening Snow and let that dry while I was painting my other nails with Pink Plumeria. I used three pieces of striping tape to create the lines, then just painted two coats of Pink Plumeria over top and ripped the tap off (slowly) while Pink Plumeria was still wet.

Glistening Snow is a micro silver holographic glitter polish in a clear base. It feels very gritty when it’s dry before you add a top coat. The holo wasn’t as strong as I was expecting with this one. But it is really pretty. I almost wish I wouldn’t have covered it so much lol.

ImageI’ll be back Friday with my first ever attempt at Galaxy Nails for day one of the challenge. I’m excited to be doing another one of these again.

Also, if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet… go do it! There are 10 great prize packs 🙂Giveaway

Maya and Jane

It’s Friday!!! I hope you all survived the week just fine 🙂

Recently Julep came out with a limited edition polish called Jane. It’s a full coverage rose gold glitter and was named after the company founder, Jane Park. I am in love <3. You all know I love glitter but they suckered me in with the limited edition title. I had to get it.

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I don’t regret my purchase one bit. In fact, I’m debating on if I should order another for a back up seeing as it’s limited edition you know ;). I’m wearing two coats of Jane and two coats of Glisten and Glow HK Girl top coat to smooth it out and make it super shiny.

Maya is a light pink, shimmery polish. It reminds me of sea shells I used to find when I was little. Maya’s application was a bit tough. I have some killer brush strokes as you can see in the pictures and I had to fight with cuticle flooding. I also got a bubble on my pinky. So I’m not too impressed with Maya. Although she’s pretty and I think she made a perfect match with Jane.

ImageI wanted to give you a closer picture of Jane too. Gorgeous, don’t you agree?

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Come What May

Happy hump day! I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday. This week is just flying by.

The lovely Maggy at Daily Lacquer sent me a couple of polishes to review from her new “All You Need Is Love” Valentines Day collection. Come What May is the first that I’ll be showing you today.

ImageI am in love with this polish. As soon as I saw it I wanted to wear it right away. It’s a grey crelly with hot pink holo and matte glitter and hot pink hearts. I love grey and pink together. Anytime I wear a grey polish, I go for pink as an accent color. This polish is right up my ally.

The application of this polish was perfect. It is on the thinner side since it’s a crelly, so I would suggest either layering 3 coats or using grey undies underneath 1 or 2 coats of Come What May. I only used 2 coats in the pictures but I think the glitter would stand out a lot more if I would have used undies. Another thing I loved about this polish is that I didn’t have to fish out the hearts. I was lucky enough to get a few on my nails just by my normal application.

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I have a mini of Come My Way for this review. The full size bottle is 13.5 ml and retails for $9 on her Etsy shop. I love the shape of her full size bottles. She adds a ribbon around the lid as a little personalized touch.

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And here’s a bottle shot so you can see just how pretty it really is.

Before I started writing this post I planned on showing you the polishes in their own spot light in their own posts. Which was an awesome plan because shortly after I started writing this post, hours ago, I broke my 2nd polish she sent me :(. It rolled right off the bed as I was making a mad dash to the potty with little J (we started potty training yesterday). I contacted Maggy to let her know and she was kind enough to offer to send me a new one. So I will have the review of the 2nd polish for you but I will have to wait for the new one to come in the mail. And I promise you will love it when you see it 🙂

Lava

Today I have a duochrome goody for you! My husband actually surprised me with this polish yesterday. He came home from his morning jog, woke me up, and handed me a polish. That was a first! lol He must finally be coming around and supporting my obsession :).

Sally Hansen Lava is the polish I’m referring to. It’s part of their Lustre Shine line. I’ve walked past it a million times in Walgreens but have never grabbed one. I’m lucky he has such a great eye or I would have been missing out on this beauty.

ImageIt shifts from pink to orange to gold. I love it. It was pretty sheer. I’m wearing two coats but next time I wear it I will probably go ahead and do 3 coats. I may try to layer it over black too!

ImageSo all in all… the hubby has good taste! lol I do love this one.

Madison and Fiona

This is quite possibly the brightest mani I’ve worn yet. I love it 🙂

Madison and Fiona are two of the January Julep 2013 neon colors.

ImageJulep lists them as both neon creme’s but Madison seems more like a jelly to me. I’m not a fan of jelly polishes but this one has stole my heart. You can kind of tell by looking at my index finger that it’s very glossy and almost looks like a gel polish. Next time I wear this one I’m going to try out a jelly sandwich and see how it looks!

ImageFiona was a bit on the thinner side. I’m wearing two coats in the pictures but next time I wear Fiona, I will layer 3 coats. You can’t tell in the pictures but I can see the nail ridges on my ring finger.

ImageOver all, I really like both polishes and I’m really glad I chose Madison as an add on this month. 🙂

Fun fact: Pink and green were my wedding colors 6 years ago :). That’s why I chose this color combination today.

With a K

So, recently I won a blog give away from my good friend Erica at Erica’s Nails and More. With it included Elixir Lacquers With a K. It’s such a pretty polish. It’s one I would have picked out myself so I was so happy when I saw it.

ImageIt’s a pretty pink jelly based polish with holo micro glitter and hexagon glitter. So, so, so pretty. The holo really shines when you’re right out in the sun.

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I layered 3 coats. It was pretty opaque in 2 but I preferred it with 3. It was a little thick but I guess being a jelly polish that’s probably normal.

ImageYou can purchase With a K or other Elixir Lacquers from their website here.

November Nail Art Challenge- Day 8

Welcome back! It’s been a hectic week around here. I hope all of my American followers had a great Thanksgiving. I know I’m still full from all of the yummy food. 🙂

Today is day 8 of the 10 week challenge. Gradient nails. This is my first ever attempted at a real gradient. Not a glitter one. It wasn’t that hard at all! I was expecting way worse lol.

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My inspiration for my gradient colors are yesterday’s sunset. I’ve been trying to think of what colors I wanted to use for awhile now and yesterday on our way to our hotel the sun was setting and it was so beautiful. I choose to use OPI Fly, Venique Brighten Your Day!, and China Glaze Orange Knockout (neon), for my blue, pink, and orange.

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It’s definitely not perfect and I can’t wait to try this out again to practice with it and try out new color combos, but overall I do love it. I started with a base of white polish also so that my colors really popped.

ImageTwo more days left in the challenge. Next I’ll be trying out my first water marble. Can’t wait to see how that turns out. Ha!

Check out what the other girls created for their gradient manis.