January 28, 2015

Quick Glitter Gradient

Glitter gradients will probably always be my favorite go to nail look. They are fast, easy, foolproof, and fancy every time. For this version I started with a base of Milani Blackberry Baby and then added Sation Rich In Opportunities. I really wish Sation was still making polish; they had so many great colors and I loved their wide brush. Do any of you have any beloved Sations?
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April

January 25, 2015

Milani Metallic Mango

Milani Metallic brushstrokes is shown here at 2 coats. It's too full of brushstrokes to be a keeper for me; I don't want to mess with brushstrokey polish unless it will look super metallic and chrome like when I'm done. Perfectly fine polish but just nor for me.
 
 

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April

Sinful Let's Meet

Sinful Let's Meet is shown here at 2 easily applied coats. It's a nice sunshine yellow shimmer that makes a great addition to my stash!
 

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April

Milani Deep Thoughts

Milani Deep Thoughts is from Spring of 2012. It's shown here at 2 very easily applied coats despite the super skinny brush which is just not to my liking. Deep Thoughts is a blackened purple shimmer, very pretty but just not my style.

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April

January 24, 2015

SmartNails Vinyl Sticker Stencils With Zoya

This is actually my second set of Smart Nails Diamond sticker stencils. I first used them way back 2010 for a nice black and white manicure. I don't like version quite as much but the stencils are still so easy to use. This time I started with a base of Zoya Prim and added diamonds of Zoya Sailor.
 

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by SmartNails! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

Revlon French Roast

Revlon French Roast is shown here at 2 coats; the formula was just fine but the brush was not. The brush is very stiff with uneven bristles which made application a bit tricky. I only have one other Revlon Colorstay polish and I don't remember it being terrible so maybe I just got a bad brush. The color of the polish is a bit disappointing too. There is nothing wrong with it per se but there are tiny multi colored shimmer particles visible in the bottle that look really cool but they disappear on the nail. It looks like a plain brown creme 99% of the time and maybe like it has a bit of regular shimmer the other 1%. Perfectly fine color but I have other brown cremes that I like better so I'll be passing this one along to a friend.
 
 

I love the Chew series from Image comics! Antonelle and Secret Agent Poyo are my favorite characters. You can keep up with what I'm reading on Goodreads!

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April

January 23, 2015

CoverGirl Salt Water Taffy

This is only my second CoverGirl polish and I won't be getting any more unless they change the cap/brush handle. (I actually don't think they are currently producing any polishes.) I love square and rectangular bottles but I really hate the square cap/brush handle. When you wipe off excess polish on your brush you also flatten it out a bit and I kept having to hold the cap awkwardly to get the flat side onto my nail. It really drove me nuts the second time which is really too bad because Salt Water Taffy is an awesome color!

CoverGirl Salt Water Taffy is shown here at 3 coats and has a pretty good formula for a super pale cream polish. I thought this polish ended up being a bit of chameleon, looking off white in some light and like the palest of pistachio greens at other times. Overall a pretty unique and good polish if you can handle the square cap which I'm sure wouldn't bother everyone as much as it bothered me. I actually tried taking the square part off after someone suggested that it might be removable with a regular handle underneath like some other square bottles but no luck!
 

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April

Distressed Nails Inspired By Chalkboard Nails

I keep a Pinterest board filled with great nail art by others so I can find something new to try out quickly. I've been wanting to try the impeccable Chalkboard Nails' Distressed tutorial for quite some time and I'm so glad I finally did!

For my version I used some pretty polishes by Lime Crime - Crema De Limon, Peaches Cream, & Pastelchio for the base colors. The tutorial starts over a white background but I was in a hurry so I decided to risk just adding the colors right on my base coat. It's a very easy technique that you can't really mess up. I did each color separately on all fingers and then went back with the fist color to fill in any bare looking bits.

Next I added Essie Little Brown Dress for the dark color on top. The overall effect is similar to crackle polishes (which I still love!) but you have much more control. Great tutorial from Chalkboard Nails as always; I can't wait to try this with different color combinations!
 
 
 

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April

Essie Angora Cardi

Essie Angora Cardi is originally from their Fall 2009 collection but is still readily available. I still don't like Essie's super skinny brushes at all and the formula was a bit thick at first. Angora applied nicely after adding just a couple of drops of thinner though. I initially thought this color was a bit boring and planned to pass it along to a friend but I decided to keep it after wearing it for a couple of days and getting several compliments on the shade. It ended up being a very flattering medium toned mauve that looked great with lots of my wardrobe!
This book is fascinating; so glad to be alive now! You can keep up with what I'm reading on Goodreads.
 
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April

January 22, 2015

Zoya Nyssa And Ginni

One of my favorite manicure styles in the past year has been a wide stripe of contrasting polish down the center of my nails. My favorite is still this version but I quite like the combination I'm wearing here. I started with a base of Zoya Nyssa and then added a stripe of Zoya Ginni. Easy and elegant and you don't need anything other than the brushes that come with your polish.
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April

New York City Trip With Zoya!

Just got back from a super fun trip to NYC so I've got a few pictures to show you. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a few my nail updates but I'll repost them here with some further explanation.

I started off the trip wearing Zoya London with accent nails of Zoya Tomoko. As usual, everyone wants to know about Tomoko; if you don't have a bottle yet, hurry up before it's gone since it's been discontinued!
Over the course of the trip I started adding bits of Zoya Sunshine and later more Tomoko since my outfits got less grey and more blue and gold over the course the trip. Lots of fun and since Zoya Pixie Dusts dry so fast I could just add a bit whenever I had a few spare minutes. By the end of the trip I had geometric shapes and stripes in all three colors and each nail was different. You can see the progression below.
 
 

The highlights of the trip were definitely seeing a large exhibit of paintings and drawings by one of my favorite artists, Egon Schiele at the Neue Gallery and then seeing Black Sheep, Das FX, and ?uestlove at the Brooklyn Bowl. ?uestlove DJs there every Thursday and he walked right by us on his way to set up.

And here are 3 of my favorite pictures from the trip simply because I can't resist.
I call this one The Light and The Dark - NYC 2015. I just think it's hilarious that we accidentally walked around New York the whole time as color coordinated couples! Will and I are the light and my sister Alisa and her boyfriend are the dark. Also Alisa fit in better than all of us with her black puffy coat. EVERYONE seemed to be wearing black puffy coats!
Will posing with a stunning Chuck Close painting at the MEtropiltan Museum of Art.
Me laughing loudly where it just might have been illegal. My laugh is often loud enough to get me in trouble but people usually love it anyway.

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April

January 18, 2015

Milani Blackberry Baby

Milani Blackberry Baby is a blackened burgundy shimmer polish shown here at 2 coats. IT has excellent coverage and you could almost get away worth just one but you have to be very careful of brushstrokes.I really don't like Milani's super skinny brush but that is just a matter of personal preference. Blackberry Baby is a very pretty polish but the brushstrokey finish feels a bit dated to me and it's just not my style.

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April

January 16, 2015

Nails Inspired By Be Happy Buy Polish!

I keep a Pinterest board full of nail art I love and decided to try out a fun dotticure inspired by the super fun Jessica of Be Happy Buy Polish. I used this post she did as a guest for Dalai Lama's blog as my starting point.

First we have a base of Covergirl Lingering Spice then I added dots with Essie Sew Psyched and Essie Absolutely Shore. Very easy to accomplish with dotting tools and I love the pattern!

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April

January 12, 2015

OPI Ski Teal We Drop

OPI Ski Teal We Drop is from their Swiss Collection for Fall 2010. It's a gorgeous deep teal that is very easy to apply and shown here in 2 coats. I love OPI's wide brush and Ski Teal We Drop is a very beautiful color unlike any other in my stash. Definitely a keeper and I need to get one for my sister Ashley since this will go so well with her wardrobe. 
 

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April