Saturday, June 21, 2014

Darling Diva Green Diamond

I don't really feel like saying much tonight but I know I can't keep this pretty polish all to myself so... is Darling Diva Green Diamond.  It's a one coater (on me at least).  It's a green linear holo that dries matte which is really cool.  With a top coat it's pretty stunning.

That's about all.  Have a great night! (:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Zoya Arlo

As most of you know I have a thing for textured polish and own almost all of the Zoya PixieDusts because, well...I need them.  I may not wear them all the time but as long as they are in my possession, that's fine with me.  (Now I really sound like a hoarder.)
Zoya Arlo is one of the newer Magical PixieDusts that came out recently.  It is a fuschia base with super chunky holo glitter and when it dries it's super textured.  I used two coats for these swatches and just can't stop staring at my nails.   If I haven't been into polish lately, this is definitely turning me back in the right direction.  Now I just need the other two to complete my collection.

Which is your favorite of all of the Magical PixieDusts?  I think this is mine by far.  Let me know in the comments below. (:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Zoya Harper

So I wasn't super crazy over the Tickled and Bubbly collection from Zoya until I went to Ulta and happened across this super cute pink polish with a name I did not know.
This is Zoya Harper.  I ended getting this one and Muse along with Arlo because there was a Buy 2, Get 1 Free deal, and then they gave me a free bottle of Monet.  I was really drawn to Harper because of the iridescent glitter inside.  It looked like little rainbows so of course, I had to have it.  I used three coats for these photos because the pink base was kinda sheer.  Other than that I loved it.

Which polishes from the Tickled and Bubbly do you love?  Let me know in the comments below.  (:

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sally Hansen Purple Alloy

I'm sure by now you've all heard about and maybe even seen the new displays of Sally Hansen Color Foils.  If you haven't picked any up yet, you nee to!  I was pretty sure they would be awesome but just in case they weren't I only bought one to start.  I absolutely LOVE it and need to go back and get a couple of other colors.  But just to start, here is a gorgeous purple foil.
Sally Hansen Purple Alloy is a pink-toned purple with a foil or chrome finish that applied like a dream.  It only took one coat (yes I said one coat) to get perfect coverage.  It's really difficult to capture the exact color on camera but the second photo is definitely the closest.  It's almost spot on.  The others are showing it a little darker but think of it more of a lavender foil.  Bottom's gorgeous!  The photos above are shown using a layer of OPI Lay Down That Base and then Purple Alloy over and that only made it better than when I first tried it, but if you don't have the OPI base coat, don't fret.  It still looks amazing without it and you will hardly see any brushstrokes.  Just be sure to buff your nails smooth before application so that you don't see any ridges or snags.  I didn't use a top coat so I don't know how they react or how it might change the effect, if at all.  And because I didn't use a TC, the polish already started to wear on the tips and all I did was go out to eat.  If I actually wore this polish to work (which I will anyway), it would be completely chipped off in a hour, but I still love the effect and the ease of application and the color is to die for.  I can't wait to go back to Target tomorrow and pick up the green and teal ones and maybe a pink and the darker purple.  I don't know which yet, but I do know that I will be getting more for sure.  Have a great night/day (depending on if you slept yet).  I'm gonna hit the hay!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rainbow Gradient with Nail Foils

OMG it worked this time.  My last post (which was way too long ago) was a total nail fail but it was supposed to look like this.  I wanted to re-create it because I knew it was going to be awesome and I was right.  Totally awesome!
I started with all the gradients first and then let them dry.  Then I applied the foil glue using a fan brush but this time much less generously.  Then when it dried I used the dotted holographic foil from Born Pretty Store and there you have it.  I'm sure you're all wondering what polish I used and since it's a lot, I'm going to just make a list going from pinky to thumb.  I know you can't see my thumb but it's a yellow, coral, pink combo. Here they are:

Zoya Malia
Color Club Lavendarling
Color Club Hydrangea Kiss
Orly Snowcone
Color Club Blue-ming
Pop Loud Lime
Sinful Unicorn
Zoya Pippa
Jesse's Girl Julie G All Things Girly
Julep Reese

So there you have it.  Now I say this all the time, but this time I mean it...I am swatching and trying to come up with great nail art to keep the blog going.  I actually did swatch a few colors and I just haven't posted them because looking back at them, I thought they were really bad.  I had two chipped nails and so they were super short and just gross.  lol So keep coming back.  I know I'm trying to. (:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Total Nail Fail w. Foils

Heeeeyyy!  I hate to even show you all my disappointing mani today but it's all I have.  The idea in my head was much better than the actual execution.
I started with a super fun and perfect pastel vertical gradient over all my nails.  Sadly I didn't take a photo of it because I had smudged some beyond repair.  It wasn't supposed to matter though because I was going to put the foils over it.  I brushed on the foil glue with a fan brush which was supposed to leave some space open to show the colors behind the silver foil.  Weeelllll, that didn't happen.  Apparently I brushed on too much glue so when I applied the foils, there were hardly any breaks for the rainbow to show through.  Trust that I will be re-creating this mani in the near, probably this week because I know that the outcome will be some much better.  Trial and error, People!  lol

Is this really the worst mani?  Up my spirits and tell me it's not (even if that's a in the comments below.  (:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Darling Diva Polish Landslide

So tonight's swatch is of a polish that I can't believe I didn't purchase any sooner.  It's green.  It's holo.  It's inspired by one of my favorite singers.  It's...
...It's Darling Diva Landslide!  I only needed two coats of this one but used three just in case there were any bald spots or dragging.  Sometimes it's hard for me to tell with holos until I take a photo.  I mean, there isn't much to say about this.  It's gorgeous.  What more do you need to know?  lol The formula is great too by the way.  I know sometimes with indie polish, they formulas can be finicky but I've never had an issue with any of the Darling Divas.  With that said, you should buy some.  lol Right HERE!

I hope you all have a great night.  I'm trying to think of some fun nail art I can do and then find the time to do it.  I have been working out everyday after work so that only leaves about 20 minutes after class to get everything together before it's bedtime.  Let me know if you all think of anything.  I'm always open to suggestions.  Good night!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Julep Plie Wand Reveal

Hey hey there!

I didn't abandon you again.  lol I was just busy.  (:  So tonight I have a different kind of post.  It's not really a review as it is just an introduction to a new product.  I finally received the Julep Plie Wand.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this product, it's basically a magnetic attachment that you place on the provided caps, and it's supposed to make polish your nails easier.
This is a photo of the box but there is a YouTube video below where you can see how it works and listen to all my ramblings.

I'm not going to type out everything that I said in the video because it's a lot but I will add a small update.  I didn't mention this in the video (because I just figured it out) but the extra cap that I show you doesn't fit on the Julep polish bottle because it's defective.  Actually 2 out of the 3 I received are defective.  The brush handle is stuck inside the magnetic cap cover.  /:
So if you have this product let me know what you think.  Did you have the same thoughts or issues as I did?  Did you love it?  Let me know in the comments below. (:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Zoya Harmonie

Well I told you all there would be some nail art today but I couldn't think of anything to put on them and I'm super exhausted.  Like face-rolling for real.  I decided it would be easier for me to just post what I already have done and not rush to create some nail art.
Today I am showing you Zoya Harmonie.  I always say Zoya makes the best purple polish and this one is right up there with the rest.  I needed three coats for these swatches because it does have a thinner formula, but it's so pretty.  The finish is a little bit pearly  but not so bad that you can see all the brushstrokes...only a little.  I feel like I should have tried OPI Lay Down That Base before I put this on but I wanted you all to see it how it really is, and I love the way it looks.

Sorry again for no nail art but if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.  Otherwise I'm just going to rely on Pinterest for inspiration. (:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Red Dog Designs Love Hurts

Hi All!  Sorry for the late post but I just got home from my yoga class.  Health comes first!  And speaking of health, I have really been craving and enjoying some amazing watermelon recently and so I wanted to put on a polish that reminded me of that.
This is Red Dog Designs Love Hurts from the Valentine collection.  I know the base color isn't spot on with a watermelon but the black glitters reminded me of seeds.  There are also holographic circles in there that are just gorgeous when they peek out of the magenta/pink base.  I believe this is two coats.  I don't really remember because I had this swatched for a long, long time.  I hope you all have a great night and I'll have some fun nail art for you tomorrow...if I can come up with anything. (:

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