Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The One With the June Round Up

Happy Wednesday everyone!  How are you all doing??  It's the end of June already so that means that it is time for another Round Up Post, or what most people call Monthly Mani Fav.  That's actually what I call it on Instagram, but meh whatever.  I started calling them Round Up posts here on the blog so I'll keep it at that.

Can we take a second and just talk about how it's actually the end of June?  I don't know where this month went.  This past weekend too was a complete blur.  It all caught up to me yesterday because I came home from work, sat down and slept a few hours.  Now let's see if I'm able to function today.

Okay, June Round Up.  I apologize because this month I will not be sharing my favorites by other bloggers.  I was going to do so but I haven't had much time to put this post together.  Between the blur of a weekend, then the other night my cute little nephew had quite the injury and needed some stitches, all my blogging had to go on the back burner.  Next month I'll bring back the other blogger feature.

So let's take a look at my monthly mani favorites!

Shocker, all of them used Serendipity Polish.  This is one of my new favorite brands so it is no surprise that all my favorite manicures this month were done with them.

  1. The One With the Mani Swap with 25 Sweet Peas - My first ever manicure swap post!  Sarah and I re-created each other's manicures!  She did my hibiscus design and I did this cute vintage rose look.  Such a dainty design on a gorgeous base of Serendipity Polish Mint Martini.  Love this color so much.
  2. The One With Round 25 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing - Pretty sure every month my BTN design ends up on this list.  This month Amanda and I re-created this tape and dot design by Young Wild and Polished.  I used Serendipity Polish Mint Martini and Vacation Vibes.  Awesome colors on their own and together.  I just loved how this one turned out so much.
  3. The One With Daisies and Serendipity Polish Vitamin Sea - Another lovely manicure using another lovely Serendipity Polish.  This bright blue baby is Vitamin Sea and I think I can say it is my favorite from the Beach, Please collection.  I love the layout of this manicure with the silver, flowers, dots, and the yellow accent nail.  Something fun and different.
  4. The One With Serendipity Polish Holo-Day Lights - Last but not least we have this lovely mish mosh manicure I did which is accented with the gorgeous Holo-Day Lights.  If you like holo anything, then you need to get this polish.  I love the overall color combination I used in this manicure.  The grey with the neon on top just really popped.  It's something I never would have done normally but I think I might be doing more manicures with neons and greys.  Maybe even a neon and beige base....hmmm
What do you think?  Any of these manicures your favorite??  Anything you think you might try to re-create?

I'll be back in a few days with a Fourth of July manicure.  Cannot believe it's already time for the 4th.  Before I know it I'll be writing up my July Round Up.  Slow down 2016, I still have a lot of fun summer things to do before it gets cold and snowy again.

Until next time, <3.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The One With the Blue Galaxy Mani

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  I have had one of the greatest weekends ever.  It all kicked off with an AMAZING concert, then Painting with a Twist with some of my best friends.  After years of people telling me I should paint on a larger canvas, I actually tried it and I actually did it!  Head on over to my Instagram to see my painting.  I love how it turned out!!!!

Today I'm sharing with you a fun galaxy manicure I did a few weeks ago.  I love galaxy nail art so much.  After seeing a blue one on a few lovely bloggers Instagram pages, I thought I would give it a try.  I think this has to be hands down my favorite galaxy design ever.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Zoya - Sailor
  • China Glaze - DJ Blue My Mind
  • China Glaze - UV Meant to Be
  • INM Northern Lights
  • Black and White Acrylic
To start off, I did a deep navy base and used Zoya Sailor.  One of my favorite Zoya polishes.  If only it had a larger brush I would use it more often.  Those small brushes annoy the heck out of me.  OPI and Sally Hansen spoil me with the wide brush.  After I did this manicure, I forgot that I owned ILNP Missed Calls and Honor Roll which either or would have been a perfect base.  Oh well, maybe next time.

After my blue base was dry, I used a make up sponge and dabbed white acrylic down the middle of each nail.  I made the centers more intense white and the outer edge more faded.  I then took black acrylic and sponged it one the very edge of the nails, so there was a black, to blue, to white transition.

When that was dried, I sponged on the different China Glaze blues, and then went back through with a little more white in the center.

Then comes the pretty sparkly part.  I shook up my bottle of INM Northern Lights, one of my favorite top coats, and added one coat.  It blended the gradients together and added a real galaxy look.  Since this top coat is super fast drying, I didn't have to wait too long before adding my white stars with a dotting tool.  I then finished it all off with a clear top coat.  If you want to avoid doing a clear top coat, you can do your white stars before Northern Lights and then call it a day.

What do you think?  Fan of the blue galaxy?  Do you have INM Northern Lights?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you love China Glaze Fairy Dust, then you will love Northern Lights even more.  Fairy Dust takes forever to dry on me and has an awful smell, and Fairy Dust is night and day from that.  Super fast dry, low odor, with the same beautiful effect.

Now looking at that last photo, I'm kind of glad I used a cream base and not one of the two holo polishes I mentioned earlier.  I think it might have taken away from the galaxy.  Maybe not.  I won't know unless I try.

Until next time, <3.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The One with Round 25 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's been such a good, busy week and it's not going to slow down any time soon!  Don't you just love summer?

Today is Round 25 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing!  I still can't believe that last month was our two year anniversary of this feature.  Crazy how fast time flies.  The three year anniversary will be here in a blink of an eye!

Today we are re-creating a fun tape, dot, mish mosh manicure originally done by Young, Wild and Polished.  I absolutely love how it turned out!

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Orly - White Tips
  • Serendipity Polish - Mint Martini
  • Serendipity Polish - Vacation Vibes

I had to take a shot of this manicure before I added the art because I loved the plain swatches.  As you've seen in my last few blog posts, I am in LOVE with these Serendipity polishes.  I've used Mint Martini a few times but this was my first time using Vacation Vibes.  Such a gorgeous, vibrant purple which is perfect for summer.  The bottle looked a little dustier so I didn't think it was going to be as vibrant on the nail, but I was wrong.

Since these polishes are lovely quick drying one coaters, doing this tape manicure was beyond simple!  Put my first coat down, let it dry for a few minutes, added tape, then added the other color!  It was so opaque it covered right over the color underneath.  Usually when I do these tape manicures I have to do two coats of the top polish to make sure the bottom is completely covered.

What do you think?  Have you purchased any Serendipity Polishes yet?  You won't be sorry!!

Make sure to check out Amanda's version!

Until next time, <3.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The One With the Daisies and Serendipity Polish Vitamin Sea

Happy Monday polished world!  How are you all doing today?  After typing Happy Monday, I just realized that I never did a Twinsie Tuesday manicure, so I guess I won't be posting tomorrow alongside the Twinie's.  Oops.  I'll be back in two weeks!

Since it is supposed to be 93 degrees today, I have decided to post a fun, bright, daisy manicure I did using some Serendipity Polishes.  As you may know, I recently purchased the Beach, Please collection along with Holo-Day Lights, and I have quickly fallen in love.  These polishes are MAGNIFICENT.  Everyone needs to have them in their polish arsenal.

Let's take a look at my manicure!!

Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Vitamin Sea
  • Serendipity Polish - Holo-Day Lights
  • OPI - My Twin Mimmy
Isn't this manicure fabulous!?  Let's talk about how gorgeous Vitamin Sea is.  This beautiful blue is from the Beach, Please collection and is a one coater!  Yup, you read that right, this polish has perfect opaque coverage in one coat!  The polish also dried super fast so I didn't have to wait forever or apply a top coat before drawing my art.

I love the combination of colors with this manicure.  The bright blue, the yellow, the silver holo, the white daisies.  Everything about this manicure was perfection.  I was very sad when I took it off.  I probably could have kept in on longer since after 3 days there weren't any chips, but alas I have a blog to keep updated!

What do you think?  Used the Serendipity Polishes before?  Love this look??

Until next time, <3.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The One with Serendipity Polish Holo-Day Lights

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Friday - the end of the LONGEST week ever.  I take that back, next week might be the longest week ever.  We shall see though, I think it's going to be busy but what it won't be.

Today I have a mish mosh manicure using one of my new favorite polishes, Serendipity Polish Holo-Day Lights.  I purchased this beauty along with the Beach, Please collection a few weeks ago.  Ever since the order came I couldn't wait to use it.  Now I'm addicted.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Blue Ming
  • Sally Hansen - In My Suitcase
  • Orly - White Tips
  • Serendipity Polish - Holo-Day Lights
Let's talk about the design first.  I saw something with a similar color scheme by Young, Wild, and Polished.  I loved the bright mint color over the top of a light grey.  One of the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gels I received was the perfect grey.  So I grabbed all the colors and came up with a mish mosh manicure with some dots and a dry brush.  I think I need to do more neon/grey manicures.

Holo-Day Lights by Serendipity Polish is a must have!  I have not seen a more fabulous holo glitter in my life.  With one coat you have a gorgeous topper, and with two coats you have full coverage like in my swatch above.  The holo effect was just as strong inside as it was outside.  I need to buy a back up of this right away.

In my Suitcase by Sally Hansen is such a beautiful grey polish.  Light grey's like this can be tricky and end up needing at least three coats, but this gorgeous beauty only required two coats.  Just like the other Miracle Gels I own, it didn't chip right away.  I ended up getting four days out of this manicure, and would have gone longer but Blue-Ming chipped on the fourth day.  I need to start giving myself Miracle Gel pedicures so my toes stop chipping.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Love the color combination?

Until next time, <3.