Friday, April 21, 2017

Sally Hansen #ColorOfTheMoment

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Friday, so you know that I am extremely happy.  Saturday is almost here and that means I can sleep in!  Spring has also officially sprung in my neck of the woods and we all know that makes me a very happy girl.

I am very excited to bring you today's post!  Sally Hansen has invited me to be part of their #ColorOfTheMoment program!  Through this program, Sally Hansen along with their Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole announce the latest nail colors every month.  This month the colors are pink!  I'm not a huge fan of pink, but I am in love with the Miracle Gel polishes that they sent!

Let's take a look at what I came up with! I apologize for not posting swatches, but I've been under the weather and it's been a struggle just to paint my nails.  Next month I'll do swatches!

Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Pink Cadillaquer
  • Sally Hansen - Electric Pop
  • Sally Hansen - Tipsy Gypsy
You know me and my love for negative space floral manicures.  Now that Spring is here, be on the lookout for many, many more.  Now the Color of the Moment package for this month only included Electric Pop and Tipsy Gypsy.  I already owned Pink Cadillaquer, but thought it would go well with this manicure and keep with the pink theme.  Plus, it's another Miracle Gel and really, you can't have enough of those.

On my index and pinkie finger, I decided to do a gradient with the three shades.  They blended together beautifully and didn't cause any bubbling like other cream polishes.  Topped it off with one coat of the Miracle Gel top coat.  Honestly,  I think this is one of my best gradients yet.

For the floral nails, I just did a base coat then used a dotting tool and added the flowers on the nails.  I threw a few white dots in with an acrylic white just to break it up a little bit.  The pinks kind of blended with my nail bed, so adding the white really made the colors stand out more.  Topped off with Miracle Gel top coat which is the black bottle in this last shot, and admired my pretty pink nails.

What do you think?  Fan of the Color of the Moment?  I think it's perfect for Spring!!

Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The One With the Galaxy Nail Art

Happy Wednesday polished world!!  How are you all doing today?  I'm slowly starting to feel better.  I'm going to emphasize the slowly in that last sentence.  I think I caught a weird virus because I'm not the only one who has had the same symptoms.  Hopefully it will continue to go away.

Since I have been under the weather, I have not been on top of my blogging game.  In all honesty I've felt kind of lazy and not wanting to photograph, edit, or write.  I've painted, but all other things literally feel like an impossible task that I don't want to accomplish.  I have so many polishes to swatch too, so I really need to get my booty in gear.

Anyways, today I am sharing with you a simple galaxy manicure.  Nothing is simpler but looks like it took ten years than a galaxy design.  I haven't done one in awhile and my nails at the time were shorter because of some breaks, so I figured slapping on a coat of black and doing a galaxy would make them look not so shabby.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • Zoya - Dream
  • Zoya - Aurora
  • Zoya - Finley
  • INM - Northern Lights
I told you I was slacking on the photos, therefore this post only has one.  Plus, I didn't think that this design really needed more than one shot.  I thought this captured the design well...maybe?  I don't know.

Anyways, I like how this design turned out.  I love using my Zoya scattered holographic polishes for the galaxy design itself.  To get the look, I first sponge some white polish down.  When that's dry, I take the scattered holos and sponge them over the white.  They blend so well and leave that holo sparkle that truly looks like a galaxy.

When it's all dry, I always go back over the design with a coat of INM Northern Lights.  That gives the manicure a whole sparkly night sky look with dozens of twinkly lights.  I always have a spare bottle of Northern Lights because it's honestly the greatest scattered holo topper.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Have you ever used the Zoya scattered holos for a galaxy?

Until next time, <3.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!!!!

Happy Easter Polished World!!!!!  What a glorious day, He is Risen!!!  How are you all doing on this wonderful Easter Sunday?  Despite being under the weather, I am wonderful.  Yeah, that's right, it's a holiday and I'm sick...shocker.  Hopefully I'm feeling better so I can return to work tomorrow.  I hate missing work due to sickness.

Easter kind of snuck up on me, so I wasn't able to do as many Easter designs as I wanted to.  Every year I usually do a design that represents the true meaning of the holiday, and of course I didn't this year.  I'm kind of kicking myself for that now.

Today's design is inspired by the lovely Sarah from 25 Sweet Peas.  She did a cute Easter bunny design which she snapped me and I think filmed a tutorial for that I just had to re-create.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Lotus Begin
  • China Glaze - Highlight of My Summer
  • China Glaze - Pinking Out the Window
  • ORLY - White Tips
I am absolutely in love with this manicure.  Everyone really is loving the polka dot middle finger I did as an accent.  I'm not going to lie, I do love that one also.  It looks like a cute little Easter Egg.  Which honestly I wasn't going for that look.

I don't think I've used Highlight of My Summer yet.  Maybe for a gradient or something, but I cannot remember if I ever used it as a base color.  I am in LOVE with this bright mint polish.  It's a perfect neon pastel shade.  Covered completely in two coats.  A little streaky, so be patient with it.

What do you think?  Like this cute Easter bunny??

I hope everyone has a Happy and Blessed Easter!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The One With the Re-Creation of an Easter Bunny Manicure

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It was super warm two days ago, and now it's super cold again.  Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic, it's Spring time cold.  You know, 50s and rainy.  Those April showers better bring the May flowers.

Easter is right around the corner and I am here with some Easter nail art!  I'm on this kick of re-doing manicures that I've done in the past.  It's been fun for me to see how I've grown when it comes to nail art.  Heck, it's even impressive to me to see how I've grown when it comes to painting my actual nail, my nail shape, etc.

The design I'm re-creating today is a floppy eared bunny which I originally did as part of a Bestie Twin Nail feature with 25 Sweet Peas.  I absolutely loved this design two years ago, and I love it again now.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Pucci-licious
  • ORLY - Vintage
  • FingerPaints - Sterling Sculpture
I can't believe that I purchased Pucci-licious two years ago around the time I originally did this manicure.  Shows me how little I use this polish because the bottle itself really looks like it's never been used.  I should look at see how many manicures I have used it for.  Regardless, it's a gorgeous shade which covers completely in two coats.

I was going to use Color Club Blue-Ming like I did last time, but I just recently got my hands on ORLY Vintage and it's been screaming to be used.  Two coats, pure mint gorgeous perfection.  I'm so happy that Sally Beauty added this beauty to the ORLY core collection along with some other neons.

What do you think?  Fan of this cute bunny manicure?  Something you'd try?

Until next time, <3.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The One With the Pink and Purple Dry Brush Manicure

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing on this fine Monday?  The weekend has come and gone in a blink of an eye, and here we are starting another work week.  This work week is also the beginning of Easter week....and I have no Easter manicures.  I'm rather ashamed with myself htat I'm so behind on the Easter nail art.  I hope to have some up mid week....

Today's manicure is kind of Easter-ish...maybe?  It's a pastel dry brush which I believe was inspired by The Nail Trail.  I say I believe because I honestly cannot remember where I got the idea for this design and for some reason I feel like it was Hannah.  Who knows.....

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Frolic
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Serendipity Polish - Sunshine Rainbow
  • Zoya - Kitridge
Love the color combination of this manicure.  I really need to start doing more manicures with gold accent nails.  I am just so hung up on my silver holos that I forget gold even exists.  I don't think that this manicure would have looked as well if it were done with a silver accent.

Sunshine Rainbow is a gorgeous gold glitter polish.  I'm so happy that I have it as part of my collection.  It covers perfectly in one coat and there is no dabbing of the glitter required.  Such a perfect topper.

Kitridge is such a fun pink shade.  I need to grab another bottle of this.  Maybe now that Zoya is hosting their Earth Day Exchange, I can get rid of some of these polishes that need to be thrown out for some new pretties at half off.

What do you think of this design?  Don't you love the dry brush design?  I think it looks more marbled than dry brush!

Until next time, <3.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The One With the Lime Green Zebra Print Manicure

Happy Friday!!!!  Finally, the week is over!!!  Who else is ready for the weekend??  I know I am.  Especially because the weather is going to take a turn and be BEAUTIFUL.  We are going to ignore the fact that it's in the 30s today and possibly snow.  We instead are going to look forward to that lovely 68 degree weather they're forecasting.  Sure, I'll get a sinus infection from these temperature fluctuations, but I'll survive.

Since it's going to be in the 30s today and I'm craving warmer weather, it's only fitting that I share a bright, neon manicure.  Last week (or maybe it was the week before) I received the ORLY Summer collection since I signed up for the ORLY color pass.  The collection consists of 6 gorgeous neon shades which I have yet to play with.  After seeing them, I decided to revisit some of my old neons before focusing on them.

As we know, China Glaze has some of the best neons out there.  I decided to use Lime After Lime and do a fun zebra design since I haven't done one in a loooong time.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - Lime After Lime
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ILNP - Mega X
I was absolutely in love with this manicure.  Originally when I painted on my white base, I wasn't going to sponge Lime After Lime on, but I'm super happy I did.  Years ago I did a similar zebra design using a pink polish and loved how I lightly sponged the color on the white.  I could have done a gradient, but I think I prefer this look.

Mega X by ILNP is one of my all time favorite silver holos.  Me and my silver holo accents.  How can you go wrong though?  The holo effect is so strong in natural light and in room light.  I need to purchase some back up bottles of this.  A little expensive, but well worth the price.

Lime After Lime is a gorgeous neon green.  Two coats and full coverage.  It isn't patchy, dries semi glossy.  I added a top coat to make it fully glossed.  I think this is my favorite neon green polish.  I honestly forgot that I purchased this last year and am upset that I didn't get back ups.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Fan of Mega X or Lime After Lime??

Until next time, <3.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The One With Yet Another Floral Manicure

Good morning polished world.  How are you all doing on this fine Tuesday?  I mean to have a post up yesterday but it slipped my mind.  I really need to pre-publish these posts that I have photos all editted for.  That way I won't forget, it will all be done for me.

Today I'm bringing you a cute floral manicure inspired by the lovely Jessica from lalalovenailart.  It was only fitting that I share this manicure today now that Spring really feels like it's here.  Sure it's raining, but April showers, bring May flowers....right?

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Morgan Taylor - Potts of Tea
  • Various colors
Yes, various colors, I'm slacking.  I cannot remember which polishes I used for the pink, purple, and peach flowers.  I am pretty sure that they are all OPI, but I'm just way too lazy to go to my Melmer and figure out which they were.  Another reason why I should pre-publish my posts, so I can tell you exactly what colors I used.  Oh well, what can you do.

All that really does matter is the gorgeous base - Morgan Taylor Potts of Tea.  This polish is from the Beauty and the Beast collection which was just recently released.  This is a gorgeous off white polish with a subtle pink shimmer.  I think that this is my second favorite white polish next to My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  Two coats and full coverage.  It really is gorgeous in person.  I absolutely love it.

What do you think?  Fan of this floral look?  Think it's something you would try?

Until next time, <3.

**Polishes provided by Morgan Taylor through the PreenDotMe VIP program.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

Friday, March 31, 2017

The One With the March Monthly Mani Favs

Happy Friday, yes I said Friday, polished world!!  How are you all doing today?  I am beyond thrilled that the week is almost over.  It has been a super busy week, so I am beyond excited to sleep in and do nothing all weekend.

It is also March 31st which means that we are at the end of another month.  That means it is time to share my Monthly Mani Favs!  This month was kind of weird because I didn't get as many posts up as I originally planned thanks to that lovely power outage that lasted for five days.  That power outage taught me that I should probably schedule my posts ahead of time.  I do have about 5 drafts ready to go, I just haven't written the actual post.

Let's take a look at my favorite manicures for March!

  • The One With Round 34 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing - You read that right, 34 rounds of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing.  This month we re-created an abstract design we've been seeing all over Instagram.  I didn't think this manicure was going to turn out well at all, but I was pleasantly surprised.
  • The One With the Floral Manicure - This is a re-creation of a manicure I did about three years ago.  Originally when I did this design, I used Liberty, the blue Pixie Dust.  Now I added the gorgeous Alice to my polish collection, I had to re-create the manicure using it.  Such a gorgeous purple design!
  • The One With the Bright Dotticure - Purple and mint dots over a black base?  Love.  This manicure was so fun.  I haven't done a crazy dotticure like this in a long time, so it was nice to do something simple and fun.
  • The One With the Floral Manicure Inspired By Paulina's Passion - I think this is my favorite of the whole month of March.  A pretty negative space purple rose manicure.  I am very pleased with how this turned out.
What do you think?  Fan of any of these?  Did you like the other manicures I did?

Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The One With Round 34 of Bestie Twin Nails With FashionFooting

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  It's Wednesday which means the middle of the week is officially here.  The weekend is right around the corner.  So is the end of the month of March.  Seriously where is the year going?  Everything is going by so fast.  Maybe because I've been so busy.  Who knows.

Today is round 34 of Bestie Twin Nails with Fashion Footing.  Amanda has abandoned her blog, so you'll have to head on over to her Instagram page to see her version.  As for me though, I'm going to keep going with this blog as long as possible.  Today for our manicure, we went with an abstract design that I've seen all over the blogging world.  Most recently, I saw Sarah from 25SweetPeas re-create the design.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • OPI - Love Angel Music Baby
  • China Glaze - Pinking Out the Window
I didn't think that I would like this manicure on me as much as I did.  I was really upset that after two days it chipped and I had to remove it.  I really can see myself recreating this manicure with a different color combination.  That's how much I liked it.

China Glaze Pinking Out the Window is such a gorgeous pink shade.  I forgot that I even owned it, and really cannot for the life of me remember when it became part of my collection.  I feel like I used it once before, but I really cannot remember.  I'm going to have to go back through the blog and look.

What do you think? Fan of this abstract manicure?  Am I the only one who forgets that they own polishes?

Until next time, <3.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The One With the Floral Manicure Inspired by Paulina's Passion

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  It's Monday which means it is the start to another fun filled work week.  Hopefully it won't be as busy as last week, but I highly doubt that.  I apologize for not getting a post up yesterday but it completely slipped my mind.  I was out late and forgot to schedule a post.  Time just ticks away from me.

Anyways, today's manicure is one that I have been wanting to do for quite some time.  After finding a beautiful purple negative space floral rose manicure by Paulina's Passion on Pinterest, I pinned it to my Nail Ideas board and sat on it for quite some time.  I loved the look, wanted to attempt it, but really did not have the courage to do so.  I didn't think it would look right on my nails at all, my roses would be messed up, and it just all around would be a disaster.

After months of procrastinating and refusing to attempt the design, I finally gathered the courage and tried it.  And guess what, it wasn't a disaster at all!

Let's take a look.

Colors Used:
  • OPI - My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • OPI - Love Angel Music Baby
  • FingerPaints - Lavender Love
  • Color Club - Blue-Ming
Isn't it gorgeous?  I cannot believe how much I love this manicure.  I was super proud of myself too when I completed it and had no smudges, perfect lines, and rather decent roses.  The hardest part of the whole manicure was the tape.  The easy part was that I just had to apply a base coat and then the tape since it's a negative space manicure.  The hard part; lining all the tape up.  My OCD was really testing me with this manicure.  I'm so proud of myself for getting all the lines rather straight and evenly spaced on all the nails.

The roses on top really completed the look.  I'm so happy I stumbled across this design and that I finally re-created it on my own nails.  Thanks to the FingerPaints Gel Like Base Coat,  I was able to enjoy this manicure for five days before I finally took it off.  And honestly, it could have gone another day or so because there were absolutely no chips.  I'm in love with that base coat now.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Something you would try?

Until next time, <3.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The One With the Bright Dotticure

Good morning polished world and Happy Thursday!  The weekend is almost here, are you excited?  It's supposed to rain all weekend here, but that just means I'll have lots and lots of decent sleep.  I cannot be the only one who sleeps well when it's raining.

Even though it's Spring, I'm holding off on sharing some Spring-time manicures until it is actually warmer outside.  I do have hope though that Spring is right around the corner because I saw a red-breasted robin the other day and every morning when I leave for work you hear all the birdies chirping.

So since I am not sharing a Spring manicure today, I'm sharing a fun dotticure that I did using some of my favorite Color Club polishes.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Color Club - Pucci-Licious
  • Color Club - Blue-Ming
Kind of awesome, right?  I absolutely love how this manicure turned out.  The dark base, the bright dots that just pop off.  Everything about it is perfect.  Not to mention, combining mint and purple together is one of my favorite things ever.  I just love the color combination.

Pucci-Licious is a gorgeous purple shade that I actually wasn't going to purchase but am so happy that it did.  It is so perfectly opaque that it showed up perfectly when dotted over the black.  When swatched, the polish requires two coats as the first can be a tad streaky.

We all know my love for all things mint, so it makes sense that Blue-Ming would be one of my all time favorite polishes.  This one is a pure beauty alone or alongside other polishes and used in nail art.  For a swatch, you need two coats because the first is a bit patchy.

What do you think?  Fan of this dotticure?  Do you love the Color Club creams?

Until next time, <3.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The One With the Roses and Morgan Taylor

Happy Monday polished world!!  Yes, that's right, Monday.  Why did the weekend go by so quickly?  It's probably because the past two weeks have been a crazy cluster of weather mishaps and odd schedules.

Two weeks ago I posted swatches of the Morgan Taylor Beauty and the Beast Collection.  The gorgeous collection was provided to me by Morgan Taylor through the Preen.Me VIP program.  I was rather excited to receive these gorgeous Spring colors because as you all know, Spring polishes are my to neons.

After swatching, I of course created some nail art, but never got to post it due to the lack of power.  Then St. Patrick's Day came and I had to post those two green manicures and this pretty mani had to be put on the back burner.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Morgan Taylor - Gaston and On and On
  • Morgan Taylor - Be Our Guest
  • OPI - Champagne For Breakfast
Pretty, right?  Since the rose is a main theme in Beauty in the Beast, I wanted to do some sort of rose manicure using these polishes.  I decided to do some sort of mish mosh manicure using Gaston and On and On alongside Be Our Guest which I think look wonderful together.  I wasn't going to do a glitter accent, but after seeing the gorgeous silver holo that is Champagne for Breakfast by OPI, I had to pair it alongside the other two.

Gaston and On and On is a gorgeous pale baby blue shade.  Full coverage in two coats.  It worked wonderfully for the tape design on my index finger.  I think this is my favorite from the collection.  You know me and my blue polishes.

Be Our Guest is a gorgeous pink shade.  Two coats and full coverage.  Worked amazingly for the dot roses.  I really feel like this is a great Spring pedicure color.

What do you think of this design?  Something you would try?  Do you feel a Beauty and the Beast vibe from this?

Until next time, <3.

**Products were provided compliments of Morgan Taylor through the #PreenMeVIP Program.  All opinions are my own**

Friday, March 17, 2017

#TheNailArtSquad does St. Patrick's Day!

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today??  It's St. Patrick's Day!  That means it is time for everything green!  Except the weather....the weather here is very white thanks to that blizzard we got the other day.  Oh well, that just means that Spring is right around the corner!

Today I am happy to be collaborating again with the lovely ladies of The Nail Art Squad.  For our collaboration today, we decided to create shamrock manicures!  Now, if I had more time, I probably would have come up with something a little different, or done many more festive manicures, but alas that didn't happen.

Let's take a look at my random shamrock manicure!

Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Invite Only
  • FingerPaints - Golden Glaze
  • ORLY - White Tips
  • Zoya - Maria Luisa
Fun, right?  I wasn't sure where I was going with this manicure, but love the end result.  At first I wasn't going to use Maria Luisa by Zoya, but am happy that I did.  I think it blends really well together and adds a little umph to the manicure.  I always forget about how gorgeous this polish is.  I really need to use it more.

My shamrock is a little better than years past.  Usually it ends up looking like a blurred green splotch on my nail.  This year it actually resembles a little clover.  I was going to do a four leaf one, but I wasn't going to risk having it not work and then ruining my manicure.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Something you'd try for today??

Stay safe if you all are going out tonight!!!

Until next time, <3.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The One With the Dot Manicure for St. Patrick's Day

Good morning polished world!  How are you all doing today?  We are smack dab in the middle of a lovely blizzard, so you know how I'm doing.  They're expecting us to have about 2 feet by the end of all this.  Oh well, we haven't had any snow this winter, and I did want one big storm before winter was over, so I guess that's what this is.

Since my power was out all last week, I wasn't able to do as many St. Patrick's Day manicures as I would have liked.  When the power did kick back on, I was kind of exhausted and just wanted to sit around and do nothing, but needed to do some sort of manicure.  Of course, I opted for something simple....dots.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Sinful Colors - Pistache
  • INM - Emerald
  • FingerPaints - Golden Glaze
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White
Lovely, right?  I did a similar manicure last year for St. Patrick's Day but I didn't like the colors I used then.  They were similar, but not the same.  Sinful Colors Pistache is a gorgeous light green shade.  Stains awful, but it's beautiful.  Using it for nail art though, you don't get the stains as much as when you use it as a base.

Emerald is a gorgeous polish by the lovelies over at INM.  I love their polishes for bases and for nail art.  They are just perfect all around.  I've had this one for a few months and am kicking myself that I haven't used it sooner!

What do you think?  Like this design?

I'll have one more St. Patrick's Day manicure for you on Friday!  Then I need to start creating some Easter manicures!

Until next time, <3.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The One With the Serendipity Polish Gradient

Hi all!!!  I know, I know I have been missing for almost a week!  Well, last Wednesday a wind storm ripped through the area knocking power out for pretty much everyone.  Five days later, my power was finally restored.  With  no power, I was unable to take photos, edit them, or even access the blog.  It's been a sad few days.

Now that power is restored, I can return to blogging and painting.  I was dying just painting plain colors on my nail by candlelight.  And since I hated doing that so much, I ended up just painting my nails pretty much one time, they chipped awful, then left my nails in awful shape.  So now I'm trying to give my nails some TLC while doing some St. Patrick's Day designs.

Today's design is something simple and from The Little Canvas vault.  A few weeks ago I decided to do a gradient using some of the polishes from Serendipity Polish's RSVP For NYE collection.  I've seen this gradient all over Instagram and had been wanting to do it because the colors were just gorgeous.

Let's take a look!

Colors Used:
  • Serendipity Polish - Midnight Kisses
  • Serendipity Polish - Glitzy Gold Champagne
  • Serendipity Polish - Dazzling Sparklers
  • Serendipity Polish - Party Crown
Isn't it lovely??  To get the look I started off with one coat of Midnight Kisses.  That's right, one coat is all you need of these lovely metallic foil polishes.  Since they dry super fast, I was able to do my gradient right away.  On a make up sponge, I painted Midnight Kisses, Glitzy Gold Champagne, Dazzling Sparklers, and Party Crown.  Dabbed the sponge a few times on the nail, then added a top coat, and called it a night.

Absolutely love the color combination.  I never would have thought to do this on my own, so I thank all the lovely bloggers who created this look before me.  The Serendipity Polishes blended so well together and created such a gorgeous metallic gradient.

What do you think?  Fan of this look?  Own any of these polishes??

Until next time, <3.