Glitter Gradient

The One With My Fall-ish Thanksgiving Glitter Gradient

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world! How are you all doing on this Wednesday before Thanksgiving?  We are in a bit of a heat wave here, but we are expecting another wind storm which is going to bring us some frigid cold temperatures for Thanksgiving.  Saying a prayer and crossing my fingers that I do not end up with some weird illness due to this weather.  I really don't want to have a sinus infection anytime soon.

Today's manicure is my Thanksgiving manicure.  Rather simple for me, but I wasn't feeling like turkey's or any other random crazy nail art that I've done in the past. I was scrolling pinterest and was coming across dozens of glitter gradients.  It's been a hot minute since I've done a glitter gradient, so I gave it another go.  Happy that I did because I'm really loving it!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Pure Ice - Studette
  • Zoya - Louise
  • Zoya - Taylor
  • Sinful Colors - Pandora
  • Some other gold and red glitter Sinful Colors.....the label fell off
As you know from my other posts over the years, this is not a color pallette I typically would wear, so this is EXTREMELY out of my comfort zone.  Can't say that I hate it.  It's actually kind of refreshing.  I like how all these colors go with my skin tone.  Maybe they're wrong, but I didn't think so in person.



I'm rather proud of my glitter gradient.  I'm hit or miss when I attempt this, and it's safe to say this is a home run.  They always look so ugly before you put the top coat on, and I think that's why I always think I fail at doing them.  The sponge leaves rough spots because you're transferring some of the glitter base when dabbing on the glitter.  I used to take this as a failed glitter gradient and would remove it.  Luckily I learned last year when I did one that this is what was occuring.

What do you think of this manicure?  Should I attempt more glitter gradients?  Am I going to remember what a pain glitter is to remove and totally give up on the idea come Christmas time?

Speaking of Christmas....time to get started on the red and green manicures!!!  In the meantime, I hope everyone has a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!!

Until next time, <3.

Abstract

The One With the Random Lines and Dots

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you on this fine Thanksgiving week?  I'm feeling a tad dreary since the weather hasn't been the greatest.  It's cold, then wet, then grey, then sunny for five seconds, then right back to the cold.  Honestly though, I do love this time of year becauses I am a huge homebody and I love to be inside and cozy.  I cook and bake all of the things, while binging Hulu and Netflix.  What more could anyone want?

Well, I guess you could want sunshine.  One way I bring brightness into my life on these dreary days is by painting some bright neons on my nails.  Today's manicure uses some of my favorite China Glaze neon polishes and mixes it with a weird abstract looking accent nail.  Wasn't really sure where I was going with this design, but I'm happy with the end result.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • China Glaze - What I Like About Blue
  • China Glaze - Lip Smackin' Good
  • ORLY - White Tips
Since I missed out on the blogging world this summer, I missed out on any China Glaze neon's that might have been released.  Were there any?? I guess I could google and find out.  I do know, however, there were some OPI neons that were released this summer and I did snag those.  Only found that out because I ran into Sally Beauty for some top coat and stumbled across that display.



I'm getting off topic.  What I Like About Blue is one of my favorite polishes hands down.  Formula is a little wonky, but totally workable.  You just have to be careful on the second coat because it can drag if you're heavy handed.  Lip Smackin' Good is similar, but again, totally workable.

What do you think?  Like this bright manicure? Help cure those early winter blues??

Getting close to doing some Christmas Manicures!!!!  Ahhh I can't wait!

Until next time, <3.

Animal Print

The One With the Random Leopard Print

9:00:00 AM


Hey happy Polished world!  How are you all doing on this wonderful Friday?  Sorry I haven't posted all week, but it's been quite busy.  As some of you may know, I started a new job a month ago and I really hit the ground running.  This week I had a few projects due and I'm happy to say I've successfully accomplished them all.  I've been painting my nails, but after working those 8 hour days, I really didn't feel like turning on the computer to blog.  Last night though, I took an opportunity to just edit a bunch of photos and blog again.

Welcome to my next five posts probably being all ORLY.  I didn't realize how much I use this brand until I was editing.  Hey, if you love a brand, why not constantly use it?  I really have to get to my pile of about 75 untried polishes which include more ORLY, ILNP, and OPI.  Alas, here I am using my oldies, but goodies.

One of my favorite oldies is ORLY Mirrorball.  I used it alongside my favorite black and white polish, also by ORLY, to create a simple leopard manicure.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
I can't tell if my contacts are blurring my vision, or if that photo is blurry.  I swear my camera has been acting up hardcore lately.  I really need to invest in a new one.  Kind of ruins the whole blogging vibe when I edit the photos and they all look cruddy.  I probably should edit the photos right after I take the photos because that way I could just re-shoot if there are problems.



I really love the black, white, and holo silver together. It's always a classic look.  I actually just removed a tape manicure using the same color scheme.  I'm really loving the use of black polish.  This is probably why 90% of my posts are going to contain ORLY because Liquid Vinyl is my favorite black.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?  Think my photos are blurry?  Meh

Until next time, <3.

Flowers

The One With the Little Daisies

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  It's Thursday and we have had our first snowfall, and it feels like mid January outside.  I'm telling you, this cold weather makes me lazy.  I need to start updating my Instagram again.  I'm over here blogging, but not sharing.  The sharing part is the easiest too, so that's why this is all a shock to me.  I need a personal assistant to share my posts for me!

Today's design is a cute little floral manicure I did using my favorite ORLY polish - Blue Suede.  I truly have zero idea where my inspiration came from for this manicure, but I'm not 100% fan of the manicure.  I love the blue, love the holographic accent, but the floral design....meh.  I think I could have done better.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ORLY - Blue Suede
  • INM - Granite
  • ORLY - Mirrorball
  • Acrylics
I think it's the green leaves I don't like.  They're a tad messy for my liking.  I go from these highs when it comes to my details, to these lows where I just feel like I can't nail art anymore.  I realize I'm being hard on myself because yes, the manicure is cute, and really no one sees what I see when it comes to the "messiness".



I love ORLY Mirrorball, but I think it might have added too much to the manicure.  I think I should have gone with a plain grey nail, or maybe another Blue Suede nail.

What do you think?  Like this look?  Think I should have done it differently?

Until next time, <3.

Color Club

The One With the Color Club Dry Brush Manicure

9:00:00 AM


Good morning polished world!  How are you on this wonderful Sunday? I apologize for not blogging this week, but I'm not going to lie, Daylight Savings really messed me up last week and I haven't been able to get used to this whole time change.  Earlier nights equals less blogging time.  Although I've still been creating nail art, therefore I'm going to have a lot of content coming up!

On top of Daylight Savings, tomorrow we are supposed to get our first real accumulation of snow.  While we had our first snowfall last week, this one will probably last a tad longer seeing as they're predicting about 4-8 inches.  Since the snow is coming, I thought it was appropriate to post this light blue dry brush manicure.  The blue polish reminds me of cold and snow....kind of.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Color Club - Meet Me at the Rink
  • Color Club - Pucci-Licious 
  • Cannot remember the name of the silver because it was awhile ago.....
Meet me at the Rink was part of the Poptastic Pastel neon collection that came out years ago.  I purchased it yeaaaars ago and the beauties just sit in my collection rarely touched.  I forget how much I love them.  Sure, the formula isn't 100% wonderful, but if you have some patience you can get complete coverage in two coats.



The dry brush nail is one of my favorites.  The purple, the blue, the silver, then the little abstract design....all perfect.  I wish I did all 10 of my nails with this design.  Maybe next time.

What do you think of this manicure?

Until next time, <3.

Dot Mani

The One With ILNP Paige and Some Dots

9:00:00 AM

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Good morning polished world, and welcome to Monday!  Another weekend has come and gone, Daylight Savings is upon us, and now I'm going to be all off for the next two weeks.  Don't get me wrong, I love this whole extra hour of sleeping and falling back, I just hate how I have to learn a new sleep schedule.  It's safe to say last night I failed at that sleep schedule.

Instead of sharing the Monthly Mani Favs like I used to for the first post of the month, I've decided to hold off on that until next year, since this year it's going to be completely impossible to do a Monthly Mani Fav round up for my Yearly Fav post.   See what happens when you take over two months off?  Blogger madness.  I'll bring back the Monthly Mani Fav in 2020 if I stay active with the blog.  I really hope I do.

Anyways, today I am posting the second manicure I did during my blogger hiatus.  It is a super simple dot manicure using the gorgeous ILNP Paige. I went through about a 3 week period where all I wore was Paige, so I had to switch it up a bit with some dots.  And to see if I still could do a dotticure.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • ILNP - Paige
  • ORLY - Liquid Vinyl
  • ORLY - White Tips
Isn't Paige gorgeous?  One of my all time favorite holographic polishes by ILNP.  Two coats and I had total coverage.  This holo is so strong outdoors and indoors.  I always forget about this beauty in my collection, then it makes a re-appearance and I cannot get enough.



Paige pairs so well with these black and white polka dots.  I debated on doing an abstract looking manicure, but I didn't want to take away from that holo, and really, can you blame me?

What do you think?  Like this manicure?  Fan of Paige?

Until next time, <3.