Jessica Cosmetics

The One That I Meant to Post on Thanksgiving but Forgot

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Good morning Polished World!  How are you all doing today?  I cannot believe that I didn't post today's manicure on Thanksgiving like originally planned.  Reason being - I got caught up in the holiday prep and the holiday itself that I didn't have time to edit the photos.  And you'd think that since I took time off of work I would have time, but nope.  I actually have used most of that free time to catch up on some much needed sleep!

Anyways, today's manicure is a fall-themed pumpkin manicure perfect for Thanksgiving.  The manicure itself didn't last until Turkey day because due to the food prep, I chipped half the nails off.  Figures, right?  At least I just spent the day with my immediate family who don't look forward to seeing my nails.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Jessica Cosmetics - Mysterious Echoes
  • OPI - My Vampire Is Buff
  • NYC New York Color - Fashion Queen
Holy crap is Mysterious Echoes a gorgeous polish.  I used three coats because I really wanted the dark, fall, vampy look.  Depending on the lighting this polish can go from a deep plum with purple tones to dark red tones.  It truly is gorgeous.  Reminds me to use some of my vampy, darker colors more often.  You can use two coats but again, I wanted three.


Fashion Queen is the perfect coppery glitter which really accented this manicure well.  It was perfect for my little pumpkin.  It layered nicely with two coats on the middle finger, and then just one coat for the pumpkin.  The best part, it removed like a dream.  Love when you don't have to fight with a glitter polish!  I was surprised too because it had larger and smaller flecks in it.  Usually those are a pain to remove.

What do you think? Fan of this manicure?

Hope Everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Until next time, <3.


Flowers

The One With the Daisy Re-Creation

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Good Morning Polished World!  Welcome to yet another week.  Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?  Where did this year go?  Oh, that's right...COVID ate it all and spit it out leaving us here to wonder what the heck just happened.  Hopefully this second wind that is coming right now will come and go quickly and we can have a nice little Christmas season.  I'm not going to lie, I started decorating today for Christmas.  Earliest I've ever done, but hey, I wanted a little Christmas cheer in my office.

Today's post though has nothing to do with Thanksgiving or Christmas.  It's actually got quite the summer vibe to it.  It was in the 70s last week which is very odd for November.  I was able to get a lot of outdoor work done, and since I felt like it was a little second wave of summer, I thought my nails should match.  So I recreated a daisy dotticure that I did yearrrrs ago.

Let's take a look.


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky O
  • Sally Hansen - Wet My Thistle
  • Acrylics
Yes, I cheated and used acrylics for my daisies.  It got late after doing the base coat and the dots that I just didn't feel like waiting for polish to dry.  I can't be the only one who is obsessed with using acrylics for easy and fast nail art.  How could you hate using them when they dry so fast, you can manipulate the design more, and if you mess up you can wipe it off and start over.  The only issue is that the tips will chip a tad easier than normal paint if you have a design that overlaps the end of the nail, but whatever.  I change my nais every 3 to 4 days.


Anyways, Blacky-O was the perfect glossy black polish for the base of this manicure.  After the two coats dried, I went through with Wet My Thistle and created the polka dots. I was a tad nervous at first that the polish wouldn't show up on the black because it was a pastel, but it worked wonderfully for the dots.  No need to go over them again or anything...just one dab and done.  After they were dried  added my flowers and some top coat and admired my work.

What do you think?  Fan of the daisies?  Did you have the same heat wave where you were?

Until next time, <3.


Galaxy Mani

The One With the Galaxy Nail Art

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Good Morning, Polished World!!  How are you all doing today?  Can we believe it's already November 11?  Yup, 11/11 - which is supposedly a day of good luck.  That means it's only fitting to share a galaxy manicure....right?  I don't know it makes sense in my mind.

I have to admit, my mind is kind of mush because right before writing this post, I finished editing 12 posts worth of photos.  I'm pretty sure my eyes were crossing when it came to the last design.  I posted on my Instagram story some of my sarcastic post titles coming over the next few weeks.  Sure, in my tired mind they're sarcastic and witty, but in reality they're probably dumb.  Today's post title, clearly, is not one of them.  I couldn't think of witty post title for galaxy nail art.

Back to the whole eyes crossing thing...can I tell you how long it took me to edit these photos?  I was staring at three identical photos trying to figure out which galaxy looks the least blurry.  In reality, it's a galaxy, it's supposed to look blurry!

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • Sally Hansen - Blacky-O
  • Oh man I painted these in February and have no idea what other colors I used...they were holographic!
Seriously, I cannot for the life of me remember what yellow, blue, or pink polish I used to create the galaxy.  This is one of my favorite designs to create though.  There really is no messing it up.  You start off with a black base coat.  When it's dry, I went through with a white polish on a make up sponge and just dabbed it in random areas to create a "galaxy" base.  Then through the center I dabbed the yellow polish, followed by the pink and blue.  Threw a quick coat of INM Northern Lights on to blend it together a little more.


Once the INM Northern Lights was dried, I went through and added the little stars.  Another coat of top coat and I called it a night.  Haha, night...galaxy.  I need to go to bed.

What do you think?  Fan of this manicure?

Hope you all have a lucky day. 

Until next time, <3.




Dry Brush Mani

The One With the Blue Gradient Dry Brush Manicure

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Hello Polished World, and welcome to a post that was in my drafts prior to COVID!  The date on this was January 28th, 2020.  I seriously feel like that was AGES ago.  After going through my drafts I realized I have about 10 or so posts I need to share.  They're a mixture of pre-COVID posts and then random nail art I did during the COVID crisis when I wanted to get my mind off of work.  COVID be damned, I'm not giving up on my nail art again. Truly it's been something that I've missed and I know it sounds weird, but I feel more like myself when my nails are all fancy.

Today's manicure is a gradient dry brush manicure which I am beyond obsessed with.  I've done gradient designs before where I then add a black and white splatter over the top and loved the end result.  I clearly remember when I did this manicure I debated on doing the splatter, but I wanted something different.  Thus, the idea of the dry brush came to my mind.

Let's take a look!


Colors Used:
  • OPI - Gelato On My Mind
  • OPI - Can't Find My Czechbook
  • OPI - My Pal Joey
  • OPI - Alpine Snow
  • OPI - Black Onyx
Can we take a minute to appreciate how lovely that blue gradient is.  I started off with a base coat of OPI Gelato On My Mind, which is the light baby blue.  Perfect two coat polish.  Once that was dried, I took a make up sponge and applied the three blues and dabbed it on each of my nails.  As many of us nail artists known, the gradient is the most tedious part of any manicure.  Multiple dabs to get the color just right, a top coat to ensure that the colors blend properly, and then of course, the cuticle clean up.


After the gradient was just how I wanted it, I started with the dry brush.  I first added the swipes of Alpine Snow, then went through with Black Onxy.  Added another layer of top coat and called it a day.  Overall the whole thing took probably an hour and a half since I'm crazy and have to have all 10 of my nails matching.

What do you think?  Like the gradient and dry brush look?

Until next time, <3.