22 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by Nature

For this week's "Inspired by Nature" Twinsie theme, I finally tackled a tutorial that's been on my to-do list since...well, since December 2, 2012, because that's exactly when I commented that it was going straight to said list. It took me a while to work up the guts, but this is my attempt at Treesponge's aurora borealis nail art design.

aurora borealis nail art

Not quite up the original but sooo much better than I thought they'd be! I'll take it! And while I didn't do a full mani this time, it surprisingly is something I could actually manage with both hands too. For my polishes I ended up staying relatively close to the original script. My base is Color Club Baldwin Blues, with some CrowsToes Merope and Color Club Wild At Heart sponged across the tips (and by the way, in contrast to the terrible time I had with Baldwin Blues last time out, after some thinner and some time for it to sit and think about what it did, this beautiful blue behaved so much better this time around!).

Other culprits include some sponged Revlon Colorstay Blue Slate, Sally Hansen CSM Please Sea Me, and Revlon Colorstay Coastal Surf. There's a generous bit of Jessica Silver Holographic Top Coat for extra stars, plus Sinful Colors Snow Me White for extra-extra dotted stars on that. Water marble swirl is China Glaze For Audrey (and some clear OPI Top Coat), and the light show is China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard with highlights of Illamasqua Rare. The squiggly trees (and attempted inlet/lake on my index finger) are China Glaze Liquid Leather.

aurora borealis nail art

Thanks so much to Treesponge for a well-written and really fun tutorial--I hope my fellow Twinsies had as good a time with their nature-inspired manicures this week!

PS: Husband saw these half-finished, so I told him I was doing aurora borealis. He said, "Wasn't he that guy on Buffy?"



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

21 July 2014

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown

From the 2013 Miss Universe Collection, this is OPI This Gown Needs a Crown...

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown swatch

A couple of weeks ago, because someone referred to this polish as the greatest silver ever and because I'm exactly that hard to manipulate, I shouted, "I'll be the judge of that!" and marched out to buy a bottle. (It's all part of that same "You're not the boss of me!" instinct that makes me physically itch to barge through any door marked No Entry. Sadly, Husband has yet to master the art of using this trait to his advantage without giving the game away, thus planting me on the "You can't make me!" side of whatever he's trying to accomplish. Crap, where was I? Right, the nail polish!)

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown is a beautiful silver foil that dries to suede, matte finish. Or if you prefer, satin (since that's what it says on the bottle cap). And by foil, I'm not only referring to its classification--I also mean that it literally looks like you've covered your nails with delicate, silver foil paper.

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The surface doesn't reflect like a mirror-chrome; instead, the fine particles give off a glow that's soft and diffused. Just two coats of this great formula will be perfect for most, for daily wear. I hit mine with three for the camera and then basically sat back and breathed in the awesome.

OPI This Gown Needs a Crown swatch

OPI This Gown Needs a Grown's finish is so gorgeously suede that I didn't even think about top coating until I was finishing off some comparison pics (oops, spoiler alert! comparison post on the way...) and then OHSWEETMERFICUL, I 'bout fell out of my seat. On a scale of 1-10, the sparkle was insane. I will absolutely be wearing this polish again in the ludicrously near future.

Is it the greatest silver of all time? I'm not quite prepared to commit to as bold a statement as that, but as pathologically contrary as I am, I'm perfectly content to let that claim stand unchallenged. This is a damn fine silver polish.

19 July 2014

Lilac and Roses

Hey, do you know what it just this second occurred to me I could have done for nail art with Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean? Lilacs. Or possibly some sort of jelly beans. But I didn't do those; I did swishy, white roses. Like so!

white flower nail art

Starting with Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean, I did a quick and easy saran wrap application of it, Zoya Normani, Essie Bangle Jangle, and Essie Smokin' Hot. The roses and leaves are simple swirls of acrylic paint, and I topped it all off with Wet n Wild Wild Shine Matte (and I'm still giggling about the name "Wild Shine" matte because I'm just that hard to amuse).

rose nail art

Like the purple flowers I posted a few weeks ago, these nails go out to my grandmother, whose birthday it is today. Happy Birthday, Gam! Who Loves Ya', Baby?! (^_^)

18 July 2014

SpaRitual Delight

When it comes to minty, teal polishes, too many is nowhere near enough. Even if it looks like one I already have...just how similar is it? What, you mean it's not different at all? Awesome, I found a dupe! So yeah, I can talk myself into just about any of these shades that happens to cross my path. SpaRitual Delight, though, took little to no justification at all; my eyeballs just locked onto it and informed the brain directly, "You need this. Like, now."

SpaRitual Delight swatch

The first coat of SpaRitual Delight pulled and streaked and had me pretty worried. But the second went on creamysmooth, and steadier/thicker polishers than I am will be good to go right there. I hit mine with a third and fell hard in love. Head over heels. I mean, I'm always on about this or that soft, mint teal, but SpaRitual Delight is full-on, flipping gorgeous. Italic, boldface, underscore, capslock gorgeous.

SpaRitual Delight swatch

Rave, rave, love, what else can I say? SpaRitual Delight is made of luminous, antique jade and presents from Tiffany and peppermint toothpaste and the soft sighs of a beautiful baby unicorn.

17 July 2014

Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean

Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean is the last of the five-piece spring 2013 Sweet Treats collection that I was so psyched to find discounted at Bonjour. I've been trying them in totally random order, but I think I really did end up saving the best for last...

Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean swatch

I love the pinch of dust in this macaron-pretty lilac shade! Of all the Sweet Treats, this is the dessert-iest of the bunch--and happily, the formula was easy to work with too. It applied smoothly, with great pigmentation; for people with steadier hands and/or fewer compulsions, this is an easy two-coater polish.


If lavenders like OPI Planks a Lot or Essie Bangle Jangle feature anywhere among your likes or wants, I definitely recommend keeping an eye out for Barielle Lilac Jelly Bean!

15 July 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: One-Stroke Flowers

This week's TT theme is one-stroke flowers, which I've been both dreading and really looking forward to. Looking forward for the challenge of the thing and dreading because of my expectations. But I am shocked, I tell you--shocked!--to report that things actually turned out okay!

one-stroke flower nail art

The base for these is Zoya Taylor, which I super, super LOVE. I've been hoping for a long time to find a nude beige that would give me the same tingly feelings I get from Deborah Lippmann Human Nature. Taylor doesn't have that same mushroom/taupe edge as HN, but it's just that little bit darker than my crazypale skin and doesn't lean too warm or too cold. It may not recapture that exact same DL spark, but I would totally take Taylor out to dinner and invite her in for drinks. I plan to cover her with nail art and glitter, pretty much every chance I get.

one-stroke flower nail art

Other than a half-hearted attempt about a year ago that wasn't even allowed to dry on the first nail, this was my first go at one-stroke flowers, and I gotta say it went much better than I expected. Especially after that didn't-really-count first time because wow, that was just...wow. Let us never speak of it. But something about it just kinda clicked today, for which I have to thank LOVE4NAILS and her tutorials. I definitely need a little more practice, especially with turning the corner to round off that last petal instead of just running into the end of the nail, but that sense of foreboding I had about one-stroke flowers is all calmed down. I'm even looking forward to doing them again soon!

Hope my fellow Twinsies had this much fun with their one-stroke flower nails!




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision

13 July 2014

Neon Zebra Nail Art

As soon as I spied Amber's awesome rainbow zebra design, these nails went straight to the top of my to-do list, where they've been making faces and tapping their toes at me ever since. Amber clearly possesses gallons more patience and a steadier hand than mine, though, to be able to stripe up her rainbows so nice and neatly. Me, I just went nuts with a sponge and a few of my favourite neons.

neon zebra stripe nail art

I started these with two coats of OPI Put a Coat On base, then sponged on some neons in Milani Awesome Orange, Milani Pink Rocks!, Milani Totally 80's, Milani Fresh Teal, China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard, and Sation Shock Me Twice Pink. The stripes are my trusty Orly Crisp White striper, to which, as long as I've been using it, I only just this time had to finally add a few drops of thinner. (Seriously, if you're trying to pick a good striper polish, consider this a plug for the Orly.)

neon zebra nail art

How much do I love these?! Lots. I love them lots. And I'm having a 90s flashback, with visions of Lisa Frank notebooks dancing in my head...Ooh, and I'm currently waiting, all kinds of fangirl crazy, for the new Sailor Moon series to start, so yeah, it's back to the 90s all up in here today! I should celebrate by putting on some Pearl Jam and hitting that new Starbucks downstairs. Possibly spend some time gettin' jiggy with it before I bounce.


Omigosh, I just realized that while I'm doing nails early before I leave town...by the time this post goes up, Sailor Moon Crystal should have finally begun! *fangirl swoon of rapture and glee*
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