18 September 2014

China Glaze Boundary of Memory

China Glaze Boundary of Memory took me on a little emotional journey. I saw it in the bottle and had to have it. Then I did the first coat and was kind of bleh. And then I finished it all up and was right back in love.

China Glaze Boundary of Memory swatch

Boundary of Memory, from the China Glaze The Giver Collection, is a full-coverage glitter. It consists of teeny, brassy gold, pale pewter, and gunmetal black micro-glitters in a jelly-like base, and I don't know how it does it, but it's at once dazzling and understated. I mean, understated for a glitter, of course. The gold really catches the light, even in plain, room lighting (and so much better than I was able to catch here, but I was glad to have a nice, sunny day for pics).

China Glaze Boundary of Memory swatch

The formula was just a little fussy, thick enough that it needed a little extra patience, but it was well worth that bit of fuss. It was opaque enough at two coats, but I had a feeling three would look even better, which is what I'm wearing here. And bonus for a micro-glitter, the jelly base dried smooth enough that one coat of top coat was all it needed.

Wishing the rich, gold highlights really came across here--Saints and Steelers fans, y'all need this one!

16 September 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Accent Nail

My TT post last week had a last-minute accent nail addition, but this week it's the whole group's theme. No surprise, I went flowers!

accent nail art

My main polish for these nails was China Glaze Seeing Red, from the recent The Giver collection. I didn't actually think it was that different-looking in the bottle, but on the nail it dried to a very warm, autumnal red with lots of orangey-brown, and I love it!

My ring fingers and left thumb got OPI You're So Vain-illa, and over some brown acrylic paint branches, I dotted Seeing Red flowers with little Sinful Colors Wisp (white) centers.

accent nail art

I really enjoyed these, and they've got to be the teeniest little dots I've ever managed (at least on purpose... ;p). I will admit, though, that it's getting hard, keeping up posting while I'm still out of town. Chipped nails, iPhone pics, grabbing daylight, wah wah wah, and I don't mean to complain and moan--I just know I'm not posting my best pictures right now, and it's kinda frustrating.

Bleh, that's enough of that already. Please check out some of the other TT blogs for more accent 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
Traci at Drink Citra

14 September 2014

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday is fantastic. In the bottle it didn't really do much for me, but I'm so glad I picked it up anyway. It's like candied apples made from mixed berries and wine. It's a beautiful colour and a subtle shimmer, and yeah, I'm fawning. My heart hearts it.

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday swatch

This is three coats of OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday. The formula, not surprisingly for OPI, was smooth. Easy to spread and to control. It has a shimmer that really comes out in the sunlight, and in dimmer light, it contributes to a beautiful "candy apple" sheen.

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday swatch

Usually after about a day and a half of wearing a certain polish I start feeling like it's time for a change. I've been wearing OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday for about four days now and haven't felt that way at all. If you're on the fence at all about this one, I say go for it!

12 September 2014

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss is a gorgeously dusty cornflower/periwinkle blue crelly that I picked up on a whim, then fell totally in love with...

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss swatch

The first coat seemed a little thin, but then, I wasn't aware at first that it was a crelly (and it's on the jelly side of crelly at that). It was very easy to control, though, and built up nicely, leveling well with no pulling or streaks.

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss swatch

While I did three coats of Kissy Kiss for the camera, two was probably well sufficient for daily wear. This shade of blue might lobster me a bit...or a lot...but I flat out do not care. It's beautiful, and I heart it to little bits.

11 September 2014

Pure Ice Shore Bet

Pure Ice Shore Bet is a soft, sandy (yeeks, I see what I did there) neutral with flattering, grey undertones. It's taupe, ecru, beige, mushroom, whatever; it's awesome.

Pure Ice Shore Bet swatch

It had a great formula too! Smooth and easy in two coats, with no streaking or patchiness.

Pure Ice Shore Bet swatch

This is exactly the kind of neutral I love the mostest and keep finding myself hoarding backups of backups... Definitely getting a backup or two of Pure Ice Shore Bet!

09 September 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Ovarian Cancer Awareness

September is Ovarian Cancer and Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness month, and the Twinsies are sporting teal nails today in honour of these causes. My automatic impulse was to do some teal flowers for the occasion, but I managed to steer myself in a slightly different direction...

teal vines nail art

Already wearing Sinful Colors Rendezvous from the day before, I got out my acrylic paints and painted some tiny, leafy vines in white and darker teal. Or possibly seaweed.  Couldn't swear they aren't beanstalks. Whatever they actually are, they looked really, really cute at arm's length.

teal vines nail art

Unfortunately I managed to ding the ring finger beyond repair, so it got an impromptu Saran Wrap makeover. Over a base of Sinful Colors Wisp (which had a MUCH better formula than Rendezvous!) I did a quick coat of Jesse's Girl Sea Glass, then mashed it with some wadded up Saran Wrap to remove most of the teal before it could dry. It's such a simple technique, and the results are always so cool. Not sure how good at match it is for the sea-vines, but every now and then, needs must.

Along with regular check-ups and early detection, information is one of our very strongest allies against ovarian cancer and PCOS. To learn more about symptoms and treatment, please visit ovarian.org or pcosaa.org, and for more teal nails, stop in and visit some of the other Tuesday Twinsies!




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
Traci at Drink Citra

07 September 2014

Blue Flowers on Vain-illa

I was so eager to get my hands on OPI You're So Vain-illa for a couple of reasons. One, Diet Coke with Vanilla was one of the great loves of my life (years later, I'm still heartbroken that it's not on the market anymore). Two, I just knew it was going to be a great base for nail art!

blue flower nail art

Unfortunately my swatch pictures of Vain-illa were a total mess, and I can't even tell you how much I'm missing my tools and lightbox and everything at home. But while I've been "winging it" on the road for so long, I've been so lucky to spend all this extra time with my grandparents, and that part has been FANTASTIC.

blue flower nail art

So yeah, I put some flowers on my fingernails! I was wearing a royal blue top this day, and they looked all kinds of cute together. And hey, my new acrylic paints and brushes seem to be working out well, so big-time yay for that! Still no idea when I'm going to get home, but I'm having a great time where I am.
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