23 October 2014

Orly Sparkling Garbage

Worn back before this summer's Stateside odyssey, I'd hadn't heard about Orly Sparkling Garbage before I ran into it at the shop, but it was teal, and it was a glitter. Basically, sold. And then I saw that it was called Sparkling Garbage, and I swooned and flew into the sun. Twice in love already, and I hadn't even gotten it home yet!

I did dab a little Sparkling Garbage on these koi nails, but this was the first time I finally wore it on its own...so to speak. This is two coats, layered over Orly Pretty Ugly, its sister polish from the same Summer 2013 Mash Up Collection.

Orly Sparkling Garbage swatch

The combination of these two was...y'all I was tongue tied. I kept looking at my nails and shaking my head in disbelief at the sheer amount of awesome. I'm actually entertaining foofy words like "ethereal" and "effervescent". There is so much holographic sparkle in this glitter, and Pretty Ugly is just about the perfect base for it. The two may even have dovetailed into some kind of "greater than the sum of its parts" action where the scattered holo on top of the iridescent shimmer has turned into a 3-Dimensional Vortex of Wonder, and yes, I'm basically blithering in awe.

Orly Sparkling Garbage swatch

I'm also cursing the way it's so. freaking. hard. to capture things like "ethereal sparkle" on camera. The first time I put my hand into my light box and saw Sparkling Garbage all lit up, I literally shouted, "Are you kidding me?!"

It is a fairy princess ocean of sparkle, and I love it.

21 October 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Odd Inspirations

I'm baaaaack! Three and a half months away from home, and I can't even begin to describe how much I missed it. And after three and a half months with family, I can't even begin to describe how much I miss them now. Conflicted, yes! But wow, I'd forgotten how much I love the sight of my pretty, red Helmers and the intimidatingly large Big Box o' Untried Polishes. Before I could dive back into the swing of things, though--jet lag! Or as it was this week, Revenge of The Son of the Queen of All Jet Lag.

Fortunately, where internal clocks and daily schedules failed, I had Twinsie Tuesday to get me up and posting today, and I can't wait to see what everyone did for this theme: Odd Inspirations! I actually have a whole bunch of pics on my iPhone, shots of people's shirts and purses and scarves and whatever else I spot that I want to remember to try later on my nails. Today's manicure came from one of those; it was inspired by... actually, let me show you the mani first.

rose nail art

I've done tons of roses and other flower nails, but I thought this swirly method could be really cute. It looks so Laura Ashley at arm's length, and it's super easy to do (I've already added a tutorial for these to that always-growing To Do list). The idea came from...


...from a bath mat I saw at the department store downstairs. I loved the stylized, graphic design and thought it would be pretty much adorbs. So, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, acrylic paints, and blammo, swirly little flowers. Love 'em!

rose nail art


 For more "odd inspiration" manicures, please swing by some of the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs!




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

14 October 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: I've Been Meaning To...

Another fun theme for this week's Twinsie Tuesday posts! The assignment was finally to do something off that ever-growing list of manicures and techniques we keep meaning to try but hadn't gotten to yet, and for me, that's a saran wrap mani. A specific saran wrap manicure, that is--I've done plenty of them before and always, always love 'em, but I kept meaning to try a different method.

saran wrap manicure

I usually use an additive technique for my saran wrap manicures, dabbing bits of polish onto my nails with the wadded up film. This time, though, I used the reductive method. After laying down a base of Sally Hansen Grease Lightening (omigosh, it's such a great aubergine/eggplant shade, but I seriously can't with that name >_<), I worked a finger at a time, adding a coat of butter LONDON The Full Monty, pressing the mashed up cling wrap against the wet nail, and then removing it to pull away the bits of polish that were grabbed by the plastic.

I've loved the other method so much that I wasn't sure I'd take to this one as well, but I'm super happy with the results! I still plan to use the other when I want to work with three or more colours, but this is officially my new two-colour technique.

saran wrap manicure


I can hardly believe it, but when this post goes up, I'll be on my way home! I don't have the words for how much I've enjoyed this summer, and it breaks my heart to go, but I'm so ready to be home again too. So sad, so excited, so not looking forward to that flight, so eager to sleep in my own bed again... You name it; I'm feeling it. Thank you so much to my family, for a really amazing summer, and huge thanks to everyone who kept up with me while I've been on the road. I really am looking forward to catching up with everybody again!




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 October 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Polish Roulette

I always enjoy the TT "polish roulette" prompt; the idea is to grab two polishes at random and make 'em work together, which leads to all kinds of fun manicures among the group. Well, I didn't have much of a stash to choose among, but I shut my eyes, fished around, and came up with OPI Espresso Your Style! and SpaRitual Smoke 'N Mirrors.

brushstroke manicure

I decided to do a brushstroke manicure with these two polishes, adding some Sally Hansen Satin Glam Go Gold (which awesomely chose not to photograph well in this bright sunlight) to bridge the gap between the two shades. I'd thought at first I'd really lucked out, getting some complimentary neutrals in grey and brown, but they had the oddest effect on each other--with so much red in the brown OPI, it made the SpaRitual grey look almost blue...which in turn pulled out some blue in the OPI to tint that brown towards burgundy. I mean, it almost matches the aubergine on the SpaRitual label, but dig that red-brown bottle shade...

brushstroke manicure

Fortunately the camera-shy gold was, IRL, just what this cool-leaning pairing needed for some balance. The end result looked really fab at arm's length, too. In fact, I hadn't done it on purpose, but it almost matched my parents' marble coffee table perfectly! (Coffee table not pictured because I'm a dingus.)

I can hardly believe it, but after next week's post I should be on my way home! I'm going to miss my grandparents like crazy (and thank you again so much, Grandfather, for letting me borrow your laptop again tonight!), but it'll be good to be home after so long away--and good to catch up with y'all again too!

In the meantime, please swing by some of the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs for more Polish Roulette!




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

30 September 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Biggest Splurge

And I'm back again! I don't know if I've ever gone a whole week between posts before, but after months of being out of pocket I think it's going to be better for me to stick with Tuesdays until I'm home again. But fingers crossed, that should only be a couple more weeks!

This Tuesday, the theme is our biggest splurge, which was easy for me--I've only splurged on one polish this trip, Estee Lauder Chaos...

Estee Lauder Chaos swatch

Estee Lauder Chaos is a gunmetal grey with gold and blue-grey flakes and a sparkling, multi-coloured micro-shimmer. That shimmer is easier to see in the bottle and in lower lights; in sunlight it's pewter with those little highlights of blue and gold.

off-colour pic, but dat micro-shimmer!
I quite like the final effect of this Chaos, but I have to say I wasn't thrilled with the formula. It was very easy to control and flowed beautifully, but half my nails needed four coats to reach opacity (and in all honesty could have taken a fifth), which was troublesome, given its slow drying time. For the price, that's too many coats and too much time, but I really am smitten with that lovely shimmer.

I should be back to regular posting in just a couple of weeks, but in the meantime, please visit my fellow Twinsies to see more splurges--and please come back to see me next Twinsie Tuesday!




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

23 September 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Neutrals

Note to self: Next time you're on an extended road trip with a limited polish supply, check the upcoming TT themes before you go and use all your new neutrals already! Yep, our theme this week is "neutral," and while I toyed with painting my nails like the Swiss flag, I decided to stick with a more autumnal look...

dotted nail art

Smitten as I still am with Pure Ice Shore Bet, I pressed it into service again, this time as a base for some dotted "mosaic" nail art, in expanding circles of Sinful Colors Wisp (white) and OPI Espresso Your Style! (brown). These dots are a fun, simple design to do, even if all those teeny dots do take a little while. The effect at arm's length is awesome, and the colours are great for fall!

Speaking of fall colours, I'm betting some of my fellow Twinsies are gonna show off some of this fall's new neutrals today, and I'm already jealous! I'm hoping to make that road trip to Ulta again this week and see what's come in since I was up there in July. Fingers crossed!




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

20 September 2014

Khaki and Splatter Paint

My friend Liz recently put down some new floor that's beige with black-and-white speckles, so I told her I'd do my nails to match it. And then I did my nails to match it! True story!

NOPI My Jay or the Highway!

My base is the gorgeously greige NOPI My Jay or the Highway! (exclamation point included in the name at no extra charge). It is another one of those putty/taupe neutrals I absolutely love, even more grey than my usual faves, and while the Modern Family Collection isn't the most recent, it's a fantastic shade for fall.

Claire's Splatter Paint swatch

The matte, black and white glitter on top is Claire's Splatter Paint. It has multiple sizes of the black and white, along with some small, black bars. I'm not usually that high on bar glitter, but from just a little bit away these really blend in to add to the "splatter" effect. Coverage was good too; this is just one coat, plus a little extra dabbing, no trouble at all. If you've been wanting one of the indie black and whites, definitely check out Claire's Splatter paint. It looks like Liz's new floor!
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