28 February 2013

Vintage Rose Nail Art Tutorial

I posted these vintage rose nails earlier this month, mentioning that they were a sudden whim (read: irresistible urge), even though I was in the middle of Christmas nail art and tutorials when I did them. And maybe it was because I was in "tutorial mode" at the time, but I actually remembered that waaaay back when I posted my first version of these last May, the fabulous Tara had asked me to do a tutorial for them. So, I took some pictures as I went this time, and better late than never, right? Now that spring is almost here again I thought it was finally time to write up and post this tutorial for how to do vintage rose nail art.

vintage rose nail art tutorial

Click "read more" to see!

26 February 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Ruffian Manicure

Happy Tuesday morning--and a very Happy Birthday to my awesome mom-in-law, Barbara! Today's TT theme is ruffian manicures. I've tried doing these before, but the results were...yikes. They just gave me a humongous sad. But I girded my loins and gave it one more shot, and this time it didn't suck! WooHoo!

ruffian manicure with Zoya Ziv

I'd love to have a more uniform shape to those lines, but hey, I'd love a pony too. This is easily the best result I've managed with a ruffian, so I'm not going to complain. The gold is Zoya Ziv, which has become one of my favourites, and the teal creme is Skinfood BL514. By the way, Skinfood or Skin Food? I've seen it both ways. Their websites use Skinfood more often, though, so that's what I'm going with for now. Anyway, I think using this polish made all the difference because in addition to having a reasonably wide brush, it's easy to control, and it's also pretty much a one-coater. That meant I didn't have to futz around with trying to go back and build my top colour without messing up the ruffian line.

This combination gave me an idea for something extra, but since I knew I'd run screaming into the night if I messed things up by overcooking my first successful ruffian attempt, I went ahead and top coated, took my pics, and made sure I had at least one decent one to use. Then I did a saran wrap manicure on top of the ruffian with more Zoya Ziv. I think it looks a little like turquoise jewelry!

saran wrap ruffian manicure with Zoya Ziv

So, what do you guys think of the ruffian look? It's a tricky one to pull off--at least for me--and I think the right colour combination can make a big difference. I can't wait to see what my fellow Twinsies picked for theirs!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Beaulieu Review
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

23 February 2013

Purple Week: Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy

If you haven't been following, the fabulous Amanda challenged me to give purple a chance by devoting an entire week to it. In return, she's been spending this week in teal. This is the last day of our challenge, so I decided to finish on a high note with a great polish for the weekend, Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy!

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy swatch

Like Candy Shop and Forget You, Let's Go Crazy incorporates Lippmann's oft-copied Happy Birthday rainbow glitter mixture, this time in a deep, eggplant-purple, jelly base. The glitter coverage didn't seem as dense here as with Forget You, but that's not a complaint by any means. There's still a generous amount of colourful glitter, and it's equally well suspended. I'm wearing two coats here over Revlon Colorstay Bold Sangria (a red-leaning purple) in order to a) save on this awesome polish, and b) provide extra coverage at the tips, where these jelly mixes sometimes appear a bit thin, but I've also seen it built up very nicely without any undies at all.

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy swatch

I do love a nice, vampy shade of just about anything, and when you mix in rainbow glitter and name it after an awesome song by the fabsexulous Prince, you've pretty much got me sold. Well played, Ms. Lippmann. Well played indeed.

I'm downright giddy at the thought of wearing any old colour I want to again, but I have to concede that I'm much less averse to purple than I was at the start of this challenge. There are definitely shades I like more than others, such as the dusty plum of Below Deck, but I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved the bright, grape Dress Up 27 Suede, thanks to its amazing finish. Well played to you too, Amanda!

Purple Week: Color Club Wild At Heart

Today's purple polish is Color Club Wild At Heart, a grape, scattered holo that went nuts in the sunlight, appearing almost linear...

Color Club Wild At Heart swatch

My poor camera nearly lost its mind trying to capture this one. Between the glaring sunlight and the flashing, holographic sparkle--not to mention the deep, purple colour--I could practically hear it groaning, "Woman, are you serious?!" So I have to give my Nikon Coolpix S9300 some major props for rising to the occasion.

Wild At Heart's formula was awesome; for shorter nails than mine, it's a great one-coater!  It doesn't have the same holographic shine indoors as the Halo Hues line, but then, few holos do. When I came inside, the particles became a pretty, lavender shimmer that still showed glints and gleams of rainbow flare.

Color Club Wild At Heart swatch

I jumped the queue yesterday with a dusty, grey plum so that I wouldn't be showing two bright purples back to back. With that break in between, I'm liking this one a lot better now. I'm still not crazy about Kool-Aid grape purple, but that's so not this polish's fault--if you like purples and holos, you'll love Color Club Wild At Heart.

Tomorrow is the last day of Purple Week, which means Amanda is nearing the end of her week of teal! I'm already wondering what colour we're each going to pick when the field's wide open again. ^_^

22 February 2013

Purple Week: China Glaze Below Deck

Today's post for Purple Week is a little later than I'd planned because today's polish is jumping the queue to preempt. I'd planned to finish the week with this personal favourite, but after previewing the purple I put on to post today I posited that it might possibly be time for a palate cleanser, in a paler shade of plum. Plenty of "p" sounds for one paragraph? Probably.

Please allow me to present a purple polish with no "p" sounds whatsoever, China Glaze Below Deck.

China Glaze Below Deck swatch

Aaaaaaah. After several days of bright purples (pretty as they've been!), this is such a pleasantly soothing colour! I've shown it previously, among my Fifteen Polishes for Fall, but when I realized I hadn't posted it on its own before I knew it had to make an appearance in Purple Week. (Am I still using a lot of p's, or can I just not stop hearing them now?)

From the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection, spring 2011, Below Deck was among the "it" shades of lavender-grey that were so incredibly popular at the time, and it's one I continue to adore. This muted, grey plum, which does dry a bit darker than the bottle, is so beautifully creamy and smooth. Great formula, nicely self-leveling, easy to control, and opaque in two coats.

China Glaze Below Deck swatch

I will reluctantly agree with Amanda that brighter purples probably suit my skin tone a little better, but this is just such a gorgeously appealing shade. It's also one that, as I mentioned in my Fall Polishes post, looks great any time of year. Not too light or too dark, not too pale or too bright, Below Deck is a definite classic.

Purple Week continues tomorrow with today's originally scheduled polish...Spoiler alert: it's purple! Since today's post was later than planned I've already seen what Amanda is wearing for her side of the challenge, and it's a beauty. ^_^

20 February 2013

Purple Week: Dress Up 27 Suede

Happy Hump Day! It's Wednesday, which puts me halfway through Purple Week, my week-long colour challenge with Amanda! Today's polish is from Dress Up, a brand I'd never heard of before my last trip to the Konad shop in Mong Kok. They had a swatch wheel full of these suede polishes, though, and I actually surprised myself by picking the purple one.

This is Dress Up 27 Suede. Or Dress Up Suede 27. Whichever, the finish is awesome!

Dress Up Suede 27 swatch

This matte, "suede" finish is velvet-smooth to the touch, and the formula was just great! Good consistency, easy to control, and essentially opaque in just one coat (I'm wearing two here). What I thought was more of a dusty shade of purple turned out to be closer to grape in brighter light, but I'm surprisingly a lot more okay with that today than I probably would have been last week. I'm still not bright purple's biggest fan, but I think I'm being seduced by this amazing finish. This is a boldly purple polish...and I like it!

Dress Up 27 Suede swatch

Of course, I had to try it with a glossy top coat too, so here it is under Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine. All that shimmer? Le WOW. I give myself about a week, tops, before I hit that Konad store again and just go nuts on the rest of these.

Dress Up Suede 27 swatch

Hopefully Amanda is having this much fun with her side of this week's challenge! I don't remember if Dress Up had a teal suede or not, but if they do, it will be mine.

19 February 2013

Purple Week: Twinsie Tuesday Polka Dots

As part of my week-long challenge with Amanda, we each have to use our respective colour for Twinsie Tuesday too, and this week's TT assignment is polka dots or stripes. I picked polka dots! With flowers. Because if I can find a way to add some flowers, that's pretty much what I'm gonna do.

polka dots with floral nail art

Today's purple is Skinfood VL005, a blueberry-tinted violet that hints at pastel without quite reaching it. The formula was very smooth, easy to apply and practically opaque at just one coat (which I think I've said about every Skinfood I've tried so far). This is two coats of polish with dots and flowers of acrylic paint that I mixed to match.

polka dot manicure with flowers

One thing I didn't count on when I agreed to a week of purple polish is that it means a whole week of photographing said polish. Purple is hard! The white balance on my camera is so not happy with me right now, and I can't even tell if my skin is the right colour anymore. This particular purple also lobstered my fingertips a little bit, so my skin tone may look a little off here. Or possibly it's fine, and my eyeballs are just swimming in purple already...and it's only Tuesday! Hope Amanda's enjoying her smurf fingers... ^_^

For more dots and stripes, please check out some of the other TT blogs! I'd also like to congratulate Brandi on her new domain--The Collegiate Nail is now The Beaulieu Review!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Beaulieu Review
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

Purple Week: Lush Lacquer Perky Plum

For my second day of Purple Week, I went indie glitter with Lush Lacquer Perky Plum! This is a fun, festive glitter that contains...wow, a lot of stuff. I see hexes of tiny purple and medium teal, gold squares and small bars, tiny teal mini-bars, and an infusion of a micro, iridescent silver. The base is a plum-tinted jelly that could possibly build to opacity, but I'm wearing just one coat of it here over OPI Do You Lilac It?.

Lush Lacquer Perky Plum over OPI Do You Lilac It?

Application was just great! I applied it with the brush a little flatter to the nail than usual, instead of using just the tip, and coverage was smooth and even. No dabbing at all! Unfortunately Perky Plum doesn't seem to be available on either Llarowe (where I purchased it) or Lush Lacquer's Etsy store, but if it does make a comeback, I definitely recommend it...which is saying something, given it combines both purple and bar glitter, neither of which I love, but both of which work together beautifully here.

As for the OPI Do You Lilac It?, it's a bit more plainly purple than I prefer, but the formula was typical OPI awesomeness. If you do like true purples, this would be a fantastic shade, especially with spring coming. In the future I'll probably try Perky Plum over something like China Glaze Elephant Walk. This being Purple Week, though, I actually got out a paper plate and tried this glitter over all my purple polishes, and Do You Lilac It? easily got the nod for how well it complimented Perky Plum.

Lush Lacquer Perky Plum over OPI Do You Lilac It?

Can't wait to see what Amanda did for her side of the challenge! I am told there will be glitter...^_^

17 February 2013

Purple Week: Color Club Alias

Welcome to Purple Week! For the next 7 days I'm going to be posting in purple. I've mentioned before--on more than one occasion, really--that purple is not my favourite colour ( <-- tact ). There are shades of it that I like, but overall it's not really my thing. However, the fabulous Amanda of Amandalandish is most definitely a purple fan. She also thinks it's a colour that suits my skin tone, and she recently challenged me to spend an entire week wearing and posting purple polishes. I wasn't sure I even had that many purples, but there was really only one thing I could say...

Challenge Accepted

I decided to start this week off with a purple that was actually on my wish list, Color Club Alias, which Anna was sweet enough to send me in a recent swap.

Color Club Alias swatch

Alias, from the Color Club 2011 Alter Ego Collection, is a bold, rich, foil-laden polish with lots of shimmer. It's also a duochrome, which you can see better if you enlarge the pic. The effect is more subdued in the light, but if you check out the bottle you can see what it's capable of.

I was a little disappointed that the duo wasn't stronger, but it's a sacrifice I'm happy to make for the deep, near-vampy, blackened tones that came out instead. The bright, "royal" purple shade is almost a highlight; overall it's more of a dark eggplant on me, and that's just what I was hoping to see.

The formula was a bit thin--I'm wearing 4 coats here for picture-confident opacity--so I'll probably wear it layered over black next time. And there will be a next time! I wear a lot of black, sometimes nothing but, and this should be a great compliment.

Color Club Alias swatch

This isn't a one-sided challenge, by the way! In return for my spending a week in purple, Amanda has agreed to go all turquoise and teals for the duration, since those seem to be my favourite colours to wear. I also upped the ante by challenging her to include at least one glitter and one day of nail art...though she totally foxed me on that one by choosing a week where Twinsie Tuesday already has us doing a nail art theme...but the anti-authoritarian in me is so delighted by her loophole-finding that all I can really do is tip my cap. Well played, Amanda. Well played. Can't wait to see what polishes you picked!

Jessica Fudge with Blue Flowers

My new crush on Jessica polishes continues to grow! I recently bought Jessica Fudge, a pretty brown shade with a hint of golden shimmer to it. It really does look like warm fudge! Only, y'know, with gold in it, which gave me the idea to add a bit of scrolling and some flowers on top.

flower nail art over Jessica Fudge

The design for these is loosely based on this tutorial by Robin Moses, whose fun, fast tutorials I really do credit for the inspiration and encouragement to give acrylic paints a try.

In hindsight I'm not sure if blue was the right compliment for Fudge's warm tone, but I do like the contrast between it and the gold...

floral nail art over Jessica Fudge


I really have been enjoying learning how to use acrylic paint in nail art. I've always wanted to be able to draw and paint but never seemed to have much of a knack for it. It's fun, though, working on a smaller canvas like my nails, with simple goals--"a few flowers and a couple of swirls" is a lot less intimidating than trying to tackle a portrait or an entire nature scene! An idea that doesn't quite pan out is easily enough removed, and even when I'm not sure if I "nailed" an idea or not, each little success is its own reward, encouraging me to keep at it.

Also, one awesome tip of Robin's that I've wholeheartedly embraced is that when you're doing something like vines or scrolling to go underneath your flowers, you don't have to worry about getting all your curving lines perfect because you can always just put a flower on top of any spot that doesn't come out quite the way you wanted it to. ^_^

15 February 2013

China Glaze Angel Wings

I hope everyone had--or is still having--a fantastic Valentine's Day! I have to confess to being really surprised at the lack of V-Day nail art that happened on my hands. The day itself isn't a huge deal to me, but I'm such a sucker for cute hearts and things all year 'round that I'm surprised I didn't at least get into the spirit when it came to my nails. But I'm pretty much always up for something sparkly, so I decided it was a good time to enjoy wearing China Glaze Angel Wings, from the Winter 2012 Holiday Joy Collection.

China Glaze Angel Wings swatch

Angel Wings is a very finely milled, golden glitter. Like Winter Holly, it applies matte and dries to a soft, sandy finish that can either be worn as-is or smoothed with a generous helping of top coat.

China Glaze Angel Wings swatch

For some reason, Angel Wings lobstered my fingertips a bit, which usually only happens with pale blues or mint, but as is often the case, the polish is just so pretty that I really wasn't fussed. Also like Winter Holly, there are holographic particles among the glitter that add a subtle but eye-catching bit of extra dazzle to Angel Wings, an effect that can be seen whether you wear it matte or glossy. Here's a slightly blurred, close up shot for a better look at that sparkle.

China Glaze Angel Wings blurred macro

Before I top coated my nails I enjoyed the matte texture for a little while and was impressed that while it's not a finish I'd want to run over a nice pair of stockings, the "rough" version was still pleasantly smooth and sandy to the touch. If the upcoming Texture Collection feels anything like these holiday glitters, I expect to have several of them on my list!

China Glaze Angel Wings matte texture

The formula was great again with this glitter as well. Easy to control with nice, even coverage. I'm wearing 3 coats here, and even my stubborn, photo-bombing nail line was nowhere to be seen.

12 February 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Marching Orders

This week's TT theme was a fun one! Each of us has received an assignment from a fellow member, who could challenge us to anything. My marching orders came from the fabulous Nory of Fierce Makeup and Nails, who challenged me to create a mani inspired by a piece of art. Within minutes I had zoomed over to art.com, where I spent the next hour or so searching until I found something I totally fell in love with.

Breathing Spaces by Sally Bennett Baxley

The colours, the composition, the soft yet vibrant mood...I want this hanging in my apartment so that I can look at it every single day. And I knew I wouldn't be able to do it justice, but I wanted to push myself and give it my best shot. All told, I probably spent 4 hours working on my manicure. Colour blocking bases, lightly sponging them with Orly Au Champagne to soften and blend them; doing more acrylic paint mixing than I've ever done to try to come at least close to the colours; cutting down two of my brushes so that I could do some of these really fine lines...

In the end it came out pretty well. Not as well as I'd hoped but better than I realistically expected, so I can't complain. Unfortunately (more like, tragically and profanity-inducing-ly), I rushed my top coat, which led to a lot of smudging. And probably because I was really miffed about that, I did a sloppy job with my final clean up and ended up utterly wrecking two of my nails. The pics were...ugh, they were just terrible. Fortunately, I'd had the foresight to at least take a quick snap before that point, so even if it's not quite "finished" yet, I do have something to show for my evening's work.


Despite not sticking the landing, I honestly had a blast doing these. Thanks for the great assignment, Nory! I'm so excited to see what everyone else's assignments were this week too, so for more "marching orders" please check out some of the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs!



Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

OPI The Living Daylights over Sation RV There Yet?

As I mentioned in my swatch/review of OPI You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights was the polish I'd most wanted from the Skyfall Collection--and predictably so for me, given that it a) is a glitter, and b) has teal in the mix. I didn't hold much hope of getting it, though, considering the US was essentially sold out of it before the collection even made it to Hong Kong. And sure enough, when the collection reached us, it apparently left The Living Daylights behind. Sadface, living with disappointment, life goes on. Then weeks later, I suddenly spotted it, all fashionably late and on display. Happyface and glee!

OPI The Living Daylights over Sation RV There Yet?

Sooo much love. OPI The Living Daylights contains medium copper, silver, and teal hex glitters in a clear base, and it applied just beautifully. This is one coat (with the very smallest bit of additional dabbing) over Sation RV There Yet? (thank you again, Anna!).

Sation RV There Yet? with OPI The Living Daylights

I thought the teals would go well together, but I had no idea just how well. Practically identical, the teal glitter almost disappears into the base but then flares with the light. That bummed me just a little for about half a minute, but the more I looked, the more I loved it. OPI nailed it with this trio, and I like that the base doesn't clash or compete. This glitter was definitely worth the wait!

10 February 2013

Chinese New Year Nails

Kung Hei Fat Choi, everyone! 新年快樂! And for those of you who didn't hit up Google Translate like I just did, Happy New Year! Pretty much the whole town--the whole continent?--is decked out in red and gold right now for the lunar new year. It's easily Hong Kong's biggest holiday of the year, and Rach invited me to do some festive nails for the occasion for Sassy Hong Kong.

Chinese New Year flower nail art

I think I'm physically incapable of resisting flower nail art if it's at all possible to apply it to a theme. Luckily, for CNY, designs just like this are everywhere! Signs, posters, door decorations, you name it. I also thought the traditional red and gold would make a great saran wrap manicure combination...

Chinese New Year saran wrap manicure

The article at Sassy HK includes tutorials for both of these looks, complete with step-by-step pics, tutorials I'm planning to re-create and post here as well.

Wishing everyone good health and good fortune in 2013, the Year of the Snake!

09 February 2013

Jelly Sandwich: Pink Confetti

I ordered some jelly polishes from Nfu.Oh the last time I was in the States, thinking I would probably tuck into them as soon as I got back, but then I kind of got stuck enjoying the anticipation and kept holding off. I'm usually rubbish at delayed gratification, but after six months (!) of waiting, I couldn't be happier with the results.

jelly sandwich nails with nfu oh js10

These jelly sandwich nails combine Nfu.Oh JS10 (a soft, warm-leaning pink) and Confetti Tasmanian Devil (a multi-sized rainbow glitter in the same vein as Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday and OPI Rainbow Connection). The pink jelly glided on beautifully. Great consistency and very easy to control. I did 3 coats of it first, building it to still-squishy opacity. Then one coat of the glitter (which also behaved perfectly--random, even distribution, with no wrangling or dabbing necessary), and one smooth coat of the pink on top. SV top coat and finished.

jelly sandwich nails with nfu oh and confetti

I called the pink in my last manicure "bubblegum," but it's more of a bright, Barbie shade. This is totally bubblegum, especially when you add the soft, jelly texture to it. And with the way the layer of pink softened and, well, sweetened the rainbow glitter, it's no wonder that Deborah Lippmann (and Claire's) named this combination Candy Shop!

At the end of the day, the plan was to give this a quick dose of matte top coat, just for fun and pictures before I took it off, but the plan changed as soon as the matte took hold. I literally gasped at the pretty, and these nails stuck around for another day.

jelly sandwich with matte top coat

The last couple of days have been crazy hectic, full of errands and waiting and stressful, pushy crowds, but every time I looked at my nails I couldn't help but smile. If you can get Nfu.Oh polishes where you live, I am officially jealous of you because seriously, LOVE.

06 February 2013

Valentine Skull Nail Art

In the mood to play around with something new, I found this tutorial by ProfessionalDQ and couldn't resist. Her results are so cute, and I'm not really sure I pulled off the details, but the only way to learn is by doing, right? And these were so much fun to do!

valentine skull nail art

I started with Skinfood PK202, an adorably bubblegum pink from the Vita Line. On top of that I added some diagonal, zebra-ish stripes with acrylic paint, then a thin coat of OPI Princesses Rule! for some shimmering sparkle. The teeth and bows are my trusty Orly Jet Black nail art striper, and everything else is more acrylic paint.

The big eye on my index finger bled a bit because I'd made my black too watery, so I decided that skull was in Fight Club (she doesn't like to talk about it, though--it's also how her tooth got chipped). I definitely need more practice with small details, but overall I'm really happy with how these came out!

valentine skull nail art

I love the whole grunge princess look of these, and I definitely want to try more fun, funky designs like this one. Maybe next time I'll do my right hand too... (^_-)

05 February 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: School Colours

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today for our TT theme we're doing school colours. It took me a few tries to come up with a manicure I liked enough to post, partly because I had 3 different sets of colours to choose among. My first high school, which I loved, was red, white, and blue, but I wasn't quite feeling the combination. My second high school seemed tailor-made for a manicure. Maroon and black, and the mascot was the zebra. Perfect, right?! But it was not to be. The closest polishes I had to maroon just did not want to cooperate, and while my zebra accent looked smash, the rest quickly dissolved into a hot mess. Finally, college came to the rescue with blue and yellow/gold.

dot flower nail art

I went with some simple dotted flower nail art, and the result was so cheerful! I used Orly Sweet Peacock, a metallic blue foil (which applied like a dream), and chose China Glaze Sunshine Pop for my golden yellow. And since this was for Emory University, whose mascots are an eagle and a skeleton, I figured white was a safe colour to add, so OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls was pressed into service once again.

dotted flower nails

I didn't expect to love this combination as much as I did--and I still wasn't totally sure about this look until I added the gold dots to the centres. The Zoya Ziv really balanced out and complimented the metallic base and brought the whole thing together. Finally, scholastic success!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

04 February 2013

Color Club Halo-Graphic

Today I have another one of the Color Club Halo Hues, Halo-Graphic, a beautifully holographic, dusty pink. The linear holo effect is every bit as strong as the other Halo Hues I've tried, but the base colour itself is also more pronounced. Of the two pinks in this collection, Halo-Graphic is the darker, more pigmented one, which is why I chose it, and along with Blue Heaven and Cherubic, it's a great addition to the collection!

Color Club Halo-graphic swatch

I'd hoped my outdoor photography might fly under the "baffled neighbour" radar this time, but it was not to be. One gentleman was so perplexed that I got the complete owl, with his head swiveled almost a full 180 degrees and a look of bewilderment on his face at what the crazy lady was doing, but considering I get much the same confused look for holding the door for people here (apparently that's wildly strange), I'm not going to stress it. Worth it to show this puppy off in daylight!

Color Club Halo-graphic swatch

Still, part of the reason I've been so into this collection is that while the holographic effect is bananas in direct sunlight, it's also beautifully brilliant indoors. A lot of holographic polishes, both linear and scattered, fade to a nice (but less impressive) shimmer inside, but every Color Club Halo Hue I've tried has been full-on stunning, even in a dimly lit hallway...

Color Club Halo-graphic swatch

 ...which my light box is not, but this is still without any flash to boost the holo effect. Plus I particularly like the soft, lilac-leaning pink of Halo-Graphic. I only have one or two more Halo Hues from the Christmas-time collection to swatch, but from what I've seen of the upcoming spring-time additions, they won't be my last!

03 February 2013

Vintage Rose Nail Art

I mentioned in my last post that I had some nail art planned when I wore Jessica Surfer Boyz n' Berry a little while back, and this was it. I first did vintage rose nails back in May of last year and kept meaning to have another go, but because I am a master of organization and timeliness, it wasn't until I was knee-deep in trying to write Christmas nail art tutorials and schedule posts for the holidays that I was firmly gripped by the need to do these again. Immediately.

vintage rose nails

I did them a little differently this time and think they turned out better for it. I did still want to add more detail on the leaves but held off because I just had a feeling I was going to make some mistake that would end in frustration and naked nails (my inner voice is usually such a "Go for it, dude!" enabler that when it's actually urging caution, I try to listen up).

vintage rose nail art

The light pink is OPI Pink Friday, same as last time, but instead of full-on red I did the petal swooshes with a 2-to-1 mixture of Jessica Dynamic and Orly Pixy Stix. The leaves are Essie Pretty Edgy, and the dots are (huge surprise!) OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

vintage rose nails

As a bonus, SV only gave me a tiny bit of smudging when I had to paint over my thumbnail a couple of times, and that wasn't even visible in "real life" anyway. I didn't have much time to enjoy these nails, though, since I had so many other things on my to-do list at the time, so I have a feeling it won't be too long before I come back to these again. It really is such a fun design, and it'll be a great one for spring!

02 February 2013

Jessica Surfer Boyz n' Berry

Jessica Surfer Boyz n' Berry is a soft, minty-teal creme; therefore, I love it. And I could probably leave it with just that, but I'm always happy to keep talking about nail polish, especially ones this pretty!

Jessica Surfer Boyz n' Berry swatch

I was going to start this post by mentioning how I've been all about shades like this lately, but honestly, when am I not? Plus these swatches are actually from a couple of months ago (peeking at yesterday's "then and now" I can definitely see how adding a 2nd lamp to my light box has brightened things up considerably since then!). I used this base specifically for some nail art, but once I had it on, I ended up wearing it by itself for a while, just loving the soft, creme finish and the cool, refreshing colour.

Jessica Surfer Boyz n' Berry swatch

Surfer Boyz n' Berry is from the Jessica Summer 2012 Gelato Mio Collection, and it's exactly the sort of pastel I like--soft and light but with a bright kick to it that really brings the colour to life. Looking at these swatches again, I'm afraid I have no choice but to see what others from this collection might still be in stock because, seriously, LOVE.

Before I go I'd like to give a special shout-out and huge thanks to Heather of Peace, Love and Polish for including Did My Nails in her featured blogs for February! She really is a total sweetheart, and I'm crazy about her blog, so please swing by for a visit!
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