04 November 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Minimalist

This week's TT theme is "minimalist." My manicure is so utterly minimalist as to be non-existent. Unfortunately real life has taken a hard turn this week, and it may be a little while before I'm able to post regularly again. I hate to go on an official hiatus, but it's going to take some time for me to find enough balance to resume regular blogging.

I don't wish to sound over-dramatic; I'm going to be okay. I just need to devote my energies to real life for a little while. I'll be back just as soon as I can! And in the meantime, please visit my fellow Twinsies and check out their (I'm sure, awesomely) minimalist manicures...




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

01 November 2014

Halloween Nail Art

I really had hoped to share my Halloween nail art on actual Halloween, but I ended up doing a much more intricate design than originally planned and ran out of time to put the post together. Crossing fingers you'll agree it's better late than never, though, because here are my Halloween ghosts...

Halloween nail art ghosts

I mentioned I'd planned a much simpler look for Halloween, but that was before I saw these stunning transfers done by More Nail Polish (I almost hate for you to look at hers, though--the image she reproduced looks so amazing, and I love her temporary tattoo paper technique). Working freehand, I'd say my ghosts were kind of a Monet (Clueless, 1995). Up close they're all stroke-y and messy, but at arm's length they really did look all floaty and wispy and spooky and awesome!

Halloween nail art ghosts

I started with a couple coats of CrowsToes Season of the Witch layered over Orly Liquid Vinyl (black). The ghosts and wisps obscure SotW's fantastic duo shift, but I figured that would happen--I just couldn't resist the name/holiday combo.

Over the polish I used acrylic paint in approximately 50 shades of grey (give or take 43 shades). I tried to get them all watery and blendy but was only partially successful at that. I finally hit the point where it felt like it was time to leave it alone, rather than gunge it up by doing too much. All in all, I don't know if they were a total success, but they were by no means a failure either. They were definitely super fun to paint, and I really enjoyed stretching myself a little and trying something new!

30 October 2014

Zoya Dhara

You know that feeling you get when you spot the perfect polish for the mood you're in? Yesterday that was me and Zoya Dhara. I wasn't feeling like more nail art yet, but I still wanted my nails to be at least Halloween-adjacent...and then right there on the table was exactly what I wanted. I didn't even have to go looking for it!

Zoya Dhara swatch

Zoya Dhara was part of the Fall 2013 Pixie Dust Collection. Richly orange with gorgeous yellow-golden highlights, this semi-matte, textured polish is a bright, cheerful choice for Halloween or any other time you care to pick. I think it might especially suit skin tones that are darker or more olive-toned than mine, but I had the exact same reaction to Dhara that I've had to every single Pixie Dust I've tried. It goes something like, "Hmm, well I always do like these Pixies, so let me just try this OH MY GLOB I LOOK AMAZING." Seriously, it hits me every. single. time. The amount of fabulousness in these polishes is just ridiculous.

Zoya Dhara swatch

On top of the fabulous there's also a fantastic formula. Dhara looked great in two coats, but I'm wearing three because sometimes I just can't stop myself. And speaking of not stopping myself, when I was typing up that previous paragraph I remembered that I have a couple more Pixie Dusts in the Big Box o' Untrieds, and the thought made me so happy I literally did a gleeful little wiggly dance in my chair. And the next Pixie Dust collection is coming out soon! My nails and I are downright giddy.

28 October 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Halloween

Today's TT theme is Halloween! For a holiday I love so much it seems to take me ages to get into the spirit these days, but I'm going to chalk that up to living somewhere that's still, like, 83F/27C outside at the end of October. I'm happy to see, though, that every year Hong Kong seems to be getting a little bit more and more into the swing of the holiday. There's still a long way to go (if I get two trick-or-treaters at my door this year it'll be a huge upswing!), but with actual costumes and decorations and candies in the stores now, Halloween just might catch on here yet!

spiderweb nail art

I decided I finally wanted to try some spiderwebs for today's Halloween nail art, drawing inspiration from a knockout design over at Lindsey's Lacquer. I started with a base of Sinful Colors Black On Black and added a (purposefully) patchy coat of China Glaze Ick-A-Bod-Y. Next, I sponged a little white around tips or base, then switched to acrylic paint.

Halloween nail art

The ring finger got a little spider, and the others got grey spiderwebs on top of the sponged-on white. Then I decided to add some attempted highlights and shadow to the webs, pretty much obliterating the white underneath (oops), but I like how they turned out. Thanks, Lindsey, for the adorable idea!

Please swing by some of the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs for more Halloween-themed 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

26 October 2014

Zoya Anaka

Still pulling from my summer swatching stash (with only a couple more left...), this is Zoya Anaka, from the fall 2009 collection.

Zoya Anaka swatch

Zoya Anaka is a hot fuchsia with mini flecks of (camera-shy) gold and an iridescent blue sheen. I didn't note when I swatched it how many coats I applied, but I'm confident this was three. What I did note was that the first coat was so thin and runny, really patchy, that I might not have continued if it wasn't already showing hints of fabulousness.

Zoya Anaka swatch

Anaka isn't a creme, and it's not a jelly either, so much as it's just thin. But with that alluring, blue sheen and the little glints of gold to capture the light, it builds into a truly beautiful shimmer.

24 October 2014

OPI DS Classic

Another swatch from before my long (and wonderful!) summer voyage, I wore this with the intention of using it for the Twinsie Tuesday "Classic" theme. Actually, first I was thinking how hard it is to get any more classic than a bright, rich red, and that's exactly what I was going to do. And then I thought, "Hey, you know what else is classic? OPI DS Classic." It says so right there in the name. So I took this holo beauty out for the day, snapped some pictures...and then I didn't get home when I was supposed to. Still, better extremely late than never!

OPI DS Classic swatch

OPI DS Classic is...well, it's also classic DS, one of those beauties that made you feel like the Designer Series releases really were worth a little more than the average polish. A gorgeous, scattered holo, it's a beige-y neutral with a hint of caramel. Not intensely pigmented, but it's buttery smooth for a very easy three coats.

OPI DS Classic swatch

I know OPI has been trying some new things for their more recent DS collections, and I think that's pretty cool. I sure would love it if they revisited these holos, though--they really were onto something amazing here.

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!

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.

06 September 2014

Sinful Colors Rendezvous

Soft, Tiffany-esque teals always, always stop me dead in my tracks, so when I spied a ginormous display of Sinful Colors Sinful Shine shades, I zeroed right in on Rendezvous. And then I bought some others too. But Rendezvous was easily my top pick of the bunch!

sinful colors rendezvous swatch

This is three coats of Sinful Colors Rendezvous (with top coat). The Sinful Shine line was apparently a Walgreens-exclusive collection last year, but I picked these up a couple of weeks ago at Wal-Mart. How much do I love this colour?!  So, so pretty. Crazy-high marks for pretty. Formula, however...not so much.

Sinful Shine comes "with Gel Tech," but I don't know what that actually means. It seems like every brand needs to have a gel line these days, and I'm never sure which ones are trying to be a real 14-day gel manicure-like application and which ones are just throwing the term "gel" in there name because it's the current thing. But whatever Gel Tech means I'm not sure it's doing Rendezvous any favours.

sinful colors rendezvous swatch

The first coat was patchy and streaky, and I needed a good three coats to get an even application. The polish was thin and runny; strangely, it was also stringy and thick. So, worst of both worlds. All three worlds, in fact, because the dry time was terrible too. I have worn this polish twice now and gave it well over an hour to dry both times, and both times I woke up with sheet marks.

The display boasts that these shades are shinier than a patent leather shoe, and while I don't have any patent leather handy for a comparison, I can easily give it a "Wow, that is some shine!" Tons and tons of shine. The shine is AWESOME. Unfortunately I needed top coat to smooth those sheet marks, so it didn't get to be shiny on its own.

Hopefully the other Sinful Shines I picked up will have a better formula. Rendezvous is so beautiful and really does shine like crazy, but for all that I love this exact, amazing colour, I don't see myself wearing it very often.

04 September 2014

butter LONDON Lady Muck

Surprise awesomeness, when I drove up to Ulta, they were having, basically, a buy-one-get-TWO sale on some of their older butter LONDON polishes, which landed several great, new shades in my collection, including lovely Lady Muck.

butter london lady muck swatch

This is three coats of butter LONDON Lady Muck. The first coat was thin, sort of patchy and streaky. I'll admit the formula wasn't all that great--it was somehow thin but thick at the same time, and it got a lot of help from some rushed top coat to level out. I haven't seen that in other reviews, though, so maybe it's just my bottle/batch? Whatever the reason, the results were so nice that I ain't even mad.

butter london lady muck swatch

butter LONDON Lady Muck reminds me very much of one of my all-time favourites, China Glaze Sea Spray, all greyed-out cornflower blue with that super-fine shimmer that gives it a...I'm not even sure how to describe it...a sort of pearl-ish, candy coating of prettiness. I may do a comparison post when I get home to my beloved Sea Spray, but at a glance I'd say that Lady Muck is a little darker and more blue.

Ooh, note to self: If they were running a sale on bL to make room for new ones, they may have...some new ones! Time to head back to Ulta!
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