31 March 2014

Shimmer Polish Linna

*press sample*
 
I was so looking forward to wearing this one! I mean, teal plus glitter? I don't know if you could dream up a combination that's more me--and Shimmer Polish Linna did not disappoint!

Shimmer Polish Linna swatch

Linna is packed with blue, green, and teal glitters, as well as the most wonderful highlights of silver and gold and red...and I don't know if there's also some actual "shimmer" in there too or if some of the glitter is just that teeny, but the combination is an absolute dream. I especially love those occasional glints of red--the bit of contrast it adds is just a perfect touch.

Shimmer Polish Linna swatch

This is two coats of Shimmer Polish Linna, applied regularly, over Nubar Mystique, a green-leaning teal that really meshes with Linna's colours. Alternately, with this mix of glitters you could probably wear Linna over just about anything, or build it up to opacity by itself if you prefer. Lots of versatility here, and omigosh, they're so teeny-tiny, but it has little square glitters, which are just the cutest! Not that you can really see in person with the naked eye and all, but they contribute so much to Linna's amazing visual texture--though I'm amazed all over again that such a rich glitter can be so smooth with just hit of top coat...

Yep, I think I've officially become a Shimmer Polish fangirl.

Shimmer glitters can be purchased at Shimmer Polish, Etsy, and Dazzled.

29 March 2014

Wayback Nails: The Bee

Unlike in other months, March's Wayback Nails aren't a re-creation or a re-imagining of the original manicure. Instead, they're a tribute to quite possibly one of the greatest manicures in the history of hands, Husband's masterpiece of modern nail art, The Bee.

husband's bee nail art

The story of The Bee's creation still cracks me up, and I don't know that Husband has ever been so proud of his creative handiwork. Very generously, though, he does offer support and encouragement to keep me dreaming of one day matching his talent and skill. Until then I'm afraid the best I can do is offer my humble tribute, this composite manicure in yellow and black. And also grey. And white.

composite manicure with water marble

Hoping to suggest a bee without actually painting one, I started with a couple of yellow stripes in black (China Glaze Sunshine Pop and China Glaze Liquid Leather). The grey is NYC Sidewalker, which got a generously dabbed covering of Dear Rus Noblesse 618 (matte yellow and black hex glitter) on the pinky nail, and the water marble --which I am totally going to pretend that I planned all along to have looking a little bit like stripes and wings--is China Glaze Liquid Leather, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Jessica Banana Peel, OPI Need Sunglasses?, and Sally Hansen CSM Butterscotch.

In hindsight, I think that middle nail could have totally used some googly eyes. (^_^)

27 March 2014

Zoya Trixie

Given my mad crush on Zoya Ziv, how much I absolutely adore it as the most awesome gold foil I could ever need, it occurred to me that Zoya might also have a passable silver up its sleeve, and when I spotted Trixie I could not resist.

Zoya Trixie swatch

I swatched Zoya Trixie a couple of weeks ago. Usually when I swatch I make some notes for later, like how many coats, formula quality, anything else that might be worth mentioning, come write-up time. Well, I just checked Trixie's "notes," and here's what it said.
and...YES. Oh, yes!
This is literally the extent of my notes on Zoya Trixie.

Zoya Trixie swatch

Delving into actual memory, Trixie looked good in two coats, but a few fingers got three because of reasons. The foil is so fine that the polish really does reflect light. It's not a mirror reflection, but it's probably as close as you're going to come without special base coats and fussy formulas. I'd love to wax poetic about how fabulous a beauty Trixie really is, but I think I'm still a little speechless. Now I have a favourite silver to go with the gold!

25 March 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Winter to Spring

This week's TT theme is polish for the transition from winter to spring. I expected this to be one of those themes I get all angsty about because I'm impressively horrible at narrowing down options and making a choice, but I easily picked what may well be one of my top ten polishes ever, China Glaze Sea Spray.

china glaze sea spray

The soft, grey-ish blue of Sea Spray is a beautiful go-between for the cold skies of winter and the pretty pastels of spring, and the coming of spring always makes me think of cherry blossoms. I've never done cherry blossom nail art over a blue like Sea Spray before--I usually go for more minty teals--but I absolutely loved the way these turned out.

I did the branches and blossoms with acrylic paint, putting in more work than was strictly necessary... I carefully mixed together black and brown with more water than usual to make a nice watercolour consistency for the branches, and they turned out beautifully. Absolutely gorgeous. And then I covered them almost completely with flowers. I'm not going to complain too much, though, because this was the first time I tried a whole manicure with this style of flower, and I was really happy with the result.

cherry blossom nail art

You might spot a teeny bit of tip wear on my index finger, but this was on my third day of wearing these, which is, like, eons in manicure time. And I wore it for another day and a half beyond this too--I kept even them on for my birthday I liked them so much, but then, I'm a sucker for China Glaze Sea Spray, and I'm a sucker for cherry blossom nails. Put the two together, and I was pretty much defenseless.

Crossing fingers like crazy that my posts are posting as scheduled because I should be in the air as this one goes up and on my way to the United States. It may take me a couple of days to fight through the jet lag and stuff, but soon as I get my head screwed back on and know what day it is, I'll be sure to come see what my fellow Twinsies chose for their winter to spring polishes!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra

23 March 2014

Saran Wrap Holographic

I've had a little fun recently trying out some nail art with holographic polishes. First I had a go at some all-holo flower nail art, and I loved how it turned out. Next I grabbed some more shades for a saran wrap manicure, holo style!

holographic saran wrap manicure

Love, love, love, love, LOVE this look! Starting with a base of butter LONDON Trustafarian, I used wadded up bits of Glad Cling Wrap to apply dabs of several polishes, including Color Club Over the Moon (have I not swatched that one before? le gasp!), Cirque Lonesome George, a-England Fated Prince, and non-holos Max Factor Deep Mauve and SpaRitual Golden Gleam.

holographic saran wrap manicure

For a planning process that didn't go any deeper than "grab bottles, go to town" I honestly couldn't be happier with how this turned out. The colours meshed surprisingly well; they're beautifully bright without competing for attention. And while I ended up deciding to top coat, which always diminishes the rainbow flare you get from holographic polishes, there's so much colour and shimmer to these that the small loss in holo was no problem at all.

holographic saran wrap manicure

I'm scheduling this post--and quite a few others--ahead of time because I'm heading to the US for a month with family, and I can't even tell you how much I'm looking forward to it! If you've read my blog for a while you might remember that travel practically guarantees me some fairly traumatic nail breakage in the month ahead, but I'm starting to think about what to do with my nails for the trip, and this may just be the look I go back to while I'm on the road. It'll go with tons of different things, and it's cute without being overly flashy and stuff...at least, not for me... Gah, now I've started listing all the other things I have to do before I head out, and once again I've officially hit PANIC MODE, ENGAGE!

I'll still be posting--and hopefully be around a bit too, depending on whether my dad decides to take the Internet with him (long story ;p). In the meantime, I hope everyone has a fantastic few weeks!

21 March 2014

Dear Rus Noblesse NM22

Yet another adorable polish that deserves a more descriptive name, Dear Rus Noblesse NM22 is a perfect polish to celebrate the beginning of spring!

Dear Rus Noblesse NM22 swatch

NM22 is a great Korean yogurt-style polish. It's a style popularized by a lot of indie makers as well--basically, it's a jelly/crelly with a milky consistency that has glitters mixed in, sort of like bits of fruit in a creamy yogurt. This one is a bit more green and has just a little more pigment than most yogurts I've seen before, but whatever, it can be a green tea smoothie.

This is 3 coats of Dear Rus Noblesse NM22, a light, bright green with glitters in fuchsia pink and cyan blue. There's a great balance between opacity and glitter, allowing it to cover any VNL while letting the glitters peek through. I'm crazy about these colours together, but at arm's length the blue does blend into the green a bit. Still, it's really cute and colourful!

Dear Rus Noblesse NM22 swatch

This shade of green is so springtime vibrant, kind of a cross between new leaves and wasabi, and there's a little bit of murk to it, just a teeny hint of dust that gives it some extra appeal. This makes two Dear Rus polishes tried so far, and I've been pleasantly surprised by how much I like them both. Not at all bad for an impulse buy from the Bonjour bargain bins!

(No idea offhand if they have this one in stock, but Dear Rus can also be purchased on Llarowe.)

20 March 2014

Color Club Blue-Ming

From the Spring 2012 Blossoming Collection, this is Color Club Blue-Ming...

Color Club Blue-Ming swatch

This green-leaning turquoise spent a while on my wish list before I finally got my hands on it. I'd read a couple of less-than-raves about the formula, but I just couldn't resist that fabulous minty teal. Unfortunately the formula definitely has its issues.

The first coat was very streaky and patchy, but that's possibly to be expected from what appears to be the love child of a neon and a pastel. The second and third coats weren't that much better, though. They were just kind of...I don't know...messy? More patchiness. It's not irrevocably atrocious, I don't think, but it got significant help smoothing itself out from a rushed top coat of SV and still couldn't quite make the turn at the arch of my ring and pinky nails. (To be fair those are some pretty sharp turns; both fingers have wicked c-curves, but then, most polishes do seem to manage it.)

Color Club Blue-Ming swatch

When it comes to the colour it's a definite case of "It's not you; it's me," because this sort of shade is exactly the kind of colour I love the most-est in a nail polish. Even now, looking only at the colour, I'm still all smiley and smitten with it, but I can freely admit that it does not do a thing for me. Maybe it would look better on someone with a darker skin tone than mine? I'm afraid it just makes my pale go pasty. All in all, I still think it's dreamy in the bottle--I definitely see some nail art details in its future--but I'm not likely to wrestle it into a full manicure again.

18 March 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Tip nail art

I had such an idea for this week's theme--a wild and gaudy, fun idea! And then for some reason sanity gripped me, and I went in completely the other direction and wound up so far into conservative that I was physically incapable of leaving it alone. So, I dressed it back up a tiny bit, and with a little fuss and a lot of top coat I think I may just have got there in the end...even if it's a bit shy on camera.

lined tips with flakies

I started with a base of Zoya Cho, which I finally picked up last week after eyeing it for ages. I thought it would make a great mannequin-nude neutral for flower nail art and such, and now that I've tried it I still think it will. Unfortunately the formula and I aren't quite in love. It wasn't especially difficult with pulling or anything, but it was a bit thin. I needed 3-4 coats to feel like I'd got it all completely opaque and even and still felt like I needed to rush a quick layer of top coat to help smooth before I went on.

Once Cho was coated and dry enough I used striping tape to mark off the tips and hit them with two coats of OPI San Tan-tonio. Crisp and neutral and quite nice, in fact, but it wasn't quite "there" to me yet. So, even though I'd already top coated the combination, I added a layer of Essie Shine of the Times because flakies are always, always awesome. And then I thought, "Ooh, I bet it would look lovely matte!" and covered up with NYC Matte Me Crazy. It looked fabulous too! At least on my index finger. For some weird reason, the other fingers refused to go matte for me, so I did a second coat...which didn't work either, so the whole manicure got yet another hit of regular top coat (INM Out the Door), for a grand total of something like a dozen coats of polish?? Dag, it's a good thing I went with the "sane" option this week...

lined tips with flakies

Unfortunately, with so many layers of top coat the flakies aren't doing as much reflecting and refracting or whatever unicorn dandruff magic it is they do, so while they ended up looking swank enough in person, I don't think it quite translated for the camera. Hopefully my fellow Twinsies had a little better luck this week with their tips!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra

16 March 2014

a-England Sleeping Palace

Courtesy of Dazzled, I have a beauty of a polish to share today--this is a-England Sleeping Palace!

a-England Sleeping Palace swatch

It's part of the Burne-Jones Collection, inspired by Edward Burne-Jones' The Legend of Briar Rose, a series of paintings depicting scenes from Sleeping Beauty, and as such, I couldn't have chosen a much better polish to show on my birthday if I'd tried. (Boom, subtle birthday reference, nailed it.)

a-England Sleeping Palace swatch

a-England Sleeping Palace is a dusky aubergine, a rich, smoky plum, with a subtle, gorgeous helping of scattered holographic shimmer. Because it's an a-England the formula is awesome, pretty much by definition. Rich but easy to spread, nicely pigmented, very nearly opaque in just one coat, and I think you could insert that same description for just about every a-England I've tried. Consistently fabulous, amazing colour, absolutely lush.

a-England Sleeping Palace swatch


Dazzled ships internationally, and as sheer coincidence would have it (for real, I just noticed!), they're having a 20% Off sale right now that includes a-England polishes. Looks like it's a good day for me to pick up a few new pretties because...did I mention...?

Happy Birthday to Me !!!

14 March 2014

Marimekko-inspired Flowers

A few days ago I noticed they were putting in a Marimekko downstairs, and while they remodel, the walls are all temporarily boarded up and covered with their most famous flower print. I took one look, said "I'll be having that, thanks," and then went home to commit some nail art.

Marimekko flower nails

I started with a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White, and the flowers are acrylic paints. I wish I hadn't left quite so much white space, but then I also wish I had a pony. Even if they're not exactly Marimekko, I still think they turned out cute, which is probably more important than my need to be all self-critical. Bright and colourful flowers are happy and stuff!

Marimekko-inspired nail art

Ooh, I'd already planned on trying these in blue, but I just spied a fantastic black version of this pattern on their website, which I'm going to have to have a go at as well. Suddenly I'm getting all excited about this new store! Well played, temporary wall. Well played.

13 March 2014

OPI Emotions Liquid Sand

Somehow I managed not to see swatches of OPI Emotions before I spied it at the store, but I saw "Liquid Sand" and "black" and just had to give it a try. It was kind of fun, really, like an experiment, because I had no idea what to expect!

OPI Emotions swatch

My thoughts during application went something like this...
first brush: What the--wow, that is really gritty.
first coat on: Hmm. I don't know about this one...
first coat dry: Oh, now I see--OK, there's some potential here!
second coat on: Eugh...do not like. It's like a gluggy creme with bits in.
second coat drying: Well, okay, that's not as bad as...maybe it'll...?
second coat dry: YES.

Like many Liquid Sands and Pixie Dusts, Emotions' texture looks a bit exaggerated all close-up like this; in person it isn't nearly so rough. The finish looks like crushed up bits of coal, and I mean that in the best way. The surface doesn't look jagged and lumpy--the light just glints off at different angles, showing the subtle difference between the polish and the sand and giving it a hint of sparkle. Emotions isn't glittery by any means, and at first I thought that would be disappointing, but the matte and the twinkle are in such great balance (assuming you got your coats nice and thin) that the longer I look at this unique finish, the more I really like it! Like What Wizardry is This?, it's grunge-glam without screaming for attention. I think it's a look that would be equally at home dressed up or down.

OPI Emotions Liquid Sand swatch

If OPI wanted to make more Liquid Sands in this low-sparkle formula, I would not object at all. In fact, I would enable. Come to think of it, I'd probably just sit behind them and whisper, "Come on, do it, you know it'll be fun. All the cool kids are making Liquid Sands--don't you wanna be cool?" And then I'd suggest more of the sparkly ones too...and more of those awesome suedes while they're at it, and then maybe some sort of Doctor Who, Trek, or Sherlock tie-in because I am never not in fangirl mode...and then I'd keep them up nights whispering about how the Pirates of the Caribbean collection needs to come back as core. Apparently I have a lot of whispering to do, but I stand by my demands. Or suggestions. Whatever. Bring the Pirates shades back, more pop culture colour, absolutely suede me up, and please, more of these awsome Liquid Sands!

11 March 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Go-To Polish

Ooh, I like this theme! This week for Twinsie Tuesday we're doing our "go-to" polish, and for me that's easily OPI Just Spotted the Lizard.

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard swatch

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard is one of a host of dupes released in the wake of the celebrated Chanel Peridot. Despite having JSTL and loving it, I still couldn't resist having Peridot as well, and with Chanel's fabulous formula I can honestly say I'm happy to have them both. The OPI has a great formula too, though, I'm happy to say, and since I snapped up three bottles of it for the price of the Peridot...plus a China Glaze dupe and a potential by Sally Hansen...seriously, I think I have a "peridot" problem... I like to save the Chanel and reach for the OPI.

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard swatch

If you're unfamiliar, Just Spotted the Lizard (like Peridot, etc.) is a duochrome/multichrome polish, meaning that it appears to shift colours, depending on the light. JSTL is predominantly gold--a light, weathered gold--that also shifts into shades of brass, green, and turquoise/teal. Unfortunately I didn't catch much of the turquoise shift here, but in softer lighting it's just beautiful.

These colours and the awesome shifting effect are stunning without being showy, and that's why I reach for this one as my go-to. It's different and it's fun, and it's great at a party. But it's also refined enough to sit quietly and act like a grown-up when it has to...which is a feat I find extremely impressive in a nail polish, given I'm only marginally successful at myself on the best of days.

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard swatch

When I don't have any time for nail art, when I want my nails to look special but don't want them to be showy, I absolutely hit up OPI Just Spotted the Lizard. In fact, I took these pics last week, trying to work a little bit ahead, and I'm already wearing it again right now for a dinner date...and considering the hungry bear growls emanating from Husband's office I'm thinking it's just about time to shake a leg... Later, taters!

Looking forward to seeing some more go-to polish picks!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra

09 March 2014

Holographic Flower Nail Art

So I was wondering, would holographic polish work for nail art flowers? About 14 seconds later I was in the Helmer, choosing colours and mentally crossing some fingers...

flower nail art with holographic polish

I definitely think it worked! Over a base of NailNation 3000 Holo Dreams, I did flowers of Color Club Miss Bliss pink detailed with Color Club Beyond near-black, and the leaves are Cirque Lonesome George and butter LONDON Trustafarian greens. They aren't the most crisply painted flower in history, what with all that holo shimmer up in the joint, which is why I went with the high-contrast Beyond for the petal swooshes, and I think that in the light, it all came together nicely.

holographic nail art flowers

Top coat did knock down the flare a little bit, and from some angles they looked a little more like leopard than floral, but this is me not caring in the least because they were so much fun. I love it when a vague and half-thought-out plan comes together!

07 March 2014

Dear Rus Noblesse NM25 (I think?)

I'm not sure if there's a proper name for this polish besides NM25. I'm absolutely positive that it deserves one, though, because it was such a wonderful surprise. Far as I'm able to name it, this is Dear Rus Noblesse NM25.

Dear Rus Noblesse NM25 swatch

I'd never heard of Korean brand Dear Rus Noblesse before, but I grabbed a few of their yogurt-style polishes on the cheap from the bins at Bonjour (down Queen's Road in Central, just past where the H&M used to be. yeah, you know the place...). No idea if they'd be any good, but the price was right to take a chance. Well, the first one turned out to be a genuine delight!

Dear Rus Noblesse NM25 swatch

Dear Rus NM25 features small and medium pieces of flaming red/orange (more red than in these pics but still with an orange-y glow) glitter in a crelly base of buttery, fluffy, baby-chick, frothy-lemon yellow sweetness. This is three coats, though two would have been perfect for normal people who don't freak out at a teeny hint of VNL, and the formula was fantastic. Creamy, easy to work with, and the glitter spread gorgeously. I full-on heart this polish.

Dear Rus Noblesse NM25 swatch

Mainstream Western brands, y'all need to start paying attention to this yogurt trend immediately because the indies, and now the Korean brands, are absolutely nailing it. I'm hoping I'll be able to find more of these on my next trip past Bonjour. I also found out--in looking up what exactly to call this polish (Dearrus? Dear Rus? Something about Sur Nail, like the sticker on the back?)--that Llarowe now carries a whole bunch of Dear Rus polishes now too, so I'll no doubt be checking out more from this brand soon!

06 March 2014

Color Club Angel Kiss

A few days ago I realized I still had one of the Halo Hues that I hadn't swatched, and I could not allow such a state of affairs to continue. Full of holographic awesomeness, this is Color Club Angel Kiss.

Color Club Angel Kiss swatch

Angel Kiss is a linear holographic polish in a lovely, light shade of seafoam green. The first coat was a bit watery, but the second one was nicely opaque. Beyond that, I don't even know what to say because it's yet another rave in an entire Halo Hues collection of raves.

Color Club Angel Kiss swatch

Pretty seafoam colour? Check. Gorgeous rainbow-holo flare? Check. Smooth and easy formula? Also check.

Color Club Angel Kiss swatch

I don't think any of the other major brands has come close to nailing holo the way Color Club did with this two-part Halo Hues collection. I keep hoping against hope for another batch, and I am actually sad to think this may be my last Halo Hue to swatch because they've been so wonderful.

Please, Color Club, please let me give you more money!

04 March 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Grunge

So some of the Twinsies were talking this week about how old they were during the height of grunge, and I'm pleased to say that I was able to refrain from calling them a bunch of young whippersnappers and shouting at them to get off my lawn. But rather than revel in the old, I put Ten on repeat (one of the greatest albums of all time! *drop the mic*) and got down to working on an appropriately "grunge" manicure to go with.

grunge matte brushstroke manicure

A brushstroke manicure seemed like the way to go. I've used this technique a few times now and thought it'd really lend itself to the grunge style. I also knew I'd be using black (Nfu Oh 132) but didn't want it to dominate, so I also added a little bit of colour in olive green (OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window and Zoya Gemma) and lavender (Essie Bangle Jangle), as well as some grey (Zoya Dove) and a greyish beige (OPI Skull & Glossbones) to neutral/putty it up a bit.

matte grunge brushstroke manicure

I gave it the usual coat of Seche Vite, then covered that with some Essie Matte About You for a great, theme-appropriate, matte finish.

matte grunge nail art

I felt like the colours were a little drab overall, but then grunge isn't exactly supposed to be perky, so...win? I definitely loved how well they cooperated with the brushstroke technique. I just wish I'd mentioned this theme to Husband earlier because when he heard "grunge" he said, "Gonna cover your nails with a plaid, flannel shirt?"

Dammit, that's brilliant.

Okay, you whippersnapper Twinsies--lemme see how you grunge!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Heather at Peace, Love and Polish
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra

03 March 2014

Mardi Gras Beads

Even with Chinese New Year as an early warning, Mardi Gras totally snuck up on me this year! I didn't have much time today to get hugely creative, but the New Orleans native in me couldn't let such a high holiday pass without at least a little bit of nail art.

Mardi Gras nails

Starting with a base of Color Club Wild At Heart, I dotted some quick strands of Mardi Gras beads in Sally Hansen CSM Butterscotch, Sally Hansen CSM Grass Slipper, a purple I mixed together, and my trusty Zoya Ziv.

Mardi Gras nails

The combination actually managed to be cute and playful without being loud or overstated (though, if there's one occasion on which 'loud and overstated' is totally appropriate...). If I didn't have some "nail homework" to do in the morning I would totally be keeping these on through Tuesday!

.oO Happy Mardi Gras!! Oo.

01 March 2014

Zoya Liberty

My hard-core crush on the Pixie Dust line continues with Zoya Liberty. Due to its high adorability factor, it's one of those polishes I feel like I should be able to ramble about for paragraphs on end, but that sparkly blue pretty much speaks for itself...

Zoya Liberty Pixie Dust swatch

One of the Summer 2013 Pixie Dusts, Liberty is a rich and vibrant cyan blue that has apparently been suffused with teeny particles of sparkle and magic. I mean, honestly, just look at all those little twinkles!

Zoya Liberty swatch

At the risk of sounding broken-record-y, the formula was pretty much like every Zoya Pixie Dust I've tried so far, which is to say that it's a little bottle of awesome. It is most definitely worth noting, though, that Liberty will stain. Having read about the staining, I literally tripled up on base coat, and I still got staining. It wasn't anything a little buffing and a good hand wash couldn't cure, but I have to assume that if you didn't go big with the base coat your nails would probably look like you'd just sunk them deep into the still-warm flesh of a vanquished smurf.

Fortunately for me, I was forewarned, thus amply armed, and am therefore left with nothing but the wonderful memories of how Zoya Liberty made me feel like Sailor Mercury.


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