Monday, June 25, 2012

Cult Nails Let Me Fly

I can't say enough about Cult Nails nail polish. I don't know if I'm biased because I have met the founder Maria and find her to be so warm, humble and creative, or if it's just the polish itself with it's wonderful formula. I'm sure it's a combination of all those things in addition to the fact that the colors are unique enough to make you feel like "Ii have to have this". Today's post is Let Me Fly, a color I got during the $5 sale a few weeks ago. I have had this color on my "Would Like to Have" list for some time and I'm even more pleased with it in person. First I have to say that this can truly be an EVEN 1 coater. I can say that for very few polishes, opaques included. So here is 1 coat of Let Me Fly:

I would describe this as a dusty periwinkle/teal with a silver shimmer.

 Because I was enjoying the application so much I added another coat. Here is 2 coats

Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Newspaper Nails

FINALLY!!! I was taking forever to try this technique and I have no idea why. I have seen so many people do the newspaper nails and I wanted mine to be a little more abstract and av ant guard. Most of the other manicures  with this design that I saw were all the same size, shape and darkness in lettering. I wanted mine to have a theme.  I took last week's issue of the Florida Courier and set to work cutting out random pieces out of the political section and controversial cases. I managed to get a caricature of the president, a piece of Rock The Vote, the word Vote, READ, The Women's Coalition for Voting Rights, and some updates on the Trayvon Martin case. I'm pretty happy with the results and surprised at how easy it was. For me dipping the pieces of newspaper into alcohol and applying directly to the dried base color worked best. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

This is OPI: My Boyfriend Scales Walls (from the Spiderman collection) This color is not white although it appears to be. It has the slightest blue-gray tint to it and goes on like a dream. 

Picture above features from L-R: article on Trayvon Martin case, Women's League on Voting Rights, article on Trayvon Martin case, READ, article on Trayvon Martin case

Picture above features from L-R: Vote, Rock the Vote, political comic strip, article on Mitt Romney and the thumb is the caricature of the president :)

I couldn't resist this and thought it was the funniest thing. I love my president! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Jelly Sandwich! (50/50)

This is a very special post because it is my 50th post and I also coincidentally have 50 followers! In addition to that it is my first attempt at a jelly sandwich :) For those of you not part of the nail polish community, this is where you sandwich a glitter polish between two layers of a thin polish so that the glitter appears to be suspended between the polish. I have seen this done so many times and my favorite is when a large hexagonal glitter is used. It seems to show up so much better. I typically prefer more opaque, rich colors so this is definitely stepping out of my box. I am pleased with the effect and plan to try it with different combos in the following weeks. For this I used Sation and Bonita polishes. Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

The colors used were Sation Miss McTeal and A Rose is a Rose is a Rose is a Rose with Bonita Gold Glitter sandwiched in between.


I might have tried a thinner coat of the A Rose is a Rose... color to allow the glitter to show through a little more. I tend to be a little heavy handed with my polish application. The formula of all three polishes was good though. the glitter, as expected had to be placed a little strategically but otherwise wasn't a problem. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

GAP Gold Rush

I feel like I'm all over the place with my blog so please bear with me. I have been meaning to finish swatching the Cult Nails Fairytale line which will premiere on June 15th but I keep getting distracted with other new polishes I haven't tried. One thing about me is that I WEAR my polish, I don't have the luxury to swatch polish daily or change my polish as frequently as some of my fellow  blogger sisters. Anywho! Today's post is about GAP Gold Rush which is a dupe of Chanel's (ever popular) Peridot. I fell in love with the Chanel version a long time ago and vowed that I wouldn't buy any of their polishes because I just think it's ridiculous to pay more than $10 a bottle for polish. That's my limit. Sephora has a version of this color as well but I don't like it as much as the version I found at the GAP thanks to Niftyba! GAP Gold Rush is a beautiful green duochrome metallic with hues of gold, blue, green and very small bits of silver glitter. So fine you can barely see it. Here she is:

They have some other great colors at the GAP right now all for $6. The bottle is cool but the square top is a little difficult to maneuver. Thoughts?  Feelings? Concerns?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

S*X*Y Toes

Some of you might not know this but my obsession with nail polish kind of began back in middle school when I used to do my toes religiously at least once a week or more. The funny thing is I rarely wore sandals, even in sunny Florida. I was into the big baggy clothes and always wore the latest sneakers. For some reason I was fascinated with how much I could change the appearance of my toes with a simple pedicure and bold color. At that time I would use my mother's supplies and hide in the bathroom to do my toes hoping that she wouldn't fuss at me for stinking up the house with polish remover and polish! lol

The other day I stopped in at Payless Shoes Source because I heard they had nail polish. It seems as though everyone is carrying polish in their store. So I picked up 5 shades (was that a bit much?). This one is gorgeous and I have nothing else quite like it. It's called S*X*Y and the color is Coral Couture. The formula unfortunately leaves a little to be desired. I haven't had a formula separate as much or go on so thin. I did two thick coats to get max coverage. Here it is:

The picture below is full sun. You can see on my big toe how the color separates in the middle and on the right side, and its not the smoothest. This color was so beautiful in the light to me that it didn't even bother me. 

Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?

Needle Art with Milani

I have been meaning to venture out and try new designs with some simple techniques but I haven't had the courage, patience, or time lately. I decided that I needed to at least try the needle artwork I have seen others do and do it with 3 colors from the Milani collection we received in one of our Bloggers meet. This seemed like such a simple technique with major impact. I'm all about major impact with minimal effort, I prefer to spend my time perfecting my application an enjoying the effects of the polish.

The formula on all these was great Especially the Mint Candy. It reminds me of a combination of Ulta Mint Condition and China Glaze For Audrey. The difference with Mint Candy is that it has a slight shimmer in a teal that compliments the base perfectly. The same is true for Pink & Proper; they are definitely a compliment of each other. 

Although this technique was not the difficult, it does take some practice with how deep to go with the needle and how much polish you need to get the even spread on each side. I will try this again in different forms because I just love the effect. 

I've been playing with my lighting and angles as I grow in my blogging. Above is natural light and below is artificial. 

Have any of you tried this technique? Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns?