Rewind Wednesday – Matte Magic and Basic Shapes

Found a post that never actually got posted! Happy first day of Spring!

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This is one of my simpler manicures, but I didn’t have any tools with me (not even any tape!) so I’m pretty happy with the result ūüôā

I originally wanted to try a look I’d seen around earlier this year, kind of the¬†precursor¬†to border manicure, but I couldn’t even find the original pictures! In the end, I kind of just decided to do a tape mani minus the tape.

Using OPI’s Meet Me On The Starferry, I painted all of my nails. Then, using China Glaze’s Dress Me Up, I did random shapes on my left hand and mirrored them on my right. I’m getting better at straight lines! The above picture is the original look (please excuse the messiness around the cuticles) before I decided it wasn’t cool enough and I needed to make it a matte mani!

What do you think? Did you like it better shiny or matte?

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Independence Day Nails!

Hello all! I hope you’re having a wonderful 4th of July so far.

This is the first time I’ve tried Independence Day nails, so bear with me. At first, I just wanted to do a simple red, white, and blue gradient. However, I messed up on my very first nail (my thumb) and there was no white to be seen!

After successfully completing my pointer finger, I couldn’t figure out how to make the rest of my mani work…

So, I kinda just went for it and this is how it turned out!

And each finger, one by one:

My failed red, white and blue gradient turned into a red and blue gradient with a firework!

The gradient I was actually going for…

A red and blue stripe gradient with white crackle on top! My boyfriend thought it looked like icing (:

My ring finger is usually my favorite…I’m undecided about this one. I sponged the red on and used China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush on top.

I think my pinky may be my favorite (though I’ve grown to love the design on my thumb too!).

I love how they look when put together! I usually like the uniform nail look, perhaps with one accent nail, but I think these are so much fun!

And I did the same thing but switched the colors on my right hand!

Even though I freehanded the “fireworks” on my thumbs, they both looked exactly the same! I’m pretty impressed with myself.

 

That’s all for now! I’m sure you’re all sporting wonderful Independence Day nails too, and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Colors Used:

A England – Order of the Garter

China Glaze – Luxe and Lush, Ruby Pumps

No name white nail art polish

 

OPI – White Shatter

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri – Whirlwind White

 

Leopard Print Manicure

Hello all!

So, I just realized that I’m way behind on posting my recent manicures. When it comes time to transfer pictures to my computer I just get so lazy ):

Anyway, as Wednesday is Independence Day, I will be holding off on posting some of my recent manis until after. But for today I have what may be my new favorite look!

I have been obsessed with all things leopard print since kindergarten. I distinctly remember another girl in my kindergarten class telling me she liked my “cheetah” print shirt and I responded with “IT’S LEOPARD PRINT.” So, yeah. This is definitely a look I should have tried at the very beginning of my adventures into Nail Art Land, but I just never got around to it until now.

Without further ado, I present to you my leopard print nails:

(These first few were taken under florescent lighting.)

And because I couldn’t get enough of this manicure, I had to take more pictures under natural lighting too (:

The first thing everyone asked my after seeing these nails was “who did this?!” closely followed by “how did you do this?”

So, in case you haven’t seen any of the wonderful tutorials out there on the interwebs yet, here’s how I did it:

I painted two coats of China Glaze’s Fast Track over my base coat. Then, using OPI’s Warm and Fozzi, I added little dabs to form the spots. The hardest part for me was outlining the spots with a black nail art brush. I really need to investigate more helpful brushes, the one I use is way to long for me to handle comfortably. But, I managed just fine I think!

My entire ballroom studio was in love with this look (partially because it matched the carpet…) and I have a feeling I’ll be trying a purple version of this very soon!

Enjoy and I hope you’ll check back on Wednesday for my first ever 4th of July nail art!

Acid Wash (Grunge Effect)

It’s been a while! Sorry about that. Today, I present you with my attempt at an acid wash, also known as the grunge effect, manicure. This trend has been on my mind since NailsAdored made a tutorial on March. Two weeks ago, I tried it out for my self and I am so happy with the result!

For my base, I used Sally Hansen’s Plum Luck. I then layered the following colors in order to prepare for the grunge effect.

China Glaze – Dress Me Up

OPI – Rumple’s Wiggin’, Suzi Says Feng Shui, and Dim Sum Plum

Revlon – Minted

This lighting makes the polish seem a bit more brown-tinted than the overall look actually was. But I still love the effect!

I was a little scared a couple times while rubbing off the layers, thinking I had gone all the way down to my bare nail, but it ended up just being the layer of DMU.

And here we have more accurate lighting. You can see the wear at the tips, but this is after a couple days of heavy wear already.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed another look at the acid wash or grunge effect. I definitely encourage you artsy types to try it out. It took quite a bit of time but was so much fun!

 

The last of my Capitol Colors polishes, Agro had to wait a bit to be worn. I’m not typically a fan of greens, which may be why it took me so long. But the weather last week was so sunny and nice that I couldn’t bring myself to wear such a dark color. What a fool I am.

Agro completely changed how I feel about greens. I’ve gotten numerous compliments on the color so far (I’ve been wearing it for a couple days now) and I absolutely love how it looks with my skin tone.

China Glaze describes the color as a “moss green with gold shimmer,” and shimmer it does! It definitely does its duty of representing District 11 (Agriculture) well!

Something I loved about this polish was its application. It was opaque with one coat (one!) and didn’t look streaky at all (as Hook and Line did).

Here it is with one coat:

And with two coats:

Of course I had to try Luxe and Lush with Agro, but I didn’t want to cover all of its beauty. I did accent nails on both of my ring fingers and am glad that’s all I did! Luxe and Lush does look mesmerizing over Agro, but I love Agro just as much by itself.

That’s it for my Hunger Games polishes. I loved all of the ones I ended up purchasing, even the few I was initially uncertain about.

Zoya’s Tiffany

To get me in the mood for Spring, I decided to change up my darker colors for one more fitting. I chose Zoya’s Tiffany, which the company describes as “Pink, peach and light copper toned foil particles accented by flecks of gold foil.”

Zoya was already creeping up my list of favorite brands, and now I have to admit it. Tiffany was everything i wanted it to be and more. I absolutely love what Zoya does with its foils and this feminine color perfectly captured how I was feeling about the beginning of Spring.

With one coat:

With two coats:

(Please excuse the messy cuticles /: )

And, as it was the week leading up to the hunger games, I couldn’t resist adding a coat of China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush on top!

And there you have it!

I loved Tiffany by itself, but Luxe and Lush made this girl even prettier!

Prim and Proper

It’s taken me a while to continue with the Hunger Games polish swatches, but here’s my next one: Dress Me Up.

I have to admit that I didn’t have very high expectations for this polish. I just bought it because I have an affinity for soft pinks and neutral shades, but I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would!

Described by China Glaze as “a stripped down dark rose pink creme,” Dress Me Up definitely reminds me of Prim. Somehow, it’s supposed to represent District 8 (Textiles) but all I can think of when wearing it is of Prim’s sweet, demure demeanor.

This color actually tricked me a couple times, looking a little more beige than pink. I guess I was expecting a more gray toned pink but it kept reminding me a bit of OPI’s San Tan-Tonio. In reality, it is much pinker than in the above picture, though it definitely depended on the light. Sometimes it looked like my nails were the same color as my skin and other times I felt a bit like Barbie it was so pink.

I also had to try it with a coat of Luxe and Lush on top, obviously.

I didn’t really like the combination of the two, as I thought (despite it’s name) that Dress Me Up was a more subtle color and didn’t quite connect with the glitzy look of Luxe and Lush.

In the end, I would say I was very pleasantly surprised by Dress Me Up. It’s subtle enough to wear anywhere or with anything, but still managed to make me feel very pretty!

This Is The Time To Show Them Everything

My Hunger Games polishes finally arrived!

Here are the ones I ordered:

From Left to Right: Agro, Fast Track, Luxe and Lush, Dress Me Up, and Hook and Line.

I had the most difficult time deciding which color to try first! I eventually went with Hook and Line because I wanted to compare my experience with those from other bloggers who have reviewed the color. I obviously also wanted to test out Luxe and Lush, as it was one of the colors I was most looking forward to.

Here are the two colors in their bottles:

China Glaze describes Hook and Line as a “Pearlescent light grey,” while All Lacquered Up describes it more as a “muddied, pewter metallic” color. I’ve read a few reviews that complained about this color’s watery¬†consistency¬†and streaky quality when applied to the nails, so I wanted to test it out and see how my experience compared.

Here’s a picture of one coat of Hook and Line:

I can definitely understand the other reviews commenting on it’s watery nature. At first I wasn’t sure there was actually any color to the polish! I could also see some streaks forming, but I gave it the benefit of a doubt and tried another coat.

Two coats ended up being all I needed to achieve opaqueness. Please excuse the messy cuticles /:

I actually really liked the result of Hook and Line when I used two coats. Yes, it was streaky, but I felt like that added to the metallic quality of the color. As this is the color representing District 4 (Fishing), I think it does it’s job of reminding me of a fishing hook. I do like the color by itself, but I feel that it’s more of a wintery color on it’s own.

I then added Luxe and Lush on top, and boy was it fun!

I had a little trouble at first with consistency (as you can probably tell from the difference in thickness on my pinky and ring finger versus the rest). However, once I got the hang of it, I loved the result! China Glaze describes Luxe and Lush as “A high octane flaky overcoat” and that it is! It definitely reminds me of shards of glass, reflecting different colors of light depending on what angle you look at it from.

Here is the finished look:

I tried to get a close-up, please ignore my awkward finger positioning.

One thing that puts me off a bit about this overcoat is what its effect was on Hook and Line. I’ve had two people describe Hook and Line as a clay-like color when I showed them the final result. It definitely looked less streaky with Luxe and Lush on top. I’ve also noticed a bit of cracking in both polishes around the flakes, but I’ve only had this manicure on for about twelve hours.

UPDATE: I tried again to get a picture of the strange cracking in the polish, as well as a picture of the wear on some of my fingers. The longer I wore it (and I only kept the color on for about 2 days) the more cracks there were. 

Over all, I love both colors and the combination of the two. While I was wary of Hook and Line at first, I think the streaky quality it has works to its benefit.

I’ll be posting the other colors later this week! Feel free to share your own experiences with these colors too!

Capitol Colours

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I cannot explain how excited I am to go home for spring break. Not just because I get to see my family, friends, and pets etc. but because I’ll be receiving my Hunger Games polishes! When I preordered them, I had to restrain myself and not get them all! I ended up deciding on Luxe and Lush (obviously), Hook and Line, Fast Track (I have a feeling this one may end up being my favorite), Dress Me Up, and Agro.

I’ve heard rumors that the collection is popping up at certain locations early, have any of you managed to snag a bottle or two?