Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easing into fall......

Good afternoon and happy hump day!

I may not be quite ready for fall colors, but I am definitely more than ready for fall weather! Summer can take a hike already :P We're getting a little taste of it, with a cooler breeze for our hot, hot days. It's just a little difference, but it is noticeable.

One of the Face Book groups I'm in does weekly challenge. This week's challenge was using Shatter/Crackle in our manis, as well as stamping. I'm a little surprised at well mine came together. It started with a base of Urban Decay's Chaos (which I am just gaga for. I love it!) at two coats, then a coat of Seche. I dug out my Silver Shatter from OPI and added a thin coat of it. That dried pretty quick, so I was able to stamp within a few minutes. Stamping polish is Mundo de Unas in either aqua or turquiose (the one I have is out of stock on her site, so I'm not sure which it is lol) and the stamped image is from VL-1. That is not a Vivid Lacquer plate, it is from aliexpress. Topped everything with Seche.

Monday's mani was a fall-ish water marble. It started with a base of Zoya Purity at 2 coats then Seche. The colors for the water marble were Zoya Margo and Chantal. Topped again with Seche, then Morgan Taylor Matte's a Wrap.

Sunday's Stamping Sunday Challenge......... Yeah, not really happy with how it turned out. I don't know if it's because I just don't like the color combo or just don't care for the mani overall. The challenge called for using a color combo you've never done. The first combo that came to my mind is red and gold.

I have never really liked red and gold together on me, but I do like it on others. I chose Zoya Brooklyn for the gold and Sooki for the red. The stamped images are from Messy Mansion MM05. Topped off with Seche.

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Friday!!


Good afternoon and happy Friday! Boy, I'm tired this week! I know I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend :)

I've got two manis I want to show y'all today; one is more of a swatch, the other is August's Monthly Palette Project.

Today's color was a new to me polish, one I found on clearance at Ulta. I was kinda surprised to find it on clearance, since I'm pretty sure it's a core color for Zoya, Roxy. Roxy is a fuchsia glitter in a dark ass pink jelly base that's very similar, if not the same, as OPI's Let me Entertain You. In some lighting, Roxy looks to have a black jelly base instead. My mani needed three coats with a coat of Seche.

I think I may need to a comparison of Roxy and LMEY......

For August's MPP, the colors we were supposed to were called tiled colors:

We were to use at least two of those ^^^^ colors and do a Monkey See, Monkey Do mani. Here's the link to the mani I used: MSMD mani. The colors I used for my version were OPI's OPI Eurso Euro and My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and Zoya Blu and Yummy.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Last of the summer colors????


Good afternoon!

So I think I've finally worked through all the summery colors I've had sitting on my desk, waiting to be used :D Not that I'm quite ready for fall colors, more like ready for fall weather though! I'll still be wearing some brights over the next few weeks, but I'll be interspersing more fall like colors.

Today's mani did mark the last of the new summer colors I'd had waiting, or rather current releases. It featured Zoya Rooney and Harper, two coats of each with a coat of Seche. Rooney is a more blue toned pink, but Harper makes it appear warmer. Not quite like Wendy, but noticeably warmer. I tried Harper over Kitridge, and wow, that was a fail lol, so I took it all off and used Rooney instead, and am much happier with the look.

Yesterday, I did a scaled mani for a group challenge. This featured a color from OPI's Mustang Anniversary collection, The Sky's my Limit. I was so wrong about this color being a dupe for Catch me in Your Net!; it's similar, yes, but not a dupe. TSML only needed 2 coats for opacity, whereas CMIYN always needed at least 3 for me. I stamped over it with Messy Mansion MM21 and Mundo de Unas navy blue, and topped everything with Seche.

Sunday's Stamping Sunday challenge called for using a yellow base. I kept this pretty simple, as I had a birthday party for my nephew to go to the day before and didn't have a whole lot of time to do Sunday's mani.

The base color is 3 coats of OPI's I Just Can't Cope-acabana. The stamped image is from Winstonia W206, the stamping polish Mundo de Unas neon. Sadly, I think the neon pink made my yellow look more orange. Seche, then OPI's matte topcoat to finish it off.

And now for the mani I absolutely loved, the one I did for my nephew's birthday. I really didn't have the time to get elaborate, but I really love how it turned out. All fingers got a base of Zoya Purity, the water marbled fingers 2 coats, all others one. Over the one coaters went 3 coats of Above the Curve's Sugar Rush then Seche. The water marble was created with Zoya Malia, Pippa, and Robyn, then topped with Seche. I stamped over the non marbled fingers with balloons from Winstonia  W209 and Mundo de Unas neon blue, neon green, neon yellow, and blue, then a final coat of Seche.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Friday!

Good afternoon!

I've got a quick little post for y'all today, so sit back and enjoy!

Alrighty, so today's my Textured Friday, and I decided to wear Zoya London. I don't think I had yet to use this as a whole mani, plus it's just such a pretty grey. I would to now find a creme polish in this color. Three coats for this mani and done :)

Yesterday, I ended up with a more subtle than intended look. It started with 2 coats of Morgan Taylor's No Way Rose, which you can prolly figure is a rose gold. Topped with Seche and let dry for about five minutes, then I added a coat of Haute Metal Crackle from China Glaze. Another coat of Seche and finished.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A whole nother galaxy!

Happy hump day! :P

Just like many of you, I'm sure, I'm in several different nail polish/nail art groups on Face Book. A few of them do themed manis, one on a particular day, another with a whole week dedicated to it. Today's mani is for the week long mani, and the theme picked for it was galaxy manis.

Okay, something I've never done before. I've seen many gorgeous galaxy manis, but haven't really attempted it. Watched a few tutorials and felt like I grasped the concept lol. It started with a base color of Zoya Raven in 2 coats, then a coat of Seche. Using little bits of sponge, I layered Zoya's Kotori, Sailor, Yummy, and Blu, in that order, over Raven. I added "stars" in Zoya Purity. Over all that, I layered a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust, then a final coat of Seche. I'm kinda on the fence about my attempt, but hey, it was my first try. Be kind lol.

Yesterday's mani was rather simple, more of a swatching since I didn't put any nail on it. I had picked Morgan Taylor's Sarong but so Right some time ago, but had yet to wear it. I honestly don't know why I waited so long because it's a beautiful color. This was just two coats and a coat of Seche.

I skipped out on the Stamping Sunday challenge, because none of the choices interested me :P I decided to water marble with half of the new Zoya Naturel Deux collection and two from the previous Naturel collection. I'm blown away at well these marbled together. This mani lasted me until I changed it up for Sarong, and I might have gotten another day out of it too. 

The colors used were Brigitte, Marney, Aubrey, Madeline, and Taylor marbled over Purity. A coat of Seche finished it. Pics are of both hands, first left, then right.

Friday, August 8, 2014

A little pixiedust.....

Happy, happy Friday!

I've got two manis to show you today, both featuring Zoya colors :) For today's Textured Friday feature, I chose to wear Zoya Tomoko. While I still wish Tomoko was more silver, I have to admit it is a beautiful color. Two easy coats and let that dry for about 10 minutes. I stamped over with one of my new Pueen buffet plates, 59, in OPI Pamploma Purple. I absolutely love this color combo! Definitely gave me the effect I was going for :)

Earlier in the week, I happened to be in Pinterest and saw someone I follow post pics of chevron tips with Zoya's Tickled and Bubbly collections. That's where Wednesday's mani comes from. Two coats of Rooney then a coat of Seche. To create the chevrons, I used these stickers I got in a swap last year:

Let me tell you, they made it real easy to create the chevrons. Once I had a sticker straight on the nail, I applied Binx to the tip. I immediately removed the sticker and moved on the next nail. Another coat of Seche finished off the mani.

This mani lasted pretty well; even when I went to take it off yesterday, I had no chips or tipwear. I was quite surprised.