Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Gifted Polish

Hey guys!  Its Tuesday and that means another loved Twinsie Tuesday post.  This weeks prompt it Gifted Polish.  We recently did a batch of hiring at work, so we've had a few new people to train.  Most were high school kids to work the evening shifts.  One of my trainees spent most of her training time with me and on the last day of her training, she brought me a polish.  It was so sweet!  She said 'I know training people kind of sucks and you love nail polish, so!'.  I was very taken aback from her sincere gift.  I thought it was one of the sweetest things.




This is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mermaid's Tale.  I haven't every tried any of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes, but I've heard good things.  After trying this polish, those good things were confirmed!  Mermaid's Tale is a deep blue jelly based polish with blue and green medium hexes and smaller micro glitters in blue.  Application was really nice, especially due to the brush shape.  Its almost an oval shape and its wide.  Pretty much perfect for my nail shape.  The glitters were easy to apply too, I had no problems!  I used two coats for this.  Next time,  I might try wearing it over a darker color for some more depth.







As usual, don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies this week!
-Kelly
Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
                                                                      Traci at DrinkCitra 




Monday, April 14, 2014

Studded Cuticles

Good morning, all!  I hope everyone's weekend went well.  I think Spring is finally hitting us, so that means more sunshine.  Thank goodness, too!  I don't think I could stand another cloudy day around here.



Today, I have a fun studded nail design for you all.  It seems like gem nails have really become big in the nail world.  I follow a few professional nail artists on Instagram, so you can say that these were inspired by a bunch of really talented ladies and gentlemen!  I used a base of Picture Polish Sky, the perfect shade of sky blue.  I added the larger stud, a stunning iridescent looking gem, then added the other smaller ones in orange, magenta and lavender.  I loved all of the colors together as the iridescent picked up some really amazing shades.  They accent in a really fun way that I am really happy with.  I was afraid the colors weren't similar enough but they ended up working really well together.







How do you guys like these nails?  Are gem looking nails your think or would you pass?
-Kelly

Friday, April 11, 2014

Picture Polish: Hope

Happy Friday, everyone!  You really didn't think I'd go a week without Picture Polish, right?  I'm pretty sure no week will be without it from here on out.  Its a serious addiction, and one that I thoroughly love.  At least I know I have one, right?  Admitting you have a problem is the first step to...wait no.  I'm good on just admitting the problem.



This is Picture Polish Hope.  One day I just decided I absolutely NEEDED this polish, so here I am.  This is an interesting shade.  A deep teal with the Picture Polish holographic shards along with blue hexes.  Those hexes are like hidden gems in this polish, hiding out until the light hits them just right and they get their chance to shine.  I want a million more shades like this!  I used two coats and formula was great.







I purchased this shade from Overall Beauty.
-Kelly

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OPI: Toucan Do It If You Try

Hey guys!  I have the last of my OPI Brazil polishes for you guys today.  I was extremely pleased with this collection.  The colors were bright without being too in your face, and perfect for the upcoming summer months.



This is OPI Toucan Do It If You Try, a bright orange coral polish. My camera went a little nutso with this shade again, so its showing up more bright than in real life.  I apologize.  I used two coats for this and found the formula to be a bit on the thicker side.  Not too bad, but worth noting I feel.  I keep on thinking which shade will be perfect for my vacation pedicure, and each one I wear is.  I will have a hard time deciding in July!  Maybe I will set up a poll for you all to decide for me?!





What do you guys think of this shade?
-Kelly

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Colors By Llarowe: It's Shocking

Good morning, all!  I have a new brand to show off today.  Llarowe, the famous polish site from which all our addictions are provided to us, released their own brand of polish.  Colors By Llarowe has really taken off and I keep seeing it more and more.  I am currently on the hunt  for the perfect hot pink holographic polish.  I asked one of my Facebook nail groups to give me suggestions, and this polish was one of them!




This is Colors By Llarowe I'ts Shocking.  A bright magenta pink polish with a linear holographic.  My first impression of this line is great!  The formula was amazing!  No dragging or balding as so many holos have.  I used two coats and my Glisten & Glow topcoat.  There was no apparent holo dulling, either.  While I really do love this polish and am happy to have it in my collection, I will say it wasn't the hot pink I was looking for.  My search continues!  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.







I purchased this shade from Harlow & Co.
-Kelly

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Favorite Glitter Topper Polish

Good morning, all!  Its another Twinsie Tuesday prompt, and this was a fun one!  I have a ton of glitter topper polishes in my collection, so it was a bit of a challenge to pick just one!



I ended up with one of my newer polishes, OPI Rose of Light.  I picked this up on a whim, as from the press release picture, none of the new OPI glitter toppers really stunned me.  However, once I saw this in person I had to have it!  If you were a fan of OPI In True Stefani Fashion (which I happened to score on the same day for just .46 cents!), you'll like this one.  Its the exact same polish just in a rose gold tone.  There are micro hexes in rose gold and some square rose colored glitters with a holographic shine. I have been such a sucker for rose gold toned things, lately.  Partly due to my obsession over my Naked 3 palette!  I layered this over Picture Polish Wisteria, and loved how they looked together!  It's actually been a while since I layered some glitter as just a plain mani.  Usually it goes with some nail art of sorts.







As usual, don't forget to check out the rest of the ladies this week!
-Kelly
Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
                                                                      Traci at DrinkCitra 





Monday, April 7, 2014

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust: Vega

Happy Monday, everyone!  I'm finally feeling like I'm back on track with things. My test went ok, and I have posts ready for the week!  Plus I'm back to reading A Dance with Dragons, so what could be better than that?!



Today I have Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Vega.  This is the last of the trio of the Magical Pixie.  When I first applied this, I thought that this was my least favorite one.  I was wrong.  Sorely wrong. Vega looks very baby blue in the bottle but on the nail it pulls more of a teal sea blue.  I used two coats of this (with a glitter off base soon to come!)  and it applied much like the others.  Chunky, but really not that hard to applied.   Vega has the large holographic hexes and some smaller ones.  Lovely, just as the others.






You can find Zoya Nail Polish from their website.
-Kelly