18 5 / 2012

I love this look. It’s so great for summertime- bright, eye-catching, and sparkly!

Thumb, middle finger & ring finger- Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry Nail Enamel in 405 “Peachy”, 3 coats.

Thumb & ring finger- China Glaze Capitol Colors Collection “Luxe and Lush”, 2 coats.

Pointer finger & pinky- Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri “Peachy Breeze”- 2 coats.

13 5 / 2012

I’m sure a lot of you have already seen this polish, but I am so obsessed with it I had to post it!

This is “Fast Track” from the China Glaze Hunger Games “Capitol Colors” collection.

It’s not nearly as grey as it looks in the picture…it’s more of a yellow-undertone nude/taupe color with gold glitter. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I was surprised that I was able to get it so opaque, as the polish itself is so sheer. It reaches opacity in 3 coats, but with 4 you can get absolute opacity.

I have been searching for the set that was exclusive to Ulta for two months and last week I finally found it. Yay! The collection is four minis which also includes “Agro”, “Smoke and Ashes” & “Luxe and Lush”. The rest of these polishes will undoubtedly find their way onto this blog sooner or later :)

05 5 / 2012

Sally Hansen’s “Blue Me Away!”- 2 coats

Revlon’s “Blue Mosaic”- 2 coats on thumb and ring finger.

I think this is super fun and bright for summer and would be a great look for the beach! “Blue Me Away!” is a bright, electric blue color that is still one of my all time favorite polishes. Great opacity in 2 coats. “Blue Mosaic” is a gorgeous multi-dimensional glitter with blue, silver, and green confetti.

23 4 / 2012

I am so obsessed with this nail polish. It’s insane.

This is “Beetle” from Hard Candy, and it’s a gorgeous holographic polish. It can change from a deep purple to a forest green to golden bronze, and sometimes, in certain lighting, it even looks red.

The polish itself is pretty sheer, so I put it over top of a deep purple color.

Two coats reached maximum opacity and the consistency is near-perfect- just a little bit thick.

I cannot recommend this polish enough. I think it’s a pretty good dupe for some of the polishes in the Orly Mineral FX line, which runs between $8-10. I found “beetle” at Walmart for $4!

And the best part? I slapped a topcoat on my nails (Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri) and it hasn’t chipped one bit yet…it’s been almost 5 days!

06 4 / 2012

Happy Easter!

These glittery pastel gradient nails remind me of Easter egg and could not be easier to do!

1) Paint your nails a solid color. I used Essie’s “a crewed interest” which is a pale pink, but you can use white or whatever pale color you want.

2) Next, take a makeup sponge (the wedge shape) and on he squared end, paint your three (or two or four, or however many you wish!) colors and stamp it onto your nail. When you’re doing this, you want to work fast so that the sponge doesn’t dry out!

3) Let the first coat of the gradient dry- it will probably be very light. Next, you’re going to repeat step two to reach maximum opacity.

4) You’re welcome to leave the look as it is and just finish with a clear topcoat (picture four is the look without glitter), but I love the way the glitter looks. It also helps to sort of blend all the colors together and cover up imperfections.

5) Take a cotton swab and dip it in nail polish remover to clean up around your nail bed.

6) Cover with a top coat and enjoy!

Polishes used:

Essie “a crewed interest” (base coat)

Love & Beauty “Mint”

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear “Lacey Lilac”

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Blue Away”

Spoiled by Wet n’ Wild “Shaken Snow Globe”

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

27 3 / 2012

These dual-tone nails are probably some of my favorites ever!

It’s super simple too!

First, paint your entire nail bed one color. I used Funky Fingers “Taffy Town”, though I don’t recommend this polish too much because it takes about 3 coats for opacity and it has a very dull finish. Make sure you begin with the lighter color!

Second, let it dry completely. Then, take small pieces of scotch tape and tape it through the middle of your nail on a diagonal. You may want to get a friend to help with this, just to make sure it’s all straight!

Third, paint your second color. I used Revlon’s “Siren”, my favorite fiery orange color. If you use a color darker than the base coat, it should only take one coat to achieve opacity.

Fourth, peel the tape off when your nails are still tacky. I would suggest waiting about two minutes, but if you have quick dry polish you may want to do it earlier. This is important so that the tape doesn’t take off any polish with it.

Fifth, (optional!) take a nail art brush or pen and paint a thin line where the two colors meet. I used Color Club’s Art Club in “Fine Gold”.

Finally, top it all off with a topcoat! Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri No-Chip topcoat is my absolute favorite, as it dries quick and makes your nails super glossy.

13 3 / 2012

Congratulations to strawberrysera!

And thank you to all who entered!

13 3 / 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
This is just Sally Hansen HD Nail Lacquer in 04 “Hi-Def”, which is a pearlescent green color, with gold stripes from Color Club’s Art Club Nail Art Lacquer in “Fine Gold”. I used three coats of the Sally Hansen for maximum opacity and two of the gold nail art polish.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This is just Sally Hansen HD Nail Lacquer in 04 “Hi-Def”, which is a pearlescent green color, with gold stripes from Color Club’s Art Club Nail Art Lacquer in “Fine Gold”. I used three coats of the Sally Hansen for maximum opacity and two of the gold nail art polish.

13 3 / 2012

Unfortunately, the original winner failed to contact me within the twenty four hours…I have contacted the new winner, and same rules apply- they must respond within the next 24 hours.

12 3 / 2012

I’ll be announcing the winner within the next hour…thanks and good luck to all who entered!