If you follow me on any of my other social media accounts, you've probably already seen this. But I wanted to share it here because I really love all three of these polishes, and I wore this design for like, a week. That's pretty rare for me. What's even more rare is that it lasted that long without chipping. Holos! Yup.
Color Club Over the Moon was the base color here, and it is pretty insane. I've never used a holo with such a great formula, and like most of you, I've tried plenty. It's not thick, per se, but it's not the anemic, imperfection-magnifying formula holo lovers are used to. It applies and wears like a regular, AWESOME, polish. I wore it alone also, for a few days, and I honestly sort of want to wear it again soon. Again, RARE. The color is a clear-toned blue, and the holo is pretty strong.
Color Club Beyond is a charcoal holo, and while the holo isn't as strong as in OTM, it's better than a lot of charcoal holos out there. The real point that needs made here is, again, the formula. Just excellent.
Illamasqua Cameo. This thing is good. The color is simply unique. There are lots of periwinkles out there, from China Glaze's new Fade Into Hue to China Glaze's old(er) Secret Periwinkle (these two are benchmarks to me) but Cameo just has a clarity and eye-catching purity to it's tone. It's bright, but not. It's one of those. And it's my new jam.
I was in the mood for rainbow nails, but rainbows with some oomph. I sat down with four bright polishes and this just sort of happened. There's no real inspiration or idea behind it, I just started painting. The best things (and the most obnoxious, apparently) seem to happen when you start without a plan. I wouldn't suggest it in other parts of your life, like choosing a career for instance, but with paint, it's no big deal. Art is cool. Yeah.
- China Glaze White on White
- China Glaze Purple Panic
- Color Club Explosive
- OPI Did It On Em
- Finger Paints Blue Raspberry Taffy
- Wnw Black Creme
- Seche Retain (as base coat)
- Seche Vite topcoat
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Not a whole lot is said about District 5 in the books, so there's not a lot to go on. However, we do know that it's the district responsible for power. Powering the entire country? No idea, but I would assume so since that's their main "export." For this nail set I tried to represent power in a very general sense, and also in some particular ways. For instance, the three-prong plug is pretty self-explanatory and somewhat general. The nuclear sign is pretty specific. I'm assuming since Panem has nuclear capabilities (District 13) that they would also use nuclear power. For the index (district badge) finger, I represented hydro-electric power with holographic teal, foily silver and a shimmery blue in waving lines. The ring finger is a holographic charcoal with vaguely electricity-themed stripes and the pinky is the District 5 polish from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, which seemed very fitting and is very blingy and excellent on it's own.
- CHina Glaze Hook and Line
- Wet n Wild Black Creme
- CHina Glaze Techno Teal
- China Glaze Icicles
- China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- Color Club Revvvolution
- Orly Luxe
- China Glaze Electrifying
I've been somewhat obsessed with doing the angular/triangle half moons I did a couple weeks ago, and have been looking for another excuse to do them. Last night I did my nails with China Glaze Heli-yum and then on the thumb and ring finger did the little stained glass type design using Heli-Yum, Orly Snowcone, Color Club Twiggie, Puccilious, and Explosive, and a black Stripe Rite polish. I thought it looked pretty decent but all my other fingers seemed so naked, so I took it a step further (perhaps a step too far?). I added a coat of Orly Snowcone over Heli-yum to create the triangle moons then added some silver pyramid studs to top it off. I can't be trusted to judge whether something is too much, or just obnoxious, so I love it.
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Well my first week of Nail Tech school is over, hence the lack of posting this week, and I'm pooped. I'm off on Sundays and Mondays so I'm looking forward to resting the next day or so. It's been incredibly fun so far, but I'm still tired. I'm looking forward to really getting used to my new schedule.
Because I'm now a beauty student, I can officially go into CosmoProf and I just feel like jumping for joy because of that. I've never even been in one, and for the last few years, every time I saw a CosmoProf I'd look at the door as if it were my nemesis and knew somewhere in my mind that one day I'd be walking through it, legit, with my own license. Well, right now it's just my student permit, but it's no less exciting. I went in today and got a ton of China Glaze polishes I'd been wanting including some Halloween ones! (!!!) and OPI A-Taupe the Space Needle which I wanted for the name but it's actually really pretty, too. I also got some hair stuff and I seriously want to go back ASAP for more. I could have stayed there all day... le sigh.
Anyway, this is my manicure right now. I used Essie Knockout Pout, Color Club Twiggie and Wet n Wild White On to colorblock the nails and then applied dots of contrasting color on each block and then made it into leopard with a Migi Nail Art Pen. It's topped with a coat of Seche Vite.
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Today is my birthday and I wanted to do something really obnoxious and bright and I think I have succeeded. HA! Four of the nails are inspired by the new Sephora Electric Safari Collection. I bought one of the cosmetics cases and the bobby pins and I loved the mix of camo and leopard on a clear bag. So i used China Glaze Millenium as a base for all fingers but the ring finger and then put different colors on each nail. For the thumb, I used MAC Dry Martini and OPI Who The Shrek Are You?, for the pointer I used China Glaze Shower Together and For Audrey, for the middle I used NARS Schiap and Nubar Pink Cream, and for the pinkie, i used China Glaze Agent Lavender and Color Club Puccilicious. I did a loose camo design with a dotting tool and those shades and then I used a black Migi nail art pen to do the leopard. On the ring finger I used Nubar Pink Cream, OPI WTSAY?, China Glaze Shower Together and Color Club Puccilicious to do a stripe of each vertically and then did leopard the same way. What do you guys think of the Sephora Electric Safari Collection? How about camo and leopard together?! I think it's awesome!
Hey everyone! I know it's been such a long time and you're probably tired of hearing these things from bloggers coming back from an unexpected hiatus that lasts months, but there it is. I know that while I've been gone, people have still been visiting and I really hope that the content amassed over the last couple years has been helpful. Even though my immediate plans for the blog are to resume posting, it probably won't be daily like before. Not yet, anyway. I really miss sharing my thoughts and pictures with you guys and the contact we used to have. I love hearing from everyone, and I miss it. I've still been reading tons of nail blogs on a regular basis, so I've been able to maintain a small link to the nail blogosphere, but I'm ready to take an active part again. I hope that you guys will join me, and stop in and see me from time to time:)
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Tagged with: camo, nail polish, nails, Leopard, OPI, essie, nail art, China Glaze, union jack, Color Club, crackle
Hey guys, before I talk about this manicure I wanted to put up a little note about the blog sale: with the exception of three packages that I have to send tomorrow, all packages should be out. If you haven't received your package yet and want to contact me for the status of your package, please do so. Between the zillion emails back and forth I've got for this sale and the crazy busy post office and my mind-numbing list of things to do before Christmas, I want to make sure I'm not forgetting anything.
On to the manicure... I hear you through the computer. You are probably bored of bright multi-colored manicures, let alone leopard here on this site, but I did this manicure earlier in the week and it's all I've got to share right now since I've been so busy lately. I used several of my favorite bright colors that I use often to do this multi mani.
Thumb: China Glaze Four Leaf Clover with China Glaze Something Sweet dots, Migi Nail Art Pen
Index: OPI Who THe Shrek Are You? with China GLaze Flyin' High dots, Migi Nail Art Pen
Middle: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue with Nubar Baby Pink dots, Migi Nail Art Pen
Index: China Glaze Four Leaf Clover and Nubar Baby Pink with OPI Shrek and SH Pacific Blue dots, Migi Nail Art Pen
Pinky: Color Club Puccilicious with Essie Shorty Pants dots, Migi Nail Art Pen
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Tagged with: nail polish, nails, bright, Leopard, OPI, Neon, essie, nail art, China Glaze, nubar, Color Club
Hey guys, I'm back from the ether. I've been MIA a lot lately because it seems like a lot of stuff is going on. I'm trying to get Christmas shopping under control and decorating, and to top it off I've had a string of seasonal colds that just pile one on the other and I've been dead tired and lazy. Hopefully it's almost over and I can share lots of fun manicures and products with you through the holidays. Today I'm showing you a manicure I did last week, (and that I'm still wearing... I'm so lazy lately) that I really liked. It's inspired by Wah Nails, which is one of my favorite sources for inspiration. It's a play on this pointy-nailed tribal-type manicure, but my nails are obviously squared and I added my favorite leopard. It looks badass on the pointy nails, and on me it's sort of manifested itself as a chevron French manicure.
I used Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud, Wet n Wild Black Magic and Migi Nail Art Pen in Black on all nails, then for the colored stripe I used Color Club Puccilicious for the thumb, Essie Shorty Pants for the index fingers, Sally Hansen Pacific Blue for the middles, China Glaze Pool Party for the ring fingers, and for the pinkies I used Essie Pretty Edgy.
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Tagged with: nail polish, nails, Leopard, Neon, essie, 80s, Sally Hansen, nail art, french manicure, China Glaze, Color Club
From the Untamed Luxury Collection - $2.49 at transdesign.com and $2.75 at 8ty8beauty.com
Here are two Autumn beauties I purchased recently from the new(ish) Untamed Luxury collection from Color Club. Jewel of a Girl is a rich plum-wine and Nothing But Truffle is a neutral glowy brown. Both are a very smooth shimmer finish that can be sort of glowy in some lights. They both have a hint of frost to them, so the depth in the shimmer isn't what it could be, but they're both equally beautiful no matter which way you slice it. Color Club polishes are of great quality for such a low price, so if you're looking to beef up your collection of vampy Fall colors, Color Club is a good place to start. The application on both polishes is great; they're two coaters and are decently pigmented. They dry quickly but do dry down a little dull so a topcoat is recommended.
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