Shark Week!



Well ladies it's that time again! I'm clearing out my polish stash and also my photo cache!! This mani was one I did a few months back just before I went to Puerto Rico.  I guess it never made it to the blog so I'm breaking it out today since I'm missing summer and beaches and...well not sharks but you get the drift!

I actually didn't super love the way this ended up coming out at the end of the day. I really need to invest in a clear stamper because my waves went all wonky and they're a little uneven but it was still pretty cute! I'm also clearing out my polish stash and I'm aiming to get rid of an ENTIRE HELMER...so there's between 300 and 500 I'm clearing out for good! You can check out my blog sale on StorEnvy.com (check the blog sale tab for the link!) OR email me if you'd like something specific. I'm also doing grab bags this go round. They contain 7 polishes (all full sized and never used or swatched only).  There are loads of brands inlcuded, most are China Glaze and OPI but there are plenty of Zoya's and other bits as well! Those are $20 shipped within the continental US and you can pick those up via StorEnvy or through my email as well. :) Happy shopping!

Zoya Petals: Spring 2016 Collection

Today I have the Zoya Petals collection for you. This is their collection for Spring 2016.  I have to apologize for how late this is going up. My nails have been an absolute WRECK lately (partly due to numerous sandy beach vacations #sorrynotsorry) and I've been waiting for them to improve. Sadly, at this point I don't think that's going to happen in the near future so...here we go and forgive my cuticles and hangnails! 


This is an all shimmer collection but there were two in particular I found to be much less shimmery than the others. This is one of them. It's called Tulip and it's a creamy salmon color with just a hint of shimmer.  I really love this one but I'm a sucker for peach  tones and, not to brag but they look great on me! ;P  As always, two coats no top coat. 


The other one was Laurel.  She's a creamy pastel pink with, again, only a hint of shimmer. This one is also just gorgeous for Spring but I'm not a huge pink girl.


Azalea is sort of Laurel's more shimmery, more punched up cousin. This one is VERY shimmery and also gorgeous matte although I forgot to snap pics of her that way. Just trust me on that. :P



I suppose that makes Zahara the punchy, more shimmery version of Tulip.  This one seemed sheerer than the rest for some reason. I still had some visible nail line after two coats. But still a very pretty Spring shade.



There is one purple in the collection and that's Aster. I LOVE this one. She's sort of a cross between the others in that she's very creamy yet also packed full of shimmer. I think this one was my favorite of the bunch.


Finally we come to Leia.  Leia is really sort of an odd man (woman?) out. She's a shimmery, opalescent shade but she's very sheer and has a sort of duo-chrome lean to her. I've shown here here over nothing, on my pinky and index, and then over black and white so you can see how she reacts to different bases. She reminds me a lot of Orly Twilight and Essie Pure Pearlfection. 

Which one is your favorite?

**These polishes were provided to me for my unbiased review. I have not been compensated for my opinion**

Failed It! Pond of broken hearts...



This is another Failed It! mani.  This one actually doesn't look too horrendous it just wasn't what I wanted it to be.  I started with the intention to do a pond mani but with a solid base since I chose yellow and I didn't want it to look like I just had awful yellow nails!  The mistake I made was to make the hearts too big so there's nowhere to add the next layer of them. :(  I also felt like they were all different sizes and they sort of ran a bit when I added the sheer polish which made them look bulky and less well shaped.  At any rate it wasn't my worst mani but it needs work!!

In dreams...



So this design is inspired by a yoga mat that I'm just DYING to have but can't really rationalize. It costs around $100 and I already have TWO yoga mats that are in perfect shape. Still I think it's so gorgeous and I decided that if I couldn't have it maybe I could at least immortalize it's glory on my nails. They came out pretty stellar too! I wore these until I couldn't possibly wear them anymore due to wear. :(  



Isn't it just the most beautiful thing? What's at the top of your wishlist?

Forty Great Nail Art Ideas: Red



Friday is here again! This week its red day in the New Crumpets Nail Tarts. Which should be fairly obvious because you know I'd NEVER do straight red nails otherwise!! My secondary prompt was negative space which I actually love -- on other people! lol...my nails go one of two ways; either they're naked for months or they're constantly polished. Since I've been consistently wearing polish and I'm lazy about base coats I have some not so pretty naked nails. :( But that being said, the base of my nail looks great so this design was a no brainer. I hope you enjoy these! Check out the other girls art below!




Forever the Ugly Duckling



It's the final day of Nail Heroes week with The Digital Dozen and today I'm paying homage to another blogger.  This one is Marina of Forever the Ugly Duckling.  Marina is not strictly a nail blogger, she also blogs about clothes and makeup and various other things.  She's also a vegan so she uses only vegan polishes and I actually have ALL the polishes she used for this cool leopard design. You guys know how I love a good leopard print!! I love Marina because she posts cute, cheap, vegan stuff and she has such a cute personality. Like many bloggers, she sadly hasn't blogged since 2014 and that makes me super sad. :(  But I'm sure she's out there in the real world somewhere living an awesome, vegan life! :P

http://www.forevertheuglyduckling.com/2011/01/notd-glittery-leopard-print-using.html

You can check out these nails and loads of other fun things on Marina's blog by clicking the picture!! Also check out the other girls art below!!




Chalkboard Nails...


For today's design I decided to do a design by Chalkboard Nails. Her designs are AMAZING and her precision is unrivaled.  I think her stuff is beautiful AND she does awesome tutorials. Although she also really loves to do tape mani's and let's face it ya'll...I HATE tape mani's. :P I don't get around to looking at her blog much but I have mad respect for the fact that she's made a HUGE impact on the blogger world and in turn, she has inspired the people who inspire me. I think that deserves a mention this week!! I decided to recreate her Mid Century Modern Nail art and like I expected, it didn't turn out nearly as nice as hers but I do think a major reason is I didn't have the same colors she had and my grey and red particularly are way off.

http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2016/01/mid-century-modern-nail-art.html#more

*Sigh* it's just beautiful though isn't it?  Check out more of Chalkboard Nails' AMAZING (and difficult to recreate!) nail art by clicking on the picture above!! And don't forget to check out the other girls art below!!



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