Friday, July 17, 2015

Mix and Match...


We've reached the end!! For today I scrapped the whole design I started with and just did some fun alternating patterns.  As you can see, it's STILL freaking storming like the end of the world outside.  In fact I've lost power several times just trying to get these up. :( I love storms but this is getting ridiculous!  At any rate I hope you enjoyed this week's designs. Check out the other girls art below! Thanks for joining us for another fun week of art!


Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Tale of Two Fails...


OK ya'll I apologize in advance for today's look.  Originally I intended to do a tape mani over the look from yesterday and just let the colors peek through.  Only thing is I couldn't get any of my striping tape to stick to my nails!  So I scrapped that and decided to stamp instead.  This cracked stamp looked super cool on the plate but it was much more open than I thought it would be and for some reason the stamp came out very translucent.  In a nutshell, I just didn't like it.  One thing that's great about top coating in between stamping is...


 You can wipe it off and start over!!  Over the 4th of July weekend I started playing with free-handed open leopard print and I thought perhaps a little leopard could save this fun base pattern.  I actually really liked it and, of course I LOVE fitting leopard into these challenges!! Only thing is when I went to photograph it was storming heavily (again) and all the pictures look so blurry! :(  As I'm on a strict time limit to get these mani's in at the moment I didn't have time to wait for it to let up to take better pics but it's a reminder that I need to really work on getting my light box set up and operable.  So today you get two fails. :/  Oh well, live and learn.  You can still see some awesome art today by following the links below!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Neon Haze...



So here we go with day three!! As you can see I've only just added onto yesterday's waterfall by basically doing a reverse waterfall on the bottom.  I started with the idea of really lining these up neatly and making sort of a striped pattern with breaks of white in between but then I wanted to fill the space more so I started dragging them together more.  I also dabbled in the idea of glitter on the top but then I just really liked the effect and decided to stop here!  I might play with this idea more in the future because I think it could be really cool with mixed textures or finishes! Check out the other girls art below and stay tuned for massive fail day tomorrow! ;P

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Don't go chasin' waterfalls...



Day two of neon week has arrived.  To be honest I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get through this week as I'm still working 50+ hours a week and tending to a sick hamster.  So the only way I knew I could get any of these up was to go back to basics.  For the original two Digital Dozen challenges I gave myself the extra challenge of layering my looks.  So day one I'd start with something and then each day I would add to it.  That was the plan for this challenge too although I had some hiccups along the way which you'll see! At any rate I started out small with this neon waterfall.  This was basically the only day there was any sun too so it's nice and bright and happy but it was short lived!  Check out the other girls art below!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Digital Dozen does....NEON!


It's time for another week of art with The Digital Dozen!  This week our them is neon.  I actually only own about three neon colors so this will be an interesting week for me.  I started out today with this simple look which is meant to be like neon lights.  I used a nail art pen for the letters because I wanted them to have a sort of raised appearance and they turned out decent though not as well as I'd hoped!  Next time I might work on a way to give them a glowing effect.  I hope you enjoy them and don't forget to check out the other girls art below! :)


Saturday, July 4, 2015

OPI Petal Soft



This is just a quick post today! Sorry to say it's not very patriotic either but I still hope all my US followers are having a great, festive 4th of July!  A few weeks ago I picked up the first new polishes I've bought in a long while, and this one was among them.  I normally don't go for the whole shaped glitter thing but I love the pink glitter and little flowers in this one!  It's very girly and soft.  I layered it over Zoya Leah, which seemed very lavender to me until the pink went on and now it seems more taupe.  Still I quite liked the mix of the neutral with the pastel glitter.  I hope to have some new posts for you guys very soon! This coming week my baby Robo dwarf hamster, Tillie, is having a surgery so I'm going to be pretty occupied...


...but I'm trying to get some things prepared for you! Enjoy the holiday! What's your favorite shape glitter polish?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SinfulColors Having a Blast summer 2015 collection

I've got a new collection to show you today!  I'm not super familiar with this brand although I've seen them in stores so this is a new experience for me. The brand is SinfulColors and they are all three free but unfortunately, not vegan. :(  They are also sold in drugstores and what I would consider very affordable at 1.99 a bottle (you can catch them for .99 on sale)!  From what I can gather a lot of the colors in this collection are re-promotes for summer but there is at least one totally new shade (Star Blast Off) and one of the colors is exclusive to Walgreens (Green Ocean). Here's the official word from SinfulColors:

This 4th of July, it's all about fun, fireworks and fierce polish.  The seven dynamic hues in the SinfulColors Having A Blast collection gets you in the American spirit while looking fresh and festive whether painted on toes or tips.  Saturated red, white and blue lend a classic touch, while a glitter shade adds a zesty spark to any mani or pedi. It's the perfect way to kick off your summer festivities.
 
These seven explosive shades from SinfulColors will ensure you have a 
star-spangled holiday.


So let's get it going with Hot Spot! Hot Spot is a cobalt blue with tons of shimmer! I was impressed with the formula on these.  This is two coats and while in direct sunlight there's a touch of visible nail line, in natural lights it's opaque.  I used a base coat and had no staining with this one which is also a huge plus.

  
Here's Hot Spot with a coat of Star Blast Off.  I didn't choose to fish for the star glitter, although you certainly can, but I ended up with two of them anyway so it's not nearly as bad as some other toppers with large glitter.  Depending on how much you want you may have to do a bit of fishing though as is expected with the larger ones.


Next up is Ruby Ruby.  This one is just a classic red.  Look how shiny these dry!  I didn't use any topcoat on these as per usual because I like you guys to know what you're in for when they dry naturally.  Again this is two easy coats and no staining on my nails with two coats of base coat. This one WILL stain your cuticles a bit though so careful when polishing (or use some liquid latex!).   



Again here we have Ruby Ruby with a coat of Star Blast Off and again, no fishing but somehow I got two stars on the same nails as previously!  Guess they just like those nails. :P


Here we have Snow Me White. This one is really great if you're looking for a nice, one coat white.  Except but one nail here, where I got a little heavy with my brush stroke and ended up with a streak, these are one coat of Snow Me White. This one is going in my stamping pile for sure!


Here we have Show Me White with a coat of Star Blast Off. Still no fishing and still two little stars.  Only complaint here is that the red glitter has bled into the base so there's a pinkish hue to the polish rendering it useless over white. :(  I've seen this in stores and the bottles all appear to have clear bases so maybe it's limited to a few bottles but in time, they may all bleed so just be aware.  It's still great for use over the red and blue!!


Then we have Out of This World.  This one is a shimmery silver.  It reminds me of OPI Happy Anniversary.  They could almost be twins! It's sheerer and more opaque depending on the lighting and how you turn your nail!  This is two coats of Out of This World.


 This swatch is Out of this World with Green Ocean over the top.  You can see that it gets a greenish tint and the flakies look really iridescent here.  I actually loved this combo although...


Green Ocean REALLY comes to life over black and/or darker colors.  You can see how it shifts from blue to green and the flakies and glitter really pop! If you have a Walgreens near you this one is definitely worth picking up!

Overall I liked this collection and I think its great for the 4th of July and the summer months.  I can see myself using some of these over and over!  It's a great deal for 1.99 each and you can never have too many one coat whites if you're a nail artist! What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

You can learn more about SinfulColors by checking them out online! Visit their website at: SinfulColors.com or visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!




**These colors were sent to me for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.**