Saturday, April 25, 2015

Throw some glitter make it rain...

So I haven't had a TON of time lately to do anything really intricate on my nails. However, what's better than a glitter gradient?  I LOVE these and I don't know why but they never get old for me.  This one was especially nice because the holo glitter made pretty colors AND the different sizes caught the light for an epically sparkly effect.  I think that glitter gradients and leopard are definitely my go to lazy day mani's! What are yours?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Roses are red...

So it's been awhile since this blog had any new content which, I promise you is something I'm working on!  Family emergencies and health issues and other things have really gotten in the way of my nail painting as of late.  I can't wait to get back on track though and start showing you some new designs. My nails have been sadly naked for far too long! So here's an older post that never made it on here because honestly, after I photographed it I just didn't love it at all.  I hope you all have a fun weekend and I hope to see you all again soon! :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bee Polished and the Digital Dozen featuring Sassy Shelly!

It's day two of the Digital Dozen's childhood challenge! Today I'm featuring a mani by Sassy Shelly! I used to LOVE school when I was younger so this one really jumped out at me.  In fact my mother used to buy us lesson plans for the summer! Of course I still loved school when I got older which probably explains why I now hold about four college degrees! Learning just never gets old, does it? Check out the details on these nails by clicking here and don't forget to check out the other ladies art below! :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Digital Dozen does...CHILDHOOD!

This week the inspiration for The Digital Dozen is Childhood. Unfortunately, due to a whole host of issues, I will be sitting this week out.  However, never fear because the other ladies are cranking out AH-mazing art as usual.  Just check out these crazy cool Power Rangers inspired nails by Adventures In Acetone.  Power Rangers is a little after my time but I recall my brother watching that show everyday without fail! There were puttys and ridiculously unbelievable foe and who can forget the whole green ranger/white ranger saga.  Definitely brings me back to my younger days! Visit Adventures in Acetone and all the other ladies blogs by clicking the links below!! :) 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bling It On!

I gave you a preview of this collection on Tuesday and today I'm going to show you the remaining four colors!  I'll start by saying that these glitters all went on very easily and came off a GLITTER!  Barielle indicates that they can be worn alone, and while that is true certainly, these are NOT full coverage glitters.  All but two of them are micro glitter or shimmer with larger hex glitters mixed in.  This means that they are great for laying over things but at the same time, depending on the base color they will look quite different.  I've swatched them all using one coat of glitter over two coats of white, black, a complementary shade, and a nude.  These colors, like all Barielle polishes, are five free and vegan. :) So let's see them already!!

First up is Sea Urchin, a sea foam green glitter according to Barielle.  It's a sea foam shimmer with larger hexes and circles in yellow, green and teal.  The shimmer felt a little heavy on the black nail for me. I think this one is best over a similar shade. 

Next up is Angel Dust, described as a sheer, iridescent glitter.  Basically that does sum this one up. I LOVE this one over black and it's also quite ethereal over the nude and white shades.  The glitter shifts depending on the base and the lighting so this one is a fun one to play with! It's along the lines of China Glaze Snow Globe.  Also, excuse the variance in these photos. In the middle of my swatching I got a new camera and changed my nail shape. :/

Here we have Golden Halo. This one is a gold shimmer with pink glitter in it.  I originally felt this one was a bit girly for me but I ended up loving it.  I think it works really well over all the colors although the black was probably my least favorite layering combo.

Finally we come to Amethyst.  I knew out the gate that this one wasn't my style and it didn't do anything for me on the nail either. It's purple large hexes in a clear base. I will say that although it appears to be tacoed, it isn't. It was perfectly flat on my nail.  If large glitters like this are your thing then this is one that you'll love! :)

Which one are you most excited to pick up?

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Barielle Bling It On Sneak Peek...

So I let you know last week that coming up I would have the new Barielle glitter collection for you.  It's been awhile since they released a collection with glitter polishes so I'm really excited to share these with you! There will actually be TWO glitter collections but this week I'm going to share with you the Bling it On collection.  I don't normally do sneak peeks but a lot of you may have seen this picture floating around the internet and while the colors look pretty in the pic, the real thing is SOO much better! Today I'm going to show you my favorite of the bunch and then on Thursday if you come back you can see the whole thing. :)  When I got the release I expected to like Sea Urchin the best. It has all the things I love in it BUT....Shooting Star is the real stand out of the bunch in my opinion:

Barielle is calling her a blue/purple metallic glitter. While that's accurate I think the word duo chrome should be in there for sure!! In the shot above you can see how she shifts on the bottle as well as the nail I've done over black.  I tried to do these on a few different things so you can see how they work with other colors.  Over the white there is mostly just larger blue glitters.  You CAN see the purple/blue shift of the shimmer but it's more subtle.  The blue nail shows off more of the shimmer and shift and while you can still see the larger glitter it's less noticeable.  The pinky is meant to display what it might look like on a neutral or a bare nail.  You can see a lot more shimmer there and the blue glitters stand out.  Then we have black.  Magical, wonderful black.  This is the color where the duo chrome REALLY comes alive and while the glitters are visible, they're not center stage here.  Definitely my favorite color combo!  

SOOO pretty. If you pick up no other colors, this one is a must have.  The swatches above are all ONE coat of Barielle glitter over two coats of a base.  There is no curling or sticking up of the glitters and I did not have to fish for them.  :) Stay tuned for more! Which one are you dying to see next?

*The colors above have been provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinions*

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Weekend Catchup...

It's that time again! Time to do a little weekly check in with you all! As I sat down to write this the above happened and that pretty much sums up the week for me. Every time I get ready to do something I get stopped by something else.  Still, it was a pretty eventful week as far as things go.  I'm also SUPER excited to inform you that coming up this week I have swatches of a new GLITTER collection from Barielle. It's really got some stunners in it and I think you're going to love them.  I managed some shorter posts this week so I feel like I'm getting back into a groove and hopefully I'll be back on a regular schedule soon. :)

My cooking adventures continued this week. I finally got motivated to make some bread and now I'm getting ready to try out some new bread recipes. I think the real issue I have with a lot of them is that they take ALL day and/or require loads of kneading.  I like bread but if I'm honest if I don't make it I don't really eat it at all. I can go weeks without ever touching it.  It's still a daily battle with my stomach issues but the bread seemed to go alright so I'm hoping to find some easy and tasty new recipes this week.

We also tried out making our own mozzarella this week. It was a huge fail. I thought it was the milk at first but batch two is going fairly similar today so now I'm thinking maybe it's the rennet.  I guess I'll have to keep working on that one! 

Caoimhe turned two this week!  I can't believe we rescued her over a year ago.  I had a whole thing planned out for her but I got really emotional over the kitty I lost just before we got her and that made it difficult to want to do much celebrating. :(  She seemed to enjoy her day anyway though so I suppose it was a win regardless!  I hope you all had a great week!  If any of you are bakers I'd love some bread recipes! ;)  Can't wait for you to see the new glitters next week too so don't forget to check in and see how you like them! And remember, you can always check my instagram @Bee_Polished for quick nail art, tips and tricks that don't always show up here! :)