Thursday, October 31, 2013

Glittery Halloween Skittle Skulls

Happy Halloween! Today I've got my third Halloween look that I wore this year-- glitter bomb skulls!

This was a bunch of free-handing... free-hand skulls, free-hand glitter placement, free-hand dots... free-hand! I used my dotting tools to glob out a general skull shape, dotted on some eyes and a nose, then used my black striper to add in teeth grooves. From there, I added silver dots to my other fingers, dipped my entire pinky into hex glequins, then hand placed random glenquins around the skulls. Very sparkly with just a touch of spooky! :)

Polishes Used
Sinful Colors Black on Black
OPI Your Royal Shineness
Sweet Heart Polish Scare-o-Lantern (as a base for all that glitter!)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Glow-in-the-Dark Stripes

Hello there! Today I have one of 3 looks I wore this year for Halloween. I wanted to go with something fun and bold so I did alternating black and orange stripes! 

The fun part about these is that I painted a coat of glow-in-the-dark over the orange, so I had glowing stripes at night! I also experimented with adding some glitter on the tips... that was definitely a fail. I mixed loose glitter into a blob of clear coat and dabbed it on my tips. I ended up with something close to a textured polish with almost no shine. Very strange... probably will not be trying that again!

This was also attempt #2 at a new nail shape... this time less of an extreme point. It worked out better this time with less of an extreme shape but no. Just no. The day after these pictures were taken, I broke my pointer nail clean off at the fingertip and cracked the side of my thumb. So needless to say, I'm rocking some shorties now. Oh well... maybe one day I can change nail shapes, but for now round is the way to go! :)

Polishes Used
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Sinful Colors Glow-in-the-Dark Topcoat
Covergirl #245

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

OPI Spotted Halloween

Hey there! Today I've got a quick look I threw together using OPI's Black Spotted and some fun Halloween neons. I painted on random splotches of colors then gave them a coat of Black Spotted to complete a colorful peek-a-boo look.

I was in a rush when I did this look and kinda laid on the Black Spotted a bit heavily (which is why my pinky is practically black!). See all those cracks? Oops... I should have let my base color dry a bit longer! Lessons learned...

Polishes Used
OPI Black Spotted
Funky Fingers Atomic Poppy
Funky Fingers Riot
Color Club Feelin' Groovy

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

NOTD: Summery Stripes (Really... lots and lots of stripes!)

Hi there! Today I've got a look that I sported a few weeks ago when it was a little more summer and a little less autumn. It looks so dull out today I needed to bring some color into things... and you can't deny that with this mani!

Taken near dusk, so my skin looks a bit off.

I started off with a white base coat to make everything pop, then went crazy with polish and my paintbrush as a I free-handed stripes! I tried to keep an orange/pink/purple theme but ended up sneaking in some greens and yellows. Overall... I should've planned the colors and placement of stripes a lot better. Everything's a little inconsistent and fuzzy. I also think I need to invest in actual nail art brushes (at least a striper) to help my designs look better. Look for a revamp in the future!

Polishes Used
Sinful Colors Snow Me White (as a base)
Funky Fingers Kiss The Girl
Funky Fingers Like Clockwork
Funky Fingers Pop Artist
Fresh Paint High Voltage
Sally Hansen Plum Power (#230)
Piggy Polish Damsel In This Dress
NYC Midtown Mimosa (#153)
Hot Topic Green (No label information!)
Color Club Feelin' Groovy
Zoya Hope
Zoya Roxy

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

NOTD: Blue Mix-n-Match Featuring Zoya Polishes

Hello there!

Today I've got a quick look for you that I freehanded using some of the blue shades I have. I didn't realize it, but I actually have a lot of Blue Zoya polishes (which is strange, since I only have about 8 of their polishes!). In addition to the three below, I also have Zoya Natty, which I used as a base in this swatch post.

Taken in natural, overcast light.

I kinda mixed glitters and matte in this mani, and went with a silver & blue scheme. I heard that a lot of others were having staining issues with Liberty, so I was super careful to layer it over other polishes. This was my first experience with textured polish and I'm kinda "eh" about it.

Polishes Used
Thumb- 2 coats Zoya Twila over Color Club Chelsea Girl + topcoat
Pointer- Chelsea Girl over Zoya Phoebe with silver glittter accent of Color Club Fine Silver
Middle- Zoya Liberty over Phoebe with Fine Silver accent
Ring- Liberty on the very tip over Twila over Chelsea Girl + topcoat
Pinky- Liberty over Chelsea Girl, just to prevent staining + topcoat

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Giveaway Win: Wingin' It Lacquer Fall Shades

Hey there everyone! Great news- I won another giveaway! I can definitely say that I love being a part of the nail polish world with all of the generous giveaways that are always happening! :)

This time I won three polishes from Wingin' It Lacquer: Burning Leaves, Falling Leaves, and Sizzler.

For whatever reason, Burning Leaves didn't have a label on it, but no worries! It's still a stunning color- a gorgeous coppery red color with a gold-ish shimmer. Next up is Falling Leaves, a yellow-based jelly with red and orange shards and micro glitter. This looks so pretty layered! Finally is Sizzler, a plum color with a silver foil in it. It has so much depth and is perfect for late fall when you want something vampy. 

Here we have 2 coats of Burning Leaves, 1 coat of Falling Leaves over 2 coats of Burning Leaves; 4 coats of Falling Leaves (it's almost opaque!), and 2 coats of Sizzler. I love the way that Falling Leaves makes Burning Leaves a lovely orange color.... so perfect for fall!

A big thanks to Crystal from Wingin' It Lacquer for this fantastic giveaway gift!