Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ILNP Amazing Multichrome and Flakies Goodness (Undenied and Neon Rosebud)

Prepare for some more spam.  I couldn't get enough pictures of this mani.  I was in love and sad that I put it over Yellow Stopper so I only got a day out of it.  Well, I could have gotten more but I had a Helmer to put together!!  So of course it chipped to hell.

Seriously, this post is PIC HEAVY.  I apologize in advance, but I am just so freakin' excited (insert gif here :-p ) to have these in my collection!!

Prepare yourselves!
Okay, last warning, here you go.


Do you hear angels singing?  I do.  Okay, more pics (and different lighting situations) after the jump.  Click the Read More link below!

Santa Suit and Reindeer Mani

Whelp, I know it's now after Christmas, and I couldn't get these up before the actual holiday.  I'm sorry.  But, I still wanted to share these with you and my experience with yet another KBShimmer polish!

So here's Santa (or part of him, at least!) and one of his reindeer bringing you some (belated) Christmas joy!  Click Read More down below for additional pics and reviews.

Christmas Mani

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Quick Post: Manis for friends

I love it when I can share my passion for nail art with friends and family.

Over the course of one weekend I painted manis for four of my friends and family.  Unfortunately I only got pics of three of them, but I figured I'd share them with you!

I started with my good friend's nails, which were also "cocknails" (instead of cocktails).  I'm sad I didn't get a pic of my other friend's nails, but I think we may have been a bit toasted when hers were finished.  Oh well.  On Nikki's nails (below) I used Zoya Jolie over OPI Alpine Snow, then used nail vinyls similar to the ones I did myself (since her nails are so tiny I used the skinny chevrons from Glam My Mani and still could only fit two on her nails)  Then I put Orly Star Spangled over the vinyls and pulled them off when they were still wet.  Then I used the Christmas tree nail vinyl (also from Glam My Mani) paired with OPI LAMB, then OPI 18K gold topcoat on her thumb.

For my neighbor friend's nails, I used two coats of Zoya Nori for all but her ring finger.  I used Essie On A Silver Platter for her ring finger.  I stamped snowflakes over Zoya Nori with Essie No Place Like Chrome, and over On A Silver Platter with Essie Aruba Blue, which stamps surprisingly well!

I used my Cici&Sisi jumbo set 1 stamping plates for the snowflakes.

Then I painted my sis-in-law's nails.  I used two coats of KBShimmer Holly Back Girl over one coat of Essie Blanc, then stamped snowflakes using Zoya Posh and Zoya Veruschka.  I was also amazed at how well Posh stamps!!

Anyway, I had fun with my friends and family, and like I said, I love to share my hobby with people that can appreciate it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Christmas Tree Mani with Nail Vinyls

I had been inspired by all of the beautiful white and gold Christmas manis I've been seeing, so I did one myself!  And I decided to throw in the red and pearl white chevron that I was doing for that one mani... you know, the effed up one with the upside down Santa.  *eyeroll*

Anyway, here are some festive nails for you (albeit after the holiday) with more pics and info after the jump!  Click the Read More link to see more!

Christmas Tree mani using nail vinyls

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Doctor Lacquer Apollo Swatch

Ever have those nights where you have an idea of what you want to do, but nothing works out?

That was this night.  Ugh.

So I ended up with a single color mani, which I almost never do anymore!  But you know what?  I got to try a new indie brand, a new polish from my Secret Santa, and I love it!

Here is Apollo from Doctor Lacquer!  More pics and info after the jump, as well as a review of Yellow Stopper as a peel off base coat, and some pics of my nail fail from the same night!

Doctor Lacquer Apollo

KBShimmer Christmas Mani

Next up is my all-KBShimmer-polishes Christmas mani.

I am seriously in love with Christy's polish line.  The formulas are all so easy to work with and they wear very well.  Even her glitter bombs are fantastic!

More pics and info after the jump, just click the Read More link below.

KBShimmer Christmas Mani

Zoya Christmas Mani

I'm so sorry.  I fail at keeping up with my blog.  *sobs*

Hoping to bang out three of these today, and a couple more soon.  I mean, it's just words and pictures, right?  The hard work is done!  Manis have been completed and removed!!  It should be easy to just put this stuff up!

Yeah, not so much when you can't blog from your phone.

So, here is my all-Zoya polishes Christmas mani!

Zoya Christmas Mani

Monday, December 15, 2014

Smitten Polish Udora's Harvest Swatch

Here is another polish I received in my Secret Santa package!

Udora's Harvest by Smitten Polish.  It is a pretty rose gold polish with linear holo.  The holo is not very strong in artificial light but I'm sure this is a stunner in the sun!

Smitten Polish Udora's Harvest

This was two coats of Udora's Harvest over a coat of Yellow Stopper as a peel off base, then topped with Seche Vite.  The formula was easy to work with and cleaned up well.  This would make a great stamping base!

Smitten Udora's Harvest, two coats topped with Seche Vite

Do you have a favorite polish by Smitten?  Please share if you do!

Model City Wear With Caution 2.0 Swatch

Just a quick post to show off the Model City polish from my Secret Santa!

Here is two coats of Wear With Caution 2.0 topped with Seche Vite.  I put it over a coat of Yellow Stopper as a peel off base coat.

Model City Wear With Caution 2.0

This polish is a deep purple with linear holo.  It is beautiful in artificial lighting, and I can only imagine the beauty of it in natural light and full sunlight!

Model City Wear With Caution 2.0, two coats topped with Seche Vite

The formula was amazing to work with and cleaned up nicely.  The linear holo is strong and throws rainbows all over the place.

Model City Wear With Caution 2.0 in artificial light to show holo

This is a great polish and I can't wait to try more from Model City!

Misc. Post - Epic Nail Mail/Haul

I'm going to roll this all into one post.  Even though I really want to make about ten posts about it.  Just for shiggles.  ;-)

Click the Read More link below for all my pics and info!

Click the Read More link for epic nail mail!

KBShimmer Shade Shifter Ornament Mani

Oh.... my.... goodness.  I am blown away by this polish.

If you have no indies in your nail polish collection, please go give a look at KBShimmer's site (link here) and BUYALLTHEINDIES!!!11!1!

Seriously, I don't know how she does it.... Christy from KBShimmer makes a stellar product and her processing time is sooooo quick!  Even now, around the busiest time of year!  Just my experience with this polish you'll see in this post, based on this one time, I went back and ordered a bunch more. 

Anyway, many more pics and info after the jump!  Click the Read More link down below.

KBShimmer Mani

(I really need to start cropping before I load pics here... sorry about that.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December BHB Mani Swap

Mani Swap Time!

This month I was graced with IG@thepolishedperspective as a partner!  She is fabulous.  Her natural nail shape is unique, and her swatches are great.  Check out her page on IG, she's got really great nail art on there too!

Without further ado, I give you our monthly mani swap!  Originals on the left, recreations on the right.  More info and pics after the jump, just click the Read More link down below.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Candy Canes and Snowflakes Mani

As usual, I'm a bit behind posting these.  Here are my first festive Christmas nails for this year!  More pics and info after the jump, just click the Read More link down below.

Candy Canes and Snowflakes


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