Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nail Crazies Unite February Week 3: Candy


This week's prompt is "Candy," another one that stumped me.  I wasn't sure what to do until I was mixing last night and thought this would suffice.  Although not exactly candy it is candy adjacent and definitely makes me think of sweet things.

I applied 4-5 thin tricky coats of the pale pink China Glaze Something Sweet (ha, appropriate).  Formula was streaky, little bit of balding spots, and wouldn't self-level.  Maybe it's because I'm choosing pastels lately or the weather, dunno.  I added one coat of Lemming Lacquer Eat Me.

Eat Me is made up of every color sprinkles can be in various sized matte hexes and is inspired by the colorful baked treats in Alice in Wonderland.

I would have taken more pictures but my camera is just not very cooperative lately but hopefully that can be fixed soon!

As always please check out the awesome manis from the others in the group!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nail Crazies Unite February Week 2: Love Song Nail Art

Hello, hello!

This week's prompt is "Love Song." At first I couldn't come up with anything so I decided to go the literal route.  I went through my music library and looked for love songs, finding more songs about losing love or being physically addicted to someone.  While that's all well and good it's not what I wanted for the prompt.  Luckily I found the perfect song and three runner ups I'll also share with you.  The song I chose to use for this week's prompt is "Closer."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Shopping My Stash: Illamasqua Superstition Swatches and Review

Hello, hello!

Today's post is a little different.  I recently joined a group on Facebook centered around supporting each other when going on a low or no buy.  The reasons to limit spending on polish or to stop it entirely are varied but some of the more common ones I've heard are:
  • I have too many untrieds
  • I've spent way too much lately and I need to reign it in
  • I have too many polishes! 
^I know that one may seem unlikely--I mean how many memes have we seen like this?

But it's true.  Some people reach a number of polishes they're uncomfortable with and until that's addressed they won't buy any more.

While I'm not officially limiting or cutting myself off from getting new polish, my polish buying has gone way way down in recent months.  That doesn't mean I can't still enjoy my hobby though!  One of the ways you can get yourself through a low or no buy is shopping your stash--go through your collection and rediscover the gorgeous polishes you may have forgotten you had.  I bring to you one such polish in my collection: Illamasqua Superstition.

Superstition is a purple leaning fuchsia.  This is 4 thin coats and NO top coat!  This shined almost as much as a jelly it was so impressive.  Application is smooth perfection as always with Illamaqua.  This is why you spend $14-$17 per bottle for these.  I may have gotten this back when they were $14 at Sephora, I can't remember.  The formula is great, I love the bottle shape
While the polish is opaque in 2 coats, less coats definitely lean more pink but the more I applied the more purple-y fuchsia it became.  I had a particular mani in mind when applying this so I wanted a more purple leaning look.

I liked this color so much I even painted my left hand which is a rarity for me, as strange as it may sound.  Usually my non-swatch hand is a mix of whatever polishes I wanted to try out really quickly.  I could also see this as being a great pedicure color when I'm taking a break from my classic favorite red.

Have you ever gone on a low or no-buy before?  What are some of your tips of getting through it?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Nail Crazies Unite February Week 1: Anti-Valentine's Day Nail Art

Hey guys!  I've been trying to get more into nail art and stamping lately (I've only got a ton of plates, maybe I should use them huh?) so I joined a group on Facebook called Nail Crazies Unite to get me more into it.
Each month there are weekly prompts and week 1 for February is Anti-Valentine's Day.  I'm not a gushy Valentine's Day type and I'm not an Anti-Vday type either.  I prefer genuine moments of romance and affection over the course of the year so I guess I'm in the middle?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lemming Lacquer Metallic Antique Gold Holographic Nail Polish

What a mouthful of a title!  Sorry, it's unavoidable because I don't have a name for this one.
Normally when I make a nail polish I have already thought up what I want it to look like, I have a certain collection in mind and a name all picked out.  However there have been two times so far when I've just thrown ingredients together to see what I came up with.  I showed you one of these polishes here (also on Super Bowl Sunday, ha!) and now I have another one for you.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Storenvy, Stripe, Paypal: Questions & Answers

Hey guys! So this is a bit of a follow up to my previous post about the great Stripe integration with Storenvy.  If you didn't read it, here's the breakdown after the jump.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Elevation Polish Pic de Sotllo and Doctor Who Cybermen Manicure

Hello, hello!

I've had this mani in mind for a long while and while I couldn't use all the components in my head I like the way it turned out.

For my base I used Elevation Polish's Pic de Sotllo, a gorgeously vivid deep blue similar to Revlon Royal. I actually own several polishes in this category of blue: Revlon Royal, Sally Hansen X-treme Wear Pacific Blue, Pure Ice First Kiss, Sinful Colors Endless Blue and who knows how many more are lurking in my melmer drawers!  Elevation's the only indie brand of this blue I have and the only one I use consistently. Pic de Sotllo has an opaque jelly finish. I wouldn't call it a crelly because I feel like a crelly has a weightier base that happens to be sheer.  My bottle is full on delicious, juicy jelly but can be built up to opacity in about 3 thin coats.  In my manicure I'm using 3-4 really thin coats to deepen the color. The formula was really easy to work with, self- leveling and non-patchy which can be a problem with some jelly polishes.  Pic de Sotllo is probably my favorite Elevation Polish!