Monthly Archives: April 2014

Colorful yet Simple Spring Mani

Just a quick post to show you these 2 beauties I got fairly recently. My Aprilย Julep box arrived with that crazy slimy green shimmer that I used in my Ghostbuster manicure (check out my last blog post) and another polish so gorgeous I used it that day. Julep describes Kayla as “electric iris sheer with violet sheen.” It looks almost blue in certain lights, then purple with a pinkish shimmer in others. It is, indeed, sheer… so I used 4 thin coats to make it opaque.ย 



Stunning right?! My accent nail is KBShimmer Daisy About You. This was actually my first KBShimmer polish, and I’m in love! Great formula, opaque in 2 coats, and full of gorgeous multi-sized glitter. It’s a pale minty green crelly with greyish lavender and neon green hexes, lavender daisies, and lavender microglitter. So pretty! The bigger pieces of glitter sit well on the nail and come out easily without fishing.

I bought a few more KBShimmer in this mini-haul, and I can’t wait to wear the rest! ๐Ÿ™‚

A few more pics of these stunning polishes that I found so happy and colorful for spring:



And as a side note, I’ve officially been sucked into Doctor Who. I have been binge-watching it recently on Netflix and I now have a mild (ok, major) obsession! I’m now on Season 5 of the newer installment and was wondering about how to watch the older episodes from the 60s-80s. Apparently Netflix has those too! I was so sad to almost be done with the available episodes, and now I think I have enough Doctor Who to last me a loooong time! Yay! So I’m not sure if I’m really a Whovian yet, but I cried like a baby at the end of the 10th Doctor and I’m now terrified of statues. Does that make me a Junior Whovian or something? ๐Ÿ™‚

April NCC #3: Don’t cross the streams!

Apologies for my brief hiatus – I was on vacation. Despite growing up in New York, I had never been to Niagara Falls… a travesty that I finally remedied. Unfortunately, it was still cold so most of the major attractions like Maid of the Mist were closed. But I shopped and wine tasted enough to make up for that ๐Ÿ™‚

I finally edited pictures from a buttload (yes, that is a technical measurement… non-metric, obviously) of slightly older manicures, so I will have more posts coming up soon! First on the list is the 3rd Nail Challenge mani for April (theme: music, movies, tv).

As I’m sure you have gleaned from previous posts, I’m just slightly obsessed with the 80s – music, style, movies, the list goes on! One of my all-time favorite movies from the 80s is Ghostbusters. When I was a child, I did go through a phase of being terrified of the Stay Puft marshmallow man, but I never lost my love! Bill Murray is just pure sarcastic comedic gold! So of course, I had to do a Ghostbusters-themed mani for the challenge.


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Just a small-town girl: April NCC #2

I just HAD to pay tribute to one of my favorite 80s bands for the Nail Challenge Collaborative’s Music/ Movies/ TV theme. It’s time for my JOURNEY-inspired manicure!


I took my inspiration from the cover of the album, The Essential Journey:


Here’s a clearer shot of the cover I copied off of Spotify:


As you can see, the album cover background almost looks like a combination of a saran wrap manicure with some sponged on details. So that’s exactly what I did for my thumb, index finger, and pinky.

Colors used for those fingers:

  • Base color – China Glaze Secret Peri-Winkle, a nice cornflower blue
  • Used saran wrap to layer on Color Club Baldwin Blues – a dark teal blue
  • Then I sponged on a small amount of Formula X by Sephora Heart-Stopping, a very light lavender with a blueish tint
  • More sponging using Essie Play Date – a brighter purple
  • Lastly, I sponged on a tiny bit of Julep Aisha – a darker cranberry reddish purple

Then I tried to emulate the beetle with wings from the middle of the cover by doing a water marble using bright colors. Here’s a close up of my middle finger:



I used:

  • Formula X by Sephora Pyrotechnic – a bright fire red
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Sun Kissed – a bright orange
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow – you guessed it, a bright yellow
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away! – yup, a bright blue

And another shot of the final look:


So I don’t enjoy it as a complete manicure, but I think it served its purpose paying tribute to Journey. What do you think?

Check out some more NCC manicures:


Lacquer by Lissa Spring Collection Review

I was lucky enough to be sent 3 brand new creations from a local nail polish creator, Melissa of Lacquer by Lissa. She’s an amazingly creative woman who is located right here in Pittsburgh. By day, she’s a chocolatier (ummm, can you say amazing job?!), and by night she’s a superhero! JK, she also uses her creativity to make beautiful nail polish.

She just released her Spring 2014 Collection, which is an array of gorgeousness. She also is now selling vinyl nail decals, which are supercute. Some adorable bunny decals were included in my package, which made my day happy.

Here’s the packaging:


How appropriate for spring, right? It was like an early Easter basket with nail polish instead of candy! So much better for you ๐Ÿ™‚

And now for the polishes:

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April Nail Challenge Collaborative: Week 1 Game of Thrones!

April’s theme for the NCC is Music, Movies, & TV. Such a great theme and sooo many ideas. My first one coincides nicely with the return of Game of Thrones! I’ve read some of the books – enough to be warned of the nasty Red Wedding and then some. So I’m excited to see some of the upcoming developments in the show and how they’ll portray it on screen. HBO has done such a great job bringing those books to life so far!


I started with a polish I bought back in February from I Love Nail Polish – Undenied. It’s one of the gorgeous ultrachromes from Barbra’s new Spring collection. There’s a purple-burgundy-red-gold shift that is absolutely stunning! I wore it on its own for a day or two, then decided it was a great base color for a dragon-themed manicure for the NCC. Because who doesn’t love the dragons? And Daenerys? She’s such a badass.

I stamped using Messy Mansion’s MM21 plate – it has some amazing images including dragons, scales, koi fish, and even mermaids. I stamped using Essie’s Good as Gold, one of the best stamping polishes I’ve found outside of Konad!


Just look at that index and middle finger! It shows the beautiful range of colors.


Not the best pic of my nails, but the above picture shows part of the chainmail my crafty husband made out of soda tops.

Is anyone else gearing up for Game of Thrones tomorrow night? I’m so excited! Here’s to the Mother of Dragons!

And check out the other manicures the NCC has thought up for April’s theme:


My personal polish game-changer… And a sneak peek of a review!

I love glitter. I don’t think I’m the only one who does, am I right? I rarely wear a mani with a ton of glitter since it’s such a pain to remove. Those stubborn leech-like pieces that won’t come off and the other pieces that migrate around your hand that you find days later. I just can’t deal.

I’m sure you’ve seen all the hype around OPI’s new glitter base polish. I read about a million reviews, and the conclusion I came to was that maybe I should look for a non-PVA base product. This luckily coincided with Colors by Llarowe’s restock of Nail Pattern Boldness products.

NPB apparently has been making this amazing glitter base polish for awhile, but it’s totally new to me! Glitter A-Peel is amaaaazing. It’s non-PVA (aka glue) based and supposedly lasts a bit longer than the OPI/ glue-based versions.

I first tried it out with a gorgeous PolisHaus I picked up awhile back but have never worn. “Farewell” is a beautiful shimmery grey with multicolored multi-sized glitter pieces throughout.


Really pretty, right? This was 3 thin coats over 1 coat of NPB’s Glitter A-Peel.


I put this at night, and the next day was a full day in the lab. In the lab, there was lots of washing hands, putting gloves on and taking them off, and handling of chemicals. Then, I worked in the hospital overnight where again, there was a lot of glove-wearing and hand-washing. Lo and behold, my lovely glitter polish stayed on!

The next day after my shower, they started popping off. I say popping off because that’s almost literally what they did. All but one nail came off in one piece.


There are only 9 above because I lost one in the shower. Sooo easy to take off. Yes, it only lasted a day and a half. But as I mentioned above, I was pretty rough on my hands during that time. And I usually get chips around that time anyways.

So I count this as a major success. It was so easy to take off this glittery goodness – those nails that didn’t pop off on their own, I just used an orange stick to help peel them off. To make it nice and clean before my next mani, I swiped my nails down with a tiny bit of remover… but that wasn’t necessary to remove the polish.

Like I said, game changer! I’ll definitely be more willing to wear all those amazing glitter bombs now.

And now a quick teaser of a review that’s going to come soon! I was sent part of the new spring collection from Lacquer by Lissa, a local Pittsburgher who makes some fantastic creations. I’m still playing with combinations for the glitter topper.



Just look at that packaging too! So perfect for spring ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned!