Monthly Archives: September 2014

Some of my favorite things: Stamping and Glitter!

Happy Monday everyone! I have a pretty manicure for you today, and then also a life update. I’ll put the life update at the end so if you don’t care, no need to read the whole thing (please care! 🙂 )! This manicure combines two of my favorite things: stamping and SPARKLES!

Glitter + stamping = happiness

Glitter + stamping = happiness

Pretty! Actually it’s more than 2 of my favorite things, since there’s a teal base color and a glitter polish inspired by The Little Mermaid! So yeah, FOUR of my favorite things. 🙂

Look at that glitter topper!

Look at that glitter topper!

And a close up of my thumb (excuse how nubby it is – I was just traveling and it broke right off while packing!):

My nubby little thumby :)

My nubby little thumby 🙂

That glitter! So fantastic!

What I used:

  • Base color: Zoya Robyn… a gorgeous bright turquoise creme polish
  • Stamping plate: MoYou London Explorer XL 03
  • Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas 32 Reddish
  • Glitter topper: Ellagee Poor Unfortunate Souls… this topper is just crazy amazeballs. It’s a clear base with red hexes and teal squares/ hexes/ microglitter. AND it’s inspired by Ursula from The Little Mermaid – how can you go wrong?! I bought 3 of Ellagee’s polishes from the new Villainous collection, and I definitely see myself buying a million more!

OK life update time! I am in my very last year of subspecialty training in the Neonatal ICU, and it’s that time to start looking for a job. So I just had my very first two job interviews! They both went really well, and I have a definite front-runner. They will probably let me know the deal by mid October, so keep your fingers crossed for me please!!

Have you tried Ellagee before? If not, you totally need to!

Nude Gold Polish Comparison Plus Cadillacquer Seek the Fire

I have an amazing polish to show you today! But before that, I want to show you a comparison of a few nude gold nail polishes. My post this past Wednesday featured I Love Nail Polish Iconic, and I mentioned that it was really similar to a few other polishes of mine. So I would like to show you a quick comparison!

Bottle shot!

Bottle shot!

See? They look super similar in the bottle! From left to right, there’s ILNP Iconic, Color Club Cherubic, and Colors by Llarowe Blonde Ambition.

And on my nails:

Comparison shot

Comparison shot

As you can tell, on the nails they are similar but not dupes! On my index finger and pinky – Color Club Cherubic, middle finger – ILNP Iconic, and ring finger – Colors by Llarowe Blonde Ambition.

Color wise, Iconic is more yellow gold while the other 2 are more nude gold. And Blonde Ambition is a bit darker than Cherubic, with Cherubic having some silver undertones. From a formula perspective, Iconic was the thinnest requiring 3-4 coats for opacity. The other two were comparable in formula, with just 2 coats to reach opacity.

Anyways, no dupes here! However, they are similar so if you aren’t a crazy polishaholic like me, you probably don’t need them all 🙂 I think my favorite is Blonde Ambition since it looks best with my skin tone, but they’re all beautiful!

OK… and finally, I want to show you my new Cadillacquer polish! It’s my first polish of this brand, and I love it so much! It’s goooorgeous!

Cadillacquer Seek the Fire

Cadillacquer Seek the Fire

So so pretty! That blue is so great on its own, and then there are those stunning little red microglitters throughout. Yummy! I’m so happy I was able to pick this one up 🙂

What do you think? Do you own any of those gold holos? Any others that you can think of as possible dupes? And jeez, how amazing is Seek the Fire? Do you have any Cadillacquers?

Holo Humpday: ILNP Iconic

For today’s Holo Humpday, I present to you *dun dun dun duuuuun* (ps – that was a drum roll)… I Love Nail Polish’s Iconic! Barbra put out such a gorgeous Fall collection, including this ridiculous holographic nail polish.

i love nail polish ilnp iconic gold holographic nail polish holo humpday

Whomp… that’s my jaw dropping at this beauty!

Iconic is a stunning nude gold holographic nail polish with hints of silver. I thought I had absolutely nothing in my collection that could compare, so obviously I needed this pretty to be mine right?

i love nail polish ilnp iconic gold holographic nail polish holo humpday

Such a strong holo!

As I mentioned in my post Monday that included ILNP Champagne Blush, the formula seemed a bit thinner than other ILNP holos I have. The first coat was very sheer, but it built up nicely. My pics show 3 coats with no top coat.

Here’s a close-up:

i love nail polish ilnp iconic gold holographic nail polish holo humpday

Boom baby! Emperor’s New Groove anyone?

Now, I also own Colors by Llarowe Blonde Ambition and Color Club Cherubic which are actually quite similar. I really need to do a comparison picture.

Oh and guess what I just realized?! Today is officially my 1 year anniversary of this little blog! So yay – it’s my blogiversary 🙂 I think things have vastly improved, don’t you?

What do you think? Can you ever own too many nude or gold holos? Would you like to see a comparison shot of the CbL, Color Club, and ILNP?

Negative Space Chevron Manicure: September NCC #4

Did y’all check out manicures from NYFW? I honestly didn’t pay too much attention to them, but one sort of caught my eye. OPI did a simple negative space mani for Dion Lee. So I figured I’d like to try something similar for my last NCC geometric look!

Here’s OPI’s look:

OPI Dion Lee mani

Simple metallic vertical stripe on a naked nail

And here’s mine:

negative space manicure i love nail polish ilnp champagne blush barry m berry cosmo nail vinyls chevron

My take on the Dion Lee mani

I was going to just do the vertical chevrons, but the whites of my nails are tinged a bit yellow at the moment and I didn’t like how that looked! So I did a berry french manicure with the vertical chevron.

negative space manicure i love nail polish ilnp champagne blush barry m berry cosmo nail vinyls chevron

A bit different lighting to show off the holo

I used Barry M Berry Cosmo for the french tips, ILNP Champagne Blush for the vertical chevrons, and some trusty chevron nail vinyls from KBShimmer!

The Barry M line is just continuing to make me fall deeper in love! Every polish I try from them is creamy perfection and Berry Cosmo is no exception.

I was super excited to break out this ILNP from the new Fall collection – it’s definitely a unique shade for a holographic polish. The formula for the new holos in that line seems to be slightly thinner than I’m used to with ILNP’s holo polish. I have to go back and check the others I have, but yeah… it was pretty sheer on the first coat, and then it built up easily with a thicker second coat.

What do you think? Are you a fan of negative space manicures? That trend certainly doesn’t seem to fading at all!

Check out the other NCC geometric manis:

 

Beautiful Unicorn Dandruff Manicure

You know when there’s that one polish on your wishlist forever and you’re not quite sure why you haven’t yet made it your own? And then when you do, it’s as amazing as you thought it’d be? For me, that’s Rica’s Unicorn Dandruff. I had it as a pending purchase for over a month, and I finally bought it… let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed!

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

Unicorn Dandruff in all its glory

I bought Zoya Ryan, and I realized my Unicorn Dandruff (PS – how great is that name??) matched it perfectly along with a gorgeous neon green holo of mine. Zoya Ryan is sooo pretty! It’s a dark navy blue with teal hues – and it barely stains!

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

So pretty! Just look at that bottle!

So much love! And here’s yet another pic:

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

Can’t go wrong with The Sacred Tsaheylu!

And that neon green holo! Oof – it’s amazing! It’s another polish in the Superficially Colorful Lacquer’s A Life on Pandora collection, and that collection has yet to treat me wrong. Every single polish is a winner! This green is certainly not an exception!

And the main event:

zoya ryan, superficially lacquer the sacred tsaheylu rica unicorn dandruff blue neon holo green glitter skittlette manicure

Closeup of Rica Unicorn Dandruff. Nom nom nom!

Woooow! I just love this glitter topper! It has silver, neon green, and iridescent blue glitter, and has great coverage in just one coat. I just love it so much! Also, please excuse my cuticles on that close-up – as I was pushing back my cuticles, I slipped and took a chunk out by accident… ouch!

So what do you think? Aren’t these polishes beautiful? I was so happy they matched one another so perfectly 🙂

Also, guess who is having their 1 year blogiversary next week? Hint – it’s me! Yay for a whole year of blogging!

Hobby Polish Bloggers Facebook Giveaway

Hobby Polish bloggers facebook Giveaway

Two posts in one day – whaaaaaat?! Unprecedented over here on Doctor Crafty’s lil ol’ blog! But it’s a special occasion, so it’s totally worth it. I’m a part of a lovely group of nail enthusiasts on Facebook – the Hobby Polish Bloggers, and one of our ladies was amazing enough to organize a giveaway!

I thought it’d be great to participate since I’m coming up on my 1-year blogiversary next week (woot woot!). What better way to kick off the celebration than to offer you guys a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Prizes will be available internationally to those 18 years and older. This giveaway opens NOW and goes through 9/30/14. So check it out and enter away!

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This giveaway was sponsored by the following talented ladies:

A Little Polish
acidicice
Addicted to Polish
BeginNails: Every Journey Has A Beginning
B’Nails
Canadian Nail Fanatic
Carinae L’etoile’s polish stash
Copycat Claws
Doctor Crafty (that’s me!)
Fashion Footing
I Feel Polished
Imperfectly Painted
LacqueredGeek
Lavish Layerings
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Manic Talons
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ProcrastiNails
Sammy Gail’s Nails
Sassy Shelly
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The Dalai Lama’s Nails
The Polished Hippy
The Polished Mommy
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xoxo, Jen

Good luck – I hope you win something nice 🙂

hobby polish bloggers facebook giveaway

Holo Humpday: Chaos & Crocodiles Security Breach

So far on the quest for the perfect primary red holographic polish, I tested Loaded Lacquer’s Double Shot of Sriracha (check out that post here). It was a great nail polish, but fell short of the primary cherry red goal. For today’s Holo Humpday, I’m testing out Chaos & Crocodiles Security Breach.

chaos & crocodiles security breach holographic red nail polish holo humpday

C&C Security Breach

Really pretty right? However, it’s not exactly the shade I’ve been searching for! It leans more pink/purple-red than actual primary cherry red. Despite that, it’s a ridiculously gorgeous polish! That holo is one of the strongest linear holos I’ve seen, probably on the same strength as the Color Club Halo Hues (and that’s saying something!).

chaos & crocodiles security breach holographic red nail polish holo humpday

Look at that holo flame with this angle!

Every C&C polish I’ve tried so far has been perfection, and Security Breach is certainly no exception!

Take a peek at it slightly blurry to show off the sparkle:

chaos & crocodiles security breach holographic red nail polish holo humpday

Blurry but pretty right?

OK, so I’ve tested 2 red holos thus far: one was too orange/copper, and this one is too pink/purple. Let’s hope I find that Goldilocks “just right” primary red holo next! Stay tuned ladies and gentlemen 🙂

What do you think? Do you prefer pink/purple-leaning reds or true primary reds? I like them all really!