Monthly Archives: October 2014

CrowsToes Candied Brains Anyone?: another amazing Halloween glitter

Happy Halloween everyone! What are your plans? I’m going to a friend’s party to hand out candy and imbibe some fun drinks! For this Halloween, I wanted to show you another beautiful CrowsToes glitter topper that’s perfect for the holiday (see VooDoo here). Candied Brains Anyone? was a limited edition polish for October’s A Box Indied. It’s not available anymore, but I was lucky enough to buy it off someone in a Facebook group!

CrowsToes Candied Brains, Anyone? over OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm?

CrowsToes Candied Brains Anyone? over OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm?

This glitter topper is perfection! There are multi-sized hexes of orange, green, purple, blue, and fuchsia. It would look good over almost any polish, but I used OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm? as my base color. The formula was great too – the glitter payoff was amazeballs (this is seriously just one coat!).

Another pic of the beauty!

Another pic of the beauty!

Isn’t this just so pretty?! It’s not a typical Halloween manicure, but it’s colorful and it reminds me of a big bag of different candies. I just plain love it!

Here’s a closeup:

Closeup of these 2 beauties!

Closeup of these 2 beauties!

That OPI polish is stunning too! It’s a true blurple – a perfect mix of blue and purple. As you can tell with the above pics, sometimes it leans more one than the other. But it’s sooo pretty!

Anyways, so Happy Halloween! What’s your costume? What’s on your nails?

Holo Humpday: Superficially Colorful Lacquer Toruk Makto + Halloween stamping

Happy almost Halloween! Or maybe today I should say “Holo-ween?” Womp womp – sorry, that was a bad pun. But today is another Holo Humpday! And I figured I’d spruce it up with a Halloween-themed color and some stamping.

I’m sure y’all remember how much I loooooove Superficially Colorful’s Life on Pandora collection. It’s an amazing combo of neon and holo, plus the polishes are a perfect formula and are black light reactive! How can you go wrong? Check out the neon pink and neon green in the linked posts.

Anyways, I wanted to start off just showing you the polish on its own:

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Toruk Makto

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Toruk Makto

Here’s the description of the polish:

The Toruk Makto is the rider of Toruk. An orange holographic polish inspired by the brave rider of the Toruk – the great red-orange leonopteryx, who could unite all the different clans of Pandora natives.

This is an amazing neon orange holo polish! Love love love! It’s even more neon-appearing in person. It dries a bit satin, so top coat this baby to make it shine!

I decided to stamp some Halloween images because, well, it’s almost Halloween and this color is very holiday-appropriate!

Boo!

Boo!

As you can tell, the polish looks more orange and vivid on the nails than in the bottle. It’s like a highlighter orange!

For the stamping plate, I used the Winstonia W116 plate that has all Halloween-appropriate images. I used Rica Blackout for my stamping polish.

So I know orange is a polarizing color for people – would you wear this? If so, you should totally check out Superficially Colorful because the collection was recently restocked!

Jack Skellington Manicure: October’s NCC #4

Happy Halloween week! Today, just for you, I have my first Halloween-themed nail art manicure! I have seen a TON of Jack Skellington manis and I just adore The Nightmare Before Christmas, so I wanted to recreate that look. I think I first saw it somewhere on Pinterest, but I honestly don’t remember the original source.  But I loved the mani from the first time I saw it, aaaand it fits in perfectly with October’s NCC theme of stripes!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween!

This is Halloween, this is Halloween!

I just realized that I forgot to paint in Jack’s little skeleton nose! Oops! But I think it still looks like him, don’t you? Even if it doesn’t 100% look like him, it still looks like a skeleton face.

I also realized while I was cropping these pics, my cuticles and fingers are RAGGED. Gross! I’m sorry for subjecting you to that! I went to my college homecoming weekend (my 9 year reunion and my husband’s 10th!), and we had a few bonfires and other shenanigans that weren’t terribly kind on my fingers. Plus I forgot all my nourishing cuticle/ hand products! So anyways, forgive me! I’m going to put my hands in beauty boot camp and they’ll be pretty again soon.

Jack Skellington manicure

Jack Skellington manicure. PS – doesn’t my watermark fit in well with a Halloween theme?!

For this mani, I used my amazing Rica Blackout & Whiteout with some nail vinyls and nail art brushes. I know I say it all the time, but I love love love Rica’s Whiteout & Blackout!! They are the best quality white and black polishes I’ve found – super duper opaque and creamy and perfect for stamping.

So what do you think? What’s your mani plan for Halloween? I have a few more looks this week for your Halloween-loving eyes!

Check out the other striped manis from my NCC ladies:

CrowsToes VooDoo: a perfect Halloween glitter

Happy Friday! Are you into the Halloween spirit yet? I’m slowly getting there. Today I figured I’d show a brand new polish of mine that is PERFECT for the upcoming holiday! CrowsToes nail polish was recently restocked, and I’ve been coveting so many of their beauties. And Dani of From Polish, With Love (my new blogger girl crush!) convinced me I needed to bite the bullet and BUY ALL THE CROWSTOES! So I did 🙂 So anyways, here’s one of my first CrowsToes, VooDoo!

VooDoo over black, blue, and purple

CrowsToes VooDoo over black, blue, and purple undies

First I wanted to see what the perfect undies were, so I tried black (Zoya Raven) on my pinky & index fingers, dark blue (Zoya Ryan) on my middle finger, and purple (OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm?) on my ring finger.

A new hand position - yay or nay?

A new hand position – yay or nay?

VooDoo is a gooorgeous glitter topper that has varied sizes of orange, purple, and teal glitter in hexes and shards. Oh, and there’s also some orange bar glitter. I usually despise bar glitter, but it actually looks pretty good in this polish!

So my favorite combo with this topper was actually Zoya Ryan, the beautiful deep navy blue. I thought it was going to be black or purple, but blue definitely won out!

CrowsToes VooDoo over Zoya Ryan

CrowsToes VooDoo over Zoya Ryan

And a closeup:

Just look at that glitter!

Just look at that glitter!

All of these swatches just had one coat of VooDoo – there’s amazing glitter payoff! I did some dabbing to even out the application, but it was super easy to get a great look!

So what do you think? Are you pro- or anti-bar glitter? And how do you like my new hand positioning? I’m kind of liking it, but it is awkward in the picture-taking. Also, do you have any CrowsToes favorites? Any must-haves?

Holo Humpday: ILNP Black Orchid

I have a really really beautiful holo for you today! Y’all are probably sick of hearing me say how much I love I Love Nail Polish… but I do, I LOVE that brand! It was my first indie polish, and Barbra continues to put out such gorgeous products with each of her subsequent collections. Today’s holo, Black Orchid, is from the Fall 2014 collection.

ILNP Black Orchid

ILNP Black Orchid

Phew! It’s one of those polishes that makes you groan/ gasp/ moan/ make other inappropriate sounds the second you start polishing your nails (or is it just me who does that?). It is just plain STUNNING! Black Orchid is this beautiful mix of eggplant purple/ cranberry/ black with a very strong linear holo. With each movement, it shows off another aspect of the beauty!

In slightly different lighting

In slightly different lighting

It kind of reminds me of a more complex, lighter Black Cherry Chutney from OPI. But it’s even more beautiful! I love this polish SO much! And it’s completely in line with my love of vampy colors on my little nubbins.

What do you think? Have I convinced you how amazing ILNP is yet?

Striped Splatter Manicure: October’s NCC #3

For my 3rd striped look of October, I decided to do another previously untried technique – splatter! It’s always seemed like more work than fun and when I tried a long time ago, I couldn’t get the polish to even splatter from the straw. {Insert juvenile joke about blowing harder here 😉 } Since I’m now an older and wiser nail blogger, I figured it was time to try it again!

Splatter and stripes and texture - oh my!

Splatter and stripes and texture – oh my!

I debated on exactly how to accomplish this end product – throw some decals down and splatter over it or splatter, then stamp stripes. I ended up doing the latter because I thought it would take too much time splattering over the decals, which would make the thinned out polish dry and peel up. But anyways, I’d like to attempt that way as well!

I think this method worked out pretty well nonetheless, and I really like how it came out! I used a very similar color scheme as my last manicure (the dry marble swirl mani) because I think it looks almost like an abstract spring floral design.

Check out my first Pixie Dust!

Check out my first Pixie Dust!

I also got to break out my very first Pixie Dust from Zoya! I had been resisting that purchase because I have never really gotten into textures. But Zoya had such a great sale recently where you could get 3 free polishes and the Remove+, so I thought I’d finally try it out. I have to say – I love them! They’re not too textured that it’ll catch on everything, but they still show off a really cool visual difference between the other glossy nails. I still don’t think I’d wear them as a full mani, but I do like them as an accent!

I do love this look!

I do love this look!

What I used:

  • Splatter nails:
    • Base color: Zoya Purity… this is definitely not my favorite white polish, but I wanted to still give it some love. It’s ok, it’s just not the best.
    • Zoya Hunter… a great dark hunter green
    • China Glaze Rose Among Thorns… a very pretty red/pink-leaning fuchsia
    • Polish My Life Greenwich Street… a very nice pastel kelly green
    • Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-411
    • Stamping polish: Rica Whiteout – now THIS is my favorite white polish 🙂
  • Accent nail: Zoya Chita… a gorgeous hunter green textured polish

So what do you think? Do you like the combination of splatter and stripes? Are you a textured polish fan?

Check out the other striped manicures from the NCC ladies:

Dry marble swirl manicure

I saw a post on Instagram recently that featured this amazing dry marble manicure by Sveta Sanders. I had seen quite a few dry marbled manis before, but I really loved her use of 3 different colors. So I decided I wanted to try it out!

My dry marble manicure

My dry marble manicure

I think mine came out alright – definitely not the same as my inspiration, but still pretty cool! My index finger is a bit messy because I slopped on too much white polish, but I really like how my middle finger turned out. I think with more practice, this could be a go-to technique! It was quick and easy, and I really liked the outcome.

Now the colors I chose ended up a bit Christmassy, but I didn’t intend that. I wanted to use another of my Ellagee glitters from the Villianous Holo-ween collection (see Poor Unfortunate Souls here), and I took my color scheme inspiration from the glitter.

Playing around with new hand positions - look at that glitter!!

Playing around with new hand positions – look at that glitter!!

Colors used:

  • Base color: Polish My Life Greenwich Street… this is an interesting green. It’s one of those ugly pretty colors, kind of like a slightly pastel pistachio green. It reminds me of OPI’s Gargantuan Green Grape, but this is a bit more kelly green whereas GGG leans a bit mint. The formula is amaaazing, which is what I’ve found with all Polish My Life cremes!
  • Swirl: Zoya Purity (white) and China Glaze Rose Among Thorns… RAT is such a pretty bright pinkish fuchsia.
  • Glitter: Ellagee Friends on the Other Side… a goooorgeous glitter topper that has fuchsia hexes and green hexes and microglitter. I just need one coat for great glitter payoff – it’s PACKED!

Anyways, what do you think of this manicure? Have you tried dry marbling? If so, do you swirl or do a different technique? Also, what do you think of the hand position for my second pic? I’ve been playing around with different positions (HAND positions you dirty-minded people!).

Holo Humpday: Colors by Llarowe Little Red Corvette

Alright, back to my quest for the perfect primary cherry red holographic nail polish! I feel a bit like Goldilocks here – the first one I tried (Loaded Lacquer’s Double Shot of Sriracha) was too orange-toned, and the second one (Chaos & Crocodiles Security Breach) was too pink/purple-toned. Both were stunning, but they weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Here’s hoping I find one that’s juuuust right! So up for today’s Holo Humpday, I have Colors by Llarowe Little Red Corvette.

CbL Little Red Corvette

CbL Little Red Corvette – 2 coats

This is such a strong holo! It’s almost opaque in one coat, but I wore it with 2 to make the holo really slap you in your face! I really really love it (the polish, not slapping you in the face 😉 ). Buuut it’s still a bit more pink/purple-toned than what I was searching for.

Slightly different lighting - check out that holo flame!

Slightly different lighting – check out that holo flame!

So yummy! But it is more maraschino cherry than primary red cherry.

Here’s a closeup:

Closeup of this beauty

Closeup of this beauty

Oh well, so my quest continues. One day I’ll find what I’m looking for!

What do you think of this one? Pretty isn’t it? 🙂

My first Waterfall Mani: October’s NCC #2

My inspiration for this month’s Nail Challenge Collaborative theme of stripes is sorely lacking. I really wanted to get creative, but I’m finding it difficult! For my second look, I decided to venture into a design I haven’t done before – a waterfall manicure.

I saw the waterfall mani way back when on The Nailasaurus’ site, and I’ve always liked it but never tried. I gotta say – it’s a lot harder than it looks! Picking all the colors that are different enough yet still complementary, then making those perfect stripes that taper at the end… it’s definitely a challenge!

My attempt at the Waterfall Manicure

My attempt at the Waterfall Manicure

I’m not 100% thrilled with how it turned out. I trimmed my striping brush, but I think the stripes are still a bit wider than I’d like. But I personally like the colors I chose. I love a good peach-purple combo.

My less-than-perfect waterfall

My less-than-perfect waterfall

I think that if I were to redo this, I’d probably do another shade of purple instead of the red-orange color. Of course that’s in addition to drawing the stripes thinner and neater! But this is a first attempt, so I’m not going to beat myself up too much!

Colors used:

  • Base color: Barry M Papaya… this totally freaked my camera out! It’s a really pretty bright peach and is very similar to Essie’s Tart Deco
  • Stripes:
    • OPI Black Cherry Chutney… a goooorgeous deep eggplant purple/ almost black shimmer
    • Orly Cotton Candy… a beautiful light pink-purple
    • OPI Cajun Shrimp… a bright vivid red-orange creme
    • Colors by Llarowe Nice Melons… a coral peach holo

Have you done a waterfall manicure before? Any tips for this newbie?

Check out the other striped manicures from my NCC ladies:

My first Indigo Bananas!

Yay for Friday! I am just exhausted after these past two weeks – work has been crazy. But things are better because it’s Friday! And guess what else makes things better? An amazing new polish to show you, of course! I’ve seen Indigo Bananas around here and there, and I’ve been wanting to try their polish out. They always seem like they have some of the most unique polishes!

I saw swatches of the Indigo Bananas Summer Rains collection on The Mercurial Magpie’s blog, and I had to bite the bullet and purchase a few! Kirby’s swatches were amazing (as usual), and she is totally one of my biggest polish enablers! The polish from the Summer Rains collection I was most excited about is Acid Ocean.

Indigo Bananas Acid Ocean

Indigo Bananas Acid Ocean – 3 coats

Crazy beautiful right?! Acid Ocean is a deep teal jelly with green-gold shimmer and aqua-green small flakies. It’s so freaking pretty!

Such a complex polish!

Such a complex polish!

In most lighting it looks just like the pictures above, but then it can look almost emerald-teal in darker light or a brighter teal in more bright light.

Brighter, more direct light

Brighter, more direct light

That wasn’t a great picture, but I wanted to show off the brighter teal shift in more direct lighting. Also, as a sidenote – in person, you can’t see the visible nail edge.

I am just loving this polish! What do you think? Do you have any polishes from Indigo Bananas? If not, I highly recommend this one! 😉

Enjoy the weekend everyone!