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80s glitter and holo skittlette

Hello sweeties!

River Song hello sweetie doctor who

Yup ^that^!

Happy Friday! I’m going to be working a loooooong shift today (probably 30 hours), so I decided I needed some amazingly fun nails to get me through! What are a few of my favorite things? The 80s, Doctor Who, glitter, neon, and holos! So let’s put them all together in one mani, and what do we get?

My glitter and holo skittlette

My glitter and holo skittlette

Mmm hmm – exactly what I thought! Throw some of my favorite polishes together, and you get a color scheme out of the 80s… perfection! I just love these all together (and separately)!

80s glitter and holo skittlette

80s glitter and holo skittlette

I just knew that neon pink would go perfectly with the rest! Get ready, ’cause here come some closeups:

Closeup of Digital Nails Wibbly Wobbly v2.0 over BEGL Mickey Smith, Defending The Earth

Closeup of Digital Nails Wibbly Wobbly v2.0 over BEGL Mickey Smith, Defending The Earth

For some reason, the above closeup wanted to photograph more teal. In reality the base holo is more emerald (see below closeup). But I wanted to show off the glitter 🙂

Closeup of BEGL Mickey Smith, Defending The Earth

Closeup of BEGL Mickey Smith, Defending The Earth

Whoa baby, right?!

Polishes used:

  • Pinky (and thumb): China Glaze Glow With The Flow… This is another winner from the new Electric Nights collection. Perfect formula, AND it’s a true neon pink! I love this one so much. It’s going to be an absolutely perfect polish for my toes!
  • Index: Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Mickey Smith, Defending the Earth… This is one of my favorite BEGLs of all time! It’s from her amazing Doctor Who collection (The It Got Away From Me, Yeah… collection), and it’s a GORGEOUS emerald green/ hunter green holo. LOVE! Mickey Smith is not my favorite character, but the polish based on him is a definite favorite!
  • Middle & ring fingers:
    • Base color: BEGL Mickey Smith, Defending the Earth
    • Topper: Digital Nails Wibbly Wobbly v2.0… This is a great glitter topper based on my favorite Doctor (Ten, duh!) and his famous line from Blink about time being all wibbly wobbly, timey wimey. It’s a clear base packed with small emerald green hexes, matte chartreuse, neon pink, and blue glitters, and large blue holographic circles. The v2.0 just refers to it being a slight reformulation of an older version. I love this! It was so easy to get all the glitters out! I only used one full coat plus a little dabbing to get out a variety of glitter.

What do you think? Does this scream 80s to you? If you did a mani filled with your favorite things, what would it look like?

And now for your daily David Tennant!

David Tennant leap in air, doctor who

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Fuchsia tie-dyed manicure: April NCC #2

Hello sweeties! For my second NCC look of April, I recreated a gorgeous manicure from fellow Pittsburgher, Stephanie of A Little Polish (see her blog post here). She did this beautiful striped gradient look for a neon manicure, and it really called to me! I’ve been feeling these fuchsia/ bright purples and pinks recently, and this mani fits so well with that.

My fuchsia waterfall gradient

My fuchsia waterfall gradient

I love how this came out! It almost looks like a chunky neon tie-dyed manicure. Stephanie’s original was so perfect, and I think I came close at least in the color choice!

Fuchsia waterfall gradient

Fuchsia waterfall gradient

I do wish I had left more of the darkest shade of purple showing. It’s just so pretty, and I had enough nail canvas to work with to get all the colors in. But I got overzealous with my white stripes*.

*Not this White Stripes:

Jack white bitchface meme cubs game

Hehe – that resting bitchface of Jack White’s gets me every time! But back to the nails…

Neon striped waterfall gradient

Neon striped waterfall gradient

Polishes used/ how I did this:

  • Base color: China Glaze Violet Vibes… This is a beautiful pink/red leaning fuchsia. It’s bright and vibrant and one of my FAVORITE shades of purple! Previously I had some issues with the formula (it tended to slide towards the sides of the nails and pool in those places), but this time I used thinner coats and had no issues. It did, however, take 3 coats to get opaque with this technique. I don’t mind because it’s my favorite shade of purple!
  • Using a medium sized nail brush, I dabbed on a messy vertical striped gradient with the following colors:
    • First, a base of Rica Whiteout… The best white for nail art!
    • Then KBShimmer Beach Please… One of my favorite names for a polish! And it’s gorgeous too 🙂 This is a neon purple-leaning pink, and it’s an amazing formula. LOVE!
    • And lastly, Models Own Shades… One of the most amazing neon coral with slight pastel-leanings. It’s part of last year’s Polish for Tans collection, and it’s perfection!
  • Top coat: Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That… one of my top 2 top coats!
    • Matte top coat: Essie Matte About You… this is the only matte top coat I’ve tried, so I have nothing to compare it with. But it works just fine.

What do you think? Have you tried a waterfall gradient like this? What colors would you combine for this?

And now for your daily David Tennant:

David Tennant doctor who Velvet suit feel up

… especially if you’re David Tennant 😉

Oscar dress manicure: March’s NCC #1

Hello sweeties and welcome to March! I’m hoping against hope that it’s going to start getting warm soon! March ushers in another theme from the Nail Challenge Collaborative, and this month we’re doing manis inspired by fashion. Since the Oscars just happened, I figured at least one would be based on a beautiful dress worn at that event.

Julianne Moore at the 2015 Oscars

Julianne Moore at the 2015 Oscars

For my first NCC look, I decided to base my mani on Julianne Moore’s dress. I thought that the addition of texture at the chest and waist would translate perfectly to a manicure. It wasn’t my favorite dress seen at the Oscars, but it was certainly one I thought I could recreate easily! Plus she won an Oscar, so she deserves homage! 🙂

My mani based on Julianne Moore's Oscar dress

My mani based on Julianne Moore’s Oscar dress

I actually did this manicure from my memory of what Moore’s dress looked like. And in my memory, I thought her dress was more off-white than it actually was. But after looking at her dress again, I wish that I had used a lighter base color like OPI My Vampire Is Buff or something like that. Also I had remembered the rest of the dress as a shimmery off-white, so I made my base a holo. But in reality, Moore’s dress looked more textured throughout. Ah well!

Oscar dress manicure

Oscar dress manicure

But despite that, I still like the overall outcome! I really like the pop of texture at the base and tip of the nail. In different colors, I think this would be very wearable!

Polishes used:

  • Base color: Zoya Charlotte… this is a mini polish that was a limited release, and I got it in one of Zoya’s special sales. It was in a set of 3 – this odd greenish-tinted neutral shade, a gold metallic, and a black. I do not like Charlotte. It looks absolutely awful on me!
  • I topped Zoya Charlotte with Digital Nails Spectraflair Linear Holographic Topcoat... this is my favorite holo top coat ever! I decided to add this to the mani because Moore’s dress was more complex than just a creme base.
  • Textures:
    • Zoya Tomoko… This is a beautiful champagne PixieDust – LOVE! I dotted this at the base and the tip of each nail.
    • Zoya Dahlia… the perfect black PixieDust… also LOVE! I placed small dots of this at the tip and base of each nail on top of Tomoko to emulate Moore’s dress.

What do you think? What was your favorite dress seen at the Oscars? My favorites were Naomi Watts’ and Rosamond Pikes’.

Check out more fashion-inspired manis from the NCC ladies:

Holo Humpday: Digital Nails Allons-y!

Hello sweeties! If you’ve read this blog at all, you know I’m a total nerd for Doctor Who. When I was introduced to the brand, Digital Nails, I knew it was a nerd-match made in heaven – Raphaelle (the maker) is also a big Whovian, and there are SO many DW-themed polishes to choose from. Today I have an amazingly beautiful polish by Digital Nails – Allons-y!

Digital Nails Allons-y!

Digital Nails Allons-y!

Allons-y (“let’s go” in French) is the catchphrase of the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant who is beautiful and silly and has perfectly tousled hair. He is definitely my favorite Doctor, so any polish inspired by him is right up my alley! And this beauty by Digital Nails does my man justice!

Om nom nom nom... My man, David Tennant, as the Tenth Doctor

Om nom nom nom… My man, David Tennant, as the Tenth Doctor

Digital Nails Allons-y!

Digital Nails Allons-y!

Mmmm I totally nergasm over this polish! It’s specifically inspired by the chocolatey charcoal suit that the Tenth Doctor wears, and it is infused with wizardry… I mean, a crapton of holo spectraflair. It’s mainly a charcoal silvery holo with some golden brown flashes, which is so unique! In some light it looks almost black, but in others it looks silvery gold. I love it!

And just check out this closeup:

Look at that holo flash!

Look at that holo flash!

And here’s a pic in slightly different lighting that makes it look a bit more black:

Such a gorgeous polish!

Such a gorgeous polish!

I am loving this polish! It’s beautiful in any lighting AND it’s named for my man crush! How could you go wrong?!

Oh and sidenote – as I’m sure you can tell from the closeup pics, the skin around my nails is a bit on the dry side. I just received a new cuticle oil to review from Rica, so I’m going to use that for a bit and am hoping it’ll help my dry finger skin! Next week, I’ll update you on how I like it!

Anyways, how do you like this holo? Do you have any Digital Nails polishes? If so, what’s your favorite?

Sparkly Leopard Print Manicure

Hello sweeties! I had a dream that I returned from my vacation to find that my holy grail red holo (Darling Diva’s The Alchemist) had faded like a mofo and was now an ugly pink. I know the minute I walk through my door, I’m going to check on that – what a nightmare! Have any of you had dreams/ nightmares about nail polish? You know you’re an addict when…

Anyways! For today’s manicure, I basically just grabbed a few polishes I hadn’t worn yet and played! I hadn’t done leopard print in a real long time, so I decided that needed to happen, and I accented it with a gorgeous vivid coral and a flakie top coat.

Leopard print skittlette manicure

Leopard print skittlette manicure

Despite being one of those quickly thrown-together manis, I think it came out pretty cohesive! I usually do leopard print with the lighter shade as the base, so this was a bit different for me. Instead of using three colors (one for the base color, one for the blobby spots, and one to outline), I just used two since I couldn’t think of a good color for the blobby spots.

I really like how the shimmer of the coral Digital Nails still shows up in the leopard print! It’s such a gorgeous polish!

Leopard print + shimmer + flakes = love!

Leopard print + shimmer + flakes = love!

I bought the Digital Nails polish (Super Temp) solely for the name. It’s Doctor Who-themed (surprised much?!) and based on Donna Noble, who is definitely in my top 2 companions on the show (and the most important person in the world). So even though I bought the polish just for sassy Miss Donna, I am in LUUUUURVE with it!

Oi Spaceman! Here’s a closeup:

Closeup of Digital Nails Super Temp

Closeup of Digital Nails Super Temp- look at that golden shimmer!

I also decided to finally utilize a flakie top coat that was a huge lemming for me and was recently squashed. Zoya Chloe is perfect red-orange-yellow-green shifty flakie goodness all in a little bottle. I’ve had Opal (which is the blue-green flakie version) for awhile and have been lusting over the hard-to-find Chloe. So happy to own it now!

Here’s a closeup of Zoya Chloe:

Closeup of Zoya Chloe over OPI Malaga Wine

Closeup of Zoya Chloe over OPI Malaga Wine

Polishes used:

  • Index & middle finger:
    • Base color – OPI Malaga Wine… this is a gorgeous deep brick red creme. It’s such a perfect polish – I need to wear it again! I think it’d also be a great pedicure color.
    • Leopard print – Digital Nails Super Temp detailed on with a small dotting tool
  • Ring finger: Digital Nails Super Temp… this beauty is a very bright coral orangey-pink with gold microflakies and some golden shimmer. I love love LOVE this polish!
  • Pinky:
    • Base color: OPI Malaga Wine
    • Top color: Zoya Chloe

Do you buy polishes if the name or inspiration hits you where it counts? I’m such a sucker for themed polish – I hope I’m not the only one here 😉 I think I probably own [number not listed due to utter ridiculousness] Doctor Who polishes, and I just know that if another well-named one comes out I’m going to snatch it up too!

I hope everyone’s New Years has been safe and happy! It’s 2015 y’all!

Holo Humpday: Battle of the Holo Top Coats

If you’re not as big of a polish junkie as I am, you may not feel the need to own every holo nail polish out there. A great option is to get a good holographic top coat to help transform the polishes you already have! Then you can still holo all the things!!

HOLO ALL THE THINGS!!

HOLO ALL THE THINGS!!

I own three holo top coats, and I thought I’d compare them for you today. Things I look for when it comes to holo top coats: linear vs scattered holo, strength of holo, and whether it changes the color of the base color by giving it a grey tint. For my personal taste, I prefer a strong linear holo, and I’m ok with a teensy bit of greying as long as the base color still comes through well.

The three holo top coats I own are:

So let’s see the three compared to one another:

Battle of the Holographic Top Coats

Battle of the Holographic Top Coats – all nails with one thin coat of the holo top coats

My thoughts:

  • Linear vs. Scattered: ILNP & DN are both linear, while Nayll is scattered.
  • Strength: Nayll and DN were the strongest, and ILNP was much more subtle.
  • Greying: Nayll does transform the base color more than the other two. ILNP shows the base color best.

Thoughts on each top coat:

  • ILNP: This one is very pretty, but it’s the weakest holo effect. If you’re not into strong holos, this one really is perfect. It doesn’t transform the base color at all, so you truly get whichever color you pick plus holo! This is $10.
  • DN: This one has a linear rainbow holo effect that’s pretty darn strong! You can really see the spectraflair flame in the pic below. It does give a little grey tinge to the base color, but it really doesn’t transform it much. I think this one is $10 as well – it’s not available right now, but there are always restocks.
  • Nayll: This is the scattered top coat of the bunch. It’s more of a silvery holo, almost like China Glaze Fairy Dust. I should really try those next to one another! But it’s definitely strong! The drawback of this one is that it greys out the base color the most out of these three. This one is $12.

Here’s another pic at a slightly different angle:

Another view of the Holo Top Coats

Another view of the Holo Top Coats

Oh and the color that I’m wearing under all the gorgeous holo top coats is from Pretty Please Nail Polish. Pretty Please is a site where you can choose a certain color polish and customize the name for gifts. I got this one from my cousin, who picked this color and named it “Will U Be My Bridesmaid?” to, well, ask me to be her bridesmaid! What a cute idea right? And this color is so pretty – it’s like a dark grape-leaning radiant orchid!

So anyways, back to the holo top coat battle. My favorite out of this bunch of holo top coats and the winner for me is the Digital Nails one! Which is your favorite? Do you have others that you like better?

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer’s It Got Away From Me, Yeah… Collection: The Doctors

Phew, that was one wordy title ^ there! But what can I say, it got away from me 😉 I am SO very excited to share with you 2 polishes from the new (and final) installation of the It Got Away From Me, Yeah… Collection. Julie of Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer contacted me to help review this collection, and I promptly peed myself with joy! Reason one – I adore BEGL polishes and own almost all of the other Doctor Who-themed polishes she has made. Reason two (I’m sure you can guess this one) – I am a huge Whovian nerd, and anything to do with that show makes my heart(s) beat faster. So combining those two = pure puppy kisses and baby laughter! Plus, Julie is so great so how could I not be excited?! *These polishes as mentioned were provided for review*

The Doctors portion of the It Got Away From Me, Yeah… collection is set to release on November 30, 2014 at 3:30pm EST. Details are at the end of this post including all applicable links.

Anyways, let’s get to it! The final part of this collection is based on the Doctors. First up, I have Grandpa. This polish is based on the War Doctor – the incarnation of the 8th Doctor who fought in the Time War. He’s only featured in the Day of the Doctor and the Name of the Doctor feature episodes, and he’s the warrior of the bunch. He meets Doctors 10 & 11, and they’re tongue-in-cheek known as Chinny (11), Sandshoes (10), and Grandpa (War Doctor). The polish based on the War Doctor is a stunner! It’s an slightly off-white creme with extremely subtle gold and rose microflakies.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Grandpa

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Grandpa

The pics don’t even do this polish justice. I think this looks milky white (does that make anyone else think of A League Of Their Own where Madonna is teaching a teammate how to read via a romance novel – “milky white breasts?” Just me? Alright then…). My camera really didn’t want to capture the itty bitty flakies, but I swear they’re there and they’re so pretty! I did three coats for these swatches (the first was a tad streaky as it happens with white polishes, but the 2nd and 3rd evened it out perfectly), and the formula was super easy to work with. I think this could be perfect for work, a wedding, even the beach – it’s really versatile!

Another pic of BEGL Grandpa

Another pic of BEGL Grandpa

And the second polish I have for you is Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy. This one is based on the Eleventh Doctor, and it references the type of material that makes up a “perfect cell” to house/ imprison the Doctor. This polish is a gooooorgeous black linear holo – definitely my new favorite black holo! The holo is super strong, and the formula is perfect.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy

And a closeup of Zero Balance Dward Star Alloy:

BEGL Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy

BEGL Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy

FYI – both polishes are shown with the Digital Nails top coat, Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That! As you can see, it didn’t dull the holo one bit!

Overall, I’m super impressed with these polishes! I think out of these two, Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy is the winner for me. Mainly because I’m a holo ho. But they are both gorgeous, and  you couldn’t go wrong with either!

The rest of the collection is a collaboration with Monster Polish and has 3 more gorgeous polishes (one more BEGL and 2 from Monster Polish) and some Doctor Who nail vinyls by Monster Polish. Oh, and Julie is also releasing another Siren polish (I’ve seen some swatches, and it looks amazing too!)!

The other It Got Away From Me, Yeah… polishes:

  • Monster Polish What’s Wrong With This Jumper? (Ninth Doctor): black holographic with purple shimmer and a satin finish
  • BEGL Void Stuff (Tenth Doctor): a deep teal/ green linear holographic with blue to red shifting glass flecks
  • Monster Polish I Was Hoping For Minimalism, But I Think I Came Out With Magician (Twelfth Doctor): deep navy blue jelly with red shimmer

Both Monster Polish and BEGL will be selling the full set, which will cost $50 and include all five bottles of polish as well as a sample set of Doctor Who vinyl decals. Each shop will have their individual bottles of their polishes listed, as well as additional vinyl decals that can be purchased at $1 for a set of 10 decals. The BEGL linear holographics and shifters will be $12, the flakies will be $10, and the cremes, shimmers, glitters, and microglitters will be $8.50. The Monster Polish glitter will be $8 and the holographic will be $9. This will be the final time that the Doctor Who polishes will be restocked, so get them while they’re still available!!

I know I plan on picking up a few more! I’ll probably get Void Stuff (because I heart Ten, and anything teal and holo should be mine), the decals, and the Monster Polish based on Twelve. Let’s be honest, I’ll probably just purchase the rest of the collection! 🙂 What do you think? Will you pick up either of these or the others from this collection? Do you have any of the other BEGL Doctor Who polishes?

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer

Monster Polish