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Purple mish-mash manicure

Hello my sweeties! It’s Friday! It was a busy week, so this is going to be a quick post today. I don’t know how to succinctly describe today’s mani, so I’m just calling it the purple mish-mash mani. 🙂 It has a little bit o’everything. I started out wanting a gradient manicure, but I decided I wanted to make it a skittlette manicure.

Purple mish-mash manicure

Purple mish-mash manicure

The darker purple is much more purple in real life. My camera wanted to make it blue-toned, but it is definitely warmer than it photographs. My camera must be prejudiced against blurples! They never work well on film for me!

Purple mish-mash manicure

Purple mish-mash manicure

I also wanted to be able to use a fun polish that I bought awhile back that hasn’t seen any love yet. Reverie Bonfire didn’t match as well as I originally thought it would, but it doesn’t clash too badly!

Closeup of Reverie Bonfire

Closeup of Reverie Bonfire

Polishes used:

  • Pinky: OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-Holm?… this is a warm leaning blurple that is just stunning. It’s a vibrant purple with a perfect formula.
  • Ring finger (and thumb): Reverie Bonfire… this is a deep blue jelly with coppery orange shards/flakes, blue iridescent glitter, and some holo mixed throughout. I used 3 coats to get this opaque, and the formula wasn’t too thick.
  • Index and middle fingers:
    • Base: Formula X Heart-Stopping… this is a perfect light lavender purple creme.
    • Gradient: Heart-Stopping with Stock-Holm
    • Dots in Stock-Holm

What do you think? Do you think it coordinates alright? What accent glitter/ nail art would you have chosen?

Favorite polishes found at Sephora

Happy Friday everyone! If you don’t have any plans for the weekend, might I suggest a trip to Sephora? 🙂 There’s an amazing sale going on until November 10th. I know that if you’re a VIB or VIB Rouge, you get 20% off ANYTHING! I’m imagining you get the same deal if you’re a Beauty Insider as well, but I’m not sure.

I frequented my local Sephora today and picked up a bunch of makeup, but I didn’t actually buy any nail polish this trip! They do have some amazing polishes to check out there, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites.

First up is Marc Jacobs Petra, a gorgeous silvery brown metallic. This is such a stunning polish, and it’s definitely one of my favorite Marc Jacobs colors! The formula on the Marc Jacobs line is perfection, and the bottle is so sleek. I love that Sephora carries this line!

Marc Jacobs Petra

Marc Jacobs Petra

Next is Marc Jacobs Sally, which was the first polish I ever bought from Marc Jacobs. It’s so gorgeous! Sally is a blackened emerald that looks even more amazing than my camera can show you! It’s perfect for fall and winter (or anytime really!).

Marc Jacobs Sally

Marc Jacobs Sally

You really can’t go wrong with any of the Marc Jacobs polishes – the cremes are fantastic as well!

Next is a Deborah Lippman polish that I’m not sure is still available. I got it a loooong time ago, and Sephora’s Deborah Lippmann display (at least in my local store) isn’t that huge. This is Between the Sheets, which is a great fuchsia creme. It’s that perfect blend of pink and purple that I just adore!

Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets

Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets

And now onto the Sephora brand, Formula X! There is suuuuch a huge range of colors and finishes in the Formula X line – definitely something for everyone. I’m just going to share my top five. First up is one of the Xplosives glitter toppers, Crash. The Xplosives are a group of matte multisized hex glitter toppers, and Crash is the light blue one. Great glitter payoff, and I just love it as a topper over gradients.

Formula X Crash over Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets

Formula X Crash over Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets

Next is Obsessed, which is the perfect vampy brownish red. It’s a bit patchy on the first coat, but really builds up perfectly. It can look almost black in low lighting, but it’s definitely that deep wine. I love the Formula X cremes – all are super easy to apply and look great.

Formula X Obsessed

Formula X Obsessed

Next is Heart-Stopping. This is one of my favorite light purple polishes. It leans a bit more blue-lavender, and it’s perfect!

Formula X Heart-Stopping

Formula X Heart-Stopping

Next is Pyrotechnic, which is a great classic red polish. You always need a good red right? Well, this definitely is an amazing one! Perfect formula, great primary cherry red color, and just perfect!

Formula X Pyrotechnic

Formula X Pyrotechnic

And lastly, my all-time favorite polish at Sephora is Hyped! This is just the most gorgeous polish I’ve found there. It’s part of the Formula X Electric line, and it’s this vivid electric purple with a blue shimmer/ micro-flakie finish. It dries satin which is alright, but I definitely prefer it with top coat because it really brings out that shimmer.

Formula X Hyped

Formula X Hyped

Phew! Isn’t that so pretty?! You don’t often have a chance to get these polishes on sale at Sephora, so if you ever wanted to try out some high-end brands this is the time! Sephora also carries a ton of other amazing brands too.

To recap, here are my faves:

All my favorite Sephora polishes!

All my favorite Sephora polishes!

So which of these is your favorite? I love my Marc Jacobs Sally and Formula X Hyped the best. What’s your favorite polish from Sephora? Are you going to take advantage of their sale this weekend?

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!

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

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

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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:

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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:

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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:

 

Purple Heart Dotticure, Cork People, and First Stamping Decal

I’ve had the idea for this manicure for awhile – dotted outlines around a heart. I originally was planning on using purple and teal, but I came across an old beloved scarf that inspired the color combo.

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Purple and an electric reddish pink – so pretty! The scarf photographs more pink, but it does have more of a reddish tinge in real life. So that’s what I did! I used my dotting tool to make the center heart and a smaller tip for the rest of the dots. I actually think my right hand (pictured above) came out better than my left.

Here’s my left hand:

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Maybe because I was more deliberate while dotting my right hand, who knows? Anyways, I think the center hearts came out better on the right. I do, however, love my left middle finger. And that’s not just because it gets a lot of use in everyday gesturing lol!

Here’s me giving the middle finger up close:

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My dotting skills still need a bit of work, but I still think this came out lovely.

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Above is the left hand, and below is my right:

 

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The right wins, yes?

Colors used:

  • Base color: Formula X for Sephora Heart-Stopping
  • Center heart and outlines: China Glaze Pool Party – a neon reddish pink, one of my favorites!
  • Color Club Eternal Beauty – the always gorgeous purple holo

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