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Coral and Fuchsia Skittlette Manicure

Hello my sweeties! Are you excited for spring and warmer weather? I SOOO am! I need some sunshine in my life again soon! So while the PA weather gods won’t give me real sunshine yet, I need some brightness on my nails!

I saw this amazing swatch video from jessFACE90 on YouTube on the new China Glaze Electric Nights collection, and I got so excited!! Like Jessie Spano on caffeine pills excited:

Jessie Spano i'm So Excited saved by the bell

She’s so… scared! 😉

I had been drooling over the extremely hard to find PipeDream A Night In Vegas neon cremes and after seeing that swatch video, I was really hopeful that the Electric Nights cremes would satisfy my neon craving. I realized I have gaps in my collection when it comes to neons. So I decided I needed to pick up a few of the Electric Nights polishes – specifically the purples, the pink, the red-orange coral, and one of the blues!

So obviously I needed to use the neon I was anticipating the most – the fuchsia purple neon!

My coral and fuchsia skittlette

My coral and fuchsia skittlette

This is what I came up with – another little mishmash mani! I love how coral and fuchsia go together! Especially when they’re as bright as pretty as these two!

Coral and fuchsia skittlette

Coral and fuchsia skittlette

I have to say, I adore the color of this China Glaze neon! But I don’t think that they’re a replacement for the PipeDreams – from everything I’ve seen and read about those, they have such a perfect pigmented formula. The formula on this particular polish was a little runny. It does get opaque in 2 coats (without a white base), but the polish tends to slide towards the sides of the nail a little bit. I think a 3rd coat would fix that issue.

And, ahem… do you see the pinky nail?! That topper is divine! It’s one of I Love Nail Polish‘s new holographic multichrome flakies. AND I was able to get some good photos of that little sucker!

Closeup of ILNP Neon Rosebud (H) over China Glaze Violet Vibes

Closeup of ILNP Neon Rosebud (H) over China Glaze Violet Vibes

BOOM baby! I got it! I may have wished on a star, stood on my head, and sacrificed a virgin… but I finally got a good picture of the multichrome flakie! It shows off the gorgeous shift from pink/purple to gold and green, AND you can see how much depth the scattered holo gives it! Yay!

Polishes used:

  • Base color for all nails: China Glaze Violet Vibes… as described above. Hopefully the formula of the others I bought are a little better. But I’ve most definitely come across worse neon formulas for sure! Oh, and since I hadn’t seen this collection in stores yet, I bought mine on Head2Toe Beauty.
  • Index finger (and thumb):
    • Topped with ILNP Neon Rosebud (holo version)… check out the closeup shot above to see just one coat of this beauty! The holo in the flakie topper does give the base polish you use a bit of a silvery tinge. But only a little bit.
  • Middle finger:
    • Dots of Polish My Life Coral Fedora… this is a gorgeous pink-leaning coral that’s a very bright pastel. The formula on this is perfection! I have yet to come across a bad Polish My Life pastel. They all have amazing formulas and are so pretty!
  • Ring finger:
    • I used a chevron vinyl from NailVinyls.
    • Topped with Polish My Life Coral Fedora

What do you think? Do you have the PipeDream neons? Or do you know of dupes?

And now for your daily David Tennant! This is from the amazing Girl in the Fireplace episode!!

David Tennant, doctor who, horse, girl in the fireplace

Holo Humpday: Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Hello sweeties!! I’m feeling “writers block” right now. I’m like Michael Scott here:

Michael Scott, the office

So yeah, I’m going to keep it short and sweet and just show you a pretty holo! I scrounged around my collection to see if there were any older holos that haven’t been shared, and I came across my Superficially Colorful Lacquer’s A Life on Pandora collection (aka a neon holo Avatar-inspired line). I realized it was high time to share others! I previously posted Atokirina, Toruk Makto, and The Sacred Tsaheylu. So without further ado, I give you Omaticaya!

Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Huminah, huminah, huminah… drool, drool, drool – SO PRETTY! Doesn’t that pic look extra saturated or altered? Well, it’s not… because this polish is that gorgeous!

Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Omaticaya refers to the nationality of the people living on the planet, Pandora. If you’ve seen the movie (or even just a poster or trailer), doesn’t the polish look identical to the skin color of the Omaticaya?! #iamaginormousnerd

Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Yeah this blue is ridiculous! Here’s a closeup:

Closeup of Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Closeup of Superficially Colorful Omaticaya

Whoa baby. Just WHOA. Isn’t that stunning?! What do you think? Did you check this collection out? If not, it’s totally worth it! I own the whole collection, and love each one!

And now for your daily David Tennant!

David Tennant duck face, doctor who

Holo Humpday: KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

Why hello again my sweeties! It’s time for another Holo Humpday, and I am SO excited to show you this one. I took a chance with this polish from KBShimmer because chartreuse has the potential to look terrible on me. But I don’t own ANYTHING like it, so I had to buy Ins And Sprouts from the recent Spring 2015 collection!

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

I mean, WHOA baby! And this totally deserves a Joey from Blossom “Whoa!” C’mon – you 90s children know what I’m talking about right?

Joey Lawrence Whoa

So yeah, this polish is amazing! Surprisingly enough, I adore the color. I’m usually not a huge chartreuse fan, but this baby called to me when I first saw swatches of the Spring collection. First, Christy was calling this an ultra-holo and how on earth could I deny myself an ultra-holo?! And then the beautiful swatches came – it seemed like it looked perfect on everyone! So I had to try it!

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

YAAAAS! It’s this odd light yellow-green chartreuse, which doesn’t sound beautiful. But dayumn, it really is! It’s like the kind of chartreuse you’d see in the iridescent yellow-green Easter basket grass, but it’s so flattering and unique on the nail.

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

And that holo! I think this totally qualifies as an ultra-holo. The linear flame is crazy intense – I mean I had no sun to work with, so all these pics are indoors and the holo is still amazing!

Check out the closeup too:

Closeup of KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

Closeup of KBShimmer Ins And Sprouts

Love. Just plain love this! Plus the formula is perfect – it’s opaque in 1-2 coats depending on the thickness. The 2nd coat intensifies the color and holo effect.

What do you think? Did you pick up any of the KBShimmer ultra-holos or any of the other Spring polishes?

Ok off-topic now… my husband just stole my computer when I left the room and added some lovely notes lol. I debated deleting it, but I wanted to show you how adorably silly my man is. In case you’re just here for the polish, feel free to stop reading and just appreciate the pretty pictures! I’ll leave you with the daily David Tennant, and then Mr. Doctor Crafty’s note will be below 🙂

I'll take that job!

I’ll take that job!

[DR CRAFTY’S CRAFTY HUSBAND-ALIVE PERSON HACKS WORDPREZ WWW]

Evil-Joyful Laugh! Hello, Everyone! Your friend is in the other room doing other-things. I wanted to say two thoughts about my special lady friend:

1. Dr C hardly ever lets me touch her laptop. This is more laptop touches than I’ve had all month! This is the truth-speaking.

2. I wanted to say thank you for all the love you show Dr C. WHY? ??

When she started getting into nail art, well, at first I was skeptical. I thought it was, hmmm? “Why is this love person making very tiny paintings? Why does she not make me ham sammich?”

I have come to see nail art something akin to Tibetan mandalas, impermanent meditations that live in the moment. The designs can be beautiful, but fleeting.

I have come to see nail art as “real” art, highly creative and skillful. There are so many techniques, textures, tools, and techniques to consider. Within what I thought was a small niche, there is a world of possibilities.

I have come to see nail art as social – and this is where you come in. Dr C loves seeing what you have come up with, and sharing what she does.

IN CONCLUSION

Now that I have nail art, she even paints my toes!

Surprise Hooray!

So yeah, I married that man. Silly sweet man 🙂

Tartan manicure: March’s NCC #3

Hello my sweeties!! And a happy Monday to y’all! Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, so this week I wanted to do manis accordingly. Not truly festive, but festive-ish (so not a word, but shhhh). To combine that and the March Challenge theme of fashion, I decided to try out a tartan pattern on my nails. Yes I know tartan patterns are Scottish, not Irish. But people totally wear kilts in St. Paddy’s Day parades, so it’s kosher (how many cultural groups can I reference?!).

My tartan skittlette manicure

My tartan skittlette manicure

I did this really quickly, but I love how it came out! I’m usually pretty awful with freehand lines, but these were better than my usual. Obviously they’re not perfect, but I’m improving slowly! 🙂 I was considering doing a full mani with every nail plaid, but I think I like it better this way.

Another pic of my tartan mani

Another pic of my tartan mani

These remind me of a cozy flannel or fleece plaid blanket. I just want to grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate with this mani! This would be a good for fall, winter, or Christmas. Plaid really goes well with everything.

Polishes used:

  • Accent nail: piCture pOlish Badass… This is a charcoal grey “bijou” holo. I don’t really know what bijou means (I guess I could consult Dr. Google very easily, but I’m feeling lazy), but this polish is a subtle scattered holo and is gorgeous. This is one of PP’s blogger collabs and is one of my favorites! Simple but beautiful!
  • Tartan nails:
    • Base color: Zoya Sookie… Ugh, this is the kind of perfect red nail polish that makes me utter orgasmic noises when I put it on lol! It’s such a stunning cherry red creme with a perfect formula.
    • I painted on a hashmark design with OPI Malaga Wine, a beautiful burgundy creme.
    • I then painted the overlapping squares with Rica Blackout, the perfectly opaque black creme that works amazingly in nail art and stamping.
    • Accent stripes of Essie Good As Gold… the best metallic chrome gold ever! It’s easily opaque, so it’s perfect for nail art and stamping.

And now for your daily David Tennant! He’s Scottish, so it’s appropriate for this mani (and appropriate for anytime you want to look at something pretty).

David Tennant, doctor who

Yummy yummy

What do you think? Have you done tartan or plaid manis before? Any fun plans for St. Patrick’s Day?

Check out more fashion inspired manicures from the NCC ladies:

Holo Humpday: Glam Polish Ladies Choice

Hello my sweeties! Today’s holo is Glam Polish Ladies Choice. From all the polishes in the recent Hairspray collection, this was the one I was most excited about. Teal holos are my jam!

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

This color is gorgeous! It’s a perfect teal/ turquoise, but it also has this lavender purple shimmer with a little bit of a duochrome feel. I have a ton of pictures of this baby because I was trying to capture every little shimmer or shift!

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

The holo is pretty strong too! I loved this when it first touched my nails – it’s such a perfect color for spring!

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

The longer I wore this polish, I began to notice that the lavender shimmer gives it almost a frosty feel in certain lighting. I’m not a huge fan of frosty polishes, and it made me sad that this beauty leaned that way.

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

And a pic that shows you the almost frosted look:

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

Glam Polish Ladies Choice

So yeah, if you’re not into frosts you may not like this polish. But it really only looks frosty in certain lighting. It’s otherwise pretty damn stunning!

What do you think? Do you like frosty polishes or ones that can lean frosty?

Oh and in case you’re suffering from midweek blues, here you go:

David Tennant as a star, doctor who

Because David Tennant makes everything better 🙂

Holo Humpday: KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

Hello my sweeties! Welcome to yet another Holo Humpday! Aren’t you impressed that I haven’t exhausted my holo stash yet?! I have quite the collection, so I definitely have enough to last for many more Holo Humpdays to come! Today’s featured holo is KBShimmer’s Men Are From Mars-ala.

As I’m sure you all know, Marsala was chosen as Pantone’s color of the year for 2015. When I initially saw swatches of this, I was not impressed. It seemed the kind of color that was very big for elderly ladies. But then KBShimmer put out their version, and oh did I change my mind! Men Are From Mars-ala is such a beautiful version of Marsala.

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

I had held off on buying this since I have so many red holos, but I’m so glad I gave in! It’s a more brick red with brown tones that leans orange-red in certain lighting. And it’s different from most of my other red holos!

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala… in more direct lighting

I have a ton of pictures to show since it’s so beautiful!

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

KBShimmer Men Are From Mars-ala

I think the above swatch is probably the most accurate in terms of what Mars-ala looks like in most lighting.

The formula is perfection – it covers in 2 easy coats, and the linear holo is strong even in low lighting. I think this polish is such a beautiful earthy red! It’s a sexy red with a modern twist, and I think it would look good on everyone no matter your skin tone!

What do you think? Do you have this stunner? If not, you need it in your life!!

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: Philly Loves Lacquer Smelly Pirate Hooker

Hello sweetie and happy Holo Humpday! I’m so excited to share this one with you, primarily because it’s one of the most amazingly named polishes I own. SMELLY PIRATE HOOKER! I mean, how could you not love that?! Plus, it’s a pretty polish too 🙂

Philly Loves Lacquer Smelly Pirate Hooker

Philly Loves Lacquer Smelly Pirate Hooker

Smelly Pirate Hooker is (obviously) an homage to Anchorman, and it’s a part of a monthly collaboration between Philly Loves Lacquer and Mishka of Accio Lacquer. It’s also one of my favorite insults! And sidenote – I love reading Accio Lacquer’s posts… she’s a super fan of everything nerdy, which makes me so very happy. Because I’m a nerd. Obviously.

Philly Loves Lacquer Smelly Pirate Hooker

Philly Loves Lacquer Smelly Pirate Hooker

The second picture is more color accurate than the first. My camera hates these coral/ pinky shades and really wanted to change this polish to a neon. In real life, it’s a medium shade of coral-pink with a  very subtle scattered holo and some golden shimmer. It reminds me of fruit punch! Like a slightly darker version of the pink Starburst.

Closeup of PhLL Smelly Pirate Hooker

Closeup of PhLL Smelly Pirate Hooker

I love this polish! The name is amazing, the color is gorgeous, the formula is perfect, AND it’s holo! This polish wins on all accounts! And c’mon, who doesn’t want to yell out “SMELLY PIRATE HOOKER” when someone asks you what you have on your nails?

I think the polish is currently out of stock on the PhLL site, but if you can find it or if it’s restocked – you need it!

What do you think? Are you excited for brighter colors to emerge in the spring and summer polish collections? I could use some bright when it’s this cold and grey!

Holo Humpday: Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

Hello sweeties! I have a quick post for you today. A bit ago, I had just gotten into Glam Polish and made multiple purchases. This beauty is one of them! Welcome To The 60s is from the Hairspray Collection, and I adore it!

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

Welcome To The 60s is a light yellow gold holo/ microglitter interspersed with small white and pink-toned hexes. As you can imagine, it’s super sparkly!

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

When looking at this from afar, all you really see is the gold holo/ microglitter. But looking at it up close, the hexes come through and make it more interesting!

Here’s a bottle shot:

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

And a closeup:

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

Glam Polish Welcome To The 60s

This polish was full coverage in 2 coats, but I dabbed on a third… for no good reason. I think I just wanted to keep going haha! 🙂

What do you think? Do you like holos with other glitter in them?

Also, I wanted to thank everyone for your sweet birthday wishes! It’s so nice to see these birthday wishes all across social media – I feel so loved!! Thank you! 🙂

Holo Humpday: Glam Polish You Can’t Stop The Beat

Hello sweeties! I’m working on very little sleep – I just realized that I lost one of the posts from this past Friday. Maybe I deleted it or wrote Monday’s post over it? I have no idea… it’s just gone. So since I’m wandering around in a sleep-deprived trance, I’m going to let the pictures do the talking for this post!

This is Glam Polish You Can’t Stop The Beat!

Glam Polish You Can't Stop The Beat

Glam Polish You Can’t Stop The Beat

This polish GLOWS in person! There’s a pinkish orange leaning red holo base with golden and blue microglitters interspersed throughout.

Glam Polish You Can't Stop The Beat

Glam Polish You Can’t Stop The Beat

It is just SO gorgeous in person!

Glam Polish You Can't Stop The Beat

Glam Polish You Can’t Stop The Beat

This was another one of those “WORK IT GURRL” moments as I took these pics! This polish is a total winner! I wore it as the base for a holiday jelly sandwich, but I wanted to share it with you alone!

Bottle shot closeup time:

Glam Polish You Can't Stop The Beat

Glam Polish You Can’t Stop The Beat

You can see all those gold holo microglitters in that closeup 🙂

Glam Polish You Can't Stop The Beat

Glam Polish You Can’t Stop The Beat

So yeah… love this one! And now it’s time for me to hibernate for the rest of winter 🙂

Do you have this beauty? Or have suggestions for other Glam Polish items to pick up?