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Holo Humpday: I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

Hello sweeties! I’m so excited to show you today’s holographic nail polish! I Love Nail Polish‘s recent Spring collection was not one of my favorites (although making all their flakies holo? Yes please!), but there were definitely some gems. One such gem is this beauty I’m sharing with you today – Happily Ever After.

George RR Martin They all died the end

Not George RR Martin’s version of Happily Ever After… ILNP’s is much less gruesome! 😉

I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

Isn’t that stunning? Happily Ever After is a gorgeous silvery lilac linear holo packed with small silver chrome flakies. Initially I wasn’t that excited about this one – I was worried that the chrome flakes would make this look too frosty or like a messy chrome. I’m so happy that I was wrong!

I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

This looks so great in every lighting ever! The holo comes out strongly in the sun, and the flakies really shine in shade and low light. It’s just a win-win all around 🙂

I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

And you knew it was coming:

Closeup of I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

Closeup of I Love Nail Polish Happily Ever After

I’m so happy I picked this one up. It’s totally worth it!

What do you think? Do you like holos with something extra like flakies or are you a purist? Did you pick up anything from this collection?

And now I leave you with your daily David Tennant:

David Tennant smile

Mmmm just look at that smile!

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Cloud manicure: April NCC #4

Hello sweeties! It’s almost the April, and I have one last look from the Nail Challenge Collaborative’s 3rd anniversary theme of recreating one another’s manis. I had so many I wanted to try out, so it was really difficult narrowing it down to 4 looks! This last manicure is a recreation of a cloud mani done by Katee from A Girl and Her Polish (see her blog post here).

I’ve never done a cloud manicure, but I’ve seen them around for awhile and always wanted to try!

My cloud mani inspired by A Girl and Her Polish

My cloud mani inspired by A Girl and Her Polish

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be! And I really like the color combination that Katee did, so I wanted to stay as close to that as possible.

Cloud manicure

Cloud manicure

Coral and green cloud manicure

Coral and green cloud manicure

Polishes used/ how I did this:

  • Base color: Polish My Life Stripped… One of my top 3 favorite white polishes. It’s even and opaque coverage in 2 coats!
  • I then let polish ball up on the end of the brush and dabbed it on the nail, creating the rounded edge and then swiping it to the tip of my nail. I did this with the following polishes:
    • Polish My Life Coral Fedora… This is a gorgeous light coral creme with a perfect formula!
    • I Love Nail Polish Admire Me… ILNP’s holos are amazing, and this one is no different! Unfortunately this one is no longer available, but ILNP has a few other teal holos that are gorgeous too 🙂

What do you think? Have you done cloud manis before?

Check out the other recreation manis by the NCC ladies:

And here’s your daily David Tennant!

David Tennant don't you look beautiful today, doctor who

No YOU look beautiful David 😉

Holo Humpday: I Love Nail Polish Peri Me

Hello sweeties! I am SO excited because I have a week of vacation starting tomorrow!! Woot woot!

HeMan Vacation never coming back

Yeah, except then I’d get fired. But yay for vacation! I don’t know whether I shared this before, but this June marks the end of the looooooooong long training I’ve been going through to be a neonatologist (doctor for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). I have a job lined up for when I’m done – I will be moving to SC! Woo hoo! So tomorrow, I’m heading down there to scout out places to live. Yay for warmer weather! I’ve been playing at my nail station, preparing some posts for when I’m out of town.

But today, I have another Holo Humpday! Today’s gorgeous holo is one of the new polishes from the Spring 2015 I Love Nail Polish collection. I picked this (and a few others) up during the preorder, but I think the collection will be launched for real very soon.

This is Peri Me:

I Love Nail Polish Peri Me

I Love Nail Polish Peri Me

Unnnnnffff! I LOVE this!! This was the first preview swatch I saw from the new collection, and I just knew it was going to be amazing. Peri Me is a stunningly delicate periwinkle blue holo with some golden mini flakies/ shimmer. It’s SUCH a perfect polish for spring & summer (& fall & winter… and the solstice… and the blood moon)!

ILNP Peri Me

ILNP Peri Me

Isn’t this so gorgeous?!

ILNP Peri Me

ILNP Peri Me

The formula is good as usual for ILNP. It’s really sheer on the first coat, but it builds up easily. I ended up doing 3 coats, but you could totally get it opaque in 2 if you paint thicker coats.

And here’s the closeup!

Closeup of ILNP Peri Me

Closeup of ILNP Peri Me

You can even see a slight red shimmer in the closeup! I couldn’t really capture the golden microflakies, but they’re super subtle and like to hide. Little ninja flakies.

What do you think? I’ve seen a bunch of periwinkle pop up recently – is this the new Spring 2015 trending color? I can’t say I’d mind because I always love periwinkle!

Keep an eye out for ILNP’s Spring 2015 collection! I bought a few others as well, and they’re all absolutely stunning! Plus, the holographic version of all the multichrome flakies is also being released soon.

And now for your daily David Tennant! Get ready for the feels…

David Tennant, doctor who, billie piper, rose tyler, doomsday, hey girl meme

Ugh, that gets me every time! EVERY time! Right in the feels.

Holo Blobbicure

Hello sweeties! It’s FRIDAY! And it’s a holiday for some of you – even better! Those of you who have a long weekend, enjoy it! Enjoy your family and friends and perhaps some chocolate?

Chocolate counts as a salad

Yup, my thoughts exactly!

And as always, I digress… NAILS! We all love nail polish! So let’s chat more about that, eh? I’ve been mildly obsessed with the All Things Vintage collection from Polish My Life, so I’ve been using them in a bunch of different manis recently.

Holo and pastel blobbicure

Holo and pastel blobbicure

And this is what I came up with today! It’s holo meets skittlette meets pastel meets blobbicure! I love these colors so much, and I really enjoyed blobbing them all together 🙂

More blobs!

More blobs!

I did have to redo the blobby nails a few times. I think the white base coat dried too quickly, so I’d dab on blobs of polish and they’d just sit there looking like a stupid dotted mess. So I had to work pretty quickly in order to get this look.

And here’s a closeup:

Closeup of the pretty blobby bits :)

Closeup of the pretty blobby bits 🙂

Polishes used/ how I did this:

  • Index & Middle finger:
    • Base polish: Polish My Life Stripped… This is one of my favorite white polishes! It’s creamy and perfectly opaque in 2 coats. For best white polishes, it’s a close 3rd after Rica Whiteout & KBShimmer Eyes White Open!
    • Blobbed colors:
      • Polish My Life 1950s Mint Fridge… This beautiful mint green is perfection! Great formula, gorgeous color, and just divine! 🙂
      • Polish My Life Springtime Blues… As with all PML pastel cremes, this is also perfection. It’s a beautiful mid-tone blue – not too dark, not too light, but still so vivid and colorful!
      • Color Club Harp on It… The perfect silver holo! The halo hues are just plain amazing, and this one is no different!
  • Ring finger: I Love Nail Polish Music Box… a gorgeous minty aqua holo. So pretty! It doesn’t match perfectly to PML 1950s Mint Fridge, but it’s pretty close so I’ll give it a pass! 🙂
  • Pinky (& thumb): Color Club Harp on It

What do you think? Do you like multicolored blobbicures? Do you have a long weekend ahead? If so, any fun plans?

And now for your daily David Tennet!

David Tennant scared of spiders in bedroom

Terrified… absolutely terrified 😉

Mint and blush dotted skittlette

Hello my sweeties! It’s only Monday and I am EXHAUSTED! I think they need to make weekends at least 3 days – who’s with me? Shall I start a petition? I just started working out hardcore, which took quite awhile to get motivation back.

trex exercise motivation meme

So yeah, every fiber of my body aches. But at least I’ve got pretty nails! My personal trainer always compliments me on them – we talk polish as she kills me with lunges and mountain climbers. It makes it a little less painful! Anyways, onto today’s mani!

Aqua and blush dotted skittlette

Mint and blush dotted skittlette

I just love this simple yet gorgeous look! As I’m sure you know, the whole mint/ teal/ aqua/ turquoise range is my all-time favorite. And I realized I haven’t used this particular holo in a really long time, so ta da! Mash them together and have a transitional accent nail with dots!

Mint and blush dotted skittlette

Mint and blush dotted skittlette

I really think my dotting game has been on point recently! Practice makes perfect and all that.

Polish My Life 1950s Mint Fridge with dots of ILNP Champagne Blush

Polish My Life 1950s Mint Fridge with dots of ILNP Champagne Blush

I was so happy that the holo I used worked so well with the dots! It comes off a bit on the sheer side on the first coat on its own, so I was worried it wouldn’t be pigmented enough for dots. But it totally worked like a charm!

And a closeup of the holo accent:

I Love Nail Polish Champagne Blush

I Love Nail Polish Champagne Blush

Yummy!

Polishes used:

  • Index & middle finger: Polish My Life 1950s Mint Fridge… This beauty is from the new PML All Things Vintage collection, and I adore it! As I’ve mentioned, PML hands down has the best formula for pastel cremes I’ve found. This mint is no exception! I love it so hard!
  • Ring finger:
    • Base: Polish My Life 1950s Mint Fridge
    • Dots: I Love Nail Polish Champagne Blush… this holo as mentioned above is a bit sheer on the first coat, but it builds up so nicely and is opaque in 2 coats. It’s a gorgeous pink rose gold linear holo with some golden shimmer that catches the light every now and then.
  • Pinky (& thumb): ILNP Champagne Blush

What do you think? What’s your favorite way to mesh 2 different colors with a transitional accent nail? And if you work out, how do you keep your motivation up?

Aaaaand now here’s your daily David Tennant! It’s a classic 🙂

David Tennant Allons-y, doctor who

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

Aqua flakie skittlette

Hello sweeties and happy Friday! If you have read my blog pretty much at all, I’m sure you know I luuuurrve I Love Nail Polish. It was my first indie brand, and I am a loyal fan of pretty much everything Barbra puts out! When the multichrome flakies were released, I went all grabby hands and got pretty much every single one (I won 6 in an instagram giveaway, aaaand then I bought 6 more lol). I haven’t featured them on my blog a lot because I have such difficulty photographing them! They’re like little shifty ninja polishes!

Like these ninjas:

Get it? hehe

Get it? hehe

Yeah, the multichrome flakies want to show up about as well as the ninjas at their parade!

Anyways, I wanted to use one of the flakies for this manicure and decided to pair it with more springy colors. And then I freehanded some odd spiky flowers on top!

Aqua flakie floral manicure

Aqua flakie floral manicure

I kind of just started doodling with those flowers – they weren’t supposed to look like anything in particular. I do like how the middle finger came out!

Another pic of this mani

Another pic of this mani

I tried and tried to get a good picture of how great I Love Nail Polish Supernova looks on the nail, but it was just so shy and didn’t want to play. It was totally gorgeous in real life though!

Closeup of ILNP Supernova over KBShimmer Shore Thing

Closeup of ILNP Supernova over KBShimmer Shore Thing

Supernova was even shy for her closeup too! These pics don’t do it justice at all. So here’s a bottle shot:

ILNP Supernova bottle shot

ILNP Supernova bottle shot

I mean right?! Look at all that shiftiness! It totally looked like that on the nail in real life, and I really loved it over that KBShimmer aqua. In the past I’ve paired the ILNP flakies over darker colors, but I really like it over this bright pastel aqua!

Polishes used:

  • Index & middle fingers:
    • Base color: KBShimmer Eyes White Open… I still totally want to call this Eggs White Open – no idea why! And this time I’m not hungry haha! The more I use this, the more I love it! It’s such a great white creme.
    • I then freehanded those odd spiky flower things with KBShimmer Shore Thing… this is a gorgeous bright aqua that I got as a gift. And I love it! Spring is such a great time for these beautiful teal/ aqua/ mint polishes, and I’m so happy to see this color back on everyone’s nails! It’s my favorite!
  • Ring finger:
    • Base color: KBShimmer Shore Thing
    • Topper: ILNP Supernova… as you can see from the bottle shot, it’s chockfull of multichrome flakies that shift from teal to emerald, kelly green, blue, fuchsia, purple, and even gold. It’s stunning!
  • Pinky: KBShimmer Shore Thing

What do you think? Are there any spiky flowers out there? And if you’ve photographed these multichrome flakies, what are your tricks you wizards??

And now for your daily David Tennant (and Donna, because she’s the most important woman in the world!):

David Tennant not mating with me sunshine, doctor who, donna noble, catherine tate

I volunteer!