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Sparkly Penguin Manicure featuring Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Terrific Twos: February NCC #2

Hello my sweeties. Last week was a rough one at work, so this weekend was a much needed break! I had a date night with the husband and I went to a concert, which definitely lifted my mood! I also decided I needed to add some sparkle to this next mani to keep this mood up.

Sparkly penguin manicure

Sparkly penguin manicure

Julie from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer sent me Terrific Twos for review, and I knew it would give this penguin manicure a little extra something. Julie made it for the 2nd anniversary of her blog. It’s teal, sky blue, aqua, and turquoise microglitter packed densely in a clear base. This is SUCH a gorgeous color glitter! And it’s fully opaque on its own in 2-3 coats. I could have gotten away with 2 coats, but I dabbed on a third to cover a few patchy areas near the tips.

Here’s a closeup of Terrific Twos:

Closeup of Terrific Twos

Closeup of Terrific Twos

Apparently on the nail I just showed, I didn’t dab enough at the tips. But you can tell the rest of the nail is fully opaque!

Another pic of my sparkly penguin mani

Another pic of my sparkly penguin mani

And I think Terrific Two goes perfectly with the penguins! So let’s talk about these penguins 🙂 This is my first time doing freehand animals of any type, and I love how they came out! I wanted chubby penguins with cute little wings, and I think they more or less came out that way. I think I should have angled the wings down a bit since they could almost make the whole animal look like a duck with a narrow neck. But I see it as a penguin, and I hope you do as well!

How I did this/ products used:

  • Index & pinky: BEGL Terrific Twos… SO gorgeous! I used 2 coats of top coat since it is a bit hungry for that.
  • Middle & ring fingers:
    • Base color: BEGL It’s Almost After Midnight… this is a charcoal grey crelly with a strong blue shimmer. It’s difficult to see its beauty in these pics since it’s covered in nail art, but I swear it’s there! I’ll have to swatch it by itself for you sometime – love!
    • Then I used Rica Whiteout to outline the penguin shape.
    • I made the eyes with Rica Blackout and Whiteout using a dotting tool.
    • I drew the beak and feet with Marc Jacobs Snap! using a small nail art brush.
    • Then I drew on the wings with BEGL It’s Almost After Midnight using that same nail art brush.

So what do you think? Have you done animal nail art? If I didn’t say it was a penguin, would you have recognized it? Also, what’s your way to lift your spirits after a bad week/ day/ month? Here’s hoping for a better week this week! 🙂

Check out the other animal manis from the NCC ladies:

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?

June NCC #2: Orange is the New Black

The Nail Challenge Collaborative theme for June is Black & White. This coincided well with the release of season 2 of Orange is the New Black, so of course I have to feature my new bright orange polish from Marc Jacobs!

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If you haven’t seen the show, you should! It’s amazing. This mani is obviously inspired by title, for one. The main character’s nickname from her first prison wife is Dandelion, so I stamped on a dandelion to pay tribute to Crazy Eyes.

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And another pic:

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Index finger & thumb:

  • Zoya Carey (light grey creme) with
  • Formula X Firecracker (matte orange glitter topper) and
  • Different Dimension’s Social Suicide (an amazing matte white and black hex glitter… no bar glitter! It took me forever to find a glitter topper with B&W and no bar glitter)

Middle & Ring finger: Marc Jacobs Oh Splat! (gorgeous bright orange creme) with MoYou Pro 06 stamping using Konad white stamping polish

Pinky: MJ Oh Splat! with Zoya Purity splattered over it

Check out the other fantastic black and white manis: