Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bubbly Bombshell Paradise

Hi there!

I enjoyed the last sponge-tipped manicure I wore, so I decided to try it again with a different base color...

My nails painted with Sinful Colors - Paradise and Orly - Bubbly Bombshell.

I painted 2 coats of Paradise to achieve what's pictured. Once that was dry, I sponged Bubbly Bombshell onto the tips of my nails with a piece of cosmetic sponge and I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite.

This isn't a polish combination I'd typically reach for, but I don't have many choices where I'm staying :-) I do like it, but I enjoyed it better with Orly's Glowstick as a base color.

What base color would you pair Bubbly Bombshell with?

Until next time...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

OPI - That's Berry Daring

Hi there!

I wanted something simple today, so I grabbed one of my untried pink polishes...

My nails painted with OPI - That's Berry Daring.

I painted 2 coats to achieve what's pictured. It applied easily, although the formula was more on the watery side.

What's your favorite pink nail polish?

Until next time...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

San Francisco 49ers

Hi there!

Hunny poo's absolute favorite football team is the San Francisco 49ers...

My San Francisco 49ers nails. NFL manicure.

... so it's nice when there's a way for us to share an interest. I painted 2 coats of the red polish and then dotted on gold dots. Once the gold was dry, I randomly placed black and red dots into the middle of each gold dot. I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite.

Here's a better look at the detail, though the lighting isn't great...

My San Francisco 49ers nails. NFL manicure.

What colors would your nails be if they were painted in support of your favorite team?

Until next time...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blue and Green Granite

Hi there!

Hunny poo and I recently toured new homes where all of the counter tops were done in granite. I've always liked the look of granite- especially because no 2 pieces are the same. Anyway, that's what inspired this manicure...

My nails painted with Julep - Gunta and Popova.

I painted a base of white polish to make the colors stand out a bit more than they would without it. Then I blobbed dots of Gunta (blue) and Popova (green) onto the back of one of my stamping plates. With a pre-cut piece of cosmetic sponge, I dipped into the dots 1 at a time and randomly placed the sponge on my nails. When I was happy with the color, I continued with the next dot of polish. I started sponging before the white base polish was entirely dry, and I'm thinking that's the reason there seems to be a little more depth than if I had sponged on dry nails. It also pulled the white through to lighten the jewel-toned polishes :-)

My nails painted with Julep - Gunta and Popova.

When Julep asked me to do a guest blog post for them, I thought, "heck yeah!" After I finished this manicure, however, I told myself I wouldn't be able to submit it because it wasn't unique... I was certain I had already done this combination in the past! Bummer. But then while I was folding laundry, it dawned on me why my manicure was so familiar... it's nearly the same colors as my favorite shirt (pictured first) that I've been wearing all summer! D'oh!

My nails painted with Julep - Gunta and Popova.

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What type of design might you try with these colors?

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pajama Pants

Hi there!

I matched my manicure to my pajama pants...

My nails painted with China Glaze - Gothic Lolita and Tree Hugger.

I painted 2 coats of each polish to achieve what's pictured. I wanted to paint my thumbs a medium pink color to match the stripes, but I didn't have access to a pink polish with a slight shimmer like Gothic Lolita and Tree Hugger have. I simply don't think it would have looked very good with a different finish.

If you were to paint your nails the color(s) of your favorite pajamas, what color(s) would they end up being?

Until next time...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ugly Manicure Monday - 23

Hi there!

This is a manicure I painted quite some time ago, and I just discovered the photograph buried in one of my laptops...

My nails painted with Julep - Carrie, Cameron, Natasha, and Molly.

I painted a base of Carrie, and then stippled Cameron and each of the other colors onto my nails. I had high hopes for this manicure... I imagined it looking as if each color faded perfectly into the next color- much like sponging produces. The brush I had on hand at the time was much too large and dense, so I think that was my main problem with blending. Additionally, the lines aren't delicate... and, instead, they look sloppy.

Have you tried something like this with a nail art brush? If so, how did it turn out?

If you have an ugly manicure, I'd love to feature it! Email me with what polish you used and what you intended your manicure to look like :-)

Until next time...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Glowstick and Bubbly Bombshell

Hi there!

If this doesn't scream summer, I don't know what does...

My nails painted with Orly - Glowstick and Bubbly Bombshell.

I painted 2 coats of Glowstick as a base for this manicure. Once that was dry, I sponged Bubbly Bombshell onto my nails and then I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite. This was surprisingly quick and easy to achieve, and I'm not sure why I don't do it more often!

What are 2 polishes and/or colors you'd like to try this with?

Until next time...

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sheswai - Badass

Hi there!

This is one of the bottles of polish I got a while ago after posting a decent deal alert...

My nails painted with Sheswai - Badass.

I painted 2 coats to achieve what's pictured. It applied very nicely- the formula didn't flood my cuticles... and the little bit of polish I did get into my cuticles was removed easily with the pointy part of my nail clippers.

There are more cons than pros with this polish, I'm afraid :-( The color is beautiful, the bottle is pretty cool looking, and the application was nice... but the pros stop there. The dry time is odd... it seemed like it never fully dried near my cuticles- I had clean hands; no oils, soaps, or lotion residue to prevent proper drying. It's important to wear a topcoat with this one... it chips easily, it scuffs, and the tip wear is almost unbelievable. The writing on the bottle rubs off very easily- it's almost all disappeared on the back of the bottle.

I wore this for roughly 36 hours before removing it. It isn't too noticeable at first glance in the photograph, but there are scuff marks on all of my fingers. There is also substantial cuticle wear- there was much more present at about hour 24.

I won't write this brand of polish off just yet... I do plan on trying the other 2 colors I have. At the very least, I hope I just got a dud bottle... or even that this is a case of the formula not working with my body's chemistry.

Have you tried this brand? Whether you've tried it or not, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Until next time...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Retro Summer Neons

Hi there!

I got a handful of the Summer Neons polishes at once and I couldn't decide which to wear first...

My nails painted with China Glaze - Splish Splash, I'm With the Lifeguard,
Sun-Kissed, Orange You Hot?, and Love's a Beach.
Stamped with Konad image plate M65.

... But who's to say I have to choose just one? I painted 2 coats of each polish to achieve what's pictured. All 5 polishes were seemingly thicker than the typical bottle of China Glaze nail polish... but I was sitting directly under my ceiling fan. That very well could have been the reason for the thickness. Minus a couple of mess-ups with my stamping, I enjoy this manicure :-) I topped everything with a coat of Seche Vite.

Are you a seasonal polish wearer? Admittedly, I am... and I'm not yet ready to simmer the brights!

Until next time...
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