SO this design was originated from Robin Moses on Youtube.com. She is the mastermind of Robinmosesnailart and I have attempted a design by her before. I’ve been learning a lot from her over a year. So this is my attempt and I decided to do the original gold roses on my ring finger and change up the rest with some blue!
Here’s the original video first so you don’t have to look for it.
And here’s my art!
Whether or not anyone else likes this- I absolutely love how it turned out. I wore it for awhile. I love how acrylic paint keeps polish on my nails longer! I need to practice more on my leaves, I can’t seem to get those down yet! Gr!
This one was another that I promised to show! Getting pretty good on keeping my word huh? Anyways I’ve recently been on a no buy and decided stepping into the stores was a bad idea. I did very good for over a month and then decided I should see what kind of displays are up. And lo- and behold there was a Maybelline Color Show LIMITED EDITION display! I pretty much wanted all of them, but decided Avante Green was my #1 must have of all of them and for SOME REASON I’m not sure why- I bought Auburn Ablaze instead. So I kept thinking about Avante Green dreading that I made a mistake. I had to wait a whole week before I could go back and the display was GONE! But I go to Walgreens quite often and knew that the left overs from displays are on the counter by the register in the beauty department and was over joyed to see the last bottle sitting there. Like it was waiting for me. Psychotic, I know. Anyways enough babble.
Maybelline Avante Green is in 3 coats, and probably could have used another one…maybe two. It’s very thin but not a super runny formula its almost painful to work with however. If you have a good base color to go underneath- go for it. I’m sadly disappointed that this didn’t have any real color shift (kinda blue-ish) to it outside of the bottle. What can I say? Lesson learned.
Maybelline Auburn Ablaze is in 2 coats. This ended up being a big win for me. I don’t have a lot of colors like this (none since I try to keep my collection simple) but this picture is bringing out a lot more of its wine colored hidden shimmer. In indoor lighting this is a bit more brown with the shimmer leaning a tiny bit more towards purple. Dry time is pretty good- my first coat was thin and my second was thicker then it needed to be- I could have gotten away with it being thinner and still full coverage (and dry a bit faster, too).
P.S. Sorry about the sloppy slop paint job! I try to do it right the first time, if I can’t I try to at least clean up after myself. Children needed attention so I took a picture before I scuffed them, and I really did ding them bad afterwards.
So far I’m pleased with the polishes that Maybelline keeps coming out with- whether its core line or limited edition like these two. It’s brands like these that make me afraid to waste money trying a new brand I’m not sure I will like!
Things ended up taking a little longer then expected AND I’m easily distracted lately. So since the time of me saying I had Sally Hansens new Lustre Chrome “Lava”, I had been drooling over pictures of “Scarab” and went to Walmart (since it was a whole $1 cheaper then Walgreens) and bought it. Since I did that I might as well show them both on the same post. With out further ado…….
Sally Hansen Lustre Chrome Lava, is named perfectly, I do believe! This orange-pink duo-chrome is such a beautiful glowy polish with an awesome shift! Seems very micro flecked and really benefits from a top coat. I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri. SH recommends using one of their own as a top coat- but in my opinion any should work. **Just as a note, it isn’t very dull- top coat just makes it feel and look a bit more glassy.** Application- cake, a little sheer but build-able. Dry time- decent. From index to pinkie (L-R) are 3 coats. 3 coats, 2-3 over black, 2-3 over black. Sorry I can’t remember if it’s 2 or 3, I meant to write it down. I really do love this and have gotten compliments on it- which is pretty rare for me. Haha.
Sally Hansen Lustre Chrome Scarab, is a pretty blue green duo-chrome polish. This isn’t as big of a shift as Lava was but it’s still quite beautiful. Another difference between these two is that Scarab is much more pigmented then Lava. Also I feel that Scarab was more of a true chrome since you can make out my outline (mainly the camera) in some of these pictures. Application- cake. Dry time- excellent. Also could use top coat to gloss it up. From index to pinkie (L-R) 2 coats, 2 coats, 1 over black, 1 over black.
So in summary, I love these! Thay’re non-problematic and could use a top coat to make them look and feel glassy, but still looks absolutely stellar without it.
I’m sooo glad duo-chromes are trending right now because even though this isn’t a completely new concept, I like that it’s becoming more readily available to the masses. Unlike crackles and magnetic’s I think that this will be popular for a long time, since it pretty much already has been very popular among nail polish junkies for years. I only have a few other duo chromes but I’m hoping to expand this part of my collection as more of the big brand companies decide to make entire duo-chrome collections.
So I recently bought my 1 and 1/2 year old son some super cute pajama’s at Costco with adorable monsters on them! So here are nail inspired by toddler p.j.’s!
I used acrylic paint for the characters so I wasn’t sure how a regular matte top coat would work. I had planned form the beginning to wear it as matte because that’s how the p.j.’s look- fuzzy! But I didn’t feel like that was the time for experimenting and did SH Insta Dri and then Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love. IMO the matte does look best!
Lately I’ve been really wanting to get some polishes from Orly. Probably because I’m not supposed to be buying anything still and also because I don’t own even ONE! Sad I know. SO I started looking at lots of Orly’s that I thought I might like to buy…someday. And Space Cadet was one I was like “OOooooo Ahhhh!” and then found out it has a 100% dupe- that I already own. I hate kicking myself later when I realize I bought something that technically is just a different bottle with a different name and brand. So I giddily pulled it out and put it on like I just bought it- because I’ve never worn it before then! I told my hubby about this “shopping in my own stash” and he looked at me like I was nuts…Ha…ha…ha. Anyways onto the swatches- I doubt anybody reads this part anyways.
So here is Hard Candy Beetle dupe for Orly Space Cadet.
Hard Candy Beetle, is in two coats over black polish on index and middle and over metallic green on ring and pinky. I don’t think I could be happier with how these pictures turned out. Most color shifting polishes are a PITA to picture, but this one apparently loves me. To me I usually see the colors yellow and red with this, and I believe there is some orange and gold maybe some purple to it. You can build it up even more if you desire. I did the green because this polish has a deep murky green base to it. you can barely notice the difference and if I did a coat or two more I don’t think you’d be able to tell at all.
Wow…looking at that title is just seems like something nasty! But whatever! My NOTD is for both HANDS because they’re different. For some reasone I very very very very very rarely, and purposefully try not to, have matching hands. For some reason it drives me nuts. It doesn’t bother me at all on other people- just me. It’s literally like *looks at left hand* ‘Ohhh pretty.” *Looks at right* “WHAT THE HECK?!?! O.O” All surprised and stuff like the world is coming to an end. Loose screws- I know.
Also I’m getting pretty good at picturing my right hand because I am a righty!
So yea sorry about my purple thumb I have this ongoing split and I can’t stop picking at it and the nail polish did no want to cover that with 3 coats. I know the ombre effect is now a old trend but I’m trying to catch up and I still like the looks of them. I also could have did better I think color wise but surprisingly this is all that would work with certain colors being a must have together and then wedging in a few “odd” colors IMO. I don’t think index purple is in place. Too bright. And alot of the blues dried very similar…shaded yes but almost “too close”. I will try this again with different colors!
So I’ve been on the hunt for this purple glitter for a while now. YES, it IS a Justin Bieber polish from the One Less Lonely Girl Collection- in his fave color. Luckily T.J. Maxx had it in a combo pack. So they ended up being…$3 a piece? Pretty good considering they’re more then double that at Target and Walmart. Can’t beat a good deal…and pretty glitter. O.O
One Less Lonely Glitter is one full coat on the ring finer and dabbed on the tips of the rest. I can see me using this glitter on LOTS of other colors. Very pretty, very easy to work with, subtle but pretty. Lavender glitter in a clear base could be opaque in 3-4 coats I bet. A right hand photo did you notice that? Haha, kind hard to do but its done lol.
Here’s a quick look at Sinful Colors Slate that I use underneath. 3 easy coats super nice and smooth. Subtle silver shimmer though it.
P.S. Sorry I didn’t clean up for some strange reason, I must have been to excited to photograph it. 😛
I love purple ( I used to hate that too!) one of my top five favorite colors. I don’t have a favorite color really, it just depends one the day, mood, everything. In not particular order I like black, pink, purple, blue….not sure about green today. Invader Zim cartoon is a color scheme of most of my favorite colors if you know what I mean…maybe a tiny bit more pink then what you see on the show.
Pure Ice Busted 1 coat over Pure Ice No Means No and WnW Creme Black alternating fingers. Very smooth, very sheer, VERY glass flecked, a tiny bit duo chromed…. I like the dimension it adds to the purple but it really pops over black. Love it! I give it a 8.5 out of 10.
Here it is completely on it’s own 3 coats. If you like to wear sheer polishes alone I don’t see why not! This is very pretty.
Wow that’s a long name for a polish. From here on out Tonight’s Going To Be a Good Night will be TGBGN…Pbbbhht. But Glowstick is first, because I promised it I wouldn’t steal its thunder by showing the combo first. These are both from the Wet n Wild Fergie Collection I found at Walgreens. I wasn’t entirely impressed with all of them but I got 3…here’s 2 together.
Before I say anything about these polishes individually I wanted to mention the brush that comes with it. A few other companies are doing this now. A wide round tip brush. I personally love it. I’ve heard some people say that in this collection its TOO wide and they hate it. I love it still, and I sure if my nail were any smaller it would drive me nuts also. Sooo if you have cute tiny dainty nail beds, keep that in mind.
WnW Glowstick is 3 coats. Easy to use formula, smooth…but doesn’t dry real fast. And I’m not patient, so this was a little agonizing for me to wait. I like that this isn’t just a plain neon lime green- it has a yellow shimmer to it that is super cool! I’ve been needing more greens, I used to really hate the color but I’m starting to warm up to it a lot lately.
WnW TGBGN is only one coat over the other. I think the coverage it pretty even surprisingly! When saw this I though it was a black polish with gold hex glitters, but it’s obviously clear based small black hex glitter and large gold hex glitters sprinkled throughout. I can see me wearing this glitter over A LOT of other colors….like all of them. I loooove black glitters and don’t have enough of them.
So any thoughts? I’m always open to opinions and debates!
Don’t you hate when you forget to clean your screen on your laptop and you’re sitting there thinking, “What is on her face?! Oh wait…” Let that be a lesson kids don’t surf and eat…. 😛 Haha. Well this next polish is super interesting!
Revlon French Roast 3 coats one top coat, is a creme brown with a glass fleck in it that shows a rainbow of colors. Just look at it! I think the name it very fitting to me it looks like a bag of coffee beans. This is from the Colorstay core line and I was actually going to get a different color until I saw this! I was like…meh…brown…wait…WHHHHHHAAaaAATTTTT?!?!?! O.O This is very smooth and no problemos with it. I will have fun with it more this fall I think. Like I said before- I don’t really go by season much as to what colors I wear- it’s just that there are so many fun neons I need to wear right now I wont be able to try this again until fall haha.