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.
I bought this pack of polishes from T.J. Maxx averaging to be about $1 a piece. I hate that these do not have any names anywhere. I’ve even searched online and the only one I may have a name for is the yellow one “Sea shell”??? Something like that. So here are the pictures all just titled L.A. Colors. All with 3 coats.
So just quick side notes on each (click them for a better look) the pink is a jelly!! Green is a cremey-jelly. Blue, purple are cremes. Orange, yellow and grey are sheer and shimmery, the grey being more metallic. These are all pretty good formula wise but the blue seemed to drag a little. Still wish these had names Oh well.
Also on my own personal news- I’m sure nobody really reads this- I’ve been put of a very strict no buy for….possibly indefinitely. So I’m sorry that I will most likely NOT show anything new in the future. I am really sorry considering there are 2 from the OPI collection that I want (German-incure by OPI & Every Month Is Oktoberfest) and a very cheap Pure Ice “Heart breaker” that is really awesome and a must have to complete a collection. Some other blogger already have pictures of it so if you wanna see what I’m tlaking about…just google it I surely have more then enough to keep showing stuff- swatch wise that is. I guess this is just an extra push for me to really get back into the nail art. I have lots of ideas just lacking motivation right now- so I guess I will use the “no buy” as motivation.
Oh hi! Ok so, I mentioned before I’m a little bit obsessed with Arizona. That’s where my hubby and I met and fell in love. That’s not the WHOLE reason of course. Anyways, so I knew I had to have Zoya’s Arizona purely based on the name. I know, silly. But its worth it, I don’t have a lot of oranges and this is pretty sweet.
This color really makes me think of orange creamsicles! Yummmyyyy! Zoya Arizona is 3 coats, with no topper. Dries a little darker then what you see and is a little bit of a pain. It really likes to drag and bald. So 3 coats was a must. Still very pretty summery orange!
I don’t have much else to say right except I think I might have to go to the store now and buy some yummies.
Hey sorry I’m a little behind on the post for these videos but here it is! Big thank you to Sammy from “The Nailasaurus” for showing us that you can create a beautiful gradient like a pro! I really felt compelled to mention Sammy because it seemed like after she posted her tutorial that there were tons on people on YT putting up videos (doing the same exact thing she was) and I wasn’t really looking it see if they credited her but I wanted to be sure I did, because I sure as heck didn’t come up with this on my own!! So yea please click the link!
And another big thank you to Totallycoolnails on youtube for showing me there are other way to do a splatter nail without a straw! Watching her tutorial totally made me think AH TOOTHBRUSH DUH! Click that link too!!! These girls are geniuses.
Colors for the first tutorial are
All Color Club:
- Tangerine Scream (Orange)
- Electro Candy (Pink)
- What A Shock (Green)
Even though this summer is big for neons and all the major brands seem to have a summer neon line up, I found this collection at Ross early this spring. It really makes me hesitant to buy any of the new neons out there- as unbelievable as that sounds. Maybe they’re not as neon as some are now? Color Club Electro Candy was from summer 2009.
Formula wise I find these are great and pop if you have white polish for a base. All of these (except for Pure Energy<the blue one>) are one thickish coat on top of two coats of OPI Alpine Snow. I also used the “Vivid Top Coat” that came with the set. Which I believe to is to bring out the subtle shimmer in all of these. I must say subtle is definitely the word. A little more visible in person, regardless I ♥ these. If you don’t use top coat these dry to a dull finish. I can’t even say it satin matte because it isn’t!
The shimmer in What A Shock should be blue. And this color probably turned out more accurate then the rest.
The shimmer in Volt Of Light should be green. And the color should be a little brighter.
The collections namesake Electro Candy. Probably has the most visible shimmer which seems to be white. This is very bright but it should be a little more saturated in this photo. Think more like the “dark parts” and less like where the light hits it.
Tangerine Scream was insanely hard to capture and it make me wonder how well it would have turned out if I had a light box. This is not accurate at all and think more of a caution cone color with a silvery white shimmer. But I thought I would share the pictures because they look super cool to me.
Ultra Violet wasn’t nearly as bad as Tangerine Scream to capture but none the less the color is off. My camera has something against purples. What’s in the bottle in this pic should be a touch darker and it has a beautiful blue shimmer that is so pretty IRL.
Pure Energy is another one that should be a bit darker with a light blue shimmer in it. Super subtle in this one. Oh and this one is two coats over two coats of white.
So thats all and you can look forward to my using 3 of these in an upcoming gradient tutorial in video form. ;D
SO here are the nails that my 4yr say’s “looks like a game” and she means a maze! Haha. Anyways enjoy!
Now hopefully you all liked that this one was much shorter. If you don’t have a crackle polish you can always fake it with a plain black polish by dabbing square-ish shapes instead. If you have a plain black stripper this effects comes out even better.
- Orange: Sinful Colors “Summer Peach”
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Black Crackle: China Glaze “Black Mesh”
- Yellow: Sinful Colors “Morning Breath”
Here is a picture with different color variations. The eyes streaked a little bit due to using cheaper topcoat! I’m trying to save my more expensive stuff for my own nails! ;D The silver crackle was painted on from left to right & also from right to left!
For any of the designs you could either do all fingers with the one ball of your choice ( or multiple balls ) or a fun alternative could be paint your thumb and ring finger in the ball of your choice and doing all others with a complimenting french tip.
For example if you like basketball, do the thumb and ring finger as the ball and all other with an orange tip maybe even go over the “smile” line with a black stripper to outline.
Another idea would be to do all the other tips with your favorite sports team’s colors!
Okay now for the breakdown of these designs. Basecoat all nails!
The baseball can be done two ways. After putting down your white polish you can either take a detail brush and go in a zig-zag like motion to make it appear threaded or just do the two lines curving in and then out again with a red stripper. If you attempt the zig-zag motion and you’re not used to doing detailed work, practice on paper until you’ve got a nice flow going. Also, if you don’t have a detail brush just try a toothpick. Finish with a top coat.
The tennis ball was very fun to make. I used a cosmetic sponge to sponge on the electric green. After that layer dries but still a little tacky I used the sponge again to sponge on a light layer of a very electric yellow (reminds me of a highlighter). I chose to sponge it so that it gives it more of a texturized look and feel. After those dry use a white stripper to make your tennis ball seams. The same as the baseball, it’s just two lines curving in-out-in. These are very easy, just go slower if you’re not too confident in your abilities. I didn’t finish with a top coat so that it has a fuzzy tennis ball like look.
For the basketball use a bold dusky orange. You may need 2-3 coats depending on the opaqueness of your polish. You could also do your second coat texturized like the tennis ball with a cosmetic sponge. I haven’t tried this method for the basketball, but it might look good. After you coats are dry add the curving in-out-in lines and then 2 intersecting lines to finish the look. Finish with a top coat.
So for the football paint you nail all brown 2-3 coats. After it dries use a white stripper to make one line down the middle and then some intersecting lines for the threads. Finish with a top coat.
As for top coats instead of a glossy one, you could also use a matte top coat to make them seem a little realistic. If you do use a matte top coat for the tennis ball I suggest doing this before the white lines, but it’s not a rule and it’s up to you. I suggest this so that the line are glossy over top the “fuzzy” ball.
- Baseball White: OPI “Alpine Snow”
- Red “Threads”: OPI “Color So Hot It Berns”
- Basketball Orange: OPI “Chop-Sticking To My Story”
- Black Stripper: L.A. Colors Art Deco “Black”
- Football Brown: Revlon “Hot For Chocolate”
- Tennis Ball Green: Sinful Colors “Irish Green”
- Tennis Ball Yellow: Sinful Color “Neon Melon”
- White Stripper: L.A. Colors Art Deco “White”
So as always you do not need the exact same brands that I use.
Since I did these designs on my nail wheel, I didn’t use a base or top coat. Normally if I was sporting this (XD) on my own nail I would use OPI Nail Envy for my base coat and either my Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat or my matte top coat Hard Candy “Matte-ly In Love”.
So I hoped you like these and leave a comment telling me what one you liked or your favorite sport/team. 😀