Monday, August 31, 2015

Swatch & Art: China Glaze - At Vase Value

Say hello to yet another China Glaze from my stash! At Vase Value, really changes color based on lighting - while I had it on, it swayed from a washed out robin's egg blue to a baby blue that really popped. You can tell the color ranges from what's on the nails and what's in the bottle - they're not identical all the time!

 I was pleasantly surprised that it took me just 2 coats to get full coverage. I was worried that it would be thin and streaky. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Swatch & Art: China Glaze - Thistle Do Nicely

For this simple stamped manicure I used a base of China Glaze Thistle do Nicely. It was rather hard to capture the color of this bright beauty, it's neon pink! I put it on in the evening and went for a walk with hubby, I was staring at my nails the whole time. Turns out I like neons, lol! It was practically glowing pinky-orange and there's no way to capture that in a photo.
It was a bit streaky for me and dried somewhat matte, but I got the coverage I was after in 3 coats and the glossy look with a topcoat.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

#StampingSaturday: Starry Night

I think I'm meant to be late for Stamping Saturday all the time...this week I actually had my mani done in time and then we had a power outage from the storm, so I couldn't post even if I was ready! Anyways, on to the mani..
I was going to hold off on darker colors because I'm still enjoying the bright and summery ones, but you know...some brands just have to put out gorgeous shades, and naturally, they need to go on my nails asap!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Swatch & Art: China Glaze - Too Yacht to Handle

This one's going to be short and sweet. I unexpectedly got sick on Friday and the only thing I got done over the weekend, besides getting lots of sleep, is my nails. I couldn't show up for work with the same mani as last week, coworkers are starting to get excited and noticing my nails more, and they think I change them everyday! I have to keep up appearances, lol.

Do you recognize this popular summer color?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

#StampingSaturday: Floatin Trailer Park

I'm taking a break from gradients this Saturday and doing a simple stamped mani inspired by the polish itself - Gunpowder Lacquer Floatin Trailer Park.

I missed the initial launch of this new indie brand, but this color kept drawing me to the site again and again and I finally picked it up at a restock. As a bonus it came with the little sailboat vinyls from Vinyl It Up. How fitting, right? All that's missing are some waves, and that's easy enough to fix .

Saturday, August 8, 2015

#StampingSaturday: Twilight Fairy

Saturday is here once again, and that means it's time to stamp! It pretty much took me all day to finish up the mani because I wasn't feeling too well, but had a vision for my design and I was going to stick to it!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ocean Gradient with Enchanted Polish

There's a pretty popular mani depicting the beach, and I wanted to try my hand at it. Here is the result!
I've seen this design time and time again, and most recently Alesya over at PhD Nails did her own version, and that convinced me that it's my turn now.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Swatch & Art: Enchanted Polish "April 2015"

Summer is going by, and a lot of my manicure ideas are not getting onto my nails so I want to try to do more arts and get it out of my system so I can transition into fall and not regret all the things I didn't get to do. This swatch is the base of one of those designs I need to cross off my list.

Enchanted Polish - April 2015
If you look closely at the corner of the bottle - you'll notice that this isn't just a plain white polish, there's more to it!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

#StampingSaturday: Love Birds

This Saturday I'd like to share my Robin Moses inspired "love bird" mani. Last Saturday I hung out with a lovely lady who lives nearby and is also into polish and stamping, it was a stamping play date of sorts. We actually met in Claire's last year while both trying to find a marshmallow stamper, haha. So I got to peruse her plates collection, and being the hoarder that I am, I had a handful of stamper heads with me so I borrowed this bird images from her FUN15  (with MdU Black) plate and took them home with me - and this is what I did with them! Apologizes in advance for the picture heavy post, but I really liked the outcome!