Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Colors By Llarowe Aliens & Outlaws

So earlier this summer I went on a fun girls weekend down to visit my best friend in Calabasas. She was house sitting for one of her clients, who live in a posh house complete with pool in the lovely celebrity-laden enclave of Calabasas.

Anyway, I wanted to put together some fun nails for the occasion, so this is what I came up with!

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For this manicure I used China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, which is an amazing neon coral polish that is so bright, no camera can capture its amazing color.

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For the accent fingers I broke out Colors by Llarowe Aliens & Outlaws. Aliens & Outlaws is a black and holo microglitter concoctions. I used four coats, but I think you could get away with just three for full opacity.

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For the stamping image, I broke out one of my new MoYou London stamping plates. For this manicure I used ProPlate 08!

Overall this manicure was super fun, bright, summery and perfect for the occasion of a girls' weekend! Unfortunately, neon polishes and China Glaze on me, never last long and I had a huge chip on one of my Flip Flop Fantasy Fingers. Oh well, it happens!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Indigo Bananas Reign

Hey guys, I've been pretty swamped at work lately. Life has been all sorts of busy and I've been lacking in the post department. I'm going to say I'm sorry now this will be a quick post!

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Today I am sharing with you Indigo Bananas Reign, from their late summer collection.

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Reign is a raspberry gelly polish with iridescent flakies!

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Because I can't leave well enough alone, I stamped two images from my MoYou London Scholar 02 plate. I like this plate, bun unfortunately I find many of the images too large for my nails. :(

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Application: This went on great in three thin coats. The flakies do not stick up at all and do not give you any troubles during application.

Where to purchase: You can purchase Indigo Bananas polishes from their website, I bought this mini bottle (8ml) for $7.25. I really like their shop because you can purchase mini polishes or large polishes, which is a great way to sample a new-to-you indie polish maker.

That's it for today folks, sorry this was such a quick post. I promise I'll put more into this as my life gets less crazy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blue holographic skittle nails

Well friends, I had just about the worst day ever yesterday. Got rear ended on the way to work, and had back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings at work. I'm currently feeling a little over extended in life, too many commitments making things rather stressful.

But one thing I like to come back to is this blog, because it deals with the things that make me happy – nails! No matter how hectic my life gets with election season, editorial duties etc. I know I can always look down at my nails and smile.

Today I'm sharing with you some blue skittle nail art I did awhile back. It seemed earlier this year I couldn't get my hands on enough blue holo polishes. I finally realized I had a ton when I put them all side by side (to make sure they weren't dupes) and thought they might make interesting skittle nails!

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The polishes I used, from thumb to pinky, Colors by Llarowe Chillin' in Paradise, Color Club Over the Moon, Colors by Llarowe Soccer Mom, Colors by Llarowe Surf My Wave and ILNP Summer Stargazing.

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Because I loved all the blue and it made me think of the ocean, I added a wave stamp on top to complete the look. For the stamp I used MoYou London Sailor 03 plate!

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All of them had a great holo finish. Soccer Mom was a bit more of a scattered holo and dried a little textured (top coat fixed that pretty quick)! The holo in Surf my Wave, Over the Moon and Chillin' in Paradise were all very similar – linear and vibrant. The finish in Summer Stargazing was a different type of holo, scattered and linear at the same time.

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I'm not going to lie, I think Color Club Over the Moon and Colors by Llarowe Chillin' in Paradise were VERY close and if you own one, I can say with confidence, I don't think you need the other. They weren't exact dupes, but pretty similar.

So that's it for my post today. I guess you can say this was apt timing for this manicure, because I'm currently feeling a little blue with how much stuff is going on in my life right now. Overwhelmed! How do you guys deal with stress? I typically paint my nails, when I can fit in a manicure! Something about switching off the really thoughtful side of your brain and just concentrating on art, on a tiny canvas is very relaxing! Don't you think?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Floral nail art for a summer wedding

So as I am getting older, I attend less and less weddings! It's somewhat of a relief, as I remember summers where I was going to one every other weekend.

Earlier this summer my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a wedding, and I feel like it just might have been the first wedding we attended where neither one of us were actually in the wedding – which is bliss. No need for a fancy bridesmaid dress or tux or a fuss about your appearance. No showing up early, making sure things are on schedule – just attend, enjoy your meal and have some fun.

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My husband and I at the festivities!

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Us with the lovely newlyweds!

Anyway, so today I am sharing with you the nails I sported for said wedding!

Since this was an outdoor wedding, I decided to go for a floral theme. I went to my recently purchased pile and pulled out Different Dimension Garden Goddess and then picked out a floral stamp to go on top.

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Garden Goddess' formula was a little on the thick side, but it wasn't so much so that it was difficult to work with. The holo finish in it is a little weaker than some holo bombs I sport, but it is subtle and I think it's beautiful. 

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I stamped using MoYou London Pro Plate 06. I used Essie Hip-Anema, which is an orange-leaning red creme polish to stamp with. Was hoping it would go well with my coral dress.

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Where to purchase: You can purchase Different Dimension polishes at their shop on Etsy. I believe I purchased this polish at Llarowe for $13.

So I hoped you liked my wedding nails today guys! What nails and designs do you typically sport for weddings? Do you do different designs for outdoor weddings or indoor weddings? Share with me you wedding nail tales!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dance Legend Different View

Hello everyone! Today I have a spectacular polish to share with you from Dance Legend. Different View is a multichrome chameleon with a stunning holo finish.

Different View is from Dance Legend's Holodays collection which has a linear holo finish from scattered holo particles. 

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This polish has a purple to green shift, which leaves it looking unique in any type of lighting.

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The holo particles are in scattered foil pieces, which look silver in the shade, above, but out in the sun it is mega holo amazingness!

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At sunset I checked out the nails again and the green was really showing strong! I feel like the green in this is an olive color with the purple having a more bright and vibrant feel.

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Overall, this polish is just amazing and delivers on so many fronts: Holo? Check! Multichrome? Check! Unique? Check!

I guess I really just love polishes that look different every time I look at them, I guess that is why this polish is called "Different View," because it's a different experience every time you look at them!

Application: Even though the scattered holo pieces can make this polish look a little textured, this polish went on smooth in three thin coats. Two would have been fine, but I wanted an ultimate shift so I added an extra coat for good measure. I topped it with a coat of HK Girl Top Coat.

Where to Purchase: I purchased this polish at Llarowe, a US stockist for Dance Legend, a Russian Nail Polish brand. It came in a 15 ml bottle and retails for $13. And good news! This polish is currently available at Llarowe! The enabler in me says you should purchase this stunner right away!

Extra note: Sorry I only posted twice this week, still adjusting back to regular life after my lengthy trip I returned from last week. Next week should be business as usual – Monday, Wednesday, Friday!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer Wink ^.~

Today I have a lovely multichrome holo polish to share with you. This is Liquid Sky Lacquer Wink ^.~ which is a light blue holographic polish which has flashes of light green as well.

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In the shade and in the sun, the green flashes are bright and amazing. I truly loved the colors in this multichrome.

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Just check out that green glow in the shade, above. So unique.

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This polish is right up my alley. Reminds me of the ocean so I thought I would add some fish stamping to perfect the look.

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To stamped I used Zoya Edie and MoYou London Sailor 04 plate.

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Application: I really liked this polish. It went on great in three thin coats. I topped this with HK Girl Top Coat. I couldn't stop staring at this polish, it looked light blue, then light green! It had a gorgeous shift and the holo was super strong in the sunlight!

Where to Purchase: I purchased this polish from Liquid Sky Lacquer's website in the mini 7 ml size for $6.25. I really like the Liquid Sky Lacquer brand, they have so many different types of polishes – something for everyone and you can buy full size or minis on most of them which is great.

Friday, August 29, 2014

I've finally returned! My trip in manicures and international purchases!

Hi everyone! I hope you're all still here an enjoyed the various guest posts I had for you while I was gone. I am truly sorry I haven't blogged this week (since my guest post on Tuesday). I am suffering some serious jet lag and I am all sorts of messed up!

So my trip was crazy and epic and amazing and I feel so fortunate I was able to go. Basically the my husband and I went on a cruise that departed from Copenhagen, Denmark and visited Oslo, Norway; Gothenburg, Sweden; Warnemunde/Rostock, Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

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Above is a photo of me and my husband in Helsinki, one of our favorite stops on the cruise!

After the cruise we spent a week in the area of Munich area to visit Mike's sister, her husband and my two-year-old niece! It was such a great time! Aren't two-year-olds great? They love absolutely everyone instantly. I wish people could be like that all the time.

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Just to note, my niece is in mid-yawn in this photo, which is why she looks so silly while the rest of us are smiling on key for this photo.

Anyway, to get back on topic, let's talk about nails! Nails while you are traveling is a tough thing to get through! You want to make your manicures last as long as humanly possible.

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I went over with some great nail art that reminded me of a boat, because yes, I was going on a boat for 11 days. I don't know what led me to the yellow and blue colors, but one fellow IG friend of mine aptly pointed out that they are Sweden's colors, so it was appropriate.

For the above mani I used Smitten Polish's Nuclear Sunshine and a Zoya blue color (of which I cannot recall for the life of me). To make this manicure last, I used my Vinylux Weekly Top Coat. I've never been able to to a proper wear test with this top coat, but it did indeed last seven days. It never chipped, I just needed a fresh manicure after the seven day's times. I was very impressed with the Vinylux top coat and would definitely suggest it to people looking to make a manicure last longer than usual.

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The next set of nails I tried was my Incoco Nail Strips, which are made with real nail polish. This was my first time using nail strips, and I definitely wasn't accustomed to application. I thought, "why not add a top coat to make it last longer!?" Bad mistake. For these nails lasted only 24 hours because the quick dry top coat made the edges of the strips curl up and get caught on every thing, which of course, created a premature chip.

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So I broke out another nail polish I brought with me. Smitten Polish Girl Sprouts. This is a gorgeous bright lime green holo! This polish, paired with KBShimmer's Clearly on Top Top Coat, lasted me another week! Which I was so pleasantly surprised to discover! No need for Vinylux, just need a good quality top coat like KBShimmer's Clearly on Top!

Also while on my trip, I put on KBShimmer's Run It's The Coppers, but I did not get a shot of that as it was never sunny when I wore it, and chipped prematurely because of time in the spa and carelessness on my part.

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So I tried out my Incoco Nail Strips again, this time with no top coat. It definitely lasted longer, but I changed it up after three or four days because I wanted to try some of my international purchases!

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And finally my trip ended with these, what one IG friend of mine said look like Pepperoni Pizza nails. Hahaha, which was not my intention at all. This is using my Kiko polishes I picked up in Germany!

Speaking of polishes I picked up, here is the display of new to me brands I purchased while overseas.

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We have Kiko, Depend, Be You, IsaDora, Catrice and Manhattan. I saw other brands too, but I wanted to keep my purchases to a minimum. Unfortunately while in Russia, I was on tours and there was no time for shopping for nail polishes – so I wasn't able to add to my Dance Legend collection.

Thanks for sticking with me through this lengthy post readers! My trip was a blast and I hoped you liked my description of it through my nails! I'll leave you with one more photo of me and my husband in Regensburg, Germany.

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