NOTD Peach & Purple Gradient

L to R: Sinful Colors Skylark, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac, Sinful Colors Tempest, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull

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Photo Cred: etsy

Hi guys! I decided to try my hand at a gradient manicure, something I’ve tried before and failed miserably at haha. I did ok this time with the help of this YouTube tutorial. I went for peach and purple colors, and the final result reminds me of a sunset/sunrise 🙂 p.s. please excuse my messy cuticles >_<

Nail Polishes Used: Sinful Colors Skylark, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac, Sinful Colors Tempest, Sally Hansen Ivory Skull

Base Coat & Top Coat: Revlon Colorstay

Makeup wedge with colors striped on

What I did was cut a makeup wedge in half as suggested by the YouTube tutorial, striped on the purples and peach, and pressed them onto my nail over a white base.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading! 🙂 Next I’ll have to work on glitter gradients, I still struggle with that!

xo Sandy

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NOTD 4/6/15

Hey there beauties! Happy Monday! I wanted to do something cute on my nails for spring. I ended up using mostly Sinful Colors polishes because the colors just seemed to scream spring. I did some little flowers as accents on my index, middle, and ring fingers. Haha for some reason I like doing accents on just these three nails. I just used a dotting tool and dotted away!

Nail Polishes used (L to R above):Sinful Colors Mint Tropics (green base color), Sinful Colors Unicorn (yellow),Sinful Colors Tempest (purple), Sinful Colors Island Coral (pinky coral), Sally Hansen Ivory Skull (white)

Base Coat and Top Coat: Revlon Colorstay

Thanks for reading 🙂

xo Sandy

NOTD + Pop-Arazzi “Shell Me More” mini review 

Nails polishes used: Pop-Arazzi “Shell Me More” (light blue/green), Sally Hansen “Gilded Lily” (gold glitter), Sinful Colors Nail Art “Bad Chick” (white)

I decided to use the Pop-Arazzi polish “Shell Me More” for the first time as a base coat. It is a pretty pale blue/green. It’s pulling more blue in the picture but it is definitely a blue-ish green. I then took two small pieces of tape and crossed them to make a V shape, and used this to create a triangle shape on each nail using gold glitter shade “Gilded Lily” by Sally Hansen. To make the triangle shape look more precise, I outlined them using a white nail art polish by Sinful Colors called “Bad Chick”.

More thoughts on “Shell Me More”: The formula on this one was ok-a bit on the thick side, and the first coat goes on a bit streaky. A second coat and its fully opaque and even-looking. It’s a lovely color, but the wear on this particular shade is not so good. It’s only been two days since I applied it and I can see the polish cracking underneath my topcoat. No bueno! 😦 For reference, I used the Revlon Colorstay Base Coat and NYC Grand Central Station topcoat.

Pop-Arazzi nail polishes are sold at CVS for $2.99. See this post for my thoughts on two more of their polishes.

Thanks for reading! Happy Wednesday-we are halfway closer to the weekend!

-Sandy

NOTD & Pop-Arazzi Nail Polish First Impression

IMG_1189Happy Monday friends!

Today’s post is a NOTD and my first impression on the nail polishes I used. The nail polishes are by the brand Pop-Arazzi, and I found them at CVS recently. I could be wrong but I think they are a new brand of nail polish because it’s the first time I’ve ever seen them at CVS. Isn’t the packaging adorable? That’s part of what drew me in-plus, when I bought them they were 99 cents and they had a lot of shades to pick from.

The shades I used were The Hue Is Blue (pastel blue cream shade) topped with Sparkle-Fetti (multicolored micro-glitters with larger hexagon glitters). One thing I noticed as soon as I opened the nail polishes was the strong nail polish-y scent, so that was a little unpleasant but I got used to it. I did two coats of The Hue Is Blue-the polish was fairly opaque, but a tad streaky. A lot of pastel cream shades have this problem, so I wasn’t totally surprised. The formula was otherwise pretty easy to work with, although it was a bit thick and seemed to dry rather quickly so that contributed to the streakiness.

I used Sparkle-Fetti as a glitter topper on my ring, middle, and index fingers. I had no complaints about this shade-the base wasn’t too thick or too thin, and the glitters came off pretty well with each swipe. The larger silver hexagons were a little harder to pick up but still not too bad.

This is day two of wearing the polishes, and so far no chips but I’ll have to see what the wear is like over the next week or so. In case you’re wondering, I used Revlon Colorstay Base Coat and NYC Grand Central Station as a topcoat, which work really well to extend the wear of any nail polish. Anywho, I’ll keep you posted on the wear!

So would I recommend them? So far, I really like the shades and don’t have too many complaints about the formula of the two I tried so far. According to the CVS website, they retail for $2.99 which isn’t too bad-but if you can wait for a sale I would do that. I think I would only pick up more of these if there was a particular shade that caught my eye or if there was another sale.

Have you tried the Pop-Arazzi nail polishes? Thanks for reading!

-Sandy

Update 3/11/15: The wear on these two polishes was pretty standard for me-probably a week or so before I noticed any major chips. There was general tip-wear throughout the first week. I think I wore this manicure for a couple weeks (whoops) before changing it and it held up fairly well.

Valentine’s Day Nails

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Happy (early) Valentine’s Day everyone! I wanted to do a Valentine’s theme manicure and this is what I came up with. I saw a little trick on instagram to get the heart shape-just fold a piece of tape in half and cut it in the shape of a heart. It reminds me of making heart shaped cards with construction paper as a kid 🙂

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Like this! photo cred: inmyownstyle.com

I’m only showing you my thumbnail because I ended up smudging the hearts on several nails (the worst!). I stuck the tape onto a piece of paper to keep it from sticking when I folded it in half, then peeled it off the paper. I used a basic black and white polish, and a sparkly red polish for the hearts.

photo cred: hercampus.com

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s Day! The boyfriend and I will have a simple dinner date, but since he has an early start for work the next day we won’t be out long. I’ll probably hang out with my gals after calling it a night with him (Galentine’s!). What are you up to this weekend? Anything special planned?

NOTD 1/5/15 Milani Neon Fresh Teal & NYC Top of the Gold

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c94/81094031/files/2015/01/img_0943.pngHello dearies! Just a quick NOTD plus my thoughts on the nail polishes used. It’s my first time using both nail polishes, even though they aren’t new by any means. I used Milani Neon Fresh Teal as a base and NYC Top of the Gold on about half of each nail. I was trying to go for a gradient effect but the glitter flakies in the NYC polish weren’t cooperating with me. I still like the end result though.

Milani Fresh Teal is described pretty well in it’s name-it’s a lovely teal color, although I wouldn’t describe it as being neon. The formula was very easy to work with, not thick or goopy at all. It was pretty opaque in the first coat, but I did two coats to make it even since I’m not the neatest when I paint my nails. I don’t think you can find this polish in most stores anymore-I actually found it at the Dollar Tree, and I think it may have been a limited edition release. You may be able to find it online or at the Dollar Tree like I did. Side note- Don’t you love the Dollar Tree? I love finding random makeup or nail polish there for only $1!

NYC Top of the Gold is a clear nail polish base with gold flakies in it. This one was a little goopy and thick, and not too many flakies came off with each stroke. That made it hard to attempt a gradient with, but I think it would still be nice as a simple topcoat to glam up any nail polish color. I found this polish on clearance at CVS, and you may still be able to find it there or other drugstores. I think it came out to 50 cents, so I’m not terribly disappointed about its goopy formula.

Thanks for reading, Happy Monday! It’s cold over here in Chicago, and it’s only supposed to get colder this week 😦 I hope the weather is more bearable where you are!

-S

NOTD Milani Golden Romance + Sinful Colors Vacation Time

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c94/81094031/files/2014/12/img_0830.pngHi everyone! Quick NOTD post featuring Milani Golden Romance and Sinful Colors Vacation Time. The Milani polish has a gold glitter base with different sized pink/rose gold glitters. I found this polish at Walgreens on clearance for less than $3 recently (among other goodies, so go to your Walgreens and CVS to see what’s on clearance!). When I saw the rose gold tones in the larger glitters I knew I had to have it. I used Sinful Colors Vacation Time as a base- it is a darkened pinky/salmon color, so I thought that would go nicely with the rose gold tones in the Milani polish.

As you can probably see in the pictures above, Milani Golden Romance is just insane. You know how a lot of glitter polishes have that problem of not enough glitter coming off on application? Yeah this polish has the opposite problem- a crazy amount of glitter comes off on each swipe. It gave a very beautiful effect, almost like there’s liquid gold on my nails. It also dried very quickly so that was convenient. I was trying to go for a more sheer application so the Sinful Colors shade could show underneath, but alas it was pretty much overtaken by the Milani polish. It does look very pretty though so I’m not too disappointed. Next time I would only use this for an accent nail so that my nails aren’t like a glitter explosion. I’m sure this manicure will wear like iron because of the glitter, and I’m not looking forward to attempting to take it off >_< I’ll worry more about that when the time comes….

Do you like to use glitter nail polishes? What are your favorites? I have such a love/hate relationship with them- they look so beautiful but they are the devil to take off, and sometimes I just don’t have the patience.