Showing posts with label #Acrylics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Acrylics. Show all posts

3.23.2012

Swatch: Revlon - Radient

Yesterday at work my pointer finger had a little accident and I'm now down to a stub (soon to be corrected...) so please excuse that nail in the pictures.

I bought Revlon Radient earlier this week when I was at Ulta and was excited to try it out. I normally don't wear glitters, frankens, anything along those "super hard to remove" polishes but this one just seemed so fun and I got it with a coupon ;-)






Polishes Used:
-Revlon - Radient (2 coats)
-Out The Door TopCoat

I used this polish over  my bare nail but I think it would look even better overtop of a blue/teal/black polish. It has small and medium glitters in blue and larger hexagonal glitters in silver, green and blue.

What is your favorite type of polish? Glitters? Jelly? Creme?

Enjoy your first weekend of SPRING!

3.22.2012

Girly-Girl Challenge - Day 6: Who Inspires You?

Today's challenge is "Who Inspires You? Show some love to your favorite female role model by creating gorgeous nails in their honor". Here is the list of challenges:


So OF COURSE, I picked my mom!!! She's great and I would consider her one of my best friends :-) Her birthday is in the month of October and therefore her birthstone in OPAL so I wanted to try to do opal nails using a watercolor technique. Check it out:





Polishes Used:
-Konad Special Polish - White (2 coats)
-NYC - Sidewalkers
-Sally Hansen - Lacey Lilac
-Sally Hansen - Frozen Creamsicle
-Savvy - French Rose Opal Frost (1 coat)
-Out The Door TopCoat

They didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped; though for my first time trying a watercolor effect I think it was fairly successful (minus the fact that my ring finger seems to have twice as much color as the rest of my nails!) Have you girls tried this technique before?

Don't forget to check out the other ladies Inspired nails here:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road
Kelly of Devilish Polish
Jodi of Captivating Claws
Danielle of RockNPolish
Elly of Polishable
Olivia of Unprofessional Nails
Kate of This Charming Kate
Bethany of Plethora of Nails
Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady
Eugenia of Talon-Ted
Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind
Amanda of Nox Nails
Ashley of Smashley Sparkles
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Emily of The Laquerologist
Jess of LuvMyLacquer
Tressa of O'Natur Nail
ChiChi of I'm Just Me...ChiChi
CR of Color Me Silly
Amanda of Berry Polished
Robin, Erin and Anna of Polished Cousins
Bonny of Overstuffed
Taylor of Rejoice
Jess of Nearly Natural Nails

Also, I know it's not nail related but since I picked my mom as my role model, here is one of my most favorite pictures of us from my wedding day; enjoy!

3.21.2012

Swatch: Spoiled - Shrimp on the Barbie

I did this quick swatch earlier in the week but saved it for today since I knew I would have other posts coming up for the Girly Girl Challenge.

I always see ladies "mattifing" their shimmery polishes and they look so good! When I tried it though, I didn't love how it turned out; I still love the color, but think I will stick to shiny next time I wear it.




Polishes Used:
-Spoiled - Shrimp on the Barbie (2 coats)
-NYC - Matte Me Crazy

Do you ladies see what I'm saying and why I don't like it? Maybe there is too much shimmer in the polish on its own that it's over-powering the matte? Should I be using two coats of matte polish? Any suggestions on using Matte and the best application are always appreciated.

Overall, I like the color and the application of Shrimp on the Barbie - it's sheer in one coat but covers nicely in two (although not completely opaque). In the pictures it looks a smidge more "hot pink" than it really is, but overall, since it is pink, I know I will end up wearing this polish plenty more in the future.

3.20.2012

Girly-Girl Challenge - Day 5: Gotta Love Chick Flicks!

Today is Day 5 of the Girly Girl Challenge and that means "Gotta Love Chick Flicks". As always, here is the challenge:


So I am sort of cheating because my FAVORITE chick flick is actually Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, however, I was very inspired by the movie for a mani, therefore, I moved to one of my favorite musicals, The Sound of Music (I know my husband is NOT on  board with musicals and therefore, they become Chick Flicks in my house).

When  I think of Sound of Music I think of this picture, which is what inspired my nails:


It's been WARM here for Pittsburgh in March and the green grass with yellow flowers from the movie just seemed to be perfect for this challenge.





Polishes Used:
Sinful Colors - Mint Apple (2 coats - base)
Sinful Colors - San Francisco (1 coat freehand)
Essie - Da Bush (1 coat freehand)
Sinful Colors - San Francisco (another coat freehand)
Zoya - Pippa
NYC - French White Tip
Out The Door TopCoat

I hope that you're not TOO burnt out on the green from St. Patrick's Day and I honestly don't normally wear it but something just came over me today. lol.

As always, don't forget to check out the other ladies "Chick Flick" mani's here:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road
Kelly of Devilish Polish
Jodi of Captivating Claws
Danielle of RockNPolish
Elly of Polishable
Olivia of Unprofessional Nails
Kate of This Charming Kate
Bethany of Plethora of Nails
Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady
Eugenia of Talon-Ted
Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind
Amanda of Nox Nails
Ashley of Smashley Sparkles
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Emily of The Laquerologist
Jess of LuvMyLacquer
Tressa of O'Natur Nail
ChiChi of I'm Just Me...ChiChi
CR of Color Me Silly
Amanda of Berry Polished
Robin, Erin and Anna of Polished Cousins
Bonny of Overstuffed
Taylor of Rejoice
Jess of Nearly Natural Nails

See you soon loves!

3.19.2012

Swatch: Sinful - Cinderella

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was good, and the wedding my husband and I went to  was very fun! It was a Persian wedding and not something that I had experienced before, which made it extra special; we got to try lots of Persian food and listen to the ceremony and music in Farsi. Fun Fun.
As I mentioned last week I was going to wear Sinful's Cinderella to the wedding which I did. I took it with me to the hotel and ended up painting my nails there the night before. So even though everyone already knows what Cinderella looks like, here we go:




I actually like the darker color background in these photos from the hotel room and may start to use a darker color background when I take my pictures at home (instead of our basement walls!)

Polishes Used:
-Sinful - Cinderella (2 coats)
-Out The Door TopCoat

Once wearing this color I can see why everyone was so excited about it. The blue is very pretty and the pink shimmer in it is right up my ally (I look better in cool colors), and even though you could wear it in only one coat it completly covers in 2 (2 coats is normally my max). I would say, if you don't have this color and they still have it in stock at your local Walgreens you should go pick up a bottle, I can't imagine this looking bad on anyone.

See you tomorrow for Day 5 of the Girly Girl Challenge.

3.18.2012

Swatch: OPI - Pedal Faster Suzi

Welcome loves! Hope you are having a good weekend!! It's going to be a quick post today since I am scheduling this ahead of time; we are at our friends' wedding. (I LOVE weddings - I would do it again if I could - same guy of course!!!)

Here I am swatching Pedal Faster Suzi, one of OPI's new colors in the Holland Collection.




This is two coats of Pedal Faster Suzi. I really like this color and it sort of reminds me of one of my favorite colors in college OPI's Aphrodite's Pink Nightie.

I must apologize for my poor ring finger. I need to file it down - it got all bumpy and I should have fixed it before I polished.

Hope you're enjoying the weekend and see you on Tuesday for Day 5 of the Girly-Girl Challenge!

3.15.2012

Girly-Girl Challenge - Day 4: Inspired by the Runway

Today is day 4 of the Girly-Girl Challenge, and the theme is "Inspired by the Runway". To refresh your memory, here is the list of challenges:


One of the latest trends that I really like is color blocking with orange and pink. I never really feel like I can wear this combo but wish that I had the budget to purchase bright colorful clothes (instead of my black and white pallet that goes with everything - my work clothes are so boring!!)

So this is the photo that inspired my nails. PS. I LOVE SJP.


And here are the nails!





It was a simple design and I just freehanded the pink on after using the orange as a basecoat. I am suprised how close the color of the polish is to the magazine! Very pleased with my choice :-)

Polishes Used:
-Essie - Braziliant
-NYC - Fushia Shock Creme
-Out The Door TopCoat

As always, don't forget to check out the other girls Runway Inspired nails here:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road
Kelly of Devilish Polish
Jodi of Captivating Claws
Danielle of Laquer Lover
Elly of Polishable
Olivia of Unprofessional Nails
Kate of This Charming Kate
Bethany of Plethora of Nails
Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady
Eugenia of Talon-Ted
Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind
Amanda of Nox Nails
Ashley of Smashley Sparkles
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Emily of The Laquerologist
Jess of LuvMyLacquer
Tressa of O'Natur Nail
ChiChi of I'm Just Me...ChiChi
CR of Color Me Silly
Amanda of Berry Polished
Robin, Erin and Anna of Polished Cousins
Bonny of Overstuffed
Taylor of Rejoice
Jess of Nearly Natural Nails

As I mentioned it's going to be a busy weekend for me. I have off work today and tomorrow for the NCAA Tournament. I don't LOVE college basketball, and my Alma-Mater (Duquesne University) didn't make the tournament but they are hosting the first round and me and my hubby are going to watch the games live; so that's exciting!!! Keep an eye out for me on TV ;-) 

3.13.2012

Girly-Girl Challenge - Day 3: Delicate & Elegant

Today is Day 3 of the Girly-Girl Challenge and therefore, is "Delicate & Elegant"; as I mentioned before I have really been enjoying this challenge and once it's done, hope to do some more in the future! Once again, here is what the challenge consists of:


When I heard Delicate & Elegant I immediately thought of my Konad plate m71 that I haven't had a chance to use yet. It's a very girly stamp and for once my stamping actually worked as I was hoping it would! Here it is:




Polishes Used:
-Sally Hansen - Frozen Creamsicle (3 coats)
-Konad White Polish (and plate m71)
-Out The Door TopCoat

The third picture is the best representation of what the colors actually looked like (the first two shots are washed out). Frozen Creamsicle is a jelly polish and as I mentioned, I needed 3 coats for full coverage (for me that's a lot - I usually prefer creme polishes!)

Don't forget to check out all the other lovely ladies "Delicate & Elegant" mani's!!

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road
Kelly of Devilish Polish
Jodi of Captivating Claws
Danielle of Laquer Lover
Elly of Polishable
Olivia of Unprofessional Nails
Kate of This Charming Kate
Bethany of Plethora of Nails
Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady
Eugenia of Talon-Ted
Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind
Amanda of Nox Nails
Ashley of Smashley Sparkles
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Emily of The Laquerologist
Jess of LuvMyLacquer
Tressa of O'Natur Nail
ChiChi of I'm Just Me...ChiChi
CR of Color Me Silly
Amanda of Berry Polished
Robin, Erin and Anna of Polished Cousins
Bonny of Overstuffed
Taylor of Rejoice
Jess of Nearly Natural Nails

ALSO, I was able to finally find Sinful Cinderella and will be wearing that to a wedding that I will be attending on Saturday. Hopefully I will be able to swatch it later in the week but if not, you all know what it looks like ;-)

3.11.2012

NOTD: St. Patrick's Day Spirit

As you may or may not know I am going to a wedding on Saturday; which also happens to be St. Patrick's Day.... Therefore, I am wearing my St. Patrick's Day mani today. I have recently started using my Konad stamper again [successfully] and decided to use it today, so here we go!




Sooo, three things to apologize for:

1. I should have cleaned my nails up a little better before taking the pictures
2. My index finger didnt come out dark enough
3. I need a fill sooooo bad!

Polishes Used:
-2 coats Revlon Sheer Frosting
-Konad special green polish
-Out The Door TopCoat
-Konad stamp m83

Overall, I think this look is OK. I don't love how bright the green is and overall I am not super happy with my nails right now, but this will be good enough to tide me over for a couple days. Let me know what you guys are all doing for St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend loves!

3.08.2012

Girly-Girl Challenge - Day 2: Gimme That Bling

Hello Loves!! Today is Day 2 of the Girly Girl Challenge so that means "Gimme That Bling"! This is an exciting challenge and I like coming up with new designs to fit the different themes. Once again, here is the Girly Girl Challenge:


When I saw today was Bling I immediately thought of doing something silver / metallic, because what is more bling than that?! Here is what I came up with:




Polishes Used:
-Sally Hansen - Celeb City
-Out The Door TopCoat
(and gemmies!!!)

It didn't come out exactly as I had hoped because the gems and the polish were too similiar in color; next time, I will probably use either a different polish or different colored gems. Which nails do you like better? The ones with the gem tips or just the gem accents? I think the accents because they are more subtle. Thoughts?

Also, don't forget to check out all the other girls "Gimme That Bling" posts!

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road
Kelly of Devilish Polish
Jodi of Captivating Claws
Danielle of Laquer Lover
Elly of Polishable
Olivia of Unprofessional Nails
Kate of This Charming Kate
Bethany of Plethora of Nails
Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady
Eugenia of Talon-Ted
Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind
Amanda of Nox Nails
Ashley of Smashley Sparkles
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Emily of The Laquerologist
Jess of LuvMyLacquer
Tressa of O'Natur Nail
ChiChi of I'm Just Me...ChiChi
CR of Color Me Silly
Amanda of Berry Polished
Robin, Erin and Anna of Polished Cousins
Bonny of Overstuffed
Taylor of Rejoice
Jess of Nearly Natural Nails


See you soon for Day 3!

3.06.2012

Girly-Girl Challenge - Day 1: Think Pink

Hello Loves! As I mentioned earlier this week I am participating in Lindsey's ( of Neverland Nail Blog) Girly-Girl Challenge. There is a handful of girls participating so make sure to check out their pages (listed below). Here's out it works; 2 mani's per week for 1 month. Most of the ladies will be posting on Tuesday's and Thursday's.


That's the challenge so you can get excited for what's to come! Day 1 is Think Pink. I was thinking on just doing a gradient with two colors but it turned into this:




Polishes Used:
-Petites (no color name - sort of a raspberry with a little metallic)
-Essie - Better Together
-Wet 'n Wild - Sparkled
-Out The Door TopCoat

Like I mentioned I was just going to do a gradient with my raspberry and Better Together but it wasn't fun enough so I added the glitter too! Hope you enjoy!

Check out the other ladies lovely posts below!

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog
Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road
Kelly of Devilish Polish
Jodi of Captivating Claws
Danielle of Laquer Lover
Elly of Polishable
Olivia of Unprofessional Nails
Kate of This Charming Kate
Bethany of Plethora of Nails
Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady
Eugenia of Talon-Ted
Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind
Amanda of Nox Nails
Ashley of Smashley Sparkles
Sarah of See Sarah Swatch
Emily of The Laquerologist
Jess of LuvMyLacquer
Tressa of O'Natur Nail
ChiChi of I'm Just Me...ChiChi
CR of Color Me Silly
Amanda of Berry Polished
Robin, Erin and Anna of Polished Cousins

See you Thursday!

3.03.2012

Galaxy Nails!!!!

For a while now I have been wanting to try Galaxy Nails but they seemed so complicated I was putting it off. I recently found this post by Emerald Sparkled and it re-newed my interest, so I tried it this morning. I watched a couple tutorials online and was suprised at how simple it actually is (I think because nothing needs to be exact, or straight lines, it's easier and less pressure lol) It's takes time and uses a handful of colors so I will post the pictures and then explain what I did.

Polishes Used:
-Nicole's Midnight Madness
-NYC's White
-China Glaze's Solar Power
-Spoiled's Shrimp on the Barbie
-Spoiled's Jewelry Heist
-Out The Door Top Coat


Close Up's of Midnight Madness and Jewelry Heist so you can see the shimmers:




And now, the final product!




I was sooo pleased with how this turned out and how simple it actually was. I started with two coats of the Midnight Madness, then sponged on the White, Solar Power, and Shrimp on the Barbie in random "nebula - like" shapes, then sponged additional Midnight Madness around the edges to give it a more "natural" look. Next, I dotted on some larger and smaller white "stars" using my dotting tool. Once that was dry I did one thin coat of Jewelry Heist to add more "stars" and shine and finished it off with my new top coat, Out The Door.

I am definitly going to keep this mani on for a while since it took some time to do and since it's so cute. Meeting up with some girlfriends tonight so I can't wait to get their feedback.

Have a great weekend loves!