Guest Post by The Jedi Wife: iKat nail art manicure

Greetings, everyone! It is such an honor to be a guest blogger here at Be Happy and Buy Polish while Jessica is busy taking care of her new little bundle of joy! My name is Jen, and I am the blogger behind TheJediWife.com. For my guest post, I wanted to share a cute ikat nail art look with you; let’s check it out!
Between the holidays in December and then Valentine’s Day in February, red has really caught my attention lately. I’ve been wanting to do something fun with my bottle of Ellagee Polish Bad Romance, and I’m really loving this design!
On my nails with the ikat pattern, I started off with Zoya Purity as my base. On a mat, I stamped the ikat pattern from Color Club Abstract stamping plate with China Glaze Liquid Leather. I filled in some of the open areas of the ikat pattern with Bad Romance before transferring the design onto my white base and then sealing everything in with Glisten & Glow‘s HK Girl top coat.
I really enjoyed creating this look, and with several fun images on the Abstract stamping plate, I’m going to have to play and design more nail art looks with it for my blog! I hope this post has been inspiring for you as well, and I hope to see you over on my blog on occasion! Thank you for reading, and thank you to Jessica for allowing me to share this with you!
Thank you Jen! I love this funky look and it’s using a nail art look that I so admire. Bad Romance is gorgeous! Please go check out Jen’s blog, TheJediWife.com, and give her a follow on Facebook, instagram.

Guest Post by BeginNails: Pink Leopard Nail Art

Greetings and Nailutations,

Hello!  I’m Kristi from BeginNails and I will be standing in for Jessica today, while she is tending to a new addition!

To me, Jessica is a glamorous mom – stylish, always trying out new beauty looks and has amazing hair!  She is fierce, adventurous and I love her hair!  I wanted to go with something that was feminine, yet sassy and fun!

Products used:

Drip Drop Nail Paint: Sentimental Journey (pink), Yoga Pants (black)
It Girl Nail Art: IG112 Plate (press sample)
Clear Jelly Stamper: Stamper, Clean Up Brush (press sample)
Ellagee: Lickity Split Latex Mani Mask (press sample)
Heather’s Hues: Heart of the Matter

I started with a base of Sentimental Journey, which is the 3 year tribute polish for Drip Drop Nail Paint.  (Gotta love milestones!)  Then I protected my skin with Mani Mask and stamped with IG112 Plate from It Girl Nail Art and Yoga Pants.  I had to make it look soft, so I topped it off with Heart of the Matter – my current go to matte top coat.

Does this mani show femininity and sass and fun?  I hope I did Jessica proud and I hope she is enjoying her bonding time.

Thanks for reading,

Happy Polishing,

Kristi aka BeginNails

Thank you, Kristi for this kick ass mani! ❤ Your kind words are making me blush! Please go check out Kristi’s blog and give her a follow on Facebook, twitter, and instagram

New Year’s Eve Nails with ILNP, ellagee, CrowsToes, and China Glaze

Purchased by Me buttonHappy New Year’s Eve everyone! Who else is excited for 2016 to be over? I mean, it’s been a crazy year in the world, but I know that personally it was a pretty good year. But still, I’m ready for a new year and exciting things (like a baby, hopefully soon!). I decided to do some sparkly nails for NYE, based on a mani I saw by BreezytheNailPolishLover on Facebook. I’ve used ILNP I See You, ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out, and China Glaze Golden Enchantment.

ILNP I See You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ILNP I See You macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ILNP I See You is a creamy champagne holographic polish.

ILNP I See You holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Formula is fairly sheer, but it has a really nice holo flame without top coat. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then used ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights for a half-moon manicure. This is one of my older indie polishes, and it still performs great! It is also the blackest holographic polish I own (I believe).

CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out, China Glaze Golden Enchantment, ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Over MSRTN, I first used CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out in a waterfall pattern, then China Glaze Golden Enchantment (which is a clear base with holographic specks).

CrowsToes Nail Color Maxxed Out, China Glaze Golden Enchantment, ellagee My Sweet Romantic Teenage Nights, ILNP I See You macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

You can tell my half-moons changed. Well, I wasn’t happy with them so I tried to make them deeper and they ended up looking like cat heads. Sigh. I try to do one simple mani and they end up looking strange. LOL. Now that I’ve seen cat heads, I can’t stop seeing them, either!

Anyway, I hope you have a safe & fun New Year’s Eve – our crew will be at home celebrating. May 2017 hold nothing but the best for you & yours!

ellagee Burnished Skies versus Scofflaw Varnish Diamond Dogs

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! I know I promised to have more posts this week but alas, this “morning” sickness isn’t going away any time soon. I’m trying, I promise! (Currently typing this while wanting to puke on my keyboard. :/ ) But I went through my photos and I did have this comparison post between ellagee Burnished Skies and Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs ready to go.

ellagee Burnished Skies | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee Burnished Skies macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee Burnished Skies was a fb group custom from a few months ago. This is a turquoise green crelly with bronze, gold, and color shifting flakies. I used 3 thin coats plus top coat.

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs is from the Spring ’16 collection, I believe. This is described as “a vivid sky blue polish with gold and bronze flakes and finished off with a delicate violet shimmer.” I used 3 thin coats plus top coat. Formula was a bit watery.

ellagee Burnished Skies compared to Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee Burnished Skies compared to Scofflaw Nail Varnish Diamond Dogs macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Where Burnished Skies has a much more green base, Diamond Dogs base is much more blue. The flakies are also very different in the two polishes – Burnished Skies is copper, Diamond Dogs is more gold and bronze.

Burnished Skies was a fb group custom, as I said, and is no longer available. But you should join the fb group anyway! Diamond Dogs is still available from Scofflaw Nail Varnish as of this writing.

Hopefully I can get my ass in gear this weekend and get some posts written up! I do miss blogging – it really is my creative outlet to write and paint my nails. I hope you have a great weekend!

Re-Swatch Wednesday: ellagee Cherokee Rose

Purchased by Me buttonGood Wednesday morning! How is your week going so far? Some days, I’m really loathing the kids going back to school and other days I’m seriously rejoicing at the thought. 😛 But today, I have an oldie but goodie nail polish to show you: ellagee Cherokee Rose.

ellagee Cherokee Rose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This polish was one of my very first indie nail polishes I ever purchased! This is a slightly off-white base with glitters of white and gold iridescent.

ellagee Cherokee Rose sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve used 3 coats here with top coat. I should’ve done rose nail art as I did when I first showed this polish on the blog, but I was being a lazy blogger. 😛

Is there a polish you wish an indie maker would re-release? Which polish would it be?

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Splotchy Nail Art Manicure with ellagee and JulieG

Purchased by Me buttonGood morning my loves! Late post today, I know. I went on a road trip last week (with children, phew!) and I’m still recuperating from that. I had a great time visiting family, it’s always a let down to leave, you know? But let’s cheer up with a sparkly and fun manicure!

dry sponge nail art with JulieG and ellagee | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with 3 coats of ellagee Crown Jewels on my ring finger and thumb. On my other fingers, I used 2 coats of Julie G White Orchid, then used a dry sponge to sponge on Julie G Cabana Boy and Fierce & Fab.

ellagee Crown Jewels macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

ellagee Crown Jewels is seriously an amazing polish! So sparkly and pretty – check it out in action on this instagram video I took. It does have kind of a textured finish, so I used a coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and then a coat of Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That.

dry sponge nail art with JulieG and ellagee sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I think I wore this mani for quite some time, I was just in love with it! It was just cheerful and happy. 🙂

Just an FYI, I came back from vacation and did a little mini de-stash of indie polishes, I’d love if you checked out my Facebook post and see if there is anything there you can’t live without. 🙂

Well, I hope you have a great day, and I’ll talk to you soon!

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Scofflaw Pink Elephants on Parade + ellagee The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway pedicure

Hi! Happy Monday to you all! 🙂 Did you have a good weekend? I have to admit, I think I got too hot on July 4th, so yesterday I ended up lazing around all day because I still wasn’t feeling good. I’ve never experienced being this pregnant in the hot summer heat, so I’m still learning how to be careful and stay cool.

Scofflaw Pink Elephants on Parade, ellagee The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway pedicure | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Anyway, today I have a pretty simple pedicure featuring Scofflaw Nail Varnish Pink Elephants on Parade and ellagee The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway. This pedicure is one of my favorites that I’ve done lately because it was so hot and bright out in the sunshine! 😀

What’s the last pedicure you gave yourself? I’d love to hear about it! Talk soon,

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