essie polish Bell Bottom Blues swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonYou know, it’s been forever since I’ve had essie on this blog. I do like their polishes, but I tend not to seek them out unless I see them at TJ Maxx (hashtag bargain hunter). So guess where I found essie Bell-Bottom Blues? 😛

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Bell-Bottom Blues is a dark blue with glowing blue shimmer, and a slight tinge of purple. Formula was near-perfect consistency, and it dries satin. This was almost a One-Coat Wonder! This is 2 coats plus top coat.

You know, if I knew that every essie polish I picked up would have this great of formula, then I’d be buying a helluva lot more!

Essie Wrapped In Rubies swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonAfternoon everyone! I hope you are having a spectacular Friday. How about a quick post with essie Wrapped in Rubies? (I’m going to assume that you’ve said yes and are still reading. 😉 )

essie Wrapped in Rubies 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Wrapped in Rubies is a warm toned red polish shot through with copper.

essie Wrapped in Rubies | Be Happy And Buy Polish

essie Wrapped in Rubies macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve used 2 coats here plus top coat. You’ve got to work quickly here as it dries pretty fast.

I’m not usually one for red polish (I love the color red in everything except for nail polish, for some reason) but this is an interesting polish! I just wish it didn’t dry so fast, I would love it a lot more.

What’s a color you love in everything but your nails?

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Guest Post From Procrastinails: Sea Turtle Nail Art

Good morning all! Today’s guest post comes to you from Katherine at Procrastinails (I friggin’ love that blog name!). I’ve known Katherine for quite some time in the nail community, and she is one of the sweetest and nicest bloggers. I’m so glad to have her here today!

Turtle stamping nail are with Essie and Konad

Hello dolls! Super pumped today to be writing a guest post for the lovely Jessica! I’m Katherine from ProcrastiNails and I’ve known Jessica for a while now. When I saw she was looking for some guest posters I jumped at the chance and put something together. What I ended up with was this fun and tropical sea turtle look!

Turquoise jellyfish and turtle nail art

I’ll be 100% honest with you and say this isn’t at all what I was planning to put on my digits when I sat down to play around. But that’s okay because I love it! I think I may have been unknowingly influenced by my background-noise movie of choice at the time (the newer and… very interesting… TMNT movie)…

To start I applied a coat of Essie Bell-Bottom Blues and then added some large random dots with Essie White Page and then dry brushed over them with more white to smear them along the nail. When I applied a layer of Essie Pen & Inky I was left with what I think looks like a school of jellyfish! AWESOME! If I was to add technical nail art terms I guess my base would be a single-layer pond mani with dotted dry brushing? Humm.

To finish it off I did some stamping with Konad White and some turtles from MoYou London Sailor Plate 10!

Macro picture of my dry-brush dotting and pond mani jellyfish

Here’s a closer look at my impromptu jellies! Do turtles eat jellyfish? I think they do! So maybe I should’ve called theses nails “Feeding Time”! (Is that as cheesy to read as it felt to write? Haha.)

Sea turtle nail art with stamping and dry brushing

Overall I’m super pleased with how these turned out, and I would once again like to thank Jessica for hosting me. 🙂 It was fun!

Let me know what you think about my turtles! And if you want you can also check me out on tumblr, facebook, instagram and twitter! 🙂 Thanks for checking my guest post out!

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Are you kidding me with this? Isn’t this just freakin’ awesome?! Thank you, Katherine! Please let Katherine know what you think of this in the comments below, I’m sure she’d appreciate it. 🙂

Guest Post from B Nailed To Perfection: Tropical Marbled Mani

Good morning, my lovely readers! Today’s guest post comes to you from Bethany at B Nailed to Perfection. I started following Bethany earlier this year and I love her stamped manicures so much! Let’s check out what she created today:

Hello Be Happy and Buy Polish readers! I’m Bethany from B Nailed To Perfection. I feel so honoured to be posting on behalf of Jessica while she takes a well deserved rest with her new baby. I have read and loved her blog for quite a while now so this is a big deal for me. I hope you enjoy my post 🙂

I wanted to try something I haven’t done before and that was marbling with nail polish. I have actually seen this technique demonstrated by Nail Stamp 4 Fun on YouTube. She dabs a few drops of polish onto the back of a stamping plate and then squishes her stamper to mix the colours. Then she applies it to her nail. What’s weird is that the polish almost turns into a stamped image?! You’ve got to try it, it’s really fun!

On my pinky finger I have 2 coats of Strut Your Stuff by Essie which is a bright blue creme. For my two marbled nails I used a base of Color Club French tip and then put a few drops of Strut Your Stuff onto the back of a stamping plate.

I added a few drops of Morgan Taylor Tokyo a Go Go onto the stamping plate and then mixed them and applied to my nails. There is also two coats of Tokyo a Go Go on my index finger. It is a gorgeous pink leaning purple cream.

I felt like the colours had a tropical feel so I grabbed my new MoYou Tropical plate 03 and stamped some images in white.

I sealed in my design with my favourite top coat which is H K Girl by Glisten & Glow.

Thank you for reading my guest post and if you liked it please feel feel to stalk me on the below 😉 Bye for now x

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Wow, isn’t this just super pretty? That Morgan Taylor polish in particular is my favorite. See what I mean about being in love with her stamped manicures?! I hope you start following Bethany and fall in love with her manicures like I have. 🙂 

 

essie On a Silver Platter swatches + review

Press Sample buttonGood morning, everyone! I hope you are looking forward to a great day, I know I am. 🙂 Today I have a polish from essie called On a Silver Platter. This came out quite awhile ago, but I was offered a chance to review it through the Amazon Vine Program.

essie on a silver platter bottle shot | Be Happy and Buy Polish

essie on a silver platter bottle shot | Be Happy and Buy Polish

I’ve taken two bottle shots to show you the difference that lighting can make. Both photos were taken in my lightbox, but with just a slight movement, one is more blue/silver-toned and one is more blue/gold-toned.

essie on a silver platter | Be Happy and Buy Polish

The way this polish went on the nail was so strange. It was lumpy because of the blue glitters, but super sheer because of the gold/silver base. Plus the blue glitters had a tendency to stick to one another and not apply evenly.

essie on a silver platter | Be Happy and Buy Polish

I kept adding coats (shown is 3 coats plus top coat), but to be honest, I think I could have done one more coat because I noticed it pulling away from my tips.

essie on a silver platter macro | Be Happy and Buy Polish

If I used this polish again, I would definitely layer this over another color.

All in all, this isn’t my favorite polish from essie. I’m not quite sure what they were thinking, to be honest! Question: did you ever purchase this polish? Did you have a better experience than I did? Let me know!

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Military Plaid Nail Art

Good morning, how are you this morning? It is freezing here! Our high today is going to be 12. TWELVE! haha! I guess winter decided to come with a vengeance to make up for a snow-free October (a rarity in this part of Montana).

Anyway, I thought today would be a good day to show you this military look inspired by an outfit of the day from Glamour-Zine.

SOPI Caught With My Khakis Down, OPI Tickets to Paradise, essie no more film | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On all nails (except accent) I started off with 2 coats of Sephora by OPI Caught with My Khakis Down, then placed these flat studs in a row on each nail. On my accent nail (and thumb) I started with 3 coats of OPI Tickets to Paradise before using a striping brush with essie no more film. Then I topped it all off with a coat of ellagee glass top coat.

Today is Remembrance Day (in the Commonwealth of Nations) to recall the end of World War I on this day in 1918. It is also Veterans Day in the USA, to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. I’d like to leave you with the poem “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written by a WWI soldier after presiding at the funeral of his friend and fellow soldier.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Celebrate the Occasion Nail Art Challenge: Memorial Day

Good morning everyone, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Today I have a special manicure for you, to honor the theme of “Memorial Day.” Some of you may know that a few years ago, my uncle’s remains were returned to my family. His helicopter had been shot down during the Vietnam conflict, and his remains hadn’t been recovered for almost 40 years. Memorial Day has always held a special place in my family for many years, and I wanted to do something to honor my uncle.

I decided I would recreate part of the patch we received, this is what his company was called:
Vietnam War Patch US Company D | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve used Verity Hot Baby Blue for the background (reviewed here). I then used OPI Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh, OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Sephora by OPI High Maintenance, essie licorice, and JulieG Canary Islands.
Air Force Redskins Vietnam Patch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Air Force Redskins Vietnam Patch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Air Force Redskins Vietnam Patch | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I hope you enjoyed this manicure, I know I enjoyed creating it. If you celebrate or otherwise enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, please remember those families who honor their loved ones.

Let’s take a look at the other manicures for today:

I just love what everyone is coming up with so far, aren’t you? Until tomorrow,

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