Pick Three Polishes: Zoya Zooey, Zoya August, Girly Bits What Happens In Vegas Ends Up on Twitter, KBShimmer decal

Purchased by Me buttonMorning everyone! I hope you had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day weekend. 🙂 Today I have a manicure using Zoya Zooey and August, Girly Bits Cosmetics What Happens In Vegas Ends Up on Twitter, and a KBShimmer water slide decal.

Zoya August, Girly Bits Cosmetics What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Twitter, Zoya Zooey | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started with Zoya August on my pointer and pinky fingers. August is a cool grey creme polish. Formula is thin and runny. :/ This is 2 coats plus top coat.

Zoya Zooey, Girly Bits Cosmetics What Happens In Vegas Ends Up On Twitter, Zoya August | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Zoya Zooey macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my ring finger, I used Zoya Zooey [gift]. Zooey is a textured peachy pink polish with gold shimmer and iridescent glitter. Formula is good, application was smooth. Shown is 2 coats and no top coat. Continue reading

KBShimmer None of Your Bismuth [Hella Holo Customs February 2016] swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! I bought KBShimmer None of Your Bismuth last week, received it on Saturday, and put it on my nails on Sunday – that’s how pretty this polish is. I’ve been taking a ton of pictures and I seriously have so many to share with you (multichrome polishes are so pretty!). This polish is only available until March 1 and I’ll let you know how to purchase it at the end of this post.

These inside photos were taken under my “professional” lights (har-har), near the pro lights, and by my desk LED lamp.

KBShimmer None of Your Bismuth | Be Happy And Buy Polish

KBShimmer None of Your Bismuth macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

KBShimmer None of Your Bismuth multichrome | Be Happy And Buy Polish

None of Your Bismuth is a multichrome polish that shifts from all shades of purple (royal, blurple, cool purple, red purple) to multiple shades of blue to teal green to icy teal blue to red to red gold  and I swear I saw dark green as well! (Many, many, many photos to follow – I couldn’t stop taking pictures!) Continue reading

Striped Nail Art manicure with Pretty & Polished Weather The Storm, Polish ‘M Festival of Fall, KBShimmer Poppy Kisses

Purchased by Me buttonI was feeling super meh about doing my nails one week and decided to google “striped nail art designs” when this manicure by Paulina’s Passions popped up. I wanted to do something similar and here’s what I came up with using Pretty & Polished Weather the Storm, Polish ‘M Festival of Fall, and KBShimmer Poppy Kisses.

Pretty & Polished Weather the Storm, Polish 'M Festival of Fall | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Pretty & Polished Weather the Storm macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Weather the Storm on all fingers except my thumb and ring finger. This is a stormy grey-blue dusty creme. Good formula, though I needed 3 coats for evenness. This is 3 coats plus top coat.

Polish 'M Festival of Fall macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Polish 'M Festival of Fall holographic, Pretty & Polished Weather the Storm | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Polish 'M Festival of Fall holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my thumb and ring finger, I used Festival of Fall. This is a “teal leaning dark blue base with blue/green/gold duochrome shimmer, galaxy holo, magenta holo shreds and multi-iridescent flakies“. This is 3 coats plus top coat.

Polish 'M Festival of Fall, Pretty & Polished Weather the Storm shade | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Let me tell you, I feel like I should have just stopped here. But did I? Nope. 😛

KBShimmer Poppy Kisses holographic, Polish 'M Festival of Fall, Pretty & Polished Weather the Storm | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Then I used striping tape and KBShimmer Poppy Kisses to create the rest of the manicure.

KBShimmer Poppy Kisses, Polish 'M Festival of Fall, Pretty & Polished Weather the Storm | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Maybe it was the fact that I was dreading doing all that work on my opposite hand, but this mani didn’t last much longer after taking the photos! But I’d love to know what you think of it! 🙂

Pick Three Polishes: Different Dimension Bad Buoy, KBShimmer Alloy Matey, China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely nail art

So I didn’t realize when I picked out these polishes, but the names all kind of go together, you know? haha! 😛 I just was like “ooh, pretty shiny things!”

Different Dimension Bad Buoy, KBShimmer Alloy Matey, China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Different Dimension Bad Buoy, China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started with 3 coats of Different Dimension Bad Buoy on my index, ring, and pinky fingers. You need to make sure each coat dries thoroughly, otherwise this’ll drag on each coat.

China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely, KBShimmer Alloy Matey, Different Dimension Bad Buoy | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I then dotted with China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely on top of Bad Buoy.

KBShimmer Alloy Matey, Different Dimension Bad Buoy, China Glaze Thistle Do Nicely | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my middle finger and thumb, I used 3 coats plus 2 coats of top coat of KBShimmer Alloy Matey. This does dry with a bit of texture, so doubling up on top coat is needed.

Even though this is a fairly simple mani, it sure packed a lot of punch! I’d love to know what you think, so please comment and share. 🙂

Quick Dry Top Coat Showdown: Dreamland Lacquer, KBShimmer, Paint Box Polish, Top Shelf Lacquer

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! I’ve been having troubles lately with quick dry top coats just not working out – Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That was my main squeeze, which stopped working; then Darling Diva Polish PETC became my love and it stopped working for me. I thought I’d do a little QDTC challenge between 4 brands: Dreamland Lacquer, KBShimmer, Paint Box Polish, and Top Shelf Lacquer. I’ll show you the results after 5 days of wear in just a moment but let’s talk about ship times, then application, then wear time.

Keep in mind that every person’s body chemistry is different, and your mileage may vary – this is only a reporting of how these top coats worked with me.

Ship Times
Dreamland: Ordered on a Saturday, received the following Saturday
KBShimmer: Ordered on a Sunday, received on Thursday
Paint Box Polish: Ordered on a Saturday, received on Thursday; my order also included a mani bomb, which was a nice touch
Top Shelf Lacquer: (Older order but I’m sure I received my order within 3 days of purchase.)

Application
I used each top coat over a layered manicure: 2 coats of China Glaze Midtown Magic, 1 layer of Baroness X Opulent Oddity, 1 layer of Baroness X Dulcinea.

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

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Pick Three Polishes: KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes, Pretty & Polished A Cashmere Rose by Any Other Name, KBShimmer Things That Make You Go Bloom nail art

Hi everyone! Ready for Monday yet? I’ll be honest, felt like I was running ragged all weekend long – no rest for the wicked or something like that, right? 😛 Today I have a mani that I was trying to go for a “fall” vibe but I dunno, it’s kind of an “all season” vibe, I guess.

KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes, Pretty & Polished A Cashmere Rose By Any Other Name, KBShimmer Things That Make You Go Bloom | Be Happy And Buy Polish

KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with 3 coats plus top coat of KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes on my ring and pinky fingers – one of my favorite “interesting” nail polish color combinations.

Pretty & Polished A Cashmere Rose By Any Other Name, KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes, KBShimmer Things That Make You Go Bloom | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I used 2 coats plus top coat of Pretty & Polished A Cashmere Rose by Any Other Name on my middle finger and thumb, followed by a floral water slide decal from KBShimmer.

KBShimmer Things That Make You Go Bloom, Pretty & Polished A Cashmere Rose By Any Other Name, KBShimmer Open Toad Shoes | Be Happy And Buy Polish

KBShimmer Things That Make You Go Bloom holographic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my index finger, I used 3 coats plus 2 coats of top coat of KBShimmer Things That Make You Go Bloom. This does dry fairly textured, hence the two coats of top coat.

I loved, loved, LOVED how this turned out – one of my favorite manis I’ve done recently. I’d love to know what you think!

Neutral but Sparkly Skull Nail Art

Purchased by Me buttonSo this summer, my husband and I went out to an event where there was going to be local food and beer offerings. I was feeling pretty down and sick (thank you, morning sickness!), so I wanted to do my nails in a bad ass but kind of neutral way. Here’s what I came up with using OPI Do You Take Lei Away, KBShimmer Night Bright, Sinful Colors Konfection, and Barry M Diamond Glitter – plus skull nail charms!

OPI Do You Take Lei Away, KBShimmer Night Bright, Sinful Colors Konfection, Barry M Diamond Glitter | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with 3 coats of OPI Do You Take Lei Away on my middle, ring, and pinky fingers.

OPI Do You Take Lei Away, KBShimmer Night Bright, Sinful Colors Konfection, Barry M Diamond Glitter 3-finger pose | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my pointer finger, I used 3 coats of KBShimmer Night Bright and holy yes, I love this black sparkly polish!

OPI Do You Take Lei Away, KBShimmer Night Bright, Sinful Colors Konfection, Barry M Diamond Glitter holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On top of Do You Take Lei on my pinky, I used Sinful Colors Konfection and Barry M Diamond Glitter in a waterfall gradient. Lastly, I added some gems and a skull charm.

I gotta say, this totally made me feel badass and I couldn’t stop staring at my own nails! Oh yeah!! What do you think?