1 coat of base polish
Polished For Days Solar Flare (April 2018 Polish Pickup Pack), 2 coats plus 2 coats top coat. This is a blackened base polish that shifts from orange to green, with orange to green flakies and with scattered holographic effect. I did need two coats of top coat for a smooth finish. It wasn’t exactly rough after 1 coat, but it wasn’t super shiny smooth.
Moonflower Polish Dip in the Pool, 2 coats, a bright green-blue with blue shimmer. This could have been a One-Coat Wonder. I was worried about nail staining so I doubled up on base coat on my right hand. When I removed it, I did not have any staining.
1 coat of quick-dry top coat
I was thinking about how how people perceive me versus how I perceive myself. Especially as a mom (who drives a minivan), especially now that I’m 40. I know that when I was younger, I saw all moms who drove minivans as hopelessly out-of-touch, lame, with their “mom” haircuts and “mom” jeans. But conversely, if they looked too hip, then they were “trying too hard”. Man, can I go back in time and slap some sense into myself? >.<
L.A. Colors Energy Source
Moonflower Polish Pool Party and Lemonade
Tonic Polish Mirabilis and Here Comes the Sun
It’s the simple pleasures in life, right? Like seeing a beautiful rainbow after a storm. Now that we don’t live in the city proper, having an afternoon thunderstorm blow through is such a sight to behold. One of the best things about living in Montana is the big beautiful sky that allows you to see for miles and miles; seeing a thunderstorm from so far away and then coming through and then seeing a rainbow afterwards…sigh. It’s just so comforting to me.
1 coat of base polish
L.A. Colors 109 Blankie, a soft blue-grey creme polish.
Tonic Polish Helpless, 3 coats, a multichrome magnetic polish with indigo iridescent flakies. I see blue, green, teal. It was more see-through at 2 coats than I liked, hence the third coat.
Moonflower Polish I Just Can’t Wait (Polish Pickup Pack May 2018), a hot coral stamping polish.
P.O.P Polish SandSlick, 3 coats, a pastel multichrome. Primary colors: nude, blush, tan, pink gold; secondary colors: green, blue; tertiary colors: cobalt, lavender. Check, check, and check! Good, buildable formula.
1 coat of quick dry top coat
Do you know what I would do if money wasn’t an issue in my life? Besides setting up a non-profit for dental work for those who fall through the cracks, I’d never wash my makeup brushes again. I’d just give away my brushes when they got dirty and buy new ones. Wasteful, yes. But my goodness do I hate to wash my brushes!
1 coat of base polish
Blackheart Beauty Plum Vampire Satin Matte, 1 coat
L.A. Colors Unicorn Sparkle Sparkling Gem, 1 coat
Moonflower Polish Summer Sunset, 1 coat
Bee’s Knees Lacquer She Would Not Go Gently, 1 coat
1 coat of Beauty Secrets top coat to smooth things out
1 coat of P.O.P Polish Liquid Glass for quick-dry
1 coat of Sinful Colors Radical Matte top coat
Do you ever have a moment of “woah” because someone said something that made you change how you looked at a problem? That is totally what happened when I saw someone say they did a paint splatter manicure by making decals. Like, mind blown! Continue reading
Sinful Colors 2476 Shimmy Shimmy from Vanessa collection, 3 coats plus top coat. This is a bright blue polish with strong purple shimmer and cobalt blue flakes. I was disappointed in how it applied, it was super sheer and pulled away at my tips.
L.A. Colors 116 Swiss Coffee. I would call this a cafe au lait color, a lovely neutral.
Moonflower Polish Sprinkles from Summer Neons June 2018. This is an insanely bright pink neon.
Shleee Polish Ghost Bird, 2 coats plus top coat over Blackheart Beauty Black Vamp Satin Matte (1 coat, previously swatched). Before a magnet is applied, this is a concrete blue-gray with pink/red to gold/green shimmer. After magnet is applied, a bright blue stripe appears that shifts purple. Good coverage and formula.
Man, this week has just been such a gray week so far. I am not enthused to do the things I need to do, as a result of gray weather. School stuff, family stuff, house stuff. Blergh. At any rate, I’m trying to get myself together enough to write blog posts and edit photos. Even though this isn’t the oldest mani I haven’t shown you lately (slacker-itis over here), it’s one of my favorites! Continue reading
1 coat of base coat
Bee’s Knees Lacquer Reputation of Malice, 1 thin coat as base. This is a black based polish with magnetic flakes and holo flakes. It shifts from blue, teal, purple, emerald, maroon, and violet.
Moonflower Polish Electric Slime. An eye-searing neon green.
Dreamland Lacquer Ooh Shiny QDTC, 1 coat
Geez, I am riding the struggle bus lately. Every day has been pretty much a struggle to make any decision without completely being frozen in anxiety. TMI ahead but my anxiety usually ramps up at certain points in my cycle, yay! 😦 Continue reading
Bee’s Knees Lacquer Luck Isn’t a Super Power, 3 coats
Moonflower Polish Fluorite Glow [press sample, previously swatched]
If you recall when I did my tiger stripe manicure awhile back, I had been inspired by kombucha_witch_ on instagram after failing to recreate a manicure of hers. I asked around and no one has heard of how I do this technique and Erika Elswick (from Forty Winks Jewelry) came up with the term distressed stamping. Keep reading to the end for a short lesson on how I created this mani!