Manicure with Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, Celestial Cosmetics, Polished Vino

Purchased by Me buttonPolishes used:
Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crepuscular, 3 coats plus top coat. This was a thick formula but applied sheer.
Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti, 3 thin coats plus top coat. This was a thin formula but didn’t flood my nails.
Polished Vino Raindrops Keep Falling

Current mani! I wasn’t too sure about it at first but the way Daria Zaldrizoti looks in all angles really is selling it for me. 😀

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crepuscular, Polished Vino Raindrops vinyls | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Celestial Cosmetics Daria Zaldrizoti, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crepuscular, Polished Vino Raindrops vinyls macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish Continue reading

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Baroness X I Love Hue with Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea

Purchased by Me buttonPolishes used:
Baroness X I ❤ Hue (2 coats no top coat) I ❤ Hue is slightly base heavy.
Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Algae-atic Sea (previously swatched)

Baroness X I Love Hue over Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X I Love Hue over Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Baroness X I Love Hue over Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea color shift | Be Happy And Buy Polish

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Silhouette manicure with Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, Painted Polish, Contrary Polish and Polished Vino

Purchased by Me buttonHey everyone! Are you excited??? I am because school starts in 2 days! Yikes! Am I ready? NOPE! haha! 😀 So let’s procrastinate further by showing you this manicure with Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Prime, Painted Polish Stamped in Greenery, Contrary Polish Feel the Spark, and Polished Vino silhouettes nail vinyls.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Octopus Prime | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Octopus Prime macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Octopus Prime close up | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Prime is a green leaning blue holographic polish with iridescent glitters and flakes. This applies sheer but has a good consistency. It’s so shiny even without top coat. This is 2 coats plus top coat. Continue reading

Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening + Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algea-atic Sea

Purchased by Me buttonHello all! Today I have two polishes from one of the Creme a la Mode indie collab boxes, Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening and Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea. I’m all about those punny names! (I’m unsure as to whether the C.A.L.M. box is still up and running, if you know, please comment.)

Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Salmon Chanted Evening is just what it says – a salmon colored creme polish. It is slightly pinker in real life. Formula was thin and sheer but it self-leveled fairly well. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer The Algae-atic Sea | Be Happy And Buy Polish

The Algae-atic Sea is a bright lime green creme polish. Formula was also thin and sheer. It did have a bit of trouble self-leveling, as evidenced by my ring & pinky fingers. This is 2 coats and no top coat.

To be honest I’m really picky about creme polishes because they are so easy to come by in mainstream brands. So would I purchase this box again? Probably not. That isn’t to say I don’t like these polishes! I can’t pick a fave – I love both of them.

What are your thoughts? Do you tend to stick with mainstream brands when it comes to certain finishes or go indie all the way?

Beach Nail Art manicure

So last week I showed you a smoosh nail art manicure in which I used a whole bunch of polishes, including two that I used in this beachy manicure: China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic and Dreamland Lacquer A Wedding Dress That Isn’t Bright Turquoise. I also used Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound and Pretty & Polished Sand in My Crack for today’s manicure.

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic color shift, Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Homeward Sound | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started off with Rodeo Fanatic on my middle, ring, and pinky fingers. It’s got a lovely shiftiness going on that is to die for! Formula was a little thin, and can be draggy – make sure you let each coat dry. This is 3 coats and no top coat.  Continue reading

Pregnancy + Infant Loss Awareness manicure

Hi everyone! I know, it’s a rare Saturday post but I missed the commemoration of this day last year and so I wanted to do a manicure for it this year. In case you aren’t aware, October – specifically October 15 – is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. This can be a difficult topic to talk about – in fact many people do not ever open up about the losses they’ve suffered. It is better than it was in my mother’s day but still, it isn’t really an open topic.

Part of that, I think, is because of the sensitive nature of miscarriages & infant death. It can be hard, heart-wrenching to talk about that kind of pain. Add in that most people are uncomfortable with talk of death, or dealing with another’s grief, and most people struggle alone.

But you don’t have to struggle alone! After my last miscarriage, I found support online in a Facebook group  and in the Facebook page October 15 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. To be supported by others going through a similar journey, and to support others helped my own grief journey.

If you are struggling with the aftermath of an infant death or a miscarriage, please reach out. Please talk to someone. If your baby was named, please ask people to say your baby’s name. Your baby is not forgotten. ❤

In honor of my own miscarriages, I wanted to create a hopeful manicure. Not hopeful because after years of infertility I was able to get pregnant again, successfully, but hopeful in that I was able to work through my own grief journey.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness watermarble | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls on all fingers except my ring finger. I then watermarbled OPI Sailing & Nailing (the blue) and OPI Flip Flops & Crop Tops (the pink) over the top.

watermarble manicure for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I wanted to create the watermarble in a pattern that looked like a flame, that in my heart my children are never forgotten.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Metaphysics, Baroness X Dioscouri, Pahlish Confetti Cannon holographic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Metaphysics, Baroness X Dioscouri, Pahlish Confetti Cannon | Be Happy And Buy Polish

On my ring finger, I used 3 coats of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Metaphysics topped by 1 coat of Baroness X Dioscouri, topped by 1 coat of Pahlish Confetti Cannon (part of the March 2015 duo).

I hope that if you are part of this unfortunate club, you are supported by your family, and friends. Your little one is never forgotten. ❤

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonHi all! Can you believe it’s the 20th already? Geesh. I don’t think I’m ready for school to be out. I’m kind of wracking my brains thinking of what to do with the kids this summer. Any ideas? But at any rate, how about some photos of the absolutely gorgeous Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis?

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Crypsis is a purple, slightly duochrome-y, holographic polish. I just feel like my description doesn’t do this flawless polish justice though.

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis sun photo | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Octopus Party Nail Lacquer Crypsis sun photo macro | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is 3 thin coats plus top coat. Formula was perfect, which is my usual experience with OPNL.

This is not currently available through the Octopus Party Nail Lacquer shop, as it was a fb group custom, but keep your eye out for destashes of this!