26 years old and has been a nail biter for as long as I can remember- probably since my first tooth. The whole grad student thing didn't help, and neither does the job search post-Master's, but there is one thing that does- nail polish! Until I peel it off and have to start all over again.
Maybe if I were to paint some flamingos or something, we'd get pretty close, but till probably not as close as this! I needed something quick, so I just chose a polish that was sitting on my desk- an ELF polish that was part of this TJ Maxx haul way back in August. I set the polishes I have yet to swatch near my desk, and this one had been sitting there for AGES. So I popped it on because I was in a purple kind of a mood (when am I not, though, really?) And I was so pleased! I couldn't really capture the color in some of these pictures. It's November in Oregon, which means rain rain rain, and not adequate amount of sunlight to really get the good photos.
This is all the sunlight I could manage
This is a bit more accurate
Anyway, It's this really lovely shimmery sort of royal/jewel purple. I think it would be GREAT for a peacock theme, which is now on my mind. So I wore Royal Purple by itself for one day, and then decided I would try out another polish from another haul (from like September when I got those Butter Londons)- Ulta's Pinata-Yada-Yada. Here's the final look:
This is a way more accurate picture of what ELF's Royal Purple looks like
Purple polish, multi-colored glitter- this manicure screams my name! Hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.
ELF Royal Purple
Sometimes I love spending an hour on my nails, hand painting with toothpicks or tiny paintbrushes or whatever, and sometimes I just want something that's done quickly and looks nice. This was one of those times.
I wanted something fun, but that would also be ok to wear to my internship. I decided to do some subtle stamping. I chose my colors based on some of the nail mail I got from Ulta that's been sitting next to my desk for over a month- China Glaze Devotion was the one that I chose for tonight, and I paired it with OPI Rumple's Wiggin, my go-to light purple. Some quick polka dot stamps, and voila! A manicure that didn't take much time, and got me several compliments from the kiddos at my elementary school. Success! This is FOR SURE one of my favorite manicures I've ever done, and so simple! I am definitely going to save this idea for a rainy day.
I seriously was racing the sun home to get these photos.
Totally forgot about Daylight Saving's Time screwing with my afternoon sunshine!
Since I felt kinda weird wearing around these yellow nails, and I'm too cheap to take it off immediately, I decided to go forth with some fall inspired stamping!
I used Butter London's Cheeky Chops as a base since I'd swatched it previously, and stamped on top with a Bundle Monster design in red, orange and brown. I like it, but I thought it was missing something- so I topped it with my matte topcoat, and I like it.
Well, this is definitely a yellow, and the brand/cost didn't change much about that. The color is pretty, but very very similar to Sally Hansen's Lightening (which you can see here), though Lightening is a little bit more warm I think. And Cheeky Chops still needed three coats (or maybe a 4th for good measure would've been nice) to go on opaque and you can still see all my gross nail ridges. The good news is that, same as with Scoundrel, Cheeky Chops dried SO quickly- seriously, SO fast! And I like yellows and I only have two or three in my collection, so I think this was a necessary purchase- I just think that I wouldn't buy it if it weren't on sale. You can get similar yellows for a third of the price.
Well, it's kind of exactly what the title says! I was feeling a little lazy and a little frilly, and I didn't have a lot of time to spend on my nails. I also wanted something work appropriate. I settled on doing this simple design- lace tips stamped on my bare nails! I think it came out very lovely and subtle. I am sad that they are already looking a little worse for wear after only a day, but I guess that's what happens when the focus is solely on the tips!
I had to work today at my internship, so I decided not to use any stamps or anything super fancy, so I just stuck with some glitter. I think it came out pretty nice- and it matched my outfit today (purple tights, orange shirt, black boots/skirt/cardigan).
Wet n Wild Black Creme
Revlon Facets of Fuchsia
Love & Beauty Rust