Friday, November 18, 2011

I've never had a manicure that was more "me"- ELF Royal Purple swatch, and Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada (pic heavy)

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.

Products Used:
ELF Royal Purple
Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada
Seche Vite

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Glitter Gradient, Navy and Pink!

I don't really have much of an introduction for this- I wanted to use my new Butter London glitter, but I didn't want to paint the whole nail.  This is what I came up with!

Products Used:
Ulta's Into Astrono-Me?
Butter London Rosie Lee
Seche Vite 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pink Stamped Floral Mani

I wanted something quick and easy, and boom!  Pink on pink, my nails have been hosed down with pepto-bismol.  Easy, fairly subtle, and work appropriate.

Products Used
Revlon's Pink Chiffon
Sally Hansen Beyond Perfect in Cassis Comfort
Bundle Monster BM16

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ten Minute Mani: Purple Polka Dots!

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!

Products Used:
OPI Rumple's Wiggin
China Glaze Devotion
Bundle Monster plate BM19

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Leaves on Cheeky Chops

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.

Products used:
Butter London Cheeky Chops
Revlon Hot for Chocolate
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sun Kissed
Gap nail polish in Admire
Essie Matte About You
Bundle Monster plate BM04

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Swatch: Butter London Cheeky Chops

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.

Yes, my pinky finger hurts like a mofo and 
I'm sorry you had to see this

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Stamped White Lace on Bare Nails

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!

Products Used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On
Bundle Monster BM18
Sally Hansen Double Duty Topcoat

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Nails: Purple and Orange Glitter

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).

Products Used:
Wet n Wild Black Creme
Revlon Facets of Fuchsia
Love & Beauty Rust