Monday, June 27, 2011

Jolly Holly, Hi-Def 04, and Call You Later

Okay, so I know this manicure is ridiculously St. Patrick's Day-y for summer, but I don't even care! I love green and I'm not going to apologize for throwing an absurd amount of it on my nails on a day that is not celebrated with drinking green beer (which would match my nails perfectly, by the way)!
Anywho, small rant aside, this is very probably my next St. Patrick's Day manicure (though I don't partake in the excessive drinking of green anything, I do enjoy dressing up for the occasion). The darker green on three of my fingers is China Glaze Jolly Holly and the lime green is Sally Hansen Hi-Def 04 (I actually wore the Sally Hansen color to my high school graduation, which made the the most daring person ever, apparently). I then put Sinful Colors Call You Later glitter over top of both of them because I was apparently experiencing some sort of green fever. I did two coats of Jolly Holly, four coats of the Sally Hansen because it's extremely opaque, and then a generous helping of glitter because I'm in looove with it. I covered all of that with a coat (from a brand new bottle!) of SV.
(And I'd like to apologize for the large number of parentheticals in this post. Heheee)

Looooove, right???

Moondoggie & Not Like the Movies

OPI Not Like the Movies is from the Katy Perry collection (obviously), and it's a really cool color, it just takes so many coats to get it so that you can't see the nail. I figured I'd try to layer it over a color this time. I put it over Orly Moondoggie, which may not have been my best idea ever, as it is already a fairly shiny color, and you really can't see the OPI very much. But it does give it a cool purple-ish glimmer.
I just love the name of the Orly color, and it was a lovely surprise to see how nicely it turned out considering I got it for a dollar or two at Ulta a super long time ago!
Anywhooo, this is two coats of Orly Moondoggie under a coat of OPI Not Like the Movies.
Thoughts? I'm thinking next time I'll put Not Like the Movies over a lighter, less shiny color. That way you'll probably be able to see it better.

Encore Pink

I bought this pink when I just wanted a lovely, soft pink. Even though it's not exactly exciting, it did accomplish what I wanted loll. Sorry there's not too much to say about this manicure, but I'm getting to the end of my supply, which means I get to start over again soon with the colors I actually like!
This is two coats of Ulta Encore Pink with a coat of SV on top. It's actually pinker than it's appearing in the pictures, which I didn't realize until just now lol. It's more of a bubblegum pink than a pale pink.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

You Don't Know Jacques!

My best friend and I looked for this polish EVERYWHERE. Basically all she wanted in the world was grey nail polish, and we knew that OPI You Don't Know Jacques existed, we just couldn't find it to save our lives. I finally broke down and bought her two bottles of dollar nail polish from that kiddie brand, Essence, which is much more grey than You Don't Know Jacques, but the bottles barely did two manicures loll.
Anyways, irrelevant side note aside, I do happen to love this polish. Now that I look at it, it's kind of a greige like the Essie Chinchilly, but this is much darker. It only took two coats to make it look presentable, and it goes on very well, as does most OPI polish (sorry, I'm a bit of an OPI snob, if you haven't noticed already!).
The polish is actually much more grey than it looks in the pictures. It looks more brown in here. I think it might just not photograph well.

Lincoln Park After Dark & Frost Peacable

Yayyy for trying new things!
I really wanted to try something fun like this, but every time I use Scotch tape to tape off my manicures like I read about on other blogs, it ends up an incredible and spectacular disaster. But my mom used to do this kind of manicure for me with just sideways tips and she did it just with natural talent, so I figured I'd try it.
Long story short: I LOOOVE IT.
I put on two coats of OPI Lincoln Park After Dark (one of my favorite polishes, by the way), which is this amazing rich-looking brown-ish purple color that's really dark and gorgeous. Then I free-handed the sideways tips with this MAC Frost Peacable (I'm not sure if that's what the actual name of the color is, but that's what I'm going with, I think you'll see why I was stumped when you see the bottom of the bottle). I did two coats of the MAC color too because it's kind of opaque. But it's also super shiny, which is awesomee.
Assuming I can ever re-create this, I think this may be going on my list of favorite manis ever!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

You're A Doll!

I think I should start this particular post off by saying that I was calling people "doll" long before Khloe Kardashian made it cool.
In any event, knowing that piece of information about me, it should come as no shock that when I saw the name of this particular polish (in Publix, of all places), I had no choice but to get it! I actually tried it out over the Finger Paints Art Her-Story and it looked super cool, but I wanted to see what it looked like for realsies.
This is three coats of OPI You're A Doll with a coat of SV on top. It's really, really opaque, and it took three coats just to get it so that you couldn't see my nail line anymore. Hopefully I'll like it more once I try it over a funky color! The name made it worth it though loll.


This is the second free polish that I got when I ordered from Zoya (the first one is here). There's such a delay between the two because when I opened the package from Zoya, this polish was completely SHATTERED. It was so upsetting. But I called Zoya and they were very helpful about sending me a new bottle, and so it finally came!
Even though I'm deathly afraid of birds, and this polish actually does look kind of like a dove's feathers, it's actually quite lovely. I know it looks very gray here, but it actually has a bit of a purpleish tinge to it. It only took two coats and went on quite well. And I put a coat of SV on top, natch.

Rumple's Wiggin'

My favorite light purple ever - from the Shrek OPI collection, Rumple's Wiggin'. It kind of makes me feel like I'm wearing Easter eggs on my fingers. I realize that makes absolutely no sense, but I can't help it! It only takes two coats to get it to such a lovely and light place. It's so dainty and delicate and I just love it. I don't exactly know what it has to do with Shrek, but I love the color so much, I'm not even gonna question it loll.
Two coats with a coat of SV on top.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


So for some reason I'm really digging this pattern-y type of nails. This time I used Fingerpaints Art Her-Story (the pink, which I also mainly bought probably eight years ago just for the name loll) and Easel Come, Easel Go. I swear, thinking up nail polish names would be the coolest job EVER.
This is two coats of each with a coat of SV on top.