Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Broadway Nails: Sunshine Disco & Sour Apple

Hey, guys. So we've been taking random trips to the Dollar General. I've opted to sit in the car while Aaron runs in (the stores are pretty tiny so there's really no point in an extra body getting in the way) and the last two times he's surprised me with nail polishes. They're only $1 each and I know from experience that cheap can be just as good as (in some cases better than) the more expensive offerings, so... yeah. Some goodness.

I started out with the neon yellow Sunshine Disco; two coats over white. We ran into a streak of foul weather so these pics are taken indoors.

The formula was pretty nice and didn't take too long to dry. It's not the brightest neon yellow ever (that honor still belongs to Sinful Colors Neon Melon) but it is pretty dang bright.

In an attempt to combat the blahs I reached for Sour Apple next. Again, two coats over white.

Like how I haven't even felt up to chopping down my claws? *eye roll* I'll definitely be getting to that tonight...

Sour Apple behaved nicely as well and is definitely an eye-catching green. Even the guy who changes the oil in my car commented on them.

So... yeah, okay. My unworn pile here is getting out of control again. I do have Virgo on the way and will make every effort to post that in a timely manner. I do know what I'm wearing next and will try to get that up before the end of the month. Best of luck to those of you returning to school, and I hope that all of you are well. Take care of yourselves. (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ILNP: Missed Calls

Hey! I'm here. It's been raining like crazy for three days here in Central Texas, so... no Pokemon walking to distract me today. So let me share with you the gorgeousness that is ILNP's Missed Calls:

Two coats, fast dry time. I'm always so happy that despite the price ($10-12.50USD) I've never felt like I've wasted my money on an ILNP polish.

Now... I had two videos of this, but photobucket has been a real pita lately. Also, the video is sideways... kind of on purpose. I was totally going to take fresh videos, but I guess I forgot. Sorry!

Isn't that so pretty?! Super black and super sparkly.

Still working on that neon water marble. Despite my many many neons I'm having a hard time finding ones that want to play nicely in the water. I think I've almost got it, though... just need to pick up more scotch tape. *eye roll* Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sinful Shine: Prosecco + Water Marble

Okay, what are we doing? Oh, right... hehehe We're starting off with two coats of Sinful Shine (filed under "Sinful Colors" on my stash page and spreadsheet since... well... it's Sinful Colors) which is another precious gifted to me by the amazingly wonderful Leigh Anne:

Sure it's a little sheer, but I knew I could use it as a base for something and the gold sparklies make the VNL less obvious.

True story: I actually didn't need to do any clean up this time! Painted them just like that. *thumbs up*

So... I've been wanting to do a water marble for a while now, but what happened the other morning I can only describe as a temporary insanity. I had picked out some nice Sinful Colors creams in grey, brown and pink; I had tested them and have had them out for a few days now. However. When I went to do my nails I found myself digging through my China Glaze drawer and for reasons that are beyond me I grabbed Poetic and Secret Peri-wink-le.

Thankfully they worked out in the end. I did have some issues with Poetic not wanting to spread and also cleaning out the cup because of the little metallic bits. It's not the most pain-in-my-ass water marble (that prize still goes to this Satin Glam gorgeousness), but it was still fairly frustrating.

See my pinkie there? That's what happens when you don't test your colors first. lol I was thinking veins of the purple, but the bronze overpowered it. So I had to adjust my rings. No big deal really, except one mismatched finger. Sandy wanted me to do neon and I definitely think I'm going to do that next. It feels like I haven't worn neon in a while...

Since I've kind of resigned myself to being on the computer all day making money I'm going to try really hard to get ILNP Missed Calls posted in the next couple of days. Hrm... sadly it doesn't look like the neons that Aaron got for me want to spread in the water... I've still got plenty to try so no worries. Like you're worried... *ahem* Time to get back to the moneymaking since I'm perpetually broke here lately... *sigh*... y'all take care out there and hopefully I'll see you in a couple of days! (^_^)"/"

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Julep: Wilma & Leo

I was actually going to get this up last night, but we had an impromptu rescue mission in Dallas. The mission was successful and everything is okay so here I am now with two Juleps! Starting off with two coats of Wilma:

I was very pleasantly surprised that the formula for this was pretty great. I had absolutely no issues and it covered really nicely.

I was also pleasantly surprised that Wilma is a pink and gold duochrome! What?!

I went ahead and used Wilma as a base for Leo so I'm not sure if this one is opaque or not.

Leo is a gorgeous regal gold with a nice formula as well. My only issues came from six coats (including base and top) of polish. The pics came out okay, but my thumb had some issues.... *ahem* Anyway...

What's that? Another duochrome?! Gold and green on this one.

So this was fun and full of surprises and I'm glad that Leo the polish lives up to Leo the sign.

I still have some swatches, but I really want to do a water marble. It's been too long. I have my colors picked out it's just so hot I'm having a hard time focusing on doing it. So... wish me luck and I'll see you guys again soon. (^_^)"/"

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Maybelline: Green With Envy +Stamping

Hey, guys. Back with another polish gifted to me by someone very special. Maybelline Green With Envy. The formula was a little thick so I got some bubbling, but I fixed that with the stamping. First, the color:

I chose the shade picture first because the bubbling is less obvious.

See? The color is really nice, I just think this is a fairly well-loved bottle. Fortunately stamping and topcoat can fix a myriad of "flaws".

All better. ^_^ I used essence Inkheart and this super cool patchworky plate that Norma sent me. Which I absolutely love!! All of the different designs feel like they go together so I can use different parts of the plate and still have my nails look like they match.

Of course it wouldn't be me if I didn't try to go for a little too much and ruin a good thing. lol I tried to add this little Buddha with Konad Special White and it didn't quite show up the way I was hoping. Ah well.

This near-perfect stamping attempt got me into the mood for it so I also did this:

I used Barry M Waikiki as the base and Models Own Pray for the stamping. Look! *points* I almost got them all centered! ^_^ Also, I feel I should mention this is from one of the newer Bundle Monster plates (I think these are from a Chinese New Year collection) and the larger "full nail" images were, for the most part, big enough! *throws confetti*

That's all for today. I do have some polish pics waiting around for posting, but I think next I'll probably do a review of this new (to me) contact lens website that I just used and loved. I also need to do a review for these razors. So... there are things coming. Hope everybody is doing well, *HUGS* to everybody and I'll see you soon. (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Zoya: Yves

A very special THANK YOU to Leigh Anne for this one! Two coats of Zoya Yves over Push & Shove (since I had it on).

Isn't this color stunning?! There's not much to say. It's Zoya so the formula was really good and it's matte so it dried quickly. It is highly pigmented so cleanup was a bit of a pain. Your standard stuff. The color, though! The color.

I don't think I've ever seen a more gorgeous royal blue.

I do have some stamping coming up. Hopefully Swagbucks will work with me so I have a little more time. I don't mind slightly higher goals (since that equals higher bonuses), but when things aren't working... makes it hard to meet those goals. Hope everybody's okay out there. I'll see ya again in a few. (^_^)"/"

Friday, July 22, 2016

Julep: Cancer

So... I tagged this as a "duochrome" even though it's a very subtle effect in this one. Julep Cancer is a sheer (this is three coats) pink-gold duochrome.

The pros are that the formula was pretty easy to work with and actually dried... moderately quickly. Even with two hours before bed after three coats I would have expected sheet/hair marks galore, but I only got the one. Also, it is a very pretty, delicate color.

Even though this color wouldn't normally warrant a video... I decided to do one anyway to see if that helped the duochrome effect show up better.

Can you see it?

Halfway through the zodiac! Yay! I did streamline my maven box to save myself some money. Had a bill I kind of forgot about. *oops* Still getting Leo, though. Obviously? In spite of my unofficial 'no buy' I've managed to amass a renewed collection of unworns. *oops again* I do have a few pics from the past couple of weeks, so... hopefully it won't be terribly long before my next post. Y'all stay safe and cool (or warm?) out there. (^_^)"/"

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Inspired Acid Wash Nail Art

I was going to get this up last night, but blogger (everything google, actually) wasn't loading. *grr* So here I am with an acid wash style nail art inspired by this wicked cool knife that my dad picked out for me at a truck stop. My dad always finds the coolest stuff at truck stops.

I probably could have been a little more heavy handed with the remover so that the design would be easier to see, but I was trying to mimic the design on the handle. Just like the last time I did an acid wash nail art I went with three A England polishes for this one: King Arthur, Avalon and Camelot.

Perhaps a brighter purple would have helped... Live and learn.

Even though it's getting late, I do have pics of Cancer which I will try to get up fairly soon. Also, don't forget to pick or skip your Julep Maven box. They got me this month with an overload of sparklies...

And also Leo. We're finally getting into my half of the zodiac. lol My younger sister's a Leo, hubby's a Libra, my mom and I are Scorpios, dad's a Sagittarius and my youngest sister's a Capricorn. Should start getting exciting. (please don't let Scorpio be a boring red cream....)

Starting to feel more like my normal self, exhaustion aside. That's the biggest issue, really. Feeling tired all the time. Speaking of... time to go feed the cats. Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/"

Monday, July 11, 2016

Color Club: Tube Top & 100

Hey, guys. So today I've got that neon I mentioned a week ago...

So... that's three coats of Tube Top over white. Like how it looks nothing like the color in the bottle? I don't. I honestly was not very happy with this one at all.

I mean, super sheer polishes do have their place. Just a bit of warning would be nice. On the bright (ha!) side, Tube Top did make a pretty snazzy base for 100:

Yep, emoji glitters. We've got yellow smiley faces, red kissy lips, pink hearts and brown poops which I couldn't manage to fish out this time around. All of the emoji glitter polishes have the same emojis, but different filler colors. So, yay for that! I don't need to collect the whole set to get all of the emojis. I hear there's a metallic set out there as well... those may or may not have different emojis.

I'm gonna go ahead and not make any promises concerning my next post... between losing Onyx and a few other factors I've been feeling pretty down lately. I'm currently wearing Push And Shove simply because it's the fastest drying polish I own. I do have some pics of a nail art I did and I'll be posting that next. I know I'm falling behind on the zodiac polishes, but hopefully I'll get Cancer and Leo when this next box is announced. One of my sisters is a Leo and she's pretty cool so I hope they do good for her. Uhm... yeah. I'm gonna go ahead and sign off. Finish hitting my money goals for the day and... *shrugs* who knows. Maybe some drunk Minecraft. Y'all take care out there. (^_^)"/" Love you guys.

Monday, July 4, 2016

China Glaze: Cabin Fever

Yep, I did make it today. Nearly started Sims early, but figured I'd pop in for a bit to share this super lovely China Glaze duochrome with you guys:

*ahem* This is two coats of Cabin Fever. It looks kind of red-brown in the sun there, but trust me. The duochrome is gorgeous in this one.

There we are. Pinks and tans and golds. So glad I got my hands on this one.


That's it for me. Time to get ready for... absolutely nothing because we have no plans today! HAHA!! Just going to finish making my e-money goals and get back to Sims. Hope those of you celebrating, and those of you who aren't, have a safe and awesome July 4th! I'll be back with some neon goodness. (^_^)"/"