Go Cats! Final Four inspired nails

Friday, March 30, 2012

It's the Final Four. As a gal who was raised in Kentucky and a UK Wildcats fan of course I had to sport the colors. 

I can't help but think about my dad when the 'Cats play. He was a die hard 'Cats fan and somewhere, right now, he is checking the stats and sporting his blue and white. It's been 6 years and I still think about him all the time. This one's for you dad. (If the 'Cats lose there is going to be a big storm somewhere... 'cause my dad is NOT going to be a happy camper. Especially if they lose to Louisville.)

I used Sally Hansen "Blue It" and China Glaze "White on White" for the paw prints. To make the paw prints I used the largest of my dotting tools for the pad and the next to smallest for the rest of it.

The Sally Hansen went on flawlessly and the CG has always been my favorite white for nail art.

So, who is going to win? Of course I am going to say the 'Cats!

Happy Polishing!


Scotch tape mani - Zoya Skylar and Loreal Whimsical

Sunday, March 25, 2012

For this manicure I used two coats of Zoya Skylar for the base color. I love this color. A very subtle blue with lots of shimmer to it. The color reminds me of my favorite pair of faded jeans. As usual Zoya didn't disappoint me. The application was flawless and the brush is wider that a couple of my other Zoyas. The dry time was relatively fast.

Before I used the scotch tape I applied a coat of Seche Vite fast dry top coat. I have found that using SV is a must when I do scotch tape manis. Otherwise I would be waiting forever to finish.

I got most of the sticky off the tape by sticking the tape to the back of my hand. This way it is sticky but not sticky enough that I will remove my polish with it.

Then I applied the tape in a diagonal line over my nails leaving the tip of my nail showing. I quickly applied a thick coat of Loreal Whimsical and removed the tape without waiting. If you wait to long the tape will begin to dry and will pull up at the edge of the tape.

I was happy with the combo but of course I had to add one more thing. I used a striping brush and added a stripe of Zoya Ibiza.

I like the look - not too flashy - but very clean and classy.

Happy Polishing!


Zoya Ibiza - my kind of blue

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Actually I love all blues. But I just had to take a second to show you Zoya Ibiza. Such a lovely dark blue. And of course it's Zoya so it is a great quality.

The only thing I would change about Zoya is I wish their brushes were a little wider. Other than that I have had wonderful experiences with them.

This is Zoya Ibiza with a star stamp. I am pretty pleased with it. I need to expand my image plate collection. Next month I am going to hit the online stores and focus on stamps instead of polish. (Yeah right. We all know I will still polish hunt.)

Where do you buy your stamping image plates?

Happy Polishing.


Nicole OPI "Jade in the shade" with stamping and a few sparkles

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just a quick post for you today. 

I wanted my nails to match the shirt I am wearing tomorrow. So I knew I needed a bright blue color and black accents. I decided to used Nicole OPI "Jade in the Shade." I love the color! Bright and cheerful and full of springtime. (By the way my fingers are not really red. The camera picked up the reflection off of my red tshirt.)

I did think it applied a little streaky. Good coverage but the finish was rather streaky. The brush was also not as wide as some of the NOPI brushes. But overall I like the polish.

Then I stamped with Sinful Colors "Black on Black" and added dots of Nicole OPI "Make a Comet-ment" which is a sparkly polish that I am in love with!

I like the look. I am getting bored with the stamping plates I have. I ordered quite a few a few weeks ago but they haven't arrived yet.

The bottom photograph is the shirt I am wearing tomorrow!
Until they do, I need to be patient.

Happy Stamping!


Hits Hefesto = Homerun

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I was trying to decide what to do with my manicure. I had Fingerpaints "Art You Blue" on and couldn't decide if I wanted to do a scotch tape mani or stamp over it.

Then I remembered I had a bottle of Hits Hefesto that I hadn't tried yet. I was waiting to use it when sun was going to be shining bright and would show the luscious holographic goodness even more. But after I remembered I had it the bottle called my name. Hefesto is a holographic top coat that allows you to make any polish or color holographic.

The result? I love it. Of course now I look at the weather and it is supposed to snow tonight. But as long as the sun is out I will be happy. I am keeping my fingers (with holographic prism nails) crossed.

Hits Hefesto didn't disappoint me. It surpassed what I thought it would be. It transformed a dark blue polish into a holographic wonderland. The brush from Hefesto was wonderful and had even bristles. The application was smooth.

Anyone who has ever tried to capture holographic polish with a camera lens knows the frustration involved in catching the prisms.

Final recommendation? If you only get one Hits No Olimpo polish Hefesto is the one to get. Of course if you are like me you will get all of them.

Hits Hefesto retails for $10 and is available from select online stores. Although it's usually out of stock. I got mine at llarowe.com.

Happy Polishing!



I had to add the photo at the bottom. This is in artificial light. It is amazing! I may not even be able to watch TV if I keep staring at my nails.

Zoya Colbie with Chloe

Wow, what a combo! I think this has now become one of my favorites.

Zoya Colbie - wonderful application with perfect coverage. I used two coats. 

Colbie is a impressive, rich, dark red color that is not too dark nor too bright. It's now one of my favorite reds. Wait.. I think it IS my favorite red polish.

Zoya Chloe - I have to say the formula is rather thick. But it dries wonderfully smooth. The luminescence of the flecks is amazing.

I have had the Chloe for a while (I picked up the whole set) and hadn't tried it before this. Why? I have no idea.

I highly recommend you try this combo. You won't be disappointed.

Happy Polishing!


There's gold at the end of the rainbow

Friday, March 16, 2012

Just a quick note to show my St. Patrick's Day mani. I used Sinful Colors San Francisco as the base. Then I tried to recreate a rainbow on my accent nails. I really should have used a lighter color of green on the base so the rainbow would show up better. The striping was relatively easy on my left hand. My right hand? Well... it came out but it was definitely an effort.

I used a toothpick to place some large gold glitter pieces from a chunky gold glitter polish that I have. It it Bonita brand and was from a relatively cheap set I bought at Ross.

I was happy overall with the result but still think I should have used a lighter color of green. What's your St. Patrick's Day mani?

Happy Polishing!


Orly "Basket Case" vibrant and gorgeous

Monday, March 12, 2012

I tried to broaden my horizons tonight and get away from wearing blue polish. I am not normally one to wear pink polish. But I tried Orly "Basket Case" and wasn't sure why I had never wear pink. The application was flawless and the color is positively gorgeous. Top that off with a stamp using Sinful Colors "Black on Black" and I thought it was stunning.

I am definitely going to start looking at more pink polishes.

Happy Polishing!


Apple Bottoms - "Take me to the beach"

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Just before Christmas I bought a set of Apple Bottoms polishes at Ross. I put them in my stash and just recently tried a couple of them. They are actually very nice polishes.

This one is "Take me to the Beach" and I really like the color. It's a light lavender with a great shimmer.

Apple Bottoms "Take me to the Beach"

The application was smooth although pretty sheer. I used three coats and was pleased with the results. The bottles are pretty small although I wouldn't classify them as minis. One awkward thing with them is that the brush is very short but the lid is large in diameter.

The brush needed to be trimmed as it was uneven.

Overall I would buy these again if I could.

Happy Polishing!


Spring Cherry Blossoms Manicure

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring is in the air. Although in Wyoming I don't anticipate it will last long. But it sure is a breath of fresh air. 

While at the post office this week I saw a poster of a wonderful stamp. It was to commemorate the Cherry Blossom Festival but I saw it as a possible manicure. I am pleased with the results.
With a computer printout of the stamp. 

I started out with a base coat of Seche Clear and then added two coats of Sinful Colors "Why Not." I love this color by itself.

Sinful Colors "Why Not"
Then I took a home made striping brush with black polish and added the trunk of the tree.

Use a "swooping motion" and add the pink for the tree shape. I used Orly "Basket Case."

The pink added to the tree
Grab a dotting tool (it can be home made too) and add lighter pink dots on top of the pink. Don't be afraid to go just outside the darker pink with the dots. I used a Color Club pink.

With lighter pink dots
Finally add your white dots and you will see the final results. To pull it together I also put dots of Orly "Basket Case" on the other nails. 

Voila! The final product.

What's your spring manicure?

Happy Polishing!


Hits "Hera" = "Happiness in a bottle"

Friday, March 9, 2012

I had Hits Hera in my stash for a while and didn't want to use any of my holo polish until it was sunny. I checked the weather last night and today's forecast was 55 and sunny. Thank goodness for this weather. The Wyoming winter was getting old. 

But I digress...

I pulled out my Hits Hera and went to work polishing. First off let me tell you the application was amazing. The only problem I had was the brush wasn't the best. But it wasn't the worst either. I managed.

I applied a base coat of Seche Vite and two coats of this happiness in a bottle called Hits "Hera." 

Artificial light
With flash
With flash
With flash
It was after dark when I applied the wonderful teal holo to my nails. I placed my hands under an artificial light and was astounded at the glimmer, shimmer and pure holographic joy that was on my fingertips. Then I applied a top coat of Seche Vite. I had read several posts on the Internet that top coats dulled the "holo" in holographic polishes. I sure didn't notice if it did. 

 I stared at my manicure a couple of hours and then went to bed and dreamed of rainbows, glitter and all that is good (Okay, I made this part up.)

As I walked to my car to go to work this morning I held my hand out to admire my new polish. WOW! If it was glimmery and shimmery at night then in daylight it was pure heaven and stars.

In sunlight

I can't wait to try my other Hits polishes. The weather is supposed to be glorious through the middle of next week. :)

I tried to capture the brilliance of this polish with the camera but somethings, like rainbows, simply can't be captured.

Happy Polishing!


This polish was purchased by me and the opinions given are my own.

Inspiration - Fenton glass egg (Picture heavy)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I spotted one of my Fenton eggs in the curio cabinet and wanted to recreate the look. I actually think it worked! 

Fenton egg inspired nail art

Let me go through it step by step.

First I started with a base coat. I use Seche Vite. Adding a good base coat is extremely important because greens are infamous for staining.

Then I used Zoya "Ivanka" as a base color. I used three coats because I wanted it to be rich with color. 
Take a small piece of a cosmetic sponge and sponge purple on. I used Zoya "Mimi." I sponged it in a diagonal and then across the tips.

Take a dotting tool (If you don't have one it is easy to make one) and dot three five-petaled flowers with white polish.

Almost finished. Now use your dotting tool and add gold to the center of each flower. I used OPI "Pros and Bronze."

Next, take a striping brush and paint gold stems, actually it's kind of a vine. Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of this step. But you can see the results in the finished product.

Some more pictures of the finished Fenton inspired manicure. It was hard to get all the details in the pictures.

What inspires you?

Happy Polishing!

Me versus water marbling

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I took on water marbling today. There wasn't a clear victor in this battle. There are tons of blog posts and videos on marbling so I am not going to go over it step by step. But let me go over some of the things I learned.

1. Make sure you have plenty of time.

2. Definitely use scotch tape and cuticle oil to aid in clean up.

3. One of the biggest errors I  made (You can see it on my pinkie) was to dip the finger in the water instead of "laying" it on the design and then submersing it.

4. Keeping the water clean and free of polish particles was an issue for me. I ended up changing the water twice.

The first fingernail I did came out the best. That was my pointer finger. I wish they would have all come out like that. 

I tried to pick bright colors and went with China Glaze and one Orly. The only polish that gave me any trouble was the CG white. It didn't disperse as well as the other polishes.

I am not sure I will do this too often as it was phenomenally time consuming. But who knows. Now that I have done it once maybe the next time won't take as long.

Happy Polishing!



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