Humbled by Humble Bee

Saturday, June 2, 2012

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A very dear friend sent me a polish called "Humble Bee" by Nailventurous. I hadn't used any polish from Nailventurous before so I asked Lisa at Cosmetic Sanctuary if I should use a base color and she replied that she did. (I know this doesn't seem important now; but trust me it will be funny later.)  So we decided to do a shared post to talk about this eye catching polish.

Nailventurous Humble Bees

Nailventurous Humble Bees

I started with a base coat of Deborah Lippmann "Almost Paradise." I wanted a base color that wouldn't take away from the wonderful yellow glitter flecks in Humble Bees. Almost Paradise is a creamy, pale yellow with a slight tint of green.

Deborah Lippmann "Almost Paradise"

Then I applied Humble Bee. It applied flawlessly. I didn't have to arrange the larger glitter pieces. They spread evenly and smoothly. This polish has tiny flecks of black and yellow with larger pieces of black. The brush was easy to work with too.

As I was finishing my mani Lisa sent a message that said "OMG, I used Deborah Lippmanns 'Almost Paradise' for a base color."

Let me tell you. I about fell off my chair. What are the odds that we would pick the same base color out of all the polishes we own? Great minds think alike. At the bottom of this blog post you will see the link to Cosmetic Sanctuary's Humble Bee manicure. Make sure to check it out and browse the rest of her blog. Lisa always has wonderful informative posts.

I know I have a fishing lure that looks a lot like this.

I used Seche Vite Fast Dry top coat to protect my buzzing manicure. One amazing thing about this polish is that it doesn't dry gritty so one coat of Seche Vite did the job.

In my humble opinion "Humble Bees" will be the buzz of your collection.

Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Friday, June 1, 2012

This post is a little different. A group of bloggers do themed posts. This one is in honor of Her Majesty the Queen celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years as Britain's monarch.

Since I only learned of this a couple of hours ago my creativity was stuck on slow. But I came up with something that I think fits the theme and used a British polish.

I used Illamasqua "Phallic." I so love this brand of polish!

Then using a gold striper, sequins, glitter polish I painted a crown.

Here's a few facts for you.

The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 but her official Coronation didn't take place until 2 June 1953.

The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of the Queen's reign. The Queen is the only British Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, other than Queen Victoria in 1897.

The Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.

Random lines and dots make for unique mani

I always strive to be different. It’s just the way I am. I have to make things not-so-simple. And that’s the way this manicure looks. But far from it – It is completely simple.

Venique Rolling Tides with random lines and dots.

I started with a base coat of Butter London’s foundation. I do love that stuff. Then I applied two coats of Venique’s Rolling Tide. Rolling Tide is a gorgeous shade of blue that is the blue of the water in the ocean. It has micro shimmers that add to the overall water look.

Then, I simply took out my white, blue, black and silver striping polishes and applied two strokes of vertical curved stripes in black and white. Following that I applied two horizontal curved stripes in both blue and silver.
Using my dotting tool I added three white dots in the bottom left and top left corner. Then I made four dots of black in a vertical row on the right side of the nail.

Top that off with a nice top coat – I use Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat – to seal and protect your design.

Now that I have told you exactly how I did this manicure – Let me just tell you to let your imagination run free. It surprisingly looks creative now matter how you do it. Let the lines and dots make the design for you.

I want to see yours when you are finished.

Happy Polishing


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