Textured polish spree!

The latest textured polish trend took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. Here are my favs so far.
Photo on the left is full sun. Photo on right is indoor lighting.

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1. Julie G Gumdrops collection Hot Cinnamon
2. Zoya Pixie Dust Chyna
3. OPI Bond Girls collection Solitaire
4. OPI Bond Girls collection Honey Ryder
5. OPI Bond Girls collection Jinx
6. Julie G Gumdrops collection Tangerine Dream
7. Julie G Gumdrops collection Crushed Candy
8. Julie G Gumdrops collection Blueberry Fizz
9. Zoya Pixie Dust Nyx
10. Zoya Pixie Dust Dahlia
11. Zoya Pixie Dust Godiva

Swatches are all 2 coats.

October Round-Up (because I’m a slacker)

Ah October. What a sigh of relief. Cooler weather has arrived and with it comes runny noses and whiny kids (and husbands!). I may have slacked on posting, but I definitely didn’t slack on my nails! My biweekly manicures have remained consistent and fun, so here I go with a recap!

Fall means football in southeastern Louisiana. I’ll spare you the insanity and only show a few football inspired manis.

First up is my son’s school colors. (Geaux Gators!). I was only able to attend half of his games due to work sadly. The orange is one from SinfulColors’ line. The blue is Ulta’s house brand. Names escape me.

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I used a piece of striping tape to get the line. Simple, but not too simple.

Next up is another black and gold mani. My son and I attended the Sunday night Chargers vs Saints game in the dome. It was an amazing night watching Drew break the all time consecutive games with a passing TD record. That night I wore a base coat of A England’s original Holy Grail topped off with Barry M’s Croc Effects in black. Normally I hate crackle polish. It looks, I don’t know, sloppy? But this one is different. Instead of a shatter effect, it does this alligator skin effect that goes great with one of my handbags.

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Here are two more black and gold manis using striping tape. That stuff seriously is versatile! Blacks and golds in both are from A England (again). Best black polish on the planet!

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And an LSU purple and gold striped mani, just to show I do branch out occasionally. 😉

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Next up, but still in the gold family (purely a coincidence, I swear!!), is a new one from OPI’s Skyfall collection. This is Goldeneye. Application is nice, dries not too gritty, and sparkles like crazy! It looks like gold foil nails. I kept being reminded of the golden eggs that the geese lay in Willie Wonka.

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And now for the Halloween portion of today’s spamathon. This is China Glaze Riveting from the Hunger Games collection. Best orange ever. I used various Bundle Monster stamping plates and Konad Special Polish in black. They came out cute. My waitress at my favorite sushi restaurant insisted they were fake until I showed her where my thumb had chipped. Lol

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Last but certainly not least is from Ninja Polish’s Halloween 2012 collection. I picked up Candy Corn and Howling Blue Moon, both glow in the dark polishes. Seeing as this year my son is dressing as Walter White for Halloween, complete with sample bags of Heisenberg’s Blue Meth (rock candy dyed blue, it rots your teeth like the real thing though!), I had to have blue nails to match. Here is a pic showing regular light, semi-dark, and full darkness. It’s the best glow in the dark polish out there hands down. The holo sparkle goodness and crescent moon glitters make it a joy to wear in the daytime too. I’m in love!

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Well, that’s it for this month’s roundup! I left out a few manis that need to go with others in their line of polishes. I promise to get those and their yet to be swatched brethren up soon! Stay tuned and thanks for reading!!

Newsprint Nails

I’m baaaaaack!
What a summer this was! From floods to oppressive heat, we weathered it all. (ha, see what I did there?)
Now back to your regularly scheduled blogging. (As regular as I can with two kids in school, football games, various activities, and work. )

I bought several lemmings of mine this summer and now am on a non-self-imposed buy ban. (boooo-urns!) So now I get to show you the pretty pretty polishes I acquired on my summer hiatus.

I’ll start by saying that Pinterest is either a) the most awesome gathering of ideas and memes on earth or b) the devil. My answer all depends on if I can get my pin of the day to work in real life. I am sure you know what I mean.

After seeing the Newspaper Manicure on several blogs, I decided that it can’t be too difficult to try. And after a slight learning curve and two “erasings”, I have decided that today is an answer (a) day.

In my arsenal for today’s mani I have a section of newspaper (metro section) from my keepsake stash (what? You don’t keep newspapers as momentos?), scissors (for cutting, Duuuh), 91% rubbing alcohol, an old medicine measuring cup, a q-tip soaked in polish remover (henceforth known as my “eraser”), topcoat (Seche Vite), and my color of choice OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls from the Spiderman Collection.

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First let me talk about this color. It’s perfect. I am not usually one to drool over a mainstream brand because, let’s face it, they’re about as imaginative as my last bowl of Corn Flakes. I prefer Indie polishes because they truly are an art form. This is an exception. This polish was white while not being TOO white. It didn’t look like I used White Out to paint my nails like I did when I was 8 years old. It went on easily, a tad thick, but easy to control. Three thin coats made it perfect with no bald spots and no dragging. Dry time was relatively quick. A tint of gray made this the perfect choice for this project.

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Now on to the learning curve. There are a few different instructions floating out there. This is what ended up working for me. Nails were dry for about an hour (I got impatient). I poured about an inch or so of alcohol into the cup. Working one nail at a time, I dipped my finger into the alcohol, covering the whole nail, letting it sit for a few seconds. I then dipped my tiny section of newspaper into the alcohol cup, also letting it sit for a couple seconds. (Note: cut the paper slightly larger than the nail. You can cut out certain words for fun, but they will be mirror image.) you want the newspaper saturated, but not so much so that it will fall apart when manipulating it on the nail.

Place the paper on your fingernail. Once you put the paper on there, don’t move it. Even a tiny shift will be noticeable and will result in blurry words. My first two attempts, the paper wasn’t wet enough. When I tried to make sure the paper touched every curve of my nail, I wound up with a double image. Enter my “eraser”. A few quick swipes removed the newsprint without damaging my polish.

Let the paper sit on the nail while applying slight pressure. You’re going to wait anywhere from 10-20 seconds, allowing some of the alcohol to evaporate. Slowly peel away the paper. If all went well, you should have success. If not, don’t blame me. Blame Pinterest! 😉

Here is the finished product, topped with Seche Vite. Make sure you load up your brush first, or else you run the risk of smearing the newsprint.

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I proclaim this pin a relative success. There are a few spots that aren’t exactly top notch, but for a first try I’m pretty happy. Next time should be even better now that I’ve seen what and what not to do. 😉

Oh, and here is the same shot alongside its mirror image. A few key words made it onto my nails, officially making this a Who Dat In The News manicure.

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Let’s have some fun, shall we?

I am by no means a professional anything.

Scratch that, yes I am, and my close friends will back me up on this one. I am a professional smart ass. What can I say, it’s a gift.

Thanks to my constant need to be creative, I have in recent months, taken up the hobby of nail art. Now let me be clear on this. I can’t draw. My stick figure skills are that of a 5 year old. But that doesn’t matter! There are ways to cheat when it comes to this form of “art”. Everything from stickers to stamps can turn a talentless finger painter like myself into a nail beauty queen! I know there are others out there like me who enjoy pretty things but just can’t manage to create them on their own. So in the theme of sharing, here is a little blog that may hopefully inspire or educate someone who is looking for a fun new hobby.

Now what does all of this crap have to do with my status as a professional smart ass you ask? Not a damn thing!! But it will make the adventure more enjoyable (well, for me at least) and hopefully a little entertaining for you. My “art” won’t be perfect. My ideas won’t be groundbreaking. And my humor may not be G rated. Don’t like it? Well…Kiss My Acetone. Now sit back and watch the circus that is sure to be this blog. Take a deep breath. The combination of the acetone and nail polish is going to be buzz inducing. Nice. 🙂

My first pic is just a simple swatch from my favorite line of lacquer, China Glaze. This is actually one of their matte polishes, I just put a coat of Seche Vite topcoat over it because I felt like shiny nails that day.

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Color is called Flying Dragon and pictures can not do it justice. So unusual! It really does look like it does in the bottle, with the neat mixture of blue and purple.
And then there’s the inclusion of my current addiction, glitter polish. One nail only. OPI’s Muppets line has several fabulous glitters. This one is called Excusez Moi!, one of several Miss Piggy inspired colors. That pig is my inspiration. She doesn’t take any crap from anyone!! (although she does have a man’s hand up her ass and is always following a damn frog, which makes my worship of her strange and sad. But what the hell. At least it isn’t Snooki, right?)

Stay tuned, I’ll share my nail stamping addiction, trouble cuticles, and my preferred stubborn polish removal method. Oh and a buttload of new polishes to review.